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of the young errand bov who lay buried
among the ruins of the leather store.
Now the electric light went up. the loco
motive lights were put in their places, Mr.
Flinn divided his men among the of
ficials of the Department of Public
Safety. Chief Brown, Commissioner
Andrews, Sheriff McCandless, Inspector
McAleese, Superintendent Gamble Weir
and Detective McKclvcy all volunteered
their assistance, and in a few moments the
work began in earnest One gang was
started in the Thoma building, they num
bered about 12. The largest gang was sent
into the Willey building, about 15 men
started in the back of Weldin's store and a
similar number went to the front and cleared
out the book6. They were all conveyed to
Gillespie's store in a large wagon.
Everything went along like clock work
and with a rapidity that was marvelous.
The enormous iron pillars in theWilley build
ing, the big beams, and the large cornice
stones were hauled out by thederrick. An
open space was soon made in that part of
the cellar fronting onDiamond alley, and
now five men armed with shovels began to
pile up the dirt behind them, advancing
inch bv inch, step bv step, toward the rear.
Here the men were hauling the larges spars
and beams away on their shoulders to pile
it np along the walls of the Gcrmania Bank
The men in the cellar of Thoma's store
were working equally hard. At about 7:30
o'clock they struck the bottom, and now a
fresh impetus seemed to take hold of them,
for they knew that Albert Goettman could
not be far off. On and on thev worked their
way along the floor of the cellar from the
front toward the back. The bricks, rub
bish and dirt threw up great clouds of dust
The spades never stopped for a moment
The men seemed to have lost the feeling of
fatigue. They had no time to breathe it
seemed. Bigger and bigger grew the heap
of debris as they threw it behind, and far
ther and farther they got toward the end of
the cellar.
Several large bales of leather were now
found and thrown out of the hole. Every
time one of these pieces of leather was
struck the men all looked thinking they
had got at a body. Bnt no! Their patience
and endurance was to be tested for a still
longer time.
"I have got a foot of him," at last went
up the voice of one of the men, and now the
men au stopped to tase a aeep Dream, nui
not because they were tired. No! It was
to increase their courage. That was at 20
minutes to 9 o'clock and within five
minutes the limbs of a corpse were bare.
"I believe there are two people here."
said one of the men," because look how far
the legs are apart."
Gradually the lower part of the body
was laid bare, and it was found that there
was only one person.
Sheriff McCandless, who had been stand
ing on the wall and watched the men dig
ging the debris away from the body, now
jumped down, and, requesting the men to
stand aside, went up and taking hold of
the body pulled it out
There at last lay Albert Goett
man, the boy after whom
everybody had searched, the child who had
been buried under a mass of ruins for
almost 36 hours. He had been supposedto
be cased within some leather, and his voice
was supposed to have been heard on
"Wednesday night. There he lay a battered
mass of almost unrecognizable' humanity.
His head was as flat as a cake, his arms
were crossed under his back, and one of his
legs came over his shoulder. It was an
awful sight Everybody shuddered at it
Even the electric light above went partly
out as if to hide fiom view the mangled re
mains of the boy. The police then took
charge of the body, and the patrol wagon
conveyed him to the morgue.
Coroner McDowell and his assist
ants took charge of the body, which was
taken to the parents' home, 1G0 .Ridge
avenue, Allegheny.
The discovery of this body seemed to en
courage the men in the other places, espe
cially in the rear of "Weldin's, where it was
thought at any moment the dody of Dr.
Heed or that of Charles McKeown might
be found.
At about half-past 9 twohats were brought
out of the rubbish in "Weldin's store.
"That is the hat of Dr. Beed." cried the
men simultaneously.
But it was a mistake. A gentleman who
seemed to know what he was talking about
"Ho, this is a brown felt hat, and it
looks more like the one of a working man.
Dr. Heed wore a black felt hat with a wide
Another hat was found with its lining
covered with a soft, slimv substance.
"Those are brains!" said a bystander, but
Dr. McCandless, after an examination,
stated that he did not think so, but be
lieved the mass to be glue, sand and
The Sheriff was also asked by a reporter
for this paper whether it had been possi
ble for the boy Goettman to have lived
under the ruins'until "Wednesday night.
".No," he replied, "that boy was dead
immediately after the crash took place and
debris fell down on him."
About midnight the workmen came upon
the body of Charles McKeown, a packer in
"Weldin's book store. He was found among
the ruins immediately in the rear of the
' store. His face was easily recognized,
although his head was crushed almost flat
The brains protruded out through the top
of the skull. There was a small hole in
his neck under the chin where a piece of
brass collar button had been driven. Hi a
left hand was crushed to a jelly and his
right foot was almost torn from the leg.
His whole appearance was very ghastly and
caused a shudder even from the physicians
who viewed the body at the morgue. Mc
Keown was about 35years of age and lived
with his sister on the Southside. The latter
was inquiring for him at the Homeopathic
Hospital yesterday. He had a brother who
was slightly injureu in the accident.
Contractor Huckenstein said last night
that he had heard from all of his men ex
cept Gallnce, Shifthoase and Blendinger.
It is suDposed that the bodies of these work
men are still in the ruins. Mr. Shifthouse
is a young man, and was married about two
months ago to a young lady in Butler
county. He had a home on East street
One of the clerks in "Weldin's store in
formed a DisrATCH reporter yesterday that
he was positive that an elegantly dressed
lady was in the store when the crash came,
and nobody saw her get out. She was
standing near the elevator at the time, and
the clerk is sure her body will be found in
the cellar. As no inquiry has been made
about her, it is supposed that she was a
stranger in tiie city.
The search for the body of Dr. Beed was
kept up all day and last night, but up until
midnight no trace of it had been discovered.
His son and daughter-in-law were at the
ruins nearly all the time, and tried to buor
up each other's spirits with hope. It is ex
pected that the body will be found before
noon to-day.
Two more bodies were found in the ruins
of the Willey building at 1:30 this morning.
They were crushed beyond recognition.
Tney were not taken out at this writing
but will be taken to the morgue as soon as
they can be removed from the ruins.
