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I ESTABLISHED ISSO. ) f !. H. EfeTILL, Editor and Proprietor, f EXPRESS COMPANIES OUT THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE LAW NOT TO BE APPLIED. A Formal Decision on the Question Rendered by the Commissioners— The Law as It Stands Applicable to Companies Run by Railroads, but not to Those Run Independently. Washington', Dec. 38.—The formal de cision of the Intestate Commerce Commis sion ujxm the question whether express companies are subject to the provisions of the act to regulate commerce, was an nounced to-day. The bringing -of express companies within the provisions of the act is fomid to be practicable, and on some ac counts desirable. Express companies, wh'ch are simply branches of a railroad, organizod and operating through its ordinary stuff, or by an independent bureau, or by combination with other rail road companies, are found to be covered by the provisions of the act. INDEPENDENT COMPANIES. In the case of independently organized express companies, h iwever, operating un der contracts for transportation, the lan guage of the act, as it now stands, is found to be so framed as not to bring them directly within its provisions. The words “wholly by railroad,’' in the first section, do not well define the business of express companies, which use very largely the services of teams, messengers, stage coaches and steamboats. The pooling sec tion applies to the pooling of the business of railroads. Other sections speak of railroads continually and of depots and stations, the language not being applicable to the busi ness of expross companies, except under a somewhat strained construction. REFERRED TO CONGRESS. The express business was well known at the time of the passage of the law', and has been frequently mentioned by name in Con gressional statutes. The omission to name it here is significant. The preliminary in vestigation by the Interstate Commerce C mngtteo of the Senate did not include the business of express companies, and was confined almost wholly to that of railroad companies. Upon all these considerations the commission has thought best to refer the subject to Con gress, as in any case of doubtful jurisdic tion, it is far better that the legislative body should resolve the doubt. PROPOSED AMENDMENTS. Chicago, Dec. 28.—The Central Traffic Association has authorized Commissioner Blanchard to prepare amendments, to be submitted to Congress, to amend the inter state act. A move is to be made to insert provisions which will protect railroads from fraudulent misrepresentations of freight shippers in regard to the classification of commodities shipped, and to prevent the sale of railroad tickets by any except di rectly authorized agents of the companies. CHANDLER’S BIG SCHEME. He Will Bend Heaven and Earth to Carry the Southern States. Washington, Dec. 38.—Senator William E. Chandler is preparing to make an effort to carry several Southern States for the Re publican party next year. He has Louisi ana, Tennessee, Florida and Virginia esp’- oially in view. He will, however, tako charge of his party interests in every South ern State, w here there is even the stump of Republican organization. He is already in consultation with the managers of the Re publican party in Louisiana, who have a strong organization as to the State election in April. In accordance with his views, they will nominate a straight ticket for all the different officers from Governor down. He thinks that this is the best way to take advantage of the divirions in the Democratic party. Senator Chand ler will probably make a speech in the Sen ate within the next six weeks on his bill to regulate Southern elections, by way of sounding the key note of his campaign. He promises to surpass Senator Hear in the bloody shirt race. . CHRISTMAS FOR THE P'OOR. Two Thousand Children of Washing ton Given a Day of Pleasure. Washington, Dec. 28.—Two thousand poor children, one-fourth of them colored, were given a Christmas dinner by the Chil dren’s Christian Clubs to-day. Mrs. Cleve land and other society women, and Miss I’aullhe Whitney, Miss Mollie Vilas and other children of society people assisted at the main entertainment, which was held in the Armory of the National Rifles. Sevou hundred children dined in the armory, and afterward enjoyed u magician’s tricks, ami the gifts which a clever Santa Claus got from a gorgeous tree forjthem. Mrs. Cleve land enjoyed it as much as the children. Like entertainments were given in East Washington and West Washington for other companies of white children, and in one of the colored churches for colored children. - OFF THEIR RESERVATION. Fears of an Outbreak Among the Ute Indians. Glenwood Springs, Cod., Dec. 38.—For several days reports have reached here from the White river country that the Utes are off their reservation east %f the Utah line, j and that they are buying all the rifles and other firearms that they can obtain. It is feared that an outbreak will soon occur. They have been informed that they are not on their reservation, and that they are breuking their pledges given last summer. They say that they intend to hunt where they can find game in plenty and that the white men eaunot hinder tr.eni. A number of cattlemen have ordered their men to shoot any and all Indians they nmy see on their ranges, or anywhere out of tfie Utah line. It is feared that, should the Indians come in force they will be prejiared for mischief. , Powderly’s Rival Defected. Washington. Dee. 28. —Paul P. Bowen, of this city, who has been spoken of as the probable successor of T. \. Powderly, of the Knights of Labor, was defeated for re election to-night as Master Workman of his