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SCKANTOX, PA., TUESDAY MORNING, JUNE 1, 1897.
1U j&tfmn&to ni
A Train Strikes a Coach
and Five Persons Are
FIFTEEN BADLY WOUNDED
Some of the Dead Were
Tlio Body oT Lester W. Itobcrts
Ground to Picccs--Almoit Without
Wnrning tlio Crnsli Camo nnd the
Tnllj-lio Passengers llnd No Time
to Escupo-Tho Conch Cnrricd Tor
Some Dlstnnco on the Engine.
New York, May 31. Five young peo-
Iple were killed and a number of oth
ers Injured In nn accident which oc
curred this afternoon at Valley Stream,
Long Island. A tally-ho with a party
of twenty-one excursionists from the
Greene Avenue Baptist church, Brook
lyn, which started out for a day's out
ing through Long Island was struck
by a train on the Long Island railroad
at the Merrick Boulevard crossing, and
these were Instantly killed:
GEORGE P. FASHLEY, JU.
WILLIAM GILCHRIST, JR.
LESTER W. ROBERTS.
MISS DORA BURTCH, all of Brooklyn.
The Injured were:
MRS. ANNA ANDREWS.
LAWRENCE BARNES, JR.
WALTER WALLBROCK. ,
MISS DB BETTS.
MISS RAY STILLMAN.
Some of the dead were frightfully
The biKof TLester W. Roberts was
ground Byeces. The body of MUs
Burch vnflf Iso badly mangled. Win
slow Lewis had His neck broken, both
legs were broken and his head was bad
ly gashed and he was severely cut
about the body.
The crash came almost without warn
ing, and the occupants of the coach
had no time to make any effort to es
cape. Before the ml'st of them knew
f of the Impending danger, the train was
upon them and the coach was upset
and the engine pushing It along the
rails, the dead and Injured being cut
and mangled beneath It.
The train which struck the tally-ho
was bound east from Minola. It was
not running fast when 'the accident
happened, and accounts differ as to
whether the whistle was blown. The
double team of the tally-ho had crossed
the track and had the front wheels of
the coach upon the rails when the pilot
of the engine was seen by the driver.
I He gave the horses a cut with the whip,
Ibut it was too late, and a moment
Uater the crash came.
The heavy engine, driven forward by
Lho momentum, raised the coach and
ks Had of persons from the ground
Ind hurled It forward. As the engine
ime into sight, the women of the
tirty uttered screams which were end-
Ll by the crash, and then followed by
Ircams of agony. When the engine
ruck the, coach the occupants were
all positions as they endeavored to
Jump to their feet upon realizing their
danger. Some had gained their feet,
while others had made an effort to
Lrcach the side steps. Others were too
frightened to move, had clutched the
leats or the side rail and waited for
FOR RELIEF OF EUZUR SAOE.
IBoston M omnit Stnrts n Fund to Aid
Undo KunsclIN Starving Nephew.
Jollet, 111., May 31. Five dollars was
I received here today by a prominent
I city ofllclal as the starter of a fund
for the relief of Ellzur Sage, nephew of
Ilussel Sage, the New York Croesus,
Ignorant of the fact that by dint of
starving hlmBelf and family and send
ing a alck son to the poorhouse to die,
Ellzur had paid off the $50 mortgage
on his humble home in Channahon,
given to secure a loan of that sum
from hla millionaire uncle, the money
was sent by a philanthropic Boston
The donor, whose name is suppressed
at her own request, writes that she
has been, deep'y touched by tho stories
of grinding poverty at the Channahon
cottage and suggests that others Join
with her In making up the sum neces
sary to avert any danger of the fore
closure of the mortgage. Now that tho
mortgage has been paid the money will
be turned over to Ellzur, together with
any more that may come in from the
charitably inclined, to aid him in his
battle against starvation.
AN ERROR SAVED $40,000.
Mis Wjlllnms' Slip of a Key a Mono
ill to Sew Jersey.
Trenton, N. J., May 31. The very ex
cusable error which Miss Margaret
Williams made In. transcribing the elec
tion bill and which necessitated the
calling of an extra session of the leg
islature, proves to have been a bless
ing in disguise, for the state is saved
about $40,000. The error was a veiy
simple one. Miss Williams' nimble and
graceful fingers were too quick and she
clicked off tho word "provided' in
stead of prohibited, that was all. Un
fortunately, somebody was careless
enough to let her hurrledly-wrilten
copy go without comparison, and when
Governor Griggs discovered the error
of course Miss Williams had to bear the
unpleasant part of it all, when In real
ity she was not at all to blame.
