Pittsburg dispatch. (Pittsburg [Pa.]) 1880-1923, November 04, 1889, Image 1

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ft Heln, a'dverdse Id THE Dlfel'ATCH.
Pnrcbner can be found far everything
offered Fer Sale In THE DISPATCH.
THE DISPATCH U the best ndvertislng
medium U Western Pennsylvania. Try It
It ism.
"The Mannington Region
West Virginia Goes
on Grease.
But lTo Such Fabulous Deals
Are Made as Eumor
, Set on. loot.
Deprive Hundreds of Greedy land
Owners of Coveted Bonuses
for leases.
fkn& That Alleged 500-Barreler, the Ham
r ' ilton, lields Possibly 40 or
50 Barrels at Best.
The Mannington, W. Va., oil boom has
seemingly set hundreds of good sober citi
zens crazy, on the smallest capital that Oil
dom has ever ret discovered producing snch
results. A good quality of oil, in dread
fully small quantity, has been found; that
is all. The great Hamilton well which, so
recently as Friday morning last, was with
out contradiction reported to hare belched
forth at the rate of 600 barrels the
day previous, "into hidden tanks," had, as a
matter of cold, stubborn, unquestionable
fact, yielded on that day less than 50 bar
rels. They are making mighty mysteries
of their new-found grease, to profitable pur
pose it would seem; and now they talk of
going down to the Gordon sand. Leases
command almost any price within the range
of insanity of a milder form. The strangest
part of it all is that prospectors who say
there is no oil there are looking earnestly
for leases. A full and accurate array of
facts fails to develop the new Lima field
which the mountaineers laid claim to.
Mxxsisgtox, W. Va., .November
Theresidents of this ordinarily staid
quiet village have lived more in the last two
weeES than they did in the preceding two
years. The grooves of their lives were
greased, as it were, and they shot along at
such a wonderfully accelerated speed that it
turned their heads. It was oil that did it
a little bit of oil that came out of the
ground, and grand visions of vast quantities
that were yet to come.
It was on Friday two weeks ago that the
drillers of what is known as the Hamilton
well thought they had struck a great sub
terranean lake of the oleaginous fluid.
A Perfect Spurt of It.
The oil shot out of the ten-inch hole with
such force and volume as to go higher than
the 70-foot derrick, and drench the flag
which was nailed on the top so thoroughly
that it has hung limp and greasy ever since.
It looked for the time being as though the
well was a thousand-barrel gusher at the
lowest estimate, and ought to be even
greater than that.
The story of the strike flew with the speed
of electricity. If ot only was there the wild
est excitement among the people in this sec
tion o Marion county, but, the news reach
ing the oil regions and oil speculators of
Pennsylvania and Ohio, created little less
"With snch a foundation upon which to
build, wildly exaggerated stories of the fer
tility of the field gained currency and
credence. In an incredibly short time Man
nington found itself overwhelmed by a
throng of oil operators and speculators. The
number was far too large for the exceedingly
limited accommodations of the little Til
lage. Some of the Rnmors.
Prom Oil City The Dispatch received
private information that rumor had it that
the new oil field was likely to eclipse the
Lima field in productiveness, and that one
company alone had leased 60,000 acres.
After the first grand spurt of the Hamilton
well it had been shut up and closely guarded.
The "mystery" tactics were used with an
effectiveness that defied overthrow. It was
then that The Dispatch correspondent
came down to this region to make thorough
and impartial investigation.
It is well enough to state right here that
he didn't find any 1,000-barrel well, nor
anytliing that Indicated that the region was
jg to equal the prolific Lima field; nor
SSThVfind that anyone company had leased
,ofer,S3 square miles of territory. But he
did find indications that the oil belt of "West
Virginia is likely to produce much oil in
the near future, and
Oil of a Superior Quality.
Prom the time oil was struck up to
Thursday afternoon, October 31, the Hamil
ton well was worked as a nuttcry, being
carefully boarded up and closely guarded.
OnThursday the guard was removed, and,
when the correspondent visited the well,
there was not a soul to be seen around it,
nor was there any attempt at concealment
The reason for this change of tactics will
appear further on. At the time of the visit
! to the well it was as quiet as the surronnd-
ing hills. But it had flowed for a few min
utes during the day previous into a small
tank with which procs had been connected
1 after the first big spurt.
Prom Mr. Fleming Hamilton, the owner
of the farm on which the well is drilled, it
was learned that a small flow occurred every
12 or 14 hours. That is, that the accumula
tion of trts in the well under the oil which
gradually gathered in the hole, forced the
heavier liquid up about once a day. The
tank with which the pipes are connected
will not hold more than o0 barrels. On
Friday the well was
Capped and Plugged
to protect any further flow while waiting for
pumping machinery, which has been or
dered. When the well was capped there
were not more than 30 or 40 barrels of oil in
the tank, as near as could be ascertained by
climbing on top of it and looking through
the gas vent hole of the cover. This, posi
tively, is all thewell has done so far, yet a
Wheeling paper of Friday morning, under
a display head, said:
The Hamilton well, which has been kept by
its proprietors a secret, Is no longer a mystery.
Yesterday it gave to the owners new and last
ing encouragement. No one was astonished
when, abont 3 o'clock, she showed In one-half
hour a production of an average per day of 500
barrels. Oil is flowing freely into the hidden
tanks regularly.
It is needless to remark that the 500-barrels-per-day
idea caused many amused
smiles among the shrewd oil operators here,
who knew the facts and read the paper.
There was some talk of organizing a bat
talion to go ont and search for the "hidden"
tanks; but it was abandoned on account of
the weather, and the intense absurdity of
seeking for a hidden thing which was not
hidden any more than is "a city set upon
the hills."
What It May Do.
It is not at all possible yet to determine
what the Hamilton well may do eventually.
