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established ihji;
The Murderer Dragged from
the Warden Barn.
Almy Taken After a Des
perate Resistance.
!. Many Sho
iin«l«Ml and tin* SI in
r Finally Ciip
tured After Heine W
, Tho Town
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Frank Almy, tho brutal murderer of
Christie Warden, who, on Thursday,
was found concealed in the barn of tho
murdered woman's father, was finally
captured, after a desperate resistance.
llanover became wild with excite
ment on learning that Almy was con
cealed in the barn, and the structure
■fas soon surrounded by over 1,500 peo
ile. A council of war was held as to
wo best means of dislodging the mur
lerer. Tho council resulted in appoint
g as a committee of procedure Sheriffs
evens of Lancaster and Clark of Leb
General C. O. Hurl but of Leba
. Jon, and ex-Sheriff N. C. Bridgman.
many favored burning the barn
drive Almy out, the majority favored
tering tho barn, and volunteers for
s purpose were called for. Twcnty
tw-> men immediately responded.
®P1 KAs the party went into tho barn
i . v .,, .Almy's voice was heard. He asked that
John Fuller be sent to him
talk with him. Fuller and ex-Sheriff
^BBrldgemau went into the loft, and, after
^^Bome conversation with Almy, Sheriff
^^Bridgcman returned, mounted a ladder
^^w&ning against the house, and said to
I^Hhc crowd :
■ "Fellow citizens: Almy has been
HBouml. Now 1 call upon you in the
Hiami' of law and good order to restrain
Hvour anger and let the law take its
•se with this foul murderer. 1 say
his at the request of the county otll
kials, men whom we chose by our votes
o act for us. Wo have confidence in
liom. Wc have as good courts as there
re on the face of the earth."
Then turning to the county solicitor,
e said: "Solicitor Mitchell, I think,
assure mo that these 1,600 people,
most of whom I know personally, will
consent to let tho law take its course."
These remarks
of "Yes, yes! Let the law take its
:'l •
he wished
»... yw Mr. Bridgcman further saiil:
is at this moment
feet of hay. He says, 'If y
protection, I will sell my life
«learly as possible and
but if you will give
through John M. Fuller I will give up
my arms and come out.' "
The law-abiding spirit of the people
was put to a severe test, but tho feeling
became strong that Almy should
dledecently after a verdict of guilty shall
be brought in from a regularly consti
tuted jury.
Mr. Bridgeinun, still perched on the
lud«ler, sai«l : "Your
Almy shall be dealt with
•ealed under 20
I then kill myself,
ranee that
wording to
Aimy s
law is sat
shall all have
in liu
Hjfc he shall pass along between th«' lines."
The situali«
riling immediately
■ truce, however, by Almy'
■ emerge from bis hiding place,
m und«.*r the assurance of safety. 1
I promise that you
opportunity to see him.
ch si«le «»f the road and
as rendered still more
following this
s refusal to
•o of safety.
■ for Solicitor Mitchell, who went up in
I the burn on the hay where Almy was
I .sitting. Mr. Mitchell reported as fol
"I went up into tho bi
. ith th«- request of Almy. He sat
the hay and said his leg was broken.
He had a large revolver in each liaml
in accord
and flourished them, pointing them
sometimes at
'n head. He asked
guarantee him a fair trial. I assured him
that I would most certainly d
wanted to know how much of his pnst
history 1 had found out. I told him
,'ould not discuss that now.
"Pointing the revolver at his
I lead, he asked
• fetter shoot himself.
. ponference was that he refused
fa A. A. Smith,
1 sometimes at his
if 1 would
. He
if I thought he had
The result of the
■dicul student, also
Bead a conference with Almy. He says
■Almy told him he did not mean to kill
■Christi«'; he suid he tired the first shot
■lccidentally, which threw him into a
■frenzy; then he shot her again. If Mrs.
■Warden, he said, bad invited him into
•the house ho should have gone right
nhing and there would have been no
trouble. He then sai«l to Smith, as he
pointed his pistol at him: "You get
right down now; I will see you later."
At 1 o'clock a decision was reached by
the citizens' committee to catch Almy
unawares and shoot him, and thus put
end to what is becoming a grim
.'farce. When this conclusk
it was greeted with yells of «lo
light by the people, who, though
I strongly inclined to let the law take its
course, had lost patience.
The officers attaek<'d the barn with
Winchester rifles, and Almy retaliated
as best h« could with shot after shot
'from bis brace of revolvers.
' Before 2 o'clock the fugitive had been
overpowered and taken to the Wheelock
House, where he was confined upstairs.
• Half a dozen officers with drawn re
volvers stood at the foot of the stairs
and held back tho excited
As the sheriff came down from the
hay mow with Almy the multitude in
sisted in unmistakable terms on seeing
placed iii
■ 1.
tho prisoner, lie w
the sheriff's carriage, but the people
chased the carriage at a dead
Wheelock Hotel. There tiiey shouted :
Almy to day, and
to the
"We want to
going to do it."
They w
could do 6«
were dressed. When this had been
completed the people wore allowed to
file through the room. The stre
kept up until 1.500 had passed, whe
Almy fainted and tiled«
Almy says he laid in tho barn just
alter Christie's murder, and from there
viewed her funeral and visited her grave
frequently by night.
ai.my'b fiendish crime.
soon assured that they
oon as his slight wounds
rere closed.
No more cruel murder, n«» capture
dramatic, is
more difficult, eventful
re«x)rded in the annuls of New Hamp
shire crimes. Almy is the young
who, persisting in his attention to the
; charm ing school teacher after sho had
rejected bis suit,
s discharged from
the employ of her well-known father,
A. A. Warden, and then resolved to
conquer tho young lady. That
in March last.
