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and will graphically furnish
all readers -with events as
IE w BUSH
Like a Mad Torrent the Masses
of Boomers Broke Into
the Promised Land, '
CITIES ALREADY IN SIGHT.
One Eailroad Alone Carried
in Upward of Thirty
FOUR FOE EYERY FARM.
And in Some Cases a Dozen or More
Persons are Claiming One
WEAPONS IN THE HMDS OP ALL.
A If umber of Eager Boomers Were Drowned
in Attempting to Cross the
YAGUE EUMOES OP BLOODI CONTESTS
Oklahoma is open. At noon yesterday
the boomers swarmed over the line in a
dense stream. Then ensued a mad race for
land. 'Every farm in the territory is now
occupied and claimed by from 1 to 15 per
sons. Each one is backing up his alleged
rights with rifle and revolver. A number
of persons were drowned in fording streams.
There are unconfirmed reports of fights in
the remote districts. The land offices can
not attend to one-hundredth of the business
shoved upon them. Town site companies
are preparing for a bitter contest.
rsrxcxu. telegram to the dispatch.i
Guthbie, April 22. The gates ot Okla
homa, the beautiful land of the Chicka
saws, were swung open at noon to-day, and
restless torrents of humanity began to pour
over its soil. The hunting ground of the
Indian is now the home of the white settler.
Thewildness of yesterday is a populated
territory to-day. Every acre of land from
the Canadian to Cherokee strip has a claim
ant Every quarter section has its squatter.
Around the boundaries and railroad sta
tion whole colonies are camped on single
quarter sections. Horsemen are racing in
every direction to defeat the aims of rival
homesteaders. The land offices here and at
Lisbon are besieged by an army of eager,
impatient men, who are fighting and
struggling for a chance to file the records of
their claims down in Oklahoma City.
Guns Already nt a J'remlum.
Rival town site companies are preparing
to enforce their respective claims with "Win
chesters and six-shooters, and in conse
quence an additional large force of deputy
marshals have, been dispatched there to help
preserve order. Prom the banks of the
Canadian come vague, indefinite reports of
bloody encounters between old and new
boomers, but owing to the lack of telegraph
service the report cannot be confirmed.
Everything is in confusion and turmoil.
Forty thousand men are sleeping in the
open air. Some of them are without even
so much as blankets to protect them from
the night air. Thousands who are gathered
at the stations are bewildered and hardly
dare to move out ot sight of the troops and
They are like men at sea on a raft with
out rudder or compass. The vast expanse of
green plain offers them ho relief nor conso
lation. It is little more than a dreary des
ert in their eyes. Scores of them are penni
less, and are moving from tent to tent piti
fully beeging for something to eat. Many
spent all they had to get to the beautiful
land, and now, through an adverse fate,
tney are anchored to it as firm as its
tallest cottonwood. .
Everybody lVm on Time.
Tbe scramble for land began promptly at
12 o'clock, and for hours crowds poured into
Oklahoma over all the four borders. All
were eager; all were determined. From the
Cherokee strip came the great fleet of
prairie schooners, across the Canadian;
from the Chickasaw nation came troop after
troop of sturdy ponies, each one carrying a
boomer; from the Araphoe and Cheyenne
reservations on the west, came a yelling
mob of horsemen who fired volley after
volley to celebrate their final victory.
The Kiowa on the southwest and the
Cherokee and Creek nations on the east,
also furnished their contingent of boomers.
Upon the northern line the boomers' wagons
seemed to be less than a hundred feet apart,
and the white line extended east and west
from the railroad track as far as the eye
conld see. At the starting signal they
moved all together as if propelled by a com
The big draft horses, lashed by merciless
drivers, sprang ahead, and the lumbering
wagons rolled over the green turf at a speed
that would have done credit to roadsters.
Across the line they went together, great
waves of cheering breaking upon the air.
Undue at Fall Speed.
Guns were discharged; at first at irregu
lar intervals and then volleys that sent the
horses prancing ahead faster than before.
There was no halting; no hesitation. The
wagons continued on over the level green
plain until they were about halfway across
the northern tier of claims, and then up
ward of a hundred of them were brought to
a standstill. The others rolled on to the
Men, women and children poured from
the stationary schooners, and in an incred
ibly short time the foundations for tbe pion
eer homes of Oklahoma had been laid by
willing hands. Every farm had more than
one claimant. Some had two and three and
others as many as ten. They are all ready
to swear that they crossed the borders first,
and that theirs were the first improvements.
So it is all over the territory an d especially
on the sections adjoining Guthrie and
Oklahoma City. The land offices will have
many difficulties to decide before the week
One of The Dispatch correspondents,
accompanied by a courier, rode a fleet pony
from the north and rode clear down the
Cimarron river. Before nightfall hundreds
of horsemen dashed on ahead of the wagons,
riding as if their lives depended on their
efforts. Ponies and -men rnshed over the
broken trails and plains until many of them
fell from sheer exhaustion.
Some Exciting Scene.
In several instances the racers were close
enough to be intensely exciting The horses
ran side by side under the influence of whip
and spur. The wild riders paid little at
tention to each other, but kept their eyes
straight ahead. At "intervals one would
pull up on his pony, jump from his saddle,
and then taking his hat from his head,
would wave it with a loud hurrah as a sig
nal that he was on his chosen claim.
The others kept on to the river. Despite
all their plans, which were carefully laid
while they were camping in the valleys of
the 'Walnut and the Arkansas, the utmost
confusion marked the movements of the
boomers. They appeared to have an inade
quate idea of the land for which they were
chasing so eagerly. There were no stakes,
no marks, no nothing to guide them but
their eyes and their judgment, and in ex
ercising this they laid the foundation for
many bitter contests.
