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RAjJGE OP TIIKIUlOMBTI^lt.
Th<- thcrmometcr ranged as follows nt
*Th? Tlmcs office yesterday: 9 A. M. S3;
J2 M.. 91: .** P. M., s6; 6 P. M.. fcl: 9 P, M..
t:<; 12 M., 76. Averaye temperaturc, 82 0-6.
AVKATHKn FORECAST.
Forecast for Satnrday and Sundayt
Virpinla and North Carolina?Showers*.
followed by fair weather Saturday. Snn
<!;v fair. followed by fresh southerly, shift
ing to northwcstcrly, wim.s.
VG1V15. NO. 102.
RICHMOND VA. SATUliDAY. JUNE 9. 1900.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
THE SITUATION
MOST CRITICAL
Large Force of Boxers
Marching on TienTsin.
BATTLE WAS FOUGHT
Between Chinese and Boxers, Manv of
Latter Being Kilied.
*SKS FOR INSTRUCTIONS.
BJinister Conger Has Cabled thc State
DftpartiyentSajiiifiTherc is iu> Iin
jirovcment iu Sit nation?Forces
Have Been Sent lo Protect
Auicricau Iiiierests at
l'ckin and Tien. Tsin.
WASHINGTON. June- S.?The following
teab'egram was received at thc Navy De
fartmeiit this evening:
?TuNO KU, June S.?June "5, landed
SCorces protect American interests with
tconsent China; iifty-six Pekin. rest Tien
TT.-iii. Nations sent force both cities.
!No hurry so far. British. Russian,
Chinese admlrals and twenty warships
Sbere. Crops likeiy to fall, cause prob?
ably more troub'e near future. Our
landing under Mc-Calla June 5th, sltua
Xion most critical, Russian force began
.fighting; landed fifty more men. Have
requested HeJena l>.- sent Immedlately to
^ir..t- ct IhtJerests, or another vessel like
Cier: conslder battalion marin ss n( cossary;
consider gunbjat necessary as a base
inside. Will act on er! naval forces;
other power protect Interests If neces?
sary. Meeting for< ign senior naval
officers to-day. present England, Rus?
sian, French. German. Austrian, Itallan,
?Japanese and Americans arrangi d for
combined action to protect llfq antl prop
>erty if reculred. Nine hundred men
nshore. Twenty-five warships her<
*F."
NO IMPROVEMENT
Uattle Fought With Boxers Near Tien
Tsin.
WASHECGTOX. June S.?The following
fcablegram was received at the Navy De
toartment this morning from Admiral
Kempff. on board the Newark, off the
ZTaku forts:
"Tung Ku, June S.? Battle yesterday
foetweeh Chinese and Boxers near Tien
.Tsin. Large number of Boxers expected
to reach Tien Tsin to-morrow.
""KEMPFF."'
Mlnlster Conger, at Pekin. also has b en
Sieard from to-day. His mesj ge to the
State Department said there was no im?
provement ::: tbe sltuaiiori, ahd asked for
Instructions.
Secretary Hay took the mess g td thi
Cabinet meeting, where thi ....... r will
Le framed. The State Deparim it _ is
Eteadfastly pursulng the line ol policj
Jaid down* at the beginning of this Boxer
trouble, of avoiding any interference with
Chinese internal affairs, except in such
measures ;is may be absolutely necessary
for the protection of American life and
?property there. Espc a ly -; --- desired to
Evoid commitment to th policies ol any
of the European Powers which might in
ivolve the United States in trouble.
Therefore, notwithstanding the osninus
bews conveyed in Admiral Kempffs tele
tgram, it seems entirely probable that Min
tsier Conger will be directed to stick to
the Kiiiiv.- line of paHcy which he has pur
fcued up to this time.
It is not to be undersiood by this lhat
khe Dnited States Government is deslrous
t>f avoidhig any proper measure of respon
fibiiity. aiid the State Department officials
nrc careful to po nt -jut that while retain
Ing our lndepi hd( nce of action our govern
tn--nt is really actlng coneurfently with
the European governments respecting this
Boxer agitation. Thus at Taku Admiral
JKempff is actlng in a similar manner to
the oommanders of the foreign navy there
assembjod, although his orders are sub?
ject to ?ie approvad of no one.
At TLn T.-in, forty miles u;> the river.
which the Anmiral expects to be attacked
to-morrow. the foreign naval coinmands
hre actlng together. It is said that in
Case of an emergeney Involvihg jeopardy
to the lives of foreigners. the I'nitcd
State marine at Tien Tsin might even be
nirected in their general movement by the
Benlor offieer asEore, although lhat offieer
might ha;p-.-n t.i be a German, a Russian,
a. Frenchman or an Engllshman. This tem
j, irarv subordlnatl >n of authorlty might
be brought about by ffacts which exist
eolely through the military exlgencies. The
expectation is to he attacked by a vast
thordo of Boxers- It is entire'.y conceivable.
according to military praetiees, that or?
der, life and property in the city can he
malntahu i only by Uie assumption of au?
thorlty ot one corapetent military author?
lty. while many ca.utains might mean de?
feat.
Tae naval officers here are conMdent
lhat Tien Tsin pr..;-.-r :? not in parlicular
flanger. Tbe gunboat Helena will soon
havl- the town under her guns, and there
are believed to be three foreign warships
ln position to co-opera?e.
