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VOLU3IE LXXIX.-NO. 131.
WITH NEW ZEAL
Greatly Encouraged by the
Friendly Action of
RICH MEN IN THE FIELD
Important Battles Constantly Oc
curring, But the News Is
YELLOW FEVER IS APPEARING.
The Crowded Hospitals and Prisons
Are Festering With Filth
HAVANA. Cuba, April 8 (via Key West,
Flu., April S). — The Cubans are greatly
encouraged by the action of Congress.
They say it is certain to have a good moral
effect and hone for practical benefit also.
Members of good families are leaving
the cities and towns to join the insurgents
in great numbers. The severe enforce
ment of Weyler'* decrees is driving many
to take the field.
The Government ha? so far failed to
crush Maceo in the western province. He
is we?t of the strong line between Marcel
and Majana, but several parties have
crossed and entered Havana Province.
Lacret, with 3000 men, has entered from
the east. All the wires west and south are
cut and no accurate news of the move
ments of the insurgents is obtainable.
The Government has been silent for four
days, although it is known here several
important engagements have been fought.
The hospitals are crowded with wounded
and sick soldiers. Now that the yellow
fpver season is beginning there is no room
for the victims. The prisons are also filled
with political suspects. The Government
was obliged to transfer seventy-six from
Cabanas fortress to the city prisons.
Gomez was last reported in Santa Clara
province, moving in the direction of
Sxiganea Valley. His forces entered the
important town of San Juan de Las Veras,
taking supplies and ammunition.
The troops shut themselves in the forts
and allowed the town hall and several
other buildings to be burned. Refugees
from the town have arrived at Ranchuelo.
Ibe Spanish gunboat Alvarado was
badly damaged by the rebel fire in at
tempting to enter the port of Marabi, near
Baracoa. The balls shattered the rudder,
penetrated the deckhouse plating and
traversed the side*. The gunboat returned
to the attack three times, but finally -went
to Baracoa for repairs. The official report
says one sailor was wounded.
Dunne a nijrht attack upon the town of
Hoyo Colorado, about fifteen miles west of
Havana, the Spanish troops shot and
killed four women and two children and
wounded others. The troops occupied
four foris. The insurgents entered tne
town, crawling on hands and knees, fired
upon the forts, burned a number of houses
and retired. The troops later, seeing a
group of people on the principal street,
lired a volley from the fort, mistaking the
women and children for insurgents, owing
to the darkness. The accident is greatly
Seven prisoners of war, condemned to
ne shot in Cabanas fortress Monday morn
ing, have been respited pending a vote of
the House. The general belief is that
i-ince the action of Congress no more in
surgents will be publicly shot under the
bandit decree. There is notning new in
the cases of Walter Dygart and other
American citizens imprisoned.
3. Fraxk Clabk.
PLEA I' OR A PAR I) OX.
Havana I.adiei A*k Weyler to Spare a
HAVANA. Cvba, April 8. — A committee
of ladies of this city and the Bishop of
Havana have presented petitions to Cap
tain-General Weyler asking for the pardon
of the political prisoner Jose Cabrera
Koque, whose execution has been fixed for
to-morrow. Rogue nas only one leg,
having lost the other at the time he was
captured, and this fact is urged upon Gen
era! Weyler as a reason for granting his
The town of La Salad, in the Havana
Province, was entered by the insurgents,
who sacked several stores and set fire to
3 number of houses.
Three insurgents also made their way
ir:to Mariano, in the same province, at 8
o clock last evening, and before their
presence was known to the troops sta
tioned at the forts robbed the store of
Manuel Valdez of a number of pairs of
chocs and a quantity of provisions and
fcucceeded in making their escape.
General Barges reports the capture of a
rebel camp at Jareug. In the fight that
occurred before the rebels were compelled
v> abandon their camp live of them were
The capture of a camp at Ti Arriba, in
the province of Santiago de Cuba, is also
reported by General Barges. In this en
gagement the insurgents lost fifteen killed
and two of the Spanish forces were
Two arrests have been made by the
poiice of Guanabacoa, near Havana, in
connection with the recent swindle of the
>'ew York banking-house of August Bel
mont & Co. One of the prisoners is named
Pelegrin and the other is an ex-emoloye
of the Hidaigo Company. In the posse's
tion of tue latter was found several blanks
and papers which prove his connection
with the swindle.