Now, however, comes an hour of
congratulation for her. In the new bill
providing for the special election to
vote upon the constitutional amend
ments, several registration days woro
abolished nnd other changes made to
simplify the election and reduce the
cost. Senator W. M. Johnson, of Ber
gen County, has written Miss Williams
stating this and declaring that the
error was not nearly so grave as It has
AT GRANT'S TOMB.
Magnificent I'lornl Contributions De
posited in tlio Crypt.
New York, May 31. The weather
was intensely hot at General Granfs
tomb this afternoon but three thousand
personB assembled there took part In
the exercises of the U. S. Grant post,
No. 327, Grand Army of tho Republic,
of Btooklyn. Flowers were deposited
in the crypt, on the Sarcophagus. To
the left was a magnificent floral con
tribution from the Chinese minister,
and to the rlcht an immense wreath
presented by the Confederate camp, of
this city. Other (loral pieces were giv
en by Meade post, of Philadelphia, nnd
the Department of the Potomac, Grand
Army of the Republic, of Washington.
A handsome wreath and palm was pre
sented by General Horace Porter, am
bassador to France. At 2 o'clock Mrs.
Newman, the wife of Bishop Newman,
descended Into the crypt, accompanied
by Dr. H. A. Perdy, of the Northwest
ern university of Chicago, and Rev.
Dr. Philip P. Germond, of Kingston, N.
.. and deposited a bunch of roses.
When the marching veterans appear
ed a national salute of twenty-one guns
was fired by the United States battle
ship Indiana, which was anchored In
the river. Then a large flag was raised
on the flagstaff erected by the Daugh
ters of tho American Revolution.
Among those on the grand stand were
Bls.iop and Mrs. Newman, Mayor
Strong, Colonel' Fred C. and Mrs. Grant
and their son, U. S. Grant, General
Grant WilFon and the officers of the
Indiana. An address, was made by
Mayor Strong and Bishop John P.
Newman delivered nn oration.
A Call for the Tenth Annual Convention
to ' De Held at Detroit on
Cincinnati, May 31. President D. D.
Woodmansee and Secretary M. J. Dowl-
ing havo issued a call for the tenth
annual convention or me .national .ue
Tiubllcan league at Detroit July 13.
Each state and territorial league Is
entitled to, four delegates from each
congressional district and six delegates
The business of the convention In
cludes reports from retiring officers,
the election of ofllcers, the designation
of the time and place for the national
convention for the consideration of
amendments 'to the constitution and a
discussion of plans for club work and
There will be an evening mass meet
ing addressed by Republican leaders
on national affairs.
This convention will be the tenth an
niversary of the formation of the Na
tional Republican league, and It will
be celebrated by a reception in honor
of the ex-presidents of the league, all
of whom will be in attendance.
MOONLIQHT FLIRTINQ BARRED.
Two Pretty Girls Have to Lmvc a
Bordentown, N. J., May 31. Just be
cause two pretty seminary girls, leaned
out of a second-tory window on a
moonlight night and talked with two
gallant admirers perched on a wall 20
feet below them, the faculty of the
Prlscella Bralslln School for Girls Is
greatly excited and the culprits dis
missed. The principals of the ultra
fashionable school are Miss Alice G.
Bralslln, who Instructs In English, and
Miss Mary Raymond Bralslln, A. B.,
who received her degree at Vassar, and
who Instructs In Latin. The name the
school bears Is that of an aunt of the
principals. She was the first woman
professor of mathematics In the United
States and Vassar college conferred
upon her the honor.
The rules of the school prohibit Its
pupils from talking with young men
when not under the eye of some of the
faculty, and when it became known
that Miss Jane Salsbury, of Brooklyn,
N. Y., and Miss Fanny John, of Mey
ersdale, Pa., had dared to violate that
rule, they were ordered to pack their
trunks and leave the" institution. The
two young men who talked from the
top of the wall were Smith Busby and
Percy Raymond, who travel with Bor
dentown's swell set.
Miss Salsbury and Miss John were
the most talented of all the pupils In
the school. Miss John was preparing
for Vassar. and after the commence
ment exercises, which occur June 7, a
diploma which will be her passport to
the famous college for women, will
be awarded her,
KENTUCKY'S TOLL GATE WAR.
Obstructions Torn Down In the I'tch
enco of Stntu .Militia.
