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SPECIAL RATES ON OIL
FREIGHT AGENT CULP CLAIMS
THAT none are given.
The Counsel for Complainant Rice
Brings Out Some Facts that Made
the Statement Look a Little Strange
The Advantages to Railroad Com
panies of Tanks Over Barrels Ex
Washington, Nov. 23.—Howard Page,
who is connected with the management of
the Standard Oil Company, of Kentucky,
was examined in connection with the
Standard oil cases before the Interstate
Commerce Commission this forenoou. He
was tho complainant’s witness. He stated
that no drawbacks or rebates of any kind
were allowed the Standard Oil Company
by railroads south of the Ohio, and that the
rates paid are the published rates given to
everybody. Shipments were made in tank
cars, in barrels and in cases. The
railroads did and could well afford to carry
oil in tank cars cheaper than by any other
method. Oil shipped m tank cars was never
in the custody of the railroads except when
in transit. Its carriage required of the rail
roads no terminal facilities. Tank cars were
•‘backloaded” with turpentine and cotton
seed oil. They were about 3,000 pounds
lighter than the ordinary box cars. On
the other hand, oil in barrels was delivered
a t depots, stored by the railroads like other
freight, loaded and unloaded by ruiiroad
men and required the use of railroad box
cars. Th 9 average leakage of oil in transit
in barrels was about a gallon a barrel. The
cats were saturated with oil and made more
inflammable, while many kinds of merchan
dise shipped thereafter therein was liable to
damage by reason of oil in the car. Box
cars sent South filled with oil were more
liable to be brought back empty than the
FACTS FROM THE BOOKS.
L. H. Severance, Treasurer of the Stand
ard Oil Company, was sworn, and produced
certain information copied from the
records of the company respecting the ca
pacities of the tank cai-s of his company.
J. M. Culp, General Freight Agent of
the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Com
pany, was examined at great length about
the operations aud rates of his company.
In reply to the counsel for the complain
ant, the witness said the only rate on oil in
barrels from Louisville to Huntsville, Ala.,
since April 5, was per 100 pounds. No
other rate had been given to anybody. The
counsel produced a letter, the signature of
which the witness recognized as that of a
clerk in his office, which letter was to
George Rice (the complainant) giving the
rate from Louisville to Huntsville at 37c. a
HOW HE EXPLAINED IT.
The witness explained this on the theory
that the letter was probably written by a
stenographer who had made an error.
The counsel thereupon produced a letter
hearing the witness’ own signature addressed
to the complainant, stating that tho rates
given to him were as low as those - given to
any one and that the company would give
The witness said that was written under
the impression that the rate originally given
Mr. Rice was correct.
The counsel asked how that could be since
the second letter was written in reply to one
from the complainant quoting the 37c. rate
and asking if no better terms could be
given, and if other shippers were not given
more favorable rates.
The witness replied as before, adding
that he did not at the time know tho rates,
and not doubting that they had been given
correctly, he did not examine them.
The witness had not concluded his testi
mony when the commission, at 5 o’clock,
CARLISLE TO BE SPEAKER.
Mr. Springer Thinks There is No Doubt
of His Re-Election.
Chicago, Nov. 22.—Congressman Spring
er, who is in the city, said yesterday in an
interview that all the indications point to
the election of Mr. Carlisle as Speaker of
the Fiftieth Congress. In re-organizing the
committees of the House, Mr. Springer
said, Mr. Carlisle would doubtless carry
out the courtesies which generally prevail
and, where there was nothing else in the
way, retain the present chairmen of im
portant committees, if the incumbents so de
sired. There would have to be anew
chairman of the Committee on Ways and
Means on account of the retirement of Mr.
Morrison, of Illinois. Mr. Mills, of Texas,
stood next on the committee, and it was
possible that he would be made chairman
unless the Sjieakor decided to consider the
claims of old-ti e members who, on ac
count of seniority of service in the House,
wi re sometimes tendered important, chair
manships. With reference to the proposed
new legislation on the tariff Mr. Springer
thought that there would tie an effort made
to agree upon some measure reducing tax
ation. The only article thus far thought of
as a certainty for a reduced rate was tobac
co. Mr. Springer said lie was in favor of
free wool and he would reduce the tax on
manufactured articles so that no article
should pay over V) per cent, ad valorem.
With reference to the Dakota Statehood
question, Mr. Springer as a member of the
Committee on Territories, said he should
1 avor the admission of Dakota as one State.
Attorney General Garland Readers en
Opinion Concerning Settlers.
Washington, Nov. 22.—Attorney Gen
eral Garland has, in a long opinion, decided:
1. That bona tide purchasers of unclaimed
railroad lands are those who, wit hout knowl
edge of wrong or error, have purchased
from a railroad company lands which hod
been previously entered by pre-emption or
R homestead settler, whose entry had been
erroneously cancelled, and which land the
pre-emption or homestead settler did not
elect to claim after recovery by the proper
2. That the department, after the adjust
ment of a land grant cannot is ue a patent
to the purchaser of the land until it is legal
ly determined that the patent to the rail
road had boon erroneously issued, and,
3. That where a railroad company has
sold to a citizenjands not conveyed to the
company, the citizen can purchase from the
United States at the ordinary government
prices for iike lands, either within the pri
mary or indemnity limits.
