The Watertown News from Watertown, Wisconsin on March 28, 1888 · 3
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BADEAU’S DEFENSE. 4Jen. Grant’s Secretary Gives His Side of the Memoir Controversy, New York, March 21. —Gen. Adam Badeau’s version of the Grant controversy in regard to the authorship of the “Old Commander’s” memoirs was made public this morning. Gen. Badeau Is somewhat severe in his strictures on the course pursued by Col. Fred Grant in the matter. He says that Gen. Grant called him away from his own literary work to assist, first, in the preparation of magazine articles, and then in that of the Memoirs; that they thought this would occupy perhaps three months, whereas, in fact, it had occupied seven months when he retired; that Gen. Grant supposed he might realize $30,- 000 to $50,000 from this work, and, of his own motion, since its publication would stop Gen. Badeau from realizing fully on his intended “Life of Grant,” gave him (Badeau) the already published contract to pay him $5,- 000 trom the first $20,000 profits and $5,- 000 from the next $10,000; that Gen. Grant insisted on this matter being kept secret: that when he received his first installment of $l,OOO he paid Gen. Badeau $250, thus ratifying the contract; that he (Badeau), finding that the work was to be such a remarkable success, and realizing that his own work, on which he had spent sixteen years, would be correspondingly injured, wrote Gen. Grant suggesting anew contract ; that to this he received his letter of dismissal, all in the handwriting of Col. Fred Grant except the signature. Gen. Badeau goes on to say that love and loyalty to his chief have sealed his mouth as to the part which he actually took in the preparation of the work, and tbat he had waited and negotiated for a settlement when he might have gone at once into court and forced this contract. He declares that the family first offered him $1,500; that this was subsequently raised to ,$B,OOO, and he agreed to take* that sum; but a condition was attached to draw from him a statement as to the authorship of the work, which he refused to sign, and negotiations were broken off. Col. Fred Grant has in his possession the original of the letter of May 5, 1887, which Gen. Badeau claims the Colonel wrote to him, but which Gen. Grant signed. The sheets are yellow paper, evidently a portion of a pad, each one having seemingly been torn oft' as it was tilled wltn writing. The chirography is all in pencil. In the postscript it almost becomes an irregular and painful scrawl, without any attention to the lines across the page. There can be no doubt of the authorship of that document. Here and there were a few* interlineation —few —and one or two erasures of a word or syllable, but generally it was clear, as if the writer knew what he was going to say and just how he wanted to say it. Col. Grant says his late father did not dictate a line or even a word. lie handed him a copy, signed the copy, and the copy was forwarded to Badeau. BADEAU AND THE GRANTS. Col. Fred. Publishes a Long Reply to th General’s Address. New York, March 26.—C01. F. D. Grant makes public a long statement in reply to Gen. Adam Badeau’s address to the American people upon the controversy which has arisen between Gen. Badeau and the family of the late Gen. U. S. Grant as to the services rendered by Gen. Badeau in connection with the writing of the “Personal Memoirs of U. 8. Grant.” Col. Grant goes over much ground which has already been covered by publication in the daily papers, and adds that the demand of Gen. Badeau was a source of grief and annoyance to his father for the remainder of his life, and adds that the letter of reply “was written eleven days before my father’s death, at a period of keen physical suffering and when the memory of Gen. Badeau’s letter of May 2 made his mental anguish greater than that of the body.” Col. Grant declares that the only aim of the family has been to preserve the fair fame of Gen. Grant as the author of his own book, and the matter of compensation to Gen. Badeau cuts no figure in the matter. SETTEEBS IX SIS TEASE. Expecting a Disastrous Flood in the Upper Missouri. Yankton, Dak., March 25.