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RAILING AMI A T1IIRU COWED.
I'rinon Key Secureil, Suit of Cloth
iiiK Stolen, and Tlien the Urotliers
Uuletly Walked Ont.
STORY TOLD BY THE WARDEN
ins win: was i.matlati:i with
OXE OF THE CRIMINALS.
Both Condemned for Killing n Pltts
barK Suharban Grocer One Form
erly at MIchlRnn City.
FITTSBFP.G. Jan. CO. Two notorious
burglars and murderers, under sentence
of death, escaped from the county jail at
4 o'clock this morning, with the aid of
Mrs. Soffel. wife of the prison warden.
The murderers now at large are Edward
and John Kiddle, who killed Grocer Thom
as D. Kahney at Mount Washington. They
have not be en appre hended.
The Riddles had been provided with saws,
with which they cut the bars in their cells,
and were ready at any moment to make an
opening .-uiftciently large to pass through.
The prisoners occupied adjoining cells on
the second range. They had evidently been
preparing for escape for some time, and
had assistance from the outside, as both
were armtd with revolvers.
Shortly before 4 o'clock one of the Riddles
called to James McGeary, who had charge
of the outside gates, and asked for some
cramp medicine in a hurry, saying his
brother was dangerously sick. McGeary
hastened to the cell with the medicine,
when John Kiddle sprang through the
opening In the cell, and seizing the guard
around the waist hurled him over the rail
ing to the s.one floor beneath, a distance
of sixteen feet. Edward Riddle joined his
brother Immediately and both, with drawn
revolvers, hurried to the first floor, where
they met Guard Reynolds and shot him.
There were but three men on duty anel the
third was on one of the upper ranges. He
was ordered down at the muzzle? of r-:-vrMer?;
aiul the three guards were put In
the dungeon. The kys were taken from
Keeper McGeary ami the two desperate
prisoners h id a clear lieid. The only per
sons who vitnsd the escape were pris
oners, who could not interfere or give the
The IJJddles went tu the wardrobe where
the guards keep their clothing and each
put on a new suit. They then unlocked the
outside gates and passed out into Ross
street. The escape was nut discovered un
til the daylight guards came on duty at
C o'clock, 'lhey wire Informed by pris
oners where- the night guards had been
put, and they were boon released from the
dungeon and sent to the Homeopathic Hos
pital. THE WARDEN'S STORY.
Warden Peter K. Soffel has authorized
the publication of the allegation that, his
wife Is responsible for the furnishing of
the revolver and saws to the Riddles, which
enabled them to escape. In her infatua
tion for the handsome desperado. Edward
BMdle, It Is alleged that she has left her
husband and her four children, and is sup
posed to have met the escaped convicts at
a place agreed upon. The story of the
matter is brif. Mrs. Soffel was the only
person admitted to the jail since last Sun
day. Yesterday afternoon she visited them
tltiring the warden's absence. l-ast even
In? she retired at 9 o'clock. She told her
husband that she was going to visit a sis
ter at McDonald, and that she would re
tiro early so she could get an early start.
Warden Soffel was about the jail until
about 12 o'clock. He retired to his room,
which Is separate from Mrs. Soff el's, short
ly before 1 o"clock. When he awoke this
morning; be asked for Mrs. SonVl and was
Informed that she was absent. Later, when
the details of the escape became known,
he telephoned to McDonald and was in
lormed that Mrs. Soffel was not there.
District Attorney John C. Haymaker had
a conference with Warden Soffel at noon,
and the warden told him of his suspicion
concerning Mrs. Soffel. The wat ch n has
niailo inquiries at the homes of ail of hi.-
wife's relatives, and he has been unable
te find any trace of her. An Inv est igat i. n
disclosed the fact that she had taken all
of her best clothes with her. The warden's
overcoat Is also missing. It is reported
that the BiJdles took a train at the Fourth
uvenue Station of the Panhandle Railroad,
which is within a block of the Jail, and
left for the West. Wurden Soffel is broken
hearted. He is completely unnerved and
with difficulty could repress his tears. It
has been known for severs I weeks that
Mrs. Soffel was taking an interest in the
Riddles, and it is s.id that she frequently
furnished them with dainties outside the
usual prison fare.
1113 WIFE iS GONE.
In discussing the escape later in the day
Warden Soffel said: "I believe my wife
furnished the weapons to the Kiddles ami
assisted them to escape. This is an awful
thing, but I am only telling the whole
truth. My wife was not in bed when I was
awakened this morning and I have not seen
her since. She is gone God only knows
where. I said I would lay everything bare
and I am doing it. This is the worst blow
of iill. but I believe it is true. 1 ,lki not
suspect her and hence was on my guard.
