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Snddon Death of OhloE Justice Mor
risen B. Walto.
A .TnrlBt of Uncommon Ability , Sin
gularly Free From Bins Many
Warm Tributes to Ills
A Snddcil Summons.
WASHINGTON , March 23. [ Special Tele
gram to the Ben. ] Chief Justice Walto died
this morning of pneumonia. Ho was not
considered dangerously ill and no ono was in
the room with him but a hired nurse when
ho breathed his last. Mrs. Wnlto loft Wash
ington about ten days ago to spend the spring
months In California , nnd was Intending this
morning to go from Los Angeles to Santa
Barbara. A telegram has been sent to the
latter plnco announcing the death of her hus
band nnd asking for advice ns to the funeral.
None of the family are hero but Miss Mary
Walto and Mr. Christopher Wnlto , the young
est son , who catno on the other day from
Cincinnati ,
Last Saturday night Judge Wnlto attended
the reception given to the authors by
Senator Hearst. It was a damp , disagreeable
atmosphere , and a searching wind. During
the reception his coachman wns stricken with
nppoploxy nnd fell off the box. Thcrowns
considerable excitement , and Judge Waite
exposed himself by leaving the heated par
lors and going bare-headed and in his even
ing suit Into the open air to give orders about
the treatment of his sorvnut nud the disposi
tion of his horses , nnd after the reception
was over ho walked homo. Several of his
friends offered their carriages , but ho was
nn unusually robust man for his years nnd
preferred to walk. His shoes
wore thin , and altogether with
the exposure in the earlier part o
the evening gave him n severe cold. On
Sunday ho remained in-doors nil day , and his
daughter bogged him not to go to the capital
on Monday. Ho would not have done so nad
it not been the opening day of the spring
term nnd the telephone decision which ho
had prepared. His daughter went with him
to sco that ho did not expose himself further ,
and it wns thought that it would not
result in harm. Ho was not able to read his
telephone decision , but handed it to Justice
E. Blatchford , who read it for him. Mon
day evening a party of friends cnmo in and
ho played several games of whist , appearing
about as well as usual , and announcing
his intention to go to court the next day , but
when morning came his cold wns so much
worse that ho was induced to remain at home.
But it was not till Wednesday that ho had n
physician , and then only incidentally did ho
consult Dr. Ruth , a surgeon in the navy nnd
n friend of the family , who happened to call
at the houso. Dr. Ruth gave him some
simple- remedy Wednesday morning , but
when ho called again the sumo day told Miss
Walto that her father was threatened with
pneumonia , and recommended that the
family physician , Dr. F. A. Gardner , bo
sent for. Yesterday morning Dr.
Gardner would not permit Judge
Wnlto to leave hU bed.
nnd sent a professional nurse to take cnro of
him , although ho did not feel the slightest
alarm. Pneumonia , he said , was the most
treacherous of diseases , and ho did not llko
to toke any risks. Yesterday afternoon
young Mr. Wnlto arrived from Cincinnati ,
fortunately for his sister , who would other
wise have been entirely alone , nnd although
ho said ho intended to remain over only one
day and then go on to Now York , whuro ho
had business , ho consented to stay till his
father was well again. Yesterday Judge
Wulte received John W. Foster , Admiral
Worden , and several 'other of his neighbors.
who called to Inquire as to his condition , nnd
chatted cheerfully with them ns they sat
by his bedside. Last evening ho was
feeling so well that his daughter went out to
same evening entertainment. Young Wnlto
wanted to watch nt his bedside , but the Judge
protested , as ho had been on n sleeping car
the night before , and ho.should take a good
rest. The son nnd daughter sat up with him
till after midnight and then retired without
feeling the slightest apprehension. About fl
o'clock this morning young Mr. Wnito was
nwnkoncd by hearing groans from his
father's chamber und found that ho was
broathlng heavily and seemed to bo suffering
in his sleep. Ho assisted the
nurse to turn him over , when
ho seemed to rest more comfortably
nnd the groaning ceased. Shortly before
0 o'clock this morning , when the nurse went
to give him his medicine , Judge Walto was
found to bo almost pulseless. The son and
daughter were awakened and the doctor sent
for , but before ho came the venerable man
had ceased to brcntho.
All of Justice Walto's family with the ex
ception of his daughter , Miss Mary , who
lived with him hero , and his son Kitt , who is
engaged in the practice of law in Cincinnati ,
rosldo at the old family homo In
Toledo , nnd there the remains will
bo taken for interment. Ono of the sons Is
connected with General Wager Swayiio in
the practice of law , nnd has an oftlco In Now
York , but looks after the Toledo branch of
the business , whllo Swayno. who is also the
counsel for the Western Union Telegraph
company , attends to the New York end. It
is expected that Mrs. Waite will return at
once from California and meet the remains
at Toledo , although It will bo n great tax on
her strength to do so. She has been n part la !
invalid for many years and has permitted
her daughter to perform all the social obli
gations. She has been compelled to seek a
milder climatd every spring , and has onl.v
just returned from California , where she
wont by easy stages. It Is feared that the
shock of her husband's death and the f atlguo
of travel , If Hho attempts to return , will bo
too much for her , and her friends hope thai
she will not attempt to return at once , bin
wait for her daughthcr to join her out lliero
nftor the funeral.
Although Judge Waite was moro than
Boventy-ono years old , ho was as hearty nuO
vigorous as n man of fifty , and was accus
tomed to walk to nnd from the capital overi
iuy. ] He was fond of society and his familiar
face was to bo seen nt every gathering. Ills
death gives the president the opportunity of
appointing u dcniocratia chief Justice for the
llrbt time since the death of Taney , and ill
though it Is too curly to speculate as to the
man. It is thought prolmblo that Justice
Field , of California , who was for years the
only democrat on the bench , and next to
Miller is the ranking Justice , will bo named
Naturally there was but ono topicof dis
cussion in Washington after congrctis ad
journcd to-day out of respect to the mcinorj
of Chtuf Justice Walto , and that ccntcrci
around the Ufa of the late distinguishes
jurist and advocate , the changes thu dcutl
Will muko , and who will likely bo called tq
fill his place on the bench , Senators am
representatives lingered about the capita
nnd expressed their sorrow nnd surprise , foi
all who know admired thu chief justice , nud
no ono anticipated in the least the suildei
death. Indeed , few know ho was niUiig
uiuch ICHS that ho was scliously ill. It was u
puthctlo bceno that was presented m the
room of thu supreme court ut noon when ( ha
justices tiled In. The chair BO recently oceu
plod by the chief justice was draped In the
BOinbrcncss of the deep symbols of death
tours trickled down the furrowed checks o
more than ono of the aged Justices , and all o
tUo large assembly that llllcd the t-puca
- . ! Uig change in the voice
romai- . * ' tho. court cryer a
and announcement . * . - > f I PIIO
the Justices approached. Insteau
chief Justice nud honorable Justices , " etc. , u
was "Tho honorable associate Justices. "
Justice Miller wns so affected that ho could
yers in the enulosuro before the bench besides
lUo regular bar , among them GcucralHenJa-
mln F. Butler , who bowed his head submis
sively ns the visitation of death was told.
