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CAPE GIRARDEAU. - MISSOURI.
The snm of 8,000.000 war indemnity
from China to Japan was transferred
to the latter's agents in London on the
Cot. North, the "Nitrate Kin?," so
called because of his immense inter
ests in the nitrate beds of South Amer
ica, died suddenly in London on the
The Indiana Republican state con
vention, at Indianapolis, on the 7th,
instructed its delegates to vote for Mc
Kinley at the. national convention as
long as he was in the race for the pres
TnE Venezuelan commission's chief
historical expert. Prof. George L.
Burr, of Cornell university, sailed for
Holland, on the 8th, to investigate ine
Lmtch records bearing upon the Gui
tnian boundary dispute.
By a vote of HI to 141 the house, on
M sill, refused to concur in the sen
ate, amendment to the naval appropri
ation bill reducing the number of bat
tleships to be constructed under its
provisions from four to two.
Federal Judge Shibab, on the 7th,
directed the release under habeas cor
hub of the officers arrested at Fort
Robinson. Neb., for operating a can
teen. He ruled that they had a right
to keep liquor at an army post.
Herman W. Mudgett, better known
as H. H. Holmes, the multi-murderer.
was hanged at Philadelphia, on the
7th. for the murder of Benjumm t.
Piteioi. in September. 181, one of the
many murders attributed, to him.
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Bnydervil';, 1'a., has Dee.a leased oy a
number of Scranlon capitalists. This
tract of land is supposed to abound
with the richest veins of anthracite
coal in northeastern Pennsylvania.
' The president further amended, on
the 8th, the civil-service rules by a
supplemental order bringing into the
classified service the inter-state com
merce commission, which embraces
about one hundred and forty persons.
The announcement was made in
London, on the 6th, that a second
blue book on the Venezuelan mat
ter would be ready on the 13th. It
will not be published, however, until
a copy has been delivered at Washing
ton. Failures throughout the United
States for the week ended on the 8th,
as reported by R. G. Dun & Co., num
bered 238, against 227 for the corre
sponding week of last year. For Can
ada the failures were 24, against 31
Robert Fcllerton, president of the
Old Curiosity club of New York, and
an industrious collector, has a letter
written by Jay Gould 42 years ago,
when he was a poor surveyor, asking
the late Judge A. M. Sherman for the
loan of a surveyor's level.
The London Globe, in an article on
the new administration in Canada,
says that the great and comprehensive
policy defined by Sir Charles Tupper
in the manifesto which he has just is
Sued, is worthy of thst statesman's
on and iuuorable career.
Capt. Dvnn of the cruiser Petrel
reported to the Canadian department
of marine and fisheries, on the 5th, the
seizure of 13 American gill nets in
Canadian waters, together 'with 200
pounds of pickerel, perch, etc. The
I'etrel was put in commission on the
The May crop bulletin issued by the
Ohio state board of agriculture, on the
8th, placed the condition of the wheat
crop in that state even jower man ine
bulletin for the 1st of April, when it
was put at 57 per cent, of an average
crop. Now it is put at only 55 per
Ex-Sheriff William Everiiart, of
Laporte, Ind., was found dead at his
residence on the afternoon oi tue ,ia.
Heart disease is the supposed cause.
The deceased was a forty-niner, and
was one of the oldest residents of the
countv. He was elected sheriff by the
democrats in 18S4.
The post office department, on the
6th. issued orders denying tne privi
lege of the mails to the American
Coupon Investment Co., having offices
at Kansas City, Mo.; Hiawatha, Fort
Scott and Hutchinson. Kas.; Denver,
Cripple Creek and Colorado Springs,
CoL, and Dallas and Fort Worth, Tex.
The New York county grand jury
on the 7th, iudictei James B. Duke,
president, and the directors of the
American Tobacco Co., charged with
conspiracy and violation of the law in
that thev formed a trust or monopoly
of paper cigarettes. The evidence
was presented by the National Cigar
ette and Tobacco t.o.
