Pittsburg dispatch. (Pittsburg [Pa.]) 1880-1923, May 13, 1889, Image 1

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Great Influence Exerted Over
Many People by George
A Sect Rapidly Growing Through
put the West.
Origin, Pretensions and Remarkable Pro
gression of tbe Alleged Second Savlonr
Ills Personal Resemblance to the Fopu
Iar Portrait of Jesus Cbrlst Tbe Ele
gance, Comfort nad Good Cheer ThatSur.
rounds Ilim Rapidly Accumulating a
Store of This World's Goods From His
Blind Punea A Strange Community and
Some Stranger Practices Powerful In
flaencoofMr.SchwelnfurthOrer Women.
At Bockford, HL, resides the Eev. George
Jacob Schweinfurth, who, by his eloquence
and magnetic personality, has gathered
around him a large following. He claims
to be the second Christ, andhas accumulated
a fortune of half a million or so, besides a
luxuriously furnished home. His dupes
are principally women, over whom he exerts
a wonderful influence, and who are easily
convinced that he is indeed the modern
Messiah. Numerous church trials will
grow out of his extensive proselyting.
Eockfobd, III., May 12. "Christ lives.
He has come to earth the second time. Be
hold the'Savior. He is the pure one, the
perfect one. He has no guile. He is God,
become man. By believing on him we are
Ijnade pure and sinless as he is and onr sal
vation is assured. Oh, how grateful and
happy are we who are .redeemed. Blessed
be God, that we have found him."
Such were the expressions delivered in a
quiet but intensely earnest tone of voice to
a reporter this morning by one' of the
"angels" of the Schweinfurth Community.
"What is the Schweinfurth Community?
It is the head center of the newest and
most remarkable religious sect, of all the
queer theological schools, that has found an
- existence and a company of believers. And
the woman whose utterance was quoted
above, expressed briefly, but honestly, the
sum and substance of their beliefs. '
A Woman Responsible.
The sect has been in existence about 15
, jrears, but Schweinfurth haV-not been re-
Veiled aqto them as their Lord and Master
until within the last half dozen years.
Mrs. Dora Beekman, the. wife of a Con
gregational minister, originated the body of
strange believers. She preached that in her
own person were the attributes of the risen
Lord. She was the' woman Christ inspired
and made sacred by the indwelling of
Christ's spirit. The band of believers grew
slowly and steadily. They located their
central church at the little hamlet of Byron,
south of Bockford, and by dint of besieging
the meetings of all the other churches, and,
jumping up, declaring their doctrines at all
seasons, kept the poor clergymen and their
faithful flocks in continual hot water. Her
husband did not believe the new faith,
and as a result he is now in the insane asy
lum. Eev. George J. Schweinfurth was at that
time a Methodist minister, a young man of
prepossessing appearance. He had auburn
beard a white brow, with veins plainly, in
dicating refinement, and a very sharp eye,
that could look meek and pathetic when cir
cumstances demanded humility.
He Pleased the Ladles.
Schweinfurth preached in the country
churches hereabouts and gathered good
audiences. He preached well, and he had
especially successful seances with the young
ladies of his several flocks. It is related
that they often pretended conversion merely
to kneel at the altar where he could fondle
their brows and sweetly whisper: "Dear
sister, have faith; only have faith."
Suddenly it was announced that Dominie
Schweinfurth had renounced Methodism
and become a disciple of Mrs. Dora Beek
man. Very shortly afterward he was in
stalled as Bishop of the Beekmanites, as
they were called, with a roving commission
to visit the different localities' where the
creed had gained a footing to exhort and
proselyte and orate and be the mouthpiece
and confidential attache of the woman
But, alasl for the faith of the little hand.
Mrs. Beekman died and became cold clay
like any ordinary mortal. Her broken
hearted believers kept her body for a week
expecting that she would rise as she had
promised and prophesied. They placed her
body on a raised platform and worshiped
about it hourly. There were expectant dis
ciples standing about it every moment in
hope that life wonld return and they would
witness the resurrection. The remains were
nerer left alone for an instant, but the cor
ruption of the body grew so great that at the
' end of a week the interment was ordered by
the public authorities.
A Messiah Full of Business
At this juncture came forward to the
comfortless little band the shrewd Schwein
furth. He declared to them that just as she
was dying he saw a glimpse of heaven
"throneh the windows of her bouI" and
from her lips came the words, "You are
Christ the holy one. My spirit passes into
thine, and by this act transforms tbe whole
being. Go forth pure and sinless, the only
Son of God. Thou shall bring all nations
to worship thee and put to rout the evil one
and all the hosts of darkness."
The credulous company believed and re
joiced in. the reaLsavior brought to them as
from the dead. From that day the growth
of the organization, both in financial re
sources and membership! has been simply
wonderful. The new" Christ has displayed
business sharpness and a keenness in the
study of human nature that has brought
forth much fruit.
A good old farmer named Weldon, who
was possessed oi 600 acres of fine land, be-
& .came Infatuated with the new sect and made
ova his entire property to Schweinfurth as
by all who
head of the church. Here the central com
munity is located.
The Home of Christ is a large mansion
standing' In 'aspaeious enclosure amid a
large number of forest trees, some distance
back from the main road, about five miles
south of this city. It has spacious barns,
carriage- buildings, sheds and other appur
tenan&es of a prosperous country mansion.
The members of he community make the
breeding of blooded horses a specialty.
Schweinfurth has. three imported stallions
and a large number of brood mares. He
also has about 80 heid. of fine cattle. The
house is Very roomy a!hir with its wings eas
ily accommodates a hundred persons. There
are usually about 50 .females there and a
dozen or 15 men. The Mole disciples do
the heavy work and are drudges. They live
on the plainest food and sleep in the attic
Most of them, having become infatuated
with the new religion, count themselves
happy to suffer and labor for the cause, and
have given up all their earthly possessions
to the Christ
Schweinfurth possesses in his own name
property which has been given him outright
to the amount of $500,000 at the lowest cal
culation. "Whenever a member of the
"Church Triumphant" is found they set
aside a tenth of their earnings as tithes for
the Lord, and the Lord deposits it in differ
ent banks in his own name.
