Pittsburg dispatch. (Pittsburg [Pa.]) 1880-1923, April 04, 1889, Page 2, Image 2

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that drove other corporations, with less cap! .
tal, out of business; then, unable to pay a fair
rate of wages, they cut down the compensation
of their workmen; then followed suspensions
from work on the part of workingmen and
"bankruptcy on the part of competitors, then
followed crime, and then the prison and an in
troduction to Mr. Warner, whoso intimacy
with honest men is so limited that he knows
nothing of their wants, feelings or aspirations.
After that came tho letting of the labor of
convicts, not to the highest bidder, but to some
favorite In the employ, possibly, of the
Standard Oil Company or some such agency.
After that came the throwing of the products
of the prisons on the market at a very low
figure, and then honest manufacturers were
forced to cut wages, for no matter though
prison labor be only the drop In the bucket
that many claim it to be, it must be remem
bered that it is the lowest rate of waeespaid
that regulates the price and not the highest. If
the labor of the convicts will not be let for
lower prices than those paid to honest labor on
the outside then we will have no objections to
offer, but it is impossible to maintain a fair
rate of compensation nben a certain article
can be thrown on the market at a smaller price
than tho wares of honest men can be obtained
If the Institution presided over by Mr. "War
ner is filled with the 'mentally and physically
unsound, the aged and crippled" why, they
cannot work ana do not come under the bead
of convict labor such as the Knights of Labor
object to. That workhouse is not considered
and if Mr. Warner has been told to take up the
cudgel for the patrons ot prison wares and con
tractors, who often hound men into prison, he
should remember that the workhouse is a far
different institution from the majority of our
prisons and penitentiaries.
In another place he says: "Free labor pro
duces all our raw material." Raw material is
not produced by labor of any kind, for the mo
ment that the hand of labor touches anything
it ceases to be raw material, and Mr. Warner
simply betrays an ignorance of his subject in
making such an assertion. But that affords
him no argument, for material will go to who
. ever buys it at the price, or in quantities suf-
flcient to secure a rebate in the price. Compe
tition is what makes the material How In the
direction of the prison and not because the
producers desire it.
In another place Mr. Warner says, in speak
ing of the possible passage of the Mil: "It
would convert over $40,000 worth of machinery
and tools into little better than scrap iron: it
would render useless shops and buildings of
equal value; it would render unavailable more
than 123,000 worth of stock and cause us to re
market it at a heavy loss as best we could, etix,
On the ISth of next June the people of Penn
sylvania will vote on an amendment to the
Constitution of the State prohibiting the fut
ure manufacture of liquors, ales, beers and all
intoxicating drink: it this amendment is adopt
ed machinery worth hundreds of mill
ions of dollars will be rendered worse
than useless, for it cannot be used
again in this State for the purposes for
which it was constructed. Honest men will be
thrown out of employment by the thousand
and yet I have no donbt but what Mr. Warner's
experience with the results of strong drink will
warrant him in voting for the amendment and
lie will give as his reason that "it is better that
a few thousand should suffer temporarily than
that hundreds of thousands should witness the
debauching of the men and women who drink
to excess." Themachinerv of the Allegheny
County Workhouse will not be thrown into the
scrap heap unless it has passed its days of use
fulness or the use of barrels, kegs, etc, etc., be
Mr. Warner's complaint that the institution
Is not self-sustaining is no argument except
among those who would have tho workhouse
and prison supersede the honest shop and fac
tory; It was not for the purposes ot creating
workhouses that crime was invented; it was not
to make criminals a menace to honest labor
that they were first locked up. The chief aim
was to punish and prevent crime. Let us take
a. barrel maker on his way borne from work on
Saturday evening; a lazy vagabond assaults him
and robs him of his week's wages and his watch,
then beats him almost to death and escapes.
After his recovery tho barrel maker enters suit
and after a diligent search the thief is cap
tured, triea, convicted and sent to Mr. Warners
institution, where he is put at barrel making.
"When the man whom he robbed on the outside
is able to go to work again ho is told that the
, market for barrels is not so good; that the man
who robbed him on the street is permitted
under the law to continue to rob him of his em
ployment by taking the place which was tem
porarily vacated by him. How can such a man
regard prison labor philosophically? How
would Mr. Warner be able to put himself in the
place of that barrel maker?
It is not, as the Superintendent of the Alle
gheny County Workhouse would have us be
lieve, the intention to make lunatics and insane
persons out of the criminals, that u not tho
reason why the workingmen demand that the
Sractlce of hiring out convicts be prohibited.
io worldngman wishes to cause one inmate of
a prison to become insane, but all workingmen
wish to prevent such persons from driving
honest men to crime by entering into unfair
competition and lowering their wages.
If all criminals were employed on State or
national work, improving waste places, making
habitable certain localities, reclaiming waste
lands, etc, there would be rfenty to do for all
of our criminals, and they would not be doing
work that would interfere with tradesmen or
laborers in cities or towns; and if they were
permitted to occupy the lands they reclaimed,
instead of allowing some sharks to monopolize
them for speculative purposes, they could
lay claim to something tbey could call
their own after serving out their time. It
was not that prisons should earn dividends for
contractors that they were erected. It may be
that some of the kind-hearted philanthropists
will say that even in the reclaiming of waste
lands the convicts would compete with somo
honest men. 1 admit that, but they would in
jure fewer people than m any other way and
would not hurt the feelings of tho sentimental a
bit more than they would be hurtanydavin the
week if they stopped for a moment to "look at
the thousands of poor,unf orturiate immigrants
who, through their ignorance, are working for
prison wages on our streets v hile citizens and
taxpayers stand idly by. awaking the summons
from hunger that will turn them into the road
that leads to the workhous-e and penitentiary.
Mr. Warner says that "pnson labor as prac
ticed in this and other Slates north of Mason
and Dixon's line Is the Outgrowth of the best
thought of philanthropists and specialists, who
have labored incessantly for the advancement
of the best interests of the people. It marks
the progress of Christ! .anity and the nineteenth
century." All that s ounds very nice, and if it
is intended as taffy f or the philanthropists and
specialists will ansv-er very well, bnt it is not
the truth, for the s-stcm is the outgrowth of a
sentiment which causes men to grasp for the
dollar, no matter who is trodden under foot in
getting it
insanity thrsus inhumanity.
