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VOLUME LXXXni.-XO. 123.
IDAHO MINE TROUBLES.
The Situation in the Coeur d'Alene
District Very Grave.
STATE AND FEDERAL TROOPS EN
ROUTE TO THE SCENE.
©no Thousand Union Miners Capture
the Banker Hill and Sullivan
Mines—Report That Everythine Is
In Readiness to Blow These Works
Up Wltli Dynamite If the Owners
t)o Not Come to Terms.
Bp«clal to the Record-TJx ion.
SPOKAVa (Wash.), July 12.—A lieriew
' special from Wmrdner, Idaho, says: The
nightofanother exciting day falls upon the
hills and canyons of Cceur d'Alene with
■wild rumors of dynamite and destruction,
but with no verified news. Outwardly
all is quiet here to-night, but it is the
quietude of determination and despera
tion.
The striknrs have had a day of unin
terrupted victory. They have had only
to demand and receive. As a result they
are in complete possession of the mines
ami mills of Banker Hill and Sullivan
and Sierra Nevada. The nonunion men
hare be< j- driven out of the country, and
tin- men, rendered desperate byfhelong
Strike and flushed with victory, are I
leg confidently of meeting the militia
and regular troops and fighting them
with rifles and dynamite.
All List night bodlM of armed men
gathered on ihe hills and in Lhe canyons
surrounding Wardner. They came
down from Wallace on Hat cars and
handcars, and helped themselves to
whatever they needed in the way of
transportation.
Early this morning they began the
day's programme by marching several
hundred strong upon the property of
Eunker, Hill Sc Sullivan, threatening
Baperintendent W. M. <'lenient with de-
Btraction of the entire property unless he
Burn Oder the works, discharge his non
union men and allow them their own
%vay. Mr. (.lenient had no alternative.
The mill is now loaded with dynamite,
and could be destroyed upon a minute's
notice.
The strikers also turned their attention
to the property of the Sierra Nevada,
With like result. To-night it was re
ported that a car of dynamite has been
sent down the railroad track for the pur
] -• of blowing up the bridge of the rail
road and preventing the troops from
coming into the county. The miners ex
-1 tod the troops to reach Harrison
at 3 o'clock, and looked for their
arrival here this afternoon, but as
they have not yet arrived it is feared
that some mishap has befallen them
or elso they are proceeding with
the utmost caution.
The miners have been gathering all
afternoon, and this evening sent out a car
oi" dynamite. Armed men have left the
town, it is supposed to intercept the cav
alry sent from Fort Sherman. The ex
citement here is intense. Many exag
gerated stories are being circulated, it is
thought, for the purpose of terrorizing
the citizens and concealing the real move
of the strikers.
TUOOI'S EX ROUTE TO THE SCENK.
Boise (Idaho), July 12.—Company A,
Idaho National Guards, thirty-five
strong, left for C<Bur d'Alene to-day un
<!• r command of Captain Stevenson.
Governor Willey has received a dispatch
from General Sehotield notifying him
that troops will be sent from Forts Sher
man and Missoula. He has directed the
troops at Fort Sherman to meet the
militia at Wardner and the others to
march to Mullan. The Governor also
asked for additional troops.
Clement, of the Hunker Hill and Sulli
van mines, wires that their property was
captured by 1,000 men. He asks that the
sending of troops be delayed, as the men
Will destroy the property on their ap
pearance. The request was not con
sidered. The situation is believed to be
v< ry gravo.
»SHAX TROOPS MOVING.
Boisk July 12.—Federal troops
are now moving toward the sceno of the
trouble in Northern Idaho. Early this
morning Governor Willey received the
following dispatch :
V, asiiim;i,.n, I). C.. .luly 12, 1802.
Ta Hon. X. Ji. WTUey, Governor of IdaMo :
In response to your call, and by order of tho
President, orders bave been telegraphed t«>
Fort Sherman, Ida&o, and fort MUsouia.
Montana, to send troopii Immediately to the
scene ol the disturbance in Northern Idaho io
assist the civil authorities in preserving peace
aud protecting life and property. Please com
municate direct to the commanding officers at
J ort Snerman and Fort kClasoolaail informa
tion necessary for their guidance; also com
municate with Brigadier-General Kugcr of
that dopHrtiiient aud he will give all necessary
orders tor your support.
.1. >I. SCHOFIELD,
llaJor-Generai Commanding aud Acting Sec
n'tary of \\ ur.
The Governor then wired to General
Iluger asking him to order troops of
Forts Sherman and Missoula to move at
once to the scene of the difficulty. The
General replied as follows:
x. /;. Wii/ci/, Governor of Idaho: Your dis
patch of this date received. Orden iia«i ;.;
ready been sent to the commanding officer at
i !; Sherman to move ;it once witu an &\ail
abte force to tne scene of the disiurirance In
northern Idaho, and.report to the Governor
thatState,to :iiii tlie ci.il authorities in
preserving the peace and preventing the de
struction of life and property. A copy of
been scut him for informa
tion, in counection wittj orders before sent by
me. i have :ii><. communicated with the
commanding;officer at Kort Mis-oula.
m ua B. liri.KK,
Brigadier-* rcneral Commanding Department
oi Colorado..
The Governor then wired the com
manding onieers of each of the posts in
question marching orders. The Missoula
troops were ordered to proceed at once to
Mullan aud the troops from Fort Sher
man were ordered to move at once to
Wardner, where they will be reinforced
by the miiitia.
