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" DOUBLE NUMBER.
At Riverside investigated by the
Board of Inspectors,
Who Listen to
THE AWFULCHARGES MADE
Dr. JMarneke Accused of Ac
cepting Bribes From
the Inside to
AID ESCAPING COUYICTS.
Alleged Crnelty to Sick Prisoners
in the Prison Hospital
CHARITY CHICKENS $5 APIECE.
McPhillamy's Graphic and Sworn Story
of His Becent Break
THE OTHER SIDE IS IET TO BE HEARD
Dr. B. B. ilaharneke, hospital steward
of Riverside Peniteiitiaiy, a gentleman
already more or less famous for his exploits,
is charged with aiding noted prisoners to
escape. In this connection, and before an
official meeting of the Board of Inspectors
of the prison, witnesses also swore that
Maharneke had accepted S2C5 for engineer
ing this job alone. He is also charged
with general corruption in office and ex
treme cruelty to prisoners in the hospital.
It is in evidence that he gagged insane
prisoners with cotton to prevent cries when
the galvanic battery was applied to them.
All this and more came out, as published
exclusively by The Dispatch below,
at an investigation whose first session
terminated at 2 o'clock yesterday morning.
There is trouble at Biverside. It is not
the first time, either, that Dr. B. B. Mahar
neke, the hospital steward, has been 'he
culpable or innocent cause thereof. The
doctor himself is in -trouble this time. He
now rests on wriggles under the more or less
grave allegation that he has accepted com
fortable bribes to assist prisoners of note to
escape from the "pen." The charges, eorae
what vague and exceedingly private at first,
hare now reached the light of-an official in
i estigation that began at 8 o'clock Friday
evening, and only adjourned its session at 2
o'clock yesterday morning.
The "Little Dutch Doctor," as the pris
oners afiectionately call him, rests or
wriggles under other charges also, em
bracing such cruelty as the alleged gagging
ot insane patients while they writhed under
the influence of galvanic batteries, etc
To be even more specific as to the cruelty
allegation, it is charged that, before the
doctor would turn over to a sick prisoner in
hospital a chicken which a kind-hearted
lady had sent him,he (the doctor) demanded
and accepted a $5 bribe, and gave a receipt
therefor, which subsequently fell into the
hands of the lady herself.
All the facts or allegations brought out at
the investigation are appended in the re
port of just what occurred:
Detail of Investigation.
On Friday night at 7:30 o'clock the Board
of Inspectors of the Penitentiary assem
bled at their meeting room in the Warden's
residence. Mrs. Mair arrived soon after
in company of Mrs. E. E. Swift and Mrs.
Holden These ladies were shown into the
rotunda where they were joined soon after
by Mr. Beid. Shortly belore 8 o'clock
Warden "Wright appeared and conducted
the party from the stony tameness of the ro
tunda to the elegantly appointed apartment
of the Board of Inspectors.
Here the investigation was begun about 8
o'clock, regular business having been
waived, and it was continued until nearly 2
o'clock the next morning.
George A. Kelly, President of the Board,
was absent from the city, and James Mc
Cutcheon, the Treasurer, acted as Chairman
of the meeting. James R. Beed was Secre
tary. The other inspector present was
William F. Trimble. Warden Wright and
Deputy Warden Hugh S. McKean occupied
conspicions seats, while Mrs. Mair, Mrs.
Swift and Mrs. Holden shrank hack, woman
like, against the wall. Unlike ladies
usually, they had nothing to say, except
when called upon to answer questions.
An Investigation Demanded.
Dr. D. N. Bankin, prison physician, sat
beside Dr. Maharnefce.
Warden Wright then read a paper from
Dr. Maharneke, in which that gentleman
stated that he desired the lullest investiga
tion to be made of certain charges made
against him, and would do all in his power
to aid the inspectors and Warden to the de
sired end. The charges referred to were
those of James McPhillamy, who now en
tered in his convict clothes between two
stalwart guards, and took a seat just across
the table from Chairman McCatcheon. Mc
Phillamy stated he desired to make a formal
charge against Dr. Maharneke tor
accepting a bribe to aid and abet
the recent attempt to escape
of McPhillamy, Fanning and Shay. Mc
Phillamy had begun to add the charges of
general corruption and cruelty to prisoners,
when he was interrupted, and the latter
charges did not go on record at the time.
This led to a very spirited dispute later on.
James McPhillamy was the first witness.
After being sworn by Mr. McCutcheon, Mc
I am here to make a charge against Dr. Ma
harneke. About September 1, 18S8, I was
sick with inflammatory rheumatism. Dr.
Maharneke came to my ceil one morning and
told me I wouldn't live two months in my cell,
and that something would have to be done. I
hadn't spoken to him for quite awhile before
that. He said lie would see. I went to the
hospital that day: About 11 o'clock Dr. Ban.
kin came and examined me and said they bad
bettcrtakemeover. About 2 r. M. toe same
day Maharneke came to my cell and said: "I
got you sent you over there." I replied that I
would not forget him for it and that we would
drop any trouble we had had before.
He replied that that was all
right and not to mention it. He said: "Jim,
I have just been married and am short of
money. You can help me that way." I gave
him 540 at that time. He said he wanted to
pay his rent. There were two twenty dollar
bills. I went to the hospital that day. I was in
bed a week before I got up. Then I was in the
sick ward upstairs for about a week longer be
fore I got downstairs.
About the middle of October, on a Baturday
eTening,when I came out from supper, Dr.
Maharneke stopped me and told me he would
like to spsak to me. I went into his private
room with him and he asked me for $25. I told
him I had only 511 In my pocket. He said 111
wouldn't do, to make out 525 if I could. I told
him to wait a minute and I would see.
I walked out of the room and saw
Johnny Robinson, who had my money at
that time. I got 30 from John. I went back.
The doctor had walked out of the room, but
came back right after me. I gave him the
money-525. Just as I handed it to him Frank
Offenbach opened the door. The doctor said
to me: "Take this dictionary for a stalk" As I
turned around I saw Jack Fanning coming In
from the wash room. I don't know whether he
saw the transaction or not I took the diction
ary a very large one, and went up stairs.