On account of the jealousy naturally exist
ing among rivals in business, the oil opera
tors here searching for leases seek facts and
express views as will best suit their own in
terests, and they do not agree upon a unani
mous verdict. Some say that it has gone
through the Gordon sand, and that as a
pumper the well will not be better than a
five-barreler. Others with equal confidence
assert that it will be about a 25 barrel pro
ducer. None go higher than the latter
Yet mark thts fact: All of them want
leases! It they can convince the farmers
that the territory is only wildcat, they can
get leases at a much less bonus than if they
admitted that the Hamilton well is likely
to prove a big producer.
The actual depth of which the Hamilton
well has been bored Is 1,804 feet The oil
that was found was in the Big Injun sand.
The drill went down 14 feet in the slate be
neath the Big Injun, and there stopped,
ostensibly for fear that the salt water might
be struck.
'Tell it to the Marine.
But there is strong reason for saying that
the fear of salt water might be told to the
marines, those hermophrodites of the sea who
are credited with gullibility. The Gordon
sand is not reached in the Mt .Morris dis
trict short of 2,100 feet; if thejcalculations
in regard to the dip of the various strato
are correct, it could not be found at the
point where tbe Hamilton well is located
short of 2,400 to 2,500 feet It is not at all pro
bable that there is any more salt water be
tween the Big Injun and the Gordon sands,
at the point where the Hamilton well is lo
cated, than there is in the Mt Morris dis
trict It is not necessary to draw the
Extent of tbe Belt.
So much attention has been given in the
foregoing to the" Hamilton-well, for the rea
son that it is the key to the situation. The
finding of oil, either in small or large .quan
tity at that point, settled the question as to
the continuity of tbe oil belt. "Whatever
the Hamilton well may yet do, it is certain
there is oil in the territory; and it may be a
big field. One experienced operator says he
believes it is a pocket field only. He was
hunting leases, however.
But how came anyone to go into the
wildest kind of wildcat territory, land
which no oil operator ever dreamed would
produce oil, and bore a hole? That ques
tion leads up to the story.-
Prof. H.C. White, State Geologist of
"West Virginia, became convinced, through
his investigations of the mineral wealth of
tbe State, that there was oil in localities not
hitherto supposed to be petrolenm territory.
Long before the first producing well was
found at Mt Morris, which is in Pennsyl
vania, Just Beyond the I.Ine
of Monongalia county, West Virginia, Prof.
White had followed the Pennsylvania oil
belt from that point through Monongalia
and Marion counties up to, and for some
miles south of Mannington. The out-
croppings oi the rock appeared
on the east side of the belt at a general aver
age of about 45 degrees southwest of Mt
Morris. He calculated that the east side of
the belt would probably produce gas wells,
on the west side oil. The average width of
the belt is three miles, according to surface
indications. Acting upon the faith of his
convictions, Prof. White associated with
himself Prof. T. M. Jackson, a civil engi
neer, of Morgantown, and Clarence Smith,
formerly of Fairmont, and the company
proceeded to visit the farmers in the neigh
borhood of Mannington to procure leases of
land under guarantees of tests within three
years. Before any work would be done the
White, Jackson, Smith Company desires to
secure leases of 2,500 acres.
For Simply tlio Royalty
of one-eighth of the oil, and without bonus.
The 2,500 acres were secured without much
difficulty. Prof. White wanted to put
down the first test well on Plum run, but as
he could not secure enough leases in that
neighborhood, concluded to try first on the
Hamilton farm, about a mile and a half
from Mannington, and that is how the Ham
ilton well became an entity.
The original company, consisting of the
three persons already named, took in a
fourth partner for tbe purpose of develop
ment This person is Mr. John Montgom
ery, of Washington, Pa., who agreed to put
down the wells in two tracts for three
tourths of the oiL It was he who bored the
Hamilton well.
Now there is a very bitter feeling against
the original company, and against Prof.
White especially. Mr. J. H. Firby, of this
place, who is a member of the State Senate,
owner of much laud, a lumber manufac
turer, merchant, and in various ways prom
inent and active in the community, was one
who put in 200 acres at the start He now
says that the White Company did not stop
at the 2,500 acres, but went on until
They Secured Many Thousands.
No one can tell exactly how many acres
the White Company controls; but it is cer
tain that it is over 6,000. The persons who
cave these leases will receive nothing but
Lthe royalty, while they see their neighbors
getting big bonuses. Prof. White's geo
logical knowledge and his business acumen
were demonstrated by the finding of oiL
Bat Prof. White himself acknowledges that
it requires actual teats to demonstrate the
localities in which oil in paying quantities
is to be found. He already had plenty of
territory to the west of the Hamilton well,
but since the strike he has been active in
securing further leases on the east
While Prof. White's company did not
commence operations -on Plum run, another
company did, almost as soon as work began
on the Hamilton farm. Bufbad luck has
atten A i the venture. For some days, and
even a. to last Friday, there was much in
clination to believe that the hard luck
stories were only intended to conceal potent
facts of a slippery nature; but they were
not The well is down 1,140 feet When
an attempt was made to put in the first, or
10-inch casing, it parted of its own weight,
owing to defective material, and there was
A Lone Fishing Job
hardly had this been successfully ended
when the bailer was lost in the hole. It was
was finally fished out, but only in part, as
the bottom of the bailer remains in the
well. Mr. Willett, who is generally sup
posed to be really the representative of
Booth & Flinn, of Pittsburg, is the con
tractor, and has not been near the well for
over a week. Tn the meantime the lour
drillers aro drawing their 5 a day each,
simply for going to the rig once a day and
seeing that no person has stolen the hole.
The Hamilton and Plum run wells are
the only two which haye been drilled as
yet in the Mannington district, but prepara
tions for others are being pushed with great
activity. The Standard has enough confi
dence in, or fear of, the territory to try it,
and is putting up a derrick about two miles
north of Mannington. Several other der
ricks are going up, or have been contracted
for, two of them being within the borough
limits. Two or three weeks will demon
strate whether or not tjie field is a good one,
whether or not anything further is done
with the Hamilton well during that time.
A Golden Stream Monopoly.
