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PITTSBURG, THURSDAY, JANUARY' 2, 1890.
AM DEADLY WIRE
A Team of Horses Killed by
' Contact With the Tluid.
& SCABE WAS ENGENDERED
Generally Conceded to Hare Been an
' Allegheny Light Co. Current
TRAVERSING A TELEPHONE 'WIRE.
Opinions of Experts Upon the Danger and
'. Induction of Wires.
CHIEF BIGELOW SAI5 WIEEB HDST GO
A team of horses killed by a current
pasting from the Allegheny Light Com
pany wire through a telephone- wire, thus
completing the deadly circuit. A diversity
of views as to currents, dangers, induction,
volts enough to kill, and general matters in
connection with the accident. Chief Bige
low orders dead vires down and attacks
1 The great problem which has been agi
tating the officials of New Tort City lor the
last" six or eight months the disposal of the
heavily charged electric wires is coming
mighty directly before the people of Pitts
burg and Allegheny.
It will be hastened by a few more acci
dents like that which occurred yesterday in
Allegheny, when one street car horse was
instantly killed and another so badly in
jured that It died a few hours afterward."!
Ever since the day when good old Ben
Franklin brought the current down from
the heavens on his little kite string, and
corralled it in ajar, it has been a subject for
study for men of science, sages, philoso
phers, capitalists and the great army of in
ventors which has made America famous as
the country of original ideas.
Even statesmen have given it their atten-
tion as testified by the recent laws of New
Xork in regard to capital punishment.
A Network of Wires
Considering the network of wires which
rests over the streets ot Pittsburg, this city
has been remarkably fortunate so far as
fatal accidents to human beings are con
cerned, but within the past year half a
dozen horses have received the death-dealing
The accident yesterday afternoon occurred
about 1230 when car No. 44, of the Pleas
ant Valley line, was going east on Ohio
street. It had just passed the entrance to
Ark alley, between East Diamond and
Sandusky streets, when one of the horses
fell to the ground across a loose tele
phone wire which had been lying
across ihe car track. The animal
rnaae a lew spasmodic motions and died
within fire minutes after it touched the
wire. "The driver, Charles Blind, instantly
discerned the cause of the trouble, and with
out stopping to twist the brake, dropped the
lines and jumped to the street. The other
horse, in the excitement, became tangled in
a portion ot the wire and received a shock
which ultimately resulted in its death.
The Populace Excited.
Hundreds of excited people who were in
the neighborhood gathered about the scene
of the accident in a few moments, and stood
awe-stricken while the brutes were being
Tongues of blue flame shot through the
prostrate animal, and at the junction of the
fallen wire and the recently erected wire of
the Pleasant Valley electric road a blaze
could be discerned darting upward, at
times, for several inches.
The horse was practically dead before it
touched the ground, but the twitching and
motions caused Tjy the heavy current of
electricity gave many people the impression
that it was still alive, and cries of "Shoot
it," "Put the poor brute out of its misery"
and kindred exclamations were heard coming
from the spectators. Finally a yonng man
named Linn, who is connected with the
electrical department at the Allegheny City
Hall, went up the telegraph pole in front of
the Bachelors' Bod and Gun Club, and cut
the end of the wire which was still attached
to the insulator.
The Deadly Wire.
The wire which had fallen and 'which was
primarily the cause of the accident had been
put up by the West Peun Telephone Com
pany several years ago, and when the com
pany was compelled to close up its affairs by
the courts it abandoned its wires without
taking the trouble to remove them.
It was a copper wire, and was stretched
from the roof of their office, near the corner
of Ohio and Sandusky streets, to a pole
across Ohio street at the corner of Ohio
street and Ark alley, and thence across
Ohio street again to a pole at the south
east corner of East Diamond and Ohio
The accounts of eye-witnesses of the ac
cident were very conflicting, bnt all agreed
that the broken wire had fallen across the
wire of the Pleasant Valley Company.
Rome Doubts Expressed.
They were not agreed, however, as to
whether or not it could have come in con-,
tact with the electric light wires. An ex
amination by several linemen resulted in a
verdict by these gentlemen that such had
been the case.
D. F. Henry, President of the Pleasant
Valley Company, was on the ground soon
after the accident occurred.
"Our wires were not charged, and will not
be for at least two weeks," he said when ap
proached by a Dispatch representative
"but of course, as the wire was lay
ing over ours, they will blame us.
The only point about it is to ascertain how
and where, the broken telephone wire which
had been abandoned years ago was charged.
It evidently fell across the electric light
wire; but their wires are supposed to be
covered sufficiently to prevent just accidents
Jin Expert Opinion. '
A prominent official of the tele
phone company who was examining the
wires in the vicinity said:
'This thing of carrying so much electric
ity along the public streets is jnst like car
rying aitro-glycenne or dynamite. You
might carry it safely 99 times, but the next
one might be disastrous. It is j art so with
electricity. Such an accident as this
might not occur again for years. "but when
it does It will be fatal to somebody, or some
thing. If that old telephone wire had fallen
on a crossing or on the .sidewalk, any one
might have taken hold of it, or a procession
might have been passing and three or four
"The possibilities for a terrible accident
of that nature are almost unlimited. If
there had been any passengers in that street
car the chances are that some of them would
probably have rushed out when the horse
lell and either come in contact with the
wire or taken hold of the animal, which, in
either case, would have resnlted fatally.
Telephones Kondered Useless.
"The annoyance which the telephone
people have been complaining of for some
time is caused by the single wire trolley
system, which is now in use," or going to be
used, on Federal Street, the Pleasant Valley
Railway and tie Second Avenue
road. They use the earth and the
rail as the return circuit. The
telephone being grounded at the subscriber's
residence or place of business, takes up this
circuit, thereby causing a swishing or
buzzing noise, so much so that the tele
phones are rendered almost useless. We
have had several 'phones ordered out, just
from this very cause.
