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    THE OMAHA. DAILY BEE , SUNDAY MAY 19 , 1889.-TWENTY-FOUR
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LINCOLN'S ' FUNERAL CAR ,
Where it Originated and Where its
Solemn Duties Ended.
ITS FIRST PLEASURE JOURNEY.
Xlio Ignoble Uses to Which the Mar
tyr's Imposing Coach Has Been
1'ut in These Ilojfciinrato
Ways Etc. , Etc.
A Funeral Conoti.
Car 0-1 , which is now used for out
fitting purposes by the Union Pacific ,
has a remarkable record. It was once
the property of the Pennsylvania rail
road. At the lime , the people through
out the world wore shocked because the
news was Hashed along Iho wires , Ihut
Abraham Lincoln , then President of
the United Stateshad boon assassinated
by John Wilkes Boolh.
A few days lalor , preparations wore
made for thu removal of the remains of
the martyr from Washington to Spring-
Hold , Illinois.
This coach , 04 , was selected as Iho
funeral car.
Aflor the remains had been laid to
rest ut Iho early homo of thu honored
dead , the Union Pacific company pur
chased Iho car as a memento of the
lamented chief. It was brought to this
citydecoraled with the funeral drapery
which distinguished il during its sol
emn journey to the grave. It was care
fully stored away in a little building
constructed for its shelter in the
lower yards at this placo. There it
was one of Iho principal features noted
by tourists who visited this oity.
Though it remained there several
years , old-time residents stale lhat not
u day passed without bringing some
curiosity-seeker lo see the great mo
menta.
But the advance of lime is marked
with many changes in railway as well
us in other circles. One day a party of
[ , - otllcial tourists desired lo make a trip ,
f- - nnd there being no available coach on
the Union Pacific for Iho purpose , Iho
Lincoln car was pressed into service.
The drapery was laid aside , and the
wheels , which had remained motionless -
loss and silent so long , moved again.
Another trip was taken later , then
another , and finally the car dropped
into usage in common with all the
others.
The shod was then torn down , and
the fact of thu existence ot Iho memorial
coach lived in Iho memory of these who
loved Iho past.
At prosonl Iho car which , as has boon
, referred lo , waa converted to outfitting
purposes , is on thu western section' of
the Union Pacific , where it recalls only
to those who uro well posted , the hal
lowed memories which cluster about its
walls.
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Within the past fortnight over u
score of conductors on the Union Pa-
olllo have been ushered before tha
ofllclnls of thai road. It is not a secret
that the boys avoid coming in contact
wllh their superiors us much as possi
ble , but when they uro confronted with
"Your presence is desired by , "
they Involuntarily bocoino Iho guests of
the author. Juut at present Ihu knights
of the punch are experiencing Iho ro-
lull of export accounting. As yet ,
none of Ihom liavo boon released , but
i mall discrepancies Lave boon found in
Iho cosh balance in the accounts ol
lomo of thorn , which may result In
their being Turloughod1 for an Indefi
nite time , Iu one case a shortage of lit
cents was found by the man with the
nicroscopio eye. This waa in the case
of the dismissal of an old-time , con
ductor whoso face is very familiar on
the stroo of Omaha. His reporls
voro subjected to the closest scrutiny ,
and with the above result. After a
ongthy consideration , the deficit was
classified us a "matter of circum
stance , " and the conductor was allowed
, o resume his run , after the horrors of
; ho penitentiary and living in Canada
rmd boon pictured to him in graphic
terms.
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"Restore my name to good standing ,
nnd wine it from the black list or I'll
blow out your brains. "
This was the command that escaped
the lips of a young man as he addressed
u Union Pacific ofliciul in the latlor's
room in the Paxton hotel not many
years ago.
Owing to the present standing of both
parties no names are mentioned.
