Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, February 18, 1888, Image 1

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Secretary Falrohlld Issues the
Necessary Order.
A Report From the General
Office Regarding Sales of tlio
Omaha llcscrYatlon Prcsl-
dcntlnl Prattle.
Omaha' * Greatness
WASHINGTON , D. O. , Feb. 17.1
Secretary Folrchlld to-day issued an order
Making Omaha a port of entry. The details
have all been placed In regular form and sent
to the surveyor. This will enable Imported
goods to bo shipped In bond dlrctt to Omaha ,
and will bo n very great advantage to linimrt-
ors In the great west. It will obviate all de
lays and appraisements at the ports of the
east and elsewhere and turn the business
directly ever to the collector at Omaha. Senator -
ator Mandcrson called upon Secretary Fairchild -
child this morning and urged Immediate
action , which brought about the result. The
Nebraska delegation In congress have been
working to this end for souw time and the
finishing touches given it to-day afford n
source for congratulation to not only those
who have been working for it , but to the cit
izens of Omaha.
Senator Allison's presidential boom has
taken nn advanced position. To-day ho was
the recipient of many letters and telegrams
from all parts of the country assuring him of
cordial support from now sources. No man
spoken of for the nomination receives more
calls than ho and no ono is given more en
thusiastic ixirsonal assurances. Sevcra !
days ago It became known that Senator Pad
dock wanted to purchase a span -of horse-
and Senator Allison offered to sell him his
pair of animals. They are very beautiful
horses and Senator Paddock took them fet
trial. This afternoon he met Senators Alii
son and Evarts at the capital and informed
the former that ho had concluded to tuko tht
horses , adding , jocularly : "I supi > ese , though
that they ore spavined and ringboncd am
doctored. If thev prove to bo I am going to
get even with you , senator , by refusing to
support you for the presidency. "
To this Senator Evurts rejoined : "You
had better raise him another $10 , Senator Al
llson , and wnlvo all promises. "
The horses were uald for and Senator Pad
Cock separated with the twain of presidentia
possibilities. Nearly everybody that ap
preaches Senator Allison now refers to his
presidential boom , and the lowun receive !
the taunts good-naturedly.
This evening's Star , in the course of a lol
of gossip about presidential booms , says ;
"Senator Allison's prospects are regarded as
having been greatly improved by the Blaim
letter. Ills loyalty to Mr. Blaine in the past
ia ground for the belief that the latter wil
now reciprocate in kind. It is said that Mr
Allison Is the choice of Mr. Blaine for thi
nomination and that all the influence of tin
latter will bo exerted in behalf of the lowr
senator. Inasmuch as Mr. Blalno's Icttoi
takes himself out of politics , It is argued tint
he can afford to take a bold stand for thi
man of his choice and rally his clans around
Allison. The senator from Iowa enjoys thi
confidence of the east and ho Is very popu
lar in the west. Ho has never been Identi
tificd with any factional quarrels , and there
fore , it is argued , would command the sup
port of all his party. "
There are a great many strangers in Wash
ln ton now , Induced hero by conventions am
interests pending in congress , and many o
them arc discussing Senator Allison and tin
presidency. T. C. Woolman , ono of tin
brightest and most intldontial young repul
llcans of New Jersey , is hero , and'says h
believes his state will send a solid dolcgntioi
to the convention for the lowun. In Nov
Jersey , ho states , the republicans have lixe
up n slate of William B. Allison for presl
dent , and William Walter Phelps for vie
president. In the opinion of Mr. Woolma :
ihcso two men would unlto the republica
party solidly and bring out inoio than over ,
vote in it.
JUSTICI : MIU.HU rou TUB i'nn innNcr.
Much has been said during the past fortj
eight hours on the quiet about Justice Mille
for the presidential nomination. There hav
already como to the front for him a numbe
of republican senators and republicans. Sal
ono of them to the BUB correspondent thi
evening : "There Is n strong movement o
foot to bring about the nomination of Justlc
Samuel F. Miller , of Iowa. His frcedoi
from all entangling alliances , the fact that h
belongs to no faction and would bo chcerfull
supported by all , his true and unsworvin
republicanism , his wise statesmanship an
his knowledge of national affairs common
him to all who dcslro a candidate who wi
bo a credit to the party , and should ho b
triumphantly elected no word of scandt
could touch or tnlnt him. Ho left Kcntuck
because of slavery. Ho helped organize th
republican party in Iowa. Ho was th
trusted friend and wise counsellor c
Lincoln nil through his administri
tlon. Ho would bong about a unite
republican party. Ho would bo strong whcr
some others are weak. In 1SS4 u single si I
in the convention on the part of Blaino'
friends would have resulted in his nomliu
tlon. Ho Is to-day the second sober thougli
to all who are wedded to no candidate an
Dimply desire victory. Many of the trustc
leaders of the party uro for him unservedlj
Ho has done more to garner the fruits of th
war that all others on the bench , ho bavin
rendered more constitutional decisions thu
Marshall. He is sound on the tariff uud tru
iu his heart and soul to his party. His num
would bo a tower of strength , and with hii
ut thu head of thu ticket we would win , uu
grandly. "
In reply to a senate- resolution inquiring i
to what amount of hinds upon thu Omul
reservation have been sold iu pursuance i
the statute of August 17 , 18SU , aud how lime
money duo us the proceeds of such sulo hi
been paid into the treasury , also as to tl
amounts of money , if any , duo and unp.ili
and what steps , If any , have been taken t
force such payments us duo , or recover po
session of the lands no sold , payment f <
which have failed according to the tern
thereof , the acting commissioner of tl ;
general land office has reported as follow ;
Amount of land sold up to aiid Includin
December 81,18S7 , 40,030.59 acres ; amount i
money paid Into the treasury on account i
such sales from the data of the ilrst paymci
to December 81 , 1SS7 , $154,0540 :
amount of interest dno and unpaid up to D
ccmber 81 , Ib87 , $4,108.0(5. ( Bv the nU of coi
Kress cpproved August 2.lSb ; , the sccrotai
of the Interior was authorized to extend tl
time of payment to purchasers of lauds of tl
Omahu Indians two years from Juno .MJ , Ibs
who had tiled by November SO , 18S , maklii
the ilrst payment duo Juno 29 , IbbS , the i
tcrest duo on said payments to bo paid a
nually at the tlmo said payments are no
duo. Parties who had liled since Novembi
80,1SS4 , and prior to August'.1 , 1SSO , uro in
requited to make ilrst payment until Augu
2 , IbfcS , but the Interest must bo paid annual
on August 'J. Thus It will bo observed th ;
no principle Is duo until June-29 , lbt > 3 , i
August 2 , IbSS. No steps have been taken
enforcepoymcntsof interest duo nr torccovi
possession of the lauds bold , payments fi
which have failed according to the terms >
thu btuUites.
