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Dastardly Deeds of Men Bent on
"Doc" Bradford in Danger of Being
I Bridge Inspector Fatally Scalded — Jay
Gould's Proposed Christmas Pres
ent to His Son G-or:.e.
Pped-l to Thk Mobxisq OtXA.
LnrOOLtt (Neb.), Dec. 21. -A Union Pa
cific passenger train was wrecked a tew
miles from Beatrice this morninij. An ob
struction, evidently placed on the track out
of malice, caused the engine to jump the
track, carrying with it the lender nnd mail
car. Bridge Inspector W. H. Mercer, who
was riding on the engine, was fatally
scalded and tiie engineer seriously injured.
The engine and tender are totally wrecked.
The obstruction was placed at a curve,
where it was impossible to see it in time to
check the train.
Woodvii-lk (Miss.), Dec. 21.—Roadmas
ter Bryant, who was ln the pay-train on the
New Orleans and Texas road, which was
wrecked last night by Doc Bradford for the
purpose of robbery, is probably fatally in
jured, whilr; two or three others of the crew
are seriously hurt. Sheriff Lewis has placed
an additional guard at the jail, as rumors
are afloat that Bradford will be lynched
should Bryant die. The safe contained
about £4., 000.
Brigham Yourg's Son Mak-s a Eig Purchase
for the Mcrm-ns
Pittsburg, Dec. 21. —A special from
Lima, Ohio, says: B. C. Faurot, a well
known banker of this city, and who also is
President of the Columbus, Lima and Nort
h Railroad, and largely interested in
railway enterprise in Mexico, returned
home from New York this afterncou, and
announces the confirmation of a deal with
John W. Young, the eldest son of Brigham
Young, whereby he comes Into possession
of three million acres of land which was
granted to Faurot by the Mexican Govern
ment three years ago. The negotiations ha\e
been in progress for s-ume time, and were
finally closed in New Yoik yesteiday. The
land is located in the northern part of
Mexico. About three years ago Faurot
obtained a valuable grant from the Mexi
can Government, which included these
lands, the stipulation being the construc
tion of a railway t-xteudiug from Demiug,
N. Mex., to .Cashilabompa Bayou, on the
Pacific Coast. Tiie Mexican Government,
iv connection with this grant, oilers two
bundled dollars to every family aud fifty
to the man who locates permanently on this
land. Young has ten thousand people who
will colonize on these lands, and it is under
stood that they are all Mormons who now
reside in Utah.
A D_,u. to Produce a Horse Able t> Trot in
Tw. Minutes.
New York, Dec. 21.— 1n an interview
wilh the Herald's Washington correspond
ent Senator Stanford said: " While I am
best known as a breeder of the light-harness
horse, lam greatly interested in breeding
the runner as well. .El have not yet fully
decided what member of my stud I shall
select to take the place of Electioneer. 1
have several good stallions of the fame
blued, such as Electricity, Palo Alto and
Azmi-o. I shall give Palo Alto a good
opportunity in my stud. Electricity
would, i think, hive trotted very low
down, bnt foe suffered an injury to his leg
:.:.d 1 had to throw l<im out of training. I
must breed on and on; no backward stop
must bettkeu, but whether in my liletimel
■ball breed a hcrse ihat can trot a mile
iv two minutes is a problem 1 am not capa
ble ol solviiik. lam earnestly endeavoring
to do so, and in so trying I shall certainly
not retrograde in the breeding. The ti ip
across the continent last summer did not
agree with Sunol. She was more or less oft
all summer."
6ig_or Encci Enjoys an Elaborate Break'a-.t
After a Refreshing H p.
New York, Dec. 21.— When Signor Sum
arose from sleep to-day. after a loug slum
ber wilii-h he fell in!o soon after his fast
ended last night, an elaborate meal was
placed before huu. He ate, with extraordi
nary relish, chicken soup, fried smelts, fried
calves' braini, quail en toast, fruit, confec
tions, ice-ewMn, coffee and a pint each of
Bar.is extract and Grand Sec. Sucoi occu
pied two hours in consuming liis food. He
never faltered, but ate with a zrst that puz
zled even George Francis Train, who was
present. Julian Hawthorne and Poet Ste
phen tfassett were also present when the
faster dined. At the conclusion of the meal
Sued was presented with a handsome tooth
pick, and soon therealter retired for a nap
preparatory to a trip to Boston, where lie
- -goes to exhibit at a museum.
Clearing-Hones Statement.
Boston, Dec. 21.— The following Is tbe
Clearing-house statement for the week:
New York, 8640,771,000, decrease 8.9; Boa
ton, 891,9:_),000, decreise 6.4; Chicago, 879,
--086,000, increase 11.3: Philadelphia, 86..370,
--000, decrease 10.9; St. Louis, 821,872,000,
increase 5.8; Pittsburg, 811,815.000, decrease
17 2; San Francisco, S is, Odd, ooo, increase
17.7; Baltimore. Sl:',ols,o;X>, decrease 5.9;
Cincinnati. $130,215,000, increase 1 9; New
Orleans, $14,819,000, decrease 9.7; Omaha,
__, 158,000, decrease 7.8; Denver, 84,212,000,
decrease 4.1; St. Paul, 84,122,000, decrease
12.3; Galveston. 88,006,000, increase 289.2;
Minneapolis, 86,500,000, increase 7.1; Salt
Lake, $1,8-17,000. no comparison ; Los An
geles, 8690,01X1, increase 2*0.1; Seattle. 8964,
--000, increa-e 11.4; Portland, $1,868,000, de
crease .9; Tacoma, 8911,000, iucreasa 24.5.
George Gould's Christmas Present.
New Voiik, Dec. 21. — If rumor current
at the Windsor Hotel yesterday turn out to
be correct, George J. Gould i< about to re
ceive a very handsome Christmas present
from his indulgent father. It is reported
that the young man is to be made President
of the Union Pacific Hallway Company, aud
will be presented with a large block ofthe
company's stock ps well. Sidney Dillon
has been President of the Union Pacific for
a few weeks, but Mr. Dillon does not care
for the position, and only took it tempor
arily to oblige his friend Jay Gtiuld. George
_£!nuid isfalready Presideut of tho Pacific
' Mail.
Plan to Settle the Virginia Debt.
New York, Dec. 21.— The Tribune says
it is reported frrm Baltimore that an Ad
visory Board in the settlement of the Vir
ginia debt has approved aud recommended
n plan for the adjustment of the debt. It
provides for a surrender to Virginia of all
obligations in exchange for such amount of
new bonds as shall be agreed upon by the
committee aud State as v maximum amount
mi which the State is able to appropriate an
amount annually for interest, ihe rate of
interest to be fixed by compromise. After
the settlement is niade with the State, the
proceeds of the settlement will be appro
priated between the different Classes of
ciedi'.ors by the committee.
Astronomical Expedition.
Cambridge (Mass.), Dec* 2l.— An impor
tant expedition was sent out by Professor
Pickering from the Harvard Astronomical
Observatory yesterday. The party will go
to Peru to lib lie and photograph the stars
and iieteiii.,ne their relative brightness. A
new station will be founded near Arequipa,
Peru, about 8000 feet above the sea level.
Murder and Attempted Suicide.
