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Two Dressed Beef Abattoirs to
be Built in Allegheny
IP A BUTCHERS' BILL "TOS.
Swift, the Great Chicago Slaughterer
and Shipper, Scheming
TO RAISE THE PRICE OF LOCAL BEEP
By Doing His Eillins Here, tut Bringing
His Stock from the West
WHAT TEE BUTCHERS
Knives are sometimes so thoroughly
sharpened that they are made to cut both
ways. Thisma turn out to be the case
with the big local butcher knife. The
butchers, beyond a doubt, intended it to cut
out "Western dressed beef, either in diseased
or -wholesome form. Their knife was,
therefore, put in the form of a
legislative bill, whose provisions were,
practically, to make a market ior the
best liTe stock grown in "Western Pennsyl
vania, at more profitable rates than the
present, and at the same time give the
butchers more margin than they can get
from the Chicago monopolists.
Nobody seems to have thought of another
imminent contingency, however, until a re
porteryesterday drewout theheretofore care
fully concealed fact that the dressed beef
people themselves expect, if they do not
want, this restrictive bill to pass. "Why?
Well, as one of tbem has been secretly
makingarrangenients to build an abattoir in
Manchester, ship his "Western cattle here,
do the killing by wholesale and shut out
local butchers, at the same time controlling
the local market and raising prices 2 cents
a pound, the reason seems to be apparent.
Of course it is possible, as will be readily
urged, that all this is a bluff. But a local
dealer in the same firm's beef promises to
do likewise, and he is a resident gentleman
too well known to be taken ior such a
bluffer. He says he believes the bill w ill
pass, and he is only preparing for the inev
itable, by arranging to slaughter "Western
cattle here, at an advanced price. The par
ticulars appear below:
QUOTING THEM FOR IX.
In the course of his investigation yester
day, a Dispatch reporter ran across some
interesting facts in regard to the dressed
beef bill now before the Legislature. Of
paramount importance was the statement
that Swift, the Chicago dressed beef million
aire, was in this city a short time ago, mak
ing observations in regard to a proposed
establishment here on the Chicago plan.
This, it is authoritatively said, will be erect
ed here by him, if the bill passes. It will
probably be built near the Manchester
stockyards, and promises to be a mighty
lively competitor for the local butchers.
Mr. S. "W. Hill, the dressed beef dealer,
of Allegheny, who, by the way, is now
agent for Swift, said, in regard to the mat
ter: "Yes, I have heard of this scheme of Mr.
Swift's to erect another establishment here,
and I should not be at all surprised if it
were to materialize."
""What do you think of the dressed beef
bill?" aBked the reporter.
"Well, there is just this about the matter:
The butchers, drovers and farmers ot this
State, will find themselves badly mistaken
if this bill is passed, as I think it will. It
will not knock out our trade, as I, for my
own part, intend to erect an abattoir and
bring my cattle here from the "West The
farmers will not get better prices for their
stock, for the reason that the "Western
plains will still supply the market much
cheaper than they can.
PRICES TO 00 UP.
'.'The public will not be benefitted, be
cause the beef that I now sell for 8 cents
will then cost the public 10 cents,, to pay for
the added cost of transporting the live stock
as compared with dressed beef. So, you
see, the public will positivelybe injured."
"Do you think that cattle should be in
spected before or after killing?"
"Well, they should be inspected in both
The reporter next visited Mr. G. C. Del
lenbach, who said:
"I think that the bill will pass. The
public health demands such a measure, for
I know that in such large lots of cattle as
are slaughtered in the Chicago abattoirs,
there are certainly many diseased animals."
Messrs. Joseph Harrison and Adam
Eckert were of the same opinion which is
the prevailing one among the local butch
ers. There are, however, a few dissenting
Mr. James Beed, an old Allegheny
butcher, spoke very frankly and candidly
in regard to the matter. Said he: "I cer
tainly believe that the Chicago dressed beef
is as good as any killed here. It is all bosh
about saying that it is not, and such
speeches are only made by butchers who are
looking ont for their interest The beef
shonld be allowed to come here; it is cheap
and of good quality."
Mr. Bobert Wilson, of Diamond Market,
expressed himself in similar tenor on the
THE FATAL WEAKNESS.
Superintendent Hainswortk'i Tests Prove
That He Mnde the Steel Too Hard Why
That Bis Gun Went to Smash.
Tests are now being made on the rem
nants of Pittsburg's ill-fated steel gun. Su
perintendent Hainsworth, of the Hainsworth
Casting Company, under whose supervision
the gun was cast, has charge of the tests.
He was seen at his office on the corner of
Twenty-sixth and Bailroad streets yester
day. "The tests," he said, "are not yet com
pleted, but enough has been discovered to
reveal wherein the fatal defects lie. I made
the steel in the breech of the gun too hard,
and this was the fatal weakness. The tests
I have made of the trunnion of the
gun show that the steel was tough
and would stand severe tests. The breech
of the gun I hardened twice, instead of only
once, as I had the trunnion, and, in en
deavoring to make the gun strong, I over
did the work.
