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? VOL? LYII ?? ??? 18,512. gSB^srsjppM NEW-YORK, THURSDAY, JULY 22, 1897.?TWELVE PAGEg. PRICE THREE CENTS. AX EXPLOSION KILLS SEVEX PISASTER IN THE WINCHESTER ARMS COMPANY'S SHOP AT NEW-HAVEN. ? i>OAr>iyr; machine cat-ses the accident? FORTY FFET OF THE ?G??.???? 1?U)WX ?G? ?VICTIMS FRIGHTFVI.LT MANGLED. New-Haven. Conn.. July 21.?The woret ex? plosion since the establishment of the Winches? ter Repeating Arms Company ln this city took place at the armory of this concern this morn? ing:. Six persons were Instantly killed, two were fatally injured, and at least a dozen more or less seriously hurt. THE DEAD. BOKMAN. Jullu?, single, age ?eventeen year?, powt*?r boy. ???????. Josephine, orphan. ?*? eighteen year?, ma? chine operator. ?? G MEISTER. Nellie, marri??*?. aire ?Ixt<-en year?, parents live In Htwklyn: mach?n? operator. BJgtOWIf, Ida. ms-rr!???*. age ?htrty year?, parente reside In l'etrolt, Mich.; machine operator. CONNEI.LKY. Theresa, ?Initie, aa-? sixteen year?; ma? chin* operator. BOA* Waiter, ?ingle, aire flrhteen year?, powder boy. BJARDOUT, Edward, who wa? taken to the hospital fa? ti, y injured, died thi? afternoon. He \vn? a machine operator. The explosion occurred ln the department known as the loading-room. Employed in this room were l.V) hands, about one hundred of whom were girls and women. Nearly all of the female hands are employed on what are known a* the loading machines. These machines are so constructed as to require three operators. The receptacle holding the powder has a capacity of one pound of the explosive, and as fast a* the powder ls exhausted a powder boy replenishes the supply. It was about 0:30 o'clock this morning when the fearful explosion occurred. The full com? plement of hands were at work ln the room. Of a sudden and without warning a deafening ex? plosion took place. In an Instant the air wa? filled with shrieks and agonizing cries. Forty feet of the side of the building was blown out and hurled In pieces many foot. The air was filled with flying debris, and fragments of hu? man bodies were scattered in a sickening man? ner. HARROWING SCKNKS AT THE WORKS. Every employe ln the mammoth plant, as welt as resi lent? ln that section, were only too famil? iar with this sort of thing, and operations were instantly suspended. Enormous crowds flocked to the scene. A hurry call was sent for all avail? able physicians, the Fire Department, the polire, the ambulance and the hospital corps. The work of caring for the dead and Injured was begun. Harrowing scenes were enacted as .the vast throng congregated about the place and the de? tails of the awful disaster became known. The news that an explosion of unwonted pro? portions had taken place at Winchester's caused thousands to gather at the scene of the disaster. In the crowd terror-stricken persons were to be seen flying about, calling frantically for news of their friends. The constant arrival of the am? bulances, the large detail of the police, the Fire Department, and as many of the city's physi? cians aa could be reached, added to the confu? sion. The police Anally were compelled to adopt stringent methods to hold the crowd ln control. As soon as the turmoil was quieted In a measure, a systematic Investigation was begun. Not Until then was the extent of the fearful tragedy apparent. The Immediate scene of the explosion presented a dreadful sight. Machinery, wood, brick? and other d?hrle BStaS? everywhere, and in the midst of It all were found pieces, large and email, recognizable and oth?>rwlse, of quivering human flesh. It was a sight which caused the strongest man to falter and draw back. As rapidly as possible the Injured were cared for. In two instances the suffering of the wounded was frightful. One of the victims who had not been kilb-d ? rtS partly disembowelled. As soon ns a victim was seen to be alive, the mutilated being was tenderly cared for, made as comfort? able as possible, and dispatched with all speed to his home, if he could give his address or was recognized by his friends, and to the hospital or elsewhere If not. At first the reports had It that four persons had been killed, but as the investigation pro? ceeded It was found that it was worse than that, and the police, the physicians, the firemen ar.d the medical examiner gathered the n-malns of six persons. Two of the bodies had been decapitated. Others had been partially torn asunder, and still others had lost arms, legs and other portions of their bodies. At length the investigation readied a point where Medical Examiner White informed the newspaper men vtin were on the scene that six had been In? stantly killed, two fatally injured, and several others more or less hurt, and he gave out the list of dead as given above. The officials of th" compat??/ used every effort to assist in the work of relief. They cav.t-.'d to be rounded up s<> far as was possi? ble those of their employes who were in the immediate vicinity of the explosion. Those who had lost friends could rot be controlled, but Bt noon It was believed that all of the d?-ad had been found. The excitement was Intense. Per? haps the saddest scene was tanactad when John BautneiattaT learned that his wife was among the dead. He lived ln Hamden, and had been only recently married. At the time of the ex floslon he was at work but a few feet distant rom his wife. The bodies of the dead were temporarily removed to the morgue of Lewis * Maycock. .vher?? Medical Examiner White ?sill complete his investigation. THE DAMAGE TO PROPERTY SMALL. The explosion did not cause a Are. and the Fire Department confined Its efforts to aiding ln the work of relief. An examination of the building Showed that the damage was not great. The interior was somewhat badly wrecked, and, as Stated above, forty feet of one side was carried away. The cause of the explosion has not been de? termined, and perhaps Its cause may never be known. None of those at work ln the room at the time say that it was due to the fact that a cartridge in process of loading had been Improp? erly placed in the machine. It Is not ev?