Pittsburg dispatch. (Pittsburg [Pa.]) 1880-1923, February 19, 1889, Image 1

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In the Constitutional Amend
ment Convention in Ses
sion at Harrisburg.
Jrom the Discussion of the
Merits of the Two Calls
Issued aiid
To Harmonize the Warring Organi
zations, Each Faction Claim
ing the Other
A rittsburg Delegate Threatens to Ex
plode a Bomb, and is at Once
Invited to Do So.
The preliminary meetings at Harrisburg
of the delegates to the Constitutional
amendment convention was characterized
by a conspicuous lack of Harmony. The
third party Prohibitionists and the Consti
tutional Amendment Association represent
atives collided as soon as the meeting was
opened. Each faction accused the other of
seeking to obtain control of the convention.
A number of peace-makers attempted to get
in their work, but without avail. There ap
pears to be a possibility that the quarrel
over the organization of the convention will
result in a bolt.
tJ-KOM A staff conm:sr-onEST.l
Harrisbueg, February 18 The most
conspicuous thing about to-night's prelim
inary meeting of the temperance people who
will gather in convention to-morrow fore
noon was a surprising disposition to differ
about everything and nothing.
The meeting was opened by a prayer in
which there was a strong plea for harmony,
but neither the prayer nor the Chair was
able to produce it. Frolu 8 o'clock until 11
P. 21. gentlemen mademotions and talked
of them and around them and away f.-om
them, and id add to tie contusion oil 'Presi
dent Fultoh, of the Constitutional Amend
ment Association, offered amendments and
amendments to amendments, and conversed
about them and other things until the point
before the house was lost sight of entirely.
Tbe Bone ol Contention.
The principal dispute centered round the
fact that the Constitutional Amendment As
sociation and the Woman's Christian Tem
perance Union had issued a joint call, which
was succeeded by a later call issued by a
conference of temperance societies held re
cently at Harrisburg. Some of the dele
gates wanted the convention called to order
under the first call. Others wanted it called
under the second, while some wanted it
called under both calls, with the first one
taking precedence in importance, as well as
in time, but the majority, after getting tired
of hair-splitting differences of opinion, final
ly voted to just have the convention called
to order on the merits of the delegates, re
gardless of the calls that brought them to
gether. The Constitutional Amendment Associa-
ion people seemed to prefer the first call,
but were willing to hear both read, and Jo
seph D. Weeks, ex-Secretary of the National
Republican Committee, labored long and
earnestly for this, but did not succeed.
Tnlkcd Real Sassy to Each Other.
Just where the third-party Prohibition
ists stood on the question at issue was not
quite apparent, and, although they seemed
at times on both bides of the question, the
Constitutional Amendment Association
people had no hesitation in saying the third
party Prohibitionists were "somewhere in
the woodpile." The latter, on the other
hand, felt free to state, in the same
guarded manner, that the former wanted to
run things. On the floor, however, there
were numerous pleas for harmony and nu
merous allegations that the speakers knew
the source of the inharmoniousness and the
reason for it.
It looked as though the fightmg point was
reached when Mr. Martin, of Pittsburg, said
he could explode something if he wanted to,
and was answered by a hearty invitation
from Mr. "Weeks to let it go. The opening
chasm was again closed up by a few healing
words, but threatened to fly apart again
when Rev. Dr. Boyle, of Braddock, , char
acterized the work of the committee to frame
a plan of organization as the worst kind of
a sct-np. The allegation was let pass, how
ever, with the retort of the Secretary of the
.' committee, Mr. Kaufiman, that it was noth
ing of the kind, and the whisper went round
that the committee, of which Mr. Boyle was
one, had voted unanimously for it.
The C A. A. line the Call.
The recommendation of this committee,
as adopted, was that President Fulton, of
the Constitutional Amendment Association,
call to-morrow's meeting together, and that
Joshua i,. Bailey, of Philadelphia, be made
Temporary Chairman. Among the four
Secretaries to be named is Mrs. Joseph D.
"Weeks and committees on Permanent Or
ganization, Enrollment, Resolutions, Plan
of "Work and Finance were decided on, with
f the names of the gentlemen who should
make the necessary motions. The compo
sition of the committees was left to the
Temporary Chairman.
The committee that drew up this pro
gramme for to-morrow was composed of one
person from each organization represented,
and is fairly indicative of the composition
of the convention. It was composed of ex-
Master Workman A. C. Rankin, represent
ing the Constitutional Amendment Associa
tion; Mrs. Willenm ver. the W. C. T.TJ.; Hon.
T. K. Stubbs the 'i. O. G. T.; Luther S.
Kauffman, the Pennsylvania State Temper
ance Union ; Walter Colley, the Philadel
phia Baptist Ministerial Association; Mr.
West, the Young Men's Prohibition League;
A. A. Stevens, the Prohibition party, of
which he is Vice Chairman; Mr. Swallow,
the Philadelphia Methodist Episcopal Con
ference; Rev. Mr. Schwab, of the Harris
burg Ministerial Association, and Rev. Dr.
Boyle, of Braddock, the Royal Templars of
Hon. John Cessna ia Dcspnlr.
The ladies and Hon. John Cessna, of
Beaver,-seemed to have a better idea of the
requirements of the case than the great ma
jority of those present. Mrs. Willenmyer
early in the evening pleaded for a quiet
time, and was seconded later by Mrs. Swift
and finally by Mrs. Patton.who complained
that the men didn't seem to be able to keep
out of a tangle. Mr. Cessna, after extricat
ing the meeting from many parliamentary
pits, at last gave it up in despair and voted
it all too bad.
No one could offer a suggestion after the
meeting closed as to the complexion of to
morrow's permanent organization, and Mr.
Cessna, who is credited with a desire to con
duct tbe coming campaign as Chairman of
the Executive Committee, is not certain
there will be any. The fight of to-night
will be carried into the convention to-morrow
unless the morning devotions restore
harmony. At present the prohibition
amendment is largely lost sight of in the
determination of the third party Prohibi
tionists on the one hand, and the Constitu
tional Amendment Association on the other,
not to permit each other to control the or
ganization. The fight is on in earnest.