Who will bo the chief justice now ! A
jrcat deal of speculation has already been
ndulgcd In ns to who will bo called to the va
cant chair. At first It was generally believed
hftt tv man from private llfo would bo np-
) olntcd , as was done when the late chief Jus-
ice wns appointed by President Grant. Then
ho second thought brought the conclusion
hat ono of the Justices would bo promoted ,
iko Justice Field , to 1111 the vacancy which
loath had occasioned. If the chief Justice-
hip is filled from the bench , the
name of Speaker Carlisle , who was
pokcn of for the chair Justice Latnar
occupies , is frequently spoken. It
s known that Speaker Carlisle was
endcrcd the appointment before Justice
timar was called to take it and that It was
lecllncd very reluctantly. The obstacle that
stood In the way of his acceptance then is
now removed , slnco it is generally accepted
that the vacancy will not be llllcd until after
ho election. It was lost fall agreed between
itm nnd Mr. Cleveland , after talking the
matter over , that the political situatidn
> arty necessity required Mr. Carlisle's
ircsenco in the house to organize it nnd to
work to bring the party together for the
inssago of n tariff bill. Mr. Carlisle at the
same time told Mr. Cleveland that no other
public position of trust could so suit his dls-
losition and lit in with his inclinations ns
.hat of n supreme court justice. The matter
wns very seriously considered and carefully
welched In the balance , ono consideration
against another , before it was finally
Itcidcd that the course should
bo followed that was pursued
eventually. The political reasons that then
nterfcred nro no longer Intho way. The house
is organized nnd nil will bo done that can bo
done toward passing n tariff bill nnd shaping
the party policy bo/ore It will bo necessary to
appoint Chief Justice Wnito's successor.
There wcrc BOveral months of dolny in nj > -
wlntlng MffLnmnr. Three months delay
from now and the tariff bill will have been
lisposcd of in some way nnd the house will
1)0 on the verge of nn adjournment. Secre
tary Vllas Is also mentioned with favor.
Ex-Senators J. E. McDonald , of Indiana ,
nnd Frank Kernnn , of Now York , nro believed
to bo likely men and also Solicitor General
Jenks , of Pennsylvania. Postmaster General
Dickinson , of Michigan , is referred to , but
loculnrly , us Dickinson is not regarded by
Lhoso who know him personally ns possessing
xny of the qualifications for a place on the
bench of the supreme court of the United
States. It is moro than likely that a man
will bo selected from obscurity and that his
appointment will bo n surprise to everyone.
Chief Justice Waite came hero from To
ledo , O. , retained identification with his state
and was known to nil persons from that sec
tion of the country in Washington. The
Ohionns are much stricken with grief nnd
sneak of the man and his early and late life
wjth the most sincere affection. Judge AVnito
went to the Maumco country at the time of
its first settlement , when ho wns a young
man jifst beginning the practice of law , and
ho grow up with It. His simple , loyal nature
turo was very attractive to the earnest ,
strong men who laid the foundations of that
Important scctiou of Ohio. Ho was active
nnd exceedingly helpful in every enterprise
that tended to build up the section. Ho took
) crsoual interest in the good fortune or
licrwiso of all those around him , and every
man in the city of Toledo and in the old
Mnumco valley felt that ho was his friend ,
nnd on the other hand wns the warm friend
of the chief Justice. No party or other
division of the community was allowed to
Jbscuro this feeling. Any promotion that
lie received was regarded as a personal com
pliment to every ono of them. Never , prob
ably , in any section was there moro general
satisfaction a nd rejoicing than when ho re
ceived his first national recognition by Gen
eral Grant ns ono of the commissioners to the
Geneva arbitration. Ono and all accepted it
not only as the selection of the fittest man
for the position , but also as in some sense a
proper appreciation of a man who had so long
stood foremost among the people of that lo
cality. His career abroad was closely
watched by all of them , and when ho re
turned homo with the laurels of n well earned
triumph , hoTeceivcd a hearty and genuine
ovation from the entire people such as is
rarely given any man. The people all over
the valley came to Toledo to greet him and
their felicitations were in simple but admir
ing tribute to n successful nlan and real
heartfelt joy at the success of ono who was
so closely identified with them as n member
of their own family. This feeling has fol
lowed him all through his career and it was
manifested even moro strongly when Gen
eral Grant selected him for chief Justice of
the United States. His successful
discharge of the duties of that high place has
been regarded by them ns in a way their
own sncccss , and reflecting credit upon their
section and them ns Individuals. Whenever
ho has appeared in Toledo on a visit ho has
always been surrounded , by people of all de
grees and walks in llfo who \vero anxious to
take his hand und congratulate him as n
friend , und whenever ho went upon the street
ho was at ouco surrounded by n crowd of
gratified people. Ho mot the drayman und
the street car driver with the same warm
greeting that was given to the highest in the
land , and nil felt equally at homo iu his pres
ence , equally interested in nil that pertained
to him. Ho made each man feel , without re
gard to his condition of life , that ho was Just
ns warmly Interested in him ns ho possibly
could bo in nny person. His homo was al
ways open to anyone and his family were
equally sincere and earnest in their hospital
ity to every ono iu their community. No
man , woman or child went to his house with
out being received as a personal friend
nnd going away feeling happy in the
possession of their friendship. Ilia
charities were unostentatious but far-reach
ing. If every person for whom ho has done
n favor should lay a flower upon his grave It
would maUo a floral mountain. Ho was not
