Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, March 19, 1887, Image 1

Below is the OCR text representation for this newspapers page. It is also available as plain text as well as XML.

    1 HE OMAHA DAILY BEE.
SIXTEENTH YEAE. OMAHA. SATURDAY HORNING. MARCH 19 , 1887. NUMBEK 27Q
IT WOULD ONLY BE A FARCE
A Letter from tbo Editor of the Bee to the
Bribery Legislators.
WHY HE FAILED TO BE PRESENT.
The Impossibility of Proving the
Charts With Open DOOM The
Committee HcaahcsNo Con
clusions House Do I MRS.
The
LINCOLN , Neb. , Maich 18. [ Special Tele
cram to tlio UKIJ.J The commlttGO to In
vestigate the charges of E. Hosewatcr
against curtain members of the judiciary com
mittee of the hourfe , met at U o'clock this
111 ornl ii ( ? . All tlio members were present.
The following communication was read by
Mr. Dempster , the chairman :
Tin : OMAHA DAILY BiK'EdItorinl : ' Hooms ,
Omaha , Neb. , March 15 , IbST To Hon. John
A. Dempster , Chairman of the Special In
vestigating Commlttun of the llonso of Hep-
resentattves My Dear Sir : Under the now
conditions Imposed upon your committee , I
have coino to the conclusion that It would bo
a costly fnrco to undertake to estab
lish the charges which 1 have made
In Rood faith. The memorandum which I
had placed in your hands when the com
mittee llrst organized contained very ample
nnd circumstantial proofs against the parties
Implicated In the conspiracy to defeat ecnato
lllo number ninety-eight I relied upon my
ability to have the witnesses named In the
memorandum examined separately , within
closed doors , oxpectlnir , of course , that your
committee would also oxamlnn each of the
members accused of collusion and give him
an opportunity to explain his conduct by
his own testimony and If possible to
clear himself by furnishing you corrob-
oratlvn proof to overturn the charges. It
would be utterly Impossible with open doors
to carry out such n programme , hence the end
would bo a more acknowledgement that
money had been collected for the purpose of
defeating the bill , but that prods were want
ing to confirm the charge of conspiracy.
That would whitewash the very men whom
I know to bo guilty by a super abundance of
proof nnd by their own conduct on'tho lloor
of the house when the charges were preferred.
I can even establish the fact , if necess
ary , that members of the judiciary committee
Implicated In the conspiracy concocted
the scheme Monday night to break up your
committee by Insisting upon the addition of
MX members of their own choosing , and to
thwart the object of the Investigation by
forcing the committee door ? open. Their
success shows that the plotters nnd their con
federates In the lobby wield a baneful Influ
ence In the house. It had been my Intention
to push the Investigation , ( ns I told yon per
sonally ) , have the committee sit at Omaha
Wednesday and Thursday , and tinlsli the
Inquiry by Friday. This course being
now Impossible , I respectfully request
that the proceedings bo dropped ,
ns they would only entail needless expense
upon the state.
Urgent business compels me to mnko a trip
to Cleveland. If , upon my return next week ,
the house persists In making the Investiga
tion , i shall bo at your service. Very truly
yours , E. KOSKWATKH.
This caused a venomous discussion , some
of the members Indulging in personal abuse
of the editor of the BIE : and questioning his
motives In making the charges already re
ferrcrl to In these columns. Mr. Helper pre
sented the following :
Itcsolvcd , That the chairman of
this committee compel the attend
ance of E. Itosowatcr before it
nnd compel him to testify in the case now
pending of cbargcs preferred by him against
some of the house members of the judiciary
committee.
A vlvn voce was taken upon the adoption
of the same and resulted 'n a tlo , Mr. Ellis
not voting and Mr. Craig being absent. The
meeting adjourned till 1 o'clock this af
ter noon.
All the members were attain urescnt when
the committee met this afternoon at 1:45. :
The minutes of the meeting thus far hold ,
culled for this morning , were read by
Secretary Craig. Mr. Peniberton naked
whether , as tar as Sir. Itosnwatcr had
laid his icomplnlnt before the committee
anything had been mentioned which showed
ncalnst whom tils charges were made. Mr.
Dempster stated he had gone with Mr. Hose-
water and had his complaint
sworn to before Ouy Brown. When
Mr. Itosowater returned ho stated If the
meeting of the committee were not
to bo be held In private ho'would reserve the
right to present his charges In another man
ner. This was agreed to by all the members
of the committee. The complaint was then
Hied with the secretary and the latter had
rend about one page when the committee was
summoned to the house , which was then
acting upon the question of opening the
tloors of the sessions. But no names of the
parties accused had been read. Messrs. ( Jill-
inoro and Alkin explained that they did not
understand that the complaint was to be re
turned to Mr. Ilosewater. Mr. Mln-
nix said he did not know that
there was any understanding by Iwlilch Mr.
Itosewater was to bo given back his com
plaint Mr. Keipor again presented his reso
lution of the morning. Mr. 1'embertoii ob
jected to Its adoption. It was Mr. Kose-
wntor'H intent to keep these charges before
the people without doing anything
to substantiate them. Mr. Peters said the
only thing for the committee to do was to re
port to the house that there was nothing for
them to do ana ask to bo discharged , and thus
exonerate the parties charged. Mr. Kelpor's
resolution ttns lost. The committee then
went Into secret session to prepaie a report
which they will present to the nouso.
The committee remained three hours cogi
tating over a report. The discussion oo
raslonod the widest division of sentiment ,
nnd at one time It was thought every mem
ber would make n report of his own. A
majority report , with an appendix by Messrs.
refers and Pemberton , was prep.tied , while
Air. KolM | > r quietly pocketed a minority r -
port which voiced his own feelings. Some
of the members signed one report , then
withdrew their names , and handed them
to another. I'tio diversity of feeling
was such that the gentlemen flow off at tan.
gents to that degree , that the original Intent
ot making a report to the house before the af <
turnoon's adjournment had to bo abandoned
and another session of the committee called
for 4 o'clock to-morrow. Later It was
thought the matter could bti settled at the
night session of the house , the only obstacle
bolug the failure ot Mr. Craig to sign some ol
the reports referred to. Hut that gentleman
failed to appear at the night session , and tlu
momentous question went over till tomorrow
row moinlnir.
Doing * In the House.