Lexington, Ky May 31. In Bath
county lost night raiders tore down
nnother toll gate, notwithstanding tho
presence of etate troops at Owlngs
vllle. Judge Gudgell tonight directed
the mayor to send the militia to the
toll gate, t.wo mlleB south of the town,
where It is reported the raiders will
attempt to work more destruction.
Charles 1'ulst Found Dcnd.
Norrlstown, Pa., May 31. Charles I'alst,
er., aged GO years, one of tho best known
residents of this borough, was found dead
this evening ut his office at Devon. He
was superintendent and manager of De
von Inn, and had boon missing since Fri
day, It U not known whether or not
death resulted trap natural causes.
Vive Convicts ut Large.
. Sanduiky, O., May II. The twenty-four
prisoners In th city workhouse revolted
yesterday, the three watchmen fleeing for
their lives. The prisoners then broke their
way out of the building, but the police
recaptured all but. flv, who made good
Governor Is Asked to Suggest Subjects
RESOLUTIONS THAT WERE ADOPTED
The Governor Vetoes tlio Hill In
creasing .Salaries of Deputy Sher
iffs, Also tlio Measure to Allow the
Uso of Common School Houso Tor
Religious Purposcs--Qtiny County
Harrlsburg, Pa., May 31, In tho sen
ate this evening Mr. Grady Introduced
a concurrent resolution asking the gov
ernor to inform the legislature of the
financial condition of the state, and if
there should be a deficit, he Is asked to
suggest subjects of taxation. The res
olution, which was adopted, Is as fol
lows: "Whereas, Section XII, of article IV, of
tho constitution referring to tho executive
reads: "He shall from time to time give
to the general assembly Information of
the stato of tho commonwealth and rec
ommend to their consideration such
measures aa he may Judge expedient;"
Whereas, The general assembly, Ith
due regard for the public apprehension
concerning tho ability of the state to
meet tho demands upon Its treasury In aid
of Its charitable Institutions, support of
the public schools and defraying the or
dinary expenses of the state government
during tho two ensuing years; therefore,
Resolved (If tho houso concur), that His
Excellency, tho governor, be requested to
communicate to tho general assembly
whethpr a deficit will exist at the close
of tho present fiscal year ai-d whether the
estimated revenues for tho two ensuing
years will be sufficient to meet the de
ficit, If any exist, as well as tho ordinary
expenses of the state government, and "f
In his Judgment existing laws ore not
sufficient, then what subjects of taxation
he may recommend to the consideration
of the general atsembly that will fcufll
clently Increase the rovenues ot tho
state to the end that no financial em
marrassment may occur.
Mr. Thomas asked permission to rec
ord his vote in tho foregoing resolu
tion, In the affirmative. This permis
sion was granted, whereupon Mr.
"It has been heralded far and near
that the state of Pennsylvania Is prac
tically bankrupt. This statement Is
not founded on facts. It is true, how
ever, that there Is a deficit, but it is
no fault of this legislature. For sever
al years we have been promoting the
best efforts of .the people of this state.
Some years ago the state was In debt
Jll.000,000. At that time but ,500,000
was appropriated to public schools.
Today the public schools get $5,600,000.
From 1885 to 189G the state has met sev
eral extraordinary expenditures. One
million dollars was appropriated to tho
Johnstown flood sufterers. For new
buildings on Capitol hlll..$625,000 has
leen spent and $500,000 was appropriat
ed to remove the Islands In the Dela
ware river. Notwithstanding this, the
state's debt Is now less than $2,000,000.
"Tho question Is, how are we going
to wipe out this deficit? Either by
taxing proper subjects or by borrow
ing. The governor ought to suggest
proper subjects for taxation and as
soon as ha does we will be ready to
act. Until then our hands are tied."
The governor sent to the feenate his
veto of the bill Increasing the salaries
of the deputy sheriffs, save the real es
tate deputy in the sheriff's oillce, Phil
adelphia from $1,000 to $2,600.
"As the law fixes no limit upon the
number of deputies which the high
sheriff: may appoint," says the gover
nor, "the present and future sheriffs of
Philadelphia could ,hve the power to
appoint an unlimited number of depu
ties at an annual salary of $2,500 each.
"Approval of this bill has been stren
uously urged principally because tho
Increase of Balary would not come out
of th3 treasury of the state, but from
fees pa'd into the Philadelphia city
treasi" y. While this is true. It would
come principally from the debtor who
mfght be so unfortunate as to get into
the hands of the law."
