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The Tuxes' Circulation
Last Week" Was
The Weather Today. ,
Fair, followed by raiu in the afternoon
or night; cooler Tuesday night; -winds,
shifting to southeasterly. '
WASHINGTON, MONDAY MOKOTG, MAttCEC 22, 1897-SIX PAGES.
THE LEVEES GO TO PIECES
"Waters of the Mississippi Sweep
ing Over St. Francis Basin.
AT THE .MERCY OF THE FLOOD
The Situation in the Country South
of. St. Louis Hourly Growing
"Worse The Federal" Govern meat
Allied It) Assist in the Work of
Memphis, Tonu., March 21. The levees
for a stretch of fifteen miles rroiu and
south of Osceola, Ark., went all to pieces
today. There were some twelve or fifteen
breaks, in extent from 200 to 1,000
yards, and the water from the overbur
dened river is sweeping over the St.
Francis basin, to return to the river Just
above Helena. Breaks are expected at
iuxor.-i, on the same title, but above
.Most of tlie women and children had
already lelt Osceola, only tlie men re
maining to strengthen and guard tlie levees.
These were today taken across the river
to the Tennessee side, which Is secure by
reason of a tall bluff. Uelow also on tlie
Arkansas side there is a break at -Modoc.
Along tl.e Mississippi front every levee
Is reported intact and in no immediate
danger. Engineers here are rather dubious,
however, about their holding out, although
every material bicak on the opposite side
Is a relief to just that extent
Tlie acres of fanning lands submerged
through the breaks already occured ag
gregate "well up in the thousands. No
drownings were repotted today.
The river fell one-tcutU of a foot today.
St. Louis, March 2 1 . -Latest advices from
the flooded country south of here state
that the situation is hourly growing worse.
Walls of water have beaten down tne levees
ut many points, and dwellers are at tlie
mercy of tiie flood. Out or thirty-eight
telegrams received here from tlie lower
river, but one records a c-Lsntion of the
rise. This was from Cairo, III., but the
lialtoftlie flo.iJ today was due tot tic breaks
In the levees adjacent iu Kentucky and
The most dishearteninglntelligence comes
from ttie Iowa and Dakota valleys of the
Missouri River. Warm weather has tilnicd
the snow to water, which is added to the
already overflowed streams. "Work on
levee barriers is practically abandoned
In Arkansas and Mississippi as useless. At
Chicot, Ark., a barge-load of sand bags was
dumped Into a levee break. They only
terved to widen the breach. Till: is tlie
experience at other points, and work on
tlie outer barriers Js abandoned and every
Land turned to save ttie liner levees.
A dispatch from Ripley, Tenn.. says
there is a strong current through Reel Foot
Lake and the old river bayou. It is
feared the river will seek its old channel
through the lake, which was shirted twenty
miles west bj the earthquake or 1812.
South of Helena, Ark., the levee breaks
are most numerous and the damage great
est. Tlie five steamers employed by tlie
Memphis relief committee were re-enforce 1
today by two Government boats, towing
barges. These steamers pick their way
through the tree tops. The C. I J. Bryan
Bteamed due west from Memphis in a
thirty-oight-.nilo trip and leturned with
130 people and a barge load of live
rtock. At Austin, Miss., forty miles
lielow Memphis, but two homes remain
on dry land. From these twenty-rour
people were rescued. Relief work Is
now occupying more attention than en
deavors to right the flood with levees.
A relief committee was organized in Little
Hock, Ark., yesterday. Memphis con
tinues to save lire and property unaided l.y
tlie government of Arkansas.
Last night Major Ambury, in charge of
the river and harbor work at St. Louis,
received a telegram from Secretary Alger
directing that help and rescue measures
be at once undertaken by the United
States fleet in this vicinity.
The Merchants' Exchange took up the
rescue work yesterday. A wholesale shoe
merchant received this appeal from a
customer at Osceola, Ark.:
"Our entire country in great distress
from overflow'. We need help badly.
Btart subscription at once."
Another establishment received the fol
lowing from the mayor of Osceola;
"Gentlemen At the request of our citi
zens I write for the assistance of our
people. We are in the flood; our people
are suffering, anil we must have help.
Bend us some money.
(Signed). "J. W. BORUM, Mayor."
Gov. Jones of Arkansas yeslcrdayscnca
company of militia to guard thelevccs
cf DeMia e"ii2ty,-irtfrere were fears that
Mississippi men might try to save their
own homes by cutting the levee on the
Unfonrirmed rumors of great logs of life
rc met at every hand, but the death roll
cannot even be approximated till ttie flood
subsides. The situation is indeed gloomy,
With small prospects of immediate bet
terment. Des Moines, la., March 21. The Dcs
Moines, contrary to all expectations in
the face of the fact that the weather
has been cold for twenty-four hours, has
risen three feet since last night and is
now over sixteen feet above normal and
fctill rising. The electric company's dam
is holding the water so that in ttie upper
part or the city a large district'is flooded.