They were supposed to be with a number
of other workmen who arc said to have
been sitting by a stove eating their dinner
when the disaster occurred. This makes 13
bodies recovered.
Reliable 1.1 t of tho Fatalities Condition of
the Wounded Scenes at tho Hospital
Last Xlcbt.
"Up to 1 o'clock last night there were 11.
deaths of those who had been caught by the
falling walls of the "Wiilcy and,Weldin
buildings. Two more are positively known
to be buried in the ruins, and it is hardly
possible that they can be still alive. It is
feared that several others are buried beneath
the ruins, as inquiries continue to come in
for missing men. The list of the dead up to
1 a. ji. is as follows:
Thomas Jones, aged 30 years, a laborer, was
Identified at the morgue by friends, and was re
moved to his home yesterday morning. He
lived at 77 Park way. Allegheny.
Charles Fitch, aged 15 years, was Identified
at the morgue bv his uncle. The body was
taken to his uncle's home on Center avenue.
The interment will take place at his home in
Butler county.
Samuel Stringer was aged 16 vears. His
father, Georgo Stringer, identified the remains
at the morguo yesterday afternoon, and took
the body to his home on Day alley, Allegheny,
last night
James M acGongh, aged 33 years, was a driver
for J. H. 6kelton,theliverymanatl21-125 Third
avenue, where he made his home. Mr. Skclton
identified the remains at 11 A. sr. cstcrday, and
took the body to his home last night
John I Rogcrson, aged 35 years, a carpenter,
was found liadly smashed under the ruins of
the Willey building about 5 o'clock yesterday
morning and taken to the morgue. His
brother-in-law. Dr. G. A. Ulnck, of the South
side, identified the remains about 9 A. Jr.. and
took the body on the 1:40 train to the deceased's
late residence. Castle Shannon. He leaves a
wife and three children.
John M. Hi.L colored, aeed 14. lived at 32
Bedford avenue, was employed as a bootblack,
in the barber shop of Frederick Schumaker
The father identified the remains at the
morgue "Wednesday night, and took the body
home yesterday morning.
Samuel Brown, Jr., aged 34, a carpenter, was
found in the ruins between 2 and 3 r. SI. yester
day. His head was split open and legs twisted
third around, and otherwise horribly mutilated.
Remains were Identified at the morgue by two
or three relatives, and taken home soon after.
Deceased resided at IS Race street, Allegheny.
Joseph Gearing, aged 16, was found in the
ruins about 7 o'clock Wednesday evening
badly hurt He was taken to Mercy Hospital
and died yesterday morning. The remains
were taken to his Ute home at No. 5 Gallagher
street, Allegheny. Gearing was the elevator
boy at Wcldin & Co.'s, and bore his Injuries
very bravely.
U illlam Goettman, aged 16, was employed at
Thoma's leather store. He was taken from the
ruins about 9 o'clock last night and was
mangled horribly. His head was smashed flat
and his limbs broken and bodyterribly crashed.
His brother identified the remains at the
morgue by means of his clothes and sundry
articles in the pockets, among them a watch.
naaiy Datterea.ana a little purse recently given
him by his employer. His body will be re
moved to his late home on Ridge avenue, Alle
gheny, this morning.
George Mason, a carpenter, was taken from
the ruins alive on Wednesday night bnt died
about 9 o'clock at the Homeopathic Hospital
the same night His friends removed the body
to his home at 119 Fountain street Allegheny,
tne same evening.
Quiet reigned at the Homeopathic Hospital,
where most of the wounded are, last night.
No new patients had been received since the
night before, and all those under treatment
were doing as well as could be expected. The
nurses and attendants, save those who were on
duty during the nijht retired early to get
somo much needed rest They were
nearly worn out with the unusual tax upon
their strength during the preceding 24 hours.
Drs. Redding and Seip were in charge, and
kept caret ul watch of their patients. Dr. J.W.
McClelland, of the hospital staff, was also pres
ent during the evening.
In the wards everything was quiet and well
in order, and the most of patients were sleep
ing. The scene under the dim light was a
weird one. Mason was the only one who had
died, and his body had been removed from the
main ward. Only the nurses and physicians
were present at the end. He died without re
gaining consciousness. David Courtney was
delirious, and his condition was considered
dangerous, though he had a chance of recov
ery. W. Barber, William Springer and
Thomas Lemon were also in a dangerons
condition, but still stood a chance
of recovery. Their condition had
improved somewhat since they had come into
the hospital. The remainder of tbo patients
were considerably Improved and little donbt
was entertained of their recovery. James
Watts was taken home in a carriage by friends
about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. He
seemed to be in fairly good shape then and was
able to walk to the carriage. His brother and
sister accompanied him.
The death of Mason and the removal of
atts left only 19 patients in the hospital last
night Little Alico Carty was improving stead
ily, and will probably be out in a few days. Her
mother visited her yesterday. Mrs. "W. L.
Mason spent a good part of the day with her
son, Weldon. who is doing nicely and will be
out soon. The physicians tbink his eyesight
will be all right Charles Petticord was much
improved and in good spirits. Many friends
visited the patients during the day. and a more
cheerful and confident feeling prevailed, as all
seemed to think the worst was over with their
loved ones.
Mr. Slack, the Superintendent said many
calls had been received during tho day and a
good many telephone inquiries had come in.
The friends of the victims generally had borne
themselves bravely and even cheerfully. By 9
o'clock in the evening the inquiries had about
ceased. Mr. Slack said he had received
many inquiries for Carroll and
Brown, neither of whom were there.
Late in the evening a ladv came in
and inquired for a man named Wright whose
home was out of town, where she did not
state. He had left home Wednesday morning
and had come to town. He had not returned
home at 6:30 last evening. He had left a bill
of goods in a store on Diamond alley, near the
wrecked building, and had not been seen since.
Wright was not at the hospitaL
How the Work Among tbo Ruins Yesterday
Wns Facilitated Walla Removed, and
the Progress Made by Rescuing Parties.
At 5 o'clock yesterday morning an engine
and derrick were erected at the ruins. In
this way the work of removing the large
timbers and iron posts was greatly lightened.
