Pittsburg dispatch. (Pittsburg [Pa.]) 1880-1923, March 13, 1889, Image 1

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And There's Lively Music in the
Air Over the- General
Revenue Bill.
Ending in the Adoption of Several
. Important Provisions.
TheConstitatlonallty of Some of the Amend
Virata In Question The Advantages of
Manufactories BeRTer Falls nnd Its
Prosperity Some Immense Profits In
Corporations Tho Dangerous Competi
tion of the feionlb No Disposition to
Favor Natural Gas Compnnio Fear of
, a 3-3II1I Tix Keeping: Oor, if Not
Drtiing Ont, Manufacturers The Agony
Not Yet Over.
A long session of the House yesterday
failed to completejne second reading of, the
general revenue bilL The twenty-second
session was .completed and a rote taken on
the last amendment to that section. There
was a general disposition not to squeeze cor
porations too severely, although Henry
Hall, of Mercer, was dubbed a Shylocb for
his persistent attempt to get his pound of
their flesh.
Haebisbubg, March 12. The hands on
the dial of the clock of the House of Repre
sentatives described a straight line, indicat
ing C o'clock r. M., just as the vote was
taken on the amendment to the last proviso
of the twenty-first section ot the general
revenue bill. The amendment was the joint
work of several minds, but in its final form
was the product of the brain of Mr. Patter
son, of Philadelphia, a genial gentleman
who, daring the course of the debate, re
ferred jokingly to Hon. Henry Hall, of
Mercer, as the Shylock who was after the
pound of flesh of the manufacturing cor
porations. Mr. Hall laughed at this, and maintained a
good-humored though determined front dur
ing the trying three hours of the afternoon
session, ably aided in meeting the objections
of the opposition by Hon. Samuel M.
"Wherry, of Cumberland, and materially as
sisted by Corporation Clerk Glenn, of the
Auditor General's office, who sat by both
morning and afternoon, fairly round-shoul-'dered
with information for the benefit of the
inquiring minds.
Tlie Ball Started Rollins
The Revenue bill was the special order
for 11 A. M., and from that time until 1:15
o'clock in the afternoon held the floor, with
the exception of "the very few minutes at 12
o'clock required to pass finally the Theater
JExit bill and send it to the Senate for con
currence Mr. Stewart, of Philadelphia,
started the ball rolling with a failure to
change the reading of the clause subjecting
to taxation "all mortgages, all moneys
owing by solvent debtors, bond or judg
ment." He said promissory notes were
made only for a short time, not in excess of
90 days, and thns much of this form of in
debtedness wonld escape taxation, the only
promissory notes likely to be returned being
those in existence when the assessor was on
his rounds. Mr. Hall thought it a good
idea to catch it even then.
Tacked on After a Fight.
Dr. Neff, of Fayette, succeeded, after a
bard fight, in having a proviso tacked to
the first section of the bill, to the effect that
in making assessments a man who is both a
lender and borrower be taxed only on his
net loan. For instance, if he lends 510,000
and borrows S7,000 he shall be taxed on but
Mr. Hall thought this "opened a wide
door for fraud, but the House wasn't afraid
of it. "Work on the first section was con
cluded with the attempt of Mr. Losey, of
Tioga, to kill the proviso exempting
building and loan associations from taxa
tion. He was ably seconded by Mr. Lyt
tle, of Huntingdon, but the House was
against them by a large majority, though
the gentlemen strenuously asserted that the
exemption was unconstitutional.
Mr. Hall was with the opposition on this
point, and voted wiih it, though, as the
champion of the measure, he felt compelled
to say that the sum that would be secured
by levying a tax on these associations was
to insignificant as to make the matter not
worth considering.
One of the Able 'Speeches.
Mr. Jones, of Allegheny, made an able
speech on the side of the constitutionality of
the exemption, aided by Mr. Eose, of Cam
bria, and several others. Mr. Jones took
the ground that they might be exempt as
benevolent institutions, and that at all
events it was perfectly proper for the Legis
lature to divide corporations into classes and
exempt from taxation such as it saw fit.
Dr. Neff 's amendment and a verbal one
offered by Mr. MacDonald, of Lackawanna,
were the only ones adopted during the con
sideration of this section, though a number
were offered. .
There was little or nothing to mar the
harmony of the proceedings from this point
until section 17 was reached. On section 16
Mr. Fow objected to the proviso that in
consideration of the return of one-third of
the State tax to the counties "no claims shall
be made upon or allowed by the Common
wealth for abatements, tax collectors' com
missions, extraordinary expenses, uncollect
able taxe, or for keeping a record of judg
ments and morteages."
Recompense Sufficient.
Mr. Hall soon convinced the House that
no county was likely to lose more than 10
per cent of the tax at any time, and would
therefore be btodIv recompensed.
jft, Mr. Burdick, of McKean, came to the,
iniai wiin amenumenis tu bccwuu j.i ana
was still fighting for them when the House
Iff took a recess until 3 o'clock, by which time
a compromise had been made. The section
provides that counties must pay over all
. taxes imposed on personal property to the
j. State Treasurer on or before the second
. Monday of Ao;u'tI with a 10 per cent
V penalty for taxes remaining unpaid the
second Monday of September. -Mr. Bur-
S-L. d.5clc arsned that in some counties tax dupli-
,fti .; mui reauy until me xsv ui ju.v,
and as collections couldn't be lawfully en
forced until six months after the collector's
notice, injustice would be worked to coun
ties in many cases. His view was consid
ered so reasonable that the section was so
amended thus:
ITott It Renits Now.
Counties shall pay to the State Treasurer
such sums as are collected by the seoond
Monday of September, and complete pay
ment shall be made by the second Monday
in November. No penalties shall be at
tached until after the second Monday in the
succeeding January.