Upon receipt of the opinion Secretary
J-uinar directed the Commissioner of the
General Land Office to proceed at once, and
with as much dispatch as possible, to adjust
all land grants under the act of March 3,
A Decision In Favor of the Colored
Washington, Nov. 22. —Second Comp
troller Butler has decided that sums not ex
ceeding $lO paid to certain colored recruits
in Virginia and the Department of the
South by Generals Butler and Gillmore.
under orders of the War Department, dated
Nov. 39 and Dec. 22,1863, respectively, were
not bounties within the meaning of the
bounty laws, and are not to be
deducted from the bounty to which
any such soldier is otherwise enti
tled. He holds that the payments were
in the nature of gratuities or premiums of
uncertain amounts to a special class of re
cruits, and were not bounties as technically
understood. The orders of the War De
partment referred to gave the commanding
generals authority to pay a bounty not ex
ceeding $lO per man for colored recruits.
A Satisfactory Showing Made in the
Washington, Nov. 22. —Tho annual re
port of Superintendent of Foreign Mails Bell
shows an increase in the transatlantic mails
of 10.59 per cent, of letters and 12 per cent,
of other articles. Central and South Amer
ican mails show an increase of 19.21 per
cent, for letters and 20.49 for other articles.
The mails to Venezuela have largely
increased, and to Central American
States 36 per cent. The increase is at
tributed to increased business relations, and
the fact that the number of vessels sailing
from tho United States to these countries
has steadily increased dui ing the last five
years bears this out.
The cost of the service was $437,447, of
which $429,036 was compensation for sea
conveyance, an increase for the year of
Thirteen parcel post conventions are ex
pected to be concluded within the next few
months with South and Central American
States and the West India Islands, by which
many custom complications now causing
annoyance will be removed.
For the next fiscal year $647,000 is asked.
On the Central and Southern American
service, the report says it is as good as can
be obtained under the present system of dis
patching the mails by vessels “when
The vessels tendered to the department to
convey there mails on a certain day fre
quently sail several days before or after the
time appointed, to the annoyance of cor
respondents. Ho suggests as one
means of correcting this evil, that
the Postmaster General lie author
ized by law to allow additional
compensation over and above that now al
lowed to vessels engaged in the service. A
system of premium and penalties might
thus be mutually agreed upon by the de
partment and steamship companies which
would make it to the advantage of the
steamship companies to adhere closely to
their schedule sailing dates, whereby the
efficiency of t he service would be materially
increased and the commercial interests of
the country benefited
All tlie Surface Wells and Streams are
Chicago, Nov. 22. —The Daily News'
special from Plainfield, Ind., saj"s: “The
drought in this section of the stricken dis
trict remains unbroken, and the present in
dications are that cold weather will set in be
fore the greatly needed deluge of rain comes.
If it should the present distressing state of
affairs throughout this part of Indiana
would be multiplied ten fold. Tho inhabi
tants are suffering from a genuine water
famine, the worst over known in the
experience of living persjns. Full
two-thirds of the surface wells in
this and adjoining counties are dry, while
the running tfreeks and springs which pre
viously liau afforded apparently an inex
haustible supply of the purest water, now
present beds utterly devoid of moisture.
The impure water obtained is breeding ty
phoid fever of the worst type, and in some
localities ttie scourge is becoming epidemic,
resulting in numerous fatalities. Doctors
say tlie disease is only in its first stage, and
is bound to increase if the dry weather con
WON’T BE BLACKMAILED.
A Wealthy Fork Packer of Chicago
Chicago, Nov. 22.—A suit for $50,000
has been begun against Robert D. Fowler,
one of the millionaire pork packere of Chi
cago, Kansas City, Omaha and St. Joseph.
Mr. Fowler is also an operator on ’Change,
and exports heavily to Liverpool and I .on
don. The plaintiff, a cook formerly iu his
employ, has been living for weeks in tho
house of a detective who was dismissed from
the city police, and who now works up
crooked business. Recently several leading
business men have been the victims of black
mailers on ttie eve of social affairs at their
home, prefering to pay rather than run the
risk of disgraceful sensations. Mr. Fowler
has resolved upon the opposite course. Ar
rests are expected that will di close a nest of
A METHODIST BOMBSHELL.
Dr. D. C. Kelley Asked to Resign for
Defending Emma Abbott.
Nashvillf,, Tenn., Nov. 22.—Previous
to the adjournment of the North Alabama
Conference of tho Southern Methodist
church at Tuscaloosa last night a resolution
was adopted requesting Dr. D. C. Kelley,
one of the most eminent Methodist divines
in America, and Missionary Treas
urer of the General Conference,
to resign his official position on
account of his utterances in references to
the Emma Abbott episode at Nashville.
The resolution will create a great sensation
throughout the entire Southern Methodist
church. Dr. Kelley defended Miss Abbott’s
risiug in church to defend herself against
the harsh terms used in a sermon on theatre
AN EXPLOSION OF GAS.
