Pittsburg dispatch. (Pittsburg [Pa.]) 1880-1923, February 04, 1889, Page 2, Image 2

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high a price for a chicken, and he said "Yes,
I think that is fowl play."
President Kelly, or ibe Inspector, Soys
the Foblic lias Kolblue to do With
the Western Penttentlnr? Tbe
State U Not the Pnbllc
At his home on 'Western avenue last night
Hr. George A. Kelly said that it would'he
impossible for Br. Maharneke to hare
done anything crooked, as he had been un
der surveillance since the time he was ap
pointed hospital steward. Mr. Kelly added:
"X do not believe that Maharneke is guilty,
and will not belicTe it until he bas bad a fair
and impartial trial. It is folly for any one to
think that Maharneke could have aided any
one to escape, or do anything that was con
trary to prison regulations. Although be was
an official of the prison, be did not know he
was constantly watched. I guess yon are the
only one aside from the warden and myself
who knows of this. Every little act
of the man's was carefully noted and if be did
anything suspicious the warden would have
been after him. Ve did not watch him be
cause we thought that he was dishonest, but on
account of the circumstances indicating his ele
vation to the position. We knew he was in a
position to do the prison barm if he wished,and
therefore we did not propose to take any
"There is nothing in the charges of cruelty.
Why, the mancbuld not have done half he is
charged with without it being known to the
warden. If Mabarneke was doing all these
crooked things, maltreating sick prisoners, ac
cepting bribes, etc what do you suppose the
warden was doinc all this tnis timer Do you
cot think be would know something abont it?
No. sir, you can't make me believe those things
until we have belter proof
"What do you think of the receipt given by
Mabarneke for the So alleged to have received
for the chicken!"
"Well, we are going to let Mrs. Mair produce
that if she can. From what I havo been able
to hear, I am afraid she cannot If she does,
it will be compared with the books in the
prison office. Mabarneke writes such a foreign
band that there will be no trouble telling
whether the signature is genuine or not.
"Mrs. Mair says she had the receipt, but lost
it in moving, etc. Mrs. Mair is an honest
woman and would not have sworn to seeing the
receipt unless she actually saw it. The ques
tion in my mind is 'was the receipt genuine?1
I think Dr. Mabarneke was too smart to do a
thing of this kind. If he accepted the money
he certainly knew enough not to criminate
himself by giving a receipt for it."
"How do you account for the sworn testi
mony of Mrs. Mair to the effect that Mabar
neke was very blasphemous in his language in
the hospital. Mrs. Mair is positive that Mabar
neke used then orst language she ever heard
during her wbole time among penal institu
tions 7"
I cannot for the lifo of me imagine why
fnlr ctiAnM I'Aon tl,ic fi citcrnt I
Mrs. Mair should keep this a secret,
and not let the warden or inspectors
know of it, when she knew it was
a trains t the rules of tbo institution. She
knows, as well as I know, that no officer on
guard in the prison is allowed to use harsh or
disrespectful language to any prisoner, and
cannot strike biro, onlv when the life pf the
keeper Is in danger. She came to the prison,
sat down at the same table, ate her dinner with
Dr. Mabarneke. and never made a complaint
of any kind. She knew it was her duty to re
port any violations of the rules. She did not
report these; but, on the contrary, to the State
Board she made the report that she could find
no fault with the institution in any respect
This certainly sounds very queer, doesn't it?
"I guess we will have another meeting aDout
Friday evening next when the other side will
be beard. As I told Mabarneke this after
noon, if be is guilty lightning will strike him.
I do not know what the board will do with him
after he is discharged, in case of bis guilt It
is a penal offense to aid any prisoner to escape,
and Maharneke will probably get a chance to
come before a court of justice.
"" "I fully believe that there is a power back of
the wbole matter, and sensational develop
ments may turn up. Yes, we will certainly in
vestigate it to the bottom, even if I have to
employ detectives to aid me to get at the
bottom of it If I have to do this, I will get
some of you Dispatch' reporters to ferret the
matter out lor me. If there is a job back of it
to injure Mabarneke, who says it is all a con
spiracy, then the job is engineered by a man
who bas a pretty long bead, and is as smart as
they find tbem. If I locate a certain man in
this city who, I think, is at the bottom of it be
will likely bear something drop, and might get
a chance to serve another term.
"There is another thing I would like to state,
and that is tbat there will be no reporters
f resent at the next meeting of the board. Why,
was astonished when I beard that The Dis
patch had a man at the meeting Friday night
Such a thing was entirely unbeard of, and will
not occur again as long as I am connected with
the institution. It is not because I fear the
publicity of the thing, but because I do not
think it is a matter of news for the public.'
"Well, Mr. Kelly, is the penitentiary not a
State institution, and, consequently, are not
the proceedings of its officers properly open
to the public?"
"No, sir; I do not recognize that you are the
State, or the public is the State. The in
spectors of the prison are the servants of the
State, and we are not supposed to be answera
ble to the public for any of our acts. The
proceedings of our investigations have always
been conducted secretly, and we intend to keep
on tbat line. If any reporters come down to
that meeting they will not get in."
"Will this not make the public think that
yon are afraid of the publication of tbe pro
ceedings, and want to keep it as quiet as pos
sible?" "Let them think so! Why should we care
what tbe public thinks? We know our duty in
tbe matter, and tbe public need not have any
interest in It .until the investigation iscon
Inspector James McCntcheon Says Mrs.
