Pittsburg dispatch. (Pittsburg [Pa.]) 1880-1923, September 18, 1889, Image 1

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    ADVERTISE yonr business In THE DIS.
'PATCH. Frompt returns assured.
WANTS nro Rlwnys promptly responded
to when advertised In TDK DISPATCH.
Ken I Estnte can bo sold through adrcr
Mr. Carnegie Predicts Pros
perity in Iron and Steel
and Promises
Plans For the Pan-American
Commission's Local Visit.
THE CITI'S $500,000 LIBEASI 0. Z.
Ho Is ns Deslrons ns Ever of Having Pitts
burg Accept His Grand Gift He Would
Alio Become the Local Patron Saint of
Mnslc His Prediction! of Industrial
Prosperity Very Slaniflcnnt Braddoclt
and Homestead to Profit by It la
Wnccs Ships to South America to Give
Us Auother Canada Far a market He
Has Not Bought the Valley Kond His
Impressions of Blaine The PInmed
Knight's Health and Homo Life A
Many-SIded Interview.
Mr. Andrew Carnesrie, at Cresson, just
after ten days at Bar Harbor with Hon.
James G. Blame, says ships to South
America are the one prime object to be
aimed at by the Tan-American Congress, to
which he is a Commissioner. This alone
will displace Groat Britain in the South.
Better than all, lor the Pittsburg region, he
predicts an era of prosperity for iron and
steel industries, with consequent better
wages for his army of employes at Braddock
and Homestead. He has not bought con
trol of the Valley road in Ohio. He is still
anxious to present to Pittsburg a half-million-dollar
fire-proof library. He would be
come the patron saint of music in Pittsburg
if the musical leaders would only unite and
quit quarreling. He reports Blaine to be
in better health than for four years, and
compares him in his home life to Gladstone.
The interview is full of interest.
A few loiterers still linger at the Cresson
Mountain House watching the leaves turn
brown on the mountain sides under the in
fluence of the autumnal sun. The cold rain
of yesterday drove them indoors like the
last lonely flies clinging to the warm kitchen
walls just belore the snow flies. The few
pretty girls remaining, in search of
beaux wandered about aimlessly or prepared
to skip on the morrow, for the house closes
on Friday.
Among the guests still at the resort are
Mr. Audrew Carnegie and his accomplished
wife. They arrived at Cresson last Satur
day, intending to remain a few days, before
visiting Pittsburg.
A Dispatch reporter found the million-
aire fayy n? fn?"T man hugging an open-
heartTW fire in the. hotel" 'lotbv that wis
quite cheerlul, despite the cold rain, and
chatting with Partner Lander and General
Ekin, of Louisville. Mr. Carnegie was
with the General in the late war, and a
strong personal attachment exists between
Mr. Carnegie was quite willing to talk, as
the interview which follows on a variety of
subjects of local and national interest dem
onstrates. His name has been connected
with a number of local railroad deals lately;
he recently paid to Blaine a firing visit at
Bar Harbor, and not long ago came back
from Europe, where, among other things, he
examined South Americau industries repre
sented at the Paris Exposition as a prepara
tion for the meeting of the Pan-American
Congress at Washington in October, so that,
taking it all together, there were many
questions to ask and be answered.
In the conrse of an interview on the com
ing International Congress of the American
nations, Mr. Carnegie said:
"I see by the papers this morning that the
Chamber of Commerce met to make arrange
ments to receive the delegates when they
visit Pittsburg. I am glad Pittsburg is not
to be behind other cities in this respect, and
am sure that the committee appointed will
do its work well. I shall be glad to co
operate with it and give an appropriate re
ception. The visitors should be given an
opportunity to see one of each of the lead
ing specialties, and to do this a speeial train
should be so arranged that it can move
nbout the city freely. After the conference
in Washington is over the delegates will
make a tour of the country, traveling bv
davlight and easy stages. Of course some
of the American representatives will be with
them all the time, but it is probable that the
delegates from the respective districts of the
country will accompany them through these
"It has been suggested that a fitting dis
play of the various industries be made in
the Exposition. What do ypu think of that
"Not having seen the Exposition, I am
not able to answer; but I think the time is
now too short to prepare exhibits. Tender
tne best, indeed. The only way to get an
idea of Pittsburg's industries is to see the
mills themselves, where the processes of
manufacture are carried on."
"How do you think Pittsburg is most di
rectly interested in this conference?"
"The good results accruing from such a
congress are quite apparent Its tendency
will be to promote trade and open up com
munication between North and South
America. Pittsburg has a number of prod
ucts which should be, and which can be,
sold in Southern countries. Large quanti
ties of glass, in which Pittsburg is now pre
eminent as the glass city, bridge material
and other articles of trade, are in the list
"Pittsburg, by the way, has a deserved
reputation among visitors as one .of the
mos't hderful centers in the world.
WhereRr I go I meet people who speak of
the city, having visited its mills while at
tending some convention or other. Many
of the bank presidents who attended the
convention of bankers in Pittsburg two
years ago told me they never had been so
surprised and delighted at any of their
meetings elsewhere, and I am sure this
visit of the South American representatives
will impress them just as favorably."
"What do you expect the conference will
accomplish, of practical value?"
"Well, we have to feel our way; but I
hope it will result in laying the foundation
upon which the United States will
eventually reach the position with
her Southern neighbors that she now
has with her Northern neighbor, Canada.
The United States now has more trouble
with Canada than England has, while, with
the Southern nations, England's trade is
more than four fold, and with some it is ten
times as great as ours. We can change this
only in one way; we must establish regular
steam communication with the principal
seaports of each of these countries. With
out this, no great interchange of commodi
ties is possible. If we succeed in this, the
conference will have fully justified its crea
tion. Postal facilities, uniform custom
regulations, and perhaps an agreement to
arbitrate differences should also receive at
tention; but all will come after we have se
cured regular communication."
"The Dispatch wants to know, Mr.
Carnegie, whether you have bought the
Valley road in Ohio, as reported."
