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WASHINGTON, THUKSDAY, DiE'CiEMBEE 30, 1897-EXGHT PAGES.
FRENCH OIKHIIESE SOIL
The Helpless Empire Loses
HAINAN ISLAND OCCUPIED
TrJ-OoIor Displaces the Yellow
Dragon-English Admiralty He-
, quiMtlijiih Steamers of the "Em-
. press Line Japanese Eager for
. ' a Fight.
-Iimloii. Bee. 20. dhpatch tothe
jDaily Mail Htm Singapore says it
reported from Saigon. Cochin China, that
the French admhal has hoisted the French
Hag ucr tlio Hainan U'and -without any
opposition from the Chinese.
A dispatch fiom Shanghai to a news
agency here alto reports the hoisting of
the French flag at Hainan. The dis
patch also ajs it is jeportcd that the
British admiralty has requisitioned p
steamers ot the Empress line.
Hainan, the island which is reported to
- Have been wud by tin- French, belongs
to China, foinilng part r the province
of Quan? T. jig- It separates the Guir
f Toi-quin fiom the China Sea, and it
estimated arc is l,2C0 square miles- It
Has a Chii esc population or about, one
million. Timber ib the principal ex
port. Other expoitbare rice, sugar, wax,
pearls ooral. salt, and n Mile gold and
ilver. Kiong-Choo, the capital, is a
populous citv on the north coaot. The
other pihiripal towns arc Hush-Eon. Hal-Keo-So
A dispatch iiom Kb2 says it is probable
that. the Marquis Ito. former Premier, and
form, a coal ii ion ministry, with a, vigorous
Till' MTUsiry party Is eager for action.
Extraordinary activity prevails at the
military and naval depots and warships
artt-ass?niijllng at Nagasaki-
ANOTHEIt DREYFUS SCANDAL.
Brothers of tbe Captain Accused o
raris.P'W-"S--l-B Solr recently asserted
that Matthieu and Leon Breyfus, brother
of cx-Capt. Dioyrus, wh is no- serving
life sentence on the Isle du Dlable. or the
coast. Frerch Guinea, for having betrayed
French military s-crU toa roreign govern
ment. olTeied a bribe or 40.000 to the
late Col. Sai.dhea, who, in lS9i. was en
trusted with an Investigation into the
charges made against Capt. Dreyfus, it he
-would tnaVi- a report favorable to their
Commandant Ravnry, who is conducting
the Eetcrhazy inquiry, caused the Soir's as
" sertlon to be in obligated, with the ie
Milt that examining Magistrate Bertulue
bus now insuueted that judicial proceed
ings be taken iigainst Matthieu and Leon
Dieyfus for bribery.
1HE KCT.irSE IX CHINA.
It 1 Mr.de the Subject of an Im
Coincident with t lie reports from Feking
that the Chinese are excited over the com
ing cdipsc of the sun, the State De
partment has received by mail from Charles
Dcnbv, tbeUnited States minister to Cliina:
a copv or an official decree issueu oy
tbc Emperor, sotting forth the ancient
Rupcrstition or the Orientals that the
cdipsc of t!ie sun portends disaster. The
eclipse will occur on the first day of
the twenty-rourth year of the reign of
Kuang Han, and according to Mr. D2n)y,
the Emperor is rilled with forebodings as
to its effects.
In view tr the troubles which have
oeset China the predictions contain J-l 'n
the decree are remarkable. The decree
"According to the Chun Chlu Spring and
Autunu- annals it has been stated that an
ecllpso of the sun the first day of the
hardwood frame, up
holstered in tapestry,
This is only one instance of
the wonderful bargains holding-
sway in the big- double
store this -veek. Our line of
Couches is enormous, and
every one is marked at a price
below all expectation. This
stock-taking week has pro
duced opportunities that no
woman can afford to miss.
Goods are being simply sacri
ficed in every department.
Many is - the barg-aiu to be
CASH OR CKEDIT.
ER & PETTIT,
415417 Seventh St.
Fiaiilc Lihhey fe Company,
Sixth tlrect and New York avenue.
j The Great Providers.
year betokens an impending calamity,
Hence, the sovcicign of every dynasty
which lias preceded us have always made
it a polnwvhcncver au eclipse of the sun
Is prognosticated to undeigo self-abasement
and lain hlethciubelves before heaven
in ordei to avert the wrath from above.
"In tin. casj ot our own imperial
dynasty, for instance, during the reigns
of their majesties Kang Hsi and Chien
Lung flCG"-17H4), theie were observed
two eclipses of the sun which fell 011 new
year's day, and row, acco.-dlng to the
board of astronomy, the first day of the
twenty-fourth yeui of our rclgn 22d
Januaiy, 1S9&), there will be another
eclipse of Hie sun. Wo arc filled with
foreboding and seek within ourselves for
signs widen may huo thus brought the
wrath or high heaven upon the lands.
