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Is the Cry of the Greene County
Farmer as He Anticipates
the Effects of Prohibition.
THE BARN-YARD BALLOTS
"Will be Extremely Important
Factors in the Present
THERE WILLBB ATOMADO,
And It Will Carry Everything Before
It, Either for or Against the
Wfl'fl WAY IS IT GOING TO BLOW?
Everyone Anxious to Keep the Question
Entirely Free From Partisan
GREENE WILL BE FOE THE AMENDMENT
Greene county may be put down as one of
the doubtful districts on the Constitutional
amendment hsue. The special commis
sioner of The Dispatch, in his canvass of
counties on this subject, obtained two ex
treme predictions at the capital of Greene;
one that the county would defeat the amend
ment and the other that it wonld give the
temperance people a victory with 2,000 ma
jority. Although the county carried local
option, there is an undercurrent of partisan
ship apparent at this time which is feared
by Prohibitionists. An interesting point
developed by our special commissioner is
the view farmers may take if their grain
trade with distillers is destroyed.
FROM OUB SPECIAL COMMISSIOXEK.J
Wayjtesburg, Pa., January 21. The
barnyard vote promises to be a little more
important in the Constitutional amendment
campaign than Tom Cooper's ingenious fire
side ballots were supposed to be in the late
election. Hayseed will be more effective
at the polls next June than parlor pictures.
But in which direction will the prophetic
winds blow the hayseed?
What is the Farmer's Reply.
That is the momentous question. Both
liquor dealers and temperance agitators un
derstand its full import. They are each
anxious for a reply, for upon the Pennsyl
vania farmer of storied integrity the out
come ot the coming conflict practically de
pends. The influence of such great centers
of population as Pittsburg, Philadelphia,
Allegheny and Beading is known to the
prohibition element so well that for them
to think of it is to receive a severe chill in
their hope of carrying the amendment. Can
the agricultural connties offset this in
fluence? On the other hand, liquor adher
ents shwer a little when they remember
that 42 out oi G6 counties in the State once
voted against licenses under the local op
tion law. But that is no criterion, they
say, hopefully, for that was not the radical
change now proposed, and people always
oppose violently startling changes. So
they, too, are uncertain, and all eyes are
turned toward the granger.
The Windmills Motionless.
If what politicians in this quiet town say
is trne there is liable to be a whirlwind,
tornado, cyclone or some other horrible, unlooked-for
event next summer. The north
wind from "Washington county's farms
seems to blow all one way for the amend
ment. If it should meet a counter current
from the South, on the Greene county line,
it's hard to tell what the result will be. I
say if it should, because Greene county peo
ple have not fully decided the question yet,
and until they are sure about certain things
the amendment bellows will not be in
flated, and the political windmills will re
The part the Greene county farmer may
possibly play in the campaign was boldly
explained in an interview which I had to
day -with the venerable W. T. H. Polly,
who for years was influential in Democracy
here, and whose part in the Boyle Congres
sional fight will be remembered. He is
still editor of the Messenger.
"I don't know what the county will do,"
he said, "but I know well what I shall do.
I am dead square against Constitutional
amendment. I am opposed to it on prin
ciple. First, I believe such a policy is in
consistent with the methods of the Al
mighty toward mankind. Second, it inter
feres with personal liberty, and in doing
that, I claim it is not in harmony with
American institutions. And while I say
this, I also say that I am a temperance man.
It is not equitable either. Suppose you
were to absolutely prohibit everything that
produces or leads to evil. There wouldn't
be much left in this world. Things would
be in a pretty condition. It is true Greene
county adopted local option when that was
in vogne, but she would have defeated jt
the very next year had she been given the
opportunity. At least the sentiment as I
observed it looked that way. A great many
people who voted against license that time
got tired of what they wrought, and, I be
lieve, would have undone the work if they
Fanner and Rye.
Editor Polly evidently knew all about
the statistics of the Monongahela distiller
ies, which I sent you yesterday, and a great
deal more, too. For.after pausing a moment
to chase a roach from the surface of his un
finished editorial back into its journalistic
home, the paste-pot, he continued:
"Greene county will defeat the amend
ment plan. It is not so much a party ques
tion though, for I know Democrats who are
favorable to it and Eepublicans who are
aeainst it. There is another element which
enters into the matter. The more Constitu
tional amendment is discussed the poorer
will be its chances for adoption in this
county. It will strike a class of people
here who will look after their own interests,
in spite of either Democratic or Eepublican
policies. The moment that our farmers un
derstand that this amendment, if it pass,
will take away from them a market for
grain, they will vote against it. Pennsyl
vania is the largest rye whisky producing
region in the United States. The distillers
have to buy large quantities of rye. Farmers
sell it to them. Close them up, and the
farmers can't sell any more grain. The
distilleries also afford a market for corn,
stock-hogs, etc All of it would go, and the
farmer will begin to see this.
It Will Touch Their Pockets.
As if to strengthen this view of the mat
ter, although he knew nothing about Mr.
Polly's interview, a gentleman from the
Greene county shore ot the Monongahela,
who is in attendance at the HcCausland
murder trial, said to me at the door of the
Court House that a large proportion of the
freight business of the steamboats plying
stream between Pittsburg and Geneva is
the erain, supplies, and liquor of the dis
tilleries. Much of the stock in this line of the
steamers is owned in Greene county. Hun
dreds of families are supported by the
wages paid iu the distilleries. Many of the
families live in Greene county. As a resnlt
of this he did not anticipate many votes in
that section of the county for amendment.
He had heard that even in Carmichaels, a
borough that is composed of the best people
of the county, and which has always given
a larger vote to the Prohibition party than
"Waynesburg, would vote against the
An Empty Scare.
