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VOLUME LXXIII-NO. 13.
WHY BURKE DIED. Was It the Work of the Triangle? MOUTHS CLOSED FOREVER. ."■■■ -■-*■' •■-■■- ■.■'"'"■■"« '"'•-■■ •■*■'■■- .-■■.-■■-. ■'■■-.. .-*- ---lore Developments Promised in the Cronin Case— the Convict flurderers Poisoned ? Special to The Mornino Calx. Chicago. Dec. 12.— Cronlnltes are skep tical as to the cause of. Murderer Buike's sudden demise last Friday at the Joliet penitentiary. The bolder of them are even miking open accusations that lie was poisoned to death by the secret agents of the Triangle. *; For some time there has been a firm belief In the minds of the friends of the late Dr. Cronin that the strange fatality which has bong over those known or suspected to have been connected with the murder was of human execution, whether or not of divine ordination. -r,-, %*%%% The sudden and unexpected death of Mar tin Burke, one of the -Convicted murderers •alio was serving a life sentence, bas had a disquieting effect upon the members of the old Cronin committee, and they now prom ise some startling developments. And the latter are nothing less than the avowed ability of the committee to prove that John F. Beggs was killed because he knew too much: that Patrick O'Sullivan died in prison of '-consumption" when he was on the point of -making a statement to the authorities, and that Martin Burke has now gone to bis grave because lie bad lost all hope of being pardoned and had about decided to confess. ".'.;; , Every one who saw Burke at his trial and remembers what a strong, sturdy, healthy lookhi-T fellow be was is somewhat sur prised that he should die of consumption. One of the best-known Crouinites in the city said yesterday that the Crouiu commit tee had been working secretly for months past in conjunction with certain trusted members of the police force in ferreting out and locating the underground railway said to exist between a certain room in the' era-house block and the ceils of the Im prisoned murderers at Joliet." "It would -be injudicious in me to say specifically what the result of these inves tigations has been, but it may be safely asserted that the Cronin committee now possesses evidence that will prove beyond all doubt who 'removed' Peter McGeehan, Harry Jordan, Frank Shea, Mike Gannon. Edward Spelraan, O'Sullivan, Beggs and Burke, and wby they were 'removed. "There bas been a great deal of talk about divine retribution, an avenging Nemesis, and all that, but we will show that these deaths were compassed by human agencies and for a specific purpose. "With the exception of Burke and O'Sul livan perhaps none of those I have men tioned were participants in the actual kill ing of Dr. Cronin, but every one of them bad a dangerous knowledge of the dastardly plot, and each was an Instrument in its execution. . y-yyy.: "It was pretty conclusively proven, you may remember, that Peter McGeehan was the mysterious 'No. I,' who came out here Irom Philadelphia to kill Dr. Crouin. But the doctor was too vigilant for a man of his caliber. McGeehan failed and joined the Triangle plotters. :- "A year later he was 'pushed' into a pit and injured so that he died. His associates in the rolling-mill where the 'accident' 03 --curred were all members of the L H. B. They were rough, daring men, who obeyed the mandates of the rumvirate unquestion ingly. "The very warden of the hospital where McGeehan afterward died after a lingering illness was a stanch adherent of the Triangle and amember of camp2o. His chief assistant was a bitter anti-Croninite. and tbe nurses who tended McGeehan were selected by Warden Strain from the families of tried Triangle adherents. "John F. Beggs was the senior guardian of camp 20. and presided at the meeting of the 'inner circle' when Cronin was con demned. He was tried witb the other mur derers, but as the State was not permitted to go into the Clan-na-Gael secrets, it failed to convict him. "If you remember, his death was very sodden. His burial certificate was written by a member of a Triangle camp employed in the health office. :yy "It is notorious that Patrick O'Sullivan was on the point of making a statement of his. knowledge of the murder when death cut short bis utterance. "Joliet penitentiary, as Indeed every other pnblic institution in the State, is honey combed with Triangle members of the old Clan-na-Gael. "Dr. Frederick?, the prison physician, is an Englishman, and as such, of course, above all suspicion of complicity in the re moval of O'Sullivan and Burko and the dying-by-Incbes of Dan Cdtighiiu. fc, "Burke was poisoned. A slow, insidious bane was used. So much I do not think it Indiscreet to state, for when the time comes I believe we will be able to prove it "Dan Cougblin. the only surviving con victed murderer, is shrunken almost to skin and bones, I am told. His death may be expected any time in the near future. "Both ho and Burke were splendid speci mens of physical manhood when they entered tbe prison. They were biz men, with muscles of Iron and constitutions like oxen. .Now, as a rule, life prisoners do not go into a decline as soon as they enter Joliet The rule is the reverse, as exper ience and prison statistics will show. And these men bad everr hope that vehe ment and numerous— though, of course, false— promises could give them of one day being released by pardon. "The Triangle Is a power In Illinois poli tics, and it was not a wild hope to expect to elect a Governor secretly pledged to the pardon of the Cronin murderers on the ground, perhaps, that some trumped-up new evidence had been discovered. * "Yet these strong, hardy, hopeful men died. Was it by the hands of an avenging providence? Yes; if such a term can be applied to the crafty Triangle; not other wise. "The same is true of the sudden death of Edward Spelman of Peoria. He. was a dis trict officer of thn Clan-na-Gael. Like Mc- Geehan, be died from tho results of a fall. "Frank Shea was an active angler and member of camp 20. It was be who drilled the alibi witnesses in the back room of Mat Danahy's saloon on Clark street, near tbe meeting place of camp 20. He possessed a dangerous secret, and had he lived long enough to bave been discreet his disclosures would have resulted In the arrest of some yery high heads. ••Everybody Interested has known all these things since their occurrence, but only within the past few weeks have we gained the evidence which gives us tho courage of our convictions and will, I believe, result in a post-mortem examination of the body of the Triangle's last tool and victim/Martin Burke." The Call's' correspondent Interviewed several other members of tbe old Crcnln committee to-day, but could get nothing of v more definite nature regarding the char acter of the evidence which all of them agree has been secured. FATHER CORRIGAN'S TRIAL. He Expressed Himself as an American Priest. Newark, N. J., Dec. 12.