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VOLUME LXXIX.-NO. 160.
SILVER'S FRIENDS
GAIN A VICTORY,
Michigan Republicans in
the White Metal
Column.
HARD STRUGGLE WON.
Financial Plank in the Minne
apolis Platform Given an
Indorsement
DEPEW'S WARNING IN VAIN.
v»i's the Convention the Party Must
Deciare for "Sound" Money
or Fall.
DETROIT, Mich., May 7.— The Michi
gan Republican State Convention to-day
elected four delegates at large and alter
nates to the Republican National Conven
tion, two Presidential electors at large,
Presidential electors representing the
twelve Congressional districts of the State
and a new chairman of the State Central
Committee, Hon. D. M. Ferry of Detroit.
The convention instructed its delegates at
large to vote for McKinley so long as his
name should remain before the St. Louis
convention.
The features of the convention were the
address of Hon. Chauncey M. Depew, who
dropped in on the delegates unexpectedly
a.nd made a ringing speech, and the vic
tory of the silver men in forcing the adop
tion of tue financial plank of the Minne
apolis convention of 1892. Tne "nara
money" men had control of the commit
tee on resolutions, there being but two ad
vocates of the white metal in it. The mi
nority, however, brought the fleht which
they had been unable to settle in commit
tee into the convention. They declared
that the convention should at least reaf
firm the plank of the last National Repub
lican Convention, and on this basis they
won their light after battling for an hour.
When Chairman A. W. Smith of the
State Central Committee called the con
vention to order at 12:30 o'clock this after
noon, he announced that he had a sui
pnse in store for the delegates, and pro
ceeded to introduce Hon. Ghauncey M.
.Depew of New York, who had been in
duced to stop off while passing through
tlie city with his party and make an art
dress, to the convention.
Mr. Depew was received with wild en- I
thusiasm by the delegates and spectators, !
and made a speech which kept the aud
ience laughing and cheering alternately
for half an hour. He said that he had
traveled through the so-called silver
States and talked with many persons on
the issues of the d*y, and everywhere tho
statement was made that they must have
free coinage of silver at a ratio of 16 to 1,
hut with it th<iy niu^t have protection or
they could not live.
He declared that if the Republican Na
tional Convention did not declare for
sound money unequivocally, the great
States of New York, Connecticut, New
Jersey and Massachusetts, which are all
now as soundly .Republican as Michigan,
will be put by that act in the doubtful
column.
He referred to the statesmen whose
names are now before the public. As he
mentioned Allison, Morton and Reed in
turn there was moderate applause. As
McKinley's name fell from the speaker's
lips there was a spontaneous rising of the
delegates in a burst of wild applause
which lasted a couple of minutes.
As the tumult died away one of the dele
pates shouted, "How do you like that, Mr.
Depew?"
"When it comes to the vote, Michigan
will have but thirty- two," was the ready
response.
At the close of Depew's address he was
given three rousing cheers.
The platform adopted tc-day favors the
re : enuctment of the McKinloy bill and the
restoration of reciprocity. The McKinley
and money planks read as follows:
We are united in favor of the nomination of
William McKinley of Onio by the Republican
party for the office of the President of the
United States, and hereby instruct the dele
* gates selected at this convention to u^e all
honorable means to tecure his nomination so
long as his name is before the National Con
vention.
We are unyielding and uncompromising In
our demand for sound money. We are in
favor of the use of gold, silver and paper dol
lars in our currency, all maintained at a parity
a<= to purchasing and debt paying power. We
are opposed to any proposition that involves
the depreciation of any portion of our cur
rency, and therefore are opposed to the free
and unlimited coinage of silver by this coun
try alone under present conditions, believing
that 6uch coinage would destroy the parity
and depreciate and contract the currency.
S. W. Hopkins, on behalf of the minor
ity of the committee on resolutions, said
that the Republican National Convention
•in 1892 had stood for bimetallism and de
clared that trie financial plank in the
rnajoritv report just presented put the
party hack to Clevelandism and bond ism.