General Pando reports that the column
under command of Major Moncaiia dis
covered a party of insurgents on the banks
of the Magauraya River, near Cienfueges
and attacked them. After a fi^ht, in
which the rebels lost fourteen killed and
many wounded, they were dislodged from
their position and forced to retire. The
Spaniards suffered no loss.
Colonel Tort reports having had an en
gagement with parties of rebels under
Lacret and other leaders south of Guiaes,
The San Francisco Call.
in the Havana province. The Spanish
force succeeded in destroying a bridge
which had been constructed by the rebels
across the River Mayabeque.
scavoyEß juartha seized.
She Bad a Cargo of Anns and Arnmu-
nition for the Cubans.
KEY WEST, Fla., April 8. — The
schooner Martha that left this city on the
night of March 31 with arms and ammu
nition, was seized to-day by the Collector
of Customs for violation of section 4337 of
the Revised Statutes of the United States,
having departed from this district without
first obtaining a certificate of register.
An article published in the Equator
Democrat yesterday described a trip to
Cuba on the schooner Martha, by G. M.
.Mathes, the editor of the paper, on the
strength of which the Collector seized the
Subsequently Frank M. Thompson, one
of the crew, swore out an affidavit to the
effect that he had shipped on the schooner
Martha to go to Cuba, for which he was to
be paid on his return to this port. He
states that the schooner arrived on the
coast of Cuba on the Ist inst., and on
the 2«i they neared the coast about 9
o'clock at night, and the captain went on
shore, but returned almost immediately.
On Friday, the 3d, in the morning they
landed at Cardenas. The same night they
started for the bay, but were compelled to
put bacfc, and came to anchor opposite the
lighthouse near Cardenas.
Saturday morning they got under way
and went off shore and about dusk that
cvenint were chased by a Spanish cruiser.
They eluded the Spaniard by rounding her
stern and then shaped their course for
Key West, arriving here Sunday night,
the sth. inst.
TVRPIE'S BITTER SPEECB.
Senator*' Sherman and Lodge Are 3ter-
dies sly Flayed.
WASHINGTON", D. C, April B—Sena
tor Turpie of Indiana, who has achieved
quite a reputation in the Senate for his
skill in clothing the most stinging sarcasm
in picturesque language, gave an illustra
tion of his powers in that line to-day,
affording an hour and a half of entertain
ment to his brother Senators and to a large
audience in the galleries.
The speech was made in support of the
joint resolution introduced on the Ist of
April by Call of Florida proposing inter
vention in the war now being prosecuted
The object of Turpie's invectives were
not so much General Weyler and the Span
ish Government as the chairman of the
Committee on Foreign Relations (Sher
man) and the junior Senator from Massa
chusetts (Lodge). He ascribes to Sher
man helpless inertia, delay and irrational
obstruction, and sp>okeof his taking refuge
in the crypt of the conference committee
very clad to be rid of his former action.
Lodge was portrayed by him as belong
ing to the jingo class of extremists, and as
being singularly gifted with the power to
clothe an interesting and exciting subject
with all the dulluess of time-worn com-
Tarpie drew an amusing sketch of the
controversy between Lodge and the
Spanish Minister, and said that he had
expected it to end in a duel, in which the
champion of Senatorial privileges would
go into the lists fully armed, his visor
down, his lance at rest. But instead of
that, the junior Senator from Massa
chusetts had retired to the room of the
Committee on Foreign Relations and re
galed himself on puffs — mere puffs.
It was impossible, Turpie said, to con
ceive of a more wholly unleglslative legis
lative proceeding, a more wholly abnormal
proceeding than the action taken by the
chairman of the Committee on Foreign
Relations with reference to the Cuban
question. There could not be a more un
fortunate disposition of that matter than
that which it suffered from the action, the
inaction and the reaction of the honorable
chairman of the Committee on Foreign
Turpie contrasted the joint resolution
introduced by Call with the concurrent
resolutions reported from the conference
There was in the former no double en
tendre, as there was in the other. It con
tained a plain statement of the necessity
of interposition. In the third resolution
of the conference report "intervention"
was mentioned twice, but it did not say on
which side the United States should in
tervene. For his own part, he was in
favor of intervening on the side of Cuban
freedom and independence, and for the
sake of freedom and independence and for
other reason or cause.