asseniDly. There was a strong fight made against him, and the ticket put forward by the conservative members of the assembly, and headed by H. J. Sphultis, was elected. Tax Reduction. W ABHINOTON, Dec. 28. —The report that President Cleveland proposes to send a mes sage to Congress recommending the repeal of the tobacco tax i* pronounced unfounded. The President has said what lie had to say about, tax reduction to Congress. It is for Congress to say now whether the reduction shall be made as ho recom nended or as Mr. Blaine suggested. The Providential Party’s Return. Washington, Dec. UK--The Presidential Party, which went to Albany to attend Mr. Manning’s funeral, returned to Washington this morning at 8:ft0 o’clock with the ex '•option of Col. Lament, who went to Hol land Patent to pay a short visit to bis Barents. McNEALLY’S ILL-GOTTEN GAINS. Examiner Richards Explains .he Bank's Attitude. Boston, Deo. 28.—A special to the Jour nal from Portland, Me., gives an interview with Bank Examiner Richards concerning the Saco and Biddeford Savings Institution defalcation and Defaulter McNeally. The examiner savs the ti rut offer of a compromise 'vns received about Nov. 10 in a letter from Frank McNoally, dated at Cairo, Egypt, in which he agreed to sur render the bonds on receipt of $20,000 in currency and an agreement on the part of the bank not to prosecute him. This offer was rejected by the trustees and a letter was written in reply by Gen. Cleaver, counsel for the bank, and sent to McNeally by Treasurer Kelly. This letter was non-committal in every respect, and in tended to draw from McNeally further proposition and lead to more satisfactory results than now seems likely to be reached. The subsequent correspondence between the McNeallys has been pretty correctly pub lished. A VOLUNTARY EXHIBITION OF FOr.LT. The issuing of a power of attorney to Harry McNeally to act ou behalf of the bank at Halifax, by Treasurer Kelly, was characterized by the examiner as “a vol untary exhibition of foUy, performed gra tuitously without any apparent motive.” Said he: “About three hours before Mr. Kelly issued his commission to Harry McNeally, President Goodale assured Judge Cleaves, in my hearing, that the bank had not and would not authorize anybody to represent them in pro curing restitution from Frank.’’ Mr. Rich ards placed but little confidence in the promised return of the stolen properly, but believed if the bank had followed the ad vise of counsel, McNeally would have sur rendered the bonds and thrown himself upon the mercy of the court in preference to starving in foreign lands. President Goodale also denied the report that the trustees have compromised, or intended to compromise, a lelony with Frank Mc- Neally. MRS. ASTOR’S WILL. After Numerous Bequests to Charities Leaves Her Estate to Her Husband. New York, Dec. 28.—The will of the late Mro. Charlotte Augusta Astor. executed June 18, 1886, was filed to-day with the Sur rogate. After bequests to relatives and personal friends, she makes the following: Woman’s Hospital of the State of New York, $25 ; 000; St. Luke's Hospital, $25,000; Young Women’s Christian Association of this city, $35,000; Children’s Aid Society, $25,000; for an industrial school on Avenue B, $10,000; Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute at Hampton, Va., $35,000; the sum of $25,000 to the Domestic and Foreign So ciety of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States of America, one-half to be applied to the education of Indian boys fnd girls of South Dakota, and the other half to the repair and enlarge ment of schools in the same dis trict: the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, $1,000: the Oiqihans’ Home and Asylum of the Protestant Episcopal chur h in New York, $1,000; Society for the Relief of Des titute Blind in this city and vicinity, SI,OOO. The bulk of her estate she bequeaths to her husband, John Jacob Astor. NO MAN'S LAND. A New Scheme Developed in Regard to the Titles. Chicago, Dec. 28.—According to special dispatches to the Daily News anew scheme has just developed in regard to Ibe title to No Man’s Land. A telegram last night from Tahlequah says that the National Council has appointed a committee to press the claim of the Cberokees to that part cf the Ifuliiui Territory on the attention of Congress. The claim is ba-Ad on the treaties of 1828 and 1880, and the patent of 1829, signed by President Van Buren. It is al leged that, the title has never lapsed, and that, it is as clear as that which holds the territory around Tahlequah. A STRANGE DISEASE. Sudden Death of Two Children at Wilkesbarre. Wilkesbarre, Pa., Dec. 2S.—H. A. Savage, of this city, lias lost two children within the past forty-eight hours from some strange disease. The youngest, two years of age, appmred slightly sick Monday niglit, and before it was known that his illness was serious, he died Another, a boy, i years of age, was taken sick this morning and within a few hours he died. Shortly before death ensuod their bo lies turned black. The best physicians have been called, but are unable to name the disease: A post mortem ex amination will be made. DUELS IN FRANCE. Editors Have Their Hands Full Wiping Out Insults. Paris, Dec. 28. —M. Mayer, director'of the Gaulois, has challenged M. De Woos tyne, formerly Paris correspondent of a leading New York newspaper, for articles published in the Journal Parisian, and a duel with swords will probably take place to-morrow. M. Garnior challenged M. Vervoot editor of the Krrn rut on account of certain articles published l>y the latter. M. Vervoot replied t hat whe • such duelling experts as M. Rochefort and M. Derto/raivel refused to fight M. Gamier ho (Vervoot) could