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WAR SEEMS INEVITABLE.
AUSTRIA EXPECTS IT TO BEGIN IN
It May be Held Off Till Spring—Ger
man Officers Superintending Work
on the Turkish Fortifications on the
Bosphorus All Europe Full of
(Copyright 1887 by the New York Associated
Berlin, Dec. 17.— Emperor William held
to-day an informal council on the military
situation. Prince William, Gen. Von
Moltke, Gen. Von Schelleudcrff, Count Von
Walgerseo and Gen. Albedyil were present.
The council, which lasted two hours,
is understood to have a special
bearing on to-morrow’s military
council at Vienna. Whatever meas
ure is there adopted will be taken in
consonance with a concerted plan for a
demonstration against Russia. Reports
have reached the Berlin War Office which
describe the Austrian defense works in
Galicia as neglected, ttfhile the movements
of Russian troops show an accurate knowl
edge of the weak points for attack. These
statements, which were sent to Vienna, have
btuug the War Office there into night and
RUSHING FORWARD TROOPSi
No news is permitted to transpire regard
ing military movements, but it is known
that the railways in the direction of Cracow,
Jaroslar, Lemberg and Przemysi junc
tion are overworked by traffic
in men and war materials.
Maj. Heines, military attache at the Ger
man legation in Veinna, spends an hour
daily at the war office in consultation with
the chiefs of departments.
All measures that are decided upon are
communicated to the Berlin authorities
through Maj. Deines and the inspiration of
Count Von Moltke is supposed to guide the
Austrian preparations. To-morrow’s coun
cil will be attended by Herr Von Tisza, the
Hungarian Prime Minister; Count Von
Tafae, Minister of the Interior; Count
Kalnoky, and Count Bylane Rheydt, Im
perial Minister of War: Herr Von Kallaey,
Imperial Minuter of Finance, and Archduke
Albrecht, and will be presided over by the
Emperor. The result of the conference is
THE PROBABLE RESULT.
Berlin officials are of the opinion that the
outcome of the council will tie nothing more
than the accelerated dispatch of troops to
the front. The time has not come for a col
lective note from the allied powers demand
ing an explanation of the Russian concen
trations. It is certain that Prince Bismarck
has not taken action towards a collective ul
timatum. Gen. Von Seheinitz, the Ger
man ambassador to Riustr, after two days’
stay at Freidrichsruhe, returned to Berlin
Thursday. He hacl an audience with the
Emperor yesterday, and will return
to St. Petersburg .n-rait'D v without special
instructions. It 1 the Czar appro v/Hcs him
upon the question of mu eial armaments,
Gen. Von Seheinitz is believed to bo charged
that the German diplomatic and military
position is unchanged, and that peace is de
pended upon the cessation of Russian men
aces against the league of peace.
WAR NEAR AT HAND.
Government circles, both in Berlin and
Vienna, are becoming convinced that the
allies mean to attack Russia early in the
spring. Military circles in Vienna regard
the campaign as even closer and are of the
opinion that it will be opened within two
Dr, Trefort the Hungarian Minister of
Public Instruction, speaking at a meeting at
Pesth Academy to-day reminded his audi
ence that last year whil-s every body be
lieved the country io be on the verge of
war, he doubted tint an outbreak would
occur. Now, on the contrary, he was
forced, although an ardent partisan of
peace, to declare his doubt of its being
maintained. Dr. Trefort declared that the
blame for the origin of war, if it comes,
would be due to the encroachments of Rus
RUSSIA MUST BE CRUSHED.
The Feather Lloyd , the organ of Herr Von
Tisza, the Hungarian Premier, contends for
the necessity of crushing Russia in the
event of war occurring, and so rectify the
frontier as to disable her from causing fur
ther trouble in Europe. A large Poland
must be created, including Vol Hynia and
Poddia, up to the right hank of the Dnieper,
with Kietl' as a frontier fortress and Odessa
os a military port. The German empire
must comprise all the Balkun provinces
with St. Petersburg, also the districts be
tween the Dnieper and Dwina. The
Pesther Lloyd article has been reproduced
in Berlin wit hout comment. It is considered
to be more of a threat than an indication of
the serious aims of the allies.
ACTIVITY IN TURKEY.
From Constantinople reports come that
under the promptings of Herr Von Rado
witz, the German Ambassador, the Porte is
hastily extending the fortifications on the
Bosphorus, aud that German engineers are
supervising the work. The latest St. Pe
tersburg ad vicos sAy that the War Depart
ment is supplying troops with special am
munition pouches for Berdan rifles, which
will enable each man to tire fourteen shots
per minute. The projected alteration in the
rifle was abandoned, so the dispatches say,
liecause in view of tue gravity of the situa
tion it was thought there would not be suf
ficient time to make the change.
The whole tenor of the news is warlike,
and this caused a renewal of the selling on
the Bourse to-day. The final quotations
were worse, aud since the alarm set in no
such extensive unloading of foreign securi
ties has occurred. Austrian gold rentes foil
’<!?■£, Hungarian 1% and Russian 3% per
cent, and credit Anstalt 7 murks.
The panicky feeling of yesterday in
VAnna had rather abated to-day, but the
markets were in a state of suspense and
there was nothing doing.
