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SCKAXTO.N, PA., MONDAY MOTJNING, NOVEMBER 20,
TWO CENTS A COPY.
The Slioc and Leather Institution Is
Plundered of $354,000.
SUICIDE FOLLOWS DISCOVERY
Bookkeeper Sccly and Depositor Freder
ick Raker Pray I'pon ihc Bank for Ten
Vcara Taking $200 at a Tlme-Scely
Supposed to Have Sailed.
By the United Press.
New York, Nov. 23.
The National Shoe and Leather bank
at. Broadway and Chambers street has
been robbed of $354,000 by Samuel C.
Seely, one of Its book-keepers, and
Frederick Baker, a depositor.
Seely fled a week ago Saturday, leav
ing a confession In his lawyer's hands.
It Is supposed that he lied by stcam
nhlp. Baker was drowned yesterday after
noon at lila country home at Sand's
Point. Thee is of course a strong
suggestion of suicide. Baker, who was
a supposedly wealthy and respectable
lawyer In this city, past 60 years of age,
had told his accomplice before the lat
ter's lllght that hewas too old to run
away himself and would stay and face
the music. It is alleged by Seely that
Baker got all but $11,000 of the stolen
Baker was drowned from a rowboat
In Long Island Sound Just In front of
his country home. Ills two sons were
out on the Sound gunning, and he en
terred a boat ostensibly to row out
after them to see what luck they were
having. He never reached them, and
when about 1 o'clock the sons started
for home they found their father's body
floating face upward on The water be
side his overturned skiff. They towed
it ashore, and as there had been, so far
as known, no witnesses of the drown
ing, and the news of Mr. Baker's im
plication In the Shoe and Leather bank
robbery had not become publicly
. known, the coroner's Jury found that
the death was accidental.
Hundred Accounts Tampered With.
The thefts have extended over a
period of nearly ten years, and were
accomplished by moans of fictitious
balances, false credits, and correspond
ing debits entered in the ledger. Seely
tampered with more than 100 accounts,
It Is believed, and credited the money
debited upon Baker's account, and the
money was drawn out of the bank by
Baker. The bank officers had the ut
most confidence In Seely, who was a
quiet, home-loving man, and the treas
urer cf the United Slates Guaranty
company, which wa3 Seely's surety,
said, when told of his defalcation:
"There was not a man In the
bank about whom we felt safer than
about Seely." Baker had been a de
positor In the bank more than twenty
The stealing might have gone on for
an Indefinite time had not the bank offi
cers decided to Institute a new Bystem
of bookkeeping. The new system was to
be put In operation on Thursday last,
and Seely knew it. The business of the
bank was moving on In the usual rou
tine on Friday, Nov. 16, when Seely
asked for a day's leave of absence. Ho
was tired of living in Brooklyn, he said,
and wanted to gn out and look for a
country home. His request was grant
ed, and on Saturday another bookkeep
er was put at his work.
Seely had had charge of ledger A to
IC. Tle accounts, of course, had to be
gone over every day. Seely's substitute
soon reported to President Crane that
lie could not make them balance. He
was told to try again, for Seely's repu
tation was so good that no suspicion
was aroused In the officers' minds at
firut. But the confusion of the accounts
could not be untangled, and when, on
Monday morning, Seely did not appear
at the bank, the officers wnKo work
at once on his books and found them
hopelessly confounded. That money had
been taken fraudulently from the bank
soon became apparent, but how the
books had been muddled was a puzzle,
so elaborate the system of falsification
On Tuesday the directors were con
vened and they were In almost continu
ous session until yesterday evening.
The bank force worked day and night
on the accounts and on the pass books,
which had all been called In. On Wed
nesday the amount of the defalcation
was found to be $354,000.
Left a Confession When He Tied.
.When Seely failed to appear at the
bank on Monday morning the bank of
fleers sent to his house, 422 Halsey
street, Brooklyn, to Inquire for him. Ho
was not at home, and had not been-at
home since Friday, and the messengers
were referred to Frank W. Angel, his
attorney and confidential adviser. Mr.