"I have not completed the tests; but I
have learned that much at least. I do not
think I will ever attempt to make another
gun. I am too busy at present to make the
Master Workman Rots Sued.
T. B. Lavine, a member of L. A. 6330, K.
of Ii., has made an information before Al
derman Daughty yesterday against Master
"Workman Boss, of D. A. 3, for $61, which
lie claims is due him ior benefits. Mr. Boss
was seen yesterday and says he knows noth
ing about the claim.
THE BILL'S ALL EIGHT.
An Opinion From City Solicitor Elphlnitone,
of Allegheny, on tbe Act Now Before the
There seems to be a hitch in the passage
of the municipal bill now before the legis
lature, placing Allegheny among cities of
the second class. The City Councils have
approved of the bill, and the citizens have
held several meetings and discussed the
matter. The opinion was almost unani
mous that Allegheny had to become a city
of the second class.
Some changes were made in the charter,
however, which people living on the
Northside do not appear to un
derstand. Their representatives in the
Legislature have received a number of
telegrams telling them how to vote on the
question, and the result is a big mix. The
representatives do not know what to do, and
telegrams from Harrisburg, received yester
day, say that the bill .may not pass. This
will leave Allegheny in very bad shape,
and none of the politicians or office holders
will Yolunteer an opinion on the subject
One very prominent official said:
"I do not wish to be quoted, but I will say
that I believe that if the bill is not passed
the same number of Councilmen will be
elected. That is the important question at
this time. If the bill is defeated, or not
passed before the regular time for election,
the Councilmen will have to be elected
under a former act, as nothing else can be
City Solicitor Elphinstone, who has con
sidered the matter in all its phases for weeks,
heard the reports from Harrisburg last
night He was seen by a Dispatch re
porter, and laughed when it was suggested
tnat the bill might be defeated. Mr. Elphin
This talk Is nonsense. That bill is all richt.
It was prepared by three of the best municipal
lawyer, in the State, assisted by an apprentice,
who is myself. Tbe people who are now
finding fault with it do not know tbe
difference between a law book and
Robinson Crusoe, and probably never
read either. The law does not say that one of
the assessors shall be a Democrat and one of
fice holder is frightened unnecessarily. The
act from the beginning to the end, does not say
a word about the election of a treasurer or a
controller, as the act of 1SS7 provides that these
offices remain as they are. The controller and
treasurer in Pittsburg are elected by tbe peo
ple, but the act under which they are elected
was passed before Pittsburg was made a city
of the second class. I have no doubt that tbe
act as proposed will be passed, and have noth
ing further to say except as I have said before,
the bill is all right.
Chairman Hunter, of Common Councils,
who is a member of the Municipal Commit
tee, was seen last night He had just ar
rived from a trio to his quarries in Butler
county, and said he knew but little of the
doincs of the Legislature. He admitted
that he had received a telegram inviting
him to go to Harrisburg and be present be
fore the House when the Municipal bill
came up for the third and final reading next
Tuesday. Mr. Hunter does not seem to be
worried over the reports received from the
Capitol and says the bill will undoubtedly
be passed and he does not think his presence
will be necessary. He seems to think that
some people are unnecessarily worried over
A CEAZI SOLDIER'S PENSION.
Hli Keeper Received S6.176 33 and Will
Get $30 Per Month.
Ellen McTiernan, keeper of James Mc
Tiernan, who became insane while in the
military service of the Government during
the rebellion, has received the first pay
ment on the latter's pension. The
back pay has been accumulating since
1864. 'When insanity disabled him
McTiernan was discharged. He recovered
and subsequently re-enlisted. The matter
became eo complicated that it was with
difficulty that his case was made out. He
had rational periods, however, and during
these he succeeded finally in furnishing
information that straightened out the
The amount paid Miss McTiernan by the
pension office was (6,176 33, and she will
continue to receive $30 per month.
James McTiernan is a son of the old
gentleman so well known for many years
as bookkeeper in the County Controller's
MIKE OBLIGED HIJT.
A Man Request to Get 30 Days to
Workhouse, and He May Get It.
"Officer," said a man, addressing Michael
Wright, of the Southside police, last night,
at the corner of South Nineteenth street,
"which is the easiest way for me to get 30
days to the workhouse?
"I don't know," replied "Wright, "unless
you go to the station house and ask them
for it I dare say they will oblige you."
"That won't do; I have tried that before.
I have a better way."
"I am going around this corner and find
a cobblestone, and, when I get it, I shall try
to smash your head with it, or else break a
window around here. I guess that will do
"When the officer noticed that the fellow
tried to make his word good he gobbled him
and sent him to the lockup as a drunk. He
gave his name as Bobert Davis, from Belie
KOT A LICENSED PLACE.
The Hnninno Society's Ground forJDenying
Alleged Saloon Patronnce.