Robinson met me at the head of the stairs and
commenced lauching. He knew where I had
been, he said afterward. I went Into the sick
ward and then took the dictionary back down
stairs to the doctor's room. That same Satur
day evening Robinson made some remark that
I was foolish to give money op in that wcy.
About the 20th or 25th of October I was In
Dr. Maharneke's room again. I spoke to him
about getting away. Just then somebody came
upstairs. The next day the doctor came up
stairs, and, when he got an opportunity, called
Into Another Ward.
He asked me what I meant by sneaking to him
before and how much money I bad. Itoldhim
I had $200 that I'd give to get out
We talked the matter over. He wouldn't
listen to keys for fear they would get on to it
He said the bars on the windows could be
pushed out with one man's hands. I mean the
hospital windows. I asked if he would give any
assistance or bring anything in that would as
sist us. He said he would bring nothing in that
they could get hold of or fetch against him,
but he wpuld agree to give all assistance be
could from the walls or over the trails, and to
fix Fanning in such a position as tAflx ladders
or anything he wanted to. Ho saicNwe could
not do it at that time, as there was a sV-k man
In that room, and we would have to wait ar
da s until he got out and Fanning .got in. 1C
the meantime if I was sent to the "block" by
the warden he would see I would be back in a
few days. I was a great deal better and liable
to be sent to the cell at any time. He was to
put Fannlns into the middle room, and agreed
to cet us two suits of clothes and two revolv
ers and put them in the stairway ot the little
guard house at the upper comer. Then the
doctor Tias to go out on the wall after 12
o'clock at night, going throuch the
tower, and drop a rope, doubled, down
over the railing on the inside of the
wall, so we could hook the rope ladder on to it
and haul It up, the hooks of the rope ladder to
catch on the railing. Weweretoose poles or
anything else to make believe. It was another
A Ladder of Sheet.
The ladder was made of sheets. Dr. Maharneke-ordered
new sheets so we could use
them for the purpose. At this time I gave him
5200 in 520 bills. Several of them were silver
The sick man was taken out of that room
and Fanning put in. After that I talked to
Fanning, as I knew I could not get away with
out him. X explained to him that there would
be no difficulty in making a ladder to go over
the wall, and that there would be a
party to get clothes and revolvers for
both of us. YTo watched and cot all the
new sheets we could, and hid them.
After Fanninc was put into that room abotft
December 1. we took the sheets and he went to
work on the ladder. I helped him at times
when I got a chance. Along abont the 9th or
10th Shay was taken into confidence through
Fanning. I objected to"Bhay on account of bis
sickness. I didn't think he could go down on
the rope. He helped to finish the ladder and
About the 12th of December I gave Dr. Ma
harneke a 5100 bill to get two suits of clothes
and two revolvers. He was to give back the
chance. On the next Sunday, on the night of
which we tried to escape, he said not to come
near him; that he had no chance to give me the
change, but would leave'it in the clothes, and
to go that night as he was off duty that day.
About 10 o'clock that night I got up and
went into the closet with Fanning, who was
night nurse. Shay came in soon after. That
day we had cotten screwdrivers and other
things we wanted. I went to v. ork under the
window on the third floor and took out the
brick. Shay helped, but was also putting the
pole together. About 11 JO I saw the dust was
smothering Shay. I sent him into the ti ard,
telling him to put on Fanmng's cap and walk
around and send Fanning out It was rather
dark, and the patients would think it was Fan
ninc. With tannine I recommenced work on
the brick, and we were almost ready
To Go Soon After Midnight.
I watched the wall carefully. About 3
o'clock the night watchman on that side came
around on this side of the hospital. I said to
Fanning that we must go, and we had better
start now and see if there was anybody around
We threw the rope out from the hole in the
wall on the third floor and I descended into the
prison yard. Fanning' followed, and Shay
shoved out the ladder and pole. We crossed
over to the wall behind the mat shop, but failed
to find a rope of any kind hanging from the
wall. I went Into the mat shop and looked for
a ladder or something, but could find nothing
useful but two 18-foot boards. We tried to
wrap them together to push the ladder up with,
but when we attempted this the rope broke and
we saw the officersrunmng toward the "block."
Fanninc and I ran toward the other shops
and Into the machine shop. Shay went back.
There was nothing to help us in the machine
shop and so we went to the old shoeshop. We
now heard people following outside and went
down in the cellar and hid, where we were
The Warden come to me several times, but
I did not want to tell, as I desired to give Ma
harneke a chance.
Threatened the Doctor.
I sent for Maharneke and told him he must
give the money by a certain time. I believe
the Deputy Warden saw him come to my cell
at that time. I finally told Inspector Reed and
Warden Wright. Dr. Maharneke, when I
threatened to give him up, said It would only
cut his head off and not cet my money back.
He didn't have the money then, he said, but
would pay it just as soon as possible. He said
there were others back of the whole thing
Tbey were not my friends. My word, he said,
would not amount to anything. He said he
had intended to do what was right but when
he had studied the matter over the day of the
escape he saw he was liable to get into trouble.
That he weakened and didn't come down. I
asked where the clothes and other things it ere.
He replied that be had thrown tbem away. He
said he would give me so much each month.
There was no use of fussing, as he could not
pay money when be did not have It
A day or two after this Dr. Maharneke
came to my cell in response to a message sent
by Cook Hall, the librarian, telling him I
wanted the thing settled right away. He asked
me if had told Cook Hall anything. I said no.
The doctor said I had told Warden Wright and
Inspector Beed. I denied it when he said it
was no use, for the Warden bad told him.
By this time considerable talk had gotten
around about the matter. I think it started
from the Warden. I was asked abont the story
and acknowledged to officials and others that
the story was true.
The Doctor Cross-Examines.
Dr. Maharneke then asked to be allowed
to cross-examine McPhillamy. That worthy
insisted that ii Maharneke be permitted to
cross-examine witnesses that he be allowed 1
to cross-question his own witnesses. This I
was allowed by Chairman McCatcheon.
Then Dr. Maharneke cross-questioned Mc
Phillamy as follows:
Question When did yon say you gave me
Answer In my cell before going to the hos
pital about September L
Q, Was anybody present?
