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WASHINGTON,' D. O., FBIDAY iEVJENING, AUGUST 9, 1895.
VOL. 1. NO. 5.
Bakers Deny the Possibility of a
Bread Trust Here.
ALL HANDS AEE SATISFIED
"With Existing Flour Quotations
Tbey Say There Is a Profit to
Maker aud Seller Expression ol
Leading Bakers on tbo Trospects
of tlio Combine.
The possible organization of a trust In
this city for the purpose of Increasing the
price of bread, such a Is reported in New
York, u emphatically denied by the lead
Ins wholesale bakers. In fact, all knowl
edge of such a combination Is disavowed.
There Is a unanimity of expression to the
effect that the large makers are perfectly
atalsried llh the prices now prevailing,
and consider them erqultable both to the
seller and -the buyer.
All those bakers seen by The Times re
porter unite In the belief that a trust having
for Its object the manipulation of bread
prices could under no circumstances main
tain Itself. The fact Is pointed out that the
la wot supply' and demand governs this ar
ticle of food mora consistently than per
haps any other manufactured product. The
only cause that could reasonably force bread
to higher prices would be a permanent rise
In thenrU. of flour. All temporary fluc
. ' tuallons are not taken into consideration,
and the baker's profits vary according to
the amount they expend for the chief in
gredient. "With flour at no more widely divergent
prices than at present, it would be sul
cid,tbey argue, to increase the price to
consumers. Housekeepers closely watch
these matters, and would remonstrate
against the slightest imposition. At any
time it should becomo apparently more
economical to purchase flour and bake
their own bread, each family would prompt
ly dismiss their baker and do their own
"WHAT BAKERS SAT.
W. Behrens, head of the firm of W. Beh
rens & Sons, 622 street northwest, has
heard no intimation that a bread trust Is
in process of formation. He said no neces
sity existed for BULh an organization,
and it could not be nude a practical suc
cess. His firm was well pleased with the
prices now prevailing, and under the
existing conditions wholesalers can con
duct a living business.
By using inferior flour, bread might
be made to sell at less money than now
oharged, but the consumers would soon
dettit the deception and transfer their
patronage. He had no doubt that in some
Instances a poor grade of bread was baked,
which could be sold profitably at a price
under that asked for the first-class article.
It was for this very reason, Mr. Behrens
said, that a large percentage of the lead
ing bakers labeled their product so that
the purchaser could be satisfied of lu being
of standard quality, and obviating any
possibility of the dealer substituting a low
grade article for that of the beet.
He did not regard ltas probable that the
small bakers would form themselves Into
an organization for the purpose of cutting
prices and underbidding those who sell in
quantities. It would, in any event, be
ruinous, as the under bakers have a scale
of wages, and all receive the same rate
of compensation for their services.
The officers of the Havenner Baking
Company, No. 472 C street northwest, are
totally ignorant of any bread trust, either
actual or prospective. They say the pres
ent prices leave a fair working margin
and a more convenient sum than a nickel
for a loaf could not be selected. Tbey
express the belief that the experience of
the small bakers in cutting prices some
two years ago would deter them from
making any future attempts in that line.
ONLY A PAIR RETURN.
The bakers desire only a fair return for
their labor and capital Invested. 'When
flour Is cheap tbey realize greater prof
its, but when a material advance occurs
in the value of flour the bakers accept the
corresponding reduction In their profits
and make no complaint.
The opinion Is advanced that under no
circumstances would a responsible whole
saler Increase the prices of his product
for the reason that all his customers
would at once desert him For a corre
sponding reason the small bakers could
not advancu prices because the consumer
would not be familiar with their wares
and would only purchase that supplied
by some big firm or bearing an established
The manager for Charles Schneider, No.
416 I street northwest, expressed sur
prise that sucb an Idea as the formation
of a bread trust should have been placed
In circulation. He said that the bakers
were not ouly industrious, but honest,
and did cot seek to cell their bread for
any unreasonable or unfair prices. He
regarded those prevailing as equitable to
all parties. A trust of the character sug
gested could not bo so manipulated as to
obtain even a temporary benefit and would
In the end prove a disastrous failure.
The small bakers and those who handle
nothing but what is known as "homemade"
bread, are equally unanimous in denying
that any general advance In prices has
been agreed upon or is under consideration.
