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kCKING THE FAITH
A libel Suit Thrown Oat of Court at
the Expense of the Plaintiff,
FOE A YERT PECULIAS EEAS02J.
i. Jury of Man Who Believed in Splritaal
ism Couldn't be Had, and
3f0 TJXBELIEYERS WOULD BE ACCEPTED
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New-Yoke, December3. A case that
promised to famish some of the most re
markable and interesting contributions as to
the work of so-called spirit mediums came
up in Tart 4, of the New York Supreme
Court, before Judge Miles Beach, to-day.
That doughtv champion of what he regards
ss true spiritualism, and relentless enemy of
the sham article A. H. Dailey appeared
as the attorney for the side that was ex
pected to do most of the exposing. His
client was Colonel John O. Bnndy, pub
lisher of the..ffelinio-PAt'oopAfcal Journal,
of Chicago, the defendant in this suit.
Colonel Bandy, in the issue of his paper
of May 5, 1888, charged Mrs. Eliza A.
Wells, of New York, a trance and materi
alizing medium and a clairvoyant, with be
ing "a rile swindler, who uses tricfc cabi
nets and confederates to accomplish her de
ception." IT ECINED HEB BUSINESS.
A few months after this publication, which
followed many exposures of the woman's al
leged tricks in Colonel Bundy's paper, Mrs.
Wells brought the present suit for $20,000
damages, averring that the publication had
already deprived her of a very largeamonnt
of money that would otherwise have come to
her with the co-operation of the spirit world
and the confidence of a wealth-dispensing
A. W. Tenney and E. H. Benn appeared
for the medium. She was not present, but
interested in her side of the case appeared
Henry J. Newton, formerly of this city. The
opening of the case brought some surprises
to the parties interested on both sides of it,
and furnished some food for merriment
among the spectators in the court room.
Judge Beach advised, in order to expedite
matters, that a jury that he had placed in
the box should be examined. and.if qualified,
accepted for the trial. Mr. Benn began to
THE FAITH KECESSABY.
"Suppose it was proved," said the at
torney to the first juror, "on evidence that
was not disputed here, that a form in hu
man shape appeared all clothed in white,
and then dissolved into the air, would you
believe the evidence?"
"No, I would not."
"If yon saw such a phenomenon yourself;
if yon passed your hand through the form
and found it was only vapor would you
then believe such a thing was possible?"
"No, sir. I don't believe anything of the
kind could happen."
The man said he was an Episcopalian.
He had taken no interest in spiritualism,
and did not believe any of the yarns he had
heard told of the marvelous work of me
diums. "I appeal to the Court that this is not a
competent juror," said Mr. Benn.
"I rule that he is a good jnror," said the
"But, your Honor"
. "You can challenge. I regard him as
perfectly compete it."
'"We do challenge him."
The challenge was overruled and excep
tion was taken by Mr. Benn.
, MOKE TO BE BELIEVED.
To the next juror "Suppose you should
see a little vapor on the floor of this room,
no bigger than a man's hand, and that
vapor should expand and rise slowly and
take the well-defined form of a human be
ing, and then vanish would yon believe
vhat you saw?"
"I "don't believe I could see anything of
"It it was proved here on the witness
stand, undisputably, that such things had
occurred, would you believe the evidence?"
The Judge ruled that this witness was
also competent, nnd an exception was taken
to the overruling of the challenge, Mr. Ten
ney appearing to be in a verylad humor.
The next witness was asked: "Suppose
positive evidence was produced here to
prove that a woman was locked in an iron
cage competent to hold" a tiger, and that she
came out without the moving of the bars or
the unlocking of the door, would you be
"Who came out, the tiger?"
"No, the woman."
"No, I would not"
"Would you believe in the materializa
tion of a spirit form if it was revealed here
before your eyes?"
PRETTY HAED TO BELIEVE.
"No. sir. I would say there was some
This, and all other jurors who gave simi
lar and equally positive answers to the
question of Mr. Benn, were accepted by the
court, ana Judge Beach ordered the trial to
The plaintiff's counsel argued there could
he but one result to a trial before such a
jury, who, Mr. Benn and Mr. Tenney de
clared, had already testified that they be
lieved all spiritualism mere trickery. Judge
Beach said that spiritualism was not on trial
in the suit "This is a .very simple
cse." continued the Court "The plaintiff
charges libel in the publication of
a statement that trick cabinets and confeder
ates were used by her in her alleged mani
festations. The defense justifies this publi
cation, and claims to have evidence In proof
of the charge made. There is no reason
that the trial should wander over the do
"main of spiritualism, and I don't propose it
shall. This jury is competent to say whether
or not, on the evidence that may be pro
duced, a trick cabinet and confederates were
THE CASE DISMISSED.
The plaintiffs attorney declined to go on
. with their case before the jury. "Let ns
discard the jury and allow the Judge to de
cide on the case," said Judge Daily. The
plaintiff did not look lavorably on this
proposition, and the Court dismissed the
complaint and ordered the plaintiff to pay
5200 costs. r '
Judge Daily, though he felt serene at the
settlement of the case, said he regretted ex
ceedingly that he could not have submitted
the masses of evidence he and Colonel
Bundy had prepared in the wav of expos
ures. The first exposure of Mrs. Wells' al
leged legerdemaiu was made by William
It. Tice, or this city, on February 11, 1887,
when Mr. Tlce, at the home of Henry J.
Newton, in New York, was introduced to
the spirit of his wife, who kissed him and
then disappeared into a cabinet Mr. Tice
followed the spirit, and in the cabinet, which
was divided into two parts, claims to have
found in the division that had tlie door the
every-day clothing of Mrs. Wells, and in
the other the substantial medium herself in
very flimsy array,
He was mystified to know how she got
through the network partition between the
two chambeis of the cabinet, but claims to
have discovered that she removed the tacks
from the netting and replaced them after
her escape into the secluded part of the
cabinet Mr. Tice was present in court to
day, to give evidence.
On December 19, 1888, another exposure
is said to have taken place at the woman's
home, 228 West Thirty-sixth street, when a
very cleverly arranged cabinet was dis
covered, in which a confederate was seated.