Acting Commissioner StooL'sluger has all
reported to the senate , iu response to u res
lution calling for the information , a stnt
went relative to the public lands in Nebrasl
as follows : Total number of acres in tl
territory and state of Nebraska , 47.077.W
TUo urea surveyed to June 80 , 1S > 37 , wi
40,059,039 acres , pf which there was dispoxi
of from date of organization us a tei rltory
February 28 , 18C7 , l.OMJ.OW acres , and tl
amount received therefrom , $3S9b42. ! ro
| fc ( dAt # 9 * Uw ftdqiUatougi Nebraska , Man
1 , 1SC7 , to Juno W ) , 1687 , the area deposed of
wns 20,545,123 acres , nml the amount received
"hcrcfrom was $8,521,610 , and
ho total disposals in the tcr-
itory and state were 27.011,1 0
ncres and the total receipts $ SStilOfti. The
urea of original Indian reservations was 878-
22'J acres and the area of existing reserva
ions on .Tune 80.18S7 , was estimated to bo
II4I > 50 acres. The area disposed of was
> > 78 acren , for which there has boon ro-
iclvcd the sum of $1WO,187. Of this amount
ho Btuto. has been allowed and paid * 27,34'.S5 !
jcing 5 Jur ) cent upon $ .MOb7fl of the net pro-
ceds received from the solo of Pawnee
ndian lands. The area of military reserva-
ions in Nebraska at the date of admission
iinbt-accd 80,828 acres , the ( { renter portion of
, vhlcli has been restored to the public do
main , but additional reservations nave been
set apart , HO that the total urea
at military reservations in Nebraska Juno
30 , 1887 , was 81.387 acres. The proceeds of
the portion of the original reservation arc
Included in the cash sales of public lands for
which the state IIHB received the 5 per cent.
The area embraced in the locution of mill-
: ury bounty laud warrants in Nebraska to
June 30 , 1887 , was Iy : > l , 5 acres. As ap
pears from statements compiled and on
record In this oflleo upon the value of the
lands so located , no allowance of the 5 per
cent to the state has been made.
Mrs. Florence H. Kendall , of Nebraska ,
: ias resigned from u $000 position in the pen
sion ollico.
AUMY oniinus.
Fifty recruits are to bo assigned to the
Fifth cavalry , fifty recruits assigned to the
Seventh cavalry and sixteen colored recruits
to the Twenty-fifth infantry ; Captain Will
iam E. Hofman , Ninth Infantry. is ordered
to return homo to await retirement.
Nebraska nml lown Pension * .
WASIIINOTON , Feb. 17. [ Special Telegram
to the BEE. ] Pensions were granted to
the following Nobrssknns to-day : Theodore
P. Elliott , South Omaha ; Edward Thornley ,
Indfanola ; Andrew H. MeFaddcn , Omaha ;
Hugh \V. Hutton , Pawnee City ; Benjamin
F. Leslie , Nomaha City ; Do Forrest Van
Vleck , Alcove. Hclssuo and increase Alfred
Smith , Kulo. Mexican widows Theresa ,
widow of Adolph Schremp , Helena.
Pensions for lowans : Original invalid
Jatncs Smith , Bloomllcld , Hiram Kastcr ,
Strawberry Point ; William Dew , Bcauian ;
Q. S. Baker , Woodburn ; James Jones , Mul-
vern. Increase Charles V. Delaneoy , Hazel-
green ; William J. Turner , Bedford ; Joseph
N. Bullou , Osceola ; Esuu A. Erb , Smyrna ;
Martin A. Gain , Waterloo ; Peter McICenun ,
Williamsburg ; William J. Banter , Avon ;
Michael Lynch , Atlair ; Snmuol H. Barry ,
AVaverly ; Allen Hain , Redding ; Thomas
Goodwin , Bowley : James Harngan , Dos
Moines : George H. Johnson , Crcston. He-
issue John Newsome , Woodburn ; Vincent
S. Martin , Des Moines. Heissuo Allen U.
Nlehlas , Haven. Mexican survivors-
William J. Caldwcll. Moulton. Mexican
widows Sarah S. , widow of John Lester ,
Bloomtlcld. Rcissuo and increase Isaac
Smith , Hopkintou.
How Canada is Hencilttcd.
Feb. . 17. In response to a
request for information upon the fisheries
treaty and kindred subjects , Erustus Wiman
has written a letter to the editor of the Mail ,
Toronto , In which ho says , in part :
In answer to your inquiry I beg to say the
proposed fishery treaty , so. far as Its contents
are known , is in my opinion the best settle
ment of the ugly quarrel that could bo ar
rived at under the circumstances. Canada ,
in the long run , will bo the gainer rathci
than the loser. The provisions of the now
treaty will tend to increase the intercourse
between the two countries and remove an
element of serious and dangerous difference
that was . steadily separating their
and threatening their peace. To accomplish
a purpose so important Canada can well
afford to yield all she will bo culled upon tc
yield. This Is especially the case when It is
understood that this settlement will enor
mously improve the prospects of commercial
union with the United States.
The next most vexed question Is the con
flict now impending between the great rail
way systems of the two countries. The Can
adian roads arc free from the ; exactions ol
the inter-state commerce law , and this free
dnm means nn enormous loss of prollt tc
every other railroad in the United States
This condition of things seriously threatens
the repeal of the bonding system by whicl
American produce is convoyed through Gun
adlan territory without payment of duty or
its entrance into the United States. This repeal
peal would mean simply ruin to Canadian
It has been suggested that Mr. Butterwortl
might omit in his bill the clause referring t <
the fisheries and substitute another whicl
would invite concurrent legislation on th <
part of Canada , creating provisions similar ii
that country to the operation of the inter
state act in this , so far as it affects througl
traffic iu which alone the United States is in
tercstcd. This movement would secure thi
support of the vast railway interests threat
eued in the United States , and it would alsi
secure the advocacy of that movement b ;
English owners of Canadian railway sccu
ritlcs whoso interests arc , at the moment , seriously
riously imperiled.
