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OF 20 HEN
FRONT OF BEACH HOTEL,
|Every Evening Except Wednesday,
COMMENCING AT 5.30.
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_ jtrength and wholesomeness. More eeonoml-
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Our arrangements with some of the
loremost factories in Virginia being
completed, we are in a position to take
lers for all grades of OHEWINQ TO-
LCCO for direct shipment at the low-
it possible oost to the country mer>
chant. Smaller quantities oan be sup-
plied from store at a nominal advanoe
on factory figures. Oar line is snoh
that we oan please the most fastidious.
iHave also a full assortment of CIGARS
at popular figures.
AND AGENT FOR TUB
(NIAGARA FIRE INSURANCE C0.9
OF NEW YORK.
3ITY OF LONDON INSURANCE CO.,
I understand there is still a good deal of
Gotten in producers' hands that will
seek a market during the next sixty
Permit me to suggest that there is no
better cotton market in the State to-
day than Houston, and that surprising-
ly good figures have been realized here in
January, notwithstanding the bad con-
dition of the general ,market fcr
I would suggest that you ship me your
cotton or correspond with me about it,
and you will find that you will do
better than in any other direction.
II. D. CLEVELAND,
We are prepared to make liberal advances to
(merchants and planters to secure consign-
iments the coining season.
W. L. MOODY A CO., Galveston.
IQOSE WHO HAVE bought my goods buy
__ again. Satisfaction guaranteed; Cigars,
314 per M and upward. Imported Havana, $67 50;
Cigarettes, $2 60; Cigarette Papers, 40 pkgs, $1
Order sample box. Will not be undersold. A,
W. SAMUELS, corner Strand and 22d streets,
A COURT-ROOM TRAGEDY.
The Notorious Hal Geiger Probably Fatally
Wounded at Hearne.
Special to The News.
Heabnk, May 18.—The Mayor's Court was
the scene of a tragic event this morning
during the course of a trial, in which the
notorious Hal Geiger, colored, was shot and
mortally wounded by O. D. Cannon. At
the time of the shooting the court-room was
crowded, and the wildest excitement fol-
lowed. Geiger was shot five times. The
facts of the tragedy, as gleaned from an
eye-witness, are as follows: The mayor
•was trying all the lewd women of the town
for vagrancy. Mr. Cannon was prosecnting.
During the trial Geiger walked into
the court-room and asked to see the
complaint which was shown him. He
then asked the mayor to continue the cases,
as he intended to see these women through.
Mr. Cannon objected, stating that he did
not think Geiger had any right to act as at-
torney in the case, whereupon Geiger began
using insulting and abusive epithets to-
ward Mr. Cannon and at the same time ad-
vancing upon him in a threatening manner.
At this juncture Cannon opened fire upon
Geiger with the result as stated above. His
wounds are considered fatal, and very little
hopes are entertained for his recovery.
Oeiger was a notorious negro politician,
and commanded great influence with the
colored people in this county. He was of
a bulldozing nature, and was a terror
among them—they being afraid of him.
which fact gave him such a prestige with
his race. He has been in several shooting
scrapes here before.
©lie (fahr^hm Ikiihi Jto;
Office of Publication: Nos. 184 and 180 Mechanic Street, Galveston.
Entered at the Postofttce at Galveston as Second-class Matter
VOL. XLV.—NO. 24.
GALVESTON. TEXAS. WEDNESDAY. MAY 19, 1880.
ROSECRANS AND SWEENEY.
BOTH ARE CONFIRMED BY THE SENATE.
Some of the Alleged Charges by Tracy, of
will be Vindicated.
Special to The News.
Washington, May 18.—There seems to be
nothing more to longer detain Colonel Jas.