Mnir's Receipt is All That is Needed
to Decapitate Mnharneke
Bis Faith In tbo IJt-
tle Doctor.
Mr. James McCutcheon. a member of the
firm of Lindsay & McCutcheon, iron manu
facturers, and who is a member of the Board
of Prison Inspectors, and was presiding offi
cer at the meeting Friday night, was seen by
a reporter at his residence on Irwin avenue,
Allegheny, yesterday, and questioned in re
gard to the one great matter that everybody
seems to he talking about Like the other
members of the board, he was averse to say
ing anything about the matter until the
case had been thoroughly sifted, and both
sides heard. He would not venture any
opinion as to whether Dr. Maharneke would
be discharged or ncjt; out, until the defend
ant's sworn testimony is heard, be will be
lieve him innocent of the charges, Mr. Mc
Cutcheon said:
"I was amazed when the matter was
brought to my attention on Friday. Prior
to this I did not have the least idea that
there was a suspicion of Dr. Maharneke
aiding any of the convicts to make their
escape from the prison. Whether the
charges are true or not, time will tell.
"Mrs. Mair, when testifying, swore that
she had several receipts given by Dr. Ma
harneke to the prisoners. Among them
was supposed to be the one giyen .far $5 for
the chicken sent by Mrs. Mair to an inmate
of the prison. If she produces this, then
the trial will stop where it is, provided the
books of the tirison office show that Ma
harneke has been guilty of crooked work.
There will be no need oi hearing the other
side of the case. If he is guilty, he will be
discharged instanter. I do not know what
action the board will take after they dis
charge him.
"It is pretty hard to believe the stories,
yet they are backed up with such strong
proofs that the public will, do doubt, jump
at the conclusion that Dr. Maharneke is
guilty. Mr& Mair is a good, honest, con
scientious, trnthful woman, and when she
swears to such statements, there must be
something in the charges.
"The fact her concealing the blas
Tthemvand prdfanitv of Maharneke in the
hospital causes the inspectors to be slightly
skeptical. She told us that she knew of the
blasphemy for months, yet she did'not men
tion it. As she is a member of the Visit
ing Committee of the State Board of Public
Charities, she was, to a certain extent, ap
officer, and had a perfect right in the peni
tentiary. She was not under any obliga
tions to Dr. Maharneke for allowing her to
visi( the patients in the hospital, and there
fore needed not to have concealed his faults.
I cannot condemn Maharneke until we hear
his witnesses on this point
"One of the employes of the institntion
was up at the bank yesterday, and, for my
own personal Information, I asked him if
Dr. Maharneke used protane language to
the patients. He replied that he had never
heard him use anything like the language
attributed to him." Still, if it was not true,
Mrs. Mair wouldn't have said so.
"There is a strong belief that there isan
animus back of this whole business. It is
a well-recognized fact that the convicts
would naturally get down on Maharneke
Because he was taken out of their ranks and
put over them. On this account they might
try to injure him in any way they could.
"In regard to the statement that Dr. Ma
harneke was very abusive to patients by
using the electric battery on them, there is
nothing in that. I had a private conversa
tion with Dr. Kankin, the physician at the
institution, and he assured me that the
treatment was all right The battery was
applied under Dr. Eankin's own orders."
"How did Maharneke get to be made hos
pital steward?"
"Well, it was about on this wise: "When
his term was up he asked to be given em
ployment in the prison in that capacity, or
in the apothecary's shop. As he had ren
dered valuable services as assistant in the
latter, and as he was smart at the business,
some of the members of the board thought
it would be a good idea to retain him.
Others objected, on the ground that it would
be bad policy to take a convict and place
him in a position of trust and responsibility.
Those who asked for his retention in the
position said it would be a good example, to
show the other convicts that the officials
had their future welfare at heart, and on
that account he was given the position. ,
"We cannot believe that he has violated
the trust we reposed in him. About the best
thing in his favor is that he courted the
investigation. This would stamp him as
an honest man.
"As soon as we heard of the attempt to
escape the inspectors immediately took steps
to prevent a repetition. Another man was
placed on the night patrol. We have men
patroling the tops of the walls overlooking
the entire vard during the day, and it would
be impossible for anyone to get away. At
night the guards walk around the yard on
the inside of the wall.
"I guess the next meeting of the hoard
will be held about Friday night, when the
other side will he heard. "We will have to
wait until Warden Wright gets back from
Harrisburg before we can do anything more.
TT lioo n witnucCAL xrlirt r?ll cifjof ir
He has 20 witnesses who will swear to
directly the opposite of what has been of
fered by prosecuting witnesses. No, I do
not think the Warden or any othtr officer
will be implicated in the affair. Captain
Wright has been in charge of the institution
for about 20 years, and bears an irreproach
able character. He wants the thing sifted
to the very bottom."
A Lawyer Talks to the Young Men of tbe
S. O. T. nnd Jr. O- V. A. HI.
In Moorhead's building on Grant street
an enthusiastic meeting was held under the
auspices of the Golden Circle Division Ko.
85, Sons of Temperance. Mrs. Duffy lead
the choir in singing, and Mrs. E. H. Jones
had charge of the meeting.
The principal speaker was W. M. Price,
who directed his talk especially to the
young men present in delegations from the
Sons of Temperance and Jr. O. TJ. A. M.
