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W Foraker's Connection With the
Notorious Ballot Box Con
tract Forgery.
Of the Apparently Plausible
Tales Concocted by
; "Was a Part of the Price Demanded
; ; i lor the Surrender of the
Fictitious Document.
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..TUpon the Recommendation of the Ohio
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Executive, as a itewara lor uis
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Bupposea. Bsrvices.
GoTernor Foraker last night made a
statement concerning his connection with
the forged ballot box contract. He gives in
full the correspondence with "R. G. "Wood,
'which led up -to the delivery of the false
document. In .return for this, Wood was
given a letter of recommendation to the
President, and appointed Smoke Inspector
of Cincinnati Foraker believed the con
tract to be genuine until Halstead's :retrac-,
tion. He says his only fault was that of
being imposed upon.
Columbus, December 4. Governor Fa?.
" aker to-night made public, in a letter ad
dressed to Murat Halstead, the history of
the famous ballot box contract forgery, so
far as his connection with the same is con
cerned. It is a lengthy document, contain
ing all correspondence .passing between the
Governor and B. G. Wood, .the forger.
Governor Foraker says:
The article appearing to-day concerning the
ballot box forgery is of snch a cln.cter that I
deem myself Justified In aslungyou to now give
to the public, in ad ranee of the trial of Woods,
the following statement of the information I
. 'hareta regard to the matter.
If His BeuoB for Silence. -,
I have until now kept silent except as to a
' general statement, but I have not done so, as
you are aware, from any unwillingness to give
to the public every item of knowledge I have
possessed In regard to this matter, but only be
cause the interests of public justice seemed to
require that I should say nothing until called as
a witness to testify.
' In submitting this matter to the public 1 wish
to add In addition to what appears in the regu
lar statement tttat I have never made any
charge against any one in connection with the
same at any time or place, except only in so far
as I may have done so in my speech at Marietta
as to Mr. Campbell, all the particulars of which
have been time and again set forth. I never
assumed any responsibility whatever with re
spect to the paper, except to only let you have
it after I had explained to you how I came by
Mt My fault, therefore if fault it be was con
fined solely to being imposed upon.
He Hi. Always Regretted It.
That 1 have always regretted, bnt have never
In any way sought to evade. I submit, how
ever, that the fact that I was told there was
such a paper months before the forgery was
committed, and the fact that the paper pro
duced by Wood seemed to fit the case pre
cisely, except as to certain of the names, and
partially in that respect, coupled with the fact
that Wood's statements were, from time to
time, corroborated, it is no wonder that I
should have accepted the paper as genuine, as
you and others did who saw it, without ques
tioning its character.
'On June 27 or 28 1 first heard of the matter.
1 was told that J. E. Campbell introduced the
bill in Congress, and that there was written evi
dence that he was interested financially in the
result with John It. McLean and others.
Beginning of the Correspondence.
Then follow some telegrams relating to
"Wood's request to the Governor for an in
dorsement for the office of Smoke
Inspector of Cincinnati, and an
account of 'Wood's promise to' secure
a copy of an alleged contract in ex
istence at the time the bill was introduced
in Congress by Governor-elect Campbell.
"The next heard from "Wood," says the
Governor, "was on September 2, when he
wrote asking for a letter ot in
troduction to President Harrison, 'lite
the one given him to Governor Luce, of
Michigan. In this letter "Wood states that
Mayor Mosby would be absent from the
city for ten days, and adds: this will give
us time enough to get the exact documents
you want. I believe I know for the first
time ezactly what you do want I would
suggest that you write His Honor, the
Mayor, saying that in a week you can give
him your recommendations.' " Continuing,
Governor Foraker says: "I wrote for "Wood
the following letter of introduction to the
Introduced to Mr. Harrison.
BU Excellency. the President, Washington, D.C.
DKAS Bik: Allow me to introduce the
bearer of this letter, Mr. E. G. Wood, of Cin
cinniti. Mr. Wood is an old soldier, a good
citlxen and a hard working man. He has ex
hibited considerable genius as an inventor. I
do not Know that be wants any favor, other
than opportunity to pay his respects, but,-however,
that may be, I take pleasure in commend
ing him to your favor;
' j. Tery truly yonrs,
.. i Inclosed it to him in the foUowing letter:
" B.O.fWooO, sq., Ebbltt House, Washington,
' -. mo. .. ,
Dexk Srar Herein I hand you a letter of in
troduction to the President, as requested. I
shall expect you here with the paper I want not
later than Thursday. Truly, etc
r A Terse TeleaTam From Wood.
"I next heard from "Wood on the morning J
of September 5, when I received the follow
ing night message:
WAsniKOTo's, D. a, September i, 1S89.
UOTernor Foraker:
I have written; everything O. K.
- R. G. Wood.
"The same day I received the following
Washtsotok, D. C., September 4, ISSa.
Governor Foraker:
Deae Sib Yours of 25th at hand. Thanks
for the letter ot introduction. My friends are
highly pleased with it. The President Just re
turned to the city and I am to see him this
evenins. I go to Baltimore later this evening
.to get the paper, or in the morning, and will
wire you the hour I can be at Columbus.
R. G. Wood.
"September 6 1 received the following:
WAsmNQTOif, D. O, September fl, 1889.
To Governor Foraker:
I will be In Columbus Sunday.
B, G. Wood.
Wood Was Getting Anxious.
"I next heard from him4 September 9,
when I received the- following telegram:
CiscantA.ii, O., Septembers.
Governor Foraker:
Where can I see yont , R. G. Wood.
"To this I answered:
Colttmbus, U., September 9, 1SS&
B. G. Wood. Cincinnati:
Here, where you promised to see me. Unless
yon come to-day you need not come at all. I
leave to-morrow. J. B. Foeaeee.
