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eluded in next Sunday's
issue 01 J. HE AI15
patch. It will be fol
followed b a powerful
nnrplnitp frnm tlmnp.n
of Maurice
Political Prohibitionists Rele
gated to the Rear in
the Convention,
Ex-Attorney General Palmer
- is Placed in Charge
of the Campaign.
But Uobody Knows Much About
Conducting Even a Non
Political Convention.
Nearly $7,000 Collected During the Day
for the Purpose of Wag
ing the Fight.
Ex-Attorney General Palmer will conduct
the campaign for the amendment people.
Third party Prohibitionists are relegated to
the rear. These are the chief features of
yesterday's convention at Harrishurg. The
slate committee's plans were also knocked
into a cocked hat. Judge "White did not
have a picnic handling the gathering of men
and women who composed the convention,
all without credentials, and none of them
authorized delegates. The -work of raising
the necessary funds for the fight progresses
Haerisbubg, February 19. The pro
hibition convention labored to-day, and the
net result is the placing of ex-Attorney
General Palmer in charge of the prohibi
tion campaign, and the relegation of the
third party Prohibitionists to the rear. The
latter part of the programme was carried
through with a celerity worthy of accom
plished politicians. The former part was
also done quickly when the time arrived for
the committee on a plan of campaign to
make its report, but the remainder of the
time was devoted mainly to showing that
the members of the convention were very
much in earnest, though not completely at
home in the position in which they found
It required all the skill of which Judge
"White is master to steer the convention
safely through the day, and no small part
of the trouble was due to the fact that there
being no basis of representation, and no
credentials, the convention took on largely
the character of a mass meeting. Every
body who wan&d to come and everybody
who came was a delegate, as well as those
who represented particular organizations,
and stood on exactly the same footing.
There was no list of delegates, and Judge
White made up the necessary committees by
consulting with the people he happened to
be acquainted with who were within call.
The third party Prohibitionists took their
medicine without making faces, and Chair
man Stevens reports himself satisfied with
the work of the convention. Mr. Stevens,
however, may participate in some slight de
gree in the campaign as the member of the
State Committee from Blair county. The
old Republican warhorse, John Cessna, of
Bedford, who was mentioned for Chairman
of the Executive Committee, will throw his
ability into the campaign as member of the
State Committee, and may work in harness
with Captain Dravo, of Beaver, on the Ex
ecutive Committee, where Joseph D. Weeks,
who represents Allegheny on the State
Committee, will in all probability also be
found. Simpson.
A Convention Not Formed of Delccates-Xo
Credentials Necessary now the Or
ganization Was Completed The
Work of Ibo Moraine.
A change had come over the spirit of the
prohibition dream by the time the conven
tion was called to order this morning. It
was not so much the soothing influences of
the devotional exercises that preceded the
opening as it was the political effect of a
little caucus held at the Lochiel Hotel this
morning, of which Joseph D. "Weeks, of
Pittsburg, and John F. Dravo, of Beaver,
were the presiding spirits. They agreed
among themselves, in the interest of
harmony, that the third party Prohibition
ists must be relegated to the rear, and as a
larfje number of their way of thinking had
arrived in town by this morning their task
was a comparatively easy one.
It was on their programme to defeat the
work of the slato committee of last night's
preliminary caucusj and they did it with
neatness and dispatch. Hon. Harry White,
President Judge of Indiana county, was
named by Captain Drvo for temporary
chairman before Luther ltauffman, of Lan
caster, secretary of the slate committee,
could begin his morning's work with the
nomination of Joshua L. Baiky, a good
third party Prohibitionist .
A rising vote settled the matter to the
tatislaction of a large majority of all con
cerned, and a committee was sent out to
bring in Judge White, who didn't appear
until alter the convention had relieved itself
of "Hold the Port," and an impatient dele
gate had suggested that it might be a bright
idea to elect another temporary chairman
while they were waiting, in order to keep
the business of the convention moving.
Just at this point Jndge White appeared,
guarded by a committee. Judge White's
countenance was radiant as he proceeded,
amid hearty plaudits, to the stage.
It was a notable gathering of men and
women that Judge White faced, bowing
"The Buried
ne y 01
again and again to the unrestrained ap
plause. There were young men and old
men, matronly women and blooming
maidens. Youthful faces predominated, as
a pointer to the politicians, that here was a
host full of fire and energy, and a determi
nation to be reckoned with in the future.
Gray heads there were to counsel, but the
young were there for action and to sound a
warning to interested parties to stand from
It was an intelligent audience that filled
every seat before the Temporary Chairman
and overflowed into the gallery. The faces
beamed with it, but it was a convention not
used to political work and political methods,
and it was a convention with no fixed basis
of representation, and so was utterly undis
ciplined and hard to manage.
When silence was restored Judge White
made a speech which was punctuated with
liberal applause, whether the point was one
of Judge White's brightest or whether it
was not. When he said they had no rival
ries and no jealousies to serve the handclap
pine was deafening, and when he said they
stood on a platform of principle, fighting
only for the right, they gave him another
round. "This is a proper movement in
Pennsylvania," said Judge "White, "in the
Commonwealth founded by William Penn
on peace and brotherly love, whose last
words, when he left his loved possessions to
go home to die, were to the natives he was
civilizing: "My friends, drink no more fire
water, and you, my subject', are prohibited
from selling them any more brandy or
A temperance action of the Congress of
1794 in Philadelphia was also cited by
Judge White, who also, in the course of his
speech, referred to the way in which Phila
delphia and Pittsburg voted on prohibition
in 1854. The former gave 5,330 for and
SOItfagainst; the latter gave 10,032 for and
4,053 against. "With those two places
showing such a record in June the amend
ment is carried," he declared. In round
numbers the aggregate vote of the State was
158,000 tor and 163,000 against.
