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WASHINGTON, D. C, TUESDAT -EMENItfGj AUGUST 20, 1895.
TOL. 1. NO. 14.
HAVE YOU JOniME
D THE TIMES
Frightful Accident at a Plant of
the Carnegie Company.
MANY WORKMEN MANGLED
It Ciimo Wit limit Wunilnij, Killed
Six Men Inisttuitly and Futtilly In
juria! MHiiy Others, Resembling a
Gliruutln Vulcanlo.Upiic-avul and
All "Work Coined.
Pittsburg, Pa . Aug. 20. Furunce "H"
of the Edgar Thompson Steel Works
Carnegie plant at Bessemer, near Brad
dock, 1'a , exploded between 4 and 5
o'clock ttiU morning, klllirg six men and
badly burning ten others., not one of those
employed about the furnace escaping. Some
of the injured have been brought to this,
city for treatment, and the dead are In the
bauds of an undertaker.
KILLED AND MAIMED.
The following names are those of the
killed and Injured:
Joseph Luckal, aged 40 years; leaves
widow and four children; resided at Wolf-'
Stephen Havrila.nged 32, married; lived
at Bmddock; top of head cut off.
John Propokovltch, aged 27, married;
lived at Bessemer.
Joseph Cot, aged 32, unmarried.
John Warchnft, will die.
John Skomda. will die.
Michael Jura, will die .
Johu Wugosky, slightly injured.
Andrew Drobne, will die.
John Zeboray, slightly injured.
John Harrison, probably din.
Uicbael Koueros, will die.
THE CAUSE OF IT.
A lame barrow loaded with raw Iron ore
bad fallen through the huge bell on the
top of the furnace stack.
Fourteen mon were engaged in an effort
to remo e the barrow from the bell so that
It could be closed While thus encaged the
explosion occurred, ami not one of the men
escaped either death or injury.
Work in every department of the huge
plant, was temporarily abatidonc-d, and all
tfforl cxeled to the rescue of the horribly
mangled victims, who had been hurled
In all directions by the terrific upheaval
which closely resembled a olcaulc eruption
of gigautie proportions.
Michael Koperos, aged twenty-six, and
Andrew Drobne, aged thirty-six jears,
previously reported among the injured
at the explosion of the- Edgnr Thumpon
Bteel Works., at Brnddock, died while be
ing brought to the Mercy Hospital, Pitts
burg. Ivearly ull of the victims vv ere Slavs.
ALL A MISTAKE.
Uot tbo nolt Hill a lint Was Sunk
by Prli.ce Oscar.
Loudon, Aug 20. The British baTk-Holt
Hill, Capt. Jenkins, which left Ban Fran
cisco April 2 J for Quecnstown , arrived at
the latter port to-day.
8oni fear hnd been felt that the vetsel
sunk by collision iccently off the coast of
Brar.il with the British ship Prince O.car,
from Shields for Iqulque, was the Holt
Bill, as It was presumed that that vessel
-would be in the locality where the collision
The arrival of the Holt Hill at Queens
tewn therefore leaves still In doubt the
identity of the vessel which collided with
and w ent down with the Prince Oscar.
Toroes of the Quito Gdveriiinent Still
la Bad Luck.
New York, Aug. 20. A special cable
dispatch from Guavaqull, Ecuador, says.
Forces of the Quito government, led by
Gen Vega, bavu been defeated, and Col
Talbot was killed In a battle with the
patriot forces, led by Gen. Serrano, at
Potete, near Cuenca. The fall of Cuenca la
Supreme Chief Bloy Alfaro Intends to
liberate Llxarzaburu, an emissary of the
Quito government, to Gen. Sarastis' army,
lntrusud to check Sarastis' personal am
bition, and the other officers captured at
Reports which were telegraphed by the
governor of Tulcan to the governor of
Oucnca, that Alfaro's forces had been de
feated at Ambato, August 10, were with
out foundation in fact.
Held for the Grand Jury.
James II. Wells, the herb doctor, who
was arrested by Detectives Wcedou an
Borne several days ago on a warrant
charging him with stealing two oxen from
Jfrancis L. Smallwood, an old farmer of
Alexandria cout-ty, was given a prelimi
nary bearing In tt police court this mom'
tag and committed to Jail to await the
action of the grand Jury, In default of $B00
West India Merchant's Failure.
