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1 J. H. ESTILL, Editor and Proprietor-!
EUROPE'S FATE A BIDDLE.
PEACEFUL AND WARLIKE RU
MORS IN THE SAME BREATH.
Advices from Vienna Lean a Little To
ward Avoidance of Hostilities The
Tone of the Cable Letter from Berlin
Inclines to an Outbreak in February
<Copyright 188 V by the Sew York Associated
Rerun, Dec. 31.—The year closed with
out the relations between Russia and the
alhed powers showing any symptoms of
amelioration. The situation has Vffipme
one of the greatest perplexity, f'Aich
nothing less than some authoritative £4iv
erance from the Czar or Kaiser canSjear
up. If the new year’s imperial rcceijSns
pass over unmarked by ejelnt
declarations giving assurances of j
will be held as certain that diplon l(Jt Xus
failed to check the progress toward , w In
rupture. The Cologne Gazette has
announcement that mutual expand nks
will soon be made which promise
all danger of war, but reliable advice j*
St. Petersburg deny that there is the j n
est change in the (fiougl
of affairs. Gen. Von bchwpjL a J
the German Ambassador to RrH ar j
has had frequent interviews with Erin jk
Giers, the Russian Minister of Foreign A
ffairs, one result of which has been an ar
rangement for the publication of the forged
documents, but judging from the tenor of
an article published in the North German
Gazette the interviews have left the situa
A VISITOR FROM AUSTRIA.
Something is hoped to result from the
prospective mission of Herr Von Kallay, the
Austrian Minister of Finance to St. Peters
burg. His visit appears to be dependent
upon the Czar’s reception of the proposals
transmitted through Prince Lobanoff, the
Russian Embassador to Austria, fora revis
ion of the treaty of Berlin. The Russian
press concur in declaring that if these pro
posals imply definite absorption of Bosnia
into Austria, Russia will never consent. No
diplomatic issue is expected nefore the mid
die of January, after that, events will de
velop with electric rapidity.
The concentration of Russian
troops in Poland appears to be suspended.
The whole country lies deep in snow and
ice. The roads are blocked and railway
traffic is retarded. Galicia is in a similar
condition. If an order were given to
morrow for the mobilization of Austrian
troops it would be impossible to execute it,
except within a small radius of Vienna; but
a few weeks hence, when the snow
storm has abated and the surface
of the country is settled into its
w inter’s hardness military operations could
lie easily effected. It is the opinion of mili
tary authorities that Austria and Germany
will agree upon winter as the best time
1 for a campaign in Poland, and that if war
must be it should either commence in Feb
ruary or be deferred until June.
CONCENTRATION IN BESSARABIA.
While the movements of troops in Poland
are ceasing, forces are being concentrated
in Bessarabia, and this fact leads to the be
lief t hat. Russia either distrusts Roumanian
neutrality or has other plans for a cam
paign in Galicia. The forces now massed
along the Bendor and Odessa dines are esti
mated at 85,000 men. The stations are
crowded with troops and artillery trans
ports. Several corps in Southern Russia
are already fully mobilized and echeloned
along the Truth and Dniester rivers and the
railways converging to Roumauia.
The Black Sea fleet is being
hurriedly equipped for active service.
Four gunboats have been sent to Vilia, an
arm of the Danube, and a numerous flotilla
•of vessels designed for river service is being
at Odessa. The formidable
extent of these preparations give rise to a
suspicion that the Czar contemplates a sud
den descent upon Bulgaria, while acting on
the defensive toward Galicia
Reports emanating from Paris attribute
to the Czar an intention to announce peace
or war on the Russian new' year’s day, and
war is predicted as Russia's choice. In dis
cussing the issues the Russian press confl-
assumes the defeat of the Austrians,
Wolan, recently Russian Con
sul at P<*sth, publishes a brochure, under
permission of the St Petersburg Censor,
predicting that Hungary will become a
Russian province. The map shows Hun
gary as part of Russia, all the towns having
Slavonic names. The pamphlet, which is
. Quoted by the Hungarian press, increases
the eagerness for the final arbitrament of
i M. Lobanoff, in an interview with Count
Kalnoky to-day, repeated his recent pacific
declarations. Ho stated that aggressive de
signs were foreign to Russia’s policy, but no
•pecific importance is attached to these
assurances while the militia position re
THE FORGED DOCUMENTS.
Ihe text of the forged documents
appears in to-night’s Reichsanzeiyer. An
Assistant secretary in the Russian foreign
office brought them to Berlin and examined
'them in conjunction with Count Herbert
Bismarck. He returned to Gatschina on
punday and reported to the Czar the result
°* ™c inspection The Czar’s assent to Iho
publication of the documents was obtained
y/ pressure from Prince deGiers and Gen.
von Kch weinitz. The Reivhsanzciger
prints four letters, three of which pur-
Ppit to have been written by
1 riuee Ferdinand, of Bulgaria, to the
Countess of Flanders, sister of King Carol
ol Roumauia. The first of the three
letters is dated Aug. 87. In it Prince Fer
ainand says he would not have gone so far
it he had not received most salisiautory in
formation from Berlin through n note writ
ten by Prince Reuss, the German Ambas
-4 t *2,' !l * Vi*una, explaining the secret views
ot 1 rinee Bismarck. Prince Ferdinand
inclosed this note to the Countess and
begged her to induce King Carol to use his
influence at St Petersburg. The second
document is a forged letter to Prince Reuss,
stating that Prince Ferdinand's taking
possession of the Bulgarian throne was a
question of personal initiative, to which the
German government cannot, for the time
’•‘"’K. give official support. It va.s not,
nowever, to be concluded that the German
government would not give unofficial en
couragement to Prince Ferdinand’s elite -
I'Rse However unfavorable or hostile,
says the letter, the acts of Germany in the
iieanwln'e may appear the sentiment, so
ictiy cherished by her, may one day be
. ~ SECRET ASSURANCES.
