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( ESTABLISH EI ISSO. I
) J. H. ESTILL, Editor and Proprietor, f
COMMISSIONS ON TICKETS
TliK INTERSTATE COMMISSION
GIVES ITS DECISION.
Railroads May Decline to Deal With
Roads That Refuse to Abolish the
System —Such Action Cannot be
Construed as Discrimination Under
Washington, July 20.—The Interstate
Commerce Commission to-day rendered a
decision covering three cases of the Chicago
and Alton road against the Pennsylvania
Company and the Pennsylvania Railroad
Company (two cases) and the Rock
Island road against the New York
Central, growing out of the refusal of the
defendant companies to sell through tickets
end check through baggage over the com
plainants’ lines because the complainant re
vised to join in the agreement to abolish
ticket commissions. The complaint is dis
missed. .Commissioner Morrison filed a dis
POINTS OF TIIE OPINION.
The following synopsis contains the more
important points of the opinion, which is
very long: The complaints in these cases are
founded upon the third section of the act to
regulate commerce, and charge violations of
that section by the defendant companies in
refusing certain facilities for receiving, for
warding and delivering passengers to the
complainants’ lines, consisting of through or
coupon tickets, which being afforded to
other and competing companies, gave, the
complainants allege,undue and unreasonable
preference to those companies. The material
facts found by the commission recited at
length in the opinion show that for several
years prior to the time when the act to regu
late commerce took effect, substantially all
the railroad companies of the country, in
cluding the complainants and defendants,
paid commissions varying in amount from
' to S5 a ticket to the ticket agents of other
companies by whom through tickets were
A HEAVY TAX.
Tim defendant companies and some oth
ers for aliout two years have made earnest
efforts to abate the practice of paying com
missions. The testimony shows that the
commissions paid on through tickets have
usually amounted to from 2(1 to 25 Tier cent,
of the recepts from such sales, and that the
ofliciai reports of the companies have con
cealed this expense and only showed the net
receipts from passenger tickets after de
ducting commissions. About a month be
fore the act to regulate commerce became
operative the defendant companies took
steps to procure agreements with their con
necting companies to abolish tiie commis
sion business altogether.
With this end in view they sent printed
circulars on or about March 15 last
to their connecting companies ex
pressing tht-ir willingness to act
as qgents in the sale of through tickets,
and stating the nature of the agreement re
quired. The circular of the defendants
contained a condition prohibiting the pay
ment of commissions by other companies to
their agents. The complainant companies
received these circulars and refused to enter
into the agreement proposed, claiming the
right to continue to pay commissions to the
agents of the defendant companies upon
their sale of through tickets. A large pre
ponderance of the companies to which these
circulars were addressed assented to the
propositions they contained and signed
agreements to make them effective. On ac
count of the refusal of the complainant
companies to discontinue the payment of
commissions to the agents of the defendant
companies, the defendants, after April 4
last, refused to sell through tickets over the
complainants’ road from Chicago and St.
Louis to Kansas City, and still refuse solely
for those reasons.
On these facts the complainants aver that
the defendants refuse to afford them rea
sonable, proper and equal facilities for re
ceiving, forwarding and delivering passen
geis, and give undue preference to com
peting roads in contravention of the pro
visions of the net to regulate commerce.
Tiie defendants deny that they have violated
tin' provisions of the act and claim that they
lave exclusive right to control their agents,
tn fix the amount of their compensation and
to pay it themselves; that the payment of
commissions by other companies is demor
alizing to their agents and often
leads to discriminations to passengers, for
roads paying large commissions by division
of the commission between the agent and
the passenger: that commissions consume a
considerable (icreentage of the revenue from
the sale of through tickets; that without
commissions all connecting roads stand on a
basis of equality, and passengers select their
own routes uninfluenced by agents having
an interest in the form of commissions in
persuading them to choose some particular
The opinion holds that the statute does
not divest a railroad company of the exclu
sive right to control its own internal affairs,
to employ its own agents, to regulate their
duties and to pay them* such compensation
as it may deem proper. The right of owner
diip of railroad property, with power of
control over employes and management of
the property, is as absolute under the act as
before its passage. The regulation of com
ineree between States, which is all that the
act contemplates, does not involve com
munity of property, or joint control of sub
ordinates among several conqmnies that
honor through ticket. The corpi irate powers
of every company for all administrative
and governing purposes within its prescribed
sphere, remain unimpaired. With the le-
KHiniato exercise of these powers another
company has no enneern and no right to in
h' T'edfflo. For tiie proper government of
tlicir own subordinates the defendant com-
Pni'u's have forbidden tlicir agents to 10-
ccivp commissions from other companies,
nnd directed them not to sell tickets over
road:, of ooi qianies that refuse to recognize
tins corporate authority, but insist on sub.ii
THEIR RIGHTS NOT VIOLATED.