The system ot the philanthropists is to cm
ploy the criminals at something so they will not
become insane, so that their minds will not
dwell on evf jd it was a merciful thing to do,
but the present syEtem wh ich lets the labor out
for a pittance 'and then compels men and man
ufacturers tjo compete with it. was" the out
growth of avarice and inhumanity. If the
effort to Snake Christians of the criminals was
as strong on the part of the "philanthropists"
as the efforts to make money out of them, to
makj workmen out of them, I wonld believe
Ms. Warner, bnt the evidence will not bear
n'm out In attempting to show such is the case.
Here is the aim of the Knights of Labor re
garding convicts: Do not keep criminals in
idleness, but do not throw their labor on the
market for a less price than that paid to honest
labor; reform the lmprUonf.-d as well as punish
them: give them work for their brains to do as
well as their hands; teach tliem how tobeChris
, tians while teaching them how to work; keep
what is given to the con tractor of their earn
ings and give It to themselves when they leave
prison, or allow their earnings to go to the sup
port of their families. If they have any. Instead
Of throwing these families on the chanties of
the town while the p rison contractor reaps a
reward from crime thi.t causes him to wish that
the crop of criminals may grow larger. This,
in a nutshell, is the
of the Knights of Labor, and if we had the
making of the laws of the State on these things
we would not be credited with blunders of
mismanagement oT workhouses or the pasago
of pernicious laws. As it is, we must strita for
what we can set from others in the way of leg
islation, and it must not be charged to us. I
am not now discussing the merits of bill No.
477, for 1 know nothing of it.
I know it is the aim to have all prisoners be
come insane (on paper) if kept unemployed,
but there Is no law to prevent prisoners from
reading, studying, improving their minds, eta,
that can be done, and if it is done we will not
hear the cry against Idleness'in the prisons that
we now listen to. but in any event we do not
ask that prisoner be kept in idleness.
If the picture painted by Mr. Warner Is cor
rect, then the quicker all workmen make a
rush for the prison the better, and it certainly
is a paradise to the homes of workingmen that
I have visited -within the pait two weeks.
If a little more of the sentiment and atten
tion now given to the prisoners by "philan
thropists and specialists" were bestowed on
the poverty-stricken workmen who are now
being driven toward the prison; if the same de
sire were manifested to keep honest workmen
employed at remunerative wages that is shown
to make convicts beneficial to contractors, we
would mare fewer prisoners and the majority
of criminals inhabiting prisons wonld in all
Brobability do the first hard day's work of their
res after being locked up.
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The State Commission Sets
Free 15,000,000 of Them
The Interesting Process by "Which
They "Were Propagated
Wall-Eyed Pike to be Planted in Western
Pennsylvania Bivers.
Mr. James V. Long, of this city, one of
the State Fish Commissioners, returned
home yesterday fronr""Lake Erie, where he
had superintended the planting of 3,000,000
young whitefish. He left the work in good
shape, and before the week is over 15,000,
000 whitefish will be set free in the lake.
The operations were conducted on hoard a
tug at points in the lake .three, four and
five miles out from the harbor of Erie city.
Nearly five months ago Mr. Long secured
for the State Commission the eggs of these
whitefish from the Northville hatcheries of
the "United States Fish Commission. Since
then the eggs have been hatching in the
State hatcheries at Erie city. Several mil
lion more are yet to be hatched.
The esrgs were placed in McDonald jars.
One of these jars holds 180,000 eggs. It is
about one foot high, and, by an interior ar
rangement of syphons, the eggs are kept
constantly in motion. The little fish begin
to appear in four or five months. Then by
a suction process the little fish are taken
out of the jars and transferred to glass
tanks. There for a short season they
are permitted to grow in size and
strength, so that they will not
merely make food for the big fry when freed
"in the water. The next move is to change
the small fellows to tin tanks. These tanks
are about three feet high and two feet in
Fifteen such tanks were required to hold
the 3,000,000 new whitefish set loose by Mr.
Long's men this week. The cans were
hauled by wagon from the hatchery to the
tug. "Wholesale fish dealers in Erie fur
nished the tug, and helped the commission
in every other way possible, as this culture
of whitefish is a big thing for their busi
ness. From the tanks the young fish arc
quietly dropped into the lake.
There are five hatcheries in Pennsylvania,
two of which are in Erie county, and for the
maintenance of these, besides the many
other public works and dnties of the com
mission, there is only a limited amount of
money appropriated. The Erie fish hatchery
vs under the exclusive charge of the Penn
sylvania State Fish Commission, although
the roe from which the young fry are propa
gated are received from the United States
Fish Commission. In former years they
were received after the initiatory steps of
development had begun, but for many rea
sons, not the least ot which is that there is
better chance of avoiding injury to the roe,
the consignments this year were entirely of
eggs in their very first stages.
The United States Commission gathers
these eggs on Lake Erie. The eggs are ob
tained by men employed for the purpose,
who go out in the fishing boats, and when a
female fish is caught by a dexterous move
ment the eggs are forced from her into jars
reserved for the purpose. The take of white
fish spawn this year amounts to 215,000,000,
the largest evercnown. These eggs are dis
tributed to all the hatcheries along the
lakes, at Dnluth, Northville, Alpena, San
dusky and Erie.
The Pennsylvania Commission re-stocks
the lake within the State every spring.
Questioned as to the success of the work,
Mr. Log told The Dispatch reporter
that there has been a very large increase in
the catch of whitefish, which has found its
way to the market through Erie. That
city's immense business in the fisheries, is
shown by the fact that last year the value of
fish caught was 5304,080.
"Do you believe that the benefits derived
from the artificial hatching of whitefish are
really what they are represented to be?" a
reporter recently asked E. D. Carter, one of
the leading fish dealers of Erie.
