Pittsburg dispatch. (Pittsburg [Pa.]) 1880-1923, January 29, 1889, Page 2, Image 2

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Trouble Among Union Mold
, ers Over a Large Order.
First Contracts for the Iron
Work About to be Placed.
A Legislative Move to Tax ill Alien Work
men Among: Us.
District Master "Workman I. N. Boss
yesterday issued a call for a special meet
ing of L. A. 1030, composed of iron molders,
of -which Mr. Boss is the local Master
"Workman. In the circular it was not
stated what the object of the meeting was,
but every member was requested to be on
hand "for the transaction of important busi
ness to the craft."
"When questioned in regard to the matter,
Mr. Boss positively refused to state the ob
ject of the meeting, saying it was only a
slight matter of minor importance to the
molders, and under no consideration would
he say anything about it until after the
meeting. From another source, however,
the news was gathered. The meeting is not
only of paramount importance to the mold
ers, hut to the firm of Oliver Bros. &
Phillips. It is also pretty nearly the com
mencement of work on the Center and
"Wylie avenue cable line, which is now so
nearly an established fact.
A well-known Knight of Labor, who is a
member of the local, was seen last night
and asked in regard to the meeting. Like
the District Master "Workman he was as
mum as an oyster, but when positively
assured his name should not be used, said:
"Some time ago we had some trouble with
Oliver Bros. & Phillips in regard to the
number of hours' work to be done each day
in the molding shop. We held a special
meeting at the time and decided to allow no
UDion molder to work more than ten hours.
Piece work was also abolished, and the men
worked br the day. At the time the firm
was rushed with work for the Fifth avenue
Traction Company, and, as it had to be
done in a certain time, wanted the men to
work by the piece in order to stimulate
them to work harder. By doing this the
firm would get more work out of the men in
a given time.
"Several days ago the firm received a re
quest for a bid on 3,000 tons of 'yokes,' to be
used on some new cable road in town. I
think it is the Central Traction Company's
line, but would not say positively. The
'yokes' are the heavy frames which hold the
conduit in place, and have caused a lot of
trouble in our assembly. "When the 'yokes'
for the Fifth avenue and Penn avenue lines
were beiug made at a number of iron foun
dries in town, they caused lots of grumbling I
from the union men. At every meeting of
the assembly the matter came up, and, for a
long time, the standing password iuto the
meetings was 'yokes.
""When Olivpr Bros. & Phillips received
the request for a bid on the order, to be
completed within a certain time, they noti
fied tbeir molders, and asked what the latter
would charge for making them by the piece.
A great many of the men stronglv objected
to making them by the piece, and wanted
to do the vork at their regular rate of
wages per day. A number who see big
money in the job, want to take so much per
'voke and work ab many hours each dav as
they choose. As this is against the rule of
the union, the latter have asked lor the
special meeting to bring the matter up
"If we decide to accept pay for piecework
the rate per yoke will be fixed and the num
ber of hours each man will be allowed to
work. We do not waut to break our own
backs by compressing eight days woTrk in a
week and getting the same amount of money
we would for six days. If wedecide to con
tinue working by the day if the firm nets the
job, the company may object and try to
force the men to do piece work. In that
event there will be another strike Ido not
anticipate any trouble, however."
The "yokes" are great heavy castings,
and when in the mold have to be moved
sometimes by the aid of a crane. They
weigh 700 or 800 pounds, and on account of
their size a great many men object to work
ing them by the piece. It takes two molders
and one helper a whole day to make five of
As the traction company has to begin
work in the early sprinc it will be neces
sary to turn tne"yokes" out as rapidly as
possible. The order for the equipment of
the whole line will necessarily nave to be
divided up among a number of iron
foundries. A great many of those in use on
the Fifth avenue and Penn avenue lines
were made in the Fast
At the meeting this evening the officers of
the local assembly will be installed.
A Scheme to Abolish the Trunk Line, Central
Traffic and Western.
C. S. "Wight, General Freight Agent of
the Baltimore and Ohio road, and D. L.
Gray, Manager of the Union Line at Colum
bus, left last night for New York to attend
the meeting of the Executive Committee of
the Trunk Line Association to-day at that
place. The object of the meeting is to try
and arrange for the abolition of the Trunk
Line Association, the Central Traffic Asso
ciation and the freight association west of
Chicago. If this is done a new association,
which will embrace all the roads now in the
tbree organizations, will be formed.
The resignation of Chairman Blanchard,
of the Central Traffic Association, has not
yet been acted upon. If this association
disbands Mr. Blanchard will probably be
placed at the head of the new association.
Under the new plan executive officials think
the rates could be better maintained.
Typographical Union No. 7 Will Not Lose
That Foar Hundred at All.
The supposed defaulting Financial Secre
tary of Typographical Union No. 7 returned
to the city last night, and promises to make
good the loss to the nnion. He says he did
not run away, and can produce the money
when called upon to do so.
At the meeting of No. 7, which will occur
Sunday next, in addition to the delegates to
be elected to the nation.il convention in
June next, at Denver, Col., which was
written in detail in The Dispatch on the
21st inst, new officer of the union will be
nominated. For President Ednaid Hope,
ol The Dispatch, will be renominated,
and re-elected.
The Gns Gave Out.
The mills along Penn avenue had to shut
down yesterday mornin? owinsr to a scarcitv
of gas from the Philadelphia Company's-1-mains.