"No, sir, I have not"
"Mr. Carnegie, you always fell the peo
ple, upon your return, what you think of
the business outlook. Will you give us
your views now?"
"Certainly, and perhaps some will say, as
I heard they did two years ago (also last
year), they couldn't believe I would give
my secret opinions without reserve. They
were mistaken. We are all in the same
boat, and nothing is to be gained by with
holding the expression of opinion. I
thought last fall that the iron and steel
business would decline into a deplorable
condition. It did so, sure enough; but to
day there is every indication of the very
reverse. Europe is out of our market
almost entirely, and prices are still rising
there. Manufacturers are all busy; the
world is sow taking the full capacity of
European establishments, and Americans
have their own market This is the reason
the United States have used such enormous
quantities of iron and steel this year and
that the enormous output of Lake Superior
ore is being absorbed. Should this activity
continue abroad American establishments
willbe busy, and at prices much higher than
the present; indeed, it is possible that we
may be in for a boom in all miscellaneous
forms of iron and steeL"
"Do you think there is to be much rail
road bnilding next year?"
"I think this year has been more of a rail
road building year than could have been
expected, and therefore that we shall not
build many more miles of rail next year
than we have done this year. Consequent
ly the difference between cost of pig iron
and rails will not be very much greater
than it is. There is too much rail-making
capacity in the country for prices to rise.
The great rise will be in Bessein r pig iron.
This is how it looks at present'
"Then will not your men at Homestead
and Braddock get higher wages than be
fore?" Tes, of course; that is just what our
firms want. The higher our prices, the
higher the wages of our men, and vice versa.
j Our men and ourselves are now partners in
(business, and I am sure the men will never
P""1 &e partnership dissolved. It is the
uexi step upwaru 4ur lauor. A wisu prices
would rise so that every man doubled pres
ent wages."
"Is your offer to give Pittsburg a free
library still open, Mr. Carnegie?"
"Always open; never too late for the good
old city to accept provided, I have the
money left Just see what Mr. Wilson
King has done for Allegheny Library. As
soon as he saw that a fire-proot receptacle
was provided for, he sent the valuable gift
of rare books to it; so it will be with others
until, as years roll past, Allegheny will
have rooms full of treasures. By and by
our rich men, possessed of rare pictures
wdrks of art, will bequeath them to the
Pittsburg Library, if we provide a suitable
"t gallery there. Every principal citv
should have a noble, fire-proof structure for
such treasures. It is so in Europe.
Wherever we visit we find a center where is
deposited all that is rarest and best, per
taining to the district I should like very
much, indeed, to spend 500,000 for this
purpose for Pittsburg, where I have made
my fortune; but it is for the people to move
in the matter. Until they appreciate the
advantages certain to flow "from such an
institution, I am powerless. Allegheny
City has risen to the occasion, and I am
confident Pittsburg will, sooner or later.
"Oh, about that organ for the Allegheny
Library: I refer you to Maior Genr-ml
James B. Scott He is commander-in-chief
and I am under his orders. Large organs
are now voted a mistake. Organ recitals
are not attractive. I met Mr. Chickeriug
and Mr. Damrosch at Bar Harbor last week,
and they no stated. A small organ of fine
quality, toact as an accompaniment, is
best, and this is the decision come to in re
gard to our music hall in Xew York.
"By the way, I wish Pittsburg musicians
could be drawn together in loving bonds
and a creditable society organized. I read
of their unfortunate dissensions with pain.
II they would only combine, I should like
to play patron saint to music in Pittsburg
for I know of nothing so refining and ele
vating in its influence; but one has no heart
to do anything for discordant factions."
"Did your visit to Mr. Blaine mean anv
thing?" '
"No, nothing more than I had a week of
solid enjoyment Mr. Blaine is in better
health than I have seen him for four years.
He drove with us everywhere, and is a very
happy and contented man, surrounded by a
delightful family. His home life would
compare with Mr. Gladstone's; and Mr.
Blaine's habits compare with the Grand Old
Man's, for he is most abstemious, scarcely
ever touches wine, doesn't smoke, and in
stinctively seeks the company of the most
intellecuni and refined people. The duties
of his office suit him. He understands
them, and therefore thefr performance stim
ulates and improves him. I sometimes wit
ness in the columns of newspapers some
very unfounded cuts at Mr. Blaine. This
is because people do not know that Mr.
Blaine is one ot the best specimens of
American culture. It would be well if
men generally in political life would imi
tate Mr. Blaine's manners, speech and
On the reported projected new railroad to
the lakes Mr. Carnegie declined to talk
except to say in emphatic terms that he had
not purchased the Valley road, as rumored.
The Society of the Army of the Cumberland
Ont in Force.
Chattanooga, September 17. The
members of the Society of the Army of the
Cumberland came in to-day by hundreds
and there are now 3,000 old soldiers in the
city. The reunion exercises will begin to
morrow. General Roseorans, General Alger, Gen
eral Cist and other leading officials were
tendered a reception to-night by the old
soldiers of both armies,
A Case That Amused the Board Several
Others Considered, bnt No Action Taken
Claims of Weak Mind nnd Insanity
Pardons Recommended.
Haebisbdeo, September 17. Among
the cases heard by the Board of Pardons to
day was one which greatly amused the
board. According to a Schuylkill county
lawyer, F. W. Bennitsch, of that county,
bought a horse from a farmer, and a short
time afterward he tendered a promissory
note for the animal to the farmer's wife, who
accepted it and permitted the horse to be
taken sway. The owner became suspicious
that the note was worthless and entered suit
against Bennitsch for larceny. The de
fendant was convicted of horse stealing and
sentenced to six years in Schuylkill county
jail, nearly four of which he has served.
Messrs. Robb and McGary appeared for
Rose Hall, of Pittsburg, asking for her
pardon principally because of her wrecked
mental and physical system. The case of
Patrick McGoldrick, convicted of man
slaughter, was continued at the request of
counsel for the prisoner, through a letter.
Similar action was taken in the
case of J, J. Gaul and W. S.
