Pittsburg dispatch. (Pittsburg [Pa.]) 1880-1923, April 15, 1889, Page 2, Image 2
J 2 BLOWERS HERE. Tliose Poreip. Glass "Workers, Without a Cent, Arrive AND HUEEY TO JEAMETTE. "Were Tliey Imported Under Con tract, and Will Their Advent EESDLT IN A GREAT REVOLUTION? The Tank System at Jeannette May Close Scores of Factories, WITH ITS 1,250,000 BOXES A TEAE Twenty-five or 26 foreign class workers passed through this city Saturday morning en route from Boston to Jeannette, where they will, it is reported, go to wort in the new glass factory of Chambers & McKee. On Saturday The Dispatch published an item from Boston to the effect that 26 glassblowers had arrived there from Liver pool Friday morning and immediately start ed tor this city. The item stated that they came to Boston on the steamship Iowa from Liverpool, and were traveling as emigrants. It further stated that the men had all been well posted about being interviewed, as all of them would give no information concern ing themselves. When asked if they had come to this country with their cassage pre paid and under contract or promise of work, they replied in the negative, because, if they hadn't so replied they would have been sent back and their employers would have been prosecuted. As it then appeared in Saturday morn ing's paper, it was supposed that they would not get here until that evening or yesterday morning. The Union station was watched by reporters of all Pittsburg papers, to intercept the men and find out whether they had been imported under contract or not. It never occurred to anybody thus watching that they would come via any other route than the Pennsylvania Bail road; but they did. HOW THEY EVADED DETECTION. The men arrived in the city Saturday morning, via the Pittsburg and Lake Erie Railroad, and, without exciting suspicion, they proceeded to the Union station, where they quietly took different trains to Jean nette. They arrived at the Lake Erie depot on train No. 2, at 630 o'clock city time, and were without any money. One of the depot employes stated that the men did not have enough cash to purchase anything to eat, and, as they all had tickets to Jeannette, it looked as though their fares had been paid by somebody richer than themselves. This would also indicate that the men had been brought to this country under an ex plicit or implied contract. The gang of alleged interlopers left Bos ton early Friday morning and proceeded over the Boston and Albany Railroad to Albany. They then went to Buffalo via the New York Central, and from Buffalo they took the Lake Shore road to Youngstown, and thence came to this city over the Pitts burg and Lake Erie. Upon arriving in Pittsburg the men scat tered about the depot, apparently waiting for somebody. "Whether the "somebody" came or not, could not be ascertained last night, but the men had no trouble in finding their way to the Union station. While having their baggage (which was very meagre), assorted, one of the transfer drivers offered to haul the luggage to the Union station for $1 50, but the men could not raise enough money between them. This may be taken as another evidence that they had no money, and were coming here under promise of work. SOME E.OFL BELGIANS. The men were Englishmen and Belgians, and all of them are said to be skilled win dow glass workers. Those from tbe latter country carried Knights of Labor traveling cards, which had been furnished by Record ing Secretary Delwarte, of Charleroi, Bel gium. This shows that they are Knights in ood standing in the order. Most of tbem have been victimized in their own country on account of the window glass riots of 'Si. Some of them had been imprisoned on ac count of the part they took in the great sviike, and were consequently glad to go away from the country. The men who arrived Saturdav are a mere handful compared with what will be needed at Jeannette when the window factory is put into operation, which will be in about two weeks, or probably less. If the new tank system is a success it will entirely revolutionize the window glass business, and everv manufacturer in this part of the country will have to adopt the same system. A window glass worker, an ex-official of the association, in speaking of the matter yes terdav, said: "When the tank system gets into good working order Chambers & McKee will give employment to about 2,000 men. One of the tanks has been completed, one is being finished and there are two yet to be built. The output of the factory will be about 1,250,000 boxes annually. This is more than the total amount of glass im ported into this country during 1877. I have heard it said that the output will be more than that of any other 25 factories in the United States. ATVFUL MENACE TO LABOE. "Bv the introduction of the tank system tHe firm will be enabled to make glass 2C pa cent cheaper than it can be done by any c..cr manufacturer here. Over in Beleium the tanks completely-knocked out the old pot furnaces, and many firms had to go out of the business. Our association has been dis cussing the tank system for some time, and does not wish to see it generally adopted, as it will place too much glass upon the mar ket. When prices get too low we have a hard time maintaining the standard of wages. When the tank system was intro duced in Belgium wages were forced lower, and this may be the result at Jeannette. As is the case with all other Reforms, we cannot step in the way of progress, and will have to deal with the question the best way we can." A window glass manufacturer said: "You may set it down that there is something be hind the action of .Messrs. Chambers & McKee in bringing men here. They at first tried to get men in this country, but could not do so. The officials of the' Win dow Glass Workers' Association have tried to keep their men here from going to work in the tank factories, as the new system will be a decided injury to the association. "I do not think that they need be alarmed, for the reason that the tanks will not work satisfactory. The firm propose to run day and night on three turns of eight hours J each. Tbe tanfcs would oe ail ngnt it they were "not on such a large scale, but, under the present circum stances, they will not do. One of the tanks is equal to an 120-foot furnace. Just think of this when you take into considera tion that some factories are only