Housed Xilke n Prince.
A young male servant ushers callers into
the front parlor. This room is commodious
and elegantly furnished. The feet sank into
a velvet carpet, leopard and wolfskins were
spread about, and added to the beauty and
richness of the" surroundings. The house is
furnished in antique oak, and light comes
through large plate glass windows, sur
rounded by many hued glass, from the
snowy ceiling hang large and glittering
chandeliers. The reporter was introduced
to richly-dressed and quite pretty young
ladies, who gave every evidence of refine
ment and culture. They answered a few
immaterial questions politely, but appeared
to be reserved, and were evidently relieved
when an inner door opened and the "Savior"
Schweinfurth appeared. A very bright eye
and bright red English-cut whiskers 'were
the first things one noticed and mentally
commented on. His natty feet were encased
in patent leather shoes; a heavy gold.fob
chain hung from a watch pocket; a very
high clerical collar and a brilliant blue and
gold tie surrounded his neck. He was
dressed in good taste, and there was an air
of gentlemanly ease and elegance from the
crown of his head to his shiny footgear.
"When informed that the visitor was in
search of information as a representative of
the .New York Herald, it seemed as if a
slight shade passed over his countenance
and there was a momentary hesitation be
fore his reply. But it was only transitory,
and in a moment he said: "Will you kind
ly follow me to my study? I have no objec
tion to answer any reasonable questions you
may propound, if of proper character."
He led the way into the hall and thence
to the two-story wing and upstairs into a
room which Core the appearance of a liter
ary man's comfortable retreat It was lined
with books in solid walnut cases, tastefully
veneered with French varnish and elabo
rately carved. Motioning the visitor to a
Sleepy Hollow chair, he followed suit and
awcited the interrogatories. Tbe first ques
tion would, startle an ordinary man, but it
did not surprise Eev. Schweinfurth:
"Are you. Christ?"1. v
'I'am,"" iras the reply. "I am moro than
Christ I am the perfect man and also God.
I possess the attributes of Jesus the Sinless,
and have His spirit; and, more than that, I
am the Almighty Himself."
The appended questions and answers fol
lowed: "This, then, is your second advent on
"It is, and I am accomplishing untold
good. The time is not far off when I shall
make such manifestations of my divinity
and power as will startle the world and
bring believers to me by thousands and
tecs of thousands."
"When did you discover first your divine
attributes and that you were the great head
of the church?'"
A Light From Heaven.
"In 1883 at the decease of Mrs. Beekman.
Three days before her death she had a light
from heaven and transferred her spiritual
holi ness to me. Before her .death outsiders
erroneously called her 'the woman Christ'
That was not true. She was the spiritual
bride of Christ, and her people were called
Beekmanites. After her death at first I
was only sensible that I possessed the at
tributes of Christ and had in my own per
son His spirit coming a second time on
earth. The people who believe in this
great truth were 'The Church Triumphant'
Within the past year there has been still
greater knowledge, and I can now declare
that I am God Almighty. My name is 'I
am, that I am."
The quiet and impressive, manner which
accompanied these words led the reporter to
scrutinize the speaker closely to detect
symptoms of insanity. But there was no
wildness in his eyes, no nervousness in his
manner. He sat as calmly and expressed
himself as deliberately as any one could
utter the most unquestionable truism.
"Can you, then, perform miracles? Can
you vanish from the flesh and be invisible
and pass from one place to another as a
"Yes, I have unlimited power. I can
come into" a room with closed doors and dis
appear. I can raise the dead, cure disease
and do all the miraculous things which I
accomplished when I was on earth before.
I do not practice them often, for I wish to
convert the world to the truth without de
pending on supernatural powers, but by the
truth itself. One of the ladies you saw down
stairs was in tbe last stages of bronchial con
sumption, physicians had no hope for her.
I brought her back from the face of death
with my divine power and without ap
proaching her. Did you ever see a more
heal thy mortal? Physical infirmities are cured
by me simply by faith, and I.can cure them
without even their exercise of faith it I
He Is Incarnate.
"Do you expect to live on earth for
ever?" "Ijhall be here many years in the present
body, and the world will see wonderful
sights before I cast off this body. But I
am incarnate, and when this goes into the
corruption of death my spirit will enter
another body and still live on earth. How
or when the present body will die has not
yet been revealed of the Father. But in
form and substance the identical body I
now possess "was the one that was crucified
on Calvary. There are many things in
the gospels that are inaccurate about my
crucifixion and my life on earth, and I am
now occupied in writing a new and true
version of the New Testament that can be
accepted as the perfect and inspired word.
This in itself, when given to the world, will
create a revolution among those who now
consider themselves orthodox believers."
"Will you tell me something of your do
mestic life here?"
"Well, sir, you can say that we live as a
large family. There are several married
couples here, but most are unmarried. The
evil charge that we practice free love shows
how little the world knows of the purity
and sinlessness of onr lives. I am the type
of the sinless one, and those who live with
me and believe become pure even as I am
Sure, and in them there can be no guile,
nr marriage ceremony is binding, and
there can be no divorce. As for myself, I
never experienced the passions of man, for
I am ei. . I know that I shall be reviled
and persecuted, and men will say all man
ner of evil things against me, but I am holy
and the world will yet know it. The whole
world is impanneled-as a jury to try us, but
those who now perseoute us wjli'be utterly
destroyed. You and all others will have to
come to believe in me .before you can be
saved. I might add that our "'Church of
the Bedeemer' will supplant all others on
the earth. The so-called orthodox churches
are the beasts of Daniel and must be de
stroyed." A Pointed Question Parried.