LINCOLN , Neb. , March 18. [ Special Tole
cram to the IiKK.1 The house woni
Into committee of the whole to consider bill
on tbo general tile , with Mr. Raymond , ol
Lancaster , In the chair. Senate tile 174 was
passed to await n full house. The bill pro
vldlng' for the erection of abuldlniranc |
laundry at the institute for the feeble-minder
ut Beatrice , nnd appropriating f.TO.000 there
for , was amended by reducing tlio amount t <
S''o.ooo and recommended for passage , House
mil 417 , providing tor the levy ot a tax o
three-fourths of a mill hi 1SS7 and IbS'
upon the assessed valuation ot all property
In the state to pay for Indebtedness con
tixctcd In the erection of the new cap I to ,1 ,
XVJJ token up. The amount required is s
S1KS.QOO. The levy for the two years on i
basis of 1145,000,000 would reach * 210.000. A I
deficiency of 10 per cent would give the sun n
tested , Mr , lilllur moved to arnenc 1
II
r vatl 41. , ,
by making the levy at ono-hnlf n
mill , and said that the
supporters of the bill made the. lemiest with
out making any show of the necessity of the
same.
Mr. Caldwell held that a one-half mill levy
would bo Inadequate today the Indebtedness.
Mr. Miller got Mr. Caldwcll to admit that
the amount asked for would bo nullielent to
complete the capital. Ho then directed the
latter's attention to bill 215 providing for the
sale of all unsold state lots In Lincoln for the
completion and furnlslilngof the same build
ing and impiovingthogiounds.
Mr. Caldwcll showed that the amount of
the sale of the lots would bo required to fur
nish the capltol and beautify and maintain
the grounds.
Mr. Keif , of Hall , opposed the bill , taking
occasion to denounce the present cnnltol as a
failure , and prophesying that in ti lew years
It would bo n mass of uiins.
Mr. llarlan said the only question was
what was the amount of money needed.
I he building Is In such a condition as to bo
gieatlv Injuied If not covered when com
pleted. It did not belong to the Lancaster
delegation. It was the property of the state.
The appropriation was n meritorious one.
Mr. .Miller's amendment was lost nnd that
of three-fourths of a mill adopted. The bill
was lecorn mended to pass and .so reported.
It was resolved that night sessions be held
every day the lomalmlcr of the session , ex-
cents Saturday.
House Itoll 474 providing for the registra
tion In metropolitan cltlo-i was advanced to
third reading. On motion of Mr. Watson , of
Otoe , rule 34 was amended lo require llf teen
instead of five members to object to the aban
donment of the call of the house.
AFTERNOON tiUSSION.
The house went Into committee of the
whole on senate tile W. This bill prohibits
grain dealers , partnerships , companies , etc. ,
trom combining to pool or tix the price to bo
paid for grain , hogs , cattle or stock of any
kind whatever and provide punishments lor
the violation of the same.
Mr. Iticf and several others spoke strongly
in favor of the bill , and Mr. Ballarrt read from
the constitution of what Is known as the
Nebraska ( .rain Dealers' association , a com
bination which ho said was conducted for the
mutual protection of the members , not the
people or the producers. He quoted trom the
constitution already published In the BKK ,
showing how secret and close were Its meet
ings. The managers of the association sat in
a room In Omaha nnd telegraphed to nil Its
members what price they should pay for
grain. Members could not leave the associa
tion without the consent of tlio managing
committee , and other clauses provided for
the payment of llnes > ns high as $ .100 In the
event of disclosing Information belonging to
the association. Their members pledged
themselves not to sell grain to forolun buyers
who arc not members of the association nor
to soil to parties , except in n retail way , not
members In this state.
Mr. Itaydcn moved to Include coal com
binations , and Mr. Caldwell amended to also
include combinations in lumber ,
\Yhitnsald that every statement made
by Mr. Uallaid was substantially correct , and
that if this would have n tendency to break
up or regulate the grain trade , it should also
have a beiielicial effect upon coal nnd lum
ber dealers.
Mr. Harlnn said that ho feared that the
amendments would kill the bill , although ho
would not say that they had been introduced
for that purpose. IIo did not think' it would
bo good policy to add these amendments to
this bill. The people In manv parts of the
stnto would , he thought , npposo the amend
ments. Ho knew that coal sold for different
prices in di lie rent towns , nnd so Ion ; ns com
binations had not been formed he thought
there was plenty of time to think of the
amendment in question. He would favor ,
however , asking the governor to send In n
message requesting that some legislation be
effected relating to the coal and lumber busi
ness.
The amendments were lost by n vote of 18
to 80. Sections 2 nnd 3 provide for the liabil
ity or violators of this law , with reasonable
attorney's fees to parties Injured. The bill
was reported for passage unanimously.
The hotiso went Into committee of the
whole on the general lite. Senate tile 174.
apportioning the s > tate with thirteen judicial
districts and the appointment and eluttlon
of officers thereof , was amended , making the
following districts :
First Hlchardson , Nernaha , Johnson ,
Pawnee and Gage counties.
Second Lancaster , Otoo and Cass.
Third Douglas , Sarpy , Washington and
Unit.
Fourth Sannders , Butler , Colfax , Dodge ,
Plattft. Merrick nnd Nuice.
Fifth Saline , Jefferson , Glllmoro , Thaycr ,
Nuckolls and Clay.
Sixth Seward , York , Hamilton , Hall and
Polk.
Seventh Gumming. Stanton , Wayne ,
Dlxop , Dakota , Blackbird , Madison , Ante
lope. Cedar and Knox counties , and the unor
ganized territory north of Knox.
Eighth Adams. Webster , Kearney , Frank
lin , liarlan and 1'helps.
Ninth Boone , Wheeler , Greeley , Garlield ,
Loup , Valley , Howard , Sherman nnd Blaine
counties , and the unorganized territory west
of Blaino.
Tenth Buffalo , Dawson , Custor , Lincoln ,
Logan , Keith nnd Cheyenne counties , and
iinthe organized territory west of Logan.
Eleventh Gosper , Fnrnas. Frontier , Red
Willow , Hayes , Hitchcock , Chase and
Duudv.
Twelfth Holt , Brown , Key n Pah a , Cherry ,
Sheridan , Dawes , Sioux and Box Butte
counties , and the unorganized territory north
of Holt and Keya Paha.
In the third district there will be four
judges of the district court ; in the first f > i'C-
end , fourth and seventh districts , two judges ,
and In each of the others one judge. The
term of the judge shall be four voars. The
governor Is to appoint judges to till vacancies
created , Including the nine judgeshlps
created by this act
Mr. Fuller wanted to have the bill recom
mitted to the judiciary committee and finally
the committed on apportionment. This led
to n lengthy discussion , as did also the at
tempt of Mr. liny den to restrict the third
district to three judges. The bill was 10-
ported for passage.
The next was the voluminous house roll
890 , redlstrictlnp the state In senatorial and
representative districts , nnd apportioning
senators and representatives therefor , the
former being thirty-thrcti In number nnd the
latter 100 ns nt present The bill wns favor *
nbly reported upon.
Keccssuptll7:30. :
KVENINO SESSION.
The house went Into committee of the
whole on the general lilc , Mr. Smyth In the
chair.
