Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, February 20, 1888, Image 1

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They Wlpo Out of Bxlstonco a
Little Illinois Town.
Nearly Fifty People Known to Have
licen Killed ntiil Fntnlly Injured
A Tnlo of Horror From
Mt. Vcrnon.
A Fcnrful Catastrophe.
EVANSVILLK , Intl. , Feb. 10. A cyolono
struck Mt. Vcrnon , 111. , at 4:50 : p. m. to-day
from the northwest , sweeping nrounil In a
half circle and levelling half of tlio town.
The remainder of the place caught flro , and
ns there wns n Btrong wind blowing the
ilnmcs soon got beyond the control of the
flro department. Above the roar of the wind
could bo heard the groans mid shrieks of the
dying. The bodies burled In the debris could
bo seen on every hnnd.
It Is feared ninny more than arc now known
to have been killed will be found In the ruins
of the buildings. The lire broke out all over
the city am Id the ruins , spreading rapidly ,
owing to the damage done to the engines by
the wind. The storm passed from the south
east and hud u rotary motion. It swept down
with fearful fury , striking first just south of
the city hall , then curried nway the third
and fourth stories of the Mt. Vcrnon
mill. From tliero It swept on
in a path 500yards wide.Tho Methodist church
fell Just n few minutes after 200 people had
left tbo Sunday school room. The Commer
cial hotel lost its third story. Next the wind
struck the county court house and rendered
It a heap of ruins. By rare luck , however ,
the county records were saved. The Crows
block on the south sldo of the square is
leveled with the earth. Under it wns found
the body of John Crows , owner of the block ,
formerly of Chicago.
The news of the cyclone is still fragment
ary , but an Associated press reporter will
correct the accounts as soon as possible. The
train duo from there at 12 a. m. will bring
details. The telegraph lines are working un
satisfactorily. The cyclone struck the town
about half past 4 and committed terrible
damnga. So far as learned twenty-seven
dead have been taken from the ruins. Over
200 arc injured. The town is on flro in
several places. The damage Is principally in
the northern part and on the court house
The mayor telegraphed hero for aid. Ono
flro engine and two hose reels were scut , with
firemen to work them , also nlno physicians
and twcnty-flvo citizens , including news
paper reporters. The telegraph line between
Mount Vcrnon and St. Louis is reported
down.- The distance from hero is eighty-five
miles. A special train will reach there about
11 o'clock and will have some details after.
A destructive storm Is reiwrtcd at Norton-
villo , Ky. , but no particulars are obtainable.
The only connection from Evansvlllo is by n
railroad wire used to run the train by. St.
Louis has limited telegraph connection.
The roof and second story of II. L. Strut-
ton ft Co.'s hardware store blow away. A
largo two-story brick schoolhouse did not
withstand the terrible shock any belter than
the smallest house in thotrackof the cyclone.
The largo two-story frame house of Gcorgo
Ward was picked up and carried about
twenty feet and left unhurt , while two brick
buildings in 10U foot were loft In ruins.
Tne loss cannot bo estimated , but not less
than $500,000 worth of property has been de
stroyed by the cyclone or tire in that neigh
The sky has cleared and no clouds gave
any intimation of the disastrous storm of n
few hoiirs ago. It is growing colder and
many homeless will suffer If the weather be
comes severe.
Kcports are coming in from the countrj
nnd the sturm seems to have swept every
thing for miles. An incalculable lose
of life nnd great suffering will follow
unless outside assistance is given Mayor C
H. Hnrnoll , who will glvo it to the propei
committee. A meeting of business men was
held nnd committees appointed to care foi
the dead and wounded and protect property
ns much as possible. Many who escapei
with their lives have nothing besides. Manj
nro walking the streets with no homo to gc
to. The north sldo of the court house square
Is injured considerably. No buildings won
wrecked except Howard & Stratton's.
rjTho wounded arc being cared for by physl
clans In the best possible manner. The rail
road shops arc badly damaged and a gren
number of homes destroyed. People are ou
of doors who lived in the track of the storm
The dead and dying are scattered through
out the city. All the doors of the rcmainlni
houses have been thrown open to the les
Throe-fourths of the business portion o ]
the city is ruined financially. The public
square Is in the cuntcr of the town , the court
house Is In the Center of the square. Tin
school building is in the northeast corner o :
the city. All dwellings In that portion of tru
city arc destroyed and the ruins of some an
Btill burning. In nil 500 buildings are de
btroycd and many others Injured.
Tno dead are now being gathered nt th
supreme court house , which has been coi
verted into n hospital for the dead an
wounded. This building is also diunagci
but not seriously.
The latest reports shows twenty-nlno dea
nnd about 100 injured , some of whom will di
before morning. Later reports say two mot
have tiled. They are Eddie Maxey and Mr :
Colonel Cooper. A number of wounded nt
dying. A number of mon struck by fallln
timbers and whoso names cannot bo learne
nt present are reported badly injured an
The storm wns preceded by hall , but nc
more than five minutes elapsed until the f em
ful destroyer had swept over the aoome
town. It came from the southwest. Built' '
Ings were wrenched , twisted , then dashed t
pieces total wrecks. The storm passe
south of tlio city hull , , missed Joe Chanco'
house , swept away the third nn
fourth stories of the Mt , Vernon mill and dc
Btroycd nearly oVcry house from the mil
north lor n space of about llvo hundrei
yards. The Commercial hotel los >
the third story. The entlro west sld
of the square was wrecked. Th
county court house was struck nn
the building reduced to a massive pile t
ruins. The clerks have worked Into the re <
ords and they are saved.
