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WORK OF AN ANARCHIST. Assault Upon the Manager of the Carnegie Company. H. Q PRICK SHOT TWICE AND STABBED THREE TIMES. Alexander Bergman, a Russian Jevr, Makes Ills Way Into Frluk's Office, and Attempts to Assassinate Him— The Victim Resting; Easy—The As sassin Fails In an Attempt to End His Own Life. Special to the Rkcord-Uniox. Pittsbubg, July 24.—A desperate and almost successful attempt was made yes terday afternoon to assassinate Henry Clay Frick, Chairman of the Carnegie Steel Company (limited). His assailant was Alexander Bergman, a Russian Jew, ■who came here from New York with the evident intention of killing Frick. It was a few minutes before 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon when a young man entered the elevator in the Telegraph building and asked to be let off at Frick's office. The young man had been » frequent visitor during the past few days, and the elevator boy thought noth ing unusual of the request. Two min utes later the occupants of the building and the passers-by on Fifth avenue were startled by three pistol shots, iired in rapid succession. Before the inau came in Mr. Leishman, the business partner of Mr. Frick, had entered the office and was holding a pri vate conference. The oflice boy noticed a man come in hurriedly from the outside and pass through the railing, but before he could stop him the man had entered the private office. He sprang to within about five leet of Frick, and quickly drawing a revolver, pulled the trigger. The first cartridge did not explode, but J the second shot, entering the back of Frick's neck, glanced downward and passed out below the armpit. Frick jumped to a window on Fifth avenue and tried to open it, but could not. Bergman rushed up to him again and fired, the ball eutering the left side of the neck and passing around to a lodg ment under the right ear. At this mo ment Mr. Leishmau threw himself on the assassin and struggled to get the re volver. He elutchea the barrel and turned the muzzle up as the man pulled the trigger attain, the ball entering the ceiling. The desperate man then drew a dagger and attempted to ptab Leishman. Frick saw the gleam of the steel, and although staggered by the shock of hie wounds and bleeding profusely, jumped between the men and seized Bergman's arm. The latter freed himself from Leishman'B grasp and plunged the dagger into Frick's right side just above the hip, making an ugly wound three inches long. He made another lunge and this time the knife struck higher up, but the point struck a < rib and glanced without inflicting much in*ury. Twice again was the knife thrust at Frick, but he was merely scratched. By this time the office clerks and Deputy Sheriff May entered. May had drawn his revolver and was about to shoot Bergman in the back when Frick cried out: "Don't kill him. We've got him all right. Leave him to the law." The man broke away and tried to escape, but was secured and taken to the station. In five minutes half a dozen surgeons i were on hand and Frick's wounds were quickly attended to. He was calm, had i perfect command of his faculties and ap parently was loss excited than any other person in the room. From time to time he made suggestions, and half an hour after the shooting he dictated a message to Andrew Carnegie about the assault. Alter considerable difficulty the bullet lodged in his neck was removed and Frick was soon restincr easier. He was removed to bis home soon alter 7 o'clock, and his physician, Dr. Litchlield, is con fident that he will recover, although seri ously injured. The n«wß of the attempted assassina tion apread like wildfire, and live min utes alter the Hbootiug Fifth avenue from Market to Wood streets was black with people and the greatest indignation was expressed at the cowardly deed. When Bergman was brought out of the building by the police officers to be taken to the Central Station cries were heard of "Shoot him now"; some shouted, "Let him have what he gave Frick," but the better element stepped forward and helped to keep the assassin from the vio lence of the people. Bergman was sub jected to a searching examination at the station and two dynamite cartridges were . found in his mouth. Bergman had to be choked till black in the face before he ■would open his mouth to allow the dy namite cartridges to be taken out. It was evidently his intention to follow the example of Louis Lingg, the Chicago Haymarket anarchist, to commit suicide by exploding the cartridges in his mouth. It appears the caps would not work and the scheme failed. After the dynamite cartridges had been taken from his mouth Bergman became more communicative. He told the In spector he was 2ti years of age and bad been working as a compositor on a New York paper. He declined to give the name of the paper. He said he came to Fittsburg the day before yesterday. FRICK RESTING EASY. Pittsburg, July 24.— H. C. Frick slept •well during the night, and rested easily to-day. The curious thing was another cut discovered to-day, which was missed In the examination of yesterday. It is in the left leg, just below the calf, and al most severed the tendons. He complained of pain in the leg, but his attendants imagined that it was of other wounds ho spoke. As soon as he discovered it it was carefully dressed. The patient passed the day listening to letters and telegrams and dictating replies. He insists on con tinuing his work. There is much anxiety Jn the family over Mrs. Frick's condi tion. She became a mother twelve days atro and is in a weak and nervous condi tion. The effect of yesterday's shock was very back. THE ASSASSIN. New York, July 24.