Jn the event of a further rise dynamite
may be used to break the dam and let the
floods through. About 3u0 families have
been driven out of their homes by the
water, but aside from this tlie damage
thus far is not heavy, as none of the
larger buildings have been moved by the
The Chicago Great Western Railway re
ports from Cedar Falls that the Cedar
River is so far out of its banks that the
passenger depot there is flooded and a
rise of a few inches more will make
ttie crossing of "the river by trains Im?
possible. At present a box car is being
used for a depot. Southwest of here,
on tlie same road, the Skunk River is
higher than ever and trains arc piloted
over the weak places in the grade only
with the greatest care.
St. Paul, Minn., March 21. There was a
drop of over twenty degrees in the tem
perature all over this section last night,
resulting in the freezing of ice an inch
thick. Although the sun Ehone brighUy
nll day today, there was no ttiaw. This
causes a better feeling.- The Cannon, Min
nesota, Straight and Root, rivers have been
rising slowly all day, but no serious dam
age has resulted. Trains on all the rail
ways were running nearly on time today.
Sioux City, la., March 21. The flood
situation in this territory is slightly im
Tire Floyd Hirer, widen had a coxaid-
erable part of Sioux City under water
last week, is again within its banks. Tlie
Ulg Sioux, however, is still lislng and
causing untold damage between Sioux
City and Sioux Falls. Other streams in
this locality are about stationary. Bridges
are out everywhere and little damage is
left to lie done, evenshould there be an
other rise. The Missouri is rising, bub
still remains within its banks. It is show
ing a tendency to gorge, but rising water
has thus far washed the ice jams out
soon after they formed.
Sioux City, la., March 21. Sensational
reports arc current here tonight of a series
of big cut-orfs on the Missouri ulxve
Sioux City. The stream Is said to hac
shortened itself a score of miles, and to
have swallowed up much farm property.
The Little Sioux, near Otoe and Correc
tionviile is rising and driving settlers
to the hills.
AFTER DR. WYMAN'S SCALP
His Predecessor, John B. Hamilton,
Wants Him Removed.
Has Issued a Pamphlet to Trove
That Wyninii Did ot Keen
Faith With Hiui.
Ex-Surgeon General of the Marine Hos
pital Service John B. Hnniiltou,is after
the official head of his successor as head
of the service, Dr. Walter Wyman. He is
pursuing the Government scalp of this
popular official in hot haste. He tried
to scalp Br. Wyman under tlie last Ad
ministration, but Secretary Carlisle, tlie
head of the bureau as Secretary of the
Treasury, stood by Wyman, and Hamil
ton, who was then stationed in Chicago,
had to resign.
The fight between these two officials
broke through the surface and was brought
to the attention of Secretary Carlisle sud
denly last summer. Surgeon General Wy
man ordered Hamilton from Chicago to
San Francisco. He refused to go and at
once made an effort to have tlie order re
voked. Wyman was obdurate, hotvever,
and reported the rerusal of l)r. Hamilton
to obey orders to the Secretary. Hamilton
at once brought charges against Wyman.
He claimed that he had supported Wyman
as a candidate for the position he now
holds. In return for tils support he was
to remain at Chicago twelve years. Wy
man became the elder of tlie service and
Hamilton took the placcat Chicago. There
he accumulated several outside connec
tions, which paid him more than his Gov
ernment position. He became the editor
of the Weekly Journal or the American
Medical Association and a professor in
Hush Medical College, that city.
He protested to Secretary Cailisle with
out avail. He pointed out to the Secre
tary that tic must either sever his private
connections or resign, and he chose the
Xow he has issued a pamphlet, detail
ing his agreement with Dr. Wyman. A
letter is printed from Br. Wyman to
Hamilton, while the latter was surgeon
general, and the former wanted his in
dorsement as his, Hamilton's, successor.
An affidavit Is presented by Br. Hamil
ton made by his wife, and-it contains tills
"The affiant says that she told the said
Wyman that she did not think her hus
band, the said Hamilton, could establish
himself in business in Chicago in so short
a term, whereupon he, the said Wyman,
then said in words as follows: 'Tlie doc
tor is to have the Chicago station two
terms eight years,' and that the affiant
then asked him in words as follows; 'How
about three terms twelve years?' to which
lie. the id Wyman, then and there re
plied In words as follows; 'That would
be all right; neither yon nor the doctor
could ever ask a favor of me 1 would not
Dr. Wyman was seen la6t night at his
hotel, the Shoreliain. and requested to
give tiis statenmet of the difficulty
"I do not care to discuss this matter," he
"Is there any truth In tlie statement
Hamilton makes, to the effect that he
supported you as a candidate for your
present condition?" he was asked.
"Yes," he replied, "he indorsed me."
"Hid you make any agreement to leave
him at Chicago for twelve years?"
The doctor declined to answer this
question. He acknowledged that he had
seen the pamphlet published by Hamilton.
He said he did not have one, however, and
did not know whore one could be secured.
He admittc.r that he wrote to Hamilton
a letter that is published in the pamphlet.
"After Hamilton was unable to have the
order removing him to San Francisco re
voked, he resigned. Secretary Carlisle
gave him two weeks to obey the order,
at the end of that time lie resigned.
