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Ambles Gently to the Front ip
the Free-for-AII Race for
GEN. BENJAMIN F. TRACY.
A Sure-Tiling Tip As Winner
Tor the New York Com
AN OLD-STYLE GENTLEMAN
Who Will Honor the Nary Bureau,
For Which He is Almost
A LIVELY BOW OVER GEN. PALMER.
Everything in Readiness for the Inaugura
tion Except the Hands of
AKOTHEE DAI OF WORRIES A5D JOIS.
flalf of tho Expected Crowd ol 200,000
Strangers Already on Hand Toe Won
derful Greed of Washinstoninns A
Rich Harvest to Be Reaped Some Odd
Mishaps Vice President-Elect Morton
Splashed With Hind and Senator Payne
Takes a Tnmble The Ladles Busy as
Bees Babies nnd Their Callers The
Pretty Lady of the Incoming Administra
tion. Order is coming out of chaos. New
York's warring factions seem to have called
off their dogs. General Benjamin F. Tracy,
of Brooklyn, President Cleveland's new
law partner, is to have the Navy portfolio.
Palmer's road is now the rocky one. Either
he or Bask will get the new place in the
Cabinet, it is thought. Everything and
everybody in "Washington anxiously awaits
Monday noon, and 100,000 of the expected
200,000 strangers are within the gates.
rEOM A STAFF C0KBESr03OEXT.:
"Washington, March 1. It looked very
dnll at the Arlington, where general Harri
son is quartered, but the dullness was only
to be likened unto that of a volcano in im
mediate readiness for eruption. It was dull
in the lobbies and seething in-the private
rooms. This will give an idea how hot
things were for the little stocky man who is
tc bo President next Monday.
A messenger hoy rushed to The Di
BATCH bureau with a telegram at 11 o'clock
to-night. . The telegram was numbered
1,672. Usually at that hour tele
grams are numbered about 100. The
bright little boy said that six hundred
messages had gone to General Harrison,
and 900 came here, friends of Senator Pal
mer, urging his appointment to the Cab
inet Never was there such private tele
graph business as that in the city of "Wash
The upshot of the day's business seems to
be the appointment of the best man yet put
in the Cabinet with Blaine. He is General
Benjamin Franklin Tracy, of Brooklyn.
He is the man agreed upon by the Piatt
wing of the party as the person most ac
ceptable to them after Piatt himself.
Believed Tracy Has Accepted.
It is generally believed that General
Tracy has been offered a place and has ac
cepted. As to the fight against Palmer it
will take another 24 hours to settle that.
It is significant that Mr. Stephen B.
Elkins said in New York, ten days ago,
that General Tracy was a possible Cabinet
man. That would indicate that Mr. Blaine
favors Tracy, and it seems to prove that
Blaine's avowed friendship for Piatt has
Colonel Shepard got into a funk over a
rumor that General Tracy was a spiritual
ist, an atheist, and many other horrible
things of like nature. The Brooklyn men
in town relieved the pious Colonel with the
information that General Tracy attends
At about 10 o'clock at night the now
bent and white-bearded figure of the well
known lawyer appeared at the door of the
Arlington. Before anyone could see
the General he was taken to Senator
Hiscock's room; there he was told
that the navy portfolio was to be offered
to him. He was both amazed and confused.
He did not know what to say. "Why, I
never had any idea but that I was to take
the Attorney Generalship," he said. "That
place and X would suit each other very
Not Exactly His Choice.
t He seemed inclined to refuse to consider
the offer of the navy portfolio, but he was
firmly and franklv informed that the State
of New York would not be satisfied with
anything except the navy. There is pat
ronage both in the shape of labor and con
tracts in the Navy Department, while the
Attorney Generalship is considered about
good enough for-the "West.
In a Tery few minutes General Tracy was
taken to General Harrison's parlor, and
waited there the return of the President
elect from a .dinner party. General
Harrison was as curious as a child
to see this popular eleventh-hour piece
of Cabinet timher,but the New Yorkers were
not afraid to have their man scanned never
so closely, for he would look distinguished
and able and Intellectual in any company.
It did not seem to be 10 minutes later that
the junior Senator from New York swung
" lazily into the corridors and whispered : "It
In halt an hour men who had talked with
Tracy, with Harrison, with Hiscock, with
"Woodruff, Arkcll, Fassett and Shepard, all
seemed to be agreed that Tracy is indeed to
be a Cabinet minister.
Evidences or (supreme Harmony.
Bearing peculiarly upon this master was
the arrival of Varner Miller, just when all
the rest of the hoys thought they had every
thing settled. "What Mr. Miller has come
for nobody seems to know. His agents
say that he has come to announce
three things: First, that he doesn't
want anything, and that he will be
a bigger man out of the Cabinet than in
it; second, that he doesn't choose to be con
sidered as fighting Mr. Piatt, and, third,
that it is not just to represent him as a
disturbing force in New York politics.
All this was only one thing on Harrison's
mind to-day. The other was the devil's
own row over Palmer, of Michigan Alger
and Stockbridge are in a com
bine to knock Palmer out Stock
bridge signed a petition in favor
of Busk yesterday. A reporter telegraphed
an exposure of the conspiracy to Michigan.
To judge by what is seen here to-day, all
Michigan seems to have stood up like one
man and grabbed a pencil and telegraphed
to every Michigan man in "Washington
and to General Harrison that Michigan
wants Palmer. Stockbridge says that
Harrison told him that he liked Palmer,
but nobody had yet urged his claim. This
fact, also telegraphed to Michigan, prob
ably explains the excitement there, as well
as supplies Harrison with plentyof indorse
ment for Palmer. To-morrow will see the
solution of this problem also.
The Latest Slate.