He first reviewed the origin of these organi
zations, giving their objects his most un
qualified approval. He then turned his
attention to the amendment question, and
said it remained to be seen whether the
young men of this country were to continue
the flying of the flag of American liberty
over the school houses and distilleries
alike, when the former embodies the possi
bilities of all that is good and great in the
future, and the latter is a symbol of slavery
and tyranny of the worst kind.
He confined his attention strictly to the
religious side of the question in the casting
of the ballot, and did not enter into any of
the political questions, and at the con
clusion of his speech, received what is
rarely awarded at those meetings, most lib
eral applause from all present
Several members of tbo Musical Union Un
der Discipline.
A special meeting of the Board of Di
rectors oi the Musical Protective Associa
tion was called yesterday afternoon for the
purpose of disciplining 16 members. Presi
dent Euhe was in the chair, but what trans
pired could not be learned, though one of
the board said none had been suspended.
A fine of $10 is usual in such cases.
The trouble, so it is reported, arose from
the refractory members playing in the
Great Western Band on the occasion of tbe
anniversary entertainment of Orion Coun
cil 244, Iioyal Arcanum, held on January
24. It appears that Orion Council engaged
the services of the Great Western Band
about three months ago for this entertain
ment Before the anniversary came to
pass several of the members either resigned,
were suspended or expelled, but as they had
been engaged, presented themselves on the
night of the entertainment, and helped to
make tbe music. The balance of the band
being members of the association, were not
allowed, under the rules, to play under such
Officer Teeters Cnptnres Twelve Colored
Men Flavins Poker.
Lieutenant Teeters made two raids on
Saturday night out Penn avenue. A disor
derly crowd was very noisy in Mrs. Van
noy's house on Mulberry alley. Four men
and two women beside the proprietress were
captured. The latter was fined 25, and the
others 3 apiece.
Later in the evening the same officer
raided a house, corner Liberty and Twenty
eighth streets, kept by William Humstead,
where a poker game was in progress.
Twelve colored men were captured who reg
istered as Emmett Robinson, Henry Myers.
Richard Beverly, "William Burton, Henry
Brooks, Edward Jackson, Howell Forrest,
Alfred Butler, Willis M. Boser, Ambrose
Bird and Charles Murray.
Magistrate McKenna fined the proprietor'
(25 and costs, and the others $5 apiece.
Blayor Pearson Asked for Information Con
cernlnB an Old German.
Mayor Pearson, of Allegheny, received a
letter a day or two ago from Charles Heft
ier, assistant purchasing agent of the Penn
sylvania Bailroad Company at Ft Wayne,
Ind asking for information of a man
named Johann Kurtzdorfer, or Kurtz, who,
be learned, died in Allegheny a short time
The writer stated that he was about 59
years old, and wanted to know if Kurtzdor
fer was married or single and if he died poor
or was wealthy. The information was asked
for on behalf of the Mayor of Hotenhas
lach, Germany, where Kurtzdorfer has many
relatives, and who have not heard of him
for 35 years. The letter will be answered
after proper inquiry.
Another Cable Accident.
Phillip Eisenburg, of Soho, was thrown
from a cable car and had his nose broken at
the Washington street power house yester
day afternoon. It is said the accident wis
caused by the gripman failing to pull his
grip up in time to make the jump at that
I point
Some Very Peculiar Traits of Pitts
burg Library Readers.
And Scarcely Read the Fanny Papers and
Never the Religious.
WHY an owl
should signify wis
dom is not known,
except, perhaps,
that it looks wise,
says nothing, and
cannot even see in
bread daylight.
This has very
little to do .with
the intellectual
status of Pittsburg,
but a tender sub
ject like this must
he approached in a
coy, reserved way, as all arc so used to
praising iron, glass and gas, that none ever
think of her readers and of her people
whose business and amusement it is to
One half hour spent in the Pittsburg li
brary shows some funny things that may
not be generally known. The library con
tains 22,000 books, embodying the wisdom
of centuries, yet there are but 1,000 mem
bers. The sexes are about equally divided,
but there is the widest difference in taste.
The scientific department is patronized
by either very young men or very old. The
young men come to look up some electric
or iron or chemical affinity, while the old
gentlemen usually love to pour over the
secret art of ages and ages ago. Oc casion
ally a lady wanders into the alcove,' studies
a chemical proposition with knit brows for a
moment, then goes away to the furthercst
end of the room and seeks refuge in a ba
zaar. The Kid's Delight.
Then, queerly enough, the men patronize
the religious corner, with perhaps a lady
now and then who seeks an explanation of
her own religious schisms. This is only
queer because the regular church-goers are
mainly ladies, which goes to show that men
are seeking a scientific explanation of what
women accent verbatim et literatiur.
It must be stated right here, and with
authority, that woman has no humor in her
composition. She doesn't read the funny
Aeriais, or, wnai is worse, it sne aoes read
them, she doesn't laugh, and this is simply
maddening to a man across the table who
looks to her for sympathy.
Her affinity is in popular novels. One
fourth of the entire number of books are
novels, and three-fourths of the readers are
ladies. Of 14 books returned within two
hours, 11 were novels, while history, biog
raphy and art formed a staid, but minor
committee of three.
Sometimes the novels are returned in a
rather bedraggled state and a blushing miss
stammers "It fell into the bathtub." or
perhaps a scorched page speaks of a sleep
head too near the gas jet
The Very Latest
The amazed librarian was asked lately
forBulwer's "Childe Harold," but finally
succeeded in convincing the lady that "Har
old" alone would do. It is perfectly true
also that a pretty East End miss asked for
that "widely quoted book, Ibid," and the
good-natured lady librarian felt so badly
that she couldn't tell the girl of her mis
take, but handed her a Latin dictionary.
