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Without character to back it is value less to advertisers. The "Record- Union" has both. volume xcin.—NO. 107. COMMISSIONER CALHOUN RETURNS FROM CUBA. Speaks of His Trip to the Island to In- Yestigate the Ruiz Case. Says It Was Impossible to Gst at the Naked Truth, The Spanish Witnesses Examined Being So Surrounded With Safe guards That Little of the Facts Could be Brought Out—A Report Will Soon be Made to the State Department. NEW YORK, June 7.—William J. Cal houn, who was sent to Cuba, as Special Commissioner to investigate the cause of the death in prison of Dr. Ruiz, an American citizen, reached this city on his return to-day, accompanied by, G-orge W. Fishback, his Secretary, and j Charles M. Pepper, a Washington news paper correspondent, who went to Cuba i with the Commissioner. Ramon O. Williams, formerly United States Con sul-General at Cuba, came on the steamer. Mr. Calhoun said that the commission j held their sittings between May 20th i and June Ist at Havana, Regulus and j Guana bacoa The papers in the easel were chiefly military records. The final report will be made to Washington by General Lee. "At the sessions of the commission," Mr. Calhoun said, in response to a re porter*! questioning, "we examined sev eral witnesses, but when you ask me if they were plentiful I can only say that they did not run after us, and we had to use no force to keep them away. They were composed of Span iards and Cubans. The Spanish wit nesses, and, in fact, all of those who t> storied, were so surrounded with safe guards that it was impossible to get at the naked truth. One person whom we would have liked to hear could not be found. This was Fonsdevella, who commanded the Spanish in the Guanabacoa territory. He disappeared, and it was impossible to find him. Captain-General Weyler did not ap pear at the investigation. We inspected the jail at Guanabacoa, and when we went through it was suspiciously clean. "We learned that Dr. Ruiz was ar rested February 4th, charged with hav ing some connection in an assault which took pla<"-e in a railroad train between I Guanabacoa and Havana. He was I piaced in solitary confinement, or, as it is known there, he was incommunica tion. Thirteen days later he was taken out of his cell on account of his men tal and physical condition. It was then found that he was suffering from a j severe wound on the head, and he died two hours after he had been re leased from the cell in which the se- I cret of his injury is buried. The de- j ceased doctor's American citizenship \ was never denied. The autopsy showed j that he died of congestion of the brain. His remains are interred at Guana- "We had no positive or direct prof of any assault whatever, and the con clusion arrived at must be based on the detailed evidence in the report of Consul-General Lee, who is now on his way to Washington. I myself will make no report, and I prefer not to say anything as to my idea of the affair until the report is made public by the proper authorities at Washington. I shall go to Washington to-morrow morning." Mr. Calhoun said that he had been treated courteously while in Cuba by all those with whom he came in con tact. His visit was a pleasant one, but owing to the bad weather which prevailed during his stay he was un able to visit the interior. Mr. Fishback, who is Mr. Calhoun's Secretary, was reticent when spoken to in reference to his trip, but he made one significant statement. "We did not go within the insurgent lines, but the insurgents, however, are not ail within the lines." Mr. Williams said he had been trav eling through Mexico and had a very enjoyable trip. When informed that his name had been mentioned for the Spanish Mission he expressed surprise, and said he had not received the offer. In a later interview Mr. Calhoun said: "The island of Cuba is rapidly being devastated by a relentless, cruel and bitter civil war. SO that in a short time it will not be worth anything to anyone. It is difficult to get at the exact situation there. In the first place, there is a severe censorship of the press, and those who are naturally friendly to Cubans hardly dare to ex press their and opinions. Furth ermore, the adherents of both sides are exceedingly intense. They tell their Ftories just as they want you to be lieve them. From the Spanish point of view, the island is practically pac ified, and from that of Cubans, the in surgents never were in such excellent shape as they are now." "Did you go to the interior of the island?" was asked. "Yes. I went from Havana to Matan- Eas. While both are on the sea coast, still to go from one point to the other by rail takes you through a large part of the interior c<funtry. I also made several short trips from Havana in other directions." "What is the condition of the coun try.