Pittsburg dispatch. (Pittsburg [Pa.]) 1880-1923, April 24, 1889, Image 1

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The Dispatch has a
Special Courier
with tbe Oklahoma Boom
ers. He will enter the New
Canaan with them to-day;
and will graphically furnish
all readers with events as
" Not Even Water Can be Secured
v by the Thirsty Thousands
in Oklahoma.
A Railroad Wreck and Some Shootins
Make Matters Lively."
The Opening of the Territory at Noon Mon
day Was n. Farce Many Persons Were
in Biding: in Advance All of tho Cbolce
Land Wat Claimed Before the Uonr
Government Employes Implicated In tbe
Deal Only One Murder In the Vicinity
of Gntbric Tho Booming City of King
fisher Official Reports Sent to Wash-incton.
' The Territory of Oklahoma is one sea of
trouble. The disputes over land claims are
but a small part of the difficulties. Some of
the boomers have to sleep in the open air
without a blanket. It is almost impossible
to secure even water to drink. Open
charges are made that the Territory was
filled by men in the interest of speculators
in advance of the time of opening. All of
' the town sites and chojee claims were thns
secured. The worst tales of bloodshed are
so far unconfirmed. But one man has been
killed near Guthrie.
rsrxciAi. telegbam to the DisrATcn.l
Guthrie, April 23. A railroad wreck
occurred early this morning eight miles be
, low this point. At first all sorts of sensa
tional stories were circulated as to the num
ber of killed and injured. Two freicht
trains had collided, and the passengers who
were on the caboose cars jumped in time to
save themselves. The locomotives were
badly damaged. The accident is said to
have been due to the negligence of the night
operator at this place. As this is a single
track road all trains are blocked.
The settlers at the point retired last night-
without a quarreL All during the night
the click of the hammer could be heard on
all sides of the town. This morning at 2
o'clock the homesteaders began to assemble
at the land offices and at 5 o'clock there
. were 3,000 men waiting in line to make fil
ings for claims.
A Source of Annoyance.
Great annoyance is caused by the railroad
ulingto deliver freight. Tentavsbipped
from Kansas City ten days ago haveiot ar
rived yet. A large number of boomers
slept, or rather tried to obtain rest last night,
out on the ground without as much ts a
blanket to protect them from the damn.
Another annoying yiact is the scarcity of
water. There is a creek running through
the town, but the water is red and blackish.
There is a large water tank at the station,
and some of the settlers paid 25 cents for a
pail ot water at this reservoir.
The noon hour for opening the territory
was a farce. The brush and ravines were
fall of men when the time came to settle on
the land. Much dissatisfaction exists here
on account of this fact, and no doubt in
some cases the charge is true that 'certain
men interested in real estate and other
speculative schemes 'had men concealedhere
to squat on lots the moment the sun marked
12 o'clock.
Complaints Are tone and Load.
Another cause for complaint is that Gov
ernment employes have filed claims and
taken town lots in direct violation of the
law. There are as yet no telegraphic facili
ties at this point for the convenience of the
commercial world. There is an office here,
bnt strict orders 'are in force to take nothing
except railroad matter.
Deputy Marshal J. G- Varnnm, who has
just arrived here, says that Martin Colbart,
a wealthy citizen of the Chickasaw Nation,
was killed in a quarrel over a claim by a
man named Noland. About 14 miles west
of Oklahoma City a man was found dead on
a claim. Another man who gave his name
as Martin was sitting about 20 yards from
the dead man taking things coolly and
Upon being questioned as to the cause of
the shooting, he informed the deputy that
he had, a few moments before noon on
x Monday, left his wife and children on the
t, r - other side of the river, and, arriving on his
claim, had some difficulty with the man
whom he shot in self-defense. About three
miles west of Guthrie there was a duel be
tween a man who had been sleeping in the
brush,for the last two or three weeks and
another man who came through on the first
train. It is said that the man who.had
been hiding in order to jump the claim
V ordered his rival off, and, on his refusal to
go, leveled a "Winchester and fired three
bullets into his body.
Some Ratber Exciting Scenes.
j iOverin the new town of Noble Deputy
Z, Martin says the scenes were the most ex
citing. Texas cowboys and Chickasawa
hllfbreeds mounted all of the ponies that
conldiBeSfound and started on a dead run
with'Winchesters in their hands. Their
horses were urged to the greatest possible
speed and took equal interest in the chase.
These men were employed by a wealthy
Texan colony, and within a few hours after
noon they had the town government organ
ised. - L. L. Howe was elected Mayor, Albert
t? Bennie is the United States Commissioner.
The town has a population of 15,000 people.
j , Some of its prominent citizens are S. J.Gar-
vin, G. W. Kimbling, James Bennie, "W.
M. Howard, Isaac Precitt, Adam Beatty
and Hugh Campor. The military has an
easy job looking alter Guthrie. Not a
, single disturbance except town lot wrang
ling has yet occurred.
Some of the boomers here have organized
v a town to be called "West Guthrie. It is a
question though whether they can do this
ileFaUy ftoat satisfying lour, or five cn-"-
testants for this claim and several boomers
had already squatted on different portions
of it
The Only Murder Near Guthrie.
About 5 o'clock in the evening, a pistol
report across the Cottonwood creek, west of
the denot, outside of the town site reserve,
attracted attention. In a moment a man
on horseback went west over the hill at a
break-neck speed. Two deputy United
States marshals went over, but were told
that nothing had ocean ed. A correspond
ent got a boat and crossed the stream, how
ever, to investigate.
In the bushes were collected half a dozen
men. On the ground and beside a half
made grave was stretched all that was left
of S. T. Compis. A ball from a revolver
had passed entirely through his breast, com
ing out of the back. He lived half an hour
after being shot and was dead when the re
porter reached him. Efforts were made to
conceal the body, and only an assurance of
the strictest confidence allowed.the reporter
there, and then he did not reveal his busi
ness. The face was at once recognized as that of
a man who had eaten dinner with the scribe.
