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VOL. xxn.
NO. 5.
Then he and Benjaman talked over
their plana for a lcn>c time, and before
the money-lender left a plan had been
arranged ?whereby Stanmore, as we shall
continue to designate him, hoped to at?
tain the fruition of hie hope, and get
Pratt and Weeks In his power.
What Stanmore's plan was we shall
presently seo.
Meanwhile, on the evening which Wit?
nessed the interview between Stanmore
and Abraham Benjaman, when the latter
told his friend of Pratt's proposition
a'out th 3 marked money, Paxton re?
ceived a note from the Chief of Police,
requesting him to call at his office at
on re.
The detective hastened to comply
with the request, and when he arrived
at the chief's oTlce, he was informed by
that official that he had just received
notice that a man who was dying at a
charity hospital desired to make a con?
fession to him relating to the Oakburn
"I knew you would be deeply Inter?
ested in anything promising information
on this subject, and so I sent for you.
Will you accompany me to the hospital?
I am going at once," said the chief.
Of course Paxton answered affirma?
The detective ami the chief repaired
to the hospital without further delay.
Upon their arrival there they were at
once conducted to the ward in which
lay the dying man who wished to make
Intensely interested and excited at
the prospect of an immediate explana?
tion of the mystery which had so long
baffled him, Paxton listened to the con?
fession made by the dying man, while a
cieik of the hospital recorded it in writ
"I know Levi Kredge, who was the
jf.nitor at the office of Jason Garrison,
where John Oakburn, the old cashier,
was murdered," began the man.
Paxton started as he heard him men?
tion the name of the janitor at the very
"On the night of the murder," con?
tinued tho man who was making the
confession, "at about 1 o'clock, I saw
Levi Kredge get out of tho side window
of Garrison's office. I had dodged into
thp passage between the two buildings
to escape the observation of a party
whom I wished to avoid, when I saw
Levi. I accosted Levi when he came
out of the passage upon the street. I
told him I had seer, him get out of the
office, and he was terribly alarmed."
The dying man paused, and after a
few moments he continued:
"Kredge begged me not to tell of his
bning in the office, and he offered me a
thousand dollars if I would swear to
keep his secret, I agreed, for I am a
poor man, and a thousand dollars
seemed like a largo sum to me. Until
now I have kept ray promise of secrecy,
but I could not make up my mind to die
without telling all this for I feared that
young Harland might yet be convicted
of the crime. It le my conviction that
Levi Kre i^'o murdered John Oakburn."
This WM 'he man's confos6ion, and
when it had been read to him he was
lifted up in his couch, and ho signed it.
Of course Paxton was not in the least
surprised to learn that Kredge was in
Garrison's office on the night of the
murder, for he had, as we know, long
since concluded that the janitor made
the tell-tale tracks under the office win?
It puzzled the detective t"> decide what
part the man whom Pratt & Weeks
called "Carnac" had in the crime.
Whether he was principal or confederate
he could not say.
Paxton informed Stanmore and
Stuart Harland of the confession, and
their satisfaction at the news may be
"1 had laiih to believe that my inno?
cence would be proven," said Stuart.
"Now should Judith Kredge accuse
Marion publicly, her denunciation will
bj harmless, since we may regard the
proof aga'nst Kredge sufficient to con?
vince any jury," said Stanmore, who
th jught only of Marion's safety.
"With tho confession of the man
whom he bribed to secrecy in my pos?
session, I shall visit Levi Kredge, and I
think this time I shall be able to
frighten him into a confession," said
The detoctive reasoned from what ho
knew of the (hara-'ter of Levi Kredge,
that, if he was not the principal in the
vcrime of the broker's office, he would
now see that there was no hope for him,
and he would tiy to save himself by
turning state's evidence.
Paxton had the confession of the man
who had seen Kredge leave the broker's
offico through the window in his pocket,
and he forthwith repaired to the Tombs,
and was admitted to Kredge's cell.
The janitor seemed surprised at Pax?
ton's visit, and he scented danger.
"Well, Levi, here I am again, you see,
and I have- a little surprise for you,"
said the detective, cheerfully.
"What now? Has not Judith's con?
fession convinced you of my innocence
of Oakburn'8 murder?" demanded
'Til be frank with you, Levi. I don't
for a moment think that Marion had
anything to do with her father's murder,"
answed Paxton.
"And you still suspect me?"
Kredge made the transit of his cell
Bcveral times, and finally he sa'd, in a
fierce, desperate tone:
"Well, what are you going to dc
about it?"
- "You can judge of that for yourself
when you have heard the contents of
this document which I have brought with
me to read to you."
Thus answered Paxton calmly, and he
drew from his pocket the confession of
the man whom Kredge had bribed to
keep his secret.
The prisoner watched him with an
anxious expression on his evil face.
Probably the wretch had a suspicion 1
?J what was coming, __..
Tie staggered across tno cen, ana sann
down upon an iron cot.