-' '"It seems to be entirely depopulated, and there are no signs of any build ings standing, except at the railroad stations. These, by the way, are prac tically forts. I was generally in formed that the same condition of af fairs exist throughout the Cuban isl and from Havana to Pinar Del Rio, except in the extreme eastern end. There is where the Cubans get their supplies and their cattle. They con trol that section. It was that portion of the island which held out ten years in the last war. "Cuba is undoubtedly a badly man aged country. It is rich and beauti ful, and the soil responds bountiful to the seed. While lam not called upon to make any formal report to the President, and went merely as a coun THE RECORD-UNION. sel to General Lee in the Ruiz case, still I may be asked to tell Mr. Mc- Kinley and the Secretary of State of things which I have seen and heard on my brief trip to the island of Cuba. In this event I will really do so." CURRENCY REFORM. Scheme of Secretary of the Treasury Gage. NEW YORK, June 7.—A dispatch from Washington says Secretary Gage is preparing a financial measure, to be submitted to Congress next winter. In pursuance of this plan, he has sent out a letter to 2tX» leading bankers and merchants inviting suggestions for placing the currency upon a sound ba sis. In outline the scheme will embrace the gradual retirement of the green backs and substitution of national l«nk notes therefore, allowing national banks to issue to the full limit instead of 90 per cent., as now. reducing the tax. on national bank circulation from 1 per cent, to one-fourth of 1 per cent., and limiting the denominations of bank notes and all other paper money to $10, and substituting silver for all be low $10. There will be probably a pro vision for branch banks, and there is a suggestion that State and municipal bonds may be used as a basis for not to exceed 50 per cent, of the note cir culation. Secretary Gage has, in fact, already commenced to carry out his scheme for retiring greenbacks as far as possible under the present law by locking up In the treasury greenbacks and treas ury' notes. These classes of notes have greatly increased since March 4th, and on June Ist there was held in the treas ury of both classes about $00,000,000. ENDEAVORER CONVENTION. A flitch Over the Question of Sleepers for Excursionists. CHICAGO, June 7.—The Western roads are already getting up on their ears over the arrangements for the Christian Endeavor meeting in San Francisco. It is openly asserted that several of the lines are Ignoring the provision that no sleeping car shall be allowed for parties of less than twenty live, or for parties where at least twen ty-five fares have been paid. Several of the roads.it is said, have agreed in spec ial instances to allow sleeping cars for parties of fifteen. The Southern Pa cific has notified all of the Western roads that it will not be a party to any such arrangement, and that it will de mand in all instances the full amount that is coming to it. It will not re ceive any sleeping cars carrying less than twenty-five passengers, unless it receives twenty-five full fares for the people in that car. POSTAL CONGRESS DELEGATES. Take in the Sights About Chicago, Thence to Niagara. CHICAGO. June 7.—A special train on the Chicago and Alton Railroad ar rived here this morning with the dele gates to the Universal Postal Congress, their wives and friends, in all about 2tH> people. Accompanying the delegation were Count Lichpenbelde. Minister of Bel gium to the United States; Mierza Khan, Persian Minister to the United States; Chin Ton Ye, Corean Minister to the United States. Mayor Harrison welcomed the dele gates in a brief speech, which was re sponded to by E. Rosewater of Omaha and Spencer Walpole. The delegates were driven over the city, ending up at Jackson Park for luncheon and enter tainment during the afternoon. They left at 8:30 to-night for Niagara Falls. fiystic Shriners. DETROIT,June7—Some 200 Arabs of the Mystic Shriners are sheltered in the inns of Detroit to-night, with perhaps as many more en route across the des erts to the annual gathering of the Im perial Council. The headquarters of some of the temples are marvels of fantastic beauty and ingenuity. To night was spent in visiting. The act ual fun making of the meeting begins to-morrow. CYCLERS COME TO GRIEF. TWENTY RIDERS RUN INTO THE MOUTH OF A STONE QUARRY. All Injured and Every Wheel Wrecked —Miracle That No One Was Xi led. NEW YORK. June 7. — While turn ing a sharp corner at the foot of a : steep hill twenty riders in a five-mile; road race near Passaic, N. J., ran into the mouth of a big stone quarry, and 1 every* one of the racers t were injured and every wheel was wrecked. That none of the riders were killed is extra- Sixty cyclists had entered the con test and by the time the steep hill was ' reached twenty riders