"Certainly I do," was the reply. "Why
it is only three seasons ago that we had de
cided to quit fishing for whitefish altogether,
it had become so unprofitable, but in 1886
it had improved, and since then there has
been a steady increase until now we take
more than twice as much whitefish as we
got in 18S6."
"But is this owing to the work of the
hatcheries?" was asked. "Might the in
crease not be the result of the fish having
sought other feeding grounds lor a time?"
"The result is owing entirely to the work
done by the hatcheries. "We can say this
without hesitation as we judge from the
character of the fish we take. "With but
few exceptions, the fish are all young,
weighing two pounds or thereabouts. These
are all the product of the hatcheries, and
any of the old fishermen will corroborate
this statement. The large fish, ot which
we take a few, are doubtless the remnants
of the original stock, but the great bulk are
all the result of artificial propagation not
of the Erie hatchery alone, to be sure, for
the whitefish is migratory in the feeding
season, .but many are from the hatcheries ol
Michigan and Ohio, where many more are
put into the lake than at Erie."
Within a month or six weeks from now
the State Commission will commence the
distribution of -wall-eyed pike in inland
streams. Representing this section of the
State Mr. Long will secure a large quantity
of the eggs for planting in the streams in
the Allegheny valley, up the Baltimore and
Ohio Railroad, and along the line of the
Pennsslvania Bailroad. This will be as
important in its way as the stocking of the
great lakes, because where the one perpet
uates a great industry the other makes
angling as a sport reasonably sure for years
to come.
They Are Confident That Prohibition Will
Not Become Law Here.
Mr. Eudolf Lowenheim, a representative
of a brewers' supply house from Philadel
phia, is at the Seventh Avenue Hotel, and
says that from his observations he feels con
fident that the prohibition amendment will
be defeated in Pennsylvania by at least 30,
000 votes.
He said the brewers were all sanguine,
and that he had received as many orders
from them this time as ever.
The concert, which takes place on Friday
night at Old City Hall for the benefit of
Chas. Corcoran, is under the management
of our old friend, Fred Parke, and every
body who knows Fred, will feel assured of
us entire "success.
Many Blatters of Dlocli and Little Moment
Tersely Treated.
Now spring housecleaning.
Summer bummer weather.
A spkinq opening A rat trap.
Teuth stranger than fiction in some peo
ple's mouths.
The insane son of JacobBasblnder was taken
to Brookville yesterday.
John Sukodep. is charged with assaulting
and battering Bridget Faloon.
Grand Abmt Day Committee will meet at
City Hall Saturday at 3 o'clock.
The American base ballists must be more
than half seas over by this time.
George Smith is charged with taking a
shotgun from a Market street store.
That idea must have struck the young lady
very hard when it caused her to bound from
her chair.
It is not true the All-Americans are expert
cricketers, though they can paralyze the Eng-
fllish bowl. ,
The pretty girl Is no believer in the old
adage that it is the hardest thing in the world
to be Miss taken.
The suggestion to vote as you pray at tho
coming amendment wrestle would disfranchise
many, if enforced.
A graveyard beside a church may make
things more solemn,- but lots of people don't
like to be solemn.
In a short while expectant Pittshurgers will
be in the height ot the ball season, and perhaps
in the depth of despair.
Two New York ladles have written an opera
called "'Uovetta." The next visitation will
probably be "Roosterlet."
There was a shower of eggs in Allegheny
yesterday. The Italian victim scrambled, and
the poachers were arrested.
That the average man is made worse by
censure, and better by coddling, may be a strong
argument for women preachers.
a gentleman alleges a ferocious dog bit
his son on the Southside. Pending more
specinc charges he Is held in bail for court.
Neu-es Bailey, an Indian Territory girl,
drugged her young man and married him.
Certainly a case of the intoxication of love.
Lew M. Moore, a popular traveling man in
the carriage and hearse line, Is enioylng the
cuisine and comforts of the Seventh Avenue.
Edward Sussenan, charged with being an
army deserter, was turned over to the United
States authorities by the city police yesterday.
A flash of yellow, or a stream of gay rib
bons now and then on the streets, is the surest
indication of the near approach of Easter Sun
day. Rives reiterates her only defense: The pure
will see purity in her book, and the foul, foul
ness. A fragile defense, for it is thusly with
every thing.
Joseph Much, employed In the Black Dia
mond Steel Works, was struck in his right eye
last night by a sharp piece of steel. His sight
will be lost.
Tom Ochiltree told the President he didn't
want any office, and the latter went right home
and told Carrie to put them all In her pocket
for safe keeping.
Violate nature's laws, fold your hands and
receive your punishment, for there is no ap
peal. Violate the laws of man, and Well,
have you any money?
Confidential B-n H-r-I-s-n Don't know
what in thunder you will do with Dudley. He
might go well with a little parsley and thicken
ing, if seasoned very highly. J. u. B.
Now they have a telescopic a-la-Langtry-bustle
theater hat that can be sat upon without
injury. Ladies' high lfats in the theater have
been sat upon for years without injury.
John Ikwtn. Jp, has presented Mayor Pear
son, of Allegheny, with a valuable old book.
It contains all the ordinances and regulations
of the borough of Allegheny from 182S to 1839.
AT a regular meeting of the Forbes sub-District
School Board,on Tuesday e vening.a mlnnte
on the death of Prof. Richard Prosser, one of
the musical directors of the city, was adopted.
Fashionable lunch at the Womens' Benev
olent Exchange He Who is that beautiful
creature at the opposite tablet She An old
friend of mine. He Indeed! She Yes, she's
40 if a day.
The Humane Society's report for March
shows 61 complaints investigated, 47 being
cases of children and 14 of animals, all of which
were amicably settled. Three children were
placed in the Troy Hill Orphan Asylum.
The Abe Patterson Post, No. 83, G. A. R., is
taking steps to have an amendment tacked to
the Soldiers' Homestead act, by which all
soldiers of 90 days service, soldiers' widows
and children shall receive 1C0 acres of Govern
ment land.
On account of failing health, Miss Anna A.
