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i ESTABLISHED 1850 (
i J. II ESTILL, Editor and Proprietor. I
HONORS OF THE SENATE.
THE COMMITTEE SLATE OF THE
Eight Chairmanships Given to the
Democrats, an Increase of One Over
the Last Senate—The Special Com
mittee on Interstate Commerce
Made a Standing Committee.
Washington, Dm. 10. —The Republican
Senators assembled in caucus at 11 o’clock
to-day. The list of assignments to com
mittees was laid before the body by the
caucus committee. One or two minor
changes were agreed upon in the caucus
and the list was approved. The caucus
lasted less than an hour.
Following is a full list of the Republican
membership of the Senate committees as
arranged by the caucus:
Agriculture and Forestry—Messrs. Pal
mer, Blair, Plumb, Sabin and Paddock.
Appropriations—Messrs. Allison, Dawes,
Plumb, Hale and Farwell.
Contingent Expenses—Messrs. Jones of
Nevada, and Paddock.
Census —Messrs. Hale. Morrill, Wilson of
lowa, Stockbridge and Davis.
District of Columbia —Messrs. Ingalls,
Spooner, Chace, Riddleberger and Farwell.
Education and Labor—Messrs. Blair,
Bowen, Palmer, Sawyer and Wilson.
Engrossed Bills—A Democratic chairman
and Mr. Allison.
Mines and Mining—Messrs. Stewart,
Jones of Nevada, Mitchell and Teller.
Naval Affairs —Messrs. Cameron, Hale,
Riddleberger, Stanford and Chandler.
Patents—Messrs. Teller, Chace, Platt and
Pensions—Messrs. Davis, Blair, Sawyer,
Paddock and Quay.
Post Offices and Post Roads —Messrs.
Sawyer, Chace, Bowen, Mitchell ad Quay.
Printing—Messrs. Manderson and Ilawley.
Private Land Caims— A Democraitc Chair
man, and Messrs. Edmunds and Stewart.
Privileges and Elections —Messrs. Hoar,
Frye, Teller, Evarts and Spooner.
Enrolled Bills —Bowen and Sabin.
Civil Service and Retrenchment—Messrs,
Chace, Dawes, Manderson, Stanford and
Claims —Messrs. Spooner, Hoar, Mitchell,
Stewart and Quay.
Coast Defenses—Messrs. Dolph, Cameron,
Hawley and Hiscock.
Commerce —Messrs. Frye, Jones of Ne
vada, Dolph, Cameron, Sawyer, Cuilora and
Epidemic Diseases- A Democratic Chair
man and Messrs. Stanford, Chandler and
To Extend tbo Several Branches of the
Civil Service—Messrs. Quay, Aldrich and
Expenditures of Public Money—Messrs,
Farwell, Plumb, Platt, Sherman and Frye.
Finance—Messrs. Morrill, Sherman, Jones
of Nevada, Allison, Aldrich and Hiscock.
Fisheries —Messrs. Stockbridge, Dawes
Foreign Relations—Messrs. Sherman, Ed
munds, Frye, Evarts and Dolph.
Improvement of tile Mississropi River—
Messrs. Paddock, Chandler, Farwell and
Indian Affairs—Messrs. Dawes, Bowen,
Sabin, Platt and Stockbridge.
Judiciary—Messrs. Edmunds, Ingalls,
Hoar, Wilson and Evarts.
Library—Messrs. Evarts and Hoar.
Manufactures—Messrs. Riddleberger, Sa
bin and Quay.
Military Affairs —Messrs. Hawley, Cam
eron, Manderson, Stewart and Davis.
Public Buildings and Grounds —Messrs.
Stanford, Morrill, Spooner and Quay.
Public Lauds—Messrs. Plumb, Blair,
Dolph. Teller and Paddock.
Railroads—Messrs Sabin, Sawyer, Haw
ley. Mitchell, ('handler and Stockbridge.
Revision ol* Laws —Messrs. Wilson of
lowa, Hale and Teller.
Revolutionary Claims A Democratic
chairman and Messrs. Chace and Morrill.
Rules—Messrs. Aldrich, Sherman and
Territories—Messrs. Platt, Cullcm, Man
derson, Stewart and Davis.
Transportation Routes to the Seaboard —
Messrs. Mitchell, Flumb, Cullom, Dawes
To Investigate the Condition of the Poto
mac Front—A Democratic Chairman and
Messrs. Manderson, Riddleberger and
Nicaraugua Claims —A Democratic Chair
man and Messrs. Hoar and Cameron.
Suffrage—A Democratic Chairman and
Messrs. Blair, Palmer, Chace and Bowen.
Additional Accommodations to the Li
brary—A Democratic Chairman and Messrs.
Morrill and Chandler.
Centennial of the Constitution and Dis
covery of America—Messrs. Hiscock, Sher
man and Hoar.
Indian Traders—Messrs. Chandler, Platt
The special Committee on Interstate Com
merce has been made a standing committe
and its membership is increased. The Re
publican members arc as follows: Messrs.
Cullom, Platt, Blair, Wilson and Hiscock.
Mr. Hawley, who relinquishes the chair
manship of the Civil Service Committee and
takes that of the Committee on Military
Affairs, will be a memiior of the former and
his name will probably be substituted for
that of Mr. Stewart, with the assent of the
The select Committee on Interstate Com
merce is made a standing committee, with
nine members, of which Mr. Cullom is
Chairman. The Democrats receive eight
chairmanships, being an increase of one over
the last Congress. The list has lieen handed
to Mr. Beck, Chairman of the Democratic
caucus, who has calk'd the Democratic cau
cus for Monday morning at 10 o’clock.
