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VOL. VIII. NO. 278. WATERBUIIY, CONN., TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1895. PRICE TWO CENTS- A GELEBRATED GA3E. ' HOLMES, ALIAS MUDGETT, ITJ THE PRISONER'S DOCK. Sensational Openlusof the Trial of the Greatest Alleged Crlmlnnl of Modern Times -Spirited Tilts With District At torney Graham. PHiLADKkVHiA.Oct. 29.H. II. Holmes, or Herman W, Mudgett, which ho isays Is his baptismal name, was put ou trial In tho court of oyer and terminer yesterday for the murder of Benjamin h Pltezel in this city on Sept, $?, lSit, and the develop ments of tho nrst dy verified better per haps than ever before tho force of the maxim that truth is stranger than fiction From the nature of) the case and the star tling sterna concerning it which have gained currency during the past year, sen sational revelations were naturally to bo expected when he, who has come to bo re garded as tho most skillful and audacious criminal of modern times, was placed on trial for his life. Yet what did occur in court so far surpassed all expectations that the most vivid flights of imagination could scarcely have conceived tho day's vents. Protestations and entreaties for a con tinuance of the trial summarily overruled; the sudden withdrawal of tho lawyers who had hitherto represented the prisoner in the face of threats of disbarment; the ' appointment by tho court of new counsel and the refusal by the prisoner to accept them as his defenders; the declination of another lawyer to serve after being select ed by Hohnes, and finally the prisoner trying his own case. This, not to speak of sundry dramatic- passages at arms be tween Holmes and , the commonwealth's prosecuting officer, is a summary of what occurred. Long before 10 o'clock, the hour set for the opening of court, an eager crowd thronged into the courtroom. The clocks of the town had scarcely ceased striking 10 when Judge Arnold, clad in the long black gown which was recently adopted by the Philadelphia ju diciary, entered and took his seat upon the bench, and what promises to be the most sensational case in the criminal jurisprudence of this country was begun. The prisoner, closely guarded, was brought in and placed in the dock. Holmes Marrelous Display of Nerve. Holmes, who at the time of his arrest in Boston on Nov. 17 last, was a stockily built man of middle height, has since his long confinement grown gaunt and hollow chested. Tho prison bleach has brought his peaked face to a deathlike pallor, heightened by the dark, closely cropped beard. In appearance as he sat in the dock he was neatness itself. The beard was carefully trimmed, the hair smoothly parted, and the black cheviot suit ho wore betrayed no spot or blemish. His de meanor throughout, savo on one or two occasions, when he gave way to slight bursts of anger, directed at the district at torney, was characterized by that marvel ous display of nerve which has become as sociated with his name. .- The original intention of the common wealth was to hold three sessions of court daily morning, afternoon and night but so much time was consumed by the unexpected developments that it was nearly 5 o'clock when District Attorney Graham concluded his opening address to the jury. In view of this and to avoid breaking the testimony of the first wit ness by the supper recess it was decided to adjourn until today. Hereafter, how ever, the original programme will be fol lowed. - Tho day's proceedings began when Messrs. Shoemaker and Itotan moved for a 60 days' continuance on the ground of lately discovered evidence. This was promptly refused, as was also their mo tion for a continuance until today. Find ing the judge inexorable, they, as a last' resort, deolared that they would withdraw from the case. Judge Arnold warned them that if they did so they would lay themselves open to disbarment. Thereupon Holmes declared from tho dock that under tho circumstances ho would not permit them to defend him. Ho therefore dismissed them from his service, and the lawyers left the room in spite of the court's threats. Judge Arnold then appointed E. M. Schofleld and J. M. Pahy to assume charge of tho defense, but again Holmes interposed. Ho declared that he would not place his life in the hands of two young men who knew tho case only by hearsay, and