A'breat occurred at Murraysville. j
The Bill Introdnccd In HnrrUbnrp for a
Tnx on Forrlpn Lobar Is Indorsed by
President Campbell.
The bill introduced by Bepresentative
Campbell yesterday at Harrisbnrg, taxing
every employer 25 cents per day for every
loreign laborer in his employ, is apt to raise
a great deal of controversy among men
directly interested in the measure.
To obtain the opinion of President James
Campbell, of the "Window Glass "Workers"
Association, a visit was made to that gen
tleman's residence last night by a reporter
for this paper. "When questioned upon the
subject, he said:
Of course I should like to read the entire bill
before I would pass mv judgment upon the
merits of its contents. But as far as I am able
to see from what j ou tell me, I believe that the
bill is directed toward decreasing the Influx of
foreijrn labor, and if that is the object of the
bill. 1 say. let it be uassed bj all means. The
resultot the measure will have the tendency of
keepinc a foreign element away from our na
tive industries, which is now gradually under
mining the prosperity of the American work
iugm&n. Mind you. I do not want to be under
stood as if I were against all immigration. No !
Not at all, but I am alluding to that class of
foreigners who have been imported into this
country during the last j ear or so. to work on
pipe lines, in coal mines or on railroa'ds. In
other words, I should be glad to see contract
labor stopped, and I think this bill gets at the
matter rather effectively.
A prominent glass manufacturer of the
Southside, who was also asked for his
opinion on the subject, stated:
I do not want to be quoted as to anything I
mav say about that bill, because 1 should like
to read the whole of it first: but 1 think that
the introduction of such a tax on the emploj er
would be an injustice to the respectable class
of foreigners who come to this country. While
I do not believe that those classes of foreigners
who only come to this country to enrich them
selves deserve any consideration from ns, there
are constantly so many good men coming here
who turn out to be excellent citizens, and I do
not think it fair that they should suffer for the
sins of the bad ones. No! I think that bill, if
passed, will stop a good many good people from
coming here, and therefore I cannot indorse its
Heads of the Edgar Thomson Expect It to
be Bendy In Three Months.
Forsten Berg, head draughtsman of the
Edgar Thomson Steel Works is making a
tonr of the Eastern foundries io order to
gain some knowledge for the benefit of the
immense foundry to be located in Braddock.
Active work will be commenced upon
his return and preparations are already
made for leveling the site. Machinery has
been ordered and the firm expect the foun
dry to be in active operation within three
They Will Meet To-Day A Grand Banquet
to be Given This Cvenlnc.
The Pennsylvania State Association of
Master Painters and Decorators will meet at
the Monongahela House to-day lor a two
days' session. A full programme of the
meeting was published in The Dispatch
a month ago. The feature of to-day's session
will be a grand banquet this evening.
Lavine's Salt Against Master Workman
Ross Did Not Come OfT.
The suit of District Master "Workman
Boss, charged by Bichard Lavine with
owing the latter $61 due him by District
Assembly 3, did not come up for a hearing
yesterday morning, owing to the non-appearance'
of the Court, Alderman Doughty.
Cnnsed a Shortage of Fuel and the Closing
of Most of tbo Mills.
There was a break in one of the mains of
the Philadelphia Natural Gas Company at
Murrysville yesterday morning", which
caused some of the departments in most of
the mills in the city to be shut down. The
main is the 12-inch pipe on the Walker
farm, which line runs over the hill at
Springdale and connects with thecity main.
The break occurred, presumably on ac
count of a flaw in the pipe.
The accident was discovered at 9 o'clock
yesterday morning, and men were set to
work to repair the break. It was stated at
the Philadelphia company's office that
everything would be in shape again by 5
o'clock last night to save the night turn in
the mills lrom laying off.
Two of a Gang Who Robbed Messenger
Stnrlcvant Aires! cd.
Two of the four men who robbed Joseph
Sturtevant, a messenger at Dilworth, Porter
& Co., of 51,000 at the entrance of the Penn
building, on Penn avenue, on the day be
fore last Christmas, have been captured in
Milwaukee. They gave their names as
Willis and William llodgers. Their right
names are Barney Bnrch and William Bob
bins. It is not known whether they were ar
rested in Milwaukee for a crime or only as
suspicious characters. They will be brought
back to this city to answer a charge of high
way robbery made against them by Mr.
Freight Agents Now Watching tho Presi
dents of Opposition Lines.
Freight agents in the city are wondering
what will happen next. The orders which
were received from headquarters threaten
ing dismissal of any agent who will cut a
rate has resulted in a drop in the total of
business transacted during the past month.
The tonnage has been more equitably divid
ed and the receipts have been less in some
cases notwithstanding that card rates have
been charged.
The agents are not watching each other at
present, but have their eyes on the Presi
dents of the opposition lines, from whom any
cut in rates will now come.
The Allegheny Citizens' Charter Committee
Holds n. Meeting.
The committee of Allegheny citizens who
were appointed on Saturday night to draw
up a new code of laws for that city met last
night, but beyond discussing the matter in
iormaliy, did nothing.
The organization placed Commodore
Kountz in the chair and B. B. Scandrett
was made Secretary. All of "the members
bad opinions to offer, and were of the belief
that the duty to be performed was one that
required careful study.
A Largo Surplus ia the Lower Markets
Will Keep the Moats Here.
