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VOLUME LXXX.-NO. 130.
SWEPT BY FIRE
Many Lives Reported Lost
in the Ecuadoran
Thousands of Homeless Citizens
Camping in Near-by
BUSINESS SECTION BURNED.
Provisions Are Scarce and the In-
habitants Are Threatened
NEW YORK, N. V., Oct. B.— The
Herald's special cable irom Guayaquil.
Ecuador, says: More than half this city
has been destroyed by fire. The loss of
life is great, but the exact number cannot
be given. The fire has been burning for
twenty-four hours and is not under
Many persons who were in the arsenal
when the flames burst forth are believed
to have been burned. Thousands of citi
zens are homeless and are cammng in the
fields near the city. Provisions are scarce,
and there is some danger of famine.
In February last the city was visited by
a destructive fire, in which property worth
$1,000,000 was destroyed.
The Herald's dispatch from Panama
says that a dispatch from Guayaquil
states that the whole commercial portion
of the city, including four of the largest
banking institutions, were swept away by
The losses are rongbly estimated at
$500,000,000. The correspondent says th*
Lre is beiieved to have been of incendiary
Guayaquil has a population of 40,000
people. It is a Bishop's see and has nine
churches, a college, a seminary, convents
and two semi-weekly newspapers.
Large ships can come up to the town,
which is the principal port of Ecuador.
The chief exports are cocoa, Panama hats,
hides, cotton, tobacco, calisaya and other
barks, coffee, etc., valued in some years at
over $40"), 000,000, the imports being even
greater in value. It is the seat of several
Vaults at C/cytoria end Shelby
Wrecked by Explosions of
LINCOLN, Nebe., Oct. 7.— Claytonia, a
village in Gage County, twenty-seven
miles south of Lincoln, was aroused at 1
o'clock this morning by a loud explosion.
It was found that the vault of the Clay
tonia Depository had been blown open
and abou; $1500 stolen. Two horses be
longing to Rev. Edward Sallenbach were
mis-ing. Three suspicious-looting men
who had been camping in the woods and
yesterday were in the village buying bread
are suspected. A large posse is scouring
the country for the robbers.
Wiiliam Steinmeyer, president of tbe
bank, came to Lincoln this morning, and
while he was reporting the robbery to the
Lincoln police Albert P. Anderson arrived
to report that the Bank of Shelby, Polk
County, had been robbed of $3100, of
which $20 was in pennies. Mr. Anderson
is president of the bank and lives in Lin
coln. He reported that the robbery oc
curred about 2 o'clock. The burglar- proof
safe was blown o[ en with dynamite. Many
heard the explosion and hurried to the
bank but found no one in sight.
Bhelby and Claytonia are seventy mile
apart, so two gangs were evidently at
work. The safe in the postoffa'ce at Glen
ville, twelve miles from Hastings, was
blown open Bunday night and $230, besides
stamps, was taken. All the work is that
FOG WRECKS FOUR TRAINS.
Curious Combination of Accidents in the
Santa Fe Yards— Only One Man
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 7.— A curious
and unprecedented combination of wrecks
took place this morning in the yards of the
A Banta Fe Railroad at Argentine. A dense
_ fog caused the trouble. Four trains were
wrecfced, but, strange to say, only one
man was hurt, and he not fatally.
An easttound freight train in trying to
enter the yard was stopped by a switch
that refused to work. Before the trouble
could be remedied a special fast freight,
which was following close behind, came
along. On account of the fog the danger
signals were noi seen until too late. The
second train crashed into the rear of the
first one, wrecking the engine and several
Hardly had this collision occurred when
passenger train 8, due in Kansas City at
6:45. crashed into the rear of the wrecke I
special train, and a few minutes later
passenger train 2, the California limited,
ploweu throngh the rear oars of No. 8.
Only one -person was hurt in these
wrecks, a stockman named George
Slater, who had his arm broken ami his
Lea'i badly cut. His injuries, although
lainfui, are not considered dangerous.
The passengers were somewhat shaken,
but no one else was injured.
The . damage to railroad property
amounts to $50,000.
PANIC AT A MATINER.
Boy in the Gallery Tell "Piret" and
Homrn Are Irampltd Upon.
