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HOPES AND FEARS ALTERNATE. CONFLICTING REPORTS SENT OVT REGARDING SAFETY OF THE LEGATIOXS AT PEKIXG. BART'S DEATH ANNOUNCED— RUSES TO GAIN TIME rprctcr of the British Legation at Peking who escaped to New* that when he left the city most of the foreigners were dead Sir •art. lie added, died on July L\ iirces, alleging that the legations at Peking capitals.' Dates of the dispatches varied from July credence was placed in the messages by officials. '•■'-■ ''''•••■ ' ceived from the Commander of the Brooklyn, at 'eking by Minister Conger on July 4. which said jrave danger of massacre Ir - Choal United State- Ambassador to until nite advices regarding the fate the legation? had mediation would be considered. the native city ofTien-Tsin show that great damage I] iev General Dorward warmly commended ps. STHAT MOST ARE DEAD SSAGI ; " BRITISH LEGA TION'S IXTERPRFI [CepyrUrtJt: l? 00: By The New-Tork Tribune 1 [bt rxnin to the tribune:.] London. July 2«">. G a. m.— The most sensational new? from China this morning is a message ?rCTT , -The Daily Mail's" Shanghai correspond ent stating that the Chinese interpreter and writer at the British Legation, who escaped r~ nTn Peking to New-Chwang. declares that when he left Peking the majority nf the people in the Legation were dead, and that the condi tion of the living was hopeless. He states that Fir P.obert Hart died <^n July '1. There is no indication given nf the date upon which the interpreter left Peking. The Standard's" Shanghai correspondent tele graphs an extract from a letter written by a high r-hinese official at Peking, on July P, in which the legations were said to be uninjured on that cay. although only T.OO persons were left alive. "The Morning Post's" Che-Foo correspondent Btates a. native messenger leaving Peking o n July 1O reports that legations still survived. but were in need of prompt aid. The Shanghai correspondent of "The Express states that aft<>r correspondence with the Gov ernor of Shan-Tune:. Li Hung •hang announced that the Government would give to the Min isters a safe convoy to Tien-Tsin on condition that hostilities should cease, the advance on •Pewng be abandon^. 1 , and that all matters in dis pute should be made the mibject of friendly negotiations. -• -. egraph's" Canton correspondent atatea ed, an ... . . ; . -.r, be obtained with •.-.a-. and calling upon the attack ■ • ry Is taken - mismanagem T. N F. WITHHOLDING JUDGMENT. OFFICIALS AWAIT CONFIRMA TION FROM PEKING. -«rrhi: ion": By Tfc* New-Tor* Tribune] IT CAHLE TO THE TRIP.I~^"F.. ] .tuly 36 1 a. m.— British officials are less [Kjsitiv« than they were respecting the un trnstworthlnes* of Chinese edicts and the credul ity of the American State Department. They ar* not convinced that the legations had escaped destruction at the alleged date of Mr. Cor.g-er's dispatch, but they are Impressed with the cumulative effect of many statements of runnera from Peking that the bombardment was sti'.l in progress several days after the time when the- massacre had been reported. k decisive proof that Mr. Conger's message cf July 18 was a direct reply to Secretary Hay* Ciipatcn may be lacking, but the probabilities in favor of that ■nnmptlpn have been Increased by the publication of his dispatch of July 4. which was not in cipher, since the inference Is strong that h * used th* code book when di rected to do so by Mr. Hay. Moreover, the couriers and Chinese witnesses who have reached The consulates and been questioned by press correspondents state that the fight had not ended on July 10. or even on July 14. When fall allowance has bee* made, for Chinese partle asd mendacity, there is a margin for reason able dcubt respecting the fate of the legations, although there is a strong probability that even under the most favorable conditions of de- Vr.c only a remnant of the garrison has sur vhred. An argument persistently used by vet erans of the China service, that the legations could not have held their ground against a per ■fstent attack, has been impaired by direct Proof that they did maintain a successful de fence for a fortnight, and by indirect evidence that fig-fating was in progress a week later. Dispatches received yesterday offered