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fW 1 - B By f»4,,' &■ 7 . >/'• ONE CENT WILMINGTON, DELAWARE, SATURDAY, OCTOBERS, 1898. VOL. 1. NO. 849. *» Tadman & Hickman's Place Gut ted by Fire-Three Fires in Four Years. NO SENSATIONAL INCIDENTS I The Loss Will Aggregate «t Least $35, f OOO and May Run Up to $50,000. Fully Insured—Fire Depart, merit and Police Do Good Work Under Basse and Kane. The morocco workB of Tadman & Hick man at No. 203 West Fourth street were entirely gutted by fire last night. The | lose will approximate $35,000, which is None of the damaged by from smoke fully covered by insurance, adjoining buildings were fire but the loss resulting and water will aggregate several thou sand dollars. The fire was discovered at 10.15 o'clock by Lewis J. Thompson, who lives at No. 210 West Fourth street. The key to the ' nearest fire alarm callbox could not be l secured, for some unexplained reason, and to save time a boy was sent to the house of the Fame Hose Company which was first to respond. . . r The fire is supposed to have origi raiated directly over the great steel boiler, Kbhich was installed by the Hillea & Bones Company less than two years ago. ■phis boiler and a great quantity of Hlycerine on the premises offered Beautiful possibilities for a disaster. Brompt and efficient service on the part Sbf the Fire Department prevented ex plosions which must necessarily have ^resulted in many fatalities. f The police, under command of Cap , tain Thomas Kane, preserved perfect ■ order and kept the great crowd of people from interfering with the firemen. Cap tain Kane was the first city official on tbe scene. Chief Basse, in full military regalia directed the work of the firemen. His presence undoubtedly saves him from adverse criticism which would surely have followed his absence, whether en forced or not. The Fame company had just con cluded a stated meeting and was thereby enabled to muster a full complement of rw men. [J, The fire spread witli wonderful rapid 1 ity from floor to floor and within a very I M few moments the great live story stnic U tufe was a seething mass of flames. The greasy floor boards and benches, the I* shelving and oily hides furnished the r M fuel needed for a real "lurid" blaze. P^TJreat clouds of dense black smoke rolled [ out of the three score windows on Fourth | street blinding the firemen and damag f iug everything white within a block of [ the place. The smell of burning leather I permeated everything. There was no sensational work done , no by anybody; no hair-breadth escapes actual risks encountered, except trie sibilities of a bursting boiler, which did not burst, and an explosion of glycerine, which did not occur. It was simply a red-hot fire that completely destroyed a great building and robbed nearly a hun I tired people of employment. In less f than two hours over $35,000 went up in t smoke. The good work of the Fire De B partment undoubtedly saved the adjoin Kl ing properties. The walls did not fall, but it is more Ha than likely that one or more of them K will be condemned by the building in ■ spec tor today. The fire companies were stationed as Wf follows:— ■ Fame Hose, the first there, took tlie H plug at tbe southeast corner of Fourth ■' and Tatnall streets, with two streams, one on the Tatnall street side and one on k Fourth street. It Weccacoe, stationed at the northwest D corner of Fourth and Tatnall streets, f two streams on the Fourth street side, fc Phoenix, at Fourth and Orange, two H streams, one on the Fourth street and ■ one on the Orange street side. B Liberty, located at Third and Orange Hr streets, two streams on Third street. ■ Washington, stationed at Third and I Tatnall streets, two streams, one on H Third street and one on Tatnall street. H Washington chemical had stream on B Orange street. In Water Witch, stream on Fifth street. HI Tbe Delaware Truck was directly in H front of the burning building. B The adjoining buildings were damaged B only by smoke and water. Ha No. 210 West Fourth street, occupied Hf by John Carson, flooded with water. ■ No. 212 West Fourth street, occupied by John T. Price, flooded and much damage done by smoke. No. 206 West Fourth street, occupied by Harry Lange, flooded and damaged H. by smoke. . H No. 204 West Fourth street, occupied by Albert Fennimore, damaged by smoke | and water, I , No. 202, occupied by E. T. Rhinehart, [ damaged by water. No. 200 West Fourtli street, vacant. Corner Fourth and Orange, furnishing l» and notion store and dwelling of E. A. ► A M. Dolan. Stock damaged to the ex I tent of $500 by smoke and water. ■ Stable on Orange street adjoining store unoccupied and uninjured. No. 315 Orange street, Elizabeth Camp bell, lodging house, damaged by smoke and water. No. 311 Orange street, Benjamin I', Shaw & Co., steam