Rut sht- is ftone and the suspicion of as
sisting in the delivery by furnishing wea
jmns rests upon h r. '
He broke down and wept when speaking
of his wire's action?: -Think of mv chil
dren." h- said. "Their future will be "blight
ed. I would rather have din! than to come
to this. To think that my wife, the last per
son in the world whom I would suspect,
should att so." Mr. sVfTel has two girls,
p.tteen üiid thirteen years of ace. and two
lov. ten and sever, years Id.
The ruse of the lüddles was a. clever one
a'id was carrwd out with great success.
They s.w I out the bars of their cells.
John cutting out three i;: hi. Edward, be
ing th larger man. found it necessary to
cut out four. Nothing suspicious was no
ticed in the rctlor.s of the two nrt.-onfrs
nor whs anything? wroror illseovered when
tr.o day guards went v'.T duty yesterday
afternoon The murders evidently sawed
the during the night, using what ap-
j.e.tr. t. have Ijern .,ip to deaden the
i.o!: e a r 1 1 redu-.e friction.
Th t scape is ar unparalleled a is thir
record f.ir crime throughout this vicinity.
Th police all over the ti 1 3 are searching
for t'.io fugitives. While l: is not thought
thy have gii. far. the fhnwdtuss of the
tv.o criminals 1. such that the police have
a hard problem to solve In their recap-
The two guards injured will nrobablv
recover. The bullet wound sustained by
Veynolda Is not regarded as dangerous.
The physician? have been unable to ascer- f
tain as yet the full extent of McGeary's
wounds. His head Is badly contused, but
there are nr signs that his skull was frac
tured by his jixteen-foot fall.
The County Commissioners met this af
ternoon and offered a reward of $5.0o0 for ,
the re-capture of the murderers. A meet
ins; of the prison board to investigate their '
fHijje will be held at 3 o'clock this after- j
WARDEN SOFFEL RELIEVED.
The prison board began an investigation
this afternoon and announced upon ad
journment to-night that Warden Soffel, at
his own request, had been relieved from
duty pending the result of the investiga
te l. Deputy Warden Marshal was placed
I i charge temporarily. Nothing else was
given out. James Franc!. Burke and J. D.
Watson, the attorneys who defended the
Riddles at the trial, anJ the former of
whom was lntrumental In securing their re
spite, have announced that their connection
with the case Is ended and Attorney Buike
has telegraphed the Governor that the ap
plication for a hearing before the Pardon
Hoard is withdrawn.
Up to a lat hour to-night not the? slight
est clew as to the where bouts of any of
the fugitives has been discovered. A re
port Is current that the Kiddles escaped
from the city along the Pittsburg & West
ern Railroad. Scores of people at Etna,
Pino Creek and Sharpsburg: claim to have
seen them. Whether they caught a train
is not known.
The friends of Mrs. Soffel believe; that
she could not have been In her right mind
when she aided In the escape of the Rid
dles. For some years she has been an
Invalid and about one year ago she was
pent to a sanitarium. She came back verv
much improved, but the long and painful
illness is believed to have weakened her
Her husband devoted time and money for
the relief of the suffering of his wife, but
it Is said that she has never fully recov
ered her health, and at times was melan
choly. The Mnrder of Kahncy.
PITTSRURG. Jan. 30.-For several months
preceding the Kahney murder daring burg
laries were of almoHt nightly occurence.
The police seemed powerless to prevent
them and nervous citizens retlreel at night
In fear and trembling. On the morning of
April 12. last. Mrs. Kahney was awakened
by burglars and called to her husband, a
cripple, who was sleeping In an adjohfing
room with one of the children. As he en
(CONTJNCKD ON PAGING,"" COL. 6.)
CAUCUS WILL BE HELD
notsi: ri:philicas to cosider
Mr. I'rnmparlier, of Intllunn, to Make
a Speech In Favor of Hedncing
Special to the Indianapolis Journal.