"An hour Or two after'I had sent the first
telegram I received the following letter:
Metbopoutan Hotel. i
Washington, D. C, September 8, 1889. J
Governor Foraker:
Dear Sib I have the valuable paper in my
pocket for you, owing to Langston telegraphing
to meet him at Cincinnati and two of my
friends roinc alone who have been with me all
the time while here and at Baltimore. We go
to-day to Cincinnati and will wire to Columbus
In the morning to know when to go to Colum
bus, or where I can see you.
Ready to Prodnee the Paper.
I have the document with the valuable
namees on. J. R. M. is out of the city. In
closed is one of Ed Hall's letters to me. I will
get from him our contract with J. R. M. There
are three papers in all. I have two. In haste,
R. G. Wood.
The following is a copy of the Hall let
ter, which was inclosed:
Haix's Safe and Lock Co., )
Cincinnati, Om September 4, 1SS9. f
B. G. Wood, XbtiittHouie, Washington, D. C,
Deab Sib I did not have much time to
spare with you yesterday when you called, but
would like to have had a talk with you. Do
not hesitate about getting facts and staying
with Governor Foraker during his campaico,
and if there Is anything I can do to aid yon, do
not hesitate to ask it. Those envious politi
cians you spoke to me about, are the same fel
lows who tried to take us in on that Findlay
scheme. Look out for them. They need show
ing up, and you can give them(a whirl. When
you return come in. yours, E. C. Hat.t,.
Bendy to Do Business.
"Immediately on receipt of that letter, I
wired "Wood:
K. G. Wood, care Hall's Safe and Lock Company,
Since sending you telegram have received
your letter from Washlng'on. Come here this
afternoon or night, if possible. I go to Middle
port to-morrow. J. B. Fobaeeb,
"That telegram had been sent only a few
minutes when I received the following mes
sage, sent evidently in reply to my first mes
sage of the 9th:
, Cincinnati, O. September 9, 1889.
Governor Foraker:
I will mail paper to your address, or will bo
up to-morrow. Answer. Your telegram too
late. R. G. Wood.
"I made no answer to that of which I
have record, at least, and later received the
following, which would appear to be in an
swer to my second telegram of September 9:
Cincinnati. September 9, 1SS9.
Governor Foraker:
I can be at Columbus 11 in the morning. An
swer. Signed. R. G. Wood.
One Telea-mm That Is Missing-.
'- "Ziam- .unable to'finufj5ay"atiIrer to thai"
telegram, but think X' must have sent one.
2Iy Impression Ms that X wired him not to
come until the 11th, and I must have done
so, for I find among my letters' the "'follow
ing: Cincinnati, O., September 10, 1SS3.
Governor J. B. Foraker:
Deab Sib Your telegram at hand saying for
me to De at Columbus' to-morrow. I will be
there. Yours truly, R, G. Wood.
"I find I also received from him the fol
lowing telegram:
CiNcnrNATI, O., September U, 1SS9.
i To Governor Foraher:
I will be in Columbus to-day without fall.
R. G. Wood.
Governor Foraker does not give any de
tails as to "Wood's visit and the delivery of
the famous document
The First Intimation Thnt the Document
Was a Forgery His Desire to Havo
Everything Blade Public A Chance
Interview With Wood.
In reference to the disclosure of the fact
that the contract was a forgery, Governor
Foraker says : "The nextthing I heard of
the ballot box matter was Mr. Halstead's
retraction Until that moment I
never suspected the genuineness of the sig
natures. The thought that they were for
geries had not entered'my mind. "When I
returned to Columbus from Steubenrille I
learned for the first time what the facts were.
I at once insisted to Mr. Kurtz that every
detail of the whole matter should be pub
lished. He then informed me of the follow
ing letter to Mr. Halstead:
Dear Mr. Halstead:
Your letter just at hand, and I write, perhaps
hastily, bnt none the less earnestly, to snsgest
the importance of your giving to the world and
at once the name of the forger or forgers, to
tbo end a vigorous prosecution be at once en
tered upon of all thus engaged In the ballot
box affair. That is not only the right course to
pursue, but the best policy as well, and the line
of action best calculated to maintain and pro
mote your good name. Hastily and trul v yours,
A Confidential Acreement.
"Mr. Kurtz said Mr. Halstead had an
swered in harmony with what,he had pub
lished in his paper to the effect that he was
nnder an agreement with Judge Harmon
and Mr. Jordan, acting as the representa
tives of Mr. Campbell, to publish nothing
more than he had published. That being the
case and the publication being his own act
for which he had assumed full responsibil
ity and the agreement being made on behalf
of Mr. Campbell, I felt that I could do
nothing more than to hold my peace
until the proper time to speak might come.
"Wood was at this time in "Washington.
"When I learned that he had imposed upon
me a forged document, I, of course, lost all
confidence in his truth and veracity, and
his integrity ot purpose in dealing with me,
and finding myselt unable, by reason of Mr.
Halstead's agreement to make a full dis
closure on the subject, I felt it my duty to
keep track of him, to know into whose hands,
if anbody's, he might tail, to the end that I
might have full information as to tne source
and influence producing it of any statement
he might make.
The Governor Had Wood Watched.
"I therefore had Mr. Kurtz communi
cate with Mr. McGrew, of "Washington,
who, at his request, came to Columbus and
got full information from us as to the situa
tion, and who returned to "Washington with
instructions to keep "Wood in hand to the
extent of keening himself or somebody else
continually with him, so Jar as might be
necessary to know all about whom he might
meet with and what statements, if any. he
might make. Except in this -way, and to
this extent, neither I nor anyone else con
nected with me or the Republican party bad
any correspondence or intercourse of any
kind whatever with "Wood until after the
""While "Wood was in "Washington, how
ever, and before Mr. Halstead published
his retraction, he wrote several letters to
Mr. Kurtz, copies of which can be produced
if desired. I have had no communication
with Mr. "Wood since the forgery was" dis
covered, except that I unexpectedly met
him in the hallway of the Commercial
Gazette ofiice at Cincinnati on November
11, and he manifested a desire to talk with
A Tery Unsatisfactory Interview.
