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THji AlUiUa. TUESDAY, MAllCH. 7. 1891.
. PRO VENZAJM) TALKS
Disclosures of a New Orleans
THE MAFIA ATTEMPTS BLACKMAIL
A Demand for Sl.OOO or Blood Carnio't
Connection with the Society The Vigi
lantes Send Out au Order for Thirty
Men to Leare the City, Which Detee-
tlTe O'Malley Is Said to Defy The
Alleged Jury-Fixing International
Matut of the Matter Chicago Preach
rs Hesitate Press Comment.
New Orleans, March 17. There was
noe ine least bit of excitement in the city
yesterday, matters having resumed the
usual routine. Business was going on as
usual and a stranger could not guess by
outward signs that New Orleans had been
the scene of a tragedy which startled the
world. Saturday night the vigilance
committee held a meeting and authorized
the notification by a letter regularly
eignea, to the members of the jury ac
quitting Hennessey's assassins and the
people suspected of suborning them
thirty in all to leave the citv. Amon?
those warned is Dominick O'Malley, tha
private detective, but it is reported that
ne swears tie will remain, and will make
trouble for any one interfering with him.
The vigilance committee members are
thoroughly determined men, and trouble
with O'Malley is anticipated, because,
whatever his connection with the alleged
jury fixing, or other crookedness, he is a
man of undoubted grit.
Giving Away the Mafia Secret.
Josep Frovenzano. who is the leader of
one faction of the alleged MaGa, is out in
a statement. It was a war between two
factions of the society that culminated in
the murder of Hennessey. Provenzano
says that he has not been connected with
the Mafia in any manner, but has been an
object of their enmity, and then continues
as follows: "About five years ago the Ma
fla sent me several letters threatening to
kill me and my brother unless we gave
the society f 1,000. We did not respond,
and Jim Caruso shortly afterward came
to me and said that he belonged to the
society, and that we had better pay the
money. He said that I could do so by go
ing to the old lake and bandaging my
head with a red hankerchief and leavina;
the money on a stump in the swamp near
by. I was then to go about my business
and they would get the money.
Went and Consulted His Friends.
fcI then went to some of my friends,
whom I met under the St. Charles hotel,
Jung Davy. Pat Mealley, and Ralph Mor
gan being among the number, and they
said not to pay it; that they would go with
me in a wagon to see who was there to re
ceive it. Jim Caruso, who was along,
said that this would not do. 'If you go
with a crowd no one would appear.' I
then dropped the matter, and told Caruso
to have nothing more to do with the so
ciety, to give up his fruit stand in the
French market, and to come on the levee
and we would make him a free man. He
said he would do so, as he was tired of the
Mafia, having recently been selected on a
committee to kill some one."
Caruso's Alleged Confession.
Provenzano says that Caruso (who was
killed by the mob Saturday) confessed to
him that he (Caruso) was a member of the
Mafia. That he was initiated by Mat
ranza, who was acquitted by the jury, and
later released from prison. Caruso said he
only attended one meetiug; that he went
in and Matranza hld up a skull, in his
left hand, and a dirk in his right. Ha
was then sworn with uplifted hands to
abide by the decision of the order. He
said he was informed after taking the
obligation that the object was to kill
those who were against the Mafia gang.
The way it was done was to select the
victim and invite him to dinner and after
wards do him up. Caruso said afterwards
that he did not like to commit murder,
but was willing to rob, so he went to the
Italian church and swore before the altar
that he would have nothing more to do
with the Mafia. Afterwards, however, he
was frightened back, with the result of
losing his life.
PROOF OF JURY BRIBING.
Suspicions Facts in Connection with the
Trial More Threats.
With reference to the alleged bribery
of the jurors it is stated that Mr. Elliott,
who was drawn as a tales juror, received
a letter from D. C. O'Malley, after he was
drawn as a juror, asking hira (Elliott) to
call at his (O'Malley's) office on important
business. The authorities also have proof
by eye-witnesses of communications be
tween O'Malley and his agents and other
jurors. McChrystal, who is now under
indictment for bribing jurors in the Hen
nessey case, and is in the parish prison,
was taken yesterday to see the district at
terney, but the officials will not say any
thing about the interview.
Foreman fteligman's Flight.