—A morning paper Erints an interview alleged to have been ad in Pittsburg with Bergman, the ■would-be assassin of Frick. The reporter says that the prisoner at first refused to say anything, talking about the capitalis tic press, etc., but when the reporter ad dressed him in German he warmed up i and began to talk. He asked if Frick , was dead, and expressed disappointment , when told that Frick's wounds were, probably not mortal. When asked why he shot Frick, Bergman went on with a lorn harangue, in which he said that no one had ever been benefited by Frick i hvine On the contrary he had made thousands miserable in Homestead. The veople would soon ue suffering the panes of hunger on his account, and thousands of men are idle now because they can't TPturn to work without sacrificing their self-respect. Six workingnien were buried here last week, and all this was | chargeable to Frick. Such a man is a doe and should die. '•I wanted to kill him," said Bergman, "and I'm ready to die for it" He continued that he came to Pittsburg merely lor the purpose of killing Frick. He had been thinking it over for a long time. THE RECORD-UNION. He knew if he killed Frick escape was ; out of the question, but he decided that j he was only one, and bis death would bo ' nothing compared with the happiness of ■ thousands of workers who would bless : his memory. The men could then win ; the strike and the downtrodden of the ! country would rejoice. He was very sorry now that he bad made a bungle of the job, as his life would probably be wasted. When asked why he wanted to kill Frick rather than other rich men, Bergman said a beginning had to ha made somewhero, and Frick was more prominent as the oppressor of the poor than any other capitalist in the country. Bergman declined to talk about bis identity or to say whether he intended exploding the dynamite cartridges he had in his mouth after the fashion of Lingg. He had, he said, no immediate intention of killing himself. If the man locked up in Pittsbnrg for attempting to murder H. C. Frick is Alexander Bergman, formerly of this city, he is an anarchist of the most radical ■tyle. About six years ago Bergman, who is a Russian Jew, came to this country from Wilna, Russia. He made himself conspicuous by his marked radical views against capitalists, and it is ah id he at tempted to organize a group Tor the ex press purpose of going about the country to exterminate capitalists. In 1«91 he se cured a position in the composing-room of Trietner, Herr Most's paper, where he worked a short time. He has recently been idling about the anarchist haunt in this city without apparently doing any work. The police are of the opinion that Bergman was simply the agent of the anarchists here, and was sent to Pitts burg for the express purpose of killing Frick. The detectives are working on the matter here. BERGMAN PLEASED WITH HIS NOTORIETY. Pittsburo, July '24.—Alexander Berg man, the would-be assassin of Frick, is still a riddle. None of the detectives or newspaper mon, who have been talking to him, have got anything but contradict ory or trivial information so far. He said to-dayjthatiwhen he was ready, which would not be until after his transfer to the County Jail, ho would make a written statement to the Associated Press, and until then he would decline to answer any questions. That he is secretly pleased with the notoriety he has gained is evident, but that he is a fanatic who has become cranky over anarchistic lit erature also seems certain. He denied to-day that he ever worked for Herr Most's paper, the IVeihett, and says he has done only book work. He has no regrets, be says, for what he has done. Nothing has been learned as to how long he has been in the city or anything else. He seems to have deliberately taken every precaution to conceal his identity, and had his plan of committing suicide, like Lingg, not been frustrated, his tare would have been blown away, leaving the matter a complete mystery. Much to his own surprise, and to that of every body else, Bergman was transferred from the Central station to jail to-night. The officers thought to make the transfer quietly, but a couple of sharp gamins at the corner recognized Bergman, and be fore the jail was reached several hundred people were crowding up to get a glimpse of the anarchist. THE ASSAULT CONDEMNED. Homestead, July 24.—The Frick affair has also led to a marked increase in the number of deputies here and the abandonment of all meetings of the men, except the Advisory Board, for fear that some one might indulge in hot-beaded talk. The workmen generally deplore the affair, saying that it cannot fail to damage their cause. At midnight the Advisory Board gave out a resolution to the press which had been adopted, condemning the assault on Mr. Frick and tendering him their sympathy. President Weihe of the Amalgamated Association was much affected at the news of the shooting of Frick. He em phatically denounced the action of the assailant, and declared him an assassin at heart, an enemy, not only to the country, but to organized labor all over the United States, and said : "I hope the greatest punishment the law allows will be Inflicted \ipon the dastardly and cowardly assailant of Mr. Frick." HUNG UP BY THE THUMBS. Homestead, July 24.