Pittsburg dispatch. (Pittsburg [Pa.]) 1880-1923, August 18, 1889, Page 2, Image 2

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W'T Vv&Wir
A Millionaire Philanthropist
Passes Away at Paris.
His Eleemosynary Lightening ot
Humanity's Loads.
One of His Many Almoners Talks of His
The entire community received a shock
Vhen it became known that William Thaw,
the philanthropist and railroad millionaire,
had died in Paris at an early hour in the
day. The sad news was very surprising to
the general public, bnt it is learned that
Sir. Thaw's immediate family were in a
measure prepared for the worst. Since Mr.
Thaw's departure from this city on July 10
he had been attended in his tour by Dr.
Alexander Blair Thaw, who, alone, was
with him when the end came. On "Wednes
day last Mr. Frank Semple, Mr. Thaw's
confidential legal adviser, received the fol
lowing cablegram from Dr. Tha:
Grand Hotkl, Paeis.
Father very seriously ill. Colic, duo to heart
failro. Although hopeful, I fear the worst.
Attack may pass off, however.
This naturally created the gravest appre
hension, but being followed by no immedi
ate bulletin, hope was still expressed. Yes
terday morning, however, a second cable
gram from Dr. Thaw to Frank Semple con
veyed the following sad tidings:
Grand Hotel, Paris, August 17.
Father died this morning at 10.-05. Death was
Very easy of heart failure, caused by old
trouble, rheumatism. Mr. Cbas. J. Clark has
just reached here, and Mr. Qriscom (President
of the Inman Line) telegraphs ho will be here
to-morrow. We had the best physician in
France in this line. Expected father to last till
night, but a change for the worse came at 6
o'clock. Blair.
Frank Semple, Esq., stated yesterday that
Mr. Thaw's serious illness dated back to
February 10, when he returned from Phila
delphia badlr crippled with rheumatism.
lie went for a lew moments to his office in
the Pennsylvania Railroad building and
then to his-home. For nearly a month he
was in a very low condition and his phy
sicians were seriously alarmed. He rallied,
however, and gradually became stronger.
An ocean voyage and a season of complete
freedom from business cares was impera
tively ordered and in pursuance of this ad
vice .Mr. Thaw consented to the European
trip. His last visit to his office was made
on the day before he started abroad. His
companion was Dr. A. Blair Thaw, his
youngest son by his first wife. Even the
genial climate of sunny France could not
repair the ravages that rheumatism had
made in his system.
From the inception of his career to the
very end, William was first and foremost
true to the interests and advancement of his
native city. He was born on the 12th of
October, 1818, not very far from the site of
his old-fashioned residence, on Fourth
street His father, John Thaw, a Philadel
phian, was one of the first tellers of the
Bank of Pittsburg. The Thaw family had
an honorable lineage, running back to the
days of the English Restoration. His great
grandfather and hU grandfather, both sur
named Benjamin, were natives of Philadel
phia. His grandmother was Hannah
Engle, of a famous Quaker family.
William Thaw's fine mind was developed
by a common school education, supple
mented by attendance upon the Western
University. He early developed rare judg
ment in business matters and his impetuosi
ty carried him
ot his companion's in the business world,
enabling him to lay the foundation of a
large fortune while yet a comparatively
voung man. He was twice married, his
issue, by a remarkable coincidence, being
in each instance two girls and three boys.
His acquaintanceship with his widow was
due to a romantic incident in the great
civil war. Miss Copley, daughter of Josiah
Copley, had lost a brother whose last gift to
his idolized sister had been a handsome
diamond ring. Although dear to her. the
great Sanitary Fair, held at Old City Hall,
was too strong a draft upon her smpathy to
be withstood, and. able to give nothing else,
the diamond ring was tearfully laid upon the
altar of her country. By chance Mr. Thaw
learned of the gift, and, touched by the self
sacrifice implied bv it, secured an intro
duction to her, which was followed in due
course of time by an offer ot his band and
heart The union was one of rare happi
ness. For eeyeral years Mrs. Thaw has not
been much in social life owing to delicate
health, but in all the eleemosynary works of
her husband she has been a cheerful assist
ant, and to her suggestions are due many of
the widespread bcnelactions of the dead
Mr. Thaw's financial training was
grounded in the Bank of Pittsburg asa
clerk under his father's eye. In 1835 he be
came a clerk in the house of McKee, Clark
& Co.; 1840 saw the foundation of the firm
of Clarke & Thaw, shippers and trans
'porters. From the first the firm was a
potent factor in the growth of Pittsburg.
There are, perhaps, few now alive who re
member the "Conestoga" wagons which
freignted goods over the A.legheny
Mountains long before the application
of Robert Stephenson's great invention in
this country. The firm constructed the
Portage Railroad over the mountains, and
received valuable leasehold privileges,
which later were utilized. It was Clarke &
Thaw's freight wagons which brought to
Trinity P. E. Church the Jardine organ
which was set up in 1852, the first organ of
that size erected in Pittsburg.
The canal system over and through the
Allegheny Mountains was inspired by the
firm and successfully operated by them for
several years. It is said that Mr. Thaw
was the first Fittsburger to seriously advo
cate the use of steam, then a rather unknown
quantity, and his sagacity
of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company.
There were many who deemed the scheme
chimerical on account of the extraordinary
difficulties in gradients to be overcome, and
iteriug the railroad arena at that time was
deavoring to cope with giants. On the
i south the master mind of the elder
irrett was bending all its energies to the
jedy reaching of the West On the
rth those valiant railroad moguls, the
er Fish and Commodore Cornelius Van-
bilt, were even then immersed in a
racteristic struggle for an entrance to
same objective point. Had either
these three foreseen the future
Pittsburg, as did Mr. Thaw,
Baltimore and Ohio, Erie and New
jrk Central would probably have run
ectly toward Pittsburg. Mr. Thaw had
that keen, discriminating, almost
hetic, intuition of the possibilities that
id him to see where others were blind;
ve where others scoffed. In the days
lary to the tactual laying of the
-ania lines Clarke and Thaw
changed their Portage Railroad and canal
holdings for liberal blocks of stock,
of the road in its early days. Ever since
those early days or steam navigation in
Pennsylvania, the moving spirit in the
great Pennsylvania Railroad has been Mr.