an inex trJeaMe maze of contradictions, and the officials *sl diplomatists declined to express any opinion and were- content to wait for something au thentic. Two facts are conspicuous in the dispatches first, that an advance irom Ti-n-Tsin has been rendered practicable by a drouth during a sea «on when a heavy rainfall usually occurs, and s^wind, that the allied contingents are not co operating to the best advantage, and that there 18 no unity of direction. The Chinese Legation here is most persistent *nd emphatic in declaring that the intervention °* Prince "hing's troops saved the legations '■rom Tuan'e attacks, and ultimately delivered the bti!k of the survivors under fire, but this has >« to be proved by evidence untainted with sus picion. I- N. F. ■ MAT BOMBARD COAST CITIES. London, July 26.— "The Daily Express" has '-*•« following from St. Petersburg:: Admiral Skrydeloff, commanding: the Russian fequic- in Chinese waters, has received precise • instructions to bombard the Chinese coast towns taunediately on receipt of confirmation of the report of the massacre at Peking. POLAND WATER! POLAND WATER! toe its grsat medicinal properties.— AMERICAN VALOR PRAISED GEXERAL DORWARD WARMLY COM MENT'S THE WORK OP THE NINTH. Tsin. July IH. via Che-Foo, July 124. — General Drrward. the British commander, has sent to the American rimraand»ts a Setter in which he says sire to express the high appreciation of rltteh troop? of the honor done them in serving alongside of their comrades of the American Army, and of tho high honor ac me ir. having then; und.-r my command. I blame myself for the mistake made in taking their position by the I>t h Regiment, not remem bering that troops tre=h to the scene of action and hurried forward in the excitement of at tack were likely to lose their way. Still, the position they took and gallantly stuck to all day undoubtedly prevented a large body of the from turning thr- right of the ar 'flirting serious loss on the French and Japanese. General Dorward al.»o expressed sympathy with the Americans- in the 'lose of Colonel Lis cum. commander of the regiment, and Captain Davis, of the Marin° Corp?. He commended I nant Bmedley Butler and Lieutenant Henry Leonard, of the Marine Corps, and Lieu tenant Louis Lawton. of the regiment, and praised Lieutenant-Colonel Coolidge for his sk;i ful withdrawal of the regiment. Chinamen from the walled city describe a if terror begun by the Boxers before the city fell. The Boxers killed all Chinese who had been In th>- employ of Europeans, holding a daily inquisition. They decapitated even those suspected of friendship for foreigners or of adopting foreign customs. The mere wearing of narrow pleeves was deemed an offence Justi fying the death of the offender and the eonfisca t his property. It is now believe. l that the regular troops and the Boxers are hostile to on" another. th« troops ged because the Boxers drew them Into a d.sastrous fight. DISTRUST OF THE CHINESE. BELIEF THAT REPORTS ARE RISES TO GAIN TIME FOR DEFENCE. fßj v * Ap«o»tated Pp»>is.) London. July 26.— Mr. Conger's letter, th» sub stance of which has been transmitted to the United States Secretary of the Navy through Captain Thomas, of th« United States cruiser Brooklyn, has increased the belief in London that there is no hope for the foreign legations in P»kin;r, and that the elaborate fabric of dis patches which the Chines^ are building to per suade the civilized world that the Ministers are still alive is only intended to enable them to gain time To complete preparations for warfare. The Shanghai <orr«-«pon<]<Mif of "The ilalTy Mail «»«.ti» that a < hlnaman who -n-nn em ployed at the Mrlil-.li Iteration an a writer and Interpreter hn« eweaped from Peking to lew-Ckwaat. and thai he declare* that, nt the time he left Peking. moat of the mem bers of the lecatlonn were dead, and the condition of the other* wan hopelenn. He •««>* that Sir Robert Hart. Director of rTTl ne«e Imperial Maritime * 'untoniA, died on 11 1 v " * The correspondent sroes on to »ny: No other dates are given in the message from New-Chwang. The leading Chinese newspaper here published yesterday a dispatch declaring that it was all over with th" members of the legations. The president of a minor board at Peking