Headers of The Dispatch will remem
ber a case, recently reported to Mrs. Mair,
of a girl who, after being left by the Humane
Society at a saloon in Allegheny, was per
mitted to be taken in a sad condition to the
County Hospital. Mrs. Mair reported the
the case because, as a member of the State
Board of Charities, she had investigated it
and believed itjto be true. Now the Humane
Society denies the "saloon" allegation, on
the ground that the person keeping the
boarding house alluded to did not get
license last spring to continue the sale of
The society further promises to clear its
skirts entirely of the charges which Mrs.
Mair investigated, and which, by the way,
were only published, without names, and
not originated by, The Dispatch.
ALLEGING POLITICAL FBAUD.
A Democratic fleeting- Said to Have Been
Sold to Republicans.
"When, at a Democratic primary in the
Forbes school last night, a resolution was
offered to support Thomas McMichael as
Councilman for the Sixth ward, John
Cahill opposed it, because he alleged Mc
Michael to be anything but an honest man.
He proposed an amendment substituting J.
L. Williams as the nominee lor Council.
Under a storm ot cries this amendment was
Insinuations were freely made that the
meeting was sold to the Bepublicans with a
pocketful of money, and there was a lively
time generally. The rest of the business
before the meeting was disposed of without
Hnd Her sister Arrested.
Officer Mulvehill arrested a young woman
last night who had been accused by her
married sister, a resident of Allegheny, of
staying in a disreputable house. The y irl
indignantly denied the charge and refnses
to go back to her home, claiming that she
is engaged to be married to a New York
drummer, who promises to remove her to
Philadelphia and pay for her board there
for a few months. She was detained, how
ever, for an investigation to be held this
LI HUNG CHANG sgUi2"$. &
turn tvtll tell aboutlhe great Viceroy of China
in to-morrouti Dispatch.
De. B. M. Hann a. Eye, ear, nose and
throatdiseasesexclusively. Office. 71S Penn
street, Pittsburg, Pa. s&su
MURPHY AGAINST IT.
The Temperance Apostle Says Pro
hibition Will Not Prohibit.
HE WOULD TEST HIGH LICENSE.
Thousands of riedge Signers Secured by
Him in Indianapolis.
HE VISITED THE PEESIDENT-ELECT
Francis Murphy, the well-known temper
ance apostle, arrived home last night from
Indianapolis. He has been in the Hoosier
State since December 1, preaching his
gospel of "With malice toward none, with
charity for all." He spent three weeks at
Indianapolis, where he secured 6,500 pledge
signers. In ten days' work at Connersville
he secured 2,000 converts. In 13 days at
Terre-Haute he pinned the blue ribbon on
6,000 people, and secured "1,500 in Aurora.
"While he was eating his supper at the
station last night a Dispatch reporter
tried to make Mr. Murphy express himself
on the temperance issue before the people,
viz: The Constitutional amendment for
prohibition. Mr. Murphy was averse to
saying anything at all on the matter, fear
ing that the Prohibitionists would think he
was antagonizing them. "Upon solicitation,
however, he said:
Prohibition will not prohibit aDd the history
of the States where it has been tried will bear
mo out in saying so. You cannot legislate
whisk out of this country or any other coun
try. You cannot vote it out of this State or
any other great Commonwealth having the
large population in its cities and the industries
I notice the women won't have anything to
do with anything that is not absolute prohibi
tion. A -WHOLESOME ALTERNATIVE.
If this whole effort is being made to get the
people converted from the evil of drinking
whisky by shutting it off from everybody was
turned Into a healthy public sentiment to sus
tain the Brooks law, there would be no need of
I hoped the true friends of temperance would
have been willing to have given the Brooks
law a fair trial before making any new depar
ture. The law has been the means of educat
ing the people in tbe matter of the liquor
traffic The courts have liberally interpreted
the law, and the people were beginning to And
out something about what law could do in
prohibiting them from the evils attending
We have only had this law one year. It has
reduced the numoer of saloons more than one
half in that time. This is cause for great
thankfulness to every friend of humanity. I
would now ask that we faithfully enforce this
law, that we may see what it can do and what
it cannot do. The great need of the hour is
not more law, but more of Christ and his blessed
go"pel of peace on earth, good will to men.
While at Indianapolis I called on President
elect Harrison. He is a sincere man and one
who will do his own thinking and won't allow
any other person (not not even Jim Blaine) to
do his thinking for him.
Mr. Murphy is a strong personal friend
of John Wanamaker, and was in Indian
apolis when the Quaker City clothier called
on the President-elect Wednesday. The
temperance apostle would not say "yes" or
"no when asked if "Wanamaker would be
OP HAEEISON'S cabinet,
but from his manner it would be supposed
that he thinks the city ot "brotherly love"
will not be honored in this respect Mr.
Murphv leaves this afternoon for Youngs-
town where he speaks to-morrow.
A number of saloonkeepers in the vicin
ity of the Union station were called upon
by John Martin" yesterday. They were
asked to fill in a blank on which were
printed a number of questions. About what
the former business of the signer was.
