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Result of tlie Grand Jury In
Talesman Approached in Various
O'Malley's Detective Agency a Menace
to the Law—The Verdict Rendered
by the Jury Contrary to Law and
Evidence, and Was Secured Mainly
Through Designing Agencies Em
ployed for the Purpose of Defeating
the Ends of Justice—Tho Mafia
Composed of Criminals Cast Ofl* by
tbe Italian Government—Tho Kill
ing of the Italians the Outgrowth
of Popular Indignations—Xone of
tbe Participants Indicted.
(Special to the Record-Unios.
Nkw Ori.ka.ns, May s.—After six !
weeks' investigation, the Grand Jury |
completed its labors in the Italian case,
and this afternoan presented a volumin
ous report to Judge Man*.
The report recites the killing of Chief of
Police Hennessy, the trial of Italians,
etc., and, referring to the verdict ren
dered, says: "We cannot be mistaken in
the assertion that the verdict was start
ling, amazing, a bitter disappoinment,
shocking to public opinion, provoking
repeated accusation that some of the jury
had been unfaithful to their otlice.''
The report goes on at considerable
length to speak of comments made on
every aide before the termination of the
trial touching the action of some mem
bers of tho jury; the remarks dropped in
and about the court-room; the quarrel in
Die jury-room, etc.
Careful observers, it says, testify with
special reference to the marked Inatten
tion ol the jury aa the witnesses submit
ted their evidence, to conduct most unbe
coming and fraught with the gravest
consequences when the momentous im
port ofthe issue is considered.
"We are led," continues the report, "to
conclude that the jury undertook to try
the ease when it was submitted by their
own estimate of the A*alue of the state
ments made by parties not called as Avit
nesses. With strange unanimity they
dwelt upon what they knew by reading
and hearsay of certain incidents of the
assassination prior to the trial, and made
those the basis of a powerful persuasion
for giving the accused the benefit ofthe
doubt, and concluding the deliberations
in their favor. We take occasion to say
that it was not expected to obtain any
evidence of undue influence from the
members of the jury: for those Avho were
uncorrupted had nothing to reveal, while
others would not make themselves parti
<■<:■■ ciimims. yet in their numerous
statements much was obtained having
direct connection with and supported by
a ureal volume of testimony elicited
during the course of inquiry.
"It is clearly brought oat by evidence
Ofthe jurors that, as affecting three of the
accused Politez, Scaffedi and Monas
terio—the jury engaged in their delibera
tion four <>r five hours, and, on repeated
ballots, stood six guilty and six not
guilty. This is a clearly defined indica
tion of the conviction of the jury as to
three of the accused. It forces the con
clusion that the evidence was sufficient to
justify the six jurors who Btood resolute
aad determined for a verdict of guilty,
making it well-nigh impossible to reach
any other conclusion than a mistrial.
"The three accused named above were
probably unwilling actors, designated by
the leaders of tbe conspiracy to execute
tlainoua part in which they bad
neither personal motives nor interest.
Following this investigation, it was
quickly learned that
In various manners, the \ lie work being
carried forward in the court-room daring
the trial, one favored expression waa
that hig money might be made by going
on the jury, and doing right. There fa _q
doubt vhat such attempts were made by
various parties in the service of the de
fense, and entertained by some talesmen
lornmlly rejected by others, in
some instances ■ rebuff was met w itfa an
answer that it was a joke, but surely it
was a Well-directed joke Of deep sig
nificance when the leading part waa en
y c,ousel of one of the accused
■waiting trial, now under indictment for
attempting to bribe jurors.
"Another class of talesmen took spe
cial care to deny any knowledge of tlie
vile work, or showed remarkable defi
ciency of memory, causing us to con
clude that they were silent from fear, or
had been cautioned about incriminating
anyone. A number of Witnesses most
emphatically denied having been ap
proached or spoken to, erven after telling
their friends, who informed us. Among
the talesmen were a number of our Clt f.
sens, who have nobly come forward re
lating their experience s. furnishing some
ofthe missing links in the chain of cir
cumstantial evid.n.e drawn around the
It is not to be questioned that the work
was systematically executed, after care
ful preparation, and had to be done
quickly. The necessity was imperative,
for the complete list of talesmen, and the
Grand Jury knows that list was in the
Office of O'Malley A Adams at 11
o'clock Sunday morning. February 22d,
though on the trial the Judge had issued
special orders that the list was not to be
made public or given to counsel of either
side until Monday. It is not shown by !
whose hands the list was received, but
enough is shown to confirm the secret
and powerful influence, of tho so-called
private detective agency and counsel
Adams to handle the machinery of the
court. The evidence shows that the lists
When drawn from the jury-wheel and
before they reached the jury-box in court.
O'Malley was put in possession ofthe
lists almost immediately after the names
were drawn, and before they reached the
District Attorney's office. Influential
friends alone conld accomplish this, but
this was secured In tlie person of one of
the Jury Commissioners, lately removed.
"It is further learned that in the office
of the detective agency, is kept a
book of the names and addresses of
the jurymen. Out of three hundred
names drawn for tho February panel,
thirty-two woro on O'Malley's list,and
later as talesman were drawn. Many
more names appeared that were on that
list. Truly, the business of this enter
prising detective agency was facilitated
when thirty-two names of their selection
could be drawn on a panel of throe hun
dred jurors from a wheel containing one
thousand names."