Tho governor then refers to tho pe
titions urging the approval of the bill
ontheground that "the pernicious prac
tice of feeing which has so long pie
vailed In that branch of the shPtlft'3
office," would be brought to an end by
giving the deputies "a decent and liv
"These propositions," Tcmaiks the
governor, "are denied. The taking by
the deputy sheriff of fees not author
ized by law, is a misdemeanor punish
able by lino or imprisonment ard dis
missal from office. The remedy for
dlshoneBty In public otllce is not an
Increase of salary,
"This Is a time, In my Judgment,"
concludes the governor, "for retrench
ment of nil public expenditures and
not for an Increase of the salaries of
Mr. Grady asked that the further
consideration of this veto.be postponed
for the present and this was agreed to.
The governor Informed the senate
that he had signed these bills:
Providing for the better protection of
female Insane patients in transit; reg
ulathlng the manufacture or flour nnd
meal food products; an amendatory act
making it a misdemeanor to levy black
mail or extort money or other valuable
thing by threats, charges or accusa
tions. After passing a batch of bills on first
reading, the senate adjourned until to
HOUSE BILL. VETOED.
Governor Hastings sent to the house
tonight a. veto of tho bill to allow com
mon school houses to be used for Sab
bath school and religious purposes.
His objections to the measure are that
It is local or special legislation and is
In conflict with the constitution.
The governor also vetoed the bill
supplement to tho act of May 23, 1889,
providing for the assessment and col
lection of special taxes upon properties
abutting for streets sprinkling and
cleaning. Ho is of the opinion that
legislation of this character would Im
pose upon property ownera unjust and
unreasonable burdens. Tho vetoes
were not acted upon,
The house refused to adjourn over
Wednesday to attend tho international
business congress, under the direction
of the Philadelphia Commercial Mus
eum, Mr. Stewart, of Philadelphia,
moved that when tho house adjourn to
morrow evening It be to meet Thurs
day afternoon at 1 o'clock. Mr. Voor
hees, of Philadelphia promptly moved
to amend to make the resolution con
current and fixing the time at next
Monday evening at 8.30 o'clock. Mr.
.Voorhees snld 1 the house was going
to adjourn for a day It might its well
adjourn for a week. He thought Jt
was time the members settled down to
business. If they did not it would not
be a case of darning the Delaware riv
er but of damning the legislature.
Mr. Bliss, of Delaware, opposed the
resolution on the ground that there
was no benefit to bo derived by the
legislature In visiting the Commercial
Museum. It would be child's play for
the house to take a recess, he said, to
visit thls Institution at a time when
every hour was precious.
The amendment was voted down, af
ter which the resolution was defeated
by a vote of 63 yens to 93 nays, Mr.
Stewart moved to recommit tho Becker
three-fifths bill to the. municipal cor
porations committee for a hearing. Mr.
Keyscr, of Philadelphia, objected and
the motion was ruled out of order. The
calendar was cleared of first reading
bills after which the house proceeded
to the consideration of bills on second
reading. The bill creating the office of
assistant district attorney in counties
containing over 800,000 was dropped
from the calendar and the measure
fixing the term for granting liquor li
censes at three years waa killed.
AVhen ,tho Quay county bill came up
a motion was made that it bo dropped
from the calendar and it was adopted
without a dissenting vote. This is the
mearure which passed the last legisla
ture after a bitter struggle and was
vetoed by the governor. The bill pro
posed to create a new county out of
portions of Schuylkill and Luzerne
counties to be named for Senator Quay.
The action of the house tonight dis
poses of the measure for this sessslon.
GRADY CONCURRED IN.
The house concurred In the Grady res.
olutlon calling upon the governor to
submit a plan to raise revenue to meet
the deficiency In the state treasury at
the close of the fiscal year. Mr. Bare,
of Huntingdon, offered a concurrent
resolution, which was adopted, that the
'Pennsylvania senators and representa
tives be requested to support and use
their utmost efforts to effect the speedy
passage of the bill reappointing and
retiring General David McM. Gregg, of
Reading, late captain of the Sixth
United States volunteers, with .the rank
The Mackey bill authorizing street
railways to carry freight and mer
chandise came up for second reading
and on motion of Mr. Seyfert, ot Lan
caster, it was amended so that all
freight and merchandise must be cer
rled In freight cars and run separate
and opart from all .cars' tiseu for pas
senger traffic. On the question "shall
the first section of the bill bewdopted,"
less than a quorum voted and the
speaker put the motion tho second time
with the same effect. Mr. Boyer then
Instructed the doors of the house to be
closed and ordered a call of the house.
Before the clerk could proceed Mr.
Bliss, of Delaware, moved to adjourn.
