Pittsburg dispatch. (Pittsburg [Pa.]) 1880-1923, May 04, 1889, Image 1

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    Transient Advertisements,
Should be handed in at the main advertising
office of The Dispatch, Fifth aTenue, up to
Mr. Skiras Says the Impeachment Resolution Is
. Backed by Lawyers Alone. -
And a Legislative Investigation Necessary to Quiet
Humors and Innuendoes.
'The Allegheny Delegation Divided in Its Opinion on the
Important Subject.
:Wuy the Eesolution Wasn't Bead, but Was Postponed Until Monday Philadelphia
Members Furnished the Leak The Judges' Salary Increase Bill Dependent Upon
the Impeachment Proceedings Allegheny County Members Holding a Club in
Their Hands Which is Eespected Deiamater Doesn't like It Because He Was Xot
First Consulted Andrews Noncommittal The Local Bar Association Expected, to
Take Action To-Day Ylews of the Lawyers of the City Who Care to Talk Latest
Piases of the Sensation Judge White Leaves Atlantic City, hut His Whereabouts"
Are Unknown A Humor That He Beached the Citr Late Last Night-
Hepresentative Shiras was prevented yes
terday from offering his resolution for the
proposed inquiry into the acts of the Alle
gheny county License Court by the ob
jection ot a single member. It will be re
Hewed on Monday, though. The publica
tion of the preamble and resolution in yes
terday's extra Dispatch created unnsnal
excitement. Mr. Shiras, in a statement pre?
'pared for publication, declares the matter
is not instigated by the liquor men, but
that the best Pittsburg lawyers are alone re
Haebisbtjbg, May 3. Captain Evans,
f Bedford, was angry this forenoon. The
House, in a sportive mood, had declined to
grant him leave of absence. That and his
general dislike for business out of order
kuicd Ivtm to object to the consideration of
Mr. Bhiras'rcsolution to investigate Judge
"White's official actions. Original resolu
tions .not being in order, the objection was
sufficient to prevent consideration.
Mr. Shiras went down and talked to him,
but he shook his head. Then Mr. Shiras
went to'Chairman Andrews and explained
natters to him. Mr. Andrews did not
throw his influence into the scale in Mr.
Shiras' favor, and, it was learned later in
the day, would not until he got fuller in
formation. He and Senator Delamater will
sot talk for publication. Others say they
consider the subject
A Very Dnncerous and Delicate One,
and would have been better pleased had
they been counseled with in advance.
The first information concerning the more
Against Judge White was given the Phila
delphia delegation, who were lobbying for
the Judges' salary increase bill, which the
Allegheny delegation Were generally oppos
ing. "When asked by some of these the rea
son for his opposition, Mr. Shiras said it
was all because of Judge White, but some
thing might happen within 24 hours to
.place the Allegheny delegation squarely on
record concerning that gentleman. If it
did, Mr. Shiras and others who were at
heart in favor of the salary bill might be in
s position to support it
How the Information Leaked Ont.
There was but one conclusion to draw
from a statement like this. The Phila
delphians, Mr. McManes included, drew it,
and while they were not noisy about it, they
leaked, and the result was the publication
of the matter, though exclusively in this
morning's Dispatch.
Mr. Shiras was urged by friends this
afternoon to rise to a question of personal
privilege, and, while stating his position,
to read the preamble and resolutions be had
f" prepared, in order to get them squarely be
fore the House. He thought it wiser sot to
do this, and instead determined to do
nothing further until Monday evening,
, when original resolutions will be in order.
Y-? The House in general is at sea in the
'matter, as theniembers have had no oppor-
iunlty to learn the details of the charges,
,, and whether they are specific or general. "
, The Allegheny Delegation Divided.
The Allegheny connty members are di
vided. The proposed investigation is favored
by Messrs. ltobison, Marland, Lemon,
' "Weaver, Lafferty, Chalfant, Bicharus and
Ex-Speaker Qraham says: "whatever
Judge "White's errors may liave been, I be
lieve him to be a man of incorruptible in-
? Mr. Marshall said he would favor an in-
W Testigation if specific charges were made,
ft tut did not want to go on a wild goose
j: chase. -Dr. McCulIough was of much the
same way of thinking.
P ,Mr. Stewart said he knew of no bribery
I being charged, and if the basis for the
charges was only Judge. White's disposition
ot the liquor cases, investigation would be.
stelecs, as tbeJBupreme Court has decided
thYlower court has complete jurisdiction,
and. its decisions are not subject to review.
Tie Fa!t Wllb the lnw Alone.
In a somewhat nimihr strain w-isltepre-
:; tentative Jones' talk. He fiought the fault
.vu witn tne jaw, noi nu "j ""Bc
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! ' Judgesl be said, should not have been vested
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of the investigation concur in. this expres
sion. ' The Senatorial delegation from Allegheny
are of the opinion that nothing has yet been
shown that demands an investigation. Ap
parently Representative Bobison was -Mr.
Shiras' only confidant among the members
of the Legislature, and Mr. Shiras is warmly
supported by him. Mr. Bobison says that
while the charges are not specific in the pre
amble and resolutions presented by Mr.
Shiras, there is a strong probability that
they could be made very specific, should the
House decide to order an investigation.
Sir. Shims pxplalns His Fothton.
Representative Shiras says the investiga
tion he proposes should be indorsed by the
House in the interest of Judge White. He
made a statement to-night for publication,
which is as follows:
"The object in presenting such an unusual
and unexpected resolution was for the direct
purpose ot having such action taken as
would eventually settle, once and for all.the
unfortunate rumors and inuendoes so prev
alent in the community. Any candid man,
of ordinary observation and opportunity,
must have been confronted with such sto
ries in the past few weeks. Tt should, be
distinctly understood that I in no way sub
stantiate the truth of sueh allegations. The
extent of my responsibility begins and ends
with the declaration that they exist, and on
that point I am willing to share the fullest
criticism if mistaken.