"flow did Berks vote?" called a delegate.
"Three thousand six hundred for and
more than 10.000 against," responded Judge
White, amid a general laugh.
The Judge declared there would ie little
trouble about enforcing the prohibitory law
in Pennsylvania, and paid his compliments
to the W. C. T. U. ladies by telling them
that if they couldn't cast a direct vote for
the Constitutional amendment they co uld
cast man j a vote by proxy.
It took a great deal of talk to decide that
the Committee on Permanent Organization
should be composed of 15 persons, and then
Mr. Stubbs succeeded in getting the conven
tion to adopt a.fragment of last night's slate
in the persons of three secretaries, one of
whom, Charles E. Steele, of Schuylkill
county, is a Democrat as well as a repre
sentative of the L O. G. T.
W. L. Peart, of the Armstrong County
Constitntional Amendment Association;
represented the Kepublicans as Secretary,
and the third party people were partly
conciliated by the selection of Secretary
Eeddig, of the Prohibition State Commit
tee, as the last of Ibe trio.
Then Chairman White named the follow
ing Committee on Permanent Organization:
Rev. T. M. Boyle, J. L. Bailey, W. H.
Clough, J. A. Stranahan, Prof. Bickel,
Isaiah Wear, John Fulton, A. C. Rankin,
Tallie Morgan, Thomas R. Mann, John
Cessna, II. C. McDermott, Mrs. Swift, Mrs.
Darlington and Mrs. Dr. French.
A committee on enrollment was appoint
ed, which later reported 774 delegates pres
ent, but which found the task of naming
and locating them much too big for one day.
The committee arrived at the number mere
ly by making a count of the house. A vote
betore the noon adjournment, at which 338
persons recorded themselves one way or the
other, is probably a much fairer figure. The
rest were probably spectators. This vote
was taken after a verbal struggle between
Mr. Stevens on the one hand and Mr.
Weeks on the other on the question of a
committee on a plan of campaign. Mrs.
Wittenmyer and a gentleman from Alle
gheny participated, and the matter was laid
on the table on motion of a delegate in the
fallery, by a narrow majority of 14. The
ouse then retired to dinner and returned to
put in a tame afternoon, during which many
resolutions were introduced, some music
rendered by local choirs, and a great deal
said about small matters.
Score One for the Third Party People Com
mittees Appointed Resolutions Re
' ported and Adopted A Lively
nud Busy Session.
The first work this afternoon was the
adoption of the report of the Committee on
Permanent Organization, making the tem
porary organization permanent, with the
addition ot Hon. D. L. Bhone, of Luzerne, a
Democrat, Mrs. Swift, of Pittsburg and
Joshua L. Bailey, of Philadelphia, as vice
The most notable feature of the afternoon
was the fact that Third Party Chairman
Stevens succeeded, in spite of the oppo
sition to the Prohibitionists, in doing some
thing, but not until the opposition had long
deliberated on it in Committee and modified
it greatly. The committee, which was on
the plan of campaign, was composed of
Hon. D. L. Bhone, Wilkesbarre; A. A.
Stevens, Mrs. Anne Wittenmyer, Philadel
phia; Mrs. Frances Swift, Pittsburg; Dr.
Pomeroy. Franklin; J. D. Weeks, Pitts
burg; John Weir, Philadelphia; John
Cessna, Bedford; F. C. Hobson, Mont
gomery; J. F. Dravo, Beaver; L. C. Beach,
.Crawford; John Hill, Indiana; J, H.
Clough, Wayne; W. N. Stouffer, Berks;
Mrs. Darlington, Chester. Mr. Stevens'
resolution was as as follows:
Resolved, That a committee of one from each
county be selected Jby the county representa
tives present, who, together with the chief ex
ecutive officer of each State temperance or
ganization, shall have general charge of the
campaign, and be known as the State Amend
ment Campaign Committee. The duties of
this committee shall be to secure a full vote, a
fair vote, and an honest count in the adoption
of article 19 of the State Constitution.
Second The committee shall not usurp any
of the privileges or assnme any of the duties
of any existing organizations, hut to aid all in
the one common purpose the adoption of the
prohibitory amendment and unite all to co
operate with the work of the State Committee
jot concerted work.
Third That the aforesaid State Committee
shall select a chairman and such other officers
as they may deem desirable, and may elect
from their number an Executive Committee ot
15 to manage the campaign, and appoint such
other committees as they may deem necessary.
It was after a considerable difference of
opinion that this was referred to the com
mittee, and that body finally reported in
fnvor of a State Committee of one person
from each county, with ex-Attorney General
Palmer at its head, to conduct the campaign
through an Executive Committee, of which
Mr. Palmer should be ex-officio chairman.
The State Committee is to be known as the
Me Pfattg
State Prohibition Amendment Campaign
Committee, and its members were to be ap
pointed by the delegates present from coun
ties or by county conventions to be held
later. This committee is to elect the Execu
tive Committee. In this form the conven
tion unanimously adopted the recommenda
The Campaign Committee, so far as com
pleted, is as"follows: Adams county, W. L.
Seibert; Allegheny, J. D. Weeks, with H.
Sensom as alternate; Blair, A. A. Stevens;
Bradford, Benjamin M. Peck; Butler, John
L. Sullivan; Clinton, W. H. Clough; Craw
ford, L. C. Beach; Cumberland, Hon. S. M.
Wherry; Dauphin, Hon. Francis Jordan;
Huntingdon, J. R. Simpson: Indiana, W.
A. Owens; Juniata, D. S. Kloss; Lancaster,
Rev. J. W. Mininger; Lehigh, Charles R.