WASHINGTON, Jan. GO.-Representatlve
Crumpacker's persistence In urging his re
apportionment measure is at last having its
reward. The Republicans of the House will
hold a caucus next Monday for the purpose
of considering all the phases of this meas
ure from a party standpoint. Mr. Crum
packer will make a speech to his fellow
Republicans. The coming of Postmaster
General Payne to the Cabinet is accepted
by many as an indication that something
will be done in this Congress along the
line of seeing a. fib -pitJ.enlattun from
the Southern States. He has been steadily
in favor of such legislation. When the ex
ecutive committee of the national conven
tion held Its meeting in Washington In the
spring prior to the Philadelphia conven
tion he came here prepareel to urge a new
basis of representation. He had canvassed
the committee and claimed that he was
supported by a majority of the committee.
For some reason he chopped the matter.
It has been generally thought he did so
because of an intimation from McKinley
that he thought it was better to let things
go alon-? as they were and give th- South
iurther opportunity to adjust Itself under
the peculiar conditions which confronted
it. President McKinley was very desirous
that his administration see an improve
ment of the relations between Northern
and Southern States and he wanted nothing
done which interfered with this.
Mr. Payne, it is understood, still clings
to the Idea that the party should not sub
mit to this unjust representation, and if
this is true, as a member of the Cabinet
he can use his powerful influence in that
Jim Howard Sent to Prison for Life
on His Second Trial.
FRANKFORT. K, Jan. 30.-At 11:33
o'clock the jury in the case of Jim Howard
returned a verdict of guilty against the
prisoner and fixed his punishment at life
The Jury had been out a little over two
hours and when the first hour passed the
lawyers and crowd in the courtroom began
to look for a hung jury. It is understood
that the only division in the jury as to the
kind of verdict was over the extent of the
It is said that the first ballot in the jury
room resulted In favor of a verdict of
guilty. The next ballot was on the eiues
tion of punishment, and then seven jurors
voted for life Imprisonment and five for the
death sentence. One by one. those favor
ing the death penalty came over till all
twelve voted for a life sentence. Howard's
attorney said an appeal would lc taken.
This was Howard's second trial, the first
one having resulted in a death sentence. A
new trial was granted by the Court of Ap
peals. ALLEGED MUTINY.
Crew rnwIlliiiK to Sail In a Ship that
Is Said to Re I'nsnfe.
SAN JUAN. Porto Rico, Jan. 30. The
British sloop of war Ruzzard has arrived
here from Rarbadoes. D. W. I., and left
for Mayaguez. Porto Rico, with the British
consul to Porto Rico. W. P. Churchward,
on board, to settle the mutiny among the
crew of the British ship Ems. Captain
Clough. which left Demarara Dec. 11, for
New York, grounded on El Negro and put
Into Mayaguez Dee-. 2C, for examination.
Two surveys were made of the Ems; her
hull was examined, and the was found to
have received no damage. Her crew, how
ever, made up of representatives of several
nations, refused to handle the Ems, claim
ing that she was unseaworthy. A new crew
was brought from New York, but the old
crew refused to leave the ship. Being for
eigners they cannot be discharged here
because of the immiRration laws. The Buz
zard will hold an inquiry Into the matter
at Mayaguez to-morrow. If It is found a
mutiny exist? on board the Ems the Buz
zard may attempt to remove her crew.
RIVAL FOR PANAMA CANAL.
Mexico to Ilulld the Tehnnntepec
Hallway with an EnIlnlininn'M Aid.
NEW YORK. Jan. 3 -Sir Weetman Pear
ion, member of Parliament and a promi
nent British contractor and promoter, ar
rived here to-day on the steamship Oceanic
on his way to Mexico where he will con
fer with President Diaz and take personal
supervision of the construction of the Te
huanterec Railway route. He his entered
Into a fifty-year partnership with the Mex
ican government for the control and man
agement of the road which will compete
directly with the Panama canal and which
road Its promoters hope will receive a great
portion of the Mississippi valley trade.
TJNCIyB SAM "A few yenrs ago you were mine enemies; now yrou are my
friends, yon love me; you shall think great thoughts as I
POWERS "Yes, wc love you now.
IN JOINT CONFERENCE
OPERATORS ATVD 31 INF. IIS HOI.ll
THEIR FIRST MEETING.
The Real Rattle Will Resin When
Doth Sides Meet In Tomlinon
Hall This MornlnK.
I BANQUET AT TOMLINSON HALL
CENTRAL LAHOR L'NION ENTERTAINS
IN A IlEMAItltAIII.F: WAV.
There Were Covers Laid for Over
Fifteen Hnntlretl 31en Speeche
and Vaudeville Programme.
