Pittsburg dispatch. (Pittsburg [Pa.]) 1880-1923, December 09, 1889, Image 1

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If yon want Board, Rooms, Home or
Heir, ndvertlsn Id THE DISPATCH.
Fnrcnasera can be found for everything
offered For Sale In THE DISPATCH.
ME DISPATCH U tho best advertising
mcdlnm la Western Pennsylvania. Try It.
PORTY-FOHRTH TEAE.
A COUPLEOF CLEWS
That May Lead to the Settle
ment of the Conundrum,
WHEBE CAN COONEY BE?
Evidences of a Mysterious Murder
Sear Hammond, Ind.
A STRUGGLE HEAR TEE RIVER
Proved by the Discovery of a Hunter Jn the
Buffalo Grass.
MILWAUKEE CHIPS IS ITS QUOTA
People living in Hammond, a little Til
lage near Chicago, think that Cooney, the
missing Cronjn suspect, has been murdered
there to prevent his telling the story of that
' murder. They bate their theory on the dis
covery of a bloody knife and other property
near a pool of blood found by a hunter on
the bank of the Calumet. Some supposed
effactx of the missing Cooney have also been
found in Milwaukee,
fSFECUL TXLXGBAM TO THJ DIEFATCB.1
Chicago, December a Ten days after
Dr. Cronin was murdered, old man Carlson,
who owned the house in which the crime
- was committed, received a letter postmarked
Hammond, Ind., from the mysterious Frank
"Williams, who has since been identified as
Martin Burke, and the writer expressed his
regret that he had found it necessary to
paint the floor of the cottace.
i Eight days ago three strange men -were
seen walking toward the Calumet river, at
Hammond. A few hours later people
living near Sahl's icehouse heard the re-
,port of a revolver. The three men were
not seen again, and on last Thursday Harry
Thomas, -who was shooting ducks along the
' river, stopped at the icehouse to load his
jt- FOUXD E THE GBASS,
Sg? In the rank buffalo grass growing along
- -the shore the hunter saw a blood-stained
" handkerchief and a bloody knife, and a
more careful search revealed a great pool of
blood, a letter written in a disguised hand,
a newspaper and a railroad baggage check.
There were footprints on the light snow on
the ice in the river, and the yellow grass
had been trampled in several places.
Everything showed that a stubborn fight
had been made by the man -who fell. The
body of the victim was missing. The letter
was written for the purpose of advancing
the theory of filicide. It was dated Chicago,
and signed by the one word "May." The
t chirography was clearly that of a man.
'A. SIGNIFICANT WRAPPER.
The newspaper was of November 9, and
contained an account of the finding of Dr.
Cronin's clothes and sugical instruments in
a sewer on the Evanston road. The article
was marked with two black crosses. The
-wrapper was missing. A notebook and a
coin purse were also found on the shore.
The fly leaf of the book bore the name of
"N. F. Lawler" written in a bold business
hand. The thirty-fifth page showed the
same handwriting in the name "B. C. Cun
ningham." On this page lay a clipping
from the London Times, giving the origin
of the nations from the earliest authorities.
Three pages further on was a clipping from
an unknown paper of a poem entitled
Stanzas for the Times," written by John
G, Kf hittier.
The purse contained the battered works of
a gold watch. The back case alone re
mained. This is engraved with a hexag
onal figure surrounded by leaves, the cen
ter being composed of a cluster of flowers.
The number is on the outside and inside
case, and the works have been defaced.either
by a knife or a file.
- AN OLD-FASHIONED WATCH.
The watch was a key-winder, of an old
' make, the works being undoubtedly Swiss.
The chain is broken, but was gold, with a
twisted link of common pattern. A brass
sleeve-button with a dog's head was also
found among the broken jewelry, a
One month ago a zinc chest was shipped
from Hammond to Grand Bapids. The
check -was strapped around it, and which
"bore the same number as the check found
in the blood on the river bank, has never
been returned. This chest, it is believed,
contains the secret of the tragedy, or at least
" some clew to the dead man or of his mnr-
1 derers. The railroad station masters at
Grand Bapids do not remember having re
ceived the chest.
A woman who went by many aliases rent
ed apartments in a honse at No. 442 Twenty
fourth street last January. A workingman
namecl Home lived in the rear portion of
the.bouse. Nearly every night the woman
was visited by men who called for her by
different names. One of the men was B. C.
" Cunningham, a ypung Irish-American with
a Jight mustache, broad shoulders and
sunken eyes.
THIS NAME APPEARS.
The same of this man appears in the note
book found by the side of the river. Short
ly after Dr. Cronin was murdered, last May,
the mysterious woman disappeared and has
not been seen since by Home.
The river at Hammond has been dragged
day and night, but thus far without bring
ing to the surface the body of the man sup
posed to be lying in its depths. The police
of Chicago and Hammond are working des
perately to solve the mystery, as it seems
certain that the murder has some bearing
on the great Cronin tragedy. One rumor is
that Cooney, the missing Clan-na-Gael man
who assisted in the assassination of May i,
has been killed to prevent any attempt by
him to tell the story of the tragedy in the
Carlson cottage. Hammond is a little vil-1
lage, 30 miles.from Chicago, and just across
, thethlinois State line,
milwadkke's share.
Milwaukee people also think they have
found some of Cooney's effects, as the follow
ing telegram from that city shows: Sup
posed bloody relics of the Cronin tragedy
" have been discovered in this city, and are
now at Milwaukee police headquarters.
They are clotbeiMthongbt to belong to the
. missing suspect, Cooney, and with them, in
1 a trunk, were four blood-stained hand-
-jkerehlefs, a numbefTof photographs and a
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bundle of letters. Police Captain Sennet
tier, of Chicago,made the find, acting on an
anonymous letter from Milwaukee, oalling
attention & the fact that the suspicion
articles were in the possession of a Mil
waukee expressman, James M. Mooney.
Captain Schnettler left Milwaukee to-day,
taking with him the letters and photos. His
destination could not be ascertained, and
the inference was drawn that he had started
to run down a clew furnished by the letters.
THE STRANGER MISSING.