-n defi? nitely known ln Just what machine the explosion occurred. An explosion in any of the main de? partments at the Winchester works ls an un? usual thing. Extraordinary precautions are takm, and the company's oillclals are careful to an extreme almost ln th?-ir rrffOTtfl to preclude the possibility of a disaster. Tsually explosions oeeur In the little mound houses, where by one mrtn the powder ls prepared for use. No blame will attach to the company. Tiie money loss caus-d by the explosion is estimated to be about f&,000 to the machinery and $.%.?B*rO to the building. No effort whs made to resume operations at the armory' to-day. but the plant will start up a?:aln to-morrow. THF. PRESIDENT'S STATEMENT. T. G. Bennett, president of the company, this afternoon gave to the Associated Press the fol? lowing statement: "It is Impossible to say at this time what was the cause of the terrible aecldent. and the exact cause may never be known. The funnel which contained the powder was exactly like that on the first ma? nine used, which was tested with 12'^ pounds of powder. Since the first ma? chine was made several have exploded without harming any one, and generally without harm? ing the machine. We have believed that they **>re perf?etlv f-afe The heir? who bring In the ??.? 1er bring It In small cans, carrying one Pound each. The telltale attached to the ma? chine tells when the powder is nearly exhausted, ^'hen the help see that the powder is exhausted thtl .lanal for more powder. Another can Is tkea brought and put Into the machine. At r'lght all Of the powder is taken out of the ma thine?, and I am Intu? Mad bf the man In charge "t the room that ?ill the powder was taken away from this machine. I beli, ve, however, that ther.? was more than the required amount of Powder In the machine We have been running ?Utomatlc loading machines for ??methlng more than twenty year??, aril thla la ?he "rat time that any one has been Injured In their use. Since the adoption of those machines we have had no accident In the u?e of black gunpowder." The Winchester Repeating Arms Company was founded by Oliver Fisher Winchester, a native of Boston. After making a fortune In the shirt-man? ufacturing business AVlnchester became Interested In firearms, and In Igfl bought a large share In the Volcanic Arm? Company, which ?ras formed to manufacture the repeating rifle Invented t>v Heti Jamln T. Henry. This was one of the earliest magazine arms produced in this country, but tin company was unsuccessful, and In 18S0 \Vlnch*?st??r bought out the other shareholders anil organised the New-Haven Arm? Company, of Which he !>?? came president. The company was prosperous from the start. The Henry rifle was improved continually, until Its name was changed to th<? \\ Inchester Repeating Arm. and in UM the com? pany was reorganized as the Winchester Repeat? Ing Arms Company. In 1872 the company began to manufacture metal? lic cartridges, and now possesses a plant capable of turning out half a million a dav. The factory buildings cover an area of several acres. Th? company sold large quantities of arms to the French Government during the Franco-Gorman War, and to Turkey during the war with Russia. -?-?-? BLOODSHED IN A BACK WAR BOTH WHITE MEN AND NEGROES MOB? TALLY WOUNDED. A FIERCE FEin STARTED AT RIVKttTON, ALA.. BT THREATS OF LYNCHING A NEOHO? THE ENTIRE COl'NTRY ROCND AROCT UP IN ARMS [BT t??.?pp???? io t? TBIBUSB.T Chattanooga, Tonn., July 21.? Riverton. Ala.. Just below Florence. Is in the throes of a race war, one of the most serious in the history of Alabama. The entire country for one hundred miles around has armed, and the people are crowding Into Rlverton to-night. All day th? feeling has been intense between the blacks and the whites, and a pitched battle is likely to result at any minute. The trouble arose over a negro named Rogers attempting to assault Mrs. S. L. Vaughan. the wife of a prominent citizen of that town, yester? day afternoon. Mrs. Vaughan fought the negro off, and aroused the neighborhood by h?-r screams. Searching parties were quickly organ? ized, and soon several hundred men and boys were looking for the negro. The entire country was scoured, and the posses returned to town several hours later. It was believed that the negro had been found nnd lynched, but none of the party would tell anything about It. Rlverton is the headquarters of th*? Govern works on Colbert Shoals Canal. The Govern? ment works on Colbert Shoals Canal. Tho Government employes on the works became highly Incensed at the action of the negro. and armed themselves to run the negroes out of town. In the surrounding county at least half the population Is made up of negroes, who work on the plantations. They are up in arms and angry. They say they will protect their brethren at any risk. All day long crowds of excited negroes have been congregat? ing on the outskirts of the town, heavily armed with old-fashioned shotguns. The Sheriff warned them of the seriousness of the situation, and ad? vised them to disperse. The messenger was mocked, and barely escaped with his life. The white men were determined In the mat? ter, and late this afternoon about two hundred and fifty marched out in line to where the ne? groes were, and ordered them to disperse. This was followed by a regular fusillade of shots from both parties. The negroes outnumbered the whites more than two to one, but wer? poorly armed, and were forced to retreat ln haste. The white men followed them for about half a mile and then returned. Few negroes remain in town to-night. Information comes that three negroes were wounded, one perhaps fatally, and two white men mortally wounded in the battle. Who the wounded men are cannot be learned at this hour. A dispatch from Rlverton says that about two hundred white men are picketed around the town prepared for an attack by the negroes, which ls expected at any time. A mob of more than one hundred men Is chas? ing thre? deputy sheriffs, who are said to have Mrs. Vaughan's assailant ln custody. They have the officers surrounded In a swamp, n*\ir the Tennessee River, and will probably lynch the negro as soon