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TITE INDIANAPOLIS JOURNAL, MONDAY, 3IAHCn 12, 1891.
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The Tollce Patrol," the play that will
hold the stage of tha Park Theater all
week, opening this afternoon. Is a sensa
tional drama that will not fall to please
the patrons of that house. From a dramat
ic standpoint it Is one of the strongest of
Its class, and, with lt3 added realistic stage
effects, the play is doubly Interesting. The
Introduction of a patrol wagon, drawn by
a pair of horses that became famous
through their having figured In the Chicago
riot, and other sensational elements com
bine to make the performance decidedly
strong. The company was selected espe
cially for "The Police Patrol," and the
drama will bo presented with the same re
gard to detail that marked Its production
at English's last season.
The Gillett family, famous as acrobats
and gymnasts; Gaza, called the mysterious
on account of her phenomenal exhibitions,
End eight or ten other specialty perform
ers form the company that will be at the
Grand Opera House the last three nights
of the week.
The engagement of the popular comic
opera singer, DeWolf Hopper, and his bi,r
end well organized comjany will begin at
English's to-night and continue until
Wednesday evening. The comedian will
present for the first time here J. Cheever
Goodwin and Woolson Morse's comic p?ra
spectacle entitled "Panjandrum," which for
live months amused the army of theater
goers of New York at the Broadway The
ater. With a new and successful opera,
brimful of mirth and melody, a brilliant
scenic production, with its wealth of Ori
ental tone and color, together with one of
the strongest comic opera companies ever
organized, a series of delightful perform
ances are assured.
"Panjandrum" will be given here In the
lamo complete manner that characterized
Its original presentation, and the same
scenic environment, the same brilliant,
thowy costumes, in fact, all of the original
paraphernalia and novel mechanical stage
effects will be utilized. Since Mr. Hopper's
last visit a notable addition has been made
to his forces in the person of Miss Grace
Golden, formerly a member of the Lillian
ltussc-11 Opera Company. Miss Golden is
now the leading soprano of the company,
and has scored an emphatic success In the
role of Donna Inez by her excellent vocal
Ism and clever acting. The numerous
friends and admirers of Delia Fox will have
another opportunity of seeing that clever
little artist, this time In an entirely new
character, that of Paquita, the ; coquettish
and rick?e Spanish maiden, a rart that
Erovides abundant scope for the display of
er talents and natural ability.
The management of the Emdre Theater
this week offers as an attraction Fields &
Hanson's Drawing Cards, an excellently ar
ranged combination of vaudeville artists.
There are ten specialty acts in the long
olio. Fields and Hanson are the bright
lights of the troupe, and in their well--known
musical specialty they are one of
the hits of the show. The remainder of the
troupe is made up of good performers.
IIn the Democracy Fnlledf
To the Editor of the Indianapolis Journal:
Tha Question, "Has the Democratic party
failed?" seems to be occupying much of the
attention of the mugwump press just now,,
and well it may, considering the general
condition of affairs. A "Cleveland Demo
crat," through the columns of Harper's
Weekly, has undertaken to show that the
party has been equal to the occasion of
fered. His proof consists in showing that
since the accession of Democratic rule un
3er Mr. Cleveland two great measures have
been enacted into law and another started
"on the road to completion." The Issue
presented is the wisdom of these measures
and to whom the credit, if any, belongs for
their success. First of these he names the
repeal of the Sherman silver law. That the
Democratic party does not deserve the full
credit of the repeal of this experimental
law is too apparent to the general readier
to need argument. It only got through this
Congress by virtue of an almost united ac
tion of Republicans in both houses, and
would have been repealed long1 before ex
cept for Democratic opposition.
That the repeal of the federal election law
was in the nature of reform will be ques
tioned. The law may not have been wise
in all its provisions, doubtless was not,
but that the intent of the law was good
can hardly be questioned by any lover of
pure government. Whoever recognizes this
as a great Nation, not a mere aggregation
of sovertign States bound together by a
rope of sand, must needs recognize the ne
cessity of some federal supervision over na
tional elec tions. The repeal of the elections
law was a national calamity, instead of a
blessing, as proclaimed by mugwump Dem
" ocratio statesmen. Little argument is need
ed to show the dire results that may come
from yielding to the States supreme and
complete control of election laws, when
one stops to consider the drastic measures
recently adopted by certain Southern States
for the suppression of the negro vote.
That the Democratic party Is entitled
to the full credit of getting that other
great measure, the Wilson tariff bill, with
its senatorial embellishments, "on the road
to completion" no sane person can for a
moment doubt. Put as it remains, for ex
perience to demonstrate whether this cele
brated measure, if it becomes a law, will
prove a national blessing or a national
curse, prudence uoulj suggest that it be
not yet catalogued among the great and
wise enactments of our national legisla
ture. Tho Wilson bill will not gj upon the
statute hooks with any presumptions in its
favor. It must tlrst by performance es
tablish its claim to public respect. From
a Republican standpoint the Democratic
party has not failed. Its platforms for
years have given promise that it would de
stroy the country's prosperity if placed in
power, and no party pledge was ever more
faithfully kept. J. II. CLAYl'OOL.