As the case stands now, the belief of the
best informed men In "Washington is that
the Cabinet will be as follows:
W. H. H. MlLLEB. Attorney General
Of course, as has been said, Tracy's place
is by no means sure. He wants to be-Attorney
General. Palmer's case won't be
settled until to-morrow. Stockbridge bet a
suit of clothes to a cigar to-night that Palmer
wouldn't get a place. If so Busk may
go in as the seed distributor. Harrison has
aweakness for the GrandArray whieh Busk
represents, but it is said to-night that Har
rison complains that he cannot bring him
self to the contemplation of a Cabinet Min
ister who says "I have come." Swift seems
to be definitely out of the business.
Only the March of Time Delays the Inaairnr-
ation Nearly 100,000 Strangers in
the City Greed of Washing-
tonlans Some Very
The crowds are now dense and the hotellob
bies, the house fronts are gav and tremulous
with bunting, the fakirs of every city line
the curbstones, the sun has been shining,
and nothing but the hands of time delay
the inauguration. Everything else is in
readiness. The great ball-room, with its
bunting and medallions, is all ready for the
dancers, and even the half-acre platform of
bare boards in front of the Capitol is capt
ioned with all the flags that can be nailed
around its side, ready for Grover Cleveland
and Benjamin Harrison and Melville "W.
Fuller to transfer the Government to its
new managers. -
There are nearly 100,000 strangers here,
and they are all rushed with sightseeing,
for even in ordinary times ihis is the great
show town of America, -while jcitpow its
sights are trebled. As half the,young women
in "Washington try to look as much as pos
sible like Mrs. Cleveland's picture, nearly
every stranger thinks he has seen her, while
he has in reality been looking at one of her
imitators out riding or shopping.
Seeing tho Sights in Congress,
Congress is the gathering place of so
many of the strangers that it is difficult for
the people's representatives to make their
way throutrh the halls, while the official
guides are driving opulent bargains for
pointing out the only ETarts, ;Amos J.
Cummings, Sunset Cox, Senator Ingalls,
the Speaker, and the other national char
acters. Some noted artists who are here declared
that nothing in the town is so interesting as
the colored people, unless it be their shoes,
which do indeed form a remarkable study.
No matter how neatly or well-dressed a
"Washington colored resident may be, all
taste and concern vanishes athls or her foot
gear. Each one seems to wear some one
There is an endless study in (he greed of
citizens. On Pennsylvania avenue there
are few windows, except in the hotels, that
are not placarded for rent. Scaffoldings
rise in such abundance as to almost hide
the buildings that are not marketing their
A Klch Harvest to be Reaped.
At first these scaffoldings were merely
single piazzas or balconies built over the
store-fronts, but now the citizens are build
ing them in tiers clear up to the roof gutters.
There is method in their greed, for it seems
that no one is able to get a seat in any of
the numerous and enormous stands except
by paying for it. Even the Treasury clerks
are peddling seats in the stands put up for
their accommodation. As the city has a
population of 200,000, and it is expected
that as many more persons will come here
to see the sights, there is certainly a rich
harvest to be reaped in selling points from
which to see the principal sight of all the
The confusion, bustle and disorder that
mark the closing hours of the session of
Congress were manifested for the first time
in Ihe Senate to-day. Crowds thronged the
lobbies, climbed the stairs, and packed the
galleries, the lazy doorkeepers' of which
were kept on the move all day long in the
attempt to preserve decorum. The Senators
themselves caught the infection of nnrest
and 'moved nervously, about the floor and
became impatient of delay.
Several Sorts of Odd Mishaps.
All sorts of odd mishaps marked the day.
The first befell Senator Hiscock and. Vice
President-elect Morton on their way to the
Capitol. They had stopped to view the in
terior of the Pension building, where the
great ball is to be held, and were walking
on toward the Capitol when they met a dele
gation of New Yorkers at the corner of
Fifth and F streets. They stepped on the
car tracks to greet the visitors. Mr. Morton
had extended both hands to his friends, and
Mr. Hiscock had removed his hat to let the
wind blow through his luxuriant hair, when
a reckless, bobtail car, driven at furious
speed, dashed into the group. Some of the
visitors were nearly knocked down by the
horses, and both Messrs. Morton and His
cock barely saved themselves from being
run over by leaping on either Bide of the
track. As it was, the Vice President-elect
was terribly bespattered with mud, and the
Senator's dignity received a shock from
which he did not recover all day. Mr. Mor
ton was safely landed at the Capitol, where
he received visitors in. the Vice President's
room. The Senate had not been long in
Another Queer Mishap
occurred in the Senate chamber. The ven
erable Mr. Payne, of Ohto, id attempting to
pass up the center aisle from the clerk's
desk, stubbed his too on one of the steps and
fell sprawling at full length on the green-and-gold
carpet. Several Senators ran to
his assistance, but the old gentleman, in
spite of his 80 years, scrambled to his feet,
unaided and unhurt.
The crowds respect nobody and nothing,
and they made an otherwise dull day at the
"White House very lively by crowding in
there until a man stationed at the door
started them away. Colonel Lamont was
not feeling well and had plenty to attend to
at home, and the President was literally up
to his eyebrows in bills from Congress. He
did not have anvthing to remind him that
another family had rented the old mansion
and would move in with hag and baggage
and babies in a day or two. He had no
time to think of all that. He had made all
arrangements for receiving the new tenants,
and the subject was disposed of. On Mon
day he will go to rooms 12 and 13 in Wil
lard's Hotel, as every President 'has done
ever since no one knows when, and there he
will meet General Harrison.
A Momentous Jonrney, Indeed.
The two will then descend and take their
seats in the same carriage for the moment
ous journey to the Capitol. They will enter
the building by wav of the great bronze
doors, side by side, and will find seats re
served for them in the Senate gallery. The
floor of the Senate will he reserved for Sen
ators, Congressmen, Supreme Court Judges,
and army and navy officers and high civil
The Vice President-elect will take the
oath of office in the Senate chamber, and
then while the Senate is being organized,
the procession to the east front of the Capi
tol will be formed. There the President
elect will deliver his inaugural address and
be sworn in, unless the weather proves
stormy, in which event these duties will be
performed by him in the Senate chamber.