"What kind of beer they keep. How many
meals per day sold since May 1, 1888. Mr.
Martin told a number of people he was
deputized by the court to have the blanks
filled in and signed. He secured Tery few
The first temperance meeting of a series
under the auspices of the Good Templars,
Sons of Temperance and the Murphy Gospel
Union will be held- to-morrow night in the
Avery M. E. Church, colored, corner of
Avery and North streets, Allegheny.
Ten speakers have been assigned to a
district in the State in the interest of tem
perance work, and each in turn will be
called in to take charge of the meetings
here. Dr. Cole, of "Wisconsin, will conduct
the exercises to-morrow evening.
ORGANIZING THE CAMPAIGN.
Rev. Dr. Collins, the State Secretary, Off for
Johnstown to Organize.
Bev. Dr. Collins, of Allegheny, Secretary
of the State Constitutional Temperance
Amendment (non-partisan) Association,
went to Johnstown yesterday afternoon to
meet the other officers of the association,
and arrange for a general State convention of
all friends and temperance associations in
the State. This society has been quietly
but busily at work for seven years in an en
tirely non-partisan way, and has done much,
with the W. T. C. TJ. and others, to bring
about the present climax in the State.
So intensely non-partisan are some of
their officers that they oppose meeting in
Harrisburg, lest they De misunderstood.
There is a strong pressure now to meet
The object of the coming convention is to
unite all parties and organize the State for
victory in June. There will be no strifo
over a leader. He will come to the front
and be recognized as soon as needed.
IT JVAS MIXED UP.
A Garbled Account of the James Interview
Cabled to London.
A very garbled account of the interview
published in this paper on "Wednesday
morning with Mr. Edward James, the
English tin plate manufacturer, was cabled
In reply the statement was made that
Mr. James was a "crank," and did not rep
resent the Hope Iron and Tin Plate Com
pany, of Tipton. Mr. James did not claim
to represent the company, but said he had
had an interest in the concern, but was
The fact that he came to America to en
gage in business disproves the statement
that he is a crank.
Providing for Old Soldiers.
A large meeting of old soldiers is ex
pected in Select Council chamber this even
ing to take action on the bill before the
Legislature providing for the appointment
of old soldiers to State, city and county
The Bobbles Take a Bout or Two.
The gymnasium of the Twelfth ward sta
tion has been fixed up, and the enchantment
of boxing has given Patrolman Stitzer a
sprained armband Patrolman O'Neil a pair
of darkened eyes. Sergeant Gray is thus
far the champion.
Knocked Down by n Train.
A train on the Castle Shannon Bailroad
struck "William A. Golden at 10:30 o'clock
last night, broke two of his ribs and injured
him seriously about the face and hands. He
was taken to tbe Homeopathic Hospital.
The Iinst Victim of the Cyclone.
An inquest on the body of Quintius Bei
ber, another victim of the Wood and Dia
mond streets disaster, who died at the
Homeopathic Hospital yesterday, will be
held to-day by the Coroner.
SUNDAY THOUGHTS ?u?eno7&;
DT3PATCH. The department is conducted by
a popular New Torn clergyman. Read it tomorrow.
BtSiPATCS, gAtPimtAY, ..
ODT OP THE DEPTHS.
A Committee of Prominent Coal Operator
Iieave for New Orleans Cheaper to
Float Coal Than to Mine It.
The Pittsburg and Southern Coal Compa
ny held a special meeting yesterday morn
ing at their rooms in the Iron Exchange
building. All the leading operators on the
river are represented in this association.
Following is a report of their proceedings :
It was decided that it was impossible to grant
an increase in tbe price of mining, or even tbe
"same rates that have been paid. Some of the
operators who are members of the organization
wanted to reduce tbe price of mining in the.
first three pools to 2 cents per bushel instead
of 2 cents. The present price is 8 cents, and
the miners will insist that this rate be contin
ued. When President Walton called the meeting
to order yesterday morning several members
objected to paying more than Zji cents for
mining, and a number objected to smarting up
tlio miues at any price. It was claimed that the
association had enough coal at New Orleans to
supply the trade for nine months, and they did
not believe it was necessary to resume opera
tions at tbe present time, unless the miners
would accept a reduction in wages.
It was stated that the association had from
300 to 400 boat loads of coal at tbe New Orleans
port, estimating the quantity at 7,500,000 bush
els. This will supply the trade for several
A motion was then made and carried W send
a committee to New Orleans to look after tbe
interests of the members of the association.
The following named committed was appointed:
Messrs. Joseph Walton, W. W. O'Neil and
Simpson Horner. This committee left last
nlsht Captain W. W. O'Neil is in Natchez,
Miss., and the Secretary telegraphed him to
meet the committee, and he agreed to accom
While in New Orleans the committee will
look after the sunken boats of coal that are
now being raised from the bottom ot the Mis
sissippi river. It is believed that fully three
fourths of the coal will be saved. This will all
be shipped to New Orleans.
