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The Circulation of THE TIMES yesterday
(Morning Edition only) was
Fair Monday, probably rain Monday
-night; easterly winds; slightly warmer.
WASHINGTON, MONDAY MOUSING, MAECH 29, 18 9 7--EIGHT PAGES.
IE GREAT HAGE STARTED
At .Midnight the Wheelmen Be
gan Their Long Journey.
THOUSANDS SAW THEM OFF
Tile Six-Day Hnoe Now on at Con
vention Hall "Will Go Down in
Snorting History an One of. the
Rotable Bicycle Contests of This
Again Convention Hall is the center of
attraction for mauv thousands of people
or the National Capital who find entertain
ment and delight in the feats of skill and
endurance of the knights of the silent
steed. Only a few mouths ago Conventlo.
Ball was the scone or the rirst six-day
race ever held in this city.
ihe hire entertainment of that con-
inuous nerformanee. ttie breaking of
records 0:1 the splendid track, to say noth
ing of the novelty or the exciting contest
have evidently not been forgotten; for
the seco.id or the great races inaugurated
in the rirst moment of this day, again
crowded the hall, and under equally at
tractive circumstances in some respects
mm! f-uporior advantages in many others.
It could only have been such an event
that, could have held in the hall last night
from 0 o'clock until a moment after mid
night, when the signal gun was fired, from
2,5'JO to ;t,UOU people. The early partof the
night was marked by the assembling of a
great majority of the people about town
who are devotees of the wheel, who found
ample enjoyment in the concert, which also
lb a practically continuous performance,
and the beautiful scene made by the hall
In its gorgeous dress of electric light and
The ice floor has disappeared and in its
place there are rows of seats which add
very much to the seating capacity of the
hall as compared with the arrangements
for the last race. The track, too, as here
tofore described, has been pronounced by
the gentlemen most interested, the racers,
the best yet offered for so long a content.
Nothing could exceed me enlivening
appearance of the hall at alout the time
When ine "lueeof "were to be launched on
theirlongjourney. The whole building was
ablaze with electric lights in the arrnagc
mcnl which has been so admired by every
visitor t this capacious hall. The ribbed
arches of the ceiling are marked out by
curved lines of red, white and blue
electric incandescent lights, and at suitable
distances the volume of illumination is
rilled out by arc lights. The lighting is
k liberal that from any part or the hall
the colors and gay insignia of the riders
can easily be noted.
Most-of the riders are, of course, familiar
to the public, but they were each given an
ovatim this morning when they entered
It was an enthusiasticcrowd which cheer
ed them on. A lar-;e majority of the a
temblage was composed of men, but there
-were al-o many ladies, who assisted in the
inauguration of the event. All of the seats
outside of the ellipse were taken and very
many of those within the inclosure.
The supreme moment of interest was
when the ctuht contestants were lined up
on the west side of the building to begin
their six days flight All eyes were turned
to that part of the hall where the riders
were massed, cacli in his favorite color,
conspicuous among them being the blue
and white of the well-known and well
remembered "Terrible Swede.''
It took but a few moments to set the
-wheels whirring. The '-signal service" man
was ready with his festive pistol; the
riders were sent forward to the line two
and two, the trainers kept their eyes on
the clock, the fleet-wheeled experts bal
anced themselves like birds preparing to
fly, or horses ready for the word, and as
the hands of the clock pointed to mid
night, the pistol shot echoed in the hall,
the wheels began to turn, the crowd
cheered, the crasli of the band added to
the excitement and interest of the moment,
and before one could think of half of these
things away the riders went over the level
and up the south incline.
They wete off. The race, which will
continue to inteiest people until its close,
The crowd amused itself from time to
time cheeiiag the favorites as they swept
by, and the crowd, b the way, will have
ulitil the homestretch only favorites of
Now they cheei ed Lawson. Thci cheered
Midler when he retired; they cheeied him
again enthusiastically when he it-entered
the race at 1:15 this morning.
At the unsusal hour of 1 a. m., it was
interesting to note that a bicycle race is
about the only tiling that can keep a fair
devotee's eyes open. All of the original
hundreds of ladies, of course, did not re
main more than a half hour or so arter
the riders were well on their way.
Those inside the track who were near
the culinary department where nil manner
of proper tilings were being cooked for
the racers, eyed these proceedings with
peculiar interest and probably wondered
if the new woman one of these fine days
or mornings, would be riding in a six
days" race, and picking up refreshment
on the fly from the new man cook. "What
ever the ladies were thinking they paid
an unconscious tribute to the interest in
the opening event by being out so late
at night and so early this morning.
It is all very home-like in the hall. It
is, in truth, a city within the city. There
arc cafes, lunch rooms, parlors, and you
can get anything you want while you wait;
and there are no intermissions. The cur
tain isal ways upon thlspcrformance, which
bids fair to be ttie attraction or attractions
day and night until it closes.