Shortly aller sending out these orders
word was received from Inspector-Gen
eral Curtis that the IJunker Hill and Sul
livan Company's property at Wardner
was being attacked by 1,000 armed men,
and that a lull regiment of Federal
troops was needed immediately.
Governor Willey then wired to General
Schotield as follows:
Boise City, July 12th
To General J. M. £k-hofia</, May'-Uerieral
commanding, Washington, Jj. c- I would sug
g> »t that tne available troojis at Walla Walla
Wash., and tort Spokane be added to those
already In motion.
N. B. Wnxn, Governor.
In reply to the foregoing the Governor
this evening received a message from
THE RECORD-UNION.
SACRAMEXTO, WEDNESDAY MORNING, JULY 13, 1892.
Schofield saying that General Rnger had
full authority to order all necessary troops
into the field.
The following dispatch, purporting to
be from V. M. dement, manager of the
liunker Hill and Sullivan mine, was the
feature of the day:
Wabdsks, Idaho, July 12th.
By all mean* delay troops of any dan from
coniii g to this sectiun for the next two days.
The union miners have full possession at
present. Every piece of machinery is tied <
down with ) owder, ready to he biown up.
The union is now pacified, us I have closed I
down tbe works and discharged all men. In j
two days more the union will have ielt our
works. Then mutters may take their usual
course. Do not by any chance fail to stop tlie
troops from cousin*; lure for the next two
lor three days, boon a movement would re
bi it in the wholesale massacre oi unarmed
] men who are nere prepared to depart. Notb-
I ing i.- to be learen. aud everything is to ho
ted by delay. The remedy is too late for
| any active
Jt was inexplicable to the authorities j
j that Clemeut should send such a mes
sage. Tho conclusion was that he must
have sent it under coercion. The follow
ing was received at <J p. m. through lead
ing attorneys of the mine owners, and
bears out this assumption:
bi'oKANE, July 12th.
Governor Willey's pretended telegrams
from Clement are Oogu<,
HOGEK & lIKVH' ,:n.
Company A, Idaho National Guard, j
Captain 0. C. Stevenson commanding, j
which left here this morning for thu
scene, was joined by a company from
llarley. On the same train was also a|
company from Weiser. In the morning
they will be joined by companies from
Moscow, Yolliner and Weiser. Governor
Willey will placeShoshone County under 1
martial law as soon as the legal require
ments can be completed, tho proper offi
j eera having so far failed to give the Gov
: ernor the notice required by theConslitu
j tion.
TERRIBLE CATASTJIOI'II!•:.
Pleasure Boat Capsized and Many j
IV;>pli' Drowned.
Peoria ■Ill.i, July 12.—Peoria Lake'
this evening was the scene of a ten
catastrophe. A cyclone struck the water
about 10:.;., and capsized the excursion
steamer Irankie Folsom, with a parly
from Pekin. About forty people were on
board. All but eighteen have been ac
counted for. It is believed that fully a
dozen perished. Xo one escaped from the
cabin. The work of bringing the dead j
ashore is now in progress. Dp to last ac- I
count nine bodies had been recovered.
SHOT DEAD.
Tho Leader of iv Ganij of Horse Thieves
Comes to Grief.
Spokane (Wash.), July 12. —In at
tempting to release his son-in-law, Kd
Harris, from the custody of three Deputy |
Sheriffs, William Masterson, a notorious
leader of a gang of horse thieves, was shot
dead in the Pacific Hotel this evening.
The oilicers were en route from Montana
with Harris. They had missed the train I
and put the prisoner under guard in tho
hotel. Masterson and John Burke, a
wealthy brewer, entered the room and j
attempted to extinguish the light, when j
tiring began. Deputy Sheriff Tacb caught
Masterson's hand to prevent his using his ;
I revolver, but Burke handed him j
another pistol. Deputy Miller attempted
to grab this, but Mastersou tired two
shots at Deputy Rawles, who was hold
ing him, dropping the prisoner. A
brother of llawles and Miller opened fire
on Masterson, while each struck him
over the head with revolvers. Master
son kept tiring, but after the third shot j
he was struck by four bullets and stag- '
gered into a room, dying almost in
stantly. Deputy Rawles was shot twice
iv t!io shoulder. The wounds are not
serious. In the melee Burke was hit on
the head with a pistol and could not use
his own gun. Harris tried to escape, but
was recaptured.
From the Far North.
Victoria (B. C), July 12.—The steamer
Falcon returned yesterday from Cape
Mudge. Captain Cowper spent his spare
time trj'ing to find a trace of the wrecked
'steamer Standard. It is supposed he
knows something about her whereabouts.
Louis Despard unearthed recently,
while prospecting for coal at Cape Mudge,
a mass of while rock, which proved to bo
the fossilized bones of a giant panther.
it is announced that Charles F. Low of
Golden is appointed to represent the min
ing interests of British Columbia at the
World's Fair.
Sad Accident at Lincoln.
Lincoln, July 12.—A sad accident oc
curred here about 8:."!t) this evening. Miss
Minnie Hoppert, while riding in com
pany with other members of the family,
was thrown from the buggy and sus
| tamed injuries which proved Jatal shortly
| afterward. C. 11. Hoppert, father of the
i young lady, is one of the oldest and most
{ highly respected residents of Western
Placer County. Her sudden death is
deeply lelt by the entire community.
Quarantiuo Against Snmll-I'ox.
Seattle (Wash.), July 12.—The Board
of Health has declared a quarantine
against Victoria, B. C, until all danger
from the spread of ymall-pox is passed.
Tacoma, July 12.—The Board of Health
to-day quarantined the city against Vic
toria and all lower sound points on ac
! count of small-pox.