fitters, damaged Treatlv by water. VCorner of Orange and Third street > '«jed by Wilmington Macaroni Works <Camagfcd" by smoke and water. No. 201 West Third street, F. F. Slo comb, tenants, machinists and mill rights damaged by water. Charles E. Frists morocco works on Third street, damaged by smoke and Wafer. . , The place which is now o >ned by Tadman & Hickman is regarded as a hoo i nos » , oc doo by insurance men. Within four years there have been three fires in which this property has figured. First the place was gutted under the management of General J. Parke Postleg, trading as the American Leather Com pany. Shortly after Tadman & Hick man acquired the plant and business another destructive fire took place. It was rebuilt and refitted and shortly after the fire at the plant of Springer, Morlev and Cause on Third street, the i this morocco factory was burned. rear o This tire caused considerable damage. Still the firm rebuilt and last night fire again gutted the building. As to the future plaDS of the firm no information could be ascertained. The insurance was all placed by E. A. Van Trump, who could not name the com panies interested last night. In all probability the plant will be rebuilt. A PAINTER ARRESTED. The Wife of William S. Scott Says He Threatened to Kill Herself and Children. The neighborhood in the vicinity of Madison street, between Eighth and Ninth streets, were aroused early last evening by cries of murder and an in stant later a terrified woman leading two children rushed from the house occupied by William S. Scott, at No. 814 Madison street. The woman is the wife of Scott and in response to questions asked her by officer Hutton, who lives nearby, stated-that her husband had been drinking and had threatened to kill herself and children. Detective Witsil appeared on the scene about this time and in company with officer Hutton they entered the house and arrested Scott. He was sent to the police station in the patrol wagon and will be given a hearing before Judge Ball today. A thirty-two calibre revol ver was taken from him. The neighbors claim that Scott is quiet and resDectable and that his wife is the cause of the entire trouble. They also state that he is sober and industrious and is a painter in the employ of the B. & 0. railroad. VALLEY FORGE LEAVES. Covered With Flags the New Steel Philadelphia & Reading Tug Departs. The new steel tug Valley Forge, built by the Harlan & Hollingsworth Com pany, for the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Company, left the yard of her builders Several officials of tho Harlan & Hol lingsworth Company and a number of the railroad officials were on board. The new boat will havehertrial on the trip to Philadelphia, and if satisfactory will remain and be put into service at once, but if the machinery works unsat isfactorily she will be returned to the yard of her builders and the trouble will be adjusted. The tug was decorated with a profu sion of flags and many people congre gated along the river front to see her de part. Ties is the third tug of this class that the Wilmington firm has built for the railroad company, the other two being the Gettysburg and the Cattawissa. afternoon. Another Launch inflight. The Virginia Chemical Company's new steamer T. J. Morgan is about ready to be launched and will probably glide off tho ways of Harlan & Hollingsworth shipyard next Wednesday. The steamer is large and has been built and will be launched from the same ways that the Niagara was launched from. She is about 270 feet long and lias water bottoms and trimming tanks and will stand considerable heavy weather. The torpedo boat Admiral Stringham, built by the same company, will take her initial plunge next month. The new steamer for the Merchants' and Miners' Line of Baltimore is also ogressing nicely. The steamer will __ built on the same lines as the Juniata, built for the same company. >rc Second Exhibition Night. Last evening was the second night of the exhibition of the Woman's League of Wilmington, that is being held in Pyle's Cycle Academy. The exhibition will be held every evening until October 20, and a different program will be given every evening. Last evening was a masquerade by the league and it was an amusing and enter taining affair. . Wright's band furnished the music and the costumes of the masquer aders baffle description. Tonight the entertainment will be "A Social Greeting" and a fine time is an ticipated. J. Eight Soldier Trains. The Tenth United States Cavalry passed through this city early this morn ing from New York to Huntsvi'Ie, Ala. There were four trains of the regulars and they will be inspected by President McKinley at Washington this morning, after which thev will continue on their way to Huntsville. Four trains of the Sixth Tennessee Volunteer