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FRIGHTFUL RAILWAY ACCIDENT. A Trolley Car Crowded With People Runs Off a Trestle Near Bridgeport, Conn. Sinking in the Flats Forty Feet Below the Bridgework. Thirty-Six People Known to Have Met With Death, and a Number o! Oners l.jured. BRIDGEPORT (Conn.), Aug. 0 — Nearly forty persons were killed by an accident on the Stratford Exten sion of the Shelton Street Railway Company at 4 o'clock this afternoon, when a loaded trolley car went off the trestle over Peck's Miil Pond at Oronoque, about six miles north oi Bridgeport, and sank in the fiats forty feet below. Thus far thirty-six per sons are known to be dead and sev eral injured. Only two persons are known to have escaped unharmed. It is believed that there were forty three passengers on the car, but the indicator was removed by a conductor of another car and spirited away, so that at present it is impossible to stale accurately the number aboard. The scene of the accident is mid way between Shelton and Bridgeport. The car was north-bound, running to ward Shelton. It was in charge ot Conductor John Carroll of Bridgeport, who was among the killed, and Mo torman Hamilton of Bridgeport, who escaped by jumping. The trestle is about 440 feet long, made of iron, with stone foundations, and was not protected by guard rails. South of the trestle is an incline, down which the car ran at a high rate of speed. After it ran on the trestle for about ten feet the trucks left the rails, then the car continued on the ties about seventy-five feet, when it went off the trestle and dropped into the pond below, overturning completely and up-ending. When the car struck the four-tor. motor and the heavy trucks crashed into it, instantly killing many of the passengers. . Three physicians who were passen. gers on a car a short distance be hind arrived quickly on the scene, and rendered all possible assistance to the injured. Word was sent to Bridgeport, and three ambulances and a police wagon were hurried to the scene, and the in jured were taken to the Bridgeport general hospital. A morgue was im provised in the main room of the Town Hall at Stratford, and in a very short time twenty-three bodies were laid out awaiting identification. The accident was witnessed by Miss Frances S. Peck, who resides about 400 feet from the bridge. She was up stairs at her home as the car was passing. She says that it was run ning at an unusually fast rate. Frank Cramer, who was bathing near the bridge, states that the pas sengers were all singing and in the most joyful mood as they passed him. The road, which is practically con trolled by the Bridgeport Traction Company, was opened for traffic last Thursday. The dead as reported late to-night are: Joseph Hotchkiss, Bridgeport, en gineer. George C. Coggswell, Bridgeport, aged 50 years. Orlando B. Wells, aged 03, shoe maker. Selectman Elias E. Bradley and wife. Milford. William Osborne, Stratford. Daniel Galvin, Ansonia. Conductor John Carroll, Bridgeport. William Thurston, Stratford. S. Banks, Shelton. Mrs. McDonald, Bridgeport. Wilton Lanthear, motorman, Bridge port. Bessie Toomey, aged 22. Bridgeport. William H. Harvey, aged 37, Bridge port. _ „ . _ THE RECORD-UNION Mrs. J. H. Rugg, Stratford. Mrs. Frank Blew and two children, Stratford. William McCullig, Stratford. Mrs. Ada Holmes, Bridgeport. Thomas McNally, aged 30, Bridge port. (Identification not positive.) Peter Ring, aged 28, Bridgeport. Patrick McDermott, aged 50, Bridge port. Mrs. Patrick Brennan, aged 50, Bridgeport. Alfred Pitt, aged 22, Bridgeport. William Cotter, aged 25, Bridgeport, identification not perfect.) Irving Doruse, aged 23, Bridgeport. Mrs. William H. Harvey, Bridgeport Among the seriously injured at the Bridgeport Hospital are: Margaret Brennan, scalp wound; Mrs. Sydney A. Hitt, Bridgeport, right leg fractured twice; Margaret Farrell. right leg amputated above knee, will die; George Hamilton, scalp wound, injury to leg; Frank Kratt, injuries about head and back; Arthur Holmes, contusion about left side, left leg; Frank Hillercus, scalp wound, bruised about body; Matthew Olvin. scalp wound, cut and bruised generally. Near the entire medical force of Bridgeport responded to the calls, but when the doctors arrived they were unable to do much for the few pas sengers who escaped instant death. Motorman Hamilton is suffering from a severe shock, and it is impossible to learn anything from him to-night. President Andrew Radell stated that it was impossible for him to account for the accident. At the point where the cars leave the road for the trestle it is alleged that the rails had sunk a little, and though the forward trucks took the rails all right the rear trucks