The rivers reached a coal boating stage
yesterday. At 2 o'clock there was 13 feet
in the Monongahela. O'Neil & Co. sent
out eight barges with the Enterprise to Cin
cinnati. The other firms would not send
out any coal on account of the crowded con
dition of the lower markets.
Monkeyrd With a Pistol.
A young son of Thomas Kirk wood, of
McKecsport, dropped a loaded revolver yes
terday, when it exploded, the ball entering
his leg above the knee, inflicting a serious
The Explosion Become Fnlnl.
Mrs. Wardsweller, the woman who .was
barued at a lamp explosion last week on
the Southside, was reported last night to be
Hjing from her injuries.
Severely Burnt by Metal.
Charles Bradden, of the Black Diamond'
Steel Works, was badly burnt last night by
hot metal.
The Rate You Pay in Taxes This TeaV,
on Pittsburg Property.
Gratifying Result of the Assessors' ArdRons
Tax Canvass.
The one vital result of thecity assessors'
recent arduous labors comes to the front now
for the first time. "What will the harvest
be?" has been the question with them in
their diligent effort to reap according to the
spirit and letter of the law. "Whai will the
millage be?" has been the question with the
thousands of taxpayers who contribute to
Pittsburg's municipal granary.
Well, as near as it is possible now to state
it, on the basis of the assessors' estimated
total, yesterday submitted to Councils, it
will be 12 mills.
The prompt preliminary report oLthe
Board of Assessors of this valuation of the
taxable property of the city, to hold for
three years, but not yet reduced by them of
ficially to millage, was presented to Coun
cils yesterday. Heretofore this information
has not come forward except through the
Finance Committee and upon the latest day
possible January 31.
This triennial assessment is a new de
parture, in that it requires a cash valuation
and includes, in the new city charter, the
proviso (about which there is a question)
that no property shall be assessed at less
than the last recorded sale. It is to
that, as stated in their communication to
Councils, they have evinced and clearly
shown a desire to have ample publicity
given the work they have had in hand, and
this has resulted in widespread information
and in anxiety on the part of taxpayers
generally to ascertain their "worth" as dis
covered by the inquiry made under the new
law. This has resulted in the visit of
thousands of citizens to the office, and of
thousands of applications by mail to the
office for transcript, yet, notwithstanding
the throng found there daily, our reporters
have failed to see or hear of
any bad feeling, while their inquiries
suggest the fact, that there is a general con
fidence in the efforts of the men in charge
to give satisfaction. The apparent satis
faction in the announcement of the result of
appeals is indicative of this, and there is no
hesitancy on the part of the board to give
further examination where errors of judg
ment or in calculation are suggested.
The number of ap'peals being so great has
prevented an examination of all, and hence
the delay in getting at the actual amount of
the total valuation. The amount reported
to Councils is, however, very near the
now drawing to a close. The question of
millage is uppermost, and worthy of. con
sideration by all.
The total of the last triennial valnation
after deducting the percentage for lost and
exonerated taxes and f he change required
by classification from city (whole), to rural
or suburban (two-thirds), and agricultural
(one-half), was ?119,013,000. Tne reduction
on account of classification, etc , as stated,
was $17,000,000, but the growth of thecity
will almost surely reduce this so far as the
classification is concerned to, say, $14,000,
000. The Board's estimate, $191,C0.000, less
this reduction, will give for taxable pur
poses, in round numbers, 5177,000,000; so
that, to realize the amount estimated for the
past year, there is likely to be a levy of less
than' 12 mills, being a reduction of about
33 per cent.
It is an undoubted fact that the small
property holders have, heretofore, been as
sessed very closely to their actual valuation;
but, under the new order of tbiqgs, they
will not, generally, be much increased, their
more fortunate neighbors and fellow citi
zens having large holdings will be so
brought up and to such a proper standard
as must inure to the benefit of the small
To Elect Officers for the Tear and Hear
Different Reports.
The corporators of Calvary Cemetery held
their annual meeting at the episcopal resi
dence of St. Paul's Cathedral yesterday aft
ernoon and elected the following officers for
the ensuing year:
President, Rt. Rev. R. Phelan; Vice Prcsi
dent. James Pbelan, Kq.; Treasurer, John D.
Scully; Secretary, Charles F. McKenna: Man
agers, A. F. Keating, John C. Rilcv, Rev. J.
Kearney, P. Kane, Esq.. and H. JIackin.
The report of Engineer James S.Devlin
showed that $14,500 had been expended
during the past year for macadamizing,
grading, fencing, gate-houses, etc., and that
$114,000 had been expended in all by the
incorporators. Mr. Devlin also stated that
Chief Biglow had in contemplation the lay
ing out and paving, at an early date, of a
street intersecting Hazlewood avenue, on
which the cemeterv fronts.
A large forre of laborers will be kept at
work during the coming year completing
the laying out of the grounds and building
gatehouses, offices, etc., the contract for
the same having been already let.
The Two Remaining Newsboy Thieves Ar
rested I.nnt Mght.
Detective Fitzgerald and Officer Fagen,
shortly after 11 o'clock last night, arrested
"William Collins and Walter Calutrfs, boys,
accused of belonging to the crowd of news
boys who tunneled into the Wood street
ruins and stole a lot of goods. Abont $20
worth of goods, in the shape of picketbooks,
trinkets, etc., were found in the boys' pock
ets. They make the number of boys ar
rested 13.
A Site Chosen.