Chicago, Dec. 21.— Henry Christianson,
61 years old, reSfcliug at 410'J Drexel avenue,
last nlgbt choked his wife to death and then
-t-ut his throat He resided with his daugh
ter and Iter husband, who were absent until
The Morning Call.
st-_^-SS. last n,ght * This mornina the
?____£ .'*., was m - a,ie - Tlle 0^ man was
»_hi-° ' eho,pilal ' twelve mile *> distant,
with his throat cut from ear to ear. He
caunot recover. It Is supposed that the old
man was jealous of his wife on accouut of
her generosity to member, of his family.
A Conductor and Brakeman Robbed.
Indianapolis, Dec. 21.— An Evansville
special to the Sentinel says: While the
special train on the Peoria, Decatur and
Evansville Railroad was stopped at Olnoy.
111., to-day for the locomotive to take water
two masked men entered the caboose and
robbed Conductor Hampton and the brake
___-____?* . . eir J™ 10 ' I**1 ** and considerable
moneju Ihe robbers caught them off their
guard and covered them closely* with their
revolvers while they effected their purpose
Fire in Railroad Shops.
Chicago. Dec. 21. -The p.int-shop and
repair-shop of the Illinois Central Ri.ilro ad
was entirely destroyed by lire to-night. In
the first building were sixteen passenger
coaches, worth 93900 each, and in the repair
shop were four coaches nearly completed,
also valued at 83500 each. The fire was
stopped just before the building containing
over -.150,000 worth of patterns was reached.
Ihe total loss is estimated at 8125,000.
Another Virginia Tragedy.
..heeling (W. Va.), Dec 21.— Word has
just been received here that a terrible trag
edy occurred at Br.imwell last night. Sev
eral men were gambling and became in
volv. din a quarrel. A man named Burdick
shot and wounded five of his companions
and was himself shot dead. A mob took
Uudrick s body aud stood It up against a
tree aud riddled it v\itli bullets.
Falling Walls Kill Two Men.
Atiiol (Mass.), Dec. 21—An overheated
furnace in a toy-store under the new
Masonic-ball to-night destroyed the hall,
alone with Blake's Block, five stores ar.d
the I'ost. fiiee. By the walls falling L. V.
Perry and William Conner were fatally in
jured. The buildings were insured for
She Hii Sweetheart.
Ni-.v Jm:i:iA (La.), Dec. SSL— ______ nieht
Ephrism Mrndaza shot nnd instantly killed
Mary Craw-son, his sweetheart, while she
was being nccompiinied to a place of amuse
ment by another suitor. Lyucliiug is pos
Report That the Fort Eerlhold Indians Are
Threatening the Agency.
St. Paul, Dec. 21.— A Bismarck special
says the Indian agent at Fort Berthold has
asked tbe protection of troops. Th-. Berthold
Indians are threatening the agency.
Winnipeg, Dec. 21.— A Kegina (North
west Territory) special says: A detachment
of thirty Canadian mounted police left
town this afternoon, and another to-night,
for Chief Piaholi's reserve, in rrsponse to
intelligence that a number of runners from
across the border hud arrived th«re.
London, Dec. 21.— Mr. Cunningham
Graham, M. P., in a letter Xo the Graphic,
condemns the Americans for murdering
Sitting Bull for asking iood for his people.

Totonto (Ont.*. Dec. 21.— The City Coun
cil has decided that street-cars shall not run
on Suuday.
New Y'oriK, Dec. 21.— Wells, Fargo &
Co.'s Express Company has declared iis reg
ular "eiiii-aiiniial dividend of 4 percent.
Hew Orleans, Dec 21.— Judge Baker
bas overruled ihe motion to quash the in
dictment in the case of the Italians charged
with the niiinler of Chief llenmssy.
St. Augustine (Fla.i, Dec. 21.— John Dev
lin if Detroit, Mich., a leading member of
the Executive Board of Knights of Labor
here, is dangerously ill with pneumonia.
Washington. D.c. 21.— Tne following
fourth-class Peetofieee will ue raised lo
third, or Presidential class, January Ist:
L»mpoc, California; Caldwell, Idaho.
Was mini : ton, Dec. 21.— Actiug on the
advice of the Attorney-General, the Treas
ury Department h;is decided that the pro
vision in Section _gj of the Tariff Act, for
refining imported sirfar in bond, is applicable
only to sugars in solid lonu and not to
Father and Three Chi ldren Burned.
London, Dec. 21.— A father aud three
children lost their livps in a fire in a hum
ble tenement iv the Strand to-day.
Evr v' Arn-a's
Paris, Dec. 21.— Eyraud has appealed to
the court against the sefiteu.e of death
pronounced upon him yesterday.
WhT an Officer .*. i .-. .;<• .1 n Krfln.d Look
lllff VollllC I.H'M.
"Look out for the girl with a dagger up
her sleeve."
It was at the corner of two crowded thor
oughfares, and a policeman was standing
near at hand, says a New York correspond
ent of the Cleveland Ledger. Some one, it
is Impossible to say who, had uttered the
above cry, and just as it was done a long
glittering knife fed at the feet of a beauti
fully dressed and refilled looking young lady
who was preparing to cross the street. The
policeman stepped Immediately forward and
picked up the knife from tiie pavement,
cat -hing tne girl by the arm at the same
time, and looking about tor the person that
hud given the warning.
" is this your knife, Miss," said he, ad
dressing the young woman, who was trem
bling with fear and seemed terribly em
barrassed by the curiosity of the crowd that
was quickly collecting.
" Yes," she replied. *' It Is, and it be
longs up my sleeve. Give it to me."
The officer smiled and told the young lady
she would hav_ to go with him to the station
house. To have a ki.ife concealed np one's
sleeve was not only illegal but especially
suspicious. Humiliated beyond expression
the girl followed the officer up the street.
Her efforts to explain that she belonged to a
young lady's dagger society only increased
the suspicion of the officer, and he carried
her relentlessly into the presence of the po
lice s.rgeant To him she gave her name
aud address, and requested that her father
be sent for. This was done at once. When
the old gentleman arrived, and sh-iwed con
clusively that his child had only been com
plying with the rules of an absurd club that
a lot of fashionable girls had organized, and
was carrying a dagger iv iniiocenco of the
law forbidding her to do so, the sergeant
smiled grimly and said he believed an arrest
was uniiycessary.
The fad came about through the action of
a fashionable belle who was being perse
cuted by a man whom she believed erazv,
and fearing personal violeuce from him she
hid a tiny silver-handled dagger up her
sleeve. She never had occasiou to use it,
but all hei friends were so fascinated by the
idea that they all declared tbe world was
filled with crazy men, aud it was necessary
to be protected against them. About half a
dozen of them went seriously into the thing,
and these were happy in the consciousness
of doing something uew and delightful until
their rather dangerous joy was cut short by
the sad experience of oue of their number,
as above related. Tho girl that was ar
rested declares she will continue to wear
her dagger, but in a safer place than up her
Women or Anti.rln, L. 1., Clmerd and
llo.ce.i m liroad I) .jrllcht.
Women and girls In the vicinity of Asto
ria are again in terror, says a New York dis
patch to the Chicago Herald. "Jack the
Kisser," as he is called, is making another
of his periodical visits in that neighborhood.