wrote to a relative in Shanghai, under date of July 0, saying: Th - foreign legations are still uncaptured, but owing to the daily fighting it is reported that only about 300 persons are left alive in the legations, and if there is any delay in the arrival of the relief force ! fear that none will be left to receive it. This letter is regarded at Shanghai as au thentic. Strangely enough, it says nothing of any assistance to the legations by Prince Ching or General Tung Lu. CHINA PREPARING TO RESIST "While these brief side lights as to the fate of the Europeans leave little ground for hope, Shanghai sends a batch of reports indicative of preparations for hostilities on the part of the Chinese. It is alleged that the Tang-Tse vice roys hate sent deputies to Shanghai to inquire as to the prospect of raising a foreign loaji, ostensibly to pursue military operations against the Boxers, whose movement is extending rap- Idly southward with constantly growing strength and has reached a point wheri- the provinces of Shan-Tung, Ho-Nan and Shen-Si m*et. leaving behind it a trail of burned missions and mur dered Christians BlmultMltOUatj then» is a movement northward of Southern Chinese troops to Join the main army gathered to oppose the foreign advance (nntinnrd nn irroad pa«e. COLUMBUS, ,IN< INNATI. INDIANAPOLIS. ST. a — >U served by splendid trains over th* New- York Central! Lake Shore and Biff Four, ftall . n New-York Central Ticket Agent, and get particu lar».-Advt. NEW-YORK. THURSDAY, JULY 26, 1900. -FOURTEEN PAGES.-^T^KT-ja PORTION OF PRODUCE EXCHANGE TO BE OCCUPIED RY THE STOCK EXCHANGE. ROBERTS MOVES EASTWARD AGGRESSIVE TACTICS OF BRITISH— HALF WAV TO MIDDLEBURG. [CbuyrlKht ; i:w>. By The New-York Tribune.] [by cable to the tribune.] London, July •_'•;, 1 a. m.— The campaign in South Africa has taken an unexpected turn. Lord Robert?'? army has advanced to Bronk horst Spruit, about half way between Pretoria and Middleburg. He is leaving Pretoria and Johannesburg under a strong guard, and acting on the theory that the Boers profit by his halts and lose whenever his columns are in motion. The Boers have attempted to thwart his plans by raids west and north of Pretoria, and to hold him back by hanging on his flanks. Just as they did when he set out from Bloemfontein to Pre toria. He has again pushed ahead, and is strik ing for the gateways to the Lydenberg district, leaving Lord Metbuen and General Baden- Powell to suppress the raiders in the western district, and Colonel Broadwood to pursue Gen eral De Wet across the Vaal. It is not clear whether General De Wet has made a fresh haul of two hundred prisoners be longing to the Welsh Fusiliers near Rooder val, or whether this incident is an amended form of the previous account of the capture of one hundred Highlanders. Th* situation is most confusing, and veuirsrrs* are shaking their heads over it, but apparently Lord Roberts has decided that the best method of suppressing guerilla warfare is to follow the railway toward the entrance to the Lydenbt-rg district, and to cut off Boor communications with the only remaining base of supplies at Delagoa Bay. The plan is a bold one, since commandoes of raiders are prowling about in many directions, but Lord Roberts counts, with out doubt, upon effective support from Sir Red vers Buller. and also upon the paralyzing effect of a renewal of tl.e advance toward Mr. Krii ger's last stronghold. There was a hot weather debate in the House of Commons yesterday over the South African policy, with Mr. Chamberlain as cool as mid winter, and forcing the small group of Liberals to take up the plain issue which he insisted upon defining. Mr. Chamberlain spoke with re markable energy, and asserted that the Govern ment's policy in dealing with the Dutch would not be vindictive, but would end in disarming them politically. The Liberals were divided and harassed, and the Government was rv^-riilned by heavy majorities This debate has r ..ssnt Mr. Chamberlain to the front a? an agK'essive fighter, an: ' ha.» strengthened the impression thai th«-- Unionirts will dissolve Parliament in Octo ber! I. X. F. TEXT OF ROBERTA'S DISPATCHES. London. July 2."i.— The War Office has received the following dispatches from Lord Roberts: Vandermerwe Station. July 24.