Neither have they appeared in the pa
pers up lo Ihis lime. A few years ago
a gentleman , well-know in Omaha , at
one time holding an ofliciul position
with the Union Pacific and now asso
ciated olllcinlly with the Missouri Pa
cific , caused the discharge of a young
man , who , at that time , was one of the
clue ! clerks of the former road. Ho
charged the young man with being too
intimate with his spouse , who , at that
time , was prominent in society circles
hero. The olllclul was not 'satisfied
with ousting the young clerk from his
position , but also had his immo en
grossed upon Iho black list a book in
which all the names upon which final
judgment has boon pronounced , is
written.
Once , the name written in this book ,
no employment or favors will bo shown
the owner , and , if foundln a position
with any other company , in serious
cases , will warrant the handing over of
the record to the latest employer. To
bo blacklisted , therefore , means u boy
cott on ono's Her vices.
The young man vacated his.chair and
contonled himself with the hopes of
soon finding as good , if not a more do-
sirablu position. Ho had about made
arrangomenltj or u position with the
Burlington , und was requested lo "cull
again in a few days"after having given
references as lo his former Hold of labor.
The "few days" rolled by and Iho young
man put in an appearance only lo bo in
formed that Iho Burlington did not
make a practice of furnishing employ
ment to blacklisted men. This
aroused the labor seeker's nngor
and made him desperate. lie
waa firm in his belief that , had his
name not boon on the black-list of tno
Union Pacific , ho would have been
given the position. Ho resolved to re
move the stigma and , that night , ra-
pulrod to the apartments of the ollloial ,
and upon entering , drew his revolver
and ullurod Iho words above quoted.
The olllclul , say Iho olllcers , promised
lo withdraw his charges , but on the
black-list ledger of tiio Union Pacific
lo-dny stand Iho words : ' * .
Discharged for good causa. "
The facls have never boon made pub
lic , although Iho more mention of the
names would set gossip into a lively
whirl.
Thu voung man may occasionally bo
soon in Omaha , but has no longer here
nn abiding placo.
13UUOAT10NAIJ.
A. J. Oroxel , the banker , Is about to fount !
nn Industrial collefro for women at Wayuo ,
1'a. , at u cost of $1,500,000.
Losoll Suroluary , Auburntlalo , Mas * . , will
endow a pow In the American church la
Ilorlin , Germany , at a cost of $1,000.
That ox-Mlul ter Phelps will roaunio bis
duties as professor of the law. school at Yale
is conflrinod by the appoarauco of Ills uutuo
in tlrit relation in a prospectus issued within
a day or two.
Mrs. Mary Lowe Dickinson is employed in
th6 university of Dunror , Col. , at a. salary ot
S.SOO. ! The authorities do riot fool that she
should have less money beeaUKO she is a
woman. The ladies of Colorado arc raising
nu endowment fund of $10,000 for a chair to
bo alwoy filled by a woman.
The importance ot the study of hygleno Is
becoming recognized each year moro uud
more. One gentleman -has otTureJ to give
$ ir > ,000 toward the endowment of u chair of
hygiene in the University of Pennsylvania
on condition that a llko sum bo raised to com
plete the sum of S50.000.
The endowment of Wesleyan university
has just received two substantial additions.
Daniel Ayroi. M. D. , LL. D. , has fjivon
S2d,000 to the chair of biology , nud iO,000
comes to the general fund of the college
from the Hollis estate. It is rumored that
at this year's commencement several largo
gifts will bo announced.
Senator Leland Stanford' is expected to
visit Cornell this term for the purpose of
studying thu methods und equipment of the
university , nnd perhaps , as the Era inti
mates , with the object of securing several of
the Cornell professors for the faculty of the
now Stanford university in California.