Henry Ellis was covered by the brick (
his building and escaped by n nilraclo. I !
was covered up and Charles Ellis , h
brotherwas seriously Injured. It. E. Hyanc
capcd in u peculiar manner. Howasstandiii
by Murray in the Crows block , and told hit
t to run , but Murray remained and was killui
Ryan ran west , nnd finding the street full <
. dying tlmcers jumped Into a doorway , he !
to the latch , and the building against whic
bo was standing fell around him , but ho e
capcd .untouched.
< A. B. Cox's store , G. W. Morgan's j'ewelr
ttore , Maxcy , We t & Swift's store , an
Jackson's saddlery store are nil ruins. On
the south sldo of the square the frame
buildings , though Injured , escaped de
struction. Hasscrman's bakery , the
Baptist church , Cook's drug store , Marron's
saloon , Perry's ' hotel nnd Stratton
and Johnson's brick stores were leveled with
the ground. The entlro cast side of the
square is destroyed , and In ono of the build
ings John Walters and. child lost their lives ,
ns did Henry Walters , father of John. Mrs.
Walters was found with her babe in her
arms , both dead.
The northeast corner of the square ,
Howard's grocery store , was blown down
nnd the roof nnd second story of H. L. Strat
ton fc Co.'s hardware store , was blown away ,
while the frame hotel adjoining was un
harmed. Across , toward the northeast portion
tion of the city , swept the storm , nnd a
number of people were killed and
the school building blown down.
Not leas than half n million dollars worth
of property has been destroyed by the cyclone
and flro.
The southern portion of Mt. Vernon Is the
newest part of the city nnd has many largo nnd
fine buildings. The court house has not been
Injured , but stands nlonc. All about Is ruin
nnd devastation , nnd it is now being used as
n hospital for the wounded. Many are "suf
fering greatly.
It is now thought that the northern portion
of the town will escape the lire , which is con-
lined to the cast and south and west sides ,
nnd is being fought manfully.
A pathetic incident of the disaster is
the fact that the operator at the Mount
Vcrnon end of the Louisville &
Nashville , whoso name Is Ycnrwood , has an
uncle and cousin dead In the ruins , and the
poor follow , with his heart bursting with
grief , is sitting manfully at his post of duty ,
Four men in the Evans bank were impris
oned in the ruins and burned to death. Their
cries of pain and distress were agonizing in
the extreme , but nothing could reach them.
Their names could not bo obtained.
Twenty-one physicians joined the relief
train from Evansvlllo en route. They ar
rived shortly before midnight.
It Is growing colder and many helpless people
ple will suffer if the weather becomes severe.
Ueports are coming in from the country and
the storms have swept everything for miles.
At 1 a. m. the flrcs arc under control. Only
occasional groans of the dying and the broad
track made by the cyclone tell of the terrible
The following is a list as far as known of
the killed and seriously wounded :
JOHN C. MuitiiAY.
Mu. CUM.MINGS , an engineer.
Mns. Ho LOOM n.
Miss Josn : SUTTON.
A iiLACKSMiTir , nnmo unknown.
G 1:01101 : PIERCE.
Mus. L. F. LEQO.
Mits. Ai.niuniiT.
Mit. Mit.LicKOr.
MR. AND Mns. GAJ/VI * .
Over $2OOOOO Gone and t'hn Flumes
( Still Unulnc.
KIIOVIDENCE , It. I. , Feb. 19. The Daniels
building , in which are located the grocery ol
Daniels , Cornell , and J. A. and H. A. Hold's
printing establishment is on flro , although the
flames are under control. Damaeo $235,000.
The Lebanon mills at Pawtuckct are burn
ing ; ono mill isgono and the other is going.
HIVERMDB MILLS , ( Olnoyvillo ) , Feb. 19.
The private alarm has just sounded twice ,
The Atlantic mills boarding house is known
to bo burning.
Suits Follow the Marriage and Es-
traiiKcincnt of the Voting Couple.
NKW YORK , Fob. 19. [ Special Telegram tc
the BEE. ] Burnett V. Tiffany , son of the
senior partner of the big jewelry firm of Tir
fnny & Co. , married Emma N. Piorson last
March. Young Tiffany greatly feared his
father's objection to the marriagewhicli
cavsed a great sensation In the city. The
senior Tiffany vowed never to receive the
wife of his sou nnd never has. Now younjj
Airs. Tiffany says her husband cnmo fron :
Now Jersey , where they lived , to try to con
cilinto his father , nnd never returned. Mrs
Tiffany went to her father-in-law's house uml
was refused an audlenco with her husband
She. soon learned that her husband had gem
to Europe. Slio sued the senior Tiffany foi
$23,000 for alienating her husband's affcctiot
and nlso sued Charles T. Cook , partner of the
senior Tiffany , for the same amount for con
spiracy to deprive her of her husband's so
eiety. The court has "now discontinued tin
suit and the wife appeals. The suit agains
Cook will bo tried.
Her Husband.
NEW YOIIK , Fob. 19. [ Special Telegrati
to the HEU.I Mrs. Hannah L. Balloy , o
Jamaica , L. I. , has brought suit against hoi
husband , William T. Balloy , to recover $50 ,
000 , which she advanced to him several yean
ago to Improve the tract of property whiel
ho bad purchased nt Far Kockawuy knowi
as Ba.vswater. The understanding at tin
tlmo of the loan was that Mr. Bailey was tc
pay to his wife a just share of all money :
accruing from the sale of any i > ortlons of tin
land. Ho fulled to keep his part of the agree
mcnt. The property is now valued at $250 ,
* 9
Steamship News.