eventually, when his personal entreaties for a post ponement were refused ho declared that ho would himself try tho case. Meanwhile he expressed a desire to so&uretho services of Attorney K. O. Moon, but that gentle man, after learning from tho judge that he could not obtain a continuance, declin ed to accept the grave responsibility. The selection of a jury consumed several hours, Holmes freely exercising his pre rogative of challenge, and after 12 men had been secured a recess was taken. The afternoon session was devoted largely to District Attorney Graham's opnlng address to the jury, in which ho outlined the oase in detail and subjected the prisoner to a scathing denunciation. The Prosecution's Scathing; Arraignment, The district attorney spoke an hour and 25 minutes, concluding at 4:40 o'clock. He then held a brief talk with the judge at the side bar and agreed with him that in view of the lateness of the hour it would be inexpedient to begin tho taking of testimony, as tho examination of the first witness would be interrupted by the supper recess. It wns therefore decided to adjourn court until 10 o'clock tcday. When this became known to Holmes, he arose in the dock, and the last sensation of a day replete with extraordinary inci dents occurred. "May it please your honor," he began, bis weak voice vibrating with the emo tion which his wonderful self control pre vented from betraying in Ms face, "I am forced to ask that certain privileges be ac corded me in priton. They are not very extensive privileges. I must ask the dis trict attorney to allow mo to have in my cell light, paper and writing materials, that I may be enabled to prepare my case. I 6hall also ask tli3 privilege of sending, or having some one connected with the court, sent to Fort Worth, Tex , for cer tain papers essential to me. How essen tial I did not know until I heard Mr. Gra ham's address. Again I ask that I bo furnished with a list of tho witnesses to be galled bv tho commonwealth. " "1 decline to give tnai; sam -trict attorney emphatically. "I will fur nish that to nobody." "Then," continued Holmes, "I repeat my request for an interview with a cer tain party the party I spoke of this morning." And observing an inquiring look from Mr. Graham he exclaimed 6harply and with a defiant gaze at that official, "My wife." "Which wife?" retorted tho district at torney sharply. There was a suspicion of tears in tha voice of the friendless man as he respond ed, with a bitterness that was real: "You well know whom I 'mean, Mr. Graham. The person you have seen fit to designate as Miss Yoke, thereby casting a slur on both her and myself." "She will not see you," the district at torney declared. "irou had the oppor tunity to speak to her in my office, bun she shunned you." Holme Declare He Was Lally Married. "I never fcv.d," Holmes ' cried. "I say that I was legally married to this woman two years ago, and there has been no sep aration except that brought about by you, Mr. Graham. At loast," he pleaded, and there was no one in tho tribunal who could for the moment repress a feeling of pity for the unfortunate man, "at least allow me to write and ask her, so that she may answer? and I can read in her writing that she does not want to see me." "She told you so to your face, " exclaim ed Mr. Graham. "I beg to differ with you, sir." And an angry flush for an instant suffused the cheeks bleached with the prison pallor. Here Judge Arnold interposed. "Mr. Holmes, " he said, "you will be allowed to write a letter to her, and it will be sent by one of the court officers." "I do not want it taken by any officer who is in any way connectod with the dis trict attorney," said Holmes, with a look of scorn at Mr. Graham. "You havo had every opportunity of speaking to her, " the latter repeated. "It is indifferent to me whether you see her or not." "Then, will you answer a direct ques tion?" demanded Holmes searchingly. "Have you or have you not intercepted letters from me to her since last July? Haven't you done everything in your power to keep us apart? Answer yos or no." "You have no right to so question me, but I will say that I have never in my life addressed six words to her." "Mr. Holmes," said Judge Arnold, "these are mere idle suspicions. You may write your letter. It will be taken by a court officer, and no one but