In talking to "Walker Feeland, Chairman
of the Prohibitionists' County Committee,
during the afternoon I happened to men
tion what Mr. Polly had said about the
farmers' grain market. He laughed as he
AVe are not afraid othat scare. It's true, of
course, that distillers use rye, but that ques
tion has been thorousUly Investigated by the
amendment people and the statistics published
time and again. They are nothing like what
have been represented. Here in Greene coun
ty the farmers do comparatively little business
with the distillers. Ivor will the location of
distilleries in this county form, among Greene
county people, any sentiment worth speaking
of in the matter of compensation if the amend
ment passes That question was settled in the
appeal to the United States Snpreme Court
from Judfre Brewer's decision in the Kansas
cases shortly after the amendment was adopted
in that State.
I feel positive that Greene county will vote
for the amendment. Why, in 1871 we cave 1,400
majority against license nndcr the local option
law. and since then the prohibition spirit has
grown much stronger. I do not think that
2.000 is an extravagant estimate of the majority
in Greene county next June for the Constitu
tional amendment. I am a third party man,
but we have indorsed this amendment, and are
now working hard for its success. The voters
here, while overwhelmingly Democratic, are
temperance men. We have had no saloons for
years. The Judges will not grant licenses.
No Piofit In the Business There.
The effect has been so salutary that no at
tempt is made to get up petitions for licenses.
There would not be enough liquor sold to pay
I have been reading in The Dispatch about
the lack of legislation to enforce the prohib
itory amendment if it is carried. I have jnst
this to say about that. Pass the amendment
and have the Governor call a special session of
the Legislature to pass the necessary legisla.
tion to carry prohibition into effect. I saw also
that one Senator said It would cost 51,000,000 for
the special election and several hundred thou
sand dollars more for the special session. Let
it cost $3,000,000. for the Commonwealth would
save that much In a short time by the extinc
tion of the drink traffic. Here is an instance
in Greene county now. Two homicide cases,
one of which is now being tried, have cost the
taxpayers 55.000. Liquor caused it alL
But Little Rye Rnised.
Ilobcrt Munnell, Chairman of the Repub
lican County Committe, said:
The amendment will be carried In Greene
county. I have my prediction on the vote for
local option which the county parsed. The
majority I could hardly say, but I think it
will be fully as large as that for local option.
There Is not much in the theory that Greene
county farmers will vote against it because a
market for rye will be ruined. There is but
very little rjc raised in this county, and that is
for domestic purposes.
J. A. F. Bandolpb, Secretary of the
Democratic Connty (Committee, said, when
I am inclined to think from past local history
that the amendment will be carried in Greene
county. Although the Democratic majority in
this county is between 1,000 and 1.S00, I have
always said the temperance question would
win if a bquare fight was made for that alone.
Distilleries Valuable for Taxation.
There are three large distilleries in this coun
tyGrey's, Lippincott'g and Sonth's. Of
course their property is valuable to the county
for taxation, but the land would remain even
if the distilleries are shut up. The status of
some politicians here would indicate that they
would like to drag the question into politics,
but the bettor politicians will try to keep the
question out of all partisanship.
While I believe that Greene county would
vote for the amendment, I think it is doubtful
as to whether the State will adopt it Pennsyl
vania is different from Kansas or Iowa. They
have no vast cities like Philadelphia and Pitts
burg. I expect if tho question were made a
national issue it could be adopted, although
New York and Pennsylvania wonld still re
main as doubtful States on account of their
Three Professions Speak.
Dr. Batchellor is a typical country
physician, who resides near the county
line in a hamlet. 'He has been practicing
for 50 years, and has an extensive acquaint
ance. He graduated at Washington and
Jefferson College before James G. Blaine
vent there. Of all doctors who use whisky
among patients, country physicians are the
worst Bnt Dr. Batchellor is an exception.
For every one person saved by whisky, four
aro killed by it. If the Constitutional amend
ment were to be adopted next Juno, and all
sale of liquors stopped, it would take four
generations to eradicate tho evil effects of
vhisky in the human system. lam anxious to
votoforthe amendment. We can get other
stimulants to taKe its place in medicine.
Whisky is no longer regarded by the medical
profession as a restorative but simply as a
stimulant. When I commenced practice it was
the style for doctors to drink plenty of it. Now
most doctors would regard such
drinking their own medicines.
Kev. J. A. Donehoo, pastor of the Pres
byterian church at Waynesburg, said:
Temperance Will Win In Greene.
If kept apart from politics, the amendment
election in Juno will result in a victory for tem
perance In Greene county, and a substantial
one. Otherwise, there will have to be hard
fighting by the temperance people. It should
not be made a question of party policy, for up
here the Democrats are all right on the ques
tion. Judge Ingram, who is now on the bench,
said when questioned:
I have not canvassed the connty on this
question, and cannot therefore say whether the
Constitutional amendment will be adopted or
not. It has been the custom here not to grant
liquor licenses, although there have been no
applications for a long time for retail business.
Last year I had applications from three dis
tilleries. All were refused, but I -understand
two of the establishments are running without
In a Political Way.
In 1884 Greene county gave St. John 142
votes only for President. In 1888 Prohibi
tionist Fiske got but 25 or 30 more. This is
rather singular, inasmuch as the third party
people had an active organization in the
county. In "Waynesburg the party com
pletely squelched the Constitutional amend
ment people some three years ago when an
attempt was made to organize. That was
when President Miller, of the "Waynesburg
College, was Prohibition candidate for Con
gress. Since then the Constitutional
Amendment Association has had no organi
zation here. Now the third party is with
them, and campaign will be commenced at
The fact that the Jessenjrer will Tight the
amendment does not indicate that the Demo
cratic party will oppose it. The Jesjenjrer
will no doubt wield a, weighty influence in
the faction of the party it circulates among,
but the Democrat is said to be more liberal
in its policy toward the great issue. There
is no doubt of one thing, and that is the
friends of the measure are extremely anxious
vto keep it on a non-partisan basis in Greene
county. L. E. SlOFIEL,
FIFTY YEARS A PRISONER.