The report goes on to speak of tlie un- '
reliability of some of the Deputy Sheriffs
about the court and at the parish prison,
although they were not detected in any
act of infidelity. When the indictments
against McCrystol and Cooney were read
in the court-room in blank, the fact was
at mice communicated to indicate the
men thn.ugh some subordinate of the
court. When these men were arrested in
O'Malley A: Adams' office, tlie Deputy
sheriff, at the request of O'Malley, re
ported to the court that the arrest was
made on the street.
The report dwells on the sworn statement
of Thomas Collins as of the greatest
value. Be, after entering the empi..\ of
O'Malley & Adams, was commissioned
as a special by the Mayor and paid by the
"His duties," says tlio report, "while
acting in his double capacity, wore per
formed with the strictest fidelity, as evi
denced by the daily reports of everything
seen or heard. Its details and materia!
features are bo closely connected with the
circumstances of tiie trial, BS confirmed
by Other witnesses, that there is not the
slightest reason to doubt the accuracy and
correctness of Collins' sworn statement.
It unfolds the whole story of iniquitous
doings of the arch-conspirator and his
Lieutenants, revealing the boundless
power of a man to overcome and defy the
majesty of the law in criminal and civil
proceedings through the operations of an
unscrupulous private detective.
"The difficulties of establishing the
existence of such conspiracies by ade
quate proof are most insurmountable.
Secrecy is the essential element, and sel
dom does it happen that any one of the
participants will reveal the villainy,
either before or after its execution. Suffi
cient evidence, however, was offered by
voluntary and reliable witnesses to justify
As follows : Thomas M<-< 'ry>tol and John
Cooney, with D. C. O'Malley, for at
tempting to bribe talesmen, and Bernard
Glandi, .Charles Granger and Ferneard
Armant, for an attempt by each to bribe
three different talesman.
"The guilt of those parties is closely
shown, and were it not for their inter
ference we believe the verdict would
have been radically different, and as a
natural consequence tiie tragic occur
rences of the 14th of March never would
have been recorded. Me< rvstol's volun
tary statement to the Grand Jury, partly
in the shape of a confession, reveals some
points, and causes us to think that lm
would have told more, but for the power
and influence of O'Malley and his asso
ciates. McCrystol and Cooney were the
trusted accomplices, and figure through
out tlie whole affair with prominence,
sho wing the high appreciation in which
their services were hold.
"We cannot fail to refer to the intimate
relations existing between a class of ward
politicians and the prime mover in all
these infamous doings. We have it most
directly confirmed that a person holding
the position of Inspector of Weights and
Measures was often at the agency, and
was seen coming to the Court-house in
company with a talesman the day he was
accepted as a juror.
"There is confirmed evidence that tlie
influence of O'Malley with a night watch
man and an inspector at the electric plant
was so great that he caused them to
manipulate the light at the corner of
Girod street and Basin the night the fury
was taken to the scene of the assassina
tion to correspond with Its alleged actions
the night of the murder. His influence
also accounts for the alterations in the
book of records at the electric light
point. :?
"From the beginning of tho investiga
tion there is continuous evidence of a per
nicious ci mabination of what is known as
O'Malley's Detective Agency. It adver
tises that one of the ablest criminal law
yers at the bar is attorney for the agency.
Weknowfor an absolute certainty that
a bank account is kept, and checks drawn
in the names of O'Malley & Adams,
the interested parties being D. C. O'Mal
ley and Lionel Adams. Such a combina
tion between a detective agency anil
prominent criminal lawyers is unheard
of before in the civilized world, and when
w< atemplate its possibilities for evil
we stand aghast."
The report then goes over O'Malley's
record from the time he served a term in
Cleveland for larceny, detailing the in
dictments found against him, New
< Orleans convictions for minor offenses in
Criminal Courts, etc., and says: "So
pernicious to the administration of justice
were his doings that while Judge Roman
presided in the Criminal < kmrt he ordered
O'Malley excluded from the room. This
was during the time the detective's
present associate, Lionel Adams, *vas
District Attorney, and it is a significant
(act that two indictments against O'Mal
ley for tampering with witnesses were
not brought to trial, bat were nolle
prosequied by the District Attorney
prior to the expiration of his term.
"The inside view we were enabled to
get of the workings of this detective
agency through detective Collins, abund
antly corroborated from many sources,
convinces ua that it had at its command a
board of perjurers, blackmailers, sub
orners and jury-tampers, and that it has
for some time been an element of discord
in the community and a stumbling-block
to the administration of justice, which
should be eradicated. That its career of
crime had not been cut short is a matter
of wonder, and is, no doubt, due to the
fact that O'Malley and his co-workers
Landed together for sell'-prcservati.,n.