"Wherever there is a great deal of oil ex
citement somebody is destined to get cash,
whetherhegetsoilor not So far as Man
nington is concerned, one man has had a
monopoly of the golden stream which flowed
to the place. There is only one hotel in the
village, and the proprietor of that hostelry
is the person who has been reaping the
autumnal harvest When the crowds began
pouring into the territory they naturally
drifted to the Commercial Hotel. Every
thing in the shape of a bed was filled, two
or three deei. Then every evailable cot was
put np, wherever room t could
be found for one, until even
the hallways became almost impassable.
When this space was all taken the later
comers had to get accommodations wherever
they could, at prices commensurate with the
necessities of the occasion. Vacant space
in storehouses was used for sleeping pur
poses, and when this was all taken the last
stragglers were informed that they might
get within the shelter of a chicken coop,
which had been emptied of its original oc
cupants by the voracious appetites of the
bediess visitors. As a consequence Fair
mont, which lies outside the oil belt, got a
portion of the overflow,, persons going to
that village on tbe last train at night, and
returning to Mannington on the first train
in the morning.
Showmen and Fakirs.
Snide showmen and fakirs of various
kinds flocked to the village to capture a few
ot the stray nickels which wandered about,
and left with heavier pockets than they
brought with them.
The excitement, however began to wane
by Thursday of last week, and, many
visitors having departed, it became possible
to get a bed in the hotel.
-Nine-tenths of all the territory that is
supposed to be, by any possible stretch of
imagination, within the oil belt has already
been leased. As has already been said,
much of this is decidedly wildcat territory.
What little good land still remains is held
by the owners at such stiff bonus prices that
only daring and reckless speculators care to
invest One man, who is not
particularly sharp-witted, but who
is the owner of 100 acres of land near the
edge of the belt, wanted a bonus of $10 an
acre, with the usual royalty.
All tbe Oil and a Bonos.
No one had the slightest idea of taking it
at that figure, butone waggish individual
among the speculators remarked to the hay
seed: "Ten dollars an acre is too much bonus.
I tell you what I'll do; I'll give you 5 and
eight-eighths of the oil."
"No," replied Mr. Hayseed, "I'll not let
my land go for 5 an acre unless I get more
of the oil."
The Hamilton well is about 35 miles by
air line from Mt. Morris. In the latter
field there has been but little activity of
late. Only five wells came in during Octo
ber, of which two were dusters.
The other new West Virginia field,, the
Eureka, in Ohio county, west ot tbe old
exhausted Volcano field, is likely to create
t stir before long. Last week a 330-barrel
well was brought in on territory which two
weeks ago was offered for sale in fee simple
for 525 an acre. Now 560 per acre bonus is
offered for some of this laud for leases.
A Well-Known Philadelphia Traveling Dion
Takes Ills Life tn Chlcngo.
Chicago, November 3. Gus Winelan
der, representing the wholesale umbrella
firm of N. Winelander & Co., of 17 North
Third street, Philadelphia, committed sui
cide in his room on the sixth floor of the
Palmer House, some time last night by in
haling illuminating gas. He was fonnd in
bed to-night by a servant girl who made re
peated attempts to arouse him. Mr. Wine
lander was one of the best known drummers
in the country. He came here from St.
Lonis on October 30. An entry in his note
book shows that while in St. Louis he drew
on his firm for 535. Only 52 was found in
the clothing.
The body was taken to an undertaker's
rooms by traveling men who knew the dead
man for years. Mr. Winelander was in
good spirits yesterday, and not one of his
colleagues can ,assign a cause for the
He Took Foison, Tried Hanging, 'Cat His
Tbront and Jumped Off the Roof.
Geajjtoit, W. Va., November 3. John
Armbr'uster, who killed himself yesterday
by jumping off a four-story house, was
bound to die. He first broke into a drug
store and swallowed poison. The doctors
saved him, but he followed this up with
three attempts to hang himself. Failing to
leave the world by this route, he cut his
throat with a razor, and with the blood
streaming from his wound, he went to the
roof and sprang off.
While the body was being prepared for
burial, 12 wounds made with a pair of scis
sors were lound on his body. He was 64
years old.
Jealousy the Cause of a Murder.
Pabkersbueq, W. Va., November 3.
At a dance at Valley Mills, on Friday
night Frank Seisk and Kirk Padget en
gaged in a row abont a girl, and Seisk
.fractured Padget's skull with a poker, The
wounded man will likely die,
full of Sneers and Hatred for Har
rison, Whom Ho Calls a Traitor. ,
The Man Who First Toted for the General
for U. S. Senator, and
Now, Failing to Get a ConsnlsMp, Cites Mr. Har
rison an Awful Boast
Hon. David V. Baker, a disappointed In
dianian, failing to get a consulship, is out
in a long attack on Ihe President, whom he
accuses of being ungrateful and forgetful of
past favors. Mr. Baker claims to be the
original Harrison man, and the very first
one who, as member of the Indiana Legis
lature, voted for the General for United
States Senator. ..
Washington, November a There is
in Washington to-day an Indiana Repub
lican, who six months ago was the most en
thusiastic and irrepressible Harrison man
in all Hoosierdom. To-day he has nothing
but sneers and hatred for the President, who
he says, has betrayed the Republican party.
This much disappointed man is the Hon.
David Y. Baker, one of the tnost widely
known and effective stump speakers in the
State of Indiana. Mr. Baker's grievance
against the administration is embittered by
the fact that he is an unsuccessful candidate
for appointment to a good, fat consulship.
He says, however, that whether he is to get
the office or not, he cannot refrain from
showing upthe treachery and ingratitude of
Benjamin Harrison.
There are just two things, in Mr. Baker's
opinion, that are responsible for the flat
failure of Harrison as President. First, he
turned his entire policy in the direction of
instead of the Republicans who made him,
and second, he has allowed his actions to be
controlled by the Indianapolis gang of poli
ticians who could not carry their own
county for him, while he has utterly forgot
ten the men who made him what he is.