On May 26, the Sunday following the dis
covery of Dr. Cronin's body, Expressman
Mooney was aecosted by a stranger at the
Union depot, looking for a qniet boarding
house. The stranger was taken to Mooney's
home, and remained there a few days, but
went out for a stroll one night with another
stranger, and has not since been seen. The
boarder forgot his laundry, and never
claimed the trunk. The Mooneys broke
open the trunk, and the" mysterious circum
stances have been a matter of gossip in the
neighborhood for some time. One of the
pictures in the album, and Mooney's de
scription of his boarder, both tally, it is
said, with the missing Cooney
WILL SUE FOE HIS WIFE.
The Canadian Minister of Finance Threat
ened With the Loss of His Bride.
1SFICTAL TXlXQVJJt TO-TIIB DISrATCH.l
Ottawa, December 8. A sensation was
caused here last evening oyer the announce
ment that D. B. Chisholm.the divorced hus
band of Mrs. Foster, had arrived here from
Minneapolis, to begin proceedings against
Minister Foster for the recovery of his wife,
claiming 'that the signature presented to
the Chicago Court, purporting to be
his was a forgery, and that the divorce was
obtained under false pretenses. The air is
full of all sorts of rumors regarding this
now celebrated rase, and it is impossible to
get an accurate statement of the tacts. Mr.
Foster has been closeted with his legal ad
viser all day long, and refuses admittance
to all newspapermen. He says it is a purely
private matter, and cannot understand why
the Canadian and, American newspapers
take so much interest in his private affairs.
A member of the Dominion Cabinet said
this evening that of all others his colleague
Foster was the last person he would think
of getting into a muddle of that kind in
marrying litigation as well as a wife. "Mr.
Foster," he said, "was such a meet, mild,
manner-of-fact sort of man, without a par
ticle of romance or sentiment in his compo
sition, and to think that the first time he
attempted matrimonial negotiations he
should get into this muddle which may vet
necessitate separation from the lad he has
married, I cannot understand it. Lady
Stanley will not recognize Mrs. Foster,
which the Minister of Finance feels even
more keenly than the snub both he and his
wife received from Lady Macdonald."
THE TICE PEESIDENT'S TRIP.
Morton Receives nn Effiiilio Welcome
In
Ibe Great Western City.
Chicago, December 8. Viee President
Morton arrived in Chicago this morning
from Washington to be present at the formal
opening of the Auditorium. He was accom
panied by his wife and Mrs. Sands, his
niece. They were met at the depot by Ferd
W. Peck, President of the Auditorium;
Colon il Corbin TJ. S. A, and Charles A.
Hutchinson, President of the Art Institute.
A carriage conveyed the party to the Hotel
Richelieu, passing en route the Exposition
building. The- Vice President's eye caught
the latter structure, and drew from him the
remark that the last time be was within its
walls was when the famous "300" made
their gallant stand for "Old Ulysses."
A veritable bower of roses was what the
Vice President's room at the hotel re
sembled. After an interval all attended
Grace Episcopal Church. The afternoon
and evening was spent in driving on the
boulevards and in quiet social enjoyment.
HIS HORRIBLE FATE.
A 12-Yenr-OId Boy Comes In Contact With
tbe Buzz Saw.
Portland, Ore., December & Fretz
Johnson, tbe 12-year-old son of Mrs. John
son, living at Astoria, met with a frightful
death yesterday. Tbe boy was in a saw
mill Gathering sawdust. In one part of the
mill is an edger saw, part of it above and
the greater part below the surface of the
table in which the saw works. The boy had
gone under this table in quest of sawdust,
not remembering anything of the swiftly re
volving saw over his head. He raised up
quickly, one of the workmen heard a smoth
ering cry and peculiar grating noise.
Bushing to the spot, he found the pros
trate form of the unfortunate lad, spattered
with blood from hideous laceration of the
head, the upper half of his skull having
been sawed oft The mother of the lad is
crazed with grief.
TAFFY FOR WAKAMAEEE.
Kov, Wilbur Crafts Dishes Ont Streets to
the Postmaster General.
rFFXCIAX. TELEGHAM TO THI DISPATCH.
New Tore, December 8. An American
flag was wrapped around the reading desk
on the platform of Cooper Union, alongside
which the Bev. Wilbur F. Crafts talked to
the New York Letter Carriers' Association
this afternoon. In the course of an hour
and a half he said these things, among
many others: "
Postmaster General Wanamaker is consider
ing the question of Sunday work in the postal
service. He has done well in the past, hav
ing made several changes la tbe San
day delivery of mails at the seaside re
sorts and in big cities. It is now also
within tbe discretion of tbe postmaster whether
a special delivery letter shall be delivered on a
Sunday or not. No particular harm comes
from this rule, f or I am informed tbattbe ma
jority of such letters are delivered to places
not the most respectable.
KOT EXACTLY SATISFACTORY.
The Selection of Algiers for a Navy Yard
Doesn't bait Georslans.
ISFECUI. TZLKQBAX TO THE DISPATCH. '
Washington, December 8. The coal
men of Pittsburg have been somewhat inter
ested to know what selection would be made
by the commission appointed nnder an act of
the last Congress to select a site for a new
navy yard on the Gulf coast. The commis
sion appointed for the purpose decided on
Algiers, a point on the Mississippi river op
posite .new urieans.
It seems, however, that there is to be a
fight over the matter, and the Georgia Con
gressmen are organizing a movement among
the Southern members of the House to have
the location changed to Savannah, in their
State.
AREESTED FOE TWO 1IDEDEES.
One is Keadlly Confessed, but the Other Is
Positively Denied.
Minneapolis, December a Michael
Schieber was arrested in this city yesterday
on the suspicion that he was the murderer
of two persons at Bavaria, Germany, two
months ago. He has confessed to the murder
of his father-in-law, but denies that he
killed his young son-in-law.
He has been in this neighborhood for a
couple .of weeks, and was working for
Farmer Matit who suspected him of being
the murderer In question, and brought him
to this citr and turned him over to tha
POUM. ,
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LEEDOM'S TIPS.
Evidence of the Iote House Cashier's Dips
lata Stock Gambling lie Left His
Wife. Well Cared For-No
Need to Skip.
tSrSCUL TZLZQUAU TO TUB DISPATCH.!