When section 21 was reached the band
began to play in earnest This is the sec
tion that imposes a 3 mill tax on the capital
stock of corporations, companies, joint
stock associations and limited partnerships.
As it left the hands of the Auditor General
it provided for no exemptions whatever. In
the "Ways and Means Committee a proviso
was added exempting from this tax such
corporations, joint associations and limited
partnerships as are chartered for the manu
facture of iron and steel,- cotton or woolen
goods, and engaged exclusively in such
As soon as the section was read Mr.
Dravo, of Beaver, got the floor and offered
an amendment making the exemption apply
to all corporations, etc"., etc., organ
ized exclusively tor manufacturing, ex
cept brewing companies, gas companies,
electric light companies, steam heating
companies, fuel companies, oil companies
and companies for the jarring or preserving
of fruit.
Advnntaccs of Manufactories.
In support of his amendment Mr. Dravo
pictured the advantages of manufacturing
institutions to localities iu which they are
located, and directed the granger attention
to them as makers nnd estabf ishers of home
markets. He also pictured the benefits of
co-operation, and explained to the House
that the co-operative efforts of workingmen
would be seriously hampered by the impo
sition of a 3-milI tax, which individual
manufacturers would escape. Because of
this he characterized this section of the bill
as a measure in favor of capitalists like the
Vanderbilts, and would vote against the
bill, if unamended as he desired it, on the
ground that it was an unjust and unholy
discrimination against workingmen.
Mr. Dravo also talked about the prosper
ity of Beaver Falls, due entirely to manu
factories, and told Mr. Hall the invest
ments there probably amounted to $500,000.
A Change of Base,
Mr. Hall offered a substitute for Mr.
Dravo's amendment, striking out the whole
exemption provision. In supporting it he
directed attention to the fact that the unholy
provision to which Mr. Dravo objected had
no stronger advocate in 1887 than the gentle
man from Beaver. He read a letter written
then by Mr. Dravo and his constituents,
strongly justifying his action and using the
Constitution to prove himself right. Mr.
Hall made the point of unconstitutionality
against exemption, and directed the atten
tion to the Supreme Court's decision on
Fox's appeal to support his position. He
further declared the exemption an unjust
discrimination, even if constitutional. On
the half million investment at Beaver Falls
the tax would be but 51,500 a year. On the
$150,000,000 invested in manufacturing
corporations in the State it would be 5450,
000 and he didn't think such a tax would
hurl them down to ruin. It didn't in 1S85,
when the revenue from this source was
Profits Oat of Proportion.
A manufacturing company, Mr. Hall
said, within a few miles -of Harrisburg,
paid 100 per cent per annum. Another in
the city paid 70 per cent. One mining cor
poration in Clearfield county paid 240 per
cent and another mining concern could be
named that pajd GOO per cent A 3-mill
tax was not likely to ruin these. Manu
facturers had been here pleading for co
operations because of the opportunities
they offered workingmen to become proprie
tors, but they could not answer how many
bad taken advantage of the co-operation
law. They could not even say that 5 per
cent had done so, bnt promised if manu
facturing corporations were exempt the
path of the workingmen would be strewn
with roses. But, said Mr. Hall, we don't
want to know about the future; we want to
know about the past
The gentleman then gave some facts about
State taxes in other States: New York taxes
the real estate of manufacturing corpora
tions two and . nine-tenth mills; Illinois
levies a tax of 30 cents on the 5100 of both
real and personal property; California 56
cents on the same; Indiana taxes capital
stock in the hands of individuals for all
State and local purposes; "West "Virginia
taxes real and personal property 35 cents on
every 8100; Ohio assesses a tax of two and
nine-tenths mills on real estate. Yet gen
tlemen try to frighten us into believing our
manufacturers will emigrate to these States
to escape taxation.
Reprcsentinz Only tho Stnte.
""We are here," declared Mr. Hall, "to
represent the Commonwealtb,and not special
interests, and we represent people who can
not send men here to lobby."
In conclnding, Mr. Hall asked why capi
talists formed corporations, and answered
by declaring it was to obtain special privi
leges, such as the limiting of their liabili
ties, and that their institutions might have
pernetual legal existence. Because they
enjoyed such special privileges, the tax on
them was just
The arguments of Mr. Dravo and Mr.
Hall fairly represent the sentiments of each
side to the controversy. Some of the gen
tlemen on the side of the exemption tried to
argue that in the intention of the Constitu
tion individual manufacturers and corpora
tions were subjects of the same class. "When,
however, Mr. Lytie, of Huntingdon, called
attention to the fact that there are 50 law
yers in the House, and invited any one of
them to declare exemption Constitutional,
there was no response. 'William Black
stone, of Pennsylvania, stand up," said Mr.
Lytle, hut William didn't stand.
Competition of the Sooth.
Mr. Kauffmann talked about the competi
tion of Alabama, which can deliver pig
iron in Philadelphia at 513 a ton and make
a profit of 81 -50 on it, while it cannot be
made in Pennsylvania for less than 814 a
ton. Youngstown also can ship to Phila
delphia, owing to the low railroad rates,
cheaper than Philadelphia can manufacture.
He declared the revenues were in good
shape, but the expenditures were too large,
because some one wanted to pay off the State
debt too fast. Must our industries, he
afked, be taxed out of existence because of
this? There would have been no war, he
declared, had every one in this country
owned a Government bond.
Dr. "Walk twitted Mr. Hall because he
hadn't made his revelations concerning the
enormous profits of manufacturers while
talking tariff on the stump last fall. Had
he done. so, said Mr. Walk, Cleveland would
hate been elected.
Mr. Bliss, of Delaware, agreed with Mr.
Hall that the 3-mill tax would not drive ont
manufacturers, but asserted it would keep
them out .He didn't think tha State's
natural resources a sufficient offset
Pointed Oat With Pride.
