Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, May 19, 1886, Page 2, Image 2

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Falo of Deceitful lion Who Engineered the
Western Trainmen's Btriko ,
The "West Family In Public Proml-
ncnco Again A Uttsy Session of
lo City Cotinctl-CHy Mat-
tcrsofGlcncrnl Interest.
Brotherhood ofBrakcmen.
Mr. S. E. Wilkcnson , of Galcsburg ,
grand , ni.aatcr of the Brotherhood of r.iil-
road brakomcn , accompanied by Mars
Nobbs , of Grand Island , member of the
board nf trustees of the same orgnniza-
tlon , arrived in the city Inst evening.
Air. Wilkcnson i ? a finely preserved ,
stout , hearty , full-faced gentleman of 45 ,
while Mr. Nobbs Is a handsome , oner-
gctio and Intelligent young man , possi
bly 80 years of ngo. Both of
them luivo travelled about 3,000 miles
among the striking brakemen on the U.
P , They Imvo examined Into the causes
which led to the movement lit nil the
points , North 1'latte , Choyoimo , Laramie -
mie , Hawlins , Kaglo Hock nnd Butto. As
a consequence , they have concltuleU that
it was ono of the most unprovoked , in
jurious , uncalled for nnd lamentable
things that could have taken place. They
emphatically pronounce it in no way
authorized by or in any manner connect
ed witu the Brotherhood of brakemen.
At the same time they disclose the la
mentable manner in which ignorance ,
stupidity , treachery and bigotry wore
utilized to cast the odium of the strike
upon the organization.
It is generally known that some tlmo
ngo the Union 1'acllic management en
deavored to equalize the wages of their
trainmen. 1'or this purpose Superin
tendent Smith issued a circular by which
the mileage system of payment was to bo
introduced. It gave dissatisfaction to
some , and delegates from all points along
the road called upon him for an explana
tion. To those ho said that lie believed
the now plan' would afford just as good
wages as they had been receiving , and to
prove it , lie wished thorn to try it for
thirty days. In the event of its failing so
to do , he guaranteed the wages they mid
boon receiving. After the matter had
received a little attention at their hands ,
some of the brakemen came to the con
clusion tlmt , by means of Smith's sched
ule , they could not earn as much as they
bad earned previously. This , however ,
was not the case , because while working
for $05 per month , some of them had run
ns high as 3,200 and others-1,000 miles per
month. This , lit 2 cents per mile , or , as
it woiild have been on the Utali & North
ern , 2 } cents per milo , would readily
have raised instead of decreasing their
monthly income.
Dissatisfaction ensued , nndatLaramic ,
the .seat of all .the trouble the ring
leaders struck. This was really the scat
of war , and the uprising was occasioned
by a man named Phelan , who was not a
member of the brotherhood , who was dis-
qimlilied on general principles , and who
will always remain disqualified for mem
bership in the brotherhood.
Delegate Fuller was checking when
riiolan approached him and said , "wo
have struck. " The malign inlluenco of
this man was injurious , and others fol
lowed under impression tlmt , ns Lar-
arnio went , so went the system. Subse
quently the opposition was aroused ,
crowds assembled , and determined men
with cocked revolvers drove them back
only by courage nnd discretion. If ono
shot had been fired , 200 people would
liavo been killed.
Cheyenne struck out of sympathy with
Larainic , and before it could hear from
their delegate , who was at Denver. In a
response to a telegram , ho answered ,
"Take no action in the matter until my
arrival. " But the message was received
too late. The man wJio authorized the
strike was a restaurant keeper , and only
an ex-Union Pacific man.
In North Piatto Hayncs failed to in
form the men of the notice of Mr.
Smith's circular , which ho had received
Jrom Mr. Dorrnnce. SliufT , of North
Fltitlo , linally rocelvoit a telegram from
Fuller at Laramie to "stop the cars. "
Ho then telegraphed Ilayncs at Sidney to
the. cflect that ho was wanted at North
Piatto as soon ns possible. Instead of
telegraphing or going there , bo wrote to
have the men insist on 3 17-100 cents per
j , , . llawliiis would not have struck if the
opointor. instead of concealing , had de
livered the message from Kd F. O'Sliea ,
grand secretary at Galcsburg , to "bo
governed by the circular issued on the
22d. " The message was found in the
fellow's drawer , and' the men , without
instructions , blindly went out.
it , At Eagle Kock the men wore to bo paid
' > -$70 Dor month on the 1885 basis , that is ,
to receive $70 for that amount of work ,
which , in the latter year , had brought
them $ W3. But then Delegate H. Gnrtln
would not figure on the plan. A union
wns calledami everything was placed in
, . > ( Jiis hands , and he never apprised them
of the thirty days of trial of Smith's
c schedule , hence the strike.
At Butlo the men were to be paid ns nt
* Kaglo Hock , on the basis of ' 85. Hero
they hail received a message from Laramie -
mio to the cflcet that "Wilkinson , " the
ngrund master , "could do no good , " and
"to "stop the ears. " The recipient was a
-man named HusMjll. Iln had beun one
of liie delegates to see Mr. Smith , and
( "while hero failed of election to confer
will ) Ids division biiperintcndont at bugle
Hock , and became joalous. When ho re
ceived the telegram to strike , ho put it in
* his pocket and pulled out his train , and
when on the road , told others of the al
leged order , but kept on himself until
, qvory man had gone out. This division
.remained out for over fprty-cight hours
after every other place had gone to work.
The lirst intimation Mr. Wilkinson had
of the strike wns on May 5 , at Stuart ,
Iowa. It was then two days old. The
telegram was from Mr. Nobbs , but aftei
passing through many hands it reached
* Wilkinson , signed by O'Shoa. and stated
that the men on the Union Pacific were
out woat of Cheyenne , and desired him
( o confer with Noasham , of tlio K. of L.
lit Denver. Ho immediately answered
tlmt he would leave for Denver , and re
quested Nobbs to moot him nt Grand
Island. Another telegram sent him after
the commencement of the strike read :
"Did you order strike on the Union Pa
cific * " This was received only the night
' 'before last. Not having been answered ,
* gave tlfqmalcontents ground to say thai
Wilkinson could not help them.