The motion carried, a call of the house
was avoided, and' the houso adjourned
until tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock.
CHESS GAME BEGINS.
Americans Move the Little Men by Cable
Against Their British Opponents
Across the Pond.
Washington, May 31. The chess ex
perts of the house of representatives
did royal battle with the team of the
British house of commons today. The
Austrian minister himself, a chess ex
pert, was tho umpire.
Attaches of five different legations
sat at the tables and represented the
players of Great Britain. Ambassa
dor Hay designated five members of
tho British chess club to net in Lon
don In a like capacity for the house
of repiesentatlves team. 'Greetings
were exchanged between the speaker ot
the house of commons and the speaker
of the house of representatives and be
tween tho United States ambassador
and the British ambassador.
The Englishmen were the first to win.
At the sixteenth move, Mr. Pearson,
who is regarded as the best player on
the congressional team, resigned,
Mr. Shafroth played a carerul game,
studied hard and seemed to be thor
oughly wrapped up In his moves.
Both Mr. Bodtne and Mr. Plowman
played easily nnd without extra ex
citement. Mr. Handy played the fast
est game of all.
The Western Union company trans
mitted the moves as fast as made from
a table In tho room. 'Mr. Pearson's
leslgnatlon and request for a friendly
game with Plunkett was sent and an
answer received In less than one min
ute. KILLED BV A POLICEMAN.
A Chnmbcrsbtirg Xogro Dies from
Pistol Shot Wounds.
Chambersburg, Pa., May 31. David
Flllklll, colored, died tonight from the
effects of a pistol shot wound Inflict
ed by Policeman H. Clay Wollff,' of
Mercerburg, yesterday. During a dis
turbance among a group of negroes,
Flllklll was knocked down. Wollft In
terfered and was set upon by Flllklll
and his brother, who took his club
away from him and were choking him,
when he drew his revolver and fired
Wollff is In Jail and habeas corpus
proceedings for his release have been
Why He Shipped His Wife.
Akron, O., Alay 31. Lydla, the pretty
young wlfo of Edward Worntz, of Barber
ton, has been refused a divorce. The tes
timony developed that Edward bad
slapped bis wife. He did so, be claimed,
to curb her of the habit ot sucking her
lingers. Judge. Kohler gave the pair some
fatherly, advice and sent them homo.
JUcmorinl Ccrcmonicsnt Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Tenn., Slay 31. The
graves of the fourteen thousand Union
soldiers burled In th National cemetery
at this place was docorated today with
elaborate) ceremonies. Captain J. 11. Mac
Gowan, of Washington, delivered the un
nunl oration. An Immense throng of peo
ples were present.
OF RICARDO RUIZ
A Spanish Report That Cnlboun Finds
ONE OP WEYLER'S GREAT SCHEMES
His Way Is to Lot Starving Cubans
Go Outside tho Towns to Sock Food
nnd Then IlntcliorThoni--Tho Story
of n Humane Doctor Whom Weylor
Hns Sent Into F.xllc.
Madrid, May 31. A despatch to tho
Impnrclnl from Havana says that Col.
W. J. Calhoun, the American special
commissioner, and Senor Jose Congos
to, who represents the Spanish govern
ment, have concluded their Investiga
tion Into the death of Dr. Illcardo Ruiz,
a naturalized American citizen, who
died In the Jail at Guanabacoa.
According to the Imparclal's corres
pondent they find that the prison offi
cials were not to blame for the death ot
Ruiz. They also find that the author
ities were not aware that Ruiz was an
American citizen, Consul-General Lee
not having verified his claim to citizen
ship until tho day of Ruiz's death.
The despatch adds that Col Calhoun
nftlrms that the only way to pacify the
Island Is to grant it autonomy.
Havana, May 29, via Key West, May
30. More tlian 150 persons have died
from hunger at Artemlsa, Plnar del Rio
province. The concentration of paclft
cos near the towns continues, and Gen
eral Weyler ha3 Issued fresh orders to
the army to kill every one found out
side of the Spanish forts.
At San Antonla de los Banos, in Hav
ana province, six poor countrymen,
after having been In the town for two
days without food, asked permission
from the military commander to go one
mile outside the forts for vegetables.
Permission was granted, but half an
hour later the local guerrilla force was
sent out "to operate against the en
emy." The guerrillas met the six pacl
flcos and killed them. Their bodies
were brought to the town and cut to
pieces.. In one of the streets thesp bod
ies were put on a tabic with this in
scription'. "Cuban pig meat for sale. Meat of
American pigs expected soon."
