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A CALL ON THE PRESIDENT
THE EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE AT
THE WHITE HOUSE.
Eev. Dr. Burchard Among the Visitors
President Cleveland Raises a
Laugh by the Heartiness With
Which He Greeted Him—A Speech by
Washington, Dec. 9.—The White House
this afternoon was invaded by nearly 2,000
members of the Evangelical Alliance, who
called in a body about 1 o’clock to pay their
respects to the President and Mrs. Cleve
land. They were received in the East
Room, and were individually presented to
the president and Mrs. Cleveland by Wil
liam E. Dodge, President of the Alliance,
and Col. John M. Wilson. Mr. Dodge made
a brief address expressing the great pleasure
it gave the Alliance as a body to show their
appreciation of the President and his wife,
who, he said, was especially loved and re
spected by them all. He closed by urging
the President to co-operate with the Alliance
pi the cause of Christianity. The President
replied as follows:
Mr. President: lam glad to meet so large
a delegation from the Evangelical Alliance of
the United States. I understand the purpose of
this alliance to be the application of
Christian rules of conduct to the prob
lems and exigencies of social and polit
ical life. Such a movement cannot fail to pro
duce most valuable results. All must admit
that the reception of the teachings of Chris
tanity results in the purest patriotism, in most
scrupulous fidelity to public trust and in the
best type of citizenship. Those who manage
the affairs of the government are by this means
reminded that the law' of God demands
that they should be courageously
true to the interests of the people, and that the
Ruler of the universe will require of them a
strict accouut of their stewardship. The people,
too, are thus taught that their happiness and
welfare will be best promoted by conscientious
regard for the interest of the common brother
hood, and that the success of a government by
the people depends upon the morality, justice
and honesty of the people. 1 am espe
cially pleased to know that your efforts
are not cramped and limited by denominational
lines, and that your credentials are founded in
broad Christian fellowship. Manifestly if you
seek to teach your countrymen toleration, you
must be tolerant; if you would teach them lib
erality for the opinions of each, you, yourselves,
must be liberal; and if you would teach them
unselfish patriotism, you. yourselves, must
he unselfish and patriotic. There is enough
of work in the field you have entered to enlist
the hearty co-operation of all who believe in
the value and efficacy of Christian teaching and
practice. Your noble missiou. if undertaken in
a broad and generous spirit, will surely arrest
the attention and respectful consideration of
your fellow-citizens; ami your endeavors, con
secrated by benevolence and patriotic love,
must exert a pow erful influence m the enlight
enment and improvement of our people, in il
lustrating the strength and stability of our in
stitutions, and in advancing the prosperity and
greatness of our beloved land.
Rev. Dr. Burchard, of New York, (of
“three R's” fame) was among those pre
sented. The President recognized him at
cnee, and advancing toward him said, with
considerable earnestness and fervor, that
l.e was very glad to see him, whereupon
the crowd of delegates broke into , hearty
Dr. Burchard. solemn as an owl, said
nothing to the President, although the lat
ter said, “I am very glad to see you,” but
be expressed to Mrs. Cleveland his pleasure
at meeting her.
HE SANG THE DOXOLOGY.
Washin ton’s Latest Crank Bobs Up
Before the Alliance.
Washington, Dec. 9. —The Evangelical
Alliance closed its sessions, holding three
crowded meetings, to-day. Bishop Samuel
Harris, of Michigan, was the principal
speaker of the morning session, at which he
delivered an address upon the necessity of
substituting co-operation for competition
Dr. H. Hillup Sehaff, who is termed the
father of the alliance in this country,
spoke, as also did Sam Small and other
While the members of the Alliance were
waiting on the portico of the White House,
just prior to their reception by the Presi
dent aud Mrs. Cleveland, they were joined
by a man who, in a loud voice began to
sing a doxology. He was led off by the
police and is supposed to be the same indi
vidunl who created some excitement and
amusement on tho opening day of Congress
by chanting the doxology from tho galleries
just as the House was culled to order.
COMMITTEES OF THE SENATE.
The Sub-Committee of the Republican
Caucus Has a Hard Time.
Washington, Dec. 9.—The Republican
caucus committee of the Senate has found
the task put upon it by the caucus of ar
rang ng the majority representation upon
the Senate committees an exceedingly try
ing one. It has been in session since last
[Tuesday, and has once or twice neared
■ho completion of the list of assignment,
pvhen an inkling of its work having got
■broad representations and objections have
■ecu made in such number and of
•ueh a character as to require
In entire reconsideration. The work
fcias, however, finished this afternoon. Tho
Republican caucus is called for to-morrow
■Horning. Senator Hoar has the list in
•barge, and would not make it public to
■ay. The Democratic caucus committee,
■hose task is simpler, has its work so far
•dvaneed, that it can complete it at one
•ours session, so soon as the Republican
is laid before it. The committee will
•l obabiy bo appointed by the Senate Mon-
Boy, and the practical work of the session
■fill begin on that day.
Gen. Jackson’s Successor.
■ Washington, Dec. 9.—Four men are
Being actively pressed upon the President
■r Minister to Mexico namely: Judge Todd,
■ tile Supreme Court of Louisiana, John
■irtle Smith, of Mobile, Ala., ex-R<j resen
■tive McKenzie, of Kentucky and A. S.
■nlyer, editor of the Nashville American.
