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S I fc: ''•1 THE HERALD. BATF.Jl.iX Ar McDOSAlE. W^STXOTOX SPRINGS. D. EPITOME OF THE WEEK. Interesting- Newc Compilation. DOMESTIC. A rrr.i.K1 school-house at Kittanning, Pa., and another at Pittsburgh, Pa., wore destroyed by lire on the Kith. A iii:"CAT cave-in occurred few day": ago river Hit! old workings of the Laurel Hill inino. near llazlet.on. Pa. The hole made was three hundred feet- in diameter. Two railroad sidings and a dozen eoal cars,to gether with a large dwelling-house, went down. JAMHS K. Gnu, while skating on Floyd Lake, near Detroit. Minn., the other day broke through the ice and was drowned. He leaves a wife and nine children. SEVEN persons in the family of Rev. John Gillani were seriously injured, three prob ably fatally, by horses running away on the Kith at Dorristown. Tenn. Eniii business buildings at Butler, Mil., were destroyed by tire on the Kith. Loss, :SHt)0,000. ft Vs fSK Tm: issue of standard silver dollars from the mints during the week ended 011 the 34th was I'r.'s.lli': during'the corresponding period last year. 4-i^.Wl. A coit!ii:i.Ti:n report 011 the 10th showed that .YiS residences at Galveston were de stroyed by the recent fire, and that the loss was fully $2,500,000. FOHTY-TWO shoe factories at Brockton, Mass., were closed on the Kith in conse quence of the lusters' strike. Tin Chief of the Bureau of Statistics re ported on Wis Kith that the value of the total exports of beef and pork products for the twelve months ended October 81 was over $U.09Q,Q0i), being an increase of nearly ?:2.)00,(XM us compared with the previous year. A iiii.i.iAKr contest for the championship of the world commenced in Chicago on the Kith between Slosson,Sehaefer and Vignaux. IT was reported 011 the Kith that the Tongue River Indians, in Montana, were in a starving condition. Aimer two monthi ago, in Harlan and Knox Counties. Kentucky, twenty-nine moonshiners were arrested by H. W. Rog ers, a Deputy Marshal, and most of them are now serving sentences. A few even ings ago Rogers was fatally wounded by a hall fired through his bed-room window in Harlan village. Tivn.vi: t-own.-hips in Finney and Foru Counties, Kan., were swept over by a pirtirie tire a few days ago. Several head of cattie perished in the Hames. and fences and outbuildings were destroyed. A riw: which broke out in a coal-mine three months ago near Shenandoah, Pa., and has been burning ever since, was be coming very threatening 011 the ITth, and renewed cli'orts were being made to ex tinguish the flames. Tu.!: business portion of the village of JTaxlehurst. Miss., was destroyed by lire 011 the 17th. Loss, 5100,000, with little insur ance. Tn I" annual report of Lieutenant-General Sheridan, issued on the 17th. shows that at the date of the last consolidated returns Ithe United Slates army consisted of 2,151 ollicers and 24,705 men. THE houses of William Bryant and Woodford Ash, in lu!litt County, Ky.. were set 011 lire 011 the 17th by burglars, lwl.10 secured *1.000 at each place. A lad in the former residence was cremated. Tin: Catholic Protectorate, a school for boys atGlencoe, near St. Louis, was burned on the 17th. Loss, ?rtit,(KK. Ix a coal mine near Poineroy, O., a fall .of slate the othsr night killed two men and dangerously injured two others. As TIU result of a quarrel over forty cents Mortimer Cockerell shot and killed 'his brother George on their farm near Law rence. Kan., on the 17t.li. liEi'oirrs of the 17th indicated that the .fall wheat sown 111 Indiana, Michigan and Ohio was slightly greater, and in Illi nois. Missouri and Kansas somewhat less, than was sown last autumn. OVERTAXATION caused the National Bank of Plankington, D. T., to go into liquidation 011 the 17 th. Depositors and stockholders would be paid in full. lx the Colby mine, 011 the shore of Lake Superior, four men were killed 011 the 17th by the fall of a large section of ore. Ox a bet of SUiO, three carrier-pigeons were turned loose at St. Louis on the 17th for Crystal City, to make thirty miles in half an hour. The first bird was two min utes late. Tin: dynamiters who attempted to de stroy street-cars in St. Louis were leading members of Cleveland Assembly Knights of Labor. The charter of the lodge was re voked on the iit.li. A NovEi. exhibition, consisting of thou sands of crazy-quilts, opened in New York 111 the 17th. S1 1 11 Es were reported 011 the 17th as fol lows: H. B. Smith, at Butte City, M. T.: Bernhardt Kitmp, at St. Louis, Mo., and Oliver IJ. Terry and Mrs. Thomas Casey, at Middletown, X. Y. Tin-: discovery was made 011 the lith that thousands of Michigan soldiers had been swindled out of bounties through forged •assignments, purporting to be duly signed and witnessed. Tin: annual report 0:1 the nth of the Chief of the Bureau of Statistics shows that the United States stands fourth in the list of nations in respect to foreign commerce. Great Britain leading, Germany second and France third. The total value of our foreign trade during the last fiscal