The Allegheny county delegates include
Mesdames Swift, Watson and Weeks, Pres
ident and Secretaries of the Pennsylvania
Woman's Christian Temperance Union,
Rev. T. U. Boyle, Joseph D. Weeks, A. C.
Rankin and Mr. Martin. Simpson.
Terrible Effects of a Downpour of Rain In
Georgia and Alabama The Wind
Adds Fatalities to the Otber
Element's Calamities.
Atlanta, February 18. A destructive
cyclone swept over Banks county at 4
o'clock this morning. It entered from the
west, passed up the broad river valley, went
out through Nicholson, sweeping the trees
in its pathway of about 100 yards in width.
The list of the dead, as reported to-day, is
as follows: Thomas Stevens, John H.
Stevens, H. W. Headers. Mrs. Meaders. The
wounded are numerous, but in the confusion
it is hard to get names. One, a son of the
Thctnas Stevens who was killed, was lifted
up by the wind as he sought to retreat from
the house, which was crackling around him,
and blown over 100 yards, where he was
dashed against trees and so injured that he
can hardly live.
All day" Sunday the weather was oppres
sively warm, and when darkness came the
heat was dense and suffocating. A little aft
er dark the valley was overspread with
clouds, and a rain storm followed which
beat all records in that section. It was a
constant downpour nntil 2:30 o'clock in the
morning. The sheets of flame which illu
minated the heavens for the next hour were
At 4 o'clock the center of the disturbance
seemed to be floating over the valley at a
terrible rate of speed". "A fumbling noise
awoke ail who slept, and in almost an in
stant all was confusion. The houses began
to creak under the strain, finally gave way,
and were blown around iu all directions.
In the settlement where the Stevens lived
the destruction was terrible. Mr. Stevens
and his son were both killed and another
son fatally wonnded. The honse of Mr.
Weaver was lifted up and wrenched to
pieces in the air, killing Mr. Dors and his
wife. The cyclone reached Nicholson,
where many houses were nnroofed and
thrown around. Many stones of suffering
and casualty are told,- but as the scene is
distant particulars are hard to get.
A dispatch from Birmingham, Ala., says:
A cyclone passed through Bibb county, 50
miles south of here, last night, doing great
damage. Several persons are said to have
been killed and many injured. It is impas
sible to obtain full particulars to-night.
She Concludes Not to Appear In America
Next Season.
New York, February 18. Mrs. Lang
try, it is reported, nas finally decided not to
appear in New York next year, and in the
course of a few days is expected to cancel
the entire tour which has been made in this
country for next season, including six weeks
which have been held for her at the Fifth
Avenue Theater. The engagement at the
Fifth Avenue Theater, considering the big
expense incurred by the production of
"Macbeth" hasn't proved satisfactory to
Mrs. Langtry or to Eugene Tompkins. Mr.
Tompkins predicted that "Macbeth" would
not draw for longer than a week, and he will
find some sort of satisfaction in the fact that
his prediction turned out tolerably true.
At any rate, it is said that Mrs. Langtry
has arranged to open in London in Septem
ber, and she will probably make a long stay
there. After that she is to make a tour of
the English provinces, and go then to
Australia. Whether she will return to this
country or not the following season has not
been settled. Mrs. Langtry has reason to
be fond of America. During the past fire
years she has amassed a fortune large
enough to be envied by any star.
Robs a Jewelers' Safe Right In Plain View of
the Street.
Newaek, N. J., February 18. Clever
bnrglars got 83,000 worth of watches and
jewelry this morning iu the store of JI. &
A. Gehraetz, at 173 Halsey street. They
got into the store from a rear alley, and
burst open the safe in full view of the street,
which is little frequented at night. The
sale wasn t burglar proof, and the inside
doors, it is believed, were not locked, so
that the thieves had little trouble, after
knocking off the combination lock.
The firm loses about 100 watches belong
ing to customers, beside 30 gold and 10 sil
ver watches out of the stock, and a large
quantity of jewelry of various grades and
kinds. No clew to the thieves has been ob
Tlio Building Did Not Fall Down, nud SS00
is tbo Damn cc.
CnrcAGO, February 18. The Commis
sioner of Buildings examined the damaged
Owens building, at the corner of Adams
and Dearborn streets, this morning. The
damage done, as he reported, is much less
than was at first anticipated. A portion of
the tile flooring, 20 feet long and some 6
feet wide, which joins the two main wings
of the building, had evidently been struck
and loosened on the ninth floor while a
heavy tank was being raised last Saturday.
This gave way yesterday, and by its
weight carried the floors b'eneath with, it
The main structure was not injured in the
least, and SSOO will cover the entire damage.
Tbo Whereabouts of General Contreroa
nnil Secretary of Legation Preston
Agitating Ilajllan Circles ia
New York City.
ispecial telegram to the msrATcn.i
New York, February 18. Where ia
General Contreras? In what direction has
"Secretary of Legation Charles Preston dis
appeared? These were questions asked with
bated breath in Haytian circles to-day. It
was certain that both these gentlemen had
disapi eared. Minister Preston, when ap
proached on the subject, looked wise and
intimated dreadful things, as much as to
say that the Carondelet, which is at New
port News, and the Conserva, which was
still in Gravesend Bay last night, had bet
ter look out for themselves.
Contreras and young Preston, it is de
clared, sailed for Kingston, Jamaica, on the
Atlas line steamer Athos. Their names do
not appear upon the passenger list, bnt at
Pim, Forwood& Co.'s It was said that they
could have boarded the ship up to the mo
ment of her sailing. Mr. Preston has been
making inquiries of the firm of late about
connections at Kingston for a steamer bound
to Port-au-Prince. The conjectural object
of sending emmissaries of Legitime by the
Athos would be to stir the Haytian navy to
activity in their efforts, to capture the
Carondelet and the Conserva, for if they
ever reach Hippolyte Legitime's jig is
likely to be up, whereas, if Legitime could
succeed in capturing the vessels, together
with the large supply of arms, cannon and
ammunition on the Carondelet, U would be
a blow from which Hippolyte would not be
likely to recover.