Almost the only subject before the Cabi?
net meeting to-day was the Chinese situa
lion. Secretary Hay rvad a cablegram
from Minlster Conger at Pekin, in which
he said there was no improvement ia the
bituaticin and askc-.l for instructions. See
retaxy Hay stated after the meeting that
u reply would be sent to Mr. Conger sub
etantiallv re.illirming tho. one sent a day
or two ago to tae offect that he will be
expfrc-ud to do whatever is necessary to
protect tlie lives of Americans and their
property. and to ma.ntain thc dignlty of
this ge-vernment. He wiil be instrut-ted to
torm. no alliance with any govemment. It
as understood here that the representatives
of the p>we:s :n Pekin wiil call in a body
on tho iKiwa-.r Empress and represent the
ciccc-ssltv of her Lilring vigorous action to
euppitfcs the Boxors.
lt is assumed that Mr. Conger will join
the other representatives.
It is uiide-rstood here. that tele^raphic
oomenunloatlon is fnterrupted between
Pekm .a^i Taku. a fact which wiil nrove
<mharrass:ng to Minister Conger. .<4iould
he iind it necess3ur>' to call on Admiral
Kc-n.fi' for j-oinforcemeuts.
Five Huiulr.'d lt-xcrs Killed.
TIEN TSIN. June S.?lt ls reported'from
Chinese omc'ia! sources that 4(0J Boxers
H#TOunaed L500 Chinese troDpa between
?Loafa and Yong Tsun. yesterday. and ac?
cording to the latest news fighting is still
going on this morning. Ufljcials say that
DOj Boxers were killed. but give no ac?
count Of the Chinese casualties.
Thirty or" General Nk>h'.s troops ?.n
counteied a body of Boxers three miles
~iCominued ou Fifth Page.)
RIDDICK VERDICT
BY NOON TO-DAY
His Acquiltal on Insanity
Pleais Prophesied.
CLOSING ARGUMENT.
Rare Treais of Eloquence, Loeic and
Pathos.
HUNG JURY NOT LiKELY.
31 r. Buford, Who is Making tlio CIos
in<j Address, is Indisposcd and tho
Court Adjourned Early at liis
ltcqucst?Cojjont lveasoiiing
on tlie Insanity L'lea.
Jii', Davis1 Speech.
(Staff Correspondence.)
LAW-RENCEV1LLE, VA., June S.?Rev.
Roane Riddick will probably know hisfate
by noon to-morrow. All the lav.-yers for
the defense have spoken, and Common
wealth's Attorney Buford was nearly half
through with his closing argunient when
the court adjourned this evening.
He wiil conclude in about three hours
to-morrow. lt is understood that the jury
wlll easily reach a verdict of not guilly
on account of insanity.
This report may or may not be true, but
there are gooii reasons for belleving that
it will nothe a huns jury. Ail the speeches
have been above the average.
The spectatbrs have enjoyi d a rare treat
of eloq.uence, logic and pathos.
THE ARGUMENT.
lt was abuut half past eight o'clock this
morning when Mr. E. C. Goode began his
address to the jury, iu defense of Rev.
J. E. R. Riddick.
Less than half the seats in the court
room were occupied, but the crowd rapidly
increased in numbers. Mr. Goode has a
bass voice that would be a fortune to the
professioual singer. He did not talk to
the spectatprs, but spoke directly to Uie
jury. .
The lawyer's lirst argument, in support
of tlie plea of insanity, was with refer
ence to Riddick's ancestors. The evidence
showed that he had come of dezenerate
stock, and tae lines in insanity were as
firnily bred in him as in any living man.
Mr. Goode called attention to ihe prison
er's early life, of how he was disposed to
be moody and showed a disposltion to^ be
alone; when quite young he was attacked
by St. Vitus dance, and was iil for a long
time; in the early seventies ho was des
perately ill with typhoid fever, at Clarks
ville^ Ya.
Tbe attorney followed Riddick through
his college days, and declared that when
the young man was in South Carolina the
evidene'es of his'unbalanced mind were
-.: ginning to form a stream so broad and
deep that the conseientious juror could
not get around it.
MINISTERIAXi CAREER.
He next went over the prisoner's career
as a minister, cpntending that eyidences
of the man's insanity had rapidly mulu
Dlied.
Rfeferring to the testimony of Presiding
Elder T. H. Camphell, Mr. Goode said
that gentleman, while admitting that Rid?
dick was a moody, raurose and gloomy
njan and held strange views at times,
would not admit that Riddick was in
?'3 think I can tell you why Mr. Camp
bell would not go that far," said Mr.
Goode. "He had been Riddick's presiding
elder. To have said he believed the young
man insane and permitted him to continue
to preach the gospel would have called
fonh an explanation from the Confer?
ence, and. like a sheep before it's sheared,
Mr. Campbell would have been dumb. I do
not mean to say that Mr. Campbell did
not tell the jury just what Jie believed,
lor ho is a good man, but I think the
minister had honestly come to the eon
elusion he gave."
Mr. Goode said Riddick's ponduct to?
ward his good oid father proyed him to
be either a crazy man or a fiend inear
nate. it would be preposterous to be
li- ye a sane man would divide his money
with his father with the understanding
that it would be paid back out of 3)ro
ceeds from an insurance poiicy at his
parents death, and a few months later be
found abusing that father because he
cuuid not return that money at once.