"If you have tlje same body that was
crucified where are the marks' of the nails
in your hands?" asked the skeptical scribe.
"I do not claim that the material physique
has not changed and put on new flesh, but
my features are not changed, and though
new material substance has covered the
point of the torturing instruments, in a gen
eral sense the same body is now before you
as arose from the tomb at my resurrection."
"Will you give me a little biography of
your earlier life before you became divine?
J. was born in
German parentage.
Marion, O., in 1853, of
Before l reacnea tne
ace of 12 mv mother used to sav that an
aged minister told her 'Your son is destined
to be a Levite. "Verily, God has chosen
him.' In earlier days, though thrown in an
nnwholesome moral atmosphere, by a won
derful, working of an internal God-given
power of selection I was kept from all those
secret vices which infest all grades of
society, my ideality was strong and I ap
plied this faculty to the betterment of overt
conduct and private'virtues, the elevation
Of life and being. The ideal person was to
me tire Son of God and the son of man. I
thought constantly, I shall bo satisfied when
I awake with Thy spirit I always.com
muned with heaven. I studied for and
entered the Methodist ministry. But I was
not satisfied. My ministerial associates
seemed so secular, so uncelestial, so un
Christlike that I could not feel of
them though among them. I saw
through one of the back windows
of Methodism a sight of social and
religious conditions which compelled me to
trace with the slow" and steady finger of
candor across my Methodist hopes the word
'disappointment' I was finally sent to
Alpena, Mich. "When I entered upon that
charge I was in the spirit of becoming
more rapidly a citizen of heaven and less a
denizen of earth. Under the electric light
of inspiration! found that the Methodist
Church was filled with spiritual wicked
ness in high places. The abomination that
maketh desolate-was found to be standing
where it ought not in the church, in all
"In December, 1877, I met Dorinda
Helen Fletcher Beekman, the bride of
Christ She was my spiritual Mary. She
gave to the world its Jesus and its Lord.
Of my history since that time you have
been already made acquainted. And now
I will have to be excused, as I have pressing
duties. I will escort you through the
house before you go, that you may see our
home. Everything is open and there is
nothing that we fear to cast the sunlight
Well Provisioned Throughout.
The Lord then led the visitor hurriedly
through the house from cellar to garret,
The former was well stocked with proven
der. Hundreds of glass jars of fruit were
ranged on the shelves, and tub after tub of
fragrant butter sat in the corners of tbe
spacious underground room.
On the first floor were the sleeping apart
ments of the ladies, elegantly fitted bou
doirs. The second story of the wing is de
voted to Schweinfurth 's suite. They eclipsed
the ladies' rooms in elegant furnishings.
There was also a large' school room on the
second floor of the main building, where
some 30 pupils are daily taught The gar
ret, which is commodious and clean, but
very plainly furnished, contains a dozen
beds. Here sleep 'the men, whose' hard
work and substance have gone-toward
equipping the rest of the house in such
princely lashion. "Within the last year or
two $20,000 has been spent in remodeling
and refurnishing the house. Mr. Schwein
furth has complete charge of all the finances,
and uses the means at his pleasure, " never
accounting for anything.
The growth in membership of this remark
able sect has been astonishingly rapid with
in the last few years. They now have
churches at Chicago, St. Charles, Minn.;
Minneapolis, Paw Paw, HI.; Louisville,
Ky.; Leavenworth and Kansas City. But
the central community is this one here.
New converts must come here and learn
their duties and obligations, and those who
are willing to work are assigned fields of
Ills Meek and Lowly Role.
Services are held here every Sunday after
noon at 1 o'clock and Schweinfurth always
preaches, ""sometimes his sermons occupy
from two to three hours in delivering.
Stenographers are employed who take down
his every utterance, and copies are made on
type-writers and sent to all the branch
churches, where they are read to the faith
ful. They are strict vegetarians in diet,
never touching meat, milk or eggs. They
eat abundance oi oatmeal and lruiis and
sometimes use beef suet
The place is'spoken of by all who visit it
as a happy home life. Those who have
been there from motives of curiosity come
away with an impression that there is some
thing fascinating1 about the man and the
place. Schweinfurth always acts the meek
and lowly role to perfection. He was re
cently met by a Bockford clergyman in a
store here and denounced as an impostor,
possessed of the devil, a lustful mocker of
holy things and assailed with terms of the
most opprobrious nature.
He answered calmly, quietly, respectfully,
without the shadow of any anger. To all
outward appearances his life is not only
blameless, but he is marvellous in his power
of restraint and the deliberate and collected
way in which he asserts his Godhood and
replies to aspersions. He has the scriptures
at his tongue's end and quotes text after text
with most surprising fluency to sustain his
His Kingdom Growing.
There is no question but that he has a
most unaccountable influence over the
minds of those with whom he comes in con
tact He numbers among his followers peo
ple of learning and culture. His "king
dom," as he calls it, is growing beyond all
conception of those who hay. not 'examined
into it, and there is no doubt that the new
church which he has established will be"
heard from in hundreds of quarters from
this time on. Eev. S. L. Conde, pastor of
tne Westminster jrresDyienan unurcn here,
has been making a study of Schweinfurth.
his teachings and his disciples in the most
thorough manner for six months. One of
the members of his church, Mrs. M. M.
Kinnehan, has become converted to, the new
Christ and has left her husband and taking
her child has joined the Beekmanites, that
being the name they still remain best
known by in this vicinity.
Ministerial Converts.
There are quite a company of traveling1
men, colporteurs and agents in various lines
who belong to this sect Schweinfurth
makes special effort to attract this .class, as
they can more widelysow seeds' of the new
religion and can select tbe more likely sub
jects for their influence. Among the'lead
lng lights are Bev. Mr. Tultle and wife, a
Congregational minister, who has been es
tablished over the Chieago church of
Schweinfurth. Mr. Tuttle is a man of edu
cation and excellent parts. He is a gradu
ate of Yale College and Andover Theological
Seminary. A Baptist ministerof Pennsylva
nia is a recent convert and a Congrega
tional minister in Maine has just written to
Lord Schweinfurth stating that he believes
Christ is now on earth and asking for light
on his claims to being the Messiah. Mr.