It is a big stake, from a Haytian point of
view, but iu this naval game of chess it is
likely that the white men will beat the
black, and that Hippolyte will succeed iu
queening pawn, or in other words, will run
the Madrid into Cape Haytien in safety.
The Athos will not arrive in Jamaica until
the 23d instant, and if they wait for the
first royal mail steamer Mr. Preston and the
General cannot leave Port-au-Prince until
March 1, but it is supposed that they have
already cabled Legitime to have a Haytian
war vessel meet them at Kingston.
All ol Colonel Church's Earnings Eaten Up
. by Family Expenses.
Columbus, O., February 18. The cross
examination of Mrs. Church, the plaintiff
in the divorce case, was continued to-day,
but was not completed. The examination
has been deliberate and with a view to
weaken the testimony of the witness in
chief. The plaintiff offered an account of
the family expenses during the few years
they were married, and this was gone over
in detail, and it was established that during
that time they had expended about 913,000,
and the income of Colonel Church was thus
accounted for, all except 200 or 5300. The
plaintiff admitted, with the figures at hand,
that the defendant had not wholly failed to
provide, except that he had not purchased
her the clothing which she required.
It was also sought to show by admissions
on the part of the plaintiff that she was at
times deranged when she had fainting spells,
and that she had driven her husband and
others from her room, but she did not admit
that such was the case. The cross-examination
will be completed to-morrow.
The Uncertain Fate of the Railroad Presi
dents' Association.
Chicaoo, February 18. The movement
to organize the Inter-State Commerce Rail-rwej-'Associaticm
is expected to culminate at
the meeting of presidents to be held here to
morrow. President Strong, of tbe Atchi
son, Topeka and Santa Fe, arrived in the
city on his return from the West and South
west, where he has been for the past two
weeks endeavoring to procure signatures to
the agreement. All tbe roads in the sec
tions visited by Mr. Strong have signed
with the exception of the Kansas City, Ft.
Scott and Gulf and the Missouri, Kansas
and Texas, but as these are two of the roads
about which there has been a good deal of
uncertainty, there is nothing reassuring in
the fact that they are the only exceptions.
It was hoped above all things that Mr.
Strong would be able to secure the signa
tures of President Nettleton and Receivers
Cross and Eddy, and his failure to do so
casts a shadow over the prospect of making
the agreement unanimous.
Scores Amu the Pupils nnd Professors
From tho Clinton Liberal Institute.
Albany, February 18. A subdued
silence has prevailed in the Mohawk Val
ley for several days respecting the closing
of the Clinton Liberal Institute at Fort
Plain because of smallpox. The cause for
alarm, if known, would be to the advantage
of the school rather than otherwise. Re
ceutly all the scholars and professors in the
institute were vaccinated, a contagion that
has gone through all colleges recently.
One of the professors subsequently exer
cised too much and the result was he took
cold and soon was taken with a slight case
of varioloid, and an alarm we.nt forth. The
out-of-town students were quarantined in
the institute building, the sick professor
was taken to a private house and the home
students were allowed to go to their homes.
Rumors of smallpox at Fort Plain spread
rapidly. The professor is still quite sick
and the institute is quarantined.
The Sngnr Swindlers Take Their Arrest In a
Very Cool SInnner.
AnnAebok, Mich., February 18. Mrs.
Olive E. Friend, the Howards and the
Halsteads are still in jail. A writ of
habeas corpus was obtained for Mrs. Friend
Sunday morning, and was returnable this
morning at 10 o'clock, but was adjourned
until to-morrow morning to give the Sugar
Company time to make an answer to the
writ Detectives Kulcand and Creed, of
New York, arrived yesterday afternoon for
the purpose of taking the entire party East,
but are still here. A strong legal ficht will
be made here to test the validity of the
papers before they will be allowed to go.
The habeas corpus was only issued in Mrs.
Friend's case, but writs will be obtained in
all the cases. The whole party seem to
take the arrest quietly, and claim that they
are not afraid ot being convicted of anv of
the charges.
Fear of Death Causes Tier to Tell tho Truth
Abont Annie Redmond.
Chicago, February 18. Mrs. Josie Gur
ley, who, with her husband, is in a cell at
the couuty jail for abducting little Annie
Redmond, to-night confessed that her hus
band was guilty of the crime, and that the
mysterious woman who lured the girl away
from her playmates was Mrs. Annie Allen.
Ever since her arrest Mrs. Gurley has
stoutly declared that a woman named Mag
gie Gordon had stolen the child. The pris
oner said to-night that the Gordon woman
was a myth which she had set up to saVeher
husband. Sirs. Allen has been arrested.
Mrs. Gurley is dangerously Hi; and it is
said she cannot live many days. Her be
lie! that sho cannot recover induced her to
make the concession. The fund raised for
Annie Redmond now amounts to $1,000.
From One to Two-Scoro Lives Sud
denly. Wiped Out by a Terrific
The Horrible Crash Which Kndely Awak
ened a Sleeping City.
Bat tie Only Man Who Was in a Position to Know Is
Cold In Death. ,
A sudden explosion early yesterday morn
ing destroyed a large hotel at Hartford,
Conn. Fifty people were buried in the
ruins. Of these 16 have been taken out
dead. Five probably escaped and ten have
been rescued iu an injured 'condition.
Nineteen are believe'd to be still in the
ruins. The boiler is believed to have caused
the wreck.
Hartfodd, Conn., February 18. Just
before dawn this morning a hotel with its
sleeping people was shattered by a force not
yet ascertained, and straightway, in the
darkness and ruin, men and women and
children were being crushed and maimed,
and burned by flames. It was at the hour
when the twilight of the coming day had
worn into the night a bit, and while the city
slept that the still buildings were shaken as
if by earthquake, and the silent streets were
startled by a sullen booming, as though of a
monster explosion.
