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2 THE PITTSBURGH POST: THURSDAY, FERRUAR1T T, 1830, MARSHALL TALKS PLAINLY. GLORIOUS OLD TOM ON THE PEN INVESTIGATION. Ha Says It Should be Thorough and Conducted by a Disinterested Body. Marheineke's Word No Better Than That of a Convict. "What I -want to see," said Thomas M. Marshall, Esq., to a Post reporter yester lay in discussing the Western Peniten tiary scandal, "is a thorough, downright investigation. I want to se the examina' tion of witnesses conducted by pro perly qualified parties who will hare the power to administer uatns, and should a lie he told by witnesses, prose cute them." "Is not this investigation regular?" was asked. "Well, I don't know what authority George A. Kelly has to administer oaths. No person who is implicated in any accu sation should sit in judgment on his own case. Take McPhlllamy's case for instance. Suppose he and every prisoner over there would be the jury on the offenses which took them to prison do you imagine they'd rind themselves guilty? iNo. intleed. trier would all be cleared. and to all appearances have spotless records, well, tue same principle is be ing carried out at Kiverside; the parties incidental . to tna cnarges are judcinz tbeuasalves. . If this investigation were being made by a properly qualified board. who were proven guilty of lying ftnnlri h urospoutail for nennrr. and it found feuilty would have au additional term of years added to their present sentence. A convict's tvobd goes. "I was indeed surprised to hear Mr. Kelly's alleged statements to the effect that a convict's word is not good. "Is it considered worthy of belief?" "If examined by a legally qualified committee it certainly should be. Their word is at auy rate as good as Dr. Mar heineke's. If they are not entitled to be lief, neither is he. He is a convict as much as any of them." "Don't you mean an es. -convict?" "No; any person who has been convicted and sent to the penitentiary is a convict, and that doctor is no exception to the rule. I have no desire to express an opinion as to the euilt or innocence of th aocnsed parties, but I do want to see a proper investigation. have heard things extremely bad for the West ern Penitentiary management, but would not give them, for publication. At least a dozen men who have emerged from those prison walls have told me stories of cruel treatment and irregularities. One partic ular' case was that of Ambrose Lynch, who spent 13 years there. Another one was that of Merriman, of McKeesport, a wonderfully shrewd ana intelligent man. His case is well known, and he was there for five years." "What do you think about ilrs. Mair's recemts? "Merely this: Those receipts were not fabricated nor forged. I think they were perfectly genuine. Mrs. Mair is a geud ChristaiiFv'iady who was admitted to the penitentiary under a sus pension of the rules because she was so upright and her presence was so beneficial those receipts from the convicts months Defore and in moving mislaid or lost them. Is iflikely those receipts were forgeries -when they were given to Mrs. Mair weeks ago and before Anybody thought there won! be an investigation? in addition; if those receipts were for aeries would those fellows have given them to Mrs. Mair? . I think not. There is not a lawyer in the country who would attempt to gainsay her evidence. INSPECTORS ABE THE JXJBY. Major Montooth, counsel for the Board of Inspectors, remarked last evening: "You know I didn t get to the Penitentiary until during: the evening session. but I am using the Post's account of the afternoon testimony and am digesting if," and the major exhibited a number of Post cuppings neatly pasted on sheets or paper for ready reference. I am merely there to see that all the facts are brought out. As counsel for the board I will ad vise the inspectors what I think is the proner method of procedure, but the in spectors are the jury. I have nothing to do with the decision at which they will arrive. Quite likely we will be kept till 12 e clack to-morrow mens examining trier witnesses. To-day at 3 o'clock the investigation will be resumea. Mr. George A. Jvelly said yesterday that the suspension of Dr. Marheineke did not indicate the board thought film guilty. Mr. Kelly thought the doctor should have tendered his resi gnation as soon as the charges were brought pend ing the resnlt of an investigation. A well-known attorney said last even Ing: "Why dec't somebody indict Marbeineke for cruelty to the prisoners? That would immediately cut short this investigation and allow the facts to ba brought out in court." HOT AFTER SHOEBOX. Miller's Clarion County Record Hunted Up but Found Clear Investigators Hint at Awful Crimes. The penitentiary muddle deepens and the turgid stream of public inquiry is throwing to the surface some strange facts. Persons interested in the investigation, presumably, have written to the clerk of courts of Clarion county to know if there are any charges against "Shoe-box." Miller. This clerk of courts was at the time of Miller's first incarceration sheriff of Clarion county. The inquiring parties were immediately answered that there were no charges against Miller on the records of that county. Judging from the present outlook of affairs, some dark and astounding penitentiary revelations are promised. Miller's damaging testimony has awakened interest wonderfully. "One thing is certain," said a geutle-man well known in beuevolent work, and who has had much experience with "Shoe Box" Miller since his release, "if Mr. George A. Kelley is foolish enough to carry out his published threat to have Miller arrested, he will be surprised. There are several gentlemen who are twice millionaires who have confidence In Miller and should the latter be arrested he will be promptly bailed out. He has been at the Home Hotel for the past 18 months. He assists nearly every Sunday at the religious services. I have as yet taken no interest in this matter, but we will see that Miller gets a fair show. This investigation is not through yet by any means. We are merely getting through tbe surface and have not penetrated the