—When the news of the shooting of Frick reached cjimp yesterday Private lams of Company X, Tenth Regiment, shouted out, "Three cheers for the assassin." Colonel Streeter heard it and imme diately ordered the regiment to parade. Then he recited to the soldiers what he had heard and ordered the man who made the remark to step forward, saying he thought he had recognized his voice, lams stepped to the front, trembling like an aspen. He acknowledged that he had made the remark. He was taken to the guard house and hung up by the thumbs for thirty minutes, surgeons watching his puise and heart. When cut down he was limp and almost unconscious. The severity oi" his punishment was due to his failure to retract or apologize for thu expression. To-day one side of his head was shaven, his uniform taken from him, and he was given a suit of cast off cloth ing and drummed out of the camp. SEVERAL HUNDRED MEN AT WORK. Pittsburo, July 24.—Secretary Love joy authorizes the statement that there is now between 400 and 500 men in the Homestead mill, and as many more go in to-morrow. He says the company is not worrying about the strike in the Union mills of this city and at Beaver Falls. Most of the people wish to return to work, and the strike will not last long. NEW HANDS NOT TO BE DISCHARGED. Homestead, July 24.—The Carnegie Company will post a notice to-morrow stating that men entering their employ now will not be removed to make room for others, and that they will be retained as long as they conduct themselves prop erly. This notice is expected to have considerable effect, as some of the com pany's men think many of the strikers are deterred from returning to work for lear they will be thrown out by union men in case the strike is declared off. The trainmen of the Pittsburg, Virginia and Charleston road, which runs through Homestead, are undecided whether or not to stop handling cars loaded with Carnegie's products. They reported to their Superintendent to-day that they had been threatened with' annihilation unless they side with the strikers, and that the Advisory Committee gave them no satis faction. At the Catholic Church here to-day, in the presence of an audience largely com posed of strikers and militiamen, Rev. Father Bullion denounced anarchy and the attack upon Frick, and urged the strikers to hold themselves in readiness for an opening toward what was only the feasible means of settlement — arbitra tion. MES DESERTING THE MILLS. Homestead, July 24.—Four of the non union men shut up in the mill enclosure made their escape to-day into the town, where they were taken "in hand by the Advisory Committee. According to'their testimony, the total number of men in side the mills is only one hundred. They assert that they didn't understand that they were to be shut up from the world, and that more will desert to-uight or to morrow. A delegation of the employes of the Pennsylvania Railroad had a conference with the Advisory Committee to-day as to the handling of the product of the Carnegie mills operated by non-union men. No decision was reached, but members of the Advisory Committee say the delegation will probably soon serve notice on the Pennsylvania Company of their intention to strike if they have to handle Homestead products. The system of postal savings banks was introduced in France in 1882, Dur ing 1890 the 6,817 branch postal banks re ceived 1,949,371 separate deposits, repre senting the sum of $50,465,832 47, which is a far larger sum than was handled during the previous year. SACRAMENTO, MONDAY MORNING, JULY 25, 1892. LYNCH LAW AT REDDING. Summary Justice Dealt Out to John and Charles Rubles. TAKEN PROM THE JAIL AND STRUNQ UP BY THE NECK Forty Men March to the Prison, Break Open the Jail, Take the Murderers to the Edtro of Town and Put Them to Death Without Molestation — Many People, Including "Women, Witness the Lynching From Behind the Trees. Bpeclal to the Rkcord-Uniox. Redding (Cal.), July 24.—John D. and Charles Ruggles, the stage robbers and murderers, were hung by an armed force of about forty men at half-past '2 o'clock this morning. All day Saturday there was something in the air. Quite a num ber of determined men were here from neighboring towns, and groups could be seen talking earnestly on the street cor ners. The persistency with which certain women administered to the pleasures of the Ruggles brothers, and the line of de fense adopted by the attorney trying to implicate and make Montgomery, the ex press messenger, who was killed, a party to the crime, was discussed and bitterly denounced, and many believed that an attempt would be made to satisfy justice. At a quarter to 1 o'clock this morning a number of men, masked and otherwise disguised, were observed marching three abreast down the hill leading to the Court house from the west, they evidently hav ing met at some rendezvous some distance from town. There were at least forty men in the company, and it looked like A REGULAR DRILLED ARMY OF KU-KLUX. Arriving at the corner of Butte and West streets, they inarched across the square, entering the Courthouse at the north entrance. Scouts were stationed on the outskirts of the square, the Court house being three blocks distant from the business part of town. Guards were left at the Courthouse entrance for a few mo ments. The utmost quiet reigned, when suddenly a flare of torches was seen through a window on the third floor of the building, and a ghostly spectacle was presented of masked men marching through the corridor, having in charge the Jailer, who slept there. They had aroused him from his slumbers and forced him to go with them. The Sheriff and deputy in the meantime were in peaceful slumber at home, while the Under Sheriff was out of town. The Janitor or Jailer was conducted to the lower floor. The