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R ANDAL LUES TO FIGHT.
SEVERAL CONFERENCES HELD BY
THOSE IN THE RING.
They Are Determined that the Tax on
Tobacco Shall be Repealed—The Re
publicans Hope the Democrats will
Show Weakness by Straddling the
Washington, Pec. S.—Mr. Itandall has
held several conferences with a few of the
Democrats from Now York. New Jersey,
Ohio and Pennsylvania—those who are gen
erally known as Randallites—yesterday and
to-day. They have been planning to meet
the President’s message. They have con
vinced themselves, apparently, from their
utterances that in the language of one of
them “it will soon blow over.” They say the
only tax reduction bill that can or will be
passed in the House at this session is one re
pealing the tobacco taxes and making such
conservative reductions in the tariff as will
not disturb the infant industries. The cut
on sugar being the most marked, they think
that no other hill will be reported from the
Waj's and Means Committee, but on this
point they are mistaken.
While it is probable that the tax reduc
tion bill that will pass the House will con
tain a repeal of the tobacco taxes, it is not
probable that the tax reduction bill to be
reported by the Ways and Means Commit
tee will do so. Speaker Carlisle no more
desires the repeal of the tobacco taxes than
the President does, nor will the Chairman of
the Committeee on Ways and Means nor
the majority of its men'll >ers. The great
majority of the Democratic party in Con
gress have already taken their stand
at the President’s side and are
looking forward to the next campaign with
eagerness. The Republicans are already
qualifying the expressions of pleasure with
which they greeted the message, with the
prediction that the Democrats will be
straddling the tariff issue before next fali.
It is on this weak-kneed straddling that the
Republicans really place their hope-.
Representative W. C. P. Breckinridge
said to-night: “The tax reduction bill that
the House will pass will necessarily be a
compromise, because we tariff reformers
have not a majority. The President lays
down the principles which we all firmly
believe, but we can only put them in prac
tice to a certain extent. Ho speaks from
his standpoint. We shall have to act from
The Negotiations Have Not Been
Broken Off in a Disagreement.
Washington, Dec. B.—Secretary Bayard
said to the News correspondent to-day that
there was not the slightest foundation for
the report that the fisheries negotiations had
been broken off in a disagreement. The
negotiations have been adjourned until Sat
urday when they will be resumed. He
could not say what their duration would be,
but he felt sure that no one would begrudge
the time necessary to settle such an im
portant question. He would, of course, say
nothing about tbe negotiations themselves,
but it is understood' that while the negotia
tions are proceeding slowly the negotiators
feel hopeful of reaching a satisfactory set
WHAT HAS BEEN DISCUSSED.
It is also understood that so far the ne
gotiations have dealt only with the ques
tions as to the rights of our fishing vessels
in Canadian ports and as to the rights of
Canadian fishing vessels in our ports, includ
ing the three-mile limit problem. Minister
of Marine Foster, of the Dominion govern
ment, the most active of the Dominion
officers in all the dealings with our fishing
ves els of the past two years, has arrived,
and is advising the British Commissioners,
particularly as to the policy heretofore pur
sued by the Dominion government and
the facts and theories upon which
it was based. He urges them to resist the
claims of the United States that our fishing
vessels are entitled to all the commercial
rights in Canadian ports which we accord to
Canadian fishing vessels in our ports, and
that the three mile limit should follow the
indentation and curves of the coast.
The Cases Which Will Come Before the
House This Session.
Washington, Dec. 8. —In compliance
with the act of Congress of March, 1887,
relative to contested election cases, the
Clerk of the House laid before that body to
day such portions of the testimony in all of
•the contested cases as the parties in interest
have agreed upon or as seemod proper to
the Clerk. These portions have lieen printed
and indexed, together with the notice of
contest and answers, and are now ready for
delivery to the Committee on Elections.
The cases in which notice of contest have
been given are the following: Nathan Frank
against John M. Glover, Ninth Congres
sional district of Missouri; Robert Lowery
vs. James B. White, Twelfth district of In
diana; J. V. McDuffie vs. A. C. Davidson,
Fourth district of Alabama: Robert Smalls
vs. William Elliott, Seventh district of
South Carolina: F. J. Sullivan vs. Charles
N. Felton, Fifth district of California;
Geoge H. Thobe vs. John G. Carlisle, Sixth
district of Kentucky; N. E. Worthington
vs. Phillip S. Post, Tenth district of Illinois;
Joseph D. Lynch vs. William Vandeveer,
Sixth district of California.
WOMEN IN WANT.
A Niece of Andy Jackson and Robert
Washington, Dec. 8. —Night before last
Mrs. America Davidson, a niece of President
Andrew Jackson, arrived here from Walla-
Walla, AV. TANARUS., with her three young grand
children, on her way to friends in Virginia
in utterly destitute circumstances. She had
been hefped by charitable persons to get
here, but arrived without a dollar. She was
cared for by one of the hotels yesterday and
to-day was sent to her destination.
It is stated that Secretary Whitney paid
the balance of the sum necessary to secure
the admission of great grand
daughter of Robert Morris to the home for
old ladies. Some SBO was raised by a news
paper subscription for this purpose.
Mails tor Mexico.