On the Cth New London, Conn., eel
orated in an elaborate manner her
two hundred and fiftieth anniversary.
The weather was ideal, and the cro-.vu
enormous. A handsome soldiers" and
sailors monument was dedicated, and
the corner-stone of the monument to
John Winthrop. Connecticut's first gov
ernor, was laid with ceremonies befit
ting the occasion.
Upon a rehearing of the appeal of
Warren F. Putnam, late president of
the Granite State national bank at
Exeter, N. H., tire supreme court of
the United States, on the 4th, affirmed
in part the judgment of the district
court for that state and reversed it in
part; the net result being that the de
fendant Putnam will serve five years
in the penitentiary.
THE HEWS IS BEEF.
Ill the senate, on the 4th. on motion of Mr.
Turpie (Ind.) consideration of tne Dupont
election case was resumed, it was, however,
soon laid eslde under the terms of a com
promise offered by Mr. Gorman, by which after
the passage of the river and horbor bill the
Dupont case should be taken up at the close of
the routine morning hour, and considered un
til 6 p. m. of the following day. when the vote
should be taken. Mr. Pefler's bond resolution
waa taken up Inthehouse.it being sus
pension day. numerous private pension bill
were passed, as well as several general bills of
no great importance. Mr. Boutelle called up
the naval appropriation bill, and Mr. Sayer
(Tex.) moved to concur in senate amendment
reducing the numtter of battleships from four
to two, and with this amendment pending the
matter went over.
Is the senate, on the 8th. the time was di
vided between routine business; a resolution
asking the president to request of the Spanish
authorities fair treatment for American citi
zens captured on the schooner Competitor: the
river and harbor bill and speeches by Messrs.
Hill (N. Y.) and Pettigrcw (S. D.) against and
in adrocacy of the Peffer bond-inquiry resolu
tion, and pension and other bills In the
house the first business was the adoption of a
resolution setting apart the Cth and ISth inst.
for the consideration of private pension bills.
The house refused to agree to the senate
amendment to the naval appropriation bill re
ducing the number of battleships provided for
from four to two
Is the senate, on the 6th. after an hour given
to the river and harbor bill, the Peffer bond
resolution was taken up and Mr. Hlil (N. Y.)
continued his argument against It. He sus
pended his remarks to allow a message from
the house announcing the passage of a coacur
rent resolution for a final adjournment on May
18. and yielded later to permit Mr. Cail (Fla.)
to make a speech in favor of the resolution
In the bouse, in committee of the whole, pri
vate pension bills were considered and 72 of
them were passed. A concurrent resolution
providing for the final adjournment of the
session on the l?th was passed without di
vision. In the senate.(on the Tth. the bond-investigation
resolution, which had been so long pend
ing (previously amended by the substitution
of -finance committee" for "special commit
tee"), was passed by the practically unani
mous vote of 51 yeas to t nays. After the bond
resolution had been disposed of the river and
tarter VZ'J tak8n op-an1 luco.nside;
tton occupied Ike lime trtrtit trjonritmI. -6:25
p.m.... In the house Mr. Ptckler rc-fl
S. D.). who was defeated, on the 8th. in his
fight for a longer session for the consideration
of private pension bills, retaliated by dilatory
tactics, wherever possible, until nearly all
the session had been frittered away, some un
important business otly being transacted
just prior to adjournment.
Is the senate, on the 6th, a bill was passed
without opposition permitting the erection in
Washington of a monument in honor of Sam
uel Hahnemann, the founder of the medical
school of homoeopathy, and appropriating $1,
0l to defray the cost of the foundation. A
dozen other bills unobjected to were passed.
Consideration of the river and harbor bill was
concluded with the exception of the question
of the location of a deep-water harbor In South
ern California.. ..In the house, by a vote of ISO
to ins. a bill was passed providing memlicrs
with clerks the year round. Instead of for the
session of congress only. An evening session
was held for the consideration of private pen
sion bills, at the close of which the house ad
journed until the 11th.