The west side wall of the "Willey building
was torn down at coon. This additional
debris will delay the search for bodies, but
as it was in such a dangerous condition it
had to be removed. A young man named
Pearsall, in the employ of Jos.
"Walton & Co., covered himself
with glory in this job. He became disgusted
at the manner in which the work was being
done and volunteered his services. The offer
was accepted, and he, with the skill of a
veteran cowboy, threw a rope over a portion
of the wall yet standing. About this time
Chief Evans commenced to give him orders.
He replied that he would waft a brick in
the direction of the Chief if he would in
terfere with his work. He passed an inch-and-a-half
rope around the chimney, blocks
and tackle were attached to telegraph poles
and the end of the rope wound on the spool
of the hoisting engine. The work of pull
ing the chimney down bad been tried with a
smaller rope, which broke when a strain was
placed upon it xhe larger rope withstood
the strain. The wall fell with a terrible
crash, but no one was injured. Mr. Pear
sall was asked to take charge of the rescu
ing party, and his manner of handling men
is winning him plenty of praise.
The side wall of the Weldin building has
been securely braced. It looked dangerous,
and it was thought best to be cautious. The
work in Weldin's cellar is going on rapidly. A
large gang of men is employed in the work of
removing the debris which surrounds the
The afternoon passed without incident No
bodies were recovered after 130 until a late
hour in the night Large crowds surrounded
the uistrict, which had been shut off by
police lines, through which it was
impossible to pas, unless you were connected
with tho rescuing party. A gentleman who
was around the wreck all day has gotten several
samples of the mortar that was used. He says
he will demonstrate that the mortar was
below the standard that ought to have been
The alley which runs between the two build
ings has been cleared. So bodies were found,
although it was expected that some persons
had met death here. The cellar of the barber
shop has also been cleaned out, but no more
bodies were found there.
Labor Unions to Bear Funeral Expenses
How Money Wilt be Raised In All Sec
tions for tho Cnrc of the Injured.
The labor unions will take care of their
dead. Bricklayers' Union No. 2 will meet
this evening in their hall on Fifth avenue
to take action on the condition of a number
of members of their craft who were injured
by the fall of the building, and the probable
death of several more members of the
union who are as yet unaccounted for. The
Carpenters' unions will attend the funerals
of the victims who were members of their
order. The union carpenters killed were as
follows: John Bodgerson. a member of local
union 230; Samuel Brown, Jr., was a mem-
ber of No. 211. George Mason was also a
member of the latter local.
Special Agent A. M. Schwartz, of the
Carpenters' Council, has furnished the
council with a detailed report of the in
juries and deaths of the men. James "Watts,
who was so badly injured, was a member of
No. 230. Samuel Brown, Sr., father of the
young man killed, was a member of No.
211. John Myers and Samuel Bricker,
who received bad salp wounds, were also
members of the latter local.
The members of local union No. 211 will
meet in Grand Army Hall, Allegheny, to
morrow morning, to proceed to the late res
idence of George Mason, on Fountain street,
and attend the funeral in a body. The in
terment will take place at 9 o'clock, in
ITniondale Cemetery. After the interment
of the body they will return and attend she
funeral of Mr. Brown, at 2 P. M.
Manager "Wilt, of the Grand Opera
House, yesterday received a telegram from
Prof. Herrmann, who stated that he would
gladly give his share of th'e proceeds of next
"Wednesday's matinee to benefit the families
of those who were injured or killed in the
accident The entire matinee receipts will
therefore be devoted to this chanty. A
prominent citizen, who wished his name
withheld, has already paid 50 for a box for
eanesaay auernoon.
Yesterday the Commoner and Glass Worker
started a relief fund for the benefit, of the
union men who were injured and the families
of those killed in the Diamond street disaster.
Within an hour M0 had been raised among
labor agitators. Subscriptions will be received
at the office, of the Commoner and Glass
Worker, Fifth avenue. This fund is for the
benefit of union men, many of whom were
sufferers. The money will be distributed bv a
committee, of which Eccles Robinson will'be
A matter which created a great deal of com
ment on the part of the general public yester
day was the fact of Booth fc Flinn taking
charge of tho work ot cleaiingaway the debris.
A good deal of conjecturing was going on
whether thev had come voluntarily to do tho
work for nothing or whether they were paid
fortheir work by the city as has been reported.
Several of the prominent officials connected
with the Department of Pnbllo Safety, who
were questioned on the subject, replied in a
very Indefinite manner. From what could be
gathered through the information, however,
there seems no doubt that the city authorities
told Booth Flinn to go ahead with their work
and they would see that the firm Is paid for its
The rescuing party is not allowed to become
hungry. They were fed yesterday at Miller's,
Newell's and Blhlman's restaurants, no charge
being made for their food.
Contrnctor Hnckenstcln Snys He Will At
tend the Investigation of tho Disaster
Legislation to Prevent Accidents.
Coroner McDowell impaneled a jury yes
terday morning. After reviewing the re
mains of five of the victims at the morgue
they adjourned to the scene of the disaster.
The inquest will commence to-day at 10
o'clock. The members of the jury are "W.
"W. Shaw, L. E. Isaacs, T. C. Perrine, T.
A. Eowlev, Geoige Exler and H. Grant
Contractor Huckenstein says he intends to
appear before the Coroner's jury whether he
is subpoenaed or not "I was not respon
sible for the cyclone, "said Mr. Huckenstein.
"I had no idea that the walls were unsafe,
or I would not have allowed my son to work
on the top story. There was no defectin the
work, and the plans and specifications
were carried out all right. A
contractor, when he gives a bond
to complete a job, does not B3y that it shall
be finished, cyclone or no cyclone. It is
always understood that if nature interferes
that a contractor is not responsible. The
material placed in that building was the
best in the market and the workmanship
could not be excelled, as none but the best
workmen were employed on the building."
Mr. C. G. Dixon, who is the oldest brick
layer in the two cities, says that John
Huckenstein has put up the best buildings
in this section. Among them are the nov
elty works on Lacock street, Allegheny,
which were burned down and afterward re
built at Idlewood; the St Andrew's Church
in Manchester, the St. James' Church, the
Seventh Avenue Hotel and a number of
other large buildings.
