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TERRIBLE DISASTER. Further Particulars of the Loss of the Steamship Utopia. OVER FIVE HUNDRED PERSONS RE PORTED DROWNED. Heartrending Scenes on Board tho Sinking Steamer—Hundreds of Peo- I pie Seen Vainly Struggling to Es- I cape the Terrible Fate Which ; Stared Them ln the Face—Tho ■ Divers Report That There are ; Hundreds of Bodies iv the Sunken : Vessel. Special io the Record-Union. London, March IS.—The agents in this city of the Anchor line, to which the j Utopia, wiiich sunk in Gibraltar Bay yes- j tcrday, belonged, have been informed that the Utopia waa struck abaft tho en gine room, ami tliat she .sank stern fore most, five minute.-; after the collision, in seven fathoms of water. The agents announce that they find it difficult to ascertain tlie exact number oi lives lost, but they say that I'M Italians wore saved; that eight bodies liave been j washed ashore, and tliat there aro 173 per sons rescued from the Utopia alive on j board the British warships. The agents add that the force of the j gale, which still prevails in Gibraltar j Bay, prevents people on the shore from i communicating satisfactorily with the commanders of the warships, so they are unable to ascertain the names ol* the sur vivors. Several boats belonging to tho fleet were wrecked while engaged in tho rescue. ANOTHER ACCOUNT. Gibraltar, March IS.—Another ac count of tho disaster attributes it to the fact that the British warship Anson was drifting liefore the gale aud rammed the Utopia abaft the funnel. The Utopia was impaled on the spur of the Anson's ram and almost immediately sank. Everything possible was done by the officers and seamen. Four seamen were washed overboard and drowned from one ofthe warship's steam launches, while taking part in the rescue. The scene after the collision was fright ful. One side of the sinking steamship wa.s crowded with 700 immigrants shriek ing with terror. Tothe right and left of the sinking vessel wore tho monster bat tle ships Rodney and Anson pouring the light ot thoir powerful electric reflectors upon the disabled steamship. The Anson's boats were lowered imme diately after tho collision, as were also the boats from other vessels of the British Channel squadron, tho Swedish man-of war Freyn and the ship Amber. Here and there were the warships' small boats manned by blue jackets who strained every nerve as thoy bent to their oars in the heavy sea, striving gallantly to roach the drowning passengers. Un shore tho news of the disaster spread quickly. An enormous crowd soon gathered on the parade, and great excite ment prevailed. The sea was so heavy that the boats of the rescuers could not with safety ap proach the wreck, so they woro com pelled to lie to leoward, where thoy picked up peoplo as they were swept from the dock. As the Utopia bows settled A TEi-KIIILE SCENE "Was witnessed from the boats. Those still on board the sinking steamer made a sudden rush en masse to the fore-rig ging, struggling for their lives and vainly seeking piacos of refuge. Twenty min utes later the forecastle was submerged, and a larcc number of persons gathered there who had not dared to leap over board with the hope of being picked up | by the boats, and who had failed in their efforts to ascend the rigging, were carried away by tho waves. A steam pinnaco | rescued all others who had taken refuge I in the main rigging, but the last ones-! were not taken off until 11 o'clock at i night. Wliile the steam pinnace belonging to tho British ironclad Immortalite was en gaged in the work Of rescue her screw fouled and she drilted on the rocks. Two of her sailors were drowned. Tho re mainder wero rescued. THK <_r..I.Ti.IIM..STKI.'S STATKMKNT. Petersen, the Swedish quartermaster, who had been steering the Utopia a short time before the collision, says that just before the vessels came together he went below. While there he felt the shock of the collision, and rushed from below, but before he reached the main deck the Utopia hud gone broadside upon the spar of the Anson's ram. The commander of the Utopia, Captain McKcaguc, accord ing to Petersen, was on the steamship's bridge until the last moment. Petersen adds that as tho Utopia was crushed by the Anson's mm, lie clamber ed up the davits of one ofthe steamship's boats and cut the ropes holding it. He had no time, however, to lower the boat away, as the bows of the Utopia had passed beneath the warship, and it was evident the passenger steamer was rapid ly sinking. Soon after, the boats of the Anson having been promptly lowered, one ot the niaii-ot'-war'scuttersran along side the Utopia, and Petersen managed to jump into her. lie says while on board the Utopia after the collision, he was surrounded by a ter rible mass of human beings, fighting their way dcsperatily and savagely, rc esgdless of sex or ago, towards the boats. Men. women and childien tumbled and climbed over each other in that horrible tight for a chance to escape from drown ing. One poor woman, who was rescued by the Anson's blue jackets, went raving niad when she wus convinced her chil dren were drowned. There were similar distressing inci dents by the score, the most awful of all occurring when the Utopia, with a final desperate lurch, sank with her human freight clinging about her, and drew hun dreds of living persons down with her. Many of those who had sprung iuto the water, as they saw the steamship could not float many moments longer, were then also drawn down in tho awful whirl pool