London, Aug. 20. James Kenyon Haw
thorn, one of the leading West India mer
chants of London, has failed, with lla
sulllesamountlns to 8,138. His failure
Is attributed to the payment of heavy Inter
est on loans and the accumulation of bad
debts in connection with estates In Ja
ing several of the lo
cal and telegraphic
news features in this
issue of The Evening
Times will be found
in to-morrow's Morn
FARMS It DUNN DENIES IT.
Declares Ho Made No Prediction ot
Futuro Had 'Weather.
New Xork, Aug. 0. Observer E. B.
Dunn, when shown last -evening the Wash
ington dispatch stating that he had been
called upon by Chief Willis Moore, of the
Weather Bureau, for an explanation of
reports, published in New York and else
where, that he had predicted two months
of hot and dry weather, said: '
"The whole thing is the work of some
malicious person using my name. The re
port is absolutely false In every particu
lar, and Is probably sent out to influence
the market. This is not the first time it
has been done. The forecast sent out from
this office Is for thirty six hours and no
longer, and L would like to have the peo
ple know It."
EARTHQUAKE AT LIMA.
Only u Llttlo One, However, and No
New York,, Aug. .20. A special cable
dispatch f roni Lima, Peru, eaj s: An earth
quake shocked this and the adjacent prov
inces, but cabred no serious damage.
Cuzcos objection to American mission
aries baa not develoiied Into any new acci
dents. Paytas reiiortcd seizure by guerrillas
was the exaggerated narrative ot an In
significant affair. There were rioters
who submitted to the government as soon
as troops were sent to enforce Its authority.
NOT HOLMES' PROPERTY
Attorney Capps, of Fort Worth,
Says the Murderer Forged.
Tlio Fliio 1'roperty of Minnto Will
iams Never Panted Legally Into
tbo Hands of tbe Castle Mun.
Philadelphia. Aug. 20. William Capps,
the Fort Worth, Tex., lawjer, who rep
resents the heirs or Minnie Williams, who.
It was alleged, II. H. Holmes murdered In
the Chicago "Castle," succeeded late jes
terday afternoon In seeing Helmed in the
During the conference Holmes took oc
casion to contradict the statement that
he had said Emily CigraDd is at present
safe In a convent.
"That statement," said the accused arch
conspirator, "was never authorized by me,
and the man who gave it out did so from
motives purely personal. I know who it
was who originated the storv ,nnd will deal
with him at the proper time. He had no
business whatever to give out such a tale
With this remark Holmes relapsed into a
sullen silence and did not utter a word
for a few minutes. Mr. Cnpps left this
city for Chicago this afternoon. He
would not state whether Holmes had given
him any valuable information or not.
It is understood, though, that his visit
will be productive of good results in his
rase for the William's heirs. He is not
trying to find out what claim Holmes has
against the Fort Worth property, for Mr.
Capps is satisfied that the accused has en
tirely lost his grasp on that asset.
It Is with tbe Farmers' and Mechanics'
Bonk of Fort Worththat Capps has to fight
in bis suit for the recovery of the prop
erty. The of flcials of the baukhav e a mort
gngo of $13,000 on the buildings and
ground, and if the lawyer can prove that
Minnie Williams never pacsed title to
Holmes, the claim of tbe bank is worthless.
Holmes claimed to hold the genuine title
to the property, but it is known that Capps
has secured information that will enable
blm to prove that Minnie Williams never
gav o Holmes title to the Fort Worth prop
erty, but that her name was forged by the
KANSAS A SUFFEHEH.
Terrible Hull Storm Tears Fine Farms
Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 20. A special
from Newton, Kan , says: The most de
structive bail storm In tbe hlstroy of the
county did great damage to crops and
buildings about 6 o'clock last night.
Hailstones fell larger than hens' eggs
and piled up until they resembled snow
banks. The storm came from the northwest,
and the velocity ot the wind was very
high. Trees were snapped off and build
logs were demolished. Corn will be In
jured greatly; stalks that .were twelve
feet high and very thrifty were divested
of their leaves and many ot tbe stalks
were broken down. All kinds of standing
props were damaged, some garden truck
was ruined, ripening fruit was knocked
from the trees and tbe crop almost totally
Tbe damage In the city was great. Thous
ands of windows were demolished, in
cluding every skylight in the city. The
carriage factory, a three-story stone struc
ture, was ruined, and many buildings were
wrecked. Tbe damage will reach into
the thousands of dollars, but cannot be esti
mated accurately now.