Kerrt convicted in Clarion county of
conspiracy, because their appeal was pend
ing in the Supreme Court, the Board of
Pardons indicatingthat it would not con
sider the application until that tribunal had
taken action.
In thecaseof Pe'terBaronovski,of Schuyl
kill county, to be hanged October 23, but
whose friends claim he is insane, the Board
refused u recommend the appointment of a
commission to inquire into his mental con
dition. '
Pardons were recommended in the follow
ing cases: Thomas Healey, burglary,
Lackawanna; P. W. Bennitsch, horse steal
ing, Schuylkill; Thomas Lukens, burglary
and larceny, Bucks; Rose Hall, keeping
disorderly house, Allegheny. The case of
the murderer Jacobs was continued, as was
that of Michael Donahue, larceny, Philadel
phia. The following cases were refused:
Dr. Jesse M Lindser. Blair, malpractice:
John B. Martheny, aggravated assault and
battery, Somerset; Max Bear, keeping a
gambling house, Crawford, and Thomas J.
Dunlap, robbery, Clinton.
Tho Odd Fellows Uefuae to Reduce the Ago
Limit to 18.
Columbus, O., September 18. The Sov
ereign Grand Lodge resumed its session to
day. Most of the time was consumed in
disposing of appealed cases. The suggestion
to amend the Constitution was taken up in
the afternoon. A resolntion offered by Rep
resentative Carlin of Illinois, proposing an
increase of the basis of representation in the
Sovereign Grand Lodge, thus reducing
the numbers of delegates and the expense of
sessions, was indefinitely postponed.
The most important matter considered was
the proposition to change the age of eligi
bility to membership from 21 to 18, which
came up. in the form of a resolution offered
by Judge James McGnire, ot California,
who made an argument in its favor. Past
Grand Sires Saunders and White opposed
the proposition, and it was defeated by a
vote of 102 for and 60 against it To adopt
the amendment a three-lourths vote was re
Tbo Philadelphia Youth Who Beat Wana
maker's Store Takes His Medicine.
Philadelphia, September 17. Judge
Pennypatker to-day committed T. Lincoln
Plucker, the young man whoso successfully
impersonated a young English nobleman in
Camden, to the Industrial Reformatory at
Huntingdon. The young fellow pleaded
guilty to two bills of indictment, charging
him with forgery and uttering forged
checks. Testimony was heard in but one
case, and that was to the effect that on
August 14 he had bought a $5 hat at Wana
maker's, given a check in payment and re
ceived 520 in change. The check, which was
signed with his father's name, was afterward
discovered to be a forjery.
Plucker admitted that he had signed his
father's .name to three checks and bis
mother's to one. He is now slightly over
21 vears old, and will remain in the reform
atory until he is 25.
Refuge Chosen by a Man Who
Committed a Murder.
Chicago, September 17. At the Leland
Hotel, on Michigan avenue, this afternoon
James M. Renshaw, an old man formerly a
clerk of the hotel, became involved in a
quarrel with Edward Mallory, one of the
roomers. Renshaw ran to his room and
secured a large dirk knife. Returning to
the office of the hotel he threatened Mallory
with instant death. Mallory continued to
talk abusively, and was suddenly attacked
by the old man, who stabbed him three,
times in the left side near the hetrt and
again in the left arm.
The blade ot the 'knife penetrated to a
depth of about four or five inches at each
stab. Mallory leu to the floor in a faint,
bleeding prolusely. He cannot recover.
Renshaw was arrested on the root ot the
Officers Charged With Using Money to De
fend tbo Cronln Suspects.
CHICAGO, September 17. Dr. P. H. Cur
ran, senior guardian of one of the 12 Clan-na-Gael
camps of this city, resigned his
position last night because the camp refused
to coincide with his suggestion that a reso
lution be adopted denouncing General Sec
retary Ronavne, for not "having turned over
to General Treasurer Tierney the percen
tages received from camps throughout the
country when the exciting deadlock in the
Executive Board began.
In a long interview to-night Dr. Cnrran
conveys the impression, without making
the direct charge, that Mr. Ronavne is using
these funds in the defense of the'Cronin sus
pects. The funds in question now amount
to about 55,000.
Old Soldiers Proposo Her for tho Place
Vncntedliy Tanner.
Baltimore, September 17. The Stand
ing Committee of the Logan Invincibles, of
Maryland, largely composed of old soldiers,
adopted resolutions to-night strongly rec
ommending Mrs. General John A. Logan
for the office ot Commissioner of Pensions.
They say that Mrs. Logan's appointment
would be in accord with precedent, and bring
to the service of the Goernment one com
manding respect and inspiring confidence,
against whom no soldier would utter the
feeblest protest, but whum all would unite
in sustaining.
The Grave of a Desperado.
Still-wateb, Minn., September 17.
The body of the deceased Bob Younger was
embalmed this afternoon, and will be for
warded to-morrow evening to his old home,
a small village known cs Lee's Summit, in
Jackson county, Mo., 16 miles from Kansas
City. The body of the dead desperado will
there be laid by the side of his mother, who
has been dead for some years.
Offered for. the Safe Ketnrn of
Former Pittsburg Coal Dealer
William J. Armstrong Escapes From a Hen
Jersey Private Asylum.
He Kindts Bis Attendant's Ylgllsnce sad ii nowhere
to tie Found.
William J. Armstrong, a Pittsbuxger,
confined jn a private insane asylum in New
Jersey, has made his escape from that in
stitution and a reward is offered for his re
turn. His manner of escape shows great
Philadelphia, September 17. The
quiet little town of Mercbantville, N. J., is
becoming fruitful of sensations. On the
morning following the murder of pretty
Annie LeConey, an insane man, whose chief
object in life is to kill himself or somebody
else, got loose there and has not yet been
captured. The people in the vicinity are
much alarmed, although Dr. S. Preston
Jones, from whose private asylum the man
escaped, feels quite sure that he is some dis
tance away from Merchantville, and that
the residents there need have no fears.