did not connect, and jumped the track, which caused the forward trucks to also leave the iron. It is believed that if proper guard rails had been placed on the trestle the car would have been prevented from toppling over. All of the persons killed sustained fractured skulls. William Kelly of Bridgeport, who was in company with Miss Farrell, es caped death by jumping from the car as he felt it swaying to the flats be. low. Soon afterward the car toppled over. He sustained a severe shock, but was otherwise uninjured. He stated to-night that the cars were not run ning unusually fast, but that the cat was swaying considerably when it struck the trestle, and he realized th<* danger and knew his only safety waa in jumping. George Willis of Shelton was on the highway not more than 100 feet from the scene, and witnessed the car top pling over. He said that there was one unearthly shriek as it went down, and after that silence. Miss Frances Peck, who was dressing in her room, saw the accident from her window, and it is her impression that the car was running very fast. She was so excited that she could give but meagre information, but avers that th« car was swaying considerably as it reached the trestle. One of the pathetic scenes was that of a lifeless baby reclining in the arms of a dead man, the infant appearing t& be smiling and asleep. The three-year old son of Mrs. John H. Rugg was frantically appealing to his dead moth er. His sister, 5 years old, had her left arm broken. The Stratford town hall, where the bodies were taken, was soon besieged by more than 1.000 persons, some of whom had relatives or friends among the dead, and the Deputy Sheriffs in charge had much difficulty in handling the crowd of weeping women and anx, ious men. All the bodies of the Bridgeport dead and the few unidentified were taken to the Morgue at Bridgeport late to-night It has been ascertained that forty fares were registered, and these, with the young children that did not have to pay, the mortoman and the conduc tor, and an extra motorman, who waa being tauglit, make the probable num ber on the car forty-seven. COAL COMBINE. Completion of Consolidation of Monongahela Companies. PITTSBURG. Aug. ti.—Whitney ana Stephenson, who have been financiering the big river coal combine which is to, be known as the Monongahela River Consolidated Coal and Coke Company, have completed the allotment of stock according to the subscriptions received. The stock was over subscribed by $1, --250.000. All properties will be finally trans, ferred on October Ist. Securities of tho new company will be *I«UMiO,tioo pre ferred stock, on which 7 per cent, will be paid: $20,000,000 common stock and 110,000,606 fifty-year gold bonds, bear ing (! per cent, interest. The combine will take in SX! of the 10U coal mines along the Monongahela River, 43 transportation companies, practically all of the coal craft-carry ing Pittsburg coal between Browns and New Orleans, including 2HO 4.1M10 coal boats and barges. All coal elevators and yards wher* Pittsburg district coal is handled are absorbed. These elevators are located at New Orleans. Baton Rouge, Vieks burg, Memphis, Louisville and Cincin -1 nati. SACRAMENTO, MONDAY MORNING, 4.UGTJST 7, 1899.-EIGHT IMAGES. A SCORE OF PEOPLE DROWNED. A FrigbtW Tragedy at Bar Harbor, Caused by Collapse of Gang plank at Ferry Landing While a Large Party Were Embark ing on a Bay Steamer. One Hundred and Fifty Persons Thrown Into the Water — Twenty Known Dead. BAR HARBOR (Maine), Aug. 6.—A score of persons were killed to-day by the collapse of the gangplank of the Mount Desert ferry. Among the bodies identified are: Mrs. William Murray of Brewer. Irving Bridges, West Hancock. Albert Colson, Levant. Mrs. Alonzo Oakes, Bangor. Joseph Murphy, Old Town. Mrs. Hollis Estey, Ellsworth. Clifford Cushman, Corinth. Miss Lizzie Wood, Bangor. Miss Grace Sumner. Bangor. Charles W. Downes, Elizabeth. F. F. Sweetser, traveling salesman, Portland, i Ora M. Lank, Danforth. G. R. Bennett of Brewer and a woman believed to be his wife. Mrs. A. H. Billings, Bangor. Mrs. T. C. Stover. Ellsworth. Mrs. George Derwent. Bangor. Mrs. G. R. Bennett. Brewer. Miss Lewis, Hampden, Maine. Unknown woman, believed to be saleswoman for a Boston publishing house. The Maine Central Railroad to-daji ran excursions to Bar Harbor from all sections of its line in Maine, the at. traction being the war ships which were expected to-day. All the morning long trains packed with excursionists were running to Bar Harbor. The train which left Bangoi at JS:2S o'clock consisted of twelve cars jammed with people. At Mount Desert ferry, the terminus of the line, th*. train is left for the boat for an eigh teen mile sail to Bar