A TELL.LNG KE3JBY.
Mr. Goude made a telling reply tc ihe
argument of the prosecution that the fact
that Riddick had been a successful pas?
tor. preached able sermons and ^attended
to ail his social duties proved liim sane.
He repled by citing two cases. One was
;his: A few years ago there lived a:
Boydton a lawyer of - 3a years. He was
the ablest attorney that has practiced at
Mecklenburg in Mr. Goode's rccoilection.
He had a briliiant mind. This lawyer was
sent as a delegate to the convention that
nominated Phll. McKinney for Governor
in 1SS3. That night he made one of tlie
finest speeches Mr. Goode ever listened to.
Next morning the gentleman and his wife
were walking along the street ih Rich?
mond, and thcy met Mr. Lyons, an old
friend of the lawyers. Mr. Lyons greeted
the couple cordially and the attorney pull
ed out his pistol to shoot his friend,
claiming he had insulted his wife. By
standers interfered.
The lawyer was adjudged insane and
finally committed suicide by cutting his
throat while an inmate of the asylum at
Williamsburg.
??Had this lawyer killed Mr. Dyons."
said Mr. Goode. "if the testimony of his
r.eighbors and friends had been accepted
he would have been hanged, for they
had noticed no signs of insanity, except
perhaps, during the last ffw years of his
residence at Boydton he manifested a
good deal-of ill tomper. It would have
been said of him. as of Riddick. he could
not have been crazy, for he made fine
speeches. was logical and systematic and
a briliiant lawyer."
Mr. Goode did not call the name. of the
unfortunate lawyer, but nearly every
one in the court-room recognized him as
the late Chas. R. Finch.
Mr. Goode spoke about two hours, and
he received the very closest attention of
jurv and spectators.
PATKETiC SPEECH.
Mr. Poage followed Mr. Goode. He
is Mr. Riddick's brother-in-law, and his
devotion to the prisoner has been very
tender and touching. During the last
few days he has been on the verge of
physical collapse from overwork. - His
physical condition was against him, but
he discharged his duty well. Mr. Poage
ls a man of great magnetism. He is
a fine plead'er. His word-picture of the
two happy homes wrecked by this unfor
tunate tragedy brought tears to the eyes ;
Of some-' of his hearers.
Mr, Poage said it was a signiflcant fact
(Continued on Fourth Page.J . J
MISS TURNER'S
LETTERS READ
Aii Alleged Confession by
Gilligan Was Recited,
THE SHERIFFS STORY
Some of His Statements Not Fit to
Print. >
HAD LOVED ISABEL TURNER,
But Gilligan Declared to the Sheriff
That He Had Now Iiost. Respect
for Her?In Each Other'sEni
braces When the Father
? CanicXJpon Them?Scene
oi'aiurdcr Dcscrihed.
ISLE-OF-W1GHT COURTHOUSE. VA.,
June S.?Speeial.?In the Gilligan trial to
day they got down into the case where It
was good and warm. Some of the evi?
dence iritroduced was almost of a sensa
tional character. and a part of it ls not
fit to print.
Sheriff Edwards, of Surry county, re
peated Gilligan's confession. Drs. Ward
and Turner gave professional testimony.
"Little Boy" Wilson testified about Gil?
ligan's threats. <
Angus Turner told of blood on tne
ground.
j. \Y. Stoot introduced the fatal gun
shot.
Elliott Thomas told of Gilligan borrow
ing a gun, and Davy Cotton, a negro, rc
lated facts incidental to the finding of the
body.
One note. alleged to have been written
by M'ss Turner, but undated and.unsign
ed, was read in court. Eight witnesses
were finished, three more than yesterday;
leaving forty-four others to go on.
DAY'S PROrjEEDiNGS.
Court was occupied this morning
with two witnesses. One told of Gilligan's
confession and the other gave expert tes?
timony. The trial was late beginning this
morning. The jury got into the court-room
about on time, and they were tho first
arrivals. The crowd came in slowly.
Sheriff Edwards brought the court to
order at 10:12. The jury was polled. Judge
Atkinspn announced to Judge Hinton in
regard to the court's use of the word
"irrelative" yesterday, and which use
.Tudge Hinton cominented on that he, tlie
court, had looked up the word last night
and found it a proper one. Judge Hinton
begged the court's pardon. Gilligan was
brought into the room at 10:45.
B. D. Edwards, who is now serying his
second term as Sheriff of Surry county,
was sworn. He was the most impprtant
witness thus far put on Uie stand. Ho
had known tlie p'risoner since January lo.
Tho prisoner had come to the Sheriff s
home about S o'clock in the morning and
taken breakfast. Gilligan surrendered
through Robt. Fergusson's advice. The
witness had been searching for the defend?
ant several weeks.
GILLIGAN'S CONFESSION.
The wiuiesss took the prisoner to Scot
land Wharf and to jail in Petersburg.
Gilligan made a confession to Uie Sheriff,
and made it without any ? inducement or
promises.
Here is Gilligan's confession as told by
the witness:
Gilligan said he was at Bacou's Castle
Monday or Tuesday preceding the killing.