A. No; not that I saw.
Q, When or where did you broach the sub
ject of escape to met
A. In; our room, the night I gave yon 523.
I don't remember what was said.
Q. Was anybody present? Who came into
A No. Frank (Fanning) came in the door
leading from the sitting room about that time.
Q Did yon have no money bnt SUT
A. No, except what I got from Robinson.
Q, You say you tooka dictionary out What
A You told me to take it so theywonld
think there was nothing wrong.
Q, Was Fanninc in?
A. He came in the door, as I said before.
Q. When did you give me 5200 and where?
A In the convalescent or south ward.
Q. What time or where did you give me
A. About December 12.
Q, Did I furnish suits of clothing and say
they would be on the wall ?
A No. They were to be at the foot of the
stairs of the guard house at the upper comer.
Johnny Robinson Called.
John Robinson, sent up from Pittsburg
for murder, was the next witness. After
Bobinson was sworn, he said, in answer to
questions by the Inspector and "Warden
I never saw McPhillamy give Dr. Maharneke
any money. 1 gave McPhillamy $10 In October,
He said he wanted to give it to Maharneke. I
got a 520 bill changed for him at another time
in the fore part of October. He said it was to
clve to Maharneke. He didn't Bay what for.
McPhillamy gave me money twice to keen for
bun. He counted SW) odd dollars at one time.
He was talking about betting, and said I could
have most of it if Harrison was elected, i was
anxious to take his bets, but did not have the
money. I saw jucrniuamy carrying
large book out of Dr. Maharneke's
office. I often saw McPhillamy and the
doctor in close consultation. I told
McPhillamy he was a fool for giving his money
up. He said he bad to give it up or go back
to the "blocks." He said he was giving It to
Maharneke. Yes, there was gambling In the
sitting room between McPhillamy and Frank
Offenbach, the assistant hospital Stewart Mc
Phillamy gave me his money twice, as he
feared a search, and had an idea there was a
job to beat htm out ot it
Another Chance ot Him.
a McPhillamy now took the witness in
hand, and cross-examined him ns follows:
Q,. Have you ever beard of an attempt to
poison a man In the hospital?
A. Only what I have heard from others.
Q. Have you ever known of the electric bat
tery being used on anybody?
Q, Do you know of anybody having to be
carried out after the battery was used on him?
A. Yes. I beard they put it to "iittle
Sammy," and couldn't fetch him to for quite
Q, Did you ever know of cotton being put
into men's mouths?
A. Only by hearsay.
Q. Did you ever hear an insane man hollow
ing when they were using the electric battery
A Yes, sir. No. 8737.
Q. Did yon ever see any abuse while in the
A. Certainly I did. It was the crazy Ger
man, Henry. They fea him on wind so he
could not speak for four or five days. Refer
ring to the stomach pumps.
The Warden then asked Bobinson and
"Were you both not requested to look after
"Dutch Henry" and "Pete," another insane
man, to see that tbey did not harm otbeifratients
and were not abused?
Bobinson was re-cross-examined by Dr.
Maharneke; but nothing additional was
elicited except that Bobinson has none of
McPhillamy's money now.
Prisoner No. 8,301.
McPhillamy asked that prisoner No.
8,391, John Fanning, who was his assistant
in the attempted escape, be summoned.
This caused a discussion between Warden
Wright and McPhillamy. The Warden in
timated that the latter had coached Fan
ning, which McPhillamy denied, and said:
"You, Warden, have been trying to get
Fanning's story beforehand this morning.
When he passed yon in the conservatory,
you called him over and had your wife try
to work the sympathy dodge on him, but he
wouldn't give up. He told me about it I
had cautioned him not to say anything un
til called before an official meeting of the
Board ot Inspectors, and then to tell all he
knew about these matters."
Warden Wright explained that as Fan
ning was passing in the conservatory he
had called him over and asked him about
the matter, and that Fanning replied he
would say nothing until called before the
inspectors. No influence was used to obtain
his story. Mrs. Wright, seeing Fanning
for the first time, and noticing the smallpox
pits on his face, asked kindly when he had
had the smallpox, and expressed regret for
While Fanning was giving his testimony
Warden Wright remarked that the proper
place to settle the whole matter was in the
courts. He told McPhillamy and Fanning
that they could be indicted and punished
for attempting to escape, and time added to
their terms of imprisonment.
McPhillamy replied: "You can't bull
doze me, Captain. I am before the inspec
tors now, and am not afraid."
Fanning said, coolly: "You can't do any
thing of the kind. Captain. We've been
already punished in the prison dungeons."
Fanning was sworn, and testified sub
stantially as follows:
McPhillamy told me that he thought I could
go to work in the middle room on the ladder;
that there would be no danger of Dr.
Maharneke goinc in to catch me; not to be
afraid, as everything had been nxed all right
In the first place, I had been sleeping in a little
closet night nursing, when McPhillamy first
made the proposition to cet away.
We had no material to make a lad
der with. I waited awhile. I saw Frank
Offenbach give McPhillamy two packages.
When I came into go on duty McPhillamy
told me where to get the two packages. We
opened tbem in the water closet and there was
a rope wrapped around two hooks. I still slept
in the closet where I had this hid until Dr.
Maharneke made the proposition to me to go
Into the middle room, which I accepted, and
vent to work making the rope ladder. I told
McPhillamy several times I was afraid some
body would come in. He replied: "No, it's
all right. Tve got the doctor nxed." In the
meantime I stole seven or eight sheets from
the cupboard to make the ladder with.
McPlyllamy named the night to co, selecting
Sunday nicht Ho kind of kept things back
from me, but I knew some friend was to drop a
rope down from the wall and furnish clothes
and pistols. McPhillamy said we must go out
on that Bunday night or everything was a
Detail of the Escape.
Fanning then went on and detailed the
facts of the escape, much the same as Mc
Phillamy had done. He said Fox, the head
nurse, came in about the time they were
getting ready to start Fanning wanted to
strap him down on his cot The nurse was
satisfied to be strapped down, but said it
was unnecessary, as he would not move un-
Continued on Sixth Page.
LUCRE LUEINfr LOVE.