The Sensitive Point of tbeFabllc
"The public, properly enough, are very
sensitive on matters affecting the purityand
probity of the bench. The greatest calamity
that can overtake a community is the loss of
influence in the judiciary, and the bar is as
quick to resent unjnst imputations as it is
determined to properly investigate them. A
Legislative Committee is not such a terrible
thing, when we consider its primary object
is the vindication ot the accused if inno
cent, his impeachment if guilty.
"A Judge under almost any circum
stances has the public confidence, and in
this instance it is reinforced by the fact that
many will naturally believe this a hostile
movement on the part of the rejected liquor
dealers and their disgruntled friends. If
there is one declaration I would put before
all others regarding the motives that led up
to this step, it is the fact that
Not a Single Manor Denier,
wholesale or retail, was aware of this move
ment. My advisers, whether they were well
or ill advised, came from among the most
reputable members of the Pittsburg bar,
and from among our prominent business
"Between now and Monday evening, when
original resolutions will be in order, the
members and the community affected will
have ample time to consider and weigh the
objects and possible benefits of such an in
vestigation. Should my county consider it
ill advised or unnecessary, I will quickly
defer to such an expression; if they desire it,
neither political nor personal sacrifices shall
stand in the way of my demanding ie. Fair
play to the accused should be an important
element in the minds of all in deciding the
question. Investigation committees white
wash the guilty, but they never indict inno
cent men.
Why an Investigation Is Necessary.
"The bitter and.unrelentiug enemies that
existing circumstances have produced will
enconrage many an idle rumor. An in
vestigation compels proof and forever
silences the unfounded suspicions of creda
lous enemies."
Representative White, son of Judge
White, took the whole matter very coolly.
He said to The Dispatch correspandent
that he had had no communication with his
father on the subject. The Jndge had been
In Atlantic Citv until very recentlv. when
Mr, White visited him, but is possibly now
in the Bermudas. Mr. White said: "My
impression is that .Mr. Shiras has intro
duced that resolution simply for newspaper
notoriety. He has sought for that, repre-
senting as he does, a strong German ele
mentso strong, in fact, that the Germans
control the elections. I am not surprised
at his offering the resolution, but I am sur
prised that he, as a member of the Alle
gheny County Bar, should offer any such
resolution, and I can only account for it, as
I have Mid, on the theory of his desire for
newspaper notoriety." BrstPSOJr.
The Bar Association Exacting to Hear
From the Shiras Affair.
The regular meeting of the Bar Asseck
ttoa will 1 Iwld.tlii. aitk&wi af 2 e'clwk.
-6tlV' r JfMJvJA ' JIk WA'I For to-morrow'iC o'clock r. , "
Q V x l? W MkD L JL ForliMof branch offices Tin the varlossdis- jy
w trlcta iee THIttD PAGE ,' VMH
Bev. B. E. Woodburn, D7 D., will deliver
an address on 'Legal Ideas.'
Several members of the association 'noti
fied Secretary Breck yesterday that they
would make an effort to have the Shiras
resolution, which was to have been present
ed at Harrisburg yesterday, brought tip for
The annual picnic of the association will
beheld at Eock Point, on Monday, June 17,
The association has decided not to invite
membersof the bar who are not members of
the association. Accordingly attorneys "not
Troposed to-day will not be invited.
Judge Ewlng, the Father of Shlra, B. C.
Christy, Eiq., nnd William
Yot,Eq.. Take Jadge
White's Fart.
In this city yesterday hardly any other
topic was talked about on the streets, in the
hotels, barber shops and stores, on the street
cars, or anywhere, but the sensation sprung
by the Hon. George Shiras IIL, in his
effort to. have the Legislature impeach
Judge White. Everybody was willing and
anxious to talk radically about it, oneway
or the other to everybody but reporters.
The moment there was "a chiel amangthem
takin' notes," that moment nearly every
mother's son of the talkers subsided and
ceased to have the semblance of an opinion.
There were some, however, who said they
had opinions, and were willing to have
them printed. These, however, were neither
judges nor lawyers, for the most part It is
reported, thongh, that Judge Ewing ex
pressed himself as follows to a friend, who
repeated it for publication:
I think-there shonld be a general uprising of
the people to express their disapproval of the
resolution and their faith In Judge White's in
tegrity. Judge White and I frequently differed
last year on many minor points in reference to
the granting of licenses, but I am entirely in
sympathy with him in his action in the Li
cense Court this year. I believe hp has per
formed a public duty In such a manner as to
deserve the sincere thanks ot every citizen who
has the public interest at heart.
Several attempts were made to get expres
sions of opinion from Judges Stowe and
Slagle, but they quietly shunted inquiries
onto side tracks and went on their way.
Judge Slagle said it was rather a delicate
matter for him to discuss, and Judge Stowe
replied with a pleasantry that he had no
more connection with the subject than has a
transit of Venus with tariff reform.
George Shiras, Jr,, one of the most prom
inent lawyers of the Pittsburg bar, and
father of George Shiras III., the member of
the Legislature who introduced the resolu
tion yesterday for the impeachmentof Judge
White, was seen by a Dispatch reporter
last evening. He had very little to say on
the subject, but stated that he believed
Judge White is -an able and competent
Judge and is free from corruption,
"I have no opinion to express on the sub
ject," he continued. "My son may have
some facts that I know nothing about, and
lor that reason J. must decline to express my
views of his action in the matter,"
B. C. Christy, Esq. There is no more danger:
of them making anything out of Judge White
than there is of your being judicially 'banged
before sunrise. Ho js not obliged to make
answer and can lie back and langhatthem.
