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. , r H BEE. iVENTH YEAR OMAHA MONDAY MOSNINft APRIL 17 , 1888 , 255 FITZ JOHN PORTER. The President Cannot flo Any thing for Him , The Decision is Based on the / Decision of Attorney-Gen eral Brewster , That Everything in Hia Trio ] were Oorreofc and Accord ing to Law. Honoo the Matter Is to ho Sent Back Without Action. WASHINGTON , April 15. As was published in those dispatches last night , the president has decided that ho could do nothingln the Fit ? John Porter cuso. Thu decision is based on Attorney General Browator's opinion , made . is voluminous public to-day. rlt a nous document , with a review of the facts , showing that in 1602 Porter was court-martialod , convicted , ca'sh- iercd and disqualified from holding government office ; how the sentence was approved by the president Janu ' ary 21,18G3 ; proceedings of th'o advisory board in 1378 ; their report in the following year , witK the recom mendation to annul the sentence ; the report submitted to congress by the president Juno 5 , 1870 ; how congress took no action , and then Portor's'sub- sequent application to the president for relief. The opinion then cites the laws con structing courts-martial , and points out that no claim has been made that any proceedings were illegal. The question at issue is simply whether the president had authority to annul the action , and there appears to bo no legal provision for further executive action than has already boon taken. The report cites the cases of Lieuten ant DoVin and Major Howe , and quotes the opinions of the intermediate attorneys general , Legar , Bates , Nel son , and Cushing , as well as that of the supreme court , to show a prece dent. It is also argued that a pardon would not bo restoration , as army ap pointments are only "mado from the ranks of general officers , and vacan cies are filled by promotion. " The opinion is summed upon the following conclusion : "Upon the general question con sidered the conclusion is arrived at that it is not within the competency of the president to afford the appli cant the relief asked for. That is to say , it is not competent for the presi dent to annul and set aside the find ing and sentence of the court martial and to nominate him to the senate for restoration to his former position in the army. " It is understood that the cabinet unanimously approve the views of AtTxJrne'y GenoraTErewater.J " ' ' Acting under the instructions of the executive Secretary Lincoln to day sent tno following to General Porter : "Sir The president has had under consideration your letter of the 23rd of December , 1881 , in. which you allege the injustice of the sentence of the general court martial , under which in 18G3 you were as an officer of the army dismissed from the service of the United States and forever dis qualified from holding any office of trust or profit under the government of the United States , and refer to the report of the advisory board , made in 1870 , and ask the president , if convinced of the justice of the recommendation of the advisory board , to annual and sot aside the finding and the sentence of the court martial , and to nominate you to the senate for restoration to your rank in thoNarmy. "It being advisable that before con sidering the propriety of the action requested by you , the question of the power of the president in the promises should bo determined , your letter was by the president referred to the attor ney general for investigation of the subject. By direction of the presi dent , I have to enclose you a copy of the opinion of the attorney general , dated March 15th , 1882 , and to in form you that the president concurs in the views therein expressed , and consequently that compliance with the application contained in your lot- torts not within his authority. " Safe Barglirs Arrostod. National Associated Press. WASHINGTON , D. 0. , April 15. Four men were arrested hero to-day for safe burglary. A police sergeant this morning saw ono of the party standing in front ot a carpenter shop on L street , and on attempting to ar rest him was pounced upon by the others and beaten , after which the po liceman loft. Later in the day they were arrested in a laundry near the navy yard , and two of the men have been recognized as Charles Woods and Tom Jones , experienced cracksmen. They had blown open the safe of the carpenter shop before being disturbed by the sergeant , but obtained nothing. The