Ho Lacks Tact.
Washington, Dec. 10.—It is not so cer
tain as it was that Mr. Mills, of Texas, will
be chairman of the Ways and Means Com
mittee. Since it was announced the other
day that Mr. Mills would probably tie ap
pointed to this chairmanship protests have
been presented to the Speaker, which have
already had some effect upon his mind. It
was stated to-day that Mr. Crisp, of Geor -
gia, would probably be appointed to this
place instead of Mr. Mills. The chief ob
jection of Mr. Mills is his lack of tact.
The Fisheries Negotiations.
Washington, Dec. 10.—The ad journment
of the fisheries negotiations until Jan. 8 is
for the convenience of the British Commis
sioners. Sir Charles Tupper is going out to
Winnipeg to-morrow to meet his wife and
take her down to Ottawa. Mr. Chamberlain
leaves a week from Monday for Ottawa,
w here he will spend the Christmas holidays
with Lord Lansdowne, Governor General of
* itnada. Incidentally, he will confer with
the leading men of Canada, particularly
those in the Dominion government.
Invited to a Commencement.
Washington, Dec. 10.—A number of
students of the University of Virginia called
on the President this afternoon, and invited
him to attend the commencement exercises
of the university next summer. The Presi
dent said he would accept if his engagements
"'onld permit. The students were accom
panied by Senator Daniel and Representa
tives Barbour and O’Ferrall.
AVERAGE VALUE OF CROPS.
Nearly Every Crop Somewhat Higher
Than Last Year.
Washington, Dec. 10. —The December
statistical report of the Department of Agri
culture relates mainly to the farm prices of
agricultural products. The average value
of corn is 43.8 c. per bushel against 36.6 last
year and 32.8 in 1885. In 1881 it was 63.8,
when the estimated product was 1.194,916,-
000 bushels. The difference is largely due
to the general depression of values. The
prices respectively in 1881 and 1887 aro 61
and 48 in Ohio, 60 and 45 in Indiana, 58 and
41 in Illinois, 44 and 34 in lowa, 65 and 37
in Missouri, 58 and 37 in Kansas and 39 and
30 in Nebraska. The prices in the Gulf
States average lower than last year result
ing from nearly a full supply. In the At
lantic States the prices of home-grown corn
are only slightly advanced.
wheat’s average value.
The average value of wheat is 69c., only
threo mills higher than the average last
yoar. It is 82c. in New York, 81e. in Penn
sylvania, 74c. in Michigan, 73c. in Ohio,
72c. in Indiana, 70c. in Illinois, 64c. in Wis
consin, 62c. in Missouri, 61c. in lowa, and
Kansas, 59c.; in Minnesota, 53c.; in Ne
braska, 53c., and 52c. in Dakota.
The average for oats is 30.7 c., against
29.8 c. last year.
Barley averages 52.8 c., instead of 53c. last
Buckwheat averages 56.1 c., or 1.7 c. high
er than last year.
The cereal averages for the entire country
differ very slightly from those of last year,
except as to corn.
The value of potatoes is greatly enhanced,
being 68.5 c., against 45c. last year. It is
higher than for seven years, except in 1881.
The value of hay is much increased. It
averages $9 34 per ton, against $7 36 last
year. The advance has been iuthe drought
area of the West.
Cotton values are about l£c. higher than
in December last. The average plantation
prices by States are as follows: 8.7 c. per
pound for the States of the Atlantic coast;
8.6 c. for Alabama, Mississippi! and Louisi
ana; 8.5 c. for Tennessee and Arkansas; 8.3 c.
The December report, which will be
printed at the end of the month, will con
tain estimates of the area, product and
value, by States, of com, wheat and oats.
It will also include a report on the area and
condition of winter grain.
DYING IN A BARN.
Sad Fate of an Impoverished Couple
New Haven, Conn., Dec. 10.—John
Buckley was found dying of pneumonia in
the loft of an old barn ou Deckerman street
this afternoon. A few feet away was found
the dead body of his wife. They' had been
living in the barn for several weeks
and Mrs. Buckley, while attending
her husband, was stricken down
and died. Buckley was almost starved to
death, and presented a horrible sight. He
did not seem to care about himself, but was
deeply troubled about how he would bury
Buckley was a member of the Twenty
ninth Connecticut Volunteers during the
war, and as soon as he was found Admiral
Foote Post Grand Army of the Republic
had him sent to the hospital. It is doubtful
if he can recover. The body of Mrs. Buck
ley will be buried at the expense of the
DEATH IN A COAL PIT.
An Accident to a Shaft Car Followed
Wilkesbarre, PA.,Dec. 10.—At Luzerne,
a borough four miles from here, the carriage
at the Waddell’s shaft, used for hoisting
coal, was about to be lowered in the pit,
300 feet deep. Upon it were ten miners.
When within 100 feet of the bottom
the carriage became stationary and
the ropie began to slacken. Before
the engineer could take up the slack
the carriage suddenly descended with
great force, throwing four of the men off,
who fell to the bottom of the pit. James
John, son of William John, the engineer at
the shaft, and Hugh Monaghan were hor
ribly mangled and instantly killed. Four
others had many broken bones and will un
doubtedly die. "Three other men clung to
ropes and chains that carried the car and
escaped serious injury, although they were
badly shaken up.
CHOLERA STILL IN ITAJ-.Y.