Of conrse there were -mistakes made. There
were last year and will be next year, Jndge
White said he expected- to- make swie mifc
stakes, but there t no power to revise him.
Jadce White did hot overstep his judicial
power. For example, look at Washington
and Mercer counties. There the Judges re
fused all the applicants, and no one doubted
their power to do so. In regard to the allega
tion that Judge White received Information
from private sources, I don't for a moment
doubt its correctness. He must have received
Information from the police department of tne
city. What better source for good information
would he havet They knew much about tbe
reputation of certain saloons and saloon
William Yost, Esq.. of Yost & Behman,
said he hoped the investigation would be
pushed to the uttermost; hoped tnat Judge
White would see that it was pushed, "for,"
said Mr. Yost, "it willbring out phases
that people do not understand in this
whisky businets. One of the prosecutors in
the case is both a wholesaler and a bottler,
and thev are distinct. Last year he was
granted licecse for both, but thongh he did
both a wholesale and a bottling business, he
never lifted his bottling license, and conse
quently saved 500. The attention of the
Conrtwas called to the matter, and that is
whyhe did not get license this year. Judge
White can afford to let them make all the
disturbance they feel like, for I know he
does not care to be re-elected judge."
Most of Them Rattier Noncommittal,
Thongh Several Speak Oat Plainly
In Defense of Hli Honor
Wherein They Decid
edly Differ.
Ex-Judge Fetterman declined to express
any opinion relative to the truth or falsity
of the charges alleged against Judge White,
but he remarked that no matter what be
came of the affair its results would be seri
ous in some respects.
Major W. B. Kegley said: There is noth
ing in the matter, and I think the proceed
ing very foolish.
S. M. Baynjond, Esq., scouted the idea
that anything criminal in the matter could
be brought home to Judge White, though
he, Mr. Raymond, did not contend that the
Jndge's discretion was as penetrating as it
might have been, and thought he might
have listened too attentively to advisers
who .might lave had axes to grind. Mr.
Baymond was more concerned for the fate
of the proposition to amend the
Constitution in regard to qualifica
tions for voters, which amendment
is to be voted on the same day with the pro
hibitory qne. Mr. Baymond stated that the
change suggested in the election laws would
turn cities over tied hand and foot into the
power ot political bos-.es. The impression
begins to prevail very generally that the
prohibitory amendment will be defeated
and that its mate will go through, and some
people think the unlimited power of politi
cal bossism worse than free booze.
N. W. Shafer, Esq., said the'trouble with
Judge White was that, like many preachers
hp saw but little of humanity as a whole!
and could not realize that what some call
sin might possibly have its uses, serving
by contrast to throw virtue into stronger
relief. Some preachers of pure design and
great probity lail because they do not study
humanity. They think if they could bring
all the world to their creed that all would be
well, whereasit is just possible that tbe result
would be whitewashed corruption and the
green soum of stagnation would smother in
tellect. A preacher, to be a success, must
study humanity, and so must a Judge.
Jndge White's practice before he went on.
the bench was mainly on the civil side of
the courts, and he missed opportunities; of
learuiniFthat there might be a modicum of
virtue on a side of humanity. He judges
more from report than from knowledge.
This is evident from the rulings in these
license cases. I have no doubt His Honor
was too much influenced by reports from
people who had private Interests to serve.
George H. Quail, on the basis of what
wm published in the first edition of The
iiMPATCH, was.mspeeed to think, it MifU
ha tnnrp npnEAtlnnnl limn nthprwise. but
when the lull report pame he shook his bead
and admitted that where so much smoke was
seen there might be lively combustion be
Mnjor, Robert Lyon was inclined to think.
mat a-stuay or tne -wertc was enougu
convince anyone that -something was wrong,
and he fnrther attached much importance
to fhe'faet that the mover in- the Legislature
was Representative 'Shiras, who,-the Major
thoughtrWas,not acting without powerful
legal as well as financial backing.
At Chartiers and on tne South
side generally there are many
people who sing "on with the
dancel" people who are' not regular
drinkers, and it is the distribution that they
most complain of. Mr. Schmid, feed
dealer in Chartiers, though a temperate
man, says that according to the Judges
rulings some drinking houses must be nec
essary, else "whv grant any licenses at all?
Admitting as he did by granting some,
how comes it that a busy center like Char
tiers, which is the bnsiness entrepot of a
large section of country between the Pitts
burg and Lake Erie and Pittsburg, Cincin
nati and St. Louis Railroads, is not allowed'
a single saloon? Mr. Schmid would not
go into the business himself, either.
The fact is that had there not been a
single license granted more satisfaction
would have been generally given to the
npnnlp Tint rlpnlpra "
J people not dealers.
Ex-District Attornev Bobb said: "I
think Judge White made mistakes; but
that in mostinstances he hit it about right."
C. E. Cornelius, Esq., thought that unless
something more serious than the criticisms
on Jndge White's discretion were advanced
the1 prosecution might as well hang their
harps on the willows, but from the source it
emanated Mr. Cornelius was disposed to.
think they considered themselves in
possession of stronger ammunition than
disclosed . so far. Referring to the
remark of some one that it would break the
Judge's heart, and that he would give up
his commission voluntarily, Mr. Cornelius
said that the Judge wasn't that kind of a
man; that he would ficht like a tiger, and
his opponents would find a man of immense
ability to combat.
T. B. Patterson, Esq., said he had no
opinion for expression.
Solid Citizens Inclined to Doubt tbe Wisdom
of the ImpencbmentMoTC Other
Who Arc Favorable to Some
Radical Action.
The following opinions, gathered at ran
dom, carry their own comment:
Alexander Murdock I believe that these
proceedings against the Judge will create a
sentiment in favor of him among tbe most of
people, and those who instigated the measure
wiU be surprised how wide they have shot from1
the mark, when they expected that public"
oolnlon would be with them. These charges
are certainlyvory grave; butl do not see where
they are true.