— The trial, under tbe forms of the Roman Catholic: Church,' of; the Rev. Father ' Patrick . Corrlgan of Ho- . boken, N." J., will begin here this afternoon.; Father Corrigan is charged with insubordi nation iln using to : obey, the injunctions ■ of Bishop Wigger and in publishing a series ©J articles la the Freeman's Journal and The Morning Call. Catholic Register, In which be severely criticized Bishops Wigger and Corrigan, and in general made an onslaught on Ca hensleyism in this country. He particu larly attacked Wigger as an upholder of Cahensleyism. Vicar-General O'Connor, of Bishop Wig ger's official household, was made presiding officer. The first question brought before the Judge was as to the secrecy of the pro ceedings. It was the wish of Bishop Wig- ger that no statement be given out for pub lication.- and that the persons present pledge themselves to silence; but when the oath was administered Father Corrigan re fused to bind himself, claiming tint us the defendant in a trial of this importance be had a right to express bis views and to make, known the result of the trial. Dr. Burtsell, on behalf of the defendant, ob jected to a trial before Dr. O'Connor on the ground that the latter, as aimetu ber of tho Bishop's household, . was biased. After much discussion it was agreed that Monsignor Doane, who is also a member of Wigg-r's household, should be appointed referee with O'Connor to hear tbe evidence of the witnesses on Wednesday, and to report to the regular court on Thursday. When the session was concluded Father Corrigan expressed himself as satisfied with the. progress made. This evening be gave out for publication a letter to Bishop Wigger, in wlifvh he refers to the lattei'a various charges. He says in bis letters that he referred to the Newark German Congress as a body and not as individuals, and be thinks that as an American priest he had a perfect right to express his views on what seemed to him to be an important national and religious question, and to resent the insult offered to American prelates by ecclesiastics who had assembled In a purely English-speaking diocese and as a profess edly foreign element., It was they who should have been called upon to apologize. There was no offense intended to tho Bishop personally, and if any soreness was mani fested It was in consequence of the Bishop's official connection with that foreign organi zation over which he presides every year outside of his own diocese and to the humil iation of his flock, for it Is well known that this organizttion has manifested an anti- American spirit on several occasions and has caused bad blood wherever it held its meetings. Father Corrigan says that ho did not intend any disrespect to the Bishop and refrained from replying even when the papers iepresented the Bishop as speaking of him as a "crank." If in the discharge of what he deemed bis honest duty to his country and his church he occasioned an noyance by Inadvertence or beat of expres sion he regrets it. He is perfectly willing to let the matter drop and hopes the Bishop may be pleased to look at it in the same light. VOTE OF CONFIDENCE. The New French Ministry Still Holds Office. Reinach Poisoned Himself, and Paris Is Still Agog Over the Panama Canal Scandal. Special to The Mornino Call. Paris, Dec. 12.— 1n the Senate to-day M. Lacombe questioned the Government as to its attitude toward the Panama canal In vestigation. Bourgeois, Minister of Justice, declared amid cheers from the supporters of the Government that be desired the most com plete and searching light thrown upon the affairs of the company. He- added, how ever, that be and his colleagues would oppose tho passage of any special law that threatened to Involve a possible conflict between the executive, legislative and judicial authority. The Chamber of Deputies to-day adopted tbe proposal made by M. Deboisse.in to invest the Panama investigation committee with Judicial powers. This action was taken despite tbe opposition of M. Bourgeois, Minister of Justice. A bill providing for a tax on contracts for future delivery of stocks and bonds was passed by a majority of thirty in the Cham ber of Deputies. Rouvier, Minister of Finance, opposed the bill, but the opposi tion availed him little. After some further debate La Cour of fered a resolution of confidence in the Gov ernment, which was adopted by a vote of 228 to 14. " REINACH POISONED HI/ISELF. That Is Said to Have Been Conclu sively Shown. Paris, Dec. 12.— The Panama scandal continues to engross public attention. All tbe papers publish long articles on the scandal, the tenor of which depends en tirely upon the political view point of the journal. The Figaro urges tho Government to get Herz, one of the partners in tho banking-house of which the late Baron Reinach was the head, to . speak regarding the connection of that house with the affairs of the Panama Canal Com pan the inference being that Herz would he able to explain many points about which doubts now exist. In tho course of Its article the Figaro recalls how, thanks to Clemenceau and Barries, Herz was enabled to havo an electric force franchise foisted on the com pany with a capital of 12,500,000 francs, and that through this and other transactions in which be assisted, by connection with men holding ministerial positions, be accumu lated a considerable fortune. The paper further says Baron Reinach spent the greater part of the last hours of bis life with Herz. Only a few minutes after leav ing Herz Reinach returned to bis resi dence, and that night be died under cir cumstances that led the Government to make an autopsy to determine whether he died from natural causes or committed sui cide. On the same night that Reinach died Herz started for London, and the Figaro ex presses a strong desire to have the public informed as to what caused his sudden de parture. Le Temps says the first examination of the remains of Baron Reinach proves that died of poison. At to-day's session of the Panama Inves tigating committee, Sarrien, who repre sents Saone and Loire in the Chamber of Deputies, referred to _.