On the 12th of June William J. Arm
strong was taken to Dr. Jones' private "re
treat for the insane" for treatmrnt He
was under the impression that his organic
constitution was
with all the laws of nature, and that the
different organs refused to perform the func
tions required of them. He sometimes said
that his liver was doing what his heart
ought to do. Finally his mind got in such
a state that he wanted to die or else hire a
substitute who would die for him.
Armstrong was in the wholesale coal bus
iness with his brother Prank in'Pittsburg,
and made about $20,000, but his reason for
sook him, and he was obliged to retire from
business. He soon .became very dangerous,
and his brother had him removed to Dr.
Jones' retreat He was given a room tem
porarily in the female building, and an at
tendant slept in 'the same room with him.
On Monday night of last week Armstrong
concluded that he was tired of his environ
ment, and
While the attendant was asleep he got up
and examined the windows of his room. He
found that thay were covered with screens,
and these were held in place by round-headed
screws. Taking a spoon, which was in
his room, he quietly drew the screws out,
carefully laid the screens down, and then
got out on the porch. He took the heavy
cord which encircled the waist of his dress
ing gown, and fastening one end of it to a
drain pipe, lowered himself to the ground
by the other end. He leit his hat behind
him, and walked off, no one knows where.
On the night preceding his escape Arm
strong playfully asked Dr. Jones lor some
money, and supposing it to be a new whim,
the doctor gave him ?2. It is presumed that
with this money he bought a railroad ticket
and went some distance off. As soon as lu
was missed attendants and keepers ran off
in all directions and scoured the surround
ing country, but the crazy man was no
where to be found.
The police of this city, Camden and other
places were telegraphed a description of the
missing man, but he was not intercepted.
In the newspapers of this city and New
York advertisements appeared to-day, in
which Dr. Jones offered a reward of ?500
for the safe return of the escaped lunatic.
A letter was received from a man at Bryn
Mawr this afternoon, in which it was stated
that a person who is evidently crazy, and
who answers the description advertised, is
living in a strip ot woods at that place, and
has been there for four or five days. Two of
Dr. Jones' men went to Bryn Mawr to look
for the man, but had not returned at a late
hour to-night It is not positively known,
however, that he is the man who is wanted.
Armstrong is about 5 feet 11 inches in
height, and very large boned, although he
has been reduced in flesh by his mental
worry, lie weighs about 155 pounds, has
dark hair, grayish blue . eyes and high
cheek bones. His face is clean shaven.
His features are of an Irish cast, and he has
a verv intelligent looking countenance. He
is well educated and a thorough gentleman
in his deportment All his relatives are
very wealthy, and reside in Pittsburg.
Armstrong was visited by his brother Frank
about two months ago, and asked to take
him home
Floods Brandywine nnd Damages Property
to a Considerable Extent.
West Chesteb, Pa., September 17.
The breast of the large dam belonging to
the Kennebec Ice Company, of Wilming
ton, Del., located at Hibernia, above Coates
ville, this county, burst this morning, and
a tremendous amount of water rushed down
the Brandy wine, overflowing the banks and
sweeping everything before it. The large,
heavy bridge which crosses the Brandywine
just below the dam, was swept away, and
several frame buildings were carried on the
surface of the flood down to Coatesville.
Several of the streets of Coatesville were
overflowed, many streets within two squares
of the Brandywine being four feet deep in
water. The people living along the stream
were warned by the sound of the rushiug
waters, and ran to the high hills which line
the stream. So far as heard from no lives
have been lost, but the damage done is con
siderable. SOUEY.ERi" BIG FIGURES.
The New Financial Scheme of tho Northern
Pnciflc Road Annonaced.
New Yoke, September 17. The official
announcement of the details of a new finan
cial scheme of the Northern Pacific Rail
road Company was made to-day. It pro
vides for ablanket mortgage of $160,000,000,
of which branch line bonds will require
$26,000,000, tributary roads $13,000,000 and
terminal betterments, etc., $34,000,000.
The most important feature is a provision
to pay a cash dividend of 1 per cent on the
preferred stock oa January 1, 1890, and
quarterly dividends thereatter at the rate
ofl per cent per quarter.
It li Almost Certain That He Will Head
tho Pension Bnrean.
Washington, September 17! There
were no developments to-day in the matter
of appointing a successor to Commissioner
Tanner. Major Warner's intention to de
cline the offer ' of the position seems to be
settled, and he is no longer counted among
the possibilities.
Colonel George S. Merrill, of Boston, is
regarded as the most prominent candidate
for the place, and his appointment is looked
for with confidence.
SEPTEMBER 18, 1889.
' down to business.
First Aetna Day's Work of the Clear
makers' Convention A Sit of Quaker
City Socialism Growth of '
the Union.
New Yobk, September 17. The dele
gates of the Cigarmakers' International
Union got down to the practical work be
fore them to-day. The day was spent in
listening to the President's report, and in
discussing a preamble to the constitution
prepared by Union No. 100, of Philadelphia.
This preamble says that so long as the im
plements necessary to the employment of
labor are subject to the control of the in
dividual, those having no means to employ
their own labor must sell the same for wages
to the individual to exploit the labor of the
masses by taking advantage of their necessi
ties. This results in the aecumnlation of
wealth in the hands of the few, and com
pels the many to eke out their existence by
"hard, unrequited toil." Delegate Kirch
ner, in championing this preamble, com
plained ot the injustice of the present in
dustrial system.
President Samuel Gompers, of the Ameri
can Federation of Labor, who represents
Union 144, of New York, earnestly opposed
the preamble. James Skallerup, of Union
14, of Chicago, thought that two-thirds of
the cigarmakers of the country were of pro
gressive ideas, but they are restricted by the
narrow construction of the constitution.
He thought that the preamble submitted
wonldj if adopted, be productive ,o( htr
mony in the organization. President Stras
ser referred to the preamble as Quaker City
socialism. That portion of the preamble
advocating a change in the social system
was voted down by 112 to 34.