"Vi't fiull.er cemmand that the 3ere-ir.oi-ies
of rongratulatlon, usually held on
ei Vear'fc Day in the Talho Throne Hall,
b curtailed and only ordinary obeisances
be made, the place being changed to the
CLicn Tsing Throne Hall instead of the
Talho Throne Hall. The banquet usually
given to the imperial clansman on New
Year's Djymust also be stopped.anil when
th.. eclipse occurs let all members -r lhe
ci urt Avear somber garments and assemble
in thu inner palace before the altar and
set up to Heaven prayers for forbearance
ami mercy to the country at large.
"This Is, m far as shall concern our
selves, to show our desire to propitiate
high Heaven, but as her majesty, the em
pers iowijrer, is an elder and senior, it
is but right that the full ceremonies be
observed in paying the court's obeisance
on New Year's Day to her majesty. Let
ah the yamens conoerned take note."
They're Still on Ills, Vlsitini List.
rcrlin, Dec. U9.-The Tageblatt says
that Prinre Henry of Prussia, who Ifi now
en route to China . in command ot the
vcssv-is Ahich will re-enforce Admiral Died
rich's squadron, will visit the Emperor of
China, the Mikado, and the King of Korea
Another CaMelltiiie Son.
London, Dec. 29. -A dispatch from Paris
says that the Countess CasteHane, nee
Gould, lias given Mrth to another son.
TOBACCO EMBARGO RAISED
Cuban Porte Now Open for Export
ing the Leaf.
"VVeylei V, Famous Volley Reversed
bj Blnnro and Cienrh Will
Fnll in Price.
Information was received at the Treas
ury Department yesterday that within
forty-eight hours the port or Havana will
be opened to the unrestricted export of
Cuban tobacco. This means the raising
or the embargo imposed by Gen. "Veyler-
The forthcoming order will raise all
special rest' ict ions on the export of
tobacco from the island without regard
to the nationality of the importer. Dis
crimination will no longer be madcaJi ist
Cuban sympathizers in Florida and else
where, at whom the Wcylcr edict was
aimed. The change is expected to af
fect thousands ot cigar manufacturers
and especially in Tampa, Key Wost ind
other Flor'da towns.
The decree of Captain General Weyler
prohibiting the export ot Cuban tobacco
to the United States was promulgated
May 1G, ISOG.ar.d was recognized as one
ot the nmst drastic features or his re
markable policy in that island. Its object
was the injurj ot the Cuban cigar-makerb
in the United States, who were contribut
ing money in weekly installments out of
their wages toward the furtherance of the
The Tillies at the time and on many
occasions afterward pointed out the in
jurious effect of the decree on the dgat
makcrs' business 'n the TJ'iited States, and
showed how It had decreased the supaPa-id
raised ti e price of Havana cigars.
MIXEItS DROP TIIEIU VICKS.
Five Hundred He-sent the Discharge
of Twenty Truants.
Hazleton, Pa., Dee. 29. A too pro
tracted calebiathm ot the Christmas
holidays got twenty miners, employed in
the Honeybiook snipping of the Lehigh
aiid WilUes-barre Coal Company, into trou
ble, and was the cause of a stiikeon the
part of 500 ethers.
It appears that twenty men failed to
lciK'rt for duty on Monday morning, and
v. len they reported this morning Superin
tendent Jones summarily discharged them
all. When the 500 men working In the
snipping heard of this they at once
stopped work, and informed Mr, Jones
that they would not return until the dis
charged men had been reinstated. This
the manager declined to do, and the 500
men went bonis .
How the thing is going to end is un
deeiued. The men say that Jones must
make concessions, as the company must
furnish the carrying companies with its
aliened quota ot coal dally, or suffer
serious financial losses.
DEKVISn POST CAPTURED.
Xntive Troops, in Kassnla Besiege
and Secure Csobrl.
Knssala, Dec. 29. Native Levies have
captured Osobri, the last important dervish
post between this place and Khartoum
The town was lK'sIcgad for six days,andwas
The Atbara country is now In possession
or tin- Anglo-Egyptain fore as from El
Darner U Tomat . The native Levies were
supplied with ammunition and stores by
ParMiiib Pasha, governor ot Kassala, and
th:-y were assisted by the natives, who, on
December 22, captured El Fashcr.
Strike r& Abandon the Fight.