door to the Sheriff's office was forced, and he was directed to produce the keys to the jail. He told the men the keys were locked in the safe, and the Jailer was then placed in a corner, blindfolded and guards placed over him. With sledge, drills and powder they forced an entrance through the side of the safe and into the strong box. The sound of the sledge could be plainly heard from the outside as stroke after stroke fell upon the safe. In the midst of the work the Court house bell sounded the hour of 1 o'clock, which in the solemn silence outside SOUNDED LIKE THE KNELL OP DEATH. The hour of 2 was sounded, and soon the creaking of iron doors showed that the keys had been secured and the jail opened. Two shadowing forms were seen to steal around the back end of the jail, and two women peeked through the iron grat ing on to the scene inside. The doomed men heard these ominous sounds, and knew that their end hud come. As soon as the mob entered the second iron door leading to the jail proper John Ruggles greeted them with trembling voice, asking if they meant him harm. Charley Ruggles said not a word. Two prisoners incarcerated for minor offenses were badly frightened. APPEAL FOR A BROTHER'S LIFE. John Rugerles' cell was opened first, and he was told to come out. He said: "Gentlemen, be lenient with my brother; he is innocent of this crime." No atten tion was paid to him except to handcuff his hands behind him, he making some resistance. Someone then said: "Let's get the other one out," and the door was opened and Charley Ruggles stepped forth. They were both dressed only in pants, under shirt and stockings. About 2:15 o'clock, an hour and a half after entering the Courthouse, the lynch ers came out with the two prisoners. Aa they hurried across the square Charley waß heard to cough once or twice, and John's voice was also distinguishable. MARCH TO THE DEATH SCENE. The crowd was silent and undemon strative. The party marched across, through an alley, and down the next street some two blocks, then turned to the left, stopping at a blacksmith shop, located near the railroad company's largo woodshed, and halted. Here a cross beam was suspended from two pine trees, and which was used to elevate, by means of a pulley, large wagon-beds from the running-gear. The ends of the ropes, which had been placed around the necks of the two men, were attached to this crossbeam,then their feet were tied together, and their hands behind their backs. When all was in readiness the leader said: "If you want to make a statement, now is your time, and be damned quick about it." John Ruggles spoke up and said: "Gen tlemen, spare him" (meaning his brother). One of the lynchers spoke up and asked John if he had anything to say concern ing the Cazadero stage robbery, when a young girl was killed; also, about the murder of a drover in Siskiyou County, supposed to have been killed by John Ruggles. He answered: "I know nothing of these affairs." He was then asked where the balance of the treasure taken was buried. He replied: "Spare Charley, and I will tell you." Another voice then said: "Never mind ,-the.treasure; tell us if you want to; if not, say what you have to say quick." SVSPEKDED I2J MIDAIR. The doomed men refused to speak farther, and on a signal from the leader the murderers were suspended in midair about four feet from the ground. Making last the rope, tho crowd dispersed in various directions. Visiting the scene half an hour after the hanging, the bodies presented a melancholy spectacle, hanging: still and I cold,.both facing toward tho \ve*t and' about four feet apart. Charley's face was ! somewhat distorted, and the rope seemed to sink deep into the folds of his neck. •Tohn had, in addition to the rope around his neck, a rope in his mouth as a pug for the purpose of preventiag an outcry. The bodies looked uufiaturally tall and slim. Here they hung fcntil cut down by the Corouer about 9 o'clock this morning, and the passengers on Ac morning over land saw them from the car-windows dangling in the morning sun. THE AFFAIR WELL PLANNED. Quite a number of Iteddiug citizens took a hand in the affair, and the citizens appear to approve of the summary justice meted out to the murderers of Buck Mont gomery. The affair was well planned, and ex ecuted with due deliberation and in order. After the bodies had been swing ing some one suggested shooting them, but the suggestion was cried down. Two women witnessed the execution, and the shadowy forms of the onlookers seemed to be hidden in every recess and behind every tree. Visiting the Sheriff's: office after the prisoners had been removed, the pistol with which MoutgomelSr was slain was to be seen lying on thf top of the safe, while near to it was a package of letters and a bag of gold dust which had been laid away as evidence for the trial. On the desk was a paper bag; of black powder and a coil of fuse. The sale was a wreck. Coroner Moody held an examination this forenoon, the evidence of Dr. Miller, the jailor and Prisoners Welch and Hewitt being taken. Welch stated that the Ruggles brothers made no demon stration and had not uttered a word prior to the entry of the lynchers. INTERIOR REPUBLICANS. Delegates From Yolo and Amador to the State Convention. Dowxikvillk, July 24.—The Sierra County Republican Convention yesterday nominated the following ticket: For Sheriff, 11. B. Arnold of Sierra Valley; County Clerk, A. J. Merron of Downie ville; District Attorney, George Wood of Sierra Valley: County Treasurer, John Burman of Downieville; Supervisors- Second District, F. H. Campbell of Forest City; Thi. nl District, J. A. Vaughn of Downieville; Fourth District, D. N. Mitchell of Sierra City. The convention adjourned with three cheers for Harrison. Woodland, July 24.