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THE OMAHA DAILY BEE
EIGHTEENTH YEAE. OMAHA , TUESDAY MORNING. FEBRUARY .19 , 18SO. NUMBER 249
HOTEL IIORROR AT HARTFORD.
Fifty People Oruohod to Death
Under Falling Walls.
CAUSED BY A BOILER EXPLOSION.
Flio IlnliiH Knvcloprd In Flnines nml
Many of Urn IinprlHonnd U -
I'ortnrmlns llonntcd ( olcatli
A Tori'lble Disaster.
IltTVJToiin , Conn. , Fob. IS. Just before
daylight this morning tills city was startled
by the sound of n monster explosion , and
Immediately the persons In that section near
llio capital wore further startled by the
sound of crashing walls and falling limber. * ,
mingled with theHureams mid nhoutsof men ,
coming from the vicinity of High mid Allyn
Btraots , which hud been tlio silo of the Purls
Those who hurried to the spot found n
huge pile of stone nnd brick and splintered
timbers , from which white clouds of steam
tirosc , Htrcakcd and blackened by wreaths of
Btnoko that rapidly grow more intcnso. Then
tongues of llamo leaped out hero anil there ,
gradually growing stronger until the ruin
was a roaring heap.
Cries and moans came from the pile which
made the bystanders slolc with horror. The
lire department was soon on the scene and
many streams of water were directed upon
the llaincs. As dayllgnt came on , the helpers
nt Ufo ruins could see behind it the annex to
the building In which were the servants of
the hotel , and which was spared. Portions
of tiers of rooms at the rear of the main
building hail remained standing , but the par
titions were torn away nnd the rooms opened
to the air. The lloors of many of them luid
partly given away unil tumbled the occu
pants and furniture upon the confused ruin
below. The frightened employes were safely
taken from the annex by ladders. Finally
the flumes wcro mastered by the llri'inciiand
sank down from sight within the rains.
where the water yet hissed and steamed
among the hot stones and brick.
. As Hoon as the ruins were suftlclcntly
cooled hundcds of willing hands sot.'nbout the
herculean task of removing the immense
imiHS of masonry , and the enormous throng
which had by this time gathered waited and
watched in breathless suspense. The llrst
person rescued was George Galncs , a col
ored porter , who died soon after being
tnlicn out. Helen Luport , Jenny Decker and
Jacob H. Turpin were taken oat and found
to bo only slightly injured. Kcclial Cramer
Jumped from window , breaking her leg. At
11 o'clock Harris Stillle , u traveler from Phil
adelphia , was rescued from beneath a muss
of a timber with foul slight injuries. Near
him was found the dead body of Dwight II.
liucl ? , who had evidently been suffocated.
By this time the crowd of spectators had
increased to such proportions as to greatly
impede the work of the rescuers. Accord
ingly the militia was ordered out to aid tlio
police , anil rendered excellent service during
the dayand night keeping Iho crowd within
Uy noon telegrams of anxious inquiry wcro
pouring in from every part of the country ,
and the friends of those supposed to bo in tlio
| ruins were arriving on every train , together
' ' with immense Crowds of curious people from
the surrounding towns.
The lower floor of a large wool ware
house wtfs made a temporary morgue. The
bodies wcro taken there as fust as recovered
nnd opportunity offered for identification by
friends. Those not identified were taken
charge of by tlio city. The injured wcro
promptly sent to the hospital.
The recovery of the bodies was slow owing
to the immense accumulation of debris , but
nt nearly regular intervals one or two bodies
were found during the afternoon. They
were found in the order of the list given.
This catastrophe was devoid of the harrow
ing details nnd thrilling rescues attending an
uncontrolled conflagration. One terrible
crash , smoke , flames , quick , rushing streams
of water , and nil was over. For this reason
the disaster simply overwhelms. The mag
nitude of the calamity cannot be realized. In
fact , its extent is not yet known. The regis
ter of the hotel 1ms not yet been found , and
Mr. Perry , the night clerk , is burled in the
ruins. Hut from the best estimates that can
bo obtained from tlio landlords and others ,
it Is probable that there wcro not far from
fifty people In the hotel proper.
Of these , perhaps lls'o may hnvo escaped
uninjured among the confusion of the early
morning hours , which would leuvo forty-live
unaccounted for. Ten nro In the hospital ,
and ii ) > to this writing ( midnight ) sixteen
dead bodies Imve been taken from the ruins ,
leaving nineteen still missing. IJut there
may be more than this.
The cause of the disaster was undoubtedly
the explosion of a boiler In the basement.
No engineer was on duty at the tune , the cus
tom be I ni ' , for the night engineer to bank his
ilrcs and go to bed. Ho does not sleep In the
hotel. Tills engineer , Alexander Timer ,
was arrested this afternoon on an
indictment for manslaughter. It has been
conjectured that Gaines , the colored porter ,
may have started tlio pumps , throwing cold
water nto the overheated boiler , and thus
causing the explosion. Hut this is only con
jecture. and Gaines is dead.
The force of the explosion was terrific. All
the people in that part of the city wcro
awakened by the shock. Hugo stones were
scattered and Iron pipes wcro bent and
twisted. Tlio windows in the adjoining
buildings and across the street were demol
ished and panes of glass smashed two blocks
It is believed to-iilglit that Mrs. Wccson , of
Sprmgllcld , wasnt tlio hotel with her llvo
coildron nnd a servant. She has not boon
seen. If this proves true , the aggregate
loss of lifo would bo raised by the addition
of these seven victims.
The experiences of the survivors were re
markable and the escapes miraculous. Wal
ter M. Gray occupied a room adjoining Lund-
lord Ketchum's. When ho invoiceho found
the bed shilling with him. When It became
stationary ho found himself pinned down by
the ceiling and Umbers In Mich a manner
that ho was unable to move. Ho soon heard
the voices of Mr. and Mrs. Kotchum , and
, . conversed with thorn concerning the chnncos
] of escaiia. Uoforo they wcro rescued the
water poured Into the rums by the firemen
had nearly covered his face.
The complete list of bodies taken out up
to midnight Is as follows :
mVIGUT II. DUKLL.
UKOUO10 GAINKS , the colored porter.
GKORIC KNGLHU , of Hartford.
JOHN W. HOUSMAN , a commercial
traveler of Huffalo.
LOUIS II. BRONSON , secretary of the
Hartford HIovo company , his wife nnd
GEOKOK ICKTOHUM , brother of the land-
KDDIKICKTCHUM , aged cloven , son of
OKQUQF W. ROOT , a commercial trav
eler from lionton.
A. II. TILLKTSON , a commercial traveler
MAXIMILIAN GALOny , proprietor of
tlio Hartford Herald , and his \vlfu.