Municipal Elections In "Washington.
Port Townsend (Wash.), July 12.—
The municipal election held yesterday
resulted in the election of the entire
Democratic ticket.
Wama Wai.i.a (Wash.), July 12.—The
municipal election was held yesterday.
J. L. Koberts was re-elected Mayor.
Woodland's Water Works.
Woodland, July 12.—At a meeting of
the Board of Trustees this afternoon to
let the contract for the construction of the
I water works, tho proposition of tho
Woodland Water Company N> sell their
complete plant for £25^100 was accepted.
The issue of water bonds was for sjo6,ijOU.
The surplus will be used in improving
the present system.
A Miner's Terrible Fall.
San Ani>kkas, July 12.—This morning
Theodore Bronzich, a miner working in
the Calaveras Consolidation gold* mine,
at Robinson's Ferry, fell 100 feet from the
lirst to the second level*, breaking noth
his leg*, one at the knee and the other at
the ankle, and seriously Injuring him
'otherwise. JI is condition is critical.
An Old Hotel Btmed.
Wj stpom, July 12.—Barrettta old
hotel, lately occupied as a saloon by F.
McKay, was burned thi« evesrfng. Loss
|on building, 9800; liquor stock, JUOO; in
sared. The cause was a defective fine.
Georsro William Curtis 111.
NEW Yokk, July 12.—The news was
made public last night that George Wi,
liani Curtis is slowly but surely dying of !
cancer of the stomach and that he has but j
a month or »o to live.
The physicians in attendance on Mr.
I Curtis have been aware for some time of ;
the existence of the fatal malady, but did j
not acquaint the patient with his danger j
j until very recently. Mr. Curtis has been
! connned to his home lor several weeks, !
j but his illness has not prevented him ]
I from keeping up iiis editorial work. I
MARTIAL LAW.
i
State Militia Now Hold the Fort
at Homestead.
THREE THOUSAND TROOPS SUR
ROUND THE MILLS.
i
The Carneelo Company Placed In Pos
session of Their Property—General
Snow Jen Declines to Allow the
Military to He Publicly Received— !
Manager Frick Says the Mills Will
Soon Be In Fall Operation.
Special to the RZOO&D-Umox.
Himik.stead, July 12. — The night
passed quietly. All Homestead was in
holiday attire early this morning in an-j
ticipation of the arrival of the militia. It j
w:is expected tho troops would arrive at
daybreak, and the people turned out in
anticipation of that event ready to wel
come the blue-coated representatives of j
the State with a procession and brass
bands, school children and llowers; but
the situation became somewhat ludicrous i
as the hours passed and the militia did !
not appear. The bands did their best to |
keep up the spirits of the multitude, but
with indifferent success. It was after '■>
o'clock when the cry went up that I
troops were coming. They arrived by
train from the rendezvous at Greeoburg
and consisted of the Second and Third
Brigades, numbering :).<kh> men, under
command of General Snowden, toget]
with two Gatiing guns and three field
pieces. The sudden arrival, in the ab
seuce vii the Leaders <>r the strikers, dis
concerted the programme arranged for]
the reception, and the soldiers evidently
did not desire such treatment from men
whom they were sent there to keep in
order. Tney were received with perfect
respect, and hero and there attempts at
cheers were made by the on-looking
populace. The troops descended from
the train, formed silently, marched in I
perfect order and took possession of the
mills, deployed tho artillery across the
Monongaheia iLiver, opposite the mills.
set pickets all about the works and set
tied" the question of taking possession of
the town by marching one company di
rectly to the strikers' headquarters, an
other to the vicinity of the depot and a
third to tho slight eminence overlooking j
and commanding the commercial center
of the town. Thou Homestead was in
the hands of the military aud martial law {
had succeeded the arbitrary reign of the
Advisory Committee.
VOX A.OCEBX NO PUBLIC RECEPTION.
As soon as General Snowden estab
lished his headquarters he was wailed
upon by a committee representing the
Amalgamated Association and citi/.ons.
'] he spokesman said for them that they j
welcomed the troops, and oliered the co
operation of the citizens in preserving
order.
General Snowden said: "I thank you
for the welcome, but do not need your
co-operation. The only way good citizens
can co-operate with us is to go peaceably
about tneir business."
The spokesman said: "The citizens
wished to know at what time they may j
give you a public reception."
Snowden replied: "i can accept no re
ception. It would be most improper. I
thank you for your courtesy, but a formal j
welcome is not needed. It would be an i
amazing thing if the National Guard of
Pennsylvania was not welcome in any
part of the State."
o'Dounell said, on the partof the Amal
gamated Association: "After suffering an j
attack from an illegal authority, wo are
glad to have the legal authority of tne
State here."
"i do not recognize your association,"
Snowden replied; "I recognize no one
but the citizens of this city."
"But we wish to submit—" O'Donnell
began, when the General cut him short,
saying: "Then submit to the gentleman
behind you," indicating Sheriff McCleary.
"1 do submit to him," said O'Donnell.
"We have never questioned the Sheriff's
order."
O'Donnell then appealed to the Sheriff
to say whether or not they had obeyed
his orders.
"Mo, you have not," said the Sheriff.
"You refused to let my deputies enter the
works."
After some further desultory conversa
tion and awkward pause the committee
departed.
THE COMMITTEE CRESTFALLKN.
The committee, great! ycrestfitllen, re
turned to headquarters, where an acrid I
discussion of the situation followed.