NEW YORK , Feb. 19. [ Special Telegram t <
the BKK. ] Arrived The Sorvia , from Llv
erpool ; the Panama , from Havana ; tin
Scheldum , from Amsterdam , via Plymouth ,
LONDON , Feb. 19. Passed The SwiUcr
land , from New York for Antwerp , passct
Lizard Point to-day.
LOS-IION , Feb. 19. Passed The Auranla
from New York for Liverpool , passed Fast
net to-day.
The Death Itecord.
CIIICAOO , Feb. 19 , Uov. James Schofiold ,
father of Major General Schotlold , U. S. A ,
died In ttife city last evening , in hi * eighty
seventh year. ' ,
LONDON , Feb. 19. The dcath'is.announoei
of Hev. John Ucwett Jellctt , provost of Trln
Uy college. t . , ,
How Pleasure and Politics Will
Probably Bo Combined.
Ho Would Support Him IT Nominated
Hut Is Doubtful About His Elec
tion Shadowing Fast Clerks
Washington 'Gossip.
A Dull Week Promised.
WASHINGTON . , D. C. , Feb. 19.1
President Cleveland's ' absence In Florida
will make a very dull week in Washington.
Congress Is expected to adjourn on Tuesday ,
the day the president nnd Mrs. Cleveland
leave , until Thursday , as Wednesday is Wash
ington's birthday and a holiday In the Dis
trict of Columbia. The only thing of Interest
will bo the meeting of the democratic national
committee for the purpose of selecting n date
nnd place for holding the nominating conven
tion. San Francisco , St. Louis , Chicago and
Now York have already delegations hero
laying the pipes for the prlzo. A great deal
of talk is heard favorable to San Francisco ,
but the distance to that city is n serious
drawback. There is not near ns much Inter
est shown in this meeting ns there was m the
republican committee's gathering.
The president expects a good deal of pleas
ure from this trip to Florida and not a little
political gain. Leaving hero on Tuesday
evening ho will arrive with Colonel Lament
nnd Secretary Whitney nnd their wives at
Jacksonville the next evening. There are to
bo no ovations on the way. The special train
is to run right through , and at Jacksonville
.hoy . will bo received quietly and shown
around the city a couple of days and nights
and then they return hero ready to attend to
business a week from to-morrow.
John Ji Ingalls , president pro tempore of
the senate , says It was a wise nnd patriotic
thing for Mr. Bhiino to withdraw ; that if
Mr. Blaine was president ho would bo vigor
ous and American , but that it was a question
whether , if a candidate , ho could bo elected ,
although the nomination was within his
grasp. Senator Inglalls , who is said to bo an
ardent supporter of Senator Allison , continu
ing says :
"All I can say for myself Is that I could
support Mr. Blaino's candidature with great
pleasure. I would like very much to see him
vindicated. Ho was cheated in 1884. The
election was stolen from him. Ballot boxes
were stuffed , nnd thousands of votes were
openly bought In the streets of Now York.
Then there was that Burchnrd speech , which
was essentially a dishonest nnd immoral
trick devised and played by the enemy Just
on the eve of election , when there was no
time to deny .or repudiate the words. The
democratic leaders by whom it was concocted
openly boast of It. Personally I should have
liked to see Mr. Blaine vindicated in n cam
paign where there would bo no such knavish
tricks , ballot box stuffing , and no marketing
of votes. "
A BEB special some days ago mentioned
that detectives from the secret service divis
ion of the treasury department were detailed
to shadow clerks and watch the billiard and
poker rooms of the city for the purpose of
ascertaining who were dissipating and be
coming dissolute. It is stated that there has
been a perceptible falling oft in the number
of government employes in thcso places. For
a long time it was a source of much trouble
in some of the departments as to what could
bo done to induce the clerks who were
afflicted with the mania of "playing the
horses" to give It up , for in many Instances
they were valuable clerks and were ruining
themselves nnd bringing their families to
want by sinking their salaries in the coffers
of pool room sharps. After mature consider
ation it was decided to "shadow" all patrons
of gambling establishments and note these in
government employ. If , after being warned ,
the clerk docs not ccaso gambling ho will bo
It is stated at the capital that General
Sheridan's proposition to retire the cightj
odd army officers now on the sick list ami
thereby glvo stimulus to much needed pro
motion in the several branches of the service
has not met with that prompt and unanimous
approval by the military committees ex
pected and so much desired by army officials ,
The fact is , considerable opposition has do
velopcd from the officers now on the retircO
list. They object to further increasing the
retired list , for the reason that they do no )
wunt to endanger their own pay and emolu
incuts , They say it is all well enough to adc
to the Hat while there is' a good sized surplus
in the treasury , but as soon as this is reduccc
congress begins to look around for a plnce U
cut , nnd a lengthy list of high priced pension
crs would likely bo the first place of attack
This subject has been under discussion dur
ing the past two meetings of the senate com
inlttco on military affairs. The majority o :
the members do not object to the effect thai
would bo given to promotion by the retire
ments proposed , but the debate indicate !
quite u decided opposition to further extend
ing the retired list. In the house committee
no action whatever has been taken on thi
subject , but some of the members , spcakliu
Individually , are not favorable to the pend
ing bills on the subject.
