Pittsburg dispatch. (Pittsburg [Pa.]) 1880-1923, April 25, 1889, Image 1

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The DisrATcn has a
U IvLft1 Special Courier
with the Oklahoma Boom- '
ers. He will enter the New
m aBB Canaan with them to-day,
U 1 1 M A and will graphically tarnish
llUIlIri all readers with events as
they occur.
in hois m.
Thousands of Desperate Boomers
Who Were Crowded Out
of Oklahoma Will
The Indians "Will Protest
Against This Move on '
Their Territory.
Disgusted Settlers Are Loud in Their
Attacks Upon Govern
ment Officials.
The Country Was Filled With Alleged
United States .Marshals in Advance
of the Opening flour.
The evacuation of Oklahoma has begun.
There are thousands who were unable to
find suitable homes. These have left in
disgust. Many are preparing to invade the
Cherokee strip, and some have already done
so. This will cause trouble with the Indians.
The denunciations of the Government offi
cials are loud and bitter. The choice terri
tory was all staked off in advance by per
sons under the gnise of United States
deputy marshals. Much of the land left is
said to be unfit for farming purposes.
Arkansas Citt, April 24. The excite
ment is now confined almost entirely to the
town sites. The farmers who got in first
have taken possession of their claims and
have gone to work. ,Ihe vast expanse of
greensward is broken in every direction,
and ploughs are busy turning sods even in
forbidden ground. Many of the settlers
who did not get claims in Oklahoma settled
in the Cherokee strip and on Chickasaw
lands, and the Indians are disposed to re
cent this Intrusion.
The bulletins in front of the telegraph
offices at the Union depot this morning in
dicated that all the early morning trains
from Oklahoma were two hours late. The
cause of this delay was apparent when a
train of 14 crowded coaches arrived with re
turning boomers. A more disgusted set of
men could not be found in the United States.
They were from Iowa, Nehraskaand Illinois.
A Very Much Disgusted G ranter.
"I went to Lead ville," said one gray
whiskered farmer, "with the intention of
making a fortune, and I was laid out. I
really thought there was something in this
Oklahoma business, but I tell you it's a
fraud. The whole country was staked off
and claimed a, week ago."
There were over 300 boomers on the north
bound train that left Arkansas City last
night, and 200 more were compelled to wait
for the next train. A large number of re
turning boomers dropped out at various
stations in Kansas. Edward Gliven, at the
head of 35 Illinois settlers, was leading
them back home. He said; "We were on
the first train that arrived in Guthrie on
Monday afternoon. "We were not looking
for town lots, but farm lands in the river
""We found the soil red and like brick
dust. Xou couldn't grow turnips on it. It
was about 80 per cent poorer than the farms
we left The greater part of the country
looks like an immense brick kiln. Look at
these shoes," and he exhibited a pair cov
ered with fine red dust. "That'a the kind
of land Oklahoma is." r
The Disappointed Boomers.
Most of the boomers returning to-day had
staked ont claims, hut refused to settle on
them and bring on their families. The most
disappointed of the returning boomers were
the Iowans. "It's lucky we took some
money with us so that we could get back,"
said one. "I didn't get a claim, and I
wouldn't take one if I could."
Congressman John C. Tarnsey, who come
on thin morning's train, said that when the
train lett Arkansas City there was scarcely
breathing space. He was of the opinion
that every train for the next week would
bring lack disgusted boomers. The major
ity of those who have means will remain
here, but the poorer class will be obliged to
return to their old homes or find new ones
in other localities.
A reporter met on the heights at Purcell
this morning a man named Barnes, who had
forded the Canadian river the night before
with a heavy wagon and a yoke of oxen,
crossing from Oklahoma into the Chickasaw
nation. He said that he had driven all the
way from Texas across the Panhandle
country to find'' the land of which he had
heard so much.
Turned Back Toward Texas.
He had succeeded in getting a claim, and
after he found what it was worth he vacated
in favor of another man, and was on his
TOy back to the Lone Star State. A num
ber of claims have been deserted in various
parts of the country and wagons by the
score can be seen on the back trail. One of
them seen between "Oklahoma City and
Guthrie had displayed that familiar word
Many of the disannninted boomers have
dtciaed to take up claims in the Indian
"" Elands. Some trill ;' ln CJiArnVoo
jjstrip, others will go down into the Chicka
Tsaw country. That country is leing rapid-
i1?'-settled.,lp ty white mea who naTe mar"
"lied"Indian wives and" became citizens.
SSP11 not 3nart section now of any
value that is not homesteaded. A great
many claims of no value whatever have also
been taken,
Kot half the claims have yet been filed at
either of the land offices established at
Guthrie or Lisbon. Homesteaders have de
cided to make actnal occupation and im
provement the test validity of their claims,
and within the next month there will be a
great rush to the land offices to file claims.
That is if there is any disposition to remain
A Feeling of DcspondencT Prevails.
At present there is a ieeling of despond
ency among the emigrants. Oklahoma soil
is thin and poor, they say, and ploughing
reveals the lack of the essential agricultural
qualities which the rolling surface of the
ground and Its verdure has so well con
cealed. The ground when turned up is
light and sandy, of a character to be blown
away by the high winds which prevail here.
It is said to be too dry for hay, and a grow
ing knowledge of all these facts, combined
with the certainty that no crop can be raised
this year, has caused the boomer's soul to
White men are also admitted to Chicka
saw lands by paying an annual head right
or lease for the privilege of tilling the soil.
The country is as much superior to Okla
homa as is the Cherokee outlet. The great
complaint now is that the poorest land in
the Indian Territory should be selected to
open for settlement.
Despite this disappointment, many con
tests for land are threatened. An interest
ing case has arisen where two men arrived
in the same quarter section not five minutes
apart. The first arrival claimed possession
by privilege. The second made improve
ments, and claimed it was the improvements
which perfected the right of title. This
case will be a precedent for hundreds of
Even Conch's Claim Is Contested.