The dictionary was returned in a few min
utes, and the young lady with the flaming
cheeks hasn't been backsince, and no doubt
considers Miss M a mean thing.
A Concert to be Given to Aid the Benevolent
Home for the Boys.
Dr. J. C. White, of St. Andrews' Church,
addressed over 80 newsboys at the Home
last night. He gave them some good ad-'
vice, couched in language they could all
Of the 40 cots in the building, 39 are
occupied by regular lodgers, many of whom
are learning trades. The concert given by
the Ladies' Mitten Club in the Fourth TJ.
P. Church is expected to help materially
the diminished treasury. Contributions
can be sent to Charles E. Speer, of the First
National Bank, and clothing to Ko. 15 Old
Five Dollars Per Gont.
Two men, Eoyer and Petro, were arrested
by Officer Ingram and locked in the Four
teenth ward station house. The officer
alleged that they had killed two goats be
longing to Pat Kain. Justice Hyndman
fined them $10 and costs.
Beaver College in Debt.
Dr. Jaylor, of the Beaver Female College,
preached in the Methodist Church at Brad
dock yesterday. He stated that the
school was in debt and was intended 1o
educate poor and worthy girls. The ad
vancement of the public schools has injured
the college.
Tho first Conn There.
Magistrate Brush held court in the new
Seventeenth ward station house yesterday
for the first time. He fined N. McCaffery,
C. Mahon and T. Boss $3 each for fighting
in a house on Butler street
The B. P. O. Elks fepend a Pleasant Evening
at Mnllbj Hall Songs and Good Music
Make Up the Programme.
' The B. P. O. Elks held a jolly social
session last evening at Maltby Hall, Fifth
avenue. Brother Charles Lewis acted as
Chairman and the High Court of Justice.
He was very proud of his personal appear
ance, and fined Brother Bobinson for en
deavoring to imitate him by coming to the
session without any hair on the top of his
head. '
The session was opened by an overture by
the Grand Opera House orchestra. Mr. W.
B. Clinton was called upon and gave some
alleged imitations of Irish characters. Mr.
Metz, of the Si Perkins company, played
an excellent violin solo and was enthusiast
ically recalled. Brother Charles Cochrane,
a rising young tenor singer of this city, sang
"Will o'" the Wisp" and other selections.
Brother Frank Jones sang a solo, "Courting
in the Country," in a very laughable man
ner. A piano solo was rendered by Brother
Eberbardt. Mr. Shaw, who will appear at
the Academy of Music this week, sang
some of the latest songs of the day. Mr.
Shaw has a fine voice. Songs were sung
and imitations given by Messrs. Brooks,
Loughrey, Lawrence and others.
A very excellent luncheon was served
during the evening by Caterer Goodwin, of
the Petroleum Exchange Bestaurant. Toasts
were drank to the B. P. O." Elks and to the
absent brothers.
A Pole Is Found nt tbe Bottom of Stairs
Breathing His Last.
About 10 o'clock on Saturday night the
body of Andreas Polomski was found at
the foot of the stairs in the house of Gustar
Eibener, n the corner of South Tenth and
Bradford streets. Polomski was a Pole,
who worked at Scutt's wire mill and who
boarded at 96 South Thirteenth street He
had, it 'is alleged, been drinking with sev
eral of his friends during the evening at
the home of Eibener, when he was sudden
ly missed. It was then that his body was
There were no other perceptible injuries,
except that one of his eyes was badly cut
and the other bruised, as if from a fall. The
body was taken into the house, and, as lite
did not appear to be entirely extinct, a phy
sician was sent for. But none responded to
the call. At 130 o'clock the man died
without having spoken a word.
The police were notified of the occurrence
yesterday morning, and they arrested
Eibener, Frank Keschel and Christoph; but
they were discharged after they had been
submitted to some close questioning.
Coroner McDowell viewed the body in
the afternoon and he stated that the man
might have died from a fall. An inquest
will be held to-day.
Polomski was a married man, his wife
and three children living still in the old
country. A bankbook showing a deposit of
$150 was found on the man.
Harris Says He Will Not be Crowded
Oat of tbe Theater.
Mr. P. Harris, manager of the Harris
Theater, is in the city.
At. the Anderson Hotel last night he
said: "I'm in constant communication with
the company that owns the Opera House
building, and I know that part of it is not
going to be made into a hotel. Itis all talk,
and I pay no attention to it My lease will
run out in two years, but I expect to re
new it
"I have no idea of building a theater
here at present. There are enough theaters
in the city now, and none of them are mak
ing anything of any account Of course, I
realize a little, but I cannot make a fortune
by any means. All this talk about building
theaters in Pittsburg is so much bosh. I
Eredict that a new theater will not be built
ere in the next ten years. If lever should
be crowded out, rather than leave the city
I might build one, but the possibility is
very remote."
A Minister Talks on the Absurdity of Mod
ern Spiritualism.
Key. W. N. Webbe, rector of the St.
John's Episcopal Church, corner of Main
and Butler streets, delivered an address last
evening on the subject of "Saul's experi
ence with the medium, or some absurdities
of modern spiritualism." In his sermon he
related Saul's experience with the witch of
Endor. He said the witch was a fraud, as
she was badly frightened by the appearance
of Samuel.