Washington, Dec. B.—The constantly
increasing trade by mail between this coun
try and Mexico under the postal convention
concluded last spring in the maximum
weight permitted in parcels exchanged
under its term. Postmaster General V ilas
is negotiating with a view to having the
maximum raised to eleven pounds. .Should
he accomplish this, as he expects, the mail
trade between the two countries would be
greatly stimulated, and the Post Office
Department will go more deeply than ever
into tho express business.
Free Delivery for Rome.
Washington, Dec. a—Free mail deliv
ery service has been ordered to be estab
lished at Rome, Ga., the service to com
mence Jan. 1 next.
Men of Acknowledged Learning Read
Washington, Dec. B.—The Evangelical
Alliance Conference to-day devoted its
morning session to hearing and discussing a
paper upon “The Perils of the Family,” by
Rev. AV. S. Dille, of Auburndale, Mass.;
one by Col. J L. Greene, of Hartford,
Conn., on “The Social A’ice,” and one by
President John Eaton, of Marietta, 0., col
lege, on “Illiteracy.”
At the afternoon session Dr. McCosh,
President of Princeton University, read a
paper on “The Church in Relation to tho
Capital and Labor Question,” wnich occu
pied the entire session with its discussion.
Mrs. Cleveland was in attendance at the
evening session, which was presided over
by Senator Hawley, of Connecticut.
The paper of the evening was by Rev.
James 'Manning, of New York, on “The
Christian Resources of Our Country.”
Prof. Gilman, of Johns Hopkins Univer
sity,spoke upon “The Intellectual Resources
of the Country,” and#tlie subject was dis
cussed by Rev. William E. Hatcher, of
Richmond, Ya., who said that in the
Southern States, Kentucky and West Vir
ginia not being included, there are 4,000,000
Christians out of a total population of
-0,000,000. The South, he said, would com
pare favorably with other sections of the
country in religious matters. The people of
the South are imbued with strong religious
principles. They believe firmly in the Bible,
they venerate and keep the Sabbath* and
divorces are rare.
BARBOUR FOR SENATOR.
Democratic Members of the Virginia
Assembly in Caucus.
Richmond, Va., Dec. B.—A caucus of
the Democratic members of the General
Assembly to-night nominated by acclama
tion Hon. John S. Barbour for election as
United States Senator to succeed Senator
Riddleberger, whose term will expire
March 4, 1889. The caucus also made the
following nominations for State officers:
Secretary of the Commonwealth—Henry
Auditor of Public Accounts—Morton
Second Auditor —F. G. Ruffin.
Treasurer —A. AV. Harmon.
Superintendent of the Penitentiary—AV.
All of the officers above named are pres
Capt. J. H. O’Bannon, of this city, was
nominated for Public Printer, vice A. R.
Micon, and Thomas H. Whitehead, of
Lynchburg for Commissioner of Agricul
ture vice Randolph Harrison.
The Republicans also held a caucus to
night. but made no nominations for United
States Senator. They nominated, however,
candidates for all the State offices. It is
understood that Gen. Mahoue will be com
plimented with a nomination for United
States Senator, and that Senator Riddle
beger will get some votes in the caucus.
COAL OR BLOOD.
Settlers in Kansas Stop Trains and
Forcibly Help Themselves.
AVichita, Kan., Dec. B.—A widespread
coal famine has prevailed through the en
tire western part of Kansas for some time.
The railroad companies have been shipping
hundreds of car-loads of coal through from
Colorado to this city and Eastern points,
but only once in a while can they lie in
duced to drop off a load in the western part
of the State. One night last week
the farmers captured a train of coal
cars and took what they wanted. Private
dispatches to this city say another mob of
settlers last night took in charge another
train and filled their wagons. They left
their names and money for wnat they took,
and told the train hands that the railroad
company could arrest them if it wanted to.
Some of the farmers live fifty and seventy
five miles from the railroad, and great suf
fering has been the result of tbe lock of
fuel. Settlers complain that they are at the
mercy of a monopoly, and that they cannot
fet enough fuel to keep their families warm.
rouble is feared if the railroad does not
furnish fuel for the AVestern settlers, as they
have grown desperate. Upon one of the
wagons, which was filled with coal last
night, was the motto “Coal or blood.”
A BOMB CN A CHURCH’S STEPS.
The Fuse Had Been Lighted, but the
Fire Died Out.
Newark, N. J., Dec. 8. —Quite a stir was
created in the quiet little village of Irving
ton to-day by the discovery of a dynamite
bomb on the steps of the Reformed church.
The fuse had been ignited, but from some
cause the fire had been extinguished before
it reached tho explosive. The bomb is made
from a piece of gas pipe, plugged with lead
at one end. It was found by Mr.
Tanner, one of tho elders of the church. It
is not believed that the tomb was left on
the church steps by any person in the vil
lage, but it is thought that s me passer bv
was guilty of the act. There was a gather
ing of children in the church last night, ami
had the explosive done the work intended,
the loss of life would probably have been
BISHOP LEE’S SUCCESSOR.
The Convention Meets at Wilmington
and Falls to Elect.
Wilmington, Del., Dec. B.—The Episco
pal Diocesan Convention adjourned this af
ternoon, after two days’ session, without
electing a successor to Bishop Lee, the pur
pose for which it was called. Rev. Boyd
Vincent, of Pittsburg; Joseph Cary, of Sar
atoga, N. Y., and Dr. E. H. Kingsolving, of
Philadelphia, were in turn nominated by
the clerical delegates, but failed to receive
the two-thirds voteof the lay delegates nec
essary to their confirmation. The election
was postponed until the annual meeting of
the convention at Dover In June.