Since then he has followed his private
business in the Windy City. He has not
published, it is said, tlie details of his
controversy in his journal.
Ttie pamphlet was recently issued. It
could not be learned last night just how
he is going to proceed further against
Wyman, but it Is understood his fight
will soon be called to the attention of
the present Secretary of the Treasury. He
remained at Chicago six years after Wy
man came in. The usual term at one post
of duty is four years.
MHS. GEORGE CRAFTS INJURED.
Knocked Off Her Bicycle by Run
A livery team belonging to the Downey
stables, onL street, took fright yesterday
afternoon on Pennsylvania avenue, near
Washington Circle, and dashed down II
street. There were two gentlemen in the
carriage. When near Twelfth street Jo
seph Spriggs, the driver, lost control of
them and the horses ran against and
knocked down JMrs. George Crafts, of No.
240 First street northwest, who was on
her bicycle," she having vainly tried to
avoid a collision by riding Into the park
Mrs. Crafts was picked up from under
the animals and carried across the street
to the office of Dr. Marble, No. 1112
New York avenue. She sustained a deep
cut upon the forehead and was badly
bruised about the body. After her -wounds
were dressed Mrs. Crafts was removed to
her home. Her injuries "arc painful, but
it is not thought that they will prove
The horses were stopped by tlie carriage
pole striking an iron pose
Deaths of a Day.
Frederick M. Stone, president of the
Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Company,
at "Waltham, Mass., yesterday.
Blinds, $1; .Small Sizes, 75c a Pair.
Libbcy & Co'., 6th st. and New York ave. tf 1
THE OAKES S1FE li 1B0B
Terrible Sufferings of Her Grew
During a Nine Monilis' Trip.
THE HEROISM OF MRS. HEED
With Six of Her Crew Dead and All
on Hoard Sick Except the Three
Officers, the Captain's Bruve Wife
Took the Wheel and Steered the
Ship for- Eight Hours.
Quarantine, March 21. The long over
due ship, T. F. Oakes, which left Hong
kong July 4, 250 days ago, with a general
cargo, for this port, and which had been
given up as lost, was towed into port
this morning by the British tank-steamer,
Kasbek, Capt. Muier, which picked her
up last Thursday, in latitude a8.10,
The Kasbek was bound from Philadel
phia for Friume, Austria, with a cargo of
oil, and left the former port on Saturday,
March 13. On "tlie following evening, at
1 1 p. m., the blue lights were seen, and
Capt. Muier ordered the steamer's course
altered, and bore up for tlie distress sig
nals. At 1 o'clock she was close alongtido
the ship, and stood by until daybreak,
when signals were observed flying from
the stiip asking that the boat be sent
alongside, as tlie ship's crew were to dis
abled as to be unable to man ttieir own
boats. Chief Orficer C. I'. Helsham and
three seamen at once put off In the Kas
bek's yawl, and when within speaking
distance, heard a tale of suffering and
sickness from those on board the fhip such
as made them shudder.
Capt. Reed, of the Oakes, reported Unit
tils crew were all laid up with scurvy
and that the provisions were well-nigh
exhausted. He was unable to navigate
Mieship with hands at his command, and
begged that he be at once supplied with
Tresh food and vegetables and taken In
tow for ttie nearest port. The boat re
turned to tlie ICust ek with the message
and Capt. Muir at once decided to take
the vessel in tow. Tlie weather, which
had been threatening, now became bois
terous and a northerly gale sprang up.
Nevertheless preparations were made to
pass a Hawser to the Oakes, at the same
time that the boat load of provisions was
sent. A manlla hawser was paid out over
the Kabbek's stem to the yawl, but a
tremendous wave washed It into the pro
peller, winch was turning slowly at the
time, and before the engines could be
stopped the screw was so entangled that
It stopped suddenly and all the power of
the engines was not surficient to move it.
An effort was at once made to free
the screw, but as It was so deeply sub
merged and the sea Tunning so high, it
was found to be impossible. For eight
hours, the engineers' staff labored to
clear ttie propeller and finally discon
nected the shaft and found that by plac
ing a small block of wood between ttie
couplings the screw could be made to
turn. By that time the Oakes had
drifted out of sight and Capt. lluler.'de
spairing of being able to tow her witli
his disabled screw, determined at least to
find her and supply her with provisions.
All night he searched the horizon for
traces of her, and at 6 a. m., Tuesday
morning, she was again sighted. The
sea was boisterous at the time, but Chief
Officer Helsham again volunteered to
attempt to board her, and as the engineers
reported the propeller to be working well,
it was decided to send a hawser aboard.
Accordingly a lino was dragged by the
boat and after a deal of hard work, two
hawsers were made fast, Mr. Helsham
and his boat's crew of three doing most
of the work. They found only the second
and third mates able to help them. Ttie
provisions they brought were a godsend
to the scurvy-strlckcn survivors, and they
began to gather hope that they might
live to see the land. From last Thurs
day morning, when the hawser was passed
aboard, until the Sandy Honk bar was
reached at 7 p. m., last evening, no in
cident of Importance occurred. The Oakes
was anchored on the bar and again taken
In tow this morning.