—At the Republican County Convention held here yesterday the following delegates to the State Con vention were elected: B. S. Kaup, W. L. Wood, E. E. Robinson, J. A. Murray, P. Ni Heinrich; delegates-at-laree, J. H. Magoffey and J. F. Dunuan. The delega tion is un instructed for Congressman. Jackson, July 24.—The Republican County Convention elected the follow ing delegates to Sacramento: E. C. Voor hies, J. A. Eagon, (George H. Dunlap, P. M. Whitmore, J. H. Tibbitts and W. T. Jones. A strong resolution was passed pledging the delegates to vote for John F. Davis for Congress. THREE TIMES CHAMPIONS. San Jose's Club Wins the Deciding Gttme of the First Series. San Francisco, July 24.—The first half of the California season ended here to day, and San Jose won the championship by a score of 4to 3. The game was splendidly played and full of excitement. Roach was taken out of the box in the seventh inning, though he had been pitching good ball. Balsz was put in, and Harper hit for a home run, getting the winning run. After the game CaD tain Glenalvin proclaimed to the people that he had been robbed on the last de cision, claiming that McVey had dropped the ball on a running catch. There was no foundation lor his claim. THD OAKLANDS DEFEATED. Stockton, Julj' 24.—The San Fran ciscos rapped lierman bard to-day, win niug with hands down by a score of 14 to 4. Oakland's fielding looked as though the team was lookiug for a batch of re leases. SATURDAY'S GAMES. At the Haight-street grounds on Satur day the Los Angeles team defeated the San Joses by a score of 6 to 1. At Stockton on the same day Oakland won from the Friscos by a score of 2 to 1. COLLISION AT SEA. W. K. VAXDERBILT'S YACIIT EUN DOWN AND SUXK. The Passengers and Crew Xarrowly Escape Being Drowned—Heavy Tog the Cause of the Accident. Special to the RkcorivUxioit. Boston, July 24.—The steamer H. F, Dimock of the Metropolitan Steamship Company arrived here this evening, hav ing on board the occupants of W. K. Vanderbilt's yacht Alva, which the steamer ran down. The Alva, under command of Captain Morrison, left Bar Harbor at 4 o'clock Saturday evening, bound for Newport, R. 1., having on board the owner and his guests, Frank W. Vanderbilt, George Deforest, Louis "Webb, WinnelcfScott White and Frank Riergs, all of whom are summering at Newport. Early this morning a thick fog set in and Captain Morrison deemed it impru dent to run further, as the yacht was in the track of the coasting vessels. After making Pollack Hip lightship the an chor was dropped and whistles and horns wore blown at frequent intervals. Shortly alter 8 a. m. the guests were aroused by a heavy crash, accompanied by the tearing of the plates of the vessel. William K. Vandertnlt was first on deck. Looming through the fog they could see the dar* hull of a large steamer backing away from the yacht. The yacht hailed the steamer and in formed the Captain that the yacht was sinking. A steam-launch, four rowboats and a naptha launch were lowered from j the Alva, which was rapidly going down, and the owner and passengers, with the crew of filly-two men, were soon r.ipidly pulling away from the doomed crait. The exit was none too soon, for when they were about a cable's length from the vessel she plunged down bow tirat, and nothing but the tops of the three masts remained out of the water. The Dimock was going at greatly re duced speed when the collision occurred, otherwise she woald probably have run right over the Alva, and a frightful loss of life been the result, owing to the fact that all the passengers and half of the crew were asleep at the time of the acci j dent. None of the passengers or crew saved a thing except their clothing. The Alva was one of the finest pleasure steamers alioat, and cost nearly half a million dollars. Kfforts will be made to raise her. NATIONAL LEGISLATURE. Only Two Obstacles in the Way of an Early Adjournment. THE WORLD'S PAIR BILL ONE OF THE STUMBLING BLOCKS. Many Points In Middle and Western States Afflicted With a Hot Wave— JLarjre Numbers of Prostratlous and Several Heaths Reported—The Town of Iron River, ou the Northern Pa cific Line, Almost Totally De stroyed by Fire. Special to the Recokd-Union. Washington, July 24.—But two ob stacles are now in the way of an early ad journment of Congress—the World's Fair amendment to the sundry civil bill and the pending anti-options bill in the Sen ate. When these are disposed of the ses sion will undoubtedly terminate. The week promises to be one of lengthy and perhaps heated debates, on those and other subjects, among the latter the pen sion office investigation. The committee on conference on the sundry civil appropriation bill made rapid progress to-day, and succeeded in adjusting all the differences except the World's Fair appropriation of $5,000,000, in regard to which they report a total disagreement. Other Senate amendments which are concurred in by the House provide for an addition to the bill of about six million dollars, distributed through all branches of the service. The Senate confrerees agree to abandon about four million of this amount. The confrerees have stricken from the bill all new legislation inserted by the House in regard to District Attor neys and Marshals. The managers on the House side agreed to the Senate increase In appropriation for surveying public lands from £200,000 to $375,000, and various other large amend ments were agreed to or compromised to nx tho amounts as follows: International monetary conference, $80,000; enforce ment of Chinese exclusion Act, 8100,000; special fund to prevent the spread of epi demic diseases, $100,000. Among the Sen ate amendments stricken out are those appropriating $10,000 each for widows of the three Supreme Court Justices. It was learned late this evening that the Senate coufrerees refused to accept O'Neill's Pinkertonamendment, adopted in the House. IIOT WAVE. Inhabitants of Various Points In the Middle status Suffer. Chicago, July 24.