she shall see it." ' "And," added the district attorney, "I will have her in court tomorrow morning besides." "I will see, " concluded the judge, "that you get light and writing materials." "I thank you, sir, for the privilege," replied Holmes, politely drooping his head. - The court was then adjourned, the jurors locked in their rooms under careful guard, &ad the inau who U-.ccugju of bi ing the greatest criminal c modern times was conveyed' baok to prison to preparo the story which ho hopes will save him from the hangman's noose. WAR OVER A PIPE LINE. Oil Men Have a Hard Day's Struggle With Lackawanna Employees. WASHiyGTOX, N. J., Oct. 29. There if every indication of serious trouble hero within the next few hours. The employees of the United States Pipe Line company, which is constructing a line across Penn sylvania and New Jersey to pump oil to tide water and rival the Standard Oil company and the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western railroad, are lined up here, ready for hostilities. The men employed by the pipe company are armed. The United States company put several hundred men at work under cover of darkness, and when the morning came their pipe line tunnel under the Lacka wanna traoks had been completed. The railroad company early in the day sent several wreoking cars with fully equipped crews to the spot to undo the work of the pipe line laborers. They found tho pipe line men ready for them, and not a pipe was uncovered. The pipo line men had taken tha steel parts from their picks and used the handles as weapons. In the first serious fight two men were badly in jured and in the second one man. Black eyes and swollen noses were too numerous to count before night. Senator Eraery of Bradford, Pa., was in charge of the pipe lino men, who are armed with revolvers, shotguns and rifles. A regular patrol is kept up. Their orders are to defend the property of their employers. The case will doubtless come up in the court soon. Meanwhile tho situation is threatening. Fire on Welsh Mountain. Lancaster, Pa., Oct. 29. A disastrous fire is raging on Welsh mountain in the vicinity of Scrufftown and Blue Ball, and thousands of acres of timber land have been burned. A number of houses occu pied by whites and negroes have been consumed. Fences have been swept away, cut wood destroyed in immense quantities and thousands of trees killed. The flames can be seen at a great distance. The vicinity of the fire is the region made no torious by the exploits of Abo Buzzard and his band of Welsh mountain robber. Affairs In the Far Fast. Lo3?dox, Oct. 29. An Odessa dispatch to The Times says that another cruiser cf the Russian volunteer fleet has started with a contingent of sailors, ammunition and war material to join the Russian fleet cruising near Japan. A Shanghai tele gram states that five Russian warships are inside and nine are outside of tho har bor of Port Arthur. Escaping Fugitive Shot. Dallas, Oct. 29. Some con'victs in the camp on the Fort Worth road made a break for liberty, and the guards freely used their shotguns on them. Three -of the fugitives were shot, one killed out right and the other two wounded, one ol wliom made his oscape along with severaf who were not wounded. Corky Was Found Guilty. Lawkeitce, Mass., Oct. 29. Patrick J. Hauley, better known as Corky of Salem, charged with being a habitual criminal, was found guiltv in the superior court. Hanl9y, according to the testimony of three physicians, has been shamming in sanity for the past three months at the balem jail. 1 CHANDLER TALKS FIGHT, War Is Inevitable, Says the Belligerent Senator British Encroachments Will Be tha Cans The Monroe Doctrine and Venezuela Question. Coxcord, N. II., Oct: 29. In a loader n his newspaper, The Evening Monitor, Senator Chandler predicts war with Eng- and. He writes under the caption, "Our Coming War with England; a Predic tion," and summarizes and comments in this language: "1. War between the United States and England is inevitable. "2. It will arise on account of British disregard of our direct interests. "8. It will also be forced by British en croachment upon other nations all over the world. "4. It will be fought by us, having Russia as a European ally. "5. As a war, o liens ive on our part, it may not happen within 20 years. As a defensive war it may