The flight of Foreman Seligman. of the
jury, is looked upon with suspicion by
the public, and it is put down as proof of
guilt. It has been ascertained that the
whole jury was not bought, but that the
majority of them were recipients of money
from the nine defendants. Mr. Mackesy,
one of the jurors, and the only one who
has called for an investigation, says that
seven of the jury acted suspiciously, and
six of the twelve, he among the number,
stood out for the conviction of Macheca,
Scoffedi and Monastero, and finding that
the others would not agree with them a
mistrial was agreed on as to those three.
Will Pot Italy Oat of the Case.
A clerk in the office of the registrar of
voters said yesterday that on Saturday
evening he had examined the registration
books for the purpose of ascertaining the
allegiance of the men executed by the
people that day, and that he found that
every one of them was a registered voter
of the city of New Orleans. This puts a
new face on the international question.
The district attorney has nolle prosequiel
the indictment against young Marchesi,
Matranza and Incardona and they were
given their liberty. The other eight
Italians who were not killed will be
placed on trial shortly. Prjvenzano's
statement has created a profound sensa
tion, and his charge that Matranza was
the leader of the Mafia bodes that indi
vidual no good.
Threats Against the Mob Leaders.
Parkerson and Wickliffe and Mayor
Shakespeare have received anonymous let
ters in broken English threatening them
with assassination. The letters in sab-
stance Mate that the "society" is dead, but
that members are left who will avenge
their comrades. Should any harm come
to any of the leaders in Saturday's affair
the consequences to the Sicilians in New
Orleans would be terrible. The people
could not be restrained. The Italian priest
here. Father Manoritta, says that he is in
formed by a friend of his, whose name he
refuses to give, that the Mafia is 360
strong, eighty of them being escaped con
victs from Italy.
IN GOVERNMENT CIRCLES.
Statement in the Italian Parliament
Blaine Hears from Xicholls.
Rome, March 17. In the chamber ol
deputies yesterday Marquis Di Rudini,
the Italian prime minister, made a state
nient with regard to the killing in New
Orleans. The premier informed the cbam
ber that the Italian government had
taken prompt cognizance of the affair, and
had at once placed itself in communica
tion with the American " government
through the Italian minister at Washing
ton. Baron De Fava. In response to its
representations the Italian government
had received the assurance that President
Harrison recognized the right of Italians
resident in the United States to the pro
tection of the government and laws ol
that country. This assurance was accom
panied by an expression of the profound
regret felt by the president for the unfor
Italy's Power in Case of War.
It is stated that orders were given yes
terday to suspend the directions pre
viously given for diminishing the active
force of the navy. Without any doubt
the Italian navy is now one of the finest
in the world, and could easily block en
trance to the Mediterranean to any power
except France or England, while sending
swilt sailing cruisers to every oceau to
prey on the commerce of aa enemy. As
to the Italian commerce, it is largefv con
fined to the Mediterranean.
Uncle Sam Is "Not in It."
Washington Citv, March 1T.-Sjcretary
Blaine stated yesterday that he was iu re
ceipt of numerous telegrams from Italian
societies and prominent Italians through
out the country in regard to the New Or-
leans massacre, evidencing the deep feel
ing and interest the killing had aroused
in this country. Oa all hands in official
circles the killing is deeply deplored, but
as far as opinions expressed in diplomatic
circles indicate, the United States cannot
in any wy be held responsible for the
killing. It is purely a police matter of
state jurisdiction, and if any indemnity is
demanded, it must be from the state.
Gov. Nicholls to Illaine.
Secretary Blaine, late yesterday after
noon, received a telegram from Gov.
Nicholls, of Louisiana, stating that all
was quiet in New Orleans, and that Le
would reply to the secretary's despatch
received Sunday night by letter with a
long explanation of the Mafia trouble in
COMMENT AT HOME AND A3ROA D.
Chicago Ministers Hesitate to Deuuunce
Mob Law Press Opinions.
Chicago, March 17. A meetinn of
Methodist clergyman hesitating to de
nounce mob law was the spectacle pre
sented in Chicago yesterday at the regular
weekly meeting of the clergy of that de
nomination. This body is generally noi
slow at putting its opinions on record
in regard to any matter affecting public
morals in any degree. Yesterday Rev. F.
M. Bristol and four other minister pre
sented a set of resolutions declaring that,
though the body deplored the failure of
justice in the courts, either in New Or
leans or elsewhere, lynch law is utterly
abhorrent to free institutions.
