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PITTSBURG, SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 1889 TWELVE PAGES.
Colonel T. P. Roberts Makes a
of the Break
FOR HIS OWN PLEASURE.
He Will Beport to the En-
gineers' Society That
the Dam Broke
BECAUSE IT OVERFLOWED.
He Asserts that the Strength of the
Lock Had Nothing to
Do With It,
OTHER EXPERTS DOFT THINK SO.
The Engineering Eecord Says An Awful
Responsibility Bests With Those
Who Failed to HaTe
A SPILLWAI THAT WA5 LARGE ENOUGH
Colonel T. P. Roberts yesterday visited
tbe broken South Fork dam. He Trill re
port the resnlt of bis investigation there to
tbe "Western Pennsylvania Engineers' So
ciety. In an interview with a Dispatch
correspondent, be said the size of the lake
had been greatly overestimated, and that
the dam, as reconstructed, was very com
pactly built Colonel Roberts was the guest
of the South Fork Club while making bis
inspection. A more elaborate and clearly
illustrated view from another source is
IFBOM A STAFF COHEESrOXDEXT.T
South Fobk, June 14. Colonel T. P.
Boberts, the well-known and efficient en
gineer of Pittsburg, accompanied by your
correspondent, to-day paid a visit to that
gateway of destruction, tbe South Fork
dam, for the purpose of making a critical
inspection of the broken breastwork, and to
ascertain if possible tbe cause of the dam
giving way. Colonel Roberts, when asked
who bad sent him to make the inspection,
joied in a careless way that he was here
ks own individual pleasure, and only
9nted to see what the broken dam looked
He afterward admitted that he was going
to make a report of the matter to the West
ern Pennsylvania Engineers' Society, but
whether anyone else was behind him or not
could not be learned. He remained at the
house of the South Fork Club all night, and
it was stated to-night that he would meet
some of the members of the club to-morrow.
TI ewing the Broken Dam.
The Colonel had with him a tapcline and
other instruments tor the purpose of meas
uring distances. He found that the dam
aged lake had been greatly over-estimated,
and was not as large as bad been claimed.
He did not have the necessary appliances to
estimate the amount of water in the lake
when the dam gave way.or the rate at which
it passed through the break, but will have
them to-morrow. His report to the Engin
eers' Society will be made next week, and
will bea detailed and exact statement of the
"Upon arriving at the. dam the Colonel
carefully waited over the large mass of
rocks and dirt that had been deposited and
is still lying below the lock, A great part
of it covers the bed of the large creek, which
formerly flowed on the left side of the dam
and had formed part of the breastworks.
Remit- of Accurate Measurement.
He found it to be 1,600 feet long, 175 feet
wide in most places, and 10 feet deep. This,
the Colonel stated, would make over 100,
000 yards of rocks and earth, which it is al
most impossible to believe came out of the
break in the dam.
After climbing over the riprap, at the
risk of being precipitated to the bottom and
probably killed on the 'sharp stones, the
Colonel reached tbe top and began his
measurement. He found that the total
length of the dam was 870 feet, or very
very nearly as long as tbe Sixth street sus
pension bridge in Pittsburg. The break
where the water rushed through was 372
feet at the top and about 300 feet at the
The dam was exactly C2 feet high, from
the first stxihe at the bottom to the roadway
at the top. The latter was 30 feet wide,
there being two road tracks to drive across,
to and from the club bouse to the railroad
What tbe Tapcline Showed.
The tapeline showed that the distance
from tbe bottom of the upper slope to the
bottom of the middle of the dam was 1G0
feet, and from the latter point to the bottom
of the lower slope, 15 feet This would
make the thickness of the dam at the bot
tom 310 feet. It gradually tapered off to 20
feet at the top. In speaking of the matter,
Colonel Roberts would not give an extended
account of his investigation, owing to the
fact that it would be printed before he got
his report ready. To your correspondent he
"I fully believe from what I have seen
here that the real cause of the dam giving
way was on account of the water flowing
over tbe top of it and undermining the
lower slope. You can see where the water
came over tbe top. I find that the slope on
the lower or outside pari of the dam is
shorter than upon the other side. The rock
and stone is heavier, bowever. About one
yard of the filling on the lower side will
weigh about as much as one and a half yards
on the upper side.
The Material Vrry Compact.
"The lower slope being at a greater angle,
the water would hare a much better chance
to undermine the embankment. I find that
the material used in the construction of the
dam was very compact, and was as solid as
it could be under the circumstances. I do
not take much stock in the cloud-burst
theory, as all the indications, viewed in an
engineering light, point to the cause I have
"The indications are that the water below
did not nearly approximate the height of
the water above the dam. The strength of
the dam bad nothing to do with the break.
The water coming over the top gutted the
lower slope, and with the large volume of
water pushing up against the dam, some
thing had to give way. There was no way
for the water to get out. The little opening
which answered under ordinary circum
stances was unable to carry off the large
amount of water which flowed into the lake
Thursday night and Friday.
A Wise Precaution.
"I found that there was a lot of sheet
piling, or plank, put in the corner of the
dam when it was rebuilt some years ago.
This was a wise precaution, and helped to
prevent the dam from giving way sooner. I
cannot now say how much water was in the
late, but find that it had been running over
the dam for over an hour before it gave
way. The lake is not two miles wide, as
has been stated. At its most shallow part,
and the widest part, it is not over a mile."
So Savs the Engineering Record Concerning
the New Part of the Dam-Colonel
Roberts' Idea Opposed and
Illustrated A Very Im
port ant Qnestion.
