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About The McCook tribune. (McCook, Neb.) 1886-1936 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 5, 1886)
F. M. & E. M. KIHUfEEIiIi , Fab .
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OVEB TEE STATE.
THE ASSASSINATION OF ERSKINE.
Burnett special to the Omaha Republi
can : The sequel to tho killing of George
Downey is ns everyone predicted. John
A. Erskine , on tho night of April 10th , last ,
while engaged in tho moving of n school
house , two miles north of Burnett , Madi
son county , was assaulted by George
Downey. Erskine struck Downey with an
axe , in self-defense , nnd Downey died from
the effects of the blow. A short time after
wards < he school houso was burned down
one night. Everyone believed at tho time
that it was dono so ns to get Erskine out
of his residence , which stands only a
tow rods.from tho school houso , in order to
kill him. Tho Downeys threatened to kill
Erskine and no ono doubted them , as they
are known as a tough set. Mrs. Downey ,
the mother of George Doney , had killed n
woman in Iowa and boasted of it. George
Downey , deceased , and his brother , Will
Downey , so report has it , were under in-
the school house , Erskine went to his well
ono morning to water his horses and found
strychnine on tho edge of the bucket , his
well being an open one with rope and
two buckets. Then Erskine put down
a drive well so as to escape that
danger. Yesterday Erskino was harvest
ing oats and quit about 7 o'clock in tho
evening. On his way home he had to pass
a deep ravine. He had his hired man in his
wagon with him and was driving along by
iho ravine when some one , hidden in tho
tall weeds by tho roadside , shot Erskino
from behind as soon ns the wagon had
passed. The hired man drove Erskine to
Ted Lea's place and started to Burnett for
n doctor. Ted Lea drove Erskine home , a
distance of three miles , Erskino laying in
tho bottom bf tho wagon with two balls
clear through his left lung and bleeding ter
ribly. There was only ono shot fired. Tho
balls passed through Erskine about thrco
inches apart. Drs. Eddy and Jackson , of
Burnett , attended Mr. Erskino and say
that ho cannot live. Tho assassin is be
lieved to be Will Downey. He had been
the most rabid in his hatred toward Ers-
tine and is very treacherous. He was in
Burnett at G o'clock last evcni.-g nnd tried
at two places to get a gun. He had to pass
the place of the shooting on his way homo.
He left town a little after G o'clock nnd had
been drinking. He ha. * not been arrested
ns yet , but will be. The Downeys have ter
rorized this community now for nearly
three years , and there is n feeling here as
though , the people wanted to get rid of
them. Several men who have had differ
ences with them left the country for fear of
their lives. Erskino came hero last fall
Irom Canada. He is a quiet , law-abiding
nnd respected citizen. He is married and
has three small children.
Gov. Dawes is sending out to papers of
the state copies of a proclamation calling
an election on the question of a constitu
tional amendment increasing the length of
the legislative term and the compensation
of members. The preliminary joint reso
lution bi' the legislature thus states the
amendment to be voted upon and tho form
of the ballot , the amendment being to arti
cle 3 of the constitution :
Sec. 4. The term of office of members of
the legislature shall be two years , and they
shall each receive pay at the rate of § 5 per
day during their sitting , and 10 cents for
every mile they shall travel ingoing to and
returning from the place of meeting of the
legislature on the most usual route : Pro
vided. however , that they shall not receive
pay for more than sixty days at any ono
sitting , nor more than 100 days during
That neither members of the legislature
nor employed shall receive any pay or per
quisites other than their salary and mile
age. Each session except special sessions
ehall not be less than sixty days. After
the expiration of forty days of the session
no bills nor joint resolutions of the nature
of bills shall-be introduced , unless the gov
ernment shall by special message call the
attention of the legislature to the necessity
of passing a law on the subject matter em
braced in the message , and theintroduction
of bills shall be restricted thereto ; pro
vided , tho ballots at said election shall be
in the following form : "For proposed
amendment to the constitution relating to
the legislative department. "
A RAILROAD SCHEME.
Yesterday the railroad reporter of the
Press was let into a secret , the culmination
of whish would be the dawn of a new era in
the city's prosperity. "The inroads of
other systems into B. & M. territory has
thoroughly aroused the 'Q. ' people , " said
our informant , "and they are determined
to use all possible means to hold their busi
ness west of tho Missouri. A pet project of
some 'Q. ' officials , Paul Morton among the
number , has been to straighten tho old
Midland and make an airline fromNebras-
Ica City to Lincoln. The saving of time in
tho present haul via Plattsmouth is well
understood , besides the fact that freight
trains from Red Oak to the west via Ne
braska City can handle half as many more
. . "Now , " continued tho gentleman , "the
engineers are at present engaged on this
very thing , and in a short time work will
commence. These late plans changes the
structure of the bridge from an experimen
tal one to one that will bo as good as any
on the river. " [ Nebraska City Press.
