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Wholesale Arreat of Train Crown on the
Pennsylvania Hoad.
Conductor * * and Itraknincn Jailed at
IMtttbiirK and n Lnrne Amount of
I'lundcr Captured Two Hun
dred Warrants Imuctl.
\ GiganticConspiracy. .
PiTTSiiuno , April 11. The officials ot the
Panhandle railroad began this morning to
make wholesale arrests of employes of that
road for bclnt : concerned In a gigantic con
spiracy of robbery. The officials of the road
claim that during the past two years the cars
on the Plttsburg , Cincinnati & St. Louis
road have been systematically robbed of
property roughly estimated as being worth
half a million dollars. Early this morning
100 policemen ana detectives began a con
certed raid upon the boarding houses and
homes of the Panhandle railway employes
and at 0 o'clock forty-four conductors and
brake-men were conlincd in the county jail
the officers boarded all early Incoming trains
and arrested such men as were wanted. John
11. Hamilton , attorney for the Pennsylvania
road , was seen this morning In the office of
the dett-ctlvoagency , sitting among a hetero
geneous collection of plunder. He said :
"These robberies have been carried on sys
tematically for several years. Thu company
has long been aware that there was a leakage
somewhere and as early as Septem
ber , IBbC , they quietly commenced
investigations. Detectives wcro placed on
the trains where the eoods could tie watched
and the thieves cauiht. We had already dis
covered that the culprits were employes of
the company. In September there were
eighty crews of freight trains on the Panhan
dle railroad coming Into Plttsburg. Of
these olehtv crown no less than seventy-live
were found to bo crooked. The crews con
sist of conductor , flagman and two brake-
men. In some cases all men were Involved ,
in others only part The statement that the
engineers and firemen were mixed up In the
robb rlcs Is Wrong ; not a single one Is In
volved. The goods were obtained by
the cracksmen In various ways. In many In-
Btances the seals were broken , while in
other * hatchets were used to cut holes in the
rear of cars , through which the men crawled
and took what they coveted. Then they re
ported the car In bad conditionclaiming , that
thn holes had been made by an accident ,
The operations were all the result of a com
bination. Arrangements wcro carefully
made and each rascal was assigned to hit
particular part of the work In
much the same way as banx
robbarlrs are committed by professional
cracksmen. 1 do not know that members ol
the combination were oath bound or any
thing of the kind , but It Is curtain that a
thorough understanding existed among them
nnd they acted In concert to cover up each
others misdoings. The thing which alarmed
ui moru than anything else , was that they
stole large quantities of whisky and drank II
In the cabooses. They needed vessels to
hold liquor , so they stole milk cans
and kept It in them , not daring
to keep whisky openly In the cars ,
They tore up the flooring and hid it under
neath. The mun were continually reported
drunk on duty and the probability of disas
ter was something frightful to contemplate ,
All kinds of goods wcro stolen. In
cluding sewing machines , guns , rovolv
era , cutlery , silverware , cigars , clothing
liquor , groceries , furniture , and In fact even
Imaginable article that could ba carried on t
car w ro quickly removed. The depreda
tions were committed all alone the road and
th losers reside at points as far west as Den
ver. Fences were established m this cltj
where the stolen ( property was taken and
then sold , the money being
evenly divided among the crows. "
It Is now claimed that the amount ot prop
erty stolen will not amount to S30U. The ar
rests hava created great excitement amonj
the railroad employes of this city. Tin
scenes about tha jail doors this mornlnt
when relatives of the prisoners twen
gather * ! to learn the cause of tin
arrest were of the saddest description
Wives , children , parents , brothers and sister
with tear-stained faces stood around the en
trances to the prison eager to hear the lutes
development and pleading with the officer
for admission to the jail to see the prisoners
At 11 o'clock ten more arrests were re
ported. They were captured at the pay-ca
while receiving their wages. This make
a total of lifty-slx In jail hero and it is sup
posed as many more have been apprehendet
nt other points along the line. Constenia
tlon prevails among the proprietors of th
"fences" and dens whcrcithe goods were so
crcted nnd sold. In one instanc
we proprietor of a notorious den was de
tec ted In the net of burning stolen property
A telegram was received from Dennison , O.
stating that J. 1C Dunlap , leader of the gang
was arrested there this morning.
One Bushby , the worst man in the gang
slipped his handcuffs and recklessly throv
himself from the train , while it was golni
and escaped.
Tht following are the names of conductor
irrMted : John nestings , Mac Roberts , J. P
Brennan , L. L. Black. H. It. Kuhn , Thos. C
Shay , T. J. Hanley , William Islett , Chas
Watson , Chas. Shanks , C. Sancacre , Clyd
Laughlln , Frank Maple , J. U. Dunlap , C. li
Altaian , George Latham , C. A. Laugti
lin , John Collls , Dave CollU
Among those arrested are thlrtj
seven brakemen. Seven more arrests hav
been made , but the names have not yet beei
recorded. Nearly two hundred warrants an
still out and it is expected that the list of ar
rests In this city will be swelled to eight' '
before night. A number of houses In varl
ous parts ot the city were raided to-day an
a large quantity ot goods recovered. Ever
man arrested bad stolen goods somewhere
Among the prisoners were several dnngei
ous characters , who wcro wanted by the po
lice for other offenses. They were all nrme <
and when not taken by surprise resisted ai
rest. The number overpowered them , lion
over , and all were safely lodged In jail. 1
special dispatch fiom Dennison says officer
have arrested James and W. Collins wltl
several thousand dollars worth of velvets li
their possession , articles taken from Unite
States bonded can which were en route t
Chicago , St. Louis and other points west
The most Important arrest Is ot Brakema
Young , who made a confession which will , I
Is said ] convict thirteen others. Telegram
from Cadiz , Steubenvllle and points westc
Columbus report tbo arrest of a largo numb *
of railroad employes Implicated In the rol
beries. The preliminary hearing will t
heard April 28.