There "was an entertainment. Miss Isa
bel Turner called Gilligan while he was
passing. He went to her. She said:
"Nick, come to my house; I want to
see you." .
Gilligan went there Wednesday night.
He had been on the wharf this same Uay.
It was snowing. He met Isabel on the
wharf. Gilligan said he had better not
go. She replied:
"If you don't come, I will drown my?
self."
Gilligan promised to come. Hc was
somewhat af raid that Mr. Turner objected
to his coming. Gilligan went. He was
not standing in an exposed place, but
was waiting. He heard a buggy, which
he recognized as Mr. Turner's. There
were Mrs. Turr.er and Miss Turner in
the buggy. When Mrs. Turner was in
tho house, Isabel came to him, saying:
"Hello, Nick. are you here this soon?"
Nick said he had' better go on, but
Isabel asked him to stop awhile. He did
wait, and took out the horse.
ISAB12L CAME.
Tsabel came with a light. The prisoner
said: "What are you doing with a light?
I am not fool enough to come here where
the light is."
Gilligan stayed. Thcy were standing
near a tree. He had his left arm about
the girl's waist, and her right arm was
around his neck. Gilligan had a shot-gun
in his hand. The muzzle was resting on
hi? too. Gillisan neard footsteps ap
proaching. Both heard. He turned and
would have run, but Isabel held him. He
heard a click and saw Mr. Turner ra.se
his gun Giliisan raised his gun and fired
without aim. Mr. Turner fell to the earth
He did not speak, but breathed a few
times very loudly and died. Isabel said:
???)_ Nick, you have killed my father."
He replied: "Yes."
Isabel promised she would not tell. She
went into the house. Gilligan went and
ptcped through the window to see if Isa?
bel was keeping her promise. She was at
tending to her usual duties and every
thing was si'ent.
The prosecution asked witness what else
Gilligan had told him was said there
that night.
The defense objected to the question and
the jury was excluded. There followed aa
argument which was one of the most bril?
iiant yet brought out. The attorneys
talkc-d for considerable time. The court
ruled that tlie question was proper and
every ipart of Uie confession should come
out.
A LOST LOVE.
Exceptions were noted. .The jury was
brought back. Witness was 'asked the
samtTquestion, and repeated a part of the
confession not fit to print. When Gilli?
gan had been asked by witness whether
he loved Miss Turner, he said he had loved'
Iier once, but had lost respect for her.
The conversatjon between witness and
Giligan took place between Surry Court?
house and Scotland Wharf.
When cross-examined, Sheriff Edwards
said he was one of the officers who sought
to arrest Giiligan. Witness said he had
never claimed any reward, and did not
expect any. Witness said he sent Gilli?
gan word that if he would surrender to
him he would take him to a safe prison,
and try to protect him from any violence
which might be offered.'
Witness stated, on further eross-exami
natip'n, that he had read ?3ie muoh-tn'ked
of love-letters at a store in Surry county.
(Continued on Sixth Page.). .?,,
STREET CAR FIGHT
NOW IN COIJRTS
Receiver Appointed for
the Manchester Line.
MAJOR SELDEN NAMED
Will Take Immediate Possession of
the Road and Operate lt.
OTHER LINES NOT AFFECTE.D.
Presicleht James D. Patton, of the
Richmond Passenger and Power
Company Says That tho System
Will Not be Incoiiveuieuoed,
Arra?gcmeiits i'or Got
tin-i Huutls.
Tho lines of the Richmond and Manches?
ter Railway Company, by virtue. of an or?
der issued yesterday by Judge Edmund
Waddill, Jr., of the United States Circuit
Court, have been placed in the hands of a
receiver.
The motion was made before Judge Wad
dill by Messrs. Meredith & Cocke and
Wyndham R. Meredith, who represented
$392,000 of the $11X1,000 of bonds issued, and
who applied for the receiver on the ground
that the Richmond and Manchester^ Rail
way~Company~haying traasferred'its rights
in the road to the Richmond Passenger
and Power Company, was not in a posi?
tion to i'ullill its obligatlbns to the bond
holders of the road.
Judge Waddill appointed as receiver
Major Beverley R. Selden, who gave bond
in thc penalty of ^o.OOO for the faithful
discharge of tiio duties in connection with
his trust.
MAJOR SELDEN'S LETTER.
Major Selden, upon assuming charge of
the property, addressed the following let?
ter to the public:
To the PubHc of the Cities of Richmond
and Manchester:
By an order of the United States Cir?
cuit Court, 1 was on yesterday auuuinted
receiver of all the street railways owned
or leased by thc- Richmond ancl Manches?
ter Railway CamfStiny, anu directed to
take Immediate possession and continue
to operate the same. The Richmond Pas?
senger aud Power Company, whicli has
beea recentiy"'operating tiie roads;of the
Richmond and Manchester Railway Com?
pany, is enjoincd frcen ruhiiirig their cars
over tlie same, and'frcm further manage?
ment and control of -the Richmond aud
Manchester Railway.
As the Richmond and Mancliester Rail?
way Company has been stripped ot' the
machinery'formerrj ia its ppwer-house,
tho order veste'd rni with authority to rent
tho necessaxy electric power. I at once
made an arrangement to secure tho neces?
sary power.