The horsemen in their wild haste filed
upon the farms to the number of four and
five, and then rather than lose what they
already possessed remained there glaring at
each other. Other cowboys, from ranges
in the Cherokee strip, joined in the scramble,
and their wild hurrahs as they tore along
on ponies fleet as deer could be heard all
along the northern border.
Speculator oil tbo Field.
Many, too, were in pursuit of land, not,
however, for the purpose of making it their
homes, but to satisfy an insatiable craving
for speculation, which is the inspiration of
more than one man who crossed the Okla
homa border to-day. From the claims to
Guthrie and Lisbon, where the land offices
are located, was another race. As fast as
men squatted, horses were saddled and then
sent jumping toward the treacherous
Cimarron. Fords were disregarded, the
horses were plunged into the boiling waters
at whatever point they reached the stream.
Many of them breasted the almost restless
tide, and carried their daring riders safely
out of danger, but others fell into the deadly
quicksands and were swallowed alive.
It is feared that many settlers have
perished in the same way. Few of them
from the north are acquainted with the
trails and fords. Having no means at hand
to get the desired information they ran
every gauntlet of danger. The ferryboats
that were to have been stationed at the
Clark ford, east of the trail, to give horse
men safe transportation across the river,
were carried down with the flood early in
EYEN WILDER STILL
Was the Great Scramble Over tbo Swollen
Canndian Elver Finns of tbe Old
. Boomer Some Early Bird
Who Captured the
Down the Canadian, where the colonies
of old boomers have been in 'camp for
months and years, the scramble was evan
wilder tBan on the northern line. The
river was high and dangerous. The banks
are deep and the soft earth affords bnt a
poor foothold even to Indian ponies. -Yet
thousands of men unhesitatingly plunged
their horses into the roaring stream.'
Deprived of all other means of entrance
to the land in which their hopes and aspira
tions have been centered, they faced the
danger and boldly risked their lives. It was
a strange sight to see hundreds of horses
struggling against the awful rush of water,
and the faces of the rough men who urged
them past the quicksands and guided them
through other channels of danger.
A great crowd of gamblers from Purcell
and other points along the Santa Fe stood
on the banks of the river and watched the
race in silence. Finally the ponies began
to clamber up the north bank, and some of
them waded their way through the soft earth
and carried their masters and riders into the
promised land with a dash that brought
forth cheer after cheer. Others fell back
into the water again and again, and went
down toward the rocks and the railroad
They Know What They Want.
The old boomers who got into Oklahoma
give but little evidence of uncertainty or
confusion. They had been there before.
They had staked the most desirable claims
in the Territory, and they knew the trails
that led directly to them. There was but
i-little competition among them. If they
raced their bronchos they did it to beat fel
lows they knew were swarming from the
They were all thoroughly armed, ready to
defend the land which they believed was
theirs by all rights. If they find strangers
upon their claims they will doubtless pre
cipitate conflicts which will result in blood
shed. In fact, they have formed a sort of
mutual protection association or colony, the
chief aim of which is to band its members
together for mutual protection. Every man
is under oath to help his fellow against the
invasion of strangers, whether he is right or
Many of the old boomers who foresaw the
difficulties and dangers that would attend
the crossing of the Canadian resorted to the
railroad and proceeded to Oklahoma City,
where they will endeavor by combining
their forces to control -the movement tor
If they can do this they believe they can
control the apportionment of town lots, and
thus make more money than if they simply
take up claims. '
Some Early Birds.
There was plenty of evidences during the
day that the bushes and gorges and creeks
along the southern half of the territory
were not entirely free from invaders. Before
the hour of setting open the gates,
many of the followers of Payne were
found complacently tilling the soil
alone the fertile sections south
of the Cimarron, when the boomers from
the East and "West reached them. How
they get there is only matter of conjecture,
but that they intend to remain they stated
with as much emphasis to every new-comer
as a six-shooter or Winchester could give to
plain language. It is safe to say that to
night every farm in the territory is in pos
session of one or more claimants, and
that there are from 20,000 to 30,000 more
wandering aimlessly about in search of
land. Here at Guthrie the rush is ter
rific The new Land Office building, from which
the Stars and Stripes are floating, is sur
rounded by a mob of howling men which is
being augmented by horsemen, who are gal
loping in from every quarter. Land Agent
Killey and his force ot assistants are unable
to give attention to a hundredth part of the
business that is being forced upon them.
The detachment of troopers, which has been
m mumn mmw
detailed around the building with a view to
keeping the Mob in an orderly line, is com
pletely worn out and the marshals under
Captain Farlisor are so tired that some of
them talk of resigning. .
THE RUSH BY RAIL.
One Road Poara In Between 20,000 and
30,000 Excited Boomers The Scram
bles to Get on Board Everybody
Armed and Prepared for Trouble.
Between "20,000 and 30,000 people were
dumped here to-day by the Santa Fe road,
which ran 22 immense trains from Arkansas
City at 9 o'olock, with men clinging to the
hand rails of the platforms. Superintendent
Turner, with the aid of officers and his own
assistants, tried to head the mob back by as
suring it that he had sufficient accommoda
tions for all, but he might as well have
tried to stop the flow of the Canadian. An
eager, expectant crowd was struggling to
reach the track and the first train.
Every man wanted to reach Okla
homa before every other man, and
there were not officers enough in the State
of Kansas to keep him from trying to fulfill
his ambition. As the train slowly pulled
out of the depot amid a volley of cheers
men ran after it trying to clutch the hand
rails and thus pull themselves aboard, hut
they were forced off by marshals and sent
back to join the scramble for a seat in the
The noise of the crowd was terrific Some
men in their eagerness and haste tossed
aside grips and blankets, and plunged into
the struggling, writhing mass of humanity
on the platform to tear their way to the,
platform. Coats were destroyed, hats were
crushed, and in some instances were bruised
and eyes blacked.
