Newspaper Page Text
TI SUNDAY RECORD-UNION
Has a large and growing Independent circulation. VOLUME XCI.—NO. 44. TERRIBLE TRAGEDY IN A MICHIGAN TOWN. An Attorney Assassinates the President of a Lumber Company, Then Kills His Wife, Three Children and Himself. A Fierce Wind and Hailstorm, Amounting Almost to a Cyclone in Some Places. Visited Southeastern lowa—A Number of Farm Houses Blown Away—Hail Falls to the Depth of Three Inches. PENTwATER (Mich.), April 10— S. B. Minshall, an attorney of this town, made a successful attempt last night to assassinate William B. O. Sands, Presi dent of the Sands & Medwell Lumber Company. After leaving Sands for dead, Minshall went to his home and shot his wife and three children dead, and then committed suicide by shoot ing himself through the head. Sands had been working in the office of the company, and started home about 0:30 o'clock. When within a few rods of his home a man jumped out from be hind a tree and fired at him. Sands broke into a run, the assassin following him closely and firing at his victim every few seconds. Five shots in all were fired, two striking Sands in the arm and one in the leg. As Sands reached his door he fell, and his as sailant, probably thinking he had killed him, turned and fled. Sands' cries for help aroused members of his household, and a physician was summoned and the police notified. Sands' right arm was so badly shat tered that it was found necessary to amputate it. Sands died at 10 o'clock this evening. There was no known motive for the crime, as Sands was not known to have an enemy. The police were unable to unearth a clew, and about 4:30 o'clock it was decided to enlist the services of S. B. Minshall, Mr. Sands' attorney. A messenger was sent to his house. Fall ing to arouse any of the family, he be came suspicious that something was wrong, and farced an entrance. Enter ing a bedroom the messenger found the bodies of Minshall, his wife and three children. All five had been shot, and had been dead for some hours. It is supposed that Minshall, after having shot Sands, went to his house, shot his wife and three children and committed suicide. STORM IN IOWA. It Causes Great Damage In the South eastern Portion. OTTUMWA (la.). April 10.—A fierce wind and hailstorm visited Southwest tin lowa early this morning amount ing almost to a cyclone in some pices. A heavy rain, accompanied by large . hailstones and a high wind, visited I.ucas and caused the inhabitants to m< k protection in caves. South of town the storm assumed the velocity of a cyclone. Scoville's barn, containing a carriage and farm implements, was blown away, and scattered all over that section similar occurrences are also re ported. It is impossible to estimate the damage. No one was hurt. A number of farm buildings were blown away and hundreds of panes of glass were smashed. In Lucas County houses, barns and trees were demolished. The j damage and ruin through the section is very heavy. Hail fell two or three Inches deep along the Burlington and "W abash Railroads. WINTER GRAIN. Bulletin Issued by tho Agricultural Department. WASHINGTON, April 10.—The De partment of Agriculture this afternoon led a bulletin of the condition of v inter grain and health of livestock April 1. IS!K>, which says that consoli dated reports from townships, county and State correspondents show the con dition of winter wheat Is a si olio ws: Ohio 56, Michigan Indiana 77 Ken ti cky 70. Illinois 81, Missouri 75, Kan- I is 90, California 01; average for the en tire country. 77.1; last year, 81.4. Dry weather at seeding time, from « hieh scarcely a county was exempt, largely retarded or prevented germina tion, and the winter covering of snow was exceptionally scanty. Rye suffered In most States less than •wheat. In Nebraska. Kansas and west v ;!i"d there was less winter killing than usual, owing to the mild season, and | s» nt conditions are reported favor able. The condition of horses is 97.6, of cat t U.S. of sheep 05.5 and of swine 93.3, which Is an improvement in every case • r last year. The mortality of cattle and sheep was low —explained by the mild winter. The lo.ss of swine was heaviest in the important Mississippi River States, lowa, Illinois and Missouri all reporting 20 per cent, or over. HAWAIIAN CABLE. General Swayne Heard Before the House Committee. WASHINGTON. April 10.—General Swayne of New York to-day made a statement to the House Committee on Commerce in the interest of the Spauld ing Cable Company, which Is compet ing with the Scrimser Company for the Government subsidy for a cable to the Hawaiian Islands and Japan. General Swayne resented the charge made against his company that it was under English influence and inspired by Sir John Pender. He stated that his com pany would meet any offer of terms made by the other company. The low est subsidy he was willing to accept without consultation with his company was $100,000 a year for twenty years. It was unnecessary for such a company to extend Its line, he said, because there were already sufficient cable facilities between Japan and China DUEL IN GERMANY. One of the Participants Thought to be Fatally Wounded. BERLIN, April 10—A duel with pistols was fought this morning near Potsdam between Lleberecht Yon THE RECORD-UNION. SACRAMENTO. SATURDAY MORNING, APRIL 11, 1896.