—The great rise in the Missouri River has not reached here yet, but is hourly expected. The river is clear of ice, a gorge having formed fifty miles north. Six inched of snow feir yesterday and the weather continues cold. This will hold the ice gorges till the rush of water from the north reaches them, and settlers along the river Irom Bismarck to Sioux City are watching the situation anxiously, and will move at the first indication' of an overflow. The situation on the upper river is identical with the spring of 1881, when the Missouri River overflowed its banks for miles, destroying life and property of great value. B O EE AXBEK COX VICTEJO . The French Military Cos xrt Decides Against the Noted General. Paris, March 26. —The hearing before the court of inquiry in the case of Gen. Boulanger was h'eld to-day. Counsel for Gen. Boulanger occupied but ten minutes in stating the defense. Gen. Boulanger then departed for the residence of M. Laguerre. The court afterward gave its judgment, but the nature of the decison will not be divulged until after it has been submitted to President Carnot. It s reported that the court decided against Gen. Boulanger. The cabinet will discuss the decision to-morrow. A crowd which had gathered cheered Gen. Boulanger when he departed from the court room on his way to the house of M. Laguerre. jar. wiesox acajlitteh. President Grevy’s Son-in-Law Regains llis Liberty. Paris, March 26. —The court of appeal to-day rendered a decision in the case of M. Wilson, who appealed from the decree of the 'lower court which found him guilty of complicity in the decoration scandals and sentenced him to two years’ imprisonment, to pay a fine of 6,000 franks and to be deprived of bis civil rights for five years. The court of appeals reverses the decision of the lower court, and acquits M. M ilson of the charges against him. The other persons tried with M. Wilson on similar charges were also acquitted. ofci amIEB the niviBEXB. Gould Gives Missouri Pacific Stockholders Small Interest. New York, March 26.— The Board of D rectors of the Missouri Pacific have just declared a quarterly dividend of per cent. GOT AWAY WTH A BIG SUM. Kentucky’s State Treasurer an Embeziler and a Fugitive. Frankfort, Ky., March 20. —Gov. Buckner this morning suspended Treasurer-of-State James W. Tate. Tate is charged with defalcation in his office, and it is said, has tied the state. The defaulting official has been treasurer for twenty-one years. He was considered the soul of honor and the news will produce a tremendous sensation throughout the state. It is thought Tate’s shortage will amount to between $50,000 and sloo,ooo. Tfie discovery of Tate’s shortage is the result of the examination of his books commenced some days ago by an expert accountant. The governor placed the treasurer’s office in charge of Auditor Hewitt and Attorney-General Hardin. In his message to the Legislature, Gov. Buckner says he has reasons for believing the deficit to be large, and lecommends that an immediate investigation be ordered. In the House a committee was at once appointed and ordered to prosecute an investigation in connection with the officials in charge of the office. Pending the investigation the office, of course, will be closed. The state has abundant resources at band and all current expenses, payments, dues, etc., will be met without delay. Treasurer Tate’s bond was for $300,- 000 and is well covered. He was in Louisville Saturday night, when he was observed to be drinking hard, an unusual thing for him. Since that time he has not been seen, and his whereabouts is unknown. James William Tate was elected state treasurer in 1867, having been nominated by the Democrats. He has been reelected continuously at each election since then, making his tenure of office twenty years on August 31, last. In the last Democratic campaign Mr. Tate had no opposition lor the nomination as state treasurer. Everybody laughed at the idea of opposing “Honest Old Dick Tate.” He the Democratic nomination for the tenth consecutive time. His majorities have always stood among the largest on his ticket and merry, honest, jolly “Dick” Tate has been one of the most widely known and universally liked men in Kentucky. In addition to being state treasurer, he was a commissioner of the sinking fund and was one of those intrusted with the management of the state penitentiary. Mr. May has offered a resolution in the House authorizing the offering of a reward of $5,000 for the arrest of J. W. late. It is a joint resolution and lies over one day under the rules. The investigation immediately instituted on tbe recommendation of Gov. Buckner has, up to 11 o’clock this morning, disclosed a deficit in Tate’s office of $150,000, and that the irregularities seem to run back eleven years. Base Ball, The following schedule has been adopted by the Western Association: Clous. At Chicago. At Milwaukee. At St. Paul. At Minneapolis. At Omaha. At Kansas City. I At Des Moines. At St. Louis. May 22,24,26, 27. May 12,13, ML May 17, 10, 20. May 9,10, lU ~ Apl. 88,28, May i. May 6, ' May 2,3,4. Chicago June 21, 23, 24, July 4,4, tt. June 30, July 1,3. July 7,8, 10. Aug. 1,2, 3. Aug. 4,6, 7. July 28, 99, 31.? July 14,15. July 17,18, 19. July 20, 21, 82. Sept. 4,6. fl. Aug. 80, Sept., 1, 2. Sept. 7, 7,8. Aug. 26, 28,29. June 8, 19, 26, 2728, 29. May 17, 19, 20. May 12, 13, 15. May 5,6, 8. May 2,3, 4. May 9, 10, il. April 28, 29, May I. Milwaukee Aug. 20. June 30, July 1,3. July 4, 4,6. Aug. 4,6, 6. July 28, 29, 31. Aug. 1,2, 3. July 24, 26,26. Sept. 23, Oct. 8. July 20, 21, 22. July 17, is, 19. Sept. 7,8, 9. Aug. 26, 27, 28. Sept. 4, 5,6. Aug. 30, Sept. 1, 2. May 29, 30, 80. Mav 31, June 2,3. May 23, 26, 27. May 2,3, 4. May 6,6, 7. Apl. 28, 80, May a. May 9, 10. St. Paul Aug. , 9, 10, 11. Sept. 11,12, 13. June 26, 27, 28. Aug. 1,2, 3. July 24, 25, 26. July 28, 30, 31. Aug. 6, 6, 7. Sept. 14,16. Sept. 18, 19, 20. Sept. 22,23, 26. Aug. 25, 26, 28, Sept. 7,8, 9. Aug. 29, 30, Sept. 1 Sept. 3,4, 5, 6. May 31. May 29, 30, 30. May 22,24, 26. April 28, 29, May 1 May 9, 10, 11. May 2, 3. 