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the pittsbtjrg press fJUNDAY MORNING, JULY 80, 1905 y L' r two 1 1 1) 1 it SCOTTY BACK v IN CHICAGO Death Valley Miner Drew Quarter Million Before Leaving Gotham CARRIES NO SMALL CHANGE. 8ATS TRIP SO FAR HAS COST HIM 32,000. GOES BACK TO THE MINES. r Special to the Sunday Pres. Copyrlrht. 1805. by W. K. Hunt ) Chicago, July 29. "Scotty" Is back la, and be has $250,000 In real Naw York money more than he had when ho left Chicago for the East. "With the California miner came his wife, but the much-beloved dog remained In New Tork. The spendthrift of Death Valley and "Jack." aa he affectionately calls his wife, are jubilant over their trip to the East. . "We cleaned 'em," la the way the miner cammed up the eituatlon. "They thought I was good to give money away, and we fooled 'em. When I saw what they expected, says I to Jack. 'We'll hang it on them; so I (roes to my banker and irawj out a cool quarter million. We don't carry email change now; It's ail in bills of ?500. Nobody met us here, said he "so we Just took a low-necked hack and came to this hotel." The hotel was the Palmer House. When the Scotte arrived they spread happiness among the bellboys, who stood in line in anticipation of a golden shower. The expected shower, however, did not come, as Scott declares he rives no money to anyone who does not work for It. Both Mr. and Mrs. Scott describe with gusto the "time" they had In New York. Bcott graphically described his experi ence there and declared he "had a good time." He said his whole trip from Los Angeles to New York and back to Chicago has cost him $32,0V). He declares he will return to Death Valley In the near future and equip his mine with modern machinery. "We are going to stay here a few days.'' &id Scott. "I wish the dog was with us. but we left him in Central Park. They wanted him there." Although he declared his stay in Chicago was to be but two days. Scotty said he intended coming East again in about two months. "Next time I come." he said. "I'm coming in a special from coast to coast." THE DEATH RECORD. Mrs. Rebecca BIIum. Braver, Pa., July 2iV Mrs. Rebecca Bliss, mother of Sheriff Howard Bliss, died at her home here last niprht, aged fKX She was 9 member of one of the oldest and most prominent families in the county. She was the daughter of Major John Arbuckle McMillln, who came to Beaver county from Washington county In 1804. settling In South Beaver township where Mrs. Bliss was born in 1815. She inherited the family homestead, living upon it until she moved to Beaver 20 years ago. Her husband. Dr. Z. Bliss, died in 1875. Her children are Sheriff Howard Bliss, of Beaver: Rev. W. F. Bliss, of the chair of history at the normal school of San Diego, Cal.. and Miss Sue and Miss Rebecca, at home. She had been a member of the Presbyterian Church for 75 years; 55 years of the New Salem Presbyterian Church in South Beaver township and 20 years of the First Presbyterian Church of Beaver. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. H. Bausman at her late home here this evening. Sunday the body will be taken to the New Salem Church where services will be held and the remains Interred. Wflhelm Coiulmun. Wilhelm ConzeJmaJn, a well-known German resident of the Hill district. Is dead at his' home. No. 132 Wooster street. He was bom on May S. 1S43, In Bal linger. Wurtemburg. Germany, and came to this country when he was 22 years old. He came direct to Pittsburg, and secured employment with the Seaife Foundry Co. He Is survived by his wife and four children: William, of Philadelphia: Fred. Margaret and Catherine Conz-lmarn. all at home. Mrs. Anna B. Trfel. Mrs. Anna E. Friel, wife of Charles Prlel. died yesterday morning at her borne, on Talbot avenue, Braddock. of typhoid fever. She was born at East Brady, Pa,, in 1S78, and was a daughter of John r. Hagerty. The remains will be taken to East Brady for burial. FAMILIES ARE LOSERS BY FINES, SAYS JUSTICE. Justice George P. Paerre, of Glassport. yesterday fined Joseph Larimer $25 and costs an a charge of beating his wife. The woman prfesented a pitiable sight. Hr dress was covered with blood and her face and head bore marks of violence. "I think I will keep a record of wife-beating rases from now on," said the Justice, "and each succeeding conviction will carry with it double fine, so the offenders will go to the workhouse, it Is no use to fine the brutes, as the money elrnply comes from the family, who are deprived of its use." i Entana-led In m Live Wire. Sharon. Pa.. July 29. Thomas Dubs. a well-known citizen, was nearly electrocuted last night on State street." A telephone wire had been blown down bv the wind and fell across a trolley "wire. Dubes grasped the live wire, was thrown Ave feet in the air and when he fell the wire became entangled about his body, burning the flesh in a horrible manner. Spectators rushed to his rescue and by the tise of a board disentangled the wire A physician revived Dubes. Family Shocked b;r Bolt. Ashtabula. O., July 29. Lightning truck a treo 10 feet rrom the residence of E. J. Harvey in Saybrooke last night. Mr. and Mrs. Harvey were shocked but are not seriously Injured. A daughter was rendered unconscious. The tree was plir.tered and a window broken. Postal Clerks Are deeded. An examination by the government has been announced by the McKeesport post-office authorities to secure clerks and car-. riers. The examination Is to be held on August 12. EMPLOYES BUY MUSICAL STOCK F. Bechtel Sells Musical Merchandise Department to R. and J. C. Volkwein, Who