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BATTLE OF WOUNDED KNEE. Colonel Forsythe's Action Vindi cated by the Government HE 13 ORDERED TO RESUME COM MAND OF HIS REGIMENT. Secretary Proctor Ttcviewa the 'Evi dence Before the Investigation, and . Sees Nothing in Colonel Forsythe's Management of EQs Command Ke qiiii-Inir Adverse Criticism—Presi dent Harrison Indorses the Secre tary's Opinion. Bperia! to tlio Recoud-Uniox. Washington, Feb. 12.—The Secretary of Wa* to-day made public the report of the investigation of the battle at Wounded Knee, particularly with reference to Colonel Forsythe's conduct on that occa sion. The record of the (iourt <>f Inquiry to indorsed by Major-General Miles, un der date of Chicago, January yist He says, in ]>;'.rt: "Colonel Forsythe had rcci! veil repeated warnings as to the desperate and deceitful character of Big FooPa band of Indiana, and repeated or ders as to the exercise of constant vigi lance, to guard against surprise or disas ter under all circumstances. These or ders were unheeded and disregarded by Colonel Forsythe. He had been warned that this particular band c mtained many of the most desperate and deceitful char acters of the .Sioux .Nation, and there ligioos excitement made them peculiarly dangerous. I'.-kicr these cireumstanoes, the apparent indifference and security of the officer in command of the troops at Wounded Knee is incomprehensible and Inexcusable. Not a single company was ■o disposed as to deliver its lire upon the warriors without endangering the lives <■!' sonic of their <>wn comrades. It is difficult to conceive how a worse dispo sition ofthe troopa could lie made. '"The testimony goes to show that the most of the troops were forced to with hold their fire,leaving the bulk ofthe affair to fall upon two companies, until such warriors as had not been killed broke through or overpowered the small t''i:re directly about them, and reached the camp occupied by the women and children. "The I inttery of four Hotchkiss puns had until then been useless, the friction primers having been removed from the ■ ms by order of the Captain command ing the battery, lest the gunners might in their excitement discharge the pieces and destro; their own comrades. These guns « re now opened upon the Indian camp, evenai that time placing in peril Troops Cand D of the Seventh Cavalry, which which were obliged tort-treat for some distance, owing to the fire from these guns, and from the small arms of other portions of the command. "The fact that a large number of tlie 100 warriors were withdut firearms when tho outbreak occurred is shown by the evi dence that forty-eight guns had been ten from tho tepees, and a personal j searchol twenty or more warriors resulted in finding them unarmed. This fact, taken in connection with the extremely in judicious disposition of the troops and the large number of casualties among them, constrains the belief that some casualties were suffered at the hands of our own men. The fatal disposition ofthe troops was such as at the outset to counteract m a great measure the im mense disparity of strength,and would be inexcusable in the face of an armed and desperate foe, even had no especial warnings and orders been received from si higher authority. "I can only partially account for the singular apathy and neglect of Colonel Forsythe upon the theory of his indiffer ence to and his contempt for the repeated and urgent warnings and orders received by him from the Division CommaiuJer, or by his incompetence and entire inex perience in the responsibility of Kercis mg oommand ■where judgment and dis cretion are re [Hired. "1 also forward herewith the report of Captain Baldwin, Fifth infantry, con senting the finding of the bodies of Women and children three miles away from the scene of the engagement on Wounded Knee Creek. This report indi cates the nature of some of the results of the unfortunate affair; results which are viewed with the strongest disapproval by the undersigned. Nelson A. miles, "Major-General Commanding." General Schofield submitted the case to the Secretary of War, with the indorse ment that the interests of the Bervioe did not demands longer continuance of Col onel Forsylhc's suspension. In his judg ment the conduct of the regiment was well worthy of the commendation lie stowed upon it by him in his first tele gram of Hie engagement. In returning the papers to the Major- Genera] commanding, the Secretary re views the testimony as to the surrender, and comments on the desperate and sullen character of the band. He say.s it was a manifestly imperative necessity to prevent the escape of these desperadoes during the process of disarming. The troops appeared to have been well dis posed to prevent an outbreak, which was not and could hardly have been antici pated, even in dealing With Indians. The Secretary says: Nothing illustrates the madness of the outbreak more forci bly than the fact that their iirst tire was bo directed that everyshot thattlid not hit MlO soldiers must have gone through their own village. There is little doubt that the iirst killing of women and children was by this first iirc Of the Indians them selves. They then made a rush to break through andjaround the dags of Troop X, commanded by gallant Captain Wallace, and reached the tepees, where many of them bad left their arms with the squaws, and continued firing from among their own women and children, and when they started from their camp, their women anil children wire mingled with them. The women and children were never aw; y from the immediate ccynpany of the men after the latter broke from the circle. Many of them, men and women, pot on their*ponies, and it is impossible to dis tinguish :v buck from a .squaw at a little distance when mounted. The men tired from among the women and children in their retreat. "Cautions were repeatedly given by lxith officers and non-commissioned not to-shoot the squaws or children, and the men were cautioned individually tha; snob and such Indians were squaws. The firing by the troops «:is entirely directed on the nien in the circle, and in a direction op posite from the tepees, until the Indians; after their break, mingled with their women and children, thus exposing them to the lire of tin? troops, and as a conse quence some were unavoidably killed nnd wounded: This act is universally re grettsd by the officers and men of the Seventh Cavalry. "This unfortunate phase of the :;tV.