To Joseph Hue , special agent of the Pent
Kylvanla railroad , and Detective Kllkeson , f
tills city. Is due all the credltlt of running tb
thlfvcsdown , in the Interview with Ku
this afternoon the following account of tt
inception of the robberies , their deteclloi
tbe modus-operandl of their execution , etc
Rue said : "Two years ago we decided to dl
pcnse with locks on cars and Introduced 01
present system of seals. The seal Is ot leai
is about the size of a rive cent piece , nnd
about one-eighth ot an Inch In thlcknes
The wire used In connection with It Is on
sixteenth Inch Iron \ > Ire. There are curls I
U to prevent Its being pulled through the le-t
seal. The method of using H Is as follow :
The wire is passed through the seal , the
through the hasp ot the car door , then bat
through the seal again , forming nn unbroki
circle. An Instrument then is used in in
pressing the seals. That In use , say In Pitt
bur ? , stamps upon the Immense blue the U
ters 'IMS. Fit,1 upon the obversesldo 'P.O. J :
K'thuj Indlcatlnutbat the car Is Intact when
enters the Pittsburgh , Clnclauatl & t
Louis railroad bound wcstwar
The two wires are embedded
Iho same stroke-as the letters are Imprint ?
This understood , I will give an Idea ot tl
Inception of the robbery and its discovery I
the officials of the road. Ea tcrn DOUI
trains have been the sufferers. As near
we can estimate it , these robberies have bet
folnif on for two jears. At tint there v ,
timidity and they only occurred at long 1
tmals : then , dally growing bolder and mo
general , until Just lately every train was
sufferer. Wa became coenlzant ot the re
beries through claims submitted by Nc
York to the road on the strength ot UK
WMtern customers' allegations of brok
, both In bulk and In severally , t
web. caw btiuf positive that t
packages were opened In transit. Via wcro
pu7/.led a lone tlmu by Iho robberies , as our
reports from western points showed that the
seals weronlwa > s suemliuly Intact , rorn
long tlmn wo bl.imed the extractions of the
goods upon roustabouts at piers 'J7 nnd 3 In
Now York nnd the Dock street station at
Philadelphia , as nearly all of our western
bound freight was put on the cars nt either
one or the other of thesu three
places. We cmplojcd detectives and
all Imaginable devicesand found finallytliat
oiircmplojcsat these points wrro nbove sus
picion. As I am In ehargnof all crookedness
on our road cast of I'lttsburir , It then became
my duty to follow the robbers uu to this city.
Alter a most exhaustive search of the ontlro
division of the Pennsylvania road up to
Plttsburg 1 came to the conclusion that tha
lobberlcs wuru committed west of Plttsburg.
We then devoted ourselves entirely to the
western division. After two months' work
\N found that the robberies \vcre committed
between Plttsburg and Dennison ; that out
of eighty crews seventy-Jive were practicing
a gigantic scheme of rdbbery. Wo were
badly startled at lirflt by tbo fact that the
seals on the ears were uencrally found In
tact when the cars reached Columbus on
tueir way westward. Then wo commenced n
system of esplonaire on every mile of siding
between here nnd Dcnnlsou. Day and nk'ht
the watch continued. Meanwhile marked
and decoy coeds were used. Wo found that
local freight was generally untouched ; that
the robberies wcro committed on Union line
shipments. Well and good. One drrk
nleht one of our brightest men stumbled
airalnst the m > .stery of thu seals nnd the
method by which they were successfully tam
pered with. Concealed behind a crow he
saw the crew come to n Union line car. The
wire was pulled out of the seal , the door was
thrown back , nnd the car entered. In a short
time the mun emerged carrying a lot of plun
der. They made otf to the rabooso and the
conductor pulled back the door , run the wire
through the seal where it had been pulled out ,
and witli a board struck n blow. The wire
went back to its place , the blow united the
soft lend a vain without destroying thu letterIng -
Ing on either side , and the seals as appar
ently untouched. I saw ono of these , and
it was only by the closest scrutiny that a per
son could detect signs of tampering with It.
All this made clear , our course was much
easier. The Individuals of these crows were
then each of them tracked down , and I may
say here that so closely were the stolen goods
located that out of all the arrests wn made
last night and this morning , there was not
ono man but had stolen stutt either on him
or in his room. Of course you understand
that our method used In ascertaining
nil this cannot be made public.
Suffice It to say that wo have our hands on
every thluvlsh employe , aud wo are within
easy reach of those who are not arrosUed.
When I say we , I mean , ofconrse , Mr.
Kllkeson first , and to him belongs the exclu
sive credit of the rich haul that tilled the
dragnet. I can pivo a few illustrations of the
spirit ot these employes. In one case just
lately the pursuit was so hot that twenty-live
boxes of line cigars were hastily burned in n
caboose stove. In another * case n "tin"
resultud in two bolts of tine silks being
thrown from a caboose Into the Mononga-
liela river whllei crossing the Panhandle
brldce. In another Instance the crew broke
open near and found it full of organs. One
of the men was so enraged by lindinenothlng
of a stnalablo kind that ho thrust an Iron bai
into thu organ and ruined It. Wo have evi
dence that a freight conductor broke Into n
car , opened a piano , and sat and played it nil
night , stopping nt midnight to eat supper otl
the polished top. The bamo fellow wa =
thumplne a piano in a dive last
night when captured. Another brakeman ,
who lives on Wiley nyenue , stole n bolt ol
cloth , had a suit made for himself , and gave
the cloth for two other suits to two ot his
friends. Another man has become an experl
on astolcn accordeon. In all my experience
of twenty-nine i ears , 1 never saw such B
taste for miscellaneous stealing. Everything
except a coffin and a blacksmith's anvil has
been stolen and made use of. Some of out
detectives assured me this morning tint not
a man was arrested but had from half ft dozer
to a dozen pairs of clean socks of the lines !
qualities and a largo assortment of shirts ol
all kinds. "
The thieves who wore not arrested at thcli
homes were taken from the trains. As the
: ralns came In the officers displayed a red
Ight. the trains side-tracked , and , before the
men knew what was the matter , found them
selves under arrest. The cabooses wen
searched and many evidences ot long con
tinned depredations were discovered. Hun'
dreds of boxes which had contained the
inest Imported cigars were found on th <
trains badly used by the men to hold caps
overalls and lamterns. Fires wcro In pro
; ress today ail along the line of thn Pan
landlo road , made up ( of stuff thrown out o :
the cabooses which had been cleared of art !
clcs valuable as evidence In the cotulnc trial
Almost ovary man arrested had from one t <
ten pawn tickets for all sorts of articles on
his person. It Is alleged that e\ery pawi
shop in the two cities Is represented on tin
tickets. An amount of suveral thousanc
dollars is bald to bo recoverable In this wa ]
The crews of men that had been nrrestei
had left a large number ot trains deserted
The detention of freight , however , was on I ;
temporarily. The railroad officers hav ,
taken special precautions to continue movlm
their freight promptly. An extra force o
sixty men had been employed. These wen
put on tbo deserted trains In the place of thi
arrested employes. When It became knowi
that a large number of men had been ar
rested , applicants for positions commence !
to Hock to the depot by scores.