Deliberately the detective unfolded
the confession, and in a slow, distinct
voice he read it through.
Kredge did not interrupt him.
When the detective concluded the
reading of the confession, which vir?
tually accused the janitor, the latter did
not utter a word, but white and ghastly,
he sat staring at the floor as though
stricken dumb and motionless.
"What do you say to that, Levi?" asked
Paxton, presently.
It was a moment before Kredge an?
CtlAi'Tttt XXXIIt.
When at last Levi Kredge spoke1, he
Baid, iii a fierce, sullen Way:
"I won't talk. You can't make me.
Leave me, you human bloodhound!"
"So you want me to leave you, eh!
You want time to reflect, I see. You aro
afraid you will commit yourself. Quit'
right, Levi. I will go, but before taking
my departure. I warn you that your lest
chance is gone."
Thus Paxton answered.
"You lie. You can't convict me of
John Oakburn's murder. I defy you to
do that. You have fooled yourself in
this case. Everybody has been fooled.
Smart as you aro. Smart as you are,
Mr. Paxton, you have not once suspected
the truth.. On_bT Marion Oakburn and
myself know that. Permit me to say to
you before you go, that I'll prove how
completely you have followed a false
scent, when 1 make up my mind to
speak. I think I've given you a riddle
to puzzle your brains. That's all I've
got to say now," said Kredge.
He then turned his back upon Paxton,
nnd not another word could the detec?
tive induco him to say, though he did his
best to make him talk further.
Paxton left the cell more discomfited
than he would have liked to admit.
There was something in the manner
of Levi Kredge that caused him to think
that the fellow really was holding back
some startling evidence.
"What can he mean? How could I
possibly have been following a falso
trail, as he hints?" muttered Paxton.
But Levi Kredge was frightened,
though he was keeping back some se?
cret which he meant should serve as a
trump card in the desperate game he
was engaged in.
His sister paid him a visit soon after
Paxton left.
Levi informed Judith of the detect?
ive's visit, and he related all he had
"So you were in the office on the night
of the murder, and you did enter through
the window? You have kept this a se?
cret from mo. Why did you not trust
me? You are in a dangerous fix, Levi,
and I fear they will hang you; but did
you really take the money from Garri?
son's safe?" said Judith, with an avar?
icious light in her eyes, which Levi did
not fail to notice.
"No; I think I've told you that before.
But you needn't worry about their hang?
ing me. I'm as good as doomed to a
long term of imprisonment, which is al?
most as bad. The prospect terrifies me.
I shall make a confession. I've been
thinking the matter over since the in?
fernal detective left me, and I've con?
cluded that my only chance is in telling
the whole truth. Can't you guess whv
I didn't tell you all, Judith?"
"I'll tell you. Simply because I knew
you would insist upon my dividing 8
nice little Bum of money with you."
"Then you did get the money which
John Oakburn received for the cheqw
that day?"
Kredge laughed strangely.
Then he said:
"I tell you again, no!"
Judith vainly tried to win Levi's con?
fidence, but finally she became angry
and left tho prison very much piqued,
at her brother's refusal to satisfy hei
After he was informed of Pratt's ap?
plication to Abraham Benjaman, th*
jewish money-lender, for a loan. Stan?
more told Paxton, the detective, and ht
went on at some length to reveal a plan
which he had formed, whereby he meani
to mako the swindlers reveal all they
knew about the crime of John Oakburn's
murder, and the marked money.
Paxton approved of Stanmore's plan,
and he remarked:
"When they are in your power, those
rascals will not refuse to speak. When
lt is a revelation or prison, men are apl
to open their lips."
The detective hoped that in the state?
ment to be wrung from Pratt and Week?
he would find a clue to the real truth ol
the mystery.
Meanwhile Marion Oakburn was in the
terrible delirium of brain fever, and
much a^ she might have desired to ex?
plain any mystery to which she hold the
key, she was not able to do so.
She raved incoherently, but the one
subject that seemed to fill her chaotic
brain was her father's murder.
Paxton and Stanmore had instructed
the nurse to note all sho said, in th?
hope that some clue might be gathered
from her ravings, but nothing could be
learned, so wild and incoherent were al)
tier statements, and so unreal and weird
were the hallucinations which prompted
aer utterance.
If at this time a human life had de
Dended upon Marion Oakburn's revela
ion, that life would have been lo6t.
Once in her delirium, Maldon shrieked:
"It's a lie! Jt's a lie! My father was ai
aonest man. You shall not traduce him.
I will defend his memory at any cost!'
The day following that upon whlcl
stanmore received the information fha'
Pratt had applied to Benjaman for t
oan, the rascally broker made his ap
>earanco at the office of the money<
ender promptly to the hour of his lasi
dsit. Mr. Benjaman was awaiting him
After the civilities of the day wen
ixchanged, Pratt said:
"I hope you have the money ready
?r me?"
"Yes. It is in the safe, yonder."