General Luque, after the publication
In LaLucha of his refusal to accept tho
command of tho Spanish forces in Ori
ent, wrote to General Weyler saying
that to prove that he Is always ready
to fight tho enemies of Spain he would
not eail for Madrid If Weyler would
appoint him governor of Holguln. Wey
answered by appointing General Obre
gon to tho 'governorship of Holguln.
At Rubl and Navarrote, Plniar del Rio
provlnre, the Insurgents, led by Pena
and Ducabsl, routed this Spanish bat
talion of Vergnra.
At Qulnones the battalion of Canarlas
went to attack a Cuban hospital. The
Cubans, knowing of the plan of tho
Spaniards, posted a strong force In
ambush near the hospital. When Can
arlas s soldiers arrived they were sur
rounded and defeated In a liand-tc-hand
fight. About ninety Spanish' sol
diers were killed and tho others fled.
Havana, May 20. Dr. Hernandez was
a country physician on the estate Es-
peranza, near Sagua, Santa Clara prov
ince. There he attended to all the
case of sick and wounded Spanish sol
diers urougnt to tno estate. .u;vcry one
loved him for his kind treatment of all
his patients, without regard to their
nationality or political Ideas.
Last week a poor countryman, a pa
ciflco, was wounded by some Spanish
sojdlers near the doctor's house. The
wounded man wa!s brought by his
weeping wife to Dr. Hernandez, and
the latter, as usual, treated his Injuries.
General Montaner, who was Informed
of the fact, summoned Hernandez to
him and forbade him to treat any Cu
ban again, no matter whether he was a
non-combatant or not.
"My piofesslonal duty," replied the
doctor, "Is to help all human beings
who' call at my door seeking my pro
fessional skill. But to avoid any oc
casion for disobeying your orders, I
will leave the estate and move to
About an hour later, and while Dr.
Hernandez was preparing to leave tho
estate. General Weyler arrived with
his column of 8,000 men. General Mon
taner informed him of the doctor's re
ply, and Weyler, hearing that the phy
sician was still at liberty, was very
angry and called him to his presence.
"Are vou the man," said Weyler,
"who believes that a Cuban Is a human
"Yes, your excellency," answered the
"Then you will go Immediately to tho
place where I send all those who have
that same idea."
The doctor was Immediately arrested
and he is now op his way to Fernando
Po under bntence of life imprison
ment. For many years no prisoner had es
caped from the Cabanas fortress. Four
days ago three men confined there
broke a window of their cell during
the night, and, reaching one of the
northern sides of the fortress, Jumped
Into the sea, A boatman picked them
up and brought them safe to Havana,
where they were able to conceal them
selves. The publication of the news
was prohibited. Yesterday two of the
prisoners, Venanclo Navarro and RIc
ardo Lafuente, were captured by the
police. The press censor then author
ized the newspapers to speak about the
affair. But the name of the third man,
who has not yet been found, is kept se
cret. It is said that he was an Impor
tant political prisoner.
More than twenty Cuban girls of re
putable families have been Imprisoned
In tho House for the Detention of Col
ored Women here, though no offence,
save of a political character, Is charged
against them. A Cuban woman named
Valeriana Hernandez ws tortured In
that prison to extort political secrets
from her. She had no knowledge of
tho matters Inquired about and was
wholly Innocent of conspiracy against
the Spanish government.
BARRED FROM POSTAL SERVICE.
No Minors ns Postmasters or Chief
Washington, D. C May 31. The
policy ot the postofftce department as
to the appointment of minors In the
postoflloes lias been definitely fixed,
and they will be debarred from chief
clerkships and deputy postmaster-ships,
except a few of tho third-class of
fices where circumstances urge their
peculiar fitness. Even then they will
not be allowed to becomo acting post
masters, on account of the legal declar
ations that contracts made by minors
This effectually bars them from be
ing oven temporarily postmasters, so
for as tho assumption of the real re
sponsibilities of that office is concerned.
The depnitment regards it as against
public pdllcy and the interests of the
service to appoint minors, though ex
cept to acting duties of postmaster
ships no legal Inhibition of them gen
erally Is cited.
It n-as only a short time ago that a
r.amo was submitted for postmaster at
Oxford, O., a first class office, and the
recommendations were of the strong
est character, but It was found that
the candidate was only 20 years old,
and the name was withdrawn.
Disturbance Is Noticed nt Washington
and Other Cities Though the South.
Chimneys Thrown Down.'
Washington, May 31. Earthquake;
shocks ot more or less severity were felt
throughout a large area of the lower
section of the country this nfternoon.