Committee Work.
WASHINGTON , Feb. 17. The sub-commit
tco of the house postoffico committee to-do ;
reported adversely upon the bill to prohibl
the circulation through the mails of news
papers containing lottery advertisements.
The bill to amend , the law prohibitini
alien persons and corporations from acquir
ing lands in the United States received tin
approval of the house committee on mine :
and mining to-day. The amendment pro
vidcs that the restrictions of the law shall no
apply to mines of gold , silver , tin , lead , ciu
iiubar or copper or any interest therein.
The senate committee- privileges am
elections to-day considered the Turplo case
ordered the papers printed and referred tin
subject for further consideration to a sub
committee consisting of Senators Hoar
Spooncr and Eustis.
The house elections committee hnvinp dls
posed of the DuDIa vs Davidson Alubami
contest In favor of Davidson , the sittini
member , will meet next Tuesday to dccidi
upon further order of business. It is thi
general expectation that the Illinois contcs
of Worthingtou vs Post will bo taken up fo
Wurfleld Story , counsel for the Union Pa
clfic railroad company , to-day submitted ti
the house Pacllio railroad committee th
modifications of the Outhwalto funding bil
desired by President Adams , The enl ;
clmnco of moment suggested in the origina
bill is the proposition to fix payments to b
made by the company upon its debt at one
tenth of 1 per cent for the first five years am
one-half of 1 per cent for the second term o
five .N cars instead of n uniform payment fo
the first ten-year period of one-third of 1 po
cent. Roughly calculated the effect of th
proposed change would bo to re
duce the payments by $200,00
during the first five years and Increas
them by a corresponding sum during thoncx
five years , tfho coiupany was desirous o
having the charge lightened during the nox
five years , because It had very heavy paj
incuts to make and would bo able to make u ;
the deficiency within the next five-year teriri
The committee has invited the Pacific rail
rood commissioners to appear before It nes
Friday to furnish any Information they ma ,
possess for the guidance of the committee
Jt was stated Informally by one of the coir
mltteo that Anderson of Iowa had decline
to appear bo fort ) the committee In support o
the bill directing criminal prosecution of th
Pacific railway oftlcials.
Postal Clmneca.
WASHINGTON , Fob : 17. [ Special Telegrat
to the BUR. ] The postonico at Scandinuvit
Hurlnn county , will be discontinued Fcl
ruary Sti.
Socialist Ip Law * Iu Germany. ,
HMIUX , .Jan. 17 , The rolchptag has ri
jcoUkl UiagovcuiBieiil's-antl-bOcliilist
l > ruloiigcil the uxUUug laws for
Identity of the Slayer of Millionaire
Snoll Discovered.
Chief of Police Hub-hard Offers a
Ilewnrd of$2OOO For the Arrest
and Detention ofAVilliara
B. Taseott.
Hnell's Slitycr Identified.
CIIICAIIO , Feb. 17. The police arc at lost
positive that they are on the track of the
murderer of Millionaire. A , J. Snell and the
developments given out are of the most
startling character. Chief of Police Hub-
bard to-night issued the following circular :
Look out for and arrest A. J. Snell's al
leged murderer , -William B. Tascott , alias
3chrlght , alias Moore , alias Scott , alias
Clark , twenty-two or twenty-three years of
age , 5 feet 8 or 0 inches high , 105 pounds
weight , slim built , very erect , full round
Tace , heavy eye brows , very fair complexion
dark brown hair , thin on top of head , cut
short , largo blue eyes , small thin dark mous
tache , may bo dyed ; wore when last seen
tirown and gray striped pants , stripe one-half
Inch wide , dark cent , vest and overcoat ,
black silk hut , square top ring set with gar
nets and pearls , ono pearl missing. Ho may
carry a cano with round gold head engraved
with "W. B. T. " In monogram , also a russet-
colored , oval valise , 18 inches long and 8
inches deep , hung by a strap over his
shoulder. The above reward will bo paid for
his capture and detention until officers ar
The startling features of the case are that
William B. Taseott , the man wanted , is the
son of the prominent and wealthy Colonel J.
B. Tascott , a leading wholesale paint merch
ant of this city. Ho was born and raised
within a few blocks of the murdered man ,
Sncll. Though well educated , ho early dis
played a liking for the companlonshlpof wild
boys. It Is said that ho has served a term In
the Kentucky penitentiary for burglary. Ho
returned recently and his family and friends
tried to reform him. Ono of these friends ,
Mrs. Henrietta Ousley , invited him to her
house , and young Tascott returned the kind
ness by robbing her. The theft was discov
ered , but Mrs. Ousley refused to 'prosecute.
For several weeks before the Sncll murder
Tascott boarded with Mrs. Wicks , in the
same neighborhood , under the name oi Scott ,
and is thought to bo the ono who committed
all the burglaries which took place in that
vicinity before the murder. Since then no
trace of him can bo found.
Jennie Clifford , the proprietress of a dis
reputable resort on the west side , has given
the police valuable Information regarding
Tascott. She says that ho came to her house
on the Monday night about 1o'clock
Just preceding the murder , and re
mained till the next morning. He
displayed a pearl-handed revolver the very
same , it is thought , with which Mr. Snell
was shot , Tuesday night ho called at the
house again and staid a short time. On thut
occasion it was snowing and ho wore a seal
cap'.other wise ho was dressed Just as Mrs.
Wick describes him. Miss Clifford expected
him back Wednesday night , but ho came not.
She has not sccu him since. Friday or Sat
urday after the murder she begun
to think over the queer remarks ho
made when at her hoUse ,
and remembered that he carried with
him when there a mahogany case just like
the ono fotind nt Snell's house , filled , with
his tools. She notified the police and said
she was willing to old the police as far us
possible. Afterward she identified the ma
hogany case as the same she had seen in
Tascott's possession.
