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THE EOR&E CUT.
Major Phillips at Last Succeeds
Making a Channel
Through the Debris.
DYNAMITE DOES THE WORK
A Wliole Ton of the Terrific
losive Used in
a jingle Lay,
500 POUNDS IN ONE BLAST.
Considerable Damage Done the Prop
erty in the fteiguborliood of
the Stone Bridge.
A KDMBEE OP COHTLAINTS FILED.
How the Explosions Were Conducted and
the Mountains of Wreckage
A TERT UNIQUE PEAT OP EXGIXEERLNG
At last a channel has been cut through
the immense gorge formed by the Johnstown
flood at the Etone railroad bridge, and the
drift is being as rapidly as possible taken
out or burned. A ton of dynamite was
used yesterday alone, one of the charges
being a 500-ponnder. Such heavy blasts
did considerable damage to surrounding
.property. It is thought that in a week all
this part of the debris will be cleared away.
rritOSI A fcTAlT COUKESrOXDENT.I
Johjs-stown, June 15. The opening of
"the debris has at last been accomplished.
.The gorge is opened and the jam "which had
almost baffled human ingenuity has been
(blown apart, and the waters of the little,
'but wildly rapid, Conemaugh are rushing
along with old-time swiftness and un
impeded buoyancy, carryingalong wreckage
of railroad bridges, ruined houses and de
This was the gigantic task which has been
completed to-day, and which was the all
interesting subject around the camps and in
.'the town generally; a problem achieved by
" .Major Phillips, a well-known civil en
gineer. The completion of the blasting re
quired 2,000 pounds of dynamite to-day
alone, and according to the information ob
'tained from the men who were engaged in
the work, there has been 10,000 pounds of
dynamite used altogether.
The Work of Experienced Men.
Major Phillips, while speaking of the task
cf destruction, stated that he had abont 20
men who "were immediately occupied in
laying the charges and doing the work in
cidental to -the explosions. Mr. John Kirk,
a well-known Pittsburger, has been the
foreman of the detachment occupied in the
explosion, and all are experienced and effi
cient men in their work.
"I have for many years superintended
blasting operations. I have exploded ice
gorges on the Susquehanna river, and debris
of railroads, but never in all my experience
have I blasted anything like that mass of
debris down at that bridge."
Thus spoke the Major, and he then con
tinued: "I do not believe that there ever
were such heavy charges used in blasting,
and had it not been that the surroundings
could not be much damaged I would not
have done it here. As it is, the concussion
has shaken some of the buildings around
here to a considerable extent."
Varying Size of tbe Cbarcrs.
"What were the sizes of the different
charges exploded by you?"
"Well, they were of various sires. The
largest one consisted of 500 pounds of dyna
mite. It was the one which went off at 13
o'clock. The others amounted to 400 pounds
and 300 pounds."
"What was their effect?"
' "Oh, they were effective enough, but, as I
said before, the charges had to be extraordi
narily heavy to do any good. Take, for an
example, the stuff we blew up at noon with
our heaviest charge. There was a part of a
railroad bridge at the bottom; on the top of
that lay a hotel. We found that out, by the
way, because we discovered a number of
drummers trunks. Above the hotel lay a
remnant of the Gautier Steel "Works, and
on the top of that again rested several foun
dations of houses and frame buildings. Did
you ever hear of such a conglomeration?
My men intended to lay several 100-pound
charges In a line underneath that pile, but I
would not allow it, I was afraid the con
cussion would prove disastrous."
Considerable Dnmnce Done.
But as it was, considerable damage was
done, and several complaints came to Gen
eral Hastings that the shocks were doing
damage all around. In the Cambria Iron
-Works a ceiling was cracked. All the win
dows in the First ward schoolhouse were
smashed. A house in Kernville was thrown
off its foundation. A man who sat on a
chair near headquarters was knocked off his
seat into the mud, and a number of other
trifling incidents were noted. There were a
good many wild rumors of the terrible
things that were supposed to have hap
pened, but they were all without any foun
dation of fact.
Regarding the explosions of the blasts,
, your correspondent witnessed several of
them, and the incident proved a very inter
esting sight. Two electric wires, probably
200 feet in length, connected with the ex
plosive, ran over the debris to the top of a
hill, where a small Battery was attached to
Car fTaken Daring Explosion.
After the charge had been safely lowered
into the depth under the jam all the work
men were told to get out of the gorge. Tie
entire place being cleared. Major Phillips J
gave the signal to Mr. Kirk, who im
mediately touched the electric button.
Pirst an awful silence, then a flash, and
at last an explosion that resembled the roll
ing noise of-a thunderbolt, and with the
echo of this concussion dying away in the
distant hills, a mountain of wreckage,
shattered into a thousand atoms, was blown
into the air abont 200 feet. It resembled
the sudden eruption of a volcano, and the
fragments of houses, bridges, railroad cars,
animals and human bodies were scattered
over the scene in all directions.
Soon the men returned to their places of
work, and the next charge was placed in
the depth, while a large mass of debris -came
floating down the river, after having torn
itself loose from the solid mass of several
miles of rocks.
Bnrnlng Up Clio Drift.'
Now that the channel has been opened, the
work is comparatively easy. Mr. Mc
Knight, the contractor of this part of the
work, has about 300 men employed in
cleaning away the drift, and the lumber
men, who are a part of this corps, are very
efficient in their task.
Even to-night the men are at work, and
the lumber which has already been pulled
from the rafts is being set afire along the
bants of the river. Barrels of coal oil are
being poured over the debris, and the ex-,
pression of "funeral pyre," which has
almost become a stereotyped phrase with
the correspondents, has at last become ap
Captain Jones, of Braddock, and Captain
Cosgrove arrived here this afternoon, and
Adjutant General Hastings took them all
over the town to view the progress which
has been made. When the trio arrived at
the gorge they expressed their utmost grati
fication at the work accomplished.
Honors Modestly Worn.
"The General deserves great credit for the
masterly manner in which he has displayed
his executive abilitv to surmount such a
gigantic task," said Mr. Jones, "but the
General modestly declined to accept any
"I have done my duty, and there is noth
ing creditable in that," he remarked.