Subsequent to Almy's discharge he
hnuntcd Miss Christie by night and so
dogged her footsteps that she had to
move very guardedly after dark. Then
tho obtruder disappeared, and the well
to-do Warden family supposed that they
had seen and heard the last of him.
Late on the beautiful moonlight night
of July 17th, however, as Mrs. Warden,
her daughters Christie and Fanny and
Miss Lquise Goodell we
talking leis
rely home through a suburb of Han*
•ar Dartmouth College, having
attended a social gathering of the local
grange, they wore startled at a densely
shaded nud shrubbery-fringed point in
the road, known a ■ the Vale of Temp,
by a man jumping from behind a great
tree. With drawn revolver he coldly
''You know me. 1 am Frank Almy.
I have come 1,000 miles to seo Christie,
d will see her alone. Now, Mrs.
W ardon, you nnd the other girls go on.
Move on, or I will shoot. Move
say !"
How Mrs. Warden was dragged away
by Miss Goodell ; how beautiful Chris
tie's young sister Fanny stood by and
did her best to save her until, as rescuer,
she was threatened also with death and
was twice shot at; how Almy dragged
poor, struggling, shrieking Christie into
adjoining field, pounded her sweet
features with tho butt of his revolver
and then shot her dead through the face
and back before Emmett Marshall came
running up the roa«l to tho rescue, how
Almy escaped and was sought high and
low, far and wide by all the students
and faculty of Dartmouth College, the
populaeo nnd detectives, ar
of recently recorded history.
murder more atrocious for
yenrs, and all tho
, I
all matters
There had
e people were aroused.
. IL, Aug. 21.—Judge
Samuel W. Cobb of the police court,
witli Att<
Hanover, N
jy-general Barnard and
Mitchell, accompanied by citi
zens, went to Frank Almy's room In
the vVheelo.-k House tins morning, to
conduct the preliminary examination of
the murderer.
Almy, in reply to Attorney-gonornl
Barnord'r|q »estions, as to how he felt
said that he had not any sleep and had
in pain all night. The complaint
of murder which was in customary form
was signed by N. A. Frost and was read
to A liny as lie lay on his cot.
When asked to plead he hesitated and
said, "I don't know what to do." Turn
ing to Sheriff Foster, a neighbor of the
Wardens, with whom lie
.'ell ac
quainted he inquired,"What would you
do?" Henry Foster replied, "I don't
Attorney-general Barnard then sug
st«:d that it was always safe to plead
"not guilty," and in that way his plea
stands recorded. lie waived examina
tion and was committed without bail.
s learned from tho physicians
that tho pnin of which Almy complained
was more from the upples of which he
had so ravenously ate and which tempted
him from his hiding place in Warden's
barn Wednesday night, than fr«
wounds. Although he «lid not sleep he
was apparently
rly and looks bright^
know F
ch ruited, was shaved
Hanover, N. H., Aug. 21.—At 9
'clock, this
ing, in the private
dining room of the Hotel Wheelock,
before J ustico S. W. Cobb, Frank A.
Almy was arruigm-d
tho charge of
murdering Christie C. Warden, and
after pleading not guilty was ordered to
stand committed to Hanover Hill jail to
await the action of the grand jury.
During the proceedings the prisoner lay
cot lacing the court and his face
betrayed no signs of excitement or fear.
!s in Hanover this morning
•re similar to those of yesterday after
, after Almy had been brought to
the Wheelock House. At an early hour
Ing in from the sur
fil led the
■ams began pi
unding towns
ace in front of the hotel on Main and
heeloek streets. The sidewalks w
lined with people, and everybody was
discussing the tragedy and the capture
und expi
man in the hot«?l who is being j
great desire to see the
jci for by the officials of
apparent that some
thing must be done to quickly inform
the neighboring towns that Almy could
not bo seen to-day. Accordingly J. L.
Bridgcmau, First selectman, wired the
following to telegraph operators in a
dozen different pluces :
"It is useless to come to Hanover ex
pecting to see Almy. The otlleials will
not allow him to be seen to-day.
"The murderer has been removed
from tho close
to the uppei story.
It. is not likely that the prisoner will be
taken to the Grafton county jail because
of its insecurity ami lack of accommoda
tions for the wounded man."
The present indicate
that Almy
. In
ill remain here a day
further talk with Almy to-day he em
phasizes his desire that people shall not
rank him with common murderers. He
says: "I know that 1 committed a brutal
murder, nevertheless 1
paradoxical though that statement may
appear. 1 don't deserve any pity and I
ought to suffer for my crime. Christie
said she loved me; timt I had many
qualities she admired; but, she added,
'I must test the sincerity of your love
for me by living
perhaps some timo i
efforts will he rewarded,
that lintl tliero been
not a brute,
upright life, and
the future y«
-.1 > T _ ...
outside in
fluence wo would have got along much
After Almy's arraignment and plea of
>t guilty in the hotel this morning the
ordered to be cleared of all
reporters and officers except those whom
General Bernard wished to have remain
a correspondent, who
had a long chat with Almy, and imagine
to yourself a pal«« face «m a pillow with
'hite and clear as alabas
;e that was marked
ong whe
ter and a counton;
by signs of gentility and good breeding,
ami add to that a clear blue eye, well
trimmed hair and mustache, a splendid
set of teeth, well groomed hands and
clean linen, and y
the prisoner's appearance.
"L am glad to see you
"Yesterday at this time I did not
to be alive to-day."
voice low but clear
have some idea of
," ho began,
said in a
and the expression
and manner of speech were pleasing.
