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ADMIRAL EVANS CORNERED.
An Interesting incident in the
Schley Court of Inquiry.
Washintgon, October L- The Schley
Court of Inquiry made good headway
again today, concluding with Admiral
Evans and hearing' three new witness?
es, although the Testimony of one of
them was not concluded when the
Court adjourned for the day.
The new witnesses were Capt. Sigs?
bee, who commanded the scout St.
Paul during the Santiago campaign :
Thomas M. Dieu aide,, a newspaper
corespondent who was on the Texas
during the battle of July 3, and Chief
Yeoman Gustave EL Becker, who was
a clerk to Admiral Sampson during
the war. General sympathy was ex?
pressed on the part ol members of the
Court of Inquiry and those in attend?
ance with Judge advocate Lemly be?
cause of the death of his sister, which
occurred yesterday. Capt. Lemly was
present when the Court convened but
Admiral Evans, recalled, said that
when Capt. Chadwick communicated
the secret code of signals to him he
did not instruct him to give the infor?
mation to Commodore Schley.
Mr. Raynor asked: "Did you have a
conversation with Commodore Schley
on July 4, in the course of which you
used language as follows:'Did you
know that Jack Philip started to run
away at the beginning of the battle,'
and" to which Commodore Schley re?
plied : ' You are mistaken about that,
Evans, I saw nothing of the kind. The
Brooklyn made a turn and you must
see the tactical situation that made it
"On thinking over last night what
did occur with reference to the Texas
I think Commodore Schley and I dis?
cussed the position of the Texas when
the fight began. I cannot be sure of
it, but that I ever intimated that
Capt. Philip attempted to run away
with the Texas is preposterous on che
face of it."
"Were not the commanding officers
called on board the flagship Brooklyn
by signal on the morning of May 29,
after the Colon was discovered?"
"What took place at the conference
of the commanding officers at that
"There was a general talk about
the Spanish fleet having been located
at last at Santiago. I do not recollect
any special conference. I remember
having a conversation with Commo?
dore Schley about the effect of the
fighting batteries on the ships, in
which 1 told him of the experience we
had had at San Juan and expressed
the opinion to him that it was not
worth while to risk fighting shore
batteries alone. Commodore Schley
remarked before we left that he felt
the country held him responsible;
that the ships should not be risked
under the fire of the shore batteries
until the Spanish fleet was destroyed."
"I want to call your attention to the
report of Capt. McCalla, of the Marble
head, on page 426 of the appendix,
which says : 1 Commodore Schley ex?
plained to the commanding officers
that in case the Spanish ships came
out he wished to concentrate the bat?
teries of all the ships on a portion of
those of the enemv. During the time
the commandng officers were on board
the flagship Capt Evans asked Commo?
dore Schley if it were his intention to
steam at the enemys ships in case
they should attempt to come out.
Commodore Schley answered, "Cer?
tainly", and added words indicative of
his intention to attack them as they
came out of the narrow defile.' "
"I recollect it perfectly."
' ' So there was a plan of battle arrang?
ed by Commodore Schley, was there
"There is nothing there to indicate
it from what you have read."
"Was not that the same order that
was afterward given by the commander
in-chief substantially : 'Close in to?
ward the harbor entrance and attack
"You have not read any ting about
indicating any plan of battle."
Mr. Raynor asked a number of ques?
tions intended to show that Admiral
Evans's official reports and his present
statements as to speed were inconsis?
tent. Admiral Evans was also ques?
tioned as to his statements concerning
the distance the blockading vessels
were out at night. He said yesterday
that the vessels of the blockading fleet
were farther out at night than during
the day, and Mr. Raynor read a pre?
vious statement from him to the effect
that "at daylight we closed in." This
the witness said was the exact fact,
that after being out farther at night
the vessels came in closer at day li grit.
While before Cienfuegos or on the
way to Santiago did you have any or?
ders for battle?" asked Mr. Hanna.