Capt. Reed, of the Oakes, when inter
viewed at quarantine on his arrival this
morning, told a story of suffering and
privation. The Oakes left Shanghai the
17th of last May and after completing her
cargo at Hong-Kong sailed trom that port
July 4. The crew were apparently In the
best of health, with the exception of
Capt. Reed, who had been ailing for some
time, but who under the careful nursing
of his wire thought himself on the high
road to recovery. When six days out in
ttie China sea a terrific typhoon was en
countered lasting several days, during
which the fore and main top masts were
The vessel was obliged to run before
the gale, which had no sooner blown itself
out than It was followed by a second ty
phoon which blew with great, fury for
twenty-four days. The vessel was now
well out in the North Pacific and so far
orr her course that Capt. Reed decided to
shape his course via Cape Horn, rather
ttian by the Cape of Good Hope, hoping
thereby to make better time. The weather ,
remained fine,' nothing but light airs and
calms were experienced until Cape Horn
was rounded 167 days out.
In the meantime, the Chinese cook had
been taken down with a severe, cold, and
died on November 11. Afterwards a sea
man named Thomas King was taken down
with what appeared to be scurvy, and died
December 2G. In quick succession Seaman
Thomas Olsen was taken til, and died Jan
uary 12; Thomas Judge, another seaman,
was now taken ill with cancer of the
stomach; and later Mate Stephen G.
Bunker showed symptoms of scurvy. The
latter died February 4, and was quickly
followed by George King, an old man,
who died on the 9th. On the 17th Judge
succumbed, making in all six deaths. One
by one the other sailors were obliged to
quit work, until on March 1 nobody was
left except the second and third mates.
Tlie captain and his wife were well
nigh exhausted, and when a strong north
erly gale sprung up on that day the .brave
woman was obliged to take the wheel for
eight hours without relief, and without
as" much as a drink of "water 6ho kept
the ship on her course. The provisions
were running short, although a supply
had been obtained on January 12 from the
American ship Governor Robic, from New
York for Melbourne, when off the Island
of Trinidad, and the crew were left with
out other than the barest, necessities.
A sharp lopkout was kept for passing
vessels, but nothing was seen until the
Kasbek hove In sight. The .only vessel
sighted during the entire voyage, with
the exception or the ship Governor Robie,
was a northbound Lamport and Bolt
steamer, which passed ttie Oakes off Per
numbucu, but was too far off to dis
tinguish signals. During ttie last twenty
days, tlie Oakes encountered a succession
or north and northwest gales, with high
On arrival at Quarantine, the vessel
was visited by tlie health orricer, and
placed' in strict quarantine. Jt is prob
able she will be released tomorrow, after
a thorough disinfection, which was de
ckled upon by the' health officer, owing
to tlie fact that Hong Kong was an in
Health Officer Doty this afternoon re
moved the scurvy-stricken crew of the
ship, thirteen in number, to the United
States Hospital, nfStaph.Con, S.I., where
they will receive prompt medical treat
ment." Mrs. Reed, the wife of Capt. Edward W.
Reed, of the ship T. F. Oakes, Is a woman
of great pluck and endurance. She was
born in New Hampshire about fifty years
ago and Is a direct descendant or Mollle
Stark, wife of Gen. Stark, of Revolutionary
fame. For tlie last fourteen years she
has accompanied tier husband on all his
voyages, -having been nine years with him
in the T. l Oakes. Ou Mutch 1, during
a moderate northerly gale, Mrs. Reed
went on deck, before breakfast. The
man at the wheel nsketl her to take the
wheel for a few minutes, and she did so.
The man left and did not return, and
for eight hours she stood at her post
and kept the vessel on 'her course without
relief and without food or drink.
A, that time, ttiere were only four men
able to woik, besides tlie captain. These
were the second and third mates, the
Chinese steward, and the-Chinese cnhln
boy. Mrs. Reed labored day and night to
ameliorate the condition of tlie stricken
sailors, and although tlie fresh provisions
were run out, she made broths and gruels
of comment and oatmeal for them, often
making as much as five gallons a day.
The men begged Tor meat, but there was
nothing but "salt horse,'' which would
have aggravated thescur'v Capt. Edward
W. Heed was born in Pottsviile, Pa., in
1S36. He first went to sea as an ap
prentice in 1803, aboard the clipper ship
Decatur and gradually worked his way up.
He lias been nine years In command of tlie
Secretary Sherman Befhses Abso
lutely to Discuss 'ThhtfReport
The Rumor a Fruitful Topic
Gossip Mr. Bliss' Holds the
Key to the Problem.
The speculation as to the truth of the
reported resignation of Secretary Uliss was
one of the principal orders of Sunday con
versation. Mr. Hliss will probably bp able
to satisfy the public curfoMty today, but
so far none of his friends fJA-rpC felt author
ized to speak for him fur publication.
It was with a view".,of shedding a tittle
more light on the problem than was ob
tainable elsewhere that Secretary Sher
man was called on last night and asked
to hazard an opinion on tfils disturbing
rumor. Mr. Sherman, white quite affable
and responsive to other questions sub
mitted to hin, refused In so many words
to say a single thing about the report.