year was $i.547.U:U.:il(i. AT a hamlet in "West Virginia, the arrival on tlit- lTtJi of several thousand dollars for arrears of pension started a light in a fam ily bearing the name of Drake, and the old man dropped dead from heart-disease be fore he had touched the currency. WIIII.E repairing a furnace on the 17th at Johnstown, Pa., J. B. Smith, being over come by gas, fell into the red-hot recep tacle. In attempting a rescue seventeen men were rendwed unconscious by the gas mid had to be dmgged away places of safety. THE explosion ot a tank of oil on the 16tli 111 a refinery at Philadelphia cawed the death of four men ami the fatal wounding of three other person* JOHN K. WICTHEUISEE, a prominent mem ber of the Sut'olk County (Massachusetts) bar, committed suicide in bis ollice at Bos ton the other night by taking poison. Ox the lsth George and Kll*s.i Barker, hus band and wife, were arrested at- Cleveland, O., while in the act of manufacturing spuri ous coin. Tin: colored female seminary at Quitman, Ga- tvas destroyed by an incendiary fire early on the morning of the ISth, the in mates fortunately escaping. IN an affray on the ISth in Edgefield County, S. C.. Robert Jones killed Edward Pressley and his sons. Edward and Charles, and then surrendered to the authorities. NEAU Batavia, O., a wagon containing five persons fell from a bridge 011 the ISth and three of the party, one a woman, were drowned. ANNIE LYONS, a cook, was arrested in Boston 011 the l^th, charged with poisoning ten persons in the family of Charles W. Parker. BLANCHE EDWARDS, of Portland, Me., who promulgated the yarn about Joseph N. Dyer dying and afterward coming to life, confessed on the ISth that the wholo thing was a fabrication. There never was such a person as Joseph N. Dyer. AT a large meeting of the citizens of Omaha on the ISth a committee of twenty five was appointed to organize a law and order league. THE long strike of five thousand coal miners in the Monongahela (Pa.) Valley was compromised on the lyth. THE engine and eighteen cars of a freight train tumbled into a creek near Indianapo lis on the 15th, and four persons were fatally injured. To clear the track it was found necessary to burn the wreck, freight and all. Tin: Chief of the Secret-Service Division at Washington reported 011 tho l$th that 4-1-1 arrests were made during the last year and *305,5S0 in base money was destroyed. The counterfeiting of coin, especially of nickels, was said to be 011 the increase. THE annual report of tho Chief Post-office Inspector, made on 1 18th, shows that during the past year 539 arrests were made and 203 convicted 45!) ofliccs were robbed. 25(5 oQices and 33 postal cars were burned. The sum of $58,352 was recovered from de linquent postmasters. GovKitxon Ross, of Now Mexico, in his annual report on the lStli places the popu lation of the Territory at 134,000, an increase of 15,000 in five years. P. M. L. SiiEi'iir.nn, who was cashier of the New York Central Road at Buffalo, and a defaulter for $25,000, was arrested at Waldo, Fla., on the lfltb. TWENTY frame structures at Hebron, Neb., including the post-oflice and Journal office, were burned on the 19th. DENSE clouds of grasshoppers passed over Helena, Ark., 011 the l!)th, and thousands were disabled by striking roofs or windows. BY the fall of a burned wall of the Em pire mills in New York on the l'.lth a wom an was killed and six men were fatally in jured. Tin: accidental discharge of a pistol on the lttth caused the death of Dr. Frothing hain, a prominent New York physician. P. C. KIHKI.AXD, cashier of the Farmers and Merchants' Bank, at Oxford, Kan., and treasurer for several secret societies, robbed the bank 011 the 19th and absconded. The bank would be compelled to suspend. TIIHEE inches of snow and half an inch of ice were reported 011 the 19th in the Cats kill Mountains, N. Y. AVII.I.IA.M TIIVI'.STOX, aged eighty years, a wealthy citizen of Bainbridge. N. Y., com mitted suicide 011 the 19th by hanging, while temporarily insane. ADVICES of the lifth state that a vast tract of land in the vicinity of Red River Station, Tex., had been burned over by prairie fires, causing a loss of over $100,000 to cattlemen. TIIE recent mysterious death of Benjamin Burton, a noted and wealthy citizen of Newport, R. I., was followed 011 the 19th by the arrest of his daughter and son-in-law for murder. MAHV GII.CIIIUST, aged eighteen, shot her self in a public street at Baltimore on the 19th. Disappointment in love was the cause. AHOUT two hundred colored families in the Choctaw Nation had on the 19th regis tered as members of the tribe, and would receivo annuities of .?100 each from tho fund of $1,000,000 in the hands of the Fed eral Government. All negroes who de clined or were not qualified to register, comprising nearly six hundred families, would be expelled by the military. THE Surgeon-General of the Navy wants .