Regiment also parsed through Wilmington going to Camp Wickoff from Chattanooga. South Wilmington Alarmed. Residents of South Wilmington are alarmed by peculiar actions of a strange who frightens women and chil negro dren. The man patrols New Castle avenue from Garasehe's lane to Third street bridge and chases children and young women. The police have been notified and are watching for the man. Another Grocery Store. C. O. Frazier, formerly of Wyoming, has opened a grocery store at Sixth and Spruce streets. Mr. Frazier has just com menced to unpack his goods. The Head of the National Gnard in a Brawl—Makes an Unprovoked ASSAULT UPON A PRIVATE Threatens to Brain a Soldier Wear ing the Uniform of the United States and Narrowly Escapes Death. In Ainscow's cafe, at 2 o'clock this morning, In the presence of fifty men, soldiers and civilians, Adjutant General Garrett J. Hart called Bugler Walter M. Watson, of Company K, First Delaware Volunteers, a son of a bitch, and threatened to; brain him with a cane. The row started over a dispute into which the Adjutant General Inserted himself. He ordered Bagler Watson out of the building. He accused him of be ing drunk, which the bugler denied. The adjutant waxed wroth and finally remarked, "You God damn son of a bitch I'll'brain you," at the same time raising Ills cane to strike. The presence of TruinpeterjSergeant Leroy Hart and other soldiers was all that saved General Hart ft-om death on the spot. Watson is a big man and a trained athlete. Both Men were perfectly sober at the time. The story of the row is as follows: Bugler Watson went into the restau rant in company with Charles Feaster to get an oyster stew, Feaster is a member of First Delaware Battalion ut Camp Meade. Some dispute arose and Watson offered to pay the bill. Hart ordered Watson out proclaiming himself to be Watson's superior officer in the National Guard Watson being at present In the regu lar service refused to obey, and the foregoing conversation occurred. In addition to cursing the man the Adju tant-General threatened to have him locked up and shouted [lustily for a policeman. Watson is the son of Herbert M. Watson, tho well known druggist of this city and is well and favorably known in the community. This unprovoked assault upon a pri vate soldier, in uniform, by a ranking officer is without precedent and the incident will probably cost General Hart his commission. CALLED PASTOR A CUR. Engineer Charles P. Minore Arrested and Held Under $100 Bail to Keep the Peace. Charles P. Minore, an engineer on the P., VV. & B. railroad, residing at No. 1004 Kirkwood street and a former member of the First M. P. Church, was given a hearing before Magistrate Daley at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon on the charge of traducing his former pastor, Rev. George L. Wolfe. No testimony was taken as Minore leaded guilty and he was hold under a ond of $100 to keep the peace. The trouble between Sir. Wolfe and Mr. Minore dates back several months when the pastor was boarding with the Minore family. At that time, it is al leged, the pastor was accused of certain things of which he was innocent and left the place. Since then Mr. Wolfe has been sub jected to considerable annoyance and on more than ono occasion Minore has called at his present boarding place No. 513 West Eighth street, and finding the minister absent would leave with the remark of, "Tell the cur I will see him again." Mr. Wolfe bore this until patience ceased to be a virtue and he had irate engineer arrested witli the result as stated above. the Funeral of Miss Broom. A private funeral followed the death of Miss Susan Cornelia Broom, of No. 800 King street, yesterday afternoon. The body was buried at the Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery and only the near relatives of the deceased attended. The honorary pall-bearers were, ex-Sena tor Higgins, George W. Bush, Tatnall Warner, Dr. J. P. Wales, Judge Spru ance and Harry Bradford. Could Not Attend Bazaar. The officers and members of Company K, of the First Delaware Regiment re ceived an invitation to be present at the bazaar given in the West End Reading Room last evening but owing to the pay master being late thev were compelled to forfeit that pleasure and send their regrets. Miss Creamer,of this city, has taken charge of a school in Blackbird. Three new members were added to the roll, at a meeting of Winona Council, Jr., O. U. A. M„ on Thursday evening. The man who accuses Rev. Jonathan S. Willis of being a "backslider" knows nut of what he is talking,for the preacher politician always attempts to play both ends. The Jackson & Sharp Company is erecting a storeroom sixty feet long, ad joining its drafting room. Victor Torbert has returned to Elk A. A. Capelle lias returned home from Rehoboth. Miss Margaret Higgins is visiting friends in Philadelphia. Mr. and Mrs. Owen E. Wyatt spent yesterday in Philadelphia. ton. ROUND ABOUT THE TOWN. J. Paul Brown is nursing a painful sprained ankle. The Grace Church revival service will begin about the middle of November. "It is the excellency of a great mind to aBk nothing; to want nothing."