caused by the Utopia's disappear ance. Sonic came to the surface again for a tew moments before sinking finally !n their watery tombs. Others, iriore lucky, were able to cling to pieces of the wreckage, floating spars, oars, •gratings, hatchways, boats, lite-belts, etc.. and this kept them above the water until resetted by the war-ships' boats. But. as usual in such cases, the weaker succumbed more readily. Shieking, praying women sank to rise no more -with their terrified oll'spring clasped to their breasts. Childien clung to their parents so desperately as to, in several cases, cause death to both, whore they might have escaped had better judgment been used. The divers and boats' crews who have been at work all day in the efforts being made by the British naval authorities to recover'as many as possible of the Ixxlies of passengers and crew of the sunken steamer Utopia, have at this hour (4 p. m.) recovered ninety bodies. Among those saved from the sinking vessel by the boats of the men-of-war were twenty of tlie Utopia's crew. C. G. Davis of Boston, a saloon passenger, is among those reported missing. The officers and crew of H. M. S. Anson stated that lhe Utopia fouled with the THE RECORD-UNION. ram of the Anson and thus caused the damage which resulted in the passenger steamer sinking. The Anson's officers assert that no blame can be attached to the war vessel. At4::JO p. m. it was announced that tho official report of the number of persons on board lhe Utopia shows that when sho left Naples the steamship had 880 souls on board, including the passengers and crew. Of this number oniy 311 have been saved. Thus 509 of her passengers and crew are either drowned or missing. The officers of the Utopia, in talking about the catastrophe, say thej' will never' forget the scenes that followed tho col lision. The Italians were thrown into a 1 state of complete and cowardly panic. They yelled frantically and fought madly to reach tho forecastle. A few of tho mar ried men brought their wives with thorn, ; but the majority of tho Italians acted more I like boasts than men. The forecastle and I riffgi'iiK were soon crowded, and tho ves sel began to settle down. Presently an explosion with a deafen- I ing report occurred iv the forecastle, kill ! ing many and throwing others into the : sea. Lukily tlie masts hold and remained some yards above the water as tho vessel | touched the bottom. From forty Us fifty persons were resetted from the masts. Among the acts of valor at tho hight of the gale was that ofa British middy, who put off'alone in a dingy for tho purpose ol" rendering assistance to persons cling ing to the wreckage. j Another hero was a seaman on the iron • clad Rodney, who boldly plunged into I the sea and, after a desperate struggle, succeeded in saving one of tho women floating in the water. The (livers who went down to-day re port that there are hundreds of bodies in the steerage and between the docks. Many bodies came ashore to-day. Princo Napoleon. Rome, March 18.—The body of Prince | Napoleon is lying in state in the Mortu- I ary Chapel improvised in the house in which he died. The body is clothed in a black frock coat, and the Cross | of the Legion of Honor, and that of | tho Italian Order Annuiiciana are upon the dead Prince's breast. King Humbert I has officially ordered that tho interment j of the remains of Prince Napoleon shall take place in the royal ervpt of the Church of La Superga at Turin. RESOLUTIONS OF CONDOLENCE. Rome, March 18.—In the Chamber of Deputies to-day the President delivered a eulogy on Princo Napoleon. It was moved that an address of condolence be sent to tho relatives, and a committee was appointed to attend the funeral. This action was taken, and tho Senate adopted similar resolutions. Chile Revolution. Buenos Ayres, March 18.—A dispatch received here from Valparaiso states that Mayor Valduvieso of tliat city has gone over to the insurgents, after winning over to their cause the garrison, which deserted the fort aftor spiking the guns. The ex-Government troops then seized . President Balmaceda's transport, the Maidia, which was anchored in the har bor, and which was loaded with Gatling guns, rifles and ammunition. After this the Mayor and garrison embarked on board the transport and departed north ward to join the insurgents. This is a tremendous blow to President Balma ceda's prestige, and his cause may now be fairly said to be on the wane. Telephone Between London and Paris. Paris, March 18.—The inaugural of telephone talk between London and Paris by the new land and submarine cable lino yesterday, was a notable event in the his tory of rapid communication in Europe. Mrs. Roche, wife of ____. Roche, Minister of Industry and tho Colonies, had tho honor of uttering the first words over tho new line. M. Roche then held a conver sation with Henry Cecil llaikes, of Great Britain. Earl Lytton, British Embassa dor at Paris, and M. Deselves, Director- General of the Posts and Telegraph De partments, also spoke to Mr. Raikes. Colonization Scheme. London, March 18.—In its final report the Parliamentary Committee on Coloni zation does not advise a general exten sion of the system of State-aided emigra tion, except in case of the congested dis ] tricts of Scotland and Ireland. The com mittee suggests that the provisions ofthe Irish land bill, dealing with the congested I districts, be applied to Scotland, and ad vises that tho experiment of sending 100 ' Crofter families to America be repeated, also the adoption ofthe proposal of Brit ish Columbia of a loan ol" i.100,000 to assist colonization. Gladstone's Narrow Escnpe. London, March 18.