Pittsburg dispatch. (Pittsburg [Pa.]) 1880-1923, October 06, 1889, SECOND PART, Page 16, Image 16
MSB 1-sw J V 1 JP CJS-Krt OCTOBERS 6, z&s 16 !CHE PITTSBURG DISPATCH? 'SUNDAY; ,1889. '&?' I I ,.. ft A METEORIC CAREER. The Louisiana Bond Frauds Direct Attention to Major Burfce, EX-TREASURER OF THE STATE. A Man Who Always Kose Alove Depress ing Circumstances. THE PBOSPECr OF A STRUGGLE AHEAD IRrEail. TTLEOEXM TO THE DISIMTCH.1 Set Oeleaxs, October 5. The dis closures recently made in connection with the robbery of the State Treasury of Louis iana of a vast, and as yet, indefinitely known sum, represented by bonds of the State which were commanded by the Legis lature to be destroyed, but which have in some mysterious manner, found their way into circulation, brings into unpleasant no toriety one of the boldest, brainiest and most meteoric figures that have flashed across the Southern political sky since the close of the civil war. This is none other than llajor E. A. Burke, ex-Treasurer of Louis iana, ex-Director General of the "World's Exposition at Hew Orleans in 1SS5, ex-Administrator of Im provements of the city of Ifew Orleans, ex State Tax Collector of the richest and most populous district in the State of Louisiana, ex-proprietor of the Times-Democrat, the leading daily newspaper of this city and section, ex-political manager and "boss" in general of the Democratic party of Louisiana, and, finally, ex-plotter and planner of the bold scheme by which, in 1879, Tildtn lost the Presidency and South Carolina, Louisiana and Florida secured local self-government. Burke has been a truly conspicuous figure in Louisiana for the past 15 years, "Whence he came to make this State his home few know, and though he has never sought to preserve a mysterious silence aDout ms earlier life and history, there are not a half score of men in the State to-day who have any definite knowledge of who he was and what he had done previous to his appear ance in this city. HIS SAME IS HOT BT7EKE. He declares that his father's name was O'Bourke, and he himself was christened Edward. As he grew in power and influ ence, and his wonderful talents and re sources gave him a glimpse of the political greatness that was in store for him, he chanced O'Bourke to Burke, and added the middle name "Austin." From Celtic Ned O'Bourke he thus became the simple Amer ican "Edward Austin Burke." The most autnentic story of his birthplace makes him a native of Louisville, Ky. How old he Is no one knows. He seems to be SO. He has a fine presence, and is of affable and winning manners, a lorcible writer and an eloquent speaker. Versatile, genial, brainy a man who thinks upon his leet and follows thought by instantaneous action it is no wonder that he has been a leader of men. But to return to what is known of his life history. At the age of 13 Xed O'Bourke, as he was then known, was go ing to school in Louisville. His father had moved meanwhile to Texas. One morning, while yonng Xed was engaged in learning the alphabet of the telegraph operator in the school of telegraphy, he received a dis patch from his father saving that he had jailed in business, and that the son must give up all idea of an education. But the younc lellow had no thought of giving up that best of all educations which consists of a knowledge of the world and of men. He laid aside his books, it is true, but he TVEXT TO SCHOOL TO EVENTS, and in that grand university achieved a double first." He did not wend his way to Texas, but went straightway to a leading railway official in the city of Louisville and asked for something to do. Hecould use the telegraph instrument to a limited extent and was given a small station on the line. Here he remained for some time when he was promoted to the agency ata larger point, and finally at the age of 17 became Division Superintendent of the road, with more than COO men under his control. "When the war cloud seemed about to burst, youne "Burke," for such he had then become, hurried to Texas, where his father was living. He was then 19 years of age. For a few months he was in the em Dloy of one of the Texas railroads, but soon joined the arm v of the Confederacy. A mil itary career beginning at that age and last ing but four years in that section of the country could" hardly be. expected to furnish many incidents fqr a biographical sketch, yet even here opportunity was found for the display of his peculiar apti tude for overcoming the insuper able. The Trans-Mississippi Depart ment was deficient in means ot transporta tion. Young Burke, then a private soldier, was one day in the room of the commanding General, who was bewailing the fact that no wagons orcarts could