—EIGHT PAGES. Kotse, Court Chamberlain, and Baron Yon Schrader, Master of Ceremonies of the Prussian Court, in which the lat ter was severely wounded in the right breast. The conditions of the duel were that the principals should stand ten paces apart and shoot until one was disabled. The combat grew out of the old scan ! dal connected with the writing of a I series of anonymous letters affecting j the character of a number of court per j sonages which Yon Kotse was sus pected of having written. He was sub sequently exonerated, however, and i has since been involved in several en counters with persons who had ac cused him or intimated their suspicions of his guilt. Yon Schrader was taken to a hospi | tal. and Dr. Bergmann was summoned to his bedside. It was found that he had been shot in the abdomen, and it is feared his wound is fatal. DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION. Meeting of the Committee In Charge of Arraneements. CHICAGO, April 10.—For several horus this afternoon and evening the sub-committee of the Democratic Na tional Committee which has charge of the arrangements for the convention of July 7th was in session at the Palmer House. Those present were: Cbair j man W. F. Harrity, Philadelphia; J. D. Sprather, Missouri; Thomas H. Sherley. Kentucky; Secretary Sherin, Indiana and Judge Adam Goodrich, who held a proxy for Congressman Ben Cable. Mr. Harrity also held a proxy for E. C. Wall of Wisconsin. The entire proceedings were conducted in executive session. A delegation from the local committee was first received and assured the Na tional Committeemen that of the fund !of $40,000 that had been guaranteed I when the convention was given to i Chicago more than one-half had been i raised, and that the balance would be forthcoming whenever it was required. The report was regarded as emlnen Un satisfactory. The statement was made unofficially that a check for $20,000, or one-half of the guarantee, would be pre sented to Chairman Harrity to-morrow. President John T. Dickinson, who was present with other officers of his com pany, submitted data of the contractors showing that the coliseum would be I ready for occupation six weeks in ad- I vance of the date set for the conven ! tion. Plans of the proposed interior ar j rangements for the convention were j submitted, and it was agreed that they i should be carefully examined to-mor j row. Nothing was said or done to-day con cerning the selection of a Sergeant-at- Arms, but it is probable that this ques tion will be disposed of to-morrow even ing. At the last meeting Chairman Har rity was given to understand that if Pennsylvania wanted the appointment it could have it, and he had about set tled upon John J. Curley, formerly of the Philadelphia "Record." Mr. Curley, however, cannot spare the time, and Mr. Harrity has no other candidate. This apparently narrows the contest to John S. Cooper of this city and ex-Con gressman Brookshire of Crawfordsville, Indiana After the selection of a Sergeant-at- Arms a local committee will take up the matter of press accommodations. MATABELE WAR. British Forces Able to Hold Out Against the Natives. LONDON, April 10.—In the House of Commons to-day Right Hon. Joseph Chamberlain, Secretary of State for the Colonies, stated in reply to a question on the subject that the British forces now In Matabeleland would be able to hold out against the natives who are now in revolt, and that they would even take ithe offensive when the whites in the outlying districts had been gathered in. Sir Hercules Rob inson, Governor of the Cape Colony, he said, had expressed the opinion that these forces, together with the compa nies which were being formed at Mafe ing, would be sufficient to crush the in surrection. Mr. Chamberlain, continuing, fcaid that he had nevertheless informed Sir Hercules Robinson that the Govern ment would sanction any preparations which he might deem necessary for a prompt suppression of the uprising, and was ready to reinforce, if required, the garrisons in the Cape Colony and Na tal. This statement was received with cheers. Linton-Phelan Duel Challenge. BUTTE (Mont.), April 10.