Mr. Baker claims to be one of the men
mainly responsible for the advancement of
Benjamin Harrison in public life. In 1860
he helped to nominate him for the first of
fice he ever held, that of reporter of the
Supremo Court of Indiana. In 1881, Mr.
Baker was a member ot the Indiana Legis
lature, and was the first man to vote for
Benjamin Harrison for the position of
United States Senator, and on May 30,
1888, in a speech in Portland, Ind., he nom
inated him for the office of President of the
United States. That speech was the first
gun of the Harrison campaign, and was the
text of the numerous editorials of tbe East
ern press on the subject of grandfather's
Now Baker is a candidate for appoint
ment to a consulship, and he gets the cold
shoulder at the White House because he is
neither amugwump, or a member of the In
dianapolis gang of politicians who are run
ning the administration of Benjamin Har
rison. The eulogies of Mr. Harrison which Mr.
Baker delivered while he was his ardent
admirer were not of the ordinary sort, by
any means. There were no bounds to the
eloquence of the Hoosier orator when speak
ing of the man whom he now distrusts and
dislikes. For instance, he said in the Port-!
land speech reierred to, among other pleas
ant things, tha "Harrison is Indiana's
choice, her only choice." The speech con
cluded with a lofty peroration that contained
these words: "The tongue of slander
will be silenced when the people know the
ability and purity of our man that the old
blood still flows that the old stock still
lives, and in the person of General Harri
son, ot Indiana, has not degenerated, but is
noble, pure and good as in the days that
tried men's souls."
Now all is changed, and in the opinion of
his former eulogist, no man lives or ever did
live, who was such a traitor to his party as
Ben Harrison has been to his. Baker says
that Harrison sounded his death-knell when
he wrote that clanse in his message an
nouncing that be would follow out the civil
service policy laid down by Grover Cleve
land, and which cost that disappointed man
the electoral vote of the State of New York.
"I told President Harrison these things to his
face," said Mr. Baker, to-day. "In the
New Denison House, of Indianapolis, I
told him frankly that the people of the
West, and particularly the people of In
diana, are opposed to the Chinese civil
service law; that they demanded the fruits
of their hard-earned victory, and they will
bury deeD and forever the man who was so
false to his past friends and his party as to
accept the Presidency as the result of the
Republican support, and then sell out to
Mupwumps. If we cannot haye the Re
publicanism of the "immortal Lincoln,"
Mr. Baker says, "then we of the West
wonld much prefer the herolo Democracy of
ntoors of his chabges.
As proof of his charge that the gang of
Indianapolis politicians are running the ad
ministration, mr. .Baser points to the ap
pointment of Private Secretary Halford,
Consul General New, Marshal Ransdell,
Minister Porter, Attorney General Miller
and others. "They haye all the offices," he
says, "and all tbe influence, and yet what
did they do in the campaign? Why, thy
lost Marion county to the Republicans for
the first time that any Republican candidate
for President failed to carry it."
Mr. Balder says tbstit is thehonestopinion
of a large majority of the Republicans of
Indiana that the man closest to the Presi
dent is Attorney General Miller, a man who
knows less of law than of politics, and
precious little of either. The Mugwumps
and the Indianapolis gang, he says, have
more influence over Harrison's acts than the
combined Republicanism of the country,
and lie gives it as his opinion, which he
thinks is heartily concurred in by the rank
and file oi the party throughout the State
that were there an election in Indiana to
morrow the Republican ticket would be
Mr. Baker has in bis possession a hat fall
of letters written to him by Benjamin Har
rison at different times, all in his own hand
and all testifying to Baker's Republicanism,
his services to the party, and the Presi
dent's own sense of obligation. He has on
file in tbe State Department the strongest
letters of recommendation ever penned,
signed by all the Republican leaders in the
State, urging his appointment as Consul,
and yet he is turned down because his name
does not happen to be on the slate fixed up
by the Indianapolis gang. He can make
no headway with Blaine because that official
keeps his bands off when Indiana appoint
ments are concerned, and defers entirely to
the President.
Mr. Baker has been for many years an in
tense admirer of James G. Blaine, and was
so badly disappointed when the Plumed
Knight was cheated out of the nomination
in 1876 thafrhe voted for Samuel J. Tilden.
He got back into the traces when Garfield
was nominated, and has since then been
Tftun to the rAiTn.
Mr. Baker has had two conversations
with President Harrison within the past
few days, and finds that he now has little
remembrance or appreciation of- the work
NOVEMBER 4 1889.
that the Eepnblican party ot Indiana did
for iim last fall, and is inclined to charge
most of his successes to destiny and tbe gang
of Indianapolis politicians who lost him
the county of Marion, and then proceeded
to gather in, as the reward of their services,
all the choice offices at the disposal of the
"The people of Indiana understand these
things," Mr. Baker says, "and are ut
terly disgusted with Harrison and his ad
ministration. They are keeping somewhat
quiet now, in hopes that the situation will
improve. However, the policy of catering
to the Mugwumps, playing into the hands
of the men whose influence during the cam
paign was of no benefit to him, and ignor
ing the rank and file of the Republicans of
the back counties who elected him. He
'will find himself withont a corporal's guard
in his own State when he comes to setting
up the pins for a renomination."
"The Story of tbo Commander of the Party
of Vigilantes Which Started to Lynch
Ihe Benders Failure of Attempt
at Identification.
Kansas City, November 3. H.A.Lewis,
ex-Assistant Adjutant General of the State
oinansas, at present a resident of this city,
was in command of the vigilance committee
Which, in 1873, was organized at Parsons,
'Kan. to bring the Benders to justice. In an
interview he tells the story of the vigi
lantes' fruitless chase after the murderers
from the scene of the crimes, throughout
toe surrounding country to Cherryvale,
Kan., near the Indian Territory line. From
Cherryvale, the committee returned in a
body to Parsons and there disbanded with
out having even seen the Benders, much
less lynched them. Mr. Lewis says another
committee continued the search from
Cherryvale. ' Some say they lynched the
murderers, others say they did not.
