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A Startling and Probably
Mai Grade Collision
ON UWEENCEYILLE'S HILL
The Grip of a Bear Car Breaks, and It
Crashes Down on Another,
CATCHING AS OLD MAN BETWEEN.
A Panic on the Forward Car, and Several
Other Persons Injured.
THE SECOSD COLLISION OF ITS KIND
Another car broke loose on the East End
division of the Citizens' Traction Com
pany's line yesterday afternoon nearThirty
seventh street, and, rushing down the hill,
smashed into another car that was just
ahead, crushing one man, it is thought
fatally, grinding one hoy's leg seriously
and maiming three others.
The same thing, without such serious re
sults, has happened once before; but it was
only by chance that it turned out to be less
startling than the ugly accident ot yester
day. From the stories of those that saw the ac
cident (which happened about 1:30 o'clock),
it seems that the forward car had stopped at
Thirty-seventh street to let off some
passengers, and just started on
down the hill toward the city.
The car was full, and seven or eight persons
were on the platform. Suddenly the car be
hind gave a lurch forward and come on at
a terrific rate. The grip had broken, and
the car was at the mercy of the lawof gravi
tation, which rushed it on, there being in
sufficient time and distance clear to stop it
with the brakes.
A rAXICKY SCE2JE.
"When the persons on the platform of the
forward car saw that the rear one was fairly
pouncing down upon them, they endeavored
to get off, climbing over the rails and push
ing one another every way.
James De Beck, a man of 68, living on
Ella street, Bloomfield, was whirled around
in getting off, and caught between the two
cars, cutting his face and head frightfully,
bruising bis right side, and, as Dr. Gaert
ner, who attended him, learned on examina
tion, seriously injuring the pleuritic mem
brane of the chest.
John Henry Crawford, a. young man liv
ing on Forty-fifth street, had his left leg
badly bruised, the doctor stating, however,
that be will probably be able to be around
in seven or eight days. He was taken to
his uuclc, Mr. Key's, nearby.
Two young men from Little Washington,
-whose names were not learned, had their
feet bruised, and another man tad his
thumb cut. The rest of the passengers were
generally shaken up, frightened and thank
ful that they escaped as well as they did.
LIABLE TO PEOVE TATAL.
Dr. Gacrtner took Mr. De Beck home in
his bujrgy, and on his return told a DIS
PATCH reporter that the old man was very
seriously hurt, and that the chances for his
recovery were very donbtiuL
Later inquiry elicits the fact that car No.
203. the one in front, was occupied by a
pleasure party that had got on at Fortieth
street, and it is alleged that Do Buck and
Crawford might have got into the car with
the others, but preferred standing on the
rear platform, where they were when the
collision occurred. At Thirty-sixth street,
they say, a car was observed to be
following car Ko. 208 at a very rapid rate.
No particular attention was paid to the in
cident till the car in the lead stopped to per
mit a passenger to get off at Thirty-fifth
street, when it was discovered that some
thing was wrong with the car following,
and that a collision was imminent.
De Beck was so injured internally that
he may die. Crawford had both legs
crushed, it seems. De Beck was finally
taken to his home on Ella street, and Craw
ford to his at No. 155 Forty-fourth street.
Xo official investigation as to the cause
of the accident has yet been made.
This accident, while it may result in the
loss of only one life, recalls the Federal street
horror in this that it occurred in a manner
liable to find repetition to-day, to-morrow or
any day, on a line that is traveled to an
enormous extent. It has had a parallel
once before on the same hill, except as to
results, and, as stated, may occur again at
any time if cars are permitted to follow each
other closely down that hill, with the pos
sibility of breaking grips and running away.
ALLEGI1ENY POLICE BUS!
Running; Id Helpless Men Out of tbe
The two Allegheny patrol wagons were
kept busy last night hauling drunks and
disorderlies to the lockup. Many of the
victims were strangers in town and cele
brated the-birthday of Washington by im
bibing too freely. One country boy was
brought in and cried as though he was to be
hung. Officer Trapp, of the Ft, Wayne
depot, gathered in two men for fighting in
the depot. 4
At midnight ten drunks and 15 disorder
lies were behind the bars.
EKOCKED DOWN BI FOOTPADS.
An. AUegehenlan Annulled unci Cobbed on
tbe Railroad Bridge.
Jacob Hart, of Ohio street, Allegheny,
was attacked by footpads on the railroad
bridge about 10 o'clock. He was knocked
down and badly beaten, but was able to
make his way to the Central station, where
he reported that he had been robbed of $40.
He said his assailants were colored men, and
gave a very good description of them.
Mr. Haft's injuries were dressed, and. as
he was somewhat under the influence of
liquor, he was put to bed for the night.
The Reports Denied.
Reports of prosecuting parties stating
that Jesse H. Dewees, late of the Osceola
Coal Company, and his wife had left for
Denver, Col., are denied. 3Irs. Dewees is a
guest of her sister, Mrs. Captain George
Stone, of McKeesport, and Mr. Dewees is
at the home of his brother, Mr. Thomas B.
Dewees, in Chester county, Pa.
A Homentcad Entertainment.
Prof. E. It. Kappclcr and 54 of his pupils
from Homestead, Allegheny and Pittsburg
gave a grand- vocal and instrumental con
cert and ball last night at Monitor Hall,
Homestead. The entertainment was a
thorough eaccess and attracted a very large
and select audience.
Too Mneh Liquor.
John Driscoll, when running down
Forty-eighth street last night with a, keg of
beer on his shoulder and two bottles of
whisky under his coat, was taken to the
Seventeenth ward station by Officer Scbultz
u a suspicious character.
HOW THEY CHEAT DOCTORS.
A 1'hvslcian' Story TUo Manner in Which
People E-Jcnvor to Get the Best of Men
in His Profession.
