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Governor Thayer Names the lour Members
of the Board ,
Smith and CJiltiert Appointed For Two
nnd HcMinott and llartnian For
Four Years News From
Nebraska. '
llic Lucky Four.
fii.vrot.N , Ni'b.i May 8. 'Special to tlio
UIE. : | GovernoivThayer has made the fol
lowing appointments of lire and police com
missioners for Omaha , Neb. : , To servo two
years , Howard II. Smith and Gi-orgo 1. Gil
bert ; to servo four years , L. M. Dennett and
Christian Hartman. In transmitting these
appointments the governor forwards the fol
lowing letter regaiding the law and his view
of action :
To Messrs. Howard U. Smith. George I.
Gilbert. L. M. llennett and Christian Hart-
nun , Omaha , Nebraska. My Dear Sirs :
Tlio following is an extract from the law
creating the Omaha charter :
Section its. In each city of tlio metropoli
tan class there shall bo a board ot lire and
police to consist of the mayor ( who shall be
cx-ofilclochairman of said board ) and tour
electors of said city , to bo appointed by tno
governor. The governor snail appoint as
the commissioners above four cltl/.ens , not
more than two of whom shall bo ot the same
political party , and two of them , of different
political faith and aMegience , shall be desig
nated In their appointments , to serve for two
years , and the other two , also of different
political party faith , shall bo designated to
servo for four years ; and thereafter , at the
expiration of said term , and each period of
two years , the governor shall appoint two
members of said board. For olllcial miscon
duct the governor may remove any
of said commissioners ; and all vacancies
or removal shal bo lilled by the governor for
the unexplrcd term , and all vacancies from
whatever cause shall bo so tilled ; that not
moro than two ot the members of said board
shall bo of the same political party , or so re
puted. All powers and duties connected
with , and Incident to , the appointment , re
moval , government and discipline of the of-
fleets and members of the lire and police de
partment of tlio city under such rules and
regulations as may bo prescribed by ordi
nance shall bo vested In and exorcised by
Raid board. "
Under the authority thus granted you have
been appointed lire and police commissioners
for the city of Omaiia. You , In conjunction
with thu mayor , will constitute the boatd.
Thu power to appoint and remove tlio com
missioners , taken In connection with tlw
sworn duty of the governor , to see that the
laws bo lalthtully executed , plainly implies
that his duty and intcicst in the matter
Bhould not cease with the selection of the
commissioners. At least , I so Interpret It.
Jt will not , therefore , bo out of place for mete
to present some views and suggestions which
will , without doubt , com mend themselves to
your judgment.
It Is generally admitted that there Is a
pressing necessity for a complete and most
thorough renovation and reorganization of
the police department of your city. To ttie
working out of this purpose It now becomes
your duty to devote yourselves.
Recently I passed live days In Omaha
listening to what every ono had to say who
desired to converse with mo In reference to
appointments and police affairs , making ob
servations , taking notes and learning every
thing 1 could bearing on the subject. I
traversed various streets , road around the
suburbs on two evenings , and from Thurs
day evening till Monday forenoon I saw but
ono policeman , and he did not seem to bo on
duty. Inquiring of various persons , "Where
are the police. 1 see none ? " the answer caino
Irom eleven different reputable citizens , "if
you will look Into the saloons and gambling
nouses you will tind them. " A physician In
formed mo that , going homo about 9 o'clock
recently , hn found a man Inside his fence ,
lying on the ground a few steps troui his
door , drunk. Ho wont up and down the
street looking for a policeman without find
ing any till he entered a saloon and there
found one. The papers have reported Ire-
qucnt cases of persons being "held up" while
returning from business to their homes In the
early evening , and ot burglars entering and
ransacking dwellings.
In my walki around the city towards evenIng -
Ing I observed gatherings of persons upon
certain street corners , which I should desig
nate loatini ! corners , through which ladles
could elbow their way only with much dlfll-
culty. 1 saw ono lady take her Httlo girl
and step on" the sidewalk Into
the street to go around the crowd
and In doing so a team came along In close
Proximity to the child , and the lady saved It
from harm by quickly drawing It one sldo.
1 looked around for a policeman , but none
was In night. All these outrages and evils ,
nnd kindred ones , must be brought to an
end. The Inhabitants of the city are taxed
t' support a police , and the police must be
what It Is designed to bo a protection to the
peoplo. They have a right to demand this.
Tno plain intent and meaning of the law
Is , that there shall bo a non-partisan police.
1 have compiled with the law In selecting
two from each ot the great political parties.
From this tlmo on , in any action which I
mar have to take , and In my consultations
with the commissioners , I shall know no
politics , and I shall expect you to bo gov
erned by the same rule. Any attempt to re
ward partisans would bo regarded by me as
"ofllcial misconduct. " No ono should bo
made an ofllcer or member of the police force
ns a reward for political service , or to pay
any political debt. The only points to be-
considered should bo the Integrity , the abll'
Ity , tno Intelligence and the fitness of tlio
one proposed. No ono should bo appointed
unless his habits are entirely above reproach.
No man who has been accustomed to hang
mound saloons and gambling places or low
dives , and no ono unless he bo strictly tom-
pcrntc , should bo placed upon the foice.
The city will , of course , be laid oil into
regular beats , and rules and regulations will
bo adopted by you. The members of the
police force should bo thoroughly Informed
nnd Instructed as to their duties. They
should bo under as thorough and complete
discipline as If they belonged to the United
States army. They should Inform thcmsovefl
ns rapidly as possible as to different localities
and places of business , so that they can Im
part Information to all who may seek It.
They should answer all questions In a cour
teous , respectful manner. Their deportment
should be such at all times that every person
will instinctively fool that the policemen arc
gentlemen and are their protectors. Thcli
power should be exercised with firmness , but
never In a brutal or Inhuman manner. II
any otllcer or member ot the force neglect *
his duty , or Is olT his beat , or enters a saloon
whllo on duty , except In the performance ol
au official duty , should bo Immediately dls
charged ,
Gentlemen , there must bo a thoroughly or
tranlzed. a thoroughly clllcient , am
thoroughly controlled police department it
the city of Omaha. It must bo made safci foi
any peaceably disposed citizens to walk tin
streets at any hour of the night If duty so re
quires. And the uccomplishmcnt of till :
purpose now devolves upon you. 1 think
know the good people of your city wel
enough to justify me In saying that 1 knov
you will have the heaity encouragement am
support of all in this woik. And you wll
know also that , at all times , you will have al
the power and influence of the state exrcu
live to sustain you. Very respectfully ,
Governor ,
Bad Fire at Alnaivnrth.