Benjaman pointed to a safe in ont
:orner of the office as he spoke.
Pratt's eyes sparkled.
He was anxious to have the gold is
tis possession.
There seemed to be no one but Ben- I
jaman present in the private office, and
the villainous broker said, without fear
of being overheard:
"I have brought the marked money
with me. I want to close this transac?
tion to-day, If possible."
Then he produced a package from a
small valise, and, opening it, disclosed
several bundles of bank-notes.
Benjaman watched them eagerly, and
his eyes flamed with the light of tri?
umph as Pratt proceeded to count the
money upon the table.
"You will find the amount all right, I
think," he said, after running over the
bills, and he pushed them to Benjaman.
The aged Hebrew counted the money
"Tho amount ls ccrrect. Seventy
seven thousand dollars," he said.
The reader will remember that one
thousand dollars, according to Pratt's
statement, had been paid to the mys?
terious man called "Garnar."
Benjaman, after counting the money,
snatched it up, and placed it in his safe.
Then, instead of taking out the gold
to pay Pratt, he suddenly locked tho
safe.awl -tawied away.
Pratt's eyes were riveted upon him,
and he did not understand the meaning
of this.
"I thought you said tho gold was in
the safe yonder," he said.
"So it is. But before paying it to you,
I want you to sign this little document,
merely "as a matter of business and self
protection, in case anything unpleasant
should happen," said Benjaman, and
Fratt uttered an impatient oath, as the
old money-lender placed a written paper
before hlim
"I have this day deposited with Ben?
jaman <fe Son, seventy-seven thousand
dollars in bills, marked with a red 'V' in
the corner of each note. Said notes are
delivered by me to Benjaman and Com?
pany in pursuance of an agreement
whereby Benjaman is to loan me thirty
seven thousand fivo hundred dollars,
and hold this money as security for tho
Pratt read the paper carefully.
Then he said:
" Very well, I'll sign this for you;" and
seizing the pen, he appended his signa?
ture in a dashing hand.
"Now, then, give me the gold."
. "One moment, please."
"What now?" demanded Tratt, with
an impatient oath.
"I want to introduce you to these gen?
tlemen," said the money-lender.
There was a screen across the office,
and, pushing it aside, he added:
"These are my witnesses 1"
Pratt recoiled with a sudden exclama?
tion, as he beheld another Benjaman,
the exact counterpart of the man to w hom
he had paid tho marked money, and fuur
of Bonjaman's clerks, who had boen
concealed behind the screen.
Pratt glanced tn amazement from the
man to whom he had paid tho marked
money, to the other Benjaman.
"What Infernal trickery is this? If you
have betrayed me, I'll have your life!"
turning to the Benjaman to whom he
had given the marked money.
"Who are you?" continued Pratt, ad?
vancing threateningly.
"Stand back!" shoutod the other.
As he spoke he suddenly removed a
beard and wig, which he had worn to
impersonate Benjaman, and Paxton, the
detective, stood revealed.
At Stanmore's request the veteran
had assumed the character of Benjaman
the moneylender.
"Paxton, the detective!" exclaimed
Pratt; and a gray pallor supplemented
the habitual flush of his red face.
"Yes, I am Paxton; and at last I have
found the money stolen by John Oak?
burn's assassin. Daniel Pratt, you are
in a situation of awful peril!" said tho
detective solemnly.
Involuntarily Pratt turned toward the
door, and there was in his mind a haif
formed resolution to make a dash to
escape. But it was written that he
should not evado the hand of justice
this time. The door opened, disclos?
ing Stanmore and two stalwart police
"There is no way of escape, Pratt.
The game is up. Here is a gentleman
who will hear your confession," said
Paxton, indicating Stanmore.
"And who ,are you?" demanded the
"I am Donald Wayburn. The man
you ruined and drove into exile!" cried
Thus speaking he removed the snow
white beard and wig, which had given
him a striking and venerable appear?
ance, and a handsome man, in the very
prime of life was revealed.
Tratt staggered back until the wall
supported him, and he cried:
"Trapped! Betrayed!"
"Yes. You are in my power. Ban ja?
man ls but an agent of mine, and so are
Marks ?v Bock, and Judson, Kirk & Co.
All you owe them you really owe me,"
said Stanmore calmly.
"Fiends and furies!" cried Pratt, In
Impotent rage; and again he turned to?
ward the door.
"If you attempt to leave this room,
you will be arrested by Mr. Paxton on
the charge of receiving stolen goods,
Tho police officers were outside the
door. Paxton had closed it after Stan
more'6 entranco. and hs now stood with
his back against it.
"I did not know the money was stolen.
I deny such knowdedge, positively."
"You forget you signed a paper which
stated the money was marked, and tho
facts of the proposed transaction men?
tioned in the same document clearly
proves you knew it was not safe to uso
tho money."
