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for the edification of members around me how thUisdoue. (Cries of"Q© The Desert Land act allows a man to take a quantity of land for him self only, not exceeding 640 acres, npon duo proof of reclamation. Here is a stream running, we will say for tlio sake of illustration, from this poiut around to where my friend from Kansas (Mr. Peters) sits. I want to got possession of this property, and I hire Tom, Dick and Harry—hire men everywhere—to go and make desert land claims,with an agreement on their part that as soon as the proof is presented and recognized \n the local Land Office they will turn the evidence of title over to me. That is done. It is true, tho men have got to commit perjury in order to accomplish it, but what does that amount to when you are robbing the government? It does not amount to anything ap parently. Tho DeseH Land act re quires that there shall be reclama tion, that there shall bo water con ducted upon the land. I hold here in my hand official records to show that men who have made entries in this way take a plough and go and run a line, plough a dead furrow up hill and down, around and about, and go back to tho local office and swear that a ditch has been con structed, no matter how steep the hill may bo, for water is presumed to run up a hill for the benefit of a «nan who desires to rob the govern ment—that a ditch has been con structed and is ready to have the water conveyed into it as soon as the head works are constructed. The conveyances are then made to the employer and the men are paid at As to tho laud which requires actual settlement as is required by the Homoetead and the Pre-emption laws, here is a favorite way of doing it. Tho law requires there shall be proof of a house being erected, and the man making the proof is the. actual occupant of the land and re sides in the house. They will build a house and put it on wheels. The «an hired by the party desiring to make the entry goes in and #loepe in the house one night, then goes to the nearest land office and swears he lived in the house sit uated on the land 9 feet by 12, with _a seconcfi sto ry, and all that sort of thing, gh ing a minute description of what for that country would be a pretty exoellent housq. Next morn ing a pair of oxen are attached to the house and haul it on to the neighboring piece of land, and the same process is gone through. My colleague sitting near me (Mr. Plumb) tells me a mau in his town was one of a party of capitalists who, by just such methods, secured in one county in Nebraska 27,000 acres of the public lands, and the. records in the department show it. SYSTEMATIC AND «DCCESSÏIJL FRAUD. It is useful for workingmen and tho Knights of Labor to bear in «nind that these frauds «natte. They have been going successfully so long that the rascal ity has boon reduced to a system. A capitalist land grabber wants ten or twenty or forty thousand acres of the people's homesteads lbr him self, and he goes or seuds out, hires Hie vagabonds of the region at •much a month to perjure themselves, and got his land, or did until tho present administration began the work of reform with energy. But then at once the ltuid grab bers began to cry out ; Mr. Randall and the Appropriations Committee came to their help by denying a .-proper force to uncover these vast frauds and bring their perpetrators to justice ; and the Republican Sen ate, with Senator Dolph, of Oregon, as their leader in the infamous busi ness, demanded, as the condition on which alone they would suffer the •repeal of tho Pre-emption, Timber Culture and Desert Land hvste acts, which havo bocn the cover of these frauds, that all that had been grabbed under them should be con doned and legalized. The House righteously refused. The House was so desirous to get the Senate's agree ment to therepeal of these iniqiiitious (aws that its conferees even offered, says Mr. Payson :— On the proposal in the Senate bill to validate fraudulent entries « that we would agree to a clause validating all such entries where they had been sold to bona tide purchasers who were actual settlers to the extent of 160 acres, and we practically «greet! to enlarge the amouut to 320 acres, if the Senate would agree. 