>ir grew out of circumstances for which the Indians themselves were entirely respon sible. Major Wbitsside emphatically declares that at least fifty shots were tired by the Indians before ihe troops :-e --turned the fire. Several special instances of humanity in the saving of women and children W« re noted. ">»o doubt the position of the troops made it necessary for some of them to withhold fire for a time in order not to endanger the lives of their comrades, but both Major Kent and Captain Baldwin THE RECORD-UNION. I concur in finding that the evidence fails to establish that a single man of Colonel Forsythe's command was killed or wouuded by his fellows. This fact, and indeed the conduct of both officers and men through the. whole affair, demon strates an exceedingly satisfactory state ! j of discipline in the Seventh Cavalry. | Their behavior was characterized by' skill, coolness, discretion and forbear* anee, and reflects the highest possible! credit upon the regiment, which sus tain d a loss of one officer and twentv fiveenlisted men killed, and three offi cers and thirty-two enlisted men wounded. '•The situation at Wounded Kr.ee! Creek was \ cry unusual, and ;; very dirti-! cult one, far more difficult than that in-1 volved in ordinary buttle, where the only I question is of gaming a victory without 1 an 1 Sort to save the lives of the enemy. ! llt is easy to make plans when we look backward, but In the light of the actual conditions as they appeared to the com-1 manding officer, there does not seem to pc anything in the arrangement of tho troops requiring adverse criticism on tho pan of the department | "I thi refore approve of the indorse- j ment of the Major-Genera] commanding, that the interests ofthe military service do not demand any further proceedings in this case. By direction of the Presi dent, Colonel Forsythe will resume com mand of his regiment," The Indians Visit the President. WASHaroTON, Feb. 12.—The Indian chiefs now in this city called at the White House this afternoon and paid their re spects to the President. The President pointed out the folly of their going to war with tho whites, and made it very plain that if they made any ! more trouble they would ;>;'■ punished. lie told them that they must teach their young men not to be^arriors, but'citi zens, and endeavor to earn their own liv- | ing by some peaceful industry, 'i. Government, lie said, would profit and ' encourage every Indian who is disposed to bo peaceable and industrious. The Indians thru shook hands with the President and withdrew. rortilic-ation Bill. Washington-, Feb. 12.—The confreres j on the fortification bill have agreed to tie appropriation for the purchase of steel for | eight, ten and twelve-inch high power I coast defense guns at (800,000, the amount fixed by the. Senate. The House rc-edos from its disagree ment of the amendments of tho Senate, reducing the appropriation for the con struction of batteries for the defense of Ban Francisco and other harbors from 01,000,000 to *7.~.:r.iH:;>, and the Senate re cedes from its amendment striking out the appropriation of $1,600,000 for a tor cedo station at Yerba Bnena Island, Cali fornia. Free Coinage Hill. Washington, Feb. 12.—Before the j Coinage Committee to-day Frederick \ Fraiey, President of the National Board I i of Trade, and Joel Cook. Financial Editor I ofthe Philadelphia Public Ledger, made long arguments against free coinage. Walker then moved an adjournment until next Tuesday, and immediately the old troubles as to when the hearings should cease was revived. After much discussion it was agreed to meet to-mor row and then adjourn until Monday. Pension Payments. Washington, Feb. 11.—The Acting Secretary of the Treasury to-day issued warrants for the payment of .*1,0<X),000 on account of pensions aggregating .550,000,- -000, due during the quarter ending March 4th._ The latter amount represents the available cash balance of the Treasury, so the only Treasury surplus that will exist alter these payments shall have been met i will be the excess of receipts over the I other expenditures during that period, now estimated at le?s than 810,000,000. Impeachment Recommended. Washington, Feb. 12.— The Sub-Ju j diciary Committeehaa found Judge Alex. Boorman, of the Western District of Louisiana, guiity of one of the charges preferred against him by Congress man Boatner, relating to his personal use j of moneys paid into tin- registry (.-Mice Of his Court The Judiciary Committee has authorized a report to the House, with a recommendation that Boorman be ii a;'cached. ALILA TRAIN ROBBERS. Tirrrvr atce traced ky officers TO TIIE COAST MOUNTAINS. Express Mcssongcr Ilnswoll Indicted for the Killin.sr of Fireman Kndcliff. Sfoci.il to the RF.rDUD-TJNiON. Stockton, Feb. 12.