Chattanooga, Tenn., Dec. 29. Throe
thousand coal miners in cast Tenn jscec
and Kentucky, who have been on str'ke
since last May, will return to work at
once. A reduction In the wage t,c.ilc
amounting to 10 per cent wa tlie cause
of the strike. Of late the condition of the
men and their families has become so des
perate that the old wages were accepted.
Coninlnints Against Aberdeen.
Loi.don Dec. 20 There is a report, as
yet unconfirmed, that the Marquis of
Hcitford will succeed the Earl ot Aberdeen
as governor-general of Canada. Great pres
sure has been brought to bear to have
Aberdeen recalled, it being alleged that
h- middled in local Canadian political Hf
fairri that did not concern him.
Everything; in the lumber and mill
Work line at winter prices; come see us.
VENDETTA AGIST HAIA
Younger Element of Ohio Repnli
licans Aroused Asainst Him.
HE HAS IGNORED THEM
Contest AVnxing Warm nnd the
Problem ol Dlh He-Election to the
Senate Heconiing More Intricate
Kurtz ilusjtersi Up a Lint o Thir
teen Republican Rceuleitrnut.s.
Cohm'bus, Ohio, Dec. 20. -The opening
of hca.lqunrters here by Major Chnrles
Dick, ot Cleveland, last night, Indicates
that the light of Senator Hanna for re
election will be u warm one from now
until the Vntu for United States Sena
tor is taken in the leglblature, which con;
vencs on January 10. Major Dick bays
that he has not the slightest doubt of Mr.
Hanna's (-lection, while, on the other
hand, Charles L. Kurtz. leader of tli3
opposition, expresses the belief that the
anti-llanra sentiment will triumph.
It is now claimed that thirteen mem
bers are on tl e antl-IIanna Utt and "bat
these thirteen are known to be men oT
good standing and strong convictions. No
one has ever impeached their party loy
alty or personal character. They are men
above bribe! y. In many Instances they
are backed up in their position towanl
Hanna by the sentiment of thir counli3s
and districts. They can vote against him
and yet remain in good standing at home.
Although Hanna is backed up absolutely
and without reserve by the President With
many good offices yet to be iven out
in Ohio and, although he lias capital
"pull" and the caucus whip, there is
opposed to liim a cowrie of warm-blooded,
enthusiastic, popular men Itepubllcaiis
who despise tiie collurs ot bosses, and
who love political warfare.
Then, too, there H u vendetta against
Hanna. His enemies arc relentless, vindic
tive, and venomous. They represent a
great army of young, progressive Jtepub
licans. Ilete lies the danger to Hanna. He
is sixtj years old. Younger men are most
actively rngaged ngainbt him Hanna has
not drawn largely on younj men for sup
port. U lianna wins this time the Hanna men
will carry their fight into the campaign
of 1000. They -will not permit President
"McKinlcy to have the solid delegation
froti this State if he desires a second
nomination. Even ir he gets the nomi
nation against "a faction of his own State,
he may lose the electoral vote. The great
army of the unappointcd and the dlsip
poiutcd can do great things, both before
and after a national com'enlion.
Then thetc is danger or a deadlock of
-votes. Seven or eight members or the
itcoming legislature refuse to say how
they will vote. It is possible that; this
coming legislature may nof elect a Sen
ate!. The Kentucky struggle may be
duplicated in Ohio. The Democrats may
stick to theh own candidate, the opposi
tion to Hanna may hold out against lim
for ballots innumerable, and the assembly
may adjourn, leaving Ohio with one Sen
ator. The a nt I-IIanna men would ?liJy
v elcome a deadlock, hoping thereby to
make him withdraw. 13ut Hanna is not
built that way. Already the hotels arc
filling up with party workers. Federal
employe? from Washington and other States
an much in evidence and arc working
A Republican State official, who is
steering cieai of coniplicitions between
the factions, remarked today:
"I begin to think that Hanna will
win." He added in response to an in
quiry for hi6 reasons-
"Because he has the money. I don t
say that Hanna will do any bribing to
win his election. That would bri ig
about an ugly scandal. However, If lie is
going to lose a number of Kepubilcjn
members then are Democrats who ca.i l.e
peisuaded to vote for Hanna or not
to vote at all.
"I have understood that certain rich
Democrats have agreed to put up $2o,
000 to help defeat Hanna. They will Put
up the amount if Hanna's Tteupbii an
enemies will put up $25,000 more. If
it comes to fight with cish, who c -,
produce moie of It than Mark H.innL
The Jpou.uuu saiu to oc raised ag unst
him. will be nothing compared to the fund
tl at he and his friends and bickers can
"It certainly does look as If times were
to be good about here for several weeks.
Hanna's pationagc will help him with
Republican members. Yoa can't call that
bribery or make any scandal over it."
OniO DEMOCRATS LINING UP.