That the speaker was educated and had
been of cosmopolitan habits could bo
easily gathered, and in looks he seemed
as for hum bciqg; a murderer
î I ll
L. Sullivan does from occupying the
pastorate of a city church.
"1 am suffering very great pain to
day," he added as his face gave an in
voluntary twitch and his right hand
pressed the side of his hip in which the
shot entered. In a moment, however,
he was more composed and then ho
said :
''Now it is not remarkable that they
did not find me, as I was carefully
secreted and was always well under
cover until far into the night." This is
his story of the whole affair in his own
words :
TIIE murderer's story.
"In the beginning Christie .Warden
and I w
her, and, although she had never told
me she reciprocated the feeling, I have
always felt that seo did. After I had
been in the Warden family a month or
six weeks
the best of friends. I loved
began to go about to vari
plaees together, and though she ap
peared shocked at some of the stories I
told her of my past my life she never
theless talked to me in a friendly man
ner regarding the future and told me I
could make of it what I chose. There
was familiarity between us, the famili
arity of accepted lovers, and I shall
always stick to this part of my story.
It is true that she never promised to be
my wife, but she gave me reap
believe the day was not far ' distant
when she would. Then her family in
terfered. I was practically rejected
nnd went away to forget her, if I could,
among other scenes. It was a hard thing
to do, but the only thing that remained.
I left the Warden farm and drifted
about here and there, always thinkin
of her and longing to be
could not rest unless 1 came back, and
so I returned.
"I slept in the Warden barn for a con
siderable time and saw Christie again and
again*Yrom my place of concealment,
' her unaccompanied and
so I waited, hoping for an opportunity.
When tho night of the killing came I
>thcr and Fannie depart, and
1 waited for them by the brook, guessing
at tho time they would return. When
they cunio back from the grange meet
ing I *.vas in readiness, and when the
party reached my hiding place I stepped
out. and announced who I was, and told
Mrs. Warden that I wanted to speak
with Christie. Mrs. Warden at once
flew at me, called me everything that
sho could think of, and Fannie and the
lady with them joined in, Christie alone
remaining silent.
"Such a raking over as I got for a few
moments from those two females was
enough to make a man completely lose
his head. I could stand it no longer, so
I pulled out my revolver and told them
to move on. I told them that, I intended
to see Christie alone and if they insisted
upon standing in the road I would go
Into the field. I took Christie by
the arm and asked her to go with
over into the enclosure as 1 had some
thing to tell her which I wished her to
take time in considering.
"She was perfectly willing to go with
me, and I intended to take her out of
the hearing range of the others. But no
sooner had we reached the field than
Fannie interfered, and so furiously in
sisted upon following her that I
comnelled to tell her to stand back or 1
would shoot.
r her
"Then Christie began to get fright
d and to struggle. In the excitement
which followed and the violenc«» used
and the first shot my only thought was
to keep Fannie away. Contrary to my
expectations, this had no effect
Christie and she struggled to free her
self. In the midst of her struggles in
of her wild thrusts she grabbed my
right hand, in which 1 held my revolver.
some way she pressed the hammer,
rather my finger, which held it. The
s a self-cocking
is great enough to discharge
d who
, and the
it. The girl fell
blood pouring from her body an insane
horror came over me and I believed
that she was dead.
"Then I thought that perhaps she was
not dead, but mortally wounded, and
rather than think of her
longer and know in her moments of
semi-consciousness that I had shot her,
1 fired at her again and then again.
Then l thought that I would end my
own existence, but something, I know
not what, restrained
ried from the scene and secreted
in the barn, where I have been through
all this excitement, seeing all that had
taken place—Christie's sad home coming,
the funeral and tho resumption of the
everyday life."
î hr
. ufferer
>, and so 1 hur
■EK, N. H., Aug. 22.—It. has
been established beyond a doubt tlmt
Frank C. Almy is none other than
George II. Abbott, who escaped from
the Windsor, Vt., state prison about six
ago. Warden Oakes and two
superintendents from Windsor this
morning positively identified him.
Abbott is known as an expert burglar
and a desperate criminal. liis age^to
day would be just about that «»f Almy.
When he escaped from the state prison
at Windsor a reward ol $400 was offered
for his capture, but he has never been
?sted. At tho time of his cs
ing a sentence of 15
years, having been convicted on nine
different accounts for burglary ami
entering, to which he pleaded guilty in
January, 1881.
Another strong point in the identifi
cation is the fact thnt Abbott w
Salem, Mass., and Almy is said to have
come from l hat city. Abbott is the
of Harris E. Abbott of Salem. The
lather has been dead several y
When Abbott was arrested, in 1881,
he was the ring-leader of a gang of bur
lars, who operated in the towns up and
own the Connecticut rivor, from Bar
net, Vt., on the north, to Lyme, N. 11.,
the south. Abbott made his home,
most of the time the depredations
occurring, at tho home of his uncle at
Ely Station. In December, 1880, he
was captured in the woods near Ely
Station, by a posso of citizens, under
the leadership of Deputy-sheriff Berry.
Stored in the woods were found over
300 kinds of articles which the gang had
stolen, and among them
which he had stolen from his captor,
Deputy-sheriff Berry. Abbott
also taken $800 from him. At
the time of his capture lie
made, a desperate and determine«!
resistance and received twenty different
bullet wounds beforo he surrendered.