The Report That Quarantine la no
Longer Necessary is False.
Washington, Dec. 10. —Surgeon General
Hamilton is surprised over the published
report that the Marine Hospital Bureau has
officially declared the non-existence of
cholera in Italy and that conse
quently quarantine against vessels
coming from that country may be re
moved. He says that the bureau has never
made such a statement. On the contrary,
the weekly abstracts of the sauitary reports
published by the bureau clearly show [the
necessity of precautions in case of vessels
from Southern Italy. The abstract pub
lished Nov. 18 particularly reported the
continued existence of cholera at Palermo.
PAY OF RAILROAD MINERS.
The Effort to Put in Force the Colum
Pittsburg, Dec. 10. —The effort to put
in force the Columbus scale, giving railroad
miners an advance of sc. per ton, may yet
result in closing down a majoirty of the
mines in the Pittsburg district, at least on
the Baltimore and Ohio road. W. L. Scott
has refused to pay it. The Osceola, Re
public, Port Royal, Shanoyness
and Blythe and West Newton have
all paid an advance for Wastern shipments.
All the operators have so far, but none of
them will continue to pay it unless the ad
vance is made uniform. Scott’s mines are
now closed and a strike is threatened at
An 111-Fated Engine.
Chicago, Dec. 10.—A Chattanooga,
Tenn., special says; “Two freight trains on
the Cincinnati Southern railroad collided
yesterday at Darwin, Tenn. The engine of
the rear train overturned, crushing Fire
man William Hutzell to death, and maim
ing Engineer Daviil O’Connell for life. Two
weeks ago the engineer and fireman on this
same engine were killed in a wreck at
Nemo. The superstition of the train men
is so strong that new hands cannot bo found
to-night to man the train.”
B. & O.’a New President.
Baltimore,Jld., Dec. 10.—Atameetingof
the directors of the Baltimore and Ohio
railroad to-day Vice President Samuel
Spencer was elected President, and his
salary fixed at $25,000 per annum. Presi
dent Garrett’s salary was S4,(XX). The
resignation of Second Vice President
Thomas M. King was presented and ac
Rolling Mills to Close.
JoLtET, 111., Dec. 10. —The Joliet Steel
Company have posted up notices that their
rolling mills will close Dec. 23 indefinitely.
SAVANNAH, GA., SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1887.
RUSSIA'S BRISTLING GUNS
BISMARCK TAKES ADVANTAGE OF
THE WAR SCARE.
A New Military Service Bill to be Laid
Before the ' Reichstag—The Measure
Will Add 500,000 Men to the Effect
ive Force in Case of Mobilization.
(Copyright 1887 by the Hew I’orfc Associated
Berlin, Dec. 10.—The proamble of the
new German military services bill was is
sued to-night. It abounds in plain speak
ing regarding the armies which Germany
must calculate upon facing on the field of
battle. It sets forth that the German army
is composed of men whose liability to serve
in the active army extends over twelve
years, whereas in the Russian army the
period is fifteen years and in the French
twenty. Besides this, it must bo considered,
says the preamble, that the geographic posi
tion of Germany exposes her to at
tacks by powerful armies on two frontiers
simultaneously. In the face of the
threatening danger, there still lacks a firm
foundation for the assured resistance and
development of Germany. Her security lies
in her strengh, and this should lie greater
than it is at present. An end must be put
to the existing unendurable condition of
things. The government, therefore, ex
pects that to secure the passage of the pres
ent bill it will be sufficient to appeal to the
patriotism of the German people, who de
sire that the Fatherland, after being united,
shall be preserved in its dignity.
EFFECT OF THE BILL.
By the bill before the Reichstag six yearly
classes formerly composing part of the
landstrum are placed in immediate readiness
for a dangerous emergency. The increased
cost of administration involved in augment
ing the number of men who have to
answer roll call will not exceed 150,000
marks, Bavaria included. The nen recur
ring expenditures incurred in providing
new papers for the men, or in modify
ing old papei-s is estimated at
250,000 marks, including Bavaria, and for
the navy to meet the cost of new arms, uni
forms and equipments, further measures are
in contemplation. The whole tone of this
remarkable manifesto suggests that the re
cent outburst of the official press over the
massing of Russian troops on the frontier
had something of a factitious character.
ITS CHANCES HURT.
Prince Bismarck is known to have greatly
hurt the chances for the immediate passage
of the Landstrum bill, which the military
press now estimates will add 500,000 men to
the effective force in the event of mobiliza
tion; so the press campaign, recalling simi
lar agitation preceding the Beptennate
vote, was incited and will be sustained until
the bill passes. Although the government’s
motive in fermenting a Russian
scare is palpable there are abund
ant reasons why the country should
be kept on the alert toward Russia. Re
ports of the concentration of Russian troops
on the frontier at the present time are in
correct, but the movement as recorded in
these dispatches three months ago resulted
in the placing on the Austro-German fron
tier of 192 infantry battalions, ninety
eight squadrons of cavalry, and sixty four
batteries of artillery. These movements
were part of a long concocted plan of the
Russian war office.
NOT AN IMMEDIATE MENACE.