■lere is still every reason to believe that
■r. Thomas B. Connery will bo promoted
B tins post. Ho has made an excellent
Barge de affairs since Gen. Jackson re
IH Randall Out With tlio President.
■Washington, Dec. 9.—Mr. Randall has
B ni ' to Philadelphia to look after his fences,
he will confer with his friends
the manufacturers, as he did before
■ came down here, ns to the course to bo
Brsued in view of the President s message
Bd the report of the Secretary of the
Mr. Randall has not been to see
58' ' 'resident since he camo here last month.
Be relations between him and the admiuis
■'n have change i.
Not Mr. Vilas’ Brother.
■v’asiiington, Dec. 9.—Tho statement
Postmaster General Vilas has a brother
who is unlawfully interested in some
public lands out in .California, is
with the statement that he has but
brothers, Levi, who is a lawyer in Kt.
W ni >d Edward, who is a lawyer ill
neither of whom is interested in
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVEN
Formal Call for the Selection of Dele
Washington, Dfec. 9.—The formal call
for the National Republican Convention
was made public to-night. It says: “The
Republican electors in the several States,
and voters, without • regard to past
political affiliation, differences, or
action, who believe in the
American principle of a protective tariff,
for tho defense and development of home
industries and the elevation of home labor;
who would reduct® national taxes and pre
vent the accumulation of a surplus in the
Treasury in harmony with this principle;
who are opposed to the attempt now more
openly avowed than ever before to establish
a policy which would strike down American
labor to the underpaid and overpressed
workers of foreign nations; who favor a
system of naval and coast defenses
which will enable the United States
to conduct its international negotiations
with self-respect; who gratefully cherish the
defenders of the country; who condemn and
resent the unjust seclusion of rapidly grow
ing territories which have an indisputable
title to admission into the sisterhood
of States; who are in favor of free schools
and popular education; a free and honest
ballot and fair count; protection of every
citizen of the United States in his legal
rights at home and abroad; a foreign policy
that shall extend our trade aud com
merce to every land and clime,
and shall properly support tho
dignity of the nation and the promotion of
friendly and harmonious relations end in
tercourse between all the States, are cor
dially invited to unite under this call in the
formation of a national ticket. Each State
will be entitled to four delegates at large,
and each representative at large, two dele
fates and each Congressional district, each
territory and the District of Columbia to
A Belief that the Reply to this Govern
ment will be Favorable.
Washington, Dec. 9.—There is reason
to believe that the reply of the Mexican gov
ernment to the request of Secretary Bayard
that at this time when no concrete case is
pending, it would take steps to secure the
exemption of citizens of the United States
from the claim of jurisdiction over extra
territorial crime committed upon its citizens,
will be favorable. Secretary Bayard has
prepared as a basis for his request and
transmitted to Mexico a statement of the
law upon the subject as it is recognized and
construed in all civilized countries, the re
sult of exhaustive and intelligent record by
Mr. Moore, the Third Assistant Secretary
of State, which plainly establishes the fact
that the Mexican statutes make an excep
sional claim. It is shown in this statem-lit
that the claim of extra territorial jurisdic
tion, which it sets up has no warrant in in
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.
A Newspaper Correspondent Goes Off
at Half uock.
New York, Dec. 9.—The World corre
spondent at Halifax sent the following to
that paper last night: “Intense excitement
prevails among imperial military officers to
night over what appears to be a deliberate
attempt to blow up the gun cotton tank at
George’s Island. Double guards are patrol
ing the fortifications and orders have been
given to watch the wharves for men at
tempting to land, and to search all ves els
in the harbor. It has been snowing all
night so that it is impossible to see more
than a few yards ah ad. In the centre of
Halifax harbor stands George’s Island. It
is one of the most strongly fortified places
in the world.
COMMANDS CITY AND HARBOR.
“it commands fhe city and sweeps the
entrance to the harbor and its northwest
arm. It is sure destruction to any war
ship attempting to enter Halifax, being
armed witli Ml and 100-ton guns, and upon
it is stored the largest portion of the enor
mous guppies of torpedoes, gun cotton,
powder, shells and other munitions of war
of which Halifax is the depot for North
America. The island is about ail acre in ex
tent. On its northeast shore is sunk a large
tank in which several tons of gun cotton
are stored, enough to blow all Halifax to
pieces. No one is allowed upon or in the
vicinity of the island upon any pretense ex
cept when on duty.
THREE MEN DISCOVERED.
“In the midst of a snow storm at 10
o’clock to-night the daughter of the Sergeant
in charge thought she heard men talking.
She went to the door of her quarters, and
standing upon the gun cotton tank, she
heard three men talking. She called to
them, but they took no notice of her. Then
she raised ap alarm. Some soldiers were
called out and rushed towards the tank.
The soldiers were some little distance away,
and hearing them coining, two of the men
jumped into a boat, whereupon a third
‘Don’t leave me in the lurch after doing
your dirty work.’
“He made a spring for the boat, got in,
and the boat got several yards from shore
before the soldiers reached the tank. A mo
ment lute)- the boat was hidden by the fall
ing snow. The soldiers, being roused out of
bed,. lid not havo their rifles with them and,
consequently, could not capture the intrud
ers. An alarm was immediately raised, and
information conveyed to Gen Lord Alex
ander Russell and staff. Gon. Russell or
dered all the wharves to be guarded, all
vessels smirched, and double guards on duty
to patrol the island all night. A special
guard was also stationed at the gun cotton
THE SUPPOSED OBJECT.