Plans of Free Silver Leaders to
Secure Hutina.-! Hefeat.
Columbus, 0-, Dec. 29. Among the most
conspicuous persons opposing Senator
Hanna'selectioij arc sucli well known frei
silver leaders as Allen W. Thurmaa, Col.
W- A. Taylor, Allen O. Myers, James Ross,
and other Democrats of equal prominence.
They are striving with the Incoming Demo
cratic members of the legislature to hold
them in line for the candidate of the op
position, but well informed politicians, botii
Democrats and Republicans who size up the
situation from an unprejudiced standpoint,
assLTl that it will be an impossibility for
the McLean-Kurtz contingent to solidify
whatever may be liib attitude on the money
question. RepresentativesStiversand Heidc
(Democrrts) will not vote fora.Republlcan
Senator under any circumstances.
The opposition to Hanna is claiming
thirteen Republicans who will refuse to
vote for him, and who will unite with the
Democrats to elect some free silver Republican-
In this connection itis important
to btnt tLat e.-Chairman Kurtz has ac
cepted the fiee silver faith.
Quay Changes His Habitat.
Pittslmrg, Pa., Dec- 29 A real estate
deal of moie than usual political signifi
cance is the purchase by Senator Quay
ot the L'r.re place, at Osborne, Allegheny
county, valued at $75,000. Senator Quay
and family have lived Tor many years at
Fcaver, and deferred moving for political
reasons. He and the combine leaders,
C. E-' Magee and State Senator Flinn,
will now live in .the same county.
Spruce tnsteless lining foi- ice
boxes; clear tongue and grooved material.
SIR. MeMIETaN'S PROSPECTS.
Friends Believe He Will He Eleetoil
on the First Bnllot.
Nashville. Tenn., Dec. 29. The frle ids
of Hon. Benton McMHUn now declare that
he will be elected to succeed Senator Har
ris without opposition afr the forthcoming
extra session of the legislature.
HEVOI.TJTIOX IX GUA I'EMAEA.
Cristillo Kngnglng the Government
Forces of the Republic.
New Orleans, Dec. 29. Passengers who
have arrived from Guatemala announce
th: outbreak of a new revolution in that
repul)Ilc,l2d!)V3oS3 Leon Castillo, president
of the Guatemalan Congress, when Presi
dent; Barrios quarreled with the Congress
some Urns-ago, Sod most of its members
resigned and wenC to Salvador.
Castl'lo obtained in some way .sevem1.
thousand stands ot arms with which to
start n neV revolution. He crossed the
frontier u few days ago and fighting Is
now going on in the eastern part of the
WHISKY POOL FORMING
Distillers' Plan to Sell From
Nothing Definite Yet Agreed Upon,
Hut n Combine Under Considera
tion TJeniers in Conference.
LouibVille, Ky., Dec. 20. The 'atest
scheme of the Kentucky distillers and
whisky owners' is to pool their holdings
and do all their idling from a oentril
agency. The scheme -was originated by
John M. A tl.ertonand other influential
dealers, who have been holding secret con
ferences here all thfc week- It is thought
that the plan a void 6 the weak point which
ban made all othci attempts at cornblna
tion fail the purchase ot the distilleries.
It lb the prewns- idea simply to pool
the holdings and production and let lhe
men and firms are said to own
500,000 barrels of. the whisky now in
stock, which is enough to control rhc
Hrnncli offices- will be established in
various cities asdlstributou centers.
Represontaiite- of the distilleries will have
salesmen ir. the different States, and In
this way the distillers "will be able to push
the goods at medium cost. The whiskies
In the pool will all I established brands.
John GfUoactu the well-known distiller,
is in tcres oil h. tiiovatt'er. He said today
that teveral formaV-urerouce.sliaa ben
held, but i-othing uyinitfcad bcu agreed
upon. "A' few, people own tbe bulk of
the whisky in the United States," said
Mr. Roach, ''and it is reasonable tosuppose
that they should cilter into some agreement
wherebj prices shall be maintained and
goods sold." '
VENEZUELA VERY FRIENDLY.
More Cordial Feeling" Toward Amer
ica Thnn for England.
New Yoik, Dec. 29Frank B. Loomis,
of Ohio, United States minister to Vene
zuela, is in' this city, having jumc here
Trum Caracas to make a percnal report
in an important matter to the Secretary
or State. Mr- Loomis ha been in Vene
zuela for Toui months. Speaking or the
trade interests rf the country to which
he is accredited, Mr. Loomis wild:
"American capital is welcomed in Vene
zuela, ind there arc many chances for
profitable investments. The frieadlieit
feelings possible are held by the govern
ment for everything American, ind while
the officials are friendly -enough with
England, there is hot the feeling toward
it that there is toward the United States.