Tlie order further directed that I should
disconncct tho tracks ot" thc- Richmond
and Manchester Railway .Company from
tho tracks of any other company with
which it is at present connected, partlcii
larly at the corner of Seventh and Hull
Streets in the city of Manctiester.
SlEVEINTH-S-I R1EIE r li'A . KS.
Tho Court also directed that i should
continuo to use tae tracks of the old Rich?
mond Union Passenger Railway on Sev?
enth Street between Franklin and Clay, in
the city of Richmond, and the .poles and
other property of the Richmond and Man?
chester Railway between said points, and
to erect such additional poles as may be
needed for the proper transmission of elec?
tric power. To secure immediate electric
power and to rearrange, as far as reciuir
cJ, tho electric ecmipment of the wtiole
line, aud particularly on Seventh Street
between Franklin and Ciay Streets, in the
city of Richmond, and to diseonnect thc
tracks of my road ai Seventh aad Hull
Streets, ln tho city of Manchester, and to
reconnoct it with its own tracks on Hull
Street, will cause, I fear, a short delay.
By every means iii my power I shall make
this delay as short as possible; and, if not
interfered with, believe- uiat by Tuesday
morntn's the cars of the Richmond ind
Manctiester Railway Company will be
operated ori~*~all its lines. In tho rnc-an
timo I ask the public to excuse thc delay
required and tho inconvenience sutfered
temporarily by tho patrons of the road,
and assure the public that as soon as this
rearrangement of the tracks and overhead
construction has been compieted, I can
safoly promise a better service than has
been granted them for many years on this
line?a service which I trust frcrh day to
day to improve and develop, so as to meet
tho neeus ot' all its patrons.
B. R. SELDEN.
WRITES MAJOR PATTON.
Major Selden also addressed the follow?
lng lotter to Major Patton, head of tho
Richmond Passenger and Power Com?
pany:
?Richmond, Juno S. 1900.
James D. Patton, Esi|., President of Rich?
mond Passenger and Power Companv,
City:
Dear Sir,?You have been duly notified
that I have been appointed by his Honor,
Judge Edmund Waddill, Jr., of the United
States Court, receiver or" all tho properties
and franchises belonging to the Elch&ond
and Manchester Railway Company. You
have also been notified that his Honor has
granted an injunction against your com?
pany and others from interfering in any
way with my management of that pro?
perty. You will, of course, understand
that my duties as an offieer of the court
will require me to carry out fully those
orders. But it ls my desire that, in dls
charglng those duties, they shall be per
formed in an agreeable manner to you
personally, and also that no conflict in our
managements shall cause any trouble to
the citizens of Richmond and those of
Manchester. Of course, I give you credit
for entertaining the same desire.
CAUSE lXCONVENIENCH.
I fear, however, that unless we can
agree upon certain arrangemonts there
will be such a conflict as would cause some
inconvenience to those citizens. You will
recall that that part or" your system, origl
nally known as tho Manchester Railway
and Improvement Company now runs over
the tracks of the Richmond and Manches?
ter Railway Company from Seventh and
Main Streets to Seventh and Franklin
Streets. You will also recall that your
present feed-line up Sovc-nth Street, which
supplies power to your Ciay-Street line, is
now carried upon poles which belong to
the Richmond and Manchester Railway
Company. You also know that there is
an agreement or award by which for seve?
ral years the Richmond and Manchester
Railway Company has had the right to use
the tracks of the old Richmond Union Pas?
senger Railway Company from Seventh
and Franklin to Seventh and Clay, which
the Court, ln its order, recognizes my right
and duty as receiver to use. Prior to the
surrender of the control of the Richmond
antl Manchester Hallway Company to the
Richmond Railway and Electric Company,
(Continued on Second Page.) i
THE WILD RACE
OF LOCOMOTIYES
Dasli Down a Grade With
No Hand on Throttle.
JUMPED THE TRACK
The One Occupant Was the Uncon
scious Eireman.
TRAIN STALLED IN TUNNEL.
In ElTorttoKxtricate it the Train Pait
ed and Two Locomotivesand Lhjjht
Cars Started on a Mad Itacc.
Engincers anil Firemen Fell
From Thcii- Posts Over
cuinc by Gas.
ROANOKE, VA., June S.?Speeial.?At
Maybery, on the Ohio extension of the
Norfolk and Western railroad, this morn?
ing, a long freight train with "three* en
gines, two being pushers, was stalled iu
East-End tunnel Engineers Thompson
and Vawier and one fireman were over
come by tieat and gas and fell from their
engines. Fireman Martin was also over
come, but- remained at his post.
WILD RUN.
In the efforts of the front engine to ex
tricate the train it was broken in two, and
the two engines and about eight cars were
started on a wild run down a long grade of
several miles. Fireman Martin was the
only man on board, and he was uncon
scious.
At a curve the engines jumped the tracn.,
and both Iocomotives and all the cars were
completely wrecked. The fireman had Ins
leg broken. but will live. The ot'ier men
were rescued from the tunnel and resus
citated.
A STRANGE DISCOVERY.
Liidergrouiul PassajjesBeneath Wil
liain and Mary College.
WILLIAMSEURG. VA., June S.-Special.
There was found by accident a few nights
ago a large subterraaean passage starung
under tho old college of William and
Mary with two separate divostons. one
running east towards Lord Lun-nore s
ice-house, and the other due west towards
a litle piece of woods about three hun?
dred vards from the college.