“It is believed that the object of the men
was to bore an augur hole through tho
cover and attach a fuse. If this had been
accomplished, not only George Island, with
its magnificent fortifications, but all the
ships in tho harbor and two-thirds of Hali
fax lmrbor, must have beon destroyed. It
would have been the most tremendous and
terrible explosion of modern times, while
the loss of life would havo been appalling.”
A FALSE REPORT.
Halifax, N. 8., Dec. 9.—The military
authorities here say that the story circu
lated hero last night of an attempt to ex
plode the gun cotton tank at George’s Island
was a hoax. It is said that two men in a
bout in the harbor last night during a tiiick
snow storm, who probably got out of their
course, ran close to George’s Island and
were hailed by the sentry and warned to
keep off. This has probably given rise to
tho report that an attempt bad been made
to explode the gun cotton tank.
Mr. Turner’s New Committee.
Washington, Doi9. —The Speaker has
been working on his committees nil day.
He will have the Committee on Rules ready
on Monday. The latest addition to tho
gossip on the subject cf the committees is
tho statement that Mr. Turner, of Georgia,
chairman of the Committee on Elections in
the last two Congresses, will be one of the
now Democratic members of the Ways and
SAVANNAH, GA., SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1887.
EUROPE FULL OF FEARS.
RUSSIA STILL DISCLAIMS ANY
The Orders for the Recent Movements
of Troops Said to Havo Been Given
Over a Year Ago—Austria Waiting
and Watching Russia in Need of
St. Petersburg, Dec. 9.—lt is semi-offi
cially announced that the reports in Aus
trian and German papers regarding the
movements of Russian troops are inexact.
Since the Czar’s return from Copenhagen
no order has been given for the re-onforee
ment of the troops on the Galician frontier.
Tho recent movements of troops were made
in compliance with orders issued over a
year ago, including the transfer of the
Oseuburg division of cavalry, which was
FRANCE AND RUSSIA.
Paris, Dec. 9.—Mine. Adam has written
a letter to the French press, in which she
suggests that the sphinxos now- in the Tuil
leries be returned to the navy club of Sebns
topol, and that the cross and steeple be re
stored to the old church of St. Vladimer.
La Republique Francaisc and La Gan
loin applaud the proposal. The latter
paper says: “Everv testimony of sympa
thy and esteem for Russia must obtain our
RUSSIA WANTS A LOAN.
London, Dec. 9. —The St. Petersburg cor
respondent of the Daily Neics asserts that
Russia wants a loan, and will be compelled
to accept the stringent terms of French
bankei-s, whose demands have hitherto pre
vented an arrangement being made. The
Berlin market, he says, is closed to Russia.
the forged letters.
Berlin, Dec. 9.—The Cologne Gazette
says that Russia’s hesitation justifies the
supposition that the publication of the
forged letters sent to the Czar concerning
the relations between Germany and Russia
would lead to the identification and com
promise of important personages. “We
must assume,” says the paper, “that
personages, sheltered by sex or position, co
operated to place the forgeries in the Czar’s
hands. Such instruments could be found in
French ladies married into noble Russian
families. Besides these there are Russian
officials and ex-diplomats, and Jesuit and
Polish elements who have actively worked
to produce a breach between Russia aud
Vienna, Dec. 9.—A semi-official denial is
given to the statement that the German
government has recommended that Austria
adopt precautionary military measures.
The meeting of the Military Council was
entirely due to a spontaneous resolution of
the Austrian authorities. Russian move
ments, especially the pushing forward of
troops by echelons toward the Austrian
frontier, continue to excite anxiety in mili
tary circles here. The decision of the Coun
cil yesterday to abstain from further mili
tary measures was taken because the
Austrian frontier forces are already equal
to those of Russia
It is reported that at the Military Coun
cil held to-day, Archduke Albrecht and
Count Kalnoky favored a waiting policy on
the part of Austria, but that Gen. Von
Beck, chief of staff, and other officials ad
vised immediate activity. The Emperor
decided in iavor of moderation. Count
Kalnoky declined to send a note to Russia,
because he thought this would likely pre
CORPS ORDERED MADE READY.
Cracow, Dec. 9.—Orders have been is
sued to place the Fifth, Seventh, Eighth
and Eleventh Russian army corps. Officers
on Tuesday received command of these
corps, all of whom were present at the mili
M. Fallieres Undertakes the Task of
Paris, Dec. 9.—M. Goblet has informed
President Carnot that owing to the refusal
of several statesmen to join him, he is
unable to form a Cabinet. The President
therefore made another appeal to M. Fal
lieres to undertake the task.
Dissolution among tho Republicans con
It is definitely known that M. Fallieres
will attempt to form a Cabinet. The report
is also confirmed that his Ministry will in
clude several members Of the late govern
ment, including M. Rouvier, M. Flourens
aud Gen. Ferron. The Radical groups will
meet soon to discuss the attitude to be taken
by the party toward the Fallieres Cabinet.
The Paris states that the first act of the
new Ministry will be the adoption of re
pressive measures against the Paris Munic
ipal Council. W ith this object in view a
bill will be introduced to modify the mode
in which the members of the Council are
elected, and also to grant the government
power to dissolve the Council.
The Cabinet is almost completed. M.
