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Tenement House Fire Custom
ary Results.
Gained ISreat Headway While
Inmates Were Asleep.
Policemen ltescue Tenants at
Risk of Their Lives.
A Mother Sacrifices Her Life For
Her Children.
New York, June 15. Ton lives wer?
lost and six people wtre badly injured
during a fire which almost totally de
stroyed the old five story tenement, o4
Jacks. n street early today.. The fallow
ing is a list of the 'casualties:
LOFIS MARION, 40 years old.
KM MA MA RloN. 3.
AVM. COTTF.lt. 4U.
KATIK CCiTTKR, his wife.
KATE C' iTTEK, 13.
Mary Mnrion, wife o Louis, 25.
Mamie Marion, IT.
Frank Marion, 12.
Margaret Marion, 9.
lenrge Cotter, 4 months.
Patrick Hums, 23.
It is possible that the body identified
Bs that of Mrs. Kate Cotter may prove
to be that of Mrs. Mary Marion, wife of
The fire appears to have started in
The rear of the hallway on the second
lloor. It had gained great headway be
fore the people in the house were awak
t H'mI to their peril.
The Cotter family lived on the feurth
floor. Cotter was a laborer, and in ad
dition to the children who lost their
ives he had a son George, 4 months oid.
The Marion family lived on the top
floor. I'atrick Hums appears to have
bet n the first person in the house who
was apprised of the tire. Ite was awak
ened by smoke and gave the alarm to
the others. In Miss Mary Jordan's
apartments, where he boarded, all es
aped except Burns, who was severely
Injured by the tlames.
I'olieemnn Knowles, after assisting
the llartigan family to escape from the
third floor of the building mounted one
liiirht higher. Flames shot out of the
w indows and s T fire to his coat. He
looked into the windows of the Cotter
apartments but could se no signs of Hie
there. The family had moved into the
rooms only a few days before, and trie
furniture was so banked up in front of
the windows that the view was ob
structed. The brave policemen half suf
focated by tlie smoke, continued to
climb the lire escape till he reached the
top tloor. He heard streams coming
from ttie Mulhearn apartments and lo
taiing thein. assisted the dazed people
clown the fire escapes.
Louis Marion was killed by jumping
from a window. When the firemen
leached the apartments of the family,
three of the family were dead on the
floor and the others unconscious.
in the Cotter rooms were found Mrs.
Cotter, while a few feet away lay the
bodv of Mr. Cotter with a dead child
under him. In other parts of the rooms
were found the remaining members of
tiie family. Only two of them, Mamie
and Oecrge, the latter 4 months old,
Were alive.
Policeman Peter Purfield, who had
followed the other officers to the fire
had reached the top of the first flight of I .T'... . V "'..
L, . P XT' r J 1 UI" T7-1. IJ1 Lilt? SOUIU
stairs when Patrick Burns, one of Miss
Jordan s hoarders, with his night shirt
blazing. Jumped over the banisters
within a few feet of the officer. He fell
in a heap at the bottom of the stairs.
Purlield carried him to the street and
tore his blazing garment from him.
Hums was blackened all over by the
fire and appeared to be delirious. He
broke from the policeman crying: "I
want to save my pants." and rushed
back into the burning house. Purfield
overtook him and brought him out again
and the man then sank from pain and
exhaustion on the sidewalk. Purtield re
entered the house and made his way to
the rear of the hallway on the first floor..
Just as he was about to go into the
yard. Marion Jumped from the fifth
floor, and fell at his feet. Mamie Cot
ter died as soon as she arrived at the
V hen Officer Knowles reached the
Marion apartments a confusion of flame
and smoke burst into his face. In the
midst of it all, with nightgowns on fire
and their hair blazing, four of the chil
dren were tearing about the room
shrieking in terrible agony. Mrs. Mar
ion was huddled near the window. With
her bare arms wrapped about her baby,
she was gasping for air.
Three rushes were made into the
flames by the terrified woman, and Mar
gery. Frank and Mamie were brought
to Knowles after he had taken the
baby. The blisters and scars were
swelling on his hands and arms, but he
conquered his agony arid finished his
work on the lloor by finally carrying' the
i. tuning lorm ot the courageous mother
iown the tire escape.
A few moments afterward the woman
Hied. She hatl literally sacrificed hersoK
lor her babies.