> vu. Since the time of his notification of the
strike , Mr. Wilkinson 1ms been all
s through the troubled district , and talked
with every superintendent and a number
of tlio strikers. Ho has witnessed the
treacbeiTi the deceit and the injustice
* if the move. NIncty-ono men liavo lost
thulr situations , nnd he 1ms disqualified
every ono of ilium from mombar&hip in
tlio brotherhood , and against gome ol
* those mon the disqualification will bo
'perpetual. Tlio brotherhood discounte
nances nil strikes , and 1ms recourse only
t4o arbitration , unless in extreme cases ,
wheran strike Is uphold by the press , the
people and the interests of the order ,
Tlio Brotherhood of Brukemon is com
posed of from 13,000 to 18,000 mon , Of
these 400 are in the lodges at Omaha ,
* Grand Island , Denver , Ogdcn , Shoshouo ,
North Pintle. Cheyenne , Laramie , Raw-
Una , Eagle Hook and Butto. Tlio princi
ples of the order are benevolence. , so *
1 firloty .and Industry. In case of death
the widow of the member receives $000.
fn cases of sickness the sufferer receives
fO to $10 per week. It was organized
September 23,1883 , in Oneontn , N. J. ,
and since the strike it has been in receipt
of seventy-five applications for now
lodges. The officers are as follows : S. K.
Wifklnson , . M. , Galcsburg ! Noill Snlll-
van. Vice G , M. , Uinghampton ; K. K
O'Shca , grand secretary ami treasurer ,
Galcsburg ; IC. . Foster , grand organ
izer , Ithaca ; 1) . L. Cease , sccrctarv of
grand trustees , Phlllipsbiirg. N. J. ; 1) . J.
McCarthy , Oneonta ; Mars Nobbs , Grand
Inland'I ; < J. Shcchan , Denver , trustees.
The BKK reporter was pirmitted to
glance at the ritual of the brotherhood ,
it shows tlio object to bo most laudable ,
and worthy of being espoused by all
honorable men. As nn instance of its ef
fect , it is reported that on tlio Utah &
Northern wticrc employes stole $7,000
from the cars in ono year , but $100
were stolen in 1885.
Mr. Wilkonson leaves to-night for Galcs
burg , where ho meets the Grand Lodge
on the 24th inst. , to see if they will sus
tain him in Ids act of disqualifying the
strikers. Mr. Nobbs leaves to-day for
Kansas City. Before leaving they will
endeavor to harmonize the Union Pncilic
with tlio strikers. They speak most
kindly of all the Union Pacific olllcials ,
to whom they claim to be indebted for
many favors.
A Htisy Meeting Iinst NI ht-ASiunl ( > blc
Over a 1'ollcomnii's Appoint
ment Municipal Matters.
The council met In regular session last
evening , all of the aldermen being
present , and transacted the following
buslncbs :
From W. F. Bechel , acting mayor , ap
proving ordinances adopted at last meet
From the mayor , appointing Fred
Bohin , Chas. Neber and Frank Hnnlon ,
to appraise damage by change ot grade of
Davenport street. Confirmed.
Same Appointing Clms. Kuuffman , W.
A. L. Gibbon and W. J. Kennedy to as
sess damage for widening Howard street.
Same Appointing A. D. Balcombo , W.
J. Kennedy and Chas. Kaufl'man to ap-
appraise damage by change of grade on
Pierce street. Confirmed.
Same Appointing J. F. Bclun , Clms.
E. Landrock and W. J. Kennedy to ap
praise damage by change of grade of
Saundcrs street.
Same Same committee to appraise
damage for widening of Clarke fatreot.
and for extending Sherman street , aim
for change of grade of Nicholas street.
Same Appointing William Worthy ,
Frank Reynolds , L. N. Yales and D. A.
Hurley as special policeman. Confirmed.
From Board of Public Works Giving
names of parties who tear up paving
without replacing it in a proper manner.
From same Ilenorting contract of
Raymond fc Campbell for the construc
tion of the Sixteenth street viaduct. Ap
Same Reporting estimate of C. II.
Watson , sidewalk contractor , amounting
to $170.79. Estimate approved.
1 rom Julius Naglc Protesting against
tlio proposed change of grade on Fif
teenth street from Jackson to Jones
street. Grades and grading.
Of property owners asking for the con
struction , of an approach to Thirty-first
from Farnam. Grades and grading.
Of Charles Balback , asking for damages
by change of grade at Harnoy and Six
teenth streets. Finance and claims.
Of M.Lahoy , protesting against change
of grade on Jacksoii street , and asking
damages. Finance and claims.
Return of appraisers for opening and
extending Twentieth street to Spruce
street. Adopted.
Of Bernard Shannon protesting against
ohanco'of ' grade on Davenport street.
Grades and grading.
Of property-owners , asking for re
moval ol slaughter house from Webster
street. Police.
Of property-owners on Izard street ,
asking that the council should order par
ties to remove certain houses which had
been imilt in such a manner as lo ob
struct tlio street. Police.
By Mandol Ordering baa company to
lay necessary mains on Nicholas street ,
between Nineteenth and Twenty-fourth.
By Lowry That the mayor be re
quested to appoint Frederick Albrecht as
special policeman in place of Charles
Nelson , removed. Adopted.
By Bailey Tlmt the names and num
bers of the streets bo neatly painted on
all street lamps , nnd tlmt the gas com
mittee bo instructed to make the best
terms they can with some painter for
painting the same. Public property.
A number of resolutions ordering the
construction of gas mams , sidewalks ,
and minor improvonts were read ana
adopted or referred to the proper com
By Dailoy That the house- now stand
ing in Hurt street bo removed by order
of the committee on streets and alloys.
Streets undallovs and city attorney.
Committee on claims Recommending
payment of certain claims referred to
them tor investigation. Adopted.
Committee on claims Recommending
the reduction of tlio assessment of J. I * .
Van Sickle from * 3,10r ) to ! ? 105. Adopted.
Committee on 'grades and grading
Recommending ordinance establishing
grades of alley between Sixth and Tenth
htroets on Hickory street. Adopted.
Same Recommending establishment
of grade on Capitol avenue from
Twentieth street to Twenty-seventh
street. Adopted.
Committee on streets and alloys
Recommending an ordinance opening
Twenty-second street. Adopted.
Committee on police Recommending
tlmt tlio appointment of Tlios , J. Onus-
by as policeman bo'not continued.