PERSONAL AND GENERAL.
The second conviction of Frank A.
Coffin of complicity in the wrecking of
tho Indianapolis (Ind.) national bank
in August, K93, was confirmed by the
supreme court of the United States,
on the 4th. The sentence is seven
The grand jury at Akron, O., on the
5th, reported three indictments against
Romulus Cottell, alias John Smith, the
alleged murderer of the Stone family,
for murder in the first degree.
Information has been received in
New York that Gen. Calixto Garcia
and Gen. Jose Maceo nave succeedail in
joining their commands and are both
on their way to the western part of
' The French excavator at Delphi
have unearthed a life-size ;rottBe statue
of a bearded man, the largest- yet dis
covered. The date Of the work is 5i'i0
B. C. The statue is holding the bridle
of a horse, and portions of the horse's
figure have also been found.
A sensation has been caused in lirus-
sels. Beliriura, by the arrest of -M.
Courtois. an ex-police official, for the
murder of Mine. Herri, who was stran
gled and robbed in her house recently.
Thf. lone talked-of extension of tlie
civil-service rules, which takes in chief
clerks and all the high-grade depart
ment officials so as to prevent their re
moval, except for cause, was signed
by the president on the Cth. Thirty
thousand government employes are
thus added to the protected list.
James Gallagher, known through
out the country in democratic circles
as "War Horse" Gallagher, died sud
denly on the street at New Haven,
Conn., on the 5th.
The jury in the murder trial of Dr.
Freund, of Farmington, Minn., re
turned a verdict of not guilty on the
5th. Dr. Freund was charged with the
murder of Clara Osier, a young lady
with whom he was said to have been
on intimate terms.
King Htmbert of Italy has donated
400,000 francs to the families of the
soldiers killed and wounded in the Af
rican campaign without any distinc
tion being made between the Italians
and native troops in the service of
Jons Potvlnet and A. Purski. two
well-known saloon keepers of South
Chicago, went to bed about midnght.
on the night of the 5th, in an intoxi
cated condition, and were found dead
1 in the morning of asphyxiation.
i TnE house committee on pensions.
on the 6th, ordered a favorable report;
on the bill granting an increase to 812
per month of pension to the survivors
of the Mexican and Indian wars and
tc their widows, with a proviso, how-
ever, that no widow who was not mar
ried to the soldier or sailor prior tc
March 19. 186, should be entitled to
the benefits of the act.
JosKTii J. Maktin, who was treas
urer of Philadelphia from 187S to 1S83,
and head of the cattle-shipping firm of
Martin. Fuller fc Co., of that city,
which was the first to develop a mar
ket for beeves in foreign countries,
died, on the 6th, aged 76 years.
At Alonzo, province of Huelva,
Spain, Eome miscreant set fire to the
building in which a dance was in prog
ress. Six persons were burned to
death and muc wara iniured.
The claim of Adah Richmond, the;
actress, that she married John Stetson,! i
the Boston theatrical manager and I
millionaire, in 1S71, in Providence, R. !
I., has so official record in that city to
support it- !
The treasury gold reserve, at the ;
close of business on the 7th, stood at j
$119,0S4,124. The day's withdrawals I
amounted to S!K5,000.
Cardinal Luigi Galimbebti, titular
archbishop of Nice and formerly papal
nuncio at Yienna.died at Suchtein, near
Dusseldorf, Prussia, on the 7th, from
throat trouble. He was born in Rome
in 1636 and created a cardinal in 1893.
The riding school attached to the
University of Heidelburg, Germany,
was burned on the night of the 6th,
and two women, two children and 27
horses were burned to death.
Mr. Aubrt P.eardslf.v, the English
artist who was reported to be very ill
in Brussels, has recovered his health,
and resumed his work in London.