were bunched together. They did not slow up for the hill, but dashed down at full speed. As they reached the sharp corner they attempted to turn into the river road. The momentum was too great, how ever, and each man lost control of his wheel. As the riders went down amid their wrecked wheels their followers ran into them amid the wildest con fusion. A cry of horror went up from the spectators on the hill and several wo men fainted, llnlf a hundred men were soon at the scene of the accident and the work of extricating the injured was begun. Several of the riders were di lgged out unconscious. George Ped dy of Lir.dhurst was found twenty feet away, half dazed, between piles of stones and with a broken leg. He had been among the first to strike the ob struction. The stone which the leaders struck weighed fully ten tons, and on all sides of it lay bleeding and bruised riders. Parts of wheels and racing suits were scattered all around. The men were freed from the wreckage and assisted to a shed near by. where the spectators bound up their wounds. Peddy was the only one seriously hurt, but none escaped without some injury, and many of them had to be taken home in carriages. The wheelmen blame the officers of the race for not warning them of the dangerous turn. SACRAMENTO, TUESDAY MORNING, JUNE 8, 1897.-EIGHT PAGES, WORK ON THE NEW TARIFF BILL. The Senate Disposes of the Tariff Relating to Lumber, Which Was Most Stubbornly Contested by Vest of Missouri. The Contest Mainly Significant In Breaking Party Lines, Which Have Been Maintained, With Exceptions, During the Debate on the Tariff Question. WASHINGTON, June 7— The Senate to-day disposed of the lumber para graph, which has been more stubbornly contested than any feature of the tar iff bill thus far, by defeating the mo tion of Vest to place white pine on the free list —yeas 20, noes 38. The con test was mainly significant in break ing party lines, which have been main tained with few exceptions during the early stages of the debate. On the final vote eight Democrats voted against Vest's proposition, namely: Messrs. Bacon and Clay of Georgia, McEnery of Louisiana, MeLaurin and Tillman of South Carolina, Martin of Virginia, Rawlins of Utah and White of California. On the other hand, Car ter (R.) and Messrs. Cannon and Man tle (Silver Reps.) voted for the Vest motion. Following this vote a sub stitute, the Wilson lumber schedule, was defeated—l 7to 37 —and the sched ule was agreed to as reported. The debate preceding the vote was at times very breezy, owing to thai break of political lines. A general I discussion of the future programme on the bill occurred before the Senate ad-j journed. It led to a statement by Al- I lison, in charge of the bill, that the Committee probably would submit i amendments to the sugar schedule. Fori this reason he announced that the! sugar schedule would be passed over j to-morrow, and that the tobacco sched- ! ule would be taken up. The consideration of the tariff bill was resumed soon after the session opened and the discussion proceeded on the paragraph placing a duty of $2 per 1,000 feet on lumber. Allen (Pop.) of Nebraska moved to substitute the provisions of the Wil son bill which placed lumber on the free list. The Senator spoke in'par ticular against restoring white pine to the dutiable list, urging that the rates were designed to be prohibitory against Canadian pine. There was nothing, he said, in the "claptrap argument of American high wages." as the wages of lumbermen in Canada were on the whole higher. This was simply an attempt to pay back to the lumber syndicate the advance which it had possibly made less than a year ago, and In the eyes of every hon est man was nothing short of absolute larceny—legalized larceny. Berry of Arkansas spoke against re storing the duty on white pine. He had been appealed to by the lumber in terests of his own State to support the duty but he could not do it w hen it laid such heavy tribute on the agricultural people of the Western States. Berry expressed his astonishment that any Democratic Senator would support this restoration of duty on labor. Bacon of Georgia, who is supporting the lumber duty, reminded Berry that his (Bacon's) support was due to the fact that the duty was a revenue rather than a protective rate. Berry responded with a vehement ar raignment of the bill, framed, he said, in the interest of every trust and com bination in the country. When he saw that the bill gave large increase of duty to the sugar trust and to every other combination of capital this satisfied him that the measure was framed dis tinctly on .the lines of protection and not of revenue. Caffery of Louisiana opposed the duty on white pine and incidentally criti cised the position of Bacon of Geor gia, who, he said, favored a protect ive duty. This the Senator from Geor gia denied. Caffery