A plan of this cabinet- was to have been
among the evidence in the trial. A car
penter who made Mrs. Wells' cabinet was
to have sworn as to its ingenious mechanism.
Eveeteodv comes to New York and wants
to know where be can be comfortably lodged
and well fed. "The bturtevant House, corner
of Broadway and Twenty-ninth street, N. Y
Is all that can be desired, a first-class hotel."
EEYISIOy OF FAITH.
The Wmhtneton Tretbrterr Taken Ad-
vanced Ground Upon the Subject
Eome of the Change That
Washington, December 8. The sub
ject of the revision of the confession of
faith was before the Washington Presby
tery to-day. The question as it comes before
the Presbytery from the General Assembly,
is divided into two sections; first, whether
a revision is desired; and second, what
changes are to be suggested. To answer the
second question the matter was referred to a
committee consisting of Bev. Dr. Hamlin,
ex-Justice William Strong,'G. W. N. Cur
tis and Bev. Dr. Bittinger. The committee
having prepared its report it was read by
Dr. Hamlin. It was as follows:
We recommend that the Presbytery ot
Washington City answer the second question
of the General Assembly overture on there
vision of the confession of faith as follows:
We do not desire anysweeplng revision of tbe
confession of faith nor such as wonld eliminate
from it the system of doctrine known as Cal
vinism nor such as would throw it out of har
mony with other Presbyterian churches. We
recognize with profound gratitude to Qodtbe
Immense service ot our confession to a multi
tude ol believers, to cim ireeaom ana
to the world at large. We appre
ciate its logical strength and sym
metry and Its unequaled statement of
most of the great doctrines ot our holy religion.
We find In It however, certain controversial
utterances which do not properly belong in
such a document and certain unscriptural or
extra scriptural statements. Theso we desire
to have expunced. We find, also, a lack of
Just balance and relationship of truths which
we desire remedied by a change ot emphasis,
ana especially we find no adeqnate statement
of the love of God for all mankind, and Hfs
abundant provision for the salvation of all In
the atonement of His Son and His offer of
mercy and grace to every creature. This we
desire to see prominently Inserted.
Some of the chances so modify the confession
that it will not teach the bondage of the will,
so guard the imputation of sin and righteous
ness as to relieve it of all impressions ot legal
fiction, and leave out the words, "Papist or
other idolatries." and also all other contro
versial utterances in regard to the Church of
Rome. The report recommends that a clause
be inserted giving prominence to the truth con
tained In snch verses of theBlbieas "God so
loved the world," and a statement of the obli
gations and privileges of the church of Christ
to go Jinto ail the world, and preach the Gospel
to every creature.
The report was ordered to be printed, and
it is the intention to act upon it at a meeting
to be held in April next
AN APPALLING SIGHT.
A Raft Seen at Sea, Brut-Ins the Body of
a Woman to Unknown Shore The
Derelict Thonsht to be From
the Wrecked Manhattan.
' ifEW York, December 3. An appalling
sight was witnessed in the water off the Del
aware breakwater about dusk yesterday by
the crew of the Norwegian bark Christian
Seriver, which arrived from Buenos Ayres
to-day. The lookout disserned ahead,
between 4 and 5 o'clock p. M., a
huge raft bobbing up and down with each
motion of the wave. As the bark ap
proached the derelict the figures of two
human beings were indistinctly made out,
lying out at full length lashed to the logs.
Both were men in sailors' costume. At a
distance of probably three yards from the
raft, the body of a middle-aged woman, en
circled by a life preserver, was being tossed
abont by the rough sea. The woman's lower
limbs were even with the water, and her
head and face were being continually washed
by the waves.
The captain of the bark ordered his vessel
around to the leeward of the raft, and.
tacked for an hour, endeavoring to discover
some means of identifying the derelict
There was no name discernible, however,
and finally the vessel went on her course,
leaving the bodies to the mercy of the
The receipt of the Captain's report in
shipping circles in this city created no little
excitement upon the Maritime Exchange.
The opinion prevailed that the raft and
bodies had come from the Old Dominion
steamship Manhattan, which went down in
a collision with the schooner Agnes Man
ning, a few weeks ago. The Old Dominion
agents, however, say there was no woman
on their vessel Despite this statement,
old seamen insist that the raft came from
the Manhattan. They say it is frequently
the case that a woman is smuggled on
board of a vessel by the Captain and her
name is kept off the manifest If the raft
was not a relic of the Manhattan, to what
vessel did it belong, is a question that was
repeatedly asked among shipping men to
day. HIS SIKUIiB, BDT STONI HEART.
A Uatrimonlnl Bareau'a Feminine Writer
polng for Governor Zllll.
Albany, N. Y., December 3. Somebody
has played a sad joke on Governor Hill. It is
a far-reaching joke on a subject on which the
Executive is particularly sensitive. Bumor
says that it has taken away the GoyernorM
appetite and made him dangerous to ap
proach even in his quiet moments. The
author is unknown,
For some time after election it was no
ticed that the Governor's private mail was
growing unusually bulky. Most of the let
ters were from the enthusiastic tariff reform
West, and first It was supposed they were
congratulatory missives from new-found
friends on the magnificent result, but it was
noticed that the Governor carefully de
stroyed every one of them and was particu
larly wrathful if approached on the subject
The number kept up and rather seemed to
Then it was noticed that all the addresses
were in various styles of unmistakably
feminine handwriting. This roused the
curiosity of the clerks. There was no
suffrage convention going on that they
knew of and no particularly bad murderer
who commanded wholesale iemale influence
to seenre a reprieve.
At last the secret got out Some fiend
had sent the name of David B. Hill to a
Western matrimonial agencv as a candidate
for correspondence with a view to matri
mony. There was no shutting off the flood
and every day brings scores of tender mis
sives, photographs and pertinent inquiries
to barrow np the sensitive soul of the
bachelor political chief. It is the best
joke of the season, and the fnn of it is that
the Governor doesn't know who to suspect
RAILWAYS FOOT THE BILLS.