Startling Talk of Dr. IlUn.l.
Dr. Bland was very much opposed to
the passing cf such a resolution. "When
the law will not take care of a lot of mur
derers, it's time the people did some
thing." He further deprecated any hasty
action on the part of the meeting:, and
wanted to wait awhile until both sides of
the question could be heard. Revs. Ex-
tell and Goodwin also opposed action, and
finally the resolution was referred to a
committee, upon which P.evs. Bristol and
Burch, who signed the resolution, refused
to serve, while Dr. Bland, the most per
sistent opposer of action, was made a
member thereof, and the matter was post
poned for a week.
The New York Editors.
New York, March 17. The press of this
city is unanimous in declaring that the
act of the New Orleans mob was bad pol
icy. The Tribune being most severe in its
denunciation. It says: "The mora the
New Orleans murders are investigated the
worse the wbole transaction annears.
The very violence of assertion
and vituperation by the leaders of the
mob goes far to create the impression that
their own minds were not free from
doubt. This is particularly true in regard
to the alleged bribery of 'he jury. If any
evidence exists that such a crime was
committed, that evidence has not yet been
transmitted by teletrraph." Editorial ex
pressions in The Times, Sun and World
are rather deprecatory than denunciatory,
and go on the principle that mob law
"does not pay."
Trade and Labor Opinion.
Chicago, March 17. The Trade and
Labor assembly, of this city, adopted reso
lutions the pith of which is that, as the
laboring classes are admonished on the
wrong and punished for the fact of resort
ing to violence for redress of grievances,
etc., due and adequate punishment should
be meted out to the professional and busi
ness mob which committed the New Or
leans outrage, and that the Trade and
Labor assembly demands that the law be
now" "enforced upon these murderers,"
because, "capitalistic anarchy" is no better
than any other kind.
English Newspaper Opinions.
London, March 17. The press of this
city has varied views as to the New
Orleans mob. The St. James Gazette is
deprecatory, and says: "It is all very
dreadful, but quite just. Only oue thing
is more dreadful than this execution.
That is that the crime is justified by the
The Pall Mall Gazette asks: "If you
scratch an American has it come to mean
that you will find a savage Indian? It is
not uniustructive to note the irony of the
fact that this wholesale lynching is
coincident with the proclamation of the
world's fair bidding all nations to come to
the celebration of American civilization."
The Globe reverts to the proclamation
of the World's fair, which it quotes, and
proceeds as follows: "Nope of the effete
monarchies oi Europe can compete with
these new revelations of American civili
sation. Lynch law, which is peculiarly
an American institution, should have its
tribunal erected in Chicago, where the
Anarchists were treated much after tht
Thu Star is of the opinion that "the im
pressive feature . of the New Orleans af
fair was the nerfopf. APllArltnaaa Main
tained throughout the proceedings. Here
cham pions of law and order stand aghast
uiu proceedings. t he American de
mocrt cy has sounder notions as to what
law and order really i jeans."
The Italian press at Rome is unanimous
in d nnnciation of the mob's work, bul
not hysterical. It with equal unanimity
msistf; that Uncle Sam must make repara
The Mafia in San Francisco.
San Fkaxcisco, March 17. About a
dozen years ago a Mafia society flourished
in San Francisco. Members of the gang
terror zed their countrymen and others,
exactly as the Chinese Highbinders have
been doing more recently. They robbed
aud murdered, and had the entire Italian
community iu a state of terror. At length
a robbery was committed which led to the
arrest of a half dozen men, and one,
named Meli, was convicted and sentenced
to stave's prison for six years. Three
others were sentenced for shorter terms.
Meli. efter serving his term, was extra
dited far a murder he had committed iu
Sicily. This broke the society up in this
Says There is no Mafia.
St. lxcxs. Ma, March 17. Domenica
Ginocchio, the wealthy Third street mer
chant, :s the Italian consul in St. Louis.
He was asked yesterday if he thought the
slaughter at New Orleans would break up
the Ma ia, and replied: "Mafia, Mafia? I
know of no such order. I don't believe
such an organization exists."
A MIGHTY FICKLE MAIDEN.
Twice, ; Moment licfore Marriage, She
Disappoint the iirooiu.
