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, THE 'PITTSBURG' DISPATCH,, FPvIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1892.
Nearly All the Men Employed
in This Capacity on the
"WILL BE MADE TESTIFY
In the Homestead Poison Cases as
Tliej Worked in the Mill.
MANY OF THEM TO BE ARRESTED.
One Han Makes a Confession to District
BUHER COUNTY MEN OFFER ETIDEtfCE
Nearly ereiy river cook shipping frnm
Pittsburg knows more or less about the
poisoning of the Homestead non-unionists.
They will be given a chance to impart their
information when the cases come up in
This new leatnre worked itself to pub
licity yesterday, when one of the cooks, who
is supposed to be conversant with the pois
oning scheme, quietly stole ont of town. It
became known in river circles yesterday
that tlie Carnegie Company was eoinj: to
ute all the cooks as witnesses. A fact that
lies never been published i that most of
the men who prepared the food
in the Homestead mills had done similar
work on the rivers. The Little Bill and
Tide were engaged from the beginning of
the trouble in hauling men and supplies to
Homestead. It is said that the proprietors
of these boats were asked to furnish cooks
for the mill As the summer season of the
year is always very dull on the river, the
river cooks were glad to get work at the
Eteel plant. If early every available cook was
A River Cook Confesses.
Yesterday one of these men was called
before Ditrict Attorney Burleigh. The
lawyer asked him to tell what he knew
about the poion story. The cook said he
knew nothing of it, but Mr. Burleigh
.knew he did. The District Attorney re
marked that his memory might be fresh
ened by a sojourn in jail. The cook broke
down under this threat and made a confes
sion. It is said that he furnished Mr.
Burleigh with some Tery damaging proof
against the accused men.
After this interview it was decided to
commence a wholesale arrest of the cooks.
The men, as a general thing,are only wanted
cs witnesses, but it is teared they will run
away. The arrests will probably begin to
day. Detective Farrell yesterday had
"warrants and subpoenas for quite a number
ol men, and he was looking some cf them
up. One of the men wanted badly is now
down the river on a trip. His boat is ex
pected to arrive this morning, and as soon
as it does he will be arrested.
Tour More Victims Testify.
Tour victims of the Homestead poisoning
were yesterday found at Chicora, in Butler
county. They are I H. Craig, George
Amy, H. B. Thompson and George North.
Bach of these men had good paying posi
tions in the mill, but they were among the
first to be stricken with the mysterious
malaay which they ssy lias sent more men
to their graves than the general public
dreams of. They held on at the works,
thinking their ailments would yield to the
ordinary treatment, but were finally
bi ought home broken down and almost
helpless. Amy's troubles have developed
liver ccmplaint, and, although he was a
large, 1 ealtby man, he is now a living skel
eton and is unable to do anything. In
speaking of the condition of things at the
mill iuring the strike the men all tell the
tame story substantially as follows:
"We had worked in the mill only a few
days when we were attacked with severe
cramps and dysentery. Because many
other workmen were affected in the same
way we attributed it to some general cause,
mid finally agreed that it must be the water
and tl-e change of our manner of life. The
thir. that finally alarmed and discouraged
lis w as the tact the treatment given us at
the hospital department in the works did
uv no good, and it was only a question of
time until we were physically unable to do
our work, and were forced to come home.
The Story Xever To:L
"Tl.c newspapers have told little or noth
icg about the terrible condition of affairs
trat existed at one time within the so
called stockade, where the stenches and
i' ulness incidental to the character of the
pie ailing malady among so many men was
at times almost unbearable, even to those
who were not so badly affected, particu
lar'; v when the days were hot. It was a
erudition of things where sickness begot
ek Kness, despite all that the company
ccuil do, and the company poured out
Dinner like water in providing lor the men
in us employ at that time. Veteran
Ithers who saw the horrors of Southern
t tocuade prison pens told us it recalled
tr u experiences in prisons. Looking back
at it now seems like a horrible dream, and
it a .air trial ot the men accused ot poison
)i rr us shows that the charges are true,
v eiher popular sentiment serves to shield
tl era or not, they deserve punishment for
wimlesale murder, and if" they ere un
fairly acuuitted some men among the many
whom they have ruined for life will surely
wreak on them the vengance they merit. '
It is said Patrick Gallagher lsJ'eeling
Terv ore because he had to go to jail. He
thicks the Carnceie Company should have
bailed him, and says that vas promised.
I'istrict Attorney Burleigh says Gallagher
Mni noi be used as a witness unless be
wants to make a statement. No promises
hare been made him.
Drucgist Shaffer, of Homestead, called
on Mr. Burleigh yesterday in answer to,
tl.e latter's request for s conference. He
was closeted with Mr. Burleigh for over an
hour, but neither gentleman would say
what they had consulted.about
AIL INTERESTED IN HOMESTEAD.
Vice Preside nt Carney Tells of Dls Recep
tion at the Convention.
William A. Carney, Vice President of
the Amalgamated Association, and Second
Vice President of the American Federation
of Labor, returned from Philadelphia yes
terday. He had been making a tour of some
ol the Eastern mills, and was pleased with
ruat he saw. He is well posted on
the questions relating to the work of the
1 ederation, and spoke ireely of its plans
si.d luture prospects. He said President
Oompers intended calling a meeting ot the
Executive Council in a short time to dis
pute of some of the business now before it.
Xeans are being adopted to increase the
d tense fund to be used in case of long
strikes. The money will be loaned to the
traces striking with interest.
lie stated the Homestead poison stories
caused great excitement and wherever he
went persons constantly besieged him with
, jest ions wanting to know all about Home
e ead and the exciting incidents connected
th it. Homestead, Tennessee and Cceur
(i Alene were the most talked about sub
jects duung the convention.
Cannot Get Ball.