Tiie monetary loss caused bv the fire
Is estimated at from $:,.00 to $7 000
Those Scattered by Methuen
Are Still Doing Business.
dorp, anntiunced by Lord Roberts, the
British have gained a strategic position
of some importance, as the town is not
only the terminus of another railway to
Johannesburg, but it is within easy
reach of the Kroonstad-Vierfontein
The Cror Je who surrendered the place
is a son of the famous General Cronje
now a prisoner at St. Helena. The son
was prominent during the siese of
Apart from the fact that Lord Rob
erts' dispatch comes direct from Pre
toria, shovirg the telegraph line is re
opened, the only other point of interest
is the fact that the Boers, whom Gen
eral Methuen was reported to have so
utterly routed, have sufficiently re
eunerated to attack a reconstruction
A dispatch from Kimberlev renorfs
the capture of the well known pugilist
"Jirn" Hal low ay, who w as an adjutant
in the Hoe:- army and who blew up the
bridge at Fourteen Streams. ' Halloway
was among a body of federals cap
tured in the western part of the Trans
vaal. The' Afrikander Bond congress
opened at Paarl today, with seventy
delegates, including seven assembly
men, present.
It is feared at Cape Town that the
parliamentary deadlock will lead to a
temporary suspension of the constitu
tion, and there is much anxiety in re
gard to the possible outcome of such,
a grave step.
Sir John Gordon Sprigg is experienc
ing much difficulty in forming a cab
inet, Mr. Schreiner persisting in h:.s re
fusal to support a ministry dominated
by Cecil Rhodes, owing to personal an
tiDathies. A. coalition seems imprac
ticable. Messrs. Rose-Innes and Solo
mon are rot inclined to accept subor
dinate positions in a government com
posed of the nominees of the South Af
rican league. If Mr. Schreiner is dis
satisfied with the personnel and pledges
of the new ministry, the latter will be
unable to pass imperial measures, and
a dangerous deadlock will ensue which
may lead to a grave constitutional
New York, June 15. A dispatch to
the Tribune from London, says:
The optimism induced bv General
Roberts' cispatches Is artificial. Gen
eral Methuen's'success In restoring com
munication with Pretoria has not al
tered the fact that the Free State raid
ers have taken over a thousand prison
ers at Lindley and Roodeval and re
treated with them and their guns, and
that the raids may be repeated. J3e
Wet's commandoes have not been dis
persed and what ever precautions may
be taken mere will be danger of another
raid, since thi? railway cannot be abso
lutely protected by infantry battalions
nor by artillery trained all along the
line from Eloemfontein to Pretoria.
The conquest of the northeastern, sec
tion of the Free State has not yet been
effected ar.d operations by the series of
columns from Heilbron, Lindley, Sen
ekal and Flicksburg are rendered diffi
cult by the transport problem.
General Buller has cleared Lalng's
Nek and General Lyttleton. has received
the submission of the Wakkerstroom
district, but the Roer army has not been
captured. It has retired with all its
guns and supplies and will fight again
in the mountainous district remote from
the railway. Botha's army has also
withdrawn from the positions which it
held for two days against Lord Rob
erts forces east of Pretoria, But it has
not been dispersed, nor have the Brit
ish taken eithef guns or prisoners.
Boer commandoes at Ermelo and
Middleburg are mutually helpful and
can be concentrated in the Lydenburg
district and De Wet's commandoes can
co-operate with them effectively in the
Free State.
The moat encouraging feature of yes
terday's news for the British side was
evidence that the damage done to
Laing's Nek tunnel and the section of
railway north of Kroonstad was not se
rious and that both lines of communica
tion would be in working order in a few
days. With unimpeded suopltes for
two large armies operating in the
Transvaal there ought not to be any
long halt toward Lydenburg either
Telegraph Line to Pekin Has
Been Cut Again.
Last News From Capital Was
Hated June 12.
Views of Powers on the Situ
ation Not Harmonious.
France and Russia Urge That
Powers Take Charge.
Others Favor Restoration of the
Paris, June 151:35 P. M. At a cabi
net council today, the minister of for
eign affairs, M. Delcasse announced that
the telegraph line to Pekin had again
been cut. The latest dispatch from the
French minister there, he added, was
dated the evening of June 12, and said
the Chinese government had informed
him it would not oppose the foreign de
tachments entering Pekin.
The French consul at Tien Tsin, M.
Delcasse announced, had telegraphed
that was all was quiet within the
French consulate there which was
guarded by French and Russian troops.
Finally, M. Delcasse said, a swift, first
class cruiser had been ordered to pro
ceed to Taku to reinforce the French
naval division at that place.