—It has just been made public that when Congress man Linton agreed to accept the chal lenge of Congressman Phelan of this city it was accepted In his behalf by- Cyrus E. Page, a well-known old-timer of Butte. Page selected rifles at 75 yards, but Phelan claimed he was now the challenged party, and wanted to use rifles at ten paces. Page said to-day that he believed Phelan a coward and a blowhard, and claims he is the chal lenged party, having simply accepted the challenge for Linton. Secret Anarchist Organization. BERLIN, April 10 —The "Herold" bu reau circulates the report that the po lice have discovered In South Germany the existence of a secret anarchist or i gamzation of wide ramifications. The | police, pursuing this discovery, searched the houses of the well-known anarchists Lindemann and Huber in Munich, | where they seized 1,800 collection tick ets designed to be issued for the solici tation of funds, together wrth a large number of copies of a leading socialistic newspaper. Severe Gale Raging. ST. JOHNS (N. F.), April 10—A se vere gale is raging at St. Pierre Mique j lon. The French schooner Noislel flsh | laden, dragged her anchor while lying !in the roadstead and was driven ashore la total wreck. This morning the Glou- I cester schooner Henry Stanley had a i narrow escape from being blown on the rocks. The storm is Increasing, and it is feared that other vessels will be lost. The crews of the Noislel and Mazurka were saved. Ruth Cleveland Has the Measles. WASHINGTON, April 10.—Ruth Cleveland developed a case of measles this morning. Little Esther and the children of Private Secretary Thurber, who have the same disease, are getting along nicely. A Cabinet meeting was held as usual to-day. Alaska to be Represented. WASHINGTON. April 10—The Sen ate Committee on Territories this morn ing ordered a favorable report on the bill providing for the election of a dele gate In Congress from the Territory of Alaska. THE INDIAN APPROPRIATION BILL Main Portion of the Senate's Attention Men Up in Its Discnssion. Long Debate Over Abolishing System of Contract Schools. No Programme of Affairs Submitted by President Cleveland at the Cab inet Meeting Yesterday, Nor Were Any of the Other Plans Outlined In the Sensational Dispatches Brought Forward. "WASHINGTON, April 10.—The main portion of the session of the Senate to day was taken up by the Indian appro priation bill, the House proposition abolishing the system of contract schools for Indian children giving rise to a long and rather interesting discus sion. There was almost an unanimity of sentiment against a sudden change of system from contract schools to Gov ernment schools, and there was an al most equal unanimity for such a grad ual ohange as would not do injustice either to the religious societies which had established the schools or to the Indian children who attended them. The matter went over, however, without action. Later in the day a joint resolution re lating to the imprisonment of Mrs. May brick in England was introduced by Call of Florida, to the apparent annoy ance of Sherman of Ohio, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations, who declared that such a proposition should not have been introduced, as the Senate had no jurisdiction over the sub ject. He moved to lay the joint resolu tion on the table, but finally consented to have it referred to the Judiciary Com mittee, which disposition was made of it. A bill giving the aid of the Govern ment to the Transmississippi and In ternational Exposition at Omaha In 1898 was passed, and the Senate, at 5:25 o'clock, adjourned until Monday. IN THE HOUSE. WASHINGTON, April 10.—General debate was concluded to-day upon the "filled cheese" bill, which was begun yesterday afternoon. The chief advo cates of the measure were Messrs. Gros venor (Rep.) of Ohio, Tawney (Rep.) of Minnesota and Dolliver (Rep.) of lowa. It was opposed by Messrs. McMillan (Dem.) of Tennessee, Otey (Dem.) of Virginia, Evans (Rep.) of Kentucky, Linney (Rep.) of North Carolina and others. The objection of several of those who spoke to-day was not to the principle of the bill, but to the extent of taxation sought to be Imposed. Efforts will be made to reduce the rate of tar and the schedule of licenses, and if thU be ac complished the opposition to the bill will be comparatively feeble. The appropriation bill for fortifica tions and coast defenses for the year ending June 3, 1897, was reported by Hainer (Rep.) of Nebraska and placed on the calendar. Among the bills passed by the House was a bill appropriating $1,200 to repay J. J. Lints for money withheld from his salary" as custodian of public property at Erie, Pa., in 1872, for loss of prop erty for which he was not responsible. At 5 o'clock the House took a recess under the rules until 8 o'clock, the even ing session to be for the consideration of private pension bills. The evening session of the House was marked by a slight outbreak in the Re publican ranks against the policy of increasing the pensions of widows of general officers. Several