Two of the Five Persons Hurt Dan
Boston, Nov. 22.—There was a tremen
dous explosion of gas iu tho Odd Fellows’
building this afternoon. Five persons were
injured, two of them dangerously. Tho ex
plosion occurred in Cunningham's bicycle
rooms. Two gentlemon in the room were
hurled violently against tho walls and were
picked up stunned and bleeding. Glass was
blown across tho street, and three ladies
who were passing the store were badly cut.
Others received slight scratches. Tho in
jured were carried to a hospital.
The cause of ttie explosion is not yet
The Pacific Railways.
Washington, Nov. 22.—Gov. Pattison,
Chairman of the Pacific Railway Commis
sion, had an interview* with the President
this afternoon. The commission will come
here in a body about Dec. 1 to present their
report upon their investigation to the Presi
dent. The latter will send it to Congress
with a special message. It will lie an ex
tremely interesting document. ,
Murdered by an Ex-Convict.
Cincinnati, 0., Nov. 32. —A Hopkins
ville, Ky. .special says that H. A. Tergr.eran
was assaulted by an ex-convict last night,
and shot dead on refusing to give up his
money. The murderer escaped.
SAVANNAH, GA., WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1887.
A DENSE PALL OF SMOKE.
FOREST FIRES STILL RAGING WITH
Boats Unable to Run at Night Owing
to the Impossibility of Seeing Through
the Smoke—The Woods Still all
Ablaze Between Memphis and Bir
Memphis, Ten.w, Nov. 22.—The sun hung
in the skies like a ball of fire all day, and at
times was almost obscured by dense smoke,
which hovel's over and around the city. It
is the same story that has been told for the
past week of forest fires which
continue to rage with unabated fury.
Sam Tate, Jr., who arrived this forenoon
from Birmingham, Ala., via the Kansas
City, Memphis and Birmingham railroad,
reports tires all along the route between
Memphis and Birmingham. They have
been particularly destructive in the neigh
borhood of Kerrville, Tenn., on the line of
the Chesapeake, Ohio and Southwestern
railroad, where many miles of fences have
A special to the Evening Scimitar from
Brownsville, Tenn., says: “The forest fires
in the Hatichi bottom are very alarming,
and the scarcity of water makes it almost,
impossible to put them out. The Lagoon
bottom is also on fire. All the local packets
are twenty-four to seventy-two hours be
hind time owing to the dense smoke, which
prevents them from running at night. The
weather is cloudy, but there are no imme
diate prospects of rain.”
One Man Injured and Several Stores
Wii.kesbarke, Pa., Nov. 22.—A large
quantity of dynamite kept in a tool box on
one of the main streets in Hyde Park,
Lackawanna county, exploded this after
noon and caused great destruction of prop
erty. The drug store of John J. Davis was
destroyed. Every window in the building
was smashed and tho walls
were driven in about two feet.
Among the other business places in the
vicinity that suffered considerable loss was
Leed’s bakery, F. Durkin’s boot and shoe
store.“and the Lackawanna County Restau
rant. For nearly two blocks buildings were
considerably injured, and a severe shock was
felt for miles around. Contractor Phil
lips, who was endeavoring to ascer
tain tho cause of smoke issuing
from the tool box, was caught
unawares by the explosion? and blown across
the street and dangerously injured. Several
children in the street were knocked down by
the force of the explosion, and many per
sons escaped the flying fragments as if by
miracle. The dynamite was used in the
construction of sewers and some of it
was placed upon a heater to be
kept m readiness for blasting. The
heater consisted of a screen, under which
was a small lamp. In some way the lire of
the lamp was communicated to the dyna
mite, thereby causing the explosion.
SIX DAY TRAMPERS.
Littlewood Holds the Lead by Dog
ging the Next Man.
Philadelphia, Nov. 22. —The Pedestrian
match is exciting unusual interest. Vint,
Moore, Cronin and Legrand, have dropped
out. The nine men remaining are making
creditable records, and are, except Rtrokel,
in good condition. Littlewood, the English
Champion, maintained his lead by dogging
Alberts, but travels with more difficulty
than yesterday. At 11 o’clock to-night the
Cox *. iat
Alberts %. 220
Stroke! < 101
Littlewood .' 245
Pancbot f 210
At 12 o’clock to-night, the score for forty
eight hours stood:
Noremac 235 5
Elson . 200
Cox lB9 fi
Hart 185 4
Burns. 181 10
Five Hundred and Fifty Bales of Cot
ton Burned in Texas.
Bryan, Tex., Nov. 22.—Twelve cars and
525 bales of cotton were burned near here
last night on tho Texas Central railroad. It
is supposed the cotton was ignited by a
spark. The loss is fully $40,000. It is fully
A BLAZE AT ENGLEWOOD.
Englewood, N. J.. Nov. 22.—About 2:30
o’clock this m >ming lire was discovered by
the village watchman in the largest house
in the place. An alarm was given immedi
ately, but the (lames hnd made such progress
that they were beyond control. The build
ing, which was called the Athnenum, was a
large brick structure owned by G. S. Coe,
President of the American Exchange Bank
The loss will reach $lOO,OOO.
A WALL OF SMOKE.