SUSCECLAXEOUS STATE MATTERS.
STATE SUPERINTENDENT JONES has been
making a trip to the northern counties and
reports educational work as rapidly ad
THE ten-year-old son of asaac Record ,
living northwest of Indianola , was bitten
by a rattlesnake a few days since , and died
in a few hours.
SHELTON lays claims to being an excellent
point for stock feeders. r
A TWELVE-YEAR-OLD boy from Iowa ar
rived in Omaha the other day with a stolen
horse , which he sold. Tho sheriff of the
county from which the animal was taken
came on after the youthful offender and he
will be dealt with in the courts of the
THERE are now twenty-five railroad dam
age suits commenced in the district court
in Saunders county and more to follow.
Sixteen of them against the 0. & R.V. com
pany for damage resulting from the over
flow of the Platte river last spring.
ONE of Lincoln's candy manufacturers
has received two hundred bushels of shelled
pop corn with which he proposes to stuff
human stomachs this winter.
THE Episcopalians of Fremont hay * de
cided to erect a houso of worship.
WORK on the Swedish Baptist church at
Wahoo has stopped for want of material.
THE married men of Stantonhave organ
ized n base ball club called the "Benedicts. "
A. C. INQIIAM , who suddenly left Lincoln
two weeks ago , leaving behind some unsat
isfied creditors and a letter saying that ho
would never bc een there again , now writes
that he will soon return to tho capital city.
GHAND ISLAND is making preparations to
entertain 70,000 people daily during re
THE Lincoln Knights of Pythias secured
tho third prize at Toronto.
A SHARP stroke of lightning killed Cyrus
Williams and severely shocked Thomas
Johnson , at tho residence of J. C. Johnson ,
near Chappell. It is thought Johnson will
THE prolonged drouth has caused tho
failure of a number of wells in Beatrice.
CEDAII county farmers invested § 200,000
in j agricultural implements during tho pres
THE last road which has sent in its arti
cles to the secretary of stato for registra
tion is the Kansas City & Omaha road ,
which has been or anized with a capital
stock of § 1,000,000. It is to run from
Fairfield , Clay county , to Stromsburg , in
Polk county , and to Hardy , in Nuckolls
THE Fairfield Butter
nnd Cheese com
pany started their works last week and
are producing both butter and cheese of
A TELEPHONE message from Ashland was
received at police headquarters in Lincoln
the other morning , statingsthat a robbery
had been committed at Ashland the night
before and describing the suspected per
sons. Policeman Fowler , of Lincoln , went
to the depot nnd immediately discovered
two men answering tho
description , nnd ns
they said they camo from Ashland ho
promptly arrested them. A watch corres
ponding to tho description of tho ono
stolen was found on the person of one of
WORK has been resumed on the Masonic
temple building at Hastings and will be
RUSHVILLE merchants want to have tho
land office removed .from Chadron to their
GEN. BRISBIN recently madoan inspection
of the camp of the NorthNebraska soldiers
reunion at Norfolk.
LONG PINE is to bo made a stock-feeding
station on the Fremont , Elkhorn & Mis-
souri Valley this fall , and new stock yards
are being built there.
L. H. NEFP , of Scribner , while wntching a
game of base ball , recently , was struck in
the spine by n "hot" ball , and received in
juries that maj' prove permanent.
CARPENTERS and masons are in great
demand at Mason and hard to get.
FROM Rulo-it is reported that apples of
home raising are very plentiful this year.
It is hard to find sale for them at twenty-
cents a bushsl. There is a good prospect
for a large crop of winter apples also.
THE recent races at Falls City wore well
THE two convicts that escaped from the
penitentiary were caught the next day in
Seward county. They were apprehended
by a farmer , who was paid the S100 re
THE Exeter creamery is makingfrom 800
to 1,000 pounds of first class butter daily.
CHADRON special : This country has just
been nubjected to the severest hail storm
ever known in the northwest. The storm
commenced at about S o'clock this evening
and continued with unalloyed violence for
ten minutes. In this city hundreds of panes
of glass exposed to the storm were broken.
Hail stones fell as large as an inch and two
inches in diameter. We cannot estimate
the damage it will do the country , but hun
dreds of acres of small grain , which is un
cut , and corn will suffer great injury , if not
an entire loss. After the storm the rain
poured in torrents.
THE buildings for tho Exeter Canning
company are completed and the machinery
in place. Canning will commence as soon
as the produce is ready.
HASTINGS was recently visited by a
shower of bugs , the pests being so thick
about the electric lamps that the stores
were compelled to close up.
H. C. ALFORD , n pntient at tho insane
hospital , died in an apoleptic fit last week.