—Deputy Sheriff Vogelsang of Fresno county, who accom panied Sheriff Kay of Tulare on the chase for the train robbers, slopped hero a few hours to-day <>n his way home from San Luis Obispo. lie says there w;is no shooting done in following the robbers, and the officers had no sight of the men. Two of the robbers went direct from Alila westward to the Coast Range, and are now supposed to be in the mountains surrounded by officers. All the passes arc guarded, and there are hopes of catching the men, but they have the ad vantage of being at home in that rough country. Vogelsang says the robbers lost their w;iy in trying to follow the road soutli of Tulare Lake, and but for that loss of time would have passed the Dudley Postof fice and store, a town neax the mountains, before daylight. They did not teach there till 11 o'clock the day after the rob bery, and hurried by and into the hills. Their trail was lost" in Cholem Valley, but the officers expect to nnd it again. There is no doubt the men followed were the train robbers. Sheriff Kay and a man who knows the robbers, and Vogelsang and another man, followed the. trail as'&raa they could in vehicles, and cams' out at SanUi Margarita, sixteen miles from Ban Luis Obis),o. Their trams gave out, so they retained home by rail. The Sheriff of Kern County was close behind the robbers atone time. Other Sheriffs and Constables are in the hilis, and Vogelsang believes they will run down the fugitives very soon. The robbers, when'last heard from, crossed the valley in the Coast Range, which is six miles wide and forty long. They were seen by a mimber of sheep men and by men at Dudley, but tried to keep out of sight, frequently making long detours. They rode good horses, which were not shod. At one camp they made a lire and burned clothing, the remnants of which were found by the officers. The descriptions published agree with those given by the men who saw the robbers on their way to the hills. EXPRKSS MESSENGER KASWXU INDICTED. YisALiA. Feb. 12. —The Grand Jury has indicted C. C. SaswelL the express mes senger, for shooting iiremaii KsdcUff at the time of the recent train robbery at Alila. When the robber ordered HssweQ to surrender, he opened tire on them, and during the fusilade which followed Rad cliff was killed. Amnesty Granted. Washington, Feb. 12.—The President has granted an amnesty in the case of John Farreil, convicted in Utah of big amy. SACRAMENTO, FRIDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 13, 1891. GENERAL SHERMAN. He Bravely Struggles Against the Hand of Death. SLIGHT IMPROVEMENT DURING THE AFTERNOON. A Change for tlio "Worse Takes Place ia the Evening:—Erysipelas Leaves the Patient, but His Lungs Stem ITllcd "Witli Mucous — Latest Bul letins Report >'o Change. p Special to the RiTouD-UxioN. "New York, Feb. 12 —The flittincrlights and shadows in the death chamber of General Wmiam Tei uniseh Sher m: n were eagerly watched during Use entire night by a score of newspaper men. The great General was, for the first time in his eventful life, on the re vreat. His las! march bad begun. The gallant old soldier was heroically battling with the grim warrior who knows not defeat, and at times retreating, then advancing with the sublime courage of :i '.eadcr woot to conquer, but gradually and inevitably yielding to his enemy's superior prowess. The coign of vantage was never regained. Slowly, but surely, :hi> victor of many a Well-fought field was being driven back to his ln:-t trench. :iis base of supply—his strength and vi tality—were cut off. and annihilation was deferred but for a little while. i During the night Rev. Father Taylor of : the Church of the Blessed Sacrament was calle I ;i> the bedside, and remained until z o'clock. At 1:30 a messenger rushed to the telegraph office with a message to Senator Sherman. He arrived in a car riage at 2:30, and considerable movement w;ls then noticed in the General's bed room. After a short while, however, the light was turned down and the announce ment made that he was sail sinking. Two policemen on duty outside kept everything as quiet as possible in the neighborhood. Instructions were given not to admit any one except the relatives and persona] friends. The next bulletin was given out at 4:15. It said 1 hat death was only a question of a few hours. With this came a dispatch from P. Tecumseh Sherman, the Gen eral's son, to President Harrison, inform ing him that death was momentarily ex pected. From then 011 the house remained in comparative darkness. During the night messages of sympathy were received from the President and members ofthe Cabinet and many of the General's old friends in the army. At 7 o'clock P. T. Sherman "said that his father's condition was not materially changed sinee5:10 o'clock. At 10:15 p. >i. the General was much worse, and the family were all summoned to the bedside. At 2 o'clock this afternooon General Horatio C. King left General Sherman's house. Pie said that a few minutes be fore he left the sick chamber. General Sherman showed signs of improvement. The patient, lie said, had arisen from his bed, and, walking across the iloor, s.:! down in a chair. The physicians regard this as a very hopeful indication. They do not now fear erysipelas so much. Their chief fears were or' pneumonia, be cause of the accumulation of mucous in the General's lungs. During the latter part of the afternoon his condition was encouraging up to as late as 5 o'clock. At that hour, a change for the worse took place. The General lay in a comatose state, and it was ex ceedingly difficult to rouso him. He could open but one eye. and appeared to be suffering greatly, hut. the doctors thought lie was not troubled with pain. The patient continued in this condition during the early part of the evening. Daring the evening a great number of persona called to ascertain the dying General's condition. A great many tele grams, were sent away this evening. What the nature of them was could not be learned. On the sidewalk, opposite the house, quite a crowd of people sif>od watching Ihe windows of the chamber where tho sick man lay lighting the battle for life. At i):i!0 to-night this bulletin was is sued: The physicians in consultation say there is no change, if General Sherman maintains hi- present status lor twenty-four hours, tho .situation will be hopeful. .John Sherman. Lieutenant Fitch said at 11 o'clock Gen eral Sherman got out of bed and walked half across the room without assistance. He could not speak, "nut appeared to rec ognize those in the room. The General had to be helped back to bed. lie was very much exhausted. Al 11:25 p. .m., Thackeray, General Sherman's son-in-law, left the house. Ho said the General was in a semi-con scious state. Feb. I:s.