P. Ford said lie was proud of the fact
that ho had secured the appointment of
Ormsby , and that lie would rather cut
oft'liis right arm than to appoint a man
whom ho did not think worthy. Ho said
Ormsby was a good , honest young fol
low , and a man of nerve. Ho said ho
was opposed only by cranks and whiskey
Mr. Kaspor said that ho had been approached
preached by some of the best tax payers
in Omaha who had opposed Ormsby's
appointment , and that liu hud made in-
vcstl ations , which convinced him thai
he is not qualified for the place.
Mr Ford got the lloor again , and salt
that "Thomas J. Ormsby is us smart a
man as there is in this hall , inside or out
side , The men who are opposing him
are mountebanks. I have * been in soci
ety with Mr. Ormsby , and I know him
as a gentleman. "
Upon a vote thn adoption of tlio roporl
was lost , and the nomination of Mr
Ormsby was confirmed ,
Police committee recommending that
the services of the pest keeper bo
maintained by tlio city. Adopted.
The bond of Thomas J. Ormsby as po
liceman was approved.
Police committee , Instructing the
poundmastor to strictlyontorce the stock
ordinance. Adopted.
Public property and improvements , ! ! o-
commending tlio numbering of the
btreets by painting the names upon the
gas lamps. Recommitted.
Same , Recommending the purchase o ;
two public drinking fountains , one for
Sixtoenth.streefc.aud one for Eiglitecntl
street , Adoptc ( ( .
Same Ro/5oinni6ndlng tins removal of
the fence * JtrQni' < i''Uwll'erson square
Adopted. ' "V' . .
Fjro and Water Wprks Recom
mending laying of water mains cm liar
nov street , nnd also the payment of bills
against the lire department. Adopted.
Sewerage Recommending the adop-
Ion of an ordinance transferring certain
'mids to so wor funds. Adopted.
Paving , Curbing nnd Guttering Rec
ommending the appointment of inspectors
specters of sewerage , paving , etc.
Viaducts and Railways Filing papers
nnd commucations ,
Vacating a certain part of Fifteenth
street nnd the alloy in block 17IM , and
granting to the Omaha Bolt Line railway
the right to use tlio same for a freight
depot. Viaducts nnd railways.
Directing the city treasurer to make a
transfer of certain funds to the sewer
fund. Passed.
Establishing grade of Capitol avcnno
from Twenty-sixth street to Twenty-
seventh avenue , Passed.
Establishing the grade of Sixteenth
street from Lake street to north limit of
tlio city. Passed.
Making special appropriation for the
payment of liabilities Incurred during
the month of April.
1113 TIUKl ) TO lUMj HIS WIPE.
J. V. West , Armed With n Ilovolvor
and Knife. , RnUc * a Domes
tic How.
The cries of "help" and "murder"
aroused tlio residents of Hamilton street ,
near Twenty-seventh , at 1 o'clock this
morning. C. W. Wllkins and L. K
Lucas , who wore the iirst to
reach the location from which
the sounds came , found a
woman hi the middle of the street clad
in her nisjht robes which were covered
with blood , She was imploring protec
tion from her husband , who , she said ,
was trying to kill her. The woman was
Mrs. J. F. West , whose husband is a trav
eling salesman for the Simmons Hnrd-
"waro company of St. Louis. West was
just coming out of the house
after his wife when he was
met by the mon. Ho hud his revolver in
his hand , apparently ready to put it to
use. The men who had arrived nt this
time surrounded West , disarmed him and
locked him up in ono of the rooms of his
house. Mrs. West was then taken to her
bedroom and a messenger sent for the
police to take West into custo
dy. The patrol wagon was
sent in response to a telephone
call and Officer Mostyn sent to make the
arrest. A BEE reporter , who accompa
nied the party to the scene of tlio dilliculty ,
found the streets in the vicinity of tiic
West residence filled with the excited
neighbors , all of whom were busy specu
lating upon the causes of the sensational
ulTuir. Inside the house were a half
dozen half clad men standing
guard over West , who was taking mat
ters very coolly , and was engaged in
bandaging his right hand , which no had
cut in some manner in the dilliculty. In
the bedroom , adjoinm < r the splendidly
furnished pcrlor , Mrs. West was found
lying on a pile of bod-clothing , crying
bitterly , her face , hair and night-robe
covered with blood. On the lloor
by the bedside laid an ugly
looking butcher knife , with which Mrs.
West says her husband threatened to cut
her throat. The window in the room
was broken out and the furniture upset
or broken , everything bearing evidence
of the struggle that Imd taken place.
Between her sobs Mrs. West told her
story. She said she had lived with West
for several years and that
he had frequently abused and ill-
treated her. Aoout three weeks
ago she sued for divorce but lie had
boggqd so persistently and made such
promises of better treatment that she had
decided to live with him again. He ca'mo
home after midnight this morning and
found her in bed. He commenced abiia-
iii her and linally struck her in the face
with his fist anil threatened to kill her.
She sprang out of bed when
ho seized her and a sen file en
sued in which the window
was mashed out undslio escaped through
it into the street.
West was taken to the city jail. Ho
took the matter very unconcernedly and
refused to oiler any explanation of his
Mrs. West was left at her residence in
charge of kindly neighbors.
This is not the first time that publicity
has been given to tlio domestic
relations of the West family. Last
fall the BEE published an
account of the manner in which Mr.
West watched a well known business
man who had hired a livery team , and
found his wife accepting attentions from
the business man and indulging in liber
ties with him decidedly unbecoming in a
married woman.
The case will como up this morning.
Ilhca opens her engagement at Boyd's
opera house to-night , by appear
ing in "An Unequal Match , " of which
the Boston Herald says-
A largo and kindly diposcd nuaionco
gave M'llo Rhea a cordial welcome last
night at the Boston theater , where she
began a week's engagement in Tom Tay
lor's charming comedy , "An Unequal
Match. " She was received on her first
entrance with a friendliness seldom
shown save lo old favorites , was warmly
applauded throughout the performance ,
and was twice recalled before the curtain.
Mile Rhoa'ti acting proved tlmt she had
an intelligent and comprehensive under
standing of the character of Hester.