4. May 6, 7, 8. Minneapolis... June 1,2, 3, 4. Aug. 8,9, 10. June 21, 23, 24. July 28, 29,31. Aug. 4,5, 6. July 24, 25,26. Aug. 1,2, 3. Aug. 7. Sept. 12,18, 19, Sept. 14,15, 16. Oct. 6,7, 9. Aug, 30, Sept. 1, 2. Sept. 4,5, 6. Aug. 25, 27, 28. Sept. 7, 8, 9. June 9,10, 12. ~~ June 6, 6.7. June 18,14, 16. June 16,17, 19. May 22,23,21. May 29,30, 30. May 25, 26 27. 28. Omaha July 23, 24, 25. Aug. 18,19, 21. Aug. 15, 16, 17. Aug. 11, 13, 14. June 21, 23, 24. Aug. 8,9, 10. June 26, 27,28, 29. Aug. 22, 23, 21. Oct. 6, 7,9. Oct. 2, 3,4. Sept. 27 , 29, 30. Sept. 22,23, 25. Sept. 11, 12, 13. Sept. 20. June 6,6, 7. June 9,10, 12. June 16,17, 19. June 18, 14, 16. June 1,2, 8. May 25,26, 28. May 29, so, 30. Kansas City.... Aug. is, J 9, 21. Aug. 22,23, 24. July 12, 14, 15. July 7,8, 10. July 4, 4,6. July 20, 21, 23. Aug. 8, 9, 10. Oct. 2, 3, 4. Sept. 27, 29, 30. Aug. 12, 13, 14. Aug. 15, IC. 17. July 17, 18, 19. Oct. 6,8,9. Be pi. 14, 10,17. May Ouneini: June t<>, 17, 19. June 9, io, 12. June c, 7. May 12, 18, io. May 17,19, 20. May 22, 23, 21. Dos Moines Aug. 5,15, 16. Aug. 11, 12, 14. July?, 8, 10 July 12, 11,15. July 1,2, 3. June 26 27, 28. June 20, 21, 22, 23, 21. Sept. 9, 29 , 80. Oct. 2,3, 4. Aug. 22. 23. 24. Aug. 18, 19, 21. _ Sept. 14, 15, 1(4 Sept. l9 21. Sept. 24. June 16,17, 19. June 18,14. 16. June 6,6, 7. June 9,10, 12. Mayi7,i9,2o. May 12, 13,16. May 81, June 1.8. St. Louis Aug. 12, 13, 11. July?, 8, 10. * Aug. 18, 19, 81. Aug. 22, 23, 24. July 12, 14, 15. June 30, July 1,3. July 4, 1,6. Oct. 6. 7, 9. Aug. 15,16, 17. Sept. 27, 29, 30. Oct. 2,3, 4. July 20,21, 22. Sept. 11, 12, 13. July 17, 18,19. The Western College Base Ball League, comprising Lake Forest (111.) University, Beloit College, Racine College, Wisconsin University at Madison and Northwestern University at Evanston, has organized for the ensuing year. The officers elected are: President, A. H. Armstrong, Beloit; vicepresidents, R, L. Kershaw, Racine; Reyes Becker, Lake Forest; L. M. Beckman, Madison, and P. R. Shumway, Evanston; secretary and treasurer, Grant Strotn, Lake Forest. The university of Wisconsin has taken the championship for the past four years. Following is the schedule of games for the season, which opens April 28: Racine.... vs. Beloit.. v ...at Beloit April 28 L. Forest..vs. Evanston..at Evaustou April 28 Racine vs. Madison...at Madison April SO Evanston..vs. Racine at Racine May 5 Madison., vs. Beloit at Eeloit May 5 Madison... vs. Evanston May 11 Madison ..vs. L. Forest..at L. Forest May 12 Beloit vs. Racine at Racine Mav 12 Madison....vs. Racine at Racine May 14 Evanston..vs. Beloit at Beloit May 19 Evanston., vs. Madison...at Madison May 21 L. Forest...vs. Racine at Racine May 2l Beloit vs. Evanston ..at iwauston Mav 26 Racine vs. L. Forest..at L. Forest May 26 Beloit vs. L. Forest., at L. Forest May 28 Racine vs. Evanston.at EvanAon June 2 L. Forest... vs. Beloit at Belo’ June 2 L. Forest...vs. Madison... at Maoxson .June 4 Evanston...vs. L. Forest...at L. /crest June 9 Madison... vs. Beloit at Madison June 9 Cover plants with nev spapers before sweeping. * A NATIONAL LOSS. The Supreme Court Invaded by the Grim Messenger—Chief Justice Waite Succumbs to an Illness of Short Duration. Washington, D. C., March 23.— Chief Justice Waite, of the United States supreme court, died at his residence in this city at 6:10 o’clock this morning. Particulars of the illness of Chief Justice Waite are obtained from Dr. Caroline B. Winslow, who has been the family physician for the last thirteen years. The immediate cause of his death, the Doctor said was nervous failure of the action of the heart, and it came with such startling suddenness as to be absolutely appalling. There w’as not the vaguest symptoms of heart complication throughout his sickness. On Saturday night the Chief Justice attended the authors’ reception, given by Senator and Mrs. Hearst, but feeling slightly indisposed, he left their house early. About half an hour after he arrived at home he w r as taken with a chill and immediately retired. At 3 o’clock in the morning Dr. Winslow was called and found the Chief Justice suffering acute pain in his back and bones. Later on in the morning he felt somewhat better and rested