"Yes. Kut more than all this, I can
prefer against you and sustain as well
tho serious charge of forgery. Evl
lence obtained from Sands, your for?
mer clerk, who is now in the employ of
Lawyer Saybrook, proves you altered
Stuart Harland's note, raising it from
ano to ten thousand dollars."
Pratt dropped into a chair.
He saw that he was indeed entangled
n the toils which Stanmore had cast
ibout him.
Stanmore whispered to Benjaman,
ind then the money lender and his
3lerks, wdio had been concealed behind
die screen, withdrew.
"Whatdo you mean to do?" Pratt sud
lenly demanded.
"It is in my power to send you to
orison, as you wcli know. You had no
nercy on me in days gone by, and now
[ should be merciless toward you. But
I have resolved to offer you certain
enns," said Stanmore.
"What are your conditions?" asked
Pratt, sullenly.
"If you will reveal how the stolen
noney came into your hands and fur
lish mo with a written confession that
I was duped and swindled, and which
rill clearly prove my innocence of all |
:nowledge that the speculation by which i
was ruined, and through which I uo-,'
wittingly helped to ruin others, was a
^windle, I will spare you," said Stan?
Pratt wai silent for a moment, while
bitter reflection filled his plotting brain.
"Come, your answer. Will you make
terms or go to prison?"
Just then Pratt heard a peculiar
"clicking" sound, andfllurning to Paxton
he saw the detective papping the catch
of a pair of handcws which ho had
taken from his pocket.
The sight, of those manacles was very
suggestive, and Pratt realized his situa?
tion more keenly thad heretofore,
He uttered a terrible oath, and then
exclaimed bitterly:
"The game ls up, I cave. You've
got thc upper hand this time, and I'll do
what you require."
Stanmore's eyes Sparkled, for thia
was a supreme moment of his life. The
time of Ir's vlndicationjhad come at last.
"iou are wise to scpecide," he said.
"Very wise," remarked Paxton, sotto
voce. And he returned the handcuffs to
his pocket.
Pratt was conquered. *"* ?
"Now tell us how you came by the
marked money?" demanded Stanmore.
"That money was not stolen from
John Oakburn. It was not taken from
Garrison's safe, as everybody supposed.
On tho contrary, lt was paid to us by
John Oakburn on the evening of the day
he drew it from the bank," said Pratt.
"What! Do you mean to say John
Oakburn embezzled the money? He
was an honest man; you shall not tra?
duce his reputation!" cried Stanmore,
"I have told you nothing but tho
"But John Oakburn did not owe you
this money?"
Pratt hesitated,
Evidently it was hard for the scoun?
drel to acknowledge his villainy.
Paxton now anticipated the most sur?
prising denoument, but at that moment
there came a knock at the office door,
and opening it the detective admitted
one of his most expert agents.
From the beginning of the investiga?
tion of John Oakburn's murder, this
man had devoted himself, under his
principal's direction, exclusively to tho
task of seeking the man who had ex?
changed overcoats with Stuart Harland
on the railway train.
The [detective auxiliary whispered to
his employer for a moment, and then
Paxton cried:
"I've great news. The suspected m in
called 'Ganiar,' who exchanged coats
with Stuart Harland, has been captured.
This agent of mine secured him at
Mother Kitt's house."
"Garnar caught!" cried Pratt.
"Ah, you know the supposed assassin!"
said Stanmore, significantly.
"Yes, and now I'll tell you in a very
few words how we came by the marked
money. The man called Garnar, which
is merely an assumed cognomen, ls
really named Reid Oakburn, and he is
John Oakburn's son by a first wife.
Marion is the child of a second marriage,
and his half-sister. Reid is really much
older than he looks. Yeats ago I knew
him well in Kansas Cily, where he re?
sided for a long time. There he forged
a note, and for the job ho served a term
of imprisonment. He came out of pris?
on a desperate, reckless man, but he
had resolved to live an honest life and
bury the past, so he has told me. He
then changed his name, assuming the
alias William Hompsted, and he went
to Denver. There he succeeded in work?
ing himself into a situation in a bank,
and finally he became cashlor."
Pratt paused for a moment.
Paxton had started when he men?
tioned the name William Hempsted, for
he knew that was the name of an ab?
sconding Denver bank cashier, for whose
capture there was a standing reward of
$10,000. From a Denver detective agency
Paxton had received a description of
"Hempsted," but lt did not correspond
with that of the suspected man.
"When Reid Oakburn, or Hempsted,
or Garnar?the latter his latest alias,
became cashier of the bock, and he had
the handling of the funds, he fled with a
large sum which he squandered tn gam?
bling. When he left Denver he assumed
a clover disguise, and as he soon after
received a severe cut across the eye?
brow which left a severe scar, his dis?
guise was perfect.
"Fate directed Reid Oakburn to come
to this city under the name of 'Garnar.'
I met him on the street on the afternoon
preceding the night of John Oakburn's
death, and I recognized him, or fancied
I did. I called him by name, and the
result proved that I was not mistaken.