The United States war ship Minne
apolis sailed from Southampton, on
the 7th, for Cronstadt.
Henry Saylor, while delirous from
fever, leaped from a third-story win
dow of St. Joseph's hospital. Fort
Wayne, Ind., on the 7th, and received
injuries which caused his death an
hour later. He was 3r years old and
leaves a wife and five children at Ant
Depc-ty United States Marshal
William Tilghman, of Guthrie, Okla.,
received a draft for 81,000. on the 7th,
from the Rock Island Railway Co., for
the capture of Bill Radler, the outlaw,
The ileutsche-Asiatich bank at Ber
lin, on the 7th, paid to the agent of the
government of Japan the sum of S4,
000,000 marks as part of the Chinese
Gen. Bkr.val, of the Spanish army,
has been driven out of Cuba by Gen.
Weyler. "The "Butcher" and Bernal
parted bitter enemies, and are likely
to light a duel if they meet in Spain.
Tee jury at Columbus, O., on the 7th,
In the case of Ohio vs. ex-State Senator
John L. Geyer, of Paulding, indicted
for elieged solicitation ot bribes, r'e
f;tu?'i fi VAfiiei ot not guiltj.
Br a vote of 42.". to &8 the Methodist
general conference at Cleveland. O., on
the 7th, decided that the four women
delegates might retain their seats.
Petkolei"M of good quality has been
found eight miles east of Guthrie,
Okla., and there is much excitement.
The Citizens bank of Union City,
Ind., closed its doors, on the 8th, be
cause of inability to collect. There
had been quiet withdrawals from the
bank by depositors, and when the city
and school treasurers withdrew their
accounts the bank had not a dollar
left. The liabilities are 575,000, and
the assets $135,000.
A Rome (X. Y.) jury in the case of
John Watson Hildreth, one of the boys
who wrecked a New York Central ex
press train, returned a verdict, on the
8th, of murder in the second degree,
and he was sentenced to Auburn prison
for life. Theodore Hibbard and Her
bert Tlato, his two accomplices, got 40
Romvlvs Cotell, the murderer of
the Stone family at Tallmadge, O.,
pleaded not guilty, on the 8th, when
arraigned before Judge Kohler, of
Akron, although he had previously
confessed the crimes. Attorneys were
appointed to defend him, but the date
of the trial was not fixed.
The treasury gold reserve, at the
close of business on the 9th, stood at
(117,650.314. The day's withdrawals
amounted to $1,544,400.
LATE NEWS ITEMS.
Is the senate, on the 9th. the gieater
part of the day's session was taken up
in discussion of the river and harbor
bill with reference to the relative ad
vantages of Santa Monica and San Pe
dro as a location for a deep-water har
bor. After the river and harbor bill
was laid aside, 30 tills, unobjected to
on the calendar, were taken up and
passed. A joint resolution was offered
by Mr. Dubois (Idaho) providing that
no government bonds shall be issued
under any existing law until the pres
ident shall have communicated to con
gress in a message the facts showing
the necessity for such issue and until
congress shall authorize it The
house was not in session on the 9th.
Mr. Giii.i.kko Luis, a business man
of Havana, lately arrived in Washing
ton, says that Cubans, Englishmen,
Germans, Frenchmen and representa
tives of ail nationalities in Havana,
denounce President Cleveland as a
moral coward, an accomplice of Wey
ler, and as much responsible for the
atrocities and brutalities of the Span
iards as Weyler himself. This feeling,
Mr. Luis says does not extend to the
people of the United States, whose
sympathy with the patriots is most
I'lKitTO Viejo. the capital of the
province of Manabi, iu Guayaquil,
was entirely destroyed by two earth
quake shocks on the night of the 7th.
Tlie shocks were succeeded by floods.
inundating the city. .Many lives are
s,aid to have been lost.