*105.000 for the support of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery during the next fis cal year. The hospitals at present, he says, ai in an unsatisfactory condition. HAY-DEAI.EHS in Now York and New En gland have lately been swindled to tho amount of §100.000 by means of drafts on bills of lading falsely purporting to come from Don Lefevre & Co., of St. John's, Quebec. AT Watts Flats, N. Y., two brothers named William and James Thomas were robbed 011 the "i9th of $3,000 in cash, which they kept in a trunk in the house, not be lieving in banks. RAISIII ISAAC M. WISE, D. D., said at Cin cinnati 011 the 19th that the object of the recent Jewish Conference in Pittsburgh was to Americanize the Jews, four-fifths of whom in this country, he said, were 111 favor of the project. GUEAT distress still prevailed at Galves ton. Tex., 011 the 19th among the sull'erers by the recent fire. The relief fund to date amounted to $95,000. and over two thousand persons had been aided. PERSONAL AND POLITICAL. TIIE funeral of ex-Senator Sharon took place at San Francisco 011 the Kith. WIU.IAM D. BI.UXIIA.M, of Tallaliasse. has been appointed Surveyor-General of Flori da, vice .lames F. McClellan, resigned. THE Oregon Legislature took its first bal lot for Unitedt Sates Senator on the 17tli, the Republican vote being scattered, Mitchell receiving 24 and Williams 15. The Democrats voted solidly for Slater. THE law passed by the last Ohio Legis lature for paroling convicts under certain conditions has been declared constitu tional. Mus. RIIODA HOWAKD died in Bath Coun ty, Ky., 011 the 17th. aged 110 years. She smoked tobacco durii.g the greater portion of her life, and never took a dose of medi cine. A PARTY of Philadelphia surgeons and scientists, who gave the brain of John Mc Cullough a thorough examination, found 011 the ISth that his disease was due to blood poisoning. JOSEI'II DION, the well-known billiard player, has become insane, and on the ISth was confined in the insane ward of Belle vue Hospital, at New York. J. Hii'J'LE MITCIIEIX (Hep.) was on the ISth choseu United States Senator on tte third ballot by tho Oregon Legislature. THE official: canvass 011 the ISth of the votes cast at the recent election in Iowa places the majorities given for the Repub lican candidates as follows: Larrabee, for Governor, 5.21G: Hull, Lieutenant-Gover nor, 7.5S0 Beck, far Supreme Judge, 7,115: Akers, for Superintendent of Public Instruc tion, 8,077. There weiv 302 votes cast for the straight Greenback audi0,405 for the straight Prohibition candidates for the Governor ship. THE woman suffragists of Chicago rt their annual meeting on tho 19th adoptol a resolution in favor of a law that no gill should become of age until txVenty-one years old. JOSEPH C. MACKIN, of Chicago, whose sentence to live years in the penitentiary for perjury was recently confirmed by the Supreme Court, was taken to that institu tion 011 the 19th. CIJAUI.ES KENDALL ADAMS was 011 the 19th inaugurated as President of Cornell Uni versity, at Ithaca, N. Y. MILLIONAIRE MOUOSINI, of New Yorit, de nied 011 the 19th that he hnd promised to forgive his daughter for marrying Huls kamp, his coachman, and said thaj she need never hope for reconciliation. FOREIGN. TURKEY, after considering the Bulfariaa appeal for assistance, decided on th) 10th not to interfere in the quarrel with Servia. The Servians, having turned the Drajomaa Pass, were headed for the line of int-ench ments at Sofia. Five hundred Bulgiriiiis had been taken prisoners, and the Suiriims had two hundred wounded and fifty lulWd. Louis RIEL, the leader of tho revolt of half-breeds in tho Northwest Territory, was hanged at Regina at 8:23 011 the mov ing of tho lOth. The execution caused great excitement in Quebec and Montreal, wheri, men were seen on the streets wearing crrtpc 011 their hats and on their coat-sleeves, afiri incendiary baud-bills calling for meetings were distributed. THE Pope 011 the 10th recognized Spiin's sovereignty over the Caroline Islandt. Tho decision was presented to Germany and Spain. THE Servians gained a dccisivf victory over the Bulgarians near Widdcn on tho 17th. The loss was heavy or. 16th sides-. Tho Servians captured one thoisand pris oners. Mi:. PARNELI, on the 17th deciied to con test the Irish district of Liverpool for a seat in Parliament. A NEW Emancipation act has been intro duced in the Brazilian Parliament favoring an early liberation of the slaves. A FII'.E in Paris on tho 17th caused a loss of 1,000,000 francs at La Fere arsenal,which contained stores and cavalry harness. JULIUS LIKSKE, the Socialist who was supposed to have murderel Police Commis sioner Humpff at Frankfort, German}-, was beheaded on the 17th. With his dying breath ho declared himsc-lf innocent. THE Bulgarians defeated a force of 30,000 Servians near Slivnitza on tho 18th, the lat ter losing ten guns. It was estimated that 3.(100 Servians were killed or wounded. TURKEY, in a note 011 the ISth to the great Powers, protested against tho Servian in vasion of Bulgaria, and announced that she held herself privileged to take action to pro tect her soil. THE British 011 the 18th captured the for tified city of Minhla. 