McLuckie and Ross are still in jail. An
effort was made yesterday to secure bail
for tbem, but no one could be found who
"wanted to go on the Homesteaders' bonds.
THREE BAD YOUNGSTERS.
A 10-Tear-OId Bov Arrested for Drunken
nessTwo Tonng Tobacco Thelves
All Accomplished Criminals and They
Pass the Night in Prison Cells.
John Devine, aged 10 years, was arrested
last night lor drunkenness. The boy was
discorered'about 6 o'clock on Forty-eighth
street and Penn avenue in a state of intoxfc
cation. He was arrested while throwing
stones at houses and insulting passers-by.
All the way to the Seventeenth ward
station he -screamed and yelled but refused
to say anything about himself. His temper
seemed entirely uncontrollable. "Where
the lad obtained the liqnor is a mystery.
He was well dressed aud seemed to be in
Detective Melighe last night captured
Edward Carroll, aged 9 years, of 26 Eobin
son street, Allegheny, and James Strong,
aged 13 years, of 13 Kilbuck 'street, two
young tobacco thieves. For some time
past owners of tobacco stores have com
plained that they were short boxes of" to
bacco and could riot account for its disap
pearance. Detective McTighe was put on
the case. It was remarked that two small
boys were trying on several different occa
sions to sell fine cigars very cheap. They
were shadowed, and last night they were
seen to go into Derr's Hotel, aud while -one
attracted the attention of the clerk, as was
their wont, the other hooked a box of
cifrars and they left the place, the theft
being unnoticed except by the detective.
He followed and had them locked in the
Central station as supicious persons.
HE DOEBH'T BELIEVE IT.
County Commissioner Mercer Knows Noth
ing of the Bribery of Weary.
County Commissioner Mercer gives Tery
little credence to the story sent out from
Chicago Wednesday to the effect that
A. H. Andrews & Co. had been defrauded
out of 5100,000 by their representative, E.D.
Weary. The firm deals in office supplies
and claims that Weary accepted bribes
frorn other firms. One of the cases it cites
was in the awarding of the contract for the
office fixtures of the Allegheny County
T cannot remember the name Weary in
connection with the awarding of the con
tract," said Mr. Mercer. "Norcross Bros.
securedthe job at a bid of 103,000. The
Mitchell Furniture Company bid $115,000,
and A. H. Andrews & Co. offered to fnr
nish the stuff for 5107,000. The inference I
would take from the Chicago telegram is
that Weary sold out to Norcross Bros, and
fixed the bid for his firm $4,000 higher than
Norcross Bros. I do not believe such a
thing was done. I know the high char
acter of the Norcross firm, as these gentle
men had the contract for the erection of the
Court House, and I cannot think they would
stoop to such a practice."
AN OLD CHARACTER G05E.
He and Alderman alcKenna "Were Toinn-
teer Firemen Together.
Frank Montague early yesterday morn
ing tell from the Panhandle trestle to the
Baltimore and Ohio tracks and "was killed.
He was 55 years of age.
Montague of late has been living at the
Bethel Home. He was supposed to have
been drinking Wednesday night. Mon
tague was a well-known character In Pitts
burg. He was an old soldier, and
for many years was a member of
the Neptune Fire Department. He was
connected with this organization until the
coming of a paid fire department. He and
Alderman McKenna served together in the
Neptune at the same time Chief Elliot, of
the Department of Charities, was a fire
man. Montague had met with adverse
circumstances in late years. His family is
now scattered in every direction. The
Coroner is searching for some of his rela
tives to take charge of the body. The in
quest has not been held yet. ,
A PROSPEROUS CLUB.
The ConkHnjr Glab Nominates Its Officers
for the Ensuing Tear.
The Conkling Republican Club held a
meeting last night and considerable busi
ness was transacted, dominations were
made for the annual election of officers,
which takes place January 3, as follows:
President, James E. Flinn and D. L. S.
McDonald; First Vice President, Samuel
Dolan and John L. Morgan; Second Vice
President, William P. Miller and Conrad
Schroeding; Corresponding Secretary, Geo.
F. Liethead; Eecordtng Secretary, D.
L. S. McDonald and James E. Flinn;
Financial Secretary, William Forsvthe
and D. L. S. McDonald; Treasurer, John
Hennessey; Directors, Conrad Schroeding,
William Kelly, William P. Miller, John
Morgan, D. L. S. McDonald, James Sher
ran, Christ. Rose and C E. Succop.
The organization now numbers about 300
members, with a large number of applica
tions pending. '
"WILL SETTLE IT TO-MORROW.
Ihen a Receiver Will Be Appointed for the
Judge White has not appointed a re
ceiver for the Solons yet The pape-s are
all made out except the filling in of the
names. The case will be finally disposed
of to-morrow. The attorneys for the order
cannot agree upon a man, and if they have
not settled on some one by to-morrow,
Judge White will make the appointment
himself. If he does it will probably be the
Fidelity Title and Trust Company. "
The mail of the order is. accumulating in
the postoffice and the Solons are losing
greatly by the stoppage of business.
Bcv. W. K. Covert, of Solon fame, who
has been at St. Francis' Hospital for sev
eral days suffering with mental trouble,
has recovered. He will likely go to his
home in Scottdale to-day.
Forgot to Return tho Chang-.
Charles Stafford was held in $500 bail by
Alderman Gripp yesterday on a charge of
larceny preferred by Bertha Harris. Both
are colored, and lire on Tannehill street.
She alleges he promised to get her work,
and took her to Allegheny, where lie said
he procured her a place. When they got
on the car to go over he had no money, and
she gave Jam a $2 bill to pay the fare. They
got off, and he told her to wait a minute.
She waited an hour, but he did not return.