Mr, Rose, of Cambria, and Mr. Brown, of
Lawrence, pointed with pride to what man
ufacturers had done for v their sections, and
stood with them because of it.
An amusing feature of the debate oc
curred when Mr. Bliss usked the privilege
or interrogating Mr. Lytle. "Go ahead,"
replied that gentleman. "It's an easy way
to get information, but it isn't the way I get
mine." Later, Mr. Xytle, referring to a
statemenVthat a Kentucky firm had been
induced to go toDhioJjy ttnoffer of 820,000,
said there were people and corporations in
Kentucky and elsewhere who would go to
the devil for 820,000.
In a concluding speech, Mr. Hall said, in
reply to "Mr. Jones, of Allegheny, that it
was conceded the State had the power to
classify corporations for purposes ot taxa
tion, but not for exemption. "Do you
want," he inquired, "to vote for a law that
you know to be unconstitutional?"
Dravo to the Front Agnln.
Mr. Dravo then came to the 'front, and in
a pleasant speech justified his change of
opinions in two years by comparing himself
to the Supreme Court and other '-rise people.
When Mr. Hall's substitute for Mr. Dravo's
amendment came toa vote, he and Mr.
Taggart demanded the yeas and nays. The
vote was 92 for exemption and 73 against
Several exemption amendments were offered
after this in the form of amendments to Mr.
Dravo's amendment or as substitutes. Mr.
Hickman, of Chester, wanted the value of
a manufacturing corporation's real estate
subtracted from the value of its capital
stock and the remainder taxed. Mr. Jones,
of Allegheny, wanted to exempt mining
corporations. Dr. Walk was willing to ex
empt distilleries and breweries, because he
thought tbe would be wiped out anyhow
in June. Finally, after Mr. .Patterson had
called Mr. Hall a shylock and talked of
New Jersey's liberality his amendment was
adopted, and the House adjourned, after
continuing the special order on second read
ing to-morrow. Simpson.
Large Sums for Charitable and Eilnca
tlonal Institutions.
Haebisbubg, March 12. The House
Appropriations Committee adjourned at
midnight, having been in session four hours.
The time was consumed considering Phila
delphia bills. Appropriations amounting
to 5155,000 were recommended for Phila
delphia charities, and 575,000 for the Lock
Haven Normal School for new buildings.
A sub-committee favorably recommended
to the general committee, an appropriation
of 815,000 for a hospital at New Castle.
Representative Brown, of Lawrence, has
worked hard for this, and his labors are on
the point of being crowned with success.
One hnndred and eight thousand dollars is
the sum appropriated fur the Pepnsvlyania
State College, instead of the 5103,000' asked
for improvements, etc.
Retail Merchants FnyingAttentlon to a BUN
Collecting 8cbrm.
Haebisbubg, March 12. Representa
tives of the State Merchants' Betail Asso
ciation appeared from Philadelphia, Pitts
burg, Allegheny, Scranton and other cities
of Pennsylvania before the House Judiciary
Committee this evening, in favor of the bill
providing for the collection of debts in
curred in the purchase of the necessary sup
plies. The bill provides for the attachment of
wages, 5 per cent of any claim against a
debtor a week, providing the amount doesn't
exceed 10 per cent of the 'wages earned.
The committee has taken no action on. the
bill. ' -r- .-
A BUI Introduced Making All Sabbath
Breakers Equal.
, Haebisbubg, March 12. In the House
bills were introduced to-day as fallows:
Jones, of Allegheny Fixing salaries of court
interpreters In counties between 500,000 and
800.000 inhabitants at $1,600 a year.
Chaliant, of Allegheny Making appropria
tion of $20,000 to St Franciscus' Hospital, of
Shiras, of Allegheny To make uniform the
fine for violation of the Sunday laws. A sec
tion in the act of 18i5 imposes a line of $25 in
the county of Alleeheny for violation of the
Sunday laws and but S5 in the other counties
of the State.
Fow, of Philadelphia To authorize the
transfer of liquor licenses.
Boys Under 10 Mustn't Use Tobacco A
Public Morgne Bill.
Haebisbubg, March 12 The Senate to
day passed bills prohibiting the sale of to
bacco to boys under 16 years of age, and for
the establishment of public morgues.
On Senator Newmyer's motion the vote
was reconsidered by which the bill to vali
date assessments and reassessments to pay
costs for local improvements was passed
third reading, after wbich the Senator from
Allegheny offered an amendment which was
adopted exempting second class cities from
the provisions ot the act
All Litqnor Bills Under the Ban.
Haebisbubg, March 12. It is understood-
the sub-committee of Ways and
Means will recommend to the general com
mittee adverse consideration of all the
liquor bills. These include bills providing
for a board of excise commissioners, and
fixing alL liquor licenses in cities of the
third class at 8300.
Indianapolis Now Has a Doable Set of
Police Officers The New Force Is Demo
cratic and the Other Republican
An Appeal to the Courts.
Indianapolis, March 12. Indianapolis
now has a double police force, two police
headquarters, and nobody can tell how they
will secure pay. The board organized under
the bill passed by the Legislature met this
morning and organized a police force. This
force was selected last night, and includes
a number of the officers of the old force. A
part of the men reported and were sworn in
and assigned to duty.
All the men sworn in are Democrats, the
Republicans of the old force declining to
accept appointments under the new board.
The patrolmen of the new board were in
structed to avoid a clash with the old force,
and were told to take their prisoners before
a peace justice in case the custodians of the
station houses declined to receive them.
During the day a conference was held bv
the attorneys of the old board and the
Mayor and his counsel, at which it was dt
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ciueu wim mc uiu uuuiu 6uuuiu me an an
swer, alleging the hill Unconstitutional.