The Joint conference of the bituminous
coal operators of Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and
Pennsylvania, and the United Mine Work
ers of America convened in Tomlinson Hall
at 11 o'clock yesterday morning, took the
preliminary steps toward organizing the
convention and then adjourned until 9
o'clock this morning, when the real busi
ness of the conference will begin. A good
representation of the operators in the Inter
state agreement was present. They sat
as a body on the east side of the hall,
but many mingled with the delegates to
the miners' convention. Before and after
the meeting there was cordail handshak
ing between the employers and employed
ami a spirit of good feeling charcterized
the opening session.
President John Mitchell, of the United
Mine Workers, called the convention to
order at 11:3'). Walter S. Bogle, an Indiana
operator, moved that President Mitchell
act as temporary chairman of the conven
tion. There being no other name mentioned
he presided. The committees on credentials
and rules of order were then appointed, two
representatives from each side being al
lowed to each State. The districts made
their own selections, as follows:
Committee on Credentials Indiana opera
tors, J. C. Kolsem and Phil H. Penna;
Indiana miners, James A. Hooper, of the
bituminous field, and Robert Salmond, of
the block coal field; Illinois operators, J.
A. Agee and A. J. Mooreshead; Illinois
miners, I. N. Spalnhower and William
Tophan; Ohio operators, H. L. Chapman
and J. H. Winder; Ohio miners, George W.
Savage and William Green; Pennsylvania
operators, O. A. Blackburn and George
Magoon; Pennsylvania miners. William
Dodds and Abraham Davis. The commit
tee organized by electing Mr. Blackburn
chairman and Mr. Dodds secretary.
Committee on Rules of Order Indiana
operators. J. Smith Talley and A. M. Ogle
Indiana miners. Samuel Lynch, of the block
district, and W. H. Taylor, of the bitumi
nous district; Illinois operators, E. L. Bent
and F. S. Peabody; Illinois miners. George
Bagwell and M. A. L'.ngergan; Ohio op
erators, S. A. McManlgal and 11. B. Nye;
Chio miners, William Morgan and Thomas
Cairns; Pennsylvania operators. George W.
Schluedeberg and W. J. Phillips; Pennsyl
vania miners, William Little and Samuel
Gaskill. The committee organized by elect
ing Mr. Talley chairman and Mr. Bagwell
secretary. The rules governing former con
ventions were adopted, which will allow the
operators to have the chairman of the
Joint conference and the miners the secre
tary. MR. ROBBINS'S ENTRY.
There was quite a commotion in the hall
when Franci3 1 Robbins. of Pittsburg,
entered He is the recognized leader of the
Pennsylvania coal operators and Is the
dominating factor in joint conferences In
settling the scale. The miners nudged one
another as he entered and whispered
"That's him." and even the oprators
turned to see who was coining and com
mented on his arrivaJ. Mr. Robbins is a
large man. with a kindly looking counte
nance, and talks freely with the miners.
There will be no preliminaries before get
ting down to business when the convention
opens this morning. The permanent chair
man and secretary will be eh cted and then
the scale will be submitted. The operators
may make a demand for a reduction In
wages and then the miners will submit
their scale. The convention will then de
cide on which proposition the conference
shall debate. Each side says the other is
'bluffing" in Its demands, and the extent of
this "bluff" will not be known until the
scale is settled. The scale will likely be
left to a joint committee to settle, and
then it will be referred to the convention
for ratification. The operators are more
reticent about talking of the scale than
the miners. Some of them expect a long
conference, lasting ten days, while others
say It will not take a week to settle all
The demand for an increase of 10 per cent,
in wags is looked upon by the operators as
an "extra" In addition to the miners' de
mand for a straight run-of-inine basis and
a reduction in the n::vh'ne; and pick-mining
dlllrrentlal. The Eastern operators state
positively that they will never establish
a run-of-mlne basis, and the miners have
declared that they will accept nothing
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FRANCES I ROBBINS,
Mine Operator of Pittsburg, Pa.
else. If the miners gain other points. It
is said by many of them, they are willing
to work at the same general wage scale.
THE GREAT II AN QI' ET.
Over Fifteen Hundred Men Enter
tained ly Central Labor I'nlon.
The coal operators and miners of Indiana,
Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania sat down
side by side last night at the largest ban
quet ever given in Indianapolis. The ban
quet was given by Central Labor Union to
the delegates to the joint conference and
miners' convention. The entire floor space
of Tomlinson Hall was taken up with
twenty-four tables measuring a total
length of 1,440 feet, and covers were laid
for 1.ÜG0 guests. The entire Central Labor
Union, ' composed of more than 2) mem
bers, representing the seventy-eight local
unions affiliated with the central body,
served as a reception committee. The ban
quet was served by Charles Thorne, a ca
terer of this city.