London, June 15. A special dispatch
from Shanghai dated today, says:
A report has reached here that the
British, American and Japanese minis
ters in Pekin favor the restoration of
Emperor Kwang Zu.but that the French
and Russian ministers insist upon the
powers taking charge of China. It is
further reported that the respective di
visions of the country have already
been assigned. The belief is that the
withdrawal of the British ships from
the Yang Tse Kiang is an indication
of Great Britain's disclaimer of the
"sphere theory."
Later reports from Tien Tsin confirm
the news of the burning of the Japa
nese legation, but the rumor that a min
ister has been murdered is not confirm
ed. Fifteen hundred Russians with four
guns, have arrived outside of Pekin.
This makes 4,000 Russians who have
It is regarded as certain that the Jap
anese government will take active steps
concerning the murder of the chancellor
of the Japanese legation.
In consequence of a disturbance at
Cho Foo, the German flagship and H. M.
S. Phoenix have returned there. A
Russian warship with 800 troops has
gone to Hankow.
Chinese desperadoes at Quin San, 40
miles from Shanghai have seized three
launches and treated the passengers pi
ratically. . .
Brussels. June 15. Confirmation has
been received of the report of the mas
sacre of two Italian and one Swiss en
gineer employed on the Belgian railway
notnern onina. The sister of the
China is confused, but the general trend
indicates that the gravity of the situa
tion has in no way diminished. Shang
hai provides the usual crop of alarmist
rumors as to the conditions at Pekin,
and preparations to oppose the interna
tional forces, but there is a disposition
in London to regard the safety of the
legations or the Europeans there as
not seriously threatened at the present
moment. It is realized, however, that
the slightest sign of a check to the in
ternational forces will put an entirely
different face on the matter and will
probably lead to an outbreak of the
rabble which will not be easily con
trolled. Besides the news of the burn
ing of the French and British missions
at Yunnan-Fu is regarded as extreme
ly grave, as it points to the extension
of the rebellion to remote portions of
the empire.
If the reports of Chinese opposition
to the entry into Pekin of the interna
tional forces are true, it may be neces
sary for Admiral Seymour to await re
inforcements. The latest accounts say Generals Tun
and Maba are reported to be concen
tratin forces at Feng Tai, while General
Nleh, who killed a number of boxers,
has been degraded.
The Pall Mall Gazette continues to
support the view that the initiative in
the present crisis can best come from
Washington, saying that as the dis
ruption of China has been stayed in. the
past by the intervention of the United
States "a similar intervention will have
the same effect now, and so save the
mercantile world irreparable losses.
Washington, June 15. Nothing has
come to the state department from
United States Minister Conger at Pekin
since last Tuesday evening and the offi
cials have settled down to the belief
that not 'until the foreign relief column
reaches the Chinese capital will Mr.
Conger be able to resume the use of the
It is omnious that "nothing has been
heard from the United States consul
at Chin Kiang since his first appeal for
for the sending of a warship to that
point and it may be that he, too has
been isolated. The consul at Che Foo
is in better position for a cablegram re
ceived at the navy iepartment today
announces the arrival of the gunboat
Yorklown at that port. The vessel
probably will lie at Che Foo awaiting
orders. She is within a day's sail of
Taku and can be summoned by Admiral
Kempff if he needs reinforcement at
short notice. It is probable, however,
that the Yorklown will serve a better
purpose by remaining in the vicinity
o Che Foo as the boxers are reported
to be active in tha.t section of Sahn
Admiral Remey cabled the navy de
partment this morning as follows:
"Cavite, June 15. At Kempff's re
quest I shall send the Iris about the
20th with coal and stores for nine hun
dred men for three months.
The Iris is a big collier and distilling
ship. The nine hundred men mention
ed in the cablegram make up the per
sonnel of the : fiagtehip Newark, the
Monocacy now on the way to Taku and
the Yorktown at Che Foo with the
marine conting-ent ashore in China. The
significant feature of the message is
the Indicated opinion of Admiral
Kempff that the disturbances in China
may be expected to last several months
at least.
It is said at the war department that
nothing has been done toward the em
ployment of United States troops in
addition to fhe naval forces and marines
in China.
Pension Commissioner's Dele
gates Are Turned Down.
National Committee Decides by
Unanimous Vote.
In Fayor of the Brownlow List
of Delegates.