In These directions defendants have not
transcended their reasonable rights. One
t> r Mm t, r corporation has uo right to intor
t'To with the employes of another, and the
datums do not uisturb'tbia old and sound
THE EFFECT OF COMMISSIONS.
i lie defendants might rest upon their
tight to control the official conduct of their
mi n agents. Rut they go further and show
by evidence the practical effects of commis
! I "iis. and that tn*ir natural uml usual ten
, 'ncie.'i are to a variety of abuses. It fol
lows from these views that the defendant
company in prohibiting their agents from
'"reiving eommlsuionH and in refusing to
Through tickets over the roods of the
while they insist on jinying a
"'inimission to the defendant’s agents, have
act contravened the provisions of the act.
ihe defendants reasonably and fairly of
‘"ivd to afford all reasonable, proper and
"qual facilities for the receiving and
"■livery of tmaxuigers to nnd from
•heir several lines and those
connecting therewith, and did not discrimi
iiute in any respect 1s t ween such competing
“**. Iu riuuiring the cessation of com-
missions to their agent when entering into
business arrangements with connecting
roads, the defendants only demanded what
was reasonable and proper, and the com
plainants, by their refusal to refrain from
paying commissions on tickets issued by the
defendants, voluntarily excluded themselves
from the reasonable, proper and equal facili
ties offered to them in common witli all
other connecting lines. The complaints are
dismissed, all concurring except Commis
sioner Morrison. The opinion is by Com
missioner Sehoon maker.
MR. MORRISON’S DISSENT.
Mr. Morrison, in his dissenting opinion,
says: “I dissent from the views of my asso
ciates with great diffidence, for the reason
that this question is presented both as a
question of law and of railroad ethics or
morals. I would not willingly delay reform
in railroad administration, nor hinder the
defendants in any well-meant effort to re
form itself, which is a measure of
its present effort, for it only exacts
from companies with connecting lines that
they shall discontinue the offer of a com
mission to its own while they offer them to
the agents of all other companies. The pay
ment of commissions may be subject to such
abuse as to demand discontinuance, but
until declared illegal they should not be
made to excuse common carriers from the
performance of obligations to the public, to
enforce which obligations was the object of
the law creating this commission.”
His Trip Out of New York State a
Washington, July 20.—President and
Mrs. Cleveland, Secretary and Mrs. Fair
child and Col. Lament arrived in Washing
ton at 0:20 o’clock this morning. President
and Mrs. Cleveland proceeded directly to
the White House and the other members of
the party went to their respective homes.
They are all in good health, and speak en
thusiastically of their tour in New York.
Though somewhat tired the President went
to work soon after reaching the White House.
Most of the day was devoted to considering
mail matter which had accumulated during
his absence. He was assisted in this duty
by Col. Lainont. Secretary Fairchild spent
the day at home anil will resume his duties
at the Treasury Department to-morrow.
TRIUMI’HR OF THE TRIP.
Elmira, N. Y., July 20.—President Cleve
land, Mrs. Cleveland and maid, Secretary
and Mrs. Fairchild, and Col. Daniel S
Lamont arrived here at 10 o’clock last night,
having come from Cazenovia, 101 miles
away, since 0:40. At Cuylers, Cortland,
Spencers and Horsehead the special train
drew slowly past the station to allow the
l;u‘ge crowds to see President and Mrs.
Cleveland, who bowed their acknowledge
ments of the honore paid them. At Cort
land a handsome wreath of oak leaves and
flowers was presented by Mi's. Schermerhorn,
an old school friend of Mrs. Cleveland. State
Treasurer Fitzgerald was among the crowd at
Cortland. At Elmira several hundred peo
ple waited at the depot to see the party and
were not disappointed. ■ Many fireworks
were set off as the train passed. The car
did not stop, but was taken to South Port
station, where the Chief Executive and
party went aboard a Pullman car attached
to the regular train for Washington. Sev
eral berths and a stateroom had been se
cured. At the request of Mrs. Ledyard
Lincklaen, President and Mss. Cleveland
planted at Lineklaen Place, Cazenovia, yes
terday afternoon, a white pine tree in honor
of his visit to the home of his boyhoufi.
IMPORTS OF SUMATRA.
Secretary Maynard Hears Each Side
of the Tobacco Interest.
Washington, July 20.—Assistant Score
tary Maynard to-day gave a hearing to the
representatives of tiie importers of Sumatra
tobacco and of the growers of domestic leaf
tobacco in regard to the general question of
the proper method of determining the dueia
ble value of Sumatra tobacco. Mr. Sehroe
der, of New York, representing the im
porters, asked that thff” present regulations
of the department requiring a close
inspection of all bales be modified so that
all packages which do not contain 85 per
cent of wrappers be admitted at the rate of
35c. per pound.
Mr. Laehenbach, of New York, repre
senting the Leaf Tobacco Board of Trade,
urged that the department insist on its
former ruling, that Sumatra tobacco wrap
pers, no matter how packed, shall be assort
ed and made to pay duty at the rate of 75c.
W. A. Hensel, of Lancaster, Pa., repre
senting the domestic growers, contended
that Congress intended to impose a tax of
75c. per pound-on all Sumatra wrappers, and
that Sumatra tobacco is never imported for
other use than wrappeiu, except to evade
Arguments were made by other represen
tatives of lioth interests. The importers
asked that the department instruct the ap
praiser to make their appraisements in such
a manner that the package instead of the
leaf shall practically be the unit of appraise
ments ;tbat if a ]Kickage contains less than
85 per cent, of wrappers the whole bulk
shall pay a lower rate of duty. The hearing
lasted several hours. Assistant Secretary
Maynard took the question under advise
ment, and promised to give it careful aud
A SHORTAGE OF S2O.
The Special Examiners of the Treas
ury Make Their Report.
Washington, July 00.—Acting Secretary
Thompson yesterday received tho reports of
the special examiners appointed to examine
tlu? books aud accounts of the disbursing
officers of tho Second and Sixth Auditors
offices. The only discrepancy discovered
was ill the accounts of the disbursing officer
of the Sixth Auditor’s office, where there
ivns a balance of 820 found due the United
States. The disbursing officer says that
this discrepancy must bo the result of
an overpayment or an error in
making change, while making the semi
monthly payment of salaries on the day lie
lure the examination began. The examiner
suvs he is confident that the disbursing
officer will see the discrepancy u|>on review
ing his books. Since Liis appointment in
Jiily, 1885. this officer has disbursed without
an error $’.(85,720.