"A reward of $5,000 had been offered
for his capture, and I meant to have the
money. Pretending friendship, I de?
coyed Reid Oakburn to my office, where
I made him a prisoner in the privato
apartment, intending to turn him over
to the officers of the law.
"But while Weeks and myself were
considering the matter there was an ar?
rival at the office. Levi Kredge, who
was acting as a 6py for us at Garrison's
office, came in and reported that Oak?
burn was going to cash a check at the
bank for $78,000, and that the money
was to bo paid to us in the morning.
" Then a great idea occurred to me. I
wanted to get Garrison in my power.
That money would save him. I knew
that old Oakburn loved his wayward
first-born son better than his own life,
and determined that the old cashier
should ransom Reid, and that tho $78,
000 intended to save Garrison from ruin
should be tho price of the fugitive cash?
ier's liberation by us.
"After office hours, Kredgo carried to
John Oakburn a note which Reid had
written, in which he told his father how
he was situated, and Implored him to
save him. So it happened that when
Kredge delivered Reid's note to him,
John Oakburn had not placed the money
which he had just drawn frorn the bank
in his safe.
11" The money was still in his pocket,
and in the excitement, when ho read his
son's letter, ho forgot all about lt, and
when ho hastened to our office, as he
immediately did, he quite unintentional?
ly brought thc money with him.
"There was a terrible scene between
the aged parent and his scapegrace son.
Reid fell upon his knees at his father's
feet, and begged him to save him, to pay
the sum we demanded or his release.
" We demanded sevonty-eight thousand
dollars, the exact amount Oakburn had
drawn from the bank.
"John Oakburn then discovered that
he had the money with him, and at last
he said:
"' I will pay you the money that you
demand; though it will make me a poor
man in my old age, I cannot resist the
prayer of my son.' "
Making: a Record. "
A St. Louis girl of 15 has recently
married for thc second tipae, her first
marriage having taken pto ce when
she was only 13, _ - \?.-'?_<
A report comes from Chicago that as a
result of the recent agreements of the trunk
Ino officials, separate city ticket offices will
'jo-nbatidoued in Baltimore, Philadelphia
ind other enies, aud joint offices will be
Tile tobacco growers of North Corollua
have agreed to sell none of their product to
the American Tobacco Company for five
A. S. Vaa Wick le A Co.. coal miners at
Coleraine, Pa., have advanced tho wages of
their men two per cent,
It ls reported that bx ty thouaaud miner?
in the anthracite region of Pennsylvania
have decided to strike.
Thomas McDowell, the first mayor of Sac?
ramento, Cal., died at Suth River, N. J..
aged eighty-three.
Henry Smith died in Rockbridge county,
Va., aged eighty-nlao. Ile had 2G2 descen?
Captain Charles L. Steels, of the Eigh?
teenth Infantry, died at Fort Bayard, New
Some Egyptian cotton was received Id
South Carolina, the first ever sent to that
Mr. Ryau made another move at Norfolk
in the Seaboard Air Line'matter.
Major J. C. Bryant died at Newport News,
Va., of pneumonia.
Francis P. Owing-', of Chicago, presented
an indebtedness of over five and a-half mil?
lions of dollars in Chicago, the largest sched?
ule for liabilities for discharge ever known
under the national bankruptcy act.
Deputy Sheriff Alfred Henry, while feed?
ing the prisoners iii the Howell county (Mo.)
jail was dragged into a cell and killed. All
the prisoners in the jail escaped.
At Spruce Creek, Pa., Charles Robinson
found John O'Neil in his house with his wife,
and killed him instantly.
Tho American Steel and Wire Company
has advanced the wages of Its men at Crown
Point, N. Y.. ten per cent.
Three men were fatally scalded by the ex?
plodion of a boiler on the yacht Caperon at
Delaware City.
Professor Enoch Howard Vickers, of West
Virginia, was married at Toklo, Japan, De?
cember 20.
Miss Maud A. Cleary and Mr. Edward J.
Brady, of Garrett Fark. Md., were married
it Norfolk.
The arm of Jacob Crumbling, a farmer
living near Wrightsville, Pa., was blown off
by dynamite.
The Tygart Valley Bank, at Philippi, W.
Va., was robbed of a largo sum by burglars.
Five men of a section gang of nine were
killed by a train near Oxford, N. J.
Negotiations have been closed In Detroit
which, lt ls contonded. will bethe beginning
of tho end of the Independent telephone
Tho annual convention of the Virginia
State Horticultural Convention wag held In
Captain 'J. W. Murphy, cashier of the
Third National Bank of Columbus. Ga., shot
and killed the toller, P. T. Shutze, and then
killed himself, soon after tho bank opened.