He said this country must not bow to the
powers across the ocean, and if this con
yen tion favored the policy of gold and
bonds we have no place in the Republican
party. Referring to that part of the ad
dress of Hon. Chauncpy M. Depew in
which that distinguished gentleman said
that if the Republican party did not de
clare for gold New York, Massachusetts,
New Jersey and Connecticut would be
found in the doubtful column, the speaker
asked :
"Shall we bow to threats likt* that?"
There were cries of ' # No, no," from all
over the ball.
Continuing, Mr. Hopkins said if the
delegates would stand by the rights of the
people the Republican party need not fear
the !uss of these States, and moved the
substitution of the following financial
» plank for that in the majority report:
The American people, from tradition and in
terest, favor bimetallism, and the Republican
party demands the use of both gold and silver
as standard money, demands that all dollars,
. bcthcr of gold, silver or paper, shall be of full
f iimi j *f,/f gJlgb^LS^^^^^ te **=^'^j^-**^^A.rf ¥V
legal tender, providing full and equal purchas
ing and debt-paying power, thereby having a
parity of value, and to that end we demand c
purely American system of money based upon
gold and silver without advantage to either at
the mints of this Government.
We demand that all paper money issued by
the Government shall be redeemable in gold or
silver at the option of the Government.
We are opposed to the retiring of the green
backs, the money of the people, the savior of
the Union, the money favored by Lincoln.
A hot debate followed, which lasted for
an hour arM which was only ended by
Delegate Crissey of Midland moving that
the financial plank of the Minneapolis
platform of 1892 be substituted for both
the majority and minority reports on the
subject. This was received with favor and
the substitute was adopted and then the
resolutions as amended went through with
a rush, and the silver men raised a mighty
cheer over their victory.
HARRISON STATS AWAY.
The Ex- President Modestly Declines to
Influence Jndiana's Convention.
INDIANAPOLIS. Ind., May 7.— William
McKinley of Ohio had everything his own
way in Indiana to-day. The hope of his
opponents lay in the expectation that ex-
President Harrison would address the
convention this morning and create such
a whirl of enthusiasm for himself that the
intention to instruct, so plainly shown in
the district meetings the night before,
would not prevail. Harrison, however,
when a committee from the convention
waited upon him this morning, politely
declined the invitation without vouch
safing his reason. One of his friends ex
plains- it by declaring that he stayed away
lest his action in attending should be con
strued into an effort to influence the action
of the convention.
The instructions were contained in the
platform. They were passed by a viva
voce vote with probably about two-thirds
of the convention voting for them and
the other third giving voice to their op
position with lusty lungs. This done, the
convention proceeded to elect the dele
gates at large by ballot. Ex-Secretary of
the Navy H. W. Thompson, General Lew
Wailace, C. W. Fairbanks and F. M. Milli
ken were elected, the lirst two by accla
mation and the others by ballot.
The preliminary work thus finished the
convention proceeded to the nomination
of a State ticket, as follows:
For Governor, James A. Mount of Mont
gomery; Lieutenant-Governor, W. S. Hag
gard ; Secretary of State, W. D. Owen ;
Auditor, A. C. Daily; Treasurer, F. J.
Scholz; Attorney-General, W. A. Ketch
nni; Supreme Court Reporter, Charles F.
Remy; Superintendent of Instruction, D.
M. Geeting; Statistician, C. J. Thompson.
On the currency question the platform
says :
We are unalterably opposed to every scheme
that threatens to debase or depreciate our cur
repcy. We favor the use of silver as currency,
but to tht extent only and under such regula
tions that its parity with gold can be main
tained, and in consequence are opposed to the
free, unlimited and independent coinage of
sliver at a ratio of of 1U to 1.
BRYAN CHALLENGES CARLISLE.
The Secrrtnry Accused. of Tf* fending ' a
Policy He Once Denounced. , ' ■-.- .
OMAHA, Nemr., May 7.— Hon. W. J.
Bryan to-day sent a challenge to Hon.
John G. Carlisle, Secretary of the Treasury
at Washington. In brief, Mr. Bryan says:
"Yon have changed your position upon the
paramount public issue, and are now de
fending a financial policy which you once
denounced. The advocate? of free and un
limited coinage at 16 to 1 admit your
opinion, but contend that you owe it to
the public to answer the arguments which
you yourself made in 1878 before attempt
ing to answer the arguments of others.