running with six or seven pots! In the tanks the glass is placed in one end, and is supposed to boil while running to the other end, where it is gathered. , WHT IT MAT NOT -WORK. - "This will not do on such a large tank. Glass does not boil like iron, and cannot be worked the same way. If cold pipes are run into the 'batch it cools, and the glass becomes corded. When in this condition it cannot be blown. . They tried their first tank with class that had been melted once; but it would not work satisfactorily. "If the jules of the association were not so stringent, it would not be necessary to import foreigners into this country to work in our factories. Anybody that knows any thing about the window glass business knows that there are not enough window men in the business now to supply the de mand. There may be enough double strength blowers; but single-thick, blowers are very scarce. The rule allowing only 10 per cent of the factory to learn the, business falls away below the natural growth of the trade. "The window glass business will be abso lutely paralyzed when the tank factory be gins to turn out its products. Owing to the discovery of natural gas in Ohio and Indi ana, dozens of factories have sprung up within the past two years. They have gob bled up all the spare labor in the country and thrown thousands of boxes of glass on the market that will not be sold for a long time vet. Why, in the little town of Find lay, O., alone, there are 11 factories, all running. The demand has not been any thing like the supply. ALL EIGHT, IP KNIGHTS. Mr. James Campbell, President of the Window Glass Workers' Association, said to a reporter last night that he had not been officially notified of the arrival of any for eign glassworkers. He also affirmed that he had not been officially notified that any of them would come. Speaking of the matter in general, he said: "If the men come here and present their cards to us as members of the union, or Knights, of course we have nothing to say in objection to them." "But would it not appear like discrimi nating against American labor to permit the filling of these positions with foreign workingmen?" ( "No; because the increase in the estab lishment of new pots has been so enormous that to-day all the factories in the country could not be filled with American glass blowers." ""But is that not the fault of your appren ticeship system?" "No; our apprenticeship system is the most liberal of any trades union. We allow any father to teach his son the trade; then we allow ten per cent of apprentices on the entire number of blowers, and beside that every gatherer is entitled to become a blower if he is a member of our organiza tion. WHEEE THE BUB IS. "Now look at these figures: In 1882 there were 640 pots in operation throughout the country, while in tbe fall of 1888 there were over 1,400 an increase of over 150 per cent Of course it was impossible for the blowers to increase in a similar ratio, and hence the enormous demand for labor." Mr. Stenger, a Belgian and a glassblower at McKee's, on the Southside, was anxious ly looking lor the arrival of additional men. He went to the Lake Erie depot twice dur ing the day, as well as to the Union depot, but without any result. When he was asked whether he knew of the men's arrival, as per first consignment reported above, he said: "No; I did not know that they were com ing. I do not know whether they come as contract men, either, although I was told they were. Personally, I do not think they would." Mr. Sellers McKee is in tbe East, so he could not be seen with relation to the above statements. At the home of Mr. James Chambers, in the afternoon, a reporter was informed that the gentleman was "out driving." In the evening, when another reporter called for this paper, he was informed that Mr. Chambers went to Jeannette some days ago, and would not be back for a day or two, anyway. ANOTHER ROLLING HILL. The Old Pennsylvania Farce to Go Sown and a Greater Concern to Go tip. From a .reliable source it has been learned that another new rolling mill is to be added to the number of those in the Pittsburg dis trict; or an old one to be removed. The old Pennsylvania Forge is to be torn down to make room for the B. & O. R. B. Company, who have bought the property, and it is said that Mr. Hammond, who is at the head of the company now operating the works, is negotiating for the purchase of eight acres of land between Glenwood and Frankstown, with a view of removing the mill there and enlarging it, with an addi tional finishing department. The old Pennsylvania Forge was at one time tbe leading mill in this country for making sheet iron. The finishing depart ment was destroyed by fire nearly two years ago, leaving the puddling department of 13 furnaces intact, which has been in operation almost as much as any in the city. A representative of The DisrATCH has slso learned that the men in this mill, to the number of about 75, from both turns, Vave been asked to work on part payment for an indefinite period. They have held several meetings about tbe matter, and, from what has been learned, the request will not be granted just at present, as there may be scale troubles ahead. A FALSE REPORT. The Mahoning- Taller Iron Mills Will Not Cloie for Sixty Day. It was reported yesterday that the Ma honing "Valley Iron Association, which in cludes all the rolling mill owners in that part of the State, had signed an agreement to shut down on May 1 and not resume for 60 days at least, hoping this would have the effect Of stimulating prices and the de mand for pig iron. A member of the association, in speaking of tbe rumor, said: "You can state posi tively that there is no truth in the report. No agreement to shut down has been signed or even considered. Prices are down and it keeps iron men hustling to secure suffi cient orders to supply their works and keep them running, but there is no talk oi a shut down." The Attendnnce Too 811m. The roughen and catchers of all the ten- inch mills in Allegheny county were to have held a meeting yesterday afternoon to formulate a new scale of wages for an in crease in their pay. Owing to a small at tendance, nothing was done and the meet ing was adjourned. Will Go on Double Torn. On account of the burning of Hubbard's Ax Factory their works at Beaver Falls will be put on double turn in a