It was 1) o'clock before the guests were
called from the galleries, where they had
assembled. te be seated at the banquet
table. Jut before the service President
Feltman, of Central Labor Union, pre
sented a large bouquet of American Beauty
roses to "Mother" Jones, of the miners, on
behalf of the Garment Makers' Union, for
advice and assistance rendered th'it organi
zation In settling a strike at the Louis J.
Meier & Co.'s overall factory. President
Feltman then said. "Everybody eat," and
they did. An orchestra furnished music
during the evening, and during the last
course of the banquet added enthusiasm to
the feast by striking up "Hot Time."
Mayor Bookwalter sat with President John
Mitchell and Secretary Wilson, of the
United Mine Worker, at the table.
With cigars the sneakers were called
and in a blue haz that rilled the hall the
speeches were made. President Feltman,.
on behalf of Central Labor Union, wel
comed the operators and miners in their
joint conference and paid a tribute to ihe
convention of miners Just closed. He said
the operators showed a commendable spirit
in their manner of meeting tluir employes
once a year and adjusting working condi
tions through reason and peaceful methods.
He said it was an indication that capital
and labor are coming to recognize the in
terests of each other and that the joint 1
movement of the operators and miners is !
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an auvaiii o in me unri muii oi esiaullSll-
in- more harmony between the once oppos
Thri v cheers were given at the concliwlnn
of Mr. l-Mtman's address and then he in-!
troduted Mayor Bookwalter. The mayor
was greeted with deafening applause, "as
the nil ers had already become acquainted
with him as a. trade unionist.
THI-: MAYOR'S WKLCOMU.
Mayor Bookwalter said:
"The pleatint duty has been assigned to
me to speak to you to-night on the subject
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WHITTAKER IS ELECTED
WILL SIRtVi: AS SECRETARY OF RE
Oliver M. TJchenor, Who NVas a Can
didate. Withdrew from Race
Before Vote Was Taken.
BASIS OF REPRESENTATION
IT IS FIXED BY THE C03IMITTEE
The New Secretary NVI11 Resin Work
ut Committee Headquarters
At a meeting of the Republican State
committee, held yesterday afternoon, the
selection of a secretary was made and the
dates for the State convention fixed. Wil
liam II. Whittaker was the unanimous
choice of the committee for secretary, and
it was decided to hold the State convention
on Wednesday and Thursday, April 23
All of the members of the committee
were not present, but all except one dis
trict was represented. This was the Third
district, of which George W. Self is com
mitteeman. George A. Cunn4ngham. of
Evansvllle, committeeman from the First
district, is ill and was represented by
Louis O. Rasch, of Evansvllle. George
Lilly, committeeman from the Eighth dis
trict, was represented by Judge O. A.
Marsh. Adjutant (leneral Ward repre
sented Thomas McCoy, of the Tenth dis
trict, and Warren Bigler was present for
Adam Beck, of the Eleventh. Mr. Beck
was not well and concluded not to remain
for the meeting. R. B. Hanna, of Fort
Wayne, represented the Twelfth district
in place of Elmer Leonard. Walter
Brown, committeeman from the Thirteenth
district, was not here, but was repre
sented by Senator T. H. Johnson.
There was really only one candidate for
secretary when the committee met. A
short time before the meeting O. M.
Tichenor. who had been an active candi
date, withdrew from the race. Mr. Whit
taker, the successful candidate, is a resi
dent of Indianapolis. He was clerk at the
State prison under Warden Harley, and
after leaving the prison he associate'd him
self with Mr. Harley and others in busi
ness in this city. He formerly lived at
Delphi. He was prominent in the politics
of Carroll county, having been county
BASIS OF REPRESENTATION.
The basis of representation at the State
convention will be one delegate and one
alternate delegate for each 200 votes and
for each additional fraction of more than
100 votes cast for Hugh H. Hanna for
presidential elector at the November elec
tidn, 1100. Following Is the apportionment
of . delegates by counties:
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Jack. n ...
VI o ...
Secretary Whittaker will begin work at
once at headquarters in the Majestic bulld-
Ing. and Chairman Goodrich will spnd a
considerable part of his time lure A. C.
Millikan, of New Castle, who was Chair
man Hcrnly's private secretary, will be re
tained by Mr. Goodrich.
Chairman Elliott's Plan.