very well decline the challenge. King John’s Advance. London, Dec. 18. —Advices from Masso wah say that great activity prevails among the Itaiian troops there. Every preparation is being niude to meet the advancing Abys sinian forces. It is reported that Has Alula overrated the Italian movements in order to induce King John to advance. One column of Abyssinian troops, commanded by a son of ttie Kmg, lias arrived at Adowa. Another column, under Ras MikTel, has reached Adrigal. ITALY TO SEND RE-ENFORCEMENTS. Rome, Dec. 28. —It is reported that in consequence'of news from Massowah the government has decided to dispatch 8,000 re-eji force men ts early in January. Sullivan Challenges Smith. London, Dec. 28 —John L. Sullivan iias challenged Jem Smith to fight for £I,OOO a side, tho affair to conie off a fortnight after Sullivan’s match with Mitchell has been fought. Sullivan has dejiosited iI.WO for feit. Leopold’s Gift to the Pope. Rome, Dec. 28.—The Pope to-day re ceived King Leopold’s representative,’ who presented his holiness with jubilee gifts and an autograph letter. Bulgaria’s Outposts. Sofia, Dec. 28.—The Sobranje, at secret sitting, unanimously voted 2,600,0001. lor fortifying Bulgarian i-orU. SAVANNAH, GA„ THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1887. A RIOT IN IRELAND. Orangemen and Catholics Clash and Belabor Each Other. London, Dec. 28.—Mr. Corcoran, the printer of the Cork Examiner, has been ar rested on a charge of publishing in that pnpsr reports of meetings of proclaimed branches of the national leagu e. Mr. Gladstone embarked upon a chan nel steumer at Folkstone, ou his way to France, this morning. He was cheered by a crowd which had gathered to see him off. CATHOLICS AND ORANGEMEN FIGHT. Dublin, Dee. 28. —A desperate fight be tween Catholics aud Orangemen occurred Monday in the village of Killybearn, near Nookstowu. Stones, bricks, revolvers, etc., were freely used. The house of a priest was completely Avrecked and the windows of other houses were sma-hed. The Oraugomen were re-enforced and the struggle was be coming serious when police stopped the flight. Several persons were arrested. The order for a reduction of judicial rents in Ireland applies only to the year commencing on the sale day immediately before Aug. 23, 1887. CONSIDERED A BAD MOVE London, Dec. 29, 5 a. m.— The Daily JVeuw, commenting on the reduction of judicial rents in Ireland, says that by one stroke the government has offended all the landlords and has done nothing to conciliate the tenants. * The Monthly Post says: “The reduction will have the effect of rendering property in Ireland practically unsaleable. Those tenants who have refused to buy their hold ings under Mr. Davitt’s advice to await for better terms are fully justified. Doubtless I he present action will lie followed by a fur ther reduction.” The Daily Chronicle, without disapprov ing the reduction, hints that the laiullords ought to be compensated by the State. The Dublin Express condemns the meas ure as worse than anything that could be accomplished under {he plan of campaign. The Nationalist papers complain of the re duction as totally inadequate. John Dillon, member of Parliament, speaking at New Ross said that the reduc tion of judicial rents completely justified the policy of the Nationalists and the plan of campaign. It was true that Lord Salis bury had said that the measure he now adopted was a Unionist measure, but that only showed that Lord Salisbury and hiis colleagues were quite ready to do that which was dishonest in order to cling to office. GERMANY WILL AID AUSTRIA. Turkey Notified What May be Ex pected in Caae of War. Constantinople, Dec. 28.—Count Von Radowitz, the German Ambassador, has officially informed Kiamial Pasha, Presi dent of the Council of Ministers, that Ger many will give Austria active military sup port if Russia should provoke war with Austria. RUSSIA’S BUDGET. St. Petersburg, Dec. 38.—The Bourse Gazette says there will be no deficit in the Russian budget for 1888. TENSION RELAXING. The tension between Russia and Austria shows sympsoms of redaxing. The Orash danin (newspaper) declares that an entente is possible, even on the most difficult points in the Bulgarian dispute. RUSSIA’S PEACE PROTESTATIONS. Berlin, Dec. 28. —The Dost publishes a telegram from Vienna saying that Prince Lohanoff. the Russian Ambassador there, has assured Count Kalneky that Russia is pui-su ng a policy of peace, and that the concentration of Russian troops on the Galician frontier is not intended as an ag gressive movement. Count Schouvaloff, the Russian Ambassa dor to Germany, had a short audience with Euiperor William to-day. AUSTRIA MAKES ADVANCES. London, Dec. 38.—A dispatch from Ber lin to the Exchange Telegraph Companv savs it is stuted that Austria, yielding to the fiersuasion of certain frieudly powers, has made advances to Russia by which con tinued peace is assured. CHURCHILL IN RUSSIA. His Vis.t Said Not to be of an Official Character. London, Dec. 28.—The Foreign Office semi-ofticiallv announces that the presence of Lord Randolph Churchill in St. Peters burg is entirely outside the knowledge of the government. The Moscow Gazette, commenting upon Lord Churchill’s visit to Russia, says: “His visit will dispel his prejudices. He will find no trace of aggressive plans against India. He will discover areadinesson the part of Russia to solve all questions in accord with England, full guarantee being given for the security of India, provided England does not oppose Russia's legitimate inter ests in Europe. Lord Randolph will start for Mos ow Saturday. He will return to St. Petersburg, where he will remain during January. He has visited no political per sonages during his stay here, with the ex ception of Prince De Giers, the Prime Min ister, and M. Polovtzeff, the Imperial Sec retary of State.” EMPEROR WILLIAM. False Rumors of His Death Cause Ex citement. Berlin, Dec. 28.