Prom the present outlook the gorge will
be cleared within a week, and the hardest
task of the entire work in fact, an engi
neering feat unique in its magnitude will
have been completed.
Major Phillips, the engineer who has
charge of this work, was for many years
Superintendent of the Pennsylvania Bail
road, on the Lewistown division. He has
been a soldier of some prominence, having
been an attache on General Hartranft's
staff. A good many Pittsburgers are well
acquainted with him, because he was in that
city after Tom Scott's clearing away of the
debris on the Pennsylvania Bailroad after
the riot in 1877. Hbktbichs.
DELVING FOR TBEASURE8.
Strange Scenes in tbo Wrecks of Jewelry
Stores, With Gems in tbe Slad.
tFBOM A STAFF CORKXSPONDEXT.l
Johjjstown, June 15. The remains of
jewelry stores here are the objective points
of people who are anxious to speculate on
the destruction wrought by the deluge.
Crowds of men and boys, searching amidst
the ruins for hidden treasures, congregate
about these wrecked stores and wallow in
slush several feet deep, pawing in the dirt
and slime for gold and diamonds. The
sparkling gems stud the huge mud piles,
and many are rooted out by the eager
The police have instructions to arrest
anybody found taking away articles that
they find in tbe debris, and curiosity-seekers
should take notice.
Three banks were doing business in this
city before the deluge; but only two will
resume operations as soon as matters assume
more tangible shape. The Savings and
Pirst National did not lose a dollar in the
flood, and will ODen their doors shortly.
John Dibert & Co., bankers, will stop busi
ness and call in all their investments. The
firm of which J. I). Roberts is the only sur
viving member suffered heavy losses; but
it is reported that the creditors will be paid
dollar for dollar. Bahmee.
COFFINS, 'C0FPIHS EVERY WHERE.
Burial Cases Arriving at Johnstown in Cnr
iond Lots Ail the Time.
FSOK A STATT COBKXSPOXPEXT.I
JOHNSTOWN, June 15. One would im
agine, after all the coffins that have been
sent here from Pittsburg and the Bast, the
undertakers who are in charge of the
morgues would have enough, but such is not
the case. At the Pennsylvania Bailroad
station to-day the first objects that greeted
the eyes of the passengers on through trains
were long rows of coffins piled up promiscu
ously upon the station platforms. Coffins,
coffins everywhere. Big.coffins, little coffins,
black coffins, white coffins and red coffins.
They were piled up so high about the depot
and so close to the car windows that one
would imagine that if he went very close to
them they would fall over upon and kill
Five carloads of the bnrlal cases were re
ceived and unloaded to-day, and there are
still five carloads left lying on tbe tracks
below the station. All of them came from
Pittsburg, and if they continue to come in
as fast as tbey have been doing the past few
days, there will be enongh coffins here to
provide one for every survivor as well a the
victims of the flood. McS wtgan.
AGAIN OYER ITS BANES.
The Fntcfnl Conemnuatt Floods 500 Italians
Ont of Their Tents Qnlckly.
tTEOM A STATT COEEZSFOKDEST.J
Johnstown, June 15. The heavy rains
to-day swelled the Conemaugh river to such
an extent that it overflowed its banks to
night about one quarter of a mile above the
Cambria Iron Company's store. The water
rushed into the town through a number of
gullies near the German Catholic Church,
and flooded the tents of the workers who
were encamped nearby.
The men, who were mostly Italians,
thought that it was another flood of the
deadly kind, and rushed out. They crowded
around the road at the bridge leading into
Millville; terrified half to death.
Word was sent to General Hastings that
the camps had been flooded out, ana the
General immediately secured other quarters
for them. Abont 500 men were flooded ont.
Some of them were asleep when the water
came upon them. McSwigan.
CHAMPAGNE FOE THE MAJOR.
Enthusiasm Over the Clearing of tho Chan
nel Assumes a Practical Form.
Johnstown, June 15. When the great
mass of debris moved down the river to
day the scene was a remarkable one. The
crowds that lined the shores and the now
famous stone bridge raised shout that
was heard the length and breadth of the
Major Phillips was the recipient of a
basket of chamDacne and a snit of nlnthoc
beside many congratulations.
A TIRESOME TASK.
Soldier of tbo Fourteenth Petting Enough
or Gnnrd Duty Their Summer En-
enrapraent Spoiled and None of
Tlicin Very Sorry for It.
IFROM A 8TAW COBEESPOKDENT.J
Johnstown, June 15, The boys of the
National Guard are getting awfully tired
of the daily soldier life. The majority of
them are speculating as to when they will
likely be ordered home, and are making all
kinds of excuses to be relieved and get to
Pittsburg, Colonel Perchment stated to
day that the regiment would probably be
ordered home next Wednesday or Thursday,
and would likely be replaced by the
This is the first time the Fourteenth Begi.
ment has been ordered out since the reorgan
ization alter the Pittsburg riots of 1877.
Thehardest work most of them have to do is
the standing guard. Some of the boys dur
ing the early part of the work were on guard
during 10 and 12 hours at a stretch. When
they get off for a lew hours they generally
have something to attend to about the camp,
and there is precious little tine spent in
loafing about the town. They manage to run
into the guard house every person who has
no business on the streets at night, and on
accounts of this there is not the slightest
chance for the burglar or marauder to prac
tice at his business.
General Hastings generally takes a trip
through tbe camp at night, to see that every
thing is all right and the guards are on
duty. Alter "taps." the heavy snoring
from the darkened tents is the best evidence
in the world that the boys are tired alter
their day's work. It is generally conceded
among the men that their stay at Johns
town will do away with tbe annual summer
encampment this year Very few of them
are sorry on this account, as tbey have had
enongh soldiering the past 11 davs to last
them for several years to come. They have
been here since Tuesday week last, and sigh
wearily for home. McSwigan.
EIGHT MORE UNIDENTIFIED.
A Description of Bodies and Their Belong
inge Recovered Yesterdny.
rrEOH A BTATF COEEI6PONDIXT.:
Johnstown, June 15. Surgeon General
Br. E.'SilIiman, who is in charge of the
Bureau of Information, received reports to
day of eight bodies being found. Some of
these were discovered last night; but owing
to the lateness of the hour, no report of
them was made. Five of the bodies were
those of females, and three of them males.