MRS. ANDRUW WHITING.
Two unknown men.
The victims at the hospital are all doing
well , most of the Injuries beingf superficial ,
although utl itro suffering from ( . hill and ex
posure. Some of the bodies of the dead are
much disfigured and burned , but the faces of
most of them are not injured and wear a
llfolilio expression. Electric lights Imvo
been put In and around the ruins ami tlio
search will bo vigorously pushed all night.
At 2 a. m , tlio list of dead has boon in
creased to twentylive. . F.lKhtccii injured
are in the hospital , and ten persons are
'kuown to to still in the ruins.
An Alabama Cyclone.
liiiuitXoiiAM , Ala. , Feb. 18. It Is re
ported hero that a cyclone passed through
lilblo county , fifty miles south of hero , lust
night , doing great damage , Several persons
arc reported Killed and many injured. It Isle
lo to obtain particulars to night.
TIIH no.\nnu.TiMKs CASK.
I'lnlntlfTH Attorneys on tlio Knmtcil
I-MRC of Unecrinlnty.
CHICAGO , Fob. 18. [ Special Telegram to
Tun linn. ] The members of the February
grand Jury trembled in their boots this mornIng -
Ing when they stood up to receive the oath
from Judce Tuloy. He told the men that tlio
oath that they had just taken w.is ns strong
ns anything ho might say , but that during
the present silting they would probably hiivo
some business to take care of that would re
quire fearless men to deal with. Should the
subject which ho had In mind bo laid before
them [ bore It was understood that ho re
ferred to the Itonlield-Schttnck-Tinics easel
ho warned them not to expose secrets of
the gr.ind jury room , because any violation
of duty in that regard would bo severely
"It must bo apparent to every observing
mind , " sold he , "that the right of free speech
and of a free press nro undergoing a very
severe trial nt this time throughout our land.
Kxporlonco has heretofore demonstraled that
it Is bolter to leave these rights untram-
mclcd by any legislation in the nature of n
censorship , leaving the parties guilty of mi
abuse of these constitutional privileges to
suffer for such nbuso thereof Dy being held
responsible , criminally and civilly , as pro
vided by law. Hiitwlnlo the law deems It
necessary thai the licentiousness of the
press shall bo restrained , yet it is important
that the press should bo kept free , fearless
and untrammcled in any honest effort to
expose oflleinl corruption , if any exist. You
will rccoivo the law as applicable to the facts
from the state's attorney , and , as to your
duty ns to those facts , I can only charge you
that you respond to your oaths , to present
no indictment through malice , hatred or ill-
will , nor to leave tiny Indictment unpro-
sonled through fear , favor and alfec-
lion , or for any fee or reward , or for any
hope or promise thereof , but in all your pro-
scnlmunU you shall present the Irutn , the
wholetrulh , and nothing bill llio truth. "
Judge Tuley further said : "If any person
shall try , directly or indirectly , to Inlluenco
your action 11 will bo your duty to make the
same known to the court without hesita
Ono of the Honfield attorneys was in the
room , nnd from the remark overheard by the
reporter the lawyer dm not talco kindly to
the court's inst ructions.
"Will you go before this grand jury with
your chitrcos against the Tiniest" was asked.
"That all depends"ho replied. "Wodon't
yet know tins temper of the men on thai Jury.
Men are very different , you know. Wo will
probably know in four or llvo days just what
itep Is lo be taken , and how soon. "
THIS CAJJINI'U' SLATES.
They Unanimously AKVCO on Five of
I lie lOiiilit , I'ortliilloH.
Ixni.tXAroi.H , Fob. IS. Speculations as to
General Harrison's probable cabinet still
continue to be the engrossing theme In po
litical and Journalistic circles. The efforts
to name a complete cabinet are widely
variant , especially as to Ihe portfolios for the
interior , Justice and agrlculturedepartments.
There is , howovcr , n harmonious opinion as
to the other llvo portfolios , scarcely any ono
being found now who is willing to gainsay
the present conviction that Blnino will bo
secretary of state ; Windom , secretary of the
treasury ; Husk , of Wisconsin , secretary of
war ; Thomas , of Illinois , secretary of tlio
navy , \Vannanuiker , postmaster general.
There is pretty good foundation for coup
ling General John 'W. Noble , of St. Louis ,
with the interior secretaryship , and the per
sistence with which the naino of W. II. II
Miller , of this city , is being coupled with the
attorney generalship causes many to bcliovo
that the report has real foundation , but the
best authorities give the department of jus
tice to Judge Kstcc , of California.
Nearly all the cabinet makers- for some
reason , Imvo Warner Miller on the slalo for
Ihe now agricultural portfolio , and now a
few give also ex-Senator Platt ono of Iho
Among the callers on General Harrison
to-day were ox-Governor Rcdtlcld Proctor ,
of Vermont , who is en route homo from Cali
fornia ; John W. Dinsmoro nnd J. II. Cheney ,
of UloominKton , 111. , nnd Colonel J. II.
Smilhcr , of New Mexico.
At a lalo hour to-night it Is learned that
since the lone talk to-day between Governor
Proctor , of Vermont , and General Harrison ,
certain and well-informed gentlemen have
slated Mr. Proctor for secretary of
the navy in place of Congressman
Thomas , of Illinois. Tlio superior
qualifications of Thomas for this position , by
reason of strong and laborious service in the
committee on naval affairs , are conceded , but
meagre representation in the cast , together
with the fact that Thomas' appointment
would necessitate a special election in his dis
trict , nro being used ns arguments why
the portfolio may go to Vermont.
Another important rumor late to-night
Is that W. O. Uradley , of Kentucky , has been
tendered and accepted the attorney general
ship. Nothing can bo done to verify these
reports to-night , howovcr.
The Miickry System's At ' , < [ iilHltloiiK.
ST. Louis , Fob. IS. A dispatch from
Kvansvillc , Ind. , says that In addition to the
purchase of the Louisville , Kvansvlllo & St.
Louis road , which was announced last Satur
day , the Mticko.v system also secured pos
session of tlio Illinois & St. Louis line , run
ning botwcen Belleville. III. , nnd St. Louis.
President Uranch , of the laltcr road , prac
tically certifies to this report , and says that
while the consolidation has not boon actually
effected , yet the deal will bo closed before
the urcsont month expires.
The Kvansvillo & St. Louis does not'como
to Belleville now , but the gap between that
place and Mount Vcrnan , ill. , will bo filled
during the coming summer. When this Is
completed the Muckey system will have an
cntranca into St. Louis and the benefit of all
terminal facilities of the Illinois & SI. Louis
Hearing I'oMpon rd.