such bills had been acted on by the House in Committee of the Whole, and when the last one came up, McCall (Rep.) of Ten nessee said that if that policy was to be continued while widows of private soldiers could get no consideration, he. for one, did not propose to attend any more Friday night sessions. Pickler (Rep.) of South Dakota, re plying to McCall's remarks, said the maximum limit of the pension of the widow of a private soldier had been In ci eased from $8 to $30 a month, but there had been no increase for the limit of officers' widows' pensions. A lively colloquy occurred between Pickler and Heminway (Rep.) of In diana, the latter of whom questioned the statement of the former regarding the committee's action on bills. Pick ler declined to be interrogated by Hem inway, and the latter cried: "You don't dare to permit a question," to which Pickler replied that the gentleman did not want any information; that he had misrepresented the committee fh what he had said. During the evening nine bills were acted upon in Committee of the Whole, and three of them were passed in the House before the hour of 10:30 o'clock caused an adjournment until to-mor row. PACIFIC RAILROADS. House Committee Considering the Bill to Settle Their Indebtedness. WASHINGTON. April 10.—Ten of the House Committee on Pacific Railroads met this afternoon and considered for two hours the bill to settle the Indebt edness of the Central and Union Pa cific Railroads to the Government, which was prepared by a joint sub committee of the House and Senate a few days ago, the principal provisions of which have been already made pub lic. The bill, which Is a long one, was read by the Chairman, Powers of Ver mont, and when each section was fin ished the various members questioned him as to the separate provisions. No change was made In the measure, nor was any conclusion reached by the committee. The purpose of the mem bers, except those vho formulated the measure, was to secure Information re specting It. Another meeting will be held on Monday. FORTIFICATION BILL. The House Committee Completes Its Report. WASHINGTON. Apfil 10 —The House Appropriations Committee to-day com pleted the fortifications appropriation bill for the coming fiscal year, and dl tected .Hainer of Nebraska to report it to the House. The measure as agreed to recom mends specific appropriaticwis amount ing to $5,842,337, and in addition gives authority to the Secretary of War to make contracts involving the further expenditure of $5,542,276, under the En gineer and Ordnance Departments, making a total expenditure authorized by the bill of $11,384,013. Among the items in the bill is one appropriating $■">. --260,000 for gun and mortar batteries, and $250,000 for sites for fortifications. Another item appropriates $44,5(10 for the improvement of Benicia Arsenal, California. The bill contains appropriations in continuance of the policy adopted by the Fiftieth, Fifty-first, Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses. The ap propriations for the eight fiscal years ISB9-96 aggregate $22,489,224, or an average of $2,811,128 per annum. THE CUBAN RESOLUTIONS. No Programme of Action Yet Out lined by the President. WASHINGTON, April 10.—The Cab inet meeting to-day lasted an hour and a half, and was apparently devoid of any exciting features. No programme of action on Cuban affairs was sub mitted by the President, nor were any of the other plans outlined in sensa tional dispatches brought forward. Every Indication points to the Presi dent taking his own time and acting in his own way, if he acts at all, on the concurrent Cuban resolutions of Con gress. Much emphasis is laid by those supposed to be close to the President upon this passage in his annual mes sage: "Whatever may be the tradi tional sympathy of our countrymen as individuals with a people who seem to be struggling for larger autonomy and greater freedom, deepened as such sym pathy naturally must be in behalf of our neighbors, yet the plain duty of their Government is to observe in good faith the recognized obligations of in ternational relationship." WEEKLY REVIEW OF TRADE. THE VOLUME OF BUSINESS HAS NOT INCREASED. Neither Has There Been Any Appreci able Advance in Prices Since the First of the Month. NEW YORK, April 10 —R. G. Dun & Co. will say to-morrow in their weekly review of trade: Failures for the past week have been 200 in the United States, against 207 last year, and 33 in Canada, against 27 last year. The volume of business has not on the w r hole increased, nor have prices appreciably advanced since April Ist, when the range for all commodi ties was the lowest ever known in this country. Breadstuffs and iron pro ducts have risen slightly, but some other articles have declined, and the root of the matter is that demand for consumption is still below expecta