The earlier scores of the evening were
not without unusual interest
The first rider to appear on the track
was John Lawson, the "Terrible Swede"
As he vaulted over the railing and ran
down the track, he was greeted by a hearty
round of applause. This was repeated a
moment later, when he sprang upon his
"Wheel for a warming-up spin.
; Schock was the next to appear, and the
veteran was given au ovation. The others
followed in short order, and as the last
Sunday hour was vanishing the men were
in their saddles awaiting the signal for
' The J,bunch'' got away beautifully. Not
a man faltered, and when the first turn
was reached all had struck their gait
I Albert led, with Schock next, and
Elvierrc, Ford, Cassidy, Lawson, Golden
end Mullcr following in the order named.
They held this position for a few laps
and then the little Frenchman, III vicrre, let
out a big burst of speed, and forged to
the front lie quickly gained a, hsp on
alullcr and Golden, who did not follow '
the sprint. Schock then put out after
Itivierrc and soon caught him.
-ThcFrenchmunthcii slowed upand Schcck
took the lead with Lawson hanging close
to his rear wheel. Then amid applause,
the Swede, in ids blue and white trappings,
flashed to the front. Schock stuckelose to
him and together they gained a lap on the
bunch. Golden. Mulier and Ford did no
sprinting, but held the came steady pace.
Cassidy at Uils'point concluded to make
up one of the lost laps, and by a burst of
speed he succeeded amid great cheering.
The pace was hot enough for an hour
race rather than one for six days, and
sprint followed sprint in inpid succession
and tlie scorers had thcii hands full.
Lawson and Schock are the favorites.
One young and lusty, the oilier a seasoned
The race is too young yet, however, to
It will be a splendid contest, for the
entries arc all in the pink or condition.
At 2 o'clock the scoie stood as follows:
Lawson, 11 miles 4. laps; Schock, 41
miles 1 lap: Albert, 40 miles S laps; Gol
den, 37 miles 0 laps; Cassidy 20 miles 5
laps; Ford, 33 miles Jars; Pivicrrc, 33
miles G laps: Midler, 21 miles S laps.
KILI.HD Hi' A L1VJ2 W1IU2.
A Newark Policeman Completed tlio
Circuit With His Club.
Newark, N. J., March 28.- Policeman
John Clark, of the llairison police force,
was instantly killed by coming in contact
with a live electric wire on Harrison ave
nue, near First street, at 4 o'clock this
morning. Clark noticed the end of the wire
lying on the ground and electric sparks
emitting from it- Approaching it cautious
ly, he struck the end of the wire with his
He did not notice that the wire was
dangling from overhead, and as lie struck
it, it swayed back and struck him in the
face. The wire was charged with over
5,000 volts from an electric light wire
overhead, and Clark never knew what
THE STORY OF THE SPOONS
jlrs. Cleveland's Alleged Melting of
the Madison Silver. -
Mr. McKinley and "Gen. .7. Addison.
Porter Deny It Secretary Bliss
and the Teaspoon.
There was a wild story and picture of
Dolly Madison afloat yesterday to the
effect that Mrs. G rover Cleveland had
fused all the silver in Dolly's spoons and
rorks, and had made of them spoons and
forks of the renaissance and duck period
or the White House. It was alleged that
Mrs. Cleveland thought that there was
great incongruity in the shape of a fork
and a spoon; that anyhow, they were
too heavy for graceful manipulation on
state occasions, and that she sent them
to the silversmith's with other odd bits
of ancient silver vertu and when they
came back, to use an Hiberuicism, these
great, unwieldy, antique forks and spoons,
which didu't look a bit alike, were as
little and as dainty as the table service
of Queen Mab.
Mr. Henry T. Thurber was not in the
city yesterday and, therefore, it was
impossible to get the opinion oT any of
the Clevclands as to this wretched piece of
iconoclasni. It was, u priori, more im
possible to discover why Mrs. Cleveland
should have imagined that there ought not
to be incongruity between the shape of jv
spoon and the shape of a fork. This will
probably always remain the mystery par
excellence of the White House.
It was necessary to see mine other per
son about it, as Doily Madison is locked
up after 4 o'clock in the Corcoran Art
Gallery. Gea. J. Addison roller, who at
tended the Gridiron banquet on Satur
day night, was seen lust night neverthe
less, and was asked if lie had anything to
say about this changing the shape of
Dolly Madison's spoons and forks by Mrs.
Cleveland, so that they wouldn't look in
congruous, or so much like each other.
"I don't know a thing alout it," re
plied Gen. Porter, whose face had assumed
varied tints of pale white as he listened in
the starlight to the romance of the Dit
similar Fork and the Unlike Spoon. "This
is positively the first I have heard about
it," continued the Secretary to the Presi
dent, as he walked away rapidly In the
gloom. Ilehadapackagc in his hand which
may or may nut have been some other silver
restorations. It is rumored that Mrs. Mc
Kiiiley is about to have some of the small
silver forks and spoons in the White House
remelted and made into larger forks and
spoons, which shall be as incongruous as
possible, so that when the Cabinet officers
next dine at the White House they will not
be guilty of the gauciierie of using one for
the other, as happened, it is alleged, the
other day, when these portfolio gentlemen
were furnished with the Cleveland incon
gruous spoon and fork at dinner.