The charm of her comedy made a no less
agreeable imprusilon on the audience of
last night than did the sincerlly.uopth and
goiiulnimcsi of her acting wlion called
upon to depict the more emotional side
of the character she was representing ,
The company gave very oven and satis-
factoiy support.
On Friday evening Mile Rhca plays
"Frou-Frou. " Saturday matinee , "Pyg
malion and Galatea , and Saturday night
"Tho Country Girl. "
Ilin Iforjiery CIXHCS.
Frank Poppleton and W. X. Kennedy
wore arraigned before Judge Stonborg
yesterday afternoon on three charges of
obtaining goods under false pretenses
and two ot forgery. The trial of the
charge made for obtaining goods under
false pretenses from Tootle , Maul & Co.
was heard. It was shown that the fol
lows had blank orders printed for the
different firms of tlio city , and also had
the signatures of tlio firms in rubber
stamps. They obtained eighty dozen
spools of thread from Tootle , Maul & Co.
and eighty dozen from J. T. Robinson &
Co on forged orders from Vinyurd &
Schneider. They then forged an order
from Tootle , Maul & Co. and obtained
seventy dozen spools from Vinyant &
Schneider. The thread bo ennui in this
manner amounted to $120. They wcro
hold under ? 500 bond each by Judjro
Stonbere on the charge preferred by
Tootle , Maul & Co. The other live
charges will be called up this morning.
Inviting the Assembly ,
At a meeting hold at the otlico of O. F.
Davis & Co. on Monday evening , it was
decided to extend an invitation to the
General Assembly of Presbyterians of the
United States to hold their next annual
meeting in Omaha in May , 1837. The as
Bombly meets in Minneapolis this year and
wjll number about 000 delegates. Omaha
will bo represented by Rev. T , C. Hall
and Dr. Kuhn , who have been instructed
(9 ( extend the invitation to the assembly
to meet hero next year und to tender
them the use of the Exposition building
free of charge. _
Hot water , careless nurse , child
scalded. St. Jacobs Oil cures scalds. '
Hartley Campbell UnlA to Bo LiostnR
HiM'ltul. ! .
Hartley Campbell's. Fourteenth street
theatre closed Saturtiny night , says the
Now York Sun , after the performance of
"Woman Against Woman. " by Ellle
Ellslcr nnd her company. There was a
good house , nnd the wjeok was a prosper
ous one. but the Utcatro was none the
loss obliged to closip its doors , for on
Monday Ned Gilmorp | and Sam Colvlllo
got out nn injunciion.rcstraining Ernest
Harvior , the receiver who has been run
ning the theatre siuceFcb. , 21 , from pay
ing any of the receipts to the common
creditors , and yesterday Robert J.
Walker , one of tlto common creditors ,
enjoined him from paving anything to
anybody else. Five hundred dollars , too ,
became duo for a theatrical license on
May 1 , and , as the injunctions prevented
its payment , Mr. Ilnrvier concluded that
ratlier than violate the law by running
without a license ho would shut tip shop.
There wcro other complications
which rendered Mr. Harvicr's lot as receiver
ceivor anything but a happy ono. Siucy
Ids return to town ten days ago , Bartluo
Campbell , it Is said , has been regnlari'y
helping himself to half a hundred or so of
the best scats in the house withoutrcgard
to the interests of Miss Ellslor or his
creditors , preferred Or otherwise. Yester
day ho is said to have arrived nt tlio box
olhco before the ticket agent , and when
the office was closed. This made but lit
tle difference to him , for ho got a pully
weight used to steady scenery with nnd
smashed the wooden shutter of thn box-
ofllco window through which the tickets
are hold. Ho then , it is alleged , crawled
through the narrow aperture into tlio
ollico at the risk of breaking his neck ,
and confiscated lifty or sixty tickets.
Leaving tlio pully weight behind him , lie
waltzed oil'with his booty out , of the stage
door , which was the door ho had got in
by , and disappeared from the view of tlio
janitor , the only other person in the thca
tea , who first learned of his presence on
seeing him go away.
Taking tickets from tlio theatre popu
larly presumed to be his own is not tlio
only funny thing Mr. Campbell has been
doing. He summoned ids creditors , by
an advertisement in a theatrical
meet him at Fourteenth Street theatre a
week ngo yesterday. Sixty answered lite
summons and waited three hours for him
and Ins lawyer , who , according to the ad
vertisement , was to oxptuin things. But
neither Mr. Campbell nor his lawyer put
in an appearance. The lawyer knew
nothing of the appointment which had
been made for him until ho mot nn indig
nant creditor later in the day.
In addition to tlio sixty creditors there
came to the theatre that day several
actors and actresses with whom Mr.
Campbell had made imaginary engage
ments , and tlicbc , being mistaken for
more creditors , wore treated with corresponding
pending contumely.
Mr. Campbell is said to bo continually
engaging somebody or other to play
somewhere at sonio hour. Those who
are acquainted with th'is habit humor his
eccentricity , but occasionally bis oiler is
treated seriously. ' . '
Mr. Campbell spcins to have a very
vague idea of the extent of his liabilities.
He refers to them Ks abagatelle of # 1OCO
or $1COO , whcreas'they ' , are estimated at
500,000. His assess ought to bo much
more , but nobody Knows whether they
are or not. . \
As may be oxpcptcd [ from the forego
ing. Mr. Campbell's friends consider nis
condition very serious. . Few doubt that
mental l-bor , and.pjcciiniary anxiety have
caused a temporaryderangement of his
faculties. Ono 'v ho..knows him inti
mately said last night1 ; that ho had not
been himself for a'Jyea'r. ' Another added
that ho was ropeatmg. the. experience of
' * ' ' '
John McCiillouglt ? [
A Thrilling Hun. With u Wild Engine
Iliad a run out of Columbus , O. , ten
or twelve years ago , and several things
conspired to bring about the incident I
am about to relate. I had a passenger
run of nine hours , beginning at 7 o'clock
p. m. For nearly throe years 1 had a
locomotive named after a railroad of
ficial , "Ben Davis , " and I got to know
that piece of machinery bettor than any
over Knew his horse. You may buy two
watches of the same make , of the pnniu
jeweller , at the same time , and while one
will keep excellent time and give good
satisfaction , the other will have oil' spells.
It is tlio same with two locomotives.