While progressing they were not held as
an immediate menace either to Germany of
Austria, but were considered to be neces
sitated by the special difficulties of Russian
mobilizing. This view the German govern
ment is still disposed to admit. At the
same time the presence of formidable
masses of Russians within striking dis
tance of the frontier will be held by the
Reichstag as justification for complete
reform of the military. No real fear exists
iu either Berlin or Vienna official circles,
that Russia will uenture upon an aggressive
movement. The present alarm, besides
assisting the passage of the military bill,
will restore the Russian war party. The
Czar still oscillates between the party of
peace and the Pan-Slavists, and the pres
ent agitation will influence him to under
staniithe danger he runs in listening to
councilors hostile to Germany and Aus
The Cologne Gazette to-night again sounds
the alarm in a telegram from Pesth, stating
that the Minister of War has ordered tho
local authorities immediately to forward to
him lists of the horses available for military
service, and others capable of use in the
event of the army being mobilized next
year. On the other hand the Pesther
Lloyd, in a pacific article, invites
Ril&sia to state her policy regarding Bul
garia, relying upon the imposition of the
allied powers to meet Russia’s views, and to
maintain peace with a loyal observance of
treaties. The paper concludes that the
powers are not disposed to be sticklers
about persons or empty formalities. The
article coincides with the belief held in high
diplomatic quarters that Germany and
Austria will compel Prince Ferdinand to
abdicate if Russia will bring forward a
suitable candidate for the Bulgarian
O'Leary Gets Ten Years and Four
Other Prisoners Seven Years.
Dublin, Dec. 10. —The trial of seven men,
indicted for manslaughter for killing Con
stable Wbelhan in County Clare, was con
cluded to-day. The jury was unable to
agree in the case of the two Murphys, but
returned a verdict c f guilty aguinsl O’Wary
and four other prisoners. O’Leary was sen
tenced to ten years imprisonment, and the
other four to seven years each.
Mr. Hooper, member of Parliament, has
been arres.ed at Cork for publishing reports
of meetings of suppressed branches of the
Michael Davitt, in a speech at Millpond
to-night, said that Englishmen, as well as
Irishmen, need protection against landlords.
The Tories would soon agree upon the adop
tiqn of fair trade, and tuen landlords and
protection would go together.
Flames in a Coal Mine.
CaicaOO, Dec. 10.—A special to the Xews
from Chattanooga, Tenn., says: “News
has just reached hero that lire lias broken
out in the coal mines of tho Roane Iron
Company, at Roekwood, sixty-two miles
north of this place. The cause of the fire is
unknown, but is supposed to lie the result of
spontaneous combustion. The damage, done
by the tire has already reached several
thousand dollars, and the flames aro growing
fiercer every hour. Great efforts have been
made to control them, without avail.”
Chicago, Dec. 10.—Tbo Executive Com
mittee of the Chicago Typographical Union
lias issued a circular to the other unions of
tho United States. It charges that the
Chicago Typothet® is being supported by
the employing printorsof the country in its
efforts to destroy the Typographical Union.
It says the striking printers are determined
not to sign the iron-clad contract, and asks
for financial aid to support them in their
THREE MEN ROB A TRAIN.
Armed Posses in Pursuit, and Large
Little Rock, Ark., Dec. 10.— Informs
tion has been received here that a train,
bound north over the Bt. Louis, Arkansas
and Texas railroad, was stopped by train
robbers ten miles this side of Texarkana,
Ark., late last night, and the express car.
mail and passengers, all, relieved of cash.
The amount is not yet known. Gov. Hughes
has received the following from General
Superintendent Homan of tho St. Louis,
Arkansas and Texas road:
Texarkana, Ark.. Dec. 10, 1887.
To Hon. S. P. Hughes, Governor:
Our north-bound passenger train was robbed
about ten miles north of here, last evening
about 7 o'clock, by three masked men. The
express car was robbed. The passengers and
mail were not molested. Have started an
armed posse from here north, and from Lead
ville south. A posse has also gone up the Iron
Mountain road to Mando. The Sheriff will
watch the roads leading to the place.
Gov. Hughes has offered S2OO for the ar
rest and conviction of each robber. The
railroad company also offer several thou
sand dollars reward. The amount taken is
said to reach $40,000.
A POSTAL CLERK'S STORY.
The Gazette's Pine Bluff special says the
robliery occurred at, 7 o’clock last night,
twelve miles north of Texarkana on a train
bound north. R. P. Johnson, a postal
clerk on duty at the time, says the train
was suddenly stopped when moving out of
Geneva Station. Ho said three rough
looking men boarded the engine
and he knew something was wrong,
so he blew out the lights in bis
compartment and locked the doors. The
express messenger did the same thing. The
three robbere were armed with Winchester
rifles and a couple of pistols each. They
ordered the doors open and fired several
shots through the windows. They then
used a pickax, and Johnson fired one shot
out through a window, which was
answered by a volley. Finding
resistance useless, and the lives of the en
gineer and fireman at stake, the express
messenger opened his doors when a light
was struck and a search by the robbers
began. Johnson does not know accurately,
but thinks the robbers mast have gotten
SIO,OOO. A good deal of Louisiana Lottery
money went up in small denominations.
AGITATION OF THE LEADER.
The leader of the robbers was much
agitated and the mail clerk told him he was
more scared than he (Johnson) was. John
son says he would know one of the men
anywhere. The leader weighs 200 pounds
and is thick and heavy set, lias very rough
big hands and blue eyes. The Conductor
opened the door and was fired on. There
was a panic among tho passengers,
who seemed paralyzed witli fear.