Indianapolis. Ind., March 10.
Trump with Stamp.
Last night five tramps appeared in the
vicinity of the Vandalla yards, west of the
river, and attempted to dispose of several
hundred stamps of all denominations. On
being questioned as to where they obtained
them they gave unsatisfactory answers.
They left the city on a midnight west
bound freight. 1
BELONGS TO A PAST AGE
tho great, griping
In this enlightened
aco you havo Dr.
Pierce's Pleasant Pcl-
AcU better because
.they're the smallest.
easiest to tako and
easiest in their action;
letter because thay do
They Tiavo a tonio
effect on tho lining
membranes, and per
manently cure Const i
Indigestion, Sick or Pilious Headaches,
Nervousness, and every derangement of tha
liver, stomach, and bowels.
Cedar RapM, Imca.
Da. It. V. Tierce: J.ir Sir My wholo
iTftnm sorm to have un-i'-nrone a change
einc" tnlilnsr " Pl-nsant P II ts." Mv nerves aro
wonderfully imvrovv.'d and I no longer have at
tacks of "the bl'ios." It is wond. ritiLthetfftod
tho " Pellets" havo done ray liver complaint.
DEATH OF E. S. ALVORD
End of a Former Imlianapolitan
of Considerable Prominence.
He Passes Away at Washington Capt.
Daniel II. Floy.il, of tho U. S.
Army, Dies Here.
A figure long .familiar In the business and
political life of Indiana passed off the stage
Saturday. Elijah S. Alvord died at his
home in Washington, 1). C, aged eighty
five years. Mr. Alvord, In the sixties and
early seventies, was located In Indianapolis,
where he wa3 engaged in the wholesale
grocery trade, dipping into politics as a
sort of diversion.- At one time he was
chairman of the Democratic State central
committee, and wa3 the intimate friend and
adviser of Hendricks and McDonald, and
the companion of Col. It. J. Bright and
other prominent Indiana politicians.
He went to Washington over fifteen
years ago, and was a member of the firm
of Littlefield fc Alvord, engaged in wharf
age and cartage. They did a large busi
ness and Mr. Alvord probably left a snug
fortune. After going to Washinjrton he
took no part in public affairs, and his pres
ence there was known to but few of the
Indiana residents. Ills old homestead was
the residence at the southeast corner of
Pennsylvania and Ohio streets, afterwards
remodeled for the use of the public library.
DEATH OF CAl'T. D. II. FLOYD.
An O flleer of the llcKiilnr Army Puss
es Auy lu TIiI.m City.
Capt. Daniel If. Floyd, of the United
States army, died of nervous prostration on
Saturday at the residence of his brother-in-law,
Capt. Sanford Fortner, on Ruckle
street. He was over forty-five years of
age, and was the brother of Dr. John T.
Floyd, of Noblesville; Maj. Mahlon II.
Floyd and Edward Z. Floyd, of Indianapo
lis, all of whom are dead. Rev. David B.
Floyd, of Newville, Pa, is tils only surviv
ing brother, but he has three sisters living,
the wives respectively of Capt. Sanford
Fortner, of this city, Rev. Martin L. Cul
ler, of Apollo, Pa, and Mr. Richard Sam
mond, of Chicago, Capt. Daniel II. Floyd
was born on Sept. 25, IS IS, near Middle
Captain Floyd came when a boy with his
parents from Maryland to Hamilton coun
ty, Indiana, where he remained until his
eighteenth year. His youth and early man
hood were spent at school in Clarksville
and Noblesville. Ind., whera he gave prom
ise of future distinction. Having shown
much ambition and strength of mind he was
placed under special instructions of a grad
uate of Yale College, Mr. Samuel Cock
ran, of Noblesville, where he acquired such
a taste for study and cultivated such vir
tues of character, which so much condi
tioned his whole subsequent life, that they
became the prime elements of his future
success. In the fall of ISStJ he entered the
United States Military Academy at West
Point as a cadet by appointment from the
Eleventh congressional district of Indiana,
then represented in Congress by the Hon.
Thomas Stillwell. Here he applied himself
with diligence in the studies of the acad
emy. From West Point he graduated with
the class of IbTO. Several of his classmates,
among them Col. Frederick D. Grant, who
was also his roommate, have acquired dis
tinction in military and civic life.