In the seventh annual report President
Strasser said that there had been a smaller
increase in the number of cigars and
cheroots manufactured during the past year
as compared with the previous year than
for several years past Thirty-eight unions
have been formed since the last convention,
21 dissolved and 4 suspended, making a net
increase of 13. The membership on Septem
ber 1, 1889, was over 19,000, ot whom 1,064
were traveling members. There have been
160 strikes, of which 85 were against reduc
tions and 34 for an increase of wages.
Eighty were successful, 17 compromised, 41
lost, 15 not reported and 7 still in progress.
Tho Ex-Secretary of Montana Territory
Arrested for Embezzlement.
Helena, Mont., September 17. Will
iam B. Webb was arrested to-day on a war
rant sworn but by United States District
Attorney Weed, charging him with embez
zling the funds of the United States while
acting as Secretary of the Territory. Webb
"was appointed Secretary of Montana in
1885, and held office until removed by Presi
dent Harrison last April. When his suc
cessor was appointed it became apparent
that there was a shortage in Webb's ac
counts, and Special Agent Moore, of the
Treasury Department, was sent out here to
investigate the 'matter. Moore's examina
tion of Webb's books already shows a de
ficit of over $4,000, and is still in grogress.
The investigation, however! had advanced
far enough to warrant Webb's apprehen
sion, and an order for his arrest was re
ceived yesterday from United States Attor
ney General Miller. It is said the shortage
will amount to 85.000 or 6.000. Webb was
a high liver while in office, and his pecula
tions run back for two or three years.
Steamers Coming From Infected Ports
Given Clean Bills of Health.
New Yoek, September 17. Joseph Fen
nell, the passenger on the steamship Hin
doo, from Honduras, who it was feared had
yellow fever, died in the Swinburne Island
hospital this afternoon. Certain common
symptoms of yellow fever were absent. An
autopsy and a microscopical examination
will be made. The Hindoo brought a clean
bill of health from Greytown, and the
Cacingorm, one of whose firemen, John
Wood, died of yellow fever on the Swin
burne Island Sunday night, brought a clean
bill of health from Curacoa, the place at
which, in the opinion of Health Officer
William M. Smith, the infection was re
ceived. The health officer has reported these cases
to the Surgeon General at Washington,
principally lor the reason that it is not an
uncommon experience to receive clean bills
of health from ports which have undoubted
cases of yellow fever.
New Jersey Republicans Nomlnntoii Ticket
and Adopt a Platform.
Tbenton, N. J., September 17. The
State Republican Convention assembled
hereto-day. Afterareces3 the committees
reported and the work of nominating a can
didate for Governor was then begun. Pour
names were presented Grubb, Kean, Mc
Gouan and Halsey. The first ballot re
sulted iu no choice, but ou the second ballot
Grubb was nominated.
The resolutions constituting the platform
reaffirm the Republican National platform
of 1888 and express confidence in President
Harrison. The paper deals almost entirely
with interests local to the State. The Aus
tralian ballot system is indorsed, and with
out saying directly the convention practi
cally declared in favor of local option.
Senator Wnslibarn's Successor In tho Soo
Kond Directory Elected.
Minneapolis, September 17. A meet
ing of the stockholders of the Soo road
was held here to-day. Thomas Lowry was
olected President, to succeed Senator
Washburn. R. B. Langdon was elected
Vice President, and M. P. Hawkins
Treasurer. The Board .of Direct
ors was reduced from 13 to 7, and is now
composed of Thomas Lowry, R. B. Lang
don, J. S. Pillsbnrv, W. D. Washburn,
John Martin, H. E. Fletcher and C. H.
The reason assigned for a change in the
Presidency is the absence of President
Washburn in Europe and his engrossing
duties in Washington.
He Issues n Violent Final Manifesto to tho
French People.
Pabis, September 17. M. Constans,
Minister of the Interior, in an electrical ad
dress, declares that the real Boulaugists are
merely jugglers, trusting in the confusion
and disorder ot the elections to fish in the
troubled waters. M. Ferry says that re
vision of the Constitution means civil war.
General Boulanger has issued a violent
final manifesto. His lists show 1,800 can
didates for 500 arrondissments. They entail
numerous ballotings. The Boulangist man
ifesto is placarded throughout Paris, the
Government seemingly being convinced
that removal would only inrrease the pub
licity already given the manifesto. .
Four Very Good Chinamen.
San Feancisco, September 17. tfour
Chinamen were killed last night at Lake
Chabol. near Oakland, by the explosion of a
dynamite cartridge. No particulars known.
That Are Pnzzling the People of the
Little Town of Culpeppen
They Battle All Over the Cottage of a Ter
rified Colored Family.
Ends la a'Psrty of, Skeptics Becoming Convinced tns
Story's True. '
A mysterious case of stone throwing is re
ported at a cottage on a farm near Cul
pepper, Va. It is claimed that stones are
thrown at the home of a colored man in
broad daylight and no one is able to dis
cover who does the throwing.
Culpeppeb, Va., September 17. This
little town of 1,600 inhabitants is worked up
into a great excitement dvermysterious hap
penings which have baffled every attempt
at explanation. Spiritualism, natural
phenomenon and fraud have been alternate
ly suggested to account for the s'trtnge
things that have taken place, though as yet
no one has been able to prove anything ex
cept the bare facts of the occurrence.
The scene of the mystery is the little cot
tage occupied by a colored man named
Richard Morton. The cottage is on the
farm of J. A. Brooks, about one mile and a
half south of this place. Mr. Brooks is
Chairman of the Republican Committee of
Culpepper county, and was a delegate to the
late convention at Norfolk which nominated
General William Mahone for Governor.
For ten days Morton and his family have
been terrorized by intermittent
aimed at his house, and-often at members of
his family. His wife seems to be the chief
object of attack.
Where the stones come from, or how pro
pelled, seems inexplicable. Hundreds of
people have visited the locality, and the
discussion of the mystery is the one object
of conversation hero on all hands. Those
who have investigated the subject are
among the most intelligent of this section of
the country. The Dispatch correspondent
to-day visited Mr. Brooks' farm and talked
with nearlr all those who have been non
plussed in their endeavor at an explanation.