G. Tracy here. The confirmation of Cap-
tain Sweeney for collector of oustoms at
Galveston, which was made public to-day,
winds up the business in which he seems to
have been mostly figuring of late. It will
be remembered that Tracy has been here
several months. Shortly after he arrived
he stated to a Nkwb reporter that he had
business with one of the departments relat-
ing to his late service as United States mar-
shal. It was presumed that his business
was to make a final settlement of his ac-
counts with the government. It soon
appeared, however, that he was manifest-
ing considerable interest in regard to the
Galveston collectorship, and it was noticea-
ble in the same connection that he was
much less sociable with Texas people than
when here during the last Congress, and
was seldom to be seen about the capitol, or
other places of popular resort. Finally it
was ascertained that he was diligently at
work to secure the defeat of Sweeney be-
fore the Senate. He filed charges, alleging
that Sweeney still held an interest in the
business in which he was engaged prior to
his appointment, and that the sale of his
interest in the business was not genuine;
also, that since his appointment as collect-
or Sweeney had removed ex-Union soldiers
to make places for ex-Confederates. His
charges of course delayed action on Swee-
ney's case, and it was on account of them
that the latter was not confirmed at the
same time as other Texas collectors.
Of course the senate committee had to
give the charges due consideration and
it is presumed that Tracy sought as much
delay as possible to seuure evidence to sus-
tain his allegations. It appears that he
completely failed to impress the committee
to any extent whatever, and there seems to
have been no member of the committee or
senator opposed to the confirmation. It is
understood that Senator Coke was fully
prepared to refute the charges preferred,
but it is doubtful if there was any occasion
for him to do so.
Ex-Collector Malloy has been here for
some time, and it was thought that he was
taking some stock in the matter, but he
earnestly disclaimed having anything to
do with it. Be this as it may, the defeat of
Tracy and his supporters is not less de-
cisive in this last struggle against Demo-
cratic control in Texas than it has been in
The Pan-elecric investigation is practi-
cally closed, and the preparation of the ma-
jority and minority reports will soon com-
mence. The majority report will fully ex-
onerate Garland from any corrupt or impro-
per conduct as attorney-general in regard to
the proceedings against the Bell Telephone
company, but will probably concede the
impropriety of congressmen and other offi-
cials engaging in speculative enterprises
like that of the Pan-electric company. Mr.
Ranney, for the minority, will probably
prepare a report sharply criticising the
connection of the attorney-general with a
gift enterprise, and will endeavor to make
is report a strong campaign document.
cisco wants the court.
Mr. Lanham has presented another
lengthy petition asking for the removal of
the federal court from Graham to Cisco. It
is signed by the leading lawyers and county
officers of Btephenville and other citizens
of Erath and Eastland counties.
The Senate was.in executive session quite
a while Jo-day, and it is understood that
one or more Texas nominations, possibly
that of Marshal Reagan, were confirmed.
The house Indian affairs committee to-
day agreed to report favorably the bill
which Senator Maxey passed in the Senate
last week, to grant the right-of-way through
the Indian Territory to the Denver and
Wichita Valley railroad.
repudiates the interview.
Mr. Crain denies the correctness of the
recently reported interview with him in the
St. Louis Globe-Democrat. Since his re-
turn he has refused to give any expression
of his views regarding the late investiga-
tion of the labor troubles.
senator coke's speech.
Senator Coke to-day made a speech in
favor of the labor arbitration bill which re
cently passed the House. His argument is
conceded to be one of the best yet made on
a texas editor strikes it.
Colonel Tom Bowers, of the Paris Balance-
Wheel, is here, and already holds in his
pocket a commission as timber inspector, a
position which pays $6 per day and ex-
penses. He wiH report for duty to-morrow.
Jefferson D. Reagan, son of Judge Reagan,
arrived to-night from Texas.
GENERAL WASHINGTON NEWS.
the president's movements.
Washington, May 18.—The president will
leave Washington Sunday evening, the 30th
instant, for Brooklyn, where he will review
the Decoration day parade the following
morning and will review the parade in New
York in the afternoon. If possible, he will
return to Washington Tuesday morning.
One of the topics considered at the cabi-
net meeting to-day was the seizure of the
American fishing vessels by the Canadian
authorities for alleged violation of the cus-
General W. S. Rosecrans, register of the
Consuls—P. Staub, of Tennessee, at St.
Galle; (.Victor Vilquain, of Nebraska, at
Barranquilla; John M. Buck, of West Vir-
ginia, at Nagasiti.
Collectors of Customs—Chas. C. Sweeney,
for the district of Galveston, Tex.; Obidiah
Cutler, for the District of Niagara, N. Y.
Surveyors of customs—Robt. C. Jordan,
for the port of Omaha, Neb.; H. 8. Beattie,
for the port of New York.