ST. LOUIS, Mo., Oct. 7.— Several women
were knocked down and trampled upon
in a panic at Hopkins' Grand Opera
. house during the matinee performance
I this afternoon. A woman giving her name
*as Josephine Wright of Kansas City
fainted and was carried to an adjoining
drugstore. The panic was started by boys
in the gallery yelling fire. An usher
dropped a tray of glasses with a crashing
noi^e, and instantly men, women and
children made a wild rush for the exitu.
The San Francisco Call
The attendants and police succeeded in
restoring order in about fifteen minutes.
None of the victims are seriously injured.
RUN OA A SIN-TREASURY
The Political Uncertainty Causes Aiuc-
iety at St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS. Mo., Oct. 7.— For the past
heavy demands have been made upon the
United States Sub-Treasury here for gold
by people presenting treasury notes and
gold certificates. There was an average of
twenty in line all day to-day. At noon
the maximum was double that number.
Ihis gave rise to the report that local
brokers had organized to take, all tbe gold,
it was explained by those in line that
they were drawing the yellow metal to de
posit, owing to the uncertainty of the re
sult of the election. There is still about
$1,500,000 gold in the vault here.
AFTER FORTY YEARS.
A A'eui lork Manufacturing Pirm Get*
Into Receirers' Hands.
NEW tfORK, N. V., Oct. 7.— fc. S. Greely
& Co., manufacturers of telegraph and
railroad supplies, electrical apparatus,
etc.. at 5 and 7 Davis street, and at New
Haven, Conn., are in financial difficulties
and Judge Lacotnbo of }he United States
Circuit Court lias appointed Genpral E. 8.
Greely, the president, and J. W. Snnds,
the secretary, receivers for the company.
The business is a very old one and was
< stablished over forty years ago by L G.
Tillotson & Co. The liabilities are said to
be $160,000. The assets in this city are
$180,000 and in Connecticut $500 in office
Cigar- lUakers Elect Delegates.
DETROIT, Mich., Oct. 7.— The princi
pal business transacted by the cigar-mak
ers' convention to-day was the selection of
delegates to tbe next convention of the
American Federaiion of Labor. Those
selected are Samuel Gompers, Thomas
Tracy of Boston, John C. Derneil of Chi
cago and G. A. Whittaker of Salt Lake
City. The convention voted to establish
the international headquarters at Wash
ington on January 1.
Hirer Packet Sunk by a Snag.
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio. Oot. 7.— The Ohio
and Kanawha river packet Columbia
strucu a snag at Redhouse this morning
en route to this city, ami sank, breaking
in twain. The passengers liad a narrow
escape, but the work of the crew with
yawls prevented any one from drowning.
The boat is a total wreck. She was valued
San PrancUcnn* Return Prom Abroud.
NEW YORK, N. V., Oct. 7.— Among the
passengers who arrived this evening on
the Trave from Bremen were Nicholas
Oi)landt,Mrs.Mathiide Ohlandt, Miss Tillie
Olilandi and Miss Nellie Ohlandt of San
Francisco. Among the passengers who
will sail to-morrow for Hamburg is Miss
Alma Schmidt of San Francisco.
Suicide in Lincoln Park, Chicago.
CHICAGO, 111., Oct. 7.— Richard Hugo
Shober, an expert lithographer, com
mitted succide to-day by shooting himself
in the head at Lincoln Park.
OPERATORS RETURN TO WORK.
Result of a Conference With the Cana
dian Pacific Superintendent
WINNIPEG, Man., Oct. 7.-All the
Canadian Pacific Railway operators re
turned to work to-night at 7 o'clock.
There was a nitch in the agreement this
morning, but after a conference with the
general superintendent it was agreed that
all should go back, pending an investiga
tion of the grievances.
SAN FRANCISCO, THURSDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 8, 1896.
THE LOCAL SITUATION.
BANK ROBBERY AND
Thrilling Tragedy at Sher
bourne, in Southern
Two Strangers Ride Into Town
on Bicycles and Kill
ALSO A TRAVELING SALESMAN.
They Secure a Thousand Dollars and
Escape, W th Many Posses in
SHERBOURNE, Minn., Oct. 7.— This
town is in a state of excitement to-night
over the most thrilling tragedy that ever
occurred in Southern Minnesota. The
Bank of Sherbourne was robbed of a large
sum of money and two men were almost
instantly killed, about twenty minutes
after 1 o'clock this afternoon. About
noon two men, one of whom looked like a
mere boy, rode into the town on bicycles.