It is almost a year since this mysterious per
son first began to chase women and attempt
to kiss them. His favorite resorts were in
the aristocratic portion of Astoria. He is
known to have chased wonieu through the
empty streets in broad daylight. Women
and girls began to be afraid to venture
abroad day or night unaccompanied. Sev
eral unsuccessful searches were made for
him by a party of men, and the police dou
bled their vigilance. Apparently the place
was becoming too hot for him, and finally
he disappeared. Two men bave been ar
rested at different times since, but both were
discharged ior 1 ick of identification. Yes
terday be appeared again and chased two
girls up a deserted street until they came in
sight of a group of men. This incident has
had tbe effect of reviving the "Jack the
Kisser" scare in Astoria with increased in
Rumors of Proposed Transfers
From Mare Island.
Rear-Admiral Benham to Command the
San Francisco.
Congressional Work— The Failure to Take
the Usual Holiday Recess Not Ex
pected to Result iv Much Benefit.
Special to The Morxixo Cai__
Washington, Dec. 21.— At the Navy De
partment it is rumored that Eear-Admiral
A. K. Benham, U. S. A., will shortly be de
tached from the Mare Island Xavy-yard
and ordered to the United States ship San
Francisco, which vessel will shortly proceed
to the China station, there to become the
flagship, relieving the Omaha, now in com
mand of Hear- Admiral Belknap. Com
modore George Brown, now attached to the
Charleston with the relative r.iuk of Rear-
Admiral, will be ordered as commandant of
the Mare Island Navy-yard. Secretary
Tracy is very anxious to appoint good offi
cers and men of undoubted integrity in the
Mare Island Navy-yard since the McCud
den expose. The recent detachments Irom
Mare Island are not without their signifi
cance, and it is likely Commander Thomas
Kelson, equipment officer at Man Island,
and oue or two others, will be the only oues
to remain of fhe old regime.
Efforts of a Lobby to Secure an Exclusive
R.ilro d Frarcli 3."
Washington, Dec. 21.— a' persistent
lobby, headed by Hernando de Soto Money,
has been actively at work tn Washington for
the last eight years to defeat legislation in
the interest of the Yellowstone National
Park. Money has, as an ex-member of the
House from Mississippi, the privilege ofthe
floor, and therefore exceptional facili
ties for serving tha Montana Min
eral Kailway Company. This corpora
tion is desirous Of securing the exclusive
privilege for the construction of a railroad
to certiiu mines located near the northern
boimuary of the park. The value of the
mines Is more than doubtful, nor has it been
liemonstrated to the satisfaction of those
who think the park should be kept free
liciii intrusion ol tins kind that a railroad
could not be constructed tn reach the mines
without entering the park. Be this as
it may, the fact remains that the triends
of the park are willing to change
the northern boundary of the reservation,
by making the Yellowstone River the natural
dividing line, so as to place the proposed
railway entirely outside tho limits of the
park. But this is precisely what the lobby
representing the Montana Mineral Kailroail
Company doesn't want. Its members care
less foi reaching the mines by a direct route
lying outside tho park boundaries than for
securing the exclusive privilege of entering
ihe park and capturing, in addition to such
business as the mines might furnish, a vastly
more profitable passenger traffic, which
would be diverted from other roads now
leading to the park.
Li. 1- Im-.or-ant L-r-i?. .-i-n Exp-cted Dn-i-g
the Christmas Holiday ie.son
Washington, Dec. 21.— 1t is unlikely
any positive le^i -lation will be achieved in
Congress this week, and the failure to take
the usual holiday recess is not expected to
result in any measurable advaucenieut of
public badness. In the Senate the Elec
tions Bill will probsbly consume the first
three days of the week. The possibilities of
en interruption hinge altogether upon the
result of negotiations now in progress among
Kepubliean Senators upon the subject of the
c ucus financial bill. If a harmonious un
derstanding to support this measure is
reached the Elections Bill may be laid aside
iv its favor and the discus-lion in the Si-nale
turn on financial matters until the day be
fore Christmas, when it is expected that a
recess will be taken until Monday. It is
pr»bable successive adjournments for two
or three days at a time wiil maik the course
of the House during the Christinas boliday
season. No business of importance is ex
pected to be done, as so many members have
left Washington for home that a quorum
can hardly be secured. Monday is District
of Colombia day and the House will proba
bly pass upon local legislation until some
measure is proposed upon which a vote is
demanded and the absence of a quorum
thereby disclosed. Such other days in the
week as the Hou^e is in session will proba
bly be devoted to comparatively uuirnpor
laut ii.ca.u_cs.
An Official Proclam .tioa Soo. to Be Issued by
the Presi'en*.
Washington, Dec. 21— It is learned on
the highest authority that there is no truth
in the report that the President, before he
wiil Issue the Columbian World's Fair proc
lamation, will require $3,000,000 of the 85,
--000,000 subscription to be puid iv cash to
Treasurer Seeoerger. It is learned also
from the same source that the proclamation
will be ready for issuance very soon, proba
bly next week.
Secretary Batterworth and Peck's visit to
the White House yesterday was for the pur
pose of laying before the President addi
tional pipers bearing upon the validity of
subscriptions for the fair. These estab
lished absolutely the binding character of
the subscriptions, and, it is believed, settled
all remaining doubts. The hona-fide char
acter of the subscriptions was attested by
the fact that under a 20-per-cent call more
than 81,000,000 was paid in in cash of a total
of 80,200,000 subscribed.
Dow Yankee* Are Kmuggllng Liquor*
Into the Dominion.
Information has reached here that extended
opeiati.ms in smuggling whisky into Canada
from Boston have been organized and have
been conducted lor the last six weeks, says
a Washington special to tbe Boston Journal.
The Go.erar.icut has been informed by those
who are authorized to speak for the Cana
dian Government that the seat of this smug
gling movement is at Boston or at Province
town, or at some place aloug the New En
gland Coast. The method of opeiation is
this: A number of vessels laden with
whisky are shipped from New England pons
to Miquelon Island, which is French terri
tory. They simply stop there and pay their
harbor duties and do not unload. Then three
schooners or ships at a time, of sufficiently
light draft to navigate the St. Lawrenc
River, start together Irom the Miquelon
Island up the St. Lawrence to smugglo
their cargoes into Canada. The most
ingenious device bas beeu resorted to
to divert the attention ot the Canadian
customs officers and to render these voyages
profitable. By the law of Canada the in
former receives one-third of all goods con
fiscated contraband of the customs duty in
consequence of his information, it is the
practice for these three schooners going
near together for a confederate on shore to
inform the customs officers that one schooner,
always tho first one, intends to discharge its
cargo at a certain port at a certain time.
The customs officials congregate there. The
vessel is seized and its slock sold at auction.