—Telegrams have been received to-day from Now York asking about Emperor William, and stating that rumors are current in that city that he is dead. There is no foundation for such rumors. The Emperor is enjoying his usual health. He attended the jierformance of the opera last evening and to-day lie de voted several hours to the transaction of public business. The Emperor is enjoying vigorous health and took a long walk this afternoon. STOCKS PANICKY. London, Dec.’2B.—The Stock Exchange during the ofteruoou became panicky under persistent reports of the death of Emperor William. This and other bear rumors knocked foreigners down 1 to 1%, The de nial of the reports only partially assisted in bringing about a recovery. Burning of a Theatre. London, Dec. 29, 4 a. m.— The Grand Theatre at Islington was burned out this morning within one hour. Tho properties belonging to the pautnmine, •* W uittiugtou and his Gat,’’ were destroyed. The building was ail isolated one. Otherwise the damage would have been greater. Germany’s Gold Coinage. Berlin, Dec. 88. —In the Buudesrath to dav Prince Bismarck asked the House to agree that, on the occasion of the next gold coinage on account of the Reichshank, crown pieces to the value of 20,(XX),000 marks shall he struck off at the expense of the Imperial Treasury. Germany’s Crown Prince. Han Rem 1 Dec. 38.— Doctors Mackenzie, Hchroder, Hovel I aud Krause, after an bonr’s consultation, agreed to dispatch to Berlin a fav Table bulletin concerning the; Crown Piiu'-e. Dr. Mackenzie will return | to Han Rntnc from time to time READING A BIG PUZZLE. THE MEN SAY A NEW STRIKE IS ON AND THE ROAD DENIES IT. Seven Engine Crews and 700 Coal Hands Stop Work at Port Richmond —Officials of the Road fc ay Itwus on Account of Rain—The Strike not Gen eral if There ia One. Philadelphia, Dec. 28.—General Man ager McLeod, of the Reading road, was not accessible to-day, but in response to an in quiry he sent word out from his office by a messenger that “tho operations of the road is almost without obstruction and tliere will lie nothing for publication to-day." From other sources in the company’s general office it was learned that twenty two north bound and twenty-three south bound coal trains were moved yesterday, us well as all the freight that had accumu lated in this city. An official said that the men were not generally obeying the order of the Knights to quit work again, because the comjia tiy hail publicly guaranteed them protection, and that there were sufficient men at, work this morning to carry on the operations of the road properly. • not feared. A loading official of the company declared that he had not heard anything in reference to the reported order for a renewal of the strike. He doubted the issuance of such an order, and said: “It can have no serious effect, as at least one-half the men now at work are new men and would not be governed by any action of the Knights of Labor committee. If such a thing should happen, we would only lie crippled in our service, and that only for a short time, as 1 am as-ured that it would only be a matter of a few'days until a full force could lie secured and the thorough lulling of all requirements obtained.” return of the strikers. The strikers, who resumed work yester day, reported for duty as usual at Port Richmond this morning. A few were late, but the majority were on time and went to work apparently with a will. Froight along the wharvas was handled as usual, and i:i the round house all was bustle aud activity. Some of the men, however, were uot so cheerful, aud discontent was plain ly written upon their faces The dis charge. of four men who had lieon prominent in tiie proceedings in the Execu tive Board of the Reading convention— Bernard J. Sharkey, Ambrose' Ilede,Thomas J. Bennett and John B. Kelly—was the cause of their dissatisfaction. The sudden change of front on the part of the railroad officials vras a great surprise to the loaders and to the rank and file of the strikers, and caused considerable indignation. WHAT THEY THOUGHT. The Btri here thought the company would only insist upon the discharge of disobodi ent employes, anil that the men who were so summarily dismissed would not be dis turbed. The determined attitude of the railroad company has incensed the nien and made them very atutiburn, and they threat ened to-day to renew liostilitie . Most of the men were at work along the wrarves, but there were not a few idlers. They gathered at various meeting places aud excitedly discussed the situation. Some of them roundly denounced the Reading officials for what they termed a “persecution” of the leaders, aud threatened to loud thei.