Cutting Off Committees. *
Washington, Dec. B.—Mr. Springer
offered in the House to-day a resolution pro
viding for the abolition of the committees
on Pacific railroads, invalid pensions,
mileage militia and improvement of the
Mississippi river, and the transfer of their
functions to other committees. Provision is
also made for a general increase of the mem
bership of the remaining committees and
the rearrangement of their duties to some
Congress Adjourns Till Monday.
Washington, Dec. 8. —After the reading
of the journal and tho presentation of a
few department communications the Senate
this morning, on motion of Mr. Farwell,
adjourned till Monday next.
The House adjourned to-day at 12 o’clock
until Monday, after the introduction of a
few resolutions relating to amendment of
the rules. ___
A New Standing Committee.
Washington, Dec. 8. —TheJJouse Com
mittee on Rules will probably report favor
ably Representative Dingley’s proposition
creating a standing committee on naviga
tion and fisheries, to consider all questions
affecting our shipping and fishing indus
SAVANNAH, GA., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 0, 1887.
NEXT YEAR'S CONVENTION
THE REPUBLICANS TO MEET AT
CHICAGO JUNE 19.
Time and Place Named at a Meeting
of the Republican National Commit
tee at Washington Yesterday—
Blaine’s States Said to Have Run
Things Their Own Way.
AVashington, Dec. B.—The Republican
National Committee this afternoon selected
Chicago as the place and June 19 as the
time for the next Republican National Con
vention. The selection was made in the
new club bouse of tho Republican National
League, on Thomas Circle, formerly occu
pied by the Chinese Legation. Both the
time and place of holding the convention
were dictated by Mr. Blaine. He was
represented not only by his special friends,
Stephen B. Elkins, of New Mexico, and
Powell Clayton, of Arkansas, members of
the committee, but by Joseph Marley, of
Augusta, who arrived this morning, and
Representative William Walter Phelps, of
New Jersey, who had the latest advices from
Blaine. The committee had a very simple
and easy task apart from the necessity of
listening to the delegations representing
Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Minneapolis,
Omaha and St. Louis, none of which had
the least chance of receiving the conven
tion. The committee had only to ask what
Blaine wished, and then to do it. It was
entirely subservient to tho will of tho man
whom its members believe almost without
exception will lie the next candidate. To
night the members of the committee, and
numerous Republican Senators and Repre
sentatives are praising Mr. Blaine’s Tribune
interview, and drinking Mr. Blaine’s health
in champagne and whisky, asjhe guest of
the Republican National League at its club
house. The only disputed question among
them appears to be who shall be nominated
The Committee was called to order at
11 o’clock this morning, in room No. 150 of
the Arlington Hotel, by B. F. Jones, of
Pennsylvania, its chairman. Samuel Fes
senden, of Connecticut, acted as Secretary.
In a brief speech, Chairman Jones stated
the object of the meeting as follows:
Gentlemen of the Committee: As stated in
the call, this meeting is for the purpose of se
lecting the time and place for holding the next
Republican National Convention, and also to
consider such other matters as may properly lie
brought iiefore it. As everything connected,
however remotely;, with the government of this
great country is important, our action to-day
inay have far reaching results. We should there
fore carefully consider such subjects as
may tie-brought before us that we may decide
wisely. We may congratulate ourselves on the
improved prospects of the Republican party
since the national committee met in this city
four years ago for the same purpose that we are
now assembled. At that time the majority
against the Republican party in the North, at
the last preceding general State elections,
counted up into hundreds of thousands. Tbe
great States of New York, Pennsylvania and
Ohio had Democratic Governors. NewYork’s was
elected by nearly 200,000 plurality, which was
reduced for the same candidate in the Presi
dential election to less than 1.100. Though by
accident the Democratic party have the presi
dency and the prestige of success, the signs are
auspicious for the election of a Republican Presi
dent in 18H8. Tbe movement acquired by twen
ty-five years of the prevalence of Republican
principles has not yet lost its force, anti the ma
terial interests of the country are still prosper
ous as a result of Republican industrial legisla
tion. Recent utterances, however, indicate
a determination to end to is prosperity
by adverse legislation forced upon
the country by an administration hostile to
American Industry and also indicate the neces
sity of the return lo newer of the Republican
party in the national government so that
American industry, wool growing and sugar
raising equally with iron making and textile
production, may have continued prosperity and
employes in these industries constant employ
ment and continued good wages, such as
American workmen should receive.
CALL OF THE ROLL.
The roll was then tailed, and every State
and Territory, with one or two exceptions,
was represented by a delegate or proxy.
The delegate selected from the State of
Kentucky, J. Z. Moore, having removed
from that State, Air. Brownlow, of Tennes
see, moved that Hon. (4. M. Thomas lie ad
mitted as committeeman to represent Ken
tucky. He stated that the Republican
members of Congress from that State had
met and selected Mr. Thomas as a member
of the committee. A question arose
as to the right of the commit
tee to admit the gentleman to member
ship except upon certification of the State
Committee, and the further point was made
that no resignation had been received from
Mr. Moore. At the suggestion of Mr.
Clarkson, of lowa, Mr. Brownlow modified
his motion so as to provide that Mr. Thomas
be admitted as temporary Representative
of Kentucky at the present meeting, and as
modified the motion was agreed to.