As illustrating the ingratitude of a re
public, it may be mentioned that contests
are already filed against the claim of Cap
tain Couch, the old boomer leader, on the
curious ground that he disqualified himself
by entering the territory years ago in a
boomer expedition. General "Weaver, a
persistent advocate of the opening of Okla
homa in Congress, has his claim contested,
and has been accused of attempting to take
the people by the throat
The boomer leaders are no worse off than
their followers, who are lying around Pur
cell, and who were outridden and outrun
by men who have taken the fruit of their
years of sacrifice. The new-comers at
Guthrie are peaceably inclined, but they
may yet show their indignation over the
action of the Government officials.
There is now an organized crowd which
to-morrow will put a squatter upon the
lot of every man who ante-dated 12 o'clock
noon on the 22d. They have been at work
securing the names of these people and
have now the exact locations. In the fore
noon 100 lots, all choice ones, will be
jumped at one time, while the jumpers
'will be backed by 20 people.
Threats of Force Made.
Should resistance be made then force will
be used. Be it understood that Guthrie is
a city of 6,000 people, with no streets. The
outlying claimants have been crossing
near the center of the town, and have been
staking out and improving their claims Jn
the so-called streets and alleys. The result
of all this is that the speculators have a
black eye. The lots sold the first day were
the only ones upon which any money was
made, and but a few of them.
The order of the city is almost perfect,
and is surprising to the large majority who
predicted violent scenes. Rumors of blood
shed have been numerous and many have
found their way into print, but not a single
rumor has been confirmed as yet. The land
office was crowded all day, and did a rush
ing business from 8 A. II. to 4 P. If,, but
everything passed off quietly.
Thousands of Settlers Start for the Lnnd ot
the Cherokees Bitter Feeling-Against
the Government Officials The
Indians Will Object.
Chicago, April 24. A Dally A'eiM
special from Diamond Bar Banche, Ind. T.,
says: The occupation of the Cherokee strip
has begun along the whole line. A much
active-harder nut to crack than was any of
the Oklahoma booms is now presented to
the Government The Cherokee strip, which
is now in process of being gobbled, com
prises nearly 8,000,000 acres, being thus four
times .as large as Oklahoma, and it tar
transcends the latter in beauty and fertility.
The excitement in Arkansas City over the
prospective full seizure of the strip is in
tense.. The crowds of fugitives from the
famine, thirst, frost and heat of Guthrie are
swellineas each train on the all but paral
yzed railroad comes in. The fiercest resent
ment is breathed against the Government
for the outrageously unfair manner in which
the country was thrown open.
The Whole Government Condemned.
The whole Federal machinery from the
President down to the last deputy is pas
sionately condemned. Six residents of Ar
kansas City went out on the strip yesterday
and staked claims. Some invaded the
Chillicco Indian school reservation and
were ordered off by the superintendent
They moved their stakes to a neighboring
spot off the school land, there to remain as
the forerunners of a horde of invaders to
day. The Cherokees are aroused to the situa
tion. Patten, the Chairman of their Land
Commission, passed through Arkansas City
this moraine on his way to Washington to
urgently protest against the invasion that
he regards as inevitable. Patten said that
the Cherokee nation was unanimously op
posed to parting with the strip.
The present proposition ot $1 25 an acre
was no inducement The Indians, he said,
had too little land left and the Cherokees
had pooled issues with the Poncas Kansas,
Nezparces and Chickasaws, who are also
menaced to resist the last decision of the
Starting for the Strip.
At 10 o'clock this morning there left
Arkansas City 40 mounted men, who, with
unnumbered others following, are deterhT
ined to locate on the strip. The cavalcade
scattered by decrees as the landscape to the
right and ieft allured the homeseekers. It
may be believed that hundreds of the re
turning pilgrims are bearing north
ward with plans laid for location on the
strip, and that many to-night are camping
this side of Salt Fork upon what they will
claim for their homes.
The soldiery assigned to patrol the Chero
kee outlet under Captain Jack Hayes have
not yet returned Irom the south border,
where they accompanied the main body of
the boomers bound for Oklahoma. Hayes'
command, however, is expected in Camp
Price, near Arkansas City, at any hour. It
will be the duty of the soldiers to clear the
strip, and turmoil is bound to ensue.
The people, .except for their present ex
citement, seem disposed to be law-abiding.
A conservative opinion is that while they
will claim land in the strip as redress for
the wrongs sufferel in Oklahoma, they
won't offer any organized resistance. It is
plain, however; that something must be
done, and done quickly, to relieve the pres
sure of the homeless throngs.
flje .Mimjg M$m.
Oklahoma City Staked Oat Wb.en.tho. Boom-
ers .Arrived on the Field How the
Settlers Will Live-One Man
Who Was Not Hilled.
Oklahoma City, April 24.--Oklahoina
City, like Guthrie, was built in a day, or,
properly speaking, was claimed in an hour,
excepting that portion which was captured
before time by those appointed to go down
and execute the law. The Deputy United
States Marshals laid out the town Sunday
night and-Monday morning. They covered
the supposed choice sites with tents.
When the train from the south arrived
about 1 o'clock, consisting of 23 cars, con
taining about 2,000 people, about 700 had
been at work. The rater comers were sim
ply struck with amazement. They did not
repeat the wild rush at Guthrie, as they
were too much astounded to run. They
mechanically walked over to the town site,
took what the Government officials had
kindly left, not wanting, and. went on out
two miles, staking town lots.
Not So Bad as at Gnthrle.
Water at Oklahoma is plenty. There is
not the same suffering as at Guthrie, and, in
fact, there is a lack of dirt and dust As at
Gnthrie, the days are hot, the nights cold
and food hard to obtain. Now that freight
can be obtained building in both cities is
going on rapidly.