President McKinley was also called on
last night by a reporter for The Times.
The President had, however, just been told
the melting story of the late .Mrs. Madi
son's spoons, and lie immediately went to
bed. He had, however, left word thatthere
wasn't a scintilla of truth in the whole
It was so late that the steward also had
gonu home, bu he had also left word that
the "spoons were all right,' with special
reference to the original spoonR and forks
of Mrs. Madison, which still look as unlike
as any other spoons or forks.
It is not generally known that the steward
of the "White House takes a fearful oath
of office, the principal affirmations of
-which arc that he will not engage in re
bellion against the United States under
ordinary provocation: that he will not
engage during his natural lire in any duel,
and that he will render unto Caesar the
things that are Caesar's every Friday
afternoon, between the hours of 6 and 7.
This has been held by Attorney General
McKcnna to Include the Madison spoons
and also the old jute rope on which Mrs.
President Adams used to dry her lingeiie
in the East Room during the rainy Aprils
of the caily part of this century.
The whole story about the melting of
the spoons is supposed to have originated
in a remark made by Secretary Bliss to
the President at the last Cabinet dinner.
They haven't been on such good terms
ever since that LainOrulix Incident. Mr.
Miss, by inadvertence, seized a teaspoon
to compass his soup, and, getting amaz
ingly tired, he said, with some natural
feeling: "Mr. President, this is not the
size spoon -with which we drink soup
in New York," to which the President
replied in those soft Italian accents of
his: "Then why don't you try a soup
Ilest. Noils, per koir, 100 Ins., ?1.R0.
Libbey & Co.,Gth st. andNcw York avc. tf
DISSECTED BY MORRISON
The Great Tariff Reformer Criti
cises Mr. Dingley's Bill.
GREAT INCREASE OF TAXES
Heavy Hardens Upon tin; People to
lie Miulo Much Heavier Waste
ful Kxpenditiirc "Will He Invited
by Taxes Hequirrd Neither for
Protection Nor for Revenue.
Col. William R. Morrison, of Illinois, the
chairman of the Interstate Commerce Com
mission, is the father of- Democratic tariff
reform. He was chairman or the Ways and
Means Committee in the Forty-fourth, Forty-eighth,
and Forty-ninth Congresses,
and In the Inst two compiled and presented
to the Hoip-c or Representatives n Demo
cratic niensuie having for Its object the
reduction of taiifr laxatiun. In the Forty
eighth Congress his r.imous "horizontal"
lull was defeated in the House through an
unholy coalition between the Republicans
mid some forty Randall Democrats. In the
Fnrty-niuth Congress another bill re
ported by him from the Ways and .Means
Committee shared the same Tate through
the same means. Col. -Morrison retired from
Congress March 4 , 1887, but the principles
he advocated for forty-five years have sur
vived in the national platform and purposes
of the Democratic parly.
To a Times reporter who called on Col.
Morrison yesterday for a statement of Ills
views in connection with the pending
Dinglcy bill, he said:
"I have not kept up with all the details
of what is being done in t lie House, and
any criticism or mine might do injustice
to both our rricnils and adversaries."
"Give us at least some general state
ment." "Well, the first striking thing about
Mr. Dingley's scheme is that it increases
rates on all of the schedules, though we
have been all along told that the present
tariff was, as to muny branches of indus
try, sufficiently protective. It is pro
posed on the basis of the same imports to
increase the revenue more than $113,00Q,
000. Of course, to that extent, which Is
more than 70 per Cent, It is an increase
or tariff taxes. Another notable fact is
that this increased tax burden is ad
mittedly $70,000,000 or $S0 ,000,000
more than the sum needed for Government
purposes, unless the curreut enormous
rate of expenditure Is to be enormously
"Ho you think that is the object:"
-It is likely to happen. Uimi'cessar.v
taxes and income invite wasteful ex
penditure. Still. 1 think the purpose or
raising money for which Here is no ap
parent need, is part of the .Administration
plan, fiist. to kcI too much revenue, and
then, having an excuse for reduction, to
reduce hit rnal taxes, and thus provide
or save the revenue argument for the
preservation of tariff taxes. They can
not have an j- permanence without the
pretext of necessity for revenue. When
President Arthur called the attention of
Congress to the fact that the lariif of
1883 was yielding iniiiecessnrj levenue.we
tried to reduce it. The now President,
Mr. McKinley, in a minority repoit, op
posed the reduction, pointing to internal
taxes as the suitable place for reductions
Mr. Dluglcy, I think, is going In that di
rection, by lajing on taxes neither re
quired ror protection nor for levenue."
"Have you observed that the Democrats
in the House are not entirely agreed some
or them favoring protection for special
articles or interests?"
