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Peaceful Death of the
Passes Away in the Pres
ence of Wife and
Went to a Georgia Resort to
Recuperate From an At
tack of Pneumonia.
MOST NOTABLE CAREER.
Distinction Gained as a Lawyer, Sol
dier and Statesman by the
Special Dispatch to Tha Call.
xi njjiiiiin miucrwonn, united States
mlssioner of Patents, who has
111 at Plney Woods Hotel here
several weeks, died at 3:15 o'clock this
afternoon. The end was peaceful, and
■when it came his wife and children
were at his bedside. He came here to
recuperate from an attack of pneu
monia and recovered rapidly until two
wer-ks ago, when he Buffered from ure
mic convulsion?. From that relapse
he never recovered. His body will be
sent to Washington to-morrow.
Benjamin Butterworth was what is
known as a "birthright Quaker."
Those who knew him nest during
busy career are unanimous in Baying
of him, "His daily life was as exem
plary of the tenets of that good old'
faith as that of any public official ,
He was born in TVarren County,
Ohio. 22, IS3T; was a member
of the State Senate of Ohio from War
ren and Butler counties in 1873-74; was
elected from the First Ohio District to;
the Forty - sixth. Forty - seventh, !
Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses, I
and was r< I to the Fifty-first :
"Ben" ButterwOrth, a? he has al- ;
ways been best known, spent his earl
ier y- I about Mnineville and!
ng — the latter a little
station on the Little Miami Railroad. '
His father was William Butterworth,
his mother a Linton, a family noted
throughout the entire line for their
keenness of intellect, powers of percep- |
tlon and strength in speech and de- j
bate. Both parents were of Quaker
ancestry. Major Butterworth's keen
Intellect and remarkable powers of
; ption were inherited from his
mot hi r.
terworttr*a first acquaintance
■with law was made in the office of
TiurViin Ward, then a successful prac- '<
titioner in Cincinnati.
4 During the war he attained th^ rank
"of major in an Ohio regiment. He was
Commissioner of Patents first during
the administration of Garfield and Ar
thur, and hi? record made then and
subsequently had great weight with '
President McKinley in selecting him
for that position.
He was made secretary of the
World's Fair project early in the in
ception of that gr^at enterprise at Chi
during the early .'9o's, and
worked along In that capacity with
honor to himself and profit to the
company until its close. His widow
and four children survive him. His
■wife was Miss Mary Schuyler of Penn
sylvania. The children are Mrs. Howe
of Washington, I>. C, a widow: Wil
liam, who married n Miss Deere, of
Moline. TIL; young Ben, who was in
jured In game early in life,
and Frank, whop* 1 prowess as a foot
ball coach and fullback is almost inter
Students Parade the Streets
Crying Out Against
Police Finally Disperse the Mob and
Make a Numbir of
Special Dispatch to The Call.
PARIS, Jan. 16.- There was a popular
to-day, with a procession
"of military officials, soldiers,. veterans and
■ gymnastic and other associations, in
. honor of General Felix Saussier, now re
tiring from the military governorship of
• Paris, and the commander-. n-chief of the
French army. General Saussier, who was
In full uniform and surrounded by his
staff, stood in the window of his resi
dence, responding assiduously to the sal
utations of enormous crowds.
Ultimately bands of students paraded
the streets, shouting perpetuallly, "Con
spuez Zola!" "Death to the Jews!"
and the like. In several cases cafe win
dows were smashed, and the windows of
a house mistaken for >.olas was broken.
The police ally aspersed the rioters
and made many arrests. Louise Michel
and Sebastian Faure addressed a social
ist meeting this evening and denounced
the secrecy attending tne trial of Comte
Esternazy. There were shouts (ft "A baa
Brumont!" and "A has Rochefort!" but
there was no further disorder
The list of persons signing the petition
circulated by M. Zola and others on Fri
day last for a retrial Oi former Captain
Alfred Dreyfus is becomin- Increasingly
. significant. Numerous members of the
Institute and other prominent persons are
signing, which shows that the movement
is dally growing in respectability and in
fluence. On the other hand, the anti
. Zola campaign, started by the students,
Is extending to Marseilles, Toulouse,
Lyons., Nancy and other large towns.