One friend of Mr. Bliss said that Trom the
statement of the raets as they appeared
there was ample ground for grave friction
between him and the President. It was
for a,rndch 'less matter that Judge Lamo
reux tendered his resignation promptly to
Secretary Francis. This friend, however,
could not say tiow Mr. Bliss would regard
the President's pluin Intimation that Judge
Lamoreux had been unjustly dealt with
by the Department of the Interior. Tlie
natural theory of Mr. Bliss' resentment
could only be disproved, lie said, by main
taining that Mr. Bliss lilhiseir advocated
that Judge Lamoreux be permitted to ie
slgn. If, however, the Lni;d Commissioner
had been an officer appointed by Mr. Mc-
Klnley on the suggestion of Mr. Bliss, nad
Mr. Bliss had publicly rebuked tliatofficer
in the way that Mr. Bliss had done, ttiere
would be nothing for the President to do
but to sustain either tils. .Cabinet officer
or the Land Commissioner;
It is not likely, he said, that if Mr.
Bliss had spoken of any of his own ap
pointees as he had of Judge Lamoreux,
he would have been consent with his
resignation, but would have Insisted on
his dismissal, as is beliuved to be the
case in' the Lamoreux "instance. If, as
Mr. Bliss said, the decision, of an officer
of the. Department of tlie Interior was
not entitled to faith or credti it was
equivalent to a charge of malfeasance,
and his plain duty was to see that it be
punished, and the lightest punishment
that could have been administered was
the odium that would attach to the fact
of a dismissal.
It Is recent hibtory that the attorneys
for those in whose favor Judge Lamoreux
decided, were quick to see the erfect or
the action of the Secretary of the Interior
with reference to the Land Commissioner,
and they as soon as possible, filed a
motion, the express determination of
which was to show the illegality or the
action of Secretary Bliss, and that motion
is now pending. Thc-actlon or the Presi
dent, practically sustaining jthis view of
the case, as taken by the.:attorneys, fol
lowed that motion very soon. It is plain
that If President McKinley sees no im
propriety in the acts of the Land Com
missioner, Secretary Bliss erred egregiously
in the opinion or the President in publicly
attacking Judge Lamoreux. It was a case
in which it can scarcely bj .said that Mr.
McKinley compromised with his political'
conscience, and that he really believed, he
was right, andttiecrittcsofJndgeLamoreux
One thing is now morally certain, that
the President's opinion WJIH he quoted
pointedly against Mr. Bliss ituthc free fight
for $16,000,000 involved In this whole
curious and tangled proceeding.
Uastham May Bd Lynched.
Cumberland, Md., March 21. Col. Rob
ert Ensthani lias been lodged in Jail at
Parsons, W. Va., charged wltti the mur
der of Thompson, and threats of lynch
ing are openly made. Thoihpson was very
popular and employed many men. East
liaiu, it is claimed, provoked the quar
rel which.led to the-sticptijng andthe feel
ing against hlrn is intense .
Lleur.-Sov. 'Jones- Injured.
Youngsto wn, Ohio, March j2 1 .Lieut. Gov.
A. W. Jones, with his gujest, John Hull,
of Akron, was out drivingfa spirited pair
of young horses this afternoon, when
the team ran awnynear his residence,
throwing both outrun- the paved street.
Mr. Hall escaped Injury. Gen. Jones wis
removed to his residence suffering se
verely from bruises received.
Best Nails, per Vice, 1)0 lbs., $1.60.
Libbey & Co.,6th bC. and New York ave. tf
F01D lAflTHJHRDATS GUT
A Dual Murder Committed Three
Miles Above Aqueduct Bridge.
BODIES FOUND ON TOE ROAD
The Victims, Rosie Lowe and Jesse
Jackson, Lived "Near Where They
Were Found Arthur Dlugs,
Brother of the Woman, Has Been
Arrested on Suspicion.
Jesse Jackson and .Mrs. Rose Lowe are
dead murdered because of their own sin.
Both are colored, and their death was
bloody, indeed. Tlie woman, with her
head nearly severed from tier body, was
found lying bathed i n bloodon tlie mountain
road leading from the Chain Bridge to
the little Settlement in Alexandria county
known as Walker's Chapel.
Near the body of the woman Jackson
was found, with a ghastly wound in his
throat, his head and face beaten almost
to a pulp, making a pitiful endeavor to
gain his feet. His efforts were spasmodic,
however, as he was clearly unconscious.
Ttiere, in the moonlight, on a, lonely
mountain road, two lives weat out in
death as violent almost as any ever re
corded. Two years ago Charles Lowe, a hard
working, industrious negro, now employed
as an oiler for the Great Falls Railtoad
Company, separated from ttie murdered
woman his wife because or her reputed
infatuation, for Jackson. Then the wo
man, with her three children, took up her
residence with Jackson in a poor shanty,
close to the roadway, near ttie chapel.
Lowe seemed to have forgotten her ex
istencens he'never vitltcd tlie locality, even
for the purpose of seeing his children, until
yesterday, when he received word that tits
wire was dead.