men gave their names as Ed. Merrill of Cincinnati , Wm. Fitzsim- mons of Baltimore , Thomas Collins , an Irishman , and Charles Lilley of Balti more. Antl-Chlneso Meeting. National Associated Prow. PHILADELPHIA , April 15. A great open air anti-Chinese meeting was con vened by the United Trade and Labor council to-night at the Broad Street square , bounded by Chestnut and Walnut streets , and the participants are estimated variously between 15- 000 and 20,000. A torch light pro- peasion was paraded through the prin- | ipal streets and transparencies wore 'splayed with inscriptions denouncing | p Mongolians. There were addresses throe platforms. At the princi- pno , the chair was taken by Frank in , president of the council. A was made by Congressman of Maine , who denounced it Arthur for his veto of Chinese bill , and ho de clared that the interests of the workingmen were not sufficiently considered sidored by congress. Ho urged tha the workingmen combine politically and send their own representatives to Washington. Addresses of a similar purport were made by Charles H Zimmerman , statistician of the stat < labor bureau of Now Jersey , nn < several prominent local labor men Resolutions contending that the ob jection to the Chinese was based upon the coolie system , and not on race o nationality , and calling upon congrcs to re-enact the same measure withou modifications , and declaring that no system of slavery can over again oxis in this country , were adopted. The meeting was the largest am most determined of any workingmen held in this city uinco war times. Texas Land and Railroad tlou > National Associated Press. AUSTIN , Texas , April ID. A substitute stituto to a bill appropriating 2,000 , 000 acres of land to the state university was introduced in the senate to-day It provides for the setting aside on million acres to the university am free schools , and that the balance o the public lands bo thrown open to satisfy railroad and other larid ccrti .ficates heretofore issued. Senate Duncan , author of the substitute supported it" ill n powerful speech claiming that outstanding certificate wcro valid , and legal claims agnins the state * and should bo recognized This is the first bill introduced during the session having for its object the satisfying of all outstanding land cor tificatcs ard it produced in animatoc discussion without final action. A railroad bill preventing the con solidation of stock , franchise or man agomcnt of railroads in this state , o the leaao or purchase by any railrota of parallel or competing lines or th < consolidation by private or judicia sale or otherwise of any railroai organized in this state with any rail road organized in another state , was taken up in the house and was pending ing at the time of adjournment. I is a strike at the Gould syndicate anc is certain to pass. Stilts Settled. National Associated Prore. " * ST. PADI. , April 15. Numerous suits growing out of the late sensation al failure of A. R. Minningcr & Co. the Miles City , Hon. , bankers , wil soon bo dismissed. The liabilitio were $350,000 , and the creditors are mostly in St. Paul , though somn 'Worn outside of this city , including Keith Bros. , of Chicago. Arrangements have been mado'by Lane K. Stone , o this city , who has "purchasu the claims of creditors , who were the prime movers in the plan t < have a receiver appointed to settle al litigation and take charge of the affair at Miles City as successor jof Miunin ger & Co. ' Condition of. Winter Grain. 4. National 'AAoclat dTreM ; > > " " " * WASHINGTON , AprillGA synopsis of the April report of. the dopartmon of agriculture upun the area and con dition of winter gain shows an in crease of 1,000 000 acres , or 2 per cent. The estimated area ot the pre vious croo was 24,346,000 acres. The states showing an increase are : Michi gan , 3 per cent. ; Indiana , 4 ; Ohio , 1 ; Kentucky , 15 ; West Nirginia , 3 ; North Carolina , 18 ; South Carolina , 10 ; Georgia , 12 ; Florida , 2 ; Alabama , 33 ; Mississippi , 54 ; Louisiana , 75 ; Texas , 72 ; Arkansas , 72 ; Tennessee , 17. The average increase in the cot ton states of 20 per cent. , amounts to 800,000 acres. Destruction hy the Iiato Storm. National Associated Press , NEW OKLEANS , April 15. Special telegrams say the destruction on the town of Bayou Toecho by the late storms is indescribable. The situation is appalling. One-fourth of the smaller buildings are down. Some wore blown across the bayou