quite comfortably. At this time he said to his physician in a tone of inquiry that he must attend court on Monday. He was cautioned to take no chances. He persisted that he felt quite well enough to ride to the capitol, and return and looked for no unfavorable results from a little outing. On Monday, after his return from the capitol, the physician called and found him complaining of a soreness in his right lung, and when asked to take a long breath said that the effort caused him pain. An examination showed that part of his right lung, two or more inches in diameter, was hepatized. This was accompanied with a slight cough. He was extremely restless, as indeed he had been from the first, and his face was much flushed. He was very wakeful during Monday nigbt f lying on his right side most of the time. He rested easier on that side, he said, than on the other or his back. While his illness was by no means regarded as critical, his physician, on Tuesday, suggested that his son, C* C. Waite, be telegraphed for which was done. The Chief Justice’s condition remained much the same during Tuesday morning. He was very cheerful and laughingly remarked to those present that he didn’t know how r to be sick, but later in the day symptoms of acute bronchitis appeared, and on Wednesday symptoms of pneumonia made their appearance in his affected lung. He breathed hard and with a slight groan; and when asked if he was in pain, smilingly replied that he was not in pain, but he really did “not know' how' to be sick.” There was no material change during the day. He remained cheerful, talking pleasantly with his nurse and attendants. During the night of Wednesday and on Thursday he was quite comfortable, no one feeling any alarm, though naturally anxious. He was getting along well, every one believed, and when at 10 o’clock last evening Ins physician left him he responded to her “good night” as cheerfully and in as strong a voice as he did in health. The nurse who during the night observed no change in his condition, not even in the expression of his face, until 6 o’clock this morning, when he turned over on his back, and in ten minutes was dead. On Monday when he attended court, the Chief Justice was accompanied by his daughter, who took wraps and a bottle of hot beer extract in case he should need them, but aside from slight fatigue he felt comparatively well. At the be- f inning of his illness the Chief ustice, fearing to needlessly alarm his wife, who was on her way to California in company with an invalid sister, cautioned those about him to keep his condition from the newspapers, He was not alarmed himself, and was unwilling that his wife’s journey should be curtailed or interfered with by his slight indisposition. It is said by his physician that this was the only severe illness the Chief Justice ever had in his life except that of two years ago when he suffered sometime from erysipelas in his face and hands. Justice Waite’s illness was due to trouble with his liver and spleen; complicated by very painful stomach disorders. Justice Waite had a very serious fit of sickness just at the close ot the administration of President Arthur. He was confined to his house for several w r eeks wdth an attack of erysipelas that threatened at one lime to have a fatal termination. The serious character of his illness at that time was not generally knowm until after the crisis had been passed, and it -was not until he became well enough to be up and about his house on I Street that newspaper paragraphs appeared reporting him to be in danger. The justice was a hale man to look at, but he had a stroke of paralysis some years ago and his friends were solicitous about him on that account, fearing a recurrence of the old symptoms. After his recovery from that illness he traveled and sought recreation by prolonged abstention from the duties of the supreme court. Chief-Justice Waite’s daughter, Miss Mary F. Waite, and his son, C. C. Waite (vice-president of Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton Railroad), were with him when he died. Drs. Caroline B. Winsslow' and Frank A. Gardner were in attendance. Mrs. Waite left Washington for California about a w r eek ago and is supposed now to be in Los Angeles. Arrangements for the funeral have not as yet been made. The Chief Justice will be buried in Toledo, O. SVI Cl PJED It\ Jt IKJbI . A West Virginia Woman Burns Herself to Death With Oil. Parkkrsburg, W t . Va., March 24.