AtNSWOHTii , Neb. , May 8.-Special [ Tele
gram to the HEE. | Tlio llurns house caugh
Hie this mornlntjat 1 : SOo'clock and buruei
to the ground. Loss , 50.000 ; Insuranct
84.000. The tire Is supposed to have bee :
started by Incendiaries , tllllett's marke
and Lelpsos1 bottling works were alb
AiNSvrouTH Neb. , May B. ISpeclal Tele
cram to the Hrr.l About 1:30 : this mornlni
Alnsworth had the lirst tire since Us found
Ing. The llurno house took lire from an un
known source. In all probability Incendiary
So quickly did the Urge two-story structure
burn that tlm alatm had scarcely been clrcu
jled generally wUea the hotel was a mas
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of ruins. A strong wind had blown all night ,
and at the tlmo of tlio lira It was blowing
southwest , but changrd to northwest whllo
the fire was burning. At ono tlmo It was
thought the southern portion of the town
would alt be burned , and goods were hastily
moved Into the street. The Inmates of the
Iturns house barely escaped with their
lives and such aitlcles as they could
carry In their arms. The lire spiead
so lapidly that the employes lost all their ef
fects , in many cases escaping but half
rlothcd. A bricado was formed and tlio
buildings m-ar protected. A market belong
ing to F. K. Glllott across the stieot was
burned with the fixtures. It was a very
cloin call for the town ,
Whllo this lire was In progress another
stalled In the west end of town In the bottling
tling works of T. U. , the fire almost
cutting off hi * escape fioni the building In
which ho was asleep. The works were very
complete and are a great loss to the town ,
The Hums liouso was owned by J. F.
Hums , ono of the pioneers of town , and the
furniture owned by J. M. Hrackett , tlio land
lord , and valued at about 80.000. The Insur
ance on tlm building was 82,500 ; on the fur
niture , 31,500. The bottllnir works were val
ued at 81,000 : Insured for S750. The spring
term of the district court begins hero to-mor-
row. There will bo many strangers here dur
ing ( lie session and this lire makes accommo
dations quite limited.
Uailly Scorched.
HoMmr.m : , Neb. , May 8. [ Special tclo-
gram to the DEE. ] A lire broke out this
morning about 7 o'clock In Klnsol's building
on West avenue , formerly occupied by N. J.
Chcslino as an Implement house. The fuo
was not discovered until It had so far con
sumed the building that it could not bo saved.
From this the lire soon spread to other build
ings. The wind was blowing from the north
and it was soon discovered that all the build
ings In the block must go. The buildings
burned were a dwelling , Kinsel's building ,
where the lire originated ; W. O. Smith's
music emporium , Moore Bros. , billiard hall ,
McWinquest's merchant tailor establish
ment , Shenebergrr's * Wagner's hardware
store , and John Same's meat market. The
aggregate loss Is S2oOO with about S1.200 In
surance. The Commercial state bank block ,
belonging to Klnsel Bros. , was damaged to
the extent of 31,000. All the plate class was
broken by the boat and the cornlco melted
away. The tire is supposed to bo the woik
of an Incendiary.
An Educational Appeal.
COI.UMIIUS , Neb. , May 8. ( Special Telegram -
gram to the UEI : . | President Perry , of
Douno college , made two masterly ctl'orts on
behalf of the Congregational organization in
whoso Interest ho Is au able champion. The
services , both morning and evening , were
largely attended. Ills appeal , vigor of
thought and close analysis of the life of
Abraham and tils journeys from Ur among
the Chaldeos to Hcthel was ono of those rare
treats ot mental culture , Infusing heroic im
pulses into tlio young men who were present.
Thu appeal for help should bring a liberal
response for such a needed institution as tlio
Doano college.
An Alnsworth Wcddlnir *
Ai.vswoiiTii , Neb. , May 8. [ Special Telegram -
gram to the BEK. | J. G. Ackcrman , ol the
firm of Munson & Ackcrman , general mer
chants , and Miss Nellie Murphy were mar
ried at 5 o'clock this morning and went cast
on the 0 o'clock train for a wedding trip In
the east.
Omaha In Line With Another lilg
BOSTON , May 8. ISpcclal Telegram to
the llEE.l Following table compiled from
dispatches to the Post from managers of the
leading clearing houses In the United States
show gross exchanges for the week ending
May 7 , with percentage increase and decrease -
crease from corresponding week last year :
A Combination Formed to Control
the Country's Hoof Industry.
CIIICAOO , May. 8. [ Special Telegram to
the DEE.J The Tribune says to-day that the
celebrated American Cotton Oil "Trust" will
soon bo entirely overshadowed by a new in
vestment "trust , " in which no less than
525,000,000 has been invested. The new coiiv
biiiation Is the "American Cattle Trust , "
with its Interests settled in Now York , Chicago
cage and the great cattle ranches of the west
Millionaire Nelson Morris is its conspicuous
head in Chicago , and the other western trus
tees , just selected , aro' Mr. Frank K. Vogel
of the Falrbank Canning company , Chicago :
ox-Governor Knit , ot Colorado ; Thomas
Sturge ? , president of the Wyom
ing Cattle company , Cheyenne ;
Captain Lytlo , of Texas , ant
D. H. Head , presldentof the American Rand :
association. Associated with these are r
largo number ot heavy eastern capitalists
The object of this great "trust" Is to largol )
Increase , develop and encourage the raising
and handling or cattle , the slaughtering o :
them by lirst hands and the placing of theli
prodncts in tlio different markets of tin
world. The new venture is to be Inaueura
ted upon an immense scale. The 825,000,000
It Is said , has been paid in. Tlio projector !
say that it is not too much to expect that i
will secure the mwtcry over the great cattii
Interests of the country , which , however
they claim will bo a benefit to all raisers o
cattle and herders of beet. It Is not mean
that all the killing and packing shall b <
done near the ranges , The trust has contra
ot a largo number of establishments which 1
will run to the brat advantage. The combi
nation Includes ranchmen from Texas to tin
liritlsrt line , who believe they will bo able ti
handle their cattle to much better advantagi
than has been the case ot late , and that the ;
will not be forced to put them on the marke
but be enabled to do It only when its profit
are to bo had. A meeting of the trust will b
held In New York next week and It Is proba
bio that Thomas Sturgus , of Wyoming , wil
bo elected to the presidency. At that tlm
more details of the scheme will doubtless b
made public.