"Oh, l hat is not new. There are always
some who reel themselves obliged to so vote
or speak as to save special advantages for
their local interests. We have an instance
in protective Massachusetts denying pro
tection to Texas hides and skins, and in
unprotcctlvc Texas drawing the line at
wool. When we were trying to reduce
tariff taxes in the Forty-ninth and previous
Congresses, revenue was excessive, but we
wcreahvaysbealenby so-called Democratic
"Wes there disagreement then about
Tree woo! andother raw materials?"
"The division was not along that line.
There may have been different views on
the subject Wool, I thlak, was not taxed
in the first tariff bill, but had been taxed
about rifty years when I reported the
bill to make it free In the Forty-ninth Con
gress. Free raw material is a nccestity.
Wc can make our own people pay prices
hish enough to compensate manufacturers
using taxed woo! or other taxed material,
but this rule won't apply In other markets,
where our people must sell in competition
with goods made of untaxed material, and
to find employment for our people we must
now find foreign markets for manu
factures, as well as for agricultural prod
ucts. Neither interest can consume all
the products of the other. Surplus manu
factures will increase; agricultural will
diminish. In this view thedrawbacksystem
is a clumsy makeshift, because what we
use at home and sell abroad is most econo
mically made in the same mill. Under such
circumstances, to get nt the drawback is
confusinc and expensive to honest people
and opportunity for rogues."
"You know It is claimed that the Demo
cratic fathers, Jerfcrson, Madison, and
Jackson, did not advocate free raw ma
terial, and the Walker tarifr or 1S4G did
not provide for it."
"That is true, though some articles have
been free under all our tariffs. I know
Mr. Blaine traced the protective doctrine
in tliis country to Mr. Madison and his
tariff bill of 17S9. The so-called fathers
were concerned not about markets, but
about revenue. The situation is now
different. We will do quite well if we
deal as wisely with the present situation
as they did with the past. Still, it is true
that tilings said by them can be so used
as to support or overthrow any system
of taxation. Mr. Jefferson said: 'Taxes
on consumption like those on capital or
income, to be just, must be uuifoim.' And
again: 'The Government which steps out
of the ranks of the ordinary articles of
consumption to select and lay dispro
portionate burdens on a particular one
because it is a comfort, pleasing to the
taste, or necessary to the health, and will
therefore be bought, is in that particu
lar a tyranny.' NOW, these sayings of Mr.
Jefferson would upset ail you hear every
day in Congress about taxing luxuries
high and necessaries low. What he says
'here would require, to avoid 'tyranny,'
uniformity in rates.
It mustbe remembered that In our early
national history the principles or equality
as to taxation, and in all respects, were very
much alive. Our first tariff bills were made
not so long after tea, taxed 3 cents, was
thrown overboard, and when, after fight
ing several years, the men who advised the
unloading, found themselves obliged to tax
tea ten times as much. Under such cir
cumstances, some politic speecli may be
pardoned. If Mr. Dinglcy seeks justification
for the repeal of Internal revenue taxes
through excessive tarirf taxes, it is even
at this day more politic to talk of pro
tecting farmers' henneries and pine trees
already cut and 'Carried away than to
duty of freer Hquorhml untaxed cigarettes
and smoking privllegee.'' t
"What about reciprocity'-."
"Well, It's declared purpose is to buy or
swap for markets. If sonic other countries
refuse to trade with us vc will coerce them
by increasing the taxes we pay on the
tilings we buy from them. That was Mr.
I Maine's plan, and is to, be re-enacted as to
tea, corree ami hides, which stay on the
free list. Air. Dingley's ,'plau has also a
coaxing provision, .under? which we may
lower the high duties on brandies, wines,
luces, mineral waters and works of art, and
that the poor man's luxury may get some
share or reciprocity we limy admit chewing-gum
at cut rales 3 coats a jioiindorf
coming from countries we can bargain into
lowering their tariff taxes on the goods
they buy from us. Any advantages which
may be secured under this reciprocity will
be for special interests at public cost. The
reciprocity treaty with Hawaii is an Illus
tration. I tried to defeat It In the House,
but the commercial sprit was abroad, and
I failed. 11 lias cost us. ?r0,H00,000, which
went to a few beneficiaries of the job."
FIHKD ON TI1K RUSSIANS.
Insurgents Turn Their Guns on
London, March 28. The Telegraph will
tomorrow publish a dispatch from Suda
stating that Insurgents today fired upon
a Russian torpedo boat, which replied to
the fire. The dispatch, adds It is feared
that a war without quarter will shortly
begin, with the Cretan Christians pitted
against the Turks end Europeans.
The dispatch" confirms the reports con
cerning the desperate feeling that exists
In the island.
GHKKKS BOAHD A STKAMEK.
They Overawe the Crew and Tulio
At hens, March 2S. Yesterday GOO armed
Cretans and Greeks suddenly boarded the
steamer Heraklion, which was lying at
' the Piraeus, and overawed the crew by a
display of revolvers.
They then proceeded to Jettison the
entire cargo or the steamer, which consisted
of flour fur the Turkish troops at Canea,
i;n,O00 eggs for the' Russian fleet, and
I quantities of provisions for the EnglKh
fleet in Cretan waters.