. 1 lie t hitil document is a letter from
n-mee Ferdinand to the Countess of Flan
ders, under date of Kept. Hi. He says that
, in spite of the open war that Germany is
a ß ß inst him, he receives assurances
■ y tew days from German agents that
rrl . oismimk’s policy nuty change
’Peuiy m a most favorable manner, Oer- I
I J s uftitude depending ic on the issue of
i a grave question with Russia.
, , foe fourth letter Prince Ferdinand in-'
voi ms the countess that according t,o a com- j
nunieation he has received from Berlin J
unfate of Bulgaria has been discussed at J
lectmgs between Prince Bismarck, Coimti
Aaluoky and Count Crispi, and that the*
* • * * • < 1/ 1-
She fjurftting fsetoj*.
result was favorable to Bulgaria. The
central powers, he says, hope that Bulgaria
will give no occasion to the powers to
modify their friendly attitude.
Prince Ferdinand denies that any of
these documents are authentic. He says
thfere was never any correspondence be
tween him and the Countess of Flanders.
The forgers remain undetected.
The Rrichsanziger says: “The sole pur
pose of the forgeries was to produce distrust
among the powers. If the statements of
the letters were well founded, German
policy might have been reproached with
duplicity and dishonesty. as the German
government has always regarded, and still
regards, Prince Ferdinand's venture as a
violation of the treaties. The appearance
of the documents does net add much which
is not already known "f their contents.
The statement that the fabricators have not
been discovered is untrue. The Czar knows
whence the forgeries pro ■eeded, but refuses
to punish the perpetrators.”
CONDITION OF THE CROWN PRINCE.
The reports concerning the Crown
Prince’s condition present the best aspect
possible. Since Prince Bismarck renewed
the pressure for a regency no adverse re
ports regarding the Prince have been per
mitted. Tiie opinion of Berlin experts that
the disease is cancer has not altered, and
Dr. Mackenzie’s latest diagnosis failed to
dispel tlie belief that an ultimate cure is im
possible. Prince Bismarck’s appeal to Crown
Prince Frederick AV’illiani to con
sent to the establishment of
a regency, although repulsed, will now
be renewed, in view of the danger
of an outbreak of war. The best men in
political and military circles feel the neces
sity of there being, in the event of war, an
active working Regent, competent to per
form all political dm es and in touch with
the army. It is inqossible for the Crown
Princess to act as Regent. Official circles
in discussing the question of the regency put
the Princess entirely out of consideration.
“Prince William is now in prime health.
His old ailments have disappeared and he is
showing himself an energetic worker for his
coming trust of Germany. Only a small
court party will continue to oppose a re
gency if the Crown Prince remains an in
Vienna telegrams report snow in Hungary
to a depth of 18 feet. The storms have been
the severest ever exjerieneed.
Tha Berlin police (ire actively engaged in
raiding smoking clubs, which are the
centres of the (Socialist propaganda. Dur
ing the Christmas Ifolidays the authorities
broke up several fifes and stopped a num
ber of semi-pi ivate dramatic performances.
Herr Kteinfatz, [former editor of the
Burger Zeitung, uas been expelled from
Homburg, and has taken refuge in London.
Godfrey Walle, tj witness at the Chicago
Anarchist trial, tvas discovered residing
near Homburg ujider the name of Karl
Miller. He was denounced among the So
cialists and it is supposed he had returned
A thorough searrh of the barracks of the
farrisons at Mainz, Breslau, Spandau and
Vankfort has resulted in the finding of
enormous quantities of Socialist pamphlets.
A number of soldiers have been imprisoned
on suspicion of laving been implicated in
the circulation ol the pamphlets.
The Czar Wants to Run Everything
Hi* Own Way
Vienna, Dec. tU.—The Sene Freic Presto
publishes a Utter from St. Petersburg
which says that Russia only desires an un
reserved return to the Berlin treaty, and
that the whole of Europe shall declare that
everything that has happened in Bulgaria
since Prince Alexander left that country is
illegal. Russia, however, will make no
sacrifice to restore the legal status there.
If Germany should ask Russia to guarantee
the neutrality of Bulgaria in the
event of European complications, or
if to set off concessions on
the Bulgarian question Austria should ask
Russia to safeguard her Eastern interest,
Russia would refuse to negotiate on these
subjects or adhere to terms of peace on that
basis. Russia reserves to herself a free
hand. The Russians do not desire war. The
danger lies in tiie possibility that matters
may develop into an affair of honor which
would be doubly dangerous when tho ques
tion affects the Czar’s authority.
THU FORGED DOCUMENTS.
St Petersburg, Dec. 31.—The Czar has
sanctioned the publishing of the alleged
forged documents sent to him relative to
Germany’s attitude tow-ards Russia and
they will be published in Berlin. This
decision is regarded as a very favorable
symptom of the political situation. The
imperial sanction has he n given to the es
tablishment of a third class provision depot
at Rowlo in addition to the previously es
tablished second class magazine there.