Every one was so badly disfigured by con
tact with the heavy timbers in the ratt that
it was impossible to identify them. The
heavy charges of dynamite tore the limbs
of several ot them from the bodies and left the
latter in a terribly mangled and mutilated
condition. One of thereturns for a body was
tbe left foot of a female child. Efforts were
made by the searchers to find the remainder
of the body; but it could not be seen. It
was supposed a charge of dynamite had torn
it to pieces. A number ot workmen on the
raft picked up little pieces of flesh and bone
supposed to be from the body of the child.
A man walking along the hillside above
the river discovered a piece of human skull
on the roadway. He picked it np, and,
being of a medical turn of mind, he was
going to preserve it as a relic of the flood.
The following is a description of the latest-found
unidentified bodies. On account
of the odor, it was tound impossible to em
balm them, and the remains had so far de
composed that it was necessary to bury
them as soon as could be done:
A female, aged 30, weight 115, height 5 feet 4
inches; had on Dine calico dress, spar figures,
brown skirt, two bands on under skirt; small
com purse containing S2 01, one shoe buttoner,
one plain band ring. .
..Male, aged 8 roars, light complexion, weight
SO pounds, height 4 feat; clue waist, light
barred Lnee pants, blue-black ribbed stockings,
buttoned shoes, patent heels.
Male, weight 40 pounds, heights feet 0 inches,
striped red blouse shirt.
Female, aged 15, wide chased band ring; large
breastpin, circle or oval shape, set with light
oniuams aiieraaicu wun goia drops; stone
center earings, imitation of diamonds; weight
of body 90 pounds, helht5feet 3 inches; ribbed
Female, aged 38, light complexion, dark hair,
dark eyes, weight 113 pounds, height 5 feet 1
inch; right hand deformed; striped calico
Female, aged 85 years, light complexion, gray
hair, weight 110 pounds, height 5 feet 2 inches;
one eardrop of very strange pattern.
Female, aged 85 years,lisht complexion.dark
hair, weight ISO, height 5 feet 1 inch; low shoes,
dark woolen stockings, woolen dress, small
diamond figure; pocketbook containing $0 10.
SICKNESS AMONG THE SOLDIERS.
Dr. Foster Constantly on the Jump to Pre
vent Fever Breaking Ont.
IFEOlt A STAFF COBBESFOIfDENT.J
Johnstown, June 15. Through the
efficient services of Br. Fister, surgeon of
the Fourteenth Begiment, considerable sick
ness has been prevented among the people
in the military camps. This morning
private McElheny, of Mansfield, and one of
the telegraphers of the camp, was threatened
with typhoid fever. The doctor immediately
took hold of him and ordered his discharge
from the camp. The disease was prevented,
but as a measure of safety the patient was
sent home until he fully recovers. Colonel
Perchment, commander of the regiment,
was also ill this morning. His strong phys
ical constitution did not Buccumb to any
malady, and in a few hours he was out
again. James McKnight, the contractor,
was also under the physician's Care, suffer
ing from nervous prostration.
Br. Foster and his assistants are con
stantly on the jump, and the hospital stew
ard has all he can do to fill the orders.
A ROW IN THE CAMP.
Commissary Officers Object to a Change In
IFEOM A STAFF- COEHESrONDE3T.l
Johnstown, June 15. There is a low
among the officers in the commissary depart
ment at Morrellville. Major Moyer, of
General Gibin's staff, who was at the head
of the department, was relieved this morn
ing to allow him to go home. Major Curtin,
of Bellefonte, who is on General Wiley's
staff, was placed in charge, and the officers
did not like the way he entered upon the
discharge of his duties. He immediately
began to make a number of changes in the
system there, and his assistants objected.
The objections did not carry, however,
and the objectors say that unless Major
Curtin is relieved they will resign Monday
morning. There is a large number of peo
ple fed at the station, and matters had be
came very well systematized when the new
commander was placed in charge.
PRAISE FOR GENERAL HASTINGS..
Captain Jones, of Braddock, Compliments
tbe Commander Very Highly.
1FSOU A STAFF COBBXSPOOTEXT.'I
Johnstown, June 15. Captain W. b.
Jones, general manager of the Edgar Thom
son Steel' Works, returned to Johnstown
this morning and spent the day looking
over the ground, viewing the work that has
been done since he has been away. In the
evening he visited the "raft" in company
with Adjutant General Hastings, and to
yonr correspondent he said:
"If I owned the town I could not be more
pleased than I am at presebt at the way the
work has gone on. The situation has'been
greatly improved and it is all due to the
splendid organization effected by General
Hastings. X talked with a number ot the
citizens of the town to-day and every one of
them is immensely pleased at the way the
wreck has been cleared up."
PITTSBURG, SUISTDAY, JUNE 16, 1889.
ONLY A LIGHT YOffi
Is Likely to be Polled at the Coming
Election, According to
SKILLED POLITICAL PfiOPHETS.
Manhood Suffrage Amendment
tacked by Col, llcCIure.
HE SAIS IT WILL DEGRADE THE BALLOT.
Views of George W. Cailds. Editor Smith anl Other
on tbe Pending Issue.
A staff correspondent of This Bispatoh
has obtained the views of several prominent
Pbiladelpbians on tbe coming election.
Colonel McClure says that not more than a
third of the yoters of the State are in favor
of prohibition. Charles Emqry Smith
thinks the amendment will certainly be de
feated. George W. Clillds didn't want to
be quoted on the amendment question, but
spoke in praise of the Brooks law. Liquor
men claim a majority of 75,000 in Phila
delphia. CFKOII A STAFF C0BI.KSPO3TDEST.1
Philadelphia, June 15. "No," said
Chairman Palmer, of the Prohibition Cam-H
paign Committee, "J. cannot give you an
estimate oi the vote of the State by counties.
I have made up my mind from what I know,
from what I hear and from -what I guess,
that our majority in the State will be 30,000,
and I Intend to stick to it.''
"I can't give you anything that will be of
use to you," said George McGowan, who Is
the chief worker, apparently, in the anti
prohibition: campaign in the Quaker City.