8. W. Burt, naval officer of the customs
district of New York.
Lawrence Harrigan, appraiser of mer-
chandise for the port of St. Louis.
John H. Farley, collector of internal reve-
nue for the Eighteenth district of Ohio.
Edward R. Fogg, receiver of public
moneys at Beatrice, Neb.
Wit. W. If. Davis, pension agent at Phila-
EdgarS. Wilson, register of the landoffice
Postmasters—T. C. McConnell, at Brown-
wood, Tex.; W. H. Brister, aj Water Valley,
Miss.; M. Seize, at Albany, Miss.
FORTY-NINTH CONGRESS -FIRST SESSION,
Washington, May 18.—The chair laid be
fore the Senate a letter from the secretary
of the treasury, transmitting, in compli-
ance with the recent senate resolution, in
formation as to claims allowed by the
treasury department under appropriations
the balance of which has been exhausted
or carried to the surplus fund. Also a let-
ter from the postmaster-general, transmit'
ting in like compliance, information as to
the rea d justment of the
under the act of March 8,1883.
Mr. Hale presented a memorial of the
United States and British Steamship corn-
company, Pacific Mail Steamship company,
New York and Cuba Mail Steamship com
panv, Red D. line of steamers and New
York and Havana and Mexican Mail Steam-
ship company. In presenting the memorial
he remarked that it denied squarely what
had been stated in certain newspapers,
namely, that attempts had been made to
improperly influence Congress in favor of
what is called subsidies. Mr. Hale wished
to say in connection with the recent action
of the Senate in regard to foreign mails,
that if this great effort to revive American
commerce ever prevailed in Congress it
would not be done by the influence of any
lobby. It could only come about because
the American people'are growing more and
more interested in the subject. Sooner or
later Congress would have to respond to
the popular demand.
Mr. Gibson reported favorably, from the
committee on commerce, and on his motion
the Senate at once passed the house bill
supplying the deficiency appropriation of
$6482 to carry on to June, 1880, the examina-
tions and survey regarding the depth of
water, etc, at South pass, Mississippi river.
At 2 o'clock the pension bill was placed
before the Senate, but was temporarily
laid aside to permit Mr. Coke to address
the Senate on the labor arbitration bill.
Mr. Coke said he would vote for that bill
after one or two amendments should have
been made to it. He believed it provided
the best practicable remedy for the diffi-
culties with which the bill dealt. That
remedy was voluntary arbitration to be ap-
pealed to by the parties immediately con-
cerned. It was a peaceful and reason-
able mode of settlement of serious differ-
ences that from time to timo arose between
large corporations and employes. The bill
furnished free of expense to both parties, a
method that would be acceptable to both,
Neither side could afford to lose public
opinion by refusing to avail itself of so be
ueflcent a remedy for a serious public evil
Mr. Coke did not favor the establishment of
a permanent board of commissioners, such
as had been recommended by the presi-
dent's message. Such a board, Mr. Coke be-
lieved, would inevitably become a tribunal
favorable to a corporation, however little
it might be intended that it should
so become. The plan of voluntary arbitra
tion provided by the house bill, he con
tended, was much better. The arbitrators
under the bill would be chosen in each case
by parties immediately interested, and
would be chosen because of special know-
ledge of the subject involved in the dispute.
The commissioners being voluntarily
chosen by the parties concerned, their de-
cision would be more acceptable to the par-
ties involved than that of anv permanent
board. As to the responsibility of the railway
companies for the operation of their roads
Mr. Coke said they should be compelled to
keep their roads in operation, strike or no
interfered with that operation should be
treated with the utmost severity. Public
interest was the first consideration. Mr.