"The extended range of our research
baa developed the existence of the secret
organization styled the 'Mafia.' Evidence
comes from several sources fully compe
tent in themselves to attest its truth, Avhile
the fact ;s supported by a long record of
blood-curdling crimes, it being almost
impossible to discover the perpetrators or
secure witness, x. __s officers Of the
Mafia and many of its members are now
known. Among them are men born in
this city of Italian origin, using
their powex for the basest
purposes, bo it said. t<i their
eternal disgrace. The larger number
Ofthe society is composed Of Italians and
Sicilians, who left their native land in
most cases under assumed names, to
avoid conviction and punishment for
crimes, others were escaped convicts,
outlawed in their own land, seeking the
city of New Orleans for congenial com
panionship of their own class. These
mem knew the swift retribution of the
law in Italy, for hundreds have been
shot down at sight by the military in the
mountains of Sicily Avithout a second
i "To-day there is recorded in the office of
the Italian Consul in this city the names
lof some eleven hundred Italians and
Sicilians landed hero during several years
past, showing the official records of their
criminality in Italy and Sicily. Hun
dreds of them are among us to-day. We
doubt not that tlie Italian Government
would be rather rid of them than to be
charged with their custody and punish
ment. It cannot be questioned that the
secret organizations whose teachings are
hostile to the fundamental principles of
the Government of the United States
must be a continual menace to the
good order of society and the material
welfare of the people. The law
is the safeguard of society; its just, execu
tions expresses tlie will of tho people in
j condemnation of crime, but where this
lofty principle is condemned by the prac
tice of assassination for revenge or spite
and concealment under the most binding
oaths, rendering powerless tho efforts of
the law to reach the chief actors and se
cure witnesses, it becomes the duty ofthe
people in the exorcise of their sovereign
rights to issue their decree of condemna
tion. That verdict lias been rendered.
The power of Mafia is broken. It must
be destroyed as an element of danger, a
creation of leprous growth in this com
The report severely reflects on the
action ot some of the jurymen in the
trial, and says : "Some of the jurors testi
fied in the most emphatic tonus that had
it not been for the persistent and the well
directed efforts or throe jurymen, con
spicuous from the first, tiie verdict would
have been materially different. It is eer
! tain that the special effort of counsel for
the defense was to select for service Buch
as were well under O'Malley's influence.
What can be thought when three jurors
were accepted with some unimportant
question, or tbe clerk told to swear them
without question? This is a proceeding
almost unheard of, but it has its meaning
as well as the other instance."
The IJ rand Jury goes on at great length
to talk on the immigration question, set
ting forth the evils of the present meth
• I i, instancing the recent introduction of
Italian immigrants, without any exam
ination whatever, and whose names,
even, were not on the passenger lists of
the ship. It declares that the crisis is
reached, and on the magnitude of the is
j sue, it becomes the duty of the next Con
gress to quickly enact such laws that
| complete protection shall Ik? afforded.
Tho ('rand Jury says it has at no time
lost sight of the necessity for a thorough
investigation of the whole affair. They
I examined a large number of witnesses,
embracing those who were present at the
memorable meeting on Canal street, in
the vicinity ofthe prison, etc.
'• It is shown in tho evidence," says the
report, "that the gathering on Saturday,
March 14th, embraced several thousands
of the tirst. best and even tho most law
abiding citi/.ens of the city. We found tho
general sentiment among the witnesses,
and also in our intercourse with the peo
ple, that the verdict rendered by the jury
was contrary to law and evidence, and
secured mainly through designing and
unscrupulous agents employed for the
special purpose of defeating the ends of
"At that meeting a determination was
Bhown that the people would not submit
to a surrender of their rights into the
hands of midnight assassins and their
powerful allies. The assassination of
Ilennessy was deemed necessary to pre
vent the exposure and punishment of
criminals whoso guilt was being fast
established l>y his diligent pursuit.
"The condition of affairs in this com
munity as to a certain class of violators
of the law had reached such a state that
the law itself was well nigh powerless to
deal with them, so far-reaching was their
power and influence.
"In regard to the public meeting on
Canal street, general and spontaneous in
character, as truly indicating an uprising
of the masses, we doubt if any power at
the command of the authorities would
have been sufficient to overcome its in
tentions. The evidence is before us from
official sources that eleven persons were
killed in the attack on the prison. Wo
find that eight of them were beyond
question American citizens, and another
had 'declared his intention,' which
act comes with its renunciation of alle
' glance to his native country. The mag
nitude ofthe all'airat tlie prison makes it
a difficult task to fix the guilt upon auy
I member of the participants. In fact, the
j act seemed to involve the entire people of
the parish and city of New Orleans, so
profuse was their sympathy and extended
their connection with the affair.
I "In view of these considerations, a
i thorough examination of tho subject has
; failed to disclose the necessary facts to
justify this Grand Jury in presenting in
Kesults of yesterday's Eastern Base
ball Games.
CHICAGO, May s.—Stein for the Chi
cago's allowed tAVo singles to be made off
his delivery, but was wild, and gave
seven men bases on balls, perfect support
alone winning for him. Galvin was also
very effective. Score: Chicago 13, Pitts
burg 0. Batteries—Stein and Kittridge;
Galvin and Mack.
Ci.kvki.ami, May s.—There was heavy
hitting all around to-day. Young, how
ever, being in good form until the sixth
inning. Score: Cleveland 14, Cincin
nati 10. Batteries—Young and Zinimer;
Duryea and Keenan.