PASSES CLOSE TO A VESSEL
HEAVILY LISTED TO STARBOARD.
British Steamship Willow Branch Sights a
Craft That Has Evidently Encoun
tered a Gale.
PHILADELPHIA. Jan. IS.-Captain
Ritson, commanding the RritiHh steamer
Willow liraneh, which arrived in port to
4 day. stated that on January 7. to the
westward of the. Grand Links, he passed
close to an unknown steamship that was
heavily listed to Btarboard, but she did
not signal that assistance was needed.
He describes the vessel to have been a
large, deeply laden craft, with a red
funnel win black top and red band
around it, and believes it to have been
one of the Allan line fleet.
THE LATE HON. BENJAMIN BUTTERWORTH, as He
Appeared While Addressing a Meeting in this City
in October, 1896.
Successful Tests of the
Anti-Toxine for Hog
Dr. Salmon Submits an Encour
aging Report to Secretary
Congress Will Be Asked to Appropri
ate Money for the Distribution
of Serun i.
Special Dlßpatch to The Call.
Call Office. P.iggs House,
Washington, Jan. I*s.
The chief of the Bureau of Animal
Industry, Dr. D. E. Salmon, has sub
mitted to Secretary Wilson a report
upon the experiments made in the
treatment of hogs for hog cholera with
anti-toxine scrum. This serum Is made
upon the same principle as the anti
toxine of diphtheria. Good serum has
been oljt.aini.-il from both horses
cattle, a horse or row being in"< a
with the h>>g cholera virus in small
quantities at first, and with larger
after suitable intervals of time.
The resistance of the animal is thus
! to the highest p; point.
The blood of such an animal when in-
I under the skin of SWinfi has ':■• ■• n
found t" possess both a preventive aDd
This serum was first tested uj>on
small animals in the laboratory, and,
being found efficacious, was last fall
tested in Page County, lowa, on sev
eral herds of swine, containing alto
gether 278 animals. Leaving out one
herd, from which definite returns as to
cause of death could not be obtained,
only 3l< died out of l'-J4 animals treat
ed, of which 86 were .si«-k. Consequent
ly 82.8 per cent of the animals of these
herds were saved. Of untreated hogs
kept under observation during the pe
riod referred to, about 85 per cent of
th»- animals died.
Dr. Salmon believes that with experi
ence a better quality of scrum can be
prepared, and he has no doubt tfiat
this percentage can be maintained
Referring to this report, Secretary
"Wilson remarked that undoubtedly the
I results reported by Dr. Salmon were
j most encouraging to hog raisers. The
i cost of the serum now. said the Secre
j tary, was but 10 cents per head of ani
mals treated, only one dc-se being re
! quired, and doubtless in course of time
i this light cost may still be further re-
"It is, in my opinion," said the
'■ Secretary, "of the utmost importance
, that this serum, for the next year at
least, be made by the bureau under our
own supervision and distributed in
large quantities in order to demon
strate its efficacy upon a more extend
jed scale. It is absolutely essential that
during the experimental stage serum
of undoubted quality be. used. Unless
the hog growers can obtain it from this
department they will be forced to de
pend upon what can be obtained from
private sources, and, owing to the nov
elty of this product, not only will dls
couragingly exorbitant prices be charg
ed for it, but in many cases inferior
products may be offered. This would
preclude the possibility of making a
satisfactory test on a widely extended
"I propse to ask Congress to provide
j an appropriation necessary to enable
' this department to furnish 2.000.000
doses of serum during the next year
and to make a considerable portion, of
the appropriation immediately avail -
; able. It seems from Dr. Salmon's re
port that It takes three or four months
to put a horse or cow Into condition to
I supply the serum: consequently the
1 work unon an extended scale must be
undertaken at once.