—At II a. >r. it is stated that General Sherman appeared to be asleep. His breathing indicated that bis lungs are filled with mucus. Dr.-Alexander thought erysipelas was leaving the patient, but the General had not improved. At £35 this morning Mr. Barrett came to the door of the Sherman residence and said the General was sleeping quietly. No nourishment had been given him for several hours, but ho did not seem any worse. THAT LETTER TO niLL. SES Henry Wsttejnmi Says It "Was a Gen uine. Document. Locisvillk (Ky.), Feb. 12.—0n return ing to the city this afternoon, Henry Wat- Urson, in response to a request of the Associated Press, and in answer to hun dreds of telegrams which have come to Louisville, made a statement for publica tion regarding tiie letter written to Gov eriwr 11 ill, and given in these dispatches two days ago. Mr. Watterson says he did write the letter to Governor Hill, and was impelled to do so by motives the sincerest and most disinterested. He says there appeared in many papers last Sunday a sensational account of how a caucus of United Stales Senators had resolved upon retiring Gov ernor Hill from the Presidential arena; of how Watterson had been selected as the instrument, and how he had dispatched a letter potent enough to alter Hill's plans. This was so absurd and did such injustice to Hill and himself that he thought there could be no objection on the part of any body to the publication of the truth, -which Jlaily contradicted it. "I confess I am surprised," adds Mr. Watterson, "that the Governor should make such baste to disavow and disown such a course, which, however prompted, gratified every Democrat in the United States outside of the Suae of >New York, removing him from the field of a mere political self-seeker, and placing him in the from rank of statesmen, having the food of their country and party at heart, am equally distressed by the represen tation that Governor Hill should regard my plain but friendly words as imperti nent and insulting. I cannot help think ing that the same words might with propriety be addressed to him, or any Democratic aspirant, by the humblest Democrat in line, and I still hope that, annoyed by the publication, which an noyed me as well, he has proceeded upon a misapprehension of the facts of the case. Neither in the writing nor printing of my letter was there any purpose to take ad vantage of him, and, least of all, to do him injustice. I am no man's man, and exist in no man's interest. To use his own happy expression, 'I am a Demo crat,' who has passed a lifetime in the s.-r\ ice of principles from which I have never sought the slightest personal recog nition or reward, I" am only humiliated by the reflection that this service was not sufficient in the estimation of Governor Hill to protect me against his displeasure, on i that in the harsh construction which he puts upon v genuine, and not a forged le'.ter, he visits me with what I must re gard as unmerited suspicion." Suicide of a Banker. GkOtgam (Iowa), Feb. 12.—Charles E. Kdgerton, a prominent citizen, a hard ware merchant and President of the lowa State Bunk, was found this morning in his room over his store by clerks, with ; his throat cut. He left three letters —one to his mother, and the others to friends. Xo motive can be assigned for the deed. He has been unwell for several days. [Some say financial troubles, connected with banking matters, caused him to commit the deed. No More Reduction to Be Made. Lincoln (Weß.), I'eb. 12.—Representa tives of the liurlington, Union Pacific and Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley railroads called on the Nebraska I Relief Commission this afternoon and announced that the roads would no lon ger carry supplies free to drought suffer ers, nor would they make ;iny reduction In freight charges. This course was taken, they said, because of threatened legislation against the railroads now ! pending. South Dakoui SeiiafiDHptfp. Pierre &. D.), Peb. 13.—3$ree ballots were taken for Senator to-day, and for the first time, resulted in drawing party lines. Moody received on eaeb ballot sixty-sulne, Kyle fitty-eight and twenty-five. Although Moody was re nominated at the caucus last night he Taiid to draw the Endepenctents to-day, and many insist he should withdraw. I which he opposes. PACIFIC CABLE. THE BILL FAVORAELY REPORTED IN THE HOUSE. It is Claimed That the Democrats Will Bitterly Oppose Its Passage. Special to the Record-Union. Washington, Feb. 12.