Philadelphia, May 6.—The Phillies
were easily shut out by tlie New Yorks
this afternoon. Score -New York .5,
Philadelphia 0. Batteries—Buckley and
I Rusie; Clements and Gleason.
AT NKW" YoKlv.
New Yobk, May s.—The Bridegrooms
played like children to-day, thereby los
ing the game. Score—Boston 12, Brook
lyn ti. Batteries—Ganzell and Getsden;
Kiusiow and Lovett.
Boston, May s.—Boston 7, Washing
ton I.
Philadelphia, May s.—Athletic 18,
Baltimore .**>.
St. Pail, May s.—St. Paul 19, Kansas
City io.
MILWAUKEE, May 5. — Milwaukee 8,
Lincoln ll*.
Sioux City, May s.—Sioux City 7,
Denver _,
Minneapolis, May s.—Minneapolis 6,
Omaha 11.
The Colored Citizens Hold a Conven
tion at Cincinnati.
CINCINNATI, Mayo.— The American
Citizens' Equal Bights Association, com
posed of colored men, held a convention
here to-day. They adopted a series of
resolutions affirming their purpose to se
. cure a full and free exercise of every right
given them by the Constitution. They
; entered a protest against the efforts of a
lew so-called leaders ofthe race to induce
the administration to recognize them, to
tlie exclusion of the more progressiA-e
class, whose aim it is to Avork in the In
st of the Whole people. They also
Called tlie attention of the organization to
the fact that colored men were appointed
to office mainly in the South, where tho
only political service tho colored men
can render is to send delegates to Na
tional Conventions, and are denied to
those in the Northern States whose votes
are necessary to tho success of either
j party.
James W. Townsend, of Indiana,-Avas
; elected President. Among the Vice-
Presidents is Key. J. K. Johnson, of Cal
, ilomia.
The bloom that is on the rye is all right.
It is the bloom that comes on tbe nose
that is all wrong.
The Supreme Court Ousts Gov
ernor Boyd.
Thayer, Ills Predecessor, Sworn In as
tbe Chief Executive — President
Harrison Said to Have Been Instru
mental In Bringing About the
Order for a Close Sea at tho Seal
Fisheries —Fears of a Great Flood
Along tho Rio Grande River.
Bpedal to the RKConn-UxroN'.
Lincoln (Neb.), Mayo. -Tils Nebraska
Supreme Court to-day rendered a deci
sion in the Boyd-Thayer quo warranto
ease, ousting Boyd (Dem.), who at pres
ent holds office, and declaring Thayer,
I his Republican predecessor, legal Gov
ernor of Nebraska. Tiie opinion recites
I the fact that Bovd was legally elected
i Governor of Nebraska, but is disqualified
i on the ground of non-eiii-.-.enship.
Alter quoting the constitutional provis
ion relative to aliens, the opinion pro
ceeds, to the question of Buccessorship,
and disposes of the claim of Lieutenant-
Governor Majors in the following words:
"Under Section 1 of the Constitution the
person elected to the oilice of Governor is
entitled to discharge the duties and re
ceive emoluments of oilice for the
term of two years from the
first Thursday after the first Tuesday
in January following his election, and
until his successor is duly elected and
When the person receiving the highest
number of votes for the omce of Gov
ernor is ineligible, under the Constitution
to he elected, the Governor holds over.
The duties ofthe Chief Executive officers
<>!' state devolve upon the Lieutenant-
Governor in certain contingencies, among
which are failure of the < Jovemor-eloct to
quality and disability of Governor. It
cannot he said there has been failure to
qualify where no person has been con
stitutionally elected to office.
A writ of ouster was served on Gov
ernor Boyd, and his attorney, John I).
Howe of Omaha, went to the Supreme
Court to file a motion for a stay, but as
the judgment had already been entered
and the writ served, it was"too late. Boyd
accordingly turned over the otlice to
Governor Thayer, who had in the mean
time taken the oath of office and filed
his bond.
The opinion was signed by Chief Justice
Cobb and Justice Nor vail. Justice Max
well dissenting. It is stated that Bovd
will carry the case to the United States
Supreme Court.
1 he decision was considerable of a sur
prise, it being thought here that in the
event of Boyd being ousted, Lieutenant
(tovernor Majors would be named as
Boyd's ineligibility consists in the fact
that his father, who Avas a native of Ire
land, had failed to even perfect his citi
zenship in this country aiiu 'ihus is not
an American citizen.
President Harrison Plays an ActlA'e
Part In the Negotiations.
Nkav York, May 5. —The Herald's
Washington correspondent says ; "I am
informed tbat Secretary Blame's proposal
for the total suppression of seal catching
Within the Behring Sea Avill be formally
communicated to Minister Pauncefote to
day, or by Wednesday at the least. Not
the least interesting circumstance con
nected Avith this new departure in our
Behring Sea policy is the direct and actiA*e
part played in it by President Harrison.
Notwithstanding his temporary absence
from Washington, I am assured that it is
due to the President's decisive judgment
and instructions that the British Govern
ment is noAA* to be invited to join Avith the
United States in stopping the further kill
ing of fur-seals in the waters and islands
of the Behring Sea upon terms equally
falr to both parties.