It will take about three weeks to decide
the question. It is probable that similar
action will be taken to test the constitu
tionaltity in the courts of the bill which
places the streets, alleys, lighting, -water
supply, etc., of Indianapolis in charge of
aboard selected by the Legislature and
which was Commissioned in the same
manner as the Fire Police Board.
Chief Webster, 'elected by the new Fire
and Police Board, says that he will make
no belligerent movement but will waif the
action of the authorities. He to-day made
a demand for possession which was refused.
Little Movement in Penpsylvania,
Stock, )Ynicli is Stationary. ;
The President Cleaning House in a Rapid
hnt Thorough Manner,
He Also Makes aa Opportunity for Railway MU
s Sertlce Eemoials,
In the office exchange at Washington,"
yesterday, Pennsylvania stock' was quoted
stationary, with little . movement The;
Territories just' made States were 'way'
above par. The. pressure brought to. bear
on the President sent the latter stock up
flying. Tho President has also extended:
the time it which the railway mail service'
goes under tho provisions of the civil service'
law to May 1, in-order to give a few weeks
for removals of Democrats.
Washington. March 12. There was
little movement in Pennsylvania bffice
seekers, to-day, stocks remaining about
static nary. However, ex-Congressman
Brumm decided to advance a point or two,
and instead of the position of Third Audi
tor of the Treasury, strike for no less -an
office than Second Assistant Postmaster
A large party from the northeastern part
of the State came in this evening to urge tbe
appointment of Hon. William H. Beynolds,
of Tunkhannock, for some office, not of the
State, but more pretentious, but what it is
they refused to divulge to-day, as theywant
to sound the powers that be before showing'
their hand to the public. Their mvsteriousr
actions created a deal of amusement among
the correspondents, and the chances are
that their course will result in their cause
being laughed out of court Mr. Beynolds
is a handsome young fellow, about 33 years
old, and the most popular hotelkeeper of
the northeast counties.
He was the first BeDnblican member of!
the State Legislature from his county, and
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was maiuiy instrumental in turning iuc,
county over from the, Democrats to the Be-j
publicans. His companions claim that he has j
the backing of everybody In the North east j
for his mysterious office, and the signatures'
of all the high State officials and members,
of the Legislature. The most notable of
those who accompany him are ex-Congressman
Jedwin, of Wayne county, Congressman-elect
Wright, of the same district,
State Senator Newell, of Bradford, Deputy
Secretary of Internal Affairs Brown, Lewis
B. Hall, of Towanda, law partner of Lieu
tenant Governor Davies, and quite a num
ber of untitled individuals.
The importantnt features of the nomina
tions sent to the Senate by President Har
rison to-day is their clear indication that
the Democratic officials are at once to be
cleared out of the Territories of Washing
ton, Montana and the two Dakotas, to the
last man, that the elections and the -other
preliminaries of the erection of Territories
into States may be under the management
of the Republicans.
All of the men appointed to-day have
been here for a week, and have met Presi
dent Harrison freouentlv. and nleasantlv.
and the Importance of a speedy change was
so forcible on theresident as toleaS him'
Jaend in their nominations ahead of others
which are usually the first to be attended to
'following a change of administration.
Much of the credit of hastening -the move
ments of the President is due to the elo
quence of General Harrison Allen, formerly
Secretary of Internal Affairs of Pennsylva
nia! who will doubtless be one of the first
United States Senators from North Dakota
after the organization of that State. At
least, the correspondent of The Dispatch
was this evening positively assured he
would he, by no less a person than the Hon.
L. B. Richardson, who was to-day nomi
nated for Secretary of State for North Da
kota. This afternoon Secretary Noble sent
telegrams to Governor Church and Secre
tary of State McCormick, of Dakota, ac
cepting the resignation of the former and
notifying the latter of his removal.
McCormick is a young lawyer from
Queens county. New York, who got the
friendship of Cleveland and the office he now
holds. He neglected to send in his resigna
tion, and this evening it therefore carrying
in his pocket the following curt telegram,
which was shown to the correspondent of
The Dispatch as an illustration of the
vigor with which the administration is pro
ceeding in Territorial matters:
"Washington, D. C. March 12, 1889.
Michael L. McCormick, Secretary, Bismarck, Dak.
You have been removed by the President
from tbe office of Secretary of Dakota, to take
effect on the appointment and qualification of
your successor. John W. Noble.
The Railway Mall service Won't bo Tied
Up Before May 1.
Washington, March 12. The Pres
ident to-day signed an order extending the
time from March 15, 1889, to May 1, 1889,
within which the railway mail service
shall be brought under the operation of the
civil service law and rules.
This extension is made upon the repre
sentation of Civil Service Commissioner
Lyman that'the organization of the service
could not be accomplished earlier than
May 1. i
Somo of tho Smaller Loaves.
Washington, March 12. The President
has appointed Jeremiah Sullivan to be Col
lector of Customs at Fort Benton, Mont,
vice Thomas A, Cummings, whose term has
expired; and Attorney General Miller has
appointed John Gockrum, of Booneville,
Ind., to be Assistant United States Attor
ney for the district of Indiana.
A aliasing Clergyman Thought to bo in
Boston, March 12. There is now good
cause to believe that Rev. Charles H.Smith,
whose disappearance was telegraphed all
over the country,has not committed suicide.
It has been learned that he drew $1,200 from
the bank on the Saturday that he left home.
Out of this sum he paid a bill of $900. Last
week he expressed a great desire to go to
California, and some of his friends think
there is strong possibility that he started
for the West during a moment of mental ab
eration. That is the only excuse that can
be found (or his act of taking such a, sum of
money from the bank. .
The way in which Mr. Smith's hat was
placed on the bankof the river indicates that
it was put there with the intention ot being
discovered, and that the card was placed
conspicuously in the lining for the purpose
of promptly calling attention to tho iden
tity of the owner. Whether it was placed
there by Mr. Smith or by some other person
is not definitely known, and if by Mr.