"No," responded the witness. "We
steamed in column, with flankers on
"Had you any instructions as to
what to do in case the enemy should
"We had not."
Admiral Evans was then excused.
Capt. Charles D. Sigsbee told of
taking aboard the Cuban Pilot Nunez
and said that he did not have great
confidence in that individual. His in
' stnictions were to report to Commo?
dore Schley that the Spanish squadron
probably was in Santiago harbor. He
fell in with the flying squadron on the
evening of May 26, the squadron then
being 20 or 25 miles south of Santiago.
He had reported to Commodore Schley
"that he knew nothing positively"
about the Spanish fleet.
He was then asked if he had express?
ed his belief to Commodore Schley
that Cervera's fleet was out in the har?
bor, as reported later by Commodore
The witness replied : * ' I stated that
we had seen nothing of the Spanish
fleet. I may have stated that I knew
nothing positively or absolutely about
its movements, but I recited certain
events to show that there was a prob?
ability of the fleet being in Santiago
at that time."
Mr. Hanna: "The portion of the
question to which I should like to
have you give an explicit answer Ts
whether you assured Commodore
Schley that you believed the Spanish
fleet was not in Santiago."
"I did not say that I believed it was
not there.' I said I had not seen it."
"Did you give him any assurance
which would point in that direction?"
"I made known first my orders from
the navy department, which stated
that the Spanish fleet was reported to
have arrived there."
Mr. Hanna read a number of letters,
among them being one from Capt.
Sigsbee to Commodore Schley, written
from Mole St. Nicholas, May 29, in
which he said to the Commodore :
"Do as you are doing and you will
He told the Commodore that the de?
partment expected him to exercise
great efforts to keep in coal.
Mr. Hanna : * ' I wish to ask your at?
tention to the clause : 1 Do as you are
doing and you will do right. ' What
was the flying squadron doing at the
time you wrote that letter?"
"That was based on the tenor of the
cipher telegrams I found at the Mole
from the commander-in-chief and from
the navy department, urging that the
Spanish squadron be held, and that
every effort be made to coal ship. I
had twice urged on Commodore Schley
the importance of taking advantage of
that particular kind of weather,
stating that it was better than any?
thing we had had during my stay off
Mr. Raynor then questioned the wit?
ness, bringing out the statement that
the purpose of his ship being sent to
the vicinity of Santiago was to, if pos?
sible, locate the Spanish fleet. He
said that he had first seen the Spanish
vessels in the harbor at Santiago but
that when he reported the fact he found
the squadron had already made the
Mr. Rayner attempted to quote a
statement from Admiral Sampson to
the effect that Capt. Sigsbee had said
that on May 29 the flying squadron
was blockading Santiago twenty-five
miles out at sea, but objeci?n was
made to bringing Admiral Sampson
in and Mr. Rayner asked Capt. Sigs?
bee whether he had made that report
to anyone at that date. The witness
replied in the negative.
In reply to a question as to the con?
dition of the weather at the time he
was at Santiago, Capt. Sigsbee said :
"During the 24th, 25th and 26th of
May the weather was unsettled : trade
condition had been hindered. There
was more or less rain and moderately
heavy sea on sea on those three days.
The Court asked a number of ques?
tions of Capt. Sigsbee. These, with
the replies, were as follows:
"What was the sea on the afternoon
and evening cf May 26, when you com?
municated with the flying squadron to
the southward of the port of Santi?
"The sea was heavy for boats, but it
was moderating, that is to say, more
moderate than it had been on two days
before. I should say, however, it would
have been a very difficult job to have
coaled from ships alongside that
By the court :" Did you make any
effort to ascertain if the Spanish
squadron was at Santiago prior to
."Only by extreme watchfulness,
that is all."