short time. The extra turn will be composed of workers from this city. Labor Kotec The Beaver Falls Whitla Glass Works has got orders enongh ahead for whisky flasks and irmt jars to keep all bands employed for three months. The Penn Bridge Works at Beaver Falls, after an idleness of several weeks, tbe result of a lack of orders, will start up in full this week, baving secured a number of large contracts. The Co-operative Glass Works Company at Beaver Falls, wbose charter expired on April 1, bas reorganized, and will resume operations again in a few days. Several of the original stockholders have closed out tbeir stock. Ex tensive additions and improvements will be made to tbe works. LOCAL CONFERENCE HELD. Tbe Exercises of tbe Toons Hen's Christ Ian Association Meeting-. The local conference of the Young Men's Christian Associations, of the Pittsburg dis trict, was held Saturday and yesterday at West Newton. Tbe exercises yesterday morning-consisted of the' consecration services in the rooms of the association. In the afternoon special meetings for men and women were held separately. In the evening' the closing ser vice was conducted by Secretary Bobert A. Orr, of this city. THE A POSSIBLE STRIKE. " K B. & 0. Employes Object to the New Relief Association as Unfair. THEY MUST SIGN IT'OR QUIT WORK. Many Prefer the Latter Alternative, and a Tie-Up May Occur. HIGHER RATES, BUT LOWER BENEFITS The employes of the B. & O. Bailroad art, according to the statements of some of them, almost ripe for a strike. The new in surance feature, which the company has been introducing since April 1, has pro produced general dissatisfaction. The men are mad, and fully believe the road is "rubbing it in," and they say they will not stand it Last week, rather than sign the policies, three night crews in the yard and one day man quit work. A number in the shops and yards at Glenwood have given up their jobs, and at least ten of the employes at Connellsville declined to sign and were told to go. The dissatisfaction extends along the full extent of the line, from Philadelphia to Chicago. On the Chicago division the men were given until to-day to decide whether they will) join the insurance company or be discharged. The old Baltimore and hio Belief Asso ciation, the charter of which was annulled by the Maryland Legislature, was never received with a great degree of approbation by the men. There was always considerable grumbling, and the employes were dissatis fied. The new insurance plan of"the com pany has PBODUCED A BEGUIiAE CYCLONE of complaints. The men claim that the rates have been increased and the benefits reduced. By the present plan the employes are classified, and each one. pays according to the salary received. A man who gets $35 pays $2 per month; one who receives $55 about $3, and so on. An engineer who makes $150 per month now pays $6 for the same time, against a rate of $5 in the old Belief Association. Before, the family of any member of a train crew, killed while on duty, received $2,000; now they will only get $1,500. In a similar manner the amount paid for the death of switchmen, yardmen, etc., killed on duty, has been re duced from 1,000 to $700, and for a natural death from $500 to $350; but the rate per month was lowered from $1 50 to ?1. In the main, the trouble is that the rates of some of the employes have been increased with no increase of benefit, while the rates of others have been reduced, but the amounts paid at death have been cut down. A number of the local men were inter viewed yesterday. Said an engineer: "Some of the clerk's from Baltimore were in the city a few days ago. The men ate in vited into tbe office, and asked to sign a blank. If they refuse THEY ABE DISCHARGED. "The circular states that it is 'not made rnmnnlsorv to ioin:' but a man has no other' alternative when it comes to the question of signing. Some of tbe men on tbe Pittsburg division have gone into the Belief Associa tion under protest They have large fami lies to support, and need the money they earn. The clerks will be in the city again to-morrow, and they will find plenty of men, principally switchmen, brakemen, yardmen, cleaners and this class of em ployes whose jobs do not pay a great deal, willing to quit rather than be bulldozed. "The men are thoroughly aroused, and it wouldn't take much to produce a strike. If the Chicago employes stand firm I shouldn't be surprised to see the men on the Eastern division stick to them. This is a matter for the various brotherhoods to con sider; but, so far as I know, no action bas t..f lim toTrpn hv anv of them. This in surance business applies to every employe1 on the road, and an enort may be made to tie up the system. If the brotherhoods favor a strike it will go; and the road will have to give in, if the men stand firm, as I be lieve they will." BBAKEMEN IK BAD HUIIOE. A brakeman said: "I haven't signed yet, and I am not so sure that I will. My job is not so valuable that I would sacrifice much lor it Many of the engineers will give in, but not without a kick. I am not so posi tive about tbe other employes. "The Pennsylvania road has a relief as sociation, but the men are not compelled to join it I am told that Superintendent1 iratton said mat tne iteuei .association is a nuisance and caused him a great deal of trouble. Even if a man is killed, it de pends on the opinion of the Superintendent whether his family is entitled to the relief or not "The employes regard the whole thing as a scheme to filch them; and I, for one, am ready to strike unless these objectionable features are chanced. I admit that the present is not a favorable opportunity to make such a move. There are many men out of work who would be ready to take our places, but they can't get experienced men." LIKELY TO TIE UP THE BOAD. In connection with the above facts, which are very moderately stated, the following stunner and clincher comes from Chicago this morning by Associated Press: "The News to-morrow will say: Twenty thousand men threaten to qnit the employ of the Baltimore and Ohio Bailroad Com pany and tie up its trains. The ivetss goes into the details of the compulsory insurance mentioned in the dispatches last night as being the cause of the trouble, and adds: Every employe in the service of the company and there are 20,000 of them has been given to understand that he must sign the contract or be discharged. A de termined and serious opposition to the com pany's orders is being organized, and, if they are persisted in, a strike all along the line may result VEBY HIGH BATES. "Mr. Frank B. Clark, a life and accident insurance broker in the Home Insurance building, has examined the Baltimore and Ohio system of insurance or benefits, and says the charges are on the average twicetas large as those of other accident and life in surance companies carrying similar risks. The contract which the employes are asked to sign contains a clause making the insur ance a release of all claims for damages against the company for injury or death. "At the meeting in South Chicago last night an employe in the company's shops at Garrett, Ind., reported that' 57 machinists bad been laid off for refusing to sign. 