"Your record challenges you to join the
debate. Will you accept? Are you will
ing to take up your speech of 1878 and an
swer it, one proposition at a time? If you
are, you will silence those who doubt your
sincerity and question your motives. If
you are not willing to face your own argu
ments and overcome them you cannot
complain if your opponents adopt the
philosophy of Shakespeare and attribute
your cowardice to a guilty conscience."
THAT CO NFENTION FUND.
Chicago It Coin inn Vp Very Slowly With
the $40,000.
CHICAGO, 111., May 7.— The gnaran
tors of the $40,000 subscription to the
Democratic National Convention fund held
a secret meeting this morning in the office
of Chairman Donnersberger of tbe local
committee to decide on a course of action
looking to the collection of the money sub
scribed, only $10,000 havine been paid.
Ben T. Cable, the National Committeeman
from Illinois, was present as the represen
tative of Levi Z. Leiter. An encouraging
view of the financial situation was taken,
and one of the committee said the second
$10,000 demanded by Chairman Harrity
would be in hand to-morrow, when a meet
ing of the subscribers would be held. The
men who signed the guarantee are respon
sible to the National Committee, and
prominent Democrats laugh at the idea of
the convention not being held here.
SEW JERSEY DEMOCRATS.
Commend ; Cleveland and Oppose Tree
r \ '. Coinage at Any Ratio.
: . TRENTON. N. J., May 7—The Demo
cratic State Convention was called to order
at noon. Assemblyman John W. Queen
was made permanent chairman.. '"'
; The platform was then read and adopted
without amendment. ' It is opposed to the
free coinage of silver at any ratio and to
the compulsory purchase of silver bullion
by the Government ; opposes any changes
in. the present tariff; favors liberal expen
ditures „ for coast defenses; commends
I resident Cleveland's administration:
pledges allegiance to the Monroe doctrine
and expresses sympathy with the patriots
of Cuba in their struggle for victory.
James Smith, Allan L. Mcliermott,
Rufus. Blodgett and Albert P. Talluian
were selected as delegates-at-large to the
Chicago convention.
COLORADO FOR SILVER.
Republican* May Holt Unless the White
•" Metal' Is Recognized.
DENVER, Colo., May 7—From present
indications Senator Wolcott's indifference
will dominate tne State Republican Con
vention which is to meet in Pueblo May
14 and that he will be sent to St. Louis
along with delegates in harmony with his
views. As a sop to the silver wing of the
party Senator Teller will be named as one
of the delegates, if he chooses to accept,
but the sentiment of the leaders who ai>
pear to have control of the party machine
in Colorade will be to discountenance a
bolt from the National, Convention in the
event that silver is not recognized. There
will be a lively right in the Pueblo conven
tion, but from the reports, of county con
ventions already held the Wolcott men
SAN FRANCISCO, FRIDAY MORNING, MAY 8, 1896.
HERE'S A GOOD TIME COMING.
have been selected as delegates, and he
will have a majority.
D. H. Moffatt, president of the First
National Bank of Denver, declares that be
will take no hand in politics this year, but
from all he can gather from men all over
the State he thinks Colorado will vote
next fall for a silver candidate for the
Presidency, regardless of party. He fur
ther stated .that Senator Wolcott is not in
dorsed by the people of the State, while
Teller's position is approved by a largs
majority of the voters of Colorado. AH
ne is now afraid of is that Colorado is to
have another State administration by
Populists or some similar irresponsible
political crowd.
SENATOR A LDRICH'S FIGURES.
JUcKinley Seeds a Hundred Store Vote*
to Gain a Majority.
WASHINGTON, D. C, May 7.— The
House showed more interest in the Indiana
convention to-day than it did in the busi
ness that came before it Congressman
AJdrich of Illinois, who is an ardent cham
pian of Speaker Reed, does not agree with
the McKinley men that the indorsement
of the Ohio candidate at Indianapolis to
day definitely settles the matter.