Mr. L N. pew I am a great believer in Jndge
White, and I think he is aU right As far as I
am concerned, 1 do not think that there are any
charges against him that are founded upon
Bev. Carl Weil, pastor of the Bloomingdale
German Protestant Church-I have been
expecting something of that kind
all along and I do not think
that Judge White has any cause to be much
surprised at it. He must have bad some kind
of a presentiment of that sort or he would not
have left the city in such a hurried manner.
He reaped Inst What he sowed and that is all
about Jt, His partiality manifested Itself In I,
almost every decree and jut&M&was certafulj Sn
not allowed to enter Into the distribution of
licenses. I hope theLegislatnre will takeanch
action in regard to the matter that the
people wtll regain their confidence in a Judge
as the impartial representative of the law.
Captain Richard Barrows, Secretary of the
Pittsburg Qoal Exchange It is a difficult mat
ter to prove 'charges in a frialf or Impeachment,
and in fact it is almost impossible, Although
I have no love for Jndge White, 1 do not be
lieve that the charges against him will
amount to anything. When .an at
tempt was made to impeach President
Andrew Johnson it failed for the lack of one
vote. The President of the Senate, Ben Wade,
of Ohio, had the deciding vote, and cast it
against the impeachment. If he had voted the
other way he wonld have been President of the
United States for over three months, or until
tbe next election. Tbat is what probably in
fluenced him in taking the action he did in the
matter. It Is a very difficult matter to nrove.
and in the case now pending against Judge
White in order to impeach him it will require a
three-fourths vote of tbe Legislature,
President Smith, of the American Flint
Glass Workers' Union, did not believe the
Jndge would be Impeached, but intimated that
he thonght he ought to be. for manifest bias.
He had not heard the sentiment of the mem
bers of the union, but believes that the major
ity, if the matter Is put to a vote, will condemn
the judgment of Judge White in the granting
of licenses.
Chief Brown, ot the Department of Public
Safety, said: "I have not read the charges, but
from what I have heard of the matter think
that the disappointed saloon keepers are at the
bottom of this scheme, and I think they ate
making a grand mistake. As far as Judge
White's actionlnref using licenses is concerned,
there is no doubt that he had a perfect legal
richt to do as be did. Of course some people
were refused who, probably, should have had
license; but, then, there is no way for them to
get licenses now, unless Judge white wants to
grant them. If this matter is pushed it will
ave the effect of making prohibition possible,
so my advice to the saloonkeepers would be to
let the matter drop.
Dr. W. H. McKelvy To my mind it looks as
though it would be a strong bid for carrying
tho amendment in this State. The Brooks law
is undoubtedly a Rood one, but 1 think that a
very grave mistake was made inputting one
man dn the bench to interpret it. Personally, I
think that the entire bench should sit in tbe
license court, and then if there is any respon
sibility in their finding all the Judges wonld
have to shoulder it, instead of placing the onus
on an individual Judge.
Percy F Smith I do not know what is back
of the resolution of Mr. Shiras. I do not be
lieve the liquor men are behind it, but I think
that Mr. Shiras has started the movement on
his own responsibility For the sake of the
Allegheny Bench, which ought to be Dure and
untarnished, I would not like to see Judge
White Impeached. On the other band,
I am at a loss to explain why reputable whole
sale men, retailers, oottlers and brewers were
knocked out, While certain people I might
mention were granted licenses. It looks to me
as if there was something wrong, and an in
vestigation may do no harm. I do not believe
that Jndge White received money. If one
compares his reasons for granting licenses with
tbe list granted, some big Inconsistencies are
scon discovered.
Oharles H. Gill, of the St. Charles Hotel-I
will bet two to one Jndge White will' not be
impeached. Tbe Judge is all right, and this
movement will not amount to anything.
Charges of corruption are not mado against
him. and yet it is known that be could have
made a fortune ont of, it in bribes if he had
been so inclined. Tbe charges made are too
trivial to be considered.
C. E. Ohilders If Jndg9 White had kept his
opinions to himself on the bench, and gone
ahead and made his decisions no one could
have found any fault with him. The frequent
comments and remarks made by the Judge
were most injudicious, and In England a higher
court Mould eauashthe proceedings at once.
The same equitable proceedings should apply
Frank Shreffler, of the Seventh Avenue
Hotel The impeachment movement is all
George Johnston, of James A. Henderson &
Co. If the charges made against tbe Judge
are true he should be impeached.
how so make sympathy.
Isaac BrVan Voorhls, Esq. If you'wsnt to
create sympathy, for a man jump on him. I
don't believe Judgo White acted altogether
right n granting license, but this impeach
ment movement will not hur him. I heard the
other day of an amusing thing that occurred in
connection with the License Court. An apjJf-
By Many of the Mannfacturers and
Easiness Men of the New South.
Ohio Hot as Big a State as It Might Be Un
der This Administration.
in Appointment That Stirs Up Considerable Bad
Blood in Buffalo.
t s
Free trade is the bugbear of the new
South. The new movement for a protective
party in that section, made up of those men
whose interests demand protection. Is re
ported growing rapidly. President Harri
son is Considered to be in full full sympathy
with it. A 600-pound sunfish has been
caught4 at Cape Lookout, the largest, it is
thought, ever captured. Experiments in
manufacturing sorghum are to be thorough
ly carried out this year by the Government
officials in charge.
Washinoton, May 3. -The presence of
Governor Eoraker and ex-Governor Foster,
of Ohio, in the city, served to enliven the
dullness of things a little, to-day, but not
a great deal, as those distinguished gentle
men do not exhibit any haste in their move
ments. At any rate, they are of special in
terest only to Ohio, and Ohio isn't as big a
State, under this administration, as she has
been under others.