He then proceeded to draw a sketoh of
the Cuban Government and of the opera
tion of the forces of either side. He had
kept the track, be said, of the raids made
by the Spanish troops upon country stores
in the eastern portion of the island, the
portion held by the insurgents, and he
argued that the very existence of country
stores in the region meant there were no
thieves there, or that the thieves had been
overawed or punished. It meant that
there were no burglars, no robbers in that
region, or that they had been punished.
Hurrying JFroin Madrid.
NEW YORK, N. V., April 8.-A special
dispatch to the Herald from Madrid says:
Affairs look so serious again that Ameri
can tourists are hurrying away. Every
place on the Sud express, which leaves for
l'aris to-morrow afternoon, has already
been taken. The passage of the belliger
ency resolutions has caused excited talk.
A cuard is still maintained at the Ameri
can legation, but it has not been increased.
The feeling is prevalent that a crisis is
near and that trouble might break out at
Proposed demonstration forbidden.
LONDON, Eng., April 8. -The Standard
to-morrow will publish a dispatch from
Madrid saying that the civil Governor of
Madrid has forbidden the holding of the
proposed demonstration of protest against
the action of the American Congress on
the Cuban resolutions.
Zuigi Inspect* Ute Canal.
COLON, Colombia, April B.— Work upon
the Panama Canal is being pushed. A
contract has been given for 100,000 metres
of submarine mining on the Pacific end of
the canal. The Colon end of the work was
inspected yesterday by Prince Luigi a
nephew of King Humbert of Italy, who" is
making a tour of the world.
Americus Receives Hacking.
LONDON, Eng., April B.— A wager of
£1000 has been laid at odds of 10 to 1
against Croker's bay colt Americus, «-hich
is entered for the race for the Kempton
I'ark Great Jubilee stake, to be run at the
Kompton Park spring (jubilee) meeting
SAN FRANCISCO, THURSDAY MORNING, APRIL 9, 1896.
Grover: "Now, what ought a man to do in a case like this?"
Confirmation of the Report That
He Was Forced to Leave
HE IS NOW AT DIARBEKIR.
Tewfik Pasha Claims the Missionary
Is a Guest and Well
LONDON. E.vg., April B.— The Post will
to-morrow publish a confirmation of the
report that Rev. George P. Knapp, one of
the American missionaries stationed at
Bitlis, had been expelled from that place.
A dispatch from Constantinople to a news
agency here states that Tewfiic Pasha, the
Turkish Foreign Minister has assured J.
W. Riddle, United States Charge d'Af
faires, that Mr. Knapp is now a guest of
the Vali of Diarbekir and that he is well
tr eated. Mr. Riddle is awaiting a report
from Diarbekir as to the treatment of Mr.
The Daily News to-morrow will say that
resolutions were adopted at a meeting of
the Armenian Relief Committee this even
ing protesting against the decision of the
Sultan to issue an irade for the expulsion
of all Christian missionaries from Ar
menia, and urging the British Govern
ment to make every attempt to prevent
such a step being taken. The resolutions
also requested the Government to make
immediate efforts to obtain the release of
Rev. George P. Knapp, the American
missionary who was ordered to proceed
from his station at Bitlis to Constanti
nople to answer charges of sedition and
murder made by Turkish officials, and
who is now said to be a prisoner at Diar
bekir. It is also urged that an increase be
made in the number of British Vice-Con
suls in Asia Minor.
SCOURGE IX ARMEXIa.
Smallpox and Typhoid Tever Epidemic
at Marash and Zeitoun.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., April B.—Pro
fessor William H. Pancoast, president of
the Red Cross Society of Pennsylvania,
to-day received a cablegram from Miss
Clara Barton, which indicates that the
situation in Armenia is growing more des
perate every day. Miss Barton's cable
Kelief work firmly settled. No opposition
from authorities. A fearful scourge here—
Marash and Zeitoun. Have called eight physi
cians to Beyrout. Dysentery, smallpox and
typhoid fever epidemic. Do you wish to send
medical supplies? Please do. Clara Barton.