"Of course," said Mr. Aldrich, "it would
be folly to say that it is not discouraging
to have a number of States all in one week
indorse McKinley. But by what author
ity can any one say that McKinley will
have a majority of the votes? According
to Manley's estimate, made public last
Monday morning, McKinley was then
credited with 275 votes. Since then we
concede that he has captured 14 in Cali
fornia, 4 in Indiana, 6 in Michigan, 2 in
Illinois and 10 in Missouri. That makes
36, does it not? Those added to the 275
we gave him increase his strength to 311.
Now let us suppose, for the sake of argu
ment, that he secures 14 more votes in
Indiana in addition to the 12 which we
have allowed h im. That makes 325.
"It is not unlikely that Colorado, Idaho,
Montana, Nevada and Wyoming, all silver
States, will throw their strength to Mc-
Kinley. They have thirty-two votes,
which will swell McKinloy's figures to 357.
That leaves him 100 short of a majority.
Now, where is he goiog to get the re
mainder?
"The contest is not settled by any
means. It is still anybody's light."
"Yon don't think, then, that the situ
ation at the present time takes any of the
candidates out of the race?"
••No, unless it be ex- President Harrison,
and he, as is well known, is not a candi
date. All the others, so far as I know, will
continue to be in evidence."
TENNENNER DEMOCRACTE.
Declare for Free-Coinage Speaker Bit ted
While draining Cleveland.
NASHVILLE, Tejtn., May 7.—Tennes
see Democrats in Slate convention to-day
declared for free coinage of silver. Benton
McMillan was chosen temporary chair
man. He made a strong free-silver speech.
The afternoon was spent in speech-mak
ing, the feature being the reception ac
corded Internal' Revenue Collector Bond,
who made an impassioned speech for
Cleveland and was so hissed and harassed
that \ the : chairman was - forced j to " make
many appeals to the delegates to allow
him to I proceed. Bond was, prior •to his
appointment, a free-silver man. • *.
-The platform declares most emphatically
for the free, unlimited ■ and independent
coinage of silver at the ratio of 16 to 1.
«.
MATTHEWS' CANDIDACT.
Delegates to Chicago Receive notification*
:. in. Their Mail. .
WASHINGTON, D. .'> C,; May 1 7.—A1l
elected delegates <to the • Chicago Demo
cratic Convention now in Washington re
ceived in their mail this morning formal
notifications from Indianapolis that Gov
ernor Claude ' Matthews'of Indiana was a
candidate , for '„ nomination for the , Presi
dency by the Chicago convention. ...•>;
'.' '
Death of a British Admiral.
LONDON, Enq., May 7.— Vice-Admiral
Sir Robert O'Brien Fitxroy, K. C. B. t died
to-day.
HANGED FOR
MANY CRIMES,
Murderer Holmes' Career
Comes to an End on
the Gallows.
STUBBORN TO THE LAST
He Died as if Entirely In
different to His Awiul
Fate.
DECLARING HIS INNOCENCE.
The Execution Passed Off Without
Any Incidents of a Sensa
tional Nature.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., May 7.—Her
man W. Mudgett, alias H. H. Holmes,
was hanged this" mornine in the County
Prison for tne killing of Benjamin F.
Pietzel.
The drop fellatlO:l2o'cloctc, and twenty
minutes later he was pronounced dead by
the prison officials, Dr. Sharp and Dr.
Batcher.
The execntion was in every way entirely
devoid of any sensational features.
To the last Holmes was self-possessed
and cool, even to the extent of giving a
word of advice to Assistant Superintend
ent Richardson as the latter -was arrang
ing the final details. He died as ne had
lived, unconcerned and thoughtless, ap
parently, of the future, even with the rec
ollection still vividly before him of the
H. H. Holmes, alias Mudgett, the Arch Criminal of Modern History. Who Was
Hanged Yesterday.
recent confession in which he admitted
the killing of a score of persons of both
sexes in different parts of the country.
Almost his last words were a point-blank
denial of any crimes committed except the
deaths of two women at his hands by mal
practice.
Of the murder of several members of tbe
Pietzel family he denied all complicity,
particularly of the father, for whose death
he stated he was unjustly suffering the
penalty. With the prayer of the spiritual
attendants still sounding in his ears and
with a few low-spoken words to those
about him tbe trap was sprang.