The most important visitor at the White
House to-day came with that energetic ex
Pennsylvanian Beprcsentative Evans, the
new Bepublican member of the House from
the Chattanooga district in Tennessee. He
was Colonel A. S. Collier, a newspaper
man, a wealthy manufacturer, and a radical
Democratio protectionist. He aqd Mr,
Evans had a somewhat prolonged conversa
tion with the Presfdent, principally upon
'the subject of the new movement in the
Sonih to organize a protective tariff party
Regardless of existing party lines.
Evans on the side of the Republicans, and
Collier for the Democrats, are two of the
leading spirits of this movement in Tennes
see, and it would be difficult to find two men
better fitted fr tbe work. 'Ihe two import
ant points of this movement are Chattanooga,
Tenn., and Birmingham, Ala. "But
Birmingham is not Alabama, and Chat
tanooga is not Tennessee," said Representa
tive Dates, in conversation on this subject
with the correspondent of The Dispatch.
When these words were quoted to Colonel
Collier to-day, he said:
Well, if they are not those States, they
are tbe business and financial centers of
them, and where the money and the busi
ness are the dominating politics will be.
There is no use in trying to-disguise the fact
mat we vote xor tne Dest interests ot our
pockets. We are not going to support a
theory or a principle which will make us
poor when the opposite theory will make us
rich. Yes, I don t mind saying that I am in
lympatny witn the movement to form a'pro
lecttve tariff -party f tbl South, and it is
probable we will be compelled to find our
party home in the Republican fold.
"The Bepublican is confessedly tbe party
of protection, while the dominant leadership
of the Democracy is tavowedly in favor of
free trade as soon as that can be gradually
accomplished. The new South depends for
her prosperity almost wholly upon the de
velopment of "her vast mineral resources and
the growth of manufactures, and that devel
opment andgrowth would be very slow, or
would never come at all, under the parental
guidance of such fellows as Mills, the
Breckinridges, Oates, Carlisles and the rest
of them. We must get rid of the supersti
tions of Southern tradition, and look at
things in a plain, practical way. We must
accept the methods and theories which have
built upthe'tfortb, I do not care to speak
of the work we have done in this direction,
but I think when wc can show practically
the force of this movement, even the most
sanguine will be surprised. It is my im
pression that the President is in thorough
sympathy with us, and that his treatment of
the South will tend to give strength to our
taking care op his relatives.
President Harrison Appoints His Brother to
a Federal Office.
Washington,, May 3. President Har
rison does not appear to be greatly influenced
by Bishop Potter's quotation of General
Washington's words, in which the Father
of his Country warned an office-seeking
friend that.he should "never suffer connec
tions of blood or friendship to have the least
sway on decisions of a publio nature."
To-day the President appointed his old
friend and campaign secretary, D. Q. Alex
ander, to be District Attorney for Northern
New York, and his own brother, Carter B.
Harrison, to be United States Marshal for
the middle district of Tennessee. Mr.
Alexander's appointment was purely a per
sonal matter with Mr. Harrison. Hot a
single Bepublican Senator Or Bepresenta-i
live recommenaea it, anu mo party leaaers
in Buffalo united in urging the appoint
ment of Jerome Fisher. Mr. Alexander
has lived in the Stat but three or four
years, and is not known in politics at all.
There is the ugliest kind of feeling in the
New York camp to-night.
Mr. Harrison's Tennessee brother was
recommended by the politicians of his dis
trict, and nobody cared to oppose him.
There are half a dozen more relatives and
friends of the White House family on ihe
list who are to be provided for. One of
them was a Missouri delegate to the Chicago
convention who flopped from Gresham to
Harrison under promise of an office, and
another is a man in Congressman Flood's
district, near Elmira, who is recommended
by Mrs. Harrison's sister. The man is a
Prohibitionist, and the appointment means
a fight among the Bepublicans of the town,
Extensive Preparations to Find Ont What
ThcroI Inll.t
Washington, May 5. Experiments in
growing and manufacturing sorghum will be
continued this year under the auspices of
theAgricnlturalHepartment Prof. Wiley,
chemist, has this week laid out the work for
afield on the Maryland experimental farm,
eight miles, northeast of Washington City,
the labor on which will be performed by
employes of the Maryland Agricultural
College, upon the grounds of which the sta
tion is located. On one plat in the field are
planted 250 lots of pedigreed seed taken
from stalks grown in Kansas, of .which
analyses were made. Over2,000 stalks were
thus analyzed, and the teed of the 250 show
ing the highest percentage of saccharine
matter saved for seed, to determine whether
or not this excellence is. hereditary, nnd can
be perpetuated.
On another plat are planted 40 varieties of
seed, the ground being enriched by Indiffer
ent kinds ojfertilizers. la the field are two
strips where no fertilizer, is used, tbe inteo-
tion being to determine tbe bwt'kisd of I
seed and the best fertilizer. Still a third
plat is planted with four kinds of seeds
which showed the best results in experi
ments already made, and they too will bo
treated by the various fertilizers manu
factured. f An exact duplicate of this experiment in
all details will be made at Steiling, Kan.,
the seeds having been divided for that pur
pose. Portions of the experiment will be
repeated at Bio Grande, H, J.j Kenner.La.;
Cedar Falls, Iowa, and at several points in
Kansas. Prof. Wiley will leave here for
Kansas Sunday night to select these experi
mental stations and supervise the prelim
inary part of the work.
Largest Specimen of the Kind Ever Re
ported, Wclg-hlns 600 Found.