'A lay-off to starve 'em into subjection,' cried a voice. The feeling among the men seemed very bitter. One engineer shouted, as the meeting was adjourned: 'We'll make it another case of the "Q." " A GREAT P. R. R. BOOM. Splendid New Locomotive Works to Go Up at Altoona Soon. In connection with the-ecent visits of P. R. R, magnates toa this city and the inter esting opinions then drawn out, the follow ing new facts may be of interest: The in creased business of the Pennsylvania Bail road and the new roads that it has acquired has caused the locomotive works at Altoona to become inadequate. The demand for locomotives bas been so great that their own works could not begin to supply them, and orders bad to be given to outside locomotive works. The company will this year begin to erect an immense building at Altoona solely for the construction of locomotives, and all de partments of this industry will be in one large building. The cost of tbe new plant, it is said, will be almost $1,000,000, bnt all this money will not be expended this year. w? PITTSBHEG DISPATCH, H0TES AHD NOTIONS. Many Matters of Much nnd Little Moment Tersely Treated. "Ice cream for two." Fly time-the trout is in season. A SPBING romance The bunted house. Messes. Bites and Conley went to Chi cago. Even a philosopher can't always philoso phize. It Is to be hoped Gabriel's trump will not be a club. D. P. Beighabd and Wm. Wltherow went to New York. The man might bave been rooted to the spot, but be couldn't leave. When tbe old gent comes in at the door her love flies out of tbe window. The bouquet of wine is reflected In the bloom of the drinker's face. Secbetaby Noble has qnit talking, but Wanamaker eoes on forever. Mrs. Eastend calls her husband Theatri cals because be is so fly by night Jail services were conducted by Rev. David Jones, of the Old Home Church. Those alleged jokes about Cleveland being still in tbe soup are becoming gruel. Actkess proteges of the Prince of Wales deny there is no royal road to wealth. The extensive works of Hubbard fe Co., de stroyed by Are last week, are being rebuilt. Thomas Gibbs' bonso on Beltzhoover ave nue, was slightly damaged by fire yesterday. Philip Rohan, a prominent St Louis Iron man, is at the Seventh Avenue with his wife. Text for Wanamaker: "I shall raise up a profit from among my brethren." Dent 18 15. Some men are born great others are reject ed by tbe Senate and some are arrested for libel. , 'When the Allies win a game," as a topical song, would knock oat the letter that never came. Twenty-cent ginghams are to be the rage this snmmer. The men will still stick to.thelr flannels. Mbs. McKee has bought a pet alligator. An alligator is saurian, and baby McKee is a sorrowinl They probably say that poet's belong to cer tain schools, because their minds run in the same channel. Senator Spooneb says journalism is one of tbe learned professions. Senator Spooner is a gentleman. ( A Western poet plaintively asks for a rhyme with Chicago. What's the matter with "whole hog Or" Jay Gould says he is not going to live In England. Jay doesn't live in any country. He lives on, or oft It. . A tobn coat maybe mended, bnt the scar will remain: an apology may be tendered, but the hurt is tbe same. A water main at the comer of Dnquesne Way and Fifth street broke last night, and some damage was done. Ten drunks, 15 disorderlies and 2 vags were riven their dues by Justice Gripp.at Central station yesterday morning. The man who can forget his failures and re member bis successes, can probably do so be cause he has so few to .remember. Shortstop Wabd says he doesn't object to having bis wife return to the stage. He thinks be can pick up a living for himself. Extremes meet even in tbe Presidents! chain There was too little baby In the last ad ministration, and there Is too much in this. Phillip Mackin, Louis Cboen and William Rogers were arrested for Indulging in a free fight on the river bank near Painters mills. A horse of J. J. McGlnnis drooped dead on Soho street Saturday afternoon. The citizens are complaining that the body has not been re moved. Wanamaker says an angel will count tbe votes cast for prohibition. Nevertheless, Alle-. gheny county will have a few election Inspect, ors around. The portiere of the Columbus Club caught fire last nigbt bnt it was thrown out of a win dow before anything farther was damaged. An alarm was sent in. Miss Ada Gray as the (tar and "East Lynne" as tbe bill will donbtless draw crowded bonses at Harris' Theater this week. It is said she has an excellent company. The story that two Maine maidens blew out tbe gas before- retiring in a Bangor hotel is plausible enougb, but the statement that they refused to allow a man to come in and turn It off will scarcely be believed." William J. Gill, John Ralshouse andH. Staving are candidates for the position of steward of the Allegheny City Some. Mr. Gill, a life-long resident of Allegheny, is backed by a numerously signed petition. A musical and literary entertainment and art exhibition will be given in the McClUre Avenue Presbyterian Church. Woods' Run, April 19 and 20, under tbe auspices of the In vincible Council, No. 33. Jr. O. U. A M. J. B. Smith's grocery store, at No. 889 Beaver avenue, was entered by thieves at an early hour yesterday morning. They carried off tobacco, tobies and a lot of canned goods that amounted to about $35. They gained entrance by jimmy ing open the back door. The girl stood on tbe street car steps, whence all butsbe had fled, A look of grief