In the light of these conflicting statements
it may be that the members of the Bender
family still live, and that the two women
arrested in Michigan are old Mrs. Bender
And Kate, On the latter point, a special
frpm Oswego says: A large number of per
sons were here to-day to identify the prison
ers. The majority were from Parsons and'
me vicinity ot the .Benders home. Out ot
the 12 persons who had known the Benders,
only four could see any resemblance, and
conld make no positive identification. The
others were positive that the prisoners were
not the Benders. There is no excitement
here oyer the presence of the prisoners as
was expected, and the extraordinary vigil
ance exercised by the officers' to prevent
violence is wholly needless.
Another dispatch says: Mrs. Myran, who
caused the arrest of the supposed Benders,
is about the only person here who has any
confidence in Holding the prisoners to the
grand jnry. She is positive that she has
caught the right persons, but she is regarded
here as a "crank" by those who know her.
Her mesmeric power over Mrs. Davis is re
garded as the means by which she procured
the alleged confession. Interest in tha,
prisoners has about died out, and will not
be revived until the day set for the prelimi
nary examination, November 18.
Still Baltimore Democrats Expect to Carry
Tbeir City by 1,500 or So-Tho Ele
ments Against Which They Have
Contended Gamblers
Fight Them.
Baltimore, November 3. The warmest
and bitterest canvass in the political history
of Maryland closed last night with two
monster mass meetings. Both sides say
they are sure of a victory, and if the claims
made by tbe managers .at either headquar-
I ters can be believed, the city has been
thoroughly blocked, and the intention of
every one of the 90,000 registered voters as
certained. The fusionists are more thoroughly organ
ized than ever before, and have spent a
barrel of money. They retained the services
of the adherents of the Morrison and slater
factions of the Democratic party, who are
even more bitter in their antagonism than
the Republicans, because their demands for
office were not complied with. They say
they want revenge. . f
Morrison himself says he will vote the
regular ticket, but as President of the Cres
cent Club he has said and done much to in
jure the party organization. The men who
have followed his lead will, it is thought,
stab the ticket in the upper
district, which is always close. If
they do the Republicans will
certainly send six delegates to the Legisla
ture. Slater, the one-time boss, who until
recently condncted the most elabor
ate gambling house in this city, is more
open in his opposition. When the order was
given that all gambling dens must be closed,
he was forced out of business and now he is
on the warpath. He has some influence
with the rougher element in the lower
wards, and the fusionists count on his as
sistance to cut the Democratic vote suffici
ently to defeat the candidate for Mayor.
With all these elements combined against
them, the regular Democrats have made a
gallant fight, and from present indications
they will elect their candidate for Mayor by
1,500 to 2,000 majority.
The Conshohockcn Bank Will Not Get Into
a Receiver's Hands.
Nobristotvn, Pa., November 3. A dis
covery has been made at the Trades
men's National Bank of Conshohocken
which will shed some light on
the mystery . as to what disposition
Cashier W. Henry Cresson, who fled to
parts unknown after a discovery of a short
age of 580,000 in his accounts, made
of his ill-gotten gains. The missing
cashier's private box, which had hitherto
been deemed worthless, was opened yester
day and securities worth several thousand
dollars were found.
Other valuable securities belonging to
Cresson have been unearthed and con
fiscated, and his shortage is thus
materially reduced. On of the
strength of these discoveries, it is
announced that the bank will not go into
the hands of a receiver, but will resume
business in a few days.
Letters From the Explorer Have Been Re
ceived at Zanzibar,
Paeis, November 3. The following tel
egram has been received from Zanzibar
dated November 1: "Letters haye been
received from Stanley, dated Victoria
Nyanza, August 29. Stanley has with
him Emin Pasha, Captain Casati,
Marco, a Greek merchant; Orman Effendi
Hassan, a Tunisian apothecary; Lieutenant
Stairs, Dr. Parke, Captain Nelson, Mr. A,
M. Jcppson, Mr. Bonny and 800 people, all
well. Wadelal is in the hands of the
The Rejoicing In South Dakota.
Hueon, DAE., November 3. South Da
kota is open to congratulations from her
sister States. Tbe news of issuance of proc
lamation by the President admitting both
Dakotis was received here late last evening.
The city is wild with enthusiasm. Cannons
and fireworks were shot off all night, and
general celebration is the order. Dis
patches from other towns indicate that the
wildest enthusiasm prevails.
Gen, Mahone Give? His Opponents
Something of a Sunday Scare.
Still McKInney's Friends Are Bare That the
Boss Eeadjnster
Jlahone's Baciers Drop Their: Fignres From 15,000 to
Abont 6.000.
Democrats in Virginia now claim Mahone
will be defeated by somewhere from 4.000 td
20,000 votes. On the other "hand, Mahoue's
friends still say he wili be elected, but give
no figures. As election day approaches
there is less fear of bloodshed at the polls.
The Republican National Committee is said
to he standing the great expense of the Ma
hone campaign.
Eichmond, VA.,November 3. Although
the Democratic headqnarters at Alexandria
were formally closed last night, the Chair
man has discovered something. of grave im
portance, as Hon. J. P. Ellyson, mem
ber of the State Committee, was to
night summoned from church by a
messengar from headquarters. This oc
currence' has cansed a little apprehension
to the Democrats. It is supposed that the
alarm was sounded because of the alleged
discovery of a Mahone plot to flood the
State with bogus transfers. In the counties
a vote by transfer is allowable. The plot is
alleged to have been fixed to enable the
voting of negroes whose names were purged
from the registration lists.
Intelligence from the various counties
shows that both side are worked up to the
highest pitch. A leading Democrat said to
night that he did not think serious trouble
would ensue, as everybody knows that ev
erybody else is armed, and that when one
pistol is drawn it means a hundred.
both sides confident.