come sooner, and should be welcomed. "6. One sure result will be the capture and permanent acquisition of Canada by the United States. W. E. C." The above prediction Senator Chan dler has frequently made since England began her fraudulent usurpations in Vene zuela. She also proposes to seize from the United States a portion of Alaska. She is destroying independent governments in all parts of the globe. She treats Ameri-, can sentiment and remonstrance with in solence and defiance. For the vindication of the Monroe doc trine in the western hemisphere and the protection of the independent govern ments in the eastern hemisphere and the islands of the oceans, it is necessary that the United States should prepare for and go to war with England. It is serious business, but it had better come now and be over than 50 years from now. Eng land's commercial ships now swarm every sea; we have almost none except in our own coastwise traffic. Before we rehabili tate our mercantile marine we had bet ter settle our relations with tho great land grabbing nations, the foremost being England., We ought to define our posi tion, and say that if it is not assented to we shall light to maintain it. It will tako somo time to prepare ror an onensive war, but a defensive war can come none too soon. Let England begin. Russia Will Be Our Ally. Russia will bo our ally. She is the great absolute monarchy and the United States the great republic of the world. But this is no question of interference in the internal affairs of nations. It is a question of the independence of small sovereign nations everywhere. Russia and tho United States have no policy of coloni zation. The former needs and is entitled to a seaport in a warm region, of. which England , persistently deprives her, but she wants no more territory. The United States wants only the Sandwich islands and a foothold in the West Indies, both easily to be obtained in due time without adopting the English method of fraud and violence. Russia and the United States, the two- noncolonizing great na tions, are the hope of the small independ ent governments of both hemispheres. Together they can defy the world. They must and will restrain tha brutality and bloody avarice of Great Britain. Let this be understood at once, and let England strike the first blow if sho chooses. A mil lion of men and muskets will overrun Canada, and England's commercial ships will be swept from the ocean. She cannot reach us to injure us except by sending ironclads across the Atlantic to capture our harbors. Little comparative damage will be done, while tho waters and tho land will soon see the ruin of the ships and the slaughter of the armies of the in vader. Let England begin! We ought to begin, if it is necessary to save to v eno- zueia the mouths of the Orinoco. Mine Smugglers Are Arrested. St. .Tonus, N. F., Oot. 29. Nine smug glers have been arrested at Burin, St. Lawrence and Mortier Bay, and large stocks of rum and tobacco were confiscat ed. The police inspector in charge of oper ations here reports that he will seek fur ther instructions. Two revenue cruisers are to be maintained in the future one on- the south and one on tho cast ooast. The government claims that by vigorous enforcement of the revenue laws it will be possible to collect $200,000 more duties yearly. Poisoned by Asparagus Soup. HuiSTiifSTOsr, W. Va., Oct. 29. Twen ty guests at the Adclphl hotel were poi soned from . eating asparagus in oyster soup. Homer Smith of Point Pleasant is speechless and cannot recover. William Baker, a New York traveling man; J. W. P. Powers, a Wheeling drummer; Harry Rainy and wife of Huntington, R.,W. Sterling, proprietor of the hotel, and hi3 daughter Mary are also dangerously ill. Booster Legislators' Neglect. IXDTAJfAPOLlSj Oct. 29. The last legis lature neglocted to appropriate money to pay interest on the state debt, amounting to about $370,000 a year. State Treasurer Scholz will endeavor to find a way to pay the interest charges, but if he cannot it will be necessary to call a special session jhe legislature. ITxorcide end Sutciae. Chicago, Oct. 29. James Bell, a print er, shot and probably fatally wounded his wife and then fired a bullet into his own brain, dying almost instantly. The shoot ing was the result of the refusal of Mrs. Bell to longer live with her