Building in Lisbon will be much slower,
owing to the long freightage by wagon, but
this will prove an advantage rather than
otherwise, as it will be a means or liveli
hood for hundreds who are here moneyless
but have their teams. The settler will thus
derive his revenue the first year.
Work has already commenced at break
ing the sod, and the condition at this time
being favorable there will be enough vege
tables raised for home consumption, while
the horses will have their corn fodder to
carry them through the winter. There will
be no famine, although there will be much
suffering, and there cannot help being
isolated cases of such dire necessity that the
liberal people of Missouri and Kansas will
be called upon to render aid.
Railroad People at Work.
The present population will not be kept
up, for disappointment will lead many to
return north. The Pan Handle people,
knowing this country, have agents at both
Oklahoma and Guthrie, where they are
scattering Texas literature broadcast, and
they have something to offer. As yet Mis
souri and Kansas have done- nothing to
catch the overflow.
Stories of violence and murder will go
out from here based upon Blight evidence
and i hearsay. The detailed report of the
killing of ayoungCyland at Guthrie, pub
lished in thi evening's papers, is the blood
thirsty achievement of those Eastern corre
spondents who, comfortably housed in
Arkansas City, have depicted the horrors
as well as the romantic incidents of Okla
homa territory.
The man whose name was given was not
killed, a mob of infuriated citizens did not
kill the murderer, and there was no other
trouble than that existing in fevered im
Tho Reports From General Mcrrltt Are of n
Peaceful Character.
Washington, April 24. The following
telegram was received at the War Depart
ment this afternoon:
CHICAGO, April 24, 18S9.
To Adjutant General United States Army, Wash
ington, D. C:
Tho following telegram, dated Oklahoma
station, yesterday, is respectfully repeated:
"Reports from Kingfisher, Guthrie and Purcell
state that everything progressed yesterday in a
quiet and orderly manner, with no serious
fraction or disturbance of any kind, as the re
ports indicate that from 10,000 to 12,000 people
in the Territory. Captain McArthur, at
Guthrie, reports about 3,000 there, and Cap
tain Hall, at Kingfisher, about the same num
ber there, and there are from 3,000 to 4,000 in
this vicinity and between here and Purcell.
Lieutenant Dodge, of my staff, whom I ordered
to Purcell on duty, returned last nieht about 8
o'clock and reported everything moving in sat
isfactory shape and the incoming settlers
cheerful and well disposed.
This may be said to be the condition of af
fairs in all sections of the country. In my
opinion quite a number of people have been de
terred from entering the country owing to the
exaggerated reports as to numbers coming in
and the difficulties of getting here. However,
from reports from Forts Sill, Reno and else
where, I am satisfied the arrangements per
fected will prevent Serious trouble of any kind.
W. Meeeitt,
Brigadier General.
r George Crook;
Major Ueneral Commanding.
A 'Husband's Story of the Suicide of His
"Tonne and Beautiful Wife.
Little Bock, April 24. W. H-McDan-iel
was to have been examined at Warren
to-day, as suspicion pointed to him having
murdered his wife who, he said, committed
suicide lastThursday, but a special to-night
says that McDaniel waived examination
and was committed to jail to await the
action ofthe grand jury.
He says that his wife, a beautiful young
woman, blew her brains ont He had been
jealous of her for some time and accusing
her of inconstancy, and the bitter feeling
existing between the two was well known.
The day Mrs. McDaniel was killed they
had a quarrel and tbe wife started to go to
her father's home. Her husband persuaded
her to retnrn to his home, when he again
made bitter accusations. As he states,
driven to frenzy by his harsh and cruel
language, the poor girl seized a loaded pis
tol from a shelf and pointed it at her un
feeling husband as if to about avenge her
self on him, then turned the muzzle to her
own head, pulled thetrigger and fell to the
floor a corpse. This is the story as related
bv the husband.
The Annual Report of tbe Exports and Im
ports of merchandise.
Washington, April 24. The Chief of
the Bureau of Statistics, in his monthly
statement to the Secretary of the Treasury,
reports that the exports- of merchandise
from the United States during the 12
months ended March 31, 188!, as compared
with similar exports during the correspond
ing period of the preceding year, were as
follows: Twelve months ended March 31,
1889, 1723,757,838, against $694,158,815 in
1888. The imports were: Twelve months,
ended March 31, 1889, (733,531,195, against
$723,228,144 in 1888.
Revolvers Used With Effect at a Liquor
Llcenai Election In Virginia.
LtnchbtjbIv VA., April 24. A report
came to-night i. cm Bickley's Mills that at
Crigsby'a preciijt, in Hazlewood district,
while an election on the liquor license
question was progressing, William Por
fer walked up to Swin Howell, revolver
in hand, saying: "I'm going to shoot
you," and fired,, before Howell made any
attempt to draw his pistol. Howell received
a shot in the left breast, but it is thought
he will recover. Porter was shot three
times, under the left arm, in the left side,
and in the back, and expired in a few min
utes. Civilizing the Africans.
London, April 24. Dispatches from
West Africa say that a British expedition
has destroyed the chief town of the Wendell
v?rA, a 4YiA flnlvmDv frA nnJ uil.r''
"""i w ;" iiw u ideas
3,wu siayes.
A Bough Sea Does What the French
Ministry Have Tried in Yain.
Noted Exile Left Brussels in Dismal
Silence, hut Was'
A Number of Close Friehis Accompanied Elm on His
Enforced Journey.
General Boulanger it in London. He
left Brnssels in the early morning without
any ajpmonstration. The sea voyage was
decidedly rough, and the General was
finally forced from the deck. A number
of French detectives were at Dover to wit
ness his landing. The reception at London
was somewhat mixed, but the cheers pre
London, April 24. Copyright Your
correspondent arrived in Louden with Gen
eral Boulanger and his party at 3:15 o'clock
this afternoon, the joumeyrom Brussels
having been performed exactly according
to schedule. The General went to bed early
last night, and by midnight was fast asleep.