In connection with the broad hint'
dropped by Colonel Boberts, as above, there
can be nothing more apropos than the ac
companying critically drawn engravings
and expert opinions from the current num
ber of the Engineering and Building
Record, New York, written by H. "NT.
Brinckerhoff, a clear key to the significance
of the cuts being given in the last paragraph
If, as is probable, the crest of the new work
was made fair with the old at the start it
would in course of time settle to even a lower
point, perhaps four or Ave feet below the cle-
SECTIONAL, FRONT AND BIRDSEYE VIEWS BEFOBE AND AFTEE THE BREAK.
vation of tbe dam at the ends. This would, in
a measure at least, account for the rapid de
struction of the dam. Tbe old resident, before
mentioned, who saw the dam go, observed no
leakage through the dam, but said that the
Commenced to Flow Over
the crest of the dam at its center. This con
tinued a couple of hours or so before the flow
became serions, then the outer slope began to
cut away rapidly under the increased flow, the
sides of the breach falling in, from time to
time, until in about half an hour the breach
was complete. The overflow was due to a com
bination of "two causes: first, tbe inadequacy of
the waste weir which, however ample it may
seem to have been, was plainly unable to carry
off the vast volume of water that poured into
the reservoir; and second, to the depression of
the crest of the dam at its center. This de
pression reduced not only the effective dis
charge area of the weir, but also the velocity
of the discharged water, thus very greatly re
ducing the weir's capacity for relief. The posi
tion as well as the amount of this depression
A Serions Matter.
Being in the center, the overflowing water
could wash the widest portion of the outer
slope and cut the dam to the bottom in the
shortest possible time, both sides of the breach
caving in at once, while had the overflow oc
curred at either end, nearly two-thirds of the
dam would have had to have been washed
away before the reservoir could have been
emptied, and as in addition to this the water
could only act on one part of the dam at once,
the time required to empty the reservoir would
have been increased in a proportion even
greater than that of the material to be washed
Failure appears to have been due to overflow,
caused by inadequacy of spill-way and aggra
vatcd by the fact that the dam was two or three
feet lower at center than at ends, causing over
flow to take place at weakest point About 300
feet of the center of dam Is gone. Its destruction-took
about half an hour from time serions
It seemed improbable that the engineers of
the State of Pennsylvania should have been
guilty of negligence in building so important a
structure, and our dispatch shows that what is
lett of the aam Is well built their part of the
work. For the height, however, at which the
dam was left, or to which it had settled during
nearly 60 years.
The Spill-Way Was Inadequate.
And though the dam failed from the erosion
of its face, and not from the pressure of the
water, some one has an awful responsibility for
not having made sure that the spill-way was of
ample dimensions for any possible flood, and
that the crest of an earthen dam holding such
a large quantity of water, above "a populous
valley, was not entirely free from any danger
This should, and undoubtedly will, be made
a matter of judicial investigation, and it is to
be hoped that tbe parties who are responsible,
either through merely ignorant negligence, or
tnrongn a possiDie cuipame disregard of warn
ings received, will be held accountable, as far
as is possible, for the damage occasioned by the
failure to take such precautions as were de
maned by the situation. And this demand for
an accounting snonld proceed, so far that per
sons owning, or being in any way responsible
for, dams whose failure would cause either loss
of property or loss of life, will see it directly to
their comfort and interest to secure proper
supervision of their design, construction and
A Clear Key.
The accompanying plan and elevation ot
South Fork dam are sufficiently explained by
their titles. The point where the attempt was
made to relieve the dam by making an addi
tional spill-way is shown at a. In the section a
shows height of crest Of dam at end near waste
weir, whichJs about three feet above tbe crest
at tbe break, whose elevation is shown by line
b c c, some seven feet above the bottom of the
inlet ot the waste weir. The straight line b b
shows approximately at d tbe concavity ot the
inner slope. At e is tbe entrance to the carriage
bridge over the upper end of the waste weir.
whicli Is, however, supported only on posts In
stead of by what looks like piers of masonry in
the illustration. J
NOBODY. ALLOWED TO PASS.
Strict Order to tho Guards to Prevent
Thieving at Night.
rrilOU A STAFF CORBUSFOia)B3T.l
Johnstown, June 14. At midnight it
was learned that an extra force of guards
was patrolling the center of the town. To
day an unusually large amount of silver
ware and valuables was found in the stores
on Main street and vicinity, and it was
feared that an attempt would be made by a
number of suspicious looking characters to
take the goods. As soon as this was learned
every gnard that could be hired was put on
duty, and it is now impossible to get through
that portion of the town. Detective Mason,
of Philadelphia, who is in charge of the
valuables, stated to-night that orders had
been-issued to allow no one to enter the
heart ot the city.
Strict orders were given the guards to ad
mit nobody, not even General Hastings, and
the orders were obeved. A number of peo
ple with the necessary countersign tried to
pass the First National Bank, bnt could not
do so. Captain Mason started a search for
stolen property to-day. He had three men
out visiting the houses on Prospect Hill.
They went through 17 of them, and secured
a number of articles that had been taken
from the flood. Among them was a supply
of canned goods that would run a good sized
family a year, and other provisions. The
stuff was taken and turned over to the Com
mittee on Valuables. McSwiqam-.
NO SUPPER, NO WORK.
Such Appears to be the Motto of the Lum
bermen at Johnstown.
fFBOHA STAFF CORKESrOXDEKT.l
Johnstown. June 14. There were sev
eral lively scrimmages around the different
camps to-night, after the men were through
with their work. The lumbermen threat
ened to quit work altogether, and they were
heard saying that they would certainly go
home in the morning, if things were not in
a better condition. They had been taken
charge of by one of the Johnstown men,
who kept them in his place, but to-night
there was no food for them. "We have to
work hard," said one of them, "and we
want to have good food."