The rolling country of Culpepper contains
no lovelier spot than that which is now the
center of attraction.
A week ago last Sunday the buxom
spouse of Morton was sitting on the little
porch in the lront of her home, with her
baby in her arms, and the half-dozen other
offshoots of the family were playing about
the sward in front of th'e house. Suddenly
a stone was heard to drop on the porch, but
whence it came no one knew. It was soon
followed by a dozen more
some appearing to drop from the roof and
others coming from the cornfield on one
side, the garden on the other, or the wood
yard in front of the house. The whole fam
ily were stricken with alarm. Morton, be
lieving some mischievous person had con
trived to annoy ihim. seized a heavy stick
and searched about the fields, but without
As the shower of missiles continued, the
little family 4went in .the house, bolted the
doors, barred the "windows, and sat about in
a frightened manner. Occasionally a stone
would be heard to tap on either the weather
boarding pn the porch floor, until dark,
when no fotber disturbance was made.
Morton lost no time the following morning
in working his way to Mr. Brooks' house
and telling the experiences of the day be
fore. Mr. Brooks laughed at the supersti
tion, looking upon the stone throwing as the
work ot one of the children.
For several days the family of the colored
man made complaints of the freaks that
possessed this locality, but the story re
ceived no attention except from the colored
people of the neighborhood, among whom
the news flew like wildfire, exciting their
imagination to all sorts of fears. The mat
ter finally became a nuisance to Mr. Brooks
and he determined to settle it, and Friday,
putting a large caliber revolver in his
pocket he started for the cottage.
Eev. W. T. Roberts, rector of the Episco
pal church at Tappahanuocic, Essex county,
formerly rector of St -Stephen's church,
this place, was a guest on the Brooks estate.
He, together with a dozen others living in
Culpepper and the neighborhood, accom
panied Mr. Brooks. Among them were L.
W. Jenning, Colonel Charles Wagner,
George W. Kure, Norman Ashley and T.
E. Grimsby.
When th'e party reached the cottage, Mr.
Brooks announced that any attempt at a
practical Joke would have serious conse
quences. He sent the entire family of the
man occupying the cottage indoors, and
said that he proposed to shoot at the spot
from which any missile Issued. He stood by
the side of the door, tho other spectators
standing about. tev. Mr. Roberts was at
ms side. air. iirooics laugned atms own
proceedings, not expecting that anything
would, occur to cause him to shoot. The day
was rainy, which caused the spectators to
huddle together under shelter.
After, waiting a few1 minutes a stone
about the size ot a hen's egg was seen com
ing from the cornfield just across the road
and about 40 rods distant. The loud report
of the revolver
and a bullet went crashing through the corn
stalks to the spot whence issued the missile.
Mr. Brooks bad acted exactly as he had
threatened. Not only himself, but every
member of his party, felt a qniver ot alarm
for the result, and hastening to the field,
half expected to discover the practical joker
in the form of a dead negro, but, after beat
ing about in the corn for some distance
about the marked spot, could find no trace
of the projector of the stone. They returned
to their stations, and again the revolver was
held in readiness. They were not kept
waiting long. Stones began coming from
various directions, in front and from each
side of the house, one apparently having
come over the cottage. Again and again
was the revolver discharged at the snots
whence came the missiles, but with the
same results as that following the first dis
charge. Rev. Mr. Roberts was particularly active
in endeavoring to solve the enigma, being
one of the party to search the fields upon
the discharge "of the revolver. The only
result however, was a complete mystifica
tion. Mr. Brooks, when speaking of the
matter to-day, said:
I am fieo to admit that I am mystified re
garding the causo of the throwing of these
stones. Ot the fact there cannot be the least
doubt and I think the method I have taken In
my endeavor to arrive at the truth of tho mat
ter was just about ps effective as could have
been adopted. Of the people who have com
mented on the phenomenon I have not seen
one who has not been here who could not
readily explain Its cause. They langh at it, as
I did, and say the stones are throw by the boys
here. It Is those who come and see for them
selves who have no explanation to offer. On
several occasions when people have come here
there has been no stono throwing. J mice
Grimsby came out from Culpepper .1 few days
ago, when there was no repetition of this mjs
tery.and. he said he didn't believe any cause
was behind the mystery except some boy of the
Sot my part I would welcome an explanation
mitjamf wnti Bear a, S
Help, advertise la THE
t-f -
of these matters. One thing seems evident to
jne, and that is that there is Intelligence behind
this work. The atones have been thrown Into
tho open windows ot the house, bnt they have
never; been aimed at the glass when the sash
was down. I have not known the stones to
strike the house as far np as the eaves.
There is one other peculiarity of the throw
ing. I have noticed in every case that although
they may have come from a very considerable
distance, they do not strike an object with any
force to apeak of. They fall upon the floor of
the porch or tap the weather-boarding of the
noose very lightly, as If only thrown with
enough fores to reach the object, or merely
dropped upon the floor.
The stones have never been, known to be
thrown after dark. They have generally been
noticed, to come more thickly after a shower,
and are apt to be thrown very thickly for a
time, after which there is a lull, and again
the shower of stones retnrns.
"I am not aDle to solve the mystery," said
Colonel C. H. Wager, of this town, speak
ing of the matter. "I can't go back on the
report ot such men as Brooks and Roberts.
I know them well, and tbey are thoroughly
reliable witnesses."
Witness Woodruff Suddenly Develops a.
Very Poor Memory While on the
Stand Bnt little- Progress-
Made la the Ires Trial.
New Yobk, September 17. In the" Ives
trial to-day Witness Woodruff again took
the stand. Between the heat of the court
room and the fiery ordeal of a cross-examination,
Woodruff suffered much. The per
spiration ran down his forehead and face in
streams, and his immaculate shirt bosom
and collaV became wilted during the legal
tilt Woodruff tried to look cool and uncon
cerned, but his efforts were fntile. To-day
Woodruff Yell back many times on the "I
don't know" principle, but counsel followed
him up unrelentingly.