Angel has offices at 108 Fulton street
and lives in Jersey City.
"Mr. Angel told us," said Vice Presl
dent George L. Pease' yesterday after
noon, "that Beoly had seen exposure
coming and had confessed his pivdlra-
ment and asked lor auvice. 'Do you
want advice from me In this?' said the
lawyer. 'Well, go and blow your brains
"what seely did, Mr. pease con
tinued, "we know nothing about. Ho
may have chosen Suturday to look for
hla 'country home' because It was the
day that the steamers sail, or he may
be within thirty minutes of this 'office
now, Sometimes we think he Is. But
we hope to get hl accomplice, the de
Seely told Mr. Angel that from the
large sum stolen he had profited to the
extent of only $11,000, the depositor get
ting the remainder of It.
Seely lived in Halsey street with his
wife and one child. He Is or was 38
yearB old, and loved to stay at homo
He was not a club man. He was
pewholder In the Rev. Dr. Behrends'
church, but was not an active member
of the church. Hlg brother-in-law,
who Is also a bookkeeper In the Shoe
and Leather bank, said yesterday that
Beely was a man of quiet life without
known vices, and that no suspicion had
ever attached to him. He was not
known to speculate, and his property
consisted, the brother-in-law Bald, of a
half interest in the $5,000 house in Hal
. sey street. , .
Seely's salary was $1,800. ,,He had
been employed In- the bank since 1880,
and the United States Guaranty com
pany was on his bond ior $7,600.
'..The system of bookecplng in use at
the Shoe and Leather bank was a mod
ein one of dally ledger balances, which
I'pii complete in its record, and a skel
eton ledger. The skeleton ledger was
Intended to show to the bank's officers
at a glance the daily balances, and it
was also to give the bookkeeper Instant
Information for the benefit of the pay
ing teller when a check was presented.
Method of the Robbery.
Seely's method of stealing may be Il
lustrated in this way: The depositor
Baker, who was In collusion with him,
would present a check say for $200 to the
paying teller, who would ask the book
keeper If Baker's account was good for
the amount. Seely would reply "Yes,"
even though Baker had not a dollar In
the bank. Seely then would credit Bak
er's account with an amount sufficient
to cover the check, and the amount so
placed to Baker's credit Seely would
charge against the account say of John
Jones. The puper debits and credits
balanced each other, and so the cash
balance at the end of the day would not
show the transaction. When It be
came necessary to balance the account
of John Jones, Seely would draw (on
paper) from another account, as he had
done from Jones', and so on as far as
became necessary. It Is estimated that
he did this with more than 100 accounts.
To maintain such a practice for so
long a time must have required a set of
books for Seely's own uso, recording his
swindles as carefully as the legitimate
accounts of the bank were recorded, or
he would have been caught tripping,
for no man could carry so many entries
and the condition of so many accounts
In his head. But not a scrap of paper
has been found to show how Seely kept
his crooked ways co-ordinated. No pa
per has been found either which could
convict him of forgery, and the checks
of Buker were either torn up by Seely
or returned to the maker of them. He
operated the swindle In the face of semi
annual examinations of his accounts by
the directors and frequent examina
tions by national bank examiners.
Seely was careful never to charge
the amount he credited to Baker to any
account which was likely to be drawn
upon by its owner for an amount which
would nearly exhaust it. The bank is
an old one, having been organized as a
state bank in 1853 by merchants en
gaged in the prosperous leather trade,
and had many accounts which were
rarely drawn on. Vice-President Pease
Bald he knew of one account of more
than $100,000 in the bank aglnst which a
check had not been dravn In nineteen
years. This state of things helped
Seely was a man 5 feet 9 Inches In
height', with light hair and light mous
tache. He way emaciated, having the
appearance of a man who suffered from
pulmonary, weaknesses or Indigestion.
He was very regular in his habits
and never visited .any of the clubs
or saloons In the neighborhood of his
home. One peculaiity of his personal
appearance was that one of his shoul
ders was noticeably higher than the
other and he had acquired a stoop of
When Set4y left home on Friday
morning he put oil his heaviest winter
pnderclothlng. He told his wife then
that there was trouble at the bank, and
that he was going to run away.