Special Agent line stated to-night thnt tin
total arrests number sixty , of whom there an
fifty-six In the Plttsburg jail. Ono of tbe men
named Black , was released on ball. J. T
Glbbs was also released this evening. He I
an officer of the company and his arre.'t wa
a mistake. Deputy Mayor Grlpp , befor
whom the warrants were sworn out , has lixei
the hearings for next Monday at 10 a. m
The office of Detective Kllkeson is crowdei
with many trunks and stolen goods , all o
which have been labeled as from whom taken
thn date and conditions. They will bo care
fully guarded to be used as evidence agalns
the men. The goods there are valued at several
oral thousand dollars , which may be great !
Increased by the contents of a dozen or mor
trunks w hlch have not yet been opened. A
the jail all was quiet nnd no more prisoner
were expected to-night. It Is understood thn
no moru arrests \yiil bo made here. In fac
Detective Kuo said they had nil the me :
wanted except n few no longer connecte
with the Panhandle road , who are located
and will bo arrested within the next fe\ \
At a late hour to-night J. II. Dnnlop , wh
is regarded as tlie ringleader of the iran :
made a confession to the detectives , in whic
he Implicated several outsiders and locate
"fences" at Dennison , O. , New PhlladelphI
and other places.
Enforcing the Railroad Boycott.
NEW YORK , April 11. The World ot t <
morrow will say : The general passongc
agents ot Iho trunk lines held a meetlnir , t
which Commissioner Plerson presided , an
at which C. K. Lord , general passengeraget
of the Baltimore & Ohio road , was prescn
with all the other general agents. The meel
ing lasted until late In the afternoon and r <
suited In the Baltimore & Ohio agreeing t
act with the other trunk lines. Its repn
sentatlve promised to order the tickets of th
obstlnato western lines oil sale to-rnorro'
morning , and after that no tickets can t
purchased at any of the trunk line agcnclt
or officers via the Chicago & Alton. Chicago
Hock Island & Paclhc , Chicago , Burllngto
* Qulncy , Wabash , St Louis & Pacltl
Missouri Pacific , Denver & Itio Grande , III
nols Central , Indiana , Bloonungton & We-i
eru , and a low other shorter and less irnpor
ant lines.
Raiding tbe Salvation Army.
Qur.nnc , April 11. While the French d
tachment of the Salvation Army was para
Ing the streets yesterday afternoon , It w ;
attacked by a howling mob who pelted tl
members with large lumps of snow and le
Ouo of the females of the army was kuocki
senseless , and dangerously hurt by bell
struck on the head with a piece , weigbli
live pounds. The drums of the detachmon
were all smashed. The police have as yi
rnado no arrests.
Death of Burlington Cltlien.
BfULiNOTON.Ia April 11. E. D. Kan
n lumber merchant , and a wealthy citizen
this cltv , cdled here of congestion of tl
lungs , yesterday. Handresided , here sin
1S& , and was a member of the firm ow
Ing sawmills la this state and Wisconsin.
Great Gathering in Hyde Park to Protest
Against Coercion ,
The English M < ISPCH Show Tholr Sen
timent * In llognrcl to the i'as-
ago of the Crimes Act
. For Ircltetiil.
The Anti-Coercion Mooting.
[ Co ; > i/r ( jM tvnitu Jam' * Gordon /Jennitt. ]
LO.VDO.V , April 11. [ New York Herald
Cable Special to the BEE.J Many Now
Yorkers who this afternoon walked throueli
Oxford street or Piccadilly , each of which Is
to Londoners what mid Broadway Is to the
former , mint have been terribly reminded of
that April day twenty-six years ago , when
the Fort Sampler meeting was hold on Union
Square to encourage Lincoln to light against
slavery. The dozun wagon-llko platform's ,
arranged In a horseshoe , within the great
Hyde Park , Into which the London streets ,
just mentioned debouch , reminded one of
thu dozen platforms that in 1S01 circled llttlo
Union Square. Around to-day's wagons
were gathered hundreds of thousands of protestors
testers against Irish political slavery.
To sum up In advance , It may be said that ,
favored by brilliant sunshine , a mild change
In the atmosphere , and roads in excellent
condition for marching , the demonstration
to protest against the coercion bill was a
great success. In accordance with a prom
ise made by the committed of public works ,
men were set to work at an early hour this
morning In Hvdo park removing the Iron
hurdles which fringe all the foot roads approaching
preaching that portion known as "Tho
Level , " which was set apart for the demon
stration. Flvo thousand policemen were on
duty at noon in the thoroughfares
and avenues leading thither , or In the park
Itself. Also , thus early , people congregated
along the routes and thronged various sec
tions of the park , Invading swell "llotten
Kow" and two of the most fashionable dri
ves. From first to last perfect order reigned
everywhere , as marked the Fort Sumptcr de
monstration. At least a tenth of London's
5,000,000 people were at one point or another
witnessing the procession or taking part as
spectators or auditors. Piccadilly , St. James
street and Pall Mall presented the most
marked features. Thereabouts arc the resi
dences or clubs of many liberal or home-rule
leaders , whereat cheers were constantly In
terchanged , while chair or groans greeted
tory mansions or such clubs as the Oeacons-
lield , and the Carlton. Yet all was good
A great ovation was given Mrs. Gladstone
and Mr. Herbert Gladstone , who sat on the
balcony of Hight Honorable Edward Majorl-
tank's house , No. 131 Piccadilly , corner ol
Park lane. For over two hours crowds re
mained In front of the house cheering foi
the grand old man and the "grand old
woman. " .