"The vote will be light."
"I never before saw an election in Phila
delphia," said Colonel A. K. McClure,
"that I could not estimate the total vote
within 5,000 of the. actual figures. This
time, however, I cannot come within 25,
000. I think the Prohibitionists will poll
their whole strength in the city and in the
A Question of Majorities.
"That will be about one-fourth of the
whole. It will not exceed one-third. In
this city their vote will not exceed 50,
000, The other side will poll probably 100,-
000. With them it will be merely a ques
tion of maioiitv. The larger the total vote
polled, the larger that will be. Think pro
hibition will be defeated in the State out
side the city? Of course, in some of yonr
western counties Butler, Mercer and oth
ersthere will be a large majority for pro
hibition, but in eastern counties, such as
Berks, Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon,
there will be a large vote against it. The
vote through the State in f jvor of prohibi
tion is not more than one-third of the
"What will be the effect of the poll tax
and suffrage amendment on the prohibition
vote ? Will it bring more people" to the
"It will have no effect, because both
parties and the Prohibitionists are for it,
although they oughtn't to be. As there is
no contest on it, it will not bring any more
"What are your reasons for opposing this
Degrading the Ballot.
"Its tendency is to cheapen the right of
franchise, instead otto dignify it, but that
seems to be the tendency of the times. The
party organizalions are for it, because it
will lessen tbe campaign expenses. .Half
of the voters ot Philadelphia must now
have their taxes paid for them or thev can
not vote. I think that, instead ot this
amendment, we ought to have a law that
would compel a voter to go personally to
have himself registered and pay his tax."
"My estimate, said Charles Emory
Smith, "is that there will be a two-thirds
vote cast, and it is simply a question oi how
badly the prohibition amendment will be
defeated. I don't think the poll tax amend
ment will have any effect on the vote. It is
creating no stir in the campaign, and both
parties are for it."
George W. Childs said he had taken no
part in tbe campaign, and didn't want to be
quoted on the subject of prohibition at this
late day. He spoke highly, however, of the
effect of the high license law.
Childs on the Brooks Law,
"Of course," he said, "it has worked In
jury to some, but the good it has done has
much more than compensated for this. It
has wiped out those low places, about which
a crowd of loafers was always hanging, and
the draymen who used to water their horses
and get a drink at a saloon now water their
horses somewhere else and don't drink so
much liquor. The sale of liquor has been
iro4Mi noni-aoearl r rnn lnn wA 4 Via 1 OAfi
liquor dealers who are lelt form an excellent
police" to prevent violations of the law."
The Johnstown disaster has diverted the
attention of people from the prohibition cam
paign. There is comparatively little dis
cussion ot the question when the nearness
of the campaign is considered. People in
general refuse to become excited, and the
liquor people have made a strong endeavor
up to the present time to abstain from
arousing discussion. They have worked
quietly and refnsed to talk. -Their friends
still stick to a claim oLat least 75,000 ma
jority in the city, basing it, however, on
the canvass made jointly by a Bepublican
and Democrat in each division, as the
election precincts are called here. The fig
ures given out as the
Besnlt of That Canvass
are now almost generally agreed to have
been unreliable. Collector David Martin
told something about it yesterday, but that
was to the disadvantage of the Prohi
bitionists. Hon. Samuel Strien, a member
of the House of Bepresentatives, to-day told
The Dispatch correspondent that In his
division the canvassers gave a majority of
85 against prohibition, when to his own
knowledge the vote is so close that it will
not vary ten either wav. The canvassers
admitted that their work had not been done
"In two-thirds of the city," said Mr.
Strien, "the canvass was mere guess work,
and is utterly unreliable. I don't think
the majority against prohibition will be
anything like so large as the anti-prohibitionists
claim. There is a great deal of
dissatisfaction with the distribution of the
money of the liquor men among the work
ers, and the men who are not getting money
threaten to turn in on -the other side. They
know that the liquor men have it and that
it is the liquor men's fight."
A Campaign Fund of $200,000.
Chairman Palmer said: "If the liquor
men of Philadelphia have all paid their as
sessments their committee has $200,000 for
campaign expenses, and the money that is
paid for their canvass of the city was money
that was raiBed in New York."
Secretary Walker, of the Constitutional
Amendment City Committee, is a Demo
crat. He says that a great deal of the
money spent in making the liquor canvass
was literally wasted. Many of the men who
were paid $10 each to canvass their division
simply put tbe money in their pockets.
Some persons who were in sympathy with
the prohibition movement were given money
to secure canvassers in the liquor interest,
but saw that it was placed where it did the
prohibition cause no harm.
The money for the city-was intrusted to
George McGowan in behalf of the Demo
crats, and to either David Martin or David
H. Ti&ne in behalf of the Bepubllcans.
They distributed it among the ward workers,
istributd it among the division
j, $10 in each division, fo a Bepuhli-
can and $10 to a Bemocrat, The liquor
men have sought in this way to
Divide Their Favors
in order to keep bothparty organizations
in good countenance. Their Citv Committee
is also made up of a number of Democrats
and Bepubllcans. Chairman Geiger of the
Amendment City Committee, countx on a fair
section of the German vote and on a consid
erable proportion of the Irish Catholio vote
the latter for the reason that Martin T. J.
Griffin, editor of one of the two Catholio
Jiaperx of this city, is an aotive Prohibition
st, and is on the stump for the amendment.
Chairman Geiger says of the colored vote:
"One colored men's journal, the weekly
Tribune, is out for the amendment, and a
large portion'of tbe intelligent colored pop
ulation are for the amendment. There is one
section of the city, which shall bo nameless,
in which the colored vote can neither be
bought nor bullied." .
President Van Osten. of theBetailLiauor
Dealers' Association, said:
"There is a considerable portion of the
colored population that is waiting to be seen.
The colored preachers have talked prohibi
tion to them pretty strong. It is true that
some of tbe retail liquor dealers have refused
to contribute to tbe
Expenses of the Campaign.