WASHINGTON , Feb. IB. Klein , tlio Amer
ican newspaper man whose adventures in Sa
moa have been the subject of international
comment , will not anpcar before the senate
committee on foreign relations , at least for
the present. Ho toleg raphcd Secretary Bay
ard that ho had boon summoned to testify
concerning mutters In Samoa , but the secre
tary was iidvlucil that the committee did not
deem it polllic or polllo to take any further
slops in the S.imoan matter pending the 10-
sult of the conference to be hold In Berlin.
CIIICACO , Feb. 18. The visible supply for
the weak ending February 10 , us compiled uy
the secretary of the Chicago board of trade ,
is as follows :
Wheat . 3.1,435,000
Corn . 14,5StllK)0 )
Oats . 8,153,000
Rye . ' . . I.TIL'.COO
Unrloy . 2,103,01)0 )
Homo nnd Cuttln TlileveH Capturod.
DK.tuv.'oon , DIK. : , Fob. IS. [ Special Tele
gram to Tin : HBB.J V-lmer Lewis and Char-
Iny Stewart , horse and cattle thieves , wcro
captured by the sheriff's posse on Indian
crock , lifter a sharp exchange of shots , and
jailed last night.
(3ivo.4 It Up.
PAWS , Fob , IS. Meline , rooognlzitig the
Impossibility of forming a cabinet on u basis
of tlio concentration of the several republi
can groups , has abandoned the attempt. It
Is oxpcctdd that President Carnet will appeal
to Houvier to form a ministry.
In Kavor of Prohibition ,
M.\riiwonu : , III. , Feb. IS. At the election
hold at Mapiewood to-day , to dccidu the
question of prohibition , the vote was 147 forte
to 10 against it.
- . ftT .
Kln > ; Otto Helplessly Insane.
LONDON , Feb. 13. A dispatch from Munich
nays that King Ot'.o , of Bavaria , hut been
piovod , without a doubt , to bo helplessly iu-
BARNES BLOCKS THE WAY ,
IIo Opposoa the Immediate Admls-
eion of South Dakota.
FORT OMAHA'S PROPOSED SITE
Tlio Secretary of AVar Disapproves of
the Clark Tract nnd llcuoiu-
n Site V'nrthcr
From the City.
WASHINGTON HUIIKVU Tits Ouvrrt BBB , l
51l ! FOUIITKGNTII STIiniJT. >
WASHINGTON , U. C. . Feb. 13. )
The Dakota men who are in Washington
are very much put out to-night over the ac
tion of the house conferees to-day. It seemed
this morning as though ihere was only a lit
llo formal work lo do before the tcrrltoria
bill would bo agreed to , but owing to the un-
warrmiled position assumed by Mr. Harucs. .
of Georgia , ono of the house conferees , things
begin to look rather bad for South Dakota
after all. Hnrnes is determined that ho will
not mrrco to any proposition looking to the
immediate admission of South Dakota , not
withstanding the positive instructions of tlio
house lo Iho conferees. Mr. liarnes
happened to bo absent nt the
time when Iho resolution of Instruction was
adopted , and ho makes this a reason for
sorting that ho is not bound by lhat action
Springer professes to DO willing to acquiesce
in the wishes of the house , which voted foi
the division and immediate admission
South Dakota , by n majority of forty-nine
Hut it is feared by llio Dakola men llml ho wil
bo influenced by Hnrncs , and lhat it will bo
Impossible lo agree on n report. No Una
action has yet been taken. The conferees
will meet again to-morrow , nnd Mr. linker
the republican member on the part of the
house , expresses the opinion that an agrco
merit will bo reached and that May 15 will bo
fixed as the day for holding the election for
stale ofllcTs in Iho lorritory and for the rati-
licalion of Iho Sioux Falls constitution.
COXCKltMNO 1-OUT OM tllt'S NIW ! SITi : .
Tno president pro loin before the sennto
lo-day rend a leller from the secretary o
war under date of February 15 , which read
as follows : "In reply to the resolution ol
the senate dated the 8th inst. , calling for nl
the correspondence- reports pertaininf ,
to the relocation of Fort Omaim , Neb. , anil
for an expression of my opinion in regard to
the mailer , I Imvo Iho honor lo stnto that
Iho act of congress approved July Ii3 , 1SSS ,
authorizes Ihe purchase of not , more than ( Ml
acres of land situated within ten miles of the
city limits , nt a price not to
exceed 50 < ilJiG. ( Generals Schollold , Crooks
and Hrook- ' , recommend the purchase
of I'JOO ncress of land north of Omaha , a portion
tion of which will cost $2'J5 per acre , and the
tolal cosl for the ! )0l ) ( acres would bo about
S100 000. This ground is situated ten mile ?
from the Omaha postoftlco. It can only be
supplied with water by the City Water com
pany , which proposes to furnish water nt
meter rales. The cost for water , judging
from the charges made at FortOmnlia , might
amount to $8,01)0 ) nor annum m addition to the
cost of five miles of pipe estimated at ? 3'2 ,
I do not recommend the purchase of tins site
nnd in my opinion it will bo botlcc lo pur
chase ground nt a greater distance from
Omaha where hind is not held at so high a
price and whcro good water may bo had in
abundance without the payment of a largo
annual tax. 1 enclose copies of the following
papers which will , it is believed , furnish all
tlio information called for.
1. Abstract of bids received in response
to the advertisement under authority of the
nctof.luly iiJI , 1SS8.
! i Keport of the major general command
ing the army , dated the lltli inst.
; ( . Kcport of the commanding general , De
partment of the Platte.
4. Tracing showing the land owned by
Mr. H. T. Clark , which is recommended by
the department commander to bo purchased.
5. Abstract of olfcrs rcceiveil for the sale
of land m the slate of Iowa , all of the land
covered thereby being reported by the com
manding general , Department of the Platte ,
as not suitable for a military post.
0. The recommendation of the command
ing general , Division of the Missouri.
All of the information contained in the
papers scheduled above by the secretary of
war and nol indicated in the nbovo lo'.tor has
been published by TUB linn. The secretary's '
letter and accompanying documents were re
ferred to the senate committee on military
affairs , which will likely recommend n larger
appropriation than was made lust year , for
Iho purpose of carrying out Secrelary Endi-
The only rcul hitch in the work of the
cabinet makers to-day was in the name of
Representative. Thomas of Illinois , who be
lieves that ho is slated for Iho navy. When
asked Ihis evening if he had been given any
intimation direct from General Harrison or
any ono authorized to speak for him , C.tptain
Thomas replied lhat he had not. Ho had
been told by a friend who very recently
talked with the president , that his mime was
under consideration and the prospects were
that he would bo tendered a position , that
was all Iho information ho had of a reliable
nature. The most of his Information ho had
learned from iho nowsnapcrs. Yet ho be
lieves ho will bo secretary of the navy. To
night the slate mimed in these dispatches
twenty-four hours ago has not been mater
ially changed. It now sUmds In this form in
the minds of these who knowmost of cabinet
lilalnc , secretary of state.