Suffering from Smallpox.
Eagle Pass, Texas, Aug. 0. Three new
cases and one death were reported yester
day at tbe smallpox camp at Jenness,
near this city. There are now 380 negroes
quarantined at the camp, of which number
lEd are suffering from smallpox. The
death rate is exceediagly light, not more
than thirty-five patients having died
since the camp was organized. If the
present dry weather continues tor several
days longer Dr. Magruder expects to bare
tbe sufferers on the road to recovery.
Building permits Issued to-day: W. H.
Herring, dwelling. No. 15 Third street
northeast, $4,000; Frank B. King, brick
apartment house, Nos. 1162 and HG4Nlne
slreet northwest, 97,600; Dr. John W.
Shaw, genuraf repairs to dwelling No. 1458
Rhode Island avenue, $1,000.
Wants) No Interference.
Constantinople; Aug. CO. It Is learned
that the Porte has again rejected the de
mand of tbe powers that tbe proposed
reforms In Armenia shall be under forelga
control. , .
, UUlionot GoIL
New Tork, Aug. 0. The steamer Tuca-.
tan, from Havana, brought '91,000,000
gold to Heidelbach, Icrlahelraer'TCo., 1b
transit to Europe.
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1. TiNnl'S CHARGES
Judge Lochren Says He Has
Not Received Them.
MERELY ERRORS, HE THINKS
He Ih Inclined to Itesurd tbo Matter
Lightly, but Will IiiveHtiKiite When
He GetH the Letter The Cor
poral Has Something More to Say
About the Alleged Crookedness.
The open letter of Barnes Tanner, late
CommlssioiiT of Pensions, addressed to
Judg Lochren, the present Commissioner,
published In to-dav's Morning Times, in
which he makes specific charges against
D. W. S. Bll, one of tbo medical examiners
In tbe office, and other employes of Repub
lican proclivities, to the effect that they
are rejecting pensions for the purpose of
making political capital and reflecting oh
tbo ill will of the soldier element, Is cre
ating considerable comment among the
soldiers and others.
A reporter for The Tiroes saw Judge Loch
ren to-day and from blm obtained the fol
lowing statement In regard to the charges
of Mr. Tannr:
"I have not received tbe letter. The first
I knew of It was In reading it in Tbe Horn
ing Times. It is true, as Tanner says, IB
regard to the case of Knapp. After read
ing the report on the rejection ot his claim,
I found that It was a ralstako, as. the man
was suffering from paralysis, and unable
to jierform manual labor, and a pension
should have been allowed him.
"The case has been reopened and will be
acted upon at once. I suppose it is entirely
impossible to prevent mistaken ot that kind
from occurring. I do all that I can to be
careful in the examination ot all cases, and
especially careful to do no Injustice to the
old soldiers, but In spite of everything
mistakes will occur sometimes from er
rors in judgment, sometimes from care
lessness or inattention on the part of exam
"As It often happens, mistakes arc n;-cle
by men whose standing in the bureau Is ex
cellent, and who are regarded as perfectly
oompelent. I should be sorry to believe that
there were examiners In the office who
-would wilfully and purposely wrong the
soldiers by rejecting meritorious claims for
the purpose of bringing discredit upon the
Administration and exciting the hostility
ot the soldiers against the political party in
ALL LIABLE TO ERE.
"Of course I shonld not retain the serv
ices of any clerk If I found any evidence
of his acting in the manner charged or from
such a motive, but It would be harsh and
unjust to discharge clerks every time a
mistake was discovered, even if tbe mistake
were tbe result of palpable inattention and
carelessness in the particular case, v
"Of course I will correct such mistakes
when brought to my attention, but I cannot
think: they were Intentionally made. These
mistakes do not occur often.
"When the letter of Mr. Tanner is re
ceived, makang a direct charge, I will in
vestigate the matter."
Corporal Tanner was also seen to-day by
a Times reporter regarding his letter.
"In the first place," he said, "I wish
to emphasize tbe tact that in cases which
are aoted "on in tbe Pension Office the
Commissioner is held responsible all over
the. country, for action which In ninety
nine "oases out ot a hundred lis knows'
netblog about. Tbe Commissioner Is beld
Continued on UiM page.