and de molished on the opposite bank. A largo residence , elegantly furnished , with its occupants crying for help , floated down and next morning was found against the bridge , with all oc cupants missing. George McEnery instructed the relief commissioners to apply for 500.000 rations additional to the 200,000 appropriated Friday by Secretary Lincoln. Marine Intelligence. National Press Association , NEW YOHK , April 15. Sailed The Spain and the Gormanio for Liverpool , the Assyrian Monarch and the Bel- gravia for London , the Furnossia for Glasgow , the Rhoin for Bremen , and the Waesland for Antwerp. Arrived The Nodorland from Antwerp - werp , the City of Rome from Liver pool and the Silesia from Hamburg. I vQoBENSiowN , April 15 , Sailed The City of Richmond for Now York. SOUTHAMPTON , April 15 , Sailed The Elbe for New York. LONDON , April 15. Sailed The Persian Monarch for New York , Arrived The Alsatia from Now York. NEW YOUK , April 10. Sailed On the 15th , the City of Brussels for Liverpool. IlAMBunn , April 1C. Arrived The Vandalta from New York. HAVRE , April 10 , Arrived On the 15th , the Canada from Now York. GLASGOW , , April 10. Arrived The Ethiopia from Now York. SOUTHAMPTON , April 10. Passed The Baltimore from Baltsmoro for Bremen. LIVEHPOOI , , April 10. Arrived The Lord of Louthfrom Philadelphia , the Adriatic from Now York. QUEENHTOWN , April 10. Sailed The Pennsylvania and the Catalonia for Philadelphia . ROTTEKDAM , April 10. Sailed The Rotterdam for New York. JonrnalUtio- National Associated Proa. WASHINOTON , D. 0. , April 15.- The newspaper , The National Republican - lican , is about to take an office in the same building with The Washington roit for a term of ton years. This is understood to be uignificant of a mu tual consolidation of the two journals THE NATIONAL CAPITAL. The Outlook for Adjournment by tlio Middle of Jnno , Program of the Several Appro priation Bills in Both Houses of Congress. The Saturday Session of the House Given to Discussion of the Tariff Bill , Miscellaneous Notes of a Nntlona Character. THEOUIXOOK. riiocmEss OF WOIIK IN CONGRESS. WASHINOTON , D. 0. , April 10. The decision of the house majority t hold extra sessions to rush business calls attention to the condition of th appropriation bills. Ono , the iin mediate deficiency bill , has become law ; of the othera the fortifications postofiices , consular and diplomat ! and Indian bills are in conference and the military academy bill wit the house committee on appropriations The sonata amendments to the agri cultural bill havp passed the house and the bill is with the senate com mittco on appropriations. The arm ; bill is also with the sonata committo on appropriations. The District o Columbia bill haa been reported fron the house appropriations committee and is on the calendar of the committee mittoo of the whole on the state of the Union. An appropriation bill ii usually considered virtually passoc when disposed of in the houso. Al but six have been eo passed. There willj probabiy bo some ugh on tha naval bill on now ships of war to bo provided for , and on the aundr civil bill , but no contest is cxpoctct on any others. If the house is so dis posed , all appropriation bills can bo passed by the 1st of Juno and con gress can adjourn by the 10th if the members BO dcsiro. A great number desire an early adjournment for the purpose of looking after rcnomina turns , and many of them want to become como familiar with the districts which have been changed by state legislatures tures rodifltricting. The outlook , then is favorable for adjournment in Juno. CONGRESS National Associated tress. JJBOCBEDIN03 IN THE 1IOU8B. ' WABHINOTONJ D , 0. , April 16. The house discussed the tariff commission bill. ' ' Mr.vWhito ( Ky. ) attacked the bill recently passed extending the bone pwiod as a measure in the interest ol Urge .distillers procured by such mot ju . .Col. ' Wharton , late marshal ol ) [ < 0wi Uj8 , whojthe.Bpeaker said was a " man of haoVrecord appointed by "his now retired excellency , the late imbecile cile from Ohio , with full knowledge o his character. Mr. McMillan ( Tonn. ) argued thai congress was competent to frame a tariff bill without farming the matter out to a commission. Mr. Shellabarger favored the "bill Asuggesting the passage of a supple mentary bill reducing the tariff-whore abaol utely necessary In the mean time. time.Mr. Mr. Hill ( N. J. ) followed in sup port of the bill and of a tariff