At the house of Mrs. Wicks , where Taseott
boarded , an investigation of the closet of the
room revealed a quantity of silverware , two
coils of fuse of the thickness of a
pencil , a brown broadcloth overcoat
which she had never seen him
wear , and which ho used in making
up his disguises ; some scarlet underwear , anew
now white shirt with nn pmbroidcicd front ,
two small solid silver ca'ators , several old
chisels and handles of chisels and bits , n
book on machinists' tools , a lot of silver
knives and forks aud spoons , a mandolin , a
pair of ladies' kid gloves , a pair of woolen
mittens , ami a pair of low-cut shoes. Mrs ,
Wick also discovered In a small drawer a
pair of burglar's felt slippers , and three
sperm candles , ono of which was hull
The Sunday before the murder of Snell ,
Tascott is said to have gene into the Jewelry
store of Thomas G. Clarke , nt No. 481 West
Madison street and tried to make arrange
ments for melting a lot of silver-plato which
he wanted to dispose of. But a trade could
not bo struck. While in the store it is claimed
that ho was introduced by a man named Dick-
son , and that the two dined together on the
north side that day. Jeweler Clarke claimed
last night thut ho could not recall the cir
cumstances , but admitted that such a thing
might have occurred.
The silver plate that was found In his closet
is still in the possession of the police , and it
is pretty certain that some of it has been
identified by C , H. Case , of No. 201 Ashiaml
avenue , whoso house was robbed shortly be
fore the Snell affair , and the rest has beer
traced to the ownership of six different fami
lies on Ashland avenue and Washington
The police have found two or three ac
quaintances of Tascott's who have agreed tc
assist in the search for him. Inspector Bon
field says thut he expects to have the burglai
behind the bars in the next twcnty-foui
hours. Detectives wore out ull night look
iug forTnscott. It is believed that ho'Is
still In hiding In this city , und it seems itn
possible for hlin to escape. His accomplices
whoever they are , have not becu thoroughlj
The plunder found In Tnscott's room wa :
examined , and u woman or two , who are sup
posed to know a good deal about the burg
iar , were put in the sweat-box. The meeting
was very carefully guarded , and after it was
over those present refused point blank to sai
what it was about. It is the aim of the po
lice to verify every point of evidence against
Tascott and to establish a sure case ngains
him by the tlmo ho is captured. .
Mr. Snell's estate was probated to-day. I
was estimated at $4,500,000 , but of this $11,000 ,
000 was convoyed to his wife four years ago
Ho loft no will and thu balance of the cstati
will bo divided among his widow aud foui
children ,
The Murderer of Little Max Gllinai
to Pay the Pay ally.
CiiiCHoo , Feb. 17. [ Special Telegram ti
the Bnc.l Death was the punishment thi
jury this morning decided to inflict in tin
case of August Hetzke , who beat to dcutl
his little stop-son , Max Oilman. No inai
ever received the same announcement will
less show of emotion. When the verdict wai
read the few words dooming the guilty mai
to the gallows fell upon his hearing wlthou
any apparent significance. Ho made no mo
tion nor never , for a single instant , took hii
eyes off the iloor. The big muscles stood ou
on his neck and the veins were full ubout hi
temple , that went to show ho was fully con
sclousof what was going on , although hi
pretends to bo unable to understand English
The murder of little Max Gilmnn was ;
peculiarly brutal ono. The boy's motho
died In Juno last and Hotzke's cruelty drov <
the lad away from homo. After ouo of thos
runaway episodes the little feltow.retumei
to his stop-father's house November SO , am
that night ho was given a terrible beating
Ilctzko used a strap 'und beat the child s
that his body from head to foot was one hug
snro. Several times during the ilight peo'pl
living In thd houae nt No. 41M Lincoln strec
lliey heari
lira praying. In the morning ho was found
lead. When accused of having killed the
child Hcltzko's reply Was :
"Tho loafer ought to die. "
The man , ever since his arrest and all dur-
ng the trial , showed no regret or any feeling
if sorrow for his crime , and when It , bcamo
mown to-day that the extreme penalty was
0 be meted out in his case the judgment wns
hat ho deserved it and that the verdict was
1 Just one. One man-voiced the popular feei
ng when ho said :
"A few more Juries like the ono that tried
ileUko Is what Wo want Just now. "
Once before his arrest for killing his step
son Hctzko came under the notice of the po-
ice for his share in a piece of petty persocu-
lon. It was August 22 last that ho presented
ilmsclf to Lieutenant Schumacher nt the
West Chicago avenue station with acorn-
ilalnt that his house had been robbed. Ho
lad a list of the Roods alleged to have been
stolen , and said the thief was his house
keeper , a bloomingyoung German girl named
Johanna Kctzkc. The articles alleged to
lave been stolen were a lot of worthless
rinkets belonging to the deceased Mrs.
HeUhe. When the girl told her storyn new
state of facts was revealed. It appeared that
Hetzke wanted to marry her and she refused
ilm. A week after she came to his house
Uetko proposed marriage , but the girl told
him she was already engaged and put him
off , but Hctiko kept on proposing nud when
: lu ; girl told him she did not like him and
would never marry him Hetko swore ho
would send her to the penitentiary. The
; rumpcd-up charge of theft was the couse-
lucucc and the girl was dismissed.
ON TltlAlj 'FOlt MUUDEK ,
An Unsavory Couple Before Kansas
City's Criminal Court.
KANSAS CITV , Mo. , Feb. 17. [ Special Tele
gram to the BEE. ] Paul Etulers was placed
on trial to-day in the criminal court on the
charge of murder in the first degree. The
indictment charges Endcrsund Blanche Con
nors , alias Mattle Mason , with killing Joseph
Peters on Christians night for the purpose of
robbery. The evidence adduced at the pre
liminary examination showed that Blanche
Connors and Peters went to the house ol
Juno Gripsby , No. 11 East Bell street , on
Christmas night. There they met Endcrs
and some others. A quarrel followed , and
Enders , Peters and Blanche Connors went
outside. A few minutes later there was o
cry for help , but the inmates of the house
paid no attention to it. Enders and the
woman soon rejoined them. An hour later s
policeman discovered the dead body of Peters
on the sidewalk in front of the house. There
was a largo knife wound in his groin. Enders
and Blanche Connors were arrested the next
morning. _
Prospective Labor TroublcH.
