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VOLUME LXXXII.-XO. "Hi.
England's Queen Will Be
Unable to See Her
NOW ALMOST TOTALLY
Painful Information That
Changes the Aspect of
MILLIONS TO PAY HOMAGE TO
True Reason Why Her Majesty Will
Not Ride Alone In the
[Copyrighted 1897 by the New YorW bun.]
LONDON, Eng., June 15.— The whole
aspect of the coming jubilee has been
suddenly changed by painful information
which comes to the Sun's London office
from a source making it impossible to
doubt its accuracy. It is announced on
the authority of one of the royal physi
cians attendant upon her Majesty that
the 'Queen is alrno-t totally blind."
No aetailp of the sad news are yet avail
able beyond the faci. that tlje affliction is
a recant culmination, though it had for
some time been threatened. It the cau-e
of her Majesty's blindness is a cataract,
which in its commonest lorm impairs the
sijiht in advanced ape, it is, of course,
possible to cure it by a simple, delicate
No information has yot been vouch
safed on tins poini. In fact, it was hoj ed
the pitiful truth that the aged Q ieen
would be unable 10 see the millions ol her
subjects who wiil pay homage next Tues
day would be wi bheld from their knowl
edge U!i:il after the jubilee. This is the
vason why stii w ■..'■, not ride alone in
tlie procession, and why sac will r.ot leave
the carriage at the »eiv:ce ai 8t Paui'-B
Ii is semi-ofh'cially announced that she
m\ . be unable to respond to the greetings
extended along the line of the royal pro
ce?-ion. This explains the recent revival
nt i. ossip of a regency under the Prince of
Wales in the near future.
At the jubilee parade Tuesday Embassa
dor Hay with tho staff of the embassy,
Rear-Admiral Miller and two naval offi
cers will occupy seats in St. Puul'schurc-h
--yard as imperial guests. Later H»yw 11
mve a private dinner to Wbitelaw Reid,
General Miles anJ Rear- Admiral Miller.
Rei i entertained Miller and Mi.es to
VERY WEARY OF WEYLER.
Even the Spaniards Jiunk h h Time tor \
■h" Bu c*er Genera, it B Rs
calied F om Cub \
HAVANA, Cfpa. June 16. — Ttaa many \
friends of the Ma;quis of Apezteguin and ■
other Spaniards ot the Reformi-t party
SIMLA, the Summer Capital of India, Visited by the Earthquake of the 12th Inst.
This little city lies on thf southwestern sJo].e of the Himalaya mountains, about 120 miles north of Delhi and the same distance east by south of Lihore, with
both railroad and telegraph connection with the country below. It lies at an elevation of 7300 feet above the level of the s»a and has a climate peculiarly suited to
Eurorefins, and on this account a number of sanatoriums h:.vo been established th«re, which are largely patron zed by the Europeans from the lower country. In
J rt;4 Bir John Lawreiue, the Gcveinor-General of India, m: oe it his c fl'uial r«sidence for the summer season, and his exanu.e lus been Joilov.od each season since, all
the secretaries and headquarters establishments going there from CaJcuita in ihe sprinp nnd remaining till fall. The present Goverror-Gepfrul ns lately given his
formal approvul to mukiim it the oJiicial summer capita. The population in 1891 was abcut 17.000 and has grown much since. l,ess than 'JOO miles east of Simla,
between the Himalayas and Kara-koum ranges of mountain!, lies the height of land on the euges ot whicb, within a few miles ol tach other, the three great rivers
«l India -the Indus, the Ganges and ttie firabmapooria, lake their rise.
The San Francisco Call.
SCENE AT THE CORONER'S INQUEST.
CHIEF LEES, With Attorneys Ach and Murphy Close on His Heels, Explaining to the Jurors by Means of
Photographs the Wounds Found on Hoffman's Head and Face.
have renewed their efforts to have Weyier
| recalled. The Spanish shop-keepers
1 charge Weyler with aJI the responsibility
j for the ruin of the island. Wevler re
j cently said at the palace, in the presence
. of many persona, that he had already sent
| "many Cubans to hell and to Chafarins,
' and before leaving the island he would
: make many Spaniards ukc the same
TAMPA, Fla., June 15.— The Dauntless
has again duped the cruisers, and is now
scudding for the Cuban coast with a large
cargo of munitions and thirty-rive men.