—It has transpired that Gladstone, after his speech at Hast ings yesterday, had a narrow escape from a serious accident. Tho coachman who was driving the carriage wiiich took Gladstone to the railroad station, lost | control of the horses, and thoy were , stopped with difficulty. The coachman j was fined for drunkenness to-day, the charge against him having been preferred by the police. Dr. Windthorst's Funeral. Hanover, March 18.—The interment of the remains of Dr. Windthorst, late leader of the Catholic party in Germany, took place here to-day. Delegations from j the various Catholic associations and a large numberof members of the Reich stag took part iv the procession. Colonel Mapleson Married. Paris, March 18.—Colonel Mapleson, the English impressario, was married yesterday to MisslLaura Schirnior Byron in this cily. Unfounded Rumors. London, March IS.—The Times' corre spondent at Rome says the recent stories of massacres at Massowah are unfounded. Tippoo Tib Paralyzed. Zanzibar, March 18.—Tippoo Tib is j stricken with paralysis, the rigtitarm and side being affected. National League of Musicians. Milwaukee, March 18.—The conveu | tion of the National League of Musicians spent a large portion of the morning in wrangling over the report of the Commit tee on Credentials. The convention , adopted a resolution of thanks to Secre- I tary Tracy for his refusal to permit the : Marino Band of Washington to come in i competition with other musicians. ! The convention Unanimously indorsed I the low pitch for orchestras, lt is some times referred to as the French pitch, and 1 is a quarter-tone lower than the hi<*h i pitch. President Wolsieffer, in his annual ad i dress, urged the establishment ofa luusi : cians' home. The Body Identified. New York, March 14.—The body of "Fred Evans of England," the mysteri ous Astor House suicide, has been dug up and finally and fully identified as Wright, the supposed murderer of Kut linger, the murdered man found on Staten Island. Jumped Over Niagara Kails. Niagara Falls, March is.—a man jumped over tho Niagara Falls at Pros pect Point this afternoon. He came from the West this morning, and had a ticket for New York, via the West Shore rail road. He was about 21 years of age, good looking and well dressed. General Fremont's Remains. New York, March 18.—The remains of General Johu C. Fremont were takeu to Sparkill, Roeklaud County, yesterday, and buried in Rockland Cemetery. SACEAMENTO, THURSDAY. MOTCNTNG-, MARCn 19, 1891. EASTERN HAPPENINGS. Four Persons Burned to Death in a Tenement House Fire. A NEW CHAPTER IN THE SNELL MURDER UNFOLDED. An Attempt Mnde to Poison tho Wife of the Murdered Man's Son—Tho Nurso Girl Placed I'nder Arrest— A White Powder, Kesembllng That Found ln the Medicine and Wins Taken by Mrs. Snell, Found in the Nurse's Trunk. Special to the Record-Union. New York, March 18.—At an early hour this morning the discovery was made that tho brick tenement house No. u7H A Hou street was on fire. The build ing was live stories high and was filled with people. Tho lower story was occupied by a liquor saloon owned by Justice Alex ander. Tho second tloor was occupied by the families of Solomon and Max Goldstein, tho third by that of Harris Green burg and the fourth by Marion Kidsello and family. . Bernard Jaster, with his wife and childreu, lived on the top floor. As soon as the fire was discovered an alarm was turned in, but tho llames spread rapidly, and wheu the firemen arrived the whole building seemed ablaze. A few streams of water produced an effect and the fire was soon under con trol. The outer walls wero left standing, but tho whole interior was completely gutted. Most of the inmates were asleep when the lire broke out and the flames spread so rapidly that the escape of those in the upper stories was cut off. Three mem bers of the Jaster family on the top floor were burned to death—Bernard Jaster, aged 50, Betsy Jaster, aged 13, and Sarah Jaster, aged 10. Minnie Jaster, aged o_J, was burned about the face, and Henry Jaster, aged 19, was burned ou the hands. Abraham Goldstein, a boy three years of ago, was thrown from the third-story window and fell to the sidewalk. He was injured internally and will probably die. All the injured wero removed to Bellovue Hospital. The building was owned by James R. Grlswold of this city. The "loss on tho building is 810,000 and on the furniture, §5,000; entirely covered by insurance. Another body was recovered this even ing—that of Philip Elchisky, a tailor. CORDAGE WORKS BURNED. Elizabeth (N. J.), March 18.—Tho Elizabethport Steam Cordage W Torks were burned this afternoon. The loss is $jOO,OOO. Mix hundred persons are thrown out of employment. The linn is well in sured. When the fire broke out there were in the works about tive hundred operators, mostly girls, and a great panic ensued. Ali escaped without injury, however. MRS. ALEXANDER'S PERSECUTOR. Tlie Jury Declares Him to bo of Sound Mind. New York, March 18.