—The House Committee on Foreign Affairs agree, I bough not unanimously, to report to the House with some modifications, the bill to incorporate tho Pacific Cable Com pany. The principal change made was to re duce from §200,000 to $15Q,000 the sum to be paid to the company anlmally for fif teen years by the United States (Jovern ment, after the cable is completed and open for business. The committee, [in reporting the bill, says it regards it us properly securing and guarding the interests of the United States. The committee ckreftxlly an- Bidered whether the proposed cable lino could be established by private enterprise anaided by the Government, it Is con vinced that asa business undertaking, the receipts of the line Ibryeara io come would not be likely toderray therrpenses of op erating and maintaining it. still less would it secure to the investors any In terest or return on their investment. The importance to the United States of cable communication with Hawaii has been suggested to Congress in message of Presidents Cleveland and Harrison, and also various Cabinetoffloen and com meivinl bodies. The Hawaiian Govern ment last November provided concession for the establishment of cable communi cation, so thiit it is a most opj»ortune time tor Congressional action. Such a cable line would be of great service not only in securing Hawaiian autonomy and American predomination, and securing to our country the com merce of the Pacific Ocean and of Aus tralia, but there is great danger that unless action is taken at this session a large proportion of that trade and com meroe will be diverted to Canada. Messrs. Hooker of Mississippi and Andrews of Massachusetts declined to sign the report. They object to its bounty feature. McCreary, the ranking Democratic member of the Foreign A Hairs Commit tee, and who will in all probability be its next Chairman, said to your •correspond ent that, although he was not present at the cotiimittee meeting to-day, he was un alterably opposed to the bill, because he did not believe in'the Government aiding private enterprises. He said he would not make a minority report, but he and General' Hooker would tight the bill earnestly on the floor of the House. McCreary was asked if he thought the bill would pass, and he answered, "Not if the Democrats can help it. If it ever comes up in the House, I suppose the Re publicans can out-vote us, but we pro pose to fight every bill that contains a subsidy feature." "Is it probable that the cable bill will be called up in the House this session?" ho was asked. "I don't know about that," he an swered. "I hope not. There are three ways in which it may be called up tor consideration. First, by unanimous con sent, and this can't be had, I will say right now; second, by the Committee oh Foreign Affairs being given a day by the Committee on Rules, tiie committee con senting that the transpacific cable bill shall be one of the measures to be con sidered on that day; third, by the Com mittee on Rules sotting aside a day for its special consideration. "I have been trying for weeks and months to get McKinley to give :i day lor Foreign Affairs Committee bills, bill I have not succeeded yet." Representative Morrow was seen, and he said to your correspondent: "You need not. fear. Oar Foreign Affairs Com mittee will be given a day, and one of the measures whi.-h I will be authorized to call up will be the transpacific cable bill, and it will pass. too. I see that a San Francisco paper thinks that the cable w il! cost twelve million dollars. This is grossly incorrect. We had General Hartwell of Boston before our committee, and examined him closely, and he li°- ored out the cost to be §3,000,000 for a cable from San Francisco to Honolulu. General Ilartwell is one of the chief movers in the cable scheme, and his in ures are reliable, as they were reached by careful computation made by engin eers and scientific men." As stated in these dispatches some timo ago. Senator Mitchell's bill, whiea was identical with Morrow's, was not report' d by the Committee on Foreign Relations, but a substitute was reported, authorizing an appropriation of $2,500,000 to be placed in the President's hands to aid any cable company that wishes to and is able to lay a Pacific cable. This substitute is now being considered by the Senate Commit tee on Appropriations, which now have the sundry civil appropriation before it. Your correspondent to-day asked Sena tor Allison, Chairman of the Committee, if the substitute for Mitchell's bill would be incorporated as an amendment to the sundry civil bill as passed recently by tho House, and he said the committee'had tho matter under advisement and would soon decide. The German navy will have thirtv seven more vessels in active service this year than last. The total number to I•} assigned to duties lasting from three to ten months is ninety-six. COAST CHRONICLES. Fatal Shooting at the Presidio Military Reservation. LIGHT SHOWERS OP RAIN THROUGH OUT THE INTERIOR A Citizen of Arizona Claims to Have Been Forcibly Arrested on Ameri can Soil and T! ■ wn luto a Mexi can Prison n In a Se attle Drufc Store Catises the l»e~ struction of Much. Property. Special to the HECoan-Uxrosr. San Francisco, Feb. 12.—Private Al bert Blackmail of Buttery fi, Fifth Ar ; tillery, shot and killed Gottlieb Xonnen man, second cook of tho Company, at the Presidio this morninjr. 1c sooms tiuiT at supper time last night • Private Goodson was eating liis dinner in i a room off of the kitchen, in quarters to ! gether with Private Blackmail. Gtoodsou, desiring some further food, kit the tabL and entered the kitchen, bul was ordered to leave by Chief Cook Sulli \ van. This lad to wordsbetwei n th< two men, ' and Sullivan followed ■ i into the i quarters. Blaoknian hearing angry words in formed Sullivan thai it svas dot right to tali to (roodson in that manner. He had hardly finished speaking when Private May eaten ! and took Sullivan's part,'while Blackman sided with »;ood- SOll. In the heat of the argument over Good son, he was ordered out of tho kitchen. Sullivan retired and Xoiiiienuui, who was assistant cook to Sullivan, entered the room. The talk became general between May, Blackman and Nonnenman. Finally May and Nonnenman left, and BlaeKman, fear ing they meant to do him harm, later on Lefl the Presidio and came into town. procuring a Smith A: Wesson 38-qaliber revolt i r. Returning to the Presidio about '■'■.:v) ■k, Blackmail went to lied, and ai an early hour this morning the inhabitants of the Presid o were startled by hearing two pi.