"What is the matter?" they were asked.
"Why, they were going to feed us on
sleep to-night, and we cannot put up with
that. There is enough food about this place
to keep everyone, and keep him well, and
I do not think that the men who work hard
est ought to suffer."
Soon after the foreman succeeded in quiet
ing the men down, although they were
standing in tbe streets, with their big lum
ber hooks, ready to march, if they returned
to theirquarters again. Heineichs.
TEN BODIES EEC0TEEED.
Only Three Identified, nnd Some Absolutely
rFBOJt OCB STAFF COEKESFOSDENT.l
Johnstown, June 14. According to the
report received by Surgeon General Dr.
Silliman, there were 10 bodies found to-day
and brought to the different morgues. At
CambriaCity the body of William B. Hess
was recovered from the river. At the Pres
byterian church Captain O'Connell and his
housekeeper, Mary Holleran, were identi
fied: They had both been found in the Main
street debris. One body, an unknown per
son, was taken charge of by the undertakers
in the Fonrth ward school house. The re
maining six corpses were taken out. above
the Pennsylvania, Bailroad stone bridge.
Of all of them not a single one was recog
nizable, and it was impossible to tell whether 1
some of them were men or women. Several
burned heads were discovered in the drift
and placed in coffins and buried.
NATURAL GAS LETS LOOSE.
AnotberRa.su Man Hunts for a Leak With
a Lighted Lamp.
Indianapolis, June 14. The residence
at No. 144 East New York street was badly
wrecked this afternoon by an explosion of
natural gas. The house has been for a short
time without an occupant, and a family
named Kilbourn were preparing to take
possession. The outgoing tenants left one
of the pipes uncapped, aud neighbors had
been complaining of the smell cansed by
escaping gas. Mrs. Kilbourn called on a
plumber to connect ber stoves with the
pipes, and told bim of the leak. The work
man undertook to find the leak, and in
structed Mrs. Kilbourn to light a'xaatch,
which she did.
An explosion instantly followed, tearing
the house almost to pieces, and serionsly in
juring four persons, as follows: Frederick
McGaban, plumber, seriously, may die; J.
T. Crowder, seriously; Louis EL Fahrbacb,
burned and bruised; Mrs. Ella Kilbourn,
burned on nearly all parts of bodv. her
clothing being burned and a splinter driven
into the joint of the right knee. Her in
juries are extremely painful, but she will
They Are Holding mysterious Conferences
In tbe Eastern End of the State.
rSFXCIAL TELEQKAM TO TBI niSFATCH.l
Philadelphia, June 14. Chairman
Andrews and Senator Delamater arrived at
the Lafayette Hotel to-day. .Senator Dela
mater left this evening for New York.
Chairman Andrews lett soon after for
Washington. It is said be was summoned
suddenly by Mr. Quay-. The latter 1s ex
pected here to-morrow by tbe local noll-
tscfans, but there is some doubt that he will
1 (it i bw?7'
A THOUSAND CORPSES
Supposed to bo Lying in.the Awful
Wreck Above the Bridge.
NEARLY ALL UNRECOGNIZABLE,
And Dynamite, Which is Being Employed to
Clear the Ruins Away,
RENDS THEM LIMB FROM LIMB.
The Projress oTthe Work Checked by Bain and Also by
faitfzens of Johnstown think that fully
l,000;dead bodies are still among the wreck
age above the stone bridge. Dynamite is
being used to clear the river channel. Major
McCandless advocates applying the torch
and burning the ruins. Bain seriously in
terfered with work, yesterday. A crowd of
laborers found a lot of liquor and got dis
fFSOM A STATTCOKBESPONDENT,!
Johnstown, May 14. The rain early
this morning caused a good many people
to remark: "That is something like the
weather we had two weeks ago to-day. It
poured just about as hard then." For
tunately for the great amount of labor which
has to be done here yet, the rain ceased
about noon, but the work was greatly re
In the morning not much progress was
made. When the sun at last burst through
the clouds operations were resumed with
double vigor. On Main street, in front of
the Merchants' Hoiel, where there has been
a mountain of debris piled up for two
weeks, a clearing was made to-day, and the
thoroughfare will probably be made pass
able by to-morrow. At the gorge at the
Pennsylvania stone bridge the clearing
away of the wreckage has been much
hampered on account of the want of powder
and dynamite. Major Phillips, a practical
engineer, who has charge ot the work at
that place, stated this afternoon that he
would have a channel through there within
24 hours if he only had the material to do it
How tlicWork is Done.
"I have now a gang of men at work there
who understand their duty well," he said.
In answer to the question whether he had
poured oil over the entire debris for the
purpose of burning it all up that way he
replied: "I saw that a morning paper in
timated as much, but there is absolutely no
truth in it. I have a number of men em
ployed with pikes and hooks, and they pull
the boards and trees out as rapidly as possi
ble. On the bank all is put in heaps, and
then it is set on fire. I burned all the lum
ber along the railroad bank In the same
manner. I have sufficient machinery there
to set along very fast, and I believe the
gorge will be clear within a week or so.
But dynamite works wonders and that is
the only thing by which we can make any
"Have any bodies been found in the gorge
"Yes, there were two, a baby ar.d a
woman. Both were totally unrecognizably
and I think the most of them found'there
will be abont the same. The dynamite
works destruction to everything. Bodies,
legs and arms, as well as fingers, were scat
tered this morning by the explosion ot one
of the charges.
A Disgraceful Revel.