Washington, December 8. To-day a
discovery was made in the Silcott matter,
which throws light on Bilcott's financial
operations, and indicates that stock gam
bling ruined him. Among the letters he
left was the following, written on a letter
head of J. Pugh Bees, stock, grain and pro
vision broker, Philadelphia. The letter
was signed by Bramble or Branhill. The
name is not plainly written. The letter
concludes as follows:
I hope yon will be lenient and let me get on
my feet again. Will there be an extra session?
I enclose "tips." When changed, and when
they get to work on train or oil. will let yon
know Keep this very confident. On tbe right
kind of market you can make 8500 a day,
easily Watch the ticker closely, and you will
see bow nlcelv it works. When you see either
of the stocks jumping, then lay out for it Now
Silcott. I'll do all 1 can to make you some
boodle, and would like to see yon make 1,000
a day. Will send tips for next week.
When Silcott was betting on the raees bis
wife and Leedom both remonstrated. He
told Leedom that he was 55,000 ahead, and
Leedom found it so. Mrs. Silcott was
silenced by the promise that she should have
a big per cent on his wining, and she says
he gave her large sums every week. On
the Saturday ot his departure he threw her
a roll of bills, saying: "Here's vour share
of the raee winnings. It will last until I
come back." Mrs. Silcott to-dav discovered
that she had $1,200; also, that he had paid
$100 in advance for her board.
Leedom says that had Silcott explained
his shortage of $1,400 it would have been
quietly settled, through his bondsmen or
out of his own pocket, rather than have
the scandal.
GETTING HIS EETENGB.
A Discharged Clerk Has His Employer Ar
rested for Grand Larceny.
SPECIAL TM.EGBA1I TO TOE DI8PATCH.1
New Yore, December 8. Hamilton S.
Wicks, of Williamsburg, was arrested on
Saturday night for grand larceny, and was
arraigned to-day at Jefferson Market Court
by Justice Ford, who had issued the war
rant more than a year ago. Wicks returned
from Europe on Friday. Ibe complainant,
Dering Fosdick, alleged that in November,
1886, he paid Wicks $1,000 for 400 shares
in the American Land and Colonize,
tion Association. Wicks represented to
him that the company owned lands
in the West and Southwest, and had a cap
ital of $100,000. Dr. George O. Jeffrey, of
Brooklyn, was President, and Henry Pren
tiss, of the Prentiss Tool Company, of New
York, Vice President. D. Welch was the
Secretary and Wicks was the Treasurer and
Manager, Fosdick said he was made As
sistant Secretary of the company at a salary
of 825 a week. "He received his salary for
143 weeks, while Wicks was traveling, but
when Wicks returned he discharged him,
with the information that the company was
not doing enough business to pay salaries.
Fosdick then made an investigation,-and
learned, he says, that his $1,000 was all tbe
money the company had. Wicks repre
sented that he was the proprietor of the
Kansas City Commercial, and that he had
been traveling in Europe for the purpose o(
writing magazine articles, one of which had
appeared in the Coimopolitan. Justice
Ford held Wicks in $25,000 ball.
THE ANACONDA MINE OPENED.
A Search for the Bodies of the Victims
.- ., Hns Been. Commenced.
Butte, Mont., December 8. Early this
morning the Anaconda shaft was opened
after being closed ten days. A dog was let
down in the cage to the 800-foot level, and
when brought up it lived only a few mo
ments. Thirty minuted later another dog
was let down to the COO-foot level and came
up ;alive. The shaft of tbe St. Xawrence
was opened and. at 11 o'clock men went
down and opened the bulkheads in the 100
foot level. They then went down to the 600
foot level and removed the bulkheads there.
The shaft is free of gas, but steam and gas
have come np the Anaconda shaft all day.
The men.are now at work in the 600-foot
level of the St. Lawrence removing the dirt
that has fallen down so as to reach the place
where the dead bodies of the miners are in
the Anaconda. It is expected they will be
reached to-morrow morning. The steam in
jected .into the mine has completely extin
guished the fire which was in the 500-foot
level of the St Lawrence, but the extent of
the damage is unknown.
MARRIED WITHOUT PA'S CONSENT,
Bnt When the Old Gentleman Heard of It
He Gave the Usual Blessing.
JEPECIAL TELEGRAM TO TBE DISFATCB.1
St. Louis, December 8. A sell elope
ment that was kept secret until to-day oc
curred last Monday in thesuburb of Webster
Grove. Th? principals are Francis M.
Canter and Lottie Saunders, daughter of G.
H. Saunders, a wealthy merchant. The
pair have been engaged for some time, but
owine to the vouth of Miss Lottie her
parents objected to a marriage for a year.
Ten days ago an elder sister of the girl was
married. She acted as bridesmaid and Mr.
Canter as best man. The ceremony made
such an impression on them that they de
cided to elope.
Lastftlonday Miss Lottie informed her
folks that she was going to visit friends in
the city, and would not return for tyo days.
She met Mr. Canter at the Union depot,
aqd they took a train to Quiney, III., where
they were married. Miss Lottie returned
home the next day, and the affair re
mained a secret until the husband sum
moned his nerve and told the bride's
parents, to-day. The old people made the
best of it, and gave the elopers a blessing.
RAINING IN OALIF0ENIA.
The Water Has Been-Comlng Down Steadily
for Two Weeks.
San Francisco, December 8. One of
tbe heaviest rain storms for years has pre
vailed thioughout California for the past
two weeks. In a few portions of Northern
California the rainfall has been the heaviest
ever known, some damage having resulted
therefrom, and especially in the lowlands of
the Sacramento Valley. In general the
rain has been most welcome, and the grass
and grain are springing up from the ground
as they has never done before at this season of
the year.
A largely increased area Of fall-sown
grain will result. Telegraphic advices in
dicate that thousands of acres ot oranges
andfruit trees will be planted in Northern
and Southern California, and hundreds of
new vineyards will be started in the Fresno
raisin district
FIRE AND EXPLOSION,
Property to 'tho Extent ot 8300,000 De
stroyed by tbe Flames.
New York, December 8. Fire broke
ont this mprnipg in the basement of the five
story building, 36 East Fourteenth street,
and soon enveloped the building. Shortly
after the fire was discovered an explosion
took place that shook the whole building.
