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practically a hospital steward, though he
still -wore the stripes, came to me one day
and suggested that I might easily get
pleasant relief. I had been somewhat inti
mate with him as far as it was possible
under the regulations and surveillance to
he and he seemed to think he could take
me under his wing all right enough. So,
one day, says he to me:
' "How would you like to go to the hos
"I told him nothing short of my release
from the pen would suit me better.
' "Would you be willing to pay me S3
for it, Van?" he said, 'if I should get you
into the hospital and keep you there to help
"I told him I would, but I hadn't got the
Jo just then, though I expected a friend of
mine would come in on next visiting day
and slip it to me, as he had promised to do.
" 'All right,' said the doctor; 'I'll fix you
THE AGREEMENT KEPT.
"The next day I was transferred to the
hospital department. I remained there until
after the next visiting day, when my friend
from the outside came to see me.
But the money didn't come. My
friend insisted that he had not been
able to scare it up. I was badly broken up,
hut couldn't help it, for I had done my best
to raise the cash. That evening Maharneke
came to me and said:
" ""Well, Tan, did you get the 53?'
" 'So,' says I, 'he couldn't scare it up.'
" 'All right,' says he, Til fix youl Back
you go to the blocks!'
"And back to the blocks I did go, the
very next day.
"Shortly after this, I saw Warden Wright
passing throvgh the corridor, and com
plained to him that I had been thrown back
to the blocks and out of the hospital. I asked
him why it was.
" 'There was an official complaint against
you for not attending to your duties,' said
'"Official, says I, 'the Little Dutch
Doctor wears he stripes as well as me. He
had me put out of there because, after I
worked all day and nearly all night for
him, I couldn't get $5 from a friend to pay
him for the position.'
"The Warden said he didn't believe it;
turned on his heel and walked off. That's
the truth, and I'll swear to it to-morrow if
they want me to. My residence is No. 2118
Larkins alley, Southside, and they know
right where to get me if they want my testi
mony." A LETTERTO BEAYEB.
Graver Allegations Reliably Reported to
Have Been Transmitted to His Ex-
celicncy, the Governor of Penn-
Ulvania Will He Also
Take a Hnndt
With the duty that the opening of the in
vestigation's doors has imposed upon every
person who really has pertinent evidence to
offer bearing on the McPhillamy charges
and other allegations, it would be unfair in
any such person now to refuse to disclose
what he knows that will clear things tip,
either for better or worse. Such individu
als, if they should hang back and, at some
later day, when the whole matter had been
officially disposed of, should renew the
damaging stories against one functionary at
the penitentiary, would hardlv be entitled
to a respectful hearing. The officials have
wisely opened the doors for all reliable
light to enter. It will be futile, therefore,
to wait until after they have obtained all
the light possible and formed their conclu
sions, to attempt any renewal of such stories
&s have not for 20 yWrs damaged or even,
heretofore refected upon, the fair fame of
.Riverside's management Those who really
know anything authentic and reliable that
will help to set right the at pres
ent somewhat disturbed condition of the
prison in this one respect, owe it to the
management to come forward now, or hence
forth hold their peace.
It was in this view of the case, doubtless,
that a well-known citizen of Pittsburg had
this much and no more to say last evening:
"I have written a letter to Governor
Beaver, telling him that I believe a high
executive position demands of him to take a
very deep interest, if not an active part, in
this investigation. I have written him that
there are graver charges, which have only
been 'hanging fire' until such oppor
tunity as this should call them
out I have written him that if there were
evidence of a homicide having been com
mitted in that prison within the last four or
five years, it would behis personal privilege,
if not duty, to get at all the proof bearing
upon the case.
"I have worked in intimate political con
nection with Governor Beaver, and I think
I know him well enough to say that he will
favor or permit no half-way measures, if
there is anything wrong at Biverside."
THE INSPECTORS WORRIED.
The Charges Against Dr. Maharneke to be
Investigated at Once.
An informal meeting of some of the mem
bers of the Penitentiary Boa'rd of Inspectors
was held in Mr. George A. Kelly's office
yesterday morning. They agreed that the
charges against Dr. Maharneke must be in
vestigated at once. They seemed to think
the charges were made for financial pur
poses. Mr. Kelly said to a reporter: "We have
had several informal meetings. The charges
are so serious that we will investigate at
once. I did not say that we would hire de
tectives to ferret out the true inwardness of
the thing. I desire the investigation to be
as open as possible, and reporters will not
be excluded. I regard them as the best
kind of detectives."
Mrs. Dr. Swift, one of the Board of Visit
ors, said she was afraid Mrs. Mair had lost
the receipt in changing her residence. She
said the inspections were mere forms, and
one had to be going in and out all the time
to become posted. This Mrs. Mair did to a
A LEGISLATIVE INQUIRY
Br tbe House In Regard to the ItlTermldo
A Harrisburg telegram to The Dispatch
last eight stated that Secretary Stone was
much interested to-day in the report pub
lished by The Dispatch concerning the
investigation at the Western Penitentiary.
He had been at the institution on Saturday,
and had heard vaguely of the matter, but
had not understood it to be a recent occur
rence. Neither had he heard of the inves
tigation. The matter, however, was not one that
concerned his or any other executive de
partment, but rested entirely with the
Warden and trustees of the penitentiary.
A member of the House Appropriations
Committee, who arrived yesterday, said the
matter was one that would interest that
committee, and "it was not beyond the
bounds of probability that an inquiry would
be instituted in its behalf."
PRESIDENT BIDDLE SUMMONED.
The flshlnc Committee of tbe Board
Charities Telegraph Him.
It is known that the ladies who compose
the Visiting Committee of the State Board
of Charities, decided at a meeting yesterday
afternoon to send for Cadwallader Biddle.of
Philadelphia. Mr. Biddle is President of
ihe State Board of Charities, which is a
hieher mison authority than a Board
It is stated positively that a telegraphic
request was sent last night to Mr. Biddle,
asking his presence, if possible, in time lor
the meeting this afternoon.