"There is an element of danger from
these naked railway wires which the public
generally is not aware of. A telephone
wire is liable to break, nod falling on the
single trolley wire causing an earth con
tact, and thereby carrying the current of the
railway electric current through the tele
phone to the earth, through the subscriber's
residence, with the probability that the in
strument and the woodwork in the vicinity
will be set on fire.
"If a donble trolley system is used.one wire
for the ontgoing and the other for the re
turn current, a wire falling down on the
two' wires would only short circuit the
metallic circuit, and only a small part of
the current would pats to the earth in case
the broken wire was in contact with it.
An IIlMtratlon Given.
"Now, the Electric Bailway people claim
that their lines were charged, but just come
with me and I will show you something
which their dead wires did."
Leading the way to the corner of Ohio
and Sandusky streets, he pointed to a lead
en cable, which ran up from the ground to
the top of a telegraph pole. On a level
with the wires of the railway company was
a place where the cable had been soldered,
and pointing to this, the telephone official
"The lailway people had a "guy wire
running around the telegraph pole, and
over our cable, and the first thing we knew
their guy wire had burned through the
cable and also burned the pole, we im
mediately notified them what had occurred,
and the guy wire was removed.
"They claim that it only takes 500 volts
of electricity to run their cars, and that that
amount is not dangerous. What they say
may be true, but it has never been deter
mined just what amount of the fluid will
kill a human being, and I'll venture to say
that very few of the officials would care
about beginning an experiment by-taking
50 volts." '
An Eye Witness Statement.
A resident of Allegheny, who had wit
nessed the accident, was very much excited,
and -was mounted on the steps of the City
Hall addressing a motley crowd of his fel
low citizens on the dangers of electricity.
"This sort of thing will be kept up until
some of these mild spring days the grass
will begin to grow on the graves of a num
ber of Allegheny's respected citizens, who
have fallen victims to Nature's most subtle
"Then, and not till then, will the citizens
rise in their might and say, 'The electric
light and the railway wires must get off the
earth. Such a time is surt to come if the
present state of things progresses as it has
done for the past year. Our lives are not
only in danger, but at any hour ot the day
or mgnt our property,
"The accumulation oflifetime and Uta1JM,r"!!:
resnlt of years of toil is liable to be swept
away, not through our own carelessness, but
by a telephone wire coming in contact with
one oftnese selfsame highly-charged electric
and railway wires."
Talked of What He'Koew.
An electrical expert who had been in the
employ of the Allegheny Xight Company
until a few months ago, and had assisted in
putting up the light wires across which the
dead telephone wire had fallen yesterday
was asked how it was possible for a wire to
be charged from a light wire when the lat
ter s.re supposed to be covered.
"The light wires are covered, before they
are put up, with cotton and then with a
heavy coating of adhesive paint. This,
however, is liable to corrode, especially in
such weather as we have been having this
last fall and winter.
"It corrodes, and the paint is filled with
holes, and when a line falls it nearly always
swings for a few moments, and this swinging
motion saws through the covering to the
"Those light wires on Ohio street were
put up about two years ago, and I have no
doubt but that the covering on them cor
roded very much in that time."
"Mow many volts ot electricity wonld be
in them at the time this accident occurred?"
he was asked.
"About 3,500, but of course only a por
tion of that amount would go to the ground
by the telephone wire which had fallen
A Snseeptlble Subject.
"A horse is the most nervous of all ani
mals, and can stand very little electricity.
With an ordinary battery, such as is used
often by physicians, a horse can be brought
to the ground."
"How many volts did you ever know a
man to receive and live?"
"While working in the Allegheny County
Electric Light Company's plant some time
ago I received the full current of 1,000 volts
for a few moments. I thought my time had
come, but recovered from the shock in a few
"Well, cannot some men take a ereat
deal more electricity than others?"
"Most certainly. It is just like Jerser
Fhyslcnl Conditions Tell.
"One man can drink three times as ranch
whisky as another and hardly show the
effects'of it, while his companion may not be
able to tell what State he lives in. The
amount which anyone can take
is governed largely by the physi
cal and nervous condition of the
party taking it, and the state of the atmos
phere. People are so thoroughly afraid ol it,
nowever,tbat not one man in 10,000 has any
idea how jtrong a current he or any other
man can take."
"Do you think 500 volts would be fatal?"
"No, sir. I have been in the business for
the last nine years in almost every capacity,
and I have frequently known men to re
ceive 500 volts. I mean, of course, healthy,
"How do you regard the electric railway
"Well, they are not any too safe, but it is
the light wires which have been doing the
damage thus far. In the electric railway
wires they often run more than 500 volts and
I have no doubt but they are often so
heavily charged as to be extremely danger
ous. Abont Electric Railways.
"They claim that the wires are insulated,
and that the iron posts cannot be reached by
electricity. It would be very easy for a
wire to fall across a wire, and then 'against
one of those iron posts. A current would
thns be formed, and the piist would be
A resident of Allegheny who had been
something of an electrician in his time said
be was a good friend to the light company,
and did not want to be quoted, told a Dis
patch representative that he expects tfl
hear of a number of acddenU before long
among these new linemen which the com
pany has recently employed.
"The linemen who tmv l.ft -. all rAA
hands at the business, and knew every -wire
fn ithe city. They knew Juk how. long a
wire had been up and when It -seeded at
tention. Skillful Men at a Premium.
"The company, I think, Is making a mis
take in not treating with them, as it is not
only to the interest of the company, but also
to the public, to have men in
that basiuess who thoroughly understand
iheiribusiness. Take men who are .not thor
oughly acquainted with the wires, and when
they go up a pole nine out of ten of them are
a little timid abont handling the wires, and
if they get a shock are liable to drop."
BIGELOW MAKES A MOVE.
Slorri Mead Notified to Bemove Dead
Wire Indications Thai Overhead
Wires Are Officially Unpopular
The Fight Is On.
E. M. Bigelpw, Chief of the Department
of Public Works, has made up his mind on
the subject of overhead wires, and this' fact
that he breaks the ice by objection to the
dead wires at present strong along the poles
in all quarters of the city is the first indica
tion of war upon strung wires, which is only
a question of time as to its success.