"The losses from hog cholera are so
' enormous and have welched so heav
ily for years upon our farmers that I
'■ cannot Imagine that Conpress will for a
j moment hesitate to make the appro
priations necessary to carry on this
work thoroughly. Indeed, apart from
: the great stake the farmers hay* in
i this matter, to refuse to proviso for a
thorough test of this remedy now would
, he. indeed, 'penny wise and pound fool
ish': for the discovery of this serum has
Involved already many. years of work
and a very large sum of money. It
would be a great mistake now that so
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, MOXDAY, JANUARY 17, 1898.
gTeat a discovery seems to have been
made not to finish the work by giving
it a thorough and extensive test."
GREAT BRITAIN'S SHARE
OF THE CHINESE PUDDING.
Concessions to Be Acquired Through the
Proposed Loan to the Imperial
LONDON, Jan. 16.-The Peking cor
respondent of the Times says: Yester
day (Saturday) Sir Claude Mac Donald,
British Embassador to China, in the
course of an Interview with the Tsung-
LJ-Yamen (Board of Foreign Control),
stated that England was willing to as
sist China to liquidate the Japanese in
demnity, and would provide a loan of
£12.000.000 at par, to run fifty years, the
service to be 4 per cent net. including
sinking fund conditions, as follows:
First— The opening of three treaty
ports, the Talien-Wan. Slang-In and
Nan-Ning. thereby increasing the cus
toms revenues; second; a declaration
that no portion of the Yang-Tse-Kiang
Valley shall b<- alienated to any other
power; third, the right to extend the
Burmafa railway through Hunan prov
ince (the most southwestern In China).
In the event of her default China is to
place certain revenues under the control
of the Imperial customs. On this basis
the negotiations will proceed. China re
gards them as advantageous, but fears
the threatened apposition of France and
Russia, especially to the opening of
Tall-en-Wan and Nan-Nit,
The Times, commenting on the report,
suggests that Siang-In. which the cor
respondent describes as "in Hunan prov
ince" is a telegraphic error and means
cither Siang Yang in Hu-Pei province, or
Siang-Tang, in llu-Nan province.
CASES DELAYED IN
THE SUPREME COURT.
Postponement of the Confirmation of Mc-
Kenna Said to Have Caused Justice
to Be Retarded.
WASHINGTON". Jan. It— Dels? In the
[nation of the nomination of Attor
eral McKenna will compel a post
ponement of mnm assigned for re-argu
3upi Court this w• ek
included several mim that have
it . n before the court for a long time, and
the justices found it impossible to dispose
of them, it is presumed, for Die reason
that • Ighi members, who for some
ths past li;:\ mprised the actual
working body of the court, could not
it was supposed when the assign-
He last month that by the
17th inst. Judge McKenna'a appointment
would nave been confirmed and he would
be a member of the court. Onder the
men! to take a vote in the B<
on his Domination next Friday, he cannot
enter upon th- discharge of his duties un
til January 24.
A rumor was current last week that th'i
announcement of the opinion and judg
ment of the court In the now long <>■.
Nebraska minimum freight rates case
was being delayed for the completion of a
dissenting opinion. The same authority
fixes the division of the court at six to
REDUCTION OF WAGES
IN THE COTTON MILLS.
Many Thousands Are to Be Affected by the
Cut, and the Loss Will Be Over a
Million a Year.
PROVIDENCE:, R. L, Jan. 16.— The cut
in the cotton mills throughout the State
will go into effect to-morrow, the only
exceptions \ eing one or two small fac
tories whose owners, for reasons of their
own, have not decided to cut wages and
■ few in which, owing to their paying
monthly or for similar reasons, It is not
convenient to make the reduction until
The reduction will affect to a greater
or less degree the earning of nearly
20,000 operatives in this State and those
of Knight and Goddard In Massachusetts.
Betwi aiwi L 5.000 employes in
Connecticut mills controlled by Provi
dence :\\z> m!s will he affected also. As
the aggregate earnings of the operatives
will approximate $9,600,000 annually, the
loss m wages and purchasing power in
consequence of the reduction to 0;..-ra-
Uves and business men in the eommuni-
In Which they spend their money
will lie nearly a round million if the eul
■.verages< as expected, about 10 per cent.
GRADUATED WITH GRANT'S
CLASS AT WEST POINT.