Persons i . political circles here are
astorii hed at the continuously repeated
press reports of Russia’s intention to cross
ihe frontier of Austria or Germany or both
frontiers. Toe official intercourse of Rus
sia with Austria is friendly, while that with
Germany leaves nothing to be desired. The
Czar has no idea of occupying Bulgaria, but
he is resolved not to recognize the present
state of affaire, Prince Ferdinand or the
Sobranje. If no change occurs in the gov
ernment of That country, the Bulgarian
question wiil remaiu for Russia an open
one. The Czar disapproves and refuses to
become responsible for the replacing of
Prince Ferdinand by a Russian relative.
Russia does not desire to make Bulgaria a
Russian province, as Rotimania separates
Bulgaria from Russia. Taking everything
into consideration, the Russian people do
not believe that war will occur, but they
do not expect a speedy settlement of
the Bulgarian question. The recent mili
tary movements were taken solely for the
pijrpose of assuring the safety of the
fl intier and in consequence of the unfriend
ly Idiaracler of the antecedent declaration*
as to Austria’s jiolicy: It is expected that
tlib recent conjectures and argumontsof
tlii foreign press regarding tho immin
ence of war will shortly be decidedly re
futed from Russia.
MACKENZIE AND THE PRINCE.
Tiie Doctor Denies that He Ever Said
the Dl.ease was Cancer.
London, Doc. 31.—1n an interview to-day
Pf. Mackenzie stated that he was greatly
pleased with the improvement in tho condi
f ini of Crown Prince Frederick William.
[)-. Mackenzie said he had never admitted
(but the disease from which the Crown
Prince is suffering is cancer. The only
statement he made which could he
so construed was last November,
when he said the now growth was
apparently cancer-like. Tho microscope, by
tiie use of which alone can the nature of the
disease be ascertained, so far shows that it
is not malignant. The malignant symptoms
manifested in November have passed away.
Dr. Mackenzie said, however, that if the
disease is not cancer it certainly is very
Immigration at New York.
New Y < ikk . Dec. 31. —Immigration at
this port during the past year shows an in
crease of over 7UJXXI steerage and 10.0IK)
cabin passengers. The total number of
cabin passengers who arrived this year was
78.800, and of the steerage passengers, 371,-
371, and in 1880 the figures were 08,7-13 and
SAVANNAH, GA., SUNDAY. JANUARY 1, 1888.
KAILS RED WITH BLOOD.
FIVE MEN LOSE THEIR LIVES IN A
CRASH IN PENNSYLVANIA.
The Accident Occurred Because the
Engineers of a Double-Headed Freight
Train Failed to Wait for Their Or
ders -Two Cannon Ball Trains Col
lide at Summit, Ky.
Me.vdvh.lk, I’a., Dec. SI. —The fast Chi
cago express on the New York, Pennsylva
nia and Ohio railroad, consisting of two
sleepers ana live day coaches, collided with
freight train No. iff!, consisting of two en
gines and sixty cars, three miles west of this
city at 8 o’clock this morning. Five per
sons were killed outright, among whom was
one passenger. Thirteen others were
wounded, nine of them fatally. Followiug
are the names ot the killed, so far as ascer
VViiliam George, engineer, and Humes,
fireman of the loading freight engine.
E. P. Swan and Arthur Irwin, engineer
and fireman of the Chicago express.
Both trains present a terrible scene of de
struction. When the collision occurred the
fast express was making up lost time and
going at top speed. The blame is said to rest
with the engineer and conductor 'of the
freight train who were running on the ex
press train’s time.
THE DEDA PASSENGER.
The name of the passenger dead is Steven
son, a commercial traveler of Toledo, who
did shortly after being taken from the
wreck. The injured passengers were all in
the smoker, which was literally ground to
kindling wood. The day coach and Iwth
sleepers remained on the track and the pas
sengers in them escaped uninjured. The
Cincinnati sleeper had fourteen and the
Chicago sixteen^passengers, Among the
Joseph Boynton, of Headville, express
agent, seriously hurt and is delirious.
Philip Faulk, of San Francisco,right arm
S. A. Malone, of Salamanca, N. Y., right
Adolph Buser, of Cincinnati, both legs
The physicians think that none of the
injured will die. The wreck was caused
by the freight engineers leaving Mead
viile in advance of their orders. They
were ordered to leave the yard as soon as
train No. 8 arrived. They went in advance
of its arrival. When Yardmaster Decker
saw that they had gone he boarded a switch
engine and under steam followed, but was
unable to overtake the freight before the
two trains met.
A HORRIBLE SCENE.
The scene of the wreck is horrible. The
three engines are in a sold jam on the track
and the baggage car and smoker are broken
into kindling wood. The express car, a
new Erie, is but slightly injured, though it
ground both the baggage and smoking car
to bits. Its strength saved the day coach
from telescoping with the smoker. Fol
lowing are additional names of injured;
H. E. Holden, of New York, leg crushed.
Adolph Wyuer, of Buffalo, leg broken.
A. Hazen, of Paterson. N. J., log crushed.
S. A. Malone, of Middlefield, 0., leg
Michael O’Brien, a boy from Buffalo,
K. Newton, of Shingle House, Pa., leg
David T. Dealand, of Titusville, leg
Charles E. French, of Sterling, Mass., leg
The wounded were brought here and all
are in the hospital. No blame can be at
tached to the railroad officials. The acci
dent was purely the result of the freight
engineer’s disregard of orders. The passen
ger train was running fifty miles an hour.