In 'speaking of the accident last night,
John Kelly, editor of the 'Commoner and
Glassworker, said: "In the old Trades As
sembly we had a bill pending for months
whichwill be presented to the Legislature,
ana win prevent sucn accidents in the fut
ure. As the Legislature was not in session
at the time, we held the bill over, but it
will come up at the next meeting of the
newly-organized Trades Council. I have
just received a letter from P. J. McGuire,
National Presidentof the Carpenters' Union.
In the letter he recognizes the necessity of
the bill and says he will co-operate with
Pittsburg to pass a law preventing the
erection of such rickety buildings. Itis strange
that the new building being erected on Dia
mond alley, just below the one that caved in,
was not blown down. That building was fnllv
exposed as much to the elements, yet it was
not shaken. If the proper authorities had at
tended to their business, and seen that the
building was braced properly, tHe accident
would not have occurred. The new Trades
Council was organized especially to look after
matters of this kind. We will petition the
Legislature to enact laws making the loss of
life and limb on a new building almost im
possible." Councilman Hugh Ferguson says thatatthe
next meeting of Councils he will offer an ordi
nance making it a criminal offense for con
tractors to erect less than three walls at the
same time. In this instance, he said, the acci
dent would not have occurred had there been
a third wall to bind together the too high walls
Architect Stillburg, who drew tho plans for
the Willey building, says that the destruction
of the building was the result of a cyclone or a
tornado. The mortar was not dry and tho force
of the wind was terrible.
Arrests Slnde Ycstenlay nt tho Scene of the
Accident Incidents of the Day Very
Briefly Noted.
Two young men, who gave their names as
James K. Armstrong and John Quinn,
were arrested at the corner of Diamond
alley and. "Wood street yesterday afternoon
for picking pockets in the crowd. Offiqer
Madison and Inspector "Whitchouse made
the arrest. Both fought desperately. Arm
strong threw a couple of pockctbooks away
on the road to Central station. They were
recovered. Ope of them was the property
of Mrs. Robert Davi, of Sandusky street,
Allegheny. Forty-nine dollars were found
in Armstrong s pockets.
John Keliy and John Frane were arrested
last evening bv Detective Sol Coulson in
the crowd at the corner of "Wood street and
Diamond alley as suspicious characters.
Kelly drew a revolver on the officer, but
was promptly collared and locked up.
A young man, who was working in one
of the rear rooms of a building looking upon
the Willey building, says that he counted
13 men on the sixth floor of the building,
just before the walls fell. He called a com
panion's attention to the unlucky number.
As he did so the walls fell.
The owners of tho building occupied by J.
R. WcIdin& Co. state their loss will amount to
about $5,000. They think the building occu
pied by Ilea Bros. fc Co. can be repaired. W.
Thoma,.whose son occupied the leather store,
savs his loss of the building will amount to
$7,000. Weldin's loss is placed at about $40,000.
Chief Brown has informed If. Watts & Co.
that they will have to vacate tho premises they
now occupy, as that building will have to be
torn down as well as the Weldin and Eea
The Bulletin printing office in the Watts
building was among the demolished. A
temporary business office has been located at
It S. Davis & Co.'s, 90 Fifth avenue, and a
temporary printing office at ilnrdoch, Kerr &
Co.'e, 59 Ninth street The Bulletin will come
out as usual.
Inspector McAleese holds a silver watch and
chain which dropped from the pocket of an
injured man while he was being carried away
New Ofllccrs Instnlled.
The Catholic Mutual Beneficial Associa
tion met last evening in the Fifth Avenue
Bank Hall and installed the following of
ficers: President, Thomas Grace; First
Vice-President, P. J. O'Hanlon; Second
Vice-President, M. Bosenblat; Treasurer,
"W. L. "Wever; Financial Secretary, J. J.
Keeff; Recording Secretary, Peter "W. Galle
gher; Assistant Secretary, Herbert F. Cain;
Guard, John McKenna; Marshal, Thomas
Gallegher; Trustees, Jacob Epsell, "William
Bell and John Vogal.
The Annual Meeting of the Monon
gahela Kavigation Company.
TlieUseofXatnral Gas is Not Decreasing
Coal Shipments.
The stockholders of the Monongahela
Navigation Company held their annual
meeting yesterday afternoon in the Grant
street building. The election for the ensu
ing year resulted as follows: President, M.
K. Moorhead; Secretary and Treasurer,
"Win. Bakcwell; Managers Joseph Albree;
Alexander Bradley, Felix R. Brunot, A. C.
Bakewell, John Harper, George B. Logan,
J. B. Murdoch, M. D., J. B. Moorhead, A.
E. "W. Painter, George Shiras, Jr.
The annual report of the Board of Man
agers was submitted. Some important facts
were recited, as follows:
The year which is past is also remarkable for
the amount of business which has been done
upon the improvement, the principal part of
which is the transportation of coal, which,
owing to the very general use of natural gas
in this city, is chiefly carried down the Ohio
The amount of coal and slack passed over
the imnrovement during the past year is con
siderably in excess of that transported during
the year 18S7, which, however, showed a large
falling off from the output of the year 1888, in
dicating, we think, that the decreased con
sumption due to the use of natural gas has
been more than compensated for by the natural
Increase of business. A comparative state
ment of the outnut of coal and slack from the
several pools will prove interesting, and is here
Year. PoolNo.l. FoolNo.2. FoolNo.3. PoolNo.4.