Fallieres w ill be Minister of the Interior
and President of the Council; M. Rouvier,
Minister of Finance; M. Flourens, Minister
of Foreign Affairs; Gen. Ferron, Minister
of War; M. Barbey, Minister of Marine; M.
Spuller, Minister of Public Instruction; M.
Vailliant, Minister of Public Works; M.
Faye, Minister of Justice; M. Dautresme,
Minister of Commerce, and M. Develle,
Minister of Agriculture.
GERMANY’S CROWN PRINCE.
A Letter to a Former Tutor in which
he Expresses Hope.
Berlin, Dec. 9.—Councillor Hitzpeter,
formerly tutor of Prince William, has pub
lished the following letter received by him
from the Crowii Prince, written on Dec. 4:
“I am able to inform you thut tho treat
ment which the physicians prescribed, after
consulting together, has entirely removed
the inflammation and caused tl; dangerous
symptoms to subside. Meanwhile my bodily
health has been excellent. I have never lost
strength. My appetite is good and my
fencral appearance is that ol i>erfeot health.
puffposely communicate those details to
vou because it appears to me iieyond doubt
that exaggerated accounts have been cir
culated of tho upiiearnnce of a fresh growth
of an unfavorable character. God will de
termine the course which the
disease shall take. My treatment
is intrusted to the most eminent
• expert, who, in spite of all the attacks
levied against bun, possesses my full confi
dence. iamin no way disheartened, and I
hope one day to be able, though perhaps
only after a long period of careful treat
ment, once more to devote my powers to
the service of the Fatherland.”
A Row at a Russian University.
Moscow, Dec. 9.—A large crowd of
university students made an uttack to-day
upon Brigbaloff, a Government inspector.
They also hissed Count Kapnist, roctor of
the University, and engaged in other
riotous demonstrations. Finally a force
of Cossac ks wan called out to suppre s tho
disturbance. The troopers charged upon
the students, applying the whip vigorously I
and the crowd was quickly dispersed.
Several hundred of tin students were ar
rested. The offenders will probable be ex
pelled from the University.
The Scotch Home Rule Union Dele
gates Make a Report.
Glasgow, Dec. 9. —The delegates of the
Scotch Home Rule Union who have been
making a tour of Ireland have returned,
and report that tho Irish peoplo are eager
for peace, that their demands are moderate,
and that tho national league is tho chief
agency for maintaining law and order.
They say they are convinced that the Irish
are Home-rulers and not Separatists. No
one in Ireland feai-s religious persecution.
The delegates declare that tin* measures
taken by tho present English government
are ineffective and irritato the mass of tho
A CONCESSION TO SULLIVAN.
Dublin, Dec. 9. — Lord Mayor Sullivan,
who is a prisoner in Tullamore jajl, has
been notified that ho will be allowed to re
cite e visitors for two hours daily without
the presence of the warden, provided ho
promises that, no documents shall pass be
tween himself and his visitors. Mr. Sulli
van says he will accept tho concession if it
does not emanate from Mr. Balfour.
A HOME RULE LEAGUE AT OXFORD.
London, Dec. 9. —At a meeting at Oxford
University to-day Prof. Freeman’s proposal
to form a Home Rule League was adopted.
The British International Arbitration
Delegates at Richmond,
Richmond, Va., Dec. 9. —The hall of the
House of Delegates was filled with people
to-night, to listen to three members of the
British Parliament who have been making
a tour of the principal cities of the country
in the interest of international arbitration.
Two of the distinguished gentlemen, Sir
John Swinburne and Mr. Halley Stewart,
left here this afternoon for New York, to
take passage for Liverpool to-morrow, leav
ing Hon. W. Randolph Cromer to explain
the object of their visit to this country.
MR. CREMER’B SPEECH.
The meeting was presided over by Gen.
Joseph R. Anderson, who, after an opening
prayer by Rev. Dr. Minnegrade, introduced
Mr. Cromer. That gentleman at once
entered upon his subject and explained at
length what had lieen done in Europe
and elsewhere in the interest of a
peaceful settlement of international ques
tions by arbitration. He had traveled a
good deal anil had found, he said, that the
people were heartily in accord with him.
He concluded with “an earnest wish that
tho two English-spoakiqg i>eoples of the
world would be the first to inaugurate this
Lieut. Gov. Massey after a few remarks
cordially approving the sentiments of Mr
Cremer offered a resolution, which was.
unanimously adopted, declaring that the
meeting heartily approves of the
object of the Bntish arbitration
deputation and earnestly hopes that
the President and Congress will
speedily take the initiative in proposing to
Great Britain the conclusion of a treaty of
The Nominees of the Democratic
Richmond, Va., Dec. 9. —The General
Assembly to-day elected the Democratic
caucus nominees for State officers as tele
graphed. The election of a United States
Senator will take place on Doc. 20, when
Hon. John 8. Barbour will be elected.