Upon graduation from West Point he re
ceived the commission of second lieutenant
in the regular army, and was at once as
signed for duty in the Ninth United States
Cavalry. In this regiment he served for
years on the frontiers of Texas and New
Mexico. Hero he saw and experienced very
arduous service under Generals Miles,
Crook and McKenzie against the Indians,
participating in several sharp engagements
with various hostile tribes. By reason of
this severe and active service he was ap
pointed in 1S74 to take a post graduate
course in the United States artillery school
at Fortress Monroe, Virginia. Having
completed this course in two years he was
promoted to the rank of first lieutenant
and again assigned to active duties, this
time in the Eighteenth United States In
fantry, serving in Tennessee and the Caro
linas until lbSi In command of a detach
ment of his regiment ho was sent to quell
riots in the Carollnas during the political
Imbroglio of 1STG. He was promoted by
President Arthur, in 18S3, to the rank of
captain and assistant quartermaster United
States army. In his employment as an as
sistant quartermaster he spent the last ten
years of his life, and to It faithfully de
voted hia time and energies. He was sta
tioned at different times at Fort Huachuca,
A. T.,. Buffalo, N. Y.t St. Paul, Minn., and
The funeral will be held to-morrow morn
ing at 11 o'clock from the residence on
CITY NEWS NOTES.
Charles Weldon, residing at No. 3C3 North
New Jersey street, reported to the police
yesterday that $3 had bsen stolen, from his
It was Mr. David Wallace who presented
the handsomely framed portrait of General
Harrison to the Republican Traveling
Men's Club on Saturday night.
Fred WIthoft, who keeps a saloon on
Indiana avenue above California street, was
arrested yesterday by patrolmen ('nine and
Pierson for selling liquor on Sunday.
A reception will be given to the mem
bers and friends of the Hoys' Home and
Employment Association at the rooms. 66
and 6S East Court, on Wednesday evening.
Mayor Denny will make an address.
James Madden, the well-known fireman,
Is lyinar seriously 111 at St. Vincent's Hos
pital, where he was taken last Saturday.
On account of serious complications of the
stomach he was compelled to give up his
duties with the No. 10 hose company two
Superintendent Powell Returns.
Superintendent Powell, with his wife, re
turned to the city yesterday evening, after
an extensive sojourning of several weeks
through the South. The Superintendent will
resume charge of police affairs this morn
ing. The Sunday Liquor Seller. "
Max Frelderich, bartender for Frank
Earnest, who keeps a saloon at the corner
of Morris and East streets, was arrested
yesterday by patrolmen Tieban and O'Brien
for selling liquor on Sunday.
Fair "Wenllier with Vnrlnble Winds
IrMlitteil fur Indiana
WASHINGTON, March 1L For Indiana
Fair; variable winds.
For Illinois Fair; variable winds, becom
ing southerly; slightly warmer.
For Ohio Generally fair; west winds.
Indianapolis, Iud., March 11.
Ttaie, Bar Ther.jR II. Wind. : Weather. I're.
8a.m.Ww 40 bO West. Clear. 0.00
8i. M.:t0.15 4ft GO West 'Clear. 0.00
ature , Us. The loilowin u a comparative state
ment of the temperature and precipitation.
A'Atll (.11 A X , 3L'l.
Pep.irtme from normal
lAcesi) or deficiency .inc Mar. I
Pxoess ordelitiencr Miicr Jan. 1
iua. U K. It. W APrEMIANS,
Local Forecast OHicial, Uulted States Weather
Storm nt Shebojsnn.
SHEBOYGAN. Wis., March ll.-A wind
storm of ihenomt-nal severity swept over
this city, during last night, doing a large
amount of damage to projrty. The pule
reached a velocity of seventy-live mile an
hour and was the most terrific evr known
in this section of the country. The wind
was accompanied, at intervals, with rain or
snow. Sheboygan seems to have bevii the
center of the storm, as the wind was not
seriously felt in other portions of this coun
try. Alto xind Cold.
ST. PAFL. Minn., March 11. A few days
aso the discovery of a large IxhI of as
bestos, fourtet-n inches or more in thick
ness, was reporu-d front lVlleview. this
State. Word coi.k-s from that town to-day
that prosj'c:-rv. wb.il - examining the dc
Isit. found x.old-larimr quartz which in
dicates sis extensive a koVI deposit as that
found in the Itainy lake region of northern
Gnniblin IIoiikc Ilohhcd.
COLORADO CITY, Col., March 11. Four
masked and army I men entered the Ox
ford Club, a u.iT!ildng hniji..', at n a. m. to
day, and ordiTrd everybody lu the place
to throw u thtlr hands. All did so except
FM Donaldson, the colored porter, who
dodged behind the ice box. A shot Intended
for him wounded another nerrro in the foot.
The robbers did not Ret much lxty. as
the games had been stopped and the bank
roll locked in the safe. They drove away
In a rig which had been left at Colorado
Springs, and which was found on the street
GOOD WORD FOR CATHOLICS.
A Presbyterian Divine Who Is Opposed
to the A. F. A. Crusade.