There were comparatively few persons
gathered on the outside of the prison dur
ing the eariy part of the morning and the
morbid throng which the prison officials
expected would be drawn there by the
execution was lacking. Access to the
prison prior to the entrance of those per
mitted to witness the execution was not
allowed.
All the arrangements for the burial of
Holmes were entrusted by the murderer
to Mr. Rotan. The place of interment has,
it is understood, been selected, but those
who are most likely to know where the
grave is to be will not divulge the iov-a
tion.
Holmes retired about midnight and
slept soundly during the entire time until
called at 6 o'clock this morning. So sound
were his slumbers, in fact, that twice was
he called before awauening. When the
arrival of the Rev. Fathers Dailey and Me-
Pake to administer the sacrament was an
nounced he greeted them warmly, but
witii no show of emotion. For nearly two
hours they remained in the cell and then
were succeeded by Lawyer Rotan, the le
gal adviser of Holmes, who was also
greeted pleasantly. There were several
matters pertaining to Holmes' worldly af
fairs that will yet have to be settled and
this time was taken in giving the final de
tails and explanations. While discussing
his affairs breakfast was served, consisting
of eggs, toast and coffee.
When the raeal was ended, shortly be
fore 9 o'clock, Holmes dressed himself in
trousers, vest and cutaway coat of some
dark mixed goods of a pepper and salt ef
fect he aad worn frequently.
At 10 o'clocK the doors leading to the
long corridor in which was placed the
gallows were opened and, two by two, led
by the Sheriff's jury, the spectators
passea down. The last man had just
passed through the doors and the latter
closed when from behind was heard the
slow and measured tread of the death
party.
The suspense was almost painful, brief
though it was, when, preceded by Sheriff
Clements and Superintendent Perkins,
Holmes appeared and stepped on the trap.
On the right was Father Dailey, to the
left Fat; er McPake, and behind them
Lawyer Rotan and Assistant Superin
tendent Richardson. The little party
stood a moment looking down, and then,
in response to a signal from one of those
beside him, Holmes stepped forward. He
spoke slowly and with measured attention
to every word— a trifle low at first, but
louder as he proceeded, until every woid
was distinctly audible.
"Gentlemen," he said, "I have very few
words to say, in fact, I would make no
statemeut at this time, except that by not
speaking I may be made to acquiesce in
my execution. I only want to say that
the extent of my wrongdoings in the
taking of human life consisted in the
death of two women, they having died at
my hands as the result of criminal opera
tions. I wish to state also, however, so that
there will be no misunderstanding here
after, tnat I am not guilty of taking the
lives of any of the Pietzel family, the three
children or the father, Benjamin F. Piet
zel, of whose death I am now convicted,
and for which I am to-day to be hanged.
That is all."
As he ceased speaking he stepped back,
and kneeling between Fathers Dailey and
McPake, he joined with them in silent
prayer for a minute or two. Again stand
ing he sbook hands with all about him
and then signified his readiness for the
end. Holmes was the coolest of the wuole
yiarty. He even went to the extreme of
suggesting to Assistant Superintendent
Richardson that the latter should not
hurry himself.
"Take your time; don't bungle it,"
Holmes remarked as the official exhibited
some little haste, the outcome of nervous
ness. These were almost his last words.
The cap was adjusted, a low-toned query,
"Are you ready?" and an equally low
toned response, "Yes, good-by," and the
trap was sprung.
Holmes' neck was not broken, and there
were a few convulsive twitches of the
limbs that continued for about ten min
utes. "But he suffered none after the
drop," said Dr. Scott, the prison physi
cian.
The trap was sprung precisely at ]0:12)£,
and fifteen minutes later Holmes was pro
nounced dead, though the body was not
cut down until 10:45. When ii was laid
out on the stretcher occurred the only in
cident approaching the revolting in con
nection with the affair.
The knot bad become jammed and the
efforts of the doctors failed to loosen it as
they attempted to remove the noose from
about the neck. The head was twisted
about from side to side in the attempt, and
finally it was decided to cut the rope.