Harbor. From the wharf a slip or gangplank forty feet long and ten feet wide ran out to. the boat. The slip was hinged at the inner end, and was raised or lowered to suit the tide. The wharf extends on both sides flush with the end of the wooden gangplank. Five timbers foul by twelve inches, set vertically, ran the length of the plank, and these were crossed by two-inch planks. It is said there was no support for the plank between the hinges at the outer end, When the excursion train from Ban gor arrived at the ferry there was a rush for the steamer Sappho. The first few passengers had crossed the plank safely, and it is estimated that 200 people were massed on the plank. Sud. denly they felt the plank give way be neath them. The. long timber support ing the plank broke in the middle. The hinges held up one end and the chain the other, while the broken ends of the plank dropped, and a struggling, screaming mass of humanity waa plunged into the water fifteen feet oa low the wharf. A few clung to the in clined sides of the plank, but at ieasi 150 were struggling in the water. The piling of the wharf partially penned them on three sides, the boat lying at the wharf closing the outer end of the opening. After the first moment of stupefac tion the work of rescue began, tropes and life preservers were thrown to the crowd, but in the panic in the water clutched one another, and many thus sank in groups in a death grip. Many were taken from the water unconscious, and were revived with difficulty. Doctors were summoned from all di rections, but it was half an hour be fore the first arrived. The freight house at the ferry was turnecfTnto a morgue, the bodies being taken w.ere for identification as fast as recovered. By noon seventeen had been recovered Three other persons were taken on board the Sappho, and died on the way to Bar Harbor. The exact/ number of dead will not be known for some time, as a strong tide swept under the bodies, and some bodies may have been 'carried away with it. A diver who was set to work without delay was engaged in his search until 5 o'clock, but only seven, teen bodies were found. The Coroner impanelled a jury, and the inquest will begin in the morning. The awful nature of the accident was not comprehended for at least a min ute by* those who were the last to leave the train,- although the scene changed from one of holiday gaiety to a death struggle. When the first moments of the calamity had passed a panic seem ed to have seized those who were safe, and they drew back from the edge ot the water, but only for a minute, as the cooler heads in the crowd, more es pecially among the officers and crew of the steamer, asserted themselves, and the work of rescue began. Eye-witnesses differ in their esti mate of the number of people who were carried down when the plank broke, but it was the vanguard of the crowd which was rushing from the train to the steamer; There was wild excitement on land, for each excursionist was rushing in and out among his or her neighbors in quest of relatives and friends. In the hurry and bustle of alighting from the train husbands, wives, parents and children had become separated, and separation at that moment meant the heart-breaking suspenses. Mrs Estey, one of the victims, was one of those who, while only apart from her hus band a few feet, lost her life, while Mr. Estey was saved, although thrown into the water. In the course of the next half hour several bodies were recovered, and were taken to the near-Jjy freight house and laid out awaiting identification. It was a gruesome sight, and a pitiful one as identifications were made. The steamer Cymbria came from Bar Harbor with four physicians, and a special train was hurried from Bangor with physicians and nurses. President Wilson of the Maine Central Railroad was near at hand when the disaster oc curred, and he gave orders to spare no exertion in relieving the distress. The sufferers from injuries will not be as numerous as those who suffered from shock and exposure due to the immersion in the water. Of these sev eral were reporetd to-night to be in a critical state. Miss Sweeney of Bangor 'was taken to the Hotel Bluffs suffer ing from pneumonia. George S. Spauld ing of Orono is also at the Bluffs, and may not recover. Mrs. George Brooks of Ellsworth will recover, although once her case was pronounced fatal. CHEESE-MAKING. Interesting Information Brought Out by Experiments. WASHINGTON, Aug. (J.