Tho Chief sent a communication to the
Superintendent of the Bureau of Electricity
yesterday, asking him to have the dead
wires taken down all over the city, and
showing the necessity of doing so to prevent
As Chief Bigelow has no authority over
the employes of the Department of Public
Safety the note to Morris Mead can only be
regarded as an indication of how tne wind
is blowing which will take down the poles
and the wires and give the fire
men a chance. There are people who to
save the expense of umbrellas favor the in
crease of overhead wires until the streets
are roofed, bnt the general public opinion
i voiced by the letter of Chief Bigelow, to
the Superintendent of the Bureau of
BEADY FOR-THE EB.AY.
A Terr Bitter Feeling Between She Tiro
Leading Senatorial Candidates In
Ohio Strong-Talk of b Dark
Horse Beating; Both,
rSFBCUI. TEL20BXX TO TUX PISP JLTCH.1
Columbus, January L There were very
few members of the Legislature here to-day,
those on hand having gone home for the
New Year, but the trains to-night are bring
ing in lsrge numbers of workers ready for
contest from this time on. In the absence of
material upon which to work, the leading
candidates, Brice and Thomas, have been
bitter against each other all day and the
feeling has grown very strong. Owing to
the feeling there has been strong talk all
day about bringing out a dark horse and'
,this course, it is said, has strong support in
ithe Hamilton county delegation, which has
a, candidate or two whom it would like to
The workers for Brice and Thomas have
been swelling the crowd all day, and their
arrival from different parts of the State
gives the surroundings more enthusiasm,
and the result is more extravagant claims on
the part of both. It has developed that the
Senatorial forces are taking a hand in the
Speakership fight, which is to be settled Fri
day. In order to escape the drift which was
pouring to his residence, Judge Thurman
to-night attended the theater. He refuses
to take a hand in the race. Will Thomas, a
son of the candidate, who speaks for his
father, said to-night: "Thomas will be elect
ed without a doubt. He is the only man in
the field who can control the votes of those
who represent the agricultural, manufact-
J. B. Townsend. uf Lima, is handling the
Brice forces, and in reply to a question as
to the prospects, said; "We are giving our
selves no uneasiness about the situation.
Colonel Brice is the choice of the Ohio De-m-cracy
and will not fail to be victorious
in the contest He is the strongest man in
the race, and, more than that, we know that
he will win. I will give no estimates or
figures on the vote at present, but we are
certain that the victory is ours,"
BRAZIL ADOPTS OUR LAWS.
The TJ. S. Statutes Pnt Into Effect la the New
isrzcui. rsuouit to thb DtsrATcn.i
NEW Yobk, January 1. The steamship
Sirabo, Captain A Mathewson, arrived to
day from Bio de Janeiro. She left there on
December 8, four days later than the Sirius,
which arrived last week. It is an interesting
fact, stated by Captain "Mathewson, that the
statutes of the United States have been
adopted as the law of the land, in some
cases, pending the reorganization of the
Government. The Strabo was in Santos
the latter part of November when a case
of smuggling came before the authorities.
The captain of the port produced a copy
of the revised statutes of the United States
and declared that it must be the law in the
interregnum. The accused persons were
accordingly, tried, convicted and punished
according to the provisions of United States
law. Captain Mathewson understood that
the same course was being followed in other
Captain Mathewson thinks the secret of
the success of the present movement lies in
the fact that the mass of the people really
did desire a change of some sort. The Gov
ernment was outrageously corrupt, and with
America for an example, a so-called re
public would naturally be the most popular
substitute for the existing state of things.
SEIZED BI THB FATAL GRIP.
U. B. Commissioner Oshorn Dies of the
Husiinn Mai a dr.
rsracui. txxxobaji to thb disfatcit.i
New Yoke, January 1. The funeral of
United States Commissioner John Alsop
Osborn, who died yesterday at his home, in
Brooklyn, will take place on Friday at 1 P.
M., from the Church of the Savior,
in Pierrepont street, Brooklyn, which was
for many years in charge of Mr. Osborn's
father-in-law, Eev. Dr. T. A Farley.
About a week ago Mr. Osborn was taken
with a very severe cold and grew worse
rapidlv. The family physician told his pa
tient that he had the Bussian influenza,
and ordered absolute rest Friday night
Mr. Osborn bled profusely from the
lungs, but he rallied on Saturday,
On Monday he had a relapse, and from
that time he sank rapidly until the hour of
his death. The grip had developed into a
case of acute pneumonia, attended with con
gestion of the lungs. '
He was 2. He graduated from Union
College. He studied law with Judge Ful
lerton, of this city. He was appointed
clerk of the United States Circuit Court by
Judge Belts and was subsequently made a
United States Commissioner.
M0EB TEOUBLE AT BAKNWELL,
especial Trains With Reinforcements Xeave
lor the Seat or War.
Chaelestok, S. C., January 1 Dis
patches received here to-night indicate that
there are probabilities of trouble In Barn
well. Telegrams have been received at
Blackville and other neighboring towns
asking for aid, and a special train left
Blackville with reinforcements to-night
It is said the negroes intend to burn the
town. The whole county seems to be up in
arias, and a conflict betweenih'e blacks and
whites appears Imminent--- - . -
A KING BUMED OUT,
The Soyal Palace at Iaek?n, Bel
gium, Destroyed by Flames.
NARROW ESCAPE OP A PRINCESS.
Her Governess .Suffocated While Trying to
A FATAL COKFLAGEATIOfl IN L0KD05.
the Monarch of Italy Has a Dynamite Bomb Thrown
at His Beet
Fire last evening totally destroyed the
Boyal Palace at Laeken, Belgium. - Many
rare paintings and much valuable property
were destroyed. Twenty-six boys were? suf
focated by the names in a school at London.