—The jury de cided to-day that Louis Armand, who has been persecuting Mrs. Charles B. Alexander for the past thirteen years by (railing at her home and by writing her exceedingly affectionate letters, is sane. Five doctors declare him insane, but the jury say he is not. Mrs. Alexander is the daughter ofthe late Charles Crocker. Armand was ar rested February sth, after ho had been loitering around tho Alexander houso, at No. 4 West Fifty-eighth street, for an hour and a half, ringing the door-bell, peeping iuto the windows and peering into all carriages that came near tho house. He told policeman Sana Hcimcr that Mr. Alexander had entered into a con spiracy to murder his wife, aud that ho had prevented the murder by getting a warrant from Judge Andrews for Alex ander's arrest. Armand is 40 years old, and prepares boys for Harvard, Yale and Princeton by tcachiug them French, Greek and Latin. He told Judge McAdam that he had been "juggled into the Ward's Island Asylum for Lunatics." He admitted that ho had called at the Forty-first stroet police sta tion and asked Captain Warts to arrest Mr. Alexander two hours before his own arrest, but this ho explained was duo to the fact that he had been drinking wine and whisky. He had told Captain Warts that Alexander was going to kill his wife. Mrs. Alexander testified that thirteen years ago Armand taught her French for two months. Then he was discharged by her father. Mrs. Alexander did not tell the court, but it is a fact that Armand was discharged because he had made up a neat package of letters written him by a certain woman and handed them to her with a fine gesture, saying, "See what I am sacrificing for you." Ever since that discharge Armand has followod Mrs. Al exander. After an hour's deliberation tho jury declared Armand sane and ho was dis charge*!. Judge McAdam warned him not to bother the Alexander family any more. TIIE SNELE MURDER. A New Chapter In the Troubles Un folded. Chicago, March IS.—A new chapter in the troubles of the Snoll family was un folded to-day, which bids fair to have sensational developments. A few days ago Hattie Juerst, a nurse-girl employed in the family of Albert J. Snell, son of the murdered millionaire, was arrested, charged with larceny. Now comes a j story that the larceny was only a part of the charge. For several weeks Mrs. Sncll's health has beon failing rapidly. Finally, it was noticed that a tonic she was taking was having a decidedly bad effect. One day she found in a bottle a white sediment, which the doctor said was not part of the touic. Then wine was substituted, but the samo bad effects followed, and the doc tor told Snell that his wife was being poi soned. An examination disclosed the presence in the wine ofthe same powder found in the tonic. Detectives were employed, and Hattie Juersts' arrest soon followed. In her trunk was found S3OO worth of Mrs. Snell's property and a vial of white pow der, apparently identical with that found in the tonic and wine bottle. Both pow ders have been submitted to a chemist, and pending his report the attorney for the Snells refuses to talk further about the case. Two gentlemen intimately acquainted with Tascott, who has long been sought for, left for Aberdeen, South Dakota, this afternoon, to see if the suspect uunder ar rest there is really the mau. Fatal Explosions. Pittsburg, March IS.—The name of the miner killed in the mine explosion at Girardville, Pa., is Frederick Bonnhunt, aged 40 years. Hans Wittaman and John Gustavison were injured. Six other workmen were burned and cut by being hit with hot sl*.*; and flying bricks, but their injuries are not serious. Ashland (Pa.), March IS. —While a gang of men were drilling rock in a tun nel at the Centralis Colliery a can of powder exploded, probably fatally injur ing three men. The Crovasao Widening*. New Orleans, March 18.—The cre vasse at White House plantation is now -.00 feot wide. Tho water is going through with groat force. A large portion of Jef ferson Parish will bo inundated, and the loss will be very great. Already the Southern Pacific and Texas Pacific Rail roads are cut into at this point by the crevasse. Probably Gone to Canada. St. Louis. March 14.—James S. Ensor. a Notary Public and attorney-at-law, well known in business and social circles, has disappeared, and it is said he has ap propriated some $8,000 loaned to him by lriends to whom he promised, so goes the story, a return on their investments of 10 per cent, a month. Death Of Lincoln's Partner. Springfield (111.), March 18.—Wm. 11. Henderson, Abraham Lincoln's law partner and author of the "Life of Lin coln," died to-day of la grippe, at his res idence, near this city, aged 7_ years. His youngest son, William, died* six hours before, of the same disease. Ono of the Uelrs Found. New* York, March 18.—Lawyer Bra man has found Julia A. Putnam, whom Charlotte O. Jones (colored) of Oakland, Cal., left a half interest in an insurance policy of §.1,000, but has not yet traced her other cousin aud legatee, Sylvia John. Thirty-Three Round Mill. Denver, March 18.—Pat Allen, of Omaha, and Lawrence Farrell, of Chicago, heavy weights, fought a thirty-three round mill twenty miles from ihis city this afternoon, for a purse of 9500. Far rell won the fight aftor badly punishing the Omaha .man. ■ Patrons of Husbandry. Lansing, March 18.—The supreme or ganization of the Patrons of Husbandry is holding a meeting hero. Unanimity does not prevail, and it is doubtful whether independent political action will be adopted as recommended by the Stato organization. Tlie Oldost Postmaster Dies. Dubuque (la.), March 18.—Celestine Kaltenbach, the oldest Postmaster in tho United States, died this morning, aged 78. He was appointed Postmaster of Potosi, Wis., in 1838, by President Van Buren, and has held the oflice continuously. Six Years' Imprisonment. New York, March 18.