"Here's your money, if yon will come
"I tell you, sir, I will pot, and that is the
end of it. I will not go, and there is no use
for you to waste any more breath about itl"
Those were the words which a reporter
overheard while entering tbe office of a
Souths'de physician last night. When the
reporter was alone with the physician the
latter re marked:
"I guess I have taught that Jeljow a
lesson, and I think he will find that his
game is about played out."
"What is the matter?"
"Well, sir. that man is one of that class
of people who make it their business to
cheat a physician out of his pay. He came
to me and asked me to attend a daughter of
his, who has been sick for over two weeks,
and she is now almost convalescent. He
has had another physician all the time, but
ot course he is aware of tbe fact that he will
have to pav the other physician if he al
lows him to attend her until she is quite
well again. That doctor's bill will proba
bly amount to ?23 or ?30.
"Now in order to save that amount he has
discharged the other doctor, and he comes
to me, because the few visits that I would
have to make to'finish the other man's work
would not cist him very much. Now if
after awhile the first physician's
bill comes in the man refuses
to pay, because, he says, that
he had not done his child any good any
how; in fact, he will insinuate that she
would in all probability have died. So you
see that doctor would be cheated out of his
money as well as being deprived of the
credit of bavins cured his patient. But we
are not doing those kind of tricks any more
on the Southside, and the people who don't
know it must learn."
"Are physicians much imposed upon in
"O yes, almost every day it is tried. Then
there are other people who try to jfet over
the paying of their bills by giving the
doctor a lot of blarney. They laud him up
to the skies, say he is the greatest man on
earth, but let him only send in his bill and
they change at once. He is then nothing
but a mean contemptible cur. An ignor
amus, a profligate, a drunkard and even a
"Why, during Garfield's illness one of
these fellows came to me and asked me to
give him the permission of writing to
Washington and endeavoring to have me
called in the case, so high was his apprecia
tion of my abilitv. Shortly alterward I
sent him a' bill. He has never employed
me since, but he has, at every occasion,
TWO BACK GATES.
A Terrible Lesson for n Tonne Man Who
Entered tbe Wrong Door.
An amusing story is related of a young
man in this city, who rarely looks upon the
wine wbqji it is red, but when he does he
always meets with misfortune. His latest
adventure has led him to take a pledge
never to drink any more until he is sure he
will be taken care of by a friend.
He was at a ball early in the evening,
and when it broke up in the morning and
he had seen his fair one safely home,
he came back to tbe city, and
there met a gang of fellows who were
"painting the town." To make a long story
short he soon commenced to see lamp-posts
waltzing and otherwise behaving disorderly.
Hereached the back gate of the parental
mansion some way or other, he can't say
how, and started for the rear door of the
Adjoining his home is a shop kept by a
German, who imagines he knows every
thing. The back gates are simi
lar, and the poor fellow got
into the wrpng gate. The latch keys ht,
and he let himself into the kitchen and
wandered thence into the storeroom. It
was rather an odd parlor, he imagined;
but he thought little about it, and started
upstairs to his bed room. 0
He cot into the room of the German, and,
after disrobing, attempted to get into bed
with him. The shopkeeper awoke, and,
seizing him, threw the bewildered young
man on tbe floor, and knelt on bis stomach.
At the same time he commenced yelling
for the police. An officer appeared, and
carried the young man off to the station
house, refusing to listen to any explana
tions or to allow him to call his friends.
At the time for the morning hearinsr,
he was placed in a patrol wason
and got a ride through the streets of the
town to another station house. His friends
had heard of his blnnder and arrest by thiB
time, and secured his release before he went
AfiHT OFFICERS' BANQUET.
The Loral Lesion Molds Its First Feast at
The first social meeting of the resident
companions of the military order of the
Loyal Legion of the United States was held
at the Hotel Duqucsne last night. Covers
were laid for 22, and, most remarkable, all
who were expected were promptly on hand
at 8 o'clock. The menu was a very elaborate
one. There were impromptu speeches, songs
sung, army stories told, and a most pleasant
evening was passed. As this was the first
formal meeting, no eflorts were made to ad
Judge Slagle acted as master of ceremon
ies. Major Harry D. Campbell, of the Cal
ifornia Conimandery, was the guest of the
companions. The following were present:
E. J. Allen, Henry A. Breed, Thomas
Howe Childs. James Collard, George W.
Dean, John T. Denniston, Joseph F. Dcn
niston, Levi Bird Duff, W. S. Foster, B. F.
Jennings, W. E. Jones. Henry H. Kin?,
George M. Laughlin, William G. McCand
less. William McClelland, William Mc
Conway, William J. Moorhead, D. C. Phil
lips, James M. Schoonmaker and David M.
The next meeting will be held the latter
part of April. It is expected that there
will be many additions to the membership
FOUND OK THE TRACKS.
He Claims to Have Been Stunned, But Was
Last night about 10 o'clock Officer Smith
found a man named Martin Barrett lying
insensible on the Allegheny Valley' Kail
road tracks at Thirty-third street. At the
Twelfth ward station honse Barrett stated
that he had been stunned by a tail at the
crossing bnt as his head was only scratched,
the officers suspected that he had been in
dulging: overmuch, and therefore locked
him up for a hearing this morning.
C. JI. B. A, ENTERTAINMENT
And Reception Given by Branch 34, East
End, Last Right.
Branch 34, C. M. B. A, gave a pleasing
literary and musical entertainment in Lib
erty Hall, East End, last night, for the
benefit of the charity fund. The audience
was a large one and gave frequent encores.
The character sketches seemed to take
well. The second part consisted of a two
act serio-comic drama entitled, "The Farm
er's Story," the parts being well taken.
FATHER CANEYIN ILL.
No Lecture Delivered at Ibo Old Fifth Avenue
Bev. Father Canevia, of the Tannehill
Street Orphan Asylum, did not lecture in
the old Fifth Avenue Market House last
.night, on account of a severe cold iu the
head. A substitute would have lectured
had it not been for the fact that the commit
tee in charge deemed the hall in an entirely
tails like ajphilotopher to the silk-clad ladies
who sit at Delmonicti's tables and chatter about
starving working women.