Glass Works liurncd ,
1'iTTsnuuo , May 8. The Homestead glass
works nt Homestead , Pa. , burned this morn
Ing. The loss Is'550,000 , fully insured. On
hundred men will bo temporarily throwi
out of work.
The Scheme Again Revived of Giving Us
England's Ooatly Province !
Commlmlonor Coloinnn Positive That
He Did Not Use the Word "Car
casses" A ForclRn Olll-
clnl's Bad Butler.
No , Thankn.
May S. [ Special Telegram
to the BIB. : | Tnere Is again some agitation
of the question ot annexing Canada to the
United States. It is reported that Inilucntkal
and wealthy Canadians are favoring tlio pro
position , whllo thu great bulk of manulac-
tnrers , mechanics and laborers are working
for annexation. An educated manufacturer
at Ontario has written a letter here. In which
ho says : "Wo are all anncxattonlsts. Wo
believe that our future properly depends on a
speedy admission Into the American union.
The people in my trade ncioss the border
make nearly 10 per cent more than I do with
tlio same number of employes. There are
many other things. Wo are greatly dissalls-
ged with our present position as a British
dependency. Suppose the mother country
was to get into n war to-morrow. Wo
would bo greatly jeopardized , for
our Atlantic and 1'acllic coasts are
greatly oxposed. Wo might bo
ruined by being Involved In a quairel wo had
nothing to do with making. Then there is
another matter that causes the greatest dis
contentment. We have no representatives
In thu Impurtal parliament. As a part of tlio
American union wo would be beyond dan
ger of attack whenever Kncland became In
volved in war , Itosldes our rights as a , col
ony wo would be part of a great nation with
voice In its affairs. There Is an organiza
ion In this country , extending nil over
Canada , which is for the put pose of promot
ng the growth of the amendment for an
nexation. The movement hero includes
nearly three-fifths ot the leading men of
this district and it has the same
strength all over western Ontario.
Jt Is especially Influential in Manitoba and
the notthwestern provinces on the Paciiic.
It Is a secret society in that its meeting aio
not open to the general public. We intend
to azitato the question till wo succeed. Lord
Lansdowne's course as governor general is
aiding us greatly. The French speaking
class of our peopli ) have not lorgotten
I'aplneau and 1837 and they aie for annexa
tion to a man. The only people who oppose
us are the would-bo aristocracy and those
who call themselves the court circle. IJy the
next general election in thu states wo want
to bo ready to ask you to take us into the
Ameilcan union. "
Treasurer .Jordan's Successor.
WASHINGTON , May 8. fSpecial Telegram
to the HEE.I The now bank in Now York
with which Mr. C. F. Jordan , treasurer of the
United States , is to bo connected Is to begin
business on Tuesday. It is expected that the
resident will endeavor to accommodate Mr.
Jordan by selecting Ills successor in time to
allow Mr. Jordan tlmo to assume Ills new
ilutics this week. It Is understood that the
president has authorized him to select a
proper man as his own successor , and that
Mr. Jordan has chosen Mr. John M. Hyatt ,
the national bank examiner for Connecticut
and llhodo Island. Mr. Jordan said to-day
that lie thought that Mr. Hyatt would make
an excellent treasurer If ho could bo
Induced to accept the place , but
that he does not seem at all anxious to take
It. Mr. Hyatt arrived hero last night and is
quartered at the Arlington , where ex-Senator
Barmim is also stopping. The ex-senator
is understood to bo warmly In favor of the
appointment and it Is reported that ho is
trying to Induce his protege to accept the of-
lice if it is tendered him by the president to
morrow , as It probably will be. Mr. Hyatt
has the strongest Kind of endorsements from
tlio bankers and the business men of New
Kngland , and his appointment would doubt
less irlve general satisfaction to nil parties
Inteiested. Air. Jordan cannot leave his
post until his successor tiles his bonds , as ho
is resoonslblo for the funds stoied in tlio
treasury building and their custody cannot
bo transferred to any official who is not
Col cm an on Rttttorino.
WASHINGTON' , May 8. [ Special Telegram
to the Hr.c.l Referring to the report of tlio
recent interview with him respecting tlio
components of oleomargarine , buttcrine , etc. ,
and the Investigation by tlte department of
agriculture relating thereto , Commissioner
Coleman to-day said : "I was misunderstood
In regard to the word 'carcasses. ' I said it
had been charged before both the senate and
house committees on agriculture that fat
not carcasses of horses , dogs and
swine had been used In the manufacture of
oleo oil. That Is true , as the records will
bear witness. 1 also said , and I reaffirm it ,
that no chemist nobody can tell whether
fats used in the manufacture of oleo or oleo
margarine were taken from animals which
were slaughtered or from animals which had
died. I have written to Armour & Co. , of
Chicago , in response to an Inquirv that I did
not use the word 'carcasses. ' The reporter
misunderstood , but 1 do not believe that ho
intended to misrepresent what 1 said. "
An Audacious Hutler.
WASHINGTON , May 8. [ Special Telegram
to the UEE.J There is a story alloat to the
ctfect that a prominent foreign minister has
been recently expeilenclng considerable annoyance -
noyanco at the hands ot his butler , whoso
audacious behavior ho is pioventcd from re
senting In the proper manner by a certain
domestic complication to which tlio fellow
holds a key. About a fortnight since the
butler wont to Baltimore , where , putting up
at one of the largo hotels , ho registered In
stead of his own name that of his employer.
The entry was qulcklv noticed and bofoic
the lapse of twenty-four hours a shower ol
cards and invitations to dlnu poured in upon
the supposed diplomat. Itesolvlng to make
the most of the occasion , the fellow actually
accepted several of these Invitations anil
solemnly attended dinners , keeping UD the
farce throuehout and completely hoodwink
ing his entertainers , who were personally
unacquainted with tlm minister. Since the
butler's return to Washington the story hat
leaked out.