"What information had you com?
municated to Admiral Schley on May
26 regarding the whereabouts of the
"The department's order to me di-:
rected me to state that the Spanish
squadron was there, or had been re- ?
ported there, and again the circum- !
stantial evidence afforded by the cap?
ture of the Restormel after her very
peculiar cruise. "
"Did you show this dispatch to
Commodore Schley on May 26?"
"If cannot recollect the act of show?
ing itHo him. I presume I did, but
that I informed him I remember."
Washington, Oct. 2.-An interesting
turn was given to the Schley court of
inquiry today by the introduction of
the first witness in Admiral Schley's
behalf. This was Lieut. James J.
Doyle, who was watch officer on board
the flagship Brooklyn during the war
with Spain. The fact that Lieut, j
Doyle was put on the stand does not I
mean that the navy department had
concluded the presentation of its side
of the case. Mr. Doyle was called
by the department, but as it also had
been the purpose of Admiral Schley
to summon him, advantage was taken
of his presence on the stand to ques
tion him as an original witness for
"the applicant." He was under
examination by Mr. Raynor in the in?
terest of the admiral when the court
adjourned for the day.
~ Before undergoing examination at
Mr. Raynor's hands Lieut. Doyle, at
Capt. Lem Ly's request, explained his
part in the battle of July 3, and his
original entry in the ship's log con?
cerning the famous loop and his altera?
tion of that entry, because he subse?
quently discovered that his first entry
had been erroneous.
Admiral Evans, Capt. Sigsbee and
Correspondent Dieuaide were all re?
called for the purpose of correcting
their testimony as given yesterday and
ali made different statements.
THE COURT OF ENQUIRY.
Evidence of Doyle in Schley's
! Washington, Oct. 3.-After Lieut.
Doyle, formerly of Commodore Schley's
flagship the Brooklyn, had completed
his testimony before the Schley court
of inquiry today, Capt. William C.
Dawson, of the marine corps was call?
ed, and he was followed by Lieut.
Chas. W. Dyson of the bureau of steam
engineering of the navy department.
Lieut. Dyson was introduced to
testify concerning the coal supply of
the flying squadron, but the court ad?
journed for the day before he could be
At the opening of court, Lieut.
Doyle resumed his testimony. Mr.
Raynor asked :
"What was Admiral Schley's con?
duct and bearing at any time either
during the bombardment or during
the battle of July 3, when his ship
was under fire?"
CONSIDERED SCHLEY COOL.
''He always struck me as being just
about as well possessed as it was possi?
ble for anybody to be under those cir?
cumstances. ' '
Mr. Raynor then asked the witness
whether on July 2, 1898, he had ob?
served smoke coming from Santiago
harbor over Zocopa hill.
Capt. Lemly objected, contending
that the certain effect of such ques?
tions would be to open the gates for
interminable inquiry, and that if one
side should enter upon such questions
! the other side also must be allowed to
do so. They did not object except for
the reason of the time involved.
Admiral Dewey said if the question
I was confined to the Brooklyn there
i could be no objection.
Mr. Raynor was then permitted to
j ask his question, which he did in the
following words : :
I "Was the smoke observed on July 2
I by Commodore Schley, communicated
to the squadron?"
SAMPSON TOLD OF SMOKE.
The reply was: "Smoke was observ?
ed rising in the harbor on July 2, and
my impression now is, and always has
been |since that night, that that in?
formation was conveyed to the com
The witness was then requested to'
give a brief account of the part ta?
ken by the Brooklyn in the battle of
July 3, which he did, repeating much
that he had said yesterday.
Describing the chase of the Colon,
Lieut. Doyle said the Spanish ship
had secured a lead of five or six miles.
"The order was given to cease firing
and to come out of the turrets and
take a 4 spell' during the chase of the
Colon. The Oregon, during that
chase, and while we were on the top of
the turret, was directed to try her 13
inch guns on the chase, which she did,
and the shots fell short. In a little
while they were tried again and came
a little closer. "
Admiral Dewey-"Directed by
"By Commodore Schley. sir, by wig
wag signal as I remember it."