"So little had tlie President's course
been anticipated that the lessees of the
Pribylov Islands have made all their ar
! rangements for a busy season of seal
slaughter. Their vessels have been sup
plied and a working force was all ready
to start from San Francisco. The Treas
ury agent who was to supervise and tally
their catch of sealskins had been desig
nated and ordered to proceed from his
Pastern station to San Francisco, to take
passage for the islands.
"The fact that President Harrison is
determined to face all that loss and ac
companying disappointment and incon
venience indicates the serious view he
takes of the consequences of an unsettled
policy and the unrestricted pursuit of
seals in the Behring Sea this year. The
losses and disappointments to owners,
outfitters and crews of sailing vessels at
British Columbia will also be severe, if
Lord Salisbury should decide to meet tho
President half-way, by the temporary
prohibition of seal-fishing in Behring See,
It is not expected here that the Govern
ment of Canada Avill acquiesce without at
least a mild protest on behalf of its Pa
cific Coast citizens in this sudden and
much-delayed measure by tho Washing
ton authorities. Notwithstanding this
and other formidable obstacles to tlie
l'r< sident's new project, the utmost con
fidence is expressed by the members of
the Administration here that the project
will be realized and that an entire season
of recuperation Avill be secured to the
seals, so lately menaced by the approach
ing slaughter of probably 800,000 of their
number Within the next three months."
Ottawa (Ontario), Mays.—Minister of
Marino Tupper has denied that he made
the statement that the United States
Government has intimated that there
would be no interference on the part of
American cruisers with British Columbia
sealers in Behring Sea ithis season. He
also stated that the Dominion GoA'orn
ment has given no assurance to oAvners
of the sealing fleet that their vessels
avould not bo molested, as no such assur
ance has been asked for.
Physicians Should Recognize No Geo
graphical Boundary Lines.
Washington, May s.—The American
Medical Association was called to order
this morning by Dr. Patterson of Wash
ington, the Chairman of tlie Committee
of Local Arrangements. President Dr.
Briggs of Nashville, Term., deliA'ered the
In substance he said: "Physicians
should recognize no geographieai bound
ary lines. The good of the human race
was the object of all physicians of tho
American Medical Association. Beyond
uniting the physicians of the country, the
association helped to spread the knowl
edge throughout all tho Avorld. It gave
the medical world esprit >le OOfJM in its
code of ethics, which is the golden rulo of
medicine. Two great objects Avere con
tinuously before the association—to en
courage instruction in medicine and to
elevate the standard of medical education
and medical men. The great cry now
Avas for a higher grade of education, and
when this is reached the American Medi
cal Association should congratulate itself
upon having achieved one of its objects.
But though moral suasion, not coercion,
Avas the principal action, yet the time is
coming Avhen legislative Dower should be
given this body, by Avhfeh it might act
Avith authority for tho Avhole profession
of tho United States. Let us ask those
members avlio sulked aAvay from us to
come back : that harmony and peace
should be the rule. Without exception
the result of the American Medical Col
lege Association ought in everyway to be
uphold, and those colleges a\ inch refuse .1
that constitution ought to havo its mem
bers declared eligible to the American
Medical Association.'*
l>r. Briggs then begged that all trans
actions should be done in harmony and
with success, and closed amid applause.
A vote of thanks Avas given the President,
and a committee of five was appointed to
take charge of the address and report in
regard to the sentiments therein con
tained on Friday next.
Xew Phase in tho Miners'' Strike In
Ottumwa (la.), May 5.—A hcav phase
of the miners strike doA-eloped to-day.
Yesterday the miners of the Hiteman
and Three Cedar mines held a joint meet
ing, and tho delegates made a formal de
; mand for eight hours a day, which was
refused at the Phillips fuel mine. No. 2.
i At Porbush, Willard, and other places,
| the miners who had gone to work came
out to sco what the other mines granted.
Tlie coal operators think tho strike of
short duration, but those intimately con
nected with the mines believe that the
j strike is now lo be fought in the lowa
coal fields, since there are fewer miners
and those in other States can better con
tribute to their support.
Chicago, May ."*».—A dispatch from
Terre Haute, Ind., says that the block
coal miners returned to work to-day,
| signing the contracts under protest. The
scale of prices remains the same as last
, year. The bituminous miners Avill un
; doubtedly be influenced by this.
St. Louis, May s.—The prospects for a
settlement betweeu the carpenters and
master builders on an individual basis
becomes more bright, as several firms
gave in to the union scale to-day, and
only about 200 carpenters remain out.
Spotted FeA-er.
Ci.kvei.axo, May r>.— According to
Health Officer Ashman there are many
indications that the grip will be followed
| by many cases of corebro spinal menin
gitis, which is sometimes called "spotted
fever."' There have been at least a dozen
deaths from tho disease during tho past
two weeks, and Dr. Ashman finds that
the grip was the primary cause of all of
them. This disease, which attacks the
membranes of the brain, soon throws the
patient into horrible convulsions. This
new form taken by the grip epidemic is
regarded as very startling by Dr. Ash
man, and worthy of the immediate atten
tion of the medical and civil authorities.
Tin-Plate Industry.