Interior. Some things a thousand times worse than cruelty will be proven before we are yet through with this. This investigation was not commenced hastily nor unadvisedly. Mrs. Mair, Mrs. Swift, Mrs. Hold en and Mrs. Oudrey were f onizant of these abuses long ago, and they hare now the firm support of a number of benevolent moneyed gentlemen, who trish this matter probed to the bottom. Ji.B for the receipts they talk about, re-inember they were only secured from Marheineke, Miller alleges, when thi doctor appeared to be under the influence of liquor. Miller demanded the receipts then because he feared Mar-heineke would forget about receiving tue XiHiney and want the amount over again tbe next day. At that time they had no idea au investigation would ever coma. Jeeud upon it " this inquiry means j business and the cry is: 'Let no guilty man escape."' During the past two days 13 ex-convicts have called upon Mrs. Mair at the Home Hotel, for the purpose of showing their scars. Twelve were men, one was a woman. One of the clerks at the hotel innocently inquired what the callers wished tf see Mrs. Mair for, as she was absent at the time. "We are to testify," said they and they drew back their sleeves and showed their maimed and scarred wrists, where the veins had besn larcentted by punishments of various kinds, which they claimed had been inflicted at the penitentiary. Miller, it is said, Las innumerable scars and marks on his scalp which he says was caused by prison discipline. GRADE CBOSSINGS AGAIN. Tho Public Safety Committee Give the Subject a Shaking TJp. The committee on public safety met yesterday afternoon. The ordiuance "to butter secure citizens and others entitle d to the use of the public streets from danger by accident at railroad crossings at grade," providing that all trains shall come to a full stop while the flagman passes in front, was discussed. Objections to the measure were made, as it was too sweeping in its provisions and did not specify any particularly dangerous crossings. It was urged as it would have the effect of causing continual blockades at the Pennsylvania Ilailroad and Allegheny Valley tracks on Penn avenue and Liberty street. Chairman Lambie thought the ordinance could be made a very good one with some revision. He thought it should iu-clude a restriction on the traction road crossings, particularly at Fifth avenue and Sinithiield street, which is au extremely dangerous place for pedestrians and vehicles. Mr. Ferguson thought the ordinance all right. It referred only to the Allegheny Valley .Railroad crossing at Twenty-eighth street, the Fort Wayne crossing at Eleventh street, and the Panhandle crossing; at Second avenue. However, as the ordinance did not specify to what crossings it should apply, he moved that it be referred to a committee for revision. The chair appointed Messrs. Ferguson, Buh-landt and Skelton. An ordinance amending the city code by repealing the clause which allows the building inspector to charge for building permits, was affirmatively recommended. TO HANG EVERY NEGRO. THE WISH A JUROR IN THE DIMMY CASE WAS HEARD TO EXPRESS. Some Startling Developments Expected at tne Argument for a New Trial. Thomas M. Marshall, Jr., is confident that Dimmy, the colored man convicted of the murder of Jfigbt Watchman Miller, of Allegheny, will have a new trial. Yesterday Mr. Marshall stated to a Post representative his reasons for thinking so. "We have additional evidence," said the attorney, "that will go a great way in obtaining a new trial. At the hearing before the court who will decide whether a new trial shall be granted, we can produce some witnesses whose veracity is unimpeachable. Two witnesses we will bring can show that oue of tbe jurors who swore he would regard the evidence with an unbiased mind was heard to publicly express himself to the effect that 'all those nisgers should be banged.' These witnesses are Mrs. Idell Barton and Miss Luella Barton, the wife and daughter of Mr. Edward Barton, of Beltzhoover borough. The laaies were sitting among the witnesses in the criminal court room as witnesses in onn of the cases. Xear them was a certain man diligently talking to a friend. A colored man was called to testify in a certain case, and when he was sworn the spectator in question remarked to his associate: "There, they've called one of those niggers. If I had my way I'd hang every one of them. When the Diinmmy case came up this man, whose name we know, was sworn as a juror. That is merely one incident. We have other evidence at hand to show even a worse state of affairs. When made public tbey will certainly create an impression." It was said that despite Mr. Marshall's quiet statement a genuine sensa tion is expected at tne bearing and arguments before the court to hear the testimony regarding the advisability of a new trial, ihe impres sion has earned that D.mmy s conviction was most unjust and, as stated in The Post a few days after the trial, only be cause of his color. Some startling devel opments are looked for. IN THIi NAME O.F YOST. How a Braddock Man Queered a Guile less Saloonist- W. L. Kalston had a hearing before Alderman Mc Masters yesterday morning on charges of false pretense and forgery, preferred by Joseph Fink, of Braddock. Tne prosecutor testified that Kalston went to his place of businesj, a saloon, and presented a letter purporting to have been written by William Yost, Esq., the Law and Order society s attorny, in which it was promised that if Fink would give him. $50 a threatened suit would be dropped. The money was paid, and Fink then learned the letter was a forgery. The defendant offered no defense and was held for court. Ho More Kate Cutting. President James Callery, of the Pitts. burgh and Western BailroaJ, believes the prospects for railroads are brighten- in. He says the people who invested their money in railroads often let the management of their property to a few individuals and as a result the values of the roads decreased. The capitalists awakened to the danger and ar now taking an active interest in their investments. Rate cutting, he says, will no longer be tolerated. Sir Knights to