HOW TO WATER PLANTS.
Superintendent Hamilton Claims That to
He the Main Study In Bolting Them to
"Can I tell you the secret-of growing
plants?" said Superintendent Hamilton to
a Dispatch reporter yesterday. "You
would have to serve an apprenticeship of
seven years to know how to water them; and
to know how to water them you must know
their habits, their nature. If I were to tell
you how to raise plants, and why people
cannot make their plants grow, I would
have to talk to you seven years. To grow
plants you must know their elevation above
the ocean in their natural home and the
temperature they are accustomed to. To
know how to water them you must know
their natural wet and dry season. It is a
study of nature, of nature's methods and a
knowledge of how to assist her in her work
of creating her models of beauty.
"Jfor instance, taKe an orcnia mat comes
from the Magdaline river, in the United
States of Columbia, and try to grow it with
one from 700 miles further north, then one or
the other must die. If vou set a plant that
grows 10,000, 12,000 or 14,000 feet above the
sea, it is accustomed to pretty cold nights,
and that yon must know in order to give it
the right temperature.
"As I said at first, you must know how to
water plants. We have over 2,000 plants
in the conservatory, and I could go through
any one of the houses at midnight without
a lamp, and by tapping against the crock
with my finger I could tell whether it
wanted water or had too much. Plants
cannot be grown by rule; it ;s a study, and
the happiest moments of my life have been
in watching a new plant or a new cross,
and studying its nature, its wants, and see
ing it grow to beauty under my guidance."
CHINESE CELEBRATE BEY7 TEAR'S
In Allegheny With 60.000 Firecrackers and
a Fenst at the Central R. P. Church.
Yesterday was the Chinese New Year's,
and if any evil spirits bother the 37 Chi
nese Sunday school scholars of the Central
Belormed Presbyterian Church, Allegheny,
for the nest year it will not be because the
annual festival was not observed by them
in true Chinese style, or because the 60,000
firecrackers they set off last night were not
loud enough to scare even a modern witch.
In the evening the Chinese members of
the school with quite a number of their
friends who patronized their washa-a-washa
houses, gathered in the church. Bev. J.
W. Sproul, the pastor of the church, opened
the ceremony by a prayer and scriptural
reading, followed by some of the Chinese
scholars with reading and a song. The
party then repaired to the church steps and
proceeded to scare away the evil spirits for
the coming year by the discharge of 60,000
firecrackers. When the spirits were suffi
ciently punished the party repaired to the
Sunday school room and tackled the feast
given them by William F. Bich, of the
Southside Palace Bakery, which lasted un
til a late hour.
YOUNG LADY AETISTS.
The Tasty Work of the School of Design
Praised by Friends.
The School of Design held its annual re
ception at the art rooms, in the Penn build
ings, last evening, and indeed the members'
friends are many, to judee from the groups
of persons, young and old, that gathered
around the different pictures, designs and
spceimens of decorative work.
From the number of young gentlemen
present it would appear that the young
ladies have a number of admirers of" their
handiwork in the sterner sex. And, from
a stroll through the rooms, it would seem
that their appreciation of the work was
wholly justified by the display.
It would be hard to say which specimen
or class on exhibition received the most at
tention. Sufficient it is to state that each
class, whether designs, water colors, deco
rated china or chart drawings, showed a
high conception of art and nature on the
part of the pupils.
In the water-color class the directors yes
terday afternoon awarded Miss Mary Bnvce
and Miss Maud Palmer each a silver medal,
the competion being close. The rooms will
be thrown open to the public for the re
mainder of this week..
A NEW BRIDGE.
McKeesport Citizens Will Have a Walk
Across to Dnqncsnc.
The passenger bridge to connect McKees
port and Duquesne, 'uhich has been talked
of so much recently, has assumed definite
shape, and it is certain that the bridge will
be now erected by capitalists of McKees
port A notice has been given that the
charter for a new bridge across the Monon
gahela river will be applied for. Dr.
Thomas L. White, M. F. Byan, William
Denny, Henry Beiber, A. W. Smith and
others will form the company. The name
will be the Duquesne and McKeesport
Bridge Company. The structure will be
built from the foot of Biverton street, and
will cost not less than $30,000. This is
about the coint where the McKeesport and
Bessemer Railroad Company propose build
ing a bridge.
WHITE CAPS IN ALLEGHENY.
John Hohmann Receives a Notico and Ap
plies for Protection.
John Hohmann, a cigar manufacturer of
No. 8 East street, Allegheny, applied to
the Mayor's office last night for protection
from White Caps, stating that he was
afraid to leave his home on account of the
following letter which he received yesterday
PrrTSBCEG, February 4, 1883.
As we beard and know that you don't care
for working and don't tend to your wife and
child, that we'll give you short notice that you
come under onr hands.
Tnis is tbe first and last.
White Caps' Cojiite.
Mr. Hohmann said he always treated his
wife and child properly, and though he did
not fear the White Cap's, thought the police
ought to know of their threats.
A SUICIDE FOILED.
A Slan Takes Half an Onnce of Chloroform
to Poison Himself.
Michael Dinner, a runner of the Mahaney
Hotel, on Liberty street, yesterday at
tempted to commit suicide by taking half
an ounce of chloroform. He told his sister
that he had taken poison, and she ran imme
diately for Dr. Hiett, who succeeded to re
store the man with the stomach pump.
Dinner lives on Bedford avenue.
Two Lndlci nt War.
Mrs. C. H. Crumble yesterday sued Mrs
V. M. Ashe for malicious libel and mis
chief and larceny from the person. Both
ladies are well-known residents of the East
End. Mrs. Crumble claims that Mrs. Ashe
had circulated malicious stories about her,
and that she took her watch and poured
acid into the works. In this shape it was
returned through friends.
In Deep Water.