Much interest was taken also In the names
of the numerous banners. Some had portraits
traits of O'Connel , Eminett , Parncll ant
Gladstone , not a few In frame. Here are
some Inscriptions I penciled off : "Glad
stone's Union" and "Salisbury's Union , "
the former being two hands clasped in
friendly grip , while the latter presented tw (
priests chained together ; "Ireland's a Sis
ter , Not a Slave , " "Land for the People'
( with a picture of Davltt ) ; "Another Strue
gle for Fredom , " "Scotland is With You , '
'Justice ' for Ireland , Not Coercion. "
There were several brooms on sticks o :
red , with green ribbons , bearing the Inscrlp
Ion of an old patent for the removal of co
crclon a sort of signboard bearing bottles o !
parallne and having boxes of matches tied
on with the words , "Tory Ilemedies , " thl :
being to remind you of the way the Glen >
belgh evictions were carried out by burning
ho tenants Into the streets.
The Woolwich men carried white Hags , or
ivhich were Inscribed the words : "Wool
wlch Infants Nothing But Victory Wll
Silence. " East Greenwich carried a banne
"No llecreants. '
bearing the Inscription ,
The Bermondsey people carried a Hag 01
which were the words , "Where's Poor Joe. '
Northumberland excited the greatest merri
nent by having a coffin mounted on th <
shoulders of four stalwart men and above li
a skeleton , In memory of coercion. The bam
of this detachment played a dead marcl
throughout the whole distance. The nex
contingent was from Croydon. Its appear
ance caused the band to play "Walt Till tin
Clouds Koll By. " One contingent declarei
on a banner : "We are on the sldo of th
donkey cait with springs. "
National and liberal club members had :
swell turn-out. Their many carriages hai
out riders and were preceded by a number o
bacplpes. Many workmen who were 01
ladders , scaffolding , .etc. , at work , deckei
themselves with green ribbon rosettes o
plumes. All the liberal and radical club
distributed free green ribbons or rosettes t
all applicants. Mrs. Josephine Bntler gav
several thousand shamrock rosettes array.
The processions were accompanied b ,
bands , numbering certainly 100 In all. Thes
played popular airs. I heard a famllla
American one "Tramp , Tramp , Tramp , th
Boys Are Marching" and , of course , "Th
Wearing ot the Green , " and not a few Iris
airs that have to them what Secretary Ba !
fonr would call seditious words.
The meetings around the wagons wer
opened by bpcakers soon after 3 o'clock. . A
the last contingent ot the demonstration dl
not reach the park before halt-past 4 the
could not have known what was going on n
the meeting ground. The scene In the par
was very remarkable. Columns of me
with banners marched to the bleak ol
elms to the strains ot bands , occ :
sionally broken by the hurrah * of th
people. There was a constant streaming i
ot thousands from all points toward the r
formers' tree. This made up a picture m
easily to be forgotten. What was going e
at the wagons , however , could be but a ma
ter of surmise to the tens of thousands. Arn
were waved In the air from the wagons , the :
were constant bursts of cheering , but nothin
definite could be heard from a few feet b
The largest crowds were gathered aronr
platform No. 14 , vrhero Davltt spoke , nr
where the American lias was flying. Tl
resolutions were put by a bugle signal , whl <
was sounded at the same time from all tl
platforms , and then followed a maramo
tableau , Inhicli hats were thrown In tl
air and waving handkerchiefs , played tl
great part , \vhllo everybody tried to chc
their loudest for Ireland.
When the crowd began to disperse , klssli
rings were formed by the bystanders. Mo
women and children joined In tbe Innocei
games , to. the great enjoyment of the youi
people. But the air got chilly and. ( he mo
staid among the ciders made the best of their
way home. .
As I turned out of the marble arch , I saw a
veteran police ofllcer. He politely declined
to talk politics or glvo opinions , but to a
question Inviting an answer , ho said cm-
phatlcallv : "l\o lived In London , boy and
man , for llfty years , but this Is the largest
meeting 1 ever saw , read about or heard of. "
All the morning papers apeak pleasantly
about the Hyde park n ietlng and givn fair
reports of It , cxccotl ig the Times , which
scoffs at It , and says th t out ot the 4,000.000
and more of Londoner who had not left
town lor Easter not mi ro than 50,000 at the
outside found their was to Hydopark to lend
the sanction ot their iresence to the cause
of "fret ) boycottlnn" a ! d "free inoonllght-
Ing" In Ireland , whlcti teems to suggest that
the meeting was really. great success.
Again Threatening the Czar.
ICopiHuht6S7bu JJtW nordon llennttt.\ \
VIENNA , April 11. INew York Herald
Cable-Special to the HnK.l Failure In their
repeated attempts to assassinate the czar has
not discouraged the nihilists. Circulars are ,
I hear , now being secretly distributed
throughout Russia-threatening a fresh at-
tcmptand promising that "cro the year Is
three months older Russia will have got rid
of its tyrant. " The Times correspondent at
St Petersburg says it Is reported that the
czar , before returning to Gatschlna on
Wednesday , found a letter on his writing
table in the winter palace threatening him
with death.
Fa to of Russian Officers.
Jami Oonltn Il'nnt'.t.\ \
CONSTANTINOPLE , April 11. [ New York
Herald Cable Special to the BIK. ] 1 have
just .seen a dispatch from Odessa , mentionIng -
Ing without particulars , which , of course ,
would bo dltllcuit to obtain , the arrival of 450
Kusslan officers en route to the horrible penal
colony of Saghallcr on life sentences. They
are In charge of a largo prison convoy.
Two VoHsar Students and Their Es
corts Meet Death In * Mine.
POTTSVILLE , Pa. , April 11. A shocKlng
accident occurcd In the mine of the Chamber-
Iain colliery at St. Clalr this afternoon. Miss
Berllsta Shaul , of Sharon Springs , N. Y. , a
student of Vassar college , was vIMtlng Miss
Minnie Keller , of St Clalr , a fellow student
The two younc ladles , in company with a
young man named Harry Short and Edwin
Thompson , one of the proprietors
ot the colliery , entered thu mine
for the purpose of giving JIlss Shaul an op
portunity to inspect the operation of mining
coal. The mine had not been working foi
a week and none but the explorers were In
side at the time. In nn adjacent working ,
however , were Albert Thompson , another ol
the firm , and .several others , who were inak-
Ine examinations of the works. They were
startled bv a heavy explosion , and
kuowinc that t lie. party had entered the othei
slope , they hastened there to Investigate.
About ISOyards from the foot of the slope
they came upon Messrs. Short and Thomp
son and the two ladles lying noon the
ground , some of them unconscious and all
frightfully tmrned and mangled.