The Canadian excise duty is very high, and
the whisky always brings the amount of
that duty, which is 81 80, and receives 10
ceuts in addition to the alcohol. The result
is that the cargo is sold at auction at
82 a gallon, and the informer, who is an
agent of the real owners of the whisky, re
ceives one-third of it. This is more than
adequate to reimburse the smugglers for the
cost of the whisky and the expense of
transportation up the St. Lawrence. The
ruse of concen trating all the customs officials
of that district upon the seizure of the one
schooner always is successful. Meanwhile
the other schooners discharge their cargo
upnii tbe Canadian shore duty free and re
turn to their starting point. The result is
that a very large trado has been started in the
last six weeks, which nut only is v.ry sen-
ously injuring the Canadian revenues, but
is also greatly Interfering with the manu
facture of whisky by the Canadians. The
Government of the Dominion is said to be
contemplating commissioning revenue cut
ters to cruise tbe St. Lawrence to stop these
up-going contraband vessels. The proposi
tion of asking tha United States Govern
ment to attempt to interfere is said to have
been considered by the Dominion authori
ties and to have Oeen rejected upon the con
sideration that inasmuch as the Dominion
has not acted very courteously to the United
States in the matter of the fisheries, it would
hardly be expected that the United States
would go out of its way lo aid tbe Dominion
in such a matter.
Biz Officer* and the Patrol-Wagon Walt
on Kdward Murphy.
Edward Murphy, a brawny laborer, went
off on a "toot" last night and on Fifth and
Howard streets tried to whip a friend, John
Ryan, whom he knocked down. He then
went for a passer-by and knocked him out.'
Officers Minahan and Bean interrupted his
fun and a long struggle ensued. Officer
Grant went to the assistance of his feliow
officers, but afterward concluded to send for
the patrol-wagon nnd extra help. Soon the
patrol-wagou and three more officers arrived
and their combined efforts were needed to
put the'kicking, squirming, biliug inebriate
into the vehicle aud hold him down umil
they arrived at the station.
He was charged wit'i battery and disturb
ing the peace. Ryan was arrested for drunk
John Bodien Puis a Bullet Into
liis Brain.
The Irfluence of Liquor Causes Much Misery
ia a Once Hap.y Home— An Abused
Wife's Freizy.
John Bodien, a German, walked into the
bar-room at lliJ Sixth street about 3 o'clock
yesterday afternoon and bought a drink M
whisky. He then walked to a room iv the
rear and in a moment a pistol shot was heard.
When the door was opened the mau whs
found upon the iloor with a gun-shot wound
in his right temple and bleeding profusely.
As soou as the police patrol wagon could he
summoned he was removed to the City Re
ceiving Hospital. He was unconscious on
being placed upon the operating table, but
was identified as John Bodien of 1127 Mis
sion street, an upholsterer recently In the
employ of W. & J. Sloaue & Co. of Market
The residence was visited by a Call re
porter and the wife of the unfortunate man
was seen. She had just been informed of
the tragedy and was almost crazed with ex
A wife's lament.
"Oh, I did not thinK it would come to.
this," she sobbed. "We have beeu married '
fourteen years and have three children, but
he has never been mucu of a hiis.aud to me.
Never mind," she continued In her freuzy,
*' he WM the father of my children."
Becoming more quiet, the woman said
that she had been married fourteen year?,
aud that her husband had beeu a drinking
man during all those years. At la-t she
was compelled to open a candy and notion
store at 1127 Mission street in order to sup
poit herself and children. She had over
looked and forgiven his often repeated
offenses, but on Monday last, after having
been on a protracted spre, of six weeks, he
called and instituted a row- by assaulting
her. She ejected him, but lik returned ani
broke a pane of glass in tho front door with
his ha; d. A whistle was blowu lor a
policeman aud he ran away. Nothing more
wag seen of him until yesterday about '
o'clock, when ho tailed again to ask forgive
tired of his ways.
His wife told him th.it she was tired of the
way tir.it he was acting and would take the
matter under consider. ition. Brfore he left
she gave him a change or uuderclothlng ami
a drink ol whisky. That was the last that
she saw of him until summoned to his bed
side at tbe hcspital.
There she shrieked and screamed and
called for her husband to speak just ouce or
opcu his eyes and look at her. The frantic
appeals were of no avail. The death rattle
was iv his throat and tne sauds of life were
rapidly ebbing. He could uot recognize
Bodien is 34 years of ane. The eldest
child is a daughter 13 years of age, tho sec
ond is a daughter 11 years of age and the
third is a buy of 7 yrars.
It appears from statements by the po'ieo
that lloiiieu recently obtained money upon
forged orders, onr of them being for §J4,
which he cashed at a saloon on the corner of
Seventeenth and Stevenson streets.
At 11 o'clock in tlw evening Bodien died
in the presence of his family. Fortunately,
his wife has kept up tha payments ou Ins
insurance iv Oi-riiiiinia Lo.lge of the Knights
of Honor, which will pay her S2OOO.
A Newly Wedded Couple Serenaded Until
lb.? Fled.
Mr. and Mrs. VVilliain J. Hamilton, a
newly married couple, have been driven
from their homo in Dnnellen by the extra
ordinary welcome they received at the hands
of the villagers on their return from their
wedding trip, says a Plainlield (X. J.) spe
cial to the New York Times. Scarcely had
they settled down in their cosy little cottage
before a gang of young men, boys ar.d girls
began to make a protracted serii-s of sere
nades, which they kept up each night from
8 o'clock till early morning.
Tho melody of the first night was inerelv
that to be obtained from old tin kettles anil
wash-boilers, thumped vigorously Willi
stove-lifters and hiukoiy clubs. Much to
the surprise of the crowd, Mr. and Mrs.
Hamilton did not appear nn the balcony be
fore which the visitors were assembled to
thank them for their courteous greeting.
The hour grew late, but the serenadcrs
persisted and did not disperse till some
lime after midnight.
Tlinush surprisedat Mr. Hamilton's frigid
ity the crowd decided to try again the next
night to bring him forth and tell them how
glad he was to see them. So tbey pounded
away in Increased numbers, and added to
the variety of sounds by introducing such
popular instruments as tin horns and cow
bells. Still Air. Hamilton did net resound
to their neighborly act, and again tbey went
home puzzled. The next night tbey en
larged their list of attractions by pressing an
old accordion, a harmonica and a clarionet
into service, and were gratified by the ap
pearance of a face in an upper window. The
face was only that of Mr. Hamilton's mother
in-law, and they couldn't hear for their own
cheering just what she said, but the fact
that they had begun to attract attention was
a source of gratification, aud, satisfied for
one night, they went away.
Every night for two weeks they continued
their concerts, and built big bonfires in
front of the house in the hope that Mr.
Hamilton would come forth. Toward the
end they grew angry at his repeatedly ig
noring them, and began to make the night
hideous with shrieks and cat-calls and hoot
ings. William Bodine Hud other good peo
ple were scandalized by such goiugs-on.
Mr. Bodine tried to get tho serenaders ar
rested for burning up a big (ox which had
contained a piano for bis church, and a
farmer whose hay-stack bad been consumed
made a similar effort, but ibe village Con
stable laughed them to scorn and himself
joined the serenaders.
Night after night the volunteer musicians
gave their concerts and clamored for tarts
and cider and strawberry pie. At last Mr.
Hamilton appeared. He shook his fist at the
crowd and shouted: "You get no preserved
peaches from me!" Next day he made prep
arations to move, and last night, when the
serenaders assembled their victims had
flown. Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton spent a de
vout Thanksgiving at their new borne in
The Dunellen people are getting ready to
serenade another newly wedded couple.
Fire on Henri Street.
A coal-oil lamp was overturned in the
residence of A. Irezex about 10:30 o'clock
last night at 139 Henry street, causing a
damage of about 8100. Tbe residence of
Miss Hannah Donley, which is adjoiuing,
was damaged to the extent of $50.