011 the River Irrawad dy, which opened tho way to Mandalay, the capital of Burniuli. THERE were thirty-two deaths from small pox in Montreal and its suburbs on the 18t'u and thirty-four new cases. ADVICES of the 18th state that in a recent fight near Rangoon, in which the war vessel belonging to King Theebaw was captured, the fire from tho British caused two hun dred of the Burmese crew to jump over board, and they were drowned. TWENTY-SIX new cases of small-pox were reported at Montreal 011 the 19th. Tin: German Reichstag was formally opened on the 19th. The Emperor in his speech said that the relations with all coun tries were friendly. A DISPATCH on the 19th from tho British expedition advancing 011 the capital of Burmah says some British shells accident ally set fire to the town of Minhla, and it was destroyed. TIIE other night friends of the late Louis Riel at. St. Anne, Can., burned all the mem bers of the Federal Cabinet in effigy. DI: LESSM'S,the great engineer, celebrated his eightieth birthday 111 Paris 011 the 19th. All the foreign ambassadors in Paris visited him and paid their respects. He received many presents. LATER NEWS. ADVICES of the 22(1 from London state that a terrible cyclone had swept over the Phil lippine Islands. Over eight thousand build ings were destroyed and twenty-two per sons killed. In Bengal 5,Vj00 people were drowned and 150 villages swept away by a cyclone, and 1.241 square miles in the moors Hedabad and Huddea districts were devas tated. A Mini took Irwin Grubb, an alleged mur derer, from the jail at Pineville, Mo., on the night of the 21st and hanged him. NAVIGATION at Montreal closed on the 21st. The export of cattle for the season was 111,500 head. THE opinion prevailed in Europe on ihe 22d that the Powers were about to inter vene and stop hostilities in the Balkalis. The battle-tie'd at Slivnitza was still strewn with dead or wounded soldiers, th' medical and ambuianco corps of both armies being insufficient to meet tho de mauds upon them. REV. HENRY A\"ARD BEECIIER, in a sermon 011 the 22d to the memory of H. B. Clatlin. stated that the dead merchant left $1,000, UOL) to private charities. Tin: middle buildings of Hobart College, at Geneva, N. Yv were destroyed by fire few (lavs ago. The college library of 15,000 volumes was burned. R. BAHKIEI.D. postmaster at Boston, Tex., and his son William, were murdered the other night while riding along a lonely road in a wagon, and robbed of nearly $7,000, the proceeds of a cotton sale. THE annual report of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, issued 011 the 21st, shows that the receipts of the bureau for the last fiscal year were $112,421,121. a de crease of $9,108,919 from those of last year 024 violations of the law were reporLed and 234 persons were arrested. THE Forty-ninth Congress, which meets December 7th next, will stand as follows: Senate—Republicans, 42: Democrats, 34, House—Democrats, 183 Republicans, 140 Greenback-Democrat, 1 Greenback-Repub lican. 1. A THEE foil upon a cabin at Franklin, TV. 'J\, 011 the 21st, and John Cannon, James J. Smith and J. Harry Gaul, coal miners, were crushed to death. DESTRUCTIVE prairie fires were oji tfce 22d ravaging Clay County, in the Pan-Handle of Texas. The fire was sweeping: a swarth of about five miles wide and was likely to drive about a hundred thousand cattle from the range. SMAI.I.-ITX caused 180 deaths in Montreal and its suburbs during tho wenk ended 011 the 21st. AT twenty-six leading clearing-houses in the United States the exchanges durin the week ended oai the 21st aggregated $1, 150.0u'',99S, against&1.004,701,557 the previous week. As comparc'it with the correspond ing period of 1884, the* increase amounts to 44 0 per cent. DOMESTIC TRAGEDIES. An OmaI«» Capitalist Kill* HI* Wife, Cl:ioul"R Ue Mtntook ller for a ISurglar _U!s Former Treatment, However, Causes Suspicion, nnil He Is Held for Muiiler— Jealous Husbanil In Chicago Blows Ills Wife's Drain* Out with a siiot-(»un. A WIFE'S MYSTERIOUS FATE. OMAHA. Neb., Nov. 23.—About two o'clock Saturday morning Miss Latter, who is visiting at the residence of her brother. John \V. Lauer, was awakened by a pistol shot so loud that she fancied for a while it was fired by some one in her room. In fe?ir and trembling she at length arose and descended to the. apartment of her brother and wife. As she approached nearer sobs and moans were heard. Upon enter ing the horror of a tragedy confronted her. Prostrate 011 the carpeted floor lay Mrs. Lauer, her niirht-dress mottle.l with blood. Bending over her was Mr. Lauer, vainly endeavoring to stanch the How of blood from a wound near the left nostril, ile seemed hall-crazed. "My God," he exclaimed, "I've shot Sallie. 