They .were taken out as speed
ily as possible and medical attendance
obtained. Miss Keller's face was burned be
yond recognition , her skull and thlzh frac-
tuied and her ankle crushed. She died this
evening. Miss Shaul bvd a leg badly frac
tured and was terribly braised and burned.
but may survive. Short's bead Is a mass oi
cuts and contusions and he Is badly
burned. He remained unconscious and his
recovery Is doubtful. Thompson Is painfully
but not fatally bruised. The precise cause of
the explosion Is unknown , but the supposi
tion Is that the party carried a naked lamp
and encountered a bodr of tire damp , wliic.i ,
igniting from the lamp , exploded witn
tremendous force.
A Denver Mob Indulges In a Bloodj
DENVEH , April 11. A bloodv riot oc
curred late last night between rival Swede ,
Pole nnd Hungarian colonies at Thirty-
fourth and Blake streets , which resulted ir
fatally shooting one man and seriotislj
wounding several o'tners , and It was with tin
comoincd efforts of the police force and the
patrol wagon that tbe affair was prevented
from resulting In a wholesale massacre. The
settlement where the riot occurred is com
posed of twenty-live or thirty families , w he
live In small , one-story tenement houses ,
not more than ten by twentv feet square , the
men mostly being employed in the smelters
and foundries located in the neighborhood ,
The melee grow out of a longstanding jeal
ousy In the settlement over a young Polls !
woman , Alice Kalka , who yesterday morn
ing left the settlement on the south side ol
the street and spent the day with thi
rival colony on the north side. Considera
ble beer was drank , and a quarre
in the street between two mer
of the rival colonies was carrlec
to the house , when all joined in. After tin
house had been gutted of the furniture , tin
plaster torn from the walls , ouo Pole killec
and several clubbed Into Insensibility , tin
crowd went to a house on the other side and
resumed the iieht Finally twelve polteemor
armed with Winchesters surrounded tin
house. The mob attempted to resist run
made a dash at the officers , armed wltt
clubs , knives and revolvers , but when the :
met the blue coats ready to lire Into thorn ,
they fell back and made little resistance
Nearly forty razged , bloody and vicious
looking members of the mob were Jailed.
DIalne's Condition Favorable.
FORT GIBSON , I. T. , April 11. Blalm
passed an easy nnd comtortablo night. II
awoke three times , each tirno partaking o
milk. In the morning he appeared to b
very much refreshed and ate a hearty breifc
fast , relishing the meal , swallowing fibre am
all ( heretofore his stomach refused anythln
solid. ) His respiration and temperature ar
normal. The weather Is warm and threat
ens rain a favorable condition for tin
patient. The doctor considers that all dan
gur Is now past , but requires Blalne to re
main In his room fp one week.
ST. Louia , AprrFll. H. C. Kerlns and
Dr. Mudd , ot thU city , the latter of when
went to Fort Gibson to examine and tra
Mr. Blalne , returned home to-night. Kerin
stated to an Associated press reporter tha
when be and Dr. Mudd left Fort Gibson Mr
Blalne was getting along nicely and wa
well on the way to quick recovery. Thn fol
lowing statement by Dr. Mudd covers th
case from the time he first saw Blalno untl
noon to-day. Dr. Mudd advised Bialne note
to attempt to travel or to expose himself un
duly for another week : At 11 o'cloc1
last Saturday morning Blalno bai
a slight fever , the result of genera
bronchitis , and slight pneumonia of
part ot the lower marcin of the left lung
The record of this case as kept by Byrne
post surgeon , showed an Irrezular but dail
rise in temperature to 3 degrees. Thobron
chltis rapidly Improved during the nex
twenty-four hours. There was during thl
time no extension of the pneumonia , and a
neither Dr. Bvrne nor myself could detec
any Imperfection In the constitution ot th
patient , wo felt that there was no serlou
danger. Blaine Is singularly free from an
evidence ot chronic disease or weakness
Now that the disease has subsided wo b
lleve , unless there Is a recurrence of th
trouble , that hU fine physique and good re
cuperallve powers will soon establish perfcc
Acton Downs Lewis.
CHICAGO , April 11. Battery D. was we
filled to-night with a crowd gathered to wit
nest the catch-as-catch-can wrestling mate
between Evan Lewis and Joe Acton. Acto
won the tint fall and Lewis the next three
and the match was declared in hU favo
The audience was only moderately enthu :
lastJc , and a comparatively small amount <
money chan/ htnd *
Train Wrecker Hoffman Given the Full
Penalty of the Law.
The 1'rlnoner Ilrcttks Down Com
pletely When Ho Realize * 11U
Fate Thlovci l scapo Justice
Other Nebraska News.
Hoffman Sentenced to Ifans ; .
NKIIIIASKA CITY , Neb. , April It. [ Special
Teh-gram to the Bun. | David Holfman ,
who was tried last weed for wrecking a train
at Dunbar on January It and found guilty of
murder In the Ilrst degree , was this niornlng
brought before Judge Chapman for sentence.
11 o was very nervous and looked a * If ho had
slept none since the close ot his trial on Sat
urday last. When hu stood no to hear the
remarks of Judge Chapman , tears trickled
down his checks , and for the tlrst time since
the beginning of his trial ho showed signs
< 5f weaKenlug. The judge spoke at
some length of the trial , the jury and the
deed , and finally wound up by naming July
22 as the day on which HolTman was to bo
hung at this place. The prisoner broke down
and cried like a baby while being taken back ,
to his cell. The trial of James Dell , who
was with llollman when the deed was done ,
will take place to-morrow. It la thought ,
however , since ho turned state's evidence
that he will throw himself on the mercy of
the court and plead guilty. Both prisoners
are much broken down.
The Nebraska City Press says the case of
David Hoffman , Indicted for wrecking a
Missouri I'acllic train at Dunbar last Jan
uary , was given to the jury Saturday after
noon. In half an hour the jury returned a
verdict of guilty of murder In the first de
gree. When the jury liled In very few spec
tators were In the court room. The prisoner
was In his place , stolid as he had bc * n
throughout the trial. There was an Interval
of deep silence when the verdict was read.