husband. PlanlDg and Cider Mills Burned. Pittsfielp, Mass., Oct. 29. Tha plan ing mill and cider mill of Charles H. Smith were destroyed by fire at a loss 6f about $10,000; Insured for $7,600. Quite a quantity of lumber was also burned. Alfred Austin Appointed Poet Laureate. Lo2TDOir,( Oct. 29. The November num ber of Tho Bookman states that it learns on reliable authoritity that Alfred Austin has been appointed poet laureate. Extradition Papers Issued. Harrisburg, Oct. 9. Governor Has tings has issued extradition papers for tha return to New York of Benjamin H. Lambert to answer tho charge of grand larceny. Lambert is now under arrost $ Smithport, Pa. Weather Forecast. Generally fair; continued cold; wester ly wird, j FRENGH GABINET CRISIS.! THE RIB0T MINISTRY OVERTHROWN BY A SCANDAL. SHe Government Was Accused of Shielding Hallway Boodlers There Was Exciting Scenes In the Chamber of Deputies When Froseeutions Were Demanded. Paris, Oct. 29. The Ribot ministry has been overthrown by an adverse vote on M. Rouanet's interpellation in the chamber of deputies condemning tho gov ernment's course in regard to the South ern railway scandals. The cabinet was composed as follows: Premier and Minister of Finance M. Ribot. Minister of Foreign Affairs M. Uana taux. War Gencraf Zurlindon. Marine Admiral Besnard. Justice M. Trarieux. Interior M. Leygnes. Public Instruction and Worship M. Poincare. Public Works M. Dupuy-Dutempa. Commerce M. Andre Lebon. Agriculture M. Gadaud. Colonies M. Chautemps. In the chamber of deputies M. Ronanet, who has been prominent in exposing those who were connected with the Panama canal and Southern railroad syndicates, questioned the government regarding the South of France railroad scandal, it being alleged that a number of senators, depu ties and others have made large profits out of the company by fair or unfair means. He declared that the good repute of parliament was involved and asked for oTnianatinn as to the partiality which baa oeen scown toward those involved in the scandals, claiming that the authori ties had been afraid to prosecute them bo cause the deputies and senators involved with the late Baron Reinach of Panama canal fame had disposed of 8,850,000 francs in devious ways, and on behalf of the Southern railway he demanded that the minister of Justice, M. Trarieux, pub lish the documents in the case which were in his possession and which would throw light on the subject. M. Binder, a member of the Right, then charged the minister of justice with culpa ble leniency and demanded that the guilty parties be punished. M. Trarieux: replied, denying that he had long had in his possession documents which required the arrest of M. Edmend Magnier, formerly senator of the Var and recently editor in chief of The Evene mente, who was recently sentenced to a term of imprisonment for having received part of the profits of the syndicate. Con tinuing, the minister of justice said that whenever the government believed it bad incriminating evidence it had prosecuted the parties involved. No deputy, he add ed, was included among the guilty parties. Eight Demanded on tho Kail road Scandal. M. Rouauet submitted a motion de manding that full light be . thrown upon the South of France railroad soa'ndals, asking the government to prosecute all those who have been found to be implicat ed in them and submit to the chamber the report of the expert who inquired into the finances of the company. M. Ribot thereupon said it was useless to submit the expert's report, and as to tho prosecutions, he added, the work of justice had been accomplished and could not be reopened. M. Rouanet's motion asking for an ex planation as to the partiality which had been shown toward those involved in tho scandals, claiming that the authorities had been afraid to prosecute them and de manding that the minister of justice pub lish the documents in the case, which were in his possession, was then adopted by a vote of 275 to 196. . . After the adoption of this motion the ministers left the chamber of deputies in a body amid ironical Radical cheers and went to tho Elyseo palace, where they handed in their resignations to President Faure. The chamber then adjourned. President Faure has accepted the resig nation of the ministry. It is stated that neither M. Ribot, M. Poincaro nor M. Leygnes, who