General Snowden's reception was a bit
ter pill. A waiting campaign was de
cided upon as being the only possible
policy which could be pursued. The pa
trols of strikers outside of town and rail
road depots will be continued, and J
every elfort made to keep Plnkerton
watchmen and non-union workiugmeu
out of the town.
"We are not going to commit suicide,"
snid O'Donnell, "and consequently bow
to the inevitable. The troops will be here
for about ten days, it is said. They are
maintained at an expense ol $±2,000 a day. I
iJow long will the taxpayers stand that,
and when the troops go away, as event- !
ually they must, how will the situation
be changed?"
O'Donnell and other members of the
Advisory Committee are of the opinion
that the works will be at once tilled with
non-union men, but they decline to dis
cuss how they will meet and solve tho
problem. "Wo will not be beaten. Now
we will take a much needed rest, and
wait for the next chapter in the story."
TOO MUCH MUMvI.N. i.
No rations were provided for the sol
diers, and accordingly they are permitted
t> go into town and get meals. There
suit is that everybody, soldiers and strik- '
ir.-, did a great deal too ranch drinking.
Every saloon was crowded to its lullest j
capacity, and in consequence there were
more drunken men to be seen on the
streets than was visible altogether the I
past, week. Some of the soldiers loudly
declared that they would stack their arms
if called upon to protect the Pinkertons
! or non-union men, and this spirit was by
! no means confined to a few sporadic
| cases. The talk is common on the streets,
I and in consequence there was a great in
, crease of friendliness between the troops
aud the strikers.
Jt appears that 3,000 or 4,000 troops are
now at Homestead, all that will be
ordered directly to the scene of the lal
, trouble. The remainder of the Nati.
Guard will encamp at Mount Gretna and
various other points, and from time to
time wiil relieve by detachments the mili-
I tary now stationed at Homestead, lv
t!.;s way the health oftheS.OOO troops will
|be preserved by half the time being
! spont in the mountain atmosphere, which
is much more salubrious than the air at
HomesteaJ.
MAY REMAIN SEVERAL WjUHUI.
The only reason for ordering out the j
entire National Guard is believed to be
Intended to combine the annual encamp- i
inent with the preservation of public j
peace at Homestead. The impre-sion,
therefore, is prevalent that the militia is
here to stay three^n-four weeks at the least,
and the battle between the strikers and
mill-owners is now one of endurance. It
is evident a feeling of dejection has taken \
possession of the men since the appear- i
uuce of the militia. j
A PRIVATE SERIOrSLY INJURED.
TV. D. Bolton, a private of Company G, |
Fifteenth Kegiment, was one of the de- i
tail to put the mill pumps to work to
supply the camps with water, and while
working above the furnace in the pump
house a rush of burning natural gu.s Hew
into his face, scorching and burning him
seriously, if not dangerously. He was
carried to camp aud made as comfortable
as possible.
MILLS TO BE MANNED.
A story was put in circulation that
the Sheriff" proposes to arrest Hugh
O'Donnell and half a do/.en other leaders
of the locked-out men. There is no
authority for the rumor given, and
friends of the Sheriff say it is not true.
It is also said that early to-morrow morn
ing a movement will be made towards
manning the mill. Mr. Chiids and Man
ager Potter bad a long conference with
the Sheriff this afternoon, but neither of
the three will say anything about tho
result of the deliberations.
SAl.i,o;,> DO A TKBIVMTG BUSINESS.
The saloons have i!oiu> a thriving busi
ness all u;.y. many workingmen,for t^o
first time >iiiC> the battle Wednesday,
drinking heavily. There were between
two or three fights, some of them serious,
and a great deal of wild talk. Where it
became evident that tho soldiers were
drinking, patrols were detailed Co arrest
them, and in a short time nearly all the
militia men were back in camp.
The evening closed more quietly than
anyone had any right to expect, and
while the streets were still full at 10
o'clock, the crowd was drilling home
ward.
The arrangements for to-morrow con
tained only one comment, < ieneral Snow
den has ordered that a whole battalion
shall bo assigned to patrol duty at one
time, and consequently the town will bo
very thoroughly policed. The strikers
believe this order was issued in order to
cover the Sheriff in the introduction of
non-union men into the works, but this
is mere conjecture.
STRIKERS' GUAItDS WITHDRAWN.
Tho Carnegie Company In Full Pos
■ iOii of Uio Mills.
HoarESTKAD, July 12.—Tho strikers'
guards have been withdrawn from about
the mill. Their places have been taken
by the provost guard, which patrols all
the streets near tho mi!i:s. Representa
tives of the Carnegie Company quietly
took possession of the- n.ili about lv a. m.;
so quietly, in fact, that tiiolr presence was
not known till this afternoon.
ihe citizens of Hoinestjiad are deeply
disappointed that the militia thought it
aiytooccupy the vj&ole town in
stead of confining themselves to the
mills, but gave uo open evidence of the
fact. It was complete acquiescence in
favor of the State, and gracefully as they
could the strikers accepted the inevitable.
The butteries across the river oomman i
ihe whole of thu town, as well as the Car
negie works.
When the troops arrived tbe strikers'
pickets located in the neighborhood left
their posts and congregated to watch the
soldiers. The strike leaders at oneo sent
the men back to their stations, telling
them they had no business to leave their
jio.^ts and instructing them to not let any
non-union man or detective through the
lines. The leaders told them the troops
would not interfere with them in this
matter. Similar instructions were given
the other watchmen, and the whole strike
picket line reformed outside of the pick
ets of the troops.
WOHK TO BE itKSUMED.
But It May &cad to a (Jtmoral Strlko
In the Plant.