Exptoring parties have been plentiful ana
have" gone about one hundred and foi i>
vards in the one going west, but are im
peded by heaps of bricks and dirt put
there purposely, as it seems, to stop^ tne
way. The passage is about four tcet high
and three feet broad now, aad then wicl
ening into an open room eight by eight.
It is well built ana its arch is a beauJtuj
alece of arcbitecture line. It is lined with
brick from beginning to end. which now
.how signs of age, though they are per
fectly intact yet. A cool breeze comes
through from both ends.
The president has ordered the hole to be
closed, and wiil guard the entrance^untfl
the close of the session. when he_wul
notifv the State authorities and make a
formal investigation of it. There are many
conjectures as to what may have been
the purport of this passage some snjm.
t is an old sewer. while others afflrmU
s an ancient pawage-wax tor escape from
college to Dunsmore's ice-house and to ta,
WG?rea't deal of interest is being shown by
the student. but have stopped investlsa
Hons on account oi President Tyler's or
dir*_.-?
STEAMER RESCUED,
Crevv of the Manila Succeert in Float
fn?" the Vinceute Perry.
WASHINGTON, June S.-News has
reached he War Department ot a rescue
eSed bv the gunboat Man.la. ot tho
V ncen e Ferrv, a steamer owned, b>
S,"or Fu-et a friendly Filipino, wnic.
Was seSed% a band of Ladrones and
rTir up on yeef until entirejy clear
gaSer^ro o "hetanua, dispatehed
off from the beach aud sc-tt.ng her adoat
^The'vincente Ferry had been sent on a !
cf her crew. -vas seiz?.u u> u.
Ladrones. who thought to make a pna
tical cruise on their own "cpunt^ Th
Lsurgents took the f eamer^tctha l
nf Burias, where she su-anoea. ine
?M-.nili arrived on the scene to exam.no
into th. condition of the steamer and
her crcw. after days of most arduous
labor^ succeefied in ftoating her Tne
n tives: mcanwhile refused toW
helping hand', but stoou on ttae ou h
nnd ieered at each seemmgly futlle at
it of Lieutenant Norton and his men
to get the vessel atloat. _
fllessrs. W. K, McKenny and George
Somv Plarht i" Petersburfr.
PETERSBURG. VA, June S.-Special.
The Council this evening ctmsidered a re?
quest from the Seaboard Air Line Rah
wav. which asked for an extension ot time,
allowed them for the buiiding ot their
depot on Dunlop Street. The railroad
companv was represented by their coun?
sel, Mr. W. R- McKenny.
Luring the proceedings Mr. McKenny
called the Council's attention to a matter
which he said should have been attended
to. Mr. George Seay, president of the
Petersburg Savings and Insurance Com?
pany and chairman of the Finance Com
mittee, was engaged in the discussion. Mr.
McKenny made a statement with refer
ence to Mr. Seay*s dealing in the Atlantic
Coast Line stock. which-was resenied by
Mr. Seay. and the gentlemen started to?
ward each other, but other membors inter
fered and prevented biows. After the
Council adjourned the difficulty was re?
newed, and blows passed before any one
could interfere. The gentlemen were sep
arated, however, before either was hurt.
MR. CHOATE'S HOUSE AE1RE.
Flames Confined to Roof and "Little
l)auia:c Douo.
LONDON. June S-?Fire was discovered
about midnight in the residence of United
States Arrebassador Choate, No. 1 Carlton
House Terrace, southwest. The flames
were confined to the roof and were easily
extinguished. There was some excitemont
among the members of the Ambaisador's
househoid. but the firemea soon reassured j
the inmates. *
Th-- r-" -"-"^ably originated in an over- '
heated chimney. '
Mrs. Choate held a large recepiton yes- I
terday evening. ..... - - --? --r-*?'--./'
BRITISH SEIZE
VAN WYKE HILL
Boers Forced to Retire
From Strono- Position.
SPURSWERESTORMED
Buller Can Now Render Laings Nek
Untenable.
THE ENEMY WAS OUTFLANKED.
The Attack Was Well Planncd antl
Was Carried Out With Immense
Dash by the Troops, for IVhuui
no Mountains Were Too
Steep? British Casu?
alties are l'tw.
LONDON, June S.?11:23 P. M.?The War
Office has received the following dispatch
from General Buller:
"Yellow Boom Farm, June S.-On June
ttth General'Talbot Coke, with tho Tenth
Brigade and the South. African Light
Horse, seized X'an Wyke Hill. The enemy
made some resistance, and a good deal ot"
sniplng occurred. Our casualties were
about four killed ancl thirteen wounded.
'?During that day ancl the following we
got two 4.7 and two 12-pounder naval guns
on to Van Wyke 11:11 and two 5-Inch guns
on to the southwestern spur of Inkewelo.
Under cover of their fire General Hildyard
to-day assaulted all the spurs of the berg
between Bothas-I'ass and Inkewelo.
"The attack. wftli h was well planned
by Hildyard and carried out with immense
dash by the troops. for whom no-moun?
tains were too steep, outflanked the enemy,
wh > were forced to retire from their very
strong position.
"I think we did not have any casualties,
and I hope I have obtained a position
from which I can render Laings Nek un?
tenable."