<•.• statement In to day's Figaro charging him with heme an associate of Herz. He declared that ho had not seen Herz since 1885 and that the latter was no friend of hi*. Sarrien added that he would not hesitate to tell tbe committee anything be knew of Herz. FIRST EXHIBIT. It Is Put in Place by the Bay City Industrial Works. Chicago, Dec. 12.— T0 the Bay.City in dustrial Works of Michigan belongs the honor of being the first to put in pUce an 'actual .'exhibit at the World's Fair. The exhibit consists of a completo electric trans fer tabic, and the object of its construction at this early date is that it may assist in the placing of heavy exhibits which will later cover the floor of the transportation build ing.- .-. ■ '•■■•.* .-. ' ' Horse."|Sale at Chicago. Chicago, Dae. 12.— There was a large attendance at Woodward & Shanklin's horse sale > to-day. Following . were '?-. the principal sales: Prolilna, to C. W. Ford of Oalesburg, 111., 81250; Cantrell. to H. S. Asher of Lexington; 81000; Mattia H, to M. J. Flelschman of New York, 85425; E T H, to B. B. Shuber of Indianapolis. 81200. ".. * * Burned at the Dock. MABQCiiTTE. Mich, Dec. 12.— The steamer Northerner- was burned to the water's edge this morn lng iat l L'Anse. The boat .Is ; a total loss. -. f • Eclipse Chainpaguo recommends Itself to con noisseurs for all banquets and parties." Tweuty eljiut medals awarded. . -.•. SAN FRANCISCO, TUESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 13, 1892-EIGHT PAGES. CRISP HAS FRIENDS Resenting the Slight Put Upon Him. THERE IS A FIGHT AHEAD. Struggle for the Speakership Precipi tated by the Unpleasantness at the Reform Banquet. Epeclal to The Morning Cam. Washington, Dec. 12.— The first gun in the contest for the speakership of the Fifty-third Congress has been fired by the Reform Club of New York, and the battle is now on. .While the Reform Club was doubtless in entire ignorance In advance of the philippic which Tom Johnson of Ohio pronounced against the Speaker and Chair man Springer of the Ways and Means Committee, the disposition of Congressmen is to consider Johnson's utterances and the discourtesy offered to Speaker Crisp by his hosts as only a part of a plan- which had origin out of Congress, and which is an at tempt on the part of the club to dictate the cboice of a Speaker of the Fifty-third Con gress. For the first time to-day there was a de sire expressed for a list of the membership of the "Reform Club," and Coctcran and others who have succeeded In examining such a list assert that at all times mug wumps and Republicans are able to control the destinies and policies of the club, and that therefore it is not much of a Demo cratic club after all. ._**" There is a general expression in Con gressional circles that Cle.elaud and Crisp have a thorough understanding as to the tariff reform course to be pursued In the Fifty-third Concress, and that the President elect was In entire ignorance of the intended slight to be placed upon Speaker Crisp. Speaker Crisp's speech, bad it been deliv ered ou Saturday night, would have shown while In the Present Congress, with a Re publican Senate, be had favored the tenta tive plan of separate tariff bills, his opinion as. to the course to be pursued after next March, when the Democrats will control not only both branches of Congress but the President as well, was that the tariff should be revised by a general bill. As the morning papers to-day confirmed the previous reports of the blight imposed upon Speaker Crisp and strengthened the impression that it was intentional and de signed for popular effect throughout the country, the House itself took early and effectual means to resent the in dignity which bad been .offered to its presiding officer, and as the Speaker entered to rap the House to order, there was a demonstration amounting to an ovation. When silence was finally restored and alter the chaplain's prayer, several members mounted the rostrum and, grasp ing the Speaker by the hand, congratulated him upon the esteem in which he is evi dently held by the House. It is doubtless a matter of great gratification to Speaker Citsp that among those who most emphati cally condemn the inhospitality of . the Reform Club are many members who wero not even his supporters iv the last Congress. To Bourke Cockran of New York the incident is the subject of considerable mer riment. "I told you all about those people," said he. "When we took up the manage ment of the campaign in Sew York we refused to give them a single appointment or chnnce to speak. Tbey would have ruined everything. Yet now, when everything Is over and we have won the battle, these COO mugwumps come forward and want to read 000,000 regular Democrat -out of the party" AN INTENTIONAL SLIGHT. Reform Club Men Knew Crisp Ex pected to Speak. W-.-hington*. Dec. 12.— 1n connection with the failure of Toastmaster Anderson to call on Speaker Crisp for a speech, it might be added that Anderson, Charles Fairchild and McF^rland of the Reform Club knew in advance that Crisp expected to be called upon and had had bis speech prepared. Anderson was so informed by the Associated Press representative. He expressed some surprise, but said he was very glad to hear It, as Crisp was sure to make an interesting speech. McFarland, who bad the distribution of the tickets in charge, was seen at the office of the Refers Club Saturday, before noon, and was told by the Associated Press reporter that type written copies of Crisp's speech had already been sent out to the paper.-*, He remarked that be supposed Crisp would take a place en the programme in the place of Morrison, who was too unwell to be present Shortly afterward Fairchild was seen by a reporter and told that. Crisp's speech bad been re ceive by tne Associated Press. The snub to Crisp was the result of de liberation on the part of the four leading members of the Reform Club who had the speakers' list in charge and intentionally omitted Crisp. Hill and Tammany men's anger is increasing, and .It Is believed H will insure the re-election of Crisp and the election of Murphy, Senator, as a revenge on the mugwumps. a , COAST GOSSIP. Money to Be Refunded to Settlers in Arizona. Washington, Dec. 12.