To-day's Capitol says : "Sometimes it hop
pens that nn officer of the service resorts to i
sharp trick in order to gain some udvuntugi
over n fellow ofllccr. The senate has jus
run across n case of tills sort , in which thi
active individual seems to bo Major ( J. M
Terrell , of the pay department of the army
whoso station is nt Omaha. Some time agi
ho sent an innocent looking bill to Senutoi
Mandcrson which was entitled "a bill t (
secure monthly payments In the army , " am
which contained in its belly a provision foi
the promotion of certain officers who hud per
formed continuous service for u ccrtaii
period. Mr. Mnndorson introduced the bil
and it was duly referred to the committee
and after that came up for consideration
Then it appeared that the innocent lookini
provision In the bill about promotions , cm
bodied the real purpose of the bill and that I
was intended to promote Terrell over unothe
pay officer named Smith , who had served a
long as ho had , but whoso service hud no
been continuous in the regular army. Th
bill was thrown out as soon us its true character
actor was known , and the wily Major Tcrrol
will have to try again. "
There is a report In society circles that om
of the flnest looking members of the dlplc
matic corps augments his sulttry by "stamlin
in with some of the leading confectioner
and caterers in whoso behalf ho uses his extensive
tensivo social inlluenco In obtaining for then
the custom of wealthy people with ball-giv
Ing propensities. Of all orders so obtained
heavy percentage is exacted by the diplomat
who is a frequenter of ono of the leadini
clubs of the city.
An Eloquent Tribute to Ono of Kni ;
land'H NoblcHt Bonn.
( Coiiyrtolit It&JlJamet ] Gordon Tfemirtt. ]
LONDON , Feb. 19. [ Now York Herali
Cable Special to the Bi'.f.l Archdeacoi
Farrar this morning , before a largo and dis
tlnguUhed congregation , including the Ainci
lean minister , many judges and barrister !
and of jiccrs peers not only by title , but ii
literature nnd art in connection with th
unveiling of the Milton memorial windo\
already described , preached a special set
won from the Lamentations of Jcrc
mlnh , 5:7. : ' The text' was. appliei
to Mlltori's. purity , his bodily strength , hi
. whiteness of character anil the pOlUh of hi
verse. The preacher began : "It has been
my desire , durlng.the twelve years surround-
'tig this ancient olid famous church with
oblo association * , to revive the memories of
.hoso great men with which It has been con
nected nnd thus to Indicate the relation In
ivhlch It stands to the [ history of England.
To commemorate thcs < $ events , In recent days
ho members of the house of commons ,
ivhoso church it is , have erected
, ho window which recalls the tragic
death of Lord Frederick Cavendish
and memorials have been placed hero to Lord
lathcrley , the .good lord chancellor , to Lord
rnrnborough , who spent his llfo in the scr-
vice of parliament , nnd , in token of our grnt-
tudo for fifty years of almost unbroken pros
perity under the reign of our beloved queen ,
the Caxton window was given by the paint
ers of London In memory of that great man
who lies buried hero , nnd citizens of
America , in their large-handed gen
erosity and care for the great traditions
ivhlch nro their heritage no less than
ours , have presented us with that brilliant
west window which commemorates nothing
less than ftio founding ol the now world , and
as wo have thcso and other memorials wo
ivero yesterday reminded that this church
may nlso claim its special interest in the
mighty name of Milton. That nauio is re
corded in our marriage register nnd hero lies
burled , with Milton's infant daughter ,
that beloved wife , "my Into espoused
saint , " whoso love flung ono brief gleam of
happiness over the poet's troubled latter
years. Once moro wo are indebted to an
American citizen for the beautiful Milton
window which was yesterday unveiled. The
well-counselled munificence of Mr. Chllds , of
Philadelphia , who has olraady enriched
Stratford-on-Avon with a memorial of Shako-
spcaro , and Westminster abbey with
the window in memory of Herbert
nnd Cowper , has now erected this
abiding memorial to the great Puritan poet.
Myself the debtor to American friends for
great kindness , I cannot but-rojoico that the
church of St. Margaret's should furnish yet
ono more Illustration of these bonds of com
mon traditions , blood , language and affection
which unite England to the great republic of
the west , and I am glad that the public spirit
of the church _ wardens has assigned from
henceforth tho'uso of one pew in this church
to our friends and visitors from
the other side of the Atlantic. There was
something specially appropriate in the Milton
windows being the gift of an American , for
the United States represent much that Mil
ton most deeply lovod. The commonwealth ,
which , happily foiling , in England , In America
; lorlously succeeded . > The Puritanism which
was bruised in England inspired vigor and
nobleness into our kjn beyond the sea. "Para
dise Lost" was the ono i English poem which
the sons of the pilgrim fathers loved , until
Longfellow inspired New England with
n fresh sense of the sacreducss of nrt nnd
song. Some of Milton's most honored
friends wore closely connected with Amer
ica. The younger SiivHcnry Vane to whom
ho addressed the sonnet : "Vano , young in
years but in sago counsel old. " Vane , who
has been culled oho of the greatest and purest
men who over walked the earth , emigrated
to New 1033 , to bo chosen its gov
ernor in 1630. Milton too , speaks of Kogor
Williams , the apostle of soul freedom and the
founder of Rhode Island , as that extraord
inary man and most enlightened legislator.
"Tho vcnorabla ppot Mr. Whittlcr , who
has written lines on yonder window , most
justly says : " i
The now world honors him
Whoso lofty pica tar England's freedom
Made her own uioro , pure ;
Whoso song , immortal as its thorny
Shall bo their comrdon freehold
While both worlds endure.