announced his opposition to all protective duties, but favored the imposition of duty for purely revenue purposes. He said the supply of pine in this country was inexhaustible, and repudiated the "reputed" representa tives of lumber interests of his State and every State who went before the Ways and Means Committee and asked a duty of f& He could not, he said, find a single basis for this duty on lum ber, so far as the Southern timber inter ests were concerned. ' The platform I stand on," interposed Bacon, "the orthodoxy of which the Senator from Louisiana may not sub scribe to (Gaffery supported the Indian apolis gold ticket), warrants my posi tion. The Chicago platform said: 'We favor a tariff for revenue duty, with duties so adjusted as to operate equally throughout the country, and not dis criminate as to class or section. That is the plank in the platform upon which I stand," said Bacon. Caffery, with some display of tem per, announced that there was not an iota of protection in his make up. "I favor a duty on sugar," said he. em phatically, "because the duty goes into the treasury of the United States. You favor protection on articles which en ables manufacturers of those articles to put the equivalent of the duty in their own pockets." Bacon and Caffery had a sharp ex change, and seemed about to subside, when Senator Hoar again made some rather sarcastic references to Caffery's inconsistency, describing him as a free trader who cried always "Sugar, sugar, sugar." and who, when the Wilson Mil was before the Senate, was so doubtful of what trouble would do for sugar that he voted "aye" on the sugar schedule and "no" on the final passage of the bill, and then changed to ■•yea." Bacon protested at being- termed a free trader. He favored additional duty on raw materials. "All raw materials that compete with products of Georgia," remarked Hoar, amid laughter. "If we could commit the framing of a tariff bill to the free trade Senators who are conducting the debate on the other side," said he, ' after its passage we would discover that every industry in their respective States had been amply protected. (Laughter.) Morally, there is a great deal of human nature in the Democrats." The merriment was so great that the chair was called to suppress it. Bacon sought to turn the argument, upon Hoar by asking his position as to duty on hides, but the Massachusetts Senator, after expressing his ideas on this subject, narrowly avoided commit ting himself by asserting that in such a bill as the present he would yield his individual convictions if he could not pursuade his colleagues that he was right. Jones of Arkansas characterized as absurd the claim that this country was being flooded by foreign manufacturers of lumber, in face of the fact that but $7,6001000 worth of lumber was im ported last year, against $640,000,000 consumed. He spoke of the ' innocent" lumber barons of the Northwest, who wanted the people of the country to pay for the alleged stumpage paid by them, the great risks they ran on ac count of fires, etc., as set forth in the principle to the Ways ai.d Means Com mittee. Spooner of Wisconsin protested against the arraignment of lumbermen as a whole because of the unscrupulous methods of a few, and paid a high tri bute to the integrity and public spirit of the better class. Spooner called atten tion to the remarkable nature of Vest's amendment, which proposed to exclude white pine from the general duty of $2 on timber. Why should the lumber in terests of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan be dealt this blow? Vest disclaimed any intention of dis criminating, and said he would be will ing to withdraw his amendment, and take the yeas and nays on Allen's amendment to put all lumber on the free list. All he wanted, he said, was a test vote on free lumber. Spooner expressed his willingness to agree to this, whereupon Vest decided to withdraw his amendment. Mr. Gray of Delaware spoke in op position to a tax on lumber. If pri vate ownership of land, he said, is to be defended it cannot be defended with the idea that the ownerships have the right to tax the great body of the people before they can enjoy the bounties the land possesses. Upon the statement by Mr. Hale that Mr. Gray's remarks resembled those of a free trader, the latter said he had no ob jection to the word "free" or "free dom." "Why do you draw the line at the free coinage of silver?" asked Mr. Till man, whereupon the Senate and galler ies reared. "The prelection Senator from South Carolina takes up the sword of the Senator from Nevada Mr. Stewart, during his absence," replied Mr. Gray. "Free silver, like the flowers that bloom In the spring, have nothing to do with the case." Mr. Rawlins (D.) of Utah spoke of the unfortunate fad that the Democrats who were now standing shoulder to shoulder in their