Thaw. Each subsequent step in
the progress of the road justified the wis
dom of Mr. Thaw's judgment Meanwhile
the river business ot the firm had assumed
such magnitude that in 1856 the books ot
the firm showed the names of over
100 steamers, including the palatial
daily line of steamboats running
from Pittsburg to Cincinnati, Louisville
and points on the Mississippi river. The
freight system ot the Pennsylvania was in
chaotio shape when in 1861 Mr. Thaw was
called in to bring to bear his vast experienco
in transportation. His admirable organiz
ing abilities unquestionably laid the toun
dation of the great freight system which
now enables the Pennsylvania Rail
road to outdo all competitors. Mr.
Thaw was conservative in one
sense of the word yet thoroughly aggressive
in the extension 6f his.department, and his
policy chimed exactly with that of the
road's greatest President, Colonel Scott
The Union Star Line, as the freight system
has been designated for many years, was the
subject of Mr. Thaw's unremitting atten
tions until he was relieved of
active duty in 1873, three years
subsequent to the formal organization of
the Pennsylvania Company in which
he became a director immediately. His ele
vation to the Second Vice Presidency soon
followed. He also became Second Vice Presi
dent of the Cincinnati and St. Louis Railroad
Company. In all his railroad experience
ripe judgment and singular sagacity gave
a weight to his opinions probably possessed
by no other official of tile road.
Mr. Thaw was a singular combination of
impetuosity and caution. But his strong
convictions of right and wrong and his re
markable perspicacity in his dealings with
his fellowmen enabled him to hold a careful
balance. Above all he was a keen judge of
human nature. Of the greatest honesty of
character himself he sternly discoun
tenanced impositions. Mr. Semple, his
trnsted attorney, brings out this trait of Mr.
Thaw's very strongly in an inteiview.
Speaking of Mr. Thaw's benefactions Mr.
Semple said:
A great many thought Mr. Thaw gave indis
cnminately to chanties, bat this is a mistake
He knew everyone he gave to. Just before he
was taken ill he showed me a list of over MOO
names, persons to whom he had given 55 or
more during the last two years, and he re
marked at the time that he had reason to be
lieve that no one upon that list had Imposed
upon his benevolence. Yes. there were two or
three clergymen who acted as bis almoners in
the distribution of money.
Mr. Semple was requested to state whether
or no Mr. Thaw had employed for several
years a confidential agent who had done
nothing but trace the records of those who
asked tor aid. He replied:
As to that I cannot say. But I do know that
by some means Mr. Thaw posted himself about
all who were applicants for his assistance in
any respect A great many strnggling young
men ana women owe their educations to his
liberality, but Mr. Thaw's main charitable work
was systematic and not desultory. Yes, I un
derstand that the body will be brought to Pitts
burg for Interment The family all wish it.
Bnt nothing positive will bo known until Mon
It is a singular fact that a man of Mr.
Thaw's wealth should be so slimly repre
sented in the banking circles of Pittsburg.
As a matter of fact the deceased was not a
director of any bank in the city. For many
years his private account was kept at the in
stitution which was at first Semple & Jones,
then Semple, Thompson A Co.. and latterly and
at present W. R. Thompson & Co. It Is learned,
on the best authority that fully three-fifths of
Mr. Thaw's fortune which is variously esti
mated at from 10.000.0X to $12,000,000
is invested in rallioad holdlncs, the
bulk being in the Pennsylvania Railroad.
A large amount is al4 represented in
an interest in the consolidated Inman and In
ternational Ocean Steamship Line. Mr. Thaw
was also a stockholder in the Tenuantepec Ship
Railway enterprise, of which Colonel James
Aodren s, of Pittsburg, is engineer. It was one
of Sir. Thaw's peculiarities to invest in mort
gages. He held at the time of his death nearly
00 mortgages in amounts ranging lrom 100 to
110.000, having great faith In the
realty of his native city. As a mem
ber of the Third Presbyterian Church
Mr. Thaw did much for Christianity, although
his creed of benevolence knew neither sect nor
race distinction. His alma mater, the "Western
University, received nearly $100,000 from him,
and the Western Theological Seminary, Han
over, Oberlln, Geneva, Carroll and Maryvllle
Colleges, and Wooster University, all strug
gling institutions, have occasion to remember
bis bountiful aid. The Allegheny Observatory
was also a recipient ot his bounty. It would
be difficult to Instance a public institution
in the two cities which had not at some
time in its career found a willing contribntor
in William Thaw. One of his odd traits was a
singular aversion to life assurance. The best
"writers" In America have attempted to insure
bis life, only to retire baffled from the effort
He only carried a very few thousands upon his
life in an Eastern company. .
Mr. Thaw furnished the means to give musi
cal and artistic education to scores of deserving
young people of promise. One of his most
successful proteges was Frederick Clark,
the gifted husband ot Mme. Steiniger
Clark, the greatest living exponent of
Beethoven. Mr. Clark was in the store
of Mellor, Hoene & Henrlcks years ago and
Mr. Thaw furnished the means for an Euro
pean education covering five or six years. It is
stated that Mr. Clark was able to repay bis
benefactor at the time of his last visit to Puts
burg. Another protegee, musically, was Miss
Blanche Seaman, a gifted vocalist, pupil of
Clement Tetedoux, who has since contracted a
brilliant marriage in New York.
Among artists there is scarcely one of Pitts
burg's colony who has not had Mr. Thaw's
kindly and practical appreciation. His house
contains many pictures by home talent It is
stated that th recent Enropean trip of Misses
Anna Henderson and Olivo Turnoy was made
possible by Mr. Thaw's generosity.
The "boom" which fortunately befell the Ex
position was undoubtedly ascnbable to Mr.
Thaw's proposition of June, 1SS8, offering to be
one of live to give $5,000 to the Exposition.
How that subscription swelled to leviathan
groportions is easily within recollection,
peaking of this subscriptionthe Exposition
authorities say that while they have marked
It down as a regular integral of the ten-year
loan fund, they have every reason to believe
that Mr. Thaw Intended the sum as a gift out
In both the Willey and Johnstown disasters
Mr. Thaw gave large sums for the alleviation
of the resultant distress, his cash subscription
of $3,000 to the Johnstown fund Being
a very small portion of the amount be
actually expended. A portion -of Mr.