only helpful with wise advice nnd personal
service to the men who were engaged In the
great enterprises of the country , but ho was
constantly assisting , in a pecuniary way ,
those who had fallen under fortune's dis
favor. Many young men nnd women re
ceived their education out of his not too In
flated purse and his hand was always ready
to give pecuniary assistance to those in sere
need. It is for this reason that , though ho
had the largest and most lucrative practice
in northern Ohio , ho never amassed n for
tune , but has died Iu comparatively modcralo
circumstances. It Is very ruro that a man of
his great Individual strength und who has
been so constantly aetlvo in so many differ
ent ways has not Incurred lasting enmity
or made serious mistakes. But it has
never been possible to 11 ml In Toledo n man
who would say n word In dispraise of Mor
risen R. Waito. or could point out nnywhero
u mistake , a failure or an unworthy action ,
and what was true of him In a narrower tlulil
of work , where ho spent the greater part ol
his llfo , became equally true when ho wnE
elevated to the broader stage of action , nm :
comprised the whole country. Curlylo's
wonderful tribute to his father that "Into the
four corners of his llfo there was shone
throughout the light of the glory of God , "
seems to bo particularly applicable to the
chief justice. To this purity of llfo und un
failing loyalty to friends mid to duty is
added. It goes without saying that to the
wonderful ability which commanded the
praise of the ablest lawyers in England
whom ho met ns a foeman worthy of their
steel in thu forensic struggle at Geneva
they nil paid the highest compliment to the
ability with which ho encountered them nnd
seemed the substantial fruits of victory for
his own country. His career us chief justice
is known to all. His death will carry moro
real sorrow to the homes of the millions of
people in Toledo nnd the country tributary
thereto than the death of any other public
man or nny conceivable number of public-
men , for every ono of them will feel that
jllOy hvo lost an intimate and valuable jxsr
sonal friend. lni ? ! ! hla manhood ho was ni
earnest worker in the Episcopal ch'.H'-h and
did as much , to say the least , as any other
man in that section of the country to buih
that denomination up to Its present flourish
ing condition.
The circumstances of Judge
kliu tnuv. 4'iuBiu * ; - - ViMtit
Buece slvoly Attorney Gcuc nVIUiuins urn
Caleb Pushing , , both of whom encountered
much oppokltion , ' and after a tiuio their
mimes were withdrawn and Wolte was nom
iuatcd. Ho huU been aa independent rcpub
lean candidate- for congress npnlnstonoof
rtr. Sumncr's \varm personal friends , nnd
ind incurred the enmity of Sumncr. wlto nt
ho time also entertained no friendly rela
tions toward the Grant administration. The
iroccedlngs of the senate , though moro than
ft dozen years have slnco elapsed , nro still
: ovorcd by the veil of executive secrecy , yet
t wns well known that Sumner's speech
n opposition to Walto was one of the strong
est efforts of that remarkable man's llfo.
Ho dwelt historically upon the eminent
tcrvlccs and attainments of each ono in a
Ino of Incumbents of the ofllco of chief Jus-
.Ice , nnd spolcc In bitter terms of disparagc-
ncntof Wnito's qualifications. Sixty-three
icnators were present and listened for two
imirs with respectful attention to the sena
tor from Massachusetts. No voice % vfts
raised in defense of the nominee , yet when
.ho question of confirmation cnmo to n vote ,
which was immediately upon the conclusion
of Sumncr's speech , sixty-two senators voted
in the nnirmatlvo , nnd Sumncr did not vote
nt nil. How far nstrny Mr. Walto's opponents
were In their estimate of his character mid
attainments is strikingly displayed In the
sentiments expressed fay public men who
Imvo known him.
The attorney general and members of
the bar were present in the court room
this morning when the court assembled
nnd the scats outside of the rail were filled
with spectators. The choir of the chief Jus
tice was simply draped with crape , but In no
other respect did the appearance of the
chamber give indication of the mournful
nature of the occasion. When the court
and assemblage were seated , Justice Miller ,
In n low , broken voice , said : "It Is my pain
ful duty to announce to the bar of this court
that its honored chief Justice departed this
llfo this morning nt 0:80. : This Is not the
occasion to make any extended observations
on the subject , which will be done In duo
time. The court will adjourn until Monday ,
April 2. "
Both houses of congress have adjourned as
n mark of respect to the memory of the de
ceased chief justice.
When the news of the death of Chief
Justice Waite was received by President
Cleveland ho was very much shocked at the
Intelligence. The president nt once wrote u
letter to Mrs. Wnlto expressing his deep
sympathy for her in her sudden bereavement ,
which , ho sald..was not only a personal loss to
himself , but n great loss to the public ser
vice. The president will Issue an order
closing all executive departments of the
government on the day of the funeral.
The following oftlclal notice of the death of
Chief Justice Waite has been Issued by the
department of state by order of the presi
dent :
"To the People of the United States : The
painful duty devolves upon the president to
announce the death , at an early hour this
morning , nt his residence , of Morrison R.
Waite , chief justice of the United States ,
which exalted position he has filled since
since Mnrch 4 , 1874 , with honor to himself
and high usefulness to his country.
In testimony of respect to the memory of
the honored dead , it is ordered that the exec
utive ofllees in Washington bo closed the day
of the funeral nnd bo draped in mourning for
thirty days , and that the natignal flag bo
displayed nt half-mast on the buildings and
all national vessels on the day of the fun
eral. "
President Pro Tern Ingalls appointed Sena
tors Sherman , Hoar , Wilson of Iowa , Pugh
and Gcorco as a committee to represent the
senate at the funeral of Chief Justice
riUTsr.s or rnnuo ! * nN.