At the conclusion of the hearing he was
taken to Allegheny to answer a cfiarge of
larceny before Alderman Brinker.
He Made So Defense.
Timothy Donovan, of 1214 Penn avenue,
was given a hearing before Alderman Reilly
yesterday on a charge of desertion and non
support, preferred by his wife, Kate Dono
van. She says he deserted her a few days
after her baby was born. He made no de
fense, and was committed to jail to await a
trial by court.
To Nominate the Old Board.
The Republicans of the Twenty-sixth
ward will meet to-night to suggest candi
dates for ward offices. An attempt will be
made to renominate the old members,
John Budolph and Leonard Hahn. Robert
Blaze, whom the Court recently deposed in
favor of Mr. Egelsdorf, is also a candidate
and has a strong following.
BUI Kit and seller, moet through the me
dlrnn of THE DISPATCH ads. They cost
little and are effectual.
BIr. Metcalf Withdraws.
The firm of Metcalf, Paul &"Co. formally
dissolved partnership yesterday, Mr. Met
calf retiring. Jacob and A S. Paul and
Harry W. Armstrong will continue the
BANQUET OF THE" BAR.
Learned Judges and Eminent Attor
neys Around tho Board.
ELOQUENT AND WITTY SPEECHES
Hide in Eesponse to the Quaint and Appro
FLOWERS, FEASTING, 1HMC AKD illKTH
That brilliant event known as the annual
dinner of the Allegheny County Bar Asso
ciation took place last night at the Hotel
Dnquesne. where fully 200 of among the
best known lawyers at the bar gathered to
gether with seven Judges to dine and talk.
It was a m'erry gathering. All reserve
was thrown off and Blackstone gave way to
blue points, commentaries to consomme,
and not even a taste of Purdon's Digest was
necessary to a gathering that lacked noth
ing. The rooms were beautifully decorated
with enormous bouquets and massed flowers
aud greans, with a handsom bouquet at
each plate intended to grace the buttonhole
of the guests who gathered early, and could
only drag themselves away from the cheer
ful scene in time to escape the condemning
note of the midnight belt
W. L. Chalfant was the ideal toastmaster
and immediately cast all reserve to the
winds by opening the occasion with a
speech molded in a humorous way that at
once set the pace for the rest of the evening.
Quoted Ben Johnion's Famous Toast.
He gravely quoted Ben Johnson's oft
repested toast, "To the old long life and
treasure, to the young all health and pleas
ure," and followed out the trend of his lit
tle quotation in a way that caused laughter
and cheers almost before the fish
was reached. J. S. Young acted
as Vice President in the place
of M. A. Woodward, who was ab
sent unavoidably. Immediately surround
ing the speakers sat Judges Thomas Ewing,
Joseph Buffington, Christopher Magee.
Jacob Slagle, W. D. Porter, J. W. F.
White and W. H. McClung, but they also
had forgotten all about the dry legal routine
of the past day and thoroughly enjoyed
the evening with their less eminent breth
ren of the bar.
After the applause following the first
speech had died away, and another course
had been cleverly sandwiched m, D. D.
Bruce, one of the oldest members of the
bar, rose to respond to the toast, "The Law
yers of Forty Years ago." This toast
which tell to the lot of Mr. Bruce, is espec
ially appropriate, as he has announced his
intention of withdrawing from active prac
tice on January 1 next. The textto prompt
the speaker's thoughts was Goldsmith's
compliment to all that's old, and though
somewhat historical, his reminiscences were
decidedly interesting and his points apt
when drawing some lively comparisons.
There were many members present who
knew something ot the law of 40 years ago,
and perhaps they might know something ot
the law of the present day. At any rate,
the talk was decidedly interesting to both
the young and old present, and the speaker
was given hearty applause as her finished
his last speech at an annual banquet as an
active member of the bar.
Judge Bulllng'ton on the XLaw.
Amidst a respectful silence, Hon. Joseph
Buffington, the comparatively young but
brilliant Kittanning lawyer, now Judge of
the United States District Court, arose to
respond to the toast '"The Law." Al
ways a dry subject, it was warmed consider
ably by the. speaker who mixed wit with
wisdom and humor in a fine legal dis
course that won applanse from many
hearers. On the programme, the
questions following each toast
were Veil chosen and that ' attached to
Judge Buffington's theme was equally ap
propriate in which Tennyson tells of the
lew who master the lawless science, the
myriad ot precedent, the wilderness of
single instance, to finally reach lame.
Major E. A. Montooth was then called
upon to tell ' what he knew of
"Modesty," that virtue ol which
Herrick speaks, "Of all our parts the eyes
express the sweetest kind of bashfulness."
The speaker contended that baihlnlness, as
a legal commodity, was not rare, but it was
all well enough in its place; true merit was
always modest, though modesty did not al
ways conceal merit. Mr. Montooth thus
ran along in his usual happy vein, at times
waxing eloquent over the worth ot his text,
and again rather considering it a drawback
Pat Them All In High Spirits.
One of the wittiest speeches of an even
ing filled with wit and bright sayings worth
remembering was made-by John L. Mc
Cutcheon, whose duty it was to answer to
the rather vague tbast, "Its Uses and
Abuses." But a few words were necessary
to set the company in high good humor, and
after that the speaker had them all at his
will. Guests laughed until the tears flowed
freely, then gasped and laughed again at
the quirks and unexpected turns taken by
an unexpectedly tunny talk on several un
expectedly funny subjects that well illus
trated Addison's idea tacked to Mr. Mc
Cutcheon's name on the programme of that
touchy, tasty, pleasant fellow, with whom
there was no living with or without.
As soon as there was quiet enough in the
room George ElpUinslone was called upon
to respond to the subject, "The Advocate."