In the Senate to-day a joint resolution
was offered providing for the appointment
of a special joint committee of three Sena
tors and five Delegates to consider and re
port what further legislation if any is re
quired in the matter of the public debt,with
power to consult the Governor, Attorney
General and such counsel as have been em
ployed by the State in defense of its in
In the House to-day, Mr. Waddell (Rep.)
offered the following joint resolution:
Whehear. The recent message of the Presi
dent of the United States, under pretext of rev
enue reform, practically recommends free trade
in this country, which would, in effect, break
up our manufacturing industries, paralyze the
business interests of the country generally, and
pauperize the laboring classes; and,
Whereas, The adoption of such a policy
would be especially detrimental to the material
interests of Virginia, therefore,
Kesolved, That our Seuatoin in Congress be
directed and our Representative* lie requested
to oppose any or all matters looking to (lie re
duction of the tariff duties of the country
wherehy tho business and material Interests of
Virginia would I* injuriously affected, and
especially that they tie requested to oppose all
measures looking to a removal of the duty
upon such raw materials as iron ore, coal, lum
her, sumac, wool and other products of Virginia.
The House by a strict party vote re
refuserl to suspend the rules so as to put tho
resolution on its passage, and it was re
ferred to a committee.•
PARKER ON GLADSTONE.
What the Pastor of the Temple Saya
of the Liberal Leader.
New York, Dec. 9. —Rev. Dr. Joseph
Parker, of the City Temple, London, de
livered a lecture to-day (his last in this
country) in Chickering Hall, upon Glad
stone. His audience was large and very
appreciative. It consisted principally of
clergymen who had been specially invited
by Maj. Pond from towns that are
easy of access to New York, many
attending from this city. Dr.
I’arkcr’s lecture consisted more of an euolgy
upon the great Englishman, than consider
ation of his career. Ho was frequently ap
plauded. His summary of Gladstone’s
personality, was: “Everywhere in England
lie is hailed as the pisiplo's William. It Is not
in his power to say any flattering word.
Everything he says has moral value; every
thing is characterized by his conscientious
ness. This is the man for whoso long life we
pray; this is tile man for whom we thank
God. Ho moves with oonqiarntive slowness,
but with a sureness that nothing cun turn
Egypt’s Cotton Crop.
Cairo, Dec. 9.—The Egyptian Produce
Association reports n probable reduction in
the estimated cotton yield for tills season of
150,00f1f centals, the falling off being due to
fogs aud heat. Picking has been e >ui
ineneod in some province*. The total crop
will probably amount to 1,850,000 cantars.
Moat Out On Bail.
New York, Dec. 9.—John Most, the
Anarchist, who was yesterday sentenced to
one year’s imprisonment, and who was
granted a stay of proceedings, was released
on <5,000 bail to-day, Mis. Ida Hoffman,
his former bondsman, going his security.
Iron Dealers Fail.
Glasgow, Dec. 9.—Armstrong Bros. &
Cos., the largest operators in the iron ring,
have failed owing to tho rise in the price of
pig iron. The iron markets hero are excited
and there is a great amount of speculation.
. A New Loan for Mexico.
City ok Mexico, Dec. 9.—The House of
Deputies this evening passed a bill authoriz
ing tho government to contract u loan of
HAIti’KK PUTS IN ADENIAL
HIS TONGUE RUN WILD WHEN HE
GOT ON THE STAND. *
Hla Counsel Didn’t Want Him to Go
There, But He Persisted- -He Denies
All the Allegations Made by Wilt
shire and Charges Him With Causing
the Bank’s Ruin.
Cincinnati, 0., Dec. 9.—This proved to
be a great day in the Harper trial. Until
after the court opened it was not known
whether Harper himself would become a
witness or not. It has beon said that his
counsel protested against his appearance on
tho witness stand, and that he a* firmly in
sisted tiiat his interests demanded
that ho should tell his own
story. This uncertainty brought
a most unusual throng of spectators. Be
fore 10 o'clock, the hour for opening the
court, all the available space in the court
room was occupied. Even the space behind
tho railing, sacred to tho officers of the
court, was filled with ladies aud friends of
the court. Harper appeared pale and
anxious, his wife weary, and her sister,
Miss Matthews, wore a face bearing traces
of recent distress.
When court opened Mr. Blackburn called
Harper to the witness stand. Before lie
took tho oath Judge Jackson asked: “Did
you request to bo placed on tho witness
“Yes sir,” was the answer.
WILTSHIRE AS A BORROWER.
The oath was then administered, and in
answer to questions by Mr. Blackburn, tho
witness said he now resided in the county
jail, and told of bis previous business en
rear, ending with the Fidelity National
Rank, which he said he organized out of tho
Fidelity Safe Deposit and Trust Com
pany. Ho smiled when asked if he
knew J. XV. Wiltshire, and
went on to detail Wiltshire’s
connection with the Fidelity National
Bank. lie said that in September, lssii, lie
was induced by Wiltshire to make him a
loan of $55,000 Wiltshire at this time was
a debtor to tho bank to the amount of
$200,000, and he represented to Harper that
if this loan was not made the bank would
suffer. He accommodated Wiltshire, tak
ing an agreement to transfer certain real
estate and also 100 shares of the Fidelity
National Bank at par, then worth 100.
TOOK UP A PROTESTED CHECK.
All went well until October, when tho
witness returned from a little dinner party
composed of Wiltshire and some officers of
the Bank, and found that during his ab
sence Wiltshire, Eckert & Co.’s check for
S2O,IKK) on the First National Bank had been
returned as not good. That check, Wilt
shire said, he was unable to make good, and
we were compelled to carry it. Another
day, when the witness was out, Wiltshire,
Eckert & Cos., got Hopkins to wire
SOO,OOO credit to Chicago upon certified
checks. At the close of business hours that
day he found Wiltshire, Eckert & Co.’s ac
count. overdrawn SOO,OOO. With the former
$20,000, their debit to the bank of $200,000,
and their debt to him of $55,000, he felt that
they were in a dangerous position. Wilt
shire transferred to him real estate and
stock, which he turned over to the bank.