Major McCandless, of the Fourteenth
Begiment, who has been here two weeks to
morrow employed in various capacities, has
now been appointed Assistant General Sur
geon of the brigade, aud has to look after
the condition ot the people in and around
the camps and among the gangs of work
men. For the purpose of making a tour of
inspection he invited your correspondent to
day to accompany him into the gorge, as he
had heard that things were not all in good
Arrived at the jam a very exciting scene
was witnessed. A part of the gang had
struck the wreck of a saloon in tbe debris,
and the men were having a high old time
disposingoi the liquor. Casks of export beer
were floating around in the wreckage and
the men were fishing them out as fast as
they could. Another lot of men had come
across a swimming barrel of whisky,
knocked the top in, and were helping them
selves to the liquor with tin cans. A num
ber of them were drunk, and others had
fallen into the water up to their waists.
They had to be hauled out to save their
lives. The gang was composed of Italians,
Hungarians and Americans, all nationali
ties In fact, but the smell of whisky seemed
to have the same effect on all of them.
A Very Pertinent Question.
"Where is the foreman of this gane?
Where is Mr. McKnight?" asked the Major,
as he realized tbe condition of things Telore
him. But Mr. McKnight was not there.
"Well, then, I'll have to stop this my
self," Major McCandless continued, and in
another second he jumped among the
drunken crowd, and, lighting a match, he
ignited the whiskjr in the barrel.
"I hadtto do it," he afterward stated,
"for their own protection. These men would
have been dead drunk to-night, and theie
mijjht have been murder in this place. As
it is, these fellows are readv to create a
riot." Several of them were. shouting and
cursing and going on like wild beasts let
loose from their cages.
"I will report this and see that a guard is
placed there." the Major remarked. "There
is a lack of system among these men, and I
will not only tell McKnight, but also Gen
How many bodies there are in this debris
yet is very hard to estimate, and nobody
ventures to say any more about it. There is
no doubt of the fact, however, that there are
just as many bodies buried in the ruins as
there have been found in all the rest ot the
places put together.
1,000 Corpses In tho Rains.
The gorge is filled with wreckage to the
extent of about five acres. It would be a
futile attempt to give even an approximate
description of the various things found
there, for anything from a three-story bouse
to a thimble can be seen. The mass of
ruined houses fills the place to a depth of
ten, and in other places as deep as 20 feet.
From the different talks I have had with
people from this town thev believe there
are at least 1,000 people still In the jam, and
they will only be recovered limb by limb,
because the dynamite will not allow any of
them to come out whole. In addition to
that, decomposition has made the condition
of tbe bodies such that a mere touch in
handling them makes them break apart
Major McCandless is working to have a fire
line drawn and burn everything that comes
out of the debris. "What is the use of try
ing to get any more bodies out of there," he
said, "when they are unrecognizable any
how? The people cannot identify anyone,
suu uurnmg id tue umy taiug mat can neip
us to clear, the gorge quickly and effectu
Another Suicide at Nlngnrn.
Niagara Falls, June 14. An un
known woman committed suicide to-day
about 4 o'clock by jumping into the river
about 250 feet from Prospect Pari. Her
body' passed over the Americanfalls and
was'recovered-in the Gorge withn half an
spondency was probably the caueof the act.
About All That Johnstown Now Needs, Says
Governor Beaver A Gubernatorial
Proclamation on His Idea of
tbe Prime Necessity of
.SPECIAL TELEQUAM TO TIES DISPATCH.
Habeisbtjeg, June 14. Governor
Beaver has received an official re
port from the State Board of Health,
In which the district from the rail
road bridge over ' the Conemaugh river at
Johnstown to the mouth of Stony creek is
declared a nuisance. This afternoon the
Governor issued a proclamation, of which
the following is an abstract:
The work of supplying the pressing bodily
wants of tbe sufferers by the late floods in the
Conemaugh Valley goes on without interrup
tion. Supplies for this purpose are furnished
in abundance, and will continue to be so
furnished without stint Thanks to the gener
ous donors, the world over,no'one.has lacked or
will lack, if he makes his wants known, tood,
clothing and shelter. The problem which con
fronts the people of Johnstown and vicinity,
and in the solution of which their well wishers
everywhere must be deeply interested, is the
restoration as early as possible of the
usual channels of trade and the machinery of
supply and demand. The merchants and
Must be Encouraged
to begin tbe work of rehabitatlon at once.
If their property had been destroyed by fire,
they would probably; have the insurance upon
which to begin business. Under present con
ditions, however, they have simply and abso
Tha propriety of using the money contributed
by generous donors for the benefit of individ
ual sufferers, for the purpose of starting men
in business might be questioned, particularly
if that business should prove remunerative
hereafter. There can be little doubt how
ever, that the most useful and judicious ex
penditure, at tbe present moment for the en
tire people of the region, would bea fund which
could be used for putting up simple board
shanties, In which business might be com
menced bv the eonrap-enns Imslnesa men nf
Johnstown, who have already signified their
intention of remaining whero they are and as
sisting in building up the rums, which speaks
so eloquently in their behalf. Credit is ten
dered them to any extent by merchants in our
great trading centers. What thev need is sim
ply a cover for their goods and wares. Contri-
uutions in Kina, it specially aesiguatea tor tne
purpose of building board shanties in which
business can be commenced, would be a great
boon to the entire community, and will tend
more than anything else at the presant moment
to tbe restoration of the normal condition of
affairs in that community.
Bound to be Rebuilt.