The Jury w s then dlichargcd and a motion
for a new trial entered. The prisoner broke
down twice ; once Just after the jury went
out \\lillo his brother was talking to htm , and
again when his sister came near him after
the verdict was rendered. With these ex
ceptions his manner was stolid , rather than
nervy , throughout.
Keenan and Murray , two men arrested for
burglary , were released by a jury this evenIng -
Ing in the district court , although the eoods
were found on their persons when arrested.
Judje Chapman , In discharging the prison
ers , said : "I know that you arc guilty , but
the jury has cleared vou. "
Another thlet plead guilty and was sen
tenced for onn year.
Detective Flynn this afternoon brought in
a man whom he arrested for placing atones
on the H. & M. track west of Syracuse onn
day last week. It Is thought that the man Is
slightly demented.
It has been Intimated that Bell , one of the
train wreckers who turned state's evidence ,
has been promised Immunity and will escape
with a light punishment.
Judge Chapman will adjourn court tomorrow
row to the 2.Jth.
O'Donnell Again Ulven Damages.
COLUMBUS , Neb. , April 11. ( Special Tele
gram to the BEE.J The case of James
O'Donnell against the Omaha , Nlobrara < fc
Black Hills railroad company was given to
the jury this afternoon and a verdict was re
turned for $5,000 In favor of the plaintiff.
The case was tried last January , when a ver
dict for SS.SOO was rendered. A new
trial was granted with the above result. Con
siderable intereit was shown In the .suit from
the tact that In February , 165 , O'Donnell ,
with his team , was run over at St. Edwards
by the Albion train about 7 o'clock In the
evening , killing both the hordes , breaking
the wainn into kindling wood and Injurlnz
O'Donnell to such an extent that with his in
juries and his broken hip no has been falling
In health as a consequence. But the most
incredulous part of the suit Is the .statement
of the defense that neither the engineer , tiro-
man , conductor nor any one on the train
knew nothinc of the matter till atter the
train had reached Albion and the conductor
was asked to report the accident that had oc
curred at St. Edwards. 1 hen , tor thu tint
time , did any of the train men know that
O'Donnell had been run over by their train.
A Horse Thief Shot Dead.
BROKBN Bow , Neo. , April 11. [ Special
Telegram to the Br.E. ] Sheriff Penn and
deputies just returned from Elton and Sar
gent , where they went to take care of the re
mains of a horse thief who was shot yester
day evenlnz Dy a posse who attempted hl
canture. The sheriff captured the dead horss
thief's pard , and landed him in the Broken
Bow Jail this evening. The posse was from
Brown and have returned. The dead and
captured are old horse thieves.
Legal Points Argued and tbe First
Speech M de.
Sioux CITY , la. , April 11. The day has
been spent In the Haddock murder trial
mostly In the counsel arguing the law point !
relating to conspiracy and the application ol
the term "reasonablo doubt. " In the after
noon Hon. E. 11. Hubbard , of counsel foi
the itate , presented the case before the jury
closing at 5SO. Tbe attendance has leisenec
to over one-half , but public Interest does noi
seem to subside. The probable outcome ol
the jury's deliberation Is the theme of th <
people. Three speeches will be made or
each side before the case goes to the jury
and It Is not thought Improbable that It wll
not be submitted until Thursday.
Indianapolis Carpenters to Strike.
INDIANAPOLIS , April 11. The carpenter ;
of this city and their employers held sepa
rate meetings to-nUht , but were unable t <
agree and the men decided to Inaugurate-
strike to-morrow. Thev demand nine hour
a day and an Increase of 10 per cent li
wages. The employers Insist on ten hour
and oiler n graded scale of wages , the high
est being 23 cents an hour and the lowest 1'
cents , which was rejected. Tha strike wll
affect , it Is said , about 000 men.
Dad Floods In New York.
GANAJOIIARIK , N. Y. , April 11. Excite
ment was never more Intense along th <
Blackhawk river , which ha.s continued tc
rise since morning. The bridge over thi
Mohawk at Fort Plain was carried away bj
the flood to-night. Fultonvllle and Fondi
are nearly all under water. No teleirapr
wires on the Central railroad are In opera
tlon. The railroad tracks are torn up a
Podestlne. The bridge and tracks are wasnei
out In various places. Travel will be 1m
peded for several days.
The Eagle In Port.
ST. JOHNS , N. P. , April 11. The saillrt :
steamship Eagle , which arrived here to-daj
reports that the debris and apparent wreck
age with the snip's name found on the la
were flung overboard to make room for seals
There Is great rejolclne among the sailor-
families over the arrival of the supposed los
A Strike Averted.
CHICAGO , April ll. Two weeks ac
the switchmen In the Illinois Central yard
qnlt work , became the company ordered th
force reduced. They returned to work bt
were expected to go out again to-day , but th
company ordered the same number of mete
to bo employed as heretofore and the strlk
was averted.
Three Men Killed.
Nr.wYoKK , April 11. Three men wer
killed to-day at shaft No. 10 of the uei
aqueduct by the falling of tbe cage. The
arc Edward Snedy , machine runner ; and J
O. Slclnllll and Antonio Coleno ; laborers.
t IB Declared Unconstitutional Ily
the Supreme Court.
WASIIINOTON , April 11. A decision was
endcrcd in the supreme court of the United
States to-day In thn railroad penult case of
ienry S. Darruii against George W. Uurn-
Ide , sheriff of I.on county , Iowa , In error
o the supreme court oitlmt state. ' 1 he ques-
lon presented by the case M the validity of
he act of the guneral assembly of Iowa , ap-
iroved April C , 1M50 , entitled "An net requlr-
ng foreign incorporations to lllu their nrti-
les of Incorporation with the iccrctary of
tate and Impeding conditions upon such
orporatlons transacting business In this
talc. " The object ot thu act Is to compel
orelgn railway corporations to take nut a
lermit for thu transaction of business within
hu state , and It is made a condition of the
granting of such permit trial when a railroad
company M sued by a citizen of the state It
hall not remove the case to the federal court
L'hls court , In an opinion by Justice lilatch-
ord , holds that the Iowa statutu Is void. The
udgtnent of the supreme court of Iowa Is re-
ersed and the CASH reminded with dlrec-
Ions to enter judgment discharging the
ilalntitf In error from custody. The corpor
ation concerned In the case is the Chicago > t
Northwestern railroad company.
The News In Iowa.