Adams resigned as Assistant Principal of the
Stevens school. She received many kind re
membrances from scholars and teachers.
Miss Mary A. Kodgers, also a favorite teacher,
will succeed her.
"Algt, why in tho world did you shave off
your mustache?" Because, Lulu dear, it was
always in the soup." "You mean thing. Do
you think that I am going to to" and Al
geron went away and softly kicked himself for
not thinking of that before.
Frank Parsons was arrested yesterday on
a charge of having forged the name of Joseph
F. Gallagher, of the Pittsburg Spice Mill Com
pany, to a bill which be collected. Parsons de
nies the charge, bnt will have a hearing before
Mayor Pearson this morning.
She misunderstood him. Mrs. C "Awfully
bieezy yesterday, wasn't it?" Mr. C "Yes, the
winds" Mrs. C "Stop, you know I despise
slang." Mr. C "And the winds whisk"
Mrs. C "Silence, sir; I insist." Mr. C "And
the winds whisked through the streets."
lNQTHET will be made whether the Michael
Conley now in New Castle jail is the man
wanted for the murder of James Godfrey.
New Castle jail, by the way, is the prison from
which the noted big and clever McPhlIlamy,of
Maharneke-penitentiary fame, escaped. He
took along with him, merely as a guarantee of
good faith, two other prisoners.
Wiggins said 'twould rain to-day. It didn't
rain at alL Now he thinks it's going to snow.
Perhaps it will, next fall. He said a lowly um
brella wonld not be m the way. We took the
fakir at his word and lugged it 'round all day.
And now he mentions overcoats, with other
chilly talk, and, goodness me, he has us there,
our only coat's in hoc He fooled ns with a few
good eves, we lingered on the stoop; we asked
her to the matinee, and now we're in the soup.
The thing has come to this sad strait, 'tis over
coat or girl. We can have either, but not both,
and our whiskers fairly curl.
Masonic Lodge 45 Has tho First Session in
the New Building.
Freemasons' Hall, on Fifth avenue, was
opened last night by the holding of a ses--
sion of Lodge 45. The meeting was held in
the smallest of the three blue rooms, the
only portion of the building that is as yet
ready for use. The interest taken by the
fraternity was such that the room was
crowded all evening, over 500 members be
ing present at different times. The music
was of a special character, and was ren
dered by a selected choir led by Prof. Slack.
On the opening of the lodge A. B. Rut
ledge, W. M., made an address of welcome,
thanking the visiting brethren for -accepting
the invitation of Lodge 45 for the meet
ing. There was music and a prayer by the
chaplain of Lodge 45. The work was E. A.,
"conlerred by G. C. Shidle, D. D. G. M.; F.
C, conferred by Joseph P. Andrews, P. M.,
Lodge 45; M. M., conferred by A. B. Rut
ledge. W. M., Lodge 45, and P. M., con
ferred by James Taylor, P. M., Lodge 45.
Short addresses were made by Major
Samuel Harper, G. C. Shidle and others,
and an original poem was read by the Rev.
Mr. Kelly. . The new hall will be used
steadily from this time, but will not be
ready for dedication until June.
The Work That Has Been Done by the
American Union.
J. H. McCnllough, Superintendent of
Missions of the American Sunday School
Union, with headquarters at Henderson,
Ky., is at the Seventh Avenue Hotel. The
society employs missionaries in over 30
States and Territories. In the 65 years of
its existence it has organized 84,000 Sunday
Schools and gathered 4,000,000 teachers and
scholars. They have also distributed by
sale and donation 8,585 Bibles, 11,600 Testa
ments, and made visits to 40,041 families.
Salvation Oil is .guaranteed to contain
nothing of a noxious or poisonous character,
He Says No Attention Was Given to
Andrew Carnegie's Letter.
A Consultation About the Elevated Tracks
In Allegheny.
The officials of the Pennsylvania Bail
road Company, who are in the city on the
annual spring inspection of the lines, were
taken in charge by Superintendent Pitcairn
yesterday. The party visited the Union
station and went all through the building,
after -which they visited the Duquesne
freight station at the foot of Liberty street.
Here Station Agent C. A. Carpenter showed
them about the yards and platforms.
After inspecting the stations some of the
party returned to the Monongahela House,
while President Eoberts visited jhe office
of the Pennsylvania Company.of which cor
poration ho is also .the president Here a
conference with General Manager McCrea
and other officials was held.
The most important matter under dis
cussion was' the new bridge of the Ohio
Connecting Company, which wJl connect
the Fort Wayne with the Panhandle road
near Nimick station. The extent of the
work was explained to Mr. Eoberts. The
company has secured all the necessary rights
of way, and work will go on as fast as pos
sible. talking of elevation.
The elevated track scheme in Allegheny
City was also brought up. When the pro
position of the company was rejected by the
Allegheny City Councils the President and
other officials were much piqued. Since
then they have been working on a number
of schemes which will be sprung in due
course of time.
Another meeting will be held to-day in
the Pennsylvania Company's building at
which it is supposed some of the Committee
on Railroads will be present. To-morrow
the officials will go over the Pittsburg, Vir
ginia and Charleston road, and then leave
for home. They will not go over the West
Peivn or the lines west of Pittsburg on this
President Roberts was seen last evening
by a Dispatch reporter. The writer asked
the railroad magnate if he could spare a
few moments after supper for an interview,
at the same time holding Andrew Car
negie's letter in his hand. Mr. Roberts,
who does not possess the cold, enraptured,
supercilious air so common in his 540 a
month clerks, was very courteous, and said:
"I really have not the time this evening
to spare, ana under no circumstances would
I consent to be interviewed. I would like
to favor The Dispatch, but will be en
gaged with other matters after supper.
"Can you not give us a few minutes to re
ply to mr. uarnegie a letter, in which he at
tacks the Pennsylvania road?"
"No, sir," was the curt reply. "We do
not care to say anything about Air. Car
negie's letter."
"Is there not some one in the party who
would give your side of the case, and pos
sibly deny what Mr. Carnegie has said in
reference to the discrimination?"