After guttmg the express car, they entered
the mail car. Johnson expostulated that it
was Uncle Sam’s dominion, and that thev
had already a good deal of booty, anil ft
they disturbed th mails it would go hard
with them. One replied: “That is so,” and
that they would not touch the mails. Great
excitement prevails in the rogion of the
robbery, anil mounted men are securing the
After the robbery officers were soon on
the ground, and two of them lmd a running
fight with the robbers for about a mile and
a half. One robber lost his hat and cartridge
box. Another was wounded, as shown by
blood along the trail. All the parties were
mounted, and so far tho robbers have es
caped, although their c ipture is hourly ex
pected. Late to-night no captures hadbeen
made, but the officers were pursuing them
with bloodhounds and scouring the country
in every direction.
CHICAGO JAILERS IN A FRENZY.
A Pistol and 100 Cartridges Smuggled
in to a Pr.soner.
Chicago, Dec. 10.—Tho officials in the
county jail are in almost a frenzy of fear
and uncertainty over the disclosures regard
ing the surreptitious possession of contra
band articles by prisoners. The finding of
the bombs in Lmgg’s cell has never been
traced to its depth. Neither has tho person
been discovered who furnished several
doses of poison taken by George
Engle. On Saturday last a 44-calibre
revolver and over 100 cartridges were
found in the cell of Michael Lynch, who
shot and killed Officer William S. Halioran
in July last, and last evening it was learned
that the latter discovery prevented the car
rying out of a well-defined plot to liberate
hall a dozen of the worst criminals in the
jail. Immediately on the finding of the re
volver and ammunition by Jailer Folz,
Lynch was taken from bis cell and
placed in solitary confinement, for
over 100 hours, manacled to the
cell door and fed on bread and water. All
the details have been suppressed by tho jail
officials, but it is known that tho plan was
to arm Lynch and a number of other pris
oners, and, getting them into the lawyers’
cm;- 1 on some pretense, have them all make
■i combine break for liberty, shooting down
the guards if necessary.
A BARREL FACTORY BURNED.
The Loss Over $100,000—300 Men
Maas Idle in Consequence.
Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 10—William
Pennypacker’s extensive barrel factory, at
Twenty-third street and Washington ave
nue, w r as totally destroyed by fire between
4 and 5 o’clock this morning, together with
valuable machinery, a large stock of lum
ber, finished barrels and slaves. The loss
will probably exceed SIOO,OOO. Twenty-five
horses were stabled in tho rear of the build
ing, but all were rescued by policemen and
citizens. Two policemen were seriously
though not dangerously burned while en
gaged in rescuing the animals. Tho fire
originated in the drying kiln of the estab
lishment. It burned with great fierceness
and caused great excitement, among the oc
cupants of a number of small dwelling
houses at the side and rear of the burning
building. Many removed their effects to
the street. Several of the dwellings were
scorched or slightly burned, but none seri
ously damaged. Three hundred men are
thrown out of employment by tho burning
of the factory.
SUICIDE WHILE HUNTING.
The Man in Good Standing and the
Deed Without Apparent Cause.
Raleigh, N. C., Dec. 10.—John L. Hern
don, a respected citizen of Little River, N.
C., a town eighteen miles east of this city,
was found dead in the woods 400 yards from
his residence, lying on his stomach with the
muzzle of a single-barreled shotgun in his
mouth, and the ramrod of the gun in his
right hand. Herndon was devifted to his
family, which consisted of a wife and three
children. He loft home yesterday morning,
when lie told his wife he was going hunting.
There is no known reason for tho deed, it
was undoubtedly a case of suicide. The gun
wan loaded with buckshot. Tlie shot pene-4
trated through, and caino out at the back of
Three Horse Thieves Kil.ed.
St. Louis, Dec. 10.—A party of men near
Bear City, Kail., chased a party of horse
thieves into the Panhandle Thursday, and
killed three of them. This breaks uu the
HARPER’S CASE IN HAND.
THi*. VERDICT WILL NOT BE KNOWN
Both Rides Submit the Case Without
Argument—The Judge's Charge all
in Favor of Conviction -The Prison
er's Baby Boy the Most Eloquent
Pleader for His Father.
Cincinnati, Dec. 10. —Dramatic scenes
in the Harper trial this morning kept the
crowd in the court room in the hush of
silence. The court was opened in the usual
way. Harper appeared accompanied by his
wife and her sister ami his little boy, a line
looking little fellows of 9 years. The testi
mony for the defease was virtually nothing.
J. F. Larkin, a banker, was called to show
t hat Wiltshire was buying wheat for others
than Harper, but all ho could say was that
his bank handled some paper oi Mr. Tim
lierlako’s, with indorsements by Wiltshire,
and the court ruled it all out as incompetent.
Mr. TimberlttUe, himself, was culled. He
said W iltshire never bought for him nor ho
for Wiltshire. Wiltshire had simply in
dorsed some of hi . paper. Mr. Blackburn
said his purpose was to show that Wilt
shire’s testimony that he had bought for
Harper was not tine.
WILTSHIRE’S OWN HOLDINGS.
The court reminded the counsel that Wilt
shire had testified that he had 1,000,000
bushels on Ins own account, and if they
could shew that he bought more than this
it might tie done. The witness wasexcused.
Edward Stark, the lmnk cashier, was
called to tell of the Timberlake transaction,
but it was rulod out, and Mr. Blackburn
said: “With that ruling of the court we
have no further testimony.”
It was now 10:30 o’clock. Harper and his
counsel withdrew for consultation. Deputy
Marshal Urner followed.
In ten minutes Mrs. Harper was called
The consultation was upon the question of
submitting the case without argument
At 10:45 o’clock the parties all returned
and Mrs. Harper was carrying tier baby.
She sat down beside Her husband with the
chilil on her knee, removed Its white hood
and displayed a lovely head and face, fnir
hair, bright eyes, fine complexion and full
THE BABY’S PLEA.