The first nows of the wreck came to Mead
ville by trainmen on the Meadville and
Linesville railroad, which runs parallel
with the Now York, Pennsylvania and
CATTLE BURNED TO DEATH.
Kout, Ind., Dec. SI. —To-day another
disastrous wreck occurred on the lino of the
Chicago and Atlantic railroad, six miles
from this place, near the crossing of the
Louisville, New Albany and Chicago and
Chicago and Indiana coal railroads, at
Wilders, Ind., by the collision of
two sections of a fast stock
train going east. The engineer
of the rear section was unable to see the
first, section on account of a blinding snow
storm, and his engine went crashing into
the rear car, demolishing the engine and
caboose. One car of cattle was destroyed.
The cattle were burned. The rear brake
man was burned to a crisp. The other
train hands had a narrow escape.
COLLIDED IN A STORM.
Chicago, Dei-. 11l, —The night express for
Milwaukee that left Chicago at 10:30
o’clock last night over the Chicago, Milwau
kee and Bt. Paul railroad, smashed into a
freight train at Shennerville, 111., miring a
blinding snow storm. The engine and mail
car of the pa simger train were derailed, to
gether with several freight cars, making a
bad wreck and giving the passengers a
severe shaking up. No lives were lost, but
Engineer Little was hurt seriously, and the
fireman, whose name is unknown, is prob
ably fatally injured.
A COLLISION*IN MONTANA.
Butte, Mont., Dec. 31.—A collision oc
curred yesterday on the Utah and North
ern railway near the city of Dillon, Mont.,
which resulted in the killing of Fireman
Patrick and serious injury of Engineer
John Sweeny. Many coal cars were com
TEN KILLED IN KENTUCKY
Louisville, Ky., Dec. 31.—A special
to the Courier Journal from Junction City,
Ky., says: “Two fast mail train-, Nos I
and 8. met while running at full sped this
evening, about twelve miles (Jelo-v Somer
set, and causixl a frightful casualty. The
particulars are very meagre and cannot l>o
obtained with any accuracy from the rail
road officers, but it is certain teat
at least ten persons were killed,
a number wounded and six or
eight coaches burned. A man named With
row, an old Danville •stage-driver, was
among tiie killed. It is reported that both
engineers and the baggage and express mes
sengers on both trains were killed. Three
coaches of each train were burned. The
accident is said to lie due to the engineer
and conductor of the north-bound train
misconstruing their orders relative to tho
place of passing. Tho wires are down aud
particulars are difficult to obtain.”
THE (RAILROAD'S ACCOUNT.
The following account of the accident is
furnished by the authorities of the Cincin
nati Southern railroad: _
An accident on the Cincinnati Southern
railroad occurred to-day. Limited trains
No-. 1 and 3 collided about 10 o’clock to
night near Greenwood. The accident was
caused by the conductor and engineer
misunderstanding their order*. They
are Loth amongst the oldest employes.
None of the passengers were injured. On
the south-bound train the baggage master
and mail agent were killed. On the north
bound train the baggigomaster was killed
and the fireman badly injured. The mail
and baggage cars w hs- destroyed and the
smoking cars of both trains are badiy dam
CROOKED BANK CASHIERS.
A Herkimer Institution Loses $ 15,000
—A Rochester Man in Canada.
Herkimer, N. Y., Dec. 31.—Marcus XV.
Rasbach, Cashier of the Herkimer National
Bank, has absconded with over $30,000 of
the banks’funds. It is thought that Rns
bach liegan sfieculating in 6tocks about a
year ago. His investments were tmfor
timate, and in order to cover his shortages
and shrinkage he used the money of
tho bank until he had become so
doeply involved that he realized that, he
could not extricate himself and that expos
ure must soon follow'. Rasbach left
Herkimer on Dec. 13 and has not been there
since. He owned some property and his
brokers in New York have slo,toil margins
on stock transactions for Rasbaoh's ac
count. These items will reduce the loss to
llie bank perhaps $13,1100 or $15,01 SI.
Nobody knows wtiere he has gone.
CONVICTED OF CONSPIRACY.
Phm.adei.piua, Dec. 31. The jury in the
case of the officials of the defunct Shack
amaxon Bank, charged with conspiracy and
executed conspiracy to defraud the hank,
to-night returned a verdict of conviction
against George YV. Bumm, a director of tin
bank, and Samuel P. Milligan, receiving
teller. William 11. Bumm, another
of the directors, who hud also stood
trial, was acquitted. A motion for
anew trial was entered, ponding which the
two convicted oHic.iuls were released on
bail. Thomas L. Huggard, cashier of tl> •
bank, who was also indicted, withdrew his
plea of not guilty during the trial, entered
a plea of guilty and turned State's evi
an assistant cashier's shortage.
Rochester, N. Y., Dec, 31.—Assistant
Cashier William N. Smith of the German
American Bank, of which Secretary of
State Cook is president, is $9,000 short in
his cash and has decamped. His bond in the
Guarantee Company, of New York, is good
for $5,000. Smith had always been regal’d
ed as honest and faithful. He has a wife
and three children here. He is probably in
Tiie President Will Probably Have
Something to Say About Them.
YVashinoton, Dec. 31.— The publication
by the President of the reports of the Pa
cific Railroad Commission is taken by Con
gressmen as evidence that he will send them
to Congress without recommendation, but
this does not follow. Garbled reports were
being printed all over the country and
comments wore appearing in the
newspapers. It was well to place
the reports themselves before the
country. They were more apt to be read,
too, this week than next. The President
has opinions on the Pacific railway ques
tion. He is very apt to express them in
sending in the reports of the commission.