Entertain. The third of a series of charming enter tainments, given under the auspices of the Drill Corps of Allegheny Commandery No. 35, Knights Templar, will take place at Lafayette hall, Wood street, on Thursday evening, February 14. The former entertainments given by the Drill Corps are sufficient guarantee for the excellence of this one. The entertainment will begin promptly at 7:45 o'clock. At the con clusion of the prosram dancing will follow from 10 o'clock to 1 o'clock. TheHewsboys' Benefit To-Night. The concert for the benefit of the News boys' Home, to be held to-night at the Fourth TJ. P. Church, Montgomery ave nue and Arch street, Allegheny, promises to draw a large crowd. Among the at tractions are the Alpine quartet, violin solos by Miss Mamie Keuck, songs by Miss Lmtna Bingler and recitations by Miss Lillian Burkhart. Will Take Mrs. Bliss Bet. A close friend of Mr. Rose, who claims to have exposed the spiritualist, Mrs. Bliss, said, last night the offer of that lady to raise the bet to f 5,000 will be accepted. The money is now being raised, and the test will likely be made under the terms designated by Mrs. Bliss. A Case Out of the Frying Pan. Mary McGoff was held for court by Alderman McKenna yesterday on a charge of assault and battery preferred by her husband. He aliened she struck him on the head with a frying pan and broke all the dinhea and furniture in the hous. FREE BEER AND POLITICS. THEY ARE GETTING BADLY MIXED IN SOME WARDS. Special Agent McCall Will Keep His Weather Eye on the Sixth Ward, Wnere Booza is Flowing All the Time. "I am keeping a strict watch on the Sixth ward just now," said Special Agent Pw S. P. McCall yesterday. "Politics are pretty hot up there, I hear, and an immense amount of beer is being hauled within its confines. I have noti fied the brewers verbally to let me kno when large quantities are being ordered by private families. It always looks suspicious when a family orders two or three quarters of beer or a dozen cases at one time. Why is th Sixth ward singled out? Well, the brewers Teport that morn beer goes there than elsewhere, and you know tho Sixth ward constable is absent just now. When the constable is away the mice will rlay. However, it does not uo to pin too much faith in constables. We find it a cood plan to keep a pretty close watch on certain places, in spite of their attentions. The bixth ward is one of the places I am watching tbe most now. As I said before there has been a wonderful amount of beer hauled into it lately, and I am going to make it my business to find out where it goes and who ordors it." THEY ARE BUYING BOOZE. A prominent citizen of the Sixth ward was telling how things were going up there. "They are flooding the place with beer," said he. "The Williams gang seem to have"bought out two or three breweries. The Germans are being worked to the limit, and every honest Teuton in the ward can find a kes at his door Sunday mornine if he acts right during the week. Beer is the political currency, but red liquor is just a eas.ly procured by those who promise fealty. I declare I am disgusted. I know a German who has friends pledged to Williams. They tried to win him over to their side bnt he refused to promise. Last Saturday night a quarter of beer was delivered at his house and soon after a number of his friends dropped in to help him drink it. The man had not ordered the beer and refused to have it used. It happened he had some wine in the house, and this was opened instead. The beer was taken away again Monday morning. My German fr;eud is still at liberty to vote as he pleases. "The saloons are also being utilized. Crowds of Williams' friends are going around trying to bring in votes by the schooner load. Last Saturday night two of these fellows got drunk before tbe rest of the Sixth ward and a patrol wagon was called. But for once it did not head toward Central station. Instead it rumbled off toward the homes of the fallen warriors, and tbe wagonmen assisted them inside." OJT THE SOUTH SIDE. John Sullivan, select councilman from the Thirty-thiiil ward, said; "Tbe Brooks law is a complete failure over there, simply because it is not enforced. A man does not have to lrequent low drinking houses to see they are thriving on all sidrs. Between the Smithfield and Point bridges, where the mills are very thick, the doggeries are crowded together. At the Slipo miils, where I work, you can so men lying around drunk half the time, and yet there are no licensed saloons in the neighborhood. For my iart I don't see any use in depriving the common, wealth of the taxes duo from the liquor business just for the sake of baring a nominal law. I; is not being enforced; in fact the violations are open. Time was when they sol I in the cellar or in secret apartments. But now thy have become bold, and there is seldom any attempt at secrecy. I think the moral effect of this is worse fhan if saloons were being run in tbe regular way. The class of men who will defy tha law and run without a license are generally the kind to Bull the worst poison in the market and treat a man pretty roughly aiter he is knocked out by it." Said a First ward politician yesterday: "In my ward, and I suppose it's the same elsewhere, the politicians are using every endeavor to squeeze the "unlicensed liquor sellers. They are not only winking at these places, but are actually encouraging them to keep open. All sorts of impossible pledges are beinj mada. The saloonists do not stop to consider how bard it is to influence ihe liquor license court. The result of these promises will be to increase the number of applicants greatly. Dozens of them are starting up their 'restaurants already in order to get np some kind of an answer to the judge's stereotyped question. 'How many people do you feed a day?' " Clerk of Courts I. A. McGunnecle said yesterday the license applications wiil not run above 1. 