Johnstown will be rebuilt Before that is
done, however, legal steps must be taken to
consolidate the several independent boroughs
among which its municipal government, was
divided. It is understood that the people ex
pect to consolidate .their government under a
city charter, and that legal steps will be taken
looking toward this end. Until this is done
streets cannot be laid out, grades cannot be
established,, the wort of permanent rebuilding
cannot go on. One locality in the Far West
offered days ago 23 carloads of lumber, with
the expressed intention of doubling it Such
gifts would be mora than acceptable at this
time. Thev can be consismed to
General D. H. Hastings, Johnstown, Pa., who
will see that they are properly distributed, if
designated specially for that purpose. If per
sons who have already contributed desire that
their contributions shonid be appropriated
toward this object a simple intimation from
them as to their wishes will be sufficient This
object is cordially commended, especially to
the business men of Pennsylvania, and to
others who have trade relations with what was
once one of the most tnrivlng and populous
regions of our great Commonwealth.
0'BOYLE'S LITTLE ST0EI.
He Had Nothing to Do With the Alleged
Trial of Cronln.
rerEciAL telegram to tbe dispatch. 1
Wilkesbaeee, June 14. The publica
tion of the dispatch from London to the ef-1
feet that P. A. O'Boyle, of Pittston, was
'one of the men voted on a committee of
the Clan-na-Gael to have Dr. Cronin re
moved created a great impression in this
section. Mr. O'Boyle is a prominent young
attorney residing at Pittston and known
throughout the Wyoming valley. Mr.
O'Boyle published a card in the evening
paper, in which he characterized the story
as a most infamous lie. He denies abso
lutely that such a committee existed, or that
Dr. Cronin was ever tried or his conduct
investigated in any manner whatever by the
Clan-na-Gael on the charge of treachery to'
the order. He further states that he had no
connection in any manner with the conten
tions between Dr. Cronin and Alexander
Sullivan, if such contentions really ex
isted. He had a very slight acquaintance
with Dr. Cronin, but knew Mr. Sullivan
He "believes the latter to be an upright,
honorable and patriotic man, utterly inca
pable of entering into any plot having for
its object murder or any criminal act. It is
true that Mr. O'Boyle was one of the com
mittee of the Clan-na-Gael that investigated
tbe charge of embezzlement brought against
Alexander Sullivan, and he was one of
those who signed the report exonerating Mr.
Sullivan from such charge.
NO GENERAL UPRISING.
The Minnesota Indians Are Peaceful, and
tbe Murderer Will bo Caught.
. Mora, Minn., June 14. Jim Chelty,
Chief of the Snake river band, was "in this
morning and conferred with Captain Stanch.
He said that the trouble was caused by
whisky and there would be no general up
rising; that the Indians desired to maintain
peaceful relations between themselves and
the whites. He said that the Indians would
assist to bring the murderer of Magnuson
to justice. The true version of the affair
will soon be accurately known.
The Indians bad been supplied with
whisky by lawless whitrs and while drunk
they had made the attack. It is generally
believed that Magnuson was the only one
who was killed or injured. Nothing" defi
nite will be known until to-morrow.
A SENSATIONAL STATEMENT.
Tho Prince of Wales Has Written a Letter
Concerning Emperor William.
Vienna, June 14. A sensation has been
caused here by the announcement that "the
Nouvelle Revue, will shortly publish a
letter purporting to be from the
Prince of Wales to King Leopold,
in which the Prince states that Emperor
William's body is seriously attacked by
disease; that he cannot get sleep save what
drugs procure for him; that he suffers from
intense headaches, compelling bim to resort
to morphine, ana "that he easily loses his
The letter continues: "I shall never for
give or forget his treatment of me on the
occasion of the funeral of his father, nor
the insults printed in the Reichsanzeiger."
A SALOON KEEPER SENTENCED
To the Workhouso for Violating tbe Sun
day Law In Cincinnati.
Cincinnati, June 14. The first' work
house sentence under the Qwen law, the
law requiring saloons to be closed on Sun
day, was pronounced this afternoon against
Thomas B. White, who was conviced of vio
lating the law Sunday, ,May 26. The" sen
tence was 20 days in the workhouse and a
fine of $100, but a stay of execution until
July 1 was allowed to permit thpnecused to
make an appeal.
The Saloon Keepers' Association to-night
resolved to assist members who are arrested,
but declined to order members' to violate the
GOOD GHOST ST0RIESo
per in tomorroufs Dispatch wh6 relate! her
personal experiences uith spooks in Hew York. J
YICTORT IS CEETAIS,
Bat Whether for Whisky's Friends
or Foes is a Point on Which
LEADERS CAN'T QUITE AGREE.
Ex-Attorney General Palmer Predicts a
Majority of Over 30,000
IN FAT0R OF THE AMENDMENT,
While Anti-Prohibitionists Are Equally Confident
They Will Win.
Ex-Attorney General Palmer-expects -the
State to give 30,000 majority for prohibi
tion. Other amendment leaders are equally
confident of victory. On the other hand,
the liquor men, without exception, say that
their side will surely win. The proposed
amendment abolishing the poll tax is op
posed by Philadelphia politicians. The
campaign work is about ended. Prohibi
tionists and liquor people alike boast of
their perfect organizations.
"My estimate," said Chairman Geiger of
the Constitutional Amendment City Com
mittee, "is that we will poll 60,000 votes in
Philadelphia. The anti-Prohibitionists
will poll 75,000."
Mr. Geiger gave his reasons for this esti
mate in the following language:
A great many, people who don't take much
interest in the matter will be ont of town for
tbe summer. A large number who stay here
will not take enough interest in the matter to
vote. Some have been disfranchised by re
moval within the 60 days, and others by not
having paid their poll tax. The total
registration of the city is in round
numbers 250,000. Our literary work is
at an end. We have sent out a mass of it
The other work of the campaign now occupies
our thoughts. We have a detective force em
ployed to see that there is a fair vote and an
honest count wbere we have reason to feai
fraud, and in the rural wards of the city. Car
riages will be used if necessary to get out the
To the question, "Are you liberally sup
plied with money?" he replied:
Rather Short of Cash.