Windom , secretary of the treasury.
Husk , secretary of war.
Swift , secretary of tlio navy.
Noble , secretary of the Interior.
Wnnamaker , postmaster general.
liaxtor , attorney general.
Miller or 1'almcr , secretary of agriculture.
Senator Stanford believes that Mr. Swift
lias already been selected for the navy , and
the California senator will nave as much if
not more Influence than any other man In
naming u cabinet olllccr from the Pacific
slope. It is staled upon what seems lo be
good autliorily lhat ex-Senalor Plall refused
iho navy because ho wus offered It with the
understanding that if accepted ho should not
atlompt lo conlrol iho palronago for Now
York , No ono well in formed on the subject
believes llml Mr. Platt will be in the cabinet.
At Iho Bcnalo Ihis afternoon it was
staled la republican circles lhat further
protests had been sent to Indianapolis
against Mr. Windom. Tills tlmo his busi
ness in Wall slrcet is urged as a reason why
ho should not bo In iho cabinet. It is feared
by some lhat the country might regard the
ox-senator ns under Iho Influence of iho Now
York Cily brokers nnd bunkers , and it Is
argued that 10 make him secretary of llio
treasury would bo , iralng into the very heart
of lliu spot General Harrison lias been rep
resented as desiring lo avoid. Nevertheless
Washington believes that Mr. Windom has
been Invited Into the cabinet and has ac
cepted the treasury portfolio.
People hero have come to the conclusion
that Colonel New has refused iho treasury-
A Michigan member of the house , who is
very intimate- with General Alger , and who
talked with him a few days ago , says :
"Soimlor Sherman kept Alger out of
Iho cabinol. About two weeks ago General -
oral Alger heard that Senator Sherman
hud sent a protest against him to Indian
apolis and ho iisucd his friend , .Senator-elect
McMillan , to go to General Harrison about
it. Ho authorized Senator McMillan , In the
event it was learned that Sherman hud pro
tested , to state lo General Harrison that
General Alger could not accept u plaeo In -
the cabinet in the fuco of an objection from
so distinguished u republican as the senator
from Ohio. The day after McMillan re
turned to Detroit from Indianapolis General
Alger wrote his letter to Senator Stock-
bridge , which has been mentioned in the
press and which staled that ho ( Algor )
would not be u member of the cabinet , "
MIU.S "TUItNEI ) DOWN. "
Chairman Mills.was compelled to abandon
lily ro < cct to bold a caucus to-night to
Instructions to the democratic members o
the house on the tariff question , bv dint o
superior force on the part of Mr. Randall
This afternoon Randall and Oowles llio
lallcr iho aulhor of tbo free lobacco bill-
went about the tiouso and scoured pledges
from over eighty demooratic members lhat
If the caucus in-night should adopt a rcsolu
tlon not to give tlio free tobacco bill nn op
portunily for final acllon , that they would
hold a caucus of instruction and support Ihe
free tobacco bill in the event of Its belnt ,
taken up for action. Mr. Mills t > a\\
lhat Iho real object of iho can
ctis was defeated iu advance , am !
Instructed his followers to declare the cal
for n e.iucus off. If there had been n caucus
held to-night , it is very probable a collision
would have occurred between the Mills ami
Randall forces , as the latter wcro ilotoruilncil
that no action should bo taken whieli would
IIo Iho hands of those who wcro in favor o
the free tobacco bill. In view of tlio fact
that tariff revision Is an absolute imtiossl
bllity , so farns Ihis session Is concernedMr
Mills has again been turned down by ills own
party in the house. Mr. Randall and Mr
Cowlcs arc in high feather to-night , and an
notinco that It is very probable that the fret ,
lobacco bill will be lukcn up and passed be
fore the end of this session. If Iho house
passes Ihis bill Iho senate will undoublcdly
adopt it , if only n few hours re
main before iho 4lh of March , ns
Iho senateIs in favor of the
reduction of Iho revenue. It seems lhat Mr
Mills had been "luriicd down" all iiromu
nnd Ihis last fatix-pas is.tho most humiliating
to Ihis great free irado ndvoc.Uo of any Unit
have lakcn place during the Fiftieth con
gross. This Is simply lidding what Mr. Mills
regards us insult to injury.
WANTS A DIVOUCK.
Tlio notorious Major Reno , formerly of the
Seventh cavalry , who was cashiered fron
the army some years niro , tiled a bill to-dn >
In the courts of tlio district , ' asking tor a
divorce from his wife , to whom ho
was married in 1SS3. bho was a
widow by the name of McGunnigle
and ho claims that after residing with him
two years she deserted him nnd went lo
Hnrrisbiirg. whcro siio has since resided ,
and has refused lo return lo his bed am !
board. These who are familiar with the
facls do not sympathize with Major Reno il
Ihis movement , for his brutal treatment o
his wife was u matter of notoriety before
she left him. She Is now at the home o !
some relatives iu Harrlsburg , and no 1ms
done nothing toward her support for sovera
years. Major Reno is a clerk in tlio pcnsioi
A HIST TO NEIintSKA lini't'lll.tr'AX.I.
A great many letters are being written
every day by men In Nebraska who aspire to
appointment under the incoming administra
tion , which are unnecessary and so much
work thrown away. It should bo remem
bered that the ihrco republican members o
congress in Nebraska will conlrol Iho ap
poiritmeiit of all the postmasters iu Ihe state ,
nnd that it docs no Rood to write to the twc
senators about postmastorships , as they will
taltc no part in securing these places , the
postofllccs being , by tbo oldest rttlo in poli
tics , within the control of the members of
the house representing the districts , where
the politics of the members nro in harmony
with that of the administration , as is true
with Nebraska's three members of the next
lower house of congress.
A DKMKIC OF QPKICR SGRKRRS.
Besides the flood of applications being re
ceived , from Nebraska for postofllces , ninny
of which are sent to the senators , there have
been received already over three hundred
applications for the land oftlccs in the state ,
about twenty for the United Stales marshal-
ship , moro lhaii that number for the collect-
orship of internal revenue , and hundreds of
applications for positions in the railway mall
service , notwithstanding the fact thai lhat
service will be within the civil service law
after Marcn 15. I am afraid that thcra are
to bo many disappointments ou the part of
aspirants in Nebraska' . '
Mr. and Mrs. O. J. Collman , of Uroken
How , arrived last night nnd are visitingMrs.
Colluinn's parents , Senator and Mrs. Pad
dock , at the Porlland. Mrs. Collman is very
pleasantly remembered as a society favorite
in Washington during tlio last session of con
gress , prior to her marriage. She will re
main hero till after the itmugration.