Have Worked in His Store for Years (Special to The Music Trades.) Pittsburg, Pa.. July 20, 1905. F. Bechtel, of No, 518 Smlthfield street, who for many years has been engaged In the piano, small goods and sheet music business, has disposed of his small goods and sheet music department to Rudolph and J. C. Volkwein. who have been In bis employ for many years. The two brothers will manage this department under the firm name of Volkwein Bros. Mr. Bechtel will give all his attention to the piano business in the future. In disposing of his small goods interest to the two men. Mr. Bechtel recognized that they had been largely responsible for his success In the business and which was sold as a reward of merit. Mr. Bechtel will continue to occupy the same quarters. He will use the upper floors for his piano business, just as he has done in the past. Mr. Bechtel Is the local agent for the Henry F. Miller, Blaslus and Estey pianos, the Ester being a reoent addition. ICOAL CO. HAS A NEW ENEMY Independent Operators Who Took Stock for Mines Are Conferring PLAN AGGRESSIVE ACTION. ixss of property ast rjevesttb causes a stir- WAITING FOR A STATEMENT. A new element appeared to haunt Presi dent Francis I. Robbing and his associates of the Pittsburg Coal Co. because of their alleged mismanagement of the affairs of the coal corporation. This time. Instead of its being the "poor shareholders," it is a force represented by a number of persons who formerly owned profitable mines which were acquired by the Pittsburg Coal Co. through an exchange of the preferred stock for the revenue-producing mining properties of the small independ ents. They are a class of men who understand the mining business thoroughly, are familiar with the methods of mining and financing their propositions upon a cash basis, but they confess that the maze of agreements drawn by expensive legal talent in such a manner as to allow a loss of $5,000,000 are too much for them It is impossible for them to understand that it is a wise move for the officers of the coal company to sell their personal property bordering upon the lakes to their corporation at Inflated values to handle an Insignificant amount of coal trade which, experience has demonstrated, is not assured from year to year. And they confess that they are at a loss to understand why it is President Bobbins haa allowed the organization at the va- rioiig mines to deteriorate so that small miners are enabled to mine coal and sell it cheaper than the mighty corporation of which the "miner's friend" is the executive. Time was when these very men who have been consulting operated their mines to such advantage and profit that Mr. Robbins became apprehensive for the sta bility of his concern, and it was thought best to purchase the competing mines. Accordingly, the owners of a number of the independent operators were taken into the confidence of the corporate head of the Pittsburg Coal Co., told that the millions of capital of the large corporation ' was to be used to stifle competition and that plans had been laid to carry forth this policy. But It was the inclination of the officers of the Pittsburg Coal Co. to act fairly, and if the independent owners would sell their mines, taking the preferred stock In exchange for their property, they would be Insured a 7 per cent dividend, payable every quarter in real money, and they would not have to worry over betterments to their plants and the cares incident to competition. It was a pretty picture that Mr. Rob-bins drew, and he played the part well. The mines, all valuable revenue producers, which had made small fortunes for the owners, were exchanged for the preferred stock of the corporation and then the sellers found they had a bundle of stock which had shrunk to half the value it was represented to be. and that instead of drawing their dividend checks four times a year they had nothiner but an insolent refusal from the ofiicers of the company when they requested a statement as to why the promises were not kept. But they are practical men. They are familiar with the mining proposition and the cost of maintainance, so that when the promised statement is Issued they will be able to see if it is one warranted by facts. How far they are interested In the matter mav be c-flfhererl frnm ti. to that one man alone took $80,000 as his snare or the stock allotment for a mine owned by himself and a brother, and he had the smaller Interest of the two. If the promises of President Robbins had been kept, he would be enjoving an income of S5.600 annually, enough to educate and keep his family, without touching the principal. But. with the passing of the dividend by the directors of the corporation, he finds that his tock, which was supposed to be worth R0.000 of those dollars which contain 100 cents, is scarcely worth half that sum. and that he will be compelled to go to work to keep his family. It Is not a cheery thought with the g-rocer and the baker still sending In monthly bills for the supplies which he needs. Nor is it an easy matter for him to meet the expenses of the children who are at school since his assets have been dissipated. Once a prosperous mine operator, respected by his neighbors, he realize that his business associates and the tradesmen point to the decline In Ms stock and proceed with caution In dealing with him. There was a time when his nod was all that was necessary but at the tine this particular mine was sold he allowed his friends to "get in." and they are beginning to lose cpnfidence in him. This is not. merely an isolated instance of the