I!V BATEMiX A- McDOSAlI!.
WESSINGTQN SPRINGS. D.
EPITOME OFTHE WEEK.
Interesting News Compilation.*
Hirxs vrro introtliicM.1 in the* Pfnuto on th©
Mil to rresitc a rfvoiiun commission and to
n-.iu'iid the rf-visfrf statutes rclat'vo to the
lruMMit- Indian land.:. The Inrf-r-Statc om
nii'ivc* hill was considered ill tho House
motion to suspend tlie rules and
).as the hills to abolish the int* r
!,al ri'vcmu! tax on tohaeco and
fruit liquor*- nnd the Mexican Pennon
bill was deleaved. HilN wen* introduet-d: To
increase the number of ,ludire ol the Tniied
Courts 1 provide for the issneid' one.
twii ami five dollar silver certiticate*: to jrrant
copyrights to eiii/ens of Ionian countries,
nnd to throw open for occupancy the mineral
land.- situated on the Indian reservation*. A
motion to li.\ a day to consider the Senato
Hankruptcy V»ill was lost hy 1*iT» yeas to *.*
r.ay!—iess than the necessary two-thirds in
MH. AVLKY introduced A bill in tho Somite
on the ftth to establish international copy
right. The Ureirou 'cntrul J^and-forfeit ure
I'ill passed In the House a resolution was
parsed npm".priatinjr S.VI.O-JO for t.he support,
of desiitu'le Indians in Montana. The pension
bill, appropriating was debated and
A HKSOU'TIO.V WJIS ]assed in the Senate on
the 7th appropriating g.ru.«00 to relieve the
&ul!i>ritiftrs of destitute Indians. Mr. PJumb
piesenti'd a ?»o'ition from the Oklahoma set
tlers protesting against their removal from
theirlands. and praying ron«res to withdraw
the military forces atid organise the Terri
tory ot' Oklahoma into a State.. A lon«r de
bate on the Inter-State Commerce bill fol
iuwed In the House a motion to
the Inter-State Commerce bill the section pro
hibiting railroads from clmrjrinjr more for a
short than a long* haul was voted down. An
umendnient was adopted giving Federal courts
jKiwcr to issue writs of mandamus compelling
railroad companies to forward freight.
THK time of the Senate on the JSth was oc
cupied in a debute upon the bill concerning
the fees of pension claim agents and the
policy of attaching general legislation to ap
propriation bills In the House the Reugan
THKKK tramps recently attacked John
Varek, a track-walker of the Lehigh Val
ley Koad, near Easton, PH., and after bru
tally beating' him stripped him naked, tied
iiim hand-and-foot, and amused thein
selves by sticking knives into him. YareL:
would probably die.
ALFRED H. OLIVER, cashier in (he East
ern Railway ollice at l»ostou, confessed oil
the 7th to having embezzled .-j'l^OOO during
the past eleven years.
AHMED men from Gettysburg reached
Forest City, D. T.. on the morning of the
7th. wrecked the building in wjiich the
Totter County records were housed, and
c^rrit'.l oil' the .safe and all public docu
ments. The .Sheriil', with a:i armed force,
had gone in pursuit, and a battle was im
DETAILS on the 7th from the recent cy
clone which swept over Lancaster, Clar
endon and other counties in South Caro
lina show terrible loss of propertv, but
miraculous escapes of persons from loss of
life. In Lancaster a number of barns, gin
liouses and other outhouses were Mown
down. The greatest damage was done in
Clarendon County. The cyclone cut a road
five hundred yards wide through fifteen
miles of the country, making a clean
sweep of buildings and timber, and killing
or crippling large number of animals.
THE woolen mills in .Shuiinock Mills, R.
I., employing several hundred persons,
were burned the other night, together with
several houses. Loss, ^'IOn.rjfio.
l.v Newport, Ky., on the Stli Adam
Hrowu, a huckster, was chloroformed and
.f7(ift taken from under his pillow. This was
the savings of himself and JLIIS wife for
THE extensive iron-works of Stovering
& Fleming, on the flats at Cleveland, were
destroyed by tire a few evenings ago.
THE count,J- .jail in Fredricksburg, Gilles
pie County, Tex., was burned recently,
and one of the prisoners perished.
THE Denver Chamber of Commerce in
vites all friendly to the unlimited coinage
of silver to meet in national convention in
that city on January 28.
"WILLIAM YAIGHAX. of Grafton, \Y.
Commerce bill, for the national
regulation of railways, was passed by a vole
of h»l to *". A fourth Naval Appropriation
bill was reported by Mr. Randal!, calling for
I'ill.I'M. In the Alabama contested election
case the seat wa vou-d 10 Craig, Republican,
•who wii? sworn in.
A IUM.was passed in the Senate on the fth
dir*ct !ng that one of the Creely relief vessels
be used a a revenue eutter olf the coast of
Alaska. Mr. Coekreil introduced a bill to
make tiie R.nuUy law apply to the heirs of ail
colored Mildiers Inst in tin* Federal service.
Mr. fiariand m.'de a speech on inter-Staie
i'onnnerce. Adjourne«l to the 1::th In the
JioUM-a large number of private bills were
placed on the ca endar. A resolution was
adopted calling upon the President for in*
formation relating to the (Vi^o (.'(inference,
At Hie evening sexton tweuiy-one pension
bills were passed.