No, we are not but we are leaving no stone
unturned, with onr limited means, that will
add to our cbances of success, except in the
matter of answering campaign lies that find
their way into the newspapers. We can't
answer all of these, but we answer some of
them. The expenses of tbe City Campaign
Committee will foot up 5,000. There are
organizations in each ward aud division and
their expenditures will probably run the
whole sum for work in this city up to 520,000. We
have received valuable assistance from tbe So
ciety of Friends, and we have been given ac
cess to warehouses ana lactones at tbe noon
hour for the purpose of talking with the men.
We have also had lOor 12pnblic meetings In
the city each night for the past four weeks.
George McGowan, who is one of the
leading men in the anti-prohibition cam
paign, estimates that not more than 120,000
votes will be polled. He concedes but-35,-000
votes to the Prohibitionists. Mr. Mc
Gowan is a Democrat and has been running
that end of it more than any other.
David Martin, Collector of Internal
Revenue, was the Republican leader in the
anti-prohibition campaign up. to the, timche.
was made Collector Of Internal Bevenue,
He says he is out of it now, but there are
many, of course, who refuse to believe this.
Mr. Martin says he is against prohibition,
although he has not touched a drop of
liquor for-at least three years. He said to
The Dispatch correspondent:
The Prohibitionists are away off in their esti
mates. In my own division, for instance, after
the canvass, Isaw the division book and found
the Prohibitionists credited with 60 votes. I
was marked on their side. The canvassers said
they gave the Prohibitionists the doubt in
every instance. Where they didn't find a
man at his home and bis wife said she didn't
know how be was going to vote they marked
him for prohibition. I went through the list,
and to my personal knowledge 40 of the GO were
persons who are against the amendment I
had six or eight men go through a number of
the division books In the same manner with
very much the same result
It will be remembered that Mr. McManes
tried to use Mr. Martin's liquor connection
to that gentleman's injury before his ap
pointment to the Philadelphia Collector
ship of Internal Bevenue. Sir. McManes
did not succeed.
A Big Vote Expected.
William Van Osten is the President of
the Philadelphia Retail Liquor Dealers'
Association. He thinks the vote will be
much larger than is anticipated in the esti
mates given by the other gentlemen. The
poll tax and suffrage amendment will do it
in his opinion:
Within a week there has been quite a stir on
this subject Both parties are at work on this
subject, and the Democratic and Republican
city committees will use their machinery to
get out the vote for it This will increase the
vote on tbe prohibition amendment Many
people who would not come to the polls to
vote on the one will find an excuse to
come to vote on the other, and there
will be influences there to make them vote on
botb. I am opposed to the poll tax amendment
and I think if the people understood it they
would be, too. Of course a great cry goes np
that a vote ought to be free, but at the same
time people ought to remember that the pres
ent requirement is
- A Check Against Fraud.
If it carries, the time to acquire a residence
will be reduced from 60 to SO days and the tax
abolished. In the first instance It will cost
party managers less to feed men that may
acquire a residence. In the second, with no
tax requirement it will be much easier to ring
in repeaters, lb en, again, the party managers
will probably raise just as much money for
campaign purposes as they do now, and with
no taxes to pay, will have money to devote to
various otner uses.
There is a report around now that the
Bcpublican leaders here are becoming con
vinced that it would he a bad thing for
them to have the pole tax amendment pass.
They, having the offices, can raise money
easier than the Democrats, and it would,
they argue, be turning over to the Demo
crats much of the advantage the Republi
cans uow possess.
There was a meeting of the State executive
pnmmittee of the liauor dealers this morn
ing. It is composed of wholesalers and
brewers. Messrs. btrauD and Weertheimer
attended. The names of this committee
Kept a Profound Secret
until to-night, when they were given out.
Those of more than local reputation are:
Amos M. Slack, Republican; George Mc
Gowan, Democrat; Harry Hunter, Republi
can; 'Squire McMullen, Democrat; Emil J.
Petroff. Bepublioan; C. Wesley Thomas,
Republican; Charles A. Porter, Republi
can; W. B. Leeds, Republican. Asi a
whole the committee is equally divided be
tween Democrats and Republicans.
This announcement may be one result of
the wholesale liquor dealers and brewers'
meeting to-day at the brewers' headquar
ters. The work of the meeting was kept so
quiet that nothing definite concerning it
could be learned.
"Here in Philadelphia," said Mr. Van
Osten, "the retail liquor dealers are organ
ized for ward work; There is a class of
voters they can get to the polls better than
anyone else. Of course there are also ward
workers from either party in the employ of
the liquor men."
John B. TValker, Secretary ofhe Prohi
bition CityCommittee, said: '
McManes is the only one of tha Republican
leaders in this city who is for the amendment
Leeds is against it, but he hardly counts any
more. Disstod Is against it Ihaveitfroma
member of David Lano'B family that he in
tends to Vote for the amendment He is say
ing nothing himself, and I am confident he will
vote against It Some members of tbe Repub
lican City Executive Committee have been
working, but the party machinery of neither
side has been used for us.
"I lave heard David H. Lane's name
used as one of those who handled the money
of the liquor men for use among the Re
publicans," said the correspondent
Sloney Easily Obtained.
To this remark Mr. Walker replied as
The way that story got out is that the liquor
men put certain money in the hands of Mr.