Mayor Pearson and City Solicitor Elpbin
stone, of Allegheny, held a conference yes
terday concerning the number of Select
Conncilmen to be elected. Mr. Elphinstone
said he hoped something would soon be
done to help them out of their, present
The Reason Why the late Hqnonga
hela Hirer Strike Was Ended.
JOHN FLANNERI'S WOEDS DID IT.
The Builders Eeported Progress on .Their
ALL THE LABOE NEWS OP YESTERDAY
John Flannery, editor of the Trades Jour
nal, accompanied by a number of delegates
to the joint semi-annual convention of the
coal miners and operators of the United
States, left last night for Indianapolis in a
special car, via the Panhandle Railroad.
Among the party were John B. Bae, Master
Workman, Bobert Watchorn, Secretary of
the National Organization, No. 135;
Thomas Podany and John Osborne,
representing the railroad miners in this
district, which is now sub-division No.
1 under the new organization; John Con
way, President, Alvin C. Patterson, Secre
tary. Patrick McBride and Michael Me
Quaid, delegates fromNew National Miners'
Protective Union, and a number of others
from the different miners' organizations.
The operators of the Monongahela river
were represented by John A. Wood, Addi
son Lysle and Captain W. W. O'Neil; the
railroad operators by W..S. DeArmit, F. L.
Bobbins and other alternate delegates.
One of the river operators, in speaking of
the convention, said yesterday:
There is a scheme on foot to hold a little con
vention of the operators and miners interested
In the Monongahela, Youghlogheny, Ohio,
Kanawha, Muskingum and Mississippi rivers
as a side issue to the other convention. The
interests of the operators and miners in these
MOBE CLOSELY ALLIED
than those of tbe other districts. If tbe side
convention Is held, then there will be a strong
probability that the question the last strike
was based on will be settled for sometime at
least. The history of this has not yet been told,
and, althongu the convention has not yet been
held, the publication of tbo matter will do no
harm, as tbe delegates will have been called to
order before it gets out.
The settlement of the strike last Friday was
a surprise to many of the operators themselves.
At the meeting John Flaunery, the ex-secretary
of tbe miners' organization, and John B.
Rae, one of the present national offi
cers, appeared and pleaded with the
operators to declare the strike off
and pay 3 cents. Mr. Flannery stated he had
made a personal investigation throughout
nearly tbe whole river district, and the suffer
ing among the idle miners was terrible. He
pictured to them the horrors of poverty cansed
by the suspension of work since December 1.
and asked m God's name that the strike be de
A number of operators said this was impossi
ble. They stated they could not afford to pay
3 cents while their competitors in the Kanawha
valley were paying but 2 cents. 3Ir. Flannery
then asked vliat benefit the operators were de
riving from tbe shutdown, and the reply was
none. He then said if the operators would pay
3 cents on the Monongahela river, give their
assistance to the convention at Indianapolis, it
would be an easy matter to bring the Kanawha
operators uptothe3-centrate. He showed them
wbere it would be better for the Monongahela
operators to try and have the Kanawha opera
tors PAT THE THEEE-CENT ItATE
rather than have a reduction on the Mononga
hela. After he had convinced them that it
would be an easy matter to establish a uniform
ity in the two districts, they passed a resolution
to declare the strike off and pay three cents.
Mr. Flannery thinks it is an easy matter to do
Ifcis, but I do not. As I understand it, tbe
miners on tbe Kanawha are not very well or
ganized, and I think It will be a hard job to
make the operators pay three cents. The mine
owners up tbe river would pay four cents if
their competitors did the same. All tbey want
is a uniformity in the price, and they will take
their chances on selling the product. The
miners and operators of the Monongahela val
ley and tbe Kanawha miners are agreed on one
point, uniformity. If they can get the employ,
ers of the latter district to see it in the same
light there will be an end to strikes in this dis
trict. At tbo convention an effort will bo made to
have the railroad scale run for a vear Instead
of six months, as heretofore. The present
price paid for mining in tbe railroad mines is
9 cents per ton. The miners will, of course,
try to better this figure, and the operators will
try to have it reduced. An effort will be made
also to draw up a scale for the river operators
which will last a year. This will eventually be
done at one of the meetings. A very strong in
fluence will be brought to bear to get the
Kanawha operators in the scheme, and, if it is
possible, it 'Hill be done.
The other business which will come be
fore the convention has already been pub
lished in The Dispatch.
MR. MULLEN ON RECONSTRUCTION.
Ho Claims That His Letter to Mr. Morgan
Mr. William Mullen, Secretary of Dis
trict No. 5, N. P. U., writing to The Dis
patch from Mt. Pleasant, stated that the
circular published in yesterday morning's
issue by seven men claiming to represent a
portion of the coke workers, contains a copy
of a letter written by him to M. P. Kane, of
Morgans, Pa., which, while n,ot differing in
words, has been metamorphosed by that
committee of seven in such manner as to
radically change its meaning. In the pub
lished letter instead of beginning a
sentence: "Acting in accord," etc., the
sentence is continued so as to make the fol
lowing sentence, begin with, "The conven
tion decided," etc. What Mr. Mullen
claims to have written is as follows:
I received a letter to-day from William
Rhodes, -Secretary D. A. 11, K. of L, asking
for a conference between the N. P. U. scale
committee and a scale committee of the joint
convention. Acting In accord with the spirit
of the convention held in Columbus, wbere the
N. P. U. was formed from both of the miners'
organizations, the convention decided to recog
nize no ortramzation but the N. P. U. of Miners
and Mine Laborers. Under the circumstances
I cannot act in tbe matter.
Becrctary District No. 5, N. P. U.
Of the matter Mr. Mullen proceeds to
Very little study will show that the changes
made in tbe sentences give the letter the ap
pearance of stating that Rhodes' communica
tion was In accord with the spirit of the Co
lumbus Convention, and that tna convention
of District 5, If. P. U., ignored the Columbus
Convention's decision. My letter explains
itself. The motive which actuated that com
mittee in resorting to such tactics cannot be
-uorthyof mucb credit from either friends or
enemies. William Mullej?.