8KNATOHS VERSUS VOX POPULL. The Senate, under the lead of Sen ator Dolph, refused this and caused the repeal hill to be lost. Mr. Pay son justly said :— Mr. Speaker, I do not impute motives to any one, but I do not be lieve the Senate cares to pass any bill repealing these obnoxious laws, d he said also :— Mr. Speaker, in all my experience here I have never known of a half dozen cases of complaint against tho present B3 r stem made by men claim* ing 160 acres or less of public land ; the complaints that have come to my knowledge are always by specu lativc holders, money lenders, or parties claiming large acres of land. I speak within bounds when I An say that now in the room of the Com mittee on the Publio Lands there are petitions filed by more than one hundred and fifty thousand voters of this country demanding the tire repeal of these laws. More than one hundred and fifty thousand voters of the laboring men of this country have petitions for the pass age of bijh* repeal ing the Pre ptvon law, the Timber Culture law, the commutation feature of the Homestead law and the Desert Land act. It seems as though that wave of public sentiment is spending it self without results. It is the old contest of capital against popular sentiment, and as usual, it looks as if capital would win. en It is the struggle of the monopo list against the people, and, as usual, the people must, it seems, yield. By delay, inaction and insisting upon all sorts of amendments this bill will probably be killed again, and under the provisions of these laws and the frauds rendered possi ble by them, the process of making millionaires and paupers at the same time will be continued. 'J i Immense estates are being created/ which will in time breed trouble ii this land. POINTERS. Now look out for Spring. Join the Warren Athletic Club, and save doctor'« bills. McKinney, the grocer, 1820 King St. is a reliable man to deal w.th. The Garfield Social Circle wi'l have an evening party in the Mf,Clary build ing on Mouday night. S. W. Schultz has succeeded the firm of Henry Boettger & Soh, cigar makers, No. 3 East Fourth Street. RyanAs Seeds, the Plumbers, No. 217 West Fourth Street, furnish estimates *ind fliLorflers vdjjb promptness, either in city or country. B. Fay Mills, the Evangelist, left for Brooklyn on Widnesday, leaving the p-opieof Wilmington mucii impressed with ills sermons. The Young People's Association of St. Paul's M. E. Church, will give the Cantata of Queen Esther, in the Opera House, during the latter part of May. The Wilmington and Peninsula Hail way and Steamboat Guide is distributed freely among the market people,several thousand copies being given away at every issue. Miss Maggie Tucker wants tlm ladies of Wilmington to wait for the opening of her Millii.ery Store, No. 606 King Street, on tlie 25th, before purchasing their Spring goods. Joseph N. Baker, of the music firm of William Blasius & Co., No. 805 Market Street, was merried Miss Mary Alexander, of Philadelphia, The event was celebrated by a wedding tour to New York. Mardi 8th to Klngswood Sunday School. The literary and musical entertain, ment at Klngswood M. E. Sunday School, 14th and Claymont Sts., Monday night last, was attended by audience tlmt tilled the building. The programme as publ shed ill this naper last Saturday, was carried out fully, the musical b'udolr stand recital being encored. After the entertainment William E. Harper was preseutetl with a beautiful hoquet of flowers bv the ofll cers and tenchers of the school, in ognltlon of his work in behalf of the affair. The whole party then proceeded to the Inuse of Min. William H. Patter, son. at 13th and Claymont, where an abundance of refreshments had on ■ ■■ rer. gener oualy been provided by tlmt lady. About two hours were most agreeably spent in doing justice to tho eatables and in cial intercourse. The school is in a flourishing condition, under the super vision of George W. Todd,and ministry of the Rev. William L. White, two of tlie most energetic church workers in the city. 10 Illustrated Address. The Rev. D. C. Babcock, Correspond ing Secretary of the Pennsylvania Tern perance Union, will deliver an Illustrat ed Address in the Opera House, at 8:30 o'clock to-morrow afternoon, under