as they can lay hands upon him. Runners have been sent out to the adjoin? ing counties to summon the planters and citi? zens to help the besieged town The situation ls critical and a bloody encounter ls hourly ex? pected. WATSON STILL DENOUNCING BUTLER. HE AGAIN DEMAND. THAT THE ????.??? NATIONAL rilAlRMAN RESIGN. Atlanta. Ga.. July 21?In his "People's Party Paper" of this week, out to-nlRht, Thomas E. Wat eon calls on Senator Marlon Hutler to resimi the National chairmanship of the People's Party. He says: "With liutler at the head of our host the host ls not going to march. We had enough of P.utler and I'utlerism. II?? has deceived us and Is j deceiving us now. He Is ln collusion with our foes, . Just as Allen Is. We cannot light fusion with, a '? fusionist in command. There is no senae in trying It. This party ls entitled to a Chairman who is hi sympathy with its policy as declared at Nashville. Populism cannot go to auccess anteas e Populist heads a leader who puts principles above ti;?? of ? flees, and who realizes the deadly mistake of put i ting our party Into corrupt bargalr.lnRs .'or office I with Its foe*. "Let Mr. Hutler resign. Let us have Was),hum or Reed for a chairman. Let us nave an official head in whom the rank and file put confidence." -4 EDUCATIONAL CONFEBENCB AT HAMPTON. Newport News, Va., July 21.?An Afro-American educational conference began at Hampton Institute this morning, and will last until Friday. The most prominent colored educators of the State ?-.re pr?s? ent. Reports on home trades, schools, bu-lness habits, Ian?! and religion were read at the morning set-Mon. Papers on education wen read by w. <\ Price. J. Hugo Johnson, snd others. A large num? ber of papera on educational topics will be read at to-morrow'.1! session. -F ALLEGED TO HAVE DIED OE A BEATING. Providence, R. I.. July 21 ?Police Constable Alfred A. Johnson, of Hirer Hook, died at 4 o'clock this morning from the effects of a healing h*? le talleced to have received on Sunday morning from Con? stable Charles Palimi and the ;atter's son, Walter, Warrant? agnina! the BBssllsnts which bave basa issued, charging assault with a dangerous weapon? will be changed to manslaughter. The two Hal lous, fhthtaf and ?on, came to this city this morn? ing to obtain ball, with the announce?! Intention of later delivering themselves up to Deputy-Sheriff Lynch, of Warwick, at Apponaug, who drove ap last night to arrest them and fourni tu? in taWay from home. An autopej will ??>? held to-morrow morning to determine officially the causa of death. TOO MUCB BAIN ALONG THE RED RIVER. Minneapolis, July 21.? Dispatches from Karg.?, Grand Forks, Crookfton and other Red Hiver Val? ley points say that the-?? Is too much rain for the good of the wheat crop. At F.irgo 4.16 Im-he? of rain In two and one-haif ?lay? has fallen. M ui fields? of wheat on low places will l?. uncut and the Joss will be heavy. The rains in South Dakota are conslilered highly beneficial. t? ILLUMINATE the royal gorge. Canyon City. Cl.. July 21.-Th?? official? of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Company have d? - cldwl to illuminate the famous Royal Gorge with cl? .-trlcity, the lighting fluid l???|ng furnished from the city. Thl? ls to be dene for the bSOOttt Ol trav? el!? re whose business make it necessary for tiu-m to pas? tnrough the gorge in the night. AM ERIC AX I'lG IROX FOR GERM AX Y. Chicago. July 21?"The Industrial Worl?l" to? morrow will say that three thousaml ton? of b?-s?e mer t>lg iron, the pn .lut of a Milwaukee mill, have Otatan ?t?ld for export to ??ermany. Many other foreign inquiries are at hand In thl? market. Amateur photographers will find every requisite at RockwooJ's, 1.440? Uro?U*?vay. near 40th.-?AUvt. THE SEALING CONFERENCE. EXPERTS TO MEET AND COMPARE NOTE8 A STRGNG RRITISH PATROLLIN?! FLEET. London, July 21?It Is now seml-offlclally re? ported that an International conference will be held at Washington early in October, on the basis of John W. Foster's suggestion on behalf of the G???-d States Government that the ex? perts representing Great Britain and the T'nlted States should m-et and compare the results of their investigations, with a view of arriving at an agre??,] state of facts. Pending smh an agreement there Is no ques? tion of extending, the scope of the conference to Include a revision of the present regulations. The primary object will be not legal, but r*?-t?n tiflc. Viclo'la, R C? July 21.?The Rrltish Govern? ment is sending to the R-hring Sea sealing fish? eries a much strong??!? patrolling fune than usuili. Already two nun-of-war. the Wild Swan, of 1500 tons and eight guns, and the Pheasant. of BHO tons and eight guns, have sailed, and they will tie followed In a fen days by H. M. S. Am? phlon, a powerful cruiser <?f ,",(MH) tons and ten guns. Besides these vessels two cruisers have teen detached from th- ?'hira fleet for the seal fisheries, one of which is H. M. S. Rainbow, a powerful modern cruiser <>f 4,000 tons and sight guns. The Aniphion Is the fastest vessel in Paci ?'ic waters. WILL oppose ANNEXATION TO THE END. JAPAN'S ATTITUDE* TOWARD HAWAII f-TATET? BT HER rORtaOM MINISTRI'.. Vancouver. R. C., July 21.?Count Okuna, For? eign Minister of Japan, says regarding the an? nexation of Hawaii to the l'nlt?'d States: 'The Foreign Office ls not surprised at the ; proposed annexation. We simply protested against It. The Importance of the islands will be immensely Increased by the construction of the Nicaragua or Panama Canal, and It Is ab? solutely Pi cessar* therefore to leave the country Independent. In voyaging to the far F.ast sfamers starting from Europe or Ami-rlca must call at Hawaii. To have them Incorporated into the I'nlon would seriously Involve international Interests In the Pacific Ocean. Another reason ls this: Annexation would impair the rights ami privileges m hieb Japan is enjoying In Hawaii. The protest was, therefore, entered on these grounds. Leaving aside the attitude of other Powers, th*? question is. What will Japan do if, Under ?my circumstances the annexation Is car? ri? .1 into practice in spite of the protest ?.f Japan? Japan must oppose it to the utmost. Annexation must n??t be recognized." ??