Alford was a patient sent to the hospital
from Dodge county , formerly living near j
A FAIKKIEI.D dispatch says that the ex
treme dry spell came to an end in that
locality before the corn was greatly injured.
ALEX. HOFFMAN , a workman at the Ne
braska City brewery , was hit in the face by
a stream of boiling "mash , " and is prob
ably fatally scalded.
NINE head of Buffalo were taken in by
the Indians within fifty miles from Valen
tine week before last.
THE Lincoln Journal says if some man
would only drop a lighted match in the
grass of Government square now , the people
would enjoy a prairie fire right in town.
WATER is now wanted for the Beatrice
water-works. The well is a failure , and it
may be necessary to procure the supply
from the Blue river.
THE third annual meeting of the minis
terial association of the Republican valley ,
district will be held at Indianola , August
10 , 11 and 12.
THE Ponca Advocate in reviewing the re-
turns of the assessors in Dixou county
finds one township where there arc no sew
ing machines , two with no musical instru
ments of any kind , three having no clocks
or watches , etc. There are in Dixon coun
ty 3,818 horses , 15.264 cattle and 6,949
A TUBULAR well has just been completed
for C. Christcnscn near Fairmont , which is
192 feet deep and has a depth of water
of ninety feet. It is the deepest well in Fill-
AT Friend a thousand pound bell has
been placed in the tower of the Methodist
church. Tho bell is of the best manufacture
and can be heard n great distance.
THE Ulysses Herald says a curiosity haa
been unearthed at the end of the Ulysses
bridge in the shape of a buried half de
cayed barrel containing an earthen crock.
Many speculations as to how it came there
are ventured , some believing that money 1
has been buried there. 1
THE Standard Cattle company , near
Fremont , has ninety-seven men making
bay while the sun shines.
TUB country in and about Long Pino is
reported to be getting plenty of rain.
MEN and two horses upon which
they were riding were instantly killed by a
bolt of lightning at Andrew station , thirty-
five miles westChadron. They were herders
and belonged to Cofley's ranch , near that
AN organized gang of horse thieves is in
operation near Plainviow.
Tun Blair canning factory , having ex
hausted the crop of peas , has shut down
for a short rest.
SOME crack horses are expected to bo in
attendance at tlio Omaha exposition and
compete for turf prizes.
THE police of Lincoln are raiding the
dens of fallen women and making many
Tun flour mill being erected at Fender is
rapidly Hearing completion.
A SAFE in a lumberyard at Fremont was
robbed of § 50 on the 23d inst.
A Y. M. C. A. building will bo erected in
Omaha this fall.
A LARGE and very neat hotel is being
elected at Atkinson.
CHADROX special : During a heavy rain
shower here yesterday afternoon a largo
barn belonging to Burr Shclton , a promi
nent merdiuntof this town , situated in the
heart of the city , was struck by lightning
and burned to the ground. A valuable
team of horses were in the stable , but were
rescued unharmed before the fire had at
tained much headway. It was thought for
a while that the major portion of Chadro'n
would be consumed , but owing to the quick
and effective work of tho boys of the firo
department the barn and contents were
the only property destroyed. Loss ,
§ 3.000 ; partially insured.
THOMAS GLOVER , of Chadron , is looking
for a stolen horse.
AFIRE broke out on the claim of John
Madden , near Chadron , and destroyed
about forty tons of hay that had been cut
and stacked. Mr. Madden succeeded in
saving about twenty tons , and was for
tunate in not having all his hay land
mowed , as this will enable him to replace
the forty tons destroyed.
D. WISE , o ! Wayne , while working on a
building in Lincoln last week , fell from a
scaffold twelve feet high , alighting on his
head and shoulders , hurting him quite
badly , though not seriously.
THE Wayne Tribune says there seems to
be a regular gang of horse thieves oper
ating in that part of the state.
THE Omaha fair will be held the week
previous to that of the state exhibition.
Extensive preparations for both are being
COAL dealers of Wayne took advantage
of the recent cut in freight rates to con
tract for the delivery , of a large amount of
hard coal , with a saving to the consumers
of about two dollars a ton on the usual
THE West Point Republican says the
apple tree blight is making sad havoc
among many of the trees in that vicinity.
This is the second season of blight and it
seems to be worse this season than last.
Unless this thing can be checked , the out
look for the Nebraska apple tree is rather
ON last Thursday , says the West Point
Republican , Lee Minier , a well-to-do Burt
county farmer , was brought here for con
finement in our jail. He was suffering from
temporary aberration of mind , brought on
by excessive drink and over work. He ex
hibits violent symptons and Sheriff Rupp
has had a , number of scuffles with him in
his cell. His family are greatly distressed
over his sad condition. They prefer to
keep him here , where they can visit him ,
rather than sending him to Lincoln. They
think , to , that ho will shortly recover hio
balance of mind.