He worked all that day and disap
peared after, he left the bank at 5
o'clock. It is believed that he sailed for
Europe from a Canadian port or per
THIS MORNING'S FIRE.
Residence of I). Gallagher, of Fourth
Avenue, I'urtlally Destroyed.
The alarm of fire sounded from box
43, at corner of Fifth avenue and Fifth
street, about 1.30 o'clock this morning,
was caused by a fire at the residence of
D. Gallagher, of Fourth street.
The roof was practically consumed
by the flumes, but owing to the energy
of the hose companies, which responded
to the alarm promptly, the fire was ex
tinguished In twenty-five minutes. The
dunmge to the building is not antici
pated to be very heavy.
DOTS AND DASHES.
Two European governments have made
propositions to convert Mexico's foreign
debt to a silver basis.
While his wife died of hunger In one
room, Marcus Cox, a A'ancouver, B. C,
miser, sat counting gold.
Mrs. Barney Kelly, of Webster City, la.,
answered H. H. Hlmbaugh's defamatory
stories with a horsewhip.
Mrs. Lily A. Thompson, a widow of
23, has applied for a pluce on the Wash
ington (D. C.) police force. .
In rescuing her 14-months-old babe from
the jaws of a wild hog, Mrs. Galobie, of
Sacred Heart, Oklahoma, received fatal
All railroad passes were returned by
Justice W. A Johnson, of the Kansus su
preme court, as tending to prejudice his
Miss Bancroft, granddaughter -of the
late hlstorlun. Is to wed Commander
Flack, of the Swedish n-.vy, who has been
studying at Newport.
The new Judge f-th--North Carolina
superior court, W. S. O'B. KobiiisonnJs
Bald to be the first Roman Catholic to
hold office in the state.
Daniel O. Elliott will leave the Now
York Museum of Natural History to be
come curator of zoology In the Field Col
umbian museum, Chicago.
After being Jailed two months for con
tempt In refusing toglve up stolen bonds.
Attorney William Burnett? of Ctnetn-.
natl, still refuses, and Is likely to get a
Reading will burn its garbage.
Delaware county Is overruu with tramps,
Charles Depew, ot Crum Lynne, lost
$20,000 in stock speculation and shot him-
Senator Fllnn will try to secure Phil
adelphia's building law for Pittsburg at
the next session of the legislature.
John Kobalsky, a Wllkes-Barre Hun
garian, through un Interpreter's error,
married the wrong girl and will aeek a di
vorce. A quarry blast threw a big stone a
quarter of a mile and through the Trac
tion company's roof at Allentown, break
ing Fireman Walkers' leg.
Dr. William F. Barclay, one of Pitts
burg's best physicians, has been expelled
from the Allegheny County Medical so
ciety because he advertises.
Daniel Blttlngs' horse balked and
backed oft a bridge at Bower'H station,
Berks county, and alighted on top of its
muster, crushing him to death.
Mrs. Henry Hlmmel, of Sharon, pre
sented her husband with a baby son
weighing 1 pounds. The baby can be
placed In an ordinary teacup, and Is well.
The corner stone of St. John's United
Evangeltcul church (Dubsite) was laid at
Bethlehem yesterday afternoon by Blrthop
Hamun. The new church will cost $5,000.
. Rev. Alfred Llnd, a Moravian mission
ary from Jamaica, died at Bethlehem yes
terday, aged 76 years. He was on of the
oldest Moravian ' missionaries, having
spent forty years in the West Indies.
WAST AH HONEST BALLOT
Strong, Non-Sectional Federal Elec
tion Law Is Needed.
THE FORCE BILL IMPROVED
More Effective Legislation with the Same
Purpose-If the South Is Most Affected -by
Such a Law, It Is Because It
llus Most Offended.
By the United Press.