<? JAPAN WANTS NO WAR. London, July 21 -The. Paris correspondent of "The Dally Mail'* says: ?'The Japanese Minister her?? denies that the relations between Japan an?l the United ItattaS are strained, and says: 'We wish especially to avoid ???? with the United Suites. If we had wantcil war we would have re? sisted Rusais when she interfered after our war with China, hut we decided lh.it it was l?est to strengthen our army and navy and develop our I. sr,lir? es.' " --ta THE ANNEXATION HILL DISCUSSED. Washington, July II.-The Senat" Committee on Foreign Notations to-day briefly dtaCUSSed the bill Intro.luced by Senator Morgan for th- annexation of Hawaii, but decided to postpone further eon? ??deration of it while th<? annexation treaty Is pending. The bill ls Intended to be acted on ln Us prex-nt shape only in case of the failure of the Senate to ratify the treaty. The committee expects to ask the Sonate to t.ik?? up the treaty Immediately on assembling next Dis-ember, and desires to have the bill in shape for prompt consideration In case that should be render??! necessary by the failure of the treaty. The committee? also decided to Investigate the stato? of the Clsytor.-Hulwer tr.-aty, and SDMInted ? ...-committee consisting of Henators Morgan, Lodge and Cullom for this purpose, yhe Senate will l?e asked to order a computation of all tho treaties of this country, together with the Bupn me Court ?lcrlslons bearing on them. INSURGENTS USE DYNAMITE. A BRIDGI TV HAVANA PROVINCE BLOWN UP-SICK SPANISH TROOPS SENT HOME. Havana, via Key West, Fla., July 21.?The Insur? gents this morning destroyed with dynamite th*? She railroad bridge near Madruga, in the Province of Havana. Yesterday fifty-six officers ami l.lfl privates who were Incapacitated for duty by Hlness or wounds departed for Sraln. Members of the Red Cross Society distributed money and Clothing among them. According to official statements the lnsurgi-nts ln the last ten days have lost in killed ten ln the Province of Puerto Priii.-ip??, eighty-six In Santa ?'lara, fifty-one ln Matanzas, seven in Havana and eighty-two in Pinar ?l?-? Rio Twenty of them have been taken prisoners In the mum time. In tii?? same period !!?"? ilr?-nrms hav?? been aurrendered to th?? authorities and l&I armed Insurgents hav?? given themselves up. The Spanish lorses ln the same time are two offi? cer- ano thirty-live privates killed nnd four olVers wounded. In a reconnotastance by a detachment of Spanish troops on the coast near Bahia Honda. In the Prov? ince of Pinar del Rio, th?? Midlers f.?un?l iXOOO Hau? ser cartridges and two small cannon of old style. A FREE FICHT FOLLOWED THE SPEECH. ???'?? it? ?? ? Ni inks ATTACKED BKNOR ??: LOMg AT A BANQUET IN BARAOOSSA. Madrid, July 21. -At a banquet given last even? ing at Saragossa, In honor of Se?or Moret y Prendergast, t'-??? Liberal leader and former Min? ister. I'.i'.int Bomanones made a violent attack on 'Spanish Ministers beyond s*as," r?-ferring evi? dently to Beftor <!?? Lorn.?. A representative of the Government who was : pre?, nt Intervened, resenting the Count's remark?, ? anil a free fight ensued. Tne Government's repre? sentative ?r. ta .? r? -, .?!?. r. Finally the ontir?? company was ejected from the hall where tu?? banquet was given, after which they formed in croupe and paraded th.- ?treeta, shouting "Ling Live Liberty:" ANSWHKINO MORET Y PHENDERGAST. Madrid, .Inly 21.-Se?or Moret y Prend.-rgast's m.h at Saragossa on th?? Cuban question ;*n?l in denunciation of the policy of the Oovernment has mad?? a great sensation. The "Epoca" says: "The frightful picture of Cuba palmed by the Liberal leader at Saragossa can only be compared to the inflammatory utter ancea f.f the worst enemies of Spain. We believe that his Insinuations against the thr.me must permanently k<??;? th?? Liberals out of power, owim* to the Increased strength which su h utterances give the Monarchists in the eyes of th.? puhllc." SPAIN TO INi'REASE HEB NAVY. Madrid, July 21.- It Is reported that the Oovern? ment is negotiating for the Onatructlon of four . urge warships. -a KO SPANISH-JAPANESE ALLIANCE. Madrid, July B.-leSor Canovas dei fastl?lo. the Premier, pay.?- that the report of an alllanee be? tween B| Sin and Japan is Incorrici. The most cor? dial relations eslst between the two lv.wers, but the understanding does noi extend further. H< adds: "i: nas never more necessary than now for the Oovernment m consider what reforms ought to !??? Introduced in Cuba, WEYLER RETIRNS TO HAVANA. Havana, July -i - Captabr-Oeneral Weyier ar rlved here this afternoon. He traveOed from Cien? by train to Las Cruces and Bagna La Ornada From the latter pia??? h?? prOCl Sdtad to th?? coast, wher*? h?? took the steamer Ad-la to Havana. The action of S? ? r.-tary Sherman In giving pilli? li ity to his Instructions In the Kulr. . . ,? t<? Cenerai Stewart L Woodford, the new United State? Min? is?? r to Spi.'.11. is freely commented on; It Is re garded as a breach of diplomatic u*?ag< and a.? on.y surpass??! by Hie premature |?til> Icatlon of the re? port of 1 "onsul-i '?? 11??: al !.??*? In the ?ame ??*???? Reports from Matanaai aan nine,, that the "Au? rora Tumurl" bas been Buarpreased, LABOR'S v>!<'i: i'\i.*;:n for rrnA. W.Islington. July 21.--The labor organizations of tl,,? District I" !?! ? mis -meeting at Typ?graphl??al Temple : ?-night to 0Ueu**e ih*? Cuban ?piestlon. The . | was Inrg? and enthusiast:?? Th?- speakers ??er*? Corporal Tanner, Psion el Hinten, smtin-i 1 ?...ni.? 1 -, Preeldeni Bpohn f th* Central I'nlon and secretary Keep Resolution* wer?? un.inlm rusly adopted demanding Ihe Immediate recognition of . (adept n-1.?' and denouncing any scheme to pay Syaln * hai Indemnity. PLANNING FOR UNION. TO CONSOLIDATE NEW-YORK AND BROOKLYN St'RFACE ROADS. ??>??G:???G??