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THE BUTTER! WAR
Pittsburg Dealers Hold a
CAMPAIGN PLANS FOEMED.
Western Capitalists Dictate What
Shall Be Done.
COMMITTEE -TO GO TO HARRISBURG.
Tie Legislature to be Flooded With .Peti
tions and Letters.
MO.NEI IN ABUNDANCE FOE THE FIGHT
An important meeting, which was in
tended to be secret, was held in the office of
the "Western Dairy Company in Diamond
Square yesterday afternoon. The object of
the meeting was to mate preparations for
the coming contest in the State Legislature,
before which efforts are to be made to secure
a repeal of the oleomargarine prohibitory
laws, which are now causing the retail aud
wholesale dealers iu this city so much
The attendance was not large, but those
who were present counted. Quality, and
not quantity, was the motto as also the com
position of the gathering. It included rep
resentatives from the retail and wholesale
dealers of this city and from the "Western
capitalists who are now pushing the fight to
The Pennsylvania State Oleomargarine
Association, which is composed of the
Western manufacturers of this bogus
butter, had a hand in the meeting, and in
fact dictated what should and what should
not be done.
All the business transacted could not be
learned. Petitions were given to every re
tail and wholesale dealer in the city, to be
HIS CUSTOMERS FOE SIGNERS.
They are issued by the Oleomargarine
Association. In the statement at the top
the existing laws are declared to be odious,
obnoxious and monopolistic It is their
endeavor to secure signers from every class
Letters are to be addressed to the physi
cians of the two cities requesting them to
express their opinion upon the use of but
terine as a food, and to address the com
munications, if favorable, to the Sanitary
Committee at Harrisbnrg. It is their wish
to secure about 150 letters from the doctors
of this vicinity.
A committee of five was appointed to visit
Harrisburg next "Wednesday and do effective
lobby work for the bill. Mr. Calvin A.
"Watson, who was recently locked up for
selling oleo, is chairman of the committee.
Two of the other members are Messrs. R. P.
Houston, of Butler street, and Mr. Samuel
Charters, of Grant street. The remaining
two committeemen are members of whole
sale firms in the city; but their names could
sot be learned. This committee has 'been
instructed to do all in its power to have the
Finally, but not as the least important of
the committee's work, a subscription was
started to carry on the fight A liberal sum
was collected by the authorized person, and
promises -for more, when necessary, were
THE OUTLOOK FOR IT.
The bill repealing these laws has been
favorably reported by a committee, and
action will be taken upon it by the Legisla
ture in a few days. The farmers' repre
sentatives are fighting the measure bitterly,
as butterine comes into the market in oppo
sition to the product of their farms.
The grocers about this city claim that
much of the country butter sold in Pitts
burg is not country butter at all, bnt is
nothing more or less than butterine, which
the honest old farmer has mixed with his
home product, or has been simply stamped
by him and sold as good country butter.
A physician who has been asked to ex
press his opinion on the subject said he
would be very willing to do so, as he did
not think the product was harmful, and was
indeed more wholesome than the bad coun
try butter which is sold among the poor of
A grocer said last evening that the State
law was unconstitutional. He said the IT.
6. Government imposed a tax upon the sale
of butterine, but permitted dealers to sell
it. The State law not only does not permit
a man to sell the manufactured product as
oleomargarine, but fines a man for selling
it, even when labelled as oleomargarine.
THE WASHINGTON CENTENNIAL.
A Meeting of the General Committee Was
Held Last Kigbt.
The General Committee for the centennial
celebration of "Washington's inauguration
met last night iu the rooms of the Grain
and Flour Exchange. The "Ways and
Means Committee recommended an assess
ment on all the organizations represented,
toward bearing the expenses. Wm. J.
Diehl, B. F. Veach and G. M. Murphy
were appointed to confer in regard to ar
ranging for a jubilee on April 30 for the
school children of both cities. The inten
tion is to have a musical festival with the
singing of the national hymns by the chil
dren. Circulars will be sent to the merchants
and business men of the two cities asking
them to co-operate to make the celebration
a success. An effort will be made to se
cure a "Virginian to make an address at the
HIS INJUR! KILLED HIM.
A Mishap of Last November Resulted In a
William Hunter, residing at No. 5 Bed
ford avenue, died yesterday morning of in
juries received on the 21st of last Novem
ber. He was a machinist at the Panhandle
shops. "While working about an engine,
.he slipped and fell, injuring himself se
verely. Mn Hunter served during the rebellion
in Company D, First Pennsylvania Light
Artillerr. He was a member of Post 157,
G. A. K., and of Zocco Lodge, 385, L O.
A SODDEN DEATH.
An Old Lake Erie Railroader Expired Sud
denly Lnt Xigh:.
John Driscoll, 64 years old, employed by
the Pittsburg and Lake Erie Railroad Com
pany, dropped dead while at work last
night. The deceased lived at No. C Crystal
row, and heart disease was supposed to be
the cause of his death.
Beguiled and Robbed.
Mike McCartney, while drunk, yesterday,
was taken into an old building, at the Point,
and robbed. W. Kolf and T. Riley were
arrested for it.
STILL SLOWLY RISING.
The Stage of Whler Reaches Fifteen Feet
Conf Ready to Start To-Day No Dam
age Dono bvtbe Room.
Rivermen thoroughly enjoy high water.
If there is one thing under the sun or the
clouds either that will bring them out from
their winter hibernations, it is the spring
freshet. Fortunately the rivers this year
are not raging torrents filled with thick,
grinding, crashing ice. The winter
has been exceptionally mild, and the
ice in the upper pools is thin and in spots.
"When the warm rains came it broke np
gently, and was soon reduced to small
At noon yesterday the Monongabela had
reached 15 feet, and was rising slowly.