"I did not care to talk with him there, and
told him he might call npon me ar the Gib
son House if he had anything to say. He
came to my room at the Gibson House, and
I there told him tnat I had seen the affi
davits that had been submitted to Mr. Hal
stead, and that they satisfied me that he had
committed a forgery. He wanted to know
if J meant to charge him with having com
mitted a forgery.
"I told him that I did not know, but I
wanted to state the fact that such was my
belief and the reason for it, and that inview
of that I could not do anything for him or
have anything to do with him further.
From that day until this I have had no
communication of any kind with him.
A 16-Ycar-OId Baltimore Boy Who Puzzles
the Scientist His Touch Is So Hlngl-
cal Thnt He Lift Heavy
Weights at Bis
Fingers' Ends.
Baxtihobe, December 4. Louis, the 16-year-old
son of Philip Hamburger, is pos
sessed of a mysterious power which is puz
zling scientific men. This power enables
him to make objects of considerable weight
adhere to his finger tips, contact only being
necessary. The young man, who is quite
small, has been studying chemistry some
time at the Maryland CoUege of
Pharmacy, and has shown his par
ents and friends some astonishing
feats and bits of magic Bv merely
pressing his fully distended fingers against a J
heavy cane, he holds it suspended in air tor
along time. He is also able, by placing the
balls ot three fingers against the sides of a
glass tube, to raise the weight of five pounds
attached thereto. He says he has always
remarked a peculiar feeling when touching
small objects which are wet or greasy, and
iu order to get the best results in his experi
ments he must have both the hands and ob
jects dry and very clean. For this purpose he
always washed his fingers in alcohol and
ether and wipes them and the objects dry.
In the presence of friends he gave an ex
hibition of his powers. The first experi
ment was to place a number of pins around
tips of the palm of his hands and on the
his .fingers. On holding the- palms
vertically the pins are found to drop onlv
after a long time. He next showed his abil
ity to pick up from the table, by pressing
his dry finger tips against it, any highly-
polished smooth body, such as a pencil or a
pen. Much more striking, however, was
the manner in which a pen, held perpendic
ularly, stuck to the ends of his fingers.
Both hands have the same remarkable
power, though the right one does the better
work. The tips of the fingers, which aie
more than usually fleshy, are capable of the
greatest" feats. 'He touched his fingers
against a glass tube three-quarters of an
inch in diameter, and they stuck with such
force that, as he pulled them away from .it,
one after another, there was a click. The
end of the tube thus raised was freighted
with a blaster of naris block", and on- this
were gradually plied leaden weights until
o pounds was reached, xms ne was aoie
to raise with the open 'palms.
A Dozen of Them Fined rorlllegnllr Traffick
ing In Stamp.
Habtfoed, Conn., December 4. A
comical scene was presented at the opening
of the December term of the "United States
District Court in this city to-day. From 20
to 25 country postmasters were on band.
They had been arrested at various times dur
ing the past four months for violating the
United States postal laws.. They sold post
age stamps or stamped envelopes on credit to
the New York firm ot Palliser, Palliser &
Co. In some instances, in making returns to
the authorities at "Washington, they ad
vanced from their own pockets the amount
due from the New York firm, and, in other
instances, they put it down as cash on hand,
although they had not received it. They
came into court to-day like a lot of erring
school boys waiting to be disciplined. None
of them entered any defense. A few cases
were continued, in others no plea was
entered and in others a plea of nolle con
tendre was made.
Judge Shipman said that there was no
course open to him except to fine them all.
They had clearly done wrong. Then he
smiled benignantly upon them, and fined
each $50 and costs, amounting in most cases
to about 110. This is the minimum penal
ty. They all took their medicine like little
men, and kept Clerk Marvin bnsy making
change until his desk looked like a counting
house. Twelve erring postmasters were thus
fined, and about a dozen more remain to be
The President's Proposition to Shift the
Weather Bureau.
"Washington-, December 4. Objecting,
as other "Weather Bureau people do, to the
President's proposal to transfer them from
the war to the Agricultural Department,
General Greely, the Chief, says: "The
Senate, by the emphatic vote of 33 to 9, de
feated such a bill last 'year. The President
and the House heretofore have favored it.
"To make the change- and pay civilian
meteorologists the salaries they command
would be -very expensive. There are such
men, but they come high.' The transfer
would involve an additional expense to the
Government, all things considered, of 5100,
000 to $180,000 annually."
The Son of Senator Bloody, of South Dako
ta, Appointed a Pase".
Washington, December 4. Nepotism
has begun early in the United States Senate
this session. Senator Moody, ot Sonth Da
kota, has secured the appointment of his
son, Warren Moody, to be a page on the
floor of the Senate. "Ae appointment is
charged to Senator Pettigrew, Mr. Moody's
Officials of the Senate, some of whom have
been in service a quarter of a century or
more, say that this is the first instance with
in their "recollection when a Senator's son
has filled the office of a page.
New York Has n World's Fair Bill Beady
for Congress.
Nw Yoke. December 4. The bill drawn
by the World's Fair Committee, of this city;
was to-day made public. Under thebill the
commission may issue $20,000,000 of stock
certificates, at $10 per share, to subscribers.
The limit of the commission's life is 1893.,
Details fill the other sections.
It is proposed to submit this bill to Con
gress for that body's action, and to that end
copies of this bill will be immediately for
warded to the New York" Congressmen, with
the request that they work ia ito behalf,
A Very Decent Dozen of the Most
Uotable Newly-Sworn H. C's
With Glimpses into Satjlana, VIrslnia.