— After a brief de bate in the House to-day Delegate Smith of Arizona succeeded in securing the passage of his bill, directing the Secretary of the Treasury to repay settlers in the Tucson laud district all the moneys illegally col lected from them by the Receiver of Public Moneys. The Treasury Department to-day pur chased 447,000 ounces of silver at .8370 and .8380. R&HBSS-fISE In the case of Henry W. Froeb vs. T. It ll ollings worth, involving land in the Vi salia district, Cal., the commissioner's de cision has been affirmed. ■C. W. Cross of San Francisco is at Wil lard's.^BflßMH Mrs. A. McGees of San Francisco is at the Riggs House. W. R. Brower of Oakland arrived here to day. W. B. Birch has been appointed Post master at Edmond. Cal. Pensions-California : Original— Samuel R. Heltman. James Nelson Young, William Bartran, Thomas Duffy, Stanley L. Nich ols, Zina 11. Robinson; additional— Richard S. Green, George W. Hagen ; increase—Wil lis Akles. Oregon: Original — Henry L. Mills; additional— John H. Cole. Wash ington: Original— .lames F. Kimball; ad ditional— Charles Vinup, Charles H. Dan iels; original widows, etc. Minors of Charles 11. Dunlap. WILL RETAIN CONTROL. Republicans to Caucus on the Organ ization of the Senate. Washinotox, Dec. 12.— A caucus of Re publican Senators will be held to-morrow morning to adopt some plan calculated to maintain the Republican control of the Senate. They have good reason to believe that the Democratic committee, consisting of Messrs. Gorman, Carlisle and Brice, will' attempt some sharp practice in Montana and Wyoming, which seem to be yet in some doubt, although the Inat reports indicate that the Wyoming Legislature Is Repub lican and that of. Montana is probably so. These - estimates are based- upon returns received to-day. The CaliforniavLegisla ture is conceded to ' the . Democrats. If Montana/and /Wyoming have elected Re publican Legislatures the Democrats wiil ! ouly have forty-two Senators, or forty-three) counting Kyle, who Is expected to vote with 4 tbem. There; would then still be a lack of one vote for a majority, Including the vote of the Vice-President. "Senator** Toorhees of Indiana expresses great doubt as to .-.-.. -^ t whether the Democrats will organize the Senate at the beginning of tbe next Con gress. '■::'■ . \ • • a FIGHT WITH BANDITS. i Bloody Affray With a Remnant of Garza's Band. Laredo, Tex., Dec. 12.— Again the air I full of rumors concerning tbe Garza revo lution. Tills time the rumors are more reliable than those of a year ago. . There is no doubt that a large body of bandits,, the remnant of Garza's band, have organized for the purpose of plunder. It. has been learned that a fight has taken place on* the Mexican side of the border, opposite the town of San Ignario, iv which plain Scqnero, bis first lieutenant, and eight Mexi can soldiers were killed or wounded by<tho bandits. The loss of tbo bandits Is hot known. Mexican troops have been tent down the river from New Laredo, but none of the United States troops left Fort Miiln tosb. The Chief of Police of this city is United States Marshal Prick's chief deputy, and that gentleman wired him to use his own judgment abut calling for troops and sending out deputies. *. CONGRESS AT WORK. The Anti-Options . Bill Goes Over - in the Senate. - * - i A Charge That a Conspiracy Has Been Entered Into to. Postpone Action Upon the Measure. Special to Thk Mornino Call Washington. Dec. 12.— 1n the Senate to day numerous petitions for and against the passage of the anti-option bill were pie sented and referred to tho Committee on Agriculture. \ Petitions were also presented for closing the World's Fair on Sunday and for the con struction of the Panama canal. * > The President to-day sent to. tbe Senate the following appointments: G. 51. Lam bert of Nt«bi.<sk-*, to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, vice A. B. Nettleton. re signed;^. W. -D.ll of lowa, to be Inter state Commerce Commissioner, reappoint ment; I*. C. Cheney of New Hampshire," to be Minister to Switzerland ; P. S. Grasscup of Chicago, to be United States District Judge of (he Northern District of Illinois, to succeed Judge 11. W. Blodgett. resigned. Stewart introduced a bill amending the Sherman act so as to provide for free silver coinage and the coinage of bullion now in the treasury, and in addition for the issue of treasury notes, based on silver deposits, which notes are to be redeemable in gold or silver coin, at the option of the Government, and are made legal tender.*. .<*-*' The anti-option bill «*» as laid before the Senate, but informally laid aside to allow discussion on Indian Territory, when the resolution will be continued. >r. The Judiciary Committee reported and tbe Senate passed a bill to punish non members of ships' crews for ailing or en couraging riots and . disorders on tne high seas. This is merely an act lv addition to the present Jaw, which deals only with members of crews. -.;...*■ V.-.st, by request. Introduced a bill to en courage the construction of electric rail roads, promote the interests of commerce and travel, facilitate the rapid transporta tion of mails, to aid in demouslrating the feasibility of the. distribution of electrical power for agricultural nnd other pnrro»e3 along the lines of electric roads, and espe cially to aid in llu. construction ttt » prop- *e_l ♦\iectnc railroad between Clue.'g- and St. Louis. Referred to tbe Committee on Com merce. The joint resolution authorizing the Sec retary of tho Treasury to appoint a tem porary Register of the Treasury pass* Tho joint resolution, introduced by Vest Tuesday, for the appointment of a com mission to treat with the civilized tribes of Indian Territory, with a view to induce them to take homesteads in severalty, was taken up and discussed, but went over without action, yy'y Washburn's anti-option bill came np, and Harris criticize- the manner in which the bill was printed, uot showing In different types the different amendments, etc.. and Washburn* said that he had no objections to the bill being reprinted and going over until to-morrow. There was a purpose, he --.if, on