A Yonthful Prisoner's Daring Escape
From the Connty Prison.
LIGHTNING RODS USED FOE EOPES,
Seated on the Eoof, He 'Coolly Watclie3
the Parade March Past
UNTIL HE IS TIEED, AND THEN SKIPS
Jimmy Doran grew tired of life in jail,
and so he left yesterday afternoon without
even bidding his keepers farewell.
Jimmy (pardon this familiarity, as one of
his daring, if not of his tender years, de
serves to be called Mr. J)oran, but every
body called him Jimmy), is only 14 years
old, and is from Woods' Bun. Mr. Doran
was engaged in the plebeian occupation of
filling spittoons with sawdust in the jail
yard, north wing, yesterday. Other pris
oners had carried them out of the .building
and placed them in a line before him. It
was a long row, and Jimmy could hear the
sullen roar of the bass dram intermingling
with tbe shrill notes of the fife, as the bands
in the parade tried to drown the cheers of
the spectators with patriotic music He
thought, on this birthday of Washington,
the father of independence, that he would
never reach the end of his task. He was
tired of the life he was leading. It was too
confining, too awfully dependent, and he
knew he was growing stout for want of ex
ercise. As James (for he cannot really be called
Jimmy, for be pried nothing open,) held a
shovelful of sawdust poised in midair, he
made up his mind to go, Tbe sawdust
scoop was dropped. James looked around.
High in the air above him
TOWEKED THE Jin TTAUJ
a slender twisted wire ran from the ground
to the top, fastened at intervals to the rongh
stones; no one was in sight. Down on his
knees he dropped, and in a few moments his
shoes and stockings were removed and he
stood in his bare feet. Seizing the lightning
rod, he slowly made his way to the roof ot
An extra hard thump on the bass drum
by a patrol marcher nerved him immensely.
He slowly made his way from the side of
the jail nearest Old avenue along the roof,
which is steeper than a toboggan slide, to a
point above Warden Berlin's residence,
near tbe corner of the institution at Dia
mond and Boss streets.
Below him marched the procession in all
its glory and with all its thousands of eyes.
He had a private box, though, and there
was no danger of his feet being trod upon
by the little man who always wants to see
everything. He was the envey of the pec-
tators below, who imagined he was a news
boy that had climbed up the side of the jail
so as to get a better view. James enjoyed
the parade; but, as his position was too
prominent tor his shrinking nature, and his
bare feet were growing cold, he thought he
would leave. At the corner stood his jailer,
Warden Berlin, in company with two of
HIS LADDER OF FAME.
A lightning rod running up the side of
an air duct was the only set of steps James
needed. Down he slid, alighting on the
roof of the warden's residence. Beneath
him Mrs. Berlin sat at a window, watchiog
the parade. The upper rod had broken un
der his weight, but he was Uninjured.
Seizing the lower rod, he swung himself
over the edge of the roof and slid down the
rod as a sailor goes down a rope. Mrs.
Berlin wassurprised at the sudden appear
ance and disappearance of a man, or boy. or
something, near her window. His
feet had hardly touched the pave
ment before he was off like a deer,
and hundreds saw him go, still thinking
him a "newsy" at liberty. Down Diamond
street toward the Panhandle railroad he
The crowd then slowly began to realize
that a prisoner had escaped from the jail
before their eyes, and started in pursuit.
James was running for freedom, however,
and although at least SO persons were after
him, he escaped near the Panhandle bridge,
on Second avenue. It was about 3:30
o'clock when he escaped.
Warden Berlin was notified, and he in
turn gave notice of the escape to the vari
ous police officials in the two cities.
James Doran, as be lore stated, is about
14 years of age, and, when not in jail, re
sides in Shanghai row, Woods' Bun. He
was committed to jail on January 17 "bv
Mayor Pearson, of Allegheny, to answer
two separate charges of larceny, pre'erred
aeainst him by men named Stemmler and
Hughes. He is charzed with having robbed
a notion store of cAndy and tobacco. When
he escaped he was in his bare feet, be it re
membered, as he had left his shoes and
stockings in the jail yard.
A Dead Body Foand.
The body of a young man was fonnd
near Ellrod station, on the Baltinioie and
Ohio Railroad, yesterday, and from thence
conveyed to the morgue in this city. He
had the name of T. Feehan tattooed on his
left arm. Who the man is or where he
comes from is so far unknown. He had,
however, no marks of violence upon him.
Dr. McCandless will hold a postmortem ex
amination upon the body, whereupon Coro
ner McDowell will hold an inquest.
Bad Enonsh Clothing;.
An unknown man was killed on the Pan
handle Bailroad at' Nimick station yester
day morning. The body was brought to
the morgue, and when the undertakers went
to prepare the body they found it dressed in
4 pair of pantaloons, 6 shirts, 3 vests, 2 coats
and 3 pair of socks. Tbe man was evi
dently a. tramp, abont 40 years of age. He
was struck by the Washington express. An
inquest will he held this morning.
Fell Off a Railroad Track.
Michael Foley, of Mansfield, fell off the
Panhandle Bailroad track at the Birming
ham station last evening and lit on the roof
of Miller's Cincinnati Urewing Agency.
He was picked up insensible, and a patrol
wagon conveyed him to the Homeopathic
Hospital. His. head was badly bruised,
but ne had no bones broken.
Tbcr Stole a "torso nnd Wagon.
Bobert Gray, better known as Spanish
Bob, was arrested in Allegheny last even
ing on a charge of larceny. He and a com
panion drove off in a wagon belonging to
George Beilstein, the butcher. Officer Alex
ander captured Bob, but his companion
Presented With n Finer.