He stormed at Wiltshire, but could get
nothing out of him. He then suggested to
the cashier to take a call loan from Wilt
shire, Eckert & Cos., and save the cashier.
NOT ORDERED TO BUY GRAIN.
In answer to direct questions from Mr.
Blackburn, Harper stated unreservedly that
he never gave an order of any kind to
Eckert to buy grain for him in Chicago,
and tie was equally sweeping and explicit in
saying that he never authorized Wiltshire
to buy grain for him in Chicago or else
where. This is the point of the whole case,
mid is in direct conflict with the testimony
of both Wiltshire and Eckert.
Harper’s manner on the stand showed
what a difficult man he has I icon for his
attorney to manage. He took the jury into
his confidence and talked to them with tho
purpose of convincing them, but all tho
time was transgressing the rules of
evident*, as explained to him again and
again by Judge Jackson. He argued his
case as tie went along until Judge Jackson’s
rebukes began to bear tones of impatience.
He testified a dozen times to occurrences
which lie did not witness but of which some
body had told him. Every question furnish
ed n new opportunity to him to say what
his intentions were.
EXPLAINING THREE NOTES.
It seemed like presumption, after Har
per’s sweeping denial that he had ever in any
way ordered Wiltshire to buy wheat for
him in Chicago, or elsewhere, for his coun
sel to hand him three notes bearing the ini
tials O. K.. E. L. H., and ask him to
explain them. Harper went on to say that
when Wiltshire, in March, still owed the
bank and him those largo sums, ho insisted
on Wiltshire selling out his wheat deal, so
as to pay his debts. Wiltshire said to do so
safely he should buy some that day to keep
up tile market, and then he could sell out
to advantage the next day. "He unkwl my
advice,” said Harper, “and I gave it. I
said to him: ‘make out your
order to buy June wheat, and
if it is all right, I will O. K. it.’ Wiltshire
sent to the bank this note that he was going
to buy that day 189,000 bushels of wheat,
and 10. K.’d it. It was no act or account
of mine in any shape or form. The books
of the bank will show, I think, that he paid
tho bank a considerable amount of money
next day. I had no purpoae whutever in
this transaction except to get the money
for tho bunk that was owing to it by Wilt
THE OTHER NOTES.
The second note was in cipher, and Har
per said it related to the same sort of trans
action. The third note he explained by
saying that Wiltshire told him he had to
pay for a lot of wheat May 1. “Ho
wanted mo,” said Harper, “to furnish
money for this purpose. I refused. He
iai'l I would tie sorry. 1 advised him to
sell May wheat and buy Juno and pay tho
difference. Ho asked me to write a mem
orandum of the telegram to that effect,
saying: ‘Flease change that May wheat
1 have not provided for to June
ami July. My principal has
decided, etc.’ Wiltshire represented to me
that he was buying largely for Cleveland
parties, and ttiat is what I suppose ho re
furred to in the words ‘iny principal.’ ” The
witness then asked permission to explain the
check of Wiltshire’s (or $1,09Q in October,
but was stopiieil by the court, ilu was then
asked if it was given for a wheat deal. He
answered no; that it was givon to pay bonds
which Wiltshire had hypothecated without
BOUND TO TALK.
Here the court oguin stopped and cau
tioned him to answer questions, ami not go
into irrelevant matters. But he again
lapsed s< i far as t< i tell that Wiltshire had
gone to Cleveland to get help from his broth
er-in-law, anil hal come back with noth
ing, and later that Wiltshire had
mortgaged property for SI4O,(XX), and ex
plained to him that he did so to muke
good that sum of money sunk by him in
wheat, taken from his father's estate.
Ho explained also how he discounted Lewis’
notes at Wiltshire’s sugg- stion, and after
again denying that a dollar of the bank’s
mono}’ or his went into a wheat deal, went |
on to tell of tho crash, how Wiltshire it Cos. ■
followed him to where In dined, and with j
tears in their eyes begged him to let them j
have more money. He had refused Wilt- j
shire that morning. Hopkins suggested
telegraphing to the hank in Chicago to see
how much they would take to carry tho
$(KX),000 THE PRICE FIXED.
Hopkins sent such a telegram to tho
American Exchange Bank, of Chicago.
When tho witness returned from dinner ho
found a telegram on his desk from that
bank saying that if Wiltshire was there
next morning with Sti(X),(XX) it would bo
safe. That was where Kershaw & Cos. had
their account He told how Wiltshire,
Hopkins and he talked the matter over and
decided that they would save the hank.
Hopkins had a letter of credit drawn for
$300,000 and four drafts on the Chemical
Hank of New York for $100,0(X) each. Wilt
shire was afraid to carry the money lost it bo
attached, and it was arranged that Gahr
should go with him. Gahr was instructed
not to give up the money without a guar
antee. The next morning he repeated this
warning by telegram and was answered
that it was too late. He then stopped pay
ment on tho drafts.
THF, END OF THE HOPE.