He rose shortly after 5 o'clock and per
formed his toilet with unusual care.
Quite oblivious of the disarranging action
of a stormy sea, his valet had placed ready
for him his very best morning coat and
waistcoat, his quietest pattern of trousers,
his squarest-toed boots and a lovely blue
tcarf and a silver pin, all of. which were
duly put each in its proper place.
Then the General took bis cafeaulait,
received various friends and dictated to his
secretaries. There was an entire absence of
cheerfulness, and the General himself looked
bilious and dejected. At 650 the General
put on a tight-fitting blue cloth overcoat, a
pair of new brown tan gloves, donned a tall
silk hat, and remarked gloomily that he was
At the railroad depot there were about '50
persons present, including reporters, and 150
policemen were strategically posted in view
of any disturbances, to create which no,
Brussels citizen worthy of name would get
up and go abroad at such an unholy hour.
The General was accompanied by Comte
Dillon, Captain Guiraud, Baron Verly,
Turquet, Millevoye, Feuillant and Mon
ton. The whole party were unable to raise one
smile among them and not a single cheer re
lieved the depression, as the train moved out
of the depot at 6:43. Senator Naquet met
the party on their arrival at Ostend at 8:50,
and piloted them to the steamer, which was
heaving and bumping so suggestively that
Boulanger sighed and his friends gazed anx
iously toward the entrance to the narrow
Outside the whitecapped waves could be
seen. Not more than a couple of hundred
persons witnessed the embarkation and
these were even sadder than those in Brus
sels. The boat cast off the pier at 9 o'clock
and fen minutes later was pitching rand
tossing and showing her paddles to" the ter
rified crowd of Frenchmen, most of whom
rushed into the saloons.
Boulanger bravely remained on deck for
a while, despite the occasional showers of
rain, but long before the heights of Dun
kirk loomed into view and the steamer
turned for a straight run across the channel
Neptune claimed his prey and the great
man went below and nursed his agony to
himself. The steamer's crew described the
passage as a fair one, but to an unseasoned
Frenchman the howling wind, the smart
showers of rain and hail, and the big waves
which frequently broke over the decks
seemed anything but fair.
Not until we were nearlng Dover, when
tbe sun shone forth warmly for the first
time, did General Boulanger venture on
deck again. He looked hollow-eyed and
distraught, but his overcoat was smartly
buttoned up, the silk hat wedged tightly on
his head and the square-toed boots beauti
fully shiny. We brought up alongside the
Dover pier at 1:15.
A small crowd made up chiefly of French
detectives, newspaper pen and municipal
and railroad officials witnessed the arrival.
but there was no enthusiasm and only one
ghost-like attempt at a cheer. As soon as
Boulanger set foot ashore the reporters
made a hungry rush for him, but he walked
sadly and silently to his saloon carriage,
took the furthest corner and remained there.
Count Dillon, however, made himself
agreeable to the reporters.and unblushingly
assured them that the passage had been
smooth, and that the General had not been
seasick. The lie was entirely uncalled for,
and bore its refutation in the steamer's sat
urated decks, salt-encrusted smoke stack,
aud the pale yellow complexions of the
While tbe tram was on the pier, General
Boulanger wrote a telegram to Countess
Dillon in Paris. It contained only two
words, "Nous Arrives." Presumably Count
Dillon was too busy to telegraph to his wife,
or is less thoughtful than his chief. The
telegram wasrnanded to a complete stranger
to take to the cable office, and the General
forgot to pay for it
The train started for London without any
demonstration save a sepulchral groan
which probably came from the throat of one
of the detectives. As thetrain neared Lon
don, the sua became obscured and we
steamed into, the Charing Cross station
through a yellow fog' On the platform
there was another crowd of pressmen, but
not a single notability, English or foreign.
One big man fought his way to Boulan
ger's side and grabbed his hand as an old
comrade in arms. Boulanger did n6t recog
nize his welcomer and did not relish his
familiarity, to which, however, he had to
submit A pleasanter infliction followed in
the shape of the presentation of carnation
bouquets by two ladies past the blushing
They wouldn't tell their names and Bou
langer. did not know them, but be softly
whispered "Thank's," gazed straight into
their eyes and suinmoned to his worried face
the most winning'smile he could command
at the moment (Then he dropped oue of the
bouquets and frowned at his awkwardness.
, Meanwhile the big crowd inside the depot
had been yelling "Vive Boulanger" and
cheering lustily. There was an occasional
groan, but the vast majority of the people,
among whom were many Frenchmen, were
unmistakably Boulanglsts. The police had
made no preparations to regulate the crowd
and Boulanger'sopen carriage drawn by two
fine bays had considerable difficulty in get
ting into the street Outside quite 3,000
men and women had assembled, and the
windows and roof tops commanding a' view
were crowded.
Boulanger's reception was mixed, bnt the
cheering was far stronger than tbe hissing
and groaning. Boulanger bowed automat-
cany, ana only once aid his face show real
ileasure. That was when a bit? fat French.
man veiled out: "A has Ferrv. le -Tonkl-1
nois. ,Tha carriage got clear of the crowd
after leaving Charing Cross, and there was
no demonstration until the Bristol Hotel
was reached. There a small crowd gr&aned,
but the hostile demonstration was drowned
in cheers of welcome.
By this lime the fog had been followed by
a strange darkening "of the atmosphere; a
phenomenon at which Boulanger looked
troubled. Ail the sfcnnn had thfi ans lighted
and the hotel was ablaze with electric lights
r u s "'were midnight. One dropping
of the bouquet and strange darkness are by
many looked upon as omens, and they are
being much talked about to-night. The
whole party are too exhausted by their
journey to transact business to-night, But
there rill be a conference, perhaps a recep
tion, and possibly a speech to-morrow.