The water in the center of the stream was
running swiftly, but the rise had been so
gradual that no damage was done. Not
even a stray stick from a raft could be seen
on the surface anywhere.
There is little coal to go out, and as the
water is certain to last for a few days, the
operators were in no hurry yesterday.
Captain Rodgcrs intends to send the Time
to New Orleans with a tow. The Coal City
for Walton & Co. will probably start to
day, followed by the Sam Clark and Joe
"Walton. Captain O'Neil is thinking of
sending out the Dick Fulton and Fred
"Wilson. The Beaver and Hornctt No. 2
will take Marsh McDonald's coal, and
either the Convoy or Acorn will do service
for Thomas F-'weett.
The Annie Roberts went down the river
yesterday to-help the Raymond Homer, held
fomewhere in the Kanawha river with an
The Katie Stockdale, Hudson and Scotia
are in the city. The Katie started last night
for Cincinnati; the Hudson will follow on
Wednesday, and the Scotia will start on
Yesterdayafternoon the ice in the Monon
gahela river gorged at the mouth of Turtle
creek. In a .few short hours the water in
the creek overflowed its banks and took
kindly to the low lying lands. A number
of houses along the river were flooded, and
it was feared last night there would be a
local flood. Many of the people, acquainted
with the temper of the stream irom past ex
perience, were careful enough to remove
their goods before the water reached them.
Others not so fortunate had their effects
badly damaged. The stream was not vio
lent "at anytime. No effort was made to
break the gorge -in the river.
At McKeesport a gorge was formed near
the water work', and a number of cellars
and small houses were flooded. The town
ship road up Long Run was covered with
water, and teams could not pass. The water
came through White's Hollow, and over
flowed the district lving between the Balti
more and Ohio Bailroad and Fifth avenue
to such an extent that many of the people
have made arrangements to move out. It
was feared the water would reach the mills
of the tube works and W. Dewees, Wood &
Co., and stop work, but late last night it
was believed the water would not rise high
A co-operatiye COMPANT.
The Knights of Labor at Kittanning In the
Flro Brick Business.
The Knights of Labor at Kittanning are
aboutto engage in business for themselves.
They have formed the Kittanning Co-operative
Mining and Manufacturing Company,
and expect to control the fire brick trade
in that section of the country.
The men in the scheme are members of L.
A. 1623, composed of mixed trades, but the
majority of them are fire brick makers.
They have leased 400 acres of the best
quality of fire clay land in the vicinity of
Kittanning, and expect to begin work the
latter part of this week. They will erect
two plants for the manufacture of fire brick,
and both of them will be right in the midst
of the clay deposits. '
The men who are foremost in the company
say that right across the river from Kittan
ning there are millions of tons of fire clay
in the ground. The vast field has been uh
worked, owing to an absence of transporta
tion facilities to get it to the works at Kit
tanning. They say the owner of the latter
has grown independently wealthy within
the past 15 years, and they see a great
amount of money in the scheme for them.
They say the mam reason for the formation
of the co-operative company was on account
of their becoming dissatisfied with the wages
paid by their employer, who was constantly
grinding them down.
MINERS' MASS MEETING.
John Flannery and Alastei1 Workman Jen
kins Up the River.
John Flannery of this city the ex-official
of the Miners Organization has been com
missioned by General Master Workman
Powderly as an organizer of the Knights of
Labor and will conduct a number of mass
meetings at different points along the Mon
ongahela river. To-morrow night a mass
meeting will be held at Six Mile Ferry at
which Division Master Workman Jenkins
of sub-Division No. 5, will make an ad
dress. From there the men will go to Bos
ton to hold a meeting the following even
ing. They will be at Camden on the 22d,
Elizabeth on the 25th, Hilldale on
the 26th, Webster the 27th, and on
the evening of the 28th thev will
address a large meeting at Brownsville. It
is expected that the order will be greatly
strengthened by these meetings.
BUILDERS EETDRN HOME.
A Nnmber Want to Amalgamate With the
A nnmber of the builders of this city who
went to Philadelphia to attend the annual
meeting of the National Association of
Builders at that place returned home yes
terday. Some of them were fully impressed with
the idea that it would be beneficial to the
local exchange to join the national organi
zation. The majority of the members of the
former will not go in while it costs 2 per
REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT.
An Allegheny Citizen Who is Running on
Henry Striepke, candidate for Council in
the Third ward, Allegheny, is on both the
regular Republican and Democratic tickets.
He made an active canvass for the Republi
can nomination and yesterday was also put
on the Democratic ticket. The Republican
Ward Committee were to have met yester
day to ascertain whether the man was a
Democrat or Republican, but they did not
Three Men Fined S400 and Coats Yenter
day tor Selling the Article.
At a hearing of some of the oleomargarine
cases before Alderman Carlisle yesterday,
Charles Muhlbruuner, of the Allegheny
market, was fined S200 and costs. Daniel
Jordan $100 and costs, and L. K. Vale $100
These suits were civil cases, the parties
being sued only for the penalties, and no
information has yet been made against them
under the criminal section of the oleomar
Not ou Spenkinc Terms.
Martha Gorus and Sadie Bennett, of Penn
avenue, are not on speaking terms just at
present, as Martha and Sadie had a dis
agreement a dav or so ago and Martha
palled Sadie's hair. She has made infor
mation against her before Alderman Porter,
who will adjudicate the case.
A Cold Election Day.
According to Weather Observer Stewart,
it will be very cold to-day around the elec
tion polls. This prediction, alludes only to
AJAX WOUND IT UP.
A Political Campaign "Amusingly
Drawn to a Timely Close.
A COLORED ORATOR SOARS ALOFT
And a Meetinjr of Sixth Warders Takes
Action on the Three R's.