Cairo, 111., Nov. 22. —The woods are on
fire for a radius of fifty miles in, every
direction from this place. The smoke from
the burning forests is very dense and inter
rupts navigation of the river to a great ex
SUNDAY AS A DAY OF REST.
The Methodist Ccnforence Does Not
Object to Trains and Papers.
Danville, Va., Nov. 22. —In the M&ho
dist Conference to-day resolutions were dis
cussed taking strong grounds against Sun
day trains, but no action was taken.
Amendments condemning Sunday steam
boats, street cars and Sunday papers were
introduced, but voted down.
The report shows that there are 60,30$
members of churches in tho conference, an
increase for the year of 2,593.
During the year $379,535 was collected.
Tho value of the church property in the
conference is placed at $1,729,443.
Portsmouth city was selected as the next
place of meeting.
An Unknown Schooner Sunk.
Chtcaoo, Nov. 22. —An unknown two
masted schooner is sunk in forty feet of
water a mile and a half abreast of Kensaha,
and fears are entertained that not a soul of
the crew was saved. It is thought she is a
Milwaukee fishing smack, as netting and
fishing paraphernalia have been picked up
on the beach at Kensaha.
Explosion of a Boiler.
New Orleans, La., Nov. 22.—The Pica-
Mine's Plaqueminespecial says: “Thismorn
ing a loiicr on the Australian plantation
exploded, killing a negro inan and scalding
Mr. Bates so badly that ho will probably
Powderly's Opponents Hold a Meeting
Chicago, Nov. 22. The so-called
“Knightly Kickers” held their first local
meeting last night, with au attendance of
about iifty regularly entered delegates pres
ent from five local assemblies, and self-con
stituted representatives from twenty more.
Charles Seib, Secretary of the Provisional
Committee appointed by thirty-five seceding
delegates of the Minneapolis General Con
vention of the Knights of Labor, officiated
as Chairman and explained tlie object of
the meeting. There were several present
who were not in accord with.the movement,
and they were utterly impervious
to all insinuations that spies
were not wanted. In a speech Joseph R.
Buchanan, "head kicker,” declared that the
time had come when honest Knights of
Labor must, for a time at least, renounce all
allegiance with the corrupting clique that
now controls the great and noble order. He
stated that it had been found impossible to
maintain an effective fight from the inside,
and that the only course left was to declare
an open revolt against tlie powers that. lie.
After the usual number of speeches a com
mittee of five was appointed to draft a circu
lar letter to all the local assemblies in Cook
county, calling upon them to elect three
delegates to a Convention to be held on the
first Wednesday in December. The local
branches will lie asked to withhold from the
general treasury all assessments due from
this time on, the scheme being to freeze out
General Master Workman Powderly. “Con
ventions similar to the one colleu in Chi
cago,” explained Charles Seib, “are being
held over the United States. We shall ob
tain control of tlie Knights of Labor in all
the large cities inside of three months. As
soon as possible a National Convention will
tie called and a regular organization per
SPIES NOT RESUSCITATED.
Only One Case of the Kind Known to
Chicago, 111., Nov. 22.—The story circu
lated that efforts were made to resuscitate
the body of August Spies after his execu
tion is positively denied by Dr. George
Thilo, who examined the body after it was
delivered to Spies’ friends and pronounced
life to be totally extinct. Dr. Thilo
says: “When the body was first brought
to Mueller’s undertaking establishment
some people present thought they perceived
unusual warmth in the corpse, and I was
sent for. 1 made a careful examination of
the remains and was soon convinced that
death had intervened, and that any attempt
at revival by galvanic battery or any other
means, would be useless, and I so informed
the gentlemen present. There was no at
tempt whatever to restore life.
THERE WAS NO LIKE.
“The fact that tho body was warm proves
nothing, as it takes six or seven hours for
the natural boat to leave it, especially when
death is violent and sudden. When I first
saw the body the rigor mortis had
already set in and had stiff
ened the neck and jaw. There is but
one case known to medical science where
ama judicially hung has been resuscitated.
That case occurred iu A.i :i,ria a few years
ago, when a man was hung for fifteen min
utes, and five minutes later batteries were
applied and at last the subject revived,but in
a state of wild delirium. From this he never
recovered, and in twenty-four hours he died.
In Bpies’ case it was three hours before the
body was brought to the undertaker’s. Ho
was dead beyond any hope of resuscitation."
The Scale for the Next Year Ready to
Pittsburg, Nov. 22.—The steel workers’
wages scale for 1888, which is to go into
effect on Jan. 1, is about ready to bo taken
to the manufacturers to he signed. The
new scale has been carefully revised and
fixed. Tho prices for wages by the ton and
day has been so arranged that every work
man in a steel mill outside of a
common laborer has been provided for. An
increase amounting to about 10 percent, all
around will be asked for, except on a few
points on which it will be considerably
more. The new scale calls for work to be
paid for by the hour or day, which is a
movement to do away with tho contract
system more than the one job system.
STRIKE OF THE SWITCHMEN.
Galveston’s Cotton Receipts and Other
Business Seriously Affected.