James; Luzerne, George A. Edwards; Mc
Kean, W. W. Brown; Mercer, ex-Congressman
S. H. Miller; Montgomery, F. G. Hob
son; Perry, Rev. R. L. McLain; Susque
hanna, Hon. C. P. Little.
Many of the counties, including Philadel
phia, will hold conventions at which their
members of the committee will be named.
In two weeks' time the committee will hold
a meeting in this city to organize and pre
pare for active business. Chairman Palmer
sent a telegram to the convention, saying:
I am ready to join you in any work necessary
to rid tho State of the crowning curse ot the
The Committee on Resolutions was com
posed of: P. M. Biekley, Gettysburg; Hon.
F. H. Lane, Reed Torrens, Allegheny; S.
C. Freed, Montgomery; T. N. "Boyle, A. C.
Rankin. Allegheny; Rev. J. S. James,
Philadelphia; Rev. Charles Rhodes, Luther
Kauflman, Lancaster; E. H. Stewart, Easton ;
C. R. James, Germantown; J. M. . Safibrd,
Lackawanna; Hon. W. W. Brown, Mc
Kean; J. A. Stranahan, Mercer; Mrs. J. D.
Weeks, Allegheny. Their report, which
follows, was unanimqusly adopted:
Led by a gracious, all-wise and over-ruling
Providence,the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
now calls upon her citizens to decide a ques
tion, sumassed in importance by none that has
ever been submitted to the suffrages of her
people. While one of the largest and most
influential States in the Union; rich in ma
terial resources; with fertile lands and prosper
ous manufactories: with schools and churches,
in every city, town and village; capable of sup
porting in comfort her 5.000,000 people, and with
the undeveloped possibility of supporting 50,
000,000. she finds a traffic carried on within
her bounds that impedes her progress,
is the prolific source of wretchedness to
her people, and, through pauperism and crime,
causes burdensome expenses to her treasury.
She has made frequent and earnest efforts to
restrict and control it, but they have proved
utterly inadequate, fehe now asks whether
this traffic in intoxicating beverages shall not
by Constitutional amendment be forever pro
hibited in her territory, and has appointed the
18th of next June as the day for the decision.
In response to this call, we, the representatives
of the people of the State, "with malice toward
none and charity for all," but only with a sin
cere patriotic desire lor the State's welfare,
have met to adopt such measures as will, in
our judgment, lead to answering her appeal in
the affirmative. Representing different organ
izations in the one great cause, ani
mated by one common purpose, we will
heartily co-operate with the one general organ
ization that concentrates all its efforts, during
the next few months, in securing the suppres
sion of this hurtful business that is carrying its
blight everywhere. From many we are one,
our snbject is one. and wn will work hand in
hand to attain it. Therefore,
Resolved, That we regard it the duty of good
citizenship, irrespective of party affiliation, to
favor the amendment to our State Constitu
tion prohibiting "the manufacture and sale, or
keeping for sale of intoxicating liquor to be
used as a beverage." and that we will do all no
can to carry it at the election of the ISth of
next June.
During the session resolutions were adopt
ed as follows: Regretting the illness of
Judge Black, of Lancaster, who is kept
away from the first temperance State con
vention he has missed since 1853; commend
ing Powderly for his course on prohibition;
returning thanks to Judge Agnew and Sec
retary Starr; requesting "colleges to have
their commencements before June 18. These
resolutions were adopted unanimously, hut
one thanking the Legislature for submitting
the amendment had many opposing votes,
on the ground that the Legislature had only
done its dutv. Mr. Quay was overlooked
entirely in the matter.
Nearly S7.000 Collected During tho Day to
Forward tho Cause.
After the arduous labors ot the day the
delegates prepared for an evening of enjoy
ment, and Rev. Dr. Boyle, of Braddock,
was on the programme for a leading part.
The doctor's mission was to coax the coy
and wary dollar from the pockets of the peo
ple, and to obtain pledges of money for cam
paign work. Allegheny did herself proud
as usual on this occasion, Mr. Weeks pledg
ing $1,000 on the county's behalf. Luzerne
promised $300, and various other counties
gave in fifties and hundreds, with smaller
individual subscriptions swelling the total
to SG.020. In the afternoon $140 was raised,
and $100 was added to it at au overflow
meeting at the Court House.
Among the speakers to-night was Mrs.
Annie Wittenmyer, who was backed by
Chief Agnew and other high legal authority
in the statement that liquor men had n'o
just or legal claim for compensation, as their
contract with the State was merely from
year to year. Captain Dravo was introdnced
as the war-horse of this cause, and proved it
by sin able and forcible speech. Mrs. Dr.
Collins, of Allegheny, one of the original
crusaders, who had the honor of being im
prisoned while first president of the Alle
gheny W. X3. T. TJ., spoke briefly.
A gentleman from Easton added his testi
mony to much that had been given during
the day to the effect that prohibition was
made to prohibit in Kansas. Rev. Mr.
Heckor, a colored orator, compared the
shackles struck from the slave to the
shackles of rum, and to-night, as well as in
a speech made to-day, kept the audience in
a constant roar by his witty remarks and
humorous illustrations. Ex-Master Work
man A. C. Rankin closed the speech-making.
Local musicians furnished excellent
music, among them being a number of
colored singers. Simpson.
No End to the West Virginia Contest ns Yet
In Sight.
Charleston, W. Va., February 19.
To-day Senators Maxwell and Morris were
elected as members on the part
of the Senate of the Gubernatorial In
vestigating Committee which, according to
a resolution passed by both houses, will sit
during the vacation of the Legislature.
Both are Republicans.
Senator Kenna experienced another loss
to-day. Two ballots were taken, he receiv
ing 25 votes on the first against 42 for Goff,
10 for Governor Wilson, scattering 12. On
the second ballot a lew votes returned for
Kenna, but the result still showed a loss
from yesterday. It resulted in Goff receiv
ing 42, Kenna, 33; Wilson, 6; scattering, 8.