IT cost the CoveiTment S'I ,-1.VI,7I 2 to col
lect the revenue at ports ot enu-y.duriug
th- ist fiscal year.
TIIKHK were 1!T. 1 :I:I marriages in Oliio h.-st
year, C,fn!0 births, 1,7:10 divorces and 24,
TIIK bodies of three dead infants were
found on the banks of the river near Day
toil, O., a few days a.^0, within a short, dis
tance of each other.
TIIKIIE are now 7!l,SS(i Mormons in the
United States. They have ^(17 churches,
with a seating capacity of r,0 2.
THE first Wain Irom the East for twenty
three days arrived at Portland. (Ire., on
the 7th. The roads had been blocked by
UfiiiXG a fight on the 7th at. Lexington,
Ky., between whiskv dealers and officials,
several men were killed.
became jealous of his wife, whom he mar
ried four weeks ago, and shot her dead
through a window of their residence on the
IN an affray with knives recently at Kut
ledge, Ga., twenty-live men took part. One
was killed, and many of the others were
SNOW in the Indian Nation has caused
considerable suiVeriug to stock. The losses
thus far this winter are about fifteen per
No LESS than l,SU." new manufacturing
nnd mining enterprises were started, in the
Southern States last year, with an aggre
gate capital of .shl.V-'tiiyiilii.
ARNOLD C. STACY, of Hath, MO., was
shot dead by his wile a few evenings ago
during a quarrel. Mrs. Stacy said the
shooting was accidental.
Trtts cloak manufacturing firm of Stix
Brothers, Kernan fc Co., of New York,
failed recently, with liabilities of tjIKO/JOfi.
Kcirji boys were drowned at Pottsville,
Pa., on the 0th by the ice giving away.
J.U ft wyr »miTM 1
extensive movement is on fqpt among .J
the miners and laborers in the vicinity at
Wilkcsbarre, Pa.. to organize for the
mutual protection of their interests.
FIRE in a tobacco storage warehouse at
Durham, N. C.. the other night destroyed
property valued nt SO,IIM').
REI'IIUTS to Jiriuh(rcrfy on the Oth from
leading business centers throughout the
United States indicated, in many instances,
evidence of an improved feeling in com
mercial circles. The general situation,
however, was considered iar trom satis
factory, and the industrial outlook was un
fc. S. YOIIRIIEES.for attempting to wreck
a train near Unrchard. Neb., was on the
'Jtli sentenced to fifty years' imprison
T. W. CLATIK. member of a banking firm
in Boston, was missing on the Hill, and was
supposed to be sojourning across tlio bor
der. His shortages were placed at 1
AT one o'clock onthe morning of the 1'ith
two business blocks lnul been burned at.
Sioux City, la., and the fire was spread
ing. Numerous ollices, dental rooms and
other establishments had been burned out.
and the water supply was meager. The
loss thus far would exceed Sluil,(ion.
KLEYEN persons drank coll'ee at tin1
house of Mr. Van Fosscn, of Kast Liver
pool, O., a few evenings ago. Mr. an
Fossen and a child died at midnight and
the others were not expected to live. A
package of rat-poison was found at the
bottom of the coffee-pot.
THE Hank of Augusta, Ga., chartered by
the State long before the war, has been
forced to make an assignment. Tho capital
MAJOR CHARLES B. BRADY, a well
known St. Louis citizen, nnd M. Guild, ex
cashier of the First National Bank of Cin
cinnati, committed suicide a few nights
WRECKERS ditched N'passenger train the
other night near Bethpage Station, L. I.,
the locomotive fulling upon and killing the
engineer and fireman, but the few passen
gers on board escaped with a bad shaking.
A NKC.RO in Franklin County, Miss.,
blew out the brains of one of a party of
bulldozers who recently came to maltreat
him. and the Coroner's Jury declared that
it was justifiable homicide.
THE commission sent from "Washington
to the Central and South American States
ill the interest ot commerce reported to the
President a few days ago that there should
be regular direct communication by steam,
and reciprocal concessions in tariff duties.
The recommendation is made that the Gov
ernment establish an Executive Depart
ment, similar to the Board of Trade in
Kugland, to have the management of our
IN the ofiice of O'Donovan Rossa, in New
York, an affray occurred on the tith be
tween Captain Thomas 1J. Fhelan, of Kan
gas City, and Richard f^liort, leading Irish
Nationalists, the former of whom was fa
BY the explosion of an oil-lamp Cather
ine Van Nessen, an aged woman, was
burned to death at Pittsburgh the other
J. A. BOLLIN,of Chattanoga, Tenn., fifty
years old and a grandfather, eloped re
cently with his wife's servant girl.
IN the United States and Canada there
were 47u business failures during the seven
days ended on the '.till, against 381 the pre
vious seven days. The distribution was as
follows: Middle States, llrJ: New England
States, el Western. l.YT: Southern. Pa
cific States and Territories, 10 Canada, 22.
PERSONAL AND POLITICAL.