Lane and Mr. McGowan. Twenty dollars was
to be put into each division, for the purpose of
making a canvass $10 to go to a Republican
and $10 to a Democrat for doing the work. It
is generally admitted now that this canvass
was a farce, the workers, for tbe most part
earning their money by taking tbe
division book and checking off the list
according to their personal knowledge of
the men. Thirty dollars more is to
o into each division $3 to each of three mem
ers of the Republican party and tbe same
amount to each of three members of the Dem
ocratic party, but this money has not yet been
forthcoming, and there is trouble about it
There isinore trouble, growing out of tbe fact
that many workers have been necessarily
Ignored, and in their anger they are likely to do
our.sldo a considerable service.
Hoo. Jchn Gow, one of the leading Dem
ocratic leaders of the late House of Rfpre
sentatives, told The Dispatch correspond
ent to-day that the tro uble among the ward
workers grew out of the fact that the liquor
people had blundered in making their se
lections by choosing men from the minority
factions of either party to run the cam
paign. "This," he said, "makes the others
decidedly mad. No one cares anything
about the liquor people in this fight, any
how, except to get their money. If the
ward workers don't get that there is likely
to oe trouble.
Expects Prohibition to Win.
Ex-Attorney General Palmer continnes
to claim the State for the Prohibitionists.
He made the following statement to The
Dispatch correspondent this evening:
The contest Is abont ended, so far as vote
making is concerned, and the remainder of the
time will be given to getting our men to the
polls, securing a fair vote and an honest count
and return. We believe every caution has
been taken to secure that result Our organi
zation is as thorough as any the State ever
had. It covers substantially every election
district It has not been created with
out vast labor, but the work has
fallen to willing hands and has been
faithfully performed. The very limited supply
of money placed at the disposal of the State
committee made it necessary to put on tbe
County Chairmen the responsibility of raising
funds for themselves and substantially con
ducting their own campaign, and it has been
done faithfully and efficiently. The work for
this city, under the charge of Mr. Geiger, has
been intelligently ana conscientiously per
formed, and, considering the fact that few of
the experienced ward workers have been avail
able, and that he has bad about one-fourth the
money necessary, he has accomplished a very
The precaution taken to secure a fair elec
tion in Philadelphia consists in the appoint
ment of overseers by the conrt in all shaky
divisions, and for this our thanks are due, be
cause one established practice wa3 overruled.
We have also employed a sufficient number of
experienced detectives to cover doubtful divi
sions, and expect to make tbe lot of rounders
and repeaters very unhappy. We have sent
out 3,000,000 tickets, wbicb have been dis
tributed from house to house. Women will be
at the polls in all places where they desire to
go. As to the result reports irom County
Chairmen all over tbe State justify our expec
tation that the amendment will carry by
A SInJorlty of 30,000.
It has been a beautiful campaign in this re
spectperfect harmony has ruled, and all tbe
diverse elements, political and otherwise, have
done their uttermost without wrangling or
jealousy. The thousands of men and women
who never took an activa part in an election
have come to" the front andprovedby their zeal
and efficiency their capacity to do tbe work. I
thlnlrtbere is a surprise In store for the enemy.
Considering the circumstances there has been
very little of the bitterness that such a contest
would naturally create. For us this is only a
skirmish; for the enemy, defeat Is a Waterloo.
It seems to me our workers have outmaneuvered
and outflanked tbe other side at every point
One case has -never been answered. The
Brooks bill, as administered in Philadelphia,
has been the best card of tbe opposition, and
the result fully justifies the shrewdness of the
clever gentlemen who induced the dealers to
accept it and allow it to pass the Legislature,
when they had its defeat ensured.
Being asked "What about the preachers,
doctors and lawyers?" Mr. Palmer replied:
Why, I think when a man summons preach
ers, doctors and lawyers, all at the same time
to his aid, he must be very sick. All the
preachers who will really vote against the
amendment could be hauled out of the State
in a Market street car and landed in New
Jersey, where there is free rum. Sliipson.
A TENEMENT TEAP.
Flames la a New York Apartment House
Cause Two Deaths A Heroic At
tempt at Rescue Insufficient
Fire Escapes. s
SPECIAL TXLECEAM'TO THE DISPATCII.1
New Zoek", June 14. One of the pretentious-looking
but not in the least fire
proof te'nement houses, which it is now the
fashion to build in the poorer
quarters, was gutted by fire at S3
Norfolk street this evening. An old
woman and a baby were killed, and 22
families were made homeless. The tenement
was of brick, with brownstone trimmings,
with a hallway in the center, and four
family apartments on each of the five floors.
The basement was occupied by two stores,
with family apartments behind each,
In the rear there were plenty of fire escapes.
In the front fire escapes ran down as far as
tbe top of the front door, nearly two floors
from the sidewalk. The building was owned
by Hymari Spektersky, of 150 Henry street.
The tenants were mostly Polish.
John Smith, 18 years old, and Frank
Hodes saw the smoke and ran up. In a
window of the first floor above the door
they saw a woman leaning from a window
holding a babe. Thick smoke came out of
tbe window: Smith was driven from
the door in an attempt to
get in, but scaled the window
casings and burst in the windows of
the floor below her. At that moment flames
were seen behind the woman and she
screamed. Smith shouted to her to wait a
single minute and the crowd in the street
took up the shout, but he wa3 driven out by
smoke and flames and she dropped her babv
people in the street caught it
A moment later she flung herself from
the window. She fell into the area and was
picked up for dead, but revived and was
led away by a policeman. She was Annie
Korinsky, wife of a silk weaver. The fire
men were told that some one was lying
at the top of tbe first flight of
stairs inside the bmlding, two flights above
the sidewalk. Firemen fought their way
with great difficulty in- the face of the smoke
to the spot, and there found a woman burned
to death. A young child that lay near her,
some say upon her body, was also burned
badly aud dead.