Smith there is fome doubt as to the motives
which influenced him, although it is evi
dent that the hat was. placed near the
Chwrles for the purpose of giving the im
pression that .Mr. Smith's life has been lost
in the river. ,
'The Granite State Defeats Prohibition by a
Large majority Party Lines Broken.
Bat tbo Third Party Worked
Faithfully An Airfal Defeat.
Concobd, N1. H., March 12. From the
returns received at this city to-night there
js no question that the anti-Prohibitionists
have obtained a sweeping victory through
out tbe State, and the cold water men are
dry and gloomy in consequence. It is im
possible to give an absolute statement of
the result, but everybody admits that New
Hampshire people will not follow the ex
ample of their Maine neighbors.
It is an awful blow to the Prohibitionists.
Theywprked hard and were confident of
victory. In many of the towns and cities
prayermee tings were held from the hour of
opening to the close of the polls, but while
the temperance people were praying the
anti-Prohibitionists were roping in the
voters everywhere.
The vote was smaller than was expected,
but those In favor of the legislation pro
viding for prohibition deserted therranks on
all sides, and the Prohibitionists suffered
an inglorious defeat It wouldn't be
strange if there was a two-thirds vote
against, rather than for the amendment
The result showed that party lines were
badly broken. Republican strongholds re
turned majorities against the proposed
amendment, and in Democratic cities gains
were made by the Prohibitionists that were
in advance ot their expectations. So far as
the cause of prohibition is considered, the
result can hardly, be regarded, as anything
but damaging, for the forcing of an expres
sion of popular sentiment failed to yield
even the benefit of a moral effect that would
have been realized by a majority vote. The
question of license is now an open one, if
the actual results hold up the indications'
presented to-night, a stirring canvass in
"their behali may be anticipated.
. The only honest element, it is fair to say,
that have been at work iu this fight for pro
hibition are the third party Prohibitionists
and the women. The support given the
movement by the Bepublicans as a party
was dictated solely by the hope and expecta
tion of gaining party advantage. The vote
of to-day will, it is to be presumed, con
vince the third party that to accomplish
any great results it must avoid any entan
gling alliances.
Wilson Will Be Governor of West Vlrelnla
IndcQnlfcly The Federal Authorities
the Only Chance Carr's
Case Next.
Chableston, W. Va., March 12. Gov
ernor Wilson will continue to wield the
.gubernatorial power in West Virginia for
an indefinite time to come, so far as General
Goff is concerned, unless the Republican
-claimant shall take his case to the Federal
authorities at Washington. In the Supreme
Court this morning, before a full bench, an
opinion was handed down denying the peti
tion of General Goff and refusing the writ of
,mandamus asked for by him against Gover
nor Wilson.
The announcement was made at au early
hour that the opinion was ready, and when
conrt was formally opened the portion of
the anartment set apart for spectators was
crowded, to the limits.. Governor Wilson
and his subordinates, counsel for General
Goff and that gentleman himself were pres
ent The opinion of the Conrt covers about
5,000 words, and is an ingenious argument
in favftrnf tnft nnnfifltntlnnnlifv ni 4Via -rn-
ltl'tition taken iy Governor Wilson,- pro vin 2.
of the Constitution, and that Governor
Wilson is therefore entitled to hold over
until such time as the Legislature, the Jaw
fully constituted authority, shall determine
the matter.
The opinion was delivered by Judge Sny
der, President of the Court, and was read
with great deliberation. It was in no
sense a surprise to anybody, both Republi
cans and Democrats anticipating the action
of the court An interesting phase of the
situation, and one which is much com
mented upon this evening, is'that Governor
Wilson has the situation under his own
control at present, except so far as he may
be bothered by the legal proceedings insti
tuted by President Carr, which is thought
will not amount to much. By failing to
call the Legislature together Mr. Wilson
will remain at the helm indefinitely, or un
til the action of 11 new Legislature; and he
is thus enabled to thoroughly protect the
claims of Judge Fleming against General
Goff. In other words, unless General Goff
has a case, Governor Wilson, by refusing to
call the Legislature, can keep him out for
2 years-to come, unless the Federal authori
ties interfere. The Carr proceedings wili be
taken up at once bv the court, but when an
opinion will be had is very uncertain.
Against the Unloading of Juvenile New
York Panpcrs Ont There.
Chicago, March 12. A boy named
Harry Loth, whose case is a type of many
others, it would appear, was picked up on
the street by a police officer and taken be
fore Justice Woodman this morning. The
boy is' but 10 years old and lived in New
York until recently.
"This is only one of the numerous in
stances in which the New York Aid Society
and the New York Juvenile Society have
sent children to this city and abandoned
them," said Officer Little, of the Hnmane
Society. "A law now stands on the Illinois
statute books, allowing the two New York
societies to send us all the dependent chil
dren they pick up. The law was passed in
18G1, when we did ot have as many poor
children of our own as we could care for.
A bill has been sent to Springfield restrict
ing old rules regarding dependent and
pauper children, but it has not been intro
duced." The boy was committed to the county jail
there to await advices from New York.'
Proceedings of the Aitnnnl Sleeting of the
Woman's Society at Chicago.
Chicago, March 12. The annual meet
ing of the Woman's Foreign Missionary
Society opened this morning in the Centen
nial Baptist Church with a large attend
ance of delegates. The morning was de
voted to the (consideration of reports from
churches, bands and temple builders. This
afternoon the solemn services incidental to
the designation as a missionary of Miss
Nora Gordon, of Atlanta, were formally
opened. Miss Gordon is n colored girl who
has .been appointed to work in Africa.
The following were elected officers for the
ensuing year: Presidenf, Mrs. R. J. Run
dell; Vice President, Mrs. R. J. Barber;
Secretary, F K. Tracy; Treasurer, Miss M.