was on her face, a bonnet on her head. A bonnet of the latest style, rigged out with furbelows, but while we gazed a pearly tear stole down her saucy nose. Her bustle was way out of shape, ber banglets out of curl. A very serious thing indeed bad broken up tbe girl. A few short words will tell tbe tale why sbe is driven daft. Sbe has no umbrella, and 'twill probably rain this aft THE PITTSBURG DRUMMEB. How He Got In His Work on a Minneapolis, Minn., Hotel Keeper. The Iron Construction Company of this city lately'received a contract that came to them in a peculiar way. On the morning of the 11th inst, a servant in theWindom Hotel, Minneapolis, passed the door of a room occupied by John Clark, of High more. Detecting a strong ordor of gas. he burst open the door, and fonnd the occu pant almost dead from suffocation. Upon retiring in the evening he had blown out his gas, and it was only through prompt ef forts that he was restored to consciousness. A representative of the Marr Company was stopping at the house, and with the characteristics of a Pittsburg drummer he proceeded to demonstrate the advantages of electricity over gas. He assured the pro prietor that the only way to save big bills caused by his boarders blowing out the gas instead of turning it off was to put in in candescent electric lights. The proprietor closed a contract with the drummer, and the Westinghouse system will be used. GERMANS TO THE FRONT. They Are Making Arrangements for n Cele bration on April 30. The Germans of Pittsburg and Allegheny are making arrangements to hold a grand celebration in commemoration of Presi dent Washington's inauguration on April 30. John E. Jones, the Allegheny editor, started out yesterday to sound the opinion of the German societies on tbe subject, and wherever he went he was promised substan tial aid toward making the festivities a success. His project was at every place heartily indorsed, and delegates were at once elect ed by the societies to meet some evening this week for tbe purpose of drawing up a programme for the dav. As far as conlrl ho learned last night it is probable that there will be a grand parade during tne day and a festival in the evening. DISMISSED FROM THE FORCE. An Allegheny Officer Is Discharged Sleeping on Duty. for Officer Godfrey Roth, of tin? Allegheny police force, was arrested at 3 o clock yes terday morning by Lieutenant James Thornton ior disorderly conduct Roth mu reported to Chief Kirschler last Friday for being asleep on dnty, and was suspended for ten days. He waited at the corner of East street and North avenue to meet the lieutenant, and when he arrived bezan to abuse him. Thorn. ton placed him under arrest, and sent him to the lockup. At the hearing yesterday morning ne was aiscnargea irom tne Jorce. The mule personified the man who has a cough and will not take Dr. Bull's Cough oyrup. , v v MONDAY, APKEL' "15, AN OFFICIAL AT IT. The Great Cracks in Pittsburg's Highest Business Block DRAW A BUILDING INSPECTOR OUT. Mr. Martin Frank Talks of That $500,000 Nine-Story Eminence. THE HEW WESTIKGHOUS- BUILDING Tbe many cracks in the new Westing house building, on the corner of Penn ave nue and Ninth street, to which attention has so frequently been called, are now un dergoing a thorough official overhauling, and, if the result of the improvements ahd rectifications now in progress shall in the end fail to prove satisfactory to Building Inspector Prank, there is no knowing what the fate of "the building will be. Mr. Prank has been paying a good many official visits to the Westinghouse building lately. The result of his investi gation is about to be embodied in a report, which the Building Inspector will make public as soon as he has it finished. To a Dispatch reporter Mr. Prank said, at his home yesterday afternoon: "Of course there are some defects in the building that should have been noticed by the architect during the process of construc tion. The principal defect is the work at the corner of Penn avenue and Ninth street If you have noticed It the building goes up to the second story and there the corner is suddenly discontinued, and a kind of balcony ornament is made. THE "WEIGHT ON THEABCHES. "The discontinuation of the corner throws the entire weight of the succeeding seven stories away from the corner and puts it on the side walls. Now in these walls are those big arched windows, which are totally out of place, for that kind of struct ure, for two reasons: First, they are too close to the corner, and second, the arches were not strong enough to act as a support for the colossal structure above. "This is about the substance of the trouble in the whole building, and, as I saw yesterday, Architect Peebles has come to the conclusion that the only way to get the bnilding in shape is to remedy the defects in that corner. They are puttintr in some enormous improvements, which I would estimate to cost at least $8,000." "Do you think that the present improve ments, or rectifications, when finished, will put the building in such a shape that there never need be any fear of a collapse ?" "Well, that is a pretty hard question to answer as yet. But my investigation is not finished, and it will not be until the present improvements are complete. Then I shall be able to say more about it I can say now, however, that the pig iron work which is now being put into the walls is very ser viceable in its place, and I have the lullest confidence id Mr. Peebles' desire to do all in'his power to make the building what it shoald be." NOT AT AIL DANGEROUS. Secretary J. R. McGinley was seen at his East End home by a Dispatch writer, and in his usual urbane manner consented to enlighten the visitor to the extent of his knowledge in the matter first made known to him by the reporter. "But," said he, "understand me, that my information will be almost infinitesimal, irom the fact that I am ignorant of the goings-on of the archi tect and contractors and workmen, further ttfan that of a causual observer who goes and comes out of the building daily. I bave repeatedly deferred " saying anything about the defects of the Westinghouse building, for no other reason than that of one who knows nothing about them, "It is presumably known that I did not concur in everything suggested by one per son prominently connected in this matter, and since then I have not paid