House roll 1GO , granting n bounty of
S"00 to all honorably discharged members of
the lirst and second Nebraska regiments , and
in cnsa of the death of such persons , to their
widows and orphans , was read.
Mr. Newcomer wanted the bill Indefinitely
postponed because It would cost the state
SiOOooo. : The surviving members In
Nebraska did not want the bill to pass. The
others were scattered all over the union nnd
It would take twenty years to lind them. The
committee on ways and means bad reported
adversely to It
The motion prevailed.
senatci liln No. 0 , amending sections 17 and
24 and repealing section 20 of chapter 25 , reg
ulating the property rights of husband and
wile In case of divorce or Imprisonment for
life , was recommended for passage.
House roll 113 , provides that cities , towns ,
villages , school districts and counties may
compromise their Indebtedness and Issue
new bonds therefore. This bill Is mainly In
tlio Interest ot Brownvillo and vicinity ,
which In ItOO Issued by means of skullduggery -
gory 5100,000 In bonds for a railroad which
has never yet been seen. Interest amountIng -
Ing to § 05,000 has been paid , and a compro
mise U now sought for relief. It was recom
mended to pass.
House roll i" , regulating procedure In dis
trict courts In civil actions , was killed.
House roll f > 5 provides for the removal ol
guardians from cured Insane people and re
formed spendthrifts. It was recommended
to pass.
The committee rose , reported and the house
adjourned.
Small Dlazo at Lincoln.
LINCOLN , Neb. , March 14 ( Special Tele
gram to the BEE.i Glttier Brothers' barn , lu
tlio rear of cnzlno house No. a and adjoin
ing Ensign's stable on Eleventh street , Was
damasrd by iiro to-ulght at 11 : 0 , U is sup
posed to have been the work of an Incen
diary. Thu fire horses It contained were
- saved This is the second time It has been
. on Hie tli's week.
a N'ohrnbkn ami low * Weather.
Fqr Nebraska and Iowa Light rains 01
snow , followed by fair weather , becoming
cooler , variable winds , shifting- westerly ,
VICTIMS OF A DEATH TRAP ,
* .
Calamitous iPiro in a Crowded Hotel in
Buffalo , New Tork.
A NUMBER OF LIVES LOST.
Heartrending Cries For Help Fro to
the Flro AVallcd ( Snouts Desperate
Leaps For Life llcsult In llcnth
Sickening Details.
Disastrous Fire.
Bi'rrAi.o. March 18. The Hlchmoml hotel
nnd St. James hall burned , early this morn-
Ing. The loss Is fully half n million dollars.
A number of lives nre reported lost nnd many
injured. The lire was discovered nt 3:30 : this
morning In the new Richmond hotel. The
house contained n largo number of guests
nnd their heart-rending shrieks could bo
plainly heard. Ladders were raised ns soon
ns possible nnd ns many as could bo were
taken out. A largo number oj them were
.inable to ctlect their escape. The corridor
n the center of the building acted ns a great
unncl and ns the Homes streamed upward
ho guests found themselves Imprisoned by
ivalls of lire. The screams of the unfortu
nates could be. heard for blocks and at many
windows they could be seen calling for help.
At one of the third story windows two guests
were seen to fall back into tlio flames. One
man jumped from the fifth lloor to
.ho roof of n two-story wooden building ad-
iolning and was badly Injured. The number
of those injured is not exactly knowp. W.
M. Barse , of Olean , N. Y. , was terribly burn-
id about the hands and wrists. A number of
nsurnnco men were In the building and
several of them were-badly Injured. Among
hem were W. J. McKay , of Niagara Falls ,
3. W. Dubois , of Syracuse , W. S. Dowoy. of
iochcstcr and Clinton Bidwell , of PIttsbnrg ,
badly Injured , At the hospital are Charles
Davis , of New York , U. B. Smith , ot the
North British Insurance company , of New
Ydrk , and Edward Whelan , of
New York all burned about the hands
and feet These nro probably
not fatally Injuied. Fetch hospital contains
eight men and one woman moie or less In
ured. Two ot the injured are at the Sisters'
liospltal and tour more at the general hos
pital.
THE nuii.DiNo
is situated at the corner of Main and Eagle
streets , extending through to Washington
street. It Is now believed Hint nt least
twelve persons were burned to death.
The rapidity of the fire cutting oif the
means of escape led some- persons to leap for
their life trom the windows. Others got
lown the fire escapes or on ladders raised by
the lire department. The shrieks and cries
of the poor people In the upper stories of the
burning building were heart-rending. One
man. mad with terror , leaped from the third
story window , and was picked up from the
stone sidewalk n mashed corpse. Several
who succeeded in making their
escape were badly injured and
burned , and some of these will
probably dlo. Three , moro fortunate , escaped
with slight Injuries. There were 125 guests
In the hotel , seventy of whom "were transient
guests , eight boarders and the remainder
porters , bell boys , and the families of the
proprietor and clerks. Twenty-two ot these
were rescued from the windows by firemen ,
twenty-two are at the hospitals and a largo
number made their escape by other means.
THE ORIGIN OP THK F1IIE
Is unknown. William 11. All port , the night
clerk , says : "There wns nobody up but my
self , Joe , the night porter , and Plummer , the
bell boy. I pulled all four of the lire alarms
on the different floors , and the people came
Hying down-stairs In their night clothes. The
fire followed the elevator , and inside of live
minutes had reached tlio top tloor. I rushed
out of doors after doing all I could. "
The bell boy. Plummor , tells his experience
as follows : "I was dusting the reading room
when I heard a shout and saw thn flames
coining up the stairway from the basement
Allport and I turned the hose under the
main stairway. Wo straightened out the
end , turned on a valve , but the water would
not run , Then we gave the alarm. The
watchman and I got n plank and broke in
the Eagle stioet entrance to the hotel. Then
wo got a plank under the/lire escape on Eagle
street and wo helped the people down. 1
think there were about eighty-four guests In
the hotel. "
THE BPIIKAD OF FLAMES
is said to have been terrible in Its rapidity.
The elevator shaft nerved as a flue for the
llames and they rushed up to the top lloor In
a few moments. As the guests were aroused
and saw the Interior exits cut off they turircd
to the windows. They could bo seen In their
night clothes standing before the lurid back
ground of flames. Their screams were
terrible to hear and could be heard
for blocks. The llames spread to
the southeast side of the hotel first The fire
men did noble work and confined the tire to
the narrow limits of three buildings. Thoii
work of rescue had many exciting Incidents.
The telegraph wires were as usual in the
way of the ladders and much valuable time
was wasted in getting them past the wires
The second nnd third alarms brought the
whole lire department to the rescue , but It
wns Impossible to Have any part of the
structure. The tire reached the roof
In less than five minutes from
the time It was discovered. The lire
wns confined to the Hlchmond hotel am
museum pioperty ana stores underneath ,
which were all destroyed.
SLIDING DOWN A norn.