Washington, Nov. 25. The experience
of the recent election In a number of
southern states, notably in Alabama
and the contests which will necessarily
be brought before congress, raise Into
new Importance the adoption of election
laws that will insure fairness at the
polls and In the count. A "prominent
Republican" Is quoted In a local paper
as saying that the next house will con
duct a Lexow investigation on a na
tional scale under a committee of its
ablest members, and with a thorough
ness that will leave nothing to be de
sired. The Investigation will not be
partisan or sectional, but directed to
the correction of abuses and guarding
the national elections against undue In
terference and fraudulent practices.
What Is needed Is a broad, liberal law,
which will Insure full protection to every
qualified voter In casting his ballot, and
which will also guard the ballot box
against dishonesty In ascertaining and
proclaiming the result of the popular
Faults of the Force Bill.
"The Force bill, as that measure was
known," said the authority alluded to,
"was really of no force. A more Imma
ture measure for the accomplishment of
a great purpose was never brought for
ward In congress. Thnt came to be gen
erally confessed. Whatever the new
measure may be, it will not be a copy i.f
the so-called Force bill. It should be
something better than that; something
simpler and drawn so as to defeat the
cry, which, however, Is certain to be
raised under any circumstance of sec
tionallsm. If the south should be more
effected by the bill than other sections
of the country, It will only be for the
reason that the evil sought to be cor
rected prevails to a greater degree there
than elsewhere. The bill must be made
applicable to all sections alike.
"The better element in the southern
states deplores the conditions surround
lng suffrage there. Right thinking men
of the south see that great harm Is ac
crulng to their Bectlon from the preval
ence of such a state of affairs. Many
of the men who assisted to establish
terrorism and cheating at the polls are
anxious to have them stopped. They
excuse their former action on the score
of extreme necessity. The negro, they
declare, as led by carpet baggers, was
a menace to property rights and good
government. The negro Is no longer a
menace. Both parties are now led by
native whites, and the demand Is that
all the votes be fairly counted. The
trouble lies In this: What was organ
ized and put in force by all the property
holders, acting, as they claimed, in
defense of property and personal se
curity. Is now being continued by
rings of politicians, whose only aim is
office and local political supremacy. The
men who live by politics want the
cheating to go on. The men who have
the real Interests of the south at heart
want it stopped. The Republica.: r"Hv
will make an effort to stop It."
WALKER'S CI RENCY SCHEME.
ke Gold the Basis of
By the U .it ,.rcss.
Washington, Nov. 25. Of the finan
clal schemes discussed by those con
gressmen who have reached the city,
that of Mr. Walker, of Massachusetts,
Is prominent. Walker propose that the
banks shall deposit gold on which to
base their circulation, and shall have
Issued to them, dollar for dollar, notes
for circulation, making these deposits
of gold take the place of the bonds now
required by the national laws as se
curity. Speaking of this project Mr. O'Neill,
of the same state, a Democrat, says:
"It doesn't make any difference about
Walker being a Republican; his plan
is, In my Judgment, the very best that
has been presented, and this congress
should not hesitate a minute about
doing It. If the Democrats do not adopt
it this season, I fee! confident that the
Republicans will at the next. This
plan, Instead of Increasing the public
debt, would ultimately wipe out the Interest-bearing
obligations and retire
"But a small per cent, of the gold
thus deposited with the government Is
reserved for redemption purposes and
the rest Is kept In circulation by being
used for the; retirement of bonds and
greenbacks, or for any other purposes
which the needs of the government de
mand. In a general way the proposi
tion Is to have an abundant currency
based on coin, and to keep all the money
In motion, so as to have It earn Its own
living. Instead of being locked up,
mouldy and useless, In the treasury
THE NEW ELDORADO?
A Veritable Bonanza Gold Mine Blscov
ered In Washington --
Editor of The Tribune:
Spokane, Wash., Nov. 25. Michael
Shuman, a well known mining man, re-
turned yesterday from his mines In the
Okonagon district. He reports the find
of a veritable bonanza gold mine at
the very summit of the Cascade range
of mountains near Slate Creek. Two
young men from Anacortes named
Barron and Garrlsh are the lucky find
era. Shuman says that the boys, after
a week's work with the crudest of lm
plements, have cleaned up $12,000 with
plenty of the same rich dirt In Bight.