I propose this morning tp speak to you
about Milton not , of/course / , on the political
aspect of his llfo , and still less by way of
criticizing his poemq ; but as a man of nobler
personality , who , whatever may have been
his other errors , tot to the world nn
example of a godly llfo whicli is
supremely needed itt the present day. "Char
acter , " says Emerson , "is higher than intel
lect , " and a great writer has said of Milton
that it may bo doubted whether any man wns
altogether so grcat/taking into our view at
once his manly virtue , his superhuman gen
ius , his zeal for truth , for true patriotism ,
true freedom , his eloquence in displaying it ,
his contempt for personal power , his glory
and exultation in his country. Were I to scarcb
the whole range of English history for n
typo of Christian nobleness who might
inspire our youths with the glory of a disci
plincd llfo and the magnanimity of a loftj
character , I knowr no ono in whom was
better manifest the Indefinable distinction ,
the life long self-restraint , the intense pur
pose , the grave self-respect , the lofty disdain
for all which was sordid and ignoble , whlcl
marks the sincerity of the sons of God.
Archdeacon Farrar then reviewed Milton'i
young life , referring to him as n student. H <
also spoke of him as "an athlcto who would
probably have defeated , in every inanlj
exercise , a dozen of the youths of the prcscnl
day who have nothing to bo proud of save
their Ignorance , and their vices those
dissipated loungers and oglers nt refreshment
mont bars who need perpetual glasses ol
ardent spirit to support their wasted energies
To Milton the sound bpdy was the fair tern
plo of a lovely soul , "
Milton's travels in Europe wore next foi
lowed , his prose writings briefly critiei/ec
nnd his blindness at the ago of forty-foui
pathetically commented upon. Alluding t <
the restoration , the preacher continued
'When diaries II , yvas restored and Mlltoi
was barely saved from imminent peril o
death to bo flung aside as a blind and fntei
outcast by a country'whicli at once sank t <
the very lowest depth of vice and cor
ruptlon , that restoration was a hid
eous reaction of servility against all frccdon
nnd of impurity aptinst all righteousness
Amid that barbkrous dissonance o :
Bacchus the ono' pare lofty voice wus
drowned. "
Archdeacon Farrar tjrew many rhctorlca
pictures of Mflton,1 in retirement , at hii
organ , nt his poctio'dictation ; pen picture
which all readers , of Furrnr's "Llfo o
Christ" can well jjeliovo to bo lifo-llki
pictures , of Samson Agonlstes , and tin
preacher remarke l"That great tragedy ha
been compared to u white mnrblo statue fron
thu bund of Phidias Yet , like the statue o
the dying gludiatorit ! throbs with a patho :
too deep for uttcrunco. It reveals to us
under the agonies of the ignoble Samson , tin
ways of the poet himself struggling amid thi
storms of fate. "
The sermon'v concluded with this perora
tion :
"If there bo anything excellent in whole
hearted sincerity * shown In n chusto am
laborious life ; if Itbo ] hcrolo to bow with un
murmuring submission to the sternest dls
pcnsatlous of prdvldcuco ; if it bo noble t <
maintain the unduuntcdncss of an uprigh
manhood and to render to thankless genera
tions immortal services amid the roar o
unscrupulous execration , tlion surely w <
all may learn lessens from Milton's llfo .0 :
intent labor , exalted alms and stalnlesi
chastity , o ( a fortitude which never weak
cnencd a4 u duty which uover suecumbcd. '
Blaino's Withdrawal Clears the
Way For Him.
A Sentiment Springs Un. 'n Fnvor of
Making the Intcr-Stnto Com
merce Act a State liAvr
The State Guard.
Allison IOWU'H Second Choice.
DES MOINES , la. , Feb. 19. [ Special to the
BEE. ] The letter of Mr. Blaine has cleared
ho way for Iowa republicans , nnd left them
> co to go In the direction to which state
iridc , as well ns personal interest , and admira-
lon , would lead. There is no doubt that if
.ho letter of declination hud not been writ-
.cn , or if. there had been any reason to expect
that Mr. Blaino's name would bo presented
o the convention , Iowa republicans would
lave como up for tbo fourth time solid for
the man from Maine. What a record of do-
votlon nnd constancy to his banner they have
shown 1 For twelve years they have pinned
their affectionate admiration to his cause ,
nnd stood a solid phalanx of loyal retainers ,
to go up and down'with their chief. But they
accept his letter in the spirit In which it wns
written , nnd loving him still more for the
nngnnnimous course ho has taken , they turn
iway to the man who , with Mr. Blaine out of
.ho race , is their first choice. It is not that
they value Allison less highly that Blnino
wns put first , for no * man stands higher in
; ho confidence nnd regard _ of Iowa than
he , but it is simply a cnso of prior attach
ment. The state pledged its faith to Mr.
Blaluo many years ago , before Mr , Allison
was to bo considered a candidate , nnd llko a
loyal lover , it has stood by him till now. But
with Mr. Blame out of the race the state
gladly and proudly takes up Mr. Allison and
transfers to him its enthusiastic devotion.
I'ho early state convention that has been
called shows a desire to give him a rousing
state endorsement ns soon ns practicable , so
that the nation may know that Iowa is
acartily and tremendously for its favorite
senator. The news which his friends hero
receive is very encouraging ns to his pros
pects. Ho is the choice of a largo element of
conservative business men , who want above
all things a safe nnd prudent administration.
For this reason ho is very strong in the cast ,
where capital is so distrustful of the distinc
tively "brilliant" men. No man in congress
is better authority on matters of general leg
islation than ho. No man's advice is moro
frequently sought by democrats nnd republi
cans on all non-partisan questions , and four-
fifths of the legislation of congress
is of that kind. Ho is strong in
business circles in the east , without being
weak in the west. Ho is for tariff reform ,
and reduction of taxation , and that is what
republicans of the northwest want. Ho is
not a high tariff man hko Sherman , and ho
believes that the tariff should be revised and
cut down wherever it can bo done without
imperiling American interests. He Is abso
lutely free from factional quarrels or entan
glements. Ho enjoys the friendships ofcstal-
wart and halfbrccd and never loses n friend.