They aim to adhere to the same line of
policy as that followed by the larger whole
salers, and express themselves as satisfied
with the condition of tilings now prevail
ing. They have no desire to engago in a
war of cutting or increasing prices.
of the local and tele
graphic news features
in this issue of the
Evening Times will be
found in to-morrow's
INSURANCE FRAUD CHARGED.
Scbonie ot Two Ohio Men to Balse
Chicago, Aug. . Edward A. Linn, a
salesman for Frank Wells A Co , real
estate dealers, and Charles H. Halght, an
Insurance man, were arrested yesterday
by postofflce inspectors on charges ot using
tbe United Staets malls to defraud.
Both gave bonds for their appearance
before the Federal district court in Toledo,
Ohio, December 2, in which city the acta
constituting the offenso alleged were com
mitted. Tbe complaint, which is made by
Inspector Moore, of Cincinnati, charges
that the defendants devised a scheme to
defraud under tbe title ot the Lucas County
Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Toledo,
Ohio; sent out notices through the mails
of the United States that tbe company was
ready to do business and bad a reserve
fund of SSO.OOO, when, aa a matter of
fact, the charter of the company bad long
since been forfeited for failure to comply
with the statutes of the State of Ohio, and
tbe company then having no reserve fund
to meet losses in pursuance of the scheme.
Tbe defendants received from the mails
of tbe United States many letters inclos
ing drafts freni various parties to pay for
Insurance, they having no Intention to fur
nish such insurance. The men claim tbey
were doing a legitimate business .
JUDGE MILLER A WITNESS
Galled by the Defense in the Chi
nese Perjury Oases.
He Tells of tbe Former Trial aud tbe
Testimony Addnced Against
Tbe Chinese perjury cases were resumed
lnthe polico court before Judge Scott this
morning after the regular court routine
had been disposed of. Owing to a misun
derstanding as to the time when the cases
would be called Lawyers Aughlnbaugh
and Sterling, counsel for the defense, and
their interpreter, Mr. Y,'arry 8. Charles,
were not present, but after telephoning
for them Mr. Clarke, also fur the defense,
decided to begin the case without waiting
Judge Miller, ot tho'upper police court,
who Is now on bis vacation, was tbe first
witness put on the stand by tbe defense.
He testified to having presided at tbe
trial of Mo F. Chew for tbe shooting of Ah
Sing, one of the present defendants, and
stated that on tbe evidence deduced at
that trial, be held the defendant for tbe
grand jury. He had no distinct recollec
tion ot the details of the story of Ah Sing,
but thought that bis statement was that
ha stood on tbe steps in front of his house,
leading into tbe basement. Tbe right
foot was raised to the top step, and as be
stood In that position tbe shot was fired.
For some time, tbe witness said, he
could not undrstand this testimony as he
was of the opinion that the stairs leading
up Instead of down were referred to in the
testimony. A drawing of tbe house mado
by Mr. Aughlnbaugh sbowed the position
more clearly. He thought that the tree
under whlcl. Ah Sing's assailant stood was
directly In front of tbe house and not to
tbe south ot It as Indicated in tbe photo-,
graph taken by Mr. Carrol W. Smith.
He bad examined the witnesses at the
trial at considerable length, especially
is regard to tbe wound. The physicians
testified that the wound wasot such a char
acter as would have been made on one
standing In the position Ah Sing occupied.
Judge Miller could not say positively
whether Ah Blng testified directly -that
Moy Chew shot him, but was rather In
clined to think that be did not.
Policeman Hartlgan was next called,
and testified that be knew the colored
female witness ot the previous day and had
arrested Miranda Show and Annie Brooks.
The effort on the part of the counsel for
the defense was to impeach tbe testimony
of. these witnesses, and to that end Prose
cuting Attorney Pugb was called to the
He testified that be knew both Mary
Crown and Miranda Shaw , and would not
believe cither of tbcm under oath.
"Did you ever havo any dealings with,
them In a professional way?" asked Mr.
"Yes, sir," replied Mr. Pugh. "If I
knew a thing to be true and tbey swore to
It it would at onco raise a doubt in my
As Sue Go v was tbe next witness wanted
for the defense. It was decided to take a
recess until Mr. Augiubaugh and tbe in
MMES. CDOWLBT AND JACOBY.
After Their How in Court They Settle
London, Aug. 9. Justice Hawkins, in
tbe high court ot justice to-day In the ac
tion for slander brought by Mrs. Jacoby
against Countess Cowley, strongly ad
vised a settlement ot tbeacase.