William Gurley, proprietor of the Iudlana
House In Phoebus, Va., was arrested,charged
with killing Joseph New, a soldier at Fort
Senator Morgan, of Alabama, has written
a le'.ter to the Democratic committee of
Mecklenburg county, N. C., on the race
Fred SIbeley, of Taylorville, 111., was sen?
tenced to prison for life for complicity In the
murder of Mis. Jane Brunot.
The old frigate Saratoga started out from
Philadelphia with boys of the Pennsylvania
Nautical School.
The mnrino department of the Boston
(.'bamber of Commerce identifies the stea?
mer wrecked at St. Marys Bay. Newfound?
land, as the Norwegian steamer Parran.
which sailed from Baltimore January 5 for
Sydney, C. B.
Judge Waddill. of the United States Court
in Norfolk, Va., denied the injunction asked
for by Mr. Thomas F. Ryan to prevent the
consolidation of the various lines of the Sea?
board Railroad system.
Two bids were made for constructing tho
rapid transit road in New York, Mr. JohnT.
McDonald's being for thirty-five millions.
Nearly a hundred people at a wedding
dinDer in Chicago were made violently ill by
eating chicken cooked lu a copper kettle.
James Welch made an attempt toaseass'n
ate Judge William Lochren, of the United
States Court at St. Paul. Minn.
Negotiations are in progress for the con?
solidation of Chicago tailors who work for
the wholesale trade.
Louis August, tho Fort Monroe soldier,
convicted uf murder, committed suicide at
Newport News. Va,
Nick Gilligan, accused in Norfolk, Va., of
murdering his sweetheart's father, surren?
The rod employes at the American Steel
aud Wire Works at Cleveland went on a
The National Convention of the United
Mine Workers was opened In Indianapolis.
Rates on all trans-Atlantic lines have been
raised ten per cent, or more.
Boiler makers in Buffalo, N. Y., went on a
Joseph Leach, of Baltimore, a private In
Company B, Fourth Artillery, was found
guilty, at Topeka, Kans., of killing Corporal
Thomas Finnell, tho verdict being ''Guilty,
without capital punishment."
The formal presentation by the women of
South Carolina of a gold medal to Lieuten?
ant Victor Blue was made on board the battle?
ship Massachusetts.
The remains of General Dabney H. Maury,
after lying in state in Richmond, Va., were
taken to Fredericksburg and there buried.
N. K. Goss, a merchant of Edenburg, 0..
was killed in his store by burglars. Three
tramps were subsequently captured by a
H. H. Tammer and Frederick 0. Bonfils,
editors of the Denver Evening Post, were
shot by W. W. Anderson, an attorney.
James House, a lunatic, leaped from thc
second-story window of a sanitarium at St.
Louis and killed himself.
The authorities of Mount Vernon, Y..
think they have found powdar stains on the
night gown of Mrs. Alfred Morrison, who
was shot by her husband.
Frank Davis was sentenced to the peniten?
tiary for forty-five years lu Carbondale, 111.,
for murder.
Edward Haynes shot at his mother-in-law
in St. Louis and killed his wife.
Jacob Shudln killed his wife and com?
mited suicide in Knoxville, Tenn.
John Barrett, ex-United States minister te
Siam, in a speech in Chicago, named Senatoi
Hoar as the United Statos senator whose
nnti-expanslon speech was cabled to Hong
Kong and placed in the hands of the Filipi?
nos for effect.
Mrs. Ellen C. Cameron, died suddenly at
the Carter House, in Charlestown, W. Va,
ALiking ArrangrinonU for a Fitting
Funeral for the Gallant Soldier.
Washington, (Special.)?According to ar?
rangements already made by tho War De?
partment, the remains of Major General
Henry W. Lawton, U. S. V., who was killed
at San Mateo, Luzon, December 1!) last, will
be interred In the National Cemetery at Ar?
lington with full military honors, the day
after they reach this city. Previous to inter?
ment, troops to compose the funeral escort,
which will consist of ono regiment of infan?
try, one regiment of foot artillery, a squad?
ron of cavalry and two mounted batteries of
artillery, will bo assembled in thhs city to
escort the remains from the church, where
the funeral religious services are held, to the
Major General Wesley Merritt, command?
ing the Department of the East, has been
charged with the execution of these orders.
General .Merritt has been formally desig?
nated to command the escort.
The remains of General Lawton are on the
troopship Thomas, aud are expected to ar?
rive at San Francisco about the 1st of Feb?
ruary. Mrs. Lawton is a passenger on that
vessel, and the final arrangements for the
funeral will not be made until the authori?
ties at Washington havo ascertained hor
wishes in the matter. It Is settled, however,
that the remains will be brought to Wash?
ington on a special train, in charge of Major
General 8hafter, who will be accompanied
by an aide. The itinerary of the train will
not be determined until the wishes of Mrs.
Lawton are known. It is probable that the
trip will be made so as to permit the body to
lie In state for a short time at Fort Wayne
and Indianapolis.
First Mishap to the American Tvnops
Tivo Men Killed.