I.N his message to the Pennsylvania Leg
islature. which convened on the (ith, Gov
ernor Pattison recommended the passage
of a Civil-Service law. James L. Graham
was elected Speaker of the House.
THE Nebraska Legislature convened at
Lincoln on the (Ith. Church Howe was
elected President.of the Senate and Allen
W. Field Speaker of the House.
THE Sixty-second Legislature of Maine
organized at Augusta on the 7th by the
choice of W. I). Pennell, of I.ewiston, as
President of the Senate, and General
Charles Hamlin, of Bangor, as Speaker of
THE Washington Monument Commission
has selected John W. Daniels, of Virginia,
to deliver an address in the House of Rep
resentatives at the monument dedication
ceremonies February 21.
THE Legislature of North Carolina met
at Raleigh on the 7th. I4]. T. Boykin was
chosen President of the Senate and Thomas
M. Holt Speaker of the House.
THE Massachusetts Legislature was or
ganized at Boston on the 7th by the selec
tion of Mr. Pillsbury as President of the
Senate and J. Q. A. P.rackett as Speaker
of the House.
SKRUKANT HOLT.NORTH, who rifled
Lieutenant Greely's private papers, has
been dismissed from the Signal Service.
THE Connecticut Legislature met at
Hartford on the 7th. W. Edgar Simonds
was elected Speaker of the House.
GENERAL GRANT on the 7th declined to
accept the proffered fund which Mr. Cyrus
W. Field and other gentlemen were col
lecting to relievo him of financial embar
THE Michigan Legislature convened on
the 7th at Lansing. The Senate elected T.
R. Belknap President pro teui., anil the
House chose Newcomb Clark as Speaker.
'1 UK wives of the Cabinet officers at
"Washington held their first formal re
ception of the. season cm the 7th. Mrs.
Chandler and Mrs. Lincoln did not receive.
inter gayeties are now fairly begun at
AN inventory of the real and personal
property of tho late John W. Garrett, of
Baltimore, shows an aggregate of $35,000,
of which is bequeathed to his
widow and three children.
THE Illinois Senate organized on the 7th
by the election of William J. Campbell, of
Cook County, as President pro tem. In the
House Elijah M. Haines received 70 votes
for temporary Speaker against 77 for J. B.
Mt-ssick and others, and an adjournment
was taken to the stli without perfecting an
1 HE Electoral vote of Texas was re
ceived in Washington on the 7th. This
completed the list.
HE inauguration of Governor Robinson,
of -Massachusetts, took place at Boston on
MA.JOR N err, the famous dwarf, four
feet high, and aged forty-lour years, was
married in Boston on the St.h to Clara Cor
field, aged eighteen, and of the ordinary
ELIJAH M. HAINES was on the 8th chosen
temporary Speaker of the Illinois House,
and th Democratic caucus nominees for
temporary officers were elected. In tho
Senate Mr. Clough introduced an election
bill which prevents unregistered citizens
fioni voting. A resolution was passed fix
ing January 21 as the day for the Senato
THE Legislaturecf Connecticut balloted
for State officers the Sth, electing the
Republican nomintas of November, headed
by Henrv B. Harriiin for Governor.
IN the District Oiort at Chicago on the
Sth Judge Blodgett Overruled the motion
to quash the indietr.itnts against Mackin,
Biehl and others foxr the recent election
fraud, and fixed Jai.Wry 22 as the date
THE death of ox-lAcutenant-Governor
James M. Bingham, of Wisconsin, occurred
at Chippewa Falls on tie Sth.
TIIK Indiana State legislature met in
biennial session at Indi inapolis on the Sth.
Charles L. Jewett was 'lected Speaker of
MRS. HYIIA CI.ASK R. USES, tho famous
litigant, died iu New 1 1
ing of the nth, aged ei
eans on the even
nessage on tho Oth
to the Indiana Legislature stated that the
debt was .'Si1t?7ii.Gi|S. Kc recommended re
funding the foreign 1 it of $385,000. and
announced that the sell iol fund amounted
to ?.I,::::'.I,32S. Numbe of children iu
schools ohl ,142.
at St. Therese. in
valued at ?90,000t
killed and sixteen
|iy a recent railway
THE Catholic Chur
the province of Quebv
was recently destroy
SEVEN persons wer
others were injured
disaster in Nicaragua
THE cable on thoJfif-lj. J'ironicled the
deaths of Kt. llev. Wi'ii FF^jkson, ^). D.,
Bishop of London, ann/1'ritice Adolph Wil
helm Auorsperg, the
tnn/rriuce Adoipn n
were still agitating
Spain on the (ith.
IMMENSE coal deposits west of Pekin,
China, which are sxd to be the richest in
the worl l. are to beopened. A railroad is
to be constructed a once for transporta
MORK ea rthtju a let shocks were felt on the
7th at Loja, Spain,and at Motril a church,
convent and five hindred houses were de
stroyed. Series of shocks similar to the
present prevailed in Southern Spain in
1S20, and lasted fcrty days.
OWING to tho continued earthquake
"i,000 peofle had on the Sth left
Granada. Spain. The village of Suevajar
was slowly sliding downward to tile val
WILLIAM CnririnLL and four brothers,
residents of Nevfoundland, are said to
have fallen heir a fortune of .^ri,OO0,00O,
left by a relative iu England.