—Judge Bene dict of tho United States Court sentenced General Peter A. Classen to six years' imprisonment in tho Penitentiary for wrecking tho Si_^th National Bank. Tlie Bill Killed. Lincoln (Nob.), March 18.—In the Senate this morning tho report of the committeo to indefinitely postpone action on tho two-cent passenger rate was adopted. This in effect kills the bill. Stallion Sold. Trot (N. V.), March 18. — Gurdion Conklin, of Glen Falls, has sold his Elec tioneer stallion O-overnor Stanford to a Now York horseman for 815,000. Gone Ashore. W toodiiull (Mass.), March 18.—Tho steamer Hercules of tho Philadelphia Coal Company went ashore on Naushon Island thi3 moruing. NEW ORLEANS TRAGEDY. AN INVESTIGATION BEING MADE BT TIIE GItAND JURY. The London " Times" Approves tho Action of Parker-son and His Followers. Special to the Record-Union. Nkw Okleans, March 18.—The Grand Jury to-day began the investigation of tho killing of the Italian prisoners and tho causes which led to tlie miscarriage of justice. Bribery has been accepted as answer to tlie latter question, and detect ive O'Malloy and tho jury camo in for a large share of the day's inquiry. KKPORTS FROM THB ITALIAN CONSUL. Washington, March 18.—Baron Fava, tho Italian Minister, to-day received re ports from the Italian Consul at New Or leans in regard to the killing of the Ital ians there on Saturday. These reports, it is said, sustain tho position of Baron Fava in his protest to Mr. Blame of. March 13th, with relation to the inaction of the authorities of Now Orleans before and during the shooting. thk killing approvkd. London, March IS.—The limes in an editorial on the New Orleans tragedy says: It is all very well to reprobate a resort to violence, but in such circum stances as these, what way is there for emancipating a community from intoler able tyranny except by a resort to vio lence ? The law requires a trial by jury, and trial by jury lias been reduced to a farce by the knowledge possessed by every juryman that if he convicts a mem ber of the Mafia his lifo is not worth a week's purchase. It is really a misuse of language to speak of resort to violence. The standing rule in New Orleans is tho rule of violence, and all Parkerson and his followers have done is to accept the conditions prescribed by the Mafia. All rests ultimately upon force, and when the courts are dominated by criminals whom they exist to punish, nothing remains but to go back to tirst principles to etlect their! deliverance. Let lawless violence be abandoned by all means, but, "que Messieurs les assassins, commenccnt." Among the men who wore lynched thero may have been some who did not actu ally fire at Hennessy, but it is not pre tended that there were any who wore not members ofthe detestable society that desired his death. That being the case, it is impossible to feel any very acute dis tress because in the midst of the violence they had rendered indispensable they have been somewhat more severely pun ished than if they had been leniently dealt with. FATAL SHOOTING. New Orleans, March 18.—Thero was a sensational and fatal shooting to-night growing out of the Italian case. Frank Waters, _r newspaper reporter, who was intoxicated, was abusing tho citizens' committee, and those connected with tho Hennessy case, when Captain Arthur Dunn, one of the counsel for the State, came by. Waters shouted at him: "There is one of them now. Why don't he take it up ?" Dunn advanced toward Waters, who drew a pistol, and began firing. Dunn quickly drew his. Waters fired six shots and Dunn tive. Waters fell dead with one bullet through his face and another through his head. Dunn was shot twice, in the right breast and abdomen. He is believed to be mortally wounded. The men for a long time have been po litical enemies. Dunn for many yeara has been a leading politician. During the shooting two bystanders were very slightly wounded. COAST CHRONICLES. An Unknown Man Jumps From a Bay Ferry Boat , SENATOR HEARST'S WILL FILED FOR PROBATE. Tho Detectives nre Confident tho Dal ton Brothers, Now Under Arrest nt Ylsalia, Wero tho Parties Who At tempted to Commit the Train Rob bery at Allla—An Illinois Colony Purchases a JLargo Tract of -Land in Merced County. Special to the Record-Union. San Francisco, March 18.—As tho North Pacific Coast Railroad Company's steamer Tamalpais was about abreast of Arch Rock on the 0:30 i*. M. trip last night the passengers wero startled by a cry of "man overboard." The man had jumped over the railing. After lowering a boat and searching the bay for about twenty minutes nothing was seen ofthe unfortu nato man. Tho description of the man shows that he was well-dressed in a black Princo Albert coat and ping hat. He had gray hair and mustache, was about five foot nine Inches in height. Ho was a stranger on the boat. SENATOR HEARST'S WILL. The Entire Estate Bequeathed to the Widow. San Francisco, March 18.—Tho will ofthe late Senator George Hearst was filed for probate to-day by tho widow, Phcebe M. Hearst, who is made solo ex ecutrix. The will states that Senator Hearst recognized tho fact that his wife is legally entitled to one-half of his entire estate, in all being community property, and he also bequeaths to her absolutely the remaining one-half. A provision is made that if Mrs. Hearst marries again one-halfof the estate re verts to his son, William R. Hearst. The will Mas executed in this city in 1880, and was attested by Lloyd Tcvis and Irwin McAfee. William R. Hearst, the only child of the Senator, is recom mended to tho caro of his mother, with confidence that she will suitably provide for him. EDUCATORS IN COUNCIL. Second Day's Proceedings ofthe State Teachers' Institute. San Diego, March 18.