ALLEGHENY'S LITTLE PRESTO, CHANGE
There are several ways of gathering in a
few wavering voters on the night before
election, even as there are numerous
methods of indncing them to waver as late
as election day. The non-partisan news
paper, however, which isn't called upon
either to make or nail lies, any more than
it is expected to aid or publish the plans
and purposes of those who "saw wood and
say nothing," has to do only with those who
publicly act, exhibit or "resolve" at such a
time yesterday and last night brought very
few of the latter to the front, either in Pitts
burg or Allegheny. But there was just
enough publicity given to some of the very
latest ante-election tactics to make them
legitimate subjects for publication as news.
Principal among these events were the
Sixth ward citizens' mass meeting on Fifth
avenue last night, and the Second ward re
count of a primary's result in Allegheny.
Both are reported, without coloring, below:
The last meeting of the citizens of the
Sixth ward was held in Ruch's Hall last
night, and there were over 250 people
present when Ajax Jones, the Mayor's col
ored messenger, made a speech in favor of
Thomas McMichaels for Select Council.
Immediately after the assemblage had
been called to order, Mr. Helmbold, the
Chairman, said: i
"Gentlemex I have here a letter, which
has been sent to a citizen of our ward, purport
ing to be in favor of Mr. McMichaels. Now I
want to call your attention to the fact that this
letter is nothing but a forgery, gotten up and
written by the enemies of McMichael. Here
THE SECOND R. K. E. LETTER.
Junior Order American JIechamcs,
Con-ciL 0.281. J
Dear Sir Your attention is called to the Im
portance of the coming election in your ward, as
the future welfare of your children and free public
school system Is iu danger, should the ticlet
headed by James u 'Williams be elected. The
ticket Is made up of Catholics and Catholic sym
pathizers. Now is the time to act. Vote and use
your Influence for Thomas McMichael. Yours
truly, C. Ckomwell, Secretary.
"This letter, continued the Chairman, "was
not sent by any friend of McMichael, who
would not stoop so low as to carry religion into
politics. It has been proven that there is no
such council in the city, and we believe,though
of course we may be mistaken in this, that the
name of the signer is also fictitious."
A resolution was offered that the Ameri
can Mechanics present pledge themselves to
have Mr. Williams, whom they alleged to be
the author of the letter, expelled from the
order of the United American Mechanics if
the suspicion conld be substantiated; and
Mr. McMichaels was then requested to go
before an alderman and make an affidavit
that he repudiated the idea of having con
sented to or authorized the writing of such a
By this time the crowd became desirous
for oratory. Mr. John Flinn made a speech
and, as he was interrupted by an intoxicat
ed individual, Mr. Flinn belabored him
with his stick and dispatched him down the
tairs with electric celerity.
After this little diversion there appeared
to he another tumult on the stairs, which
was, however, explained bv the aDpearance
of Ajax Jones and about a dozen members
of the Sixth Ward Colored Republican
"Hurrah for Ajax! Hurrah for McCal
lin II ! Get up on the chair, Ajax, and
make a speech!" With such greetings the
renowned Ajax was almost carried to the
front and lifted on a chair, whence he made
the following address:
THE AJAXIAN ORATION.
Gentlemex I have already spoken in
about 24 meetings to-night, but I cannot re
frain from following the impulse of my most
generous emotions and saying to you that I and
my colored brethren have come down from
Mount Pisgah to greet you in your grand and
noble efforts, and tell you that we are with you
in this fight, man for man. Gentlemen, you
are white people, ana somehow 1 can't talk to
yon as well as to my own folks; but I must
urge you that you place a glorious memento
within these consecrated walls of
Ruch's Hall, erect a pinnacle, and
head it with the emblematic sign: McMichael
for honesty and righteousness. I will not keen
you here lone There is no time. But go forth
from here and gird your loins for the fray that
calls upon the mind of every honest citizen to
overwhelm the forces of policemen, firemen,
detectives and the rest of the army of the Un
public Safety and the Public Unsaf ety!
Now, fellow citizens, I hear that religion is
going to be a factor in this political contro
versy. Let me tell you that my qualifications,
as a man of sound judgment and vast experi
ence, prompt me to urge yon to abstain Irom
such proceedings. Religion has nothing to do
with the matter; it is man against man.
Whether Methodist. Fresbterian. Lutheran
or Catholic, there is po difference made in
heaven, when, at that time beyond the ever
living present, we have departed from this
earth, and when, at that remote period,
the Angel Gabriel sounds His great
bugle horn, whose notes will re-echo,
rewound and reverberate through all the
valleys of heaven in a million vibrations, then,
I sav. the angel will not ask you: "Are you a
Catholic, Presbyterian or Protestant? No! he
will ask yon, as citizens of the Sixth ward,
Pittsburg, whether on this present occasion
you jVOted for Williams or for McMichael!
Then, gentlemen, if you have voted for our
noblo old Thomas. Peter will probably accord
you the blissful distinction of placingyou with
in the halls of glory; but, if yon tell him you
voted the other way well, ho will just tell you
to go also tho other way!
Deafening applause followed Ajax Jones'
speech, and his audience was evidently well
satisfied that it had -"got its money back" in
his free entertainment.
H0RIZ0TAL BILL ALIVE.
He Toms TJp nt tho Depot and Talks Poli
tic nnd Railroads.
Horizontal William Morrison, of the
Inter-State Commission, was on the limited
last night, going to Chicago to assist Judge
Cooley in revising railroad classifications.
He is as much of a free trader as ever,
though he never would have put tobacco on
the free list, as Miller did, he said, to
please the Republicans.
He thought the retiring administration
had done well, and he hoped that the incom
ing one would walk in their predecessor's
footsteps. Then he added :
If Blaine is Secretary of State, he will do a
lot of blotting, but m the end v.e will land just
where wc are now. AVhether theorcign policy
be passive and conciliatory liko Bayard's, or
full of bluster and jingoism, the result will bo
just the same.