Admiral Dewev-"You saw that
"Yes, sir; I saw the signal being
Admiral Benham-"Did you read
! the signal?"
"I did not, but I understood what
it was; and, if I am not mistaken, it
was McCauley, an ensign we had on
board, who made the signal himself."
Lieut. Doyle, during cross-examina?
tion, said that while he had" seen the
shore lights at night at Cienfuegos,
he had never suspected that they were
signals. He told of seeing: three horse
men on the shore during the day time.
"We regarded them as Spanish
cavalry," he said, "and they were so
brazen that some one suggested that
we should stir them up a bit, but we
did not fire at them."
In response to Mr. Hanna's ques?
tions Lieut. Doyle said that upon
approaching Santiago on the evening
of May 28 the squadron had lain to
for the night about seven miles off
Santiago, but he thought that the
Marblehead and the Vixen had been
placed on picket duty for the night.
The log, however, showed no record
of this latter fact..
The afternoon session of the Schley
court began with inquiries concerning
the wig wag signal to the Oregon from
the Brooklyn to fire her 13 inch gun.
The witness said that he was sure that
he had seen the signal made, but that
he was unable to find an entry of the
I signal in the ship's log. Reading
the log he found a notation of several
signals and then a note, saying that
"other unimportant signals had been
Ship Subsidy Bill Condemned.
Boston, Oct. 2.-Resolutions con
I demning the ship subsidy bill and
calling upon congress to kill tho meas?
ure were x>assed by the convention of
the Spinners' Association of America
today. The proposition to amalgamate
all the workers unions in America was
discussed and the spinners voted to
join the National Textile Workers of
America. The employment of women
and minors in the factory between the
! hours of O p. ni. and 6 a. m. was de
I nonnced and it was voted to request
; the legislature at its next session to
I enact a measure prohibiting the em
\ ployment of women and minors, ex
; cepting in the day time.
Dublin. Oct. 1. At a meeting of the
j United Irish League in Dublin today
; jhe lord mayor of Dublin presiding, a
! letter of apology for absence was read
I from William O'Brien. .M. P., who ex
; pressed a hope that "if the king visits
j Ireland next year, the league will arouse
a spirit which will convince his ma?
jesty that he has come among a people
discontented and disaffected to the
core, only needing arms and training
of the Boers to testify to their hatred
of England's rule with eloquence equal
to that of the unconquered South
CONDITION OF COTTON CROP.
U. S. Department of Agriculture
Forecasts a Short Crop.
S Washington, Oct. 3.-The following
monthly report on the condition of
the cotton crop was issued today by
the statistician of the department of
m The monhtly report of the statis?
tician of the department of agriculture
shows the average condition of cotton
on Sept. 25 to have been 61.4 as com?
pared with 71.4 on the 24th of August,
67 on Oct. 1, 1900 : 62.4 at the corres?
ponding date in 1899 and 70.3, the
mean of the October averages of the
last ten years.
Rarely has so general an impairment
of condition been reported as the de?
partment's various crop reporting
agencies unite in bearing witness to
this month. There was a decline of
9^ points in Virginia and North Caro?
lina, 13 in South Carolina, Florida
and Tennessee, 8 in Georgia and
Louisiana, 10 in Alabama and Arkan?
sas, 22 in Mississippi ; 5 in Texas, ll
Oklahoma, 15 in Indian Territory and
14 in Missouri.
While the condition in Georgia and
Louisiana is still 1 point above the
ten year averages of those States, the
reports from every other cotton grow?
ing State and territory compare un?
favorably with the average October
conditions for any considerable series
of years. The extent to which the
various States fall below their respec?
tive ten year averages is as follows:
Virginia 3 points, South Carolina 2,
North Carolina and Florida 8, Ala?
bama 7, Mississippi 4, Tennessee ll
and Texas and Arkansas each 18. The
condition in Indian Territory is 9
points and in Oklahoma 16 points
below the means of the October aver?
ages of the last five years and that in
Missouri 19 points below the mean of
the last eight years.