He said that it was possible for the spirit
of a dead person to return to the earth, but
in bible history they always returned of
their own free will, and it required no hu
man incantations to summon them back to
the earth. If it was so then it is equally as
true to-day.
Incidents of a Bay In Two Cities Condensed
for Bendy Beading.
Mrs. JIicnAEL Fox fell on Penn avenue
near Thirtieth street and broke her leg.
Engine Company No. 2 extinguished a
slight blaze on the roof of the building No. 139
Water street, yesterday morning.
CiiAiuES Sinn, of O'Hara street Allegheny,
fell on Ohio street yesterday, and broke his
leg. He was taken to Mercy Hospital.
Charles Jenkins and C. Smith were ar
rested Saturday evening for reckless driving
on Second avenue. It was So and costs.
Wii. Miller, charged with robbing a trunk
in Heinrich's saloon, on Penn avenue, was
committed to jail in default of 51,000 bail.
The Misses Clugston, of Braddock, held a
box social on baturday evening. The proceeds
will go toward building a new Presbyterian
church at Homestead.
At the Thirty-sixth ward Republican pri
maries Saturday, Evens Jones was nominated
for Select Council, and Andrew Strcub and
William Kecfer for school directors.
Mrs. Thomas HuGHES,of South Thirteenth
street fell Saturday night on Carson street
while going to a butcher's shop. 8he dislocated
her shoulder and had to be taken to her home.
Lawrence Mooney presided and speeches
were made by Mr. Kcnauf, of Tarentum, and
Mr. Cassidy at a Constitutional amendment
meeting at No. 80 Ohio street Allegheny, last
A dorse driven by Wm. Michaels ran away
at Oakland, threw Michaels out, badly cutting
his head, and knocked an officer down who
tried to stop it The buggy was completely
Two boys yesterday found the body of an un
developed male child in an ash pile in Union
alley, Allegheny. Tt was removed to the
morgue and the Coroner will Investigate this
AN inquest was held on the body of John
Gllleland. by Justice of the Peace Cowan.
Gillcland dropped dead on the Brownsville
road and a verdict of death from anonlexv
was rendered.
Rev. Mil. Madden and E. L. Grier were the
principal speakers at the W. C. T. U. meeting
last night in Moorhead's bnildinc. The attend
ance was so large another room bad to be
thrown open.
Another large meeting was held by Gospel
Temperance Union No. 1 in University Hall.
The Constitutional amendment was the sub
ject of discussion by Messrs. Rankin, Bnllen
Hall, Biggs and "Broadax" Smith.
The Rev. A S. Crabsey, of 'Rochester, N. Y.,
will give a series of special addresses to clergy
men at St Mark's Episcopal Church, Eigh
teenth street Southside, to-morrow. Tonic:
"The Five Sorrowful Mysteries."
There will be a meeting of the colored Re
publicans of tho Twelfth ward at the hall, cor
ner of Penn avenuo and Thirty-third street
this evening, for the purpose of endorsing
different candidates for the various ward
The Democratic Legion, of Lawrenceville,
will meet to-night to debate on the tariff.
Colonel J. M. Molamphey and R. A Michals will
present tbe Republican side, and J, j. Miller
and J. H. Horrocks the Democratic. Tbe Lin
coln Republican Club and the Young Men's
Democratic Club will attend.
R. of L. Coke Workers Snubbed by
the National Miners' Union, Bat
Another Joint Convention Called to Dis
cuss the Wage Question.
The joint committee of D. A. 11 and Sub
Division 4, of N. T. A. 135, K. of L., wish
to present the following to the public:
At a joint convention held in Scottdale,
on January 26, we invited the Miners' Na
tional Progressive Union to select a commit
tee to meet a committee of the Knights of
Labor, and adopt a system of working in
harmony. This invitation was refused by a
vote of the Miners' National Progressive
Union, and further efforts for harmony re
sulted in the following letter:
Mt. Pleasant, January 29.
SI. F. Kane, Morgans, l'a.;
Dear Sin I received a letter to-day from
William Rhodes, Secretary of D. A. II, K of
L., asking for a conference between the N. P.
U. Seals Committee and a scale committee of
the joint convention, acting in accord with the
spirit of the convention held in Columbus,
where tho N. P. U. was formed from both of
the miners' organizations. The convention de
cided to recognize no organization but tbe N.
P. U. of miners and mine laborers. Under tho
circumstances I cannot act iu the matter.
Respectfully, William Mtjixen,
Secretory of District No. 5, N. P. U.
Therefore, in view of the above facts, we, the
Joint committee representing the unignts oi
Labor, feel ourselves constrained to say that
any resort to a strike under conditions that
prevent co-operation and a general action on
the part of the men would only resnlt in disas
ter, and, feelingthat tbe men are justly entitled
to a uniform price equivalent to the Frick
scale, do urge upon the men to remove all
obstacles to a hearty co-operation of all of
labor's forces, and in pursuance of this object
hereby call a convention of delegates to meet
in Scottdale on Saturday, February 9, at 10 A.
M. One delegate from each yard and one from
each mine shall be entitled to a voice and vote
in said convention. We earnestly hope that
this call will be responded to by all whose
interests are at stake, for until such is tbe case
no promise of success can be held out to tho
workers, and we appeal to you, as thinking, in
telligent workmen, to place tbe responsibility
where it belongs. Peter Wise,
William Rhodes,
R. D. Kerfoot,
James Keeoan,
M. P. Kane,
Robert Gore,
W. D. Wilson,
Joint Committee.