"That, perhaps, is because they think a
contribution of their services to get the vote
cut is a sufficient offset to the money of the
wholesalers and brewers. The Constitu
tional amendment committees point with
prid,e to tbe fact that there is a Bepublican,
a Democrat and a third party man in ex
ecutive office in each of the committees,
city and State. In the latter Chairman
Palmer is a Bepublican, Secretary C. J.
Beddig is a third party man, who is a Pro
hibitionist, and Treasurer J, Simpson
Africa is very Democratic. Chairman Hor
ace Geiger, of the Oity Committee, is a Be
publican; Secretary Walker is a Democrat,
and the Treasurer, Thomas Scattergood, is a
Secretary Beddig was busy this afternoon
destroying correspondence that is of no
further value. Chairman Palmer spent a
considerable time in court attending to the
appointment of election overseers. The
overseers are to watch the election officers.
"We will have detectives to watoh the
Overseers," said Mr. Beddig, but who will
watch the detectives he could not say.
BROOKS SPEAKS AGAINST IT.
Ho Defends Ills Law nnd Pronounces Pro
CFBOM A STAFF COBBESTOXPEXT.
Philadelphia, June 15. The first
anti-prohibition meeting of the campaign
was held in the Academy of Musio to-night.
The trump card was Hon. William Brooks
as presiding officer. He came to the meeting
at the request of many citizens and described
prohibition as impracticable. Mr. Brooks
is the paternal relative of the high license
law, and was roundly applauded. The
applauders filled only about a third of the
house. There were three speakers of local
prominence, one of them being Bev. Mr.
McConnell, rector of a fashionable Epis
The meeting was described as in the in
terest of high license. Bain kept many
away. It had been expected that the meet
ing would be a remarkable affair, and had
it not been for tbe generons applanse it
would have been a very tame affair.
Prohibition Claims la Mercer County.
rsrsciAti telegram to tii& DisrATcn. 1
Shabon, June 15. Mercer county is the
scene of a large number of prohibition
meetings this evening, the closing day of
the campaign here. Chairman S. B. Grif
fith, oi the Amendment Committee, has
conducted a wonderfully strong fight, and
ijjys Vat the county can be relied upooto
j;iyu ,uw uiujonty iur tuc uu)cuumuw
Conservative men place figures JSQQ below
SABIN ALL, EIGHT.
Tbo Friends of His Wife Satisfied With
His Conduct in tbe Dlvorco Snit It
Was the Only Thing to Do Un
der the Circumstances.
New Toek, June 15. Prompted by
statements that the wifo of Senator D. M.
Sabin, of Minnesota, was "thrown into an
insane asylum and detained there against
her will while a divorce was obtained,, and
without the knowledge of her relatives,"
Mr."E. O. Tayntor, of 239 Broadway, New
York City, has prepared this statement:
"Before marriage Mrs. Sabin was a member
of the family of Dr. Hutchins, of Daniel
sonville, Conn. I am a son-in-law of Dr.
Hutchins, and have acted as the next friend
of Mrs. Sabin in this matter. Beports cast
ing discredit on Senator Sabin were so far
from true that they were intolerable even
to the friends of the lady.
"Mrs. Sabin had herself made written
application to be admitted for treatment to
the institution at Flushing, L. I., where
she now is. She did so because it was the
best thing, and Bhe did it after consultation
with her friends, and took the step freely
and without compulsion on the part of
Senator Sabin, or, in fact, of anyone. I ac
companied her there and placed her in the
doctors care, and have since frequently
called upon hpr there. She has entire
liberty of action, and is free to came and go,
to receive her friends and to communicate
with them, which she continually-does. At
a recent interview with me, she expressed
her desire to remain there as long as possi
ble, and afterwards wrote to me asking me
to use my influence with the Senator to pro
vide for her continued treatment there.
This Senator Sabin willingly did when
asked, regardless of the great expense in
curred. "In fact, there has been no disposition on
the part of Senator Sabin to withhold any
thing that would contribute to Mrs. Sabin's
comtort and welfare. Everything requested
or suggested by Mrs. Sabin or myself, or
any other of her relatives or friends has
been freely done and satisfactory provision
Las been made for her future support by
Senator Sabin. Mrs. Sabin and her friends
have been fully aware of the divorce suit
from the beginning to the end and have been
at all times free to oppose the suit, if she or
they had so desired. Her friends and rela
tives acknowledge that Senator Sabin has
acted generously by her in his provisions
for her present and future comfort, and they
consider that his conduct in the whole mat
ter has been all that could be expected un
der the melancholy circumstances of the
SLAUGHTERING THE SEALS.
For Sovcn That ,Are Shot Only Ono is
Ottawa, Ont., June 15. S. H. Webb,
of New Westminster, B. C, is in town. He
says he has information to the effect that
England and the United States have come
to an understanding in accordance with
which no seizures of British vessels will be
made in Bebring Sea this season. As soon
as the existing contract with the Alaska
Fur Company expires, an effort will be
made to hold an international conference
for" the purpose of taking steps to jointly
protect the seal fur fisheries there, as well
as in the South Pacific Islands.
Mr. Webb says the United States has un
doubtedly superior rights. The indiscrimi
nate slaughter of seals is having a bad
effect. For seven seals shot, only one is
President Harrison's Little Trip.
Washington, June 15. The President
and Secretaries Blaine and Windoni nent
down the Potomac river this morning in
Postmaster General Wanamaker's 'yacht
Bestless. The vessel will '?o down as lar as
Chesapeake bay .and lie at anchor during
'Sunday, and retina to Washington Monday. J
The Latest Cronin Story Told by the
COUGHLIN AND KING THE SAME.
The Brutal Weapons "Which Were Used to
Kill tbe Doctor.
INVESTIGATION OP TAB GRAND JURY,
Failure of the KewTork Prisoners to be Ealeastd on
Woodruff, the prisoner who is held at
Chicago for his connection with the Cronin
tragedy, made one more confession yester
day. His last statement implicates Cough
lm more directly in the murder. The grand
jury has returned no indictments as yet.