Hon. John Sherman.
SPANISH IN CTJHA.
General Sulcedo (IriUlnon tbe Flans
ot His Faction.
.Madrid, Aug. ?0-acn. Salcedo, who
caaimauded the 8pariihitrooT.ln the
Flit military -district tu Cuba, bas re
turned to Spain . arriving at Corunna yes
Ueii. SKlcedo declares that tbe campaign
against tbe insurgents in Cuba will be ac
tively returned in November and that
Santiago de Cuba, Ciego de Avila and
Puerto 1'rincipe will be strongly gar
risoned witb Spanish troops.
The conensub of orlnlou among tbe
Spauili officers In Cuba, he says. Is that
tbc-e movements, together with keeping
a close watch on the coast , will put an end
to the rebellion by lSliG.
THE CHINESE OBSTRUCTION
Assertions That Chinese Officials
Obstruct Work of British Mission.
British 'and American Consuls Not
Permitted to Be Preseiit at Exami-
untlon ot -Chinese Prlsonors.
London, Aug. 20. A dispatch from
Shanghai to the PaU Mall Gazette ascribes
the action ot' ib Chinese officials at
Kucbeng in'preveitins the British and
American consuls from being present at
the exaniinatfonp"f the persons arrested
"for participating in the massacre of
Christians at that place to fear on the part
of the authorities that the testimony of the
prisoners will inculpate them.
The refusal or'', the authorities, tbo
dispatch says,' shows the futility of al
lowing he consubrtu start on their mission
without tbe accompaniment of a strong
British military escort. As the matter
stands the consuls are powerless and the
whole Inquiry is a farce. Public feeling
among Europeans In Shanghai is strongly
Inclined towards the conviction that
British Minister O'Conor should demand
from China an Independent inquiry by
the consuls without delay, and also that
a powerful escort otjlritlsh troops should
be Immediately dispatched to Kucbeng to
protect and assist them.
A dispatch from Shanghai to the Times
confirms tbe previous reports of the refusal
of the authorities. to allow the consuls to
attend tbe examination ot tho Kucbeng
prisoners, and adds that tbe Chinese offi
cials have been most offensively obstruct
ive to tbe consuls, who are powerless to do
anything without a proper esoortof British
Hong Kong, Aug. 20. Information has
been received here oourumlng tbe previous
reports that the prefect accompanytug the
commission of Inquiry mto toe massacre
ot Christians at Xocheng. as well as the
Chinese officials at' thatplace, have posi
tively refused to -permit the 'British and
American consuls to be presentdurlng the
examination o the prisoners connected
with the outrages. The- consuls have
made a formal protest andtbe matter
bas been.referred to tfieTioeroy. In consc
quenoe ot this action ottbe Chlneseauthor'l
ties serious uifflcesareiexpccted.
Wa tit t b e Cars) Stopped.
Mr. 0. H. Wdrden, ctyvjrijuin it the com-,
mlttee oa route" it tbeLnbor Day parade,
called on the Comraiseloners To-day with
a request that the street pus be stopped on
that day at the usual hb'ujs during the pax
Ins: of the -processJon." Tbe'request wa
signed 'by Mr. Worsen and Chier Marshal
jameslf . McHugh.
J; so? JT rA
NoWnir bat tsWjsk'skrAt fltb. One meats.
and cMfioss frelrTd.- Midday lunch,
: 0c"dtiUMifc9 la carte an Oar.
NOT AS BELIIGEREHTS
Cuba Does Not'Wish Recognition
by This Country.
WOULD OUT OFF SUPPLIES
A s the Insurrection Stands at
rresent the United States Is Its
Chief Source of the Sinews of
War International Law Would
Check It-It HecoBiilzed.
"Too Insurgents do not want to be
recognized as belligerents," tald a proml
nent Cuban .in" this city, dUcusring the
report that commissioners had been to the
governments of the United States and of
other countries to aek that the revolution
ists in Cuba be granted the rights and
privileges accorded to belligerents under
"Tbey have nothing to gain and much
to lose by sucb a course," continued tbe
gentleman. "As long as Spain insleta that
the troubleln Cuba lsmerelyaninsurrection,
tbe quelling of. which is a matter for her
alone, the government of the United States
cannot interfere with tbe sale by its
citizen') of ships and munitions of war
to tbe insurgents", provided that the parties
do not let it appear that the transactions
arc for tbe purpose of aiding- In tbo
attack upon Spanish authority in Cuba.