The joint committee have instructed M.
W. Peter Wise to proceed this morning and
fake the field, and remain until the region
is thoroughly organized. He will have the
assistance of J. W. Killduff, editor of the
Vindicator, at Gallitzin, who is well known
as an eloquent speaker. They will try to
induce harmonious action among the coke
Western Pennsylvania's Delegation
miners and Operators.
The Western Pennsylvania delegation to
the National Convention of Coal Miners
and Operators at Indianapolis this week
leaves to-night over the Panhandle road.
The last annual convention, which was
held in this city last February, lasted four
days. Prom present appearances the In
dianapolis convention will continue from
Tuesday morning to the end of the week.
The development of several large coal
fields during the pastyearwill.it is thought,
be the cause of considerable trouble in ar
riving at a definite base scale for the coming
year. A number of new railroads having
been extended to several virgin fields in the
South and West will also prove very im
portant factors in the convention's delibera
tions, as the development of competition is
bound to result in a cut in prices and
ultimately a reduction of wages.
The Miners' National Association has
chosen its best men from the different States
to represent it in tbe conference, and as the
operators of Ohio, Pennsylvania and In
diana have followed their example a hot
time is expected.
It is hinted that the Illinois member who
seceded and other operators who refused to
join the association two years ago, will be
represented in the convention and become
members of the association.
The Wire Drawers May Strike To-Day
Agninst a Redaction.
This morning will determine whether the
employes of the wire department of the
Braddock Wire Mill will accept or reject a
reduction in wages. About 400 men are
employed at these works, a large number of
whom are connected with the wire depart
ment. Last week Superintendent William
Edenborn arrived at the works from St.
Louis and gave instructions for the follow
ing notice to be posted at the works:
Until further notice wire drawers' depart
ment will remain closed. Those desiring to
leave may inform foreman at or before 10
o'clock, Monday, and receive their pay in tbe
The men upon inquiring learned that this
notice meant a 17 tper cent reduction in
wages. Thirty of the most experienced
hands at once went to the office and notified
the clerk that they were ready to quit;
whereupon they received what wages were
due them and left. The others remained at
work until yesterday, when a committee
was delegated to visit Superintendent
Edenborn. At this time be agreed to a re
duction of 8 per cent.
If they should strike, an attempt will be
made to have the employes of the rod de
partment join them. It is thought, how
ever, that a strike will be averted.
G. M. W. Powdcrly Makes a Levy of Flvo
Cents for Lecturers' Expenses.
It is stated that a notice has been received
at the office of D. A. 3, K. of L., from Gen
eral Master Workman Powderly authoriz
ing a 5-cent assessment to defray the ex
penses of the general lecturers. This, it is
understood, is compulsory, although it was
stated at the Indianapolis session of the
General Assembly that assessments would
be voluntary in future.
Any member failing to respond to the
call will likely be dropped from the roll of
A Scheme of Pittsburg's Waster Painters
Wilh Very Wide Scope.
The master painters of this city who will
attend the national convention at Washing
ton on the 28th of this month, will probably
present a resolution to tbat body, providing
for the appointment of a salaried chemist to
examine all paints and oils placed on the
market. If so, they will keep the results
published in a magazine which will be
chosen or started in the interest of the asso
ciation throughout the country.
la Behalf of the Mt. Wasblnstoa Catholic
Church Finances.
Eev. Father Tolin, of Mt: Washington
Catholic Chnrch, bas arranged with the
members of his congregation to hold a big
tea party in the parochial school building
on the 21st and 22d of this month.
The church is considerably in debt, and
the proceeds of this affair are" to be used in
decreasing the debt and improving the
church. The congregation is one of the
largest Catholic congregations in the city,
and the tea party promises to he a big affair.
A meeting of the ladies of the congrega
tion will be held at the parochial residence,
Mt. Washington, on Friday evening, at
which the different committees and aides
will be appointed.
4, 1889.
A Doctor Gives the Animal a Harder Slap in
, the Face Than Bismarck.
"The American hog, yea, and verily all
hogs, have little virtue as a food product,"
said a physician yesterday. "That animal
produces more disease than any other one
in the brnte creation. Only those with cast
iron stomachs can digest the meat to start
with, and the demoralization of the digestive
apparatus is usually the beginning of dis
ease. "Consumption, scrofula, sourvy, and
various other malignant fevers can often be
traced directly to the use of hog flesh. The
Shakers declare that since their society in
1850 quit eating pork, not one of their num
ber has died of consumption.
"The danger from trichina is not so great
as long as the animals are properly fed. No
traces of them are hardly ever found in hogs
raised in the country, where they breathe
pure air, drink good water and eat grain
from the fields. If this was the only objec
tion to pork, Iwould eat it freely when I
felt sure that it came from tbe country.
Trichina are queer little parasites, and
they come from the filth that the pigs de
vour. They are developed in little sacks in
the animal's body, and like cabbages must
be transplanted before they will grow. It
is strange, but as soon as they are intro
duced into the human system, they wake
up and commence to multiply. They bore
straight through the tissues until they come
to the surface, when with a strong micro
scope they can be seen dancing and moving
around under the skin.
"A similar animal sometimes comes from
the use of bad beef for food purposes. It is
well known that foxes, living freely on rab
bits, are often afflicted with animalcula
that lie dormant in the rabbit, but become
active Jwhen introduced into the fox. Zo
ologists account for all these parasites on
the same principle, that they are born in
filth and thrive in luxury."