— We made a general advance yesterday from the position we have been holding, east of Pretoria, since June V 2. Lan Hamilton, irom the north, reached Rust fontfin. seven miles north of Bronkhorst Spruit, on July 22. This so completely surrounded the enemy's line of retreat that they abandoned the strong position they had been occupying in front of Pole-Car***-. Stephenson's brigade ad vanced yesterday unopposed to Elands River station. Our right was protected by the First and Fourth brigades of cavalry, under French, and Button's Mounted Infantry. The former crossed east of Wilge River. Railway and telegraphic communication were restored last night. In the supply train captured at Roodeval were 200 Welsh Fusiliers, most of whom had been prisoners. De Wet's force is continuing to move northeasterly. It was at R.oodepoort on July 22, with Broadwood not far behind and Little' 9 Cavalry Brigade following Broadwood. Baden-Po\v?ll reports as follows: Magato Farm. July Colonels Arey and Lushington, with 4.',0 men, drove 1,000 Boers from a very strong position, and scattered them with considerable loss. Our casualties were six killed and nineteen wounded. The second dispatch from Lord Roberts read as follows: Bronkhorst CpruU. July 24.— marched here to-day. This is the place where the 94th was at tacked on December 20. 1880. The graves of th officers and men are in fair preservation, and will now be put in good order. The march was unopposed, but French's Cavalry and Hutton's Mounted Infantry, making a wide detour on our right, met bodies of the enemy. These were driven back, leaving several dead and wounded. A good many were also captured. Our loss was me killed. Broadwood reports that he captured five of De Wet's wagons to-day. He was waiting at Vredefort until Little joined him. TRIAL OF THE VARFAG. Boston, July 25.— The new Russian cruiser Vana». which had her builder's trial off the New-England Coast to-day, developed a maximum speed of 24.65 knot*, with IK.M revolutions of her propellers. The trial, which was held primarily for the pur pose of standardizing the screws, resulted In fixing the number of revolutions at 153 as requisite to produce the 23 knot-; which Is called for by the eon tract between •>-,- builders and the Russian Gov ernment. That she attained a speed of 24.65 knots is taken as a promise of even a better showing on her speed trial later, because at no time to-day was she un der forced draught. Her engines developed 20.000 horse power during the test On th« last (eg •■'. her course the cruiser ran Into a storm, and h,-r build ers being satisfied with her showing., they did not take note of the figures on that leg. FAST TIME. INCREASED COMFORT. Pennsylvania Limited to Chicago, the foremost pas senger train in service. Sumptuous meals; su preme elegance. — Advu NO THIRD PARTY TICKET. ACTION OF GOLD DEMOCRATS AGAINST IT-ANTI-IMPERIALISTS GET THE COLD SHOULDER. lUT TKLF.'IiiArH TO THE TRIBtNE-l Indianapolis, July 2" (Special). — The anti imperialists came and saw, but utterly failed to conquer, and there will be no fusion between them and the National Gold Democratic party. With the exception of a small minority of the latter the sentiment against fusion was out-* spoken, emphatic and so decided that it could not be misconstrued, and while there was a dif ference of opinion among the Gold Democrats themselves regarding the expediency of nom inating a ticket the dominant sentiment was opposed to such action, and there will be no National Gold Democratic ticket this year. ■ It early developed that there was nothing in common between the purposes of the members of the Plaza Hotel Committee an I those of the Gold Standard Democrats, for the first, while professing to fear the triumph of Bryan, would have made a campaign especially against Pres ident McKinley. because of the greater im portance as they view it, of imperialism as a real issue before the country, and the others look upon Bryanism as the thing which above all else must be guarded against in the coming campaign. Thus viewed, there was no common, ground on which the two could stand, and the prop osition of fusion was practically killed before it was presented to the Gold Democrats for con sideration. It also