"But the minute the insurgents are rec
ogiuzed as belligerents, then that impon
derable thing known as international law
becomes a. factor lu their relations with the
citizens ot the UrJted8tatcs, and they will
lose all the advantages now possessed by
PRECEDENT LAID DOWN.
"This subject was discussed at length by
Secretary Fish and Admiral Polo, the
Spanish minister to the United States, In
1874, and the rights and duties of the Gov
ernment of this country set forth with much
distinctness by the former. Admiral Polo
complained bitterly of the laxity with
which United States officials acted against
alleged expeditions to Cuba, and quoted tbe
contention of the United Btates before the
Geneva board ot arbitration as affording
ground for.a claim of damages by Spain be
cause of these expeditions.
'Mr. Fish responded that 'the repeated
references by Admiral Polo to the doc
trines laid down in the course of the dis
cussion at Geneva induce tbe undersigned
to say at the outset that these discussions
were predicated upon the admission of a
recognized state of war, and that if Spain
is prepared to concede that there is a state
of war in Cuba with belligerents rights in
each party to the conflict, and shall accede
to the threo rules set forth In the treaty of
Washington, then the United States may
be prepared to concede to Spain what
they claimed of Great Britain at Geneva.'
V GIVES TBEM ADVANTAGE.
'"The advantages possessed by the in
surgents under the xltlng condition of
affairs, and which they do not care to re
linquish," said the speaker, "are set
forth io the same letter from Mr. Fish
to Admiral Polo, wheu he said:
"Spain has never been willing to con
code that a state of war exists in Cuba.
Tbej)rightsand duties of the Unled States
toward Spain, therefore, are to be meas
ured Jy those of one nation toward another
in cast an insurrection exists which does
not rise 'to tbe dignity of recognized wan
A friendly "government violates no duty of
good neighborhood in allowing the free
sale. of arms and munitions of war to all
persons, to tbe insurgents, as well as to tbe
regularly constituted, authorities, and
such arms and munitions, by whichever
party purchased, may be carried on its ves
sels on tbe high seas, without liability to
question by any other party. In like
monnr Its vessels may freely enrry un
armed passengers, even though known to
bs insurgents, without thereby rendering
the government which permits It liable to
a charge ot violating its International du
ties.' "The situation to-day Is exactly that of
1874, except that Mr. Fish's proposition
has been strengthened by the decision of
Judge Ross, of the Southern district of
California, in the famous Itata rates. Cer
tainly, tbo Cuban insurgents have no rea
son to ask belligerents' rights. Let Spain
look to that."
MAItitlED TJNDEIt GUARD.
Bridegroom Arrested for Purtlclpat
lug In the Vinson Lynching.
Tacoiua, Wash., Aug. 20.. A special
from Elleiuburg says:
Gov. MeGravv has ordered out the State
troopi to back up the sheriff of Kittitas
County In arresting accused persons for
the lynching of the Vinsons there a week
Among the lynchers are many prominent
citizens. The troops have atei moled In
their armories prepared for action. Mike
Lender, ex -treasurer, bas already been
arretted. He was to marry la&t nigbt and
was permitted todoso, under guard, how
ever. DUTY OF THE HOSPITALS
Col. Tracy Gives His Views in the
He Is Investigating the Matter and
Muy Make Some Rules for
Col. Tracy, superintendent of charities,
is making a thorough i n vestipation of the
case of lliomai Rcldy, who was refused
ailmlksion to Garfield Hospital on Satur
day. In regard to the case Cok Tracy said
to a Times reporter this afternoon that
there- was no dispute as to the main facts
of the affair.
"The hospital authorities" he said,
"admitted havlug refuse to noire the
patient, who came with a sanitary office
permit, on the ground tliat he was not in
need of treatment or in fit condition to be
received. Hence the only point of fact to
be determined is one of medical judgment
as to the condition of the patient.