Nearly all the miners In that section
of the country have flocked to the new
Eldorado and staked out claims.
Holmes Owes Mrs. Burns, of Detroit, a
Two Dollar Bourd Bill. ,
By the United Press.
Detroit, Mich., Nov. 25. The Detroit
police were last night asked to look up
Mrs. Luclnda Bums and ascertain
whether she had In her possession the
two children of Pltzel, whom the In
surance swindler, H. II. Holmes, con
fessed yesterday afternoon to Philadel
phia police that he had left with Mrs.
Burns while In this city Oct. 12. The
woman was found In a cheap boarding
house on Congress street.
Mrs. Burns said she had had charge of
the Pl.tzel children for several weeks.
Three weeks ago, however, Holmes
came to the city and took them away,
she knows not where, at the same time
beating her out of a i board bill.
AN HEIRESS IN PRISON.
Mrs. Adelaide I'onthcrstone Meads Guilty
to the Crlmo of Larceny.
By the United Press.
Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. 25. Mrs. Ade
laide Featherstone, of Philadelphia, who
Is said to be the heiress to a fortune,
Is an Inmate of the house of correction,
where she is serving a six months sen
tence for larceny. Last Thursday,
after languishing In the county Jail for
four months awaiting trial, she pleaded
guilty. It Is said she took this action in
preference to requesting aid from hr
wealthy relatives, being more willing
to undergo imprisonment than to al
low her people to learn of her disgrace.
It is believed the woman could have
escaped conviction If she had demanded
a trial, and It Is thought that even If
she was convicted a fine Instead of Im
prisonment would have been the pen
alty inflicted, but being without funds
she decided to plead guilty and Buffer
the consequences. Mrs .Featherstone
is the wife of a son of the late General
Featherstone, of Philadelphia.
ROYAL FAMILY SQUABBLE.
Grand Duke Vlndimcr's Wife Gives Prin
cess Alix a Piece of Her Mind.
Ey the United Press.
Berlin, Nov. 25. The removal of the
Grand Duke Vladimir from St. Peters
burg to the Caucasus Is regarded as
the result of a family squabble. The
grand duke's wife, Mecklenburg prin
cess, never . embraced the orthodox
Greek faith and she reproached the
Princess Alix with protestant energy
for anathematising her religion.. The
scene between the two Jarred the whole
There was a prospect of further un
pleasantness If the grand duchess
should remain at court, bo the czar ar
ranged to keep her and her husband at
BULLETS IN THEIR BRAINS.
Jacob .Mobow and Kate Doimin Chief Ac
tors in n Tragedy.
By the United Press.
Lancaster, Pa., Nov. 25. A terrible
tragedy was discovered in the south
ein part of this city this morning in a
house on Woodward street, occupied
by Jacob Mohow 'and his mistress,
Mrs. Kate Uoman. The dead body of
Mohow and the unconscious body of
the woman were found with bullets
in their brains. The supposition Is
that Mohow shot the woman and then
The woman was still alive this even
lng, but there Is nu hope of her re
covery. Mohow was 57 years of age
and a veteran of the late war. The
woman was some years his junior.
HURLED FROM A BRIDGE.
Tragic Death of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Tay
lor and Miss Kidwell.
By the United Press.
Cumberland, Md., Nov. 25. This
morning at 9 o'clock a terrible accident
occurred at Green Springs, W. Va.,
eighteen miles east of thbj place, re
suiting In the death of Isaac Taylor,
aged 00 years; his wife, aged 58, and
Miss Kidwell, aged 17 years. They were
crossing the South Branch bridge on
the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, when
the New York and Chicago express
train struck the three and hurled them
Into the river below, a distance of
fifty feet, killing them Instantly.
The engineer said he did not see them
until he was within two car lengths of
them, and then It was Impossible to stop
Another Victim of the Craze,
By the United Press.
Worcester, Mass., Nov. 25. Daniel Mo
Tiernan, aged '14, while playing foot buul
yesterduy was fallen upon by one of his
companions. He went home feeling dizzy
When his father went to call mm tins
morning he was dead.