He said that tbe parties themselves had
created a great scandal. Mrs. Jacoby, be
added, bad cleared bcr character by going
into tbe witness box and swearing that
she did not write the obscene letters which
formed tbe basis of the suit and that she
did not know their origin.
Countess CoWley thereupon stated that
she did not" write the letters, and did not
know who did.
The case was thereupon settled, but the
terms ot the settlement were not stated.
Salisbury Meets His Cabinet.
London, Aug. 9. Lord Salisbury presided
to-day at a meeting at the Foreign Office
ot all the members of bis Cabinet. The
council approved Lord Salisbury's in
tentions respecting China, which be ex
plained to tbe ministers. The Queen's
speech, to be delivered at the opening ot
Parllameut, was submitted to the council
and it was approved. The speech will
be submitted to the Queen to-morrow at
Osborne' House, on tbe Isle of Wight,
where bor Majesty Is now sojourning.
Trill Be Burned at tbe Stake.
Tulsa, I. T., Aug. 9. Last Tuesday,
twenty miles southwest of this place.
In tbe Creek nation, two women and
two girls were beaten brutally by six
negroes. Yesterday one ot the girls died
from the effects of the Injuries sustained
and tbe. otber la sot expected to lire.
One hundred and fifty armed men are now
In pursuit of tbe villains. Indignation
funs very high aad burning at tbe stake
wilt certainly follsw their. capture.
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FEAR FOR THEffi FRIENDS
Religious Societies Flood the
Department With Appeals.
MB. DENBY IS OBITIOISED
Instructions Sent tbo Anicrlcuu Min
ister to Protect Mliwlouarles
Throughout tho Empire Mlmtlou
at Panyak Looted and Many Lives
Placed lu Danger.
Minister Denby has been Instructed by
Acting Secretary Adee to secure protec
tion for American citizens at Panyak,
China, a place about forty miles from
Foo Chow, where tbe American mission
Is reported to bare been looted by tbe na
tives. No. additional outrages have been
reported to tbe State Department.
Appeals for the protection of American
missionaries in China have been coming
in to tbe State Department this morning
by telegraph and mall from officers
of the religious organizations which have
missionary stations in that country.
Borne of them allege that Minister Denby
is nut doing bis duty and indicate a state
of feeding that might naturally be caused
by tbe press dispatch concerning tbo out
rages, but is hardly consistent with the
efforts which the department, Mr. Denby
and Adml ral Carpenter are making to secure
adequate protection for all Anicrieans in
Tbe few dispatches received at the de
partment from United States consuls In
China have bten acted on promptly. Mr.
Denby has been cabled all tbe information
contained in these, together with instruc
tions to use bis best efforts to provide pro
tection to American citizens and to prevent
any repetition of tbe attacks on American
OUTRAGE AT PANYAK,
Mr. J. Courtney Hlxon, tbe United
States consul at Foo Chow, has Informed
the State Department that the American
mission chapel at Panyak has been looted,
and directions have been cabled Mr. Denby
to take cognizance of the matter.
This Is believed to bo tbe place given In
tbe press dispatches aslnjhok or Flnghok.
It does not appear under any of its vari
ously spelled names on any atlas at the
State Department, but it is understood to
be forty or fifty miles from Foo Chow.
Becauso of the many ways In whlchCM
nese names are spelled, and the compli
cations resulting from telegraphic errors
natural in the transmission of such unfa
miliar nomenclature over thousands of
miles by operators of various nationalities,
the State Department bas found some dif
ficulty In Identifying the places where
missions are situated, frequently small
towns which are, In many Instances, omit
ted from the map.
Tbe letters and telegrams received
from tbe missionary organizations In this
country have been answered promptly,
and coupled with tbe information that
Minister Denby is doing all that can be
done to protect Americans, and that the
Department baa every confidence In his
ability to secure the best results.
Bequests are made of these correspond
ents to furnish tbe Department with tbe
location and description of tbe missions
tbey represent, and a list of the Ameri
cans attached to them. It would be ot
great value ts the Department If all the
American missionary societies baying
missions In China would speedily send the
details requested especially of those which
have written with regard to the current
A TEN-DAYS' FREE OFFKH.