—The Stato Teachers' Institute continued its session to-day. Papers were read by C. H. Hayes of Riverside, Superintendent H. McG. Martin of Santa Rosa, D. Syle of Santa Barbara and Superintendent Molyneaux of Pomona. Hon. J. W. An derson was a visitor this afternoon, and made a short address. Tho election of officers resulted : W. W. Scamans of Los Angeles, President; H. J. Baldwin of National City, Emily Rice of Chico, C. M. Gaylcy aud G. W. Lackey of Ontario, Vice Presidents ; J. P. Greeley of Santa Ana, Secretary ; J. T. Hamilton of San Francisco, Treasurer. Riverside was selected unanimously as the next place of meeting. Tho evening session was largely attended, to listen to a lecture on "Evolution" by Professor John Dickinson of the University of Southern California, at Los Angeles. BREAK IN TIIE MISSISSIPPI LEVEE. A Portion of tho Southern Pacific Road Inundated. San Francisco, March 18.—News has been received in railroad circles of this city that the break in tho Mississippi levee above Grosse Tete has practically closed the Sunset route between Lafayette and New Orleans, a distance of 100 miles. As a large proportion of what is known as railroad traffic is sent to and from the East from Sun Francisco over this route, the break might readily havo proved a serious disaster to tho Southern Pacific j Company. But the difficulty has been fully and promptly met by tran shipping freight at Galveston and divert ing the passenger traffic over the othor southern roads by way of 151 Paso, San Antonio and Houston. Nearly the whole flooded space be tween Lafayette and New Orleans is tra versed by the railroad on trestle-work, and the assumption is that this is all gone. It will take at least twenty days to reopen communication if the Mississippi falls enough to permit the break to bo gotten at. ALILA TRAIN ROBBERY. Detectives Positive the Dnlton Broth ers are tho Parties Wanted. Merced, March 18.— Detectives aro here to-day tracing up tho history of William Dalton, who has lately been ar rested in San Luis Obispo, because of his supposed connection with the Alila and Pixley train robberies. Dalton is a brother of the other Dalton's now in jail at Visalia. He resided near Livingston, in this county, for about five years, and was well known, having married tho daughter of a prominent rancher in that neighborhood. No one ever suspected him of being in the train-robbing busi ness. Ho was quite active in politics when here. The whole Dalton family, however, back in the Western States, arc not of tho law-abiding class, and the offi cers claim that the robberies were com mitted by them without a doubt. . THE MYSTERY SOLVED. Abner Paggett Loses Ills Life In a Snow-Storm ln Washington. Spokane Falls (Wash.) March, 18.—A TRcview special from Mullen says: The mystery surrounding the uisappearance of Abner C. Paggett was solved to-day. A rotary plow clearing tho track of tho Northern Pacific lifted his body from a drift into which it had sank over a mouth ago. Paggett was visiting relatives at the Stegis House, over tho divide, and started out to walk to Mullen, a distanco of 12 miles, to take thocrain for Spokane. He was caught in a mountain storm and must have wandered about for several days, as pistol shots were heard threo days after by a solitary miner living in a cabin in one of the gulches. • Railroad Agent Arrested. Albany (Or.), March 18th. —E. P. Rogers, Assistant General Freight and Passenger Agent of the Southern Pacific Company, was placed under arrest here to-day, on an indictment by the Grand Jury here, for violating Section 4 of tho Hoult law, in discriminating in freight charges on grain shipments from Tan gent and Fillersburg, Linn County, to East Portland. Mr. Rogers arrived from Portland this evening and was released on his own recognizance. The case will come up before Judge Boise to-morrow. Held for Murder. Ukiah, March 18.—The preliminary examination of J. N. Copell, who shot tho two Harmon brothers in Laytonvillc last week, was held to-day in Justice Pago's court. Saul Harmon lias died from the effects of his wounds, and Copell was held to answer beforo the Superior Court on two charges, viz.: murder and assault to murder, with bail fixed at 05,000 on the former charge and $2,000 on the latter. Now Colony for Merced. Merced, March 18.—A syndicate of .iirmois from Illinois have purchased the entire Deano colony, consisting of 300 twenty-acre tracts. Tho colony is located about three miles west of this city, and is. adapted for tho culture of figs, prunes and raisins. Every twenty-acre tract will be occupied liy a family. The peo ple are all Americans and Presbyterians. A number of them arrived here last Sun day, and the work of improvement will begin at once. A church, school-house, etc., are intended to be built during the summer. The colonists who buy pay §50 per acre for tho land, inclusive of water rights. A Book-Kecpor Suicides. Spokane Falls (Wash.), March IS.— Eugene Boardnian, book-keeper for M. Seller <__ Co., committed suicide at Coeur d'Alenc City last night by jumping into the lake. Mr. Boardnian was a sufferer from over work, and went to the lake for his health. His brother missed him from his side iv the night, and went in search of him, finding his body in tho water. Mr. Boardnian leaves a family hero. During tho day he had been in good spirits. Tho rash act is believed to have been the result of an attack of temporary insanity. Tulare County Notes. Hanford, March IS.