The massacre list In Armenia num
Brigands raided the village of Glaban
ella, lluly, and three were killed.
At the Vatican there Is no knowledge of
an Intention to supplant Mgr. Satolll.
In a raid on the Albert club, the chief
betting establishment In London, police
cuptured ninety persons.
Miss Davenport Hill defeated the Duke
of Newcastle by 8,000 plurality for mem
bcr of the London school board.
Dr. J. B. de Tloila, counsellor of tn
Swiss legation In Romevnus been appoint
ud Bwlssmlnlster to Washington.
czar Nicholas createu an excellent lm
oresslon at tho council of state by his
grasp or affairs una ability to talk.
Chief of Police Wuhl, of St. Petersburg,
has been Imprisoned by the czar for treat
lng foreign newspaper reporters with dis
On his wedding day the czar will Issue
manifestoes remitting arrears ot taxes
and some sentences and recording other
acts of clemency.
Judge Wiedemann, who was sent on a
mission to Englund by ex-Queen Lll
Uiukalahl, has departed in disgust. He
was badly snubbed.
Large parades In honor of the executed
Fenians were held in Cork and Limerick
yesterday. The mayor of Limerick pre
sided over a memorlul meeting of 6,ouo per
sons. The . Socialist deputy, Ferrl, has been
exiled from Mantua for seventy-five days
for belonging to a revolutionary society.
Several other deputies will probably be
A wayside Inn near Bergedorf, Ger
many, was burned last night. Three
bodies were found. As one had been be
headed, murder and robbery are supposed
to have preceded the lire.
An uprising of Kanakas is reported in
progress on the Islands near New Guinea.
Scores of Europeans are said to have
been murdered and most of the trading
posts to have been burned.
The - captain of the Bteamshlp Three
Cheers found frosh traces of cannibal
feasts on Admiralty Island and at New
Ireland. He believes that every white
person in New Ireland was killed.
Several earthquakes shook large dis
tricts of Sicily yesterday. The Bmall vil
lages of Sclatr, Sampler!, Ml lea, Acquac
allda and San Roberto were destroyed.
The homeless inhabitants have camped
In the fields. .
A snow storm dampened the ardor of
the suffrage demonstration at Vienna yes
terduy. Groups of worklngmen puruded
the Ring itrasse shouting for. universal
suffrage. Most persons not directly Inter
ested In the agitation remained In doors. '
The New West
BATTLE OF POUT ARTHUR
Marshal Oyoraa's Great Victory Over the
Chinese Lighty Guns and an Immense
Quantity of Rice Captured.
By the United Press.
London, Nov. 25. The Port Arthur
correspondent of the Central News
sends this dispatch:
"Marshal Oyama had approached
Port Arthur steadily fur two weeks
with his army in two divisions. Pro
gress was Flow and difficult, as the
roads, where there were any, were poor,
nnd the artillery could be brought for
ward only after the prisoners had pre
pared tho way. The villages were al
most empty of supplies. Many of them '
had been plundered bare by the Chi
"Skirmishing began on Nov. 17. On
the evening of the 21st the Chinese still
held eight or nine redoubts on the
coast and had twenty guns in working
order. The Japanese bivouacked on the
hills. Early on the morning of Nov. 22
they began storming the redoubts.
They captured Fort Laoma after a
sharp, Bhort light. The other positions
were captured In quick succession with
out heavy losses to the Japanese.
Eighty guns and nn enormous quantity
of rice were taken. It was wholly a
land fight. The course of events wus
signalled to the Japanese fleet off the
. BRAVERY OF A WOMAN.
She Warns Train Officials of a Contemp
lated Hold I'D.
By the United Press.
Little Rock. Alk.. Nov. 95 A nlnn in
hold up .the east bound train on the
Kansas and Arkansas Valley road by
the Cook gang Friday night was dis
covered and frustrated by the railroad
officials. When the train reached n
lng near Fort Gibson It was flagged by
a woman, who had run five miles to
warn It of a hold up, which had been
planned. Twenty-five armed men had
taken possession of a station house.