Four days after he escaped from his
captors and
with nothing on but his night shirt and
a bed sprea«f thrown around him. He
concealed himself in a railroad culvert,
but was soon found.
capo ho w
a rifle
mile and a half
After a Busy .Session of Three Days at
Itelmboth They Leave for Home-The
The meetings of the Grangers and
members of the Legislature, which have
been in session at Rehoboth for the past
three days, were brought to a termina
tion on Friday when the legislators and
Grangers left for home.
important meeting held by the
• on Thursday evening, behind
closed doors, tho question of the freight
rates demauded by the railroad com
pany was discussed at some length.
Mortimer Whitehead, the lecturer of tho
National Grange, was present and made
an address. The Grangers were given
opportunity to express their senti
ments on the freight question, which
they did with much frankness.
Tho question which interested tho
Grangers much was the decision of the
inter-state commerce commission last
spring, which decided that the railroad
company should reduce its rates
peaches 20 per cent, and 25 per cent on
truck. The railroad company, it is
claimed, has not yet made the reduction
and the old rates prevail. The Grangers
concluded to keep up the fight and
adopted these resolutions.
Itcxolved , As the sense of this meeting,
that we have full confidence in the judg
ment and fidelity of our executive commit
d that we hereby extend our thanks
for their fidelity and efficiency, nnd con
gratulate them upon their success in prose
cuting to a favorable issue the suit against
the railroads, for reduced rates.
Remloedfurther. That we hereby pledge
them our cordial support in conducting
any further proceedings they may deem
necessary, not only by our
sympathy and encouragement, hut also
by whatever material aid that may be
qui red.
Tho Stato Grange executive commit
tee having charge of the railroad
composed of Representative John C.
Higgins of Delaware City, E. II. Ban
croft, Wyoming, and S'. Harrington
Messick of Bridgeville.
During the meeting of the Grangers
and legislators, Lecturer Whitehead ex
pressed his satisfaction of the McKinley
act and said last year the importation of
barley into this country amounted to
9,000,000 bushels. He held that the
McKinley act increasing the duty on
the grain caused the farmers in the
United States this year to raise more
barley than ever, and ho thought this
was evidence of the benefits of a protec
tive tariff.
After all the business of tho three
days' session was over with, a "full
dress" ball was given in the dining
room of the Hotel llenlopen, Thursday
îning, in honor of the General As
sembly, which proved a success.
After expressing their satisfaction at
the proceedings of tho meetings the
Grangers took their departure after tho
hop and that ended the session.
Freight Q,„ *»tlon Di*
Brotlierhuoil of tliu Union.
A convention of the (»rand Circle of
Delaware, Brotherhood of the Union,
was held in Greenwood, Tuesday week.
Tin? attendance w'as largo and officers
as follows for the ensuing year were
elected: Edgar T. Hastings, Grand
Chief Washington, of Washington Cir
cle, No. 8, of Millsboro; J. J. Fitzsim
mons, Grand Chief Jefferson, of Ilen
lopen Circle, No. 11; John H. Cnbbagc,
Grand Chief Franklin,of llenlopen Cir
cle, No. 11, of Lowes; G. L.
Grand Ilerald, of Enterprise Circle,
No. 5, of Millville; F. Daisoy,
Watch of the Day, of Enter
prise Circle, No. 5, of Millville;
E. W. Long, watch of the night, «>f Ilen
lopen Circle, No. 11, of Lewes; Edward
S. Burton, graud treasurer of Washing
ton Circle, No. 8, «.f Millsboro; W. B.
Jones, grand scroll keeper of Washing
ton Circle, No. 8, of Millsboro. C. W.
Kerns, of Diamond Suite Circle, No. 3,
of Milford, was elected repr«?sen
tative to the Supreme Circle, which
jets in this city next October.
The next, convention of tho grand
circle will be held in Milford next
August. A rising vote of thanks of the
members of the Grand Circle w
tended to the members of Lincoln
Circle and the citizens of Greenowod for
their hospitality in entertaining the
members of the Grand Circle.
n«* Quiete«l the Ruby.
Among the passengers on an up
Delaware train Friday evening was an
infant which cried loud and long. The
child's mother could not quiet it and
her annoyance was great. Turning in
his seat a newspaper man took the babe
from the woman's grasp, lifted it ov
here he sat ami placed it
knee, when it began to scream more
lustily. Thereupon his companion, a
prominent State official, took it from
him, but his efforts t«> st>othe the tot
availing. Finally the
r ere
grabbed the youngster, put its head
his shoulder, stepped out in the aisle
and down until the
and walked
child went to sleep. Returning to his
seat he held the sleeping infant until
the train entered the city, lie was
heartily congratulated by his fellow
passengers and he feels hig'hly elated be
cause he accomplished what the official
could not do.
Fire on
well'* Funn
Elkton, Aug. 21.—A fire this after
noon on the home farm of lfon. John
A. J. CreBwell, near Elkton, destroyed
two large hay barracks, 60 tons of hay,
900 bushels wheat, 1,000 bushels oats,
«1 a thrashing machine valued at $700,
which was in operation at the time.
The loss to Mr. Creswell is estimated
at $3,000; insured for $800 in the
Mutual Fire
of Cecil
Insurance Company
The origin of
the fire is unknown, but it is thought
t«» have started from a match passing
through the machine, igniting and lodg
ing in the straw at tho end of the
chine. Tho wind at the time was blow
ing hard from the south-west, and only
by the greatest effort was a tenant-house
by saved from flying sparks.
Complaint Against a i
"That farmer is too mean to take his
team to a livery stable," was the re
mark heard on King street Saturday.
The horse and team were tethered at a
post in front of Hanover Presbyterian
Church. Tiie animals were hungrily
munching a big bunch of hay that lay
hiosely on the «'obble stones. It is un
derstood that the farmer who allowed
his team to be hitched in the place re
ferred to was breaking tho market law
In doing so. The street resident« are
continually complaining of such In
fractions of the law. It would not have
cost the farmer more than 15
to have his horses fed and cared for In a
livery yard.