ROCHESTER, N. Y., March 1L In his
sermon this morning, the Rev. Dr. II. II.
Stebbins, pastor of the Central Presby
terian Church, said: "I do not believe in
denouncing the church of Christ, and hope
that no one within hearing of my voice is
In sympathy with the A. P. A. It must be
remembered that the Romish church is a
Christian church, and that she has contrib
uted very much to the literature and life
of the church. There Is room for the im
provement of that church a3 for every oth
er church. God bless every bishop and
priest of the Roman Catholic Church and
make the church pure, true and a power
for righteousness on earth. I pray that
God may hasten the time when there shall
be one church of God, one Bible, one treed,
holiness to God, and the gospel to every
creature as its errand."
CAUSED BY A HARE LIP.
A Sensitive Money Lender Commits
Suicide in a Dramatic Manner.
SPOKANE, Wash., March 11. Edwin K.
Sturgis committed suicide to-day in a most
determined manner. Going to the Spokane
river ha leaped Into it from a rocky shelf,
firing a revolver as ho made the leap. The
water where he landed was too shadow,
so he waded out till it reached his chin,
and then sent a bullet through his brain.
Stursis was a money lender. Just before
he killed himself he made a will, leaving
$10,000 to his brother in Quincy, 111. It is
said that desponency over the disfigure
ment caused by a hare lip had caused him
to drink heavily, and this led to the Gui
cide. NEW RAILWAY POOL.
Agreement Ilctween the Peiiiisylvn
nlu, Ills Four and the II. fc O. S. AV.
CINCINNATI, March 11. As the result
of a secret meeting of railroad men in this
city, yesterday afternoon. Eastern business
from this city will hereafter be pooled be
tween the Pennsylvania, the Baltimore &
Ohio Southwestern and the Big Four. For
three months rates between this city and
New York have been unsteady. A few
weeks ago a rate war was narrowly avert
ed. The creation of this pool means much
to the traveling public and the railroads.
It mav lead to a gigantic pool and be
merged with the St. L.ouls and Cincinnal
passenger combination. This was talked of
yesterday, but not seriously. The railroad
will lirst try tho pool without any executive
ortlcer, and if this proves a success greater
things may be expected. A divisional ar
rangement was made at the meeting, but
upon what basis is not known. The Big
Four and the Pennsylvania will doubtless
get more than a third each, as the Balti
more & Ohio Southwestern is a differential
The PopulUt nailroad.
TOPEKA, Kan., March 11. C. J. Jones,
who la at the head of the construction
company which has the contract to grade
the first one hundred' miles of the so-called
"Gulf and Interstate railroad," has gone
to Port Bolivar, on Galveston bay, oppo
site the city of Galveston, whera he says
he will commence' work. Jones says he will
"blaze the way" for the great Populist
transportation project himself, making the
entire journey from Galveston to Manitoba
in a two-wheeled cart drawn by a team of
trained buffalos. Jones has organized four
engineer corps to make the survey of the
railroad. These are already In the field,
under the direction of C. S. Beadie, of Pitts
burg, Kan., the chief engineer. Jones says
the money to grade the one hundred miles
has already been raised by the company.
F. J. Close, secretary of the company, who
Is also Governor Lewelling's private ecc
retary, payn tho construction and equip
ment of sixty miles of road from Galveston
to Beaumont, a station on the Southern
Pacific, have already been assured. He
says the money is in the treasury to do the
grading, and the ties will be furnished by
Texas communities, rolling mill3 will take
bonds of the road for the steel, and the
rolling stock will be furnished by an equip
ment company. Upon the completion of
this sixty miles of rood. Close says, the
business men of Galveston are to pay a
bonus of $.",00,000, and the owners of a
tract of land on Point Bolivar are to deed
the company a half interest therein, out of
which the company is expected to rerUfze
$2,u00,000 by the sale of town lots. With
this money it is expected to push north
ward. LEASE HANTS AT BOSTON.
The ltnnsna "Cyclone" Talk on the
Common to l.oOO Unemployed.
BOSTON, March 11. In Mrs. Mary Ellen
Lease the fifteen hundred people who at
tenuid the meeting of the unemployed on
the Common had a speaker after their own
hearts. In her speech she scorel her hear
ers heavily, and said that they had brought
all their troubles on themselves by voting
year after year for the dudes in high hats
and kid gloves, who had no interest in
their welfare, and that when they came to
know the value of the ballot and ust-d it
to send men of their own kind to the Leg
islature then the working people would not
be snubbed, but their appeals would re
ceive immediate attention. She advocated
woman suffrage, but thanked God that
woman had not voted for the past twenty
flvo years, because if they had the men
would turn around and say that the present
condition of affairs was owing to those
confounded women interfering Pn politics.
She told the unemployed that if they would!
only stay at horn? and mind the babies
the women would soon find a road out of
the terrible business depression.