Captain I. N. Bunton, of Joseph Walton &
Co., said yesterday that he did not believe
work would be resumed at the Monongabela
river mines whether the men would accept the
reduction offered or not. He said tbe opera
tors had all the coal they needed, and did not
propose to pay a high price for having coal
mined when there is no market for it.
THEY WILL GO IT ALONE.
The Dllners In tlio Connellsvllle Region
Decide to Ignore tbe K. of E.
Twenty-eight delegates responded to the
call for the first delegate meeting of the
Miners' National Progressive Union, which
was held at Everson yesterday. A perma
nent organization was effected by electing
Bichard Davis President; William Mullen,
Secretary and Treasurer; James Hart, Vice
President, and the following for members
of the Executive Board: Joseph Welch,
Joseph Neuner, Thomas Burns, Owen Dur
kin and James McPherson. All the officers,
with the exception of McPherson, held like
positions in the defunct Miners' and Mine
Laborers' Amalgamated Association, and
it is looked on as a reorganization under a
new name. The overture made by the
ilmgnts ot JLiabor lor joint action in secur
ing a scale was ignored, and by an almost
unanimous vote, it was decided to go it
alone and strike for a uniform scale on
February 1, unless satisfactory arrange
ments can be made before that time.
The scale will call for a slight increase
over the one now in force at the Frick
works. It will be decided to-day whether a
strike will be inaugurated or not, as the
Knights of Labor meet in delegate conven
tion. In the Iat month, through the efforts
of Master Workman Eea, the Knights of
Labor have gained considerable strength,
but there is a question as to whether they
will display the conservatism that they have
in theipast. Great interest is manifested in
to-day's meeting, and there will likely be
The Knights of Labor will elect a dele
gate to attend the Labor convention at Har
risburg, which will be held nest Tuesday.
THEY WANT RATES RESTORED.
Prominent Pig Iron Men Hold a Consultation
With Railroad Officials.
An important meeting of pig iron manu
facturers and railroad men was held at the
Monongahela House yesterday afternoon.
The object of the gathering was to discuss
freight rates, the various companies whose
lines lead to the West having raised the
rates" from January 1 about from 10 to 25
The pig iron men naturally objected and
asked the railroad men to meet them anfl
hear their arguments on the subject, which,
they claimed, would show that the advance
in rates was unwarranted. The railroad
men heard the arguments and, it is said,
they seemed to be convinced that the ad
vance was unjust, and agreed to bring the
matter before the meeting of the Presidents
of the trunk lines to be held in New York
The most prominent pig iron manufac
turers present at the meeting yesterday were
H.O. Bonnell, J. G.Butler, W. F. Bon
nell, Bobert Bentley, William Hitchcock,
S. McClnre, all of Youngstown; C. D.
Bhodes and J. J. Shearman, of Sharon;
Henry B. Shields, of Girard, and C. N.
Schniick, of Letonia. These manufacturers
compose the Mahoning Valley Iron Com
pany, and Mr. H. O. Bonnell is the Presi
dent. Mr. Shearman, in a talk with a Dis
patch reporter at the close of the meeting,
said he believed the old freight rates would
be restored. All the members of the asso
ciation who were present at the meeting
seemea to oe pieasea over the resnit.
THE SHDTpOWN WILL CONTINUE.
River Coal Operators Refuse to Pay the
Former Rates for mining.
An important meeting of the Coal Ex
change was held yesterday afternoon at the
office of John A. Woods & Co. This organ
ization regulates prices on the river, but
has nothing to do with the operations of the
Pittsburg and Soulhern Coal Company.
Following is a report of what the Exchange
Several operator3"were admitted to member
ship, and although Secretary Richard Barrows
was instructed not to give any information for
publication, the proceedings of the meeting
were learned by a representative of this
Captain Simpson Horner, the oldest coal
operator on the river, presided. There were
present about 35operators. Many of them only
mine coal and sell their product to shippers.
Tho demands of the miners that the 3-centrate
in the first three pools be continued was consid
ered at length. It was finally decided that the
only rate that the operators can afford to pay
is 2 cents and 2 cents in tho the fourth poof.
it was statea Dy some of the members of the
Exchange that they preferred to remain idle
rather than continue the wages paid when the
mines were closed.
After deciding to continue the shutdown in
definitely the matter of representation in the
joint convention of miners and operators to be
held at Indianapolis next month was discussed.
It was decided to appoint a committee to at
tend the convention, and It will consist of
Messrs. John O. Wood, W. W. O'Neil and Ad-
One of tho members of the Exchange re
ported that two mines in the fourth pool are
in operation. They are the Snowden and the
Knobb mines. One is being operated at the
2Scent rate and the other at 2 cents. The
operators of these mines are not members of
the Coal Exchange.
THEY OBJECT TO FOLLOW BOARDS.
A Very Brief Strike of Stove Molders Over
The molders employed at the Ferncliff
Stove Foundry of F. L. Voegtly & Co., on
South Canal street, Allegheny, struck yes
terday against the introduction of "follow
boards" into the foundry. They claim that
this will result in a reduction in wages.