PRESSMEN'S STRIKE OFF.
Tbe Conservative Methods of Printers Pre
Tcnt Trouble Again.
At the meeting of the Pressmen's Union
No. 13 Saturday night last, the strike
against two job printing offices in this city
was declared oft. The strike was inaugu
rated several weeks ago without the usual
notification or consultation with Typograph
ical Union No. 7. Both organizations be
long to the International Typographical
union aim ueiuru oruenug a siriKC one
should notify the other. According to the
laws of the organization a member holding
an International Typographical Union card
cannot work in a shop struck by the Press
men's Union. The action of the latter in
ordering a strike without consulting No. 7
caused a number of the members of the lat
ter to become indignant. The latter i is the
reason the strike was declared ofi". This is
the second time the newspaper printers have
prevented strikes by their conservative
Tbey Accent tbe Reduction.
The employes of the Braddock wire mill,
who have been on a strike for some time,
will go to work to-day. They had a meet
ing yesterday, and it was decided to accept
the reduction of 8 per cent in their wages.
River 3llnes Start Up.
All the river mines started yesterday to
supply the New Orleans market while the
water is high. The old rate of 3 cents per
bushel will be paid to the men. About
7,000 idle miners resumed work.
THE BUILDERS' EXCHANGE.
The Committee on tbe New Dnlldlng Re
The Builders' Exchange held their regu
lar monthly meeting yesterday. The ques
tion of erecting a new building for the use
of the Exchange was brought up but noth
ing definite done about the matter. A
number of sites in the business portion of
the city upon which tho committee has
secured options were suggested. The com
mittee was continued, and will further re
port at the next meeting.
A number of the members of the Exchange
announced their intention of attending the
convention of the National Association of
Builders at Philadelphia on the 12th, 13th
and 14th. They will go as individuals only,
upon special invitation from tbe National
Association. Among those who will go are
W. S. Sharon, editor of the Builders'
Gazette; A. Basner, of Basner & Dinger;
Beese Lindsay, of Beese Lindsay & Co.,
and T. J. Hamilton, of Murphy & Hamil
ton. HE MAKES NO DEFENSE.
Shepardson Held for Conrt on the Chnrso of
Paul Shepartlson, formerly Financial
Secretary of Typographical Union No. 7,
had a hearing before Magistrate Gripp yes
terday on a charge of embezzlement. Bob
ert Baglin, the prosecutor, was the only wit
ness, and he testified that Shepardson since
last July had embezzled $231 from the
Shepardson made no defense, and was
held for court.
THE ALLEGHENY CHARTER.
Legislators and Citizens Leave to Take a
Hand In the Proceedings.
The rear car on the fast line East last
night contained a happy crowd of members
of the Legislature and Senators on their
way back to Harrisburg to take a hand in
the festivities to-day incident on the Alle
gheny charter question. Among those who
were there were Senator Graham, Bepre
sentatives Bulger, Marshall, Jones, Dravo,
of Beaver; Messrs. John Neeb, George Von
Bonhorst, W. P. Price, James Hunter,
Commodore Koutz, Wm. Francis, Jr., and
'Squire Leslie, of Lawrenceville. Captain
I have just bad a conference with a number
of leading Allegheny citizens, and I certainly
shall oppose any hasty legislation in the mat
ter. It is not a question of whether Allegheny
City shall be made a city of tbe second or third
class. I voted against tbe measure before and
I think I shall vote against it to-morrow. When
that committee was down at Harrisburg before
they tried to railroad it through in three con
secutivo days. This was entirely wrong and I
told them so at the time. I have it on tbe
authority of tbe people themselves that when
tbe bill was being rushed through the commit
tees one Senator and two Representatives who
were Its warmest supporters bad not read tbe
bill. They were not acquainted with its main
There are a number of little points in the
measure which I would like to be enlightened
npon before saying much about it. 1 was told
by several of the people I was with this after
noon that if tbe bill is passed before Alle
gheny holds her election, it will havo to be
made a third-class city.
Commodore Kountz, who was going down
in the interest of the Citizens' Committee,
I'm not troubling myself about whether
Allegheny becomes a second or third-class city
now. It is tnis hasty legislation I am opposed
to. There are a number of people down at
Harrisburc who imagine that they will just run
things to suit themselves on this bilL They
think they can railroad tbe matter through in
any shape they wish, but they will find out
something to the contrary when we appear
on the scene to-morrow. I tbink the citizens of
Allegheny know what they want, and they will
not accept any snap judgment from any legis
lators from this city or any other.
Ex-Eepresentative John IJ. Robinson, of
Delaware county, was on the train. He was
in tbe city yesterday on private business.
THE PROHIBITION Y0TE.
Speaker Boyer Is tho Choice of Politicians
for State Treasurer.
A well-known State politician, whose
name has appeared often in The Dispatch
was in the city yesterday. He began thus:
I would rather you would'nt use my name
to-day; but it is about settled that Harry Boyer,
Speaker of the House, will bo the next Re
publican candidate for State Treasurer. West
ern Pennsylvania is coming to tbe front in
State politics. The reason why Pittsburg has
never cut more of a figure in political deals is
the fact that the people are too busy here to
pay any attention to politics.
In Eastern Pennsylvania prohibition will
have a close shave. In tbe agricultural dis
tricts in Chester, Berks, Delaware and other
counties the people will vote for it, but the
towns and cities will be heavily against it.
Prohibition is bound to lose in the State at
WAKING THE SLEEPER.
Talk That tho Titusville, Cnmbrldgo
Erie Rond Will be Bnilt.
There is some talk of reviving the old
Titusville, Cambridge and Erie railroad.