An unsuccessfultattempt was made upon tho
Hie or the mng of Italy.
rnr cauls to tub BisrAicn.j
Brussels, January 1. Late this after
noon fire broke out in the Boyal Palate, at
Laeken, and for a long time every -effort to
stay the progress of the flames proved futile.
The King and Queen were holding a 'New
Tear's reception in Brussels, but as soon as
the tidings of the fire reached them they
hastened to the palace.
The only occupants at the time of the
breaking out of the fire were Princess Clem
entine, aged IX; a lady attendant another
governess,Drancaire. The governess escaped
with the others, but returned to the Princess'
apartments to secure some valuables and
was suffocated there. The Queen is" greatly
grieved at her fate. Another poignant
source of regret for Her Majesty is that she
loses by this fire interesting souvenrs of
her children, especially of her son, who
-died at the age of 12.
A i HUGE PUBNACE.
At 10 p. jr. the palace at Laeken had the
appearance of a huge furnace, and't there
came from it constant crashes and volcanic
bursts of flame and sparks, as portions of
timber, stone or other masses of debris , fell
into the fire. The heat was so great as to
totally prevent the approach of the small
fire brigade, which at best could have done
but little. The Queen's apartments have
Much plate has been saved, but the valu
able pictures, the Gobelin tapestries and the
great library are all consumed. The exten
sive greenhouses and stables are not
'touched. The .King is very anxious about
the statnary in the rotunda. There is no
hope that it is saved.
The King and Queen remained at the
scene until the fire died out, and witnessed
the practically total destruction of this mag
nificent palace, their usual summer resi
dence. It is said the fire was caused by a
defective stove in the officers' quarters. The
loss is immense in money and in the destruoi
tion of art treasures that cannot be re
A BISTOBIO EDIFICE.
Laeken is a suburb of Brussels, and con
tains the celebrated Laeken palace, built in
1782 by Princess Maria Christina, of Aus
tria. After the French Invasion at 1792,
the palace became a hospital, but Archduke
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vnarics, nisviuf -inacnrejr--Tne-propwiy.
from his aunt, sold it to a wealthy surgeon
about 1794. Napoleon bought it in 1806 for
500,000 francs for Josephine. In 1811 he
resided there with Maria Louisa. Subse
quently the palace passed into the hands of
the Belgian royal family.
Molibran is buried in Laeken Cemetery
under a magnificent marble tomb, ereoted
by the sculptor Gaeefs. The bodies of
Leopold L and Queen Lonise lie in the
parish church, and an extensive mausoleum
has just been built over their vault Laeken
is much like any other Belgian village.
The streets are narrow and dirty, canals
cross the roads on every side, and fountains
spout at every corner. Many people
usually took the tramway from Brussels
to, Laeken in order to go through the
palace, which contained a fine collection of
pictures, principally of the Dutch and
French schools. The palace itself is not
overly remarkable for external beauty. It
is big'and ornate, but its outlines are too
squarely regular to be anything but un
lovely. The gardens are fairly extensive,
and the extent of ground under glass was
very large. The allee verte extends nearly
to Brussels proper.
SAID TO BE INCENDIAEY.
At midnight there is a report that the fire
was of incendiary origin, and that Dran
court, the -victim, perished while searching
for the Princess Clementine, whom he sup
posed to be still in the palace. All the pri
vate papers of the King and of Leopold L,
and the Queen's jewels were restored.
Only the walls are now standing,
body of the governess has not yet
PLEASED WITH THB POPE.
Bussia Likes the Ecclesiastical Appoint
ments Blade for Her.
St. Peteesbueo, January 1. The
Novot Vremya says that the appointments
by the Pope of Bishops for Bussia show ev
idence of a conciliatory spirit on the part of
the Papacy. Bussia, the paper says, has
always been tolerant in religious' questions.
Catholics in Bossia enjoy equal rights with
Protestants, Armenians and Gregorians.
The settlement of the Episcopal Question
in Bussia will certainly be an advantage to
the Vatican, and will prove that the Pope
was right when he condemned the clergy's
interference with politics.
DUBLIN'S NEWL0ED HAIOE.
The Successor to Sexton Inaugurated With
n PatrJotlo Display.
Dublik, January 1. Mr. Kennedy, the
new Lord Mayor, assnmed hisvduties to-day.
The body guard of Mr. Sexton, the retiring
Lord Mayor, consisted of a number Of Na
tional Foresters, attired in Lincoln ereen,
instead of the, usual body of dragoons.
The trade guilds and members of the Na
tional League took part in the procession. A
large crowd witnessed the ceremonies and
much enthusiasm was displayed.
TO DISSOLVE PAELIAMENT.
Salisbury's Finn at Campaign, and His Bo
covery From the Grip.
Dubldt, January CL The Tree-nan's
Journal says it has strong reason to believe
that Lord Salisbury will dissolve Parlia
ment at the earliest moment
His Lordship, who is suffering from the
influenza, Is making favorable progress to
Portngal's Parliament OpenrTo-Day.
Lisbon, January 1. King Carlos will
open the Cortes to-morrow- The Chamber
of Deputies will not be organized until the
end of January. Questions to be submitted
by the opposition concerning th? internal
and colonial policy of the,GoyerasBent will
do ciscujea.erjy ia jrwrEary,'
A SCOJiE SUFFOCATED.
Fire In a Pauper School In London Causes
tho Iiosi of 86 Lives Mnny More
Narrowly Escaped a Hor
London-, January 1. The boyB' section
of the paupers' school, in the district of
Forest Gate, in connection with the White
chapel and Poplar Unions, took fire last
night whjle the inmates were asleep, and
was burned with terrible results, 26
of the fciys who were in the upper
stories being-suffocated before they could be
rescued. Fifty-eight other boys were safely
taken from the burning building amid ter
rible excitement. Two of the matrons of
the institution escaped in safety by sliding
dow.n the water pipes. Several of the boys
escaped in the same way. The superinten
dent of the school repeatedly rushed
through the flames and brought out a num
ber ot inmates. There were six hundred
persons in the institution.