—Tho West Side railroad construction force lias reached very near King's River, at Kingston, and part of tho force came over to Armona to day to begin operations. It is expected that the line will be completed to Armona in April, including tho bridge across King's River. The salo of the Laguna Di Tacho Ranch of forty-nine thousand acres, is reported to an English syndicate for one million dollars. Two Deaths at Los Angeles. Los Ancjei.es, March 18.—John F. Casey, formerly Chief Switchman for the Santa Fc road at the Needles, died in the City Jail here to-day, the result of a pro tracted spree. He has prominent rela tives in Chicago. Joseph Johnson, who was injured by a piece of timber falling on him while put ting up a bridge, died at the hospital to day, y Dry Xorther. Sonoma, March 18th.—A dry north wind has beeu prevailing in this valley for several days. It has had the effect of retarding spring plowing and arresting the growth of vegetation. As these northers are usually of short duration, and aro always followed by rain, no fears aro apprehended of serious damage to crops. Tlie Citrus Fair Closed. Los Anoei.es, March 18.—The Citrus Fair closed to-night, after a successful run of eight days, the interest being sus tained up to the last moment. The re ceipts were over §9,000, or an average of over $1,000 a day. The fair will be repro duced in Chicago early in April. The Secretary leaves to-morrow to complete arrangements. Gompers in Portland. Portland, March 18.—Samuel Gom pers, President of the American Federa tion of Labor, arrived here this morning from San Francisco. He was met at the depot by a delegation from the Federated Trades. Sandy Olds' Fourth Trial. Hillsboro (Or.), March 18.—The jury was completed to-day in tho fourth trial of Sandy Olds for the murder of Emil Weber in Portland in May, 18S0. The examination of witnesses begins to-mor row. Tho Laßlancho-Mitchell Contest. San Francisco, March IS.—The Di rectors of the California Athletic Club met to-night and decided to turn over the La Blanche-Mitchell contest to a detective agency for investigation. Rain in Los Angeles. Los Angeles, March IS.—Rain com menced this evening, with indications of continuing throughout the night. FARMERS' ALLIANCE. Ex-Senator Ingalls Says It Has Como to Staj*. Bai.timore, March 18.—Ex-Senator In galls of Kansas, talking on the Farmers' Alliance to-day, said: "This movement is building greater than a majority of tho peoplo of the eastern slope are willing to admit. It presents one ofthe most inter esting political problems of the country. Here in tho East, where the industries and employments are diversified, its progress is not appreciated and the strength it is gaining not understood. In the West, a purely agricultural section, it has taken a deep hold oif the public mind, and the evolution of movement is closely watched by our deepest thinkers and po litical economists. "These farmers havo concluded that thero are wrongs existing that need ad justment. The growth of the organiza tion is not ethereal or spontaneous, but has come with a strong under-current of reason that will ultimately land it on a sound foundation, which will defy all efforts of political agitators to shalte. I think it may be compared to tho feeling of Republicanism which swept over the country from 18.50 to 1800. "This result might be more quickly could the Wes; and South find a common ground on which to stand. The East and North have recognized all along, and have very adroitly prevented any coali tion. Tho sections are, however, becom ing apathetic alike to appeals and men aces, and when one dies out and the othor is allayed, we may look for a coalition that will produce tangible results. The existing political parties, however, i may, by their platforms and candidates j nominated, make such concessions to the I Alliance as to cause its members tore turn to their respective folds with the belief that the evils that thoy seek to re dress will be reformed in their house holds." LABOR TROUBLES. Several Leaders Arrested on a Charge of Extortion. Rochester (X. V.). March 18.—At tho investigation of the clothing cutters' lock out here by the State Board of Arbitra tion, a scheme by which money is ex torted from firms by the Clothing Cut ters' Xational Union was shown by voluminous correspondence between the manufacturers in this city and Walter S. Westerbrook, Secretary of the Cutters' Union, and James Hughes, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Union. Westerbrook has been arrested in New York, Hughes is under arrest in Phila delphia, and James McGuire in custody in Chicago, on charges of extortion. They will be brought here. James A. Wright, District Organizer of the Knights of Labor, who arrived here this morning from Philadelphia, together with John C. Theim and Frederick A. Archer, of this city, were arrested imme diately after the morning's session of tho Board of Arbitrators, on a charge of con spiracy. WHOLE NO. 15,420. GOVERNMENT EXPENSES. Comparison of Appropriations for the Past Two Congresses. REASON FOR THE INCREASE THE PAST SESSION. The Special Commissioner to tho Re public of Colombia Reports That He Das Secured a Remarkable Col lection of Antiquities for Exhibi tion at tho World"**. Fair—Tho Cruiser San Francisco to he Sent to Join tho Baltimore in Chiloan Waters. Special to the REConn-UsioN. Washington, March IS.