Chairman Elliott, of the Marion county
Republican committee, will recommend to
the . board of primary election commis
sloncrs that the names of candidates on the
ballot be arranged horizontally instead of
vertically. It is held that thi arrange
ment will make some of the other posi
tions as desirable as the first position on
the ticket. It is the tdan to place the num-
: her of the candidate in a square at the
! left of the name so that candidates may
j send out notices to their friends announc
i Ing their number and position on the bal
UNITED STATES LEADS ALL.
Its Prosperity (.renter nnil CreIlt Ilet
tr thmi Other Antloim.
BALTIMORE, Jan. 3. The chief guest
at the annual banquet of the Merchants'
and Manufacturers' Association of this
city, held to-night at the Hotel Renner,
was Don Manuel de Aspiroz, the Mexican
ambassador. The post prandial oratory
was led by the Hon. Lloyd L. Jackson,
president of the association, who congratu
lated his hearers upon the unexampled
prosperity enjoyed by this country In the
past few years and predicted for it "the
supremacy of the world, commercially and
financially." One of the great needs of the
country at this time, he declared, is a
merchant marine commensurate with tin
growth and Importance of the Nation and
the magniflcance of our navy.
Secretary Lyman J. Gage, of the treas
ury, made an informal address, in which
he referred to the fact that this govern
ment, after Its war with Spain, which
cost $500,000.000, had. after paying this
enormous sum, a cash balance on hand of
$46,OOo,0x greater than when the war was
inaugurated. He referred to the relative
credits of the various governments of the
world, to show that the United States led
all of them, and in conclusion bespoke the
confidence of all those present, for the man
who will succeed him to-morrow morn
ing. MR. RATHBONE'S DEFENSE
HE TIIIXKS IIIS PRIVILEGES WEHE
SAME rS ARMY OFFICERS.
If Latter Fiirnlnhed Hesldenee from
Insular Fund He Think He Had
a Right to Do So.
HAVANA, Jan. 30. A number of minor
witnesses testified to-day at the hearing
of the cases growing out of the Cuban
postal frauds. Director of Posts Fosnes
testified that the receipts from the sale of
stamps had Increased from $21,0C a month
in 1000 to $30,000 a month in 1901. Mr. Ken
ton, chief of one of the departments, said
that he began drawing up a system of por
tal accounts In 131) which had the Indorse
ment of Estes G. Rathbone and which prob
ably would have been put into effect earlv
in l'.m but for the faet thut It was de
layed because the heads of other depart
ments were investigating It. Mr. Ken
ton said the working of his system of ac
counts Included monthly reports from the
postmasters of Cuba.
The defense has introduced as a prece
dent for R:.thbone's expends lo furnishivg
his house, in Havana the fact that certain
army officers, including Colonel George K.
Rurton. of the inspector general's depart
ment, formerly in Cuba, had their official
residences furnished from the Insular
funds. The government contends that in
all such cases the military officers re
ferred to had authority for ro doing, while
Rathbone did not have such authority.
Two volumes of the report of the Senate
committee, containing receipts and expen
ditures In Cuba, have been riled as evidence
by counsel for Rathbone. These reports
contain many bills contracted by army of
ficers for their private residences similar to
those contracted by Rathbone.
ANOTHER NAVAL FIGHT.
Colombian nnd Rebel "War Yeanrls Hi-
peeted to Clnah AkbIii.
PANAMA, Colombia. Jan. SO. The fleet
of the Colombian government composed of
the gunboats Royaca and Chucuito and the
armed launch General Campo sailed from
here last night, having received orders to
communicate with the Colombian General
Castro by all means. General Castro is on
the Azro peninsula, southwest of Panama,
and has not been heard from in some time.
An engagement between the vessels of the
government and the fleet of the Colombian
Liberals, composed of the gunboats Pa
dilla, Darien and Gaitan. probably will
lake place at Yeguala, thirty miles from
here, the place where the government and
Liberal vessels had an Indecisive encounter
On Investigation It Is learned that the
reported defeat of General Castro at t he
hands of the Liberals is without founda
tion. Gen. Lucio Valazco has been appointed
military commander of the District of Pan
ama by the President of Colombia, Senor
Marroquln. General Valazco succeeds the
late Gen. Carlos Alban, who was killed
Jan. 1, and Is considered the best soldier
It is said on good authority that within
one month the government of Colombia
will have five thousand men on the isth
mus. HELD PRISONERS BY ICE.
early JIOO Pne-iger Aboard Two 1
Stennier Off Chlcnxo.