Washington Lodge .No. 2, A. P. A., was
presented with a beautiful flag last night at
the second annual reception in the Birming
ham Turner Hall, Southside.
Opening a Fair.
Lieutenant Geary Post No. 236, G. A. B,,
opened a fair last night at Salisbury Hall,
Southside, which is to last several weeks.
Dr. J. M. Duff made the opening address.
Railroad Offices Removed.
The offices of the West Penn Bailroad, at
Blairsviile, are to be removed to Allegheny
City by March 1, and Superintendent
Kirkland and 14 others will have to locate
DB. B. M. Hanna. Eye,' ear, nose and
throat diseases exclusively, Office, 718 Penn
street, Pittsburg, Pa. s&su
THE .PITTSBURG DISPATCH, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY
FAIR HEADS SHAVED.
Revelation of n Pittsburg Ladies' Hair
Dresser Blondo Tresses Cover Spots
That Do Not Appear in Society They
Frequently Get There Thongh.
A pulling of lace curtains and general
bustle behind the scenes ensued yesterday
afternoon as a-Dispatch reporter sought to
enter Mr. A's ladies' tonsorial parlors on a
prominent down town thoroughfare. Was
it a scene in fairyland or -a glimpse of a
water nymph at her toilet that faded from
view as the long blonde wavelets fluttered
in the wind occasioned by the pulling of the
curtain? No, it was but a Pittsburg belle
taking her regular shampoo.
The reporter was hustled into the men's
department. In a few moments Mr. A. ap
peared from behind the scenes, sharpened up
two or three razors and whispered, aside.
"Just wait a short time, until I shave this
lady's head, and I will attend to you."
The subsequent interview in the secret
room fully justified the use of the word ton
sorial as the proper name for the parlor, as
much as for the men's department
After a long wait the knight of the secret
room again arrived and took the reporter
into the lady's parlor and introduced him to
The lady halr-dresser as a stately figure
passed down the street, saucily shaking her
false ringlets, fattened to the newly-shaven
"Do you have many such customers?"
asked the reporter of the lady hair-dresser.
"Oh, yes, they come regularly to have
their heads shaved. It's getting to be quite
the thing, and our patronesses ore all among
the society people. Some come to get bald
spots on their heads shaved, either on top
or at the side, where the hair doesn't grow
"Mr. A, here, does all the shaving. They
generally come twice a week and have their
heads shaved and tbe scalp treated until the
hair grows in. Of conrse it takes longer
with some than with others.
"A good many voung girls and ladies of
all ages have the whole head shavedregular
once or twice a week to make the hair grow,
where some scalp trouble causes it to be thin
or to fall out. They wear wigs until it grows
out, which generally takes three or four
months- Some of the best people in society
come here regularly to get their head's
Just then a young lady came in to show
the proprietor her hair, which was thickand
glossy, with long bangs.
"Has she had her head shaved?" queried
"res; she had the erysipelas, and her hair
came out, but shaving brought it back
"Sometimes we paint the head with a
preparation when there is bad scalp trouble.
I do all the curling, banging, shampooing,
etc.f After being shampooed they sit with
their hair hanging down over a tin flume or
heater, which dries it in three to five
"No, hair-dressing is not our specialty
this season, the styles of doing the hair are
so simple that the" society people generally
doit up themselves. Braids will be the
thing next summer, though, and they will
then need a professional dresser."
"Do ladies have more than one color of
"No, not in Pittsburg, thongh I noticed
in a fashion book that in some places it was
quite the thing to have a different wie to
match each dress. But I hardly think that
will reach Pittsburg."
NOT BUILT THAT WAY.
Senator Spooner Says Klein Will Never be
Delivered to Germany.
Senator Spooner, of Wisconsin, passed
through the city last night for Chicago. He
I don't know anything about the Cabinet, so
don't start in on that. I do know, however,
that whoever is Secretary of State for &e next
four years that he will lay aside the robes of
his office feeling that foreign nations have a
little more respect for us than they have at
present. The people were never before so hu
miliated in the eyes of foreigners as they have
been during this administration. I see that
Germany now bas the call to demand the body
of Klein. It will be a cold day. indeed, when
the American people deliver him up to Bis
marck for punishment. We are not built that
1 don't believe there will be an extra session
of Coneress.. In the next week or so some of
tbe revenues will bo reduced, but there will be
no tariff legislation tbis session. I am told
that some of tlie Democrats who voted for the
Willis bill are favorably inclined to the Senate
tariff bill, but it won't be passed. The taxes
on sugar and tobacco will bo modified probably.
The Kew York Sun docs not aptrco with me
that tbe bill introduced to establish national
institutes for rarmers in Connection with the
new Agricultural Department, embodies a
good idea. We have such Institutes in Wis
consin. and thef farmers derive a great deal of
cond from them. I do not claim the bill is
perfect, and I want it to be corrected and
amended. I merely introduced it at this time
to draw attention to the needs of the farmers.
HcKEESPORT'S UNION DEPOT.
A nnndsemp Structure to be Soon Erected
by tbe Railroads.
Plans and specifications have been com
pleted for a very fine large brick union de
pot to be built by the Pittsburg, McKees
port and Youghiogheny and the McKees
port and Bellevernon Railroads at the cor
ner of Fourth avenue and Walnut street,
McKeesport. The building will be of
pressed brick with stone trimmings. The
work upon it will soon be commenced.
Three Allccheny Receptions.
There were three large receptions in Alle
gheny last evening. The T. J. Wallace
Bod and Gun Club' entertained about 1,030
people in the Coliseum until an early hour
this morning. The management was good
and no disturbance occurred. Northside
Council No. 113, Jr. O. TJ. A. M.. gave a
reception at Union Rink, and Washington
Camp No. 4, Patriotic Sons of America, at
Ran Down by a Train.