A number of senators who are in the city
were interviewed to-day and wore unani
mously deploring the death of the chief jus
tice , whom they highly extolled for his
judicial and social qualities. Senator Ed
munds , chairman of the Judiciary committee
nnd a warm personal friend of the late chief
justice , said : "My first acquaintance with
Mr. Walto was when ho was named as ono of
the Geneva arbitrators , about the year 1871-
n. Ho came on to Washington u practising
lawyer of national reputation , but of fair
state reputation , a man of solid strength
solid , though not ornamental law learning
nnd of the highest personal honor and recti
tude of character that everybody acknowl
edged. In the course of the proceedings of
the Geneva tribunal he had his first oppor
tunity to show his great capacity for affairs
and his understanding of the principles of
International questions. From President'
Grant's acquaintance with him on that occa
sion ho came to have for him the highest
respect and regard , and so It was natural ,
after his unfortunate efforts to find n suitable
chief justice , for the president to think
of Wnite. The president suggested his
name to several senators , and all , so far as I
know , of whom a friendly inquiry wns made ,
immediately and gladly fell in with the sug
gestion , though it intirht have bcemed to many
of the lawyers and public men of the United
States a somewhat hazardous experiment to
select a man for that great ofllco who had
been llttlo acquainted with public affairs and
who was so little known to the bar of the
country. Soon after his appointment ho
took his scat as chief justice. I have prac
ticed in that court from year to year ever
since , and have had perhaps as good an op
portunity us any lawyer or senator could have
to sco his public bearing and conduct , nnd to
know a good deal of his relations with his as
sociates as well as with the bar. I can say
with entire candor that I don't think there
ever was an instance iu nny time or country
where the relations of the presiding magis
trate , with the bar or with his asso
ciates , were uioro dignified and har
monious , and at thu same tlmo
perfectly friendly and cordial. His opinions.
I think , on broad questions of fundamental
law and of the application of the principles to
the affairs of men will stand well with those
of the most eminent of judges. In his per
sonal and private life ho was ouo of the most
gentle , cordial and approachable of men I
ever mot and his kindness of heart was so
great that in the midst of affairs and society
here , where ho must have known many in
stances of evil nnd impropriety , I don't re
member over to have heard him make n censorious
serious or unkind remark to any person In
the world or to mention circumstances or cm-
ploy witticism against or at the expense of
another , There is no word of criticism Mint
can bo said against him and there is every
thing to say for him In all respects that make
a just und upright judge und an honorable and
upright citizen. "
The southern senators wore particularly
kindly in their expressions of regard for Jus
tice Walto In all respects.
Secretary Bayard said : "I have the
highest respect and warm personal regard
for the late chief Justice , who filled his great
ofllco with honor to himself und great useful
ness to the country. Ho hud the wise in
stincts of a pure heart. "
Secretary Fairchild said ; "I was very
much surprised to hear of the death of Chief
Justice Waito. Our acquaintance , whllo
purely 8ocialwns , exceedingly pleasant , and I
had a very great regard for him. "
Secretary Endtcott said : ' had the
greatest respect for Chief Justice Wuito ,
both as n lawyer and ns u man , nnd I think
ho inspired general confidence , His death is
u great loss to the profession and to the
country. "
B Secretary Whitney said : "Tho death of
Chief Justice Watte is a great shock and n
case of great regret. His great quality , in
my judgment , was hla judicial temper und
evenness and fairness of mind , which was
natural to him. "
Postmaster General Dickinson.said ; "This
is n personal grief to mo , as it will bo to all
who have hud business before him or who
know him socially. Ho was n kindly , able
man , doing bis duty bravely and conscien
tiously. "
Secretary Vilas paid ! "For fourteen years
presiding over ono of the three greatest judi
cial tribunals of the earth , ho hus so borne
the functions of his great ofllco that under
the sharp observation of interest und feeling
the rovbl'C'itial ' respect of the country for our
ministers of jusTuCC iiavo been maintained
and advanced undei his administration. "
Attorney General Garland said : "fiiovci
know Chief Justice Wuito before ho was ap
pointed in January , 1874 , but since that time
I know him very well , I regarded him as a
most excellent lawyer , fair-minded and just ,
and utmost unequulod in tha discharge ol
what may bo called the executive- duties oj
the presiding onlccr of the court. In fact , ho
was ouo of the best administrative judges I
ever < taw. It will bo very dinlcult to fill hla
place , and J could not pay hla successor t
pu cfojul ttige. ]
More Burlington Men Go Out All
Along the Lino.
JCho General Impression That All the
Opcmtlnu Force Will Quit the "Q"
Ilond Engineers Greatly
Went Out nt Midnight.
CHICAGO , 'March 23. A strike was inaugu
rated among the switchmen employed by the
Chicago , Burlington & Qnlncy nillror.d nt
midnight. Humors of such a move have been
licard over since the beginning of the engin
eers' nnd firemen's strike , but not until the
last few days did they assume tangible
shape. Even to-day little Importance wns
attached to the reports and interest in the
matter had dwindled to almost nothing.
Owing to the unexpectedness of the event
the exact details of the situation nro
dlfllcult to obtain. The impression prevails
that the strike is general over the Burlington
system and will yet Include the brakcmcn.
[ Tears for this supposition lay in the fact that
emissaries from Chicago and elsewhere have
liecn known to bo nt work among the switch
men nnd brakcinen nloug the line for some
, ime past. Active sympathy has boon shown
jy thcso two classes of employes with the
engineers and firemen and in addition the
plea of self-protection on account of the
alleged Incompctcncy of the new engineers
and flrcmcn has frequently been made.
The inauguration of the strike was cele
brated by a rousing mass meeting under the
auspices of the brotherhood at the West
Twelftli street hall. Everybody but the
railroad men were excluded from the meet
ing. Guards were posted at the doors to
challenge nil strangers who attempted to
; aln admission to the meeting. The an
nouncement by the speakers that the switch
men were in full sympathy with the striking
engineers and firemen , and had decided to
stand by them was greeted with cheers of
Telegrams from points along the line wore
road to the effect that the switchmen were
united in sentiment nnd would go out promptly
nt the hour designated.
The meeting lasted 'until after midnight.
At midnight as many of the men as were at
work In the yards quietly left the trains and
quit work. The switchmen claim to have as
surances none of the many Knights of Labor
now employed on the Burlington road will
work with non-union switchmen.
The Situation in Oinnhn.
At 2 o'clock this morning a BEE reporter
vaulted the high stairs to the room and offices
of the yardmaster and switchmen of the
B. & M. , at the font of Howard street , and
found the whole crew at sleep. Ono
of the number xfpon being awakened
nnd told of thq dispatch received
by the BUB from Chicago that the switchmen
on the whole Burlington system had struck
nnd loft their postsjio .expressed surprise.