Mrs. Lowe frequently quarreled with
her lover, especially when they had been
drinking, and both are reported by the
neighbors to have been "low down, drunken
About a year ago Arthur Diggs, some
times called Arthur Parker, a brother cf
Mrs. Lowe, took up his residence with her
und Jackson. IJiggsis now in jail at Alex
andria charged with being a muidcrer.
Saturday forenoon, Jackson and Mrs.
Lowe left their cabin and came to Wash
ington, ostensibly on n shopping tour. Both
drank a good deal of liquor and quarreled.
The man returned home nbout 2 o'clock
irt an intoxicated condition, and frightened
the children by taking tils razor from a
bureau drawer and brandishing it about
Suddenly he ran from the houEqln the
direction of this city, taking with him a
heavy cane with an iron pipe ferrule. He
only went a short distance, however, as
he was seen during the gloam of the
evening leaning against tlie railing of a
small bridge less than a mile from his
home, but out of sight of any house,
he waited until nearly 9 o'clock, or until
Mrs. Lowe came along, riding on a wagon
in which were Edward and Frank Carter,
two boys who drive an ash wagon and
who live near the former home of the
dead man and woman.
.. Jackson ordered the woman to get out,
-which she did. The two at once com-
-menced to quarrel, and the Carter boys,
becoming frightened, urged their jaded
horses to a quicker pace up the hill.
AVhen they neared the top they heard
the woman scream, and, looking back,
saw her in ttie embrace of tier lover.
It was the embrace of death. Jackson
took his razor and cut het throat from ear
to ear. The blood gushing from the awful
wound soaked the ground about where
the body fell.
The Carters ran down to the cabin and
called Dlggs, the brother, telling him that
"Jackson was beating Rose.'' They then
proceeded a quarter of a mile further to
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dodson, grand
parents of the woman, and roused them
out of bed. Mr. Dodson, who is quite an
aged man, hurriedly dressed and returning
with the boys stopped at the cabin and
asked Diggs to join them. The latter-appeared
to be asleep. Hehad had sufficient
time, however, since he was first called
by Dodson to have gone down the road,
about! 00 yards, to where the awful butch
ery was committed.
The party, Dodson, Diggs, tlie two Car
ters and a close neighbor, John E. Elliott,
proceeded down the road to where the
body of tlie woman lay, and where Jack
son's life was coming to a speedy close.
The body of Rose Lowe wlis picked up
by her brother and carried to the cabin,
where it was laid tenderly upon the bed.
Not ttie sign of a bruise was found upon
j her body.
Jackson was removed to a nearby black
smith shop wherer lighted by the flicker
ing rays of a lantern, his eyes closed for
the last time on this earth. Then it
was discovered that tils head had been
beaten and his skull fractured in several
places which, even without tlie gash in his
throat, would have been sufficient to have
caused his death.
Returning to tlie blood-soaked spot where
the tragedy occurred, the party found
Jackson's razor, Mrs. Lowe's white handled
pocket knife, .and the heavy cane with the
iron pipe ferrule Tills latter bore all
tlie evidences of having been the weapon
witli which Jackson was beaten.
Acting upon tlie advice of several neigh
bors, Diggs crossed over the fields, about
a mile to the home of Constable Masscy,
to whom he told the story of death.
Yesterday Squire Uircti hclu an inquisi
torial court, at which the above facts were
elicited. The justice ordered Diggs' ar
rest ipendiug further investigation, and he
was taken to Alexandria and incarcerat
ed by Constable Levi De Vaughn. Dlggs
stoutly denies the crime, and says:
. "They had no reason to arrest me,'' con
tinued Diggs, "and when the time comes '1
will completely vindicate myself and prove
that I had nothing whatever to do with
the commission of the crime.''
The tragic death of Mrs. Lowe leaves
motherless three little girls, the eldest
eleven years, and the yov.ngest rive years.
These will be cared for by Mr. and Mrs.
Dodson, the great-grandparents or the
children, who arc well-to-do, and who 'are
highly respected by their neighbors. The
old couple were almost crazed with grief
vken seen by a Times reporter last night
During yesterday the bodies were viewed
by the morbidly inclined of the neighbors
for miles around. Un watched they lay
through the silent hours of tlie night on
rudely constructed biers, the woman's re
mains in the shanty, and those of the
manln the blacksmith shop directly across
the narrow roadway.
Sr.l CeiIlnir,Headfd,cT 25 tier 100 ft.
Libbey & Co., 6th st. and New York ave. tf
HIG HltE LV OTTirMWA.
Cullen's Dry Goods Store and Other
Ottumwa , Iowa, March 21. A fire which
started at 5:30 tills afturnoun In Cullen's
dry goods store, has destroyed a quarter
or a million dollars' worth or property, at
9 o'clock, and at 11 o'clock tonight is
beyond control. A gale is blowing and
there seems to be but little hope of sav
ing any or tlie big brick business block
In which Cullen's store is located. Tlie
fire started in the basement.Jts origin
being unknown, and it baffled the depart
ment from the start. The firemen could
find no fire and were driven back con
tinually by dense clouds oT smoke which
filled tlie entire block up stairs and
down, and allowed the flames to eat
their way up and out from the interior
or the building.