effect of the miemanaerement which the shareholders charge the officers of the Pittsburg Coal Co. with. There are a number of such instances where the former independent mine operators have parted with their property for stock which does not return them the dividends which were promised. But It is a long lane which has no turn and these men are arranging to see that a statement is Issued by the officers of the coal concern. There has been a refusal to accede to a request for a public statement of the resources and obligations of the company. That was a week or more ago. The past few days, however, the directors have allowed the Intimation to go forth that President Robbins would have to give way to the wishes of the directors and issue a state ment tnat would appease the public. There is nothing definite but hope along this line and the news that the board of directors will meet on Tuesday, one week earlier than the regular meeting to consider the "financial statement." What the "financial statement" will mean, no one has been able to say, but. from authentic source. It Is understood that President Robbins will allow the report of the treasurer to be made a vehicle for Mr. Robbins to answer his critics. And that Is just what the shareholders desire. It Is what the independent mine operators desire to know. When it comes it will have to be In the "original package" because the president of the corporation has written some letters which will have to be explained away if the public statement does not coincide with some of the prior written utterances emanating from the Fifth avenue palace of extravagance. It will be necessary for President Robbins to explain to the satisfaction of these experienced mine operators why It is that, with $00,000,000 of real money received a year ago, he cannot develop the mines of the company so that thev can be operated cheaper than any opposition mines. It will take some convincing arguments to explain why It ts necessary to buy coal from competing concerns in order to hold the trade of the corporations which made contracts at such low figures. These men. the former Independent mine operators, know how to mine coal and they know the cost to the fraction of a penny. They know the quality of the coal under the ground and the demand for It, henoa the reason for a comprehensive statement which will not be merely a maze of figures compiled by expert accountants. TTnless the proper kind of a statement does come on Tuesday It Is more than possible that counsel representing the particular class of shareholders referred to will take steps as will protect the Interest of their clients. The plan of action has been about mapped out and it Is more than probable that this new force will not unite with the ordinary stockholders In the effort to cause the resignation of President Robbins. Thev have a card to play which Is expected to protect them before any one else, not even barring the bondholders. The nature of the statement will decide the future action of these men. Give Me aa Americas Girl. Bast song out. Get a copy. A. XX Mag-be. 1211 Resaca Place, Ailearhenr? - - - 1 HOW CLERK MADEMONEY Startling Revelations as to Re lations Between Former Statistician and Mrs. Burch RAPID PROMOTION OF WOMAN. gpE5T THOCSASTDS OF DOLLARS OT TRIP TO EUROPE. HOW MOORE LOST HIS JOB. Special to the Soaday Press. (Corvrlrht. 1900. by W. R. Hearst.) Washington, July 29. One of the most Interesting figures In the cotton report scandal is Mrs. Bertha Burch, who was secretary and confidential clerk of former Statistician Joan .Hyae, or in agxicu tural deDartment When Mr. Hyde announced hi resigna tion as a result of the cotton report scan dal and his subordinates were commiser ating with him, he remarked significantly "Don't waste regrets on me, save your tears for Mrs. Burch. Hne'll need mem. Mr. Hvde was a true prophet, for Mrs. Burch eoon found herself In a position which led her to sever her connections with the deDartment. while she was still able to do it well and voluntarily. It is said she plans to organize a statistical bureau of her own in New York, where another woman who left the department some years ago and engaged In statis tical work Is making a barrel of money. The career of Mrs. Burch has been a neeuliar one. Statistician Stephen B. Fes Kenden is authority for the statement that Mrs. Burch has barely done a stroke of work for the department of agriculture since Bhe has been In Mr. Hyde a bureau. He also declares that In the many promotions Mrs. Burch received while under Mr. Hyde, she herself prepared the questions she was to answer. This was a duty properly devolving upon Mr. Hyde. An his "trusrv." Mrs. Burch prepared the matter for herself. There were, he says further, many friends of Mrs. Burch in the bureau who desired aavancement. Mr. Hvde was responsible for the prepar ation of the examination questions for applicants for promotion in his bureau. Mrs. Burch, as his confidential clerk, had access to all his affairs. It is the belief of Mr. Fessenden that the questions were sold to the favored applicants. Mrs. Burch sDent several thousand dol lars on a trip to Europe which she and her 16-vear-old daughter took a year ago. Mrs. Burch was contemplating another trip to Europe this summer. The money for the expenses of her journey, Mr. Fessenden believes was derived from the sale of examination questions to applicants for promotion In the bureau of statistics. She has practically admitted, Mr. Fessenden asserts, having aided, for a financial consideration, several employes in the bureau