Of the DIoccs e of Pirtsbnrjr, and What Its
Programme Promises.
A meeting of the Southern Convocation of
the diocese of Pittsburg, under the direction
of the Et. Eev. C. Whitehead, D. D., will
be held to-morrow and Wednesday at St.
Mark's Episcopal Church, Southside. The
programme of these services will be as fol
lows: TUESDAY. 1-30 P. sr.
Special sermon. Rev. W. T. Webbe, of St.
John's Church, Lawrenceville.
Special anthem, "Ye Shall Dwell In the
Land," by Stainer.
8.-00 A. jr.. Holy communion.
90 A. jr.. Morning prayer.
10.-0OA. jr.. Holy communion. Special ser
mon. Rev. George Hodges, Calvary Church,
East Liberty.
11:00 a.m., Essay, "Thoughts on tho Sunday
School," Rev. John Graham, McKeesport, Pa.
12:00 jr.. Exegesis, St. James, v., 14, 15j topic,
"Annointing the Bick," Revs. F. C. Cowper,
Washington, Pa.. T. J. Dannor, New Brighton,
300 P. Jr., Meeting of the Woman's Auxiliary.
For clergy and laity. Addresses: Rev. J.
C. White. D. D.. & Andrew's Church; Rev
W. W. Wilson, Kittanning, Pa.
1:15 P. si.. Children's Evensong. Address: Rev.
H. D.Waller, Church of the GoodShepherd,
Conference of Church Workers. 7:30 P. 21.
Topics: (1) "Our Church in Pittsburg."
Writers: Rev. M.yllesby, Emmanuel Church,
Allegheny; Mr. R. C. Cornelius, Hazelwood.
(2) "Guild-Work in Pittsburg and Vicinity."
Brief acconnts will be given of the work of
certain local branches of the
1. Brotherhood of S. Andrew.
2. Guild of the Good Shepherd (Diocesan).
3. Parish Aid Societies and Altar Societies,
4. Children's Ministering League.
5. (1) Knights of a Martin. Boys' Guilds.
6. (1) Girls Friendly Society, and Kings'
Daughters, by prominent laymen.
Tho Importation of Rendy-Made Clothing
Is a Thorn In Their Sides.
The third annual meeting of the Mer
chant Tailors' National Exchange will be
held in the Masonic Hall, tin New York,
this week. Four delegates from the Pitts
burg Exchange, Messrs. Hespenheide, Nci
man, Sailor and Smith, left last night to be
present They were accompanied by
Messrs. Hale, Schroeder, Bradley ana
Hughes, of Wheeling.
The Exchange will have a banquet in the
Brunswick House on Thursday evening.
There will be some important subjects dis
cussed. Large quantities of ready made
clothing are imported into the country, and
an effort will be made to have the importa
tions restricted.
The tailors are also thinkingof establish
ing trade schools in the large cities to teach
apprentices. How to collect bad debts will
come in for a proper share of their consider
Tho Receipts of the Cathedral Fair Amount
to $7,256 46.
The Cathedral fair closed on Saturday
night The total receipts for the six weeks
amounted to $7,256 46, with others to hear
The piano was won by Miss Jane
Mamaux, Webster street. She turned in
?467 10, to $111 01 by her opponent, Miss
Alice Pidgeon, Congress street. The lady's
gold watch went to Miss Mary Dalton, who
collected $377 23, against $210 82 by Miss
Annie Myers, East End, and $120 by Mis
Mary Talbot, Bedlord street. Miss Kate
Welsh captured the Darlor suite with a
record of $314 25, against $132 10 by Miss
May Cassidy.
John J. Doughty won the Barnes safe.
He collected $112 31 against $108 23 by
Francis McCoy. The donkey went to
Maggie Farrel, Allegheny.
New German WorUIngman's Paper.
After transacting some routine business
at the regular meeting, the German Trades
Assembly decided to call a meeting of all
German citizens for the purpose oi raising
money to establish an evening daily paper
in the interests of the workingmen. The
meeting will be held next Sunday in A. P.
A. Hall, corner of Ninth and Liberty
German Journalists Elect Officers.
The Deutsche Journatisterr Verein, of
Pittsburg and Allegheny, held its annual
meeting yesterday afternoon in the Volks
blatt bnilding, and elected officers for the
following year, as follows: President, J. P.
Salra; Vice President, Bruno Wahl; Re
cording Secretary, William Kohler; Cor
responding and Financial Secretary, G.
Thomas; Treasurer, H. Schmied.
The Cable Car Tictlm.
Mr. James Yates, who was struck by a
cable car on the corner of Penn avenue and
Seventh street, Saturday morning, was re
ported as lying in a critical condition at the
Mercy Hospital late last night. His re
covery is doubtful.
The largest gallery on the Northside; the
cheapest on any side for the best photos and
crayons. Come mothers, bring the babies
to Stanford & Co., 68 Federal st. MThsu
B. Si B.
The remarkable bargains at 23c, 50c and
SI to clear the shelves to-day, are all back
in the fine dress goods department; rear of
store. Boggs & Buhl.
Choice line of all-wool French challis,
dark and light colorinss, 0c per yard.
De. O'Keefe's Bitters, fine complex
ion, good blood. Ladies' tonic. 34 Fifth
Sceoftjla cured free of charge at 1102
Carson st, Southside.