"lhe National Association ot Ma vi
facturer.s of this country recently obtained
a concession from the Venezuelan govern
ment to hold an exposition In Caracas
next March. The association has over
1,000 members, an! it is proposed to
make the exhibit one with which the
Venezuelans will be greatly impressed.
An immense building has been obtained,
and all exhibits will be admitted free of
dtty. It is a chance for the American
people to increase- their South American
ACCEPTING THE SITUATION.
Fall River Textile Unions Yield
Temporarily to Circumstances.
Fall River, Mass., Doc. 29 Tomorrow
night five of the six textile unions of the
city w'll meet to act upon the report of the
conference committee, which recommends
au acceptance of the reduction of wages
for the present. Friday night the sixth
union will meet for a similar purpose. It
is certain that the recommendation will
be adopted, but a vigorous protest will be
made and the unions will inform the manu
facturers that they will btrike at- the
Many still favor .a strike, but some ot
the unions cannot stand a fight just now.
It is said that the unions will endeavjr to
find out- which mills -worked hardest for
the reduction, and at the fiist chance they
will make trouble tor those mills.
BU RXIXGr DIPHTHERIA GERMS.
School house Destroyed in Order in
Webster CJty, Iowa, Deo. 2. Uy -ir !cr
ot the boaid of education Ulysses district
school house was burned down yesterd'.y
in order to destroy diphtheria germs. Four
scholars who had attended the school died
Last year the building was thoroughly
renovated, and the rabbits that had bur
rowed under it were dri-ven out, but lhe
little animals returned, and physicians,
who were employed to examine the place,
decided it wodld bo impossible to d?sroy
al the diphtheria germs by any oth-r
plan than burring" the building.
Cnnal Diiilde.rs JSnil for Nicaragua.
New York, Doc." 29. -E. F. Cragin and
E. L. Cuo'.ey, oX Chicago, with a party
of fifteen contractors, most ot whom were
interested in tuiidlng the Chicago drainage
canal, will sail tdniorrov for Nicaragua.
They are going to examine the canal
there, make- an estimate on the cost of
completing the work, and, if they find
it practicable, they may bid for the priv
ilege of building.;
Poplar partition, clear No. 1 mate
rial, tasteless; for ice box linings, etc.
Relatives Not Surprised at His
A SUFFERER SINCE LAST FALL
Recently Returned House Frini the
iMoiiDtaiiiK, Where Ue ilnd H-yn i?i
Senrch of HealthOnly a Xi-lvuto
Wire From the Hiiilroud to Hnto
Relatives and close friend of Hon.
Alexander R. Shepherd in this city, are
not sui prised at the report that the
governor w ir stricken with apoplexy, as
announced exclusively in The Times yes
They have received no Intimation them
selves fiom BatopihiH, Mexico, but the
fact that he was. very ill in October
and the eaily days or November leads
them to believe that the report is true.
There is a private wire, owned by Gov.
Shepherd, running from the nearest rail
road station to Batopilas, but like all
single wiies, in a mountainous country,
It cannot always be depended on.
The latest nt ws by mail from the gov
ernor's home ib a letter which was re
ceived bj a very Intimate friend of the
family residing in this city. The letter
was from Mi.Shephard him'.i'lf, and stated
that lie was, at the time of A-riting, Telling
quite well and happy. This was about
four weeks ago. He just returned to his
hacienda at Batapolis from the mountains,
where he had to be sent on account or a
very painful abwess which had gathered
on his leg. The abscess appeared about
the 1st of Cctober, and beoanie worse from
day to diy. The climate at Batapolis
is very hot and sultry, and this was greatly
against the governor.
rinally. Dr.. Frank 1). Merchant, of this
city, who is a nephew of Mr. Shep
herd, and who has been his private pliy-Mclai-
for several years, advised him to
go tt tl e summit of the neighboring moun
tain, for several weeks, where it was
hoped that the cooler atmo-mhere would
greatly benefit him.
He was taken to his summer house on
Miunt YctboiiU', and the journey, which
was a fatiguing one up the; 6te2p mountain
roadway, required almost a day to make
ir. Toward the latter part of November
Mr. Stepherd became much better, and
was again brought down from the moun
tain to his hacienda at Batopilas. It
wa- then that h wrote tliat ha was feel
ing much better than he had felt for
Mr. Merchant, the father of Dr. Mer
chant, who in "attending Gov. Shepherds
does not think it strange that the c'octor
did not wire His mother, Mrs. Merchant,
who lives ot No. 1318 It street, in this city,
about Mr- Shepherd's condition.