A committee of three members of the Re
publican National League appeared, and
through its chairman, J. Hale-Sypher, re
newed the invitation tendered by the league
to the committee to hold its meetings at the
league headquarters, and the invitation
was unanimously and cordially accepted.
The committee then adjourned to re
assemble at tho league club house.
CLAIMS OF THE CITIES.
Delegations were present to urge the
claims of Minneapolis, Omaha, Chicago, St.
Louis, Cincinnati and Philadelphia. Each
delegation was given fifteen minutes to pre
sent, its case. Col. William C. Elam, of
Richmond, presented an argument in favor
of the Republican party of that State. He
was accompanied, he said, by members of
the Senate and House of Representatives
of Virginia and by its five or six Re
publican members of Congress, and they
represented the Republican party of Vir
ginia. He read a paper which had been
prepared in the form of an address to the
committee and which reviewod the history
of the Republican party in that State since
1878. Under the old management the party
had been so badly beaten in 1878 that it had
become disheartened and demoralized. In
1878 the Chairman of tho State Executive
Committee had united with the Bourbons in
an effort to organize anew party. Local in
fluences, which had I wen steadily at work,
had resulted in 18711 in the disruption
of the Virginia Democracy. Tho Rt publi
can rank and file had gone over to Mahoue,
■while the others had joined tho extreme
Rourbons. The Republicans had from that
time until 188 b abandoned the field to the
foe. The election in Virginia had been
egregiously misrepresented. They had car
ried 50 on tof 100 counties, had elected 10
out of 10 Senators and carried 7 out of 10
Congressional districts. And all this they
had done with strictly Republican votes.
He stated these facts to show that the
national Republican organization of Vir
ginia was not ineffective or unsuccessful,
and to demonstrate that with the cordial
recognition and support of the national
Republican party Virginia would give her
electoral votes next year to the Republican
candidate for tho Presidency.
The first formal ballot, resulted as follows:
Whole number of ballots cast 47
Necessary to a choice 24
Chicago received 25!
St. Louis 1
The second formal ballot resulted:
Mr. Gallagher, delegate from the Now
York Workingmen’s party, was, on applica
tion, admitted to present the views of that
party. He asked of the committee some
recognition of the cause of labor. Ho want
ed tho committee to further the views of the
labor party in the direction of a high pro
tective tariff, strong navy, more coast de
fenses, internal improvements, compulsory
education and other matters; and to use up
the surplus nud protect the labor of Ameri
can workingmen. They ask for the enfran
chisement of white slaves, as they bad wit
nessed that of black slaves.
There are a few men on the Republican
National Committee who are not for Blaine.
They express considerable indignation at
the dictatorial way in which the Blaine
men rode over them to-day. They also
accuse the Blaine men of improper methods.
A RECEPTION AT NIGHT.
Probably the most notable social gather
ing of Republican leaders, ever held in this
city, assembled at the club house of the Re
publican National Ijoague this evening on
the occassion of the reception tendered by
the league to the National Republican Com
mittee. Almost all the Republican mem
bers of both branches of Congress as well
as many ex-Congressmen, and well known
Republican politicians, were present. The
members of the National Republican Com
mittee, and the membei-sof the visiting del
egations here in behulf of their
respective cities, were in attendance
to a man. Flowers, national flags and
portraits of prominent Republicans
alxmndod in all the rooms, and placards
bearing the mottoes of Republican doctrines
were displayed throughout the House. The
main idea contained in the latter was pro
tection to American industry and enter
prise, and this was the keynote of all the
speeches delivered during the evening.
The K] leakers assailed the President’s utter
ances on the tariff in his recent message to
Congress and advocated protection to
American labor. At times the enthusiasm
ran to high pitch. Speeches were delivered
by Senators Cullom, Stewart of Nevada,
Allison, Hawley and Evarts, Murat Hal
stead, of the Cincinnati Cow mereial-Ga
zette, Delegate Plummer, of Dakota, and
Representatives Cutcheon, of Michigan,
Morrow, of California, and McComas, of
Lord Hartington Presides at a Confer
ence in London.
London, Dec. B.—Lord Hartington pre
sided at a conference in Westminster Hall
to-day of Liberal Unionists. Many leaders
of the party were on the platform. Six
hundred delegates were present.
Earl of Derby offered a resolution in
favor of increased exertions to strengthen
the Unionist party. Ho said that the con
stituencies, especially those of Scotland,
showed a market! increase of feeling in
favor of the Dissidents. The Irish question
hail been so prolonged that it is possible that
the people might say it must be settled
somehow, but they should bo made to un
derstand that the granting of an Irish Par
liament would be no settlement, but only
the beginning of an agitation as violent and
as troublous as the last one.
Mr. Hartington, replying to a voteof con
fidence, denied that the Unionists had de
serted Liberal principles, which, he said, did
not belong to one man or one party. If
they had agreed to Mr. Gladstone’s home
rule scheme, they would have falsified the
pledges they had made before the general
NO CHANGE IN THE METHODS. '
Lord Hartington continued: “Wo were
told that the mode of operation in Ireland
had been changed, owing to the sympathy
of Englishmen. But we did not see such a
great change. Boycotting, intimidation,
resistance at evictions and non-payment of
rents continued as before, with the open
support of a portion and the toleration of
all the English home rulers. Remem
ber Mitchellstown has been flung
forth to animate tbe passions of the people
in their struggle against the law. Every
method of open resistance short of rebellion
has been resorted to, with the tacit consent
of Mr. Gladstone and the Liberal leaders.