The bodies of those who were tufiocsted
were carried to the main ball of the build
ing, which was still profnsely decorated
with Christmas greens. The female depart
ment, in which were 250 girls, was not
touched. The boys retired last evening in
highest spirits, having been promised pres
ents and a New Year's fete to-day. The
scene in the main hall where the bodies of
the dead bovs lie is harrowing. Belatives
and schoolfellows of those who perished are
loud in their lamentations.
The fire originated in the clothing room
beneath the boys' dormitory. The smoke
and flames issuing from the stove flue
alarmed those sleeping on the top floor, and
they made their escape. The fire engines
were promptly on the spot The employes
or an adjacent railway station rushed to the
scene, and rendered valuable assistance.
The cries of the boys who were unable to
escape were terrible. The bodies of two
boys were badly bnrned, bat it is believed
that the jr were suffocated betore they were
burned. The ages of the dead range from
7 to 12.
A BOMB FOE A KIM.
The monarch of Italy the Latest Victim
of an Attempt nt Assassination A
Sicilian Seeks Revengo
Bomb, January 1. The King, replying
to the congratulations of Parliamentary
deputation said: "There was a time I would
not have guaranteed peace for a fortnight,
bnt now peace is assured by the good under
standing between Germany and Bussia."
As the Parliamentary deputation which had
visited the King was leaving the Palace of
the Quirinal, a man in the Btreet threw
among the deputies a copper box, to which
was attached a burning fuse. The fuse was
extinguished and no damage was done.
The man was arrested. He was a respect
able looking man and was very reticent.
Arraigned before the jndge he answered
that he was a Sicilian, that his name was
Veta and that the motive of his act was re
venge for injustice done to him by the Gov
ernment YERI BAD IN BiTAKIA.
Temporary Hospitals In Wnrzbara.
40.000 III In Moolcb.
Berlin, January 1. The rapid increase
in the number of cases ot influenza at "Wurz
burg, Bavaria, has rendered necessary the
erection of several' temporary hospitals..
There are 40,000 cases of the disease In Mu
nich. The epidemic is spreading in Dresden.
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IRISH'ATEXGERS OF BLOOD
Follow Dp and Stransle a Boy Witness In
, the Cnstle Island Case.
Dublin, January 1. A 13-year-old boy,
brother to a witness who testified in the case
of a man named Daly, who was tried at
Castle Island for murder, has been strangled
to death at that place. A man named Con
nor has been arrested on the charge of be
ing the murderer.
BIB IMPERIAL INFLUENZA.
Tho Czar Still Confined to His Boom. With
Fears of Complications.
Pabis, January 1. The Siecle has ad
vices from St. Petersburg that the Czar is
still confined to his room, and that bis doc
tors fear complications in his case.
POUND BER LONG-LOST CHILD!
A Conncll Blnfl Mother Ha da Happy After
ISMC1AI. TELIOBAM TO TUB DISPATCH.:
Council Bluffs, Ia., January if A
strange case of abduction has just terminated
in this city in the recovery by a mother of
J her daughter whom she had not seen for 15
years. At the time of the abduction Mrs.
Anna Bradbury, now of Council Bluffs,
was living with her husband and 3-year-old
baby in Canada. A neighboring couple were
very Intimate with the Bradbury family,
and, having no children, they took a great
fancy to the little girl. The baby was al
lowed to visit these friends at times. Upon
the occasion of one of these visits the family
disappeared with the child.
The Bradburys searched for years for the
child; but in vain, all trace of her being lost.
Mrs. Bradbury last week received a letter
from a. young woman living in Sault Ste.
Marie asking whether she had lost a child
Mrs. Bradbury replied, aud fonnd that the
young girl was ber daughter. Her foster
parents told her that her mother was dead,
out she bad sought, by writing to every one
of her name or whom she could hear, to
locate her parents.
BOTH PAETIES ELECTING SENATOES.
There Will be Four Members Chosen by the
Helena, Mont., January 1. The
Democratic House aud five Senators met at
noou for a joint session, bnt no quorum was
present. The informal ballots taken for Uni
ted States Senators indicate the choice of
W. A. Clark, of Butte, and Martin Magin
nis, of Helena.
ThoBepnblicans of the Senate and House
met in joint sessipn at noon to ballot for
United States Senators. Colonel W. F.
Sanders was elected unanimously on the
first ballot. For the second Senator the
ballot stood, Mantle, 11; Bickards, 11;
Leavitt, 8,' Bersb, 4; Power, 3 and Carpen
ter, L The joint session dissolved until to
morrow, KEPBESISNTATIYE DALZELL SICE.
Cenflaed to His Boom by a Bad Cold or
rj-EOM A STATF COBlUSrONDEXT.l
Washington, January li Eepresenta
tiye Dalzell did not have a very happy
.New Tear's Day. While not at all seriously
ill, he is confined to his room with what he
insists is-a bad cold, but whicb, of course,
can be nothing else than the grip.
He is holding his Own against the attack,
however, and hopes to be out before the re
assembling of Congress.
Father Dnaeo Bead.
OMAHA, Neb., January.,!. Father Da
men died at Crelghtonpellege at 6:45 from
a stroke of paralysis received abont fiTe
months ago at CheytusEirklla on his way
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CROSSING THE KILL
The B. & 0. Raijrojid Gets Over to
Statea Island at Last,
MAKING A DIRE0T SEA CONKECTIW
Wiman's First Commercial Bream Realized
in Spite of Jersey,
HE IS tRI GRATEF'Ui TO CONGRBBS,
and Sets the Echoes Flyls; fot an BTent That Will
Lire la History.
The first railroad from the "West to reach
the biggest ocean steamships direct, with
out breaking buk, is the Baltimore and
Ohio. Erastus Wiman, the Staten Island
bridge projector, crossed the Arthur Kill
yesterday in the first locomotive that ever
went over the Hudson river anywhere near
New Yorfc He says the event will live in
commercial history, second only to the open
ing of New York's great Brie canal.
:bficull teligiux to the dispatch.