The speaker opened in defense of the law
yer, who has been abused lor many years
because ot the tricks and treachery of a
lew. He quoted Lord Broughains re
mark, that-"A lawyer is a man who rescues
your estate and keeps it himself," and an
other man who had dared to attack the
profession, the speaker called a "mis
creant," which sentiment was duly cheered.
Took Exceptions to Dickens.
He said even Dickens had attacked the
bar by presenting in his books such men as
Solomon Pell, who would "have his car
cass," also Dodsnn and Fogg with their
fees, and a list of others. A choice selec
tion of writers' attacks upon the bar were
then quoted, when the speaker assnmed a
more serious air in hisand others' defense.
Such opinions, he said, were only enter
tained by people who never had any deal
ings with members of the profession, "who
speak for the dumb, who plead for the
needy, and to whose learning, honor and
eloquence are intrusted the property,
liberty, and even the lives of his clients."
In speaking of the successful advocate, the
speaker said the eloquent lawyer had all in
his favor, though he argued for good,sound,
pointed, vigorous Anglo Saxon, rather than
the pleading cadence ot a sing song Toice,
when it comes to convincing a jury.
During the early part of the dinner, and
at intervals between the speeches, the.
guests were delighted with music furnished
by Toerge's Orchestra. The musicians
were concealed behind banks of flowers and
ferns, and if anything were needed to make
the affair one of the most brilliant and suc
cessful in the historr of the bar, the music
purvey Committee Meets.
A meeting of the Survey Committee was
held yesterday afternoon. Ordinances re
locating Greenfield avenue, from Winter
burn street to Frank street; locating Par
nell street, from Home Kule street, and
grading, paving and curbing Wayne street,
lroni Thirtieth street to Harmer street,
were returned to Councils with affirmative
recommendations. . ,
The Examination Over.
The examinations for admission to the
High School are over. The papers are now
being examined, and the successful candi
dates will be made known in several days.
The -percentages will not be published this
ALMOST ROASTED ALIVE.
Minnie Thompson's Dress Catches Afire
She Prevents Her Companions From
Helping Her She Is Terribly Burned
and Cannot Recover.
About 6 o'clock last night Minnie Thomp
son, aged 21 years, of .No. 20 Third-avenue,
was standing with her back to the fire in
the parlor. Her dress caught fire.
The girl became terrified, and uttering
a scream started to. run about the
room. Some of .the other inmates of the
house attempted to catch the terrified girl,
but she managed to elude their grasp and
the flames soon enveloped her entire'per
son. Her companions finally managed to
get-hold of her and threw her on the floor,
but she broke away from tbem and when
the landlady rushed into the room the girl
was being' litetally roasted olive and her
screams were pitiful.
The girl was forced into a corner and the
flames .smothered with a rug, but not until
the girl's clothicg was burned from her
body, the hair burned from her head and
her flesh from her feet to her head baked
and peeling off in pieces. The girl was
suffering excruciating pain and begged
them to allow the fire to burn and end her
misery. A physician was at once sent lor,
who cared for the unfortunate girl, after
which she was removed to the West Penn
Hospital. The girl's burns are of such a
nature that it is almost impossible far her
TEE PUPILS' CONCERTS.
A Pleasing Entertainment in Old City Hail
May Be Repeated Often.
The second pupils' concert, under the di
rection of "Homer Moore, was given at Old
City Hall last evening before a very large
audience. In the first part of the concert
Mr. Moore gave a long talk on tone, color
Part second opened with "Canon Hope
and Memory," which was given by the
Misses Keil, Eeahard and Welty. Mr. S.
J. McWatters and Miss Agncw "acquitted
themselves so creditably and showed such
an intimate acquaintance with the ethics of
vocal art that they received several encores.
The other numbers given were bv the
Misses Gill and Day and Messrs. Rosser
and Bullock. Prof. 'Joseph H. Gittiugs
was the accompanist, and the singers were
heartily encored. These concerts may be
given Sunday afternoons for the benefit ot
workingmen, if the leaders' plans succeed.
STRUCK WITH A BEEE BOTTLE.
A Drunken Bow in, Allegheny May Result
in a Murder. fji
Joseph Priscalac, an Austrian, of 6C6
East Ohio street, is in the Allegheny
lockup charged with hitting Mike Sepatia,
an Hungarian, on the head with a beer
Sepatia's condition is considered very
critical. ' His head has swollen to an enor
mous size and something like erysipelas
has set in. He has been unconscious for
several days and raves continually about
someone beating him over the head with a
club. It is also feared that his brain is in
jured by the blow and that a part of the
skull is crushed. Priscalac will be held
until the result of his victim's injuries can
be learned. '
DROVE HIS WIFE AW AT.
Charles Kitt, Crazed by Cpilepsy, Has to Be
Locked In a Station House.
Charles -Kift was arrested at Forbes and
Brady streets about 10 o'clock last night.
He was suffering from an attack of insanity,
brought on by cpilepsy, from which he has
suffered for years. Last Tuesday he was
seized again and since then has been com
pletely out of his head. Last night, after
tearing things up in the house and forcing
his wife to flee fronithe house to save her
life, he tben'ran dbnn Forbes street in his
bare feet and withdu't-hat, coat or vest. He
was captured at Brady street, as abote
stated, and taken to the police station. It
required several men to hold him at the
AID FOB THE P00E.
Societies and the City Department Busy
Doing Good to Others.
The Society for the Improvements the
Poor yesterday received from the students
at the Forbes school two wagon loads of
groceries for distribution among the poor.
Besides floir, potatoes and vegetables there
were 500 cans of tomatoes, corn and fruit
Yesterday was an exceptionally busy
day at the Department 'of Charities.
Th'irtv persons were given permits to visit
friends at the City Farm. A great many
pairs of shoes, a great deal of coal and a lot
of winter clothing were also given away.