While "Bon Davis" would make regular
trips , day after day , for months , without
giving mo tlio least tiwiblo or wanting a
cent's worth of repairs , other locomo
tives from the same shops were in the
hands of the repairers as often as out on
the road.
One of our freight engineers wns n
man named George Itoby. He came on
to our road from some line jn Now England -
land and gave good satisfaction for about
three months. Then whisky got the bet
tor of him and ho went to the dogs. Ono
day , after his fireman had brought tlio
train into Columbus , with Roby drunk
and asleep on the lloor of the cab , he got
his blun envelope. The idea .somehow
lodged In his head that the official * wore
down on him and ho swore that lie would
have revenge for being discharged. One
afternoon he turned up the road and
was noticed to bo drinking heavily and
have the bearing of a _ man bent on some
desperate deed. Tliis was at u station
eighteen miles from Columbus nnd on a
gloomy April evening. I was duo there
at 7'i8. : anil it wna two-minntn stop. A
mixed freight always sidetracked there
for us to pass , and then followed us down
the line.
Well , I was there on tills special even
ing on time , as usual , having baggage ,
express and three coaches. It began to
drizzle just before wo reached the sta
tion , and 1 saw that wo were in for a
dark night and a sHppcry track. I did
not see Roby , nor did any one toll mo
that he had .shown ) H ) there. 1 noticed
tlmt tlmt freight train was unusually long
and that it was pulled by one of the big.
gest engines on tlo.rid. | ( Three or four
people got elF , and.pcrhaps as mans- got
on , and wo wcro oil on a second. It was
a run of seven milqS textile next stop , and
my schedule was thirty-seven miles an
hour. Wo hadnotyiitlcomo to a stand
still at the next stop .when the telegraph
operator , whoso moo 'was as white as
biiow , run alongsfdp aifl ; called to mo ;
"There's a wiluj..pngi\io \ | behind you
for lioav - "
Ho ran back to the conductor , and in
ton seconds that olHehtl rushed up and
shouted to me : „ , . . .
"It's a runawrjr enjjino pull out at
oncol" I DO
Ho yelled ' 'All ul/qavd / ! " sprang for the
steps of a car , ambtiwny we went , some
of the people gutting oil or on being
Hung down as they jostled cnon other ,
After wo lott tl | | | Uition where the
freight was sidetracked a brakemau ran
'down the track to open the switch. As
lie did so Roby mounted the engine with
a cooked revolver in hand , and drove thu
engineer and fireman oil' . Ho had pre
viously uncoupled her from the train
without being detected. Ho ran thu en
gine out on the main line and half a milo
beyond. Then bo filled up the fire-box.
saw that bho hud plenty of water , pulled
the throttle wide open and jumped oil' .
That was how we ctimv to have a runa
way engine behind us , As soon as the
engineer was driven from tha cab lie run
into tlio Bf.ition and informed the opcr
ator , and about the time the runaway
started ou"wo got the news. We wore
about six miles ahead of her. That
meant obont six minutes.
When I pulled out I supposed the pro
gramme was for some of thobtation folks
to run down and opim tlio switch so that
the runaway would bo ditched , but it ap
peared that the agent \vas so dreadfully
rattled that ho did not attempt this step
until too late. The switch was forty
rods from the station , nnd just ns the
employe reached it the runaway came
roaring past. My next stop was ten
miles distant. 1 reasoned it out in about
n minute that if the runaway wns ditched
the fact would bo telegraphed ahead. If
she wasn't , that fact would also bo clicked
over the wircn , nnd I would getsomo sign
or signal as wo passed. If she was fol
lowing us there would bo no time to
switch in , nnd my hair stood up nt the
idea of trying to outrun her. I made the
ton miles In twelve minutes and a half.
A milo awny I began tooting thn whlstlo ,
and as wo injured the station , still Hying ,
I loaned out to look for the agent. lie
was on the platform. If ho held up his
hand I was to stop. But ho did not. On
the contrary , ho waved his arm down the
line for mo to keep on. and I knew that
wo wore in for it , The runaway could
not be over three minutes behind , nnd
there would not bo time lo turn hot in on
Urn siding here ,
The next stop was eleven miles away ,
nnd It was a good piece of track. Little
by little I gave her moro steam , and nftor
the first milo I knew that we wore reeling
off a milo every minute. There was
train enough to hold us steady , and the
track was straight , and but for the awful
roar it would have been cnsy to Imagine
wcro Hying. Thn acont ahead would lot
mo know by signal , ns the other had
done. Ho wns on the platform , with n
great crowd behind him , and hn motioned
mo on. The runa\yiy was still after us.
It was eight miles and a half lo the next
station , and I could not do hotter than
fortv-livo or forty-eight miles an hour on
up-grade. The runaway must catch us
in the next six or seven miles. We had
gone about live miles when I got the sig
nal to stop , and as soon as I l.a'l slowed
down a little a brakcman came over the
tender with the instructions to slop at the
The conductor knowing that wo could
not outrun the wild engine , could think
of but ono plan lo Have the train. He
called the passengers from the rear coach
and cast it off. This was on the eleven-
mile run. and the coach had about two
minutes to lese its momentum before the
runaway struck it. The pilot ran under
the platform , the end of the coach was
lifted up , and the next moment engine
and car wore in the ditch. Neither one
of them was over repaired , the wreck
being too complete , nor did the officers
of the law over succeed in laying hands
on Roby. . . . .
An Ineffectual Attempt to ROUHO a
Telegraph Operator Into Feeling.
Detroit Free Press : The receiving
clerks behiiul the desks at the telegraph
offices arc cool , placid fellows. They
take your message of life or death with
perfect indifi'ercncc , mechanically count
the words , and look a bit bored as they
reply :
: 'lt will be 05 cents , please. "
I had my 030 on a certain chap for
several weeks before 1 liumblcd his
. He insulted inc. . He insulted mo
y softly whispering to himself as ho
counted the words in the following
mesngo :
"Grandmother died last night very
suddenly. How many of you can attend
funeral V"
When I handed in that message I ex-
peeled him to exhibit a little emotion.