the slightest attention to it practically." In response to the reporter's question, "Who will defray the $8,000 or $10,000 of expense in makincr the improvements?" jMr. McGinley said: '-The Philadelphia uompany, oi course, as ine arcniteci s worK is at an end when his plans and specifica tions are submitted and accepted. TTNDEB PBACTICAIi OVEBSIGHT. "I would further state that Vice Presi dent Paine, aside from the Board of Di- Vectors, has had full supervision of the work now going on; but the plans were, sug gested by Mr. Westinghouse personally. Mr. Paine is a practical man in this capaci ty, being a former civil engineer, and, of course, is eminently capable of successfully carrying out the work. "The erroneous impression prevails that the entire edifice is defective. This is en tirely wrong, however, as there is only the one crack in the northeast corner, and over the arch way. The foundations are as fine as anv I have ever seen, and the talk of the building collapsing is the idle prattle of narrow minded men." Mr. McGinley expressed regret that he could not be of more service to the writer, and added; "If you wanted to know any thing about our pipe lines, gas wells, etc., I would willingly talk to you at length, but you approach me with something that is, for reasons oi my own, entirely foreign to me, and as I said before I would respectfully re fer you to. Mr. Paine, who is perfectly familiar with every detail in the matter you are looking up." Mr. Paine, when called up by telephone, said it was Sunday, and he couldn't con sent to be interviewed on his day of rest, even if a reporter shonld come out. When told of the subject matter he yet more em phatically said he didn't want to be inter viewed. Architect Peebles was not at home, so he could say nothing to a reporter about his great nine-story structure that is making so much talk. BLOWN IN THE BOTTLE. That's the Sign of Spring Ton May Bead la tbe Time of Bock Beer. You may know that it is really spring by this: Already the figures of the rampant goats supporting a beer keg the sign which, from time immemorial, has been used to herald the advent of bock beer is beginning to appear outside the saloon doors. Everybody who drinks beer is ac quainted with the strong brown liquid which, for a few short weeks in the spring, is served cool and foaming from the keg, and a half dozen glasses of which are equal to almost a half a keg of ordinary beer. Bock is just about twice as strong as plain, every-day beer, containing over 90 per cent more alcohol. Nearly half again the usual quantity of hops and malt are used in its manufacture. It is made early in the wihter, thus giving it two or three months to age and improve before it is put on the market abont Easter time. "The season for bock beer lasts about four or five weeks," said a well-known brewer. "It does not pay the brewers to make it, as it costs about twice as much as ordinary beer, and is sold at the same rate. It is chiefly put out as an advertisement" A GALA DAI FOR B0MSTAD. A StntneofSt. Patrick and a Banner to Bo Blessed There. The Catholics of Homestead will be in gala attire on Sunday, the 28th inst. On that date the. statue of St Patrick presented to the Church of St Mary Magdalen by Di vision No. 6, A. O. H., American Board, will be dedicated. The banner presented to the division by Ber. Fath'er Bullion will also be blessed. The entire County Board will parade through the streets of the borough in honor of the occasion. Hugh J. O'Donijell, of jaomestcaui win oe liuiei .uiarsnai oi tne parade. 'vtg-" - 1889. AN ANCIENT CUSTOM. The Hebrews Will Celebrate the Feast of the Passover .To-Day The Reverence They Show for It. The Feast of the Passover, observed by all orthodox Hebrews, will be celebrated to-day. The feast is in commemoration of the deliverance of the children of Israel out of Egypt, and their preservation by the miraculous manna. All the synagogues will be open, but the feast is a peculiar feature of the home life. Last evening the good wives collected all the unleavened bread in the house and placed it on a mantel. Then when the father comes home he takes a dnstpan and tne feather of a bird and searches for it When found, the family gather about the table and pledge good will to all mankind, fealty to friends and forgiveness to enemies. The feast is supposed to last two days, but some of the devont Hebrews eat nothing bnt unleavened bread for a week. On the occasion of the feast the chllden are remembered with presents, and the day becomes somewhat like the Christian Christmas. In later years a servant has been placed at the door to invite persons to come in and join in the festivities. This is said to be done to refute the charge that the blood smeared on the door posts at the time oi the Passover was Christian blood. The antiquity of the feast dates away back, but ancient as the custom is its ob servance is on the increase. It is the great est religious celebration of the Hebrews, and is a season of great festivity. THE SECOND ADTENT1STS Celebrated tbe Feast of the Passover In Al legheny Yesterday. The Feast of the Passover was observed yesterday at a meeting of the Secoud Ad ventists held in their hall, at 101 Federal street, Allegheny. The ceremonies begun at 10 o'clock in the morning and continued throughout the day, nnder the guidance of Rev. C. T. Russell. There were about 400 persons present One 'of the delegates, or colporteurs, Mr. Webb, said his home was in Canada and that he had traveled 1,700 miles to be in attendance. There were oth ers from New York, Tennessee, Ohio, Illi nois, Iowa, Missouri, Michigaja and West was no proscribed form of cere mony, the attendants confining their ad dresses to experiences in spreading their faith and reporting on their work. This occupied the entire morning and a portion of the afternoon. At noon a' lunch was served in the hall, and again at 2 and 6 o'clock in the afternoon. Baptismal ser vices were conducted by Mr. Russell at' 2 o'clock, when 10 men and 12 women pro fessed the faith of sect and were received into the organization. In the evening the feast of the passover was celebrated alter Rev. Russell had de livered a short address, and all present ate of unleavened bread, signifying the purity of the flesh, as by faith the spirit is pure. There was a choir in attendance and hymns were