NO OSE FOR HILL.
Democratic Editors Unanimously Opposed
to Him for President.
St. Louis, June 14. The Republic will
to-morrow print an entire page demoted to
the opinions of Democratic editors as to the
availability of Governor Hill, of New York,
as tbe Democratic standard bearer in the
Presidental contest of 1892. The newspa
pers to which the query was addressed cir
culate in ten States, where Democratic
opinion is strongly represented by them.
There is but one expression in favor of tbe
nomination of Governor Hill, coming from
the Augusta, Ga., Chronicle, a protection
Of the Others all but two are unquali
fiedly opposed to the nomination of Hill.
Tbe two- exceptions are- the Louisville
Courier-Journal and Atlanta Journal.
Mr. -Watterson simply declines to commit
himseit to as opinion now.
KEPT A PROFOUND SECRET
Until After Its Submission to the
United States Government.
GERMAN! TO RECEITE AN 1NDEMNITT.
Representatives of tbe United State and
Germany Agree to an Autonomous Gov
ernment of thelslands England Is to Ses
Fair Play The Natives to Elect Their
Own King Germans to be Indemnified
for Their Losses The State Department
Has Nothing to Say.
Samoa's troubles are presumed to be over.
The conferees at Berlin have arrived at an
agreement whereby the Samoans are to be
allowed to elect their owfi rulers, subject to
the joint control of the United States and
Germany, while England will act as referee.
The provisions of the agreement have not
been made public, and will not be until
after its submission to the United Stately
SPECIAL TELEGRAM TO TBI DISPATCH.!
Washington, June 14. The news waj
received here to-day that the Samoan con
ferees had arrived at an agreement in re
gard to the difficulties in Samoa, subject to
ratification by the respective Governments
interested. Diplomatic etiquette prevented
any statement by the State Department here
as to the provisions of the treaty, the offi
cials pleading ignorance of the conclusions
arrived at by tbe conferees.
The dispatch from Berlin states that
America having abandoned her principal
objections to the agreement previously ar
rived at, the plenipotentiaries had only to
make unessential modifications in the word
ing of the draft of the agreement. The)
draft guarantees ajr autonomous administra
tion of the islands under the joint control
of Germany and America, England acting
as arbitrator in the event of differences
arising. Tbe Samoans are to
Elect Their Own King
and Viceroy and to be represented in a Sen
ate composed of the principal chiefs elected
by the people. Samoa is to have the right
of levying duties of every kind. The agree
ment also stipulates that the Germans, shall
receive a money indemnity for tlTeirtaeses. ,
Aspecial court will be appointed to deal
with the land question.
The Americans made their adhesion con
ditional upon the ratification of the agree
ment by the United States Senate. Tha
status quo will, therefore, obtain in Samoa
until December. Mr. Phelps will carry
the treaty to Washington, and the agree
ment will not be published until signed by
the American Government
It is stated here that the agreement be
tween England, Germany and the United
States on Samoan affairs was signed at Ber
lin at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. It will
not be made public nntil confirmed by tho
Senate. While it is called an agreement by
the officers of the State Department. Mr.
Walker-Blaine said this evening that he
thought it would undoubtedly require;
ratification by the Senate.
It Is Not a Treaty.
If the instrument signed were one regula
ting the conduct of two countries toward
each other, as for instance between tha
United States and Samoa, it would.'properly
be designated as a treaty, but where the in
strument signed is to shape the conduct of
three Governments, viz., the United States,
England and Germany toward a fourth
party, Samoa, it is held that its proper
nomenclature is an agreement. At tha
same time as it is a matter affecting the)
foreign policy of the United State
it is said that it will need ratification by
the Senate, and that therefore, it cannot
be made public prior to action by the
The agreement was cordially approved by
all the members of tbe conference and by
their respective Governments. The best of
feeling prevailed at the termination of tha
labors of the commissioners.
Compliments Passed Aronnd.
Messrs. Kasson, Bates and Phelps cor
dially thanked Count Herbert Bismarck for
the courteous manner in which they had
been treated, .and they warmly praised tha
skill and tact with which he had presided
over tho deliberations of the conference.
Sir Edward Malet thanked Count Herbert
on behalf of the English delegates. Count
Herbert, in reply, said he hoped ihey had
reached a final solution of the difficult ques
tion. The London Post's Berlin correspondent
says: The Samoan treaty arranges for tha
restoration of Malietoa and for the appoint
ment of German and American advisers to
the King, with an English counselor to ad
just a balance. The American delegates
have the utmost confidence that tbe treaty
will be ratified by the United States Senate.
The Berlin correspondent, of the London
Times sais: 'The Americans have un
doubtedly emerged from the Sa
moan Conference with flying col
ors. Germany has to content
herself with much less political predom
inance in Samoa than she claimed at Wash
ington two years ago. This resnlt is much
more due to the firm and inexorable
attitude of Mr. Blaine than to any politia
leanings of England toward the power
which it is her highest aim to conciliate." '
A Catholic for Prohibition.
SPECIAL TXLXGBAJC TO TOX DISPATCH.l
Green vtlle, June 14. A large probi
tion meeting was held here to-night ad
dressed by T. P. Rider, a prominent Catho
lic ot Wilkesbarre, and S. B. Griffiths,
Chairman of the County Committee.
TTAliVC tV MVX trom the time, of
liUinljS Ur MllAdamto the-present
day forms the theme of an intensely interesting
article, with illustrations, in tonorrovft Du