Senator Quay and General Dudley were in
telegraphic communication this afternoon
with some Nebraska republicans over
the question of the Hon. John M. Thurs-
Ion going into the cabinet as secretary of the
interior. Hoth of these gentlemen and Ctiaun
cey M. Depew and manj' others have en
dorsed Judge Thurston.
W. AV. Baldwin , of Burlington , In. , Is at
the Ebbcll. Ho is at the head of the land
department of the Chicago , Burlington &
Quincy. Before ho went Into tho. railroad
business ho was a law partner of Hon.
Bcnton J. Hall , commissioner of patents.
PJIUHV S. HtATir.
- * -
SIOUX SOK1P LOCATIONS.
An Important Decision Affecting
Their Valid Uy.
WASHINGTON , Fob. 18. The secretary of
the interior to-day rendered a decision In the
case of James W. Allen , et nl , of Glc'ndivo ,
Mont. , against Lewis Merrill , ot al , involv
ing an important nuestion of the validity of
locations of Sioux Indian half-breeds , scrip.
The defendants iu this case located Sioux
scrip upon unsurveyed public lands as attor-
noys-in fact for the , Indians , nnd under the
same power of attorney made the
improvements required by law. The
protcstnnls maintained that the locations
so made were invalid and Illegal on the
ground that It wus not shown that the im
provements were made for the benefit of the
Indians , as required by law. The secretary ,
in his decision , sustained the protcsliuils and
holds that Iho locations so made were iu
effect the result of u sale and transfer of the
script , which Is a direct violation of law.
Tlio secretary also decided the cases of
John F. Magee ot al versus Henry F. Ortloy
et nl , of Devil's Lake , Dak. , and
Ilydo & McDonald versus Knton
Slccram , of Dututh , Minn. , In which
nro involved substantially the same ques
tions. It Is also said at the Interior depart
ment thlit these decisions will effect Iho
titles to largo quantities of land lying im
mediately adjacent to towns on the North
ern Pacific railroad in Montana , Minnesota
and Dakota , nnon whieli scrip of Iho charac
ter described has been located and ilia lauds
sold as town lols. A largo number of cases
ire now pending In the general land office ,
which will also bo affected by these decis
A Hefactory WilncHS.
WASHINGTON , Fob. 18. A full meeting of
, ho sennto committee on public buildings and
grounds was held to-day to consider the case
of Witness Thomas Fisler , chief clerk of the
supervising architect's ofllco of Iho treasury
Iciiartmcnt , who last week refused to an-
iwer certain questions regarding the col-
ccllon or receipt pf political contributions
'rom employes In thp offlco when asked by
.ho sub-comuiltteo. , At the meeting , to-day
.ho witness was given another opportunity
.0 answer the question , but ho again re
fused. The commute thereupon wont
nto secret session , but just what has been
tctermincd upon has uot yet yet developed.
t Is reported Unit thu matter will .probably
> o settled In the senate nnd it Is Iho impres
sion that Fisler will bo arrested and brought
) ofora the bar of the senate for contomut.
There was presented to the commilteo to-
lay 11 letter from John A. Dlx , secretary of
the treasury In 1SU1 , to Speaker Ponnlngton ,
one of the enclosures of which has his fam
ous order containing the words , "If any man
muls down tlio American Hug , shoot him on
ho spot. "
Another enclosure In the same letter re
ferred to the voluntary surrender of the
revenue cutter Robert McClelland , by the
ofractory witness Hon. Thomas 1) , Fisler
--to the state of Louisiana , for which act ho
vat dismissed from the service. Ho served
vlth Iho confederacy throughout the war ,
ilthough u native of Pennsylvania.
Udltion'8 I'MtenlH Upheld.
LONDON , Feb. 18. A decision was to-day
mnded down by the appeal court , upholding
ho electric light patents of Edl on & Swan
against the Holland and Anglo-American
irush palcnis , thus reversing the decision
of the lower court.
IT WAS HIS IMPATIENT ZEAL
Why Chago Made a Prnctico of
ANOTHER CHASE IN TROUBLE
The I'rexldent ol' the Defunct. First
National nnl ; Union ItaiiUf o ( '
Fairmont Supposed to
GIINOA , Neb. , Feb. IS. Learning that
there was dissatisfaction among some ot Su
perintendent Chuso's friends In regard to
Ihe newspaper reports of the Itulinn school
investigation , your correspondent called upon
Mr. Cliuse last evening for his side of the
slory. Mr. Chase appeared to bo very much
surprised at the report lhat ho was a de
faulter to the extent of n single dollar , nnd
claims to bo able to account for every dollar
that has come Into his hands. Ho confesses
to have misappropriated money to u consid
erable amount , and says :
"I have exceeded my authority in many
cases , but it has been through my excessive
zeal fur the welfare of the school. I have
raised vouchers for Iho purpose of getting
money for needed repairs , etc. , ml her than
to go through nil iho "red Inpo" business of
gelling permission and appropriations , and 1
shall bo ublo to show that every dollar that I
have thus received him been spent for and on
government property , nnd an inventory of
the property will show nil increased value to
the extent of every dollar that 1 am short.
The report that I have held bade money be
longing to llio children is false. I huvo al
ways advanced Iho boys money during Iho
quarter whenever lliey asked for II , nnd Iho
result was that when pay day came many of
them had nothing coming and were dissatis
fied. No , sir ! I have never taken ono cent of
the government's money , but Imvo spent
some of ni.V own salary on improvements , nnd
1 go away from here a poorer man than when
I c.imo. as I haven't a dollar in the world ex
cept my January salary. "
Mr. Chase also staled , that , wore It not for
the change of the administration he should
feel confident of beinir reinstated. When in
formed lhat Iho reports published were put
iu circulation by Inspector Alallett , ho was
prettily excited and claimed that the inspector
specter denied over having made any such
There is no doubt that matters nro In a bad
way at the school and that there is a shortugo
to tne amount of many thousand dollars , but
whether It has been misappropriated or
slolen is n matter of conjecture.
1 Dedication W. C. T. U. Temple.
FuKMoxr , Neb. , Fob. IS. [ Special to Tin :
linnI The formal dedication of the W. C.
T. U. temperance tcmplo , of this city , took
place last night. There wcro present from
abroad Mrs. Caroline M. Woodward , stale
vice president ; Mrs. Alma G. Fitch , state
recording secretary , and C. J. Holt , the
temperance evangelist from Dccalur , 111.
Mrs , Mary Hitchcock , president of the stale
nnd local union , presided. The largo audi
torium of the temple was crowded. The
dedicatory address was delivered by Mrs.