DURING a calm off the Spanish coast a
few days ago til) British bark Isabel ex
perienced several earthquake shocks last
ing fifteen minutes. The ship was shaken
in every fibre and the submarine roaring
PRINCE ALBERT VICTOR, the elder son of
the Prince of "Wa.es, became of age on the
8th. The occasion -was celebrated in En
gland wth great, rejoicings.
ADVICES of the .Sth from Montreal state
that the total number of Canadian Xvrecks
on the lakes during ISSt was fifty, invol
ving a loss of $071,000. The season was
said to have been the most unprofitable
one financially ever known.
3&TIIK village of Guev?jar, Spain, was
moved bodily sixty l'eet from its former
location by the recent earthquake and was
in a semi-circular crevasse sixty feetdeep.
The houses of the village, though greatly
damaged, had not fallen.
THE Mexican Stamp act, so unpopular
and oppresive to commerce, has been re
pealed. A new law has been adopted
which meets with favor.
AN official bulletin states that up to tho
Oth, in the provinces of Granada and Mal
aga. 1,400 persons werekilled by the earth
quakes, iiOd were wounied and 43,000 ren
DURING the year 1NS-1 hr- total number of
immigrants arriving in the Pipviiiee of
Ontario, Canada, was i-7,.'K.i0, against 07,515
iu the previous year. Of the total number
SiySStl came to the United States.
W. If. VANDERIIILT, uaving yielded to
the request of General Grant, on the lOtli
bought iu all the real estate, war relics
ami uorkj of art mortgaged to him by this
General, and presei.ted tho entire list to
M/\s. Grant, also the debt and judgment,
with the condition that on the death of
the General all articles of historical value
shall become the property of the Nation,
to be preserved at Washington. Mrs.
Grant accepted the gilt of the relics, but
refused rile debt gift.
IMPORTS at the port of New York, ex
clusive of specie, for the week ended oa
the Kith were !j-.s,77i,wi0.
IT has been ascertained that, under tha
provisions of the Constitution, a vote for
United States Senator can not be taken by
the Illinois Legislalure until January 27.
A RIVER boat sunk the other night near
Lock port, Ky., and the Captain, his iam
ilv and crew all perished.
IT was reported 011 the 10th that General
Grant was suffering from cancer ol' the
tongue, caused by excessive smoking
IN the Siiverton (Col.) district snow was
three feet dec]) 011 the 1th, a storm having
prevailed lor thirty-six hours. Toll roads
were blockaded a:id business was sus
TUB special grand jury impaneled in
Chicago to investigate the Eighteenth
ard election fraud and any other irreg
ularities oi the lit nil to which its attention
may be called began its work 011 the 10th.
IHE Louisville & Nashville freight and
passenger depots at Nashville, Tenn., all
the freight, one hundred loaded cars and
Linck-.s.Hotel were burned on the evening
of the loth, causing a loss of S "i.oOO.
HUGH MCC'ALLISTEU and wife were
found burned to death 011 the iMth iu their
house in Tippecanoe County. Ind. It was
jSup/osed that robbers looted the premises,
it-ill,..1 and then set fir® to
'killed the aged couple aj
DA N HOT.C OMB, who was 011 trial at Jack
son, Mich., for the murder of four people
•at, the Crouch farm, near Jackson, more
•than a year ago, was acquitted on the
-MINE NO. 5 of the Hocking Valley prop
erly, at Straiisville, O., the largest in that
legion, ti.s on iLu nth !iy strikers.
ATTAIN" ClIAJ'.LES Vv FoLliKR, only son
of the late Secretary of the Treasury,"died
of consumption on ihe uuj
.. aged forty years.
I'-AitiHijt.'.Ki shocks were felt again on
the JOth 111 the Spanish Province of Mai-
I HE I. nited States Senate was not in ses
sion on the loth. .t!l„
propria ting .-0.12.1, ,-, for the support of
the navy for the first half of JSW", was
passed, and the Consular and Diplomatic!
Appropriation bill was debated at length.
Adjourned to the 12th.
A GENEROUS OFFER.
Vanderbilt Cancel* General Grunt's Obliga
tion* ami (Itl'rrs the Instate to Mrs. Grant
—She Firmly Decline* Offer, Prefcr
rliiK tliat the Debt be I'alil Dollar for
NEW YOI:K, Jan. 12.—General Grant's
financial affairs were materially straight
ened Saturday by the generous gift of Will
iam II. Vanderbilt. who transferred the
bills of sale and mortgages 011 Gen
Grant's estate to Mrs. Grant in trust. Tim
money kinir's generous intentions were first
revealed in the following letter:
No. (Mil l-'i KT 11 A VK.NTK. January 1(1, lsi-T,—Mr?.