Cullen's dry goods store, 50,000, went
first, ttien Prugh & Co.'s wholesale queens-.
ware and china house, $15,000, while the
dry goods stock of J. G.Meek,$15,000,nr.d
W. J. Dontan &. Co., $30,000, will be
ruined by smoke if they esape the flames,
which seeuu Improbable. The block was
worth $5(,000 and office tenants In the
second story lost heavily. The insurance
Is not heavy. The Cullen Company had
Just received its spring stock and had not
yet had-it insured.
THE BLOCKADE OF CRETE
Secretary Sherman Officially Noti
fied of Its Existence.
All Merchant Vest-els of Xeutral
Powers Subject to Search This
Government May .Not Assent.
The representatives in Washington of the
six powers signatory to the Berlin treaty,
Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany,
Austria-Hungary, and Russia, have in con
cert notified this Government or the block
ade of Ciete, the respective notes of Sir
Julian Pauucefote, M. Patcnotre, L'aron
dc Fava, L'aron von Thielman, Mr.Hengle
mullcr von Hengervar, and Mr. do Kotze-
hue, having been delivered to Secretary
They were almost Identical and consisted
of a mere formal announcement that a
blockade to Cretan ports against ships
under the Greek flag, commencing' at 0
o'clock thtsnioriiing. Merchant vessels of
neutral powers. Including those of tlie
United States and of the treaty po, vers,
while subject to overhauling by the
blockading warships of the concerting
fleets, are not to be disturbed in their
ordinary commercial occupations if they
carry no merchandise iutended for use
of tlie Greeks or insurgents on the island.
It is a question whether this Government
will give its assent to thU form of blockade,
whlchinvolves a grave departure in In
ternational law, and would establish a
precedent abolishing rights that tho United
States might not desire to surrender.
There is little or no likelihood of an
American vessel attempting to run the
Cretan blockade, for ttie Stars and Stripes
on merchant vessels I u tlie .Mediterranean is
Nevertheless, if the United States should
even tacitly consent to being kept out
of Crete, where there is no proclaimed
condition of war, any more than there
is in Cuba at the present time, such
action, it is anticipated by those familiar
with international precedents, may estab
lish an untoward precedent in relation to
countries where American commerce is
immeasurably more important and where
American merchant flags are more nu
merous. PINGREK'S GRANT-TTAND PLAT.
"Will Bo dominated by the Repub
licans for Mayor.
Detroit, Mich., March 21. Mr. Charles
Flowers, who was Mayor -Filigree's legal.,
ldviser in the mayor's fight against the
street railways, and who stands as close
to the governor as anyone, when asked
tonight by a reporter what, in his opih'ion,
Pingree intended to do, replied:'
"There is only one answer to that
question. Gov. Pingree will be nominated
Monday for mayor by the .Republican
convention. He will hold the office of
governor until he qualifies as mayor. I
then think it very likely that he wlil
continue to hold both ofrices, of mayor
and governor, unless the supreme court
should decide to oust him from the gov
ernorship. It would be political suicide
for Mr. Pingree to do otherwise than
run for mayor again in the present crisis."
Gov. Filigree refused to talk on the
AX ENGINE BLOAVN UP.
Engineer Frank and Fireman Smith
Were Instantly Killed.
Chicago. 111., March 21. -The engine
drawing the New York and Boston special
on the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern
Railroad, which Iert here at 10:30 o'clock
this morning, blew up in the Englewood
yards, a half hour's run from the city,
and the fireman and engineer were In
The dead are:
ALEXANDER FRANK, engineer, or
E. B. SMITH, fireman, or Chicago..
The engine was completely demolished
by the explosion, and the baggage car,
immediately behind it, was partially
A Peculiar Wager.
Chicago, 111., March 21 .A special to the
Times-Herald from Kenosha, Wis., says:
A peculiar, wager was made yesterday
between Harry McKay Harrison and a ma n
whose name Is withheld, by tlie terms of
which Mr. Harrison is to walk to New
York and return within ninety days. He
must leave here without; a cent of money,
he must do no work, on the trip, and
must have $500 and a wife upon his re
turn. A Severe Blizzard.
Omaha, Neb., March 21. "Reports re
ceived here tonight from western Nebraska
indicate a very severe snow storm preva
lent. The blizzard extends from Schuy
ler, .sixty niiles west of here, to North
Flattc, In the further end of the State.
Ivy Institute Business College, Sth andK.
None better. 25 n year, day or night.
Mantels. Any Size, P1.00 Apiece.
Libbey & Co., Gth st and New York ave. tf
C. E. Finch will put a new stairway in for
vou. Try nim-oifice. 520 loth st. nw.;
phone, 443 101120,22,2-1,20
DARED TIE ALLIED FLEETS
A Yessel Landed Her Cargo After
the Blockade Began.