IMalno Buying Hcnl Estate.
WASHINGTON , May 8. | Special Tele
gram to the HEK.J James G. Hlaine , who is
said to have a good deal of money In specu
lation , evidently believes In the stability ot
suburban property In this District , for dur
ing the past week a real estate linn hero ha ;
purchased for him a cor ncr lot on Mcrldlar
hill , on Sixteenth and Huron streets
seventy-live feet front , for 54r > 00. vYhuthe :
Mr. Hlaine intends to erect upon this lot t
quiet suburban residence from which ho cat :
overlook the capital city and keep track ol
the workings ot the democratic administra
tion Is not stated.
A New Indian Mission.
WASHINGTON , May 8. [ Special Tclegran
to the HEI.J : Miss Grace Howard , daughte
of Joe Howard , of New York , is visltlns
Airs. A. A. Cole , this city. Miss Ilowarc
will leave In Juno for Crowfoot , Dak. , when
she starts a mission In the shape of an Indus
trial home for Hampton Indian girls , win
return to the reservations when there Is ni
appropriate work tor them. Her mlssloi
will be thirty miles from the one founded
last fall by Mrs. Tllston ,
At the Capital.
WASHINGTON , May 8. [ Special Tele
gram to the llKE.l-P. Q. I3alllngal ) , Ot
tumwa , la. , is seeing the sights of Washing
ton.J , J. Hlchardson , ot Davenport , a
thoEbbltt. .
Xrl.inenlar Political Fight Between
Germany , Auotrla and Huinln.
[ Co ; > yrfuM JSS7 by Jamet tfonloti litnnttl. ]
UIUU.Y : , May8. [ Now York Herald Cable
Special to the BEE. | Politically the past
\\eck has been spent In a long range news
paper duel between the Moscow Clazetto , oth
erwise Katkotf plus an uncertain amount of
the czar of Russia ; the 1'ejter Lloyd , speak
ing for Count Andrassy , and the Noith
German Gazette , the ofllcial paper of the for
eign olllce. Through these papers many Irri
tating statements were made , which , In the
nature of things , could only como from dip
lomats , yet of a typo which diplomacy , un
aided by newspapers , would have to
leave unsaid. Germany proved , despite
denials , that Austria twelve years ago at
tempted to divide Tuikey with Kussla , but
without mentioning the matter to Germany ,
though Germany was then and slnco was ,
according to the Get man point ot view , Rus
sia's firmest friend. KathotT replies that he
docs not believe all this. Ho would hate
Germany lust the same anyway. The Pester
Lloyd whines fiercely that some ono seems to
bo lying , as Austria never meant anything.
These sort of answois and counter-answers
came first In a summary by telegraph , then
post , so that each day's issue of the Combat
ants contains n qiuurcl in all the stages
of its progress. What is most
amusing in all the discussion
is that after the air has been thus cleared an
Idea Is gained of the strength of the hand
each nation holds. Then diplomacy will
gravely disavow the olllcial nature of the
newspaper statements.
Several other articles have attracted much
attention , notably one headed "Why War ? "
In the Kreuz Xoltiuic , a very able review of
the situation , but show Ing the conviction
tiiat war must come. Following this were
several articles on dynamite , interesting
mainly because showing how vigorously but
continuously tlio experiment with high
power explosives is being carried on by all
In Potsdam Tuesday the emperor made his
first appearance at the manmuvres , reviewing
a regiment of guards. I'rlneo William , with
a brilliant stair , was present. Ills children
looked on from the palace window. Among
the spectators was General Kaulbars , of Uul-
garian fame , now quietly visiting Ucrlln. At
the later manoeuvres with the new repeating
rlllo the crown prince will also take part , as
few weeks' rest at Ems has so completely
stopped liis throat trouble that tlio prince re-
tuins soon to remain hero until he goes to
England's jubilee celebration.
A I'umous STOKM.
Throughout Germany the Herald storm
played havoc this week. Hailstones of the
size of lien's eggs stripped the fruit trees of
buds and made things generally uncomfort
able tor all exposed portions or tilings. Ono
church was Hooded until the altar floated
away. IP another place lightning burned a
barn with 300 sheep , cows , horses , etc. In
Beilln wo escaped with a heavy wind storm
which did no damage beyond breaking off
many tree brandies.
This is ono sign of spring. Another Is
that the bcattles with the swans have begun
in the vaiious lakes and streams near lierlln.
Ono boat full of picnickers was set upon by
a swan which used its wings to such advan
tage that it drove the party away from Its
From Dresden I hear of the successful trial
of a steam omnibus which Intends to run
regularly over the country roads. It is man
aged by two men and carries forty-six pas
sengers , with considerable freight. As re-
gaids expense nothing Is said. American
travelers will have a chance to try it this
summer , as it will replace the former means
of communication between two small towns
frequented by Americans.
Uerlln curiosity has been greatly excited
all the week by big yellow posters stuck up
over the city reading "Athed , return. All is
forgiven. Thy tatlier. " Who Alfred may
beand why ho needs yellow posters to bring
him homo , no one has yet discovered.
Thousands of I'eoplo Made Homeless
and Several I/vcs Ijosr.
VIENNA , May 8. Fire at Nagykarolin.
caused by a terrible storm ot wind which car
ried sparks to the distant wood yards , set
lire to them. Altogether 400 houses were
destroyed , and 5,000 people deprived of
their homes are camping In the open
air. Slnco the recent lire at Eporls
many Inmates of the convent and school
have been missing. At the time of the lire
several girls were killed by jumping from tlio
A hot sirroco blow the week throughout
Hungary , drying up vegetation and render
ing it Inflammable. At Toroczko 300 houses
were burned and four lives were
lost. The conflagration lasted two
days. At Ituseberg the church
and thirty-seven houses were destroyed.
Many houses were burned at the village ol
Moregy. At Eperrs all the churches ami
public buildings were destroyed and the cem
etery was devastated. Jt is estimated that
the total loss will roach S2,500m ( All the
Hungarian and Austrian Insurance houses
are Involved.
A Larce Conuo Expedition.