Addresses Delivered ami Officers Elected
for the Ensuing Year.
BosTON.February 19. The Citizens' Law"
and Order League of the United States
opened its seventh annual convention here
to-day. Hon. Charles Carroll Bonney, of
Chicago, President of the League, addressed
the convention, briefly setting forth the ob
jects and aspirations of the League. There
are now about 1,000 Leagues in the United
States and one or two in Canada. Toronto
wa fixed as the next place of meeting.
Bonney was re-elected President of the
League. Judge Agnew, of Pennsylvania,
was selected as one of the Vice Presidents.
John Wanamaker and Lewis Vail were
chosen as members of the Executive Committee.
The Notorious Parnell Informer
Mado a Eegular business of
One of the Most Expert Resurrectionists
Ever in the West.
Jost Across the Detroit Eirer His Faiorlto Field of
Investigation at Detroit shows that Le
Caron the informer who testified against
Parnell, was at one time a grave robber
in that section. He pursued the
business successfully for a number of years.
Even the bodies of persons dying from
smallpox were removed. One ' such nearly
created an epidemic at the Ann Arbor
Medical College.
Detroit, February 19. investigation
set on fjpot in this city and at Ann Arbor
disclosed the fact that LeCaron, the spy
who recently testified before the Parnell
Commission, was formerly one of
the most expert grave robbers ever
known in the West. Fifteen years ago and
more, owing to the lack of proper legisla
tion on the subject, it was very difficult for
the medical department of the State Uni
versity at Ann Arbor to obtain enough sub
jects for its dissecting room, and more than
one demonstration of anatomy in these days
has been compelled to postponement for
lack of material.
Among"" the men who, from 1872 on for
some years, was relied on to keep up the
supply of dissectible tissue, was Le Caron.
He was then a young man and his name
naturally suggested to those who knew
him the title of Carrion, which, in addition to
sounding a good deal like his real name was
very appropriate to his business. He was in
Detroit for some sime as an otensible stu
dent, and subsequently as a practitioner of
medicine. It was only to the assistants of
the demonstrators of anatomy that he was
known to be engaged in the business of
grave robbing.
A favorite field of his operations was the
Catholic cemetery in the rear of the town
of Sandwich, just across the riyer from De
troit, in panada. The country graveyards
in the vicinity of Ann Arbor were-also the
objects of his earnest attention. He worked
with a confederate who was a student
in the medical college at Ann Arbor, and
between them they managed to be on hand
generally as soon as the shades of night had
followed a funeral.
Le Caron's confederate, a man with one
eye, who is remembered well, was
not at all squeamish about inci
dental matters, and when he graduated
from the medical department he wore
a black coat which he had a few days pre
viously pulled from the body of a colored
man, for whom he had done the
work usually left to the angel Ga
briel. The fact that a person had
died of a disease which might spread con
tagion did not prevent the body being
shipped on to its common receptacle, the
pickling vat at Ann Arbor.
A smallpox patient having died near
Albany, where Je Caron happened to be
at the time, the body was sent on
to Ann Arbor for the $23 it would
brine, and the result was an outbreak of
smallpox among the medical students there,
which it took all the skill and energy of
the university authorities to check.
TTiprA was dnrinr? the vears from 1872 to
1878 no medical school in Toledo, O.j and,
therefore, no local competition there in the
grave-robbing business. For some years,
as opportunity offered, the cemetery there,
especially the potters' field, suffered more
or less. Saturday morning, January 19, 1878,
people at Toledo received the intelligence
that an organized gang of body-snatchers
had been carrying on successful operations
at Forest Cemetery, which is situated just
within the city limits.
The grave ot a son of Melchior Ball, who
had been buried on Wednesday, had been
disturbed. The box in which the
casket had been enclosed had been
entered by boring several holes
in a circle, and thus taking out a piece
large enough to permit the body to pass
through. The glass top of the
coffin had been broken iu, and
in this manner the corpse had
been removed. The grave of Mrs. Lenier,
an old lady whose remains had been buried
the day before, had also been disturbed.
The body of the old lady was missing.
Both of these w-ere valuable subjects, as
there were peculiar circumstances connected
with the death of each.- Later in the day a
man who had been seen loitenne
around the cemetery for several
days was arrested ahd taken to the Central
station. When subjected to an examina
tion at the hands of the officers, he broke
down and confessed all.
He said his name was Henry Morton;
that he was 16 years of age, and that the
chief, of the kang of grave robbers
was Dr. Morton, nis brother, who, he said,
came from Columbus. At that time, Dr.
Morton, so-called, was engaged in the
practice of medicine on Peck street,
Toledo. Up to the time he became known
as a resurrectionist, he had enjoyed a fairly
remunerative practice. The arrest of tho
doctor followed.
Investigation established the fact that
the bodies were shipped from the
American Express office in Toledo
late " at night, being consigned
toA.il. Jones is uo., Ann Arbor, Mich.
They were packed in iron-bound pine boxes
about the size of shoe boxes, and were
brought to the office by the doctor, who re
quested that they be shipped at once.
Letters found in the doctor's possession
when searched at the station clearly estab
lished the fact that he had
been systematically trafficking in the
dead. The two stolen Doaies were found in
the possession of the authorities of the med
ical department of the Michigan University,
and were by them turned over to
the officers from Toledo. Morton remained
in the custody of the police awaiting trial
until Wednesday, January 23.
Iu the meantime he had been
visited by a young man who had
years before been an assistant of
the demonstrator of anatomy in the
Medical Department of Michigan Univer
sity, and was by him recognized
as Le Caron, of Detroit, Ann Ar
bor and other "graveyard episodes of
his student days. On the 23d
the sensational announcement was made
that Dr. Morton, as the Toledo officers
knew him, was down with a severe case ot
smallpox, and immediate measures were
taken to prevent the spread of the disease.