Illegal Seal Fishing.
Washington, July 20. —Tho Acting Scc
retary of the Treasury to-day received a
telegram from Capt. Shepard, commanding
the revenue steamer Rush, dated Ouimlas
ka, July 5, confirming the press dispatches
in regard to the seizure of the British steam
schooner Annie Bock and the American
schooner Challenge, for illogal seal fishing.
Washington, July 20.—The accounts qf
the Post Offlco Department for three quar
ters of the past fiscal year, show a defi
ciency of 82,539.358. During the same pe
riod for the fiscal year, ending 18S0, the de
flriency was $4,890,194, and lor 1885, $5,-
Clerk of tho Patent Office.
Washington, July 30.— James N. Lips
comb, of South Carolina, wax to-day ap
pointed Chief Clerk of. tho Patent Office,
vice Schuyler Durvoa resigned.
SAVANNAH, GA., THURSDAY, JULY 21. 1887.
PUNS OF TIIE TOMES.
LORD SALISBURY LAYS THEM
BEFORE HIS PARTY.
Land Commissioners to be Authorized
to Reconsider Rents Under Certain
Circumstances Maj. Saunderson
Displeased at the Surrender to the
Liberal-Unionists The Record of
London, July 20. —In the election for
member of Parliament for the Brixton
Division of Lambreth, yesterday, Mr.
Carmarthen (Conservative) received 3,1107
votes, and Mr. Hill (Gladstonian) 2,500. At
the last election Mr. Baggallay (Conserva
tive) polled 3,800 votes, and Mr. Cookson
(Home Ruler) 1,880.
In the Hornsey Division of Middlesex the
election resulted in the return of the Con
servative candidate, Mr. Stephens, who
polled 4,476 votes against 2,488 for his
Gladstonian opponent, Mr. Bottomley. At
the last election at Ilorney Sir J. McGarel
Hogg (Conservative) was returned without
The Unionist sub-committee had a meet
ing in the House of Commons last night and
approved the concessions made by the Con
servative meeting at the Carlton club. The
committee resolved to offer no further op
position to the land bill and to assist the
government to their utmost in the dispatch
The Speaker of the House of Commons
has sent a messenger to Ireland to notify
Dr. Tanner that it is imperatively necessary
for him to be present in the House Thurs
day to answer the charges that he used vi
olent language toward Mr. Long in the lobby
of the House last week.
THE GOVERNMENT’S PROGRAMME.
At the Conservative last night
tho Marquis of Salisbury informed the as
semblage that tho differences between the
Liberal-Unionists and the government re
garding the land bill had been satisfactorily
adjusted. Tiie government had also de
cided to authorize the Land Commissioners
to reconsider within a certain period the
rents of holdings proved to have been af
fected by the fall in prices of produce and
The meeting favored an early proroga
tion of Parliament, expediting the passage of
the land bill and the allotments hill and the
devotion of the remainder of the session to
consideration of the supply bill so that ad
journment might take place not later than
the third week in August.
Maj. Edward James Saunderson, Con
servative member for North Armagh, fol
lowed Lord Salisbury and expressed
thorough disappointment of tho policy of
the Tories surrendering to the Liberal-
Earl of Kilmorey said he concurred in the
sentiments uttered by Mr. Saunderson, and
protested against the government’s inter
ference with judicial rents in Ireland. "With
out that amendment the land bill was a most
Henry Chaplin said he would support the
Marquis of Salisbury's proposals on condi
tion that a landlord should be compensated
for any interference with judicial rents. A
majority of the assemblage gave entire ap
proval to the Premier’s proposals.
HEALY WANTS ANOTHER INQUIRY.
In the House of Commons last night M.
Healey, Pamellite member for North Long
ford, asked the speaker if tho time was not
opportune for bringing before the House the
conduct of Sir Robert Nicholas Ko .vler,
Conservative ex-Lord Mayor of Lon
don and now member for London,
in calling George Howell, home rule
meinlier for Northeast Bethnal Green, ad—
liar. The Speaker said Mr. Healy was not en
titled to put such a question. The incident
occurred iu March and peace ha-1 since lieeu
made between Mr. Howell and Sir Robert
Fowler. Mr. Sexton gave notice that he
would move for the suspension of Mr. Fow
ler for one month. [Pamellite cheers.]
Mr. Chamberlain was the principal agent
in conducting the negotiations between tho
government and the Unionists.
GLADSTONE’S FEMALE ALLIES.
Mr. Gladstone lastevening addressed a se
lect company which had assembled to form a
branch of,the Women’s Liberal Federation,
of which Mrs. Gladstone is President. Re
ferring to yesterday’s meeting of Conserva
tives at the Carlton club he said: “It has
gone al iroad that this great fortress repre
sented by’Mr. Goschen as a fortress requir
ing to be defended by the government to
the last of its power and to the last moment
of its existence is to lie surenderod to evi
dence offered by the elections.”
The Times, refeiring to the concessions
made by tho Conservatives to the Liberal
Unionists in regard to the land bill, says
that the government was probably moved
less by fear that their allies would desert
than by the importance of their doing nothing
to weaken the position of the dissidents.