developed that the majority of the committeemen believe that independent action would result in holding a great many Democrats in the close States to the third ticket, and that if left to make their selections for themselves these Democrats, or at least a great majority of bern, would vote for Mc- Kinlej . As the question was thus presented it suggested he further quest whether the Na tional party should assist Bryan by nominating National candidates, and the answer was in the negative. The deliberations of the committee were not attended by any excitement, and the discus sions were marked by the most perfect candor and the highest possible courtesy. When Com mltteeman HalJeman, of Kentucky. retired from the committee, with the suggestion that the money left over from the fund of four years ago i ■• sent to David B. Hill "to use as his judgment may direct." there was something like a sarcastic smile upon the face of each committee-man, but the suggestion did not evoke a reply. The antis are greatly disappointed, and will ask he Anti-Imperialist I* League, whirlMneets here on August 13. to place a ticket in the field. The anti-imperialists, who came here for a conference with the Gold Democrats, issued a call to-night, for a National convent! to meet :n this city on August 14. The call invites all Independents to assemble and join in nominat ing National candidates. The declaration of principles Is the same as that of the Plaza Hotel meeting, except that the declaration regarding protection is omitted. The new party is to be known as the "National party." An address Issued with the call declares that the usefulness of the Gold Standard party is at an end. and the necessity for a new organization is im perative adopting the following resolutions, the National Committee of the National I>em party adjourned until !<"> a. m. to-merr Resolved. That in the opinion of this com mittee the nomination of randk'ates by the Na tional Democratic party for the offices of Presi dent and Vice-President is unwise ani inex nt. •;d— That »> reaffirm fh-=> Indianapolis rlatform of 189 ft Third— We recommend the State committees in thHr r-spective State.* lerve their or ganizations and take such steps as in their opin ion may best subserve the principles of our party, especially in th^ maintenance of a sound curren< y, the right of private contract, the inde nce of the judiciary, and the authority of the President to enforce Federal laws, a covert attack .>n which is made under the guise ,-.f rhe denunciation of government by injun-ni^n We uru-" th- \oters not to be deceived by the plea that the mrney question has been finally settled. The specific reiteration of the demand for the free coinage, of silver at the ratio of lrt to 1 by the Kansas City .Convention and the history known of all men in «'cr.nection there with emphasize the danger of this demand. We indorse the action of Congress in passing embodying the gold standard, as a step in the right direction. We f- lid be dan gerous to elevate to executive power any one hostile to the maintenance and enforcenw this law Lewis E. Erich, of Colorado, who since I*»'.»H ha? been prominent and active in the National Democratic movement, said: This action of the National Committee of the Gold Democracy is nutra^ous. The whole thing is simply a McKinley !nd<>r«em--nt. and I have no d'.ubt that those immediately interests! in iseuing the call intend-d such. I have done with the committee and the present organization ot th«* party and shall tender my resignation. Liater Mr Erich wrote his letter of resignation and withdrawal, which was accepted by the committee DETAILS OF THE MEETING. Indianapolis, July 23. — Of the thirty-nine mem bers of the National Committee there were present nineteen. Two of the committeemen held several pro»iMi. The hour of 4 p. m. had been appointed for the conference with the Plaza Hotel Commit tee. At that time the latter committee made Its appearance and a sub-committee presented an ad dress setting forth the proposition for fusion and • third party ticket, with the reasons presented at the New-York meeting. • Upon the hearing of argument from John Jay Continued on fourth pace. PC'LANT- WATEB Dl 3 N. T. Carioadk received daily, orders promptly