sung, and at 10 o'clock the ceremony came to a conclusion. These ser vices are observed on Palm Sunday every year. A POKER OR A SHOYEL. A Colored Man Beat His Wife Into Insensi bility and Then Fled. Yesterday morning Mrs. Charles Hardy, of No. 217 Wylie avenue, was assaulted by her husband and injured so severely that her recovery is doubtful. The parties are colored. On Saturday evening Mrs. Hardy left the house and did not return until 11 o'clock yesterday morning. Hardy was there, and a quarrel ensued. He was sus picious, and her account of her movements did not satisfy him. He struck her on the side of the head with a blunt instrument. Mrs. Hardy dropped to the floor, and her husband left A neighbor came in and found the woman lying unconscious. Dr. Hiett was called in and soon restored her to consciousness. He. found that her scalp was badly gashed, and feared that her sknll had been iracturcd. She said she was uncer tain whether she had been struck with a shovel or a poker. Hardy has'not been seen since. The po lice expect to capture him before morning. SUPPOSED SUICIDE. A Tonne Man Grows Despondent on Ac count of His Mother's Death. Frederick Schurer, a driver of Stolzen bach & Pfeil, of the Southside, died very suddenly about 6 o'clock yesterday morning at his boarding house on South Twenty-second street He was apparently quite well on Satur day night when he went to bed, but about 2 o'clock Schurer aroused the other inmates of the house, as he was in a fit of convul sions. Dr. Christy was called, but the young man died soon after. The physician stated that brain trouble had caused Schurer's death, but his relatives think that he took poison, and they willtake steps to have a post mortem examination performed upon the body. Schurer's mother died some time ago, and it is supposed the fact preyed upon his mind to such an extent thafhe became tired of life. J. G. BENNETT ifc CO., Corner Wood Street and Fifth Avenne, ATe agents for the following celebrated makes of American and English stiff hats: American. Youman, Fifth avenue, New York. Dunlap & Co., Fifth avenue, New York. Stetson & Co., Fifth avenue, New York. ENGLISH. Heath & Co., London. Christy & Co.,- London. Lincoln, Bennett & Co., London. Harman & Co., London. A Big Thins Booth & Fox's Entire Stock of Elder-Down Quilts and pillows, transferred from New York to our store we madea very low offer, they accepted it. The goods are here. Come and see them to-day. JOS. HOENE & CO.'S Penn Avenue Stores. The Event of the Season! Easter millinery opening at The People's Store Thursday, April 18, continuing Fri day and Saturday. Campbell & Dick, H 83, 85, 87 and 89 Fifth avenue. B. it 11. Great offer of good zephyr ginghams to- day 12J4C ana loc goods wortn mucn more. Boggs & Buhl. Black Dbess Laces Entire new de signs in chantilly flouncings, and best and cheapest assortment ot fish, Russian and La Tosca nets in the city. MWTStt HUGVS &'HACKE. Easter Opening. , Ladies' suit parlor, Wednesday, Thurs day, Friday. Parcels & Jones, 29 Filth ave., over King's shoestore. Onyx Tables Rednced . Before removal from 20 to 25 per cent at Habdy & Hates, Jewelers, 533 Smithfield st B. it B. This is to be the great bargain week. Every department has a dozen special offer ings. Don't fail to supply vour wants this week. Boggs & Buhl. Don't Fall To get "Easter Morning" panel; at all the stores of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. this week. mwj For parlor, bedroom, dining or kitchen furniture call on Dain & Daschbach, 111 1 Smithfield street Prices guaranteed , to be the lowest Inthe city for rst-claH goods. PREFERRED DEATH TO ARREST. A Itfiwrencevllle Boy Jumps Into the River to Elnde Police Officers and Is Drowned Drinking Beer Was His Crime. A young man named "Reddy" McGraw, aged abont 17 years, was drowned in the Allegheny river yesterday afternoon while trying to elude arrest. He and about a dozen companions had 1 had on the river bank just below the Lucy furnaces at Fifty-second street Officers Hutchinson and Smith heard of the disor derly nctiona of the crowd and made a de scent upon them about 4 o'clock. The boys were warned of the Officers' approach and ran in every direction. McGraw, however, was not so successful in making his escape as the others, and seeing he could get off in no other direction, turned and ran directly for the water. He never stopped when he reached the water's edge, bnt plurged in, and being an expert swimmer was able to swim with his clothes on. Officer Hutch inson walked along the shore waiting nntil Mcfiraw would tire ont and swim ashore. but instead of doing that he swam on down the river nntil a short distance above 1 or-ty-seventh street, when he sank out of sight A raft was moved a short distance below, and some of the parties who had been watching said that McGraw was hid ing beyond the raft but a search was made, and it became evident that the boy had drowned. His parent, who live on Hem lock alley, were notified, and efforts were made to recover the remains. McGraw has the reputation among the police of being a bad boy. A warrant has been ont for, his arrest on some charge for several days. ABOUT MISSOURI PATRONAGE. That's Whaf Congressman rank, of St. Iionls. Is Going to Learn. Congressman Frank, of St Louis, passed through the city last evening, bonnd for Washington, to see the President about the patronage of Missouri. He represented thn Republican delegation of the State. Mr. Frank claimed that Missouri was being ignored. There are 11 Democrats from the State holding consular positions, and while they do not want all these men replaced by Mis sourians, they would like to have some of the best of these consulships. A Mammoth Sale of Elder-Down Qallts and Pillows. 