Washington, (Special.)?The first unto?
ward happening lu the highly-successful
campaigu now going on iu Luzon ls an?
nounced from General Otis-.
Manila.?A pack train of twenty ponies,
transporting rations between Santo Tomas
and San Pablo, Laguna province, escoitea
by fifty men under Lieut. Ralston, Thirtieth
Infantry, was ambushed Saturday. Two
men were killed, five wounded, and nine are
missing. Pack train lost. Lieut. Ralston
and thirty-four men returned to Santo
Tomas with the killed and wounded. The
affair ls being investigated.
Doret, with the Forty-Ilfth Infantry, struck
the insurgents in Batanges Mountains pre?
pared in ambush to meet them. He killed
eight, wounded three, captured seventeen,
Including one Spaniard, and six rifles. His
casualties?two meu slightly wounded.
(Signed.) Ons.
Statistic* Showing the Acreage, Value of
Wheat, Corn and Oat*.
Washington, (Special.)?The statistician
of the Department of Agriculture has made
public his Anal estimates of the acreage,
production and value of the crops of 1899.
The values aro based on the average farm
prices on December 1.
The wheat acreage was 44,592,516. tho
production d47,3'J3,846 bushels and the value
1319,545,259, the average yield per acre be?
ing 12.3 bushels, and the average farm price
per bushel on December 1, 58.4 cents.
The corn acreage was 82,103,337, tho pro?
duction 2.078,143,033 bushels, and the value
f 629,210,110, the average yield per acre be?
ing 25.3 bushels, and the average farm price
per bushel on December 1, 3 .3 cents.
The acreage in oats was 2?,341,380, the
production 796,177,713 bushels, and the
value fl98,lC7,'J75, the average yield per
acre being 30.2 bushels, and the average
farm price per bushel on December 1, 24.3
The barley crop ls estimated at 73,331,56;}
bushels, the rye crop at 23,961.741 bushels,
the buckwheat crop at ll,t.94,473 bushels.
the potato crop at 223,783,232 bushels and
the hay crop at 56,653,756 tons.
Stories About Captain McGowan and
Commander Very.
Boston, Mas*., (Special.)-A letter re?
ceived from a naval officer at Manila, dated
December 12, says that two scandals in the
United States squadron are causing general
talk. One ls the shooting of a Filipino on
board the Monaduock by Captain McGowan,
becauso the man climbed over the side ol
the vessel forward instead of aft, as de?
manded by naval usage, lt is maintained
that the captain intended to fire over the
man and scare bim, but ho was hit in the
hip, and died soon afterwards.
The other subject of comment is the fad
that Commander S. W. Very, of the Castine,
up to the present time, has had every offlcei
on the vessel, with one exception, under sus?
pension, and one of them has objected.
Colored Congressman Proposes to Mnke It
Treason to the United States.
Washington, (Special.)?Representative
White, of North Carolina, the colored rep?
resentative in the House, introduced a bill
"for the protection of all citizens of the Uni?
ted States against mob violence." etc. It
provides that all persons shall be protected
from being murdered, tortured or burned to
death by mobs known as "lynching bees,"
whether spontaneous or premeditated, and
all parties participating, aiding or ebettlng
In such affairs are mado guilty of treason
against the United States government, and
subject to prosecution in the United States
Their Horse Stumbled Willie They Were
Fording Cheat River.
Parsons, W. Va., (Special.)- Two daugh?
ters of Rev. G. N. Day were drowned in
Safford Fork of Cheat River, six miles above
here. They were about fifteen and eighteen
years old, and were crossing the river on
horseback. The animal fell down, throwdng
them from his back. One clung to the
bridle and the other by bis tail, and were
being thus dragged out when the horse fell
a second time. The father saw the accident,
but his skiff sank before reaching his chil?
dren. _
Ready Settlement of Any Trouble With
the Canal Company.
Washington, (Special.)-It was stated by
officials authorized to speak that there is ab?
solutely no basis for reports that the State
Department has received assurances from
Costo Rico and Nicaragua of a wlllingn?ss tc
lease territory to the United States for a hun?
dred years or more for the construction ol
the Nicaraguan Canal. Nicaragua, it is
learned, has practically admitted, in princi?
ple at least, the doctrine of arbitration as the
means of settlement of any trouble between
it and tho M?r'Une ('anal Company.
No. 083. Made in S4, 48, 42, 36 inch width!.
$2.25 buys this brass-trimmed White
Enameled Bedstead. Ia stock; la au
widths; length, 75inched. Jt bas one
inch pillars, two-inch brass ygses aod
cape. This bed retails at lro?9 5 lo o
Buy of the maker and save tho i.^d
dleaiau's largo profits. Our Caja'r.guc*
aro mailed for the asking. Complete
lines of Furniture, Carpets. Drape?e6,
Crockery, Pictures, Mirrors, fctovefl,
Refrigerators, Baby Carriages, Lamps,
Bedding, etc., aro contained in t-neso
books. Our Lithographed Carpet Cata?
logue showing sh* goods in hand-painted
colors is also free; if Carpet Samples are'
wanted mall us Sc. ki stamps. Drona
postal at once to the money-saVera
and remember tli?t wc p?y
frelg-ht rhix month on |?itr#h)M*eH
of Carnet*. I.nee Curtain^, 1'or
tiers and lings junonuting to
f0.00 and ovor.