Rubber Trade Dull.
NEW BBUNSWICK, N. J., March 11.
The New Brunswick rubber factory and
the Meyer Rubber Company's plant at Mill
town will close to-morrow for an Indefinite
; Ierlod These shut-downs will throw about
one thousand men out or employment, and
are the result of the general dullness in
He Returned Too Soon.
CINCINNATI. O., March 11. Two weeks
ago Harry F. Siebern, of Norwood, by the
payment of $1,5.nj, compromised a suit for
breach of promise and a worse offense
brought by Mis Clara Douglas, also of
NorwiKid. A further condition of the com
promise was that he should not return to
Norwood for six months. Today he re
turned, and while walking past the Doug
lass house, Charles lougiass. a brother of
the wronged girl, sent a load of birdshot
into Siebern's back.
Want Mrs. Grunt nn Their Guest.
BIRMINGHAM. Ala., March 10. The
resident Camp of Confederate Veterans
met to-nis?ht to arrange for the reunion
of the veterans of the Southern States, to
be held here, thinning April ST.. A resolu
tion Inviting Mrs. Jefferson. Davis, Miss
Winnie DavL .md Mrs. U. S. Grant to be
the special guests of the camp was adopted
with great enthusiasm. Ten thousand peo
ple are expected to attend the reunion.
ClilcitK" Anarchist Talk.
CHICAGO. March 11. Representatives of
the united international groups of Chicago
observed the twenty-third anniversary of
the Pari Commune to-day. The speeches,
nearly all jf which were In foreign tongues,
were wild, and pertained chiefly "to existing
labor troubles. The hall was profusely
druiel with red cloth. Prominent on the
stage were portraits of the Anarchists who
were executed in Chicago.
Almost "Went Over Hi Full.
LOUISVILLE. Ky., March ll.-Captaln
Devan's life-saving crew rescued three
medical students from death this after
noon, just as their boat was about to go
over the falls. They lost control of the boat
when it reached, midstream and the- swift
current carried it rapidly toward tho In
diana chute. Their perilous position as
discovered Just in time by the lookout at
lU.tNMi "Women Registered.
DENVER. Col., March 11. The canvass
of voters in Denver and Highlands is prac
tically completed, and it Is estimated that
over twelve Thousand women have been
The Pyramid Tile Cure
Is n new discovery for tho prompt, perms
rent cure of piles iu every form. Every
druggist has it.
A TRAGEDY RECALLED
Harry Hawk, an Eyewitness, De
scribes the Killing of Lincoln.
He Was the Only Actor on the Stagfe at
the Time the Fatal Shot Was Fired
An Interesting: Letter.
Twenty-nine years ago next month the
mcst shocking tragedy ever enacted within
the walls of an American playhouse took
place at Ford's Theater, this city. The de
tails of the assassination of President Lin
coln have been described over and over,
but there seem3 always something new to
learn, and, now that years have done away
with the old, bitter feeling, we are better
able to get at the facts in the case. Eye
witnesses who have for years kept silent
out of respect to Edwin Booth have since
his death felt free to speak upon the sub
ject, and the result has been a consid
erable and interesting acquisition to the
true story of the assassination.
"With especial interest In this connection
Is the testimony of Mr. Harry Hawk, the
old comedian, at present playing the com
edy role of Gen. Septimus Cobb, the Amer
ican traveler. In "Darkest Russia," at the
Academy of Music. In those far-off days
Mr. Hawk was even then a leading com
edian, and he played the part of Asa
Trenchard In "Our American Cousin" on
that fatal niffht of Laura Keene's benefit
at the old Ford Theater. Moreover, it hap
pened that he was the only man on the
stage at the time the assassin's shot was
fired, and his account of the occurrence is
probably as Interesting as any living man
could give to-day.
It is only Fince the death of his old and
esteemed friend, Edwin Booth, that Mr.
Hawk would consent to say a word on the
subject. Moreover, last season an acci
dent in Providence, It. I., came near rob
bing the public of his testimony. There an
elevator weighing I.smO pounds fell on the
comedian, and it was only by a miracle
that he reaped being crushed to death.
He recovered after a long Illness, however,
and this season has been playing with all
his old-time spirit, while personally ht does
not look tho veteran he is.
To a Post reporter last evening Mr. Hawk
"I've always been averse to referring to
Lincoln's assassination or John "Wilkes
Booth on account of my friendship for
the late Edwin Booth, and heretofore It
has been solely on that account that I've
remained siknt on the subject.
"The matter was always a tender spot
with Mr. Booth, and all his friends knew
It. I have often heard him talk of his
father, Junius Brutus Booth, but I, or any
one, nevsr heard him mention the name of
his brother. As I said, on account of my
esteem for the eminent tragedian I've up
to now refused to be lntervlewd on that
saddest of sensational affairs.