Coke recognized the absolute necessity of
restraining the railroads. No one, he said,
could read the history of railroad develop-
ments without a feeling of profound indig-
nation and disgust that a system which, like
(hat of railroads, had become so
indispensable a necessity to civilization,
should be an instrumentality in the hands
of a few individuals for the systematic
robbery of the people. It was to pay divi-
dends on watered stock that wages on the
railroads were squeezed down. The evil
would never correct itself. State govern-
ment and United States government, while
uniting to protect railroad property, as
they should protect railroad property and
interests of the public from assault or
damage, should also unite to crush out the
practice which led to the labor difficulties
that had become so serious a feature of the
Mr. Logan, without committing himself
to the support or otherwise of the house
bill, would, at the proper time, submit a
substitute for it. The house bill provided
arbitration, but when after trouole had
arisen and after arbitration should be ap-
pealed to and a decision rendered, there
was no means of putting the decision into
effect. He would propose that the com-
mission to be called a commission of arbi-
tration should be selected by the president;
that men should be selected, part of them
for their knowledge of law, and
part for their knowledge of the laboring
interests of the country, and from among
these interests the commissioners, to be five
in number, and to have power to examine
witnesses, etc. He would provide that when
a decision is made it should be filed in the
United States District Court, placed on
record there, and become a decree of the
court. That would secure a method of en-
forcement for the decision, which under the
house bill could not be done. He would
also make it the duty of the com-
missioners to examine all questions
of controversy arising between corpora-
tions and their employes, and make a re-
port to Congress. He would erect the
bureau of labor into a department of labor,
and require the commissioner of labor to
communicate with all corporations, to as-
certain the particulars as to the number,
character and compensation of employe's,
prices of food, rent, etc.; and to submit
comparative statements, so far as prac-
ticable, of similar particulars relating to
labor in Europe, etc.
The pension bill was then laid
before the Senate. The pending amend-
ment was that of Mr. Blair to the
amendment of Mr. Van Wyck. Mr. Van
Wyck's amendment is to add to the
bill a proviso, that no soldier under the
act should hereafter receive less than $8 a
month. The amount proposed by Mr. Blair
is to provide instead that no pension paid
hereafter, under any law, to any soldier,
should be rated at less than $4 a month.
Mr. McPherson said that the Senate was
not definitely informed as to the amount the
bill would take from the treasury. In order
to get some information as to the approxi-
mate amount he moved that the bill be re-
committed to the committee on pensions.
A long discussion ensued, but without
acting on Mr. McPlierson's motion, the
Senate went into executive session, and
when the doors were reopened adjourned.
Mr. Sadler, of Alabama, from the com-
mittee on territories, reported adversely a
bill to regulate the manufacture and sale
of intoxicating liquors in the Territories.
Laid on the table.
Mr. Blount, of Georgia, from the commit-
tee on postofflces and postroads, reported
back the postoffice appropriation bill witii
the Senate amendments, and, It having
been referred to the committee of the
whole, the House went into committee for
the purpose of considering the amend-
Mr. Blount addressed his remarks to that
clause known as the subsidy amendment,
and irade an argument in opposition to it.
Went on to quote from statistics to sh iw
the difference in pay whioli the steamship
companies received under the present law
for carrying mails from that which they
would receive if the proposed legislation
were enacted, and as an instance of the
evils which he maintained would follow
such enactment, stated that the mails now
carried by the Oriental and Occidental at
a cost of $8500 would have to be carried by
Hie Iiicific Mail at a cost of $10!),020. He
denied.the correctness of the declaration
that the decline of Amerioan commerce
was due to the fact that the United States
refused to pay subsidies to its steamship
companies, and asserted that the decline
was attributable to the narrow-minded
policy which forbids American citizens
from purchasing ships abroad.
Mr. Burrows, of Michigan, in supporting
the amendment, said it only authorized the
postmaster-general to do with the foreign
service exactly what he did with the Star
route and coastwise service, and all this
talk about subsidy was simply an appeal to
the prejudice instead of an appeal to the
reason of reasonable men. He then passed
on to the consideration of the necessity of
extending our commercial relations with
xico. Central and South America, and
intained that the increase in facilities for
mail transportation would have a tendency
to extend our trade in those states.
Mr. Itiggs, of Illinois, opposed the foreign
mail service amendment, and said that if
the gentleman wished to build up American
commerce by granting subsidies, let the
transaction be called by its right name.
Mr. Wakefield, of Minnesota, earnestly
opposed the amendment.
Mr. Guenther, of Wisconsin, said that the
appropriation did.not rise to the dignity of
a subsidy. It was neither fish, flesh nor
fowl. It was a gift, pure and simple. It
was a charity to the Pacific Steamship com
paDy, a corporation which Congress should
not touch with a ten-foot pole. Were the
members of Congress really so verdant as
to be deluded and deceived by shallow pre-
tences? Would they always take the baits
Were tni _
_ t ir.l
Pending further discuss'ion, tne commit-
tee rose and the House adjourned.
of corporation? Were they what were
called " suckers?" |Laughter.!