The coroner's jury investigating the
murder of ENie Kraglo, near the Zoo
logical park iu Washington city ren
dered a verdict, on the 9th. that she
met her death at the hands of Irving
Ford, the negro in eustody, who con
fessed to thu deed.
Hkhiikwsi of every belief and a
goodly sprinkling of Christians, filled
Te:np'.e Emanuel, in New York city.
the s'K.-cial memorial services lor
the iate Baron Maurice de Hirsch on
There were 23 cases of cholera and
16 deaths from the disease reported in
Alexandria. Eg3"pt. on the 10th. On
the same day three cases were reported
Turf.k valuable trotting stallions
were burned to death in the destruc
tion by fire of the stable of J. W.
Double at Fort Wayne, Ind., on the
The 2'-th anniversary of the signing
of the Franco-German treaty .f peace
at Frankfurt, was celebrated by the
Germans on the 10th-
MISSOURI STATE NEWS,
Outcome of a Hog Case.
The jury ?n the Watt Reed case at
Platte City brought in a verdict against
Reed of murder in the second degree,
and fixing the sentence at 99 years.
Watt Reed and Newton Winn,
both of Clinton count-, had a
hog suit by change of venue to
Platte county. Daring the trial John
Cross, attorney for Reed, made some
cutting remarks about Winn's son.
Winn jumped up and caught Cross by
the shoulders. At this Reed, who was
sitting eight feet behind Winn, rose up
and fired three shots at Winn. Two
of the shots hit Winn, from which he
died in a few hours. Reed had money,
and his lawyers fought every inch of
The prohibition state convention
was held at Sedalia. It refused to in
corporate in its platform a plank favor
ing the free coinage of silver at a ratio
of 16 to 1, and tabled a resolution which
recommended that the national con
vention change the name of the pro
hibition party to national party.
The following state ticket was nomi
nated: Governor H. P. Faris.
Lieutenant-Governor Capt. J. M. Ritchey.
Secretary of State E. E. Mt-Clellan.
Auditor J. O. Rolfe.
Treasurer Rev. TL T. Hull.
Attorney-General-J. C. Hughes.
Judge Supreme Court Lewis Adams.
Railroad Commissioner V. E. Sullivan.
Mlssourl-Iowa Boundary Case.
In the case of the State of Missouri
vs. the State of Iowa. Hon. John F.
Lacey, in behalf of counsel on both
sides, filed a stipulntion in the supreme
court at Washington the other day to
extend the time to retrace and murk
the boundary line. A commission has
been appointed by the court to do this
work. The territory in dispute is be
tween Decatur county. Ia.. and Mercer
countv, Mo. The dispute has been
going on for years and the courts of
uotn stales nav6 na; raucn trouo.c in
Ccnvlcted of Moonshinln.
In the United States district court
at St. Louis Erwin Simmons and his
two sens. Joseph and William, pleaded
guilty to "moonshining" in Shannon
county; and Samuel Hamilton and
Thomas Keith, who went to trial, were
convicted. There was practically no
defense. Judge Adams sentenced
Keith, Hamilton and the elder Sim
mons to one year and one day in the
penitentiary, and to pay a fine of 8100
each and costs; and he sentenced the
Simmons boys each to 8100 and costs
and three months in the jail of St.
Interstate Oratorical Contest.
The first annual oratorical contest of
the Interstate League of State Normal
Schools was held at Warrensburg. The
contest was won by Harold D. Hughes,
of Wisconsin, who received a 8-"(i check.
Kansas came next and received 83";
Illinois third. Iowa fourth, end Mis
souri last. The next contest will be
She Was Very Old.
Dollie Thomas, colored, died in St,
Louis, aged 108. The entire colored
population for blocks around flocked
to see the aged corpse. Five genera
tions gathered around the cofliu, rang
ing from the old broken-down uncle
son of the deceased to the shiny-faced
pickaninny, the latest great-great
After Thirty Years.