wore re spectively prime minister and minister of finance, minister of public instruction and worship and minister of the interior in the outgoing cabinet, will accept office again. A Prisoner Escapes. Portland, Me., Oct. 29. James W. Heath, who was confined in jail here on the charge of larceny, has escaped. He was employed in the jail garden, and, eluding the guard, scaled the wall. He changed his prison clothes for a citizen's suit, which was concealed near by, but besides this the olli cars have not succeeded in getting any clew to his whereabout. A Woman's Strange Saiclde. Chicago, Oct. 29. Hundreds of shop pers and clerks witnessed a 6trange sui cide here. Mrs. Richard Walsh, weight 200 poundfjj, jumped from the third story balcony of one of the big department stores and was dashed to death on the floor of the rotunda. Martin In Sandusky Jail. SAXDUSKY, O., Oct. 29. Lee Martin, tho murderer of Marshal Schultz, who was protected froaa a mob at Tiffin at the cost of two lives, is now in Sandusky jail. The jail is guarded by a company of militia, but no further trouble is anticipated. Mrs. Carver Wants a Divorce. New Hayes, Oct. 29. Mrs. Carrie J. Carver filed a suit for divorco from her husband, Dr. William J. Carver, the cham pion shot. It is on statutory grounds. They were married in this city in 1878. Chlldroa 23sras to Death. Majsistee, Mich., Oct. 29. Two chil dren of John Conley, aged 5 and 6 years, were smothered by smoke and died. They had got some matches and sot the bedding on fire. Dr. Carpenter's Suicide. GOUYER2TEUE, N. Y., Oct. 29. Dr. James B. Carpenter, brother-in-law of ex Governor Roswell P. Flower, killed him self by Fhooting. Ill health was the mo tive. - Colonel Mosby Is Better. Marshall, Va., Oct. 29. Colonel John S Mosby is thought to be better, and there are strong hopes of his recovery. FITZ TO BE ARRESTED, Governor Clark Determined, but Prepara- ! tions Are Going On For the Fight. Little Rock, Oct. 29. Pugllistio mat ters have taken another sensational turn. Attorney General Kinsworthy filed Infor mation in the second division of the Pu laski county circuit court asking for a warrant for the arrest of Robert Fitzsim mons and Martin Julian. It develops that While arrangements have been proceeding quietly at Hot Springs for a fight between Corbett and Fltzsimmons, despite the su premo court's decision, Governor Clark i has not been idle, but has himself been doing a little quiet preparing. It shows that the governor has had a confidential agent at Hot' Springs and has been thoroughly posted on every move ment made by the promoters of the fight. Last night this agent advised the governor that arrangements had been completed to bring the fight off, and as a result of this information Attorney General Kinswor thy, acting under instructions from Gov ernor Clark, applied to Judge James W. Martin for warrants for the arrest of Fitssimmons and Julian, which were is sued and placed in the hands of Sheriff Booker. Deputy Sheriff Heard was given charge of tho matter and at once started for Tex arkana, where Fltzsimmons and Julian are expected to enter the state. Instead of going to Hot Springs the deputy sheriff will bring Fitesimmons and his manager to Little Rock. ; "I have nover wavered in my determi nation to stop the fight," said the gov ernor this morning. "Corbett and Fitz simmons will never meet in Arkansas. Just as soon as Fltzsimmons enters he will be arrested." The governor also said that in the event of Fitzsimmons' arrest Corbett would be removed to some conven ient county free from local influences. Frank Flynn, a sporting man of Hot Springs, who was here, gives out the in formation that the fight will certainly oc cur at Hot Springs on Oct. 31 at Whit tington park. The Hot Springs Athletio club, under whose auspices the fight will ostensibly be pulled off, has sent a cipher telegram to every sporting club in the United States notiying them of the ar rangements for the fight. The railroad company has put a large force of men to work in North Little Rock, building temporary side tracks. When asked what it was for, the railroad folks said that they expected a large number of 6pocial trains in a few days. Attorney General Kinsworthy has re turned from Hot Springs. When asked by a friend what he thought of the situation at Hot Springs, he