Upon the moment persons in the section
of the city near the Capitol and the Union
depot were further startled by the sound of
crashing walls and falling timbers and the
screams of women and by men's hoarse
shouts from the vicinity of High and
Allyn streets, which -had been the site of
the Park Central Hotel whih had prac
tically disappeared. Those who hurried to
the spot found upon the site of the hotel a
huge pile of stone and brick and splintered
timbers, from which white clouds of steam
rose up in the morning twilight, streaked
and blackened by wreaths of smoke that
rapidly grew darter and blacker and more
Then tongues of flames leaped here and
there from out the ruin, and grew bolder
and stronger until the ruin was a roar
ing heap a grate where solid masonry held
the fuel in. There were cries and moans
and then wild screams from out the ruin
that made men's faces blanch and their
arms grow strong with helpful impulse.
The streams of water playing upon the
flames were carried up in steam that
smothered all vision of the ruin, but the
daylight grew apace, and soon the helpers
at the scene could see back beyond
the yawning floors of an annex to the
building which had housed the help of
the hosOery and which had been spared.
A portion of the tier of rooms at the rear of
the main building had remained standing,
but the partitions had been torn away, and
the rooms were open to the air, the floors of
many of them partly giving away had
tumbled out the occupants and furniture
upon the confused heap below.
The explosion had demolished the stair
case of this annex, but the frightened em
ployes were safely taken out by the aerial
ladder, two or three excited oiitf, however,
jumping" and receiving slight injuries.
With that unexplainable rapidity with
which news of disaster flies through a town,
the tidings that men and woman, and chil
dren too, were being crushed or burned,
seemed soon to have roused the entire city
to the scene.
Men of the hook and ladder trucks Were
impatient, waiting only until the ruins lad
so cooled as to render safety to their efforts in
the wreck, and as soon as possible, willing
hands set about the herculean task of re
moving the immense mass of masonry, and
the crowds waited and watched with breath
less suspense. The first person rescued was
George Gaines, the colored porter. He was
badly injured and died soon after bing
taken out
At about 7 o'clock Superintendent Law
rence, of the Street Department, appeared
upon the scene with a large gang of labor
ers, and the search was prosecuted with re
newed activity. Helen Leport, of New
Britain, and Jennie Decker, of Unionville,
were soon rescued, comparatively uninjured,
and sent to the hospital. Jacob B. Turpin,
a colored barber, was also taken ont early
in the morning, while Rachel Cramer
jumped from a window, breaking her leg.
At 9 o'clock Harris Stifile, of Philadel
phia, a traveler for the Barnes Safe and
Lock Company, was liberated by raising
the timbers which held him down. He was
only slightly injured. At 10:30 the dead
body of Dwight H. Buell, single, jeweler,
of this city, was recovered. The body was
not mangled, death having been caused by
At about 10 o'clock "two elevens" were
sounded upon the fire bell, calling out the
five companies, of the First Regiment, Con
necticut National Guard, stationed in the
city. The men responded with commendable
alacrity, and a cordon of guards soon sur
rounded the vicinity of the explosion, doing
excellent service throughout the day and
night in keeping the crowd within bounds.
Previous to the calling out of the military
the police force had done good work, but
their number was inadequate to the
By noon telegrams of anxious inquiry
were pouring in from every part of the
country, and friends of those supposed to be
in the ruins were arriving by every train,
together with an immense crowd of curious
people from the surrounding towns. The
lower floor of a spacious wool warehouse
was made a temporary morgue. Here Cor
oner Spcrfy, Medical Examiner Fuller and
Assistant Wright, with other local phy
sicians, were in attendance, and here the
bodies were taken as fast as recovered and
opportunity was given for identification by
friends. Those not identified were taken in
charge by the city and tenderly cared for in
a room of the old City Hall. The injured
were promptly sent to the hospital.
The recovery of bodies was slow, owing to
the immense accumulation of debris, but at
nearly regular intervals one or two bodies
were found during the afternoon. As a
rule the corpses bore but slight marks of
fire, dying either from suffocation or bruis
The register of the hotel has not been
found, and young Perry, tho night clerk, is
buried in the rums. But from the best
estimates that can be procured from the
landlord and others, it is probable that
there were not far from B0 people in the
hotel proper. Of these perhaps five may
have escaped uninjured amid the confusion
of the early morning hours, leaving 45 to be
accounted for. Ten are in the hospital up
to this writing (11 P. M.). Sixteen dead
bodies have been taken from the ruins,
leaving 19 still 'missing. But there may be
several more than this.
The cause of the disaster was undoubtedly
the explosion of the boiler in the basement.
This boiler, of 16-horse power, was built by
the.Pitkins, of this city, in 1882. It was
inspected last August and was then" pro
nounced all right. No engineer was on
duty at the time of the explosion, the custom
being for the night engineer to bank his'
FEBRUARY 19, 1889.
fires at midnight and go to bed. He does
Hot sleep in the hotel. v
This engineer, Alexander Thuer, was ar
rested this afternoon on . an indictment
charging manslaughter, and is locked up at
the police station. It is conjectured that
Gaines, the colored porter, may have started
the pumps, throwing cold water into an
overheated boiler. But' this is only con
jecture, and Gaines is dead.
Tho force of the explosion was terrific.
People in all parts of the city were awak
ened by the shock. Huge stones were shat
tered and iron pipes bent and twisted.
Windows in adjoining buildings and across
th& street were demolished, and panes of
glass two blocks away were cracked. At
the new railroad depot a block away a huge
pane of plate glass was cracked, and many
slates were dislodged from the newly com
pleted roof. Night employes in the rail
road station fled to the street in terror.
The complete list of bodies taken out ud
to 11:30 P. m. is:
Dwight II. Buell, jeweler, Hartford: George
Gaines, colored porter ot the hotel; J. George
Engler, drug clerk, Hartford; John W. House
man, traveler for the Revere Rubbor Company,
Boston; J. C. Hill. Buffalo, N. Y., supposed to
be a commercial traveler: Louis H. BronsoD,
Secretary of the Hartford Stove and Plumbing
Company; wife and child of above; George
Ketchum, brother of the landlord; Eddie
Ketchum, aged 11, son of the landlord; Georgo
W. Root, Brockport, N. Y., traveler for
Vaite. Williams & Co., Boston: A. H. Tillot
son, traveler for the Merrill Chemical Com
pany of Cincinnati; Maximilian Galody.pro
pnetor of the Hartford Harold, and wife; Sirs.