The thirtieth annual commencement
of La Grange college, under the presi
dency of Ir. J. F. Cook, was held the
other day. Dr. took s farewell address
brought tears to the eyes of many who
had known and honored the president
for 30 years.
Killed His Man.
Near Licking. Texas county, Boyd
Fox was shot and killed by one Fow
ler. They had quarreled, and lpter
Fowler, it is said, started out gunning
and got his man. Fowler was found
under a bed at his home, arrested and
An Aftcd Citizen of Johnson County.
Abingdon Johnson, the oldest man
in Warrensburg and perhaps in John
son county, died recently. Mr. John
son was in his one hundredth year. He
had been a member of the Cainpbellita
church since its foundation.
Married Her Teacher.
Frof. J. Estill Harvey, a prominent
educator in Howard county, and Miss
Opal Hulett were married recently.
The bride graduated this year from the
Armstrong public school, of which
Prof. Harvey was principal.
New College President.
The board of curators of the SU
Charles college, at St. Charles, have
selected Rev. Dr. Joseph Pritchett,
pastor of the Promenade Street
Methodist church, Mexico, president
of the college.
Want Modern Guns.
The Missouri university board of
curators want to secure from the
federal government new breech-loading
guns instead of the old cannon now
employed by the cadets for artillery
A Day of Fattnir and Prayer.
Friday, May (?, was set apart as a day
of fasting and prayer by the officers of
the Sedalia conference of the M. E
church, south, to be observed by the
entire church in .the conference.
Judge John R. HalL
Jude John R. Hull, aged 85, a prom
inent lawyer of Huntsville, died sud
denly of heart disease. He was a ma
son and a member of the A. O. U. W. 5
Forward Rye Crop.
Volney F. Ferguson, who resides
near Beaman, Pettis county, reports
that he has a five-acre field of rye that
will be ready to harvest about May 25.
Will Report Adversely.
House committee on public lands will
report adversely on Senator Cockrell's
bill to secure more land to Missouri
tinder the university school grant.
DUN'S COMMERCIAL REVIEW
Beavy Export of Gold Cause K Monetary
Disturbance Confidence In the Future
Revives and Points to Better Things to
Come. Although Neither the Volume of
Business nor Price Obtained are at Pres
Xnr York Mav 9. R. G. Dun & Co..
in their weekly review of trade thin
The export of S.S50,000 gold thU
week have produced no monetary dis
turbance, and this is at once proof of
the soundness of financial conditions
ind of the prevailing confidence in
better things to come. It does not
natter whether the gold is required
for Russia or anywhere else, it would
sot go from this, rather than other
countries, if there were not balance
Mnch of the hesitation at present ia
due to temporarily reduced demand in
some industries and in iron and steel,
the power of the new combinations U
being generally tested by refusal of
orders, so that production exceeds con
sumption, but the low consumption
exceeds new baying. The general ir
regularity of prices and slack case
of demand for finished products does
not prevent the marking up of prices
by combinations, but are largely due
to doubt whether such prices as are
fixed can be maintained. Pig iron is
weaker at the east and also at Pitts
burgh; tin steady and lead slightly
lower, and American tin plate 30 cent
For textile manufactures, the situa
tion is trying. Cotton mills have a
fairly active demand, though not equal
to their normal output, end for many
months have been accumulating goods,
hoping for better things, so that some
are now stopping; although the de
mand for good grades with highet
prices for cotton, has helped to a
small advance in prices. Print cloths
are an eighth higher, but some other
grades have declined, so that the av-
j ;rage of all otiotations is slightly
Woolen manufacturers find prices of
wool sagging both here and abroad.
The decline with London reaches
about six per cent., while the average
of quotations by Coates Bros., Phila
delphia, was nearly one per cent,
lower May 1. and prices have been fur
ther reduced by concessions to clear
At the west traders are buying much
above the parity of seaboard prices,
and many growers are refusing to sell,
believing that the upward spurt of last
year will be repeated. Sales for the
week have been less than half a week's
full consumption. Men's woolens
show no improvement, but there is
more active buying in flannels, and
the demand for fancy dress goods is
encouraging, though for plain goods it
Is but moderate.