Another man has unfolded a story to the
effect that the clothes of the murdered man
are in London, and that it was the intention
to have taken the body there, too.
srECIAL TELEOEAM TO TITS DISPATCH. 1
Chicago, June 15, Frank Woodruff,
who has been telling just enough about tho
murder of Dr. Crpnin to lead the officers to
belieye that he knows something about it,
despite his many falsehoods, made another
statement to-day. He claims that tbe
weapons used to kill the doctor were a
lather's hammer, a hatchet with a wagon
spoke handle and combination ax and pick,
such as is used by icemen. Woodruff vol
unteered to take the officers to the place
where these weapons were hidden, but Chief
Hubbard, who is weary running down the
romances of tbe now famous horse thief,
refuse to take him out of jail.
Woodruff made another sensational state
ment to-day. He now claims that Detective
Dan Coughlin and the mysterious "King"
are one and the same person. Woodruff says
Coughlin is the man with whom ho got
acquainted under the name of King, who
hired him to take the wagon from Dean's
stable, and was one of the men who went
with him on the wagon to Fifty-ninth street
where the body was thrown into the catch
basin. Woodruff is indicted for horse steal
ing as well as for the murder of Dr. Cronin.
He feels confident of being acquitted on the
latter charge, and is evidently trying to
work out of the horse-stealing scrape by try
ing to make the officers believe that he
knows something about the tragedy.
No Indietmonts Yet.
The grand jury sat until 7 o'clock to
night without returning any indictment.
It is believed they will not finish their
work before the end of next week. One of .
the witnesses to-day was an official of the
Postal Telegraph Company, but the nature
of his testimony is not known. There were
several other new witnesses. It is reported,
however, that no sensational evidence, was
introduced. Tom Tierney the ice wagon
driver, who was in the employ of P. O.
Sullivan at the time of the murder, was on
tbe stand early in the day. He detailed his
movements so satisfactory that he was
Some sensation was created this afternoon
when Thomas G. Wlndes, Alexander Sulli
van's, partner, mounted the steps and en
tered the. grand jury room. Mr. Windes
was detained- "-by the jury for nearly an
hour, and great speculation was indulged
in Jft3 to thenatureof hU testimony. It
finally transpired that .Mr. Windes bad
been questioned minutely as to his in
formation regarding Sullivan's speculations
on the Board of Trade, and whether the
money used by the Irish leaders was the
funds of the Clan-na-Gael organization.
The witness knew bnt little regarding Sul
livan's private speculations, and, it is
stated, was unable to give the jury any val
On the Back.
Dan Brown, the Stanton avenue officer,
who preferred the chaiges of treason against
Cronin, for which the latter was tried and
expelled from tho Clan-na-Gael, was sub
jected to a most rigorous examination as to
the details of the working of the Clan-na-Gael
or United Brotherhood, and required
to give his reasons for having originally
suspected Cronin of treason to the cause.
The witness denied that he had been actuat
ed by undue malice against Cronin, and
insisted that he had preferred his eharges
against the latter entirely upon his own mo
tion, and had been in no wise influenced by
John W. and Stewart L. Moore, of the
firm of J. T. Lester & Co., brokers, were
again called upon to explain certain de
tails in the matter of Sullivan's specula
tions on the Board of Trade.
Patrick McGary and his wife were the
next witnesses called. McGary was a warm
personal friend of Cronin, and was one of
those to whom the last frequently expressed
fears of personal violence at the hands of
opposing factions of the brotherhood.
Soma Inside ftecrets.
He gave the names of the committee be
fore whom Cronin was tried and by whose
verdict the doctor was expelled from the or
ganization, and recited, so far as his infor
mation permitted, the nature of the evi
dence adduced on that occasion and the
part taken by Sullivan in the prosecution.
Mr. McGary also detailed the result of bis
recent visit to Canada for the purpose of
investigating the Toronto story and ascer
taining whether any collusion existed be
tween Eeporter Long and W. J. Starkey.
The witness was unable to reveal anything
new in this matter, repeating substantially
the same story told before the Coroner's
Alexander Sullivan's friends were jubi
lant to-day. Lawyer George A. Trude'said,
referring to the effects of Judge Tuley's de
cision : ''This is but tbe beginning of the
light. Bemember it is the first and only
test yet had of all that mess of slander,
gossip and hearsay. Not one of those men
who showed their malice in every word
while telling what they "believed" and
thought, and imagined was duly cross-examined,
nor has a single witness yet been
called in behalf of Mr. Sullivan.
"Yet Judge Tuley says there is not a word
in the 1,200 pages of type-written testimony
on which a jury could convict. Now, just
imagine a genuine trial in which Sullivan
and his witnesses could be heard. Sulli
van's office is in the very next building to
the Coroner's office, but he never was even
asked for information. From ail oyer the
country Mr. Sullivan has been receiving
letters and telegrams expressing indigna
tion af the course pursued toward him, and
tendering him any aid and sympathy. He
has steadily refused to allow anv use to be
made of these communications or any men
tion of them,a but I can take the responsi
bility of saying that his friends will now
begin to have their confidence in him justi
fied." Judge Tuley was in receipt of a letter
from Pittsburg this morning anent the
Cronin murder. The Judge attaches no
importance to it, and thinks it is the emana
tion of a crank. The letter is as follows:
PlTTSBuno, Jnne 13.
Jndge Tuley, Court House:
Dear Sin I am in Pittsburg. I am the man
who rented the cottage in Lakevicw. Revell
Co. sold tbe furniture to me. If you know
mo. I am Williams, tbe man that threw Cronin
in tho catch bjsin. I haven't mucU time to
write. Yours, Wiiiiam Williams,
Garfield street, Pittsburg.
Still Another Tale. '
A man whose name the officers will not
give to tbe newscapers.called on Spate's At
torney Longeneeker this evening and told
another chapter of the great Cronin plot,
He said that the murdered doctor's clothes
were sent to London in a box three days
alter the murder. The garments are now in
the English capital. It was the intention
of the conspirators to secure a dead body,
dress it In the clothes Cronin wore at his
death and then cast the corpse Into the
The conspirators had carried Dr. Cronin
as fas as Toronto. He was to appear two
weeks later iu Paris, a man having been
sent there to cable 'fictitious information
about the doctor to the newspapers in
America. Then Dr. Cronin was to myster
iously disappear. The next incident in the
great mystery was to be the finding 'of the
corpse in the Thames.