"No, sir; I do not think there is any one
here who will say a word one way or the
other. 'We are not concerning ourselves
about the matter."
In the afternoon President Boberts is re
ported to have said that "the outlook for
railroad business is not encouraging. The
general average of the earnings of- the railJ
roads last year was not good, and this year
the outlook is not much better. Freight
rates are extremely low( and the general de
pression in the mercantile lines of business
is evidence that the outlook is not encourag
ing, and there is no chance for advancing
raiea. n iiiik remains lor me raiiroaas to
do under such conditions is to economize
wherever they can.
"The company has not given any thought
to reauction ot tne wages ot its employes in
any department. The local business on the
lines of the Pennsylvania Bailroad has in
creased so rapidly that it is now 93 per cent
of the entire business of our lines, showing
that the through business is proportionately
small. We consider this as the best evi
dence that the local industries are in a pros
perous condition, and we shall certainly
wors in narmony witn tnem.
Officers of the Pennsylvania Company to
Talk of General Railroad Affairs.
A number of superintendents.of the Penn
svlvania Comnanv arrived at thR TTninn
depot last nicht on the Western ExDress.fnr
the purpose of being present at a meeting of
the omcers oi mat company, which, will be
held in this city to-day.
The gentlemen arrived in the private car
of Mr. J. F. Miller, General Superintend
ent of the Pennsylvania Company at Bich
mond, Ind. He was accompanied by Mr.
J. T. Brooks, Mr. F. G. Darlington, E. B.
Wall, Superintendent of Motive Power at
P!n1nmhns- "R.?1t1i "Pufpfo RnninlanilAt J
Cincinnati, and W. F. Black, of Louis-
The gentlemen refused to state what their
object ot meeting was, except that they will
discuss general matters pertaining to affiurs
of their company.
A Special Collection to be Tnken Up In the
Catholic Churches.
Bishop Tuigg, of the Pittsburg diocese,
has issued a circular to the clergy of all the
churches, requesting .them to take up a
special collection during Holy Week, which
precedes Easter. In addition to the collec
tions, boxes for offerings will be placed in
all the churches.
The object is to raise money to found a
hospice in the 'Holy Land, and succor the
Eastern Catholic missions. Such an insti
tution is to be a place of refuge or enter
tainment for travelers in a difficult pass or
a dangerous country. There area number
of them among the Alps, which are kept up
by the monks. Some are used as convents.
The moneys collected in the diocese are
ordered to be sent to Very Bev. Stephen
Wall, V. G., Sector of St. Paul's Cathedral,
who will forward them to the commissary
of the Holy Land.
That Bribery Hearing Conrted and to Come
on Schedule Time.
Considerable discussion Is going on as to
whether the parties accused in the Alle
gheny bribery suits will waive a hearing
for court trial to-day. Some of the officials
expresed themselves to the effect that this
would be the best thing.
Mr. Scandrett, speaking of the matter,
said: "I do not at all care to waive the
hearing. Of course I must comply with the
wishes of my counsel, Thomas M. Marshall,
whatever they may be; but it will not be by
my.wishes that the hearing is waived."
Mr. Had field also expressed himself on
the subject, saying that he would certainly
not waive the hearing.
The Wcstlnshonse Electric Car Surely Will
Be Ready Next Week.
The new electrio car of the "Westinghouse
Electric Company is now almost completed.
The two Tesla motors, the regulators, the
brake and all necessary machinery for put-
uug me car lu.uiuuun nave peeu put on tne
iirucK,Buuuii:iiuw requireuns a lop. t
Coal Miners Plocklnsr Into the K. of la
and leaving the N. p. V.
National Master Workman "Bea and Na
tional Secretary Watchorn,.of NT. A. 135,
K. of L., composed of coal miners, were n
the city yesterday. They addressed a meet'
ing at Courtney on Tuesday night and every
miner who. attended joined the order. Mr.
Watchorn has been organizing in the Hock
ing "Valley, while Mr. Bea has been at
work in the coke region and railroad dis
trict. They met on Tuesday and compared
Mr. Watchorn says he visited four assem
blies in the Hocking Valley, and since Jan
uary 1 two of them have doubled in mem
bership. One of them trebled and the other
now has four times as many members as
compared with the report on the first of the
year. i
Master Workman Bea says the letters
"N. P. TT." in the coke region are now in
terpreted "No Particular Use" instead of
National Progressive Union. He believes
that when the April reports are received it
will be found .that Division .No. 4 has
quadrupled in membership since the first of
the year. Encouraging reports are also re
ceived trom Division No. 22, Eastern Ohio.
Mr. Bea could not say anything definite
about the Pittsburg railroad district recent
ly formed into Division No. 25.
A convention of this division will be held
at Knights of Labor Hall this morning to
discuss the -wage question, Master Work
man Bea will preside. A satisfactory settle
ment may be reached.
Graff, Bennett it Co.'a Mill vale Works to be
Started on Monday.
The old Millvale mill of Graff, Bennett
& Co., at Bennett station, which has been
idle for over a year, will be started on Mon
day. Fires were lighted in. the puddling
and plate departments yesterday. All the
machinery has been overhauled. Only a
portion of the mill will be operated at
present, giving employment to 150 men.
As stated the other day the mill will be
operated by J. W. Friend & Co. Manager
Stauffer, of the old Clinton mill, has been
engaged as superintendent. There is con
siderable agitation among the former em
ployes at Millvale, who claim that Stauffer
will select the men needed to start the
works from those thrown idle by the closing
of the Millvale mill.
Both sets of men are members of the
Amalgamated Association, and it has been
decided by that organization that they can
not interfere, as the concern is a new one.
The only part the association can take is to
ask the firm to sign the scale and employ
Amalgamated Association men.
Somo Operators Now Selling Their Prodnct
at a Dollar.
The coke trade is not reviving, but if any
thing is worse than a month ago. Some
furnacemen claim to have purchased at
from 15 to 25 cents below the regular rate,
$1 25 per ton. One man said he believed
the operators would take anything for their
product rather than suspend operations en
tirely. ,
"Coke at less than SI 25 is sold at a loss,"
said one operator, "although some might
be able to come out even at that figure.