No measure that the present Reichstag
has considered has so notably' shown the
national spirit, uniting all parties, as the
new military' bill. Yesterday’s debate was
n succession of patriotic speeches, untainted
by party bias. After Herr Von Schellen
dorff’s pithy exposition of the motives of
the bill, Herr Benningsen, for the
National Liberals, Baron Moltzolin
for the Conservatives, and Count Behren
hoff for the Imperialists, deolarod the neces
sity for the measure.
Herr Windthorst, in a short and fervent
speech expressed the willingness of the
Centre to pass it as presented without refer
ence to committee if the government con
sidered thut urgency of the situation re
quired this action through imminence of
Herr Richter also intimated that, the Pro
gressist party would give general support
to the measure, adding that discussion in
the committee was advisable, seeing that
the hill proposed some organic changes.
Only ono fraction of the Socialists, he said,
had again earned bad distinction by a dis
play of anti-German spirit under the guise
of universal humanitarianism.
HERR BEBKL’S PROTEST.
Herr Bebel protested that the measure,
while increasing the combative power of
the empire, meant opnreasion to the people
§>hc JHofnina ffrtod.
within the empire and spoliation of the
people of other countries for the sole benefit
of the military and bureauratic classes. His
short speech to the silent and indignant
House confirmed the opinion that there is
an utter want of sympathy among the So
cialists in any movement for the national
defense. The debate has been especially
gratifying to the government. The absence
of opposition, which troubled the passage of
the army' bill, proved that every section of
the House has become permeated with a
near sense of danger and is ready to respond
to whatever demands the government
The Post speaks of the sitting as assuming
the form of a grand and elevating demon
stration of patriotism. This justly expresses
public appreciation of the discussion. The
committee will send the bill back without
delay in substance unaltered.
To-day the cereal bill was read for the
third time. It included an amendment
raising the duty on oats to 4 marks. All
paragraphs were adopted in the form
approvod on the second reading of the bill,
and the whole bill was finally passed by a
vote of 203 to 116, aud the Reichstag ad
journed until Jan. 17.
BOUND TO DO AS SHE PLEASES.
Brussels, Dec. 17. — Le Not’d, the Rus
sian organ here, in an article on the Eu
ropean situation, says: “Russia does not
want to make war and will not do so. She
does, however, claim, the fullest right to
adopt measures to render disastrous any in
vasion by' an aggressor. Russia would
grease to be the independent and great power
%he intends remaining if she permitted an
account to be required of her concerning
the steps she thinks fit to take regarding
FEELING OF AUSTRIAN OFFICIALS.
Vienna, Dec. 17.—Austrian officials do
not attach the same importance to the
Journal De St. letersburg's article of
yesterday disclaiming Russia’s responsibility
for the present state of affairs in Europe, as
do the newspapers and Bourse. They point
out that the question of the moment is
what military measures Russia will adopt
beyond those previously taken.
The St. Petersburg correspondent of the
Politische Correspondenze in a letter to his
paper says that Russia w ill shape her mili
tary arrangements according to those which
Austria makes. Precuations thus taken by
both sides must not be regarded as involv
ing danger of war.
The Council of Ministers called for to
morrow, over which Emperor Francis
Joseph will preside, will not lie attended by
any military officials except Count Bvlandt
Rheydt, the Imperial Minister of War. The
chief question to be considered is the neces
sary credits in connection with the present
modest wants and the larger wants which
will arise in the event of the adoption by
Russia of further warlike measures. The
Ministry desire for the present to avoid
summoning the delegations. The council
to-morrow will decide whether or not this
POPE LEO AND THE QUEEN.
His Holiness Expresses Great Friend
ship, for the English.
Rome, Dee. 17. —The Pope to-day gave an
audience to the Duke of Norfolk. The Duke
expressed the congratulations of Queen
Victoria on the papal jubilee and her
thanks for the mission of Mgr. Scilla on the
occasion of her own jubilee. The Pope
replied that he was deeply moved by these
proofs of friendship on the part of the Queen
and hoped that the exchange of sentiments
of affection would not be limited to the
present exceptional circumstances, but
would also make its influence felt on ether
occasions. He was animated, he said, by
feelings of the greatest, affection for the
Condition of the Crown Prince.
San Remo, Dec. 17.—A bulletin issued by
Dr. Mackenzie states that the appearance of
the Crown Prince’s throat confirms the pre
vious bulletins by the physician in charge.
A small growth has made its appearance on
the left of the ventricular band. The tu
mor which formed in October has dimin
ished in size. The other doctors in attend
ance on the Crown Prince have agreed to
the statements contained in Dr. Mackenzie’s
Dr. Mackenzie to-day in the course of a
conversation with the Duke of Edinburgh
stated that he was favorably impressed by
the Crown Prince's condition. lie declared
that the existence of cancer was more
doubtful than on the occasion of his last
visit, and in fact had never been proved.
Dr. Mackenzie will return to London in a
Rome, 'Dec. 17.—Sig. Miglaoni, Min
ister of Finance, presented the budget in the
Chamber of Deputies to-day. The esti
mates for the coming year showed a deficit
of $3,060,000. This deficit, the Minister ex
plained. was due to the expedition toMasso
wah. The vote of the Chamber, he said,
had already met port of the additional ex
pense, and the remainder would be covered
by means at the disposal of the Treasury.
Aubertin Becomes Insane.
Paris, Dec. 17.—Aubertin, the man who
attempted to assassinate M. Ferry in the
hall of the Chamber of Deputies, was ar
raigned before a magistrate for preliminary
examination to-day. While the examina
tion was progressing the prisoner was
attacked with dementia and he was re
moved to a madhouse.