BLOCKED XT THE SVLTAX.
Why the American Vice- Consul to Biarpoot
WASHINGTON. D. C, April B.—Sena
tor Saerman, chairman of the Committee
on Foreign Relations, to-day gave notice of
an amendment to the sundry civil bill pro
viding for the appointment of a Consul at
either Harpoot or Aleiandretta, Turkey.
A statement from Secretary Olney was
laid before the Senate, in which it was
said that while the Turkish authorities
acquiesced in the establishment of a con
sulate at Erzeroum. they declined to grant
an exequatur to the vice-consul sent to
Harpoot in accordance with the action of
Congress at the last session ou the ground
that the United States has no commer
cial interests at the latter place. He ex
pressed the fear that a like denial will be
encountered this year, and requests that
provision be made for a temporary ap
pointment at Alexandretta.
MARINES J.\ a BOAT RACE.
Tart of th* flagship Xcxo York Beat the
• ' /.'V Raleigh' » CreyJ. , "■' .
FORT MONROE, W. Va., April B.— The
twelve-oared cutters of the flagship New
York and the cruiser Raleigh had a spir
ited race in Hampton Roads this after
noon. The course was a mile and a half
to a stakeboat and return. In coming
down the home stretch the siren whistles
of the squadron gave them a terrific blast.
New York won by about two lengths.
Over $5000 changed hanaa on the result.
STRIKING STREETCAR EMPLOYES.
The Agitation Likely to Be Transferred
to Philadelphia From New
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Apr^l B.— The
streetcar troubles of Philadelphia and
New York are ciosely linked. From what
could be gathered here to-day it is lifcely
that there will be no strike in New York,
but that the agitation will be transferred
Edwin Byrne, president of the local
branch of the Amalgamated Association
of Street Railway Employes, went to New
York and saw President Mahon to-day.
The immediate object of Mr. Byrne's visit
to Mahon was to have him modify the
terms of the ultimatum which the Amal
gamated Association is to submit to the
Union Traction Company. One clause of
this ultimatum requires of the traction
company to recognize the association. The
local l leaders ol the association know full
well that the traction company will fight
this demand to the death.
Therefore Mr. Byrne went to New York
to see President Mahon and have him
erase this demand in the ultimatum.
This President Mahon consented to do.
Despite the admission of the local lead
ers of the Amalgamated Association that
the A. R. U. had become affiliated with
the street railway men, Mr. Mahon au
thorized Byrne to deny that such a deal
had been accomplished or would be con
sidered. The local leaders of the threat
railway of brotherhoods also denied that
they had any intention of affiliating with
the A. R. U.
THE OLYMPIAN EVENTS.
Servia's King Among the Crowds
That Witness the
A Frenchman Wins the Long. Distance
Bicycle Race— Americans Did
ATHENS, Greece, April B.— The Kal
lithea shooting-stand near the city was
opened at noon to-day, and the shootine
contests at different distances began at 1
King Alexander of Servia arrived in
Athens to-day to witness the Olympic
The bicycle race atja distance of 100 kilo
metres was won by Flamant, the French
rider. The Greek contestant, Coletti, fin
ished second. The winner's time was 3
hours and 8 minutes.
The Americans did not compete, having
been denied a license by the Governors.
Efforts will be made to have them ride
later in the week, but it is thought that it
will not be successful. McDonald, the
most promising of the Americans, is
looked upon as a likely man in the short
races if he i 3 permitted to ride.
Despite the fact that the weather was
cold and there was a brisk wind blowing,
the events were witnessed by a great
The Ohio Senate Concur a in the Smith
Bill Front the Ifoune.
COLUMBUS, Ohio. April B.— The Senate
to-day concurred in the anti-lynching bill,
and it is a law. The bill was written by
Judge Albion W. Tourgee. It makes any
county whose officials permit a lynching
to occur liable to the family of the victim
for damages. The bill takes its name from
H. C. Smith, a colored Representative
from Cleveland, who championed the
measure, and is the result of several lynch
ings of colored men in Ohio ie the last
Heavy Losses Suffered by the
Invaders of Abyssinia at
EASSAIA STILL HOLDS OUT.