"As you are aware, it was the benefit
and last night of Iaura Keene, and the
house was crowded to the utmost capacity,
not only on account of the popularity of
the distinguished actress, but from the fact
of the President occupying a box.
"The applause was unusually enthusi
astic, and everyone, both in the company
and the audience, was In the happiest
humor. At the time the hot was lired
I was on the stasre alone and had just
finished speaking my lines.
"The report startled me somewhat, but
as the sound was muilled I thought It
came from the property room of the thea
ter and did not realize at the moment that
such a terrible crime had been committed.
"Before I could think of anything I saw
Booth rush through the President's box
and make a spring to the stage. The Fpur
on his boot caught in the draperies which
ornamented the box and, tripping him,
threw him on the stage. He immediately
regained his feet and, brandishing a huge
dagger a la Richard the Third at the audi
ence, and crying 'Sic semper tyrannis,' he
rushed across the stage.
DOESN'T WANT TO TOSE AS A HERO.
"Now," Bald Mr. Hawk, with a smile of
self-deprecation, "there has been a well
meant attempt on the part of some of you
newspaper men to make a hero out of me
'at "this point. A Boston paper stated the
other day that I attempted to stop Booth
and was badly cut in the affray. Now, I
did nothing of the kind. I have never
played horoio roles and for the sake of
historic accuracy do not intend to be mis
represented, even to my advantage. The
first thing I realized was that a man with
nn immense knife in his hand was rushing
directly toward me. I did not know what
he had done, nor did I stop to consider
what his purpose might be. I simply did
what most other men would have done un
der the circumstances I ran.
"I made for my dressing room, which
was up a short flight of stairs. How I got
there I don't know, but I did, and very
hurriedly. When I realized that the man
was not after me I went back on to the
stage. There. I learned that the President
had been shot, and for the first time told
who the assassin was. 'It was John Booth,'
Raid I. We never called him Wilkes about
the theater, and my first thought was of
shame that an actor should have so dis
graced his callincr.
"I was immediately arrested as a wit
ness and taken before Mayor Wallach,
who put me under Jl.OfiO bail. Dr. Brown,
who afterward embalmed the body of the
President, went my security. The Doctor
took me to his home, and at 2 o'clock in
the morning four ofileers came and carried
me to Peterson'3 house, where the Presi
dent had been carried, and where all the
Cabinet were assembled.
"I was asked if I knew him and If he was
the one Booth had shot.
"The next morning I became so thorough
ly alarmed at my position, as I began to
think that I might be assassinated myself,
that I tried to Ket out of town and get
home to Philadelphia. But the running of
all trains had been stopped and it was Im
possible to leave.
"My attempting to get awav caused the
Doctor to cancel my bail bond, and I was,
consequently, Irhprisoned In a cell for two
days. At the end of this time I was re
leased on two sureties, and got permission
to leave for Cincinnati, where we were to
lid an en fra nenltnt. At- Harrisburg I had
to wait over an hour, and, just before I
was about to leave, I was arrested again
by the provost marshal and held for four
days, and was only released by an order
from Secretary Stanton.
"In petting to Lincoln's box Booth came
through the dress circle. The door leading
to the box opened on a small passageway;
from this the door to the box proper opened.
As Booth entered this passage he slipped a
bar, which had been prepared some time
in the afternoon and placed in position
across the door leading to the dress circle,
making it impossible for any one to opn
it from the audience side.
"In the door of the box a small gimlet
hole had been bored and grooved, so as to
exaetly fit the ve. Through this Booth
could look and get the exact position of
the President. Through this gimlet hole he
paused exactly the range, and, quickly
opening the door, shot true and fatally.
"The plot was not carried out as it was
originally intended, the arrangements be
ing that the gas was to be turned off at
the meter at the same time the shot was
fired, and, in the darkness and confusion.
Booth could easily have escaped unrecog
nized. "In John G. Nicolay and John Hay's
'Life of Abraham Lincoln they say: No
one. not even the comedian on the stage,
could ever remember the last words of the
piece that were uttered that night.' Thev
are mistaken, for I remember distinctly.
It was at the ending of the lines, 'the sock
dologlng man trap.' that the shot was tired.
At that point I paused, and, as I was about
to turn, I was startled by the explosion.
FACTS CLEAR IN HIS MEMORY.
"Although the incidents connected with
the tragedy were consummated with such
rapidity, every movement and the slightest
action of those about me, just before and
after the shot, is Indelibly stamped on my
mind, and, after all these years, the pictures
stand as vividly before me as if it were but
"I can see Lincoln unconscious In his box;
the doctor being pushed up to him over
the backs of two men, who had made a
sort of bridge of their bodies, as It was im
possible to reach the President bv the pas
sageway. I can see the look of madness
on the face of Booth as he Jumped to the
stage, and his demoniacal cry still rings in
my ears; and the excitement, the uproar
and the sudden hush as they carried the
1 'resident to the house opposite. Yes, it
truly was a night never to be forgotten,
and. with me, seems to grow more distinct,
instead of being obliterated, by the passing
shadows of years."