The wife of the Bectlon boss eluded
the watchfulness of the e-anir and re
solved to save the train. She ran to
me next Biuuon anu gave the alarm.
Armed men were placed on board and
the train pulled slowly by tho section
house, where the bandits were con
cealed, but no attempt to hold up the
train was made. Tho bandits discov
ered that their plans were known.
BUFORD IS SANE.
Will Be Returned to Florida, Where lie
Will Stand Triul for Murder.
By tho United Press.
Jacksonville, Fla Nov. 25. United
States Marshal McKay received In
structions yesterday from Attorney
General Olney to come to Washington
after R. E. Buford, who murdered a
deputy United States marshal In Sump
ter county lust year, and who was de
clared Insane and sent to the National
Ruford has been declared sane by the
authorities of the asylum and will be
brought back to stand trial. , He was
also Indicted for sending obscene mat
ter through he mall, "but got off on the
ESCAPE FROM MAHDISTS.
Father Hosslgnoll, Who Was Captured
Years Ago, Returns from Khartoum.
By the United Press.
Cairo, Nov. 25. Father Rosslgnoll,
who was captured by the Mahdlsts In
1883 and until recently was held prisoner
by them In Omdurnian, urrlved here
He repeated the story of his escape
with an Arab after he had been allowed
to go to Khartoum for his health. He
wandered along the river side by night,
he says, and hid In the hills by day. He
was employed as a waiter In a cafe
during the last years of his residence In
DEATH OF THOMAS COONEY.
Former Resident of I'lttston Killed on tho
By the United Press.
Richmond, Va., Nov. 25. Thomas H.
Cooney, of Pittston, Pu was found
dead on the tracks of the Richmond,
Fredericksburg and Petersburg railroad
today, a few miles north of this city. He
was a passenger on the early train from
Richmond to Washington.
Cooney was a brother of the well
known railroad superintendent of that
name at Pittston, Pa.
THIEF'S SUCCESSFUL VISIT.
Division Street Residence Entered While
tlx Family Was In Church.
While the family was attending
church last evening aSneak thief en
tered the house of Morgan P. Daniels on
Division street and succeeded in mak
ing away with Jewelry and a few arti
cles of clothing. The marauder has
not been captured.
Eutrauce to the house was made
through a rear window. The house
was ransacked and a desk belonging to
Mr. Daniels' , son was broken open.
MR. BISSELL'S REPORT.
The Postmaster General Offers Muny
Novel Suggestions Will Indorso Any
l'lun to Solve tho Country Office Prob
By the United Press,
Washington, Nov. 2.". It Is seldom
that much of human Interest is found
in the pages of the formal annual re
port of a government officer, but Post
master General Blssell has succeeded In
proving the exception to this rule In his
account of the operations of the post
ofllce department during the past twelve
months, which he has Just submitted to
the president. It contains a number of
novel, almost unique suggestions and
recommendations, but these are asso'
elated with practical Ideas and plans
that render them of more than ordinary
Two of the most novel features, to
which reference has been made, concern
a limitation In the broad construction
placed on second cluss matter and a sug
gestion as to the selection of the lower
grade of postmasters.. In the first In
stance, Mr. Blssell puts forth a plan by
which legitimate publications of the sec
ond class, such as newspapers and peri
odlcals, may be carried free through the
malls and yet leave the government
with a Burplus Instead of the usual de
ficiency in the maintenance of the pos
tul service. With reference to the post
masters In the smaller offices, Mr. Ms.
sell expresses his willingness to Indorse
any reasonable plan which will take
their selections, with all the consequent
bickerings and Jealousies from the
hands of the postmaster general and lie
makes his ideas so broad on this sub
ject as to leave no doubt that he will
favor the suggested popular vote as the
means out of the dllficulty In cases
where there Is more than one candidate,
The record of an average day's bust
ness is as follows: Number of miles of
post route run, 1,100,000; number of
stumps manufactured, 8,300,000; number
of envelopes manufactured, 1,800,000
number of postal cards manufactured
1,500,000; number of pieces mailed, 15,
700,000; number of letters mailed, 7,400,
000; number of pieces of mall matter dlS'
tributed and re-dlstrlbutcd by railway
postal clerks, 27,500,000; number of pieces
handled In dead letter office. 24,000; daily
transactions in money order business,
$1,100,000; dally expenses, $231,100.