Then Compis said he and his partner had
entered Guthrie on ponies. All the lots
were gone and they swam the Cottonwood
and had staked a claim. As they were
driving the last stakes, a fellow was discov
ered in the bushes on the bank of the creek.
It Was a Disputed Claim.
This man said he had already staked his
claim. Compis and his partner offered to
divide. To this the fellow objected and
warned them he would shoot before he
would divide. Compis did not believe this
threat, and as he leftsthe meal tent ha said
he should sleep on that claim. Half an
hour afterward Compis was shot by the first
claimant as he stood by his pony, bridle in
His murderer got away before Compis
companion could realize what had been
done. 'Believing secrecy the easiest way
out, Compis' partner dragged the dying
man into the bushes and said no one had
been hurt. He would not give his name
and the peculiarity of the situation pre
vented a searching inquiry. The dead man
was about 30 years old and had black hair
and eyes.
Compis' companion took possession of the
murderer's outfit of a wagon and two
horses. The man will never return, as he
knew his shot was fatal. The body was
buried in the bushes. This was the only
murder near Guthrie.
Kingfisher is Already a Place of Impor
tnnce No Bloodshed In That- Sec
tion of the Territory Two
Young Lady Settlers.
Ft. Reno, April 23. An Indian courier
is just in from Kingfisher, with the details
of the settlement of the Territory in that vi
cinity. So tar there has been no bloodshed,
and the disputes are confined to wordy quar
rels concerning town lots and choice home
steads. There are about a half dozen claim
ants for each of the more desirable town
The streets are already named. Chicago
avenue is halt a mile long. The offices of
the Bock Island Bailroad, the Cannon
Ball stage line, and other corporations are
in one building; which is in a canvas tent
10 feet by 12. The first arrival at King
fisher was "W. B. Guthrie, from Custer
county, Nebraska. He rode a slim, bay
mare, and covered the 25 miles in one hour
and three quarters. Not 20 feet behind him
was "W. C. Yocum, of Harper, Kan. The
two rode side by side the whole way. "W.
JH. Donley, of Harper, and Jerry Netter, of
Leoti, came just behind. They were alter
town Jots.
Almost every Kingfisher man wears a
six-shooter and wears it where he can get it
very easily, but all are good humored, and
matters will probably be settled by law.
The town is spreading over the whole sec
tion. Two young ladies named Gillette
took a claim just this tide of the north line.
The men stare them a show and their claim
is not disputed. They were in an open
buggy with a sorrel mule, and a tent dang
ling behind.
A man named Hoper has a lot here and
his sign reads: "Keep off this claim; 1 have
a gun." This evening the ladies were on
hand and strolling about as spectators. A
few gamblers have arrived and two lawyers'
signs are up.
Who Are Crowded Out of Oklahoma Will
Invndc tbe Cherokee Strip.
Arkansas Crrr, April 23. A meeting
of Oklahoma boomers despairing of se
curing claims in the territory was
held in the Opera House here this
evening. There was a very large
and enthusiastic attendance. Speeches
were made announcing the manner in
which Oklahoma was settled. It was freely
declared that the large bodies of men posed
as United States marshals in order to get
into tbe country and selected the best
claims and that this was unfair to law-abiding
They came to secure homes and as they
could not get them in Oklahoma they were
going to have them in the Cherokee strip.
About 500 men in Arkansas City to-night
have pledged themselves to go over to-morrow
to the Cherokee strip and stake claims
and let the consequences be what they may.
Official Keports Indicate That Everything
Is In Good Shape.
"Washington, April 23. Second As
sistant Postmaster Genera! "Whitfield has
under consideration the establishment of
several Star mail routes through Oklahoma.
It is expected one or more will be decided
upon to-morrow. The Secretary of tiife Iu
terior to-day -received telegraphic reports
from department inspectors stationed at
Guthrie, Oklahoma and Arkansas City,
Kan. The former says:
Everything is qniet here. A good class of
people in charge of affairs. Guthrie Land
Office in full operation. Kingfisher will open
about Thursday. The people will accept the
town site quietly and await legislation to per
feet their titles. There is absolutely no ground
for administrative uneasiness. A public meet
ing here to-night as orderly and conservative In
character as It would be in Mew York.
Heavy Hani of Illicit Distillers Made In
Louisville, April 23. News has
reached here that Bevenue Agent Ed M.
Brown, at the head of a force of
11 men, has reached Prestonburg, in
Floyd county. His band was a de
tachment of the strong party sent
out three weeks since on the great raid
against the mountain moonshiners. Agent
Brown and his men arrived at Prestonburg
from a long and successful journey through
the wildest part of the mountains. They
took 28 prisoners, destroyed 14 illicit dis
tilleries and threw out about 8,000 gallons
of mash and GOO gallons of whisky. They
traveled through Magoffin, Knott.Breathttt,
Perry, Setcher and Pike counties.
lie Used to Smoke Cigarettes.
Rockland, Me., April 23. "Willie F.
Welch, aged 12, died this morning from im
moderate cigarette- smoking, affecting his
brain and nerves, causing death.
f for IWfattg
The Wishes of the Holy See In Relation to
the New University at Washington
It is Called a Most Praise
worthy Undertaking.
Baltimore, April 23. The Catholic
Mirror to-morrow will publish the follow
ing brief addressed to the American Bishops
by Pope Leo XIII., setting forth the grants
and wishes of the Holy See in relation to
the Catholic College at "Washington:
The earnestness with which you apply your
selves to the preservation of Catholic piety, to
promote the interests of your dioceses, and
especially to supply safeguards by which pro
vision is made for the proper training of clergy
men and young laymen in sound doctrine
in every branch of scienco. sacred and
profane, gives us cause of great joy.