200 this year. Last year there were 1,550. Yesterday there were but 65!) applications filed, and the time for films expires next Saturday night. THE 30KOU0H BEAh, An Interesting Old Kelio Unearthed and Put on .Exhibition. The loan exhibition to be given by the laaies of the Bellevue M. P. Church opens this eveninz and will continue until Saturday. Tbe ladies have worked industriously and have gathered a collectiou of odd articles. Among other thing i is the original seal of the boroueh of Pittsburgh. It is a brass disk with the inscription "Borough of Pittsburgh," the . town name being spelled with the final "h." The design shows a three-mast vessel under full sail and below a deer. The seal dates back to 171)4. It is now in the possession of Mrs. Joseph Birmingham. Mr. Birmingham was treasurer of the borough at one time and it is supposed that when tbe present seal was adopted the old one was retained by Mr. Birmingham. It is badly battered up, having tossed about amontr a lot of old junk until lately, wiien its value was discovered. There will be an cnu-rlainrnent each evening. To-night Mrs. Kettte McFadden Hunter and Mrs. F. W. Keifer will sing, and Miss Blanche Jones wtH give soveral recitations. To-morrow night there will be a reception of all nations, and Saturday night will be devoted to the ancients in costume. County Democracy Reception. The County Democracy will give their first evening reception at Imperial Hall, New Grant street, on Friday evening, February 15. The music for the occasion will be iurnished by the Original Boyals and McMichaels. An interesting program has been arranged under the personal supervision of 'Squire D. J. Boyle, and all who attend are assured a pleasant time. Buried Beneatn a Gravel Bank. H. G. Granpacker lost his life yesterday at the Workhouse at Claremont. He was engaged in digging out a grave) bank when the earth gave way. burying him beneath. Before assistance could reach bim he died. Granpacker was an inmate of tha Workhouse. The coroner will hold an inquest to-day. Arrested For Violating the Brooks Law. J. A. Walker had a hearing yesterday before Alderman McKenna. He is charged by Frank O'Keefe with selling liquor without a license and on Sunday. Walker was held for court, and in default of f 1,0J0 bail was committed to jail. WIXOj BEOWH IK VJESTIOATEP That is the Burning Question Now. Lottie McDonald Catches It. Inspector McAleese made an information before Alderman McKenna yesterday, charging Lottie McDonald with keeping a bawdy house and selling liquor without license at 123 Second avenue. A warrant was issued for her arrest. This is looked upon as the inspector's first essay at revenge. Both he and Assistant Superintendent O'Mara were reticent yesterday, he latter as-mring all inquirers the matter had bet-n left in the hands of lawyers for settlement. Just what line of defense will be adopted in the coming suit could not be learned. Everything, has been left to the lawyers. The principal theme "of conversation around City Hall yesterday.and in all the downtown wards, in fact, was the probable attitude of Chief Brown since the developments of the hearing. A common councilman put it this way: "Before the hearing Chief Brown said he would not consider tbe chargos until they were proven. At the hearing McAleese and O'Mara virtually acknowledged everything but the charge of surety of the peace. Xow the matter is reduced to the question as to whether the chief will keep his word and investigate. Tho affair has done Chief Brown an incalculable injury, as I do not hear it spoken of without his name being connected with it. I was down in the First ward to-day and I find the protest against O'Mara and McAleese doing any mora electioneering there amounts almost to a clamor. I think their influence would kill the chances of almost any man in that ward now." A RED HOT BOILER. INSPECTOR SULLIVAN ON THE TWO BROTHERS EXPLOSION. He TestiTes Thers Was Too Much Fire and Too Little Water for Safety. Two boiler experts added au important link to the chain of testimony in the Two Brother's boiler eiplosion investigation by the coroner yesterday. Henry Baring, a practical boiler inspector, testified th;tt the metal of the boilers was all right, but that deep rivet indentations iudicated there had been great pressure. He would not give any decided opinion as to the cause of the explosion. Inspector Sullivan testified that the boiler had stool a test of 1!5 pouuds pressure, but that the rivet indenvatiou in tbe flues showed a severe force had been exerted. He held the belief there was not enough water in the boiler, and ttiat it must have born heated red hot. A pressure of 100 pounds could not have produced the explosion. .James Graham, engineer of the Two Brothers, testified that he bad inspected the machinery a short time before the explosion. The boiler had been cleaned a few .lays before the accident, ar.d ho discovered no defect about it or the flues. There was not much fire un.ler tbe boiler at the time. Shortly before the explosion he saw the firranu standing on the ou:er foredeck. The tiredoor was pen. Captain Edward Huling, ot the Return, stated ho saw the fireman ot tbe Two Brothers standing on the foredeck of hi boat shortly before the explosion. The fire-doors were open. Grattatn was sober and there appeared to be 30 more fire under the boiler than usual previous ta startinc. The investigation was adjouraed until Saturday moruhig to give Inspector Sullivan time to make a more complete ex amination cf the bo. ler AT HX MEATS ALT AH. The Quiet Oldsoue-al;clc WeiWihir Yesterday Mornine-A very handsome coupio were Mr. Ji. M. Gulick and Miss Oidsbuo as theyTe- eeived the nuptial benediction froin F.er. Jerome Kearney yesterday morning. Tho bride was completely enveloped in a sealskin coat reaching to the hem of her dres and concealing her silver gray cloth trav eling costume. Mr. Oulk-k's wanly presence was well set oft by l is immaculate broadcloth. It was ii:40 when the wedding party reached the clergyman's resideuce, where the ceremony was quickly performed, after which lue happy coupl-j returned to the bride's home. Mr. A. J. Bhe.lden acted as groomsman, although but lately recovered from a severe indis position. Those present were lut mate relatives Jir. and Mrs. Kjbertshaw, brother-in-law and sister of the br.de; her sisters, Mrs. Owens and Mrs. StiilwagKn: Mrs. Dr. Alf. Oldshue, th bride's sisier- in-law, and Miss Owens, her niece. Tne newly married couple left on the H o'clock train for Qlo East, where they will remain several weeks. On their return they will reside at the Monongahela Huuse. ROUGH ON UElt II USB AND. Mrs. Graham's Srious Charges Against Her Better Half. Lucinda Graham, colored, entered In-formation yesterday befoTe Alderman Porter, charging her husband Charles with felonious assault and battery. Mrs. Graham stated that she lived on Fayette street between Thirty-fourth and Thirly-tifth street, and that her husband is Uindly jealous. Last Saturday mclit be became enraged and attacked her, beating her severely with a club, kicking her aud cutting :v deep gash ou her shoulder. Mrs. Graham also sustained a broken breast-bone and found it necessary to have the attention of a physici in. A bearing in the case was had la.tt tiiLt, and the defendant was committed to jail lor court. Masonic Veterans Meet and at. The order of Masonic Veterans held a meeting and banquet at the St. Charles Hotel laat evening. Preliminary to the banquet they gathered in tho parlors al)d enjoyed a good social time. Over 75 persons sat at the banquet table, a goodly portion of the number being lad es. There were uo wines, aud it is probably needless to sav, no toasts. But good will and hearty enjoyment flowed freely with the chocolate and coffee. Tho Model on .Exhibit Now. Tho model of the Nicaragua canal arrived last night and will be put up in (he rooms of the Chamber of Commerce to-day. Hie work wiil require several hours, and in order that there may be no disappointment it has been decided to open the exhibition at 4 P. M. to-morrow. The model cannot remain in Pittsburgh for over 10 days, as it has been promised for the planters' show in New Orleans and must be in that city by March 1. , m m m Combination of Coal Kings. The Mouougahela river coal operators are quietly considering a scheme to form a company to include all the mines ou tViA Afnnoniraheia. And 1 unau'li'i i-ti.... and all the steamboats aud lloatiu; stock of the various coal operators. Expanses could be greatly reduced thereby and the coal operators save thousands of dollars. It would be on the plan of a stock company. By this means the ruinous competition of the rival coal operators would be stopped. t Mrs. Harrison and Daughter Go Through. Mrs. General Harrison and daughter, Mrs. McKee, passed through the city yesterday morning, en route to Indianapolis from New York. They have been in the latter city shopping. The ladies had taked every precaution to keep their presence a s. cret, and when discovered tbe announcement was made that both were asleeo. FxLL OVERCOATS DON'T GO. AN AGENT OF A MANITOBA WEATHER BUREAU IN TOWN. Full of Old-Time Cussedncss, He Bites and Pinches Everyor.e Except the Truthful James of the Signal S:rvice Office. T was slightly chilly here and there abouts yesterday and last evening. The waves of weather that roamed over the city had nothing of the southing and delicate nature in their makn-up, and the people who had come to the conclusion that fall overcoats would see them through until spring, learned when it was too late that they were on a dead card. It was tho first genuine growl from Boreas, the high-toned name for a tough and disagreeable character, who is on the road for a Manitoba linn, and who drops into' town now and then just to show the people that the untamed northwest is prolific in cussedues as well as thrift. The eater blasts nipped aud pinched everyone except the sicnid service man. For the first time siuce the service was estab lished, the reports sent out from head quarters were correct. That is to say the cold wave had been actually and no curatoly anticipated. After Th e Post reporter had strolled leisurely up the few flights of stairs which lead to the lair of the weather man, he walked proud ly in, aud from a senso of duty proceeded to apply the pump. Why certainly, tne boy, certainly. We predicted this thing. Now I do not wish to humiliate you in the least, but this little spell of weather is a chestuut. Why this service predicted thislight kick-up two days ago. Oh you cau bet we are on to all of the caprices of tempera ture, with which remark he proceeded to sut up the cigarettes. "But, Lord bless you, me boy, this is not cold weathr. Why, if it was not a violation of custom, I would have appeared on tho streets with my linen coat on. You ought to go up to Poplar river, iu Northern Montaua. There is the coolest point ou the continent. They give you the Simon pure article in that country. It makes me weary to hear people talk about cold weather down here. 1 saw a thermometer reg.ster tW degrees below zero up there. The natives buy their liquor by the cake iu that country, for the reason that it never attains a liquid state. What is 6isht degrees above zero to a snap like that ? And such a deceptive climate. The hopeful citizen, full ot vigorous life, who ventures forth in bufialo skin coats to do the. town is usually brought back and planted with the rest of the ice crop, which keeps very well without sawdust. "But why talk of cold spells. This 15 dgrees above the divide reached this afternoon remiuds me some of the hottest point in the Uaited States. That is Fort Vuma, in Arizona. Tho temperature ranges from 110 to 118 degrees above tor months at a stre'eh. I toot part iu a croquet match with a mixed company over there once on a New Years, when it was so warm Iliad to take my coat off and unbutton my vest. Time aud time again throngfi the fall months the perspiration has streamed down ray tinner ends vh-u I was matt ing up rny reports until it blotted the figures out, and 1 would have to stp work until evening. They never bury anything dad, cither human or aniuial over there. It is just laid out iu the sun and dries up and is carried away by the wind 111 small fleecy clouds of dust. Tarantulas, spiders anil bugs are boon companions, and are too lazy to Iret their etirtca in during most of the year. That's the kind of a country to live in, and next to Putsbursh, which reminds me of it, the only one I woulj live in. The people over there are a nice lot. They never beat a landlord or lose an overcoat, and many of them, particularly barbers, live and dye right in that climate." As tin extra tust of wind whistled over the tall bu ldinjr, the thermometers and barometers turned thsir opn, honest faces on th speaker, and then flopped to the wall. With tho same' old stuck of nerve i.e continued: "The dryest pl.n-e in America is the desert called Journado del Muerbo,' (ihe journey ot death), in the central part of New Mexico. 