McKinney, the Democratic nominee, who
has been stumping in the wilds of the south
west, and who has been out of communi
cation with the headquarters of his party
for a week, has emerged from the wilder
ness. He confidently claims that debat
able territory, though the Republicans are
equally confident in their claims.
The chairman of fhe Richmond Demo
cratic committee has issued an address in
which he asserts that the campaign has
been conducted by the Democrats with
great dignity and fairness, and he trusts
there will be no collision at the polls, but if
the negroes by insults or violence provoke a
difficulty, the blood will be upon the heads
of the instigators.
The negroes have been singing and whistl
ing the once familiar Northern song, "We
will rally around the flag, boys, rally once
again, shouting the battle cry of freedom."
This air has not been heard here since the
early years of reconstruction, and the Demo
crats allege that the negroeshave been made
to revive it to convey the idea that their
reinslavement hinges upon tbe result of the
One of Mahone'a committee said to-day
that Mahone said last night he" would be
elected if there was a fair election. Demo
cratic Chairman Barbour says Mahone will
be defeated if there is a fair count Care
fully reviewing the field, there is every
indication that Mahone will be defeated by
not less-than 4,000 voter. 'Snch of his
friends as are predicting his election do not
claim that his majority will exceed 6,000,
while ten days ago they were claiming
15,000. Thus far no personal collisions have
taken place.
A special from Petersburg says; The
Democrats are confident of the election of
their entire ticket by a majority of from 10,
000 to 20,000. In no political contest have
both parties manifested so much earnestness.
General Mahone has made this fight the ef-,
fort of his political life, but to no purpose,
as all the indications point to the fact that
he will be bnried beneath Democratic votes
on next Tuesday, and that very deep. In this
campaign Mahone did not appear satisfied
to rely only on his Virginia campaign
speakers, but invited a large, number of
prominent Northern politicians to come
here and aid him. John M. Langston has
made only two or threo speeches here in
Petersburg, and a noticesblo feature of his
speeches hat been that in not a single
speech has ha mentioned tbt name of Ma
hone. It is true tba t a speech made by
him on Friday nlgt"1 said that he would
support the entire Republican ticket, but
the name of Mahone did not escape his lips.
Mahone has had printed over 1.000,000
election tickets. It is estimated that the
cost of printing Mahona's political literature
in this campaign will not be less than $50,
000. Most, if not all, of this expense will be
borne, by the Republican National
Committee, which, it is said, has
sent thousands of dollars here to
be expended in the purchase of
votes. In some sections of the State, on the
day of election it is feared that there wilL
be trouble at the polls, but the Democrats
do not propose to be in any way bulldozed
byMahone's supporters. Here in Peters
burg every step will be taken to insure a
quiet ana oraeriy eiecuou.
A Bigamist who Failed to be Punished,
Though Proven Gallty.
Kingston, N. Y., November 3. That
there is a serious flaw in the criminal laws
of this State, is evident from the case of
Stephen Shurragh, who has just been dis
charged from the Columbia county
jail at Hudson, because of al
leged want of jurisdiction, after having
been indicted by the Grand Jury for big
amy. Shurragh has made his home for sev
eral years at Valatie, Columbia county,
Where he has a wife and two children.
During his perambulations about the conn
try he met and married a girl living at Rif
ton, in this county. The latter, on ascer
taining that he had another living wife,
had him indicted. He escaped through
legal technicality. .......
Wife No. 1 then caused his indictment
in Columbia county, and Judge Edwards
decided that the Court had no jurisdiction.
The bigamist is now free, with two wives
living within 40 miles of each other.
Tho Mnn Who Will be United States Judge
for South Dakota.
Washington, November 3. The Sen
ators from the newly-admitted State of
South Dakota will present to tbe President
the name of Judge Edgerton for the posi
tion of United States District Jndge for
South Dakota. The Senators are joined in
asking this appointment by the Governor of
South Dakota and most of the State offi
cers, the Judges of the State Supreme
Court, and a large number of members of
the State Legislature and many other citi
zens. Judge Edgerton served during the war In
the Union army, was a Senator from Min
nesota, and has served u Chief Justice of
the Supreme Court of Dakota.
rsJOT W-
Welcoming, the Rcproentat.Tes of.
tn fftiM r,nrlnlt rl.t ITI(1
at Baltimore Their Arrlra.
In New Tork Citr.
NeV Yobk, November 3. When
United States revenue cutter Chand
pulled out of her berth at the barge offii
shortly after 7 o'clock this morning, to meet
the big French steamship La Champagne,
there was on board the delegates sent
by Cardinal Gibbons to meet Archbishop
Satolli and his Secretary, Dr..Martin How
lett, bf the Academy of Rome, who were
coming to this country to represent the Pope
in the centennial celebration of the Roman
Catholic Church of America, at Baltimore,
next week. Mgr. O'Connell, rector of the
American College at Rome, the Very Rev.
P. T. Donohue, Chancellor of the arch'
diocese of Baltimore, and Colonel Jamieson,
the representative of Cardinal Gibbons,
reached New York on Saturday on a private
car from Baltimore.
La Champagne passed Sandy Hook at 3:45
o'clock. Sue had just passed quarantine
when the Chandler met her. Cardinal Gib
bons' representatives were soon on board,
welcoming Archbishop Satolli and Dr. How
lett Archbishop Satolli said that the
voyage had been a pleasant one, without
incident. He comes to this country for the
celebration at Baltimore, and shortly after
that is ended he expects to return to Rome.
While in New York he is to be the guest of
Archbishop Corrigan.
Mgr. O'Connell said to a DISPATCH re
porter that there had been very complete
preparations to make the centennial
celebration in Baltimore an important event
in . the history of the church. On
Sunday next tho church will cele
brate the consecration of John Carroll,
the first Catholic Bishop of Baltimore and
of the United States. Archbishops Will
iams, of Boston, Evan, of Philadelphia,
Heiss, of Milwaukee, and Ireland, of St
Paul, will take part in services on Sunday.