1 took her for a burglar." The neigh borhood was aroused and a phy sician was swiftly summoned, but his 111111 istratioiis were futile. Tiie wound had proved instantly fatal, the bullet having penetrated Mrs. Lauer's brain. Mr. Lauer tells a conllicting story of the tragedy— a story, in fact, that is credited by few people who are familiar ^•ilh'thc family. The ehftrge is broadly made that the killing was the result of in tention lather than accident—a theory based upon Mr. Lauer's proueness to pas sionate outbursts of temper and the past infelicities of the family. Mrs. Latter, by virtue of her manifold personal charms and attainments, assumed a leading place in so ciety in this city, ller amiability and graces made her popular wherever she became known. Whether the attention and adula tions of the social throng irritated Mv. Lauer's jealousy is not lenown, but it is cer tain that before the honeymoon had grown cold he was grossly misusing her. His cru elties were for a long time the scandal ol the town. When the former troubles were remem bered, though, tho suspicion that the trag edy was it murder—perhaps committed in a (it of passion—at once found lodgement in the public mind. All the relatives believe in Lauer's innocence, as do his business as sociates, who can not believe that a man of his well-known probity and honor could commit such a cold-blooded crime, llis story of the tragedy is discredited. He says: M'as awakened by a noise or shock, as if somctiodv hart buniiied up nirainsi. the bed. I awoke in a I'right, and my first thought was that a hurjlar h:\d gained an entrance intc the tiouse. I nstiuetively 1 readied tor ni pistol, which 1 always keep Oeneatli my pil bw. At 1 he tool of the bed 1 saw ihe ciin outline of what 1 supposed was the form of the intruitcr. 1 took ((iiiek aim ami lired. Tiie figure fell to the floor without, sc much as a groan, 'f'lien 1 turned to reassure my wife, fully expecting that the shot had i-wakened her alul that she was luully I'riylit (ue:i. Kile was not there. You can imagine tiie horror of tin suspicion which dawned upon me. I could barely muster sullicieni courage to eel out of bed. anil when I did my worst fears were confirmed. 1 had shot my own wife. 'l'he Coroners Jury considered ihe evi dence of former troubles sufficient to justi fy an investigation of the r.tl'air. Accord ingly Mr. Latter was held to the District Court in 625.000 bonds. Bail V.MS prompty secured. There was some talk of lynching, bui 110 attempt has been made. It has been de veloped that Mrs. Lauer was engaged to a Chicago newspaper man named Tilden. The engagement wns broken oil: only a sl»rt time previous to Lauer's suit. Ile hiitird of it shortly after marriage, and, it is said, the reflect ion that he was the second ia his wife's affections made him insanely jealous. Mr. Lauer is a leader among the success ful merchants and capitalists of Omaha. He is the general manager of the nail-works. Mrs. Latter was in maidenhood Miss Sallie Goelschins, one of the most beautiful and accomplished belles of Cleveland, O. She was married to Mr. Lauer three years ago. Soon after the couple came to Omaha. WLEK-MUIIDUI: IK rillCACO. CHICAGO, NOV. 23.—Samuel 1!. Smith shot and killed his supposed wife, Emma Smith, at 310 West Monroe street, at about eight o'clock Saturday evening. The shooting was not discovered until eleven o'clock yesterday forenoon. Smith has not Ueeu found. Smith and his wife occu pied the front room of the third floor of the above number. At about eight o'clock Saturday evening everybody in the house was startled by a report which shook the building and rattled the windows. It sounded like a rifle shot, and Mrs. De Long went into the hall to see what was the matter. Smith opened liis door about a foot. It was dark in his room. "Were you scared, Mrs. De Long he asked. "Yes, she replied "what was that?" Smith said: "Nothing, only my gun went oil." The landlady askeu it it hurt anybody, and he said: "Oh, 110." Smith closed the door, and Mrs. Del.cng retired. in about ten minutes she said to her husband that he ought to go up and see if any damage had been done to the room or the furniture. Mr. iJeLong knocked at Smith's door. The room was still dark. "Yes," said Smith, "Wli it is wanted?" De Long asked if any thing had been broken or injured by the ex plosion. Smith answered: "Oh, no it did no damage. Everything is all right." Iialf an hour later the De Longs heard Smith leave the house. Limine: Sunday forenoon no sounds were heard in the front room. At about 10:: o'clock Mrs. DeLong rapped four or live times on tiie door, without receiving any re ply. She became suspicious, procured a key to the door, and unlocked it. On the lioor lay the dead body oL' Mrs. Smith. Over her lV.ce was a napkin, and on top of that a pillow. A shawl covered her body. The top of her head had been blown open by the shot, which seemed to have entered above and behind the right ear. The head lay in a terrible clot of brains and blood, ller right hand, which lay by her side, was blown to pieces. The appearance of the room indicated that the woman had been killed while eating her supper. On a sofa lay a double-barreled breech-loading shot-gun holding two No. 10 brass shells. The authorities were notified and search for the murderer was begun, which so far has beeu