This evening Boulanger dined with Dil
lon, Naquet, Turquet and Captain Feuil
lant, and went to bed earlr. Within a
couple of hours after his arrival all was
normally quiet, and the only loungers in
front the hotel were a couple of "French de
fectives. DUDLEY-IS SOKE.
Cannot Get tbe Presldentat Ear He
Says Harrison Is Too Cowardly
v to Meet Him Publicly
f or Privately.
Anderson, Ind., April 24. Sam Van
pelt, a prominent citizen of this place and
an old soldier, is an applicant for a position
as Indian Agent at one of the frontier
posts. Mr. Vanpelt was a soldier in the
late war, and was a member of Colonel W.
W. Dudley's regiment. Vanpelt is a pen
sioner, and draws $17 per month on the
ground- of deafness. Since he has been
seized with the desire to become an Indian
Agent he has written to Colonel Dudley
and asked that distinguished boodler to
assist Mm. In f eply to the letter Mr. Dud
ley sent back the following:
Washington, D. C.
Mr &EAK Bait Yours received. 1 need not
tell you that it would be very gratifying to me
to see you get the Indian agency, knowing as I
do your special fitness for tbe place and your
faithful service to your country in the hour of
her sorest need. But 1 am Borry to say that I
will be unable to reifder you any assistance
whatever with $he -President He has lost his
backbone, and is too cowardly to be seen con
sulting with me, for tne simple reason that the
Copperheads and rebels of Indiana have
trumped up a lot of charges against me. He
seems entirely oblivious to the fact that it was
through my efforts that Indiana was saved to,
him '
In eoncluding.thls remarkableletterDud
ley again regrets his inability to get the
Presidental ear so as to help his old friend
The War Department Will Watch tho Move
meats of Militia at the Centennial.
Washington, April 24. The gathering
of a large portion of the militia of the coun
try in New York on April 30, for the cen
tennial celebration, is expected to furnish
the War Department information that will
be of value in the event of an emergency
arising requiring the presence of troops for
actualmilitary service.
Captain D. M. Taylor, on duty in the
office of the Secretary of War, has been
detailed to go to New York to watch the
movements of the militia with a view of
ascertaining the best means for the rapid
concentration of troops. Captain Taylor
calculates that it will take the soldiers who
intend to participate in the celebration 16
hours, on the average, to reach their desti
nation. The conditions for securing infor
mation in rregard to the concentration of
troops are believed to be particularly good
at this time, owing to the fact that the
movements of the soldiers will not be spas
modic, but will be regular and under defin
ite military instructions. Useful informa
tion U also expected to be gleaned as to the
best mode of handling troops in narrow
streets aud in the presence of large crowds.
The Connecticnt Mutual Not Swamped by
Thief Moore's Grab.
Indianapolis, April 24. The commit
tee of experts sent by the policy holders of
the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance
Company to investigate the condition of the
company are home again after three weeks
of toil on the books at Hartford. Mr. Har
ris says that they fonnd the officers willing
to assist in the investigation. They fur
nished all papers, books and documents
that were needed.
The committee has sent out no statement
nor made any reports, but is preparing one
that win De niea witn tne Auditor of State
the last of this week. In this report the
committee will state that the company is
solvent, and that the bonds and stock owned
by the company are worth more now than
they were in January last. The committee
found Joseph A Moore's shortage to be
about $7,000 more than the company's books
showed, but this was accounted for by rents
and small amounts that Moore had picked
up and pocketed and of which the company
never heard.
Two Firemen Killed and Several Others In
jured byFaIllng-Wn.il..
Atlanta, April 24. One of the heav
iest rain and hail storms ever known here
began to fall at 4:30 this afternoon. It was
a veritable cloudburst At the time it be
gan to fall the members ot the fire depart
ment were inside the Jackson building,
which burned Sunday, and the walls of
which were still standing. Fire had broken
out among the debris, and the men were
there to put it out.
The storm burst suddenly, and before they
could get out the wall fell in upon them,
killing John Leach and Henry Howell and
injuring others. Leach's body was found in
a short time, but Howell's has not been.
Buildings were damaged in different parts
of the city.
A General Scale Kot Looked For and Sec
tional Strikes Expected.
Coltmbus, O., April 24. Officers of the
Miners' Progressive Union express the
opinion that a general scale of mining
prices for Pennsylvania and Ohio will not
be fixed, as the toraier is opposed to a re
daction and the latter is willing to accept
the operators' terms, The Executive Board
of the Ohio district will be called toeether
soon by President Chris Evans, and a plan
of action will he mapped ont for the miners
of this State. Officers of the Miners' Union
fear that the next year will be one of hard
ships for both miners and operators, as sec
tional strikes will be inevitable when the
present agreement expires May 1.
Official Returns From Massachusetts Show
B Majority of 44,499 for TJqnor.
Boston, April 24. Betnrns have now
been received from all cities and towns jof
tbe vote for and against the prohibitory
amendment The total vote lor the amend
ment is 88,396; against, 133,195, showing a
majority against the amendment of 44,499.
Smallpox, la Bnflalo.
Buffalo, April 24. Smallpox has
broken out in this city in a Polish fasaily,
Is Burled in the Florida Forest by the
Dim Light of Lanterns.
The Sayor Proclaims a Quarantine and the
City is Isolated. ,
Ha Says That a Yellow Ftrer Epidemic Thla Summer
Is Kot Unlikely.
Sanford, Fla., has yielded up its first vic
tim to the yellow fever. The citizens are
endeavoring to stamp out the disease, and
tbe Mayor has ordered aquarantine. Sur
geon General Hamilton has left for the
scene. He thinks that a yellow fever epi
demio this summer is probable, but says
that if the cases are not concealed the Na
tional Board of Health are ready to meet
the disease, and are prepared to van
quish it
Jacksonville, April 24. Sanford is
fully alive to the situation, and her people
will stamp out the pestilence if energy and
work will do it Mayor Evans, of that city,
has issued the following:
It having been determined by Dr. It. P.