Wife-Seeking Michigander With
-Half a Million in Prospect
HAS TROUBLE TO MAKE A CHOICE.
He Receives Daily Several Hundred Letters
Warning Him to
BEWAEE OF IEEE FORTUNE HUNTERS.
Different Tones of Missives From Girls, Old Maids
Quite a study of the gentler sex could be
made through the letters which susceptible
or impecunious maidens and widows are
pouring in upon the young man Babcock,
of Ann Arbor, who, according to the terms
of his uncle's will, must marry within1 a
certain time in order to inherit a supposed
fortune of $500,000. The missives are so
many that only a cursory glance over them
can now be made. The moral deduced from
them, as below, is evident
ISrECUT. TSLEQIUM TO THE DISPi.TCn.1
Ann Aebob, Mick., February a J. L.
Babcock, the young man living here, who,
by the terms ot his uncle's will, must marry
in five years, if he is to inherit a fortune of
$500,000, is as peculiar, in many respects, as
the aged bachelor who imposed these condi
tions upon him. Luther James, the devisor
of the property which Babcock may possess
by marriage, was one of the oddest of men,
and his nephew, who was always at his side
during the later years of his life, seems to
have acquired many of his peculiarities.
The strange pair lived here together in a
very plain fashion, and no one would have
ever suspected, from the appearance of
either of tbem, that they could have raised
5100 to save their lives.
KEEPING HIM QUITE BUSY.
Since the death of bachelor James, young
Babcock has lived at a hotel here and de
voted most of his time to the opening, an
swering and filing of the letters which he
daily receives from young women in all
parts of the United States. Babcock re
minds most people of his nncle. He was
with the old man so long, and was so care
ful at all times to hnmor every whim of the
old gentleman that he actually came to
look, to talk, to dress and to wait: like him.
He is to-day simply a younger edition of
the bent and decrepit old man whose face
and figure were so familiar to the majority
of the people of Ann Arbor.
Toward the close of his long life, bach
elor James came to the conclusion that he
had made a serious mistake in underesti
mating the charms of women and bveresti
mating the value of money. It is related
of him that some watching was necessary
at this time to prevent the old man from
offering himself and his fortune to various
young women whose beauty and accomplish
ments had attracred his notice.
WANTED TO SAVE HIS NEPHEW.
The peculiar will that the old man made
was dictated with the avowed purpose of
preventing his favorite nephew and prin
cipal heir from following in his footsteps.
It is supposed that he had seen enough of
Babcock's resemblance to himself to
awaken a fear that as age 'grew upon him
he would be like him in avoiding women
and falling into a hopeless and miserable
old bachelorhood. At any rate, he con- t
:he W test HLffltf d '" .
"and the wifi.whosel .. J8"0. feP.H Mact ;
acoualnted with its -'-". . but, -J think I can I
eluded to give the Doy tp
incentive to matrimony. i
terms surprised do one acquainted with its
author, was duly signed and attested.
No one pretends to say what Babcock's
original intentions may have been. At
first he accepted the will as a matter of
course, and evidently was prepared to drop
ont of sight and think the matter over.
But the publication of the instrument
caused some attention to be paid him by the
correspondents of city newspapers, and he
at length developed an exceeding fondness
for the notoriety which lie saw he was gain
ing. He enjoyed being written up, and
on more than one occasion he sought pub
licity in the press.
Presently letters from women, young and
old, began to pour in upon him, and to this
correspondence he now devotes the greater
part of his time. He takes the keenest en
joyment in the attention which he receives,
and the one fear ot his life is that something
will happen to break up his fun, as he
AIT INTERESTING COLLECTION.
The letters are carefully filed away, and
the photographs, of which he has hundreds,
are preserved in such order that any one
can be found at a moment's notice. These
pictures are of women of all ages, but by
far the greater part of them are of girls
ranging in age from 16 to 20, most of them
The letters which Babcock receives are in
every conceivable vein, and from women in
almost every State and Territory in the
Union. Hundreds of them come unsigned,
or signed only by a given name. Many are
evidently written in good faith, those from
widows coming under this head in most
cases. Persons who have had an opportun
ity to get at the letters no one can now
hope to read them all are forcibly im
pressed with the similarity in tone which
the missives bear. They can be divided
into four classes "the gay and jocu
lat; the serious and plaintive; the
businesslike and emphatic, and the
sentimental and advisory. About one-half
of them express a great fear that Babcock
will finally marry some one who will care
only for his money. "Don't marry a fortune
hunter;" "For pity's sake, whoever you
marry, don't marry one of those wo'men who
think only of money;" "I write only to
warn you against fortune-hunting women;
there are a great many of them; marry no
one whose love for yourself you are not sure
ALL THINKING ALIKE.
These are specimen expression from let
ters written by women living hundreds and
thousands of miles apart, and all to the
Singularly enough, the women who, al
most without exception, feel that Babcock
may fall a victim to afortune-hun ting hussy,
are the very young girls and the admitted
old maids. Not oneof the widows, and not
one of the girls ranging from 20 to 25, speaks
with, so much rapture of the bliss of true
love, the happiness of being loved for one's
self alone, and the joy of love in a cottage,
as do the young misses of 16 and 18,
and the stately old maids of 35 or 45 who
write to Babcock, generally over their own
name and address, simply to advise him to
be careful. The young girls and the old
maids maybe equally disinterested, but it is
the free confession otone who has seen many
of Babcock's letters that there is just a
little more sentiment in the old maids'
letters than is to be found in those from the
school girls, and that the productions of the
latter breathe more of an "Ah there!" spirit
than is to be met with in those from the
WHEBE THET COME FEOM.
Massachusetts furnishes more of the let
ters from old maids, and Ohio, Indiana,
Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa, are repre
sented chiefly by the school girls, many of
whom write evidently for love of fun and
adventure, and without signing their names.
It has been urged that, as the old maids
give their real names and addresses, they
are the most serious-minded of Babcock's
correspondents, but there may be nothing in
The letters above described as serious, and
FEBRTTAKY 3, 1889-
plaintive, and business-like and emphatic
come almost without exception from widows.