Those who own drift mines'can make a few
cents a ton at the present rate, but there is
no money in coke at less than 51 50 a ton.
I cannot account for the dullness in the
iron trade. When coke sold at $2 a ton the
iron trade certainly was not twice as good
as now."
River Miners Idle.
All the river mines will likely be closed
this week and the coal loaded sent down the
river. Captain W. W. O'Neil. when asked
when the mines would be started again,'
said: "1 don't know: not for a long timer
By a Woman, Who Is Arrested and Ordered
to Lcnve Town.
Detectives Glenn and Murphy, were
searching for a man all Tuesday night, and
about 3 o'clock yesterday morning entered
the house 62 Cedar avenne, presided over
by May Verner. When Officer Murphy
went upstairs to search the rooms he was
assaulted by Miss Verner. During the
struggle she fell downstairs, where she
was caught by Officer Glenn. The house
was then raided and six people were cap
tured. At the hearing last evening the Mayor
fined May Verner $50 and costs, and gave
her 48 hours to leave the town. The other
prisoners were each fined 3 and costs. All
the fines were paid.
W1I Arrive From Baltimore for tho New
Government Building.
The United States schooner Haven (not
the old phantom ship) arrived in Baltimore
yesterday from Blue Hills harbor with 450
tons of additional material for the Pitts
burg Government building, and another
schooner, thePartoick, is to arrive at the
same place with 700 tons in a few days.
This material will bring the Government
buildiDg almost to the root. ,
The successful bidder for the construction
of the roof hasnot been announced; but it is
likely that the Pennsylvania Construction
Company will get the contract, because
their bid is the lowest.
Brewers to Have a Banquet In a Pittsburg
Hotel This Evening.
The Master Brewers' Union of Pittsburg
will hold their annual banquet to-night at
the Seventh Avenue Hotel, to which dele
gates of the Master Brewers' Union of the
United States are invited, and it is expected
that it will be a grand affair.
Feter Walter Dying.
Peter Walter, Jr., the well-known poli
tician, of Allegheny, was reported dying
last evening, and was not expected to live
through the night. At 1 o'clock this morn
ing he was no better, and there are but
slight hopes of his recovery.
That SSO.OOO Boy.
Arthur Cruschinsky, the Chicago boy, is
ofill nt thft TwPnt.TT.PlffllfTi waWl etqttnn
house. Inspector McKelvy says he has
hail nn renlv tn his lnnnirv nWint 4lia!nrt4
which was made on Sunday.
Rare Tenacity of Life Giving Way.
George Harper, of Thirty-first street, who
shot himself in the head some time ago, will
probably die, according to the doctor's
statement. His tenacity of life lias been
marvelous. .
At Best With Mother Earth.
The funeral of the late Prof. Prosser took
place yesterday from his late residence on
Freeland street. The interment took place
in the Southside Cemetery. "
Our Own Importation, English Slobalrs,
Plain and fancy printings, $1 a yard. We
have also a large line of those popular dress
fabrics as low as 45 cents a yard.
Penn Avenue Stores.
Lovo Come Llko a Summer SIgti,
But it won't stay long if you persist in
ruffling your temper and spoiling your
health over a hot bake oven. Don't do it.
Get Marvin's bread and cakes from your
grocer and be happy. Thssu
The People's Store.
Embroideries in full skirting, $i skirting,
14 skirting. Nainsook, cambric and Swiss,
edgings and insertions to match; great bar
gains in black and cream lace for skirting.
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It is Hot Run Merely a3 a Feeder of L
the Pennsylvania Railroad.
The General Superintendent Gives Facts
Which Illustrate
General Superintendent David Mc
Cargo, of the Allegheny Valley Bailroad,
passed through the Union depot last night
on his way to New York, where he will
meet Mr. J. F. Barnes, the President and
newly-appointed Beceiverof that company,
for the purpose of consulting with him in
regard to coal, freight and other matters in
connection with the business of the Alle
gheny Valley road.
During his conversation with a reporter
reference was made to the fact that Mark
W. Watson, Esq., attorney for B. F. Jones,
personally and as executor of the Laughlin
heirs, has asked the Court to appoint a re
ceiver on the road who had more of the in
terest of the general bond and stockholders
at heart than the benefit, of the Pennsylva
nia Bailroad Company. Mr. McCargo,
speaking on this subject, said he considered
the request of the attorney to
be entirely without reason or lounda
tion. He denied that the Alle
gheny Valley Bailroad was merely used
by the Pennsylvania Bailroad as a conven
ience and a feeder. In fact, he said the con
nectiqns of the two roads were such that any
advantages accruing therefrom were chiefly
to the interest of the Allegheny Valley
He then referred to the last inspection of
the Allegheny Valley road, made by Presi
dent Boberts during last autumn.
"Mr. Boberts," Mr. McCargo stated,
"then wrote to Mr. Barnes, our president,
telling him that the Allegheny Valley was
in a better condition since it had been in
the hands ot the receivers than it had been
before that period. Mr. Barnes told me
that himself.
'The Allegheny Valley Bailroad is now
in a better condition than it ever was be
fore. The roadbed has been greatly im
proved, the motive power is better, and our
business has largely increased, both in pas
senger and freight traffic. Since the road
has been under the management of receiv
ers the operating expenses have been much
smaller than they were before; in fact, for
last year they only amounted to about 57
percent of the gross receipts.
The capital stock of the Allegheny Val
lep Bailroad Company amounts to $10,000,
000, of which the Pennsylvania Bailroad
holds $8,000,000 and the Jones & Laughlin
interests $2,000,000.
He Says There Are Largo Balances an Hand
on AH Appropriations.
An item in an afternoon paper yesterday
stated that there is a deficiency of $50,000
in the appropriation for the current running
expenses of the city for the month of March.