The tug arrived at the harbor late yester
SAX FRANCISCO, WEDNESDAY MOBNING, JUNE 16, 18J)7.
i day afternoon, anchoring in an obscure
' place, ostensibly to be drydocked. An
unknown schooner arrived in the lorer
bay at dark. Ht car. o was transferred
I to tb<> Dauntles*. It is stated the car.'O
me udid !our rapid-tire guns, several mil
lion rounds of cartridges, boxes of dyna
; niite, hand grenades, 700 machetes and
\ four electrical batteries. Among the m-n
were lour electrical experts from New
, York who had been encaced to oversee
; the laying of minis and making of bombs.
The expedition departed at midnight.
The Dauntless instead of coming up the
east coast, as the Marblehead as expected,
made a turn around Key West and came
up the west coas:. The cruiser went up
tie wpst coast in obeiience to orders from
W: shington, but went too far and so lost
track of the Dauntless. &he is now be
lieved to be far enough ahead to prevent
MOBILE, Au., June 15.— Four Cubans
were brought here to-day on the I'ruit
s'enmer Agnes, whicn picked them up in
a small skiff len mi^es north of Yucaian.
They told a harrowing tale of eight uays>'
suffer. nj,' while cast away in the skiff,
which was blown by easterly gales from
one of the smaller keys off Port lam pa.
They taid they had been fishing when the
storm overtook them. Wit.i only pro
v.sions for three days their frail craft was
tossea about from June 3 to June 11.
When rescued by the Allies they were
more dead than alive, having been with
out water rive days. Ii is said thai Dr.
B iiujardin, one of the party, is the bearer
of imporiant dispatches from Cuoa^ He
left or Now York t -n ght.
WASHINUION. D. C. June 15— Cal-
Uonn, the Cuban Conimisioner, returned
t ■ Washington to-n grit unex;* ctedly and
will have a further coiiierence with tiie
President and Assistant Secretary Day
übnut the Uujz case and the conditions
observed by him in Cuba.
SUFFERERS OF ThE EARTHQUAKE.
From Many Sections of India Come Re
ports of Terr.bie Disaster
CALCUTTA, Inpia, June 15.— Telegrams
with earthquake Dews, the echoes of -the
subterranean disturbances of Saturday
last, are pouring in from every station
north of Madras.
Tae postotiice at Chlttagong has been
The heavy rains of the past two days
are increasing the damage some. Some of
the streets heie nr" closed to traffic, and it
is believed that the firing of the jubilee
i salute must be abandoned, as the Brine
| even of the time gun is dangerous, shak
ing the damaged buildings.
Thousands of poor Europeans and Eu
| rosians are homelc-s and are living in the
BRITISH STEAMER SULTAN LOST,
Founders Near the hand of Socotra
While Carrying a Large Number
of Mecca Pig- ms
COLOMBO, Ceylon, June 15— The Brit
ish steamer Sultan, C'apiain Collins, UOOO
tons, bound from Jeddali for Calcutta
with a large number of Mecca pilgrim*,
foundered near turn island of Socotra. I'JO
miles east of Cape Guardafui, the eastern
extremity of Africa.
Ten natives were drowned, but all the
crew of the Sultan and the remainder of
the pilcrims have been landed here.
PACIFIC MAIL DIVIDENDS.
Huntmgton Soys They May Be Increased
to 5 P.r Cent if Two Ntw Steam
ers Are Put On.
NEW YORK, N. V., June 15.— C. P.
Huntineton said toe! ay the report that
Pacific Mail would increase the dividend
to a 4 per cent basis was incorrect. "Such
dividends," he declared, "would be ezces
siv<*, and 1 believe in conservative manage
ment. It is very probable, however, we
will increase the dividend to I 1 * percent
semi-annually o' '.) j>er cent a year. It is
also protable wm shall put on two now
steamers of 10,000 tons each to ply between
l^an Francisco «mU C'nira. II this is done
we shouid be able to earn and pay 5 per
cent dividends. The matter of tUe two
new steamers has not yet been fully de
cided, but the aubjoct is under considera
tion and doubtless will soon be settled."
BRIGHT BVSI> f.SS I'ROSV E< JS.
Merchandise on a firmer Ha tit and
Farmer* O't lietter Priori.''^
NEW YORK, N. Y M June 15.— Vice-
President James Gannon of the Fourth
National Bank returned to-day from
Kansas City, where be was elected presi
dent of the National Association of Credit
Men. Like others recently returned from
the West he brought a report of brighten
ing business prospects. .