Yvn.D TIIHKAT OF 1'UHKS.
They Vow Vengeance on Foreigners
if Greeks Are Victorious.
Cnuen, March 28. -The conditions which
prevail throughout ,tlie island beggars de
scription. Warfare, rapine, and pillage is
going on In every direction, and thus far
the rorces of the powers have .been ab
solutely powerless to preserve order, even
in the coast town's.
The Cretan Christians and the Greeks
are firmly resolved to bring about the an
nexation of the island to Greece, while the
Moslems appear to be equally determined
to prevent such a consummation.
The Turks declare that if the island Is
handed over to Greecc'thoy -will massacre
not only every foreigner, but even their
own women and children, and then fight
the Christians to the bitter end.
TROOPS SKNT TO TUE SPRINGS.
A Guard to He Stationed Over Ciiacu's
Canea, March 2S.-Threc hundred inter
national troops have been dispatched to
the village of Outsonnarla, where are lo
cated the springs which furnish this city
with its water supply. ' They will guard
the springs to prevent their capture by
the insurgents, who, were they to obtain
possession of the water supply, would prac
tically have Canea at their mercy.
Since the capture or Malaxa by the in
surgents, they have massed themselves on
the heights above the town of Suda, and
commenced an attack upon the Izzediu
fort. Today the Italian warships in Sudn
Bay, supporting the Turkish ganison,
fired upon the Christians.
DISOHDF.HS IN A1U1AH.
New Troubles Reported From the
Vicinity of .'iroltnt.
Constantinople, March 28. -It is report
ed here that disorders have occurred at
Arbah, in the vicinity of .Tokat, the town
in the Slvas district of Anatolia, where 700
Armenians were recently massacred. No
details or the trouble art given, but the
report is generally accepted as true.
Owing to the fears, thut are entertained
that there will be' trouble in the city
of Sivns the lion. A. Sv Terrell, the Ameri
can minister, has asked the portc to
reappoint military guards for duty at the
residences of the American missionaries
GREEKS GROWING DESPERATE.
They Are Astounded by the Shelling
London, March 28. The Times has a
dispatch from its correspondent at Canea,
who describes the Greek troops and insur
gents as becoming absolutely desperate.
The insurgents were utterly astounded by
the fleets bombarding Malaxa on Thursday.
The shelling began at the moment when,
the Turkish garrison, having yielded, the
block house was full of rebels and forty
three prisoners. The first shell destroyed
one wall of the blockhouse and killed three
men. The victors speedily vacated the
place, taking with them their prisoners,
who are now at Alikianu.
The Insurgents again attacked the
Aptora blockhouse, near Izzedin, today,
but they were driven back by the Italians,
Russians and English.
'Die British warship Dryad round yester
day four caiquos that w:ere landing con
traband. She sank two of the boats and
captured the other two. Most or the cargo s
from the boats had already been landed.
The Insurgents were furious against the
British, and fired on a boat in which were
Admiral Harris and Lieut. Bullcr, both of
whom were in uniform.
Leaders Bent on War.
London, March 28. The Times tomor
row will publish a dispatch from Athens
saying that those cxercls&g the greatest
influence on public opinion, seem bent
on war. The dispatch adds that communi
cation has been established between the
Greek officials" and Col. Vassos, in Crete,
by means' of flash signals by way of the
Island of Anticythera, sooth of Cerigo.
No.l Ceilinr,Hendedr5vB25 per 100 ft.
Libbey & Co. ,6th st. anifNew Yorkave. tf.
AWFUL DANGER THREATENS
Greater Rise in the Water Pre
dicted by Weather Bureau.
TRYING TO SAVE TUB LEVEES
Should They Give Way One of the
Most Disastrous Floods Known in
the History of the Country Will
lies-lit Newt From the Flooded
The following special liver bulletin has
been issued by the Weather Bureau:
The crest of the flood wave Is still at
Cairo, which slwws u stationary gauge
leaning r 1-6 feet for the past four days.
There is great aunger yet to coma from
the flood in the region from Helena south
ward to New Orleans.
The river will continue to rise for at
least ten days in the region from Helena
southward to Yicksburg, and to lise dur
ing a longer period from Vieksburg south
ward. If no break occurs before, levees will I
be subjected to the greatest strain about '
April 10, in southeast Arkansas, western'
Mississippi, and ia Louisiana. Should I
the levees break the result will he one or
the most disastrous floods ever known.
Weather conditions now indicate addi
tional heavy rainfall in the middle and
lower Mississippi valleys which will ma
terially intensify the flood conditions.
Those living in districts overflowed in
former years should be on the tafe side
and transfer stock and movable property
to places of known surety while there is
WILLIS L. MOORE, Chief of Bureau.
Memphis, March 2y. At 1:10 o'clock this
morning information readied here that
there was u break in the levees at a point
nine miles below this city, and where they
were supposed to be soundest.