Washington, May 3. One day last
week the lighthouse keeper at Cape Look
out observed on the sand near by a monster
fish which had been stranded during the
night By the aid of the lifesaving crew
the fish was secured, bnfno one could tell
of what species it was. Information of its
capture was sent to the Smithsonian Insti
tution, and a description was asked for.
Before this was received a gentleman ar
rived here who had seen the fish and ex
pressed the opinion that it was of the Mo
Inrotunda family, the common sunfish.
When the fish arrived this was found.to be
the case. It weighed 500 pounds, and it
supposed to be the largest specimen ever
caught It will be skeletonized nnd placed
in the Kational Museum.
The Horrible Attnck of n Colored Fiend
Upon Women of Hfa Own Kace An
Excited Community l Search'
Inx for tbe Perpetntor.
Ocaia, Fla., May 3. On the 30th ult,
two miles south from Ocala, near the old
Tampa road, at midday, Etta Burly, a girl
of 20, while working-in a corn field, was at
tacked by one of her own color a burly
negro tramp unknown in the neighborhood
in a savage manner. He informedher that
he had watched her for three days with a
murderous intention. In her struggle she
lost the greater part of her clothing, while
he hacked away with a kniie. cutting her
clothes nearly off, but fortunately not
wonnding her serionsly. Her screams
bronght aid, and the villain then made off
into a hummock close by.
After a careful search by scores of en
raged negroes he could not be found. The
entire colored population is up in arms.
Since this occurrence two girls were at
tacked on Friday evening, but the dastard
was then driven off. On Saturday night at
dpsk Etta was subjected to another attack
from the monster close to her home. After
knocking her down he proceeded to rise'his
knife. Had the cuts been effectual he
would have disemboweled her. Fortunately
the strokes of his knife only cut her cloth
ing. The father and brother ran to her aid and
the latter fired his gun at the would-be
murderer, but without effect His remark
was before leaving that he had to kill her
somehow. Ho reason can be assigned. The
girl and her family are respectable.harmless
people. Bodies of armed colored men are
scouring the woods, and should the demon
be caught they are determined he will not
have a chance of trial by jury: It is report
ed at a late hour to-night that one viotim, a
young colored girl, has been found in the
woods dead and slashed in a horrible man
ner, v-
The Contest for tbe Estate af Inventor Ben
Jamln Hotchklsa.
New HAYiar, Conn., May 3. The fa
mous Hotch'kiss will case over the estate of
the late Benjamin Berkeley Hotchkiss, in
ventor of the Hotchkiss gun, who
died in Paris in 1885, came up
in the Superior Court to-day, the
defendants entering a demurrer. After
long arguments by both sides Judge Fen
nest er rendered his decision. The case
hinges on trie question of domicile, and in
volves an estate valued at $12,000,000. The
widow claims that the deceasedwas a legal
resident of Hew York, in which case she
will receive $6,000,000, and the father of the
deceased $6,000,000.
The contesting relatives claim Paris as
his leeal residence, by whioh, if sustained,
they "expect to secure at least $2,000,000
each. Legal proceedings have been insti
tuted in New York and Paris, and the prob
abilities are that the case will be in the
courts for several years unless compro
He Is Arrested on a Charge of Sending
Anooymons Letters to Tonne Toadies.
ODm, III., May 3. John S. Watkins, a
Baptist preacher, and Lincoln Parrish, two
young men living near Fairman, were
arrested this afternoon and taken before
United States Commissioner G, P. Duncan,
at Centralis, on the charge of sending
obscene literatnre through the mails.
The prisoners, on account of a supposed
snub by two young ladies living in their
neighborhood, became enraged and threat
ened to "get even," as they expressed it
Last Saturday each lady received an anony
mous letter of a disgusting' character. It
was suspected that Watkins and Parrish
were the guilty parties, and this morning
friends of the young ladies went to young
Parrish and he confessed, claiming that
Watkins did the writing while he was sim
ply an innocent looker-on.
Wilkesbarro Whltecnps Reform na
Worthless Young Man.
WiLfcESBABBE, May 3. Perry Tobias,
aged 26, of Plains, refused to work, depend
ing on his aged father for a living. He was
a victim of drink; Whitecaps warned him
that he must reform and go to work. Tobias
paid no attention. Last night he was walk
ing home from, a tavern when a party of
men disguised as. Whitecaps icaught him,
tied his feet and hands and threw him into
a creek. One Whitecap held his head above
the water to prevent him drowning. After
being in the water 20 minutes Tobias begged
for mercy, and said he would be a better
man. He was then liberated.
To-day Tobias went to work for the first
time in six months. Whitecaps have
warned him that if he breaks his promise
he will be drowned the next time.
A Brother of Powell Ctnyton Reinstated In
Hie Former Position.
Washington, May i-William H. P.
Clayton, the new District Attorney for the
Western district of Arkansas, appointed to
day, is a brother of the Clayton who ran
against Breckenridge for Congress in the
last election and whose subsequent murder
created a sensation.
He came from Pennsylvania originally
and during the war served in the Union
army. He lives at Fort Smith, and was
displaced by the Cleveland administration
from the place.to which he was to-day ap
pointed. METAMORPHOSIS, &&
ne ituJfco. vHU commence in to-morrouft DIS
PATCH. It it written in that author1! happitii
Kik,: Mmi the opmtog ohaptort,
Admiral Porter 8ur General Butler Did Not
Refer t Hint am a Coward He
Knows tbe Officer Who DU-
graced Himself at
w New Orleans.
Washington, May 3. In his Boston
speech on Wednesday night General Ben
Butler, in eulogizing the exploits of Farra
gnt at tbe capture of Hew Orleans, spoke of
"Farragnt and his brave officers and
sailors, heroes all save one, a high offi
cer, who ran away." Colonel French, on
the same occasion also referred to the un
heroic officer, and the younger generation
especially are speculating as to who the
rnnaway was. The attention of Admiral
Porter was called to General Butler's
speech to-day and to a paragraph in a Bos
ton paper which hinted that the Admiral
himself might be the man.