The Allegheny sub-Police Committee last
evening decided to recommend the purchase
of a plot of gronnd on Ohio street, near the
Troy Hill road, as a site for a patrol stable.
The price is $1,600. The Committee on
Horses was authorized to purchase a new
Incorrigibility Acnlnst Intemperance.
Julia Ryan, who was arrested on the
Southside last night on a charge of incor
rigibility, preferred against her by her
father, claimed in the station house that she
had left her home on account of -her parents'
intemperate habits.
The Training School a Success.
The annual meeting of the contributors of
the Allegheny General Hospital, will be
held this afternoon. Directors and officers
will be ejected. The training school for
nurses at the hospital has been very suc
cessful. Dc Gave Rail.
Patrick Conway, charged before Alder
man Porter with larceny, assault and bat
tery and fraud, by Miss Bosc Trenlav, a
boarding house keeper, gave $1,100 bail
for court trial yesterday.
Hilling It Web.
John Brown, a prominent mill worker ai
McKeesport, has drawn a $25,000 prize from
the Louisiana State Lottery. " McKecsport
has been a prolfic field for the sale of lot
tery tickets.
Discussed Last Evening br the Soathslda
Medical Society Patients Saflerin for
tho Lack of One Modes of Raising the
The Southside Medical Society held tts
regular meeting last evening at Dr. Con
nor's, on Mt. Oliver. After the nsnal
programme had been gone through with,
the snbject of a hospital for the Southside
was brought up and discussed by nearly all
present. Dr. Thomas first started the ball
rolling. He said:
It is cleary evideift to all that we are sadly in
need of a bopital here on the Southside, and
thero is no danger but what a project of this
kind wonld receive the hearty indorsement of
this societv. Tho Southside with its out-layiog
wards now numbers nearly 70,00u ponulation,
consisting principally of artisans, mechanics
and those that fill hospital. And, that ne
need one is every day manifested by cases
brought to onr notice here injured do not re
ceive proper care because of the distance to
the other hospitals and their inability to be on
the scene of action and provide for all cases of
Dr. Burleigh said: "The need is evident
enough, and if some one outside of the pro
fession would only take hold of it, h seems
to me that enough funds might be raised to
start it, when an appropriation could be
gotten. A good wav would be, to hire a
solicitor to work it up." .- f
Dr. Mundorff stated that it was hard to
get patients into the hospitals when they
shonld be, and cited numerous cases where
the patients suffered from that cause.
Dr. Kress said: "There are not less than
50 doctors on the Southside, and there is not
onebut could afford to give a month's fees
toward establishing a hospital, but the cor
porations, and the ones whose hearts are in
this subject, are the ones to work it up."
The meeting then adjourned to the din
ing room, where a spread was set out by Dr.
Conner. The subject will probably be dis
cussed again.
D. Herbert Hosteller and H. C. Frlck Off
for Ken- York Last Evening.
D. Herbert Hostcttcr, the young gentle
man who is figuring so prominently in the
South Penn Bailroad scheme, left last night
for New York. He said he was going over
on private business, and his trip had no
connection with the South Penn. He stated
that he was not going to New York to see
the Vanderhilts, and he did not know
whether the Vanderbilt people or Mr. Frick
had yet signed the agreement.
On the same train with Mr. Hostetter was
Mr. H. C. Frick. The latter gentleman
stated he had not been aware of Mr. Hos
teller's presence untihwithin a few minutes
prior to the time the reporter spoke to him.
He also stated lie was not going lo New
York on South Penn business. He had yet
signed the agreement, but was ready to do
so when the Vanderbilts did.
On tho Citizens' Line A Wngon Wrecked
and a Lady Injnred.
About 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon car
201, of the Penn avenue cable line, collided
with an iron wagon, belonging to Alexander
Black. One side of the car was entirely
torn out by the tongue of the wagon, slieht
ly injuring a lady passenger, who lives on
Thirtieth street. She was taken to E. A.
McCollough's drugstore, and was able to
continue on her way. One of the horses
belonging to the wagon was so seriously in
jured that he will probably have to be shot,
and the wagon was entirely smashed.
A little later car 227, of the same line,
jumped the track at the Twenty-eighth
street railroad crossing. After a delay of 15
minutes it was righted.
Seven of tho Wood Street Raiders Now
Under Lock and Key.
Peter Lehany, James Kemp, William
Buckley, Ld O'Donnell, Charles McCarley,
William Keogh, Harry and Nathan Klein
and Nathan Schwartz have been arrested
for taking part in the robberv of H. Watts
& Co.'s book store, No. 445 Wood street.
The goods recovered yesterday morning
were found in the room of Lawrence Brown,
formerly employed in a Wood street estab
lishment. The value of the goods amounts
to about $500. Brown has been taken into
custody for receiving stolen goods.
A Tonne Girl Runs Away Because Her
Parents Object to Her Bean.
Lizzie Brent, a girl 17 years of age,
was arrested yesterday on Old avenue
and taken to the Twenty-eighth ward
station house by Detective Kelly to await
the arrival of her lather, who had written a
letter to the police authorities in this city,
stating that his daughter had run away
from home.
The patents of the girl, who live in
Flicott, near Baltimore, Jfd., were imme
diately telegraphed to. Lizzie stated that
she ran away from home, because her
parents objected to a sweetheart of hers.
The Widening of Diamond Street Is Rapidly
Becoming a Fnct.