— Seneca. Cards are out for Professor Webster's dance parties which will be held at Eden Hall. To abolish poverty try spending a dollar or two every day and speaking well of yotir competitors. Letters testamentary upon the estate of James Flinn, late of Wilmington, have been granted to Isabella Flinn. Chaplain S. N. Pilchard, of the United States Army, stationed in New Mexico, was a Wilmington visitor yesterday. Miss Lottie Atwood, formerly con nected with the Howard School, has entered the class of 1002 at Wellsley. George Willard, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J. George Hey, was buried yester day afternoon in Kiverview Cemetery. A clothier who docs not advertise us ually carries a large stock of pants which will not hag at the knees for quite a long time. Humors are current anticipating oppo sition telephone service between Wil mington, Media, Chester and West Chester. The advertiser who curtails his adver tising expenditure too much in dull times is likely to find the dullness has come to stay. The street sweepers vesterday visited Jackson street between Ninth and Tenth which has been in a bad condition for some time past. Some day the City Passenger Railway Company will wish that it had invested a few bunches of its plunder in fenders and guard rails. Everybody says: "Business is dull." It must be so. There is a reason for it. "How can a man win out with a 'knock er' lying round?" The four handsome residences in course of construction on Eighth street between Harrison and Van Buren streets are nearing completion. Workmen have almost finished the bridge across the race at Market street on the park drive and are leveling the road from that point as far as West street. There is a movement on foot to close the local schools on October 26 and 27 so that the children and teachers can at tend the great Peace Jubilee in Philadel phia. Good. L. E. Pennington, of Philadelphia, a former Delawarean, died at his residence, No. 219 DeKalb Square, recently. He was in his 83d year, and lived in'this state most of his life. Thomas J. Bowen, Jr., has received a pressing invitation from green goods men t-o meet them at Easton, Pa., and inspect their stock in trade. He has de cided to decline. The managers of the Delaware Hos pital return thanks to the many chari tably inclined persona who contributed to the support of the institution on the last donation dav. Capt. P. F. Harrington and family are home from an extended visit to the mountains and other points in the north. He has notified the Navy Department that he is ready for duty. " James L. Wells of Elkton, Md., who was formerly deputy collector of inter nal revenue in this city, has been made division agent of the sixth sub-division of the District of Maryland. Yesterday was the day upon which William J. Fisher, colored, would have been hanged but for the clemency of the State Board of Pardons, which com muted his sentence to imprisonment for life. J. S. Harlem, of Bear station, had his hip hurt yesterday morning by being thrown from his wagon at Fourth and Jackson streets. The bolt fell out of the single tree, causing the team to run away. In many respects Wilmington is one of the most desirable places of residence in the country, but nobody would be lieve it after hearing some of its resi dents talk about the place and the peo ple in it. Among tho vast throng attendant upon the funeral of Mrs. Harry Stoeckle on Thursday was Paymaster j. F. Stoeckle of the C. T. A V. railroad who resides at Akron, O. He has many friends in Wilmington. How many people enter your estab lishment a day? Count them temorrrow and compare the number of sales with the number of chances you had—this will give you a line on your advertising and your salespeople. The masonry work for the Wilming ton and Brandywine Springs railway bridge over Red Clay creek has been completed, and the Delaware Construc tion Company is shipping to the point material for the superstructure. The mercantile club will open its new home at No. 711 Market street this even ing, and many of its friends and mem bers have received from President H. G. South and Secretary Harry A. Lewis invi tations to be present at the function. "A rally will be held in Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Nineteenth and Tatnall streets, tomorrow. Rev. A. H. Rumer, the pastor, has secured some able minis ters to be present that day, among them Rev. M. Lee. Services H'iil commence at 10 a. in., 2 p. m. and 7 