The fire traveled through the elevator shaft
with great rapidity to the top floor. The
roof was constructed of very inflamma
ble material, and the flames made short
work of it
Firemen Livingston and Vincent were
overcome by smoke, but were resened-and
wilTreeovon. rha total loss it nearly S30Q,
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PITTSBURG, MONDAY,
THE! BIT THE BAIT,
Ten
Per Cent a Month Was
Promise That Induced the
th6
WAYHESBURGEKS TO INVEST ALL.
Sooubery Whatever Connected With, the
Greene County Panic
CATTLE COMPANIES MANAGED APAB,
And the Snriaksef, Both General an4 Specific, Too
Great to Be Born.
The secret of that remarkable financial
panic in Greene county need not longer be
songht. It was a simple disposition to hive
faith in greater profits than could possibly
accrue from cattle companies or anything
else. Thus the people really speculated with
more securities than they had cash to cover.
FEOK A STAFF COBBISFONDENT.
Waynesburg, December 8. As I Tiave
said before, it will not be wise upon the part
of the creditors of the various cattle com
panies to push their claims. To foreclose
the mortgages, to seize and sell at once the
property whieh is the guarantee of the var
ious promissory notes floating around,would
be disastrous to many people who are inno
cent sufferers. They are innocent, because
there was no intention to do wrong, or to
defraud anyone. They are wiser If not hap
pier people now. It would be, for a few
months, at least, a difficult thing to hood
wink the owners Of property In Greene
county by any chimerical financial
scheme. '
But in the meantime the persons who
have suffered mnst make ready to meet their
obligations, providing immediate payment
is demanded. It is lamentable to think of
the distress that may result, pay, that -Ul
result, in case of precipitate foreclosures.
IBS BLAME DISTRIBUTED,
I think all fair-minded and intelligent
persons among the snfierers will agree, how
ever, that it was as much their fault as it
was the fault of any possible schemer that
they got into the dilemma.
It is easy enough to tell stories; it is still
easier to imagine vain things. The false
hoods, tbe voiced imaginings that have been
told as gospel troths in and about this town
wonld nil volumes. It is a matter of regret
that it is so, but it is necessary to mention
the faot in order to better understand tho
situation.
It might do injury to print these false
hoods. Untrnths have a habit of outrun
ning the truth. 3)ut some idea may be
gained of some of the stories by a few state
ments of denial.
In the first place William T. Lantz, ex
cashier of the Farmers' and Drovers' Bank,
does not owe the bank one cent. It is true
enough that he does owq some money
more, in all probability, than he will be
able at once to pay but it is not to the
bank. On Friday Mr. Lantz had exactly
$30 in cash. He had no more, and couldn t
think where he could get more.
FACTS AND RUMORS AT ODDS.
And vet he was, accused of having made
8200,000 in clear, cold cash recently by rea
son of his connection with the cattle com
panies. Two other persons are currently
retorted to have made $100,000 each.
Neither Mr. Lantz. Dr. Braden nor anv
other person is wealthier because of these
The money that is gone was simply frit
tered away. The attempt to conduct busi
ners at such long range oonld scarcely be
anything else than a failure. The em
ployes of the companies may not have at
tended faithfully to their duties, because
they were so far away that the officers could
not watch them. Tbe cattle depreciated in
value, possibly, as one of the results of snch
neglect This depreciation was in addi
tion to the general depreciation which
ocenrred in all cattle interests during the
past two years. It will be remembered that
there havo been several failures of Western
cattle campanies. Only recently execution
was issued against Stephen W. Dorsey for a
considerable amount It wasn't so much
that the prices fell as it was that the hay
crops failed, and that two or three severe
winters hurt stock.
QUITE POSITIVE INFORMATION.
These, are facts. Where so many persons
are interested, where such large interests
are involved, where so much money has
been lost people want the truth. It took
me some time to find out how it
was possible that so much money could
have been lost I at first felt, just as many
stoccnoiaers in tnese came companies still
feel, that there must have been dishonest
methods of work. After carefully investi
gating all the allegations made, after seeing
the books and papers of the companies (and
learning more, I firmly believe, about the
inside workings of the companies than
nine-tenths of the stockholders yet know),
I am convinced that there was no dis
honesty. Whether or pot there was mismanagement
is an entirely different question; perhaps
there was; but that is a thing to be settled
in the suits in equity which will shortly
come before tbe courts. It is a matter of
judgment, and outsiders have no right to
say anything about it.
On next Thursday afternoon the Board of
Directors of the Laramie Plains. Land and
Cattle Company will hold a meeting at tbe
office of Jones cj Brock, No. 96 Diamond
street, Pittsburg. At this meeting arrange
ments will probably be made for tbe sale of
the land and cattle, and for closing up the
business altogether. The principal i stock
holders', however, wonld rather hold on, and
they will keep their property if the creditors
of the company do not insist upon pushing
judgments and mortgages.
PLASTERED WITH MORTGAGES.
And, speaking of mortgages, Greene
county is pretty well plastered with them.
Judgment notes cover what land is not
metaphorically roofed with a mortgage, but
nevertheless there is much more wealth here
than there are debts. It creditors will be
patient there is not a shadow of doubt that
the home of Democracy will pull through
all right.
There is one thing I forgot to say, which
will throw a little more ligh,t on the tray so
many persons got stuck. Some of
these cattle companies offered -and
did pay 10 per cen a month
on the capital stock. Women with money;
administrators ot estates not hampered by
statutory regulations in their fiduciary ca
pacities; gentlemen of leisure; young men
just starting out in life with money left to
them by their ancestors, all bit eagerly At
the bait of 10 per cent a month. The Upited
States Treasury would hardly, notwith
standing the surplus, be able to furnish
enough money to make prompt payments of
such astounding profits. Of course tbe time
came when they could not be paid. And
yet people say somebody stole something.
There wasn't very mueh stolen, except com
mon sense and confidence;
C, T. Dawson.
HARRISON AT HOME.
Ho Attended the First Fresbyterfoa Ctmrch
Both K oralng- and Evening.
iNDiANApous, December 8. President
Harrison passed Sunday quietly a tbe resi
dence of his son-in-law, Bobert McKee, on
Tennessee street. He attended the First
Presbyterian Church both morning and
evening. Immediately after the evening
services, the party was driven to the Union
station and embarked ia their private ear.