KANSAS CITV , Mo. , Feb. 17. [ Special Tele
gram to the BEI : . ] It is thought iu some eir
clcs that there will bo serious labor troubles
hero this year since the stonemasons havi
resolved to demand eight hours as n full
day's work from the bosses. Whether tin
bosses will yield or not is the question. This
the bosses refuse to answer until it is put t <
them by the Stonemasons' union. A boss
bricklayer nt work on the New York Life In
surancc building was asked if it was trui
that the bricklayers would join the stone
masons in their demand. "I think not , " hi
said , "Wo demanded that nine hours bo f
day'a work and our demands "wero granted
We got ull we wanted and so have no causi
to kick. Yes , I bclievo the stoncmasons'an
klekiugbn'working , ten .hours. " Tlio solu
tion of the problem Will probably bo thai
both sides will compromise and that nfm
hours will constitute a day's work at nini
hours' pay. " _ i
Sulculc'cl in Kansas City. '
KANSAS Citr , Mo. ' , Feb. 17. [ Special Tele
gram to the But ; . ] LauraLeeper , adissoluti
colored woman , twonty-ono years of age , liv
ing at 309 Broadway , was found in her roon
about ,7:80 : o'clock this morning suffcrinp
from morphine poisoning and will dio. Tin
woman's patents live in Kcokuk , la. , and hoi
husband at Omaha , Nob. In this city sin
1ms gene under the name of Laura Mills ,
Suing For Attorney's Fees.
KANSAS CITV , Mo. , Feb. 17. [ Special Tele
gram to the BUB. ] Samuel M. Chapman ani
Milton D. Polk to-tlay filed a suit in tin
ofllcc of the clerk of the United States cir
cuit court against Hugh D. Marshall. The
plaintiffs constitute a legal 11 rm in Plutts
mouth , Neb. , while the defendant lives ii
Putnam county , this state. In the petition
the plaintiffs allege that in September , 18Sr
they defended Marshall when he was on trio
in Cass county , Nebraska , for assault will
intent to murder. On this they want $ -1,500
They also want $ ; 150 , the balance duo on i
500 fee for defending him when he wns suei
for S,000 damngo by the man who assaultei
him. In this latter case they received a re
tuiuing fee of $150.
PiiHHenger Hates Threatened.
KANSAS CITV , Mow Feb. 17. [ Special Tele
gram to the Bui ; . ] The llock Island lowerei
the rate on packinghouse stuff to 11J cent !
to-day to meet the , Burlington , but that \va ;
about the only reduction made. All the roadt
uro down to a point.where there is no monoj
in almost any liuo of freight and the agent ;
are making very little effort to secure busl
ness. There are no signs of a let up , however
over , and there Is every Indication that thi
war will soon strike , passenger rates.
Unabloto Procure Ball.
KANSAS CITV , Mo , , Feb. 17. [ Special Tele
gram to the BcE.- | Charles A. Schaffer , nr
rested on the charjro of embezzling $49,00
from J. H. Onstott ) has not yet secured bail
his former friends 'having apparently abuii
doncd him.
A Clerk Suspended on Suspicion.
KANSAS CITV , Mo. , Feb. 17. [ Special Tele
gram to the BEE. ] Edward L. Greenwood
clerk of the city recording court , was to-da ;
suspended by the mayor , pending further in
restitution of his accounts.
Somnambulism and Death.
BOSTON , Feb. 17. [ Special Telegram t
the BEE. ] The bed ' of John M. Underwood
a wealthy resident 6f Oak Knoll , Danvers
was found this morning about a quarter of
inilo from his houso. For some years Mr
Underwood has been ufllieted with soranuiu
bulism , und within a few nights past ha
been found wandering about the house in hi
sleep. As ho did uot appear at the usun
hour this morning , his sister went to hi
room , but ho was not there. Word was sen
to the nearest neighbors that Mr. Undcrwooi
was missing. They instituted a search , Mi
Fish gring toward Beaver Creek station an
Phillips taking thoi opposite d section. Mi
Phillips was quickly recalled by a shout fror
Mr. Fish , who had 'found Mr. Underwood'
body lying In the road. Ho was clad enl ;
In his nightdress , atd death had undoubted ! ,
ensued hours before the discovery. It Ii
thought ho must have loft the house nbou
midnight. The mercury stood at daylight a
from b = > to 10 = betyw zero. Years ago Mi
Underwood left his house under much th
same circumstances. The night was vor ;
cold , but ho was seen by neighbors in seasoi
to save his life ,
The Denver & Ilio Grande.
NEW YOIIK , Feb. 17. The statement of th
Denver & Rio Grande railroad for the yea
ending December 31 , 18S7 , shows : Gros
earnings , $7,983,419 , , un increase of $1,245,84
Weather Indications.
For Nebraska and Iowa : Fair wcathci
warmer , followed'bj'slightly colder wcathci
light to fresh Winds , generally from south t
For ' Eastern and Southwestern Dakota
Slightly colder , fair weather , followed 'i
northern portion by light snuw , lib'ht to frc's
> YUrlublo winds
Horrible Tragedy Enacted By Adam
Wirts Near Burlington , la.
And Then Burns Up Ills Two Grand
children and Hangs Himself
Dulmquo Gamblers llaldcd
Iowa News.
A Most Revolting Crime.
DunLi.NOTON , la , Feb. 17. [ Special Tele
gram to the BKE. ] A horrible tragedy oc
curred to-day In Jackson township , twelve
miles north of this city. An old man named
Adam Wirts , living with his son , attacked
his daughter-in-law with n corn knife , in
flicting probably fatal wounds. Two of the
children lied from thu house and
ild behind a straw stack. Wirts
then set ilro to the house , which burned
down and consumed two little children , one
nn infant only two months old. Ho then shot
.ho best horse lit the stable , broke the gun in
ilcces mid hanged himself in the haymow.
The from the burning
daughter-in-law , escaping
ing house , dragged Herself to a neigh
bor's , half a mile distant , whore
licr husband was at work.
She fainted from exhaustion and loss of
blood , being terribly cut aud bruised. Wirts
was about seventy years old , of a bad dispo
sition naturally , nud inclined to maku trouble.
It is believed that he committed the inhuman
crimes from pure deviltry. It is the most re
volting aud saddening tragedy over happen
ing in this county.
Fluked Up In the Lobbies. .
DES MOINES , Feb. 17. Considerable oppo
sitlon is being developed to the districting ol
the state for the election for railroad com
mlssioucrs reported yesterday by the com
mittee. The original plan was more favor
ably received but the one reported Is ullcgcil
to give the district in southwestern lown
into the control of the Hock Island and Bur
lington roads and the northeastern into the
control of the Illinois Central , the Milwau
kee , and the Cedar Uaplds road.