"Still, if I were inclined to forget the In
cidents of that fatal night, the following let
ter, which I wrote to my 'fr.thr, In Chicago,
a few days after the assassination, would
J serve to recall them, and also as the best
possmie proor of their accuracy. The letter
was published once in an account of t;n
assassination, issued by Barclay & Co., of
Philadelphia, but the pamphlet is now long
out of print, and this Is the only copy I
have ever been able to get"
The letter referred to is dated "Washing
ton, D. C, April 1G. 1S03," and reads as
My Dear Parents This Is the first oppor
tunity 1 have had to write to you since the
assassination of our dear I 'resident, ou
Friday night, as I have been in custody
ever since. 1 was one of the principal wit
nesses of the sad affair, having been the
only one on the stage at the time of the
fatal shot. . .
I was plaving Asa Trenchard in "Tha
American Cousin." The "old lady" of the
theater (Mrs. Muzzey), had Just gone off
the stage, and I was answering her exit
speech when I heard the shot fired. I
turned, looked up at the President's box,
heard the man exclaim "Sic semper tyran
nis," saw him jump from the box. seize
the flag from the staff, and drop to the
stage. He slipped when he gained the stage,
but got upon his feet In a moment, brand
ished a large knife, saying: "The South
shall be free," turned his face in the direc
tion I stood, and I recognized him as John
Wilkes liooth. lie ran towaru me, aim i,
seeing the knife thought 1 was the one
he was after, ran off the stage and up a
flight of stairs. He made his escape out of
a door directly in the rear of the theater,
mounted a horse, and rode off.
The above all occurred In the space of a
quarter of a minute, and at the time I did
not know that the President was shot, al
though if I had tried to stop him ((Booth)
he would have stabbed me.
I am now under $1,000 bail to appear as
a witness when Booth is tried, if caught.
All the above I have sworn to. You may
imagine the excitement in the theater, which
was crowded, with cries of "Hang him:"
"Who was he?" etc., from every one pres
It was the saddest thing I ever knew. The
city only the night before was illuminated,
and everbody was so happy. Now it is all
sadness. Everybody looks gloomy and sad.
That night the play was going off so well.
Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln enjoyed it so much.
She was laughing at my speech when the
shot was lired. In fact, it was a laugh
from the time the curtain went up until
it fell; and to think of such a sorrowful end
ing. It is an era in my life that I never
NEW WEAPONS OF WAR.
Army Itifles That Fire Explosive Bul
lets, Inflicting Terrible Wounds.
European Edition New York Herald.
What will be tho next excuse or pretext
Invented not to justify war, which is the
negation of even' right, but the researches
and Inventions, of which are dally render
ing It more deadly and horrible? Up to
the present time attempts have been made
to excuse the persons who, with every fac
ulty of their mind directed toward this one
object, spent their life in discovering arms,
projectiles and explosive substances of
greater and greater power by stating that
the new weapons would wound more but
kill fewer men.
In future wars. It was said, the soldiers
would be disabled In larger numbers, but
there would be but few deaths; the lesions
would be slight and would heal quickly
and certainty. Then when peace was made
the wounded would be found to be as good
as ever, without any other damage than
slight scars, just enough to bear witness
to their bravery and keep It in their mem
ory. The conclusion drawn was that the
tremendous sums spent for arms that are
constantly going out of fashion and being
renewed, all this labor and effort that was
thought to be lost for peace and the prog
ress of humanity, were, on the contrary,
serving the cause of progress, and to In
vent a gun, a ball or a new form of powder
was claimed to be a work of kindness and
it seems, however, that this Is a mistake.
The experiments made by M. Demosthenes,
head surgeon of the Roumanian army, con
firming those carried out in Switzerland,
Germany and in France by MM. Delorme,
Chauvel and Chavasse, have shown the
falseness of these claims, which can no
longer be advanced in good faith, even
if we are to admit that they were ever
anything else than the mask of hypocrisy.
The distances used were those- of a battle,
and the cartridges the regular ammuni
tion, so that the results were just what we
shall get in a battle, and they are terrible
At 1,200 or 1,400 metres, distances which
M. Demosthenes did not exceed on account
of the dhliculty of hitting a single man at
800 or 1,000 metres, he noted complete per
foration of the cranium with multiple frac
tures.and simultaneous rupture of the stom
ach and intestines. With living horses at
the same distance the nickel-steel covered
ball of tho Roumanian Mannlicher of 51'2
millimetres went through the cranium and
neck, grinding the vertebrae to pieces.