The now president of the Michigan agri
cultural college , vice Edwin Wlllotts , as
sistant commissioner of agriculture , will ho
Osc.ir Cluto of California , who has been
teacher , editor and minister. He is forty-
oiglit yuars old , and u graduate of the insti
tution over which ho Is called to preside.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Turnbull.of Iliutl-
moro , have endowed with the sum of $20,000
a memorial lectureship of poetry in the John
Hopkins university. The trustees have de
termined to invlto Prof. James Kussull
Lowell to he the first lecturer on this founda
tion. They have also elected Prof. Grlfiin ,
of Williams college , professor of the history
of philosophy and dean.
President Oilman of Hopkins has an
nounced that an emergency fund of $100,000
for the benefit of the university has been
contributed by a number of persons , so that
during the next three years the university
will go forward without contraction. Ho
also announces that a citiznn of Baltimore ,
Mr. Eugoao Lovoringr , has offered the sum
of $20,000 for the construction of u much-
needed building.
There nro peoulo who pray so hurd that
they bavo no breath loft for uctlvu well-
doing.
A western religious sect locates heaven
nour Hockford , 111. This is a blow between
the eyes for Chicago.
If the serpent la the Garden of Eden had
boon umouso , the human race might yet bo
iu u state of primeval happiness ,
An Ohio church deacon exclaimed : "Oa-
sarn It all to Texas 1" aud the verdict of the
church investigation was : "Not guilty , but
In bad tusto. "
"Tho weigh of the transgressor Is light. "
Is the way Johnny's mother put It when no
came back from the butcher's with an ul-
logod two pounds of meat.
Massachusetts must bo a highly religious
state. "A prominent civil miKluoer" has
been able to Und only thirteen dams in tno
state which are lloblo to break loojo.
At the Chiuoso Mission : Teacher And
now , Hong I'oy. can you tell mo the moanIng -
Ing of the words ' -Go to , " so freouenlly
found in the holy scnpluresl Hong Poy
Yesso , ma'uml Him ullco snmley "Corno
off. "
A aueor world is this , lha Camdcn min
isters ros\vlth horror at the prospect of
running turutroet curs In that city on Sun
day. aud yet most of thorn will assist in nul
lifying the Pennsylvania marriage license
law and accept wedding fees on the Sabbath
without ever stopping to asK If they are
helping f.eoplo to become bigamist * .
Somcouo asked a plain brother about a
crying preacher , and inquired ; "Why Is It
that ho cries and tbo congregation does not
cry ) How Is It that ho does ull the cryingl"
The old man replied t "If you had to stand
them where ho stands , and bad to tulit as
long us ho has to , and yet had us little to say
as bo has , you would cry , too ,
Ladles tuko Angostura Bitters gener
ally when Ihoy fool low spirited. It
brightens them up. Dr. Slogort ft Sons ,
solo manufacturers. At ull druggists.
REVOLVER SHOTS IN TEXAS
Still Resounding in the Bars of a
Traveling Manager.
THE BRUTAL MURDER OF PORTER
A lively Fusilmlo In the Dnrlc at the
Untimely lending of a'reriKrliuU-
ii\K Musician's Entertain
ment lite. Etc.
In tliq Tjopo Star State.
For twenty .years W. J. McKintioy
has been ou the road aa ugont und man
ager of theatrical attractions. Ho is
well known and greatly admired all
over the country. Everywhere ho goes
warm friends meet ana greet him. He
has a retentive memory , strong powers
of 'observation , tind is an interesting
talker. His mind is a perfect store
house of breezy reminiscences , and ho
takes grout delight , when requested &o
to do , in detailing them. While in the
city one day last week , on route to San
Francisco , Mr. McKinney was solicited
by a reporter for TJIK BKB to chat , and
very willingly devoted un hour weav
ing stories about some of the more exciting -
citing events in his career.
"I think , " ho began , after lighting a
"Sweet Caporal. " ' 'that there are not
five men of my profession who can pay
they have witnessed as many thrilling
episodes as your obedient servant. I
am not an old man yet you see my
hair is white. Once I chanced to stop
at Calvort , a tough little town in Texas ,
run bv bowboys , and during my sojourn
I got into a scrape and came very near
being murdered.