Haifa Century Passed Behind the Bars for
Ulnrder When a.TJoy.
rsrr-ciAL telegram to the mspATcn.i
Auburn, N. Y., January 21. William
Fierce, who is probably the oldest convict in
the State in the point of continuous servi
tude, was this morning discharged from the
State asylum for insane criminals, but he
is not given his freedom. Pierce has spent
nearly 50 years of his life behind the prison
bars in this city for the murder of his
father. He was sentenced to life imprison
ment in Auburn at Malone, Franklin
county, August 15,1839, and from that time
until this morning he had not been outside
the prison's walls, with the exception of his
transfer to the asylum.
The records of the prison show that Wil
liam Pierce was sentenced to Auburn for
life for murder August 15, 1839, when he
was 16 years of age. He was brought to the
Central depot by Supervisor Grant and an
assistant from the asylum, in time to take
the C:55 train west, his destination being
Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane.
As he sat in the baggage room waiting for
the train he appeared like a giant. He is
tall and erect and weighs 340 pouuds. His
clean shaven cheeks hung down almost to
his shoulders, and his black eyes Fere
hidden by overhanging brows. He,, is a
mild-mannered man, and very submissive
to the orders of the officers.
Much of Pierce's past life is a blank, and
the sights of the outside world are strange
to him. It was queer to see how be sized
up the engine and train of cars as it came
puffing and snorting and covered with snow
into the depot. He manifested much inter
est in the locomotive, which was the first he
had ever seen.
BITTER AGAINST THE BALL.
A Baltimore Preacher Calls It a Cnrso on
Oar Soclnl Life.
SPECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE EISPATCIt.1
Baltimore, Januarv 21. Some feeling
exists among the local Methodist ministers
over the resolution of concurrence with the
Indianapolis and Columbus clergy with
reference to the protest against the inaugu
ration ball. When the question was first
agitated some such trouble was apprehend
ed, and the proceedings of the meeting were
kept secret Before this they had always
been public. Many of the ministers opposed
the adoption of the resolution on the ground
that, while they were not in favor of balls
of any kind, this one was held in accordance
with a time-honored custom, which they
thought unwise to break in upon. .
The strongest advocate in behalf of the
resolution indorsing the Columbus ministers
was Kev. W. T. D. Clemm. He is so
wrought up by the refusal of the ministers
to condemn the ball opening that for the
first time in many months he did not attend
the regular meeting to-day. Mr. Clemm
holds that the inauguration ball is a great
folly. He said to-day: "It is a curse npon
our social life, sensual and corrupting, and
adverse to spiritual purity and the sanctitv
of the religious life. Any ball is an evil,
social and moral, but this ball is especially
so by a bad pre-eminence. The President
will throw away an exceptional opportunity
to vindicate religious purity and rebuke a
great evil if he dignifies this ungodly dance
with his presence."
TOO SERIOUS TO SHOW.
A Blvstcrlons Letter From Haiti Received
by GenernI Contrcras.
ISFECIAI. TELEGBAM TO THE DtSPATCH.l
New York, January 21. At the Hay
tien consulate, this afternoon, General Con
treras displayed a cablegram which was
addressed to him and dated Port-au-Prince,
January 20. He carefully concealed its
contents, and said that the telegram came
from an official source, and contained news
of a most important nature which would
seriously interfere with certain business
speculations by several leading firms in
this city. A rumor prevailed that the Gen
eral's cablegram contained the information
of Hippolyte's capture by Legitimist
troops. A letter from Port-au-Prince, re
ceived yesterday, states that -while Legitime
has been very strong in the South, his star
is rapidly waning, owing to his financial
difficulties, and that he has put out $450,000
of paper money called in by Solomon. This,
it is said, incenses the merchants who have
been lending him money.
The Yantic came out of quarantine yes
terday, and was towed up to the navy yard.
All her guns, stores, bedding, and furniture
will be brought ashore as quickly as possible,
and she will be disinfected under the super
intendence of Surgeon Martin. The officers
will live on board the Chicago and the
crew on board the receiving ship Vermont.
Tito Women Almost Asphyxiated.
SPECIAL TELEOBAM TO THE DISPATCH.!
Brooklyn, January 21. Emma J.
Brown and Eva Jenkins were almost as
phyxiated by coal gas from an old stove in
the Brooklyn barracks of the Salvation
Army, late last night. A female captain
smelled the escaping gas and carried the
two girls from their beds to the corridor.
Both were unconscious. They were revived
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Cooper Says Republicans Favor Pro
gressive Liquor Legislation.
THE BROOKS LAW TO BE AMENDED.
Constitutional Prohibition to lie Considered
The Brooks high license bill is to be
amended in some important respects, and
the amendments have the support of all the
leading Eepublican legislators Senator
Cooper asserts that the policy of the Eepub
lican party in this State in the matter of
liquor legislation is progressive, regardless
of the result of prohibition agitation.
FllOlt A STAFF CORRESPONDENT. J
Haerisbuko, January 21. It is said
that Bepresentative Brooks will to-morrow,
or as soon thereafter as possible, introdnce
in the House a series of amendmentsio his
own high license law. These amendments
constitute the bill being formed by Senator
Cooper, and it is stated that the amend
ments have the indorsement of United States
Senator Quay, State Senator -Delamater and
all the party leaders, and that Mr. Brooks
and his friends are to be placated by having
Mr. Brooks introduce the proposed amend
ments. The information was received too
late to question Mr. Brooks, who had pre
viously declined to express an opinion of
the provisions of the bill until he had
"The points as given out," he said, "may
indicate one thing, while the bill itself
may mean something very different when it
is carefully analyzed."
hadn't the honob.