The road was projected as a branch of the
Nypano in the palmy days of the oil excit
ment, when Titusville was the center of the
region. Part of the road bed was graded,
but the rails were never laid.
The oil bubble burst, aud left Titusville
fiat on its back. After that the Nypano
people had no desire to enter the town, and
they dropped the scheme as they would a
red hot iron. The road was projected to
run between Titnsville and Erie.
WHO EN0WS JAMES FREEMAN?
His Sister In St. Louis Wonld Like to Hear
Mayor McCallin received a letter yester
day from St. Louis asking for information
concerning James Freeman, who came to
Pittsburg 39 years ago. He is supposed to
have resided on Liberty street.
Belva Loekwood was in the city yester
day. She says prohibition does not really
probibit, but she hopes it will carry in this
State anyhow. She goes to Paris next Mav
to represent the Universal Peace Union.
Governor Beaver will send with her a
parchment copy of the grant of King George
to William Penn.
The Dccreo Reversed.
The Supreme Court at Philadelphia yes
terday reversed the decree of Judge White,
restraining the Department of Awards by
a preliminary injunction from purchasing
two Amoskeag fire engines. The officials
around City Hall were jubilant when they
heard the result.
Oil and Iron Rates Go Up.
Certain commodity -rates from Chicago to
St. Paul will be advanced to-day. The
only two articles affected in this territory
will be oil and iron. The former will be
advanced from 17 to 25 cents, and iron from
15 to 17 cents.
Gilt Edge Praise.
At a meeting of Gilt Edge Lodge No. 62,
Switchmen's Mutual Aid Association, a
series of resolutions were adopted extolling
the Bhondda Glee society for singing for
them in their concert. The society will at
tend the inanguration, and have been as
signed to Governor Foraker's division.
No Extra Par for Police.
The fire department was paid yesterday
for January, and the police will receive
their boodle to-day. Many.of them thought
they would receive extra pay for the Wood
street wreck, but Superintendent Weir says
they will not.
BELTA ON HIGH LIFE.
The Famous Lady lectures at Brad
dock on Washington Customs.
SEE DISPOSES OP THE SURPLUS.
Society and Office Seekors Torn to Tatters
in Her Remarks.
A MODEL BOARDING HOUSE KEEPER
Miss Belva Loekwood lectured last even
ing in Braddock on the subject of "Social
and Political Life in Washington." The
lecture was under the auspices of Prof.
List, who has conducted a cou S3 of lectures
during the winter. A large audience was
present and enjoyed the sayings of a woman
of national reputation.
Dr. T. U. Boyle introduced the speaker,
who, after a few introductory remarks,
plunged into her interesting discourse. An
outline of her address follows:
I will describo 'my impressions of Washing
ton after a residence in that city of over 23
years. Washington is to the American what
Paris is to the Frenchman, and what Mecca 13
to the Mohammedan. Washington is a grand
and beautiful city, with its fine streets, Impos
ing buildings, interesting reminiscences,
which makes it the home of the historian, add
ing to these her literary and social worlds is
what makes it so attractive. Here genius and
capital centers, fine homes abound, scats of
learning are many.and there is a social stratum
devoted to sciences and art. Washington is a
cosmopolitan city. It may not be tbe geograph
ical center of the country, but tbe United
States, in this age of progress, may make any
city its center. This age is so progressive that
the young men and women of to-day must be
progressive to keep pace with it, and great
thing may be expected withinjthe next decade.
Tbe culored people of Washington form two
nintbs of its population. Every grade is
represented from the laborer on the street to
learned doctors and lawyers. They have their
homes and hold high offices. For many years
Washington's tax collector was a colored man.
Prominent colored men are found In tbe Sen
ate, the House, in the legal and medical pro
fessions. Their faculty for obtaining and their
facility for holding offlco has made them a race
to be respected and applauded.
In Washington's population are found the
German and tbe Irish. Italian and Hebrew, the
Indian wbo is visiting the Great Fatber, and
men of every race and complexion. It has its
tramps, wbo have an admiration for its jail and
who, like the Mikado, never wears a garment
that has been washed.
Unlike our Western cities it has no Sunday
ball bames, theaters or opera. Profane or vul
gar language is rarely heard on Its streets and
It holds to her old laws. Three weeks ago a
man was arrested and fined in Philadelphia for
being a common scold. I see by this that the
good old, said city is gradually coming around
to our platform. ,
Washington bas no booms in oil or gas wells,
or in buildinc lots. Tbe city Is made up of
Government officials. There are thousands of
Government clerks who spend all they can
make or borrow and their salary is generally
spent before it is earned.
THEY LOSE All, ABILITY
for other work after a few years' service, and a
change in the administration fills tbem with
consternation and dismay. Many of tbem in
Washington to-day have shingles ready to be
come lawyers and claim agents after Mr. Har
rison is Inaugurated.
Washington is a healthy place, and when a
Congressman once comes to the city he usually
decide! to remain a lifetime, but his constitu
ents invariably in such a case never return
him. Cleveland's fine mansion, Butler's resi
dence and hosts of others are monuments of a
country's and a State's ingratitude to public
office bolders who were not returned.
Tbe boarding mistress of Washington usually
tries to get a house which is all front rooms.
It is usually ready f urnisaed, so that her land
lord cannot attach her for rent due. After
getting several hundred dollars in debt she flits
and takes her boarders with her. Her object
in life is to educate ber boy and get him into a
Government office. Her daughters are edu
cated how to catch a husband.
Litigation in Washington, and it seems to be
the case all over tbe country, bas become not
the question of law and justice, but that of
halr-splittine technicalities. Lawyers in this
country can argue that black is white and
White, black. No defaulter is convicted unless
he is so depraved as to be without money.
Office seekers, old soldiers and women with
Government claims hang around Washington.