Among the Senators and Representatives
in town there is the same diversity of opin
ion aliout the reports as t here was the last
Congress about the questions.
HOW THEY STAND.
The majority, so far as can be ascertained
to-night, favor the majority report, Rep
resentative Outhwaite. of Ohio, whe, in all
probability, will be chairman <>f the Com
mittee on Pacific Railways, will press his
extension bill in this Uongiess as in th
last. It will probably have t.he, support ot
a majority of his conimitt-e and is likely to
lie reported early- and also likely to be
passed by the House. Of course in the
Senate, where Senator Stanford’s
personal influence is felt on
both sides there is no hope for any severer
measure, to say the least, but the chance,
are that the Outhwaite bill, if it should
reach the Senate, would lie amended so es
to suit Senator Stanford's views. The su
periority of Gov. Pattison’s report is gen
erally recognized, but the majority report
is regarded as more “practical,” to use the
phrase most commonly applied to it.
The Debt Reduced by $117,016,000
During the Past Year.
Washington, Dec. Sl. —Tho receipts of
the government from all sources duriug the
present month were $39,335,885, and the ex
penditures $10,400,688, leaving a net gain
of receipts over expenditures of $18,924,608.
Out of this ne ! gain, however, must be paid
about $3,500,000 for interest upon
the public debt, which will
leave the actual surplus for
December $15,434,603. The public debt was
reduced during the month to the amount of
$15,350,000. For the entire calendar year
of 1877 tho debt was diminished by $117,-
016,000, the largest, reductions being made in
June and November, when the payments on
that account aggregated $16,853,000 and
DANISH HOGS ILL.
The Raisers will Try to Sell Some of
Them in This Country.
Washington, Dec. 31.—Owing to the
prevalence of a • disease of an epidemic
character which has attacked hogs in Den
mark, the government of Norway and
Sweden has established a quarantine against
Ihe importation of Danish hog products.
The Treasury Department has been in
formed. that, being thus deprived of their
principal market, Danish hog raisers will
endeavor to find a market in the United
Statos, awl the department has token steps
to prevent the importation of diseased hogs
Terrible Results from An Explosion of
Powder in China. •
London, Dec. 31.—Mail advices from
China, state that a powder magazine con
taining 40,(XX) kilograms of lyiwder, ex
ploded at A toy, Nov. 35, doing immense
damage. The force of the explosion was
very great, aud a fourth of the buildings of
the town were laid in ruins. Fifty soldiers
were blown to atoms, and several hundred
inhabitants were killed.
THREATS iN IRELAND.
Persons who Aid Boycotted People
Warned that They will be Killed.
LONDON/sDec. 31.—There is much excite
ment in Kildysart, Ireland, over threats
made against persons who aid boycotted
people. Tradesmen, bakers and merchant#
have been notified that they will be blown
to death if they furnish supplies to the
En Route to Florida.
Washington, Dec. BJ.—Representative
B. V. White, of New York, left, Washington
this morning fgr Ortnoud on-the-Halifax,
Fla., to look after private interests and de
liver an addrerzs on New Year's day.
No Delegate to be Appointed.
Washington, Dec. 31.—The President
has decried that he will not appoint a dele
gate Uf the medical congress to bo held at
Lima, Peru, next week.
STRIKING PLAYED OUT.
THE READING EMPLOYES FAIL TO
GO OUT IN A BODY.
Several Hundred Men Went Out at
the Willow Street Station at Phila
delphia, but Their Places Were Soon
Filled Business at Port Richmond
Far from Paralyzed.
Philadelphia, Dec. 31.—The action
taken hy the local assemblies of the Knights
of Labor last night indorsing the order of
the Reading convention for a general strike
of the Reading railroad employes did not
materially effect, the business of the Rend
ing company to-day. The men did not
quit work with the alacrity which the lead
ers anticipated, and in many cases they re
fused point blank to strike, pre
fening to renounce allegiani’e to the
ICtiiglits of Labor. Tho most notable
instance of obedience to the order of the
Knights was at the freight depot at the
Willow street wharf, where several hun
dred freight handlers and laborers refused
this uiot nmg to continue work. The retire
mont of this large force delayed business
for a time, but in the course of a few hours
the company had gathered a large number
of non-union men from various points and
Jut them to work, and the work of loading
and unloading freight at tho dejiot was pro
, V’ THE BLOCKADE RAISED,
r Tiie blockade was soon cleared up and the
reported everything moving satis
Wtf-torily. The presence of the green hau ls
attracted a few of the strikers and a crowd
of curious people to the wharves, but there
was no excitement or disorder. At some of
the other depots some few men went out,
but their places w ere quickly filled with
nonunion men and the movement of regu
iar freight trains was but slightly affected.
Thero were many applications for work at,
the majn office of the company to-day, and
those whoee services it was thought would
be of benefit were given letters to the de
ALL QUIET AT PORT RICHMOND.