< intO BSTWnM RFFRE8ENTA TIVE8 OF TBE METROPOLITAN* TRACTION COMPANY AND THE RROOKLYN BAPID TRANSIT COMPANY?THE MOVE? MENT ACROSS THE RIVER. There I* no longer any doubt that negotiations are pending kinking t.? a consolidation of the surface railroads of Prooklyn and the Metropol? itan Traction Company, of this city. Whether the negotiations will result In consolidation or not I* a matter of conjecture, but those who are engineering the matter ar" hopeful of their fa? vorable termination. When William C. Whitney entertained a num? ber of Mends at dinner last Thursday night at the .Metropolitan Club, it was announced that he had called a conference of gold Democrats to discuss th.? local campaign this fall. It is now known that politics were discusse??! only Inci? dentally, and that the real topic under discus? sion was the plan of consolidation ref?Tred to. One of those who attended th" dinner Is author? ity for the statenvnt that a long; anil earnest consultation took place ?oncoming th?? affairs ..f the Hrooklyn roads and Of the Metropolitan Traction Company. Since that dinner various conferences have been held. On?? of these confer? ences was held at the Hoffman House on Tues? day night, and taste*, until late yesterday morn? ing, at which the prop??sed consolidation was again thoroughly dls.'ussod. The names of those present at the Hoffman House conference were not given out, but It Is known that various per? sons Interested In the Metropolitan Traction Company and officials of the Hrooklyn Rapid Transit Company were present. One of those j>r?-r??-nt at this ?'onference said yesterday: "You may expect big things to loom up one of these days soon. It is too early to talk about details, but everything Is running smoothly. Of emirs?? everything Is more or less undecided aa yet, and a great deal depends upon th?? bridge connections thnt can be made. As It ts, the Metropolitan Traction Company now has excel? lent routes to the entrance of the proposed East River bridge. It is als.? likely that satisfactory arrangements can be mad?? for crossing the pres? ent briilge. of course, these details are being discussad, and It may be some time before any? thing Is actually accomplished; hut a consolida? tion of th?? surface lines of the two cities now seams exceedingly probable. So far as the con? solidation of all Brooklyn lines prior to the greater consolidation is concerned, it Is said that everything is working favorably." The stockholders of the Brooklyn City and Newtown Railroad and Coney Island and Hrook? lyn Railroad have recently received circulars suggesting a plan for the consolidation of the two mads, and urging that immediate action be taken to bring about consolidation. Th?? ma? jority of the stockholders of each road, it Is said, are in favor of the scheme. The officials of the road neither affirm nor deny the stories of con? solidation when talking with reporters, but when in consultation arlth <>ne another, as they have ?.n several times, th<->- consider the details for the union, and look forward to the time when the two roads will be running under one man? agement. According to a well-lnform?d business man. who knows much about the affairs of th?? roads, the capital Btock of the Hrooklyn City and New town road is t?-? be Increased from $1,000,000 to .-.j,i*??.i*si, ami then the stock of th?" C'ney Isl? and and Hrooklyn road, amounting to $1,000,000, is to be exchanged for an e?i?ial block of the Brooklyn City and Newtown stock. The result Of this arrangement will be that the Coney Isl? and and Hrooklyn road will become practically a part of the assets of the Hrooklyn City and Ne? town. President Sullivan of the Coney Island and Brooklyn road admits that the proposition for the union has been submitted to the stock h"ld'-rs. but says that the stockholders are yet to be beard from. The Hrooklyn <*lty and Newtown road has re? cently made plans'to extend Its system through Queens County to North Beach, thus adding manv miles of new track. Al present the road has a mileage of only eight and three-?iuarter miles, while the mil.^>? of the Coney Island and Hrooklyn road is twelve and one quarter miles. The securing recently by Henry B. Hyde, presi? dent of the Equitable Life Assurance Society, of ?m Interest in the Hrooklyn city and Newtown svstem is believed to hav prompted th?? present scheme Of consolidation in Hrooklyn. CRIES FOR MERCY AT HEADQUARTERS. SUSPICIOUS SOW?IWI HI'AI'?" >''''?""?' THE BASEMENT A1TKK THE RKCAPTURI Of AN HCAPINQ PRISOmCR Detectives Retdy end I'-uty. "f the rentrai Office, arrested a man on the stereotyped charge of being a "!>ti?]?i''lous person" bist nli'ht at an uptown picnic- They t???k him to Police Head? quarters, and lust aa he was on the steps he broke away and ran to Bleecker-Bt?, Ihen to Elisabeth st.. and doubled south again to Houstotvet The detectives BfhlBtled for aid and were joined by three poli? . men. Th?? ftigttlve ?MU overtaken ?it Hous? ton ?uni Kliznbeth .sts., and was ll ?1 bach to the building by th?? live ofheers. When be reached tit.? Central < >?????>? ??<? was blee.llng from a cut on his forehead He was hustled into the baaement near tii?? ?loor, and Immediately afterward loud cries for help and for merry ?rere heard coming from the basement, The cries stopped In a minute or two. The police would not give th?? name of the pris? oner, and said tha wound he had received was cnused by a fall. THIS IS LOGAS DAY IN CHICAGO. i'hlcago, July 21.?The final preparations have been made for the dedication of the Logan statue to-morrow. Already several ??f ?he Governors of States, accompanied by their stair*, have arrived, and more ar.? expected to-morrow morning. The various reglnaentfl of the Regular Army which have t).?? n detailed to appear in the parade are ali in tbe city, with the exception of those at Fort Sheridan. Tb? 4th Infantry will come in on the morning I train. Mr:?. Logan and her [?arty arrived to-night, and the member? of Logan's old regiment, the 31st Illinois, have arrived to th? number of ir?u. Toungstown, Ohio, July 21.?Mr. and Mrs. John A. Logan, jr.. and family, and Mrs. John A. l.ogan. Ml - ???.-e Miiiiry, of \V:i ihlngton, and Mrs. Colo? nel Roebllng, of Trenton, N. J... started this morn? ing ov?r tin? Brie Railroad for Chicago. The party t?l!l be the sut-sts of Colonel and Mrs. j. |f. Bchoon. maker, of Pittsburg, and ?'111 be at the Auditorium Annex during their stay in Chkrago, -? HOBOES STOP TRAINS IN ? ERRA SKA. < >:..;? i ? a. July 21.