The Truckee Republican says the Boca
Ice Company intends to put up a new ice
house next year .60x1000 feet. It will be
lighted by electricity. The ice harvest is
now begun and the company expects to get
in 70,000 tons.
The Queen's Proctor Likely to In
Effect of Pamirs Recent Declarations at
Campaign Meetings at Clare and Other Places.
Reception to Harrington—Para
ders Routed.
Special to The Mobsino Cali.
New York, Dec. 21.— A Dunlap cable
from Loudon says: The Parnell agony is
by no means over. The Queen's Proctor
has had all the evideuco and documents con
nected with the divorce placed before him,
and he is at present engaged in instituting
Inquiries with a view of intervening before
the dectee nisi is made absolute. This ac
tion has been taken in consequence of Par
nell's speech at Dublin. There is good rea
son to thiuk that Parnell made the state
ment leading to the belief that there was
another side to the case with a view of forc
ing the Proctor to iutervene. If the Proc
tor does take this course it will undoubtedly
produce a great sensation, as it is a well
kuown fact that a great deal of evidence
was suppressed at the trial.
Meetings Held at Clire end Other Pl.ces
Kilkenny, Dec. 21.— Parnell and Scully,
the Farnellite candidate for Parliament, left
here at noon for Clare. They were accom
panied hy a long procession of cars filled
with Parnell's supporters. Upon their ar
rival at Clare the Parnellites found a meet
ing proceeding opposite the Catholic Chapel,
in support of Sir John Pope Hennessy.
When Parucll reached the crowd a priest,
Father Walsh, addressing Parnell, said:
"These are chapel grounds; you must Hot
speak here." A loc.il farmer here inter
posed, saying the grounds did not belong to
the chapel and that Parnell had a perfect
right to speak there. Parnell said arrange
ments had been made to hold a meeting in
the field and it must proceed. Father
Walsh then requested everybody on his side
to leave with him, and some few persons
followed the priest and Sir Thomas Esmond,
who was also present.
A meeting was tlieu organized aud Par
nell made an address. He said that al
though bis party did not have all the
clergy on its side he bad no harsh
word for auy of them. After some
further remarks Parnell concluded his
speech, and leaving Clare, accompanied by
Scully, drove six miles to Johusw. 11, where
another meeting was held. Parnell re
minled the electors that they had to deal
with English statecraft, which was watching
to seiz* every point of vantage ground that
the Irishmen surrendered. It was not for a
big hoard of guardians that Ireland con
tended ; it was a parliament that would fully
satisfy the aspirations of tbe people. To
achieve this the people must staud by their
leader and not leave Ireland to incapable
persons, who were trying to step into his
A m'-eting of Parnellites was held outside
Parnell's hotel here at y o'clock this
evening. Parnell addressed the gathering.
Parnell goes to A votidale after the elec
tion in Kilkenny and will proceed thence to
Paris to confer with O'Brleu. Davitt made
addresses at G'oresbridge aud Go w ran to
T.rch-L'g'tt Par.der. Routed by a Body of
Anti-P.rr.-1 ites.
Dublin, Dec. _3_— Timothy Harrington
arrived last night in Cork in company with
the Mayor of that city. The Parnellites
had intended to greet him when he landed
from tho Aurania in Queenstown, and had
organized a torch-light procession in his
honor. They missed being present on the
steamer's arrival, but nevertheless made a
demonstration. Finally a body of anti-Par
nellites charged upon the paraders and
routed them, throwing their torches into
the harbor. Several people were hurt. Har
rington holds that a majority of the Irish in
America are for Parnell, although he says
most of the daily newspapers and the lead
ing politicians are against him. The men
opposing bim were not elected to sit in judg
ment upon him. Until Ireland gave him
his dismisf.il lie would regard himself as the
commanding ollicet. carrying the national
banner through the ranks of tiie foe.
Parnell returned to Kilkenny this evening.
Harrineton at Queenstown said he be
lieved if O'Brien had been at home, or if
Parnell had seen his way to retire in ac
cordance with the wishes of the majority,
the present disastrous crisis would have
been avoided. He supposed, however, that
Parnell had good reasons for the course he
adopted. Harrington further said he re
gretted the personalities in which both
sides had indulged, lie was surprised tbat
Parnell had descended to the use of scur
rilous language, and had applied offensive
epithets to his late colleagues, 'ihe unfor
tunate split in the party. Tie .said, had frus
trated the objects ot tiie American mission,
which it would be useless to renew at
present, for while Irishmen were in their
present bewildered siate they would reluse
to listen to the appeals of either party.
Speakiug at Cork, when the Mayor pre
sented an address to him, Harrington con
tended that whether or not Parnell's action
was right those who, after re-electing him
leader sought to oust him, forfeited the con
fidence of the Irish people. The English
democracy, he declared, would support
home rule, and it was only necessary to
bring up to the scratch the English politi
cians, who would likely betray them if dis
appointed in getting places after the general
election. Parnell was not a mere political
leader, but rather the general of the coun
try, leading his army to freedom. How
ever men might shake their heads in the
family circle this was not the time to desert
him and with him Irish independence, which
was more valuable than Gladstone's good
intentions. The question of public moral
ity was unsettled at Leiuster Hall and tbe se
ceders possessed no programme ol a i lan
justifying their desertion of their leader.
Letter From Gladstone to a Candidate for
London, Dec. 21.— Mr. Gladstone, in his
letter to Sir Bobert Peel's grandson (Speak
er Peel's son), who is a candidate in the
Marylebonn district, says: "For the first
time since commencing the struggle in Par
liament the Irish party, bent on a Constitu
tional and effective scheme of home mle, is
looking to Great Britain to prouounce judg
ment in the contest between it and the
minority of seceders under Parnell. The
Liberals of Great Britain, who themselves,
since 18,6, have had to resist and overcome
a similar secession, will not doubt which
side they are to recognize with the name
aud true title of the Irish pany. with its
honorable tradition of resistance to wrong.
Assuredly you enter the field at a moment
ol extreme interest, when the causo ot wis
dom, justice and freedom has claims upon
all whi love it, enhanced beyond the
ordinary standard."

Great Destruction of Life and Prote.ty by
the Bursting- cf a Canal.
Bdenos Ayres, Dec. 21.— A disaster oc
curred at Cordova, w here a canal burst its
embankments and destroyed hundreds of
houses. One hundred lives are reported
Lies About Locke.
The dispatch which appeared In yester
day's papers from New York stating that
warrants had been sworn out for the arrest
of C. E. Locke, manager of the Juch Opera
Company, for obtaining money under false
pretenses, was positively denied last even
ing by John J. Nolan, Locke's advance
agent, who is now in this city. Mr. Nolan
stated that the article was all a malicious
lie, evidently manufactured by jealous
enemies of the successful manager. "If the
amount spoken of was really involved,"
said he, "it was one of those which would
accrue in the event of any transaction be
coming a failure, and there is absolutely
nothing in its nature that would suggest a
criminal transaction. Mr. Locke will return
to New York when his engagements call
him there."
A Thrilling Bplande In .Vl.'.cli Coroner
ItciKllg- lljurnl.