Defended by a Diminished Garrison
Under Hidalgo — Stevani's
MASSOWAH, Egypt, April B.— The first
report of a battle at Mount Mocran on
April 2 said that the Italians lost 100
killed and wounded. Now it is admitted
that ten officers and 300 men were killed.
ROME, Italy, April B.— A dispatch from
Adowa has been received here by way of
Parem Island, reporting that after Colonel
Stevani's victory over the dervishes near
Kassala on Saturday, in a battle in whicu
he lost 100 men and inrlirted a loss esti
mated at 600 upon the dervishes, he re
turned to Kassala and the dervishes
retired to the fort and intrenchments at
On the following day Colonel Stevani
raade a reconnoissanca of Tucruf and vig
orously attacked the forts. He captured
some of them, but was unable to entirely
dislodge the dervishes. He, therefore, re
turned to Kassala and informed General
Baldissera, commander of the Italian
forces in Africa, that he was convinced
his forces were strong enough, and that
he proposed to renew the attack in the
morning. In view of the general situa
tion General Baldissera refused to sanction
Late advices received by the Govern
ment from Massowah imply that, al
though Colonel Stevani's forces have re
tired from Agradat, Kassala will possibly
still be held by a diminished garrison, un
der Major Hidalgo.
HA.TAX,; PARLIAMENT OPENS.
Governor Hrly-Hutchinion Deliver* a
PIETERMARITZBURG, Natal, April 8.
The Natal Parliament was opened to
day. In his speech opening the session
Hon. Sir Walter Francis Hely-Hutchinson,
Governor of the colony, said he hoped a
policy of conciliation on all sides would
lead to an abatement of racial differences
and political discontent. The Government
of Natal, he said, would view with gravest
concern the possibility of a conflict be
tween the Dutch and English in South
Africa. It would be impossible to control
the vast native population of the prestige
and authority of the Europeans if the
country were to be destroyed by armed
The English and Dutch, the Governor
declared, were too deeply rooted and had
too many interests in common to be ranged
in hostile camps. There was room enough
and to spare for both. It was the duty of
all who are answerable for the guidance
of the destinies of South Africa to remove
all grounds that might be conducive of
The tone of the Governor's speech
throughout was markedly pacific.
Cecil Khodei la 111.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, A.pril B.—
The Cape Town Argus says that Cecil
Rhodes, ex-Premier of the Cape Colony,
who recently started from Cape Town for
Buluwayo, is suffering from an attack of
FLOCKIXG TO THE KHALIFA.
fifty Thousand Itrrvithet to Be Aanem
blrtl by September.
CAIRO, Egypt, April B.— Advices from
the Soudan say that the news of the de
parture of the Anglo-Egyptian army up
the Nile Valley spread rapidly beyond
Khartoum and along the road from
Suakim to Berber. The departure of pil
grims for Mecca has been suspended and
the payment of a war tax has been de
manded by the Khalifa. The dervishes
at Fashoda and Darfur have been recalled
to Omdurman, where the Khalifa expects
to assemble 50.000 men by September.
Held for High Treason.
PRETORIA, South Africa, April B.— All
the members of the Reform Committee
who were implicated in the recent dis
turbance here were arraigned to-day in the
Landrosts Court and committed on
charges of high treason for the next
criminal session of the High Court. The
Landrost reserved decision as to the ad
mission of the prisoners to bail.
COUNTESS ZEBOROWSKI LOSES.
Must Pay for the House She Bought While
Awaiting a Divorce at Sioux
SIOTX FALLS. S. D., April B.— P. H
Edmisen haa finally won his suit for
$14,(00 from Countess ZeborowsKi of Lon
don. Four years ago the most celebrated
member of the local divorce colony was
Madame de Steurs, wife of the Belgian
Minister at Paris, and one of the Astor
family. She lived here in state for six
months, occupying nearly one entire floor
of the Cataract House and being sur
rounded with servants.