CHICAGO, May s.—The annual meeting
of the Diamond Plate Glass Company,
Avhose Avorks are at Kokomo, Ind., and
Which is controlled by Ohio. Indiana and
Illinois capitalists, was held to-day and
| Colonel A. L. Conger of Ohio was elected
! President. The meeting discussed the
i advisability of establishing a tin-plate
; factory at Khvood, Indiana, but a final
decision was postponed for a Aveek.
< olonel Conger suys he and his asso
ciates believe that if they decide to go
into this business there Avill be uo lack of
funds to insure its sucess.
Heavy Frosts.
Chicago, May 5. — Dispatches from
points in Indiana and Southern Michi
gan state that ice was formed last night
and much damage done in the fruit belt.
Waterloo (Iowa), May s.—This sec
tion Avas visited by a severe frost last
night. Small streams were covered with
ice an eighth of inch in thickness. The
thermometer registered 28°. Much dam
age was done to fruit trees, Avhich Avere
in full bloom. Small fruits Avere not in
jured much, being a Utile backward. The
indications are for another heavy frost
Blame's Position.
New York, May s.—One of Secretary
Blame's most intimate friends says :
"Blame is not a candidate for the Presi
dency; neither does he Avant to be, but
this does not imply that ho Avill not be.
No one has the right to make any such
statement as the one which appeared in
Kussell B. Harrison's paper. If Harri
son can be nominated and elected, Blame
Avill stand loyally by his chief and do
everything possible to help him, but this
talk that he pledged himself to do so two
years ago is all nonsense. He has never
said he Avould not be a candidate."
Three jLand Decisions Affirmed.
Washington, May s.—ln the case of
the United States as. William Bates, in
volving land in tho Oregon City district,
tho decision of the Commission Avas sus
In the case ofthe United Stater vs.
Morris Prayer, involving land in tho
Oregon City district, the decision ofthe
Commissioner was allimed.
The decision ot the Commissioner was
affirmed in the case of Robert Havne
Crump vs. Timothy Ellsworth, involv
ing land in the San Francisco district.
United States Steamer Alert.
Washington, May o.—Assistant Secre
tary of the Navy Solely has been notified
by Aviro that the special board appointed
to make recommendations as to Avhat
Avould be necessary to make the Alert
ready for sea has completed its report. It
Avas not transmitted by wire, but it Avas
stated that the estimated cost of repairs
Avould be §1,100.
An order Avas issued to-day to make tho
repairs according to the recommendation
ol tho board.
Creat Flood Feared.
Santa Pr (N. M.), May s.—The Rio
Grande is iioav within a feAV inches of the
highest point reached by the flood of
1884, and on account of the large amount
of snow in the mountains, it is feared
tho flood will be the greatest ever known
here. The bridges at Albuquerque and
Los Lunas are Wrecked below Socorro,
and at soveral places above Albuquerque
the waters are running over the banks
and devastating the fields.
Special Postal Service Discontinued.
Washington, May s.—The special
postal service to Monserrat, San Diego
County, Cal., Avill bo discontinued alter
May loth.
There are 1,500,000 gypsies in Europe.
A York (Pa.) woman, ninety-seA'en
years of age, says that she never took a
drop of medicine in her life.
A Lancaster (Pa.) man recently re
ceived §50 through the mail, with a" letter
stating that it Avas stolen from him forty
years ago.
A mirror brought to this country in
1776, stands in the AvindoAv of a Chester
I Pa.) furniture store.
Of the 11,000.000 square miles of Africa,
only 2,600,000 remain in the hands of the
native rulers.
The only time the average woman
neA*er talks back is *Avhen she accepts
your seat iv a street car.
Captain Manzeum Placed Under
The Remains of tho Lato John F.
Swift Fxpeeted to ArrlA'e From
Japan To-Morrow—A Young* San
Joaquin County Farmer Accident
ally Killed—Fatal Accident Near
Plaeervlllo — Tho Olsen Murder
Special to the Rf.corp-Uniox.
San Pirxio, May ;">.—This evening
United States Marshal Gard seized the
Chilean steamer Itata, now receiving
supplies in tlie harbor, and placed Cap
tain Manzeum under arrest.
Telegrams have been passing between
this city and tlie Department at Wash
ington which brought about tho above re
sults. Two boats have left to seize tlie
two vessels seen outside, one of which is
supposed to be the Robert and Minnie
and the other a ship belonging to the in
surgents, which have been hovering
around the entrance to the harbor to re
ceive supplies taken on board the Lata.
The warship was first sighted about
noon to-day passing north. Ten hours
later she repassed the harbor, going
south, laying first north of the Coronado
Customs Officer Perry sent a party out
to investigate, who reported seeing a
large vessel under steam, which tney
could not approach nearer than two
miles, on account of her steaming away
from them.
Crders were received from Secretary
Blame to seize both vessels, if found
within the twelve-mile limit, and both
Marshal ('ard ami Collector Berry have
gone out to-night in different fugs for
that purpose.
At midnight last night the Itata received
forty head of cattle, twenty-five head of
sheep and .'S,(XfO pounds of dressed meat
from the ferryboat < Soronada. To-day the
vessel has been receiving other stores, in
cluding BCO tons of coal firom the Sprock
ets bunkers. As soon as all the provis
ions and fuel were on board she expected
to leave the harbor and cruise between
here and Catalina. to meet the schooner
Robert and Minnie, from Avhich she Avas
to take the Remington rifles and ammuni
tion. She Avas to sail this evening.