p. m. "When I get tired of locking at weary and business-bedeviled men," said a New Yorker, in front of J. Paul Brown's yesterday, "I like to slop and examine the show cases of the photographers. They are filled with gracioiiH women and pretty children. I never have looked at such a sho v case in any part of the town without finding some atti active faces, and I never see such a case without stop ling to look. It is an excellent way to .mow the types of various local regions, and it is a most interesting and amusing diversion," Read Tub Sun. a The Action of the Unionists Will Result in the Party's Annihilation. THREE REGULARS' OPINIONS They Predict That Their Cause Will Be Hopeless and That Mr. Ad dicks Will Never Become a United States Senator. "If the Union Republicans of this county persist in placing another legisla tive ticket in the field because they can hut secure a promise, from the present candidates, to the effect that they will pledge themselves to stand by all Re publican measures as dictated by a ma jority in caucus, then the party in both this county and state is doomed to cer tain defeat." These were the remarks that emanated from the lips of one of three Regular Re publican leaders who were discussing the political situation as far as Republican ism in tliis state is concerned yesterday afternoon. "Yes," responded another of the trio, "and if this is the case J. Edward Ad dicks will never represent this state in the United States Senate, for the reason that the party will bo hopelessly divided and might as well try to scale Niagara Falls as to secure any recognition from the Regular Republicans." $s"I do not believe that the blame rests with Mr. Addicks," continued the last of the two, "but I do believe that he has men in his employ who are leading him astray under the guise of 'political leaders' and who know full well that if 'harmony' did exist it would eventually result in the election of Mr. Audicks and the consequent loss of their positions, providing he was so honored by the State of Delaware." All of them acquiesced to these state ments and during the discussion that followed said that Mr. Addicks .had' a lot of "Would-be" politicians hanging around him who would rather see him suffer the sting of defeat than become a United States Senator for the reason that there is more to be secured from him as plain Mr. Addicks than Senator Addicks. The circular letter that has caused all this trouble they allege was composed in the office of a prominent lawyer and Unionist and he was, they say, material ly asssisted by Senator Daniel F.Stewart, George W. Roberts and other Union men. They knew, the Regulars contended, at the time the letter was under > ay, that no Regular would consent to the sending of such an epistle, and they pre dicted that all of the candidates who receive them will willingly suffer defeat, rather than secure an election through such despicable means. As the result of this letter, they fully expect the Unionists to nominate a full ticket for the General Assembly and this, they contended, meant the defeat of Hon. John H. lloffecker, for Congress; Dr. L. H. Ball, for Btate treasurer; John A. Lingo, for state auditor, and the elec tion of the Democratic county ticket. "It would lurther keep 3000 of the 4000 unregistered Republican voteis in this county from registering and this in itself means the defeat of the entire state and county ticket and the disruption of the Republican party in the State of Delaware for years to come," concluded the first of the trio who had opened the conversation. STABBING AT THE SHOW i of tlio Employes Become En gaged in a Quarrel and One is Stabbed. Twi William Batchier and Janies Pretty man, two of the employes at Sipe & Blake's animal show, at Ninth and Lom bard streets, became involved in a quar rel about 7 o'clock last evening. Prettyman finally struck Batchier and the latter drew a dirk knife and before any of the spectators could interfere had stabbed Prettyman ill the breast three times. On seeing the injured man fall to the ground other employes of tho show in terfered and disarmed the infuriated Batchier. Prettyman was conveyed into the tent and Dr. Miller, who was called, dressed the wounds, none of which were sdHous. Batchier was subsequently arrested and placed in a cell in the police station pending a hearing before Judge Ball in Municipal Court this morning. Prettyman was also arrested later in the evening as it was learned that he in tended to leave this city last night for Baltimore, where the show is billed to appear today. During the fracas intense excitement prevailed amongst the large number of persons who had congregated in the vicinity. _ Testimony Taken. United States Commissioner Smith yesterday afternoon heard testimony in the case of the libeled Bteamer