A WASHINGTON special says the Nebraska
delegation is excited over the fear that the
president will veto the bill for tho relief of
Otoe , Missouri and Omaha settlers.
THE new M. E. church nt Beavrr City was
dedicated last Sunday. The church is a
beautiful structure , is built in modernstyli
and cost 83,300.
THE Rock Island has established exten
sive yards at Beatrice.
NONPAREIL , Dawes county , is the newest
town in western Nebraska.
THE implement dealers of Burnett , Mad
ison ( county , have sold § 1,200 worth o' ;
binding twine this year.
FROM August 30th to September 4th is
the time of the G. A. R. reunion at Grand
MR. MARCH , of Burt county , lost his barn
by fire , the origin of the conflagration being
THE people of Juniata finding out that a
family living in a cave or dugout in town J"
were suffering from poverty and sickness ,
promptly had them removed to a better Li
place and provisions and medical attend Lia
ance provided. '
THE residence and household goods of J.
W. Smith , living fourteen miles northwest
of Indianola , were entirely consumed by fire.
A BURGLAR went through a saloon at
Columbus , being rewarded with two pistols
and § 5.75 in cash.
THE Omaha fair management propose at
their forthcoming exhibition to give much
attention to fine art matters , tho whole to
be under the immediate charge of a com
mittee of ladies selected for the purpose.
THE Nebraska G. A. R. had many repre
sentatives at the national reunion in San ]
OLD Ohio settlers in Nebraska , will picnic ft S
at Lincoln on August 3. j | r
IT is estimated that Mason , Custer t
county , will have a population of 1,000
before tho town is a year old.
THOUSANDS of acres of valuable agricul
tural lands can be secured , within from
three to eight miles of Brewster , Blame *
THE contractor is preparing for laying
rails on the new B. & M. extension from
Aurora to Hastings , the grading for which
is completed and the road-bed all ready for
Miss LYDIA HOLLAND and Mrs. Sheppard
open a select school in Nebraska Gty.
SENATOR VAN WYCK is booked for a num
ber of speeches in Republican Valley towns
the latter days of August.
MR. JOHN A. CRCIGHTON , of Omaha , is
building a big feed rancho for cattle on the
Union Pacific about a mile west of Water
loo. Yards and feed barns will bo con
structed and side tracks will bo put in so
that cars can be loaded direct from tho |
yards. It is expected to Imvothe buildings i
completed and everything ready for busi
ness by the first of October , when 7,000
cattle will be put on tho ranchc for feeding.
ON" the 29th , about 3 o'clock in til--
morning , Hanzel's mill on Shell creek ,
about a mile and a half from Schuyler , was
struck by lightning and burned to the
A NEBRASKA CITY paper records a pecu
liar and altogether sensational case ut
Syracuse , wherein Adam G. Howard , a
substantial farmer of the vicinity , secured
tho arrest of Richard Lloyd , charged with
oulrugeon theperson of Margaret Ho ward.
THH proposition made by an Ohio firm
to put fire alarm boxes in Lincoln was con
sidered at a late city council meeting and
IN Omaha a few nights ago a prominent
business man , as ho stepped into his resi
dence at midnight , encountered a burglar
engaged in ransacking tho house. Ho
grappled with the intruder and a rough-
and tumble scuffle ensued , tho burglar in
the meantime firing several shots , none of
which , however , hit the victim for whom
intended. The rascal finally made his
secape , but as he was tracked for some dis
tance by blood stains it is supposed that
in tho shooting ho wounded himself , how
seriously of course will not be known unless
he is captured.
GREAT DISASTER JLV OHIO.
Tico Tillages Cotni > leMy Dextroyed liy a
Combined Cyclone and Flood.
Dispatch from Lima , Ohio : Shortly
after 10 o'clock this morning a terrible
windstorm passed over this section of the
country. Allentown and Vaughansville ,
near here , were literally wiped out of ex
istence. The rain poured down in torrents ,
and the sh'rieks of the wounded were heart
rending. There was absolutely no help to
bo given , people fearing to move. But few
houses remain standing in cither of tho
towns , and the loss will reach up in tho
thousands. It is absolutely impossible to
name the number of killed and wounded.