- Word was received here to-day that tramps had stopped a freight and passenger train on Ihe Omaha roa?! at Tekamah. NVb. The gang was trying to for?-e Its way over the road. This afternoon the embargo laid on traillo by the hoboes atas ralead, an,I trains are running through Tekamah to-nl?ht without ?topping. A consultation was h'-ij with the goderai authorities, but they declined to Interfere further than to send a deputy marshal to TaJusaaa to traten the hobo??*. LIGHTNING'S PBANXS IN MIDDLETOWN. Middletown. N. V , July ft.?The heaviest electric storm of the y;.r passed over this city this after? noon. The thunder wa* terrific. One brlek dwelling, In the entre of the city, owned by John King, wa* struck. The bolt passed through the wall, knoeklng a hole in the building three f,-?t in .?lam-ter. It wrecked article* In th?? room and disappear?! BSyStetloeely In mother part of the house. 'Ihe moulding was knocked from pl.-turu frames an?l ihe walls w?r?? s.orch.-,?. Another bolt struck tin- house of CorneUua Ke? to. It entered the chimney and went to the ground, after breaking Into ?very room, wrecking furniture and firing bedding. Airs K'-^fe wa* stunned and Bad u narrow escape. Neighbor? extinguished the fire. - # R. G. DUN'S VILLA RORRED. Namgaassti Pier, ? ?. July 21?Two thiev.a broke Into Dimmer?*, the s.immer villa of H. r;, l'un, of New-York, at an ea.ly hour th:* morning. Mr*. Dun awoke, ?ind discovering the robb-r*. gavi? en alarm, but the burglar? got ?taray, takln? wit., them some valuable hoim.-nolj good? and a horae from the Dunmer? ?tables. MASON C. HATCH RETURNS. MYSTERY OP THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE BOOKKEEPER SOLVED. HE TELEPHONES THE OFFICE OF* FT.INT. EDDY A CO.. AND THEN ??ALLS -HE HAD HEEN ILL, HE SAYS. AND HAD 8PE.NT SEV? ERAL DAYS AT A HOTEL IN THIS CITY. The myitery of the dlsapp??arance on Monday of Mason C. Hatch, assistant bookkeeper In the shipping firm of Flint, Eddy & Co., was solved i yesterday afternoon when he turned up at the ' office, after first sending a telephone message. Mr. Hatch has been a trusted employe of the firm of Flint, Eddy & Co. for the last eight , years, had proved himself extremely methodl j cal, and was able to boast that he had never hist a day at his d?>sk on account of sickness. ! He reported at the office dally at M:.1l) o'clock ln , the morning. On last Friday he complained of a pain In his head, and by noontime it became ! so severe that he was obliged to return to the ' Hollywood Hotel. Rath Reach, where he and his wife have been living. He was at his office on Saturday, saying that h*? felt considerably bet? ter. Again <m Monday h<? appeared at his desk, but soon after h?? arrived he said he had an en gag?ment to meet his cousin, Mr. Vllas, at the Fifth Avenu.? Hotel. II? then left the office. Later he telephoned to Flint, Eddy & Co. that he would be detained until noontime. That was the last heard from him. When ho did not return to the hotel at night his wife was much alarmed. The next morning when he did not appear ut the office of Flint, Elily & Co., they also became alarmed. Tele? phone mos.sag?s were exchanged between that l company and Mrs. Hatch, with the result that detectives were at on<o engaged to hunt for the missing man. Mrs. Hatch became prostrated from anxiety. Nothing was learned as to Mr. Hatch's where? abouts until yesterday afternoon at '* o'clock. At that hour Thomas A. Ed?ly, of the firm of Flint, Eddy & Co., was giving The Tribune re? porter a description Of Mr. Hatch for publica? tion ln order that the search for him might be facilitated, when the bell of his desk telephone rang. Mr. Eddy answered the call, and ln great surprise, and with evident relief, turned to the reporter and said: "Here he Is now." It was Mr. Hatch himself at the telephone of a Heekman-st. office. He told Mr. Eddy that he was all right, but hinted at troub'i?? with his h?'ad, which had obliged him to remain away from his desk. Mr. Eddy asked him to go lm medlately to the office. Mr. Hatch suddenly left tho telephone without saying whether he would call or not. Mr. Eddy at once dispatched a clerk to the Reekman-st. office to learn what he could about Mr. Hatch, and to find the latter If possible. He also telephoned to Mrs. Hatch, at Rath Beach, saying that her husband was alive and well, and that he would probably be at the hotel by night. A little later Mr. Hatch walked Into his offlo?. It was at once seen that h?? was ill, and the members Of the firm forehore from questioning him. They told him to go back to his wife, who was Buffering severely on account of his ab? sence. This he consented to do, and a clerk was sent with him to the Hollywood. There it was learned that, feeling 111 on Mon? day, he had gone to the Bancroft House, No. 16 East Twenty-first-st, and had remained there over Monday and Tuesday nights. He gave no reasons for not informing his wife or his office of his intended absence, and he was not ques? tioned on the subject. Flint, Eddy & Co. have advised him to remain at home until he feels entirely well. They do not expect him at the office for several days. STORMS AXD FLOODS IS ENGLAND. BOTI KILLED ?? LIOHTNINO. RAILWAY TRAFFIC ?TOPPED AND MCCH DAMAC.K CAT'SED. I.ondnn, July 21.?Various sections of England were visited to-day by terrible thunderstorms. In the northeastern part of London floods have oc? curred, stopping railway trafile, and much dam? age has been done. Tw ) boys were killed by light? ning at Ipswich. Floods have also occurred ln Es? sex, Birmingham and Warwickshire. A boy was kilh'd by lightning at Rhymney, in Monmouthshire, and many persons wre lnjur?'d there and ln other places. MRS. LEASE TOO SHARP FOR THEM. N'lTIIl.VC, TO LEVY ON WHEN THK SHERIFF TB1BD TO COLLECT A Jl'DC.MSNT OF $800. Wichita. Kan., July 21 (Speclal).-The Jarvls Conhlln Mortgage Company, which ls trying to collect an $W0 Judgment against Mrs. Mary E. I.??se, after having taken her home. Instituted pro teedmgS in aid of execution lier?? to-day to compel the defendant to pay the judgment or declare under oath whether or rot she ha? the money to satisfy It. Should she refuse to pay, and yet have the r?iuisite amount, the intention was to have h?