St. Louis, Mo., March 2S.-The forecast
of the Government signal service that the
Missouri and ttie upper Mississippi rivers
would rise to danger point has been well
verified, and new high-water marks are
being made. That stretch or lowland
country on both sides or the Mississippi
River from the mouth of the Des Moines
to the hills below Hannibal, Mo., and
Quincy, 111., is under water.
At Quincy the record tonight if I'.rjfeet,
with a rising river.' This is two ii-ct above
the danger line. Great suffering has been
occasioned among thefarmcrs and theboat
men about Palmyra and Wet Quincy, on
the Missouri side. This sea of overflow
ha-s ruined every land farm from Palmyra
north forty miles to Le Grange. ShouUthe
rise reach another foot every railroad in
the valley will have to be abandoned. Hor
ton's and Ward's islands, below Quincy,
are inundated, and the settlers barely es
caped willi their lives. The Indian grave
levee north of Quiucy thut protects 20,000
acres of farm land was still intact tonight,
but a litUe more water will sweep it away.
At Louisiana, Mo., the water is spread
ingover the lowlands. At iiurlingtou, Iowa,
the river is rive miles wide, and has de
stroyed several mills on the flats. At
Alton, Ills., the rise has been very rapid.
The Mississippi flood was met by the
overflow from the Missouri and the Illinois
rivers, and the current of the latter was
about at a stand, being held in check by
backwuter rrom the big rivers. Rescue
boats are busy bringing families and stock
to Quincy from the lowlands.
Hannibal, .Mo., March 28. The river at
this point continues to rise and has now
reached the danger line. The rise yester
day and today was two inches, the great
est during the present flood, and all the
lowlands are submerged. Stock has been
driven to the highlands, and those living
in the bottoms have moved to places of
Peoria, Ills., March 23. -The Illinois
River, which has been at a standstill here
for the past four or five days, fell one
inch today. The flood has spread over the
lowlands along Tazewell county, and acres
of land arc under water. Considerable
anxiety has been expressed ror the resi
dents of the La Marsli draining district,
lying below Pekin. The water has backed
in for miles, and the occupants of the
houses have been compelled to flee for
The little village of Wesley Is threatened
with destruction, as the water is slowly
creeping toward it.
Dallas, Texas, March 23 The big rains
that subsided two days ago bioke loose
again last night, and precipitated a worse
flood than befoie. All railroad tiaffic
centering at Dallas is tied up. Two bridges
on the Santa Fe, south of Dallas, and one
on the Missouri, Kansas and Texas have
been swept away.
St. Paul, Minn., March 2S. The Bohe
mian flats on the east side or the Missis
sippi are half under water tonight and the
residents nearestfthe river have been forced
to take to the hills. The remainder of
the residents will remain up all night
to watch the rise of the river. The gauge
showed that the river had passed the ten
foot mark shortly bcrore 10 o'clock this
morning and since that hour there has been
a steady but slow. vise.
Quincy, 111., March 28. -The Mississippi
continues to keep up its average of the
past week, and marked another rise of six
inches today, bringing the stage up to fif
teen feet above low-water mark. Reports
from northern points are very discourag
ing. The situation is growing worse hour
ly. Hundreds of families have been driven
out of the low lands, which areunprotectcd
by levees. The water has inundated the
Missouri bottoms for a distance of seven
miles back from the river bank.
Up in the levee districts things look
gloomy. Although the water has not
yet! reached the top of the levee, a break
is expected at any time, and a big force
of men is working night and day to
strengthen the weak places. Another
force is engaged in patrolling the levee.
The damage already done by the flood Is
great, but will be nothing compared to
what it will do to the thousands or acres
of cultivated land between here and War
saw should tho levee break.
St. Louis, Ma, March 28. The great
crevasse at Osceola, of a week ago, has
widened and a stretch of water now
extends back to the St. Francis River
and south 120 miles to the river's mouth,
twenty miles above Helena. This is the
longest unbroken stretch or overflowed
country, und in several places is forty
miles wide. At Helena the greatest fear
All this enormous body of water is now
beating upon the circle leveciorth of the
town rrom the hills to the river levee. The
greatest efforts are made to keep this
intact, and 400 men were working in re
lays today to strengthen this two-mile
mile barrier Armed guards patrol the
embunkment. Should this give way noth
ing would remain or levees Eoutb ror ninety
miles to Arkansas City.
Standing upon the deck of a steamer
the street level or the town of Friar's
Point, opposite Helena, Is teen twelve feet
below the top cf the levee, with the liver
rising, and enly sixteen inches below the
top. At Greenville, Miss-, today, Gov.
McLaurln took charge of the volunteer
corps or 700 citizens, who are strength
ening the levee.
The most critical points en all the river
lie between Helena and Modoc, Laccnia
and Kansas City, Tor It is in these latter
stretches cf levee that tl e greatest water
fight ever made on the Mississippi River
is now in piogrcss.
TRAFFIC CONCERNS CLOSED.