the auspices of the Wilmington Red Ribbon Association. Everybody is invited to hear this forcible speaker. AFRIC AN AMERICANISMS. Bruce Association — Personals—• Chur, hfs, Garnett Literary an^ Topics of Interast. Association's entertain ption was a great flnan The. ment a There wUI be a grand concert and musical eutirlalnroent at naven M. E. Chapel, on Thursday evening, March 24th, at which Unie Philadelphia's fam ous soprailo and alto, Mrs. Marie E. Waters and her sister. Miss Mary Par ker, will make their debut in Wilming ton, and slhg several of their choicest pieces. They are both members of Zoan M. E. Church'Choir, Philadelphia. dal Rev. Dr. J. Hudson Riddick, pastor M|. E. Church, Philadelphia, and editor of the Conference Standard , was in thisbity last week. - '-The Garnet Liteiary Association held an interesting meeting in Bethel A. M. E. Cn/'üriÆ in Tliursday night. Theat tendijnee was large. of Zoar All the numbers of the Bruce Associ to be present at the atipn are requested meeting <?h Monday night next at their parlor, 8/2 Tatnal street. The Colored men of Wyandotte have shown 7 wisdom in uniting themselves withihe Knights of Labor. They have de /Snstrated the fact that colored men are/capable of grasping a good thing wjien they see it., The sooner colore I men ail over the country learn this the better it will be for the race. In union there is strength ; hence labor must unite to get justice. Organization, agi tation and legislation needed among the laboring classes of this counlry. wliat are Every teacher, philosopher and other man of influence among our people must impress them with the importance of two things—buying land and learning trades* The signs of the times as tend by every intelligent man. show plainly that the Negro must see these things or be driven to the wall. PERSONALS. Rev. D. A. Ridout, pastor of Haven M. E. Chapel, is npt only one of the most scholarly young men in the city, but one of the most enterprising and energetic, ar d is greatly beloved by his congregation. Miss Esther Armstrong is in Che« er visit j ayfr ie nds -___...... Mr. J C. Wright was in Phil idelphia Wednesday. Miss Julia Scarr, of Elkton, was in the city Thursday. Miss Ida Backus has a severe cold. The different churches were well at tended last Sunday. The Garnett is alive again. LOCAL K. OF L. NOTES. Bast Sunday,« remarks on Henry George's land theory developed both sides of the question, one speaker hav ing prepàred a lengthy essay in opposi tion to Mr. George. The principal points of opposition were that the theo ry proposed class legislation, placing of all taxation on land; that instead of making land free as its object is, it would have the opposite effect; the removal, not the imposition of t*x, tending to freedom. Beside this, it was urged tha*, putting a tax on anything causes a monopoly, as for instance, the liquor traffic, only those who can afford to pay the tax can hold the business. Therefore, under George's theory, the debtor class would have to surrender their land to the creditor class, and the scheme of taxation would result in bru eiit to capitalists money-lenders and 'and-sharks. Germania Ass mbly, No. 7958, will have an entertainment at Turner Hall, No. 300 East Fourth *ft., on Monday niglit. There will be plenty of go. d singing and other enjoyable feature. The tickets have been placed at twenty five cents each, admitting a lady and gentleman. Universal Assembly, No. 6217, was treated to an explanation of the Great Seal, on Tuesday night, by the Organ izer for Delaware. Come to the lyceuin meeting to-mor row afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, northwest corner of Fifth and Walnut Sts. It will be the last Sunday meeting, and the prospect of organizing a chib for week day night meetings, will be discussed. If justice to the workingmen of Wil mington, depended on the pluck shown by some of them in asserting their rights, they would all be reduced to starvation the ii, Yerger's advertisement of hames^ and trunk«, 407 Shipley Snbsori re for Tue Weekly Times. JOHN H. EDWARDS, Manufactured of Cigars and Dealer In All Brands of Tobacco, 108 West Tenth 8t„ Wilmington. Del. IW. MARTIN FARRELL, Dealer in all kinds of Flour, Grain, Hay, Straw, Heeds, Oat Meal and Buckwheat Flour. The Best Minnesota Flmiron hand. Tho friends and public please give a call. 208 Hast Fourth Street. me J ' HIJISS, Merchant Tailor No. 4 East Third Street. All the New and Leading Styles kept on hand. ^piEHCE, GRAY & CO. Fresh Country Produce and Fisher, men's Supplies. Northwest corner 7th and Bennett Sts. 