1SS6 15,9M,600 9,1S0M 10.459,817 21,315,700
1S37 9,531,000 Z),7iW,500 16,933.900 20,312,500
1833 15,I,1,400 43,971.000 23.878,500 29,604,000
The total number of bushels In each year is as
1SSS 104.805,147
18S7 76,631.900
1SSS 112.491,900
Showing an increase over last year of 33.S09,
000 bushels, and over the year 1SSS of 7,053,753
bushels. This increase of business has, of
course, produced an increased income to the
Tho tolls from coal and coke during tho year
1SS7 showed a decrcaso of 853,738 22 from the
tolls of the preceding year, while tho tolls for
1SSS from this source are increased by$55,
The total tolls received by the company dur
ing the year are:
From coal and slack $186,000 41
From coke 3.39195
From freight empty craft etc 77.233 3c5
From passengers 6,12 80
72,793 57
From this it will be seen that the average toll
on coal and coke is less than 17-100 of a cent a
bushel, or about 1 cent on 6 bushels. A rate of
toll so low that it cannot possibly affect the
nrice to the consumer of an article the price of
l which in the market fluctuates so greatly and
is controlled so entirely oy ine scarcity or
abundance of tho supply.
The net income of the company for the past
year is shown by the following figures.
Tolls 72.798 57
Interest vj tw
-272,883 22
Expenses t 50,950 40
Repairs 39,834 25
State taxes 6.495 82
Counons...... ... 13. 550
Interest 500 35
-111,390 82
(161,497 40
In July last your Board of Managers declared
a dividend of 6 per cent on the capital stock,
payable 4 per cent in cash and 2 per cent in
stock, and they have this day declared a semi
annual dividend of 6 per cent similarly pay
able. Reference has been made in the reports of
the years 1886 and 1SS7, to the proposed purchase
of the works of the company by the United
States. During the past year a provision was
Inserted in the river and harbor bill in
Congress which became a law, instruct
ing the Secretary of War to Institute pro
ceedings to take lock and dam No. 7, in
case of his failure to purchase the said
work from the company. Your Board of Man
agers, on being applied to by one of the United
estates engineers to Know it tney wouiaseu
said Lock and Dam No. 7 to the Government,
declined to do so. whereupon proceedings have
been recently instituted in the United States
Circuit Court at Pittsburg for the condemna
tion and purchase of tbatwork; which proceed
ing is being resisted by the company, the result
of which It is impossible for us to predicate,
and we can only refer to what wo said in our
last report, feeling assured that in no event
will the Government succeed in depriving us
of our property without just compensation.
Tho Drueelits Aro Not Unanimous, Henco
They Will All be Open Agnln Next
Sunday, and Sell Just as They Think
The druggists are going to keep their
stores open all day on .next Sunday. Thus
was decreed at a meeting of the Druggists
Association, yesterday afternoon. Louis
Emanuel, the President; read two letters to
the members, one from J. F. Neely, the
Secretary, who was absent on account of
the death of a friend, and one from Mr. F.
K. Fleck, of Allegheny. The latter ad
vised the society to keep their stores closed
altogether on Sunday, except for prescrip
tion business. A note put up in the win
dow to that effect would soon educate the
people to the custom.
After the letters were read, Mr. Robert
Christy said that he did not think the plan
of opening the stores for a few hours in the
morning and in the evening would work
well, because there was no unanimity of
action. He then proposed that in the future
every druggist keep open all day, but con
fine his business to the filling of prescrip
tions. Being requested to put that as a
motion, he did so, and it was unanimously
John Beck, of Wylie avenue, and Mr.
Doerflinger, said that the partial opening
of the drugstores had proved a failure last
Sunday. Mr. Beck stated that it would
only tend to take customers away from the
members of the association and bring them
to outsiders. Everybody appeared to agree
with that, and the meeting adjourned, after
the Secretary was ordered to notify all the
druggists of the two cities of the decision.
Messrs. Callow and Webster Stand the
Competitive Test.
L. C. Webster and Alex. Callow are
working hard to be made stenographer of the
Court of Common Pleas No. 1. The posi
tion yields about $4,000 per year. Originally
there were five applicants, but the Judges
decided to select a man by competitive ex
amination, and the others dropped out.
Callow has already stood the test, and
Webster is now being examined by Jndse
Stowe, who holds the balance ol power.
Callow is backed by Congressman Dalzell,
for whom he worked some years, while
Webster is supported by Judge Slagle.
Lnwrencevllle Calaboose.
Superintendent of Police Weir and Su
perintendent of Electricity Morris Mead
visited the new Seventeenth ward station
house yesterday and made arrangements for
putting in the electric wires. They expect
the building will be ready for occupancy by
the first of February.
Conl lo bo Supplied.
The heavy rains of the past exr days have
raised the river to a coal boat stage. The
water yesterday was 8 feet 6 inches and
rising. Joseph Walton will send out this
morning the J. F. Walton and Sam Clark
with tows of coal boats.
Hit by an Engine.
A Panhandle freight engine knocked Mrs.
Ella Windburg off the track at the Fourth
avenue depot yesterday afternoon. Three
ribs were broken, and the unfortunate
woman was hurt internally.
The Annual Meeting of the Pitlsbnrff Asso
ciation Last Night Full of tcry Interest.
Ing Episodes.
The Grocers' Association held its annual
meeting last night at its hall, No. 628 Lib
erty street. There was a fair sprinkling of
ladies present and much interest evinced.
President J. C. O'Donnell rushed the busi
ness on hand. There was a lively election
for officers and by a vote of 3 to 1 it was de
cided that no nominee should be allowed to
withdraw his name. After the voting had
been done, and while the returning board
was ascertaining results, the reports of the
various committees were read.
It found that the association had $956 in
its treasury. President O'Donnellin his
valedictory stated that the association was
now solidly on its feet, having $531 more in
its treasury than it had one year ago. Of
the 800 grocers in the city 375 belong to the
association, and Mr. O'Donnell said that
not only were they of the best of the juild,
but composed at least two-thirds of its
Mr. O'Donnell referred to tbesuccessof
the agents in collecting bills from delin-
?uents, and stated that if members had
bund the agents unsatisfactory, it was be
cause they had not been allowed a fair show
of their collecting powers. It seems'thatby
the time a hustling agent gets through with
a delinquent, the latter feels as though
struck by lightning and drawn through a
knot hole. He has no credit left.
Treasurer Friday made a brief address
rehearsing the history and progress of the
body, and delivered a well-chosen speech, in
which he set forth the labors of the retiring
President, Mr. O'Donnell, to make it a
success, and wound up by presenting him
with an elegant silver pitcher and goblet
Mr. O'Dounell made an appropriate reply.