IMPEDING RAILWAY TRAFFIC.
A Slim Dallas Meeting Report! an Amendment
to the Revised Statutes to Cover the Case.
Special to The News.
Dallas, May 18.—The meeting held to-
day, at the Merchants exchange, to consider
a resolution inviting congressional action
in the prevention of the interruption of in
land commerce by strikers, was bu* poorly
attended, only sixteen persons, of whom
two were Knights of Labor and two inter
ested in putting an oleomargarine resolu-
tion through, being present,
President White, after a delay of half an
hour, beyond the time appointed for the
meeting, called the exchange to order, say-
ing: " I called you together this morning
for the purpose of considering an amend
ment to the law which has been passed upon
by many commercial bodies in the
United States, and has been sent here for
action. It suggests to Congress an amend-
ment of section 5258 of the United States Re
vised Statutes. While commercial bodies
do not p. 'end to enter into the disputes be-
tween employers arid employes, the manner
in which such disputes has been
conducted heretofore lias resulted in a
great loss to the commercial interests of
the country. It has therefore been deemed
advisable that the statute be amended so as
to make it an offense against the laws of
the United States for any person to stop
railroad trains while a quarrel is going on
between the employer and the employee.
As I have already stated, the exchange does
not propose to enter into the qua
termine which is right or which is wrong
The question with us is, shall the trains be
stopped during the existence of the conflict?
Mr. Jules Schneider offered the following
preamble and resolution:
Resolved, that in view of the great dam
age to the commerce of the country whioh
results from the interference by unauthor-
ized and lawless individuals iu impeding
and obstructing railroad companies in the
conveyance and delivery of freight, passen
gers and mails, we, the Merchants Ex-
change of Dallas, request the senators and
representatives in Congress from Texas to
use their best endeavors to secure the fol-
lowing amendment to section 5258 of the
Revised Statutes of the United States:
Amend section 0258 of the Revised Statutes
of the United States by inserting after the
word "destruction," in the seventh line
thereof, the following:
Any person or persons who shall wilfully
or by anv act, or by means of any threat or
intimidation impede or obstruct, except by
legal process, any such railroad company,
or the agents or servants of such company,
in the conveyance of any passengers, gov-
ernment supplies or mails from one State
to another State, or in the receiving, hand-
ling, loading or unloading or the trans-
portation or delivering of any freight or
property consigned to or shipped from one
State to another State or to a
foreign country, and which has
been transported from a foreign country
to any State of the United States, or from
one State of the United States to another
State, shall on conviction thereof be
punished by imprisonment for a term
not exceeding one year, or by
fine not exceeding $500; or by both
fine and imprisonment, in the dis-
cretion of the court, and the District Court
shall have jurisdiction of all such offenses.
The Circuit Court of the United States, in
any district, shall also have equity juris-
diction to restrain any threatened viola-
tion of this section.
The chair explained the object of the
resolution by saying that it seemed that
heretofore partieshad been stopping trains,
for which offense there was no definite pun-
ishment. It was proposed now, he said, to
make the law so plain that any man who
stops commerce by lawless action will
know what punishment his offense will be
It was moved and adopted that the reso-
lution be referred to a committee of three,
who are to report at a mass meeting next
Rumored Fatal Difficulty—Notes from the
Special to The News.
Wichita Falls, May 18.—Captain Mc-
Murry, state ranger, passed through to-day
en route for Harrold.
Yesterday evening, on Beaver Creek,
southwest of Harrold, a difficulty took
place between two sheepmen, in which, it is
rumored, that Sherdow was mortally
wounded with a pistol ball. A runner was
sent to Harrold after a doctor. The doctor
and three rangers repaired to the scene of
To day two boys were arraigned for
burglarizing the store of Mr. Michael last
Thursday, when the town was alarmed by
fire. The case of one is still pending.
Mr. Bibb passed through to-day with 400
head of cattle from the Fink pastures for
the Henrietta Cattle company.
Mr. Crittenden has organized a gin and
mill company, to be located on Beaver
Will Steans and Joseph Childer, just in
from Beaver creek, bring word from that
section. They say that this year's clip will
be very large; tliat corn Is standing the
drouth but the oat crop is lost.