—Information reaches here to-day of the terrible suicide of Mrs. Joseph Parker, near Stewartstowu. She repaired to a stable and saturated her clothing with coal oil and set herself on fire. The pain apparently restored her to her senses. A t few minutes afterward she came from the building on fire from head to foot. A servant who was holding her child rushed to save her, but the woman beat her off with one hand and with the other made frantic efforts to clasp her infant to her arms. The servant threw down the child and endeavored to smother the flames when the woman ran away. Two men came to the rescue and she was secured wnth nearly all her clothing burned off and her body horribly scorched. She died a terrible death in a Jew hours. ANOTHER SPRING ZEPHER. Destructive Cyclone in Georgia and. Eastern Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn., March 21.—A hurricane passed over East Tennessee last night doing considerable damage. At East Lenoir several lives were lost. The residence of James Williams was completely swept away and his wife carried off in the wreck and killed. The body of Mrs. Williams was found to-day in the Tennessee River where it had been blown. iShe was in bed when tne house was blown away. The next residence struck by the storm was that of George W. Hardin. The building was totally demolished, but the family escaped. The storm then crossed a timbered ridge and tore up every tree by the roots in its track. The home of James Linginfalter was reduced to kindling wood. In it were John R. Smith, who was killed, and a little daughter of Linginfalter, who had a leg broken. The dwellings of William King and John Gideon were blown down. Seven members of the King family were badly injured and two of the Gideons were so seriously hurt that they cannot recover. The house of Lafayette Prater was wrecked and Jackson Prater was blown over the garden fence, but escaped with slight injuries. The cyclone traveled in a northeasterly direction, and a bureau in the Williams house was found this afternoon half a mile from w'here the residence stood. At London, Tenn., the house of George Moses was completely destro) r ed and every member of his family badly hurt. Andrew Worley’s house was also carried away and the members of his family barely escaped with their lives. They are all seriously injured. Tne bacon from the smokehouse was blown two miles away. Wheeling, W. Va., March 21. —One of the fiercest gales ever experienced here raged for about a quarter of an hour at 7 o’clock this morning. Several houses were unroofed. Many persons were blown off their feet on the street. No serious casualties reported. Savannah, Ga., March 21. —A cyclone Struck Lumber City, Ga., this morning. Mr. Holland, of the firm of Holland, Strickland & Cos., and W. B. Whiddon, of the firm of Whiddon & Holland, both prominent men, were killed. A special from Lumber Citv, Ga., received at midnight, shows tlie cyclone to have been more disastrous than was first reported. Besides those already named, the following were killed: Joseph Neidle, superintendent for Wilcox Dc < leland, lumber merchants, and John Turner, an employe of that firm. The injured are C. S. Smith, William Wilson, Henry Rawle, B. B. Rawle, Eugene Rawle and Mrs. Rawle, Mrs. Miller and eight colored men, whose names could not be ascertained. Atlanta, Ga., March 21. —A violent hurricane swept over the state last night. In Fairbum both the colored churches were demolished, court house chimneys torn oil, shade trees uprooted and other damage done. Near Austell a house was blown on a negro blacksmith, killing him. Reports of the storm in and around Gainesville show that while it was not so severe, much damage was done. The colored Baptist church was completely demolished. Calhoun suflered most in North Georgia. It was visited by a terrible funnel-shaped cyclone, which cut a swath seventy-five yards wide through the middle of the town, taking in the court-house and station. The cyclone bounded down on the little town suddenly, and after doing this work of destruction lifted from the earth to strike asain, no one knows where. Every building in its path was either destroyed or damaged. The streets are full of shingles and debris of roofs. The storm played eccentric pranks, in one instance cutting a house in two and carrying away one-half. Then it tore down a house around some women and children without harming a hair ol their heads. The Baptist Church was demoralized and the colored Methodist Church was razed. About a dozen business places were either ruined or totally destroyed. The southern arm of the storm passed esstward through Telefar County, taking everything in its path 400 yards wide. General reports come in of houses blown away and* fences destroyed. A negro brakeman of the Northeastern train was killed by a falling tree. A THEATER HORROR. Eighty or More Lives Lost by the Burning of a Theater in Oporto. At Oporto, Portugal, on the evening of the 20th, while a play was being performed at the Banquet theater a fire occurred, resulting in a terrible loss of life. The theater was burned and as the ruins could not be searched the full extent of the disaster is not yet known. So far