Everythiug remained quiet at Port Rich
mond to-day. The strike continued with
unabated vigor so far ns the men of Local
Assembly No. 68X5 were concerned, but
the Reading company at Port Richmond
seems to be fast approaching a condition
that w ill make it independent of the old
men. The strikers st.ll stood on tho streets
and talked about sticking out to the end,
but in the meantime the company was fast
taking on ali the hands it needed, and was
hourly getting nearer to the condition when
it tain conduct its business
with new bands. Supt. Keim,
in explaining the situation at,
Port Richmond to-day said: “At 7 o’clock
this morning work wiu, resumed at the coal
piers with the new men who were at work
yesterday, augmented by new arrivals of
some twenty or nioro Italians, who came
with an interpreter, and probably fifty who
made individual application for work at the
Richmond street wharf. Ten wharf engines
are at, work this morning, manned by three
local engineers and about seven new en
gineers. Four wharf engines are at, the
round house under steam, but are lieing
held for returning loyal engineers, who, be
cause of intimidation, have not yet reported
“Yesterday a schooner, which arrived
during the afternoon, was loaded with a
full cargo of coal and sailed late during
the day. The work of wheeling coal into
thq various vessels and chuting coal direct
from cars to vessels is progressing all over
the pier. Another steam collier sailed for
an Eastern port to-day and the work of
loading the others now in port is progress
General Huperintendant Kweigard said in
reference to the published re|ort, that a
committee of the Knights of Labor was to
call on him, and give him official notifica
tion of the action of the Reading conven
tion, that he had heard nothing of the com
mittee and knew nothing of it other than
that what has been published. “No com
mittee has been called,” lie said, “at least
not to my knowledge Some members of
the Knights of Labor organization quit
work this morning, but their places have all
been filled. 1 assure you tne company’s
business is not suffering in the least.”
labor’s executive board.
“I am simply giving my own opinion,”
said Secretory (laves, of the General
Executive Board of the Knights of Labor,
in diseusssng the situation, “but, it is my
impression that the Executive Board will
not interfere in the matter. It has not been
asked to yei, and 1 do not believe it will be.
Tho strike is in the hands of the Reading
employes themselves, and I judge they are
bettor able to handle it than any other body,
lieing thoroughly familiar with every
issue involved. So far as the Executive
Board is concerned the members
know nothing beyond what they have read
in the newspapers. You see we are not of
ficially informed of the strike unless we are
asked to interfere, so that in this case we
iiave only the same means of learning the
news that the general public has.”
“Do you regard the disbandment of Local
Assembly No. 10835 a serious matter to the
“Not at all. This is an every day event,
where one assembly disbands, live new ones
URGING A STRIKE. 0
Most, extraordinary efforts have been
made by the striked in the coal regions
and in Philadelphia all the forenoon to in
duce the men in the shops in this city to
strike. TelograhAi innumerable have been
sent here limning all sorts of promises of
support, and that, if the Reading men would
join in the strike it would extend to every
station ail over the Reading system. So
far these telegrams have all been answered
by a stern refusal, the small iiercentage
of those in favor of a
strike not daring to go
out. Advices from the cool region this af
ternoon say that the most serious difficulty
there is on the Shamokm and Mahauoy di
vision, where hardly a Uozsn uieu at e at
work. The Gordon and Mahanoy planes
are likewise idle, and under this condition
of things not all the coal mined could bn
shipped to tidewater if all the collieries
were running. In the Mahanoy valley alone
there are standing 4,(XX)loaded coal cars un
able to move.
NO STRIKE AT READING.
Reading, Pa., Dec. 31.— Up to noon to
day there was no signs of a strike of the
Heading road’s men in this section. The
company’s car and machine shops, which
employ m their several departments 8,000
men, have nor, lieen ha busy as now in many
years. Heretofore in winter many suspen
sions were made, and the employes retained
wore reduced to eight hours a day. Now
every man has ton hours’ work, and many
make over time. The several Knights of
Labor assemblies of this city have held
meetings, and the prevailing sentiment of
the members was that a strike would be ill
timed and not advisable, and that nothing
would be gained thereby. There wasa notable i
decrease in the number of coal cars which ,
passed through here to-day, commencing
with this morning, and this is attributed to
troubles in the coal regions and tha stop
page at the Gordon and Mahanoy mines.
General Dispatcher Bertolet said this morn
ing: “We arc in excellent shape. We
ran out twenty-five full coal
trains from tne coal regions
last night about, an average run compared
with the same itay last, week. Our train.-, of
course, are not running ns full, but it is sale
to sav that we sent down fully .'I,OOO
loaded coal cars last night. Seven
teen trains of empty coal cars
passed north through the Reading district
for the mines.” Nearly 300 men nave been
hired in this city within the past two days.
Most of them were sent to Port Richmond
and Tain Alto, while a few were sent to
Tamamia, Gordon and Shainokin.
\t Tam aqua. Gordon and Shainokin some
eighty men won hired this morning and
>ent to Port Richmond and other places.
The officials in this city say that their
troubles on the road in" this vicinity are
over, that t hey expect to cope successfully
with the men at Port Richmond and other
I*>ints near Philadelphia, but that the
greatest danger is from a coal strike.
Glass Workers’ Strike.
Boston, Dec. 31. —All the employes of
the Union Glass Works of* Somerville, 16ft
in number, finished up their work this
morning and left, refusing to accept the
manufacturers* list of rules for the coming
WINTER'S WHISTLING WINDS.
The Weather Still Very Cold and the
Snow Very Deep.
St. Paul. Dec. 31.—Only points north of
the international boundary and in Montana
reported below zero temperature Inst night.
It was still snowing at, St. Paul at mid
night, but the fury of the storm had abated.
All trains into St Paul were from one to
four hours late.
Sioux Falls, Dak., reports .trains badly
Huron, Dak., reports the sending out of a
relief train to meet the Chicago mail, stuck
At Banners, Minn., snow was drifting
Rotary snow machines have done capital
service on the Northern Pacific.