for the protection of industries. Mr. Wilson ( W. Va. ) , a democrat , spokn briefly in favor of the bill as the briefest method of reaching the desired - sired result. Mr. Ward ( Pa. ) alsa spoke briefly in favor of the bill. Adjourned at 4 p. m. CAPITA NOTES. National Ai * Delated Vices. "LOWELL AND LINCOLN. WASHINGTON , April 15. It is au thoritatively stated that there was no ; ruth in an evening paper report that Lincoln is to succeed Lowell at Lon don. MASON'S CASE. WASHINGTON , April 1C. Ono of the L/yddy Brothers arrived from Now York this morning , and is prepared to argue the case in the supreme court on a writ of habeas corpus in the Ma son case , which has precedence on the calendar to-morrow. Liddy will first jo hoard on jurisdiction. Ho has bund no exact parallel cases , but .hinka ho can establish his point. It s erroneous to suppose that the ittornoy general is to make this point joforo the court. The fact is the shief justice himself raised it at the ast hearing , and announced that ho would hear it argued. It is not ex acted that a decision will berondorcd on a preliminary point , but that argu ment on the direct case will be re vived , and the decision reserved on > oth questions. The idea that the cabinet decision n the Fits : John Porter case will have in adverse effect on the release of Hason is not entertained , inasmuch , s the latter finding of the court-mar- ial has not yet had the executive ap- iroval. It ii understood , however , that army influence is to bo exerted gainst Mason's release before the imo of his sentence expires , and that ho president may yield to that influ ence. If BO , then the only hope lies with the court. Bigolow , Mason's ounsol , thinks the supreme court will lirow the case out on Monday. Ho rill then no longer interfere with jiddy Bros. , the Now York counsel. MISCELLANEOUS The president has recognized John ) unn as British vice-consul at Old- ago. The police arostilljin the dark about lowgate's whereabouts. A clue was bought to have boon found thia morn- ng , and detectives were Bent to Alex andria to investigate , but it turned out a delusion. Signal oflicora express ho belief that Howgato is still in the ity , secreted by friends of high poai- [ on , and that when matters are quieted [ own he will bo spirited away. The police are divided between the theories of escape down MO river by boat , and a night buggy rWo across the country and escape by rM to Canada. There is a growing lib pression that his family are as roueh surprised by his flight as anyone else. It is generally believed that no oaan finally elude capture , though ho 'ra'a ; escape for a few months. The poll * are also unable to obtain a clue i > Miss Burrill , who disappeared nt itlio same time. Railroad Bond * In Litigation- ; National Associated Prws * LITTLK ROCK , April 15. Argumoh in a case of unusual inlportanco was concluded in the United States circui court to-day , Judges McOrary ant Galdwell presiding. The case involves the validity of over $5,000,000 in bonds issued by the state in 1870 , to aid in the construction of a railroad The state supreme court has declare * the act under which the bonds wore issued unconstitutional. The bond holders now seek to hold the road Ho bio. It got the bonds , and now it i contended , notwithstanding ita ohnng of name and the .decision of thosu promo court , that it should bo compelled polled to pay the bonds. The cose which is regarded as a test one , ii against the Little Rock & For Smith railroad company. Argumbn for the bondholders wasmndojDyJbhr P. Dps Posses , of Now York' ' n'd'ox ' : Chief Justice McOluro , of this city The road wns represented by 0. W Huntington , of Boston. The cour took the case under advisement Great interest attaches tq this cast hero , on account of the magnitude o the interests involved , and affuottling certain principles of law In reference to railroad aid securities. The deci sion of the court , counsel say , wil form a precedent. Now York Politics. National Associated Press. NEW YOKK , April 1C. It is an nounccd as political gosnip , tha prominent republicans assort tha Sacretary Folgcr is no longer a candi date for governor. Congressman Frank Hiscock and Senator Warner Miller are prominent candidates. In case the latter should accept the nom ination , it is rumored lloscoo Gonklinc ? will bo put forward for the senate. This harmonizing of interests of bott wings of the party was considered very probable