At shorter distances, a fracture of the
cranium means that it bursts into about
twenty pieces; at GoO metres the ball went
through three bodies placed one behind the
other at an interval of half a metre, strlk
ing them below the knee; the tibia of the
first was found in fourteen pieces, while
that or the second showed thirteen. If to
this we add the fact that balls striking the
bones with this terrific force break them
selves Into innumerable fragments, tearing
tne nesn, coming out at umerent places, and
leaving in the tissues a lot of metallic
fragments, some idea can be formed of the
immense gravity of these wounds, and of
the butchery that a battle of the future is
going to be.
And this is not all; a new danger hitherto
unknown in wounds by firearms goes to
complete the terrible destructive power of
these new weapons. I refer to hemorrhage.
Wounds Inflicted on living horses show that
not only the large vessels, but even the
arteries of small calibre are opened as by
a knife, giving rise to great loss of blood.
A horse struck in the temple and killed In
two minutes lost bright red blood in jets
from the wound. A soldier killed accident
ally at target practice at Bucharest, and
who had merely been shot through the apex
of the left lung, without any important
vessel being opened, was found to have four
litres of blood in his pleural cavity.
Such are the wounds with which the army
surgeons are going to have to deal in the
future. To master thl3 hemorrhage, tc
handle and set without too much pain or
damage limbs of which the skeleton is re
duced to fragments, will the good will,
courage, and devotion, as also the Inexperi
ence and lack of skill of the ambulance at
tendants, be enough? The surgeon's aid
will be necessary.
Unfortunately the range of the arms of
the present day will expose them to le;ng
killed to no purpose. The most that can be
done will be to protect the wounded soldier
from any further damage, while the first
sanitaryr line will have to be 3,5j0 or 4.0OJ
metres back of the battle line.
The cruel but true formula of the results
obtained by the philanthropic inventors of
new arms Is, therefore, "more dangerous
wounds and more dillicult help to the wound
ed." The Roumanian surgeon develops this
idea in these terms, which give a very good
conception of his publication: "We cannot
help feeling that tnis so-caiiei numani
tarlan projectile is a very perfidious one.
as it shatters the cranium, smashes the
bones, opens the vessels and splits itself
up in the boay into a number oi pointea ana
cutting fragments impossible to extract; it
wounds many persons at the same time.
and while increasing the number of wounded
and of their wounds, prevents us, on ac
count of its grer.t range, from heir ing the
wounded with the quickness and security
For these reasons let us hope that the
God of peace will be propitious to us.
IIHITISII VIEW OF Till? ICEARSAIttin
Why She Won Her Great Comlmt with
the Ilelel Commerce Destroyer.
London Daily News.
The old Kearsarge, which sank the Ala
bama, haa herself come to a violent end
She was wrecked a few days ago In the
Caribbean sea, happily without loss of life.
It Is all but thirty years since she t'out;ht
her great fight off Cherbourg, so she has
kept the seas a long time. She deserved an
honored place on the retired list of the
American navy, for she had claims on
national gratitude only second to those of
the Constitution. Her light with the Ala
bama was a duel conducted very much on
the model of the old personal contests in
the age of chivalry. After a hot pursuit
she h;ul at last cornered the confederate
cruller which had wrought so much ruin
to American commerce, and it was well
understood that pursuer or pursued must
perish. She watched the mouth of Cher
bourg harbor, which her enemy was under
short notice to leave, and the fight was in
evltable. The steamers in pori cam- out
to see it, and some of them carried excur
sion parties from l'aris. The Kearsarge
won by superior artillery, superior disci
pline, superior patriotism. Her crew had a
nobler I lea to fight for thin the medley of
mercenaries that crowded thet privateer.
These were a desperate gang, and they had
given their officers endless trouble tx-fore
the Kearsarge took the reformation of their
manners In hand. As the Alabama steamed
out of harbor at V) ocloek on Sun Jay m "tra
in g, June W, she found her antagonist
.waiting for her, and the two approached
each other In ever-narrowing circles, firing
all the time. The Kearsarge was better
prewired for defensp. as well us for attack.
Her commander had roughly armored her
In the most vulnerable parts bv laying
all her spare chain cables in folds'over the
sides. Th Alabama opened tire at a dis
tance of about a mile, and when the ships
had male seven complete circles, she sud
denly turned and headed for the land.
She was sinking, for both shot and shU
had reached her with fearful effects on
ship and crew. A British yacht, the Deer
hound, which had come out tv see the light,
came up in time to save about forty of the
crew as they jumped for their lives. The
last shot was fired as she went down. It
waa a glorioui victor. We can say so
with a clear conscience now, as the Dally
News was among the few metropolitan
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The great question befor-ihe Honorablt
Hoke Smith is not how to do Justice to th
American Indian nor t3 extend the rules
bearing on civil service reform. It is how
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And ovt Wilt A Kit In.
New York Evening Post.
Iarge numlers of Republicans voted thf
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