Shoopee, Minn., says all north and south
road* are blockaded. All the Northern Pa
cific freight trains east of the Missouri
river were abandoned yesterday.
A FOOT OF SNOW.
Davenport, la., Dec. 31. — A heavy snow
storm has raged for twelve hours. Over 13
inches of snow has fallen. Freight trains
have been generally abandoned, and passen
ger trains go forward with double locomo
Dubuque, Dec. 31.—Another blizzard has
lieen raging here for the past twenty-four
hours. All freight trains are abandoned,
and passenger trains are working along wit h
double engines. Snow plows sire making
very little progress. The situation is worse
than during the recent storm. The present,
one extends clear across the State, and is
more violent beyond Fort Dodge thau on
this side. Southern trains are expected to
arrive without losing much time. The mer
cury is above zero.
STILL RAGING AT MINNEAPOLIS.
Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 31.—The
blizzard, which set in yesterday morning is
still raging and is expected to continue till
night, The snowfall, although continuous,
is Tight, but it has drifted badly. Trains
on all roads throughout the Northwest are
more or less delayed and on some roads
travel has been abandoned Various points
in Minnesota and Dakota announce the
worst storm of the season, accompanied by
unusually low temperature,
THE BLIZZARD AT CHICAGO.
Chicago, Dec. 31.—The blizzard that
howled in this city yesterday afternoon
drove everybody off the street and nearly
blockaded traffic throughout the city.
Street calx struggled along at, intervals
early in the evening. The mails were
nearly all from four to five hours behind
time. The streets were deserted at 10
o’clock. At that hour the intensity of the
storm was almost, unprecedented in this
locality. The wind shifted into the east,
and was blowing at the rate of thirty miles
an hour. Suburban trains were also greatly
delayed, and at one time completely blocked
by drifts at Thirty-fifth street.
SNOWING AT STAUNTON.
Staunton, Va., Dec. 31. —It has been
snowing heavily "all the morning, arid the
indications are that it will reach a consider
COLD IN VERMONT.
Montpelier, Vt., Dec. 31.—The cold
wave reached this se tion early last night.
This morning the following temperature
was reported: At Barre, 30’ below zero: at
Calais, 33“ below; at East Calais, 30’ be
low; at Hardwick. 31’ below; at Marsh
field. 34’ below; at, Montpelier, 83’ below;
at Moretowu, 30’ below; at Plainfield, 30°
below; at West Randolph, 38* below, and
at Stowe, 30’ below.
SEVERE AT MILWAUKEE.
Milwaukee, Dec. 81.—The snow and
wind storm of last night*and to-dav has
lieen the most extensive that has occurred
in this section in two year*. At daylight
many of the street* were almost impassa
ble and traffic was conducted with great
difficulty. Trains on all roads were irotn
two to three hours late. Freight
trains were generally side tracked during
the night, and the crew were directed to
keep the tracks open for the regular pas
senger trains. Six inches of snow fell all
over the Southern part of Wisconsin, and as
far North as Green Bay and Stevens Point,
hi the extreme northern part of the State,
the fall was somewhat heavier. The wind
drifted the snow badly. During the storm
the 7 o’clock St. Paul fast mail train from
(Ihicago collided with a standing train at
the New Union depot, demolishing the
engine, and wrecking two sleepers some
what. Nobody was hurt.
SNOW AND SLEET.
Lynchburg, Va., Dec. 31.—Snow and
sleet have been falling in this vicinity all
day. Reports of the heaviest snowstorm
for years come from Southwest Virginia.
A STEAMER IN A STORM.
The Passengers were Kept Below
Decks for Eight Days.
Queenstown, Dec. 31.—The steamer
Lord Gough, from Philadelphia, Dec. 15,
for Liverpool, arrived here at 4 o’clock this
afternoon. She experienced terrible weather
on her passage. For eight days the passen
gers were not allowed on the upper deck.
The hatches were battened down, hut despite
this precaution a quantity of water p ne
trated below the steerage from the teas
shipped by the steamer. To add to the
misery of the voyage the oil give out and
at night everything was in darkness. All
the coal in the starboard bunkers was con
sumed and the steamer when she arrived
had a heavy list to port.
Archbishop Purcell's Finances.
Cincinnati, Dec. 31.—in deciding a ques
tion to-day in the case of J. B. Mannix, late
assignee of Archbishop and Father Edward
Purcell, as to how much of the assignee’s
defalcation belonged to the estate of the
archbishop and how much to the e-t.-te of his
brother. Father Edward, Judge Hhcuorader
l'or the Hr t time made a judicial announce
ment of that defalcation, it. reaches the
sum of (XX). of this amount S*)J,UOO be
longed to the estate of Ai-ch bishop Purcell.
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A COSTLY CHURCH AFIRE.
IT COST $200,000 AND THE INSOR
ANCE IS ONLY $85,000.
The Edifice the Property of the Im
manual Presbyterian Congregat'd
at Milwaukee—The Entire City 11.
luminated by the Flamer> A Shoe
Factory Burned at Boston.
Milwaukee, Dec. Ml.—The Immanuel
Presbyterian church, one of the finest edi
fices in this city, was totally destroyed hv
tire at an early hour this morning. Noth
ing hut the bare stone walls are left. The
loss is $100,000 and the insurance is ISA,000,
The building was erected in 1873 at a cent
of #200,000. The organ was valued at IIS,-
000. A fierce blizzard was raging at the
time and it was with the greatest difficulty
that the fire engines reached the scene. No
“The Messiah" was given in the church
last evening before a large audience, and it
is believed that the lire was caused by over
taxing one of the furnaces in order to heat
the great building. A policeman discovered
flames bursting from one of the windows
shortly after 3:30 o'clock and gave an alarm
promptly, but the tire had evidently been
burning for hours, a-d the building was
soon a mass of flames from basement to
the battlement of the tail stone tower.