The convention of Iowa jobbers , manufac
turers and shippers at DCS Moines , Februari
10 , passed a resolution favoring the principle
that the charge for a shorter haul should nol
exceed the charge for a longer :
that the commissioners bo em
powered to make maximum rates to classify
freight and change rates ; that the legislature
enact a schedule of maximum rates ; that the
commissioners bo appointed by the governoi
with the consent of the scnato ; that the rail
roads bo prevented from discriminating at
between persons , llrms or corporations , ant
that when freight , originating at points ir
Iowa , passes over two or more lines bofon
reaching its destination in Iowa , it shall hi
billed at ouo through rate on the basis of t
legal tariff for the entire distance.
It is rumored that the house committee foi
the suppression of intemperance has dis
carded the Kcdman and Custcr bills , and tha' '
the sub-committeo'of both houses will drav
.up another. '
A delegation of blind men spoke this morn
Ing before the commlttceo on charitable
stitutions stating that they wished appropria
tions for establishing for them an Industrie
Institution by which they might make them
selves self-supporting and recommending thi
cottage plan.
The scnato committee on commerce hai
considered the charges made by B. W
Blanchard referred to it by the governor
who refused to have the communicatioi
printed. The committee recommends tha
the communication be noted , and bo returnei
to the stuto auditor.
The Iowa Legislature.
DES MOINES , lai , Feb. 18 , In the scnati
to-day the Weber bill to repeal the acts o :
the Sixteenth and Seventeenth assemblies ro
latlng to voting tax and bonds in aid of rail
roads , was to-day discussed and indefinitely
postponed , befng thereby virtually killed.
A resolution was introduced by Mr. Kcgle ;
and postponed , providing that in the seluc
tion of trustees for the state institutions botl
great political parties should have represen
tation , the party in power to have the odd
Senate file No. 140 relating to changini
articles of Incorporation of companies wa
ordered engrossed.
A concurrent resolution was adopted ree
ommcnding the pardon of Edward B. Wild
man from the Fort Madison penitentiary.
A joint republican caucus for the purposi
of nominating trustees and regents of tin
state institutions is to bo held on the cvcninj
of February 22 in the hall of representatives
Scnato flic No. 09 , pertaining to live stool
and meat inspection in cities of the first clasi
and under special charters , was passed.
Bills were passed amending the law pro
viding for the relief of the poor , the mannc
of Dbtabilag the same , and providing fo :
criminal punishment for violent acts : alsi
amending the law relating to furnishini
clothing and transportation for inmates o
the deaf and dumb institution.
In the house the resolution passed nsklni
the speaker to request ministers of thi
Komnn Catholic church to open the housi
with prayer. It was passed on account o
the failure of the Ministerial association o
DCS Moines to place such ministers on thi
A number of measures were Introduced
Among them were :
By Mr. Eilers Appropriating funds fo
carrying on work at the Anamosa pcnltcn
By Evans Relating to enticing female ;
under fifteen years of ago and providing i
The house refused to recede from tlv
amendment requiring lye potash tobolabelci
"poison" and a conference committee aji
The following bills were passed :
Relating to the construction of viaduct
over or under railroads on public streets.
Relating to appeals from justices of th
Requiring teachers contracts to bo fllei
with the secretary of the board.
Providing that persons convicted of mia
demeanor , under sixteen years of ago , b
sent to the industrial school.
Providing that the interest on loans of th
permanent school fund shall not exceed 7 pe
cent or bo less than 0 per cent.
Providing that cities under special chartc
may elect n recorderr , assessors , treasurer
and collectors for two years.
Both the house and scnato adjourned untl
Duhiiquo Gamblers Nahbcd.
DUBUQL'B , la. , Feb. 17. The police swoope
down upon the gambling joints of this cit ;
early this morning and bagged ninetcc :
prisoners , besides a wagon load' of trucli
such as tables , chairs , chips , cards , iml s
on. It wns a complete surprise. This morr
ing the prisoners were brought into coin
and lined from K > to $18 each. Ono man wh
is believed to have informed ugainst th
places was himself captured in ono of their
and the justice fined him < 20. Among th
prisoners were a few "respectable" citizen !
whoso appearance In a police court as culprit
created a decided sensation , but the majorit
of those captured were professional far
players. Onn of the proprietors is the sou c
a prominent Dubuque merchant.
Located nt Ames.
DES MOINES , la. , Feb. 17.- [ Special Tcli
gram tp the BBK. ] The trustees of th
state agricultural college met hero to-day t
arrange for , the establishment of the no'
agricultural experiment station as provide
by the recent act of congress. They decide
t ° lacute tlic bUtloa a ; '
department of the agricultural college there ,
with its own Independent buildings , outfit ,
etc. They elected as director of the station
Captain H. P < S | > ecr , of Cedar Falls , nt a
salary of $2,2UO , per annum.
An Allison Club Organized.
Des MOINES , la. , Feb. 17. | Special Tele
gram to the BKE.I The first Allison club
'or 18SS was organized at Emmotsburg , Palo
Alto county to-day , and has opened the cam
paign for the Iowa man for president.
A Prominent lownn Dead.
WINTEUSI-.T , la. , Feb. 17. [ Special Tclo-
gram to the BKK.I Major G. D. Palmer , for
merly a prominent politician of Iowa City
and later publisher of the Wlntersct News ,
died hero this morning.
WASHINGTON , Feb. 17. The Blair educa
tional bill was laid before the house and re
ferred to the committee on education.
The urgent 'deficiency bill was then taken
up. The amendment instructing the public
irintcr to enforce rigidly the provisions of
: ho eight hour law was adopted and the bill
The bill for the relief of Nathaniel McKay
and the executors of Donald McKay was
Mr. Stone of Kentucky moved to recon
sider the vote and lav that motion on the
table , pending which Mr. Springer moved to
make a verbal amendment to the title nud
upon this motion took the floor in opposition
tothn bill. Quito n lengthy discussion ensued
In which Mr. Springer argued that if It was
right to grant relief to the McKays it was right
to grant relief to Secor and other contractors
who had precisely similar claims , and quoted
from a speech made by Senator Grimes of
Iowa , upon a similar bill , in which that gen
tleman stated that If claims against the gov
ernment which rested ujHm the same grounds
of equity as the claims "of naval constructors
were paid the government would bo called
upon to make expenditures of overfOO,000,000.