As to the railroads, wc strongly condemned
the payment of commissions. We tried to
have the roads put a limit on the price paid for
business, but they refused. In many instances
it was discovered that some of the lines gave
as much as one-half the rate to secure business.
Wo are trying to have the law mudmed accord
ing to our suggestions.
Colored Vetera Postpone.
A meeting of delegates from the different
colored clubs of Pittsburg and Allegheny
was to have been held last night at No. 15
Grant street. However, as it was the eve
before election, a large number of the dele
gates were not present, boing at work
in their different wards electioneering, and
the meeting was postponed.
Boomed for Council.
At a meeting of the citizensand taxpayers
of the Eighth ward, held last night, reso
lutions were unanimously adopted booming
John S. Lambie, the. present incumbent, for
THE PITTSBURG DISPATCH, '
AWFULLY MIXED UP.
Allegheny's Recount and Discarding of a
Tally Sheet Undoes aTlckct In a Meaiuro
or Docs it Up.
Fully 100 men crowded the corridors of
Allegheny City Hall yesterday anxiously
waiting to hear the result of the recount of
the Ninth precinct of the Second ward.
The vote as counted Saturday, for Com
mon Council, stood: David Winteis, 895,
and Henry Buente, 893, giving Mr. Winters
the nomination. About this time it was
discovered that there were errors in the
couut, the two tally sheets not balancing.
At the ward meeting yesterday morning
Mr. Young, who had been judge of elec
tion, ordered a recount, Winters and Buente
each naming two men to 0 over the votes
with the judge of the election.
As the count proceeded another difficulty
arose. Thirtv-five votes were found not
numbered, which, according to Pardon's
Digest, should be thrown out. The judge,
however, decided that, as the number of
votes tallied with the number cast, it was
the fault of the election officers, and that
the ballots should, accordingly, be counted
on the faee of the returns. Trouble was had
with other tickets, too, which were not
When counted, the sheet stood: Buente
897 and Winters 896, giving the nomination
to Buente by one vote. '
After the recount Mr. Winters said to a
"I shall bring suit against David Tonng,
James Hayes and Mr. Foster for not con
ducting the primaries in proper shape. We
could not get any returns from the Ninth
precinct until Saturday evening, and Foster
claims the tally sheet was not made out
then, but was made out in his drug store
"The polling was held in a clubroom, and
they were drinking all about. Different
one's handled the tally sheet, as it is learned.
I don't know as I have anything further to
It was reported subsequently too late for
verification or contradiction that the dis
pute had been referred hy the ward commit
tee, to the City Central Republican Commit
tee to settle; that only nine members of that
committee got together; ( that four voted to
leave Winters on the ticket, four to sub
stitute Buente as per recount, and that Mr.
Winters himself, as the odd member, gave
the casting vote in his own favor.
QUAY TO THE KESCOE.
A Paper Against Prohibition to bo Read
Before tho' Brewers,
Mr. John E. Jones, of Allegheny, has
written in German a long and strong ora
tion, which will be delivered at the Brewers!
Convention in Philadelphia, and by the
brewers distributed in the campaign. It is
principally directed, of course, to the Ger
man voters of the State, urging them to vote
against the prohibition amendment.
The speech states that the question of
prohibition in Pennsylvania will be a test
case for the whole country. It brands the
whole thing as unconstitutional; worse than
Russian despotism; a stimulus to hypocrisy,
because liquor will be drank on the sly, and
at the back door.
Mayor Pearson, of Allegheny, and the
Hon. George D. Stitzel, President of the
Berks County Agricultural Association,
are quoted as being against the amendment.
It closes with the following remarks:
It were desirable that the Hon. Matthew S.
Quay, who himself does not believe in the pro
hibition humbug, would make it bis business
to kill the amendment, in the interest of the
personal liberty of the people. The spirits
which have been invoked by the Republican
party cannot now be so easily calmed and de
stroyed. Were it, however, to punish only the
hypocritical, unprincipled leaders, it were but
right that the phantom which they have called
into existence should haunt them forever."
. IN FAVOR OF HARMON!
Prohibition Delegates Leave for the Harris
H. L. Castle. Rev. J. B. Turner, Dr.
Nevin, of Elizabeth, and a number of other
Prohibitionists left for Harrisburg last
night to attend the temperance convention.
Mr. McConnell, on account of business
pressure, did not go.
A plan for the coming campaign will be
mapped out and the State flooded with
home and foreign speakers. The ministers
are expected to do some effective work on
the stump. A strong effort will be made to
preserve harmony between the factions.
A PARTIAL CONFIRMATION.
Colonel Andrews Thinks Windom Will be in
Colonel Andrews went East last night.
He thinks it is a settled fact that Windom
will be the next Secretary of the Treasury.
As Mr. Windom spent Sunday with the
Colonel, and they are warm friends, it is
safe to say that Colonel Andrews knows a
few things about the coming Cabinet it he
cared to tell them.
"The reason for so much secrecy," said
the Colonel last night, "is that "General
Harrison is not yet President. If he should
die in the meantime, or become incapaci
tated to fill the office, another Cabinet would
probably be chosen." I
GLASS PACKERS GETTING TOGETHER.
Tho Men at Bcllniro Orpnnizlng Intoltho
Knights of Labor. i
The glass packers at Bellaire are organiz
ing into the Knights of Labor. They hhve
about come o the conclusion thatafter three
attempts there is no further use trying! to
get into the American Flints and ratfter
than stay unorganized they will enter ihe
Knights of Labor. At the next convention
of the American Flints another effort will
be made by the Pittsburg packers to get
into the organization. r
Owing to the frequent strikes among the
packers the "flints" do not want that braiich
of the business represented in their organi
zation as it would involve them in evjery
nine suoji uisiuroance mat would turniup.
