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Thrilling Details of the Cyclone at
Mount Vernon , Illinois.
Three Hundred HeHldcnci'M and Husl-
ncflH Hounes DrMroyrd and From
Twelve to Finreti Hundred People
ple Hendcicd IlnmclCHS.
The Mt. Vurnon Cyclone.
Mr. VRHNON , III. , Feb. 20. fho cyclone
that vislkd this city yesterday afternoon ot5
o'clock destroyed nearly three hundred
rcsidcnct-s and places of business , and
unhoused from twelve to fifteen hundred
people. In the fall of walls many people
were burled under the debris and thirty-five
were killed , while twice as many more were
Injllied , eight or ten so seriously that their
lives are despaired of. Preceding the destruc
tive wind was a heavy fall of rain for half an
hour , which drove all inhabitants to shultur.
This was followed by a slight hailstorm , ac
companied with lightning , nnd then a fu
rious blow which formed into a funnel
shaped cyclone , struck the southwestern portion
tion of the city , unroofing everything in its
path , taking a diagonal course through the
business part of the city , unrooting and dis
mantling the supreme court building , Jumped
over the Louisville & Nashville depot and
skipping along to the Methodist nnd Haptlst
churches , caving them Into worthless masses.
At ono ] Kint the destructive element Jumped
upward and missed scveial stores and
residences , but soon pounced down again ,
tearing down heavy brick buildings , wrench
ing and tearing frame structures out of scm-
blnne'a nnd making a useless mass of solid
banks. The massive courthouse that occupied
the public square In the center of the city
was literally torn to pieces. This was the ex
treme point to the north which was reached.
Fifty yards south of the court house the
storm seemed to bo at its height. On the
corner of Washington street and the public
square was Crews' block , a three-story buildIng -
Ing eighty feet front , occupied by Evans , as
a grocery and saloon. This was demolished
and then taking lire all Inllammablo material
was consumed. The owner of the buildings
H. C'Murray , was caught In the tailing wall ,
and cremated. Ed Hannnl , wife and small
boy , were in the basement , having taken
refuge from the storm and were buried by
the walls , but the man dug his way out of the
ruins , making a passage for his wife and
childand then nmdo nn effort to extinguish the
flames. On a cros' * street from Washington
street was a row of two-story frame
buildings with an occasional brick.
The brick buildings were caved
In , and the frames wore crushed
out of shape against each other. Near the
corner south were n lot of groggerics and
frnnvj structures , which served as dwellings
and warehouses. They were blown down
and then burned up entirely. The storm
was ever in three minutes.
People who were unharmed pave assistance
to the needy. The tire company aided by the
citizjns , who had organised into squads , bo-
Kan the work of putting out the lire and
rescuing the unfortunates. The mayor
calk-d for assistance from neighboring towns ,
and lire engines and physicians were sent
from Centralia , Ashley. Nashville , and
Evansvilli' , promptly. What was left of the
supreme court building was turned into u
Following is a list of the names of those
killed in addition to that sent last night.
FII\NK CI.I.SOHT.MAN' , blacksmith , of Al
bion , 111
DACiiiTKii or Mils. Kr sEi.i. Dhwr.v.
Mils. J. T. WATKU-I , and baby.
Mns I. . E. Lidi : | ,
The city council appropriated $ . " 00 for the
immediate relief of the stitTerers.
The storm docs not appear to have done
tiny damage outside of Mt. Vermin. Had it
occurred an hour earlier the Irss of life would
have been still greater ts : the Methodist and
Haptist churches , both of which were totally
destroyed , were crowded at the time.
A formal and systematic appeal will bo
made to all persons to assist the demoralized
city in its ullliction , which is indeed bc.\ end
parallel in tills country in the devastation of
cyclones , those of Western , Mo. , Jamestown
and Washington Court House , O. , not equal
ing in total destruction the loss of this place.
To-day's trains broiiL'ht n host of excursion
ists who came to sec , to render aid and to
comfort stricken friends. Nearly a thousand
stranger-i trod the streets aiim/ed at what
they heard and saw. The ti\vn is full of
reporters mid the dreary tnlo is repeated
time and time acain. Artists are on the scene
sketching the ruins , and pencils in a hundred
hands are jotting down the facts and stories
fiom a thousand mouths.
Alighting at the Louisville & Nashville
railway deimt , attention is at first di
rected to the two-story supreme court build
ing u few'yards from the depot , without dome
or roof , but shreds of tin hanging from its
sides , making n pivot around which the
tttoins seemed to swing' . All else In this di
rection is untouched. A few steps eastward
along the railroad discloses to the southwest
tin appalling sight of devastation. It is in
this direction that the laboring classes built
their little one-story cottages among the tim
ber , and hero it was the cloud first dropped
down and in whirling fury , twisted immense
oaks from the ground anil mashed homes flat.
then pitheriug thu clincing pieces strewoil
them along its path bearing down fences ami
wiping out landmarks. How many houses
were hero destroyed is not known , for noth
ing is left in many places to im.rk the s | ot ,
Fifteen foundations still icmaiii. In sh
ncres formerly well built up , but throe
bouses are standing in the path of the storm ,
and these aio wrecked. On the ihjht ami
loft of Its pith , debris was plunged like n
catapult into the homes of the more fortunate
Looking nortl.o wtward across the railroad ,
the ruin appears more terrible. Tlicio tin :
bui'd.ngs were larger , heavier and moreoom
pact and the wave swept for WX ) yards a oh ai
swath , tearing down fences ami tioe , pilot !
up debris on either sideand left tin
naked fence posts and iounda
lion wa'ls ' to mark the spot-
of residences.There still remains on eitliei
side of the park dismantled frame housts
half buried with other roofs. To the south
cast stands the monumental ruins of a throe
story brick Hour mill , the walls stripped dowi
nnd the machinery expcsul.amlon the north
partially surrounded by uninjured houses , i :
the crushed Haptlst church and the lartri
brick Commercial hotel , unroofed and partlj
torn down.