They are generally long, occupying from
two to four full sheets of .notenaner. and as
a rule tbey are signed by the real names of
we writers, in nine cases out oi ten wey
open with a description of the last illness
and death of the departed, and fully one
half of them contain Some modest reference
to the esteem in 'which their authors were
held bv the late husbands. Some of the
mournful letters are unbroken by a ray of
humor, but many of tbem express toward
the close a willingness to consider any
proposition which Mr. Babcook may have
The business-like letters are exceedingly
short. One widow opens as follows: "lam
ready to marry on short notice." Another
says: "I have been thinking over your
case, and while I am not under the necessity
of marrying I have concluded to do so if I
find the right man, Please send me your
SOME IN A HURRY.
Some of the letters coming under this
heading are even more peremptory. One
woman says she will marry him, and tells
where to meet her. Several writers evi
dently labor nnder the impression that
Baboock has advertised for a wife, for their
letters open with a reference to his adver
tisement, One woman says she will meet
him at the wharf in New Yorkon a certain
day, and sail for Europe with him. All ask
for prompt replies." , t
Babcock has entered into the spirit of the
competitive examination idea, which cer
tain newspapers have jocosely suggested,
and some of his acquaintances declare that
he actually hopes to bring about a congress
of beauties, from which he, or a board to be
selected by him, can choose the loveliest
and best as bis prospective bride.
While the young man is amusing himself
in this way, a solemn statesman at Lansing,
perceiving a grave social danger, has intro
duced a bill making it aielony for any fortune-hunter,
adventuress or other female
perspn to marry a man for his money,
THE COST OF' A FEUD.
The Leader of a Kentucky Vendetta Tells
What It Costs Him to Protect His
Wfe Maintaining- an Army nt
83.000 a Month.
rrrrciAL telkoram to tub dispatch. i
Louisville, February 2. When a fend
exists in the Kentucky mountains the
leaders 'of the factions are reckoned as
pretty big men throughout their neighbor
hood, but no one heretofore has ever spoken
of the financial cost of this perilous amuse
ment For several days Ballard Fulton
French, the leader, of the French faction in
the bloody Frenoh-Eversole feud in Perry
county, has been in this city purchasing
goods for his store at Lost Creek, in
To The Dispatch correspondent French
said: "Owing to this feud I have left Perry
county forever, but 'it wasn't because I was
afraid of losing my life. I went away from
there because my expenses were so heavy
that it was about to take everything I had
to pay. them. I suppose I was what would
be called a wealthy man in the mountains.
When things grew pretty warm I was com
pelled to hire a ' bodyguard, and I had to
make it a strong one, too, to prevent my
being overpowered by the other side.
At one time I had SO men in my employ
and I was paying each of them $50 a month,
and furnishing them with tations. Consid
ering all things they cost me $2,000 a month,
I did not keep that many long, but I nearly
always had several to whom I paid saleries
to protect me. I provided them with aams
also. I have bought during the trouble not
less -ihan 160 Winchester rifles, besides re
volvers and cartridges."
"At what figure would yon place the total
account Of the
make a close
estimate. I have paid out in money on ac
count of the feud $20,000. I have hundreds
of friends who are ready to fight for me, bnt
as I am considered the leader I am expected
to foot all the bills. I am bled greatly in
the way of loans which are never paid."
DIED IN GEEAT AGONY.
Mar Baker, tho Circus Snnke Charmer,
Dies In Bnflalo of Ijockjaw.
rSPZCIAL TELZORAM TO TIIE DISPATCH.)
Buffalo, Februarys. Miss May Baker,
one of the best snake charmers in the circus
business, died this week at the Central Hos
pital in this city, of tetanus. Two
weeks ago she ran a sliver nnder
the thumb-nail of her right hand, and
lockjaw set in. For several days it
was impossible for her to partake of food
naturally; then she suddenly became better,
and was expected to be able to go home in a
couple of days, when convulsions set in and
she died in terrible agony. Miss Baker was
21 years old, and came from Springfield,
Mass., where her iolk now live. Her
maiden name was Kyne.
Some years ago, while playing as a "Cir
cassian girl," she attracted the attention of
Charles H. Baker, the veteran showman.
and they were married. The bride thought
she wonld like to be a snake charmer,
and i the manager had her in
structed in the art Afterward she
traveled with the Great Eastern Show, ex
hibiting with half a dozen snakes, the
principal one being a big 15-foot African
boa-constrictor, which was very affectionate
toward her. Miss Bacer was daring in
handling the serpents, but never met with a
BOODLE 0E BLOOD.
An Unlucky Investor In Mining Shares
Chases His Broker Downstairs.
tSrECIAL TELEGRAM TO TIIE DISPATCII.1
New York, February 2. Major A. A.
Sclover, who threw Jay Gould down a
stairway in Exchange Place a few years
ago, had a brief but emphatic interview to
day with his former intimate friend, Joseph
A. Blair, in the Aldrich Court building at
45 Broadway. Blair had been Major
Selover's broker for ten years or more. Mr.
Blair called to see Major Selover at the
office of the EI Cristo Mining Company
alter the board had closed, and he wasn't
received cordially. In fact Major Selover
chased Mr. Blair out of the El Cristo Mining
Company's office into the hall, and Mr.
Blair descended with haste down stairs
with Major Selover after him. .All the
office doors were thrown open, and a hundred
men were witnesses to the departure of
Broker Blair, weight 150 pounds, and the
pursuit by Major Selover, weight 250
pounds. The trouble was over ventures in
EI Cristo's stock, which had not been profit
able to the Major.
MARRIED, D1T0RCED AND REMARRIED.
A Couple Separated for Twenty Tears are
Keunlted by Their Child.
r SPECIAL TILEOBAM TO THI DISPATCH. 1
Lebanon, Ky., February 2. Twenty
years ago Henry Drane and Emily Dickey
were married in this town. They had one
child, a girl, and soon after its birth Mrs.
Drane applied for, and was granted a
divorce. When she received the decree
that made her a single woman she went to
Detroit and opened a boarding honse. She
took the little girl with her. Last week the
daughter returned to this town to see her
father, meeting him for the first time since
the separation 19 years ago.