Senator Cooper disclaims the honor of
formulating the high license bill which has
been connected with bis name, but admits
having shared the labors of preparation in
company with other gentlemen whom he
preferred not to name. The Senator circu
lated about the House to-night, shook
hands and conversed affably with members,
and consented to be talked . to by the re
porters, to whom he gave the points of the
new license bill, so far as decided upon.
It provides in brief that in any given city
or county retail licenses shall not exceed one
to each 500 of population, and that licenses
shall cost $500 in all cities, 8300 in boroughs
and S150 in townships. Four-fifths of the
I Jicense fees shall go to the locality and one-
:mtn to tne state, xnis aoumes tne rate on
boroughs and townships. The court is given
the same discretion as under the Brooks bill,
licenses are made transferable under the re
view of the court, and bondsmen may reside
in any part of the city or county instead
of ward or township. Children are abso
lutely forbidden to participate in either the
sale or delivery of liquor. Courts may
grant special licenses for special purposes,
but not for concerts or theaters. Constables
are given a fee of 25 cents, to be paid by the
licensee, as a fee for a monthly visit to be
paid to saloons in their district.
A PROGRESSIVE MEASURE.
"These," said Senator Cooper, "are all the
points that have been decided onntprcs-
Unl." -' """
"I understand, Senator," said the cor
respondent, "that there is a feeling among
some members of the House against any
liquor legislation until "
"'But this is a progressive measure," in
terrupted the Senator, and "'the face of the
Eepublican party is set that way."
"These people," said the correspondent,
"think nothing in this line should be done
until after the special election."
"Ah," said the benator, "that is Demo
cratic policy, and is entirely opposed to the
Eepublican policy, which aims to strengthen
the law and improve 'wherever improvement
The Constitntional amendment comes up
to-morrow forenoon as a special order, and
the Democrats of the House will caucus on
it betore the opening of the session. Noth
ing will be done though. The joint caucus,
which was called for to-morrow night, is de
clared off because the Eepublicans will
have disposed of the bill before that time.
The morning caucus of the Democratio
Representatives is a substitute for it.
STILL THEY COME.
A Number of New Bills Iutroduccd In the
House of Representatives.
rSPECIAI. TELEOBAM TO THE DISPATCH.l
Harrisburo, January 21. The Senate
was not in session to-day. In the House
the following bills were introduced:
Appropriating 525,000 for the purchase of
that portion of the Gettysburg battle field not
under the control of the Memorial Associa
tion. Requiring co-operative and beneficial insur
companies to file a report of their business
with the Insurance Commissioner.
Allowing each constable 524 a year for visit
ing drinking houses under the Brooks law.
To provide for the election of district super
visors as superintendents of public roads.
A NEW REVENUE BILL.
Framed From the County Commissioners'
nnd the Grangers' Bills.
fFBOM A 6TAFF COBBESPONDENT. 3
Habrisbubg, January 21. Mr. Whit
ney, of Erie, had the revenue bill formu
lated by the County Commissioners recom
mitted this evening. It will be compared
with the Grangers' revenue bill and one
measure framed from the two, if the bill
known as the Auditor General's bill, which
is to come in this week, does not take prece
dence of both.
WANT IN THE SECOND CLASS.
A Committco of Allehcn!ans Looking After
FBOMA STAFF CORBEsrONDENT.J
Harrisburo, Jauuary 21. George
Elphinstone, City Solicitor of Allegheny;
James Hunter, President of Allegheny
Common Council, and John Francis, Secre
tary of the Citizens' Committee of Alle
gheny, are here to have Allegheny made a
city ot the second class, and confer'with the
representatives of other cities.
High Scboo) Industrial Education.
FBOHA STAFF COBBESPONDIST.J
Habrisbubg, January 21. The only bill
introduced from Allegheny county to-uight
was one read in place bv Bepresentative
Bobinson, providing for industrial educa
tion in "high schools. The law is permissive
and not mandatory in its character.
It Dliuht Have Been.
IFBOM A STAFF COBBESFONDEHT.
Harrisbubg, January 21. Bepresenta
tive Henry Hall, of Mercer, occupied the
Speaker's chair in the House to-night He
would have been its permanent ocenpant
had not Boyer been a candidate for re-election.
FEOM A STAFF COBBESPOSDENT.
Habrisbubg, January 21. Adjutant
General Hastings returned from Washing
ton to-day, and reports that quarters have
Mr. McDonald's Objection to Considering
the Inter-Municipal Bill. ,
rrEOJI A STAFF COBnESFONDENT.
Harbisburo, January 21. An amend
ment was introduced this evening for the
printing of 1,000 copies of the inter-munici
pal bill. Bepresentative Hayes, of Oil
City, thought, however, that as there were
only 25 cities among which to distribute the
printed copies, 500 of them ought to be
enough 400 for the Eepresentatives to dis
tribute and 100 lor the Senators to send
Mr. Hayes' motion carried, but Mr. Mc
Donald was less successful with a motion
he introduced to reconsider Friday's vote
making the bill a special order for to-morrow.
Hisplea was the dissatisfaction of
the City Solicitor and other officials of
Scranton with the measure.
Mr. Missimer, of Berks, arguing the
necessity for hastening the legislation ob
served: "Even yourself, Mr. Speaker, see
the need of this."
The House seemed to take the view that if
even the Speaker saw the necessity it must
certainly exist, and voted against Mr. Mc
Donald. The bill for the classification of
cities is expected to be introduced in the
Senate to-morrow evening.