The project put forward in The Dis
patch a weekor so ago for the widening of
Diamond street between Wood and Market
streets has been so far developed that a
number of residents on Diamond street pre
sented a petition to Councils yesterday, ask
ing their consent to the project.
Chief of Department oi Public Works
Bigelow expressed himself very favorably
on it.
To Arsuc an Infrlnsnnent Suit for a Pitts
burg Company.
F. T. Chambers and Gerge Harding, of
Philadelphia, two well-known attorneys of
the Quaker City, are at the Hotel Duquesne.
They will appear before United States
Judge Achesou this morning to argue the
case of the infringement suit of the Hussey
ManufacturingCompany, of this city, versus
Wm. Deanng & Co., the well-known Chi
cago manufacturer of mowing machines.
A Hanlof Silk Handkerchiefs, Etc., Made in
Clay Alley.
Captain Mercer and Officer Bell last night
arrested two boys named John Sanders and
Edward Carson, after chasing them a mile
from Clay alley. The boys were seen going
into the alley with a lot of silk handker
chiefs, underwear, etc., which were supposed
to have been stolen from J. Bruggemau, of
No. 137 Wyjie avenue, about two weeks
Robbed of Her Pockctbook. Containing
838, on Washington Street.
Mrs.W. McKeever, residing at the corner
of Thirty-eighth street and Plum nlley,
while passing along Washington street,near
the corner of Franklin, about 10:30 o'clock
last night, was knocked down and robbed
of her pocketbook, containing $38. She was
not hurt. The thieves escaped.
A Frightened Team.
One of Arbuckle's teams, uhile waiting
at the Ft Wayne freight depot on Penn
street, became frightened and plunged along
the tracks, upsetting an unknown team, but
doing no lurther mischief.
A Shave for 1-15 of a Cent.
Colgate & Co.. N. Y., will mall vou a sample
of Demulcent Shaving Soap sufficient for a
month for 2 cents.
A Terrific Gunpowder Invented by a
Southside Chemist,
Negotiating 1171111 Uncle Sam for a Cool
$200,000 for His Patent
It is all well enough for Germany to have
tronbles in Alsace-Lorraine, and it is all
well enough for Germany to have intentions
upon England in Africa, but when Bis
marck and the bloomin' young Emperor get
to trifling with the affections of Miss Colum
bia in Samoa Uncle Sam is apt to become
All this sounds apparently indefinite, but
it is most peculiarly to the point, when it is
remembered that every individual patriotic
citizen in the United States (and every citi
zen is patriotic) is keenly watching the
progress of the unsettled settlement between
Germany and America in regard to the
Samoa question.
A man on the Southside, at this critical
juncture, arises and informs a palpitating
public thatno one need be afraid of Germany,
or any other nation that cannot speak with
the Yankee twang. In fact he has invented
a powder that puts in the shade the famous
French powder, for which over a hundred
German lives have been sacrificed in trying
to fathom the secret of its ingredients. The
Germans, it will be remembered, have suc
ceeded in capturing several French guns in
which the strange powerful powder is used,
but they have not succeeded in analyzing
the powder.
That the secret of this powder has not
only been fathomed, but improved upon, is
shown by the inventions of John Hind
marseh, an expert roller and chemist in
Oliver's Southside mills. The story of his
invention, and his connection with the
United States Government are best told by
Mr. Hindmarsch, and vouched for by the
''I have a powder," said Mr. Hindmarsch,
"that will throwaS8-caliberball,a very small
ball you will observe, through a half-inch
steel plate at 500 yards, and through a two
inch oak plank at a distance of from one and
one-half to two miles. I have done this with
only 45 grains of my powder, where the
United States military use 75 grains, with
nothing like the execution.
"My powder is eight times stronger than
the explosive used by the Government mili
tary, and if you know anything of powder
you will realize the terrific force and utility
of a safe powder eight times as strong as
that now used. My powder has nothing to
do with dynamite or nitro-glycerine, and is
not dangerous to handle. It is almost
smokeless, and at 100 yards you cannot hear
the report of the gun; but I assure you, you
will feel the tremendous force of the bullet.
"I have been experimenting with chemi
cals for 25 years, and while mixing two in
gredients of my own for fireworks two years
ago, I made up my mind to try the effects
of a third absolutely untested ingredient.
The effect was terrific, my mortar and pestle
were blown to flinders, and my wife thought
I was killed.
"The fearful force of this remarkably
small mixture set me to thinking, and by
two years of hard work and constant tests,
I have brought my powder to a perfection
not equaled even by the famous mysterious
French powder. The military, you know,
use a 45 to 50 caliber, while I use only a 38
caliber. I am going to try a splendid Win
chester rifle, but am having Bemington
make a gun especially for me.
"I don't know Huggins, our splendid shot
in this city, but I am going to ask him to go
through some trials with me. for I have
long ago passed the experimental stage, and
my powder is a fact. We shall certainly
shoot the Winchester off first with a string,
for I fear it will not be strong enough to
stand even a very small quantity ot my
powder. When my new gun comes, made
especially strong for the new powder, Mr.
Huggins will be asked to test it in regard
to force, quantity and accuracy.
'I wrote a letter to the Secretary of War
telling him of the practical tests of my
powder, and said also that I' wanted the
United States to have the first show at it,
for I know it to be invaluable.