TERRIBLE TRUNK TRAGEDY.
SENSATIONAL STORY OF THE SLAYER.
An Ingeniously Concocted Account of a Surgi-
cal Operation and Accidental Death
St. Louis, May 18.—The Post-Dispatch,
this afternoon, prints a statement made by
H. M. Brooks, alias Maxwell, now on trial
for the murder of C. Arthur Preller, which
will constitute the defense of Brook?, and
which will be urged to the utmost by his at-
torneys in the trial. The statement was
made to John J. Jennings, at present city
editor of the Post-Dispatch, and it has been
approved by Brooks's attorneys. Jennings
prefaces the statement with some remarks,
the chief points of which are as follows:
Maxwell's explanation of the death of
Preller is his only defense. That explana-
tion was made in writing to his attorneys,
Messrs. Martin 'and Fauntleroy, many
months ago, and Maxwell will go on the
witness-stand and repeat it. In giving it
he said his desire all along had
been to unburden himself to
the public and allow his actions
previous to and after the crime to substan-
tiate his declarations. These actions show
that he neither premeditated a crime or
tried to conceal one, for from the moment
of his arrival at the Southern hotel until
his departure for San Francisco every act,
almost every word of his had been the pro-
perty of the public, and these acts, these
words, form the strongest links in the chain
of circumstances which theory have forged
to hold the culprit to his crime. "The
only act," said Maxwell, "about which
there has been any doubt at all,
has been the act of which I am now ac-
cused. I recognize now as much as any-
body could, that I made a mistake in with-
holding my defense. But what could I do?
I was here in a strange world with no one
to advise me but my counsel, and I fol-
lowed the advice they gave me to the letter.
The attorneys for the defense will not deny
the identity of the remains, but will ac-
knowledge the death of Preller at Max-
well's hands and insist that death was due
to an accident arising from cir-
cumstances which Preller himself had in-
vited. The following is Brooks's statement:
Mr. Preller was suffering from a private
sease, for which I had previously pre-
scribed, mixing the medicines myself from
bottles in a medicine case I carried with
me: but his ailment had reached a stage
where it was necessary for me to make cer-
tain investigations. I was obliged to use a
catheter, arid in using the catheter when
the parts were inflamed, I had previously
applied chloroform in order to produce a
in this manner on a man named Harrison,
in Liverpool, without any serious result.
I explained the process to Preller, and told
him what I should have to do. He was not
only willing but was very anxious
for me to treat him in this man-
ner. During the day I purchased
four ounces of chloroform which was
standing in a bottle on the edge of my
wash-stand, when I was washing some sur-
gical instruments. This washing of instru-
ments took place Sunday afternoon, and
was intended as a preparation for the oper-
ation. In washing the instruments I over-
turned a bottle of chloroform, and it went
headlong into the basin, the cork coming
out and all but one ounce and a quarter or
an ounce and a half going down in the sink.
This was probably 3 o'clock, and after get-
ting my instruments ready I went out to se-
cure some morejcliloroform. I went to a
drug store—I don't know where, but a store
near the hotel—and asked for chloroform.
The clerks, or some persons there,
have said I was excited and in a hurry.
This was not so. I sat down in a chair in
the drug store for more than a quarter of an
hour: was altogether very leisurely about
my business, for there was no hurry. If I
am not mistaken, I had a long conversation
with some one in the drug store. When I
got the chloroform, I repaired to my room.
Preller had been in and out of my room and
his own all the afternoon. About 5 we
I administered the
chloroform in the usual way, holding a
saturated cloth to his nose. Preller passed
began the operation
■ Ic " ' "
irated cloth to his nose. Preller pi
through the first stage all right. It took
several moments; I don't know exactly how
long. Then he entered the second stage,
and here the terrible result came. I dis-
covered too late that he was dying. Imagine
my horror when this fact dawned upon me.
I was wild with fright, but had presence of
mind, enough to cut his shirt and under-
shirt from his body, and getting a wet towel,
I bathed him around the neck and shoulders
for half an hour or so. I did not give up
until I was ready to drop from exhaustion,
and my efforts were not relaxed until he
had been dead some time. All the clothes
he had on at the time were a shirt and un-
dershirt. I had stripped him for the opera-
tion. What did I do when 1 saw my friend
was dead? What could I do? I did not
know what to do, except to drink. I drank
everything I could get. I drank wine, whis-
ky—everything. what were my thoughts?