—Messrs. Al lison and Cannon, Chairmen respectively of tho Senate and House Committees on Appropriations, have prepared state ments making a comparison of the appro priations of the Fifty-first with tho Fiftieth Congress. The statement of Cannon shows that during the Fiftieth < 'ongress, covering the salaries of ISB9-90, the total appropriation, including defi ciencies, were $817,903,859. The appropri ations ofthe Fifty-first Congress, embrac ing the fiscal year 1891-92, amount to $988, --410,129. Net apparent increase $170,446,289. Cannon says there should bo added to the appropriations of the Fiftieth and de ducted from the Fifty-first Congress 825, --, 321,907 to meet the known deficiency for pensions in the appropriations of tho former Congress. Cannon argues against increasing the number of committees having charge of tho appropriation bills, and says the sys tem of distributing them among the vari ous committees is vicious and tends to extravagance. He thinks ono committeo of the liouso should be charged with the preparation of the money bills for its con sideration. Senator Allison, in his statement, gives in detail tho reasons which operated in the several appropriation Acts to increase the expenditure authorized by the pres ent Congress over those of its' predeces sors. He says an increase of $1,*_41,47.'J under the agricultural appropriation Act was caused by the establishment of agri cultural experiment stations and tho I transfer of the weather bureau from tho ; War Depaitment. Under the fortifica tion bill there was an increase of 82,302,- I 000 for continuing the construction of'bat j terios for the defense of the various har bors. In the Indian bill an increase of $7,.'!07,000 was made to carry into effect the recent treaties negotiated with tho various Indian tribes. An increase of 81,450,000 was made for the clerical force in the various departments, mainly in tho Pension Office. The navy appropriations show an increase of $14,000,000 for new ships, improvement of navy-yard plants, etc. The pensions show an increase of 8113,312,000, including the deficiencies. Tho increase of $22,008,000 under the Post office bill is duo to th» growth of the service throughout the country. The in crease for sundry civil expenses of ?15, --000,000 was for river and harbor improve ments, census expenses, public bnildings, j life-saving service, etc. The deficiency i appropriations, exclusive of pensions, were f1.7_6,000 less than the Fiftieth Con gress, although 91,304,000 for French spol iation claims arc included. NAVAL VESSELS. Tho San Fraaoisoo Will ho Sent to Chilean Waters. Washington, March 18.—The report of the court of inquiry on the Alert has been received at the Navy Department from Mare Island. Conflicting reports of her condition have reached the depart ment, and the Board of Survey reported her as requiring repairs estimated to cost about $500. The second board examined tho vessel, and reported tho hull in a bad condition, and that the expense of mak ing the ship seaworthy would reach 87,(100. It is understood that the court's report simply gives the facts, and makes no rec ommendations. The general impression at the department is that the vessel can be put in seaworthy condition without extensive repairs. The San Francisco will be ready for sea next week. She will join tho Baltiinoro aud Pensacola at Chilie. WORLD'S FADS. Remarkable Collection of Antiquities Secured fbr the Exposition. Washington, March IS.—Lieutenant Lemley, of the United States army, Spe cial Commissioner to the Ropublic of Co lombia in the interest of the World's Columbian Exposition, reports that ho has secured for the exhibition the most remarkable collection of antiquities which has been gathered by a famous collector of that country during investigations for j the last thirty-five or forty years. Tho J collection Includes many articles of gold and silver. Tho whole collection is esti mated to be worth $120,000. Included in the collection are a number of very curiously hand-worked gold articles found when, somo weeks ago, two an cient towns of the Guaca Indians wero unearthed. Postal Changes. Washington, March 18.—A new post office has been established at Melville, Clatsop County, Oregon, with Welthea S. Ingalls as Postmaster. C. D. Calkins has been appointed Post master at Chula Vista, Cal. A daily exchange of through registered pouches has been ordered to commenco March 23d between tho .above offices, tho pouches to leave Denver at 12:30 a. m., via Cheyenne and Denver R. P. 0., and I San Francisco at 7 p. m., via Ogden and j Sau Francisco R. P. O. Round Valley Indian Commission. Washington, March 18. — Luther Smith and Henry C. Hunt, members of the Round Valley Indian Commission, arrived to-day. David Shryock, Chair man ofthe commission, was detained in Pittsburg four days, and the report will not be submitted until ho arrives. Silver Purchases. Washington, March 18.—Tho amount of silver oirered for salo to the Treasury to-day was 602,000 ounces, and the amount purchased 412,000 ounces, as follows: 22,000 at $0.95>0, 55,000 ounces at $0.9898. 150,000 ounces at $0.9899, and 155,000 j ounces at $0.99. General Johnston Improving. Washington, March 18.—The condi tion of General Joseph E. Johnston, who has been quite ill forthe past week, is re-, ported by his physician to bo improved*! to-day, anil no immediate danger is ap-< prehended. Land Decision Affirmed. Washington, March 18.—In tho casej of Miles N. Daniel vs. Caroline J. Lowe,*; involving land in tho Seattle, Wash.J district, the decision of the commissioner. ia affirmed. ,