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Lend"". March 16.— The ministers have cause
*r.r gratitude to th«" political managers who
trcupbt on the elections last autumn. They are
f.*rure!y intrenched In th.- strongholds of power,
end „, i not dread the storm of criticism to
¦Web *hey ar * exposed with every shifting
yind. They are not in touch with public opin
j or on many great questions^ but with their Im
mense majority In the Commons they are safe:
One disclosure at divided councils and irre-
Fponsibi'.ity follows] another, and the Unionist
party lacks the direction of a supreme will.
I/>rd Salisbury Is tired out. and Mr. Balfour is
Inert. If 'he Liberals we;,-, united under a
ftronp leadership they could harass the gov
ernment with destructive criticism; even when
j»r.t Into factions they succeed in carrying on
ii formidable guerilla warfare. The Unionist
coalition ha? always stood for imperial defence,
tut it is on this ground that it hi now vulner
able. The nation, after paying war taxes in a
,i m of peace, now finds that its Investments
!n sea power and military armaments have been
made recklessly, and that much money has been
¦avted. Mr. William Allen, an old blockade
runner during th*- American Civil War, who
has been ridiculed for making a determined
fight In the Commons against water tube boilers
In th* navy, now has full support in the ad
interim report of the boiler committee, and engi
neers and shipowners ate exulting with him.
If their Inferences are correct an enormous
¦mount of money has been wasted on the navy,
hut it is dearly premature to condemn all water
tube boilers until the admiralty completes the
trials and experiments with cylindrical boilers.
Mr. Erodrif k's reorganization scheme has been
roughly handled by Sir Henry Campbell-Ban
nnrnian. Sir Willinm Vernon Harcourt and Sir
•Charles Dflke in the House of Commons, and
there Is a growing feeling of Irritation over
ivhat > clearly a paper scheme of defence, with
fverv aspect of artificiality. While the trend of
that scheme toward compulsory service is un
mistakable, there is a practical argument
agair.st It on many — namely/, that "no man
under canvas is worth ten in the estimates.
la the upper house, moreover, there has been a
complete exposure of the divided councils at
military headquarters at the outbreak of the
Boer war. while In 'he Commons there is cumu
lative proof at th- existence at cabals and fac
tirmi; tn the army. The ministers are daily
losing ground as these melancholy exhibitions of
irresponsibility continue.
Mr. Sarnbourne hits off the political situation
vi.ll in "Punch" by portraying John Bull in the
act of strapping a knapsack^ labelled .V^.ftspoai.)-
WUty" upon the back of Mr. Brodrtck. and
¦wtrniri? him against trying to shift it to the
bbNMtf of anybody else.
Th» (>i<ii<. cape, which is constantly bobbing
tin at question hour, reflects the spirit of
intrigue and jealousy now rampant in the
British army. Last night the fact was
clearly brought to light that General Colviie
*as wan to Gibraltar by Lord Wolseley after
Las] 'Roberta's report of his misconduct on two
occasions was on file at headquarters. On Mon
day an attempt will be made to prove that
QesaraJ Col vile did not. receive the orders from
I/>rd Roberts before the Lindley affair because
wmf staff officer blundered in misdirecting them
and delivering then to the wrong commander.
While the partisans of Lord Wolseley and Lord
Roberts are skirmishing and sniping with deadly
effect, the second round of the Ijaiisrtnw lie
Ifataelcy duel has bean fought in the presence
r ' two long rows of peeresses in deep mourning'
and diamonds. The disclosure of animosity be-
Majeaitheee two chiefs, who were responsible for
'««• <]f-f«>ncp of the empire. Is deplored by all
judicious observers as a public scandal, if Lord
bassoV had a decided advantage in the sec
ond exchange of shots. Lord Rosebery, as Lord
VolaeJe! i * and. roverrd his retirement with a
fine flourish of trumpets. Empires are not gov
erned in this way.