Thermometer at 1G Above Zero.
A procession of thin but cold ice floating
down the Allegheny river yesterday morn
ing brought with it a chill that caused the
mercury to drop to 16 in sheer disgust
The chances are that it will drop a little. to
morrow also, unless the general warmth of
a Joyful holiday 'season should keep back a
genuine zero wave until after Christmas.
A Terror to the Neighborhood.
Patrick Harkins was given a hearing be
fore Alderman Donovan yesterday on a
charge of keeping a ferocious dog. The
plaintiff is Patrick Kearn, a neighbor of
Harkins, both men residing on Sixteenth
street Kearn says the dog is a terror to
A Close Call.
The trolley wire of the Sharpsburg street
car line broke yesterday as a car was com
ing up the hill at this end of the bridge.
The car started backward at a rapid rate,
and was not stopped until within two feet
of the Valley Railroad. Just as the car
stopped a Valley train rushed past
A SPECIAL CHKITSIAS ATTRACTION
will be tho twenty-foar-pagB issue of THE
SH0ET STOBIES OF CITY LIFE.
Mahy petty casesof thieving are reported
Ax entertainment will be given at the
Springfield school this evening by the pu
pils. The Traveler's Club, of Allegheny, will
meet this afternoon in the Bible rooms on
The axle on car 213, of the Fenn avenue
line, broke yesterday. Ihe road was tied up
for about an hour.
Chbist II. E. CutntcH, Center and Liberty
avenues, Shadysidc, will" give its Sunday
school Christmas treat this evening.
O'IIaiia School held a donation reception
yesterday. All the pupils contributed some
thing toward making Christmas brighter for
the very poor.
Pat Kodoeks was arrested last night on a
warrant sworn out before Alderman Succop
by his wife, Mary Kodsers, charging him
with disorderly conduce
JIakoaket White, a lady 60 years of age,
slipped and fellwliilo walking along Park
avenne.about 1 q'clock yesterday afternoon,
bhe received a broken arm.
TnoiiAB Gordoit, who was injured In the
Youguiogheny coal mines at Scott Haven.on
Tuesdny last, died yesterday at the West
Penn Hospital. An Inquest will be held to
While William Pearson, a farmer living
near Etna Green, was driving across the Ft.
Wiyne Kail road tracks Wednesday night,
ills hotses were struck by a train and killed,
wuilo be made a narrow escipe.
The Republicans or the Twelfth ward held
a suggestion meeting in the Springflid
scboolhouse last evening and nominated
the following officers: Constable, Henry
Kramer: school directors for the O'Hara
bchool, J. B. Padden and Phillip Schultz;
for tho Springfield school, Charles Shears
and Louts Baker; Assessor, James McMan-nit,
THE MAYOR'S OPINION.
The Law Bequires Chief Brown to
Close Disorderly Houses.
COUNCILS CAN COMPEL HIH TO.
Bis Honor and the Chief JTave a long In
terview on the iulject.
RUM0KS THAT THE PLACES WILL CLOSE
Mayor Gonrley yesterday read City At
torney Moreland's opinion as to the powers
of the Mayor and the duties of Chief Brown
relative to the suppression ol disorderly
houses. Immediately alterward he had a
long interview with Chief Brown. What
transpired during the conference neither of
the cejitlemen would tell', but the fact that'
they spent so much time together, and on
parting familiarly addressed each other by
their first names, was taken as evidence
they had reached an understanding. It was
even reported that Chief Brown had prom
ised the Mayor to close all disorderly houses
before the 1st of January, but the Chief
himself said he had done nothing of the
"What the Mayor intends to do in the
matter no one knows. He does not know
himself. Yesterday morning he thought of
submitting to Councils all the letters, opin
ions and other communications received or
written by him, within the past month on
the disorderly house question. .
The Mayor Still Undecided.
After the interview with Chief Brown he
was undecided "about it This led to the
belief that the Chief had made some kind
of promise which bad changed the Mayor's
When asked what he thought of Major
Moreland's opinion, the Mayor said: "It
is a very exhaustive document, longer than
necessary, I think, but on the essential
question of the Chief of the Department of
Public Safety's duty under the charter is
explicit enough. It differs with the
opinion of Assistant City Attorney Pettcr
man on the same point, though I am told
Mr. Petterman and all the city's attorneys
were in consultatation on Mr. Moreland s
opinion and unanimously approved it. As
I read the document it says the charter act
empowers the Chief to enforce the ordi
nances relating to this subject and then
goes 6n to tell what is meant by the word
"empowers" used in this sense. Its mean
ing is mandatory aacording to Mr.More
land, but in Mr. Fetterman's opinion it
was discretionary. Mr. Moreland says
Chief Brown has no altenative but to ob
serve the laws governing his department,
and that the word "empower" means must
A Question of Interpretation.
"It has been decided long ago that where
in a piece of legislation the word 'may
occurs it means must I am prepared to
agree with the City Attorney on that point
I am satisfied it is Chief Brown's duty, and
there is nothing to prevent his enforcing the
law relative to disorderly bouses, admitting
the defects in the charter act which the
Major calls attention to.
'To-day iam not fully 'prepared to say
what I shall do. It is probable that I will
submit the whole question to Councils with
a communication.stating my position. If I
write such a letter I will make myself
'What could Councils do in the matter?"
"Councils could do a great deaL What
they will do I cannot say. They could
pass a resolution which would effectually
dispose of the matter, as the City Attorney
savs they are the only authority over Chief
"Will you rest content with the City At
torney's opinion as to vour rights and
f"That I cannot say. Jt will depend
largely on circumstances."
PASSED E0GU3 CHECKS.
II. S. Voorhces Arrested a Second Time for
a Serious Offens-.