Mr. S. B. Charters then did the same
thing for Secretary B. A. Stevenson, who,
like Mr. O'Donnell, refuses to further act,
and presented him, Mr. Stevenson, with a
cane, pleasantly referring to the fact that,ai
he had failed to find a wife to lean upon, he
might find the present a partial substitute.
Mr. Stevenson also did what is expected on
such occasions.
Getting back to business Mr. B. C. Dal
zell moved the appointment of a committee
to meet the Allegheny City Grocers' Asso
ciation and confer with a view of consoli
dating.stating that delinquents moved back
and forth, dodging agents, and the organi
zations did not exchange delinquent lists.
The motion prevailed.
The election resulted as follows: Presi
dent; S. B. Charters; Vice President, "W.
V. "Willet; Treasurer, John H. Friday; Sec
retary, Henry Daub. For Corresponding
Secretary there was a tie vote. John L.
Fierst and "W. B. Benton received 12 votes
Ho Denies Some Reports Circulated During
His Absence.
Mr. Andrew Carnegie just now is the
busiest man in the city, as the death of Mr.
D. A. Stewart, lata Chairman of Carnegie
Bros. & Co., and the new arrangement
made at the Hartman Steel Company, at
Beaver Falls, has caused some confusion in
the firm. In addition to this Mr. Carnegie
must look after his interests in the South
Penn road, and also his interests in the H.
O. Frick Company's Coke Works. The
wages at these works, as is known, have
been 6i per cent higher than at the other
ovens in the region, and will continue until
February 1.
There was a meeting in the office yester
day afternoon, but nothing could be learned
of the object or the result.
Mr. Carnegie was very busy at S o'clock,
when a representative of this paper called,
and attendants said he could not be seen,
but would answer leading questions if they
were important. The following questions
were reduced to writing and sent in to the
steel magnate:
"Is it true that you purchased Mr.
Phipps' interest for $2,000,000 in the steel
Answer "Mr. Phipps' interest was never
offered for sale."
"Will Mr. H. M. Curry, or Mr. George
Louder succeed Mr. D. A.Stewart as Chair
man of Carnegie, Phipps & Co.?"
Answer "That matter will not be settled
for some time yet."
"It is said that you and Mr. John Walker
will buy the Graft; Bennett & Co. plant at
Millvale and tnrn it into a construction
mill. Is this correct?"
"I never heard of the report."
"Is there anything new in theSouth Penn
Railroad matter?"
"I do not know of anything that would
be of interest to the public."
This closed the interview by proxy.
The Former Says tho Latter Cannot Prove
Master Workman John Doyle, of D. A. 3,
K. of L., takes exceptions to the remarks
made about him by Mr. T. B. Barry. He
says: "In the first place this is only a wind
fight, and Barry has no proof of his state
ments, and can produce no documents to
show that he is right. He charges me with
being a tool of Powderly. 1 am no tool
except, probably, a tool of D. A. 3, as I am
their servant and they pay me a salary for
looking after their interests. I have never
received a communication from Powder
ly in which he asked me
to watch Barry. I received a
letter from Powderly this morning and
Barry's name was not mentioned. Powderly
has ignored all the charges made by Barry,
and will continue to do so until he attempts
to prove them. He will not be here on
Saturday night to answer charges because
none have been made in a legitimate way.
"Mr. Barry docs not know what he is
talking about when he says I was elected
Master Workman by accident. He never
attended any ot our district meetings, and
does not Know anything abont my election
which was perfectly straight, or I wou
not now hold the position."
Purchases 400 Acres Sloro Land In
Fayette County.
William Thaw, of Pittsburg, now owns
about 2,000 acres of coking coal, having pur
chased 400 acres underlying the Gladdis and
Springer farms, Fayette countv, yesterday
for $60,000.
The Coal Lick Bailroad, now being built,
will tap this coal, and it will probably be
opened up in a few months.
Furnished With Electric Lights From the
City of Pittsburg.
The Marr Construction Company yester
day forwarded the material for the erection
of an electric plant in Brazil. The West
inghonse electric light system will be used
entirely. The plant contains 1,500 16-candle
power incandescent lights. It . will take
176,500 feet of electric wire to fit up the
plant, and two of Westinghouse's alternating
current motors of a capacity of 750 lights
will be used.
The Westinghouse Company also obtained
a contract to furnish the city of Havana
with 1,500 incandescent lights and 40 arc
lights. This is the second contract the firm
received from Havana.
The Annual Meeting; o the Pennsylvania
Company Yesterday.
The annual meeting of the stockholders
of the Pennsylvania Insurance Company
was held yesterday in the office of the com
pany, in the Germania Bank building, on
Wood street The following directors were
T. C. Lazear, Thomas Mellon, C. Yeager, E.
M. O'Neill, N. P. Beed, James B. Scott S. S.
Marvin. John Hays and John Dunlap.
Thomas D. Kellar will be continued as
manager of the company.
Allegheny Councils to Remain in the
Latter Class at Present.
The Common Branch Object to the Decision
of Select Council.
At a meeting of Allegheny Select Coun
cil last night, Mr. Watson, from the Com
mittee on City Charter, presented a report
which, opening with the statement that the
Supreme Court has declared in favor of
three classes of cities, gave the changes that
would be made by going into either second
or third class, and said that the City Solici
tor had prepared an act which, if passed,
would give Allegheny until 1891 fo create
the department under the second class char
ter, and if by that time the experiment
with departments in Pittsburg was not a
success a change could be made or a further
amendment of the law could be procured.
The report concluded with a resolution
directing the Finance Committee and the
City Solicitor, with permission to hire other
legal advisers if they saw fit, o prepare ad
ditional legislation, 'investigate the subject
thoroughly, ascertain the expenses that
would fall on the city by going into either
class and obtain such other information as
would be of interest and report to Councils.
Mr. Hartman had a resolution which
made the committeemen appointed at the
citizens' meetings a part of the committee to
consider the charter legislation, and he
made a speech in favor of his idea.