Vlysses S. Grant—lleur Madame: So laanv
mi'sreprc-ent'itions have appeared in regard
to the loan made hv nic to General Gram and
rellciuiim- unjustly upon him and myself that
it seems proper lir:0ll.v to recite the facts: (m
Sunday May la -l. General Grant called at
lav house and asked me to lend him Sl.",ii,u..ij
foVoneday. I gave him my cheek without
ipie-lion. not because the transaction was
business like, but simply because the request
came fnun General Grant. The mis
fortunes which overwhelmed him in the next
nvcm i-loiir hours aroused the sympathy and
reyret of the whole country. Von and tie sent
me. within a few da\ after that time, deeds
to your .joint
to cover this obliga
tion. and uracil my acceptance on the ground
timt '.his was the only debt of honor which the
General had personally incurred, and these
deeds I returned. During my absence in l-lu
ropc 1 lie (teneral delivered to my attorney
mortgage^ upon all his own real estate, his
household excels, and swords, medals and
works (U' art, wlr'ch were memorials of
hi- victories and presents from Governments
all over the world. These securities were, in
liis judgment, worth sl.'iil.il I I. At his solicita
tion the necessary steps were taken by judg
ment. etc.. to reduce these properties to pos
session, and the articles mentioned have been
this day bought by me, and the amounts bid
applied to the reduction of the debt. Now
that I am at liberty to treat these things as
my own the disposition uf the whole matter
most in accord with my feelings is this: I
present to you. as your separate es
tate, the debt and judymeut I hold
against General Grant, also the mortgages
upon his real estate and all his household fur
niture and oi i,ainents. coupled only with the
cond.tion that the swords, commissions,
liA'dals. gifts from the United States. Slates,
cities and foreign governments, and all
articles of historical value and interest, shall,
at the General's death, or. if you desire it.
sooner, be presented to the Government at
Washington, where they will remain as per
petual memorials of his fame and of the his
tory of his time.
1 inclose herewith assignments to you of tho
mortgages and judgments, the bill id' stile ot
Ins personal property, and the deed of trust iu
which the articles of historical interest are
enumerated. A copy of this trust deed will,
wilh your approval, beforwarded tot.he Presi
dent of the I'liilcd States for deposit in the
proper department. Trusting this action will
meet with \011r acceptance and approval, and
with the kindest regards to your husband, 1
am yours respectfully.
Mrs. Grant found herself unable to ac
cept the gifts, and in respect to her feelings
of gratitude lor tin* otl'er of Mr. Vanderbilt
General Grant sent in reply the following
NEW YORK CITY, Jan. ID. 1 —"IH-M- Sir:
Mrs. Grant wishes me to answer your letter
of this evening, to say that while she appre
ciates your great generosity in transferring
to her I he mortgage given to secure njy debt
of St.VJ,mm she can not accept, it in whole. She
accepts wilh pleasure the trust, which applies
to the articles (.numerated in your letter, to go
10 the United States at my death, or sooner,
at her option. In this matter you have antici
dated the disposition which I had contem
plated making of the articles. They will bo
delivered to the Government as sooii as ar
rangements can be made for their reception.
The pape-s relating to all the other property
wdl be returned, with the request that you
have it sold and the proceeds applied to tho
liquidation of the debt which 1 so justly
owe you. You have stated 111 vour'letter
with the minutest accuracy the'history of
the transaction which brought ine iti vour
debt. I have only to add that I regard vour
giving lue your cheek for the amount without
inquiry as nil act of marked and unusual
iHeadship. The loan was to me personally.
I got the money, as 1 believed, to earrv tlio
Marine National Bank over a day, being
assured that the bank was solvent:, but,
owing to the unusual calls, needed as
sistance until it could call in its loan.
was assured by Ferdinand Ward that tho
tirm ol' Grant & Ward had over ¥i o.(Xit to its
credit at that time in the Marine Hank, besides
$1,:1IKI.II(.KI of unpledged securities in tin linn's
I can not conclude without assuring you
that Mrs. Grant's inability to avail heiv-el'tof
your great kindness in 110 way lessens either
her sense of obligation or my ovvn. Yours
truly, L". S. GRANT.
Jo W.ll. A anderbilt, Esq.
AVheti Mr. Vanderbilt found that his offer
was defeated by the refusal of Mrs. Grant
to accept, he determined to take the matter
into his own hands and apply the estates to
the creation of a trust fund'that would ac
crue to her benefit, lie announced his in
tention ilia letter as follows:
040 l'11-rn AVENI I Jan. 11, lRKi.—Genernl U.
S.Grant, Dear Sir: (in my return home last
night I founc your letter in answer to mine
to Mj's. Grant. 1 appreciate fullv the senti
nienis which actuaie both Mrs.'Grant and
yourself in" declining the part of my proposi
tion relating to the real estate. 1 greatly re
gret that she feels it her duty to make this
decision, as I earnestly hoped the spirit iu
which the offer was made would overcome
any scruples she might have in acceptiii"
it. Hut I must insist that. .1 shall not
be defeated in the purpose to which 1
have given so much thought and in
which I have so much at heart. 1 will, there
lore. as fast as the money is received from the
sales ol' real estate, deposit it in the Union
trust Co vipany. Willi the money thus real
ized I will at once create with that company a
trust with the proper provisions for the in
come to be made to Mrs. Grant during her
life, and givingthc power to her to make such
disposition of the principal by her will as she
may elect. Very truly yours.
WILLIAM jl. VAXDERIIII.T.
GENERAL T:. P. GLIANT.