Then the story was to be circulated that
Dr. Cronin had been killed as a British
spy. The officers claim that this last chap
ter of the plot is authentic, and declare that
they are in a position to prove that the con
spirators not only plotted In the United
States, but on the continent as well.
FIGHTING J?0E LIBERTY.
Mnroney nnd McDonald Da Not Want to be
Surrendered to ibe'CMengo Authori
ties They Claim an Alibi
The Jndge Reserves
'S'E.vr Yoek, June 15. Judge Andrews
in the Court of Oyer and Terminer heard
arguments to-day upon the writs of habeas
carpus in the cases of Maroney and Mc
Donald. The court was crowded with
spectators. Assistant District Attorney
MacDona read the retqrns to the writs, in
eluding the telegram for Chicago and an
affidavit made thereon by Detective Yon
Geriphten, together with the subsequent
commitment by the police magistrate.
Counsel for Maroney proceeded to read a
statement against these proceedings as a
traverse, bnt tbe Judge told hint it was a
demurrer. Then counsel for McDonald
read a demurrer on behalf of his client.
In it McDonald denies that he is gnilty
of or had any complicity in the Cronin
murder, and denied that on or about May
4, 1889, or at any time, he fled from the
State of Illinois. He further alleges that
he was not in the city of Chicago or else
where in the State o'f Illinois on the 4th of
May last, and has not been since the year
1882, but that every day during the months
of April and May last he was in the State
of New York. Judge Andrews said that
this was not a demnrrer but a pleading, and
McDonald's counsel sat down and began
writing a demnrrer. McDonald then re
hearsed the proceedings already had in the
matter. The papers in tbe case, he said,
had been sent back for verification, as they
were not adequate and complete, and the
prisoner had been committed on the 12th
inst. for five days to await further action.
Mr. MacDona further said that the case
was yet before the Cook eonnty grand jury,
and that four men were on the way here to
identify Maroney and McDonald. Hp
then read sections of the code, which he
claimed sustained his position. Counsel for
the prisoners said the evidence before the
Justice was not such as to authorize a war
rant lor any purpose whatever. There was
no statement that the men were indicted.
The question of identity he characterized
as deliberate placing of the necks of Ma
roney and McDonald in the halter of Cook
county by men who would swear away the
lives of these two to enrich themselves. In
closing the counsel called attention to the
discharge of Sullivan in Chicago. Another
of the counsel for the prisoners held that
the prisoners should be discharged, be
cause, having been held for the Governor's
action, that official refused tb grant an ex
He claimed his client wa not the man
wanted in. Chicago, and said he could pro
duce proof to showjthat he was at work
here when supposed to be in Chicago. Jus
tice Andrews reserved his decision.
"WHO IS "WILLIAM; WILLIAMSf
Bo Says Be Lives Here, and Threw Dr.
Cronin Into the Catch Basin.
Local interest in tbe celebrated Cronin
murder mystery at Chicago was aroused
more than ever yesterday by the publication
of the" following from Chicago:
Ttttsbuko, June 13, 1S89.
JudtreTuleT, Court House:
Dear Sib I am now in Pittsburg. I am tbe
man who rented tbe cottage in LakGTiew.
Revell & Co., sold the furniture to me. It you
know roe, I am William Williams, the man that
threw Cronin in tbe catch basin. I have not
much time to write. Tours.
No. 9 Garfield street,
The Directory of the city contains 17
William William?, but none" of them live
on Garfield street. There is a Garfield
street in the Nineteenth ward, and a Garfield
avenue in Allegheny, but there is no No. 9.
The police of either citv could not give any
information on the subject, and so far Mr.
Williams has all the fun to himself.
HOW TO FIND THE NEWS.
The Interesting Contents of This Mammoth
Issue of The Dispatch.--
The Dispatch this morning famishes its
readers with a triple, 20-paga number, full of
Interest. The first part is devoted to a bright
resumo of tbe interesting events transpiring
throughout tbe world daring the past day. The
Atlantic cable flashes to us a record of the
events which are shaking tho empires of Europe
to their foundations. Full reports are given of
the latest news from the scene of the
terrible Johnstown disaster, tbe most im
portant being tho blasting and removal of
the pile of debris at the stone bridge. A staff
correspondent-at Philadelphia gives the opinion
of both8idesontbe results of Tuesday's elec
tion. Tbe other general and local news will be
found to be fully up to The Dispatch stand
ard. The contents of tbe second and third
parts of this Issue are as follows:
Fart II Pages O to 16.
Tlomes of all Ages A BT&rr Wettes
G. W. Childs on Grant G. W. Childs
How Doth the Bee J. W. A.
London's Onteatts BlakeltHall
The Women of gypt ILinr J. Holmes
In Lnaltanlan Thole ...Habbt Normax
Last of the Kings Pxbxgbixe Quill
One Order's Losses.
"Wants, To Lets, Por Sales, etc
flints for Our Belles S. D
A Matter of Taste Colo una-:
Society Gossip, U. A. K. News,
Art Notes, Military Mention,
Couldn't Be Killed Stajt "Wetter
Financial, Court News,
Page U ,
Tbe Music World SrArr Warns
Everyday Bclence 8taw Wbitbe
-' Educational News. Business Cirdsi
Sporting Kevlew pnrxGLx
Baseball Beports. League Averages.
Page IB- '
Across tbe Border L. B. FnASCE
Part III. Pases 17 to 20.
Kallroads la India FnXXX G. CAEPxyrEB
Haunted New York Olive Haufxh
My Heart's Delight LODI3S STOCKTOX
A Simple Ceremony Gxoboe Hodges
Women Who Stud.' sbibxxtDake
Saved From the Flood. ...Eexest H. Hxrxnicns
Bessie in Brooklyn Bxssrx Bramble
Sunday Thoughts -A CLEEGTMAX
Tbe Fireside Sphinx.
A Cuban Carnival Lillian spexcer
Brains in Baseball Jake Morse
How Writers Write BillSt
Clara Belle's CBat CUBA Dells J
fRICA IS AHEAD.
Acknowledges a Defeat in
-is v?amoan Hegotiations.