opposition to this tar iff bill should have been divided in the last campaign. If some more of them had Stood with Ss then ive would not now be lighting this bill." "If the Senator and others like him," Interrupted Mr. Gray, "had paid more attention to free trade and a little less to free silver that would be true." Mr. Vest's amendment to except white pine lumber from the f2 rate was lost —20 to 38. The negative vote in cluded eight Democrats, viz.: Bacon and Clay of Georgia, McEnery of Lou isiana. McLaurin and Tillman of South Carolina, Martin of West Virginia, Rawlins of Utah, and White of Califor nia. Heitfeld (Pop.) of Idaho, who has been voting with the Democrats, voted no. Mr. Carter (R.) of Montana voted yes, and Quay (R.) of Pennsylvania was paired for the amendment. Allen of Nebraska, Harris of Kansas and Kyle of South Dakota (Populists) voted yes, as did Cannon of Utah and Mantle of Montana (Silver Republicans). Mr. Allison offered a new paragraph, w r hich was agreed to, placing a duty on boxes for fruit at 30 per cent, ad valorem. When such boxes are ex ported they may be reimported at one half their rate. The House rate on manufactures of osier or willow of 50 per cent, was restored. The lumber paragraph as a whole was then agreed to; also, the para graphs on clapboards, shingles and chair cane, heretofore passed over. Mr. Allen then moved to substitute the provisions of the Wilson bill for the entire lumber schedule. Rejected— 21 to 37. This disposed of the wool schedule, and again brought the Senate up to the sugar schedule. Mr. White asked Mr. Allison as to the plans of the committee on going on With that schedule. Mr. Allison responded that it was possible that some amendments might be made to this sugar schedule, so that he thought it w*ould be expedient to go on with it to-morrow. It was the pur pose of the committee, however, to have that schedule considered as early as possible. If changes were made they would be proposed in open Senate, and after that sufficient time would be given to consider them. Mr. Allison said the committee was ready to proceed to-morrow on any schedule the other side might desire to take up. At this point Mr. Jones of Arkansas said the minority desired to know posi tively whether the sugar schedule would or would not be taken up to morrow. "The Senator should remember," an swered Mr. Allison, "that the sugar schedule is in order now, and suffi cient unto the day is the evil—or the good thereof." "I submit that the minority has a right to know what will be done," per sisted Mr. Jon- s. "Then I give notice," concluded Mr. Allison, "that the sugar schedule will be passed over to-morrow, and that the tobacco schedule will be taken up." In response to inquiries by Mr. Can non, Mr. Allison stated that the com mittee would probably return to the sugar schedule and dispose of it ahead of the other schedules, as Senators de sire to have it out of the way. At 5:36 the Senate held a brief execu tive session, and 5:45 p. m. adjourned. Budd Still Holds the Trophy. CHICAGO. June 7.—The shoot at 100 birds for the Dupont trophy held by C. W. Budd of Dcs Moines, lowa, between Budd and George Beck Of Indianapolis, was won by the former by a score of yi to 79. THE FREE SILVER REPUBLICANS. Prominent Leaders Who Favor the White Metal Congregating at Chicago, Where the National Committee is Holding a Meeting To-Day. The Meeting Not for Any Individuals or Party, But for Sliver, on Which the Members Are United—Ready to Affiliate With Democrats to Carry the Issue Successfully Through. CHICAGO, June 7.—The leaders of the Silver Republicans are gathering in the city for a committee meeting Tues day. Among those already here are ex-Congressman Charles A. Towne of Minnesota, Senator Fred T. Dubois of Idaho, Senator R. F. Pettigrew of South Dakota, Congressman Hartman of Montana, Congressman M. C. Jones of Washington and Governor J. P. Lee of South Dakota. June Nth was set for a meeting of the Silver Republican forces in Chicago on February 226. last. At that time the four Senators and six Representatives of that faith sent out of Washington to the Chairman of each State Central Committee for a meeting at this time. The object is to reorganize the party and to extend it to every section of the L'xiited States. The committee consists of one mem ber from each State with ex-Congress man Towne as Chairman. Few Senators or Congressmen are members, but most of them of that faith will be present to lend inspiration to the cause. Besides those mentioned above, Senators Teller, Stewart and Mantle, and Congressmen Shafroth, Nev.iands and Carter are excected to day. The meeting will be called to or der at 10 o'clock to-morrow ait the Ice land Hotel, and a campaign of action will be instituted. It is expected that speakers and literature will be sent out through the country, and