TbaWs dally routine was the receiving
of applicants tor aid. At his home on
Fifth street, the hour after breakfast was
always devoted to his poor" who flocked by
dozens and rarely left his presence empty
banded. One hour in the afternoon at his
office was always devoted to the same purposes,
and ho passed In review hundreds of applicants
It is eminently characteristic of the man that
although he came nearer than most to the Bib
lical lnjonctidn to give one-tenth to the Master,
It is extremely difficult to find the instances ot
his broadspread ctnrlties. His benevolence
was secretive and no blew no trumpets. His
left hand never knew what his right hand
scattered In tho highways and byways of pov
crty and destitution. His stewardship ot
worldly wealth will pass muster before the
great white Throne. Ho who pronounces his
i nneral panegyric can do no better than to use
the text: "And now abideth Faith, Hopo and
Charity these three; but the greatest of all Is
chanty," ,
A Man Whose Life Was Better Than Any
Sermon Instances ok III Good
Deeds From One Who Knew
Him Most Intimately.
As it is well known that the Rev. E. R.
Donehos had been very intimate with the
late William Thaw, a call was made on that
gentleman at his residence on Main street,
Tempcranceville. He had not yet heard of
the death of Mr. Thaw when the reporter
called, and was visibly affected by the news.
He kindly furnished the following reminis
cences, however, of the departed millionaire:
'I knew Mr. Thaw," he said, "all my
lifetime; but I have been especially inti
mate with him during the past. 14 years. At
times I enjoyed his fullest confidence, and
was perfectly conversant with many of those
immense charities which he was constantly
dispensing. A more boundless charity it
would be hard to imagine. Mr. Thaw was
not a philanthropist; he had no particular
hobbv; but he treated all alike who came
to mm lor aid or aavice. xn religion ne
was a United Presbyterian of the staunch
est kind; but his charity was not confined
to members of that sect; it was as broad as
the church of Christ on earth.
"I myself have heaird the Sisters of
Charity, for whom he had the greatest re
gard, speak of him in terms of the highest
praise. I was in his office at one time when
two of the Sisters of that order called to see
him. They unburdened all their troubles
to him as though he had been an intimate
friend, and Mr. Thaw sent them away with
money sufficient to relieve their wants.
"He was the best teacher I ever had in
religious and charitable matters. His
actions were better than any sermon. I
recollect that on one occasion I became very
much interested in the case of a pocr fellow
who had been sentenced to 90 days in jail
on the charge of illegal liquor selling. I
succeeded in obtaining his release, and then
I reported the case to Mr. Thaw. I was
obliged to tell him that the man was an
Irishman and a Catholic. 'Well, now,' he
said, 'this is a nice spectacle, a Presbyterian
minister obtaining the release of a convicted
Catholic.'.. And, after playfully bantering
me in this style lor some time, he said: 'You
have learned a good lesson. If yon wish to
do good you must not regard classes of any
kind, and above all you must not be above
aiding the lowly.'
'He usually devoted the hours from 9 to
12 to hearing the petitions for aid of all
those who called to see him at his private
residence. He answered all the rings at the
bell personally, and I have seen him hob
bling to the door to answer a summons. No
one was ever permitted to intrude on those
asking charity. He obliged all to state
their cases briefly; be gave
but the poor man received just as much at
tention as the man of wealth. By a few
well-directed Questions, he judged of the
need and the fitness of the applicant,
"He discriminated in giving charity as
far as he was able. Of course deceptions
were sometimes practiced on him, but this
was almost unavoidable. On one occasion
I obtained a pass from him for a man whose
fitness I did not. doubt, and for which I
vouched. "When, therefore, I heard a few
days later that the man had proved un
worthy, and had sold the pass, I hastened to
Mr. Thaw and apologized. After playfully
scolding me lor a time, he at last laughed
and said: 'You can now sympathize with
me, for you know what it is to be deceived.
I am often taken in that way, and it is al
most impossible to prevent it.'
"About that time he advised me to take to
charitable work, and promised to listen to
all my calls for aid. And he advised me
not to devote myself to the worthy, as plenty
would take care of them, but to aid the un
worthy. 'Surely,' he said, 'they are worthy
at least of the services of one such man.
"His charities were simply immense. To
the "Western University alone he must have
given 5400,000 or $500,000. He gave a
couple ot thousands each year to each of
several foreign .mission societies, and en
dowed liberally several schools for colored
children in the South. The colleges in all
portions of the country were liberally patron
ized by him, and afforded financial aid.
"He never allowed the extent of his char
ities to be known, and was bitterly opposed
to anything being published about them.
To my personal knowledge he spent'at least
$100,000 a year for charity; and I was aware
of but a small portion of his charities. A
great many persons have blamed Mr. Thaw
lor indiscriminate giving; but his charity
wes not indiscriminate. When he received
a call for aid. he made a memorandum of it
and answered all in succeession,every effort
being made to discover the applicant's fit
ness. "In conclusion, then, I would say that
people will never know how great the chari
ties of William Thaw really were. Many
people have received credit for work done
that really belonged to him. I, myself, have
received much praise for chanty-doings,
when I was only acting as his agent, but he
would never allow any corrections. Would
to God we had more William Thaws! If we
had, we would also have a better and a hap
pier world."
Dr. B. M. Hanna. Eye, ear, nose and
throat diseases exclusively. Office, 718 Perm
street) f ituuurg, jra. , . swsu
Ninth Street's Historic Old Wooden
Bridge to lie Torn Down,
Pleasant Taller Railroad's Reorganization
and Transformation.
The Pleasant Valley Eailroad revolution,
or transformation, as it maybe better called,
took on a mighty positive aspect yesterday.
The old horse car line practically went
through the throes of dissolution, and its
death is now only a matter of two or three
months. Its President for 21 years, William
McCreery, retired, and his successor and a
new Board of Directors were elected. These
gentlemen, , with D. P. Henry as their
execntive head, will have control of the
first extension electric railway plant in
operation in these two cities, will shape its
undoubtedly progressive policy and do
much to add toward helping on that era of
rapid transit for which the people have all
been hoping.
Bnt the Federal Street and Pleasant Val
ley Railway metamorphosis means more
than the simple change from a horse car line
to an electric one with the most rapid of all
rapid transit facilities in a city railroad. It
means a magnificent new iron bridge from
Ninth street, Pittsburg, to Anderson street,
Allegheny a different, and, in many re
spects, a superior bridge to any between the
two cities. It will be remembered that the
Pleasant Valley Company bought a con
trolling interest in Ninth street's old
.wooden bridge, a few days since; and every
body then wondered what for, because it
was only last year the company abandoned
that dismal old structure, largely ceased
running cars across it nnder tho lease, and
went to the nice, open Seventh street iron
bridge. "Are they going back
to the historic old barn that spanned the
river?" asked many a patron of the line, as
be read of the Ninth street purchase. Well,
hardly; and by this answer hangs a tale, as
a Dispatch reporter learned from Secre
tary William H. Graham, bf the Pleasant
Valley Kailroad Company, last evening.