A G. A. R. Favorite.
Colonel Chill Hazzard, the popular retire
sentative of the G. A. R. in Washington
county, presided over an entertainment at
Little Washington last evening. The! en
tertainment was promoted by the G. AL R.
organization of that city, and was for
charitable purposes. The enthusiastic ivay
in which the Colonel's humorous remtrks
were appreciated showed that he is as pJjdu-
lilnjbo a Costly Drink.
K. Schefflnauer, a driver for Frauenheim
& Vilsack. has made information hufero
Alderman Leslie, charging Thomas Gdrdon
with the larceny of a fccg of beer frorn his
wagon, while it was standing on the street.
A hearing will he held to-day. Gordon had
the satistaction of drinking 'the beer before
ne was arrested.
Off on a Pilprtmngr.
Among the 100 Catholic pilgrims anid two
bishops who will leave here on next Thurs
day for New York, en route to Rome, Egypt
and Palestine on an extensive pilgrilnage,
are Rev. Father Carroll, of St. Andrew's,
Allefhenc. and his nipri" "Mi Annfa fo
The Church Fund Growing.
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xiie cungregauou ot.ine ju. su. unttrch in
Braddock raised enough to bring their total
subscriptions up to $7,000 on sltmday,
which nearly completes the araourit they
want to erect their new church edifice.
Had' Ills None Choired.
vr . ocnuiz ana .&. iiornosKey gots into a
fight yesterday, and Kornoskey's nqse and
finger got badly chewed. He then f-ntered
suit against Schulz for felonious assiultand
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY '
FORLOYE OE LUCEE.
Romantic Diversion in the Hearing
of the Butler Coniackers.
A LOVELY POPULAR NOVEL'S RUIN.
The Blushin? Heroine Goes Clean Back on
the Hero and Swears
HE PASSED A BLASE DOLLAR CfFF ONHEE
Why the idea of,love should always be
tacked omib something illicit is not very
well known, unless it be that both early and
late novelists would insist upon connecting
love with moonshine, and therefore moon
shine whisky and love with highwaymen
and freebooters and pirates and thugs, and
lastly, love with counterfeiting.
The usual story of course is that the brave
gurrl appears upon the stand and wades
through columns of perjury ou behalf of her
lover and all this stuff, but the novelistic
ideal received rather a severe check at the
counterfeiters hearing in this city yester
day. At the morning hearing before United
States Commissioner McCandless every
thing went.very smoothly, and Samuel W.
Woods, one of the alleged famous Butler
county.gang, was convicted of carrying the
illicit stuff around in his pockets in large
quantities. This must have been equally as
bad as carrying the stuff around in other
people's pockets, for the frightened granger
was held for court, and by the lett arm by
Detective1 McSweeny, in default of 52,000
STILL IS THE 'WOODS.
At the afternoon matinee John Woods, a
guileless-looking youth of perhaps 21 hard
winters, fumbled a rusty derby of the vint
age of '76 between fingers that were all
thumbs, and acknowledged that he came
from Butler county. This acknowledgement
seemed to be especially incriminating, and
the reporters of the afternoon papers put
down in black and white that the dangerous
desperado hailed from Butler county.
A diversion occurred right here that
creaied a sensation. The diversion was in
the shape of the first witness, Miss Maria
Jane Bailey, tall, sedate, severe, yet nice
looking, and everybody scented a love story
as she and the prisoner exchanged glances
' The prisoner was quite composed, while
Miss Maria was evidently very nervous,and
glanced from court to prisoner and prisoner
to court in a way that made the reporters'
pencils fairly squeak in the haste to em
body mental impressions in physical, alpha
"Maria," said McCandless solemnly, "do
"She swears," wrote the afternoon re
porters, as the girl held up a trembling
gloved hand with something concealed be
tween the ball of the thumb and the pad at
the base of the little finger.
"Do you know this prisoner?" came the
awful inquiry thatVas to establish once and
forever the fact that she did or did not know
"I do," came the answer,in tones of in
tense conviction and determination.
"Aha! she do," scribbled the reporters so
hastily that the points of all their pencils
broke, and, as they had no other pencil and
not a knife among them, this probably ex
plains why not a word of the subsequent
proceedings appeared in the papers yester
day. WHICH SHALL IT BE?
John looked at Maria, and Maria looked
at John. There was mute appeal in the
glance of the first and cold coldness in the
lace of the second. Again the girl's lips
slowly parted, and there came forth the
"Yes, I know him. He worked a counter
fcit'dollar off on me for a loaf of bread,"
and the gloved hand was opened, displaying
the tell-tale coin.
Smash went all ideas of love and senti
ment. Rieves, Harris or Harte would have
wept in anguish and torn their several hairs
over the sudden collapse of the romance,
and the sight of 'a paralyzed Cupid on his
knees in Butler county mud before the base
image of Columbia. A beautiful novel
spoiled; a maiden revenged; a Coniacker
done up; everything in a Dopular novel but
th: heroine. A "Shylock"" without a Portia,
"Cleopatra" without a Pat.
Maria's story was, that while in the
serene security of her Butler county home,
this man, J. Woods called at the house and
wanted to buy a loaf of bread. She did not
have any to sell, but with true country
hospitality, offered to give him a loaf. This
did not seem to suit the gentleman, who
tailed of paying for what he got. She
finally changed what she thought was a sil
ver dollar, and he went on his way.
WENT A VISITIU'.
A little while alter the old mare was
hitched up, and she and her mother started
across the hills to visit a friend. Upon ar
riving there they, were somewhat amazed at
seeing the same young man trying to buy
another loaf of bread aud receiving change
for a dollar.