yesterday , as a Wash ington dispatch carao to Alfred Deg- gott , of Brooklyn , that ho hac secured from the administration the renewal of his weighing contract Ho has boon a prominent half-breed. Mormon Retaliation. National .Associated Prca t SALT LAKE , Utah , April 10. Dar ing the late Mormon conference it .was intimated that the Saints retaliate upon the Gentiles "tor anti-Mormon legislation , refusing to purchase goods from Gentile merchants Today this mode of war was openly advocated by elders in ' the tabernacle. .They preached Jo buy only froniM ; < inno-nB , and this will be the burden of sormoni hereafter in their churches. The Gentiles are very indignant at this manner of fighting , and they throator to stop all dealing with Mormons. Ii the lines are drawn tightly financial troubles may bo looked for. At the Tomb of Iilnooln. National Associated Praia. SuitiNoriELD , Ills. , April 15. The seventeenth anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln was observed here to-day by memorial services al the catacomb of the national Lincoln monument , under the auspices of the Lincoln Guard of Honor. The mem bers of the legislature and a largo number ot citizens were present. The song , "In Memorial Abraham Lin coln , " was sung by a double quartette. The principal address was delivered by Governor Culloin. John Carroll Power read extracts from Lincoln's speeches. Bate Ball. National Associated 1'rcso. PKOVIDKNOK , R. L , April 15. Providence 25 , Beacons 3. CHICAGO , April 15. White Stock- ngs 21 , Spaldings none. Shipberd. National Associated Press. WASHINGTON , D. 0. , April 15.- 31aino's letter requesting permission to give testimony in the Shlphord in vestigation was read by the chairman ot the committee. Belmont refused to continue the examination of Shipherd , pending de cision of the question whether ho could > o compelled to answer. 1 Scott Lord then took up the cross- examination , eliciting nothing new. Adjourned till Tuesday. MrsSoovllle' Petition. National Associated Prow. CHICAGO , April 15. Mrs. Scovillo's > etition to bo appointed conservator of Quiteau was , by agreement , dis- nissed by Judge Loomis in the coun- y court. The petition will bo carried o another court. Boiler Bartt. National Associated PIAM. DALLAH , Tex , , April 15. A Long- rlow ( Tex. ) special Bays the boiler of V. 8. Robinson's saw mill burst at 8 o'clock this evening , killing 0. A. Villis and making a complete wreck f the mill. fooling with Another Man's Wife. National Associated Pica ) . KANSAS GITV , April 15. Joe Wit- mm was shot and mortally wounded o-nlght by Henry Wilson in a quar- el over the former's wife. Suicide by Fire. National Associated 1'ress. MX. CARUEL , Pa. , April 15. Mrs. ohn Richards , a minor's wife , bo- auso her husband threatened yostor- ay to leave , saturated her clothes with kerosene , lit them , and , after wenty-four hours of awful agony , ied to-day , " HOUGH ON KATS. " Clean out r U , mice , roachef , flies , nts , bodbuHB , ikunkv , chipmunk * , goph. n. 15e. Drugglita , FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE. Discovery of Another NMlatlo Czar-Killing Memo , A Mine Pound Under the Cath edral where the Czar Will be Crowned. The Britloh Government Do- oides to Release the Irish Suspects now in Jnil. The General News that Onmo Over the OaMo. Si. PKTEUsnuno , April 1C. Eltjhty workmen employed at the Uspansk cathedral , which is undergoing exten sive repairs in preparation for the coronation of the czar ii August , have boon arrested in connection with the discovery of a mine under the sacrou edifice , and very near the spot at which the cr.tr and members of his family would t.ikp up their position during the coronation ceremonies. LONDON , April 10. The govern ment has decided to release all the Irish subjects now in prison. Dr. Latnson , sentenced to death for thcamurdor of his brothor-ln-law has had his respite extended to the 28th of April. The homo secretary in a letter informing him of the extension of his respite , warns him that at that time the capital sentence will then bo carried into olToct unless some very improbable event should occur to stay the execution or better evidence than has boon oil'urod shall bo ad duced. CONSTANTINOPLE , April 1C. M. Donoyikofls , Russian ambassador , has been invited to diuo with the Sultan. This indicates a speedy agrcomont on points in dispute which have retarded the final settlement of the Russian- [ Turkish war