-tol :-:<ws in rapid succession. It was soon learned thai Nonnenman was dead. IMackman fled from the res ervation after firing the second shot, and went to the Polk-street station and sur rendered hinis.il'. At the city prison lie was interviewed, and said he had bought the pistol for self protection, and did the shooting in sell defense. "JUSTICE" ns~MEXICO. An American Citizen Forcibly Taken nncl Thrown Into .Prison. Sax Francisco, Feb. ISt— A Chronicle's San Diego special says: Some time ago Edward Crostwaite, a weil-known cattle raiser of the country tributary to the Mexican line, below the city, had a quar rel with some Mexicans in Lower Cali fornia over a flock of sheep. One of the natives took a shot at him«,with a re volver, whereupon Costwaite drew his own weapon, and, using it as a club, gave the shooter a severe beating. Ho made his escape across the line, in spite of efforts to capture him, and had taken particular pains to keep upon American soil, as he had no desire for tho kind of justice generally meted out to Americans by the authorities at Ense nada. Several days ago, however, word reached this city that he had been cap tured by a Mexican, and was then on the road to a dungeon on Santos Bay. No further particulars were obtainable until to-day, when a letter was received from Crostwaite, which had been smuggled out of his cell and forwarded by an American citizen to friends in San liiego. The letter, among other things, says: "I was not across the line when taken" at Tia Juano. The capture, as they call it, was a matter of force. I was on Ameri can soil, and Mexican officers came acres with weapons in their hands and made me go with them. You know very well that I would not have ventured into Mexican territory when I was sure of being taken the moment I did it. ■"They placed me in a wagon near Tia Juana, and tied me hand and foot, and six rurales guarded me all the way down. I had only one drink of water and nothing to eat. I slept in a wagon tied fast, and in the day time the sun nearly burned the flesh on my face. You know I did not kill that Mexican. I only hit him over the head with my gun. after he had shot at me. .1 have hiid no trial and don't expect one, if they can kill me by inches in this dungeon." Crostwaite has influential friends and relatives, and an investigation is now in progress. If the facts are found to be as slated, the United States Government will be asked to take a hand in the matter and compel his release. IT WAS WELCOMED, Light Km in Hi i 1 Reported in tike Interior of tlic State. Vaoaville, Feb. 12,—A light rain has just commenced falling, and, with tho wind from tho right quarter, is likely to continue throughout the day. Kkdihxg, Feb. 12.—1t commenced raining last.night and a .-low, penetrating rain has descended all day. It came at an opportune time, when greatty needed for growing crops. Everything looks well for horticultural and' agricultural products. Rei> Bluff, Feb. 12.—Rain commenced falling at 4p. m. to-day. A heavy south wind is blowing, and indications are fora heavy storm within a few hours. Sax Kafakl,, Feb. 12.—1t commenced raining early this morning, and has been showering all day. The indications are for an all-night storm. The rainfall is .35 of an iivn for the storm, and a total of 8.,3" for the season. PETAMJfA, Feb. 12.—A light drizzling rain commenced falling here this morn ing, and suliicient fell to wet down the i' ; 's. Out towards the coast U rained harder and nearly all day. Every mi i lication is for rain to-night* The weather is warmer and the wind "south west. X,\ pa. Feb. i 2.—There was a very slight rainfall Ik . to-day, and to-night it is cloudy and threatening. EXPLOSION* IN A DRUGSTORE. Narrow Escape of Two Inmates of the Building. Seattle (Wash.), Feb.. 12.—At 10 o'clock to-night an explosion took place in the drug store of William Colson & Co., blowing out all the windows. The ontiro building was soon wrapped in flames. Dr. A. A. Farwell and wife, who were rooming on the second floor, had a nar row escape from being cut off, so rapidly did the lire spread. Nothing but the skeleton of the building was left stand ing, and the stock of drugs in the store was ail destroyed. The loss is about ?ii.ooo. The cause of the explosion is un known. Ro.i^t ing In Trinity Connry. Weaver viwue, Feb. 12.—The Icews of the bill repealing the Act declaring Kla- I math River a navigable stream passing the Senate was received hero with great re joicing. Flags were raised, business houses bedecked with bunting, and salutes tired iin honor of the event. Even the Chinese celebrated the repeal of this Act, which 'gives a new impetus to Trinity's placer ; mines. RAILROAD COMMISSIONERS. Business Transacted at Yesterday's ! Meeting of the Hoard. San Francisco, Feb. 12.—The State j : Board of Railroad Commissioners met j | to-day. The complaint of Pasadena citi ; zeas that rates on the Los Angeles Ter- i mir.al and Southern California Compa nies had been lowered during eompeti- ; , lion, and afterwards raised without per- ! ': mission, was read, and the secretary was ! I instructed to notify the companies that ; they must establish the old rate. A Resolution was adopted that the South- I crn Pacific be requested to show cause i why the freight tariff to and from points j act the PorterviUe branch should not be the s;iini> as those charged other com munities similarly situated. A resolution \v;ts adopted declaring the ! intention of the board to visit shipping i points throughout rlie State, and inviting dtizens who nad complaints to make to ;.i pear before ihu board. The Secretary ! fvas instructed to map out a route ana ii. l ■• tlw citizens beforehand of the in | ten !.ng visit of the commissioners. THE SLOOP KAWX. ! Report ol* Loss Off the Catallna Islands ! Confirmed. Los Axiii-MN. Feb. 12.