Daniel, President ot the State Board of Health,
that a sporadic case of yellow fever has existed
in our city, and to prevent a spread of the
disease outside the premises'and to allay the
fears of the timid, I do hereby order that a
strict quarantine be placed around the build
ing of C. Demont, where the case of pro
nounced yellow fever occurred, and that every
store, shop or place of business of any kind
(except drugstores and telegraph offices) be
closed oetween the hours of 5 r. M. and 7:30 a.
if. each day, and that all assemblages in
churches, schools, theaters or ot any character
is hereby, until further notice, prohibited. It
is further ordered that every citizen shall at
once put bis premises in a perfect sanitary
condition and disinfect their yards and out
houses; all congregating on the streets should
be avoided, and the passing to and fro on the
.streets at night is forbidden. All good citizens
are called upon to assist me in enforcing the
A committee of citizens was appointed
by the Mayor to enforce sanitary measures
and guard the premises where tbe lady died.
Telegrams from Sanford report the situa
tion unchanged.' There are no new cases,
but the officials are vigilant and guarding
every point. C. Demont, husband of the
victim, kept a bakery, restaurant and hotel
in his new brick building on Main street
There were nine in his family when she was
taken sick some eight days ago. It is said
that during this time there were many tran
sient boarders also. These others, however,
were isolated immediately on the death of
Mrs. Demont and are guarded. Mrs. De
mont was buried at 2 o'clock Tuesday morn
ing by the dim light of two lanterns, the
body being interred way out in the woods,
far from any habitation. It was a most
dismal and melancholy spectacle.
Sanford is now isolated, no boats touching
at the wharf or trains entering the city. A
large exodus,- began Tuesday,, and many
hundreds left the city for St Augustine and
this city. The County Board of Health
held a meeting this afternoon, but decided
not to put on quarantine until the State of
ficers recommended it A report states to
night that Surgeon General Hamilton was
coming down here to confer with our offi
cials. It created a most favorable impres
sion. No excitement exists here, and all
business is going on as usual.
A dispatch from Washington gives an in
terview witn Surgeon General Hamilton
concerning the case of yellow fever reported
at Sanford Fla., and the possibility of a
spread ot the disease or a recurrence'of the
epidemic of last year. Said Dr. Hamilton:
I learned of the appearance of yell6w fever
at Sanford from two sources yesterday: from a
special ieent who had been traversing the
State since the snbsidence of the plague of
1888, and from Dr. R. P. Daniel, President of
the State Board of Health. This fact shows
that there will be no attempt made to conceal
the presence of tbe disease, as was done last
J rear, and such being the case the danger is
argely reduced. The fear and panic excited
by the knowledge that the true condition of af
fairs is being sunpressed do much more harm
in my judgment than the fever Itself.
I should not be surprised if there were a con-
ger chiefly lies in those towns and cities which
slderabln number of cases this year. The dan-
escaned the nlaeue last year. In the daces
that were visited then, there is a large propor
tion of acclimated residents who have had tbe
fever and are therefore safe, who can remain
to nurse and care for those who are sick, that
the disease may comparatively be easily con
We are much better prepared than ever before
to manage an outbreak of the fever, should it
occur. Camp Ferry is in such condition that it
can be put in operation in 24 hours. But it
will be much better If we do not have to fit up
a refugees' camp. To do this would tend to
create a panic in surrounding towns, and that
is tbe most difficult thing for us to control.
Already I have received messages of inquiry
showing an alarmed stato of public feel
ing, for which there is no fonndation. Ever
since the outbreak of 18S8 ended this office has
kept a close sanitary surveillance over Florida,
tracing every report of the existence of feverr
and this case at Sanford is tbe only one I have
heard ot from a reliable source. Since tbe
epidemic of last year Florida has organized, a
State Board of Health by Legislative enact
ment providingheavy penalties for violations
of tbe regulations of the board, and those regu
lations which were promulgated on the 6th of
tbis month are admirably adapted for carrying
out the purposes of tbe act. The board is
made effective by tbe imposition of a tax, the
receipts from which are set apart as a fnnd to
be used for public health purposes of the State.
Sanford, the seat of the present outbreak, is
about 100 miles almost directly east of Tampa,
in Central Florida. lean readily account for
the presence Of tbe disease there. It is only six
miles from Enterprise, across the lake, where
the fever raged last year, and there was unin
terrupted intercourse between the places.
After the fever was subdned an attempt was
made at disinfecting the place, but it was not
thorough by any means, nothinglike tbe house-to-house
inspection and destruction of infected
material carried on at Jacksonville by this de
partment. But after the Government
ceased to pay for tbe articles de
stroyed, tbe destruction ceased; the
people would not eive up their property
unless paid for it, and in a great measure the
iniection stopped. Sanford was visited by the
yellow fever in 1887, when there were 160 cases
there, the .presence of which was concealed
from tbe authorities. That is tbe thing most
to be feared a suppression of the facts. If
publication can only De secured, apprehension
and terrorare allayed and tbe greater part ot
the difficulty in controlling the disease Is over
come. Surgeon General Hamilton left Washing
ton this evening for Jacksonville to confer
with the State Board of Health in regard to
measures for preventing the introduction or
spread ot contagious diseases.
The Saginaw Scheme Off to Baa;
810,009,000 Trust Boodle.
NetvYobk, April 24. Among the pas
sengers on the North German Lloyd steamer
Saale, which sailed for Bremen to-day, was
Wellington B Burt, of Saginaw, Mich.,
President of the Michigan Salt Association,
who, it is alleged, has gone abroad to secure
$10,000,000 which has been guaranteed by a
British syndicate of capitalists toward the
formation of an American salt trust,
One Member Has to Die by His Own
Hands Each Tear John Keens? Is
the Last Victim Only One
Member Left.