Sir Robert Fowler, Conservative member
of Parliament for London, writes to the
Times denying that he used the strong
language toward Mr. Howell which that
gentleman imputed to him.
Mr. Parnell and many of his colleagues
were entertained this evening at a banquet
by the National Liberal Club. Tho health
of the Queen was promised by Mr. Dillwyn
and tiie guests all rose decorously and drank
the toast. Mr. Parnell eulogized Mr. Glad
stone for having put his shoulder to the
wheel, and said that before many mouths
the ex-Protuior would carry ins policy and
lx) retsignized as the only great man in Brit
ish politics. The others who were now at
tracting attention were tempters, imitators
and tinkers. Mr. Parnell wondered how
long Englishmen would lie contented
to see tiie government march
up hill and down again. The recent
elections hiul forced them to make conces
sions or resign. The English Liberals might.
!>o assured that their exertions would not
lie wasted. Although in Ireland extreme
misery had boon suffered during the past
eighteen months, crime had diminished and
tho people hud turned to constitutional
methods of adjusting their grievances in
stead of to physical force. The Liberals
might claim therein great success, for the
people recognized that through their exer
tions a way had (icon opened to an honor
A REWARD IN ANY CASE.
If the Liberals failed in Lhoir programme
their great reward would be that they hail
banished violence, outrage and revenge and
brought the natiou to depend upon lawful
methods of redress. If tho government hon
estly and fairly tries to carry out the amend
ments to the land bill, anil if tho execution
thereof was in no way frustrate!, they
would never have to use the coercion bill,
which would become a standing memorial
of the time which the Tory government of
1887 hail wasted. The diminution .f crime
proved tho gratitude of tho Irish to
ward tho Liberals, and lie trusted that
the Irish would long rely upon tiie
good feeling of tho Liberals, and that even
when oppreuxed, trampled upon end evicted,
they would retaliate slowly. They should
remember that the Tory government
would not lost forever. From self-interest,
the Irish would be fools to glvo away the
splendid position won tor them, and they
would lie most ungrateful if in any way
they should retard the progress of the Lib
erals in the path of justice. Mr. Parnell’s
speech was received with loud and pro
longed applause. Ho was followed by Mr.
Official returns show that 0,140 persons
were evicted in Ireland during the quarter
ended June 80. Of these 188 were re
admitted as tenants and 5,737 as care-takers.
THE FREEDOM OF DUBLIN.
Dublin, July 80. —In compliance with the
request made by tho ParUellite members of
the House of Commons, Lord Mayor Sulli
van has called a meeting of the Municipal
Council for Friday, when the freedom of the
city will be conferred on William O’Brien,
editor of United Ireland, and Patrick Col
lins, of Boston, Muss.
GALLIC BLOOD SHED.
A German’s Dirk Works France Up to
a High State of Excitement.
Pauls, July 20. —A French custom officer
named Ritter at Pagny-Sur- Moselle was
stabbed in a quarrel by a German com
mercial traveler named Anderbe. The lat
ter was arrested. M. Ritter's wound is not
serious. Tho French press exaggerate tho
The name of tho traveler is Sangerte. He
was formerly a banker of Paris. Sangerte
has been imprisoned at Nancy. A crowd
tried to lynch him. Ifc Uiu examination
Sangerte declared that l.f desin il to kill the
French ofliciai. It is be Sieved that, he is in
NOT SIGNIFICANT POLITICALLY.
M. Flourens, Minister of Foreign Af
fairs, pronounces the Sangerte in
cident unimportant. Sangerte had been
sentenced to three months imprisonment for
beating Iris wife. When he had served his
term he went to America. lie returned
determined to hill a French official iri re
venge for his expulsion. The row with
Ritter was the result, the whole affair
being without any public or internal signifi
UPROAR IN BULGARIA.
The Troops Favor Russia as Against
Paris, July 20. —A dispatch from Vienna
to the Temps says: The Bulgarian gov
ernment is interrupting telegrams to and
from tiie Bulgarian capital. There have
lieen violent scenes in the Sobranje, the
members of the opposition, including ex-
Premier Radoslavoff, being forcibly ex
lielled. The troops at Itustchuk have made
a hostile demonstration against Prince
Ferdinand of Snxe-Uoburg. Led by the of
ficers of tho army they paraded the streets,
uttering cries of “Long Live Russia.”
FRANCE AGAINST HIM.
Constantinople, July 20.—France will
not acknowledge Prince Ferdinand, of Saxe
Coburg-Gotha, as ruler of Bulgaria because
Roumelia ns were permitted to vote in the
Sobranje for his election.
FRANCE’S COMING CONFLICT.
A Significant Speech by the Minister
London, July 00.—According to letters
received from Bucharest, M. de Couteouly,
the French Minister there, in a speech at a
banquet on July 14 said that the French re
public was preparing for a sanguinary
struggle, which would lie more formidable
the longer the outbreak was delayed, anil lie
concluded by offering a toast to the health
of the Russian Minister, M. Olassof, where
upon all present shouted: “Success to Rus
sia, the friend of France 1”
Explorations in Africa.
Zanzibar, July 20.—The latest reports
brought from the interior by the traders
show that Emin Bey was in good health in
March and was projecting an expedition to
further explore the Kakihhi river, an ini
mense stream which he discovered in Sep
tember rising in the Usongora mountains
and flowing into the southern part of Lake
Victoria Nianzia. He proposed that this
should occupy three montlis. It is thought
that lie may meet tho Stanley expedition in
the Usougora mountains.
Afghanistan’s Boundary Settled.