•'We had a very satisfactory conven
tion," said Gannon, "ami representatives
were preteut irom every large jobbing
center in the United States. A careful
canvass ol tue delegates indicated tnat
the genera! business sitiuit on throuj;hou:
ihe country is steadily improving. The
price of mercDandise is upon a firmer
basis. Farmers are receiving better prices
for cattie. and if ihe price of corn and
wlieai can be maintained merchants look
for a very prosperous condition of affairs
throughout the West this fall."
MAI CBA*GK THE SYSTEM.
Major Woodman* Indian Agency Meth
■ od* Arm Approved..
WICHITA, Kans, June 15.— Major A.
E. Woodson of Darlington, Oklahoma,
agent for th>3 Cheyenne and Arapahoe
tribes, is en route to Washington where
he was summoned by Secretary 131; It
is the unofficial conjecture of some peo
ple posted on Indian affairs that his visit
may revolutionize t:ie whole Indian
agency system.- Major Woodson tendered
his rcianation-.to President McKinley
and the President refused to accept it.
The authorities at Washington have been
studying his processes tor some time, and
it is highly probable that Secretary Bliss
has rrsolved to mate other agents adopt
the Woodson method.
Coroner Hawkins Begins the
Inquiry Into Hoffman's
CHIEF LEES SUBMITS LETTERS
They Tell of Bitter Family Estrangement.
The Chief of Police and Coroner
Hawkins Not in Perfect
No Coroner's inquest ever held in this
City probably attracted more general and
deeper interest than that wnich becan
yesterday into the death of Isaac Hoff
man, which to-day, after a apse of twu
weeks, is ens >rouded in as creat mystery
us when the first doubt was cast upon the
manner of his end.
Coroner Hawkins had fixed the hour for
beginning tlie inquiry at 10 o'clock, and at
!east an hour before that tmo the street
and hallways near the Coroner's ottice,
where the inquest is being held, gave
marked indications that something of un
usual intere:t was transpiring .n the vi
cinity. But no preparations had been
made to accommodate the general public,
an 1 during the entire period of the hear
ing reopie had to be reiused admission to
where tne jury was sitting and where the
witnesses were being examined.
Despite tho fact that the general ran of
seekers tf'.er the morbid had to be ex
cluded from necessity, the room in which
the proceedings went on presented some
interesting figures and scenes.
At bis desk sat Dr. Hawkins, the
Coroner, with Chief Lees at his left and
Attorney Ach and er.- Judge Murphy, in
the order named, at his right. ■
Facing them was the jury of
ten men, ccmpo^ed of the iollowing
named: B. Fross I. Erb, F. Schneider. H.
L. B. Smith, William Geiman, C. Hoff
man, F. Braun, J. Peirani, J. Helier, J. Cul
l>gan. Near to the entrance, in as incon
picuous a position as they could find, sat
Mrs. Dora Hoffman, widow of the de
ceased, with Joseph Sapthaly, her attor
ney, and Harry and ADe Hoffman, the
two brothers of the dead merchant.
Close by this group was ex- Judge Louder
back, one of the attorneys retained to look
after the rights and interests of Theodore
Seeking apparently to avoid notice as
much as possible, Lizzie Morrin stood in
tlie passaceway leading to the inner office.
Figel, though about the premise, did not
make his appearance in the room where |
the investigation was going on. On the
wall, directly facing the jury, was hung
the diagram of the offices of Hoffman,
llotnchild <fc Co. in which the tragedy had
been enacted. It was the same that
-howed a track of irregular blood spatters
between the offices and to which Attorney
Ach had made strong objections on the
score of its being inaccurate. He claimed
ihat there was no trail of blood, as indi
cated, visible on the carpet, and holds it .
as his opinion that the body was dragged
or carried from one ollice to the other,
this being one of his strong points to sub
stantiate I. is theory of niurd r.
Chief Lee 9 was the first witness called i
and took up most of the time of the two !
and a half hours' session. He was ex- j
tremely deliberate and methodical in Dre- j
senting his testimony and exhibits to the j
jury, and neither the apiarent irritability j
ol Ach nor the unmistakable hints of the I
Corouer to have him expedite matters
made any impression m the head of the
Police Department. He went on present
ing bit after bit of bullets bone, pho
toeraphs, letters, pistols, cartridges and
other old and new things. To the Coro
ner's mind he seemed inclined to wander
from telling strictly what he knew of his
own knowledge, and he was cautioned to
confine himself to legal lines of procedure.