In two days she succeeded in affecting a
reconciliation between her father and
mother. The former left Lebanon with her
and met the mother at Dayton, O. There a
quiet marriage was celebrated, and Mr. and
Mrs. Drane, reunited, will return with their
daughter to this town to reside. Drane is
quit well fixed financially. .
W , I ' -t I., '.---'' M V ,
- ' i ii .. . r
The Chances Afe That a tfeW Slate
WilLBa fixed Up.
BLAINE AKD JOHN CrBlTTEKFOES,
Allison May Possibly be Seared Into Ac
ceptin, After All.
MABME AGAIN PULLING THE WEES,
Bon Rns?eH Iaxes for Hew fork, Preswasbly Bur
dened With Messa jej.
The Cabinet has not yet been readjusted
to the new order of things. John C. New,
however, seems to have a fair chance for the
place Allison declined, Efforts are being
made to force the latter into line, Mc
Kinley is needed in the Honse. A number
of fresh booms have been started for the
rsPICIAL TELEGRAM TO TffiE DISPATCH. 1
iNDTANAtOLis, February 2. Cabinet
matters here remain in a chaotic condition
to all outward appearances, bnt no one need
be surprised to hear within a day or two
that General Harrison has taken a fresh
grip, called John C. New to take the Treas
ury portfolio, told Blaine that if he didn't
like it be could lamp it, apd gone ahead io
make his Cabinet over again on abont the
same lines that were pursued in the original
fabrication. At any rate, there are unmis
takable signs that General Harrison has re
covered from the discomfiture' into which he
was thrown by Allison's unexpected refusal
to take the Treasury, and that quick and
positive action is being taken to settle the
Cabinet business. '
John 0. New's relations with General
Harrison have been so close all along that
the fact that he has been in consultation
with him yesterday and to-day may not be
at ail significant, but his friends are to
night confident that be will get Iha cort
folio. Colonel M ew himself disclaims any
snch idea. The principal trouble about
New would be the antagonism between him
and Blaine. This is very bitter, and even
within a few days New Las been bringing
influences to bear that he hoped would
cause Blaine to be left ont of the Cabinet
BLAINE AND NEW.
Nevertheless, if Colonel New was offered
the Treasury portfolio, it is doubtful
whether he would refuse it on account of
Blaine's being also present at tbe council
board. Whether Blaine could ak readily
overlook New is another question.
Quite a spontaneous-looking boom for
Justice Miller, of the Supreme Court, as a
substitute for Allison, was started last
night, and seems to have caught on with
great success throughout the country, but
there is nothing in it The McKinley boom
has been wilting to-day because it is thought
that General Harrison would not want to
weaken the next Honse by taking Merlin
ley out of it. The Bntterworth boom is a
plant local to Washington, and haS not been
heard of here except in dispatches from that
Here is a solid fact to go with the delnga
of Cabinet uncertainty: Up to this evening
no letter, telegram or other message declin
ing the Treasury portfolio has been received
by General Harrison from Senator Allison.
Some people say it will never come. The
idea being that the unfavorable, comments
on the part oi General Harrison's friends ts
to Allison's acting unfalrfjr toward the
President-elect has scared the Iowa, Senator
into another reconsideration of the matter.
After all there seems to remain a fair
chance that New York may get the Treas
ury Department There would be no doubt
of it if all the factions would unite upon
Warner Miller for the place, and it is
probable that almost any other good man
upon whom the Empire State Bepublican
leaders would agree could get the place.
Gossip about the minor places in the Cabi
net has almost ceased since the Treasury
Department became'the key to the situa
tion. Tbe information that Alger is not
slated for the War Department, and never
has been, seems to be confirmed to-day.
There is more life than has been suspected
in Uncle Jerry Busk's boom for tnat place.
Foster, of Ohio, is being talked of for
some of the smaller portfolios, but upon
what basis does not appear. It is said, to
day that Henderson, of Missouri, is most
likely to be the representative of the border
States. The South is nearly certain to be
left out entirely. The talk is all for Estee
for the representative of the Pacific coast,
but that is because Estee's friends have
been doing a lot of booming, while Swift's
friends have contented themselves with
quieter work. There is inclination to dis
count the talk that Thurston has a good
chance. His railroad affiliations hurt him,
though probably not so much as they did
when uranger Allison was supposed to oe
fixed for the Treasury Department.
General Harrison attracted unusual at
tention about town this afternoon by bis
brisk and cheerful appearance. He seemed
in better health and spirits than for a long
time. Cabinet-making experts interpret
this as an evidence that he has braced up
after the Allison shock, and already sees
the way out of his difficulty,
THE SOUTHERN IDEA.
Word has been received here that Mosby,
the Virginia guerrilla, is about to visit the
President-elect. He comes from California
now, but it is supposed that his visit will be
in the interest ot Mahone. Since Allison
smashed the Cabinet Mahone's friends seem
to have taken a fresh start, and are working
harder than ever to get the Virginian into
the good graces of General Harrison.
Bussell Harrison arrived at- home this
morning after his trip to Montana. He
came alone, having left his family in Chi
cago, and, remaining here but a lew hours,
he started for New York. Ostensibly he
goes to act as escort for his mother and sister
during the remainder of their stay in New
York, and to brinjr them home when they
get tired or their money is all spent. It
should not be taken for granted, however,
that Russell Harrison has no other bnsiness
in the East but to look after the ladies. It
is very probable that he carries other
messages from his father than those ot love
to Mrs. Harrison and Mrs. McKee. In the
present situation of the Cabinet-making
business there must be many things that
General Harrison would desire a trusted
messenger to say for him in New York.
Colonel Hogland, who for many years has
made a specialty of work in behalf of the
newsboys and other wails of Western cities,
founding homes and organizing associations
for their benefit, sent an unique petition to
General Harrison to-day. In it he argued
that it was as much the Government busi
ness to educate and care for the waifs of
the cities as it was to look after the young
Indians lor whose benefit schools and other
institutions are maintained. He asked Gen
eral Harrison to advise Congress to do
something for the newsboys.
t is Over One Hundred Thousand.
Indianapolis February 2. The in
vestigation of County Clerk Sullivan con
tinues and many more irregularities bave
been discovered. The exact amount, how
ever, has not yet been ascertained. The
total discovered so far is $100,500.