Six hundred yards farther on in the course
of the storm brings you to the postofllcu cor
ncr , and in front stands the shattered cour
house , with the ) dome thrown dowi
over the entry , and the wall1
cracked and partly tumbled down , ant
in the supreme court yard lie til
and timber and the roofs of ndjaeen
buildings. In front of the postoflico , aorosi
Hunton street , a brick building was razed ti
the ground , and nearly all the buildings ti
the south and east fared likewise. Hut Uncl
Sam's quarters wore scarcely touched. Tlii
streets are broad hero , but to-day are tlllei
with the debris of the business houses o
Hunton and Washington streets , along th
eastern side of which not ono house remain
standingorovcnp.irtiallypreserved. Unabl
to thoroughly tear asunder the framework o
the buildings , they wore mashed end twlstc
Into useless masses , roofs carried away , air
fronts and roars knocked out. Sovcni
brick blocks of throe stories gav
an air of substantiality to tb
streets. The cyclone ground the wall
to n level and the furnaces sot lire to th
woodwork and destroyed the last planli
The Evans block on the corner exhibits
burning pit with a sate cracked with hoit. :
Under the ruins lie the charred remains o
J. C. Murray , owner of the block. Look in
to the south and cast from this corner th
spectator will see a line of groggorics , wan
houses and a few reputable places loanln
against each other , but still holding togcthei
The reputable iwrtlon of this block , a b.iV
cry , caught lire anil was consumed. Th
other bakeries wore wiped out of existenc
and to-day not a loaf of bread was to be pin
chased , nor will such state of affairs soon b
remedied. However , no ono suffers fa
Of food , seller or clotUlui , ' . Alon
Washington street , Just back of tno court
house , It was hard to tell where ono building
began and another left off. Floors , roofs ,
sides of buildings and partitions were
shunicd uti In confusion and crushed against
a few brick walls that stl'l ' remained staiid-
Ing , Everything along hero was a dead loss
not even the protection of lire insur
ance being available. Hunton sticet.
east of Washington , was completely blocked
by the walls of the Straiten & Johnson
fallen block , from the rear of which the de
struction of large warehouses and handsome
residences Is much like an abandoned lumber
yard and rubbish lot.
An able corps of physicians , who ros | > ondcd
to thu tint call , were quickly organi/ed and
oil day long have moved from place to place.
The complete list of the dead and wounded
has not yet been compiled. The property
loss will aggregate nearly $ . " > 00.0i ( ) , and falls
heavily upon a thriving community.
Slimming up , thu county build
ing , churches \husincsa houses and
stocks of goods nggiegatc a loss of 840,00 ;
fine rtsidcnce totally destroyed , fcH.IHK ) ; flue
residences , insured , $10,000 ; cottages , ware
houses , barns , etc. , $115,000. , Total , J5y,000. ;
Other Incidentals will increase this.
As yet no nrr.ume n ents ha nmado
for a general funeral. Some of the bodies
have been taken to other townsand some into
the country : Following is the list of the
dead ,
J. C. M.umv.
MIIM , UrssKl.i , Dr.
Mils. Col.VIN Cool'KR.
Gi.niMiKPBiiwoNs ANII POX ( colored. )
MHH. EI.VIXA Mumx ( colored ) .
JOIINNII : Ymitwoon.
FlUXK Cl.inilTMAN.
AHA HAiirin : ( colored ) .
Miss Jos in SUTTOX.
Josurii SIIKW.
Mus. Jonx Snni.Tox.
Mu . Ciuiti.ns HUTCIIINSO : : .
Miss IHWIN ,
Nnrtu : Smur.ns.
Mus. LKCIOI : .
Cioum ! : : Jo.vns' YorNonvr CIIII.T ) .
The list of those injured seriously and
slightly Is very large. Several are not cx-
ected to live.
Cash donations amounting to $1,200 have
jcen received this evening and promises for
nueh more. None of the buildings have in
surance against storms , and the losses are
otal. Adjutant-General Vance has tele
graphed that ho and Or. Kanch , president of
the state board of health commissioners , will
be here to-night. Governor Oglesby cannot
inline to-night. Steps are now being taken to
uivo a public funeral to-morrow to till who
mve not been buried or taken away.
Adjutant General Viinro and Dr. Kanch ar
rived to-night and have arranged to have for
warded immediately a number of shelter
tents for the use of the homeless until pcr-
naiicnt quarters can be finished. There are
niiny persons who believe all the people
have not yet been taken out from the ruins ,
and it is feared several bodies are in the
Crows block.
Stories of the Storm.
ST. Loi'is , Feb. 20. H. S. Headon , con
ductor of the Louisville & Nashville train
which was caught in the e-yclone atMt.
Vernon , Ills. , last evening nnd who had his
shoulder dislocated by having a trunk hurled
against him , arrived hero last night. Ho
gives the following brief description of the
scene : "It was all over within a minute , "
said ho ; "the thing that impressed mo most
was the destruction of the county court
house , a throe story brick building. The
e-ourt house stood in a prominent place nnd
could be easily seen , almost from tower
to ground. It looked to me as though a huge
pile of brick and mortar had been struck by
a giirantic battering ram. It seemed to ool-
hipso all at once. It spread out and buried
the buildings around it. "
Marcus Aarons , a drummer , who was a
passenger on the train , sajs : "Itwasater-
nblo calamity. I never witnessed anything
so frightful in my life. On reaching Mount
Vrrtion station it began to thunder and
liphtning. Presently it began to rain
and hail , driving everybody to
shelter. Just about this time
black cloud , fiinncl-shaped , was seen
over our heads. Some of the people know in
a minute what was going to happen and began
to cry out a warning. The cloud burst a
mlnuto after forming. It came with a roar
and a crash. Houses.of all descriptions went
down and men , women and children ran
hither and thither , screaming and praying in
their peril and fright. The county court house
was utterly wrecked , nnd a throe-story mill
was blown across the truck Just behind us.
Our train was lying in the track of the
cyclone , and it was taken nt n flying rate
down the track. The engine could not con
trol it , and fortunately for us the brakes
were not on. Trees were uprooted and oars
lifted cleanly off their wheels. The passage
of the cyclone must have occupied
at least two minutes. To add to
tno horror of the wind , many
fires broke out among the ruins. From the
train we could see the smoke and flames ris
ing from a do/en different houses. The
strr.nge thing was that three minutes after
the cyclone the sun was shining brightly.