Mr. Cox of Now York and others antago
nized Mr. Springer and his amendment , so
the title was rejected and the motion to re
consider the vote by which the bill passed
was tabled.
After some other business the house pro
ceeded to involve itself in a parliamentary
tangle and finally adjourned until Monday.
Dorsoy's Bill Favorably lleportcd.
WASHINOTON , Fob. 17. The house commit
tee on Indian affairs has ordered n favorable
report on Representative Dorsey's bill ex
tending for two years the tlmo of payment oi
the purchase money for lands sold ou the
Omahu Indian reservation in Nebraska.
Though Fatally Wounded a Missouri
Husband Kills His Wife's Paramour.
ST. Louis , Feb. 17. In Uald Knob town
ship last night , Thomas Walthum found Jim
Blakeny in his wife's chamber. Blakeny
shot Waltham three times and ono of Walt-
ham's children once. The injured husband
shot and killed Blakeny , and then fell in a
dying condition. The child may recover.
The Fire Record.
PIIOVIDENCB , February 17. A fire thjs
morning destroyed several business build
ings , and caused a loss of about $150,000. II
was discovered nt 3 o'clock this morning and
" "
raged for three hours , Tho""flro started ill
O. D. Mott's building on Broad street The
'flames from there worked their way Into the
Wells block , and from there into Segnr block ,
a three-story building adjoining. Turning
the corner of High street , the Stllliiian build
Ing , a three-story frame structure ; Bradford
block and Niantlc bank building , a two-stori
brick , wore burned. The thermometer was
84 degrees below zero , and thirteen firemen
suffered severely from exiwsuro.
The total loss is now estimated at $840,000
and insurance at $ SO,000.
CIIICAOO , Feb. 17. The grain warehouse o :
J. S. Smith & Co. , on the river , wasdamagci
to the extent of $73,000 or $100,000 shortly
after midnight.
Failed to Make Peace.
CHICAGO , Feb. -Every Interested lint
In the northwest was represented to-day al
the managers' meeting of northwestern lines
The matter of existing troubles was put intc
the hands of a committee which , after con
federation , reported that the only way to secure
cure peace and harmony was to merge the
Western , Southwestern , and Northwcstorr
associations into ono , to bo govcrneil by thi
same rules and regulations and with om
head. A committee was appointed with In
structions to confer with the managers ol
southwestern lines and arranged a joint con
fcrcnco nt the earliest possible moment. A
resolution that all rates bo restored March I
to the tariffs in effect prior to January 81
was defeated , the Burlington lines refusing
to restore rates until a permanent agreement
was adopted.
Reform in Manitoba.
WINNIPEG , Feb. 17. Premier Grconwnj
was seen in rcfcronco to his statement ut
the Portage La Prairie meeting that ho hai
a bona fide offer to build the Red Rlvci
Valley railway. The offer was to build thi
road from West Lynne to Portage Lt
Prairie , the government to pay a small casb
bonus and an annual subsidy for a period ol
twenty years. This solved the financial
problem , and that solved , he would like ti
see what could prevent the road from being
built. Yesterday's elections rcsultei } in i
tremendous triumph for the Grccnway gov
ernment and the Red River Valley railroad
insuring the building of the road at the car
liest possible date.
The Vnndnlia Litigation.
ISDiANAi'Oi.18 , Ind. , Feb. 17. In the fed
eral court to-day the attorneys for the Gin
cinnati , Hamilton & Dayton road dismissci
the previous application and filed a new sui
against William R. McKccn , president of tin
Vandalia road , to recover $ Ss'J,000 ! paid oi
the contract to purchase from McKccn a con
trolling interest in the Vundalia line , am
asks that the contract bo set usido.
Examining the Fisheries Treaty.
OTTAWA , Ont , Fob. 17. A draft of tin
fishery treaty arrivcdrfrom Washington yes
terday and was , it is understood , considcrci
at a meeting of the cabinet In the afternoon
The nature of the document will bo kept sc
crct until it is laid before parliament.
The Swiss and Italian Syndicate.
GENEVA , Feb. 17. A Swiss and Itnllai
syndicate has been formed which will ad
vance the Italian government 50,000,000 , franc
to enable It to complete- the Simplon rallwa ;
tunnel and the railway lines which will con
nect therewith.
A Hklubcrcon Blast.
DUUUN , Feb. 17. A package contalnini
gunx | > wder , to which was attached a leadci
bull , was thrown into the house of Police In
specter Kelly , of Skibbereeu. An explosio :
followed , wrecking the furnlturo and flllln ;
the house with choking fumes , from whicl
the inmates barely escaped with their lives
The German Crown Prince.
BEIH.IN , Feb. 17. The North German Go
zetto ( Bismarck's organ ) denies the stuU
ment Inade by the Freisslnlgo yesterday tha
a bill will bo Introduced in the reiclmtag prc
viding for the appointment of a represents
tivu of the crown prlnco in the event of hi
being summoned to act as rcgeut.
Lord Uufferln Accepts.
LeNnoN , Feb. 17. Lord Dufferlu has at
ccpted the past of ambassador of .Italy. Si
J , Savillo Lumloy , the present
will retire from the diplomatic scrvica.
The Patriarch of the West Virginia
Outlaws Talks.
Ho Confesses to Having Five WlVei
11 lit Charges the ; Murdrrtt on III *
Kentucky Kiicnilvn Attorney
Ferguson's Views.
Bnfo In Louisville .Tixll.
LOUISVILI.K. Ky. , Feb. 17. [ Special Tele i
gram to the Hun. ] The ulno West Virgin
ians known as the "Hatllelds" arrived hero
last night In churguof u deputy United States
marshal and the jailer of Pike county. They
will appear before Judge Barr of the United !