particu larly the East, and a continual fight made from now until the next Presi dential election. In an interview. Congressman Hart man said: "We are here, not to divide the silver forces, but to unite them. We realize that silver is the strongest among the Democrats, and we expect to heartily affiliate with them in any thing that is for the advancement of the silver cause. However, many Re publicans are not willing to call them selves Democrats or Populists, and so we have to make a party for them. We are not far any individual parts, but for silver. Our meeting here will be harmonious, and much good to the cause of silver will result from it." Ex-Senator Dubois said: "The cause of silver is growing stronger every day. The money Question is the greatest is sue to-day, and we will keep up the fight for silver regardless of the work being done by the monetary commis sion now abroad." Senator Pettigrew said: "I just ar rived from Washington, where I have been making a hard fight on the lumber set* dule in the Dingley bill. We are making good progress now on the bill, and I think it will pass by June 25th. It will then go to the House, and a mo tion to concur will be defeated. A con ference committee will then be named by each branch and probably by July Sth or l()th a bill will be agreed upon. This will be at once passed by both Houses, and an adjournment will then take place. "The Silver Republican Senators will not oppose the bill. It is not probable that their votes will be needed, but I believe all of them will vote for it, rath er than have it defeated. As it is, they probably w ill not vote at all. The Re publican party is purely responsible for the bill, and we are anxious to have it pass in order to demonstrate that it is not he tariff that is affecting the coun try. The people will then realize the truth." NO WORK FOR WEEKS. The Entire Plant of the Standard Oil Works at Cleveland Shut Down. CLEVELAND (O.), June 7.—At noon to-day the entire plant of the Standard nil Works in this city shut down for an indefinite period. The foreman told the men that there would be no work for weeks, and may be a much longer time. The men believe that during that time another section of the plant will be abandoned, carrying out the Standard Company's policy of making in this city only enough of it and other products to supply the home demand. Close to 1.000 men are thrown out of work by the shutdown. It is said that the Standard has an immense stock on hand in the Kings bury Run warehouse, enough, in fact to supply all the demand in this dis trict until January 1, ISJKS, or longer. LOWER BRANCH OF CONGRESS. The House Holds a Short Session and Adjourns Till Thursday. WASHINGTON, June 7.—Mr. Bailey (D.) of Texas, the minority leader, was in his seat when the House met to-day for the first time in a fortnight. On motion of Mr. Dinsmore (D.) of Arkansas, the Senate resolution to per mit Carlos Guttierrez of Salvador to be permitted to be received as a cadet at West Point was adopted, and on motion of Mr. Morris of Minnesota, the Senate bill to amend the Act for con structing a steel bridge across the St. Louis River was passed. Mr. MeMillan of Tennessee called at tention to the fact that the last bill had not been considered by any com mittee of the present House. It had been passed by the last House. "We are working up the remnants of the last House." said he. A Senate bill to authorize the con struction of a bridge across Pearl Riv er. Mississippi, was passed. Mr. Grosvenor of Ohio then moved an adjournment. "As long as the Cuban resolution and the bankruptcy bill are undisposed of," interrupted Mr. Bailey, "we feel con strained to resist these motions to ad journ." The minority scored its first victory this session, when on a rising vote the motion to adjourn was defeated —79 to 80. The opposition cheered the announce ment. Mr. Orosvenor immediately demanded the yeas and nays, which were ordered. The roll-call reversed the previous vote, and the motion to adjourn was carried —91 to 79. Present and not voting, 11. Mr. Terry made the point of no quo rum, and further pointed out that the House could not adjourn for more than one day without a quorum. The Speak er declined to hear him, calling atten tion to the fact that with those present and voting a quorum was present. He then announced the House adjourned till Thursday. SIX MEN BADLY INJURED By the Falling of an Elevator in the New York Postofflce. NEW YORK, June 7—By the falling of an elevator in the Mail street side of the Postofflce to-day six men were more or less seriously hurt. Four were postal employes, and the other two were en gaged by the contractor who has charge of the alterations now going on in the Federal building. The injured: James Cox, 70 years of age, examiner in the service of the Postoffice Department, N. V., internal injuries; George