455 eider-down quilts and over 1,700 eider down pillows Booth & Fox's best goods, entire stock of their New York branch prices very low. Sale begins this morning. JOS. HOENE & CO.'S Penn Avenue Stores. No Snch Hats In Town As the Paris makes to be shown at The Peo ple's Store Thursday, Friday and Satur day, on the occasion of our Easter opening. CAJirBEii, & Dick, M 83, 85, 87 and 89 Fifth avenue. Booth Si Fox Celebrated Irish Elder-Down Qnllls Their entire stock in this country on sale at bargain prices to-day hundreds all new and choice. Jos. Hobne & Co.'s Penn Avenue Stores. Enster Morning Is the most beautiful panel ever presented as a souvenir. Presented all of this week to each purchaser of 1 pound tea, 2 pounds coffee, or 1 pound baking powder, at all our stores. Gbeat Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. B. it B. A great oflering this week in wash India check silks, specially for children's dresses 75c worth a dollar and a quarter. Boggs & Buhl. New Dbess Goods Choice assortment of plaids, checks and stripes, just opened; two lines 50c and 75c per yard. itwtsu Hugos &Hacke. Ennmelrd Easter Stick Fins. Don't miss them. Price, ?1 75. For sale only at Habdt & Hates, Jewelers, 533 Smithfield st Easter Opening. Ladies' suit parlor, Wednesday, Thurs day, Friday. Latest Btyles of spring suits, house robes and wrappers. Pabcels & Jones, 29 Fifth ave. Don't Fall To get "Easter Morning" panel; at all the stores of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. this week. MWP 2J IN. "Wide, printed India silks, our regular $1 quality, reduced to 75c a yard. mwysu Huous & Hacke. fT WILL CUBi. COUGHS, IT WILL HEAL SORE THROAT, IT WILL SAVE MANY LIVES, IT IS SAFE FOR CHILDREN. KTDD'S COUGH SYRUP, KIDD'S COUGH SYRUP, KIDD'S COUGH SYRUP, Price, ZS cents, at all druggists- phepabed bt FLEMING BROa. PITTSBURG, PA ja23-MWT SHE HAS A NEAT FIGURE WHO WEARS A GOOD-FITTING CORSET, Besides being very comfortable. Try ours; If they do not fit bring them back. Tremendous assortment of " EASTER KID GLOVES, - All Prices. T. T. T. ::: THDMPBDN BROTHERS, 109 Federal Street, Allegheny. ' y 3 rir. 'v HEW ABVEXTISKKKNTS.'I JDS. -HDRNE i EEL'S PENN AVENUE STORES. - Busy days all over the store. The care taken to have every department fully and completely stocked with the ehoicest and largest assort ments is resulting in the .largest spring trade we have ever had not boasting; but plant facts that the dally results prove beyond ques tion. This week we call attention first and. fore most as Easter is near at hand the Millinery show is a prominent feature. Lovely Bonnets and Hats' are here in all their spring-tim glory; also Untrimmed Straw Goods for ladles'' and children, and a very choice line Hats tot boys' wear; while as to trimming materials, go where yon will, you cannot find more or newer Flowers, Feathers, Ribbons and all the accea sories needful to the manufacture of dainty and stylish head ontfitting than in our Millinery Department " Our greathig Dress Goods Department offers attractive new goods in tbe most fashionable colorings and at prices that make quick and large sales. The extensive variety is a strong point here, and prices on best goods are shaved close. The styles of Spring Suitings in.donble widtb goods are the most stylish, even when you take tha varieties under 50c a yard. We put on sale to-day a lot of 51-inch Jacquard Strlpesat50cthatarearemarkablebargaln. Our Cashmere stock Is unequalled In assortment of shades at 35c, 50c, 60c 75c, up to $1 25 a yard tbe46-inch. Cashmeres at 50c are especially cheap; tnen Serges, Plaids, Stripes. Combina tion Suitings; French Pattern Robes (S30 styles for $23, and extra choice ones at$12to20each)t Mohairs in plain colors and fancy printings, Stripes and Plaids; Sldeborder Saltings from 50c to finest; English tailor style Suitings in fine qualities; French Broadcloths for Direo toire costumes; fine Cheviot Striped Soitlnn at SI a yard a bargain; Empire Sidebordei Cballles at 75c; largest stock of Printed Chat lies, newest designs, at 30c and 50c: Cotton Chat lies at 5c and 12c a yard. Cream White ami delicate colors in Cashmeres, Albatross and Nuns' Veilings and Silks for graduating dresses. Best makes In Black Goods for Spring and summer wear, In staple and fancy weaves. This department always shows a proportionate ly large assortment with our stock of Colored Dress Fabrics, and at tbe same low prices. To increase sales in our Black Silk Depart ment we offer one lot of 23-inch Black Surah Silks at 75c. and one lot of 24-Inch Black Gro9 Grain Silks at 95c a yard; also, great values In Satin Rhadames. Armures, fancy Striped and Brocade Satins, an being purchased below the usual asked prices. Grand display of Novelties in Parasols this week $1 50 to S40 specimens on exhibition, in cluding our importation of English Sun Um brellas, with the long handle, that are so fash ionable. Some great bargains also In 28-Inch Umbrellas. Only new goods are shown here! Housekeepers find their wants In the Curtain, Upholstering and Furnishing line best supplied In our Curtain and Furnishing Department A drive White Crochet Quilts at 65c, 75c, 85a and SI, this last being a remarkable value; finer grades up to 515 each. Table Damasks and Napkins, all pure linen, choice new patterns, imported direct from tha makers, hence the low prices we ask. Towels In all qualities, with special bargains all through the assortment Enough to say of our Colored Silks that for reliable and handsome goods, Including largest variety, this Is the place. Our large trade goes to show that the prices are tbe lowest "Cable Dye" Fast Black Hosiery full lines in stock for men, women and children. No donbt as to this cable dye, at 25c or SI, the color is stainless. Our Dress Trimming and Button Depart ments show the latest styles, whether in low priced or tbe most extravagant imported novel ties, all are the newest, in black and colors. Our very successful Suit Opening In the Cloak Room will be continued this week, and interest will be added by our display of ladles', misses' and children's White Suits, Including-, all qualities of late design. Spring Wraps and Jackets in late styles and greater numbers than ever before and at prices to suit all. Large ar rivals of New Mantles, Beads and Lace Wraps, including special fine imported garments. Ginghams and Satin es, tbe finest qualities at lowest prices. About 250 more of those Em broidered Robe bargains. White and Black Figured Fast Black Henrietta Satlnes. Low priced Wash Goods bargain lots that will sell, quick. , Fancy Striped Flannels New styles at 35a, imported goods under cost; also, finer qualities In large variety. .j,v A visit to our store this week will please you." See .the 10 show windows full of Spring Novelties. l - 'wjk " -:; - -Ski JDS, HDRNrJ A LK PENN AVENUE STORES. V 608 TO 623. ' -" ..'UhI -; i',-1 trriitiw-ii '-''- - "ajap-xwJ7 a t $M &A & 3i&i 'fe&vJ:? rtfcS.i' -s, '-. t.-Ja. .