The five girls who roomed on the fifth lloor
made a rope out of bed-clothes and hung I
out of the window , but none ot them secmcc
to have courage to start At last one of the
live took hold and swung down to the win
dow ledge , from which she was rescued
Three others came down in the same manner
and then thu fifth girl started down
She had none but Ba little dlstaneo
when the rope parted and down she wenl
four stories. Strange to say she was no
Killed. Her legs wuio terribly cut and
bruised and Injured and her face nnd arms
are In a frightful condition from burns. Mark
Osborn , day clerk and assistant manager o
the hotel , Is missing. Amonz those seriously
Injured are Perry Davis , of New York , Mar ;
Nolan , Maggie Mumbach , a man iiamcc
Nichols , Fanny Harvev , Frederick K. Moore
of Cleveland , Ohio ; William A. Haven , o
Helena , M. T. . chief engineer of t.lo North
ern'Pacific railroad ; Edward A. Finch , o
Scranton , Pa. ; Henry B. Humsey , and Jacob
Kohn , of New York.
It. 11. Humes occupied * room on the thin
lloor. He was awakened by the electric bells
and after arousing several people on the same
lloor
JUMPEn THROUGH A WINDOW
to the kitchen roof. There everything ; was in
llames. Ho made a rush for the Eagle stree
door , going through the kitchen skyligh
and out through the flames and escaped
He left five persqns on the kitchen roof , am
thinks they all perished. Thn dead bodies
of William Purcell , of this city , two un
known women and one unknown man are
at the undertaking establishment To the
list ot dead must undoubtedly be addct
Mark Osborn. day clerk.
The burned building was erected 1850 fo
hotel purposes , ana was called the St
James hotel. In IbCl it fell into the
hinds ot the Voung Men's Christlai
association. In October lost Itobert Stafford
11. P. Whltaker and W. J. Mann , took a
lease of the hotel. Whltaker reports that a
large amount of diamonds were In the hoto
| afe lost night , probably of the value o
*
The number of people rescued by the fire
men | g about twenty to twenty-five. Chle
Horning said he called oil most of the men
from the 11019 aqd let tb.e building go ( o
while , giving alt thelt attention to the I rul
ers.
Additional names'of those Injured arc :
lay Witte , of this cltv : Matthew Shannon ,
Mlnton Bidwell , Ncillo Welch , and Mrs.
into Pierce. The body of n woman recovered
his morning Is that of Knto Wolf ,
f Lockport Thu father of Mary
Vclch , servant nt the Richmond , rcpoit-
ii this afternoon that she wns missing ;
t Is believed she perished. Another servant
'irl Is reported missing. F. A. Kohn nnd II.
) . Kumsov , ot Now York , nro not expected
o live. No further bodle.s hnvo been found
nt last accounts , nnd no others are reported
Missing ,
TI1K DEAD AND DY1.VO.
As far as can bo ascertained the dead arc
as follows :
KATII : KENT , MIHNU : KILIY : nnd KATIE
lEitcB , servants.
WILSON PrncT.LT. , of U (1. ( Dun & Co.
MARK Osnou.Ni : . day clerk nt the hotel.
.Mil. JOHNSON , n Toronto railway man.
KATK WOI.K , servant , of Lockport
The dying nro :
JACOII KOIIN , Now York.
HKNUV B. KU.MSKV , New York.
MAnoir. MUMIACII , Buffalo.
MAiivNoi.AN , Biiffnlo.
EiiwAnn WiiEir.AN : , Newburg.
Those who nre severely burned or Injured
nro as follows : J. 11. Klneh , Scrnnton. Pn. ;
C. K. Moore , Cleveland ; W. A. Hnrcn ,
Helena , Mont ; C. W. Dubois , Syracuse ,
X. Y. ; W. J. Mann , Mrs. Mann , Jcnnlo
Mnnn , Buffnlo ; Miles Borse. Olean , N. Y. ;
Mat Shannon , Chnilos Clinton , Bidwell ;
Minnie Weller. Mrs. Kate Pierce , Nellie
Welch , Nettle Harvev. all of Buffalo ; Barry
Dawes , George F. Michaels , both of New
York , and W. J. Mackay. Niagara Falls.
A servant girl namea Walsh Is bolloved
also to be among the dead. The wnlls of the
jnrned building nre a menace to life , nnd
until they nre rnlsed nnd the ruins cooled no
search for the bodies can be made. It is un
doubtedly a fact that at least thirty persons
perished.
The total loss by the fire will be $100,000.
Of this amount the Buffalo library loses
S13.GOO on the hotel and museum buildings
which were insured for 800,000. Fuller A ;
Townsend , clothiers , wore Insured for 845-
000. The stock wns n trttal loss and was
valued at SCO.OOO. Peter Pnul ABro. . , nnd
Albrlch & Klncsley , stationers , each lose
840,000. with SSO.OOO insurance. Severnl
minor losses were sustained.
Business Houses Destroyed.
HOCK HII.L , S. C. , Mnrch 18. The postoffice ,
hotel , savings bank , First national bank and
about ten small shops burned this morning.
The loss is about $140,000 ; insurance , S'JO.OOO.
A SIXTY-DAY LIMIT.
The International Distillery Cnn Run
That LionR Decisions.
DBS MOINIS : IB-I March 18. [ Special
Telegram to thoBEE.'l The supreme court
to-dny granted an order of siipcrsedeas In the
case of the International distillery to last
sixty days. This allows the distillery that
length of time in which to work off the pro
duct nnd iced the 1,700 cattle that nro left
with It under contract , nnd permits it to
manufacture nlcohol'only for mechanical and
medicinal purposes during that time , nt the
expiration of which Judge Conrad's Injunc
tion order goes Into effect and closes the dis
tillery till si final disposition has been reached
In the higher courts. It Is reported to-day
that after the 15th of'Jnno the International
distillery would close nny wny to accept the
proposition of the Western Distillers' asso
ciation , paying it a royalty for its capacity.
The supreme court tinds the following de
cisions hero to-day :
McConnell vs Hutch in son , appellant ,
Davis district. Hevcrsed.
First National bank of Newton vs Jasper
County bank , appellant , Jasper district.
Atllrmcd. V'
Bnnk of Monroe , appellant , va Kills Glfford ,
Jasper circuit. Hevcrsed.
Caroline Perkins , appellant , vs Samuel
Hunkley , 'administrator , Johnson circuit
Affirmed.
Davidson , appellant , vs the Ilnwkoyo In
surance company , Polk circuit. Affirmed.
Missouri. Iowa & Nebraska Hallway com
pany vs Braham , appellant , Jasper district
Affirmed.
Davis , appellant , vs the city of DcsMolncs ,
Polk circuit Alllrmea.
State of Iowa vs Thompson , appellant ,
Jasper district. Reversed.