The men were out only a few hours, when
they returned to work under protest, having
received orders from the Molders' Union to
do so until the matter can be investigated.
About 30 men employed at the Specialty
Glass Works, at East Liverpool, struck yes
terday because the firm refused to pay their
price on a new mold introduced. Ihematter
will likely be settled within the next few
tfAmjAftY 26, J889.
"ONE MORE ASYLUM
Likely to Be Constructed In or Very
Near Our Present Dixmont.
CHIEF ELLIOT'S SCHEME AT LAST
Given a Hearing- and Careful Con
sideration by legislators.
WHAT THE VETERAN OFFICIAL SAIS
Pursuant to a resolution offered by Rep
resentative Dravo in the House at Harris
burg yesterday, advocates of the establish
ment of au additional insane asylum for
Western Pennsylvania will be heard next
Tuesday evening in the hall of the House.
Chief Elliot, or the Department of Chari
ties, was asked for particulars last evening
and he rehearsed the causes that led to the
institution of the project. It grew out of
the fact that the Poor House for this county,
at Homestead, was built early in tbe '50's,and
that the site has been so encroached upon
as to make the institution no longer suffi
cient for the work required of it. It is now
in the renter of a dense population and
crowded by blast furnaces and other works
never even dreamed of by its projectors 40
years ago. Beside this the buildings are
now inadequate for the purpose required,
and the sick and insane
CANNOT GET THE ATTENTION
necessary to their comfort or well being.
Certain diseases also, for which the victims
themselves are to blame, are not treated by
our city hospitals, and patients afflicted by
them go to the Poor Farm, which adds to the
discomfort of worthy subjects of medical
The matter was brought before Judge
Stowe, an application having been made to
have tbe indigent insane sent either to War
ren or Dixmont hospitals. The matter was
submitted to Attorny Frazier as master, and
he took testimony. A lawyer named Han
cock and Superintendent Kerwin, of the
Warren assylum, succeeded in showing
that there was no room there, and Geo.
Shiras, Esq., and the physician at Dixmont
demonstrated that the' latter institution
had 600 patients, while it was only intended
to accommodate 400. Judge Stowe, in com
menting on the testimony taken by Master
Frazier, stated there wasn't any doubt that
a grievous wrong was being perpetrated by
the system as it at present existed, and it
would appear that
A STRONG CASE
will be made out. Chief Elliot states that
at present all the room ocenpied by the in
sane at City Farm is needed to properly ac
commodate the sick.
The purpose is to locate the asylum in
Beaver county, not, Mr. Elliot says, be
cause Mr. Dravo is handling the measure,
uui Decause mat county is most cen
tral and has all the natural advant
ages required, high ground, good water,
etc. It is intended for the accommodation
of Beaver, Washington, Greene, Lawrence,
Armstrong, Mercer. Indiana, Westmore
land, Fayette and Allegheny counties. For
the maintenance of each patient tbe State
will pay ?2, and each county will be required
to pay a like amount for each patient sent
At the session on next Tuesday evening
City Attorney Moreland, Dr. Wylie and
Chief Elliot will represent the county. Mr.
Elliot thinks so strong a case will be made
out that the necessity for an additional
asylum will be apparent on its face to the
THE ONLY MRS. RAWSON.
She Compels tho Conrt to Refuso to Admit
Chicago, January 25. At the trial of
Mrs. Bawson to-day Conductor Loomis was
called upon to testify as to certain charges
of misconduct by Mrs. Rawson on board a
sleeping car in 1885. At this Mrs. Bawson
jumped up, and In a very decided manner
called out loudly that the paper she had in
her hand was a full retraction of the infa
mous charges. "The witness, Loomis," Mrs.
Bawson said, hysterically, "is a liar and
Eerjurer, and I won't sit here and listen to
Judge Tuthill mildly rebuked her, say
ing: "Mrs. Rawsou, your conduct is con
trary to the rules of the court, and you must
be quiet." t
"But I can't have that man lying about
Here Mr. Crews, her attorney, walked
over to the eicited woman and said: "If
you have any sense left, for goodness sake
keep quiet," Mr. Crews' supplication,
however, was not acted on, and Mrs. Baw
son was just ready to break out again when
one of the bailiffs put his hand on her
shoulder and told her to sit down.
"I won't do it," she screamed. "I'll go
to jail first," and shook afresh the paper
which she said was a retraction of the
charges made in connection with the sleep
ing car trip.
The Gordian knot was finally cut by
Judge Tuthill ruling outLoomis' evidence.
A letter was received this morning by one
of the ladies who is Mrs. Bawson's particu
lar friend. It was anonymous, written evi
dently in a man's handwriting. The writer
threatened to destroy the reputation of the
lady on account ot her friendship for Mrs.
Bawson. It appears that all the ladies who
have interested themselves in the case have
received similar letters. The handwriting
in each is different, and all was masculine.
SLASHED WITH A CASEKNIFE.
Frank Faraess, of Allegheny, Attempts to
Commit Suicide, but Fails.