- aid toward bringing about another strike. Others thought that arbitration, if properly con ducted, would result in a peaceful settle ment of the troubles and probably in the reinstatement of the discharged leaders The men were very determined and their loud threats boded no good to the railroad company. a meeting of the employes. Several hundred Reading employer as sembled at Mutual Hall, on Richmond and Neff streets, this morning. This is head quarters of Assembly No. 6,335, conqxised of coal handlers, train workers, etc. There are between 2,000 and 3,000 men in the as semtily. No formal meeting was held dur ing tho morning, but the situation was fully discussed by the men. They were dissatis fied with the discharge of the four leaders and with General Manager McLeod’s latest order, and said they were ready at any time to quit work again. A number of men engaged in work at the coai wharves at Port Richmond, again quit work this evening. The train dispatcher there, how ever, states that, seven engines were laid off by the company's order, and that the men thought this meant a strike, and many left work, but that they are going back as last as they are told the facts. TRAFFIC re-established. Coal and freight t raffic by this morning was firmly re-.stablislied on the main lino of the Reading railroad. Up to noon to day, twenty-two empty coal trains passed through Reading from Port Richmond aud thirty loaded trains from the coal regions. Some of the latter have been standing on the sidings north of Reading for the past few day*, and are now being moved. The notice of Chairman Lee, of the Executive Committee, to the assemblies of the Knights of i-abor revoking the order to go to work and once more calling out the Philadelphia aud Reading men has not yet reached Reading. It will not gfeneratiy be heeded by the employes who have already refused to go out, and by their action on Monday broke the backbone of the strike Thrall fora Reading Rail road Employes’ Convention to meet here to morrow f r aggressive measures against the company, has not created much excite ment in this city, and the indications are that it will be very slindy attended, as the orders of the company are strict to the effect that the men must re main on duty and attend no such convent.on during working hours. The miners will be the most largely represented. The fact that about thirty members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers obtained engines held by the Knights has made the feeling between these parties very bitter. Probably 1100 new hands have been employed in this city in the place of old ones and sent to points wiiere they were needed. ON A NEW STRIKE. There was a feeling of uncertainty in Port Richmond all day, aud there was some hesitation about going ou a second strike. Still it appeared that some sort of an order had gone forth, and at noon most of tho coal handlers quit work. The leaders claimed that they had gone on a strike, but the rep resentatives of the company denied this, and declared that thev hail quit work because of rain, and also because there was no work to do by roi son of “top" work being slack. Fourteen “wlmrf rats” (small shipping enginesi, began work as usual this morning, five of tho crews enmposed of new men. THE SIGNAL TO QUIT. At precisely 18 o’clock, however, the whistle of one of the engines was blown five times as a signal to stop work. Tho crews of seven of the eugiues heeded the signal and put. out their fires. The Superintendent of the company states that the other seven crews remained loyal to lhe company, and he sent the following telegram to General Superintendent Swiegard and received his sirwcvsl-’-fW •••in* seven wbrfenein remained at work. I have covered them with protection and said to them that, as they have evidenced their loyalty to the company by remaining at then* engines and uot drawing their fires, I would promise them, if they thought it unsafe to remain on the engines, to see to it that their posi tions would be open for them at any time.” COAL HANDLERS WALK OUT. Over 700 coal handlers left the yard and the lenders said that they had obeyed an order to strike, and the Superintendent said they had gone home on account of the rain ana intended to come back again. This has been the situation ail the afternoon, the statements of the men and the representa tions of the company lieing exactly opposed to each other as to the status of the present difficulty. At the time the coal handlers quit there were ten steam colliers, six barges, five sailing vessels, and ton other tioats lying at the Port Richmond wharves waiting for cargoes of coal. supt. keim’s statement. Supt. Keim denies that there is a strike, and while tiierc was no trouble of any kind during the day the company sent, for addi tional police and obtained the services of fifty uniformed men. It Ims in addition to these, it is said, 500 Pinkerton detectives and private policemen scattered around the coal piles and vicinity. The reason for this action was fear that some liamage to projierty might lie at tempted. The men assert that there is no excuse for sending the policemen, and they say that they are as anxious as the company that no property shall be damaged, TEN CREWS DISCHARGED. It was lear ,ed this afternoon that the crows of each of tho ton Reading steam collieries had been discharged for insubordi nation. Two crews wore discharged yes terday, and the others have received notice since. The insubordination is said to con sist of violation of the shipping articles in refusing to take vessels out when ordered to do so. Each crew numbered fifteen men or 150 in all. Their places have not yet been tilled. All ulong the Reading lines in this city, running into their different, stations, trains seem to be running as usual, and to a casual observer no indication of trouble would ap pear. The men themselves are so reticent about the strike and the causes which brought it on that information is difficult to obtain. NO GENERAL QUIT. With the exception of the coal handlers at Port Richmond there does not appear to be any trouble, aud diligent inquiry has failed to reveal the true situation, and al though the order for tho strike is generally believed to have bet a issued by John L. Lee, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia nnd Reading railroad Employes’ Convention, even .this material point canuot be definitely learned. The trouble seems to bear with it a cloud of mys tery which cannot so far be penetrated. Chairman Lee has been in Pottsville for two days past and the order for the strike is said to have been sent to him from this city last night by a special messenger,the identity of whom has not been made known. A meeting of the Port Richmond Coal Hand lers Looa: Assembly, No. 6385, Knights of Labor, was held this afternoon after the cessation of work and much enthusiasm is said to have been manifested. WHAT THEY WERE TOLD.