St. Petersburg, July 20.—The Afghan
boundary question was settled to-day.
Russia receives the territory between the
Kuok and Murghab rivers, accepting in re
turn an English frontier line on the Oxus
river and renouncing her claims to districts
to which sho would have been entitled ac
cording to the terms of tho arrangement of
Ironclada in Collision.
London. July 20.—Two more of the great
British ironclads have been in collision. The
Agincourt was run into to-day, at Ports
mouth, by the Black Prince, and damaged.
The Agincourt is an iron screw ship, armor
plated, of 10,090 tons and 0,870 horse power,
and tiie Black Prince is an iron armor plated
ship of 0,210 tons and 5,770 horse power.
Ferron May Mobilize.
Paiur, July 20.—The Finance Committee
of the Benato, to which the mobilization
bill was referred, report that if they re
garded financial reasons alone they would
reject the hill, but in view of the opinions
of the Military Commission they will not
Released From an Asylum.
Paris, July 20. —Baron Seilliere, a rich
Frenchman who was placed in a lunatic
asylum by his relatives, who charged that
he was insane over imaginary fortunes he
hail made in America, bus been released
from tbo asylum. •
Paris, July 20. —The .Senate has approved
the treaty of commerce between France and
Mexico, embracing tho modifications of
article six, demanded by the Mexican gov
Bombay, July 20. —Natives report that
Russia is secretly negotiating with the Gov
ernor of Yarkand, in Chinese Turkistan,
for permission to pass troops across that
Cholera Spreading in Italy.
Rome, July 20.—From 111 to 15 deaths
from cholera are reirifted at Catania daily.
Cases of cholera are reported at Franco
fonte, Palerno and Grotto,
Caterpillars in Egypt.
Cairo, July 20.—The cotton crop in tho
province of Menufich has boon attacked by
worms and much of it has already been de
A Fatal Ride From a Funeral.
Chicago, July 20.—A special from Terre
Haute, Ind., says: Andrew Williams nod
Robert West were killed and Robert Wil
liams, a brother of the first named, was fa
tally injured by a tree falling oil their
buggy venter lay afternoon fifteen miles
south or here, as they were returning from
a funeral. _
Death of a Story Writer.
Boston, July 30.—Sylvanus Cobb, Jr.,
tho story writer, died to-day.
CENTRAL OX Til K MARKET
THE SYNDICATE SAID TO BE
ANXIOUS TO UNLOAD.
An Alleged Feeling That They Paid
Too Much to Obtain Control Tho
New York “Times” Gives the Samo
Version of the Matter as That in
New York, July 20. — Conferences be
tween the parties holding tho control of the
Georgia Central railroad continue, lint none
of those present at tho meetings will give
any information as to their purport. It is
stated, however, by brokers connected with
t he management that the only object of the
meetings is to devise a way in
which to market the stock. The
syndicate which bought control is
said to have found their load
bio burdensome, and some of its members
are thought to bo contemplating some
scheme by which the syndicate can be ilis
solved, so as to enable them to realize on
their stock. Tho whole trouble is said to
come from tho high price paid for the Cen
AS INTIMATED IN TIIE “NEWS.”
Washington, July 20.—The Now York
7 hues' railroad news columns this morning
contain the following oil the foregoing sub
ject: “The capitalists who bought control
of the Georgia Central Railroad Company
some months ago, and whose movements
have ttraacted a good deal of attention in
Wall street, have been holding conferences
in this city for a day or two past. Two or
three schemes of consequence are under ad
visement, but the men most largely inter
ested exerted themselves to wrap nil
their prooodingsin mystery. Attending tho
meeting are Gen. E. V. Alexander, the Geor
gia Central’s President; Henry Blunand E.
M. Green, of Savannah; C. H. Phini/.y, of
Augusta; Pat Calfcoun and John <’. Cal
houn—ull interested Southerners Among
tiie New Yorkers giving tho conference at
tention arc Emanuel Lehman, Allred Sully,
A. L. Hire and H. B. Hollins.
“Boiled down, according to tho informa
tion of Wall street, the purpose of the con
ferring capitalists is to arrange some plan by
which control of the company may be put into
more tangible shape than the charter of the
original company would provide. “Pat”
Calhoun and John C. Calhoun control the
charter of the corporation known as the
Georgia Investment and Banking Company
which they have been willing to turn over
to the syndicate, contemplating exchange of
a controlling block of railroad stock for
trust Ikuuls ami stock of tho neiv corpora
tion. These would tie up the control
of tiie Georgia Central effectively, and at
the same time make a way for profits
through the marketing of the new securi
ties of tho Investment aud Banking Com
pany. But for some reason it appears that
tho Messrs. Calhoun have been unable to
convince the other members of tho syndicate
i li'ii the Investment and Banking Company
was just what was needed. Another proj
ect came up, and was considered yesterday,
providing for the use of a charter issued m
North Carolina for what is known as the
Georgia Company. It practically duplicates
the Investment ana Ranking Com
pany, but has some provisions that
are held to be “more liberal.”
The issue of the new company’s securities
for exchange with the syndicate’s majority
of Georgia Central Railroad stock is the
chief principle involved. The basis of ex
change lias not been determined. Indeed,
further conferences may result in an entire
change of base and even an abandonment of
tiie whole scheme of the new company. The
Southern men now here are all deeply inter
ested, however, in accomplishing something
definite without much delay.”