"Secretary Endicott referred my letter at
once to Charles S. Smith, Captain of the
Ordnance Department, and Captain Smith
wrote this letter as vou see. The letter says
that my report had" been carefully consid
ered, and if I would send a sample of the
powder, they would test it and send me a
written report. However, lam not sending
any samples just now. I think I can mix
the powder so it would be perlectly impossi
ble to analyze it, still they might happen to
do so, then where would I be without my
"My powder consists of but three in
gredients. I pulverize these crude in
gredients, mix them with water into a sort
of dough, roll it out like paste and let it
dry. When dry, I pulverize it again, and
in this last pulverizing only a question of
danger arises. Such safeguards, however,
can Tie thrown around the process as to ob
viate all dancer to human life, and
after it is finished, is simply amazing. Be
side that it is as safe as other powders to
handle in the field outside of its terrible
effects upon the enemy. When it is fin
ished it is a beautiful pink color and very
"As I said, the powder is eight times
stronger than ordinary powder, and it pos
sesses a peculiar virtue in that neither salt
nor fresh water will injureit. Its utility will
especially be found in its use with small
arms, though someone will probably invent
a cannon that will withstand its force.
"I want a cool $200,000 from the Govern
ment for my secret, and I think I will get it.
for I am willing to go through any tests
with them to show that it will do all and
more than I claim for it. I will conduct
some public tests as soon as my special
Bemington gun is finished."
Mr. Hindmarsch is a Scotch-Englishman,
a foreigner by birth, but an American
to the core, and thinks if there is any
trouble likely to arise between this and a
foreign power, America should and will
have the first say as to his remarkable in
vention. He will not, reasonably enough,
say much about his powder, except as to its
force and cheapness. From a lew side re
marks he allowed to slip, however, it may
be that he has fathomed the secret and
turned to practical use the heretolore
mysterious power of coal dust or mill dust
AX $8,000 BLAZE.
Green Bros. Cork Factory and Brass Foun
dry Burned Down.
The cork factory and brass foundry on
Forty-first street, Lawrencevllle, owned by
Green Bros., were completely burned
down yesterday morning. Ah alarm from
box 75 came too late to do any good.
The buildings were insured, and, with
their contents were worth about $8,000.
That Brick En Rome.
Becoming somewhat anxious over the
non-arrival of that long expected silver
brick that is to be sold for the benefit of the
cyclone sufferers, Superintendent Follans
bee telegraphed to Pueblo, Col., and re
ceived answer that it would be forwarded
The First of a Series of Meetings In the In
terest of the Constitutional Amendment
Held Many Speeches Made.
The first of a series of mass meetings in
the interest of the prohibition amendment,
was held last evening in the Fourth U. P.
Church, corner of Montgomery and Arch
streets. About 700 persons were present.
The gathering was held under the auspices
of the Constitutional Amendment Commit
tee of the Allegheny County Woman's
Christian Temperance Union. Mrs. H. C.
Campbell presided.
Eev. A. M. Hills made an address in which
he painted the dangers of the liquor traffic
in the most lurid terms. Mr.W.S.Fahey, of
Connecticut, said in his remarks that a sa
loon keeper had said to him that the saloon
should be allowed to exist as well as the
church, as 32,000 people were interested in
the former and bnt 22,000 persons in the
Bev. Dr. McAllister, made an old-fashioned
temperance speech, in which he point
ed out the dangers of the liquor traffic. Dr.
I. N. Hays said he had been receiving
anonymous letters, containing sneering allu
sions to the work in which he i engaged.
Bev. Dr. Fulton, Bev. Dr. Collins, B. C.
Christie, Esq., Attorney McMasters and,
Mr. Alexander Cooper also made addresses.
Dr. Collins moved before adjournment
that another meeting be held shortly, to be
arranged and called bv the committee of the
W. C. T. U. Mrs. Campbell announced
that they would continue the meetings until
June 18. The motion was put, however,
and carried with a hearty vote.
That Township to bo the First to Tote' on
Prohibition on February 19.
In South Versailles township the good
citizens will have the honor of being the
first to vote for prohibition or no prohibi
tion. Constable P. J. Murphy has sent out
notices that at the regular municipal elec
tion on February 19 a special election will
be held at the same time for liquor or no
The 150 voters of that clasiic township are
holding mass meetings at the grocery by the
railroad, and excitedly discussing the fate
of the township and necessarily of the
Tcmnernnco Against Prohibition.
Eccles Robinson, a strong adherent of
Murphy and temperance, iu a long inter
view yesterday, expressed himself emphati
cally against the introduction of prohibition
in this 'State. He stated that the constitu
tionality of a prohibitory amendment was
debatable, and believed that high license
was better.
Executive Prohibitionists Stirring:.
The Prohibition Executive Committee
decided yesterday to call a general meeting
of delegates here to plan the canvass of the
county for the Constitutional Amendment.
Congressmen Thomn, Hatch and Bnrnett In
Town Last Nlaht.
Congressman Thomas, of Illinois, Hatch,
of Missouri, and Burnett, of Massachusetts,
were in the city last night on their way to
Washington from Franklin, Pa. They had
been spending Sunday with Messrs. Miller
and Sipley at the latter's celebrated stock
breeding farm in Venango county.
Congressman Thomas is the most prom
inent person mentioned, so far, for the office
of Secretary of the Navy under the new ad
ministration. He said last night he was
very thankful for the kind editorial notices
he nad received from the newspapers in re
gard to the matter, but he excused himself,
refraining to speak on the subject. As be
had no assurance that the place would be
tendered him, he would not say what he
would do.