E. S. Voorhees was arrested yesterday
by Detective Robinson. Several informa
tions will be lodged against him for giving
out bogus bank checks. It is alleged that
the prisoner gave to T. M. Porter, an em
ploye ot the Bureau of Health, a check for
?9 50 on the Freehold Bank, which was
sent through the Clearing House and re
turned marked "No funds." The prisoner
since his arrert has confessed to giving out
at least four other checks of a similar
character. Any person hoMing a check of
this kind is a.ttea to report to police head
quarters. This is the second time that
Voorhees has been arrested for giving
BAN INTO AN ELECTBIC CAB.
A Runaway Horse "Wrecks a "Wagon and
Has to lie Killed.
W. J. Spahr, an East End grocer, lost a
valuable horse 'yesterday by the animal
running away and colliding with a Dn
quesne traction car. The horse scared at
something on O'Hara street while the driver
was off the wagon delivering some grocer
ies. A short distance below where it
started, it ran in upon the pavement, the
hind endr ot the wagon striking a large
plate glass window in Mathias' butcher
shop. Leaving O'Hara street the brute
turned up Ellsworth avenue and ran into
one of the electric cars, receiving injuries
which made it necessary to shoot it The
wagon was completely wrecked"by the col
lision. PEOPLE COMING AND GOING.
Major William Denny Wilkins (formerly
Adjutant of the Duqusno Greys and Assist
ant Adjutant General during the Centen
nial) broke his ankle last Wednesday. Ho
is now In tho West Fenn Hospital, wheie.
on account of the serious nature of his in
Jury, he will be compelled to remain for at
least a month.
Captain Homer McClintock, of the Oil
City Derrick, who has been throuih the Sis
tersville and Southeastern Ohio oil fields. In
the Interest of his paper for the last three
weeks, passed through Pittsburg last night
on his way home to Oil City.
H. C. Caldwell and wife, of Kittanning,
and James G. Sloan, of Monongahela City,
registered at the Anderson yesterday.'
W. L. Robinson, of TJniontown, and H.
C Huston, a Connellsvilte druggist, stopped
at the Monongahela Houso yesterday.
Robert J. Zahniser, of .Greensburg, and
W. H. Fortzer, of Salisbury, are stopping at
the Seventh Avenue Hotel.
Fittsbnrgers in New York.
New York, Dec. 21 Special Tho following-Plttsburgers
are registered at New
"York hotels: C. K. Clements, Earle's; C. J.
Cook, Savoy: M. Cornell, Coleman: B.
Floersheim, Mrs. W, P. Tyler, W. C. Temple,
Imperial: M. Gieene, II. W. Hartman, Hol
land; O. H. I. Grnndou, Sturtevant: C. W.
Garrison, Albemarle: G. F. Gteenwood,
Bartholdl; .Mrs. S. S. Uankin, Sc. Denis: C. F.
Smith, Broadway Cential; H. It. Sully, St
EXEBEBS' CHRISTMAS PIANOS,
Sfelnway, Conover, Opera.
The three best and most popular pianos in
Ameiica. All others must taken back sear.
in their presence. H. Kleber $ lira SOS
Wood street, ate selling nearly half a dozen
of them every, day for Christmas presents.
Warranted periect or money refunded.
Terms low and easy payments. Call at H.
Kleber & Bra's, SOS Wood street
Store open every night
Second-Hand Uprights for 8J35 and Up.
aicllor Ss Hocne, 77 Fifth Avenue.
Several excellent ' Uprights" for sale, only
slightly usod; will bo sold lor from $13 and
upward. See them.
Meixok & HozttK, Founded 1831,
Warerooms, 77 Fifth avenue.
B. F. J0MSS ON BLAINE.
A Tribute From an Associate HU Career
and His, Ambitions The Dying States
man a Maker of Warm Friends and
Bitter Enemies. N
While a summons unto eternity waits by
the bedside of a great mind at Washington,
the many friends of James G. Blaine in this
city are at once apprehensive and sorrow
ful. Born but a few miles up the Mononga
hela river, the intimates ot his youth be
came the admirers of his manhood, as his
brilliant career entered into history and
shaped the course of a nation proud of her
Among Mr. Blaine's friends here, none
have watched his career with keener inter
est, or been closer to him in private and
public life, than B. F. Jones, ex-National
Chairman of the Republican Committee.
Mr. Jones was seen yesterday, and in speak
ing of the statesman said:
"I have known of Mr. Blaine since h'n
college days and became quite well ac
quainted with him in the early war times,
and when he was a member of Congress.
Since that time I have been quite intimate
with him. I regard Mr. Blaine as
a most brilliant and remarkable
man. As a stateman I think he
will n rank with Clay and Webster,
different from both, but similar to each
in some respect His popularity with the
people of this country is simply phenom
enal, and was caused in my judgment not
only by his extraordinary ability, but also
by his intense Americanism, He has been
regarded by some as extremely ambitious.
I do not think he was half so'ambitions as
many others who were not nearly so
worthy as he."
"Was he not ery ambitions for the
"Mr. Blaine has told me frequently that
in the contest for the Presidental nomina
tion of 1876 he was extremely anxious to be
President of the United Stales, but that
after that time he never cared for or sought
the position, and was entirely contented
with th honors that had fallen to his lot
After the notable defeat of the Eepubli
can patty in 1882 a great many ardent
.Republicans (myself among thenumber)'
realized that the party would be at a disad
vantage in the campaign of 1884. It was
believed that Mr. Blaine, with his great
popularity and thorough American
ism, . would be the most available
and best candidate. Therefore he
was importuned bv multitudes
of our best people to permit his name to go
before the convention as a candidate. In
fact he only consented when he was made
to believe that his nomination would bene
fit his country and his nartr. After an
unusually exciting campaign, he was barely
"I know," continued Mr. Jones, "that
Mr. Blaine would not have accepted the
nomination of 1888 if it had been tendered
to him. T nm rnnfirtonf tlinf Ka fwnnlfl TiftF.
have accepted the nomination of 1892, even
it a majority of delegates at the Minneapo
lis convention had cast their votes in his
favor. In both cases he distinctly declined
to have his name go before the convention."