J. W. Wallace , nuont of the Southern Ex
press at Shelbyvillo , Tciin. , who saw the
storm from the train window , says :
"Men and women on the streets were
blown to the ground. When the whirl cloud
arrived at the town it could bo seen dipping
down hero and there and tearing off house
roofs and then rising higher into the air
again , like a swaying balloon , It would float
along with lightning-like rapidity. As the
cloud would slip down and rise again it
would carry trees upward into the nir
and Uirow them to the ground with
mighty force 100 yards away. Parts of
house roofs , trees , boards , bricks , with all
kinds of debris were flying in the air at a
furious rate , and loft piled in heaps along the
track of the cloud. The passengers on our
train were frightened and a veritable panic
ensued. The cloud dipped down on
the north side of the train and
demolished a house , but just before It arrived
at our position it aros-u and passed over us
and dropped down on the earth to the south
of the train where it completely destroyed
another building and passed on. Thus , you
can sec , that our train had u miraculous
escape. _
O | > lcKhy Appeals Kor Aid.
Si'iilXoriEMi , 111. , Feb. 20. Governoi
Ogle'sby received information from Mt. Ver
non tills aftoi noon to the effect that ovci
1,000 people are homeless. Ho issued the
following proclamation this evening :
Klchanl J. Oglesby. governor. To the Pco
pie of the State of Illinois : A great calain
ity has fallen upon the city of Mt. Vernon ,
Jefferson county , in our state. Onyostordaj
uftci noon a o.\ clone swept ever that city
leaving death , deuistution and ruin in it ;
t'tiolc. Advices up to this tfino state thai
more than thirty POISJIIS were killed ,
and lOil severely and some fatally wounded ,
and 1,000 of its citizens homeless and destl
lute. A calamity such as this falling upon i
peaceful people at this Inclement season ol
the year must of necessity inflict serious am'
distiosslng loss and misery. Such a mlsfor
tune cannot but appeal to the deepest sympa
thy of a generous public , and to that public
in thu uamejf the whole | > coplo of the state
I , withouT hesitation , appeal foi
immediate aid and encouragement. It i'
well known that the general assembly
places no appropriation at the disjiosal of the
oxoe-utivo to bo used on occasions like this. 1
therefore request the mayors of the cities
and all religious and charitable associations
societies and organizations to loud a helping
hand In the hour of sorrow and distress bj
assisting in raising contributions lor the relief
lief of thwo pooplo. All subscriptions it
mouov or other supplies will bo forwarded t (
Georpo W. Evans , chairman of the loca
finance committee , Mt. Vernon. Jefferson
county , 111.
Mm .NT VniiNdv , Fob. 20 The followiiu
circular was isMied this morning and Isnov
being sent through the mails : , 111. , Feb , SO.TT.9
and Citizens : The city of Mount Vernon ,
111. , was visile 1 by n terrible cyclone on yesterday -
terday afternoon which carried death nnd do.
st ruction In its path. About thirty people
were killed outright nnd scores of men.
women and children nro maimed , wounded
and bleeding , and about ono thousand people
nro made homeless by the disaster. Some
three hundred houses are swept almost from
the face of the earth , among which are the
county court house , the public school build
ing , the Methodist and Haptlst churches.
The supreme court house , the round house of
the Louisville Se Nashville railroad , nnd
many of the leading business houses are also
total wrecks , their contents being buried be
neath debris. A raging fire which broke out
also destroyed much of the property which
might otherwise huvo been saved front the
ruins. We are sorely in distress , and forced
to c.ilt UIKIII a charitable country for
money and such other timely assistance as
thpy may feel able to contribute. Money is
needed more than provisions as there arc n
few business houses that may be able to
supply the demand. Send e-iish contribu
tions if possible tJ George W. Evans , chair
man of the fin nice committee , or Norman H.
Moss , secretary.
The Cyulonu in Kentucky.
Lnt'i-iViM.i : , Ity , , Feb. 20. A special to the
Evening Times from Nortouvlllo , Ky. , says
the cyclone did little damage there. At JN'cw
Haven , Ky. , however , it blew down the
Hardstown and Green Klvcr turnpike bridge ,
the cost of which was $77,000.
The Firemen Hotnrn.
Cr-NTiiALiA , 111. , Feb. 20. The firemen sent
o Mt. Vernon returned this morning , nnd re-
mrt thirty-six found dead up to 5 o'clock this
Tiorning , nnd u great many more wounded.
The cyclone struck the town at 4:95 : o'clock
esterday evening. The supreme court build-
ng is gone , the circuit court is leveled , and
: ho main business portion and church us arc
destroyed. The fires are all extinguished.
The Party Adrift Without Blnlnc A
Test Vote.
HOSTON , Feb. 20. [ Special Telegram to
lie Hen. ] Immediately after Mr. Hlainc
wrote his letter stating his name would not
bo presented to the republican national con
vention , the Lowlston Journal sent out to
500 well known Maine republicans , copies of
the following circular :
LnwiiTox , Feb , In , 1SSS Dear Sir ; As
suming your first choice would bo Mr. Hluino
f ho would accept , who is your second choice
for the repuplican nomination for the presi
dency ? Name the full ticket which would
best suit you ; if you please will you not rc-
ily on the inclosed postal card by return
mail. " The Journal has received up to
Saturday morning 225 replies. They como
from every part of the state and probably
adequately represent the feeling of Maine re
publicans on the presidential question. The
Journal says : "Nearly every ono of our
correspondents reiterated his attachment to
Mr. Ululne and expressed second choice , if
ho had any , with regret. A great many
refused to name a second choice. The re
turns show that without Hlaino , republican
Maine is adrift. They are as liable to gd
ono direction as another. It would bo almost
impossible to unite them on any ono candi
date. Their vote , however , is none the less
interesting. The poll for president counts
up as follows : Whole number of votes , 154 ;
John Sherman , 52 : General Sheridan , 18 :
Senator Allison , 1(1 ( ; Senator Huwley , 17 ;
Chauneey M. Depew , 11 ; liobcrt T. Lincoln ,
10 ; General Sherman , ti ; General Fall-child ,
0 ; Senator Evarts , 5 ; General Harrison , 5 ;
Senator Frye , 4 : General Gresham , 2 ; Sen
ator Hale , 1 ; Congressman Heed , 1.
For vice-president : Whole number of
votes , 132 ; General Hawley , 41 ; Senator
Frye , 18 ; Lincoln , 12 : Allison. 7 ; Fail-child ,
ti ; Depew , 7 : Dingley , 5 ; Heed , 4 ; Sheridan ,
4 : Sherman , 4 : Evarts , 4 ; Harrison , 2 ; Gen
eral Sherman , 2 ; Hobic , 2 ; Hiscoek , 2 ; For-
aker , 3 ; Chamberlain , Hoar , ex-Mayor Low ,
M. Miller , Long and Gresham , one each.
Suit of > Ii-K. Pholpfi , of New York , For
of Her Child.