Whenasketi by a Times reporter if he did
not think that Dr. Merchant would notify
In Mr. Shepherd's condition, Mr. Merchant
said that he thought it very likely that the
son would not do so. Mrs. Merchant is now
Ill at her home, and out of consideration of
her, the son might think it wiser
to keep the news of her brother's illness
a secret until he showed a change for the
Mr. Shepherd has been living at Hatop
lias, about fifteen years. It i a place very
difficult to tench. The usual route from
this country is through El Paso by rail
to Chihuahua, Mexico. From this place
the journej must be made by stage coach
for three days and nights to the "hot
lands," and the balance of the way into
the mountains must be made by horse
btk. This takes seven more days. A
private wire runs from his office at
Batopilas to the station at Chihuahua.
The present village of Batopilas was
really founded by Gov. Shepherd and Its
population is almost entirely supported
by the silver mines lie operates. He cm
pkys aforceof 3,000 men at the Batopilas
mines and about 300 at the smaller mines
at San Miguel, about half a mile away.
Mr. Shepherd has lived very happily at
Batopilas with his entire family. His sons -Alexander,
Grant and Corness-are de
voted to him, and his daughters Misses
Grace and Isabel? -take a particular inter
est in lib work. Tlieylook after thefamilies
of the miners-, and see that they suffer no
want of any kind, and if any of them are
sick s?nd them tothi hospital for treatment
free ot charge.
This hosrital wad built by Mr. Shepherd
at consideiable expense, and though small
Is as complete in every detail as any in
this count! y. The trained nurses of the
institution arc the best that New STork
could provid?. When a native dies lie can
not 1)2 taken out of Batopilas Valley, owlni;
to the long and t"d!ous journey. They are
buried near the hneelnda, and when there
is no preacher near .Mr. Shepherd reads the
funeral service ac the grave. Mr. Quentartl,
a fcon-.in-law, Is now at the hacienda, but
Mr. Brodie, the other son-in-law, is now
in the City of Mexico on a mission for Mr
Shepherd, in the interest or ids mines.
Great anxictj was manifested in all de
partments of the local government and
among his many friends as to' Mr. Shep
herd's condition. The news came sud
denly and occasioned great surprise every
where. Many persons expressed their re
gret over the governor's Illness, and hoped
that he would recover toon. The news
caused roi"stcrnation among his numerous
friends at the District Building.
Commissioner Wight has known Mr.
Shepherd for many years, and was very
anxious about his condition. In speak
ing of his accomplishments as governor
of the District, Commissioner Wight said:
"I have always looked upon Gov. Shop
herd as the man who made it possible
for Washington to be what it is today."
While Washington always had great possi
bilities, it needed a man with nerve and
courage and broad-minded purpose to re
lease it from its bondage of antiquated
ideas, and tt fearlessly go ahead and
establish grades and to make street im
provements, which,- though several citizens
at the time disliked, everyone enjoyn the
benefit ot them now."
Judge Charles S. Bundy said: "My
most vivid recollection of Gov. Shepherd
sroes bfck to the time when the investiga
tion of his official conduct as president of
the boaid of public works of the DIs
trict was befoie the Joint coiimittee of
the two branches of Congress, and I well
remember the feeling of pride and ex
ultation manifested by his many friends
and admirers nt the triumphant vindica
tion of his administration of the affairs
Dresner snsh, doors in stock, d if er
ent ferev. glazed and unglazed.
ot the Dlstilct. After the Investigation
was over n lew tllsaffectel and millgnnnt
persons still continued to mutter their
petty spits, hut all well disposed and in
telligent people had nothing but praisi-s
for Ids stalwart honesty untl Integrity as
well as hl3 Intrepid courage.
"He tKM.sfoimed Washington from a,
straggling Couitiy village into u met
ropolitan city, and in five years erecletl a
inoniimciit to his fame, the like of which
has seldom bee seen before."
Major William G. Moore, chier or po
lice, wl-o knew Mr Shepherd wheulhey
were boys at the same school, said: 'I
leeply regret the news or Gov. Shepherd's
sudden illness. We were schoolboys to
gether, ai.d muttered into the Army in
the old Nati'inal Uiric' Company on the
same dav. Gov.-Shepherd did more to
make this city or our a beautiful one
than anyone else tliat I know. He is a
man or energy, ability and will power,
a nil could accomplish wonders."
Major Moore received a letter from Gov.
Shepherd dated Batopilas, Mexico, Novem
lcr 21 last. In it he said he was feeling
well, but in mentioning the fact that they
were becoming old, Mr. Shepherd said
"We are now both on the downfall of life."
Dr. Willian Tiiidall, secretary to the
District f.ommlisioncrH, and who was Mr.