MADE THEM ALL HUSTLE.
Secretary Fnirchlld's Visit to New York
Causes a SbakeTJp.
rSFECIAL, TELEQBASI TO THE DI8FATCH.1
New York, January 21. Secretary Fair
child came to town to-night. In the after
noon the folks in the appraiser's stores on
Laight street heard that he was on his way,
and another billow was added to the sea of
apprehension in which they are .swimming.
It was learned that Secretary Falrchild has
received additional evidence from the
special Treasury agents, warranting further
removals. Mr. Fairchild brought with him
also the list in the appraiser's stores named
by Special Treasury Agent Byrnefor "sum
mary removal." Mr. Byrne says that the
officers on this list stand charged with deri
liction of duty, disregard of Treasury regu
lations, and defiance of the express orders of
the Secretary of the Treasury."
Secretary Fairchild mav have something
to say about the successor of Appraiser Mc
Mullen, and may have further consultations
on that subject. The choice of a site for the
new customs buildings is another matter
for his attention. It is apparent that the se
lection of a site will be made before March 4.
A preliminary report of the workings of the
appraiser's stores since Mr. McMullen's re
movals will be handed to Mr. Fairchild. It
shows an increase of 1,131 invoices handled,
and an increase of 2,539 packages delivered
to the merchants.
It is evident that the shake-up has led to
some hustling. John J. Neville, of Water
bury, was to-day appointed a special treas
ury agent, and assigned to Colonel Ira
Ayer's staff in New York.
BLEW 0DT HIS BRAINS.
A Boston Councilman Cbats Gayly With
His Wife nnd Then Suicides.
rSPECIAI. TELEOBAU TO THE DISFATCn.J
Boston, January 21. Ex-Senator
Charles Brooks, a prominent figure in
social circles, one of the Eepublican leaders
in the present City Council, and a lawyer of
some repute outside this State, blew out
his brains in the Quincy House this after
noon. He had just passed the house, saw
his, wife at the window, chatted gayly with
ber a moment, then walked directly to the
hotel, and was a corpse insideof ten minutes.
The cause ot the deed is a matter of con
jecture at present. That he was embarrassed
financially is well known, but none of his
iriends ever knew Charley Brooks to be
afraid of a debt or a dun. To most of peo
ple who knew him he appeared to be
"well fixed,'' so to speak. He enjoyed a
good law practice, was not a heavy spender,
and altogether seemed to get along nicely.
He lived in style and comfort at No. 6
Beacon street, with a wife whom he
married last July. Mr. Brooks, as
far as known, left no , letters
or writing which told why he committed the
deed, and the affair is wrapped in mystery.
Mr. Brooks was the moving spirit in the
Evening Star newspaper enterprise a few
years ago, and dnring part of its existence
ne was managing editor.
On the 18th of
July last he was married
to Mis3 Ella J,
Mitchell, of Dorchester.
CRUELTY TO A LITTLE BOY.
His Parent Starve Him, Barn Him, and
Tio Him Up by His Thumbs.
SPECIAL TELEGBAM TO THE DISPATCH.
Jersey City, January 21. William
Jackson and Fanny, his wife, a colored
couple of Bayonne, were tried in the Court
of Sessions in this city to-day for cruelty to
their 6-year-old boy. A policeman fonnd
the boy hanging by a rope which was tied
around his waist and also around his thumbs.
His toes just touched the floor. In court
the lad testified that his father and mother
bad tied him, and he also said his father
had tried to burn him np. His hands and
feet were all blistered. . Mrs. Jackson, in
her own behalf, testified that the boy was
incorrigible, and that she had to tie him
when she leit the house. She did not deny
that she had tied him up, with her hus
band's assistance, or that she had starved
Prosecutor Wlnfield said that he didn't
think it necessary to say anything, and the
jury convicted the pair without leaving
their seats. Judge Lippincott sentenced
them to the penitentiary for nine months
each. The boy was sent to the almshouse.
He is a bright little fellow.
CAN'T QUIT CUTTING RATES.
Burlington Road Finds Evidence
Other Roads Playing False.
rSFECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE DISFATCII.I
Chicago, January 21, The general pas
senger agent of the Chicago, Burlington
and Quincy Railroad has evidence of &
seemingly convincing nature that some of his
competitors arc cutting rates. Hehasa num
ber of tickets purchased in scalpers' offices at
Denver, a few days ago, at rates from $10 to
S12 below the regular lares, together with the
affidavits of the persons who purchased
them. The tickets are those of the Missouri
Pacific, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa
Fe, and Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska, the
last named being a division of the Bock
In addition to these, the Burlington offi
cial has a Bock Island ticket which purports
to have been purchased at a cut -rate in
Chicago, within the past two days. The cut
rate is due Jo the custom of paying street
commissionsTO persons who bring business
to the roads, bnt they are no less a violation
of the verbal agreement existing between
the managers of the Western roads.
A STRIKE THOUGHT WON.
Cnban CIgnrmakers la New York
Getting What They Asked For.
rSPECIAI. TELEOBAM TO THE DISPATCH.l
New York, January 21. The 900 Cuban
cigarmakers who struck last week for higher
wages, think their cause has already won.
On Saturday two firms resumed work, after
increasing wages $2 per 1,000 cigars. To
day two other firms granted the same in
crease. The strikers claim that they wish only
their old wages, which were reduced $2 per
1,000 a short time ago.
,, Naw Ynrlr Turns (lnt tn T.anfh at lo,a nate-Te situation u stin 'S. 3
T . T , , ,, . Very Much Mixed-GoffNomi- C 1
langtry as My Macbeth, nUt noted for Senator and n - n - at. f
thorigut Beg!a. Snils the Senate as the
finds its wit out op place. TJr; -.,, Fining Touches Are J
The Fair Lily Scores a Snccess in the Ex
ceedingly Trying Role.