PITTSBUBO, July 12.—President Wcihe
of the Amalgamated Association said this
morning that the workmen iv all of the
Carnegie plants, to the number of 20,000,
would be called out if the company at
tempts to start up tho Homestead mills
with non-union men.
H. C. Frick, Chairman of the Carnegie
Company, said in an interview to-day
that it was the intention of the company
to resume work at the Homestead mili.-*
as soon ad possible. He said many of the
locked-out men were willing to accept
the terms of the company and return to
work if they could be protected in doing
so. It would be necessary, however, to
secure additional outside non-union help.
He thought it would not be long beiore
the entire plant would be in operation.
KNGACiINii NON-UNION MEN.
Philadelphia, July 12.—a Philadel
phia dispatch says: A representative of
the Carnegies arrived here tiiis morning
to engage non-union men for the mills ai
Homestead. He says an attempt will be
made to resume work at once.
INVESTIGATION BEGUN.
Testimony Being Taken by tke Con
urcssloiial Committee.
PITTSBURG, July 12.—The Congres
sional investigating Committee began its
inquiry this evening, with Frick on the
stand. He was- tho only witness exam
ined to-night. The examination brought
out many new features, notably the plans
by which tho Pinkerton men were em
ployed, and the arrangements of their
transportation. Wages were paid under
the sliding scale, aud the ptoposed reduc
tion was all brought out. Frick was
put under a severe cross-examination,
which proved to be most interesting, lie
said tho company was not a corporation,
but formed under the limited partnership
laws of Pennsylvania. Ho said ii,aoo
men are employed at Homestead. The
wages were as follows: Hollers, £200 to
|270 per month; heaters, fl£6 to $HKj;
heaters' helpers, $130; trainmen, ?y? to
;._". Ihe o:hers average $S0 per month.
The total amount of wages was $20,202 y ; - J#
After making a statement as to tho
cause of the strike, J- rick was questioned
regarding the costof production, lit.- <i,
ciined to answer, saying thai it was not a
fair question. He also said, that after
the Sheritl had failed to control the .strik
ers he had employed the Pinkertons.
Replying to a question, ht> said that he
had not appealed to the Governor as ex
perience had shown the oselessness.
Being cross-examined by Representative
Loumer, Frick stated that arrangements
tor the Pinkertons were made beiore the
negotiations commenced with the Amal
gamated Association. The fence around
tue works was built after the negotiations.
Frick read a letter to the eHect that ho
had instructed the Captain of tho Fiuker
ions under no circumstance to resort to
the uso of firearms, except to protect
their lives.
An adjournment was then taken.
Armed After Entering tho State.
BAJLTUfQBR, July 12.—A Hfewtf corre
spondent at liarrisburg had a talk with
Gtovernor Patttoon about the Homestead
affair. Among other things the Governor
said the raid laws of Pennsylvania had
very strict provisions against the entry
of armed men, but the Pinkeitoas on the
barges wero not armed until alter they
entered the State. They secured arms
and ammunition at Lock \o. 2. The
Governor declared that he did not know
of any trouble at Homestead until he re
turned to Harrisborg. Jio supposed it
■>\as merely the animal July shut-down.
lie .sa:d the men were always glad of
ibis. It gave them an opportunity to
take a holiday and picnic with their
families, and it was for this reason the*
objected to having the shut-down and the
arrangement of the scale transferred to
December.
Topeka (Kas.), July 12.—The State
1 inhibition Convention meetH here this
afternoon. At a preliminary coni' .
this morning ii way decided to make an
out-and-out right ■gainst the three lead
ing parties. The principal features of the
platform, aside from prohibition, will be
equal suffrage and labor planks.
AN AWFUL DISASTER.
A French Hamlet Swept Away By
a Heavy Landslide.
OVER ONE HUNDRED PEOPLE LOSS
THEIR LIVES
Tlio V .or that W'.'A :i 1 Waldorf As
to . "Mcd at His Tlesldenco In
Lc. I roves to il.ivc Been Uii
l'H!. 1!- :-a test Returns' Prom tho
Fi i I'arllar.icntary Elections—
Seizure ol" tbo 9team r Coqttltlum.
Speeiai to the Kkcohd-Union-.
Pauis .Ti;ly 12. —A heavy landslide has
occurred in the* mountains overhanging
St. Gervais-les-I'.ains, Savoy. Without
a moment's warning a Large number of
houses were buried under a mass of rock
and earth. Thirty dead persons have
already been taken out and a number of
the badly injured have been rescued. It
is thought more bodies are under the
debris. St. Gervais is a watering place
with sulphur springs, and. is a favorite
summer resort.
Tho disaster occurred at 3 o'clock in the
morning, when everybody was asleep.
The Belonnassay glacier, which extended
from the northwest side ot Mont Blanc,
became detached and swept down the
side of the mountain, carrying with it the
baths and hamlet of Lafayette into the
torrent.
Over one hundred and fifty bodies have
been recovered from the river Arve,
making, with those taken from the ruins
of the buildings, 180. It is not believed
this will cover tho entire loss of life, as
many bodies were undoubtedly buried
under the masses of debris that will never
be recovered.
The inmates of tho baths were awakened
about 2:lo a. x. by the sound of rushing
i waters and a loud, crashing noise, lie
fore they were able to leave the buildings
a torrent filled with the debris of tho vil
lage and large masses of ice crashed
against the bath-houses. Three buildings
were totally destroyed and one partially,
while the tilth building sustained no
damage. The torrent continued into the
valley, destroying everything in its
course. The village of Lefayette, lying
in the valley, was almost entirely demol
ished. A wrecked house was swept on
for a mile into the Arite. Down the lat
ter stream corpses and wreckage were
seen iloating all day long. The full mor
tality is not yet known. It is believed
that seventy-five persons perished in the
baths alone, and at least filty of the in
habitants of Lofayette were drowned.