Oppenhelmer & Co. vs Barrett , appellant ,
Jasper circuit Reversed.
Herd vs Herd , appellant , Wright circuit
Affirmed.
Orcuttvs Hannah Hanson , appellant , Cedar
circuit Heversed.
Burlington , Cedar Rapids &Northern Rail
way company vs Connors , appellant , superior
court of Cedar Raolds. Hevcrsed , Seovers
and Hothrock dissenting.
State Insurance company , appellant , vs
Hichmond , Kossuth district. Affirmed.
THIS MAD MISSOURI.
Heavy Losses Incurred at Bismarck
By Floods Moro to Conic.
BISMAHCK , Dnk. , Mnrch 18. The Wash-
burn gorge broke last night nnd early this
morning the river began to ilso rapidly. A
gorge was formed below the city. Tlio ice
carried everything with it and struck the I in
inenso warehouse of the Northern Pacitic.ono
of the largest In the world. The workmen
narrowly escaped drowning , and In less than
two hours from tljo time of the gorge the
water was in the second stories of river
boarding houses which had been built on
what was considered high 'ground. The
warehouse , which Is nearly TOO feet in
length , was moved bodily over thirty feet
and sent crashing against the bluffs. The
loss on this building will bo over S1D.OOO.
The meadow land south of Bismarck , com-
Srising 0,000 acres , Is now ono vast sea and
tin Ice Is ( lowing over the newly made chan
nel in this body of surplus water at the into
of ten miles per hour. The river at this
point , which Is usually three-quarters of
n mile wide , Is now over six miles
in width. The Northern Pad lie trains will
bo unable to cross the river several days nnd
Bismarck will be the western terminus for
the week. Superintendent Graham attempted
to go to Mandan , but the water on the west
side of the river Is flowing over the track
lour feet and the fires In the engine were put
out Alandan Is submerged , i'ho people in
the lower part of the city have been moving
Into the upper stories of their dwellings. Al
the small dwellings on the banks of the
stream have been swept nway or destroyed
and steamboats lying * at Hock Haven are in
danger. The high trestle of the Northern
Pacific at this point has been damaged. At
1 o'clock the new channel which the river
has cut across the prairie let out tlio Ice and
the river is flowlnv slowly but tlio
worst has not come. The ice went out ai
Fort Buford this morning with a rise ol
thirty feet , the hUhost ever known. This
flood will not reach here until Saturday
when there will probablv be terrible destruc
tion. The loss at the river landing and on
the meadow land will already reach $30,000
The Peruvian Debt ,
NEW YOBK , March IB. fSpecial Telegran
to the BEE. ] There lu'stopplng at the lloff
man house a gentleman who leaves on Satur
day for London to conclude pending nego
tlations for final settlement of the Peruvian
debt. The gentleman Is Dr. Aranlpa. M. P
( irace , ot the firm of'W. ' It. Ciraco & Co.
cameVum Peru with Dr. Aranlpa and , goes
with him to London as attorney for the foi
eign Peruvian bondholders. Ho gave tlio
following facts on thd subject "Tho claims
against Peru amount to about 33,000,000 ,
part of which , however , the bondholder :
think the adjoining republic of Chill shank
pay that republic having In dlsmemberinL
Peru taken n large portion of the guano BIK
and nitrate of soda deposits and the cus
toms duties which wrre hypothecated to the
bondholders. The scheme of contract which
has been proposed by Pent advises the trans
fer of all Peruvian rallioads to the bond
holders for a definite mimborof years , the
transfer of guano deposits , tire right to work
the mines , cession of a large tract of land
for the purpose of encouraging immigration
and for the benefit of eoiporatlons , the rich
to navigate the rivers and the cession of at
Income from the custom house. In exchange
for those offers the bondholders aie to ex
tend the railroads and cancel all their claims
against Peru. This project will bring pros
perlty to Peru and develop her resourced ,
have no doubt of the adoption of the plan. '
M'CARTHY ' IN TIIE COMMONS ,
The Honored Irishman Takes the Oath ns
Member From Derry ,
SPEAKER PEEL'S PROHIBITION.
llor Gracious Majesty's Second Jubi
lee Drawing noont Ilcooptlon The
Debutantes and How They
Actcil Other Foreign News.
f.Jnntln'.nnck In Parliament.
[ Cojij/rfyM 1SS7 ! > y Jiimts Hunion ItcimcIt. }
LONDON , March 18. ( Now York Herald
Cable Special to the BEU. ] I went this
afternoon to the house of commons to sco
Justin McCarthy tnko the oath ns member
for Derry. McCarthy sub&crlbod to the oath
amid cheers from members of all parties.
Ills literary fame , his courtoousncss nnd
geniality Ihnvo gained for McCarthy pop-
ilarltyuven among his political foes. Among
[ hose who cheered the member for Derry wns
Mslato antagonist , Charles E. Lewis , who ,
since Mr. McCarthy went to America , has
obtained another scat nnd has been created a
baronet. Hearty personal congratulation
followed the taking of the oath by the now
and nt the same time old member , for Mr.
McCarthy has represented an Irish constitu
ency for many yoais bade. To ail the con
gratulations of members Mr. McCarthy expressed -
pressed himself delighted with the reception
lie. had received In America.
Fltr.EDOM OF UK1IATH nCSTKICTHD.
Ho soon had an opportunity to compare
the freedom of debate at Washington with
the rapidly Increasing restriction at St.
Stephens , and to learn what the newly con
trived addition to the autocracy of Speaker
Peel means. Shortly after Mr. McCarthy
took his scat the fiery Dillon rose to speak
ngnlnst nn outrage on the priesthood In Ire-
Innd the renrrest of Father Kills for con
tempt of court In refusing to give evidence
In which he believed ho was privileged to do
by his holy calling , Mr. Dillon had just said
that Judge Boyd , who Issued the warrant ,
was a notorious political partisan , when the
speaker stopped him , saying he could not
allow a judge of n superior court to bo thus
Impugned.
A JOI'ltOMOltlC IIKI'I/V.
An attempt was made to answer Dillon's
attack by the new Irish secretary : "The
nephew of his uncle , " as that four Is already
dubbed In the lobby to the disgust of Lord
Salisbury , Mr. Balfour's tone , manner and
rhetoric Impressed me as being like these of
any sophomore at an annual college exhl-
hlbltlon. 1 saw Mr. McCarthy smile ns that
four spoke. Was ho thinking of what he
said about the now secretary to your reporter
just oefoA he started for this country ?
HER SECOND RECEPTION.
QIIOCII Victoria's Kccond Jnbilco
Drawing Iloom.