AN ORIGINALPORTEAYAL IN SOME WAYS
Famous Sleep-Walkla; Scene
Greatly to the surprise of the critics, who
had announced for weeks that Mrs. Langtry
would be an unmitigated failure as Lady
Macbeth, the Lily proved a success when she
assayed the role last evening. Her con
ception of the character was good, and she
proved that she had devoted a great deal of
effective study to make this her master
piece. rSFECIAL TELEGBAM TO TITS DISPATCH.:
New York, January -21. Mrs. Langtry
appeared as Lady Macbeth in a revival of
Shakespeare's Scotch tragedy this evening
at the Fifth Avenue Theater. She won a
good measure of success in it, an under
taking for which few, aside from those who
had watched her steady progress, and those
who knew of her careful preparations for
this achievement deemed her fit. She was
neither electrical at any time nor satisfactory
at all times, but she acquitted herself with
very great credit.
The Lady Macbeth commonly acceptable
to most Americans was fixed by Charlotte
Cushman's grim, imperious virago, almost
as unalterably as Booth has made Hamlet
an intellectual monomaniac. Clara
Morris was once laughed at for in
terpreting the inciter ot assassination as
a gently persuasive woman, although she
did it admirably, and the best accounts of
Irving's revival of Macbeth in London
.agree that Ellen' Terry is such a coaxing,
loving, charming contradiction of the Cnsh
man model as New York wouldn't agree to.
STRUCK A HAPPY MEDIUM.
Mrs. Langtry was about midway between
those two extremes. She was womanly and
persuasive. She was no more than an equal
partner with her husband in the conception
and execution of the regicide. She did not
impel him any more than he
drew her along to the crime, and
after it was committed she was a conjugal
comforter, kindly and loving in her manner
toward him; and never dominant or coer
cive. Had there been a portlier, more con
sequential Macbeth, the lady would have
been relatively still less the responsible
It is fairly a part of critical duty to tell
that in the earlier scenes Mrs. Langtry's
Lady Macbeth was almost as handsome as
the actress' usual self. As hostess to Bun
can she seemed a little strange with a silk
banded head and two long braids of hair,
and a new set of Langtry photographs will
now have to be put into the market.
The welcome to her royal gnest was grace
ful and impressively polite. In the scene
of the assassination she was scarfed and
mantled picturesquely, and with less
of her unusual aspect than before. At
the banquet, where her courtesy was
again suave and quiet, she was bodlced in
jewels, while loose sleeves, skirted fullness
and a gorgeously embroidered cloaE draped
her poses and movements in all possible
THROWS ASIDE HER BEAUTY.
But in her sleep walk she sacrificed her
comeliness utterly, and c&me out from the
narrow doorway of her bedroom, like a ver
itable corpse from n tomb. Her face was
pallid and ghastly, a bondage passed
from a hair-hiding cap under her chin, and
her white night robe was like a shroud. She
made a figure to shudder at in a theater and
to fly from if met by any chance near a
It was in the somnambulism that Mrs.
Langtry was bravely original, and it is
likely that, while her departure from the
standards will insure some condem
nation, considerate judgment will ac
cord praise for a reasonable, con
sistent idea, fairly well embodied.
She avoided all resemblance to a waking
woman. There was no declamation, no elo
cutionary variety of speech, and none of the
tragic air usually maintained by actresses
in this passage.
AN IDEA OF HER OWN.
She was monotonously piteous. She
spoke like a sleeping person, in an abnormal
tone, with an uncanny suggestiveness, and
it would have been intensely effective but
for the fault of indistinctness, which lost
half her words to auditors 50 feet distant.
But she was distinguishing herself by a new
treatment of an old dramatic theme, and
finishing her notable evening's performance
in a way to insure discussion of it.
For a companion in this marked produc
tion of a still discussed tragedy, Mrs. Lang
try's Lady Macbeth had the Macbeth of Mr.
Charles Coghlan. It did not dwarf her own
impersonation, nor was it exactly a triumph
of very strong and complex emotions.
THE FIGHT IN JERSEY.
Senator McPherson Will Tcry Probably be
His Own Successor.
Trenton, January 21. At 9 o'clock this
evening the Democrats went into joint
caucus in the Assembly chamber
and the Eepublicans went into joint
caucus in the Senate chamber.
The Eepublican cauens decided on Hon.
William J. Scwell, of Camden, as its nomi
nee for United States Senator, he receiving
28 votes to 9 for George A. Halsey, of
In the Democratic caucus Senator Mc
pherson got 25 votes to 18 for ex-Governor
Abbett Mr. McPherson was then declared
the nominee for United States Senator.
Balloting in the Legislature will begin to
morrow. A SUDDEN STRIKE.
Brakemen on the Lake Erie and Western
Make Some Demands.
Lafayette, Ind., January 21. The
freight brakemen on the Lake Erie and
Western Eailroad at this point struck yes
terday, and all trains had to be abandoned.
The men demand 2 cents per mile on
through freights, with three men on local
freight trains, the company having cut the
number down to two.
, They also object to assisting in shoveling
coal on the tender. It is claimed that word
was sent out to-night to strike all along the
line from Lima to Peoria.
Two Serious Earthquakes.
tSPECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCH,
Denveb, Col., January 21. Reports
received here by mail from the Western
part of the State show that on the 15th of
the present month towns along Rifle creek
were considerably damaged by two earth
quakes. One Result of a Boycott.
Cincinnati, January 21. Parker
Brothers, building contractors, who have
been boycotted by the bricklayers' union of
this city, were awarded $3,700 damages
against the union by a jury this afternoon.
rSFECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE DISrATCH.1
Charleston, W. Va., January 21.