URGEDTOSUEFOR PEACE.
Fi-iendly Dispatchcs to Kruger From
United States.
LORENZO MAROl'EZ, June S.?United
States Consul Hollis, who returned here
yesterday from the Transvaai by special
train, had a two-hours interyiew in close
conference with President Kruger at
Machado Dorp.
It is st.it: ,i that Mr. Hollis was the bear
er of friendly dispatciies from the United
States Govemment, urging Mr. Kruger to
treat for peace.
Struuu the Coiisn'ate,
LONDON, June S.?Public interest cen
tors largely in the fate of the British pris?
oners, but it seems probable tha: about
3,500 have been recovered. including 123
officers. The Federals, therefore, have
moved ab >ut 1,000 as b tstages.
The Lcrenzo Marques dispatch to the
effect. that United States Coasul Hollis
has been conferring with President
Kruger is cfeating some comment, but, in
view of tne Washington dispatch which
asserts that Mr. Hollis has no official
errand to the Transvaai, there is little
disposltion to r-.-gard his movements as
at all signiflcant
A specia! dispatch from Pretoria says
that the only ^heil which tWok Jfect in
tho town the day prior to the occupation
of Pretoria hit tho United States consul?
ate.
A dispatch from Cape Town announces
that the work of organizing the govern
ment of the Transvaai is prpceeding. A
portion of Sir Alfred Miiiu-r's staff has
gone to Pretoria to start the machinery,
so the proclamation of tlie annexation of
the Transvaai may bo speedily executed.
Burfrliers Replaced >>y British.
LONIDON. June S.?A special dispatch
from Pretoria descrfbes tho visit made by
officers of Lord Roberts' staff'to the Pres
idency Tuesday. June ."ah. It says:
"We were received by a Dutch pastor,
and shortly. were jolned by Mrs. Kruger.
The latter wore a black silk dress and
-white cap. She compbsedly exchanged
greetings with her visitors, who notified
her of their intentijii tp replace the
burgher guards by a guard of British
troops. The burghers. thereupon, laid
down rt-ieir arms on the asphalt porch of
the building.
BocrOutposts Driveii In.
HAMMON1A. ORANGE RIVER COL
ONY, June 8.?General Ruhdle male a
strong demonstratlon against the Boer
posttlons. *employlng of.O of General Bra
bant's Queenstpwn Mounted Rilles, two
guns and the Cape Mounted Infantry. tin
dor Colonel Dalgetty. The Boer outposts
were driven back. and their third laager
was located, but tho troops returned with?
out a battle.
Surrender Their Arms.
CAPE TOWN, June S.?General Warren,
with a strong force, including the Canad
ian Artillery. is reaching n>;:h through
Griqualand West. !!<? en C3J?ped at C'amp
bell yesterday, no opposition being of?
fered.
Numbers of the enemy are handing iri
their arms to the British Commander.
Piunier at Zeernst.
MAFEKING (Tuesday), June 5.?Colonel
Plumer occupied Zeerust yesterday with?
out opposition. This district is regaming
its normal conditions. Supplies are arriv?
ing daily.
MILES' COMMISSION.
It Was Issuedj on Vesterday by the
Presi.lenr.
WASHINGTON. Juno ?.?In accordance
with the provisions of the military acad?
emy bill. tho President to-day issued
commtsslons to General Nelson Alilei,
emmanding general of the army, and Ad-_
jtitant-Geiieral Corbin.
These are recess appointments and wiil
be "nomiaated to the Senate at its next
session in December.
General Miles issued his lirst order to
day in his new rank. It is a recltal of an
order from Secretary* Root. informing the
army of the creation of the ranlc of lieu-.
tenant general, with an announcement of
th?- personal staff of General Miles as fol?
lows:
Captain Francis Mlchler, Third Cavalry,
military secretary. Captain Robert H.
Batley, Fifth Infantry, a:de-de-camp. and
First Lieu tenant Henry H. Wbitney,
Fourth Artiilery*. a'de-de-catnp.
These oflicers cpmposed General, Miles'
staff as senior major-general commanding,
but they now have the ranj- of lieiueaant
colonela. . - ?- .- ..- ?-?? ?
FOUR DAYS OF
FIERCE FIGIITING
Six Hundred Insurgents
Held ai Bay by 31 Men.
ATTACK AT CAT
Terrible Rifle and Cannon Fire Opened
Without Warnins*.
THE BARRAGKS WERE SET AF1RE
The Iiittlo Garrisun Made a Dash for
the River Bank and Diu;;iii? a
Tieiieli With Bayouets Held Out
for Two Days Uutil Relief
Came?Only Sixtcten Left
of Xhirty-One.
WASHINGTON, June S.?Perhaps tUa
most thrllling and plsturesq.ua incident o<
the entire PhlUppine war occurred at
Catublg, on ti-.e Island of Samar, where,
0:1 April 13th last. a party ol -"-I enlisted
men of Company Ii, Forty-Third Infan?
try Volunteers, held at bay a force ot
some six hundred insurgents during four
days of the tiercest flghting, telafOrcer
ments arriving in ja;-: the nick of time.
The W'.ir Department has r- o ived re?
ports from Colonel ii. Sd Day, ? :' tho
Forty-Third Volunte rs, and First Lieu?
tenant J. T. Sweeney, of that Reglment,
who commanded the rescue party. gtvtng
all the details ot tlio attack, the siege, anu
the relief.