A Reason Advanced for Extravagance
Among Jersey Legislators.
TbeutonN. J., December 3. The
question of State finances is likely to en
gage a great deal of the Legislature's at
tention. Last winter a bill was introduced
for the purpose of imposing a State tax m
order to meet the State's obligations, but,
owing to the Gubernatorial campaign so
soon to follow, the Democrats, who were in
the majority, felt unwilling to ac
cept the responsibility, and the
bill was shelved. The fact that
the State is in receipt of a very
small income yearly from the taxation of
railroads appears to have bred a spirit of
extravagance, and .the desire, judging by
the figures in the State Treasurer's report,
has been to make sure and spend the sur
plus rather than to live within the annual
income and spare the necessity for a State
tax upon the people.
During the past fiscal year the disburse
ments amounted to 51,440,000, including
146,938 06 for court expenses, 1222,382 17
for the insane and 5124,683 68 for militia.
Since 1834 there has been an advance of
over 5100,000 a year in the expense for in
sane, and the outlay for militia has been
nearly doubled since the same year.
The Ladle Delighted.
The pleasant effort and tbe perfect safety
with which ladies may use the liquid fruit laxa
tive. Syrup of Figs, under all conditions make
it their favorite remedy. It is pleasing to tbe
eye and to the taste, gentle, yet effectual in act
ing on tbe kidneys, liver and bowels.
Economical Gas Fires, Stove, Rangrs, dtc.
O'Keefe Gas Appliance Co,,34Fifth ry.
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LIKE A BOMB SHELL
Resolutions of Elder W.6. Johnston
Stir Up the Presbyterians.
OPPOSED TO EEYISING THI CRIED.
Reference to the Pope as Antichrist Cre
ated a Sensation.
SOME LOCAL DIFFUBEKOES SETTLES
Tha meeting of the Pittsburg Presby
tery at the Southside Presbyterian Church
yesterday was more spirited than ordi
narily. The excitement was produced by a
series of resolutions introduced by Elder W.
G. Johnston. At a point in the proceed
ings Mr. Johnston arose and in a clear voice
said: I wish to offer the following resolu
tion: Whebkas, This Presbytery views with deep
concern the wide spread ot defection prevalent
throughout our great Presbyterian Zlon, to the
received standards of .our venerable church;
Whereas, Our congregations are In" danger
of being corrupted by such heresies) therefore
Resolved, That the ministers ot this Presby
tery be required, as soon as possible, to present
to their several congregations onr belief as set
forth in the Westminster, Confession of Faith,
upon the following among other topics that,
God has from all eternity ordained Borne of His
creatures for His glory to everlasting death;
that elect Infants alone are sacred.
That the Pope ot Borne is Antichrist.
Nearly every member ot the Presbytery
was on the floor in an instant, and only the
cry of "Mr. Moderator" could be heard.
Bev. G. W. Challant at last secured atten
tion, and held that the introduction of snch
a resolution was absurd. He remarked sar
castically. "It is a caricature, nothing but
WHO ABE SACBED MEN.
One preacher at the rear of the room
stated that he believed any man who led a
good life was sacred, and the passage about
an elect Infant should be modified. The
speaker's remark gave rise to no discussion,
and his name was not secured. Bev. W.
J. Holland called vigorously that the mover
of the motion be given the right of an ex
planation. Mr. Chalfant spoke again before attention
had been paid to any Question, and asked,
"Why do we have to Bring the Pope Into
this discussion ?" Jnst as this remark was
uttered, some one moved that the resolution
be laid on the table. This was unanimously
carried, and Bev. J. W. Maxwell said: "I
think we ought to avoid discussions, and go
home to preach the gospel of Christ"
This kindly saying had the effect of quiet
ing everyone for a short time, bnt a lengthy
discussion broke out shortly after.
Bev. H. B. McClelland, of Illinois, was
received into the Presbytery. Bev. Dr.
Knmler and Bev. Mr. Johnston preached
the two opening sermons. Dr. Purves
stated that he understood it was claimed by
some that at the last meeting of the Presby
tery too hasty action was taken in refusing
to amend and revise the Westminster Con
fession. He then asked for a reconsidera
tion, but his motion was defeated.
NTJMBEE OF COMMUNICANTS.
Chairman Benshaw reported that there
are 12,949 communicants in the Pittsburg
Presbytery. Bev. H. O. Bosborough will
be installed December 17 at Montour. A
committee reported that the Mingo and
Pinleyville congregations, who have been
disagreeing, should be united under one
pastor, and the report was adopted; and that
the Mingo church, having the Sunday morn
ing service, should pay 5100 per year more
than the other. Mr. Chalfant thought it
was necessary to have another secretary for
the Foreign Mission work, hut the Presby.
tery failed to see his point
At tbe close of the meetings, when the
minutes were read, another dispute arose.
The secretary did not refer to the resolutions
of Dr. Purves and Mr. Johnston.
Some claimed they should be embodied in
the minutes; others held that as they had
been laid on the table, they were not part
of the proceedings. They finally adjonrned
without settling the matter.
A petition was received from the citizens
of Plnm and Penn townships, for the organ
ization of a church there?
GOOD MEN DEMANDED.
Pittsbnrg and Vicinity's Great Interest In
tho Elo-renth Cenana.
A matter of general interest is the taking
of the census of 1890, in which Pittsburg ex
pects to make a remarkable showing of in
crease, not only in population, bnt of trade,
manufactures and resources. The city is,
therefore, particularly interested in the
matter of the appointment of men to th,e
various positions, especially governing the
work and gathering and collecting the
statistics so valuable to her and interesting
to all the world,
Pittsburg is included in the Ninth Census
District of Pennsylvania, which comprises
Allegheny, Washington and Greene conn
ties. Over this district, as in each, there
will be a Supervisor, who should be a man
of large information concerning the diversi
fied local interests, a man of ability, energy
-and of executive talent
As Superintendent Porter, under the
President, will undoubtedly look to the
Congressmen immediately interested to
name competent men for the various posi
tions, it behooves Congressman Dalzell to
seek first-class material and he will be held
responsible for tbe work of persons appoint
ed to the more prominent places, Onr man
ufacturers and merchants should make free
to communicate with Mr. Dalzell upon the
MR. RUSE TAKES EXCEPTIONS,
The Cattlo Compnny Blnn Explain a Situ
ntlon In Wavnesbnrg.