1 crossed it in 17. Ihe ent.re trail was strewn with skeletons ot human beings, and au old German who bored an artesian well along the route some tiuiu later made a princely furtuno e!lin water. I am spitting cotton yet" but this was enough. While the Vau-derbilt behind the counter was making change the weather man remarked, 'This spurt came from Manitoba, but it will be warmer to-morrow." WOLl -B1NGL.EB. A Popular Soprano Wil! Wed a Woaii fftrec-t Merchant Next Mnth. It is quietly announced tiiat Miss Emma Bingler, the well-known soprano of Christ M. K. Church, is to be married at au early date next month to Mr. Will Wol', of Wolf Bros., brush dealers, on Wood street. The wedding wiil take place at Christ Church, and promises to be oue of the most fashionable events of tho season. The list of ladies of honor aud ush- rs includes the names ot some of the best youn: p -opio ot Pittsburgh aud Allegheny. A number of special friends from the Last will also attend. After the marriage the young couple will make an exteuded trip through the South. ! Was tbj Gong Kuiir? A partial inquest was held yesterday morning on the body of James Yates, who diod at Mercy Hospital from injuries received by beiug knocked down by a Citizens' cable car. Dr. Ilicksoa testified that death was the result of the injuries. Engineer Brady, of lb- electric road, Allegheny, an eye-witness to the accident, testified that when the deceased was crossing the track the bell was not rung, anil that tho gripman was not look. us ahead. J. M. Mead, the conductor vi the car, claimed th cong was benii rung. Will-,iatn Iot, who was teaching (iiiiick the duties of a gripman, corrobo: a ted him. - . They Are in Ke:d o! PunJa. The managers of the Association for the Improvement of the Poor have issued a circular stating that they are in ceed of lunds ami will be unable to continue their j work uniess generous citizens corae to their aid. Donations ot money, clothing and provisions will be gratetully received. They may be sent to the treasurer, Will- iam li. Thompson, or to th central office, 75 fourth avenue. . Chargei With Itiflins: Trunks. William Miller had a hearing yesterday before Alderman McK-nna on two chunres of larceuy preferred by Daniel Cooper and George Ilous-holdcr, of 2100 Penu avenue, who allege he broken open their trunks and took therefrom an overcoat and several other articles. The accused was committed. A Demented Oil Man Missing. It was reported to the police authorities of the Thirty-sixth ward yesterday that John Bcese, aged ei;hty-four years, had been missing from his home iu Chartiers township for the past "4 hours. He is not a drinking.man but is subject to weakness of the brain and it is ieared ho has suffered harm. ARE free from all crude and irritating matter. Concentrated medicine only. Carter's Little Liver Pills. Very small; very easy to take; 110 pain; no griping; no purging. Trv them. ALLs-GHENra MIX. Reporter Crumrine Talks About the Supreme Court's Action. Boyd Crumrine, Esq., of Little Washington, supreme court reporter, passed through the city last evening en route to Harrisburg on private business. Speaking of the action of the supreme court in reversing its decision in the Beading versus Savage case, which affects Allegheny city, Mr. Crumrine said: "It is not an unprecedented thing for the supreme court to reverse its own opinion, but it is rather uncommon. I have only received the order of the reversal, and not the opinion, connequently I do not know what the court's reasons are for doing as they did. And more than that the case has never come to me officially, and I know little more than I read in the papers. But my theory is the judges have d-cided that the supreme court, at a previous session, was a little hasty in affirming the decision of the lower court in the case. In the first place the case came up before Judge Ermectrout in the shape of a mechanic's lieu acainst the city of Beading. The fifty-seventh s ection of the act of 1874 provides that cities attaining a population of 10,000 might, at the will of its councils, take upon itself tho dignity of a city of the third class and be governed by this law. .ihis section Judge Erinentrout declared unconstitutional, but worded his decision in such a manner as to make it appear that the entire act was unconstitutional. In this he went too far. But when the case was taken to the supreme court and the judge's decision was sustained, it is probable that the peculiar wording of the opinion was not noticed. I am unable to predict the outcome of the matter. It seems very much mixed just now. The opinion of tho judges will throw some light upon the question when it is handed down. They will explain why they reversed their opinion and will probably outline a course for the legislature to pursue which will put the matter upou a substantial basis. The opinion will be awaited with interest, doubtless, by tha people of Allegheny City." SOMETHING WOBTH HAVING. Elstner's Illustrated Boview of Pittsburgh and AUeghenv City. The newest publication of the year of local interest, and oertainly the best, the neatest and most attractive of either this year or last, relative to Pittsburgh and Allegheuy, is the illustrated review, historical, biographical and commercial, just published by J. M. Elstner & Co., of this city. The illustrations have never been equaled in any work of the kind ever offered here. The letter-press is also of the highest artistic character. The pictures ot public and prive buildings, of street, park, flood aud riot sceuus, and views of the leading streets, all have an historical valu which will increase as time