"Oh, no," said the Admiral, "General
Bntler knows my record too well to make
such a charge against me. I haven't the
slightest idea that he referred to me. There
were three officers who failed to take their
ships past the fort who were censured by
Farragnt in general orders. One of the
three, a commander, undoubtedly did be
have badly, and ran away. The others
were not properly censurable. One ran his
ship aground after she had suffered severely
from the guns of the fort and she sunk
there. The other officer handled his
ship well until she was cnt up and
disabled so that she could not
go ahead with the rest The two last
mentioned officers were- exonerated by Far
ragnt when he understood the circumstances
as I made them known to him. I will not
give you the name of the officer who ran
away. I have no donbt General Butler
means the same man I do. I never could
account for that naval commander's conduct
Once in another engagement I knew him to
do a very daring act in cutting a ship out
from under the enemy's guns, bnt on two
other occasions he discredited himself. He
lost caste with his brother officers after his
misbehavior at Hew Orleans, but in later
years partly regained his standing. I agree
with General Butler that the credit for the
capture of Hew Orleans isdne to Farragnt"
The Family of the Dead Chicago GIrlFlnnllr
Give Up Hope.
Chicago, May 3. The burial of the re
mains of Miss Wilhelmina Stahl, whose
phenomenal condition since death has ex
cited so much wonder, took place to-day at
Norwood Cemetery. The medical examina
tion of Thursday having revealed nothing
new and indubitable proofs of the
extinction of life being present, her mother
and sister yielded up the last hope. The
home, situated on the publio highway, and
but a step from tba Northwestern Railway
station, has been the scene of such trying
annoyance from the perpetual calling of the
idly curious that only immediate friends
were allowed to be present The corpse,
over which a simple prayer service was con
ducted by the Bev. Linskel, had tbe same
alabaster look it has worn since Monday,
when the flush faded.
Not the slightest discoloration or odor was
detected, although nine day3 had elapsed
since death. At the side of the coffin sat the
mother, with the traces of a terrible and
Jong-drawn-out nervous strain marked in
delibly upon her face. The sister upon
whom the mother leaned, showed evidences
of her grief in eyes out of which the light
seemed to have entirely died. Although
death undoubtedly triumphed, it is yet the
.belief of the family that life was present
until Sunda or Monday.
Two of Their Number Mast be Reinstated
or They Will Qalt.
Lafayette, Ind., May 3. The stu
dents of Purdue University, with the ex
ception of the juniors, are up in arms
against the faculty. Wednesday evening
the juniors gave a publio entertainment
under the sanction of the faculty. There
was the usual opposition from the
Mower class men. Torpedoes and resonant
bursting; naner bass interspersed the enter
tainment, but were not down on the regular
programme. A huge torpedo was exploded
at Prof. 0. J, Craig s feet while be was pro
nouncing the invocation. It cut short the
prayer and spoiled the effect, as far as the
audience was concerned, of that portion of
the invocation already uttered.
' Prof. Craig's nerves were badly shattered,
and in view of this fact a meeting of the fac
ulty was called, at which a sophomore and
freshman were suspended. The students, in
retaliation, met last night and to-day passed
decisive resolutions. The sophomores an
nounce their intention of leaving the col
lege unless the suspensions are reconsid
ered. Lower classmen sustain them in their
action, and,.as the members of the faculty
are determined in their course, serious
trouble is apprehended.
The Western Union nnd Postal Telegraph
Companies Agree Upon a Tariff.
New" Yobk, May 3. In accordance with
an agreement recently soade between the
Western Union and the Postal Telegraph
Companies, revised tariffs have been issued
making the rates of the two the same and
reducing in a nnmber of cases long distance
rates and increasing short distance rates.
The extent of the advances in any case is 5
cents upon any ten-word message. The Tate
between New York and Chicago has been
advanced to 40 cents from 35 cents.
The reductions made have been princi
pally between the Pacific coast and the. ter
ritory west of Indiana and Mississinni
river and between, points North and the
far South. The extent of the reductions is
from 5 to 23 cents on messages of ten words.
This revision amounts to an equalization
of rates by the Western Union and Postal
companies. Under this arrangement the
Mutual Union Company, which has been
used by tbe Western Union to meet compe
tition, is discontinued and all Mutual
Union offices not closed altogether will be
made Western Union offices.
rotft Dispatch to- a-brfght and tolerating
manner by Mrs. Frank Leslie, who speaks of
the influence Iranian's dress hat exercised upon
the world.
One Man Fatnllr Irjnred and Two Others
Receive Severe Shocks.
JOttsville, May 8. A destructive gas
explosion occurred at the Beechwood col
liery, near this city, to-day. The fire boss,
in making his daily round, ne
glected to put up the "Cau
tion board" at tbe entrance of an
abandoned gangway in which gas had accu
mulated. James Nolan, a carpenter who
was making repairs, knowing that the fire
boss had passed, and seeing no danger sig
nal up, confidently entered the gangway
with n naked lamp. Tba flame of the lamp
came Iz c-ontact with a gas. and a terrible
explosion ensued, blowinrr out doors,
diverting the air current ana raising dense
clouds of dust and smoke. Nolan wis
blown against the face of tbe rocky gangway
and. his skull was fractured, a leg broken in
two places and his back and hands burned
to a crisp. He cannot live. Two miners
named Lewis and Sweeney were dragged
ontuaooEseious, but were not'wriowly in
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Carlo De Corti
He Wishes U Aflspt Seas Wealthy Asertaw fl4
Any wealthy American, who wishes to
pay for the privilege can secure a noble
Italian title and an impoverished guardian
or adopted father by opening negotiation
with a representative of Count De Corti,
who ad Vfcftisjs such an opportunity for sale.