in their examinations for promotion. Mrs. Burch owns a fine home in Takoma Park, a suburb of Washington, which she claims to have acquired since she became a government employe. Mrs. Burch explains her rapid rise under Mr. Hyie with an explanation that falls to explain. She contends that she was weighed and found worthy and that her worthiness was attested by the fact that she stood examination for all promotion and that she successfully complied with the requirements. With the announcement of Mrs. Burch's resignation come tw light some unexplained facts connected with the cotton leak scandal. Mrs. Burch, it Is asserted borrowed on several occasions large sums of money from Mr. Hyde on notes indorsed by Edwin S. Holmes. Jr.. the former associate statistician who was dismissed from the department on proof of his complicity in the cotton, leaks In the bureau. There is nothing about these notes, aside from the fact that they are said to be for larger sums than an ordinary clerk would be expected to borrow that would Indicate that they represented other than legitimate business transaction. Yet they have not been explained to the grand jury nor to the secret service men who discovered them. The public records of the civil service commission show that Mrs. Burch entered the government employ April 5. IS97, as a laborer, in the bureau of publications, department of agriculture, at a salary of $480 per year, and since that time she has been promoted as follows: August 21, 1900, to SW0; October 16, 1900, to $1,100: Mav 1, 1901. to S1.300: July 1. 1902, to $1,400: January 1, 1008. to 51,600. and July 1, 1904, to $1,800. These promotions which appear to have been almost unprecedented, are nevertheless said by the civil service commission to be regular. Oyster Bay. July 2. Assistant Secretary Barnes made public today ail the correspondence relating to the "nitro-culture" which resulted in the resignation of George T. Moore, assistant in the bureau of Infant plant industry. The correspondence made public at the executive office today includes a letter to the President from the Axtell-Rush Publishing Company of Pittsburg, calling his attention to the fact that employes in the agriculture department were exploiting "nitro-culture" for their private gain, a note from Acting Secretary Barnes to Secretary Wilson Inclosing the missive. Secretary Wilson's reply to Mr. Barnes and also two letters from Professor Moore. The letter from the Pitttsburg publishing company to the President which stirred up the trouble .was dated July 16, and was as follows: "We beg to call your attention to the matter of the United States Department of Agriculture In connection with the development and exploitation of nitro-culture. We have abundant evidence to convince us that employes of the department have been unduly Interested in firms who have been organized to , develop and sell these cultures to farmers and others at exorbitant prices. As to the exploitation of the merits of nitro-culture we bey to call your attention to an article appearing In Pearson's Magazine for April, 1P05, and other articles appearing in the Century and other magazines with which you no doubt are familiar. These articles were read and ap-provlded fat least passively) by employes of the department before they appeared In the magazines. No argument Is necessary to show that they are misleading and the damage following such publication to our agricultural Interests would be hard to estimate. "We made a personal investigation of the matter about April 15. We enclose herewith our report on the same. We are convinced now that we were misled and our Intense desire to do no one an Injury led us to make this report as favorable to the department as possible. Since publishing these articles we have evidence to convince us that our first Impressions were correct, and that employes of the department were interested in the manufacture and sale of nitro-culture. "We are ready to offer proofs in regard to these statements and are willing to meet you for a personal interview. If you desire same, at any time you may command." Mr. Barnes letter to Secretary Wilson was dated July 17, and merely requested him In the name of the President to investigate the matter. The secretary's response to this was dated yesterday and contained the brief announcement that Prof. Moore had tendered his resignation, that it had been accepted, and then added these significant words: "Will send a copy of the papers to the department of Justice and have them determine whether the case requires action by them," Thieve Got Wrong; Roll. Uniontown. Pa., July 28. Thieves broke into the store of John Langley, In Menal-len township, and tapped the till, but got the wrong wad. Instead of getting a roll containing bills, checks and time checks to the amount of about $300, they got another roll, consisting of time checks to the amount of about $60. ACTUAL BUSINESS COLLEGE. Commercial, Shorthand. Typewriting, Penmanship. English Departments. Young and middle-aged men and women prepared for honorable and profitable positions. Free - Employment Bureau. Telephones 2250 Court: 2197 Main. Dav and Night School. Actual Business College, 310 Fifth avenue. Ten-Cent Store. Farmers Bank. Established over quarter oi a century, ine ecnooi max gets positions for students. THE PITTSBURG PRESS' -Ltina. Parf(mCouponj NUMBER 7 the Luna Coupons Nos. 1 entitles the bered from one to seven, inclusive, must be presented. Coupon No. 1 (iSS.) Will JAPS TO INVEST VLADIVOSTOK Railroad West oi Fortress Is Threatened by Mikado's vTroops MAY MAKE ATTACK ON HARBIN. GEf. LlSEVITCirS USES OF COM-JTCTflOATIOlf EDAJrOEBED. CZAR HOPES FOR A VICTORY. Special Cable to the Suaday Press. (Cooyrurht. 