A storm on Monday will seem the most
dreadful calamity to a quarter of a million
persons who are now harkening credulously
to what the wiseacres have to say about a
change ot the moon, which denotes fair
Tetc-a-Tete Over a Luncheon.
The retiring President and the new one
will then drive to the "White House and
lunch together, no guests being invited to
share the meal with them. Then Mr. Cleve
land will bid the President goodby, and
drive to Secretary Fairchild's house. He
will not review the procession or attend the
inaugural ball. President Arthur did so,
but that was a precedent which for obvious
reasons few Presidents are likely to follow.
From this luncheon, the first meal Mr. Har
rison will enjoy as the master of the "White
House, he will cross the front lawn to a
.great sprawling stand that has been put up
beside the avenue, and from thatwill review
the parade, rain or shine, for the stand is
roofed over, and the parade will move no
matter what the weather.
AN EASIER TIME.
General Harrison Not Bothered so Much
by the Faction Fighters of New
York Foraker His Principal
Visitor Daring the Day.
General Harrison had an easier time of
it to-day than yesterday. He has seen more
people, but he has not seen them so hard, so
to speak. For some reason the faction
fighters who yesterday swiveled and eddied
about him like a tide about a particularly
stubborn piece of rock were not sp numer-.
ous to-day. The majority of his callers
were politician?, but they were of the sort
of politicians with whom he was not com
pelled to talk. All he had to do was to
continue that function to which months of
practice have so accustomed him the func
tion of listening to a lot and saying little.
It does not tire General Harrison to listen,
hut to part with gems from his store of
garnered information costs him all the men
tal effort that a miser expends in parting
with his gold.
About the only caller of theday who
really seemed to be important was Governor
Foraker, and his call, in fact, was
Important Only in Appearance.
The relations between General Harrison
and John Sherman are not yet so strained
that Foraker is even possibly a factor of
any vast influence with the administration.
The only significance in the Foraker visit
was what it may have gained from the fact
that he was assisted by that other fire alarm,
Boutelle, of Maine. The conference of
these two with the President-elect was
neither very long nor very private.
The New York men were conspicuously
less prominent among the callers upon the
President-elect than yesterday. The Piatt
men, by the way, had recovered much ot
the spirit and dash which they seemed to
have lost last evening, and were again in
their natural hopeful mood. Vice President-elect
Morton dropped in for awhile, as
usual, but was with General Harrison very
little, devoting most of his attention to the
General Harrison breakfasted before 9
o'clock, only the family joining in the meal,
and the callers began to send up their cards
before he was done.
A Disappointed Delegation.
Most of the early comers were members of
Congress who called before they went to the
Capitol. Among these were the.only formal
delegates of the day, the members from
Michigan. Headed by Mr. O'Donnell they
had intended to put in warm commendation
of what they supposed had been done for
their State in the way of the selection of
Senator Palmer for Secretary of Agriculture,
but the information that Senator Stock
bridge had signed a petition in favor of
Busk, and the additional fact that his de
fense for so doing was that he had been told
by the President-elect that Palmer was out
of the question, had thrown the "Wolverines
ranks ipto confusion, and they simply
bowed and said, "How dy," to General
Harrison, and then walked out again.
Senators Blair, Chandler and George,
and Bepresentative Bayne were among the
best known of the men who paid their calls
before noon. Governor Pound, of "Wiscon
sin, and Governor Larabee, of Iowa, were
also among the callers, and so were Justice
and Mrs. Strong.
AFRAID BEN WAS I0ST.
A IiHtio Scnre that the President-Elect
Gave to His Friends.
There was considerable wonder, not un
mingled with alarm, at the length of time
that General Harrison was absent when he
went out for his walk this afternoon.
Thte matter was explained to-night, when
it was learned that General Harrison went
from the hotel directly to the house of Sena
tor Edmunds, and was there lor nearly the
whole of the time that he was supposed to
be taking his constitutional.
FIRST DINNER OUT.
The Harrison's Fnlflll an Engagement Hade
Four Months Before Election.
The stream of callers was so steady and
the work of receiving them so less weari
some than usual to-day, that General Har
rison skipped his usual noon constitutional,
walk and remained in the house nntil after
lunch time. Almost immediately after that
meal, however, he went oat alone and wps
gone over an hour. After he came back he
remained in the house until it was time tot
himself and Mrs. Harrison to go out and
Continued on Sixth-Page,- j
THE ADYANCE GUARD
Moves Down on the City of Washing
ton in Full Force, and at Once
PREPARES TO DEFY THE MALARIA.
The Inaugural Committee Puts the Finishing-
Touches to Its Work.
ALL ARE AMERICANS AT SUCH TIMES.
The Entire Affair, Thonjh Costly, Expected to Set a
Very Fair Profit
Che advance guard of the army of 200,000
visitors to the inauguration is on hand in
large numbers, and, as usual, is painting
the town a vivid carmine. Final arrange
ments for the parade have been made by the
hard-working committee. The whole affair,
it is calculated, will net the merchants of
"Washington at least 5500,000, and a snug
balance will be left to the credit of the.
JFEOII A STAFF CORRESPOND EXT.
"Washington, March 1. The Inau
gural Committee has put the finishing
touches to its workr and now Governor
Beaver, who leads the way as Chief Mar-1
shal of Monday's great procession, and
OJngadler uenerai nan i. Hastings, me
Governor's Chief of Staff, await the result
with anxious interest. There will be fully
50,000 paraders, and there . will be more
aides and captains and generals and bosses
generally than "Washington has ever seen at
au inauguration. They will come from
every State and Territory in the Union, and
already the advance guard can be seen in
contingents roaming through the streets
and bolstering up the bars in the hotels and
in places aloDg Pennsylvania avenue and
the side streets and alleys of the City o'f
It seems that about every man who comes
here is armed with a prescription calling
for whisky and quinine as a preventative
against the malarial flights of the Potomac
flats, and 99 out of every 100 of these pre
scriptions are verbal in their character, but
they are none the less commanding and posi
tive in their nature. The fact that snow it
on the ground, and that even Potomac ma
laria is apt to become dormant in the win
ter months, has nothing whatever to do with
WHEN PABTISANISM IS DBOPPED.