Ten Women Claim to be the Wives of a
Colored Murderer.
Kansas City, March 12. Hiram M.
Adams, a colored deputy constable, shot
and fatally wounded Samuel Patterson, a
colored barber, in a quarrel oyer a 50-ccnt
dice game this' morning. Patterson died
this alternoon. Several hundred negroes
visited Adams in his cell during the day,
among them ten women, each of whom
claimed to be his wiie.
Trouble Expected at the Miners' Inter-State
Convention Which
Indiana Operators Demand Jhat the Price
of Mining Se
PenasylTanla Operators Beady an! Willing to Fay
, the Old Scale.
The indications in the Miners' Conven
tion at Columbus are very stormy. The
Indiana operators demand a reduction in
the scale of 20 cents per ton. This the
miners will resist, and will be sustained by
the Pennsylvania operators. Unless a com
promise is effected a strike will probably
Columbus, March 12. There is no dis
position among the miners and operators for
a fight. Both desire a peaceful settlement
of their differencesthough there are contin
gencies which threaten to precipitate serious
troubles. These will probably develop in
the joint convention to-morrow, if they come
to the surface at all. There was some con
fusion in the convention at 5 r. M. )QsH
The Pennsylvania operators did not ar
rive until 3 o'clock, and it was later when
the Indiana delegation put in an appear
ance. The delay of the latter caused the
announcement that there would be no meet
ing, and this impression prevailed until 5
o'clock, when the operators assembled at
the Board of Trade room, and notice was
sent to ihe miners that there would be a
short session. Alexander Dempster, of
Pittsburg, Chairman, called the meeting to
order. Patrick McBryde, secretary of the
convention, apologized for not having his
minutes of the Indianapolis meeting with
him. A recess was then taken to 9 o'clock
to-morrow morning to give the scale com
mittee an opportunity to meet and if possi
ble prepare a report.
the scale committee.
The Scale Committee consists of H. D.
Turney and H. L. Chapman, operators, and
John McBride and W. T. Lewis, miners, of
Ohio; M. E. Johnson and David Ingle,
operators, and P. H. Penna and James Xlc
Governs, miners, of Indiana; John Blythe
and John D. Conway and Patrick Mc
Bryde, miners, of Pennsylvania.
The miners held a short session at Druid
Hall, South Fourth street, this morning,
these beinjj some SO delegates from the
Union of Miners and Mine Laborers,the only
organization recognized, present T. W.
Davis, National Vice President, presided.
No action was taken, the time being occu
pied in the discussion of matters which will
come up in the convention to-morrow.
The Indiana opSrators, who were in the
meeting at Indianapolis Monday and broke
it up with their demands, are here, and
promise to be the disturbers. At that meet
ing they decided that they must have a re
duetion for mining of 20 cents per ton aud
the proceedings of that meeting are to be
laid before the convention to-morrow. A
committee was appointed at Indianapolis
for that purpose.
The indications 'are they will make a des
perate struggle for their demands as they
are' unanimous iothejr action. . The Ohio
and Pennsylvania operators look upon the
demanoV.as simply outrageous and will favor
do such reduction.
If a strike results, as a failure of tbe
present convention to accomplish anything,
it will be on account of the stand taken
by the Indiana operators, which is
looked upon as unreasonable by the
delegates from all other points. The Indi
ana and Pennsylvania operators are the
most determined in their stand, and the
Ohio operators W4nt a reduction in price if
they can get it 'peaceably, but will not go
so far as to fail-'to do anything on that ac
count It is understood the miners of Indi
ana will accept no reduction.
The operators had a consultation this
evening and endeavored to come to some
agreement, but were unable to do so.
The Indiana men offered a resolution, ask
ing that, in case the demands which they
made were not accepted by the miners, that
the inter-State agreement between the op
erators be dissolved. This was opposed by
all the other opeiators, and the Indiana
men threatened to go out of the convention
to-morrow, and the probabilities are that it
will result in a strike in the Indianapolis
fields. The Scale Committee, learning of
the differences between the operators, ad
journed without accomplishing .anything.
P. H. Penna, District President of the
National Progressive Union for Indiana,
who way at the Indianapolis meeting, is
charged with dnplicity by a member or the
Legislature of the State, who was also at
the meeting. Penna to-night made it
lively about the hotel corridors, and' in
sisted that the operators were two-laced in
their dealings, so far as that State is con
cerned, and he is succeeding in exciting
considerable feeling against the operators of
The Meeting of theDressed Beef Convention
nt fet. Loo is.
St. Louis, March 12. At the meeting of
the dressed beef convention a permanent or
ganization was effected and a number of
resolutions introduced. Some of these were
the subject of warm debate, but no action
was taken. After receiving the report of
the Committee on Rules, the convention ad
journed to 9 o'clock to-morrow morning.
It was rumored to-night that the Legisla
tive Committee had reached the conclusion
that it did not know what the con
vention wanted. Iormation was re
ceived as to the existence of a
beef and pork combine or legislation to
check the growth of dressed beet trusts, the
existence of which the delegates were al
ready aware of. It is also claimed that
dilatory tactics will be resorted to. and that
t little, if anvthincr. will be accomrilished to
A List of the Clerical Appointments for
This Vicinity.
PABkebsbubg, March 12. The twenty
fixth annual session of the Washington
Conference, M. E. Church, Colored, has ad
journed. Among the appointments read by
Bishop Merrili were the following:
Pittsburg, J.H. Watson; Allegheny City.G.W.
Jenkins; wheeliDg, It A. Reed; Cumberland,
J. It. Evans: Parkersburg, R, H. Robinson:
Eellalrc, A D. Valentine.
No Chnngo in the Situation of the Great
Weaving Contost.