DBS MOINKS , la. , April 11. [ Special Tele-
; ram to the UEK. | The announcement that
ho United Spates supreme court had declared
ho Swconey law unconstitutional wa re-
elved hero without much surprise. Many
vere prepared for It since the elaborate dls-
usslon ot the question before the state
tipreme court last December. The Sweenry
aw , passed by the last general assembly ,
compelled all foreign corporations doing
business In the state to re-Incorporate here
and thus be subject to state laws and state
courts. It was the last section to which most
objection was raised , as It took away the
Icht of foreign corporations , when sued , to
ransfer their cases to the federal court as Is
now usually done. To make a test case , the
tate arrested the employes of two or three
oreign railroad corporations , among them
hose of the Chicago A. Northwestern railroad.
1'ho company defended its refusal to reln-
corpor.ito on the ground that the law was
inconstltutlonai. The leading foreign rail
roads entering the state united , and through
heir chief solicitors argued the case before
he Iowa supreme court last December on an
application for a writ of habeas corpus to re
alize the arrested employes. The state court
lenled this and the case was at once pre
sented to the United States supreme court
with the result announced to-day. Governor
Larrabee stated to-night that the state would
probably abandon at once the prosecution
igainst the other corporations under the
Sweeney law. but it would make no change
n Its prosecution of the Pullman sleeping
: ar company for refu al to pay taxes in Iowa ,
le says that he It not disappointed In the
decision of the supreme court , and he thinks
hat the next legislature , if any legislation
on this subject is attempted , will be very
careful not to Interfere with constitutional
rights of non-resident corporations.
It Was Deadly 1'lay.
DUUUQDE , la. , April 11. | Special Telegram
to the BEK.J This morninz two young tn n ,
Nick Olenser and B. Oallc , took a skiff and
rowed to Dunrelth. On returning , when
near shore , they stood up In the boat and
ilayfullv commenced to rock It f rorn side to
hide. It was capsl/ed and Olenger was
drowned fifteen feet from shore. At the
nomentof his drowning his mother was
being married In St. Mary's ctiurch. It Is
supposed tbeyounz men had been drinking.
Fire mt Center Point.
CENTER POINT , la. , April 11. ( Special
Telegram to the BEE. I The residence of
Dr. Wilson , occupied by S. L. Wilson , was
consumed by Tire this morning , catching tire
From a spark that got under the roof. About
lalf of the household eoods were saved. The
loss Is 53,000 ; insured for 2,000 in the Cedar
Itaplds company.
Store Moulders Strike.
KEOKUK , la. , April 11. [ Special Telegram
to the BEE.I The moulders In the Central
stove works struck to-day and are still out.
rhey were given St , Louis stove patterns to
work with and they refused.
Omaha Lends All Competitors in Per
Cent or Increase.
BOSTON , April 11. The following table
shows the gross exchanges at the leading
clearing houses In the United States for the
weet ending April 9 , 1SS7 , together with the
percentages for the corresponding week In
IbSG :
Preparing for n Row.
NEW YOKK , April 11. [ Special Telegrarr
to tbe BEE.J A telegram from Washlngtor
to the Star says : "The fishery question I :
rapidly approaching a culmination. Tin
menacing attitude assumed by thu Canadiai
authorities encouraged by the British gov
ernment , is now a feature of controversy ,
as the United States was led to believe tba
the London authorities were disposed to ad
lust the matter in dispute amicably. It hav
ing been ascertained otiiciallr that Englam
is not disposed to make the concession :
asked by the United States , the pres
ident and secretary ot state an
considering the step to take in thi
Impending dispute. What has leakec
out in oflical circles Indicates that the presi
dent and secretaries of state and the treasur
are now In favor of resorting to the power
ernnted by congress. It tbo Canadian Ens
lish authorities persist in their course effect
Ive retaliation will bo resorted to at once
The outline of the proposed retaliatory proc
tarnation , it is understood , has already beei
ditcloed , nnd at the proper moment will b
Issued If necessary. There Is some actlvit
In naval circles preparatory to transportatioi
of torpedo boats and appliances to the lakes
It Is now proposed to supply all lake port
with ammdant torpedo equipments. Th
armrwill also bo carefully inspected witl
reference to any emergency which might prc
sent Itself.
Dan Thought It Improper.
WASHINGTON , April 11. A delegation o
Irish-Americans called at the wblto house to
day to invite the president to attend a meet
Ing to be held In this city to-night to protes
against the coercion policy In Ireland. The
saw Colonel Lament and were Informed tna
whatever th ; president's views on the sub
Ject mlcht be , it would be manifestly Ira
ptoper for him to attend such a meeting ii
his official capacity. Tbo committee witt
drew without further effort to sea the pran
Strike of Moulder * .
CHICAGO , Apr.l It The stove moulder
employed in Collins & Burgee * foundry qu
work this morning. TiiU. together witn in
men who struck Saturday , throws GOO me
put oi work.
now the Washington Saloons Evade tlifl
Strictly-Enforced Law ,
Ten Thouinnd Mttto Ones Hoi I
On the Wltlto Hnimo Ground * and
Shako the I'roldcnt'H Hand-
National Capital NCIVH.
They'll Have Their Snndny Nip.
WAsm.ViTo.v , April 11. ( Stcclal ) Tele
gram to the HER. ) A way around the Sim-
lay laws In this District , which arc to bo rlz-
dly enforced , has been found. It Is through.