An important change in the legislative
situation has been made, although the final
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outcome is still enshrouded in mystery.
The step taken to-day is the result of a deal
of some description, and a deal which may
involve the election of the United States
Senator from this State, but exactly whom
the deal will benefit is as yet by no means
This afternoon, after four hours' of desper
ate filibustering, the Senate deadlock was
broken by the election of Hon. E, S. Carr,
of Kanawha, the Union Labor member, as
President of the body. One hundred and
twenty-six ballots had been taken be
fore this end was reached, and
12 days had been spent in speech-making on
I. no particular subiects. and on motions
to adjourn or take a recess. Mr. Carr
was placed in nomination by Senator
Campbell, who spoke of him as a
Eepublican and nominated him as
such. It is understood that he will
act with the Eepublicans on all party ques
tions, ana it is expected that he will appoint
Eepublican attaches from clerk down to
pages. On the other hand, the Democrats
claim that the election of Carr is a victorv
for them, as they earnestly desired the organ
ization of the Senate, and that 9 of the 16
votes which elected him were cast by them.
Notwithstanding the fact that the Senate
was not organized until to-day, it is under
stood that the joint assembly will go into
the election of a United States Senator to
morrow. The Eepublican candidate will
be Goff, he having been formally
placed in nomination at a caucus of
the party members this evening. What
effect this selection will have on the Gov-
ernorship contest-is not entirely clear, but
it is possible that it may be involved in the
arrangement by which Carr was elected
President of the Senate, as he would be
Governor in the case of a vacancy.
The Democrats are holding a conference
to-night to decide whether or not they will
bold a caucus. The session is held with
closed doors, but it is nnderstood to be a
very stormy one. Several efforts have been
made to turn it ' into a caucus
but all have been ineffectual. Strong
opposition to the re-election of Kenna has
been developed, and it said that eight mem
bers have expressed their determination not
to snpport him. Another deadlock will
probably be the result.
The report that there will be a dual
government in this State has been killed by
the election of a President of the Senate,
who will become Governor of the State
March 4, if Goff or Fleming, who are now
contesting, be not seated. The Constitution
of the State provides for this case.
MYSTERY OP A SUICIDE.
A St. Louis Woman Shoots Herself and
Will Not Tell Why.
SPECIAL TELEOBAM TO THE DISPATCH.l
St. Louis, January 21. Mrs. Georgie
Knapp, who shot herself on Saturday even
ing in room 118, of the St. James Hotel,
died to-day. The woman was a mystery.
Lawyer McDonald says he has beenin
strncted by Mrs. Knapp's relatives to see
that she is decently buried. He declines
to tell who they are. She lived at 1439
Wright street with her husband, George A.
Knapp, a traveler for Wilcox & Co.. of
New York. When she decided to end her
life she left home and went to the St.
James, where she engaged a room,
and shqt herself twice. She refused to talk
abont her troubles after the deed. There
teems to have been a quarrel between the
husband and wife, but the cause of it Mrs.
Knapp refused to relate. In a telegram
sent to her by her husband from Kansas
City, he said he wonld not live with her any
longer. At her home on Wright street was
found this note:
"Friday p. m. This suspense is more
than I can bear. Be thou merciful, if thou
would have hope of mercy."
Mrs. Knapp was a handsome woman, 30
years old, quiet and refined. She was not
in want of money, as her purse was well
filled, and she had S50O credit in the bank.
WHY ROSS WAS DISMISSED.
The Halifax Customs Collector Had Sot a
ISPECTAL TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCH.1
Ottawa, Out., January 21. The dis
missal of Collector Boss from the Halifax
customs for permitting the Captain of the
American fishing schooner N. A. Banks to
tranship his cargo at Halifax to Boston has
created quite an excitement in official circles
here. From what can be learned the Gov
ernment discovered that Mr. Boss had es
tablished a dangerous precedent, entirely on
his own responsibility; that would give
them trouble in future negotiations with the
United States unless repudiated in some
forcible manner. This, they contend, could
only be accomplished by dismissing him.
To retain him in his position would be a
partial admission that he had not erred in
permitting the transhipment of the cargo,
as they would have to defend the step he
The Government maintains that bv dis
missing Boss they will show the United
States Government that he acted without
their advice, and that they repudiated the
right claimed by the American fishermen to
tranship their cargoes from Canadian to
United States ports, which privilege, with
out authority, he had conceded to the
Captain of the N. A. Banks.
ORGANIZED LABOR PREFERRED.
General Harrison Will Select a Union Man
for Public Printer.
'STECIAL TELEGBAM TO THE DISPATCH.
Indianapolis, January 21. New York
wants the Public Printing Office, and half a
score of Hoosier aspirants for the place
stand aghast at the audacity of the East.
If they knew all that General Harrison
said to C. K. Michael, of Brooklyn Typo
graphical Union, they would tremble as well
as stand aghast over some remarks that
General Harrison made to him upon the
subject of organized labor that were rather
unexpected and very interesting.
Mr. Michael was very discreet in speak
ing of these remarks, and refused to quote
them, but he said the substance was
that General Harrison told him that
in making the appointments to
Government offices he proposed
to recognize organized labor whenever it
was practicable to do so, and that in such
appointments.as that of Public Printer,
personal considerations would have no
weight whatever in determining the choice
of the man.
ALL ABOARD FOR SAMOA.
Tho Offlccrs of tho Vamlalla Look for Some
Active Service Ahead.
San Francisco, January 21. The
officers of the United States steamer Vanda
lia, which sailed for Samoa to-day, were
recently detached by orders from the Navy
Department, in consequence of the expira
tion of their term of service, but in view of
the prospect of active service in Samoan
waters they asked to be allowed to remain
with their"ship, and at their urgent request
the orders detaching them were revoked.