Helen M. Gaugar , of Lafayette , Ind. , whoso
reputation for ability and zeal extends all
over the land. Her address was n masterly
ono , being confined principally to a historical
sketch ot the various temperance movements
which have swept over the country , dwelling
at some length upon the rise and wonderful
progress of the Women's Christian Temper
ance union. Tlio formal portion of the dedi
cation was performed by Mrs. Rev. T. H.
Hilton , of this cily , who , in n neat and ap
propriate address , dedicated the building to
the work of the W. C. T. U. The tcmplo is
the finest ono owned by any Woman's Chris
tian Temberanco union in the stale , and Iho
people of Fremont , as well as the members
of tho. organization , arc all proud of It. It
was erected at a cost of about $7,000 , with
but a slight indebtedness hauging'ovcr it.
Elopement at Louisville.
Lofisvn.i.B , Neb. , Feb. IS. [ Special Tele
gram to Tin : BEC.J William Bergman Is a
carpenter about thirty-five years of age , and
has a wife and four children. While Mrs.
Bergman was visiting in Iowa sdmo time in
December , ho had Lucy Johnson , aged
about cighlccn years , as housekeeper. They
grow very intimate. Mrs. Bargman returned
homo on the night of December 31 very un
expectedly , after which thcra was trouble in
the family. On Thursday night last
William and Lucy departed via the
Missouri Pacific for Dunbnr , and
wcro followed and found nt Stella , from
whence they wcro brought to this place and
lodged in the cooler for trial. No charges
being made against Miss Johnson , she was
released Sunday afternoon. The wife of
Bergman swore out a warrant for Bergman's
arrest , charging him with adultery. Ho will
have a hearing Saturday. Miss Johnson is
resting peacefully at her father's home ,
while Bergman has been taken to some other
town for fear of mobbing , us the lowu is in
an uproar over Hie case.
An Overdose of Chloral.
Pi.TTSMOUTII , Nob. , Fob. 18. fSpocial
Telegram to Tun Ben. I About midnight
lasl night Mrs. William Brantncr , of this
city , narrowly escaped death by taking nn
overdose of chloral. After retiring she boj
came quite ill , and as was her custom , arose
and took a dose of chloral to relieve her
Buffering. Not thinking it worth her while
lo light a lamp , she poured out what she
supposed lo bo about Iho correct amount In a
cup , with seine water , and drank it down.
Immediately after returning she felt the ef
fects of the drug , and informed her husband
that she believed she had poisoned herself
with an overdose. Upon lighting a lump ho
discovered she had taken nearly the whole
contents of the bottle. A physician was
summoned and nn antidote was given which
served the purpose , and It is thought she will
finl'i ; ItlowcrH ,
SOUTH Sioux CITV , Nob. , Fob. 18.
Special to Tin : HEI : . ] Burglars entered the
Citizens' bank at Ihis place last night be
tween 11 and 13 o'clock and blow the outer
doors off a largo safe. They got as far in as
the steel chest inside bcfora they were
hoard. C. I ) . Smlloy , being Iho first person
to discover something wrong , at once pro
ceeded to Invent schemes to captera them.
Ills plnns failed , however , and tlio birds es
caped. To-day the sheriff of Dakota county
and also the sheriff of Woodbury county ,
Iowa , are out looking for them. Tlio gen
eral opinion of the people In this vicinity is
that tiiero is an organized gang of lliievcs ut
work in Dakota county , as this Is thu third
safe that has been "cracked" in this county
this week. _
Thought to ilavo Flown.
FAIRMONT , Neb. , Feb. 18 , [ Special Tele
gram to TUB HiiH.J J , O. Chase , brother of
the defaulting president of llio People's
bank , and president of the defunct First Na
tional and Union banks , left Fairmont uav-
oral days slnco , ostensibly on a business trip
to McCook. It now transpires that ho has
not been there , and the opinion has become
general that ho has fled the country lo avoid
criminal prosecution for crookedness while
ircsldcnt of the First Nullonal. The affairs
if this Institution are being Invcsligatcd , and
t Is to this that Chase's departure is attrib
Governor Tlmycr at Norfolk.
Noitrouc , Neb. , Feb. IS. [ Special to Tim
JEK. ] Governor Thayer came up from Lin
coln yesterday ana visited the hospital for
nsunc , with regard to personal information
n regard to the recent tragedies , A largo
number of citizens called on him ut Cvlonel
Cotton's , where ho was a guest , The gov
ernor will take no action with regard to tlio
physicians nt the hospital , at least until after
their trial. In this purpose ho will bo Mi'-
tulned by the lendlngcitizeiHhero , who think
that Injiistica would bo done to remove them
under the circumstances us they nt present
$20.000 Urnnoli of Promise Suit.
DAKOTA CITY , Nob. , Feb. 18. - [ Special
Tcicgrnm to Tin : Her. . ] A $00,000 breach of
promise suit has been filed In the district
court by Miss Sallie McConahoy against
Judge T. Griffey , who was recently married
to a highly esteemed lady of this place. Tlio
plaintiff Is n maid of forty-llvo years , and
friends of the defendant claim the move Is a
blackmailing scheme , while Sallie avers that
nho has willingly waited on Thomas only lo
bo disappointed , for which she asks $ ' , ' 0,000.
The high standing of J lid go Griffey In the
couit\ : , makes llio also more than ordinarily
scnsalloiml , and uovclopmcnls nro eagerly
wailed for. _
l-'uncrnl of Frederlulc Uopli.
Wr.st POINT , Neb. , Feb. IS. [ Special to
Tun 13ii : : . ] The funeral services of Iho lalo
Frederick Koch wcro hold Saturday nt the
residence of Mrs. William llrlclcncor. The
deceased was born In Xnckorick , in Hnin-
denburg. Prussia , February 'Jt , ISl'.i. Mr.
Koch came lo this country In IMi'.l and
through honesty nnd hard labor hail become
a most prosperous farmer. His dcalh was
caused through inhalin ? the odors of some
poisonous medicine tin was preparing for his
stock. Ho leaves u wife and seven children.
Waterworks for Grant.
GIUNT , Neb. , Fob. IS. [ Special Telegram
lo Tin : Hcn.l An enthusiastic meeting of
the citbens of Grant w w held this evening
to consider llio advisability of putting in n
system of waterworks. A board of trade
was organized. There has been great activity
in Grant town property , and a number of
largo sales of city property to eastern par
ties have been made during Ihe lasl few
days , mul everything points to a tremendous
boom in the spring.