Therefore very welcome were your
letters sent to us toward the close of last year,
in which you state the commenced work of the
great Ljcenm or University at Washington,
which you were promoting, had so far pro
gressed that all things are now ready for the
teaching of theology this year and we joyously
accept your university laws and statutes which
you submitted to onr authority and judgment.
In which matter we judge your purpose most
praisen orthy, that j ou have resolved to set up
in the centennial year of the establishment of
the ecclesiastical hierarchy there a monument
and popular memorial of that auspi
cious event hy founding the university.
Therefore, anxious to satisfy forth
with your just desires, we intrusted your
university laws brought for examination and
recognition to the most eminent Cardinals of
the propoganda, that they might give us their
judgment concerning tbem. Now, their
opinions having been laid before us, gladly
your request we sanction by these letters the
statutes and laws of your university, and we
give to tbe same tbeproper rigbts of a full and
regular university.
Therefore we grant power to yonr university
to promote students whose knowledge shall
have been tested to academic degrees and to
the degree of doctorship in theology, philoso
phy and canon law. and in otber sciences in
which it Is customary to confer degrees and
doctorship when, in coming years, the teaching
of tbem shall have been established in your
Mr. McMnnes Thinks the President Has
Started ont Badly Ho Cannot Un
derstand Quay The Break With
Sherman a Surprise.
Harrisburg, April 23. James Mc
Manes was quietly moving about the House
to-day to infuse new life into the judicial
salary bill providing for an aggregate in
crease of about $150,000 a year to the Su
preme Court and other Judges. Mr. Mc
Manes found aTittle time to talk politics
while not busy interviewing members in
the interest of his pet scheme. He did not
talk like one particularly enamored of the
national administration. He said:
Harrison has started out badly, and we will
have another Hayes administration. I am out
of politics myself, bnt I want recognition for
my friends according to the service I have
rendered the party. I was to see Quay in
Washington recently, and he treated me a
little pettishly, I thought. I may bave been
mistaken, though, as you cannot always read
tbe minds of people correctly. I cannot fully
understand Quay. I asked him about the sug
gested appointment of Fields as postmaster of
Philadelphia, and he said he thought tbe Post
master General should havo the selection of a
postmaster for that city. Senator Cameron, he
said, agreed with him in according Wanamaker
that privilege, but the understanding between
them (Cameron and Qnay) was that a selection
should be made that was satisfactory to both.
I have read the statement that Qnay is very
Indignant because Senator Sherman captured
the United States Solicitorsbipfrom.Pennsvl-
"Vanla. If he has broken with Sherman ttls
very singular, as he stuck very closely to the
Ohio Senator'at Chicago. In fact, he held me
to Sherman when there was a strong disposi
tion in the delegation to break away from his
support for President.
Thieves Make a RlchHa.ul nt Allentown A
Nnnlsmatist Bobbed.
Allentown, April 23. One of the most
daring robberies on record in this section
was perpetrated last evening at the resi
dence of Jacob G. Beichard, a well-known
sporting man, on the Allentown and Beth
lehem turnpike, just beyond the city limits.
The robbers were successful in taking away
articles valued at nearly 54,000, the major
portiou of which was in cash.
To-day Mr. and Mrs. Beichard left home
at noon to come to town to witness the
Knights of the Golden Eagle demonstra
tion. At a quarter past 8 this evening they
started for home. When they came to the
rear of the house Mrs. Beichard saw that
something was wrong. She feared someone
was in the house and she fainted. Mr.
Beichard drew his revolver, struck a light
and entered the house. Ashe came into the
sitting room he saw a man leap bodily
through the fly-net door and disappear in
the darkness. Mr. Beichard followed, but
failed to find the mau. On returning to the
house he fonnd everything in confusion from
cellar to attic. Every drawer w as ransacked
and the contents emptied on the floor.
In Mr. Beichard's room is where the
thieves made their biggest haul. An an
tique walnut cabinet where large sums of
money were kept was broken open. Mr.
Beichard was a numismatist, whose collec
tion was perhaps the most complete and valu
able in these parts, and in which he took
great pride. The entire collection was
stolen, together with about 5700 in silver,
5000 in gold and about 5300 in greenbacks,
four gold watches valued at over $300, a
number of other articles of jewelry and
four revolvers.
The Alleged Effect ot Tariff Legislation in
Sweden, as Reported.
"Washington, April 23. Mr. Eufus
Magee, the United States Minister to Swe
den, says: "There has been a de'erease both
in quality and quantity of agricultural
products during 1888, while prices are
higher than in ten years preceding that of
1888." The enhanced price, Mr. Magee
says, is due to the tariff laws enacted.
Minister Magee says that he has made con
siderable inquiry with regard to the effect
of these laws upon the prices of food sup
plied and labor. The result, he says, shows
that food supplies have been increased in
price for 20 to 50 per cent.
"There has been," adds the report, "no
corresponding benefit. Wages have not in
creased or employment been more general.
The increased cost of living, with no pro
portionate increase in price of labor, has
enforced the greatest economy with the
people, a people whose habits of daily life
so tar as expenditure goes were as low as
subsistence could be reduced apparently.
Now the more puzzling problem is, how will
tne poorer class meet this additional charge.
It can only be by consuming less, and this
means an increase of the poor"
It Wonld Like to Bay Up the Peerless
OH Refinery. v
Findlat, April 23. The Peerless Oil
Befinery, of this city, which has been re
fining Ohio petroleum for the past two years,
and is one of the.three independent refineries
in this field, has received a proposition from
tbe Standard Oil Company to buy out the
plant at a fair price.
"Whether the Peerless people will accept
the figure offered cannot be ascertainedto
Is What General Hastings is Called
by Captain Armes, Under Oath.
Tells His Side of the Story in a Cool, Calm,
and Concise Manner.
Bat Be Declares the Adjutant General is by Ko Means
. a Gentleman.