tions. The injury done to winter wheat by storms and frosts at the West would appear from reports to have been con siderable. Remarkably low estimates are published by some State authori ties, and while there may be the cus tomary exaggerations, there has evi dently been much actual loss. The re ports received are not more gloomy than a year ago, and the quantity of wheat which has come from farmers since August has been 103,781,594 bush els, against 129,075,450 to the same date last year. Stocks have been extremely dull, and yet railroad traffic is heavy. Reports cf earning have not Improved, the March statement of all the roads usu ally reporting shows an Increase of 4.2 per cent, over last year, but a decrease of 11.2 compared with 1893, and is less satisfactory than returns of January or February. Domestic business reflected by clear ing-house exchanges continues about 20 per cent, smaller than in 1893, though slightly beter than last year, the occurrence of Good Friday account ing exact comparison. Foreign trade shows a decrease of nearly 10 per cent, in exports for the week, though as much increase in March, while imports gain nearly 20 per cent, though in March the decrease was 14 per cent. The billet pool and other combinations have raised prices of pig iron and steel, but as yet finished products have gained scarcely anything, nor has the demand for them increased. The output April Ist was 190,281 tons weekly, against 189,583 March Ist, but reports of stocks unsold increased 58,108 tons in March, or 13,132 tons weekly, and there is be sides the unknown accumulation ef the great steel concerns. Prices for lake ore are announced, as expected, $1 10 higher than last year, and the coke combination makes no reduction, but gradually lessens the output. While the purchases of pig iron to anticipate future wants have been heavy, actual consumption is but moderate. Minor metals are dull, but lead is weaker at 3.05 cents on forced sales West. Prices of boots and shoes do not change, though leather and hides are a little stronger at Chicago, receipts be ing small. Wool is weaker, with sales for the week the smallest for many months. Prices tend lower except for fine washed fleece, and manufacturers are rapidly reducing production. There Is a fair demand in the dress goods branch, but it is estimated that not 3.40 per cent, of the men's wear ma chinery is at work. There have also been cotton mills stopping or reducing time this week. Further reduction in shirting prints to the lowest point ever touched failed to increase the demand noticeably. Knapp's Imprisonment Denied. CONSTANTINOPLE. April 10—The reports that the Rev. George P. Knapp. the American missionary who was ex pelled from Bitlis, is imprisoned at Diarbeklr; that the Sultan intends to expel all missionaries from the Turkish dominions, and that there is a panic at Suedlan owing to the presence of an un common number of troops, are all offi cially denied. Manitoba School Question. OTTAWA (Ont.), April 10.—The House of Commons, in the Committee of the Whole, Is still wrestling with the compromise on the Manitoba school question, which was made at 2:30 o'clock this morning. The House has now been in continuous session 112 i hours. ATHLETIC GAMES AT ATHENS, GREECE. The American Competitors, as Usual, Sustain Their Reputations. Succeed in Carrying Off a Goodly Share of the Honors. The Captain of a Frail Fishing: Craft, Together With Ills Son and Crew of Seven Colored Men, Drowned During a Heavy Swell in the Atlan tic Off the Coast of Virginia. ATHENS, April 10—The weather changed last night, and this morning the sun rose in a cloudless sky. The atmosphere was balmy and spring-like, and every condition was favorable for the carrying out of the fifth day's pro gramme of the Olympic games, which included the final heats of the unfin ished events of Monday r and Tuesday. The American competitors sustained their reputations as athletes, and car ried off a goodly share of the honors. An immense crowd was present. The long distance race from Mara thon, over the historic road follow ed by the messenger centuries ago bearing the news of the defeat of the Persians, was won by Louis, a Greek peasant, and his victory was greeted with thun ders of applause. This victory has done much to cure the disappointment felt by the Greeks at the downfall of some of their champions. In this event there were twenty competitors, includ ing Arthur Blake of the Boston Ath letic Association. He was not able to run the twenty-six miles and fell out. Flack, the Austrian, was also forced to abandon the race. Both he and Blake dropped out exhausted when they had covered half of the distance. When the winner crossed the finishing line the spectators rose to their feet, and for a time every sound was silenced by a great roar of praise. Prince