replied that he believ ed there would be a fight. Asked if Gov ernor Clark would stop it, the attorney general said he did net see how he could. Positive Assurances of the Fight. Chicago, Oct. 29. Private telegrams have been received in this city from both Brady nnd Julian syin that the fight will positively come off on Thursday Brady says it will be in private for a side bet of 15,000 or 8 10, 000, and that Fitz simmons will put up his money as soon as he reaches Hot Springs. Julian says, "The fight will positively come off in private in Hot Springs on Thursday." A MISPLACED SWITCH. It Causes m Serious and Fatal Wreck on the ZZ EehJsb Valley Railroad. EAST03T, Pa., Oct. 29. A head on col lision between two fast freight trains caused a serious wreck on the Lehigh Val ley railroad at South Easton. One engine crashed Into a wall on one side of the track, and Henry Gogler, a brakeman, of Soutli Bethlehem, who was riding be tween the engine and tank, was caught in the wreck and had both legs crushed so badly that he died at the city hospital an hour afterward. The accident was caused by a misplaced switch. William Fegley, the switchman, has disappeared. Traffic was delayed sev eral hours. Fire In the Eacenla Car Shops. LAKEPORT, N. H., Oct. 29. The fourth disastrous fire at the Laconla car shops within two years occurred when the iron foundry, the "setting up" shop, several freight cars and other property were de stroyed, causing a loss of $25,000. The pattern shop also caught fire, but was saved, though badly damaged. Half a dozen freight cars on the track were de stroyed, and several buildings across the river on Main streot were ignited by sparks, but the flames were quickly ex tinguished. Chinese Free Masons. Cleveland, Oct. 29. At a meeting of Chinamen, representing four states, held at tho joss house on Woodland avenuo, a branch of the Lun Wo Tong, the Chinese secret society generally designated as the Chinese Free Masons, was formed. There are 120 delegates in attendance, and Thbmas Yu Yang of New York is the or ganizer. The states included in the dis trict are Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri. Fostal Deficiency Nearly 83,000,000. WAsniyGTOx, Oct. 29. George A. Howard, auditor for the postoffice depart ment, has xnado his annual report to the postmaster general. It shows that the postal deficiency over the revenue and congressional appropriation for the past fiscal year is $2,807,044. Contract For Buffalo Postoffice. Washing Toy, Oct. 29. Tho secretary of tho treasury has awarded to John Pierce of New York the contract for the' stone and brick work of the basement and area walls of the United States postoffice building at Buffalo. The contract price is $57,900. TELEGRAPHIC BREVITIES. Another terrible massacre of Armenian Christians is reported, several hundred being killed. An extensive fire took place at Perth, West Australia, destroying railroad depots and storage houses. Sherd Walkor, the canalboatman wanted for complicity in the Tonawand a murder, was captured in Buffalo. Draper Brasie of Brasie's Corners, St. Lawrence county, N. Y., committed sui cide by hanging in a barn. The 6awmill of Post & Henderson, sit uated about two miles from Jayville, N. Y.. was burned to the ground. AN ALL AROUND GROOKV HARRY AUSTIN, WHO STOLE LIVERY- MAN LAPOINTE'S HORSE. Traveled Under Many Aliases and Worked or a Time iu This City Stole a Hand hag Belonging to Mrs William E. Quigley While Here. Harry Austin, alias Lawrence Ken nedy, alias many other names has made names for himself in Connecticut which are already engraved on the police records f . a . in ueariy every cuy aua town. Oue week ago last foaturdav a stranger applied at Wilbur II. Austin's stable for work. He was given a job and worked faithful- for several days. He gave the name of Harry Austin. Last Friday u. L. Quigley, the Jefferson street blacksmith, drove hte team into Austin's stables, where' the horse was boarded. Mrs Quigley had been out driving and had left on the seat of the carriage a hand satchel in which was a purse con taming j.ou. Harry Austin put out the horse and also appropriated the satchel with the purse, 'lhis was about 1 o'clock iu the afternoon., A short time later Mr Quigley called for the purse, but it was missing. Harry Austin was sus pected at once. Later in the day Mar