CHICAGO. Jan. 30. Held prisoners by
acres of crushed ice piled high above the
water the big passenger steamers Iowa and
Atlanta, of the Goedrich Transportation
Company, with nearly two hundred per
sons on board, have lain helpless off the I
Lakeview crib within view of Chicago
since Wednesday night, and the prospects
for an early release were not promising at !
a late hour to-niht. The tug Dic kinson
was sent out to-day to gt t news from the 1
crews, but it was also imprisoned in the
ice floe. There are provisions enough for j
ten days or two weeks on each vessel, j
Nothing but a westerly wind will relieve i
the situation. The wind is expected to !
shift to-morrow night.
FATE OF THE CONDOR.
Rritiftlt AVnrshlp Mnv Have Collided
with the Mnttetvnn.
SLWTTLE. Wash., Jan. 3'). Much inter
est has been aroused in local marine circles
by the theory of a collision between the
Condor and Mattewan. advanced by Cap
tain Hasdorff, of the Cape Flattery light
ship. The steamers sailed form Ladysmith
and Victoria. 15. e.. respectively, on I H e.
3, and passed through th- straits, within a
half hour of each other. The course- of
the Mattewan. bounl for San Frara i-co.
and the Condor, for Honolulu, would have
been exactly the same for at least twenty
miles after leaving Flattery.
WHAT CUBANS WANT.
They too Mnki- n Profit IC !)utle lie
It educed '.III Per eent.
HAVANA. Jan. 3".-General Wood has
written to certain senators at Washing!, u
regarding the present situation of thj
sugar industry in Cuba, showing that it Is '
impossible at the' present prlrs and with j
present duties to land sugar in the Fnit.d i
States at a profit. With a 3 per rent, r -- j
duction of the existing duties General
Wood ways Cuban plauter will only uct
48 cents per bag of 3vo pound.
ÄÜD AT SURPLUS
kill that will lop off seventy
.millions of rrveme.
, All Ynr Tfiirn, Except thnt on Mixed
Flour, to lie Repealed ly Con-
Crmi Kefore Lontf.
TAX ON TEA TO BE REMOVED
IILT niPOHTEHS TO Iii: GIVTA SIX
MONTHS TO RIRHCi: STOCK.
Chnirmnn Pnjne, of the Wnji and
Menu torn in It tee, Inut rueteil ti
Prepare n Repenl Hill.
SURPLUS ABOUT $100,000,000
wnii.i: tin: cash ralam i: of Tiin
THEAMHV IS 1 74.4MMMHH).
Mr. Pnjne' Stntement of the Proposed
.Measure The- Täte That Will
WASHINGTON. Jan. "-The ways and
means committee, by unanimous vote, to
day instructed Chairman Payne to pre
pare a bill n pealing all the w ar revenue
taxes except the tax on mixed flour. The
action taken was in the form of a reso
lution to the effect that the bill should
provide for the repeal of the remaining
war taxes, to take effect on July 1, lL',
except that the repeal of the duty on tea
should go Into effect Jan. 1, 1'3.
The only division in the committee was
on amendments proposed by Democratic
members. Representative Richardson, of
Tennessee, proposed nn amendment to put
trust-made articles on the free list. This
was defeated by a party vote, as was the
amendment of Representative Robertson,
of Louisiana, to continue the tax on
"bucket shops." Representative New lands,
of Nevada, offered two amendments, one
excepting from the repeal the tax on pe
troleum and sugar refineries, and another
imposing a tax of one-tenth of 1 rer cent,
on the gross receipts of any Industrial
corporation having receipts of $1,(h"0, an
nually. Both amendments were defeated
by party votes.
Chairman Payne made the following
statement on the proposed repeal: "The
treasury now has an available cash balar.ee
of something over JlH.OoV-ij. It is not
likely that this will be increased material
ly during the present flscal year, as the
treasury Is buying bonds at a rate that
will use up the surplus to accumulate be
tween this and the end of the fiscal year,
June 3 next. The secretary of the treas
ury's report estimated a surplus for thii
year of J1ai,(Ma, and subsequent results
Heem to eontirm this estimate. The rom-
mittee therefore thought it was entirely
safe to repeal the remainder of the war
revenue taxes, amounting to J,;mUi"'. and
the tax on tea of in the aggre
gate $77.Goo.ex. at this time. This will Mill
leave a surplus estimated upon this year
receipts and expenses of $rM.-) or 3.