Ills Remains Expected to Arrive To
San Fbancisoo, May s.—The remains
of the late John F. Swift, United States
Minister to Japan, are expected to arrive
by the steamer Belgic on Thursday. A
meeting ofthe friends of the deceased Avas
held at Parlor A, Palace Hotel, this even
ing to make arrangements for the funeral
ceremonies. Under the oiders of the
State Department at Washington, the
dead Minister will be given a military
funeral, to Avhich his rank entitled him.
It is now expected that the steamship
Belgic, bearing the remains of John F.
Swift, Avill arrive in port some time to
morroAv night, but she may not arrive
until Thursday morning.
Collector Phelps said this afternoon
that it has been arranged that the United
States revenue cutter Corwin shall await
off Meiggs' Wharf Thursday morning to
receive the committee appointed to meet
the incoming steamer, and to transfer the
party to the Belgic. It has also been ar
ranged that the Belgic shall aAvait the
coming of the Corwin. The cutter will
have steam up at daybreak Thursday
morning and Avill be in readiness to pro
ceed at once. Word will be sent to Col
lector Phelps as soon as the Belgic is
sighted, ami he will notify the committee.
The Treasury Department has in
structed the Collector to extend the cus
tomary courtesies. Should the Belgic
arrive at night she will be held to aAvait
the commitee. The full arrangements
for the obsequies have not been com
pleted. It has been arranged that the
army will furnish an escort of two troops
of cavalry, a light battery and a battalion
of infantry for escort duty. The army
arrangements are under the direction of
Colonel Shatter. At the meeting of the
committee this evening various details
will be considered.
Officers Elected for tho Ensuing Term
Bakersfiei.d, May s.—The Sons of
Veterans received an address of Avelcome
last night by Hon. G. W. Wear, respond
ed to by Fred V. Wood, Colonel of the
order. They transacted only routine
Avork to-day.
The following officers wero elected: S.
L. Blodgett of Bakersfield, Colonel;
George D. Barker of Oakland, Lieuten
ant-Colonel; 1). J. Matlock of Los An
geles, Major; Representative to the Na
tional Encampment, R. K. Gordon of
San Francisco. The next encampment
will be held at Fresno.
To-night the delegates Avere banqueted.
Tlio Divlsloulsts Carry the Day by 300
Sax Francisco. May 5.—A Chronicle
WilloAvs special says: The Glenn County
divisionists carried to-day's election by
about 000 majority. Nine out of the
tAvelA-e precincts slioav '"78 majority.
Three precincts to hear from will reduce
this to about 000. The entire Glenn
County ticket is elected. The latest re
turns show a majority outside of the
Willows precinct, for Glenn County.
WHloavs precinct cast 3Stj majority for
A Young San Jonquin Farmer Acci
dentally Killed.
Stockton, May s.—Thomas Denton, a
young farmer, was accidentally killed
to-day near this city. He Avas riding in
a buggy Avith his brother. They had two
scythes with them in the buggy, and
Avhile driving along the levee the horse
shied, OA-erturning the vehicle. EdAvard
Denton was not hurt, but Thomas fell
upon one of tho scythes, Avhich entered
his thigh, severing the femoral artery
and entering the abdominal cavity. The
floAv of blood could not be stopped and
he bled to death before a physician
reached him.
A Port Townsend Attorney Mixed Up
in the Matter.
Pout Townsend (Wash.), May s.—At
torney John Trumbull Avas arrested
to-day on a charge of aiding and abetting
entering Chineso into the United States.
Special Mulkey has for several months
past been im-estigating the frauds in con
nection Avith the landing of Chinese in
this country.
Trumbull is accused of procuring cer-
WHOLE KO. 15,401.
tificates Which aro used by Chineso labor
ers. These certificates were oth red lor
sale in Victoria for £30 and KO each.
Trumbull was brought before United
States Commissioner Swan this morning,
but the examination Avas postponed until
Monday next, and Trumbull was re
leased on |200 bail.
Ah Tom waa arrested for smuggling
opium, and ia said to be an accesory to
the smuggling of Chinese.
Deputy Collector Chas. B. Wood has
been suspended pending a full investiga
tion of the fraud.
Rates AdA-anced Between California
and the Missouri lilA-er.
San Francisco, May s.—Tho next Cali
fornia rate sheet from tho Transconti
nental Association, which will bo issued
about the hsth inst., will quote a heavy
increase in tho passenger rates between
California and Missouri River points.
This advance will amount to |6 on second
class tickets and 810 on thirty-day limited
tickets, making the second-class rate be
tween California aud the Missouri River
$40, and advancing the thirty-day limited
from 960 tof7o. This month the second
class rates arc advanced for the first time
in seven years.
Olson Murder Trlnl.
MBBCKP, May s.—The defense closed
their case in the Olsen trial to-d;ty. They
succeeded in proving a strong alibi, but
tho prosecution claims they will knock
that out on rebuttal. Angelo Basso, fhe
tirst witness in rebuttal, testified that
shortly alter tho Ivett murder Henry
Gray told him that he coald get $500 for
clearing Olsen. Monday morning, No
vember 10th, at 2 o'clock, he saw a horse
man pass his house, on the Snelling and
La Grange road.