He plied the reporter with questions , and
wasn't a bit inclined to answer thoseof the
By this time the other men In the party
woke up , and from them it was
learned that they were laying oft for the rea
son that there was nothing for them to do.
Cornered , however , they said :
"If they have gone out in Chicago , why
we're with them , that's-all there's to it. "
"Will you handle cars should you receive
notice of the strikol" asked the reporter.
"No , sir , " was the emphatic chorus from
all hands.
As the" boys would not bo comtnunclntivo
any further the reporter took his departure ,
with the knowledge that since midnight no
cars had been handled though engines stood
ready for work in the yards.
No Signs of Weakening.
LINCOLN , Neb. , March 23. [ Special Tele
gram to the BUB. ] The report has been cir
culated and published in the city papers hero
that the brotherhood men were weakening
and departing clbcwhoro for worlr , A visit
to the hall shows to bo untrue. The
men arc all confident and waiting. To-day
ono of the most enthusiastic meetings ever
held by the brotherhood was attended by 800
men. Ex-Governor Butler wns a visitor to
the hall , with the general executive commit
tee of the state Knights of Labor. The
ofllccrs of the Knights of Laborhad Just com
pleted u three days' session in the city and
they came to the hall bearing resolutions.
Ex-Governor Butler was called upon to ad
dress the brotherhood and ho was
received with much applause. The
governor's address was complete
and scathing , and ho handled
the Burlington corporation without gloves.
The road ho said had been constructed and
operated upon n system of thieving. It had
been subsidized for more than Us cost nnd its
stock had been watered four times its origi
nal amount to pay 8 per cent dividend on this
stock nnd have 518,000,000 , surplus with
which to crush its men , The road had con
ducted a system of robbery upon the farmers
of Nebraska and upon the men who did the
work for the company nt the throttle. In
earning its dividends both the men who fur
nished the products for trains nnd the men
who handled the trains wore robbed for the
Boston syndicate. Men who took their lives
in their bunds were asked to work for less
than 42,000 n year , \vhilo Mr. Perkins and
Mr. Stone were paid $50,000 a year and , de
clared the governor , they never earned a dollar
lar in their lives.
The governor said ho had discussed the
wugo question with Mr. Perkins and that
Mr. Perkins in attempting to defend the low
wages on the road oald the people of the
west , the farmers nnd the railroad men , wore
too extravagant. To illustrate this extra
vagance Mr. Perkins told him that ho had
seen an engineer on the B , & M. roud buy a
silk dress for his wife.
"Great God , " said the governor , "has It
come to this , that it la a crime- for u working
man to buy a silk dross for his wifoi" Tim
governor said as for ) iim ho would willingly
see the strike spread to other roads , that ho
believed the government should control the
roads nnd that muii would then bo equally
paid for services. Ho wished godspeed to
tha men in their honest and peaceful efforts
for their rlglitw.
Grand Muster Workman Hubbard. of the
stnto Knights of Labor , addressed the meet
ing. Ho had only cordial co-operation to
offer. Ho wanted organized labor in every
Mold to win. The corporations corrupted
legislatures , corrupted courts und struggled
to throttle labor uud reduce it to the lowest
servitude ) .
S. C. Holdcn , of Kearney , also spoke. Ho
said organized labor would bettor humanity
and that un honest effort to get jubilee would
certainly win. The following resolutions
adopted by thfi esrtScUtlVO board of the btuto
Knights of Labor wore read :
Whereas , The railroads in this state , and
especially the B. & M. , have been built with
the people's money nnd the people's land ,
thereby creating tyrannical und aristocratic-
monopolies tb'nt are at the present unto
Icech-liVc , sucking the life blood of. the pro
ducers of the state instead of being useful ,
honest and conscientious servants of the
public which the law creating them intended
they should bo ,
Whereas , TLo B , & M. has been notorious
over nil the state for Its venality nnd disre
putable conduct in corrupting legislatures
and defeating the people's will In enacting
Whereas , The foreign ideas of the foroifm
stockholders of the Chicago. Burlington &
Quincy have been introduced Into the system
by n degrading classification not in accord
ance with our institutions ostensibly to bene
fit engineers nnd firemen but In reality to
ingeniously rob them of their wages which
they have actually earned for long , faithful
nnd meritorious service , therefore bo it
Hcsolved , By the oxcccutlvo board of the
Knights of Labor of Nebraska , that It is n
standing reproach to our stnto government to
tolerate the Illegal and oppressive conduct of
the B. & M. In discommoding the public by
practically blocking the wheels of transpor
tation in our stnto nnd Jeopardizing the lives
of the traveling public by employing incom
petent engineers.
Kcsolvcd , That we condemn the action of
the B. & M. corporation for Importing
dnmkcn nnd rowdy so-called detectives of
Pinkorton's gang insldo our state for the
reason that such action has n tendency to
cause n breach of the peace and Is an Insult
to every peace ofllcer in Nebraska.
Resolved , That wo nsk the producers nnd
consumers along the B. & M. railroad not to
patronize a railroad that treats organized
labor in such nn oppressive manner.
Kcsolvcd , That wo feel grateful to General
Master Workman Powdcrly for the manly
position taken in his letter condemning any
Knight of Labor engineer who may seek to
take the place of any of the striking employes
of the Chicago , Burlington & Quincy , and wo
strongly odviso every Knight of Labor ,
If any have taken positions on said road , to
Immediately quit his engine nnd thereby
ccnso bringing disgrace and dishonor on the
shield that protects every true Knight of
Resolved , That wo tender our hearty sym
pathy to all the striking employes of the Chicago
cage , Burlington & Quincy railway and its
branches , nnd urge our brethren to continue
their gentlemanly and lawful conduct and
wo assure them they can rely on the Knights
of Labor for generous support in their hour
of trial. GKOIIOF. W. BLAKE ,
P. S. Joxns ,
State Executive Board Knights of Labor.
The Other Side of the Picture.