The Catholic Congress will be formally
opened on Monday, November 11, by Arch
bishop Corrigan, of New York, and will
end on Tuesday night. Ex-Governor John
Lee Carroll will probably preside at the
Congress. A number of priests from New
York will attend.
TheCzar's Peaceful Intentions Have Been
Abruptly Checked The Proposed
Alliance- ef Gerssany WKh
England and Tarksy.
London, November 3. While there is
the usual amount of curiosity as to the con
ference between Prince Bismarck and Count
Kalnoky, it seems certain that the only
subject of discussion which could have
brought about the meeting at this time Is
the triple alliance. Tbe only room for
speculation is as to the exact effect of the
exchange of views between the two premiers.
Germany has already, according- to semi-'
official announcements, induced Austria to
adopt a more conciliatory attitude toward
Russia, in order to remove all possible ex
cuse lor the Czar's suspicion of an un
friendly purpose on the part of tbe alliance.
But, if the-latest advices from St Peters
burg are to be trusted, the Czar has, since
his return to the Russian capital, again lis
tened with credulity to the fanatical asser
tions of the Pan-Slavists and is once more,
ready to believe, with or with
ont evidence, that the hand of every
European power except France is
against Russia. The exertions which; Em
peror William is making to gain the per
sonal friendship of the Sultan will, if suc
cessful, go very far toward neutralizing; the
effects of the unfavorable stand taken by
Russia, and will relieve the.Dreibund from
much of its present embarrassment in respect
to the Eastern situation., ,
It is given ont that tha Emperor is surprised
at the military strength, displayed by the
Sultan in the welcome accorded him.
Whether the German monarch was really
surprised may well be doubted, for he is1
as well acquainted with the size
of the armies and navies of his
neighbors as with that of his own.
But under present circumstances he was
doubtless well pleased to have ocular proof
of a good degree of strength on Turkey's
part, for it may prove to Germany's inter
est to have Turkey as strong as possi
ble, in playing her off against Russia.
A good understanding between Berlin
and Constantinople would also be another
bond of good feeling between England and
Germany, for nothing would please the
English bondholders more than to have an
other great power interested in maintaining
Turkey as an independent nation until her
securities are all paid.
The Pan-American Delegates Spent the
Day Under the Ground.
LomsviXLE, November 3. With the
sun shining gloriously oyer the "Kentucky
hills the All-Americas' travelers have spent
the greater part of the day under
ground in Mammoth Cave. Each with
a lantern and led, by guides, the
party entered the cave directly
after breakfast on board the train. The
route taken covered about eight miles and
the visitors saw the chief features. The
lowest water level was reached, ihe narrow
cut in the rocks known as "Fat Man's
Grief", was passed, and subsequently all
wormed themselves through the Corkscrew
passage, where each was forced to crawl.
The party was photographed with flash
light in one of the gTeat chambers, a plucky
little lady named Garrity, from Louisville,
making tbe negative zuu tees neiow tne sur
face. At a depth of 300 feet below the sur
face luncheon was served by Steward My
rick from the train, a basket oi provisions
being lost over a high ledge on the way
down, and a waiter nearly following. As
the day was closing the special train re
sumed its journey, the route lying through
this city to Lexington, Ky., where the party
will arrive during the night
A Jersey Cigar Manufacturer Lascs a Lit
tle Midnight Customer.
New Yobk, November 3. Theodore
Muehling manufactures cigars and keeps
a handsome cigar store in Carlstadt, a vil
lage' ten miles out from Jersey City, on the
line of the Erie Railroad. He and bis fam
ily live over his store, which is a large
three-story bnck building on Hackensack
and Broad streets. Mr. Muehling is
wealthy, and be is one of those men
generally supposed to have a good deal of
ready money in bank.
Mr. Muehling's wife aroused him Satur
day night to tell him there were burglars in
the store. He went downstairs with his re
volver and shot at a small man he found
there, aiming at his legs, and, he think,
lamed him, as he can find no trace of the
course of the bullet, and a mail answering
bis description of, the burglar was seen
shortly afterward limping down street and
swearing horribly.
A Western Reporter is Heir to a 9M9,6M
8cottlB Sstate.
Kansas City, Mp.,Novemb'er 3. Alex
ander Simpson, for some years a reporter on
the Kansas City Timet, received word to
day from. London that he bad, fallen heir to
the estate of his aunt in Edinburgh, Shet
land, The estate Is yalwd at fsW.OW.
..-i" -it,; jsw"?
are'alwsjB Mrosstir T
XealKstate can fc wM tlrts-B aarern
ttseauat fa THE DISPATCH.
Politicians are Now
ady for the KnaLSpiiri. .
tc n t rr-cn x TTA T? ri
xo jauiiuu, a. xujxjx
KTrrnan Seal. Who Yet Claim -
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ilia Great Effort at Cincinnati Told Ufo
His Strength! uW
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Chairman Neal assert that Colonel Con-"
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ger laisinea in saying that neaanuitea.cie;
feat, and is confident of a Democratic
victory. The Republican manager, never
theless, insists" that tbe prospects for the sue
cess of the whole ticket are growing
brighter ever hour. Governor yorakerfs
effort at Cincinnati exceeded his strength,
and he is looking badly. j :
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CoLTTitBUS, November 3vr-Thi has beeaj
a rlflv etf glmnlt .ntlr. Yltti? In flnlft "Ll
. J W. ....". 1...-.W (... WW. ... W.-.OT ,
laid aside the weighty cares of State and ara& ,
resting preliminary to the excitement ana if
hard work of the next 4S hours. The bulk: 9
of the boodle to be used has beenalready "f S
J.nnfi7a1 tn ..nnm... .li.tmian nt IvttTi nomM -t k
their regular business nowadays. , ,
o lm j eai is out in a most Diner interview
in wnicn. he accuses iMionet conger ot sey- j..,
eral calendar crimes.
ent NmI ;i!(f! "Tnfl
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Colonel Cnncer fravftfirnrM vexrerdav. Is iW'mS ' '
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atrocious misrepresentation, he said tnass
our side had beaten ourselves already by our J
decreased estimates. He said that two
weeks ago we claimed Hamilton county, bya
7,000 votes and other Democratic counties!
by absurd majorities, and that we had nows
dropped to 2,000 on Hamilton county aa4 a
elsewhere in proportion. M
1 rr.-,n . .-,......- .