—The arrival of! tho steamer < :.;.':in;t ■.•.! S;sn Pedro to-day j from the Catalina Islands confirms the I ''cars of tbc loss of tho sloop I ,i\\ n in Stm r day's gala The steamer fonnd pieces of ' ■..■'•!-.•..• belonging lo the Fawn near . i : • pants of tho, Kawn • ■■ ;-- :, i one. > to 1 aye ; een drowned, but the bo.lies have not yet been found. They were Andrew Rule, an old sea man, aged <k>, and Alexander Urquhart, a leading merchant of San Pedro and a | member of the firm of W. T. Banning ct I Co. Crquhart was 37 years old and has a family. The sloop Fawn left San Pedro for Catalina fin Sunday morning. She was an old boat. It is supposed that she soon went to pieces in the violent north ern gale that suddenly sprang up. LAST SAD KITES. The Remains of Dn Wilklns and Mrs. Greenwood Laid at Rest. Xapa. Feb. 12.—The funeral of the late Dr. E. T. Wilkins was held at 1 o'clock to-day in the Christ Episcopal Church, where ex-Governor Perkins delivered a eulogy on the life of the dead physician. All the business houses Mere closed throughout the city. Immediately following this was the funeral of Mrs. Greenwood, the victim of tho awful tragedy at Suscol. This w;is held from the Presbyterian Church. The esteem in which the lady was held, and the sympathy for Mr. Greenwood, was manifest in the groat company of friends who assembled to pay their fast respects. While the church is large, many who came were not able to gain entrance. Tho remains were buried in Tulacay Ceme tery. Nothing new has been learned to-day regarding the murderers, though the Sheriff has a number of deputies at work. VACAVILLE IMPROVEMENTS. Tho Lamp System to be Replaced by j Electric Light. Vacavii.i,e, Fob. 12.—A project is on | foot to supply the town with electric j lights, and is meeting with hearty sup- j port on the part of the business men and ! others. If tho plan is consummated it will lie a vast improvement over our prt-s- I ent unsatisfactory lamp system, and it is I stated enough subscribers have already | been secured to make the venture a finan cial success. Between incorporation and electric lighting, Vacavilleis being awak ened from its "Rip Van Winkle" sleep. On Saturday all the large property-own ers will meet to discuss the question of township incorporation. The measure will probably lie favorably decided upon. I as the largest property-owners favor it. THAT DYNAMITE PLOT. FURTHER LIGHT THROWS TJPOX THE SUBJECT. President Greenhut Skeptical Regard lug the Reports Pub lished. Special to the RecortvTJ xiox. Chicago, Feb. 12.—1t has developed to day that it was about the 10th of January when Gibson delivered the explosive to I>i'\var, and Gibson daily has been ex pecting news of the carrying out of the plot. Since the 10th Gibson has written several letters to Dcwarand sent him sev eral telegrams. All these are in possession of the authorities. Of these Solicitor Hart says: "He frequently admonishes Dewar that he is not using the dispatch ho ought to in the matter. Last Monday the de partment dictated a docoy letter to Gib son, having Dewar write it. The letter was to the eileet that he (Dewar) had made several attempts to carry out the plot and lailed on account of the liq uid. He said he thooght it had lost its virtue. He instructed Gibson to come to Chicago Wednesday and bring a new bot tle of the Stuff, lie also i<iid him to bring evidence thai ho intended to pay him fox the job. Gibson answered by telegraui that lie would come to Chicago Wednes day morning. Ho <li'! so and was arrested. The contests of his grip wore a shirt, a few collars, a bottle of liquid and 100 shares of Whisky Trust stock, assigned to Dewar. It was part of the deal to pay Dewar with this stock, and he evidently brought the bonds t<> show to Dewat anil spur him on to the deed." -I,'nitcd States District Attorney Gil christ says the only offense under the Kedcra! statutes for which Gibson can lie i tried, is offering a bribe to a Federal offi- ' cor. The extreme penalty for this is three years' imprisonment. There are ■ several State laws under which he can bo I indicted, but alter conference with th" State's Attorney to-day, it was decided that the State would not meddle with the case until the Federal Government has finished its prosecution. WHAT GIKSoX's ASSOCIATES SAY. CuifAiio, Feb. 12.—A foorning paper has the following telegram Groin Wash ington: President Greenhut of ihe AVhisky Trust is inclined to be skeptical about the reports of the arrost of .Secretary Gibson for conspiracy, and haa telegraphed to Chicago for facts. He knew of nothing Gibson was doing which not bear the light of day. and he thought that the fuss had probably been made over some trivial matter. Ho was certain that there was nothing which would in any way involve the trust, whatever Gibson's individual actions might have been. Dr. Rush, who is also connected with the trust, thought it likely that the whole business was a repetitto n of the dynamite s.are in Shufeldt's distillery twoorthree years ago, and perhaps the work of some body's imagination. Possibly Gibson had been doing some loose talking without meaning anything by it. But if he lias been trying to bribe anybody to commit an unlawful act Dr. Rush said that the officers of the trust wanted to know it. as they did not encourage that kiud of work. WHOLE ixO. 15,391. FOREIGN LANDS. Fatal Explosion in a Worsted Factory in Quebec. TWENTY BODIES TAKEN FROM THE WRECK The MeCarthyito Faction Infuriated i Over Dillon and O'Brien's Maui festo—lntense Excitement In Lon don Over the Discovery of the Body ' of a Murdered Woman In While Chapel. Special to the RecorivUkiojj. •Quebec, Feb. 12.