20 cents
The Rev. Giles B. Cooke has become
rector at North Ea6t, succeeding the
Rev. E. K. Miller, who has removed to
N *w |, "!^ji. l » it, — î- -—
Opposed to Council Paying
Certain Judgments.
TheCityCouncil's Handsome
Balance in Bank.
Correcting Ml»
City Taxe«--Kerelpts
rtments During Laut
Thursday's Regular
es In tho Payment of
f Va
eting of Connell.
Thursday's session of City
was prolonged by reading
many bills. All members
1 passing
! present.
)r Willey was in attendance awhile
City Solicitor Curtis was present
during the entire session.
Howard B. Springer and Charles F.
Welch were refunded overpaid cupitu
tion tax amounting respectively to
$2.50 and $2.56.
George W. Griffith's request for the
refunding of $25.75, which he claimed
to be overpaid tax, was denied, his bills
being correct as per assessment.
An ordinance making an extra appro
priation for paying
was put on its third
proved by'the
certain judgments
reading, passed, ap
and declared to be
ordinance of tile city. On its adop
tion Mr. Murray alone voted in the
negative. In explanation of his vote
he said the judgments wore obtained
because of accidents which occurred
the streets and the Board of Directors
of the Street and Sewer Department
having sole control of the highways
should pay the judgments.
Mr. Dannenberg gave notice that at
the next meeting he will introduce
ordinance to amend the ordinance
passed in 1856 concerning offences
agaiust public economy and certain
The city treasurer reported in bank
$168,245.92 to the credit of current ex •
penses, And $4,454.62 to tho credit of
special deposit. Of the amount de
posited he reported that $72
Union National Bank, and $23,850 in
each of the depository banks, lie also
reported the following receipts : From
Collector Mitchell, $500 and $1,050,
city and school taxes for 1890 and 1891
respectively; from Administrator Mealy,
$150 and $575, city and school taxes for
1890 and 1891
815.92 1« i
•spectivcly; from the
Board of Water Commissioners, $2,175,
interest on loan No. 26; from the clerk
of council, $60, returned witness fees.
The city auditor certified to the correct
ness of tjie accounts of the city treasurer.
To the police committee was referred
a petition from Thomas Fagan, asking
that he Jkj refunded $10, the amount of
a fine imposed for allowing horses to
at jarge. He explained that the
horses had been i
field, that some
body had broken the fence and let the
animals out and that when they w
seized they were standing in front of
the gate-of the enclosure. The Board of
Education was allowed its August ap
propriation, amounting to $9,123.08.
Mr. White moved that the printing
committee be instructed to have 50
copies of the Police Commission act
printed for the use of members of Coun
cil. Mr. Murray objected, stating that
such a proceeding is unnecessary, since
Council will s«»on bo in possession of
printed copies of all the aets passed
during the late session of the Legisla
ture. Mr. McKelvey said he hoped the
committee would net be put to
necessary expense; it had to r
bills left by the last Council, arid its ap
propriation is light. Mr. White dis
avowed any intention of saddling the
committee with unnecessary expense.
In respt
the city solicitor stated that he wus in
formed some time ago that printed
copies of the acts would be ready for
distribution this month, but of late he
had heard nothing of the, matter. Mr.
White withdrew his motion.
any un
r a lot of
to a request for informât!«
111» Amputated Arm.
Lathly Nichols of Thomastown, Me.,
whose diseased
putated, experienced some remarkable
sensations after the operation had been
completed. After amputation the arm
placed in a box in a somewhat cramped
position and Nichols complained
of a severe pain. Without his knowledge
;as placed in a more natural
position, whereupon he expressed great
relief. As the missing member was
carried away lie indicated to those
around him just how the box was
moved, and when it was tipped from a
level he felt considerable pain. He told
when it was placed in tho ground, and
indicated by gestures with his remain
ing arm every shovelful of earth that
was thrown upon it, expressing much
relief wheu the interment was over.
was recently
rortraUn for I lie Inntitute.
Tho Wilmington Institute Library has
just acquired a set of very fine portraits
prints of the series "Men of Mark."
They have been framed by George
Hardcastle and now hang upon each of
the book shelf divisions surrounding the
reading room. Among the portraits
those of Thomas Alva Edison, Walt
Whitman, Henry Browning, Victor
Hugo, George J. Goschen, Herbert
Spencer, Lord Granville, Professor
I lux ley, Lord Salisbury, Mr. Gladstone,
Queen Victoria, the late Archbishop of
Canterbury, Abraham Lincoln, Cardi
nal Manning, Sir Frederick Leighton,
P. R. A. ami Tennyson. A handsome
new carpet has been laid in tho li
brarian's office.
National Guard .Surgrnn*.
Assistant Surgeon J. Paul Lukens,
N. G. D., has received notification of a
meeting to be held in the Lt'land House
September 17th
next, of the surgetms and assistant sur
geons of the National Guard of the
United States for tho purpose of organ
izing an association of military surgeons
of the National Guard.
parlors, Chicago,
World'* Fair Reprenen
The members of tho World's Fair
Committee will meet September 2d, in
Uio Cotik County Council Chamber,
Chicago. Willard Hall Porter and
George V. Massey, representatives from
Delaware are to be present. Mrs. J.
Frank Ball, of this city, and Mrs.
Kinder, of Milford, of the lady
gers for this State will also be present.
Lieutenant A. D. Chaytor, Acting
Quartermaster-general, N. G. D., is
filling out company requisitions for
coat», helmets, clothing and other com
pany stores that the juilitia may
aeea of. " __

be in
OfDrial Figure*« of the Strange Vessel
Now at the Tusey Sc Jones Yards.