The shock wns felt In this city one
minute of two and lasted about fifty
seconds. It was noticed at the capitol,
in the telephone exchange and several
of tho high buildings. The movement
was from south' to north. The cities
heard from which felt tho shock moru
nr less distinctly are Indianapolis,
Wheeling, Cincinnati, Chattanooga,
Pittsburg, Huntingdon, W. V., Char
lotte, N. C, Ashevllle, Atlanta, Colum
bus, Louisville and Knoxvllle and other
towns throughout the Virginias, Ken
tucky, Ohio and Indiana. At Cincin
nati the printers ran out of the Times
Star olhce. Occupants of other build
ings were alarmed and at Coney Island,
Chester Park, the Zoological gardens
and elsewhere there was consternation
among the holiday crowds. At the La
goon on the Kentifcl.y sldo there was
a panic among several thousand people
on the grounds. The waters on the
lagoon were so rough that the. life sav
ing crew went to the aid of those in the
electric pleasure boats.
Two distinct shocks wero felt In
Knoxvllle, at 1.15 o'clock. Reports
vary as to the length of tho shocks,
somo claiming they were at least a
halt minute In duration. Several large
buildings were badly shaken and two
chimneys fell. The movement of tho
disturbance was from west to east. Re
ports from all over Tennessee and
Southwest Virginia indicate that In
somo places the shock wns felt stronger
than In Knoxvllle.
At Bristol it continued for thirty
seconds. It shook buildings so that
persons ran Into tho streets. Several
ch'lmney3 were thrown down.
REDUCTIONS IN ALTOONA.
Shrinkago in Coal Prices illay Cnuso
Altoona, Pa., May 31. The Pennsyl
vania Rallrcad company having noti
fied the coal operators in the West
moreland and Clearfield districts that
the company would expect a reduction
of from 83 to 80 cents for Westmore
land coal and from 75 to C5 cents a ton
for Mountain and Clearfield coal to take
cfi'ect on'June 7, a number of operators
came here today and conferred with'
Superintendent of Motive Power Oas
anave, on the subject. '
The operators say that reduction In
the price of etml would necessitate a re
duction In wages .of miners and thereby
endanger a strike. They entered a pro
test and the final decision is left with
the general railroad office in Philadel
phia whence the order for the reduc
DURRANTTO HANQ JUNE II.
Gov. Uudd, of Cnlifornin, Decides
Upon tho Date of tlio Kxcciitiou.
Sacramento, Cal., May 31. Theodore
Durrant will hang on June 11, one
week from next Friday. Governor
Budd has telephoned that much In ef
fect to Wnrden Hole, of San Quenttn,
at the Films time ordering the death
watch placed upon the prisoner.
Immediately after telephoning this
mepsage, Warden Hale, the gov
ernor, was driven In a closed
carriage to the depot, where ho took
the train for San Francisco. Notwith
standing tho fact that the governor has
made known his decision and that the
telephone message has leaked out, tho
same secrecy Is being maintained re
garding tho statement which the gov
ernor has prepared.
Xo I'loridn Mixed Education.
Tallahassee, Fla., May 31. Tho IIouj
of Representatives has parsed an act "to
prohibit the Instruction or attendance of
scholars at tho same school of white and
colored persons." This Is a revival of
tho law ot tho last Legislature,
Uoth Legs Ground OH".
ateuDenvllle, O., May 31. Udward
Springs, an employo ot tho Acmo glass
works, had both legs ground off tonTght
by a train. He attempted to board 11,'but
missed bis bold and fell with his legs on
the track. Ho may die.
THE NEWS THIS 3I0KNIN0.
Weather Indications Todays
Fair; Northerly Wlndi,
1 (General) Accident to Tally-Ho,
Violent Death of Hlcardo Ruiz.
Tho Death of Rodrlquez.
Senate Considers State Finances,
2 (Sport) Results of Many Base Ball
3 State) Arrest of (Forty-one Anar
Running of the Brooklyn Handicap,
Amateur Base Ball.
6 (Local) Three Important Legal Opin
Letter That Is Causing Talk.
Burned In Drlco Mine.
7 (Local) TralnlnK School Pupils Ulve
Demonstrations of Their Capabili
ties. C. Smith fiupprersed by the Court.
8 (Local) West Bhta and City Suburban.
9 Lackawanna County News.
1 10 Neighboring County lUjppenlnga,
THE DEATH OF
It Is Thought That tho
Cuban General Expired
on May 18i
VICTORY FOR COL. PER0L
He Pursues and Disperses
Band of Insurgents.