He became affected at this point, and,
wiping liis eyes, went on to say how he put
all his money into the bank to save it onlv
to see other directors walk in and check
their's out. Only Zimmerman of all the
directors offered any assistance. Then tho
government came in, and the end was
Tho counsel next asked in detail whether
he hail over ordered any wheat transac
tion with various brokers in Chicago, nam
ing them, and lie returned the same
answer. In February 1887, he had a con
versation with Hopkins about the Irwin
Green & Cos. matter and told him he
thought it was dishonest.
Here again the court stopped the witness
from detailing conversations.
About tho $285,000 transaction with the
Fidelity Bank ho had no knowledge what
ever until t Id of it in jail at Dayton. Hop
kins had transactions, through Hoyt, with
Kershaw & Cos., and he was trying to hedge
against onr losses by Wiltshire. “I loaned
money to Hopkins,”said the witness, ‘'anil
paid "drafts for him, but I used my own
money, and never took a penny out of tho
hank’s funds for this purpose. Hopkins
went in SSO,(XK) wiUi another broker, and I
helped him. This was paid back, and the
money went into the bank. There was also
some profit. This also was u hedging opera
DEALS WITH OTHER FIRMS.
The witness was then examined ns to tho
assets of Swift’s Iron and Steel Works, the
Riverside Rolling Mill, the firm of E. L.
Harper & Cos., and of himself. He made
the aggregate several million dollars, and
said all tho transactions of these several firms
and companies with the Fidelity Bank
wore legitimate. Ho was now about to
leave the stand. Mr. Blackburn again
asked him if lie had anything to do with
Hopkins’ wheat deals through Broker Hoyt,
lio answered that he paid Hopkins a draft,
but he did it to protect the bank. “1 was
interes'ed through Hopkins to that extent.
We would first protect the interests of tho
bank, and after that was done, if there was
any profit left, it was to be divided between
Hopkins and myself.”
A sensation ran through the court room
as these words were uttered. Mr. Black
burn, to break the force of the admission,
asked: “Did you at any time have any in
tent in all these tradings to defraud the
bank or anybody elsef”
“None in tho world,” was answered.
MISS MATTHEWS IN TEARS.
Miss Matthews at this point was observed
to be in tears.
The cross-examination was brief and
pointed. It brought out the single fact
that he purchased certificates of deposit
with his own checks, which were not
charged to his account.
Two or three other witnesses—W. Gahr,
Richards and Woodrough—were called,
mainly to toll about Harper’s assets, but the
government counsel dismissed most of them
without cross examination, or by drawing
from them some damaging testimony. The
onlv comfort obtained was in the testimony
of Mr. Mnrohant, of the First National
Bank, who showed that Harper had large
deposits in that bank in 188 H and 1887. The
testimony is not quite closed, but certainly
will be to-morrow.
DEATH SNATCHED AWAY VICTORY
Drops Dead with a Protest Against
a License in His Pocket.
Washington, Dec. 9.—Capt. 8. S. Black
ford, formerly of the Capitol police, dropjied
dead on the street to-day of heart disease.
He was an untiring Prohibitionist, and had
been making a hard fight against the li
cense of a saloon in his neighborhood. He
had just obtained the necessary number
of protests against this particular
saloon when he died before he could roach
the Commissioner’s office. The applicant
whom he was opposing brought to tho city
offices the announcement of Capt. Black
ford’s deatli and obtained his license. Tho
protest was found in his pocket after death
and brought to the Commissioner's office
too late to stop the issue of the license.
The State Commission Places the
Blame on tho Railroad.
Springfield, Dec. 9.—After a number
of weeks spent in an investigation of the
cause which led to the Chatsworth train
wreck, tho Illinois Railroad and Warehouse
Commission has submitted to Gov. Oglesby
a report stating that in their opinion the
train would not have been destroyed
if the bridge had not been burned
before the train reached it. They found no
evidence showing that the burning was the
work of an incendiary, iiut that the railroad
was censurable for neglect to protect the
condition of the track and bridge in ad
vance of the train. They say tho poor
financial condition of the road does not re
lieve it of responsibility.
NITRCI-GLYCERINE IN A BOX.
A United States Marshal In Kansas
Receives a Dmgerous Package.
Kansas City, Dec. 9.—A Topeka special
to the Time* says that United States Mar
shal Jones received by mail this evening a
small tin box. It was opened by Col. Jones,
cx-Gov. Gliek and Deputy Marshal Hliur
rett. The contents were found to be nitro
glycerine in sufficient quantity to have
blown up the building and kilfed a dozen
mon. No clow to the perpetrator or his
motive can be given, except that the box
was wrapped in a Denver Hepu blican ,
dated Dec. ti. The postmark was illegible.
Glass Workers to Strike.
PITTSBUKCi, Dec. t).—This afternoon
President Smith, of the American Flint
Glass Workers’ Association, ordered a gen
eral strike of the table ware workmen, to
take effect to-morrow. The strike will be
against the rules and scales adopted bv the
manufacturers. All other branches or the
flint glass workers will continue at work for
the present at least. The strike will affect
1,400 mon, and cause a suspension of work
in nineteen factories.
I PRICEgIO A YEAR. I
1 OCKIXTS A COPY, >*
TRADE FAIRLY ACTIVE.
SPECULATION’S BAD EFFECTS
STILL FELT, HOWEVER.