The latest statements place the number
of dead at 190.
BRITISH ELECTIONS.
Conservatives Slowly but Surely Los-
Ing Ground.
Loxdox, July 12.—Since Salisbury's
return from \\ indsor tho Carlton Club
has appeared to receive information that
the Government will remain in office till
it is defeated by party division. Salis
bury thereupon will recommend the
Queen that she send for Gladstone.
The Radicals favor postponing the
home rule bill for a year and to open the
session of Parliament with tho labor and
rural reform programme. Representa
tions to the effect will be made to Glad
stone, but it is doubtful if they succeed,
as ho lias never faltered in his intention
to expedite homo rule and then retire
from public life.
The Radicals will nominate Mr. La
bouehere for tho Home Oilieeor Local
Government Board. Rigby, member for
Forfarshire, will certainly be Solicitor-
General.
Up to midnight the Conservatives have
returned 214 members in the new House
and the Liberals l»o, Liberal-Unionists
31, anti-Parnellites lio, Parnellites o, La
bor candidates 8.
Serious rioting occurred at Kilrush
and other places iv County Clare. A
hotel and several residences were com
pletely wrecked.
billon's speech yesterday and others
similar show that there is some chance of
the Irisn-American peace committee
smoothing matters ovyr, although the
Parneliites declare tUey don't expect
amicable results from the negotiations.
Tue defeat of Dr. Tanner greatly elated
the Parnellites.
The Independent (Parnellite) says peti
tions are to be lodged against the elec
tions of William O'Brien and Timothy
Uealy on the ground of clerical inter
ference; also, a series of petitions
throughout Irelaud are threatened on
the same ground.
The Liberals will be agreeably sur
prised to-morrow if Gladstone's majority
in Midlothian is not reduced by nearly
1,000 votes. There is no chance of Glad
stone being defeated, but the Liberals are
full of dread that tho poll will disclose a
greatly reduced vote.
REVOLUTION IN VENEZUELA .
Terrific Siaiurhtor of Government
Troops Near La Guayrti.
Caracas (Venezuela!, .July 12.—Ex-
Dictator Palacio has issued a manifesto
i'rom Fort De Frame, Martinique, to
which place he went direct from La
Guayra. It scores his military leaders,
holding them responsible for his misfor
! tunes.
There was intense excitement in Cara
cas .lune ;;oth, caused by reports of a
bloody buttle raging in the vicinity of La
Guayra, whore Guerra and Vega, with
Crespo's advance column, were strongly
intrenched. Ail roads leading into the
Capital were lined with wagons bringing
tho wounded to hospitals. The number
is so great as to lill all of the hospitals.
There was terrific slaughter of the Gov
ernment troops. All business is sus
pended in Caracas ut night. General
Meudoza, commanding the left wing of
the Government army, telegraphed to the
Caracas authorities claiming a glorious
victory and alleging that the Revolution
ists were in mil flight. In the battle Gov
ernment Generals Mouteverde, Diaz and
Zainosa were killed. The commander of
! the right wing telegraphed into Caracas
that his men occupied the important rebel
I intrenchments without opposition; that
I the enemy lied to La Guayra, which is
! being fortified. The rebels were repulsed
after several hours of hard lighting near
\<arigua, June The tight was re
newe'.l at Araus, when tiie Government
troops were defeated with tromeudous
. slaughter.
WILLIAM W. ASTOI*.
I The Ileport of His Death Proves to
Hu>t< Keen False.
I-nxnox, July 12.—William Waldorf
-'. v.or is not dead after all. In spite of
the fact that tho notice of his death vas
I posted on the door of the aillicted Astor
! estate in New York, the publication in
j the morning papers of the formal death
i notice furnished by the sexton of Trinity
Chapel, by authority of the man in char-ro
of the Astor oiiice, acting on a cablegram
from London, the multi-millionaire do
seendent of generations of millionaires is
still alive. In response) to repeated and
persistent telegrams asserting that the
head of the house of Astor was dead, a
representative of the Ai-sociated I'ress
made three visits to the Lansdowne
House, Astor's London residence, at an
early hour this morning and received aa
many denials of his demise. It was said
he has been suffering irom a severe cold,
which at one time threatened to develop
into pneumonia, but that he is so much
improved ho expected to be ablo to bo
about in a few days.
Henry \\ hito, secretary of the Ameri
cas Legation, was informed by Mrs. W.
W. Aaior to-day that her husband was
making rapid progress toward recovery,
and had never been in the slightest dan
ger. Astor's physician confirms this
statement.
Mr. Adams, manager of the London
oiiice of \V. \V. Astor, stated to-night
that the telegram purporting to be sent
by him to Astor's New York office was a
forgery, and said lie would take immedi
ate siops to ferret oat the forger.
ST. JOHNS FIRE.
The Loss Will Foot Up Flfteon Million
Dollars.
St. Johxs (N. P.), July 12.—Several
persons have died since the firo in conso
quenco of fright and exposure. Most of
the people are now temporarily housed
in sheds and tents, but provisions and
clothing are needed, and relief should
lake those forms. The insurance agents
held a meeting to-day. The reports
showed that the losses covered by insur
ance placed in agencies hero amount to
14,250,000. The estimated total losses are
about $15,000,000. Several persons wore
to the lunatic asylum to-day, their
minds having been unbalanced owing to
losses by the fire.