Missouri and Tennessee.
And Montana's One Federal Offlclil Who Heeded Ho
Electoral Commission,
There is a deal of instruction and enter
tainment in the two columns oi pen and
pencil pictures appended. They afford a
fair idea of what a variety of physiognomies
of records entered into thev choice of the 118
new members of the Lower House, There
is but one colored man in that body.
Washington, December The com
monest pastime in "Washington for a fort
night after new Congress assembles is to
sit in the House gal
leries and study the
physio'ao my and
anatomy below. The
Senate is never new,
ibr.changes here are so
jfeif'.and so small in
proper tion to the
-whole number of Sen
ators that the new
faces are soon identi
fied and analyzed.
But the House is one
third ne every two
.AaM, TTolf a dozen
K' of the members who
took fresh seats Monday afternooon have
been in Congress before. Among them
were: General Banks, who was Speaker
years ago; H. lb Morey, to whom General
Garfield did not write a certain letter once
upon a time; Bosowell P. Flower, M. H.
Dunnell, of sand-hauling fame. But 118 of
the new men were taking their Initial ex
perience in Congressipnal life.
New faces have not changed the Demo
cratic side of the chamber as much as the
other. Mr. Beed found Tuesday that he
must go diligently at work to get acquaint
ed with his own forces. The Speaker's eye
was litely to recognize,
more men from the
minority than, the ma
jority. The South has
replaced 27 of its 97
members with new
men. New Eneland
has retired over half
of her representatives
in the Fiftieth Con
gress and 13 hew mem
not including General
Banks and John "W.
Ohandler. who are
former members, were
Bworn in. Four of the
C. C Towmena
nine Pacific. Coast 'delegation are new tohe
House. Forty-two of the 118 "Western mem
bers are strangers. Thirty-two of the
representatives from the Middle States ail
ere ate six CongressionalBovicesfrom
Pennsylvania. All are good politicians
and as keen as new jack-knives. Lewis F.
"Watson the seventh newcomer.sat in the
Forty-fifth and Forty-seventh Congresses.
He is a big, handsome and rich old fellow.
He was the first.man to strike oil in Penn
sylvania. David B. Brnnner, of Beading, is a nota
ble Pennsylvania Democrat. He is a car
penter by trade a big, heartv. wise old
man. He laid by-his wages when a young"
man ana put mmseit through Dickinson
College. He bought an academy and began
what has been, his lifework, teaching. He
Is now President and proprietor of the
Eeading Business College, and he has'a
snug fortune from his successful career.
He has written a grammar, and a work on
"The Indians of Berks County," beside a
series of articles on the mineralogy of that
The "Waynesburg member, Bay.is a stout,
well dressed lawyer about 38 years old. He
also edits a paper at his home.
C. C. Townsend is one of the promising
men in the del egation. Governor Beaver is
a constituent of his.
He looks as if he
were 35 years old,
but is 48. He served
two years in the
army. He is en
gaged in manufac
turing various kinds
of iron and steel and
is somewhat interes
ted instjel.Cnlbertson
of the Erie district, a
millionaire manufac
turer, succeeds w.
L. Scott. His wealth
Jlf. S. WriahL Penna. is largely in Mich
igan lumber and he has a big yard in Chi
cago. He is a tall big man, '"plain spoken
and evidently home-made. M. B. Wright
of the fifteenth district is a cool reserved
man, fho never says a word too much. He
is a politician ali through and not only looks
somewhat like Matt Quay, but acts like
him. He is ably assisted by his wife who
is his private secretary.
Maryland has two new men Herman
Stump, of Belair, and Harry Stockbridee,
one of the editorial writers of the Balti
more American. Stump is a handsome
old school gentleman, with a snowy mus
tache and a rnddy complexion. For
some inscrutable reason in the divine
economy he is still a faatchelor. He made a
strong fight for his nomination and election,
supnosinc he would be in the mnioritv and
nave a .Democratic
administration to
assist him in mak
ing wise laws. He
comes of the Prus
sian family of "Von
Stumuf. who came
to this country early
in the eighteenth
century and pur
chased large tracts
of land in what is
now called Harford
and Cecil counties,
Maryland, which
the family have
since possessed. He
was born August 8,
1836. at the family
country seat, "Oak
incton." in Harford
Serman Stump,
conntv. After receiving a classical Arlnr.i
tion he studied law with his cousin, Hon.
Henry W. Archer, at Belair, Harford
county, and was admitted to the bar in 1856,
where he has since continued the practice of
his profession. He was president of the
State Senate in-1880.
North Carolina has the only negro Con
gressman in the House. He li H. P.
Cheatham, a golden skinned mulatto 30
years old. He is a quick, shrewd, capable
young lawyer. One of the first things Mr.
Cheatham did Mondav Was to seelr nnt Mr.
$7 awJ
Jk3k t
Adams, the new doorkeeper, aad ak him joj
' XECEMBER 5, 1889.
(retain one member of the folding room staff.
I MI know he is a Demo- 'am?-
cray-said Cheatham.
'Tbut he is a steady, in
dustrious young map,
and for peculiar rea
sons I want him re.
taiaed. I was given
to his mother when I
was a little boy as a
wedding present. I
told his widowed
mother I would try
ray level best to keep
her boy in worfc."
The young man is still
f his job in the fold
tWi room". Cheatham
was eAnmieA at atinn.
S. P. Cheatham,
Jforin uarouna.
University and ftintrt, cnhnnl fnr awhile.
He is tall, strong and good looking.
Mr. St6ckbrldge is a surprise to himself
aa well as his friends. He ran against
Is l dor Baynor, a
strong and popular
Democrat, and unex
pectedly beat him. He
is 38 years old, but
looks younger. His
1 profession is the law.