the part of the people In created in defeating the measure to do so by delay. Ho read a telegram, just received from New Orleans, stating that cotteu speculators and speculating towns bad wired :to Washing ton to postpone the bill till after the holi day-, under the idea that exaggerated reports of short crops would enable them to unload at higher prices. Tim bill then went over. The Senate bill reported last session for the allotment of lands among tho several Indian tribes in Quapaw Agency in Indian Territory was discussed, and the Senate went into executive session, after which it adjourned. IN THE HOUSE. Official Notice of the Illness of Gen eral Rosecrans. Washington*. Dec. Li— The Speaker laid before the House a communication from tiie Secretary of the Treasury calling attention to the illness of Gencial Rosecran., and transmitting a joint resolution authorizing the Secretary to delegate the authority to the Register of the Treasuiy temporarily during the illness of the Register. The res olution passed. The Committee on Military Affairs re ported the army appropriation bill. Re ferred to the committee of the whole. The Committee on Labor reported a bill to prohibit the employment of convict labor on public works. Placed on thu calendar. Cummlugs of New York offorcd for ref erence a resolution reciting an editorial In the New York Sun of the 30th ult.. headed "Outrage by the Postoffice Department," charging that clerks in the department at Washington are In the habit of excluding newspapers from the privilege of being carried in the mails as second-class matter without previous notice to the publisher, and that It has been discovered that there are persons residing in the national capital who will attempt tho adjustment of difficul ties of this sort for a money' considera tion. It is further stated that the ostensible reason for interference with the distribu tion of trade journals Is the desire to keep the malls from being loaded down with ad vertising matter for which people have not subscribed; yet during the months preced ing the election many millions of campaign i documents were carried in the mails at rates not allowed publications issued for business purposes or in the interest of tem pernnce or religion. it is asserted that the Postmaster-General and the Superintendent of the Census bad eacb takeu persona) ad vantage of tbe opportunity to use the mails in a manner the department pronounces Illegal for other citizens. The Committee, M Postoffices was directed to Investigate tbe charges. A bill was passed for the disposition of certain abandoned military reservations in Wyoming. The House then adjourned. .BLAINE fIUCH BETTER. But the Trip to California Must Be Given Up. Washington, Dee. 12. —1t Is said at Mr. , Blame's bouse this morning that , the ex secretary of State's condition has improved very much since .bis relapse last week, and that he is better this morning than yester :'day.'rJp^gQffißßoßi^BflgSßi - New York. Dec. 12 The Post's Wash ington special says: The proposed Califor nia trip of Blame has been practically given up, and It is beginning to be sus pected his recovery -is not going ahead as rapidly as represented, and that the news paper accounts which pronounced him in a serious condition "are nearer right than in terested patties are willing to admit. FEDERATED LABOR. President Gompers Makes His Report. HOW THE MILITIA IS USED. Held at the Call of Corporations to Oppress the Men Who Work for a Living. Special to The Morning Call. Philadelphia, Dec. 12.— The twelfth annual convention of the American Federa tion of Labor conveued here to-day. President Gompers called the convention to order. George Chance delivered the address of welcome on behalf of tbe United Labor League. A committee on credentials was appointed and the convention took a recess till after noon. . At the afternoon session the delegates were entertained for half au hour by John Swinloii, the New York journalist, in a savage attack on "black-egging Pinker ton ism and trickery." The speaker concluded with an apoeal for the union of all labor organizations on fundamental principles. The committee on credentials reported 801 delegates entitled to admission, and the report was adopted. A lesolution was Introduced at the re quest of Typographical Union No. 16 of Chicago denouncing the proposed awarding of the contract for the printing of the World's Fair catalogue to a non-union house, and demanding that the work go to a union house. After considerable debate the reso lution, somewhat modified, wan adopted. President Gompers then read his annual report. He said, In part: "Events have transnired on the field of labor during tiie last six mouths which have aroused public attention, because the Incidents connected Kith tlieiu are more or less of an unusual character. In each of these labor struggles tbe employers, generally corporations, have simply made a request, and the aimed forces of the State and of tbe United States bave been placed at their bidding. "At Cccur d'Alene, at the bidding of the mine-owners, United States troops were brought out and the men were overawed and subdued. The commanding general of the United States forces Issued an order, that any employer who would operate bis mines with union men would not be al lowed to contiuue work, and a United States Judge issued an order prohibiting union miners from holding a meeting, ln other words, the constitutional right of free assemblage was violated by a United Slates Judge, and a general of our array declared and -enforced an edict that an employer should , not carry on busi ness because be dared to employ union men. This action of the Judges and officers of the United States was flagrantly in violation of law, and I believe it our duty to demand that the Congress of the United States institute an investigation. It is' also plainly evident that the militia In our several States Is now never utilized except fcr purposes of .ostentatious show or -ns an clement in labor struggles. There is not even a pretense that they should be what they were originally designed for. In stead of being a popular organization for the defense of our homes and firesides it is deflected into a machine for monopolistic -eopre-sion against labor. Toilers need at this time to answer the bitterness and viu dictiveuess of the