Money Easier Than a Week Ago—
Agitation of the Tariff Question Said
to be Having Some EfTect—Collec
tions Still Slow at Some Interior
New York, Dec. 9.—R. G. Dun & Co.’s
reviow of trade for the week says:
Legitimate trade continues fairly ac
tive for the season, though embarrassed in
some branches by fluctuations in speculative
Speculation in products, after a few days
of wild advance, has taken a turn down
ward, as a natural result of the enormous
sales to realize.
With the rapidly expanding currency,
money is generally easier than a week ago,
though rates are still high at many points,
and complaints of slow collections do not
The agitation of the tariff question al
ready begins to cause a revision of the cal
culations for the future in some depart
REAL ESTATE DEALS.
A sharp decline in real estate speculations
and prices at some K uthern and Western
points tends to check developments there
and subjects investors to some financial
sales of Bessemer iron at $lB 50
are reported, and a sale of steel rails, net
ting s3l at the mill has been made. Buyers
still are back want, but some brokers
openly offer lielow $32. Virginia pig iron,
No. 1, is offered at S2O for delivery, where
fi eight is $1 20, and some Alabama iron for
future delivery at low prices. One Thomas
furnace goes out of blast and tho Lehigh
strike causes much embarrassment.
Woolens do not improve in demand, and
heavy goods open, in some cases, below last
year’s prices, so that manufacturers are not
encouraged to increase their purchases of
raw wool, which appears rather weaker.
COTTON’S SLIUHT DECLINE.
Raw cotton has declined but goods
are held at the recent advances.
The boot and shoe trade is large and
promising, with exceptionally good pay
ments and cheaper material, but there is
complaint that competition cuts down
prices too far. Leather is weaker, but tan
ners reason that after seven years’ decline,
prices are low enough.
The movement of freight westward
shows an increase of 15,000 tons for Novein
tier, and cast-bound shipments are increas
The hank exchanges of all cities outside of
New York begin to fall below those of last
At most interior points trade is reported
fair for the season, but collections are “slow
and have to be forced” at Atlanta, “slow
anil fair” at Meniphis and Omaha, and
rather better at Kansas City. Money in
Chicago is in unabated demand at 7 per
cent., and operator! bid 8 for funds to carry
products at interior towns. Though tho
money markets aro on tho whole easier,
pressure at speculative centres continues.
Tho average rise in foot! products since
Jun. 1 was a shade over 20 per cent, on
Tuesday, and it is questioned whether the
legitimate effect of the partial failure of
the crops has not lieen fully realized in
prices, but the increasing supply of currency
--till tends to keep speculation active. The
business failures throughout the country
during (last |wook number for the United
States 226, for Can ails 28, a total of 254
failures; against 2M last week.
MURDERED BY HIS WIFE.
A Negro’s Corpse Found Two Inches
Under Ground Near His House,
Augusta, Ga., Dec. 9.—Jacob Burts, an
industrious and hardworking old negro,
who lived on 8. B. Day’s place, about a
mile and a half from Trenton, Edgefield
county, South Carolina, has been
missing since Monday last. This
afternoon his body was found
buried in his potato paten, about fifty
yards from his cabin door, and not more
than two inches under ground. It is be
lieved that the old man was murdered Mon
day night by liis wife, who left Tuesday
morning for parts unknown. Before leav
ing, the woman said her husband had gone
off in search of a home for the coming
year. The body bears many marks of vio
lence, and is partially decayed. An iuquest
will tie held to-morrow morning. The mur
der lias created much excitement among
They Brickbat a Residence at Way
cross and Then Show Fight.
Waycross.Ga., Dec. 9.—A gang of fifteen
tramps hrickbatted the residence of Dr.J. H.
Redding, here last night, knocking out the
window panes. They had been refused
food by the residents of that part of town,
and sought to lie revenged. The doctor
with several other citizens had a lively
skirmish in which tho tramps were routetU
This morning one of the gang wits belabor
ed with an ax helve by a gentleman foi
fiving abuse to his wife. He was badly
urt. Eleven were captunsl and brought
lief ore the authorities and will bo punished.
MURDER TRIAi.B AT PENSACOLA.
JeffLowo to be Defended by a Colored
Lawyer Before a White Jury.
Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 9.—The Circui
Court to-day succeeded in getting a jury
for the trial of Jeff Lowe (colored) for the
Smith murder. The prisoner will be de
fended by J. D. Thompson, a colored law
yer. His jury is composed entirely of white
men, who were selected after a thorough
examination by the court.
Another trial for murder will follow thaj
of Lowe. It is that of a young Hcandina
vian seaman, by the name of Age A. Olsen,
under the charge of killing his former Cap
tain. The trouble arose over a diirereuo*.
of $25 in the adjustment of an account be
tween the seaman and the master.
A Mexican Hanged.
Uvalde, Tex., Dec. 9.—Cruse Rod
eriguez, a Mexican, was hanged here to-day
for the murder of Penchace Garcia, an olq
ami respected citizen. Roderiguez fel
eight feet, breaking bis neck and dyinj
almost instantly. He was believed to hair
been guilty of six other murders.
Caari-eston, Dec. 9.—The census of tha
city of Charleston just completed shows a
total population of fid,357, a gain of nearly 4
per cent since the city census of 1885. The
white population is 37,543 and the colored
Haddock’s Alleged Murderer Acquit
Sioux City, lowa, Dec. 9. —’The jury in
the Haddock murder trial to-night brought
in a verdict of not guilty, and the prisoner