A New Cabinet Post.
London, Dec. 17.—1 t is reported that the
government will create the post of Minister
of Agriculture, and that Rt. Hon. Henry
Chaplain, Conservative member of Parlia
ment for Sleaford division of Lincolnshire,
will be appointed to the office.
Pardon for Political Prisoners.
Paris, Dec. 17. — Le Paris states that
President Carnot, on Jan. 1, will pardon all
RUINED ON THE F.RST ROUND.
A Young Man Just Starting Out in Life
Detected Robbing the Mails.
New York, Dec. 17.— Joseph Lachen, an
employe in the special delivery department
of the post office, was arrested to-day for
robbing the mails. Special delivery letters
were found in every one of his pockets
when arrested. Twenty-seven in all were
found upon him. He is a meek
lookiug young man, 19. years of
age, living with his parents
at No. 133 Chrystie street. Lachen was ap
pointed last June, after passing a civil ser
vice examination. He made a confession at
once and said he had been pursuing his ne
farious business for over a month. The
prisoner was taken before United States
Commissioner Shields and held in S3,(XX) to
answer. He received a college education
and was considered a model young man.
His parents are nearly heart-broken at the
disgrace brought upon them.
Ex-Public Printer Rounds Dead.
Omaha, Neb., Dec. 17.— 8. P. Rounds,
editor and proprietor of tb?Omaha Repub -
liran. died this evening of pneumonia. He
was ’Public Printer in Washington during
President Arthur's administration.
SAVANNAH, GA., SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1887.
CHIEF OF AIL THE CLUBS.
THE CONVENTION AT NEW YORK
WINDS UP ITS BUSINESS.
James P. Foster, of New York, Chosen
President After a Somewhat Heated
Canvass—A. L. Snowden, of Phila
delphia, Was the Second Most Prom
inent Candidate—The Anti-Lamar
New York, Dec. 17.—1 t was not until
11:15 o’clock this morning that Chairman
Evarts called the Convention of the Repub
lican Club to order. The election of delega
tions from each State for Vice President
and member of the Executive Committee
were then announced. When Gen. Nathan
Goff arose to make the nomination for
West Virginia long-continued applause
greeted him. Trouble arose over the selec
tion for Alabama. There was only one
representative from that State. He was
Samuel R. Lowree (colored). He would not
take the responsibility of nominating these
men. Mr. Evarts then ruled that any State
not feeling ready to make the nomination
could wait until action had been taken in
the State refereed to.
nominations for president.
Nominations for President, of the national
league then followed. Seward A. Simons,
of Buffalo, in eloquent terms nominated
James P. Foster, President of the New York
Republican Club, for President.
Gen. Nathan Goff, of West Virginia, in
words of high praise, nominated A. Loudon
Snowden, f Philadelphia.
Col. Atkinson, of Michigan, nominated
Col. Nathan Goff.
Mr. Goff declined, saying his position of
Congressman and his other duties would
prevent him from filling the position.
Delegate Wilburmott, of New Jersey,
spoke warmly in favor of Mr. Foster.
Mr. Warwick, of Pennsylvania, rose to
second the nomination of Mr. Snowden.
A cry of “Let some other State nomi
nate him!’ was raised.
Mr. Warwick said: “He has been nomi
nated by another State. Modest Pennsyl
vania only seconds the nomination.”
Senator Harr, of Michigan, thought the
Presidency should remain in New York.
foster finally elected.
William H. Beveridge, of Virginia, spoke
for Mr. Snowden.
Leonidas Houk, of Tennessee, spoke for
Mr. Foster, and Judge Brown, of Ohio,
said that without a speech he would second
the nomination of Mr. Foster for the Ohio
Mr. Snowden here withdrew his name
from the contest for President.
There were loud cries of question.
W. E. Gardner, of Wisconsin, moved the
election of Mr. Foster by acclamation. It
was carried, and by a tumultous cry of
“Aye,” and not a single “Nay,” James P
Foster, of New York, was declared elected
President of the national league.
OFFERED TO DEPEW.
The New Yorkers had endeavored to
persuade Chauncey M. Depew to accept the
Presidency but he declined.
J. M. "Condon, of Knoxville, is Vice
President for Tennessee, and John S. Wise
for Virginia. J. J. Littleton is a member
of the Executive Committee for Tennessee,
and J. W. Southard for Virginia.
A resolution by Howard N. Fuller, of
Albany, was the cause of much excitement.
It ran as follows:
Resolved. That this contention of the Repub
lican clubs of the United States, representing
the universal sentiment and patriotic desire of
the Republicans of the United States, repre
seated by us. records its emphatic disapproval
and condemnation of President Cleveland's
action in the nomination of 1., Q. 0 Lamar for
the Supreme Court bench of the United States,
and we recommend that the Republican mem
bers of the United States Senate vote against
the confirmation of the same.
The matter was put to a viva voce vote
on the question of tabling, and although the
noes seemed to be as strong at least as the
jayes, Mr. Evarts declared it tabled.
A resolution of a similar character intro
duced Thursday, and sent to the Committee
od Resolutions, was allowed to remain,
although several energetic attempts were
made to get it again before the convention.
The convention adjourned sine die.
SEVEN LOST THEIR LIVES.