Lota. The vessel was sold some time ago by Mar shal Short for $525, and the money turned into the court. The libelants have claims ngainst the steamer aggregating over $1,200, which are for repairs, coal, wages, etc. Further testimony will be taken on Wednesday of next week. a Entertained Her Brother's Friends. Miss Reinetta Emerson, of No. 300 West Seventh street last night gave a very delightful evening company to a number of her brother's friends on his return home. Mr. Emerson is first duty sergeant in Company K, of the First Delaware Regiment. Advertise in Tiie Sun. •XXXX/XXX«G0«XX3tXX.X>:XX.XX** OOR NEXT UNITED STATES SENATOR October 8, 1898 ONE VOTE FOR S B 2 s<i s X A NAME: i ADDRESS: >• X XXTXXX'XXXXXXXrXXX* The opportunities of the public at large to vote for the man of their choice for United States Senator are con spicuous for their absence. The Sun offers an opportunity for everybody to express their opinion as to who'is the best man to represent the in terests of the Diamond State in tbe councils of the nation. This is an opportunity that has never before been accorded to the people of any state within the history of the na tion. The plan is simple. Fill out the coupon at the head of this column and send it to The Sun. We pub lish the number of votes received by each candidate every day in order to keep the voters posted. TnE Sun also makes this offer, winner in this contest has the privilege of naming any charity in the state to be the recipient of one hundred dollars, which will be paid to the said charity by The Sun. The contest will continue until the first ballot is taken in the Legislature. There is no law or requirement which makes it necessary for you to sign your name to your ballot, though we would rather you would. They will be counted just the same, however, if you do not wish your opinions known. Send in your ballot and help win that $100 for some deserving charity. All votes credited to each contestant do not necessarily represent all the votes received for each contestant. They merely represent those that are counted up to 12 midnight of the day preceeding. •XX'XXX The New names and a heavy vote are the features of the great charity contest for United States Senator. Votes from down the state are now coming in with greater activity than ever before, showing keen est interest in the contest everywhere. A singular circumstance, too, is that the en tire vote of the day was confined to twenty candidates. Only eighteen con testants have passed the 1,000 mark so far, and fourteen gentlemen have re ceived but a single vote. Here is a letter which explains itself: Editor The Sun: Sm—Enclosed you will find two votes for Jerome B. Beil. I would have sent , but could not buy copies of the paper trom which to secure the ballots. I will buy a hundred copies on Monday and send that number of votes in for Mr. Bell. I am much interested in your con tinued publication of the following para graph: "The Farmers' Bank at Georgetown is holding worthless paper, upon which money was raised to buy Democratic votes for the last ten years," and won der what Mr. Bell or the bank mean to do about it. If it is the truth that bank ought to be closed up; if it ain't the truth Bell ought to be in jail or a hos pital. Why don't the authorities do something? Besides this, that Seaford bank steal has never been explained and I cannot Help thinking that there is a loose somewhere. I like Tiie Sun much and wish there was more of it. Mas. Taylor. Note.—'T he letter bears no date.—E d. [See list of contestants on page 2.] more screw very : OCTOGENARIAN'S DEATH. Lewis W. Stidham, Pioneer Auc tioneer of Wilmington, Dies Suddenly at His Home. Lewis W. Stidham, senior member of the firm of L. W. Stidham & Sons, auc tioneers, died suddenly at 10.30 o'clock, at his home, No. 709 French street, this city, of heart failure. Mr. Stidham was born here in 1817, and was, therefore, 81 years of age. He haB lived here all his life and was the pioneer auctioneer of this city, he having served in this capacity for over forty years. The octogenarian was in good health up until two weeks ago, when he was taken sick, but was able to lie about the house. His death was entirely unex pected. He is survived by two sous and a daughter. Chef Wliann in the City. Frank Wliann, a chef aboard the U. S. M. Miantonomah, was in this city vesterday, the guest of Stansbury Mur ray, Jr. ' Wliann is a Wilmington boy wfio joined the Wilmington crew when the gunboat was here seme time ago. Since his absence from the city lie lias seen several Spanish gunboats destroyed arid many Spanish solders killed in battle. _ The Rev. W. A. Walling on Wednes day evening united in marriage Mits Virginia Porter and Walter R. Hope. G. Irwin Disharoon has resigned the position of assistant dog catcher.