The title is genuine and guaranteed to hava
no flaws in it
Hew Yobk, May 3. Tho following ae -vertisement
appeared about a week ago is sV
leading daily paper of this city: v '4
title, by adoption or otherwise, in
for pecuniary advantage. L. A. C, 190, ,.
An evening newspaper young man ui
cided to investigate. To-day, after several
days' exhausting trials, it can be stated that
the advertisement is strictly bona fide, and '
that the titled personage to whom it refers
is one of the foremost aristocrats of Europe.
The intelligence thathe intends to renounce
his forefathers' title will not fail to produce'
a sensation in Europe and this country, in
both of which the noble family is equally
well known. The following startling story
"may serve to discover an amateur ready to
pay handsomely for the title. May "the
rich American" turn up, is the last hope of
Count Corti:
The first move undertaken by the reportef ,
in order to ascertain the tacts conEe'cted
with the advertisement, was to write a letter,
to "L. A. C," requesting information
whether or not the transfer of the title could
be done legallv, and what the conditions
were. The reply arrived thus:
Dear Sib In reply to yours. The gentle
man for whom I advertised is in Paris, but I
have as much interest as lie to keep things'
strictly private. Will yon please call upon me
to-morrow, from 10 A. Jt. to 12 3L, or appoint
any place you wish to see m e. Respectfully,
19 West Ninth street Hotel Griffon.
Mrs. Moretti when called upon gave the
history of herself, the title, the titled man
and the reasons why the title is offered for.
sale. Mrs. Moretti said that she arrived"
here about three weeks ago. Her friend am?
protector in Paris had asked her to offer his
title in the American market. He was a
most liberal man as long as his star wat
shining, and she considered it her sacred
duty to stick to him in his unfortunate days.'
Count Carlo Be Corti this is the name oi
the checkered nobleman was, fy his time,
the foremost cavalier at the court of Yictoi
Emmanuel, His nobility is the jrfost ancient
in the Latin"McerJJitbenrneld tEeiglifest.
court places, and wav known as a viveur ot
excellent taste. His horses, which ran on
the tracks of Rome, Paris and London were ,
famous, and his hospitality known to all
foreigners of prominence abroad.
He was at tbe head, that is to say, his
name was borrowed to be printed at the
head of financial firms or industrial enter
prises. This, it seems, did not snit Count
Carlo's'brother, Count Ludovico De Corti,
the well-known Italian statesman. Count
De Corti, who was at one time the Italian
Ambassador at Washington, and formerly
arbitrator in the Alabama question, was a i
strict and haughty nobleman. He did not -like
his brother engaging in enterprises
where he had to mix up with common peo- ,
pie of the bnrgeoise, and was especially an.
gry because Count Carlo had sold his estates
in the province of Navara, is Italy. 4
It came to an open clash between the
two brothers, and when, about two years
ago, Count Ludovico died, nobody was aur-
irised to hear that he had omitted to men
ion his brother's name entirely in his will.
Count Ludovico had made his nephew, a
son of his sister, sole heir to his vast for
tune, under the condition that he takes the
title of Marquese De Corti, to which ar
rangement the King of Italy had given his
consent Thus it was provided that the
family of Cortis should survive, as the
Count was a bachelor. There was no use of
litigating this will jnder the Italian laws.
uouni uorti, wno is now in nu mm year,
became resigned to his fate, but said he
wo,uld take revenge for his dispossession.
Soon after this tbe catastrophe in the finan
cial condition of the Count occurred. He
lost every cent ha possessed in the crash of
Panama shares, in which he had been in
duced by Count De Lesseps to invest the re
mainder of his once princely fortune. Hs
was penniless and without friends.
Then the Count decided to convert his
title into money. He took up his residence
under the assumed name of Mr. Charles
Meyer at 20 P.ue Duret. Paris, in a poor
quarter. Everything was converted into
money, and all the arrangements perfected
to make an adoption legal under the laws of
the country. Then Mme. Moretti sailed for
America, which was considered the best
market for titles is the world. According;
to the law of Italy, every single man can -adopt
anybody, and everybody whoso
parents are deceased can be adopted, The
law only requires that the person who
adopts be SO or over CO years of age, and has
no illegitimate children.
The First Ladr of tbe Land Dines With u
Old Acqaalntasce.
New Tobk, May 3. A dinner was given
last evening by Mrs. J, J. Tan Nostrand,
of Brooklyn, in honor of Mrs. Benjamin
Harrison, at the house of her parents, Mr.
and 'Mrs. William B. Leonard, 193 Co
lumbia Heights. Mrs. Van Nostrandhas
been a warm personal friend of Mrs. Har
rison for several years, and Mrs. Harrison's
first visit to Brooklyn was to accept her
Mrs. Harrison was accompanied by Mr.
Bnssell Harrison and his wife and Mrs.
McKee. Covers were laid for 22, and tho
guests included, in addition to the meafcers?
of 'Mr. Leonard's family, Mrs. Becretarv v
Tracy, Mrs. Wilmerding, Miss Traey, m
Eev. Dr. Leonard, of Washington,'
Commodore Ham say and Mrs. Raasay,
the Retf. Dr. Charles H. Hall, Gen
eral Eodney 0. Ward and Dr. S. Fleet
Spier. Carriages were called at 103 s
o clock and soon afterward Mrs. Harrieoa
was driven back across the bridge tetke
residence ,of Mrs. Morton, of wheat ske it
still a gsesil Mrs. Morton took her driviBf
in Central Park this morning. She will re
turn to Washington in a special oar oa'lAe
Pennsylvania road to-night,
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contrfbtUat to the eotumm 0 Ss-won-sw'1 fits-js
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