Galveston, Tex., Nov. 32.—The strike
of the switchmen in this city, Houston and
other places is beginning to be felt by the
merchants. Large quantities of New
York freight are blockaded here
awaiting shipment to interior
points. The "strike seriously affects
the receipts of cotton. Only 1,300 bales
arrived to-day and the prospects are that
the receipts to-morrow wdl bo much smaller.
The Missouri Pacific Company has employed
new men here to take the places of the
strikers. The Santa Ke system is not effect
ed by the strike.
Staunton, Va., Nov. 22.—A State Con
vention of Workingmen has been called to
meet in Staunton, Jan. 20, 1888. Promi
nent members of labor organizations will
be present. The object is declared to lie to
take steps to establish a State bureau of labor
statistics and to abolish the convict contract
plan; to consider the public school system
with a view to its greater efficiency, and
other measures of interest to the working
Vienna, 111., Nov. 22.—An inquest was
hold here yesterday over the dead bodies of
four men killed in'the collision on the Cairo,
Vincennes and Chicago railroad, near here,
Sunday. A verdict of criminal negligence
against the train dispatcher was rendered.
Hundreds of people visited the scene of the
wreck yesterday. The bodies of the mon
wero torn to pieces and scattered around un
der the cars. As much of their remains as
could be found was put into coffins and sent
to their respective homes.
An Anarchist Sympathizer in the
Hartford, Conn., Nov. 22.—At an ex
cited meeting of the First Unitarian So
ciety to-night, an attempt was made to oust
the pastor, Rev. J. C. Kimball, lxcausc of
his open avowal of sympathy with the Chi
cago Anarchists in a recent sermon. The
attempt was a failure, the resolution asking
the pastor to resign being defeated by a ma
jority of 11 in a total vote of 87. Tho women
of the society supported Mr. Kimball in a
Brlgf. Gen. Marcy Dead.
Newark, N. J., Nov. 23.—Brevet Brig.
Gen. Randolph B. Marcy died in Orange
this evening, aged 76 years. He had been
failing for several months. Death was due
to old age. He was twenty years in the
United Btafces frontier service, and father
in-law of Gen. George B. McClellan. He
leaves two children, Mrs. Dr. E. E. Clark
and Mrs. McClellan.
A CONSERVATIVE RALLY.
BRIGHT’S EXPLANATION OF TORY
He Favors Sending Irish Bills to a
Grand Committee Composed of Irish
Members- He is Satisfied, However,
that the So-! ailed Rebels will not
Allow his Plan to Work.
London - , Nov. 22.—Tho annual meeting
of tho National Union of Conservatives
opened at Oxford to-day. Mr. Aslnnead
Bartlett, member of Parliament, presided.
One thousand delegates were present, repre
senting England, Wales, Scotland and Ire
land. An address congratulating the Queen
upon her jubilee was adopted.
A resolution in favor of free trade was
carried by a large majority, and one in
favor of reform of the English Church was
A letter was rend from Mr. Bright re
ferring to his proposal to send Irish
hills to a grand committee composed
of Irish members. In his letter Mr. Bright
says: “The rebel party will not accept the
proposal, because they are rebels, ana with
the rebel Irish members in the House of
Commons the plan would not be allowed to
work. Mr. Gladstone has a hobby in which
the rebel leaders for a time have agreed to
join him. He is committed to that
hobby and cannot condescend to consider a
plan less pretentious, but more reasonable
than his. Nothing can be done until Mi
Gladstone's bills have been entirely got rid
of. Ho insists upon impossible legislation
for Ireland to tho exclusion of
legislation for the whole. The Glad
stonians are anxious to return to power and
they are furious because the Conservatives
are in office, and they blame me and others
for keeping them there. Ttiey seem blind
to the fact that Mr. Gladstone’s conduct put
the Conservatives in office. They
forget that the electors of
Great Britain by a majority
of nearly two to one condemned Mr. Glad
stone's bills and destroyed his Ministry.
Wo cannot allow Mr. Gladstone to return
to olfice on his Irish policy. I prefer to
join hands with Lord Salisbury and his col
leagues rather than with Mr. Purnell and
his friends, the leaders of the rebellion.”
Tho differences in the Gaelic Athletic As
sociation which led to the withdrawal of a
numl>er of tho members, who accused
other members of an intention to c ash with
the national league and form a Fenian as
sociation, are about to be adjusted. Messrs.
Fitzgerald, Dillon and Father Scalarn have
arrived at Thurls and will have a conference
to-morrow with Archbishop Crolce, the
founder of the Gadic Association, and one
of the members who resigned.
Tho Dublin Gazette publishes a proclama
tion suppressing the national league in
Kerry ami Clare, and several branches in
Cork, Galway aud Wexford.
SIO,OOO MORE FOR IRELAND.
Detroit, Nov. 22. —The following mes
sage was cabled this morning:
To Joseph O. Bigger , M. P London:
T have placed to your credit, SIO,OOO to day.
Will l>e mindful of Tory temerity in our Yankee
Charles O'Reilly, Treasurer.
RUSSIA’S IMPORT DUTIES.
Some of the Changes Made by the New
Law Now in Effect.