An old soldier, whose namo is Krause,
nnd who has been living recently at the Al
legheny County Home' was run down by a
train on the P., C. & T. Bailroad at Glen
dale, at 4 o'clock last evening. The re
mains were taken to Mansfield, where an in
quest will be held to-day.
LATE LOOAh BREYITIES.
James Browh, a flagman on the Panhandle
Railroad, to.il his left hand crushed conpling
TjioaiAS FnitoysQ, an old man living on
Webster avenue, fractured his right leg yester
terd.iy by a fall down the cellar steps.
George Newhocse, a youth of 19, living at
the corner of Roberts stroet and Center ave
nue, accidentally shot himself in the le" yes
terday while handling a revolver.
Lillian Moodt was placed in jail yester
day ior a hearing oa- next Tuesday before
Alderman McKenna on charges of soiling
liquor without a license. Bail in ?2,000 was
asked, but not given.
John Jackson was placed in jail yesterday
by Justice of the Feace Kudisill, of Sewickley,
to await trial at court on a charge of larceny.
It is alleged the prisoner stole an envelope con
taining $30 belonging to C. G. Wood.
A note was left at Alderman Porter's office
yesterday stating that the body of a babe had
been found in a freight car on the A.V. R, R.
Therowas nothing in the missive to indicate
who left it, and the Coroner knows nothing of
such a case.
Assistant Superintendent of Police
O'Mara last night arrested John Thomas and
George Melville, who were found loitering
about tbe Anderson Hotel, and locked them up
as suspicious characters. Thomas belongs bore,
but Melville bails from Columbus, Ohio, and
both aro alleged to be professional thieves.
one of the yioit
est of engineering triumphs po'trayed by
Frank Q. Carpenter, together with some une
ancient ana grand-
aoics oj a royal oiaj0Ker,tn tomorrows Vis-
THE BEANMG IRON.
The Stamping ot Criminals Not Fa
Tored in This Community.
VIEWS OF WELL-KNOWN PEOPLE.
Only One Person Pound Who Believe3 In
the Ancient Custom.
SOME PERTINENT fiEHARKS PICKED UP
Pittsburg 'docs not favor branding of
criminals, apparently at least, thongh
we doubtless might poll a large
vote in favor of making them
make roads. The Medical Journal, under
the head of "Modern TJse of Tattooing,"
states that this process of marking crim
inals for the purpose of identification, has
been adopted by several prison authorities,
It has been suggested that in every penal in
stitution the process should be carried out, and
in this way a complete record could be kept of
a man's life, no matter in what part bfthe
globe he might be found, as, having a key, tbe
prison management could readily f pllow up his
history. It is proposed to introduce the plan in
the Illinois State Prison at Joliet first, because
it is harmless, and, second, because it will form
a perfect chain of evidence against wrong
doers, but will in no way affect unfavorably
those who mavbe disposed to reform and live
an honorable life.
Eegarding the possible effect and the
danger of infection, the Journal says:
By this plan (tattooinc) disorders of the sys-
tern may be conveyed from ono person to an -
other, and until such a penalty becomes a
part of tho edict from tbo court no person
should be subjected to this trying ordeal; and
we believe that physicians will bo ready to
show their disfavor toward it by discounte
nancing such proceedings as far as lies in
their power. The fact that the saliva of some
persons Is sufficient to cause symptoms of
poison when introduced Into the skin of
another would in itself bo sufficient to con
demn tbe practice; but, with our knoweldge of
the germ theory and the principles underlying
tbe distribution of disease by inoculation, it
seems almost impossible that such diabolical
schemes could long find a resting-place In the
minds of civilized human beings.
PITTSBTJKGEB3 OPPOSE IT.
A Dispatch reporter interrogated peo
ple whom he knew casually, just as be met
them in a half hour's walk, and found the
proposition generally abhorrent. They were
questioned not as to their views of tattooing
but branding, with a hot iron, the latter not
being likely to produce the evil physical ef
fects possible from the former. Gentlemen
spoken to were Messrs. F. C. Dorrington.of
the City Treasurer's office; John J. Davis,
of thejController's office; W. P.Beadell, and
among lawyers E. E. Cotton, J. C.
Haymaker, Henrv Mever, Morton
Hunter, Frank "W. 'Smith, 'B.C. Christy,
T. H. Davis, C. P. McKenna, Captain Mc
Clelland and "W. A. Sipe, Esqs., and
these all expressed substantially
tbe same opinion, though Messrs.
McClelland, Sipe and McKenna treated the
proposition as absurd, and seemed to
refuse to believe it could possibly be
seriously entertained. Mr. Cotton said exper
ience ba'd shown that crime most prevailed in
the times when malefactors were barbarously
mutilated, and that cviaentiy 'oranainp,
scourging, ear-clipping, nose-splitting, etc,,
had no preventive effect. Tbe same
argument has been used against
the whipping post and against
capital punishment, yet some
very good people would like to see the first
established and the work of the second
Some took the ground that the Siate has
an interest in the criminal, and that a re
formatory one and that branding, or
tattooinc. or anv other kind of markinc,
would preclude most criminals from ever
making any effort at reformation,
and Mr. James P. Quinn took the
ground that the prison birds are gen
erally punished fully enough, anyhow.
Said another man, "I am opposed to any
kind of mutilation of criminals on grounds
both humane and politic, and also because
the greatest criminals of the age are outside
of penitentiaries, and tbe same has been the
case in all ages, so far as P can learn. The
really great criminals are always able to
take care of themselves, and'if the small fry
escape it is because they find protection
under the greater."
ONLY ONE TAVOES BRAND DfO.
Among all solicited for an opinion, Mr.
Alfied McCabe was tbe only man who
would admit that the practice might be de
fended in extreme cases. He said there were
men agafnst whom he believed siciety would
have a right to protect ikelf oy indelibly
branding them in such manner that they
could never bv any possibility impose them
selves on strangers. On the ground that pre
vention is preferable to cure, doubtless most
people could agree that some people of their
acquaintance should be marked, so that all
mankind would shun them as it does lepers.