I "hadn't" any. All I remember is that I
drew on a pair of drawers—the first that
fell into my hands, put the body into my
trunk, from which I had removed every-
thing. I put it into the trunk an hour after
Preller's death. What was done beside this
I have no recollection of. The liquor and
consternation had possession of me, and I
know only that my feelings were those of
the utmost horror. I remained in my own
room that night, the same room in which
the remains were found. It would not be
for me to say that I slept, for I didn't, and I
was glad when morning came. What I did
after leaving the room you know, for it has
all been printed."
" Was a catheter found among your medi-
" I don't know. I carried some of my in-
struments away in the valise and threw
them into the Pacific."
" Had you any plans about disposing of
" None whatever. I meant to leave it
there, expecting that it would be discovered
sooner than it was, and thinking that a post-
mortem would reveal the true state of facts,
that Preller had met his death while under-
going such an operation as I have desig-
" How about Preller's money?"
" 1 know nothing about Preller's money.
I had plenty of money of my own. or I could
not have made the long trip which I did
Mr. Jennings closes hy stating that this
is only a synopsis of the full written state-
ment "in the hands of Brooks's counsel,
which gives all the details of the Sunday
occurrences in room 114, Southern hotel,
but the attorneys refused to give the written
statement, and by their advice Brooks de-
clined to say any more. According to his
story the cutting off of Preller's mustache,
the inscription about " traitors " found in
the trunk, and all the queer incidents con-
nected with the tragedy are to be attributed
to his liquor aad fear-crazed condition after
the juj1y selected.
The anticipation that the Maxweli trial
would be begun in earnest to-day attracted
a large crowd of spectators to the Criminal
court-rooms this morning. The work of the
morning was to have been the selection of
the jury from the panel of forty-seven who
were selected last week from those sum-
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moned as to their ability to impartially try
the case. All but one of the panel of forty-
seven were present when court opened, but
the absence of this one delayed pro-
ceedings. The court issued a writ
demanding his presence. It twas
placed in the hands of a deputy
who immediately went in search of the de-
linquent. At 1.30 o'clock the deputy re-
turned with his man. The prosecution aud
defense made challenges, the former de-
manding the withdrawal of twenty from the
total number of forty-seven, the latter fif-
teen, thus leaving twelve who composed the
jury which will try the case. The court
then adjourned until 2.30 p. m., when C. D.
Bishop, for the State, will open the case.
the case opened.
At the afternoon session of the court Mr.
Bishop opened the prosecution with a long
statement of the case and what the State
expected to prove. He rehearsed and re-
cited all t'le circumstances aud facts at-
tending the arrival here of both Brooks and
Preller: their sojourn at the Southern hotel;
Brooks's conduct while here: his sudden de-
parture; the absence of Preller; the finding
of the body in one of Brooks's trunks; its
partial identification as that of Preller; the
journey of Brooks to 'Frisco, thence to Auck-
land ; his arrest there and return to tills
city by officers; and in fact gave a full his-
tory of the events as they took place at the
time, and as they were very exhaustively
stated and repeatedly printed in the public
press here and throughout the country,
claiming at the close that Brooks killed
Preller, and that he did it wilfully, mali-
ciously and premeditatedly.
The deputy sheriff then called the names
of the witnesses for the State, numbering
about fifty, and asked that the witnesses
for the defense should also be called,
whereupon Mr. Fauntelroy, of counsel for
the defense, answered: "We have n*ne."
The first witness was then called, Merrit
R. Noble, who was at the time of the mur-
der a clerk at the Southern hotel, but who
now resides at Texarkana, Ark. He testi-
fied to the defendant having arrived at
the hotel on the morning of March
31, 1885, and registered as W. H.
Lennox Maxwell, M. D., London, Eng. Max-
well was assigned to room 144, on the second
floor. C. Arthur Preller arrived at the
hotel on April 3, and was given room 3S3-
Witness recognized a photograph handed
him as that ot Preller. He remembered the
body being found in the trunk taken from
room 144. Saw it twice, and while viewing
it the second time, came to the belief that it
was that of Preller. After a very brief
cross-examination, which elicited nothing
additional, the court adjourned till to-
THE LABOR SITUATION.