J. Ellen Foster Is Already on
the Ground.
vention under such circumstances and
members of the committee are said to
resent this attitude.
"If they will not harmonize among
themselves," said one member of the
l;VZJXAg Confesses That He Was a Victim
do not accept our -action can not do as
they please about it."
of Political Strikers.
New York Republican Leader at Sea
on Vice-Presidential Candidate.
New York, June 15. "If we knew who
is to be the Republican candidate for
vice president there .would- be little use
in holding the convention, for the. re
nomination of President ,McKinley is
They Urged Him to Become a
Candidate For Presidency
Philadelphia, June 15. The national
committee has decided in favor of
Brownlow's delegation in the Tennessee
contest by an unanimous vote.
The committee was not called to
gether until half past 11 o'clock today,
Mr. Fessenden again taking the chair.
The contest over the delegation from
Tennessee was immediately taken up,
R. S. Sharp, chairman of the state ex
ecutive committee, being recognized to
speak for the contestants bearing the
name of Pension Commissioner Evans.
Mr. Sharp contended on behalf of the
Evans contestants that they were pre
vented from participating in the state
convention which chose delegates, and
that the whole trouble originated in the
state committee which issued the call.
He claimed that the call designated a
date for holding county conventions.
stating that where conventions had
not been regularly held delegates
should be elected on the day named. He
also said that previous to the call con
ventions haa been held in 22 counties,
in 18 of which instructions had been
given for Evans. Contests ensued, and
at the convention a sufficient number
of Brownlow delegates thus chosen se
cured control of the temporary organ
ization. As a consequence the .cvans
people held another convention.
the resistance of De Wet's raiders ought.
to be speedily overcome by the British
forces under Rundle with help from
Military men assert that General
Mcth'jfn will be In command of the
forces along the railway from Kroon
stad to the Vaal and that General
Hunter's division, after reaching' Jo
hannesburg, will be sent to Neidelberg
and will cipen the railway to Standers
ton. Eventually De Wet's forces must
be dispersed before there can be an
invasion of the Lydenburg district, and
General Kitchener is likely to remain
at Kroonstad until the campaign in the
Free State has been set in order. There
have been many stories about bad feel
ing and lack of co-operation between
Roberts and Kitchener, but these are
not well founded. General Kitchener,
as chief of staff, works incessantly, and
is Roberts' trusted lieutenant, especial
ly in managing the details of the trans
port. Kitchener is not liked in the
army on account of his brusque man
nere, but Lord Roberts knows how to
get on with him as well as with every
body else.
-The war
London, June 15, 11:05 a. m.
o'lice issues the following
from Lord Roberts:
"Pretoria, Residency, June 14, 10:40
p. m Kltrksdork surrendered on June
8 to an armed party sent on by Hunter.
"Kitchener reports that the Boers at
tat ked a reconstruction train early this
morning a few miles north of Rhenoster
river. He sent out mounted troops and
drove off the enemy before they could
do damage. One man was killed and
fleven wounded, including two officers.
"A messenger from Klerksdorp re
ports that Cronje, who surrendered
thtre, determined to suiTender as soon
1 ns he knew for certain that Pretoria
was in our possession. His example
has been copied by many in the neigh
borhood. The ciurt house is now said
to be full of arris.".
fey ttit; peaceful occupation of Klerks-
The Sultan Continues to Ignore
the American Claim.
Constantinople, Thursday, June 14.
The United States legation has not yet
received a reply to the note regarding
the indemnity question handed to the
porte on May 21 and Mr. Lloyd C. Gris
com. United States charge d'affaires, is
making verbal representations to the
government and pressing for a solution
of the matter.
As the Result of a Gas Explosion in a
Coal Mine.
Canmore, Alberta, June 15. A terrible
pas explos ion occurred in Canmore coal
mine yesterdav afternoon, resulting in
the instant death of eight men and the
injury of several others. The names of
the known dead are:
PETER CAL'LFIELD and four other
foreigners whose names are not yet
The cause of the explosion is supposed
to have been the carelessness of one of
the miner? in opening his safety lamp
in violation of the rules and in a por
tion of the mine where to do so was
dangerous in the extreme. This miner
is believed to be one of the unidentified
Editor White Going to Paris.
Emporia. June 15. W. A. White, of the
Kmporia Gazette, leaves on the 10th of
July for Paris. He will make a quick trip,
and spend ten days or two weeks ut the;
Swiss engineer was also killed- and two
other persons are missing. The rest of
the French and Belgian engineers
reached Pekin and Tien Tsin in safety.