-Dr. E. R. Allen, Assistant Director of the Ex perimental Stations in the Agricultural Department, has just returned from a prolonged tour in the West, made for the purpose of inspecting the various stations in that section of the country. He states that one of the most inter esting lines of investigation which is being pursued in these stations is that with regard to cheese making. The stations in Wisconsin are taking the lead tn this especial work, and discov eries have been made there which rev olutionize the European theory that the ripening of cheese is due to bacteria. The American experiments demonstrate be yond doubt that the principal change in the albuminoids which takes place in the ripening process is dependent upon a ferment which is contained in the milk itself, and not to the bacteria. It is believed that this discovery will have an important bearing upon cheese man ufacture in the future. In the stations throughout the arid region much attention is being given to the investigation of excessive alkali in the soil. In many sections, notably in California and Utah, there are large regions of irrigated land which are practically non-productive on account of the presence of alkali. Investiga tion makes it plain that this is due to irrigation, and in many instances to ex cessive irrigation. The water applied to the soil brings the salts to the sur face when it rises. In some instances it has been found that the lower portion of streams have been rendered very alkaline by the re turn ftf-these salts in the water from the irrigated fields. The work of the experiment stations in connection with this problem is to find a remedy for the evil, and this they are seeking to do by demonstrating that in most instances crops do not re quire nearly so much water as is ap plied to them. They are working along practical lines in the solution of the problem and in some cases the most progressive farmers are co-operating with them. Eventually they hope to be able to show just what quantity of water 4s required in a given crop. In Montana, Idaho and other semi arid States, there is much work looking to securing forage plants adapted to the altitude and climate. In those States most satisfactory results have been se cured with the cow pea, which is gen erally planted with oats. Red clover is also found to flourish in that section even better than in the Eastern States. In other regions much attention is given to the rotation of crops. Dr. Allen reports a growing friend ship toward the experiment stations on the part of the farmers. When the stations were first established they were regarded as an innovation, but in many instances the farmers have come now to depend upon them, and most of them regard the stations with favor. The Texas and Brooklyn. ROCKLAND (Me.), Aug. (>.—The bat tleship Texas and the cruiser Brook lyn of the North Atlantic squadron I arrived to-day. THE NATION'S CHIEF EXECUTIVE. How the President is Spending His Time at Hotel Champlain. Attended Services Yesterday it the Metho dist Episcopal Church. To-Day He Will Witness the Re gatta on Board Dr. Webb's Yacht—The President Purchases the McKinley Cottage at Can ton, Ohio. PLATTSBURG (N. V.), Aug. u\— President McKinley, accompanied by Secretary Cortelyou, attended church this morning, driving up from the Ho tel Champlain. Although the man who drove had lived in Plattsburg all his life, he drove the party to the Presby terian Church, instead of to the Meth odist Church, making the President about fifteen minutes late. The pastor of the church, however, delayed ser vices until the arrival of the Presi dent. When he entered the churcn the entire congregation arose and remained standing until he had been seated. Bishop Goodsell of Tennessee preached the sermon, taking his text from the ninth chapter of St. John, thirty-ninth verse. Dr. Joel W. Eaton, Presiding Elder of the Champlain District of the Troy Conference, in his prayer, asked that the "blessing of God might rest upon the President of the United States, and through us the uncivilized lands might be lifted up." At the close of the service the con gregation remained standing until the President had reached the street. President and Mrs. McKinley, Vice President and Mrs. Hobart and several invited guests will witness the yacht races to-morrow from Dr. Webb's yacht. Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the Canadian Premier, has reconsidered his deter mination to visit the Hotel Cham plain while the President is here, and therefore will not come this week, as expected. He believes that a visit at the present time would cause a great deal of unpleasant comment. Secretary Root will arrive here on Tuesday morning for a conference with President McKinley. Not only the Philippines problem, but also the ques tions now confronting the Secretary of War, such as the situation in Cuba and Porto Rico, and the attitude to be maintained toward General Miles will be discussed in detail, and a gen eral plan of action agreed upon. HAS PURCHASED HIS OLD HOME. CANTON (O.), Aug. 6. — President McKinley has purchased the famous "McKinley Cottage," at the corner of North Market street and Louis avenue. The deal was closed Saturday. The consideration was .?14,500. The papers have passed. He will secure posses sion of the contract and deed in Octo ber next. The property was not In the market.' It was endeared to President and Mrs. McKinley as their first home, where they began housekeeping, and by tender memories of sorrows there The lot is 100 feet front on Market street by 244 on Louis avenue. The front veranda shows the most wear from the historic campaign of 1890, when the noted home was the political Mecca for nearly a million people. Before leaving Canton for the in auguration President McKinley tried to buy the home made doubly dear to him. It is not believed that Mrs Harter would have sold the place to any one else. It is believed to be the President's intention to spend a part of each year in Canton. The interior of the house has always been roomy and cool and comfortable. It is thought possible that the President may ren ovate the house and make improve ments. Many Cantonians have expressed a fear that with the breaking of home ties by death, sorrows and other events, -the President might be induced to accept one of the many invitations which the papers have reported as having been made to secure his resi dence elsewhere. The news that the deal is closed whereby he is once more the owner of the home that has always been dearest to him will be received with universal rejoicing. CRUEL TREATMENT. To a Colored American Citizen at Johannesburg. LONDON, Aug. 7.—A Johannesburg correspondent of the "Daily Mail" says: A colored American citizen, a black smith, was taken for a Kaffir outside the Exchange, and was cruelly mal treated by ther police, among whom was a field cornet, for his inability to pro duce a pass. The United States Consul has taken up the matter. JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 6.—The ne gro was leading horses from his forge on Friday morning when three mount ed policemen appeared and demanded that he show his pass. They used abusive language. The negro produced a paper proving him to be an American citizen, and protested against the abus ive language. Thereupon the police men dismounted, knocked him down and kicked him in the back with their spurs. Dr. Matthews appealed for justice, and accused Field Cornet Lombard of being concerned. A warrant has been issued for the policemen. Lombard has submitted an affidavit denying that he was involved in the assault. FRANCE AND RUSSIA. Tke Two Foreign Powers on Very Friendly Relations. ST. PETERSBURG, Aug. (>.—M. Del Casse, French Minister of Foreign Af fairs, had the honor of lunching to-day at Peterhoff Palace with Emperor Nicholas and the Empress. The Russian Minister of Foreign Af fairs, Count Muravieff, and several of the chief dignitaries of the Russian court were also guests of their majes ties. At the dinner given to M. Del Casse yesterday by Count Muravieff at the Foreign Office there was a cordial ex change of toasts, both Ministers af firming in the warmest terms the sub stantial character of Franco-Russian friendship. M. Del Casse to-day received numer ous visits from high Russian officials. The newspapers and public protest against the admission of any other power into the Franco-Russian alliance. IMPORTANT DECISION. Relating to the Sending of Arms for Use of Filipinos. WASHINGTON, Aug. o.—Hon. John Goodnow, Consul General of the United States at Shanghai, has rendered a de< cision as referee in the Consular Court which will be of far-reaching import ance during the continuance of the war in the Philippines. The case was in relation to the steamer Abbey, charged with taking arms from Canton to Lvi zon. It has been in contention for some time. The owners of the vessel gave a bond that the ship should land the arms purchased at Singapore, but she did not do so. The bond was demanded by the Chinese authorities. Mr. Goodnow holds that it must be paid. The importance of the decision is pointed out by the Shanghai "Mer cury," which says: "The effect of the decision of Mr. Goodnow reaches much beyond the mere fact of being judg ment for the plaintiff, with the penalty following and the costs of the suit. Hitherto the American forces at Ma nila have had to fight against Filipinos well armed with modern rifles and guns, and it is no secret that the majority of these arms have been landed in the Philippines from Chinese ports. Wheti United States Consuls had received in formation that cargoes of weapons were about to be shipped from China, their urgent protests to