In the meantime. Dr. E. A, Wood
has a preventive plan that might
not only decrease crimo in the present,
but increase in potency from generation to
generation, but it isn't likely the doctor's
plan would gain on the people at large, as
last as would the proposition to tattoo or to
Some people have contended that brand
ing, tattooing, nose-splitting, ear-olipping,
etc., are unconstitutional, aud quote the
eighth article of the amendments to the
Federal Constitution proposed in
178U, and ratified 'by the re
quisite number of States; excessive
bail shall not be required, nor excessive
fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punish
ments inflicted." Now, the question arises
as to what the people in 1789 considered
a cruel and unusual punishment. It
it said that once, probably at that
time and later, horse thieves were branded
in Pennsylvania. Our ancestors did not
trouble themselves much with ethics in the
case of a criminal, especially if he were a
horse thief, the latter gentry being regaided
with an aversion similar to that we now en
tertain toward burglars. In some rilaces at
present horse thieves, when caught, may
esteem themselves fortunate if allowed time
to pray before taking their swing. The tel
egraph has circumscribed their operations
in thickly settled countries.
OP ANCIENT OKIOIN.
The branding o'f iminals appears to be
of very ancient origin, "We are informed
that a mark was put on the first murderer
mentioned in history, but that brand, as it
is generally styled, we are told
was put on the murderer to save his
life and not for the purpose of marking
him so that he conld not impose himself on
the Nodites. It would seem that 2,700
years later there wasn't much need tor
branding murders, for those who could not
claim sanctuary in the cities of refuge were
put to death with little ceremony and it was
seldom that cither an allocatur or a new
trial was granted.
Opponents of the brand say it is only fit
for the marking of beasts, and this shows
bow the sentiment of the age differs from
that of former times. Oncenotonlycriminals,
but slaves guilty of no crime, reie branded
or marked in some distinctive way. It was
provided in the Mosaic law that if a poor
Hebrew sold himself to his neighbor for a
term of years, and, if before the expiration
of the time, he became mashed on
one of bis master's female servants, so
badly that he could not leave her, then tbe
master took him to the door-post and bored
his ear through with an awl, nnd the
enamored servant became the master's prop
erty, absolutely and Jorever.
It doesn't appear that marking criminals
will grow in iayor. People may disfigure
themselves by wearing tight shoes, or bangs,
or bustles, or Grecian bends, or patches of
court plaster on their faces or in
a thousand other ways, but dudes
and 'dudines, tailors, shoemakers,
dressmakers and milliners make societv's
laws, and only their edicts command obedi
ence. Doubtless obedience to their com-
mnnds causes much of the crime complained
of, but fashion's votaries laugh at all railers
and will ffot that Satn Small, Bam Jones,
the Boy Preacher, or any other agency shall
save them by turning- them from the error
of their ways.
There is one case, however, in which
branding might not be considered either.
cruel or disgraceful. If all children naa
their names' branded ou some part of the
body not exposed to observation, that por
tion of the anatomy designated by law, and
no deviation allowed, it would save
many millions of dollars now spent in
litigation and such trouble as occasioned
by the loss of little Charlie Boss would be
obviated, and the damago and pain to the
child would be but slight. Tattooing would
not answer, as marks thus made can he
A SMAIL COAL OUTPUT.
fianford Says Ho Mined Lets
Winter Than Ever Before.
The coal men are in the soup. The ex
ceptionally fine winter has spoiled the trade
and upset their calculations completely.
Mr. Sanford, oftheSanford Coal and Coke
Company, said yesterday:
We have mined less coal this winter than
during any year since we have been in the bas
inet. This is true also of other operators.
Tber all have their complaints to make. 1 here
I positively no demand for coal, and to tell tbe
truth we haven't made anything for two years.
In an average winter there is not
enough natural gas to keep tbe people
warm and they must buy coal. We always do
a larje business in the towns west of tbe Ohio,
and even sell some coal in Pittsburg, but this
winter the trado from those places has not
Then the railroads are not willing to give tbe
coal operators tuc rates they used to before the
tnter-stato law went Into effect. We haven't
been able to givo a consumer a rate for a long
time. We have been anxiously waitincc for tho
commission to give a decision in tbo Imperial
Pnnl Pumiiinv'a nnri If I10 sisimtntaat.in nnlir
f knew how much the calculations of coal opera
tors depended on a ruling in that case they
would ueciare it at once.
As to the miners, I think they are entitled to
all they Ret, When a man works under ground
from nine to ten hours a day for $2 ho has cer
tainly earned ic
A COAL POOL.
Tfae River Operntors nnd Shippers Prepar
ing to Form One.
An unusually large and important meet
ing of the Coal Exchange was held at the
office of John A. Wood & Co., yesterday
afternoon. The price of mining was dis
cussed at length and all admitted that there
was no profit in coal at a3-cent rate for
The sharp competition in the Southern
market has brought prices down as low as
they have ever been. Several remedies were
proposed, but the one meeting with the most
favor was one providing for the formation of
a pool or combination to be composed of all
miners and shippers of coal in the Monon
No definite plan was suggested, but it wa3
decided to leave the matter in the hands of
a committee of three to formulate a plan and
report it at the next meeting. The Presi
dent of the Exchange, John A. Wood, was
authorized to name the committee and he
will do so to-day.
OFFICERS TAKE A BEST.
A Reduction Mny bo Made in the Freisht
Rates on Bottles.
The general offices of all the railroads
were closed yesterday, bnt here and there a
busy man could be found who hadn't time
to celebrate George's birthday.