The Franco-Belgian company has 300
armed men guarding its main track,
which is still open for 100 miles
Berlin, June 15. The Berlin papers
print a dispatch from Tien Tsin say
ing that the international relief column
has arrived within thirty miles of Pe
kin, but that the distance remaining
must be traveled on foot, as the rail
way is completely destroyed. This, the
aispatch says, will require two or three
Thus far the German squadron has
lanaeo at laku za officers and 550 men.
The German troops at Kiao Chou will
be increased on June 19 by the arrival
of a transport with 1,900 soldiers. The
transport originally had orders to relieve
the troops now serving there and to
bring them back to Germany, but Em
peror William has just issued an order
directing that the steamer be detained
at Kiao Chou. This action is presum
amy taken in view ot the situation at
Pekin, for as the Duetsche Colonial
Zeitung points out trouble is not ex
pected at Kiao Chou.
Much concern is felt here regarding
the fate of the foreign diplomats at
Pekin. It is feared that they will be
unable to give emphatic expression to
the Chinese authorities of the views of
their respective governments until a
larger military force arrives.
The harmonious action of the powers
gives satisfaction in press and govern
ment circles, but the Duetsch Tages
Zeitung demands that Germany make
common cause with France and Russia
in China against England in order to
isolate the latter and to break down he
Bishop Anzer. of Shan Tung, said to
an interevlewer today:
"The boxers are composed of China's
highest class, including scholars, man
darins and officials. Their order or
chief. Chan, is a scholar, and wishes to
become emperor."
Bishop Anzer does not believe that
the present trouble will result in the
downfall of the empire and the division
of China.
Chicago, June 15 A special to the
Tribune from Victoria, B. C, says:
News is brought by steamer of
battle which occurred on May 26, south
of Pao Ting Fu. After seven hours
fighting the Christians succeeded in
defeating and routing the boxers, with
a loss of seventy killed, tne victors hav
ing one killed and six wr-unded.
It seems that a mob of 2,000 boxers
attacked the Roman Catholic village
The villagers, nearly all converts of
the Reman Catholic missions, had an
tic-Dated the attack and were well
armed, whereas the attacking boxers
were armed only with iron shod poles,
hatchets, clubs, stones and knives.
The. boxers came right on into the
gates of the city, which were left open,
and then as they enterec, carrying their
flags with yellow ground and red bor
der and their josses in a big car, the
villagers poured in a heavy fire . from
some of the nearby houses.
Attack after attack was made and
every time the attacking boxers were
carried back. At length after seven
hours' fighting the rebels fled in dis
order. The villagers afterwards went
out. and counted no less than seventy
dead boxers, besides many wounded.
London, June 15. The news from
Ernest Clevenger Pays Penalty
of His Crime.
Willing to Run If the People
Wanted Him.
Thanks God That They Do Not
Appear to Want Him.
St. Louis, Mo., June 15. On May 8
1900, the state supreme court sentenced
six murderers to be hanged on June 15.
They were John A. Holloway, Osage
county; Ernest Clevenger, Clay county
Robert Cushenberry, Clinton county
Jack Bradford, Pemiscot county; Da
vid Miller, Holt county, and Sam
Waters, New Madrid county.
Of this number, David Miller's sen
jlence was recently commuted to fifty
years in the penitentiary, Robert Cush
enberry has been granted a stay of ex
ecution until June 25, and Jack Brad
ford was respited until August 14.
Liberty, Mo., June 15. Ernest R
Clevenger was hanged here at 5 o'clock
this morning in the county court house
yard. The execution was witnessed by
about fifty men. Clevenger met death
fearlessly and walked upon the scat
fold unassisted. At 4 o'clock thi3
morning he w as taken from his cell to
the county collector's office, where his
spiritual advisers prayed and talked
with him. He said he had made peace
with God and was ready to die. . He ate
a hearty breakfast and calmly smoked
a cigar. The death warrant was read
to him and as the clock struck 5 he was
led to the scaffold. The two ministers
went upon the scaffold with the doomed-'
man. As the first strap was put on,-
Clevenger said: "God will save me.'
When asked if he had anything to
say, Clevenger replied: "I wish to say
farewell to you all and hope you will
find out some day that I ain't worthy
of the death I am dying." He was pro
nounced dead in thirteen minutes from
the time of the drop.
Clevenger did not sleep any last night
and spent the time walking the floor
and writing letters.