Andrew F. Whiting, whose body was burned to
a crisp, and two unknown.
The victims at the hospital are all doing
well, most of the injuries being superficial,
although all are suffering from chill and ex
posure. Following is a complete list:
Helen Leport, New Britain, scalp wounds and
braises; Rachel Cramer, Avon, bruised and
scratched; Jacob B. Turpin, colored barber;
Walter M. Gay, Bayonne. K. J., uninjured, ex
cept by exposure. New York agent of Higga
num Manufacturing Company; Henry Steffel,
Philadelphia, commercial traveler, sprained
ankle; Wellington Ketchum, proprietor of the
.hotel, bruised; Mrs. Georgie A. Ketchum, wife
of above, general bruises: Jennie Decker,
Unionville, broken leg: Michael Corrigan,
Unionville, bruised, not seriously; Enos James.
A Warm Meeting of tbo Amerlcnn Tnrlu"
Reform League Expected President
Cleveland Has Written a Sen
sational Letter,
Chicago, February 18. A surprise is in
store for the delegates to the American Tariff
Reform Conference, which will begin its
session in this city to-morrow. President
Cleveland has written a letter which it is
understood makes at some length positive
declarations of his views upon the tariff
question and its future in American poli
tics. The letter was written to John Z.
White, Corresponding Secretary of the
American Tariff .Reform League, in reply
to an invitation to take part in the conven
tion. Mr. White declines to allow any one
to see the letter, and intimates that it will
cause something of a sensation. '
Aside from President Cleveland's letter
the League will have plenty of business to
attend to consider according to the indica
tions this evening. An attendance of 800
or 1,000 tariff reformers from all sections of
the country is expected. " The League
officials have proposed "that a clean-cut
policy be outlined," and a "plan of propa
ganda" adopted. It seems probable from
the tone of the reformers already arrived
that an animated contest will occur between
the radicals and conservatives that is, be
tween those who want absolute free trade or
an approximation to it; and those who ad
vocate views similar to those of President
The. radicals are led by such men as
Herfry Ge6rgerBolfdn"Smfth, the Memphis
cotton dealer; Thomas G. Sherman, of New
York; J. Q. Norton, of Mobile, and proba
bly Frank Hurd. Among the conservative
notables will be Eugene M. Wilson, late
Democratic candidate for Governor of Min
nesota; J. Burroughs, President of the
Farmers' Alliance; J. Sterling, of Ne
braska, and Governor Buckner, of Ken
tucky. A new element in the convention
will be the single land tax men, hailing
mostly from New York, and every man a
The membership of the league is put by
Secretary White at 12,000, chiefly Demo
crats, though the organization claims tq be
non-partisan strictly. Most of its strength
is reported as in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan,
Indiana, Wisconsiu, Iowa, Minnesota and
Missouri. It was freely predicted to-night
that when the convention is organized the
the radicals will be found to greatly out
number the conservatives.
Tbcy Offer Their Temple for tho Worship of
St. Thomas' Oni casts.
New York, February 18. The China
men of Mott street,especially those heathens
who have been learning about all those
"weary and heavy laden" sinners for the
par.t few years in the various churches and
Sunday schools, were thunderstruck when
thty were told of their conduct of the St.
Thomas ttemple. The Chinese representa
tive of The Dispatch, just for curiosity
went and called upon Rev. Dr. Wong Jack
8s.n, the acting Chinese priest of the Joss
temple at 16 Mott street. The gentleman
spoke no English, and therefore knew noth
ing of the Christians' rows, but when the
waiter explained his mission and told him
about it, the Chinese priest laughed and
said quickly:
l"You can just S3y that if the church
doesn't allow them to pray or praise the
Lord in their sanctuaries, that they can
co'me right into this temple of Joss here.
Itlis built with much wealth, and is kept as
ne at as we know how. They can come here
anU worship as long as they please, and at
an y time they choose, and pray as loud as
thi :y want to, to any God they have a fancy
for," all tree of cost." We have no caste here,
not anv religious differences. Everv one. so
lor g as he or she is a human being, regard
less of their conditions of life, are welcome.
"Religion," continued the priest, "Is
about the cheapest thing we have among us
heathens. Why should we deny it to any
TholVnndalla Sails for Apia and ibo Galena
for Fort-an-Priacc.
Washinqton, February 18. A tcle
grarja was received at the Navy Department
thismorning from Rear Admiral Belknap,
cominandant of the Mare Island Navy Yard,
California, saying that the United States
steai nship Yandalia arrived at Honolulu
February 2, and was to sail for Apia,
Samoa, on the 7th instant. All well on
boar 1.
J The United States steamship Galena,
with Rear Admiral Gherardi on board,
sailed from Key West, Fla., yesterday
mon ing for Port-au-Prince, Hayti.
Thrcia Men Wantonly Murdered Within
Twenty-Four Hoars.
Cn ccago, February 18. Three men were
murd ered here within 12 hours to-day. I.
Blocl i was peeping through a window at a
dance when an unknown man plunged a
knife into' his abdomen. George Stevens
received a fatal knife thrust in a street
quarr el, and on hour later Luther Rey
nolds! a negro, was shot dead in a fight
over 51 cents which had been risked in a
game I of craps. Scott Walker, the mur
derer, (was arrested.
Several Names Have to Be Rubbed Off
the Latest Cabinet Slate. .
Hoosier Republicans Object to Partner
Miller as an Indianian.
And tbe Entire Selection Called IogratUnde and
Poor Politic
Hoosier Republicans- are kicking at the
latest proposed Cabinet. They declare they
would rather not be represented at all than
to call Partner Miller a typical Indiana
representative. They also say there's too
much Blaine -in fhe talked-of Cabinet. It
is also said that Warner Miller turns up his
nose at the eighth place and won't have it.