St. Petersburg, Nov. 22.—The new
customs law, promulgated to-day, imposes a
tax upon the imports of plants, flowers,
onions and medicinal herbs, and raises the
duty on raw cotton, cotton wool, cotton
twist, tulle, lace, farming machines and im
plements, joinery, turnery, flax, hemp
and jute goods, valuable hardware, watches,
clocks, glasswork, glass and metal beads
and buttons, fresh oranges, lemons ami
pomegranates, herrings, cod, dried fish and
The Norosti proposes that the govern
ment as an experiment establish free trade
relations with free trade coun
tries and largely increase tho
prohibitive duties against German
goods as an act of revenge. Tho Minister
of Finance has submitted a scheme for
saving 1,000,000 roubles annually by
economy in tho public offices ami a reduc
tion of tho railway subsidies.
Other new duties areas follows: On cot
ton, imports by sea, 100 kopecks per pood
(36pounds); cotton, imports by land, 115
kopecks; lace, 000 kopecks; farm machines,
wood work ami fruit, 70; fish, 27; spice, 300;
Kiakhta tea, 1,350; wadding, 200; tulle, 150;
jet beads, 400.
South Carolina’s Legislature.
Columbia, S. C., Nov. 22. —The Legisla
ture of South Carolina met to-day. The
Governor’s message was read, and the work
of the session commenced. Many im
portant local measures are to be considered,
and the session will be interesting and ex
citing. The more important questions at
issue aro the pensioning of Confederate
soldiers, and bilis to restrict the production
of phosphate. Prices have got so low that
the royalty, which forms an important item
in the State's revenue, threatens to lie
largely reduced. A measure will be intro
duced to restrict mining, if possible.
International Peace Advocates.
Harrisburg, Pa., Nov. 22. Gov. Beaver
to-day appointed Joshua L. Bailey, ex-Gov.
Robert E. Pattison, Ole.in Scull, Col.
Charles il. Barnes and John Wanamaker
a committee to wait upon President Cleve
land and request him to incorporate in his
noxt message to Congress a suggestion rela
tive to legislation looking to a settlement of
international difficulties by arbitration.
This committee was appointed in pursuance
of tho recent Peace Conference in Phila
Fire After a Collision,
Springfield, 111., Nov. 22.—A collision
between two freight trains on the Chicago
ami Alton railroad near Sherman, eight
miles north of this city, this morning de
stroyed two locomotives and seventeen
freight cal's, with their contents. The
wrecked cars wra totally burned. The
loss is $30,000 to Irk), 000. No person was
A Desperate Liquor Seller.
Chattanooga, Tenn., Nov. 22.—William
Baldwin, a saloon-keeper, attacked three
police officersthis afternoon with a revolver,
because thev had arrested his driver on a
charge of selling liquor on Sunday without
a license. A general duel followed, when
Baldwin was fatally shot three times, dying
within h:df an hour. Policeman Howard
was shot in the head, and will probably die.
Bparks May Go to Congress.
ChicaOo, Nov. 22.—The Times this morn
ing printed a long special from Centralia,
111 . asserting that ex-Commissioner Sparks
will probably seek vindication as to bis con
duct as Land Commissioner, by election to
Congress. The statement is based on “the
clamor of his friends.” The district in which
Mr. Sparks resides is represented in Con
gress now by Richard W. Townshend.
Columbus, 0., Nov. 22.—The official re
turns give Foraker (Rep.) a plurality of
23,733 over Powell (Dom.i for Governor.
Immigrants From a Cholera Ship En
Route to the City.
Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 22.—' Tho
Duval County Board of Health rereived a
letter to-day from the State Board of Health
of New York, warning them that five pas
sengers from the steamship Alesia, who
had been quarantined at New York harbor
for some time post, on account of cholera,
were now on route to this city. They
were Michale Corlette, aged 30 years;
Isabella Corlette, aged 24 years; Rose Cor
lette. aged 2 l g; Kocco Martoccio, aged 17,
and Francisco Martoccio, 12. Their names
were forwarded so this board could take
what action it deemed advisable, but it is
not thought there is any danger from
them, even if they come here, as they all
served the usual quarantine period. The
board will probably meet to-morrow and
discuss tho matter. The criticism is made
by the officials here, that if the New York
State a - thorities have no confidence in their
quarantine doctors, they should not permit
these immigrants to enter tho country at
The topic of conversation everywhere in
the oily among business men this morning
was relative to tlie action of the Supreme
Court upon the new city charter act. The
charter is declared constitutional, but in
operative, simply from the fact that there is
no provision made to put it in operation, in
short, to call and hole! an election.
Some of the very ablest lawyers in the
city have l>oen consulted upon the subject
this morning, hut they aro not a unit upon
various points involved.
Edwin M. Randall, ex-Chief Justice of the
Supreme Court, of Florida, one of the best
jurists in the State, is of the opinion that
the decision of the Supreme Court, declar
ing the new charter constitutional annuls the
old one, and that the new one cannot lie
changed to make it operative except by tho
legislative action. This would leave the
present city officials in charge until their
successors are elected and qualified,
which will he two years hence
unless the Legislature Is convened
in extra session by the Governor. The
officers holding over cannot, Judge Randall
thinks, exercise more than police jurisdic
tion. They cannot make or unmake ordi
nances or levy and collect taxes. The
opinion ns to leaving the present incumbent
in office until legislation is had to provide
the mode and manner of electing their suc
cessors is concurred in by others.