Schweinfurth has a large mail daily and. is
kept very busy answering letters of similar
import from every part of the country.
Among those who haye suffered in dis
rupted family relations owing to Schweh
furth's Machinations is Dr. J. 8. Wilkin,
Continued on .Sixth Page.'
Cronin Says the Clan-Nh-Gael
Had Ordered His Execution
If Be Beaches France In 'Safety He Will'
lake Pubiic'liiB
Informer fce Caron Employed jto. Draw
Admissions Jrus'Sira.
Dr. Cronin, whose sudden disappearance
from Chicago created so much comment,
has been interviewed in Toronto. He says
he fled from assassins appointed by the
Clan-Na-Gael Society to 'end his life be
cause he knew oi the misappropriations of
money contributed for the Irish cause. He
intends to go to France; and when there he
will make some .startling disclosures.
TOBONig, May 12, After Cronin and his
party a man and woman left Toronto yes
terday on the Grand Trunk train moving
west, a correspondent telegraphed a friend
at Hamilton a description of the trio, and
requested that he should keep a sharp look
out for them; also that he should wire re
garding all their movements and follow
them, no mattar where they went In case
they separated he was to put men on the
track of the woman and strange man and to
follow Cronin. This afternoon at 4:10
o'clock a message arrived stating that
Cronin had left Hamilton alone, and was
safe on the train schednled to ' arrive at
Toronto about 550 this evening.
"Well, doctor, back again?" was the
greeting to which the doctor answered:
Well, ."calling the correspondent
by name, "it is really too bad that you
should dog me around in this shape."
"Well Cronin, you most certainly know
that the people generally, and your Chicago
friends particularly, are anxious to know
where yon are, why ybu left Chicago and
where you intend going."
"I don't intend making statements," said
the doctor. "I guess I have some rights.
Make a statement? I guess not. Now
please get out of my room, or I will kick
you but'- "
The correspondent mentioned that a num
ber of detectives were searching for the
missing man. Thisannouncementappeared
to annoy the doceor, and he appeared willing
to do anything rather than have detectives
take him in charge.
Finally Cronin requested that questions
should be put to him, and the following,
conversation took place:
"When did you leave Chicago?"
"Just a week ago to-night."
"Where did you go?"
"I went to Montreal."
"How did you leave Chicago?"
"I refuse to answer."
"Come now, Cronin, remember the detec
tives." "Now, for God's sake, don't push that
question. I can't answer it" t
"When did you get to Montreal?"
"I got there last Monday evening."
"Where did von put up?"
After considerable. Dickering the doctor
said he had taken a room at. the St Law-
rence Hotel, got his meals at tbe house of a
friend, whose name he would not give,
""Why did you leave Montreal; and when
did you do so?"
"I received word that it was known In
Chicago, or at least supposed thdt I was
there, and got ont so I could not be found."
"Where did von then go?"
"I came up to Ottawa?"
"Well, why aid yon leave Ottawa?"
"Because tne town was so small that I
was afraid some one might know me." .
"When you got to Montreal where did
you intend going?"
"I intended taking a steamer for France,
but found that no ship left that port which
would take me there."
"Why did you not then go on to New
"Because I am well-known there and did
not dare risk it."
"After you left Ottawa, where" did you
"I took the Canadian Pacific Eailroad
train for Toronto, and arrived here Friday
morning at about 9 o'clock."
"Well, now, as to why you left Chi-,
"I have been declining in health for
some time, and thought it would do me
good to take a trip."
"Whv should you have left Chicago with
out letting your friends know?"
"Well, now, that is a long story, and. the
telling pf it would implicate a great num
ber of my friends who are in no way re
sponsible for any of my actions. I trust
you will not press me on that point."
Cronin was pressed, however, and told
the following story:
""While I lived in St Louis I promptly
ldentinea mysen witn tne Irish cause, then
disturbing the public. J soon found that
the great Irish movement was to be cen
tered either at Chicago, or New York, and
after consulting my intimate friends,
among whom was Dr. O'Keilly, I made up
my mind to go to Chicago. X did so, armed
with letters of introduction, and soon found
myself prominent in Irish as well as other
He then went on to say that he soon dis
covered that the large quantities of money
being received by certain persons, for the
Irish cause were not handled properly and
that not more than three-fourths of it ever
reached Ireland.
"Lknow," he stated, "that at least ?85,000
was gobbled up by certain persons in Chi
cago, and when I began to 'call the turn'
on them they tried to bribe me. That would
not work."
"Their next more," said Dr. Cronin,
"was to introduce me to Le Caron under the
name of Beach, in order that he might
pump me and damage me in any way that'
ne coma, Aeacn was introduced to me by
a reporter named Conwell, a man whom!
had always considered my friend, but since
the recent developments in the London
Times case I know he was against me, and
that LeCaron was introduced to me for no
good purpose. He got little out of me.how
ever, and that means failed. I have been
warned several times to get out of the coun
try and assured that my life was in danger.
But np till last Saturday I felt thatl could
hold my own. Last Saturday, however, I
was put in possession of unquestionable
proof that the Clan-Na-Gael Society had de
cided that my life. should be taken. A.man
was appointed as my executioner, and prep
arations were in active progress to accom
plish the deed. Enough tosayImadeup
my mind at once to fly. You know the
"The lady who accompanied me yesterday
to Hamilton was quite unknown to me, as
was also the gentleman, until I met them
on the train between Ottawa and Toronto.
Neither of them knew who I was until you
met me on Yonge street, Friday morning.
They happened to be going to Buffalo on
Ihfi train I took out'of Toronto and I left
them at Hamilton."
. This put of the story proved to be true.'