unsuccessful, 110 trace having been discovered. It is said that Smith was insanely jealous of his wife, who is said to have been somewhat giddy, and very fond of attention. The couple were married in lluil'alo nearly three years ago, the girl having run away from her home in Cleve land with Smith. —This is said to have happened in Georgia: A youth from Elbert County purchased a suit of wedding-clothes in Athens. They were shipped per ex press, but the next week were returned with a letter l'rom the young man say ing that his girl had gone back 011 him and as he would not need the garments he had returned tlieni. The merchant let him off from the trade. —A short time ago a .sample of wheat grown in India was received and in spected by the Chicago 1'oard of Trade. It is said to be greatly inferior to grain grown in this country —Chicago Her ald. INTERNAL REVENUE. Some Extracts from the Report of tha Commissioner—Fulling off In the Re ceipts from Denlerg In Spirits—Growth of the Tobacco Trade Recommenda tions. WASHINGTON, NOV. 23.—The annual report of the Commissioner of Internal Rev enue shows that tiie receipts of the bureau for the last fiscal year were 8113,431,131, a decrease of S9, ICS,910 from those of last year and of over S3,000,000 from the esti mates. The largest collections were made in Illinois, amounting to $?33,075,SG5, Ken tucky second, with $14,842,475, New York third, with S13,823.(145, Ohio fourth, with 812,565,510, Pennsylvania fifth, with §7,371,201), Missouri sixth, with 80,370,105, and Indiana seventh, with 84, 031,SCO. 'l'he smallest collection was made in Vermont, and amounted to S20,Si0. The cost of collection was 84,455,430, against 85,070,914 for the previous fiscal year. Six hundred and twenty-four violations of in ternal revenue law were reported and two hundred and thirty-four persons were ar rested. The Commissioner recommends an increase in the number of revenue agents. There has been a small increase in the amount of taxes collected on tobacco, and there has been marked increase in the man ufacture of the weed and an unusually large increase of the quantity of those products exported to foreign countries. The number of grain distilleries regis tered during the year was 1,105, of which only 01S were operated. The Commission er asks for legislation taxing all fractions of a gallon of distilled spirits, as several large distillers have substituted pack ages of ten gallons capacity and up ward in the place of the ordinary spirit barrel, in order to obtain tiie benefit of the untaxed fraction as frequently as possible- The Commissioner also rec ommends that the provision of the law uli der which grape-brandy products are per mitted three years' storage of their prod ucts in special bonded warehouses be made applicable to distillers of brandy from all fruits. The quantity of distilled spirits in the United States, except what may be in cus toms bonded warehouses October 1, 1SS5, was tiO, 107,030 gallons, and the average stock of each retail liquor dealer in the United States is estimated at 150 gallons. There was a decrease of 81, 000.0*14 of the assessments on dis tilled spirits made during the last year from the amount assessed in the previous year, mainly because the produc tion of distilled spirits three years ago was less than it was tour years ago and because large quantities of spirits, on which the tax had been due. were bonded for export and suffered to remain in the warehouse with out payment or assessment of tho tax for a period not exceeding seven months. Alluding to the reimportation of exported spirits, the Commissioner says: Besides the 7,000,0UU jL-allons of domestic sph-.lt' 011 which the internal revenue tax lias never been paid, which remained in store in foreign warehouses at the close of the year, there then remained in distillery warehouses 10.:.'-".i,47: gallons or spirits, which had so remained for a period exceeding' the three years i'rom the date of the entry for deposit. It appears that under an opinion of the Atioriiey-flenerai of lleoeniber :.'4, 1SSI, such spirits as are covered by transpor tation bonilsor exportation bonds are allowed to remain in distillery warehouses during a time reasonably necessary in the process of exportation, even after the expiration of the three-years' limit lixed by the warehousing bond. This time was limited by my predeces sor with the approval ol' the then Secretary of the Treasury to seven mouths. Not bciuu'uble to see the necessity for so long a time to ac complish the transportation of the spirits to the port of export, 1 have, with the approval of tho present Secretary, reduced the time to thirty days, and so limited the time within which such bonds may be lfleil as to collect the tax on or before tho expiration of the time (three yearsi within which spirits may remain in distillery warehouses. The only time now obtainable in excess of the three years is that which occurs through the necessary delay iu enforcing the payment of the tax. HOPEFUL* SIGNS. Probability That tho Powers will ISrlng about a Peaceful Settlement of tho 12al kan Troubles* LONDON, Xov. 23.