They Will He Replaced by Bureaus
Chicago, March 28. "Western railioad
managers decided yesterday to wind up
the arrairs of both the Western Freight
and Western Passenger Associations. In
their place bureaus or inrormation and
statistics will be organized for both f reight
and passenger business. This was agreed
upon by the general and traffic managers
of the various "Western raiboads which
have their headquarters in this city.
Chairman Caldwell, of the Western Pas
senger Association, will become chief of
the passenger bureau of statistics and in
formation, and the members of the board
of administration of the late Western
Freight Association-C. II. Parker, II. A.
Courtwright, C. L. Wellington, and II L.
Shute-will take care or the different de
partments or the freight bureau.
The offices heretofore occupied by the
Western Passenger Association on the
eighth floor of the Great Northern Build
ing, will continue to be occupied by Mr.
Caldwell and his force, while the freight
bureau will have accommodations on the
ninth floor of the same building, and the
removal from the Rookery, where the
freight associations now are, will be made
ia a week or two. Many of the clerks and
their employes or the derunct associations
will find employment in the new organiza
tions. A FEW MARINERS RESCUED
The Yanai'iva Picks Up St. Xaznire
They Tell u Thrilling Tale of Dnrd-
hhiii mid Despair -Presented
u Pitiable Spectacle.
Greenock, March 23. The report that the
steamer Yunariva, a Biitish tramp vessel
from Newport News for Glasgow, had
picked up wane of the survivors or the
foundered French steamer St. Nazaire,
turns out to have been correct. The
Yunariva ariived here today and at cute
reported that she hail rescued sixteen
of those who had been on the ill-fated
steamer and who had taken to a small
boat just before the St. Nazaire went
down off Cape Hatteras during a heavy
The lookout on the Yaimriva sighted a
small boas some distance from her dis
playing a signal of distress. She bore
down to Che boat and soon had theiurvivors
on board, where everything possible was
done for their comfort.
The boat which the Yaimriva picked up
had contained twenty-nine persons, but
when the steamer siphtel it there were
only sixteen persons alive in it, the
others bavins died rrom the effects of ex
posure and hunger.
Cnpt. Weston, the master of the
Yunariva, modestly tells a very graphic
story of the rescue. Those in the boat
could render almost no assistance in ef
fecting their own rescue.
The survivors presented a most pitiable
spectacle. Their faces were wan and
haggard, their eyes were bulging from
their sockets, and their scant clothing
hung about them in loose folds. All
were in a condition of the greatest ex
haustion, and were unable to stand when
they reached the deck or the Yanariva.
Two of the number had lost their reason
from the terrible sufferings they had
endured and they had to be restrained by
the men of the steamer.
The boat had left the St. Nazaire in such
haste that she had not been properly
provisioned. There was only a small
tin of biscuits aboard of her, and this,
It Is believed, was part or the stores sup
posed to be kept in the lireboats for use
in just such a contingency as had occurred.
The survivors are Pierre Nicolai, sec
ond captain: Germain Giratid, second en
gineer: P . Laurenzetti, third engineer, all
of Marseilles. Nicolas Sauvcnel, or Cuba,
a passenger, and twelve sailors, belonging
The suddenness with which it was neces
sary to abandon the St. Naznlve prevented
any attempt being made to put a supply
of water in the boat. Some of the men
withstood the tortures or thirst as long
as it was possible for human nature to do
Thea, maddened by the torture to which
they were subjected, they drank sea water.
Their agony was then worse than ever, and
In a short time they went mad and jumped
into the sea. The strongest of the men
refrained from putting the sea water into
their mouths, and prevented by force some
of the others from doing so.
Those who were maddened by drinking
were held in the boat until the strength
of their would-be saviors failed, when
with piercing cries they threw themselves
overboard to escape the torture that was
racking their frames.
On the morning or March IS the smoke
of ji steamer was seen streaming in a long
line upon the distant horizon. For a long
time it could not be determined what
course she was steering, and the men were
fairly frnntic with fear lest she would not
sight them. The steamer was then too rar
away to allow of a signal from the boat
being seen. Ultimately the topmasts, lower
masts and then the hull ofthesteamcrcame
up in full view, and then a signal was set.
After an hour of horrible suspense, dur
ing which time the Yanarfva was maneu
vering to get the boat under her lee, the
survivors were hauled aboard the steamer.
Their joy was intense when they felt a
solid deck again beneath their feat.
Those who were saved had no knowledge
of the fate of those who had left the St.
Nazaire In the other boats-, but before they
parted company with the captain's boat
they frequently saw those in her dropping
corpses overboard. Many of those in that
boat seemed to be raving mad.
Surrender of Rebels.
Madrid, March 28. A dispatch from Ma
nila says that large numbers of rebels have
submitted to the government, having
accepted the offer of nmnesty issued by
Gen. Polavlcja after the capture of Ymus.
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FIBE VISITED PORTSHBUTH
The Conflagration Left Two Hun
dred People Homeless.
ST. PAUL'S CHURCH IN RUINS
A Stiff Breeze Fanned the Flames
nnd Two Dulls and Twenty-;evea
Dweliii.'us Were Destroyed Nor
folk Department Culled to the
Rescue-Loss, About $200,000.