the Chinese have been the means of stopping shipments. But when the United States officials, through want of knowledge, have been ignorant of such contraband guns, th» Chinese officials have likewise been Blind to these shipments, though no doubt well aware of such. It is in this respect that Mr. Goodnow has scored such an important point. On the strength of that judgment the offi cers of the imperial maritime customs of China will necessarily do all in their power to stop shipments of arms. It has been decided on the motion of the customs that China is liable for any shipments of arms which get to the Philippines through lack of diligence, or honesty on the part of the customs or the Chinese officials. Therefore, the judgment in the Drew vs. Sylvester case was the means of checking the chief source of supply of arms and warlike material that the Filipinos have pos sessed." The "North China Daily News" pub, lishes the decision of Consul Goodnow in full, and comments editorially upon its importance, and says that it will b* far-reaching in stopping the sending of arms to the Filipinos. DREYFUS' TRIAL. . Has Been Determined That It Will Begin To-Day. RENNES. Aug. f..—The town is ex tremely animated to-day, but every where perfect tranquility prevails. Public interest? is concentrated upon the arrival from Paris of various person ages likely to figure in the trial of Cap tain Dreyfus. Among these are Gen erals de Boisdeffre. Gonz and Roget. all in Mufti: M. Godfrey Cavaignac, for mer Minister of War, and M. Caslml #• Perier, former President of France. A large crowd which had gathered around the railway station greeted the Generals on alighting from the train with cries of "Vive l'Armee." The Re visionist spectators responded with "Vive la Republique," but there was no disturbance of order. Mr. Casimir-Perier. who was much fatigued by the long railway journey, decided to walk to the hotel, hoping that he would not be recognized, but his identity soon became known, and a large crowd followed him. Attired in a light summer suit, he walked slowly along, chatting with the Prefect of Police and the Chief of the Secret Po lice, M. Viguer, who met him at the railway station and accompanied him to the hotel. The crowd made nn demonstration. The authorities, how ever, deem it wise to maintain the most stringent precautions for the safety of the former President, and six gen darmes now patrol the front of the hotel where he has apartments. whH« a number of detectivesr watch the en trance hall closely and scan all new arrivals. It is now fixed that the trial shall commence to-morrow. After the indict ment has been read, it is fhought prob able the President of the court-martial. Colonel Juast, will order the doors closed for the consideration of the sec ret dossier, which will be presented by General Chamein. The consideration of the dossier. It is expected, will oc cupy two days, so that the next public session will probably be on Thursday, although perhaps not until Friday. The general impression is that the whole proceedings will occupy at least three weeks. ADMIRAL DEWEY. Banqueted by the Secretary of the U. S. Embassy at Naples. NAPLES, Aug. (>.—Lewis M. Iddings, Secretary of the United States Embas sy, and Mrs. Iddings, who arrived here yesterday from Rome, for the purpose of welcoming Admiral Dewey, gave a banquet this evening in his honor at the Hotel Royal. The room was richly decorated with flowers and hung with American and Italian flags. The guests Included Lieutenant Gen eral Bogliolo of the Twentieth Military Division; Vice Admiral Gonzales, Com mander-in-Chief of the Naples Mari time Department; the Prefect of Po lice of Naples, Captain Benjamin P. Lamberton and four officers of the Olympia, R. C. Parsons, Second Secre tary of the Embassy; H. Decastro, United States Consul General at Rome; A. H. Byington, United States Consul at Naples; Charles M. Caughey,'United States Consul at Messina, and Dr. Haz ier. Mr. Iddings toasted King Humbert, Fresident McKinley and Admiral Dewey. There were no set speeches. Fire at Glens Falls, New York. GLEN FALLS (N. V.), Aug. «.—The buildings of the Portland Cement Com pany, which were constructed of tim ber, were destroyed by fire to-day, en tailing a loss of $250,000. WHOLE XO. 18,201. BLOODY TRAGEDY AT WASHINGTON. Horrible Grime Committed by a Government Official. Murders a Young Girl Who Was Formerly in His Employ. Benjamin J. Snell, a Special Ex aminer in the Pension Office, Cuts the Throat of Thirteen- Year-Old Liza Weissenherger. WASHINGTON, Aug. O.