"Now all this is sheer imagination.i;3l
have given no figures whatever on anything''
except to tell you Saturday that we expect
aA -ton nrtii WflUii. ... ti Q(.f.mf. ,J '
AVVjVVV "M"S5 " " ""r" v!r' "" A!
tnat presages our success, uoionei uong-
simply falsifies, in figures and in fact.
Thft ifft!mr b mnlrpfl ar th rpn1fc.Vnf&
ft.OTa.atB a.iwa in nl aAw ... .)ia CTTVfl.
of despondent Republicans in the Westers
Bsserve and elsewhere. We shall eleet
Campbell and the entire State and Legisli-.
tive ticket, and our chances iaHamiltoa
AAflfl4 A 1AA4 W tVtfS.A.'T hAHA nAAn IVUfitft
healthy boost by the Music Hall meeting." iSi
Governor Jforaker arrived iromuincinnau.
to-day and was driven- immediately to his
home. He looked very worn and is" feeling i
very poorly to-night. With unflinchiitei
courage and resolution he has annouBcjM
that he will roealc at Lebanon io-morrWl
pvpnintr. t. ' . .i... l. r;-.3 TZiim
spcecu uau .ueeAciwuicub tuiu vexjr uokifisy, y
upon tne executive. j nignrs rest, wug,
however, fetch him arotuad all right' 'if-fl
iwtonei. linger, tne xi.epnmicair inisi -,-.
man, said.to-night: "We are. nowia"??
session of lull Doll reDorts frosa"en
county in tbe State, and onr prospectefsw
extremely favorable for a'larget Wi'sJMi
than we have heretofore expected. TfialeS
committees exert taeraseiyes. tue. vow.1
come out in so decisive s manner as to !
Campbell under by a big old-fashioiSsll
nluralitv. Eeuorts of disaffectiOB havefl
the first been exaggerated, and whea'Swy
are simmered down are1 found to have Mt i
small foundation, iirfkct" . '. -S
There are some rumors in circalatiiJ5.;
to-night that the Marion county gamfSiti
repeaters, who have been trainee! stamj
Cov. the Allen O. Myers of Indiana B9l&isvl
have invaded the western portion, of Hm
State and will do some missionary wksJ
tjampoeu in xurai districts. via 31
Like many. Democratic State ChiHst
Jim Neal has had a desperate flirtntiiKi
with the colored vote, estimated to asae
to 35.000 in the State. The incideai-n
which ha pinned his hopes was, as 'feUa'iwstj
On October-8, there was a parade of uWl
Columbus colored men, who maichti WJ
grove outside of the city, Foraxer B. sag
accompany the parade and make aspsisii
Colored men. here say that s-i
parading with the colored voters, 7goimm
fated a telegram calling, nira-to liinciaaMU j
He then drove to the grounds aadmada Jtk
speech, accounting-for bis" presence &mr mo
by saying that a subsequent telegnss. fatj
him out There, was soma soreaes orF tksil
episode and Jim Neal seized upon ftosw
Dortnmty to worfc tho colorea vote i
But the whole affair is long s&ce
gotten, and it is likely that Broadax'Sasi?
coulan t una a colored uemocrsri ere ww j
a Diogenian lantern in the lespihaad1
breadth of Ohio on election day. They"s58;
sar that the Democratic State Comstlitauj
has an arrangement with a big grocery t
here by which a number of colored Tstast?
are kept in daily rations.
A good storv is current here la this
nection. In the Powell campaign a pwtj
nent colored leader was given daily DfevsjK)
der in reward for his- adhesion to Dessouralw
interests and "inflooence." Early o .si
morning of election day he went np tatiWj
Democratio headquarters got an order foe.
two pounds oi bacon, went home, nakssU
and ate it, and then stood at tha foml
day and worked for Foraxer.
UCIX. Jnx.1. OAUUA&fl j
.a. new argument win bo iprKB j ojim
publican orators and papers to-matwM
PjmnhiIl has been savin? that elactiaw
board officers should be elected, and Btvs-i
pointed, as at present The RepHUieissJ
statement will be that, whan appoiaJM'sj
fine class of citizens are secured, ac-flM
choice of others would raise a howl; MtjJ
if elected, the officials might bo ward mm&
men, or other undesirable timber. ?A
The following message was received UstJ
Foraker meeting in Cincinnati last nigMsjsE
I sincerely regret that Zwas notable taa3
cept the Invitation to be with yon tola evi
Idespread Interest is felt In yonr ele
The eagerness ot tbe Democrats to derive t
a. Tmrtl.il vletorr In Tonr Btata should OI
ere rr Republican from the lake to tba rivet tsl
exert himself until, tbe polls are closed-asij
Tnesdar. Pride and nrindnle corabls ,!
stimulate Republicans to preserve taelrjrwstj
record in Ohio.
Prominent People of Bellalra ArraaMd tfji
a Tery Serious Cisrge-
BELLA1BE, November 3. Captaiavw ?. AT
Little, of the police force, Mrs. CarelisSij
Sweltzer and Charles Zimmerman wweta
rested and lodged in jail to-dar Qsva eaWN
ot having defrauded the Goverauwst oi.t
about ,DUUinrouga a oogvs pews eMSSsWa
A pension had been issued to Mh. "nnlissafl
Hanke, amounting, with bck sy;4ta
S2 500 " rhbI
The'check fell into the haeik o&J2i
Sweitxer and she presented it fcrttmmmk
Little and Zimmerman idHfyiYllsTli
but. joanse. ah mawrow art iww MM a