IbSS Jin James Unntnn Uciinctt. ]
LOXDOX , Feb.20. [ New York Herald Cable
Special to the Hl'.n.l Mr. Harris Phelps ,
lawyer at 12S Hroadway , made his English
and successful debut this morning in the
court of chancery before Justice North and
was opposed to no less than Sir Henry James
Phelps , there to defend a petition brought
against him by his wife to obtain the custody
of their son , aged three years. She sailed
yesterday In the Fulda "to consult her New
York local adviser. " Said Sir Henry in
moving postponement , which , after hearing
Phelps in his own behalf , was refused with
full costs : "It is a nice question whether ho
can tax a counsel fee for himself. It seems
that the marital relations have been strained.
The boy. was loft with his father's
relatives nt Maidstonc. In consequence
came fears that the child would be 'eloigned,1
as the legal phrase Is , and sometimes popu
larly translated 'kidnapped.1 " Mr. Phelps
left New York some weeks ago and catno to
London. Ho received a dispatch from New
York on the tubjcct through the pool cable.
Now comes a curious coincidence. Mrs.
Phelps' solicitor hero is also a solicitor of the
Anglo-American Cable company. What Is
Phelps' surprise on immediately visiting
Maldstono to find that the solicitor's clerK
had been there before him nnd had shown
the custodian of the child a verbatim copy
of this private dispatch directed to Mr ,
Phelps. How did the clerk of the solicitor to
the cable get the copy I Not through any act on
the part of the pool cable people. Clearly not.
Such a thing would not have been allowed on
either side of , the Atlantic. Of course , pos
sibly , it is a case of hypnotism. However , the
solicitor's clerk did not got the child. In
duo t line his mother appeared on the scone
and tiled the petition which formed the sub
ject of the lawsuit in question. Mr. Phelps
has a temporary injunction restraining mad-
nine from taking the child which he wished
to-day made pcrirnnont but which wss re
fused because informally asked. There were
voluminous affidavits on each side brought
Into court but not read and all concerned de
clined information. It is believed that ami
cable arrangements will now result.
May Uemiinc the Strike.
PiiiiAiici.rniA , Feb. 20. Master Workman
Lewis to-day received telegrams from the
master workmen at Shcnandoah and Middle-
port doe-luring that certain of the strikers are
being discriminated against and not allowed
to return. Lewis says ho will investigate.
and if the facts are as stated the strike will
bo resumed inside of throe days nnd will in
clude not only every miner in the Schuyklll
regions , but engineers , firemen , pumping
men and everybody clso in the mines , both
above and below ground ,
Frightful Holler Kxploslon.
WrsT MBI.VILI.K , La. , Feb. 20. The boiler
n the shingle mill of H. Hcmis exploded this
morning , Instantly killing three men nnd
more or loss seriously injuring thirteen
others. The mill is a total wreck ,
Fire In New York.
New YOHK , Feb. 20. The six-story build
ings Nos. t33to 554 West Twenty-third street ,
occupied by a number of firms , burned to
night. Loss , fJtOtHK ) . _
A Philanthropic- Lady Dead.
Cmcuie ) , Fob. 20. Mrs. Mancell D. Tnl-
cott , widely known throughout the west as u
philanthropist , died to-night.
Frightful inrtliiiuke. : |
SiHNniiAi , Feb. 20. A terrific earthquake
has occurred in the province of Yunnan
The Body of Valentino Qulchor
Found in a Fiold.
No Clue Yet Discovered nn to Who
Committed tlic Crime A Horse
Thief Quickly Captured
State NCWH.
A Mystcrlouft Murder.
. OUAXTI ISMXII , Nob. , Feb. 20. [ Special
Telegram to thu HF.I : . ] The body of a nuin
was found In n pasture cast of Union Pacific
shops last evening about 4 o'clock by two
boys who were passing through the pasture.
Tiie polk'o were notified ntonco unil repaired
to the place when ) the body was , and upon
examination found the man had been most
foully murdered. His head had the appear-
aiico of being pounded with some heavy in
strument. The coroner being summoned , ho
ordered the body removed to the undertaking
establishment of H. L. Uurkct , where tin
cxiiminatlon of the body was nmdo
by Dr. J. L. Sutherland and u
coroner's Jury. The examination showed
the man had been shot four times , once in
the left arm , also in the back Just between
the shoulders , mid in the head Just above the
eft e-yc , and another wound in the right
land. The doctor lemoved the ball from the
icad and also the one in the right hand. The
size of the balls were forty-four calibre. Pa
; > crs were found on the body that arc sup
posed to fully identify the man as Valentino
Glulcher. Ho is n German , about forty-llvo
> -cars of age. In an inside pocket which was
securely tied up was found an old handker
chief in which was in bills and a certlllcato
of deposit from the First National
bank of Kearney , dated January 111 ,
this ye.vr. The object of the murder was
without doubt robbery. There is no clue at
present to the murder. The coroner's inves
tigation may produce some clue and it is
lioj od the guilty party or parties may bo
brought to Justice.
llornc Thieves at Aurora.
Arnold , Nob. , Fob. 20. [ Special Telegram
to the Uii : : . ] Aaron Wiley , a farmer ic'iil-
Ing nine miles northwest of hoic , had two
valuable horses , two sMs of harness and a
wagon stolen from his promis.'s last night
Tim thief deliberately went to his stables in
the night , harnojsed up his horses , hitched
on to his wagon , put in all extr.i tots of har
ness and drove off. It wits the coolest thing
that has happened in the country since the
TIII : TAinr Aum : Tir > .
Giuxn ISLAND. Nob. , Feb. 20. [ Special
Telegram to the HEI : . ] The police here re
ceived notice from Aurora this morning that
a farmer's team mid wagon had been stolen
from thcro last night and a complete descrip
tion of the horses being had the police were
on the lookout for them and shoitly after re
ceiving notice atf outfit answering the de
scription given of the stolen horses was seen
driving up Third street. The man was ar
rested and placed injuil. Later it waslearnod
the thief had stopped at u feed yard in Ham
ilton county and loaded up a load of hogs
which ho sold at tj-o 'stock yards on his ar
rival here. The sheriff of Aurora was noti-
lled of the capture and arrest of the thiof.