"What will the Company do with the old
bridge?" asked the reporter.
"Make a new one of it," was the reply.
"An electric railway bridge?"
"Certainly, and a wagon bridge, and a
foot bridge, too."
"Of iron?"
"Yes, and a big, handscme one, at that."
"How much will it cost?"
"Can't tell, yet; haven't let the contract;
that's all a little bit further along."
"What will it be like, then?"
"Well, there will be a double-track
wagon road in the middle inclosure, so that
the horses going through can't see or be
scared by what goes on outside. Then, on
either side of the inclosure, wtll be an elec
tric railway track, on which we will ran
cars very rapidly. In addition to that, a
single footbridge will be useful as well as
ornamental, and the whole strncture will be
an ornament tojthe Allegheny river, as much
so as either of the other iron bridges. We
shall be able to run out electric cars so fast
over that bridge that we can more than
make up the difference in the distance up
the river along Duquesne way from the
Seventh street bridge. Moreover, we shall
have our electric cars on the other side of
the river in operation by Thanksgiving Day.
Here, by the way, is my official report of an
important meeting we held to-day, and yon
can print it."
At a meeting of the Board of Directors of the
federal Street and Pleasant Valloy Passenger
Railway Company, held Saturday afternoon,
Presiaent William McCreery tendered his
resignation, stating that it was not caused by
any disagreement with or ill feeling toward
any of his associates In the board; but, on ac
count of his advanced age and multiplicity of
other interests requiring his time and atten
tontlon, be felt that he must anload some of
the burdens. His resignation was accepted
and the following resolutions passed unani
mously: Whereas, William McCreery has resigned
the Presidency of this road, alter having held
the office for over 21 years; therefore, be it
Resolved, That this board part with Mr. Mc
Creery with great regret, and hereby attest
our hearty appreciation of the able and suc
cessful manner in which he has managed the
affairs of this company from its organization,
January J, 1S08, down to the present time.
D. F. Henry was then elected President, and
Arthur Kennedy, Esq., as a new member of
the boara in Mr. Henry's place. The board, as
now constituted, is as follows: President, D.
F. Henry; Directors. R. H. King, William
Roseburg, James Andrews. William A. Stone,
William H. Graham, O. P. Scaifo, Samuel U.
Grier, Arthur Kennedy: Treasurer, R. F.
Ramsey; Secretary, William H. Graham; Su
perintendent, William Crozier.
So the historic old Hand street bridge has
to go one of the oldest and best-known
landmarks in all this region a pioneer
bridge between Pittsburg and Allegheny,
on whose roof there used to be promenades
and orchestras at evening, and along whose
elevated walks lovers were wont to prom
enade and drink in the moonshine! But in
its place well, progress and a pretty iron
structure will tell the whole story.
It Wilt Coat 13 Cents for Each Saathslde
i Round Trip.
The Pittsburg and Birmingham Traction
Company pays to the Monongahela Bridge
Company 15 cents for each round trip under
the new charter for the building of an extra
bridge, with a certain amount extra foreach
foot added to the cars to be put on the new
The amount stipulated is intended to pay
interest on the cost of the new bridge, and
although some people not interested seem
to think the amount large, if not exorbi
tant, it is said to bo satisfactory to those in
Three of Them Fly Back From Chicago to
Dr. Barchfield, ot Eighteenth street,
Southside, shipped 15 carrier pigeons to
Patrick MoDonough at 171 Madison street,
Chicago. On Friday morning at 820
o'clock the birds were released, and three
of them reached the loft on the Southside
yesterday, Prince Louise at 8:21, Venns at
921, and Commodore at 11:17 A. M. The
rest are younger birds, and will arrive
One of the doctor's breeders is raising
four young ones at once, and this is thought
to be quite a phenomenon.
Hit With a Beer Bollle.
Michael Halligan of Soho, got into a dis
pute on Forbes street with another man.
The latter hit him in the face with a beer
bottle and then fled. Mike has an ugly
gash, but he says he knows the fellow, and
will resort to the law for redress.
Harvest Excursions.
The Chicago and Northwestern Ballway
offers exceptional opportunities for an in
spection of the cheap lands and growing
business centers of Iowa, Minnesota, Ne
braska, Wyoming, North and South Dakota,
Colorado and the far West and Northwest,
by a series of harvest excursions,' for which
tickets will be sold at half rates; or one fare
for the round trip. Excursions leave Chi
cago August 6 and 20, September 10 and 24,
and October 8. For full particulars apply
to any ticket agent, or address E.. Wilson,
General Passenger Agent Chicfgo and
.nona western xtauway, umcago,
Honors Clark Alleges That tho Ex-Mayor
Almost Choked Her Mr. Liddell Em
phatically Denies the Chares.
A suit was filed by Honora Clark against
ex-Mayor Kobert Liddell for $5,000 dam
ages. She alleges that the ex-Mayor on
June 21 maliciously and unlawfully struck
and choked her, and that she has been con
fined to her room for a considerable time.
Mr. ' Liddell was seen last night
by a Dispatch reporter, to ascer
tain his " views on the case.
He said, "This lady Honora Clark, if that
is her name, came into my office on June 21
in the afternoon. I was writing to Chicago
about a carload of bottled porter, giving
quotations, and had my head down, when
my attention was arrested by a woman
speaking in a loud tone of voice, saying:
Here, I don't wadt yon to be selling beer to
parties who are getting it for my son
who is only 19 years of age. My reply was,
'Madam, I am not used to such language
around ray office, but, if you know of any
one who procured beer for your son give me
his name, and I will prosecute him to the
fullest extent of the law.'
"She would not, however, tell me the
name, although she said she knew who was
doing it. I then asked for her name,' which
she refused to give me. She next
commenced to talk to me in a most violent
way. She was evidently drunk, and I re
quested her to get out of the office. She re
fused, and I took her by the shoulders and
ejected her. She fought me across the floor
for about 50 feet, biting and scratching; I
nsed as little physical force as
I could. When we got to
the Smallman- street entrance,
she tried to strike me, and in doing so she
threw herself in such a manner that one foot
slipped and she fell, receiving an uglv cut.