then be manufactured in Texas. The 20-year-old beardless boy, standing by, declared that he could build the wagons and carts if the money to pay lor them was forthcoming. His very audacitv charmed his superior, and he was bidden to go at once and within GO days provide 100 wagons and an equal number of carts, with the necessary horses and mules. HIS FIBST COKTKACT. Sufficient funds for the work were placed at his disposal, and promptly at the ap pointed time young Burke droveup, and be hind him trailed out 100 wagons and the same number of carts. He was at once made master of transportation of the entire Trans-Mississippi Department, and at the close of tbe war delivered to General E. Kirby Smith, at Shreveport, La., the largest property account of any officer of the Con federacy. His receipt from General Smith for the property thus turned over, and a complimentary letter from that officer, are among Major Burke's most treasured pos sessions, which he is never weary of exhibit ing to his Iriends. "When the war closed E. A. Burke be came a cotton broker in Galveston, Tex. He was a bold speculator, and for a time made monev, but one day the collapse came, and with $30 in his pocket he left Galves ton for New Orleans. He reached this city with S10 in his pocket. For several days he walked the streets trying to secure work until his money had all disappeared. One sight he slept on a bench in a public square, having no means to get a lodging place. He strolled up Poydras street, not tar from the heart of the city, and entered a marble yard to ask for work. He was given the job of removing a number of marble slabs irom the pavement to the yard, and his wages were fixed at 1 a day. Within two weeks he was made superin tendent of the yard and his pay increased to $30 a week. It was not Jong before the HAVE you seen our kid gloves at 69 cts. Kxable & Shtjstek, 35 Fifth ave. "tSSINO MUSEUMT "Week or October 7, 1ES9, EARLEiCOTT JUVENILE OPERA CO. THE MASTODON FA&HION PLATE, OB DIAMOND FAT LADY. GREATEST SHOW OF THE SEASON. ocG-lCW p UENTHEfrVS ORCHESTRA Furnishes Music for Concerts, Weddings, Receptions, etc., etc Also Lessons on Flnte and Piano. Bd5-l-su 0 WOOD ST. motmrna Have you used EARS Soap? Jackson Bailroad, then and now the wost important railway entering the city, discov ered the wonderful organizing talent of lue young man, and he was sought as the gen eral freight agent of the line. In this posi tion he had room to develop his marked ability as an organizer and commander, and becoming at the same time a popular mem ber of the favorite company of the volun teer fire department, always the source of great political power in this city, he soon became known to the community as a man of cool judgment, of marked ability and unfailing courage. A BISE JOT THE WOELD. In the year 1672, less than three years after he had spent a night on a bench in a public park because he was utterly penniless,a Burke was made tbe regular Democratic nominee for Administrator of Improvements of the city of New Orleans. The nomination of an independent candi date divided the conservative vote, and James Lewis, a negro aud Republican, was elected. But in 1874 Burke was again nom inated for the same positidn and elected by an overwhelming majority. He thus be came the dispenser of a greater amount of political patronage than any man in the State, not even except ing the Governor. It is due him to say that friends and enemies alike commend the thorough efficiency and economy of his ad ministration of the office, in which he made a record never equaled before or since. The city of New Orleans was clean for two vears at least, and Burke made it s6. In the days of the struggle between John McEnery and Kellogg lor the Governorship. Burke took a prominent part in behalf of the Democracy. It was the time when troops had been ordered to the State, by the National Government, and things looked squally. The 14th of September, 1874, had brought a pitched battle between the metro politan police supporting Kellogg and a body of citizens supporting McEnery. On this day and at all times Burke was, if not the master spirit, at least not far from the leadership. It was by his well-devised and cleverly executed plot that the troops ordered from Holly Springs, Hiss., on the day of the now historic battle were delayed long enough to give the citizens the victory, which, although not immediately effective, was the beginning of the end of the Kellogg government. During the hotly contested campaign of 1876, Major Burke served as chairman of a committee appointed to act as a check upon the Republican Returning Board, and upon his figures and data was based the claim of Tilden