Ordered Open For Settlement.
GU\XT , Neb , , Feb. 20. [ Special Telegram
to the Hun. ] Fifty sections of the Quarter
Circle ranch located in North Cliaso county
were entered open for settlement to-day. J.
A. Phillips of this place received official no
tice to that effect this evening. It is good
land and there will be a rush to secure it.
A. Union-Labor ICfiitor Talks oil thu
CIIKMOO , Feb. 20. [ Special Telegram to
the HEI : . ] Dr. Alfred S. Houghton , of the
United Labor Age , of Cincinnati , who is in
the city , was seen by a reporter to-day mid
and usUeil what effect the apparent defection
of Henry George would have on the united
labor party.
"Mr. George has not even put the move
ment back. His carious defection has really
strengthened us by leaving the way clear for
men to Join us who were kept out by reason
of his eaptiousness and intolerance. "
"As between him and Dr. McGlynn in the
light now pending , which will have the larger
support J"
"Dr. McGlynn , ten to one , at least in Ohio ,
and every where clso that I know mii thing
about. "
"How do you account for Mr. George's
break i"
"Well , perhaps it was in view of Dr. Me-
Glynn's growing influence. The doctor is u
great power magnetic , a natural leader , the
incarnation of those high qualities which
command men. I think Mr. George has had
little to say in the affairs of the now move
ment for some months , and ho broke away
entirely in a tit of Jealousy. "
"Hut is his position illogical i"
"Yes , entirely so. Ho occupies the snmo
ground that ho denounced as untenable and
disgraceful when taken by O'Hnen , Davitt ,
Patrick Ford and Powderly. Ho Justifies it
by a subterfuge , and for the first tinio in his
life ho is on the defensive. "
When asked if ho thought nominations
would be inailo and a ticket put in the field ,
Dr. Houghton said :
" Yes.undoubtcdly ; and I am hopeful that all
the shattered hosts of the disinherited maybe
bo united under our banner on a platform
embracing our essential principle and m-og-
nUing the general demands of the Knights of
Labor , union labor , anti-monopoly , farmers'
alliance , etc. In fact , the union labor people
are oven now inviting/negotiatians , and Dr.
McGlynn's policy seems to favor a coalition
on an honorable basis. "
From another source it was learned that
negotiations are pending for conferences of
both parties to meet in some central city
where committees of conference may meet
and ugrco upon a basis of mutual action.
The probability seems to be that Chicago will
bo chosen as the place , and late April or early
May as the time.
Freaks or a Crazy
Kii , Feb. 20. [ Special Telegram to
the HIK. : ] Last night Engineer Charles
Curler , of No , 27 , yard engine of the Koine ,
Wattertown & Ogdensburg railway , went
crazy while running the engine from Windsor
Heach , tour miles north of Hochester to the
yard in this city. Ho started the locomotive
at a furious rate and was only prevented by
Fireman George H. Latta from dashing into
cars in the yard. Latta overpowered the
madman and forcing him to the floor tied him
as well as ho could and started the engine lor
the round house of Windsor Ue-ich. Half
way back Curler freed himself and seizing a
largo hammer hit the fireman two heavy
blows oil the back of the head. Latta fell
senseless and Curler again seizing the lever
started thp engine towards the city. Latta
on coming to leaped form the engine into n
snow drift , and hurrying to Windsor Heach
gave the alarm. Meanwhile the madman had
run the engine past Windsor Heach eastward
toward Webster , eighteen miles distant.
Telegraphic orders stopped all trains at that
iKlnt and the switch was so turned that Cur
ler's engine would bo wrecked if he attempted
to pass Webster. Then for three hours the
madman ran the locomotive furiously from
Webster to Windsor Heach and back , and
might have kept up the circus Indefinitely
had not his fuel given out. Ho was finally
captured and sent in clwrt'o of two officers to
litutrr Market.
ill. , Feb. ' . ' 0. Hotter sold on the
to-day for 2& cents per pound.
One or Kansas City's HcKlstratlon
Hceords Mysteriously Disappear * .
KANSAS CITV , MQ , , Feb. 20. [ Special Tole-
giam to the Huu. ] Quito a sensation was
created to-day by the announcement that part
of the registration records of the second
ward had been stolen. The theft was com
mitted Saturday , but the matter was kept
quiet until to-day. In the meantime prelim-
ianry measures to enpturo the thief were
taken. Hecorder of Votes John C. Hope when
nskcd regarding the theft admitted that the
story was true and related the particulars.
Ho said ! "I anticipated trouble in the second
end ward but did not expect what has trans
pired. "
In each ward slips of paper about C > x2 Inches
were furnished to the registrar. On each
slip they were to enter the name , nativity ,
place of residence , ward and precinct of
each person registering. Most of the
registrars filled up these slips as
they went along. The registrar in the second
end ward had his record copied off on the
slips up to noon Saturday. Ho then went to
dinner , taking his registration book with
him , but leaving the slips in thu office. In
the evening ho found that they had been
stolen. Ho says ho believes ho knows the
thief , but will not give his name. One day
last week u well-known politician of the second
end ward went to the registrar's oflleo and
tried to induce him to furnish a list of those
registered. The registrar would not outer-
tain his proposition , Last Saturday evening
another politician , u friend of the previous
visitor , was in the registrar's ' office , appar
ently without any business. Ho talked about
souio clothing having been stolen from his
wife , and made some remarks which , under
the circumstances , led the registrar to
believe that ho knows something
about the theft of the slips. The theft of the
registration records is punlshnblo by impris
onment in the penitentiary. Formerly the
politicians were allowed to copy from the
official records the names of those who regis
tered. They evidently want to cast ballots
for any of those who have registered and who
move away in future years. Either this , or
they want to see thorn and fix things. The
thieves have now nearly the full registration
in the Second ward.
Itailrnad Men In ConlY'i-onoc.
KA.VSVS Ciiv , Mo. , Fob. 20. [ Special Tele
gram to the Hir..l : A meeting of represent
atives of the railroads forming the Colorado
and Utah association was held in this city to
day. The following gentlemen are the mem
bers of the conference committee : > I. S.