E. M. Green, of Savannah, who has been
present at the recent conference said to
night that no conference had lieen held to
day. He doubted whether any immediate
action would be taken in tho matter. The
recent conferences were informal in char
acter rather than in tiie nature of decisive
deliberations as hns been stated. There was
no change in the situation.
GARRETT’S DEAL OFF.
The Parties Who Contemplated Buy
ing Fail to Como to Time.
Philadelphia, July 20.—The Record
will to-morrow publish the following:
F.mhciion, N. J., July 20, IKR7.
Hon. William M. Sinijerly, Editor of .he Jiec
orrl, Philn/U'lphia .
likaii Sin In reply to your courteous inquiry
as to the real status of the negotiations culled
by the press the ‘'Baltimore ami Ohio deal,” I
beg to say that all such negotiations are ter
minated. The syndicate which was to acquire a
large bhx:k of stock of tho Balti
more and Ohio Railroad Company in
such a way as was lielievod would is* lioneflclttl
to all parties and railroads concerned did not at
the appointed time comply with their engage
merits, and nil arrangements or neeotiiitions
with them are now absolutely ill an end. J have
not purchased the stock of Johns Hopkins Uni
versify as stated in some of the newsiipcrs. I
had ah option on that stock, and also upon that
of severe I other holders, but 1 have not exercised
these options, nor do I intend now to do so.
The statement in some of tiie papers that i par
chased large blocks of Baltimore and Ohio
stock is n mistake. As I have stated I had op
tions, but circumstances rendered it unnecessa
ry to close thorn. The Baltimore and <(hio Kell
road Compact nnd its properties, including its
large telegraph system, and thoowneiwhlp of its
stock, remain now os they were at tiie aliening
of the negotiations. The widespread public in
terest which these negotiations have
excited, and the many false and
foolish rumors to which they have given
rise, justify me Iu departing from my usual
course and making tins formal statement of
their final termination. Thanking you for the
kindly forms in which you have iieen pleased to
refer to Ihe Baltimore and < duo ('ompany and
iti! future, ami acknowledging tiie correctness of
your Judgment, and that of many other friends,
ns to flu- propriety of making public this letter
i am, as ever, yours very truly. _
End of the Heated Term.
Pittsburg, July 20.—The heated term
w*s broken to-night by a tremendous rain
slorm, which bids fair to continue all night.
The mercury touched 93' this afternoon, blit
fell 25’ before 11 o’clock to-night. Five
cases of sunstroke occurred during the day.
two deaths at charleston.
Charleston, July 20.—The temperature
to-day was about four degrees lower than
yesterday, but there was no sign of a break
in the hot spell. Two deaths from the heat
were reported up to (1 o'clock this evening.
Those who died wore C. <’ Bulger, for
many years iKxikko'jssr for Mclsiy. Rico th
Cos., aud Fred Angeioann, a barkeeper at
C. IV. Meyers’ restaiuant.
Robbed by a Brakenuin.
Louisville, July 20. —For some time
past froignf trains on the Knoxville branch
of tho Louisville aud Nashville road liuvts
iieen systematically robisvi. W. M. Pollock,
a brakenuin for fifteen years in tiie road’s
service, was arrested to-day and confessed
Burned by Molten Metal.
Cincinnati, July 20.- At, Powells’ brass
foundry this afternoon .he ob Smith nnd
John Reilly, employes, were carrying a pot
of melted brass, when Reilly stumbled,
throwing the molten metal all over tbo two
men, and both were horribly and fatally
A HAILSTORM IN INDIANA.
The Stones as Large as Hons’ Eggs
and Great Damage Done to Crops.
Chicago, July CO. —A special from
AVabash, Ind.,siys: “A genuine hail cyclone
passed through the northern part of the
county yesterday, doing an immense amount
of damage. The storm came from the west
through Miami county, and crossed the
Lake Erie and Western railway at a point
between Denver and l’eru. Its path through
this county was from two to three miles
wide, and in that spaeo no vegetation
esc.vs'd. The Imilfall was phenomenal in
everyway. The stones were of the size of
liens’ eggs, mul could be gathered up
by the bushel after the storm. A
great number of fine forest trees
were broken off and piled up in an inter
minable mass. Not a Held of grain escaped
destruction. In the pathway of the storm
corn was riddled ami stripped of eat sand
silks. Oats wens threshed out mul tho
shocks driven into tho earth. Apples, mel
ons, grapes and all small fruits and vegeta
bles were cut to pieces, and nothing can lie
R. M. T. HUNTER DEAD.
His Successful Career Among the Pub
lic Mon of the Nation.
Richmond, Va., July 20.—Hon. R. M. T.
Hunter died at, his home at Fount Hill, Es
sex county, Monday. Mr. Hunter was one
of V irginja’s most eminent citizens for many
vent s before and during the late war. Ho
was born in lsO',l, He served several terms in
the national House of Representatives, being
elected Speaker of that body in IKIO. Sub
sequently he was elected United States Sen
ator, and was made Chairman of tho
Senate Finance Committee in
1 H-ttt, which position ho held
till the opening of the war. Ho gave Mr.
Dougins a close run for tho Presidential
nomination at. the National Democratic con
vent ion at Charleston in 18(10. During the
war he served as the Confederate Secretary
of State, and was a Confederate Senator,
lie was also a member of the Peace Com
mission, which mot Abraham Lincoln in
Hampton Roads. After tho war he was
elected Treasurer of Virginia, holding that
office for several terms, after which he re
tired to private life.
AN OIL CITY TRAGEDY.
A Drunken Man Beats His Wife and
Shoots His Son and a Policeman.