to the vote of the State as cast. AIT ASTUTE DIPLOMAT. After the election and during the period of the electoral commission, he went as the representative of the Democratic State Gov ernment to Washington, where his astute diplomacy won from the incoming adminis tration an informal agreement that the Republican government should be left to stand or tall as it could, unaided by mili tary support. This settled the long struggle in favor of the Democrats, and Packard, the Republican claimant for the Governorship, threw up the sponge. In 1877 Major Burke, now on the topmost wave of political influence and financial prosperity, received the appointment of State tax collector of the richest district in New Orleans an office worth from 530,000 to 550,000 a year. This he relinquished the following year to become State Treasurer, to which position he was elected in 1878. This office he held for ten consecutive years, being defeated for renomination in 1888, after a bitter factional campaign, in which he espoused the cause of the McEnery party, which was overthrown by the Nicholis fac tion at the Democratic primaries through out the State. Major Burke's reputation as a political leader is not confined to Louisiana. At the Cincinnati Convention which nominated Hancock he led the delegation from this State, and at Chicago he not only controlled his own delegation, which was, from first to last, almost unanimous for Cleveland, but took an active and influential part in the discussion of all the issues that came before that body, being one of the three appointed to draft the important tariff resolutions. It was but natural that a man of Bnrke's power and influence should seek to enter journalism. In 1879 he bought the New Orleans Democrat, and later, in 1881, the daily Times, and consolidated them under the name of the Times-Democrat, now one of the leading journals ot the Southwest, if not of the Union. CAPACITY FOE WOBK. But the crowning work of his life, the acme of his ambition, as he has often said to his friends, was in the great New Orleans Exposition, held in 1885, of which he was made Director General. Here his capacity for work seemed enormous. He wore out everybody about him; but though a thou sand fell by the way he kept steadily oil. Nothing escaped him; nothing of value to the Exposition was neglected. But he did not know how to husband his physical re sources, and, worse still, while he worked for the Exposition his private affairs became sadly tangled from neglect. He came out of the Exposition with world-wide prestige, it is true, but with health and fortune gone. And it was during these days of arduous labor for the development of the South through an exhibition of her resources that the bonds now fraudulently circulated were taken from the State treasury. How this was done no one knows or can know until Major Bnrke's return from London to this State. For several months he has been in the English capital seeking to dispose of some mining concessions in Hon duras to an English company. It is not known here how tar he has succeeded in his efforts. Public opinion in the State is divided as to Burke's guilty knowledge of the abstrac tion of the bonds. His friends are standing firmly by him, while his enemies are cry ing, "I told you so." But until he actually sets foot on the soil of Louisiana, and makes his own defense, no one can tell what will be the outcome. He is a fighter, and neither asks nor gives quarter, and it is probable that there will be some interesting develop ments when he begins to talk. If he falls, he will bring many men high in public places down with him. Specialties for evening wear in brus sels net, crepe du chene and mouseline de soie; latest novelties, direct from the Paris market. Hugus & Hacke. TTSSU NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. HARRIS" THEATER. "WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY, OCTOBER 7. Every axtebxoox and Evzwnra. Second. "Weolc of tlie Pitts burg UTavorltes, the WILBUR OPERA CO, And the Vivacious Nightingale, MISS SUSIE KIRWIN, IN A NEW REPERTOIRE: Monday NANON. Tuesday THE TWO VAGABONDS. Wednesday-THE BEGGAR STUDENT. Thursday MASCOT. Friday THE BOHEMIAN CTRL. Saturday PRINCESS OF TREBIZONDE. MEW ADVERTISEMENTS. GRAND HOUSE NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. i?r NEW ABVBUnSEXElrTS. "3gr E2TBAI WEEK OF OCTOBER 14. Matinees Wednesday and Saturday, Engagement of the Famous RUDOLPH ARONSON Week of October 14 SHEI ocS-59 E. D. WILT, Lessee and Manager. ONE WEEK, COMMENCING Monday, October 7. Saturday Matinee 'Only. First Appearance fn Pittsburg of the Distin guished English Actress, HELEN BARRY, Supported by a Specially