W. Daly, railway mail clerk, Easton, Pa, leg broken; Frank Birdsall, Brooklyn, mail clerk, leg broken; Thomas Mc- Govern, plasterer's helper, Brooklyn, broken back; John Murphy, plas terer's helper, Brooklyn, broken an kle; Joseph Luffer, 60 years old, elevator attendant, arm broken. Luffer had started the elevator from the ground floor with the five men and seven bags of mail upon it. When the mezzainne floor was reachd the ele vator almost came to a standstill. In a moment or two it shot up again until it had nearly reached the third floor, when there was a stop, and the elevator dropped to the engine room, which is twenty feet below the level of the street. Then the heavy cable began to unwind, and the immense weight of the cables fell in a crash on the defenseless heads of the men, all of whom were more or less injured by the force of the fall. There w as difticuty in getting the men out of the wrecked elevator, owing to the fact that the weight of the heavy cables rested on top of their bodies. The elevator is one of the old-fash ioned kind, operated by a drum. It was inspected a month ago and pronounced in good condition. It is the judgment of the parties who made an examination of the elevator after the accident that it had been overloaded. The age of Mr. Cox and the severity of his injury makes his recovery doubt ful. Thomas McGovern is likely to die from his injuries. Robber Teller Again at Large. KANSAS CITY, June 7.—Prentice Teller, alias Charles H. Price, the no torious express robber and forger, who was released from the Michigan peni tentiary last week, and immediately arrested charged with the robbery of mail sacks at St. Joseph, Mo., escaped from the United States Marshal' 3 office here this afternoon. Teller was in the c ustody of Deputy Marshal Chris. Mad sen, who was in the room with his prisoner at the time of the escape. Welle Madsen's back was turned, Tel ler noiselessly opened the door and walked out and escaped among the crowds on the street. Captain Leonard at Columbus. COLUMBUS, June 7.—Captain Leon ard of the Urbana military company is here as the guest of the State, with apartments at the Neill House until he can return home. Citizens of Urbana have telephoned him to come home, as suring him safety. He left the jail in a buggy and was recognized, when somebody shouted, "Hang hlrii!" The horse was put to full speed. Will Go to the Jubilee. WASHINGTON, June 7.— G. Creigh ton Webb, brother of Dr. Seward Webb of New York, and Ersklne Hewett, son of Abram S. Hewett of New York, have been appointed additional Assistant Secretaries to the Special Embassy ap pointed to represent the United States at Queen Victoria's jubilee ceremonies. TRAGEDY AT WASHINGTON. A PATENT ATTORNEY SHOOTS A YOUNG WOnA.N, Then Puts an End to His Own Exist ence—The Lady Will Prob ably Recover. WASHINGTON, June 7.—The throng of Government clerks and others hur rying up Pennsylvania, avenue about fJ o'clock this morning were startled by the attempted murder of Miss Dorothy E. Squires and the suicide of Charles Barber, a patent attorney, who had gained much notoriety of late by his eccentric actions. Barber shot Miss Sqiures through the back of the head and then put a pis tol ball through his brain, causing al most instant death. Miss Squires will probably recover. Barber shot Miss Squires through the tice, but had been growing more and more eccentric for several years, and of late many of his friends thought him mentally unbalanced. Miss Squires formerly worked for him as a stenographer, and upon leaving his employ he annoyed her with his attentions, threatening to injure her if she would not permit him to call. Finally she had to appeal to the courts for protection, and he was placed under bonds to keep the peace. Since then the girl had received sev eral threatening letters from him, in the last of which he announced that he would do something which they would both r e -Tret. Barber also came before the Wash ington public in another but similar role a few days ago, being brought into the Police Court for an assault with some sensational features aris ing out of a struggle for a fine dog he possessed. He came to Washington from Platts burg, N. V.. and was associated in a few cases with the late Benjamin But ler of Massachusetts. IN THE HOME The clean, upright paper Is read thoroughly. The "Record - Union" reaches the best homes. WIIOLE NO. 17,404. DESTITUTE AND STARTING IN CUBA. Desperate Plight of the Reconcentrados in the Province of Matanzas. Begging for Charity From the United States Government. An Appeal Now on the Way Signed by One Hundred Citizens, Who Have No Faith in Captain-General Weyler — Ask That Any Relief Should be Intrusted to the Ameri can Consul for Distribution. NEW YORK, June 7.