Trains Fire Minutes Apart,
Three hours were consumed in manning
the 20 trains in and out of the depot, and
by that time every man who was bound for
Oklahoma had been accommodated with
transportation facilities. The trains moved
across the Cherokee strip cautiously and
slowly. ' There was no need for hastening,
Thev were scarcely more than five minntes
apart as they, approached the land of
promise. Thousands of heads protruded
from the windows, and curious eyes feasted
on the green; panorama that lay before
As tbe noon hour approached there was a
noticeable increase of nervousness on every
side. Suddenly the cars seemed to bound
ahead and then they went swinging down
the track very lively. "We're across the
line, boys, in Oklahoma," was the word
that passed through every car, and it was
greeted with cheers. There was a tempo
rary halt at the Cimarron bridge, where the
engineer exchanged signals with strange
men who were armed with rifles, and then
the train load of pioneers went on over the
turbulent waters which have been the
grave of manv a brave fellow.
From the Cimarron to Guthrie the run
was a short one, and before many minutes
elapsed the high hill back of that station
came into view. The American flag floated
from its crest. The sight seemed to inspire
the crowd with enthusiasm.
Heady for Any Sort of Trouble.
There was as much fighting to get ont of
the cars as there had been to get in then),
but nobody was hurt and the coaches were
soon emptied. It was a curious sight to
watch the boomers after they had got fairly
on foot. Many of them gazed stupidly to
the north, south, east and west and then
moved ahead like men who were lost. They
started for the hills, and still others bent
themselves to the task of raising tents which
they brought wUhthemtO 'open -various
kinds of business. '
Those who went for the hills Were after
claims. They were a restless, tireless lot,
and were willing to enter the land with the
mounted men who were clattering to the
claims on every side of them. They were
all "well armed and evidently ready for any
sort of trouble.
The Dispatch correspondent at Okla
homa City telegraphs that the condition of
things there is even worse than here. The
town site settlers Of the southern cities are
nearly all Texans, Arkansans, and white
men lrom the Chickasaw and Creek nations.
Over at Kingfisher or Lisbon, where the
crowds brought in on the Bock Island are
gathering, there has been no trouble as yet.
TEN THOUSAND TOTES CAST.
Guthrie Organized Into a City and a munic
ipal Election Held.
Guthbie, April 22. No one who has
never seen a "Western town take form and
shape can comprehend how quickly a full
rigged city with a double-deck , boom
can be put in running motion.
Guthrie already has its mam
street, its Harrison street, its Guthrie ave
nue and its Oklahoma avenue, and this
morning it was a wilderness: the antelope
sported and the jack rabbit flapped its ear3
in the sun. In the afternoon at 4 o'clock
the firstmunicipal election occurred. The
election notice appeared to-day in the
Oklahoma Herald, a daily paper pub
lished at Guthrie on the first day of its ex
istence. Nearly 10,000 votes were polled, a3 there
are about that many men in Guthrie with
the intention of becoming citizens. The
leading candidates for Mavor were Adju
tant General Eeice, of Illinois; "William
Constantine, of Springfield, O., and T. L.
Summer, of Arkansas City. A strong dark
horse is T. Volney G. Hagglet, of Helena,
Dak. The count of the votes has not yet
GOOD FOE CAPTAIN AEMES.
A Number of Witnesses Attest to His
"Washington, April 22. The Armes
court martial began proceedings to-day by
the secret examination of Sergeant at
Arms Canady, of tbe Senate, and
Chief Bell, of the secret service.
It was currently reported that the
testimony of these witnesses, taken in con
nection with that of Colonel Swords last
Saturday, went to show that Captain Armes
hadappeared in the inaugural parade as a
special bodyguard to thePresident, and had
the highest warrant for his attendance.
General Limon gave some testimony to
show the high estimation in which Armes
had been held by President Lincoln and
Secretary Seward, he having saved "Wash
ington by timely warning from a Confeder
ate raid. Other evidence to establish the
good character of the accused was taken,
and when the court adjourned it was gener
ally understood that the proceedings would
THE NIPSIC HOT A TOTAL LOSS.
Ensine Given a Trial and Found to
Work All Right.
Washington, April 22. Bear Admiral
Kimberly has forwarded to the Navy De
partment a report from Chief Engineer
Kiersted, stating that the engine of the
Nipsic has been tried and worked well.
The propeller is considerably bent, and its
effective area much reduced.
The report says the ship can be moved by
steam if required.
Snpcilntendent Bell Resigns.
Washington, April 22. The resigna
tion of Nicholas M. Bell, Superintendent
of Foreign -Mails, Postoffice Department,
has been accepted by the Postmaster General.
NO WATER WANTED.
Massachusetts Decides to Stick by the
Tipple it Likes Best.
PROHIBITION BADLY KNOCKED OUT
The Majority Against'the Proposed Amend
ment Will Eeach 35,000.
A W0ESE DEFEAT THAN WAS EXPECTED.
Thirt-Party Teople the Only Workers for the Latest
As was predicted in a Boston special to
yesterday's Dispatch, the Prohibition
amendment in Massachusetts is defeated.