There was whispered conversation at the
table for a minute or two, during which
above the low hum of the crowd could be
heard the flute-like tones of the baby’s voice
ns it reached to the table after papers and
cooed its delight. It w:is the only plea that
was offered for its father, for when Mr.
Blackburn arose he said that, under the
ruling of tho court as to the evidence offered,
they had no more witnesses to offer.
The government called Messrs. Hinch
and Hayes, but the questions asked them
had been asked before, and they were ruled
Mr. Burnett then said tho government
Judge Jackson—Will you argue the ease*
Judge Wilson for the defense said they
would submit it without argument if the
Mr. Burnett —We will.
Judge Jackson then charged the jury and
A recess was then taken until 2 o’clock.
At 4:45 o’clock the court adjourned till
Monday. The verdict will not be received
until Monday morning, no matter when the
judge Jackson’s charge.
Judge Jackson’s charge occupied ar. hour
and titty minutes in delivery. He began by
referring to the form of tlie indictment and
then gave the usual definitions of the points
of law necessary to be considered by the
jury in a criminal indictment. He called
their attention to the difference between
criminal acts by officers of a banking asso
ciation and others by which hisses might
accrue, but not be criminal, and remarked
that in every count Harper was charged
with a criminal act. He defined the term
abstract, as used in the statute, as meaning
to take money without the knowledge of
the officers of tho association and use it for
the benefit of others and with intent to de
fraud. Intent to defraud applied to every
act which is illegal and temls to injure.
Alter defining what is meant by proof
beyond reasonable doubt, he said the re
sponsibility of liank officers was not for
losses on honest legal loans in good faith for
the benefit of others than the bank.
REVIEWING PROVEN FACTS.
He then passed to a review of the facts
proven, saving the court could assume those
things proven which hod been presented in
evidence by both sides. Ho then enumerated
one after another of tho various acts re
garded as having been proven by Harper’s
own admission, such as the credit to the
Riverside Iron anil Steel Works upon no
consideration, and declared that the de
fendant committed a wrongful act when ho
took tho check if tho Riverside Works in
that way; so of tho $300,000 certificate of
deposit in the First National Bank of New
York, represented by his own check. This
was a criminal act admitted by the de
Goar' on in order of time, the court
cited act after act, all admitted by Har|ier,
which, under the ruling of the court, con
stituted criminal acta. Among others was
$15,000 to Hoyt for Hopkins, in which
Harfier said he was to be a sharer with
Hopkins. By sending collaterals to the
Chemical National Bank, June 1, the de
fendant committed an unlawful criminal
EFFORTS TO WAVE THE BANK.
Harper’s heroic efforts to savo tlie bank
do not excuse b in any more than a limn
would bo excused for scuttling a ship by
afterward making efforts to save it. Itefer
ring to Harper's defense that he was trying
to save tlie bank, he severely arraigned his
method, saying it was not reasonable for a
man to sink $1,400,000 in trying to save
$86,000. Summing up, he said the court in
structs the jury that it must find onbisown
testimony that the defendant had commit
ted a crime.
Tne jury was then instructed how to make
the form of their verdict, and they were
taken to thoir room to begin their consulta
A Cave In at a Mine.
Calumkt, Mich., Dei-. 10.— The ground
caved in alioiit the main engine shaft of the
Calumet aml'Hecla mine at noon to day. A
covering twenty feet square of timber Is be
ing thrown across the opening and earth piled
on it. A volume of smoke and gas is coming
up and the ground has settled from twelve
to fifteen feet lie tween the No. I Heola shaft
and tho main engine shaft, and it is danger
ous work for the men.
Paris, Dec. 10.—M. Wilson was exam
ined to-day by the commission appointed to
inquire into tho charges against him. Ho
begged that the commission render a prompt
decision in the case in order that violent
and unmerited newspaper attacks on him
Fined for Discrimination. •
Washington, Dec. 10,- -Judge Snell, of
the Police Court, to-day fired George W.
Harvey, a restaurant keeper, SIOO for re
fusing" to serve a colored lawyer named
Hewlett. Harvey took an appeal.
GKOBCIA'S CAPITAL CITY.
Prof. Kinnebrew Resigns as Principal
© of tho Ivy Street School.
Atlanta, Ga. , Doc. 10. —ln the Ivy Street
School meeting yesterday, in which Prof.
Kinnebrew was beaten and chased from
tho grounds, the boys still seem to be on
top. Although it is understood tho two
ringleaders will be expelled, Prof. Kinne
brow has sent in his resignation to tho
Hoard of Education, and it will be accepted,
it is thought, without unnecessary delay.
He says he will never teach again, being
satisfied with the Ivy street experience.
In the Uni tod States Court to-day the
writ of habeas corpus, issued at the instance
of Benjamin Christie, an allege I deserter
from the United States army, was heard.
It appeared from the evidence that the
prisoner was a minor when he enlisted, and
enlisted without the written consent of his
parents. The court ordered his discharge.
Applicants for the State School Commis
sionership have not waited for Prof. Orr’s
death. Two formal applications are already
on file in the executive office, and it is un
derstood that others have been informally
The Governor wont to Washington, D. C.,
to-night to be present at the marriage or
his son. Prank, on Dec. 16. He will be
joined there by Mrs. Gordon and Miss
Fannie, who are now in New York.