The averages of conditions in the
different States are reported as fol?
Virginia, 73 North Carolina 63,
South Carolina 67, Georgia 73, Flor?
ida 65, Alabama 65, Mississippi 66,
Louisiana 72, Texas 51, Arkansas 51,
Tennessee 60, Missouri 61, Oklahoma
57, Indian Territory 61.
WEEKLY CROP REPORT.
Washington, Oct. 1.--Following is
the last weekly summary of crop condi?
tions to be issued by the weather bu?
reau this season :
The temperature conditions of the
week ending September 30, were high?
ly favorably throughout the central
valleys, lake region, middle Atlantic
States and New England, and no dam?
aging frosts occurred in these districts.
Excessive rains interfered with farm
work in portions of the south Atlantic
and east Gulf States.
The week was favorable for maturing
and gathering corn and reports from
the principal States indicate that a
much larger acreage than usual at this
date has been cut. The crop is now
practically safe from frost in all dis?
The weather conditions in the cot?
ton belt have been very favorable for
picking except over portions of Geor?
gia, Florida and North Carolina,
where this work has been retarded to
some extent by rains of the latter part of
the week. Picking has progressed rap?
idly in the central and western dis?
tricts where cotton has opened rapid?
ly, the bulk of the crop beiDg gather?
ed in some sections. Over the eastern
portion of the cotton belt the low tem?
peratures of the week have damaged
the staple in portions of North Caro?
lina, Georgia and Florida, while the
sea island crop of South Carolina is
suffering from drought. In Texas
late cotton is being damaged by boll
weevil and other insects and the out?
look for top crop is very poor.
Only a small part of the tobacco
crop and that in Kentucky and Ten?
nessee remains unhoused. The reports
generally indicate that this crop has
been secured in a satisfactory condi?
A NEGRO DECAPITATED.
Rock Hill, Oct. 2.-Yesterday morn- j
ing about fourth of a mile east of j
Ebenezer, Frank Dunlap, a negro
man, was instantly killed while riding
along the road eating his breakfast.
He, with two other men, were hauling
to the works of the Catawba Power
Company one of the immense? horse?
shoe shaped iron pieces which will
make up part of one of the big wheels.
It was loaded upon a scaffold built
up from the wagon so as to throw the
load clear of the wheels. Dunlap with
another negro was sitting upon the
wagon, one at each end. Dunlap was
eating his breakfast. Although the
iron weighed more than 3,500 pounds
its support was, according to author?
ity, sufficient, but at this point one of
the timbers broke and both negroes
fell to the ground. At bis end of the
wagon the great iron slid down upon
Dunlap and shaved off half of his
head, mashing it into the ground.
So instantly did death come that not a
sound was heard. The coroner's jury
rendered a verdict in accordance with
the above. This makes the fifth death
in connection with the building of
the big dam. Tho negro who was
shot there one night last week may
Nev/ Method of Curing Hay.
Some of the local farmers are trying
this year a plan for curing their pea
vine hay suggested by a westerner who
has recently come to this section to
farm. The plan is very simple. It is
to pack and press the peavines while
perfectly fresh, press them so tightly
as to exclude the air. They will then
euro with out spoiling and be of a su?
perior quality when opened in tho win?
ter. If the plan is successful in this
country it will mean a great deal for
the farmer and more for his stock.
Those who have tried it have promised j
to give us the benefit of their experi
THE WAR IN AFRICA.
/FTER TWO YEARS OF WAR THE
BOERS ARE UNCONQUERED.
London, Oct. 1.-Within two weeks
the war in South Africa will have en?
tered upon its third year, and in the
face of a recrudescence of organized
operations by the Boers and of the im?
possibility of carrying out Mr. Brod
rick's premise to reduce the war ex?
penses by sending home some troops,
the government organs are again be?