Engaged Company from the Union Square Theater, New York City, Under tbe Management of J. M. HILL, In the following repertoire: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday Evenings, Love and Liberty, A Powerful Romantio Drama, written express ly for Miss Barry by T. Malcolm Watson, ot London. Tuesday and Friday Evenings and Saturday Matinee. A Woman's Stratagem, A Bnarkling Comedy from Eugene Scribe's "Batailles des Dames." A Metropolitan Production, In which the Stage Settings, Costumes and Mechanical Effects are Entirely New, having ust been completed at Great Cost, all of which are Car ried oy the Company. October 14 Rudolph Aronson's Casino Onen Co. in "The Brigands." oc5-24 COMIC OPERA CO,, Presenting the Sparkling Operetta THE BRIGANDS! As Presented for 125 Perform ances at the NEW YORK CASINO! And Four Weeks in Boston. THE ORIGINAL "CAST. INCLUDING THEATRE Undertime direction of K.1I.G0MCK&C0. ONE WEEK, COMMENCING MONDAY, OCT. 7, Every Evening and Wednesday and Saturday Matinees, ttAJSZRT TjJuC!T AND THE Lillian Russell, Fanny Rice, Isabelie Urquhart, Anna O'Kesfe, Delia Stacey, .Laura Russell, Alice Greeway, Eva Johns, . Nellie Duglass, Clara Randall, Fred. Solomon, Geo. Oltni, HenrrHallam, Richard Carroll, A. W. Tarns, J. A. Furry, Henry Leoni, Chas. Priest, Max Lube, Chas. Renwics. Tbe production under the direction of MR MAX FREEMAN. Musical Director, MR. GUSTAVE KERKER. The costumes and scenery are the most elab orate and gorgeous ever seen in an operatio production. Bale of seats begins THURSDAY MORN ING, October 10, at Box Office, Grand Opera House. oc8-56 s TTT BY JOSEPH ARTHUR NOTE This Electric Success has played to more people, more money and longer runs In England and America than any other attraction. A BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY. MAGNIFICENT SCENIC PRODUCTION. Press Opinions Last Season Pittsburg, February 12, 1889, TIMES. A popular success. EVENING PRESS. The play was cheered heartily. By ou packed. ' POST. BUou crowded to see a most enjoyable performance. , LEADER, A great go. Entnuslastlo audiences. Standing room only. REeEBVED SEATS, 75, 50 aaid 25c. DISPATCH. Intensely Interesting. Capacity of the By ou tested. CHRONICLE-TELEGRAPH. Strong situations and vivid climaxes. Audience of Immense proportions. COM.-GAZETTE. Fully up to the standard. BIJOU PRICES: OCTOBER li-I. M. HILL'S "A POSSIBLE CASE" COMPANY. ocS-41 PITTSBURG EXPOSITION SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! fviZ p- Monday Evening, Oct. 7. Matinees, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Gus Hill's World of Novelties. O. W. Williams. Billy Carter. The Great Pirrung. Chas. Harris. Miss Nellie Walters. Phil Sheridan. Miss Chrissie Sheridan. Swift & Chase. Miss Lottie Gibson. Jas. K Black. Chas. Hume. Gus Hill And the New Comedy, called Spring Chickens. Oct It Hyde's Specialty Co. ocM EXTRA ANNOUNCEMENT! GOOD NEWS! GOOD NEWS! The Hit of Last Season Here. ' COMING. COMING. BIJOU THEATER, WEEK OP OCTOBER 14. "A POSSIBLE CASE." Sydney RosenfeWs Amusing Comedy, acted by J. M. HILL'S Union Square Theater Company. Get the DATE down in your Memorandum Book. ocS-21 Grand Prize Concert! WILL BE GIVEN BY COMPANY I, KNIGHTS OF ST. GEORGE, WEDNESDAY, October 9, 1889. Doors open at 7.30; commence at 8 p.m. Tickets, 25c For sale by members, and at 223 Franklin it. AH purchasers of tickets for this concert will please call at Sixth ward school hall, Alle gheny, as the former location has been changed. By order of Chairman of Committee. 0C4-55 L. BLATTNER. "WORLD'S MUSEUM, ALLEGHENY CITY. I James Geary.... Manaeer HOi-rv Unntf HanM.a -ft. .j mvwu.,,.,..,., ,..wujiupaa i imager Week, October 7. The Medical Fraternity Nonplussed, a Theory, a Study, ROSE, THE WILD GIRL A Strange Formation, GEO., THE TURTLE BOY, OTHER NEW FEATURES, And great all new Stage Performance. Coming, Oct 11 Geary's World's Indoor Winter Circus. Postponed one week later, the Grand Prize Baby Show, Oct. 21. oc6-63 TMPERIAL HALL- Corner Seventh avenue and new Grant street. THE IMPERIAL CLUB'S Famous Thursday Night Receptions Erery Thursday Night from 8 to L Yourself and lady are welcome. ocfl-58 The management take pleasure in announcing that an engagement ha3 "been made with "rnnes' Famous Thir teenth Regiment Band, of New York," commencing to-morrow (Monday) and continuing every afternoon and evening until the close of the Exposition. This famous organization numbers 45 musi cians of national reputation, and is under the personal direction of Professor Ihnes. Mr. Ihnes is, unquestionably, the great est living Trombonest. He will appear at each concert and give one of his un equaled solos. This is, undoubtedly, thevflnest mili-' taryband in the country. Competent judges consider it in many respects su perior to even Gilmore. The band will perform, in addition to the regular Pro gramme, Prof Innes' noted selection, called "The Congress of Nations," with lull artillery effects, Battery B, of this "city, having kindly loaned their cannon' for the purpose. The cannon will iie? fired by electricity. Do not iaii to near tnis grand can- " bination. No increase in prices. . ' '- - - i F Jt 5ff i .x)TvrTssio3sr ADULTS, 25c. , -.' J. . rft i' - "T&Z ,3M UHn.mmm. i&c. ' t -& . -. "9 eeMT TO-MORROW MORNING WE C OMMENCE A PHENOMENAL SALE OF4- MEN'S FINE FALL OVERCOATS To "WZbJLcIfcL "We S:peoaiU.;7"' In.