General Grant at first.accepted this last
letter, but Mrs. Grant, 011 further delibera
tion. decided to refuse all gifts, treating the
debt as one of honor, which the General
should pay without attracting compassion
or deserving it:
NEW Yonit CITY, Jan. 11,1SK5.—Dear Kir
our letter of this date received. Mrs. Grant
and 1 regret that you can not accept our prop
osition to retain tiie propertv which was
mortgaged in good faith to secure a debt of
honor. Hut your jronerous tlotonniimtiou
cotmM'Is us to 110 longer resist. Yours imlv
\. H. VanderbiJt. l\ (inANT!
NKW YORK, Sunday, Jan. 11, 18S5.—My
IlearMr. anderbilt: X'poureadingyour letter
this alternoon General Grant and mvself felt
it would lie ungracious to refuse vour prince
ly and generous ofler. Hence his note to vou
Hut upon reflection I find I canjuot. I will not
accept your lininiliceiiee in any form. I tie"
you will pardon this apparent vacillation and
coivider the answer dclinite and filial. With
great regard, and a sense of obligation that
wi 1 always remain,! 11111 yours verv grate
FCUILY, 1*1,1 A J). (1 II \*T
To Mr. William IT. Vanderbilt.
Fatal Tug Explosion.
EuzAiiK-m, Pa., Jan. li—By the ,x
plosion of her boiler the steam-tug Mike
IX'Ujrlierty was completely demolished near
wo ot the crew were
kiiied and others badly hurt. The boat had
put ashore near IJellcvue Landing to make
repairs tn some part of her machinery that
liad bioken down, and the explosion oc
curred w'liieshe lay there.
.-—An Ontario drummer, a member of
the t. k. i. S., was at a leadhjo hotel
JII -Montreal lately when his ribbon and
bade-o attracted the attention of the
lainllotvl. The hitler inquired what was
the meaning of tiie letters. The (Irttnt
nier replied: "Oh, don't yon know!'
have a new secret society up in the West,
that is intended to be a terror to wait
ers. Anybody that wears this bad.r,.
will stand no 11011sen.se. The letters
mean -Can't eat tough steak."''
--Corn-cobs for fuel brine Si.^0 a
load in Nebnuka.
A DEADLY ASSAULT.
Captain l'helan, the Noted Fenian, I-ured
from III* Kaitsns City Home to Xrw
York. Where He Is Fatally Stabbed—
Tlie Alleged Cause for the Deed.
"r.w Youk, Jan. 10.—Captain Thomas
rhelan. Superintendent of the Kansas City
Workhouse and fatuous as a Fenian leader,
was wounded yesterday afternoon in the of
fice of o'Donovan Kossa by a man giving
the name of Kichard Short. Tlie, cowardly
deed was committed with a huge knife,
and Captain Phclan is now dying in Cham
bers Street Hospital from seven deep
wounds. The house surgeon said that
l'helan was the worst cut tip
man ever brought to the hospital.
Tho Coroner took the dying man's ante
mortem statement. The first known of tho
murder was when two men rushed down
the stairs of Kossa'sollice, located on Cham
bers street, followed by Captain rhelan,
bareheaded and almost covered with blood.
He dropped 011 the sidewalk in front of the
building and was lying there when, two
minutes later, an oflicercaineup with Short
iu custody, and. asked the prostrate man if
the prisoner was his assailant, l'helan rec
ognized Short instantly, raised himself sud
denly. and, pulling a pistol, fired point
blank at Short. The ball struck a match
box in Short's pocket and did him no harm,
rhelan fell back exhausted, and was taken
away in an ambulance. Short was lodged
When l'helan reached the hospital he
rallied sufficiently to tell this story: "Last
Saturday week," lie said, "there was an in
terview with myself published in the Kan
sas City Journal. I received a letter frifii
John F. Kearney, of -152 West Twenty-ninih
street, of .New York, to come here. I tet
"igNaphed Kearney that 1 would come, ane
'.rrived yesterday. I called on .John Kear
\ey at his place of business. Kear
ney and 1 called at O'Donovan
fossa's otlicc. Kossa was not in. A man
railed 'Koc.ky Mountain' O'Brien came into
the ollice of Kossa. He shook hands with
me and shortly afterward left the place. A
man—I think his name is Marker—came in
the ofiice with a large knife iu his hand.
He struck at me and tried to stab me
in the, chest. I was sitting down
at the time He made several
cuts at me and succeeded in stab
bing 111C several times. 1 then IIMI down
stairs, and he stabbed me several times on
the stairs, lie was brought before me sis 1
lay 011 the sidewalk. I supposed he was
going to stab me again and 1 shot at him.
Kearney was present when 1 was stabbed.
Tnere was also two men in Kossa's ollice
at tiie time. I do not know who they
The accepted theory of the assassination
fs that l'helan was lured to Xew York to
meet his death at the hands of Short be
cause in the Kansas City interview l'helan
had given in detail an account of the at
tempt to blow up the English steamer
Queen at Liverpool, and also the story ot
the attempt to blow up the Glasgow rail
way station. O'Donovan Kossa reprinted
the interview in his paper, the Cnitcd
Irishman, and it caused quite a sensation
Binong the dynamite fraternity in this city.
Richard Short is known as the "Avenger."