Tho receipts at tne Treasury to-day were
About two mouths ago I. C. Bandman &
Cos,, trunk manufacturers, of Atlanta,
tailed for (So,oob. To-day they compro
mised wit h their creditors at oOe. on the
.dollar and resumed business.
KILLED IN AN OIL MILL.
The Man Lives Through the Night
Though Terribly Injured.
Augusta, Ga., Dec. 10.-—Henry J.
Thompson (colored), employed at the South
ern Cotton Oil Mill, at Columbus, S. C.,
was caught in tbe machinery of the mill
last night, and died of his injuries early this
morning. Thompson was an oiler in the
engine r. om, and it is supposed got his
jacket sieve caught In the cogs
while oiling. Whoq found it was discov
ered that his left arm had been pulled from
its socket and his side and back horribly
mangled, and that his lungs were exposed.
Notwithstanding this fact the unfortunate
victim lived several hours and was con
scious to the last.
Hugh Junor, n respectable white man,
dropped dead at his home o:i Hall street
at 7 o’clock tills morning. This is the
fourth case of the kind occurring in
Augusta within the past two days. Tbe
other three eases, however, were those of
A Long Session Held by tho County
Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 10.—A special
meeting of the Executive Committee of
the Florida Immigration Association is
called for 3p. m. Thursday, Dec. 15, in the
Board of Trade rooms, (Jacksonville. Bus
iness of great importance will be consid
The Palatka Gun Club have challenged
the Jacksonville club for a match, to take
place at Palatka on Dec. 20.
Anew schedule went into effect to-day
on tho Jacksonville, Tampa and Key
West railway. Few changes, however, are
made at this end of the line.
D. O. Ambler, banker, who was appoint
ed by the Board of Trade to go to Washing
ton for the purpose of urging an appropri
ation for the public buildings here, and also
for tbe St. John’s river and bar, found it
impossible to get away. J. E. Hartridge
has been appointed a substitute by the
Board, and ne left at 2 o’clock this morn
ing for Washington. Other delegations
from the South Atlantic cities will meet him
there and co-operate.
THE POLITICAL MUDDLI*
The political rauddlo assumes new phases
every day. This morning several promi
nent citizens said they would not nay any
taxes till the Supreme Court decided on the
legality of the election. Others said that
they would not vote at all, as they were
completely disgusted at the muddle affairs
were now in. it is very likely that affairs
will assume a very complex state by the
time the election comes off.
The County Commissioners met this fore
noon to accept the bids for the additions to
the jail and Clerk’s office, and to close up
their other business. Regarding tho peti
tion of the Everett Hotel for liquor license,
Commissioner L’Engls, made a favorable
report adding: “Not being required to re
port on the grammar and syntax of the sev
eral papers of this fllcharity bids me lie
silent,” which brought down the board.
The Windsor House petition was rejected
on account of informalities.
Resolutions of sympathy for the county
clerk, Cant. J. E. Buckmaii, in his afflic
tion by the death of his son E. H. Buck
man, were passed.
The Commissioners passed a resolution in
reply to the request of the City Council,
asking them to call an election for munici
pal affairs, saying it was inexpedient to
comply. The Board had just previously
paid a bill for S2OO for attorney’s services in
securing tho .Supreme Court decision on this
question, and thought its position was well
sustained. The committee on the jail bids
reported, giving the contract for iron work
to the Merrill-Btevens Engineering Com
pany of this city, for $12,471, %-inch
chrome straff being used. The brick work
contract was given to W. A. McDuff for
A resolution to run the court house clock
on local or sun time was lost.
Two Small Dwellings Burned Lowe
Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 10.—A Are oc
curred last night on the south side of Gov
ernment street, destroying two small dwell
ings belonging to Lewis Bear. The Are
was originated by the explosion of a kero
sene lamp which fell from the hands of
the occupant of one of the dwellings. Owing
to tho long distance from the hydrants there
was some delay in getting a stream of
water on the fire.
Tbe jury in tho trial of Jeff Lowe for the
murder of H. C. Smith, after being out but
n few minutes, returned a verdict of mur
der in the first degree.
AN EXPLOSION IN A CELLAR.
Naphtha Oil Had Percolated Into It
from a Gas Works.
Reading, Pa., Dec. 10.—The tank of the
Consumers (fas Company, containing 100,000
gallons of naphtha off, and buried partially
ml ho ground, sprang a leuk to-day, and
7,(XX) gallons percolated into the cellars of
neighboring houses. To-night two children,
Howard and Annie Walk, aged 9 and 1(5
years, respectively, went into a cellar with
a lighted candle for coal. There was au ex
plosion an I both children were burned Irom
head to foot, frightfully injuri: g them.
Their father Benjamin Walk, was badly
cut witii gluss. Walk’s house and a neigh
boring dwelling were badly wrecked, tbe
furniture being smashed. The fire depart
ment was called out.
l PRICEgIO A YEAR. I
) a CENTS A copy, f
THREE SHOTS AT FERRY.
TWO WOUNDS INFLICTED BUT
Goblet Was to Have Been Shot Aieo,
but Failed to Appear When Called
For—The Lobby of the Chamber of
Deputies the Scene of the Shooting.
Paris, Dec. 10.— AI. Jules Ferry was
fired at three times this afternoon by a man
in the lobby of the Chamber of Deputies.
Groat excitement followed.
The man who fired the* shot is aged
t wenty years, and isnamAi • 4 J|her®' *“ ■
also kuown ns Berckein.
is one of a band of twent U
The band drew lots, and it, _ _ _,
commit,the first, crime. X (HOODS,
that lie swore to Walking
He was captured. He app . °
of the Chamber of DoputiiWlTiarketS,
see both M. Ferry and .M. t! j n 1111
let did not respond, but M. )G II 11s*
fm his appearance Aubertin tf
and fired three times ut him.