There is a mystery surrounding the
operations and the whole situation in
Natal, and the] denials and evasions of
the war office concerning the alleged
friction between Mr. Broderick and
Lord Kitchener fo:rm the subject of
editorial protests on all sides.
"We have the right to expect," says
The Standard, "that the government
will lose no time in sending out such
ample reinforcements as the military
chiefs on the spot deem necessary'. '
The Daily Mail, which finds evi?
dence that Lord Kitchener is in a diffi?
cult predicament and fears that the
government is delaying reinforcements
out of a desire to avoid summoning
parliament to vote the necessary sup?
plies, warns the government that if
this be the case a grave risk is being
run. Similar protests are made on all
The Times after reminding the gov?
ernment of the ' ' repeated blunders and
miscalculations which have cost the
empire such a terrible price," says:
"A third campaign has now opened
in South Africa and there is no sign
that the government is doing anything
to prepare for possibly the dragging
out of the war for several months
more. Already it is too late to pro?
vide such a mobile force as would be
adequate this autumn. Is the govern?
ment doing anything to provide it
even if months hence, and if not what
possible excuse can the government
urge for this negiect?"
The War in South Africa.
London, Oct. 2.-Lord Kitchener to?
day reports that two officers and thirty
one men have been killed in an attack
made on Col. Kekewich's camp at
Moedwill. The Boers, who were under
DeLarey and Kemp, had 14- officers
and 114 men killed and wounded after
two hours of night fighting, when the
Boers were driven off.
The Boer reverse at Moedwill occur?
red Sept. 29. The Boers are reported
to have been 1,000 strong. Lord*
Kitchener, in his dispatch, says the
British repelled the attack with great
vigor. Coi. Kekewich was slightly
wounded in two places. He says that
all ranks behaved extremely well. The
wounded were taken to Rustenburg
half way between Pretoria and Mafek?
Lord Kitchener confirms the heavy
losses of the Boers, about 250 killed
and 300 wounded, during their attack
on Fort Itala and Fort Prospect. He
says the guns recently captured at
Vlakfontein have been recovered from
Triple Alliance in Danger.
Vienna. September 30.-According
to the semi-official papers of Vienna
and Budapest. Austria-Hungary will
refuse to renew the commercial
treaties with Germany on the basis
proposed in the new German tarin? bill.
The Hungarian organ, the Magyar
Nemzet, asserts that M. Koloman de
Szell in notifying Germany to this
effect explained that if Germany ex?
cludes Hungarian products Hungary
must not only close her frontier to
Germany, but also to the Balkan
States, which might have grave politi?
cal effects and drive the Balkans into
the arms of Russia. This paper as?
serts that the Hungarian premier is
acting in agreement with Count Golu
chowski, the Austro-Hungarian minis?
ter of foreign affairs.
There is good reason to believe that
the foregoing statements are in the
main correct: and, as sucha tariff war
would endanger the stability of the
Triple Alliance, the news has caused
DISPENSARY CLAIM REJECTED.
Washington, Oct. L-Commissioner
Yerkes of the internal revenue has re?
jected the claim of the State of South
Carolina for the refund of the taxes
paid by the state agents as wholesale
and retail liquor dealers, amounting
to something over $7,000. The^ com?
missioner formally announced his de?
cision in a few words without entering
into any argument, as the case is now
before the court of claims where the
department will present its views. The
claim of the state was that the control
of the liquor traffic was one of the
State instrumentalities in securing the
welfare of the people and as such it
was exempt from the taxation under
EMMA GOLDMAN TO SPEAK.
Chicago, Oct. L- - The speech which
Leon Czolgosz claims inspired him To
assassinate the president will he re?
peated by Emma Goldman here Thurs?
day night. Czolgosz heard this lec?
ture in Cleveland and Miss Goldman
said today she wished to give the pub?
lic a chance to see if there was any?
thing incendiary in it. So deep has
bren the feeling against the anarchists
that not until yesterday were the
"Reds'* able to secure a hall at any
price. Chief of Police O'Neil said he
would have detectives in the hall to
preserve order and keep the speakers
within proper bounds.