The report went on further to say that the
city officials would neither affirm nor deny
it. The writer ot the article evidently did.
not take the trouble to see Controller Mor
row. When approached, the latter said:
The statement was 'evidently written by a
journalist who was bard up for news. Hit was
true it would be news to me, but 1 know it is
.not. This 18 not the season for deficiencies in
theapprOprlatlons. Unlike the flowers that
bloom IrLtaojBnrinsthe shortaces in. the ap
propriations for tha running expenses of the
city blossom fortft m the middle of winter.
Tbey turn up anomf the close of the fiscal year,
which is January 31..5'
The deficiencies never amonnt to anything;
but it would be an extraordinary thing if there
was not a shortage. It was estimated that the
outstanding tax receipts for this year will be
$250,000. I think the receipts will fall short
about 570,000. Last year, if you will remember,
we had a shortage of 8150,000 in tax receipts.
The deficiencies generally amonnt to about
From what I know of the finances to run the
city, there are large balances on all appropria
tions, instead of a deficiency ot $50,000 for the
month of March alone.
The Central Cable Cars Will be Beady to
Carry Passengers Then.
The complete route of the Central Trac
tion Company has been decided upon, and
all the contracts for the material necessary
for the road have been concluded, and the
company has stipulated in each contract
that the cars must bernnning for the con
venience of passengers on August 15.
The 16 new cars are expected to arrive
shortly. They will be the finest' in the city,
and will be painted yellow. For the ac
commodation of smokers the old horse cars
will be attached.
The speed will be regulated so that any
body can be taken from the new Postoffice
to Herron Hill in 15 minutes, and to Herron
avenue in 12 minutes.
A Little Girl Rides Behind a Runaway to
the Verso of a Precipice.
Last night tha 6-year-old daughter of an
East Ender got into the buggy of Mr. H. P.
Smith, who was visiting, and was carried
away by the frightened horse. As the
latter was about to "plunge over an embank
ment above the Jnnction Bailroad tunnel,
he was caught by Officer Waechter.
Chairs Coursed Through the Air.
Mrs. Enden sued Mrs. Swearer, of the
Seventeenth ward yesterday, alleging that,
while Mrs. S. intended to throw a chair at
her husband, the latter dodged and she
(Mrs. Enden) was hit on the head, sustain
ing a severe scalp wound.
Any and AH kinds of Curtains Here.
Lace curtains, all new patterns; largest
variety of poles and fixtures. Sash curtain
materials and brass rods and fittings;
hand-printed Java chamber curtains silk
curtains, chenille curtains and portieres,
jute velour curtains. A full line of uphol
stering materials and furniture coverings.
Cretonnes from 25 cents to $2 a yard.
Jos. Hoene & Co.'s
Penn Avenue Stores.
Startling Prices to Close Oat Stock.
Pine lace curtains at 65c, 85c, $1, $1 50,
$2, $3, pair, etc Elegant portier curtains
at .$2, $2 50, $3, $4, $5, pair, etc. Wood and
brass trimmed poles, 25c, 40c, 50c, COc, etc.
Silk tapestry to cover furniture at $1 per
yard. Furniture goods, curtains and sash
goods, by the yard, below cost. All goods
mnst be sold in'15 days, to vacate store.
It Holtzman & Sons,
Xissa 35 Sixth si
The People's Store.
Ladies, our handkerchief corner on the
left as you enter, is really an interesting
place to tarry. You will find the best,
prettiest, and we believe the cheapest, lot
of handkerchiefs ever offered.
Campbell & Dice.
Passover Bread.
Pure and wholesome, made especially for
the Passover season. It-won't pay you to
bake your own when you can order direct
from your grocer, S. S. Maevin & Co.
Totr can't get the good of your electrio
light unless you have proper: shades or
globes. .The most complete assortment and
newest designs are to 'be found at (Jraig
neaas .uamp store, bis umitnneid st.. ' d
The Slasslro Court House Pile, Though
Founded on a Rock, Wriggles Down a
Little Rooflag Tiles Loosened.
The frequent patching of the tiled floors
of the new Court House has been the cause
of considerable adverse criticism, some peo
ple suggesting that it might be jobbery, and
others' that the work had not been well done
by the contractors. What at first was a
subdue growl began to grow into a sullen
roar, as taxpayers from day to day stumbled
over barrica'des erected to keep them off the
new work.
Yesterday, during the gale, a couple of
tiles fell from the roof of the Court House
and most people who saw them supposed
they were blown loose by the gale, and
there was a fresh impetus given to invidi
ous criticism.
There was one man, however, who hadn't
time to think of criticism, and that was
Procureur-dn-roi Porter, who narrowly
escaped death. He was satisfied to get off
Commissioner McWilliams was -asked
what he knew of the matter, and he said the
explanation was simple. When the Cen-
(".iiiai ceieoration was in preparation soma
workmen who put up flag poles left a box
containing nails high up in one of the re
cesses of the' tower. The blast Yesterday
blew the box out of its resting place, and,
as it fell with its contents unspilled before
contact with the roof, the shock w,as suffi
cient to shatter some of the tiles, and they
fell to the ground.
Just at this juncture in the investigation
Building Inspector Frantc came along, and
he was asked to explain why 'the Court
House floor tile bulged .up so generally.
He stated that it was cause by the settling
of the building. Owing to its vastness, the
settling is imperceptible, but it settles all
the same, and, the tile being laid and ce
mented so closely, they must either crush or
bulge up, and being strong, they tilt Mr.
Prank opined that when the settling was
finished the floor would retain its horizon
Cause Some Excitement on Federal Street,
A very amusing scene that is, to all but
the victims occurred on Federal street,
Allegheny, yesterday afternoon. An Italian
has a small fruit stand in front of a vacant
store in Boyle's block, and the upper stories
of the building are occupied by several
families. One o the occupants hung a
basket oi eggs on a hook in one of the win
dows, and, about supper time, reached out
for it. A portion of the basket handle
broke, letting the contents drop on the
Italian and several pedestrians.
The Italian yelled "Stopa re murder"
and called for the police, and Lieutenant
McNimrey responded. After investigation
he discovered that the "ovation" was an
accident. With eggs at 15 cents a dozen,
the owner was the greatest loser.