New Yobk, January L This was a
proud day for Staten Islanders and Erastus
Wiman saw one ot His dreams realized. The
island was connected with the continent.
The first train was run over the Arthur Kill
to-day, and in less than a month truuK line
freight trains will run on a pier which is
now nearly completed, and beside which, in
deep water, will lie big steamships, ready to
carry western produce to Europe with this
single breakage of bulk.
General Superintendent Frank S. Gan
non, of the Staten Island Bapid Transit,
has charge of the terminal improvements
leading up to both sides of the bridge, and
now he is to look after the business of the
Baltimore and Ohio that will branch off
from the Central Ballroad of Hew Jersey
at Crawford Junction for St George. A
good-lunged locomotive, with a combination
car and a passenger coach all decorated with
the Stars and Stripes, started from St
George a trifle before 11 o'clock with a
party of 100 aboard. Superintendent Gan
non and Mr. Wiman were in the cab. The
train climbed up the trestlework, 6,000 feet
long, which leads to the bridge.
"WITH 'VVIWAN XO TUNE VS.
On the draw the locomotive stopped. Mr.
"Wiman had the throttle in hand. Then
there was a prolonged shriek, from the en
gine and the choir of tugs in the Kill. A
bottle of champagne was sacrificed on the
cold trusses of the bridge, and down the
engine went, over 4,000 feet more of trestle
work, into Jersey. The New Jersey branch
is five and one-half miles long. On the
way down healths were drunk to the pro
jectors of the new line.
On the return trip Mr. "Wiman. who had
left the cab, made a speech, in which he
said we stood at the opening of an era quite
as important as that of the opening of the
Erie canal. Nowhere else could freight be
brought to the seaboard and shipped di
rectly. The openinc of the bridee. said he.
illustrated the power of the Federal Gov
ernment over that of the State. The ques
tion of a bridge was long fought oyer in the
courts, and New Jersey did its best to head
it oft; but Congress said it should be bniltj
""We owe the successes -of this enterprise,
saia jut. w iman, to two us tne uuaranty
of the Baltimore and Ohio, and Gsmnnri''
Superintendent 'Gannon had just had the
ITS DIMENSIONS AND CONNECTIONS.
The Arthur Kill bridge is 800 feet long,
with two fixed spans ot 160 feet each, and a
draw of 5UU feet long one of the longest-
draws in the world. The bottom of the draw
is SO feet above high water. At present
there is only a single track leading up to it;
but, when business increases sufficiently,
another trestle will be built alongside the
first Two piers will be completed soen,and
there will be nine some day.
A freight yard capable of holding 3,000
cars will be laid out at St George. The
Baltimore and Ohio has more than two
miles of water front down there, and it ex
pects to construct a big basin, elevators and
Probably the new Baltimore and Ohio ex
tension will not be used as a passenger line,
except for summer excursion traffic from
Newark and other local New Jersey points
to South Beach aud tor race trains. Mr.
"Wiman, however, thinks that the trip from
the Battery via the Staten Island ferry, the
Baltimore and Ohio extension and the
Bound Brook route 'from Cranford Junc
tion will eventually become a popular route
to Philadelphia. The Baltimore and Ohio's
passenger contract with the Central Bail
road of New Jersey to use the facilities at
Communipaw has two years yet to run.
NOONAN'S NEW lEAE'S GIFT.
The Mayor Preseats St. Loali a Veto of the
Boodle Gas BUI.
8PZCXU. TH.IQBJU TO TUX OlSr A.TOH.
St. LOuis, January 1. At 1 o'clock this
morning, Mayor Noonan presented the
citizens of St Louis his compliments, by
vetoing the "boodle gas bill." It was an
hour later before the newspapers were
notified, and the bare announcement' was
made under joyful headlines. The message
that accompanied the .veto, was id these
I have just vetoed the new gas bill. Having
determined to do It, I felt that it would be a
relief to many of onr citizens to know it New
Year's Day, and not keep them in suspense
until Thursday. Bespectf ally,
E. A. Noonan, Mayor.
To a reporter he said to-day: "I will not
go into any discussion of the council or the
assembly, or of the arguments which led me
to making my decision. I will seud in no
veto message, nor will I discuss my reasons
for my action. I vetoed the bill because I
thought that was the best thing to do in the
interests ot tne oity.
DIED OP THB INFLUENZA.
Chancellor Flerson Another Victim of the
SPECIAL TXXZanAX TO TBS DISPATCH. J
Albany, January 1. Chancellor B.
Pierson, of the State Board of Eegents, died
ni his home to-day. His death was most
unexpected. He had been sick but a week.
It was not thought his malady was liable to
develop any dangerous symptoms till to
day. He was attacked by the Bussian in
fluenza, or the grip, as many have been since
in the city, and retired from his office to his
The disease made steady progress and de
veloped into capillary bronchitis, which
rapidly filled the bronchial tubes, causing
sunocation and aeath.
DEATH ON A CINCINNATI SIDEWALK
The Unexplained Kate of a Well-Known la.
CnrcnrNATi, January 1. About 230
this morning a man was found on the side
walk at Thirteenth and Tine streets. He
said he lived at Thirteenth and Jackson.
He was taken to that bouse, bnt the inmates
did not recognize him. He died soon after
entering the house.
It was afterward ascertained that his
name was Joseph Ai Hollingswortband
that he was s representative of the New
A MOTHERS WOE.
Her Children Abdactsd by a Divorced Hn
band The Btaael to a Sensational
Harder Case The Insanity
Plea Very Successful.
St. Louis, January 1. Interest in the
sensational divorce suit of Coates vs Coates
was renewed to-day, when Mrs. F. C.
Coates received a letter from Dr. Coates,
her former husband, announcing that he
had left for parts unknown, taking with
him their two children, Emma, aged 7, and
Mamie, aged 5 years. When Mrs. Coates
was granted a divorce it was stipulated!
that the father should have the
children with him at certain in
tervals. Dr. Coates came to St
Louis from Montgomery, Mo., shortly be-
fore Christmas, and sent for his children.