Fall Riveb, March 12. The strike in
.which fully 9,000 weavers are taking part
is unchanged, Tbe manufacturers will
make yarn for a while, and then if the situ
ation does not improve the mill gates will
be looked. This morning there were 1,000
looms in operation. .
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Bidden Hoards ofSIoney One 9fan9
Feet Blotvlv TCnnntnd Great
Excitement la the
Uniontown, March 12. Five daring
robberies occurred last night in tbe vicinity
of McClellandtown, nine miles from here.
The first victim was J. Lilley, an enfeebled
man, aged G3. He was seized at his house
and tortured until he revealed the hiding
place of his money, about $28. His feet
were roasted, and he was subjected to other
horrible tortures. He had refused to get
ouot bed, and the fiends poured carbon oil
on it and.set it on fire.
The house of Mrs. Kener, aged 60, who
was alone with her grandchild, was next
visited. The most diabolical work was
perpetrated at the house of Joseph Ander
son, who lives alone with his wife. He had
$35 in the house and-refused to surrender it
until after the thieves had presented revol
vers at the head of Mrs. Anderson, and
threatened to blow her brains out, and
saturated his clothes with oil preparatory
to setting a match to it. Hp then told
where the money was. They secured it and
departed for the house of "Harvey Grove,
into which they failed to gain entrance.
Thus foiled they riddled the window
with bullets. Mr. Grove's grandson re
turned the fire and, it is" believed, wounded
one of them. They then retreated to the
farm of Benjamin King, about four miles
from here. There they secured a young bay
mare. About 1 o'clock, shortly after the
thieves had left, Mr. King's sons started on
the trail of them. They were joined by a
number of excited farmers from McClel
landtown, who had followed, the party from
Grove's house. By occasional clots of
blood in the road'vay the party arrived
here and was joined by Constable Chick
and Officer Pegg, who proceeded together in
search of the outlaws. .
It is understood that the County Commis
sioners will offer a reward for the capture of
the outlaws. The country districts are ter
ribly excited over the outrages. A. number
of parties are suspected, among them being
a relative ot two of the victims. The rob
bers were traced to Cool Springs, a place at
the foot of the mountains. One of the sus
pected parties came into town to-day and
bought a hat. A hat was found last "night
at the scene of the depredations which had
a mask of brqwn paper muslin sewed in the
lining. Detectives are at work on the case.
Captain F. W. Dawson, of the Charleston
News and Coarier. Assassinated
Aa Excited City and Threats
of Lynching the Mur
derer. Chableston, S. C, March 12. Captain
F. W. Dawson, editor of the Newt and
Courier and agent of the Associated Press
of this city, was murdered this afternoon
about 3:30 o'clock by T. B. McDow, a
physician of this city. It seems that Mc
Dow, who is a married man and the father
of a family, had been too intimate with a
Swiss maid in Captain : Dawson's family,
and that Captain Dawson had visited Mc
Dow at his office to remonstrate with him.
Words and blows followed, and tbe en
counter ended in McDow's shooting Cap
tain Dawson through the heart. The mur
derer then locked up his office, and went
ont Three hours later he surrendered him
self to the police authorities, and the body
of the murdered man was fonnd lying in
McDow's office. The murder caused intense
excitement and there is talk of lynching.
McDow is said to be the only doctor in
this city vho is not a member of the State
Medical Society and has an unsavory repu
tation. He married, some years ago, the
daughter of C: J. Ahren, a rich retired
grocer, and it is known that the police have
been asked to shadow him several times.
The city is in a terrible state of excitement
North Carolina U Being lleserted for the
Wl'ds of Arkansas.
Raleigh, N. C, March 12. Southern
agents moving negro families to Arkansas
are quietly but successfully at work. Their
operations are confined thus far to a few
counties on the Raleigh lines near Golds
boro. The counties are systematically can
vassed. Several thousand persons have
already gone. Indications point to an ex
tensive movement. Many large plantations
are almost deserted. Negro drummers ore
paid 53 for each family secured. The en
tire expense of transportation to Little Rock
is paid by the agents.
The negroes say they are promised 40
acres of land, a brick house, a co wand $1 50
a day for labor, and are told that corn sells
for 19 cents a barre and meat at one-quarter
of a cent a pound.. They know nothing
of their destination. The removal is by
families. Planters in the counties affected
are greatly embarrassed at the loss of farm
hands at the beginning of the planting sea
son. A seven iiixurir SESSI0X.
The Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania
Company Very Brief.
Philadelphia, March 12. The annual
meeting of the stockholders of the Penn
sylvania Railroad Company was held to-day
and goes on record as the shortest known in
the history of the company. In exactly
seven minutes from the time -the Chairman
announced the meeting open for business
he announced, it had adjourned. There was
no speech and no question was asked and
only tho customary resolutions offered.' The
attendance was small.
William E. Lockwood, who speaks for
the English stockholders, and who gener
ally breaks the monotony ot the annual
meetings by a long series of questions and
many speeches, was silent to-day. A com
mittee of seven stockholders, after consulta
tion with the President; will nominate a
board of directors to be elected two weeks
Tho Grand Jury Ignores the Indictments
Against Them.
New Yobk, March 12. The grand jury
heard further testimony yesterday on the
charges by the Manhattan Elevated Rail-,
road Company that litigation is unlawfully
pushed by lawyers in damage suits against
the railroad. After a short session the test
case which had been laid before the grand
jury for consideration by an Assistant Dis
trict Attorney was dismissed, and it is be
lieved that with this case the prosecution of
others will be dropped.
There have been about 45 names of law
yers presented by the elevated railroad's
counsel, but tbe case presented to tbe grand
jury yesterday was said, on good authority,
to be that of ex-Civil Justice Leo C. Dessar.
Hon. John A. Campbell, Confederate As
sistant Secretary of War.
Baltimore, March 12. Hon-. John A.