The Unionists had a satisfactory under
standing with the Conservatives, and would
continue to act with them.”
Referring to the fair trade movement,
Mr. Hartington said it was not possible to
speak in too strong terms of those who
spoke of returning to the policy of protec
tion. He hoped tbe Conservative loaders
would weigh well the consequences before
they gave their succor and support to a
policy which would lead to the disruption of
the Unionist party. Those who advocated
fair t rade must be responsible for the conse
quences. Mr. llartington’s remarks were
A BANQUET AT NIOHT.
Lord Hartington presided at a banquet in
the evening. There were 750 guests pres
ent, including all the leading Unionists.
Mr. Goschen, in the course of a speech, said
■that as a member of the government he
would say deliberately that he did not be
lieve there would be advanced a single
principle, executive, administrative or
fiscal, which would cause any difficulty be
tween the Conservatives and Dissidents.
He Must go to Jail for a Month for Pub
Dublin, Dec. B.—Edward Harrington,
Member of Parliament, was tried in
Tralee Court to-duy, on a charge of pub
lishing fri his paper reports of meetings of
suppressed branches of the national league.
The defendant’s solicitor objected to the
proofs offered of his client’s guilt, but the
magistrate overruled the objection. The
solicitor then withdrew from the case. Mr.
Harrington was found guilty and sentenced
to one month’s imprisonment without hard
labor. Notice was given of an appeal from
The court offered to release Mr. Harring
ton on his own recognizance if he would
agree not to publish any more reports of
meetings of suppressed branches of the
league, but Mr. Harrington refused to give
such a promise.
Mr. Mandeville, who is a prisoner in Tul
lamore jail, has been subjected to bread
and water diet for forty-eight hours for re
fusing to clean his cell.
THE LOYALIST RALLY.
London, Dec. 8. —Mr. Dillon, in a speech
at Islington, this evening, said that the
Nationalists intended to publish an analysis
showing that the persons on the platform at
the recent meeting in Dublin addrossjd by
Lord Hartington, were chiefly castle offi
cials, Orangemen and lawyers.
Berlin, Dec. 8. —A private telegram from
San Remo reports that the doctors attend
ing the Crown Prince have completely
changed their opinion regarding the nature
of his disease.
The Magdffburffer Zeitung correspondent
at San Remo says that during the past few
days the physicians attending the Crown
Prince have expressed hopes, not only that
his life will be pre.-verved, ImCalso that he
will completely recover from his throat
AN AMOROUS OLD FRAUD,
HARPER MADE LOVE TO HIS FAIR
Kisses and Promises of a Rldo Tliey
Took Just Before the Crash Cnme-
A Messenger Betrayed the Old Rep
robate’s Confidence by Appro
-1 [printing- Letters Glvon Him to De
Cincinnati, Dee. S. —The Enquirer this
morning prints fao simile letters, which it
says were furnished by Charles Hopkins,
son of the Assistant Cashier, Benjamin E.
Hopkins, of the Fidelity Bank. They pur
port to be letters sent by Hamer to Miss
Josie Holmes, his former exchange
clerk. It is explained that after
the failure, Harper professed the
warmest friendship for his assistant
cashier, Hopkins, and promised to do every
thing that could be done to shield him.
Young Hopkins was correspondingly kind
to Harper and became his messenger to
carry letters to and from Miss Holmes.
While in this office he liegan to suspect that
Harper was arranging y> shirk upon Hop
kins the responsibility of all the transactions
with grain brokers, and young Hopkins, to
placo Harper within bis power, conceived
the bold design of concealing the letters
and delivering verbal messages only.
This worked well enough until Miss
Holmes visited the jail. Harper was furious
upon learning of the treachery of his mes
senger, and has since been cold toward Hop
kins. The loiters were in cipher, which was
easily read. Harper also sent three checks
to Miss Holmes, which Hopkins suppressed
and turned over to District Attorney Bur
net. They aggregated $700,1X10, and it is
presumed they were intended to be placed
so as to cover up some of the crooked
transactions of his lunik. Ono for $;00,00()
was dated Feb. 28. The otners were for
S2OO,(XXI each, ami were dated June 27. The
lettei-s of Harper to Mi s Holmes are as ar
dent as those of any lover could Ik-. In the
first one ho instructed her about what sho
should say in her testimony. She answered
saying she would be ns evasive ns she could
lie, but feared she could not testify as he
wanted her to. She said he had made a
botch sending “H.” to seo her, and asked
him why ho did not go when he had a
chance. She asked him to send her a law
yer to advise her how to testify.
PROTESTATIONS OF LOVE.
To this Harper replied with many pro
testations of love for his bright angel, and
upbraided her for her coldness, and espe
cially for her cool suggestion that ho should
have flown. It looked to him as though she
wanted to got rid of him. He re
minded her of his talk during their
last ride together, that ho said
the worst thing would lie their
separation, and that she said that would fie
and pressing a kiss on his lips said she would
go to prison with him, or if that could not
be would visit him daily. He begged her to
get well and come to' him before she got
into the safe deposit tiox, otherwise all
would tie spoiled. He nlso urged her to de
cline to be interviewed. In one of her notes
Miss Holmes said to Harper: “Your wife
has $300,000. 1 have nothing now to do but
to die, with your family disgracing ine as
they have done in the last two days.”