ICopurtvhtcil 1RS7 by Jiimo norilnn 7fwiet.l (
HIIUSSEI.S , May 8. [ New York Herald
cable Special to tlio lir.E. I The largest ex
pedition which ever started for the Congo
Free Slate sailed to-day from Antwerp on
the steamer "Vlaand Hen , comprising Jans-
sen , governor of the Free State , his secretary ,
Counts Antslne and Philllpo do Sailing , Cap
tain Thys. ot Calgtuin ; General lUlstaff and
Captain Gambler , wtio goes out to study the
question of the establishment of a lailroad ;
four oilier Belgian officers ; Mr. Delcom-
muno , the freshly appointed Belgian consul ;
Leopold Ville , three Belgian and ono Ger
man engineer , six workmen for tlio Free
State , besides live other gentlemen and ten
workmen for the Belgian factories estab
lished at Matem island , In all thirty live
white men , taking with them wooden houses
and a great quantity of poods. A large
crowd witnessed and cheered their departure
from tlio pier. _
The French Hteamshln Disasters.
HAVIIE , May 8 , The French steamer La
Bretagne , Captain Da Jouselyn , from New
York April 30. arrived hero at noon to-day.
She reports that during the nljiht she collided
with and sank a Norwezlan bark. The crow
of the bark was saved. Tlio steamer La
Champagne , which sailed yesterday morn
ing for New i'ork , and which afteuward
turned , hating been in collision , was run
Into by the steamer Vllle Derlo. Tlio latter
steamer sank , hut her crow and passengeia
wore saved. The collision caused a panic
among the Italians on board the Champagne ,
who made a rush for the Ilfu boat and cap
sized it , live ot them being drowned , in addi
tion to three sailors who nad tried to prevent
the ruali. The steamer Vllle do Bordeaux
rescued fifteen Italians clinging to the cap
sized life boat.
Mcr. Quinn'a Remains.
[ ( 'opyrfiiM 18S7 liu Jumw Gordon llcnnett. ]
QUEENSTOWN , May 8. [ Now York Her
ald Cable-Special to the BEE.J Father
O'Farrell , of St. Teresa's church , Now York ,
left on the steamship Arizona to-day In
charge of the remains of Mgr. Qulnu ,
Weather Indications
For Nebraska , Iowa and Eastern Dakota :
.Fair weather ; light variable winds ; nearly
stationary temperature.
jcgal Luminaries Who Define Deep Black-
Etonian Questions ,
\ General Revival of Atlilotlo Sports
Throughout the State A State
Undertakers' Orsaulza-
tlon Iowa News.
Constitutional Imw Cranks.
Dns MOINES , la. , May 8. [ Special to the
BEK.I Iowa is getting f.imous for its slash
ing away at constitutional questions on
slight provocation. Whether this bn because
of an Impression that tlio supreme law of the
state was put together very hastily , and that
legislators didn't know what they wore doing
when they made the laws , or because theio
are an unusually largo number of largo
headed attorneys who feel competent to In
struct the courts on anything that may come
up Is not altogether appaieut. But for some
reason it has como to pass that now-a-days
when an attorney finds some trifling obstacle
lu his way , like an ordinary statue , ho pro
ceeds Immediately to stand up In a chair and
( I eel are that statute unconstitutional. That
was the way the attorneys for the saloons
disposed of the original prohibitory amend
ment. They have attacked the now supple
mentary prohibitory laws In the same way
from a dozen sides. They have bombarded
nearly every Important statute of recent
enactment with the same constitutional am
munition , and now they have laid selgo to
the law reorganizing the district courts. The
defeated circuit judges who were legislated
out of olllce have decided In their own
minds that the act was unconstitu
tional , and they have brought suit
to recover their salailos for the full
terms for which they were elected. Some
body down In Mahnska county the other day
fell into the clutches of the district court ,
and seeing no otticr way of escaping , has
boldly declared tlio district com t an uncon
stitutional body , and he asks the supreme
court to have him teleased lor that reason.
His objection to this tribunal Is based on the
tact that It now by act ot the last general as
sembly has three judges , while the original
provision of the constitution , way back at
the organization o f the state , arranged for
only one. On this ground ho has brought
suit before the supreme court , and It is ex
pected that this august body-wilt toss off a
decision at tlio Juno term on this new un
constitutional question. The supreme court
has had the constitutional question fired at it
so often that it isn't filgntenod it bit when
seine legal luminary gravely informs it that
the law ot the land is unconstitutional. A
teimof court without that announcement
would bo a novelty.
Arbor day was cclsbratcd t ha past week
very generally throughout Iowa. It was the
first time for many years that this good cus
tom has had anything like general and o I ti
dal recognition. At a mooting ot a number
of cltl/.ons the exercises took on a public
character of great Interest and included ad
dresses from the representative men ot the
place. Ono pleasant feature of the day was
the planting of trees to the name and mem -
ory of distinguished statesmen. In some
instances names of American poets were
perpetuated In this way , and children grow
ing up with the trees will always have be
fore thorn pleasant suggestions of America's
roll of greatness. Arbor day promises to boone
ono of the popular Institutions of the future
In Iowa.
There seems to bo a general revival of In
terest in athletic sports this year throughout
the state. Base ball at the capital has become
a perfect craze. Business and protcsslonal
man drop everything to attend the games and
the Interest in the result is not confined to
this city alone. In a number of the county
seats within a radius of thirty-iivo or forty
miles thu games hero are bulletined , being
telephoned by Innings from this city. Next
to base ball , boating ( staking a good share of
public attention , Clubs are actively at work
In Des Molnes , Davenport , Cedar llaplds ,
Keokuk and Ottuimva preparing lor tlio an
nual regatta of the State Rowing association ,
which will bo held at Spirit Lake July 10 and
20. The list of entries Includes lor the lirst
day a junior slnslo , junior double , junior
pair , junior tour and a gig crow. The second
end day's entries will bo a senior single ,
senior 'double , senior pair , senior four and a
Iree-for-all . Beautiful medals
- - race. costing
about § 1,200 will bo awarded as pri/.os , and
tlio treo-for-all races are expected to attract
clubs from Minneapolis , Chicago , Omaha and
Mollne , and make a very Interesting regatta.
Special arrangements tor reduced rates have
been made with the railroads , and It is ex
pected that great crowds will be drawn to the
most beautiful locnlity In Iowa.