O V'T i nxr vntxr nrnnnnncn
stAui ovm rtrjoriiviiii.
.-'-2PhelD Slated for Mnrat
ALLEIESARE NOW WATCHING RUSSIA
Elan or Persia is Enjojingin
a Truly Eojal
The result of the Samoan negotiations is
conceded in Berlin to be a victory for the
Americans. The diplomatic representatives
of the United States are being highly com
plimented over the issue of the affairs.
William Walter Phelps is regarded as the
i coming Minister to Berlin, xne 'Snan oi
Persia has been enjoying himself inspecting
the various arsenals and workshops. Con
siderable alarm is felt over the attitude of
CornuGHT, 1880, dt sxw Tons: ASSOCIATED
Beblin", June 15. The American dele
gates to the Samoan conference are much)
complimented on the result of their labors.
Mr. William Walter Phelps is regarded by
every one as the coming United States Min
ister, though he himself denies that he has
been offered the position.
The official press is disinclined to dweir
upon the matter of the Samoan settlement,
all the glory of which is lost to Germany,
and. a brief paragraph in the North GxmctTL.
Gazette on the conclusion of the confeUnce
states that the agreement was arrived at
with perfect unanimiiv by the powers repre
sented and to the satisfaction of all parties
To-day being the anniversary of the death
of Emperor Frederick, a memorial service
was held at Potsdam. The exercises were;
conducted by Dr. Windell. All the nem
bersofthe royal family, tbe 3Iinisters and
high officials were present. The choir of
the Church of the Twelve Apostles sang tha
late Emperor's favorite hymns. The Em
peror and Empress placed wreaths upon the
tomb, and remained kneeing beside it for a
Emperor Frederick'. Memory.
The Eeichsanzeiger deals upon the recol
lections of Emperor Frederick's fruitful
labors for the Empire, "which, in royal
circles, in German and Prussian history,
and in the hearts of all Germans have left
ineffaceable traces, which will ever be the
source of patriotic inspiration." Tbe
majority of the papers make respectful
and reverent allusions to the anniversary,
but a few revive the unseemly strife, of a
The Shah, to-day, instead -of paying the)
expected visit to" Krupp's Essen works,
spent another day at Wilbelmshoe, inspect
ing all the points of interest, including tho
room which Napoleon III. occupied after
Sedan. The statement that. M." Perslant,
the Kusslan Minister at Belgrade, had pro
posed a Busso-Servian convention caused
The receipt of semi-official telegrams from
Belgrade to-night, declaring tho story un
founded, has" tended to restore confidence.
Events in the Balsans do not mature as
rapidly as it was feared they would. Thai"
alarm is felt is evidenced by the renewal of
official press attacks- upon Bussian credit
during the past week, which reacted un
favorably upon German securities.
Ill Will Toward Ku.jla.
The Bussian Minister of Finance Vas
negotiating with leading houses here, in
cluding the Disconto-Geselljchaft, in rela
tion to the conversion of certain private
Bussian railways. The North German
Gazette pointedly referred to the proposed
operation as illegal, and even the Liberal
Vossische Zeitung warned investors- to un
load Bussian stock as speedily as possible
in readiness for the life and death struggle
between Bussia and Germany.
The committee of the Boerse is expected
to delirer an opinion to-morrow on tho
legality of the proposed conversion, but it
is felt that the Government would not have
exposei7 German capital to heavy losses ex
cept to avert still greater dangers, and that
had Balkan affairs been peaceful nothing
would have been heard of the illegality of
the conversion scheme.
Tbe Servian Government has refnsed to
renew the commercial treaty with Austria
Hungary, which expires in 1890. Every
thing indicates that the Bussian party in
Belgrade, confident of its ascendancy, is
working to effect some definite aim, and
that its schemes can only end in precipitat
ing a war or in a peaceable partition of the
Balkan states between Austria and Bussia.
Switzerland Will be Coereed.
It is expected that a compromise will be -effected
in the Wohlgemuth affair. Italy
and Ensland have not yet spoken on the
subject, but should they support the demand
of the other powers Switzerland will likely
consent to a stricter surveillance over for
eigners and remove the reproach of harbor
The octocentenary fefes at Dresden will
begin to-morrow, and will 'contfnue until
Wednesday. The Duke" of Edinburgh's
eldest son will represent, Queen Victoria.
Emperor William and Minister von Boet
ticher will go to Dresden on Tuesday. The
Bundesrath has suspended its sittings'to en
able the Saxon members to attend the cele
bration. As a result of a dispute between the Prus
sian and the Vatican there was no German
among the Cardinals recently appointed.
The Vatican favored Archbishop Krementz,
of Cologne, but Prussia wanted Dr. Kopp,
of Breslau. The Pope was willing to create
both of them Cardinals, but owing to per
sistent Prussian opposition to Archbishop
Krementz the negotiations on the subject
The committee having in charge the fund
for the relief of the Conemaugh Valley suf
ferers will meet on Monday.
HAD TO FORM A TRUST.
President Banlgan Tells Why Bobber Men
Formed a Combine.
ISFSCIAI. TXLZOIIAM TO THE EISPATCTI.1
Pboyidence, June 15. President Jo
seph Banigan. of the Woonsocket Bubher
Company, confirms the report of the Bubber 3
Trust, which was formed in .Boston last
Wednesday. He said that the rubber men
were forced to form the trust in order to save '
'Dnnnir the nast season." said he. "there !
was a severe cutting of prices by some man
ufacturers. I don t Know wno it was, Dut
the reduction was so marked that we had to
come down to cut jirices and sell goods '
THE SEAS05 IS I00SG IET,
Bnt This Is the Champion Fish Story So Far
Halifax, N. S., June 15. While the
fishing schooner Hattie D was on the banksj
one of her men canght a large halibntTj
The fish was of such huge proportions that J
it took several of her crew to haul it aboard-l
Upon opening the halibut a portion of a
and second fingers was found.
V,VU.UU 9 , .alia, T...U ..,. .UUU... OUU UJ3("J
On the second fincer was plain trolda
band ring on which were engraved the Iet2
ters "G. W. G." The ring is now in CapJj
tain xsennancrs possession.
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