Physicians were called in, consultations
were held, and acting upon the representa
tions of the physicians, the chief of police
ordered the prisoner removed to the pesthouse
a police officer being detailed to act as
guard. He remained at the pesthouse until
Tuesday evening, January 29, when,
in some manner which has never been
satisfactorily explained, he succeeded in
making his escape. It was believed then,
and is admitted by physicians now,
FEBRUARY 20, 1889.
that someone furnished Morton with
croton oil and that by the application of
this he succeededm 'counterfeiting the
symptoms of the disease.
Of course the former acquaintance of the
University of Michigan did not make
known the identity of the man.
Morton disappeared as mysteriously
as he came, and to this day the police of
Toledo haye never got over their inclina
tion to swear at the doctors. The young
man with Morton was not his brother, but
only a confederate.
For some months so far as appeared, the
body-snatching business in this part of the
world was at a standstill. The next time
Le Caron was heard of was in June. 1878.
when a most startling exposure of the sys
tematic grave robbery done by' the gang was
made as follows:
A man named Devins, of North Bend.
Ind., had died and his grave was discovered
to have been tampered with. Investiga
tion showed that professional body
snatching had been done and the
body was gone. Devens' brother,
together with John Harrison, a friend,
starred to make a tour of the medical col
leges and rescue the dead brother's remains.
The two men went to a medical college in
Cincinnati and made search.
In the pickling vat of that institution no
bodies were found. Harrison noticed a rope
attached to a windlass teading down into
some subterranean vault,and taking hold
of the windlass, discovered that some heavy
body was attached to the rope. Wind
ing it up, the body of a man was
found hanging to the rope, naked,
but with the face covered.- The hair of the
corpse was gray, and Devens therefore
knew that the body was not that of his
The two men were about to leave the hor
rible place when Devens suggested
that it would be well to look
at the face of the dead man
anyway. They removed the cloth, when
Harrison was paralyzed to find that
it was the body of his father
and tho uncle of Benjamin Harrison,
now President-elect of United States Gen
eral., Harrison made the most strenuous
efforts to secure the conviction of
the offender, but he was never
caught. The police had little difficulty in
arriving at the conclusion that it was the
work of the slippery Le Caron.
Likely to be a Claim That Conspiracy Was
Resorted to to Entrap Ulm Mrs.
Church Still on the Hack
Her Testimony
AU In.
Columbus, O., February 19. Mrs. S.
H. Church, the plaintiff in the celebrated
divorce case, was on the witness stand'all
day to-day, undergoing a searching cross
examination. She has now been on the
stand three days, detailing the wrongs of
her married life. With the conclusion of
her cross-examination this evening the
plaintiff's testimony was finished, and the
defense will begin1 to-morrow.
It is understood that Mrs. Church will at
once be recalled as a witness for the de
fense, and will likely be on the' stand all
day to-morrow. The attorneys for the
plaintiff opened a -field of investigation
which the defense wishes to pursue further,
and for that purpose Mrs. Church will be
recalled. It is understood that the con
spiracy theory on the part of the family of
Mrs. Church and one or two others, includ
ing servants, will be unearthed to show that
there was system in the arrangements to en
trap Colonel Church through his servants,
and work up the grounds tor a divorce on
the'p&rt of the wife.
Tie tendency of the testimony to-day was
to show that .Mrs. Church was of an irrita
ble disposition and that she was continu
ally doing things to annoy Colonel Church,
and especially 'so when he would invite any
of his friends" to the house for entertain
ment. Several cases were cited when he
had invited members of the families jf of
ficials of the Panhandle to his home for en
tertainment Ad was afterward compelled
to countermand the invitation because of the
disposition of his wif,e to refuse to meet
them or look after their entertainment.
Several letters which Colonel Church had
written to his wife while she was at Atlan
tic City, and in Florida, were offered in
evidence, but the court refused to receive
them until they had been inspected by the
opposing counsel. Mrs. Church claimed
that these letters were always written as if
the Colonel intended that they shonld be
seen afterward by other parties, and that
his treatment of her in the presence, of visi
tors and friends was of the same character,
for effect alone.
They Have Parted, and He Wnnts His
Costly Presents Returned.
Sr. Louis, February 19. A peculiar
snit with singular incidents attached was
instituted in the East St. Louis City-Court
to-day. Frederick Harris, of Chicago, and
Miss Margaret Byrne, of East St. Louis,
entered into an engagement to marry, and
Mr. Harris presented his fiance with costly
jewelry. Henry Wilkins, an uncle of Miss
Byrne, discovered that Harris was a divorced
man,, and succeeded in annulling the En
gagement. Harris now sues to recover the jewelry
given Miss Byrne, and the Wilkins family,
claim the value will not offset the royal
entertainment Harris has been accorded at
the Wilkins residence while visiting Miss
Secretary Vilas Gives the FUinl Cabinet
Dinner of This Administration.
Washington, February 19.' The Pres
ident'and Mrs. Cleveland were entertained
at dinner to-night by Secretary and Mrs.
Vilas. It was the last of the Cabinet din
ners of the present administration.
Among the guests" present were Secretary
and Miss Bayard; Secretary and Mrs.Whit
ney; Secretary and Mrs. Endicott; Secretary
and Mrs. Dickinson; Secretary and Mrs.
Colman; Speaker and Mrs. Carlisle; Justice
Lamar and Mrs. Folsom."
An Engineer and Firemnn Killed and Pas
sengers Shaken Up.