Superintendent Perkins objected, however,
and the knot was undone after several
minutes of trying work.
After the body had been viewed by the
physicians and the manner of death dt
termined the stretcher on whicn it lay was
wheeled out of the corridor into the jail
yard. Hero it was placed in an ordinary
cheap pine coffin, wide enough and deep
enough to have held two men of Holmes'
size. The coffin was put aboard an under
taker's wagon and conveyed to the Roman
Catholic Cemetery of the Holy Cross.
The only persons at the cemetery were
the undertaker and his assistant, two
grave-diggers, two watchmen and a couple
of newspaper men. The little company
acted as pallbearers, and carried the coffin
to the receiving vault. The last act in tne
receiving vault was performed at Holmes'
express command.
The lid of the coffin was taken off and
the body was lifted out and laid on the
ground. Then the bottom of tbe coffin
was filled with cement. The body was
then replaced in the coffin and covered
with cement. It was Holmes' idea that
this cement would harden around his
body and prevent any attempt at grave
robbery. The coffin was left in the receiv
ing vault under the guard of two watch
men, who will remain on duty all night.
To-morrow afternoon the body will be in
terred in a grave in the cemetery, and it is
probable that at the time religious serv
ices will be conducted by Father Dailey.
Holmes made no will and left no con
fession. This is according to Mr. Rotan.
He says he knows Holmes made no will,
and, while the murderer gave him this
mornine a big bundle of papers, the law
yer says that he is confident that these
papers relate only to private business
matters. A3 yet Mr. Rotan has had no
opportunity to examine them.
Mrs, Pietzel was seen after Holmes was
hanged. All she could say, between her
sobs, was that she was glad that he had
received her just deserts, but that his
death would not return to her her hus
band or her children. Mrs. Pietzel will
return to her home, at Galva, 111., next
week.
The two women referred to by Holmes
in nis confession from the scaffold were
Julia Connor of Chicago and Emily
Cigrand of Anderson, Ind.
HOLMES' MANY CRIMES.
He Had a Ready "Confession" to Clear
Himself of Ench.
Herman W. Mudgett, better known as
H. H. Holmes, was one of the most con
spicuous criminals of modern times, and
If the "murder confessions" which he has
written can only partially be believed, he
was without a peer as a bloodthirsty
demon. His recent ingenious "confes
sion," wherein he claimed to have killed
twenty-seven persons, was disproved,
partly, at least, by the appearance of sev
eral of the so-called victims: but Holmes'
object in making the "confession" was re
alized — the obtaining of a sum said to be
$7500 and which amount is said to have
been settled upon the criminal's 18-year
old son. While the "confessions" have
served to increase the sensationalism of
the case, the only capital crime for which
Holmes had to answer was the killing in
this city on September 2, 1884, of Benja
min F. Pietzel, bis fellow-conspirator.
The murder was committed in the dwell
ing, 1316 Callowhill street. Holmes' con
viction of murder in the first degree, the
affirmation by the Pennsylvania Supreme
Court of the verdict and the recent re
fusal of Governor Hastings to grant a re
spite, are so well known that a narration
oJ these facts is unnecessary.
Holmes was captured in Boston, Mass.,
in the latter part of 1894 by Owen Hans
com. the Deputy Superintendent of
upon the strength of a telegram from Fort
Worth, Tex., where he was wanted for
Continued on Second Page
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
BREAK FROM
MADERA JAIL,
Highwaymen Laverone and
Roberts Overpower a
Keeper.
STRUGGLE IN THE DARK
Jailer Wells Shoots Himself in
an Encounter With the
Pair.
ONE OF THE BANDITS WOUNDED
Accomplices Have a Horse ani Car*
riage Wa ting for the
Fugitives.
MADERA. Cal., May 7.— William LaT
erone and "Jack" Roberts, who were cap
tured last week at a cave near Bates, after
a stubborn fight had Been made on their
part, and surrendered only after miners
had drilled boles in the ground and were
putting in giant powder with which to
bring down upon them tons of earth and.
bowlders, have escaped from the county
jail.