indemnity. Railway Now . National Associated 1'rcoa. DALLAS , Texas , April 15. A Doca- .lur ( Texas ) special announces the completion of the Fort Worth & Den ver railway to that point. The road 5s stool tracked and rock ballasted. ' LITTLK ROCK , April 15. Through trains commence running to-morrow on the Memphis & Little Rock rail road. For nearly two months the road has boon rendered useless on ac count of damages by the overflow. NEW \OHK , April 15. It is report ed there has bonn deposited under agreement for the reorganization of the Marietta & Cincinnati railroad company over two-thirds of its capital stock , and 00 per cent of its bonds. hp right to make deposits expired to- , National Associated Viet * ? ST. JOSBFH ) April 15. Edward J. Crowther , late city attorney , and now city assessor , and also a man named Jno. Cox , known to be on intimate torma with Crowther , have been ar rested on the charge of complicity in the late $100,000 bond theft. Howgato. National Associated Prow. WASHINGTON , D. C. , April 10. Several anonymous communications have boon received by the authorities pretending to know thejwhoroabouts of Howgato. No attention is paid , and no clue of any kind can bo had. Those who might bo supposed to know something of the movements of Captain Howgato say ho is still in this city. It was said lost evening that an effort will bo made to throw the detectives off thu eccnt by having Nellie Burrill appear in Now York ; where she will bo to-morrow. Ex-Senator Donoy. National Associated 1'reos. KANHAH CITY , April 15. Ex-Sena tor S. W. Dorsoy passed through the jity this morning on route to Wash ington to stand trial tor complicity in the star route frauds. WASHINGTON , April 15. Ex-Sena tor Dorsoy is on his way to this city in compliance with a summons to ap pear before this court. Ho will arrive icxt week. Striking for Higher Wnjo . National Associated I'resi. NEW YOUK , Afcril 10.-Tho track- mtn cninloyid by the Now York Con sul & Hudson liivcr railroad between : hm city and Albany , numbering 1,200 , , are on a strike for higher wages. Obituary. fatlooal Associated Preoi. NKW OKLBANH , April 15. William fallow , aged 70 , partner of Enoch , , ho philanthropist , died of apoplexy o-day. PirrHBUiia , April 15. A Leader special Buys that Rev. J. F , Franklin , rector of St. Paul's church at Erie , ? a. , dropped dead early this morning torn paralysis of the heart. ' Tha Turf. National Awoctatod f icu. BOSTON , April 15. Beacon park has > eon leased for the season by Oscar J. ilocum , who will open with two races on May day , Juno 13 , 14 , 15 and 10 , or $5,500 premiums. Not Guilty. National A ioclatc < l i'rcan. PHILADELPHIA , April 15. The jury gave a verdict of not guilty in the case of William Kennedy , charged with embezzlement of $50,000 from Jonathan Posoy. There are fifteen other indictments against him. Pern and Panama. National Aiuoclated I'rcw. LIMA , March 22. The Recollta church , one of the largest in Peru , , ad ono of the earliest erected , was 0 tally destroyed by fire yesterday. Gen. Lynch has caused the arrest of a number of prominent Peruvians 01 complicity in the circulation of $9,000,000 in counterfeit $500 Peru vian notes , made in Now York and circulated through the agency of Cat- dcron officials and high oflicora of the banks cf Lima and the Peruvian treasury. The Droya railroad is closed to the public by order of Qon. Lynch. Bolivia and Chili have reached an understanding , and Gon. Camaucho , who commanded the Bolivians in the desperate battle of Tacra against the Chileans , has boon appointed minister of Bolivia to Chili , and all remaining Bolivian prisoners liberated imd sent homo. Trcscott and Blaine are remaining in Chili , it is rumored , on special orders from Washington. Lynch insists on Chili's right under the Berne postal treaty to receive and forward all mails for Peruvian ports , and continue to do so in spite of the protests of commanders of foreign mcn-of-wnr in the harbor of Cnllau. Captain Morriman , of the United States nleanicr Adauia , at Callao , nmdo a formal protest , which Lynch answered by reference to the treaty. The protesting parties have the United States boats Adams and the Pon&ocola , the French iron-clad Triumphantpand the corvottoLunior , and the Italian iron-clad Archimedes , and Lynch has the Chilean iron-clad Clanco Eucladoa. PANAMA , April 7. Francisco Hal- dini was inaugurated president ol Columbia , at Bogota , on April 1st. A