WIT HOUT W A RNIJNG.
According to these reports the attack
on the garrisun at Catublg began without
warning on Sunday morning, April 3?tn.
From the hiils on all sides, from every
point of vahtage in town. and from a dt
serted church directly adjolnlng, came a
ride and cannon tire of terrible Intensity
On Tuesday morning banrtfulls of buxning
h-mp were thrown into the barraeks froac
thi Insurgents in the church. and so ?'.
the soldiers' refuge was on fire. Ail eff
| forts to subdue the tin- failed. and tinaily
j the little band made a ilu-h for the river
i bank. Some were k:i>ii before the bank
j was reached, others fell dead in a boat
i which they were attempting to make thd
j .?!?;- site shore with, and when a trench
?finally was dug with bay one ts, there wero
j bul 16 of the 31 left to man ir. U^re for
j tw> days more, Corporal Carson. handliny
) his men with the judgment .?:' a veteran;
? held out ur.dt r a terrible nre until Lieu
| tenant Sweeney*s command, which haa
j been ordered to supplement the ..::?.:.; ..?
.it Catublg, and was on its way up the
river on the steamer Laoaug, arrived.
vrrw R33L :.'.
Not until within i i larl - of a mile oi
Catubig, Ueutenanl 9w . lare i ir
bfa rei ort, did they hear i ? .??-,-? of th*
igj :>.- nt, then his men v*-re sorely
neede i The Laoaug ste ??? . . Catu?
big amid llauser bullets fr ?:: : ?th sbores
Two small boats were 1- :. . in :.:.,
effected, and I ? . . ? their way
through the open r ? beslesed co'm
rades ln tbe trencheg; buried ihe deaJ
within reach, brought b . I , the '. .at
' i I? :? ' i :w :y. numbering n iw only
thirteen men. and then stearaed down-tha
playing extraordinary good judgment in
the I \:\\:.:.^ -:' his men, thereby s.Lvint:
the lives of the survivor-- and protecting
the wounded hnlil relief came."
To ( tch "f the little command and theii
rescuers, he gives the highest praise.
SENTENCE COMMUTED.
Three Filiphios Were Couvictetl of
* Murder and Sciiteiicc<I to llunjj.
WASHINGTON'. June S.?Newspaper re?
ports just received at tbe War Department
show that three natives were convicted
by l eourt-martial of having murdi :-?!
Quartermaster-Sergeant Voerle at tf.- Bar
r!o of Bagbag, near Tanauah. in thi pro^
vince ot Batangas, February _.!. .i.-;'l w<.re
senten ? I i death by hanging.
In passii g upon the case General Otis,
as the flnal reviewing authority, said that
the rindi:;::.-; oi the commission were luliy
sustained by the evidence, and that the
death sentence imposed by it had the ex
press sanctlon of the laws of war. 11^
was, however, unwilling to direct
tion of the sentence, as he believed tbat
the accused were Influenced ta commlt the
crime by local guerlll i ehlefs. who. he
said. were the ;-.-.. Ipal criminals in the
affalr. ifon evi r. h ' - Ed, ?:.- pris inera
w< re ignorant ??:' th legal o tsequeacea
>t thi Ir act. Therefore, be commutad tha
.'? .:? ?? ::i ? : 1: .-:.-...- . years"
impris tnment at bard labor Io the Pxesidifl
da Manlla,
GENERAL PiLAR A PRISONER.
The '-'ilipino "header Captured Near
3i:iu ih*.
MAN'if.A. Jun i. tOUB A. iL?GeneraJ
Pio Del Pilar, the Pllipino ieader, ha.s been
captured near Maitfl t.
SUMMARY OF TO-DAY'S NEWS.
!.,.< -ai.
?Receiver appointed t'>r Richmond and
Manchester line.
?Trial ot WoodsoD begfna to-day.
?Manchester's new bond Issue.
?Delegates to Philadelphia Convention.
?hues city for damages.
?Richmond Passenger anil Power Com
panv s lines will not be affeeled.
.- ?Reward offered for Ware's assailants.
State.
?Vtniict in Riddick case may be ren?
dered by noon to-day.
?The love letters and an alleged con
fesslon of the prisoner read i:i Gilliiian
trial yesterday. .
?Two iocomotivea and eight f.-.-i^nt
cars on a mad race. with an unconsciQUS,
firernan the sole occtipant.
?Bad cyclone at Ciarksvflie.
?Attorney and counclbnan come to
blows in Petersburg.
Oenerat.
?Colorado Democrats Instruct for tV.
J. Bryan and reaffirmation of the Cnl
caeo "nlatform. .: - . .
?Young woman denuded and beaten by
furlous mob in St. Ix)uis.
?The President issues comnussions for
MUes and Corbin.
l-'oreiiin.
?The situation in China is most eriti
cal Chinese troops and Boxers light
near Tien Tsin.
?American force lantled and sent to
Tien Tsin and Pekin.
?Buller drlves the Boers from a. very
Strong position and renders Laing's Nek
unteiiable.
?Flagrant attempt to secure bribe? ny
Cuban "courts.
?Governor of Kumasste said to hava
surrendered. - - ... .

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