"Robert MoWodo was playing the
town nnd his treasurer , Walter Berry ,
asked mo to watch the door a few mo
ments , which I readily consented to.do ,
and took my station. Directly a great ,
bigdlrtyoxlromply , hard-looking indi
vidual unproaobqd and was going to
walk right in. I demanded his ticket. "
" 'Haven't gcjt anjy ticket , ' nnd ho
growled it out ; ,111 , the most approved
prize-ring style , , , , „
" 'Can't hero without '
go Jjj one ,
said I. , , ft ,
' "Oh 1 ' I'm ' in. '
, y-a-s , tyinan' goin'
" 'What claims ) have you that entitle
you to pusango..jjWtypout something to
show for itV , } ' . , „
" ' 1 know the BJIOW , people. '
' 'Guess ' you'jjp , tuot very well ac
quainted with Ihfo company , or sotno of
them would have , given you a pass. . '
' "Well , I'm g"olh' in an' ace this
show , or there'll , f > o trouble. '
"Tho follow nut jhis hand back and
was going to pi ) ! ! , a gun. I looked
around , but couli ) 'aco nobody , and , de
siring that the performance should not
bo disturbed , and thinking , also , that
my life was worth mure than a dollar. I
told him it was- all right , and lie could
go ahead.
"A few moments later I looked in and
the brute waa perched on the back of a
bench smoking an old black pipe. Just
then the town marshal walked over to
whore 1 was and inquired whether
there had boon any trouble. I told him
about the bully. The marshal walked
in , took that fellow by the coat collar ,
und throw him bodily , with an accom
panying kick , out of the house. The
tough gave mo a very black look when
going down the Blairs.
"After the performance , MoWado ,
Berry uud I were standing at the hotel
bar , when this same follow came in car
rying a long knife and undertook to as
sault me. As I turned around facing
him ho made a slash and cut my hat rim
in two. The point of the knife just
nicked the end of my no e. I jumped
back quick enough to save being badly
wounded , The men with mo caught
and hold him until I could make my es
cape. That was the closest call I over
had.
had.Only a short time previously , B. C.
Porter , the actor , was deliberately shot
by another cowboy , just such a specimen
as this villain of mine , consequently
you can bet there was not the least dis
position in mo to fight. And , by the
way , lot me say to you that the true
animus with which Tom Curry was
prompted to kill Porter has , to my
knowledge , novnr been written. It was
at Marshall that the murder occurred.
Curry posed there as a bully and had
every man , woman and child in the
town with the exception of Ed Jackson
afraid of him. Jackson was a gambling
house keeper , who , in size and general
appearance , was a perfect match for
.Taclc Haverly. At one time when Jack
son was away , Curry wont into his
place , destroyed everything ho could
and cut a wide swath. On returning
homo , and being informed of Curry's
conduct , Jackson culled the desperado
down mm gave him to understand time ,
if ho over repeated the net , his friends
would bo called on to bury him the next
day , and you will not die in your stock
ing fool.oithor , ' was the little gambler's
significant warning. Curry was big
enough to oat Jackson , but ho didn't
do it.
"Tho night ho shot Porter , Curry
heard that Ed had gone out of town ,
and , thinking the time appropriate to
got oven , ho again visitodtho gambling
shops , determined to riddle it. I think
ho had kicked over a tablewhen Jackson
opened a side-door and stood in front of
him with a cocked revolver drawn.
" 'I will give you two minutes to lea.vo
here , ' said the owner , 'and if you don't ,
your dead body will bo carried out. '
"Curry know that Jackson meant it
and didn't linger to argue the question ,
but got out in a hurry. After reaching
the street , where ho hoard people talk
ing how a little runt of a
follow had made him run ,
Curry bociuno enraged and was in
a frame of mind to do anything desper
ate. Ho walked over to the depot curs
ing everybody that came in IUH way.