* It was reported that t.he men were on strike, that4til- strike order was intended to become general, and that the real struggle with the company was about to begin. It was also reported that the stevedores doing work at the Port Richmond piers and be longing to local assembly No. 7,303 were oc a strike, and intended to remain firm with the coal handlers. Until the close of the day work was continued at the Willow street, wharf and along that street, to Broad. Disjiatouer Goodman said at 6 o’clock that freight had been moved regularly all day. All the men who resumed after the strike on Tuesday continued to work as usual and professed to have no knowledge of the new order to strike. About seventy men were employed at the freight platforms and there were no new or non union men among them Mr. Goodman said that he had been told by a number of men during the day that if there was another order to strike they would probably notobeyit. Some of the men expressed themselves os anxious not to tie involved in any more trouble. A REWARD OFFERED. The following notice was posted at the Willow street wharf office to-night: A reward of SI,OOO will be paid any person, or liersous, who w-ill furnish evidence which will lead to the arrest and conviction of any person, or persons, guilty of violence to the company’s employes, or its property. .1. A. SwiEoznn, General Superintendent. . ALL THE COAL AT TIDEWATER. Heading, Ha., Deo. 28, 9p. m.—lt was learned at the office of the Reading Rail road Company, in this city this e lining, that the work of clearing the sidings of coal oars had been finished, and that any coal hauled to tide water on and after to mor row, would have to be mined in the collier ies, some of which, however, are idle. The officials here do not apprehend any great difficulty with the miners on the ground that with them, as with the railroaders, the present striko has caused a division of sentiment on the subject of striking. It is estimated that 600 to 800 employes of the Reading railroad along the entire lino have lost, llieir positions because they had eithor refused to obey the com pany's orders or had helped to foment and encourage the strike. Fully 50 per cent, of the crew’s passing through this city are new men. A convention of the Reading railroad em ployes has Isxni called to meet here to mor row”. It is expected that there wil' be a greater division of sentiment in this con vention than for some years past on the question of pursuing active and aggressive measures against the company. BOTH SIDES TO BE HEARD. Koine of the prominent labor leaders dis charged in Philadelphia will be present and present their side of the case. Delegates from Resiling anil other places along the road who have refused to participate in the strike will urge quiet submission at this time, while there are others, particu larly from the coal regions and Port Richmond, who say that they will advocate fighting it out and (laying the company for what they look upon ns unfair dealing. From all the indications the coal miners will con trol the convention, and it will be decided tomorrow as to whether or not they will strike. This afternoon nearly 200 coal and freight engineer*, brakemen and firemen wore called to Rea/ling, paid off and dis charged for the part they took in the strike. THE SITUATION AT BHAMOKIN. Khamokin, Pa., Dec. 28.—The Reading railroad Knight* of Labor hen* are still out, ami declare that they will not return to •work until thoir discharged associate* at this place are reinstated. Three train crews, non-union men, are at work, but there are thirty-five locomotive* here with out crews. The collieries in this locality are ail idle owing to a lack of transportation facilities. The railroad strikers, however, declare that the miners will go on a strike os soon os requested to do so. Good order prevails among the striker*. SO INTERRUPTION AT POTTSVILLE. Pottsville, Pa.. Dec. 38. —Notwith- standing the fact that the Knights of Labor leaders here declare tost, there is it ore.ieral i -"trike *ll along the line of t.ho Reading rail road, there is no perceptible interruption of o|Wation here The usual complement of coal trains left Palo Alto this afternoon, mostly manned by non union crews ami Brotherhood engineers, a number of whom had lost their places on the Reading road through the Brotherhood lockout of 1877. Their places wore then taken by Knights of Ijtlsir, and they now gleefully retaliate. The Knights of Labor leaders appear dis comfited and disheartened at the situation and outlook. EFFECT OF DEFEAT. Chicago, Doe. 38. — “1 don’t believe it w-ill injure the Knights at all,” emphatical ly replied Richard Griffiths, who is second in power only to Uenerat Master Workman Powderly, to an inquiry if the defeat of the Knights of Labor in the Reading strike would effect the order. “The strike was started without the sauction of the offloors of the organization, and the strikers have liecn beaten as might be foreseen. I don’t think it will effectlho Knights in any way whatever.” Joseph R. Buchanan, who is at the head of the opposition to Mr. Powderly in Chi cago, was confident the strike would help “kickers' materially. He said: “If the men fiud that nothing will do but strike, or if they get into that scrape tliay ought to fight aud do all they can to come out ahead. It is not common horse sense to ergiig - in a struggle and not do your best to win it. The Reading crowd was nearly ready to join the kicking element in the Knights of Labor ranks anyhow, and I presume that this will end iu forcing them among the kickets for good. That would hurt the old organization very materially. As for arbitration, I would simply say that the laboring men who arbitrates is a fool, and a big fool at that." ALL QUIET AT NIGHT. Philadelphia, Dec. 38. 