Indiana, Pa., March 17. Miss Clara
Mitchell, the belle of the hamlet of Two
Lick, this county, was engaged to marry
James II. Reed, a young business man,
and Ma rch 9 the wedding was to have
taken place. Just before the time for the
ceremony James Gibson, a rival suitor,
drove up to the house and said to Miss
Mitchell: "Come, take one more bugiry
ride witli me before you are married." She
hesitated but a moment, when the hor
rified groom and gaping guests saw her
eater t h buggy and drive away.
Tlie Vt priding Feast Went On.
Young Reed insisted that the feast pre
pared be served and manfully took his
plate at the head of the table beside an
empty cl air. At a late hour Miss Mitchell
entered t he room, mud-stained but radiant,
and wit i a candor that was crushed
anuounci-d that she was undecided which
of the young men she loved the better and
would marry neither until she found out.
Tuesday Rev. Mr. Shaffer received another
call from Reed, who told him the wedding
was to come off in an hour.
iiibson Laugh at the OirU
As the parson was driving into Two
Licks he spied the forlorn figure of Reed
on the bridge. "We were all ready for the
wedding again," began the rejected
groom, " hen she weakened and locked
herself up in her room. I have decided to
remain si agle." So far as Miss Mitchell
is concerned he doubtless wilL Hand
some Mr. Gibson, having wrought the
wreck of poor Reed's plans, now laughs
at the girl he took buggy riding on her
MIGHT HAVE BEEN EXPECTED.
A Fool ;irl Marries a Convict and Now
Haktfoed, Conn., March 17. Last week
John Cowles was tried in the police court
on the chnrge of assaulting his wife. It
came out at the hearing that he was re
cently released from state prison. At the
time he was serving his sentence a dress
maker named Mary Carroll was employed
by the wife of Warden Chamberlain, and
she became enamored of Cowles. Imme
diately upon his release she married him.
Her married life was not pleasant and
domestic quarrels were frequent.
"I'nhulanred" is a Good Word.
The pair have subsisted on the money
earned by the wife, aud the husband has
spent his time as a man about town. At
13 o'clock oue night the wife was forced
to leave th-i house at the point of a revol
ver held I y her husband. The authori
ties ascertained that for some time past
the husband has been a little unbalanced,
and therefore sentenced him to spend the
next six months behind the bars of the
jaiL He will be watched, and if any trace
of insanity shows itself he will be re
moved to the insane asylum at Middle
town. Will Sail Very Close to the Wind.
New Yor.K, March 17. In order to avoid
any ill-feeling the Parnell Irish envoys
who arrived Sunday will in all probabili
ty not take part in the St. Patrick's Day
parade even as spectators. In the evening,
however, Messrs. Harrison and O'Connor,
being the Tipperary county representa
tives of the visiting delegation, will attend
the Tipperary County Men's association
festivities at Clarendon hall. The others
will go to the ball of the Sixty-ninth regi
ment at Tammany halL
Drowned on the "Banks."
Gloucester, Mass., March 17. Fisher
men arriving Sunday from the banks re
port that tvo dories from the schooner
Minnie C. Boblin were recently struck by
a heavy sea while hauling trawls, and one
was upset and Geo. Baker, one of its oc
cupants, drowned. Daniel Morrison, the
other occupant of the capsized boat, was
rescued by the other dory. Baker was a
native of Nc va Scotia, and leaves a widow
and one dan hter in East Boston.
The land Commissiouership.
Washington Citv, March '7. Assist
ant Commissioner Stone has been desig
nated as acting land commissioner, vice
Groff, who resigned Saturday. It is un
derstood tint the president has accepted
Groff 's resignation, and that he has
promised to .ippoiut him a member of the
court of private laud claims. It is rumored
thatJu;lge Cobb, of Nebraska, is a can
didate for tin place.
T!ir Times on Portugal.
London, March 17. The Times says of
the seizure by the Portuguese in South
Africa o the Steamer Countess of Car
narvon: "Portugal is a weak and badly
guided statt, and allowed to do things
which would not bs permitted to stronger
nations. But there are limits to the im
munities of feebleness and folly, and she
must be called toaccouutfor the seizure
of a British a esseL"
No Woniau on the Commission.
London, March 17. In the house of
commons yeiterday the Hon. W. H.
Smith said the goverment had decided
that no womau would be placed on the
royal labor commission.
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