The deficiency in postal revenues for
the fiscal year ended June 30, 1894, wus
$!),243,!K!5. The total revenue derived
was $75,080,479, and the expenses $S4,
TICKET AGENT ROBBED.
Freebooters Filter a Railroad Station and
By the United Press.
Mont Clair, N. J., Nov. I5.-At 11.30
o'clock this morning two men entered
the waiting room of the Greenwood
Lake railroad station at BloomtleUl,
where Acting Ticket Agent C. W. Jaco
bus was In charge, and while one cov
ered him with a revolver, the othe
walked Into the ticket office, a,n.d. eup
tied the cash druwiuywhtch contained
about $40. v This done they proceeded
to tie the agent hand und foot; with a
parting admonition that if he made a
noise they would return and kill him
they hurried away.
Jacobus was ufrald to cry out, but
began working his feet and Boon man
oged to slip them free. He then ran to
the upper floor, which Is tenanted, and
the cords, which bound his hands, were
cut while messengers were Sent In haste
to the police. The police have a good
dscrlptlon of the robbers and the conn
try around about Is being scoured by
I'.xciircofn Jail Cook.
Chestor, Pa., Nov. 25. Rlchurd Webster,
alius Uurdner, a prisoner confined In tho
Media Jtili, awaiting trial on the charge
of larceny, escaped this morning by
scaling the wall. Ho was put In the kltch
en to usslst In the cooking and took ad
vantugo of an opportunity to get awa
about 8.30 o clock.
Better 2-cent stumps are being Issue
Germany threatens to bar out our drier!
General Casey suggests that congress
appropriate 7,357,000 for work on fortifica
tions. A bill will be Introduced In congress
providing that federal revenues must be
paid in gold.
No official roll of members of the Fifty
fourth congress will be mude up until
near March 4.
Consuls and postmasters cannot be put
under civil service rules without legisla
tion by congress.
It Is not probable that President Cleve
land will call the Fifty-fourth congress In
extra session If the Fifty-third shall fail
to enact satisfactory financial legislation.
Labor Commissioner Carroll D. Wright,
of the commission that Investigated the
Pullman strike, says that every point
made in criticism of their report by the
Iron Ago is false.
Generally fair; warmer Monday night;
northwest winds, becoming varluble.
ANOTHER SPECIAL WEEK IN OUR
It being our intention not to carry
over a piece of Dress Goods tbut we
can turn into cash, we make the fol
ONE LOT fine all wool mixed Suit'
ines, former price, $5.00.
This Week's Price $2.50 a Suit.
ONE LOT extra fine Silk and Wool
Scotch Suitings. Special price for
Tills Week $3.25 a Suit.
ONE LOT 5-incU Covert Cloth, ex
tra quality. Former prices, jti.oo
This Week 75c.
ANOTHER LOT, the last of the sea
son, of our special Foreign Cash'
mere in 40 and 46-inch. The price
This Week Will Be 35c. and 45c
Interesting prices on Fine Black
See our Velvetina Cords for Dress
and Coat Sleeves; also in Cream for
Fine German 50-inch Seal Plush,
510 and 512 Lackawanna Ave.
H. A. KINGSBURY
THE VERY BEST.
313 SPRUCE ST., SCRANTON, PA.
We will have wet weather. We
TV ill furnish you with SHOES for wet
weather. It will be a healthful invest
114 Wyoming Avenue,
IHA.VE just returned
front-New York buying
Holiday Goods. We are
receiving them daily.
YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED
to call and see our fine line of
Jewelry and Novelties, whether
you buy or not
If. B.Look at our show windows as
408 SPRUCE STREET,
NEAR DIME BANK.