Altogether, the list is considered no good,
" either politically or patriotically con
Indianatolis, February 18. If Re
publican sentiment here has any influence,
General Harrison's Cabinet will be broken
up once again before ho gets a chance to
send it to the Senate. The publication of
the list, as made this morning, caused
a sensation here. The names in the list had
all been discussed freely during the past
few days, but this was the first time that
they had been put together in Cabinet form,
and their relative and aggregated propor
tions contemplated. The result is that tbe
Hoosier Republicans are divided between
indignation and disbelief.
The trouble is notwith any one particular
name on the list, but with them altogether.
Republicans here had succeeded into argu
ing themselves into satisfaction with Wana
maker, Windom, Thomas, W. H.H.Miller,
and even the unknown Noble, when they
had been considered one at a time. They
wouldn't have said a word against the ap
pointment of one or two such men in the
Cabinet, but to have a Cabinet made up of
such men, and nothing else, is too allopathic
a proceeding. One well-known Republican
said to-day:
"There's nobody except Blaine in the
whole, lot that stands for anything, or that
is representative ot any Doay, except win
dom, who represents Blaine, or of any prin
ciple except Wanamaker, who represents
boodle. Noble, W. H. H. Miller, Thomas
and Rusk are politically good for nothing,
and Warner Miller probably won't go in
and won't represent anything but one side
of a quarrel if he does. The Cabinet re
wards nobody except Blaine, and it utterly
ignores the States to which both gratitude
for favors received and a lively sense of
favors to come should have dictated
the givingi of some representation.
Delaware, West Virginia and Virginia in
each of which the Republicans had made a
hard fight acainst great odds and done
nobly, nnd each of which presented a good
man for the Cabinet, are passed over, and
the representative of tbe border States is an
unknown man, taken from the hopelessly
Democratic State of Missouri. The hopes
of Southern Republicans are distinctly re
buffed. The Pacific coast, after its gallant
work for the party,-is left ont. 'Iowa, Ohio,
Kansas and Nebraska, great Republican
strongholds, are ignored.
"Minnesota gets a man whom she re
pudiated years ago, and who hasn't cast a
vote iu her borders since he had one sworn
in, four years ago. New York, even, is
practically left out, because making Warner
Miller Secretary of Agriculture (amounts
to nothing as a recognition of the work of
the party in the State. This Cabinet satis
fies nobody and represents nothing, and
that's all there's about it. I'm no states
man, but I am politician enough to know
that this is the most foolish Cabinet that a
man ever put together, and if General Har
rison don't listen to reason and brace up
while there is time he will realize the fact
himself before he has been in office two
The appointment of Partner Miller for
Attorney General was the biggest surprise
of the lot and excites the most disbelief
here. It has been known for sometime that
Partner Miller was going to Washington,
but it had been supposed that he was to
have some minor place. All that General
Harrison wants of Miller is to have him
near as a sort of personal adviser and friend.
For this purpose almost any office about the
departments, such as Solicitor of the Treas
ury, would have kept him handy. It is
whispered among the friends of the family,
however, that Partner Miller was inclined
to think that, if he was
he was good enough for the Cabinet. A
good many men who should know are very
confident yet that Miller will not be in the
Cabinet, and it is certain that the Republi
can leaders of the State will do all they can
to keep him out.
There is a livelier prospect of the break
ing up of the Cabinet, however, from New
York than from Indiana. The best informa
tion obtainable here to-day is that Warner
Miller has declined the Department of Ag
riculture. In that case it is supposed that
Senator Palmer, of Michigan, will be the
man chosen, but this choice will entail
other changes in the Cabinet, for it would
never do to take six-out of the eight mem
bers of the Cabinet from States that touch
shoulders so closely ns Michigan, Wiscon
sin, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois and Mis
souri. That would be a Western Cabinet
with a vengeance. The most probable solu
tion of the tiouble would be to drop Thomas,
and give New York the Secretary of the
As an evidence of tlie influence that -led
to Windom's appointment, it may be men
tioned that the first thing Mr. Windom did
after he left General Harrison's house was
to telegraph to StcveElkins. Wjndom was
never a Cabinet possibility nntil he was
taken up and pushed by tho Blaine men.
The choice of Rusk for Secretary of War
pleases the soldier element in Indiana.
Within a few days one ot the leading Re
publican office holders in the State has been
to General Harrison, especially to insist upon
recognitio'n being given to this element in
tbe selection ot the Cabinet. The talk was
a very plain one, and it is understood to
have made some impression upon General
Harrison, and it is highly probable, there
fore, that Uncle Jerry will not be knocked
out in any of the revisions the Cabinet may
Blaine, Wanamaker, Rusk and Thomas
Cnlled Alr-Tisbts In Washington.
Washington, February 18. The hand
some figure and face of Congressman John
Rr Thomas, of Illinois, attracted greater
attention to-day than they have previously
done at any time during his ten years' ser
vice in Congress. Soon after the House was
called to order at noon it was whispered
around that Thomas had received word that
he had been selected by President-elect Har
rison for Secretary of the Navy.
For his own part, Mr. Thomas would dis
close nothing in regard to the matter, and
when he was congratulated he would only
laugh and say that there was no reason for
congratulation. A friend of his asserted
positively, however, that Mr. Thomas re
ceived from Indianapolis a telegram last
evening from Private Secretary Halford, in
forming him that he had been selected for
the head of the Navy Department It is
also known that Senator Cullom telegraphed
to President-elect Hanison to-day that if
Thomas had been chosen, as was reported, it
was a deserved honor to a good man and
would be heartily welcomed by the people
of Illinois.
It is generally believed this evening that
Thomas has been added to the list of those
who are Cabinet certainties, and that the
roster can be betted upon as far as Blaine,
Rusk, Wanamaker and Thomas are con
cerned. At any rate, the gossip was a re
lief to what would have been otherwise a
dull day, both in legislation and politics, at
the national capital.