—It is now more than probable that the great Powers will soon in terfere to stop the bloodshed in the Bal kans. und that from their interference peace will be assured. Prince Alexander's for mal appeal to the Porte for assistance practically restores tho status quo ante and has necessitated a change of pur pose by Servia. King Milan now has 110 good pretext of continuing his invasion of Bulgaria, and with the ccssion of a portion of the Widdin district as a com pensation lie will be entirely willing to order a cessation of hostilities. In this event the situation will be practically what it was a fortnight ago, and the conference 'will meet with less opposition in its endeavors to come to a harmonious settle ment of the questions under discussion. The Balkan conference lias drafted a final proctocol, which embodies the de cisions declaring that tho restoration of the status quo ante is equally binding upon Servia and Bulgaria. It is reported in Constantinople that if King Milan refuses immediate peace under the terms of the conference he will be declared an enemy to the peace of Europe, and two of the signatory Powers will en force his deposition. The Constantinople correspondent of the Daibj Xavs says that the Turkish (iovernmcnt has warned Servia to withdraw her troops from Bulgaria or Turkish troops will invade Servia. Our ltelatious wltli Austria. WASHINGTON, Nov. '23.—The complica tions between the, United States and Aus tria, growing out of the refusal of the last named country to recognize Keiley, are un settled, and the relations of the two countries are cold aud strained. The I.'nited States has 110 Minis ters at the Viennese Court and tiie Baron Ignatz Von Schaefer, Envoy Extraor dinary and Minister-Plenipotentiary from -•utstria to the United States, lias not re turned from his last summer's trip to Eu rope. It is now kuown that what was at the time supposed to be a vacation was really a lecjrJ, and that the Baron will not return, except in the improbable event of the ap pointment of a new Minister from tho United States to Austria. It is not the intention of this Government to seud another rep resentative to Austria. Tiie indignity put upon Minister Keiley, it is felt, can not be overlooked, and Austria's reasons for re fusing to receive an accredited representa tive of the United States are not regarded as suflicient or satisfactory. Tiie whole matter will probably be made the subject of an inquiry by Congress. Sir John's Mission to London. OTTAWA, Can., Nov. 23.—Sir John Mac donald left Friday evening for London. His mission is to confer with the imperial authorities respecting a commission to ar lange with the United States concerning the fisheries of Canada and the terms upon which these lisheries may be enjoyed by the United States fishermen. It is uti derstood the larger question of reciprocity is included 111 the subjects which the Premier will discuss. He will also confer with the authorities with respect to the transmission 01 mails to Asia and other Eastern points via the Canadian Pacific ltailway. Several I other questions are included in his mission. ASSASSINATED. Ex-Mayor Bowman, or Knst St. Louts, ITT.,. Murdered In Cold Blood ly an Unknown Enemy—Tho Tragedy Thought to lie tho Keffult of a Political Feud. EAST ST. LOUIS, 111., Xov. 21—A cow ardly and brutal assassination occurred in this city a few minutes after eight o'clock last evening. The victim is ex-Mayor John B. Bowman, who was shot down in cold blood a few yards from his house. He was just stepping through the gate when the assassin placed the muzzle of his pistol against the back of his victim's head and fired. The bullet passed through Mr. Bow man's brain aud produced instant death. The shot was heard by a number of peo ple, but as tho reports of pistols are of common occurrence hero no attention was paid to it. The murdered man's nephew stepped out of the house a few minutes later and found the body lying across the sidewalk. The news of the murder pro duced great excitement, and a reward of 85,000 was immediately offered for the as sassin, but there is 110 clew to his identity. Bowman was a prominent politician, ami the wealthiest man in the city, lie was Mayor for ten years, and was the cause of the episode known as Bowman's war ten eais ago. Ihe assassination is supposed to be the result of a political feud. During the ten years preceding 1S7S he had lull control of the municipal govern ment of East St. Louis, carrying everv elec tion as he pleased, though out without many bitter fights and much bloodshed He built what is called the Bowman Dike con necting Bloody Island with the mainland and constructed many other public improve ments. The city all this time was divided into two parties more hostile to each other than two foreign countries in time of war. Bowman's party was in the ma jority, or at least carried all the elections, and kept in power until he got tired of tho excitement anil withdrew from active poli tics. lie was shot at many times, and was in many personal encounters in the Coun cil Chamber, but was never seriously hurt. Once when the opposite party got possession of the East St. Louis police headquarters his force attempted to take the building by storm. and two of his men were shot and killed. This was-in the summer of IbTo. AN ASYLUM HORROR. Five Lives Lost ljy tlic liuming of tlio lirie County (().) Infirniury. SANDUSKY, O., Xov. 21.