Morning Times subcrlbers can bare
Tbe Evening. Times delivered free
(for on week, by making request at
.the offJoe. This otter holds for only'
Ex-President Benjamin Harrison.
DESERTED TO THE BEBELS
Mayor Gorcia and the Count of
Lersuidi Join Insurgents.
CAMPOS VERY MUCH WOEN
Tbo Spaiilxh Chieftain Js Suddenly
Grown Old and Seems Discouraged,
While the Go eminent Is Alarmed
aud I Hastily Throw Ins Up Forti
fications About tho Cuban Cnpltol.
Now York, Aug. 9. The Herald's Key
West, Fla., special says:
Tho most Important news from an Insur
gent standpoint received by tbe steamer
from Havana Wednesday night was the
confirmation of tho report that Marcos Gar
cia, tbe mayor of SauctlSpiritus, together
with tbe Count of Lersuidi, had deserted
from tbe Spanish ranks and Joined the
rebels. This move bad been expected for
some time, and only waited the develop
ment of other plans to? be carried .out. The
mayor is reported to have 6C0 men, and
the Count 2,000 but tbe figures in both
cases are exaggerated, though each has
a respectable following,
WILL JOIN ROLOFF.
Tbe Inhabitants. of Las Villas bave only
been awaiting- tbe arrival of leaders with
arms and ammunition to JoUuthc insurrec
tion. Together with the landing of the
Roloff and San Chez expeditions, the
province of Las Villas may now bo con
sidered bke tbe adjoining eastern province
of Camaguey and .Santiago de Cuba in
possession of 'the insurgonts. Notwith
standing the efforts of the Spanish authori
ties to prevent it, Marcos Garcia's fol
lowing Is reported to have taken to tho
mountains to the. south', which would in
dicate that they jtill join tbo Roloff con
Advices from Havana, arc. to the effect
that tbe inbn'bltants.of that province are
,to 'strike a decisive blow. The government
emergency by strengthening and extending
Its fortifications. Heavy guns and mortars
bave been recentlyr. planted in Fuente
Grande, a small town outside the city, whllo
Cabanos and llorro -fortresses 'have been
heavily garrisoned and thoroughly re
Those "whotare seen Gen.'Campos since
his return to Havana say be looks haggard
and bas aged du ring the "past month. Cam
pos' personal experience -at Valenzuela wa s
one never to be forgotten and one which
he will not care to repeat.
SABASTT SUBBIiX7 DEFEATED.
Alfaro,'Tv"lus a Vlctd'ry and His Army
New York, Aug. 9, Tbe Herald's spe
cial cable from Panama says:
Tbe Herald correspondent accompany
ing Gen. Alfaro's army in Ecuador con
firms tbe ne ws of tbo defeat of Gen . Sarasti's
forces. He says that-8,000 men were en
gaged In tbe battle, wntch occurred on
August 6 and that 800 were killed and
After their defeat, thegovernment troops,
pursued by the Alfaristss, fled In all di
rections, subsequently raiding the neigh
boring country, pIUagiDg' farm-houses, and
sboorting defenseless persons.
Negro Miners GO to Work.
Spring Valley, Iiljsug. 9. Tbe negro
miners who had "been riven out of town
bytbe'Italians retumedearly tbfs'morn
Ing and Vearlyalf went Ul Work. They are
cuarded'br'araied dtntrUss. but everrthin?
Js' peaceful" and 'tiv- further outbreak is
feared, - - -ts i - .
THAT WRECKED BIDING
What Night Brought Forth at the
Scene of the Collapse.
THE SOLEMN NIGHT WATCH
Mutilated Bodies, Limbs Scattered
Broadcast, Anxious Itelatlven All
Tisht Lone Seeking: Tho Missing,
But .Nobody Can Bo Found Who Can
Tell TVhy tho Structure Collapsed.
New York, Aug. 9. The search ot tbe
ruins ot the wrecked building in West
Third street which collapsed yesterday was
kept up all night by the contractors for
the fire department. Tbe men did not
abandon work for a moment, but no more
bodies were recovered until shortly after
seven o'clock this morning, when the work
men took from the ruins the body of one of
the missing men. The body was sadly dis
figured and crushed and has not been Iden
tified. Tbe only otber event which marked tbe
early morning bours'was the discovery of
tbe missing right foot ot tbe dead electri
cian, Peterson, whose mangled remains
were taken ou t of the ruins yesterday after
noon. It was found with the shoe still on it
and a fragment of the ankle bone attached
to It, about four yards from tbespot at which
Peterson's body was found. Near It was
tbe shoe which had been torn from the other
foot when the crash came.