M. K. Cliiifdi Dedication.
STmiMNii , Neb , , Feb. , 18. [ Spo.'ial to Tin :
Hin. : ] Tlio new M. K. church of this place
was dedicated yesterday. Tlio sermon was
delivered by Hev. Fisher , of Toroka , Kan. ,
formerly of Omaha , assisted by Presiding
Elder Smith and Her. J. N. Itoyso , of Auburn ,
and Ucv. C. A. l cwis , of Uits place. Tlio
building cost , upwards of $ JOJJ , and was
dedicated free of debt.
Death or a ltrothcrhoo < t Knzinncr.
PrjATTSMOUTii , Neb. , Feb. IS. [ Special
Telegram to Tun Hun. ] Henry llouck , u
prominent brotherhood engineer of this city ,
died very suddenly nt. his homo yesterday
morning about 10 o'clock of heart failure.
Tlio funeral will occur to-morrow at 'J
o'clock. A largo delegation of brotherhood
men are expected from a distance.
Struck Ity a Train ,
NIIWVMV : CITV , Neb. , Feb. IS. [ Special
Telegram to Tnc lien. ] The north bound
Missouri Pacific this afternoon ran into n
team near Julian , driven by Mr. Julian , after
whom the town was named. Holh hor.sc.-i
were killed and the gealleuian had one arm
smashed and his seal ] ) bdtlly cul.
A Ijticlcy Farmer.
HAIIDT , Neb. , Fob. IS. [ Special Telegram
to Tin : 13nn. ] C. W. "Webster , a farmer liv
ing seven mi'es south of Hardy , in Jewell
county , Kansas , had a ticket in the February
drawing in n southern lottery for $3,000. i lo
was In to-day nnd placed it in the Hardy
bank for collection.
Kor Itmminc a Gambling HOIIMC.
Oxroiin , Neb. . Feb. 18. J Special Telegram
to Tin : l3iK.J : For running a gambling Iiou so
Will Carter was to-day fined * " > 0 and costs of
the action. Will appealed the case lo the
.Somo of the Knnds Still
CincAflO , Feb. , IS. [ Special Telegram to
TUB Bii : . ] Nothing v/as talked of among
railroad men hero to-day except to-morrow'n
mooting of the presidents to discuss the pres
idents' agreement. The presidents them
selves are as serenely confldenl of llio iliml
adoption of Iho agreement as if it were al
ready signed , scaled and delivered. Said
President Hughitt , of Iho Northwestern : "I
am satisfied lhat nearly or qtille all of Iho
Interested roads will bo present ut the
meeting. President Charles Francis Adams ,
of Iho Union Pacific , will also bo present. I
see no reason why Iho agreement should not
bo aftoplod , and believe , as I have alljilong ,
that it finally will be. " General MoNiilta ,
receiver of the Wubash railroad , is perfectly
confident of the adoption of the agreement.
Said ho : "Tho agreement is an absolute
necessity , and as a consequence must bo
adoplcd. It is as certain as two and
two are four. " President Strong , of
the Santa Fo , has just returned from
an unsuccessful attempt to gain the signa
ture of the Kansas City , Fort Scott & Gulf ,
but was not at all skeptical of the final
adoption of the agreement. Ho rtnid : "Jt
maybe llmt Iho Illinois Central , the Fort Scott
& Gulf nnd perhaps OIIH or two more may
not bo represented at to-morrow's meeting ,
but I do not think that any of
thorn will antagonize the agreement.
It will bo passed without their
signatures , and if they live up to its terms ,
the agreement will practically have the same
effect , ns if they hud signed.1' There is no
question thai il is the intention to form an
agreement with ns many roads as will sign ,
The outside roads will limn bo walched
closely , and compelled as far as lies in llio
power of llio associalion , to live up lo the
lenns of llio ngrooment.
Clilcnso'w Collupne < l Itulldin .
CHICAGO , Fob. 18. Tlio city commissioner
of buildings to-day examined the dumped
Oivlngs strucluro and reports the Injury
much less thnn stated yesterday. A portion
of the tiled flooring , about tweuty 1'ett long
and six wide , which joined tlio two mum
wings ot the building , had just been title.1 . in.
and was , in the language ot the builder , still
"green. " This was struck nnd evidently
loosened in the tcnlh Iloor Snlurday after
noon by a Heavy Iron water tank which was
being raised to the roof. It gradually worked
loose and gave way , carrying the "green"
portion of the floors below with It to thu
imscmcnt. The commissioner reports that
the main structure is not injured in Iho
RAPID Cm' , Dak. Feb. IS.-Special [ Tele
gram to Tin : Hii.J- : Jack Wiihon , ono of the
Homostake train robbers who was held in
Dcadwood to testify against Daugherty ,
broke Jail on Saturday night , but was caught
to-day in a cabin In the woods between Duud-
wood and Sturg's. Ho hud no boots or shoes
and the extreme cold wnathcr drove him to
cover. Ho gave evidence against thu nthi'rrf ,
and it was thought hn would got u lighter
sunluncu had lie not broken jail , '
To .Meet thu Low il'itcn.
CHICAGO , Fob. 18. The Chicago , liurling- II
lon & Qumcy road has reduced its passen IIn
ger service in Iowa lo the extent of SOOD , I
miles a month , ana is preparing to still fiII
further rcdu co il. Tlio object is lo cut down \
expenses in Iho samu proportion that llio
commissioners of Inua'lravo curtailed llio ' !
revenues of Iho roads of that stuto by enforcing - , . ,
forcing a low schedule of rates. Oilier Iowa
roads , it Is bald , will take the bani'j ' step.
Tlio Wont her livilii'iil IOIIH.
For Nebraska and Iowa Fair ; warmer ; to
variable winds. ty
For Dakota Fair ; slightly warmer ; vari
able \vhulf. k'ciibrally noi'tiu'rly ,
EDGERTON'S ' PARTING SHOT
IIo Una n Word to Sny on the Sub
ject of Romovtxls.
AN OPEN LETTER TO CLEVELAND
I'roni AVtiloli It Would Anpcar to tlio
Ontsl.ln . World That Tliclr He-
latloiiH are Anything
A HlMor Dose 'OP ( ! rovor.
WASIIIXIITO.V , Feb. ! . Judge Kdgorton.
who was recently removed from the ofllco ol
civil service commissioner , has written an
upon letter to the president , lie says , iimonr ;
ether things :
"i was indebted to you for the only api
pointlvo ofllco I ever hold. You now declare
by your uction llml you rogrcl Iho appoint *
inenl ; 1 , wllh equal right , can say that 1 re
gret the acceptance. Your regret was never
made known to mo by you in nny word ol
ntteraiu'o or nctlon until now , nt llio close ol
your administration , and on the day bcforu
my removal. 1 presume there were pruden
tial political reasons why you did not mahu
the removal until niter election. In this re.
card il would almosl seem as if you wcru
willing to play false with the mugwumps ta
ennblo you to win with the democrats. Thu
result of the election placed you In a dllcmmu
from which few people would have known
how to extricale themselves. You lound ona
man on your hands whom the mugwumps
had declared war upon -and an enemy ta
their civil service reform theories , and youu
plan of becoming their representative in thu
future- would bo weakened or defeated if no
nssiirmiLV of your fidelity to tneir causa
could be assured. Accordingly , It appears ,
you decided u ; > un Iho removal
of the head of the commission ,
nnd deeming Thompson a goot ]
enough mugwump for them , you thoreforu
demand my resignation thai you might p <
point him , apparcnlly as an atonement for
your previous ImuHlon.