Judge It. B. Archibald is of the opinion
that the present incumbents hold over until
the Legislature meets and amends tho law,
and that they have the power to
operate the machinery of govern
ment as at present; and will be sus
tained in it by tho courts. Ho believes
t hat an official do facto is tho same as one
de jure, and that precedents will hear him
out in this. Judge Archibald is fully of
the opinion that lturbridgo and Bo wden
will remain Mayors until the legislature
convenes unless they decline to serve. The
same power that makes laws is the only
power that can amend them.
Col. Louis J. Fleming says he is under
the impression that the new charter ran take
effect and the election logaily held next
mouth for officers under it.
Mayor Burbridgo believes that the law
will sustain him and Mayor Bowden (of
LaVilla) in holding over until the law is
amended by tho legislature and their suc
cessors elected. He says it would be pre
posterous though for them to attempt to
operate without the possession of tho full
machinery of the two corporations as at
F. F. L’Engle, Esq., a member of the
Board of County Commissioners and a well
known and capable lawyer, said he had not
examined the decision, hut his view, that
the Board of County Commissioners had
nothing to do with the calling of an election
under tho new charter act, was sustained.
There is much in this matter for discus
sion, and it is hoped a just and legal solu
tion will be arrived at liefore any decided
steps are taken. A number of men favor
holding an election anyway next month, but
this must be done in the proper manner and
liavo the sanction of tile courts and the
people at large.
The United States Court convenes Dec. 5,
and it is said the session will be a long one.
Cases in Court Horrible Death of a
Planter in Stewart County.
Columbus, Ga., Nov. 22.—1n Muscogee
Superior Court, to-day John Miller was
found guilty of tabbing, and sentenced to
twelve months on the chain gang. Clay
Jeter waf convicted of larceny. He has
not been sentenced yet.
J. N. Cobb, a planter of Stewart county,
met a fearful death yesterday. While he
was attending a cane mill ho was cuught
and liis head crushed into a jelly.
Mayor Grimes has had framed the battle
flag under which the Columbus Guards
fought during the war, and presented it to
that body to-duy. It has been ‘in'liis hands
oighteon years. It is tattered and moth
eaten, but is still highly prized. The Guards
Library Fair is booming. It is drawing
large crowds, day and night. Encbbacher
& Freer have donated a $75 suit of clothes
to be raffled.
AN EDITOR POMMiLEi).
Palatka’s Muddle Elivened by a Rough
Pai.atka, Fla., Nov. 22.—Sunday’s I’a
latka News contained an attack on the grand
jury which exonerated W. F. Forward,
Clerk of Putnam county. Sunday evening
one of the members met Editor Harrison,
and demanded an explanation and apology,
which Mr. Harrison promised to innko in
Tuesday morning’s paper, but instead of an
apology he added fuel to the fire
by another attack. George Weller a
member of the grand jury, met
Mr. Harrison at noon to-day and pro
ceeded to chastise him. Bystanders separa
ted them, which saved Harrison from re
ceiving more than a black eye.
Mr. Beit Acquitted.
Waynebboro, Ga., Nov. 22.—1n tbepre
lim.nnry trial of the State vs. Hon. C. F.
Belt, at Mulvilie, before Justices Jones and
-Watkins, charged with a grave offense, Mr.
Belt was acquitted. It is believed by his
friends to have been a case of blackmail.
There wer e married to-day at the resi
dence of W. C. Sanford, of Burke county,
Andrew M. Mayo, Clerk of the Superior
Court of Washington county, and Miss M.
Lulu Jones, of this county, Rev. J. R. Mc-
Closky officiating. The bridal party left
for Augusta this afternoon.
A Cotton Gin Burned.
Calhoun, Ga.. Nov. 22.—News reached
here to-day that the gin house at Plainville,
ton miles west of here, was consumed by
fire Saturday night, with a lot of seed and
Hnt cotton. Forty bales were also badly
damaged. They belonged to various
parties. J. H. Brownlee owned sixteen of
them. Camp & Reynolds, of Rome, owned
the gin property. The total loss is about
$2,000. There is no insurance. The wind
lieing very high, sparks from the engine
tired the cotton in the house and vard.
I PRICFftIO A YK44. I
I OILMs ALOI* f
A GREAT NAME FORGED.
RUSEO-GERM4N PEACE ENDAN
GERED BY A TRICK.
The Fact did not Become Known Until
Last Week’s Conference at Berlln-
The Forgery Believed by the Ger.
mans to Have Been the Work of
Borne of the Orloanists.
Berlin, Nov. 22.—The North German
Gazette, Prince Bismark's organ, says the
interview lietween the Czar and Prince Bis
marck on Friday last, was of a friendly and
very comprehensive character. The Ciar
complained of tho policy of Germany, es
pecially her policy toward Bulgaria, which,
be said was directed against Russsia,
as letters received at the Russian
Foreign office showed. Prince Bismarck
indicated that Germany always regarded
Bulgaria as lying within the shpere of Rus
sian intcfvst, ami acted in that spirit when
ever no strictly German interests were in
volved. He expressed a desire to see tue
letters the Czar had mentioned. He then
formulated at length Germany’s complaints
against Russia. The Czar was attentive,
and promised on his return to St. Peters
burg to better Inform hi mseif on the ques
tions on which these complaints were
founded, and to arrive at a decision ac
A FORGED LETTER.