Constantine, the heir apparent to the throne, was with other members of the royal household in the box set apart for the use of the King and his family. He left his seat, and, walking to the winner, shook him heartily by the hand. The enthusiasm .was re newed when Vasilakes, another Greek, came in second, and Belokai, also a Greek, came in third. The prize, in addition to an olive wreath, is a handsome cup given by M. Breal, a well-known French savant and writer on mythologic subjects. The time of the winner was 2 hours and 48 min utes. Vasilakes covered the distance in 3 hours. Prior to the finish of this race other events were decided, as follows: The 100 meters race was won by Thomas E. Burke of Boston in 12 seconds. Hoff man, the German champion, was sec ond. The high.jfcunp was won by Ellery H. Clark of Harvard, a member of the Boston team, who covered 181 centimes. The hurdle race of 110 meters was won by Thomas P. Curtis of Boston in 17 3-5 seconds. Goulding, the English champion, was second. The results of the other events were as given below: The contests on the parallel bars were won by Flatow. a German, and Zutter, a Swiss. The contests at climbing the pole were won by the Greek athletes Andri, Kopoulos and Xenekis. The pole jump was won by W. W. Hoyt of Harvard, of the Boston Ath letic Association, who scored 3.30 me ters. A. C. Tyler of Princeton Uni versity was second with 3.20 meters. The Paine brothers, Americans, won the rifle and revolver contests. In the high jump James B. Connolly of the Suffolk Athletic Club, and Robert Garrett, Captain of the Princeton team, each scored 1.05 meters. The city was again illuminated to night. COLONEL JOHN COCKERELL. A Well-Known Newspaper Man Sud denly Dies In Egypt. CAIRO (Egypt), April 10.—Colonel John Cockerell, the well-known Ameri can newspaper editor and correspond ent, died suddenly at Shepheard's Hotel to-day . Death was caused by apoplexy. Colonel Cockerell recently arrived here from Japan, where he had spent some time as the correspondent of the New- York "Herald." He was representing the same paper in Cairo. John Cockerell was one of the most widely known newspaper men in the United States. He entered the profes sion when a mere boy, and except for the period when a drummer at the front in the civil war, he continued in it, ris ing ever higher to positions of greater authority and wider usefulness. Colonel Cockerell has been at different times editor of the Washington "Post," the Baltimare "Gazette," the St. Louis "Post-Dispatch," New York "World," and "Commercial Advertiser." In February, 1889. he went to Japan as correspondent of the New York "Her ald," and his work there attracted world-wide attention. Colonel Cocker ell left Japan only a few weeks ago, after the Mikado had bestowed upon him one of the most coveted decora tions, that of the Sacred Treasure. He was resting in Cairo for awhile study ing the Anglo-Egyptian campaign, be fore leaving for home, when he was suddenly stricken. ST. LOUIS, April 10.—Colonel John A. Cockerell, whose sudden death is an nounced from Cairo, was for a number of years managing editor of the "Even ing Post-Dispatch" of this city. His vigorous attacks upon Colonel J. O. Broadhead and Alonzo W. Slayback, prominent politicians of National fame, led to a personal encounter in the office of the "Post-Dispatch" on October 13, 1882, between Cockerell and Slayback. The latter was shot and killed. Colonel Cockerell was exonerated upon prelimi nary examination. This shadow ulti mately forced him to leave St. Louis for New York. INDIANA DELEGATES. Efforts Being Made to Force Them to Vote for McKinley. INDIANAPOLIS, April 10.—There i has been a sudden and interesting re- ADVERTISE IN IT. Delivered in city and su burbs at 26e per month. WHOLE NO. 17,003. viva] of Harrison-McKinley sentiment within the past two days for a formal demonstration on the part of the friends of McKinley that Harrison shall dtclar - himself on the subject of a nomination at St. Louis, or they will Insist that the district and delegates at large from In diana be instructed for McKinley at the coming State Convention. In reply to the threat to force Instruc tions for McKinley, some of Harrison's friends offered to consent to instruc tions if so worded that they would leave the delegations free to vote for Harrison if his name was before the convention. This was refused. Tho McKinley men are very much in ear nest, and will insist on instructions. ALL HANDS DROWNED. Nine Men Lose Their Lives Off the Coast of Virginia. CAPE HENRY (Va.), April 10.