Cotton speculation has lifted the
spot price to 8.31 cents and profits
have been realized from the men whe
have sold cotton they did not own, but
it is still the fact that the outlook foi
next fall's crop is unusually favorable,
while stocks here and abroad exceed
all possible demands until Septem
Failures for the week have been 23 S
In the United States, against 227 last
year, and 24 against 31 in Canada last
Of a Milwaukee Jnde Set Aside mni a
New Trial Ordered.
Chicago, May 9. The United States
court of appeals.by a decision rendered
yesterday, in the damage suit of MUs
Maria Cahill vs. the 8t- raul railroad
for loss of both feet in a crossing acci
dent, reversed the decision of Judge
Seaman, of Milwaukee, which was
given for the company under remark
The court instructed the jury to
bring in a verdict for the company be
cause the woman was on a railroad
crossing and a trespasser. One after
another the jurors arose and refused
to return such a verdict after hearing
The judge directed the jury to re
tiro and when thev returned it was
with a verdict of 825,000 damages foi
Miss Cahill, The verdict was set as:-i
by the court and. under protest, t'uc
jtury entered one for the company, ex
cept Julius B. Clayton, who told the
court ha "would rather rot in jailr
than de so. To save the juror from
jail the plaintiff allcwed the ver:Uct
for the company to stand and as ajv
ptal was taken. The court of appeal?
(fives Miss Cahill a new trial.
Of Prominent 51en In Cleveland, O. Thell
Ilodles Found Near Toe. thcr.
Cleveland, O..May 8. The body of
A. C. Hogan, for many years superin
tendent of the canning department of
the Standard Oil Co. in this city and at
Whiting, Ind., was found in an unfre
quented part of Lakeview cemetery.
He had committed suicide by shooting
himself in the head. He was seer
alive last when he entered the cemetery
Thursday morning. Ill-health, which
had caused him to retire from busi
ness, is the supposed reason for the
suicide. He leaves six sons, most of
whom occupy positions of trust with
B. F. Whipple, one of the prominent
Odd Fellows of Cleveland, also com
mitted suicide. His body was founj
last night at Ambleside, but a few
rods from where Hogan's was found,
by some children who were gathering
flowers. No reason is know n for hit
THE NEGRO FORD .
Confesses to the Murder of Elsie Creelow
Washington, May . The nero,
Irwin Ford, who was arrested at Har
pers' Ferry, W. Va., for the murder ol
Elsie Creglow in this city, has con
fessed to killing the girl by cut
ting her throat Ford denies any at
tempt at a- criminal assault. He
says the girl threw a stone at him at
he was passing where she was watch
ing cows. He was angered by her ao
tions and attacked her. She fought
him and he killed her with a kcife.
WILL EXECUTE THE AMERICANS
In Accordance) with the Court-Martial
Sentence, Notwithstanding Mr. Olney'a
Protest. At Least That Is the I nrerlfled
Keport A British Subject Involved Ton.
Havana, May 10. The report
reaches here from the United States
that Capt. -Gen. Weyler has notified
Secretary of State Olney that the
Americans captured on the schooner
Competitor will be executed in accord
ance with the sentence of the court
martial which tried them, despite the
protest of Mr. Olney. It is not known
here that the captain general has done
anything of thekind. The only thing
that he has said about the case is that
Consul-General Williams has presented
a claim that the Americans should be
tried by a civil tribunal, as they were
not bearing arms when captured. It
is believed that the matter will be de
cided at a cabinet meeting to be held
The British consul has presented av
claim in favor of Kilda, the English
man, who was captured on the Com
petitor. Great secrecy has been ob
served regarding the proceeding in the
case and the fact that the men were
sentenced to death has cot been made
generally public here.