Julius Hines ft Son
Please mention this Paper.
)rganizing at Norfolk For the Abolition
of Tollgates -Real Estate Men Leading
Legislative Committee Have Agreed
Upon a Substitute for "Land Grabbers'"
Law Richard Carter Hanged.
Sixteen prisoners were released from the
"harlottesville jail Friday, as tho result ot a
leclslon following an Investigation directed
>y Judge Duke, of the Corporation Court,
ind made by two attorneys of the Cbar
ottcsvllle bar?Messrs. Daniel Harmon and
Jryan Gordon. These gentlemen were di?
rected to report on the legality of the con
Inement of certain prisoners who had been
ommitted by the Mayor, who, under the
barter, has the same powers as a justice of
he peace and is required to try police cases
irising under the ordinances. In their re
>ort these gentlemen say lt seems quite clear
hat the City Council cannot, under thc, char
er. prescribe confinements in jail as a pun
shment for the violation of au ordinance;
hat the only punishment allowed is a fine,
ind confinement In jail may be allowed aaa
penalty for nonpayment of the fine, but this
:onflnement cannot exceed 30 days. A num
ior of prisoners were found in jail who,
inder this construction of the law, were
leld without legal authority. The
:ommitteo also deals with the matter
)f proper and legal costs. Cases are de
icribed in which the prisoner was charged
nore than once for arrest, and the opinion
s expressed that there can be but one charge
vbere there has been but one arrest, and
hat as the fee for arrest does not go to the
)fflcer making the nrrest. the committee,
ound no provision In the ordinances allow
ng them, and they hold lt as more than
loubtful if they can be taxed without special
luthority. As the charter does not provide
or fees to the Mayor, although it imposes
ipon him the duty of Issuing and trying
varrants, the committee suggests that the
Mayor bas no legal right to claim themas
iompensatlon; that If he has tho right to
hem In any case he can claim only those
:barged agalntt and collected from the de
endant and those charged against the city
vhen the warrant is dismissed. In tho cases
u which the defendant is found guilty and
s sent to jail in default of payment there 13
io authority for collecting from the city,
rhe charter requires the Mayor to issue and
ry police warrants as one of his official
luties, and provides that for his services be
shall receive a compensation to be fixed by
he Council. It ls suggested that this com?
pensation covers all duties performed by
dm in this capacity.
Against Tollgates.
Norfolk's real estate men have taken the
Initatory steps toward the abolition of toll
bridges and roads with which Norfolk and
Princess Anne counties are infested. Tho
charters of the companies controlling these
interests expire this year, aud thc present
Legislature will have before it a bill or bills
.o renew these franchises. There has long 4
existed here a sentiment against toll roads,
md this has erystalized in a letter to the
Uoard of Trade and Business Men's A ^soda
Ion seeking its co-operation in the move
nent to abolish the toll gates and thus re
ieve the people of a tax which has long
aeen considered as unjust. This letter sets
forth that the real estate men aro handi?
capped in their efforts to dispose of lauds
ust outside the corporate limits, and in order
:o reach them they must pay tribute to the
;oll magnates. These lauds are precisely
:hose that are desired by manufacturing in
:erests on account of lower rates of taxa
;ion. but if tho latter advantage is more
;han offset by tolls, as is frequently the case,
:he site-seeker will not buy.
"Land-Grabbers' " Law
After moro than five weeks' consideration
ot the subject, the Senate and House Finance
Committees havo agreed upon a su'stltute
for tho "land-grabbers" law. The bill which
these committees havo agreed upon does
not repeal the act, but amends it in many of
the most Important details. All of the sub?
stance of the old law remains uudlsturbed.
One of the most significant changes made in
thc bill is to require the person proposing to
take up the laud of the delinquent taxpayer
to pay up all of the taxes due the Common?
wealth. It also requires the publication in
some newspaper of the delinquency of the
owner of the land. There aro many other
and important changes.
Britt*) Still Looking Up.
Tho Virginia Iron, Coal and Coke Com?
pany continues to add to its possessions in
Bristol. One of Its latest purchases ls a
110-acre tract of land near the Virginia and
Southwestern Railway shops. The price
paid was $13,823. It is understood that thc
company has In prospect some very Import?
ant enterprises, the details of which will
soon be made known. Bristol ls growing at
a more rapid rate than at any time within
its history.____
The Expansive Editor.
Journalism in the Philippines ap?
pears to be flourishing. The island*
now have three dailies printed ii
English, the latest candidate bein|
the Insular Press.

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