READY FOR THE DEFENSE.
The examination of witnesses for the pros
ecution was concluded to-day, without
adding a further sensation. Then Judge
Wilson asked the court to give him a little
time to prepare for opening the case for the
defense, and the court adjourned until to
morrow at 10 o’clock. It is expected that
Harper will be placed on the stand, and
that no other witness will bo called. The
prosecution made no reference to the publi
cation of the cipher letters between Hariier
and Miss Holmes.
CLENCHES HIS TEETH.
Harper was seen at the jail this morning
by a reporter an:l was asked what he had to
say about the publication of his letters to
Miss Holmes, liarpor paused a moment,
and then, with clenched teeth, said: “You
can say tiiat Charley Hopkins did not pub
lish other letters that would have benefited
me as much as it would his father, and that
lie did not publish anything about the $lO
I gave him for her. Now will you
excuse met’ and he finished his
toilet and went upstairs, where his
wife and his sister were in waiting to take
him to the court room. In the court room
Harper gave his usual polite attention to his
wife, and showed but little trae; of trouble.
His wife, however, sat like a statue, as
though oblivious of hor surroundings. There
is no dout t of the authenticity of the letter.
Edward M. Watson, the attorney sent
from Washington to assi-t District At
torney Burnet in the Harper trial, died sud
denly last evening at the residence of Dr.
Kemper, from tho rupture of a blood vessel.
The love letter episode makes a world of
sympathy for Mrs. Harper, but it creates
correspondingly hard feeling against liar
per. The court, upon the close of the gov
ernment’s testimony to day, of its own
motion ruled out four of the counts in tho
indictment as being imperfectly drawn.
As there are 55 counts in all, these show but
a small figure to the defendant's credit. It
is an unusual and remarkable fact that not
a single exception has so far been taken to
any ruling of the court. Moreover, tho
rulings have generally been made with hut
FAILURE OF A BANK.
County Officials Lose Heavily on
Chicago, Dec. B.—A special from Btow
artville, Mo., states that the Stewartvillo
bank of Buck & Mi Croskoy was closed yes
terday. It is impossible to learn the liabil
ities. The asset s are practically nothing.
Eli Burton, County Treasurer, has S47,(XX)
on deposit, and will lose it all. The county
will lose nothing, as it is protected by his
bond-men. Judge King, of tho County
Court of DeKalb county, will lose fid,(Ml.
All of tho merchants and many farmers are
victims to a greater or less extent. Mr.
Buck, the senior partner, claims that the
assets are ample to meet all liabilities if
A SILVER CITY RANK FAILS.
Silver City, N. M., Dec. B.— Great ex
citement has been caused by the failure of
Meredith & Alnian, bankers, who assigned
to-day. George I). Goldman. Cashier of
the Silver City National Bunk, in a notice
on the door says tho money was not wasted
in speculation, but is loaned to people of our
country who have property, but no money.
Mr. Meredith is County Treasurer arid
makes the county a preferred creditor for
about $20,000. About 80 per cent, of the
HiiVer City National Bank was owned by
the firm, which has been weak since the
ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE MARKET.
Louisville, Ky., Dec. 8.-—Amos Mc-
Carnpbeil & Cos., bankers and dealers on
margins, closed their doors in this city
to-day. The members of the firm say they
have been on tho wrong side of the market
for some time and could not stand tho
pressure. Branches in St. Paul, Minne
apolis and New Orleans, Mobile and Montr
gomery are also involved. The entire lia
bilities are placed at $26,000. The assets
AUSTRIA WON’T BE RASH.
A Grapple with Rusela to be Avoidod
as Long as Possible.
Festh, Dec. B.—lu the bost informed
circles the situation arising from the re
enforcement of Russian troops in Poland iH
not regarded as portending any immediate
danger. Nothing more will be done yet
beyond the sending of a warning to Russia
that Austria is watchful and will not leave
unanswered any further military measures
that Russia may take. Austria will
not precipitate counter measures because
she does not desire to leave Russia without
a loophole or to give her retreat the appear
ance of being due to Austrian menace. It
is expected that Austria will grant to Rus
sia a l rief delay for furnishing a spon
taneous explanation of the massing of her
troops. Meanwhile Austrian preparations
will quietly continue. The pross regard
matters in a perfectly calm spirit.
AUSTRIA NTRENOTHtNO HER FORTS.
Vienna, Nov. B.—The War Office is tak
ing measures to permanently increase the
facilities by which troops can be mobilized,
and to place Galicia in better position lor
defense. The Przemysl fortress, tho most
important defense work in tho province, is
lining surrounded by a net work of rail
roads, and track has been added to the
Hungarian Galician railroad. Other forti
fications are lieing erected. These prepara
tions will enable a large force to be thrown
into Galicia at the shortest notice. No
extra force will lie stationed in Galicia.
THE MILITARY COUNCIL
Emperor Francis Joseph presided to-day
at the Military Council. Count Kalnoky,
the Imperial Prime Minister, was also pres
ent. It was decided not to summon
the delegations for the present,
as Russia has apparently stopped
her menacing movements. Measures
for the mobilization of troops were arranged
which will lie immediately adopted, should
Russia continue massing troops on the fron
tier. The public is not unduly excited, but
it is resolved to meet any attack that may
be made with firmness. In leading cities,
the idea tiiat. Austria intends to givo Russia
provocation for war, is repudiated.