Selzuro of the Coquitlam.
Ottawa (Out.), July 12.— 1n official
circles the seizure of the steamer Coquit
lam off the Alaskan coast by the United
States cruiser Corwin is regarded as
likely to lead to further complications
between Canada and the L"nited States.
Sir John Thompson, Minister of Justice,
stated to a correspondent that while there
were certain Customs regulations of the
United States which gavo jurisdiction
within a radius of twelve miles of chore,
such authority only applied to tho vessels
of tho United States, and not to foreign
vessels, as in the case of the Coquitlam,
i in waters outsido of the ihree-mile
limit but within tho twelve-mile limit,
over which the ollicer of tho Corwin
claimed jurisdiction.
l'x'lnco lMsmnrdc.
Berlin. July 12.—At Kissenereu, Sun
day, in reply to an enthusiastic demon
stration, in which 600 members of the
German party of Wurtemberg partici
pated, Bismarck said the event proved
to him that the majority of his country
men disapproved the attacks made: upon
him. It Germany remained united, he
said, she could defy every attack, ami if
skillful diplomacy were employed pvaco
could be maintained even with Russia.
In conclusion he called for "cheers for
the King of Wurtemberg and his army,"
which were given heartily.
Eruption or Mount Etna.
Catania, July 12.—The subterranean
rumblings in connection with the erup
tion of Mount Etna are less frequent.
The eruption from new tissuros at tho
summit, which threatened the villages
on the eastern and southern declivities,
appears about to cease. The principal
crater, however, shows signs of renewed
activity. A broad stream of lava is flow
ing in the direction of 2Nieolosi.
Defeat of the Wonomih.
London, July 12.—1n the Northern
Yacht Club regatta at Rothesay yester
day the American yacht Wenonah was
beaten for tho first time in England by
the Calva. The YYenouah led tho Calva
until becalmed, but when the wind
sprang up again the Calva caught the
breezo first and w ras thus enabled to win.
Hellef for St. Johns.
Ottawa (Ont.), July 12.—The Domin
ion authorities have ordered the Govern
ment steamer Newfield from Halifax to
St. Johns, N. P., with a cargo of pro
visions for the sufferers by the fire.
Lottie Collins Still Alive.
London, July 12.—The report of the
death of Lottie Collius, the larnous con
cert-hall singer, who achieved notoriety
with the song "Ta-ra-ra Booin-de-av," is
unfounded.
CYRUS W. FIELD.
Death Calls tho Groat Financier to
Another World.
New York, July 12.—Cyrus W. Field
died at Vi'.tt) this morning. Ho was at
tacked early this morning by a violent
spell of delirium. His physician was
summoned and administered an anodyne
to induce sleep. This proved of no avail
and in leas than three hours tho aged
financier was dead. Death was not un
expected. He had been In a critical con
dition for ten days. Ho had been suffer
ing physical and mental exhaustion by
the Financial troubles of his son during
the past year.
Arrangements are almost completed
for the funeral of Field, which will take
place at Stockbririge on Friday at 3 i\ m.
Tho services will be simple. Only mem
bers of the family and most intimate rel
lives :md friends of the deceased will it
present.
[tyrus West Field was born in Stock
bridge, Mass., November 30, !-l!>. He
received his education in his native vil
lage, and at the age of 15 years went to
New York and secured a situation in the
employ of A. T. Stewart. When he at
tained his majority he began tho manu
facture and sale of paper on his own ac
count, and in a few years was at the head
of a prosperous business. In 1b53 he
spent many months traveling in South
America. Later Mr. Field, in conjunc
tion with Peter Cooper and others, or
ganized a company to construct a tele
graph route from the continent of Amer
ica to Newfoundland and thence to
land. After several unsuccessful efforts
communication was finally established
for h few w«ks in 1858. Tho civil wax
interrupted further progress, and nothii.t
was done until 1865, when the steamship
Great Eastern began the delivery ot the
cable. Tho cable parted in mid-ocean,
and it was not until July 27,1866, that
communication was tinaliy permanently
established between the two continents.
Congress voted Mr. Field a gold medal
and the thanks of the nation for his
achievement, while the Prime Minister of
England declared that only the !act that
he was a citizen of another country pre
vented his receiving high honors from
the British Government. John Brigirt
pronounced him the "Columbus of mod
ern times, who, by his cable, had moored
the new world alongside the old." The
Paris Exposition in Ib-M gave him the
grand medal. In Lvj'j he attended the
opening of the Suez Canal as the repre
sentative of the New York Chamber of
Commerce. In iSTti he became interested
in the development of the system of ele
vated railways in New York City, und
htd siueo devoted much of his time to
their successful establishment.—Eds.]
Jay Gould's Health.
N«W Yokk, July 12-.—Reports havo
been received hero that Jay Gould is in a
dying condition at Tikura, Idaho. The
rnrnor is not couiinm-d. On the contrary
Eddie Uould received a dispatdh at 12:36
to-day Baying that his iatiioi: was enjoy
iug good geueral Ueaith,
WHOLE NO. 15,832.
THE SILVER QUESTION.
A Battle Royal Looked for in the
House To-Day.
EFFORTS TO FORC3 ACTION N THE
The steamship Wilmington,' Flying
Between Astoria* Oregon, • nl Vic
toria, i>. c, Seised l»y dettframent
Officials for Smiisrslliis;—O;or Five
Hundred Cans of Opiuru round
Secreted on Board tlie Vessel.
Special to the Kkcoud-Uxion.