eighty bodies have been taken from the ruins. Most of those burned were in the third tier boxes and galleries, where whole families were suffocated. There was a terrible struggle at the doors when the spectators tried to escape. Large numbers were suffocated and trampled upon. Many on reaching the street were so seriously injured that they vomited blood. Nearly all the victims wrnre spectators. The actors escaped in their costumes. Many finding themselves unable to reach the doors jumped from the window's. Some bodies were found in the stage boxes. The gas w'as extinguished shortly after the fire broke out, thus adding to the confusion. Large gangs of workmen are exploring the ruins. Two bodies were discovered locked in a close embrace. CRUSH EH IN A COLLISION. Six Meu Killed or Fatally Injured in a Railway Accident. Sacramento, Cal., March 20. —A collision occurred last night near Tamarack, on the Central Pacific, between two freight trains. When the wrecking crew cleared away the debris, the bodies of Brakemen Congrove and McMaster, and Piremen Hoops and Motin were found. Engineer Pickens was seriously injured nd it is feared Engineer Truxan is atally enjured. The bodies of the dead and injured will he brought here. The cause of the accident is not definitely known but is believed to he the resull of a misunderstanding of train orders. ERENCII RECRUITING RIEL. A Measure for Military Service of Citizens and a Tax. Paris, March 22. —The Senate army commission, presided over by M. de Freycinet, has prepared anew recruiting bill. The hill subjects all cit> ons alike to service for twenty-five } rs, but provides for various partial ex options in the case of students and others, imposing, however, taxes upon persons thus exempted. These taxes, it is calculated, will result in a revenue of 25,- 000,000 francs yearly.. The bill also provides that all sons of parents born in France are liable to service, whether naturalized or not. COPPERED. THE OLD MAN. George and Eddie Gould Sell “Short” on Papa’s Stock New York, March 20. —The Times this morning says there is a lively row in the Gould camp —a big row—a row where names are being called and threats indulged in. It wnsat the meeting of the Missouri Pacific railway directors held a week ago to-day that this delectable how’d-ye-do broke out. It was rather hot at the start, but day by day if has grown hotter and hotter, till now the air in all the Gould headquarters is loaded down with the smoke of denunciations and the blazes of threatenings. Wall Street has been filled with reports, dated back a long time, that the Missouri Pacific’s dividend was about to be materially reduced, and the belief has grown continually stronger that the reports of prospective reductions were true. Yesterday out came the annual reports of the roads in the Gould Southwestern system, making it pretty plain by their wretched showing that, reduced dividends or not, there are lots of causes for worriment among stockholders. This.report in detail was before the meeting of directors at last Tuesday’s meeting, and it was a good deal of a surprise to some of those present. But astonishment at the bad showing did not prevent a prompt motion from one of the directors to declare the usual dividend at the rate of 7 per cent. George J. Gould objected. The dividend ought to be reduced, he said. Russell Sage insisted on the motion’s passage. Young Mr. Gould was not to oe put down. The motion was laid on the table, it being agreed to let a flag of truce stand staked till Jay Gould himself should be heard from. Ever since the contingent anxious t have the old dividend paid have been keeping the Western Union telegraph wires hot between here and Florida, urging Jay Gould to hasten home to protect his properties, to keep faith with stockholders, and to discipline his son. The son, meantime, has taken a palace car and betaken himself in person to Florida. Telegrams are all well enough in tneir way, but a chat between father and son, face to face, is likely to have more influence upon the Missouri Pacific magnate than the 400 words of protest and entreaty that Russell Sage sent (on a pass) over the telegraph wires yesterday. Say those w r ho are displeased with George Gould’s determined stand for a reduction of the dividend: “He has lately been speculating on the bear side of the stock market. He has sold ‘short’ his father’s securities, and he needs a reduction in the Missouri Pacific dividend to help him get out even.” These charges against young Mr. Gould are followed with the naming of stock brokers’ offices where he is declared to have made his short contracts. Another intimation that is abroad has it that George Gould has a partner in his bear speculations that partner bein°r his younger brother, known to Wall Street fame as “Bad Boy Eddie.” There is nothing