I ordered my man to take her 'home
in my buggy, but she would not
get in. She "managed, however, to walk
home. She made an information
before Alderman McKenna for assault
and battery. The matter was thoroughly
investigated, but no case could be made
out, and he discharged it. This is the first
time I have heard of the new charge. I am
glad it will come up before court to be tried
before a jury."
The Employes of McCllntock fc Co. Enjoy
Themselves nt Avalon.
The employes of Oliver McClintock &
Co. held their first outing at Avalon station,
on the grounds of the Northside Land and
Loan Association, on Saturday afternoon,
August 17. About CO couples were pres
ent, music, dancing and Copenhagen being
the most prominent of the various games
participated in. But the hardest work
was done at the elegant repast prepared by
the ladies and the employers. The latter
being present made the occasion doubly en
joyable, and one long to be remembered
by all.
Several Charges Are Likely to be Made
Asnlait Illm.
It is probable that Oliver Tate will not be
sent to jail, but will be held at the Twenty
eighth ward station for a few days, as sev
eral other suits are expected to be entered
against him. His bail is now 52,000; $1,000
for the Killinger robbery, and the second for
the robbery of Barkley's store.
Inspector McKelvey says the reports pub
lished that Jack Wiles is a bad man are not
true, as he is now endeavoring to live down
the past, and is upright.
Movements of Plttsbargera and Others of
Wide Acquaintance.
State Chairman W. H. Andrews spent
yesterday In the city, and will leave for Phila
delphia this morning. Ho will open the cam
paign in September, and he'supposed It would
be conducted in the usual manner. Borne
literature wll bsr distributed, but very little.
He wondered who the Democrats would put
up to be knocked down. The Chairman adopts
the "don't know" policy of Quay, which is be-,
coming quite popular among the politicians,
A number of the faithful called to see him at
the Seventh Avenue. HU' stopover visit may
have bad some significance, but when ques
tioned the Chairman was silent. He denied
that any conferences had been held between
theQuaxaod Flinn forces looking to a recon
ciliation. Yesterday afternoon Superintendent
Lackey received a letter from Prof. J, R.
Bane, who Is traveling with a company ot
teachers in Europe. The letter was dated Bel
fast, Ireland. August 5. In the letter Prof.
Bane says they took a little run out to Don
agbadee, a short distance away. From Bel
fast they left for Dublin on Augusts. From
there they went to Cork, and thence to Lon
donderry. On the 9th they expected to leave
Londonderry for New York, where they will
arrive on the 20tb, if all goes well, arriving
here on the 22d. Prof. Bane says traveling in
Europe is the hardest work be ever did in all
his life. Since landing on the other side his
party has traveled 1,330 miles by rail.
Mrs. Rebecca Davitt Hunter, mother of
Joseph R. Hunter, of this city, returned from
a trip to California yesterday. Mrs. Hunter is
91 years of age. She m ade the Journey to the
Pacific coast In company with her daughter,
Mrs. H. G. Greer, and her granddaughter. Miss
Fannie Greer, ot Washington Pa., simply as a
pleasure trip.
General Louis Wagner was a west
bound passenger on the Pennsylvania road yes
terday. The General thinks that Judge Beasey,
of Vermont, will be the next Commander-in-Chief
of the Grand Army. He is in favor of
pensioning only disabled veterans, and he
spoke a good word for Commissioner Tanner.
There are registered at St Clair, Mich.,
a jolly party of Lawrencevllle folk. The
Hisses Mame Hook, Delia Crinnlan, Ella
Hook. Emma Smith; Messrs. Joseph Fuhrer,
Jr., Charles Ackerman. Charles Hook, Jr., the
latter from St. Clair. The party go to Macki
naw and return about September
Ex-Solicitor General George A. Jenks
left for his home yesterday. He intends to go
to Wisconsin soon in the interest of the tele
phone cases. He says be wants no State offices,
and he is not a candidate for Governor.
Mrs. M. A. Mitchell, of Delaware, wife
of the Rev. G. B. Mitchell, Presiding Elder of
Central Ohio, is staying with Mrs. Samuel Ham
ilton, on Hlland avenue.
C. A. O'Brien, Esq., who has been rus
ticating among the cowboys in the illimitable,
etc, for some weeks, bas again quieted down
on Grant street.
J.S. Seaman.of thePhcBnix Roll Works,
went to Atlantic City on Friday with his fam
ily. They will remain away for about a
Mrs. P. McCullougb, of Forty-fourth
street, and Mr. Gus McCullough leave to-morrow
on a protracted tour through the Eastern
cities. .
Alderman Richards, of the Seventh
ward, and P. McGee, of the Sixth ward, left
last night for a ten days' visit to Atlantic City.
R. J. Greer, of the Street Commission
ers' office, left with his family for Wheeling
yesterday to visit his parents for a few days.
Superintendent J. V. Patton, of the
Baltimore and Ohio road, returned from a con
ference of superintendents at Baltimore.
J. M. Macdonald, of Youngstown, and
Miss Aggie Post, of West Alexander, are among
the guests at the Duquesne.
Captain A. G. Williams, a prominent
member of the Butler county bar, Is here on a
business trip.
James A. Clowes.of Fourth avenue, has
gone with bis sister, Mrs. A. M. King, to Wil
mington, Del.
J. Diamond and wife left f A Philadel
phia last eveningto see Mrs. Diamond's lather,
who is very 111.
Joseph Walton, with several members
of bis family, arrived home from tho seashore
Will A.-Jones, the genial Carson street
druggist, is stopping at Niagara Falls with his
E. H. Shaner, of New Castle, and J. W.
Cabot, of Bellaire, are at the Anderson.
Editor James B. Laux, of the Greens
burg Frets was in the city yesterday.
W. F. Johnson, of Charlotte, Is stop
ping at the Seventh Avenue.
H. Sellers McKewdnt East last even-,
The Victims of the West Pean Wreck
are Improving Rapidly.
Shows the Accident Was Caused by One ot
the Rails Breaking.
Last night the physicians of the West
Penn Railroad were out making an official
visit and examination of the injuries sus
tained by those who were in the wreck at
Sarver station. A list of those injured was
given the .doctors, who immediately started
off upon their examination. A report of
each case, with a detailed statement of the
wounds and probability ot recovery, will be
made out and sent to the company. The
records will he kept to be used as evidence
in any suits for damages that may arise.