11:80 P. M.— Around Port, Riohmond to-night quiet pre vails everywhere. A largely attended meet ing of Local Assembly No. 0,835, whiab is tne largest one on the Rending lines, was hold at Mutual Hall this evening, and did not cud until nearly midnight. This assem bly is composed of coal handling stevedores, and, in feet, all of the employes around Port Riomond. and has a membership of nearly .1,000. All of those present were very enthusiastic, and were loud in the declaration that this trouble would be a fight to a finish. One of tho Ex ecutive Committee of the Reading Em ployes’ Convention said after the meeting i hat the order to strike included every de partment of the system, even to the miners and New York branch, and he predicted that to-morrow the road would be at a standstill. Doub e Headers;Disliked. Pittsburg, Doc. 38.—General Manager McCrea and other ofllcials of the Pennsyl vania Railroad Company deny all knowl edge of trouble among their employes, re ported iu dispatches from Cleveland. Mr. McCrea says that no committee has arranged to meet him next Saturday. Rail roaders also deny the report, except the Cleveland and Pittsburg men. There is ime dissatisfaction among tho latter over the double-header sysleir, and a paper ask ing its discontinuance has I sun extensively signed. Yardmen Ask an Advance. Pittsburg, Pa., Dec. 38.—About 300 yanimen along the liue of the Fort Wayne road, it is said, havo asked for u 10 per cent, advance, to take effect Jau. 1. EDITOR LITTLETON DEAD. A Sketch of His Editorial and Political Career. • Nashville, Dec. 38.— John J. Little ton, editor of the National Review, who was shot by Joseph R. Banks last Saturday, died at 3:30 this morning. Great hopes were entertained for his recovery until last evening, when he began to sink gradually. Mr. Littleton was not quite 30 years old. At th- age of 31 he began to practice law at Kingston, but soon left the bar for journal ism, bis first venture being the founding of the Cyclone, u Democratic weekly at Kingston In 1883 be moved to Chattanooga and started the Doily Democrat. There he remained until 1885, when lie came to Nashville and established tne National Review as the Republican organ of the State. In politics ho remained a Democrat until 1884. He left the Democratic Conven tion that year when the GftVHhird plank on the State debt was adopted, and announced that be was no longer a Demo crat. Since that time lie has been an extreme Republican. lie was elected to the Legislature from Davidson county last fall. At the time of his death he was Secretary and Treasurer of the Republican State Ex ecutive Committee, and Vice President from Tennessee of the National Republican Club. He was leader of the Blaine forces in Tennessee until tho late New York elec tion, after which be espoused Pherraan as the most available nominee of his party for President in 1888. Besides his wife he leaves two children, both boys, the youngest only four months old. BABCOCK’S EXTINGUISHER. The Inventor Dies In an Almshouse —Cnee Getting SIO,O-0 Monthly. Kan Francisco, Dec. 28.—M. D. Bab cock, inventor of the fire extinguishing ap paratus tearing his name, died at the alms house Saturday, aged 70 years. At one time he was in receipt of 810,000 a month royalty on his machines, but after selling tlio patent right* biH money was soon spent, and for some years he wandered about the State in a destitute condition. About six years ago ho was admitted to the alms house. THE NORFOLK AND WESTERN. A Net Increase Shown In Its Earnings for Eleven Months. Philadelphia, Dec. 28. —The statement of the Norfolk and Western railroad com pany for November shows net earnings of $178,392, an increase of $45,660 a* compared with the same mouth last year. For the eleven months ended November 30, the net earnings were $1,588,954, an increase of *388,818 as compared with the correspond ing period of 1886. To Pay the January Interest. Washington, Dc. 28.—The Secretary of the Treasury to-day directed the Assistant Treasui ers throughout the country to com mence the payment of the January interest fin United States bonds on Friday, Dec. 30. The interest checks will be mailed to-mor row. All sub-treasuries will tie closed on Jan. 2. Prohibition In Kanaae. Topeka, Kan., Dec. 28. —The State con vention of the Prohibitionist party, held in this city yesterday, was attended by Prohi bitionists from all parts of the State. It was decided to begin a vigorous campaign during the coming year and to put a full State ticket in the field. Postponement of a Hearing. Cold kbcs, 0., Dec. 28.—The hearing of the tally sheet forgery cases was to-day i ostponed from Jan. 8 to a date early In February on application of the defendant. ir’RMlEglO A YBAR i 1 ncEvrs x copy j- SHIVERING IX THE SNOW. AN INTENSELY COLD SNAP IN THE NORTHWEST. Trains on Some Roads Sixteen Hour* Behind Their Schedules—A Regular Blizzard Blowing in Western Kansan —The Mercury Goes Far Below Zero at Many Points. Kansas City, Dec. 28.