-v-ije G-exLijlexo-enD. "WIlo .n?e 3?at:r?o-n i reL-n g ZMTe:r?o:fcLa:n.-b & S rtrw Tadlors "We Sl3.aH Offer Soxne 5,000 OVERCOATS And those who are particular about the fit, style and general make-up of their clothing this notice should prove of the greatest interest Promptly at 8 o'clock to-morrow morn ing this sale will commence and we shall have displayed on our counters and tables a stock of Overcoats which has never been equaled in extent, assortment or general excellence in any store in the United States. It is a stock that combines all the qualities necessary to make it the best that the most noted American and foreign manufac turers, with the aid of the most skilled workmen in the work, could supply. 10, 12, 15, 16, 18, 20, 25, SO. are the prices at which you can, at this great sale, obtain choice of Overcoats, which it is very safe for us to say never were equaled at any of the prices named. Out of this stock can be selected an Overcoat to please any man. Be advised by us, don't go to a merchant tailor until you have at least seen these goods. We have "regu lar" and "extra" sizes and guarantee perfect fit and satisfaction to everyone. The cut, style, make and trimmings embodied in these fine grades are equal to and in many instances supe rior to any custom-made goods obtainable in Pitts burg, while our prices for the same range from one quarter to one-half less. We thus point out how you can save money. Why not do it? Ours is a house where everybody can trade and trade right 2LT-re:L?y Onn.e of TLese 5,000 OVERCOAT Marked in plain figures the price it will be sold foe The ticket giving information relative to quality and price will be' plainly seen and a very." t !- i M.S Ml ! ) unci lnspccuuu wui cuuvincc anyone that it is an utter impossibility for such bargains to be obtained in - ' any other clothing house in this city. Those who come either td buy or inspect thase ele- , ' pant Overcoats will find that thev are4 all made with a care heretofore unknown foJ . the wearers of Ready-made Clothing and 4that the prices we shall sell at are much lower than the merits of the goods should permit Every Overcoat in the entire stock is a bargain at prices offered. TjfijjK 10, 12, 15, $16, 18, 20, 25, 30. We repeat these prices in order that they shall b impressed on your memory. No matter where! you go, in the busy East, the lively West or the active South these extraordinary bargains will stand pre-eminent You have choice of Overcoats cut long, medium or short ' ' box style. Many of them are ' made from the costliest and most exquisite of imported materials and they're equal in make, fit and finish to the most expensive of custom work. You have doubtless heard such expressions from other cloth ing dealers of this city and have learned to your sorrow that "all was not as professed," but you can rely on any statement we make. Why not investi gate?. A few minutes spent here means at least the .saving of a $io bill. i OUR BOYS' CLOTHING DEPARTMENT THE FINEST IN THE COUNTRY. Children's Black Worsted Suits at $2. Nice Suits, corded back and front, $2 50. Fancy Plaited Suits, in beautiful patterns, at $3, $3 50 and $4. Belted and' Plaited fine Cassimere Suits at $4, $4 50, $5 and $6. Splendid Corduroy Suits at $4, $5 and $6. Children's Overcoats at $2 50, 3, $4, 5, $6 and $8 which you cannot match anywhere else for less than from $x to $4 more money. Boys' .Long Pant Suits at $3 S $4) $5 $6 $8 and 10. These for pure, unadulterated bargains excel anything ever brought to Pittsburg. Big Boys' Overcoats at $4, $5, $6, $8, $10 and ?iz are so far superior in make and fit to what is sold elsewhere in Pittsburg as not to be comparable. All stylishly cut aud elegantly made. Goods sold so close as to leave hardly sufficient profit to pay for handling. G-TTSKTSrS Goods sent O. O. D. to any part of tho United States or Canada. Send for, our Elegantly Illustrated Pall and Winter Catalogue. aOO -to 400 2&&JElJ33Bin2 STBEBT. O-TJS -rsrm :m CyMJ ,t2H zigt ;s It!