"Mr. Blame's political career has been
one unbroken flow of brilliant successes.
In the Legislature of Maine, as a member
ot Congress, as Speaker of the House, as
a Senator, and finally as Secretary
of State, he has met every issue, disproven
adverse criticism, combated what ho
thought wrong add-iought for what he
thought right, until to-day he is recognized
as without a peer for profundity, breadth
and brilliancy. In Congress, during the
war, his speeches at a crisis were at once
eloquent, powerful and convincing.
"Yet he had many enemies, and these
enemies were of the most virulent It was
characteristic of the man that his friends
were the warmest and dearest, and his
enemies the most bitter and unrelenting.
It was in Congress that Mr. Blaine's first
difference arpse with Conkling. Both were
eloquent, yet Blaine was the more
profound in debate. He was cheery,
warm-hearted and easily approached,
while Conkling was just the reverse. Ire
member one notable occasion when Blaine
made a speech in Congress that will live
forever. It was in reply to an attack "upon
his character, and every word uttered was
of extraordinary force, and grandly elo
quent, coming from a great soul stung into
answering unjust reproaches."
From G to 8:30 O'clock
Wo will sell boys' line cape overcoats and
suits nt the special price ot 1 82 each.
Boys' cape overcoats sizes i to 14, neatand
stylish patterns, long-cut capes, worth $5 to
$6, at $1 82
Boys' suits In a variety of handsome pat
terns and deMf-ns, sizes 4 to 14, also of the $5
quality, lor$l 83.
halo this evening from S to 8:30. Only one
or each garment to a customer.
P. C C C, Clothiers, corner Grant and Dia
A big line of boys' overcoats and ulsters
at $4 each, sizes for boys 13 to 19 years old.
KRANICH & BACH, EMERSON, STARK,
Eechner & Schoenberger, 60 Fifth Avenue.
Splendid holiday stock of these mag
nificent pianos in all styles of llntsli.
walnut, oat, rosewood or ebonized.
See them before purchasing elsewhero.
Store open every night until Christ
mas. Easy payments if desired.
LECH3KB & SCHOEXBERQER,
C9 FHtn avenue.
Five Dollari, "Will Bny How Much Fnml-
Not much in qnantlty, but in quality and
varioty a limit can hardly bo reached this
tlnio of year. 1. C. fccuoESECK & Sox,
711 Liberty avenue, opp. Wood.
Mandolins for the million.
The world-renowned "Bowman," the
famous "Bruno" and the lovely "Imperial"
mandolins. Customers are pleased, com
petitors dismayed at our low prices.
Alex Boss' 'Music House,
143 Federal street, Allegheny, Fa.
We have now in store a large stook of all
the finest evaporated and dried fruits, both
domestic and foreign. We can do you cood
on these goods. Send for price list Goods
delivered everywhere. Miller Bros.,
Fine Groceries and Tablo Delicacios, 1S2
Federal street, Allegheny.
Order No,w for Christmas.
Cabinet photos $1 SO per doz. Panel pict
ure free with every doz. bettor grade. Guar
antee given with every order. Crayons
from $2 50 up. Largo assnrtthent of frames.
Lowest prices. Lies' Portrait Studio, 10 and
12 Sixth StlCbt
Just the Thins.
The stand lamps at Henry Torheydcn's,
630 Smithfield street, now opened, and at
prices which can't be beat, from $7 60 to
$23 CO. Come early and secure one.
Open every evening.
China Cnpid Flates.
For two days we will sell fine china plates,
with Cupid decorations in six colors, tor 12c
each. Chas. KEizHxsTrijf,
U0 to 156 Federal street, Allegheny.
A btvltsh thiee-button cutaway suit,
formerly made np to order for $38. can now
be bought lor $13 CO; also your choice of any
suit or overcoat in. the bouse lorS13 50, at
the Misfit Clothlns Parlors, SIS Smithlleld
street) opposite City Hall.
The last three days before Xuias we will
dlipoae of all oriental and Turkish rugs less
than cost .
LACTExsLAorr., Pihm A Totrao,
DSand'CO Sixth street, second floor. En
trance Liberty street
Open aV Night
W. S. Bell & Co., 31 Wood street have a
splendid assortment, of kodaks, premier
camel k?, photograph, etchings, etc., suit
able for holiday giuc Store open evenings.
A FointedFln Opinion.
We have the handsomest stock of pins for
Christmas gifts in tho two cities.
Stick plus. Diamonds,
Hat pins, Emeralds,
l)i ess pin. , Opals, etc.
If you want cheaper ones we have til cm in
gold or sliver. All pin tastes can be suited.
Store open every evenintf.
s Hardt ft Hates, Jewelers,
629 Smithfield street
SMASHED BOTH CAB AND 2NGINE.
A Bad Collision In "VYhlch Firemen and
Fassenjers Have Narrow Escapes:
A thrilling accident occurred at Arch
and Ohio streets, Allegheny, about !) o'clock
last night Au alarm of fire had been sent
in from box 112, caused by a small chimney
fire in a house occupied by a colored family
at First and James streets, and No. 3, the
Friendship engine, was responding to the
alarm when car No. 101 of the Pitts
burg, Allegheny and Manchester line came,
down Ohio street at full speed. It was too
late for either the car or Jhe engine to stop
in time to avoid a collision, and the car
struck the engine fairly in the center,
snapping the coupling pin of the engine and
knocking a large hole in the boiler, besides
damaging the engine in several other ways.