The List of Those Killed at Westches
Westchester. Pa., Dec. 17.—The dead
body of D. O. Taylor, Clerk of the County
Courts, was found this morning in the
ruins of the Edison Electric Company's
works, the scene of yesterday’s terrible
fatal boiler explosion. Taylor had called
at the works only a few minutes before the
explosion occurred. Edward Schofield, a
laborer, who was taken from the ruins last
night, died this morning from his injuries.
This makes seven deaths from the explosion,
Walter Embree, superintendent of the
D. O. Taylor.
Three colored laborers named: El wood
Becket, John Bradley and Samuel Ebb.
Hettie T. Jones, 13 years old, daughter
of William Jones, who was struck by a
heavy piece of timber some distance from
the scene of the explosion, while returning
from School. .
Five other men were severely injured,
but will all recover.
Thousands Made Idle.
Pittsburg, Dec. 17.—The converting,
blooming and mil departments of the Edgar
Thompson Steel Works, at Braddock’s Pa..,
closed down to-day, and the employes were
notified that for the present there would be
no work for them. It is understood that
the rail mill’s suspension is for an indefinite
period, but that the blooming and convert
ing departments will resume after the an
nual repairs have been made. The shut
down will throw several thousand men out
Trial of the Chicago.
Washington, Dec. 17.—Secretary Whit
ney this afternoon received a telegram from
Commodore Gbe ardi, Commandant of the
Navy Yard, at Newark, reading as follows:
“The Chicago has returned. The trial trip
was successful. She made steam freely
without the use of the forced draught. Her
engines show no signs of weakness. Cor
rected for tides she made fifteen knots per
hour. The horse-power has not yet been
All Were Doing Well.
Nogales, Ari. Dec. 17.—The United
States man-of-war Iroquois has left Topo
lambapo and started for San Francisco.
The commander reports that he rode 150
miles on horsoliack through Owen's colony
and found the colonists all had plenty to
eat and were receiving *3 per day. None
of them wished to leave.
Dry Goods Dealers Assign.
Boston, Dec. 17.—Cushman & Cre, deal
ers In fancy dry goods at No. 39 Temple
place and No. 23" West street, have assigned.
Thoir liabilities nre $60,000 and their assets
$86,000, nominally. •
The Legislature Bound to Abide by
the Rlddleberger Bill.
Richmond, Va., Dec. 17.—The Finance
Committee of the two houses of the Gen
eral Assembly held a special meeting to-day
to hear AY T . 1,. Royall, counsel for the
foreign bondholders on the debt question.
There was much talk on the subject, which
was participated in by nearly every person
present. Mr. Royall "asked that all action
in the coupon cases he suspended for
thirty days, saying that during that
time he would" use his best efforts
to prevent any coupons being presented in
payment for taxes, that he would go to Lon
don and endeavor to get the English bond
holders to settle upon terms satisfactory to
the State, and that if the bondholders re
fused to agree to his proposition be would
resign his p?sition as counsel. The senti
ment of the committee, as expressed by
many of the members, was that it would
be useless for Mr. Royall to undertake any
negotiations which departed from the prin
ciples of the Riddleberger bill. A commit
tee was appointed to prepare a resolution in
relation to the matter to be presented at a
joint meeting of the committees next Mon
I’he sub-committee appointed at to-day’s
meeting has drafted a resolution to be sub
mitted at Monday’s meeting. The resolu
tion in effect is as follows: That the Gov
ernor be authorized and requested to direct
the officers of the State to suspend all pro
ceedings against parties who have hereto
fore tendered coupons for taxes until Jan.
35, provided the bondholders shall cease all
attempts to force coupons into the Treas
ury. and will publish a circular that they
will not sustain tax papers tendering coupons
for taxes in the interim. The resolution
concludes by declaring that the State will
pay' no more than the amount fixed by the
FIRE AS A CONNOISSEUR
An Art Establishment Ruined by an
Early Morning Blaze.
Milwaukee, Dec. 17.—Shortly before 3
o’clock this morning fire broke out in the
store of I. C. Iversen, a manufacturer of
picture frames, and dealer in art goods at
No. 435 East Water street, and completely
destroyed, the upper portion of the build
ing. the entire stock was ruined, as an
Immense quantity ot water was required to
subdue the flames. Quinn’s book store,
immediately adjoining the Iversen building,
was thoroughly drenened. The loss on the
Iversen stock and building is about
$135,000. Iversen’s stock, which is almost
a total loss, was insured fo- $104,000, and
Quinn’s stock, which is badly damaged, is
covered by a policy for $0,500. Nearly
fifty insurance companies are interested in
FLAMES FEAST ON PEANUTS.
Norfolk, Va., Dec. 17.—Fire this morn
ing at the town of Franklin, on the Sea
board and Roanoke railroad, destroyed
Pretlow & Co.’s warehouse, containing
7,000 bags of peanuts and three car loads of
coal. The loss is about $30,000.
TWO BURNED TO DEATH.
Buffalo, N. Y., Dec. 17.—A house in
which lived George Banerli, aged 61, and
his wife, aged 58, of Hamburg, Erie county,
was burned last night and the couple were
too infirm to make their escape.,
NATURE’S WHITE MANTLE.
A Deep Fall of Snow Reported in
Pennsylvania and Washington.