tilled. — Advt. MOB RULE IX NEW ORLEAXS. CROWDS PARADE THE STREETS. SHOOT ING AT RANDOM — TWO NEGROES KILLED AND SEVERAL WOUNDED. [BY TELEGRAPH TO the TRIBUXE-1 New-Orleans, July 2<". The mob was in com mand of this city to-night. Several people are reported dead and an indefinite number have been wounded and beaten. The assassination of Police Captain Day and Officer Mora by the negro Robert Charles brought about a condition of unrest here which called for the placing on duty of many extra police officers and tin call ing out of a company of militia to aid them in preserving order. Trouble has been brewing since yesterday evening, but it was not until it was apparent that the negro murdered would not be caught that the hoodlum element became fully aroused and primed for violence. A quiet tip was given out this evening for a mass meeting at Lee Circle, and. while there were no leaders or prominent citizens in the crowd, it swelled to several thousand people, who began a march to the scene of the crime, attacking ail the negroes ■who could be found. A number were shot at and several were wounded. Chief Oaster and every available policeman, as well as the mili tia, hastened to the scene, and succeeded In pre venting a general riot, though it could not sup press the lawlessness. After ineffectual attempts at speech making the mob marched up the boulevard, shooting at random. the negroes scattering in every direc tion. A car was stopped at Euterpe-st.. and in an effort to beat a negro two young men were horribly beaten and kicked, their faces being almost unrecognizable. The mob next started for fh^> parish prison, with the intention of lynching Pierce, the negro who was with Charles when m was murder- 1 . chief Gaster h*^ assembled all the polic in tne c tl 1 the Jail, ani the crowd, now Increased to fully four thousand, found a solid ■ an attack on the jail. The mob satisfied Itself by sh -tears. wounding a number of people, white as well as although the wounding of whites was ac *al. Turning into Rampart-st . where a number of pawnshops are located, the mob forced open the doors and appropriated all the arms and, without doubt, quantities of other articles. A block further away a stray shot struck a little newsboy in the breast, wounding him. it is be lieved, fatally. Several negroes were shot in Franklin-st. The negroes all over the city are terror stricken and an extremely ugly feeling exists, as it Is believed by most of the citizens that the mur derer Charles is being hidden in the city by the negroes. At midnight th-» mob had left the neighbor hood of the parish prinson and had gone up town, where it will probably disperse. It was composed largely of boys from fifteen to eigh teen years of age. Two negroes are known to have been killed. STOi X EXCHANGE NEW HOME. PRODUCE EXCHANGE VOTES TO LEASE 12,600 SQUARE FEET OF ITS FLOOR. The members of the Produce Exchange yes terday unanimously decided to lease a part of their floor to the Stock Exchange while the building now occupied by the latter is being pulled down and a more modern and larger structure is being erected in its plac«». Negotia tions between the authorities of the two ex changes have been in progress for some time, and as a result the managers of the Produce Exchange announced that they favorably viewed a proposition which had been submitted to them whereby the Stock Exchange would lease for a term of about a year nearly a third of the floor space of the Produce Exchange. Before any ax rangement could be finally entered into, how ever, it was necessary to secure the consent of the members a.« a whole of the Produce- Ex change. For this purpose a special meeting was heM yesterday afternoon. It was attended by a large number of members. Elliott T. Burrows, presi dent of the Produce Exchange, In introducing the question, said there were three reasons why they should accommodate the Stock Exchange members— first, out of courtesy due from one body of business men to another: second, be cause the proximity of such a financial body would bring business to the produce men. and. lastly, because rent would be received- for space which was not needed at the present time. Evan Thomas then proposed a motion giving author ity to the managers to lease to the Stock Ex change about twelve thousand square feet at the southerly end of the room, from April l"«. 