particularly novel in Eddie Gould going short of papa’s stocks; he has done it openly and his father when asked about it, has seemed to be rather proud as he met the question with a whispered “and they do say that the boy made money coppering me. Now, do you really think he did ?” In answer to the comments that have been made upon theii stand against more 7 per cent, dividends, the junior Goulds answer that the people who are mad have got loaded down with stocks that they cannot sell, and now want to misuse the Missouri Pacific’s finances to help them out. It certainly is an entertaining situation from a Wall Street point of view as it is from some other points of view. And it’s a lively task that Jay Gould will have to undertake in settling things amicably all around. However, there is some consolation for those outsiders, who being neither “long” nor “short” of Gould stocks pin faith to that antique saw which says that when some folks fall out some other folks may get their due. HE EE SNOW IN THE WEST. Severe Storms Reported in Texas and Dakota. Bonham, Tex., March 21.—For the last two weeks, beautiful spring weather has been experienced in this part of Texas. Yesterday the thermometer took a tumble and snow' commenced falling. It Snowed hard all day, and fully six inches fell Garden vegetables, flowers and fruit blossoms, mingled with the heaviest snow that has fallen in .North Texas in many years, present a most novel sight. The fruit crop is ruined. The storm came from the Northwest. All day the storm w r as so blinding as to almost prevent traveling. Pembina, Dak., March 21.—One of the severest storms of the winter set in here last evening. The fall of snow was tremendous and a damp, cold wind hurled it about at such a furious rate it was impossible for pedestrians to remain on the streets. Passengers on the southbound train report the storm worse north of here. The weather is growing colder, and it is feared there will be loss of life on the prairies. St. Vincent, Minn., March 21. —The worst storm of the winter set in yesterday afternoon and farmers who were in town were obliged to remain over night. Roads are becoming blocked. RUN DOWN IN NEW YORK. Arrest of a Michigan Eloper and Embezzler. New York, March 20. —Joseph H. Whipple, 48 years of age, was taken to Jefferson Market police court this morning as a fugitive from justice. He is accused of forgery and embezzlement at Battle Creek, Mich. On Fe bi nary 24 a dispatch was received here from Marshall, Mich., stating that Whipple, alias “Jakey Mather” left there upon February 10th for Philadelphia after embezzling $3,000. He left behind him a family and was accompanied in his flight by a w'idow named Mrs. M. A. Fuuney, of Battle Creek. The couple were traced to this city. Sheriff Barber, of Calhoun County, Mich., came here with a warrant for Whipple and last night ho was arrested. He was very indignant at his arrest. Justice White to-day committed him for fifteen days to await a acquisition from Michigan. Whipple was president of the Pembrook Knitting Mills at Battle Creek. GETS A TERII IN ERISON. Mme. Limousin’s Sentence for Selling French Decorations. Paris, March 20. —Gen. Caffarel and Mme. Limousin were sentenced to-day for complicity in the sale of decorations. In Gen. CaffarePs case, extenuating circumstances were found and ttie court only imposed a tine of 3,000 francs. Mme. Limousin was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment. BADGEUDOM. A single team recently hauled 7,000 feet of logs Horn Hoxie & Mellor’scamp to Bryant, a distance of two and onehalf miles. Miss Bertha Pitman, of the Madison high school, has gone to Europe to vmt some of the noted institutions of learning. She will accompany Dr. A. J. Ochsner and his bride, of Chicago. The doctor is a graduate of the state university, class of’B4, but is now a member of the laculty of Rush Medical College, Chicago. A 9-year-old daughter of Mrs. Dvreson, of Dodgeville, died in a dentist’s oihce where her mother had taken her to have several of her teeth extracted. The child having been sick for several months and suffering from blood poison from an abscess, and the fatigue of the journey, caused her to go into fainting spells immediately after reaching the office. On account of her exhausted condition the doctor made no attempt at any operation on her teeth, but gave her a little brandy which revived her for a few moments, but she died in a very short time after arriving at the office. La Crosse’s river bridge scheme is assuming tangible shape. The landing on the La Crosse side will probably be at the foot of State Street and will be built out into the stream about 75 or 100 feet, thus reducing the width of the channel to 1,300 feet. The objective point on the opposite side is about the center of Barron’s Island, across which the