The majority, though, is greater than even
the most hopeful of the enemies of.the
amendment had expected. It is no less than
35,000. The straw is called a significant one,
and may mean much in Massachusetts pol
tSPECIAZ, TXIIGIU.K TO THC DISAfOTM
Boston, April 22. Too much water
started a landslide which has buried the
prohibitory party and the proposed Con
stitutional amendment under a drift of
about 35,000 votes. Nothing so destructive
to party hopes has struck this State since
General Butler whipped the Bepuhlican
party in 1882. The third party leaders
have not yet recovered the wind which was
knocked out of, them when the avalanche
struck them. It came when the polls closed
and the returns began to roll up the ma
jority against the amendment.
The public sentiment of Massachusetts
does not favor Constitutional prohibition,
and the friends of the measure find that
they have been basing their hopes upon an
unreliable estimate of public opinion. For
years past they have been demanding a sub
mission of the prohibitory question to the
people, and have taunted both parties with
cowardice.- They have argued that the
people would quickly shut up the grog
shops in the State if they had an oppor
tunity to vote directly on the question.
They have had the chance, and have re
jected it. Now the leaders are dumb.
LOCAL OPTION PBEFEBBED,
The people have decided to stand by the
local option law, which gives each town
and city the right to regulate the sale of
liquor within its own territory. The vote
shows that the people are not ready for pro
hibition. There is general surprise over the light
ness of the vote cast. In view of the earn
est solicitation of party leaders, it had been
expected that the response of the voters
would be unusually large, but there were
many thousands of voters who dodged the
- Tbey did not want to see the amendment
carried, and they were afraid to go on
record as voting in fayor of it. These stay-at-homes
were largely Republicans.
The dyed-in-the-wool Prohibitionists, of
course, stood by their guns to the last, but
they were sadly demoralized when the bat
'tie ended. They saw men who had always
voted against granting licenses walk up to
the polls with'No" allots in their hands,
bnt the "No", to-dav, -waaf nafiihe opposite
I of the "No" ballot used in the local option
There-were men who have never thought
of voting with the rum power who could not
agree with the straight-out Prohibitionists
as to the feasibility of adopting the amend
ment. They voted against their cold water
brethren, and called down upon their heads
loads of abuse.
LIVELY SCRAP AT THE POLLS.
In Everett there Was a lively scrap in
front of the polling place, growing out of a
little heated crimination and recrimination.
A man who was peddling "No" ballots re
sented the imputation that he was a "rum
mie" by calling the other man a liar. There
was a knock-down, a drag-out, intervention
of friends, and voting was resumed as
though nothing had happened.
The members of the Woman's Christian
Temperance Union did yeoman service for
the cause of prohibition, but they were not
permitted to vote themselves, and their gen
tle arguments were of little avail at this
eleventh hour. Some committees stuck
close to the ballot boxes aud dis
tributed "Yes" ballots. Others pre
sided with more dignity and grace
at the collee tables which were spread in
nearly all of the precincts, bnt the majority
of the women spent most of their time in
the several churches throughout the Com
monwealth. Services were held in Evan
gelical churches from the opening to the
closing of the polls, and the women and
pastors and deacons prayed while the politi
cians and other citizens voted.
After the opening hour there was little
excitement around the polls. There was no
rush of importance, and the "prohibs" did
not even have the pleasure of being wiped
out in a spirited contest They died a slow,
BOSTON ONE OF THE SUEPEISES.
Boston wa3 expected to vote heavily
against the amendment, but the friends of
the liberty-restraining legislation did not
expect to hear such an overwhelming nega
tive vote. When the votes were counted
the anti-amendmentists were in theplnrality
by 20,015 votes out of a total vote of 42,135.
When they saw those figures, the Prohibi
tionists saw that the country would add to
rather than alleviate their suffering.
But the greatest surprise came from
Quincy, the home of Henry H. Fax
on, the famous liquor dealer detec
tive, who in five years spent more than
$36,000 out of his own pocket to convict
rumsellers. Faxon managed to answer a'
call to the telephone, and in vre
sponse to a question as to the vote
of Quincy, said: "We're snowed
under completely, but we'll have a nice
time coasting on Democratic sleds next fall."
Quincy cast 491 votes for the amendment
and 1,059 against it Last year the town
(now a city) cast a vote of 1,394 to 458
against granting license. There was a
change of nearly 900 votes against prohibi
Brockton's vote of 3,02G against license
fell to 1,428 against the amendment. In
1888 Malder voted against licenses 1,803 to
C13. To-day the ote stood 1,050 to 1,216
against the amendment
The following is the vote of the cities:
HOW THE CITIES VOTED.
Boston 11, W0
Taunton . tin
ew Bedford 1,303
Salem '. 2.M9
Maiden .... 1,050
Cambridge, the city in which Harvard
students are taught mugwnmpian ideas and
all the latest scientific points in pugilism,
etc., turned a vote of 4,483 to 3,819 against
licenses to 4,621 to 1,983 against prohibition.
Harvard boys must have their night-caps
within easy reach or they won't have any
standing among other college students.
' The returns from the towns were even
APRIL 23, 1889.
more surprising than the vote of the oilies.
The cider agitation evidently stirred up the
farmers, and they were out in force to kill
the amendment. The resultof to-day's vote
may not be seen until next fall, but it is
everywhere admitted that the third party
leaders have sharpened their knives and
axes for a regular monkey-and-parrot time
with the Bepublicans.
A Test Case to Decide tbe Legality of a
Singular Manner of Defraudlngn Mutual
Insurance Company Money Col
lected on Fake Corpses.