Colonel Hatch, who is an ardent follower
of Democracy, said, in regard to what Pres
ident Cleveland would do when he retired
from office:
"Mr. Cleveland will live like a gentleman
and behave himself for four years. Then
he will bob up again, and he will just
smash things by making a clean sweep
across the country."
Another Trouble Between Landlord nnd a
Wonld-Be Tenant.
A hearing was held before Alderman
Doughtv last night in the case of William
Spieler against L. Walter & Lang.
Last spring Spieler rented a house from
the latter, who are agents for Peter Walter,
paying 1 on account. He was refused ad
mittance to the house in April on the
ground that no written contract had been
made. He claims 581 damages and the de
cision was reserved until next Monday.
Tbo Probably Fatal Accident That Befell
a Mill Worker.
John Bice, a Pole, living at Twenty
eighth street, Southside, was crushed be
tween some cars yesterday afternoon in the
yards at Jones & Laughlins' mill, and last
night was thought to be dying. He was
loading a buggy, which was across the main
track, when some cars was shoved in,
doubling him under the large car.
A Forty-Seventh Street Mnn Who Failed to
Itetnrn a Nag.
Albert Moorhead, of Forty-seventhstreet,
was arrested yesterday on a charge of steal
ing a horse from Jonas E. Johnston, a Wil
kinsburg liveryman, on December 17.
Moorhead represented himself as an em
ploye of the Philadelphia Company, it is
said, hired the horse and failed to return it.
No Office Building.
It was reported yesterday that H. C.Frick,
the new Chairman of Carnegie, Phipps &
Co., had purchased ground on Penn avenue,
near Garrison alley, and the company
would erect a large ofHee building on the
site. The report was denied at the office of
the company.
Cheap, Delightful Tobogganing.
The toboggan slide at Recreation Park is
in good condition, and will be open after
noon and evening. The admission has been
reduced to 15 cents, as will be seen by an
advertisement in this paper.
Ill Check Cat Open.
Tony McCarthy, a laborer in Hussey,
Howe & Co's Mills, was struck in the face
by a running belt yesterday, and had his
cheek laid open. Dr. Hicber, the atteuding
physician, says it is not serious, if lockjaw
does not set iu.
Cblel Marshal of tbo Pnmrir.
Colonel Thomas Cosgrove, of Braddock,
has been chosen Chief Marshal of the pro
posed parade of the Catholic societies in this
city on Washington's birthday.
A New Station Boase.
The new station house in the Seventeenth
ward is completed, and will be ready for oc
cupancy by the 1st of next month.
A PRAiniE on fire resembles the present
rush for Dr. Bull's Cough Syrup. Price,
25 cents.
Tho Best 85 00 Black Jackets,
All sizes, and finer at 810 00. Both styles
are perfect fitting and just right in weight.
Penn avenue Stores.
Invalids call at 1102 Carson st, and be
j cured free of charge.
A London Finn, With Others, Asking For
Space la tbo Exposition.
The following letter, received at the office
of the Exposition Society, shows how far
and fast the work of newspapers has boomed
the fame of the coming event:
Io. 167 Piccadilly. )
London, January iz, 15SD. )
To the Secrctaryof the Western Pennsylvania Ex
position Society, Pittsburg:
Dear Sib Beinc desirous of making an ex
hibit at you r Exposition of our manufactures,
we should like an allotment of space. 18x18 feet,
to make a display. We are manufacturers of
optical goods and jewelry, and shall certainly
make a creditable and an Interesting exhibit,
and would therefore desire a good location for
our space. In that case we should also make a
working exhibit with our newe3t machinery for
forming lenses. Awaiting your reply, we are,
Yours tmlv.
L. K. Leoit & Co.
This is but one of the" many interesting
letters from all parts of the country to be
read at the meeting of the board this after
Mrs. Carl Yerks, a German Woman With
Three Children, the Unfortnnn.tr.
A German woman named Annie Yerks,
with tbree children, has been scouring the
city for the past three days in search of her
husband, Carl Yerks, who left Minneapolis,
Minn., some time since for this place in
quest of work, and wrote her to come, say
ing that he would meet her on her arrival
at the depot.
They had previously lived in this city,
and Mrs. Yerks has a brother-in-law here
who is a street car conductor. Her sister's
maiden name is Eva Coonenbaker. The
lost husband can find his wife by applying
to the police department on the Southside.
Trains to be Ban in and Oat of the B. it O.
Depot in a Month.
The trestle which leads into the new
Baltimore and Ohio depot at the corner of
Smithfield and Water streets has been com
pleted. The ties and tracks are now being
laid, and will be finished before the end of
next week. The work is progressing
smoothly, and trains will be run out of the
depot for "Washington before March 4.
Henry Berger, 642 & 644 Liberty Street,
Cor. Sixth Are.
We find ourselves compelled to offer a
large line of ourstock in parlorand chamber
suits; also in sideboards, bookcases, easy
chairs, and cabinets at cost of manufacture,
and some from twenty to thirty per cent below
cost in order to immediately close out bal
ance of our last season's patterns to make
room for our large carpet and bedding de
partments, which our carpenters are fitting
up for the coming spring tradr.
Henry Berber,
Liberty street cor. Sixth ave.
At the Palace of Music.