Chicago, February 19. The outgoing
passenger train on the Wisconsin Central
Railroad, collided with a freight train this
evening, owing to an open switch. The pas
senger engine and baggage car and the
freight caboose were badly wrecked. Engi
neer William Appleton and Fireman Pat
rick Wall were instantly killed. The pas
sengers were shaken up considerably, but
none seriously injured. -
The Complexloo of tho Philadelphia Conn-
cils Not Changed by tltp Bnllots.
Philadelphia, February 19. The mu
nicipal election was held to-day, the most
important officers being for Councilmen. In
the old wards the two parties about main
tained their relative positions, but in two
new wards six Republicans were elected to
Common and two to Select Council.
Reading Republican Gain.
Reading, February 19. The Coutioil
to-day elected seven Republicans and six
Democrats, civing the Republicans the City
Clerk and all the chairmanships of the
standing committees of Councils. The Dem
ocrats have a majority on joint ballot of
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Tendered to Mrs. Harrison on the Eve
of Her Departure Prom Home.
The Inauguration Train, to Leave Indian
- spoils Monday Afternoon,
The Applications for Office to Follow hy the Blowest
of Freights.
by to Mrs. Harrison yesterday. They ten
dered the coming first ladyabanquetat which
toasts were delivered and farewells spoken.
The Pennsylvania train bearing the Har
rison party to Washington for the inaugu
ration will Jeave Indianapolis at 3 o'clock
next Monday afternoon, passing through
Pittsburg at night The applications for
office, several big chests full, will be carried
by slow freight, and an effort made to have
them wrecked.
Indianapolis, February 19. The
Sorosis of Indianapolis bade a formal and
official farewell to Mrs. Harrison this after
noon. The Women's Club, which is what
the Hoosier Sorosis sisters call themselves,
is quite an institution here, having been
founded by Mrs. May Wright Sewall
14 years ago. Mrs. Harrison is
not a , member of it, but the
women did not permit this fact to interfere
with their giving her a reception and ban
quet before she went to Washington to be
the first woman in the land. Even if Mrs.
Harrison was not a member, tbey argned,
she was a woman, and that made her worthy
of some honor. Besides, Mrs. McKee, her
daughter, who is to be assistant of the first
woman, belongs to the club.
The banquet was very like a man's fare
well testimonialexcept that it took place
in the. afternoon instead ot at night. It
was spread in one of the hotels, and was at
tended by all the leading society women of
the city. There were two superbly decorated
tables, and on each a confectionery log
cabin surrounded by egg-kisses. Caudles
illuminated the boards, and big pictures of
General and Mrs. Harrison kept daylight
from coming in at the windows.
the appropriate toasts.
After the eating there came toasts, of
which the principal one, "Our Guest," was
responded to by Mrs. C. C. Foster. Mrs.
M. J. Oleland responded to the "Heart of
the People." "Society, the Link Between
Home and State;" "State, Noblesse Oblige,"
and "Bank in Republic" were the other
Mrs. Harrison herself belongs to another
club, the Katherine Merrill Club,
named after a lady who is now
in Washington. This is a younger
affair, and is a sort of a rival to
the Women's Club. It has a meeting once
a month, at which the members discourse to
each other upon some topic of art or litera
ture. Mrs. Harrison has taken a lively
interest in this clnb. Its latest meeting
was held at her house, a week or so ago.
The Katherine Merrill Club wanted to give
her a reception, too, bnt she asked them
not to.
Freparations,for the removal to Washing
ton have now reached the point where they
have made it necessary for General Har
rison also to refuse himself to callers en
tirely. Mrs. Harrison ended her receptions
a week ago.
A special train needed.
Hereafter General Harrison will see
no one except upon an appoint
ment previously made. He also re
quests that all letters upon official
business be hereafter addressed .to Washing
ton, as it will take all his time and Elijah's,
as well as that of all the clerks and type
writers about the house, to pack up the ap
plications for office that have been received
since election. The vast majority of
these have never even been read, but
were simply filed 'away. It will take
several great chests to hold them
now. These will not go upon the General's
train to Washington. They will go by slow
freight over the longest route and by the
railroad that has the highest trestles, sharp
est curves and other arrangements for acci
dents. It will be a great load off General
Harrison's mind if the railroad that gets
the job can manage to have those chests
mixed up in a wreck so that there will be
no salvage.
The arrangements for the General's own
train are about completed. It is announced
that the start will be made on Monday next,
but this date may be changed. The train
will be run as a second section of the regu
lar fast express from St. Louis, over the
Pennsylvania lines, that leaves this city at
3 p. M.
The train will pass through Columbus,
Pittsburg, and the other places this side of
Aitoona, between midnight ana aayiignt,
and no demonstrations are expected. It is
supposed that several people will be out to
see it at Harrishurg and Baltimore, but the
President-elect declares positively that he
will make no speeches. The train will ar
rive at Washington at about 3 p. M. on the
day after the start.
The nearest approach to a statesman that
called upon General Harrison to-day was D.
H. Goodrich, of Phoenix, Ariz. Mr. Good
rich feels somewhat large since his town was
made the capital of the Territory, and he
told General Harrison a great deal about
the proper conduct of Territorial affairs.
Another caller was Ben Butterworth's
neDhew. I. K. Tolbert, of Cincinnati. Ben-
iamin F. Beaslev. of St. Louis, who can see
the Tippecanoe veterans and go them four
years better, having been a voter in 1836,
also dropped in to give General Harrison
some points about hard cider as a political
Indianapolis has a set of newsboy toughs
that could give the Pittsburg gamins all the
Doints and beat them out of their boots.
Two particularly hard-looking specimens of
the kind were involved in a little dispute
iu front of the postoffice, and one
of them, with the aid of a
convenient brick, was about to smash
the other's face, when General Harrison
happened along. The fighters and the little
group about didn't notice him Until they
heard a solid sounding voice exclaim, "Drop
that brick." The fighter hesitated a mo
ment and then dropped it, dntifully but re
luctantly. He was a hero for the rest of the
afternoon, though, because "The President
had spoke to him."