A division freight agent of one of the
the roads was among the number. In re
gard to the appeal of the bottle men for a
reduction in freight rates, he said:
The local committee- has been considering
tbe matter, and will meet azain in a few days
to render somo decision. Ail they can do is to
recommend a change in the classification to
the joint committee, who have this business in
cnarge. ine tauieware manniacturers nave
not asked, .for a reduction. It i hardly fair
that tbe, diul who receives only 1i cents per
pound for hisislass should pay as much as the
manufacturer who gets from 10 to 12 cents per
HIS TIME TOO SH0ET.
Mr. Fowderlr Declines to Talk, for Fear of
Missing His Train.
Grand Master Workman Powderly, of
the Knights of Labor, passed through the
city last nitrht going East. He said he was
returning from a meeting of the order at
Cincinnati, and declined to talk about any
thing on the ground that the time was too
"If you were to ask me a question, he
said, "about the time I should get into a
a discussion about it, tlie tram would start,
and you would supply the balance."
When asked if he had received a com
munication about the proposed strike on
the Citizens' Traction road, he replied that
he had not, and he did not know before that
there was any trouble among the men on
Why Peter Wise Wns Discharged.
Seoretary Bobert Watchorn, of H". D. A.
13o, K. of L., has just completed a tour of
the Connellsville coke region, and found the
organization in good shape. He investi
gated the discharge of Peter Wise, Superin
tendent of the H. C. Frick Companyand
says "pernicious activity" in the cause of the
Knights of Labor was tbe real cause of his
A Letter From Powderly.
Master Workman I. N. Boss, of D. A. 3,
K. of L., yesterday received a letter from
General Master Workman Powderly. In it
he says the order is rapidly increasing in
membership, aud will soon regain lost
Nearly 800,000,000 of Assets.
President Greene's annual report of the
affairs of the Connecticnt Mutual Life In
surance Company presents a gratifying view
of its solidity 'and strength. A company
with J57,400,C40 of gross assets and 55,505,
680 surplus on the most rigid legal standard
is certainly strong enouzh for ail emergen
cies. The company has 63,000 policy hold
ers, insured tor 5151,SG1,913. Its receipts
from policyholders last year were 4,436,
288, and it paid out ?5,385,348, yet three
quarters of a million dollars were added to
its net assets. These figures tell their own
Fnmons Suit Snip.
Our famous 6 suit sale closes at 11 Pr3I. "
to-night. This is positively the last day
you can buy one of those elegant tailor,
made men's suits, iu plaid, stripes, broken
checks, and many other neat effect", for tlie
small sum ofG. It is actually giving them
away at this price, and $15 is what they are
worth, but G takes your choice of 'em to
day. Special in children's department is
the sale ot all our $3, ?4, o children's two
piece suits at 52.
P. C. 0. C,, corner Grant and Diamond
streets, opposite the new Court House.
Sanitaeitm and Water Cure. The only
Eastern institution in which mud baths are
given. Steam-heating and electric lights.
Baths, massage and electricity by trained
manipulators. Address John S. Marshall,
M. D Green Spring, O.
The Holidays Hnve Come Again.
Yes, you would think so If you go into
Hamilton's nlusio store, 91 and 93 Fifth
avenue. The invitation we placed in the
daily papers yesterday hits borne frnit al
ready. We are surprised at the prompt re
turns. We have made sales just as we
promised to, some of the organs going at
cost. We must have tho room, as tbe
pianos and organs contracted for are now
coming in and must be sold as fast as they
arrive. We propose selling more this year
than ever before, and have placed large
orders with that determination. Come in.
and see us. You will be surprised at the
low price you can buy a piano or organ at;
every instrument fully warranted and easy
DISCIPLINE TOO LAI.
This is tbe Opinion of tbe Legislators
on the Penitentiary.
AN INVESTIGATION MAYBE ASKED
If tie House is Not Satisfied With tbe In
OCLM'T DO AM HAE1T, 8AI3 ME. FOW
The Legislative Sub-Committee on Appro
priations visited thebalanceof the charitable
institutions yesterday. Judge Acheson and
Mr. Guthrie in behalf of the proposed hos
pital for children, asked for an appropria
tion of 850,000. Tho Society for the Preven
tion of Cruelty to Children wants 5,000, and
the Free Dispensary makes a request for
But the prison board's decision in the
Maharneke case was the chief topic of con
versation between the members of the com
mittee'. They were anxious to know what
the public had to say abont it.
"I understand," said Mr. Fow, "that the
people think the decision was given because,
this conJmittee was here; that we scared
them into it."
The committee was not inclined to talk
very much themselves, but theyasked freely
for information about the investigation, and
Bepresentative Marshall said:
his faith in the boaed.
Now that the decision has been rendered by
the Prison Board, 1 don't know what will be
done. 1 know Inspectors Trimble and Mc
Cntcheon, and I don't believe there is a man in
Allegheny City who would question their In
tefrniy. I take it for jrranted they acted fairly
in tbis examination. I do not know the other
members of tho board, except br reputation.
In the next few days I will read over the evl
denco in tbe case. I am not well enough posted
to express an opinion at present, but I do think
that tho investigation should have been con
ducted by the Legislature. I have perfect con
fidence in Warden Wright. It looks to me as
if he had been too kind hearted, and some of
his subordinates had taken advantage ot his
goodnature. He has been at tbe head ot tbe
penitentiary for 20 years, and, havinc no
trouble in that time, I think he be
came a little lax in his discipline
and placed too much confidence in thoe under
him. I don't like Br. Maharneke, and never
did. I alwavs thought he was the wrone- man
to nil such a position, and I am p;lad he ft dis
missed. I suppose that under tbe circam
stances nothing further could be done with
A LITTLE TOO LAVISH.