Pittsburg, July 20. —A special from Oil
City, Pa., says: “Shortly before 12 o’clock
last night John MeNierney, a laborer, bent
his wife to death, fatally shot his son John,
aged 21 years, for interfering in behalf of
his mother, and then shot Officer James,
who tried to arrest him, in tho groin.
Officers Warden and Henderson then came
to the assistance of Officer James and soon
brought tho des|>erat6 man down with a
shot through his bark. Officer James’ aud
young McNierney’s wounds are fatal. The
wound of MeNierney is not neces
sarily fatal. There was no witness
to the affair except the son, who is unable to
speak. MeNierney is said to have been in
toxicated at tho time, and from all that can
Im lcarne 1 was abusing iiis wife when tho
son went to her assistance. ”
DIED FROM THEIR WOUNDS.
Pittsburg, July 20, 11 p. m. —A telegram
from Oil City says that John MeNierney, Jr.
and Officer James, the victims of tho trag
edy at that place last night, and John Mo-
Nierney, the murderer, who was shot while
ressiting arrest, all died this morning. Mrs.
MeNierney died last, night.
HARPER AT DAYTON.
The Ex-President to be Shown no
Favors in the Jail.
Dayton, 0., July 20.—E. L. Harper, the
Vice President of tiie Fidelity National
Bank of Cincinnati, was brought here at 10
o’clock lastcvening. Harper came in charge
of Deputy United States Marshal Costello,
accompanied by Mrs. Ilari>er, their child,
son-in-law, Mr. Harris, and Mr.
Harper’s sister, Mrs. C. Mathews.
He was looked up in one of the
common cells, where was also another
United States prisoner and three noted
thieves. He will bo subject to prison rules
and strictly held in jail ward No. 2, and will
be locked up at 5 o’clock in tho afternoon
in the steel cell and in the day time will Iks
allowed tho range of the corridor of that
ward only. Mrs. Hurjier, tlie child and the
rest of Iter party are at tho Phillips House,
across the street from the jail.
LET OFF CHEAP.
Throe Months in Jail and $5 Fine for In
Alexandria, Va., July ‘JO.—The jury in
the case of Douglas Kiilwell and four com
panions, charged with theinurderor George
Wertenbacker, a brakoman on the railroad
between this place and Washington, to-day
returned a verdict of guilty of involuntary
manslaughter as to Douglas Kidwell and
not guilty as to the others. Kidwell was
sentenced to pay a fine of $5 and bo im
prisoned in jail for three months. The five
men were put off the cars by the trainmen
for disorderly conduct and in a light that
occurred Wertcnliackor was struck in the
stomach by by a rock thrown by Kidwell
and instantly killed. The defense claimed
that their ejectment was unjustifiable and
tiiat the brakemiui was killed by a
stone thrown at another trainman to pro
tect themselves from assault.
Four Shot in a Circus.
Clinton, la., July 20. —Four persons
were shot during the Wild West perform
ance of Sells Bros’ circus Tuesday night.
George Harrington, aged 17, was shot
fatally, Mrs. W. A. Ltunbertson danger
ously, Wallace Phillips, aged 16, seriously
and one of the Indians was sir it, but was
immediately taken away The shooting
was dono during the encounter of the cow
Isiysand Indians in the ring. It is supposed
that some eowbow got the wrong revolver.
Baltimore, July 30.—Henry Guggen
lieimcr and Marcus A. Guggenheimer, trad
ing as Guggonhcitner & Cos., wholesale deal
ers in tobacco and cigars, made an assign
ment to-day to < 'oeear ('-one for the benefit of
their creditors. 'l’lio bond of the trustee is
650,000. The liahilitics are $50,000 t 0675,000.
A Card Deal or Assigns.
New York, July 20.—Orlando B. Hast
ings, doing business under the firm name of
Hustings K Todd, cards, at No. 2*l Beckman
street, made an assignment to-day to Fred
erick G. l/juiisUirry, with preferences
amounting to 621,727.
Six New Bales in Louisiana.
New Orleans, July 90. Hlxltalesof new
cotton were received here yesterday by rail
from Cnemtod. The cotton in two of tlie
hales wus raised by Mrs. Hsusan. The re*
iiminder was ship[ie 1 liy Bucheles & Cos.
A Merchant Murdered.
St. Martinsville, La., July 90.—Jacob
Simmons, a merchant at Breaux Bridge,
wus murdered iu laid last night and his
store wus robbed.
I PRICE t-TSIO * YEAR. I
j 5 CENTS A COPY, f
FIRE LICKS Cl* A FORTUNE
THE STANDARD OIL COMPANY
AGAIN THE LOSER.
Constable Hook’s Water Front tha
Scene of tho Conflagration —IO,OOO
Barrels of Oil Add to the Fierceness
of the Flames Manufacturers
Burned Out at Cincinnati.
Bergen Point, N. J., July 20. —Fire broke
out at 12:15 o'clock this morning in tho
Standard Oil Company’s warehouse at C‘< m
stable Hook. At 6 o’clock this morning tho
fire was under control. Two large ware
houses, three immense tanks, four big docks
and over 10,000 barrels of oil were destroyed.
At one time it looked as if tliooffice, several
warehouses, a dozen or more tanks in the
neighborhood, a large brick store house, the
docks along tho river front and
tho manufacturing company of the
Bayonne Chemical Works, tho Oxford Coje
per and Sulphur Company, and tho Stand
ard Matcli Company, and tho largo lumber
yard of A. W. Booth & liro., would bo <lo
stroyed. The Standard people, seeing their
danger, telegraphed to their works atGreen
Point for assistance. Five powerful tugs
were sent from that place, und they arrived
at Constable Hook at 1:30 o’clock, though
the firemen kept throwing powerful stroamf
A TANK CATCHES.