They were both well dressed. No particu
lar attention was paid to them as Sher
bourne is a town of but 300 people, most
of them workingmen, and at that hour
tbey were hurrying home to dinner.
The strangers hung around the out
skirts until shortly after 1 o'clock, ap
parently sizing up the situation. At that
time they sauntered lazily down the street
and stopped in front of the Bank of Sher
bourne. After a moment's talk they went
into the bank and the elder of the men
engaged Assistant Cashier George Tbor
burn in conversation. Precisely what oc
curred in the bank is not known, as no
body was on the street in that v'cinity at
the time. One of the desperadoes, how
ever, evidently got hold of a roll of bills
amounting to about $1000. Thorburn
probably tried to prevent the men from
getting away with the money, and tbey
drew their revolvers and began firing, at
the same time retreating. One of the
bullets struck Thorburn in the neck, caus
ing almost instant death.
The shooting in the bank aroused the
town, and people began running in that
direction. The first man to reach the place
waß Olaf Ostern of Luverne, a traveling
salesman for the Wood Harvester Com
pany of St. Paul. The desperadoes evi
dently feared they would De captured, as
they quickly turned their firearms upon
Ostern. He made a dash to grapple with
them, bin was not quick enough, as he
was struck in the head and fell dead at
their feet. They ran down the street,
firing at random, while people in the
street scurried to places of safety. The
fleeing robbers ran about three blocks to a
clump of bushes, where they mounted
•their wheels and rode rapidly away toward
the county line, six miles to the south.
Mayor C. E. Everrett at once did all in
his power, together with the Town Mar
shal, to run down the bandits. He also
sent a dispatch to Governor Clough at St.
Paul telling him of the tragedy and ask
ing his advice. The Governor answered
immediately: "Wire all points and send
out posses surrounding Sherbourne."
The Governor also wired W. P. Hill,
Bheriff of Martin County, to send out
posses at once and to wire all surrounding
Sheriff Hill was at Fairmont, the
county seat of Martin County, twenty
miles east, but he came on here by train
and organized a large posse of determined
Sherbourne men, which moved southward
on horseback late in the afternoon.
At 10 o'clock to-night the Sheriff's posse
returned to town, having found no trace
of the desperadoes. A posse of 500 men
will leave here at daylight.
CEDAR KEYS' DEATH ROLL.
Early Reports of the Loss of Life in the
Recent Tornado Were Not
CEDAR KEYS, Fla., Oct. 7.— A suffi
cient time has now elapsed since the late
storm to gather some data and make an
estimate of the losses therefrom. The
first reports of loss of life and property
sent from here, though hastily given, were
not exaggerated. Words fail to describe
the appearance of the town or to describe
the condition of the people. Not a single
bouse on the island escaped damage.
From all reports the losses are deplor
able along the coast, from here to the
Suwanee River not a house is standing,
and the survivors are without food, shel
ter or clothing. They are constantly com
ing with sorrowful stories of want and
suffering. The town is doing all that is
possible to give employment in the way
of clearing the streets, etc., but this goes
only a little way in providing relief. The
people here do not expect a train for
months, though the railroad has a large
force of men at work. Everything is
washed out from the tour-mile post.
The names of those Known to be
drowned follow: George, Henry and Frank
Havens; Mrs. Beacham, Mrs. C. W. Doar
and three children, Mrs. Missouri Branch
and daughter, S. C. Gauz, Sam G, Robin
son, Frank Hall, Bim Branin, all white,
and Bradshaw Campbell and four
spongers, colored. Added to this list are
P. J. Spear, Ailes Bass, Joe Brooker and
Bob Ezell. They had started from here
on Monday night for a point up the coast,
though warned of an approaching storm.
Only one body ha 3 been found, that of
Spear, but there is no doubt that all shared
the same fate. The sponge fleet must
have scattered in several directions, and
some no doubt escaped the fury of the
storm, as it is learned from both sides of
this place that there was nothing serious
in the way of wind or tide at a distance of
thirty miles off. Others were undoubtedly
reoria , Watch factory ; Burned.
PEORIa, lil., Oct. 7 — Early this morn
ing fire broke out in the watch factory
building, occupied by the F. P. Ide Manu
lacturing Company and the Parsons Hor
oiojrical Institute, and in a short time the
structure was in ruins. The total loss is
$124,000; insurance, $136,000.
Refuses to Admit United
States Guardships to the
His Decision Said to Have Been
Reached With the Aid of
THE FORTE GROWS BOLDER.