It is reliably stated that between 930,000
and $40,000 was the highest amount ever
spent by an inaugural committee. This
was when Grover Cleveland was seated,
four years ago, and when Governor Beaver,
as strong a Republican then as now, was."
also Unlet .Marshal ot the show, uoverpor
Beaver was given a dinner at John Cham
berlain's, last night, and speaking' of his
prominence at the Cleveland and Hendricks
inauguration, he said: "I was quitewilling
to take part in the parade four years ago,
although the politics of the President did
not agree with mine. This is a nation, and
the head of it is entitled to the respect of all
its citizens. "When we come to the inaugur
ation of a President we cease to be Bepubll
cans or Democrats, and come as Ameri-
ram." SSb. !
This year anywhere from $30,000 fo SBRQfi
000 will be spent for the pageant that-formal?!
ly presents the Indiana man and his New
"fork associate to the people of Washington
and the 200,000 strangers who are expected
to be in town by Monday morning. "We
perhaps cannot have any adequate idea of
the labor, the envies and jealousies, and the
anxiety that surround the work of the in
augural committee. In the first place, all
but several societies andone or two book
keepers contribute their services to the
committee. The others work day and night
"for the love of it," as one of the chief
managers said to-day.
THE CHIEF OP THE WORK.
The committee has one whole floor in the
Atlantic building. They have had these
headquarters since a few days after election
day, and will only vacate them when all the
bills are audited and everything straight
e'ned out, a week or so after the inaugura
tion. 'There are as many managers as
brigadier generals after the war, and in
numerable clerks and typewriters and door
openers and animated chair-weights greet
one on every hand.
All the supreme ones wear bronze medals,
with a bas-relief of General Harrison, with
his name under it, and "Twenty-third
President of the United States'- The
medals are attached to the coat by yellow,
or red, white and blue, or red and white,
or red ribbons, the different colored rib
bons representing .the rank of the commif
teeman. Ifheisin a place to chat with
Governor Beaver and General Hastings his
bronze medal has a yellow ribbon, and so
on down. It should be explained that an
inaugural committee is started on its way
by subscriptions which are refunded to the
doners after the inauguration. It is all in
the interest of tile hotels and shops, and
everything else pu -ely and essential Wash
ingtonian. It would be mi ghty interesting reading
if one could secun a correct list of the con
tributors to the 550,000- iund which started
the Harrison and plorton Inaugural Com
mittee in Dusinesi
A MONET-MAXING SHOW.
It was confidently asserted to-dav bv one
of the managers that Washington will profit
fully 500,000 btfthe investment The com
mittee has to hare ready money in the be
ginning for the expenses of headquarters,
printing, and h thousand incidentals, and
also to build the grand stands that line
Pennsylvaniafavenue on Government prop
erty. The committee sells the privileges of
stands, and Also the privileges at the in
augural ball, and the tickets to the ball,
and in that tray reimburses the contributors
to the original "fund.
It is an interesting fact that all inaugural
committee! in recent years have escaped
without hss, and this year there will be a
surplus, hough to whom this is togo is not
yet knotra. Already 6,000 tickets to the
inaugural ball have been sold, and at the
E resent flemand for them, over 12,000 will
ave bein sold when General Harrison dons
his new swallowtail and Mrs. Harrison her
fine gqwn on Monday night .Many have
boughtf tickets who will be thousands of
miles from "Washington on the night of the
ball. Consuls from all over the world send
checks for ball tickets to keep them as
momentoes, and army and navy officers do
'the hoosieb headquaetebs.
ie Hoosiers opened a special inaugura
tion headquarters atthe Metropolitan Hotel.
to-Jlay. It is in charge of General J. B.
Cpnahan, a neighbor of General Harrison,
arid Dr. Johnson and Colonel Brideland are
associated with him. Every effort will be
made to give General Harrison a booming
Hoosier sendoff. It is not probable that
there will be any organized brigade of the
Indianians in the parade, but General Car
nahan wants them all to be on hand along
the line of Pennsylvania avenue and shout
for all they are worth. At present it is es
timated that nearly 5,000 Indianians will
be on hand to show their loyalty to the man
from their State.
Great holes were chopped to-day in, the
asphalt pavement on Pennsylvania ave
nue, from the Capitol to the Treasury
buildine. They will hold the posts which
are to support the stout ropes that will
withstand the surging thousands as the in
auguration parade moves along.
Among 'the aides to General,. Beaver are
'the H6n. William F. Cody, better known
ias "Buffalo Bill," and the Hon. "Webster
Flanagan, of Flanagan's Mills, in' Texas,
who gained renown lour years ago by reply
ing to the frilled and ante-campaign argu
ments of his brother Bepublicans by de
manding "What are we, here for?" .meaning
the offices. .,
THE CENTEB OP ATTEACTIOK.
After the aides will follqw the Presiden
tal party in carriages, escorted by Colonel
Samuel Merrill, commanding the survivors
of the Seventieth Indiana Volunteers.
Then will come the United States 'army,
the navy, marines, seamen, and then the
National Guard, with the 'divisions com
manded by Brigadier General Ordway,
Major General "Hartranft, Governor Fora
ker, and many more of that distinction.
The Third Brigade, with Brigadier Gen
eral Fitzgerald, of New York, and his staff,
will lead the way for the gallant New York
Seventh, with Colonel, .Clark in -command,
and then in order will come the Fourth,
Thirty-seventh and Tenth, separate compa
nies of Ne,w York. After the militia will
be the Grand Army posts and the civio or
ganizations. There will be flambeau clubs from Salem,
Sedalia, Detroit and Atchison, but the
Harrison and Morton cowboys, from Den
ver, 150 strong, will be -the shining feature.