On Friday last rebel bands invaded
the town of Hoyo Colorado, IS miles
from Havana, and burned 158 houses,
including the town hall. 4
Cornelio Alvarez will be shot at Co
lon, province of Matanzas, this morn
and at the same time sentence of
death will be executed on Jose Blanco
Alfonso, in the Cabanas fortress here.
Both men were convicted of the crime
Nine political prisoners were de
ported to Spain yesterday. Gen..
1'aado sailed on the sa.no steamer.
SCANT HOPE FOR MILTON.
Little Can be Done for Him I'nder the
Terms of Our Treaty with Spain.
Washington, May 10. It is under
stood that the friendly offices which the
state department is exerting in behalf
of Mr. Owen Milton, of Kansas, sen
tenced by court-martial to be shot in
Cuba, are limited to the complaint that
the decision was reached in a sum
mary manner, without giving any op
portunity for defense and too hastily
to examine into all the circumstances
of the cases. The effort now being
made at Madrid and Havana is there
fore to be in the line of securing a de
lay of execution for a-sufficient time to
permit such an investigation of the
Competitor incident as is demanded in
the interests of humanity.
It is not thought that any attempt
will be made to secure a civil trial for
Milton or any of his associates who
may be found to be bona fide Ameri
cans, the treaty under which such,
transfers of jurisdiction have been
hitherto made appearing to have no
bearing in the present instance. The
first article of the protocol b.-tween
the United States and Spain, signed
January 12, 1B77, concerning judicial
procedure, provides as follows:
"No citizen of the United States re
siding in Spain, her adjacent islands or
her ultramarine possessions charged
with acts of sedition, treason or con
spiracy against the institutions, the
public security, the integrity of the
territory or against the supreme gov
ernment, or any other crime whatso
ever, shall be subjected to trial by any
exceptional tribunal, but exclusively
by the oruinary jurisdiction, except in
the case of being captured with arras
Under this article many Am.'rieaiiS
resident in Cuba in the past year have
had their cases transferred to civil
courts through the intervention of
Consul-General Williams, but there
does not appear to ba the slightest
ground for claiming Milton to be &
"resident" of Cuba, and the article:
cannot, therefore, be made to apply to.
The same protocol, however, which:
was negotiated by Caleb Cnshing, pro
vides that those taken with arms in
hand, as excepted in the article
quoted, shall be tried by ordinary coun
cil of war, shall have counsel to de
fend them and the right to compel the
attendance of witiess. This also re
lates only to residents.
ONLY A CORRESPONDENT.
The Mission of Milton, the Kansas Iloy,te
Jacksonville, Fla., May 10. In
reference to Milton, the Kansas boy
condemned to death by the Spaniards,
the following dispatch was sent to
Secretary of State Olney yesterday
Jacksonville, Fla.. May 9.
lion. Richard Olney, Heerctarji State, Walking -
Milton, who was captured by the
Spanish authorities on board the Com
petitor and condemned to death, left
Key West as a newspaper correspond
ent, hoping to consummate plans for
furnishing reliable news to the corre
spondents of the Florida Times Union
at Key West, who, in turn, were to
transmit such reports by cable to the
Southern Associated Press and United
Press through the medium of this pa
per. He must have hid with him at
the time of capture credentials show
ing his connection with the Times
Union as its duly authorized represen
tative. Such a letter was furnished
him by me.
I send this information to assist youl
efforts in behalf of young Milton.
T. T. Stocktcx,
General Mana.rer Florida Times Union.
Edison now claims that the X rry is
.1 sound wave and its photographs are
simply shadows of sound vibrations.
The Dominion of Canada contains 3,
15G,3S-1 square miles; the United States
contains 3,501,000 i-quare miles.
The astronomical difference in time
between London and New York ia 4
hours. 56 minutes, 0.6 seconds.
Careful scientific observation shows,
that the average speed of the transmis
sion of an earthquake shock is JfiOOO,
feet per second.