He has always been with the people in every
great reform , and is entirely urptansmlttcd
by compromising alliances , or corporate con
trol. Why isn't such a man with twenty-flvo
years' experience in public service , with a
personal character go pure and unsullied that
no slander can assail it , with ability of the
highest order , nnd n positive genius for state
craft : why isn't such a man the best candi
date for the republicans of the northwest to
support ! That Is what the republicans of
Iowa are courteously asking their brethren
of Nebraska and other adjoining states.
The drift of sentiment on railway matters
now before the legislature inclines toward
the adoption of the Swcncy bill for applying
the principles of the inter-stato commerce
law to state traffic. The business men of
lowahnvo complained bitterly that they have
received comparatively little relief from the
national law , because the railroads would
violate all of its principles in their local or
state business. Jobbers have had to contend
against discriminations , against a greater
charge for the short than the long haul , and
against unjust treatment in many ways ,
whicli could not bo reached by congressional
legislation. But if the legislature will enact
a law applying the sumo principles to stuto
traffic that are now enforced in inter-state
traffic , the situntion will bo greatly relieved ,
In addition to this , if the railroad commis
sioners nro given authority to nx rates ,
adopting thorn to inter-stato rates with a
flexibility that cannot bo obtained by nn
arbitrary state schedule , the prospect for
better times will bo very pood. There in n
strong sentiment in favor of doing this , nnd
it is growing the moro the subject is studied.
Two bills of this character will about cover
the pressing needs ou the matter of railway
regulation nnd control.
Ono of the first acts of the general assem
bly to become u law is that providing for
changing the number of terms of the supreme
court from four to three. The now law pro
vides that terms of court shall bo held only
In May , October and January , instead of
March , Juno , September and December as
formerly. The impression prevails to some
extent that there Is a colored Individual con
cealed around the wood pile somewhere.
This bill was reported ujwn in the senate
and almost immediately passed. It was then
hurried across to the house and passed under
suspension of the rules , it promptly received
the signatures required from speaker , presi
dent of spnato nnd governor , nnd was made
to take effect upon publication , nnd lias nl-
rcudy been published , so that it now has be
come n law. Whether it was to prevent some
litigant from having n hearing in the ex
pected term , or for some other reason ,
hasn't developed yet. But it looks very much
as if there was a Job of some sort behind the
measure , it was rushed through so rapidly.
The people scarcely knew that any such
change wus oven proposed before they wuko
up and find it a fact.
The stuto of Iowa , which is pretty liberal
in its treatment of some interests , is verj
stingy it its treatment of the national guard
The stuto bus forty-eight military companies ,
nnd It is remarkoble.under the circumstances
that it has oven eight. It allows to every en
listed man the generous sum of four dollars u
year to pay for his uniform , and then at
taches this string to the appropriation , that
after ( ho four dollars has once been paid the
uniform shall belong to the state. The
guardsman may have paid $50 for it and bo
compelled by sickness or removal to leave
the service aftes a year's or less enlistment
The state bugs the uniform and ho is out Jus' '
f 10. * In pursuance of the sumo generous
policy the state allows $50 a year to caul
company for armory rent. That sum wouli
not rent n decent barn , and the companies
who have some prldo in tno matter pay out
five or six times ns much and hire a respect
able hull at their own expense. Once
n year the boys nro ordered into camp for
five days. The state allows them for tills
service the sum of $1.50 per day , while they
lose four or five times us milch by their ab
sence from tmsiness. If they should bo or
dered out for other occasions , unless there
was special provisions for the case , the >
don't get n cent. And yet , in spite of thesi
drawbacks , in spite of the personal burden o :
expense which the men have to bear , tliero
uro forty-eight companies kept up to the
stundurd of efficiency ull the while , and if
ono company drops out , another town is ready
to supply Its place. What else but the Inbori
masculine love of military glory could call
out such sacrifice ) All the same , it is no
credit to a rich state to treat its cltUcn sold
icryso shabbily.
W. IV. Corcoran Seriously III.
WASHINGTON , Feb. 10 ; W. W.- Corcoran
Die aged millionaire of this city , , is again
. crigusly ill , . - . . . . ' ' ,
Found Utility or Murder in the First
MINNEAPOLIS , Minn. , Feb. IP. [ Special
Telegram to the BEE. ] The trial of Peter
Jarrctt , Indicted in company with his brother
Timothy for the murder of Thomas Tollef-
on , n street car driver , came to an end nt
8:30 : last night , when a verdict of guilty of
nurder In the first degree wns brought In.
tarrrtt was a member of the notorious Mc
Carthy gang of Omaha and followed In the
ootsteps of his brother Tim , who wns con-
Icted u month nnd n half ngo. Lawyer
Srwin , his attorney , hud made a very strik-
ng peroration , but it had no effect on the
ury. Here it is :
Gentlemen of the Jury : To bo or not to bo
s the all-absorbing question with every ono
of us. No question Ilka that to you ,
10 question Hko that to mo ,
10 question llko that to Peter Barrett ,
fo die to sleep to sleep.l perchance to
Irenm. For in tliut sleep of death , when wo
mvo shuflled off tillsmortuU-oil , whatdrcums
nust como. And in the light of the dread of
hat something after death that bourne
vhenco no traveler returns what dreams
nay como to you if you should unwittingly ,
n husto nnd by mistake of your duty , send
this boy unshrlvcn to meet his God. Will
you dare , on the testimony of Henry Barrett ,
o see before your conscience at that dread
Imo thnt llguro swinging from the
scaffold , and to have on your memo
ries forever thnt you put out the
Ight of llfo which you cannot give ! That is
ho ultimate question in this case. I invoke
ipon you , so fur ns I ilnro , the commendation
of the great God to assist you us you go to the
ury soon. And so I conlido my client Into
our bunds.