"Mr. President , with duo courtesy to the
high ofllco you hold , allow me to say ihat
you are a very peculiar man , a positive man ,
positively wrong or positively rlirltl , and
therefore an unsafe man lo Irust , and that
element in your character I believe led to
your defeat. Pope says : 'Tho most po ltlvd
men nro the most credulous , since tfio
most believe themselves nnd advise most
with their fellow llalterers , and worst
enemies. ' I icing one of thai kind of positive
men yourself , you have Kept .some men of
like cluirnctc-rnrotind you. who nro positive
only in their innlieo and conceit.
.luremil says , 'Thero is nothing n man will
not believe in his own favor. ' You wcru
credulous enough to boliivo you wore
elected president by the mugwumps , nnd
Ihereforo you permitted ilium lo malign youu
real friends and lo Halter you in a policy
which led to your defeal. You are a man
wl.o would not permit your real friends to
admonish you with freedom and confidence ,
and as a result you Imvo suffered for u want
of friends , and your wretched greatness lint
discovered that there is no true success in
lifo without the power and blessing of friend
ship. You believed that your will and power
to enforce it was above all powers , but the
will of the people expressed In a conslllu-
tioiuil way has taught you lhat Ilioro was n
wiser and a heller way Ihan Unit chosen by
you. You will bo cen.iurcd and condemned
because you put no trust in your own party ,
but believed yourself to be uellor than your
own and greater than all parlies. You huvo
ascertained that the ninny wcro not made for
the one. You can find as many reasons for
removing mo ns the democratic party , through
nn indifference which was simply retaliatory ,
had for removing you. 1 shall bo quite will
ing to remain with you in the ulouni of de
The Judge proceeds to give his under
standing of the civil .service luw , and con
tinues : "I do not ask you to give any rea
son for my removal. 1 know , and so do
you , thai Iho only ono . 011 could give wouhl
bo llial it was your will. For If you at-
lempleit lo give any other your own previous
words would prove it imtrno. In my inter
view with you before Iho removal you ex
pressly disclaimed having any reason for it
except my refusal to resign lo enable you lo
make Thompson's nomination. 'Removed. '
is a word of far rciching potency , especially
when the records ao not explain it. I am con
scious of Ihis , and deeply pained by Iho
consciousness , The people have a right lei
know the truth in all mailers of UnsMcind' ,
anil for Ihis reason only do I address you.
"I cannot , like you , make a prayer for re
lief to the public , ns .such an article seemed
to bo in the Hallimoro Sun of the Hlh inst.
This is tlio llrst time In tllo history of the
government that an outgoing president found
it necessary to advertise through the news
papers his particular work during his term of
bnico and his claims upon his party and thg
country for approval. Hetwcen the lines can
bo read a special plea for reelection.
"Lot mo refer ns a proof of your Ignornnco
of public opinion , and not of your Indlffcr'-
euro lo it , lo what you miy in the Sun nrticla
of Mr. Humes , of Missouri , as one not guilty
of Iho annoyance lo whieli you were sub-
jcclcd by Iho country members of congress
Introducing to you their constituents , bccauso
he has always presented His conslituonts ut
public receptions. If litirncs were living ha
could tell you another reason , which ho
often 'old to others , lhat ho hail been rudely
treated by you and had no respect for you
pursonnlly , and ascribed tlio defeat
of llio democratic parly lo your
ignorance of u. 11 was neco. sary Unit you
should make such an explanation for your
attack upon the 'waybuek' members , but you
were unfortunate in the soluciion of your
witness , one of the ablest and noblest legis
lators In congress ,
'Hilt to ihn case of nnolhor removal Avhich
must become an important purl of the his
tory of the country. It was on the Iloor ol
the house of representatives dui'ing the tlmo
llio voles of Iho electoral college worn
counted and you heard the announcement of.
the result that Uenjamiii Ilarrmon was duty
oleclcd president of tlio United States. Hut
the words that burned doi-p through
the empty boxes of Iho administrulioit
could lint bo oftlclally ad.led , tliougli
known to bo true , 'in place of Grovcr Cleveland -
land , removed. ' Hy whom ami for what
cause removed ( The answer is now bolng
made in every home , in every business In llio
land , and luslory will inscribe it upon its
.ludu'o Kdgcrton attributes Cleveland's defeat -
feat to hn disregard of the opinion and ad
vice ol Hie most eminent men of his parly
and lo his political ingralitudc , ami continues
as follows : "In tlio statement of your pub
lic acts , HB printed in ihuSiin article referred
to , is this declaration : 'When .Mr. Cleveland
came into olllee ho found the department ! !
filled with incompetonit who had found a
purimment lodgment there through favorit
ism. ' How CMII you say that you found tlio
departmenls lllied with incompetents arid
yel retained all in office- during your admmlH-
tratlon. ThereIs u n.istnlio somewhere.
Old you noi kow , Mr. Pnsidoni , Unit nearly
three-fourths of all the | ieri > i > ns now in ofllco
in the departmental scrvico wcro there In.
ISt'Si You will soon Imvo no power of ru-
moval , and the places they hold will not bo
subject to your VIcaruiR ou'.t efforts.
You have shut yortr e es to the
fact that these clurlot Imvo been
uclH'o mid successful In aiding in your own
'clearing out ' and tlio poor civil bcrvjca
ullglblcb hllll nave tUu ' .vide scope you have
socurol for them on Iho oulsido , vvhilo the
incompetents arc rejoicing wtliin. You do
not understand the civil service law , Mr.
President , its examinations nro not muclo
for these Inside , but for these outside. Your
theory of imielton would dufoat the law.
You have not dared tovceu out the incom
petents. Judjjo Kdgorton concluded with a .
criticism of the conduct of mm of thu other
commissioners without moiitluniiif ; his nanio
Arrested ( or 'I'lioft.
ATI..WIIC. In. . Fob. -Special [ Telo ram
1'ni ; Hr.i : . I--H. ! ' . lioisc , m/ed about twen
one years , wus arrested hero this morn
ing fur stealing a gold wr.tch un > l other prop
erty from John MeVciftb , ueurVcstcn , Ju.
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