She was constantly attended by Count
Zeborowski, her cousin, and the day on
which she obtained her degree they were
During her stay she took a fancy to the
handsome home of Mr. Edmisen and
bought it for $12,500. Later, on the repre
sentation of her attorney that the title
was somewhat clouded, she refused to pay
and Edmisen brought suit. He recovered
damages in full in the Circuit Court, and
the Supreme Court has now finally re
affirmed the decision. The Countess has
a large amount of property in this coun
try, and action has already been taken to
put the judgment into execution.
ZELLA NIC OLA US AGAIN.
Creates a Sensation by Denouncing George
Gould to His Office
ST. LOUIS, Mo., April B.— Mrs. A. H.
Ruhmann (Zella Nicolaus) was in consul
tation this morning with ex-Governor
Johnson in an endeavor to have him bring
suit against George J. Gould to secure a
balance of 125.000 which she claims is due
her on the famous check which she is said
to have surrendered to Mr. Gould several
months ago. Her intentions were to have
the suit filed at once, and while Gould was
in the city secure personal service on him.
Governor Johnson declined to bring the
Zella then visited the Missouri Pacific
headquarters in search of Mr. Gould, and
created a sensation among the clerks by
her denunciation of the railroad magnate.
She was induced to ieave the building, and
hurried to the Union station only to find
that Mr. Gould's private car had left the
depot a few minutes before.
FIRE IN A BUTTE MINE.
Workmen Are Cut Off From Escape by the
Flames — Seven Believed to
BUTTE. Moxt., April B.— A dispatch
from Basin at 11:30 to-night says that a
fire is raging in the Hope hoist and main
shaft, and that four or five lives have been
lost Shift Boss John Buckley and his
brother, Pat Buckley, Martin Sullivan,
Hugh McKeown, Barney Wall, Will Bel
den and Ed McArthur are probably suffo
cated, as there is no othef escape from the
mine except by the main shaft, which is
burning. The Buckleys are brothers of
Foreman Martin Buckley. The buildings
are a total loss.
ST. LOUIS, Mo., April B.— The charges
against Pugilist Corbett were nolle prossed
in Judge Murphy's court this afternoon.
Corbett was arrested yesterday, charged
with violating a city ordinance which pre
vents boxing in public.
INGERSOLL ON RELIGION
Says the Christian Endeavorers
Are All Eight, but Simply
He Pities Them Just as He Pities the
Man Who Thinks He Has Found
CLEVELAND, Ohio., April B.— Robert
G. Ingeraoll, who lectured here last night,
was interviewed on the effort of the Cleve
lana Christian Endeavorers to convert
him to Christianity by concerted prayer.
"The Christian Endeavor people," said he,
"are all right. I pity them, as I pity all
the other misguided. In the same way I
pity the man who thinks he has solved the
perpetual motion problem; just as I pity
the young girl who has done wrong; just
as I pity any and all who have faith in the
tissue of nonsense that is bound together
and'given the name of 'Bible.'
"It was good-natured on their part to
pray for me, and that act alone leads me
to believe that there is still hope for them.
The trouble with the Christian Endeavor
ers is that they don't give mv arguments
consideration. If they did they would
agree with me. Heretofore they have sim
ply said, 'Oh, Ingersoll! He" talks for
money. There is nothing in what he says.'
They did not listen to me with any inten
tion of giving a fair and impartial verdict.
Their decision was given before-hand.
"Things are changing now. I was alone
in my belief twenty years ago; now I have
a great deal of company. So far as the
prayers offered ud for me are concerned,
so far as I am able to learn they have done
me no barm, and if they have done me
any good I don't know of it. It is a strik
ing commentary, however, on the changes
of time, this method of battling me. There
was a time not long ago when a man who
expressed the opinions that I do would
have been tortured to death. Nowaday
they pray for one.
"After all, to what do the Christians ob
ject in my doctrine? I simply point out
what is obvious to all honest thinkers—
the in consistence, untruth and impossibili
ties of the Bible. It is all right if they
gain consolation from their belief, but so
far as i have observed tne Cnristian re
ligion brings nothing but pain, while my
belief brings happiness."