—The hot wave still prevails in this vicinity. Twenty-five prostrations -with two deaths is the official record for to-day, and there is no ap parent prospect of a cool spell very quickly. Dispatches to the Associated Press from various points in the Middle States report the hot wave general, and considerable suffering. At Detroit it was hotter to-day than for five years. At St. Paul there were two falal prostrations. At Jeffersonville there were a dozen prostrations, with two fatalities. Wichita, (Kans.), July 24.—C. E. Eis enmayer, a grain buyer, has just re turned from a tour of the western part of the State. He reports the corn crop almost a total failure, owing to the in tense heat the past week. Cincinnati, July 24.—This was the hottest day of the year, the thermometer ranging from 101 J to 104°. In spite of the intense heat, however, but few prostra tions were reported. St. Louis. July 24.—The mercury ranged from 96° to 102° here to-day, and several cases of prostration were reported, two fatal. OPERA IN GERMANY. " Tannhauser" Suns at Wagner's Theater, Balreuth. Bairevth, July 24. — "Tannhauser" was given at the Wagner Theater to-day. Herr (Jruonnintj of Hanover, who inter preted the titular role, at times unduly subordinated the vocar opportunities of the part to emphasize its dramatic aspects. Taken altogether, however, his rendition compares favorably with that of Winkel nienn. Fraulein Wilsorg of Schwerin, with a girlish figure and face was very fascinating as Elizabeth. Her voice has improved since last year. Herr Schoid mantel of Dresden, the possessor of a superb baritone, sang Wolfram. His rendition of the "Evening Star" song in the last act was perfection. Doriug of Mannheim as Landgrave, and Zeller of Weimar as Walther, both acquitted thomselves well. Pauline Mailhac sang Venus well. The ballet in Venusburg was arranged by Zucchi of Milan, who danced as one of the graces. The other dancers were mainly recruited from the Berlin Opera-house. The work of the orchestra was magnificent. DESTRUCTIVE FLAMES. Five Hundred People of Iron River Rendered Homeless. Milwaukee, July 24.—Dispatches from Ashland to-night report the entire busi ness district and many residences in the new town of Iron River, on the Northern Pacific line, destroyed by fire, the loss being fully §200,000. Five hundred peo ple are sleeping in cars furnished by the railroad. Details cannot be had, sis telegraphic communication is interrupted by the burning of the offices. FIRE IN A MISSOURI TOWN. Carrolton (Mo.), July 24.—A fire which started this afternoon in a building ' of the Davis Manufacturing Company swept the entire square, burning out the Recorder, Wilcoxson IJank, Pelker A Scott's grocery, Crouch's hardwaro store and several other firms. The loss will reach $100,000, partly insured. DENVER BANK ROBBERY. Two Men Under Arrest Charged With the Crime. Denver, July 24.—A sensation was caused by the arrest of J. H. Cross and JT. McDaniels, charged with robbing President Moffatt, of the First National Bank, which created such a sensation three years ago, Mottatt being forced to give up 821,000 at the point of a revolver. McDaniels asserts that Cross was the robber, but the latter denies all knowl edge of the crime. Mr. Motfatt visited the jail this afternoon, but declined to say whether or not he was sure Cross was the man who robbed him. The local police officials ridiculed the idea that either Cross or McDaniels were connected | with the affair. Private Detective Saw- i yer. who made the arrest, is confident, I however, that he has made no mistake. CHOLERA IX RUSSIA. Twenty-Six Hundred Deaths In Four Days. London, July 24. — The Time* 1 St. Petersburg correspondent says: Official cholera returns for the period from July 17th to July 2lst give the number of cases in Russia as 4,839, and the number of deaths 2,590. There were thirty-five cases in Nijui-Novgorod Saturday. The Mos cow ilnzctte reports four deaths from j cholera in that city, but tho official report" makes no mention of them. _____ Carelessness Lost Him Ills Life. Nxaoabjl Falls, July 24.—Marcus M. • Mason, cashier of the Investment Trust ! Company of Boston, last his life here to j day. Accompanied by John R. Barlow, I a guide, and J. B. Reed of Newcastle, I Perm., he started to make a tour of the i cave winds. There is a series of slippery ' stone steps just at the entrance of the cave where visitors pass under the falls. | Here, instead of proceeding carefully, < Mason jumped one or two steps, slipped, and a moment later was hurled into the descending volume of water. The guide dashed into the water, bat M:is<>n had dis appeared. The body has not yet been re covered. Load to a Serious Disturbance. Brussels, July 24.— The blessing of the banner of the anti-Socialist Clerical League by the Bishop in the cathedral to-day was the occasdon of a disturbance. After the ceremony a body of socialists forced their way into the hall where a conference of their opponents was being held. The invaders fiercely attacked the anti-socialists, a number of whom were seriously injured, and the blessed banner destroyed. Finally the police cleared the hall. A number of arrests were made. The Tariff Question. Philadelphia, July 24.