The train puUedeit ' OlttavQ at 12:M fUa
! a - .nn'tr1 ivJ.T, ' uf
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DECEMBER 9, 1889.
A' ?ERBIBLE OIjABGE.
The Confessed Defaulting Cashier of tbeMSt.
I PauI Pioneer Press Aeensed of a
Greater Crime Seven
Lives Lost.
ISriClU. TXLKGBAH TO TUB DIIFATCH.1
Minneapolis, December 8. Charles S.
Ostrom, until Friday night cashier and
bookkeeper of the Pioneer Frets, Minneap
olis department, is suspected of setting the
fire which burned the ZVt&une building,
Saturday night, November 80, in which
seven men lost their lives. The charge
made against Ostrpm on Friday night was
that he had stolen, $2,?00 df the funds of the
Pioneer Frets. He not only admitted his
enilt, bnt did what he could to help the
company straighten ont the books, At first
he denied that he had taken more than
$1,200, but when confronted with the evi
dence he admitted that he had stolen it all.
The terrible rumor almost immediately
got abroad that he had deliberately set tbe
Tribune building on fire to cover np his
jPeculations. He was confronted with the
cnarge of arson, and the grand jnry will
make a thoropgh investigation of the mat
ter. Ostrom was interviewed at the county
jail to-day. In answer to the question, "Are
you willing t? sav anything about the awful
charge that you" set the Tribune building
afire?" he replied with emotion;
"Yes. I did not set the building on fire.
This charge is no surprise to me. In fact,
I expectedit woujd be made before. I cer
tainly had eyery .incentive in the world to
destroy those books. If tbey bad been
burned np there would have been no evi
dence against me. It is perfectly natural
that suspicion should point to me when
all the facts are considered. As addi
tional proof against me, I left the
books ont of the safe on Saturday night. I
had often done this before, and nothing was
ever thought of it Some of the men in the
office generally locked them np before they
left, as they did on this occasion, but taken
into consideration with my defalcation and
the firethe logical conclusion of nine men
out of ten would be that I am responsible
for the origin of the fire.
"I think I can prove that I wag not at the
Trt&tme building on Saturday. Heft the
office between 5 and 6 o'clock P. M., and
went to the Union Bailway station, intend
ing to leave this part of the country. While
in the depot, waiting fos the train, I thought
the matter over and finallv concluded it
would be better to stay here and face the
trouble. I went up to the Summit House
o get my wife. She wasa't'there, and 1
then went to the Wes.1 Hotel and to several
Other places, getting to my house about 9
r. m.'1 .
A detective bad been shadowing Ostrom
for a week before the fire, and will be asked
by the grand jury to state what he knows of
Ostrom,' movements on that Saturday night.
Ostrom is a yonng man, and has been in the
employ of the Pioneer Press ' Company .for
about three years. He has a yonng wife
whoip he married about three months ago.
The money, it is learned, was lost by gam
bling, which caused great surprise sfnee he
was considered an extremely moral fellow,
who 1 1 ever drank, and was not known to
take iny Interest in games of chance.
3DH0L COST J30NNEB $45,000.-
Aland, S Slay be Turned Over to Bodd
Doblo and be Taken West,
J SPECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCH.!
BaSt FrAncisco, December 8. Bobert
Bonner and his brother David left here yes
terday morning, on, their way to Les An
gelegj and thence east. Though Mr. Bon
j-not-rfaid not' say so in. as many words,
he jave the dispatch correspondent to
understand that the price paid for Sunol
was $45,000. While on the train on his way
to Port Costa, Mr. Bonner said to his inter
viewer: "I am bound on honor not to
divulge the exact figure. However, I'll
say more to you than I have yet said
to anyone. X gave more than $40,000 and
less than $50,000. Strike your own aver-
'age," Without counting on his fingers
the reporter asked: "Well, did you
throw in vour brood mare, Lucy
'Cuyler. with $45,000?" "I did not say $45,
000, did I?" Without waiting for an
answer, Mr. Bonner said: "Lucy Cuyler
did not go with the bargain. She" still be
longs to me, and is at present with my
stud."
Mr, Bonner, before bidding adieu, at Port
Costa, stated that one of his sons had asked
him tot let Maud S go into the hands of
Budd Doble, who desired to bring
her to this coast, where he fully
expected she would materially lower her
record. ''There is great probability of my
acceding to my son's request Yu see." he
added, "Murphy, my trainer for over 20
years, died a few months ago,
and during his lingering sickness I
refrained from appointing anyone in his
place, for fear he would think I, too, had
given up all hope of his recovery. I may,
when I get back, let Doble have charge,
and (hen he can do as he wishes."
Mr, Bonner will return here next fall,
before rain sets in, and see Sunol do her
best His visit to L. J. Eose s stock farm,
in Los Angeles, is purely one of pleasure.
THOUSANDS CAMPING OUT
In Order to Attend the Jubilee of tho
Mexican Archblshpp.
Cmr ov Mexico, December 8.The
jubilee of Archbishop De Labastida was
celebrated to-day. The city was crowded
with strangers and the Cathedral was filled
to overflowing, it being estimated that there
was qver 25,000 persons in and about the
church. A pontifical mass was celebrated,
and a beautiful sermon was delivered by
Bishop Ygnacio Monte? de Oca, of San Luis
Potosi. t The entire ceremony lasted nearly
three hours.
Thousands of visitors are encamped in
outlying towns, and the proprietors of hotels
are asking exorbitant prices for sleeping
places. Five hundred policemen were em
ployed to keep order in the Cathedral dur
ing the services. The people are indignant
at the Archbishop for bis action in estab
lishing a difference between the poor and
the-rich in the matter of admission to the
Cathedral.
DIED HOLDING THE REINS.
A New York Cabman Expires While Drlv
Ins Up Fifth Avenae.
fSrEClAI. TELXOBAM TO TUX DISPATCn.1
New- York, December 8. James Mc
Coyey, a driver of a hansom cab, died on
the perch of his cab while driving np Fifth
avenue on Saturday afternoon. Mr. O. B.
French, a dramatic agent, was his passen
ger. As the cab neared Forty-seventh
street, Mr. French and others noticed that
the driver was sitting motionless, with the
reins in his hands, and the horse going along
at a good pace.