Ernest Clevenger was hanged for the
murder near Missouri City in 1897, of
George Allen and Delia Clevenger, the
latter, his cousin. Clevenger was enam
ored of his cousin and jealous of Allen's
attentions. He followed them to a camp
meeting and lay fh wait till they
emerged from the tent. Then without
saying a word he deliberately shot
both. Clevenger was drunk at the time.
Later Clevenger escaped from the Lib
erty jail but was soon recaptured. Gov
ernor Stephens yesterday refused a pe
tition to commute the sentence to life
Mrs. J. Ellen Foster One of the First
at Republican Headquarters.
Philadelphia, June 15. The first of the
women Republican workers to arrive is
Mrs. J. Ellen Foster, who took rooms at
the Hotel Walton last night. More than
0 co-workers of Mrs. Foster will arrive
during the week. They will have no
trouble getting good seats at the con
vention hall for their campaign labors
have been recognized as of great value
and they are constantly increasing their
machinery for promoting the success or
the Republican party. They will take a
lively interest in the proceedings in tne
convention, will confer with the dele
gates and leaders from every part of
the country, and before they separate
will make preliminary plans for their
'We are not all young In experience
in politics," said Mrs. Foster. "Most of
us have been students of politics for
many years. We organized in 1888 and
the convention of that year at Chicago
was the first we attended. Since then
we have attended the party conventions.
have been consulted by the leaders and
have done an immense amount of labor,
principally in the distribution of litera
Within a day or two headquarters for
the association will be opened at the
Walton. Entertainments for the visit
ing women are being arranged by the
New Century and other women's clubs
of the city, and there will be for them
no lack ot social as well as political en
joyment. Among notable members of the asso
ciation who will be here are the secre
tary, Mrs. Chase of Rhode Island; Mrs.
Mary S. Lockwood of Washington, edi
tor of the magazine of the Daughters
of the American Revolution, who is a
fine orator and speaks upon the cam
paign stump; Mrs. Helen Varwick Bos-
well, a well known writer of New York
Miss E. F. Pierce of Boston. Mrs. Sarah
Dean of Washington, Mrs. Fannie
Gresham of Texas, Mrs. Farrar of Min
nesota, and Miss Mary Yostwood o:
Of Filipino Insurgents Reportep
by Mac Arthur.
Washington, June 15. An Important
capture of Filipino insurgents was re
ported to the war department this
morning by General MacArthur in the
following table message:
"Manila, June 15 General Macabulos,
with eight officers. 124 enlisted men and
120 rifles, surrendered to Colonel E. H.
Liscum of the Ninth infantry ,-t Tnrlac
this morning. Macabulos is the most
important and last insurgent leader in
Tarlac and Fangasenan.
Senator Piatt Suggests the Name of
Philadelphia, June 15. While there
have been no startling developments
today in the vice presidential situation,
a slightly new- turn has been given
the discussion by an interview in New
York with Senator Piatt, circulated to
day, in which Piatt suggests B. B. Odell,
chairman of the NewYork state Repub
lican committee, as a candidate. If the
New York delegation should present
Odell he would make quite a formidable
candidate, but it also suggests to a
number of leaders here that in such
an event the convention might be stam
peded to Representative Dolliver, as
there is apparently a growing demand
for a western candidate. It is under
stood that Senator Allison is urging Mr.
Dolliver with considerable persistency,
and says that if they need an Iowa
man Dolliver should be selected. On
the other hand there are those who de
clare that the Iowa senator is urging
Dolliver, knowing that it takes the talk
a-vay from himself.
While there is still talk of Bliss his
friends here say he has made' it per
fectly clear to the president and to the
president's friends that personal rea
sons prevent him from being consid
ered. Joseph H. Manley of Maine is press
ing the 'claims of Secretary Long. "He
is the only available man," he said to
day, "who comes up to Mr. Hanna's
requirement for a vice president who
would certainly make a good president.
Mind." he idded, "I cast no. reflections
upon Mr. Allison or Mr. Bliss, but they
are not candidates. With these out of
the way Mr. Long is the only man left
willing to accept who will fill the bill.