Tbey are lead on by a hope which finally leaves
tbem broken down and poor. AH expect to
have their wishes fulfilled, and claim they
have tbe right to have their Congressman
push their claims exclusive of all other busi
ness. The keenest and busiest of all of Washing
ton's population is tbe newspaoer man. Tbey
have a multitude of duties, among them the
description of society events, with the costumes
worn by those in attendance. Tbe fair dames
usually write out a description beforehand and
have them printed on a slip of paper which is
banded to the reporter. There is a keen com
petition among tbe ladies as to who shall be
the best dressed. Washington is full of well
dressed, cultured and beautiful ladies. Dress
is indigenous to the female sex and is one of
the attributes of her beauty. A lady remarked
to me a. few days ago, "The consciousness ot
being well dressed gives me more peace of mind
than religion ever could."
A Washington church is usually made popu
lar by the President attending it St. John's
Church has been made famous because the
Chamberlain wedding was celebrated there,
and it was there the Whitney baby was
christened. Washington and Buchanan also
attended the church. Madame Cleveland at
tends Dr. Sunderland's churcb, and when she
is present the aisles and galleries are filled
with Washingtonians who endeavor to get a
glimpse of tbe famous lady. The prevailing
religions of tbe District of Columbia are
Catholicism and Methodism. There is a
senseless prejudice existing against the former
belief, the spirit of which succeeded in defeating
Scott and BlalneinaPresidental contest, and
raised such an excitement in Boston a few
weeks ago. Ibis spirit is entirely unknown in
Congress this year has occupied overbalf the
session with settling the tariff bill and arrang
ing General Harrison's Cabinet, All the Sen
ators and over half tbe members of the House
do not object to an appointment in the Cabinet.
There nave been almost endless debates on
tariff. If women were in power do you think
they would waste words. They would put
silks, laces and cbewing gum on the free list
and not stop at wool or iron. As to the sur
plus, if women were in Congress, there would
be no surplus. If I bad tho distributing of the
surplus, tbe pension office would be destoyed
and every honorably discharged soldier would
receivo a pension. I would erect new build
ings and give the unemployed work, and then
establish industrial schools in our great cities
among its slums. I believe that the future of
this country depends more upon the education
of tbe masses of people than on its army and
People in Washington easily adjust them
selves to political changes. Previous to tbe
election of 1884 a good Democrat could not bo
found in Washington. A few months ago a
good Republican n as unknown. Strange to re
late good Republicans are now plentiful, and
Democrats are diappearing. There are no
voters in the District of Columbia. I am glad
there is one place wbere men have the same
political advantages as women.
Tbe number of people who are willing to sac
rifice home and everything for office is almost
incredible. Office seekers are lawyers with
out clients, doctors without patients, editors
Washington society can be entered by anv
ono who is well dressed, has plenty of small
talK and much check. Dancing is not a favor
ite amusement Tbe inaugural ball is only a
grand reception, and it tbe ministers would
abolish the champagne and wine, tbey would
do more good than by attacking dancing.
Miss Loekwood then spoke on the lob
byist at Washington, his duties and his
tricks to secure the passage of his measures,
and on several of the minor points in
Two Children Died From That Cause Yes
Two children died yesterday of cholera
infantum. One of them was Howell Diet
rich, aged 4 months, on Marshall street.
Eleventh ward, Allegheny, and the other
Matthew Powell, a 2-year-old child living
at the foot of Twentv-third street.
Homeopaths' to Confer.
Drs. Seip, McClelland and Williard,
homeopathic physicians, went to Harrisburg
last night to confer with other committees
about the legislative bill to have doctors ex
amined by a board before being allowed to
practice. A report ot what the homeopaths
will demand has already appeared in Tjie
Are tbe Arrangements of tbe Innnsnrntlon
Being Completed At Least 40,-
000 Men Expected to be
in the Procession.
tSrlCIAI. TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCTI.l
Washington, February 4. In all the
list of inaugurations, in no other instance
have such elaborate preparations been
made for an imposing pageant as for the
inauguration of President Harrison. The
preliminaries are now practically complete.
The pieces of the unparalleled pyrotechnic
display are all arranged. Brodt, ot the
Bellevue Hotel, in Philadelphia, is laying
his final plans for the magnificent supper
which will be provided for the patrons oi
the ball. The ball tickets are now out and
are selling rapidly at ?5 each. Many of
them, of course, are being taken by specula
tors, who will get get $50 for them before the
evening of the 4th of March.
More money has been paid into the treas
ury of that Inaugural Committee than on
any for occasion. Already the expenses of
the great affair are provided for, and it is
possible that the receipts from one source and
another will go far toward reimbursing
those who so liberally advanced the money.
Though there are'yet applications coming in
for places in the procession, these are so
nearly closed that the number and identity
of the various divisions of the mass can be
almost certainly listed, and General Beaver
and Adjutant General Hastings are now en
gaged in making the final disposition of the
many civic andmilitary organizations.
Governor Beaver is expected to be here in
a few days, when the permanent programme
will be made out and announced.
Pennsylvania will so far outshine all
other States in the pageant that she will
rightfully be given tbe most conspicious
place in the procession. Up to the present
time the civic organizations which, are
booked number about 21,000 individuais,and
the military 13.000. It is probable that
enough more will apply,and others fall into
the procession without formal arrangement,
to swell the procession prdper to at least
40,000 persons. Architect Clark, of the
Capitol, is pushing the work on the great
marble terrace at the west front of the Capi
tol, that it may be finished by the day of the
inauguration, and thus enable the "tens of
thousands of visitors to see the vast build
ing to the better advantage than it was ever
MUST HAYE IT INSPECTED.
A New Dressed Meat Bill Introdnced In the
fSPECIJLt. TILIOKJUI TO TI1E DISPATCZI.1
Columbus, February 4. The meat in
spection question was revived to-day by the
Lower House, where a bill was introduced
which makes it unlawful for any person to
ship into the State dressed beef, veal, lamb
or pork for human food, without its being
subjected to an inspection and stamped or
labeled. The Governor is given power to
appoint as many inspectors as he deems
necessary, and their compensation is to be
fixed by a commission composed of the Gov
ernor, Auditor and Secretary of State.