The Murderers of John M. CInyton Must
and Shall be Found It is Believed
That Their Identity Uns
Been Discovered.
Little Rock, February 18. The Gazette
says: There is but little doubt from the
facts that have come to light within the past
few days, that'the assassins of Colonel J.M.
.Clayton are known, and that before long
"they will be in the clutches of tho law. It
is now definitely ascertained that after the
arrest of certain citizens of Conway county
by the authorities for unlawful interference
with a federal election, overtnres were made
to the Republican State Central Committee
for a compromise by which the prosecution
of five parties would be dropped or settled
by a nominal fine on the grounds that
restitution was to be made in the way of
certain affidavits to be made by the judges,
of election in Howard township of Conway
county, that would disclose the true vote of
that box.
The overtures were first made to John M.
Clayton himself, through the medium of a
well-known Republican of Conway county.
This party was by Colonel Clayton referred
to his party friends and advisers in Little
Rock. The men to whom it was referred
after considering the matter for two days,
agreed to the proposed compromise, but re
fused to withdraw the 51,000 already offered
for the arrest of the party of masked men
who stole the ballot box in Howard town
ship. The representative of parties at Mor
rilton returned to that point feeling that the
agreement would be satisfactory, and stating
to a friend of Colonel Clayton's in Little
Rock, that he believed that this agreement
would save Clayton's life. When the rep
resentative arrived at Morrilton, the parties
for whom he had been treating refused to
comply with the terms of the compact, be
cause the reward of $1,000 had not been
They were not satisfied and disagreed on
what action to take. Beyond this nothing
is known of theconclusions reached by the
Morrilton parties, but it is certain that on
that night two men went from Morrilton to
Plummerville. It is a conjecture as to
whether these men carried instructions from
Morrilton, but sometimes circumstantial ev
idence is strong enough to convince ordina
ry minds, and the circumstances of their go
ing and their movements on that night are
well known and only omitted' in the infor
mation given that justice may not be frus
trated. These are not all of the facts, but
enough to show that it cannot be long unfil
the good citizens and the good name ot Con
way will be vindicated by the swift punish
ment of the assassins and of the men who stole
the ballot boxes on the night of November G.
An Investigation Proves tbe McAllitorrlllo
Boys nre Shamming; Insanity.
Mifflintown, February 18. Ex-Senator
Wright returned to this town to-night
with Principal Sherwood, of the McAlister
ville orphan school, having spent some
time in investigating the symptoms of
hallucination and insanity shown by the
boys. Alter a careful and strategic investi
gation, the ex-Senator is convinced that the
boys are shamming, and Principal Sher
wood says that the Senator claims to have
trapped two of tbe worst cases into confess
ing that the whole thing was a scheme, and
that the boys have been affecting and feign
ing the various manifestations that have
pnzzled'the doctors.
After a long talk Mr. Wright succeeded
in throwingme boy off his guard and elicit
ing a confession. He then took the Simes
boy, aged 13, who was one of the worst cases,
and worked with him. He talked to the
boy for several hours before he conld
get him to acknowledge that he was sham
ming. Two or three times the ex-Senator
was about to give it up, concluding that
Simes was really crazy, bnt finally he con
fessed that he was shamming.
The Peculiar Story Told by a Pretty Italian
Girl In a Brooklyn Conrt.
New Yokk, February 18. Fifteen-year-old
Amelia Jjio, a pretty Italian girl, has
begun an action in the Supreme Court,
Brooklyn, through Giadetto Lio, to annnl
her marriage with Vincenzo Perfetto, on the
ground that she was under age at the time
of the marriage, and was compelled to con
sent to the ceremony by threats.
The complaint sets forth that she was
married to Perfetto in the City Hall, New
York, by Mayor Hewitt, in August, 1888.
She was" compelled to go there with Perfetto
against her own wishes, and without the
knowledge or consent of her mother. She
was also, she says, compelled to make false
answers to the questions, and to admit that
a certain old woman, to her nnknown, was
her mother. Justice Pratt has sent the case
to Levi A. Fuller as referee.
ALIfo Prisoner In Sing Sing Follows an
Example Set by Archbishop Corrigan.
New Yoke, February 18. The Irish
Parliamentary Fund Association that is
raising a fund to aid in the defense of
Charles S. Parncll and to advance the cause
of Irish home rule, received last night, at
its meeting in the Hoflman Honse, a $5 bank
note that was tbe most interesting
of its thousands of subscriptions. It
came from Vincent Cody, a life
prisoner in Sing Sing, who said that as a
despised prisoner and the most miserable of
beings, he followed Archbishop Corrigan's
illustrious example in contributing to the
fund, in order that "the extremes might
meet" in Ireland's canse.
He added that if every man between the
two extremes in station should contribute, a
mighty fund that would stagger the English
oppressors of Ireland wonld be raised.
General Koble Says He's Fixed.
St. Louis, February 18. Judge Boyle,
an intimate friend of General John W.
Noble, said to-night that it was true
that General Noble had accepted the In
terior portfolio from General Harrison.
General Noble is now closing up his legal
business and preparing for a four years' so
journ in Washington.
Get Kendy for n Blizzard.
Chicago, February 18. The signal of
fice reports a 'Cold northwestern wave com
ing this way, and that to-Jnorrow will be
the coldest of the season here thns far. A
fall of 20 to 25, or 3 to 1 below zero, is
GettysbLiS, Too Full of Sad
MemorS 'Conviviality,'
tP el
A Strong Temperance Spirit Growing
Among the Veterans.
Adams and Franklin Counties Fator Probl
bltion Falton Against It Cumberland
Close Visitors to tbe Battlefield Feed
lag an Army of Guests Tbe Oldest Col
Iceb in the United States A Light Tote
Probable Farmers Afraid of Depreclal
Ing tbe Value of Tbelr Products Trend
of Sentiment In tbe Cumberland Vnllej.
The Cumberland valley and its environs
has been included by Tiie DISPATCH ia
the Constitutional amendment canvass.