We have a number of odd stvles of fine
pianos and organs which we are closing out
at remarkably low figures. It will pay you,
to investigate our offer of the above instru
ments. We are about ready to take stock,
and will soon be placing our orders for our
spring stock of instrnments and will need
all our capacity for these new instruments.
These are all No. 1 instruments and the
prices are extremely low.
A number of good second-hand pianos
and organs for sale verv cheap. Call or
address' Mellor & Hoeu e.
Palace of Music, 77 Fifth ave.
We Welcome Yon.
Yet another week of the clearance sale at
Hamilton's piano and organ sales rooms, 91
and 93 Fifth avenue. Many have come in
and bought from us for prices they were sur
prised at, Wemeanjustwhatwesay. Weare
selling pianps and organs at less prices and on
easier ternis than ever before, as those who
have purchased from us within the last
month will assure you, and it's not on the
second-hand and shop-worn goods only, but
the bright, new goods, consisting of the
famous Decker Bros., Knabe, Fischer and
other pianos and the Estey and Story &
Clark orcans.
Come in and see us this week, if you want
a bargain, and we assure vou vou will get
one at S. Hamilton's 91 and" 93 Fifth ave.
Another Surprise.
We advertised in the Sunday Dispatch to
sell men's genuine Enclish'melton over
coats, worth from 512 to ?15 for?3. The rush
was even greater than we anticipated and
we sold 'em out clean apd clear. To-day we
have another surprise in store. We shall
offer (for to-day only) between 8 A. 31. and
6 P. 31. men's elegant cape overcoats made
to sell from ?23 to $40 for the unheard of
low price of 510, 510, 510, 510. These over
coats are just the thing for nobby dressers
and have a 'detachable cape. Many of
them are elegantly lined with fancy cloth
linings, and when the cape is detached
present the appearance of a stylish ulster.
This low price holds good for to-day only, at
the P. C. C. C, cor. Grant and Diamond
sts., opp. the new Court House.
Nine Hundred Bargains In Wlater Wraps,
In newmarkets, ulsters, peasant cloaks
and raglans $20 00, ?15 00, 510 00, 55 00.
Come early to get one or more.
Penn Avenue Stores.
Liver complaint cured free at 1102 Car
son st., Southside.
If you suffer from looseness of bowels, or
fever and ague, Angostura Bitters will cure
quires quick sales.
vised in price.
CLOTHS and WOOLENS all revised
in price.
DRESS GOODS of every description
all revised in price.
Domestic and House Furnishing
Goods, Table Linens, Napkins and
Towels, 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.
Trimming", Handkerchiefs and Neck
wear all revised In price.
Winter Underwear. Gloves, Hosiery,
Cardigans and all heavy goods cut deep
to dose.
I have tbU day sold my interest m
the firm of
to my late partners, who will contlnus
the business, assuming all liabilities
and interests connected therewith.
Clam Spreekels Says Ono Hundred Millions
Wouldn't Get Him In the Trait.
Clans Spreckels, the world-wide, well
known sugar king, passed through the city
last night on his way to San Francisco from
the East. He is going to 'Frisco to arrange
for the shipment of several cargoes of beet
product from the Sandwich Islands to his
new refineries near Brooklyn. While at
the station last evening Mr. Spreckels said:
Am I In the sugar trust yetT Well, hardly
yet. I would not take one hundred million
dollars and go Into the pool. No. I never tried
to get in, but the trust has wanted me badly.
I never knocked at the door, but they were
after me. I do not know the condition of tho
trust, but I think it is going to pieces as fast aa
it can. The sugar business is In good shape,
and the prospects for the manufacture of beet
sugar were never more encouraging. That has
grown to be a great industry in this country.
Sly relations with King Kalakua and the
Sandwich Islands are about the same. I ex
pect that my share of the yield on the island
this season will be over 60.000 tons of sugar.
In regard to the Samoan difficulty I think
Bismarck will knock them out. This conntry
does not want to get into a war with anybody,
for the simple reason she has no defense. Be
fore we go to fight we want a navy, and It is
high time we had one. As a nation we shonld
be ashamed of ourselves in this respect.
Iron Rates to Western Points May be Ad
vnnced shortly. '
It is rumored, and not denied by agents,
that the rates on iron will be advanced
on the roads running west of Pittsburg on
February 1. This will include the Balti
more and Ohio, the Panhandle, Pittsburg,
Fort Wayne and Chicago, Pittsburg and
Western and the Lake Shore. The rates are
now 15 cents per hundred weight.
A shipper stated that one road had re
fused to guarantee him iron rates on a ship
ment to be made after February 1.
Penn Avenue Residents Afraid of Injuries
on the Traction Can.
The citizens of the Seventeenth ward are
complaining against the Penn avenue cars,
because the conductors, in their efforts to
make good time, hardly stop the cars at all
to let passengers on, thus causing them to
risk their lives and limbs every time they
get on a car.
Prices are very low and it will be a
good investment. S3 bays an excellent
Ulster or Newmarket; better ones at
10; still better at $15; the $20 ones are
Several hundred fceal Flush Wraps
also, including Jackets, Coats, Mantles
and Newmarkets. Then come the
Colored Cloth Jackets, 825. $20, $15, $10,
So all reduced, and the most stylish
and finest Jackets shown.
Special values in Black Jackets at $3
and $10.
Is the place this week. The first comeiS
will have the best choice.
mzz s
Don't forget the 900 Ulsters and New ,
markets. .-
The After Stock-Taking Bargain
Tables are crowded every day.
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