General Hosser , tlio &x-Uebel cavalry officer
who has leaped into a temporary notoriety
by his attack upon General Sheridan , has
stirred up an Iowa man , who renders some
very pertinent remarks. General llossor
complains of Sheridan's ride through the
Shenandoah valley as a brutal outrage upon
the people living there. The Iowa man , Mr.
W. 11. II. Lancaster , who lives a tow miles
west ot this city , writes to
tlm papers that ho was
a military telegraph operator at New Creek
station in West Virginia at the time that the
Kcbel Kosserand his cavalry raided that sec
tion , "in company with a number of other
Unionists , soldiers and civilians , " says Mr.
Lancaster , "I was completely robbed of
money , watches , clothing and all other valu
ables stripped from head to foot , marched
acioss tlio country to Staunton almost naked ,
barefooted and hungry , laid out nlghtt on
the cold , wet ground three and one-half
months in Castle. Thunder , and am still suf
fering from neuralgia and rheumatism con
tacted then.1' That was the liumano and
chivalrous treatment received from Hosser
and his crowd of freebooters , who now com
plains of Sheridan and asks that ho bo boy
cotted on his proposed pleasure rldo through
the Shenandoah valley. The old veteran's
rise up In the most unexpected places , to ram
the ties down rebel throats and defend the
honor and Integrity of Union soldiers.
The State Music Teachers' association
have just rlosod their annual meeting at
Grinnell. Tills Is ono of the youngest of
the state associations and tills was Its second
meeting. The attendance was large , the In
terest lively and the spirit of tlio meeting
energetic and piogresslve. Whatever the
difficulty about members of a church choir
being together in peace and unity , no such
trouble seenii to have existed among the
music teachers. Despite the rivalries and jeal
ousies of a Jealous profession , the members
at the Grinnell convention worked together
very harmoniously for the interests of their
organization and the advancement ot the
cause of higher musical culture. The con
certs given by the members showed thai
Iowa has a good deal of musical talenl
among Its Instructors and their woik Is nol
simply theoretical. The coming musical
event of the state Is the May music festival
which begins in this city the 17th lust. Five
grand concerts will bo given , In which a
.chorus of nearly 300 voices and leading
soloist1 * of tlio northwest will participate.
Excursion trains will run and visitors from
all parts of the state are expected. The
whole undertaking is under the direction of
the Philharmonic society of this city , whlcl
proposes to make Its annual music festiva
as great nu event for Iowa as similar festi
vals in St. Louis and Cincinnati are for the
states in which they are situated.
Since It has become the thing for trades
and professions to organize and co-operate
together , what moro natural than that the
undertakers should do the same. ' 1 hey have
now a state organization and they have
adopted the euphonious title of "Funeral Di
lectors" as a little less suggestive of grave
and disagreeable duties than "undertakers. *
So the "Funeral Directors" will hold thcl
Annual meeting In this city May 25 and 20
There are COO "funeral directors" In Iowa
and It Is expected that a largo number o
thorn will be present. The Inducement 'ot
adaver a real live , that Is , dead cadaver ( o
pernte upon Is held out , with lectures on the
rt of embalming by a celebrated cmb.Umcr
of Now York City. All sorts of gr.wo quips
nd qulrls from tlio Irreverent can bo ex
acted when these solemn visaed "dl-
ectors" convene.
luincrslon Ceremonies at New Or
leans Kcsult In Seven Drowning * .
NEW Oiti.EAN" , May 8. Several colored
congregations ot the Baptist churches In this
city have long made It a practice to baptize
ho members In the Mississippi river at cer-
aln selected points both In the upper and
oner districts of the cltv. The swift current
of the river has always made the custom
nero or less dangerous , but the chances of
nlshap have until to-day been reduced to
ho minimum bv the care exercised In se
eding thu pluco for the roicmonics. To-day ,
lowevor , an accident happened at which
sven lues are known to have been lost.
Mt.Ion Baptist chinch has been baptizing
ta converts at the loot ot District stiect.
iieslde the spot runs a what f which extends
Into deep water. This morning the congre
gation gathered at the spot for the UMial
. eremonles. A largo crowd assembled on
the wharf , and lu the midst of tlio exercises
the railing surrounding it gave away and
lully fifty people were precipitated Into the
river. Around tlio whait were a number of
skill's , and into them many of the people
were thrown , overturning several boats and
adding to the number struggling In tlio
water. Tlio occupants of those skiffs which
tlieji floated set to work and roicued all those
who could bo reached. As stated , however ,
seven are known to have been drowned , and
It is believed that from live to eight more
have perished.
The list of the drowned , so far as known.
Is as follows : Harriett Cook , white , aged
seven vcars ; Amelia Williams , ago night ;
Kose Edwards , ace three , both colored ; n
colored woman namedKoselina Williamsand
two white women and one colored woman ,
names unknown. Koselina Williams , whou
she went into tlio water , dad n child In her
arms , bho stniKirlod until she came to the
sui lace and held the child until ono of tlio res
cue skills reached her and the infant was
soi7cd and taken on board , and than sunk ,
and was carried away by the current. One
of the unknown white women was drowned
under exactly similar circuin&tances and
the rescued baby is now held by the police
for identification. Tlio other unknown
white woman and unknown colored women
were drawn under a llatboat and all efforts
to rescue them , which were heroic and ener
getic , failed , and many people wcio lujuicd ,
but none seriously.
Alorc Particulars or the Destruction
In Mc.xico ami Arizona ,
KOGAI.ES , Ariz. , May 8. The earthquake
last Tuesday created sad havoc In the north
eastern portions of Sonora , Mexico. This portion
tion of the state Is far from railway or tele
graphic communication. The following dls-
patcli was received hero to-day irom Louis
E. Torres , governor of Sonora :
HEHMOSILI.O , Mexico. , May 8. The earth
quake caused terrible damage in Montezuma
and dcstioycd several villages , but those ot
the northeastern part suffered most terribly.
Oputo had all its houses dc.stioycd
and 150 people were killed. Houses
were levelled to the ground. A now volcano
has appeared and Its eruptions destioycd all
the timber and pastures of tlio aillolnlnj : val
leys and mountains. Further details are ex
pected hourly. Louis TOKIIEH.