1905. by W. R. Hearst.) London, July 29. Japan's lines are gradually tightening around Vladivostok and the last despatches from the fortress tell of final preporatlons for a siege by the commander of the Russian garrison. By sea the port Is closely blockaded by a strong Japanese fleet, practically all of Togo's ships being available for this purpose, now that the menace of a Russian attempt to regain control of the sea has been forever removed. On land a strong force has already passed the Turn en on the way to Vladivostok while it Is Intimated that the railroad Is threatened a short distance west of Vladivostok by a force of Japanese moving from the direction of Kirin, around the left wirur of Linevi ten's army. The latter is also threatened indirectly by the Japanese force landed at the mouth of the Amur, from whence troops can be transported by water to Harbin on the Sungari. compelling Linevltch to retreat If he wishes to avoid having his communications cut. That the Russian general should be able to make a stand at Harbin is considered by experts absolutely out of the question In the event of a Japanese force coming up the river. It is pointed out that Linevltch has been barely able to hold his own against Oyama's present force north of Tteling, while at Harbin, he would find himself dealing with another army of fresh troops in addition to Oyama's whole force which would greatly hamper his retreat to the great Manchurtan besides laying himself open to a flanking movement 'o the westward by Oku and Nogi. It is evident the Japanese Intend making the best of the time that shall elapse before the peace negotiations are brought to an end, in order that they may be In possession of as much Russian territory as possible, to insure the payment of a substantial Indemnity by the vanquished nation, Saghallen Is now In ther hands; a force has been landed on the Siberian mainland: Vladivostok is certain to fall in a much shorter time than Port Ar- thur and Harbin can no longer be con- l sidered secure. Considerine all these ' facts, it would seem to rest with Japan whether she shall begin in a few weeks the Systematic conquest of Siberia, which ts at present, from all accounts, very poorly defended. The tone of the European Press shows confidence in the ability of President Roosevelt to Induce thi envoys to come to an agreement providing both parties enter the negotiations in good faith and it Is considered very likely that one result of the negotiations will be the neutralization of Vladivostok by Russia In return for Japan's promise not to fortify Port Arthur. St. Petersburg, July 29. Prince Khim- 1 tfhieff. who AincA with the p?Ar at Teter ! hof yesterday, said, this morning: "The czar is entirely satisfied with the outcome of his meeting with the kaiser. He assured those who dined with him, that Linevltch and Oyama would meet before Witte and Komura get together at the peace conference. Furthermore, the czar is confident that Linevltch will be victorious. The Russian general staff has learned that a whole Japanese division is now on the Usurl river. Linevltch Is believed to have a superiirlty of 90.000 troops over the Japanese. Trains loaded with ammunition are now leaving Russia daily going direct to Harbin. FARMER KILLED BY LIGHTNING Violent Electric Storm in Van-dergrift Caused Great Loss Vandergrift. Pa., July 29. Death and serious property loss came with a violent electric storm that visited this section this morning. John Knepshield, 60 years old. was struck by lightning and instantly killed at his home in Vandergrift Heights. Knepshield had just risen and dressed when the bolt tore a hole through the roof and entered his bedroom by way of a chimney, near which he was standing. Almost all his clothes were torn from his body. No one else In the house was in jured. Beyond the hole In the roof the house was not seriously damaged. Knep shield leaves several children. His wife is dead. The ban of A. N. Long, two miles from here, was struck and burned to the ground. One horse was killed, and tons of hay and grain were destroyed, causing a total loss of $3,000, partially covered by Insurance. Made Ashes of Bed Clothing;. Connellsvllle. Pa., July 29. In a fit of rage this morning Charles Bums made a pile of the bed clothing and lace curtains at the house of Mrs. Elizabeth Ash. where he boarded, and set fire to them. The blaze was discovered In time to save the house. He was taken before Acting Burgess Stillwagon and sentenced to ten days In the lockup. . HOW TO SELECT A PIANO. Pittsburg, July 29. Never buy a new cheap piano. If you ear.not afford an old reliable make like (genuine) Chickerlng, Hard man. Kroeger, Haines Bros, or Mc-Phail pianos, then buy a used one In a reliable make. The following Is a partial list of bargains we have in old reliable makes: UPRIGHT PIANOS. $500 Steinway, mahogany, used two years, perfect condition $265 $750 baby grand Chickering, like new, used one year, perfect condition. $490 $300 Hardman, beautiful mahogany case, taken in exchange as part payment on baby grand, perfect condition, now $270 $350 Kurtrman, oak case, bargain... .$1 $650 Chickering. like new, used $368 Columbus, perfect condition $160 Schubert, mahogany case, like new. .S220 Fischer upright, used, perfect. $165 Good Organs $20. Above Instruments fully guaranteed-Terms to suit. Wrrite for particulars. W. F. FREDERICK. 