Mr. Watson said he thought the gentle
man was a little off. The Chatter Commit
tee recommended that the matter be referred
to the Finance Committee, because it was a
regular committee, and some people thought
special committees (Mr. Hartman's resolu
tion called for a special committee) was
sometimes appointed for a purpose. The
citizens would be welcome to the meetings.
Dr. Gilliford moved to amend the resolu
tion by adding that the Citizens' Committee
be invited to meet and confer with the Fi
nance Committee.
Mr. Watson accepted this. Then Mr.
Hartman raised the point that the resolu
tion bound the committee to the second or
third class, and Mr. Watson suggested that
Mr. Hartman write something that would
do. Mr. Hartman talked for some time,
and when he quit President Lindsay told
him the resolution was broad enough to
cover the -whole subject. The resolution
was adopted.
Common Council met and transacted a lot
of unimportant routine business. The ordi
nance awarding the contract to the E.
Howard Watch and Clock Company, of
Boston, for placing a clock and three bells
in the tower of the Carnegie Library was
passed. The contract price is 53,475. The
Board of Health was authorized to employ
two persons to take charge of the new
garbage furnace at a salary of $50 a month,
President Hunter then read the report of
the Charter Committee and the resolution
adopted by Select Council to refer it to the
Finance Committee and the City Solicitor
for a report as to the expense that would be
It was then learned that Select Council
had refused to adopt the recommendation of
the Finance Committee, to take a municipal
census. This kills the matter entirely, and
a long discussion was caused. If no census
is taken. Allegheny must be classed as a
city having 78,000 inhabitants, and is bound
to remain a city of the third class. The bill
will likely "be passed before another meeting
of councils is held, and Allegheny will, of
course, be a city of the third class, governed
by the laws and charters of other cities in
the same class.
City Solicitor Elphinstone was called on
for information, but said he had nothing
further to say and the action of Select
Council was concurred in.
This will make Allegheny a city of the
third class, unless the municipal bil is not
passed for several weeks and a special
meeting of Councils is held. Common
Council then adjonrned.
There will be a meeting of citizens at Al
legheny City Hall to-night to take action on
the charter legislation.
A special meeting of the Allegheny Poor
Board was held last night to discuss the
charter, but it was decided to postpone ac
tioh until after the meeting of Councils.
Flttsbnrc ladles Asked to Bear the Ex
pense of One in California.
The monthly meeting of the Pittsburg and
Allegheny Indian Association was held
yesterday afternoon in the residence of Mrs.
Haworth, No. 44 Stockton avenue, Alle
gheny. Miss M. M. Pressley presided. A
letter from the National Association re
questing the payment of expense of placing
a new mission in California' was read. The
meeting agreed to accept the request, and
will take further action at the next meeting
as to the location of the mission.
The special meeting of the Young People's
Auxiliary will be held Saturday night in
the residence of Mrs. Hutchins, at No. 174
North avenue. The meeting adjourned to
meet the second Thursday in February.
Making; the License Inheritable Tickles the
Saloon Keepers.
Some of the amendments to the Brooks
law, introduced in the House yesterday by
Mr. Brooks himself, are well received by
saloon keepers in the two cities. Making
the license inheritable and transferable is
regarded as tne proper caper. As to keep
ing open from 6 a. ai. to midnight, the
saloon keepers do not object to that, bnt the
blow at the "growler" does not meet with so
much favor.
First Popular Excursion of tho Season to
Washington City, VI n BdiO, It. It.
On Thursday, January 17, 1880, fare $9
round trip, tickets good for return passage
10 days. Trains leave Pittsburg 7 and 11:30
A. M. and 10:20 p. m. Pullman Parlor Cars
on morning trains and Sleeping cars on
night train. This will afford excursionists
a fine opportunity to see Congress in session,
and will also give them a chance to visit Old
Point Comfort Tickets will also be good to
Baltimore and return. For illustrated circu
lars giving full information call on or ad
dress E. D. Smith, Division Passenger
Agent, Cor. Fifth avenue and Wood street,
Pittsburg, Pa.
To-Dny nnil To-Morroiv
Attend the great $15 sale at the P. C. C. C.
This is the greatest chance yet. $40 over
coats, $30 suits, handsome cape coats,
storm coats, ulsters, not any of these gar
ments are worth less than $30. They all will
go to-day and to-morrow for $15. Don't miss
this great bargain sale. Of course first
comes get best choice.
P. C. C. C, Cor. Grant and Diamond sts.,
Opp. new Court House.
The Best is Cheapest.
Especially is this true in regard to "Rosa
lia," a flour manufactured by Whitmyre &
Co., Thirty-eighth street and Allegheny
Valley Bailroad.
To Close Out.
Gents' fancy velvet slippers, worth $1 50,
closing out at $1 per pair, at G. D. Simen's,
78 Ohio street, Allegheny. irvvp
Attend our sale of odd lengths of striped
surahs, India silk, striped and fancv vel
vets, at 35c per yard. Hugos & Hacke.
Fine silk umbrellas, musical boxes and
imported artificial flowers and plants at re
duced prices at Hauch's, No. 295 Fifth ave.
A Shrewd Real Estnto Man Who Wants to
Bnild a Road to Wllklnsbnrg to Boom
His Property Along the Line.
There is a real estate man in Pittsburg
who is a hustler. Ha has a scheme to build
a cable road from the Point to Wilkinsburg,
a distance of ten miles or more. His pur
pose is to boom a lot of real estate lying
somewhere between the two rivers, and
bounded on the east by the Wilkinsburg
gas well.
This shrewd agent even went so far as to
employ Selwyn Taylor, a prominent civil
engineer, to draw up the plans. The latter
gentleman did so on a huge sheet of paper,
and verily, it must bo confessed, that the
road looks pretty enough on parchment
Mr. Taylor, however, was careful to tell
another real estate man, who let a reporter
into the secret, that he did not think the
road was practicable. ''But then," he added,
"my employer is a pushing fellow, and will
apply for a charter next week."