The procedure on the part of the officers or
the company is nothing unusual, and is done
in all cases of accident. The idea is to pro
tect the company against any fraud which
may be practiced by family physicians.
Another object in making the examina
tion is to form a basis for the payment of
quit claims. When the exact nature of the
wounds are ascertained agents of the com
pany will visit the people and offer to make
a settlement with them. This generally
consists of a monetary consideration and the
payment of all expenses, such as doctors'
bills, medicines, etc. In this way the cases
are settled without resorting to law.
Until the report is made it is impossible
to estimate what the accident will cost the
company. The damage to cars, roadbed,
etc., will be covered by 53,000. What it
will cost the company to make settlements
with those injured and the families of those
killed cannot be estimated. The Twenty
eighth street wreck cost the Pennsylvania
Company nearly 5250,000. '
As was published in The Dispatch
yesterday, there were only two persons
killed. The statement that Mrs. Duff, of
Forty-sixth street, had died on the train
was without foundation. She is at the
West Penn hospital. The list of injured
numbers over 30. There was not much
change in their condition last night. The
only one who was not expected to live was
James K. Deaner, ot Homer City, Indiana
county, who is now lying at the Allegheny
General Hospital. His ribs were fractured
and one ot them had perforated his lung.
This will cause pneumonia, and his chances
of recovery are slight.
Mrs. Graff, who was at the Allegheny
General Hospital suffering from injuries to
her back, was removed to her home at No.
309 Forbes street. Her injuries were not as
bad as reported, although she is in a .had
condition. Her son, who was with her at
the time, was not hurt, and her hnsband
was bnt slightly scratched. The doctors at
the hospital said
and he would be all right shortly. He had
a fractured collar bone and wrist. At the
other hospital and homes of the injured it
was stated that the patients were getting
along better than was expected, and their
recovery was certain. At General Rowley's
house his family said he was all right, and
would soon be as sound as a dollar. Al
though past the allotted time of life, the
General s strong constitution will pull him
Mrs. Captain Jones, whose windpipe was
exposed, is in a fair way to recover, the
deep gash in her throat having been sewn
up. .
Chief Engineer Thomas Dobson, of the
West Penn Railroad, went to the scene of
the wreck yesterday. Upon his return he
was seen by a Dispatch reporter and ex
plained the whole accident at length. He
- "The statement that rotten ties had any
thing to do with the accident is
the 'breaking of one of the rails by the
weight of the engine and its consequent
lifting up of the rail when the weight had
been removed caused the whole sad affair.
It is a curious fact that our foreman hap
pened to be standing on that very spot when
the same train passed over it yesterday
morning. He said to himself ne would
watch how the engine went over, as he had
some fears about the lines breaking. Every
thing went smoothly, bowever, and he
walked on thinking that the place was as
safe as it could possibly be. when I vis
itedithe ground this morning I found three
cars off the track. The first car
was clear down the embankment.
The second and third were partially off.
The rail had broken, and when the engine's
weight passed over it the broken rail bent
up and pierced through the floor of the
second car. It smashed three rows of seats
and overturned the train. The rail broken
is the upper one (the track being what we
call a 'skew track'). It is on the right
hand as you come toward Pittsburg. The
rail there was divided into three pieces:
One was three, another nine and the other
ten feet long. It was the three-foot piece
that broke and bent up. The damage to the
line extends only half way across the
bridge. On the Butler side it is entirely
Superintendent A. P. Kirtlandwas also
seen, and said: "I saw the sensational
beads over the accounts of the wreck, and
was especially surprised at that of one
morning paper, which set down the cause of
the accident to 'rottoa ties.' The 'rotten
ties' notion is altogether wrong. The
whole track in that locality has been care
fully tested very recently, and there wef e
no rotten ties there. It is rather hard on
the road that such stories should be circu
Ex-Mayor Lyon is much grieved at the
loss of his gold watch and chain, which has
mysteriously disappeared. The timepiece
was given Mr. Lyon by the police of this
city during his term as Mayor.
The rail that pierced the second car
entered it in about the same manner as the
piece that caused the death of Mrs. Colonel
James P. Barr on the main line some years
Union Veteran Legion No. 1 will meet at
its headquarters on Sixth avenue, 'at 1
o'clock this afternoon, to attend the funeral
of William J. Power.
That Is the Question Asked of the Window
Gins Manufacturers.
Secretary William Loeffler, of the West
ern Window Glass Manufacturers' Bene
ficial Association, yesterday sent out a
circular to the members of the association
earnestly requesting a representative of
each firm to be present at the meeting of
manufacturers to be held in Cleveland on
Tuesday. The object of the meeting, as has
been stated, is to get a free and independent
sentiment of opinion on the impending wage
Accompanying the circular was another
circular, containing the result othe confer
ences with the workers' committee. At the
bottom of the circular was the following:
"Are you in favor of a strike if workers do
not withdraw their demand for an advance,
regardless of any action Chambers & McKee
Co. may take?"
The latter firm will start one tank furnace
September 1 and another as soon after as it.
can be got ready. Each tank will be worked
by 60 blowers. It is stated that the majority
of the members of the association would vote
for a strike at the meeting rather thin pay
the advance asked. They claim that with
the 120 blowers Chambers & McKee cannot
stock tho market while the others are idle.
Several Veteran Organizations Fixing for
tbe Old Field Where They Fooght Final
Arrangements Ahead.
Veteran soldiers from all parts of the
western end of tbe State were in the city
last night, and men who had not seen each
other since the war, met, shook hands and
exchanged experiences and reminiscences.
The cause of this gathering of old war
horses was the making of arrangements to
attend the dedication of the monuments at
Gettysburg battlefield on Pennsylvania
Day, September 11 and 12, but for various
reasons none of the regimental associations
completed their arrangements, and another
meeting of each will be necessary before
they are ready to start.
The survivors of the gallant Fifty-third
met in the Mayor's office, Colonel A. S. M.
Morgan presiding. The attendance was
large, and so much time was consumed, in
handshaking and. talking over old times
that they did not get down to business until
nearly 9 o'clock. Then the roll of members
who intend making the Gettysburg journey
was read, and 150 were noted. With the
company from Beaver county and another
from Clearfield the Sixty-third expects to
muster 200 men when they get back on the
old battlefield. The matter of badges and
other details of the trip were discussed, and
the meeting adjourned until Saturday even
ing, the 31st inst, when they will complete
their arrangements.