States district court Monday , when the
habeas corpus application of the governor of
West Virginia will bo further heard. Villon ,
tlno Hatficld , the "old man" of the gang- .
after stating that they had been well treated !
while In Pike county jail , gave the following
account of the celebrated feud :
"Tho whole trouble , so fur us I know , began
about six or eight years ngo. I had five )
brothers , Ellison , Ellas , Anderson , Smith ,
und Patterson. Ellison was the first onct
ullleJ. Three of the McCoy boys shot and
cut him on Blackberry creek , on the Ken
tucky side , and ho died the next day. The 1
trouble , I believe , was started by ono of tha
McCoys attempting to arrest Anderson Hat ?
field's son , Johnson , ubout eight yoara
ago. There was a row then , bull
I don't remember exactly whah
It was. After Ellison HatfioltJ
was killed Tnlbert , Richard and Farmer Mo
Coy , all young men , were killed by a crowil
supposed to have como from West Virginia *
The killing was done on the bridge between
Blackberry und Mate's Creek.
"Tho next Pike county grand Jury indictee !
a lot of people in West Virginia. No ono wai
arrested , however , and af tcr that Jeff Me Coy
who Is Bill Daniels' brother-in-law , lictmj
Daniels' und Turn Wallace abusing the Hat *
fields , and u quarrel ensued. McCoy at ,
tempted to arrest Wallace uud n fight oft !
place. This resulted In Captain Untile lcl !
arresting McCoy , and when McCoy tried to
get away ho was killed by the men who word
guarding him. It was said that Captain HaU
field and Tom Wallace killed him.
"Some tlrno after this ii squud of men wenft
to Randolph McCoy's house and killed ono.ol
his sons and a daughter and beat -up
his old woman. This was chargcO )
to the Hatfiulds , but I novon
knew anything about it until some tlmo after
the murders wore committed. A short titaej |
after this a company of Pike county men warf I
formed to follow the Hatllelds and kill then * . II
They came into West Virginia und found J.lm I
Vance und Captain Hatficld on u bridge neap
Thuckcr's creek. They shot Vance to dcatn
and wounded Captain Hutflcld. After thai
the Kentuckians came in and captured u $
while wo were at work on our farms. Nona
of us resisted and no injury was done us , bun
if there was any authority for confining us 1 $
Jail I never heard of It. " °
County Attorney J. Leo Ferguson , of Plke\
was questioned concerning the claim of tha
prisoners that they were innocent. Ha
lutkghcd at , the Idea , and uld thut while tha
wprstrof the Hatflcld crowd had uot been
captured , the men 'who are novf
In the Louisville Jail are undoubtedly part ol
the gang. He declaredthat"-"thV prisoner !
had not boon , unlawfully imprisoned bui
after having crossed the border line bctweerit
West Virginia and Kentucky had beet
legally arrested and taken to Jail by the
proper officers. Ho did not deny thut the
West Virginians hud been forcibly taker
from their homes , but held that the Ken *
tuckians w'oro justified by the dangcrf
threatening them in taking the matter intt
their own hands when the West Vlr'ginn
authorities refused to assist in restraining
and punishing the outlaws who had only tl
cross a narrow stream to commit the mcs
atrocious crimes und then cross back again to
safety from law. Mr. Ferguson asserted )
positively that ho had creditable information ;
that n state official of West Virginia had ' '
bo retained with a fee of fcftOO to proven !
Governor Wilson from recognUiug the rcquf
sitlon issued by Governor Buckner. Hi
charged also that the Hutfiold crew h ,
brought other influences to bear , und tnut thej
worst of the gang were now In comparative
security. Of the prisoners now in Louis ,
vlllo Jail , Mr. Ferguson Bays that Valentine )
Hatficld recently confessed to him that ho ,
had live living wlvos and thirty-three living ;
children. Nine of his children have diciX
Mr. Ferguson states thut Ilutficld has pot
cullar ideas of polygamy and docs not murrw
his wives according to law , but takes then !
and apportions his time out between thorn ,
The Tlattields.
LOUISVILI.B , Fob. 17. Nine West Virgin ,
tans , known as the "Hatflolds , " arrived hcrq
last night in charge of a deputy United Stated
marshal. They will appear before Judgg
tbcr heard.
A Cleveland Sensation.
CLEVELAND , O. , Feb. 17. [ Special Tolcy
gram to the BUB. ] When Mrs. Josephine
Amman , a wealthy Euclid avenue lady , was
committed to Jail for contempt of court lol
refusing to reveal the whereabouts of thrf
heiress , Josephine Blaim , she based hei'
hopes of release on the fact that Probate ?
Judge Tildcn was soon to vacate oftlco , anct
that his successor , Judge White , would rot
move the obnoxious guardian , and thus port
mit her to open her lips. To-day Judga
White decided that Miss Blunn must bo pro *
duccd in court before any steps can bo takcrl
for changing the guardian. This means thajj
Mrs. Amman must remain a prisoner in the
county Jail until she chooses to change hen
barren quarters there for her luxurious homd
on the avenueby unswori.ig the question on
the court ns to the hiding place of the mtssl
Ing heiress , or , which would amount to the )
same thing , producing the young girl int
court. Mrs. Amman declares she will novou
do this , and so far his withstood tlyi entreat *
ics of her family , friends and lawyers confr
The Standard AKUII | on Top.
BUFFALO , N. Y. , Fob. 17. [ Special Tel *
gram to the BHE. ] The pluckiest combaVt
ant the oil interests have had in late years U
In trouble. The Buffalo Lubricating oil
company , through the failure of the indev
pendent combination , finds itself in financial
difficulties , and in the hands of a receiver !
It has three suits for damages pending
against the Standard. Ono is for $1,000,0004
iu which the Buffalo company got a verdict
for $20.000 , uud asked for a new trial on tha
ground that the evidence called for the )
award of u greater sum. Another Is fop
$300,000 , based on grounds of cons piracy , > thi
same as tha famous criminal action of las' '
spring which resulted In the conviction o
two of the leaders of the Standard's Intel
csts. Thd Standard has now made an ofTojj
of $25,000 In settlement of all suits , and th4t
receiver asked Instructions from the suprerng
court. The settlement Is opposed by most ol
the stockholders and creditors of thu Buffalg
A Chlni'so Lottery Kalded.
SAN FIVNCISCO , Fob. 17. The police to-dat
raided what is known as the American lot *
tory company , but which Is conducted by
Chinese. The cntlrn operating force of tha -
company was secured. Thn company is cstfl
mated to bo worth 1100,000 to $ .100,000. and
does a business estimated at $10,000 to .0,000
per day.
Powderlj'H Illness.
SCIUNTON , Pa. , Fob. 17. Owing to PovA
'derlv's -illness the 'executive * committee this
week came here to confer with him ou MA
Reading strikesituation. . , ,