KAY 13, 1889.
rJ'Did you plan for a man to call at your
office and request you to go out to the ice
house and atterld a patient?" he was asked.
. That I wilLnot answer."
-,When asked what move he intended
making next, the doctor stated that he
would go to France as soon as possible.
""I left some important documents behind
in Chicago," he said, "and only hope that I
can get to a country where I will be safe;
then I will make some disclosures which
will open the eyes of the public generally,
on tlje heads of several Chicago and New
York gentlemen. This talk" about my hav
ing been seen in a cable car on Saturday
night Is entirely false. The.Conklins have
made fools of themselves over the whole,
matter. According to the instructions I left
with them, they should not have opened
their mouths until I was safely out of tbe
country; but it is the.same- old story tell a
woman anything and you are sure to get the
worst of it."
The doctor intimated that a certain Meth
odist minister had cause4 all his trouble,
but would not disclose his name.
The woman who accompanied the doctor
from Toronto .to Hamilton proved.to be from
Buffalo and had no knowledge of the com
pany she was .keeping until she read the
paper. The doctor said that the man who
walked unYonirs street with him Friday
I afternoon was also unknown to him until
Thursday night, and that he was on his way
to "Winnipeg. This man has been located
at Collingwood, a small town about 100
miles north of Toronto. He is unknown
there, and may be waiting a steamer which
would take him to Winnipeg.
Cronin is still in town and a close watch
is being kept on all his movements.
The Reporter Denies That He Introduced
Le Caron to the Doctor.
Chicago, May 12. Mr. James J. Con
11, a reporter for the Chicago Times, said
by Cronin in a Toronto interview to be the
person who introduced the doctor to Le
Caron, the British spy, denies emphatically
that there is any truth in the assertion.
Conwell Says he was detailed once to inter
view Cronin on some local Irish matter, and"
thatthe doctor subsequently attempted to
get Conwell to have published a long arti
cle, in which Cronin was made to figure as
a man who was being persecuted and
had been defeated for -the' office of
medical examiner in the Foresters on ac
count ot religion and nationality, Conwell
did not form a high estimate ot the article
as news, and returned the manuscript
Cronin grew very angry at the result Other
than in these incidents 'Conwell knows
nothing of Cronin and never heard of Le
Caron until the latter's appearance as an in
former in London.
The man Charles Long, who is said to
have discovered Cronin in Toronto, and who
is sending out interviews from there with
the doctor, is the person. Conwell says,
through whim Cronin, while in Chicago,
sent the rejected manuscript mentioned
above, and through whom that document
was returned to Cronin.
LTho House In Which tbe Murdered President
Died Mow In the Market.
Long Branch, May 12. The property
of Charles G. Francklyn, of New York, at
Elberon, will be sold by auction to-morrow
afternoon by order of the Court of Chancery.
The property consists of the cottage in
which President Garfield-died and the cot
tage hotel known as the Elberon, and man-agei-by
Connor T. Jones. The sale will be
under foreclosure proceedings instituted by
Mrs. McEvers Gosling, the wife of Colonel
George Gosling, of the Fourth Eegiment of
Hussars, of the English army. Mrs. Gos
ling is a cousin of Mr. Francklyn and a
sister of Sir Bache Cunard, who had Mr.
Francklyn arrested last year on a charge of
defrauding him out of about $1,500,000 by
false representation.
The mortgage on which Mrs. Gosling
brought the foreclosure is for $100,000. Mr.
Francklyn borrowed the money in 1883.
The mortgage covers the hotel and cottage,
their furniture, the plots on which they
stand and the riparian rights. The cottage
hotel has about 125 rooms, and is one of the
best furnished summer hotels in the coun
try. The hotel plot has a frontage of 300
feet on both Ocean avenue and the ocean.
It has an average width of 518 feet. The
hotel stands, in the center of the plot.
A Railroad Official Held Responsible Ior
the Result of a Rlght-oT-Way Battle.
New Beunswick, May 12. Detectives
this afternoon arrested M. H. Hendrickson,
general freight and passenger agent of the
Earitan Eiver Eailroad, -at his home in
South Amboy and lodged him in jail in
thhfcity. He is charged with the murder
of George Eessmger, who was killed last
Sunday in the riot at Sayreville. The
charge was'preferred by Edwjn Furman,
whose lands Hendrickson and his men
trespassed upon to lay track.
Hendrickson protests his innocence of
the death of Kessinger. He says he was
not present when the man met his death.
It has been stated that Hendrickson led the"
railroad men, but fled when the fighting
began. No difficulty was experienced in
making the arrest, very few knowingof the
intention of Prosecuting Attorney Eice, and
no demonstration was made either here or at
South Amboy. Tbe prisoner is held without
The Cargo Catches Fire, .While Passengers
and Crew Fight the Flames.
Plymouth, May 12. The Hamburg
American line steamer Eugia, from New
York, May 2, for Hamburg, which arrived
here at 2 F. M. to-day, reports that the cot
ton in her after-hold was spontaneously ig
nited on the night of the 8th inst. The fire
burned fiercely, but was quenched after five
anxious hours, during which everything
had been got iu readiness to abandon the
steamer.' One hundred and thirty burning
cotton bales were jettisoned.
Great fright prevailed among the' passen
gers, who remained on deck for 48 hours.
Through the efforts to auench the fire the
cabins were flooded', and two-thirds of the J
passengers luggage was spoiled. Much
praise is given the captain and crew for
their exertions. Two of the crew were in
jured. It is feared that the steamer's cargo
Is greatly damaged.
The New Cruiser Charleston tbe Fastest of
Her Class In tbe World.