" "Can you identify the coin?" asked Mc
Candless. "Yes, I can. See here," and she pointed
to the marks of a handsome, honest set of
white teeth upon the face of the soft metal,
where she had tested its impurity after the
bird had flown. The dollar was handed
around for inspection, and it certainly is" a
remarkably clever counterfeit. It is some
what light, but would easily deceive the
unwary, as it had been perfectly plated with
silver by means of an electric battery. If
they had made the plating somewhat heavier
it would have passed muster anywhere, al
though the tiny M at the base ot the fair
goddess' neck was very badly stamped in.
The next witness called was Lewis Seaton,
who acknowledged that he owned the house
which the counterfeiters had made their
den. That the house was not a mansion,
may be gathered from his talk.
HE SORT O' SUSPICIONED.
After a long apology or explanation as to
how the house came to be rented to them, he
said: "I sort o' suspicioned something, and
on the night of April 27, 1887, I sneaked
out there and peeked through a crack in the
side of the house and saw several men huny
"Some carried a kind of metal into the
other room out of my sight, and others cape
back carrying money in their hands, which
they laid down right beside me.
'The monies I think were dollars, halves
and quarters, and even nickels, I believe,
though I could not see very well on acconnt
of my position and natnral uneasiness under
Close questioning elicited the fact that
this witness could not positively identify
Woods, nor could other witnesses called.
The testimony of Miss Bailey seemed suffi
cient, however, and after refusing to testily
in bis own behalf, young Woods was re
manded for court in default of 2,000 bail.
ELECTRIC CAR GONGS.
Experiments Now Going ou by the Citizens'
In addition to the alarm bells on the
trucks being tried by the Citizens' Traction
Company, they are experimenting with an
electric gong to be rung bv the gripman by
pressing a button with his foot, thus not
being obliged to take his hand from the
The only trouble experienced so far is
with the batteries, which do not stand the
FUKNITUUE AND CAI1PETS.
Derecr'i, Liberty St., Cor. Sixth Ave.
Buyers of furniture and carpets are most
cordially invited to inspect our new sprintr
designs and patterns, for which we are now
daily taking orders for present and future
delivery. Henky Beegeb,
642 and 644 Liberty St., cor. Sixth ave.
LOWER FREIGHT RATES.
PIttibnrg Railroad Coal Operators Say They
Slast Have a Redaction or They Will Go
Oat of Business.
The members of the Pittsburg Railroad Coal
Association will meet to-morrow in their
rooms. Among other things to come up will be
the question of securing better rates on coal
from this city to the lake ports. A com
mittee will probably be appointed to wait
on the officers of the Cleveland and Pitts
burg, Pittsburg and Western and Lake
Erie roads and urge a reduction on the
present rates. The railroad companies
claim that they are now carrying the coal
at a figure very much below what they
should receive and will in all probability
refuse to grant the request when it is
About a week ago the coal operators of
this city who were shipping their products
to the lakes heard that the operators in the
Hocking Valley who were competing with
them for the lake trade had been granted a
reduction of 10 cents per ton. This reduc
tion was made by the Hocking Valley and
other railroads carrying the coal from all
points in the territory. The Pittsburg men
who had all along been struggling to com
pete with the Hocking Valley shippers were
further handicapped by the reduction in the
transportation rates. To get even they want
the railroads here to make a corresponding
reduction and allow them to compete with
the Hocking Valley people. Like the river
operators they say that unless they get lower
transportation rates they will be driven out
of the business.
It has been suggested by some of the
members of the association that if thev can
not get a reduction in the freight rates they
Win UrtVC IU UUIr UUttll KApeHSCS IU &OQJB
other way. They cannot enforce a reduction
of wages on account of their agreement
with the miners. Some of the most radical
members say that when the present scale ex
pires wages will have to be reduced. They
claim this is the only thing that will pre
vent them from being driven out of the bus
iness. NOT A CASE FOR A TIE-UP.
Slaster Workman Vincent, of tbe Gripmen
Explain a Misunderstanding.
Mr. F. B. Vincent, Master Workman df
Local Assembly No. 2126, K. of L. (the Cit
izen Traction Company employe's branch),
called at The Dispatch office yesterday
The local assembly will do nothing in regard
to the report published Monday in The Dis
patch of a threatened tie-up, but are satisfied
to live up to the agreement which was made
with-the company in regard to the extra con
ductors receiving pay in the same ratio as the
Sir. Verner's statement was true, as far as I
saw. I speaK for the union men. and have
nothing to say about the others, some of whom
have probably represented themselves, union,
and told you of the dissatisfaction. If any did
not understand what the agreement meant, it
was because they were not at tbe meeting
when it was signed, and are to blame them
selves. The 11-hour schedule is working satisfacto
rily with the men, and they are not complain
ing of extra work.
On the same subject one of the regular
conductors of the line said:
Most ot the extras are new men, and I think
they will be satisfied with what they receive,
as the plan under which they now work is
much better than tbe old one. The men were
formerly known as extras and only got a run
when the reeular man was oft They never
knew when they would get a job, which was
not oftener than once a week. JTowtbey aTe
sure of five runs a day, and ought to be satis
fled. If they aro not satisfied and want to
strike, I can't say what we would do.
TO MAES STEEL WHEELS.
The Company Orcanized nt McKeesport
Will Erect a Plant, Sure.
The Novelty Steel Wheel Company at
McKeesport is now an assured thing. The
company has won the suit in which the
patent was involved, and all the stock the
company desired to dispose of has been
Material Christianity. n
The Society for the Improvement of the
Poor within the past two weeks visited 746
families, aided 481, including 1,983 persons.