SPECIAL, TELZGEAM TO THE DISPATCH. J
Chaeleston, S. C, April 22. About a
year ago the startling discovery was made
that there existed in Charleston a well-engineered
scheme to defraud mutual insur
ance companies. The whole, plot was un
raveled, and the chief swindlers were tried
and convicted of forgery, and ane now in
the penitentiary at Columbia. A family by
the name of Bond were the chief instigators
of the swindle. The total amount collected
'by ,the "trust" was abont 580,000, which
was paid by drafts on several New York
City banks in sums varying from $2,000 to
&The method pursued was to insure a ficti
tious person in several mutual insurance
and benefit societies, making the loss pay
able to either the wife or mother of the as
sured, and then at the proper time to furn
ish a corpse from the potter's field to imper
sonate the fictitious individual mentioned
in the certificate of membership, and a liv
ing woman to act the role of widow or
mother. In some cases the insurance on a
single individual was as high as $10,000,
and in others as low as $2,000.
This swindle is recalled by an action
'which is now pending in the New York
courts for the recovery of $2,000 paid after
the supposed death ot an imaginary mem
ber of tne Itoyal Templars of Temperance
early in September, 1886. The Supreme
Council of the Boyal Templars of Tem
perance at Buffalo received a notification
from John H. Bond, the Secretary of
the Charleston branch of the society, of the
death of C. S. Smith, which was alleged to
Tiave occurred on September 1, the day after
'-the earthquake. The usual proofs of death,
membership, and other vouchers being in
closed, the Secretary of the Supreme Coun
cil of the Royal Templars purchased of the
bank of Attica, of Buffalo, a draft for
$2,000 on the Importers and Traders' Na
tional Bank of New York City. This check
the Secretary indorsed to the order of Sarah
L. Smith, tbe presumptive mother of the
deceased man, and then sent it to John H.
Bond, to be by him handed to Mrs. Smith.
Tom Bond signed Mrs. Smith's name on
the back of the check, together with his own
name, and got the draft cashed by the Caro
lina Savings Bank. The Carolina Savings
Bank forwarded tbe draft to its New York
correspondents the Ninth National Bank,
Who indorsed it and sent it through the
clearing house, where it was sent to the Im
porters and Traders' Bank, which paid it.
The suit is to decide who will lose the
money, and will be a test case
PLATED A LOSING GAME.
A Scheme to Jtlllk a Street Railroad Com
pany for Damages Falhb
IEFECIAI. TELEGRAM TO THE DISFATCK.1
New Yoek, April 22. Lawyer Arthur
P. Conlin aud Henry C. Dubois and Sarah
E. Dubois, his wife, wef e arrested in Brook
lyn to-day accused of conspiracy. The ar
rests were made on warrants issued on the
complaint of Henry W. Slocum, Jr., acting
President of the Crosstown Eailroad
Charles Carlstrand,' a -driver, 'was arrested
three days ago on a bench warrant in con
nection with the same offense.
Dnbois made arrangements with his wife
that she should throw herself from one of
the horse cars of the company in such a
way as to make it appear that the accident
was due to the carelessness of the driver.
Carlstrand was to be conveniently near when
the incident occurred, so as to be able to
testify against the company, and arrange
ments were made beforehand, as alleged,
with lawyer. Conlin to bring the suit
One such occurrence, in which all these
persons figured, took place on July 10. Mrs.
Dubois either fell or threw herselt under a
crosstown car in Park avenue, near Wash
ington. She made a claim on the company
through Lawyer Conlin, but the company
refused to settle and a suit was brought,
which resulted in the jury awarding the
plaintiff damages to the amount of $250.
Carlstrand was one of the chief witnesses for
it is now asserted that the aocident was
all planned days ahead, the time and place
where Mrs. Dubois wasto fall from the car
being arranged, and this was only one of
several other similar plots in which these
persons have been engaged in this city and
Brooklyn. Carlin and the other prisoners
were locked up to-night in the Adams street
police station. They deny the charge.
' SWEPT BY FOREST FIRES.
McKenn and Potter Counties Suffer Grent
Loss by Ibe Flames.
rSPECIAt. TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCn.l
Beadfobd, April 22. Forest fires have
been raging throughout McKean county all
day, and some valuable timber lands are to
tally destroyed. As yet no oil property
has suffered, but it feared that unless
checked soon, some rigs and tanks will be
destroyed. In the Allegany field.they have
been fighting forest fires all day, aud now
have the flames under control. A number
of barns and crops of hay have been de
stroyed. The' business portion of the village of
Scio.Allegany county, was totally destroyed
to-day. No estimate can be given of the
loss in Allegany county, owing to the pros
tration of the wires. No lives are reported
lost. At Keating Summit, Potter county,
a large saw mill and a large amount of
sawed lumber was totally destroyed. The
loss is estimated at $5,000.
CIIURCIIILL TO CHAMBERLAIN.
The Tory Lord neaps Repronch Upon The
London, April 22. Lord Eandolph
Churchill, in an angry letter reproaching
Mr. Chamberlain for his want of mag
nanimity alter the Conservative sacrifices
in Birmingham, and justifying in detail
his own actions, bluntly tells Mr. Cham
berlain that if the Conservatives choose to
test their strength throughout Birmingham
the result would certainly be the annihila
tion! of Mr. Chamberlain and his friends,
who, if they have Unionism at heart, had
better moderate their pretentions and con
ciliate rather than provoke the Conserva
tives. EATHEE TOO AVABICIOUS.
A Pension Agent Convicted of Appropriating
Cleveland, April 22. Major Daniel
O'Driscoll, for many years a lawyer in this
city, but recently a pension agent at Wash
ington, was to-dav convicted in the "United
States Circuit Court here of violating the
O'Driscoll was charged with withholding
$1,000 of the $1,700 pension obtained by him
for Mrs. Phoebe Itich. Bail was refused
tbe prisoner, and he was committed to jail.
Cnrrylnc on tbe Wnr.