The official figures giving the dimen
sions of the whaleback steamer Wet
more, now at the Pusey & Jones yards,
are as follows : Length, 265 feet; beam
amidships, 38 feet; hold, 24 feet; gross
tonnage, 1,400; net r«*gistered tonnage,
1,075; draft when fully loaded, 164 feet.
The propelling power consists of a fore
and nft compound surface condensing
engine, with cylinders 26 and 50 inches
diameter by 42-inch stroke, built by
Samuel F. Hodge & Co., Detroit, Mich.,
and two steel boilers, 114 feet long and
138 inches diameter to carry 125 pounds
of steam, constructed by Hammond «&
Coon, Buffalo, N. Y. The full load line
draft is 18 feet. There arc two forward
bulkheads and three aft bulkheads for
holding the water ballast (800 tons) and
coal. There are powerful steam pumps
board, and the tanks can be filled so
as to submerge the ship to any required
The American Shipbuilder says there
is not a 3,000-ton capacity steamship
afloat that would be allowed to go to
sea with only four sailors and three
firemen, yet that is all the Wetmore
Among the special advantages claimed
for tills novel vessel are an economy of
40 per cent in the cost of construction;
a saving at the same rate of speed of
nearly 40 per cent in horse power, 800
horse power and two boilers doing the
work at present done by 2,000
power and six boilers, and all the result
ing economy in space for coal, «fcc.;
almost entire freedom from rolling
pitching in stormy seas; great carrying
capacity with light displacement.
Other pcculiarties of the vessel are
the heels of the four
. masts do not
go down through the iron back to the
bottom. They rest on the deck of the
vessel. There is
keel. Her con
sumption of coal on the voyage fr«
Liverpool was only 12 tons a
against 300 tons of the fastest ocean
The Shipbuilder adds: The
the Wetmore consists of master, first
officer, second mate, two engineers, two
oilers, three coal passers, three firemen,
four sailors, cook and pteward. The
wages paid is as follows, the sum given
after each number corresponds with the
position named above : First, $120;
second, $60; third, $50; fourth, $100;
fifth, $60; sixth, $25; seventh, $25;
eighth, $20; ninth, $20; tenth, $20;
eleventh, $20; twelfth, $20; thirteenth,
$20; fourteenth ,J$ 18, fifthteenth, $18;'six
tcenth, $18; seventeenth, $18; eighteenth,
$60; nineteenth, $50. Wliere^ is there
an American ocean steamship of 3,000
tons carrying capacity that
with 19 men and manned for $725 a
month ?
day as

be run
Through the courtesy of the officials
at the Pusey and Jones yards hundretls
of citizens enjoyed the pleasure of a
Friday to the novel steamer
The propriety of the name whale
back is vividly realized at first view of
the immense conical cylinder of steel as
she was
alongside the wharf yesterday,
suggests the idea
in lying prone at low tide
i of some modern
naval engine than a cargo vessel.
Another point that strikos the visitor
as he clambers up upon her great arched
sides is the great simplicity of the archi
tecture of the monster. Standing at the
mouth of the main hold entrance and
peering down into its cavernous (lepths
what is comprehended is an immense
cylindrical box with nothing in the way
to obstruct an alnu»st unlimited storage
of cargo. Speaking of the mouth of
the hold, however, it would be mislead
ing to fail to explain that there is really
speaking no such entrance way, in the
usual understanding of the term. All
the upper part of the vessel between the
two deck houses at stern and bow is
equivalent simply to a series of sliding
box covers moved back and forth as the
exigencies of cargo lading may require.
All the heavy motive machinery is lo
cated below near the stern.
F. E. Dw'ight, the newspaper corre
spondent aboard the Wetmore, who has
been on her since her launching, re
ceived the representatives of the press
and most courteously escorted them all
over the novel vessel.
He has not the slightest fears as to
her complete seaworthiness, nud, as to
tho whaleback's cargo carrying capacity
and inferentially as a
, that lie considers a question already
The officers' state rooms
apartments loeatod in the storn deck
house. When questioned as to his idea
of the safety and security of tho. deck
house should the whaleback be met by
heavy seas Mr. Dwight pointed out the
stout iron pillars and staneheons which
fasten it to the ship structure and also
to the opening between either end of the
the stern deck house which would allow
the heavy seas to wash through.
The most critical experience of the
nace's quarters. This was a voritablo
descent into the darkest Erebus that the
local press had any
hitherto. Down several dark passage
ways, by two or three series of stairs
where the procession had to feel rather
than to see its way, and then into the
furnace room.
"Now gentlemen," Mr. Dwight pleas
antly remarked, as the party stood in
the dim, ruddy twilight of the banked
furnaces, "you can take a Turkish bath
—all for nothing." Tho representatives
of the press wore already perspiring
under an atmosphere which tho ther
mometer indicated to be 112° !
The visitors did not stay long, but
gladly followed their cicerone back
through the circuitous passageways,
dark and close, more like the shafts of
a coal mine than the exit from the hull
of a modern steamship. Reaching the
opening to the secoud deck Mr. Dwight's
party were saluted wiüi a «lraught of
cold air and dazzling sunshine, thec«»m
bined effect« of which made them blink
like knnts and almost shiver with <3old.
But it is not necessary to add that the
deck thermometer showed almost 90°.
But the visitors had just emerged from
a temperature of 112° and a chasm of
darkness where eyesight was almost
All along the Pusey & Jones wharves
boxes, kegs and bales of machinery lay
ready for being stowed aboard. Aft
Wetmore was filled up with coal to
tho apex of the deck cone.