Ever since these two outlaws have been
confined in the jail the officers have en
deavored to use the utmost precaution to
prevent their escape, as they were re
garded as the most reckless ana daring
criminals the jail has ever sheltered. The
flimsiness of the prison bad been proven
by the escaping of "Mormon Jimmy"
Lawson, who at last succeeded in "getting
permanent lodgings in the penitentiary
after he had made three successful breaka
for liberty.
Howard Wells, the jailer of the county,
has been locking the prisoners in one cell,
while at nights he slept in the corridor.
Richard Magoon, who is under arrest on a
charge of muriiering "Jack' McGurk, oc
cupied one of the cells, but the door from
his cell into the corridor of the jail waa
left open, as he is an old man and some
what feeble. During the day the pris
oners had dug almost entirely through tne
partition-wall which separated them from
Magoon, ana in the night, as soon as
Wells was asleep, they finished cutting
the hole in the wall and crawled through,
into Magoon's cell, where they warned the
old man to keep quiet or they would kill
him. Roberts then took one of the loose
bricks and went in to where Wells waa
sleeping and struck him over the head
wit a the brick. The jailer, though
stunned, grappled with Roberts in the
dark and attempted to overpower him.
He bent the outlaw over the bed and,
drawing his revolver, attempted to shoot
him : but it was so dark that he shot him
self through the hand and Roberts in the
arm. The pistol was knocked out of
Weils' hand, and, to prevent Roberts from
getting it, he kicKed it under the bed,
where it was found this morning.
Laverone then came to the assistance of
Roberts and the combined efforts of the
two succeeded in overpowering the jailer,
who was gradually growing weak and
faint from the loss of blood, the wound
in the hand bleeding profusely. When
the prisoners succeeded in getting the
keys from Wells they got his shotgun and
SlO in money and then unlocked the outer
door. Roberts held Wells uuder the cover
of the shotaun, and in a few moments
Laverone urove up in a buggy. Roberts
got in and the two drove off in the dark
ness.
Mike McCluskey, who lives some dis
tance from the jail, had heard the call 3
of "Wells, but he did not get to the jail
until after the prisoners had escaped. He
found Wells lying on the floor, where he
had fainted from loss of Mood. McCius
key gave tne alarm, and Welis was taken
to a hotel and placed in the cafe of a
doctor. He will be confined to his bed for
some time.
A posse was soon organized by Sheriff
Westfall, and it has been out all night and
to-day. The posse traced the buggy tracks
north from town, across the Fresno River
on to the plains, where the track was lost.
The officers say that the escapes mu3t
have had accomplices, for they are positive
that they were not in possession of any
tools with which they could have dug
through the walls of their cells. Thisyiew
is strengthened by the fact of Laverone
procuring a horse and buegy so quickly
after he eot out of the jail. The prelim
inary examination of the bandits on the
charge of robbing M. Ashley of $250 and a
gold watch had been set for to-day.
The officers believe that the prisoners
headed for the foothills, as they know the
ground well in the vicinity of Raymond.
Dispatches have been sent in all direc
tions, out so far this has resulted in noth
ing.
BLOODGOUNDS ENGAGED.
Deputy Sheriff Timtnin* ana Hi» iWan-
Hunter* Join the Chase.
FRESNO. Cal,, May 7.— Deputy Sheriff
L. P. Timmins left this evening forMadera
with his three bloodhounds to take up the
chase of Outlaws Laverone and Roberts.
The Deputy Sheriff has raised the dogs
from pups, and this is the first time that
he has taken them into active service. He
has trained the hounds diligently for some
time, and expects considerable of them in
the present chase. The dogs have been
tried a number of times, and have been
very successful in following trails. They
will find the escapes and Timmins will do
the fighting, if any is necessary. The re
sults are looked forward to with great
interest here.
Sotable Wedding at Washington.
WASHINGTON, D. C, May 7.— At the
Venezuelan legation yesterday Misa
Teresa, daughter of Minister Andrade,
was married to Gustav Schlottman.
Tbe guests included members of the diplo
matic corps and many prominent officials.
Before coming to Washington Minister
Andrade was Governor of Maracaibo.
Schlottman was a young representative of
the German capital in Maracaibo City,
The couple will live in Maracaibo.

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