Captain Armes, on the stand in his own
defense in his court martial, exonerates
Governor Heaver from the charges that the
Captain's snubbing during the inaugura
tion parade was due to the Governor's in
terference. Adjutant General Hastings
doesn't escape so easily. He is called a liar
and a coward by the Captain, who tells his
story of the snubbing and the assault on
Governor Bearer in an otherwise calm and
cool way,
Washington, April 23. "General
Hastings is a liar and a coward." So said
Captain Armes in Jus statement to the
court-martial to-day, referring to the Ad
jutant General of Pennsylvania. The story
ot the Captain is interesting in that it shows
General Hastings to have had a more prom
inent part in the occurrences which led up
to the oourt-martial than has heretofore ap
peared, and also in that he denies for the
first time that he intended to pull Governor
Beaver's nose. Following is au abstract of
his statement: ?
"During the month of January, whije
General Barnum, of New York, was in this
city, he asked me to find quarters for his
troops, and offered me an appointment on
his staff. I declined, as I expected an ap
pointment from General Beaver. Several
days passed, and not hearing from Governor
Beaver, I tendered my services' to the Gov
ernor by letter. On the 13th of February I
received an appointment on Governor
Beaver's staff, signed Adjutant General
Hastings. I accepted February 16 by let
ter. Mv letter of acceptance bore my name
in print at the top of the page, and there I
could be no mistake m the name.
nis influence at headquarters.
"About the 19th or 20th of February I
took one or two gentlemen to headquarters,
and several were appointed upon my recom
mendation. Some time later, while at head
quarters, General Hastings came up to me
and informed me my appointment was a
mistake. I said: 'This in very peculiar,
General; some one has induced you to take
my name from the list.' He replied that
this was not the case'. I asked him to ex
plain, and he declined to talk any further
about it. I returned to my office and wrote
him a letter asking why my name did not
appear in the published list of aids. This
letter was inclosed in an envelope antidver
tising envelope concerning some claims in
Mexico which bore the address: 'Hell in
Texas.' He seemed to take offense at this."
Captain Armes testified further that Gen
eral Hastings replied to this letter by simply
informing him that His appointment was a
mistake. Some days afterward, when Gov
ernor Beaver was in the city, 'witness called
upon him, and in the presence of General
Hastings asked him if he had received a
telegram from General Hastings regarding
the correction of the mistake.
Governor Beaver replied he had heard
nothing, whereupon General Hastings
whispered something to him. Then Gover
nor Beaver said: "Captain Armes, the
commissions are all out and the aids ap
pointed and you had better ride in General
Barnum's division. T will send you a com
mission when I return to Harrisburg."
After some further conversation, General
Hastincrs flew into a rage and ordered wit
ness out of the door. For this conduct he
afterward apologized.
Captain Armes said he afterward received
an appointment to ride in the parade in a
position near the President's party. While
riding peaceably along in the procession
Colonel Gibson rode up to him in a gait be
tween a walk and gallop and said: "You
must get out of this procession." In re
sponse to witness' query as to what the
trouble was, Colonel Gibson replied that
Captain Armes had no business in'the pa
rade. Colonel Gibson then took hold of
Captain Armes' cape, and Captain Bourke
rode up and grasped his bridle-rein, both
being very violent in their manner, and,
without giving him time to explain, handed
him over to the police, and he was put out
of the parade.
Captain Armes testified that he still be
lived that Colonel Gibson and Captain
Bourke acted in adrunken and disorderly
manner,and he believed it simply because it
was hardly credible that two officers of the
regular army could act in such a violent
and uncalled for manner if they were sober.
Captain Armes stated his'case to the conrt
clearly and concisely, and during the recital
his manner was calm, dignified and placid.
He read to the court his letter to Governor
Beaver, heretofore published. Not receiv
ing any reply to his letter, witness called
upon Governor Beaver ten days later, at the
Biggs House. When General Beaver came
in he extended his hand to witness and
greeted him. Governor Beaver told him he
had decided not to send him a commission,
as he had agreed to. Governor Beaver de
clined to apologize for Captain Armes' mis-
treatment iu mc puruue, una reiusea to say
anything further in the matter, and moved
"I then reached up my hand, as he started
off," continued "Coptain Armes, "to detain
him. He took this as an insult, and I was
taken hold of by Hewes, the hotel police
man. Upon being released I walked qui
etly out of the hotel, and went about my
Captain Armes recited his correspondence
with the Inspectol General relative to the
investigation of charges against him, and
his subsequent summons before the court
martial. He also read to the court his let
ter to Governor Beaver asking him to re
quest that further proceedings in the court
martial be stopped.
"I did not make this appeal, as has been
stated, on behalf of my family." explained
Captain Armes. "I never pleaded to escape
from anv merited punishment on account of
myjamily. During the time I was trying
to g"et restored to the army I never asked
my wife to say a single word in iny behalf.
The court will notice that in none of my let
ters have I reflected upon Governor Beaver.
I do reflect upon General Hastings. In my
letter to Governor Beaver, you notice I say
'General Hastings is not a gentlemen.' I
further state here that General Hastings is
a liar and a coward." s
Judge Hubbell, counsel for the defense,
rested nis case here and proceeded with his
In the course of a history of his career
Captain Armes revealed the nature of the
secret testimony given by Colonel Swords
and Sergeant at Arms Canaday. In effect
it was that Armes was one of ten picked
men, sworn to secrecy, who were to act as a
special bodyguard of the President. His
orders were secret, and even Governor
Bearer did not know about them.
Canada Passes the Law Refusing a Refago
to American "Boodlcrs Tho Retro-
-nciive Clause Stricken Out A
Lone Debnto on the Measure.
Ottawa, Ont., April 23. Prof. "Wel
don's extradition bill came up for a second
reading. Mr. "Weldon pointed out that in
view of Canada's peculiar geographical po
sition the necessity for a change in the ex
isting treaty, nearly 50 years old, was very
urgent. Canada, he declared, was there
fore compelled to seek relief from the pres
ent system. The border counties of tbe do
minion were haunted by American crim
inals. In addition, the bill would cover the case
of American boodlers who came north'to
flaunt their ill-gotten gains, thus corrupting
the morals of Canadian business men.