To the Bdltor of The Dumaun:
The Associated I?resa suburban telegram
from Waynesburg, that appeared in yonr is
sue of to-day, is calculated to leaye the im
pression that the Dowlin & Bush Cattle
Company is in badfioancial condition. Jus
tice to that company requires on open state
ment of the facts. The company owes $4,000
to the Tanners and Drovers' National Bank
of Waynesburg, which 'is tbe sum total of
its indebtedness. It also has assets on hand
in cash to more than pay this amount
A total of 1.174 calves were branded this
year, and 470 beeves marketed recently,
which would show about 6,000 head, with
the other stock on hand. A herd of 65 colts
were also branded. The cattle are in fine
fix. The grass is good, hay plenty, and the
onlv drawback to the business is the current
low price of cattle, which of necessity is but
temporary, Anumoeroitnemen wno have
lately failed at Wavnesburg; have not now,
and never have had, any interest in the
cattle company nlluded to. These ore the
facts. John B. Bush, General Manager.
Wayhesbtjeo, December 3, 1889.
A DEMAND FOE TACCI5E,
An Inmate of the Chicago Poor Home a
Victim of Smallpox.
Chicago, December 3. A case that is
puzzling tbe doctors at the Cook county
poorhouse, as well as Dr. Garrott, of the
city health department, caused a flurry of
excitement to-day. About noon Superin
tendent Smith, of tbe poorhouse, called at
the health office, announcing that he had a
supposititious case of smallpox at the poor
house, which is located just outside the city
limits. Dr. Carroll went to tbe institution,
and examined the patient The doctor was
not sure whether the case would turn out
chicken pox, varioloid or smallpox, desiring
another day in which to determine.
Meanwhile a wholesale supply of vaeeine
was ordered, and all of the county's charges
were vaccinated dnring the afternoon and
evening. The patient was placed in isolated
quarters. There are COOinhjates in the poor
house and as many more in the insane
asylnmonlyo stone's throw away.
Joe Vermilion, the Bars Burner, Taken
Pro ra Jail anil Touched A Masked
Mob Deea the Work to a
TJfpebJC aklboko.Md., December 3.
About 2:30 o'clock this jmorning a band of
masked men came to the jail here, over'
powered the keeper and broke open the cell
of Joe Vermilion, took him out and lynched
him on the bridge leading to the village.
As soon as J A. Bldgetay, the jail keeper,
opened the door, two mjn grabbed him and
covered him with pistols. They then went
upstairs, broke open tile cell, cut the leg
irons from the floor, leiving them on the
Srisoner, and put a rdae about hie neck,
hey then dragged hid to the bridge and
Immediately executed their work.
On the mgbt of November 23 John Ver
milion, who lived near Halls' station, on
the Baltimore and P.otoiao Bailroad, and
who was well-known to the court officials of
Prince George's county1, was forciblv taken
from his home and tied to a tree. The un
known visitors then renioved his furniture
and set fire to his log cabin. Fearing bodily
harm, tbe man promlsed'to leavo the vicin
ity immediately, whereupon he was released
and left for parts unknown. He had sev
A number of young men, living near
Halls and Covington were, arrested on No
vember 23, and tried before Judge Eyan,
who ordered them to be r leased. A few
days after a number pf in endiary fires oc
curred, and on the theory I bat the barns and
tenements were set on fire out of revenge
for the decision and for the treat
ment of Joe Vermilion, it was de
termined to arrest the whole
family of Vermilions, wh had taken up
their residence at Benniag's station. A
tramp, giving his name as William Wright,
was also arrested as an accomplice. When
arrested he had in his po session a seven
shooter and threatened an; one approaching
him. He denied any knowledge of the
burning, and said he was as the residence of
ex-Governor Bowie when! the affair hap
pened. Constables from VPPer Marlboro
went to Benning's and arrested Edward,
George, John, Jr., Lloyd and Joseph Ver
milion, all grown men, anQ the fathers of
large families. Charles Bell, a brother-in-law
of the Vermilions, as taken into
John Vermilion, Jr., told the officers that
his brother Joe was the cause of the trouble.
Many thought that Joe would never reach
the jail alive, as the excitement prevailing
at and about Mnlliken's was so great that
fears of violence were entertained.
SUPERSTITIOUS FISHER FOLK.
Tradition! That Are Widely: telleved Anions
Certain Scotch Pi ople.
In the fishing villages of Forfarshire tbe
communities still cling to tl e traditions of
their ancestors. They abhoi swine, and flee
from a pig as from a devou ing lion; they
have also numerous other aversions, like
their brethren of Flfeshire. An old Forfar
shire fisherman who occasion illy laughs (in
private) at the silly ideas of his brethren
says he remembers well when one day a
boat's crew returned from tbfcir work with
out having cast a line in the water. As
they made for the harbor their faces, it
could easily be seen, were a ihy pale with
fear, and they all looked as if they had seen
some dreadful apparition. "What ca3
happened?" was of course on the tongue of
every person who saw the scared crew come
back to the harbor. "Look ana see; look at
that!" was the reply. Will it be credited
that "that" was a poor, exhausted pigeon,
which, having taken refnge in the boat,
had frightened fourmiddle-agtd men almost
out of their sensesi A similar tale is told
of a terrible fright which on one occasion
befell some fishermen of .Nevrhaven. Nine
of them had proceeded one dayjto the boat
shore to change their boats, mother words,
to launch some larger vessels that daring
the season had been in use. I
Jnst as they reached the seme of their
work, they halted as one man each gazing
upon the other with a face ofjwonder and
consternation; then, turning hooeward, they
made off as rapidly as possible, leaving their
work nndone, the cause of allttheir terror
being a crow, which had perched upon the
tow of the center vessel. The" poor men
thought it was & "warning." These super
stitions, which have prevailed for centuries,
are dying out but slowly, very slowly
among the hereditary fishermen. It Is still
the custom to notice the person whom1 they
first see in tbe morning, as anyone has in
their opinion a good or bad foot, and
brings, accordingly, good or bad luck to the
labors of the day.