Woodruff did not know who had the books
and seal. He conld not say whether Ives
or he had them, nor conld he tell which way
they went to Stayners house, or how long it
took them to get there. In fact at this stage
of the cross-examination the witness lapsed
into a complete know-no thing.so to speak. As
to their return irom Brooklyn, his mind, he
averred, was a complete blank.
Lawyer Brooke then asked Woodruff
about his statement in the suit of Albert
Netter against Ives and Staynor. But to
each question the witness replied, "I don't
know." Then the record of Woodruff's state
ments were read. The Ives counsel asked:
"Did you make both of these statements?"
"I did."
''And when you made them yon knew
that yon were committing willful perjury?"
Quickly the answer came, "I, did."
Then Lawyer Brooke spent a full half
hour in reading papers on the Meyer agree
ment, and cross-examined the witness about
his affidavit in Jnlv, 1889, relating the cir
cumstances of the alleged forgery.
Pension Bnrean Cutting Down Expense,
While Tanner Talks for Foraker.
rsricur. tiligram to tm dispatch.!
Washington, September 17. The Sec
retary of the Interior has already justified
the belief that a less liberal pension policy
is contemplated. Acting Commis
sioner Smith has already reversed
two of Mr. Tanner's orders: One was that
of the retiring Commissioner directing all
local examining boards, upon application of
pensioners receiving a less rate than $4 a
month, to examine them for re
rating. He held that a man who was
not pensionable at the rate of $4 a month
was not entitled to a pension at all. His
purpose was to-raise the pensioners receiv
ing SI, 82 or 83 a month to the. S4 class.
There are 34,000 pensioners drawing less
than 84 a month.
The legless Corporal has already been
called upon by the Republican State Com
mittee of Ohio to make campaign speeches
for Governor Foraker. Mr. Tanner has
not yet replied, but be. will probably
accept the call. It was Governor Foraker s
advice, largely, which induced the Corporal
to resign and not to insist upon being
kicked out, and the retiring Commissioner
thinks the world of Foraker.
A Rnmor That He Will Testify In the
Cronln Trial.
Chicago, September 17. A mail carrier
in the postoffice is said to be responsible for
a story to the effect that Le Caron, the
British spy, who testified in the Parnell
case, is once more in Chicago. The tale as
published is that while O'Brien was assort
ing his mail a man came to the window and
asked the address of a certain Englishman
who used to be connected with the Western
British-American Association. O'Brien
had a friend standing there at the time, and
he at once declared: "Why, that's Le
Caron." Ho claimed to know the spy very
well, and at once, rushed ont to greet the
man supposed to be Le Caron. When he
got into the corridor, however, the fellow
had disappeared.
O'Brien's friend said he could not be mis
taken, and that he would take an oath that
the man was Le Caron. There has been
some talk of the spy's giving testimony in
the Cronin case, and this story told by Mail
Carrier O'Brien gives some color to the
rumor that Le Caron will appear on the
stand. O'Brien's statement, however, could
not be confirmed.
A Shipwrecked Vessel Affords a Feast for
Hundreds of Vagrants.
Baldwins, L. I., September 17. The
British cteamer Vertumnus, Captain Thomp
son, of the New York and Jamaica Steam
ship Line, ran ashore about 7:30 last night
in a dense fog opposite the life sav
ing station at Point Lookout,
Long Beach. She had a cargo
chiefly of bananas and oranges and four
passengers, Mr. J. H. Sheldon, owner of
the cargo, his wife and two children. Most
of the cargo was thrown overboard and the
batches sealed up. The passengers were
taken safely ashore in a lifeboat
The crew ot its remained on board the
steamer all night and were taken off this
morning. Hundreds of men went from the
main land to the beach in boats to-day and
gathered up the barrels of oranges and
bunches of banannas with which the beach
was strewn.
Civil Service Commissioner Lyman Asked
n Conplo of Questions.
Washington, September 17. The Post
asks Civil Service Commissioner Ly
man to tell why it is that
the strictest rules that he could
frame have beenapplied to the selection of
clerks in the various departments, while the
clerks employed by the commission itself
were selected without examination.
The Post asks Mr. Lyman if he did not
also promote his brother-in-law, one Camp
bell, from a $1,000 to a $1,200 place without
requiring him to pass a civil service ex
amination. r . m
Tho First Appointee From Alaska.
Washington. September 17. Miss Sal
lie L. Bull, of Alaska, was to-day ap
pointed a copyist in the Interior Depart
ment on certification from the Civil Service
Commission. Miss Bull is the first person
ever appointee, to tne department service
from Alaska.
PnrebV-iera can bo ftnJ.fir.enmMaf i
offered Fr Sate hi THE BiSPATC.
THE DISPATCH l the fees advertbta
medians la Western Pennsylvanta. Try hi
Benjamin Comes Ont Strongly m
the Ei-Comsifeeioser.
tie mugwump nm,i
fortei lie ProoMoat te
wrMrsi tmfc ;,t.
5E5SI0S3 Ml
last Agrees WK Hi
, 4
Jn a speech at a cavalry rewiea ia Bos
ton, last evening. Geaenl BeaiawB V:
Butler wanaly supported ex-CoBsai8c
01 .Tensions Tanner, and vigereBsly, de
nounced those who had him rasaeved. Ha
blames the mugwump press for &e aei
which he desounced,
Boston, September 18. General Beaje.
min.Jj'. ifutler defended Corporal TaBaeri-a"1
a racy speech at tho reunion of tfce First 1
Maine Cavalry,, in this city, to-night. Hal
Though all the HassacJrasctt sata. ww
not volunteers In the war, I, ohMa
mens tor myself as one of tseaa lj
going to the war. Fom the yetx--mt,j
when I shouldered ray mnrtrf In fhn Trunmir
chusetts militia, I hart bees preparfe te fee, sell
iaraaABugniDe,asouier. I bad keM ewyl
uuuua omce up to mat ot Brigadier Sew
when the order came from Wastes
that 1 was to go as a, member of
tne Massachusetts militia. I dfaonaswt
that matter the lint night wHb Mrs. Better.