"Well, if this case- is a murder, and we
fail to prove our prisoner guilty, ft will .not
be the first crime of the kind that has gone
unavenged, by any means."
This remark was made by Coroner Ren
digs last evening. " Yes *, I can call to mind
several who have escaped during my term.
I do not know that any murderer ever paid
for his immunity with so many dollars, but
I remember one case that has been hushed
up very mysteriously.
" The crime was horribly shocking In de
tails, too, but the murderers held a prominent
position in society circles of this city.
"It was about 7 o'clock in the evening of
a blustering day in winter of 188-, that I re
ceived a messago to go to a residence in the
West End where a murder hail been com
mitted. I had my buggy brought. Tho
crime was such as one was accustomed to
read of among the poorer classes, and I ex
pected to liud a wretched hovel, but, imag
ine my surprise when, following the direc
tions, I stepped in front of a palatial
residence from which 1 heard the Voices of
merriment and song.
"'Certainly there must be some mistake
here,' said 1, but the directions were ex
plicit, ana we passed up the broad stone
stairway and rang the door-bell. A servant
in livery admitted us, and we were ushered
into a room wheie sut a lady whom I recog
nized as a society lead, r cntertainine a se
lect circle of friends. I felt rather back
ward about announcing my errand before
them all, aud requested the lady and her
husband to give me an audience iv a private
"The request was readily granted, and
when I made known my business the hus
baud smiled and asked me if tilings looked
much like a murder had been committed
there. It did seem ridiculous to suspect
such a thing, especially as the woman who
wits charged with the crime sat thero gazing
at us with her deep, brown eyes, looking the
very soul of muocence and respectability.
""But where is your youngest child?' I
*' 'We have but two,' was the reply, 'aud
you saw them just now.'
" ' But you have a third one,' I insisted.
" 'You are mistaken, my dear sir,' said the
husbuud, suddenly changing from a mild
mannered society man to a stem man of
business; 'ar.d since you persist in insulting
us you will kindly leave the house.'
" Hi.- suddeu change made me suspicious
and 1 declared that I could not leave with
out first searching the house, whereupon he
peremptorily ordered me to leave.
"This more than ever convinced me, and!
coolly informed him of my official position
and declared I would call iv a squad of police
if he interfered.
" " For goodness' sake, keep quiet," ex
claimed the lady, bursting into a flood of
tears and clinging terror-stricken to her
husband's arm, while he, stepping aside, al
lowed us to pass up the stairway.
"We searched the whole house, and
finally, as we were about to descend,
we noticed a peculiar odor, as of burning
flesh, and tracing it to the garret, found—
what do you suppose? Doctor as I am, and
familiar as lam with scenes of death, it
made me shudder. A bright fire roared iv
an old-fashioned wood stove, aud out of the
door in the end, which could not be closed
on account of some obstruction, protruded—
the— bare— feet— of — a— child 1
"I recoiled in horror, and when I had
somewhat recovered from the shock I
pulled the half-burned body from the flames,
and, opening all the windows of the room
to tne open air. 1 rushed out of the room
till the horrible odor should in a measure
"I returned to the hall, where I had left
the guiity pair. My looks revealed to them
what I had discovered. Not a word was
said for a moment, but tho woman, who
looked the soul ol purity and innocence,
rushed up to me, and, throwing herself
upon her knees at my leet, clasped my
hands and clung to me in convulsions of
"Just then some one of the guests, accom
panied by the piano, began a joyous song iv
the adjoining parlor. The kneeling woman
sprang to her feet, and still clinging to one
of my hands pres-ed the other lo her head.
The husband, with a territic frown ou his
blanched face and with his hands clasped
behind liis back, stopped pacing the floor
and paused in frout ol us, and all ex
changed glances that expressed more thau
"Thus we stood till a little burst of ap
plause announced the completion of the
song, when suddenly the husband ran lo all
the doors opening into the hallway, aud,
hurriediy locking them, went to a safe tliat
stood in a corner, aud throwing it open said
iv a husky voice:
"'See! here are thousands of dollars of
bonds and cash! lam rich. The safe cou
tains a fortune. Promise to hush up this
matter and my wife aud I will leave tho
room. Take what you like from tho sale.
It is yours 1'
"Then he looked at mc and smiled, for
lie thought the offer irresistible.
"T am a sworn officer of the law,' I
replied. 'The law must fjrfce its course.
Let me proceed with my duty.'
'* 'Mercy !' gasped the woman, sinking in
a swoon. Her husband caught her ns she
reeled backward, and, while he carried her
off to a sofa, my clerk and I proceeded to
perform our la-k. The child was so horri
bly burned that we could not tell its age
nor sex. What Impelled the inhuman
mother to commit the crime 1 never learned,
but the evidences of her guilt were so plain
that I hound her over murder, and with that
the case passed out of my jurisdiction.
Some time after that the the family moved
to Chicago, bearing with them the good
wishes ol Cincinnati's poliie society, for it
■seems ihat the cuso'never got Into the news
papers, and after a feigned sickness the lady
declared to her friends that this climate was
not congenial to her health."— Cincinnati
Innocent aud Iteautifal, bnt In the Tolls
of i hit Tempter.
Much of the inhumanity that exists in
New Yotk, as it does in all other great
cities, does not always lurk in tbe shadow,
but comes boldly into the sunlight and as
sumes a benignant guise, says a New York
correspondent of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
As a girl of 14 was walking in Central Park
tbe other afteruoon, she same across an ele
gantly attired la.iy, whose pretty phaeton
and horses were being guarded by a groom
in tho roadway, while she examined some
bushes that were covered by a strange
parasitical vine. The young girl, wno
was dressed in plaiu garments timt betok
ened a modest social position, stopped near
the lady to also look at tbe vine. A con
versation was begun by the woman, and the
girl's face grew flushed and radiant at being
addressed by such a grand person. After
awhile the lady asked the girl it she would
not like to get into ber uhaetou and go with
ber routid the park. The bashful creature's
embarrassment was overcome by a few reas
suring and kindly words, and she was soon
skimming along the road thoroughly intoxi
cated by her strange ad venture. The woman
finally dazzled her companion by informing
her that she was going to take her home to
give her some tea and cake. The in
nocent child quite naturally accepted, as
it was early in the afternoon and she was
out for ber own pleasure. The womap
turned her phaeton into a cross street ahd
drew up before a handsome brown-stoiie
house. As she did so a gentleman, who, al
first sight ot her, seemed to drop his laco
and hasten along as though avoiding her,
stopped iv his walk, looked hard at the girl,
whose face expressed her recognition of
him, and then, going close to the woman,
said in a low voice:
"You are not going to take her into your
house. She is my brother's child."
The woman looked at the man and smiled.
"What!" she exclaimed. "Bo you mean
tbat any member of your family is as poor
as that girl looks?"
"Yes. ' said the gentleman, Impatiently.
"My brother Is poor. Look here, the girl is
innocent, isn't she?"
"Why, I suppose so," responded the
woman . arelessly. Then she turned to the
girl, who had not heard tbe words that had
passed between her and the uucle, and said
that she would have to be excused from tbe
cake and tea that afternoon. She hoped,
however, that the child's uncle mittht biing
her round someuday later in the week. They
would have another ride together. The
woman laughed lightly as she ascended the
steps of her house, and the little girl, as she
walked away with her uncle, thought how
beautiful she was, aud wished she might
have had cake and tea with ber as had beeu
W. B. Parsons has sold the Woodland
Den:ociat to Maxwell & Lee.