Norfolk, Va. , March 2S. Portsmouth was
was visited early this morning by a- disas
trous fire, which destroyed proporty,
valued at between $150,000 and .HOO,000,
consisting of a Catholic Church, two pub
lic halls, and twenty-seren dwellings.
Most of the latter were frame structaies.
As a result of the conflagratioa 200
persons are homeless today.
The fire broke out aboafc 1 o'clocfc a. m ,
in Whitehurst Hall, a larse vacant building
on Glasgow street, used oceaskHialiy: for
dancing purposes. The flames spread
under the influence of a stiff breeze with
remarkable rapidity, and qiekly commu
nicated with the buffdiiiss- adjacent to
the hall, everything in tHat end of the
block being burned. erossd over to Lon
don into the block bounded By Queen,
Green, nnd Washington strots, and ako
spread down Glasgow across Green street.
In less than twenty minutes after the
hall had been discovered ablaze, the sparks
rrom the glowing conflagration had been
carried forosn three bloc" U, St. Paul'
Catholic Church, on the corner or Wash
ington and High streets, and in a few
minutes that edifice was wrapped in
'i lie eatirt Portsmouth department fought
bravely, but was absolutely unable to cope
W'i-li the flames. The Norfolk d-epartment
was called upon, and responded at 2:30
o'clock, with one engine and eleven men.
About the same time the church caught
another fire broke out in South Ports
mouth. The navy yard engine harried to
the scene, and succeeded in getting the
fire under control after several dwellings
had been destroyed.
It then came up to the church and
joined the brigades of the tvrn cities.
The fire had crossed High street, and
one by one, destroyed the row or two
Story frame buildings between Dlnwiddie
and Washington streets, then ate its way
around on Dinwiddle street, aad destroyed
St. Joseph's Hail.
The sceac was a wild one. The beauti
ful church was, a mass of rufcis, with its
great roor rallen in, ami the Haines eat
ing its very heart out. The other side of
the street was a sheet or flames. Eight
two-story buildings werein different stages
Across on Glasgow street the first con
flagration was still in progress and the
heavens over in South PortPtnoath were
still rel with the glow ut the flames but
recently conquered in that section. Houses
were emptied or their contents and furni
ture was piled high up on the side
walks for squares an.nnd. In order to
protect this from thieves two companies
or militia were called ont and posted on
A-t 3:45 o'clock the Ore was gotten under
control. Fully fifty houses in different
parts of the city caught from flying sparks
and cinders, but were saved by prompt
action or bucket hrfcrades. There were no
fatalities so far as known.
The Catholic church was rained at about
S50,000. The insurance upon all the
property burned will probably not ag
gregate more than 30.000.
STHTPED II15U WITJtl JODIXK-
Fieudlsh Deed of u Trenton Negro
Trenton, N. .T., March 2S. The city de
tective department tonight sent cut a de
scription of Isaac Martin, a colored lad,
who for years has been an attache of one
of the Trenton hotels, and whom they want
for wreaking his vengeance upon Clara
Long, his common-law wire. Martin at
tended the inauguration in Washington
and on his return he heardstortcs of Clara's
Umng to the girl's house, lie found her
In bed. He cut all her clothing into rib
tions with a lazor, and as thi did not ex
tort a confession, he striped her like a
zebra with iodine. Then fce tcok care
that she was securely fastened, and kiss
ing her good-uy, left fcr parts unkHown.
As the Iodine mixture dried it burned the
girl's flesh, and her screams attiactetl the
neighbors, who released her.
Charged With Kmbezzlement.
Butte.Mont., March 2?.-CharlesQ. John
son, formerly county clerk and iccorder,
was indicted by the grand jury yesterday,
charged with embezzling S3, inc. or county
funds, which were received by him as
fees, and which he failed to turn over to
the treasurer. He has disappeared.
Sprung u Leak nnd Snnlc.
Quarantine, S. I-. March 2S. The tug
A. F. Walcott sprung a leak and sunk oft
Baraegnt sometime early thi morning.
The crew were taken off and landed In New
York by the tug Ivanhoe.
Irs. Preston Dead.
Baltimore, March 23. Mrs. MargaTet
J. Preston, the 'Mimosa of Southern Lit
erature," died today at the home or her
son, Dr. George Preston, in this city. Mrs.
1'reston had been ailing for nearly ten
years, final dissolution being caused by
the infirmities of old age.
Young JJo we Improving.
Frank J. Howe, jr., the voting man who
collided with a cable car in front of the
White House last Friday night, is reported
as slowly Improving at the Emergency Hos
pital. The physicians are still unable to
say whether or not the bones of his leg
will knit together sufficient to make an
amputation unnecessary. It will be sev
eral days bcrore they will be able to
3i!ss Morton Better.
Miss Mary Morton, the young lady who
was seriously injured Saturday afternoon
in a bicycle accident, is reported as stead
ily improving at her rooms in the Portland,
and considered entirely out of danger.
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