$2,000 Worth or Stamps Stolen.
Cleveland, February 2. Burglars en
tered the postoffice at Warren, O., last
night, and stole $2,000 worth of stamps.
A NEW TAEIFF BILL,
Tbe Honse Ways, and Means Committee
Preja.riq6;a. Compromise Measure
Wblcu Will Probably Never' '
, . Cstqs So a- Vote;
If FECUf TILXQIUU TO TUX DISPATCH.! '
Washington, February 2. The "Ways
and Means Committee of the House has
about concluded to attempt the ,f eat of con
structing a compromise tariff bill, composed
principally of the free trade list ot the Seri
ate substitute, the internal revenue pro
visions of that measure, with the exception
of the paragraph relating p) alcohol
used in the arts and spch
articles as show a material reduction of I
luty, -It is not proposed to do this as an
evidenqj of good faith, but mtrely for pub
lication. This is quietly admitted by those
frank members of the committee who have
a fraction of humor in their organizations.
They do not expect thatany important devi
ation from. the Senate substitute will re
ceive the commendation of the Senate. But
they desire to Impress the country that tbey
are sincerity in favor of tariff reduction
and that they are willing to meet the Senate
half way to do something rather than noth
ing. . - - i
The Senate will not trouble themselves in
regard to a compromise. They do not be
lieve the House Committee will be able to
agree on a compromise bill soon enough to
give opportunity for its consideration pre
vious to the expiration of Congress, bnt if
they should, it will be allowed to die the
death. At least this was the fiat of mem
bers of the Senate Committee on Finanee
to-day when they got wind of the proposi
tion of the wily Democrats of the House
Committee. 'This Congress Is so near its
end and an extra session of the Fifty-first
Congress Is so clearly a fixed Jaot tha't the,
Republicans of both Senate and House are
quite willing to permit the question
to go over for a few weeks until
a new Congress is organized by the Repub
licans and the tariff can be dealt with en
tirely by the friends of protection. They
are not anxions, in view of the manner in
which the subject has been treated by the
Democrats, and in "view of the results of the
last eleotions, to let the enemies of pro
tection take to themselves any of the credit
for tariff adjustment or for the reduction of
internal taxation. Therefore this new move
ment on. the part of the Committee on Ways
and Means receives no encouragement from
the Republicans and will only be of value
to the Democrats in slump speeches of the
A Young Woman Shot and Killed In an Open
I.ot at Philadelphia.
Philadelphia, February 2. A mur
der was committed in the northeastern sec
tion of this'city to-night which is shrouded
in mystery. Two men were crossing a va
cant lot at Hope street and Montgomery
avenue about 10 o'clock,when they stumbled
over what proved to be the body of a woman.
She was still breading, but died a few min
utes later before aid conld be summoned.
On close inspection it was found that the
woman had been shot through the head,
and that the weapon had been held so close
to her when fired that her face was singed
with the powder. The woman was about
23 years of age, nicely dressed and of most
A shot had been heard by persons resid
ing near the scene a short time before the
discovery of the dying woman, bnt no at
tention had been paid to the matter; The
body was removed to the police station. The
police subsequently arrested a young man
who was looking about the lot where the
body was found. He gave the name of
Geqrge Fredericks and his residence as
North Eleventh street He admitted having
heard a shot fired, bnt denied any further
knowledge of thelaffairv The police do not
think he is tbe murderer, but he was locked
np for the night.
G0PP IS WORKING HARD.
The General Is Making n Desperate Struggle
for His Rights.
rSPBClAl. TELIGBAM TO THE DISPATCH.!
Charleston, W. Va., February 2.
Filibustering tactics have been adopted by
the Republicans in the inquiring into the
Gubernatorial matter. To-day's session was
taken up in speechmaking, but not of such
a" violent revolutionary character as yester
day. General Goff is continually on the
floor, on the Republican side, suggesting
and marshaling his forces a General in
fact as well as in name. Them is no change
in the Senatorial situation. If it is a death
struggle, Kennaite are dying hard. Dorr
is as persistent in his opposition as ever,
and all hopes have been given up of ever
making a compromise with him.
The principal hope of the Kenna people
is that they will obtain some strength from
the three Union Labor men. Nobody
knows what President Carr will do, but it
is not thought by conservative Democrats
and Republicans that he will ever vote for
Kenna. His Union Labor associates assert
that neither he nor Harr will ever do so.
The ballot to-day gave Kenna 39, Goff 38,
Hawver, Union Labor, 3, and Henry Bran
nonl. TOO MUCH GL0RI TOR 0KE MAN.
General Harrison Wants to Be Aa Editor
as Well as President.
rSMCIAL TELEGIIAM TO THE DISPATCH.!
Helena, Mont., February 2. Presi
dent Harrison's official organ at Helena,
with his son Russell B. as general manager
and authorized spokesman, seems to be
making good progress toward realization.
An effort has been made to get the Re
publican campaign paper, the Record, out
of the way and swallow it, but the managers
of the concern, knowing the anxiety of the
new combination to secure it, are' holding
the property at an enormously high figure.
' Tbe Harrison crowd are disinclined to
accede to the terms, and are making active
preparations to put in a new plant and at
tempt tbe freezing ont of their presumpt
uous rival. An improved power press of
modern pattern has been purchased,
and all the necessary appliances are
being negotiated for. It is understood that
young Harrison will import an editor from
the East, probably direct Irom Indianapolis.
The Republicans give evidence of being
highly elated over the certainty of having
a paper at Helena that will be so closely
identified with the new administration.
GERMANS IN THE PACIFIC.
They Are Rnpldly Absorbing All of tho
San Francisco, February 2. The
schooner Dashing Wave arrived here to-day.
The captain, William Chipman, reports
having left Juluit Marshall Islands De
cember 22. The time consumed in the pas
sage was 39 days. DashineWave brings a
.cargo of copra and tono logs. Captain
Chipman states that al! territory in that
part of the world is being .rapidly brought
under German influence. Pleasant Islands,
lying abont 1 south of the equator,
in 168 east, have been seized by Germany.