Reading, Pa., Dec. 17.—The greatest
snow of the year fell here this afternoon,
and at 10 o’clock to-night in this oisy its
depth was eighteen inches, and it was still
falling. The storm is general all over the
eastern section of the State, Lancaster re
ports 14 inches, Lebanon 14, Harrisburg 10,
Allentown 14 and through the coal regions
nearly a foot has fallen. Railroad trains
are delayed, and shipments of the Reading
railroad are greatly interfered with. Coun
try roads have drifted to a depth of three
and four feet.
THE BEAUTIFUL AT WASHINGTON.
Washington. Dec. 17. —The first snow of
the season here fell tbisafternoon. It, began
at 1 o’clock, and for a time melted as fast as
it fell, but at 7 o’clock this evening there
were four inches of snow on the ground and
it was still falling. Yesterday afternoon
the weather was mild and springlike, and
the chance in the atmosphere and appear
ance of the country in less than tweny-iour
hours is striking.
KNIGHT OUT ON BAIL.
Two Men Become His Bondsmen in the
Sum of $35,000.
Philadelphia, Dec. 17. —Joseph Knight,
who was committed to prison Thursday in
default of $35,000 bail to answer a charge
of embezzling $65,000 from the Manufac
turers’ Bank, while employed in that insti
tution as clerk, was to-day released from
custody. William H. Kenible and William
H. Hurley entered security in the amount
required, binding themselves *to produce
Knight on the third Mondav in February
next in the United States District Court.
An Old Feud Breaks Out Afresh and
Costs Six Lives.
Winchester, Ky., Dec. 17.—The feud
let ween the Adams and Casswell factions
broke out again last Sunday night in Rock
castle county, when, after church services,
Frank Adams was killed by one of the
Casswells. Since then Frank Ha-don;
James Lunsford,‘James Townsend, Thomas
Jackson and two others whose names are
unknown have been killed, while many
others have been wounded and several
houses have been burned.
KILLED WITH A KNIFE.
A Half-Witted Boy Murders His
Brother and Sister.
Chicago, Dec. 17. —A special to the
Daily News, from Columbus, Ark., says:
“Charles Whitsott, a half-witted boy, aged
18 years, went out walking with his young
brother, aged 9, and his sister, aged 6. He
returned home alone and informed his
mother that he had killed them, showing a
large knife with which he had doue the
deed. The fioy and girl were found stretched
out in pools of blood, with their heads cut
Killed by a Falling Pistol.
New Orleans, Dec. 17.~The Picayune's
special from Greenville, Miss., says: “D. J.
liosser, a prosperous merchant of Leland,
Miss., aged 28 years, was boarding a train
at Leland to "day wbeu bis pistol fell
out of his pocket and was discharged. The
bullet struck Ressor in the breast inflicting
a wound which proved fatal in a short
Chicago’s Striking Printers.
Chicago, Dec. 17.— The Bricklayers and
Stone Masons Unions, the strongest and
most wealthy of all the trades unions in the
city, adopted a resolution last night to aid
the striking printers both morally and
FEDERATION OF LABOR.
BUSINESS DONE ON A RUSH AND
A Resolution Passed Denouncing the
Action of the Police in Several Cities
In Interfering Wl*h Public Meetings
Workingmon Advised to Foster a
Spirit of Independence in Politics.
Baltimore, Dec. 17.—The Convention of
the American Federation of Labor this
morning took up its consideration of the
report of the Committee on Resolutions.
Many unimportant matters were acted
upon, and hustoess was disposed of as rap
idly’ us possible. A resolution, intro
duced by Mr. Black, a delegate from
the Bakers’ Union, denouncing the ac
tion of the police' in various cities
in interfering with- meetings, and the
tendency of the authorities in some sections
to curtail the constitutional rights of the
people, and insisting that the spirit of
anarchy as displayed by the authorities
should be .uqdmiiv.'d by working people,
was the subject Or'prolonged debate. It
was vigorously opposed by a fejv conserva
tive delegates, hut was finally passed after
the words “unlawful oppression” had been
substituted for “anarchy.”
A resolution was adopted advising work
ingmen to guard more carefully their con
stitutional rights, and to foster a spirit of
independence in |>o!itical aot.on. Another
urged extension of the educational system,
and the necessity of having the science of
government added to the list of subjects
taught in the public schools.
The Blair educational bill was indorsed.
A protest against any reduction of the in
terna I revenue tax on tobacco was approved,
as was also a protest against the proposed
extradition treaty with Russia.
The efforts being made to establish an
international system of arbitration as a
substitute for war was approved in a reso
The coercion policy of England towards
Ireland was condemned and sympathy ex
pressed with Ireland in her struggles for
The thanks of the convention were ex
tended to the members of the press, the
Mayor of Baltimore and the local reception
An effort was made to have the conven
tion pass a resolution protesting against any
reduction in the tariff on raw materials, but
it was not successful.
The Chicagopriiiters’ difficulty with their
employers was deplored and resolutions
v/as passed sustaining them in the stand
thov have taken.
The eight-hour bill now under considera
tion by Congress was warmly indorsed, and
after the adoption of a few minor measures
the convention adjourned.
CUSTOM HOUSE THIEVES.
They Forged Certificates to Gfet Pos
session of Silks.