A well-attended temperance meeting at the
Centenary Church. Kirlcpatrick street, last
night was addressed by the Kov. J. 8. Llttell,
ot the Second U. P. Church. Rev. J. T. Mc
Crory will address the meeting next Monday
STUCK ON BASEBALL.
Novel Excuse of a Legislator for
Absence From His Post of Dnly.
HE SAW HIS HOME CLUB BEATEN.
Mr. McManes Hustling to Save the Judges'
Increase of Salary Bill.
NEWS THAT WAS A FEW MINUTES LATE.
A Fine Parliamentary Tolnt Causes a Fiie-Minute
The 57 members of the House who were
absent from Friday's session without leave,
were brought beiore the bar yesterday, and
after listening to their excuses most of
them very flimsy all were excused, with
the understanding that this will be their
last offense. The New York junketing bill
passed second reading, with an amendment.
Mr. Lafferty's pool bill was reconsidered by
rrBOX A STATS' COBBESFOHOKKT.l
Habbisbubg, April 22. Fifty-seven
members of the House of Eepresentatives
were brought to the bar of the House this
afternoon to explain why they had been ab
sent from Friday afternoon's session without
leave. They appeared in a body,
but spoke individually. Many had
been called away suddenly by busi
ness, and others had made business engage
ments before the Friday afternoon session
had been decided on that could not be
broken at a moment's notice. Each was ex
cused as he concluded his explanation, with
the exception of Chairman Dearden, of the
Appropriation Committee, who spoke so
contemptuously of the proceedings that
he was not permitted by the Speaker
to finish. Ex-Speaker Bay, of Cambria,
who presided oyer the House in 1852, con
vulsed everybody, including Speaker
Boyer, with his statement, and insisted on
completing it, so that everyone could un
derstand his position, though several mo
tions were unanimously carried during its
continuance to excuse him. Mr. Bay said
and he said much of it with emphasis:
SIMPLY A BASEBALL CRANK.
Mb. Speaker I confess, sir, that I have no
valid excuse at all, except my love for the
game of baseball. I was seduced out of the
House by my admiration for that game, be
cause a baseball club was here from Altoona,
in my immediate neighborhood, and I have such
an admiration for their skill in playing that
game. I camo here at 2:30 o'clock that afternoon
and found there was no quorum here, and so
came to the conclusion I might be absent
which I ought not to have done, I will admit.
But I went up to that . game, and I saw there
'that club, in which I had implicit confidence,
routed horse, foot and dragoons by the Harris
burg club, and I reflected on the vanity of
human wisdom. That sir, is my excuse, and
the only one I have.
The Dearden incident created a positive
sensation, and is the subject of mnch com
ment The stenographic report of his tilt
with the Speaker lollows:
Mr. Dearden I don't know as I have any par
ticular excuse to offer. 1 don't think very
much of these proceedings. I went away be
cause The Speaker These proceedings are under
the call of tbe House, and it is a very disagree
able dnty for the Chair to perform.
Mr. Dearden I should say so. More farcical
than tbe running, away on Friday.. I went
away because my personal Interest required It
and 1 don't think much of these proceedings
The Speaker Tbe Chair will not listen to
such remarks from the gentleman. The Chair
will not listen. to the gentleman's excuse at this
SOME LEGITIMATE EXCUSES.
Mr. Jones and Mr. Lemon were among
those brought to the bar. The former had
been called home by the illness of his wife.
On behalf of the latter the Speaker made
the statement that Mr. Lemon had been
summoned home by the death of a friend
and he (the Speaker) had promised to se
cure him leave of absence, but had forgot
ten it in the rush of business.
After all the qthers had been heard, the
Speaker annonnced that all had beep ex
cused save Mr. Dearden. On motion he
was also excused, and immediately there
after, on motion of 'Messrs. Marland, of
Pittsburg, and Neff, of Fayette, the whole
proceedings were expunged from the record.
ADJ0DENE0 FOR F1TE MINUTES. ,
A Fine Point, but One That Was Considered
FBOM A STAFF COBRESP01TDINT.J
Habbisbubg, April 22. During the
discussion over the National Guard appro
priation bill, this afternoon, Representative
Kratz, of Montgomery, who has gained
some reputation as" a constitutional objector,
raised the point of order that the House
having taken recess on Friday afternoon
until this afternoon, the consideration of
Monday's calendar was out of order, and
that therefore the National Guard bill,
which was a special order for second read
ing at 4 o'clock this afternoon, could not be
Speaker Boyer at opce decided that the
point was not well taken, because the
special order was for a certain hour on
Monday; but after the debate on the bill
had progressed for almost an hour.the chair
reached the conclusion that Mr. Kratz was
right, and that his point ot order was well
taken. This" left the House in a snarl
which could only be unraveled only by ad
journment, and on motion of Representa
tive Fow, the House adjourned until 4:55
o'clock. It was then 4:50. Whenjit recon
vened, the regular Monday afternoon
calendar was taken up and regularly con
sidered. HIE NEWS WAS TOO LATE.
A BUI Signed by the President of tbe Sen
ate n Little Too Soon.
rrBOM A STAFF CORRESPONDENT.
Habbisbubg, April 22. Senator New
myer's bill for the renewal, every five
years, of municipal liens, was brought
to the attention of the House
again this afternoon, by a mo
tion to" reconsider the vote by which it
was passed. This and a motion to postpone
for tne present were carried, but the news
didn't reach the Senate in time to prevent
thePresident of that body signing It after
9 p. M. All Speaker Boyer could do then
was sign it
The only thinjr now is to pass a resolution
through the Legislature to recall the bill
from the Governor or to induce his Excel
lency to veto it. , '
THE POOL BILL HAS A SHOW:
It is Reconsidered in the Ilonse by a Signifi
FROM A STAFF COBBXSFONDEXT.l
Habbisbubg, April 22. In the House,
to-day, the pool bill, which was defeated
last week, was reconsidered by a vote of 91
On the basis of the vote to-dav, Mr.