The storm has passed and a wrecking
party with several physicians has left here
ior Allentown and Vaughansville with
medicine to relieve the unfortunates who
lie buried in the debris. On account of the
wires being blown down tho intelligence
was not received here until late this after-
noon , when it was brought by one of tho
survivors on horseback. The messenger re
ports both towns completely wrecked. A
family named Bowler , consisting of huslu
band , wife and two daughters , were killed
outright by being crushed by tho falling of pe
their house. Three members of the family .
of Jessie La Scare are known to bo killed. ;
They were struck by a heavy piece of tim atai
ber , dashing out their brains. A livery ai
stable in which was confined fifteen head of
horses was blown to the ground , and all scol
the animals have perished. At this hour olti
it is impossible to obtain any authentic or
definite information , owing to the fact that §
all communications are cut save by special er
messenger. Intense excitement prevails , tli ;
and a meeting has been called at tho tl :
mayor's ollice to adopt some means of re I"
lief for the fated town.
Columbus ( Ohio ) special : A heavy wind
and rain storm struck this city this after-
10011 , lasting forhalf an hour. The streets 0
were all flooded and many houses unroofed nSc
and more or less damaged. The building Sc
of the Columbus rolling-mill , on the west Si
side , was entirely demolished and several ;
nim injured. There were twenty-live or
.hirty men at work in the mill at the time
nul all were more or less hurt. John
iCvnns under tim ;
was caught some heavy
bers and hod his back broken and was in- >
erniillyinjured. He cannot recover. Henry tli
James was seriously but not fatally in
ured. Pat McAndrcws was badly aiT
cut about the head and his right shoulder fo
crushed. James Burns was severely hurt fom
n the side. Robert Ingram had the scalp EC
; orn from the top ot his head. Ed Black ECi ;
lad a miraculous escape. Ho was almost :
i ( he centre of the building , and after tho tl
juilding fell found himself under a heavy tlst
) iccu of timber , which had saved his life by tl
cceping the roof timbers Irom fulling. ill
Reports from the country are that crops in
are nil blown down , barns carried away , ac
ind fences all down. The signal service re-
lort shows the highest velocity of the wind
luring the storm recorded at the signal mi
office to have been forty-eight miles per mioi
hour. Amount of rain fallen , 2.08 inches , ,
FEMALES OA THEIR EAR. ne
Petrolia ( Pa. ) dispatch : A very scnsa- >
tional horse-whipping occurred at Millers- | ;
own about eight o'clock last night , in ol
which Peter H. Ratlignn , editor of the Her Be
ald and present postmaster , was the vic- ie
im. Last week seven coach loads of tem ac
perance people , among whom were some
irominent and influential citizens , visited r
Coeslers' park at Slippery Rock and spent ii
he day pleasantly. An article appeared )
n the Herald's Saturday edition giving an jfl
uncomplimentary description of the peo jfle
ple composing the party , and it was claiin- e
d ( as Rattigan's production. The ladies 11ni
were particularly selected as targets , and ni bt
yesterday evening , prior to the closing of btn
tho postofiice , twelve or fifteen women , \i n
armed with whips , planted themselves near JL"
Lhe entrance , .and on lluttigan's appear- JL"CO
xnce they belabored him , and only desisted CO
'rom exhaustion. R.attigan quietly stood
it and offered no resistance. The affair )
created no little feeling.
THE CASE OF CUTTING.
Washington dispatch : Mr. King , of ,
Louisiana , offered a resolution , which was it
referred to the committee on foreign affairs , tli
requesting the president to communicate tliTl
to the house information concerning the Tl
alleged illegal detention of A. K. Cutting , ofTl
nn American citizen , by the Mexican au Bt
del Norte and also
thorities at Paso , l ?
whether an additional force of United bi
States troops has been ordered to Fort
Bliss. It is stated at the war department
that no United Stt.tes troops have been
ordered to Fort Bliss , in anticipation of
trouble at Paso del Norte , arising from the
reported refusal of the Mexican authorities *
to release Editor Cutting. It is stated
further that the concentration of Mexican
troops : it that place does not itself signify
a probable rupture of the present peaceful
relations with this country , but in more
likely a btrategctic movement againstrevo-
lutionary parties in Mexico.
Special attractions at St. Louis during
September and October. St. Louis Expo
sition opens Sept. 8th , closes Oct. 23d.
Knight Templars Triennial Conclave Sept.
20th to 25th. St. Louis Fair opens Oct.
4th , closes Oct 9th. Tuesday evening , Oct.
5th , Grand Parade of the Veiled Prophets.
The Wabash railway will sell round trip
tickets at greatly reduced rates for tho
above. For tickets or further information
call on or write : F. E. Moores , Ticket
Agent , 1502 Farnam street , Omaha. .
JEALOUSY CAUSES A TRAGEDY.
NEW ALBANY , IND. , July 27. Dr. C. L.
Hoover , a prominent druggist of this city , was
dangerously shot , and his son , Chtrles Hoov
er , almost Instantly killed , by Prof. J. G.