Being a steam vessel, she will take the
strain «»f Magellan on her outward voy
age, thus avoiding the heavy
Cape Horn.
,'as to the engine room andfur
cp*?rience of
I'enohe* for the
Levy Courtman John W. Jolis of St.
Georgos hundred has sent two baskets
of fine Reeves Favorite poaches to Pres
ident Harrison, at Cape May Point.
He Assaulted a Colored Woman and It
Cost Him Twenty-five Dollars.
Frederick W. Neutze, a county con
stable, was before Judge Ball on Thurs
the charge or assault and bat
tery on Margaret Burton, a colored
woman. She testified that she heard a
knock at the front door, which was
standing open, and when she went there
Neutze asked her where Julia Hogan
was. She replied that she did not know,
as Julia had not been in her house for
some time. Neutze told her she was
lying, that he had been told that the
had a warrant to arrest her, Margaret
still persisted that Julia was not there,
when Neutze grabbed her by the
shoulders and pushed her against the
wall and choked her. Neutze had no
refuting witnesses, and did not deny the
statement as :
, Judge Ball, in pronouncing sentence,
said: ''This court always endeavors to
defend the rights of an officer in the
performance of his duty, but it must, us
well, defend the rights of the law-abid
ing citizens of this city. In our opinion
a brutal and a
of them,
in the house and he
made by the prosecuting
ggravated assault
a wc also do not
think that you
a proper person to
hold the office that hns been bestowed
on you. The sentence of this court is
that you suffer the fine of $25 and
The Delaware State Firemen's Assnela
ILiving the Biggest Con
In the State.
The Delaware State Firemen's Asso
ciation executive committee, the mem
bers of which are doing their best to
make the convention to be held here
October 14th tho biggest success in the
records of the association, has issued
the following appeal to the public:
The Delaware State Firemen's Associa
tion. having been invited to convene in
Wilmington on October 14th, 1891, nnd a
committee appointed for their reception,
we, the said committee, feel it incumbent
upon 11s to solicit of our friends and citi
zens of Wilmington such aid as may be in
their power to contribute for theentertain
?nt of the visitors. We offer the
•e that your contributions will be thor
oughly appreciated and will ultimately
accrue to the benefit of the community at
large. Very truly yours, executive com
mittee. D. 8. F. A., George .Simmons,
Friendship, No. 1; William T.G p '*»* n . w«<.
cacoe, No. 8; M. .1. Gorman, Reliance, No.
2; Theodore H. l'ratt. Delaware. No. 3;
Jacob Kopp, Fame Hose, No. 1; John A.
Mullin, .Etna Hose Company, Newark;
John W. Jolis, Middletown Hose Com
There Is the utmost enthusiasm among
the local fire companies over the ap
proaching convention. Each company
is striving to have the best band obtaina
ble here
on Proi
in Philadelphia.
Subscription books are being passed
around, and the citizens of Wilmington
are requested to see that no money is
paid to others than the authorized sub
scription agents of tho Delawure State
Firemen's Association.
Death of Edward A. Glbbo
Edward A. Gibbons, son of Richard
P. Oibbons, died yesterday week at
the residence of his parents, No. 1311
Market street. His death resulted from
a complication of disoaBes. He
born in this city and
33 years old.
His early education was obtained at the
public schools and St. Mary's College,
which stood on Delaware avenue
Madison street, and in 1882 ho was
graduated from Ilaverfonl College. He
learned the trade of a machinist at the
works of the Pusey & Jones Company
and soon thereafter beeame head
machinist at Arlington Mills, which
position lie held until poor health
polled him to resign it. Mr. Gibbons'
body was buried in the Wilmington and
Brandywine cemetery on Monday.
»r Burklev'« Vlrtlt.
Senator It. C. Barkley of South Caro
lina and family are visiting their cousin
James Barkley of the James Barkley
Brothers Company of this city. Senator
Barkley, who is also a member of the
Charleston city council is one of the
representative, enterprising merchants
of that place. He expresses the highest
admiration of our fine peach market.
He does not appear ignorant of Gov.
Biggs recipe for peach brandy for he re
marked to tho reporter : •'If Delaware
will furnish the brandy South Carolina
will furnish the best brand of honey."
The senator will make a stay here of a
An Italian Wo
Mary Carmentez, alias Mary Tie,
woman having only one eye and
•, was arraigned before Squire
Frank E. Smith on Saturday, charged
with brutally treating her son, Harman
Carmentez, aged 9 years. The irate
mother beat the child in the eyes and
face and hit him severely about the fore
head. Sho also wrenched his hand and
would have broken it but for the inter
ference of neighbors. The arrest was
made by Agent Stout of S. P. U. C.,
who was acquainted with the case, an«l
at once set out to make an investigation.
The woman was fined $25 and cost«.
rjtt Family.
Persons passing through the P., W. <fc
B. railroad passenger station
day had their attention attracted by a
group of colored people which occupied
a whole bench in tho north-ea«t corner
of the waiting room. It consisted of a
mother and seven children, the oldest of
which was not more than 11 years old.
All were neatly attired, and none budged
from the seat to which he had been
s Cruelty.
New Examining Hoard.
Adjutant-general G. J. Hart lias an
nounced the appointment of the follow
ing new board of examiners for officers'
in the National Guard.
The members are Colonel E. Stacv,
Captain Edmund Mitchell, Jr., and
Lieutenant O. D. Robinson. The board
will meet In the parlors of the Clayton
House on Wednesday, September 2d.
Fire Alarm Box Smashed.