De. O'Keefe's Bittees. Ladies' tonic;
rosy cheeks, bright eyes. 34 Fifth ave.
Legislator Marland Predicts a Failure
for Prohibition.
George Shins III. Will Tote for Alle
gheny's Second Clas3.
Representatives Marland and George Shi
ras, Jr., ILL, returned to Harrisburg last
night Mr. Marland said the street railway
bills he introduced were not properly un
derstood in this part of the State. The one
which provided that no pipes could be laid
under the traction roads without the con
sent of the company and according to their
specifications has been reported adversely,
and he will make no effort to have it put on
the calendar. On prohibition he said:
"The consensus of opinion at Harrisburg
is that prohibition will be defeated. My
district, I am sure, will vote against it I
don't think the Prohibitionists hare any
chance of success."
With reference to the bill to make Alle
gheny a second-class city, Mr. Shiras said:
"When the bill comes up for second read
ing on Tuesday, I am afraid I will have to
offend my constituents in supporting it, but
if they will give me a chance to explain I
think I can convince them I am right I
understand a petition of citizens will be pre
sented, asking for a delaj in the vote to give
themmore time to look into the merits of
the bill. I am sorry such a petition bas
been circulated, for it puts the supporters of
the bill in an embarrassing position.
"The bill regulating third-class cities will
soon be passed, and will apply to Allegheny
at present It is too late now to have that
bill modified to suit Allegheny. The time
was when we could have been heard, but
the day has goce by. Allegheny will either
have to be governed by the provisions of
this bill, or become a city of the second
class with Pittsburg. Even then they
would not surrender their rights to have
what legislation passed that they pleased.
If they wanted new street laws or the
changes made in any of the departments, or
a different method of electing officers, it
could easily be done."
A Colored Pastor Instructs His Congrega
tion for Prohibition.
Eev. William F. Brooks, of tbo Grace
Memorial Presbyterian Church (colored),
Arthur street, delivered an address yester
day morning on the subject of "Putting
Thy Bottle to His Mouth." Every promoter
of drunkenness, he held, who puts a bottle
to the month of his brother, whether inten
tionally or not, is impeached and con
demned by God in His holy word. He first
pointed out the evil of the liquor traffic,
the personal and general ruin it made and
the general burden which it brings to all by
increased taxation for crimes and paupers,
winning men from productive work .to a
life of sin and idleness.
There were different ways of putting a
bottle to one's mouth by directly offering
the bottle to his brother, or by permitting
the bottle to be placed to his lips, when by
lawful means it can be abolished. Every
Christian man should, he thought, vote in
favor of the prohibition amendment The
saloon keepers should not he paid for the
losses If tbe sale of liquor was to be prohib
ited, as they had already taken enough
money indirectly from State and given
nothing in return. He then told of some of
the benefits which may be derived by lead
ing a sober life.
He Said the Llqnor Business Had Really
Benefited Nobody.
Gospel Temperance Union No. 1, in Uni
versity Hallj had a large attendance yester
day. Dr. Harry Bullen conducted the
A. C. Kankin delivered an eloquent ad
dress on the loss and waste incident to the
liquor habit and its effect in the county
and State, and stated that the liquor inter
est never advanced any good thing. He also
stated that the whole liquor and beer business
of the United States only employed 38,586
men, women and children, while 'the iron
trade alone employed over 150,000.
B. ofcB.
New embroideries and linen laces, fine
ones, at low prices to-aay.
"Boggs & Both.
of approaching disease.
Tickling throats develop into coughs.
t Coughs lead to the great enemy consumption.
A stitch in time often saves life itself.
Tableau Vivant, in our Corsets.
Lovely Fitting Kid Gloves,
25c, 35c, 50C 75c and $ 00'
15c, 25c, 50c, 75c and $i 00.
T. T. T.
109 Federal Street,
r- .; p. j
Come and see the New Goods '
This Week.
Nearly 50,000 yards in stock. , The lar
gest and most complete line of Wash
Dress Fabrics ever shown; prices less
than you can buy them for in New
York. This seems and is a mammoth,
purchase, but we are confident our
endeavors to offer the largest variety
and at close prices will largely increaso
business la this popular department
As usual, this stock will exceed any
former season's display and prices will
be mads satisfactory, while at tho
same time customers will bs pleased
with the many exclusive designs special
to our house.
Choice styles and colorings at 50c, in
plaids, stripes and mixtures and solid
colorings, in the newest shades.
4,000 yards' French All-wool Cash.
meres full color assortment, at EOo r"
these are special good value.
Our Silk Sale Continues
A remarkable success. Every yard sold
is a certain advertisement of this slllc
stock, and we invite your prompt attes
tion to the great bargains here.
New Printed India Silks,
At 60c, 65c, 51 and Jl 25, in the latest
colorings and most stylish patterns.
Black and white, medium and light
colorings in Empire and Direetolre de
signs. New Invoices will arrive dally,
offering the largest choice in thesa
beautiful goods.
Novelties in New Embroideries and
A complete stock of Thin White?
Goods for spring sewing. -
Our "Mark-Downs" in the Cloak .
Are making trade lively here. Thorn
never was a time when bargains fa
Wraps of aU kinds were so numerous
as now In this Cloak Department for
Ladies, Misses and Children.
After-stock-taking Early Spring
Styles and Bargains
The attractions for this week. A largo -
force ot attentive salesmen to watt 1
you promptly.
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