Strunk of tho New Albany business college to-
day. Strunk accused Charles Hoover of being
too Intimate with his wife , and had made
previous attempts on young Hoover's life. As
the father and sou were passing down Market
street on their way to dinner about 1 o'clock ,
Strunk walked up behind them and fired two
shots In rapid succession. The first shot
struck Charles , who fell mortally wounded ,
nnd the other danserotislv wounded Dr.
Hoover. As young Hoover fell to the ground ,
Strunk emptied his revolver into him and beat
him over the heat with the butt until he was
THE CONVENTION SIGNED ,
LONDON , July 3. A convention between
England and China has been signed at t'ekin.
By its terras Chiua agrees to the occupation
of Burmah by the English anil promises to
encourage trade between China anil Hunnah.
A commission is being formed to delimit the
LEGISLATirE XEirS AND XOTES.
± Record of Proceedings fn Jiolh Branches
of the U. S. Congress.
SENATE , July 24. The resolution offered
yesterday by Senator Edmunds instructing
lhe committee on foreign relations to in
quire into the Violation of rights of Ameri
can fishing and merchant vessels in Cana
dian waters was taken up nnd adopted.H
The senate then resumed consideration of
the sundry civil appropriation bill. Tho
amendment to strike out theitem , of § 97-
000 < for a postoflico at Denver , Colo. , was
disagreed to , and a provision , added by
congress ( extending the limit of cost. An
item of § 15,000 was inserted for a salmon
hatrhery on the Oregon river , and an item
of ! § 7,400 was inserted for additional cleri
cal force at the sub-treasury in New York.
Citl sundry civil bill was then passed and
the deficiency bill was taken up.
HOUSE , July 24. Immediately after tho
reading of the journal tho house went isto
committee of the whole Mr. Crisp in the
chair , on tho bill for the increase of tho
navy. An amendment was adopted insert
ing the provision for a dynamite gun
cruiser. Mr. Bontelle moved to strike out
the , clause which authorizes the secretary
of the navy in certain emergencies to im
port the armor for the new cruisers. Agreed
to , 101 to G7. Mr. Brady of Virginia of
fered an amendment providing that one ol
the new vessels shall bebuiltat the Norfolk
navy. Rejected. Tho committee then roso
and reporlo'l the bill to the house. Mr.
BuIIcMitme's amendment was rejected with
out ! division and the other amendments
were voted on in bulk , being rejected. Mr.
Herbert then offered as a substitute for the
bill the proposition agreed to by the com
mittee ] on naval affairs , and which was re
cently published , and it was agreed to
veao ( 117 , nay 104. Tho bill as then
amended was Bussed. tl
SENATE , July 2G. Ingalls offered a reso-
ution , which was adopted , requesting the
president to communicate information con T !
cerning the alleged detention of A. K. Cut-
ing , an American citizen , by tho Mexican crM
authorities at Paso del Norte ; also whether cli
my additional United States troops have
jcen recently ordered to Fort Bliss. Tho la
senate then proceeded to the consideration oi
ol tho deficiency appropriation bill. An yt
tern was inserted to pay Edwin B. Smith Ht
2,000 for legal services rendered the gov in
ernment in the Guiteuu cube. The bill was Hi
hen reported back to the senate and all til
he ! amendments ere concurred in the bill KC
lassed. On motion oi Mnhono , the senate til
proceeded to the consideration of public th
milding bills , when the following was 01
inssed : The house bill increasing to $1GO- inSt
)00 the limit of the cost of theptihlicbuild- St
ng at La Cross > eVis. , . On motion of erTi
Scwell , the bill was passed appropriating Ti
250,000 for the establishment of a mill- vc
ary post at or near Denver , Col.