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More About tiie Bebrlng Sea
Opinions ot Members of the Foreign Rela
tions Committee.
Professor Elliott's Recent Report on tbe
Wanton Destruction of Seals— Bow
Congress May Act.
Prcclal to The Morning Caix.
New Yor.K, Dec. 21.— A Herald's Wash
ington correspondent telegraphs : " I spoke
to-day with half a dozen more public men
prominent in the councils of their respective
parties regarding the Behring Sea complica
tions. My inquiries were addressed exclu
sively to members of the Foreign Affairs
Committees of the two Houses.
Frye of Maine said Blame's argument was
that the English poaching should cease, on
the ground of good morals among nations.
Unfortunately for him, a report made
subsequently by two Treasury agents
contaiued Intelligence that the seals
were not disappearing, but, on the contrary,
they were more numerous to-day than they
were ten years ago. This was, I might say,
a clean blow between the eyes. It com
pletely upset our argument that poaching
was destructive to the life of seals, and in
one sense justified the action taken by the
Canadian sealers. Professor Elliott, how
ever, puts the matter in a diffe rent light.
His report made recently public shows that
both the method of killing on our part, sup
plemented by the wanton destruction by
poachers, is rapidly exterminating the ani
mal. He argues that a few years hence the
animal will become extinct, ana he supports
his argument so conclusively that I have no
doubt of its correctness.
Representative Morrow of California be
lieves with Senator Frye that we must wait
for information from the Joint Commis
sion which will visit Alaska and investigate
the matter, and then refer their conclusions
to a board of arbitration. He said that if
the President wanted additional funds with
which to furnish better protection to our
sealing interests, Congress would no doubt
vote them.
Bscent Flooi's— Piovirciil Parliament— Public
Victoria (B. C), Dec. 21.— Henry Croft,
M. P.. who was sent to Cowlchan by the
Government to report on the extent of the
floods and the damage done returned to Vic
toria to-day. He says the published reports
were not all exaggerated. Every bridge in
the district will have to be rebuilt. The
waters are now receding, and fears of fur
ther damage are allayed.
An extra of the Goverment Gazette was
issued this evening summoning the Provin
cial Parliament to meet January 15th for
the transaction of business. This is a much
earlier date than usual.
The Sewage Coa missioners met yesterday
aud necidea to award the contract for the
construction of a sewerage system inVictona
to Mcßean & Co. of San Francisco, tbat firm
being the lowest bidder. The amount of their
bid is 1040.970, or over 570.000 lower than
the next lowest bidder. The work will be
commenced in March and will he pushed
through as rapidly as possible. When prac
ticable all the material used will be made
iv Victoria.
Stolen Jewelery Recovered.
Sacramento, Dec. 21.— Last August the
store of W. 11. Sherburn here was burglar
ized and several watches and a large quan
tity of jewelry was stolen. The thieves
were arrested by Constable Lamphrey at
Roseville, Placer County, and the watches
were recovered and tiie two men convicted.
Yesterday L:miphrey came to this city with
nearly a hundred small articles of jewelry
found buried under a culvert near Bon*
ville. The jewelry was identified as a por
tion of tbat stolen from Sherburn.
Darisg Escape of Prisoners.
Olympia (Wash), Dec. 21.— Twelve pris
oners confined in the County Jail escaped
this afternoon. Jailer Headly, who is 74
years of age. was seized and locked in a cell.
He was ascending the steps into the second
story of the jail where the prisoners are
confined, and was followed by several ofthe
prisoners who pushed the door open, seized
him by the throat aDd took his pi>tol and
keys. The prisoners then had uo difficulty
in escaping. All that the jailer remembers
of the affair is that he was thrown into a
Suicide in a Cell.
LosAngei.es, De.. 21.— Fernando Chacon,
a one-legged Mexican, committed suicide in
the City Prison this morning at 7 o'clock by
cutting his throat from ear to ear, severing
the jugular vein and dying in ten minutes.
Chacon had been sick for some time and was
brought to tbe station Saturday afternoon
for medical treatment. He had a large
bowie-knife secreted about his person and
cut his tliroat in his bunk this morning just
as the prisoners wero a-.vukeued for break
The Jury Failed to Agree.
Fresco-it (Ariz.) Dec 21.— The jury in
the case of John Chart, charged with the
murder of George Johnson, in September
last, failed to .~gree, and were discharged
last night. They stood six for conviction
to six for acquittal. The case will now go
over for retrial uutil February. An order
of the court was issued this evening admit
ting him to bail in the sum of $5000. which
he will be able to give, as he lias property of
the value of S'JOOO or SlO, ooo.
Burglars in GrassValley.
Grass Valley, Dec. 21.— Elmer Roberts'
baruess-store on Mill street was burglarized
last night and a number of articles stolen.
There Is no clue to the robbers.
George Itnnsel i's Brave Fight for I.. fa at
nn Oil Well.
A telegram from Butler, Pa., to the Pitts
buig Dispatch says: A young man named
George Hansel), who was engaged as a
pumper on the McElwee farm, three miles
southeast of Millerstown, was probably
fatally scalded at 3 o'clock this morning,
while lying alongside of a boiler which he
had in charge. The rope attached to a heavy
iron ball which held the safety valve broke
at the hour named, and young Ransoll's
body was instantly enveloped with st( am,
and his clothes saturated with hot water.
He sprang to his feet and made repeated
efforts to get to the door of the engine
house, but failing in this, and exhausted by
the pain and inhalation of steam, he laid
down on the floor with no expectation of
ever getting out again. He had lain down
nearer the entrance than he supposed, and,
catching several breaths of air, coming in
under the door, he made another desperate
attempt for bis life, and succeeded in forcing
the door open. By this time the body of
steam had been blown out of the boiler, and
wben be weakly crawled back in order to
sound the alarm whistle there was just
enough steam to raise a faint sound.
Not satisfied that tbe alarm would waken
anyone at that hour of the night he started
out for his boarding-house, a quarter of a
mile away. When he had traveled about
half that distance be fell down from sin er
exhaustion, aud cried out for help. For
tunately his landlord had heard the whistle,
and knowing irom its peculiar sound that
there was something wrong, he hastened in
tbe direction of the boiler-house. When he
reached Ransell the man was so faint that
he could scarcely speak.
He was carried into the house, where Dr.
DeWolfe of Millerstown dressed his
wounds. The skiu nn his arms, abdomen
and legs was burned off the flesh, and ad-
hered to his clothing when it was taken
away from him. His tongue was in tha
same condition, and it is quite certain bis
lungs have suffered in the same manner.
Harper, ihe Banker, Celebrates Hla ■
Forty-aecor.il Birthday.
To-day is the forty-second anniversary of
tbe birth of E. L. Harper, tbe wrecker ot
the Fidelity National Bank of Cincinnati,
says a Columbus dispatch, December 13th,
to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
It marks also the completion of the third
year of his imprisonment, he having arrived
at the penitentiary shortly before midnight
ol 1. 1 Lvinlasr 12, 1887. to serve a ten years*
sentence for misappropriating the funds ot
that institution, of which he was tbe Vice-
President and General Manager.