Of course. I do not forget the Sampson
Schley controversy, but that will cut no
The settlement of the Delaware con
test is a hard one, more difficult than
anv which the national committee has
had to face. The sub-committee has so
far failed absolutely to bring about :
reconciliation of the factions and fail
ing in this can only refer the whole
matter to the full committee for deter
mination. There is no dcubt that the
stiff proposition which the Dupont fac
ticn maintains and the offer of Addicks
dicks to compromise matters has had
considerable weight with the commit
tee. The proposition to admit both del
egations with half a vote each met with
a gerat deal of favor with a majority
of the committee. The Dupont-Higgins
men, however, say that they will no
i accept this and will not sit in the con-
certain," said Senator Piatt last night.
The senator declared that he had not
pretended to guess the name of the
vice presidential candidate. He flatly
contradicted a report that he had a
conference with Senator Allison of Iowa
and Cornelius N. Bliss on Wednesday
evening. "I did not talk with Senator
Allison and did not know he was in the
city, and I did not see Mr. Bliss," he
said. "And there was no talk about
offering the nomination to Mr. Bliss.
I understand that Mr. Bliss announced
some' time ago that he would not take
the nomination and I have heard of no
change in the situation."
Senator Piatt said there could be no
decision as to a possible recommenda
tion of a candidate by the New York
delegation in Philadelphia until the del
egation got together for a discussion of
candidates. The delegation will . not
meet until Monday evening. The talk
about Chairman Odell of the Republi
can state committee being put forward
as a candidate, Senator Piatt said, was
not taken seriously by Mr. Odell or by
other leaders. The senator was asked
if he thought Cornelius N. Bliss would
accept a nomination for the vice presi
Would a duck swim? he asked in
1 hen tie said he did not believe Mr.
Bliss could get the support of the New
iork delegation. I think, he said,
that Mr. Woodruff would get more
votes than Mr. Bliss could in the dele
gation. If Mr. Odell would take the
nomination he could have the support
of the delegation. Mr. Odell is a man
of executive ability, as Mr. Hobart
was, and' If he were elected vice presi
dent he would fill the place as well as
Mr. Hobart did."
Senator Allison was at the Albemarle
hotel last night but he declined to give
interviews to newspaper men who sent
their cards to him. He did not see Sen
ator Piatt.
General Charles H. Grosvenor of
Ohio said at the Fifth Avenue hotel last
"There will be no assault committed
upon Governor Roosevelt at the Phil
adelphia convention. There will be no
stampede for any candidate for vice
president. Republican national con
ventions do not stampede. I have at
tended every national convention since
1860, when Mr. Lincoln was nominated
and I have never seen a stampede. Af
ter the nomination for president is
made it is the custom to adjourn to look
over the situation. I understand that
Mr. Bliss is not willing to be a candi
date. I am in favor of Dolliver for vice
Attempt to Blow Up a Mail Car
in St. Louis. -
peaceful ap-
Cars on all the divisions are
St. Louis, Mo., June 15.. As far as
outward appearances go there is very
little evidence to indicate that a strike
exists on the lines of the St. Louis
Transit. With the exception of guards
of deputy sheriffs at the numerous car
sheds a,nd power houses of the com
pany, everything has
apparently running with as much reg
ularity and as free from interference as
before the strike.
Officers of the Transit company state
that during the past two weeks they
have received applications for rein
statement from several hundred strik
ers. Recent arrivals of motormen and
conductors from out of town number
100, they say. According to the officers.
regular schedules, day and night, will
be maintained henceforth on all the
The only trouble of a serious nature
experienced last night was the attempt
to blow up a mail car in the vicinity ol
Broadway and North Market street. An
explosion caused by the car striking a
bomb on the track aroused the entire
neighborhood from slumber. George
Sehniesser, aged 21, was arrested by
special police officers who said they saf
him place the explosive on the track.
This is the thirty-eighth day of the
strike which, directly, has cost the tax
payers of St. Louis more than a quar
ter of a million dollars. The amount
mentioned is the cost of protection
alone and does not take into account
the heavy loss sustained by the mer
chants and citizens generally as well as
that suffered by the Transit company,
and its striking employes.
At 10 o'clock the striking employes
of the Transit company were assem
bling from all parts of the city to at
tend the meeting at the West End coli
seum called by their leaders to act on
a proposition looking to a termination
of the strike. It is understood that the
negotiations which resulted in calling
of today's meeting have been quietly
going on for the past three days. Ac
cording to a member of the executive
CContinued on Sixth Page.)
Wouldn't Have Second Place If
Offered It.