New York, Dec. 17.— A $50,000 robbery
of valuable silks was unearthed to-day in
the United States Appraiser’s stores in
this city, implicating several of the clerks
in the Department of Customs in a clever
forgery. It seems that numerous petty
thefts have been going on in
the department for some time and
special agents had been on the scent for
some time. Valuable imported silks, the
theft, of which was discovered to-day, were
imported by a large house from Paris early
in the week. When a member of the
firm inquired today if the* goods
had been examined it was found
that the certificates of the appraisers of
goods had beeu forged, and the goods carted
a wav on the strength of forged certificates,
on Thursday last. One clerk has been ar
rested. and others who are implicated will
be brought in later. There was considera
ble excitoment among the attaches of the
office over the exposure.
REV. FULTON'S BOOK.
The Rand Avery Company Will Print
( It Conditionally.
Boston, Doc. 17.— Rev. Justin D. Fulton
today wrote a letter to the Rand-A very
Company, which recently refused to print
hi.i book, entitled, “Why Priests Should
Wed,” submitting a tommnnication from
Anthony Comstock, in which the latter
states that after an examination of the book
he lielieves Dr. Fulton’s motive* and inten
tions ure absolutely honest and right, and
that the facts collected are absolutely
true, supported by living witnesses. Dr.
Fulton, therefore, demands that the print
ing oomiainy submit the proofs to the
Attorney General, or any lawyer, and that
if there is anything in them which they de
cide will make the company liable, the
author will modify sneh portions. The
Iland-Avery Company have replied that
under those conditions they will print
MOBILE AND OHIO.
A Belief That the Illinois Central Has
Gained Control of It.
St. Louis, Dec. 17.— The report tele
graphed a few days ago that ex-I’resident
Clark, of the Illinois Central railroad, bail
been chosen Vice-President and General
Manager of the Mobile and Ohio railroad is
accepted in railroad circlei here and it is
argued that if Mr. Clark has accepted this
position on the Mobile and Ohio, it may be
taken as proof that, the Illinois Central
Company, with which he has been so long
and prominently connected, and with which
his relations nre still -6f a most intimate
nature, lias gamed control of the Mobile
The Complainant in the Larceny Case
Failed to Appear.
Nf.w York, Dec. 17. —Judge Kilbretb, at
the Tombs Police Court, to-day rendered
his decision in the ease of Henry
S. Ives, the young financier, charged with
larceny from the Cincinnati, Hamilton and
Dayton Railroad Company by Mr. Dexter.
The Judge dismissed the complaiat and dis
charged the accused. Neither Mr. Dexter
nor his counsel was in court. Mr. Ives, his
lawyers and several friends were there, and
when the defendant was discharged he was
congratulated. Ives says be will at once
institute proceedings against Mr. Dexter,
claiming SIOO,OOO for malicious prosecution.
A Murder Jury Disagrees.
Boston, Dec. 17.—Late this afternoon the
jury in the Mrs. Sarah Robinson murder
case reported that they were unable to agree
and were discharges Mrs. Robinson was
returned to jail. The jury stood eleven for
acquittal to one for conviction. It is stated
that the jurymen all believed in Mrs. Rob
inson’s guilt, but thought the evidence con
trary to law.
Murder Near Eastman,
Eastman, Ga., Dec. 17.—Joshua Coffee
killed his son-iu-low, Murdock Bryan, about
twelve miles from here yesterday. No de
tails can be learned. The Coroner has been
sent for. The parties have never agreed.
SOUTH GEORGIA'S CONFERENCE
The Appointments will be Announced
Sandkrsvili.e, Ga.. Dec. 17.—The South
Georgia Conference of the Methodist church
South met at ii o'clock this morning, Bishop
H. N. McTyeire presiding. The opening
religious services were conducted by Rev.
The following having been recommended
by quarterly conferences and having stood
approved examinations were admitted on
trial: Gordon T. Roberts, of New Houston
Street church, Savannah; Freeman L.
Tokes, of the Gordon circuit; William E.
Mumford, of the Central circuit; Thomas
D. McMicbael, of the Crowell circuit;
Mitchell J. Adams, of the Ellaville circuit;
John H’. Connors, of the Smithvillo cir
cuit; Harrison Stubbis, of the Pelham cir
cuit; Thomas B. Kemp, of the Attapulgus
circuit; Walter C. Jones, of the Newton
circuit; Oscar B. Chester, of Buinbridgo;
Orson W. Branch, of Attapulgus; Heury
T. Eteridge, of Pearson; Robert P. Fam, of
the Lowudes circuit.
ELECTED TO ORDERS.
The following, upon recommendation of
quarterly conferences, were elected to
Deacons’ orders: Jehu T. Mims, William
H. Martin, Joseph W. Black, Thomas R.
McMichaei, Botwar H. Gee, Andrew M.
Brett and John C. Handers.
The following were elected to Elders’ or
ders: Harrison Stubbs and James M. Wil
Dr. Hinton presented the credentials of
William li. Young, of Savannah, who
withdraws from the church.
R. E. L. Folsom was exposed. Revs. 8.
3. Sweet, C. J. Tole and David R. McWil
liams were continued as supernumeraries.
F. R. C. Ellis, W. H. Thomas, S. G.
Childs, A. B. Hanier, W. F. Bearden, W. P.
Roberts, L. G. R. Wiggins, W. 8. Baker,
C. A. Moore, J. 31. Marshall, J. R. Owen
aud R. B. Lester were superannuated. The
committee failed to recommend W. M.
Numerous reports wore made, read and
adopted. None of them possessed any
The Committee on the Educational Loan
Fund Association, J. B. McGehee, G. G. N.