Tlio volcano mentioned In the dlspatah is
in the famous Sierra Madre mountains , in
this place a pretty severe shock of earthquake
was felt this morning at Q o'clock.
CITY OK MEXICO , ( via Galveston ) , May 8.
The government to-day received its lirst In
formation regarding the disastrous earth
quake on the 3d Inst. at the town of Bahlspe ,
In the district of Montezuma Sonora , by
which 150 persons lost their lives. Thoeatth-
quake occurred at 3:50 : p. in. , at the same
time that volcanic eruptions began in
the neighborhood mountains , lighting up
the summits for a lone distance. The pre
diction is made hern Dy local scientists that
Mexico is about to undergo a general seis
mic convulsion , and the recent record of the
earthquake shows that there is widespread
volcanic activity from ono end of Mexico to
the other.
LAREDO , Tex. , May 8. Passengers arriv
ing on the Monterey train report that great
tires are raging on the summit of the moun
tains at many places on both sides of iho
road. Whether those lires have any connec
tion with the recent earthquake disturbances
In Arizona and New Mexico Is yet to bo de
termined , as tops of these mountains are al
most Inaccessible.
TUCSON , Ariz. , May'8. From ono to two
sllkht shocks of earthquake have been felt
lor seveial davs , too slight to cause alarm.
There Is no doubt that nearly every moun
tain in fcouthern Arizona has , to a great ex
tent , had Its topography chanced , but so far
as can be learned there Is no active volcano
among them.
A Terrible Accident.
LEXINGTON , May 8. A terrible tragedy
took place this morning near Spring Station ,
on tlio farm of Captain James Blackburn , ex-
secretary of state , and a brother of Senator
J. S. Blackburn. Miss Henrietta Blackburn ,
accompanied by her cousin , Henrietta Hempstead -
stead , a young lady of nineteen years , went
out to shoot at a mark with a small rifle.
They were joined by Samuel Blackburn , a
young man of twenty-two , a brother of Miss
Henrietta Blackburn , and a friendly contest
was begun as to who should shoot at the
mark lirst. The three engaged in a playful
struggle for possession ot the rifle , and In
the struggle the weapon was discharged , the
ball piercing tlio heart of Miss Henrietta
Hempstcad and killing her Instantly. The
unfortunate lady gave a slight scream ,
dropped to the blue grass and breathed her
last before her horn lied cousins veali/ed the
awful calamity that had befallen them. Mes-
senzois were hurried off for medical and
other assistance and it was with the utmost
difficulty tint Miss Blackburn and Miss
Hemp'tead's mother could bo restored from
the shock occasioned by the unexpected and
terrible death ol the young lady. Miss
Hempstead was a great favorite in tlm com
munity. The funeral will take place Mon
day atternoon ut Frankfoit.
Hliotnml Killed Her Husband.
biini.nvvii.i.E , Ind. , May 8. [ bpeclal Tele
gram to the DEE. ] Mis. John Fromer , of
Grecnsbiirg , shot her husband In that place
yesterday , killing him Instantly. The mur
der was deliberate. Fromer was married to
his present wife about two years ago , both
having been married previously. A few
months ago Mrs. Fromer attempted to poison
him by putting arsenic lu his coffee. In this
she failed. Things have KOIIO from bad to
worse until yesterday , when she went to the
saloon where Tromer was bartender. Her
actions attracting his attention , ho went up
to her , saying : "What is that you have
under your shawl ? " The reply was the
thrusting of a revolver against his lelt breast
and a report. Fromer was dead in lilteen
minutes , the ball passing directly under the
heart. Mrs. Fromer was ane.'ted charged
with murder. Fromer was thlrty-liyo years
old and was well thought of among his
An 10(11 tor bliot Dead.
JACKSON , Miss. , May 8. The jury of In
quest In the casa ot It. D. Gambrlll , editor ol
the Sword and Shield , who was shot and
killed late Thursday night by Colonel Jones
S. Hamilton , lessee ot the penitentiary , ad
journed at 11KO : o'clock last night after two
days' almost continuous session. They ren
dered a verdict as follows : "We , thu jury of
Inquest In the case of the death of Roderick
Gambrlll , tind that he camu to ! IH ! deatli from
pistol uhots and wounds Inflicted by the
hands of Jones S. Hamilton , as principal ,
and others , as abuttois , unknown to tlio
jury. "
Death of Father Waldrnn.
CHICAGO , May B. Knv. John Waldron
ono of the most widely known Itoinan Cath
olid ergymen In the west , died to-nlgh
after a long Illness. Helms been pistnr o
St. John parish lu this city over a third ot n
century and during that time has never Imc
a vacation ,
Weekly Bulletins to Bo Issued Showing the
Country's Olinmtio Conilitionu ,
jtatlstlcH Concerning the Temperature -
turo and Kaln Fall In the Aicrlaul-
tural Districts In the Vnrlotu
HtittCH of tlio Union ,
A Itulletln For Agriculturist * .
WASIIINOIO.V , May S. Gonuial Grucly ,
htef slgiml officer , has arranged to issue ,
) eginnlng with to-d.iy , a special wuokly
uillelln with the view of promptly placing
icforo tlio public each MoiuUv moinlngro-
lablo Infuim.ition relative to the climatic
oudltlousin the agilcultural districts ot the
ountry. It Is believed tlutt these bulletins ,
ontalnlng the deliclencies or excess relative
0 tcmperatuies and rainfall dining the
growing season , will servo as a reliable
> asls for determining the conditions favora-
) le or unfavorable for yrowlng crops. The
ollowlng is thu weather crop bulletin fur
ho week ending Saturday , .May 7 :
I'empcratuin dining the prevnt year , com-
iiencing with January 1 and ondini ; May 1 , ,
The weather has been colder than usual in
lie states bordeiing on the Atlantic *
coast and from New Knglnnd westward
over the great lakes , the upper Mlsslssispl ,
and Missouri valleys and the Kocky moun
tains , the regions of tlio greatest cold being
n the states bordering on the great lake-t
and thence westward to tlio Missouri river , ,
over which the aggregate deficiency of dally
inoan temperature Irom January 1 to ditte
range fioiu'00 degrees to100 , ( an average
lally delieiency of from about 1.5 degree to
S degrees ) . In northern New Kncland ana
n the South Atlantic states the total do-
lieloney In temperature ranged from 1UO to
> 00 degioes ( or an average ot Irom about 1 to
J degrees ) colder than usual. The weather
: ias been warmer than usual slnco January 1
In the east and west Gulf states , Tennessee ,
Kentucky , West Vliplnla , and In the north
ern poi tlon of Ohio , Illinois and Missouri ,
the aggregate excess ot dally mean
temperatures Irom January 1 to
date ranging limn 100 degrees to
SOU degrees over the whole region
named. During the week ending May 7 ,
Ibb7 , the temperature lias been warmer than
the nvernco lor the week in all distilcts east
of the Hocky mountains excepting the Flor
ida peninsula and Texas. The Inciense of.