"What he desired was a statutory order,
rather than a treaty, whereby Canada an
nounced to all nations her willingness to
hand over fugitives from justice. Extra
dition treaties are a menace to the peace of
nations at times. Ho referred to the fa
mous Winslow extradition case of 12 years
ago, when the relations between England
and the United States were' strained.
He could not imagine that Parliament
was giving anything away in passing the
law. It would, however, purge the soil of
a dangerous element and cleanse what could
be only regarded just" now as Augean
stable. He appealed to the House to sup
port the bill for patriotic motives. The
measure, he explained, would be applied to
all countries whether Canada had an extra
dition treaty with them or not. ,
Mr. Leveruemoved an amendment that
the retroactive clause be struck out. He
said itwas not desirable to deliver np Amer
ican visitors wTio had settled up the amount
of their defalcations after reaching Canada,
the majority of whom were now leading re
spectable lives. Colonel Tisdale, Hon. Pe
ter Mitchell and Hon. David Mills sup
ported the amendment, which was adopted.
Another clause was also adopted." It pro
vides that the Government to which an
offender is surrendered mustgiveaguarantee
that the prisoner will only be tried tor the
offense tor which he is extradited. Fraud
committed by bankers and corporation em
ployes was also added !o the schedule of
offenses. The bill was then read the third
time and passed.
Tho Octopns Adds Another Limb to Its Huge
Frame Tho St. Louis Gas Trust
Swallowed Up A Piece of Prop
erty Valued at 93,230,
000 Swallowed Up.
St. Louis, April 23. The Standard Oil
Company has added another gigantic
monopoly to its list. During the past few
days it has purchased the St. Louis Gas
Trust for 95,250,000, and has now full con
trol of the gas business of St Louis. The
negotiations were carried on throueh H. H.
Holliss & Co., of New York.
W. H. Thompson, the President of the
trust, strenuously denies that the purchasers
are the United Gas Improvement Company
of Philadelphia, but notwithstanding this
there is little doubt they are purchasers, In
the company are John D. Bockefeller, W.
W. Gibbs, W. G. Warden and others who
are not only among the principal owners of
the Philadelphia trust, bnt equally inter
ested in the Standard Oil Company. In
other words, the, gas interest of St. Louis,
when the sale is effected, will be consoli
dated and pass under the control of the
gigantic corporation referred to above.
By thia-salo-435O,00CUwiU-be-paid to the
present owners of the Laclede Gas Com
pany for their plant and franchise, and $520,
000 to the owners of the trust. This is based
on a calculation of 25,000 shares of Laclede
at $140 a share, and 60,000 trust certificates
at $87 50 each. This will aggregate $875,000,
which will be released from present invest
ment. Trust certificates were to be paid for
either at the Bank of Commerce of St.
Louis, or at the office of the Central Trust
Company of New York, upon presenting
the certificates at either of these places, in
the followine manner: Ten per cent of the
purchase price to be paid May 15, 10 per
cent June 1, 30 per cent June 15 and 50
percent July 1. The purchasers, after clos
ing the deals by which they become owners
of the Laclede and the gas" trust, will bond
the consolidated corporations at $10,000,000,
and holders of the trust certificates, stock
owners in the Laclede, will be given the
privilege of taking these bonds at their par
value, with a bonns of 12 per cent, in pre
ferred stock. Otherwise they will be paid
in cash, on the terms mentioned above.
She is Sent to Jnil for Stopping a Long;
Island Railroad Train.
NEW York, April 23. Sixteen-year-old
Ida wood was arraigned before Justice Kav
anagh in the Long Island City Police Court
yesterday on a charge of attempted suicide.
On Thursday morning of last week
she laid herself on the track in front of
an approaching passenger train on -the
Manhattan Beach branch of the Loi)g
Island Bailroad, .near the Myrtle avenue
crossing, in Bidgewood. She did not get
off the track until the engineer stopped
the train. When she did get off, the train
proceeded on its way. On the retnrn of the
train, ahont a half an hour later, she did
the same thing.
Miss Wood said she merely put her ear to
.the track to hear the noise ot the approach
ing train. She was sentenced to 60 days in
the county jaiH It was made pretty clear
thatvshe had no idea of committing suicide.
The Vnnderbilt Railroads to Cut Down
Sabbath-Day Freights.
New York, April 23. All the Vander
bilt roads east of Chicago will on May 1
abandon a great proportion of tbeir Sunday
freight trains. Even next Sunday fewer
trains than- usual will be run. "For a year
past," said President Chauncey M. Depew,'
u-uigut, jut. isurueuus . vanueruut uas
been urging the change. It is not possible,
of course, for us to stop all Sunday freights.
There are certain kinds of freight which
must be moved. "We expect to reduce the
number of men employed in the Sunday
traffic by from 33 to 50'per cent."
Mr. Depew said the chauge would affect
all the Yanderbilt roads east of Chieago.
ASboemnker Jnuips Off the Brooklyn Bridge
and Is Arrested.
New York, April 23. Patrick Carroll,
a young Irish shoemaker, whose parents re
side in Astoria, jumped Irom the Brooklyn
bridge about 6.30 o'clock this evening.
Earlier in the day, "while in Bridge
Jumper Prodie's" " saloon, he had
declared that he would accomplish the
feat. He was under the influence of liquor.
After his fall he began swimming about in
the river, but told the tug men he wanted
to drown. They dragged him out and left
him on the dock. After the police found
him he was taken io a hospital and wasjiJSj
nouueeu umujureu. biitiuii xa uuuur arrcau
His leap was from a higher point than
New Boats Put In Commission.