McDonnell, J. O. Branch, J. K. Ilinse,
Isaac Hardeman and Dr. G. J. Allen, ar
rived and were introduced to the conference.
An afternoon session was held at 3 o'clock.
Committee reports were continued until
4:30 o’clock, when the memorial services in
commemoration of Revs. John E. Sentell
and William F. Conlv were held.
The memorial on the former was read by
Rev. J. R. McClesky aud on the latter by
Rev. J. W. Weston.
The conference then adjourned to meet
Monday morning at 8 o’clock, the Rishop
stating that the labors would tie completed
by 9 o’clock, when the appointments will be
To-night the missionarv meeting was held.
It was addressed by Dr. Young J. Allen.
To-inorrow Bishop McTyeire will preach
the II o’clock sermon at the Methodist
church, W. P. Harrison at the Baptist, and
Rev. J. D. Anthony at the Christian church.
Paul F. Hammond Dead—Drowning of
Acgusta, Ga., Dec. 17.—Capt. Paul F.
Hammoud, after an illness of two months,
died at 1 o’clock this morning at his home
on Beech Island, S. C. Capt. Hammond
was one of the ablest writers in South Caro
lina, as well as an industrious farmer. He
was a son of the late ex-Gov. Hnmrnond, of
South Carolina, and he will be laid at rest
beside his father in the family burying
ground at 3 o’clock to-morrow. He leaves
a wife and five children.
The death by drowning of an old and re
spected citizen has just come to light.
Michael Dowe, who was about 60 years old,
employed as day watchman at the city sta
bles, and who redded at the corner of
Barnes and Cumtning streets, failed to reach
home at the usual hour last night. His fam
ily liocame uneasy, and made a diligent
search for him, but without avail. He was
last seen alive at 6-80 o’clock, yesterday af
ternoon, in conversation with his nephew,
Lieut. YVilliam Desmond, of the txilic*' force.
As he was compelled to cross the canal to
reach home. It. was supposed he had fallen
in and had been drowned. The water in
the canal was accordingly shut off this
afternoon, and at 7 o'clock to-night his body
wus found in the first level, twenty-five
yards below the bridge, from which he must
Dave fallen. The Coroner held an inquest
to-nigbt and a verdict of accidental drown
ing was returned.
Bad Feeling Engendered by the Older
Montgomery, Ala., Dec. 17.—Additional
particulars of the Henry county tragedy, in
which Robert and John Johnson killed their
older brother Charles, says that the diffi
culty occurred at 2 o’clock in the morning-
Their father had made Charles manager
of the farm, and this caused
bad blood. Fresh fuel was added
to the flames when the time came to divide
the crop. The younger boys went off and
got drunk, came home and killed their older
brother, stayed around till neighbors came
and then coolly went off whistling. No
doubt is entertained that they will by
lynched. The scene of the tragedy is thirty
live miles from any telegraph station.
Sylvania, Ga., Dec. 17.—Confirmation
services were held In "All Saints” Episcopal
church in t his place last, night by" Bishop
Weed, of Florida. After an eloquent ser
mon by the Bishop the following class was
confirmed: Miss Emma and Marie Hazle
hurst, Miss Annie Haridon, Judge John H.
Hull, Mr. J. W. Judkins, Mr. Charley
Haridon and Mr. Arthur Haridon.
The church was beautifully decorated
with vines and evergreens and was filled to
its utmost capacity, besides the Bishop the
following ministers were in attendance and
heljied to conduct the services: Rev. R. \V.
McConnell, rector, and Rev. D. A. Winn.
To day at 10 o’clock the church was con
secrated to the worship of God in an elo
quent and impressive sermon by the Bishop.
SOO,OOO for a Masonic Charity.
New York, Dec. 17.—The Free Masons
of New York and Brooklyn to-night closed
the largest and mo t successful fair ever
held in the interest of the fraternity. Its
proceeds, which will no SOO,OOO or more, are
to be used to build an asylum for destitute
masons and for their widows and orphans.
Washington, Dec. 17.—Perry H. Smith,
of New York, a cousin of Secretary Fair
child, has boen appointed Chief of the Ap
pointment Division of the Treasury Depart
incut, to succeed Eugene Higgins, of Mary
land. Mr. binith is at present a disbursing
clerk of tho Post Office Department.
Hick and bilhous headache, and all de
rangements of stomach and bowels, cured
by Dr. Pierce’s “Pellets”—or anti-bilious
granule*. 25 cents a vial. No cheap boxes
to allow waste of virtues. By druggists-
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FLO El DA’S METRO POLIS.
DISSOLUTION OF A PROM®>IENT
DRY GOODS FIRM.
Death of a Man Who Was Prominent
as a Politician During the Republi
can Regime—A Man Injured at Pa
latka Brought to the Metropolis for
Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 17.—The
dry goods firm of Kohn, Furchgott &
Benedict has been dissolved, Charles
Benedict withdrawing. The firm now con
sists of Morris Kobn, Max Furchgott, Her
man Furchgott and Leopold Furchgott, and
will bo known as Kohn, Furchgott & Cos.
S. L. Tibbitts a well-known resident, died
last night. In the days of the Republican
regime Mr. Tibbitts was a prominent poli
tician. He was postmaster at Tallahassee
for several years aud afterward crier in the
United States Court here. He
was Deputy United States Marshal several
years, and was Captain in the Fourth Wis
consin regiment, which had the famous live
eagle “Abe." He was a native of Fairport,
Me., and leaves a young wife and son.