Lafferty's bill has a fair show for passage
upon another trial.
Must Pay Their fhvn Way.
(SPECIAL TELEGRAM TO TUB DISPATCH.:
Habbisbubg, April 22. In the Senate
-to-day Mr. Packer offered a resolution,
wTiirri trna odnnroil onfTioriTinff IllP frfitP
nM tft ttnnnln t AAtnmiroinn n Tier A Trt TtYrt
resent the Stite at the Paris Exposition ttr
their own expense. f- tXJ'
THAT NEW YOEK JDNKET.
BUI for tbe Payment of tbe Expense
Thereof Not Yet Passed.
ISPZCIAt. TELEGUAM TO TUB DISPATCH. 1
Habbisbubg, April 22. The bill
appropriating $12,000 to pay the
subsistence of Pennsylvania troops
at the New York Centennial in
case of an emergency, was amended by the
House to-day so as to provide for the ex
penditure of the money for transportation,
food and clothing, which makes it practi
cally the measure as introduced.
In this shape the bill passed second read
ing. NOT SUBE OF ITS PASSAGE.
Sir. McManes Hustling to Save tbe Judges'
rrnou a staff cohkesfondent.i
Habbisbubg, April 22. James Mc
Manes, of Philadelphia, came here to-day
to smooth away the opposition to the judges'
salary bill. He thinks the Philadelphia
members are all right, but the Allegheny
and rural members worry him.
An attempt will be made to pass the bill
GIYING ALE A CHANCE.
The Inter-State Commerce Commission No
tifies 150 Railroad and Navigation
Companies of a ncarlng" in
Which Tbey Are Alt
Washington, April 22. The Inter
State Commerce Commission has had under
consideration several complaints of George
Bice, petitioner, versus the Cincinnati,
Washington and Baltimore Baiiroad Com
pany and others. The commission, in con
sidering the complaints, has found that in
addition to the question of reasonableness of
rates, the following other questions are also
raised, namely: The question of the" like
classification of barrel and tank oils, and of
tbe right of the railroad company to. charge
for the weight of the barrel package, in
addition to the weight of the contents.
Discrimination arising from the re
turning of empty tank cars
'fr:e ot charge, and also of the paying of
mileage rate on such .empty tank cars;
whether railroad companies are obliged to
furnish tank cars as well as cars of other
descriptions for oil transportation.
It further appears to the commission that
the questions here presented are such as
will affect, or may affect, nearly all the
railroads of the country over which oil is
shipped. In order to avoid a multiplicity
of complaints, and to secure as far as
possible a settlement of these "ques
tions that may be general and
just, and in order to give all of the prin
cipal railroad companies of the country an
opportunity to be heard, if they so desire,
upon these questions in these proceedings,
the commission has ordered that the ten
dency of said proceedings be made known
to said carriers by notice lrom the commis
sion, and such notice has been accordingly
issued to about 150 railroad? and navigation
companies throughout the country.
Each of the carriers is informed that upon
prompt application by such of them as de
sire to intervene or to be heard in these pro
ceedings, a copy of the complaint in these
cases will be furnished to them by the Inter-State
Commerce Commission, and they
can, if they desire, present arguments and
be heard upon all questions involved. Any
other railroad company in any State or
Territory of the United States not receiving
notice may avail itself, if it so desires, of
the opportunity afforded by this notice, in
the same manner in .all respects, as the
other roads receiving notice.
Physicians and a Priest Testify to Sirs.
The inquiry into tbe sanity of Daisy
Hutchinson was continued yesterday. Daisy
was put on the stand and closely cross
questioned by Mr.McKenna. She denied that
she ever said her sister had been murdered
and answered all the questions asked very in
Dr. J. Gny McCandless testified that he had
talked with Daisy, and he was sure she is not
Insane. Dr. WVD. Brown signed the certificate
to get her out of the insane department of the
St. Francis Hospital.
Father Gregory, of the hospital, had con
versed with Daisy by request of the sisters and
he was soon convinced she is perfectly sane.
THE NEW TEACTI0N BRIDGE.
A Charter Issued for the One Between Sixth
and Seventh Streets.
A charter was issued by the State Depart
ment yesterday to the City Bridge Company
of Pittsburg. The capital stock is fixed at
$100,000 and the bridge is to be built not nearer
than 250 feet to any existing bridge. It is to be
exclusively for traction cars, and will be used
byanybf the Pittsburg companies that desire
to use it.
The stockholders are Joshua Rhoades, who is
President; F. C. Hutchinson, who is Treasurer;
George C. Wilson, George Rice, A. C. JlcCal
lan. Jr., and J. A. McDevitt, of Lancaster, who
once was Mr. Magee's candidate for State
Treasurer against Mr. Quay.
The Retail Grocer Will Hold Tbelr First
Sleeting; This Slornlng.
The committee in charge of the Eetail
Grocers' Association which convenes this
morning in the exchange rooms on Liberty
street have completed all their arrangements.
About 20 delegates from Eastern Pennsylvania
arrived last night, and about 75 are expected to
On the third day the delegates will visit the
miUs of the rity in carrliges. A regular pro
gramme. Including a banquet, has oeen mapped
W. S. WEIGLEY DROWNED.
The Paper Box. Manufacturer Took n Fatal
Canoe Ride Last Night.