passes. The commercial part of the book is devoted to well written sketches of the leading businesses enterprises of the twin cities, with portraits of the gentlemen who are at the head oi them, and in many cases illustrations of their business housns or manufacturing plants. The review is certainly one of marked value. The historical part of the work, which has been well and carefully done, was prepared by J. W. Leonard. ALLEGED FORGERY. S. F. CROWE, WHO ONCE ESCAPED THE SHERIFF, AGAIM IN THE TOILS. He is Arrested in Cleveland on Information of James L Orr, of Allegheny. Detective Johu P. Allen, of tha Gilkin- son Agency, arrived in Pittsburgh last evening with au important prisoner. About a year ago B. F. Crowe, au Allegheny real estate agent, was sued by his wile for non-snpport and the latter was awarded f per week alimony. When the result of the suit was announced to Crowe he broke awav from the sheriff's office and escaped. A few months after James L. Orr. of No. 01 K tndusky street. a real ea'.ate agent, made the alleged discovery that Crowe had lorged his name to papers aggregating J1..00. Three we-ks ago the case was put in the hands of tho (iilkiuson asiency and Detective Allen began to hustle upon it. He hustled not in vain. Crowe w located in Cleveland and arrested on a requisition, lie was holding a cruod position as foreman of a niamng mill. Crowe was put in jail her last niirht. Makes a Goo l Showing. The annual statement of The Mutual Life Insurance Company, published in another column to-day, shows that tho company is steadily increasing its business aud surplus. The followiug will show some of the gains ma le by the coiu- pan v durins the 12 months ending De cember 31. lsgS: A gaiu in assets of f 7.275.301 tsS A gain in income of 3,0iM,01O Od A gain in new premiums of 2.333.4 (i 00 A gain in surplus of l,t45.r,22 11 A gain in uew business ot.. 33.756,792 85 A gaiu of risks iu force 54,4Ut3,251 bo Lemuel Wiljox Lied in tha Scuth. Lemuel Wilcox, welt known in this city, died yesterday at Trysou City, N. C, of appoplexy. The remains will be brought to this city and interred. Mr. Wilcox was formerly connected with a number of Iare business enterprises here. He was brother-in-law of Mr. Joseph Fleming, the druggist, ami father-in-law of Mr. Frank Setnple, of Simple & Thompson, bankers. lie had resided at Tryson City one year. Bour.ced From the Convention. A teb-gram was received in this city yesterday statiug that the delegates representing the Monongaheia river operators had been " excluded from the interstate couventiou of miners and operators at Indianapolis. This in inexplicable to the l'lttsbur'hers, considering that they had been cordially invited to soud delegates to the convention. r?rntti nf Mrs. Ilinr.l T"-. Word reached this city yesterday of the death of Mrs General James A. Ekin, at her residence in Iiculsrille, Ky. Mrs. Ekin was a daughter of the late Captain o 1 11 ,-T-l: 1. .1 -i - ohiiiu"! iiivt-i, vi j-.ii.auei:i, i;i?s county. She was related to Hon. James G. 151ain"e. The funeral services will tak place 011 Friday afternoon, the body to be interred in the Louisville cemetery. m Tho BiiiHings May Have to Go. Building Inspector Frank has decided the buildinj on the northwest corner of Fifth avenue and Wood street, occupied by the Baltimore and Ohio tickot and freight offices, is unsafe. It is said that if the corner building is torn down the whole block on the north side of Wood street, between Fifth avenue and Diamond alley, will have to go. For Thrr.at Diseases, Coughs, Col-is etc.. efiectual relief is fjand in the use of 'Broicn'i Bronchial Troches," Prisa 2i cts. Sold only in boxes. Sew Patrol Wascon. Next week a patrol wagon will be attached to the Th rty-sixth ward police station. Warm Wraps at Low Prices. Loner Cloth Wrap at $5 0 f 00, about half-price also $ U) 00 fur trimmed Ulsters, quilted linings, at 520 00 from S V) 00. Jos. Hohxe & Co.'a Penn Aveaua Stores. MADE A GREAT MISTAKE. PITTSBURGHERS SHOULD HAVE CLUNG TO THE SOUTH PENN. Mr. Hostetter Says a Competing Line Will Surely be Built The Smaller Stockholders Were Too Easily Scared Off the Track. D. Herbert nostetter, representing the nostetter interests in the South Penn road, speaking of the way some of the smaller shareholders were frozen out, intimated there was no lask of cowardice displayed on their part. Ho said that if Messrs. Carnegie, Frick and some others had remained firm the road would surely have been built. Among other things, Mr. Hostetter said: "The South Pnn sustained the sama relations to the Vanderbilt interests as the Beech Creek branch in the anthracite regions did. only the latter proved infinitely btter as a business enterprise. Instead of beinc a dead letter the Beech Creek branch is now a flourishing road, paying a r.ice dividend and carrying a neat surplus which the directors are ready to invest. It is probably well known how the South Penn and the Beach Creek bo-came the tools of the Vanrierbilts to whip Pennsylvania. When William II. Vanderbilt bought the charter of the South Penn road and thus became interested in the enterprise when the originators would have been as well pleased if he had kept his hauds off entirely, the Pennsylvania people at once soueht a means to retaliate. They bought the West Shore for th's purpose and began hauling freight for almost nothing. The effect was disastrous to the New York Central, which road, like the good fighter it is, came over into the anthracite coal regions and threatened to bnihl the Beech Creek. The next move of the Pennsylvania was To threaten to extend their lines np into New England, where the New York Central has a monopoly of business. Then it was that the wise heads of both warring factions began to contemplate a compromise. It resulted in the Pennsylvania eivine no the West Shore and their contemplated New England line, and on the part of the Vanderbilts it was promised that the South Penn aud th Beech Creek schemes would ba quashed. The Pennsylvania Company kept their word, and the Vanderbilts attempted to. They have succeeded in killing the South Penn, but the Beech Creek wouldn't