1901. to May 1. 1902. The motion v* as carried with hearty unanimity. The proceedings lasted only ■ few minutes. FAST TRAINS VIA PENNSYLVANIA RAILR<"AI> to Chicago, Cincinnati. Cleveland. Indianaoolu Louisville and St. Louis. -Advc PRICE THREE CENTS. CUBAN POSTAL FRAUDS ATR BRISSTOW GIVES RES! ITS ->r* HIS umariGATi METHODS OF RATHBOVE AND NEELT EX POSED—EMBEZZLEMENTS AND N UW7UI EXPENDITURES. Washington. July 2."».— A frill summary of tn* report to Postmaster-General Smith of Mr. Br!» tow. the Fourth Assistant Postmaster-General, on his investigation into the postal frauds In Cuba was made pub! by the Posjoff.ce -part ment to-day. It is as follows: Receiving your letter of instructions of May 16, I left Washington for Cuba and arrived «t Havana on Saturday. May It*. After a confer ence with General Wood I decided to tak» im mediate charge of the Department of Pnsts. Upon assuming charge I immediately began a careful Inquiry as to the extent of the frauds and embezzlements and the necessity for a re organization of the Department. EMBEZZLEMENT?. On January T. ISO 9. Director Rathbor.<* ere* ated a Bureau of Finance, to which was as signed the- custody of all stamps and postal supplies, furnishing the same to postmasters and receiving remittances therefor. C. T. W. Neely was appointed chief of this bureau. A Bureau of Postal Accounts was also cre ated for the pur. of keeping a record of all receipts and expenditures nf the Department of Posts, and if such record had been property kept would have served as a check upon th* transactions of the Bureau of Finance. This Bureau of Postal Accounts on July 1. 1*99. was changed to a division of the Auditor' 3 offlce, and its chief. Dr. W. H. Reeves, was appointed, by the Secretary of War an assistant audit for the island. There were two classes of postmasters, bonded and unbonded. Bonded postmasters were fur nished postal supplies on credit and remitted fr»r the same periodically. Unbonded postmasters were required to pay cash for all postal supplies. Accounts were opened by the Bureau of Finance with bonded postmasters, but all remittance* from unbonded postmasters were entered as caah sales. No accounts were kept with these un bonded postmasters. Postmasters were not re quired to report to the Bureau of Postal Ac counts the amount of their requisitions or remit tances so that all the information that bureau had as to th- financial transactions of th» Bureau of Finance was received from the chief of that bureau, Neely. himself. Thus there was practically no check whatever upon his transac tions. As a result of the investigation. I am able to submit th»» following summary of the finan cial transactions of C. F. W. Neely: St.-wk r««-eiv.v? from January '. 1«39. to liar V>. 1000 „ . S>7r>.*s4 13 Cash r«*»tv».i from all sourctw. January 1. 11VS. to May 13. lOtv . —....— ... 53«.9a*M Total _ .„.. $1,327,330** , -..-:■ This $1,521 9 i 3 the total amount with which Neely is chargeable His records, as he left them, show him entitled to the following credits: Stock m han.i _ Sl»l.fl3?M C^sh on ha.Tl 5.333 nrt Stock furnish>-d to postmaster* *.' . ;. ; 4., Amount of postal fimd3 dep05ited............. -HTiSTS t>t MiscellaiW'ous cr-jlta . VvjSlt Surchareed gtanryi »:>;*.; to have be<?n de stroyed ; 33Z.V937 Shortage to balance . _. 30.6C073 Total _ $1..*.2T.350nH That i-», if Neely had balanced his own book 3. taking all the credits he claimed, he would have been short $30,600 73. Bat he is credited with $392.0«9 37 for surcharged stamps destroyed. which is in part a fraudulent credit. The sur charged stamps were used from January 1. 1591>. to August 31. 189 ft. when the new issue of Cu ban stamps was received. Neeiy had received • j.Tii2UX»> worth of these surcharged stamps. H? disposed of and held receipts for 5230.179 'Ji> worth, leaving a balance on hand Ausrust 31. ISOO. $291.52050. So thaf if h- had destroyed all of the surcharged utiar- that he had «r. hand August SI ht» could nut have destroyed more than £291^2080 worth, or $l<X!.7tiN."7 less than ht» was given credit floi bavin? destroyed. It is not believed, however, that h^ destroyed all the surcharged stamps that tie had on hand There were $44 ."1) worth in. the Department of Posts on May 2i>. 