A SORROWFUL VIGIL.
A number of the relatives of the missing
men remained near tbe building all night,
although all hope ot recoerlag any one
alive had long been given up. No one can
possibly be still Ii Ids under tbo tremendous
mass ot debris. It will be several days,
perhaps, befnro the whole of It can be
The first shock which followed tho col
lapse of the floors of the big office building
yesterday morning bas given way to
spirited action on the part of those moot
directly Interested. The first duty was
to find the missing, aud tbe next to fix
In response to a call from the fire depart
ment Contractor GaUlgan, who bas made
a study ot clearing away wrecks, was
early on haud yesterday afternoon, and
with a gang ot one hundred men began to
remove tbe brick and mortar. At first it
was thought that it would be necessary
to shore up tbo walls, but the building
inspectors declared that they were safe, and
so tbe real work of rescuing the missing
THE WORK AT NIGHT.
It was well along toward nightfall
when poor Peterson "s body was found. It
was not far from where Smith, bis com
panion, was discovered, and tbe remains
were frightfully crushed, one foot having
been torn off by a.falllng girder.
At nightfall big gasoline lamps were
lighted, but twenty-five of the Italians
struck, and delay followed. AU nlgbt
long tbe gang worked, being relieved BOW
and then byfresh men, butltwasbard work
Scores of persons viewed the body of the
man taken from the ruins this morning,
among them many relatives ot the miss
ing men, but thus tar the remains have not
THE DEAD AND MISSING.
A complete list ot the dead and missing
John Smith, 45, plasterer, Brooklyn.
Charles X. Peterson, 25, electrician.
John Smith, wlreman; died soon after
reaching tbe hospital.
Unknown man, found to-day; body crush
ed beyond recognition.
Patrick Cashln, 85,laborer,'Brooklyn."
f Patrick Conlln, 43, plasterer, Brooklya
Michael Farrell, 35, steam fitter, Ruth
erford, N. J.
Michael Flynn, 34, Brooklyn.
John G rosso, 30, laborer, city.
Edward Hartley, 36, plasterer, Brook
lyn. Michael O'Hare, 40, laborer, Brooklyn.
Pletro Morinl, 30, city.
John Murphy, 33, laborer, Brooklyn.
Christopher O'Rourke, 35, laborer, Brook
lyn. Augustus Phillips, 28, driver, city.
Michael Savage, 34, laborer, Brooklyn.
George Smith, 35, iron worker, dt.y
TOO MUCH WEIGHT.
The injured at tbe hospital are doing
well, and It Is thought all will recover.
Wm. Fox and Nell Gulden were very
much Improved to-day, and will be able to
go to their homes in a few days.
Many opinions hare been advanced as to
the direct cause of the disaster, but It is
generally admitted that the workmen piled
an excessive weight upon tbe various
floors in defiance to tbe warnings of
tbe superintendent of the iron work.
The bodies ot Michael O'Hare and Michael
Flynn have just been taken from the ruins
of tbe collapsed building. The man taken
out this morning was Michael Savage.
MDRDERER BURGESS JAILED
He Gives Himself Up, and Is Safely
Put in a Cell.
Hid in a Haymow, Tint Hanger and
Thirst Led Him to Betray Him
self to His Friends.
Auburn, N. Y., Aug. 9. Tired, hungry,
worn out in mind and body, starting guiltily
at every sound and shadow, Charles
Burgess, who murdered Farmer Whitlock
and brutally maltreated bis wife, gave him
self up last night, and was brought to the
jail in this city without molestation. Be
arrived at 11:45 in custody of a constable.
He talked freely to the constable on bis
way to this city, and several times broke
dnnn and wept.
"I don't know why I did it," he keptr e-
iterating. "The Whitlocks always treated
me well. Tbey were nice folks, and we
never had any trouble."
When pressed for details of tbe crime be
declared he could not remember anything
about it. Neither did behave tbe slightest
recollection ot the assault upon tbo wife
ot tbe murdered man. He did say that when
Whitlock stooped to get under the bars be
was seized with a sudden irresistible Im
pulse to strive blni with tbe axe and bo
yielded to it. He asserts that previous to
that moment he had never harbored a
thought of murder.