Porter , Maurice Barrj more and Ellen
Cummings were at the lunch counter
eating. Curry wont up to Ellen and
commenced calling her all kinds of vile
namns. Porter and Barrymoro intor-
foruu , whereupon Carry whipped out
Ills revolver and commenced tiring.
The IIrdt bullet struck Porter in the
Bto'mach , the second caught Barryrnoro's
loft arm and a third grazed Miws Cum-
mlng's head. Curry was arrested , tried
and acquitted , but it cost his brother , a
woaltoy New Orleans banker $200.000.
Ho afterwards emigrated to Arizona
where a cowboy put an end to his exist
ence.
"J remember a very funny incident , "
continued McKinney , "that occurred a
few years ago at Columbus. Barlow ,
Primrose & West's minstrels wore tour
ing through Texas and had Eddie
Fox , the popular little red-
haired violinist with 'them as
loader of their orchestra. After the
performance ho wont into a saloon car
rying his violin and called for some
thing to drink. A strapping hig ranger
inquired what ho had 'in that baby
collln'and being informed invited Ed-
dlo to open it. " , .
' "No , not hero , ' " replied the leader.
" 'Yes , you will , ' quietly observed the
ranger , and an ho spoke a largo navy
uix-bhooter dropped on the rounlor. "
"Eddie's teeth bogau to chatter , and
he opened the box to let his now found
friend see what was in it. "
' 'Give us a tune'commanded Mr.
Texas. "
" 'I can't ' do that , ' protested Fox , 'my
contract witn the managers says I shan't '
play outside of the theater. ' ' '
" 'Give us a tune , " repeated the other ,
and he made his demand more forcible
by cocking his 'navy. '
"Eddio played , and as a result the
gang kept him playing until 4 o'clock
the next morning. I don't think ho
has over been in Texas since that trip.
"I was going one time from San An
tonio to Houston , and on account of an
accident to the engine our train was
detained several hours at Magnolia , a
small station. It was dark when wo
stopped. I saw a brightly lighted
school house near the depot
and went over to sec what
waa going on. The attraction
proved to bo a sleight-of-hand perform
ance given by some fakir and his wife.
The audience was composed entirely of
noisy cowboys , half of them partly
drunk. They were simply raising old
Harry , and the magicians were so
frightened they could do nothing. It
was not long until one of the boys drew
his revolver and shot a light out. That
seemed to bo the signal , and they all
commenced shooting. I sneaked , made
a wide detour to keep out of the range
of bullets , and got back to the train. "
McKinney assumes thu managemoi'i
of Elllo Ellslor's company at Portland ,
to-morrow. Ho has managed "Siun'l
of Poson , " M'llo TUiea , Richard MMIB-
llold , Rose Coghlan , Roland Ro\id ,
Clara Morris and others. Ho is t'io '
only man who over succeeded in getting
Miss Morris to go through her season
without losing a performance.
THE WESTERN IRON TRADE.
Exceedingly Quita tlilu Yonr Wlmt
Mny Happen in the Future.
For several years the month of April
has not boon oliaractori/.ed by an active
condition of business in the west , says
the Iron Ago. But each year there
wore peculiar circumstances alTocling
the consuming interests and interfering
with trade prospects which wore
thought exceptional in their nature.
For instance , in 1880 the eight hour
agitation was a prominent factor in un-
boltling business enterprises , in 1877
the railroads precipitated a condition
of chaos by their rearrangement of
freight rules in order to com
ply wilh the provisions of
the inter-stale commerce act ,
and in 1888 the railroads were again
charged with causing an unsatisfactory
state of trade by their controversies
with their employes. In each CIIKO the
opinion was generally entertained that
if the apodal disturbance bad not oc
curred there would have been a fair
volume of business and prices would not
have dropped. This year , however , the
exceeding quietness of trade can not bu
ascribed to any such specific cnuso , yet
the dullness is much more profound and
far-reaching limn during thu pe
riods previously cited. There are no
strikes in progress which alToctany con
siderable number of workingmon. Of
course the dullness must be accounted
for in some other way , and the railroads
afford a convenient"bcappgoat. . They
are purchasing very sparingly , and as
long us ihoy are so economical business
must perforce bo dull.