Washington, April 23. The new gun
boat Yorktown at League Island, was put
in commission to-day, and the Adams was
commissioned at Mare Island yesterday.
Getting Ready for His Enforced Trip
From Brussels to London.
The Hidden Financial Bureau Will Still be
Well Supplied.
He Eidicnlea the Very Thought of Home Sale for the
Irish People.
Bonlanger will to-day go from Brussels to
London. He will journey by special steamer
and train and be accompanied by his friends.
It Js stated that his finances will continue
to meet all demands for campaign purposes.
Premier Salisbury has expressed his views
on the political situation in Great Britain.
Mr. Chamberlain has written a sarcastic
reply tcLord Randolph Churchill.
Brussels, April 23. Copyright.
General Bonlanger has been overwhelmed
with business iu the last day or two es
pecially and-has rarely had time to feel un
happy. When your correspondent saw him
this afternoon he had been engaged for
hours reading and answering telegrams and
letters of condolence upon the action of the
Belgian Government, which has been se
cretly bullied into giving him notice to
quit. Boulanger's face showed that the
work had not been enlivening.
To-morrow the General and his friends
must exchange pleasant Brussels for noisy
London. They contemplate with horror the
prospect of a sea passage. Boulanger,
Bochefort, Turquet, in fact all except Dil
lon, are very bad sailors. The weather re
ports from Ostend are appaling. A gale is
blowing and the waves are said to be mount
ainous. By 1 o'clock to-morrow there will
not be enough dignity left among the whole
party to impress the youngest of the snig
gering mob of male and female visitors at
Dover, whose great and daily delight is to
weather on the pier and watch the woe
begone travelers land from the cross-channel
All the trains from Paris have to-day
brought contingents of Boulangists, among
them the Duchess D'Uses and the Marquis
de Vallarde, tbe latter bearing the agreeable
news that he had so arranged matters that
the financial machine would run as smoothly
in London as in Paris or Brussels. The
Duchess looked livelier than the rest, espe
cially after learning that Mme. de Bonne
main was so ill that she would not be able
to accompany the General to London. Bon
langer and his party will embark at Ostend
at 9 to-morrow morning and should reach
Dover about 1.
As they will probably not be in any con
dition to enjoy a meal while on the bound,
ing billows, a half hour has been prudently
reserved for lunch at Dover, London being
reached at 3:15. Bonlanger will travel in
royal style, for Sir Edward Watkin, Presi
dent of the Southeastern Bailroad, a shrewd
worshiper of rising suns, has placed a spe
cial steamer and a special train at the Gen
eral's disposalvand will accept no payment.
There is some talk of farewell demonstra
tions here,.but Boulanger says he would
rather go away quietly.
Ireland Has No Slore Right to Home Rnle
Tbaa Connty Cornwall.
London, April 23. Lord Salisbury de
livered an address at Bristol to-day. He
spoke of the growth of the Primrose League,
which, he said, was marvelous. The
league, he declared", was of transcendental
value in the solution of any current politi
cal question, as it was a noble instrument
with which to blend the classes and the
masses. He hoped that ere long the Gov
ernment would settle the troubles which
were menacing the internal peace of the na
tion. The Government was confronted with
a combination of political opposition with
predatory .greed such as no Government had
ever faced before. The Government relied
upon the continued confidence of the coun
try to enable it to overcome this combination.
Continuing, Lord Salisbury ridiculed the
agitation in favor of home rule in Ireland.
He declared that the county of Cornwall,
by its distinct racial origin, its language,
its tradition, and its history, bad as much
claim for a separate Parliament as Ireland.
The nationality argument was insincere.
It was more fruitful of sophistry and clap
trap, and more barren of solid sense than
anything that was ever before the country.
It would sacrifice the first interests of in
dustry and commerce to a mere empty senti-i
The Unionists were confronted with two
phalanxes, one political, the other criminal,
both converging to a common end, and that
is to make the execntion of the law in Ire
laud impossible. It was a miserable specta
cle to see members of Parliament standing
up to defend embezzlement and fraudt The
Unionists, conscious of their high calling,
ought not to allow personal considerations
to enter into electoral questions. They
should not poach on each other's grounds,
but should combine in support of the man
most likely to win.
Tho Liberal Unionist Comes Bnck at the
t Young Tory Lord.
London, April 23. Mr. Joseph Cham
berlain has written a reply to the letter ad
dressed to him by Lord B.indolph Church
ill in which he says: "I will endeavor in all
humility to profit by your advice. Al
though I fear the task of reconciliating our
conflicting views and interests is not made
easier by your communications."
In regard to future" action he says the
Conservatives and Liberal-Unionists ought
to make it a point to canvas and ascertain
their relative force in Birmingham and after
ward to submit their differences to arbi tra
Minnesota Farmers Alarmed Over tbe Re
appearance of a Dreaded Scourge.
St. Paul, Minn., April 23. The
farmers of Minnesota are threatened
with another grasshopper pestilence. The
scourge has appeared in Otter Tail couuty,
and the State authorities have set about
wiping it out, as it was successfully done
last year. The first thing done will be to
plow the land wherever tbe eggs are found.
It is estimated that there are about 5,000
acres on the Perham prairie which will re
quire this treatment.
Last year nothing was done until the
hoppers hatched, when a reward of SI a
bushel was paid for catching them. Over
17,000 bushels were caught. Parasites
arc very numerous wherever eggs
are to be found, and it is
hoped they Till fulfill their mission,
which entomologists say is to kill tHo hop
pers and destroy their eggs. The Clether
all prairie, which is about 30 miles this side
of Perham, which was affected last year,
will also be plowed.
-i -
The Fever Said to Have Snrely Appeared
nt "-anford, Florida Jacksonville
Excited by the Report Ar.
rangements for a Quar
antine If Necessary.