TWO TOWERING T0L0AN0ES.
rictnrcsane Mlns-Iing of Monntaln and Lake
Scenery In Nicaragua.
Nicaragua Cor. N, Y. Times.
Port St. Carlos is- an ancient earthwork
fort, said to be even older than Port Castillo,
hut it is not nearly so picturesque and, con
sequently, is not so interesting to the travel
ing visitor. As the sun arose and pierced
Port Nicaragua's mists, what may justly
be said to be one of the grandest sights
in any part of the world was seen. Studding
this inland water, 110 feet above sea level,
having a water-shed of about 6.000 square
miles, a length of about 110 miles, and an
average width of about GO miles, (in some
places the width is 80 miles), were the two
enormous volcanoes Ometepe and Madera,
the former 0,200 and the 'latter 4,500 feet
above the lake level; while behind these
giant hills, apparently guarding Nicaragua,
were the no less important volcanoes known
as Mombacbo and Zapatera.
Fringing the portions of the lake's hori
zon which could be seea were Jow, green,
wooded hills, apparently uncultivated,
though rich enough to produce anything
which soil can bear.
TI1E BRIDE WAS TOO HASTf.
The Weddlnc Feast Prepared bnt No Notice
Given the Groom.
A young lady in Stonepile district of
Babun county, a few days since prepared
a nice wedding supper and invited relatives
and friends to be present on an evening
mentioned to witness her marriage to a
young man ot the neighborhood. At the ap
pointed hour the crowd assembled, the bride
was attired in her wedding costume, and the
supper was in waiting, but the bridegroom
was nowhere to be seen, At a late hoar,
however, he accidentally happened along,
dressed in his everyday clothes, 'and being
made acquainted with the object of the as
semblage, expressed great surprise, stating
that be bad no notice whatever ot the in
The crowd seeing that it was impossible
for him to get ready within a reasonable
time, it was agreed that the wedding be
postponed, but the supper was highly en
joyed all the same.
MORTON WILL HAVE A RI7AL.
J, II. riae'cr to Erect a Grand Hotel at
Washington, December 3, The Sisters
of the Visitation in this city have sold their
convent 8 nd academy property on Connecti
cut avenue to J. H, Flagler for ?650,000.
This property contains ll579 sqnare fet
on Connecticut avenue, I, Seventeenth and
De Sales streets, improved by tbe convent
building, and it Is understood that Mr.
Plagler intends to erect a grand hotel on tbe
BleialaK of Sleep.
Dr. Flint's Remedy, for tbe man or woman
who finds himself or herself unable to sleep
nights, is an invaluable medicine, which will
not only procure tbe blessing of sleep, but will
.prevent a general breaking down of tbe sys-
address Hack Drug Co., N. Y. W T '"
GENUINE FIRE PROOF.
UoIIow Dricks Said to tie Muck Better
Thru Iron or Granite.
PECULIAR CLAIM FOE THE ODDITY.
Burst Clay Over Ironwork the Only Mfe
Protection for It.
N0TEL IDEAS ON FDTDRE BUILDINGS
"The grtat fires in New England famish
evidence of the absurdity of the term 'fire
proof buildings' as generally applied," said
a veteran contractor yesterday. ''Every one
of those burned structures, which the flames
licked up so ravenously, were, at the time
of their erection, pronounced thoroughly
fire-proof. The term is really without sig
nificance. A haystack or it tinder-box
might as well be proclaimed fire-proof as
many of tbe great buildings that tower sky
waid along onr business streets. Iron, be
cause of its malleable qualities, and granite,
from its liability to crack when overheated,
are jnst as dangerons and destructible in
the event of a big conflagration as the light
est wood. Yet a real fire-proof building is
not, on that account, an impossibility. The
invention of so-called hollow bricks has pro
duced a means by which" houses may, with
proper precaution, be rendered Impregnable
to the devouring element.
COATED 'WITH BBICKWOKK.
"Of course, if a building is to be qnite
fireproof it must be constructed of materials
that are not only incombustible, but also
perfect in respect of tenacity and durability
when subjected to excessive heat. For this
purpose we must suppose the outer wall of
our model house to be of brick, and, while
iron will, of course, remain essential for
girders, columns and beams, this must be in
cased in from two to three inches of burnt
clay material, so that every particle of iron
work shall be covered. This brickwork is
thoroughly fire-proof, bnt to insure still
greater security the bricks must contain
cavities in their centers, which will not only
increase their lightness, but, by furnishing
air duets, act as insulators that will stay the
progress of heat
nr 'WALLS AND FLOOBS.
"The partitions of this ideal bnilding must
rest on fire-proof floors and be made of
burnt clay blocks. Purring blocks of the
same material must be substituted for the
usual wooden furring along the inside of the
exterior walls, and tbe roof must be of thick,
porous terra-cotta blocks. The floors are,
of course, a verv important" feature of the
structure; but if tbey are made of rolled
iron beams, properly spaced and thoroughly
protected by hollow burnt clay arches, I
warrant they will be absolutely invulner
able. The woodwork, of coarse, may catch
fire; so may the curtains, carpets, chairs,
tables and what not that Jail the room. Bnt
it will be impossible tor the flame to spread.
Floor, ceiling and walls all will present
surfaces that are really and truly fire-proof,
and your building will stand complete and
seenre. If yon don't believe that such a
pile would endnre even a century of firey
rain, build one yourself and see.
NO COLD, MOISTTJBE OB NOISE.
"But there's still another and equally
valuable virtue in hollow bricks. It is the
immunity from cold and dampness which a
building thus constructed enjoys. The air
cells in the center of every brick absolutely
prevents rain or moisture from permeating
the walls. The roof, too, is rain-proof, and
in the good time coming, when every well
regulated household will embody this excel
lent featnre, there will be no such thing as
water-soaked ceilings and rain-stained Vails.