—The main building of the Erie County Infirmary was burned last night, and live of tho ninety eight inmates of the institution perished in the ilatues. The names of the dead are: Mrs. Newcomb, of Berlin Heights Mary Miller, of Sandusky May Upp, of San dusky Mrs. Scheutier, of Sandusky Mary Latcha, of Sandusky. "While endeavoring to save the inmates Superintendent Molry was injured, and now lies in a precarious condition. The money loss is estimated between SI5,000 and S20, 000. The building was insured. The fire broke out in one of the upper rooms in the northwest wing of tho institu tion at about 7::i0 o'clock, originating, it is supposed, from a defective Hue. The Haines spread with great rapidity, and, as there were 110 facilities for the extinguish ment of the lire, tiie whole upper part of the building was soon a mass of flames. Aft alarm was sent to this city as soon as possible, and tho firemen responded promptly. The nearest, supply of water was in a creek about a quarter of a mile from the institution. A line of hose was speedily laid and a stream was soon play ing 011 the llames. In the meantime a large crowd had gath ered and worked hard to rescue, the inmates and save the household effects. All were gotten out except the five unfortunates named above, wiio were in the insane de partment, which was located in that por tion of the building where the lire orig inated. The inmates who were rescued were placed in the stable and made as com fortable as possible. Superintendent Motry was carried to a house near by, where he lies unconscious. Ilis injuries are internal. The firemen, finding that they could not save the main structure, directed their ef forts toward saving the men's department, a smaller building immediately in the rear. The building escaped without damage, and after the fire the inmates were removed into it from the stable. A GREAT "BEAR" SCHEME. A Syndicate ol Millers in the Northwest Shipping December Wheat to Chicago by tiie Traiu-l.oad. MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Xov. 21.—A pow erful syndicate of Northwestern millers and wheat dealers, including most, if not all, the large mill-owners, have accumulated wheat here and at interior points iu Minnesota and Dakota in the last thirty days, and are reported to have sold heavily against their holdings in the Chicago market this and last week. They have now begun to send wheat into Chicago instead of grinding it here. One hundred cars started hut night from this city :.lone. and it is believed that double that amount was shipped yesterday from points in Southern Minnesota, also cou tiolled by the same syndicate. The syndicate expects to be able within ten or lifteen days out of accumulations here to send to Chicago from three to five thousand cars of No. 2 wheat, all of which, it is understood, is intended for Decem ber delivery. The movement is not yet known outside of a small circle of these interested in this city and a few men in Southern Minnesota. Several elevator lines, controlling elevators through the Northwest, are members of the syndicate. They think that they possess sullieient wheat to cany out the plan of the combina tion. The Vanderhllt-Graut .Uortgag-es. WASHINGTON, Nov. 21.—-On Thursday there was placed 011 record an assignment ot"\V". H. Yandcrbilt to Edward Y.W. lios siter, of Flushing, N. Y., of tiie interest of the first-named in two certain mortgages made by Ulysses S. Grant and his wife of certain Washington property, received May 20, 18S4, to secure tho pay ment of 8150,000, the consideration being 8123,330.30, bearing the date of April 27 last also an assignment by E. V. W. l!os siter to W. J. Van Arsdale, of New York, of the mortgage dated May 17, 1884, from General Grant and wife to Mr. Yandcrbilt, the consideration being §25,000. The ex planation for this actiou is found in the next paper presented for record—a deed from Mr. Van Arsdale to Catherine Seaver Peshai, of lot 23 ol F. D. Grant's subdivi sion, for S3,800. American Constitutional Congress. NEW OULKANS, Nov. 21.—Commissioner Anderson, of the Exposition management, received yesterday a letter from Hon. James O. Broad head, of St Louis, accept ing an invitation recently tendered him to deliver an address at the American Consti tutional Congress, to be held in tiie Exposi tion music hall on the 2Uth of next Feb ruary. The object of the Congress is to take the preliminary steps toward an inter- Republic celebration on the 4th of March, 188'J, of the centennial of the adoption of the Constitution of the United States, the parent liepublic.