The Emperor has summoned another Mil
itary Council for to-morrow. Col. ZujefT,
the Russian military attache hero, has lieen
summoned to Hfc Petersburg.
RUSSIA’S PACIFIC PROFESSIONS.
St. Petersburg, Deo. B.—Well informed
persons assert that the Russian Govern
ment’s intentions are entirely pacific, and
that public opinion m Russia is also in favor
of peace. Predictions of an approaching
conflict between Russia and Austria are
more unjustifiable uftor the recent Imperial
meeting at Berlin, as the rapprochement
then effected can but contribute
to the g: ueral fieace by involving
Austria in similar pacific developments.
Tho Russian movements on the frontier con
sist merely of the dispatching thither of a
division of cavalry, not with an aggressive
idea, but for the protection of certain
localities. The city of Lublin is exposed to
attacks by an enemy, against which pru
dence recommends that provision lie made
in view of the important military prepara
tions now proceeding in Austria.
RUSSIA REFUSES a LOAN.
London, Dec. !>, 4 a. m. —The Paris cor
respondent of the Times learns tiiat tho
Russian government has just refused the
offer of a Parisian syndicate to guarantee
the raising of a loan of SISO, (XX), (XX). This
action, he says, is proof of Russia’s pacific
The Standard gives some supplementary
information relative to the forged Bismarck
letters. It says that the letters
sent- back to Prince Bismarck from
Russia consisted of two series—
diplomatic messages in tho usual
form and confidential letters to the Czar
alone. The purpose of the lettters seem
to have been two-fold: To stimulate the
Czar against Germany and to create good
will between the Czar and Prince Ferdinand
of Bulgarin. A prominent member of the
Czar’s family, who is connected with the
Orleans family, is implicated in the plot.
BOULANGER FOR WAR MINISTER.
Goblet will Bring the General to the
Paris, Dec. B.—lt is stated that M. Goblet,
who has undertaken the task of forming a
ministry, intends to demand that Gen. Bou
langer shall be Minister of War.
M. Paul de Roulede resigned the Presi
dency of the Patriotic league because of a
disagreement with the Executive Commit
tee in relation to his action during the Pres
It is refiorted to-night that the
Cabinet will be composed as fol
lows: M. Goblet, President of the Council,
nnd Minister of the Interior; M. Ribot,
Minister of Justice; M. Flourens, Minister
of Foreign Affairs; M Rinard, Minister of
Education; M. Loubet, Minister of Agri
culture; M. Menard-Dorian. Minister of
Public Works; M. Clamageran, Minister of
Finance; M. Siegfried, Minister of Com
merce; M. Bourgeois, Minister of Marine;
Gen. Fevrier, or Gen. Thomassin, Minister
M. Goblet still finds difficulty in forming
a Cabinet. It is not, probable that official
announcement of the composition of the
Cabinet will lie published until Haturday.
RIBOT REFUSES TO ENTER.
M. Goblet has been foiled by the refusal
of M. Ribot to remain in a Cabinet in which
two portfolios are given to members of the
Extreme left—M. Sigismond Lacroix anil
M. Menard-Dorian. A prolonged conference
was held between President Carnot nnd M.
Goblet and M. Ribot, tho I’resident support
ing M. Goblet, but no agreement was ar
M. Rieard, who is President of the union
of the Left, joins M. Ribot in refusing to
enter the Cabinet. M. Goblet regards M.
Ricard’s action as a refusal of the union of
the Lift to eo-ojierate, and he w ill probably
resign the task of forming a Ministry. If
M. Goblet does resign the task M. Rouvier
will probably be called to head a mollified
It is reported that the dissension between
M. Goblet and M. Itibot is due to other
reasons besides the share of the radicals in
the government, notably to differences in
regard to the income tax and worship
The Downing Party Bwears In a New
Chief and Assistant*
St. Louis, Dec. 8. —The latest informa
tion from Tahlequah, I. T. p is that the
patience of the Downing party having be
come exhausted waiting for the Senate to
count and declare the vote of the late elec
tion for Chief and Assistant Chief of the
Nation, ttiey last evening swore in Judge
Mays as Chief and Ham Smith as Assistant
Chief, und then conducted them to the ex
ecutive office, whore the lata Chief Bushy
head was apprised of the situation and re
quest! and to jienceabiy vacate, which he did.
Notwithstanding this irregular way of in
ducting the Chief into office, no disturbance
ensued, anil C ief Mays says that order
shall be fully preserved.'
Pig Iron Affected by the Message.
London, Doc. 8. —President Cleveland’s
message has caused excitement in the Scotch
pig iron market, and prices are ruing.
(PRICF.9IO % YEAR. I
WOOIFOI.K'S TURN NOW.
THE LAST WITNESS FOR THE
Witnesses Tell of Threats Being Made
by the Prisoner Long Before the
Crime was Committed—A Desire to
Obtain Control of His Father’s Prop*
erty Manifested for Months.
Macon, Ga., Dec. B.—The fourth flay of
the Woolfolk trial was concluded today.
The first witness of importance examined
by the State was John Owens, a negro
whitewashes who testified that Wool folic,
pointing to bis father’s property, said:
“Do you seo all of this property around
here! It tielongs to me and my two sisters.