The bill provides a maximum penalty for
violations of not more than 600 fine or 30
days' imprisonment. The bill diners from
those defeated in that it touches only dressed
meats. This measure eliminates some of
the objectionable features which were urged
by members against the bill for inspection
on foot, and it is believed will meet with
favor among the members.
STBICHNINE FOIJ QUININE.
Fatal Dllstnke of a New York Floor Walker
His Wife Barely Escapes.
rSrZCIAL TELEGRAM TO TBE E1SPATCH.1
NE'W Yoek, February 4.' William H.
Hill, a floor walkerat B. H. Macy & Co.'s
store, died this morning at his home in
Central Mt. "Vernon, of a dose of strych
nine. .He had been in the firm's employ for
three weeks, going to them from Daniell &
Sons, of Broadway, by whom he had been
employed for 15 years. The strychnine
was mistaken for quinine, which had been
prescribed for a cold trom which he was
suffering. He bought the strychnine two
years ago to poison rats with. The pack
age bad been lying about tbe bouse
and was mistaken for quinine and
for a cold.
After Hill took the dose his wife
the stuff to be certain that it was quinine,
and the doctors barely succeeded in saving
her life, while the husband died in great
DEAD OR ALITE.
A Texan Desperado Killed by a Fosso While
riPECTALTKLIORAit TO THE niSPATCH.1
Gainesville, Tex., February 4. De
puty United States Marshal Swaine's posse,
who left Purcell, Idaho, last Thursday
in pursuit of Charley Stein, the Kansas
desperado who shot United States Marshal
John McAlister Wednesday night at Pur
cell, overtook and surrounded the fugitive
Saturday morning, 100 miles north of Pur
cell near the Kansas line. Stein refused to
surrender and a general fusillade followed
in which Stein fell dead, his body being
pierced by several bullets from Winches
ters. The dead body was brought back to
Purcell yesterday by the posse, where it was
THREW A KNIFE AT HIS FATHER.
An Allegheny Son Defends His mother From
Officer Trapp, of the Forth Wayne depot,
discovered an old man of 60 running down
Excelsior alley last night, crying for help
and covered with blood from a cut in the
head. When taken to the lockup he refused
to state the cause of his condition, but his
wife soon arrived and stated that her son,
Frederick Morton, came home last night
and heard his father enrsing his mother
because he did not want his daughter to go
to the theater, and as the father would not
stop the son threw a penknife at him,
striking him above the eye. After having
his wound dressed the father was locked up,
but the son escaped the police.
Another Corry Bank Dividend.
Washington, February 4. The Con
troller of the Currency has decided a second
dividend of 25 per cent in favor of the cred
itors of the First National Bank of Corry,
making in all 75 per cent on claims proved,
amounting to 5172,957.
Roads Joining; Hands.
There will be a meeting of the Central
Traffic Association in Chicago on Thursday
to hear the report of the Committee on re
organization. The organization will be
continued, and Blanchard has consented to
remain at tbe head.
Aldrich Will Soon be Here.
Mr. Lemon said yesterday that no de
mand had yet been made for Aldrich, the
bunko sharp, and the papers were not
signed. The 15 days allowed him to make
an appeal have not yet expired.
Importnnt to Soldiers nnd Their Heirs.
Soldiers and their heirs who have unset
tled claims, or who wish to apply for pen
sion, increase or bounty, should call upon
Mr. J. U. Couover, representing the well
known firm of Soule & Co., Attorneys, of
Washington. D. C, who will be at tbe Cen
tral Hotel, Pittsburg, Pa., from Thursday,
February 7, to Saturday, February 16, in
clusive, for the purpose of giving free ad
vice to all claimants. Claimants should
bring their discharges and all pacers rela
tive to their cases.
New bounty bill gives $100 to certain
soldiers and heirs, and new pension bill
benefits thousands who do not know their
rights. Mr. Conover will give you full par
ticulars. If yon cannot call, write to Soule
& Co. and state your case.
To be Turned Into Local Coffers for
Electric Light Plants.
OEDEES FOE 24,250 NEW LIGHTS,
To be Made by the Westinghouse Electric
Company Tery Soon.
EDISON'S COMPANY SEED IN EARNEST
Three representatives of tbe Westing-
house Electric Company telegraphed their
firm yesterday almost simultaneously tnat
they had secured contracts for incandescent
lighting, the total of which amounts to
The contracts will go to New York City,
St. Louis and Council Bluffs, Iowa.
In New York a company will start a
plant of 10.000 lights. This is the first
time that the Westinghouse alternating
current will be made use of in New York
City to such an extent. In fact the Edison
Company has hitherto enjoyed almost an
exclusive monopoly in New York City.
The contract for St. Louis amounts to
12,000 lights, which, with the order of 5,000
lights coming from the same city some time
ago, gives the Pittsburg Electric Light
Company a representation of 17,000 lights
altogether, or nearly three-fourths of the
large contract to London, England.
The company in Council Bluffs will com
mence their plant with 2,250 lights, and in
crease as the demand requires.
There will be eight 3,000-light generators
furnished for the establishment of these
three plants, and with the additional ap
purtenances of other machinery, wiring,
globes and dynamos, the erection of the
three stations will cost 5250,000.
The Westinehouse Electric Company has
issued a circnlar purporting to contradict
the statement made some time ago by the
Edison Electric Company, that according to
the decision of the Supreme Court in the
Bates case, every incandescent light outside
of the Edison system is an infringement on
their patents, rendering all of them liable
to heavy damages to the Edison company.