After leaving the scene of the tragedy
be went directly to tbe farm of Adelbert
Deal, an intimate friend. He bid himself
lu the barn, burrowing beneath the hay.
There he remained without moving until
6 o'clock lu the evening of tbe next day.
He saw the searching party from cracks in
tbe barn and heard their threats of violence.
At ono time, when they came particularly
close, he had a razor at his throat, deter
mined to end his own life if discovered.
He claims that one ot the searchers walked
over him at one time.
Hunger and thirst finally overmastered
him and he called from a window to his
frind Deal, saying ho wanted to give
himself up and be taken to Auburn. He
was given food and drink, and two of tbe
sarcbers summoned, who started with
him for the county seat. At Cato the
prisoner was turned over to a constable.
A bowling mob bad surrounded tbo vehicle
in which tho prisoner sat and cried for
vengeance, but nothing more violent than
MelOJfLEY ALL KIGHT,
Says tho President of tho Ohio .Re
New York, Aug. 9. Mr. D. D. Woodman
sec, of Cincinnati, president of the Ohio
Republican League, is In the city. He
was a candidate for president cf the Na
tional Republican League of Clubs at the
convention bold at Cleveland in June
last, but was defeated by E. A. McAlpln,
of New York.
Mr. Woodmansee stated yesterday that
tbe Ohio league has a permanent organ
ization of 100 clubs in active existence,
which were always in condition for any
emergency, and thrice as many when the
campaign was fully on.
lu response to an inquiry as to whether
tbe well known friction between the friends
of Governor McKlnley aud Mr. Foraker
would affect the Presidential aspirations
of tbe Governor, he remarked:
"There is no friction, or at least none will
exist at tlii.proper time. Governor McKln
ley will bave a solid delegation from Ohio
lu the national convention. In the mean
time Mr. Foraker will have been elected
to the United Slates Senate. The State
convmtlon declared for him, and the Legis
lature to be elected this fall will do their
"With reference to silver? res, there
Is quite a sliver following in Ohio It will
do no harm, however, for tbo business
outlook Is so flattering that the money
question will hardly be considered next
More Reckless Shootlujr.
"Tarrytown, N. Y , Aug. 9. Ira Miller, a
farmer, seventy-five years old, bas been
much annoyed by dogs and cats that ho wled
around his home on the heights of Paean,
Last evening, after a particularly severe
disturbance, he fired a shotgun In the direc
tion of ths sound and seriously wounded
Mamie Argus, tho ten-year-old daughter or
a laborer employed by William Rockefeller.
The doctors think the child cannot live,
and tbo shock has so painfully affected
Mr. Miller thai It is feared that he may die
Act of a Mad Man.
Baltimore, Aug. 9. Three persons were
wounded and one will probably die as the
result ot a mad man's act early this morn
ing. Urban Els, aged 33 years, of No.
1734 Harford avenue, shot his brother-in-law,
Charles A. Pfelffer, in tbe right arm,
then shot-Mrs. Margaret Pfelffer in the left
breast and finally shot himself in the
fprehead. Tbe wounds of Mr. and Mrs.
Pfelffer areslight, butEis will probably
"die. 'It is" thought Eii was temporarily demented.
HiS STILL MOTHER WIFE
Bigamy Added to the Charges
NEW CHAPTEB IN HIS LIFE
Ho Is Alleged to Have Married m
Widow In This City and De
serted Her in the West His Es
capades in Indianapolis Brought
Samuel Douglas, who represents hlmrelf
to be a citizen of Indianapolis, and for
whose apprehension the police of this
city are now scouring tbe highways and
hedges, will probably be confronted with
obter and more serious charges after be
shall bave been taken into custody.
Until to-day tbe Illegal shortcomings ot
Douglas were supposed to be limited to
tbe attempted negotiation of a worthless
check and the failure to depotlt in bank
some $500 given blm by bis wife for that)
is briefly told in tbe elopement to Baltimore
of Douglas and Miss Mamie Brosius, tbs
daughter of a Ford Theatre victim, where
they were married.
Subsequently Douglas obtained posses
sion of all his wife's available assets, lets
her to her own reflections, and the cold
sympatby of a pessimistic world, and re
turned to Washington. Tho wife followed
later, told ber trorjles t "the officers of
tbe law and began the preliminary steps
for the husband's prosecution. In the
meantime Douglas effected his disappear,
ance and is now probably dividing bis
time beta eeu laughing at the laws delay
and seeking a new field ot operations.