RED OAK , In. , March 22. To the Editor
of the Bui : . : I noticed in the Chicago papers
of recent dates pictures of the rooms occu
pied by Chiefs Arthur and Sargent in that
city. The furnishing was represented as
very flno and the Inference evidently intend
ed was that organizations which were able to
bear the expense of furnishing such rooms
could not bo so badly oft after all. Now if thcso
pallors had any desire to do justice to the two
parties in this light they would have pub
lished other cuts representing the engines
dally crippled and the cars demolished by
the Burlington road in Us obstinate determi
nation to do business with the incompetent
men whom it has hired to take our places nnd
prevent us from securing our just demands.
But papers which have been giving their
space up to the railroad ? cversinccthostrlko
began can hardly bo expected to do this , and
wo will leave it to the BKK , which has al
ways been the able nnd fearless champion of
labor , to present the other side of the picture
to a fair minded public. A STRIKBU.
An Engineer Assaulted.
ST. JOSEPH , Mo. , March 23. [ Special Tele
gram to the BEE. ] Pat Brown , ono of the
Chicago , Burlington & Quincy engineers ,
while going from his homo to the ChicagoBur ,
llngton & Quincy round house this morning ,
was assaulted by four men and knocked down
with brass knuckles. Ho was afterward
picked up by a policeman. Brown was the
only'member of the brotherhood in this city
who refused to go out when the strike was
ordered. A deep gash was cut over his left eye
and while ho was on the ground ho was bru
tally kicked about the body and head. It was
thought at Jlrst that Brown was fatally in
jured , but attending physicians say he will
Burned the Journal Off.
HOLTOKK , Colo. , March 23. [ Special Tele
gram to the BEE. ] When entering this city
to-day engine 110 , hauling three coaches and
ono sleeper burned nn engine truck Journal
entirely off , the wheel falling beside the
track. Had it happened five minutes sooner
the entire train would have been ditched ,
while running at the rate of thirty-live miles
nn hour. The engine was manned by ouo of
the B. & M.'s new importations.
" \Vnnt the Kock Inland Enjoined.
CHICAGO , March 23. The Burlington road
has asked Judge Greshum to grant an in
junction restraining the Rock Island from re
fusing to handle its cars. It will have n
hearing to-morrow.
The Nude Departure of n Sensitive
New Yorker.
NEW Yoiiir , March 23. [ Special Telegram
to the BEI : . ] Ono of the strangest afflictions
on record is that disclosed in the person of a
well-known writer nnd politician , Thomas M.
Nichol , who has not worn a stitch of clothing
In two months. Ho resides nt Cambridge
hotel , in Fifth avenue , this city , conducts nn
extensive correspondence , nnd receives visitors -
ors , but always absolutely nudo. Ho was a
soldier in the war , was ono of the founders of
the hard-money league in the west , was
private secretary of Gnrfleld at Mentor in
1680 , and accompanied him to Washington.
Ho was nominated as Indian commissioner ,
but the senate did not confirm him. After
ward ho organized the Patriot's league In
Chicago , designed to circulate wholesome
literature to offset anarchism. A reporter
to-day found Mr. Nichol reclining naked
In a largo easy-chair , with a pad on his
lap. In n corner was a young man busily
writing. The room was excessively warm ,
Nichol is a thin nnd puny man with a droop-
incr blonde mustache. Alluding to himself
ho said : ' 'I ' have neb been able to got out for
several months , nnd cannot bear clothing. I
can hardly toll what is the matter with me.
I cannot suffer clothing to touch me , and
have given up trying. Once or twice I at
tempted to wear an undershirt and long
stockings , but had to abandon it. From the
region of the heart to below the hips my
flesh is especially sensitive. If oven a thread
touches that part of mo it doubles mo up in
stantly. A sudden noise or jar also con
tracts all my muscles. I and I can gut along
very well without clothes , I propose to keep
it up indefinitely. I can receive those wishing
to confer about politics ; can study with
greater facility than ever ; do not get tired
easily ; can sit in this chair fifteen hours at n
time writing and rending without fatigue.
My appetite is good , I Bleep well , nnd yet
some people imagine I'm crazy , " Hotel people
ple eay Nlchol's appetite is exceedingly good ,
A Murderer Seiitmiced.
NEW YoitK , Mnrch 23 , Gulseppo Longo-
bardl , convicted of manslaughter in the first
degree for killing young Barrett lust Octo
ber , was to-day sentenced to twenty years'
imprisonment in the state prison. After
the sentence was administered , Barrett's
father , Olllccr Barrett , made for the pris
oner with an open knife , with the manifest
intention of killing Win , but ho was dis
Hound and ilouhcd.
MINNEAPOLIS , March 23. The Journal's
Eau Claire ( Wis. ) special says ; This morn
ing John Dagloy , agent of the Chicago , Mil
waukee & St. Paul railroad tit Portcrville ,
was found bound and gagged with cords to a
cot in the station , where ho sleeps. He was
bound at midnight by three masked men , ud )
robbed of 1150 , a gold watch nnd two revel
Womuii Suffrage in England. .
Losno.v , March 8& The bill granting tha
franchise to women had Its Jlrst , reading In
the lords to-day , ,
Ho to Snld to Surpass the Wonderful
Performances of Hoffman ,
tCojrfcM | JSSS by Jtimt * Unnlon Utnnttt , I
LONDON , March 23. [ Now York Herald
Cable Special to the BKB. ] Art and muslo
had exceptional sway hero nt the sale of
Lord Hastings' ' well known collection of
Limoges enamels , ivory carvings , oriental
iwrcclaln , etc. The collection brought about
} 75,000 , many articles going for extraordinary
[ irlces. For instance , n ewer by Plcrco
Raymond , painted with Venus In a car
drawn by stnpa nnd attended by nymphs 11
Inches high , was sold for $1,250 ; n set of
eighteen plaques in ono frame by L. Lim
ousin , painted In colors and gold with scenes
from the llfo of Christ from the designs of
A. Duror , each plaque 0) inches high nnd
5) ) inches wide , signed nnd dated 1635 ,
brought ? 0SOO. A crasso early enamel ,
minted with martyrdom and burial of n
saint figures engraved , 7 > Inches long ,
lirought $3,050. A pair of largo Jars and cov
ers of the same pordolnln , painted with birds
nnd flowers In blue and medallions of land
scapes , 48 Inches high , brought $1,000.