IEFXCiAl teliqf.am to tits disfatcb.1
Bbidgepoet, Conn, April 24. John
Keenzy, who committed snicide on Monday
by shooting himself with a rifle, was the
third member of the Suicide Club who has
lived up to the rites of the order by com
mitting suicide.
The club was formed three years ago in
Keenzy 's saloon and consisted of five mem
bers, It was agreed that annual meetings
should be held at which, by ballot, it should
be decided which one should commit sui
cide within the next year. Henry Jensen,
the President of the Suicide Club, pnt him
self out of the world by his own hands two
years ago. The next member to commit
suicide was William Weckel. a sign
painter, who cut his throat The friends of
the surviving members began to look upon
the matter as serious, and urged them to
give up their mad scheme. Two refused,
but a third acceded to tbe wiihes of his
friends and resigned. Tbe others called
him a coward and said he resigned because
he knew he would be the next member
selected to die.
Since the death of President Jensen John
Keenzy has filled that office. There is only
one member of the original combination
left, and he cannot resign because there is
no one left to accept his resignation. His
friends are urging him to refrain from
holding'an annual meeting for fear he may,
in the absence ot all tbe other members, cast
a ballot condemning himself to die. The
last surviving member, however, hopes to
Initiate new members into the order before
it becomes extinct.
The United States Steamers Brooklyn and
Essex Arrive In New York.
New- Yobk, April 24. When a big full
rigged ship with old-fashioned, single-top
sails hove in sight at sunrise this morning
away off in the southeast, the skippers of
the tugboats lying near Sandy Hook light
ship scented a prize. It was the old United
States steamer Brooklyn returning from a
three years' cruise on the Asiatio station,
and under sail, for her machinery became
disabled a month ago. The Brooklyn was
towed in and anchored near the Yantic off
the foot of Twenty-third street North river.
She has a crew of 320 men fill told and she
mounts 14 guns.
The Brooklyn had scarcely come to an
anchor when the United States steam bark
Essex arrived; she also had been away for
about three years, and in Asiatic waters,
too. Commander Theodore F. Jewell, her
Captain, reports that she left Gibraltar on
March 23, and Madeira, where she coaled
up, four days later. The navy yard tug
Catalpa will take several sick sailors ashore
from the Essex to-day. She mounts six
guns and carries a crew of 165 men all told.
If possible both vessels will be overhauled
sufficiently to take part in Monday's naval
A Legislative Committee Investigating tho
West Virginia Gubernatorial Election.
Chableston, W. Va., April 24. The
political fires, which have been quietly
smoldering for some, time, have broken out
afresh and will burn quite" brightly fora
while. The joint committee of Legislature
to investigate into and report on the Guber
natorial contest arrived here last night and
met this afternoon. The Democrats have
three members and the Bepublicans two.
W. L. Kee was chosen Chairman of the
committee and Joseph Sprigg Secretary.
Both are Democrats. Some of the best legal
talent in the State is engaged on each side.
The motion of the Republican counsel to
quash the proceedings was overruled.
The taking of depositions has taken up
the time since the adjournment of the Legis
lature, and the committee will have a long
session. They will begin work in earnest
to-morrow. .
The County Commissioners of Kanawha
county were to-day enjoined from making a
second canvass of votes in. this county, a3
they had intended doing.
A Writ of Attachment That Will be Bather
Difficult to Serve.
Columbus, O., April 24. The Sheriff
to-day received for service a writ of attach-
L ment issued from the Superior Court of Cin-
cinati.-., tuav win jjivuivb wore tuaa iue
ordinary run of attachment suits. It was
brought in that court by Edward Hart, re
ceiver 'of the American Bapid Telegraph
Company, for the collection of the sum of
$225,000 and interest from April 13 last,
from the United Lines Telegraph Company.
The latter company owns lines of telegraph
extending from the Ohio line, near Eaton,
through Eaton, Columbus, Newark and
Coshocton, to Steubenville, and thence to
The attachment is to he made on all the
property of the company in sight, including
the poles, wires, office effects, instruments,
etc. The line of wires pass through the en
tire counties. This will cause the service
of the writ to become quite a laborious job,
as the Sheriff will be obliged to go over the
county to find the exact number of poles,
miles of wire, instruments, batteries, etc.,
within his bailiwick and take charge of all
the loose and portable property he may
Fanny Davenport's Actors Bring Snlt to Re
cover Their Fall Weekly Stipend.
Minneapolis, April 24. Two of the
members of Fanny Davenport's "LaTosca"
Company have, begun suits against her,
each claiming $5,000 damages. They are
Arthur A. Lotto and Jean H. Williams.
At various times since the company has
been out the present season it has happened
that in places where Miss Davenport was
scheduled for a week's engagement, on ac
count of illness or for other reasons, she
played one-half of the time; and in such in
stance when the envelopes of the company
wonld come around at the end of the week
they would contain half pay, or the salary
only for the time the company was playiog.
Lotto and Williams both objected, and last
week refused to accept their envelopes un
less the full amount of their salaries of the
week were inclo;ed. Trouble ensued, and
the above suit is the result
A Wealthy Ex-Convict Leaves Handsome
Forlnnrs to Prison Officials.
Winnipeg, April 24. A man named
James Munroe, who died two weeks ago in
England, has willed $250,000 as follows:
Warden Bendson, of the Stony Mountain
Penitentiary, $100,000; Bev. Canon Mathe
son, of St John's College, $50,000; H.
Vivian, barrister, $50,000. Munroe was an
old settler, having worked for Stobart, Sons
& Co., in the Stony Mountain Penitentiary,
once for theft and once for lorgery. He was
released one year ago. He Jiad a wife and
family in England, and on reaching Jhat
country made another will, which was er
aignea, ana consequently is oi bo ns'
Will be reaped by all '"ho
advertise inTHE Despatch.