This morninz the mother received a letter
from Coates, stating that he and the chil
dren were hundreds of miles away, and that
she would not see them again for four and
one-half years. Mrs. Coates is prostrated
with grief. Dr. E. H. Coates shot and
killed Dr. Keith a couple of years ago. He
claimed that the shooting was provoked by
Keith's attention to his wife. Keith was a
man of nearly 70 years of age, and Coates'
assertions were not credited by the friends
and acquaintances of the old doctor and
Mrs. Coates. Coates was captured after the
shooting, and put in jail on a charge of
murder in the first degree. When the trial
came up the defense was insanity. The
plea was sustained by the jury and Coates
acquitted, bnt sent to the insane asylum.
After remaining in the asylum for about
three months he was set free on the ground
that he was thoroughly restored. The police
were notified of the abduction to-day, and
furnished with accurate description of the
children and father, so as to telegraph all
over the country to have them intercepted.
Emma, the eldest child, Is a blonde with
sharp features, blue eyes and of spare build.
She is slightlyunder.size and has a peculiar
walk, dragging her feet The younger,
Mamie, is also a blonde with blue eves.
Her features are full and she is considered
PEEPS OF BLOOD.
Three Killed and One Olortally Wonnded
la a Texas Battle Tito Murders I
tho Same Place on the Samo
Day Fatal Accidents. 4
Galveston, Tex., January L A pri
vate telegram received here'gives a meagre
account of a triple killing which occurred
at Brazonia. A man named Walker was re
turning home when he was fired upon by
three men lying in ambush.
He immediately returned the fire and suc
ceeded in killing all three.' but in the con
flict was severely wounded and is not ex
pected to recover.
ONE KILLED AND TWO WOUNDED.
The Murderer Will Probably be lynched by
no Angry Slob.
Meeeill, Wis., January 1. A horrible
New Year's tragedy occurred here to-day,
the result of which was that Davis Saryis, a
well-known saloon keeper, was killed,
Bobert Truax, Chiet of Police, fatally
injured, and Frank Hotz, a night watch
man, dangerously wounded by George
Hendler, a dissolute character.
Hendler held the crowd at bay for awhile,
but in attempting to escape he stumbled
and dropped.the revolver. He was pounced
upon by the crowd and taken to jail. He
will probably be lynched.
THOUGHT HWAS SOT SH0Tt
Bat He Will Frobablr Die ns a. Resnlt of
ISPXCIAI. TXXXOSLUI TO THE DISPATCH. 1
CLABcraiOK, O., January L -About 10
o'clock1 this morning James Lenigar was
shot through the body by a 43-callber ball
while in the store of Henry Habermehl &
Co. Habermehl was cleaning a revolver,
and while thus engaged the weapon was
discharged. Habermehl said:
"My God, Jimmy, did I shoot yon?"
"No, I guess not," was the reply, bnt at
the same moment Lenigar fell. He can
SOUTH CAROLINA, ALSO.
Two Murders la the Same Place on tho
CHAELEST03T, S. C, January 1. Two
murders were reported from Darlington
county yesterday. On December 23 Aleck
Basterling, colored, while sitting in his din
ing room with his family, was shot dead
through the open door. The assassin es
caped. Another murder occurred near the same
place on the same day.
SINGERS HATE THE INFLUENZA,
Bat Pattl Refuse to Warble for Less Than
84,000 a Night.
Chicago, January 1 With four of the
leading artists of the Italian Opera Company
down with the influenza, the Auditorium to
day presented a gloomy appearance. The
four are Tamagno, Valda. Pettigiana and
Nordica. Only Mme. Patti, of the leaders,
is in good health. Mme. Pattl was sitting
in her suite at the Bichelieu eating mash
mallows, which she says are good for the
voice, aud toasting her toes over a fire.
"You are ill. are you not?" Mr. Adams
"Perfectly well," said Mme. Pattl
"Then yon can sing to-night?"
The manager withdrew and stalked about
with a solemnity that was intense. Finally
Mme. Albani was secured, and the specter
of Patti's cool 84,000 proposal was laid.
The madam didn't cure. She expressed
herself as more desirous to see the work of
the pupils ot the Chicago Conservatory, and
they at once offered to arrange an entertain
ment for her benefit to take place to-morrow.
The offer was accepted, and a programme
was immediately made up to represent the
different departments of music and dramatic
art The queen of song-will therefore to
morrow have an impromptu triumphal re
ception from her young subjects in the big
A SILK W0EES BUENED.
Fears That the Engineer Losf His Life In
New Yobk, January 1. The Liberty
Silk Works, at Nos. 617 to 625 West Fifty
second street, was destroyed to-day by a fire
that involved losses to a number of concerns
aggregating 8223,000. The losses are covered
The fire started early this morning in the
engine room of the building, and as Charles
Fleisber, the engineer, who was known to
be on duty at the time, has not been seen
since, fears are entertained that he perished
in the flames.
A WELSH CELEBEAT10N.
The First National Eisteddfod Ever Held
Jo This Country.
Chicago, January 1. The first National
Eisteddfod held in America met in Central
Music Hall to-day. New Tork, Pennsyl
vania and Ohio were well represented, bnt
the larger list of delegates came from places'
nearer at hand. All the proceedings were,
in the Welsh language,, for the Eisteddfod
is the annual fete of the people whose an
cestral country is Walec , ,
t ?:: , Sasre Celestials ; mx Th Air? -
$!i&Tiler a Bushel Eerc;
B& ; 1
BUT KE-fHEIR EYES WIDE 0PM.-
Thej Understand Alt Abont Onr Qiki 4
Electric System How, ' k f n
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AflD CATUAI WILL PROFIT THitflfBIf
China Does Sot Want Kailroads fT SSs Cinntt Had.
Iron at Home.