The cab was stopped. McCovey was re
moved from bis'seat and laid on the side
walk. A few moments later a doctor came
and said at once that the man was dead.
The death is supposed to have been due to,
heart disease. McCovey jras 48 years old, .
?HE ECLIPSE EXPEDITION
Has Arrived, on tko African Coast, and b
Beady for Baslness.
St. Paul de Xoanda, December 8"
The United Btates steamer Pensacola, with
the Eclipse Expedition, arrived here
to-day. The expedition will locate at Cape
Lodi. There is no time to go Jnrther in
land except with portable instruments,
An English astronomer has arrived here
to observe the eclipse. Geraaa sd ab;
atrefioewf re alio exMeted, v&
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CANADA'S BEST WAT
To Free Herself; From the Colonial
Shackles That Are Galling.
THREE WAYS ARE OPEN TO HER.
Of These, Annexation to the United States
N ov Has the Call.
ATTORNEI GENERAL L0NGLEY BAYS SO,
And tbe Kecent Elections Bear
Conelns!oni,
Him Out la Bis
The Attorney General of Nora Scotia has
been talking to a large audience in Quebeo
on the position of Canada, which he insists
cannot always remain a colony. Of the
three courses open to her for relief, he
favors annexation with the United States,
though it, too, has some disadvantages. A
great Liberal victory In E imouskl is also
looked on as a straw.that shows the way the
wind is blowing.
ISFZCTM, TELSOEAM TO TUB DISPATCH.J
Ottawa, December 8. There is no one
who has given more careful study to the
increasing desire for Canadian independence
in the maritime provinces than Attorney
General Longley, a member of tho Nova
Scotia Government. An immense audience
gathered at Quebec to hear his1 views on this
subject Canada's position, he said, was
"more anomalous than that of any
other ftonnlrv. It had nn area greater
than that of most conntries with larger re-4
sources, was developing great cities, build
ing up inter-provincial commerce, and pos
sessing two of the largest railway enter
prises in tbe world: and yet, when we
traveled abroad, what could we call our
selves? We were simply British colonists.
We couldnot even claim British citizenship.
We neither contributed to the empire nor
shared its burdens or responsibilities."
can't always be so.
He contended that it was opposed to the
manhood of Canada that this condition ot
affairs should last. He confidently, there
fore, laid it down as a fact that Canada can
not always remain a colony. He believed
tbe general sentiment of Canadians was
against a change at present It might not be
necessary now, but some time in the future,
whether in 10, 20, 40, 60 or 80 years,
it would be necessary, in consequence of the
increased wealth and population of the
country. It was one of tbe greatest ques
tions that could agitato the minds of sober
minded people. In 60, 80, or 100 years the
population of Canada would be greater than
that of the British Isles. It would then be
impossible for the greater to be ruled by the
lesser.
There were three alternatives "imperial
federation," "annexation with the United
States," or "Canadian independence." The
first was impracticable, while with regard
to annexation there was, no doubt, an ob
jection in some quarters to merging Cana.
da's nationality in that of the neighboring
Bepnblic But he urged that political
union with the United States shonld have
its advantages, as Canadians were so closely
allied with them in race, language, laws,
institutions and trade relations, If he read
aright tbe signs of the times among onr
yonng thiilmawiU; coma when Canada
would put on the national garb, and it
would not be necessary for one of ner sons
ip say more that ''I am a Canadian."
"I don't say those who favor this'are in
the majority. I have already said I be
lieve the majority favor a continuance, for
the present of existing relations. To that
class belong pearly all the politicians.
They don't want the present condition of
affairs disturbed, for they are all comforta
ble as they are, and it would
upset all their calculations." Then
it would be opposed by a large body of
loyalists, of the battle and breeze kind, who
see nothing good outside of the old flag.
There is a feeling, too, that the United
States, being the larger and more powerful
nation, wouia ne more aggressive than when,
in tbe fisheries and Behring Sea troubles,
we bad the British nay y at onr back,
"But they have lived long as neighbors
of Mexico without gobbling it up, while if
we naa power to maxe our own treaties,
without reference to the Foreign office, we
might be differently situated in regard to
these matters that have been the cause of
international 'dispute. The cost of paying
Consuls, etc, which is now urged as an ob
jection, will cease when our wealth and
revenue will have augmented nntll there
are ample resources for maintaining
the national life and paying for the national
housekeeping. Then would come the con
sideration of our form of government It
does not seem as if monarchies are destined
to thrive In America. If we are to have a
President, the constant nightmare of an im
pending election eyery four years, which
shakes the whole country from core to cir
cumference, is not a very bright prospect,
and I would not care to have it pftener than
once in 15 years."
He felt he need scarcely refer to the re
puted dream of a French Bepnblic in Que
bec, for he had never found any indication
of it, and believed there was no foundation
for it, but rather that it was repudiated by
the entire French-Canadian people.
A SIGNIFICANT STRAW,
The Liberal Victory la Blmonskl Called a
gqnlnt Toward Annexation.
rSrXOAL TILKOBAM TO TBS DISPATCn.1
OTTAWA, December 8, The result of the
election in Bimouski on Wednesday has
caused great excitement in political circles
here, This connty has always been
one of the rankest Tory hotbeds,
and that an out-and-out Lib
eral, who went to the polls advocating
Canadian independence, should have been
elected, has more than surprised everyone.
At the last election for the Quebeo Legis
lature Bimouski returned Colonel Martin-
by a large majority. Tbe Colonel was a
stanch friend of Sir John Macdopald, and
fully believed that any Conservative was
safe for re-election in that county.
It has now been made apparent
that dissension is rapidly growing
in Quebec, as elsewhere in Canada, and
that tbe old Tory party have but a short
time to live. It is this party ot old fos
sils who have retarded the country's prog
ress, and have opposed every attempt to
extend trade relations between Canada and
the United States. Their days are num
bered, and it will be a fortunate thing for
Canada when they have to step down and
out
When Sir John Maedonald was told that
Tessier, the Liberal candidate bad been
elected by a very large majority, he would
not believe it, remarking at the same time
that the electors of Bimouski were not such
fools as to elect a man who, on the first op
portunity, would vote for Canadian inde
pendence, or even worse, for annexation
with the United States, This is the most
signal victory theXiberals have yet gained,
and unmistakably indicates the direction
in which publio sentiment is drifting.