Otto Hegncr , the now boy wonder as n
ilanlst , cloven years old , gave n concert nt
Princess hall. A distinguished musical critic
who had heard young Hoffman also remarked :
"Otto is not ono of those commonly clever
children , who nro forced forward by their
parents to satisfy n demand for the Infi
nite , but ho Is unquestionably ft genius of
the highest order. Why , ho played a locattn
l > y Rubonstcln so as to recall that master's '
manner , bringing out every detail. Ho
brought out points in the prelude to the first
English suite by Bach In A minor , in n style
as though ho had done nothing nil his llttlo
llfo but play Bach. So with Mendelssohn's '
"Rondo Cappricioso" nnd Beethoven's "So
nata" in B flat. Technical difficulties do not
appear to exist for him. Ho plays every
passage with the greatest caso. His phras
ing Is more llko that of n matured
artist than of a mcro child. " I
found him a bright looking boy ,
of a nervous temperament. His face is full
with n childlike expression nnd nn air of con
fidence when ho sits at the piano I asked
his father whether he would go to America.
He smiled meaningly , nnd in broken English
said something about not wishing to bo put
in prison. Ho had heard , perhaps , a dis
torted version of the Hoffman caso.
A Connecticut Hunk in Trouble.
WII.LIMANTIC , Conn. , March 23. , The
affairs of \Vllllmantlo Savings Institu
tion were brought to a climax to-day by find
ing n shortage In the bank's ' funds of 150,000 ,
owing , it Is said , to unauthorized transactions
by Treasurer Rarce.
The institution has closed its doors to busi
ness. Affairs will probably bo straightened
out in a few days. There was n slight run
on the Dime Savings bank this afternoon ,
but all claims wore promptly mot nnd the ox-
citcmcnt soon subsided. Royce has not been
A Texas Treasury Surplus.
AUSTINTex. . , Mrrch 23. The governor
has announced his intention to cull an extra
session of the legislature for determlningwhat
disposition shall bo made of the treasury
surplus. When S1,000000 ; of -indemnity
Just voted by congress reaches Texas , the
surplus by the time of the regular meeting of
the legislature a year hence will bo more
than'53,000,030 , nnd the governor does not
feel justified in carrying this largo amount.
The Flood Chilled.
CAXAJOHAUIE , N. Y. , Mach 23. The cold
wave has materially reduced the rush of
water to the Mohawk river and may prevent
any more immediate damage. On account of
the floods trains on the Central road have
been running very irregularly , mid consider
able damage is reported from different points
in the state.
Serious Cutting Affray.
HOLVOKC , Colo. , March 23. [ Special Tele
gram to the BEH.J A serious cutting affray
occurred hero to-day. Dave McNcal , n
worthless gambler , attacked Mr. Charles
Miller , a respectable citizen and cut a fright
ful gash in his cheek and out at ono corner of
the mouth. McNcnl is under arrest.
The Erie Express Deal.
CHICAGO , March 23. John T. Valentine ,
vice president nnd general manager of the
Wells , Fargo express , passed through hero
last evening for San Francisco , having com
pleted the purchase of the Erie express and
its cntiro plant , which was consummated in
New York last week.
Fatally Burned.
DI-I.UTH , Minn. , March 23. [ Special Tele
gram to the BEE , ] An overturned kerosene
oil can destroyed the house of A. Longtin to
day by communicating with the fire in the
kitchen stove. The cntiro family were sev
erely burned , ono child fatally.
Providing For nu Emergency.
BKULIN , March 23. A decree authorizing
Crown Prince William to represent the em
peror in the transaction of official business
in the event of the emperor being unable to
act for himself , will shortly bo issued.
A German Cabinet Council.
-BEIIMN , March 23. The Prussian min
isters went to Charlottcnbcrg to-day , when
the first cabinet council under the now em
peror was hold. A proclamation granting
amnesty to political nffcndcrs is- being pre
Thirty-Nino Villages Swept Away.
VIENNA , March 23 , The Szamos river
flood has destroyed thirty-nine villages. The
Raab river has Inundated six villages in
Odeuburg , The cntiro county of Bekes will
resemble n lake for some time to come. The
suffering of the Inhabitants Is intense.
Wreck of TrnliiH.
PiTTsnuiio , March 23. Two passenger
trains on the Pittsburg & Lake Erie raihoud
collided near Wupum , Pa. , forty miles from
hero , this morning. One man was killed and
nine others seriously Injured , The accident
was caused by a misunderstanding of train
Henry Bcrgh'N Nephew Succeeds Him.
NEW YOIIK , March 23. Henry Bergh ,
nephew of the fate Henry Bergh , has been
elected president of the society for the pre
vention of cruelty to animals ,
The EngllHh Turf.
LONDON , March 23. The grand national
steeplechase for 1,01)0 ) sovorigns , run nt the
Liverpool spring meeting to-day , was won by
Reform In Kentucky.
LOTJSVII.LE , Ky , , Marcli 23 , This morning
the Kentucky legislature suspended tho'rulcs
and passed a resolution calling for an Imme
diate und full investigation of all the state
Gould Returns to Now York.
Jfuw YOIIK , March 23. Jay Gould and
party arrived homo to-night.
Weather Indications.
For Nebraska : Fresh to brisk easterly
winds , warmer , fair weather , followed by
rain or snow.
For'Iowu : Fresh to brisk easterly winds ,
warmer , fair weather , followed by rain or
For Eastern and Southwestern. Dakota :
Warmer , with snow , followed by colder
weather , light to fresh variable wlads.
The Dread Disease- Breaks Out aft
the Capital.
Active Monmircs Taken to Prevent tut
Epidemic Prospects of Another
County Sent \Vnr-Qulti ljg
Itanium's Peculiar Coll.
Smallpox nt Iilticoln.
LINCOLN , Neb. , Mnrch S , . [ Special Tcliy
gram to the Bnc.1 There Is no doubt but
smallpox Is In this city. Two days ngo *
transient Iniiy at ono of the hotels wns found
nick with the disease and a pest house was
provided for her. To-dny n second cnso wns
discovered In a residence on South Tenth
street nnd the mini afflicted lias also been
taken to the pest houso. There la no dotibb
but n number of others have been exposed by
this lust case nnd prompt notion will bo del
inaudcd on the part or the oulclals.