road will be raised above high water mark by piling and filling, as it will also be for the balance of the distance to La Crescent—over two marshes or sloughs and across another small island. The road will come out at La Crescent about 500 feet south of the depot. At La Crosse on the 22d, the dead body of Henry Gieseler was found frozen into the ice on the La Crosse bottoms. Deceased had not been seen for several days. He was janitor of United Workmen’s Hall. His former home was at Hokah, Minn. Several car-loads of ore have been received at the Ashland steel works, and everything is in readiness to operate the plant. It is claimed at La Crosse that the engineers w;ho took the places of the striking Burlington & Northern engineers, run trains in the city limits faster than the law permits. Anna Georgie, an Ashland domestic, is charged with having concealed the fact of the death of her child. The body of the infant was found in a trunk. The Public Library Association of La Crosse is preparing to place a tablet in its rooms, as a memorial to the late ex- Gov. C. C. Washburn, in commemoration of Mr. Washburn’s bequest to the association. The officers of the Ashland land office dismiss the application of Charles Tolliver to file land claims in the Wisconsin indemnity belt, holding that they have no jurisdiction in the matter. The case will be appealed. Michael Dunn and Thomas Brown, inmates of the Milwaukee Soldiers’ Home, were frozen to death during the night of the 21st. Both were outside the Home grounds, and are supposed to have been under the influence of whisky. The large planing mill of the W. H. Schmidt Company, on Seventh Avenue, Milwaukee, was destroyed by fire on the night of the 22d, involving a loss of $75,000. Three hundred people are thrown out of employment. A. S. Fletcher, of Eau Claire, will clear about §3,000 by his logging operations at Turtle Creek, near Butternut. McNeil’s camp, consisting of nine men, have put in 10,000,000 feet/ Mr. Fletcher states that loggers, as a rule, will lose heavily in consequence of the deep snow. The La Crosse Republican states that the Mississippi River is now open to Le Claire and boats are plying * between down stream points. The Bella Mac is engaged in running logs to Hannibal Irom Quincy and Boston Bays. The logs were hung up last season by low water. The Rice Lake Lumber Company has increased its capital stock to §OOO,OOO. “Jenks’ Coo Lev,” a little valley on the west side of the Mississippi, between La Crosse and Winona, is greatly dreaded by railway engineers on dark nights, as it is crossed by the railroad in a short curve which hides it from view from both ways. Many an engineer has “whistled for down brakes” and felt that death might be near at hand and then discovered that the lights he saw were from steamboats and not the head or rear lights of an engine or train. The Central Wisconsin Medical Society will meet at Madison on March 27. Evangelist Wolf converted about sixty persons during his revival at Reedsburg. He has gone to Indian Territory, but will return to Wisconsin in the fall with a tent that will hold 1,000 persons. The Standard Oil Company has purchased a piece of land with a frontage of 600 feet on St. Louis Bay, and will build a dock for handling the' oil supply of the Northwest. The company will expend $50,000 in improvements. William Kalkbrennrr is under arrest in St. Croix County for obtaining money on an express order that he found in a letter addressed to a man of the same name. Wisconsin Pensions. The following Wisconsin petitioners have recently been granted pensions: Win. L. Wilcox, Chippewa Falls; Theodore Appleton, Wansau; Jos. W. Bryant, Floyd; Martin C. Lay (deceased), Montford; Adolphus E. Briggs, West Superior; Edward L. Williams, National Milwaukee Home; Wilhelm Hensel, Henry ville; Theodore Mikesch, Potosi; Pembroke E. Gilson, Milwaukee; Wm. F. Hair, Weyauwega; John Gavin, Cartwright; Charles H. Chase, Chippewa Falls; Mary A., widow of Stephen G. Rice, Roaring Creek; Frederick W. Barrick, Darlington; Samuel Sanderson, Farr’s Corners; Adam Clawson, Wausau; George W. Baker, Albany; Edward O’Brien, Oconomowoc; Walter Palmer, Baraboo; Chas. A. Miller, Wuukau; Mary A., widow of Geo. W. Frost, Stevens Point, (navy); Martha D., widow of Isaaih Hauck, Darlington; Orrin R. Howe, National Military Home; Levi Morf, Westport; Cornelius Stokes, Delavan; Frank Seymour, West Depere; Francis J. Despius, deceased, Wrightstown; Jas. W. Dever, Chippewa Falls; Thomas McKeage, Wautoma; Barnard T. Worthington, Centralia; George M. Trowbridge, Tomah; Katharina, widow of George Felt, Madison; Charlotte, widow of Edward Burton, Adams; minors of Heinrich Wascher, Milwaukee; Alfred, father of Chas. H. Parker, Rock Falls; John Lynn, deceased, Brodhead.

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