oppressors with organ ization. "With the object of fin uncial aid in view, December 13 nt this year is designated as 'Homestead day,* and all are requested to contribute a portion of their earnings on that day for the purpose stated. "It is idle to say that, because we have not been entirely successful in the enforce ment of the eight-hour movement for all orders in th* past, it is useless for us again to make an effort to establish a limitation of the daily hours of labor. ' "There can be no question that unre stricted immigration is wonting a great injury to the people of our own country. Notwithstanding our petition aad our pro test Congress has practically closed the World's Fair upon the day most readily at the disposition of workers. We should urge Congress to repeal this law, and to open the World's Fair M Sundays, as well as to amend the immigration laws. i ogress some time ago grouted subsi dies to the Pacific Mail Steamship Compan)*, and incorporated a provision that the sea men employed by the company should be American citizens. The company in ques tion has since violated the provisions ot the law by employing Chinese sailor.. I recom mend that the convention enter its most emphatic protest against supplanting our American sailors by Chinese, and call upon tho President of the United States to either compel the company in question to abide by the provisions of the law or to withdraw the subsidy granted. yi3g*SH "In obedience to unanimously adopted instructions, a counter proposition to those submitted by tho Knights of Labor was transmitted to the general officers of that order. The officers' answer was discourteous and insolent, and since then we have beard nothing in reference to the subject-matter." The report of Secietary Evans was then submitted. Evans said: "During the year commencing November 1, 1801, and ending October 31, 1802, 277 charters wero issued in thirty-twj States of the. Union, and In addi tion to the above eight charters were issued to national unions, making a total of MB for the year. The national unions affiliated also received, through the office of the Amer ican Federation of Labor, thirty-seven char ter applications." BH§____-____B| In a comparative statement as to receipts and expenses, ho said that the receipts for the last year were §25,999 and the expenditures 81*3,324. as compared with 821,346 received tho year before aud 513,1'.¥l expended. •_ The convention then adjourned until to morrow. TRUCULENT UNION MEN. . They Threaten to Stop Work on the World's Fair. Chicago, Dec. 12.— Tho Trade and Labor Assembly, at a special meeting to-u!chr, adopted another vigorous protest against the letting of the contract for the World's Fair catalogues to Coukey & Co., who are said to employ non-union labor. A com mittee was appointed to prosecute the fight to the bitter end, even to the extent of stop ping air union labor at the World's Fair grounds. MARBLE-CUTTERS. They Are Interested in the Question of Convict Labor. St. Louis, Mo., Due. 12. —The third an nual session of tho National Marble Cutters' end Setters' Association began its labors this morning at Druids' Ilnll. .The* principal subjects to be discussed are tbo questions of convict labor , and the establishment of a national eight-hour law. The convention expects to complete its labors by next Wednesday?Hft__Bß_i_iHH--BMHaM GETTING SERIOUS. Connecting Roads Will Not Handle Rock Island Freight. St. Joseph. Mo., Dec. 12.— Tho . strike of the telegraph operators on the Rock Island road assumed la more serious 5 aspect this morning, when the balance ot the Brother hood men left their keys. All the lines con necting with '.the Rock Island have Issued orders to take 00 perishable freight from ' that "r otia^BKyWUßß CniCAOO, Dec. 12.— Grand. Chief Sargent of • the .-. Locomotive ' Firemen and -.Grand ; Chief Clark of the Conductors' Union were in the city to-day conferring witn Chief Ramsey of the striking telegraphers. All JM___MM__n_Mft____vr r >'iM «^..v» sir:' ,~ y-^ ,_j*_* ■•.-_*.. , *-.__-. ._:, three declined at the conclusion of the con ference to make any statement as to whether the firemen and conductors would join the operators. In all other respects the strike on the Rock Island seems to have narrowed down to a question of endurance. The officials declare that there is no strike, and the operators say tbat in the end the. road must come to terms. Omaha, Neb., Dec. 12.— Order of Railway Telegraphers has leased the Union Pacific Hotel and opened headquarters for the striking operators on the Rock Island. other operators and the new men who have gone to take the places of the strikers, but who can be persuaded to quit, are given accommodations and board free, and are paid wages regularly. A number of oper ators have already taken advantage of the free hotel, and the men say that more are coming. br- Home, Ga., Dec. 12.— The telegraph opera tors of the Georgia Central road went on a strike at neon to-day. The order was issued by Chief Ramsay by telegraph. GIVEN NO CREDENCE. The Homestead Poisoning Story Gets Small Belief. But It Is Insist ed Upon by. Carnegie's Attorney, and Beatty Has Been Arrested. Special to The Morning Call. Homestead, Dec. 12.— The report of the wholesale poisoning of men employed by the Carnegie Company last September is given but little credence by people here generally. Dr. Barton, a prominent physi cian, said he attributed the sickness to typhoid fever, and the Idea that the men were poisoned was absurd. All the physi cians and druggists seen expressed them selves in like manner. A small sized strike occurred at the mills to-day. Eighteen men employed in the transportation department struck and were immediately discharged. ALL ARE iriPLICATED. Carnegie's Attorney Sticks to the Poisoning Story. PiTTSBCito, Dec. 12.— The offlcers of the Amalgamated Association say the story that the organization countenanced a plot to poison non-union men at work in the mills is preposterous. One of the attorneys of the Carnegie?, however, says that the chain of evidence against the leaders is growing stronger daily, and promises to be so com plete that none of tbem will be able to escape. Captain Breck, counsel for the Carnegie Steel Company, and Deputy Sheriff Farrell left for Louisville to-night with requisition papers from Governor Pattlson for Robert J. Beatty, who Is under arrest there for complicity in the Homestead poisoning con spiracy. They had with them the confes sions of the cooks. Before leaving Breck said that no more arrests would be made until his return unless something unfore seen should happen. Notwithstanding the denials of prominent members of the Amal gamated Advisory Board, be said, it would be shown that members of that board and members of the association and of the Knights of Labor were implicated in the plot. Toronto,, Dec. 12.