he clubs. Yesterday the police wcto In-
onneil that thu club * \\ure selling liquor to
heir members and guests just as openly att
ho saloons formerly did. The complainants
\cretoldthatthecliibscotild not be Inter-
ered with ; that they were the castles of their
member , Just as a man's resilience Is his
own. Under this ruling tlit-re was an lm
mouse boom , and club books were opened
or almost a score of new clubs , the entraneo
ee to be nominal and no dues for mam *
e nance. Most of thu books wcro opened by
well-known saloon men , and each member la
o tc permitted to visit "the club"on Sunday
vith friends and buy wet cowls at thn usual
'club" prices , which do not vary from thojq
at first-class bars. A largn number of appli
cations were made to thn registrar ot deeds
onlay for charters , and they were granted
n every Instance. The by-laws of old cluta
ire being substituted with proper altcrntlons i
and the names of all the old bums In town
eolng In as directors , members , etc. A task
ot the validity of this action ot the clubs sell-
ng liquors to its members on Sunday has
been made several times and the "clubj" are
This was the ira\est day for children eve *
known In Washington. Fully 10,000 of the
ittle ones eoneregated In the whlto house )
grounds during tne day and engaged In the
isual annual ezir rolling , wnlch has beer *
lopiilar hero In n moru or less decree for thd
ast decade. Twice as many turned out t < X
lay as were ever seen either in the whlto
louse crounds or thu capltol grounds before
conercaS passed a law prohibiting them en *
gagin * in the fun there because they ln
lured the sod on the .sUen terracings. Th <
scutio was never duplicated In this country
and may never be equilled anywhere. As
early as 'J:30 : the children began to arrive
with littl * bask U of eges and a sandwich
unchcon to make a day of it. Bylloclcckj
here were thousands present and they word
arriving and departing till 4 o'clock. They
'butted" eggs , rolled ezgs , tossed egsjs ana
ilayed every concelvabln prank wltli eggs ;
which were Hard boiled and colored. Then the
children ran In great crowds down hills and
up again immediately about thu white house.
rhey raneed from three to hfteen years In
are and hundreds of little ones were unac
companied by any one. Many were lost
from nurses or parents and the police were
cept busy loc..lng them up. At one time
there were more children on the grounds
than could have been huddled together on an
acre lot , and with the older persons they well
covered four acres. An hour before the pres
dent's reception began children ( locked Into
the white house anxious to see Mr. Cleve *
and. The building was overflowing Ion *
Before the president entered the east parloC
atl-.rx ) . Directly ho appeared In the rar
lor the little ones aet up a cry of delight sim
ilar to that heard at Sunday school enter
tainments on the night before Christmas.
Then they rushed towards the president
hundreds crowding about him as though he
were a Santa Clans distributing presents.
Thev pulled at his coat tails and were not
content to shake his hands and cry , "Good
Mr. Cleveland , " "Nice president he Is , " and
a thousand other exclamations , but tncy lin
gered around till the president told them
they muit move out and let the other child
ren come up. There was a continual tear
of juvenile voices. Such a sleltt way
never witnessed In any country. Finally
the president included chrildren to go out as
soon as they shook his hand , but hundreds
of them turned around when outside the en
trance , and , colng back , went throuih tua
same proramuie. Outside there were thous
ands of people who could not get Intido.
When the entertainment had proceeded foe
over an hour the president grew weary , thq
doors were closed to visitors , and half an
hour later the chief magistrate was back at hl $
desk working. This egg rolling began to ba
something ot a feature during the early part
of Hayes' administration. A few hundred
children met on the green about the Capitol
on Easter Monday and buted eggs. They
rolled a few down hill and had a good time.
The next Easter Mondaythe number doubled ;
and on the third there were so many they
ruined the sodding on the whole ground and
congress passed a law forbidding their con
gregating at the place again. Ther have
since taken possession of the spacious white
house grounds. It is simply a day ot
frolic for children aim Is the
opening of spring sport for juveniles.
Pensions wereisuiedforNebraskans to-day.
as follows : Alexander Hamilton. T > cums h (
Kll Boynton , Friend : James B MacCormlcf ,
Valisade ; William L. Saum , Laird. J
Pensions for lowans : George _ _ .
Guernsey ; Thomas Foster , Moulton : Fred *
erlrk W. Hardln ? , Manson : Franklin M ,
Harrison , Commerce ; John Dunbar , Decasfl
Agency ; John Hlcter , Clarion : James S.Pen-
nel , Sigourney : Daniel ll. Priest , Greyed !
Ira McNalr. Sully ; Thomas J. Spindler , Alf
blon ; David 11. Hilton , Spencer ; Thompson
F. Hours , Bentonsport ; Frederick Bowefj
Eagle Grove : William II. Irwln , Sibley.
Ex-Consrcsiman Ka on , of Iowa , Is here ;
also C. L. Burton , of Ottumwa , la.
The president to-day commissioned the fol-
lowinz postmasters : Lafavette Myers , at
Grand Island. Nob. : W. C. Swlgart , at M&-
quokefa , la. ; C. P. Uuckey , at Srxjncpr , la. }
! „ T. Alexander , at Montlcello , la. ; William
Judil , at Fargo , Dak.
The presldunt to-day appointed as post
master Alex Green , at Miller , Dak. , vlco W ,
S. Keppart , removed.
Ex-ltepresentatlvo Benton J.Hall of Bur
lington , la , who succeeds Commissioner
of Patents Montzomery , has arrived hera
from the west. Ho will at otu begla
, learning hU dutits , . and will assume
charge of the cilice May 1. Meanwhile
Montgomery will bo In at least nominal con
trol. Hall says he has not thought of making
any cfcanjes or Inaugurating any reforms.
The Baltimore & Ohio Deal.
NEW YORK , April 11. [ Special Telegram
to the BEK. ] Tbe Herald's report that
Henry Vlllard had received an option on the
Baltimore & Ohio Is generally discredited
and a well known corporation attorney , who
occupies a position which permits him to
speak with authoritr , says Henry S. Ives &
Co. still hold an option and In time there
will bo carried out an alliance cwUveen tha
Baltimore & Ohio and Cincinnati. Hamilton
t Dayton system * . It is Impossible for Vll
lard to have control or an outlon in it. The
only possible connection that could bo Is H at
he may have adva nerd n : ine > to Ivei < & Co. ,
but do not think t'lat is probable.
nialne in 1'cnimylvitnln.
NEW YORK , April 11. fSpeoIal TeUirrara
to the BEK.I Christopher Maze , of Pilta-
burg , is at the Fifth avenue hotel. Maios \
one of tbo leaders of tbe stalwart wing ot the
republican puty In Pennsylvania , and has
been stronsly opposed to Illiine. So far as
Pennsylvania Is concerned , he raid to-ilay.
"It BlalnuU a candidate next je-ir he will
have our delegates. U U uielt s to combat
the Btaloe element In Penn ) lva.m. 1 bavo
trltd It for some and 1 am nriof ' run
ning my head up against a s'ooe wal "
New Western Union Share * .
NEW YORK , Apnl II. The stockholders of
the Western Union Telegraph couiptuy heM
n special meeting 10 morrow to ratify tt
ls e of 12000 shares of new stock wit hi
\vbich to retire the ouutandin. ; i"