They are to parade in all the togs of a cow
boy sombreros, lariats, fringed chapperals
and the drum major who leads them will
wear a hat made ot a great Buffalo's head
with horns branching out.
, their music, mingled with the .booming of
guns, win proclaim the climax on uapitoi
MOEE MONEY IN IT,
A Proposed Bankruptcy ham- That Woald
Possibly IieaTo Something far the
Conns to Divide A Catch. ''
ISrECIAt, TELEOBAU TO TUX DISFATCJT.l
St. Lopis, March 1. The National Con
vention of business men, called to formulate
a bankruptcy bill, did not get down to work
to-day with the celerity that was antici
pated. This tardiness was due to the fact
that the Committee on Bills was engaged
during the whole night in a catch-as-catch-can
struggle with a mountain of manu
script. This morning the permanent offi
cers were reinforced by 25 vice-presidents,
and then the convention adjourned TVtU 2
o'clock. At that "hour the Committee on
.Bills held under discussion what they con'
cidered the proper measure.
It is based on the "Lowell bill," drawn
up by Judge Eowell, of the Massachusetts
Supreme Court, and submitted to Congress,
six years ago. Some "minor changes have
been advocated, but the great alteration
contemplated is in a petition to abolish the
office of receiver. It is maintained that the
excessive cost of the receivership was the
weakest point in tbe last bankruptcy law,
and this is -sought to be avoided by an in
genious scheme- "Within 60 days after the
declaration of bankruptcy the estate is to be
turned over to the creditors or to an agent
appointed by them, bonds being given for
In this way it is expected that the great
cost of winding up an estate, which was
the great reason for the last law being al
lowed tp expire by limitation, will be
avoided, and the creditors are more inter
ested than anyone else in obtaining the
greatest possible returns from the estate.
With the consent of all parties interested
any creditor may buy the estate of the
bankrupt, this operating as a discharge in
1 This bill was discussed by thajdalegates
auu uicifiriujrgcuciu jjfifUTiil. Xb will UB
presented to the convention to-morrow night,
and if adopted will be followed by a sine die
FOR SWEET CHARITI'S SAEE.
Eastern Institutions That Desire Rather
Liberal State Appropriations.
1SFECIAI, TELEORAM TO THE DIgPATCE.l
Haeeisbueg, March 1. The sub-committee
selected to visit the Philadelphia in
stitutions that have made application for ap
propriations from the State left for that city
to-day to complete its work. The commit
tee on a former tour of inspection inquired
into the needs of all hut five of the institu
tions assigned to them for investigation.
These are the Western Temporary Home,
which wants $10,000 for the erection of a
building, the appropriation of tbe money
beiny contingent on the raising of $5,000 by
private subscription; the Pennsylvania
Widows' Asylum, St Christopher Hospital
for Children, and the Philadelphia Home
for Infants, each ot which has asked for
$5,000; the Union Home for Old Ladies,
which has made application for $20,000 for
the erection of an infirmarv, and the Penn
sylvania Home for Blind Women, whioh
has asked (or $75,000 for the next two years,
a large portion of which is to be applied to
the buildipg of workshops.
The sab-committee will report to the gen
eral Committee on .Appropriations next
week, when its recommendations will be
adopted unless there should be a deviation
from the custom established. t
LIKELY TO BE TROUBLE.
Preparing on the Border to Enforce the
Contract Labor Law.
rSFXCIAL TELEGRAM TO TUB DISPATCH.l
Lockpokt, N. Y., March 1. J. J.
Grace, of Troy, N. Y., representing the
Treasury Department, is at Suspension
Bridge and Niagara Falls, notifying
Canadians who work on this side of the pro
visions of the contract foreign labor law and
the probability of its enforcement. The
law does not affect American citizens resid
ing on the Canadian side, only British sub
jects, and as there are quite a number of
those who come over every morning to work
on this side, there is -likely to be some
The agent was brought there by the Col
lector ot Cnstoms at tbe bridge. He has
prepared a list of the violators of tbe law
and handed it to the Collecter. These in
clude the railroad, the Oneida community
and the Carter Company and a few other
smaller corporations. The Collector has
given them until March 10 to come under
tbe provisions of the law or suffer the con
sequences. L0IAL TO THE LAST.
The Democrats of tho Dying Honse Still
Sustain the President.
1SFECIAL TKtEGRAlt TO TUB DISPATCH.!
Washikgtonv March 1. The success'of
the bill for a public building at Kalamazoo,
the passage of -which almost took the breath
away from the House the other day, en
couraged the always hopeful Sowden to
think that there was yet a cha'nee for the
Allentown public building bill which
passed the Senate some time ago.
Of course there is a disposition In the
House to take up Senate bills that have
passed the Senate, instead of passing any
further bills of its own, but this courtesy
did not extend to the Allentown bill, for
when Mr. Sowden attempted to call it up
this morning in the hour that is devoted to
the passage of bills by unanimous consent,
he was met with a storm of objections from
members of fiis own party who wish to put
themselves on record as sustaining the
President to the very last.
PARIS EXPOSITION, ffi&Z
fortabtp and economically, and where to go
and what to ite when you get there, is told m
detail by Henry Haynie, whose first letter from
aris an the. subject appears in io-morrouft
Dispatch, . - '
GE1 SIGEIS SOBEOW:
His' Son Arrested by United States
Officials and Charged Witu
FORGING A PENSIONER'S CHECKS.
Young Bige Admits His Guilt, Bui Says
the Old Man
WAS SATISJIED JV1TH WHAT HE GOT.
A Number cf Other Charges to tie Hale Against the
Eobert Sigel son of General Franz Sigel
has been arrested in NeWYork on charges of
violating pension laws The defendant
makesn partial admission of his guilt, and
offers a remarkable excuse for what he terms
his indiscretions. The"penalties prescribed
for such offenses aretvery severe, and-the
prisoner's gallant old father ia heart-broken
at his son's disgrace.
rSTECTAX TXLZOBAU TO TBX StSFATC3.lt
New York; March 1. Three we?ks ago
information "was received" at the Pension
Bureau in Washington of irregularities in
tbe United States pension agency in this
city, -which is at 396 Canal street General
Franz Sigel Is the pension agent Special
Agents Josiah E. Jacobs and Thomas J.