Santa BaebabA, May 11. The cruiser
Charleston left port this morning, steaming
south. for 60 miles, and turning north again,
went ahead under full' head of steam, mak
ing an average speedof 18 knots, with a
development of 8,500 horse power and 107
revolutions of her engines. This record was
maintained for a .period of 17 minutes,
after careful computation by the Govern-'
meat engineers and other naval officers on
board. - l
This is the first time that the official recog
nition has been taken ot the cruiser's speed
in connection with her horse,power develop
ment, and establishes the fact that, as the
Charleston stands, she is one' of the fastest
modern fighting machines afloat,' not only
of her type, but inclusive of the entire claw
of cruisers in American or foreign navies. .
English and Foreign Nobles Arrested
in a London. Club and
Terrible Riots Among German Miners,
Who' Fire Buildings.
WalttUw Mi, tha .tfew American Minister, Wel
comed to France,
London police appear to be no respectors
of persons. They raided a fashionable club
and arrested several noble gamblers. They
went to another club and pulled in a num
ber of attorneys who" were backing their
luck. German miners have commenced
rioting, and the troops called outto disperse
them killed six persons and wounded an
other. London, May 12. The police made a
raid on the Field Club at No. 7 Park Place,
St James' street, at 2 o'clock this morning
and found gambling going on. Most of tbe
players were engaged at baccarat, and large
sums of money were being staked. Twenty
one persons were arrested, among whom
were three English and several French and
Belgian noblemen. The prisoners were taken
in cabs to the Vine street police station,
where they were admitted to bail in the sum
of 100 pounds each. They are to appear in
court to-morrow. The police seized 5,000
in the rooms of the Field Club.
A raid was also made on the Adelphi
Clnb, where a number of solicitors .were
found engaged in gambling. All were
taken to the Bow street police station, and
bail was in most cases refused.
Among those arrested at the Field Club
'were the Earl of Dudley, Lord Lurgan,
Lord Paulet and Baron Ferrayo.
Troops Called Oat and Several Persona
Killed and Wounded.
Bebltn, May 12. The whole, garrison
of Dusseldorf is now on dnty in the vicinity
of the coal mines for the purpose of pre
serving order among the striking miners.
About .midnight last night a mob
Set fire to an oil factory at Lieren
feld, which was consumed. The Mulheim
and Dulsberg miners have joined in the
strike. At Sohlesweig a number of pit men
attacked their foreman with daggers, and
he had to flee for his life. A body of in
fantry arrived there at 3 o'clock this morn
ing, when the rioters, who had formed into
two bodies, took refuge behind a rail
way embankment and jeered at the
troops. Three times the rioters were called
upon to disperse, but they refused to obey.
The soldiers then fired into the crowd, kill
ing six persons, one of them a 4-year-old
child. A woman was also wounded. After
the firing. the mob dispersed. The district
bristles with troops.
The first shipment of Belgian coal has ar
rived here.
The mineowners held a meeting at Essen,
which was attended by.Gpvernment officials,
and resolved 'torais the wages'' of the
miners, but they firmly decline to concede
eight hours as a day's labor-
At a meeting of miners held at Essen to
day, it was decided to cease work in 42 col
lieries to-morrow.
Ho Compliments the Retiring Consnl Gen
eral. Who Makes a Humorous Reply.
London, May 12. Mr. Henry S. "Well
come gave a banquet this evening in honor
of Mr. John C. New, who succeeds ex
Governor "Waller as United States Con
sul' General here. Among the guests
were ex-Governor Waller, T. P. O'Connor,
M. P.: Mr. Frederick C. Penfield, "Max
0'Eell,"Mr. Hardy and many prominent
members of the American colony. Mr. New
made his first speech since his arrival here.
In the course of his remarks he referred
to Mr. "Waller as an able statesman and' an
honest officer, an Achilles in strength and
a Solomon in wisdom. He would be con
tent, he said, it he made a good "second" to
Mr. "Waller. He concluded by proposing a
toast to Mr. "Waller, whom, he said, he ad
mired for everything except his politics.
Mr. "Waller made a humorous reply, in
which he attributed his recall to Mr. New's
political management in Indiana. "God
forgive him," he added.
The Berlin Conference Has Agreed on a
Nnmber of Important Points.
London, May 13. The Tithes saysr The
Samoan conference has come to .an agree
ment in regard to the land commission
question and its side issues, also to
the restrictions on the sale of firearms and
spirits to the natives. The election of a
Sing will be left to the Samoans. It is
donbtful if Germanywill yield as easily the
tri-partite principle of 'government, as in
the council England shows no leaning,
playing the part of an honest broker.
The Berlin correspondent of the Daily
News says that the Samoan conference has
agreed that a neutral court shall be created
at Apis and that equal rights shall be
granted to "all the powers with regard to J
customs, xne correspondent also says that
Germany has as yet made no claim for in
demnity for theTdlling of Germans by na
tives at Samoa. The next sitting of the con
ference will be on Wednesday.
Mr. Wbltclaw Reid Is Warmly Received
by Compatriots In Pari.
PAEis,Ttfay 12. Mr. Whitelaw Eeid,
the new American Minister, arrived here
to-day.. He was welcomed at the station
by the staffof the United States Legation, a
deputation from the Franco-American
Union and many American residents. Mr.
McLane sent his carriage to the station for'
Mr. Eeid.
Boulanger Talks to Tommy.
v London, May 12. General Boulanger
attended the races at Kempton Park yester-
L day, where he had a long talk with the
jrnuce ui ii tuta.- iuc ureuerui also con
Versed with a number of other distinguished
The Saltan Thanks the Kaiser.
Constantinople, May 12. The Sultan
has sent an Envoy to Berlin to thank Em
peror William for his support of Turkey's
Eastern policy and to invite the Emperor to
come to Constantinople after his visit to
French Cotton Strike Settled.
Pabis, May 12. The strike of the weav
ers, in the cotton factories at Thizy is ended.
Mutual concessions have been make,
It Was a False Rumor.
, LONDON,, H&y 13. The report of the
capture of Khartoum pro Yes to have been
I'J'S "A.
ended his wtjbles.aLL STEEET -HERO
A Boston Broker 6faoota HIslf Because
or Family and Financial Difficulties
A Difference of Religion That
Iiead to a Tragedy.