It is stated in the Northren papers
that ex-Congressman1 Edward R.
Ridgely, of Kansas, is now cooking
and doing chores for his board and a
place to sleep in Lawton, Oklahoma.
LYNCH LAW IN MONTANA.
White Man Taken From Jail in
Helena and Hanged.
Helena, Mont, Oct 2.-James Ed?
ward Brady, the man who assaulted
Ida Pugsley, 5 years of age, in Helena
yesterday, was this morning about
1.30 o'clock taken from the jail by a
mob and hanged to a telegraph pole* in
the Haymarket square about three
blocks from the jail. The crowd was
orderly and after the man had been
hanged quickly dispersed.
There were about 200 men engaged
in the affair and they were all masked.
They attacked the :ail door with a
battering ram, and it soon yielded.
On gaining admittance, they demand?
ed at the point of a gun the keys of
the jailer or threatended if he did not
yield the man they would kill him.
I The jailer then got the man out of
his cell and he was given to the mob.
When they first took him, Brady said :
"What is it gentlemen?'*
The march to the hanging place was
quiet. Brady was given a chance to
say a word. He declared that they
had the wrong man, although he had
been positively identified by his victim
and a score of other persons who had
seen him with the child. He also ask?
ed that some money that was due him
from the Montana "Central railroad be
sent to a niece and then he was pulled
up. The end of the rope was tied to
a pole and the crowd dispersed. Later
Sheriff McConnell cut the body down
and placed it in a coffin. There will
be an investigation today.
Riot and Bloodshed in China.
Washington, Oct. 2.-The state de?
partment received today a cablegram
from United States Consul McWade at
Canton, China, confirming the report?
ed uprising in the Singling district.
The dispatch follows :
Canton, Oct. 2.
Secretary of State, Washintgon.
General Wu, with 1,500 soldiers,
routed Triad, rebel, in Singling dis?
trict, Swatow, killing 200 and captur?
ing and decapitating many prisoners.
German mission burned. German mis?
sionaries fled safely to Hongkong.
This dispatch taken in connection
with previous advices the department
has had from Minister Conger leads
to the belief that the Boxers have had
nothing to do with the present out?
break, but that it is a local distur?
bance growing out of famine conditions
which the Chinese government can
THE TRIENNIAL CONVENTION.
Great Gathering of Bishops, Cler?
gy and Laity of the Episcopal
j San Francisco, Oct. 2.-The
triennial convention of Episcopal bish?
ops, clergy and laity, was inaugurated
at 7:30 a. m., with the celebration of
the holy communion in the local Epis?
copal churches. At ll a. m. the con?
vention was formally opened at Trinity
church with solemn religious exercises.
Seventy-five assembled in the guild
room of the church and put on their
robes. They then formed in procession
and leaving the guild room marched up
Bush street to the main entrance of
the church, continuing up the centre
The choir sans: the processional
hymn while the bishops moved along
and the introit of the service was in?
toned. Communion followed the
preparatory prayers and the religious
offices concluded with-the recessional
Bisohp Doane was the celebrant. The
convention sermon was preached by
Bishop Morris of Oregon, the senior
It was nearly 4 o'clock when Rev.
Dr. Hutchins, secretary of the last
house, called the convention to order
and called the roll. The result show?
ed a very large attendance of both
clergy and laity.
Rev.-Jos. Lindsay of Massachusetts
was elected president of the house of
Rev. Dr. Hutchins was unanimously
elected secretary of the honse.
In the house of bishops Bishop Dud?
ley of Kentucky was elected chairman
and Dr. Samuel Hart secretary.
A warrant has been issued for the
arrest of Postmaster J. C. Robertson,
of Cowpens, Spartanburg County, for