Campbell, ex-Justice of the Supreme Court
of the United States and Assistant Con
federate Secretary of War died at his home
in this city, this aiternoon. aged nearly 78.
He was born near Washington, Wilkes
county, Ga., and graduated from the uni
versity of the State at the age of 15 with
first honors, and afterward went to West
Times Will Finish Its Case To-
pay and Sir Charles Russell
Only jfegitnesses Testified Yesterday
Ad One of Them ' 'i
Stextason's Samoan Letter Causes a Delate In the .
Attorney General Webster has announced
that the Timet case will probably be ended,
to-day. One witness testified yesterday that
he had made false statements, and had been
paid 115. This caused a sensation. An
accountant gave the figures of the League's
receipts and expenditures. The libel suits
against the Timet have been commenced!
London, March 12. Before the Parnell
Commission to-day Attorney General
Webster said that owing to to the illness
of a witness he was unable to present neces
sary evidence with reference to the O'Kelly
letters. He hoped that to-morrow he would
be able to produce this witness and conclude
the case for the Times.
An accountant testified that he had exam
ined the books of the Hibernian Bank, but
was unable to trace the persons to whom the
money on checks was paid or whence the
checks came. Between November, 1879,
and September, 1882, the League received
261,269 and paid out 261,276. The bank
refused to allow witness to examine its
lodgement slips. The League paid to the
Ladies' League 12,306,and to the relief
fund 2,025, and disbursed 10,000 in the
defense of prisoners.
The witness further testified that he had
examined the League's books: The total
receipts in 1883 amounted to 11,069, of
which America sent 1,000 and Australia
and New Zealand 8.000. In 1884 the re-,
ceipts were 11,508; in 1885, 18.000, and
in 1880, 17,015. The National League's
total receipts amounted to 100,613.
Sir Henry James, counsel lor the Times,
applied for an order for the examination of
air. Parnell's private account with tha
national bank. Mr. Parnell gave his assent
to such an examination.
Mr. Coffee, a reporter from Cork, testified!
that he had made a statement to a police
man, who promised him that he should be
paid beyond bis greatest expectations. Wit
ness declared that statement was absolutely
false. This evidence created a sensation in
the courtroom.
Coffee fnrther testified that he purposely
made the statement which he gave to the1
policeman sensational because he knew it
would take. He received 115 from the
Times. Presiding Justice Hannen re
peatedly rebuked the witness sharply for
contempt, and finally ordered him to be
taken into custody. The commission then
When the Times case is finished Sir
Charles "Russell will immediately begin
with his speech for the defendants. He
has been long preparing this, and it is confi
dently expected that it will be tbe most im
portant' address delivered this generation on
the Irish question. His friends say it will
consume at least a week. There is- still the
greatest difference of opinion as to what
amount of evidence should be produced in
rebuttal of the Times' witnesses. In fact,
this will-not ba settled until neat week. -""
Mr. Henry Campbell, M". P., the private
secretary of Mr. Parnell, has brought suit
for libel against the London Timet. The
case has been set for a hearing, and the
trial will probably take place in May. The
suit is founded partly on the opening
speech made by Attorney General Webster
in the case of O'Donnell versus Walter,'
and partly on a leading editorial published'
by the Times on July 7 last Tnis suit is
the first ot a series of suits to be brought
against the Times.
Ills Recent Letter Causes a Debate In tho
House of Commons.
London, March 12. In the House of
Commons to-night the Government was
questioned with reference to the statements
made by the novelist, Robert L. Stevenson,
writing from Hawaii, regarding the ob
jectionable conduct of the German Consul,
Knappe, in Samoa.
Sir James Fergussea, Under Foreign
Secretary, in reply, admitted that Mr.
Stevenson's statements were correct, but he
pointed out that Germany has since recalled
the offending Consul. The Under Secretary
promised that papers covering the subject
would be laid before Parliament
Two Members of Ihe Government WlQ
Fight O vrr Tier Return.
Belgbade, March 12. The Regents are
opposed to the return of Natalie, while tha
Cabinet are disposed to favor her return.
After a heated discussion on the subject to
day between M. Belimarkovics. one of the
Regents, and M. Mihokovics, Chief of Staff,
the latter challenged the former to a duel.
31. Vassilevics ha3 been sent to Yalta to
induce Natalie to consent to an interview
witb her son at the frontier.
Forty-Two Persons Browned.
Madbid, March 12. The Government
has received dispatches announcing the loss
of the steamer Remus, which had a Spanish
military expedition on board. The vessel
was wrecked off the Phillipine Islands.
Forty-two persons were drowned and 127
were saved.
Germany's Representative Chosen. "
Berlin, March 12, Count Von Berchem,
Under Secretary of State, will represent
Germany at the coming conference here con
cerning "Samoa. v
Many Celestials Leave Town and Matters
Are Now Peaceful.
Milwaukee, March 12. The trial oi
the Chinamen charged with enticing little
girls t5 their dens was concluded this morn
ing alter five children, whose ages ranged
from 8 to 13 years.had been examined. Tbe J
charges were borne out by the story of each
witness, and the two heathens were held in .
;o,uw Dau eacn lor trial at the next term of
Thpy were escorted back to jail under
guard of a large detail of police, and fol
lowed bv a crowd of several hundred per
sons who yelled and jeered at them, but no 1
V1U1C1JUB was UfclCliJJJbeU. AUG uuui SUlASll-
ing the windo-rs of a- dozen laundries last
night, and noisy threatening gatherings In
the streets there has been nothing approach
ing violence. There are not more than 95
Chinamen in the city, and many of them
have left town. There was no demonstra
tion to-night, and no more trouble is ex
pected. Klein's Coming East.
Sait Fbancisco, March 12. John C
Klein, the Samoan correspondent, Ieit'fof ;
tne .&ast to-mgnt.
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