Six were placed in Sabbath schools, 23 in
public schools; employment for 9, and days'
work for 27. Over a thousand pounds of
bread and hundreds of pounds of meat,corn,
rice, etc., were placed where they were most
A Conplo Bis Cans.
Mrs. Mary T. Lathrop, President of the
Michigan Temperance Union, and Hon.
John B. St. John, will deliver addresses on
the prohibition question on March 8 and
29, respectively, in the North Avenue
U. P. Church.
New Local Union.
William Smith, President of the Ameri
can Flint Glass Workers Association re
turned yesterday from Anderson, Ind.,
where he organized a new local union. The
new factory there is working to its capa
city. REAL ESTATE SAVINGS BANK. LIM.,
401 Smithficld Street, cor. Fourth Avenue.
Capital, 100,000. Surplus, $38,000.
Deposits of SI and upward received and
interest allowed at 4 per cent. tts
Large Diamond Fonnd in Somh Africa.
E. P. Roberts & Sons, diamond mer
chants of this city, have just been advised
by their resident buyer in London, who is
agent for the principal diamond mines in
Africa, of a rich find made in the Jagers
fontein mine. On December 27 a diamond
was fonnd weighing 240 carats, and on in
spection proved to be good shape and of a
fine bine color. It is valued at 520,000 in
the rough,.and if successful in cutting It
will demand a fabulous price. This find
has caused another advance in prices of dia
mond stocks at Kiinberly Exchance. The
recent fall of a large reef in the Kimberly
mines, at first thought to entail a serious
loss to the owners, has proved to be quite a
bonanza in the saving of dynamite and
thousands of dollars in labor as the blue
earth was crushed fine enough to work di
rect in the crushers.
To Old Union Soliders.
City of Pittsburg, )
County of Allegheny, )
Personally appeared before me, an Alder
man in and for the city of Pittsburg, James
L. Williams, who, upon oath duly admin
istered according to law, doth depose and
say that the published account of an inter
view with said James L. Williams, in
which he is made to denounce the members
of ihe G. A'. R., is a lie, false and malicious,
in every particular, and it was published in
order to influence voters against him, and is
a political dodge of the worst ciiaracter.
James L. Williams.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this
12th day ot February, 18S9.
BlnlrsvlUe Pcoplo Chnrmed.
I (The Swedish Ladies Octette, accompan
ied by Phelan, the great humorist, gave an
entertainment at Blairsville last night to a
crowded house. The audience was en
raptured and every piece was encored. The
people were charmed by voices which for
tone, harmony and sweetness were a mar
vel, and everyone sat spellbound under the
enchanting influence and would gladly have
listened for hours longer. The company
will appear in Old City Hall to-night.
To the Voters of the Second Ward, Allegheny:
I enter the election contest to-day in op
position to James Hunter This will pre
sent & square issue to the citizens to express
themselves on this matter.
Scrofula cured free of charge at 1102
Carson St., Southside.
MAY EESDLT FATALLY.
An Enraged Colored Man dab's a Now
Haven Agent of Bis Own Race, While
Showing- His Wife a Sprinkler.
A probable fatal assault was made on
William Johnson, a colored man, last night
by another colored citizen, so it is charged,
named Alexander Ryan, who lives on Jones
avenue. Johnson is about 25 years old and
hails from New Haven. He is canvassing
this city in the interest of a patent sprinkler
which he is selling for a New Haven firm.
Last night about 820 o'clock he entered
the house of Ryan, who was absent at the
time. Ryan's wife, however, wished to see
the patent, and Johnson was explaining it
when Ryan entered, and thinking- that
Johnson was flirting with her he attacked
him and beat him into a nearly insensible
condition. He then threw him out of the
Johnson recovered somewhat, and
wandered to Engine Company No. 7, where
he sank to the ground from exhaustion,
produced by los3 ot blood. A patrol wagon
was called, and Johnson was taken to the
Twelfth ward station and" Dr. Oldshue was
summoned. Johnson conld give no acconnt
of the manner in which he sustained his
injuries. They consist of two deep cuts on
the head and severe internal injuries. Dr.
Oldshue said his case was very serious;tbat
the cuts appeared to have "been inflicted
with a blunt instrument. Johnson was re
moved to the Homeopathic Hospital. No
arrests had been made up till a late hour
MAGNIFICENT INSURANCE RETURNS.
A Remarknblo Board of Directors. Includ
ing Vice President Morton and Chaaacey
. The annual report of the Equitable Life
Insurance Society, published on the eighth
page, shows a larger outstanding business, a
larger new business and a larger surplus
than any other similar organization. It is
the largest, strongest and most popular or
ganization of its kind in the world. All its
previous achievements have been surpassed.
Its outstanding assurances amount to 549,
000,000, its new assurances for the vear.to
5153,933 535, and its surplus to S20.794.715.
This is due to its remarkable Board of Di
rectors, which include financiers of national
reputation, such as Levi P. Morton and
Chauncy M. Depew. Dr. George Woods,
whose managingability is recognized by such
men, and who enjoys the confidence and re
spect of thousands of the best citizens both
East and West, is the manager of the com
pany for Western Pennsylvania.
To the Voters of the Fifth Ward, Allesbeny.
I beg leave to announce that I will be a
candidate at to-day's election for Common
Council, and to ask you to continue the sup.
port you so generously and kindly gave me
at tbe primaries on Saturday, feeling sure
that if you will do so my election is a
certainty. It is needless to add that the
outcome of the combinations made and im
proper methods resorted to against me on
Saturday, are not a proper criterion of the
sentiments of the voters in my ward. For
this reason, and having been urged by the
best element of the ward to do so, I have
consented to continue my candidacy and
earnestly appeal to my friends to rally to
my support. Respectfully,
Ckaeles V. Le-wis.