1900, when in- Inspection be gan: ?o»_>0 worth were sold trtrf.u^h rh^ Havana Po^toffice on April 2T>. 26 an-i 27. Uhio. and numerous other sales werr- made to stamp deal ers and collectors of these surcharged stamps after the reported destruction. It is not be lieved, however, that th-^s-j sales exceeded $2i>. 000 and probably did not amount to that much. The minimum of Nee'.y'a embezzlements, therefore, may b^ summarized as follows: Shcrtag* as shown by his ott. r»ooni9 „ $30,400 73 Ese«ss of credit by d^stru'-tion of surr-harTfrd. stamps d^rinttety ascertair.el _..__.... ini.ll3 1« Total _ • 5131.713 S» This will be increased by the discovery of ad ditional sales of surcharged stamps, but ib-111 not exceed $15O.0(» in th^ aggregate. An interesting compilation has b*»*Ti made from Neely's cash book. It shows: rash rf>c«»K-ed from all sources.... 1,, *.v 65 Cash accounted f-->r -._ ■*."«. *SI IT leaving a cash shortage of. ....„.._„.._ $119.2T4 43 His cash books do not show an accurate amount of cash received, because there is evi dence that he did not en:er oa his books all the cash received from unbonded postrrasters. The first computation is considered the most reliable estimate- of Neely's embezzlements that can be arrived at. Numerous exhibits are submitted with the re port relating to Neely's financial transactions la detail. Director-General Kathbone appointed C. T. W. Neety. Chief or the Bureau of Finance, who had custody of the stamps; W. H. Reeves. Assistant Auditor for the Island cf Cuba, the only man. who could in any way have haJ a check upon Neely's transactions, and D. MarSeld. Chief of the Bureau of Registration, as a commission to destroy the surcharged stamps. NeWy and> Reeves entered into a conspiracy to report a. larger quantity of stamps destroyed than were actually destroyed, and thereby defraud the Cuban Government. OTHER FRAUDULENT ' Neel; fraudulent transactions, however, were not confined to embezzlements only, and while the amounts thus received by him were small as compared witla the outright embez zlements, yet they show the same oScial de pravity and utter disregard for the interests of the public service. Before going tr> Cuba Neely was engaged in the printing business at Mua cie, Ind.. being the proprietor of the Neely Print ing Company. X«? had a business associate, or employe, named Cowan. Neely claims to have sold the plant to Cowa::. It is not believed, however, that Cowan «-v*r paid Neely any money for his pretended interest. Ne^ly sent his company large orders for printing for the Department of Posts of Cuba. Cowan fixed the prices and rendered the bills in the name cf Cowan >& Co. Cowan says he was instructed to do this by N^'.y. who -i-.C net desire the name of the Net-ly Printing Company tv appear in the business transactions of the Department of Posts. The books of this printing company show that Cowan received iror.x the Dejart ment of Posts fo- printing $7.'.».'?7 *',\\ while the bills rendered, marked pa'»l. and the money order records at Muncie. Ind.. show that he r* cei\ed $lO,i>00 1.". or *2.im ."• more than indi cated by the books. The investigation shows that some of the bill? were paid twice, and the whole transaction indicates collusion between Neely and Cowan to defraud the Cuban Gov ernment. Director-General Rathbone. when asked why he approved these printing bills and permitted them to be paid— some of them twice — said that he did not know until after Neely's arrest that there had been any printing done at Muncie for the Department of Posts. If this statement is true, he convicts himself of the most utter and lndefenaihle negligence of hia official duties, for every bill required his approval before it waa pat.! Ne^ly was appointed to a poeition In the Cuban postal service on December 24, 1M». and as signed to duty in Havana on January 7. ISirt). His salary was fixed at >' *• • per annum. H* was financially embarrassed at the time of his appointment. He did his banking business with The Union National Bank nf iluncie, and his ac count was frequently overdrawn. On February POLAND' POLAND! POLAND! POLAND! Is the purest natural spring water la im wutM. — Advt.