Shannon came on here, and as a result of
their tinvestigation they arrested to-day
EoberfrlSIge!, a son of General Franz Sigel.
Boherthaff'been employed .as his father's
private secretary and confidential clerk.
He is aecused of forgery and violating the
pension laws by receiving fees from pen
sioners. Eobert Sigel is 50 years old and has been
living with his wife at his father's resi
dence, 563 Mott avenue. According to his
written confession, the four years in which
he has. been 'employed in the pension agency
he has, violated the pension law over 150
times and received fees ranging from $1 up
to $10 for pbtaining pensions, a species of
misdoing on which the Government is es
ji. run, CONFESSION.
He seemed completely dazedjto-day by
his arrest, and insisted on making a confes
sion ot what he called his indiscretion. In
his capacity as clerk he was very active in
making charges at the United States Dis
trict Attorney's office against the lawyers
who call themselves ''pension agents"
and take larger fees than the law
allows to attorneys for obtaining certificates
or collecting pensions. This was all right
enough, for the Government discourager
pensioners from employing such intermedi
aries, and in the mere collection of pension
money by the holder of a certificate has
made the intervention of attorneys super
fluous. But this is not dope with the inten
tion that its own agents shall get from the
pensioner the fees it seeks to save from the
When young Sigel was arraigned to-day
before United States Commissioner Shields
the special ageqts charged him with forg
ing the indorsement of Sidney Knight on
two' checks drawn August 25" to Knight's
order. Sidney Knight is a blind veteran
of the last war, who is living in Port Henrv.
Essex county. A pension and back.
pay. amounting--"- i to 83,
780 47J was"1 granted to ,hjm last
August. Eobert Sigel who, by way of ex
cuse, says tbatvhe was instrumental in ob
taining all this, money for Knight, made
out four checks, payable to Sidnev Knight,
for amounts that were, respectively,
$2,480 47, 2,500, $400 and $400.
MrKnight received the first two checks
aggregating $4,980 47, and the two checks
for $400 with Sidney Knight's mark forged
on the back, Witnessed by E. Sigel, were
cashed by a New York City bank on the day
on which they were drawn.
Assistant United States District Attorney
Eose said to-day that he intended to sue
this bank. Mr. Knight says that he has
not been in New York since the war and
knew nothing of the two checks for $400
Justice Beers, of Port Henry, as Mr.
Knight's attorney, received the two checks
for $4,980 47. Eobert Sigel says he went to
Port Henry to turn the pension money over
to Mr. Knight's attorney. He registered
at the hotel under the name of Smith,
and says he gave Justice Beers $190 for
his fee as notary. In his examination to
day Sigel admitted that he had "forged
Knight's name on the two checks for $400
each, but urged that he had obtained the
Eension for the old man, and that Knight
ad been perfectly satisfied with what he
"And do you think that because Mr.
Knight knew nothing of his loss your act
was justifiable?" asked Commissioner
Sigel admitted that it was an indiscretion
on his part, but that as Knight was satis
fied, he had thought there would be no
trouble. He said that the checks for 5400
were indorsed by him with Mr. Knight's
, OTEEB SERIOUS CHAEOES.
Another charge which the special agents
made against Sigel was appropriating $25
and foreing the name of Mrs. Jennie Heine
man, of this city. She should have received
$375 60. Eobe'rt Sigel made out three
checks of $150, $125 and $100 to
her. The checks for $150 and $125
were cashed with Mrs. Heineman's indorse
ment witnessed by E. Sigel. The third
check for $100 was cashed by Sigel. It was
indorsed by Mrs. Heineman's mark wit
nessed by a clerk in the office and certified
by E. Sigel. He sent Mrs. Heineman $75
as the proceeds of this check and kept $25.
Sigel says that Mrs. Heineman requested
him to do this.
In addition to the charges of forgery
Sigel, according to his own admission, has
many times violated the pension law which
forbids any agent or clerk of 'the pension
bureau to receive a lee from pensioners.
Eobert Sigel told Commissioner Shields
that he could clear himself of all the
charges, notwithstanding his own. admis
sions. The penalty for the lorgery, if it is
made out, is ten years for each offense.
Commissioner Shields committed Sigel to
the Ludlow street jail, in default of $20,000
bail, to await examination next Tuesday
afternoon. General Franz Sigel was com
pletely heartbroken at his son's disgrace.
He spent the afternoon in hunting for bail.
"TUP Ml V OP BOCBON," by Maurice
Int LIU I Thompson, begins in to-morrow's
DISPATCH. It is a powerful story of
piratical days in the Gulf of Mexico. All who
delight in pure fiction, based on American
historical events, should not fail to read "The
Lily of Boehon."
HAEEISON'S GUARD OP HONOR.
His Old Regiment is on the Koad to the
Indianapolis, March L One hundred
and sixty survivors of the Seventieth In
diana Eegiment, which was commanded by
General Harrison, left this afternoon for
Washington. The veterans are under com
mand of Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel Mer
rill, and are accompanied by Marshal's
military band of Topeka. On inauguration
day they .will act as the personal escort of
pigott suioipes. vf)o fflOCKEDITOUTl
The Forcer, Ferjnrer and Blackmailer E
Capes to Spain Hs is Arrested, at
QIadrld, and Escapes thoXnw'
Vengeanco by Taking; HI
MADElD,March 1. An Englishman.snp-
posed to he Biehard Pigott, was arrested at
the Hotel Des Ambassadeurs to-day tinder
the name of Eonald Ponsonby. The man
afterward committed suicide, with a re
volver. The description of the suicide corresponds
with that of Pigott The man spoke En
glish only. A small amount of silver was
found in his pockets. The police have
taken possession of the papers and other ar
ticles found upon him.