'He is spare and nerv
ous in build and has
a Keen, penetrating
pair of black eyes.
His hair is turning
gray early. He is a
a hard student, a forci
ble, trenchant writer
and a good speaker.
He will come quickly
to the front in the
i S. Stoekbrtdge,
Bouse., where, nowadays, young men are at
fjtpremium. He is in great luck to be the
inly Republican from his end of the State
during a Republican administration, and
ffhas.patronage galore to distribute among
spatiiotic friends.
. .Virginia made more changes than almost
iu other State in the last Congressional
A.cv.i4uiitt. five vi uer ueieguuuu aic new
men. Posey G. Lester, of Floyd Court
;HouSer is the only clergyman in the House.
-W'SCT PP during the war, self-educated
for the most part. For a time he was a sing
ing school teacher. He is the tallest man.in
the house, standing 6 feet 2 inches in his
,tocklDgs, and weighs 20$. pounds. His
voice conquers space with terrific volume
and foree, while it is really very musical.
In 1876 he was ordained to the work of the
.ministry iu the Primitive Baptist Church,
which he joined in 1873. Since 1882 he has
oeen aomg the work ot
an Evangelist, and has
.made full prdof of his
ministry. He has trav
eled and preached.in 18
of the States, and in
Ontario, Canada. His
travels during a single
year have embraced as
many as 13.000 miles.
using nearly all manner
of vehicle of convey
ance from a dump cart
to a steamboat and rail
way car. His ability
as a preacher, the clear,
forcible manner with
which he presents his
J. O. Letter,
views, and his extended travels, together
with the productions from his pen, have
given him an acquaintance and a degree of
popularitysecondtononeinhischurch. Since
(1883 he has been associate editor on Zion's
XantJmarl, a religious periodical of his
church published at Wilson, N. O. He
had never given his attention to politics
prior to July, 883, more than to keep some
what posted on general principles involving
the interest of the country at large, and his
State in particular. He never sought polit
ical honors, and when urged to become a
candidate for Congress, refused to seek the
position so much as to attend the conven
tion that nominated him.
Henry St. Georce Tuoker. of Stanton.
brings.an old and honored name back to
ngresW Heoa one At.thervoung members
born in Winchester in 1833,, the son of
Jo a n .Randolph
Tucker, who was a
representative in
Congress from Vir
ginia from 1875 to
1887, and th e grand
son of Henry St.
George Tucker,
who was President
of the Court of Ap
peals of Virginia,
and subsequently
Professor of Law
at the University
of Virginia. St.
George Tucker
graduated from
v Washington and
Lee University, at
Lexington. Va. in
B.S.TueJcer, Va. 1875. and in 1876
graduated in law from the same institution.
His district is the same his. father repre
sented. Tennessee's most notable new men is Alf
Taylor, who ran for Governor against his
brother DoD. tie is
a short, fat bulbous
man, but his face is
good one. He is said
to be lazy, but bright,
and like Tom Beed
has a nasal twang in
his voice that has
been inherited in his
family for 100 years.
H, Clay Evans and,
xvice.jrierce are new
Tennesseeans In th
xiouse, one xiepuu-,
lican and the other a
Democrat. Pierce"1-
once sat in Congress. Alf Taylor, Tennessee.
There are fonr new Wolverines C. E.
Belknap, who succeeds Ford: A. T. Bliss,
who has Tim Tarsney's seat; F. W. Wheeler,
wio suc:eeds bpen
cer Fisber. and
S am Stephenson,
the rich lumber
man, who has Sey
mour's seat. Bel
knap has a big
rough mustache
and a wild eye,
the two .features
making him look
like a man terribly
in earnest. He is
a jolly ialker, a
careless dresser,
and a good, wire
puller. He can
make a good stump
sneech and is in
C. E. Belknap,
clined to take things easy. He was born in
St. Lawrence county, N. Y., and is 43
years old. When 15 years old he enlisted
anda he saw three years of active service,
taking his part in several big battles,
marchincr to the sea and winning a Major's
shoulder straps. He was commissioned 1
captain wnen jusi i years aim uiomns
old. He was wounded seven times. He is
a wagon manqfacturer and employs 100
Thomas H. Carter, the Montana member,
was elected a delegate from his State when
It was a Territory,
and again when it
was soon after
ward admitted as
a 8tate. He is a
man of medium
height, well-built,
active and quick
in his mental pro
cesses. He knows
his State from one
corner to every
other and is very
popular .at home,
as he is bound to
be here. He
served in the army,
is a goo'd lawyer
and owns mines. Thni.IT. Carter. Montana.
He is progressive and enthusiastic over the
Qfrtinuti on 8tofo ftge,
' & 'Wry
i Witt mf
5fg "s3fe ,
W i fWHl I S2M
Failure of Lewis S. Cox For Half a
Million Causes a Eovelation,
'When He Lived So Fast That Millionaire
.neighbors Envied Him.
Honey Went Lite Water, Thousands Being. Spent
Texrly for Shoes Alone.
Lewis S. Cox's failure for ?500,000 has set
his neighbors to talking. It is learned that
a few years ago his income was only $2,000
a year, bnt latterly he has lived in a style
which has excited the wonder even ot mill
fonaires. He began cutting a dash after
Mr. Singerly became his financial backer.
Philadelphia, December 4. Lewis S.
Cox, whose failure for 1500,000 last Monday
surprised the business people of Phila
delphia, has had a brilliant career for a few
years past. The manner in which he lived
iu his palatial residence at Ogontz has
for some time excited the wonder and ad
miration of his millionaire neighbors.
Ogontz is a few miles west of Jenkintown,
on the Philadelphia and Beading Bailroad,
and is noted for the splendid suburban
homes located within its borders.