-r thrown In Jail. The attorneys for the company soon discovered that they had been cleverly outwitted, for when Ihe Sheriff went ?lown to the Lease home to levy on the household goods, he found nothing on Which to levy, unless, as Ik- remarked, "I might levy on Mr. Lease and .???!! him." Mrs. Lease herself Is in Iowa delivering lectures? arni out of the Jurisdiction of 'he court. About three weeks ago the mortgage company began proceedings of the same character, but Mrs. Lease looked ov? r the papers and discovered them to be full Of flaws, and had ho ? re rule in getting the suit dismissed. Th?? company's atttorneys were thrown entirely off th.-ir guard by Mrs. Lease, as ?h had declared repeatedly that she would con? tinue lur residence in the city. She had been quietly selling he?* furniture for we*ks, and noth? ing but two cheap bedsteads remain. Stie will hereafter occupy furnished apartments. Mrs. Lease ls undoubtedly fighting the cuse as a mat? ter of principie, INJURED BY A MIMIC VOLCANO. IT EXPLODED REFORE THE THIRD ACT OF "CAP? TAIN COOK'' AND Rt-RNED THE STAGE ?CARPENTER. Frank Lennan, twenty seven years o'.d, of No. 501 Eighth-ave., a stage carpenter at Madison Square ?larden, In assisting In the pro?luctlon of "Captain Cook" was badly Injured last night by the prema? ture explosion of the "volcano" used In the opera. The explosion occurred behind the scenes, and the andiente was not aware of It, or there mlRht have been a panie. The explosion occurred at l'i:4.'? o'clock. In preparing for the third act. Lennan's eves were closed when he was picked up, 'and the Burgeons Si the New-York Hospital, where he was taken, fear he may lose blfl Bight. CAUGHT IS A TENDERLOIN RESORT. AN EXPRESS CLERK ARRESTED FOR FORC.ERY DESPITE AN APOLOGETIC LETTER. H. J. Mulvllle, formerly a clerk In the employ of the rnlt'-il State? Express Company, at nroadwa> and Eorty-ninth-st., was arrested last nicht by Detectives Hunt and Walter, of the West Thlr ti>'th-et. station, on the complaint of William R. Urans? also aa employe in the office of the com? pany, who charge? th?u Mulvllle obtained $50 from him on a fraudulent 'refund order." Before the fraud was discovered Mulvllle disappeared. II,? wrote a letter to Ryans apolegizir.,? for the trouhle he lia?! created an?l the Inconvenience hie action had caused. Rvana ga\e the letter to the police. They hav?? bevn waiting for Mulvllle to return to the city, and la?t night found him in a Tenderloin resort. .4 Y EXAMINATION for "FITS ess." Albany, July 21 ?The Examining Committee of the State Hoard of Charities will give examinations for fltnes* on Au.-ust i at No. 31 Nassau-st., New York Cltv: Senate Chamber. Albany, and at No t*2 8tate-st., RoclV'iter, to candidateti on the Civil Ser? vice merit list for positions a? Inspector? to the Board of Charities There are some thirty candi? dat.?? to examine, anil the Hoard has four or flv?? appointments of ibis sort to make. The positions pav from HOD to ?1.200 a year. HIKERS DBUa STl'RE HAS REMOVED, And ls now open for business In new building at southwest corner of Sixth ?venue and TWENTT TIUItD 8treet.-Advt OBSTRUCTION WEAKENING. THE FIOHT AGAINST THE TARIFF RE? PORT LESS BITTER A PROBABILITY THAT THE VOTK WILL BE TAKBM ON FRIDAY?MR. JONES. OK ARKANSAS. OVER? Rl.'LED I.Y VICE-PRKS-IDKNT HOIIART. (BT ?G?.?????? TO ??? TBIBIN'S.) Washington, July 21.?Much of the edge and keenness of yesterday's fight In the Senate against concurrence In the conference agree? ment on the Tariff Mil seemed to have worn off to-day. when the report was again taken up for consideration, and the afternoon's debate was sluggish and spiritless in comparison with the violent onslaught .made yesterday on the work of the conferree?. Mr. Teller, of Colo? rado, who attacked the conference agreement with KYoat bitterness and vehemence when It was first submitted, softened enough this af? ternoon to Joke with Mr. Aillson over the two year clause of the new reciprocity section, and Mr. White, of California, also took a hand In mildly bantering the onferrees over some of their legislative handiwork. Mr. Morgan, of Alabama, came to th* front With a contention that in certain paragraphs of the report the conferrees had ex?-cc<le?1 the pow? ers granted to them, and Introduced B**rW legis? lation; and a point of order was formally raised against receiving the report on this ground by Mr. Jone??, of Arkansas, the leader of the Derno j cratic-Populist-Sllverite opposition. The V :>???? ! President properly ruled, however, that the Sen? 1 ate alone was competent to pass oa the r? gular | lty or Irregularity of the work of the Conference I Committee, and that Ita Judgment could be ade ?4uately expressed In the vote to accept or re ! Ject the report. Neither Mr. Jones nor Mr. Mor | gan cared to challenge the soundness of the rul? ing by taking an appeal. The text <?f the report was again taken up ; paragraph !?y paragraph, and with ?., mlonal criticisms from the Democratic pide and occa? sional explanations from Mr. Allison the debate ; ran on until the last of the numbered amend ; menta was read and c.?mmente?l on. An ad i Journment was then tak? ? till to-morrow, with ! no further approach to an agreem?-nt on a time ! for taking a vote. Some definite understanding \ will probably be sought to-morrow by the Re? publican managers, and tlie present attitude of the spokesmen for the opposition encourage the belief that the end will be allowed to come eome 1 time before adjournm. nt on Friday. THE PROCnEDINOf IN DETAIL. READING OF THE OONFBRBNCI rOMMITTEg?? REPORT FINISHED Washington, July 21.-The tariff conference re? port was taken up In the Senate to-day after routine basfness was disposed of. and the formal reading of the report proceeded. In the aar?I hours the discussion was purely formal, most of the time being given to Identifying the numbered amend? ments with the text of 'he Senate bill. Tlie first contest arose over amendm.