"Washington, April 23. Surgeon Gen
eral Hamilton, ot the Marine Hospital Ser
vice, was informed to-day by the President
of the Board of Health of Sanford, Fla.,
that a case of yellow fever existed in that
city. Dr. Hamilton says every precaution
has been taken to prevent the spread of the
disease, and no danger is apprehended.
A special to The Dispatch from Jack
sonville says: At a late hour no further
details have been received of tbe supposed
case of yellow fever at Sanford, 150 miles
south of us. There is a mass of conflicting
rumors, nd the current foundation for the
report seems to be that there was a sudden
death there early this morning, but I cannot
learn whether male or female, but think it
was the latter a Mrs, Dumont, wife of a
baker. Much to the disappointment of
people here no report.was received to-night
from Dr. Daniel. The house and other
people in it have been isolated, and every
precaution taken to prevent spread of dis
ease if it is genuine fever.
Authorities here are alert and watching
closely over the interests of this city. They
are in telegraphic communication with Dr.
Daniel. The moment that it is necessary a
cast-iron quarantine will be placed here, as
every move has been made to that end. Citi
zens here display little excitement over ru
mors, as all are confident of the ability of
our health authorities to keep the city safe.
Groups of people are on the streets discus
sing many wild and conflicting rumors that
prevail, but there seems to be an utter ab
sence of any panicky feeling. President
Neal Mitchell, of the County Board of
Health, savs that they are watching things
closely and will protect the city at all haz
ards, and that no risks will be run.
Great excitement is reported at Sanford.
The steamer leaving here daily for Sanford
is still at the dock and will not leave until
all is pronounced safe at Sanford. Jackson
ville is in .grand sanitary condition, and the
health officials are fully alive to their re
sponsibilities. Surgeons Hutton and Posey
both investigated the city last week and
made most favorable report, the latter say
ing that he would stake his reputation on
our healthfulness this season.
There Have Been 18G Deaths From Yellow
Fever In 4 Days.
Baltimore, April 23. Health Commis
sioner Stuart of this city to-day received a
dispatch from- Surgeon General Hamilton
of the Marine Hospital service, United
States Navy, notifying him that at Santos
and Bio, two ports from which" tbe coffee
importers of this city received almost all of
their coffee, the yellow fever is raging with
greater virulence than ever before. The
doctors of Bio have become so much
alarmed at the prospective loss of commece
of the country that they now call the disease
nccesso pernissioso, hoping that the new
name will ally the fears of foreign corres
pondents. At the time of the report from Bio there
had. been 186 deaths from yellow fever in
four days.
Commissioner Tanner Renders Another Im
portant Pension Decision.
"Washington, April 23. Corporal Tan
ner, the Commissioner of Pensions, to-day
rendered an important decision, in passing
upon the application of John AVebb, late
"private Company D, Indiana cavalry, for
an increase of pension from S24 to $30 per
month. Webb is receiving the foruer rate
of pension for varicose veins of the left leg,
and asked for the increase on the ground
that a disability in the foot now exists.
Referring to the increase asked for the
Commissioner says, in his opinion, that it
was not the intention of Congress, in using
the words "total disability," to debar claim
ants for pension from the benefits of the act
until the hand, loot, arm or leg is a worth
less incumbrance in motion and completely
useless for any purposes whatever. Here
after, he says, total disability shall be held
to exist when the affected member, by reason
of wound, injury or disease, is useless in the
performance of ordinary manual labor.
Otto Falke, onaWnger,Starts From Bangor
for New Orleans in a Small Boat.
Bangor, Me., April 23. Three weeks
ago Otto Falke, of New York, made a
heavy wager with a iriend that he
would make the voyage from Bangor to
New Orleans in an open boat and alone. A
few days since, he purchased a trim row
boat, 14 feet long, and at 9 o'clock this
morning Falke boarded his craft, carrying
along with him a few packages of provisions
and some nautical instruments. He pushed
offand, with a fair wind and swift current,
was soon out of sight down the Penobscot
on bis way to New Orleans.
The only stops which Falke has thus far
decided upon will be at Bockland, 60 miles
down the bay, and at New York.
Lightning Plays a Queer Freak With a West
Virginia Woman.
JBPaekebsburg, W. Va., April 23. A
strange electrical freak occurred near Eliza
beth, Wjrt county, a day or two ago. A
heavy thunder storm pessed over the resi
dence of Mr. S. P. Barnes. A terrific
flash of lightning followed, striking
tbe house and scattering the building
in every direction. Mrs. Barnes was stand
ing in the middle of the floor at the time
with a glass jar of canned fruit in berhand.
Tbe jar was broken and scattered and the
woman's hair burned close to her head; still
neither Mrs. Barnes nor her two children,
both of whom were present, were otherwise
How a. Carpet Tack Caused a Detroit
Woman to Lose lief Eyesight.
Detroit, April 23. Mrs. Oliver C.
Bloom loses both of her eyes in a curious
way. "While taking np a carpet she en
deavored to pry out a tack with a table
knife. The spring of the knife blade threw
the tack up with such force that the point
entered Mrs. Bloom's eyeball, and the
aqueous humor ran out. The eye was
finally taken out, but it had been allowed to
remain too long, ar.d Mrs. Bloom's other
eve became affected. Yesterdav that eye
also was taken out. Her husband is a letter
Princes of the Orient Worship tbo San on
nn Indiana htreet,
Mt. Vernon, Ind., April 23. Great ex
citement was caused here to-day by a body
of masked men, who marched up Main
street, formed in a crescent on the Public
Square and bowed in the dust, presumably
worshiping the sun.
Many colored people thought they were
White Caps, and left the town. Investiga
tion revealed the fact that they were the
Princes of the Orient celebrating the Feast
of the Famine, or Koor Day.
Next Tuesday's Official Satnte.
"Washington, April 23. The Secretary
of "War has ordered the commanding officers
at all military posts to fire a nationalsalute
of 38 guns on April 30, the centenary of
the inauguration of "Washington.
Win ha reaped by-all -whet
advertise to Tbe Dispatch.