This he re en ted, and in a cart manner
gave the Coroner to understand that be
would proceed as he thought proper. To j
save time i:e was not again interrupted.
After each batch of exhibits had been !
drawn forth from the capacious satchel
that lay by the side of the Chief the Coro
ier would ask, "Anything more?'* and
i tie Chief would stoop over and slowly
drawl out, "Plenty more; I have got '
enough to Keep you gomg for a couple of ;
hours, anyway." Then up would come a j
bundle ol letters, a tin box of scraps of j
bones or buiiets, a revolver or a collection
of grewsome photographs. But the Coro
ner got in a checkmate just before the ad
journment for the day. The Chief I acl |
called off a list of letters that had been
found on the person and in the desk of the
deceased, and to give a dramatic climax j
to the day was about to b»gin the reading
ol the letters, when the Coroner said that
that was not necessary at that time, and j
would have to be postponed.
While Lees was entering into the
minute details of the wounds that had
been found on the deceased and toying
with pieces of the skull of Isaac Hoifman,
the widow, who was where she bad a
c!ear view of where the witnesses sat,
visibly paled and her look of sadness grew
Attorney Louderback created consider
able of a diversion early in the proceed- j
ings by objecting to one of the jurors, who i
he said was a dealer with and a creditor!
of the firm of wh.cn Hoffman bad been a
member. Tlie juror he had reference to
was Braun. He asked that the jury be
discharged and a new one impaneled.
Coroner Hawkins said that would neces-
sitate the exhumation of the body and
added that t: ere was nothing in the code
that provided for tho challenging of the
jurors sitting in an inquest. Ex-Judge
Murphy volunteered the information that
there was noDody on trial and that the
inquiry was held simply to determine the
manner of a death.
At this point the Coroner asked the ob
jectionable juror if he could give the mat
ter an impartial hearing, and on receiving
an affirmative reply decided peremptorily
that the inquest would proceed without
any further deilay.
All the witnesses, except the particular
one on the stand, were then ordered
excluded from the room during the pro
Chief Lees, on taking the stand, re
viewed the incidents of the finding of the
body of the deceased and all that he had
done looking to the discovery of the man
ner in which Hoffman came to his
death. He described in detail the re»
suits of the autopsy, and went into a
description of the wounds, illustrating
what he had to say by means of a
large and varied collection of photo
graphs, pieces of skull, the hat of the
deceased, bullets and pieces of bullets,
the revolver with which the killing had
been done and the diagram that had been
drawn by Clarence Russell, the draughts
man of the Police Department. I n speak
ing of the wound near the top of the head,
he laid stress upon the lact that while the
bullet had penetrated the skull the bram
had not been iujured.
While the Chief was explaining the dia
gram to the jury he remarked that there
were "blood stains all the way through
between the two rooms." At this Ach
smiled in a way that showed he was far
from being in accord with the Chief on
Every move that the Chief made in M 3
efforts to explain to the jury matters re
lating to the perforated hat of the de
ceased and to the photographs of tne
wounds was watched by both Attorney
Ach and es-Judge Murphy as if their
very lives depended upon preventing ihe
Chief from making any undesirable im
pression on the jury. When the Chief,
for instance, placed the dead man's hat
on his hat and illustrated how the pistol
was probably held wnen the bullet was
| tired through its rim, Ach followed Lees'
performance by placing the derby on his
own head and allowing the jcirors to sea
how be though: the pi3tol had been held.
After Lees had been on the stand for
i about an liour, M. IM. Rice took his place.
! Ho ;estitieil to his iias'ing seen two men
j in front of 11 Battery street on the even
j ing of June 1 engaged in what he called
I animated conversation. The details of
bis statement have already appeared in
Thk Call. In his former story he was a
little uncertain as to the time he passed
the place. Yesterday he placed the hour
at 6:30. The man w\ho teemed to be most
excited, he said, stood in the door facing
the sidewalk. The ether man was trying
to paciiy him. He described the taller
man as having a mustache like that of
Juror Culltgi'.n, and as having a com
plexion something like that of Abe Hoff
man, a brother of the deceased, who was
in the room, and to whom the witness'
! attention had been called by the Coroner.
Rica's description would answer that of
j the dead merchant. The Battery-street
door of the store was open. He added
that both men were about of toe same
height, but he could not describe any por
tion of the clothes that either of the men
wore. A panel - size photograph was
1 shown the witness and he said, "That
'•. might be the one who whs standing in
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