A number of Philadelphia millionaires
live in handsome style at Ogontz, but one
gentleman said to-day that not one of them
attempted to keep up with the pace set by
Mr. Cox. "He ran far away from the rest
of us," remarked this gentleman, "bnt re
cent developments show that he could afford
these extravagances, while we could not."
This man, who, while not a millionaire
himself, could live in a fashion that amazed
men of far greater wealth, has had an event
ful business career. It is not so many years
ago that he was an employe in a store on
Market street, and lived on less than 2,000
a year. An Intelligent estimate of his liv
ing expenses for two years or more past
places them at $40,000 a year. Mr. Cox
seems to have struck the floodtlde in his af
fairs when he got "William M. Singerly to
back him in his business ventures.
It was shortly after that Mr. Singerly put
his money into the Brighton Mills that Mr.
Cox bought his house at Ogontz and skilled
workmen began to fit it np. "When it was
turned over to Mr. Cox it was a veritable
palace. His stable9,which are located back
of his house, are among the finest in that
section, and he had nothing but blooded
He had a half dozen or more saddle horses
and several ponies for the children. He is
a great lover of horses and is an excellent
horseman. His wife and children are just
as fond of horses as he is. The favorite
pastime of this family was to canter over
the magnificent roads of Montgomery
county on their spirited steeds. Nothing
gave Mr. Cox more pleasure than the aston
ishment which he created among his rich
neighbors by his lavish expenditure of
money. He is a high-spirited and austere
man. He was never contented to follow.
He always wantedto.be in the lead.
One of Ms latest surprises to his neighbors
was his purchase of a pack of hounds. The
dogs have a very luxurious home near the
stables. The introduction of the hounds
was a ereat hit Thev caused, mure' talk
-smong 'MivCox'a neighbors- than anything
eise ne Dougnt lor montns.
nothing too good foe him.
One of Mr. Cox's neighbors, iu talking
about him to-day said: "Lou Cox is a good
fellow. He lived ou the top notch. Noth
ing was too good for him, and if he wanted
anything he got it, 1 don't know why he
got the hounds,- unless it was just to make a
show. I know it made a pretty picture
to see him and his family dashing along
the roads after the yelping hounds. Cox
prides himself that he and his family have
tne nnesi ana neaiesi-mung nuiug iiauiis
in our section. It was such things as this
that pleased him and he would never let
anybody out-do him in anything. He has
gone along at break-neck pace for a few
years and I have no doubt he has thorough
ly enjoyed himself; I feel very Borryfor
Mr. Singerly."
When any member of the Cox family
wanted an article of dress the cost was a
secondary consideration. The article would
have to meet their taste or they would not
have it.
Mr. Cox and his son, George H., who
managed the New York office, had their
clothing made by one of the fashionable
tailors on Chestnut street They were very
fastidious and whimsical, and always
ordered suits from the finest cloths.
Their tailor bills ran into several
thousand dollars a vear. Since January 1 he
has paid a fashionable shoemaker on Chest
nut street nearly 2,000. One pair of riding
boots which he purchased last summer cost
him 535- Another pair which he purchased
recently he paid $26 lor. His button gaiters
cost him from 514 to S25 per pair, while
shoes for his children cost 58 50 to 512 per
Mr. Cox and his son were also liberal
patrons of Tiffany & Co., the New York
jewelers. Personswho know Mr. Cox say
that it did not cost him less than 55,000 a
year to clothe himself and his son George.
Mrs. Cox and her daughters ran up bills ou
the same lavish scale. Her bill for one year
at one of the leading stores was $5,000. One
of the items in this bill was 5150 for dolls'
The Bras Manufacturers ot the Country
Are In Secret Session.
Chicago, December 4. From every in
dication the brass manufacturers of the
United States are perfecting a gigantic con
federation. A meeting was held in the
Grand Pacifio to-day. George T. Copplus,
a prominent manufacturer of Boston, did
all in his power to keep the matter of a
meeting quiet He became very much ex
cited when a reporter called to ask him
about the meeting.
"Ob, I thought so," said he. "I thought
some reporter would come sneaking about.
Chicago is the worst place in the country
for reporters. It was on account of this that
I opposed Chicago as a meeting place."
"But you can tell something abont what
you propose doing?"
"No, sir, I cannot; because we are not
going to do anything of interest to the news-
"Where are the delegates from?"
"All parts of the United States."
"Will the subject of a trust be con
sidered?" "No trust will be formed, I think. In
the first place, there is so much friction be
tween the brass goods manufacturers that a
trust would be imoracticablej
Mr. D. Ellis, of Bridgeport, Conn., and
many other Eastern manufacturers are
Bridge Bolldl'ng at McKeesport.
The bridge across the Monongahela river
to connect Dravosburg and Beynoldtown to
establish a means of running an electric
street car line from McKeesport to those
places will be completed April 1. The pro
posed McKeesport and Duquesne bridge
across the same stream will be completed In
Various Measares Proposed fey (ho Sent
Pennsylvania Senator.
tntOM A STArr conBisrosnrtT.J
"Washington. December 4. Mr. C
eron was the only one of tnePennsylvi
Senators present at to-day's session, and
introduced the following bills:
To allow JabezBurchard, assistant engineer
on the retired list of the United Btates Navy,
75 per cent of the eea pay of the rank held by
him at the date of his retirement; to promote
Commodore Louis C. Bartori, to be a rear ad
miral on the, retired list: for the relief of As
sistant Engineer Howard D. Eotts.. United
States Navy; to appoint Frederick N. Kress an
ensign in the United 8tates Navy on the retired
list; referring tho claim of Madeira and Ca
bada, on account of the seizors and detention
of two cargoes of molasses at the port of Phil
adelphia, to the Court of Claims; referring to
the Court ot Claims the claims of J.F.Bailey dc
Co, Oliver L. Garrison and a number of others,
for excessive duty paid by them; for the relief
of Beaney, Bon 4 Archbofd.