633 Smlthfield St. G. & W. Schroeder, Mgrs. Exclusive sale for genuine Chickering. Hardman. Kroeger, McPhall. Hainea Bros,, Kingsbury pianos. 2E This Coupon, when presented at Park Box Office, with I - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 bearer to Free Admission to the Park. Seven coupons, num Be Printed Monday. FIRE DAMAGES PAINT WORKS Loss of $15,000 Sustained at Sterling Plant On the South Side Fire discovered In the plant of the Sterling Pain & Glass Co., South Tenth and Muriel streets, shortly before 10 o'clock last night, caused a loss of $15.-OOOand almost wholly destroyed the build ing. Large quantities of Inflammable ma terial stored in the building held the fire men in check for almost a half hour in fear of explosions, but they finally drowned the flames near the explosives. The flames appeared to have been most Intense in the second floor, where mixed paints were stored. The heat was in tense, and it was not until after a half hour's work that the firemen were able to enter the building. The origin of the lire is unknown. The building is a three-story brick structure built in the shape of a hollow square and covering about half of the block. . Considerable difficulty was exnerienced In sounding the alarm, it being almost half an hour after the flames were dis covered before an alarm was sent in. The loss Is estimated at about $15,000, partly covered by insurance. BAD WRECKS ' IN THE WEST Two Men Killed and Twenty One People Injured in Two Smash-Ups Memphis, Tenn, July 20. Two were saueo ana 21 injured In two railway wrecKs near Little Rock on the Iron Mountain and the other on the Little Rock and Fort Smith roads. Iron Mountain "Cannon Ball" train No. 5 was wrecked early today by runnlne into switch which had been tampered with at uiaz, wnere the White River road leaves the main line. Engineer W. N. Horton, of Little Rock, and Fireman Doolln, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., were killed. Mail Clerks J. D. McLaughlin and J. A. Payne, of St. Louis, were Injured seriously. Nine others were injured. Passenger train No. 16 on the Little Rock and Fort Smith road was wrecked between Aleus and Ozark last night. Three cars left the track and the sleeper rolled down an embankment. Twelve were Injured. STARTS TO REPAIR GARBAGE FURNACE. McKeesport Official Declares He Is Anxious to Have Crematory Repaired Quickly. Mayor O. J. Falkenstein. of McKeesport, yesterday started work on repairing of the city garbage furnace, and if the scarcity of bricklayers necessitate his handling the trowel and mortar, he will render the best services at hia command rather than submit to any further delay in the work. The mayor put in a busy day and marked headway was made at the furnace. Most of the morning was spent by Mayor Falkenstein In the mills where material was sought. The mayor appealed to the management to assist i him by furnishing quantities of fire brick and clay with which to patch up tae lurnace. James IT. Swlndel. who has charge, put bricklayers to work ana satisfactory progress is belngr made. It has been decided by the mayor and Mr. Swindel that new tile bottoms are to be placed in the ovens making .them stronger and more durable than the ones now in the furnace. It Is expected to have the fires lighted in a few days. Garbage is accumulating in the city at an alarming rate. PRIESrS MONEY HAS NUMEROUS CLAIMANTS. tTniontown. Pa.. Julv 29. Who Is the rightful owner of $592 in the First National Bank of Connellsvllle is the question the bank has asked the court to decide. The money was first deposited by Rev. L. A. Monda, an Italian Catholic priest of Connellsvllle. He was arrested on a serious charge, skipped his ball and went to Italy. Before he left he ordered that the money be forwarded to Rev. Francisco Capassoti In Italy, but payment was stopped by District Attorney T. H. Hudson, who attached the money to help satisfy Monda' s $2,500 ball bond. Now another claimant has appeared. Parker & Soules, of Ashtabula, O.. claim that the order was assigned to them and endorsed by the payee, and that they were the holders before any attachment was Issued. "Cooke & Co." for Show Cards, - 208 Sixth Ave. Shot at Fleeing- 9Ia.n. TJnlontown, Pa., July 29. Bullets flew In South Vernon avenue last night, when Mike Banner, a Slav, was fleeinar from P15,"7 cnsta,ble JW1alter!l- . Sa"?rJTa ters had in custody Sanner and another Slav, Andrew Babcock, but Sanner broke away. Walters turned the other Slav over to a bystander, and after telling Sanner to stop, fired three shots. Butcher Straelc by Car. Connellsvllle, Pa.. July 29. Andrew Zorka, a Mt. Pleasant butcher, was struck and seriously Injured near that place today by a West Penn railway car. He was driving across the track. The wagon was demolished, the horse killed, and Zorka received a fractured arm and internal injuries. He was removed to the Mt. Pleasant hospital. Bargains In Used Pianos of Reliable Makes All Have Been Thorona-hly Repaired and Are In Excellent Condition for Beginners. One $450 Kimball, used for a time by Prof. Charles Davis Carter $225 One $400 Hardman, thoroughly repaired $110 One $450 Kranlch & Bach, nice for beginner $i5o One $500 Chickering, In almost as good condition as the day It left the factory $225 One $500 Kimball, nsed in concert only by Prof. Bissel S5r i One beautiful Steinway. without a scratch, traded in on Baby Grand Kimball $250 Ore $500 Cable, good as new $150 These pianos are all of good well-known makes, and far better than cheap unknown new ones. In order to move them oulckry we offer the lot at $10 down and $2 per