Just as these bricks cannot carry beat, so
they are a protector against cold. The air
that is within them cannot by any means
conduct the frigidity of the outside world
into the home circle. Boreas will
roar in vain around the chimney-pots
of tbe family housed in a hollow
bricked snuggery. One thing more, these
bricks are impervious to sound. Yonr
neighbor may sing all day abont tbe unfor
tunate man who was dressed in his best snit
of clothes, and you will never know it. Or
the baby may squall in 60 different sharps
and flats from midnight till tbe dawning,
and you, soundly sleeping in the nezt room,
will snppose the infant, too, inslnmberland.
The tones of tintinabulating pianos and
medifflv&l band-organs can never penetrate
through hollow bricks. Can vou, in view
of all this, doubt that themillenial age is
knocking at onr hollow-brieked gate?"
A COMMISSION OF EXPERTS
Appointed to Investigate the Charges
Against Chemist Sheerer,
Washington, December a Secretary
Windom to-day appointed Special Agents
O. Ti. Spaulding, L. H. Montgomery and
"W". S. Chance a commission to investigate
the charges made by Boston merchants
against Dr. Edward Sheerer, chemist of the
sugar laboratory at the New York Custom
House, and also to inquire into tbe general
questions of alleged differences in the prac
tice at the ports of New York, Philadelphia
and Boston, in the examination of imported
These gentlemen will have the assistance
of scientific experts in determining the
value and accuracy of the quarts plates
and polariscope used at the ports named.
The charges against Dr. Sheerer affect his
integrity and also his competency,
JiATE NEWS IN BRIEF.
Captain Daniel Robinson, Seventh Infantry,
having served over 40 years in tbe army, was
yesterday, at hl3 own request, placed on the re
It is believed that several members of the
Chicago police will be discharged because of
their peculiar actions in connection with tbe
Mr. 'yVbitelaw Held, the American minister
at Paris, and Mrs. Bcid have pone to the Booth
of France. They will also visit Borne. Tbey
will be absent from Paris for a month,
Tbe Controller of the Currency has author
ized tbe First National Bank of Southern Ore
gon at Grant's Pass, Ore, and tbo First Na
tional Bank of Rockwood, Tenn. to begin bus
iness, each with a capital of o0,000.
At London yesterday a fatal accident oc
curred in tbe menagerie attached to JJarnnm'a
circus. The largest elepbant heloneingto tho
show became enraged and made an attack on
its keeper, gorinshim in the bead and neckand
inflicting fatal injuries.
The United States, steamships Galena and
Kearsago left New York yesterday for Hayti.
Tbe United States Dolphin will Join, tbe squad
ron In tbe Haytian waters as soon as sbo re
ceives a Hotchkiss gun now on its way from
Annapolis to New fork.
An explosion of gas in a sewer In Jlinetta
lane. New York City, at 1 o'clock yesterday,
shattered tbe gliss in bonnes for squares
around, and created a panic among tbe colored
inhabitants of that locality. Tbree manholes
were blown out, but one porson was injured.
Tho Portugneso Government will send
circular letter to tho European powers Stating
that the Government is ready to prove nn
broken occupation by Portugal of African ter
ritories now claimed by England. Tbe letter
will furtborsay that Portugal is determined to
maintain her possession of the territories in
The Agassiz Mining Company, of Lead
ville, Col., represented principally by Eastern
capitalists, lias made an assignment to Charles
I Hill, giving that gentleman power ot attor
ney to sell and dispose nf their properties and
settle all debts. Tbe liabilities are placed at
lUlOOO; assets, $200,000. The assignment bas
caused great consternation.
Yostcrday's bond offerings were as follows:
Registered is, flS0,20g at Itf; registered is,
69,600 at 1C&K. All tbo offers were accepted.
As a resoit.ni tbo Secretary's recent cireular
tbe national banks having a deposit with tbe
Government two offers, one of 500,000 and tbe
Other of 150,000, were made by national banks
and'accepted by the Secretary.
Early yesterday morning the Hi Inhabit
ants of Alton Bay, N, Y were awakened by an
earthquake shock which jarred the bouses.
Many people rushed from their beds. Crockery
and glassware were broken. Clocks were
Stopped at 129. A second sboek was more se
vere than the Urst, Tha bell on tho steamer
lit. Washington, in the middle of tbe bar, was
rung. The shock was also felt at Alton and
Gilford, but was Hetso sever. ,
MAXB JUKI FiltiKii.
True BMfa FoBBd Agalnat PermarftrVar!
The grand Jury yesterday retttrftee. tbe fol
lowing true bills: Joseph Porter, Jaaes Porter,
William Callts, robberji Fannie Berber,
Geortfe Flatefeer, Henry Thomas, Jaoea Jisks,
George Bolhn, larceny and reeeivls stolen
goods; William Doyle, entering a baildlw with
lnteat to commit a felony; Max QaiewitMb,
false preteBtos; Harry E. StUkf ord, f 1m pre
teBSesaBd fraadalently making and altering a
written instrument; 'William Morrisey,
fraudulently making awl altering
written instrument; Desora Collins, sell
ing liquor without a license, on Bandar;
John Fletcher, Ellen. Sheeban. James Price,
selling iiquorwitnoat a license! wm. A.eteu,
Stephen Xycominz. Joseph Laaooeke. aggra
vated assault and battery: Stephen Binders,
Stephen KabaSb, James Kapasta, leloaloa as-
ganlt and battery; Frank Bwoger. aaalt aad
Tbe Ignored bills were: John Joaes, Invol
untary manslaughter; John McOoneall, rob
bery; Cbarltt Battle. Fred Snyder, larceny;
Pallia Brown, larceny from the person; Perry
Carroll, keeping a disorderly house.
A BATCH OF bMALL CASES,
Two Acqatttafs and Two Conviction la
Criminal Co arc
Cornelius Bboavelln was tried and acquitted
of , the larceny of VsQ from Daniel Keefe.