"In st'ucral, the permit should be at least
strong presumptive evidence of tbe fitness
of the application, at permits arc notlssued
wltboiilinquiry, while hospital Umtreceir
larce appropriations for carebf public
patients should give full return for the
public funds paid to them, as in fact tbey
generally do. In this sense, as regards the
hospital, the public patient is not a free
patient, but one well paid for, and to be
These views Col. Tracey cxprcsfed some
time ago in reporting on a casi- of another
hospital. Tbe question in Beldy's matter
being oue regarding tbe admission ot a
District permit patient. There is co room
for fine distinctions about authority to
Inquire, nor bas Garfield or any other
hospital at all objected to inquiring into
sucb matters at any time.
Providence and Garfield Hopltals receive
about 1,000 District permit patients a
year, he said. This year the hospitals of
Washington are allowed $150,000 In ap
propriations, of which $38,000 goes to
Providence and Garfield through the sun
dry civil bill, and the remainder through
the District bill, to the Frecclmeii's, Emer
gency, Columbia, Children's aid Homeo
Again, Col. Tracey said, there are to be
taken into account the proposition of the
Asylum's expenses, used for the .hospital,
and tbe allotments made from the fund for
relief of tbe poor to tbe dispensaries and to
tbe physicians to the poor. In all there is
upward ot $175,000 annually given In
the District for public medical service,
and it is one of the duties of the superin
tendent of charities to co-operate In secur
ing adequate return forthls large outlay, as
well as exemptions from taxation enjoyed
by medical and other charities.
Tbe appropriation for "Garfield Hospi
tal is "for maintenance, to enable itto pro
vide medical and surgical treatment to
persons unable to provide therefor." All
otber hospital appropriations are made
for like objects.
Col. Trnoy said. Without special refer
ence to tbe Garfield Hospital -case, but in
view ot a number of recent discussions re
garding hospital admissions, that hospital
regulations and incidental questions arising
under them should be construed by medi
cal executive officers on the ground liber
ally, giving benefit of doubt In favor of ren
dering public service in return for public
As to tbe question of the classification
of an applicant as a public patient, the per
mit ot tbe sanitary office should determine,
in the absence of strong evidence to the con
trary or the discovery of Imposition.
SHIPS FOR THE CONCLAVE.
Bnnce's Squadron Ordered to Go to
In response to a request from the
Boston authorities. Acting Secretary Mc
Adoo bas Instructed Rear Admiral Bunce
to take the North Atlantic squadron to
that place during the coming conclave
of the Knights of Templar.
The admiral is directed to use his dis
cretion as to what day he shall make bis
appearance In Boston Harbor. The trip
will not Interfere with tbe cruise of the
squadron, which is now at Bar Harbor
under orders to cruise along the coast as
far South as Hampton Roads.
Hurt by a Cable Cur.
Charles Buniell.n whllcjnian about 25
years old, while. alighting frcni a cable
car at the corner, of PenmijlTanla avenue
and Four-and-a-half street Jhls. morning,
fell aad was caught under tiic wheels. He
was taken in a pclice ambulance -to the
Emergency Hospital, where It was" found
that his right hand, wasjbadly lacerated.
After his Injuries were dresed he was re
moved to bis home, No. 2011 K. street
Fireman Corby Resigns.
The resignation of P. A. Corby ,a member
of the tiro foree, was accepted to-day, and
W. O. Eemer was appointed to succeed blm.
GREAT RACE FOR THE CUP
Defender and Vigilant Strive For
Chance at Valkyrie III.
FINE DAT AND FATE WIND
The Two Great A'niorlcau Yachts
Start ou a Trial of Speed, the
Winner in Which Is to Tucklo
the Valkyrie, tho Crack English
Sandy nook, N. J., Aug. 20. Yachtsmen
wereallbappythLs mornlns whenthey looked
aloft. Not a cloud was visible, the air was
clear as a crystal spring and a piping
breeze was coming In from the soutbwest
The atmosphere had an autumn collness to
11 that was invigorating, and, taking all
things together, the weather seemed mado
to order for a trial of aspirants for the
honor ot defending the America's cup.
Tbe bracing air and bright prospects for
a lively race, added to the Interest of thepub
11c in what tbe defender can do, drew out a
good-sized crowd of spectators. The ex
cursion boats which came down the bay
bound for the race were well tilled with
passengers, and the fleet ot steam and sail
ing j actus made an imposing procession out
toward tbe lightship.