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
HELD IN CHAINS
Frank Afleck, a Harvard
Graduate, Deserts at
CAUGHT BY DETECTIVES
Will Be Court-Martialed for His
Escapade and for Stealing
ATTEMPTS SUICIDE IN PRISON.
The Youthful Adventurer a Membsy
of an Influential Family in
PORTLAND. Or., April B.— Frank J.
Afleck, a Harvard graduate and the
brother of a wealthy member of the New
York Stock Exchange, who, after dissipat
ing a fortune of $10,000, sir months ago
enlisted in a cavalry troop at Fort Boise,
deserted recently and a week ago was
arrested in this city by Detectives Holsap
ple and Griffin. When taken into custody
there were found in his baggage a number
of souvenir small arms stolen from officers
at his post a short time before his deser
Afleck is a handsome young man, but
has given the military authorities at Van
couver no little trouble since Lis incarcer
ation. A few days after he was sent there
from Portland he made an effort to gain
his liberty by cutting a hole through a
bathroom. He was surprised before hia
efforts were crowned with success and
locked in a cell.
The following day Afleck tore hi 3
blankets into shreds, converting them into
a rope, with which to commit suicide. He
adjusted a noose about his neck and
mounting a chair, fastened the other end
of the impromptu rope to the iron grating
above the door of his ceil. Toen he kicked
the chair from under his feet and dangled
in the air. The noise made by the stran
gling prisoner attracted the attention of
the sergeant on duty outside, and he cut
Afleck down just in the nick of time.
The fellow expressed regret that he wag
not permitted to execute himself, and to
prevent him from repeating the act he was
placed in a straitjacket. He wore that
two days, when, upon a promise to behave
himself, he was released from the torturous
jacket. Since then he has been heavily
Afleck's family in a very influential one
in New York City, and will doubtless bring
much force to bear upon the Secretary of
"War to temper the severe sentence to be
imposed upon the deserter by the court*
martial convening next week.
HONORS TO YAMAGATA
Japan's Field Marshal Given a
Military Reception at
General Coppinger's Congratulatory
Address— Modest Response of the
OMAHA, Nebk., April B.— The intro
duction of Marquis Yamagata, Field
Marshal of Japan, to Omaha this after
noon was marred by a steady downpour
of rain. Brigadier-General Coppinger,
commander of the Department of the
Platte and staff and a guard of honor of
100 men from Fort Omaha, greeted the
Marshal when he stepped from the train.
The Marshal alighted from the car with
Private Secretary Terusaki and the Second
Regiment band stationed down at the
lower end of the platform played the na
tional air of Japan and with this brief for
mality, General Coppinger and staff es
corted the Marshal and staff to the mili
tary carriages in waiting and the party was
conveyed to ihe Millard Hotel.
When the party arrived in. the hotel ro
tunda General Coppinger said that he was
glad to welcome Marquis Yamagata to
Omaha and as a soldier, to extend to him
the congratulations of the Army of the
Department of the Platte. The reception
that he had received in Omaha, said the
general, was one that he must expect to
receive from all army men throughout the
civilized world who appreciated what he
had done in the late war against great
The world had watched the struggle
with keen interest, and he and his officers
wished to add their congratulations with
Field Marshal Yamagata bowed his ac
knowledgments and in reply said that h«
was greatly pleased with the reception
accorded him, but that he did not think
that he deserved It.
He had not expected to be received in
such a manner, and he appreciated the
honor thus conferred upon him. He had
but done bis duty, something that ail men
The programme for the Marshal's enter
tainment has not been made out, General
Coppinger stating that the Marshal's own
wishes wonld be followed entirely. There
will be no parade at the fort, but in all
probability he will be escorted to Fort
Crook, the new post, in the morning.
Black Plague la Sot Rngimj.
WASHINGTON, D. C, April B.— Reports
have been received at the State Depart
ment from consular officers in China and
Japan concerning the existence of the
black plague in Hongkong. According to
the information contained the disease has
been kept witnin bounds at Hongkong, al
though the arrival of a ship at Yokohama
with a case on board is reported.
For Interesting Pacific Coast Tele
grams See Pages 3 and 4.