Boston, May . 12. Shortly before mid
night, last night, Broker John O. Adams,
who has .been missing since April 23, sud
denly put an appearance at the Severe
House and entered the public parlor, which
was occupied by two other gentlemen. He
took a seat at tbe opposite end of the room
where the others were sitting, deliberately
took a revolver from his pocket, placed the
muzzle at his right temple, and sent a bullet
crashing into bis brain. He died instantly.
Nobody knows where he had been the past
three weeks,-although the police, instigated
by his wife, hunted high and low for him.
Mr. Adams 'was a stock broker, and his
dealings iu the post few months were not
successful. After his disappearance it was
believed that he had committed suicide be
cause of business reverses, although those
who were in a position to know his financial
standing deny that he was in such desper
ate straits. It is known that Mr. Adams
and his wife have not lived happy together,
and to many minds that is a sufficient ex
planation of the suicide. Mrs. Adams, who
is a woman of striking beauty, is a Jewess,
and the deceased 'was a Christian. Before
the .marriage ttos solemnized it was reported
that fhe couple differed concerning the
proper person to perform tbe ceremony. Mr,
Adams strenuously objected to being mar
ried by a rabbi, and carried his objections
to such a point that he did not appear at
the date set for the marriage. But the mat
ter was amicably settled and a justice of the
peace performed the ceremony.
Great pressure has neen brought to bear
upon the husband to secure a divorce. Mrs.
Adams importuned her husband to. consent
to a marriage according to the Hebrew
rites, but he wonld not yield. She believed
that their union was illegal unless solemn
ized according to the Hebrew custom. His
wife's entreaties, his family's estrangement,
and his business troubles were more than
Adams could endure, and he chose suicide
as the best means of escape.
Farming Interests in South Carolina Seri
ously Injured by Hot Weather.
ISPXCUlI. teleqeam to THE DISPATCH.!
Columbia, S. C, May 12. Farming in
terests in this State have been injured to a
serious extent by the unprecedented hot
spell which set in four days ago, and which
is still parching vegetation. There has
been no rain to speak of for several weeks,
and the ancient inhabitants find it difficult
to recall such another hot spell. Since
Thursday the mercury has been ranging
daily from 93 to 96 in the shade, and
there is no immediate prospects of either
rain or lower temperature. The following
statement made upon the reports received
last night by the State weather service from
every part of the State ian official report :
The absence ot rainfall during the week, the
normal temperature, and tbe amount of sun
shine above tbe normal has tended in a great
measure to act injuriously npon all growing
crops. The small grain crop has been injured
to a vast extent and what may be made will
be of ligbt weight Gardens are suffering.
Corn in most places i3 doing verv well. Cotton
prospects are very gloomy. "The last three
days of this torrid wave is discouraging to all
interested In agriculture.
The Old Man Was Very III, But He Now
Feels All Right.
israelii; TXLxaitAH to tiiz dispatch j
Habbisbubg, May 12. General Simon
Cameron's hemorrhage has ceased, and he is
resting comfortably. Hia physician, Dr.
Dunott, visited him to-day, and after his
return said to a representative of The Dis
patch : "The General is still abed. He
could get up, and would, bnt that privilege
was denied Him. He was a very sick man,
and he has not yet recovered, by any means.
dt was a most severe attack. His trouble
began with exhanstion. He is 90 years old,
you know, and he took much exercise m
very hot weather. I think, however, if he
gets the proper amount of rest and quiet he
will be all right in a few days. His mind
is .clear, as ever, and he told me Friday
night that he felt as well as he ever did."
It is probable that the General will re
main at Donegal for some time yet.
A Deficit of 83,300 Fonnd by the Cerman-
Amerlcan'Centennlnl Committee.
New Yobk, May 12. The German
American Centennial Committee met in
Arion Hall, this afternoon. Eeports show
that the German part of the demonstration
cost about $60,000, and that there was a de
ficiency of $3,600, which the committee in
vited contributors to make good. The com
mittee passed resolutions of censure upon
the authorities who decorated City Hall for
failing to put up the German coat of arms.
A special vote of thanks was given to the
Artists' committee. The committee in
dorsed the resolution of the Artists' Com
mittee to present to General Butterfield a
bust of himself by Allocker. the sculptor.
Many votes of thanks were passed to con
tributors, managers and others.
A Watchman Bound and Gagged and a Dis
tillery Safe Blown Open.
Meadvjli-e, May 12. About 1 o'clock
Sunday morning James Connors, watch
man at the Pennsylvania Distilling Com
pany's Works', at Pattonia, across the river
from this city, was seized by a gang of four
masked ruffians, who, after binding and gag
ging him. proceeded to blow open the large
'safe in the company's office. The safe door
was blown clean lrom its hinges,- but the
burglars secured nothing of value.
The unfortunate watchman was not dis
covered and released until 6 o'clock 2. h.
He was badly injured iu the melee, beside
being nearly frozen during his terrible con
finement. The burglars appeared to be at
home about the work, but thus far no clue
has been obtained to their identity.
The Remains of General Harney Interred
In the National Cemetery.
Washington, May 12. The remains of
General William Harney, of the army, who
died in Orlando, Fla., last Thursday, were
interred in the Rational Cemetery at Ar
lington this afternoon.
The remains were accompanied to the
grave by .Mrs Harney, the wife of the de
ceased, who came" on with the body from
Orlando, by a few friends and a military
escort consisting of two sqdads of cavalry
from Fort Myer. Eight of the oldest ser
geants of the Third Artillery, stationed in
this city, acted as pallbearers.
He Attends Church in the Afternoon and
Sail Away in the ETenlng.