The Sixty-first Regiment's survivors,
about 40 of them, met in the Assessor's of
fice. Captain W. H. Patterson presided.
They expect to take 100 men to Gettysburg,
and will wear G. A. R. uniforms and caps.
John A. M, Seitz was appointed aid to the
Chief Marshal, and Lieutenant Charles
Seibert Adjutant of the regiment for the
trip. A letter from Mrs. Sweitzer, widow
of the late Colonel of the regiment, regret
ting that she cannot accept the invitation
to accompany the old command, was read,
Arrangements for sleeping cars are being
made, and will be completed by next Sat
urday night, when the association meets
The Sixty-first Regiment Association met
in tbe Union Veteran League Hall on
Sixth street, and went over the roll of mem
bers wbo will take in the trip, but their ar
rangements are not nearly completed, and
a meeting next Saturday night will be nec
essary. The surviving members of Knapp's Bat
tery met in Veteran Legion Hall. Their
plans are all about prepared, but they will
meet next Saturday night again. It was
decided last night that all members of the
militia battery that went by the name of the
old organization until it was disbanded a
few years ago be invited to participate in
the ceremonies ,at Gettysburg, and accom
pany the original battery there, a special
invitation being extended to Captain Mun
den. The battery will go over the Balti
more and Ohio, and will take 30 survivors.
The Syndicate Has Secured a Number of
Options on Brewerlen. '
Robert Liddell, of Spencer, Liddell &
Co., brewers, said yesterday:
"I believe that syndicate has got options
on quite a number of the breweries in this
city, hut whether they have the money to
take tbe options up I would not like to say.
Mr. O'Reilly met me at the Hotel Du
quesne on Friday; he wanted me to give
him an option on our brewery. O'Reilly
took some papers from his pocket, which he
wanted me to fill in and place an
option on the brewery. This I refused to
do without first consulting a lawyer. He
asked me to go around and bring my law
yer. I did so, and when the attorney read
over the papers he advised me not to sign.
The men who represent the syndicate, if
there is such a thing in existence, get all
the brewers to sign an option forsix months.
This prevents the brewer, if he has a better
offer, from selling, and forces him to sell
within the time named. After the men have
secured all tbe options they want they will
go over to London, lay it before some finan
cial body, and if they are successful they
get a nice percentage out of the sales.
"I think it is a very unwise and injudi
cious piece of business for a brewer to tie his
prosperity up for six months without being
certain that he will, at the expiration of the
time, see his option blossom into cash."
Incident of a Day la Two Cities Condensed
for Ready Reading.
A civil skkvice examination will take
place at Curry Institute, beginning to-morrow,
for applicants for positions in the Government
departments at Washington, the railway mail
service, posteffleo inspectors and other posi
tions of that kind. The applicants number 100
and represent Western Pennsylvania and East
ern Ohio. An examiner will be sent here from
Washington to condnct the examination, as
sisted by Superintendent of Mails Steve Col-
JOH2T Netf, who died a short time ago in
the jail from exhaustion, was a member of a
South-side Couneir Jr. O. TJ. A. M. The Coun
cil have furnished County Physician Chess
rown with a death certificate, which they re
quested him to nil out. When this is done Mr.
NelTs family will receive the insurance on his
life, which is quite a sum.
Jonir Ellsworth was arrested on Penn
avenue for disorderly conduct. Ellsworth was
acting as a peacemaker between two of his
friends, who were fighting. They ran away
when an officer put in an appearance, and
Ellsworth was arrested.
"WnxiAii McQakiak was taken to the
Homeopathlo Hospital with abrocen leg yes
terday afternoon. On Friday evening he
stepped on a bananna peeling at the corner of
Eleventh street and Penn avenue, and It
brought him down.
Hjhtrt GAW, slightly demented, escaped
from the Poor Farm a few days ago, and was
arrested on Taggart street, Allegheny, yester
day. Gaw"a. wife died about two weeks ago.
and since then he has been gradually losing
his mind.
It is very probable that the next convention
of the International Sunday School Associa
tion will be held in Pittsburg. There are some
doubts about the matter yet, but tbe proba
bilities are in favor of this city.
Aw Inquest on the body of John M Stewart,
who shot h.msclf on Observatory Hill on
Thursday, was held by Alderman McKenna
yesterday. A verdict of suicide was rendered.
Thk funeral of Comrade Powers, who was
killed In the West Penn wreck, will be at
tended bv the One Hundred and Second Penn
sylvania volnnteer Association to-day.
Yestbbdat John Baird. Justice of the
Peace at Sharpsburg, fined Samuel Staler, Sr.,
flO for cruelty to animals. Agent Samuel
O'Brien had the man arrested.
This limited was crowded last night with
women coming back from the Eastern summer
resorts. It is a rare thing to see so many pretty
girls on the fast train.
Hahx ah Redjceb charged R. Burke with
assault and battery. She alleges that Burke
kicked her on Penn avenue without any provo
cation. The committee in charge of the carpenters
rtnd loiners' picnic to be held at Aliquippa
to-morrow, expect 5,000 people to attend.
John Copi.teb, an employe at Oliver Bros.
& Phillips' mill. Woods Run. had his foot
crushed by a shitter yesterday afternoon.
Jonrf Suhmebfteld had his foot smashed
yesterday afternoon by a piece of iron falling
on It la Oliver's tsonth Fifteenth street mill.
Max Lucas, aged 12, has beon sued before
Alderman Porter by Robert McQuillan, aged
15, on the charge of felonious cnttlng.
Thomas Fisiieb Is now In jail accused of
stealing John Thomson's vest. Thomson is
from Chartlors township.
John D. Sneedeh had bis leg broken at the
Scottdale mines yesterday. He was taken to
the Mercy Hospital.
Thomas Cowalszi had Joe Chrlskowish
sent to tail yesterday on a charge of illegal
liquor selling.
The Southside Turners frill bold a "potato
roast" at Cowan's Grove, out the Brownsville
road, to-day.
Market Master David O'Donnell. of
the Southside, condemned 312basketsof grapes
The United States Iron and Tin Plate Com
pany at Dernier has Just purchased a 18-ton set
of shears.