—A horrible murder was committed to-day in the northeastern part of the city. The mur derer was Benjamin J. Snell, a special examiner in the Pension Office, a man about 45 years old. His victim was Liza Weissenberger, a girl 13 years of age, who had been employed in his household until a few months ago, when she was taken home by her pa rents, who became suspicious of Sneil's conduct toward her. Snell seemed to be infatuated with the child, and paid her a great deal of attention, which, however, she resented. This morning Snell went to his vic tim's house, and, entering at the front door, passed on through the middle room, where the girl was sleeping, to the dining-room. The mother ordered him from the house, and Snell started to go, passing through the room where the child was. He bent over the sleep ing child and drew her from the bed. Awakened suddenly, she screamed in terror. Twisting one hand in the girl's hair and throwing back her head, Snell drew a razor from his pocket and swept it across her throat. Twice he slashed her throat and once he mtssed, cutting a great piece of flesh from her cheek. The head was almost severed from the body, and both the murderer and his victim were drenched with blood. Attracted by the child's screams, the mother ran to the rescue. In a frenzy she grappled with the murderer and was badly slashed on the arm with the razor. The murderer attempted to es cape, but was soon captured by the police and locked up in the Ninth Pre cinct station. He refuses to give any explanation of his act, atid says he remembers nothing about the murder. The murderer is a native of Vermont, and was at one time employed in a bank at Montgomery. He has a wife and two children. H. V. NEWCOMB INSANE. Was Once President of the Louis ville and Nashville Railway. NEW YORK, Aug. 6.— H. Victor j Ne-srcomb, formerly a successful ij.ua i mess man of Louisville, Ky., was de ; clared insane yesterday on the applica tion of his wife and son. The family I physician testified that Newcomb was j addicted to the excessive use of drugs. LOUISVILLE, Aug. (!.—H. Victor j Newcomb, who was yesterday declared | insane by a >few York court, was once President of the Louisville and Nash ville Railroad, and belongs to one of the most prominent families of this State. His father was Horatio D. New comb, who served as President of the Louisville and Nashville, and the two did much to build up that property. Soon after his father became President of the corporation, young Newcomb ! was sent to London, where he was sue ! cessful in interesting English capital ists in the road, and in floating a large j issue of bonds For this service he was j made a Director, afterward becoming ' Vice President, and in 1880 succeeding ito the Presidency of the corporation, j Close attention to business undermined j his health, and in 1881 he moved to ! New York. After a short period of re tirement he organized, at 25 Nassau street, the United States National Bank and waa said to have been the young est bank president ever elected in that city. Among his associates in the en terprise were General U. S. Grant, Mor ris K. Jessup, William R. Travers and Henry B. Hyde. For several years he was prominent in New York financial circles, but in 1801 his health failed, j At one time Mr. Newcomb was very 1 wealthy. GENERAL GOMEZ. A Big Affair at Havana in Honor of the Cuban. HAVANA, Aug. (>.—A mass meeting in honor of General Gomez and his wife was held to-day, some 5,000 peo ple attending. In three parts a pro cession started from Central Park and arrived at the house of Gomez before sundown. The General and Senora Gomez stood in the doorway to review the parade. Francisco Gonzales, who made the address, characterized the presence of Senora Gomez as a symbol of peace. He touched on the death of their son, who died a martyr with General Maceo. General Gomez, in his reply, said he loved all the people of Cuba, black and white alike, and the Spaniards among them. He referred to his wife's com ing as a "sign of peace," and said he was ready to serve Cuba whenever the Cubans wanted him. Fatal Collision in Rhode Island. SAUNDRESTOWN (R. I.), Aug. <>.-. Two cars collided on the Seaview road running between Twixford and Narra gansett Pier. Merritt Lyman Abbey, a motorman, was killed. Of the forty passengers but one was injured. Mrs. A. E. Brown of Providence. Both cars •were set on fire by the electric current and destroyed. Cubans Waiting for Payment. SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Aug. »>.— There are nearly 5.000 Cuban soldiers in town this evening expecting to be paid here to-morrow. The remainder of the Cuban troops in the Province of Santiago will be paid at the towns of San Luis, Cristo, Songo and El Caney. Colonel Moal't, on the tarnsport In galls. arrived yesterday with the money. No cases of yellow fever were officially reported.