HOUSE , .T ly 2G. Holraan , from the con- ar
erence committee on tho legislative , execu- sn
ive and judicial appropriation bill , re- bi
orted disagreement. Ilolmanstated that
he real point of difference was the senate II
amendment providing for senators' clerks. bi
The other points of difference were moro biwl
iorma ! than real. Henley , from the com wl
mittee on public lands , reported back tho ir
senate bill forfeiting certain of the lands irX
granted to the Northern Pacific Railway fit
ompany. The committee recommends th
that in lieu of"the senate bill there be sub thTl
stituted the provisions of the house bill on ve
tinnme subject. Pay-son entered upon st
an exhaustive view of the case , but , pend stTl
ing the conclusion of h > s remarks , the house in
SENATE , July 27. Allison , from the com P'
mittee on finance , reported back the house revc
oint resolution directing the payment of tn
he surplus in the treasury on the public biTl
lebt with an amendment. Beck , a incm- Tl
er of the committee , stated that this was
he report of a majority of the committee , th in
jut the minority adhered to the house res
olution. Placed on the calendar. After
several reports on vetoed pension bills tho
senate : went into secret session and soon
HOUSE , July 27. Willis , of Kentucky ,
rom the conference committee on the
river and harbor appropriation bill , re- wl
lorted continued disagreement. He then Ta
jffered a resolution declaring it to bs tho or
sense of the house that the item making be
appropriation for the Portnse Lake bu
and Lake Superior Ship canal should be IS
stricken from the senate amendment and
g the conferees accordingly. wl
\grecd to 100 to < > 3. Hiscock , of New
Vork , offered a resolution directing the
conferees to insist upon striking out tiie \vc
Donate amendment providing for the im-
rovcmcnt of the Mississippi river from tla : i
he he.-ul of the pabbes to the mouth of the ah
hio river. Adopted yeas 144 , nays 88. in
McMillen offered a resolution instructing rel
he conferees to insist on striking out of
he senate amendment the item appro- he
iriuting § 375,000 for the improvement ol tr
.he Potomac river. Agreed to 107 to 75. it
further conference was then ordered. itho
The house then resumed the consideration ha
the Northern Pacific land forfeiture bill. th
The question recurred upon the house sub re
stitute for the senate bill , and it was by
igreed to yeas 74 , nays G5. The senate ta
jill as thus amended was passed yeas
185 , nays 48 and a request for a con itvc
ference .was made. vc
HOUSE , July 28. Thespeaker announced 1't
tho appointment of Messrs. Cobb , Van ov
Eaton and Payaoa as conferees on the , of
Northern Pacific forfeiture bill. Holman ofS
from the conference committee on the
lative , executive and judicial bill , reported inbe
continued disagreement. Holman said a ber
substantial agreement had been reached on th
the clause increasing the appropriation for at
internal revenue employes and making an
appropriation for the collection of statis th
tics in regard to marriage and divorce. dc
This narrowed.the disusrcement down to bv
the one item of senators' clerks , and upon
this the senate was firm. He moved that
the house recede from its disagreement to ly
the amendment. After d'bute the mo
tion was agreed to yeas 143. nays 92. A
further conference was ordered on the re
maining points of difference. The house
then went into committee of the whole on has
the senate amendments to the sundry civil lie '
appropriation bill , and so continued until 0 (
SENATE , July 28. Tho senate then took
up tho fortification bill. Tho bill , as it
camo from tho houso , appropriates § G20- ,
000. The senate adds § 0,010,000 to that
amount in accordance with recommenda
tions of tho ordnance and gun foundry
boards regardingtho manufacture of heavy
guns. Tho consideration of tho bill was in
terrupted and Allison , from tho conference
committee on tho legislative appropriation
bill , submitted a report , which was agreed
to. Dolph opposed thoamendmentauthor
izing a contract with the South Boston
iron works for tho construction of cast-iron
mortars to tho amount of § 00,000. The
amendment was furthcrdefended by I'hinib ,
and finally agreed to. Plumb offered an
amendment appropriating § 200,000 to
enable tho secretary of tho navy to provide
additional tools nnd machinery for tho fin
ishing and assembling of heavy ordnance
at the Washington navy yard"Adopted. .
The bill was then reported to the senate ,
the various amendments agreed to and the
SENATE , July 29. Tho chair presented a
proclamation by tho governor of Utah
relativo to tho violation of tho marringo
laws in that territory. Referred to tho
committee on territories. Mr. Hoar asked
I-'avo to report from the committee on
library a preamble and resolution for tho
appointment of u committee of fivuBOiia-
tors , the presiding otlicor to bo one , to
consider , formulate and report at the next
session of congress u plan for properly cele
brating in 188 ! ) of the adoption of the con
stitution , and the four hundredth nnniver-
Niiry in 1802 of the. disco very of America ,
by Colnnibus. Mr. Hale objected and tho
resolution went over till to-morrow. Tho
senatethen proceeded to the consideration
of the house joint resolution to apply the
( surplus in the treasury to tho fwyme'nt of
the public debt. Tho mutter was under
consideration when the senate adjourned.
HOUSE , July 29. The house went into
commi'tec of the-whole upon the .senate
amendment to the geneVil deficiency" bill.
There was no opposition made to the re
commendation of the committee on appro
priations as to concurrence or non-concur
rence in the amendments , and their con
sideration consisted chiefly in their reading.
The house subsequently ratified the action
of the committee of the whole and a con
ference was ordered , Messrs. Burns , LeFevrc
and McComas being appointed conferees.
Mr. Sawyer , of Wisconsin , then called up.
the vetoed pension case of Andrew J. Wil
son , but the honso refused yeas 91) ) ; nays
121 to consider it. At the evening session
the house passed a number of private bills
SENATE , July 30. The senate resumed
consideration of the house joint resolution
directing the payment of the surplus in tho
treasury on tho public debt , and was ad
dressed by Mr. Teller ( in continuation of
the speech begun by him yesterday ) in
favor of the original resolution and against
the ] amendment reporto'l by the .senate
committee on finance. T it : question sim
ply was whether the ; .ov rnment bhonld
pay its debts from the money in hand.