W. S. Wrigley, a manufacturer of paper
boxes on Bobinson street, Allegheny, and
whose home is on Federal street, was
drowned in the Allegheny river near the Union
bridge last night In company with his
brother-in-law, Frank Jnsenhaus, he went out
to ride in a small canoe, and when near tbe
Pittsbnrg side the boat capsized. Both men
were thrown into the water. Josenhaus swam
to tbe shore, but Wrigley was drowned before
aid could reach him.
NEW THEATRICAL MANAGEE.
Walter P. Dean, of Baltimore, is In Charge
or Harris' Theater.
Walter P. Dean, of Baltimore, has ar
rived in Pittsburg and taken charge of Har
ris' Theater as local manager of this popular
house. General Representative Friedlander
will remain in the city for a few days Initiating
Manager Dean into ino Dnsiness oi tne tneater.
Mr. Dean has for several years been con
nected with Mr. Harris' enterprises, ana being
an energetic and genial young gentleman, will
add even new popularity to the local play
house. BAD PITTSBURG LIGHTS.
They Cause a Judgment for $30,610 to be
Rendered for n Boat.
Tbe Court of Claims in Washington yes
terday gave judgment, lor $30,610 in favor of
Walton & Bunton in their suit against the
Government lor damages sustained by their
vessel Isaac V. Bonton in colliding with a
wharf at Pittsburg, which. Jt Is alleged, was
not properly provided with lights.
W1U ba reaped by an -who
advertise in The Dispatch.
It reaches jererr home ana
is read by BTerybody. It
yon are in business let the
Subtle know it through THE
GraFv Judge White to Re-
NOTABLES KNOCKED OUT,
Including Wealthy Brewer Darling
ton, Who Says H Was Personal.
SOME IXSTErCTIYE COMPARISONS.
Less Than One-Tenth as Many Authorized
Denlers la Pittsburg as There Were
Before the Brooks Lair Decimated
Them Tbe Conditions Laid Down by the
Court for tbe Few Who Are Permitted to
Sell Only 183 Granted in tbe County
Prominent Retailers Step Down and Out
WItb Some of Ibe Greatest Wholesalers
and Brewer Only n Few Will Consent
to Be Interviewed Tbe Complete List of
Winners and Loser.
Ninety-three persons are authorized to
sell drinks to the something more than 220,
000 people of Pittsbnrg for the coming year.
These have Judge White's O. K. Perhaps
they have heart enough and life enough left
to unite with the poet in singing: "
'Twos a victory? Yes; but it cost us dear;
For that company's roll, when called at night;
Of a hnndred men who went into the fight, f
Numbered but twenty that answered "Herel"
Those whose licenses were refused proba
bly won't sing. Most of them and their
friends will probably do a good deal of
Something has struck the liquor business
in Allegheny county. It is hit; that's cer
tain. It wasn't a cyclone that dissipated it
It wasn't prohibition not quite. It was
simply subtraction that was it Two
thirds from three-thirds left one-third last
year. Something less than two-thirds from
that one-third doesn't leave many fractions
of a third this year. Just think of itl 93
licenses in Pittsburg are less than one
tenth of the number in vogue in the city
before the Brooks law went into operation.
If it knocks out nine-tenths of the business
in a little over a year, how much quicker
will prohibition knock it out?
Judge White, after a hard day's work,
finished his labors in the License Court at
9 o'clock last evening. He granted retail
license to 93 persons in Pittsburg, 39 in Al
legheny, 35 in the boroughs and 21 in the
townships, a total of 188 in the county. In
the matter of wholesale licenses he was not
more liberal. He granted wholesale license
to 43 firms in Pittsbunr, 13 in Allegheny, 7
in the boroughs and 1 in the townships, a
total of 64."
C0UNCTL31EN CALLED DOWN.
Even this was coupled with the condition
that all members of Council in either city
should resign their seats before getting their
licenses. Added to this, Judge White im
posed the following- as the terms on which
he granted license:
With reference td the retail list he raid:
First That the licensee .shall carry on
strictly retail business, and faithfully observe
all laws relating to the sale of liquors.
becond That the licensee do not sell in
buckets, pitchers or vessels of like character,
and do not make a business of bottling and
For a violation of these conditions tbe license
will be revoked.
Referring to the wholesale list he said:
First That the licensee in each class shall
carry on a strictly legat business of his class,
and faithfully observe aUlaws relating to the
manufacture and sile of liquors.
Second That he do not sell or furnish any
liquors to houses refused alicense or suspected
ot selling; illegally; or sell or furnish any
liquors to drinking clubs; if a distiller or brewer
be shall not sell in jugs; if a wholesale dealer
be shall not make a business of bottling or sell
ing in bottles.
For a violation of these conditions the license
will be revoked.
The Coancilmen who are affected bv the
first condition are: John O'Neill, 'Fifth
ward; M. C. Dwyer, Eighteenth ward; J.
W. Buhlandt, Twenty-sixth ward, and P.
S. Huckenstein, Seventh ward, Allegheny.
AIL SHOWN AT A GLANCE.
The following table shows the number of
retail licenses granted last year, the number
granted and the applications made this year:
Eleventh. .. ..........&
A Wlttll.... .....................
Fifteenth... ....& ....
Sixteenth,... .... ......
Thirty-second... ...... ..........
257 93 613
"Wjuid, pa 5 i
o a 2
a it & e o jt jlx
Second. . S A IT
Third 15 7 10
Fourth 20 14 47
Fifth, 5 3 18
Sixth .. 8 3 22
Seventh. 8 2
Eighth 4 18
Ninth 4 2 12
Tenth..... ..... ..... 114
Eleventh ..... 0 0 8
Twelfth 10 3
Thirteenth.. 10 5
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