Thomas Gray pleadeduilty to the larceny
ot a satchel containing A lot of surgical instru
ments from X. J. Giltlnau. Gray was sent to
tbe workhouse for oneyear.
George Geary was tried and found not guilty
of tbe larceny of a dinner bucket from J.
Michael if utet was tried andfonnd guilty In
Judge Slagle's branch ot the Criminal Court
for aggravated assault and battery on Miss C.
Goeriette. P. Cassarte pleaded guilty to the
same charge by tbe same prosecntor.
PK0P. LANGLEY DEM0H BTKATE8.
4 Famous Expert Examined ta the MMler
The defense In the Miller Refinery nuisance
case was continued yesterday before Judge Ms
gee in Criminal Court No.2. Duricgyestsrdayaf
ternoon Prof. Langley was placed on the stand
and for tbe benefit of the jury gave a practical
demonstration of the circumstances under
which gasoline would explode. Tbe professor
had with him a small apparatus in which was a
small quantity of gasoline.
Tbe test sbowed that it required a pressure of
16 pounds to the squaro inch before an explos
ion could possibly occur. The case will proba
bly be concluded to-day.
A BROKEN DEAMATI0 C0STBA0T.
The Preacott ifc McLean Co. Want 83,000
From E. D. Wilt and T. H. Phelps.
A statement was filed yesterday In the suit of
Marie Prescott andR.l. McLean, dramatic
artists, doing business as tbe Prescott, Mc
Lean Company, against E. D. Wilt and Thomas
H. Phelps, proprietors nt tbe Opera House.
It Is claimed that the Opera Honse manage
ment broke a contract with the plaintiffs, who
had been engaged to play here for the week
commencing (September 9, 1889. Tbey bad been
to great expense getting posters printed, adver
tising, etc, and ask for S2,0CO damages.
To Day' Trial Lists.
Common Pleas No. 1 Lutz vs Lutz; Crown
vs Schafer; Rodman vs Sperling; P. fc L. E. K.
K. Co. vs Peoples' National Bank: Smith et at
vsMcCracken: Davis et ux vs Oche et aK
German Fire Insurance Company vs Rahe,
administratrix Porte vs Smith et ux: Weldln &
Kelly vs Stevenson: Spohn otal vs City of Pitts
burg; McCatcbeon vs Mnrdy et ol; Tally et ux
vs Mulligan: Alles vs Belerlein et al.
Common Fleas No. 2 Jordan vs Kanfmann
Bros.;Dawson use vs Scnbner; Miller vsEccles;
City sf Pittsbnrg vs Kane.
Criminal Court Commonwealth vs Andrew
Monhoim, Benjamin Rosenblatt, Stephen San
ders et at, Wm. McElwam, John R. Harden,
John Badue, Jack McCnrdy.M. Becker, Pierce
Bracken, John Coates. Wm. Doylo. Wm. Nol
ting. Harry K. Stickford (2), George B.Hoehn,
Wm. Klteral, Bridget A. Ostander, Frank
Bwoger, Ellen Sheeban et aL
Olovcmenls of Lawyers and Clients.
Mbs. Ann Eliza Dresslxb sued for a
divorce from John Dressier, alleging desertion.
A bivoece was granted yesterday In the ease
of William C. Miller against Llda T. Miller.
"Desertion was tbe allegation.
The suit of Joseph M. Lippincott against
the Leader Publishing Company for damages
for libel is on trial before Jndge Collier.
JahxsBarkiiabtj yesterday secured a ver
dict tor f 145 from George W. Wynn. The suit
was for the recovery of money for goods pur
chased by the defendant's wife.
IS the suit of William Ball vs E. xi. and W.
R. Mooney, to recover money alleged to be
due for building some houses, a verdict in favor
ot the plaintiff for 169 60 was returned yester
day. The suit of Henry Doerr against the Pitts
burg and Birmingham Passenger Railway Com
pany for damages for lnjories received by being
pushed from a car, is still on trial before Jadge
"The case of John Ltgget vs the city of Pitts
burg is on trial before Jndge Stowe. Tbe
plaintiff resides in tbe East End, and claims
bis property was damaged by tbe location of
JoBtr Wesxet yesterday got a verdict of
$26360 against John Qroetzinger and A O.
Ha try, and Mark Eellan got a verdict for $2S0
against John Groetzinger. Tbe suit was to re
cover money for tbe levy and sale of property
belonging to Wesley and Kcllan.
Use rioriford'n Acid Phosphate.
Dr. C. R. Dake, BellovlHo, IIL, says: T have
found It, and It ajonc, to be capable of produc
ing a sweet and natural sleep in cases of insom
nia from overwork of the brain, which so often
occurs in active professional and business
Christians and Pianos.
Holiday gifts will soon be in order uni
versally, when the all-absorbing topic will
once more arise, "What shall it be?" Aht
That's the question! But why hesitate?
What's tbe matter with a good piano or or
gan? "Too expensive," did you say?
There's jnst where you ara mistaken. Be
advised, and before yon arrive at n hasty
conclusion you will certainly drop in at
Nellor 8c Hoene's, 77 Fifth avenue, wbere
you will be most agreeably surprised upon
acquainting yonrsoir'wlth 'their rental plan,
or easy method of procuring a piano or or
gan. You. will find they submit a choice
beyond comparison, ranging in prices nnd
supplied on terms adapted to the circum
stances of everyone. And still more the
old established character of this house affords
ample assurance that you will meet with the
most Jionorable and courteous treatment.
Call or write to them for catalogue at 77
Horses and Males.
Tbe Arnheim Lire Stock Company, Lim
ited, have now in their stables 35 head of
the finest draught, driving, saddle and gen
eral purpose horses, also 75 bead of extra
draught and pit mules. Anyone wishing
to purchase any stoek should not fail to
give ns a call. Office and stables, 52 Second
ave., Pittsburg, Pa.
Holiday Opening Wedsesday, December 4.
The most elegant line of fancy goods in
every conceivable shape and material eyer
shown in Pittsburg.
Jos. Eioiibatjm & Co.,
48 fifth aveque.