Since his imprisonment his faithful wife
has visited him regularly every month, and
her visits are sn arranged that she can be
with him on each recurring anniversary of
his birth, and, as is her i-ii-t.nn, she came up
from Cincinnati this morning, and with her
little daughter Grace, aged 4 years, and her
sister, Miss Matthews, who accompanied
her, spent the day with the imprisoned
banker, visited him in the Secretary's office.
Mrs. Harper and her child reached tho
prison about noon, aud remained with tne
husband aud father until 7 o'clock to-night,
when they took leave of him, going to a
hotel in the city, while Harper repaired to
his cell and was locked up for the night, as
are the other WOO other unfortunates doing
penance for violating the laws.
It « as 5 o'clock in the evening when the
Enquirer representative made his way
through the prison-yard to tho office where
Hari er was employed. Everytbiug was as
quiei as a tomb, the prisoners having had
their supper and bpon locked up nearly a
half-hour before. Entering the office, which
is on the second story of the chapel building,
your correspondent found sitting at a table,
from which a number of books had been re
moved ior the occasion, the ex-banker, his
wife, child and sister-in-law, apparently en
joying a supper, which cousUted princi
pally of waffles, made by Mrs. Harper her
self, and other luxuries in the shape of
fruit and preserves, which she was per
mitted to bring her husband in honor of his
birthday. Besides Barper, three other
prisoners employed in the office were in tho
room, but they respectfully kept aloof, leav
ing the little family gathering about tho
supper-table in a corner of tho room to
themselves. Harper, always averse to
talking to newspater men, was somewhat
surprised and embanassed at the reporter's
entrance, but received him courteously, in
troduced hi iv to his family and extended an
invitation to joiu him at supper, which was
** This is my forty-second birthday," said
the ex-banker, "aud the third that I have
spent bchiud these walls, and my wife
always visits mo on my birthday. Warden
Dyer has kindly permitted us to take supper
together. My punishment has certainly
been sufficient and the greatest sufferers
from my imprisonment now are my creditors.
In here my hands are tied, whereas if I
were oat I might be able to do souielhiu_|
toward liquidating my indebtedness."
The impression is very general that Har
per saved considerable money out of the Fi
delity wreck, but lie has always insisted
that this is not true, and claims that his wifo
to a great extent is dependent upon her rela
tives for support.
The prison officials, who have many oppor
tunities of learning all about Harper a af
fairs, are of the opinion that he lias little, if
any, money. Like nearly every other man
in the prison, he is hopeful of receiving a
pardon, and never tires of tilking about tho
efforts his friends are making for him in
this direction. He is in excellent health and
somewhat stouter than when he arrived at
the prison three years ago.
A Bear Keeps Pl_ila(l«l_».iia Awake tor
Fully Hulf an Hour.
The "Castaway" Theatrical Company ar
rived in this city last Saturday nißht, says
the Philadelphia Press, en route for Atlantic
City, and stopped over Sunday in the Hotel
Plunkett, Eighth and Spring Garden streets.
Among the other members of the troupe
was a large black bear and a large St. Ber
nard dog. Tbe latter was given a bed in tha
office under the desk, and the bear was
chained in the courtyard. About 3:30 in tho
afternoon bruin in some maimer became
loosed from his chain and got on the street
through a back gate. He walked around to
Eighth street, nnd his first appearance cre
ated the greatest kind of a panic Adult
and infant wiio were in the neighborhood
participated in a stampede down Eighth
street that was beautiful to see.
His bearship paid no attention to the
fleeing populace, but walked slowly and
calmly down Eighth to Nectarine street.
His advent in the latter caused the residents
to seize their childreu and dart quickly
within doors and alleyways, stooping lv
every instance to close gates and doors be
hind them. But the bear gave uo evidence
that he was going about seeking whom lih
might devour. Aside from his shape and
shaggy coat he might have been taken for a
respectable citizen enjoying his Sunday
afternoon stroll.
After the panic-stricken people of Nectar
ine street had been visited bruin walked
back on to Eighth street. The great crowd
which had been watching his move ments at
a safe distance again scattered to as many
points of the compass as there were open
On Eighth street, opposite the Plunkett
House, is a cigar-store, and at this lime tha
young mau who gives thu store his atten
tion was there chatting with a friend. Tha
door was slowly opened aud the bear walked
in. Both young men came out in a niarvel
ously short time afterward.
Those who were courageous enough to go
and look in the door saw that tho animal
was behind the counter and that ho had
knocked down all the boxes of cigars that
had been on the glass cases. He held full
sway in the store for fifteen minutes. The
only man who ventured in during that time
was one passing by, who evidently intended
to purchase a tigar. The rapid way in which
this gentleman came out of the store back
ward caused a laugh and a yell from the
crowd which had gathered outside.
The members of the company to which
the bear belonged were all away from the
hotel, ana the animal was finally captured
by a man named Thrasher, who is a light
ning-rod man from the West. The bear suf
fered himself to be led back to the yard do
cile enough. But after he was chained again
his anger knew no bounds. His "first act
after beiiM fastened was to jump into a
horse-trough in the yard, where he staved
for several moments. He then climbed to
the top of an ice-box and growled viciously
at every persou who came near him.
Little Baby's Life Lust by n Peanut In Its
A New York special to the Cincinnati En
quirer says : Returning from market yester
day Mrs. Bernstein of 181 Orchard street
gave her fifteen-mouth-old baby a bag of
peanuts to play with. Hearing a choking
sound she turned aud saw the little infant
with distorted face rolling on the floor gasp
ing for breath. She knew in an instant
what ailed it. She tried vainly to dislodge
the peanut from the child's throat by patting
it on the back and inserting her finger down
its throat. Grabbing up the baby she ran
shrieking tluough the streets to the sin
ion house, wi ence in a few minutes ait
atnbulanco carried the child to Bellevue
Hospital. Surgeons Wood and Brooks
placed the baby under the influence of ether
and cutting open the windpipe just over th_
obstructiug peanut removed it and then
closed tbe wound. The operation had beeu
too long deferred, for the child died within
five minutes.
Hurled Into a River Me Swims to Shore
and Saves a Train.
A telegram from Bethlehem, Pa., to tha
St. Louis Post-Dispatch says: While a west
bound fast freight was rounding a curve on
the Jersey Central road, near here, thi.
morning, several planks fell from a car to
the east-bound track. An east-bound fast
train crashed into them and was derailed,
throwing both trains into the canal. Fire
man Rlnkers was seriously and Brakeman
Kist fatally injured. Auotber brakeman
was hurled fifty feet through the air into the
Lehigh River. He swam to the shore and
hurried to the tracks in time to flag tbe New
York flyer, which is the fastest passenger
train ou the road and was heavily loaded.
Tho tracks were blocked for several hours.
Dr. J. Ward Ellis, a well-known dentist
of Chicago, died Saturday evening in that
city, after __ long and painful illness. Dr.
Ellis was a Thirty-third Degree Mason, and
a member of the Knights of Pjthias. In
Odd Fellowship he bad passed all the
Chairs, and his life was devoted to the best
interests of that order. At tho time of his
death Dr. Ellis was President of the CalU
fornia Pioneers' Association cf Chicago.

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