Tebblts , II. A. Johnson , J. L.Kiinlwll , G. W.
Iloldrcdgc , P. T. Eustis , F. W. Hills , Omaha ;
J. F. Goodard , W. F. White , S. U. Hycns. G.
Nicholson , Topeka ; W. S. Hughes and H. S.
Hicli , Denver. The meeting is the regular
conference of the association , and although
none of the roads have been directly affected
by the rate war , the matter will probably
como up for discussion before the meeting
ends. No business of importance was trans
acted to-day and another meeting will beheld
ShaotTor Out on Hail.
KINSAS CITV , Mo , , Feb. 20. [ Special Tele
gram to the Hue ] After an incarceration of
several days in the Second street jail Charles
A. Slmoffor , charged with embezzling $19-
0.1) ( ) , was this afternoon liberated on bail.
ShaofTer refused to pay the heavy bonus
asked by the people who were ready to go on
his bond and preferred to wait until the ar
rival of J. K. Cravens , who was out of the
city at the time of ShaoffoVs arrest , and who
returned thlsTnefrrrrnf * a little after 8 o'clock.
Accompanied by-Deputy Marshal' Freeman ,
J. 1C. Cravens and M. A. Fyko appeared before -
fore Justice Worthen to have him fix the
amount of the bail. Justice Worthen placed
the bail at $5,000 and accented Cravens and
Fyko as sureties.
A Kansas City Failure.
KANSAS CITV , Mo. , Feb. 20. [ Special Tele
gram to the HEU.I The linn of G. E.
Weikert , wholesale stationers of this city ,
filed a voluntary assignment in the recorder's
office to-day for the benefit of their creditors.
Notes amounting to nearly fO.COO are as
signed to Homer Heed in consideration of
his indorsement. Leo K. Nonoy is appointed
as trustee of the stock of goods contained at
! ! 02 West Fifth street , and all the goods in
the posssssion of Traders & Gibson , now in
the warehouse , for the full protection of
Homer Heed and to indemnify him against
loss. _
Swept Awny By Ice.
CAHUOI.TOX , Mo. , Feb. 20. [ Special Telegram -
gram to the Hnn.J The middle span of the
Chicago , Santa Fo & California railroad
bridge across the Grand river , fifteen miles
cast of hero , was swept away by the ice this
morning at 0 o'clock. The work of repairing
cannot begin until the ice is out of the way ,
which will likely bo the latter part of tno
The Ice Gorjc Itreakt ) .
KAXSHS Cirv , Mo. , Feb. 20. [ Special Tele
gram to the Hnc. ] Thc'ice gorge in the Mis
souri river above the conlluenco of the Kuw
and Missouri has broken up and largo blocks
of ice are floating down the stream. The
gorge at the Hock Island bridge has also
broken and all danger to the bridge seems
to bo over.
Chamberlain Not Ambitious to Join
the Hanks of Knighthood.
iropi/rfu'il ' tfSJ by Jttmct Gnrilun lfcmirft.1
LONDON , Feb. 20. [ New York Herald
Cable Special to the Hut.l The new Glad
stone members , now called "the homo rule
trinity , " came to St. Stephens this afternoon
together and were warmly cheered at the
gates by outsiders. To the latter the dyna
mite scare is a prodigious annoyance. It is
almost impossible now days for u tourist 01
stranger to como within the gates. Ono
hundred and fifty constables arc detailed in
and about the houses of parliament. Police
sentinels patrol the embankment terrace unel
challenge small boats when they loiter. The
frowning granite pile looks and is guarded
like u fortil'ss. It is now the presumption
among the police that every stranger is n
dynamitard and must prove ho is not or bo
hustled to prison. Even a conservative jour
nal has to-day been moved to say :
"It is understood that new rules
for the admission of strangers ,
are under consideration by the speaker and
homo secretary. Pending the result the
issue of orders for the public galleries Is
greatly restricted and M. P.'s are much put to
It to satisfy the legitimate curiosity of their
constituents , It is absurd that Hritisl
citizens should bo virtually excluded fron
witnessing the proceedings of their owi
parliament , and it is to bo hoped that the
new rules will bo carefully examined before
they are allowed to como into practice
Police constables swarm at Westminster am
suspects nro not the least likely to have a
chance of doing harm , but the public
generally ought not to bo ticated as possible
dynamiters. " Doubtless when Mr. Chamber
lain comes within the gates of St. Stephens
he will also bo warmly cheered. The mass
are not very clear about the fisheries mattei
but consider him a hero of some mysterious
kind for what ho has done in Washington
All the papers mention to-day that he is to
bo knighted on his return. Conversing to
day with an M. P. who is close to him , On
former said : "Nonsense. Ho is fonder o
the title of 'Joe,1 It would bo well to rcmcm
bcr what Dlsreall said when it was suggcstd
that ho bo raised ton dukedom , 'No , Indeed ,
contemptuously answcicd Hcaconsflclil
'Why , Rutland is a duko. ' Joe Chamberlaii
will net , care a rush Ugt.t lot
lurko's Hook of Titles has 108 columns in
Ine print of the roll of knights. Like Dick-
ns and Irving , Joe would refuse this con > -
Uionplacc honor1
William Warner's Wife Makes a Start-
HIIK Confession ,
WiciifM , Kan. , Fob. 20. Mrs. Ellen War-
icr , a prisoner In the county Jail , to-day
nado affidavit that her husband William
Varner , u house-mover of this city , was u
murderer , countci feller and thief. She
lulins that ho belonged to u noted gang of
lespcradoos who have committed crimes in
low.i during the past ten years. Shi ) also
isserts that ho is implicated in the murder of
ienry Scribnor , a wealthy resident of DCS
Mollies , a number of years ago. The officers
it IK-s Molnes have been communicated with
iml siiy they remember the Scribner murder
ind Unit the murderers escaped. It is not
et known what will bo done in the case.