Every rocky point and every reef is an ob
ject of interest to Germany, and soon be
comes involved in some scheme which re
sults in its seizure.
Matters on the Marshall group are quiet
as there is no opportunity for them to be
otherwise, the authority of Germany being
supreme. Captain Chipman claims com
merce is hampered by excessive charges and
useless restrictions. On entering the harbor
Chipman states that no pilot came aboard
till nis vessel was anchored, yet on leaving
he was presented with a bill for pilotage
which he was compelled to pay.
Sh ILR REVOLVER
Jhri fifr j5on .Which: Ushered
the toal-of'the Royal Aus
trian. Info, ETernity. '
A Yietim of pis Fas3ionsjnid Yice
SltBDER THEOBTABOPT AASDOSED
Much Mystery Tet 6 or rounds tha Tragedy
Report of tbe Phjsiciaju,. Bays Hs
Was Insane Eeasqna for CalUaqHIa
So Various Stories Afloat About tap
Manner of Ills Death New Complica
tions Arising- Ont of tha Succession
IIotT the Dead PrlnCo Wflr Be' Buried
' A aiournfoff Bobe With a History,
At least half ,a, dozen stories have bees
given out by Dame Rumor as to the causa
of -Prince Kudelfs "death". After all are
dissected, the best informed on matters, of
the kind return to the tneoTj' (hat seems
established most on fact, which is that the
Austrian Crown Prince was either given his
choice oi a death and committed suicide, or
else' he took his own life because of
despondency or while-intoxicated. Therea)
circumstances, it is thought, will not bf
known to the present generation.
C8T CABiE TO THE DISPATCH.!
LONDON, February 2. Copyright-"
From the moment the Austrian Crowq
Prince's death was announced rumor der
clared that his death was not natural but
violent It turns out that it was a bullet
and not heart disease that killed the Prince,
butane victory is not enonghi Simple sui
cide is not' a sufficient explanation, and
rumor is on hand with fresh whisperings of
gossip which no. one dares to talk or print
in Vienna or wire from there, but which
leaks 'over the Austrian frontier and thrives
and grows in the clubs and newspaper
offices of London.
, There is no reliable foundation for any of
these stories, and yet any one of them may
be true. The English newspapers, as a
rule, treat their readers as little children,
whose mental fpod must" be carefully se
lected, and for that reason, with a single ex
ception, none of the tales which ore. familiar
to the few who have -independent sources of
information have been published.
SUPPORTED BY CIECTTIISTANCES: '
For the benefit of those who rely upon the
the press, it may be said that the exception
is the publication of the story telegraphed
you yesterday, of Prince Rudolf having
chosen death by his own hand in preference
to fighting a duel with a young man whose
sister he had betrayed. The character of
the Prince, unfortunately, is. not one to dis
credit such a story, but there are other cir-'
.pumsJanceswhich make it improbable. For
instance, the Prince was drinking heavily
on the night of his death, and while it
would perhaps be natural for a man of his
temperament to drink while making up his
mind to kill himself, It is hardly to be sup
posed that he would have with him at that
moment a humorous cab driver to solace hisv""
last hours by singing comic songs, and there
appears to be no doubt that the Crown
Prince, on the night of his death, was enter
tained, among others, by a cab driver named
Bratfisch, the superiority of whose mind in
a comic way has caused the Viennese aris-
Ltocracy to unbend io him In private.
SOME THINK 'TWAS 3ICRDEB.
Another story which goea about to-day is
that the Prince didn't shoot himself, and,
the rumor is traveling about in varioua
forms. It is generally agreed by numerous
persons who tell this tale that the man who
did the killing was a very high personage,
nearly related to a royal house. According
to one version the Prince, who was at his
shooting box, had given a rendezvous there
to the wife oi the man, who had surprised the
couple and killed the Crown Prince. Ac
cording to another story, this same injured
Princess is made to appear as the cause of
the trouble, this version being that the
brother of the girl shot the Prince dead
without any thought of offering him the op
tion of a duel or suicide.
These stories all go on to relate that those
aronnd the Prince, fearing the tremendous
scandal and influenced by the rank of the
man who had done the deed, united to make
the thing look like a suicide, placing tha
Prince upon hi3 bed with a pistol by his
side, and trusting to the authorities to give
to the suicide such a coloring as would do
away with the scandal.
STORIES HARD TO CREDIT.
It seems preposterous to imagine that
anybody-would have dared to make a move
in the direction of sheltering the murderer
of a Crown Prince, no matter how great the
murderer's position, and the reasonable
thing to do, at least up to the present, is to
discredit all these stories without exception.
The Prince, whose tailings and ill treaty
ment of his wife I have had occasion to
write about at different times, notably when
the Princess Stephannie was obliged to
leave Austria to be rid of him, was a man
with two sides to his character. Unlike his
boon companion, the Prince of Wales, there
was a certain imaginative, ideal side, not
very much developed, it is tine, but suffi
cient. I think, to have indnced him, in a
drunken condition, to take a gloomy view
of his situation and his doings generally,
and perhaps of some very- recent piece of
rascality, such as is described in the story
about the young Princess, and in a sudden
fit of half remorse, half despair, put an end
to a not very valuable existence.
NOT AN UNCOMMON AFFAIR.
Such cases are not so rare that one need
look very lar for an example of them. Pitts
burg has supplied instances of young men
with characters similar to that of Prince
Rudolf, though without the same facilities
for gratifying their tastes, who have ended
as he has done. It is necessary to say, how
ever, that the story as to his having been
killed by a man whom he bad wronged, im
probable as the subsequent happenings may
seem, is accepUd in England by those whose
opinions are not lightly to be passed over.
The event is most to be deploredfor tbe
sake of the Empress of Austria, a kind and
extremely popular woman, herself cursed
with domestic unhaupiness and with health
so delicate as to render snch a shock most
serious to her.
It is creditable to the Austrian physicians
that they should have refused to sanction,
by a medical report, the first official decla
ration of the Prince's death from natural
causes. To induce them to do so it was ar
gued that everybody said death comes from
"Herzschlag," the technical word for heart
disease that is, stoppage of the blood at the
hftut and that they could, without un-
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