But ho confided his client in vain. At 8:27 :
fudge iLochrcn entered the court room.
Deuuty Sheriffs Hauu and Johnson followed
and between them walked young Peter Bar
rett as smiling and suave as ever. Apparently
ic did not feel his position and smiled faintly
as ho dropped into his old scat.
As the twelve men went to their
scuts each ono cnst a look of pity nt Peter ,
who smiled sarcastically and turned and
whispered to his father , who had just taken
ho Beat bcsldo him.
Foreman Mills handed n folded paper to
ho clerk , who read : "First degree We ,
.ho jury , do find the prisoner guilty of mur-
ler In the first degree , us charged in the in
dictment. "
As the clerk reached the word "guilty , "
Peter raised his head with a frightened look ,
: urncd pale , trembled violently and , dropping
ils head upon his breast , sobbed audibly.
Ells father leaned toward him and
rvhlspered n few words , whereupon
Peter straightened up and tried to
smile , but it wus hard work and ho gave it up
as his head fell again. Om5of the prisoner's
attorneys asked that n stay bo given so that
they might put in a plea for clemency on ac
count of extenuating circumstances. Judge
Lochrcn said ho would rather wait until Mr.
Srwin was present and so set Thursday ,
March 1 , ns the time for nrgulng the mutter.
After finishing up this business Peter was
taken back to the jull again and court wus
The Financial Transactions of the
Past Week.
BOSTON , Mass. , Feb. 10. [ Special Tele
gram to the Bin. ] The following table
compiled from dispatches to the Post from
.ho managers of the leading clearing-houses
of the United States , shows the gross ex
changes for the week ended February 18 ,
18S ? with the rate per ccfttofjncreasp or dcK
* * *
cr6aso as compared wllirth'o amountsfdrUio
corresponding week last year :
Startling Discoveries Made By New
York CiiKtomes Official * ) .
NEW YORK , Feb. 19. [ Special Telegram
to the BEE. ] Of nil frauds on the cus
toms , the opium cuscs now under consid
eration promise to prove the most widespread
and furreaching. For three months Collec
tor Magone hud his men nt work nnd the con
clusion reached is a startling ono. Officially ,
Collector Mngono and his subordinates in thu
custom house will say nothing definite , but
inside iuformotlon Is to the effect that nearly
every importing drug house in the city is
concerned in the disclosures that will soon
bo mado. These frauds have not been con
fined to smuggling across the Canadian fron
tier , but in New York the biggest and clever
est swindles were perpetrated. It is the
presumption of the officials at work on the
cases that the opium that has been brought
in from Canada was landed at Vancouver or
Victoria by vessels engaged in the smuggling
and then shipped by the Canadian Pacific
railroad to | > olnts on the Now York
state line in St. Lawrence and Jefferson
counties. Once over the line and started on
the way for New York the chunco of detec
tion wus very blight. Largo quantities of
opium have heen withdrawn from public
stores , ostensibly for shipment to Havana.
Thcso amounts nro said to aggregate ut least
HHKXI ) ( pounds. Collector Magono nnd the
Spanish olllcials have been in consultation ,
and tliero is nothing to show that the opium
ever arrived at Havana. This is evidence
that it never got any further than the piura
from which it was taken for shipment. Col
lector Magono knows the disposition of some
of this opium nnd the firms engaged In the
sharp dealing. A custom house official esti
mates that the loss in duties may foot up
All the wholesale and importing druggists
of the city dccluro they cannot beliuvo the
Killed a Captain.
ANNAPOLIS , Md. , Feb. 10. During nn at
tempt to arrest an illegal dredger to-duy , the
state oyster police schooner Folly , Captain
Clarke , wus attacked by thrco vessels nnil
considerable shooting done on both nidus ,
Captain Whltehouso , of the schooner Albert
Nichols , of Baltimore , was killed.
The ClilldM' Memorial.
LONDON , Fob. 19. A largo congregation
flocked to St. Margaret's church , Westmin
Ister , to-duy , the occasion being a special ser Archdeacon Farrnr in connection
with tbo unveiling , yesterday , of the Milton
memorial , presented to the church by George
W. CUU.ds , 9f Philadelphia. , . .
Goiioral Sborldnn Mnkoa Some Very
Positive Statements.
If Nominated Ho "Would Itcfiiso ta
Aeei'jit HIM DoomcrH Simply
Wasting Their Ilrrnth Too
Old u Sold lor.
Shrrldan Not n Candidate.
WASHINGTON , Feb. IP. The Washington
agent of the Associated press sought an ia
tervlew with General Sheridan this evening
forthopurposoof nseertalnlng whether ho
would consent to make nnuuthorltntlvo state
ment in regard to his alleged presidential
crndldiu-y. The general gave his consent
and it will bo seen from the following vcp
batlm report of the conversation that hifl
declarations nro thoroughly explicit :
Agent "Of course , general , you have no
ticed that there has been considerable men *
lion of you during the past few weeks as
possible , or probable , candidate for the prest
dcncy next autumn. "
General Sheridan "Yes , I hnvo noticed it ,
but have never looked upon thcso newspaper
articles us anything moro than the usual
shooting around in the woods which has
once or twice before in presidential years
brought my name up In that connection. "
"But , general , the talk Is more serious
this time , and there appears to bo something
like a concerted movement to bring about
your nomination. "
General Sheridan "Well , I know nothing
moro about this nllcged 'boom' than what J
hnvo rend in the papers , except Unit now nnd
then some friend bus twitted mo about becoming
coming a candidate. But , If the matter la
really now discussed seriously , it is
tlmo that nil parties concerned should
bo Informed that they are wait
ing their breath. I have never hud the
presidential boo in my bonnet nnd I don't intend -
tend to hnvo it , for there is nothing that
would induce mo to leuvo the profession in
which nearly forty years of my llfo have been
spent to enter upon n civil career. So nil tnlK
ibout my being a cnndldnto may us well
end. "
"But suppose the republican convention
should "
General Sheridan Nominate mol I would
not accent. But there is not the slightest
probability of my being nominated und , 14
my event , I would not accept. No , not under
my circumstances. I do not want that o <
uny other civil ofllco.