The horses were "thrown off their feet, and
Fireman "Jaak" Ragan, who, was on the
rear of the engine, was thrown a distance of
20 feet across the street, but he was unin
jured save a few bad bruises. The engineer,
Charles Harbus, had his lft arm badly
The car was crowded with passengers, and
there was a panic aboard, but no one was
injured. The car was thrown from the
track and the front end badly smashed.
Coaxing Tbem Back.
An open letter was circulated in the First
ward school district, Allegheny, signed by
members of the board. They ask that par
ents ot children visit the school and see for
themselves that the railroad crossing near
there is.no more dangerous than at other
points. It is said the chjldren are avoiding
this school onring to a bad crossing.
Two Alleged Shoplifters.
A woman giving her name as Lonisa Res
ler, with a man named Martin Kueisler,
were arrested yesterday morning in Bogi
& Buhl's store, Allegheny, charged with
'shoplifting. Some $10 worth ot goods were
found on their persons, which they claimed
to have bought.
Disohdebed stomach enred by
. Bromo-Seltzer 10c a bottle.
Open every night this week till 9
The greatest money-saving
bargains ever offered to the
buying people. An assortment
of an afmost endless variety, at
prices that are one-third less
than you can buy elsewhere. '
Gentlemen's genuine Piush
Slippers, at $1.50, -cost you
Men's fancy Chenille and Em
broidered Velvets, all styles,
at $1; sold at other stores
Gentlemen's finest Patent
Leather Dancing Pumps, $2,'
cannot be bought elsewhere
for less than $2.50.
Youths' Velvets at 50c.
Youths' Imitation Alligator at
Boys' Velvets at 50c, 75c and
Boys' Imitation Alligator at 85a
Don't fail to see the 85c
Men's fancy Chenille 'Velvet
Slippers, worth $1.10, or Men's
Goat Slippers at $1.00.
Men's Black Velvet Opera
Slippers at $i-5d are real beau
ties, and the 75c Velvet Slip
pers are great values.
Don't fail to see the greatest
line of Men's Fancy Slippers
in the two cities at prices lower
than the lowest at
G. D. SIMEN'S,
78 OHIO ST ALLEGHENY, PA.
HUCUS & HUGE
STOCK-TIME 10 HOLIDAY SILL
Special values of
fered this week suita
ble for Holiday Gifts
Eider Dawn Com
Brass and Iron Bed
steads, Antique Oak
Stands, ' Stools t and
A magnificent as
sortment of Drapery
Silks, plain and fig
ured in all the desira
ble colorings, 32 in.
wide, 50c a yard,
COB. FIFTH K USD HUKET ST.
The Leading Prrrssmio, Pa
Dry Goods House. Friday, Deo. 23, 139X
e k co:$-
PENN AVE. STORES.
OPEN EVERY EVENING THIS WEEK.
CHRISTMAS SO NEAR.
These are the center and Spring
of the Holiday Life in the Silk and
Dress Goods Departments. Wise,
practical Christinas buyers are taking
advantage dT the extraordinary prices.
Many of the modest-priced Wool
Dress Patterns, and finer ones, neatly
boxed, but any you select, at what
ever price, will be put up in boxes, if
you ask it. The materials are:
In Cords and Fancy Stripes;
Fancy Imported Cheviots;
Fancy Herringbone Stripes;
Plain Cheviots and Tricots;
Imported Camel's Hair Stripes;
English Stripes and Checks;
Fine Cheviots and Cashmeres.
$L50 to $5.00
Have you the right idea about
these Dress Patterns? They are not
the bad styles or ends of lines to be
pushed off in the Christmas rush
they are the choicest and best goods
in our stocks. The low prices are ac
counted for by the fact that we have
made unusual reductions.
$10 TO $25.
Apply the same words about the
excellence of the goods and the low
ness of the prices. You will not find
equal values in Black Dress Silks
Cotton Dress Patterns.
For small cost gifts these will find
a welcome that would be envied by a
Sealskin Jacket or rich Black Silk
Put one of these, or dozen on your
Christmas shopping list:
10-yd. Dress Pattern, best Calico, 60c.
10-yd. Pattern Indigo Blue Calico, 70a
10-yd. Pattern Gray and Black Calico, 70c.
10-yd. Pattern heavy Printed "Wrapper
10-yd. Dress Pattern Century Cloth, 81.
Vf-ji. Pattern Indigo Blue Chintz, Si:
10-yd. Pattern best English Percale.51.25.
10-yd. Pattern best Domestic Gincham.
10-yd. Pattern best Scotch Gineham, ?
Fleece-lined Kid Gloves and Mittens,
with and without fur tops,'for ladies,
gentlemen or children.
Unlined Kid GIoves,in all best makes,
latest styles and shades; for ladies,
in all lengths of mousquetaire and
in buttons from 4 to 20; for men
in the verylatest styles and shades
from Dent,Fowne,Perrin and Fisk,
Clark & Flagg.
Men's Fur Gloves, in Eeaver, Nutria
and Sealskin, from $6 to $25.
Men's Good Scotch Wool and Jersey
Gloves, 40c to $1.
Silk Mittens, fleece-lined and unlined,
for ladies, gentlemen and children.
Store Open Every Even'gTill 9 O'Clock
JOS. HORNE & CO.,
609-621 Penn Avenue.
Laree sc and Xeadlng
Jewelry and Art Stores.
Open Evenings Till Christmas.
A conglomerate hint of what
to buy, to be read by both
ladies and gentlemen. Suit
able gifts for all may be se
lected from this little list:
' STICK PINS
, HAT PINS,
' -WATCH CHAINS,
E. P. ROBERTS & SONS,
Fifth Ayc .and Market St