L. I. Fleming and E. M. l’Engle will be
employed by tho newly elected city officials
to bring the late election before the Supreme
Court for its decision.
Hon. Norman F. Scott, the prominent
politician who died at Concord, Fla., yes
terday, was a member of the recent Consti
tutional Conveuticn and an ex-member of
the I-egislature. He was the Democratic
nominee for Governor in opposition to Har
rison Reed in 1868.
In the United States Court this morning,
in the matter of the petition of E. 8.
(Juimby for final confirmation of the survey
of the Domingo Acosta grant, which, ac
cording to the maps in tho United States
Land Office, conflicts with the survey of the
Bernardo Begin grant, the case on demurrer
interposed by tho heirs of Begin, was argued
and submitted. Over 20,000 acres are in
A Mr. Jaffray accidentally fell at the
Florida Southern railway dock, in Palatka,
last night, and broke the bones of his left
ankle. He was brought to this city on the
steamer City of Jacksonville this morning
and a doctor called to set the bones. Mr.
Jaffray is agent for tho Hardwood property
in Volusia county.
A FESTIVE VETERAN.
JohnSwlnton Has an Hour’s Chat with
a One-Legged Hero.
New York, Dec. 17.—1 have just enjoyed
an hour’s chat with a veteran one-legged
hero of the war who is always an object of
Interest to New Yorkers, Gen. Dan Sickles,
who left his right pillar on the battle field
of Gettysbnrg a quarter of a century ago.
As you look at Gen. Sickles it is hardto
believe that in three years ho will reach the
age of threescore and ten. In his frame ha
is truly a “stalwart of the stalwa’-ts.” He
is of great girth in the body and chest, and
his arms look as though they could wield
the hammer of Thor. He has a massive
bead, strong features, a dork complexion
and an energetic expression which is in
creased by the fire of his dark eves. His
thick head of hair and heavy moustache re
tain their pristine hue, aud seem even darker
than they were in his younger years, but
whether this is owing to the influence of art
or the generosity of nature it would take an
experienced observer to tell.
Over forty years ago this scarred but
lively veteran of politics and war was in
the New York Legislature, and during the
bitter debates upon slavery that preceded
secession he was a leader of the Democracy
in Congress. His career as a volunteer
officer in the service of tha Union, from tha
time he raised his renowned brigade until
the day lie was maimed life, and through
the battles that were fought between tba
Chickahominy and Gettysburg was disting
uished by the same vehemence and tenacity
that be bad previously displayed in politics
and that were subsequently displayed in
another field, about which less is known by
his countrymen. It was of this latter, and
especially of his successful efforts at Madrid,
when he was American Minister to the short
lived Spanish Republic (1869-1874) to bring
about the abolition of negro slavery in the
Spanish West Indies, that he took occasion
to speak. I know that there are documents
upon this subject in the State Department
at Washington, from which one of the most
striking chapters in our diplomatic annals
oould lie written; and it is to fie hoped that
the chapter, winch would bring to light a
remarkable but obscure episode in the
stormy career of Gen. Sickles, will not re
main unwritten till his life has ended. It ia
not too much to say that It was by Gen.
Bickles’s pressure upon the voluble but
wavering President Castelar that the
abolition of slavery in Porto Rico was
brought about, nor is it too much to say
that it was under the fame pressure that the
law providing for gradual emancipation in
Cuba, w hich is now being carried out, waa
promulgated. Furthermore, if Gen. Sick lee
had th a been able to secure the desired co
operation at Washington, the “Gem of the
Antilles” would long ago have been under
the American flag.
Gen. Sickles is a man of fortune by
inheritance, and knows how to enjoy life in
the fasnionable circles of New York. Like
Gen Sherman, he is a favori.e on festivA.
occasions, and ranks among the best after
dinner speakers in the city. As politician,
soldier, diplomat aud emancipator, he has
played his part these many long years
among the important actors of our change
ful aS e. John Swinton.
Sanford, Fla., Doc. 17. —Sanford ij
busy. Nine large brick structures are being
rapidly built, including the Bishop block,
the Stone & Gove Mock, the handsome De
ment building and the Union depot
The managers of the South Florida Ex
position promise us a magnificent affair in
February, but they have progressed slowly
toward putting the fair grounds in proper
condition, and have not as yet erected •
single building. A little more push and
energy is absolutely necessary.
The Sanford House will be opened under
anew management soon.
Dr. J. J. Harris, the new postmaster,
moved the mail matter, etc., from the
Lyman building to the Journal-office.
Swift’s Steel Works Sold.
Cincinnati, 0., Dec. 17.—Adam Wagner
assignee, sold to-day, by order of the court
Swift’s Iron and Steel Works in Newport
Ky Tho real estate machinery. materiaK
and stock sold for $105,650. It was bought
by H. A. Shriver, who Is said to represent a
company composed of A. L. Gahr, Adam
Wagner, R. W. Nelson and others. This
property belonged to E. L. Harper and its
paper figured in the Harper trial.
Tampa. Fla., Dec. 17.—The following no.
t ice was made to-dav: “The City Council,
at a special meeting, held yesterday, decided
not to raise the quarantine against all per
sons subject to yellow fever for the present.
It is not considered safe to open the doors
yet. C. E. Harrison. President of the
City Council.” __
The weather is much cooler. What sick
ness exists is confined to returned refugee*