That : course was the plainest dictation of
common sense and old-fashioned honesty.
Mr. Eustis moved to insert the words : "In
cluding the payment of bonds and interest
thereon , tho Hume being under the existing
law payable in gold or silver coin at tho
option of the government. " Rejected
yei8 , 2G ; nays , 37. Mr. Ingulls moved to
strike out all after tho enacting clause and
insert "that the secretary of the treasury
nhall ] , beginning : September G , 188(5 ( , until
thirty days after the meeting of the second
session of the Forty-ninth congress , apply
the surplus in excess of S 100,000,000 in
the treasury , in Hums not less than § 10- ,
000,000 per month , to the payment of the
interest-bearing indebtedness of the United
States , payable at the option ol the gov
ernment. " Rejected yeas. 25 ; nays , 38.
The joint resolution was then pa&aed
vcas , 41 ; nays , 20.
HOUSE , July 30. In compliance with tho
arrangement made yesterday the house re
sumed consideration of the vetoed pension
bills ! , the first being that granting § 50 a ,
month to the widow of General David R.
Hunter. In advocating the passage of the
bill over the president's veto Mr. Bulter-
ivorth , of Ohio , cited various precedents
where widows of general officers were
granted § 50 a month , and he protested
iigainst the house making fish of one and
flesh of another. If it were not. for that ,
the president would have signed the bill.
The house refused to pass the bill over the
veto yeas. Ill ; nays , 108 not the con
stitutional two-thirds in the affirmative.
The consideration of the vetoed bills grant
ing : pensions to Mary Norman , John W.
Farris and David T. Elderkin was post
poned until the next session. The house
refused to pass over the president's
veto yens , 11 ! ) ; nays , 95 , not the consti
tutional two-thirds in the affirmative the
bill granting a pension to Mary Anderson.
This disposed of the vetoed pensions upon
the calendar , and in accordance with agree
ment < the house resumed consideration of
the inter-state commerce bills.
A CORXEK oy
Giaunlic Scheme to Control tltt.i uur
dlarkcl and Raise L'rices.
LOUISVILLE , Kr. , July 29. A S3'mlicate , of
ivhieh Senior & Son of Cincinnati and E. II.
Taylor of Frankfort arc said to have been the
rgani/.iTs ; , has , so whisky men here say ,
jeen formed with over 51,000,030 capital to
Jtiy up all the free whisky of the years 1S79 to
LSS3 ! , inclusive. The syndicate sent out an
igent to gather statistics as to the amount of
.vhisky of these years on the market and
hcy found only 77,000 barrels and went to
vork secretly and rapidly to buy every offer
ing. It is less tLan two weeks since their sJa-
tics were in , and it is stated that they have
ilreaJy bought , in addition to their own hold
ings ; , "about 4,400 barrels. The 77,000 bar-
x-ls represent a value of over § 3OCO,000 ,
by the system of hypothecatingware -
liouae receipts the whole "can IKea.ilv eon-
trolled with a capital of . * 2tK , CO > . l'eJife.s
is not ncce > sary that the syr.d.eale should
bold all the whisky of these yeanThey net-d
have only so large a projxjriion as to enable
Diem to liandle the market at will. The suc
cess of this scheme has been niaili1 possible
the heavy export to foreign pWTts to escape
Further , the syndicate have laM their plans ,
is said , to control the pro-lection for several
vearand thus retain tlu-tr i-outml ut tiic mar
ket. The proJtietion of this jeir has been
light , ami indeed every yar ? int the reat
over-production. Th.s'has been the purpose
meetings held during the i a.-t winr and
rather seus-atonal circular ? L t tindan
of over-production sent out ! y Ta\lor anil
others. Many Kenttu-kv lfalers are s-nid to be
interested in the scheme twth-r n ; th a num
in Cmci'miati ami Cliniro. Of C"Uise , fi
thev succeed , thevcan ' put the i.rice of liquor
almost any lis'ure they chconan1 many
have been proparini ; for the gr.'at Ux i < i.
A prominent Nt-isou comity Uiai.llcr aid
this morning that such a scheme had un
doubtedlybeen undertaken. It is couceued
nearlv all dealers that there wa > a fair
chance for Hirers as lont : a ? secru-y was
maintained , and it would have ! x > en immense
profitable to the members of the syndicate.
Whether they can still succeed is a question.
S. P. Rounds public printer at Washington ,
purchased the plant of The Oina.'ta lie > ub-
.ican for $100,000 , and will take possession in
October. Ills son-in-law , O. H. UotliacSujr , Li
be chief editor.
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