Another'War Ilrnwltir. (
GIUNT , Nob. , March 2. ) . [ Special Telo-
jrntn to the HUB. ] Following close upon the
icols of the county scut war hi this county , n
great struggle of the same nature hits just
coino to the surface In Cnaso county , south
of Perkins. Imperial has always been the
county seat , but last year the 13. & M. sur-
voycd and udoptcd a line running within
; mlf n inilo of that town , and the Lincoln ,
Land and Townslto company Induced the
jroperty holders of Imperial to vacate that
Lownslto and move down to the
track , which they agreed to do.
A secret society was formed
In favor of another town nnd their orgnnlra-
Lion wns so perfect that they put sixty men
In the Hold last Saturday after 4 o'clock ' and
got 200 names to a petition calling for n
special election. This created the utmost
consternation in Imperial nnd Town Site
Agent Taylor caino to Grant yesterday nnd
telegraphed for H. O. Phillips , secretary of
of the Lincoln Land company , who arrived
at this plaeo to-day nnd immediately loft by
stage for Imperial.
Dill Boliniinon Escape Tills "Way ? n
NnmiABKACm- . , March 23 , [ Special
Telegram to thcBii : . ] Another interesting
link connected with the cscnpo of Qulnn Bo-
limmon was brought to the notice of Jailor
Dolim to-day by n colored prisoner In the.
county jail who occupies Bolmnnon's old coll.
Ho discovered that the largo bolt which
holds tho. bar across the cell door was n.
wooden ono with n nut much too largo nnd
could easily bo removed by a prisoner in the
cell , thus letting the bar down , and opening
the door and into the corridor , after which it >
was an easy matter to get outside of the jail
The nut end of the bolt in the corridor wna
whitewashed llko the remainder of the door
nnd the end in the cell was stained with ink
in imitation of iron. It is supposed that Bo-
hannon invented the soliemo of substituting-
tno wooden bolt for the iron one and was as
sisted by some ono insitlo to curry it out.
Sclmyler's Public School Exhibit ,
SciiuYLEii , Neb. , March 23. [ Special Tele
gram to the Bni : . ] The annual exhibit'of
thq Schuyler public schools was held In
White's hall to-Jay. AH the standing room
of the hall , about two thousand , wns fully oc
cupied with maps , charts and drawings , and
about four hundred square feet of table room
were filled with examination pnpors and
written work. Among the special features
of the exhibit were a life-size portrait of Dr.
Miles , president of the bchool board , drawn
by n thirteen-year-old scholar , and relief
maps of the continents and the United States ,
molded in putty , showing the relative elevations -
tions nnd depressions of the earth's surface.
Taken throughout , the exhibit is much finer
and larger than last year. Some of the worlj
will bo taken to Fremont to the state teach
ers' association , where they have been al
lowed two hundred square feet of hanging
room and llfty feet of table room.
Indian Slcnlutons Found.
GENOA , Neb. , March 23. [ Special Tele
gram to the Ben. ] While excavating for a
public cistern on the hill north of town work
men last evening , found , about three feet
below the surface level , ton Indian skeletons
toccthor with fragments of cofllns nnd clotli-
ing nnd also * the usual supply of trinkets.
Relic hunters are numerous on the hill to
day. Most of the bodies were found buried
after the time renowned aboriginal fashion
in u sitting posture with face'to the west ,
though a few liad indulged in the luxury ot
pido coflins.
The Campaign In Nclirnnlca City.
NKHKASKA CITV , Nob. , March 23. [ Special
Telegram to the BEE. ] A mass meeting of
citizens held last night nt the court house
placed in nomination the following nonpartisan
tisan city ticket : For mayor , Hon. T. B.
Stovcnson ; Alderman , First ward , B. S. , * JU. * . \jllt , bluuuul UI , i' I CU J1U111V1 ,
school board , Hon. D. P. Rolfo nnd J. J.
It was the largest , most enthusiastic anil
best conducted municipal convention over
hold in this city. The ticket is composed or
thothrco parties and of the best business mei\
nnd people. The intention is to frco the city
from ring rule.
Another Victim of the Bll/.znrd.
NOIWKN , Neb. , Mnrch 23. [ Special to tbo
BEI : . ] The body of Mrs. Chandler , the ?
woman who was lost In the blizzard of Janu
ary 12 , was found Sunday , about half n mlle
from the place from where she started to go *
to her homo. She had gone In the opposite
direction from her homo. She wan found-
by her husband. When found Hho was in ai
sitting position , with her hands wrapped up
in u Blmwl. The mice hud eaten her face and. '
eyes ,
Deadwood Wants the Convention. I
Diumvoon , Dak. , March 23. [ Special Tel
egrnm to the BEE. ] A powerful effort to ]
being made to have the republican erritorlnlj
convention to elect delegates to Chicago held\ \
hero. Mayor Star has been working quiotlvp
but zealously for some time to accomplish )
this object and ho has many assurances olj
success. The people hero uro u unit on tboJ
question , Deadwood feels thut she it en-l
titled to the convention , as the Black Hills1 ,
have never had a oinglo territorial convent
tion. A reduction of faro to ono mid ona * .
third for the round trip has been secured ajja ;
a royal welcome will bo given the delegates"
if the convention comes here. i
West Wan IN Itlalne.
> , O. , March 23. At the meet
ing of the campaign committee of the Buck
eye club to-night u letter from Judge William
II , West , who presented Hlnlno'a name to
the Chicago convention in 1884 , was rcafl , m
which he soys in part : "My fixed and un
alterable conviction la that jJlalne ought to
accept the nomination , for thoieason that I ,
believe that ho can carry moro electoral
votes than uny ether candidate. With 185 , i
southern electoral votes against us our margin -
gin is too small for the indulgence of stnta-
pride , or 'favorite sonlsm.1 Wo mu t notnl-
note u candidate who can win. "
An Abandoned Koliooner. , ;
CHATHAM , Mass. , Marches. The schooner
from Rocklnnd for New York , loaded
with lime , came ashore on the Chatham hair
during a snow storm last night. Sh watt
boarded by a life-saving crew , The vessel
was found lo have been abandoned and her
cargo on lire. It > 1& feared the crew'Ujs bpca
lost. '