week. AMBUHL BROS., 932 SaUthfleld St. Music Oar musio trade la Increasing by leaps and bounds as the public are finding out the fact that the newest "hits can be bought here at lOe and 17c a copy. Let us sell you your music In the future. Mail Orders filled one oent extra for post. An even dozen of really tell which was the savers well worth coming miles to take advantage ot. Kead each item ; carefully anct if you're economically inclined you won't let anything f Keep you trom tnis sale. 2,5c Lativns at Shelf Emptying Specials Lawna, Batistes, Organdies and Dimities every yard fully guaranteed must be sold to make room for our the) losa is ours, the profit yours. Value from 18c to 39a, at, per yard XO omen s &2.SO Shoes 98c 1,350 Pairs of Women's $2.00 and $2.50 Oxfords season's newest shapes in tan, russet and black vici kid, with patent tipB, light and Boles, Cuban, and military heels, special for Monday only, at, per pair Ladies' gl.5Q Pooj 38c Ladles' Fins Straw Polos made on the wire frame; come la navy, brown and black; neatly trimmed with velvet and buckle; the popular Btyle Polos that are sold elsewhere at $1.50; so Monday JD , at the remarkable price only ............. O C Come In and see them I 6.00 SKjrts S1.50 Ladles' and Misses' Skirts, tailored from fine quality of Sicilian mohair, also some light weight meltons. Come in black, brown, greys and tans, skirts in any wanted style, about 50 skirts in all, to $6.00, at the remarkable price of 75c flight "Robes 39c 840 Men's Regular 75c Nlghtrobes the celebrated "Faultless" make, splendidly made of finest quality of cambric, nainsook and muslin, sizes, from 14 to 20, with or without collar; come take your pick Monday at only "Boys' 50c "COaisU 15c Boys' Finest 35o and 50c Blouse Waist splendidly made of best ginghams, madras, percales, nainsook, etc.; handsome patterns, in light or dark color, also plain white, blue, red and black; all sizes, from 4 to 15 years; go Monday at the unheard- f of low price, only M.J PLANS MADE FOR THE TRADE TOUR Fourth Excursion of Merchants and Manufacturers Association Up Monon Valley The fourth outbound trade extension ex- turers Association will start August 10. and promises to be as successful as those of former years, as a large number of members have signified their intention of participating. The trip will be up the Monongahela valley, and complimentary letters received from all the towns assure the trade hunters a warm reception. Ro-cereto's Band will furnish the music, and every arrangement will be made to care for the inner man. The excursion committee has made arrangements with the hotels of Brownsville for comfortable quarters for each of the party, and a breakfast on Friday morning. Complete arrangements have been made to check bags and baggage on the boat, so that these will not worry the owners. The Central District & Printing- Telegraph Co. has issued a card frank, good for "speaking terms" with the Pittsburg district from any point on the trip. The M. & M. Quartet, composed of J. C. Whitfield, Frank T. Neely, George S. Boyd and A. S. Cowperthwalte, will entertain. The following firms have sent in their names for accommodations: Arbuthnot-Stephenson Co., W. W. Miller and T. P. Tweed; Bailey-Farrell Manufacturing Co., W. B. Bryar; Bank of Pittsburg CS. A.), J. T. Ayres; Bindley Hardware Co., William A. Bindley and E. J. Lloyd: H. Chllds & Co.. John L. Boyd. Jr.; Crawford Hat Co., Wesley W. Crawford and H. A. Kistler: George E. Dietz Co.. George E. Dietz; Dilworth Bros. Co., John A- Bower; Doubleday-Hill Electric Co.. Charles Phillips Hill and Harry Gibson Shal-r; S. Ewart & Co., F. C. Ewart; Fair & Keator, Paul W. Fair; Federal National Bank. H. M. Landis and John Murphy; Fort Pitt Supply Co.. George W. Young ard A. E. Hepling; Prick & Lindsay Co.. W. J. Battams. Jr.; Bernard Gloekler Co., A. J. Coffman; Heeren Bros. & Co., H. H. Ward; H. J. Heinz Co., L. S. Dow; Hukill-Hunter Co.. J. L. Hukill and H. C. Mcintosh; Wm. G. Johnston & Co-Clarence E. Swarti; F. J. Kress Box Co., F. J Kress- Lawson & Livingston, C. vr. Lawson; William T. Lergett Co., William T. Leggett and Austin A. Frazee; James C. Lindsay Hardware Co., A. J. Bihler; A. J. Logan & Co.. Thomas F. Walter; Logan-Gregg Hardware Co., Robert M. Repp and Jacob Lang; Mana-mann Bros. Co., Max Manamann: Marietta Chair Co., F. P. Thomas; Mellon National Bank, H. S. Zimmerman: James McClurer Co., John McClurg; Nicholson Printing Co.. S. H. Nicholson: Nicola Bros. Co., A. K. Coon: M. Oppenheimer Co., A. M. Oppenheimer; Pennsylvania Door & Sash Co.. Fred W. Rockwell; Plttsbmrg Casket Co., George P. Roberts: the Pittsburg Dry Goods Co.. H. W. Neely: Pittsburg Gage & Supply Co., W. L. Rodgers, George R. Mcllvaine and D. M. Bryar: Pittsburg Office Equipment Co., Frank T. Neely; Pittsburg Provision & Packing Co.. Charles H. Ogden and Richard Armstrong; Pittsburg Stove & Range Co.. H. M. Baldwin: Pittsburg Supply Co., Otto F. Felix; Rauh Bros. & Co., Marcus Rauh. Will Johnston and SILVER. TOP I 10c PER. BOTTLE 305-307-309 Perm Ave. and Third St. TWO 8QUARE8 FROM SIXTH ST. them, and if we were asked greatest value. Every one of them are money- p . 