temperature over the normal lor the week In
the wheat and corn it-gions north of the
foitleth parallel of latitude linn avciacrcd
about fiOdcpiees , and this excess has theie-
fo re ciiuscua tapld advance ( it the season on
a roilon whore It was much retauleil. In
the south the region of excessive temperature
has received some , unil along
the Atlantic coast the excess of temperature
for the week i an ited from US degrees to 50 ,
thereby reducing the deficiency lu tempera
ture for the season In these states , and giving
conditions favorable to agricultural Interests.
Kain fall during the season fioni January
1 to May 1,1SS7 Slnco January 1 there hss ,
been a largo deficiency in lain tall in the
northern states , ranging from 0 ttt 9
Incites In tlio Gulf states and interior of the
South Atlantic states. The deficiency In the
grain regions of the northwest 1ms been'
slight , ranging Irom 1 to II inches In th
lower Missouri valley , and averaging about
10 Inches In the upper Mississippi valley. The
only regions showing an excess of pi eel pit a ,
tlon for the season aio as follows : Northern
N w Kngland , Hudson liver , upper Ohio
valley , stations on Lake Erie and in eastern
Mk-hljan and western portions of Kansas'
and Nebraska. The greatest excess , ranging
from a to 4 Inches for tlio season , covers
northern Ohio and western portions of Pcnur
sylvanla and Now York. Slight deticlrnoy ,
in rain fall tor the season are reported from
central and southern Calllornla. 'V
During the week ondlug May 7 , 1BS7. DurIng - .
Ing the past week the rainfalls In the north ;
ern portions of Wisconsin , Minnesota and'
Dakota , and In the West Gulf nates , In cen'
tral Mississippi , norlhcin Georgia and cen-j
tral Alabama , have been slightly above the
average for the wecit , the heaviest rainfall oc
curring In eastern Texas , Arkansas and
southern Missouri , thus in a measure allo- '
vating the drouth previously existing In these
sections. In the western poitionsof New'
York nnd Pennsylvania and In northern ;
Ohio the lainlall ( or the week has served to
Increase the excess of rainfall already re
ported In these sections. It will thus be seen
that the season to date In thcso sections of
country has been about as follows : In ,
the grain regions of tlio north' !
It Has been comparatively cold and
dry ; In the cotton ifglons , tlio lowest'
of Georgia , warm and usually dry ; In the
cotton and rice regions on the South Atlantic
coast , cold and comparatively dry ; In tlio
tobacco regions , in Virginia and North Care *
Una , cold nnd dry ; In tobacco regions. In
Kentucky , Tennessee and Pennsylvania , Hie
weather has been warm with the ralnfaH
slightly less than usual except In northern
Kentucky , where the rain full was slightly in
From reports received It appears that the ,
metorological conditions of tun past weolc
have had the effect of rapidly advancing the
season In those sections where It had bfeii
previously retarded.
Lblgned. | A. W. Gnr.Ki.Y , i
Chief Signal Olllcrr.
Mayor Hewitt Enforces the Sunday
IjaWH In Gotham.
NEW YOHK , May 8. Now Yorkers went
thirsty to-day. The opinion of the corpora
tion counsel , as rendered last week , an
nounced that restaurants weio restrained by
law from supplying guests with liquor
at meals. This decision carried
terror to the average hotel man
who had hitherto thought that the blue
laws would not touch his privileges. The
hotel bars were all closed. Hecr , wine and
other drinks were not sold in any of the
hotels. Cards were distributed In all the
leading hotels yesterday afternoon announc
ing tnat the bars would bo closed to-day.
This had the dcsiicd chcct. The guests laid
In a supply of the "needful" siifliolent to
carry them over the day. Fewer
drunken men were seen on the street
than on any other Sunday for some time.
At the weekly meeting to-dav of tlm Man
hattan Temperance association In Masonio ,
temple M. M. ( Hrlcki I'omeroy spoke of the
.Sunday biuo lawn. He thought that the pas
sage of the Cantor bill by the Icglslatuio was
an outrage. The Cooper union mass meet
ing last night to oppose the blue laws , It Is
said , showed tlio power of the liquor inter
est , mid It needed a check. Mayor lltnvlt.
was praised for enlorclng the Sunday laws
The German singing societies met again to- "
day. It Is reported that a committee of thrcq
had visited Albany and notified the commit
tee on cities in the legislature that the future
political action of the Gorman clement de
pended upon a settlement of the existing
troubles in a satisfactory manner. Tne Can
tor bill was said to have been the result of
the committee's work.
Lynched ,
NEW Onr.KANt , May 8. ( Special Telegram
to the BEE. ] Ulchard Goodwin and Grace
lilanton , both colored , were arrested last
week charged with having robbed and after
wards burned the store of A. L. M. lialn , in
West Carroll pirlsh , and weio placed in the
parish prison at Floyd. The store was burned
some weeks ago and It was evident that tin
lire was incendiary. So mo of tlio goodn
stolen from It were found In the cabin ol
Graeo lllunton. When arrested she con-
tesscd all and Implicated Goodwin lu both
cilines , On Thursday nUht rt masked nnd
armed mob went to the jail and broke It open
and took tlio two Incomliarisis a mlloanda
half from town , where tney hanged them tea
a tree. This Is tlm first lynching of a woman
that has over taken place In the state.
MoOlynn Lcctiircu In Boston.x
HovTo.v , May 8. Hev. Dr. McGlynn , of
New Yoric , lectured to a large mnUenre In
the llostnn theater tn-nlzht upon "The Crosi
of tlio New Crusade" and mot with a h.eaitj