Washington, July 12.—Preparations
for a battle royal which is expected to
morrow, wh,. ; n an effort will lie made to
bring the Senate silver bill before tho
House for action, were made to-day. Tho
anti-silver men m?.ko the best show of
real con tidenco, although the details of the
campaign have not been made public. It
may be, as predicted, that the Republi
cans and Democrats opposed to the pas
sage of the bill will unite in voting against
its adoption, while making the bill a
special order for consideration to-morrow.
In fact, Reed said tho Republicans will
vote against the Bpecial order, and hope to
be able to defeat it with the aid of a few
Democratic votes.
Tracy says the present disposition is to
allow a short time for debate before tho
previous question is ordered and tho
adoption of a special rule, for the purpose
of allowing certain Democrats who favor
free silver coinage to explain why they
do not believe the rule should now be
adopted and why they will vote against it.
Friends assert that they will be able to
defeat the rule by a majority of twenty,
but they are taking no chances, and are
working hard to gv.t a full vote, and hayo
also been arranging pairs for absent Re
pubheans.
The free coinage men aro likewise
striving to poll their full strength to
morrow. If the three Mississippi Demo
crats arrive, as expected, every silver
Democrat will be accounted for save one,
and they will get the full vote. Privately
they admit that tho bill is in a very criti
cal p usition, but- hope to succeed, i.nd, at
any rale, they intend to do their best, aiul
then if the rule is defeated they wiil
abaudon the tight.
CONUIUCSfeIOXAL.
The Anti-Options Bill Koi edited to tho
IJonr.
Washington, July 12»*»The Senate,
on motion of Allison, resumed consider
ation of the i Lvil bill. The effect
of that action, under the rules, is to rele
gate the anti-option bill, which had been
taken up by the affirmative vote, to its
place on the calendar, notwithstanding
the vote to make it unfinished business.
Voorhees ottered a resolution declaring
that in all disagreements and controver
sies between employers and employes
the principles of arbitration should bo
put into practice for a settlement of the
difficulties. The refusal to arbitrate and
the resort to violence for a solution of
difficulties are methods inconsistent with
the principles and existence of a free
government, and instructed the Com
mittee on Education and Labor to in
quire into the expediency and propriety
of preparing and reporting to the Senate
a bill making provision :or a Commis
sion of Labor in accordance vith the
special message and recommendations of
President Cleveland on April H2, ISSO.
The message was road, and at tho request
of iialo laid over until to-morrow, as ho
desired to examine and Bee whether arbi
tration was not provided for in thu Act of
October 1, IS>U.
Mr. Dolph, from the Committee of For
eign Relations, reported an amend
ment to the last Chinese Exclusion Act,
the amendment being to strike out the
words, "One creditable white witness,"
and in lieu thereof insert the words,
"duo creditable witness not a Chinese
person or person of Chinese descent."
Allison objected to its consideration,
and called up tlie sundry civil appropria
tion bill, the pending question being
i|i;;iy's amendment requiring tho Col
umbian Exposition to be closed o:i Sun
days. After considerable debate the sub
ject was laid aside.
Pfeffer made a personal explanation to
the effect that ho considered that lie had
made a mistake in voting in lavor of pay
ing the widows of the Chief Justice and
Justices of the Supreme Court the year's
salary of their husbands. Adjourned.
IX thk HOUSB.
Washington, July 1-.—ln the llonse
to-day a joint resolution relative to tho
election of Senators by popular vote wuy
taken up, and tho Republicans allowed it
to be discussed all day, and then by tilli
bustering practically defeated its further
progress.
The conference report on the District
of Columbia appropriation bill was agreed
to. It appropriates £l»0,00U to meet the
expenses of the Grand Army of the Re
public encampment in Washington. The
appropriation is to be paid entirely out of
the revenues of the District of Columbia.
Tho right-of-way bill wa-. pa se L Ro
cess.
Stifferors From Floods.
St. Lours, July 12.—A letter from
Jonesboro, La., says: "Thousands of the
farmers have had their crops completely
ruined, stock drowned, homes washed
away, and, in many cases, lives lost by
tho recent heavy floods. Hundreds o*
families on the Little To lisas and Black
Rivers do not know whore their next
meal is coming from and have no means
of obtaining it until tho water abates, it
may be a Christian act for the people of
tlie United States to contribute to tho
starving people of Russia, but wo cannot
look upon it in that light when thousands
of our own countrymen are actually
starving for the bare necessities of life."
Smugglers Arrested.
Washington, July 12.—Tho Treasury
Department to-day was informed by
Special Agent Mulkcy at Astoria, Or., oi
the seisure of the steamship Wilmington,
plying between Victoria, li. C, and Port
land, Or., for smuggling, and the captors
Of 502 cans of opium valued at $5,000. The
Captain and crew of the vessel were ar
rested and will be tried for smuggling.
San Francisco Postofllce Site.
WASHnrcnroar, Jaly 12.—The title tc
the property selected as a site for a Post
office at San Francisco is imperfect iv
certain minor details, and will require
amending before formal acceptance by
tho Government.
Wheat Crop of the Xorthweßt.
St. Paul, July 12.—The wheat crop oi
the Northwest has been materially bene«
fited by the favorable weather of the pasf
week. It is still two weeks late, and will
probably amount to three-quarters o:
last year's yield.
The Occupation of Mars.
Xokthfii;li> (Minn.), July 12.—A verj
successful observation of the occnltatios
of Mars was made at the Uoodsell Ob
servatory last night with a fifteen-incl
telescope. It began at 10 o'clock an 4
lasted ttu hour.

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