While liu could not have been personally
acquainted with my grandmother , bo
must have suspected that she was a nice
old lady , and that her sudden death Imd
greatly overcome me. Why didn't ho
look up with a bit of sympathy in his eye
and say :
"Too bad ; I know just how you feel
and 1'iii sorry for you. "
But , no. He whistled and counted ,
made a scratch or two with his pen , and
remarked :
"Three words over seventy cents. "
And ns ho made change he told one of
the boys behind the counter that he'd be
if he wasn't going to the dog fight
that night. Then ho picked up my dead
grandmother's dispatch and banged it
on a hook , shove'd me over sonic change ,
and turned away to resume the perusal
of a sporting paper.
The next week I went in with a des
patch , announcing that my grandmother's
will had been opened and that I came infer
for $25,000. That man must have been
by my face that I was highly elated ,
liang him , he never Imd a litth of that
sum , and his salary had just been cut
down $10 per month , but wlion he read
the dispatch he calmly announced :
"Forty cents , and you forgot to date it. "
And then ho began talking to one of
Iiis fellow clerks about a slugging match ,
and how he won $ ! { by betting on the
right man. I don't say he ought to liavo
swung Iiis hat and cheered over my good
fortunebut why couldn't ho have extend
ed his hand and said :
"Eh , old boy ? In luck , ain't you ? Well ,
I'm glad on it Send around the cigars
and we'll smoke to your good health. "
I made up my mind when i went out
that I would upset that man's equanimity
or lose a leg. I'd tumble him off that pe
destal of placidity If it cost $1.000. I'd
ujet , unbalance and unhinge him or die
trying. 1 gave him two weeks lo repent.
II isn't right to rush a telegraph man out
of the world in a day's notice. I went
back ono evening , and I felt a bit sorry
for him as ho glanced up and and then
let iiis eyes return to his Police Gazette.
I know that his wife and child were in
Ohio on a visit , and 1 stepped to the desk
and wrote :
DintoiT ; , Juno 0 , J. II. Smith , Colum
bus , Ohio. Plcaso telegraph us full par
ticulars of thu accident by which Mrs.
George TnvJor and daughter of this city
were instantly killed this afternoon.
I felt 11 bit sorry as I handed it in , not
knowing that the man might faint away
as lie read tlio terrible news. Still , I had
vowed revenge , and I would not fort-go
it. Ho received the dispatch , whistled
softly as was his wont , clattered thu point
of ids pan along the words as ho counted ,
und then drawled out :
"A dollar and twenty cents and whore
shall 1 send the answer ? "
"Did j-ou read that dispatch ? " I asked
after looking at him for half a minute.
"Yes. "
"Do you know the parties ? "
'Yesbir. "
"Isn't your name George Taylor ? "
"Yes , sir. "
"Aren't the parties your wife and
daughter ? "
No , sir. They returned homo this
morning. Hero's your change ! "
In Defense of Mnthorti-in-Ijaw.
Cassoll's Family Magazine tor May :
To support the idea that mothers-in-law
liavo never boon favorably regarded ,
ethnologists tell us that a singular cms-
torn , which enacts that a man shall never
look upon the face of his mother-in-law
after ho is once married , prtTalls among
numerous savage peoples anparently
widely sundered by geographical distribu
tion and differences of race. The cus
tom obtains among the Kaffirs of South
America , amongseveralof the Australian
tribes , ana among many Polynesians , a
fact which some people afsiimo to point
to a common origin of these races , but
which others look upon as testimony of
thu existence of a natural law , as a piece
of wisdom indigenous to each of those
countries , and the direct growth of indi
vidual experience , The custom being
found in such widely separated continents
as Africa and Australia is considered as
proving that it must liavo been ouggestcd
by some common necessity of human na
ture , and reasons arc not wanting to
show why savages discovered it was bet
ter for n man not to look us his mother-
in-law. Primarily say the supporters of
this theory , because his mother-in-law
was a picture in anticipation what Ids
wife vvas'likcly to bo. Bcfpro marriage ,
man's mind may not bo open to the cold
processes of comparison , out afterwards
lie beplns to consider what sort of a bar
gain ho has mitdo , nnd If his mother-In-
law has not improved with ngo.thoglmMly
possibility of his wife becoming like her
rises before him. Hence thc-io savage
tribes proscribed the rule that never
nftor marriage should a man see his
mother-in-law , and this In tlmo became a
social law or custom.
It lias been moro than once flippantly
suggested that Ibis lesson of n venerable
experience might be accepted nnd the
cmtoin adopted here , while others ,
equally regardless of social and other
consequences , have advocated the insti
tution of a kind of stittoo arrangement ,
which should bind the British matron by
social propriety to close her mortal
career upon her daughter's marriage
Apart from the suggestion only being
available in cases whore ono daughter
alone blessed a marriage , there Is the
more important consideration dial
to eliminate mothers-in-law alto
gether from society , oven If it
were possible , would bo most
disastrous In Its effect. Is her presence
really always so disagreeable , so baneful
to enjoyment ? Ls her advice never
needed ? The world lias always sided
against her ; it doas not stop to consider
the double chuiMctomtlos of maternity
which are involved when both sons and
daughters marry ; it still persists in view
ing her only in nrr character of wife's
mother , ami repeats nnd revivifies from
time to time all the malicious denuncia
tions or witty epigrams that liavo become
associated with her name.
Thackeray even , who , with his largo
knowledge of the world nnd the human
heart , might have been expected to bo
moro lenient to the unfortunate race of
mothers-in-law , goes out of his way to
draw the horrible Mrs. Mackenzie , pityIng -
Ing his sweet , silly little Rosio and the
much-injurnd wives of her acquaintances ,
without reflecting tlmt they in their turn
might become mothers-in-law. Does not
this fact furnish rood for reflection to the
young husbands of to-day , who a quar
ter of a century hence may find their
loving wives unavoidably drifting into
niothcr-in-lawhood ? And again , is It not
rather unreasonable in n young man to
object to her who has liau the greatest
share in molding the character aim train
ing the habits of the one woman ho has
chosen from all others to bo his compan
ion for life ? How strange il is , when
one looks the question in the face , that n
lad.y who is considered harmless enough
until her children marry , should after
that happiest of family events be clovatcd
to such a painful pedestal of disagree-
As a matter of fact , in spite of all that
novelists and playwrights have written ,
the mothers-in-law of sons generally get
on with them far better than with 'their
The Flood Saved 'i'liolr Scalps.