Genera/ Christopher Colon Auger, a Veteran
of Two Wars, Dies of Qld Age.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16.— General Chris
; topher Colon Auger, U. S. A., retired, died
of old age at his home In West Washing
ton* to-night. General Auger was one of
the three surviving members of th. class
of '43 at West Point— the class with which
General Grant graduated. General Auger
was with Grant in Mexico and served
' with distinction through the civil war.
i After the civil war be saw considerable
active service in the Indian uprisings on
j the frontier, and was later In command
of various departments of the array. Ha
; was retired in 1885, and has since lived in
Subsequent to his retirement he was
shot by a negro desperado in the door
v.ay of his home, but, though seriously
wounded, recovered. He had two sons,
now in the army— Captain Colon Auger,
stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., and Major
J. A. Auger, at Leavenworth, Kan.
Peace Now Seems
to Prevail at
Diplomats Agree That the
Worst Is Certainly-
Expect Good Results From the
Recent Riotous Pro
SQUADRON SAILS SOUTH.
Fleet of Warship* Will Be Near In
Case the Interests of Americans
Special Dispatch to The Call.
N"EW YORK, Jan. 16.— The Herald"s
"Washington correspondent telegraphs:
The threatened crisis In the Cuban
situation has passed, at least for the
time being, according to the latest in
formation received from General Lee.
I have talked to-day with Secretary
Sherman, Assistant Secretary «>f Btate
Day, Senator Davis, Chairman of the
Committee on Foreign Affairs, leading
members of the House Committee on
Foreign Affairs, and with Minister de
They all agree that the worst is
over. Minister de Lome is as optimis
tic as ever as t" the ultimate success
of autonomy. < '"•'■ thing is certain as
a result of my conversation with them.
There is no immediate intention of In
tervention on the part of the United
States, and future action of the au
thorities here will depend solely upon
the developments in the island within
the next two months.
The Herald's special cable from Mad
rid, published this morning, showing
that the r€ nt rioting in Havana was
the result of a great conservative plot
against the Sagasta ministry of Spain,
attracted wide attention in diplimatlc
and official circles here The dispatch
was read with great Interest, particu
larly in the Btate Department, as it
confirm similar brief advice
from Consul-General L>-e in Cuba, re
• i when t: an in
ma. It waa In i insequence of the
luslons which General l.<->' drew
from the riots thai the authorities made
such prompt preparations for sending
a warship to Havana. They feared
that i:' the plot should succeed and
Captain-General Blanco should be
overthrown anarchy would prevail. The
• character of the news from Ha
vana, however, during the past
days has somewhat eased th> j ir minds
on this score.
In the opinion of Minister de Lome,
the riots have Improved rather than
aggravated the- situation. !!•• thinks
they have cleared the atmosphere and
thai General Blanco will now be able
to vigorously push his plans for auton
omy without any further Betback He
considers the riots solely th. result of
a radual chansf of policy which took
upon the arrival of General
r.iaT.'-<> in Havana. The m< n
cerned in it were those deprived :
flee and uther patronage whi h they
ha<i under th* old regime. He <i> p
• - tn>^ talk aboul the failure •■!
auton- my, and thinks It unfair thai
anybody sh( uld reach thia < ■•lvi'.sn-n
f. 'M-t'M n u.iys after ihe reforms were
formall) inaugurated. He ezpectfl
much from Benor Govin, Minister of
the Interior, who has just arrived in
There is no probability of action on
the Cuban question In either houi
Congress during the present week.
The President has not ><t prepan
reply to Senator Cannon's resolution,
asking what preparations bad been
made for the protection of American
citizens In Cuba, and it is probable
that he will consider that it is not com
patible With public; interest to give the
Senate the information at this time.
According to a telegram received this
morning by captain A. s. Crowin
shleld, chief of the Bureau of Naviga
tion, from Rear Admiral Sicard, the
North Atlantic squadron left Hampton
[loads to-day for the Gulf of Florida.
The squadron is the Strongest that lias
been in southern waters since the close
of the civil War. it comprises the
battle-shipa lowa, Indiana ami Massa
chusetts, second-class battle-ship
Texas and armored cruiser New York.