It reaches every home and
is read hy everybody. It
yon are la business let the
public know it through TUB
Among tHutifnl Scenery Found
by L&Jjnsdale in Hi3
The Largest and Jtost Wonderful Double
Waterfall in the World.
His Lordship Crosses Seyeral Mountain Baages Under
Lord Lonsdale has reached San Francisco
on his return from a trip in search of the
North Pole. He didn't find the Pole, but he
did have some exciting experiences and saw
some beautiful scenery, His own story of
his trip is an interesting one. He reached
75 north latitude.
San Francisco, April 23. Lord Lons
dale arrived here to-day from Kodiak, and
gave full details of his extraordinary voyage
to 75 north, and his overland trip across
Alaska. He looks in fine condition, and
bears no traces of the hardships he en
dured. He declared that he penetrated to
Bank's Land, in latitude 75, discovered a
Niagara of ice 200 feet high, and found
that all maps of the Arctic are wrong.
Schwatka's so-called military map of
Alaska, he says, is a farce, as few of the
passes and ravines are indicated. He found
little game anywhere, and his hunting ex
peditions were failures.
Lord Lonsdale reached the Great Slavs
lake ia June, last year, and went around
it in boats, suffering great hardships. His
only white - companion was "William
McEwen, a Hudson Bay Company's cook.
On Hay river he found one of the com
pany's steamers, put on to carry freight up
the MeKenzie river. Of this part of his
trip his lordship said:
"While on the Hay river I saw the most
beautiful waterfall in the world. ,It is a
horseshoe in shape, and has a sheer fall of
200 feet, with another fall above it. It is
about 1 miles wide at the top and 1 miles
wide at the bottom. It is more beautiful than
Niagara, although there is not the same
weight of water. Words cannot describe its
magnificence, as great block after block of
ice, and icaberg after iceberg come whirling
over and down into the abyss below. I went
to Peel river in a steamer, and there
got a boat and eight natives and
started for the Arctic Ocean. It was
with tbe greatest difficulty. I could get
Indians to go with me, as they were terribly
afraid of tbe Esquimaux, who up there are
called Huskeys. These Hnskeys seem to be
a race by themselves. Instead of being small
of stature and dark, as in the case with
Esquimaux generally, they are big and
These Esquimaux tried to intimidate Lord
Lonsdale, but he refused to be frightened by
their pretended attempts to stab him, and
they ended by becoming his sworn friends.
In August, with their help, he arrived at
Melville. Island, the farthest north ' ha
reached from this point.
Lonsdale determined to walk to the
Yukon river, acros3 the mountains, a dis
ance of SO miles. He reached the Yukon,
and floated down the Ajuko, where there is
a Bussian missionary's station. The river
was then closed, so he determined to strika'
of! overland for Katami, opposite Kodiak.
He says of this trip:
"During the journey we encountered
many difficulties, and it was bitterly cold,
the lowest the thermometer reached being
64 degrees below zero. It was worst after
walking and running all day to have to lie
in the snow to sleep. There was no wood
to warm our clothing, and we had the great
est difficulty in crossing the mountains.
The people said it was impossible;
that 12 men had died in trying. I
started with. 9 sleds and 69 dogs. At the
foot of the mountains tbe Indians refused
to cross, and tried to desert in the night. I
took one of them by the neck and made
him go before, and I" walked after him. I
took all their rifles and snoweboes, put
them in my shed and saton it. At3 o'clock
in the morning, when they got up to aban
don me in tbe dark, they were surprised to
find me before them.
"I started at 6 o'clock that morning in
the dark, and had to cross two ranges, the
highest of which was 5,200 feet. The cold
was intense, and terrible storms would come
up at times. When I got across I had only
29 dogs left, all the others having frozen
to death. Seven Indians were missing
and five sleds. After waiting two days
I set out to look for the missing men, and
found them in a terrible condition. All the
dogs were dead. I brought the men down
safe and sound, only their hands and feet
being frozen. I waited at Katami until the
16th of March, when the Alaska Company
sent a letter to me. Then I waited for the
steamer Bertha, on which I have just ar
rived." In conclusion, Lord Lonsdale said he did
not think anything would be made out of
the Yukon mines. There was gold, but
onlv in small quantities. The miners were
suffering greatly.
Where the Companies Will be Quartered
and When They Will Return.
Hareisburg, April 23. W. W. Green
land, Quartermaster of the Second brigade,
has telegraphed General Hastings that the "
brigade band, the Tenth, Eighteenth, Fif
teenth and Fifth regiments, and Battery B.
will be a uartered in New York at the Govern
ment bnilding, at tbe corner of Green' and
Houston streets. Tho Fourteenth and Six
teenth will be quartered in Florence HalL He
declares the quarters excellent, and has ar
ranged for meals In tbe buildings.
Colonel Hawkins, of tbe Tentb, Colonel
.Burcbneld, of tho Fifth, and Captain Hunt, ot
Battery B, telegraph that they will torn ont a
fnll force, with four days' rations. The brigade
will leave New York on Tuesday night.
Anti-New York Trip Maneuvers:
Harrisburg, April 23. Tbe general appro
priation bill will probably come up in the
House to-morrow, and if it does the opponents
of tbe New York junket will attempt tor kilt
the Item for the expense ot the New York trip.
Failing in that, their next move will be Jo at
tempt to prevent tho adjournment on Monday,.
Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, that
will b8-necessary If tbe Legislature carries out
the Intention of the majority.
All of Tbem Favored.
Harrisburg, April 23. All tho appropria
tion bills for Allegheny county that have passed
the House were this evening. -reported by Sen
ator Newmyer, from the Appropriations Com
mittee, with an affirmative recommendation.
Goes to- the Governor.
Harrisbubg. April 23. - Representative
Bentley's hill creating the office of recorder In
cities other than those of tbe first and second
class passed flnal reading In thos7nTw,td