Some day I w ill have every bit of it.”
The most sensational evidence elicited
during the morning was sworn to by Bone
Davis. It was not only of a startling
nature, but was new testimony, never
having been made public before. It was
damaging to the prisoner, anil contained an
ineendiarv threat. Mr. Davis testified that
he saw Woolfolk in March, when the latter
rode some distance in his buggy with him.
lie asked Woolfolk if he was going to his
father’s. Woolfolk said no, but that he
might go there uftor a while. He said his
father did not like him. He drank a little
and spread around some, which Ins father
called loafing, and be would not let him
stay about home unless he worked. Wool
folk further said: “Father is independent
and I am . de|iendeiit, but by fire will
make them as dependent ns I am. I will
not stand it, anil will see tho last one of
them in before I stand it.” The wit
ness here clinched his fist in imitation of
how Woolfolk did.
The witness was rigidly cross-examined,
but did not alter his statement, which made
a profound impression ou the large crowd
in the court room.
On the same line J. Danenberg,a merchant
horn, testified that in the year 1885 Wool
folk rented a store from him on Third street
and paid him tho rent. One day he said
when ho came into the store: “You are a
smart man and know a great deal about
law, and can tell mo something.* The
witness told him he knew nothing about
law and was only acquainted with commer
cial law. Woolfolk said he was very poor
now, but one day would lie well off. He
spoke to the witness about* his father’s
property, and said he would vet
die a rich man. He spoke also about his
stepmo’her anil stepsisters, and the impres
sion left on Mr. Dauenberg’s mind was that
he did not like them. He said nothing about
not liking his father.
Other witnesses were examined, but noth
ing of a startling nature was elicited.
The Htate then closed, and the court ad
journed until to-morrow morning at 9
The trial is exciting great interest, which
is increasing as it progrei-ses.
TEXAN BANDITS IN JAIL.
Tha Authorities Had Been on Their
Trail Nearly a Year.
Fort Worth, Tex., Dec. 8. After
months of watching anil pursuit, the ring
leaders of tile famous Brooking gang of
thieves and train robbers were last night
taken to jail. The entire ranger force of
the Pan Handle, in command of Capt. Mo-
Murray and the Sheriffs of three counties,
with their deputies, have been at work on
these cases for nearly a year. The scene of
tile depredations was in Childress, Wil
barger, Baylor aud adjoining portion* of
the Htate. The rohliei lived in canons
and caves mi< l were well organized.
All the big ranebmen have suffered at
their hands, and in one case a whole herd of
cattle was stolen In Green county and taken
to Kansas and sold. The train on its ar
rival last night, hail the ap|*-arance of bear
ing a little army;Winchesters and revolver*
appeared in large numliers. Th* men
placed in Tarrant county jail were Boode
Brooking. Captain of the brigands, C.
Hpencer, Wylie Bell. J. Y. Burke, Mika
Hwain, and Bam Prescott. The Arizona
Kid and three others were left in Vernon
jail. The scene of the crimes of these men
is 176 miles from Fort Worth, bub tfiey are
brought here for fear of rescue.
They Say They Won’t Moderate Duties
Imposed on Import3.
London, Dec. 8. —A meeting to advo
cate fair trade was held in St. James Hall,
to-day. Howard Vincent, Conservative
member of Parliament, asserted that a ma
jority of the Conservative party favored
fair trade as a necessity, in order to find
employment for the increasing population.
He said that other nations used fair trade to
the disadvantage of England.
Resolutions were adopted favoring mod
erate import duties and urging a modifica
tion of the free trade policy.
MUST BE RECKONED WITH.
London, Dec. 9, 4 a. m.—The MominQ
Post, referring somewhat favorably to th
fair trade agitation, says the movement is
rapidly becoming a power which must be
reckoned with politically and socially.
TRAINS TOGETHER IN A FOG.
A Freight Runs Down a Passe ngaf
Cooling a Hot Box.
Council Bluffb, Dec. B.—An out-going
Kansas City, St. Joseph and Council Bluffi
passenger train was run into last night by a
freight train at PercivaJ, and according to
the reports of the officials two tramps on
the freight train were Killed. The passenger
train hail stopped on account of a hot box.
A flagman whs sent back, but the fog was
so dense that the freight engineer could nof
see his signal. Travel was blockade*
Other reports state that the freighteugin
wont almost through a sleeper, and that one
passenger was killed and about twenty in
Two Brakemen Killed.
Brainehd, Minn., Dec. B.—A freight
train ou tho Northern Pacific road
was wrecked near Kim tier ly tbis
morning, and two braken en nameo
Kline and Holmes, were killed. Hieam es
ciyiing from the engine scalded engineer D.
W. Travis, and it is feared that he is so
badly hurt that he will not recover.
South Carolina's Comptroller to Re
Columbia, S. C,, Dec. B.—Hon. William
E. Stoney, Comptroller General of Souui
Carolina, will to-morrow tender his resigna
tion to the Gov. rnor. Mr. Stoney resigns
for the purpose of accepting the position of
Auditor of the South Carolina Railway
Loss of a British Steamer.
London, Die. B.—The British steamer
Lome, plying in Chinese waters, was
wrecked Sundry on the east coast of the
Island of Hainiu. Of those on board sixty
nine were saved. The fate of the others i
unknown. The Lome was 1.066 ton#