— Charles Stanford died in this city to-day. He worked for the Carnegie Company as a bridgemaker at Homestead during** the recent strike, and was snffjrlng fom chronic stomach trouble, supposed to have been caused by drinking water which, it is alleged, laid been pois oned by the strikers at Homestead. TAKEN UNDER ADVISEMENT. Beatty Asks for Liberty on a Writ of Habeas Corpus. " Lousvii-i.E, Ky., Dec. 12.— The attorneys for K. J. Beatty, who is supposed to be con nected with the Homestead poisoning cases, to-day applied to Judge Toney, in the law and equity court, for a writ of habeas corpus. Judge Toney took the matter under advisement and ordered the writ to be issued. At tho same time he ordered that Beatty be brought before him to-mor row at 9 o'clock, when he will bear the case. NOT RECONCILED. Father McGlynn Is Still Far From the Church. New York, Dec. 12.— At the Cooper Union last night Dr. McGlynu in closing said : "Next Sunday I wiil discuss Satolii and tbe scbooi question. Monsigrior Satolii, you will recollect, represents the Pope in America. At the conference of American ArchbishODS held in this city Satolii dis cussed the scbooi question." These utter ances do not seem to indicate that McGlynn has been induced by Satolii to return to the Church of Rome, as has been said he would. Rome, Dec. 12.— The Moniteur de Ifonie publishes the summaries of fourteen propo sitions on the scholastic questiou that Mon signor Satolii, Papal ablegate, submitted to the recent conference of Archbishops held at New Hoik. The Pope, Cardinal Ram polla, the Papal Secretary of State, and tho Congregation of the Propaganda are in accord with these propositions. ADA REHAN IN CLAY. ■ ■ c '■"'' She Will Be Shown to a Select Sev- eral Thousand Next Tuesday. Chicago, Dec. 12.— Sculptor R. H. Park of this city has completed the model in clay of Montana's silver statue to be exhibited at the. World's Fair, the same for which Miss Ada Rehan posed. The model will be exhibited to several thousand invited guests next Tuesday. Colonel J. O. Harvey says that all talk about other actresses having been asked to pose and to pay for the privi lege related to a statue for Colorado, which project was afterward dropped. GLADSTONE FOR ORATOR. The Grand Old Han flay Speak at the World's Fair. Chicago, Dec. 12.— The committee on ceremonies of the World's Fair is seriously considering the question of inviting Glad stone to be the orator of the day at tho opening of the exposition In May next. - Defeated the Usurper. Calcutta, Dec. 12.— 1t is reoorted hero that Nizam L T d Mulk has defeated the forces of Sher Afzul Kahn, who usurped the throne after the murder of Nizam's broth ers, and has captured Chltral. The usurper i* said to have fled from the country. DRDRsprc /sp^n Baking lK_iiPowder. MOST PERFECT MADE; In all the great Hotels, the leading Clubs andthe homes, pr.Price'sCream Baking Powder holds its supremacy. Dr. Price's « .The only Pure Contains Cream of Tartar No Amraouia, . : Baking Powder. No Alum," -• - * it Purity T ; Or any ether Z- Has never been Adulterant. ; . Questioned. I * ""' -'"'-yr » I 1 •"* . — "' .'•' ,' — ___ 40 Years the Standard. tt'il ly *rSaJ-o7p TttWeT&p I TALK OF HOME RULE Irish Factions Fighting to the Last. THEY WILL NOT GO TOO FAR. There Is a Fear of Wrecking Glad stone's Government, but 'It Will Not Come to That. Special to Thk Morning Caix. New York. Dee. Yates' letter to the Tribune from London has this: The Queen is to leave Wiudsor. Castle next Friday for Osborn, and according to the present ar rangements the court will remain on the Isle of Wight about nine weeks. There Is not the slightest chance of the Queen open ing Parliament in person. ;. The Prince and Princess of Wale«, who are to return to Marlborough House to morrow afternoon from visitine the Queen at Windsor Castle, will oroceed toSandring ham early next week, and Intend to reside there until after the anniversary of the death of the Duke of Clarence, leaving for Chelsea about the 19th of January. After a visit to Windsor for the memorial service on the anniversary of the Duke of Clarence's funeral, and to Osborne, where they will be the guests of the Queen for few days, they will go abroad for some time. According to present arrangements the Prince and Princess are to join the royal yacht Osborne at Marseilles and will cruise in her along the coast of Italy and very pos sibly visit Corsica, Sicily and Corfu, their ultimate destination being Athene, where the Princess and her daughters will stay some weeks with the King and Queen of the Hellenes. The Prince/and Princess of Wales will probably remain in the south of Europe until the end of March. The Empress of Austria, who is now re siding at her palace in Corfu, has v ordered her steam yacht Miramar to be repaired for a cruise to Madeira, the Canary Islands and the West Indies. . .'': .Jy ■. xyy -__...