Prank Furness, a young man living in
Peach alley, near Madison avenue, Alle
gheny, made a dismal failure while attempt
ing to commit suicide. He is a single man
and has been drinking heavily for several
days. Yesterday he declared that his
mother and sisters were not giving him "a
square deal," and he did not care to live.
He took a caseknife, and, going into a
room on the second floor, attempted to end
his existence by cutting his throat He
made a bad job of it, however, and only
succeeded in drawing blood.
The officers of patrol station No. 1 were
notified and took the young man to the
lockup. He was thoroughly saturated with
the crimson fluid when he arrived, and as
he did not seem to be seriously injured he
was placed in a cell. As soon as the door
was locked, he drew a pipe from his pocket
and began to smoke. He said he was sorry
that his attempt at suicide was a failure.
City Physician Woodburn was called
and examined the wound. He pronounced
it serious, but not necessarily fatal, and
had the patient removed to the Allegheny
After Falling at a Bank They Attack the
CHAELE3TOWN, N. H., January 25. A
boldbnt unsuccessful attempt was made last
night to rob the Connecticut Biver National
Bank in this town. Two brick walls sur
rounding the vaults were torn away by an
explosion bnt the granite vanlt proved im-
nenetrable. An attemnt to drill the steel
Jocks also failed. The burglars left the
bank and broke 'into the postoffice, where
they obtained $25 in money and stamps.
'A Lima Lnnatlc Gains Home.
Samuel Keefer, a resident of Lima, O.,
will be aent home to-day by the Department
of Charities.- Keefer is 65 years old and is
at present confined in the county jail. He
is partially insane or simple, and cannot
concentrate his mind on any one subject for
any length of time. He was picked up on
the street by a policeman some ten days ago
unable to tell anything of himself.
- ASSESSING THE OUTLYING WARDS.
The Great Variance In Prices of Property
That Recent Sale Show.
These are the days when the assessors are
wrestling with the valuation of rural prop
erty that is to sav in the suburban wards.
As was predicted the task is more difficult
than was even the assessing of the built-up
business property. Much of the difference
in views and estimates comes.now from the
clause implying prices at recent sales to be
the standard; as where lots are sometimes
sold for building purposes there is not an
equal demand for all the property In the
neighborhood at like prices.
In some quarters records of recent sales
vary a great deal. Thus, at Shadyside there
have been great prices paid within a year or
two for eligible building sites. Some prop
erty on Ellsworth avenue has sold at $20,000
an acre or over, and again there have been
sales there at a rate over ?3O,00O per acre.
On Fifth avenue in places as high as $130
per foot front has been paid, and at other
points on the same avenue, seemingly almost
as eligible, recent sales are very much lower.
On the new boulevard property in the
Twenty-first, ward it is not long since the
property was bought in bulk for about $5,000
an acre, but when retailed in lots it brought
over double that sum. Which of these
transactions is to govern the valuation of
property which has not lately changed
hands is the nut to crack.
The assessors are going along patiently
and bearing and noting carefully all objec
tions to the valuationsas made in their first
draft In a great many cases the affidavits
and statements of owners showing where ex
ceptional sales do not afford an accurate
criterion of values of neighboring property,
will have a material effect in modifying
On all hands it is agreed that the assessors
have never bad so difficult a task as this
year. So much evidence and arguments
have to be heard that it will be a long while
yet'before definite and final conclusions can
be reached as to the bnlk of the property in
the outlying wards.
LICENSE APPLICATIONS INCREASE.
Probability that There Will Be a Perfect
Avalanche of Them Soon.
There were 38 applications for liquor li
censes prepared by four Aldermen ot the
Southside yesterday, and the indications
are that the number of applications will be
much larger this year than last year.
Good for To-Day Only.
To-day winds up our sale of superfine
overcoats and suits at $15, marked down
from $28,$25 and $20. Fifteen dollars give you
your choice of fine silk and satin-lined over
coats in elegant imported chinchillas and
Kerseys, and for $15 you can select any of
those elegant suits we sold last week at $28,
$25 and $20. Bemember this is the last day
of our great $15 sale. We've got a big stock
on hand. We want to reduce it, and we've
got to make it an object for you to buv,
and a big one at that. P. C. C. C,
Cor. Grant and Diamond sts., opp. the new
The Holidays Are Past,
But the echoes of the holiday bade are still
in and about Hamilton's Music Store, 91
and 93 Fifth avenue, and why? Because at
the very low prices and accommodating
terms they are selling yon can get a piano
or organ at an v price or terms. Think of it,
organs (including second-hand ones) at $10,
$15 and upward, and pianos at the same
sweeping discount on their value. If you
want a good piano, at a low price, now is the
time to buy it, and remember Hamilton
handles the Decker Bros., Knabe, Fischer.
Estey and other pianos that are known all
through this community and the celebrated
Estey organs and the beautiful Story &
Clark. Go in and see how easy it is to pur
chase one. S. Hamilton,
91 and 93 Fifth avenue.