The Standard says it U able toconfirm
the statement that the suicide was Pigott
When arrested he took the-situation calmly
and threw' the officers off the scent, with
the excuse that he wished to get his
overcoat' He retired to an alcove and there
shot himself in the mouth with a revolver.
He died instantly. His head was horribly
A dispatch from Madrid to the London
Times says: The arrest of the suicide was
made in consequesta of a telegram
from the British foreign office
"Ponsonby" arrived from Paris on Thurs
day morning. His only baggage ,was a
small hand-hag. Soon after his arrival hs
sent a telegraphic dispatch to Xondon."
The description given of the man who
committed suicide in Madrid yesterday
tallies with that of the man who called
at the Hotel Des Deux Mondes
in Taris after Pigott's flight The
suicide is undoubtedly Pigott. He doubt
less assumed the name of "Eonald Pon
sonDy" becanse the initials corresponded
with those on his baggage.
FAILED POR OYER A MILLION.
Another Bis; Collapse Chronicled ia tbe
SPXCIAt. TZLIQEAM TO TUX DISPATCH.!
Boston, March 1. Another big failure
was chronicled this afternoon Jn the rubber
trade, Henry A. Gould & Co, being swamped
beneath liabilities aggregating . more than
$1,000,000. The failure of the National
Eubber Company, some time ago, was the
beginning of the firm's troubles. Deacon
Ezra Farnsworth indorsed Mr. Gould's pa
per to the extent of more than $300,000, and
he is the largest individual creditor.' There
are no large creditors outside of Boston.
The assets are not estimated as yet, and no
more definite statement in regard to them
can be made than that they consist of in
dico, catch, camphor and rubber, the valua
tion of which ii unknown.
Mr7 Gould has been in business nearly
20 years, and has imported largely from the
East Indies and South America. He has
branch houses in Philadelphi-vand New
Yorkaod a purchasing house fa J?ra
Brazil, the latter being the oldest American
house in that city. He is said to have a
$15,000 interest in the reorganized National
Eubber Company, and also an Interest in
the Brook Haven Eubber Shoe Company,
formerly the S. B. Smith Eubber Company.
He has two camphor refineries, one of them
being at Eumney, N. H., and the other at
Stamford, Conn., and is said to control the
product of a German manufactory of ana
lines. He is also engaged in the manufact
ure of liquid cutch.
A L1YELI FOURTH IF SIGHT.
Three Men Who Will Ail be Governors on
rsrSCIAI, TEI.EGKAM TO THX DISPATCH.
Chaeleston, W. Va., March 1. Presi
dent Carr has employed Judge Ferguson as
his connsel, and on Monday will qualify as
Governor of the State. General Goff will
arrive from Washington to-morrow or Sun
day, and he of course will qualify, while
Governor Wilson is equally determined to
hold on to his office until the last moment
Judge Ferguson states it as his opinion that
it was the duty of the Legislature to declare
the result for Governor, but as it failed in
this Goff has no legal ground upon which
to qualify, and as the Constitution provides
that the present Governor cannot hold over,
Carr is entitled'to the seat until the contest
is settled. Of course the outcome will be
watched with much interest.
McGinnis, the Eepnblican candidate for
Congress, does not seem to be the least dis
heartened from the fact that certificate has
been given to Anderson, and says that he
will be In Washington .in due timeand
that it will only be a short time before his
seat is given him, even If Anderson's name
is placed on the roll. Governor Wilson
stated to-night that he had no intention of
calling a special session of the Legislature
before the 4th of March.
The Fight for the Position of Fabllc Printer
ISriCIAI. TXXIOEAlt TO TUB DISFATCH.l
Washington, March 1, The strife for
the office of Public Printer is something un
precedented. The candidates are gathering
in from Maine to California and each one
has a formidable backing, So far the battle
seems to be between Meredith, of Chicago,
and Donatb, of Pennsylvania. The latter
has practically the entire backing of the
State from the Governor down, besides
strong recommendations from other parts of
the country. Nearly every member of Con
gress from Pennsylvania has signed his
Setition, ' including Senators Quay and
The opinion is quite general among poli
ticians, who were most conversant with the
operations of the National Committee dur
ing the campaign, that if any man deserves
a place on account of services to the party
which probably no one else could have
rendered, it is Donath. General Harrison
has recognized his efforts and many think
he will get the place.
AN ENTIRE FAMILY DROWNED.
Father, Mother nnd Seven Children Perish
ia a Swamp.
SPECIAL TXLIOBAU TO TBS DISFATCS.l
Chattanooga, March 1. Last night
the family of Mr. Bud Hynes, nine in all,
were drowned in a swamp In Decatur
county, near the Tennessee river.
A colored man who was with
them escaped to , tell the story.
The family were moving in a wagon, and
after dark became lost in the swamp. They
came to a stream, which the colored driver
refused to attempt to cross.
Mr. Hynes thereupon took the lines and
forced tbe team to go ahead. In a moment
they were in water ten feet deep, and
father, mother and seven children were lost
Three of the bodies have been recovered.
THk rTTrRTTrC. TCxrrp5 fa
-O-JVJ, iittHUi, WUI..4.W fc.9
TheVs-Are Anxious and'
tef to Discover Who
Legislators, to ha Investigated ly TTn4'
ANDRETfo BERENELI PEHOSOPHGAIi?
Tbe Committee Will 'Get DowntaBasiaessASeztte
The State Grange of Pennsylvania is de
termined to place the blame for the defeat
of their pet measure the dressed meat bill.