The squadron is expected to reach Dry
TortUgaS on Saturday.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16.— Grave ap
prehensions were felt, by both the ofil
cials of the State Department and those
erf the Spanish Legation that disturb
ances of a more or less sen. .us charac
ter might occur in Havana to-day, ow
ing to the fact that many persons oth
erwise occupied during the week would
be comparatively free on- this day to
follow their own Ine (nations. Advices
received by Minister de Lirme to-day,
followed by others at a later hour, in
dicate, however, that Havana was per
fectly tranquil. After noon the Minis
ter received a dispatch conveying the
information that at 11 o'clock this
morning there had not only been no
rioting, but that there were not even
sporadic disturbances crt any kind. As
a precautionary measure. General
Blanco had carefully provided against
any trouble, but so far as surface indi
cations went, the precautions he had
taken were entirely unnecessary. The
advices were that the better judgment
of the people was uppermost. Good
feeling prevailed generally through
out the city, and no disturbances were
Ip to ?, o'clock this afternoon State
Department officials had received no
word from Havana, and th -y accepted
this as an Indication that no trouble
had occurred or was anticipated. They
regard the rioting < f last week as
merely a flurry which spent Its force
in the few hours it lasted.
General Lee is under instructions to
notify the department promptly of
anything unusual or in the least way
threatening, and the fact that no dis
patch was received from him clearly
Indicates that the city Is practically
Becretary I^>ng has received no ad
ditional Information concerning the
movements of the North Atlantic
squadron and said that he expect. .1
none. Admiral Heard simply carried
out the orders previously issued to him
and sailed to-day with the main body
of the squadron for Southern waters
to enter upon the usual winter maneuv
NORFOLK, Va., Jan. 16,— Having
completed coaling and nil provisions
for their winter's cruise In Gulf waters,
the ships of the North Atlantic squad
ron, which have teen anchored in
Hampton Roads for the past ten weeks,
the flagship New York and the battle
ships Indiana, Massachusetts and lowa
left < >ld Point at 10 a. m. and two hours
later passed out the rapes, south bound.
They put to sea in the teeth of a north
easter which is blowing off Hatteras
to-night. It is Admiral Sicard's inten
tion to keep well away from the stormy
cape. The fleet will proceed directly, at
tfii knots speed, to Dry Tortugas, their
headquarters for the Gulf evolutions.
This point is within such easy reach of
Havana that the ships could be sum
moned in a few hours should their
presence be necessary. The Texas will
join the flagship off the South Carolina
coast. The torpedo-boat Foote was
forced to take the inside route owing
to the heavy weather off Hatteras. The
ships are equipped for a long voyage
and their magazines arf well stocked.
HAVANA, Jan. 16.— N0 •'disagreea
ble incidents" have occurred to-day,
and "complete calmness" exists. Gen
eral Morroto, General Bernal and Gen
eral Salcedo have arrived, and are as
sisting General Blanco in maintaining
Yesterday while Senor Marcos Gar
cia, Governor of Santa Clara, was at
tending a baseball match, a hospital
employe tried to shoot him. General
T'rrier and his aid-de-camp frustrat
ed the attempt.
General Pando arrived at Manzanll
lo on Tuesday last. According to the
official reports, there has been only
"unimportant skirmishing" in that di
MADRID, Jan. 16.— Senor Romero
Robledo, presiding at a meeting of his
friends to-night, attacked the autono
my scheme, and sought to magnify the
significance of the recent demonstra
tions at Havana. The meeting decid
ed to reassemble on Tuesday n^xt. in
order to draft an address to the
Queen Regent protesting against the
dissolution of the fortes, and request
ing that they be convoked.
General Weyler was invited to at
tend the meeting, but excused himself
on the ground of "scruples arising from
his military position."
DEMANDS FOR LUMBER ON
THE TRAILS TO DAWSON.
Indications That the Rush in the Spring Will
Discount That of Last
SEATTLE, Jan. 16.— The steam schooner
Noyo arrived here to-night from Skaguay
and I've;'.. Alaska. Among her passen
g> rs was Hans Larsen of Circle City, who
came "'.it t" Dyea with a <i.>g train by
way of Dawson City. He said there was
plenty of food at Circle City. He also
conllrmrd previous reports that there
would lie no suffering at Dawson this
winter from lack of provisions, as the
exodus bad removed danger of famine.