The people on the steamboats looked
In vain for Valkyrie, III. They were eager
to get a look at tbefBritish boat that has
caused some apprehension as to tbe safety
ot tbe cup, bit she left her anchorage off
Liberty Island last evening and was be
hind the Erie basin bulkhead to-day,
changing her ocean spars for the mys
terious spars which were brought ovar
on tbe Furncnsia ten days ago.
TO CHOOSE A BOAT.
Tbe race to-day Is the first of the of
ficial trials for tbe selection of the boat
to meet Valkyrie III. While in all prob
ability tbe selection will be the yacht
which wins two out f the three trial
races, yet tbe America's cup- committee
reserve the right to select a boat which
fails to win, if tbey are satisfied that she
is tbe best boat.
This reservation prevents the selection of
a yacht w hlcb happens to win by a fluke,
or on account of an accident to her com
petitor. Tbe Judge have closely watched
the iierfonuauces ot tbe Defender in tbe
niue races she has already sailed with the
Vigilantnnd while none of them will say
so they are unquestionably satisfied that
Fhe is the better boat of the two, and, of
coure, the best boutever built in -this
"Their decision in the choice of .a cup
defender will be influenced-by what they
have ecu us well as bj the comparative
work of the Defender and tbe Vigilant to
day and Thursday. Excepting the two
races In which tbe Defender met with acci
dents, tbe Vigilant has never won a race
from tbe Defender on elapsed time. In two
races, however, theflmsbe were so close
that the time allowance muy give one or
both of these races to Mr. Gould's boat.
Tbe regatta committee, however, will
not announce tbe measurements of the
time allowance until the Val'.jrie Is sub
mitted to the tape Just before the Inter
national contest. The cup committee hope
to be able to test tbe Defender In wind
ward work in a strong blow during tbe
trial races. Sbe has shown her abilities
In all kinds of light weather, but bas never
bad a beat to windward in a heavy sva
and a strong wind In any of her races.
Aside from racing for tbe bonor of de
fending tbe America's cup to-day there
was a special prize, a $2,000 cup, offered
by John Jacob Astor. This cup is one of
tbe finest ever offered for sloops in this
country and Is far handsomer than the
ugly piece of silver which Englishmen
have been endeavoring to take across the
pond all these years. But the America's
cup is the recognized token of Interna
tiou.il supremacy, and that Is what Lord
Dunraven Is after.
ALL 1IED VIOLENTLY.
Last of a Futod Family Perished In
tho Tlenvcr Dlvaster.
Colorado Springs, Col , Aug. 20. The
death of F. F. McCloskey, in the Gumry
Hotel,diaster in Denver yesterday, Is tbe
latest of a most remarkable scries of dis
asters in one family.
A year ago last winter one of tho
60iis of Mr. McCloskey was drowned while
skating here. The following Fourth of
July another son was crippled for life by
an explosion of fireworks in Knns-as City.
Later another son was shot and seriously
wounded In Cripple Creek. Afewweeksago
Mrs. McCloskey was burned to death In a
gasoline explosion and her daughter was
Holme's Cnstle's Archlteet.
Eau Claire, Wis , Aug. 20. Charles Ber
ger, wild drew the plans for Holmes' castle
and superintended Its construction In 1887,
live? here, ne was a partner In the firm
of Gellauner & Co., architects. Be'rger
says, however, be knew nothing about the
secret part of the ca'tle, and It must have
been contrived afterward. He says Holmes
swindled him out of $340 due him for ser
vices. Killed Ou a Light Mast.
Oakland, Cal., Aug. 20. James Gallo
way was burned to death last night at
the top of an electric light mast. The
man was seen hanging among the wires,
which were on fire, by street railroad
men. Word was sent to the electric light
works and tbe current was turned off,
and by that time a hook and ladder had
arrived. The man was still on fire when
be was finally released from tbe wires.
Drowned ut a Hegsttu.
Astoria, Oreg, Aug. 20. Two young
men, Joseph O.wnborger arid Louis Bilges,
were drowned here yesterday by the cap
sizing of the sloup ilnnogram during a race
lueli'cnt to the water carnival. There were
seventeen persons ou tbe sloop when she
went over, but all except the two namad
were rescued by the tug Alarm.
Papers Are Withheld.
James Toone this afternoon brought
suit for divorce against his wife, Florence
Toone. Tho clerk was ordered to withhold
the papers Iront pubuaatlon.
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