The original Harrison man has at last
'been found, and it is a woman. A well
known Indianapolis woman has produced a
letter written ten years ago and addressed
to her son, who was then iu Montana, intro
ducing to him Russell Harrison, who was
then going to the same territory. The letter
incidentally remarks that Russell should be
received on account of his father, as well as
himself, "for General Harrison is a great
man, and is going to be President some
day." J
In Luck Again.
Haebisbueg, February 19. A. T.
Black, Republican, was re-elected City
Treasurer to-day by about 30 majority.
Democrats hare a majority in Common
Cerebrospinal Meningitis, or Something
Like It, Strikes a Kentucky County
Many People -Dlo of It Few
Recover, no Ono Fnllr.
Marion, Kt., February 19. A terrible
disease made its appearance in Webster
county a few weeks ago, an account of
which was published in this paper. It
raged disastrously for a time; and it was
thought, that it "had spent it3 fury, as
no new cases were reported for
ten days, bnt it has reappeared
in more virulent form than before.
It has broken out near Dixon, the county
seat, and nine new cases have developed
near Free Union. Four deaths occurred
Saturday, and the other five are not ex
pected to live.- Five more new cases de
veloped this morning. It seems as a waste
of both time and money to summon medical
assistance, as death is sure to follow in every
The excitement is greater than ever be
fore. The malady is confined to a strip of
territory bordering on a small stream
called Crab Orchard creek. In
one family of seven only the father
escaped. Up to the present Only two have
recovered from the disease, one of whom is
totally blind, and the other is a cripple for
life. To date there have been over 50
deaths. At one cemetery, last Saturday,
there were four burials.
Doctors have not been able to make a
diagnosis of the malady. The majority are
inclined to the opinion that it is cerebro
spinal meningitis of the congestive, malig
nant type. The patient is taken with sharp
pains in the spine, which soon reach the
brain, followed by violent cramps and con
vulsions, and death then resnlts.
Enormous Rebates Paid to the Standard
by Railroads A Score of Combines
In Ohio The Remedy
CoLUMBUS.February 19. A. D. Fassett,
Commissioner of Labor Statistics for Ohio,
filed his report" with the Governor to-day.
He says Ohio has 15 or 20 established trusts,
with others in various stages of formation.
Of these the Standard Oil Company is the
largest. The trust buys up transportation
as a merchant would goods. In 17 mouths
the Standard has drawn on rebates from the
Baltimore and Ohio, Erie, New York Cen
tral, and Pennsylvania lines, the enormous
sum of 10,161,218.
The report then treats of the coal combine
and says that the roads entering the Hock
ing Valley had refused to support operators
outside the roal pool, or to furnish them
cars for transportation, which accounts for
the high price of coaL The price now,
brought about by the competing railroads,
is as bad as when the canals were the sole
means oi transportation.
He treats of the coffee, sugar and other al
leged trusts in a similar manner, and re
commends the passage of the Cole bill now
before the Legislature as a remedy for ex
isting evils.
Ho Will Sit for His Portrait, Which Will
Grace the Corcoran Gallery.
Washington, February 19. Mr. S.
Jerome Uhl, the noted portrait painter of
this city, some days ago received an order
from the Corcoran Gallery to paint a por
trait of President Cleveland to take its
place in the line of Presidental portraits,
from Washington down, exhibited in the
east room of the gallery. Mr. Uhl visited
Colonel Lamont to-day to learn when he
could have a sitting. It was decided to be
almost impossible for the President to give
the time necessary for that previous to the
4th of March, and it was suggested that
the artist come to New York.
Mr. Uhl urged that it would add to the
sentimental value of the portrait if it were
painted here, and both Mr. and Mrs. Cleve
land at once admitted this, and Mr. Uhl is
promised a sitting within two or three days,
and four or five more previous to the 4th
of March, as immediately after that date
the President will go to .New York. Mr.
Uhl looks upon the President as an excel
lent subject, and is confident he will make a
fine portrait.
The Title Claimed by a Woman Now 60
Years Old.
St. Paul, Minn., February 19. For
some months it has been known that Judge
Drisbin was acting as the attorney for a
woman who said she was entitled to one-third
of the estate of the late Commodore Kittson,
as his first wife. The woman is Mrs. Ade
laide Crozier, of St. Cloud, now 60 years
old. Her complaint alleges that in an
early day she and Commodore Eittson en
tered into an agreement of marriage in the
presence of witnesses, there being no priests
or magistrates in the section where they
then resided.
She says they lived together as husband
and wife for ten years, and that children
were born to them, one of whom was Dr.
Kittson, since dead, and the other Norman
Kittson. She alleges that at the expira
tion often years, Commodore Kittson left
her without any legal separation. She
therefore claims her dower right.
Ho Discusses Bnrrr and the Use of Labor
Savins; Machinery.
Cincinnati, February 19. T. V. Pow
derly addressed about 2,600 people at Music
Hall to-night. Mr. Powderly spoke ot the
history of the Knights of Labor and the
growth and development of the order and
of its present prosperity. After delivering
a biting philippic against Barry as a pre
tender and a sorehead, he spoke of labor
saving machinery. He took an optimistic
view of-the final outcome of machinery for
doing the work of the world. He said it
was not labor-saving, bnt wealth-producing
machinery, and that the great problem of
the future for workingmen was how to so
adjust themselves to the new order of things
as to reap their full share of the benefits
of it.
He Sends His Wife to Washington to Hire a
House for Occupancy In March.