Views Expressed Jly a Prominent.
Democrat of Colorado.
CHICAGO , Feb. 19. [ Spcoial Telegram to
the BEE.I C. S. Thomas , the dcmoerajjo
national commlttecman from Colorado , wad '
in the city this evening on ills way to Wash *
"Mr. Cleveland's ' policy has not pleased
the west , " said ho to a rciwrtor. "Wo exit
pcctcd that the territorial officers would bd
appointed from territorial residents , Mr.
Cleveland's letter of acceptance led us to
liopo thnt broken down , cranky officeholder )
in other states would not bo sent out to gov {
ern the territories as had been the practice )
.midur previous ttdmlulfltnitloim. , Tbo poopla
of the territories wantOd'IoTJirgoverniaent ,
They have been largely disappointed. Thq
platform nnd Mr. Cleveland's letter wore for1
a gold and sliver currency. The west
both republicans nnd democrats want silver
put buck where it was before the demone
tization. The administration has not
helped us. I Hko Mr. Cleveland's message.
I wnnt revenue reform und would bo in . . .
fnvor of his rcnominntlon If no othcrnsprom- - } '
incut democrat is found who would represent ' i
tariff reform doctrines ns well us ho. Therd
is a largo clement bf Colorado democrats who
are pleased with the president nnd there is ft
much larger clement that is not. I thlnkj
Governor Hill would suit Colorado better
than President Cleveland , "
"Is there nn organized effort by Governor
Hill's friends to obtain the delegation for
him ? "
"O no. My feelings toward Cleveland nra
generally known and if there wns any organ *
kntiou I feel sure I would know It. The dele
gation will probably go uninstruetcd. If
there wuo A contest n Bill delegation would
bo chosen. "
As to where the national convention should
bo held Mr. Thomas said : "If tliero is a
large city in a doubtful state which wo could
probably carry were the convention taken , ?
there I think It should bo dono. San Fran' J
cisco is such n city. 1 think New York is , $
democratic anyway. Beyond carrying a.
doubtful stuto considerations of conscience
ought to guide the choice of either Now Yorker
or Chicago. I will decide according to my
own judgment , not what the administration
may wish , if anything is wished. "
Canadian ImllntiH in tlio Extreme
North Forocd to CannlliallHin.
WINNIPEG , Feb. 19. [ Special Telegram to
the BEE. ] Further reports of the tcrriblo
distress existing among Canadian Indians in , ;
the fur north nro nt hand. Hov. W. Spend-
love , a missionary from north of the Konzia
river , is in the city and tells of many hard
ships. Ho has been in the district for nine
years ana his journey down occupied eighty
or ninety days. Mr , Spendlovo thinks that
the country in the far north will never bo
populated to any extent und that It is the
greatest nonsense to suppose that where the
llvo or six thousand Indians und n , few white
people almost starve to death , Icelanders or
nny other people could eke out a liveli
hood. These 0,000 , people cover an
urea of 700,000 square miles' . From
Pence river , Mr. Spendlovo heard of cases
where Indians had died of starvation and
their comrades had to subsist on human"
fiesh. Explorers coming to civilization stated
thnt deer were killed by thousands in the
north. Mr. Spcndlnvo says that this ia not
so nowadays. For the past two years thcso
animals hnvo been very scarce for some rea
son or other , und hcnco the destitution. Mr ,
Spendlovo wns so run down with wunt und
suffering lust winter that he hud to como
away to regain strength. So ft will bo Been
that the country in not ono fiowmg with milk ;
nnd honey. These cases of destitution have
been repeatedly brought to the notice of the
Canadian government nt Ottawa , but nothing
bus been done to aid the sufferers nnd the
feeling uguinst the ofilcluUi is intense.
Striker * ) to Kctiirn to "Work.
SIIENANDOAII , Pa. , Feb. 10. At a meeting
of the miners of this section to-day u resump
tion was agreed upon nftor considerable dis
pute. It l understood thnt the Lchlgh com
pany has agreed to the same terms as the
Heading company , and work will also bo re
sumed ut their pucker collieries hero this
Contradictory ItcporlN.
BERLIN , Feb. 10. The official bulletin re.
garding thu condition of thu Crown Prince
to-day says : "Tho wound in the throat pro-
sento n moro favornblo appearance nnd ia
gradually closing , The cough is the snmo on.
yesterday. Tht-ro is a littlu moro expectora
tion , The patient's nppetlto is excellent.
Other rvporta say the cougli is troublm
some and that the ci > cctoratlon is tinged ,
with blood.
Weather Indication * .
For Nebraska nnd Iowa : Colder , general ! * ;
fnlr weather , light to fresh variable wlnd i'
generally northerly.
For Dakota : b'now , followed'by colder- . *
fair wouthc.r-wltu co'ld wavefrciuuorUwM
winds- becoming variable *