About 4 o'clock Saturday morning
alarm of fire was sounded from box 115,
Eighth and Lombard streets. A police
who happened to be in the neigh
borhood saw a negro leaving the box.
On arriving there the officer discovered
that the door had been smashed in. It
was this that caused tho alarm to ring.
Chase was made after the negro but he
was not caught.

Mr. Spicer Is a Candidate.
George. W. Spicer, Jr., a merchant
doing business at Marshalltdn, near this
city, and a well-known, active Demo
crat, has entered the lists
for clerk of the orphans' court and
register in chancery. The office will
become vacant in about two years.
a candidate
Candidates of the Pennsyl
vania Republicans.
He Materially Modifies th#
Blaine Resolution.
Blnlne Endorsed, But Not Positively
Placed In Nomination for the Presi
dency—A Ticket Nominated
the Old Soldiers—A Review of the SltMP
The Pennsylvania Republican state
convention at Harrisburg, yesterday,
week, after adopting the platform, as
telegraphed in full to The Gazette,
made these nominations :
For Auditor-general—David Mc
Murtrie Gregg of Berke.
For State Treasurer—John C. Morrison
of Allegheny.
When the convention adjourned for
dinner it was supposed that the com
mittee of resolutions would conclude
that a resolution nominating Blaine for
the Presidency would be the right thing,
and that the convention would declare
Gen. Gregg and Granger Price the right
candidates. During the recess, it began
to be whispered about that the latter
had finally reconsidered his declaration
of willingness to accept tho nomination
for state treasurer and had instructed
Eben Brewer to go into the convention
and nominate him for auditor general,
with the accompanying declaration that
he would not accept any other pi
the ticket. This was notbeliev • at first,
as his friends had led e leader*, to be
lievo that, if the nomination came to
him unanimously, he would accept it,
but before the real truth was fully
known there was another surprise in
store for the convention.
The committe
resolutions ap
peared, led by Magee, who reported a
Ï ilatform indorsing and commending
Haine in the strongest terms, without
demanding liis nomination for the
Presidency. This created a sensation,
and word was passed around that
Mngee had bowled Quay out. Culbert
son at once offered
this plank restoring the nominating
clause, and made a flory speech in favor
of its adoption. He w
band could be silenced, which begun
playing "Hail to the Chief," and on th«
the adoption of tho amendment
declared lost.
amendment ttf v *
answered by
Lackawanna as soon as the
A call was made for the vens and
nays, but a few of the dioler head*,'
recognizing that the amendment would
bn defeated, induced > 'nlbertson to with
draw it, and the pi- . » -win as repnrtetl
was adopted. Thor ' was a good deal
by the more hot-head« 1 «] of Qun\
friends, and Magee and Flinn wc
busy explaining that they were m
friends of Blaine as Quav himself, hut
thought it miwi
recommend his nomination a
advance of the national c
nifested f<
i'. >•; >t
Candidates Gregg and Morrison and
Permanent Chairman Elkins met last
evening and elected Lieut. Gov. Louis
A. Watres, chairman of the Republican
Estate Committee, to succeed William II.
The ticket nominated an«I the plat
form adopted by tho convention, came
far short of satisfying all the elements
repréBented, but for various reasons very
nearly every one is professing satisfac
tion with both. Some of Quay's friends
think he was outgeneraled by Magee In
elimination of the nomination clause
of the Blaine resolution, but if Quay
thinks so he is too discroet to admit it.
Magee disclaims any intention of
kind and says he was only desirous of
conforming to the sentiment expressed
by a majority of the committee and sus
tained by a majority of the conven
The old soldiers are undoubtedly
satisfied with the ticket, as they have
been accorded both ends of It. The
farmers in the convention are complain
ing that they were patted on the back
in the platform and showed the door
when the ticket was made up. For this
their candidate and his friends were
partly to blame, but perhaps the farmers
who w
be made to think so. The labor element
was accorded a candidate for office that
will not exist after the votes are counted.
They may not find out that they have
been juggled with until after election,
but it will be their own fault if they do
not at the convention cannot
The selection of Watres for chairman
as cverbody
. and Watres has
opportunity to make any one
yet. Nearly all the uarty leaders
tho defeat of last fall may be re
trieved at the coming election, but
of them cared to nave their friends
where they would he iu danger of being
under the hay if tho Republican wagon
should happen to get upset.
This is the situation as it appears after
a canvass among the po
delegates who still remain
They hope the ticket can be eloctod, but
many of them express grave doubts
about it. The shadow of last fall's de
feat and the Bardsley defalcation ob
scure the Republican horizon, and the
convention has failed to make even a
rift in the clouds.
meets general approval,
was tired of Andrews, ai
not had
liticlaas and
at the hotels.
Tho Now Ma.;onic Temple in Co
e Windy CUy.
A good picture of tho new Masonic
Temple now in course of erection at
Chicago, and which is to be completed
before the World'è Fair takes place, has
been received by the Masonic order !ü
this city, framed aud plaça! in a con
spicuous placo In the reading room of
the Masonic building. The structura,
which is a mammoth one containing
architectural designs, will be Ute
highest commercial building in the
world, standing 19 stories in height
It will be fitted
• . î
up with 11 elevators
having a combined carrying capacity of
50,000 persons per day.
There will bo 4,700 tons of steel used
in the construction of the building,
which will be erected at a cost of
$4,500,000. The gigantic structure will
Masonic building pre
outstrip any
viously constructed by mortal
John D. Lafferty, the first treasurer
of the Bayard Democratic Club, „.tt
B ayard Legion, and for 15 years fore
man at Pickel'« foundry, died on Wed
nesday weeiu aned 71 year«. _

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