"In the fall of 187-1 , "said Maj. Coolto ,
of the army , "we made up a hunting
party at Fort Laramie and proceeded up
the Laramie river valley about fifty
miles. There were twenty-one of us , in
cluding three or four citizens. Wo had
been out for about a week , and had seen
no sign of redskins , wlion ono morning
wo awoke to find that wo wcro in for a
disagreeable day. The clouds hung low ,
a line drizzle was falling , and wo know
that it was useless to look tor any change
for the bolter before midnight.
"A gentleman named David Mills , at
tached to some eastern college as
taxidermist , and who was also an en
thusiast on the .subject of mineralogy ,
was a member of Mio warty and a great
favorite. When breakfast had been dis
patched ho donned his waterproof and
expressed his intention of scouting up
the valley a short distance after speci
mens. 1 offered to accompany him , and
after canvassing the project for a few
moments wo concluded to take our
horses and inspect a canyon which wo
had passed two or three days before
about six miles up the valley , lie took a
double-barreled shotgun and I my Win
chester and a harvorsnck , with a lunch
strapped to my saddle.
"n o got off about 1) ) o'clock , with the
rain coming down in a steady drizzle ,
and wo reached the canyon without inci
dent worthy of record. It was known to
the camp that wo expected to bo gone all
day. The entrance of the canyon was a
sort of basin , perhaps half an acre in cir
cumference , with enough grass to keep
our horses eating for two or three hours.
We unsaddled and hobbled them , tucked
the saddled under an overhanging rock ,
and then started in to explore the can-
von. At the back end of the basin , and
just before tlio real split in the mountain
ucgan , was a tremendous rock which
fallen down from above. Its crest was
at least twenty feet higher than the floor
of the basin , and its broken and jagged
sides offered a climber an easy way up.
We stopped for awhile to survey tlio
great mass , and to imagine what a crash
it must have made when it rolled down ,
and then passed into the canyon proper.
Just about this time the ram began to
pour down with great vigor , and 0111 en
thusiasm for exploration was a good deal
dampened. "
"Mills gathered various specimens of
rook as wo stumbled along the rift , and
nt a spot where a largo slab of sandstone
offered opportunity wo stopped and cut
our nar o3 in the .soft rook. By and by
the way became no gloomy that we de
cided to turn back , the moro especially
as the terrific rain was sending a stream
of water down the center of the rift.
This stream kept growing in Mzo , until it
had become n respectable creek .11 it
reached the basin. There it took a
Mvccp to the left of the big rock and
rushed out to join the Larnmiu. which
stream made a html toward us just in
front of the baMn , nnd was only three
hundred feet away.
"I never haw it rain , harder. The roar
of tlio falling drops' on the rocks was
enough to prevent all conversation , und
our sole aim was to find .some sort of
shelter We got it. under one side of the
big rock E have spoken of. A shnlf pro
jected out far enough to shelter our
bodies , and we drew our legs tin and sat
t'icro ' for the next half hour ns dumb as
oysters. All of sudden , with no more
warning than the snap of the finger , u
wave of water Hooded in upon us , und
literally washed us out. As wo went out
from under tlio hliolf wo found thu basin
to bo a lake , with the water waist deep.
The big rock was our only hope , but wo
had to drop our guns as wo pulled our
selves up. The waters followed us , nnd
paused not until we reached the to ] ) .
From there wo looked down on a btrango
sight. The Laramie river was pouring
into the basin from one side nnd the can
yon was sending a river in from tlio
other , and by the time we gained the
crest the water around us was twelve
or fifteen foot deop.
"Wo had not ynt spoken when wo
caught sight of the bodies of our heroes
being whirled around in the basin , and
the next moment we saw the heads of
half a dozen Indians dotting the water.
The two rivers flowing into the bushi
created a sort of whirlpool , and though
the redskins wcro swimming bravely
they could not break out of it. At one
point , whore the current swept past the
rocky side , they would clutch and hang
in the most desperate manner , but only
to bo swept along again after u moment.
TItoy made the most tremendous efforts
to break through the circle and roach
our rock , but it was in vain. We looked
down upon them until the last Indian
gave up the unequal light and sank from
sight. Shortly niter thn one disap
peared the water in the basin suddenly
went out until we could see the- rocky
bottom again , and soon after that tlio
fierce rain was replaced by a steady
"The results of specimen , hunting wore
the loss of our firearms and lior os : but
wo did not complain. But for the flood
wd should have , Jest just as much ojid our
scalps beside'r
Wheat Low nt tlio Ontsot , but Legitimate
Conditions Assort Themselves.
Cnttlo Mnrkot Dull Pork
Wlicnt Closes Tntno Hogs
Open Stronjj and Close
Quito High.
CIIICAOO. Stay 18. [ Special TclcRrniii.J
The speculative markets were excited and
ragged to day. With surface Influences nil
in fnvorof higher prices wheat broke lo right
from the opening , June goliiR down to 7lJ < c ,
July to 70Ko niul August to 7'fi77Vc. (
Thcfo was n tremendous selling , nnd tlicro
being n deal tli , buying orders on the lloor ( it
the market were loft without suppoit. It
wns given out that Ira Holmes Imd lirokon
the market by throwing 1,000,000 , bushels Into
the pit. Tlio explanation wns offered In cer
tain quarters that the sales were on nccount
of a very wealthy bucket shop syndicate nnd
that n raid wns mailo to freeze out an army
of stubborn customers throughout the coun
try who had margined tliclr trades down to
7J@75Kc , That somcttilng of the sort was
on the tapis wns hinted nt ft week or ton
days 11150 , but not much stock wns taken In
the gossip. The first explanation of the
enrly break wns tlmt Cudahy had raided the
market to biliiR out some lone wheat
ho had been "cunning for" nnd for
a time It looked as though nil the
wheat In the world was for sale , but before
the day was over the theory of the bucket-
shop rnld was accepted ns being probably
not entirely without foundation. At any
rate the market reacted sharply when the
pressure wns taken olf. The big fight wns at
75o and only n few trades wore made at
74 ; < c. No sooner was that point reached than
the pressure was lifted and legitimate condi
tions asserted themscls'cs.
There wns heavy trading on the break , and
on reaction , but after the market quieted
Itself values softened somewhat nud the
close at 1 o'clock wns only % @Jifc from the
bottom. On u rnlly the prlco advanced near
ly to the opening level.