Ordeii your crayon portraits now for Xmas.
at Aufrccht's, 51$ Market street Best and
cheapest in the two cities.
Fine Parltr Cleki
In marble, onyx, bronze and wood; large
stock to seleet irom; our prices are 20 per
cent lean than elsewhere, at Hauch's Jewelry
Store, No, 205 Fifth ave. vrssn
The Joyoaa Holidays.
Christmas js coming right rapidly, and
everybody is preparing for it It is well to
remember in tbis connection that no holiday
dinner will bo complete withopt Marvin's
famous wedding fruit cake, or golden plum
phdding. Tbey ore made of the purest im
ported materials, and grocers keep them, d
The old reliable, f. &V. Pilsner beer
never fails to giye satisfaction. All delrs.
Or order direct Telephone, 1186.
No toxic equals Wa-iawrlght's tar.
Families supplied direct. 'Phone 6525. wan
Economical Gas Fire, Steven, KaBgea, fce-
O'Kxetx Gas Appliaxck Co.,34 KtWav. 1
INCORPORATED UK. 1
.UTABUSUED IX I'lTXSiiUll" iJ:a-.$ t a
-i q o r ? -" f'
OFFICE OF THE ri
flfr I ill a ssa . I( aw m WX.
SAFETY INSURANCE m
Philabkxphia, November 13.1SS8g
xne louowing statement of the affairs or the)
Company is published In conformity with, a pra-fr
vision ol Its charter: , .OOK
Premiums received from November J, lSfFBB
On Marine and 'inland
uanirattisia.. ....!.,.. uniissi. it
Mitifntvil Jm Trtta4jh kiJ
ber 1, IS? .-. t 980,958 Bj
Premiums marked off as
earned from Novem
ber 1, 1S83, to October
On Marine and Inland
On Fire Risks
Interest during tamo
period Salvages, etc..
Losses, expenses, eta,
during tho year as
Marine and Inland Nav
igation Losses 1171,166 C
Fire Losses 83,963 92
Return Premiums 19,695 15
Agency Charges, Adver
tising, Printing, etc.... jm&XW
Taxes state andMunie- "v
lnalT.TMln.t1i.Va.. uim a.
Expenses..., SI 684 90
ASSETS OF THE COMPANY.
NOYlUfBER L 1283.
S 151,000 00 State of New Jersey
Six par Cent Loans
J800 to 19U2.........8 X9filQ CO
85,000 00 City of Philadelphia
Blx Per Cent Loans
,mmnm (Exempt from Tax). 113,050 00
100,000 00 City of Boston Six Par
,m,w. tfentJoani 113,00000
100,000 00 City of St. Loots Six
. M PerCentLoans 111,000 00
50,000 CO City of Cincinnati Mu
nicipal Seven Per
.Cent Loans 61,50000
75,000 CO City of Newark Four ' -
o,-. PerCentLoans... 78,750 00
25,000 00 City of Columbus, O,
, Six Per Cent Loans-. 28,250 CO'
80,000 CO City of Camden Font
ns Per Cent Loan 80,900-flO
25,000 00 CItyofSprlngfleId,Ill o
Fire Per Cent Loan. 23,500 CO'
36,500 00 State of Tennessee
Compromise Bond. 2337, CO (T
100,000 00 Philadelphia 4 Read- fjK.f
ing R. R. Co. First i ,
Series Stamped. Ftve '
Percent Bonds 102.600 00
30,000 09 Philadelphia. Wilmine
ton and Bal tlraore K.
R. Co. Trust Certifi
cates. Four Per Cent 30,375 00
23,000 00 Pennsylvania Railroad
CO..500 Bbaru Stock 27,000 00
40,000 00 American Steamship
Company Six Per
Cent Bonds (Penn'a.
,,. ,R-K. guarantee).... 42;400 00
108,000 CO Loans on Bond and
Liens on City Prop-
9 erties 103,000 00
11,010,500 00 Far. Cost.O,02L950 73
Market Value 11,108,523 00
Real Estate at Phila
delphia and Pitts
burg. ... 140,000 00
juiui ueceivauie jor in
Balance One at Agen-
. 29.563 08
cb .rrenuam on
Marine Policies Ac
. crued Interest and
other debts due the
Company. 8311 67
Scrip of Sundry Corporations-Estimated
value. L100 0O
Cash On at- .y
posit in f
Banks... w 84,28385
Collateral. 1501000 00 'f
- ' la Of3cF. -1.78209-vx
Phiuldbuhia, November 13, 1SS9.
The Board of Directors bava this day de
clared a Cash Dividend ot Eight Per Cent on
tbe Capital Stock and Six Per Cent interest on
the Scrip of the Company, payable on and after
tbe 1st of December, proximo, free ot Tax.
Tbey have also declared a Sorip Dividend of
Ten Per Cent on the Earned Premiums for the
year ending October SL 18S9. Certificates ot
which will be issued to the parties entitled to
the same, on and after the loth ot December,
SNo Certificates of Profits baaed under
125. By the Act of Incorporation. "No Certifi
cate shall issue unlessclalmed within two years
after the declaration of the dividend whereof
it is evidence."
THOMAS C. HAND,
THOMAS C, HAND, JR.
HENRY LYLBCRN, Secretary.
Branch Office in Company's Building, 03
Fourth avenue. Pittsburg.
T. DALE JENHINGS. Agent
del-66-MWJ J. W, BOYD, Surveyor.
FULL VALUEF0RTHE HONEY
Choicest, Purest, Best.
Mataieoao-fiUi Mi Water or Hilt
V. 8. Pxror. Sf Harm SU ftnr Yosx.
At rttall by all Itadlne (roeers and drntslfU.
GEO. K, STEVENSON 4 CO, IMPORTERS
For sale wholesale and retail by
103 Federal Street
AlffllYEESARIor CfHRISTMAS GIFT? ,
MADE TN WT
FLEX BUR. 4
ONLY $4 75 EACH!
THE SUPPLY IS LIMITED.
THE J. P. SMITH
Lamp, Glass China tl;
935 fffW AvBiit
JtefMwwNJstk aal Testis .