—1n reply to an invitation from Hon. A. X, McClure, editor of the l^mes, to unite with him in a joint discussion of the tariff question in this city in September, Governor Mc- Kinley writes that the joint debate should be arranged by the National Committee. He referred the matter to the Republican Committee and McClure has referred it to the Democratic Committee. Fears That tho Aeronaut Perished. Paris, July 24.—A fete was given at Besancion to-day on behalf of the St. Gervais suiierers. In connection with the fete was to be a balloon ascension. While the preparations were being made one of the ropes broke, and the balloon, with the aeronaut, shot up into the air without ballast or grappling irons. It is feared the aeronaut has perished. O'Connor and Hunlan Won. Washington, July 24.—O'Connor de feated Hosmer to-day in 19:25. Hanlan won from Ross in 19:48. Both were easy victories. The course was three miles with three turns. ELECTRip JFLASHES. Brief Telegrams From All Parts of the Globe. A. S. Vone of Orland was lodged in jail at Willows, Glenn County, Saturday, on a charge of passing counterfeit money. A war on dives has been inaugurated at San Bernardino, and on Saturday twenty inmates of disorderly houses were placed under arrest. Grasshoppers have destroyed the corn and vegetation of all kinds in the Will iamson Valley, sixteen miles northwest of Prescott, Arizona. John H. Gilmour, who it was feared had been lost on the desert, has arrived at Salton badly used up. Gilmour suc cessfully accomplished his object aud from a scientific point his report is valu able. He will be all right in a day or so. Friday night a mail stage on the Tilia mook and North Yamhill toll-road, iv Oregon, went through a bridge across the North Trask River, falling thirty feet in to the raging torront to the rocks below. C. B. Hadley of Tillamook and Jtev. Ed munds of lowa, passengers, and Will shen Maddox, the driver, were all terri bly injured, and it is thought they can not recover. IDAHO MINE TROUBLE. Regular Troops and Militia Anxious to Return to Their Posts. Wardser (Idaho), July 24.—80 th the regular troops and militia here are anx iously awaiting the result of Governor Wiliey's conference with the War De partment regarding tho retention of the troops at some point in this region, the result of which will be the withdrawal of ono of the two forces. Company F, 1. N. G,, has been ordered to proceed from here to Wallace to-morrow morning to escort five prisoners to Boise. Lieutenant McQueston arrested three men who were hiding in a dugout near the Mission. One of them is supposed to have been with the party who fired on the non-union men there. At the different camps of the regulars the enforced inactivity is growing monot onous, and the officers and men are de sirous of moving toward their proper stations. A large number of prisoners at Wardner and Wallace are being released on parole. CRUISER CHARLESTON. Fire on the Vessel Caused by Sponta- neons Combustion. Pout Orchard (Wash.), July24.—Fire broke out in the coal bunkers of the United States cruiser Charleston on Fri day. The lire bell was rung and within 30 seconds the pumps were started, and after battling with the flames for 35 min utes the fire was subdued. The tire was caused by spontaneous combustion. All tlio hatches were battered down to smother tho flames. The deck in the steerage had to be torn up to reach the tire, when streams ol water were turned on which extinguished the blaze. The berth deck in the steerage was partly de stroyed, as were also the officers' bunks and part of the fittings. The damage will not necessitate the ship's return to Mare Island, as the repairs can be made by the ship's mechanics. Boy Drowned. San Andreas (Cal.), July 24.—Lonnie Jansen, a boy of twelve years, whose parents reside at this place, while play ing with a companion, bathing in the Calaveras River this evening, ventured too far out onto the slippery rocks, and, losing his balance, fell into tho deep water and was drowned. He was unable to swim, and all efforts on the part oi his playmate to save him were useless. He was the oldest child and his sudden (fcath is a sad blow to his parents. IMarht Indefinitely Postponed. San Francisco, July 24.—The fight which was to come oil" to-morrow night under the auspices of the Pacific Athletic Club has been indefinitely postponed. James Williams, the middle-weight pu gilist of Salt Lake, who was matched to light Charley Turner of Stockton, was taken suddeuly and seriously ill to-day, the doctor pronounces the case a severe attack of typhoid malaria. Tho Samuels Oriental Line. Port Towxsesd, July 24. — The British steamer Palmas, from Yokohama via Honolula, arrived to-day. This is the first vessel of Samuel Samuels' new Oriental line of steamers between Puget Sound and the Orient under the patron age of the Union Pacific. The gypsies believe that witches use eggshells to make plates, pots and dishes to feed out of at their banquets. Witches to preserve their health, must, with every increase of the moon, suck the blood of such men as were born at the increase of the moon. WHOLE ]STO. 15,842. FIFTEEN LIVES LOST. Frightful Explosion in a Colliery Near Pittsburg, THE ACCIDENT CAUSED BY THE IG- NITING OF GAS. Cleveland Visited by One of tlte Most Terrific Thunder and Rainstorms Known in its History—Lljjbtnfny: Plays Sad Havoc With Telephone and To'esraph. Wires — Street* Flooded With "Water and Traffic at a standstill. Special to the Recohd-Uniox. POTTOVILLS (Pa.), July 24.