New York, June 15. The Herald's
l Washington correspondent sends a re
port of an Interview with Admiral
Dewey, in which he is represented as
confessing that his presidential pro
spects are not good. He said:
"Sometime ago. the leaders, or those
whom we have always regarded as the
leaders, asked me if I would allow my
name to be used in connection with tha
After thinking this proposition over"
several w:eeks, I said, "yes,' and accord -
ngly announced that if the people
wanted me to serve in that capacity I
would gladly do so.
But I thank God that they do not
appear to want me. '
"In these days the people do not select
the president. The choice is now made
by a few political leaders who put their
heads together and fix up their slate
before the convention assembles."
Admiral Dewey recalled that in for
mer days it was customary for the can
didate before a national convention re
ceiving the next highest number oi
votes to the successful man to receive
the nomination for vice president and.
that meant succession to the presidency
it the party continued in power.
'rnis led the admiral to the question
of whether he would accept the nom
ination for vice president. He said some
of his very best friends had urged him ,
to make a formal announcement that he
would not accept second place on the;
ticket with Mr. Bryan. This he had
declined to do on the ground that the
nomination has not been tendered him.
Admiral Dewey is entirely familiar
with the situation in China. When ask
ed the direct question, "What is likely
to be the outcome of the present com
plications in China?" the admiral shook
his head as if uncertain about ventur
ing an opinion.
"The situation' in China," he said, "I
regard as a very serious one very ser
ious, indeed. I can ee but one out
come as a-result-of the r-onflict now in
progress in China and that is the adop
tion of the American policy in favor of
open ports for an American commerce
on equal terms with all the other com
mercial nations of the world.
"It must come to that eventually and
it is fortunate that we are in a posi
tion to say to the nations of Europe;
'We are in this deal, gentlemen.'
"This would not have been possible,"
continued the admiral, "had it not been
for the result of the Spanish war. It
seems that God is with us in making
it possible to have at the moment the;
largest army of men and the most for
midable fleet of ships right on the spot
to enforce our rights and see that Am
erican interests are protected.
'Not only have we an army of over
50,000 trained soldiers at the very gate
of the Orient, but we are the only na
tion that has gunboats on the Yang
Tse Kiang. It seems like a special dis
pensation of providence for us to have
two ot our gunDoats wnicn are capaoia
of navigating these waters on the spot
undergoing minor repairs.
"Why," exclaimed the admiral, "in
many parts of China the Chinese are
taking American flour in preference ta
rice and all kinds of American pro
ducts find a ready market throughout
the empire. Our commerce is increas
ing wonderfully all the time and now
that we have the Philippines we are
right at the very door of this rich field
of commerce."
"Then" you sincerely believe in our
retention "of the Philippines?" the ad
miral was asked.
"Most assuredly I do," was the prompt
reply. "Had it not been for our acqui
sition of those islands it would not
have been possible to have the fighting
force in those waters today and we
would have been Ignored In the delib
erations now daily held by the repre
sentatives of the great nations ofi
Europe relative to China."
Washington, June 15. Admiral Dewey!
returned from his western trip on.
Wednesday and was seen today by an
Associated Press representative and,
asked whether or not he would define
his position relative to the vice presi
dential nomination. He replied that
inasmuch as he had not been offered
the nomination it would perhaps be pre
sumptuous in him to say that he would
or would not accept it.
"But." it was suggested, "many Dem
ocrats throughout the country are dis
cussing the desirability of placing you
on the ticket with Mr. Bryan."
"T have never contemplated being a
candidate for vice president," replied
the admiral. "I am not a candidate
for nomination for that office, and
would not accept the nomination if of
fered. My position is unchanged. I
stand now where I have stood for the
past three months."
The above statement was submitted
to and approved by Admiral Dewey.
Now Has More Than the Necessary
Two Thirds.
Chicago, June 15. By the action of
the Democratic state conventions in
California, Missouri, Kentucky, Georgia
and Vermont William J. Bryan is as
sured of the nomination for .president
on the Democratic ticket. The instruc
tions given delegates by those five
states carry Mr. Bryan's vote, it is be
lieved, considerably over the two-thirda
necessary for nominating him.
Jessie Benton-Fremont
With an Accident.
Los Angeles, Cal.. June 15. Mrs. Jessie
Benton Fremont, widow of John C Fre
mont, has met with a severe accident. In
leaving the dinner table she slipped and
fell, fracturing her hip. Mrs. Fremont is
79 years of age and her recovery will con
sequently be slow.
Weather Indications.
Chicago, June 15. Forecast for Kan
sas: Showers and thunder storms to
night, with warmer in west portion;
Saturday partly cloudy; variable winUa.
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