Adam3 county promises its vote to Prohibi
tionists. So does Franklin co'unty. Ful
ton will defeat the amendment, however,
and Cumberland county may be put down
as rather close. Thus far our canvass of
counties shows the following result:
O o a
g f
CorjjrrrES. & - q
3 ;? "2.
o 2. s
S P a
Adams. In favor of 7.213 Defeated
Armstrong.... In favor of S.9S6 Adopted
Bedford. Infavorof 8.191 Adopted
Berks Against 28.W2 Defeated
Bradford Infavorof 13,903 Adopted
Cambria Against 11.702 Defeated
Cameron Infavorof 1,&X Adopted
Carbon Doubtfnl 7.177 Defeated
Chester Infavorof 19.785 Adopted
Clarion .... Fairlvsure 6.913 Adopted
Clinton Close 6,073 Adopted
Columbia Veryd'btful 7,116 Defeated
Cumberland. .. Close 10.265 Defeated
Elk Against 3,197 Adopted
Fayette Veryd'btful H.2G3 Adopted
Forest Infavorof 1.601 Defeated
Franklin Infavorof 11.041 Adopted
Fulton Against 2,215 Defeated
Greene. Infavorof 6,63) Adopted
Indiana......... Infavorof 7,609 Adopted
Jefferson....... Infavorof 7.525 Adopted
Lackawanna... Against 21,195 No vote
Lancaster...... Against S2.987 Defeated
Lehigh Against 16,094 Defeated
Luzerne Veryd'btful 31,558 Adopted
Licomiog Against 11,536 Adopted
Monroe Against 4.437 Defeated
Montour. Infavorof 3,195 Adopted
Northampton.. Against 17,103 Defeated
Northumberl'd Fairly sure 12,776 Defeated
Pike Against 2,040 Defeated
Potter Infavorof 4,434 Adopted
Schuylkill Against 25,980 Defeated
Somerset Infavorof 7,332 Adopted
Sullivan Against 2,310 Defeated
Susquehanna.. Infavorof 9,076 Adopted
Tioga Infavorol 11,279 Adopted
Venango Infavorof 8.587 Adopted
Warren Infavorof 7,615 Adopted
Washington... Infavorof 14.228 Adopted)
Westmoreland. Close 19,958 Adopted
Wayne... ....... Doubtful 6.4C0 Defeated
Wyoming Jin favor of 3,996 Adopted
York..,,,....t.In favor of -21,707 Defeated
Aggregate ot votes for Harrison, Cleveland
and Fisk.
GETTYSBUBO.February 18. "Old friends
to meet, old wines to drink, old wood to
burn," is a maxim that is generally sup
posed to fit all sorts of reunions. But even
it has exceptions. On this consecrated spot
some of the nation's greatest reunions have
been held. Old comrades have met here for
the first time in a quarter of a century, per
haps, fires of patriotism have been rekin
dled, but precious little wine is quaffed.
"War was Death's feast. In commemo
rating it all that is nobler in man, all that
is somber in his memories, 13 apnealcd to.
I Conviviality would be strangely out of
place. Gettysburg is the Mecca of surviv
ors of the war. The famous battle-field
grows more beautiful year after year. And
its National Cemetery, with the graves of
thousands of known and nnknown soldiers,
each summer echoes the sigh and sob of
still-sorrowing mothers from every part of
the continent.
Possibly this is one of the reasons why
Adams county has comparatively few rum .
shops, and why she appears strongly in
clined to vote for Constitutional amendment
in June. Facts speak for themselves, and
here is what Mr. H. Yingling, proprietor of
the Eagle Hotel, at Gettysburg, told me.
Attached to his hostelry is a bar, and it is
but a stone's throw from Cemetery HiLL
He said:
I have talked to a great many people in tbe
county, and I really believe tbe amendment
will receive a majority in Adams. It may not
be large, but it will show a decided Increase in
prohibition sentiment since IS73, when, if I re
member aright, local option was defeated by
613 majority. The county was settled by tho
Scotch-Irish, and their descendants are still
on the farms here. The Pennsylvania
Dutch are a little farther north of
us, and we are not within their in
fluence. The county is principally agricul
tural. Here, in the town of Gettysbnrg, tho
Lutherans and Presbyterians exercise great in
fluence, and will give a good majority for the
amendment. Tho Pennsylvania College here,
you know, is one of the oldest seats of learn
ing in the United States. It is controlled oy the
Lutheran Church, and with theological stu
dents, besides the regular enrollment, there is
much incentive for them to keep tbe town tern
There are only eight licensed liquor bars in
Gettysburg, and no more than 27 in the whole
county. The battle field itself is equal to 24
square miles of the county's area, and it alone
has 20 miles of avenues. Tbe licenses are
principally for bars at taverns and hotels. No,
the adoption of this amendment will not rain
the business of hotels bere. You would be sur
prised bow small a quantity of liquor Is sold in
comparison with tbe size of the crowds which
come to Gettysburg from all sections of tha
United States every year. There were 30,000
strangers here in July and I only saw four
drunk men in all that number. They wero
brought here on two single-track railroads
with a single casualty. Every Drivate house
was turned into lodging quarters, and as our
resident population is only 3,000, our enter
tainment of SO.OOU guests was equal to the
entertainment in New York Cityof 15,000,000
visitors at one time. Probably no .other town
or city in the United States can handle such
crowds as well as we, and with so much sobri
ety and success.
Men do not come on these big excursions to
Gettysburg to get on a spree. They go to New
York or the seaside for that. But people come
bere to recall sad memories, to visit the very
spot of ground where comrades fell, or to weep
at the tombs of relatives. There is no occa
sion, no scene, or no recollection, while in
Gettysburg, that wonld start tbem drinking.
Committees of the G.A.K. or the regimental
societies come very frequently to arrange for
the erection of monuments. All they ask is
comfortable lodging, and that, small as we are,
we are able to give them.
Mr. Zigler and some other representatives
of both the old parties expressed the belief
that Adams wonld vote itself dry. The
Prohibitionists have an active organization
there, bat have as yet held no meetings.
As stated in the, foregoing interview,
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