A tank, which was all that separated the
large frame warehouse, also used as a
cooperage, from the flames, also caught fire
anti was soon blazing. F'or about half an
hour the firemen kept tho destroying ele
ment from crossing a dozen feet that still
intervened, and they might have saved the
building had not a pipe about the tank
burst**! and thrown the burning fluid up
against the structure and tired it. As it
was stored with inffanunablo material it was
speedily licked up by the flames, which
then got beyond control and swept (lowa
toward the river.
THE VESSELS SAVED.
At t he docks there hod l*:on a large num
ber of vessels. These had, however, been
towed out into the stream. Bonn tho first!
pier took fire ami then another and anot h< r
until four large piers were also in flames,
casting a lurid glare upon the waters oi
Now York Ray. By this time tugs had ar
rived and they fought the fire from tha
water. Each of them threw several streams
upon the burning piers and it was only tho
efforts of the men on tho tugs that checked
the spread of tho flames and saved the
factories and lumber yards along the water
front. Oil the land side the fire had also
been got under control and the office, war*
house and neighboring tanks were saved.
The Standard people estimate their loss
to be not over SIOO,OOO, earlier statement!
lioing greatly exaggerated. The company
have an insurance fund of their own.
MANUFACTURERS BURNED OUT.
Cincinnati, July 20. Briggs Swift’s old
pork house, on the northwest comer of
Ninth and Sycamore stri ct:;, which was re
cently rnnodelled for manufacturing pur
poses, was burned this forenoon, involving
a loss of #150,000. The fire started in tha
lee Cream Freezer Factory of the Gooch
Freezer Company, which occupied tho firsf
and second stories of the four story structure
Their place being filled with dry lumlior tin
fire almost instantly communicated to tin
whole building. The entire fire department
was called out and succeeded in saving ad
joining buildings. The other occupants of
tho building were VVrigly Bros., manu
facturers of ivqier Ihim s, and the White Stai
Laundry. All wore completely burned out
Of the :iOO employes in the building whet
the tire startod all succeeded in escaping
without, injury so far us known. There is a
rumor that one gil l is missing, but it can
not l>o verified yet.
The losses are as follows: Gooch Freeze)
Comjiany #75,000, Insurance $14,000; Brigo
Swift #30,000, fully insured; White Htaf
Laundry $25,000, insurance $20,000; Wrig-
Jey Bros. $15,000, insurance SO,OOO.
A TURUENTINE distillery burned.
Columbia, 8. C., July 30. — The turpen
tine distillery of Hillyer Goodwin in Lex
iugton county was burned last night. Tht
fire was caused by the careless handling ol
a kerosene lamp. Thomas Griffin, a distil
ler, and a negro luliorer whoso name is un
known, were caught in tho flames aui
literally burned to ashes.
TWELVE HOUSES GONE AT BESSEMER.
Birmingham, Ala., July 20.—Fire thi
morning at the new manufacturing town of
Bessemer, twelve miles south of here, da
stroyed twelve houses, most of them lielong
iug to the I ’arolina Company. The loss u
al*ml. #20,000. The insurance is about on*
fourth of that sum,
HARVEY GETS TWELVE YEARS.
Judge Montgomery Sees No Ruason tc
Washington, July 20.—Oscar J. Harvey
the Treasury Department forger, was nr
raigned in the District Criminal Court thil
afternoon and plead guilty to the chargo so
forth in the indictment. Ho was sentence!
by Judge Montgomery to twelve years’ iiu
prisonment at hard labor in thi
Allwmy jienitentinry. In passing sentenel
Judge Montgomery said that while the con
dilion of the prisoner’s family appealed 0
him, protection of society was to be coq
shirred and an example must bn madq
There was but one way to stop crime uni
that was to punish it. The prisons
had roblssl the government, no
through a sudden impulse but through i
scheme pursued for months. The reason
urged for a lenient sentence wore matter
for the consideration of the Executive. H
himself could do no loss than sentence th|
accused to twelve years- imprisonment)
three years on each count of tho indictment
Tiie prisoner received his sentence witf
Armed to Enforce a Levy.
Louisville, July 20.—United Stats
Marshal Gross and a large pom ofdeputio
left this afternoon to enforce the paymen
of tiie Taylor county railroad taxes whirl
the citizens openly refuse to pay. Tlie fore
was heavily armed in case of resistance
Tlie first levies on property will bo mad
Poisoning of the Horses.
New York, July 20.—1 t seems that it.
of the Third avenue cur companies’ horse
Imve beei 1 poirjr.od liy Cyani le of potaaduu
Instead of twenty, as stated last night. Tli
Society for t he Prevention of Cruelty to An
mala say that they have evidence to sb'*
that the poisoning was intentional.
A Poor Fishing Season.
St. John. N. F., July 20.—Tlie han
fishery is only partially successful. Alarg
Ixsly of northern ice bugged the Labrtulo
shore ull spring, and vowels only rear he
Battle Hartior on June 24 There it Utz
poverty now all along Hint coast.
Chandler Pleads Not Guilty,
Concord, N. H., July 20. United State
Senator Chandler states that lie never ivrot
or inspired tlie letter recently attributed *
him m winch he wat represented as favof
ing Blaine tuid Sherman on the KeouhltM