The noted Pell street chinaman, H
Mack Wing, states that Wong Dow Lung,,
and Fong, our late celestial visitors,' are
men of high rank in China.. They were
traveling in this country on an important', i
government mission, ana carefully eon- - -
cealed their imnorfcinrc- in nnW tn ovnM . i
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rSMClAI. TXUQBJUI TO TUX DISPATCH. 1 I
New Yokk, January L Mr. Maekf -
Wing, the head of the rich Chinese firm at
34 Pell street, with whom the lata Chinese
Electric Commissioners stoppedwhile Bast jV
inspecting electrical enterprises, says thatV,?..;
Wong Dow Lung and Fong were men of
much more importance than they had repre
sented themselves to be. In other words,
they were great officials in disguise. Wong
Dow Lung, the chief of the commission, ia
not only at the head of the electric lighting
movement of China, hut he holds & fifty
year contract from the Chinese Government
for opening and operating all the gold mines
in Northern China.
The commission has already ordered seven
big stamping mills from San Francisco,
which will be sent immediately to Tun;
Chow and put to work at once.
AHIGH MUCK-A-MUCK. S' , '
Wong is also the chief contractor of the
Chinese railroad under the Viceroy, Chin
Chee Yung; of the Province of KwongTungJ
and just before he left New Yoik he was in
terviewed on the railroad subject He said'
that the Imperial Government is nnder the
impression that all the iron necessary for
railroad purposes has to be obtained from,
the United States or England, and, owing
to the prejudice against the Chinese in both
countries, the Government has decided to
wait until iron mines can be discovered and
worked In China. China does not care to
deal with foreigners whose ideas are antag
onistic to its people.
Mr. Lung and his company have been
commissioned by the Government to pros
pect Northern China for iron. Wong was
quick to see the value of electricity. Ho
tried at first to induce the Government to
take hold of the project; but the Chinese
Government is not a speculative one, and
he failed, but obtained the exclusive right
for 15 years to light China with electricity.
Over the gold mining operations he will
have control for 50 years, and, should he
aiscover a prontanie iron mine, he will De
allowed to manage that for the Government
ABOUT HIS QOIJJ MINES.
The enterprising celestial has already in
vested in his gold mining enterprises the
sum of 100,000 taels, or 8160,000, and this,
too, at Tung Chow alone. He told the writ
er that the quartz was very rich, as It aver
aged aboo t $1,800 to the ton so far. Wong's
enterprise haa not only brought him money,
bnt fame and ranE as well, tho Viceroy of
Kwong Tnng having recently petitioned tho
throne to give Wong the decoration of a
mandarin of the third class, which was
done. - " .
Wong formed a stock company called the
Kon Sean Fo Koon Si, or the Imperial
Electric Lighting and Mining Control Com
pany, with a capital stock of 1,500,000 taels,
or about 2,000,000. The shares were put at
20 taels each. Mr. Mack Wing further
stated that, within a week after the an
nouncement, every share was taken, Wong
Dow Lung, of course, retaining the control
ling interest and the presidency of the com
pany. The laws of this company provide
that none but Chinamen may be members of
the company or holders of the shares.
INTO THE THHTO EOB LIFE.
Mr. Fong Yen Chonjr,, an able Chinese
master machinist, was allowed a life inter
est in the company, and is in this country
now studying electric lighting. He will
instruct a sufficient number of yonng China
men, so that the plant may be run without
foreign assistance. It is understood that tha
imperial subsidies for furnishing light for
the 18 provincial courts and other publio
buildings will bring in more than sufficient
money to pay the running expenses. Wong
Dow Lung has had much to do with the
introduction of modern improvements In the
empire. He has lived many years in
America, India and other countries, and haa
been a successful merchant and a keen
observer. He has accumulated a largo
fortune. This Chinese Cassar ot enterprise
is in his fifty-third year, but looks much
older. His complexion is much darker
than that of the average Chinaman, and ha
is short and thick-set In appearance, ha
is not very attractive; but a shrewder or
abler Chinaman cannot be found in Amer
ica. On Saturday last he left Pittsburg-for
San Francisco, where he will wait for the
83,000 worth of electric light appliances,
which he purchased while in New York.
This will complete all that is necessary to
light the city of Canton, and Wong and the
other commissioners will sail for home after
the arrival of the appliances.
A ONE-SIDED YIEW. .
How Representative Dajne Sizes Vp'(
Ceorgo A. ulaebeth's Remarks Be
, fore the Ways and Means
and Free Trade.
trT.oKA btapj- connxsronuuTT
Washington; January 1. "The trouble
with Mr. George A. Macbeth," said Colonel
Bayne to-day, "is that he made a general
application for the admission of raw
materials for glass manufacturers free, when
he had in his own mind argued out merely
as it applied to bis own case." Being asked
to explain more fully, Colonel Bayne said:
Mr. Macbeth admitted, under questioning,
that out of SCO kinds of articles mannfactared
oy him 180 were specialties, of .which he had a
practical monopoly. He now competes suc
cessfully with forelcn manufacturers and in all
markets ol the world, because no one else
the same" thlncs, and It might appear at Cm
eUnce to almost anvone that to admit his raw
material free would be to inerease his profits;
by exactly the difference between the presents
price of the foreign article admitted free and
the domestic article protected by a duty. But
what would be the resnlt of such free trade T
Take soda ash. for instance, which I one ot tho
principal articles of raw material. Previous to
the beginning of Its manufacture in this conn
try the Imported article sold for almost pre
cisely donble what it does now. Protection de
veloped the home manufacture, shut out im
portation largely and domestic competition
broegbt down the price. Remove thednty,
crush out domestic manufacture, the foreigner
has the monopoly and makes the price to salt
himself. This principle is also illustrated by
the history of the manufacture ot tin.
As every manufacturer knows, ho other glass
rnannfactnrer who was present agreed with Mr.
Jlacbeth, and. he will doubtless change hi
mind when he goes a little further Into the sub
ject. It Is a good thins for even some abla
mannfaetnrers. who are lookinr- a little ton
closely, perhaps, to their own exclusive tatervH
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