According to the proposed plans, which
have been worked out in detail, the cable
road will come down Third avenue, make
the loop on Liberty street, go up Fourth
avenue to Boss street From that point by
way of Old avenue the road will strike
Forbes street, and continue in that direction,
running for a short distance over the Fifth
avenue track until Morgan street is reached.
Then the line will turn up Breed's Hill road
to Stanton avenne, and striking the countr?
beyond will make the grand turn in Wil
kinsburg. This Is the road in embryo which Mr.
Taylor has worked out for the' real estate
agent. It remains to be seen how much it
will boom the property.
Bat He Owns a Sagar PlnntntlonThat Yields
Plenty of Money.
Charles Gay, of New Orleans, a wealthy
sugar planter, was at the Union station last
night bound for Washington. Both his
arms were cut off, and his daughter traveled
with him to care for him.
Mr. Gay stated that the sugar ,crop was
good, but the growers are not in league
with the trust The manufacturers prefer
to have the tariff on sugar maintained
rather than see the bonded system adopted.
Allegheny City Relnses to Fay for Such a
In Allegheny Councils last night the
Finance Committee returned affirmatively
the ordinance for taking a census of the
city, providing for a Superintendent ot
Census and the necessary assistants, at a cost
not to exceed $1,000. Dr. Gillifred moved
to indefinitely postpone, which was carried
by a vote of 11 ayes to 10 noes.
To Iet for Business Purposes.
Parties who require a power service in
their business and who can see advantages
in being in the most central situation in the
city, should call and examine the rooms of
all sizes now ready for occupants in the new
Dispatch building, 75,77 and 79 Diamond
Besides being ready of access to custom
ers, tenants are supplied with every facility
for the rapid and successful transaction of
Elevator service, both passenger and
freight; prompt janitor service, steam heat
ing and electric lighting free; besides, splen
did light and ventilation of the rooms are
among the attractive features.
Econonomy, as well as other great ad
vantages, in tenting here. Apply at Dis
patch, new building, Diamond street.
To-Day and To-Morrow
Attend the great $15 sale at the P. C. C. C.
This is the greatest chance yet. $40 over
coats, $30 Suits, handsome cape coats,
storm coats, ulsters, not any of these gar
ments are worth less than $30. They all
will go to-aaj; ana to-morrow for $15.
Don't miss this great bargain sale. Of
course first comes get best choice.
P. C. C. C, Cor. Grant and Diamond sts.,
Opp. new Court House.
A New Tear.
With the new year try the new brand of
flour Bosalia manufactured by Whitmyre
& Co., Thirty-eighth street and Allegheny
Valley Bailroad, guaranteed to be the best
flour in the market.
Bemnants in table linens, bleached,
half-bleached and turkey red; these are
slightly soiled and will be sold at half
price. Hugus & Hacke.
Fine watches a specialty; low prices a
certainty at Hauch's, No. 295 Fifth ave.
Heika. Jf. T. J
JAN. 26, 1S83. J
Messrs. Fleming Brois
Gentlemen I have taken a great many of
Br. C. McLane's Celebrated Liver Pills, and
find them to he a wonderful pill all that you
claim for them. They act like a charm in cases
of biliousness, sick headache, dysentery etc
Cure sick headache, biliousness, liver com
plaint dyspepsia, heartburn, indigestion, mala
ria, pimples on face and body, impure blood,
eta, by using regnlarly Dr. C. McLane's
Celebrated Liver Pills prepared only by Flem
ing Bros., Pittsburg, Pa. Price 25 cents. Sold
by all druggists. Insist upon having the gen
uine Dr. 0. McLane's Liver Pills, prepared
only by Fleming Bros., Pittsburg, Pa the
market being lull of imitations of the name
McLane. spelled differently but of the same
pronunciation. Always make snro of the words
'FlemingBros.,Pittsbnre;, Pa.," on the wrapper;
$1 oo
$1 oo
T.-T. T.
109 Federal Street,
Enough to say that we never sold as many
in four days as we did last week.
On the GOc table to-day we offer entirely dif
ferent lines of goods, thus insuring to buyers a
fresh selection of equally good value all-wool
dress fabrics.
The styles we are selling even for 23c a yard
are equally desirable for the price, being all
wool and double width in serviceable col
orings. IN OUR SILK
In addition to the bargains previously there,
we this day add one case of Printed Jersey
Silks, choice colorings, new styles, at 75c a
yard. These fabrics have more body and.
weight and will give better service than low
priced India Silks, and never were sold as
cheaply before this sale.
More and very excellent bargains are still to
be found in Plushes and Fancy Brocade Vel
vets this week.
We have a revised list of prices this day on
our entire stock of Seal Plush Garments, Short
Jackets, English Walking Jackets (extra
lengths), Sacques, Mantles, Modjeskai and
Newmarkets. We call special attention to the
full lines of superfine quality of Seal Plush
Coats at $15, $35 and $25 as being simply un
equaled at these prices, better in every respect
than have ever been seen for the money. I
Also two lower grades at S15 and S3) that ars
very excellent value.
Our special bargain in Cloth Ulsters, Bag
lansind Newmarkets include the newest ma
terials, colorings and shapes, and are thorough
ly well made.
The "markdowns" in children's winter gar
ments, 2 to 16-year sizes are general, including
this entire and very large stock.
means over 6,000 PAIRS
Of new patterns In choice roods at lowest
prices ever known. It is an easy matter by
buying now to save the price of a pair by the
purchase of two or more pairs. A visit to our
curtain room will prove this to be a fact Be.
member, there are superfine curtains, parlor
curtains, library curtains included in this sals,
and down the scale of quality till you corns to
the 75c a pair curtains. t
In embroideries 5c a yard to finest matched
sets, new hemstitched embroideries, net
showy edges, neat baby edges, new skirtings'
and Bouncings, new all overs; the largest choice
of all that's newest and at prices that for fins
goods like these are lower than in any previous
We have the balance of our stock of small -furs,
muffs, boas, collars, shoulder capes all
marked down to close them out
Some very excellent bargains also in fine
Alaska seal mantels and jackets, unsurpassed . ,
quality and richness of fur.
Is full of interest attachins to very low nricej '
on some goods ordinarily of much greater,
value. This is the case in every department.