cus Gilbert, an employe at tile stable, saw the new hostler, Austin, burning something in the stove in the office. He suspected at once that he w as burning the satchel and purse. He accused him of it and told 'him he had better return the money. Hostler Austin wanted to divide the money, but Gilbert declined, lie told Austiu .that .they were, going to get a policeman to search him. Austin then threw the money behind some bun dles of straw, where it was found by Proprietor Austin and Mr Quigley. They did not have the man arrested be cause Mrs Quigley did not care to go into court. Austin hung around until 4 o'clock, when he skipped out. That was the last heard of him until Louis Lapointe notified the officers that his horse and carriage had beeu hired by a man named Harry Austin, who represented himself an agent of the Singer Sewing Machine Co; that the team had not been returned on the time promised. From Waterbury Austin drove to Bridgeport. There he disposed of the rig and hired another team and drove to Westport. Here he tried to sell the second rig to a constable. The latter suspected that the sale would not be an honest one and on inquiring in Bridgeport discovered the fact that Austin was wanted in Bridgeport. Detective Cronan went to Westport and placed Austin under ar rest. In Bridgeport, however, Austin gave the name of Lawrence Kennedy. A telephone message was sent to Liverymen Austin and Lapointe and to W. E. Quigley to go down and iden tify Aiiitin aiias Kennedy. They went O.ov:n yesterday and saw" Austin behind the bars, lie at once recognized Livery ::::m Austin and spoke to him. He in sisted that he did not take the purse and uitisey. Liveryman Austin said to-day that he escaped luckily enough as the man was hanging around his last horse "Xcrwitch"' and would undoubtedly have taken him if chances were favor able. The thief will be w anted in Water bury after the Bridgeport authorities are through with him. BOWLING LEAGUE FORMED. Hartford, Bridgeport, Waterbury and Winsted Represented. Representatives from the Y. M. C. as sociations of Hartford, Waterbury and Winsted met in the parlor o-tlie Bridge port Y. M. C. A. yesterday afternoon and reorganized- tlie last year's state bowling league. Last year's league con sisted of the above mentioned towns with the exception of Winsted. It was very suc cessful last" season and expects to be more so this. There were but two rep resentatives present from out of town, Secretary Theodore Phillips of Winsted and Wales Dixon, assistant physical di rector of Hartford. The Waterbury representative telephoned that he could not come and asked to be allowed to vote by proxy. It was decided to appoint the physical director at the Waterbury Y. M. C. A. treasurer and secretary. Physical Director Gabler of the local Y. M.'C. A. was elected chairman of the league committee. The games are to commence in the first week of next Jan uary. Tw o games are to be played with each team in the league. Each team will therefore play six games, three at home and three out of town. ANOTHER HORSE STOLEN. Team of Mrs Willis Conklin of Mill Plain Missing;. Horse stealing is becoming quite com mon in Waterbury, and no one is suro when he hitches his team and goes into a store but that the outfit will be missing on his return. At 11 :30 o'clock this morning Mrs AVillis Conklin of Mill Plain hitched her team in Exchange place and went into Skidmore & Turn bull's store to purchase some dry goods. 6hc did not remain long in the place, but when she came out she could find uo trace of her team. The woman re ported the case at police headquarters, leaving the following description: 'Dark bay horse, bmall spindle open buggy, ends of both shafts broken off.' STRUCK BY A BRIDGE. New England Road Brakeman Fatally Injured at Merlden. William Davis of Johnsonville, N. YM aged 21, was struck by the North Broad street bridge at Meriden this morning and probably fatally injured. "He was standing ona box car and was struck in the back of the head. His skull was frac tured. He was taken to the hospital. A Mother's Fatal Mistake. Norwich, Oct 29. A 4-year-old son . of John Autbrey died yesterday after- j aoon as a result of taking a teaspoon of carbolic acid, administered by his i .n other by mistake for medicine. The 3 ooy lived six hours after swallowing the cid.