He <iid not think that the government
relief expedition was feasible at this time.
J. A. Lacy of San Francisco, who took
a cargo <>f lumber to Bkaguay on the
Nfoyo, says so great is the demand for
lumber that the people can hardly wait
until It is unloaded. Lacy Bays that but
a small part of the hundreds of people ar
riving at Dyea and Skaguay intent on
pushing on to Dawson, have any con
ceptlon of the difficulties before them. H<j
predicts that the congestion on the trails
will be greater than it was last season.
VESSELS IN NEED
Navy Lacks Sufficient Powder
for Use in Case of
Officers Arjree That the Batteries on
Commissioned Warships Should
Special Dispatch to The Call.
Call Office. Rlggs House,
"Wash! . Jan. 16.
Naval officers generally agree with the
statements made by Assistant Becretary
of th< ■ ps should
t.e taken to modernise the batteries of
many vessels now In commission. I un
derstand that Mr. Roosevelt informal the
President yesterday that the navy was
also badly tn need of ammunition. Mr.
..it appreciates that every ship in
the navy has a supply of powder suffi
cient, for peace purposes, but in case of
ency, he thinks, there :s not enough
p >wder t>> rapidly replace that now In tne
magazines of the men-of-war.
Naval officers generally say Congress
should lose no tim* in appropriating the
$500,000 required by TCcretary Long for the
purchase of reserve ammunition. The
only recent contract made by the depart
ment for powder was that entered into
several months ago for I'JO.OOO pounds of
six-inch smoke';.--.; powder.
It is desired by Captain Charles O'Neill.
chief of the bureau of ordnance, that ne
be given authority to convert all of the
six-inch gutis of ordinary type now in ser
vice Into rapid-firing guns. He has esti
mated that 125,000 Will be needed, and has
urged that Congress make an appropria
tion without delay. There are ninety-five
six-inch guns of ordinary type on board
ships of the navy, and their conversion.
Captain O'Neill says, will double th. ir ef
flciency. The cost of converting a six-inch
gun Is ab.ait $1000, and the time required
would be from five to six months for each
lot of twelve guns undertaken at the
s.i me time.
Bight six-Inch guns have already been
converted, and work on nineteen was
commenced some months ago. Eighteen
of these are for the Newark and Atlanta.
Buried Under Sacks of Wheat.
VTBAIJA, Jan. 1C — Elijah Allen. a
young man of IS years, working on the
Fulgham rancli. bad a narrow escape
from death yesterday. He was soaking
wheat in Milestone liquid !>• fore sowing
in the field when a large pile of wheat
in sacks fell, covering him completely. It
was probably an hour before he was dis
covered by his employer, as he failed to
report for dinner. With all haste the
tumbled sacks were thrown aside and the
poor fellow rescued. He could neither
speak nor walk, and nearly two hours
passed before he was able to realize what
bad happened. Another half-hour's im
prisonment would have been fatal.
Cotton for the Orient.
TACOMA. Jan. If..— Seven trainloads,
amounting to 4750 hales, of Texas cotton,
have arrived In Tacoma for shipment to
c ma and Japan. Th»" oott.m came by
way of St. Lotus and St. Pan",. A great
deal of this cotton is standing in cars on
the track. Heavy shipments of cotton
are arriving at all Pacific Coast ports
having Oriental lines. An important
phase of the movement arises in tho
question as to whether the cotton is sub-
Jed to Insurance while standing in the
Fatal Shooting Affray.
OKLAHOMA, Jan. H. — In s row early
this morning Fred Jones, ■ barkeeper,
shot Chief of Police <;. \v. Jackson
through the thigh, As lie fell Jackson
it Jones, but missed him and shot
Bishop Armstrong, a deputy sheriff. In
dicting a fatal wound. Jones is a brother
Of Milt Jones, the city marshal wh
killed in an affray at Oklahoma City two
years ago by the Christian brothers, out
laws. Armstrong, la said to have cuni^
Seamtn From a Wrecked Brigantine.