They make no charges of bribery, but admit
'that there is something very mysterious ia
the affair. It is proposed not to let thar
matter rest after the completion, of &m
Legislative investigation, but to holdfeftek-j.
member responsible for the part he took la
the defeat of the hill, and use it as a weapon
in the next campaign.
rrBOU A STAFF COBBZSrOSSXNT.I
Haeeisbueg, March 1. The commfttea
to investigate the dressed beef boodle rumors'
, Tj.j . , at. i ,t?'
wis suspeuueu operations unui aiie ui
inauguration of President-elect Benjamia
Harrison, Then the matter will be takes '
up and, In the language of Chairman Bil
llngsley, will he pushed for all there is
State Chairman Andrews at first felt son
over the allegations, but soon revised his.
opinion,'and now takes a very philosophic
view of the subject He thinks it better
that the matter should be brought to a head!
now and disposed of than be permitted to
go floatinz about from mouth to mouth
growing In detail and increasing in propor
tion until by the fall campaign it might
overshadow the Eepnblican party like th
genii of the bottle, and do incalculable mis
chief. At that time, too, only a personal
denial could be made. Now the matter;
will be disposed of once and for all by a
committee composed in part of Democrats,
and Chairman Andrews is of the opinion,
that the vindication of which he is certain
will be particularly valuable in keeping; s
the next campaign free from personalities
that would otherwise be sure to appear.
A VIGOBOTJS ATTACK.
The Granger campaign against members,
of the Legislature who voted against tba
dressed beef bill has already opened. The
first attack is in the shape of a broadside di
rected against the legislators in general who
opposed the measure. It takes as its texttha
rumors first given currency by the Harris
burg correspondent of the New York World
and in circular form has appeared in the
mail of each member of the Legislature,
with due notification that it-will be pub
lished in the Farmers' Friend, the organ of
the State Grange, on March 2. The circu
lar goes right to the point in the following
"We are not prepared to affirm the charge of
the use of 80,000 Jorthe defeat of this measure,
and we do not believe that sensational false
hoods will at any time advance the cause ot the)
farmers In our legislative halls- It Is true,
however, that the State Grange Legislative
Committee and the great majority ot the coun
try members of the Legislature, confidently ex
pected our dressed beet bill to go upon the
calendar and receive consideration from our
lawmakers as it drerred. The neatlvo report
of. the bill by tho Jodiei3rj,Generl. Committed
was a complete surprise, aot-tonly to tbe
friends, bat also to some of the enemies of the
bill. How this was brought about we are un
able even to conjecture, but hopo to learn
definitely before tbe time for the election ot
The result of Brother Taggart's attempt to
place the bill on tbe calender after its buck
eye in the committee was a further surprise, as
there is no question of the ability of the coun
try members to have accomplished this pur
pose bad they remained in the Honse and
voted for Brother Taggart's motion 103 votes
only being required to place the billon tba
calendar. Eighty country members stood1
squarely up to tbe work, and voted in accord
ance with the wishes ot their constituents; 75
members voted against the motion, and 47 mem
bers, a large number of them from country
districts, dodged the issue by remaining out of
their seats wben the yeas and nays were called.
We have in this office, and at the proper time
will give to our readers, the record of the
action of every member of the House of Rep
resentatives on this question. At this writing
we have only to say that it was simply an oat
rage upon tbe 50,000 or more petitioners who
asked for the passage of this bill that it shou'd,
be smothered without a respectful consider
ation by the Legislature.
The time for final reckoning with the mem
bers ot tbe Legislature who failed to carry out
the wishes of their constituents is notnow. Bat
as the Grange organization in the State of
Pennsylvania is a very much more powerful in
stitution than is generally supposed by the out
side world, the enemies of the dressed beef
bill may feel assured that it will be heard
from on this same subject in the not distant
Colonel Thomas, Secretary of the State
Grange, stated in a conversation with The
Dispatch correspondent that 135 members
of the House ot Eepresentatives were
pledged to the bill. This nnmber is 32 more
than sufficient to have placed the bill on
the calendar and passed it finally, so that
the Senate might have had a chance at it.
Secretary Thomas talks about sudden and.
mysterious changes of opinion concerning
the bill, but knows nothing as to what
caused them. The circular concludes in the
following highly interesting manner:
WILIi INVESTIGATE. '
One more thins requires mention: The rumor
that ex-Lieutenant Governor Black was the au
thor of the defeated measure and that ha de
sired "to make political capital out of it by get
ting the support of the Grange element." This
statement Is absolutely false, and itls due to
ex-Lieutenant Governor Black to say that ho
was not at any time consulted by the State;
Grange Committee having the bill in charge,
nor were his views on tbe subject sought for.
We have learned with much pleasure that hw
favored the passage of tbe bill, and we believo
that be did this from an innate sense of right
and justice. With regard to the proposed in
vestigation we have only to say, that is the
business of tbe Legislature itself with which
the Grange has nothing to do. The members
of our organization who demanded tbe passage
of this bill will, however, "Investigate" their?
respective members in their own counties at
tbe proper time and in the proper manner.
Bepresentative Ly tie, of Huntingdon, was
one of the two members of the Judiciary
General Committee of the House who voted
in committee to report the bill affirmatively.
Mr. Lytle, of course, stood with the gran
gers in asserting that cattle raising was a
lost occupation in Pennsylvania because of
the competition of Western beef. On Thurs
day, however, when the bill for tbe repeal
of the fence law was up Mr. Lytle, in op.
posing the measure, rashly reversed, his for
mer position by stating that in many sec
tions of the State farmers had so many cat
tle they could not pasture them all on their
lands. The point in favor of the farmer
which he was trying to make was that he
oughtn't to be compelled to fence in his s
cattle, but should be allowed to let them . "
roam and seek succulent herbage at will.
Punishment for Bomb Throwing.
MiDDtETOWN, Conn., March 1. -The
faculty of Wesleyan College has imposed
punishment for participation in the Wash-
inpton'sBirthrlav fwrrane- Six-freshmen wem '
suspended nntil thn be-innin? of the next,
college year, two were suspended until May,
x auu nine were censurea.
GAIL HAMILTON, &JStf&
cusses, in a briahL incisive manner, the rela
tions of the salons of society to the slums. an&
expanses upon ine iatett jaa oj we &'