[ Cnpvitolit tS liy James Gordon De ne.l ( (
LONDON , March 18. [ Now i'ork Herald
Cnble Special to the BKK.J "Her Gracious
Majesty , " ns Queen yictorin is styled by the
court newsmonger , held her second jubilee
drawing room this afternoon. A drawing
room of to-day resembles very much a drawIng -
Ing room of 1837 , only that the drawing rooms
of fifty years ago were held In St. James
palace , while now-a-days they are held In
Buckingham palace. London "society" has
grown , too , within the last fifty years , and
consequently the crowd of baio necked
dames and their daughters , who think It
necessary to pay their respects to the queen ,
has incicased In numbers. The debutantes
nro ns nervous in tills jubilee year as they
wore titty ycnrs ngo. For half a century the
"coming out" girl has rehearsed in private
the nwlul ceremony by which she Is launched
into society. In the secrecy of her bed
room she has pinned a sheet to her skirts to
represent a train. She has bobbed before
chairs , posing as royal hlghnossns , and has
done her "level best" not to turn her back on
nny of the said chairs. But the debutante of
to-day Is as awkward as the debutante- was
when his late majesty , King William IV ,
was gatheiod to his fathers. Full ot pluck
when she starts to bo presented , all
the courage has oozed out of tlio tips
of her fingers beioro Hlio has reached
St James' palace , and by the time
she has got into her majesty's presence the
pushing crowd of women lias "knocked her
sosiliy" that slio hardly recognizes her own
name when the lord chamberlain an
nounces it She has kissed the queen's'
hand , she has made several "bobs , " but In
her nervousness has forgotten to notice what
the Princess of Wales wears. Then , all of a
sudden , a page tucks her train under her
arm , and the debutante scuttles away , bowl !
dercd nnd befogged , trusting In providence
that she has not turned her back upon a
royalty.
Mrs. Arthur Post , nee Wnltlian , was to
have been presented to-day by Mrs. White ,
wife of the first secretary of the United
States legation. Temporary indisposition ,
however , prevented Mrs. Post appearing ai
Buckingham palace to-day , and she will bo
presented at the third jubilee drawing room ,
wtilcli takes place In Mar.
ONLY TWO AMERICAN LADIKS PRKHRNTEP.
The only American ladles presented were
Mrs. J. I ) . Melgs nnd her daughter , Miss Nina
Mclgs. Their dresses were much admired.
Mrs. Moles wore a body and train in brochc
of regenco nzuio. trimmed with cascades of
llllles of the valley nnu roses. The train was
lined on tlio left sldo with point do venlso ;
caught up with a bunch of mnrechalnlcl
roses and llllles. The lining of the tialn on
the right side was of the name color ns the
roses. The skirt wns of crcpodo chine azure ,
trimmed with cascades of ( lowers. The body
wns trimmed with the same lace as the train
The ornaments were sapphires and diamonds.
The bouquet was of marechnlnlel and llllles
of the valley. Miss Mclgs wore a body am :
train velours do lyon , trinnncd with chlcoree
mousseuse. The skirt was nf white crepe do
chine. The body trimming nnd epaulettes
were hyacinths and white heath. A cordellero
of the same flowers fell over the fiont of the
skirt The ornaments worn were pearls am
diamonds. The bouquet corresponded to the
floral trimmings.
OTHER XOTAIH.KS PRESENT.
The youngest member of the royal family
' present was the Princess Victoria of Wales
Her majesty , the queen , displayed her cus
tomary sumptuous black satin , trimmed with
black gui pure , and the white tulle veil , sur
mounted byadlademof diamonds and pearls.
Her necklace consisted of four rows of largo
pearls. On her corsage were the ribbon am
star of the Order ot thn Garter , together wltl
a perfect blaze of other orders.
Itbemz the fortieth birthday of thoPrln
rcss Louise , she and the marquis were celebrating
brating the event elsewhere.
The queen's face was wreathed with smiles
doubtless from the fact that this affair was
not numerously attended.
Onlv two of the cabinet ministers wore
pieseut , the lord chancellor and the home
secretary , Mr. Henry Matthews , to each o
vthoru drawing rooms nro comparatively
novel affairs.
France and Germany.
PARIS , March 18. The Voltaire publlshe
an interview with DcLesseps In relation i
bis visit to Berlin. DeLessept professed com !
ilcte disregard for the attacks upon him by
ho radical press ami malntntns the truth of
ils assertion flint Germany nnd Franco were
mturnl friends , having common Interests ,
lo said Bismarck tofd him he was glade
o see Franco great nnd strong and
\ouhi wish Germany to bo the snmo , so that
ho two nations might be tumble to gauge the
ncertnlnty of a fresh conflict ' ' .Mayo
ot some day oxelalm , " continued the
irlncc. "Hint wn would bo stupid to kill each
then Let us Join forces nnd bo masters of
ho world , wo ought to bo able to
vork for the protrress of civlll/ntlon.
'he day our forces nro equal wo will ngnln
lolrlonds. Our geographical position makes
t our duty to neglect nothing to tlmt end ,
vhlch will Insure the peace of the \\orld.
. 'hat Isvliy 1 congratulate you upon posses-
Ing the eneiKCtle and soldtcr-like ( Scucml
toulanger. 1 repeat that when our torces nro
qunl the two people will Ir.Uernlzo. "
itudcntH Forbidden to .Join Societies
ST. PKTIMMIUUO , Mnrch IS. The minister
if education hnsucciccd that students .shall
lunceforth belong to no society whatesur , not
even thssc sanctioned by the government , ns
xpcrleuco lias shown that they nio liable to
bo misled by political n ltators. It Is re-
> oited thnt shells loaded with seven pound )
if dynamite and ! ! 00 strye'hnlno poisoned
mllcts have beun found In the conspirators'
odglngs. A nests of persons suspected of
icing Implicated In the recent plot to assas
sinate the c/.ar have lieon madnat Constndt
nnd other garrisons. The police nt Odessa
mve nrrested n gang of nihilists nnd seized n
Quantity of explosives nnd tools used In
he manufacture of bombs. Two girl stu
dents have been flogged to Insensibility lor
heir connection with the conspiracy.
The Nihilist Plot.
LONDON , Mnrcli IS. It Is now supposed
hat last Sunday's plot lo assassinate the
c/nr was planned by Degnieff , tlio famous
nihilist leader , who was the author of the
conspiracy three vears ngo.
VIENNA , March 18. The fund being raised
) V tlio press ot ItuMsia for tlio benefit of the
families ot the Insurgents executed in Bul
garia has reached the sum of 10,000 roubles.
The c/ar hns donated 5,000 roubles , the czar-
na 3,000 and the c/.arewlteh 1,000 for the ben-
ellt of the families. It is rumored in Vienna
hatan upiising was attempted In Moscow
Sunday , but was suppressed.
\\lllBotnbardtho Town.
XANzniAit , Mnrch 18. The French hnvo
sent n man-of-war to bombard the Walled
own of Johanna , the capltol of the Island of
: he same name in the channel between Mo
zambique nnd Madagascar. The reason
; ivcn by the French Is thnt the king of Jo-
innnn refused to receive a Ftcuch tesldent nt
his capltol.