Fatal Accident Near Placerville.
PI.ACKKVti.i.K, May s.—John Davey, a
well-known and respected citizen, was
killed at his ranch, near here, to-day, by
the explosion of a spraying pump. Be
was engaged In spraying his orchard
trees, using lor the purpose a bean cylin
der spraying pump. While in the act of
pumping, the cylinder exploded, and ono
of tbe Hying fragments tore away one
half of his head, killing him instantly.
Nnpa City's Ncav OflldnK.
Napa, May."..—At the municipal elec
tion held here yesterday the following
officers Avero elected: J. A. Fuller. John
Even and William 11. Corlette, Trustees;
C. W. Mero, Marshal, and T. F. Kanev,
Treasurer. The new Board ol" Trustees
WiU have to arrange foi*the erection 0!' a
new drawbridge across the river at Third
British Columbia Mines.
Victoria, May 5.—A deposit of SIoO.OOO
has been made in this city as the first
payment of the total sum of |1,500,000
Offered for tho purchase of the Silver
Kini- mine 011 Load Mountain, West
Kootenay. It is understood, however,
that the owners Avill not consider any
offer that is not Avell up in tlie millions.
Believed to he a Murderer.
Meiu i:i>. May s.—William James has
been arrested for the murder of a negro
named Tom Gordon, found dead near
Coulterville yesterday with his throat out.
It was at first supposed that Indians did
the deed, but the officers think they have
proof enough to fasten tho crime on
Heavy Raln-totrm,
Yrkka, May s.—The heaviest rain
storm for months has been r.iging hero
for the past twenty-font hours. It was
preceded by heavy winds.
Sax Kakaki., May s.—Light shoAvers
began falling here this afternoon about 3
o'clock. The Aveather iscloudA'. A geutlo
rain is falling over Cottonwood Valley.
Terrible Work of au Italian at a Water-
Intr Place In Ireland.
London, May 5.—A terrible affair is re
ported from Southport, a watering-placo
on the Irish Sea, near Preston. Mr.
Sawyer, a landlord, was attacked by an
Italian named Cunimino. The assault
was sudden and apparently unprovoked.
The Italian used knife. Sawyer win
unarmed, but defended himself the best
he could Avith a chair, which was soon
smashed in the struggle. He was suc
cumbing under the strokes of his assail
ant Avhen his wife and daughter rushed
upon the scene and tried to rescue him.
Cunimino drew his revolver and fired
upon all three, folloAving up the shots
Avith his knife, and then fled. The Avifo
and daughter are dying. SaAvyer cannot
recover. Tho assasin has been captured.
A Murderous Italian.
London, May 5.—A terrible affair oc
curred at Southport, a Avatering place on
the Irish Sea, near Preshon. Mr. Saw
yer, landload, Avas attacked by an Italian
mimed Cunimino. The Italian used a
knife with terrible effect. SaAvyer de
fended himself as best he could with a
chair, Avhich Avas soon smashed, and he
w ;is succumbing under the strokes of his
assailant Avhen his Avife and daughter
rushed upon the scene and tried to rescno
him. Cunimino drew a revolver and
fired upon all three, following up tho
shots Avith his knife, and then fied. The
Avife and daughter and SaAvyer cannot re
Chllo Revolution.
Paris, May s.—An official dispatch re
ceived from Chile says it is proposed that
three members of tho Congressional or
Insurgent party and three members of
the Balmaceda or Presidential party
should be appointed and ordered to con
fer upon and discuss some arrangement
Avhich would bring peace to Chile. Presi
dent Balmaceda has solicited the good
offices of Brazil, the United States aud of
France in an effort to restore poaco in
Chile. He has asked these three countries
to unite in the endeavors Avhich they may
make in this direction.
Took His Oavu JAfo.
London, May s.—Lord James Edward
Sholto Douglas, brother of the Marquis
of Queensberry, committed suicide to
day by cutting his throat with a razor.
Lord Douglas had been traveling from
Ireland during the night. Ho behaved
in such a strange manner that the railroad
officials, noticing he was apparently in a
demented conditiou, ordered ono of tho
company's employes to accompany him
to London. Upon his arriA-al in this city
Douglas put up at a hotel, and subse
quently eluded his attendant and cut his
Newfoundland Troubles.
St. Johns, May s.—The proposal of
Sir William A. HiteAvay, the Newfound
land Premier, to the House ot Lords ta
pass a locai Act enforcing tho modus.
oivendi and the acceptation of arbitration
and treaties, Avas received here with dis*
trust and surprise. At tho request oi
delegates the session has been prolonged
in order to give time for consideration,
Such a measure may pass, thought it ii
The Fortune Bay prisoners aro noAV on
trial. Their summary conviction U
Influenza Epidemic.
London, May s.—The influenza epi'
domic is unabated in Sheffield, and it ha*,
noAV attacked Nottingham and Carnaevon*
Numerous deaths are reported. The Gov*
ernment whip, Sidney Herbert, is pros*
trated with the malady.

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