Ghawas very strongly opposed te-mygeiagta "
the war; but I had. to say to ray dear wife tkat ,
there was but one way which Z eeM'
escape going to this war, aad. that .
X was to throw rayseif T)eef9.
a railroad train and low one or beta of :
legs. I went under the orders of tAe-CoHnaefl-jj
wealth of Massachusetts. I bad ia aH. tMl
merit there Is far thn first mdltfo. ia.--3
Good raen'and true, they obeyed tho eaM i
their State. ,
But what shall I say of another body of heat)
Ane men I see before me, who WBrenaomail
upon whom the country had no right te oaHtj
what made them goT What seat job, jay
comrades! Of, the officers I may"
say nothing. There was prometteB.
there were a thousand things. There wad
glory, fame not in the true sease ot fasae
the common Soldier, which M to hare his name
misspelled In the telegraphic dispatch
loud laughterj. and yet yea iets
home, wives and children, fatten and
mothers, at the call of our cosatvy, and
assured the world that the people of tMa esan-
vrj not oniy coma govern taemoe-lres. Bet they
could govern themselves agamst tie. armies of
He Sptals to atrsss9r
the world whenever it was necessary. Tre--3
mentions aniilanse.1
Here General Butler referred ia ax.Pea
sion Commissioner Tanner, and said: H
Corporal Tanner was eager and anxloas to d "j
his duty. Ha worked diligently wita.t&at ead i
in view, although he had no legar tat
stand on to do it For what was, ba
turned ont of officer At the call of,
the mugwump press. (To the reporters.' "Pat
that down, sure.") Tremendous applaase.j
His desire was simplv to aid his comnAwaml
wires and children, and that as fast he c&ttld,' '
aa hjoj are now uring oh ana wouia not watrt
it much longer. Pensions which bare beleaoset
to them have been kept baek by the
trickery of the officials. The cry ws;
made against him: "Why, he b refcMsg
the Treasury." Good GodT tfcero
never would have been any mosey ia the
treasury if it had not been for United States -soldiers.
Prolonged applause aad taaghter,.
amid cries of MThatl sn.nl RnMf MuTWAnt.
to see If we will bear tab much laager letJ
them try if , 3
That is huw they treat a private. NowJetl
me say a wonf about the officers. There bmmS
not been a volunteer officer retired oa half pay;
Not one. I know whereof I affirm. A lieuten
ant, captain, major, colonel of the regular '
army that has been retired because they would
give him mora pay than he could earn any
where else. Nothing else has been done.
Now, comrades, let ns demonstrate that wo
are good soldiers ana good citizens as well.
The Government must and shall understand
tnat we shall cave wnat we sees, which is sim
ply honest justice to ourselves, our wives and
onr children, and God helping ns, wa
will have that because our votes can
settle that question when we vote together.
Let cs stand together in this matter. Ldonot
mean to comment npon the President harshly;
for be was placed in a position where he could
not do as he pleased, but In bis kind-hearted; '
ness he said to Tanner: ''I will give you, any
other office you desire."
wnat a condition we nave coma to m this
country when an old one-legged soldier is
turned out of office for nothing. This
vuuiao uuuiu uui. euectuauy uo re- f
buicu uy mjo xreaiueni, uui, Bsy.
dear comrades. It can be resisted bvi
his comrades, who will stand by Mm. I re"
member only a lew weeks ago Corporal Tin--ner
was at a banquet in this city pven largely"
oy soiaiers, ana ne arose ana made a speech.
A speech of self-gloriflcation T No. A '
speech with no practical sense in
1? 9 Va TT. a-f.1. fir -m ..
Brooklyn man, and I don't know as I onght to -J
mieriere wiin your matters in iuassacnosetts,
but a member of the Grand Army had died
(giving his name) and left a wife in need, and
I propose to start a subscription for her re
We all seconded the motion, and he carried
to that widow the means of taking care of her
for many months. When a man that' carries
with him that good feeling, when an honest
man, for no man has said that ho
was not honest he ought to have the support
of every fair-minded citizen. Where are wo
going to find a man who has the courage to
stand up for the rights of the pensioners? I
fear, I say In closing; that the services of
the volunteer for his giving up everythlns
for his country and laying down his life. If
necessary, for her sake, has not been paid for,
and we only ask that this country follow the
example of older nations who have grown
rich, which is to give a pension to
every soldier and tho widow of every
deceased soldier, and cot let the trickeries of
rascals prevent their getting It. Applause.
Is there any better use we can put our money
to than bv placing It In the hands of the sol
diers? Cries of "No."
Gcnernl Scfaofleld Concludes Not lolnvesll
goto Major Armes Dlentnl Condition.
Washington, September 17. TJp to
the hour of midnight last night Major
Armes, who seems to be so great a bone of
contention in certain army circles, expected
that to-day he would be before a board of
army surgeons, going through a conrse of '
examination relative to his sanity. He '
went out to his place in the country last '
evening, with everything prepared to put to
flight the board, General Schofield, his
enemies, and the anonymous 'person who
alleged he is insane. He was awakened '
from sleep and handed an order from Gen
eral Schofield suspending the former order
fn,-i Til -fm?Tnttmr, 'fll, Mid AirxiAa
"they found they were getting their fibgen Xa
burnt, did they? All right; now it's my
turn," and he went to bed again.
Major Armes did not connive at the issue
of the order of suspension. He invited in
quiry into his sanity. It he was crazy he
wanted to know it Now, aj the last'itep
in the record of his extraordinary persecu
tion, he has an order which puts a donbt on
his sanitv revoked without the opportunity
of showing his sane condition and the
animus that put the stigma of insanity- oa
him. His business is injured, his peace
disturbed, his wife and eight children mada
unhappy. In view of these things, he
talks of bringing suit for damages against
tne uenerai 01 tne army, ana in nts present ha
temper mis win prooably be the result of J
J. ? ,.... preceeuings oi uenerai
Schofield, in his canacitv of astir.? Seer.
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