Against the Nasty Details.
LONDON , March 18. Two hundred and
: hlrty-five members of the house of com-
uons Imvo signed a memorial In favor of the
ircventlon of the publication of offensive de-
alls In divorce cases. They will meet next
week to decide how to bring the subject be
fore parliament
Mexican Securities on Halo.
LONDON , Mnrch 18. Mnthoson & Co. hnvo
offered for public subscription 810.500,000
worth of 0 per cent gold bondsof thodenoml
nation of 81,000 each of tlio Mexican Nationa
railway company at ttl per cent
The Executions Ended.
SoriA , Mnrcli 18. The regents have as
sured the foreign envoys that no more per
sons who participated In the recent Insurrec
tion will be executed.
Franco's Duty on Corn.
PARIS , Mnrch 18. Thu committee of the
chamber of deputies having the matter In
charge has fixed the import duty on corn nt
3 francs.
THE COMBINATION COMPLETED.
Another Report That the B , & O.
Transfer Has Boon Made.
NEW YORK , March 18. Late to-day the
statement was given out , apparently by au
thority , in Wall street that the negotiations
for tlio purchase of the Baltimore & Ohio
railroad had been completed ; that the road
lian been bought by the Stayner-Ives syndi
cate ; that the first deposit of 5500,000 had
already been paid , and that the transfer of
the road to the purchasers would soon bo
made. The buyers are known only by their
connection with purchasH of the Cincinnati.
Hamilton & Dayton railroad. The backer of
these parties is reported to bo Christopher
Myer , the millionaire rubber manu
facturer of this city. A promi
nent member of Richmond Tcimlnnl
makes the statement that it was through Mr.
Sully that the company wns Irced tiom Its
entanglements ; that It was enabled to ac
quire Richmond & Danville stock , of which
more than 4'ojo shares out of Its U'.suo of
50,000 shares are now owned by thoTermlnnl
company , and that It wns owing to his efforts
that the control ot the East Tennessee had
been acquired.
For the first time since thu Baltimore &
Ohio deal has been pending Sully to-day
broke his silence so far as to say : " 1'es , I
see that other parties claim to have pur
chased thn control of the Balti
more < & Ohio. 1 think they have made
a deposit on account When the Terminal
company decided not to exercise their
option 1 told the Baltimore & Ohio people
that while wo unanimously desired to com.
bine our Terminal property with the Haiti.
more & Ohio property , yet wo could not ask
them , to .consider themselves In any way
bound to leave the matter open. Therefore ,
If any disposition has been made it Is per
fectly proper and right I believe the aiunl-
camation of dividend-earning railroads into
strong systems canot but add strength , power
and increased earnings with resulting econo
mies. If each f > e pa rate property Is
self-supporting and revenue pro
ducing , then combining their traffic
must add strength and the net earnings of
each part , provided , nf course , that the natu
ral laws governing their traffic favor such
combination. There Is nothing In this 'pol
icy operating ngninst the interests of the pee
ple. The people do not want poor , weak ,
eiunsculnted loads , unable to do business
safely. What the people need is stroll' , ' ,
power ! til railroad companies , with means to
iurnlsh the very best appliances for the safe ,
comfortable carrlnio of passengers nml
frolght. Now Orleans Is clamorous for
a fast mall hcivico. How can
it be afforded if It must pass
over halt n dozen dlfiorent lailroads
each having different Interests and naturally
warring with each other ? Combine tlmxi
roads Into ono system nnd you have n power
ful corporation anxious to bcrvo the public ,
to crealo nnd maintain the very best service ,
nnd thereby derive the best revenue. I think
time will yet bring the Baltimore & Ohli
Into tlio Terminal system. The Tormina'
company now own 4,500 miles 01 ° road , mid
an alliance of this road with tlio Baltimore A ;
Ohio would tin of immense value to that
property as well as the city of Baltimore. "
TUB II. * O. KXl'llF.S.H COMPANY.
CIIATTANOOOA , Tenn. , Match 18. The
Times says It has positive Information tha
the Baltimore & Ohio Express company ha :
acquired the express franchise of the Kns
Tennessee , Virginia & Ueorgln railroad , and
all its connections from the Southern Kx
press company. It will take cliar o of the
entire system within thirty days. The Times
savs this strongly signifies thnt thn Baltimore
& Ohio has been absorbed by the West Poln
Terminal , ns the latter recently acquired the
Kast Tennessee , Virginia & Georgia road.
Thn Bridge U'us
BOSTON. Marcli 18. In the investigation
of the Busscy bridge disaster to-day , Thco
doro D. Moses , a civil engineer , said ho re
pardod the whole structure ns n meclmnlcu
deformity and considered It dangerous
Within two weeks ho had spoken to .Super
intendent Folsom suggesting that he mnko
It bafo. _
Requisition For a Murderer.
OTTAWA , Mnrch 18. The government ha
received from the United States nuthorltie
n requisition for the extradition of Francisco
Trlnarco , au Italian who murduiod n lelluw
countryman In Chicago about n mouth ngo
Trlnaico oscaufd to Manitoba , but was ur
rested In Winnipeg a short tlmo ago nnd | I
now HI Jail there ,
GROVER'S ' SEMICENTENNIAL ,
President Cleveland Oolcbrntos tbo Fiftieth
Anniversary of His Birth.
NUMEROUS FLORAL TRIBUTES.
'oik , Plnrco and Grant thn Only Othc *
Presidents Who llava Oclo-
uratrd the Event lit the
White House.
Cleveland's Hair Century.
WAsm.wro.v , Mnrch 18. ( Special Tele *
rnm to the Hni.J The president Is fifty
ears old to-dny. Hocelebnited the occasion
> y giving his entire attention to public busl-
less. This morning ho received n number of
miulsomo llornl tributes accompanied by
ongrntulations. Mrs. lloyt , the president's
Istcr , arrived In Washington this morning
nd Is n guc.st nt the white house. Only
hreo picslilonts before Mr. Cleveland hnvo
lad the pleasure of celebrating their semi
centennial while in tlmt office. Tlicsowcro
fames K. Polk , Franklin Pierce and Clcncral
irunt. James A. Onrflold would have been
Ifty years old had ( lulteau's bullet been a
iioiith Inter In coiicludhu Its fatal work ,
'resident Cleveland has the advantage In
rears of many of his predecessors. Wnsh-
ngton wns fifty-seven when ho wns Inaugur
ated , John Adams sixty-two , Jefferson ,
Madison and John Qutncy Adnms fifty-
eight'Monroe tifty-nlno. Jnckson sixty-two ,
Van Burcn fifty-live , nnd Harrison slxty-
ilght. General (5rant wns the youngest nud
lanison the oldest of tlio presidents.