Texxe deaths from typhoid fever were re
ported to tkaHaaM of Health yesterday.
How Jim Wng Lost a Bride by Bid
ding Too Low for Her.
Captured Ij Others Wbo Desired to Convert
Her to Christianity.
Mr. Jim Wing, laundryman, of Lacock
street, Allegheny, was yesterday interviewed
by a curious reporter. Mr. Wing "can
spleakee Inglis," but only a very little. A
brother member of the catalambaniaing
profession, however, chanced to drop In,
and he turned out to be quite proficient
in the harsh Saxon speech. His nams
was Ho Lee, but he announced that he much
preferred the more aristocratic designation of
'Charley." He has been tea years in this
country, and, during the early period of his
stay, endured no little persecution out West.
He described how a party of angry Callfor
nians once enticed him into a house and cut
off his pigtail the greatest indignity which
can befall a Chinaman. Since then he has
not worn a pigtail, and, as he lately donned
European dress, he believes he will become
an American all out. He lives somewhere
out on Penn avenue, and is an old friend of
Jim Wing. They come from the same vil
lage in the Flowery Land, not far from the
port of Shanghai.
"Charley" said that Jim Wing's story wa
worth hearing, and oflered to interpret it for
the reporter's benefit. The offer was accept,
ed, and the story began: Mr. Wing, when
of age sufficient to wed, looked around him
and made his choice among the maidens of
the village of Poochin. This choice was a
lovely creature, whose name sounded some
thing like Lu Wee, and whose parents were
extremely anxious to dispose of her to the
highest bidder. Her feet Mr. Wing
averred through the medium of "Charley"
were smaller than the buttonholes of a
dude's dreis shirt, and her face tbe exact
shape of the peaks-of bis turned-down col
lar. Altogether she must have been very
charming, and her age was but 11 years.
Mr. Wing had saved up a little fortune in
"taels," and he handed over the greaterpor
tionofthisto Ming Wo, Lu Wee's father,
on condition that the old man would give him
his daughter. But
and wanted to realize on his daughter. The
house of the "white-priests-with-black-robes"
(presumably the Shanghai Jesuit
Missionary College) was near at hand, and
they also offered the old man a snm of
money for Lu Wee, whom they wished to
hand over to the nuns, and convert to
Christianity. Ming Wo informed Mr.
Wing that he must bid higher, or lose tha
girl. Wing staked all his remaining;
"taels," but the Jesuits bought the old man
a box of old postage stamps, which tho
Chinese are passionately fond of, and which
they use for house decoration. Old Wo was
tempted by the stamps, and as Wing had
no more money, the young lady was handed
over to the Jesuits.
Wing then asked for his taels, an,d Wo
refused to give them. He sped him, but
could produce no evidence and was sen
fenced to be whipped for bearing false wit
ness. He received 100 strokes, and was in
carcerated in the street cage or pillory for
over a month. When released he went to
the Jesuits' house and told his sad tale.
Tbey gave him a little money as a recom
pense, and he set up as 'a street fortune
teller. In this business he amassed enough
to pay his passage to San Francisco, and
came across the continent to Pittsburg.
Att Old Sore Open and Joha Donnelly At
most Bleeds to Death.
John Donnelly, a resident of Hatten City,
Elk county, is lying at the Mercy Hospital
in a precarious condition as the result of
a hemorrhage. Mr. Donnelly had been in
a New York hospital, where he had had an
operation performed for the removal of a
cancer from the back of his neck. He had
about recovered and yesterday was on his
wav back; home. While on the train, near
Pittsburg, he was seized with a hemor
rhage of the old sore on his neck, and be
fore the flow of blood could be stopped, he
almost bled to death. He was taken front
the train at the depot, and removed to tbe
Mercy Hospital. His condition is critical.
A Citizen Named Blant Wanted to Look at
One, and Did So.
Last night L. 7. Blunt was arrested on a
charge of larceny by bailee. John Gilmore
alleges that Blunt borrowed his watch to
look at and refused to return it. Blunt will
have an opportunity to explain to Jndga
Brokaw this morning.
Will Save Yoa Money.
Owing to the large increase of trade, I
have again been compelled to enlarge my
stores. This increase of trade, coming as it
did during tbe dull season, is a matter of
much encouragement, for it assures me that
I have been successful in my endeavor to
give people good goods at low prices. X
never make leaders of certain goods and
stick the price upon others, but sell all goods
at a uniformly low price, and it is in this
way that I am able to guarantee to save my
customers 20 per cent "all around" on their
grocery bills.
For some time past I have had the largest
retail grocery trade in Western Pennsyl
vania. I have offered $ 100 to anyone who
could prove he sold more goods than I did,
but apparently no one wants the money.
When my new addition is completed I will
have the largest salesroom for the retail
grocery trade in Western Pennsylvania,
Tit, 50x100 feet.
We will have three entrances, two on
Ohio st. and one on Sandusky, and the way
we will hustle out goods will make your
head swim. There will be no more crowd
ing and pnshing, with market baskets
jammed in the small of your back and your
lavorite corns smashed if we can help it.
Of course we expect our trade to increase so
that even this room will be too small, but
we hope to be able to make it do for the next
six months, anyway.
If you don't want to get left come join tha
procession and go vith us. Send lor my
weekly price list and compare prices. If X
don't save you 20 per cent, don't buy. Or
ders amounting to $10, without counting
sugar, packed and shipped to any point
within 200 miles. MABSnELL,
79 & 81 Ohio st, cor. Sandusky, Allegheny,
Dows They Go Ladles' jerseys, 25ej
wrappers, 50c; corsets. 25o up; chemise, 17c;
UH.t.n .1.M.WAM Oa. .A1,.4 b1.-4. or..
jersey vests, 10c up; child's calico dresses,
i c up, wuibc ureases, j.uq up, uueu ureases,
25c; men's double reinforced unlaundried
shirts, 48c, worth 75c; blankets and com
forts at half price. Busy Bee Hive, Sixth
and Liberty.
Kew fall styles in American ginghams.
lOo and 12c a yard.
All persons afflicted with dyspepsia will
find immediate relief by using Angostura
Fob Motheb's Dabling Reduced
prices this week for infauU cloaks, slips,
caps, zephyr sacks, shirts, bootes, etc Busy
Bee Hive, cor.Sixth and Liberty.
The S. O. Corset, self opening, 1, at
BoMabaum & Ce.', Market ft.