NKW YOKK, Jan. Ifi.— On board the
steamer Antilla, which arrived here this
evening from Nassau, were the mat<
nine seamen of tHe crew of the Italian
brigantlne Celestina, which was lost on
the south side of Watling*a island while
on it voyage from Venice to Savannah.
The' vessel was a total loss. No lives were
Najoqui Pestoffice Burned.
LOS OLIVOS. Jan. 16.— Th<» postotßca at
Najoqtd, with all fixtures, ami the real
of the Postmaster, 1; F. Xosser.
were burned last night. N'osser's place
has been a sort of headquarters for coast
travelers for many y,-ars. chiefly on ac
count of its proximity to the famous Na
SHOT BY HER
Is Wounded Seri
Most Peculiar Accident
in a Washington
The Weapon Falls From a
Piece of Lace Being Raised
by Its Owner.
BULLET STRIKES A RIB.
There la Much Excitement Over the
Affair, but the Accident Story
Special Dispatch to The Call.
Call Office, Riggs House,
Washington, D. C, Jan. 16.
In her apartment in the Wellington
Hotel last night, Mrs. Lucille Lane,
youngest daughter of ex-Senat»r Joe;
Blackburn of Kentucky, shot herself.
According to the statement given out
by the family the shooting was acci
dental. Both of Mrs. Lane's physi
cians refused to discuss the subject,
even to the extent of saying whether
or not the wound would prove fatal,
but from the best that can be learned
she will probably recover, although
now suffering severely from shock. A
friend of the family nominated to give
out a statement said about midnight
on Saturday that Mrs. Lane was pre
paring to retire. Her husband at the
time was in the adjoining room look
ing over the paper. Mrs. Lane opened
a bureau drawer to get a handkerchief
and picked up a handful of gloves and
laces which had been tossed together
in the drawer. Under this fluffy mass
was a tiny lady's pistol, a gift to Mrs.
Lane from her father and a posses
sion of which she was particularly
fond. It caught in a piece of lace as
sh-- raised her hand, and falling of Its
own weight struck the hammer on the
edge of the open drawer. The pistol
exploded and the ball penetrated her
left breast. What became of it is |I
possible to say.
Lucille is the youngest daughter of
the bullet struck a rib and ranged
around beneath the left shoulder, mak
ing only a superficial wound. At the
same time it is said Mrs. Lane is suf
fering BO from the shock that the phy
sicians have devoted all their energies
to rallying her without attempting to
definitely ascertain the extent of the
injury. The most precise statement
thai either physician would make to
night was that Mrs. Lane would prob
ably live until morning. At the re
quest of the family the Mock in which
tht> hotel is Bituatefl has been roped off.
Senator Blackburn is deeply affected
by the occurrence. He does not live
with his daughter, and when the af
fair occurred was summoned from his
room on New York avenue, remaining
thereafter at Mrs. Lane's hotel.
Lucille was the youngest daughter of
Senator Blackburn. She was' married
In 1895 to Thomas F. Lane, a prominent
business man and politician of Sum
mit, N. J. At the time of the marriage
Mr. Lane was a chief of division in the
Treasury Department. Subsequently
he accepted a place with the Maxim
Arms Company of New York as their
agent in Washington. The position is
reputed a good one, and the Lanes had
apparently always an abundance of
money, which they spent freely, living
at a fashionable hotel and seeming to
lack none of the good things of life.
Their little girl, something over a year
old. was one of the favorites about the
house with all who knew her and the
particular pride of her mother. Mr.
and Mrs. Lane, according to those who
saw them every day. were unvaryingly
affectionate and attentive to each
other, and she, while of slight phy
sique, was in excellent health.
Mrs. Blackburn, who Is not In *the
city, has been telegraphed for. Mrs.
Lane's elder sister. Corinne. is the wife
of Lieutenant -Colonel Hall, now at
Fort Worth. Tex.