'J* A. MURPHY, Dealer in M§at§ §L®iFs©^tttKss No. 500 Poplar Street. J] E. STAATS, Denier in ff TO i MR Salt Meats a Specialty. At New Store; S. W. cor B& Kirkwood. G lass front. ~ I am now in my new store with a complete stock of GROCERIES AND PROVISIONS Fresh and Salt Meats a Specialty. Goods Delivered Free of Charge. J. D. WARD, Corner Eleventh and Lombard. J. H. RÏGNEY, W. Corner 4th an ' Lombard Sts.; Coffee, Tea, Flour and Rutter, our specialties. A fine line of canned goods and dried fruits, also fish in gre.it variety \ fur Lenten season. Goods at Lowest Prices. T. TOPPING Groceries and Provisions AND FANCY CAKES. NEW STOCK, Southeast corner 6th and Lombard Sts. _Give me a trial. g C. JVELLS, , Dealer in Staple & Fancy Groceries Southwest cor. 10th and Wilson Sts. The Aklen Fruit Vinpgar a Spe cialty. QHAti. J1E1NEL& SON, Dealers in Firearms and Ammunition Of all kinds. Repairing bicycles and small machine ry a specialty. Special attention given to the repair ing of all kinds of electric work at No. 110 East 2d St., Wilmington. jsr. J. BURROW US, FIRST CLASS BARBER. As good a Shave and Hair Cut as where in Wilmington. No. lot West Tenth street. F. MUNDORFF, Dealer in Tobacco, Cigars and Confectioner) Also all the Sunday pale rs. Southwest corner loth and Poplar Sts. Best Brands of Tobaccos and Cigars always qp hau I. _ p»USY A. WALTON, any COAL DEALER, Office and Yard, Foot of Fourth Street. Best grades constantly on hand. Coal delivered in cellar free of extra charge when put in by shute wagon. Telephone call. No. 87. • w. II. STUART, Dealer in Extra Family Flour The Best Minnesota Flour on hand Buckwheat Flour and all kinds of Mill reed. Hay and Straw. Northwest corner 5th and Walnut Sts. JJAIR GOODS, In all the latest styles, at mm & Fimr® 618 Market 8t., Wilmington. Del. Ladle«'and Children's Hair Cutting a specialty. JF YOU WOULD HAVE A Styllshand Well Made Huitof Clothe« call on THORP & BACHI R, Merchant Tailors No. 404 Shipley Street, Wilmington, Delaware, Ail new goods to s elect fit>m. ^RUNK8. THUNKS. OO TO HIRAM YERGER, Harm*«* »oil Truuki, No. 407 Shipley Street. Q L. SIMMONS, DEALKRIN Groceries, Provisions and Ship Stores Pluur »t Mill i'rlces N, E. Cor. Second and Poplar. Telm hona — Q.EORGE U. WHITEMAN, BOARDING, SALE AND EX CHANGE STABLES. 716 to 719 Shipley Street, Wilmington. Horses and carriage« to hire. Horses boarded by the day. week TjURIIA & LEWIS, -L ÜKALKK8 IN Ice Cream, Confectionery and i'ancy Cakes, 817 Market Btieet, .Wilmington Dal. month. Dal. Parti** w*<|(Hng» «îppMwl at »hört nope*. IN CHILDREN. If yourchild ia delicate and puny, rest less at i night.gritH it teeth during sleep.ia fretful and peevish, looks pale, worried. losing its rounded healthful appeara ce you may susjieet worms in the intes. tines, they aie the Hecret enemies, sap -Plüg-the very, ifp.from- 1he Hiii.i Try box of our Galvanic Expellers. They ^ct speedy and certain CANTWELL'8 PHARMACY, South-fast cor. 8th anfl Spruoe Street«. QITY Cor Sixth and Shipley Sts., Wilmington W. Bradway, Proprietor. J AMES B. TUCKER, Exchange Io 03 cco and Cigar store î No. 6 East Fifth Street, Wilmington, Delaware. Best brands of Tobacco ana Clears always on hand. * J^HEUMACURE. ~ For the cure of Rheumatism, acute or chronic. Generally cures rapidly and ia in fact the finest of prise iptions for tills terrilili-diseas«—Rheumatism. Pie. pared only by DH. J. SIMMS & SON, Fourth and King Sts., Wilmi ngton. •^TALTER C. JONES, Successor to the late Wm. S. Watt, Plumber,Gas & Steam Fitter No. 1009 Market St., Wilmington. Prompt persona! attention to orders. Gas t ixtures, Globea and Shades.Hose. Pumps, Etc. RESTAURANT. For the l est 8tew, Fry. Pan or Broil of the best Prime Oysters, go to AINSCOW'S 707 Shipley Street. They tun their own boats direct from the oyster beds. Also the bestovslers at 26, 20 and 40 cents per quart. Deliv. ered free to all parts of the city. Tele phone, 300.