Shepherd's private secretary while he wa.
governor, said that he would always re
membei Gov. Fhepherd pleasantly, as a
host, a man, anil as governor. He deeply
regretted to hear of Air. Shepherd's condition.
FEARFUL RDSH OF WATERS
Immense Damage Caused by Floods
in the Northwest.
Several Pim'nuiin Drowned Railroad
Tracks Under Water Vnlleys
of Washington Inundated.
Tacoma, Wash., Dec. 29. Floods have
c.'.used damage estimated at Si ,000,000 iu
the northwest during the last three ta..'s.
Nerthein Pacific, Canadian Pacific . nd
Great N.ithern Railroad tracks are
wuthed out, anil traffic Is almost sus-pei-ded.
The Rhelton and Southwestern,
Tacoma. Oitlng and Kouthentern, Seat
tie and International, Everett and Mine
Crlsto and othei local ro.i.ls have sus
tained evert damages by washouts aud
In more than twelve Western Wa-hin-ton
valleys, bridge-s, femes and farm
property have been swept away Several
persons have been drowned in the t;ppor
Cowlitz nnd Tiltoii River Vallevc, but
particulars are not yet obtainable.
Stock 1 as been drowned in nearly all
valleys now mandated. Cattle were driven
to tbs highlands during the November floods,
but no more high water was expected, and
they had beer taken back to the, bottom
The Clielialis. Newauakam, and Skagit
rivers an? higher than for ten years. The
town of Newauakani is floating, and be
tween Ciieha'.is and Centralla. the Northern
Pacific nail, lino is two feet under water.
Fourteen inches o ruin has fallen since
Sunday, accompanied by warm winds,
which itav. melted snows iu mountains
tremendously fast, causing the grsatest
winter floods ever known here-
HORDED THE EXPRESS COMPVXY.
Eoeiil Agent Mabry, of Urnn-wielc.
Misting With S10.000.
Brunswick, Ga., Dec. 29.-P. II. Mabry.
local agent of the Southern Express Com
pany, left town last night, taking with
him, it is alleged, $10,000 in currency,
which had been shipped by the Citizens"
Bank, of Savannah, to the National and
Traders and Merchants' Bank ot this city.
In addition, it is believed that he has
taken St.o00 which the Johnson Steam
ship Line delivered to the express com
pany I.i bt night for transportation.
Mabiv is well connected, and his re
ported defalcation comes as a bombshell
In social and financial circles. The ex
press company has, not the slightest idea
of his destination and is at a loss how to
SECRET HAND OF FOREIGNERS.
Mine Ijj borers Mrnnoiiig the Pia:e
of u Commnnity.
Pottsviilc, Pa.,Dcc.29.-Details are pub
lished here tt day of what Is called an
organized band of foreigners Tor the pur
pose of self-protection and the punishment
of enemies. One branch, at New Phila
delphia, a mining village, has twenty-nine
members. Nearly all the members are for
eign mine laborers. Weekly dues are paid
in for a defense fiind. They have signs,
grips 'and passwords.
Residents of Silver Creek, in the neigh
borhood, are terrorized. The police are
getting the evidence, and the fact that
these men hac sworn to take the life of
a constable, h lending attorney and .in
Other well-known citizen of New Phila
delphia has been sufficient to make -he
Nine foreigners with unpronounceable
names hr.vc just heen arrested for wreck
ing a saloon- The proprietor was ordered
to leave, and, refusing to go. his pla.-e
was smashed to pieces. At the hearing
belore a police, magistrate he nppeired,
revolver in hand, and a friend who cam?
with him had a shotgun. The accused
iucu gave bsil.
JUROR SMYTH IS RELEASED.
Diiri-unt's Lawyers Fnil to Substan
tiate Their Charge--.
San Francv-co, Dec. 29. Juror Smyth. of
o' the Durrani case, who has been on trial
for contempt of court, was dismissed
today for lack of evidence. Efforts were
made to show that Smyth had obtained
priate information about Durrant, -which
influenced his verdict.
HiinantVi attorneys hoped that the con
viction of Smyth would result in a stay of
execution, and now they are at Work
perfecting an appeal to the supreme court
Oil :l writ of error. Tills writ is b.sed
upon the exceptions ot counsel when iinr
rant was sentenced, ami it also includes
the point that because Durrant was never
indicted, but proceeded against by in
formation, his constitutional rights were
Solid, panel doors for dressers,
different sizes; No. 1 material.
Sees No Good Results to Come
From Autonomy. "
WILL OPPOSE SENOR SAGAS'M
Spain' Snecial CommlsHioner Re
turns to Havana Impressed With
the Idea That this New System
Will Not Accomplish Good Re--iiIt
Will fe'coii Leuve for Home.