oomo,) for the year, while we will Mart upon
the next fiscal year with $174.on).to avail
able cash In the treasury. The committee
deems it wie to have the repeal of the
tax on Ua take effect on the first
ot January next in order to enable those,
especially retailers and small dealers h)
have Finall stocks of the duty paid goods
on hand, to oispose of them before the
repeal takes effect. We can provide a re
bate on the tobaeco tax and guard against
any fraud upon the revenue for the rea
son that the internal revenue department
has this trade under close surveillance and
can and will take In account of the stock
In thrt dealers' hands on the first day of
July next. Hut this will lie iniiosslble
to teas, which come in as customs duties
nnd of which the government has no ac
count save as they are lmorted In lsr
quantities by the importers. Continuing thig
tea tax to the first of January will give
u.s six months revenue in the next fieal
year upon tea and will make the ultimate
reduction for the next ear considerably
less than $73. "O.. The bid will be present
ed to the liwuse as. soon as it can be pre
pared." The repeal, as stated In the bill, will äf
fe! the remaining special faxen imposed
by the war. namely:
On bankers, brokers, grain dealers, pawn
brokers, custom bouse brokers, theaters,
museums, circuses, etc.; billiard rooms and
bowling alleys, playing cards, dealers In
;:ni manufar t un rs of tobareo.
The reduction on fermented liquor will
amount to cents per barn I: that on to
bacco and snuff will be 3 rents, bringing
the rate back to ' rents per pound as e
fi re Hp war. The tale on cigars and c lcar
rttes was changed last year, but tb- fur
ther change now mad" will bring the rat a
back to those existing prior to the war.
The repeal i:nder Schedule A of the law
will Include the tax oii bonds, dtln-nturcs,
etc.; certiorates of Stork, sah S. or Krc
ir.eiitn. stork transactions, inland and for
eign bills of exchange, bills of lading. In
demnifying bonds, certificate, of prolit,
brokers' contracts, rustrm house entries,
warehouse entries, hteambo.it passage
The repeal under Siiedu!o II will include
th- tax of 1 n i;t per pint bottle on wine,
and 2 cents cm bnttbs over a pint. Tie?
bvacy tax also corns off. c)tlnr reduc
tions " Include the excise taxes on persons
and tiriws encaged in re-fining petn-hmn
ar.d sugar, special tax of banks and bank
ers, stamp tax on parlor and :-! ping car
Th- rale on beer, now $!. p. r j,arrl. will
be brought down to 1. The pns-ei.t tia duty
i.-- 1 cents per pound and tins will ! rc
FAVOR ST HI CT H( LI MOV
Labor Lender AVnnt All t iilneme Kept
Out of the otintr.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 3.-The h.-arlnpa
on Chinese exclusion wer- foutinind to
day lefure the House c ornrnitt-.- on fortiori
aftalrs. Ii. R. Fuller, ir. I half of u.
Rrothtrhood ef Railroad Kinplojes. spoke
in favor of s-triet rxiKisi-r.. He s..!d t!io
objection to the- Chines , from th- labor
standpoint, was that they rerne into com
petition with the American workman, the
Cl.intse hair.g such ha'-its of cheap life
that thy work f r wages which r spt- ta
ble A:i-ri an workmen could not afford
Andrew Furs.it n. of the S'-.inMi'.-: Fnie:i.
San Fr.ir.ei-. 4.. r,'e th. . xtent of Chim-so
they ptai ti. .illy n...-. :. .!iz. .1 th" labar
!', a! in th.' -s il::.n tndi.-tr- an 1 were -om-
1 4 t;;.g witli A::r:..n 1 r in (in.ir m ik
is.g. tailoring :t. 1 n.-t:iy et.'n r branches.
Iii said tin " 1. 1 r . s wlk r l:i 'lie.- e.; .--.
; ted labo- s- much la ap r than th
unit.- men that for::: r ; .r.-d th
work. Mr. i";.ii:tii sail the !.'!r or-
K .! niati'Os WiV.ai t be sat'-tbd wiCi
any lull whb h d.d nd t American
workmen from Chin. t :!.ir j.; from the
Philippines we'd ; f !):.! 'M:!...
V.ixwt M I'vatt. of N. w York. r i:tint:ed
his stateti: nt ! gun s. ral days ag
again-: th- p.-i'.:ir.g bi 1. lie riltici.-.! it
faturs in 1 tail and raid the rn asur
showt.l that it was not drawn by an ex
P rienc-d Uwt r. He p. int.-d out that the
rc4uirc::unt of r.ew registry certificate