Fort Monroe, Va., May 12. President
Harrison arrived here this morning and
was sainted by the fort He attended
church in the garrison with Senator Haw
ley. Secretaries Windom and Busk visited
the fort this after Joon. The party sailed at
6P, JL'
The Chinese Minister and .suite arrived
n V4nA A-ln riAtt fit "
satisfied by advertising in '
the columns of The Dis- ''
For $360 a Batch of Stock
iSfiate3 That Provn
ProTes Himself no Moral Coward and -Astounds
the Street by .,
'lae Usual Broker's Commission ths Onty'Keirardfur
an Unusual Act
A "Wall street broker named Schafer has '
established for himself a reputation for
honesty that ought to aid him in his busi
ness as an advertisement He bought a lot
of stock certificates at an auction sale for
J360, which proved to be worth ?16,000; and
instead of holding on to his bargain, he
hunted up the owner and returned the val
uable property. "Wall street cannot get
over the innovation.
New Yobk, May 12. When a man pulls
a big prize from a Wall street grab-bag-and
instead of pocketing the profit, which is
legally his, hunts up the former owner of"
the unsuspected wealth and makes restitu
tion, the incident is pretty sure to make a
day's talk, even in the callous-minded street
That is what Mr. Samuel M. Schafer, of the
banking house Of Schafer Bros., 43 Wall
street, did last week, and, although he has
tried to keep the Btory from the public, he .
won't be able to go on the floor of the Stock -Exchange
for many a day without hearing
about his wonderfnl bargain.
Mr. Schafer's house had an order for 125
shares of New York Central stock early in
the week, and such a block was among
the securities advertised to be sold at the
weekly auction of stocks and bonds which,
takes placeon Wednesdays in the Eeal Es
tate Exchange. Odd lots can sometimes bev:
obtained at prices a shade under the market
at these sales.
Mr. Schafer strolled into the exchange
on Wednesday afternoon, while the Bale was
in progress, to see if he could pick up these
shares. The New York Central shares were -pretty
far down the list, and when Mr.
Schafer went in, Auctioneer Peter F. Meyer
was making vain efforts to get a bid for a
bunch of "wildcats" which had been found
among the property of the late Eomaine
Dillon, the eccentric millionaire, who com
mitted suicide in the Union Square Hotel
a few months ago. The sale was being made
by order of tbe Union Trust Company, the -
administrator of the estate. Mr. Schafer
had never heard of any of the securities
"I didn't know or care .what the stuff.
was," said Mr. Schafer, describing the .
transaction. "I bid for It just as I would
for an unclaimed package at an express
company's auction. My last bid was $360,
and rather to my surprise the lot was
knocked down to me at that figure. ' Tha
laughed was on me", but I took the stuff, and
when I had bought the New York Central
I came for it and took it all to the office
"You're a regular Mrs. poodles," oh-
served his partner wnen Mr. Schafer re
turned to his office- "You never go to an
auction to buy one thing that you don't buy
something else, too."
Mr. Schafer offered to dispose of his bar
gain to several gentlemen, with no takers. '
Later in the day others came in, looked
over the certificates supposed to be worth
less, and joined in the banter at Mr,
Schafer's expense. Finally a gentleman
well posted in unlisted securities picked up -one
of the certificates with sudden interest
and exclaimed: "Look here, Schafer, I'll
give you $12,000 for this stock. These are
shares in the Consolidated Gas Company, of
Baltimore not the Commercial and that
stook is 45 bid. These 350 shares are worth
about 316,000."
Then inquiries were made and the matter
was talkedfover by Schafer Brothers. They
were sure some mistake had been made,
and that a misprint ofojhe name of the
'Stock in the auctioneer's list accounted
for the fact that nobody was aware of its
It was soon learned who were the real
sellers of the stock, and 3Ir. Schafer de.
cided to immediately return the entire lot of
securities to the Union Trust Company. He
drove at once to the company's office. The
trnst company had no suspicion that any of '
the securities which had been sold in lump
to Mr. Schafer were of more than nominal
value. A settlement of the matter was de
ferred until the next day, when President
Kingjnsisted that Mr. Schafer should ac
cept, in addition to the return of the $360
paid out, $500 as commission on the transac
tion. "I simply adopted the only course possi
ble for an honorable man under the circum
stances," remarked Mr. Schafer to-day, in
commenting on the incident "and the lessr
said about it the better I shall like it It
was fortunate, however, that the stock did
not getinfo third hands, as it might have
done if any of my various offers of sale had
been accepted."
"That $500," he added with a smile, "I "
have distributed partly among the members
of my family and partly in charity."
An Exciting Sunday Adventnre of Two
Fishermen In Maine.
Lewiston, Me., May 12. Moses Hitch
cock and Harvey Clark, of Lewiston.hadaa
exciting adventure to-day with a wildcat in
the region of Bethel. They had pulled in
six trout, varying from 6 to 15 pounds, when
a wildcat pounced upon them. They had no
weapons of defense except sticks of wood,
but they finally succeeded in beating the
animal off.
Both men were seriously scratched and.
bitten, and it is feared that in the case of
Hitchcock blood poisoning will result.
A Timber Car Thrown From the Rails nnd a (,
Woman Fatally Hart. .,
Bitchie C. H., W. "Va., May 12. A ,
timber car.on Wilson's tramroad, occupied
by Elbert Wolf and family, jumped, the .
track to-day at Pond's creek, and the pas-'
sengers were precipitated into the" water 30
feet below.
Mrs. Wolf was fatally wonnded and her t
husband slightly hurt A baby in Mrs. ,
Wolf's arms escaped unhurt. ,
A Female Prisoner Couldn't Soicldo With
Lye. Carbolic Add and Camphor.
rsncuL TXLXOBAJtTO ins dispatctli
;meadville, juay is. Jennie Murphy, H
a notorious character serving out a. term in ,. "S
the county jail, attempted suicide to-dayby
swallowing a mixture oi caroouc acid, con-.
centrated lye and camphor. - -
The deed was discovered in timo toprti.
yens isiai consequences,
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