—A special tp the "Herald" from Havana says: A strange appeal on behalf of the starv ing and dyings, reconeentrados in Mat anzas who excited pity in the hearts of General Lee and Mr. Calhoun, has been made to the people of the United States. Since the United States Government has begun measures for the relief of its citizens in Matanzas, the desperate plight of the Cuban reconeentrados there has resulted in a petition, signed by a hundred of them, in which they beg in the name of common humanity that they may be included in the char ity. The petition is headed: "An ap peal to the United States." It is no\vt on its way to Washington. The prin cipal part is as follows: "First and foremost, let it be said, that in unhappy Cuba we can do noth ing to help our suffering countrymen, the pacificos, that have huddled in our city. We would be looked upon as trait ors for so doing, and as such would be summarily dealt with. We must not feel for them; we must be blind, and deaf to their sufferings, and do nothing that can in any way interfere with Weyler's policy of extermination. "We have to witness day after day scenes of horror which no language can describe and yet no voice can be lifted to protest against them. To Spain we cannot apply for succor. She is'well acquainted with the present con dition of affairs in Cuba, and so far not a farthing has come to us from her, and yet we have sent her our money freely whenever the Spanish people have been in want or distress. "Upward of 10,000 victims of this sav age system of warfare have been crowded into Matanzas without provid ing for their most natural wants; and after they have been compelled to abandon all that they had in the world, they are to be seen in crowds, from 8 o'clock in the day until late at night, imploring charity. "In any other country this state of affairs would have brought on disturb ances and riots; yet our people, suffer ing as they are. have not done any thing that could in any way disturb order. Can there be a better illustra tion of a peaceful disposition? "Tender, loving mothers of America, to you in particular we appeal in our humane undertaking. Send us the mighty aid of your motherly co-oper ation; enlist in our crusade against crime and barbarity, and the blessings of thousands will rise to heaven as a fit hymn in your praise. Think that at your very doors there are mothers who love as dearly as you love, and who day after day see their little ones perish in our streets out of sheer hun ger, and in most cases without a rag to cover their nakedness. "As for us, we cannot do our work openly. We have to beg for food for the hungry and clothing for the naked, concealing ourselves and our names as if we were doing something wrong, and we therefore suggest that if any relief is to come, it should be intrusted to the American Consuls for distribu tion, and we would also suggest that the sending of help in the way of pro visions, of clothing, has its inconve niences, and it might give the officials an opportunity to interfere and thwart the object in view. Very respectfully, "ONE HUNDRED CITIZENS OF MATANZAS." TARIFF BILL. Senator Quay Gives Notice of Amend ments He Will Offer. WASHINGTON, June 7.—Senator Quay gave notice to-day of several amendments he proposes to offer to the tariff bill. One of these provides for striking out the provision for a duty on tea, and another for striking out the increase on the beer tax. Free admis sion of iron ore imported from mines owned by citizens of the United States for their own use is also provided for. Another amendment proposes a duty of 10 per cent, on all articles on the free list until t9QEt, and a fourth strikes out Sections 4, ">, 6 and 7, which relate to internal revenue features of the bill, including tobacco, cigars, etc. The ef fect of the adoption of the last amend ment would be to leave the present in ternal reveinue law in effect. ricKinley's Visit to Nashville. CHATTANOOGA (Term.), June 7.— Arrangements for the reception of President McKinley and the members of the Cabinet who will spend next Saturday night and Sunday here are about completed. The Presidential party is expected to reach here from Nashville about 8 o'clock Saturday night. From the Union depot the vis itors will be escorted to the Auditorium, where a short public reception will be held. From the Auditorium the party will be taken to the Read House, where quarters have been reserved. Gold Mining Convention. DENVER, June 7.—From present in dications the International Gold Min ing Convention to be held in this city on July 7th will exceed in magnitude even the most radical expectations of its promoters. From 200 to 700 let ters of inquiry' are received daily, evi dencing the fact that there is an under current of interest, the strength of which would be difficult to estimate.. Secretary Irven Mahon said to-day: "The convention will bring 10,000 peo ple to Denver, and this is a minimum estimate."