WASIUSC.TON , Fob. 20. Representative
Uount , of GoDi-gia , to-day introduced in the
lousoabill providing for the re-classitlca-
Ion of postmasters ana the re-arrangement
) fsaluriis , Under Its terms , with the ex-
option of the cities of New York and Wash-
ngton , where the postmasters salaries are
Ixed at $5,000 and $5,000 respectively , post-
nusters are to bo divided into three classes ,
according to the revenues of theirofliccs. In
he first-class ofllces , where the gioss re
cipts are between fc0,0 ! ( 0 and $ < WOOJO the
salaries rr ngo fiom 2 , 5JO to Jti.POv ) . In the
see nd-ehtsi , where the gross receipts are
between $1,500 and $1)0,000 ) , the
salaries are to lange between
Sl,000 and $ : ,500. The salaries of those
two classes are to bo paid out of the receipts
of their offices. Postmasters of the third
class , which includes all not covered by the
Jther two classes , are to receive , in addition
io colnmissions on money order and special
delivery business , u compensation based upon
the receipts of their offices from all quarters ,
ranging irom the whole amount , where their
receipts are less than Ji'O up to $117 pur quar
ter. Arrangements are made for the annual
adjustment of salaries , for the allowance of
Iho expenses of rent , light and fuel , clerk
hire , furniture and incidentals , at first and
iccoml class offices.
National Capital Notes.
Wtsmxr.TON , Feb. 20. Mr. Mnndorson
to-day , from the committee on territories ,
reported favorably the bill to amend the act
setting apart lands at the head waters of the
Yellowstone river as a public park. The
senate committee on public lands to-day con
sidered the proposed amendment to the
general laws , namely : The repeal of the
timber culture and pre-emption laws , and the
amendment of the homestead law so ns to
limit the acquisition of available public lands
to actual settlers. It will probably report a
bill substantially similar to the senate bill of
the last congress.
Mrs. Cleveland to-dav joined the Hamabal
ciielo for the elavution of women In India.
This organization is the outgrowth of the
work in this country of Pundita Hiunabal ,
who has been laboring in varjous cities of
the United States since March , l-8i ! , to
awaken interest in the establishment of
normal schools for high caste child widows
in Koomi , India.
Investigating the "Trusts. "
New YOHK , Feb. 20. The committee of
the state senate appointed to investigate the
methods and influences of the various trusts
began work hero' to-day , opening with the
sugar trust. It was learned from witnesses
that one refinery in St. Louis , two
in Louisiana , and one in Hoston ,
two in Philadelphia and two in San Fran
cisco had been forced into the pool , which
now controls 32,1 0 ) barrels a day capacity.
The production since December 1 has de
creased one-fourth and the price has gone up.
The amount of trust stock which has been
issued is $45,000,0.0. , ! The board has decided
to close more refineries. The witnesses re
fused to produce u copy of the trust agree
The Democratic Stylo.
WASIIIXOTOX , Feb. 20. [ Special Telegram
to the HIK. : ] The St. Louis delegation hero
proposes to capture the democratic national
convention , and has opened the campaign in
true democratic fashion. Tins morning they
opened a bar in one of the parlors of Willard's '
hotel and are keeping three barkeepers busy
dispensing free drinks. It is a great day for
the majors and judges who loaf around the
hotel waiting to bo invited to take something.
Starving liullans.
WiNNni-eo , Man. , Feb. 20. Kev W. S.
Pcnlovc , a missionary , has reached hero
from north of MeKenzio river with a further
report of the distress of Indians in the far
north. From Peace river ho heard of cases
where the Indians had died of starvation and
had been eaten by their comrades. There is
much feeling because the government at Ot
tawa has taken no notice of the destitution of
these Indians repeatedly brought to its at
Weather Indications.
For Nebraska : Fair weather , slightly
wanner in eastern portion , stationary temperature
eraturo in western portion , light to fresh
variable winds.
For Iowa : Fair weather , slowly rising
temperature , light to fresh winds , generally
from west to south.
For Eastern and Southern Dakota :
Warmer , fair weather , followed in northern
portions by light snows , light to fresh varin
bio winds , generally southerly.
- >
Mrs. Lanjitry Quito III.
Ciilt'Afio , Feb. 20. It is reported thifl
morning that Mrs. Langtry is quite ill with
heart trouble. Her Now York physician ,
who arrived last evening , says she is troubled
with neuralgia of the heart , superinduced bj
hard work on the stage. Desplto his advice
to the contrary she insisted on going to the
theatre to-night , but fainted when getting
into tlio carriage and had to give up. The
physician thinks a little rest will restore hei
Locomotive Fireman Killed.
EI.OIX , 111. , Feb. 20. Fireman Fain , of the
Northwestern east-bound passenger , wnf
killed at 5 o'clock this morning. His truli :
ran into a freight that had a time ordot
ngainsttho passenger , and was going upon u
Coal Miners at Work.
Piiii.Aiir.U'iiiA , Feb. 20. Of the forty-five
Reading coal and Iron company's collieriei
nil are at work this morning except six am
it is only a question of u few days when thes (
will bo in operation.
The Physicians Disagree.
VIENNA , Feb. 20. The Tagblatt says thai
Dr. Mackenzie confirms the report that t
dissension exists among the surgeons. He
remained at Kan Homo at the doslro of UK
prince , but left the treatment in the hands o :
Dr. Hergmanu. Dr. Kraus sides with Dr
Knglnccr and Fireman Killed.
MANHATTAN , Kan. , Feb. 20. The onglni
and two cars of a freight train on the Chicago
cage , Kansas & Nebraska road went througl
the bridge at Deep Creek yesterday. Fire
man Foster was killed and Engineer Hohli
fatally injured ,
Ill-Itish Grain Tradt ) Ilevlcw.
LONDON , Fob , 20. Tim Mark Lane express
press says English wheat is rather firmer
the cold weather strengthening the views o
sellers , Forelpn wheat Is dull , but seller :
supKrt | values. There Is no Inquiry fen
corn , and it is difficult , to maintain prices
Flour , beans and peas are steady. Linstu
Au Interesting Decision IlnnelocJj.
Down In n Missouri Court.
) ealers Cannot Payment
LI < | iinrN ItoiiKht in Another State
and Shipped Into Iowa The
Court'H Opinion.
Another Point Settled.
KANIUS CITV , Mo. , Fob. 20. [ Special Tolc
gram to the HKC.J in the Kansas City court
if nppeals to-day , presiding Judge John F.
'hlllln.4 handed down an opinion that will bo
cad with the greatest Interest by every
riond and foe of prohibition. The case Ift
'omplcx ' , In that it deals with questions of
itiblic policy and the prohlb lion law in par-
icular. The case briefly stated is this : Mr.