Demands the Right to Board Foreign
Vessels and S arch for Arme
CONSTANTINOPLE, Ttjbkey, Oct. 7.—
The Porte has sent a note to the powers
demanding the right to board foreign ves
sels in Turkish waters for the purpose of
searching for Armenians.
LONDON, Eng., Oct. 7.— The Post to
morrow will print a dispatch from Con
stantinople, saying that tbe Porte has de
cided not to admit Greek, Dutch and
American guardships to trie Hellespont.
It is known, the dispatch says, that Rus
sia objects to the admission of these ves
sels. The United States Government, it is
added, has not as yet made application for
the admission of her warships.
RESIGNS THE LEADERSHIP.
Lord Jtoaebery Viaagreea With Bit Party
on the Turkish Question.
LONDON, Eno., Oct. 7.— The Central
News is authority for tbe statement that
Lord Rosebery has written to Sir Thomas
Ellis, M. P., tbe first whip of the Liberals,
resigning the leadership of the party. The
reason given for his lordship's resignation
is that he disagrees with Mr. Gladstone
and other leading Liberals regarding the
proper policy to be adopted on the East
Lord Rosebery's letter is dated at his
seat, Dalmeny Park, Linlithgowshire,
October 6. In tha communication his
"The recent course of events makes it
necessary to clear the air. I find myself
in apparent difference with a considerable
mass of the Liberal party on the Eastern
question, and in some conflict with the
opinion of Mr. Gladstone, who must
necessarily exercise matchless authority
with the party, while scarcely from any
quarter do I receive explicit support.
This situation, except as regards Mr. Glad
stone, is not altogether new, but in saying
this I complain of no one and regret only
that I should appear to divide the energies
and try the faith of the Liberals.
"This question, however, is above and
beyond personal considerations, and when
1 speak, which I do this week, I must
speak my mind, without reference to party.
"Under these circumstances it is best for
the party and for myself that I speak not
as a leader, but as a freeman. Conse
quently I beg to notify you that the
leadership of the party, so far as I am
concerned, is vacant and that I resume
my liberty of action. I can only feel tbe
deepest gratitude and regret at parting
from you and those who like you have
given me such loyal co-operation under
circumstances so difficult."
ENGLAND AND VENEZUELA.
The St. James Gazette Bitterly Complains
of Affronts and Outrages Perpetrated
on Its Countrymen.
LONDON, Eng., Oct. 7.— The St. James
Gazette devotes a leading article to the
discussion of the Venezuelan question and
insists that no progress has been made
toward a settlement of the dispute. The
paper recites the Venezuelan affronts and
outrages perpetrated on Englishmen and
concludes by saying:
"If such insults and outrages had been
addressed to the meanest sister republic
in South America there would have been
war long ago. Any other European power
would not have stood it a week, yet we sit
with folded bandß and permit one slap in
the face to succeed another. We hope
most sincerely that the negotiations with
the United States will result peacefully,
but nothing is to be gained by shutting
our eyes and crying 'peace' where there is
The Gazette adds that Venezuela's atti
tude in regarding the construction of a
railway to Barinia as a violation of the
Venezuelan treaty is an insult.
"BEST SOLDIER OF FRANCE."
General Louis Jules Zrochu finally Van-
quished by Death.
LONDON, Ekg., Oct. 7. — A .dispatch
from Paris to the Central News announces
tbe death of General Trocnu.
Louis Jules Trochu was born March 12,
1815. He became captain in 1843, served
as chief of the general staff in the Crimean
war, and obtained the rank of general of
brigade in 1354. He was a great strate
gist. In 1864 he was raised to tbe rank of
general of division, and about 1860 was
directed to perfect a plan to reorganize
the army. On this subject he wrote a
popular book called "L'Armee Fran
caise." In August, 1870, he was appointed
major-general of the army . and com
mander-in-chief of the forces in Paris.
"He is undeniably." says the Army and
Navy Journal for July, 1870, "the best
soldier of France."
On the formation of the republic, Sep
tember 4, he became president of the ex
ecutive committee, tne highest office in
the provisional government. He com
manded the forces which defended Paris
against the Germans during the siege of
VICTOR OF LESS ETS HEAD.
Circumstances That Lead to Rumors of
*ARIB, France, Oct. 7.— Victor de Les
seps, son of the late Ferdinand de Lesseps,
the famous engineer, promoter and diplo
mat died to-day, aged 43. It was given
out that death was caused by an acci
dental fall, but it is rumored that it was
really a case of suicide.