DID NOT TRY TO STOP HER
Blockade of Greece Appears to Bo
Remote Antitgonism of the Ail
inlralH to the Christiana Powern
Said to He Thinking of Making
Prince George Governor of Crete.
Londoa, March 21. The Times' Atbeni
correspondent telegraphs that the blockade
of Crete began with a strong gale pre
vailing, which rendered the task of the
torpedo boats and other small vessels
employed iu blockade duty very difficult.
Ttiree vessels laden with provisions and
ammunition have started for CFete during
the last few days. It is stated that one
or them landed her cargo at Akroteri,Just
within sight of the fleets, which, it is
supposed, purposely did not interfere witn
The correspondent again asserts that
it is urgently necessary that the TurkMi
troops be withdrawn from Crete at the
earliest possible moment Nothing else will
induce the islanders to believe the prom
ises or the powers. The Christians will
forcibly prevent the departure of the
Greek troops so long as the Ottoman
troops remain. He predicts that if tho
Turkish troops are withdrawn, KinsGeorge.
will be willing to recall Col. Vassos and
the troops under his command.
BLOCKADE OF GREECE REMOTE.
Great Britain Has Refused to Join
London, March 21. The Chronicle will
tomorrow publish a dispatch from Athens
saying that the blockade of Greece by tho
powers appears to be remote. It is under
stood that Great Britain has refused to
join in such a blockade.
Official information in Athens represents
! t,lc concert of the powers as being uliafcy.
ii not actuauy nouexissent. tne moment
therefore, seems specialty propitious for
the adoption of such a suggestion. One
power has already pressed it repeatedly
though the minister of that power tn
Athens declines to propose it to Europe,
unless Great Britain makes a similar pro
TJTsFRIKXDLX TO THE CRETANS.
The Admirals Cut Off Their Food
Cnnen, March 21. If any further evi
dence was necessary to prove the an
tagonlsnv of the powers, as represented
by their admirals, to the Christians, it is
furnished by an Incident that has Just oc
curred at Akrotlri, which is the place
where the fleets recently bombarded the
Insurgents position. Akrotiri is on the
peninsula of that name, which projects in
a northeasterly direction from Canea.
The insurgents there are cut off from re
ceiving provisions from the land side by
the Turkish and foreign troops, and tho
foreign warships have prevented them
from receiving supplies from sea. Their
position is becoming desperate and they
yesterday sent envoys to Suda to beg
that food be supplied to them from the
warships. Ttie admirals refused to give
them the assistance asked for, but said
that If medical aid was needed it would
be forthcoming. Later several of the
doctors from the fleets visited the camp
of the insurgents.
PRINCE GEORGE FOR GOVERNOR.
The Powers May Make Him
Ruler of Crete.
Athens, March 21. It is stated here that
the powers are seriously discussing tho
question of nominating Prince George ot
Greece for governor of Ciete.
of Greek sharpshooters at Pramanda, on
the frontier, fired upon some Turkish
soldiers" who were on ttieir own territory.
The Turks were deeply angered, afut it
was Only with the greatest difriculty that
their officers prevented a conflict. Tho
Greeks were equally desirous with the
Turks for the opening of hostilities and it
was hard to hold them in check. The
advices reporting the incident do not state
when it occurred.
EXCITEMENT IN JERUSALEM.
Palestine Christians Preparing: to
Oppose the Turks.
Athens, March 21. Ttie Akropolis re
ports that there is great excitement among
the Greeks and Arabs In Jerusalem. Two
thousand Christians in Palestine and Syria
are preparing to oppose the Turks in the
event of war. A number of Abyssinian
pilgrims have also been affected by tho
war feeling against the Turks and aro
joining the Christians.
The Greek warships Alpheos and Peaeus,
which were recently recalled from Crete,
have arrived at Salamls.
The Insurgent Chief Manoull declares
that the insurgents mistook the Austrian
warship Sebinlco, which lately fired upon
and sank a Greek schooner off the Island
of Crete, for a Turkish vessel, and for
that reason fired upon her. He adds that
the schooner had landed three cases of
ammunition before she was sunk. Ono
Christian was wounded by the fire from
Mrs. Ruiz Goes to New Tork.
Mrs. Ruiz and her little ones left thLi
city for New York yesterday im-ming.
She will remain there temporarily, at
least, while her claim is being pushed by
the Secretary or State. Mr. Sherman
would not be interviewed last night as
to what move he is about to make iu
her case, but he is going to kep ids
promise, and push an investgiation o! the
case. An investigating committee win be
appointed next week. Spam and this
country, under a mtuual agreement, will
be equally represented on this committee
Brutally Assaulted by NTegroes.
Carlisle, Pa., March 21. J. Austin Sul
livan, or Altoona, Pa., a student at Dick
inson College, was brutally assaulted by
ten negroes late last night on the publio
streets of this city. One of tlie negroes
struck Sullivan on the head, fracturing
his skull and otherwiso Injuring him.
Tho negroes are now in the county Jail.
Sullivan is lying in a. critical condition
and may not recover.
Club Suppressed in Madrid.
Madiid, March 21. A Republican club
recently organized in this city lias been
suppressed and its clubhouEe closed by tho