{ invin , a wholesale llquordoalorof Chicago ,
lad u customer named Patrick Dohm , resld-
ng In Ottumwii , la. The law of the stutd
irohlbited the sale of wine and liquor of all
tlnds and the eiiirtsoilld take no cognlz-
uioo of any cases brought before them to re-
tiver for the sale of this illicit article of com *
nerce. In order to avoid the law Detail
rdered by letter liquor sent from Klrwlil
narked as quccnswuro and other'
lames , so as to cvado the
aw and get the railroads to accept the *
iges. Ho paid for the liquor by mentis of
Irafts sent in letteis. Finally , ho refused to
> ay a certain bill of $1i ) * . As nothing coilUt
jo done in Iowa , some of his personal prop
erty was attached in this state , nnd em a trial
the plaintiff recovered a Judgment. An ap
ical was then tnucn to the court c f appeals ,
in the giound that the debt could not bo
collected in Iowa and that the plaintiff was it
lartner in a crime against the penal laws of
Judge Phillips gave the subject an imh
Inonse amount of study and enroll ) ! reading ,
is the quest ions involved great principles of
law. The first question was , Where was theJ
ontract nnidel If in Iowa , it would oer-
; ainly not hold , but if in Chicago , whcrd
; hero was no law against such tralllo , it was
legal and the collection of it could bo en
forced. The suit being brought outside o
jither state added to its complexity. AftcU
.lecidlng that the contract was inudt * In Chl
cago. the1 Judge says :
"No matter what publicists like Pnthloit
ana Iluberas , or our own great jurist and
iitithor , Judge Story , may deem the sound ,
ethics or better code of public morals , It ia
the established rule of law that a contract
made between the subjects of imo country ta
defraud the revenue laws of the oilier maybe
bo enforced In a country where such con
tract was made , as no nation is boutm to pro
tect or re-gnrd the revenue laws of another
country. Wo have not overlooked the 'sug
gestion of the learned counsel touching tha
impolicy of the courts of foieign jiinsdict on
in which the action is drawn enabling tha
non-resident to evade the local policy of n
sister state. An appeal to public policy 1 |
often quite indefinable and mcaningloB ,
Questions of public policy are fickle.
They are not uniform. It may ba
ono thing in one community ami
quite another in u different locality.
While no remedy could have been bud in tha
Iowa coin ts , the ovldoncu given at thu trial
on the issues covered all the sales and showd
clearly that the sales were not made in Iowa ,
nor wore any of the payments made in tha
state. It was nn Illinois contract nnd the )
payments were made there. It would be )
trilling with the lower courts to reverse tha
This is a most important question to liquor '
sellers in Iowa and Kansas , and to dealers
everywhere. The law given out here in to
the effect that the law governing the plnco
where the contract is made Is the ono that
holds , and that dealers cannot evade pay
ment. If the e'nso had been brought in Iowa
no judgment could have been recovered ia
any event.
iiAiircu HOT.
He Grows Indignant ISocanso WIN
hhlro'H Cast ; WHH Nolled.
Coi.rMiit's ' , O. , Fob. 20. [ Special Telegram
to thoHii.l : Harper , the ex-banker and pris
oner , broke into a fren/y tlifs evening in con
versation and claimed it was an outrage ! of
the indictments against J. W. Wilshiro to bo
nollo piosscd ; that he perjured himself when
ho stated that the largo Cldcago wheat deals
were those of the prisoner. The amount )
i g it t nl sold ho said , was over iJ."iO,000OOC |
worth , while the books of Wilshiro showed }
only about $20,000 worth of transactions fromi
IbSl to the date of the trial. One cent on q
bushel would have amounted to $500,000 , anel
the prisoner indicated that he would not do a
business of that magnitude without some
memoranda of sales and purchases. He said :
"Yes , lie licit about the largo deals being
for mo. Why did ho deed mo his property
worth about fSO.OOOI Why did ho sell moj
his bank stock at W.OOO less than the market )
value , and other things of a similar charuo
tori In addition to trying to save the banlr ,
of which I owned over half , the president , di
rectors and large holders dumped on the )
street stock and forced me to buy the samoj
and niy * check book shows that I paid ovco
? roo,000 in this manner from January to June ,
This crippled me and showed that all the
money did not go to Chicago. One man
ought not to go to prison for trying to savq
his property and the really guilty cscapq
AVilshlre'N Indictment Nolled.
CINCINNATI , Feb. 20. The district attorney
in the United States court this morning ;
moved a nollo of the indictment against J. W.
Wilshiro , charged with violating the United ,
States banking law in connection with E. L.
Harper of the Fidelity National bank , on the
ground af inability to prove the charge. The
court allowed his motion and Wilshiro and
his bondsmen were discharged. Judge Sago
said similar action should bo taken with tha
indictment against Miss Josle Holmes anel
this will bo done soon.
Ktramsliip Arrivals.
Nr.w YOHK , Feb. 20. [ Special Tclcgrant
to the Hun.- ] Arrived The Anchoria , fronj
Glasgow ; the Elder , from Hremicn.
HAVIII : , Feb. 20. Arrived La Normaudlo'j
from New York. , Feb. 20. Arrived The State of
Georgia , from New York. J I
Qi KUNsTowN , Feb. 20 Arrived The Lord
Olive , from Philadelphia ; the Polynesian ,
Pnii.Mii i.riiu , Fen. 20. Arrived Tha
Hritish Princess , from Liverpool.
German Actors Katnlly Itnrned.
Nmv YOIIK , Feb. 20. "Gantz He > rff
thrall o" in Hobokcn , was burned this morn I
ing. A number of actors were asleep in the
upper story at the time the liru broke out anet I
before they could make their csciipo , Otto
Lobes and a fourtoen-yerr old son of Ganta
Herg were so seriously binned that the
former is dead and the r is dyii g Four
or live others were severely but not ia ally
bui tied.
The Vlhllilo Supply Statement.
CIIICAOO , Feb. 20. The visible supiily ot
grain for the week ending February llj
us compiled by the secretary of the Chlcagg
liouid of trade H as follows ;
Wheat . rJr , > t (1,000 (
Corn . ' . . H,4IH , ( oa
Oats . n.fOl.OOd
Hyo . : 7OOU
Hurley .
' ' < ' Consolidation.
C'nii ACIO , Feb. 20. A confercncoof railway
manngeiB looking to the consolidation of thd
Wi stern , Northwestern and South Y\
associations bcfuti to-day ,