To-day The Evening Times made the
somewhat astounding discovery that Doug
las, although young in years, was a vet
eran in the mysteries of matrimony and
wife robbery. Two of bis wedded wives
bave been found .in this city, another is
said to reside in Georgetown and a fourth
in Indianapolis. But this is only a starter,
and tbe complete- revelation of the alli
ances contracted by Douglas will doubt
less be of sucb a character as to suffuse
with blushes the face of a Mormon elder.
It appears that something more than a
year ago tbe heart of Douglas yearned for
tbe finished and refining touches ot an
adventurers education, and his soul 'turn
ed to poetry and music. At that time ha
was a conductor on one of the bounding
Eckiqgton electric cars, snatched fares
and yanked the bell with the assurance
nf an expert, and when the twlhght shad
ows fell devoted himself to culture and
love. Among other things Douglas as
pired to (mulate the exploits of Orpheus
and tbe lyre, feeling that hs talents ran
In that direction.
At that itielting period Douglas resided
at No. 67 New York avenue northeast. Ho
only used one "s" in designating his per
sonality. He felt bunBelf entitled to two,
but apparently knew when he had enough.
Iu his pursuit of a higher education hs
formed tbe acquaintance of Mrs. Annie
O. Van Loo, a widow, who gave instruc
tions on th eguitar and mandolin to those
who sought to attain proficiency in that
branch ot rauslo.
BEGINNING OF A ROMANCE.
Thrown together by business relations ot
sucb a pleasing and poetical character,
tbe acquaintance between Douglas and
Mrs. Van Loo passed tbrough all the sen
timental stages ot friendship, and even
tually blossomed into love. Then they
The newly wedded couple went to In
dianapolis, where Douglas declared he
had great expectations ot amassing wealth
and acquiring renown. Instead of at
tending to their development, tbe husband
devoted bis energies to obtaining posses
sion of what (pare change his wife con
trolled, and is said to Lave judiciously, or
otherwise, invented it in various reductive
beverages that are offered for sale in the
hen the actual cash wus no longer forth
coming Douglas negotiated temporary ad
vances from his uncle, using his wife's
diamond rings, watch and other Jewelry
as collateral. Finally he was reduced ta
the extremity of. pawning her mandolin
aud gave a chattel mortgage on her piano.
The end of the string was reached, and
he telegraphed Mrs. Quinlln, a sister oi
the wife, to send funds for ber transporta
tion to Washington. When this source of
securing revenue failed he tried the novel
experiment of writing a postal card an
nounclng his own demise and requesting
that money be sent his alleged brother to
defray the expenses of his o wn interment.
Unfortunately the corpse was not ready. ,
While residing in Indianapolis Mrs.
Douglas was confronted with the start-
ling rumor that ber husband bad another
wife in that city, but she did not at that
time, so far as is known, Investigate the
matter. Sbe found her way home in tbe
best way she could and tbe husband woa
left to bis own devices.
HIS GAY CAREER.
Including cash and valuables. It is esti
mated that Douglas derived some $2,000
by his marriage with Mrs. Van Loo. Ha
returned to Washington and began tbe
gay Ufa of an adventurer in search of a live
lihood without a manual labor attached.
He represented himself as having a posi
tion In the War Department, performing
duly at Fort Myer. It is during this recre
ational? period that be is supposed to have
married a girl living In Georgetown .whose
identity bas not yet been established
While continuing this gay life Douglas
won and wed Miss Brosius, who bad somo
cash, received from the Government, bein
ber share of $5 ,000 paid on account ot bee
father's death. In attempting to transfer
tbe wife's funds to his own pockets an
estrangement uccurred and he deserted her
witb the amount he bad already secured.
With these funds in bis possession Douglas
came to this city two weeks ago and imme
diately began a search for his wife, formerly
Mrs. Van Loo.
He called upon a number of her friends
and relatives In each instance stating
that ho tlctlr-d to f lndher.in order to return
some of the money she bad given blm. Ho,
produced two rolls ot bills that appcare4
to be fully as large as a beer keg.
MRS. VAN LOO 13 GONE.
A week ago Mrs. Van Loo left tbe city,
and ber whereabout are at present ua
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