Wheat nnd Floor Destroyed by Fire.
Xockport, N, Y., December 8. The
large seven-story flouring mill in this city
owned by Saxton Ss Thompson, of Troy,
was destroyed by fire to-day There were
35.000 bssbels of wheat and about 7.000 bar.
rels of Soar la the U1, Tfca tW( J
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THE S1LYEE SCHEME
Proposed by Secretary Wisdom Stronaiy
Becoramended by tbe Director of (ho
Mint A Measure That Will
Solve the Problem.
Washington, December 8. Director
of the Mint Leech, in a statement furnished
for publication, says that he believes Secre
tary Windom's proposed silver measure not
only the best plan for the present utiliza
tion of silver, bnt that it contains in itself
the solution of tbe silver problem.
- "It will afford.I believe," says Mr. Leech,
"a ready market for the surplui silver
product of the world, the normal effect of
which will be to permanently enhance tbe
value of silver until it reaches a point so
nearly corresponding with its valne in coin
age, that we can with safety do away with
all temporary measures and restore the law
as it existed from the foundation of the
Government to 1873. I have not seen
a single objection, in newpaper com
ments, which was not fully
consideied by the Secretary in the prepara
tion of bis report. It is a curious fact that
the papers representing the extreme gold
sentiment of the East and the extreme silver
men of the West, s&ould both oppose the
plan, and for diametrically different reasons;
the former because it proposes to utilize
silver more fully as money, and the latter
because they say it degrades silver to the
level ot a commodity.
"It is not true that the Secretary's plan is
similar to one suggested by Senator Sher
man, or, so far as I am aware, by anyone
else. The plan in its essential character
istics is entirely original with Secretary
Windom. notwithstanding that a suggestion
to issue certificates on silver bullion based
on market value, redeemable either in
quantity or value, was contained in a pam
phlet published by Mr. J. W. Sylvester, of
toe .new xotk. assay omce.
SIMPLE DUPES OF A GLIE TALEEB.
Hott a Southern Negro Mnnaied to Keep
Himself In Cash.
rSPECIAI. TSLIOBAH TO TUX DIBrATCH.l
Ellicott Cmr, Md., December 8.
Henry Roberts, a sharp negro with a glib
tongue, made a neat sum of money out of
the religious members of his race.in this
city by representing himself as a
prophet whose gilt for discovering future
events had not been equaled since the days
ot old. The superstitious negroes
were easily duped, ind Roberts was
doing a lively business when tha
law stepped in and pnt an end to his opera
tions. At the hearing last evening his vic
tims appeared against him, and their evi
dence contained many amusing arguments
said to have been offered by the would-be
prophet to obtain their money.
His victims were Andrew Lyle and wife,
to whom he represented that a certain de
ceased gentleman of Ellicott Citv had de
posited in the earth a pot containing $100,
000; that he was the only one who knew
its whereabouts, and that upon the payment
of a nominal sum the treasure could be ob
tained. Lyle says he and his wife together
handed over to him $16 60, for which ho
promised $100 to the former and $9,000 to
the latter.
ANITH1BG TO BEAT WA8HINGT0N.
Bnmors of a Combine to Keep the Capital
Oat af the World's Fnlr.
tTKOSt A BTATP COBnCSFOXDXCT.l
WASHUTGTOir, December 8, It is ex
pected that tha New York lobby in the in
terests or the World's Fair Of 1892 will be
on this week, and that the tripartite head
quarters of New York, Chicago and St
Louis will then be in full blast. There is a
whisper of a combination between the lob
bies of the three cities to defeat all hopes of
Washington, as they know that until the
capital is knocked ont there is no chance
for any one of them. It seems to be evident
to them that Washington at this time has a
great majority of the members of Congress
as against any one of the other three cities,
and therefore a "combine" is necessary,
which will bet in effect, an agreement that
the lobbies will dine and wine members
with a view of "anything to beat Washing
ton." Whether such a combine will work is
donbtful. The Washington Board of Pro
motion appears to think itwill not, and says
that it has the game in its own bands.
Liohxsteb.
DEATH OF DR. DEU.US.
The Eminent Author, Consnl and Clergyman
Passes Away From Life.
rSPZCIAZ. TELEGRAM TO THE DISrATCILl
Wheeling, December 8. Dr. Frank 8.
Dehaas, late United States Consul to Jeru
salem, and known throughout the country
as a distinguished traveler, lecturer and
preacher, died at his residence in Martin's
Ferry, O., opposite this city, at 11 o'clock
to-night For many years Dr. Dehaas fol
lowed the ministerial calling, and was pas
tor of leading Methodist Episcopal churches
in -New York, Pittsburg, Cincinnati ana
Washington, D. C. In tbe latter city he
was General Grant's pastor for a time, and
built the famous Metropolitan Church on
Four-and-a-half street General Grant ap
pointed him Consul to Jerusalem.
He traveled all over the world, and his
lectures on his travels have been listened to
by thousands throughout the South and
West His book, "Buried Cities Becovered,
or Travels and Explorations in Bible
Lands," hat bad a large sale. Dr. Dehaas
was a brother of Dr. Wills Dehaas, the
eminent archaiologist, of Washington, and a
descendant of General Charles Dehaas.
SOME C0L0EED PEOPLE OBJECT
To a Separate Branch of IheYoang; Men's
Christian Association.
Chicago, December 8. At a mass meet
ing of colored people held at the Olivet
Baptist church this afternoon resolutions
were adopted protesting against tbe organi
zation of ft "Colored Y. M. C. A," and in
sisting that such a movement was calculated
to "draw the color line" in this great relig
ious organization. The resolutions, after
petitioning the board of managers not to
grant a charter to tbe proposed organization,
closed as follows:
Resolved. That we deprecate the fact that
tbe movement has received lta strongest sup
port from some of tbe colored men of this city,
for It shows that while the majority are ever
striving for tbe eleratlon and progress of the
race, tb ere are still some others who seem to
be ready to sacrifice its welfare- for their own
interests.
HE LOST THE DEBATU,
Also a Pleee of Ills Jaw, and His Opponents
Are Arrested.