The Cologne Gazette lias caused a sensa
tion by a statement that the Czar, in his re
cent interview with Prince Bismarck,learned
that he had been deed ved in regard to Ger
many’s policy by a forged letter purporting
to be from Prince Bismarck. The letter
is supposed to be the work of Orleanist in
triguers. On the Czar’s arrival at the
frontier station of Wirballen all the ap
proaches were closed, even to pedestrians.
The rout* thence to Bt. Petersburg was
guarded by 80, 000 men, and the Czar
changed carriages several times on the
GREVY MUST RESIGN.
No One Can be Pound Who is Willing
to Form a Cabinet.
Paris, Nov. 22. M Brisson had aconfer
once with President Grevy to-day and told
him that the crisis in relation to the Presi
dency appeared to be without remedy.
The President asked why.
M. Brisson replied that, it would be gain
ful to explain. The reason was universally
apparent. He reminded M. Grevy that at
an independent meeting Sunday he had
maintained that nobody was entitled to rie
11land that tlie President resign. He was
still of the same opinion. The President
alone, added M. Brisson. was entitled to
raise the question.
M. Grevy, after his interview with M.
Leroyer, consulted M. Deves, M. Foucher,
M. de C'areil, and others, but all his effort*
to secure the formation of a Ministry,
OREVY’g ANXIETY TO SUCK.
M. Grevy is reported to have consulted
M. Leroyer as to the feeling in the Senate,
and to have asked him whether, in his
opinion, it would be possible to govern in
the interim with that, body alone. M.
Ijeroyer is said to have replied that
the Republicans in the Senate would
not conflict with the Chamber of Deputies.
The Moderate Henators are furious with M.
Grevy for offering carte blanche to Si.
Ciemonceau even in conjunction with Gen.
Boulanger. They insist that he ought to
have retired rather than make such an of
The commission investigating the Wilson
scandal ha* resolved to keep secret impor
tant evidence given by two witnesses to
M. Leroyer conferred with M. Grevy to
day. and advised him to resign. The refusal
of every leading politician to form a Minis
try is regarded as making the resignation of
President Grevy inevitable.
Wreck of the Scholten.
London, Nov. 22.—An improvised light
ship has iieen place*! over the sukea steamer
W. A. Scholten. The sea is so rough that
the divers have not been able to explore the
wreck. The main mast projects twenty
feet above the water at high tide. The
wreck lies in twelve fathoms of water. The
hull will probably be blowu up. The sur
vivors of the disaster have passed a resolu
tion expressing gratitude to the people of
Dover for the kindness shown them.
Temporal Power for the Fope.
Pksth, Nov. 22.—The address to the Pope
voted by the Catholic Assembly of Hungary
favors granting temporal power to the Pope.
It is feared the address will make a bad im
pression in Italy. Remi-offiuial journals
protest ajjainst the address, which they say
does not depict the genuine opinion of Hun
garian Catholics. It is likely that the Min
istry will make some explanation on the
subject to Italy.
Crofters Exterminating Deer.
London, Nov. 22.—Two thousand Croft
ers on the Islo of Lemis, supplied with rifles,
tents, etc., have begun a campaign to ex
terminate the deer in the forest*. They
allege that *I,OOO Crofters are starving, who
ought to l) living on land now given up to
deer, and they declare that in adopting their
present course they are actuated by sheer
Trafalgar Square’s Disturbers.
London, Nov. 22.—Mr. Burns, the Social
ist leader, and Mr. Graham, member of
Parliament, who were arrested Sunday,
Nov. 13, for participation in the disturb
ances near Trafalgar square, were arraigned
to-day. Several policemen testified that
both the prisoners violently attacked the
police. The case was then adjourned.
Bulgarians to be Impeached.
Sofia, Nov. 22.—At a secret sitting of the
Sobranje to-day, it was decided to im;>each
Karaveloff, Zanoff, aud Nikeforoff, Waro
letf and Orakakoff.
Britain’s Minister to Persia.
London, Nov. 22.—Sir Henry Drummond
Wolfe has been appointed British Minister
Ex-Empress Eugenie 111.
London, Nov. 22.— Ex-Empress Eugenie
is critically ill at Amsterdam.
Most’s Trial Begun.
New York. Nov. 22.—The triad of
Johann Most, the Anarchist, began in the
Court of General Sessions to-day at 2
o’clock. When a recess was taken, four
jurors had been obtained. Delaney Nicoll
appears for the prosecution, and William F.
Howe for the accused.
A Bomb Found at Chicago.
Chicago, Nov. 22.—A gas pipe bomb was
found this morning on the door step of the
residence of United States Marshal Marsh,
on Michigan avenue. The Marshal took
l*os-sef%Bion of the dangerous looking missile
and turned it over to the police.