Mr. Cameron also reintroduced his bill of
last session to promote the foreign trade of
the United States and. encourage the in
crease of the American merchant marine.
This measure classifies the ships of the mer
chant marine by their tonnage and proposes
a system of bounty.
Senator Faulkner, of "West Virginia, In
troduced a bill to appropriate 5100,000 for
the erection of a public building at Mar
tinsburg, W. Va.; another to pay 52,500 to
the trustees of the German Evangelical
Church at Martinsburg, "W. Va., for the
destruction of their church, and a third to
pay 53,900 for a similar purpose to St Jo
seph's Catholic Church at Martinsburg.
DesperateEncoanter Between a Moonshiner
and a Depaty marshal.
ELiNSAS Crrr, December 4. A terrible
tragedy occurred at Butler,' Mo., a small
town in the interior of the State, late last
night, in which two men were shot and
killed. One of the victims was Deputy
United States Marshal J. P. "Willis and the
other Pierce Morgan, a moonshiner, whom
he attempted to arrest. Morgan was a man
of desperate reputation, and when told that
Willis had a warrant for his arrest, declared
that he would never be taken alive. The
Deputy met Morgan on the street at Butler
and approached him to serve the war
rant Morgan warned him that he would shoot
him if he attempted to arrest him. "Willis
approached him to do his duty and Morgan
drew his revolver and fired. The bullet
missed the mark, and Willis whipped out
hia revolver. The second time both bullets
took effect. "Willis was shot through the
heart and died instantly. Morgan was shot
in the stomach and died this morning.
Bora Pedro Is Opposed to Any Plan for an
. American Commercial Union.
LlSBON,December 4. Brazilian royalists
in this city state that Dom Pedro is much
opposed to the propositions made in the
United States looking to the organization
of an American commercial union. He
bases his objections on the fact that Brazil
is chiefly an agricultural country, not yet
much advanced in manufacturing interests,
and that it is in need of European capital,
immigrants and markets, and cannot deprive
itself of these by joining in an exclusively
American combination.
Dom Pedro, it is said, foresaw the recent
revolution, but declined to consent to any
efforts at repression. He will himself be
the greatest obstacle to any activity on the
part of his partisans.
Stiver and Harbor Men Greatly Encouraged
by the President's Words.
man a etatt coBnzsroxnxxT.
Washington, December 4. The river
and harbor men In Congress are congratu
lating themselves on the manner in which
the President treated the subject of internal
improvements in his message. When Mr.
Harrison was in the Senate he opposed each
river and harbor bill consistently, and the
gentlemen interested in those matters were
somewhat dubious as to the encouragement
they would receive from him as President
They expected to see a bill of considerable
proportions reported from the Biver and
uarDor committee mis session, an- are giau
t to belieVe that the President will not put
his veto to it
It Will Include MeKInley, Carlisle. Cannon
and Handall.
"Washington, December 4. It is un
derstood that Speaker Beed wiil to-morrow
announce his-first standing committee that
ou rules. He has selected the following as
its member, he himself being its chairman:
Cannon, of Illinois; KcKinley, of Ohio;
Carlisle,of Kentucky, and Bandall, of Penn
sylvania. The placing of Mr. McKinley's
name on this committee indicates that' the
Speaker has decided to select him as chair
man of the Ways and Means Committee.
It is said io be Mr. Beed's desire and in
tention to secure a revision of the rules of
the House as soon as possible.
The Stanley Expedition Is Probably Nearlng
tbe Port of Zanzibar.
London, December 4. -The Stanley expe
dition arrived at Mbikl on December 1.
All the Europeans were well, with the ex
ception qf Commissioner Stevens, who has a
very bad fever. The whole camp is in a
state of perfect discipline. A party of Ger
man soldiers under Lieutenant Schmidt
precede the main body and choose a camp
ground for each night
Stanley and his companions praise very
highly the kind reception they have met
with from tne uermans. otaniey nas writ
ten another long letter detailing his experi
ences while in the heart of the dark conti
Missing Diamonds Recovered, and Charges
Slade Against tho Insolvent Jewelers.
New Yoek, December 4. That vagrant
"hatful of diamonds" for which the creditors
of Stern & Stern, the insolvent jewelers,
have been searching, is in New York and in
the custody of the Sheriff. Jacob Stern is
here, too, and it is now given out that he
has all the time been acting in the interests
of certain of the creditor
Mr. Greenbaum, of Hays & Greenbaum,
counsel for creditors who have judgments
against the firm amounting to about 540,000,
said to-day that Jacob Stern had been act
ing in the interest of these creditors in all
he has done since the failure.
A $43,090,000 H0RTGAGB
Given by tbe Norfolk and Western. In Order
to Bnlld an Extension.
Peteesbubo, Va., December 4. The
Norfolk and Western Bailroad Comnany
has given a consolidated mortgage deed on
their road to the Mercantile Trust Company
of New York for 543,000,000. The object of
"this mortgage is to pay off the present in
debtedness of the road, and to build a double
track and to extend the road into North
Carolina, Ohio and Kentucky.
The deed has.been admitted to record in
the office of the Clerk of Corporation Court
of this city, and coven 75 pages of printed
V-toy -.
e Fewly Appointed Associate Jus.
tice Gets His f lace Through
yfe. ta Honor Becanra fle r?aiJ
" A'llnn in Tin ITio U!-a1 nT
Sneakir eed Shows a Disposition to &itl
Basinets of the-Bouse. -
The appointment of Judge Brewer, of"
Kansas, to be Associate Justice of the Suj.
preme Court meets with general approval at
the Capital. Judge Brown, of Michigan,
had the prize almost within his grasp, wheat.