It was he who attempted to kill Jim Me
Dermott in a saloon in this city in lsS'2 for
fhe reason that McDermott was supposed to
have betrayed the Irish cause and because
he. was alleged to be a British spy.
Captain l'helan refused all spiritual ad
vice, declaring that he was a follower of
Bob lngersoll. In June, 1SS3, Phelan
went to Ireland on a visit to friends,
s.nd it was during his stay there that
Informer Carey was killed by O'Donnell.
For a time Phelan was supposed to be
O'Donnell, and the English detectives
limited him down only to lind their mis
take. He was one of the originators of the
skirmishing fund, and is supposed to be the
famous No. 1 mentioned by Carey in his
confession. It is said that Short was one
of the men driven out of Ireland by Jiui
McDermott. Among Captain 1'lielan's ef
fects area number of letters from Chicago
Irishmen, a cummutation ticket between
Chicago and Kansas City, and a large sum
Warrants have been issued for O'Dono
van Kossa, John F. Kearney, "Rock.v
Mountain" O'Brien, and other dynamitt
leaders. The police are confident tlia\
there was a deep-laid plot behind the as
sassinatloii, and that a great sensation in
dynamite circles will be unearthed to-day.
John F. Kearney is wanted by the English
police for the Glasgow explosion, and there
is .^lthOOO reward offered for him.
ELEVEN PERSONS POISONED.
A. Ciirl I'uts Rough on Rats" in Cofl'eo
Drank ly Iter Mother's Guests.
EAST LIVERPOOL, 0., Jan. 10.—Thurs
day night Annie Van Fossan, a^ed nine
teen years, administered poison in the cof
fee of the entire family, eon-isting
of eleven persons. A number of visitors
dined with the Van Fossans, and the
coffee was passed around to then with
other refreshments. Withiii an hour every
body became sick. Their symptoms were
those of arsenic poisoning and their sufVe
ings were frightful. An investigation was
made and a package of the poison known as
"Rough 011 Rats" was found in the bottom
of the coffee-pot. Search was immediately
made for the perpetrator of the crime, li
was observed that Attnte Van Fossan. a
daughter of the host, was not near so ill ,is
the others. She was accused of the crim*
and tacitly admitted her guilt. Yesterda.
morning she was locked up to await a hear
ing. She refuses to make a statement, am.'
no person can imagine what induced lier to
commit the deed. Intense excitement pre
vails in the town. Little AUie McBane is
dead, and it is Seared live or six of the cru
ets who drank the coffee will die.
All Plead Not Guilty.
CHICACO, Jan. 10.—
Jotiepl. C. Mackin.
Henry Biehl, S. P. Shields, Dr. S. Stransser,
P. -M. llansbroiigh and E. 1). Ivelley. all
defendants in the Leman-Brand fraud case,
each ploadeii "not guilty" in Judge
Blodgetl's court yesterday. Biehl and
Strausseronly were present, the others being
represented by council. B. W. Shaffncr,
iti behalf ol'the Judge and clerks of elec
tion. entered a formal demurrer to the de
cision of the Court overruling tlie motions
made Thursday to quash the indictments.
•Jutifc'e Blodgett said Mackin, Gleascu and
Bieir wiv.Id be tried first, and then the
Utdin nnd clerks, followed by GallujUer.
—There are oulv forty thousand of
the Alaska Indians. They are indolent
and squalid. Their number is constant
ly deoivusino Tlicy live half of their
davs in canoes made of solid l0.rS)
burned out. In the miserable huts are
blear-eyed old sinners and half-chid
women who will sell wlialeverthev hap
pen to possess, even their chiM-datt^h
ters, provided they gvl their price,
every family lias a doe or two as'ii^lv
and dirty as the owners. Chiauio JoTtr
—The pulse of a lien is i-40. of a cat
110 to li'O, of a do- 90 to 100, and of an
ox lo i'J.
RIVERS ON A RAMPAGE.
Immense Ice Gorges tn the Sniqiiehanmi
Doing Considerable Uamace—Fears tint I
the Levees on the Wnbnsh Will GiVel
Way-City of Grand Haven, SliclilK i0 I
Pour DKPOSIT, Md., January 6.—An
monse ice gorge formed in the Susqiieh,i]i:a|
River Sunday night at Star Rock, I'a., y. I
taining a height of fifteen to twenty I
The ice piled upon the track of the Coin
a & a a
feet high for a distance of one hundred ..„t
and twenty to thirty feet high for thirty
yards, entirely blockading the track.
A11 extra train going south early in t^l
morning came in contact with the barrier,,
ice. The train returned to Columbus ati,}
procured assistance. In a few hours apas.l
sage was cut through the ice. About ,(,n|
trains were sent through. Gorges
formed at MeCall's Ferry and at sever.,!
points north, attaining ten to lifteen feet i-J
height. Reports from up the river hr
cate that the water is gradually falling, i,
there remains a vast amount of ice to cotue|
In the river at Port Deposit a small ch r. .|
nel remains open in the gorge 011 the we
?ide through which the ice is slowly pa-,
ing as it conies down. Little danger is ti".v|
apprehended if the gorges at Star Rock a':
MeCall's should hold and allow the ice
feed down gradually. A mild rain is in,:
falling, a continuation of which will pre':
ibly swell the river and tloat the ice dow.i^
in a bulk causing untold destruction.