die. The smaller fish ilefied tbe whale, and iu the face of the strongest opposition pushed the road to successful completion. The smaller stockholders in the South Penn, howev. r. accepted their 45 cents on the dollar arid cot out of the way. We will also go out very soon. "The principal reason for the abandoning of the enterprise was undoubtedly the fact that those connected with it represented such diversified interests. They were either afraid to face the opposition, or desired to i a vest their money in other ventures. But 10 my mind they have made a grand mistake. There could rot be a better route throush tha State, and tbe growing business will soon demand that the road be built. Tho Pennsylvania road was laid out years ago, when engineers believe the only way to get down a bill , was to swing around innumerable curves, like the old turn pike, so that a long train is going three or four directions at one time. The South Penn route is a modern one, surveyed and laid out by engineers of this generation and not ot the medieval age, and is in every way a more perfect roadway. If it were only a connecting road it would be useful, but it runs through a good region of territory besides. Then the connections at both ends are th best that could ba secured. There certainly will be a road built in opposition to the Pennsylvania. If it is not the old South Penn it will be another, and the time I predict is not far distant when it will become a certainty." Mr. Hostetter said appointing a receiver for the South Penn would be about equivalent to making the Pennsylvania a present of it. This, he said, would hardly be done. BIG BARGAINS In Pianos and Organs Mew and Second-Hand. Don't delay calling at our warerooms if you want a No. 1 piano or an organ at a great bargain. We have made a hig reduction iu our prices, and are determined to close out present stock of pianos and organs both in tho new and second-band. Our orders for spring stock are now being placed with the uiauu acturers, and during this month we will make ths biggest reduction in pianos and organs ever offered in this city. We can suit you in prices and terms. Don't hesitate to call ou us and examine these instruments, as we have them at all prices. Our selection of second-hand piauos and organs embrace all of the fine makes of instruments. Prices very low ou these. Call early and make your selection at Mellor & Hoexe's 1 'a lace r.f M usic, 77 Fifth avenue. m It is Oettine Colder, Sure! And now we are determined to run off our winter goods at any sacrifice. We ofler Comforts 3ic to 51, Blankets from 50c un, Scarlet Wool Underwear, Ladies,' it'c were ft, Meu'a 35c up. Children's UJic up, Lilies' Newmarkets, Jackets, Jerseys, Shawls, Wrappers and Girl's Winter Dresses, Gretcbea Coats, Plush Bonnets and Infants' Cioaks.at cut prices. Busy Bee Hive, corner Sixth and Liberty. B. B. Blankets 75 cents a pair up to $10 a pair at marked down prices that will pay you to tee. Boggs & Beau 1.000 new and second hand guns of all kinds to be sold at aud below cost before we remove. J. H-JOHNSTOX, 621 Smith-field Sireet. A' eat Fencing of iron or wire fjr front of public or private dwellings and arou'-d cemetery lots. Also, stable fixtures, iron stairs aud shutters, trea boxes, tire escapes aud wire window and door screens tor protection against flies aud inosquitos. Tayluu & Deak, 203 and 205 Market Street and 07 Second Avenue. ja24-TTS-tf Bargains in Muffs and Pur Ctpa .. Choice and fine gouds at mark-dowu prices buy em now. Jos. House & Co.'s Peun Avenue Stores. 1. & B. $1S 00 for l ur-liaed Circulars from $cc. ttooes & Bchl. Allcitiicuy. TRADE MARK $A E D Y"pA t id A CERTAIN CURE FOR TOOTHACHE, IT PENETRATES TO THE NERVE. Stops the Ache. See Directions. Ai Dbuggisi i.VO DEALEM. THE CHARLES A. VOCELER CO., BaMmere, MX TRADE tt:-i-JP MARKN3 RE JOS. HORNE & CO.'S PENN AVE. STOKES. nnnivn nnnnnnTfrrmrii JUUlJrtlfliOlUUl, 11 HUNDREDS OF PIECES- NEW INDIA SILKS, 60 cents to 2.50 a yard. The grades at 60c, 65c and $1.00 are great values. Notice the quality of the cloth and the novelty of the designs. The "mark downs" in Silks are the greatest bargains you ever saw. Moires, Satin Rhad-ames, Failles. Lowest Notch Prices ITST OTXIR, CLOAK ROOM. Fifty to 100 garments sold every day. Jackets, Ulsters, Raglans, Newmarkets, Plush Coats and Jackets. Also, Children's Coats and Suits. Our imported French Dresses at half price, to sell them quickly. NEW DRESS GOODS coming in daily. New Embroideries, New Laces, New White Goods. GREAT BARGAINS -iTsr- MUSLIN UNDERWEAR STOCK. Jos. Home & Co. s PENN AVENUE STORES, SPRING 1889.; CARPETS, i WALL PAPER, CURTAINS New Goods aJreany in show. Co m and see them. Xo bad stock that mi if be sot rfd of. but lots of choice nc g-ooas; poo!s of known make and qu lty; desirable goods, and the poods y-want. The cream of this season's pa terns in Smith Hartford Moquettes Best Body Brussels, S5c to $1.50; nev choice designs and colorings. All the leadinjj makes of Tapestry Brussels; prices ranginir from 50c to 90c. Our lines of All-Wool Ex-Super INGRAIH CARPETS excel all former seasons in style an-: coloring 63c, 70c, 75c. Cheap Carpet of all kinds. All kinds of Art Squares, in all sizes at all prices. Our RUG DEPARTMENT is replefr with choice new patterns in all grade:-of sroods. The prices ana goods in our Curtair Room are an attraction. Curtain Pole and Trimmings, Linoleums and Oi Cloths, Shades and Shadings. This season's importations of China Mattings already open, and a choice line it is. New is the season to buy and havt your goods made up before the rush. Pusey & Kerr, 11G Federal St, Allegheny. fe2-61Th IROH CITY NAT. BANK 74 FOURTH AVENUE. CAPITAL, $4G0,9C0. SUKPL.US, IJISCOC.NTS DAILY. A. It". Btebs, Ja. Herdyax. President. Vic PreiMeat. Oliver Lexox, Cashier. jaUTTSil'A'-iP OIL fc'ELL Vm it Llmitsd nJ 2 Water$t PitUburgh, p. Stores at OU City nj Br4) fprd. I'a.. and at wuier point i tit Gil KUm. Manufacture au riTTIVr-i I i;ri i.it ..m igSJ. 1 1 mutt m J uuti vox OIL, EATER, STEAM & NATURAL Gl Eailsrs. Tufe 01 liinu IIIIIIV I 1! V I III

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