—A frightful explosion occurred in tho York Farm colliery yesterday by which fifteen meu are known to have already lost their lives and one is dying. The explosion was terrific and com pletely closed the gangway, shutting in a number of men besides those known to be killed. The tunnel and gangways in different directions were filled up with debris and it will take many days to clear it away. Workmen in distant parts of the mine say the noise and force of the explosion was terrible. Men 500 yards away were thrown to the ground. Not one man working in the vicinity of the explosion will be able to tell the tale, except Lleweilyn, the man who first noticed the presence of gas and the usual running of coal, and who, by strictly complying with the colliery rules, had gone to inform the fire boss of the indi cations. His story is that he and Chris tian Hornicker, whose body is still buried in the mine, fired a shot in tho breast of No. 1, on tho second left, and immediately there was a strong rush of gas and run of coal. This gas rushed up the airway connecting the first and sec ond shifts and was ignited, and an ex plosion followed. All bodies have been recovered except Harrison and Hornicker, and it is ex pected that they will bo brought to the surface before morning. A complete list of the victims are: George Kries, William Jones, William M. Wayman, Anthony I'utlavitch. Ber m:m Worner, Thomas Jones, Anthony- Stock, Her.ry Madara, Edward Currau, Thomas P. Landers, Robert Allott, C. D. Allott, James Hartsoll, John Harrison, Christian Hornicker, George Stock. Of the above Henry Madara, Thomas Landers, Robert and Charles Allott and Edward Curran, who were still living when taken from the mine, died to-day, and Stock is unconscious. Most of tho victims leave families. EMIN PASHA. The Report That He Had Invaded English Territory Denied. Berlin, July 24.—Dr. Stuhlman, Emm Pasha's second in command, writes to Schweiufurth, from East Alrica, denying that Emm Pasha invaded British terri tory or tried to recover the ivory he left at Wadelai, the rebels having seized aud carried it oft. Fatigues of marches, says Stuhlman, sapped Enrin's health, hiseyo sight became worso until he could not read or write, and he continued to suffer from insomnia aud from hemorrhages from his old ear wound. Stuhlman parted from Emm some distance west of Vic toria Nyanza. Terrific Thunderstorm. Cleveland (Ohio), July 24.- The most terrific thunderstorm of the season struck Cleveland about 7 o'clock this evening, after an intensely hot day. Horse and electric street cars were stopped, and tho passengers huddled together in alarm. Tho rainfall was nearly three inches, and the streets were Hooded. lightning plaj'ed havoc with the telephone and tele graph wires. Italy's Friendship for America. Rome, July 24.— President Harrison having telegraphed King Humbert say ing he was pleased to hear of the dispatch, cruisor Giovannio takiug part in tho New York Columbian celebration, as a sigmd demonstration of ancient friendship be tween Italy and the I nited States, King Humbert replied as follows: *'I desired my Government to participate in th<; cele bration of tho glorious memory, in order to testify the strong feeling of friendship binding together Italy and the great peo ple of the United States. 1 thank you for so nobly interpreting my thought." Identified as a Murderer. CHICAGO, July 21.—Morris Berg was arrested here last night for the murder of ; Mary Anderson, a Danish girl, who was j found murdered in the woods near Perth Am boy, N. J., last month. Johnny 1 Burael, ono of tho small boys chased ! from the scene of the murder by two • men just beibro the crime was committed, | identified Berg as one of tho mutt who chased him. Berg vehemently protests his innocence and suys he was never near I I'orth Am boy. Ovatlou to Priuco Bismarck. Bi.iu.in, July 24.—As immense dem onstration in honor of Bismarck was held at Kissingeu to-day. Special trains car ried thousands to Kissingen. Replying t> an address, Bismarck said it was an ovation such as no Minister ever before received, and he regarded it as a tribute to liis work. Friends, be added, advised him to keep silent, but he wonld not allow his mouth to be closed. Ho concluded by joining in cheers for tlm Kmperor, the Empire, Reichstag and Bundesrath. Terrible If True. Vienna, July 24.—Some newspaper* publish a telegram that the tower of Mu naior Mosque, in Alexandria collapsel during religious services on the 21at and several huudrod i>ersons were kili«d, and the bodies of the victims were being extracted hourly from the ruins. Tho source of the telegram is uncertain, and the report is believed to be untrue. Champion Billlardlsts. Paris, July 24.—At Folies Bergiore yen terday the balk-line game between Ivei and Fournior was won by Fournier» &)fl to 145. In the morning tSchuefer and Gar* nier played a luo-point cushion game, ths former winning by 19 points. In th^ evening, in a balk-line game, Piot de-« feated Schaefer, 300 to lU2. Consul-General Ryder. Gopensaoex, July 21.—The police au« thoritiea deny that American Consul J Ryder is suspected of the embezzlement of money sent them. Mrs. Ryder, wife of the United BUdei Consul, has been arrested in coß««ctl*i with the charges on which Her husband is confined. Man and "Woman Drowned. Detroit, July 24.—8y the capsizing of a row boat off Belle Isle this afternooti tvr< unknown persons, a man and wetn&o| were drowned.