Cincinnati, May 18.—The remaining
troops ordered here by the governor as a
means of precaution against violence in
connection with the recent strikes, were or-
dered away to-day. The strike situation is
vacilating. While some of the companies'
men are returning to work, others hold out.
Others are coming out. Among the last
named are the planing mill hands, who de-
manded eight hours a day with ten hours
pay. The Grocers association granted the
request of the clerks to close at 7 p. m., ex-
St. Louis, May 18.—On information re-
ceived at police headquarters late to-night,
the authorities have called in all their po-
lice reserve and taken a large number of
the watchmen from the down town district
and sent about 100 men each to the brewery
of Jos. Schnaider on Chauteau avenue be
tween Missouri rand Mississippi avenues,
and to that of Chas. Steifel, on the corner of
Fourteenth and Muilanphy streets, to guard
them against an apprehended assault. The
precise reason of the movement by the po-
lice is not known outside of their circles at
this writing, but there is some sort of trou-
ble not clearly understood between Messrs.
Schnaider and Steifel and their employes,
and threats are said to have been made, or
intimations thrown out, that there is to be
a demonstration of some kind made against
the breweries to-night, and the police have
been sent to them as a precautionary mea-
sure and to protect them should an assault
be made. Later developments will be
closely watched and reported.
gone back to work.
Chichgo, May 18.—At Pullman all the
men, excepting 270 odd cabinet-makers,
returned to work this morning at the old
wages and the same hours as heretofore.
The nail mill at Cummings started up this
morning for the first time in two weeks.
Superintendent McCloud said he had thirty
men at work and expected to have a half
the great strike broken.
Pittsburgh, Pa., May 18.—Reports from
the Cumberland coal regions arc to the
effect that the great strike has been broken.
At Frostburg, Md., a large number of
miners returned to work this morning at
the old rates. Cumberland miners held a
meeting to-day and will probably go in to-
went to work.
factories in this city, except the striking
laundry girls of idis's factory, went to
work this morning as usual, and will con-
tinue at work until the doors are actually
closed to them.
sugar makers' strike ended.
New YouK,May 18.—The Brooklyn sugar-
makers' strike has been declared at an end
and the union dissolved.
A TERRIFIC FUSILADE.
How a Number of Virginians Shot It Out in the
Streets of Martinsville.
Martinsville, Vr., May 18.—No greater
tragedy has occurred in Virginia in a de-
cade than that which fills this town with
gloom find excitement. In a fight last even-
ing, on a crowded street, many shots were
fired, and as a result Jacob Terry, a young
farmer, is dead, and his two brothers, J.
K. Terry and Benjamin Terry, can not live.
Colonel P. D. Spencer, a prominent busi-
ness man and manufacturer; Tarletou
Brown, proprietor of Brown's tobacco ware-
house; B. L. Jones, saloon-keeper; R. L.
Gregory, hotel clerk, and Sandy Martin are
all dangerously wounded. On Saturday-
night nn anonymous circular was issued
and posted up all over town. It seriously
reflected on W. K. Terry, a young business
maD, and his father, the late Wiu. Terry, a
prominent citizen. Yesterday morning the
three brothers went to the printing-office
and demanded the name of the author of
the card. The printer told them it was
Colonel P. D. Spencer.
Last evening, soon after the tobacco fac-
tories had closed for the day, and the streets
were filled with operatives returning from
their week, the Terry Bros, started in the
direction of Spencer's factory. When about
half-way there they were met by Spencer,
with his brother and several friends. W.
K. Terry addressed a few words to Spencer,
who tola him not to shoot. Just then some
one fired a pistol. The scene that followed
beggars description; forty shots were fired,
with the fatal effect stated above. It is be-
lieved that Brown and the two Terrys will
live but a few hours.
Barbers Must Close.
Boston, May 18.—As a result of the peti-
tion signed by 1000 barbers, asking that the
law against Sunday opening be enforced
in their case, the board of police commis-
sioners has been instructed by the superin-
tendent of police to notify all boss barbers
that they must close their places of business
on Sunday uiider penalty of prosecution.
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