-nt No. fi.V>. re? lating to printing paper. The conference reported a retaliatory proviso ?is follows: "That If any coun? try or dependency shad Impose an export duty upon pulp wood exported to the l'nlted Stat?-s there shall he impo-n-d upon printing paper when imported from such country or dependency an ad? ditional duty of one-tenth of one osai |>er pound for each dollar of export duty per cord so imposed and proportionately for fractions of a dollar of su.-h export duty." Senators Vest. Jones of Arkansas, BBS. Teller vigorously protested against this amendment, say? ing It was ?? new provision, not Bated on by th? Senate or the House, and beyond the power of the Conference Committee. Mr. Teller* character? ized such conference as an outrage, aa the com? mittee acted arbitrarily and eaSSS before the Senate saying iti ?f?ect. "What are you going to do about It?" MR. JONH RAIKI A POINT OF ORDKR. Mr. Jones finally made a direct issue against the Conference Committee, making a point of order ugainst the retaliatory clause, on th?? ground of Its being new matter. He said he would ask for a ruling from the Chair on the regularity of the Conference Committees action. -Mr Chandler referred to the broad latitude given to conference committees In the practice of both houses of Congre???. H. ratead a laugh by telilng Mr. Jones that he hid "swallowed two tribes of Indians" on a conf?-r?-n?-c report on one of the Indian Appropriation bills. Mr. Al.irlch, one of the cot.:, rr?????, defended the retaliatory clause, saying It was strictly within th? rights of the conferrces. as tin- gBBBrai subject was In contest b?-tweei? the Senate and the House. Th? conferenoe report must be accepted or reject? d a? ? whole, ht said, and the main question could not be diverted by appeals for a ruling from the Chair. Mr. White referred to the Beeret sessions of tlie Republican conferree* and ironically read Mr. Chandler*? ressarks on the Wilson bill, wherein tn? Xeu-Hampshir. benator declared thai the bill had been brought forth In the dark ami should be ! blasted by legislative lightning. Mr. Chandler good-nutur. dly answer???! that, while his unathema on the Wilson bill had not brought a lightning blast against It, yet It had doubt!? ?? In part Inapllw a Democratic President to denomini that measure as one of ' perfidy and dishonor.** dancing across thf aisle, Whet? Mr. Morgan had a Stack of books on hi.* ?:? .??. .Mr. ('handler raid he observed that the Alabama Senator was ready to make "a ahort speech" on this point of order. M?t. MORGAN* ATTACK! IPBAJCBB IlKKD. A long discussion followed on tlie powere of a conference committee. Mr. Morgan argued that the committee had exceeded its powers, and that it could not arrogate to itself th.- r??-ht to originate new amendments. He branched off to the parti? sanship of the bill. The man who would lift the tariff out of politics, he said, would be another Thomas Jefferson as a benefactor to his country. The present bill was framed on purely partirai? lines, and wus designe-? to give b?-nttlts to par'jr fa\orltfs. Mr. Morgan reviewed in detail the I ? lion of the Republican member? of the Ways and Means Committee, of the l'Inane?? Committee, ami ??' the conference committee, in excluding D? in > era tic members. He became Involved ?n several sharp coiio<?uiee ? ?rith Mr. ?i?-ar, of tows, who pointed oui thai tue ' Wilson bill had teen considered In the sam? way. Mr. .Morgan referred to the reports "thai the splendid, ponderous Speaker" of the House of Rep. ' resentatlves hod secured a victory for the House on the sugar schedule. He thought there rau>: be sum?, mlst.ke about the Speaker's success, "for notwithstanding- his ponderosity, the h.iri-r be -'s down on a thing the higher It r!.-,s; notwlths'.and? Ing hi* sit tine ?Town on t!ie sugar sch.'dule. up go the prices. If he can't work tin? s..f.?-y \ i'\, bet* t.-r than that, he had better retire froni politics." MR. JONKS'S OliJKtTIoN (?Vhl'.Kt'LLl?. Vice-president Hobart then announced hi* ?le? clslon oa the point of or.Ur, holding that It was not well taken. It was no?., he sat.l, for the ?'hair to determine whether the matter In S conference report wa* new or wa? relevant. All such ?aue?? tlons w.-re for the Senate Its.'lf on the que.-tlon of accepting or rejecting the report. The reading of the report then proceeded. When th?? amendment relating to hide* was re?!??<!, Mr. Al!.-a asked why the confetTSSS had provided a drawback ef duty on exported bather mad?? from Imp ?rte.l hides. Mr Al.lrt.-h explained that the House had ln sl?ted on the proviso and he felt that the draw? hi.-k ?ra? paya?*? un.1er the law without re?erence to this proYi-'loii. H? thought about from V?**,'?? to fr*."'"-*? ot revenue would be obtained not?? the ??ty on hide*, and probably about half of thl? would be paid in drawbacks. Mr Allen spok* ngalnst the bill a* a whole, snd In. Mentally referred to the present <?,,..I Strike, i-??n tritstliig ;t with the promise? of pr??p.-r!t>. The strike would be arbitrated, he said, and arbitrated In one way only, namely. In favor of the coal baron an?! against ?he miner, and If the miner protected he would be met with the baton of th?* policeman or the buvonet of th?' un sold.er. Mr Teller and Mr Vest criticised the hide amend? ment ih? form?? Bavins t'??*t the drawback riatta*? waa in the irte est of Ka* ter ? tann?*r?, as the West? ern tanner, who did not export leather, would get no drawback. _ .... ? Mr \ldrlch answered that the hast and West stood on ?he aame basis ao far a* thl* leglslstlot. was ??oncerne.l. It was Impossible to build a batt.e shlp at Omaha, but ?hat was due to the geography of the country and not to any legislativ.? discrimina? tion against Omaha and the Wf-at. He said that three out of the live Senate eonferreea were from the West, snd he hotly repudiated th? Maternent that New-Knsland and the Ea*t hud been unduijr The conference amendment omitting from the free list acientWc books and periodi? ?ils brought out a aareastlc eneeeh from Mr. Vest The derided Democrae-y had In the Wllaon bill, he aald. placed painting?, statuary and allentine book? on lh? fro?