Spanish Cabinet Crisis.
LONDON, Ehg., Oct. 7.— A dispatch to
the Central News from Madrid says a min
sterial crisis has occurred. No details
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
FOUR SPEECHES BY
Piercing Cold Wind Has No
Effect Upon the
The Thousands Warmed by the
Logical Utterances of the
MANY FARMERS IN THE THRONG
Bring Wives and Children Along— Over
Two Hundred Women in the
CANTON, 111., Oct. 7.- Major McKin
ley had 3600 visitors to-day and made four
speeches. The weather was disagreeable.
A sharp wind from the north chilled the
air and made people shiver. The inclem
ency of the weather had no effect upon
the size or enthusiasm of the delegations,
however, the visitors from Geauga County,
Ohio, numbered 2500; from Ashland
County, 400; from Parltersburg and other
points in West Virginia and from Indi
The big delegation from Geauga County
and the one from Ashland were composed
of farmers. They brougnt their wives
and children with them and there were
more than 200 women in line when the
delegations paraded the streets. The first
speech was made to the First McKinley
Club of Indiana, as follows:
My fellow-citizens: It gives me great pleas
ure to meet you here at my home this morn
ing. It is always a distinction to have a po
litical organization to adopt one's name. It
is especially gratifying to me to be assured
that if you were not the first club in the
United States to give me the honor of adopt
ing my name you were certainly the first in
the State of Indiana, and I thank you for this
honor ana compliment.
We are engaged this year In a great National
contest, the result of which will determine for
years to come the public policies which shall
govern this country. Government is always
an interesting study. There is a good deal of
misunderstanding as to how a Government
gets its money. There are some people who
seem to believe that the way the Government
gets its money is to make it. The Government
gets its money by taxation, and can get it in
no other way.
There are three or four sources • from which;
the Government of the United States gets tha
money with which to pay the running ex
penses. Tbe chief sources of revenue are
through tariffs and internal revenue.
Then the Government gets some money
through the sale of Us public lands and gets
some money from Its postal service, and from
these sources there comes the money that is
annually required to meet and discharge pub
Now if the Government had power to make
money, as some people believe, or had the
power to adopt the value of a thing, -it would
not need to resort to taxes; it would simply
set its mints to work and make the necessary
money to pay its running expenses. There ia
another thing I would have you all know, that
is, the Government cannot get gold or silver
except through the Custom-house or the In
ternal Revenue Office or from the sale of;
public lands without giving something for it,
just as you and I have to give something for it
if we want gold or silver or paper money.
Now, how does the Government distribute
its money? Somebody asked me that question
the other day. How does the Government dis
tribute the money? The Government distri
butes its receipts— its annual receipts — by an
appropriation of Congress to its creditors.
That's the way the money of the Government
is distributed. It is distributed in payment
of the army, the navy, public improvements,
rivers and harbors, the great postal service of
the country, the Congress, the interest on the
Government bonds and the principal of tha
Government bonds, and tbe pensions ol
soldiers, and there is no other way for the
Government to distribute any money it has
except to the people it owes. There is no such,
thing as a general distribution of money by
the Government of the United states.
The point I want to make in the little talk
I give you this morning is 'that the Govern
ment does not create money, cannot create
money, and whatever money it needs it has
got to collect from taxes on its people, either
by a system of direct taxation or by a system
of indirect taxation known as the tariff, and it
the Government wants to have any gold or
silver minted for Its own use it has got to pay
lor that gold and silver just as you and I have
to pay for it if we want it for our purpose*.
I thank you, my fellow-citizens, for this call,
and it will give me very great pleasure to
meet and greet each one of you. [Applause.]
Major McKinley spoKe briefly. His
utterances were full of patriotism and
strong pleas for the cultivation of a broad
The next speech was to the Ashland
County delegation. Responding to the
remarks of Dr. Chess, the spokesman, he
I had expected to concentrate the visiting
delegations from Ohio into one audience to
day, but the delegations that are coming are
so large that there is no hall in the town that
would hold them. [Laughter and applause.]
Taking op the money question he said;
It Is proposed now that we shall enter upon
the day not only of depreciated currency, but
of depreciated paper money. But to that tha
Republican party answers: "No; forever no."
Some people seem sometimes to despair of the
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