Brewerwrote a letter retiring from the fieldj
as he did not want to oppose Brown, his old.
schoolmate. This, it is said, caused the
President to appoint him.
isncxi TXLanA to is dispatch.!
Washington December 4. There is aa
interesting little incident connected with,
the appointment of Judge Brewer to be;
Associate Justice of Supreme1 Court A,
week ago the President informed one of thev
Michigan Senators that the contest had nad
rowed down to two Judge Brown.of Michlv
gan, and one other person. He did not say
who that other person was. Last night this
Michigan Senator's colleague was at the
"White House and learned then that Judge
Brewer would probably be appointed.
Michigan, which is in the Sixth Judicial'
circuit, had two candidates Judge Brown.'
and Alfred Bussell. Senator Stockbridga'
favored Judge Brown. Senator McMillan,
was backing Mr. Bussell. Upon being told,
that Mr. Bussell's appointment was out of
the question, both Michigan Senators inV
dorsed Judge Brown, and were exceedingly
hopeful that he would be honored. , '
President Harrison was in a dilemma.'
Judges Brown and Brewer were equal:
favorites with him. and their aualificationi.
seemed about equal also. Then it happened'
that a letter that Judge Brewer wrote .to one
of his friends in Washington turned the
scale in his favor. Iu this letter, which.'
fortunately found its way to the "White?
House, Judge Brewer stated that he and
Judge Brown were old schoolmates, and
college chums, and if he, as a candidate fox'
the Supreme Court Justiceship, stood in'tha
way of the advancement of his old
friend, he desired to retire from the field..
This act of magnanimity, so unusual in the
strife for political ofiice, struck the Presi
dent most favorably, and probably turned
his mind definitely in the direction of Judge
Brewer. The Michigan Senators are nat
urally disappointed, having had the prize)
almost in their grasp, and they feel quite,
confident that Judge Brown is the coming
man fur the next vacancy in the court
At the Capitol to-dar those of the Sen
ators and Representatives who are ac
quainted with Judge Brewer spoke of him.- .
in the highest terms. Senator Davis,iof
Minnesota, is his most intimate friend
among the Senators, and he was loud in-'
praise of the new Justice.
A few of the Senators, however, found
objection to Judge Brewer because of hia
'alleged prohibition sentiments. It is known
that he has been Warmly indorsed by lead
ing Prohibitionists in the West, and it ia
said that many of his decisions favored 4he
Prohibition party. The appointment i&. -crediteimainly
to the influence of Senator
Plumb, added to the high opinion which
President Harrison has long held of. Judge
Brewer and his legal abilities. The first
hard work in behalf of Judge Brewer's ap
pointment was done by Senator Plumb dur-i
mg the mysterious visit which be paid" to I
President Harrison last summer at hia cot
tage at Deer Park. :
The President's attention had been called!
before that time to Judge Brewer's qualifi
cations, and it is said that the President per-!
sonally read over Judge Brewer's leading1!
opinions! Mr. Harrison was also attracted'
by the fact that Judge Brewer is a young
man, and a hard-working, conscientious,
lawyer and Judge. It is the opinion at thaj
Senate that the nomination will be at once
A Probability That He Will Speedily Cobs-.
plete Bis List of Committees.
Washington, December 4. It is be
lieved that Speaker Beed will use every en
deavor to complete his list of committees at(
an early date. - At the beginning of the last
Congress it will be remembered that Mr.,
Carlisle took so long a time to perform this?
duty that absolutely no business was
transacted in the House before the Christmas;
holidays. It is expected that the organiza
tion of the House will this year be com
pleted by the middle of this month, and if
this is done the result will be to consider
ably expedite its business. In this con
nection it is the general opinion here that
Bepresentative Keller will not be offered
the Chairmanship of the Ways and Means
Committee. The only reason given for this
belief is his advanced age and his feeble
condition of health, which has been gen
erally commented on since the opening day"
of Congress. ' ."
It is stated that Mr. Lodge, of Mass., one
of Mr. Beed's stanchest allies, will be given
the Chairmanship of the Committee on the"
Election of the President and Vice Presi
dent Informer Congresses this committee
has occupied a very obscure position, and
its use has been frequently called in ques
tion. But at this session, from this commit
tee is to be reported a federal election law,
which the Bepublicau party in both House
and Senate is to push to its passage as. a
party measure. In that case the committee'
reporting the measure would at once bs
come a very important one, and its. Chair-t. .'.'.
man occupy" a prominent position in the
TTnncA t
Ir m
jl murderer .one hbdkbu bhib ibibb -vh
... . . , . . . .- 4 . -.,
nocent by Other Convicts.
xiisw xu, ecemoer . itoon uree-y
wald, the murderer of Lyman S. Weekafi;
will almost certainly be hanged in Baymdndf
Street Jail Friday morning. Lawyer PenyJ
made a final appeal to-day to Governor
Hill, but, according to a dispatch received
from Albanv bv District Attornev Bidswl
way the Governor said that, as he-.fulljrj
agree- wibn we uecisiou ui u uuge -iiwrcf. qj
could see no reason for granting a reprieve.!
He took all the papers, however, andiprom ?
ised to give a decision as soon as he had'ex
aminedthem. '..8
A canvass of the 348 prisoners in theTjaU
was taken to-day. Keeper Lee wentffrqtaj
cell to cell and asked each prisoner, whether
he believed Greenwald guilty or innocent
ah ot them, with two exceptions, voted mi
innocent x ,
"Willie'Beed, of NeviUe street, was' chaSnj
mg a cow yesterday alternoon. When nearJ
the corner of Craig street and Fifth avenues
. f L - 1 V-J 5 V5t'v rf?"JS
ue raa against a uarvcu wire wujcu waj
stretched in front of Mr. Scott s residence;
The wire struck the boy right ac'6Mts-s
eyes, cutting a serious and d gni(