-Advices at mid night from various points in the State ars to the effect that the present cold snap is limited to zero temperature and high winds in the central an . eastern portions of the State. From the extreme western section, however, come reports of heavy snow and delay in railway traffic Following Is a late dispatch from Garden City, situated about sixty miles east of the Colorado line: “At 1 o’clock this morning a blizzard struck this section and it rapidly descended from 30“ above to 8* be low zero. At 4 o’clock in the morning it was blowing a gale, accompanied by blind ing snow. At 8 o'clock in the morninz it commenced to moderate and the therniome ter had risen to 30“ at noon. At midnight last, night it stood 0* above, with a clear sky and calm weather. Railroad travel from tne West has been closed since last night, but trains from tbe East came through on time.” * MODERATING AT KANSAS CITT. The weather here has moderated considerably since last night and is 15* above zero at 10 o'clock to night. Reports from Kansas state that no snow has fallen to-dav and that the tens perature is slowly rising. Trains are now running about on schedule time. COLD AT CHICAGO. Chicago, Dec. 38.—The cold wave whi oh cairn- down from the northwest yesterday still hovers about Chicago,and the prospects are that the mercury will drop still lower. At ti o’clock this morning tho Signal Service thermometer registered 1" above zero. At 10 o’clock reliabn spirit thermometers at. opticians’ stores marked 3“ alve. At the hour mentioned the Signal Service office had not received a single report from the West or Northwest, and this is regarded aa an indication that the weather must be very severe. Oshkosh, Wk, reports a drop of more than 30' in the temperature last night. At daylight this morning the thermometer was 6’ below zero. VERT CHILLY AT MINNEAPOLIS. Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 28.—The tern pei al ine here this morning was 14’ below zero. It was clear and a cold wind was blowing. The storm of yesterday does not appear to have touched Nortbenv Minnesota or Dakota. Very little snow fell here yes terrlay. Telegraphic communication in the Northwest is uninterrupted and no block aides ure reported except slight ones in the southern part of tho State. Duluth reports the coldest weather of the seuson, 20’ lielow zero. Brainerd reports 30’ below yesterday. The indications are that tbe cold will moderate to-night. SIXTEEN DEGREES BELOW ZERO. Burlington, la, Dec. 38.—Last night was the coldest of the season. The tber uiomoter this morning registered lit’ below zero. Passenger trains on the Bur lington, Cedar Rapids and Northern rail way wen* sixteen hours late, an freight trains wore abandoned. On the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy road, passenger trains from the West were all late and many freights were laid up. SNOW AND INTENSE COLD. Washington, Dec. 28.—At Milwaukee, trains on all the rooils running into the city were one to fivs hours late this morning iii consequence of a blizzard which ragel throughout the night. Snow fell to a depth of s*y inches aud drifted badly. The highest velocity of tbe wind was thirty-six miles an hour. At noon the mercury recorded 4* below zero. At Marshalltown, la., the thermometer marked 18’ below; at Dubuque 10“ below, and trains on all roads were from six to ten hours late. At Springfield, IU., the mercury was 10“ lielow this morning, but has since risen somewhat. At Lincoln, Neb., it was IS* below. There is not much snow any whore except at Bhe bcygati, Mich., where a terrible storm is ■weeping over that portion of the State, de laying trains, blocking the highways and impeding travel. TWELVE DEGREES BELOW. Davenport, la., Dec. 38.—The cold snap struck this place yesterday ufterooon, the mercury falling 42' in twenty-foqr hours, registering 12* below zero this morning at 0 o’clock. COREA'S EMBASSY. A Possibility That China Has Declared War on Their Country. San Francisco, Dec. 28. —The steamship Oceanic, which arrived from Hong Kong and Yokohama to-day, says that the United States man-of-war Omaha reached Nagas aki, Japan, Nov. 28, having on lioard the Corean Embassy accredited to the United States, the dispatch of which the Chinese g ivernmeut recently prohibited, lust as they were on the point of leaving. W hether the Chinese eventually gave way in the matter or whether the 'Ooreans loft in spite of the threats that China would declare war If her in junctions were disregarded, l* not settled. On tho way down the Omaha met a squad ron of Chinese mou-of-war, bound to Ctte mulpo, but whether on a peaceful mission or to support China’* authority over Corea, wsa of couise not known. The Corean flag was hoisted on the Omaha a* they pasfed. The embassy, consisting of two high officials and their attendants, and Dr. H. N. Allen aa Foreign Secretary, preceded to Yokohama. TWO MINERB BURNED. A Laborer's Naked Lamp Causes an Explosion of Gas. Wilkesbarre, Pa., Dec. 26.—Llewellyn Jones and David Jones, two old miners,were engaged in brushing gas out of their cham ber* at the Empire mine to-day, when a laborer, whoso name was not learned, came up* the gangway where the men were at work in the dark, carrying a naked lamp on his hat. A* he approached the chamber gas Ignited, fatally burning tlie two miners. The laborer who was out side of the chamber and in a current of air escaped injury. 111-Fated Coney Island. New York, Dec. 28.—The heaviest gals and sea that ha* prevailed in years at Coney Island, vi -ited that desolate resort to-night. Many small buildings were swept out to sea, and workmen were net to work strengthen ing the foundations of the Hotel Brighton, which buildiug was iu momentary danger of being carried away. A Rice Mill Burned. New Orleans, Dec. 38.—Larendan & Allen's rice mill, corner of Erato and Peter streets, together with a large stock of rice aid valuable machinery, was burned te Us v. The l'i* <• exhausted at s7J.Bott