Gun carriages for the new rifled battery
of the steamer Mohican, which is also under
orders to get ready for 'sea, have arrived at
Mare Island Navy Yard. They have been
en route from place of shipment in the East
PUT OIN THE TAEIEF BILL 1
A Brilliant Night Session That Drew
a Large Audience.
PLENTY OP PROSE AND POETRT,
Which Business and tie Wool
Tariff Are Tackled.
THE VOTE ON THE BILL BEGINS T0-DAT
The finishing touches are being put on
the Eepublican tariff bill in the Senate, a
nignt session an unusual thing in the
Senate having been held last evening for
ten-minute speeches. Although considera
ble bitterness was exhibited, there was also
a quantity of good humor. The wool
schedule was the subject under considera
tion. A vote is to be taken on the bill this
afternoon. Mrs. Cleveland won't allow her
picture to be painted for the White House.
SPECIAL TELEGBAM TO THE DISPATCH.!
Washington, January 2L The Senate
had its first night session of the Fiftieth
Congress to-night The great domicile
flashed with the blaze of its electric sparks,
and the stars and stripes on the Senate wing
of the marble bnilding blew out straight in
the face of a stiff northeast wind. Thou
sands of gas jets shown out npon the snow
and ice of Capitol Park, and within the
statesmen shone with oratory. The Eepub
lican tariff bill is about to have the finish
ing. Night sessions of the Senate are a
rare occurrence, the Senate not having one
for almost two years.
There is no such beautiful sighlin Wash
ington as the Capitol lighted up, and to
night the moon fairly outshone the blaze
within and made the scene a beautiful one.
Washington people, without regard to age,
sex, or condition, love a night session, and
whenever the word goes forth that the light
shines in the big dome, .wraps are donned
and the street cars crowded with the thou
sands who love to sit in the galleries and
gaze at the great men below.
standing room at a pbemium.
To-night the hour of meeting was set for
8 o'clock, and long before that hourtand
ing room in every gallery hut one was at a
premium; men, women and children crowd
ed in and sat for hours listening to short
talks by eminent speakers. The empty gal
lery was the one upholstered in blue, and
set aside for the use of the diplomatic corps.
These gentlemen very rarely take advantage
of the privilege extended them, and it ia
only when some question of international
interest comes up that they are on hand.
Even then they sometimes do not stay, as
was the case a few days ago, when a dozen
of them were present to hear the arguments
in the Panama Canal resolution, bat had
hardly seated themselves when Mr. Ed
mnnds had the doors closed and the foreign
ers asked out.
To-night it was an open show, and under
the stimulant of the lights and the brilliant
audience, witand wisdom flowed freely from
many a Senator's lips. It was hard to get
the session started, because the Senators
were late in putting in an appearance.
not in love with work.
The members of the American House of
Lords do not like to work very much at any
time, but in January, in the fall height of
the social season, they regard it as cruel to be
kept away from dinner parties and recep
tions and compelled to make and listen Jto
tariff speeches. Two roll calls were made
necessary before a quorum was got together,
and even then there were many absentees.
A most noticeable figure on the floor was
General Butler, of South Carolina, who was
long ago voted the handsomest man in the
Senate. He came in late from a dinner
party, wearing a faultless evening suit, the
only one in the chamber, and, as usual, suc
cessfully concealing the fact that he. like his
colleague, Wade Hampton, has but one leg.
The finishing touches are being put the
Eepublican tariff bill, and it is being rushed
to a final vote. It has been before the Senate
about four months now, and many speeches
have been made upon it. To-night the Sen
ators were restricted to the ten-minute rule,
and the debate went on in a veritable blaze
the senators belligerent.
The talk on the wool schedule was re
turned, and the Senators at once became
very belligerent Mr. Vest, of Missouri,
was the Democratic champion, and was
joined by Eli Saulsbury and others, while
John Sherman did most of the talki ng for the
Eepublicans. He was not allowed to occu
py the floor more than 10 minutes at a time,
and so he gave his speeches out in short
doses. The Ohio Senator has not been in
such good voice for years as he was to-night,
and the crowds in the galleries were ready
to shout in approval of his eloquence.
Sherman began his first speech with the
rather startling announcement that his
colleague who sat opposite him (Mr.
Payne), owed his seat in the Senate to the
mistake which the Eepublicans made in
lowering the wool tariff in 1883. That mis
take had resulted in the election of a Demo
cratic Legislature in Ohio, and was not
likely to be repeated again.
Eli Saulsbury, in one of his character
istic grnmbling speeches, complained to the
wool tariff talk that he had to pay just as
much to-day for a plug of tobacco and a
cigar as he did before the tax was removed.
a lapse into verse.
Senator "Vance restored good humor, and
in fact threw the Senators and spectators
into loud laughter, hy reading in nis inim
itable manner a little pastoral abont Mary's
lamb and the yonng lady's stocking, in true
sing-song schoolboy style and with great
effect. The Senators and spectators ap
plauded to the echo, but "Vance merely
bowed to the encore:
THE GIHLWITH ONE STOCKING;
A Protective Pastoral, composed and arranged
for the old spinning wheel, and respectfully
dedicated to that devoted friend of protected
machinery and high taxes, the Senator from
Bhode Island. Mr. Aldrich.
Our Mary had a little lamb, and her heart was
To make its wool beyond its worth, being fifty-
six per cent;
But a pauper girl across tho sea had a small
Whose wool for less than half that sum she'd
willinirlv let CO.
Another girl who bad no sheep nor stockings,
wool or flax. v
But money jnst enough to buy a pair, without ."
a tax, i
Went to tho pauper girl to get some wool to
And make her stockings, not flax, but both of
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