Charles Congy stepped out of the patrol
wagon yesterday afternoon with a dejected
air, a bandaged head and a square chunk
bitten out of his right cheek. He had evi
dently been in an animated discussion with
some one, but, like Senator Quay, he re
fused tb talk.
The police last night arrested Marsh
Walls, William Walls and James John
son, who are supposed to have been on tbe
affirmative side of the debate with Congy,
who after being patched up and stitched by
Police Surgeon Mover, was sent to bis home
in Pastare street The party was engaged
"shooting craps" when tbe question eame
before the house which may tad 1b a& in
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A Bolt for Danuses Is tabs InitltnttiliriiaitHaiat'-
HilitMd,
The statements of Governor Foraker and &i
Senator Sherman to The Dispatch havo t
created a sensation among Ohio politicians.
An unsuccessful attempt was made to pre
vent a Congressional investigation, but it is
stated that Mr. Butterworth may introduce
a resolution to that effect to-day, A libel
suit is to be brought against Halstead later.
tSVSCUXi TZUCQBAK TO TBX DIUFATCILt
Coiumbus, O., December 8. The Sher
man. and Foraker interviews published in
The Dispatch of this morning, and
brought out by statements of T. C. Camp
bell in behalf of his client B. G. Wood, ia
regard to the ballot box contract forgery,
have been read with great interest and
created no moderate sensation among those
more nearly interested. These interview
leave little doubt that a Congressional in
vestigation will be ordered of the subject ia
the next day or two.
A gentleman came np from Cincinnati to
night, who stated that he had facilities for
knowing that there was an effort made to
smother the proposed Congressional investi
gation, or rather have no step taken in that
direction, but those who were interested
were unable to prevent sveh a course. He
claimed to have information to the effect
that both Sherman and Butterworth wera
cognizant of the movement to have Wood
arrested and tried at Cincinnati in the hops
of having that end the matter so far as they "
were concerned.
butterworth to mote.
His attention was called to their state
ments to the effect that they had nothing- to
do with the arrest of Wood at Cincinnati,
and he said that would not do, and the con
trary could be shown when the time came to
make disclosures. He claimed to have in
formation that Butterworth would intro
duce the resolution ordering the investiga
tion to-morrow, bnt that he was not doing it
lrom choice, bnt because he was compelled
to do so, and had only been brought to that
way of thinking in the past few days.
A dispatch from New York says: It was
learned to-day, from a source that cannot be
questioned, that the man at whom the Ohio
ballot-box forgeries were really aimed was
Ben Butterworth, the Cincinnati Congress
man, and especial enemy of Governor For
aker. Sherman and McKinley were in
cluded to make the job complete, but But
terworth was the man it was specially in
tended for. It is said that this statement
will be amply proven when the complete
story of the case becomes public. At pres-
ent there is nothing publicly known to indi
cate that any particular one of the 'Big
Four" was singled ont as a victim.
THE OA3IPBELX3 CONSULT.
Governor-elect Campbell remained in this)
city until yesterday evening, instead of
starting for home early ia the day. He spent
a long time during the afternoon in tha
office of Lawyer T. C. Campbell, counsel for
the ballot box company and custodian of
the confession of Wood, the man who gave
the forged document to Governor Foraker.
After the Governor-elect had gone, Lawyer
Campbell said: -
"It has been decided that we shonld giva
nothing more to the publio until Congress
investigates the matter. We assume that
Congressmen McKinley and Butterworth.
Senator Sherman, and the others involved
will not be contented to let the matter drop
without such an Investigation. We take it
for granted that, inasmuch a3 Foraker has
been hoist by bis own petard, they will
think it wise to have tbe hoisting as com- -pietely
and thoroughly done as possible,
and will not allow the fact that the row is
all in their own party to prevent them from
demanding an investigation. Pending that
it would be improper for us to publish our
case to the world. After Congress has dona
with the matter, we shall begin action
against Mr. Halstead for the damages we
have suffered.
a anrsTEBiOTTS ettimatios-,
"One interesting thing about this matter
is the way Governor Foraker came to get
mixed in it personally; in the lait out
break of it, I mean. The article in the Cin
cinnati JSnguirer said that Wood's con
fession showed that the forgery scheme in
volved 'a man as hieh in the party as
Governor Foraker.' Now, as a matter of
fact, that phrase was not intended to refer
Foraker at all, but to the man at whom tho
conspiracy was aimed. He was 'as high in
the party as Governor Foraker,' and he was
'involved although it was as a victim and
not as an accomplice. However, everybody.
even Governor Foraker himself, jumped t
the conclusion that Foraker himself was the
man who was meant, the Governor rushed
into print, and here we are. It was the best
accidental uncovering of an enemy's bat
teries that I ever knew of."
TWO IHP0BTANT LETTERS
la tho Case That dare Never Yet Been
Clren to tho Public
ISFECIAI. TILSOBAM TO TBX DI3FATCH,1
Cincinnati, December 8, The recent
developments in the famous Wood ballot
box contract forgery case has caused no end
of talk among the Republican leaders ia
this State. As a political scandal, it over
shadows the celebrated Morey letter, and
when the full particulars of the affair are,
made pnblic, it will be found that Governor
Foraker and Congressman John Caldwell,
of the Second district of Ohio, are deeply
interested. So far no one has connected
Caldwell's name with the scandal, ' . ..
Colonel T, O. Campbell, of New York, couldBI
be made public, Republicanism all over tha
country would be startled, it is believed
that a committee will be appointed by Con- jj
eres to investigate the charges, Dut not,
until this committee meets will Colonelkg
Campbell give up the letters.
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muii caximg lor lue appoinbiucu. u a sjjcoiaij
committee of the House tor the purpose of
investittatinz the Ohio ballot box scandal'
and was expecting to introduce it in tho'
Home to-morrow. For some reason, which1
he does not caro to divulge at present, ho.
has concluded not to present the resolution
until after Governor-elect Campbell has
been inaugurated. Lighxjtzr...
Arrested His Neighbor,
John Berger, a citizen and resident of.Bfrd
serye township, took upon nimseii tne omce
oi a minion ot the law yesterday and a2
rested one of his neighbors, a man named!
Joseph Kant, for breaking np Bergertfj
household. He locked hut up la fl'AUi3
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