Havana, Dec. 29, .via Key West.-Senor
Canaleja-s ariircd today in Havana from,
ill", travels ie this province with Gen.
Gonsalpz Parrctio. It is sal ti.e that
he will leave tomorrow for Spain on the
Spanisl steamer. Itls known tliathis im
prcsMjons are very pessimistic in regard
to the itur.tion or Spain in Cuba. Wlifle
the partisans or the government! are en
thusiastically praising the wonderful re
sults of home rule and assert; tUat they
expect from it the pacification of the
island, Senor Canalejas declares that lit
tle, ir anything, can be hoped from the
new syblern. He has written from the
country to friends in Havana and bas
cabled tt. his newspaper many facts about
the awrul condition of the interior of
the island, devastated as it is by war.
It is said that on arriving in Madrid
Senor CaDalej&s will start an energetio
campaign agalrwt Senor Sagasta though
his newspaper, El Heraldo.
The decree of Gen. Bianco, announcing
the establishment of autonomy on January
1. ha .a bombastic introduction about
the blessing to be expected from the new
regime. The plain truth is that outside
the army of ofriceseekers, -xho are tbe
natural result ot the general poverty of
the country, and the Spaniards, whose
privateinterestsicadtiiem to supportSenor
Sagasta's government there are no nonest
believers hire inautonomy.
Itia knowi: that Col. Ruiz, before being
"hot, asked permissioa from the Cubans
to write a letter to Gen. Blanco. The per
mission v-a granted, and hespent two hours
in writing the letter. It was ear-fully
sealed, a 'd was delivered to the Captain
genera!. What it contains is not known,
butitscontents cannot huve been very satis
factory to Blanco, for he has nothing to my
The sensation caused by Gen. I'aadors
disastrous defeat on the Cauto River? is
inqreasins as" fnrtBcr aw eemea fredt
Manzanillo. In the opinion ot roost of the
Spaniards here, the larger part of Santiago
de Cuba province is utterly lost to Speirv
HILTON TROPHY IS FOUND.
The Adams Express People Held It,
Aw-niting Further Orders..
The mystery of the Hilton Trophy has
been solved. it has never been lose,
at least s far as concern the Adams Ex
press Company, which undertook to de
liver the magnificent prize at Atlanta,
Ga.. to the rifle team which -won it last?'
season at Sea Girt last September.
The tiophy, which is valued at about
$5,000, but -which has a fetitlmental
value of about $10,000,000 to the vic
torious Georgians, -was received by the
Adams Express Company ten days a go, and
the Georgians were later advised of that
fact. Not receiving it, they telegraphed
here about it on Tuesday to the military
people and to the Adams Express authorities.-
The newspaper people in Georgia
naturally jumped to the conclusion that;
it had been lost, or, peradventure, It was
too good a thing to voluntarily leave
Washington, where, by the way, it has
been domiciled for these many years. As
a matter of fact, the lecal rifle cracks
Lave been wanting some bigger prize to
shoot at, and they let It go at that last
There "was a gtiod deal or telegraph
wire burned on Tuesday, alt of which
amused the Adam Express officers, be
cause they knew -what was the matt jr.
Their explanation is that thoy wero
notified by Brig. Gen. Harries to sail '
for the trophy. They accordingly wont4
to the armory for it in their big w ign
and stored it away safely, as they wer
instructed to hold it until further ofifors.
These further orders were to ship it at
once or. Tuesday, and they dispatched it
at 10:13 p. m. on Tuesday. The tronx'
sliniild have arrived at Atlanta yeaturdaj
at -1:40 p. m.. birring hot boxes, spread
ing rails and other causes of delny.
The local military think it a cajsc for
merriment that they should be aecuidof
conspiracy to hold up the trophy in Wa&hn
INDEPENDENCE. NOT ALMS.
Senor Palmn TelI- What Cuban;
New York, Dec. 29. Senor Fal'ma, oC
the Cuban junta, when seen today, sfd:
"No money should be sent to the consn
trados Th American sympathizers should:
send only food, clothing anil tlw like, for
any menry tent to them would falMnto tile
bauds ot the Spaniards. The merchants
would get it nil, undSpain would baena bled
to continue the war so much ioneer. Bub
the only way to bring real relief to th
concet tr&do-s is to introduce peace and
"Spain is, of course, willing that ho
United State? should help the concentrndos
by the present plan. It will relievo Spain
of ae-alaiiiit which she herself has broncho
about. She is trying to rid herself of the
ignominy brought upon her by the outh
eries of Weyler, but she cannot succad."
Leon Carvalho Dead.
Paris, Dec. 29. M. Eeon Carvafco,udirc
rector of the Opera Comique, died today?
from apoplexj .
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