The Pittsburg company now states as an
offset to this that there is a suit pending
against the Edison company for the in
fringement of the Sawyer-Man patent for
incandescent lamps. This patent suit covers
every incandescent lamp, and was awarded
to Sawyer and Man after a four years' figit
of interference in the Patent office with
A decision in favor, of this patent, which
is owned by the Westinghouse Electric
Company, will therefore render every Edi
son company liable to this company for
damages, and to an injunction preventing
the further use of this invention. The suit
is being pushed vigorously, and a decision
is expected very shortly.
.Catholics Determined to Hnvo a Monster
Parade on the 22d.
The delegates from the city Catholic
churches met in the rooms of the Columbus
Club yesterday to make further preparations
for the Catholic parade on Washington's
Mr. J. A. Golden explained the object of
the meeting. On motion the officers of the
meeting were -to iorra a committee to call on
the pastors of the churches to urge their
congregations to organize and turn out.
St. Joseph's Church will turn out 1,000
men, independent of the societies. Mr.
McCauley stated that there would be 20,000
men in line from the societies. An Advisory
Committee was appointed to act with Chief
Marshal Cosgrove, and assist him in his
A SENATOR'S PROPOSITION.
Newmyer Wants the City to Show That His
Lien BUI Is All Wronc.
Senator Newmyer states that when the
city officials convince him that the city has
more right to maintain perpetual liens than
other people have, or that its officials are
paid to perform duties that they need not
perform unless they choose, he will quit his
advocacy of the bill requiring tax liens, etc.,
to be renewed every five years.
Tit for TaW
John Kirkpatrick had a hearing yester
day for assault and battery. Michael
Garvey claimed that he pulled his mother's
hair and dragged her along tbe street. He
also hit Garvey in the mouth.
Kirkpatrick then sued Garvey for hitting
him with a paper. Both men gave bait for
Special sale of boys' suits this week at the
Hub. We oner special bargains in clothing
for boys and children. In order to make
room tor spring goods our entire stock must
be sold at any price, and now is the time
for every man and boy who don't have
much money to get big bargains at the Hnb.
For underwear, 6uits, overcoats, pants and
clothing of all kinds come to the Boston
Clothing House, 439 Smithfleld street.
All lovers of the delicacies of the table
use Angostura Bitters to secure a good di
gestion. De. O'Keefe's Bitters regulate the
liver, stomach and bowels. 34 Fifth ave.
TO CLOSE HP PARTNERSHIP re
quires quick sales.
SILKS and DRESS GOODS all re
Vised in price.
CLOTHS and WOOLENS all revised
DRESS GOODS of every description
all revised in price.
Domestic and House Furnishing
Goods, Table Linens, Napkins and
Towels, all revised in price.
Cloak Department, containing many
choice garments, so much revised that
prices will astonish yo'u, as all winter
garments must be sold.
Trimmings, Handkerchiefs and Neck
wear all revised In price.
Winter Underwear, Gloves, Hosiery,
Cardigans and all beavy goods cut deep
505 AND 07 MARKET STREET.
I have this day sold my interest in
the firm of
HEARD, BIBER & EASTON
to my late partners, who will continue
the business; assuming all liabilities
and interests connected therewith.
JAMES B. HEARD.
Prosperous mad Popular,
Among the stanch, reliable old life in
surance companies whose &nnual statement
is looked forward to with interest and read
with satisfaction is that of the old National
Life of Vermont, which appears elsewhere
in our columns. The confidence which
Pittsburgers place in this corporation will
be found to rest on ample groundsby giving
this thirty-ninth annual statement a careful
reading. It is a magnificent showing, of
which any company may eel proud. In
every important point there have been sub
stantial gains and progress over any year in
its history of over a third of a century.
When one considers that the National is
a very conservative company, restricting its
business to a few large business centers
north of Mason and Dixon's line and will
only write 525,000 on one life the volume
of new business reported is enormous and
nnenualed in the history ot life insurance
in this country. It is gratifying to know
that of the large gains in member
ship, assets, income, surplus, in
surance written and in force, no
agency in the United Stages contributed
so large a share as that of O'Neil & Lyne,
the popular and well-known Pittsburg man
agers, who wrote during the past year nearly
53,000,000 of new business, amounting to
over 5100,000 in premiums. This volume of
business had never before Tieen written by
any agency in the National in its 40 years'
experience, and by very few managers of
any of the leading insurance corporations
in the United States.
That it shonld have been accomplished, it
was necessary to have a popular, equitabla
contract, backed by a solid old financial
institution such as this thirty-ninth annual
statement shows the National of Vermont
Attention, Railroad Men.
Chinchilla coats and vests (you probably
call them reefers) are just the thing that
wonld interest you. "We have got about
195 of these garments on hand. They coma
in brown and blue, and the sizes run from
34 to 44. The regular price for these goods
was 515, 518, and even 520 for some of them,
hut a speedy sale pleases us best, and for to
morrow only you can take your pick and
choice for ?5, 55, ?5. Positively only ona
garment sold to each purchaser.'
Jr. C iy. C,
Cor. Grant and Diamond sts., opp. the new
JDS. HDRNE R EDSI
PENN AVENUE STORES.
SPRING GOODS IN STOCK.
NEW INDIA SILKS,
NEW INDIA SILKS,
60c to $2 50 a yard. Tho grades at 60c,
65c and $1 are great values. Notice the
quality of the cloth and the novelty of
The "mark downs" in Silks are thy
greatest bargains you ever saw. Moires,
Satin Bhadames, Failles.
LOWEST NOTCH PRICES
CLOAK ROOM. . -x
Fifty to 100 garments sold everyday , .
Jackets. Ulsters. Raglans, Newmar
kets, Plush Coats and Jackets. Also,
Children's Coats and Suits.
Onr Imported French Dresses -""'
Half Price, to sell them quickly.
NEW DRESS GOODS . '
Coming in daily. New Embroideries ?"
New Laces, New White Goods. ?
MTJSLIN UNDERWEAR STOCEi jfijjf-
JDS. HDRNE I ED.'Bt:
PENN AVENUE STORES
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