'W. W. Wattles
Is opening his magnificent stock of Worces
ter,Doulton and Crown Derby porcelain at a
discount of from 20 to 40 per cent and in
consequence customers are multiplying
daily. This is an opportunity to furnish
your home with artistic wares, never before
equaled, and judging from the sales of the
past week the stock will soon be gone. 30
and 32 Fifth ave., second floor. TTS
All danger of drinking impure water is
avoided by adding 20 drops of Angostura
Roynle tho New Weave In Silks
A fall line in colors and also in black
Jl a yard; a bargain. "
Jos. Hoene & Co.'3
Penn Avenue Stores.
B. it B.
1,500 pairs An immense lot to put on
sale after blanket season is over, but such
blankets (Bradley's celebrated) at such low
prices will sell if it was Augnst weather.
BOGGS & BUHL.
Are offering great discounts in shoes. It
will pay you to invest now. Fifth ave. and
Market st. tts
A Window Full of 'Spring Dress Goods
Come inside to see the goods in the piece;
colorings and styles tbe newest, all made to,
our own order; German and French weaves.
Jos. Hokjje & Co.'s
Penn avenue Stores.
Compelled to More
Our store Anril 1. and will give at least 10
per cent discount for cash on any pair of
shoes. Manv lines below cost.
tts Caiit & Veen ee.
$5, SG and SS Pants.
For a good fitting suit or pants go to
Pitcaibst's Tailoring Emporium,
tuf 434 Wood street.
Cain & Verner
Are offering great discounts in shoes. It
will pay you to invest now. Fifth ave. and
Market St. TTS
Liver complaint cured free at 1102 Car
son st, Southside.
A VARIETY OF STYLES.
NOT MANY OF EACH. .
LOWEST PRICES MADE. '
Jackets. SI 25, $2, $3, SB.
Trimmed Mantles, Astrachan and
Braided, 55, J6, ?8 and S10.
Beaver Newmarkets, Directoire
fronts or tight-fitting. So, $?, 510 and
$13 many of these only one-third
Plush Jackets, S8. t), S10 and $12.
" Plush aiodjeskas, 810, S12, S15 and
Alaska Seal Cloaks or Jackets. Will
save you large amounts of money on
BIBER X EABTDN,
BAEEI'S BEAND STILL IS USE. '
He Sends an Open Letter to General Master
Under date of East Saginaw, Mich., Feb
ruary 18, T. B. Barry, ex-member of tho
General Executive Board of the Knights of
Labor, writes an open letter to General
Master Workman Powderly and telegraphs
a copy thereof to The Dispatch. Much
that is in the letter is hardly such as might
properly be published under the Pennsyl
vania libel laws; but here is enough to show
what Barry thus seeks to contradict:
Sir In your paper of October 25, 18S3, ap
peared a letter pnrportinz to come from Martin
Rose, of Marquette, Mich., butoulysigned "M.
R.." in which I was called a "traitor," a Bene
dict Arnold," "a Judas Iscariot," etc Tba edi
torial read: "This is only one of tbe hundreds
of letters ibat are coming Into the general
office. Indorsing the action of the General Ex
ecutive Board in expelling T. B. Barry, and. If
Mr. Barry wants to obtain the original letter ho
can have it for the askinc" On receipt of that
journal I immediately wired John w. Hays,
General Secretary, to send me on the original
letter, which telegram he no doubt turned over
to yon. I have since been reliably informed
that the letter was manufactured in the general
office, by Barney Maurice a favorite clerK ot
ynnrs), and after being criticised by the general
officers, given to the editor, one A. M. Dewey,
for publication. Since learning that the letter
was manufactured in the general office and
your inability to send on said original letter (as
yon promised to do) I now hrand you. etc
One who never played double.
To the Voters of the Second Ward, All
At the request of many citizens I havs
agreed to run for Select Council at the elec
tion to-day. I ask my friends to use their
effort in behalf of honest government for our
city. Adam Fuhs.
Attention, Voters of tbe Fourth Ward. Alio
Jacob Ehmen was nominated at the Re
publican primaries February 15. Watch
your ballots and see that his name is on
JDB. HDRNE I CD.'S
PENN AVENUE STORES.
THE NEW DRESS STUFFS.
THE NEW DRESS'STUFFS.
Lots of them coming in every day. In
plaids, stripes, side borders, brocades;
yes, all in wool, the very newest in
color and in pattern. Also, quite a lot
of French Robcl Patterns, each a sepa
,'rate and distinct design, in the prettiest
Colors imaginable. The new Cash
meres at 50c are a great bargain, as are
the 46-inch Serges at 50c, and the 50
inch Suiting Cloths at 40c and 50c are
great values at the price.
This will be a great year for Ging
hams, and wo have the largest stock
ever brought to Pittsburg. Over 60,000
yards of fine imported Scotch Ging
hams. Then in American-made Ging
hams a wonderful assortment Dress
Ginghams, we mean, and as pretty and
stylish as can be.
110 styles at 25c a yard.
50 styles at 20c a yard.
40 styles at 15c a yard.
200 styles at 12c a yard.
At 10c a yard a great many.
New Satines in finest French make"
American Satines at 12 and 20c and
35c: the new Henrietta Satines.
The new Lace Curtains are here,
choice and late patterns; special low
prices in Nottingham, Irish Point and
Our great Silk specialty for these,
son Plain and Printed India Silks
our bargains have made a wonderful
Stir in this department 43c, 53c, 63c,
75c, tl to $1 a yard. The largest assort
ment ever shown in this cltyi
Lovely sew Embroideries. Narrow
edges, skirtings, all overs sped,
JDB. HDRNE I ELI'S
PENN AVENUE STORES.'
BARROWS & OSBORNE
90 Diamond street:.
Telephone No. 8U