Cor.x Everybody wanted to sell corn nt
the start this mornfnc , nud It looked very
blue for holders who had bought for a strong
advance. The market \vns unmistakably
shaky , but Wnrrcu , Orr , Crlltcndcn , Comes
nnd u tew others checked the decline ana
Marled prices on the up-turn , jumping prices
up % ( < $ ? { & . from which thcio was only a frac
tional decline toward the
OA.TS-Oats held fairly steady , showing
some weakness early , but recovering and
closing linn.
PROVISIONS Provisions displayed great
Independence ami .sticugth to-day. It was
the strongest article on the list. The laid on
wheat never a tree ted provisions , and it main
tained Its In the. tacc of a Uneat
en cd bieak in corn.
POHK Pork scored nn advance of 12J c ,
nnd closed at 1 o'clock 7 c higher than yes-
tei day's quotations.
ZSn : Wheat linned up on the afternoon
bonul on taking of fourteen boat loads In
New York nnd engagements hero for a lake
shipment of a quat tor million bushels , and
then cased oil' tiom lack of buying orders ,
closing tame. Provisions also spiritless txud
easier , nit the early strength bciiiuing to have
Pt3:40 : Puts on June wTlCat , 74 > fo ; calls ,
CHICAGO , May 18. [ Special Telezrnm.j
CATTI.K The { cattle market Lthis [ morning
was somewhat slow from the fact that sales
men on the strength of modcrato receipts de
manded considerably higher prices than buy
ers were willing to pay. The demand for
light cattle was very good and all light and
medium weight cattle sold at very strong
prices. Some 1101 Ib btoers , very fat , sold at
55.35. For really prime heavy cattle offerIngs -
Ings weio lldit and the demand wns qulto
cqualto the supply. Dut the "pretty good"
iS5dTnd 1400 it ) cattle , wnlcti wore not of
very attractive quality , wcro exceedingly
hard to sell at steady prices , 133 Nebraskas ,
lii'J'J Ibs , S5.30 ; 23 .Nebraskas , 103-2 Ibs. 35.35 ;
: ; n Nebraskas , 13.0 Ibs , S5.45 ; 10 Nebraskas ,
1ST His , S5. < n ; 17 export , 14r > 4 Ibs , 35.85.
Hens The market opened strong nnd
closed about 5e higher that the lowest yester
day. Packers and bhlppors bought about
17,000 head , and them were 2,000 or 3,000 left
not a large number considering tlmai rivals
for the past two days. Best nssoi led heavy
made 8i.yo@4.5 : ! nnd mixed -54. 15SJ4.U5. Light
Now York. May IS. MONEV On call ,
easy nt IKtfW percent.
PIIIMI : MinicANTiLn PAPUII- 4@5 per
STiini.i.vo lixcirAXcn-iDulI but steady ;
actual rates , 81.&W for sixty days ; 31.6'Jor
( tpinand. ,
Goviii.vMixTS : : Dull and nnclmngcd.
Sror KM Stocks weio dull and featureless.
Opening Usurp * weio at or near the
highest prices reached , while llnal prices
were to the lowest of tlto day , and the
market closed dull but steady.
CHICAGO ruonuuia.
Ghlunco , May 18. Flour Dull and
unchanged ; winter wheat , 8I.-K ) ; southern ,
gl.OUefllTW ) ; Wisconsin ! , 5J.HK1 I.73 ; Michi
gan Heft sprliiK wheat , ( ji.70' : < i-.0l ) ; Mlmm-
sola bakers. 553..WM.W ) ; patentK. 8l.05W5.00.
Wheat Activeata fuitlier decline : opened
at about yesteidav's llgiircs but closeil a shadn
lower , and steadily duclined Ic tor June and
Ji'c on deterred futuies , Impiovcd % ci. closing
> c below yesterday : eaih and May , " " >
l/Jl > t UltllVf " / iVt'"S9 * ' *
Corn Stiongei ; opened easy , selling off
; c became llrm , advancing ftm'Mc , became
easier , closing , ' o above yoalerday'sclosn ;
casli , ? & } & & ' > $ & ' May , 83/ac ; June , UO
3Ve. ( !
OaLs Opened a little lower for dcfcricd
futures , then Improved \ & \io \ and closed
steady ; cash , S > ( e ; ilay , 2 > fc ; Juno , 23 > fc.
Ityn DuIlatriOkfoOOo.
Timothy Prime , 81.09.
Pork Htrongcr ; advanced lU315c , towards
tlieeliHd totlled buck ZWtfc , and closed
stcaihcabh ; and May , SS.BU ; June , SibO ®
' Laril Kuled steady and unchanged ; cash ,
Slav anil June , S.V.iX'4V07 .
Hulk MfatH-hhouldcrs ) , S4.154.a.ti ( ( ; phort
cuar,8. ! ' .7CQ' > .75 ; shoit ribs , SD.JJT&G'/viU.
Uutti-r Dull and weak ; cicami'ry , 13 < 3
10o ; dally , 11 ( S'l-Ji'c ,
Cheese -Kalr demand ; full cieimi died-
dars. new stock , ji5/f10cj ; flats ,
, ; jrs ! 1
I lidos -Ijieuii , Oitfe ; heavy Bit-on salted ,
7'/c ' ; light , 8 < f < > ; damacud.UHc ; mill hides ,
7fc ; dry salted , ISXo ; dry Hint , UJ Uc ; call
skins 10' . il : ; deacons Mb.
Tallow -Oie.ibO. white country , A.
U4c ; jellow , 8 > ie ; brown 3c.
Uccelnu , Shipments.
Flour , bbls . 8,000 4,000
Wheat , ou , . 0,000
Corn. Oil . 6rJ.XW ( U7.000
Oats , bit . mooo 140,000
Kye.Du . LOW fl.MM
JJarU'V.bu. . . . 10,000 7.0W
A FTKiiN'ooNHoAW ) . Wheat EoyJ tine ,
76 > | c. Pork Weaker , June , S3.77XOthers
unchanged ,
Now Vork. May -Wheat Uoecluts ,
70,000 ; ( ixpoits. nTJJ.OOO ; spot declined KsSlXc
und options % cjc , leaving elf btcady ; ua-