—At 9:45 this morning the boiler of the Quebec Worsted Com pany's factory, at Hair Point, exploded, completely demolishing tho engine-house and about half of the factory. A large, number of hands were killed, thirty bodies having been removed up to the latest account. A force of doctors and surgeons was on hand, and the wounded are receiving prompt attention. The cause of the acci dent is not at present known, but it is thought that some pipes may have frozen up while the tiros wore out. The buildings of the Quebec Worsted Company, \tliero the explosion occurred, are situated on the northeastern outskirts of the city. They have been closed down for two weeks while the boilers and machinery were being overhauled and refitted. Operations were resumed this morn ing, and about three hundred operatives were on hand. About 9 o'clock there was a sudden ex plosion, which completely wrecked the eugine-house and dye-house, and dam aged a'kirge part of the main building. A great crowd gathered immediately, and the work of rescue was commenced. The tire brigade was called out, but fortunately the debris did not catch tire. As great confusion prevails it is impos sible to get the list of the killed and in jured until the ruins are thoroughly ex amined. The work of rescuing the unfortunates buried under the ruins is BttU going oh. The Marine Hospital, which is situated near the mill, has been opened t.> receive the dead and wounded, and is besieged by people searching for missing relatives. Tho body of the engineer, l-'rancoeur, was found crushed out of all shape by a mass of debris which covered Mm. Num bers of those who were injured have dii d since being taken out. IRISH TROUBLES. Meeting of Anti-Parnell Members of the Commons. Loxdox, Feb. 12.—The long-talked of meeting of anti-Parncllite members of the Commons was held to-day. Justin Mc- Carthy presided. During tho course of the meeting a number of telegrams from absent members were read. These muss ages stated that the senders were detained in Ireland, and deplored the rupture of negotiations looking to a settlement. The affairs of the party were discussed at great length. Another meeting is being held this evening. It was decided to convene tho National Committee immediately at Dub lin, in order to deal with the situation. Tho meeting passed resolutions of regret at the failure o!' the negotiations. McCarthy and Sexton issued a brief onieial statement declaring that the Bou logue negotiations were conducted upon their sole responsibility, uninfluenced by any other ' members of their section, and specifically upon a basis that Par nell's leadership was impossible. Sexton adds: "McCarthy and myself had an interview to-night with Dillon & O'Brien, who declared, in their iudg mont, that we had done all we could do to arrive at a friendly result." THE JIVaRTHYITKS INFURIATED. London, Feb. 12.—The manifestoes of Dillon and O'Brien have infuriated the McCarthyites, and at their private meet ing to-day a proposal was made by one of the irreconciliable section to issue an at tack on Dillon and O'Brien. This sug gestion was vetoed, as in view of the sympathy excited by the arrest of two members, the repudiation of them would still further damage the position of the Mc( 'arthyites.' The general reading of tho manifestoes by politicians of all hqes here is that O'Brien is in favor ot Parnell, while Dillon is against Parnell. Personally, O'Brien is disposed to side with Parnell, and Dillon with the Mc- Carthyites. The McCurthyitcs state that they will continue to maintain the atti tude of complete independence in rela tion to the Liberal party. It is not believed, however, that the result of the rupture will he to place them in much closer co-operation with the Radicals than has been the case for some time past. Tho Radicals, as a body, intend to give all the support in their power to the anti-Parnell campaign in the constituencies. "JACK, THE RIITEIt." Another Young: Woman Murdered la White Chnpel. London, Feb. 12.—Intense excitement WBS caused in White Chapel in the early hours this morning by the discovery of the murdered body of a young woman in the street, not far from the scenes of the previous crimes. Every one is fatilrfwg , ahoat ".lack the Ripper," the police acted - so promptly in removing tho body to the mortuary that it was impossible to ascer tciip. ai this late hour whether the victim's body was mutilated. Present indications point to tho case being the work of some drunken iiends. Dillon and O'Brien Surrender. Folkestone, Feb. 12.—Messrs. Dillon and O'Brien, upon their arrival here from Boulogne-sin-M or, voluntarily surren dered thomselvot to the police authori ties. Shortly after their arrest O'Brien and Dillon were taken to London. The prisoners will be ko.pt at Scotland Yard until morning. They have been visited by many friends, including Par nell and Sexton. XAVAJO tXDI \X TJKSERVATTOX. Recommendation ...>>;iinsr to a - . c in the Boundaries Washington, Feb. I:2.—Acting Secre tary Chandler, of the Interior Depart ment, to-day sent to the House a letter from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, recommending that an item be inserted in tho Indian appropriation bill to enatile the Secretary of the Interior to negotiate with the Xavajo Indians of New Mexico and Arizona, for such changes of their reservation boundaries as may be deemed desirable. Tho Commissioner calls attention to tho fact that for more than two years rumors have been rife of the existence of rich gold and silver deposits in the Carizo Mountains, within the Navajo reserva tion. Miid the Indians have been watching with keen apprehension the visits made by whites to the place for tho purpose of prospecting-; also statements in the local newspapers to the effect that a determined purpose exists to gain possession of the mines, whether the Indian title is extin guished or not.