-■ When passing through Berlin the other day on his way from Varzin to Friedrichs ruhe, Prince Bismarck again lamented the loss he bad buffered in the death of his Fid us Achates, Lothar Bucher, who had served him as private secretary and literary penman for so many years. At the time of his decease he had something to say; about the character of the man who drew the im perial German constitution In a few hours, but I forgot to mention that it was Bucher also who, In July, secretly wrote to Count Bernstorff, Prussian Embassador in Lon don, sending a copy of the famous Bene detti treaty, and requesting him, on behalf of his master, to pass It on to the Times office. There Is but little to chronicle respecting the sayings and doings of the Irish Nation alists. The Parnellltes, of couise. are jubi lant over the result of the Meath election petition, and if the Ea3t Clare petition falls their triumph will be complete, but gloom baa settled down upon their rivals, and I hear that, ln 'the league meetings of the party last week the greatest depression prevailed. Until Satnrday the more san guine members still affected to believe that the home rule bill was safe, and Morley's speech at Newcastle gave them much needed encouragement for . the moment, but Sir Edward Reed's manifesto fell like a bolt from above and for. the present, at all events, the belief obtains amoug some of the leaders oi that faction '.hat the pros pect is exceedingly gloomy. Sucb. at least, as I am informed, lias been the language beard at tbeir meetings dur ing the last two days. Tbey may be right, too, although united action may still ac complish great thing*. The Parnellites' position makes it impossible to accept any home rule on the lines indicated by the Cardiff letter, and if that letter be not a mere kite the introduction of any bill which goes further than that measure will wreck the Government. The more conservative members of Parliament, however, still thing that the Cardiff letter was not In tended to mean what it purports to mean and that the Parnellites'Would hardly dare to carry their fight to the length of wreck ing the hopes of Ireland. At any rate, It is hard to see how Gladstone can avoid keep ing his promises to the Irish party, and as yet be has shown no disposition to avoid keeping tbem. GERHAN GUNS. Yon Caprivi Says They Are Good Enough for All Purposes. Berlin. Dec. 12.— Notwithstanding the conviction of Rector Ahlwardt, the anti- Semite, who—accused the Hebrew gun making firm of Loewe & Co. of furnishing the army with defective rifles, there seems to bo some doubt In the minds of certain members of the Reichstag regarding the quality of the arms borne by the infantry, and at the session of the house to-day several questions were asked on the subject. Chancellor yon Caprivi said in reply that the quality of rifles in use by the army were thoroughly good, botn as regards pattern and execution. He added that the weapons were fully equal to the requirements of the present conditions of war, and he Included, In his description of the soldiers' arms the weapons manufactured by Loewe & Co. SERIOUS RIOT AT GHENT. The Belgian City the Scene of a Socialistic Affray. Ghent, Dec. While the police were attempting to suppress a socialistic street demonstration tc-day outside the Catholic Club the Socialists retaliated, using re volvers, hammers and knives. A Com missioner of Police was wounded in the thigh and five constables and thirty rioters were seriously injured. Gendarmes finally quelled the riot and arrested tbe ring leaders. - * . JJJ//77%7J7j7 Ormonde Will Soon Start Home. Buenos Atbes, Dec. 12.— The famous stallion Ormonde was delivered to bis new owner, .William McDonough, yesterday. He will be taken to England, leaving -here ou December 15, and will go thence to the home of his owner in the United States. She Broke Her Engagement. . Stroidsburg, Pa., Dec. 12.— Asna Boyer of Canadensis broke her engagement with Peter Bender because his conduct displeased her. r*~ To-day he met her. shot and fatally wounded her. Then he killed himself., Hosmer to Row Bubear. London, Dec. 12.— Bubear and Hosmer have signed articles for a match on the Thames to come off on January 30. The match is for £400 and the Sportsman chal lenge cup valued at £200. Turkish Torpedo-Boat Missing. London, Dec. 12.— A Kiel dispatch to the standard says: A Turkish torpedo-boat left here November 13 and -has not been heard of since. It is supposed she has been lost in the Atlantic. _ . ; .;■*: Poet Watson Insane. London. Dec. 12. — The poet William Watson has become violently insane, and has been placed in an asylum at Windsor by order of the court. _ Mrs. riaybrick Better. London, .Dec. 12.— Advices from Wok ing prison show that the condition of Mrs. Maybrick is improved. GOULD'S ESTATE. That Part of It In New York Is Valued at $72,000,000. New York, Dec. 12. --'A will containing six thousand words and -disposing of $72, --000,000 worth of property was filed ■: for pro bate in Surrogate Ransom's conrt this after noon by Judge Joba F. Dillon, it was tbst PRICE FIVE CENTS. of the late Jay Gould. Judge Dillon stated that the original documents contained noth ing new additional to the facts already pub lished. . Probate Clerk Tierney at once Issued citations to the heirs and next of kin for the probate of tho will, which were made returnable in the latter rart of this month. The affidavit of the executors of the will.* George J. Gould, Helen M. Gould and Ed win and Howard Gould, was filed with Probate Clerk Tierney, and shows the value of the real estate which Mr. Gould left In this State to be £2, 000,000, and the value of the pergonal property in the State left by him to be $70,000,000. GEORGIA SHOOTING AFFRAY. One Man Killed and Half a Dozen Wounded. Sparta, Ga., Dec. 12.— A shooting affray occurred on the streets here this afternoon. Dr. Gilmore, who wrote the third party political letters, was killed; "Dude" West, a member of the Legislature, was shot in the arm; Ed Brown. -Assistant Marsha), was shot in the finger, and Bert Amos was shot in the groin. Gilmore's sons engaged in the shootiuz. '7y,7.:j/ yy CANNOT BE REACHED One Court the Southern Pacific ,. Does Not Control. A Decision Restoring a Vast Body of Arable Land to the Pub- .' lie . Domain. • ■- • Special to The -Horning Calu : Washington, Dec. 12.— United States Supreme Court by a majority de- : cision to-day reversed the judgment of the Circuit Court of the United Slates for the . ! Southern District of California and decided -'. against the Southern Pacific Railroad Com pauy in four suits brought against it by the United States to quiet title to valuable lands . lying between the Colorado River and tho Pacific Ocean. -Jyi- .'J'Jr These lands are in Southern California and are now much sought after, and are • . said to be worth several million dollars, and were claimed by the Southern Pacifio * by virtue of a land grant made to it by .- Congress. ;*;.\ . ; • The cases have been before the court for sometime. They were argued at the last term, hut the court was so nearly equally divided on the merits of the question in- . volved that it ordered the cases to be ar gued and set the hearing down for a special date. 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