Representatives Fow and Thompson, of
the committee, returned to Harrisburg last
night. At the depot Mr. Fow said J
1 don't believe in buying 26 lots that adjoin
the penitentiary when the State would only
need 40 feet. There is a proposed street that
should run alone the walls, and if the property
owners are not willing to sell the 40 feet tbe
Attornev General could bo directed to (to
ahead and condemn the ground for the use of
"Bo I think there should bo a Legislative in
vestigation of tho penitentiary? Well. I
hardly know how to answer. If the Hone is
not satisfied with the decision in tbe Mahar
neke case, and the resolution to investigate is
presed. I will vote for it. If the people are
innocent an investigation would do no harm;
in fact, would restore public confidence in the
management. I think the discipline has been
too lax, but I hardly believe it is any more
serious than that."
Mr. Thompson said:
I wouldn't be surprised if the Legislature
mado an Investigation, and I wouldn't be nt all
surprised if they made none. When we tet
back to Harrisburg, we will make our report
to the House, and they can do as they please.
Will Llkelv Be field nt the Riverside
Another investigation may soon be held
at the penitentiary. This time John W.
Biley (hobnail) will appear in the role of
prosecutor, and a high official, it is said, as
the defendant. One ot the charges, it was
learned, is that the official stole $250 from
During the recent investigation Biley was
one of the witnesses, and at the close of his
testimony announced that he had a charge
make. President Kelly informed him that
if it had no bearing on the case on trial he
could not make it, Dut would be heard later.
Biley bas written a letter containing the
charges, which is now in the hand of a cer
tain person who will see that the matter is
In proof of his statement Biley refers to
an Allegheny pojico officer, who denied all
knowledge of robbery, but said he knew
Biley had S250, which had been paid to an
attorney who had attempted to obtain a
pardon for him.
Shoes can be bought cheaper now than
ever before. Every pair of shoes is subject
to a cash discount of at least 10 per. cent.
Many shoes below'cost.
tts Cain SsVessteb.
Aftee a sleepless night use Angostura
Bitters to tone up yonr system. All drug
gists. Invalids call at 1102 Carson st. and be
cured free of charge.
COMING IN DAILY.
French and Scotch Ginghams, Ander
son's Plaids, advanced styles in French
Satlnes, advanced designs in India
Silks,complcte lines of Foreign and Do
mestic Wash FaDncs ready for spring
LACE AND EMBROIDERY.
Shipments, on sale at low prices for
first-class goods. Special prices on 27
and 45-Inch Flouncings.
Spring invoices of
That needs no commendation to any
buyer who bas used it, coming from
makers who aim at perfection, yet meet
the market in price.
Tho following departments In daily
receipt of new and desirable effects:
TRIMMINGS, BRAIDS, BUTTONS,
KID AND FABRIC GLOVES,
PLAIN AND FANCY HOSIERY,
NECKWEAR AND CORSETS.
Second flonr for Cloaks, Suits and
Shawls, Children and Misses' Suits.
BIBER i EASTDN,
SOS AND EOT MARKET ST.
TTIELLER'S SCOTCH JAMS THE FINEST
l imported in one pound porcelain pots: also
Jellies, marmalade and preserved fruits, war
ranted pure, in glass jars, for sale by the case
or retail. JNQ. A. REN SHAW CO-
ja28-ws 1 Liberty and Ninth its.
POCKETS WEEE WIDE OPES,
And at Least Two Persons' Fingers Itched
Till They Got Canght.
W. G. Winters, ot Primrose, Washington
county, came to town yesterday with some
thing less than 51 fr in his left trousers
pocket. He got into the crowd on Market
street as the Catholio parade was passing,
and Henry Seymour, not being able to re
sist tae temptation, extracted pocketbook,
money and all. Mr. Winters called aa
officer, who arrested Seymour and took him
to the Central station, where the money was
fonnd on him and identified.
Special Officer Grogan yesterday after
noo'n arrested a youth of 16, who said his
name was Stephen Beck, for picking pock
ets on Smithfield street and Fifth avenue.
The boy said he lived on the Sonthside.
THEY PIXD SOME MISTAKES.
Errors the Returning Board Want
The Beturning Board, composed of Judges
Stowe and Magee and a force of clerks, con
tinued its work yesterday. The calling off
of tbe vote in Pittsburg and Allegheny was
concluded and the counting will be finished
' Judge Stowe ordered the Election Board
of the Second district of the Thirty-sixth,
ward to be brought in to-day, the officers not
having written on their return the offices for
which the candidates were running. Tha
same error was made in the Ninth distrist of
the Fourth ward, Allegheny.
His Arm Crashed.
James C Kessler, brakeman on the Alle
gheny Talley Bailroad, while coupling cars
yesterday afternoon had his arm crushed
and was taken to the West Penn Hospital.
Michael Morau, a laborer at Moorhead &
McCleane's mill, dropped dead while at
work yesterday. Death was caused by
JOB. HDRNE i CD.'B
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 Robe 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 IS-inch Serges at 50c, and the SO
Inch Suiting Cloths at 40c and Wears
great values at tbe price.
This will be a (treat year for Ging
hams, and we have the largest stock
ever brought to Pittsburg. Over 60,000
yards of fine imported Scotch Ging
hams. Then in American-made GInp
hams a wonderful assortment Dress
Ginghams, we mean, and as pretty and
stylish as can he.
140 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 Batines in finest French make
American Satines at 12 and 20o and
35c; the new Henrietta Satines.
The new Lace Curtains are hers.
choice and late patterns; special lav
prices in Nottingham, Irish Pointaqst '
Our great Bilk specialty for the se
son Plain and Printed India Silica
our bargains have made a wonderful
Stir in this departmenttoo, 55c, 65c,
75c, fl to $4 a yard. The largest assorty
ment ever shown in this city.
Lovely new Embroideries, Narraif
edges, skirtings, ajl ovsrs special '
JDS. HDRNE i CD.'B
PENN AVENUE STORES. 3
PEACHES FOR CREAM 1
Delicious table fruit; also a. full'-line. of
California and Delaware fresh fruits in extra
syrup, uns ami ciaa. v
ISO. A. BENSHAW CO,