Washington, February 19. Mrs. John
Willock Noble, of St. Louis, and her sister,
Miss Halstead, arrived in Washington this
evening and registered at the Normandie.
Mrs. Noble i"s the wife of the St. Louis law
yer who is at present slated for the office of
Attorney General in Mrs. Harrison's Cabi
net. It is understood that Mrs. Noble's
mission to- Washington is to select a resi
dence and have the same ready for occu
pancy by March 4. .
A Mother and Son Both Attacked by Vio
lent Hydrophobia.
St. Louis, February 19. Brooklyn, 111.,
is all wrought up over two cases of hydro
phobia. James Moran, a bov of 16 years,
was biten by a rabid dog. Thursday he was
in convulsions and while his mother was
attending to him he suddenly turned and
bit her. To-day both mother and son are
suffering with rabies and it is thought
neither can recover.
ii iiuiiii i mill la j
Thi -lar Republicans Carry
tiielwo Local
pal Elections
McCallin's Independent Victors Few
and Very Far Between.
A Startling Occasion for the Sarprise Parties
in the Sixth and Se-enth Cavananch.
Cassldy and Their Friends Carry the
First Only by the Hottest Kind of a
Fight Scenes In the Cock-Lolt at tl'O
City Halt The Mayor's Ofllce In Strik
ing Contrast Interviews With Winners
and Losers A Few Unexpected Result
on the Northslde, ,
The local election surprise parties were
most surprised. They got out of the ward
elections just about as much as the regular
politicians had conceded them. In Pitts
burg the Mayor's friends were not as numer
ous as his Republican opponents. In Al
legheny the reverse was true of President
James Hunter, of Common Council. He
"got there." The fight against him, how
ever, threw him away down toward the tail
of his ticket. The half dozen or so of
Democrats and Independents who got into
Pittsburg Select Council will be unable to
make a Mayor's: veto effective. There will
be amply two-thirds of "regulars" to pas.
any measure over his veto.
The municipal elections in Pittsburg and
Allegheny yesterday resulted in almost
complete victories for the regular Republi
cans. In Pittsburg a few straggling Inde
pendent (or McCallin) Republicans and
Democrats were elected to Select Council,
the most notable victory, perhaps,
in this line being the one is
the First ward, where-the fight was hottest
and was won by Cavanaugh; and the most
signal defeats being those in the Sixth and
Seventh wards, where the Mayor's brother-in-law
and his right bower, Thomas Mc
Michael, were really expected to make a
great run.
In Allegheny. James Hunter and Peter
Walter, Jr., won as they always do, only
with less votes to spare. In the Fourth
ward, Allegheny, the surprise was the de
feat.of Jacob Ehman, Republican, for Com
mon Council by G. A. Kohler, Democrat;
and in the Twelfth the probable defeat of
Samuel Watson, Republican, by MorrU
Einstein, Independent Republican.
The story in detail for both cities is ap
pended: '
The "cock loft" in the City Hall has sel
dom been so quiet on an election evening as
last night. While the place usually begins
to liven up soon after 7 o'clock on such oc
casions, there was only one man on deck to
receive the returns this time, and that man
was J. O. Brown, Chief of the Department
of Public Safety.
He came in and quietly sat
down to await the first ring
from the telephone beside him. It was not
long, however, that he remained in his soli
tude. Sam Connors, Harry Gourley and
John Neeb soon followed him, and at the
same time the telephone brought in the re
sults from the Ninth ward, where Brophy
ran against Harmon in the Conncilmanio
race. "It is Brophy, 231 majority," said
one of the gentlemen present, and
of victory was heard. Bnt again the tele
phone rang, and more favorable tidings
came over the wire:
"Williams ha3 beaten McMichael in his
own district and the whole Sixth ward has
decided against McCallin's protege!" was
the next report.
Thus one success after another kept com
ing in, and as the different resnlts were car
ried down- the City Hall steps, the fire
alarm office became more and more ani
mated. John Lambie came in now with his face
all wreathed in smiles. He was the candi
date in the Eighth ward.
"I carried my own district with a majority
of 139. and it was a grand victory through
out. In fact, I believe that every white
man in the Eighth ward voted for me.'
These were his remarks as he warmly shook
Chief Brown's hand, and almost hugged
John Neeb in his gleeful mood.
"Then came some more successful results.
There was Doyle from the third ward, who
defeated Hollenbach by 139 votes. Then
again Dr. J. P. McCord, from the Thirtieth
ward, was announced as a winner over Nolan
bv 64 votes, and Chief Brown said:
"That is where Martin Frank shows his
m'michael a goner, sure.
'Squire McKenna, Sheriff McCandless,
William Flinn, Timothy O'Leary and a
host of other prominent politicians Repub
licans backed up by Democrats thronged
around Chief Brown. All had news, and
good news; news that at 'least made every
body in that room smile.
J. P. Andrews was the distinguished her
ald of Anderson's victory in the Fourteenth
"Here yon are," he said; "there is Ander
son, the regular candidate, with 169 votes,
and Brown, Mayor McCallin's man, with,
68. That is the way we handle the people
in our ward."
John DlcTighe now came running in,
almost out of breath. He just managed to
shout: "Williams defeated McMichael by
294 majority!" and then Jack dropped into
a chair to recover from his run.
By this time the returns had come in so
fast and with uniformly one-sided results that
the old-time enthusiasm seemed to come
back again into the "cock loft" fraternity.
Mr. C. L. Magee had in the meantime
quietly come in, and he took charge of tha
return sheet. Evans, from the Twenty-seventh
ward, arrived with the news that he
had defeated Wm. Wall. He went around
to Mr. Magee, Mr. Flinn and several oth
ers, and, shaking them lustily by the hand,
he crieS: "Now you've got us, what do joa
say to ns?"
What a contrast there was between tho