Fine Koaewood Pinno for $175.
An excellent rosewood piano, in perfect
order, with all improvements, splendid tone
and elegantly carved case, will be sold fully
warranted for $175. A rare bargain, at J.
M. Hoffmann & Co.'s, G37 Smithfield street
Also a splendid parlor organ for $50.
Large stock of the unrivaled Sohmer pianos
and the superb Colby pianos and Newman
Bros, organs. It will be to your advantage
to call at 537 Smithfield street.
Sanitaeium and Waiter Cure. The only
Eastern institntion in which mud baths are
given. Steam-heating andelectric lights.
Baths, massage and electricity by trained
manipulators. Address John S. Marshall,
M. D., Green Spring, O.
You can save money by attending the
great auction sale of drygoods at M. Fire's,
102 Federal st, Allegheny.
Angostura Bitters, the world re
nowned South American appetizer, cures
Auction Sale of Dry Good!
At 2 p. m. and 7 p. m. this day at M. Fire's,
102 Federal st, Allegheny.
In order to make room for our spring ar
rival, all black silks will be offered this
week at imported prices. '
tts Huous & Hacks.
Auction Sale of Dry Goods!
At 2 P. M. and 7 P. m. this day at M. Eire's,
102 Federal st, Allegheny.
Have you tried Marvin's Orange Blossom
soda crackers? If not don't delay any
longer. All grocers keep them.
You can savn money by attending the
great auction sale of drygoods at M. Fire's,
102 Federal st, Allegheny.
TO CLOSE UP PARTNERSHIP re
quires quick sales.
SILKS and DRESS GOODS all re
vised in price.
CLOTHS and WOOLENS all revised
DBES3 GOODS of every description
all revised in price.
Domestic and House Furnishing
Goods, Table Linens, Napkins and
Tbwels, all revised in price.
Cloak Department, containing many
choice garments, so much revised that
prices will astonish you, as all winter
garments must be sold.
Trimmings, Handkerchiefs and Neck
wear all revised in price.
Winter Underwear, Gloves, Hosiery,
Cardigans and all heavy goods cut deep
605 AND 607 MARKET STREET.
I have this day sold my interest In
the arm of
HEARD, BIBER 4 EASTON
to my late partners, who will continue
the business, assuming all liabilities
and interests connected therewith.
JAMES B. HEARD.
Vitriol la Bi Face.
Alexander Watson, employed in the
Eighteenth ward vitriol works, was burned
about the face last night by a splash of
vitriol. He was taken to his home in the
JDS. HDRNE k ELL'B
PENN AVENUE STORES.
LADIES' WINTER WRAPS
LADIES' WINTER WRAPS
Ladies'. Cloth Ulsters and Raglans at
Ladies' fine Raglans and Ulsters and
Newmarkets at 310 each.
Ladies' Peasant Cloaks at 510 each.
Fine Fur Trimmed Newmarxets,
quilted linings, at $20 each.
These are the greatest bargains ever
offered in any Cloak Boom. The entirt
stock must be sold, and we know thes
prices will do it.
Come to the Cloak Room this week.
Complete stock of fine Seal Pluil
Garments, Coats, Jackets, Wraps ane"
Ulsters, also reduced this week.
JDB. HDRNE 1 ED.'S
PENN AVENUE STORES.
BAMUEL W. BLACK 4 CO.,
89 FOURTH AVE.,
CONSUME YOUR OWN GARBAGE IN
stoves and ranges while using the same for
cooking, or any other purpose, by using the
Jiureka Garbage Burner. For illustrative cir
cular, containing full information, call on or
63 East Diamond street.
Je5-no7-TT3 Allegheny. Pa.
TTIELLER'S SCOTCH JAMS-THE FINEST
JLV imported lu one pound porcelain pots; also
jellies, marmalade and preserved fruits, war
ranted pure, in class jars, for sile by the case
or reran. JNO. A. RENSHAW 4 CO..
Liberty and Ninth st.
CORPORATED 1794-THE INSURANCE
COMPANY OF THE STATE OF PENN-
LVANIA of Phlladelohia.
Cash assets S 700.101 00
Losses paid since organization 13,544,827 00
GEO. W. DEAN 4 CO., 101 Fourth ave.
PEACHES FOR CHEAM
Delicious table fruit; also a full line of
California and Delaware fresh fruits in extra
syrup, tins and glass.
JNO. A. RENSHAW 4 CO.,
Ja28-wa Family Grocers.
PENNSYLVANIA FEMALE COLLEGE
East End; Pittsburg. Second term opens
February L 1889. Dllworth Hall is ready for
occupancy and win accommoaaie a tar eer num
ber of students. Apply to aiISSHLLE
plTTSBURQ FEMALE COLLEGE
Unsurpassed for health and comfort. Music,
elocution, fine arts, English literature, classics,
French, German, eta Full courses of study.
Largest and best equipped school for ladles.
Twentv-three instructors. The next term will
begin January 29.
Send for catalogue to
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