SWhere to Go
For spring overcoats. Gents, don't fall to
call at the Hub. We show the best $10 and
$12 coat in the citv. We lead the town in
suits for boys at $2, $2 50, $3, $3 50, $4, $4 50.
and $5. See our men's wool dress pants at
$1 75, $2 and $2 50. Fine dres3 pants at $3,
$3 50 and $4. A fine ball and bat to every
boy customer at the Hub. Call and see 'em
at Boston Clothing House, 439 Smithfield st.
Cable Dye Fast Black Stockings are the
Prices right. 25 cents to $1 a pair, all
Penn Avenue Stores.
Ob, Sly Poor Back!
How often that expression is heard by
people who will try to eke out a miserable
existence on some old worn out sewing ma
chine instead of being sensible like other
people and getting one of Hopper Bros. &
Co.'s "New High Arm" Davis sewing ma
chine. 307 Wood street. tissu
Cable Dye Fast Black Stockings are the
Prices right 25 cents to $1 a pair, all
sizes. Jos. Hoene & Co.'s
Penn Avenue Stores.
The People's Store.
One of the specialties of our large storeroom
on Fifth avenue is the large space devoted
to hosiery and gloves. In short, you can
find everything in the way of stockings and
gloves. In regard to price and value, we
have no fear on that score.
Campbell &Dick.
Ladles' Muslin Underwear, 25 Cents
To $35 a garment Don't think you will
find as complete and large a stock any
where else as nere.
Penn Avenue Stores.
Use Angostura Bitters, the world re
nowned South American appetiser, of ex
quisite flavor.
In Your New Home.
Don't worry about the baking" while you
are getting settled in your new home. Give
Marvin's Dread a trial and you will never
use any other. Fresh every day at your
grocers. Thssu
The Bargains In Torchon Linen Laces
Are great indeed prices lower forquality
and width than ever before seethem on the
counter in lace department.
Jos. Horne & Co.'s
Penn Avenue Stores.
Joseph Cook, April 4, Old City Hall.
40-Inch French Side Band Suitings, self
trimmings, only EOo a yard.
46-inch Pure Mohair Suitings.
40-inch Henriettas at 63c.
Extra Satin Finish. 46-inch widths, 85c and
Silk Warp Henriettas, spring shades.
Black Henriettas in all the numbers, from
85c to $2, the most perfect finished grades im
ported. The most complete line of novelties and
All at attractive prices.
Second shipment in Silks brings to us a spe
cial bargain in a colored Satin Lnxor, all the
prevailing shades, at 85c. reeular SI iroods:
Fancy Stripe Sarahs, for trimmings, at 85c
Novel and stylish designs in India Silks.
Cloaks and Suits. New and handsome effects
for Ladies. Misses and Children.
Stockinette, fair grade, for S3.
High grade Jackets. 5 50, 87. $9, $10.
Bound Corkscrews and Wale Cloths, lined
and unllned,with or without vests, 85, S7, $9, $12
to tie.
Colored French Cloth, Loose or DIrectoiro
Fronts, 99, S12. SIB.
Bead Wraps, all grades, from 3 to HO.
Braided Silk and Cloth Mantles, S3 to $40.
Nottingham, Swiss and Irish Point Curtains.
Curtain Nets and Sash Draperies, neat and
effective patterns, low range of cost.
House Furnishing Linens, Table Damasks,
Napkins, Towels and Quilts, the best values
shown; underground prices.
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Amand Flerle's Petition for Liquor License
Falls Soddenlr.
Typhoid fever caused the death of Amand
Fierie, a saloon keeper at 152 Franklin
street, Allegheny, on Tuesday. He was an
applicant for license. His lawyer, Henry
Meyer, on Friday last requested a postpone,
ment of the case, producing a doctor's cer
tificate.' The request, Mr. Meyer says, was
refused by Judge White., On Saturday
morning Fierie, who had been sick in bed
for two days, was taken to the Court House
and, wrapped in blankets, earri.-d into tha
court room. His ghastly appearance
alarmed the judge, who denied that he had
ordered Fierle's presence in the court
Attorney Christy, representing the tem
perance people, declined to question the ap
plicant at that time, remarking that he
'wouldn't jump on a corpse or interfere
with a funeral procession."
Judge White yesterday said he would not
announce any decisions until all applica
tions have been heard. This settled a false
report yesterday that announcements would
be made in the afternoon.
He Travels Over 100 allies to be Cored fey '
Father Dloilinger. i
James "Vaughn, a cripple, 70 years of age,
traveled all the way from Cleveland, yestei. -terday,
to be cured by famous Father Molv ",
linger. t '
"Vaughn got off the train at the Federal
street depot and hobbled to the Allegheny
Mayor's office, aided by a crutch and cane.
He asked for lodging and the Mayor assisted "
him into his private office and gave him a
bed on the lounge.
A Popular Veteran 111.
The many friends of Major Sidney Omo
hundro will be pained to learn of his seri
ous illness. He is confined to his house,
Meyran avenue, Oakland, suffering from a
severe attack of typhoid pneumonia, but
last evening was resting easy. Mr. Omc
hundro is prominent in G. A. It. circles,
and has been filling an important position
in the business office of The Dispatch.
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Curtain Materials by the yard, 15c to r
finest qualities.
New Velour Curtain3 Just received.
- New Velour Table and Piano Covers.
New Cretonnes and Furniture Cov
erings. Pillows and Bolsters, regular sizes"
and special sizes to order promptly.
Our Lace Curtain stock'is all new -this
spring's importations tl a pair to
finest Brussels Point. ,
We make estimates on high decorat- '
ing lor interiors equal to any in the
country. r
Our Curtain Boom is large and well
lighted and customers receive prompt
All the latest styles of Printed Silks r
as fast as they come, out for fancy .-
work and sash curtain use. ,
New styles in Upholstery fringes, '
Gimps and Sash Curtain Loops. r
Send in your orders now for any kind J
of drapery' work, which will receive oar
best attention. i;
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