8lic new fall styles; where .t 7e; per yd., only medium weight 98c $4.00 regular price $3.00 and $4.00 ; special Monday at only worth from $4.00 1.50 Ladies Ladies' Fine clusters of tucks, full length and 66 in. long, all 39c cial Monday at only 25c and bon is used for; regular 25c, 35c and BOo qualities, per yard Monday, only Ed. Rosenthal; Rea & Co.. W. M. Rea; Reineke. Wilson Co.. Robert Munro: A. A. Rutis & Co.. A. A. rtutis: D. C. Shaw & Co., Charles L. Jones and Jamea Shaw; Standard Manufacturing Co., J. A. McDonald; Stewart Bros, he Co., G. W. Stewart and W. L. Stewart; Weaver, Costello & Co., E. C. Weaver and B. H. Clark; Geo. Wehn. Son A; Co.. J. Fred Wehn; Wolfe Brosh Co.. W. B. Wolfe. Besides the dally press representatives some of the ruests will be: W. C. Connelly, Jr.. of the Associated Prees; Russell L. Mitchell, publisher of Commerce; N. W. Brooker. Jr.. and Frank Hart, of the Pitt-burg & Allegheny Telephone Co. The Trade Excursion Committee is com. I posed as follows H. W. Neely, chair man; George w. Young, a. jm. jeniun- son. L. Kolb, W. C. Baldwin. F. C. Wad-dell. Charles H. Ogden, A. S. McSwlgen. W. W. Miller, T. C. Griggs and James Murphy. Held Oat for Hlffber W . New Castle, Pa., July 29 No settlement has yet been effected in the trouble between the master and Journeymen plumbers of this city. The masters claim it is a strike and the Journeymen allege that they are locked out. The trouble arose over Dunlap A Sons employing a man to do regular plumbing work while drawing laborer's pay. The men formerly received $3.50 for an eight-hour day, and now demand $4 If they return to work. Big; Dame Don by Storm. Plainfleld. N. J., July 29 The worst storm in many years pasaed over this section this morning. For three hours rain fell in torrents, the streets were flooded, and the trolley, telephone and electric light service was demoralized. At Bound Creek, the streets are under three to four feet of water. Several farm houses on Watchung mountain are reported to have been struck by lightning. Child's Mlrarnloaa Escape. Gunnar Carlson, the two-year-old son of August Carlson, of No. 621 Brad-dock avenue, Braddock. fell from a second-story window yesterday afternoon and escaped with slight bruises about the face. The child fell nearly 25 feet. 4SPECIALS-4 HOFFMANNS are offering four Pianos this week at prices that represent exceptional value. If you are going to buy a piano, don't fail to pee them, or write for further particulars. $550.00 SOHMER & CO. upright, mahogany, colonial case, used three months $345.00 J550.00 VOSE A SONS upright, mahogany, finest style, handsome colonial case, used less than ten months; good as new, and goes for one-half the original cost S2T5.O0 S300.00 Thayer upright, mahogany. 'A good toned piano, of fine appearance, for only S175.00 $250.00 Cable & Sons' Upright, ebonlzed; tone and action fair- : 9 85.00 Accommodating- terms can be arranged if desired on any of these specials. J. M. HOFFMANN CO., 537 SMITHFIELD ST. 'Double , "Jfiagara Stamps" 7n1it Jfoon TSomorrofuf Single thereafter as usual. to decide we couldn't Lancaster Ginghams 5c 75 Pieces of Genuine Lancaster Gingham It's a well known, fact that this splendid gingham is sold every our price Monday, 5c $5.00 Curtains 1.25 tZ A Tot of the finest Imported Cable, Brussels and Nottingham Lace Curtains 48. 34 and 60 inches wide and yards long, with the best corded overlook and buttonhole edges. An unrivaled showing of patterns to aelect from, including beautiful heavy Oriental, Bonne Femme. All-Over and Kattenberjr designs; fit for the finest room in the finest house; regular $3.50, $4, $5 and $6 Curtains go Monday at the f unaparalleled price, per jrV g . .jl Tou won't find as splendid Curtains anywhere In Pittsburg- at three times the price. SilKW aists SI. 4-2 Ladies' Beautiful Summer Waists, made from extra heavy Jap. Silk, fancily trimmed with lace and silk medallions, leg-o'-mutton leeve fall sizesT) : $1.4-2 S18.00 Suits for S5.95 Ladles' and Misses' Cloth Suits, nicely tailored, from imported Scotch novelties. In light and medium colors, lined through with satin. Jacket in fitted style, trimmed with various shades of cloth, skirts in kilted styles, made to sell for $18.00, at the J O AT extraordinary low price of SO 50c Gotans 25c Cambric Night Gowns, made with neat ruffle a.t the neck and sleeves, width; positively worth 50c; spe the extraordinary price 25c 50c 'Ribbons 10c A lot of Finest Silk and Satin Ribbons from J. D. Bernd Co.'s up-to-date stock in widths 60, 80 and 100; in every existing shade and color; suitable for hair, neck, trimming or any other purpose that rib 10c PIANO BARGAINS KNABE.S100. HARDMAN, $125 Two Used Dianoa of hizh B-rade ma baa , both In very good condition, are offered i as special bargains for this week. We also have a lot of odds and ends in fac tory samples and some new and used pianos that will be closed out very chea p $400 Sohmer piano for $ 7". ScSo iester piano for 145 5500 Steinwav nlano tnr S400 Schiller piano . .for JF22:. $450 Chickering piano for S. f550 Decker piano ..for $37? $6u0 Hazelton piano for $45 Organs $lo, $15, $25 and upward. Terms on pianos, $10 to $25 down and $1 to $3 per week, or monthly if desired. Open Saturday eening at Honricks Piano Co., Ltd, 611-13 SMITHFIELD STREET. Sole representative for Hazleton Bros., I vers & Pond. Decker, Schaeffer and Schiller pianos and the Estey organ. is our price for a FIRST-CLASS SET OF TEETH. Others ak eight and ten dollars for the same thing. This includes painless extracting, and hear in mind, all operations here ARE painless. Gold Crowns and Bridge Work, only one kind, the very best, and only one price, $5.00 A TOOTH . . Filllnfls at lowest consistent prices. WE EXTRACT PAINLESSLY FOR 25c. All work guaranteed 20 years. Hours 8 to 8. Sundays 10 to 4, Dr. Martin's Dental Parlors, 600 LIBERTY AVE. Facing Sixth St. Cor. Market. Over Crystal Pharmacy. M .A V

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