It reaches every boaewanq
is read By eTerybody. It
yon are In business let the
public know it through THIS
A Petition Addn
ers and Boti
They State to the Court That a Monop
oly Has Been Created
Jndgo EvrlngEefnses to Approve the Bonds
men of tbe Coaneilmanlc SaloosfKeepers
Until They Present Certificates of Their
Resignation In tbe MunlclpalLeglslatnre
The Retail Liquor Sealers Are Grow
Ins; Hopeless What They Say About It
Prominent Lawyers Take Both Tlews of
the Judicial Question Tho Arguments
In Coart To-Day.
A forcibly written petition will be pre
sented Judge Magee to-day on behalf of the
wholesale liquor dealers, brewers and
bottlers. It asks for rehearing of their
license applications. Able connsel will ap
pear. The retail dealers' misfortunes do not.
appear to have the same element of hope.
They will hold a general meeting to-day.
Judge Ewing yesterday rejected the bonds
men of several well-known saloon keepers.
He will not approve the bonds of those who
are members of City Councils nntil they
furnish satisfactory evidence of their resig
nation in the local Legislature.
This morning Josiah Cohen, Esq., and
John Ferguson, Esq., attorneys for the)
wholesale liquor dealers, brewers and bot
tlers, will apply to Jndge Magee, in the
Court of Quarter sessions, for rehearings on
license applications. They will present the
following document: "
To the Honorable, tbe Judges of tbe Court of
Quarter Sessions or Allegheny County:
The undersigned citizens of the said county
respectfully and earnestly represent that fa
their opinion the Court gravely erred Inmanym--stances
in refusing licenses to wholesale dealers
in liquor, and In limiting the number of licenses
in the mantr and to the extraordinary degree
indicated by the learned judge who presided
over the license court at the present terra.
Giving due consideration to the large poDula
tion of thi3 connty. and the immense import
ance of Pittsburg as a center of trade and
commerce, it seems to U3 that it is unwise and
improvident to practically extinguish the Im
mense wholesale trade in articles of commerce
which the law hitherto and now protects and
encoarages, and which has heretofore been,
law f ully recognized and encouraged as both
legitimate and profitable. The limitation of
licenses to a very few individuals; and the
practical confiscation of the property of others
invested In tbe legal commerce of liquors,
can be productive of neither public nor private
good. Moreover the actnal and direct
for a favored few does marked injustice to the
many whose business and civil rights are or
should be equally respected and protected. The
law restraining and recognizing the sale of
liquors Is not a prohibitory law. On the con
trary it is a license law which shall be adminis
tered for the benefit of citizens Generally and.
not for the personal gain and advantage of
few Individuals. Without comment as to any
individuals who have been granted
a share in the monopoly that has been created
by the Court to the advantage of a few citizens, N
we beg to say that a large number have been
denied the right to carry on their legitimate
business who are the equals In all respects to
those who have been granted exclusive privi
leges. Wholesale dealers with large capital
and long established business, with honest
records and excellent reputations, have, by an
arbitrary discretion, been deprived of their oc
cupation and business, ana indirectly of their
But a few days remain of tbe current license
year, and it is idle to talk of the sale or reason
aole disposal of their prop so as to avoid
ruinous lass. If It Is at all proper to give any
licenses, or if the law Is to be regarded aaa
license and not a prohibitory law, then as a
matter of justice, and for reasons of public in
terest and economy, all substantial business
houses heretofore conducting a legitimate
wholesale trade should be treated alike.
No narrow and doubtful ideas should be In
voked to defeat the law, and to justify an ar
bitrary inequality and injustice. Nor is it wise
to destroy a wholesale trade whose extent and.
benefits have greatly added to the prosperity
of Pittsburg. If the whole liquor trade is to
be made a special monopoly, the result wHlnot
be beneficial to our city, either morally or pe
cuniarily. The trade will find Its place beyond
State lines; tbe supply of liquors will not be
lessened; the cause of morality will not be pro
moted, but the county will lose a large revenue
and the burdens of the people be increased to
make up the deficit.
It should be borne in mind that the whole
sale business is not created, and does not exist
for local purposes only, but largely to supply a,
foreign demand. A very large proportion of
wholesale trade comes from many States, and
the limitation of that trade at tbis city, or the
granting of its advantages to a favored class,
and thereby creating a monopoly, can only
work injury to other less fortunate individuals
and loss to our city.
We, therefore, pray the Court to reconsider
the applications for-llcense heretofore filed or
renewed, and to grant licenses to many estab
lisbed houses, whose standing, integrity and
well-earned good reputation among the busi
ness men of the county entitle them to fair
treatment and tbe just protection of the law,
not as it may be at some other time, but as It
now is upon the statute books of our Common
wealth. We respectfully submit that under the law
regulating wholesale licenses, each applicant
belns willing and able to comply with the re
quirements of the law is, as a matter of legal
right, entitled to such license, and tbe granting
or refusing thereof is not a matter of mere dis
cretion. We submit further that brewers (selling their
product only fn original packages) and bottlers
(doing a wholesale business only) have at least
the same substantial legal right to a license as
such wholesale dealers.
This petition is signed by T. D. Casey, J.
C. Buflfum, Harry Darlington, Chas. Hook,'
Fuhrer, Mrs. Pollard and many other well
known wbolesule dealers, brewers and bot
tlers. So much does not depend upon, ther
character or number of names as upon the
reasons upon which the rehearings are
The committee representing the wholesale:
dealers, brewers and bottlers, viz., Messrs.
T. D. Casey, J. Walnwright, J". O. Buffura
and John Fleming, were in consultation
for several hours yesterday afternoon with
Attorney Cohen. He drew np the petition,
for them. If OBBOrtunitv offers ithia mens.
PiHIm by
Ming it wm be hacked up by arguawato, U