YIXCKXNKS, Ind., January 6.—The
bash River is still rising. The levees lje.|
low the city, 011 the Indiana side,
breaking, and the people are movim: a
nigher ground. The new levee on the Hi
nois side, extending from RusseHvilletot
mouth of fhe Einbrom, eighteen miles,
menace to Yincetines, as it confines
overflow, which formally spread over the
ivhole of Allison prairie, within its liin,
ind .forces the overllow to the Imiunai
side, thus threatening to tlood the \vh,
2ity, which has hitherto been absolut, :j|
safe. The people are alarmed and n-j
making strenuous efforts to sustain
evees. It has been risiug since o:rj|
j'cloek Sunday morning.
OIIAXD RAPIDS, Mich., January 6.—(IRJ
Friday night last an ice jam began at F,h
Boom, eight miles above tirund Haven,
about midnight Saturday night there i»
solid gorge of ice varying from four
fifteen feet in thickness to this city. T!
water began settling back and the rtipidl
md dam are now one solid mass of ice ii
nearly level from the Lake Shore Rni!iv.i,|
bridge below the city to Big Bend. !.
miles north of the city, and the water
rising at the rate of a foot at) hour.
Sunday afternoon the ice moved olf t!:.j
rapids and piled up fifteen feet high be!"
the city. The water has risen very raph!
and now floods all the sewers and basemen:]
along Canal Street. The sidewalks ale:.]
the entire length of the street are tilled
Loods. The llotiring mills are Hooded a:J
their contents have been removed,
jail basement is Hooded and the prisoner
were compelled to go to bed to keep warnl
because the furnace can not be run. Th|
city was in total darkness last night.
The water is now as high as at the tiwl
of the great log jam in .luly, 18S3, and :.i|
other foot rise will flood the whole lie:
end of the city on the West Side. Pe,r,
are rapidly moving out of their housct
that locality. The police force has lk-e|
doubled to secure safety to property ail
LATEI:.—It is believed now that
danger to the bridges from ice in Gra:.(
River is past. The gorge still extenjls fief
Grand Haven, thirty-five miles below t!|
city, to a point three or four miles abn\
but the wiirin jveatlier and action of til
water is wearing the ice away rapidly.
Interesting Stilt isticft From the Superi^
tendent of Instructions in l'entigyl
nAr.nisBiTno, January 6.—The annv.i
report of the Superintendent of Public
strnctions of the State, just issued, contiJ
the following statistics: Number of selm
in the State, 18,019 male teachers, 8..V1
female teachers, 1:1,005 average monihii
salary of male teachers, §38.47 feinaf
teachers, number of pupils, 900,u
average number in attendance, 03V*
cost of tuition, building, fuel, and con::|
gencies, St),40: ,-J21.81 estimated value
school property, S31,S85,0!)8. The past
there was an increase of S,35!l pupils.
The customary annual appropriation
the common schools has been Sl.000.wl
normal sdmols *40,000 and for the
ment of County Superintendents about
000. The Superintendent urges the appil
priation by tho Legislature of Sl,:2flU'|
for common school, and §150,000 for 14
mal school purposes.
The report of the Superintendent
Soldier Orphans' schools shows that 1-.^
pupils have been admitted to these scltel
since their establishment in 1.805, and ti:|
the system had cost, seven months ago,
032,354.70. The Superintendent
mends a change in the laws governing
admission of pupils to orphan schools, sef
to include the children of deceased soMiq
whose widows or surviving children are
destitution. The orphan school system
end in lS'.X) unless their be legislation
prevent such result.
A Bank Cashier Joins the Colonis|
LEXINGTON, ICy., January 5.—James
Scrugham, teller and assistant cashic:
the Lexington City National Rank, lias
faulted for about
§40,000 and tied to Can:"
He has been taking the money by piece:1'
for months and covering his tracks by fuj
footings of addition. He only lied wh[
Bank Examiner Gettman came to CNMI11!
the bank's books, on its application i"I
twenty years' renewal of charter. Sii'l
ham bet heavily 011 Blaine and also spoJ
lated in stocks. He is aged about tliuf
and has a wife and two children, whom
left here. He was also a member of 'I
Main Street Christian Church, lie h'"l
note for the bank examiner saying: "1
vto-7,000 short and am off for Canada: yl
needn't look for me nor the money." I
thought that the defalcation will e-wl
Married an Indian Princess.
PiTTsm itoii, January 0.—James
confectioner by occupation,
son of John McCune, recently a candie
for Mayor of Allegheny City, was
at St. Paul's Cathedral by Father W'a|
Sunday afternoon, to the Indian l'riii"!
i'ocahont.as, one of last week's attract'"!
at a City Museum. The contracting l,
first met 011 Christmas eve. The I'l'in'
i.s a lady of excellent education and a r'_
ui.te of a prominent medical school.
father, Harnett Pocahontas, is chief
powerful tribe of Indians located at
Cruz, Mexico, aud is said to be posscs-l
of immense wealth, to which the
Princess is the only heir. TUey left ?0! 'I
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