—Cap tain John Faunce and his son Percy of Washington. D. C, were drowned to day with their crew of seven colored men. Captain Faunce was renewing his sturgeon nets, which are located on the coast just below Virginia Beach. The ocean swell has been very heavy for the past two days, due to easterly storms off shore, and this afternoon as Captain Faunce was making a trip to the fishing grounds, which are about a half-mile off shore, several heavy breakers came suddenly upon the frail craft. The first and second breakers were passed all right, but the next, which was unexpected and unusually heavy, struck the little craft and cap sized it, drowning all hands. Women .Suftnuti-ts' Victory. TOPEKA, April 10.—The enfranchised women of Ellis, Kas , scored a sweeping victory at the recent municipal election. A complete ticket of women candidates was nominated, and all were elected with the exception of Mrs. Clara Shel don, candidate for Police Judge, who was defeated by a majority of five. Mrs. M. A. Wade, proprietress of a large mil linery and dry goods store, was elected Mayor, and Mrs. Violet Gaylord, Mrs. Lillian Hussey, Mrs. Emma Shields and Mrs. Ella Newcomer were elected mem bers of the Council by average majori ties of twenty. Railroad Land Grant's Approved. WASHINGTON, April 10.—Acting Secretary Reynolds of the Interior De partment has approved grants of lands to railroads as follows: Northern Pa cific Railroad, 20,459 acres in the Helena and Missoula Land Districts, Montana; Northern Pacific Railroad. -170 acres in the Olympia (Washington) Land District; California and Oregon Railroad, 1,123 acres in the Oregon City (Oregon) Land District: Southern Pacific Railroad, 14,103 acres in the In dependence, Visalia and San Francisco Land Districts, California. Volunteer Soldiers' BUI. WASHINGTON. April 10.—The Cur tis bill, which permits volunteer sol diers who were promoted during the late war, but not mustered in with the promoted rank, to be discharged with this latter rank, was ordered to be fa vorably reported to-day by the House Military Committee. It was amended, however, so as to prevent the officers in question from receiving the back pay and allowances which might attach to such promotion. Texas and Pacific Road. DALLAS (Tex.), April 10.—The an nual meeting of the stockholders of the Texas and Pacific Railroad took place to-day. * Tlure were present George J. Gould. Mr. Satterlee, Secre tary and Treasurer; T. M. Campbell, General Manager of the International and Great Northern, and L. S. Thorne. General Manager of the Texas-Pacific. The old Board of Directors was re elected. T Gould party left for Paso to-night. Another Life Sacriflood. BUTTE (Mont.), April 10.—Another life was sacrificed to-day in an effort to rescue the seven men imprisoned in the Hope Mine. Albert Boulwer, one of a party of men who attempted to go down the shaft to rescue the men, was over come by foul air, and expired before he cculd be taken out. Superintendent Bach says it is not probable that the bedles can be reached in two weeks. The Vanderbilt Party. CHICAGO, April 10.—The Cornelius Vanderbilt and Chauncey M. Depew party arrived this afternoon in their private car over the Northwestern road on their return from a pleasure trip to the Pacific Coast. Mr. Vander gilt entertained his friends at the Co lumbia Theater in the evening, and to morrow morning the journey East will be resumed. The TransA-aal Troubles. LONDON, April 10.—The "Times" will to-morrow publish a dispatch from Pretoria saying that the Right Hon. Joseph Chamberlain, British Colonial Secretary, has again telegraphed to President Krugor complaining of his delay in deciding upon accepting Mr. Chamberlain's invitation to visit Lon don to discuss matters pertaining to the Transvaal. Zloarler to Box Young Corbett, PHILADELPHIA, April 10.—Owen Zeigler, local light-weight boxer, to-day received word that he had been matched to box George Green ("Young Corbett") before the Olympic Club. San Francisco, for a purse of $1,250. The date has not yet been decided upon. The men will box ten rounds. Death of Bishop Ryan. BUFFALO, April 10.—Bishop Ryan died this morning. Bishop Ryan was one of the prominent Catholic clergy men of his section and a man of rare talent. He was popular outside of his church, and his death has caused deep regret. Sale of Liquor to Indians. WASHINGTON, April 10. — The House Committee on Indian Affairs to day ordered a favorable report on the till to prohibit the sale of intoxicating liquors to Indians to whom allotments have been made. Hltt Renominated. FREEPORT (111.), April 10.—Con gressman R. R. Hitt w r as renominated by acclamation by the Republicans of the Ninth District at to-day's conven tion. The delegates to St. Louis wera instructed for McKinley. Treasury Gold Reserve. WASHINGTON, April 10. — The treasury gold reserve at the close of business to-day stood at $127,034,484. The withdrawals for the day were $280,900. Four Persons Killed. MADRID, April 10.—An explosion of firedamp occurred in a coal mine ac Wallanuva to-day. Four persons were killed and a number injured.