NOT DANUEKOUBLY WOUNrJqtlk-
Reports conflict ns to the extent
Ferry’s injuries. Two shots struck Y
One is reported to have penetrated Ills ebes
and another made a contusion on his thigh.
()ther reports say neither shot penetrated
the tlrsh, but both caused contusions. M.
Ferry was taken to a hospital, where
he was able to walk home after receiving
attention. His injuries, whatever they may
be, are slight. Bystanders tried to lynch
Aubertin after be’ had fired the shots, but
were prevented witlt difficulty from carry
ing out their intention.
AN ACCOMPLICE FLUNKED.
Aubertin is a native of Rotnbuch. in
Moselle. When he made the attack he was
accompanied by an accomplice who was to
have snot M Goblet, but who flunked, giv
ing as his reason that his revolver
dropped to the floor. When Aubertin
wa; searched by the police a paper wa3
found on him, which indicated that nis ern
fe tenues had drawn lots yesterday to de
cide who should do tbe shooting. The paper
ends: “Death to intriguers. Our path is
marked out to form an intelligent, disinter
ested and patriotic Ministry. So be it.”
In consequence of the attempt upon the
life of M. Kerry, there were many heated
.quarrels in the lobby of the Chamber of
Deputies between Moderates and Radicals.
M. Rouvier joined in the discussion, ac
cusing tho Radicals of provoking weak
minded persons to deeds of violence. Several
scuffles ensued, and it is expected they will
lead to duels.
The Movement for November In Ex
cess of the Beat Record.
NewOri.eans, Dec. 10.—The Cotton World
to-day says: ‘‘Details of the overland ship
ments of cotton direct to tbs mills across
the Ohio, Mississippi and Potomac rivers in
dicate a movement commensurate with the
remarkably heavy movement of the crop to
the Hoaboard. The shipments by rail during
November have never been exceeded in
volume during any one month. The net
movement for November was 255,607 bales,
against, 157,021 last year and 167,075 the
year liefore. The total overland movement
for tho quarter is, in round figures, 124,000
hales larger than last year and 94,000
greater than the preceding season. This
Firings the total amount of cotton appear
ing at the seaboard and points of crossing
on tho Ohio, Mississippi and Potomac rivers
for the first quarter of the year to 3,503,678,
an excess over last season of 583,-
000 bales. The takings of Northern
spinners are swollen by this large amount)
anil shipments from ports to 416,070 bales
for November, the largest on record for any
one month, which brings tho total for the
quarter 160,000 bal sin excess of 1886. The
detailed report shows total receipts et porta
to the close of November of 3,043,518 calcs
against 2,583,242 last year; foreign exports
1,826,875 bales, against 1,408.969; total
takings by Northern spinners 777,365 bales,
against 617,88(5 last year.”
Heavy Shipments of Oranges- An Old
Gentleman Plants Bile Beans.
Interlachen, Fla., Dec 10.—Heavy
shipments of oranges are being made daily
from this point. The crop is nearly up to
tbe average, and the fruit is of a very good
quality. Tho oranges are mostly sold
through the Florida Fruit Exchange, and
continue to bring good prices. Most of tbe
shipments are to Philadelphia and Balti
Tho tourist travel is picking up some, and
our winter residents arc getting back.
Interlachen is not on a “bourn,’’ but she
has had a steady growth, and whore five
years ago there was hardly a dollar’s
worth of taxable property there is to-day
over $1,000,000 on tho tax duplicate.
A rather amusing incident lias just coma
to light, which occurred at Oi ange Springs,
in the southern part of this county. Au old
gontleman, who was quite deaf, was given
a trial package of “Bile Beans,” aud nusun
deretandi.ig tho verlial instructions eivef
him by the storekeeper, went and pl-epared
a piece of ground and planted them. After
about a mouth’s patient waiting he went to
the store and told the merchant not to Vee
ommend them to any one as none of his had
COLUMBUS CHAPTER 3.
Two Men Suspected of Robbing a Saf
Columrus, Ga., Dec. 10.—Last night two
well dressed young men were arrested at tha
instance of the Marshal of Hamilton. Ha
suspected them of being implicated in a safa
burglary a few nights ago. At the hotel
they registered under different names tha*
at Hamilton. They were there the day of
the robbery, claiming to be sign painters
and inquiring the business of each men.
chant. After investigation. Chief of Polica
Palmer decided that he could not bold them.
This morning it was found that each had
quietly left- the city during the night.
The municipal election i assed off to-day
very quietly. Avery light Vote was polled,
the total number being 585. There was no
opposition. A Mayor, Clerk of the City
Council, ten Aldermen, Marshal and City
Sexton were elected.
Muscogee Superior Court after three
weeks session, adjourned to-day until the
second Monday in January.
Rev. Candler's cerm in ndorsed.
Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 10.—At Marietta to*
day the No: th Georgia Conference of the
Methodist Episcopal church passed resolu
tions indorsing the sermon of Rev. W. A,
Candler at Nashville to which Emms
Strik ) of tbe Glass Workers.
Pittsburg, Dec. 10.—The strike of th*
table glass workers against the rules adopt*4
by the manufacturers was inaugurated
to-daj’. Evsi v factory in this city Dut on*
is closed and 3,500 men are idle. Both sides
ere firm and a orotractedstruggle is prober