The city is full of visitors from
Juffnlo. On Wednesday morning a
trnin arrived in hvo sections from
western Now York nnd of the 2,000 or
J.OQO people who came on that train , at least
100 were from Buffnlo or Us Immediate vicin
ity. Tlieieportaf the burning of the Itlch-
: iiond hotel was circulated among them early
in the day and the utmost excitement pre
vailed because of the uncertainty which ex-
sted as to the fate of friends who might have
boon stopping there. Then , too , n report wns
current thnt u number of other fires had been
stnrted In various parts of tlio city which
served to Intensify the alarm of the visitors.
Not until the afternoon papers appeared with
the full details of this catastrophe was tills
alarm allayed. Several of tlio Buffalo people
start back to-night In order that they may as
sure themselves that their friends are still
among the living. Altogether the lire has
spoiled the visit of the Buafflo people to
Washington. Many of them who would
liase called on thu president this afternoon
were prevented irom doing so by thn anxiety
which they felt to know the fnto of friends
who were stopping In the hotel.
INTEII-NTATi : COMMISSION TALK.
It Is Hinted this morning by a Philadelphia
paper thnt Colonel Moriison , Judge Cooley ,
of Mlchlgnn , nnd Judge Bragg , of Alnbamn ,
nre the. three democrats ngiced upon ns mem
bers of the In tor-state commission , but as
.Indue Cooley Is now in receipt of at least
g'5,000 a year as receiver of the Wabnsh It la
hardly supposable that ho would accept a
comparatively minor appointment It is
moro than probable that ono of tlio demo
cratic members will bo nn eastern man and
it is nudei stood tlmt Governor Abbett , of
New Jersey , Is the ono determined on. With
the execution of Colonel Mor
risen , however , nobody scorns to bo
certain about the composition of the
board , nor can It bo definitely stated when
tlio appointments will unannounced. Judge
Thurman called upon the president to-day
accompanied by ox-Governor Itoblnson , of
Massachusetts , uiglng thnt tlio latter be
selected as ono of the republican members , but
Governor Itoblnson Is aver&o to accepting a
position that would compel him to eive up
a largo and lucrative law practice. The tact
that the president is still In consultation
with his advisers In the matter would Indi
cate that this final action may bo known be
fore to-morrow or the first of next week. The
friends of Commissioner Atkins are still
hopeful tlmt ho may be designated a "member
of the commission.
1T.N810NS ORANTl'.D WESTERNERS.
Iowa pensions were granted to-dav ns fol
lows : Uobeccn , mother of Wm. U. Burk-
liart , Prairie Hill ; Caroline L. , muthcrot
Geo. C. Shedd , Denmark ; Wm. C. Bryant
Perry : Oliver M. Joseph , Ottumwa ; Samuel
B. Plckel , Northwooa ; Henry Cork , Huthvcn.
Increnso : Robert Cooling , Mnquoketn ;
Nicholas Nlblock. Moulton ; Jessie Snnders ,
Keotn ; Lev ! Smith , Nevada ; Kobcrt A , Dan *
lels , Council Bluffs ; Wm. S. Caulield , nllna
Cooper. Lnko City ; Alfred Lester , Carroll-
ton. Itelssuo ; John B. Conwcll , Albion.
Dakota Increase : lioburt McNlcder , Bis
marck.
marck.ONLY
ONLY I.naiTIMATn INFORMATION.
Captain llickborno's work on European
Dock Yards makes a volume of about ono
hundred pages of letter press nnd forty-tlvo
maps and plates of dock yards and vessels in
various staires of construction , togetho. with
oilier technical matter of great Intoiest to
naval constructors and of very little Interest
to the ordinary lay reader. The volume wns
printed in the government printing office
last year and each member of congress ( IM : a ,
number of copies for distribution. Until the
publication of the scandal In relation to tha
Chatham yards In England there wan
scarcely a call for this work , but during tha
past tow days these members of con
gress remaining in tint cltv have had
many dmnmnnds made upon them for the
book , and In many instances their supplies
nro alreadv exhausted. The statement thnt
Captain Hlchborno published In this work
matter which wns irlvon him him in confi
dence Is denied In the navy department. It
Is said that ho simply has Incorporated in
his work data of Interest to the public for
whom It was designed and tlmt thorn Is noth
ing whatever of a confidential nature con
tained In these pages nor Is theio nny attempt
on his part to dlsselmlnat' ) information tlmt
would prove detrimental to the governments
to whose courtesy he is Indebted tor Information
mation received.
AN DM ) COUNTKRKKIT.
A few days ngo qnlto a sensation was ere-
ntcd here through the urrest of n gentleman
from Detroit named Darling , who was taken
trom his room just as ho was about to retire
and hurried out to the police station , vvhero
ho wns charged with passing § 50 counterfeit
bill , lie admitted having passed the bill ,
nnd alter giving n satisfactory account of
how It came Into hU > > s.sesslon he was al
lowed to depart. Chftf Brooks , of the secret
pervleo of the tieasury depailment. Raid to
day : "This bill was ono of a number which
wns stolen from n man In Pittnbnrg , who was
itxpliilning how to detect conn-
teifelt money. The Individual In
question fell Into bad company ( and
his entire outfit wns stolen from him. Ho
had In his possession a number of good bill *
of various denominations , besides many bad
ones , which hail the word coiintertnlt burned
across them. The tliloves who relieved htm
of his possessions toro them In two and
pasted them together by the aid of couit
plaster. The court plaster wns stuck rluht
( icloss the burned place and then the bills
were disposed of. U Is nn old dodge nnd ono
wl.leh lias been frequently nnd successfully
worked. The bill In question Is not a new
counterfeit ns wns supposed nt the time , but
Is one ot the hardest with which we have to
deal. As Boon ns Mr. Darling notified the
New Vork hotel from which lie nnd scoured
the bill of the troubid which It had got
him Into they at nncn tent him a draft
to cover the amount mid he huh had l0 | fur
ther trouble. Hefeiilni. to'lhe Matoment re
cently minted In n number \vaMnn papers
to the fact tlmt n quantity of tpurldu * told
coin has been circulated in TUIIOIIS western
cities which nro only 21) ) per cent alloy , and
which aio very difficult to detect , Mr. Brookn
said that the secret service people hnvo not
yet discovered nny of these coins , and ho Is
inclined to think tlmt the story emanate *
from the brain of some versatile wilter who
constantly hcnros the public with wild storloa
of tlio discovery of now counterfeit-
I'OSTAI. CIIA.NQI'.S.
William A. Buckner wns to-day appointed
postmaster at Negulna , Webster comity , vipo
Thomas C. Lnlrd , resigned ; Mnry M. J snin ,
Lusnm , Klnxguld county , Iowa , vicu Arthur
Lesnni , resigned.