It is OHlclnlly Announced That tho
Rcbols Left 327 1 Men lUllcd on
tho ricId--Tcu Prisoners Cnp
turcd--Amongtho Insurgents Killed
Were One Colonel, Two Llentcu
nnt Colonels nnd Scvon Officers ot
Havana, May 31. Tho Bourbon regi
ment of cavalry, under the command oC
Colonel Perol, It is officially reported,
has engaged, pursued and dispersed at
Novodad, province of Havana, a forcd
of insurgents believed to have been
commanded by Geneial Alberto Rodri
guez. The enemy left 11 men killed
and in addition the insurgents are be
lieved to have suffered heavy loss In,
killed and wounded who were carried
away. Documents which fell Into thef
hands of the Spaniards upon th'ls oc
casion show that General -Alberto Rod
riguez died on May IS.
It Is officially announced that dur
ing skirmishes which have taken placo
between the Spanish troops and tho in
surgents, within the lo ten days, tho
latter left 327 men killed, the troops
captured ten prisoners and 186 fl nrma
and E2 armed Insurgents surrendered.
Among the Insurgents killed, it Is fui
ther stated, wero one colonel, two lieu
tenant colonels nnd seven officers oj
The Spanish' force during tljo engage
ments, official report continues, lost two
officers and 25 soldiers1 killed and had
six officers and 113 soldiers wounded.
Captain General Weyler has arrived
at Sancti Splrltus, province of Santa)
SHOT HIS SWEETHEART.
Robert Hibbert Fatally Wounds Mrs.'
Phoebe II. Phillips Sbe Thinks
He Must Have Been Crazy.
Atlantic City, May 31. Mrs. Phoeba
II. Phillies, proprietress of tho ICen
nett house, on' Ocean avenue, was shot
and fatally wounded by her affianced
husband, Robert Hibbert, in the kitch
en of her home about 11 o'clock today.
Mrs. Phillips is 43 years of age, at
widow and has three children, the old
est of whom is about the same age aa
Hibbert. The latter is a mechanic.
The woman and Hibbert became ac
quainted In Kennet Square, Pa., threo
years ago, and since that time havo
preserved the most Intimate relations.
They were to have been married tomor
row. Saturday, Hibbert went to Phil
adelphia and purchased a revolver dis
claiming, however, any intention ot
harming her. This morning he en
tered the kitchen, where she was en
gaged, and telling her it was time for
them to quit, shot her four times,
twice behind the right ear, once In
the right arm and once in the body.
He then attempted to take his own
life, but a defective cartridge foiled his
purpose. Falling in this he delivered
himself Into the hands of the police,
where he is now held awaiting tho re
sults of Mrs. Phillips' Injuries.
In her qnte mortem statement, tak
en at the city hospital, Mrs. Phillips
said that Hibbert must have been crazy
and she forced the olllclals to promise
her that they would not hang him,
should she die. Her death Is moment
arily expected. '
INTERNATIONAL POSTAL RATES.
Great Britain .Mar Koduco the Trans
Washington, D. C, May 31. Tho
most Important subject that has coma
before tho International Postal con
gress was a proposition advanced by
the British delegates to reduco the
rates on -International letter postage
from two and a half pence (Be.) to two
A few weeks before the meeting of
the congress the Bngllsh chancellor ot
the Exchequer announced In the houso
of commons that, as the British postal
revenues for the year showed a hand
some surplus, several Important con
cessions would bo made to the house,
one of them being the reduction of the
transatlantic letter rates, subject to
tho ratification of the International
When the motion was submitted to
the congress by the British delegates
it was rejected on tho ground that the
other nations were not rich enough to
reduco tho rate. It is said (hat tho
fact of the congress having voted down
the British proposition will not pre
vent Great Britain from making the
promised reduction, and that the ef
fect of this action will be to force all
the nations members of the interna
tional postal union to reduce the letter
rates to tho basis fixed by the Eng
land, Tho Ilernld's Weather l'oreratt.
New York, Jur.o 1. In the Middle states
and New Ungland today, clear weather
will prevail, with fresh and light westbr
ly and northwesterly winds; falling tem
perature and local frosts from the lako
region southward to the Delaware Valley
and eastward to New England, On Wed
nesday, In both of these sections, the
weather will be generally fair, probably
preceded by local ftosts In the northern
most districts, with slowly rising temper
ature, with light variable winds followed
by cloudiness In this section, and by rain
In western Now Ycrk and Pennsylvania,