largo number of troops are boinp gathered here to prevent threatening attempts at revolution on the occasion of the assumption of the presidency of the ntnto of Panama by Rafael Numez. Gon. Prado , ox-prosidont of Peru , arrived hero on the way to Peru , where ho goes to relieve , if possible , the political misfortunes. Ex-Dictator Dan Nicholas Picrola arrived on the way to Europe. Ho has abandoned all hopes of reinstating himself in Peru. Fir 01. National Associate I I'to-n CINCINNATI , April 15 The Cincin nati cooperage works wore destroyed by fire this morning. LOBS , 8100,000 ; insurance , S'JO.OOO. ST. JOHNS , N. B. , April 15. Jaa. Hogan's steam rotary saw mill burned this morning. Loss , 00,000. By a fire in William and Jas. Dris- doll's sash nnd door factory at Wood stock the building was entirely do- strfyol. Probable loss on building and stjck , $7,000 ; no insurance. LITTLE ROCK , April 15. The Stev ens house , the loading hotel at Hope , a prominent town on the Iron Moun tain railroad , was destroyed by fire. Seven guests , among whom were sev eral drummers , lost most of their bag gage. gage.NEW NEW YORK , April 15. A fire this afternoon in Alderman MoLavy's planing and saw mill caused a loss of $10,000 ; insured. CHICAGO , April IG. The factory ol William Doering , manufacturer ol 'harvesting ' * evening. ' A Kansas City Swindler. National Associated Press. KANSAS CITY , April 10.-r-Robort G. Hamilton , of Newburg , N. Y , , came to this city last September. Since then ho has carried on a scheme for swindling parties by giving chocks on banks with whioh ho had no busi ness , and mortgaging and remortgag- ing his stock of saloon and lodging house fixtures. The swindling will amount to several hundred dollars. Ho is reported to have eloped with his wife's sister , and it is thought has re turned to Nowburg. MiBcollauoons Tolegrami. National Associated Prooa. DALLAS , Tor. , April 15. Weather throughout the state for the past week has been chilly , and frost is reported at some points. ST. JOHN , N. B , , April 16. Prince Edward's Island legislature has boon dissolved , and now elections will beheld hold on May 8th. The probabilities are the present government will bo sustained by a largo majority. Goo. A. Burbridgo , of this city , has boon appointed deputy minister of justice for the dominion , vice Lamb , resigned. LITTLK ROOK , Ark. , April 15. W. Jones , of Fullurton county , attempted to pull a loaded gun out of a tree. His ekull was completely torn oil' and his brains strewn all over the ground. NABiiyiLu : , April 15. The respec tive chairmen of the Damocratio executive - ecutivo committees will to morrow JHHIIO u call for u convention on June L'Oth , in this city. NEW YOUK , April 15. The glove contest between Jonn L Sullivan , the champion , and Dick Ucnn , the Terror of Troy , which was announced to take place at Hoboken , did not come olT. FALL RIVEII , Mass. , April 15. Many of the Sagamore mill strikers are procuring work elsewhere. The Spinners' union is supporting the strikers. Complaints are becoming more frequent at several of the mills , and the dissatifuction is spreading District meetings will bo hold in various parts of the city during the coming week ( o discuss the situation at these mills. The stopping of the Sagamore mill cuts off the production of 5,000 pieces weekly. Celebrating a Church Anniversary National AnocUUd PICM , PHILADELPHIA , April 15. The semt-cetitennial of the consecration of 3t. John's Catholic church was cole- jratod to-day with unusual pomp and solemnity. At Pontifical mass this morning Archbishop Wood presided , and Archbishop Crane , the papal del egate to the Australian celebration , was prcaont. Bishop Shanahan , of Uarrisburg , preached. Father Saurin , of Baltimore , formerly rector of the church , and a largo number of dis. Anguished citizens wore present. The Ifatnal Union. National AModated Prww. NKW YOUK , April 15.At the mootIng - Ing of the directors of the Mutual Union telegraph company , John G , Moore was elected president , vice John 0 , Evans , deceased. SEVEN BATTLES. Omaha and Council Bluffs Boosters on the Rampage. Seven Dlrda Turn Up Their Tooa Omnua Victorious. On Saturday aftornooonafow sport- ingmon of this city wont over to Molio , Iowa , where they wcro mot by a few of "tho boys" from Council Bluffs , for the purpose of indulging in n cock fight. A BER reporter , getting wind of the mooting , which , by the by , was on the "Q. T. " procured conveyance and drove to the spot selected , which wean n beautiful dell , surrounded by hills , and out of sight and hearing of the main road. After the loaves were cleared away and the ring marked out , the birds were brought out for the first battlo. TUB FIIIST FIOHT woa between a rod cock from Council Bluffs and a gray cock from this city. Weights : Council Blufls bird , six pounds ; Omaha , five pounds ton oun ces , Time wan called at 11:35. : Thia fight was with three inch galfe. Both birds showed blood and a good deal of training. After putting them in position , the Omaha bird throw down the gauntlet in the form of a vigorous crow. Both dashed at each other with a zeal that would do credit to Sullivan. After three or four flics on both Bides the gray cock got in a thrust which took effect in the rod bird's throat and knocked him out of the ring , and virtually decided the battlo. In the SECOND nouNi ) , notwithstanding the rod was bleed ing badly , ho cnmo to the bravely , nnd succeeded in driving the Council Bluffs bird ui v tliu lino. In the third round uhilo the red showed his brooding , yuc ho was rendered unfit to fight Icngur. Ho was driven from the ring by the gray bird and the fight was given to Omaha. SECOND MATCH. A black cock from Omaha , and gray black from the Bluffu , one-half inch ' Omaha birds weight five pounds and two ounces , Council Blufls bird five pounds. This match was not as interesting as the first ono , on account of the apparent want of game in both birds. After handling three or four times the Council Bluffs bird succeeded in killing his adversary. THE THIRD MATCH. was moro exciting , the weights being oven , four pounds and eleven ounces each , with one and one-half inch gaffs. This match proved to bo the most in teresting , lasting eighteen minutes , and the birds were handled twenty mfa . . ia'Bigle. This fightwaa ; given'to the * Omaha bird in tho20th "round/I / notwithstanding that threer rounds were won by the Bluff cookon counts , the Omaha bird failing to como to the center while ton was counted by the referee. FOUIITH BATTLE. This was between a Bluffs gray- black and and an Omaha llqht gray , both same weight , Jive pounds and eleven ounces. Both showed good brooding , although the Blufs bird was blind in ono eye , the result of a for mer battlo. Bets were even on this fight which was decided in favor of the gray-black , after ton rounds had bcon fought. fought.THE THE FIFTH BATTLE was between a Council Bluffs rod and an Omaha gray. Weight , four pounds , eight ounces , and four pounds , seven ounces ; in favor of Bluffs ; ono and one-half inch gad. There was a great deal of interest in this fight , as the fight so far was a tie two battles for each. In this contest the Omaha cock decided the fight in four and one-half minutes , and although the Council Bluffs cock was not badly hurt , yet ho failed to como to the centre and was withdrawn by his owners. This placed the Omaha mon ahead in the contest , having won three in five contests. HIXTJI BATTLE. Betting on this match was even and pretty lively , although the Coun cil B ufl'd cock had the udrantago of his adversary : jy lout ounces. The Council Blufis jird succeeded in killing the Omaha cock in nine minutes. Another match was fought , same weights , by a Council Blufls Pylo and un Omaha Dominic , which resulted in the defeat of the Council Blufis bird. At the close of the contest the score showed four battles for each city. Now York Business Trouble. National Aboociated Fron NEW YOKK , April 15. The largo ace importing house of Jtf' . Homslo & Jo. , has been in the hands of the ihorlff for the past week , on an at- achmont obtained by the son of the senior partner , which stopped busi ness until a decision is made by the court , which is expected at any mo ment. On Friday judgment for $275,305 was ontoren against members of the firm of Whitten , Kidd & Henry. E , Kidd in favor of Thos. Adams & Co. , of Nathingham , England , for goods sold , money advanced , and credit jivon to carry on business , llemloy died several years , and the business was continued under the san-o style by W. E. Kidd and his son , H. E. Kidd , members of the firm , Nominated for Congress. National Aaooclttod Press. INDIANAPOLIS , April 15 , Mr. W. A. Poole was renominatod for congress - gross to-day by acclamation. The convention was in session only twenty minutes. A. Wil package of "BLACK-DRAUGHT' ! free of charge.