The entire city was brilliantly illuminat'd,
the northern portion tieing enveloped in i
shower of sparks and firebrands. The build
ing was constructed of gray rock and sfcoua.
Its form was quadrilateral with a transept
and tower on either side. The largest tow
er was 147 feet from the sidewalk, termina
ting without, a spire, as did the smallm*
tower, which rose 100 feet. Besides the
magnificent organ, the church contained a
number of costly stained glass window s,
and a massive and elaborately carved pul
HOUMA R DEVASTATION.
New Orleans, Dec. 31. A sjieoiel dis
patch to the Pinayvnc from Houma says:
“The estimated loss by Thursday’s fire la
#150,000 and the insurance #17,800. Many
of the families burned out did not even save
their wearing apparel.”
SHOE FACTORY BURNED.
Boston, Dec. 31.—Fire to-day ia Jones’
shoe factory at Strafford, burned the build
ing to the ground with all its contents, in
cluding the machinery and stock. The
total loss is given at. $75,000 to $45,000, and
the insurance at $85,000. It is doubtful if
the firm will rebuild. The town has no
lire department mid the fire was biudled
by ail the able-bodied citizens, who formed
a bucket brigade. The loss of the factorv
is a severe blow to the town. The pay roll
was $75,000 per y, nr.
A TOWN NEARLY WIPED OUT.
Pittsburg, Pa., Dec. 31.—A large por
tion of Hicksville, 0., including the handle
and stave mills, was burned to-day. The loss
is $300,000. There is much suffering among
TWO FIRES at MEMPHIS.
Memphis, Dec. 31.—Fire at 7:30 o’clock
to-night burned thejarge wholesale grocery
house of Porter & Mac res, No. 361 Front
street. The stock was valued at #75,000,
and insured for #07,500, The hooks of the
firm wpre saved, and the business will ha
continued as heretofore without interrup
tion. The building was owned by Mr.
Stewart, was valued at $15,000 and was
fully insured. During the progress of the
fire flames wore discovered on the third
floor of the building at No. 3H4 Main street,
occupied by Ottenheimer & >Srhavartz, re
tail dry goods mid clothing dealers. They
were extinguished after a stubborn fight.
Tbe damage by water is about SIO,OOO, with
WOMEN BURNED TO DEATH.
Two Accidents of a Similar Nature in
One Night at Charleston.
Charleston, S. C., Dec, 3L—Two
women were burned to death to-night. Miss
B. McKey, an aged maiden lady living at
the Church Home, was in her room
nearly consumed. She was sick, and had
evidently got up to get medicine on the
manetlpiece when her clothes caught fire.
Nancy Graham, a colored woman living
in Nassau street, was also burned to death
in the same manr er.
J. M. Easen, who has been County Audi
tor, of Charleston, since Hampton’s election
in 1876, died to-night, while the Bfc.
Michael’s chimes were ringing out the old
No news has been received from the
steamer A lice Clark yet. The weather is
calm and the steamer Eutaw is at work
INDIANS AND BANDITS.
Two Classen of Bad Citizens Make it
Livefti on the Border.
Nogales, Ari., Dec. 31. —News has been
received that a small band of Apaches are
roaming in the mountains in the Moetzuma
district, killing and stealing. A number of
travelers have been waylaid and shot on the
roads entering Bavispe. A few days ago
Clements 8. Lopez was killed at tiie Los
Nogales ranch, just across the line in the
United States. A troop of Federal soldiers
started on the trail, but failed to find the
Indian camp. The Captain of tbe custom
house guards at Bavispe the other day
found a number of cattle which had been
killed by marauders.
A PARTY OF BANDITS.
The Prelect of the Sahuiaha district in
forms the State authorities of Sonora that
a party of bandits recently commenced
depredations in the vicinity of the Trinidad
mine. Some days ago J. E. Jesus Hortado
was attacked by bandits near Trinidad who
flrod several shots without effect. Darkness
permitted Hortado to escape. A few night*
ago a party made a charge on the house of
Francisco Ortega in Ancijo Heudo del Neuvo
and tired severul shots through the doors
and windows and also attempted to forcean
entrance. Ortega barricaded the doors and
windows and opened lire on the band, driv
ing them <>fl\ On the next day ten men
were seen with government rifles in the vi
cinity. The band is supposed to be desert
ers from the regular army who were con
fined at the national Federal prison on San
Juan del Ulo, a small island in Vera Cru;
LYNCHING LOOKED FOR.
A Black Fiend Murdera a Woman and
Then Outrages Her.
Galveston, Tex., Dec. 31.—A special
dispatch from KUinger, Tex., to the yw
says: “William Washington, a negro sus
pected of murdering the wife of John
Miller on Thursday night last, was cap
ttired last night, lie confessed the crime,
the details of which are horible, After s
terrible struggle, he overpowered the
woman, cut her throat and outraged her.
Washington had been a servant in Miller'*
family. It is expected that ho will be
A French Minister Resigns.
Paris, Dec. 31.—M. De Mahy, Minister of
Marine in M. Ti rant's Cabinet, which was
formed Dec. 13, has ten acred Uis resigna