Assuming that this view of the case
la thoroughly bound , especially as ll iu
BO well fortified by corroboratory cir
cumstances , il aim ply puts April of thib
year in line with April of last year and
the year before , and w on. No mutter
what thn cause may ho , April Boeina
predestined to be a dull mouthwhether
one thing or another must happen to
make it such. Wo ignore the fact that
February and March wore months of
reasonable activity in iron circles , oven
though the railroads wore buying aa
sparingly then as in April. With the
quietness of previous corresponding
periods intensified this year , the month
of April has soon lower prices fop
most iron and stool products thap
wore over before known in the
wost. Competition between sellers haa
boon very bitter , notwithstandong the
comparative insignificance of the prizes
contended for in the shape of small
orders. At the present writing there
is less business transacting in heavy
material than at any time of the year
for several years , and prospects are not
bright for a speedy improvement.
But what of the future ? It is on Just
such a condition of affairs aa now ob *
tains that the foundation for a { rapid
appreciation of values are laid. Manm
facturors got discouraged and withdraw
from a business in which they are
merely wasting their substance instead
of increasing their accumulations. A
movement of this kind has already
begun , and the voluntary withdrawals
are accompanied by others , whoso
retirement has boon hastened by legal
process. A continuance of tills depres
sion throughout May and Juno would'
result in such a decided restriction of
production that the supply would bo
found unequal to the demand , and tha
usual aftor-harrost activity in all
branches of business would send prices *
upward with a bound.
Considering the excellent financial
condition of thu country , the abuu *
danc"o of unemployed capital , tha
absence of disturbing influences gen
erally , and the progressive nature of
our people , it is impossible that trada
should continue to go from bad to
worse until wo roach a finality of universal
ivorsal ruin. The downward course
will bo cheeked , and probably ha
chocked very suddenly , as is the casa
with all reactions. Then there would
bo danger of a "boom , " which is to bo
feared , and , if possible , avoided.
The boom of 1870-1880 , with ita
wild excesses and extravagant transac
tions , was a serious blow to legitimate )
business , whoso otTeols wore felt foe
years. Wo desire and need prosperity ,
but not of such a violent character. . Yob
with all the dullness existing at present
this prospect looms up in the future. If
the railroads are really as bare of neces .1 :
sary supplies as Ihoy are represented to
bo , and are in aa great need of track
materials nnd roiling stock as is re
ported , they will all bo in the market
about the bamo time , and their pur
chases will enormously stimulate trado.
It is a time for caution and conserva
tism by manufacturers , particularly In
making conlracts for long-time deliv
eries. Materials of all kinds are low ,
wugofl in western mills are not likely
to undurg'o any change of consequence ,
and it appears altogether Incrudlblu
that six months from to-day the prices
now prevailing will seem high.
Attacked liy jfVo Hnakes.
William Kwarlz , of Boalo , was out
buying cows for the eastern market ,
Bajs the Philadelphia Enquirer. When
ho arrived at a certain place In the road
ho was attacked by llvo huge black
snakes of the racer Bpocios. Thov at
tacked by ( lank , front and rear. "Ono
mounted the shaft * and made desperate
olTorls lo secure their victim. Mr.
SwarU had no oilier weapon than a
Btnall stick , with which ho succeeded la
killing three of them.
The Baptist donoinmallon has 183 char
lorud Institutions of lonrnliiK whoso property
and uiidowinonts amount to 110,076.1170 , TJicy
have 1.08'J professors , and 17,653 ntudunw ,
ii'Sr/fvi'.041 lt 1J > wu university , with its
$3b75.XK ( ) , ana the poorest Is-woll , wo dot
cliuu to uurnu it.