FIRE RAGES IN A
Smoke Drifts Into the Maguire Opera House
and There Is a Stampede Among
BT'TTE. Mont.. Jan. 16.— Fire. supposed
to be of Incendiary origin, broke out in
the Boston dry poods store in the Odd
Fellows' building on Broadway, adjoin
ing the Magulre Opera House, about 0
o'clock to-night. Before the fire was ex
tinguished the stock was practically a
total loss. It was insured for $25,000.
The dense smoke penetrated to the upper
part Of the building, where Thomas
Steef, a paralytic, and his family live.
They were rescued with difficulty. Smoke
;iiso penetrated the opera house, where
'■ruder the Dome" was being given. As
Manager Hasan started for the stage to
advise the audience to withdraw quietly,
some one rushed Into the gallery and
an alarm. There was a rush for
the doors, and several women fainted
and were slightly injured.
Owing to the Thin Population of the Area
Visited by the Storm the Damage
Was Not Very Extensive
CHICAGO. Jan. If>.— A special to the
Chronicle from Guthrie, O. T.. says: A
terrific tornado, accompanied by heavy
rain and hail, passed across Pottawatto
nxle County, near Maud post office, last
■g. Men from that part of the comi
ty say that the path Of the storm was
about half a mile wide and that timber
was blown down and broken off so as, to
almost completely block the roads.
\ part oi the country over which the
storm passed lias been almost di -
by the families living there on account
OI the Tndian scare.
The tornado traveled in a northeasterly
direction and passed over Into the a
nole nation where, on account of the thin
ly populated country, but little damage
Brazil Pleased With Bryan.
BUENOS AYRES. Jan. If,.— The Her
ald's correspondent in Rio Janeiro, Bra
zil, says that the Government has de
clared its pleasure at the appointment of
Charles Page Bryan as United States
Minister to Brazil.
Illness of an Empress.
BERLIN. Jan. 16.— The condition of the
health of the Empress Augusta Victoria
excites comment. She will go in the
spring to some southern air cure. Her
physicians still forbid her leaving her
The Annexationists Show
Their Weakness by
Senators Will Enter a Discus
sion of the Immigra
In the House There Is a Prospect of
Considerable Argument on For
Special Dispatch to The Call.
Call Office, Riggs House,
Washington, Jan. 16.
The Hawaiian annexation treaty will
this week again occupy the major por
tion of the time o-f the Senate. It ap
pears Improbable, however, that the
treaty will be taken up on Monday.
There is an unanimous agreement to
vote on the immigration bill during the
day. and it is altogether probable that
this vote will be preceded by some dis
cussion of the merits of the bill. The
la at the measure are confident of
its passage, but they are not very hope
ful of getting it through without fur
Senator Wolcott has given notice of
his intention to address the Senate on
Monday, when he will make a report of
the transactions of the recent interna
tional bimetallic commission. Wolcott
has never given extended public utter
ance concerning the commission's work,
and there is very general interest man
ifested as to the course he may pur
sue in his speech on Monday.
When the Senate resumes considera
tion of the Hawaiian treaty Senator
Morgan will take the floor, and it is
expected will consume at least another
day in the presentation of his views in
favor of annexation. He will be fol-
I by Senators Pettigrew and
White in opposition to the treaty and
by other Senators for and against it.
There is no hope that the discussion
will be concluded during the week. A
great many Senators wish to speak,
and as long as the result of the vote is
as uncertain as it is at present, neither
side will be disposed to allow the vote
to be taken.
The Senate has agreed to vote on the
confirmation of Attorney General Mc-
Kenna as Associate Justice of the Su
preme Court on next Friday, and the
probabilities are that this vote will be
preceded by some discussion as to Mr.
The urgent deficiency appropriation
bill will in all probability be reported
on Monday, and there may be an effort
to secure its consideration during the
The House is likely to become the
arena for a general discussion of our
foreign relations in connection with the
consideration of the diplomatic and
consular appropriation bill during the
present week. The Cuban situation
the annexation of Hawaii and the de
signs of the European powers toward
China will, of course, be the principal
topics to attract attention. The House
managers do not want an extended de
bate on Cuba precipitated at this time,
but the minority is determined to press
the question during the consideration
c-f this bill.
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