Th* court la now under much better manage
ment than the Unionist government. No mis
takes are made by the King, and his popularity
ipcr^asf-s daily. To-day be is Breeding: his son
<»n a lore voyage around the world, with a mis
flriji of goodwill and respect for the loyal eolo
bsbs. The weather has been unfavorable for a
pag'ant at Portsmouth, but good judgment has
b*en displayed In all the arrangements. The
King end Mr. Joseph Chamberlain know that
Imperialism is the strongest and most popular
Issue now bf-fore th» English people. The King
*t| rerHve the diplomatic body en Monday and
distribute decorations at a special investiture,
find will r^ply to the addresses of a large num
ber r,; delegations later In the Brack. Men are
Ftylng that the royal escorts of cavalry seem
to move through the crowded streets more rap-
WSy than formerly. This is true; the King will
¦at be outdone by the German Emperor, whose
cavalrymen Cash by at full gallop, and has put
¦¦ss] m ir,i into th« Household Cavalry. He also
keeps a.! officials and clerks up to their woik.
r'U>-»r 'U>-» Flnerurists. who under the last reign did
little but draw their salaries In advance, are now
expected to report for duty daily. Th.- King's
talent for details, his remarkable memory and
his habit of deciding matters quickly are com
ing into play in the business of reigning.
The premature disclosure of confidential epti
ssaaas made for the committee which is consid
ering the Civil List caused much annoyance
both at court arid in Downing Street. "The
Tlm%" la represented in Parliament by a very
¦H<* man. named Pitt, who succeeded in getting
Important information showing that the «
**r.dltures Of th« court would be greatly en-
Itrped. Them has been talk of disciplining him
in Rome drastic manner, hut th?r* is no likeli
»'"* of his being imprisoned in th" Tower Ilk"
Z«-bulon White, who secured th«» text of the
treaty with Washington. "The Times" is too
Powerful a Journal for the Speaker to put Its
14 parliamentary hand on the rack and force
n*m to tell which member of the committee gave
h im the ben news of th** day.
*^ne of the most interesting court rumors Is
t^>t yet confinm-d; this is the report that the
*»• and Queen, when the period of mourning
* oorv ' r - win give a dinner party each week at
"icklngbam Palace, followed by a dance for
, and boys ' This would be a revival of the
j*!hlon of the Second Empire, and It would d*
•«« j-mart society. It is probable that the
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Paris, March K">. — The De Rodays-Castellane
duel, which took place at 3:30 o'clock this after
noon at the Pare dos Princes, was conducted
with praiseworthy discretion, all spectators be
ing rigidly excluded. M. de Rodays was slightly
wounded by a ball passing through the fleshy
part of his right thigh. Dr. Blum, the attend
ing surgeon, declares the wound very slight.
This evening many friends called at M. de Ro
days's apartment. No. 06 Rue de la Chaussee
d'Antin, and also at the "Figaro" office, to ex
press their sympathy.
The salutary example furnished by the Swiss
authorities in putting a ridiculous ending to the
intended BunTet-Deroulede duel Is hailed with
satisfaction by sound thinking Frenchmen, such
as M. Alexandra Ribot, General de Galliffet, 11.
Falliores. M. Gabriel Hanotaux, M. Alexandra
rtlnsno. If. Alfred Capus. If. Marcel Prevost, M.
Anatole France, M. Yves Guyot and If. Adrlcn
Hebrard; in fact, there Is at last a reaction in
France against the institution of the duel, which
has become merely an abusive and offensive ve
hicle of public advertisement Melodramatic de
scriptions of the journey of DeroulMe, accom
panied by his sister and his second, across the
Mediterranean and over the Alps to Lausanne,
and of the journey of Deroulede'a fellow exile.
Buffet, accompanied by hi? wife and his seconds,
who travelled from Brussels to the same desti
nation, were retailed with malicious exaggera
tion in the Paris papers, seasoned with a fair
share of sarcasm.
The opinion in regard to to-day's duel between
M. de Rodays and Count Boni de Castellane Is
distinctly in favor of the former. The feat of
Castellane, accompanied by his father and by
a sturdy companion, calling at De Rodays's
apartment and assaulting him almost unawares,
meets with th" disapproval even of some of
Castellane's friends, although a few ultra-Na
tionalists continue to refer to the exploit as one
of chivalry and courage. C. I. B.
[By T 1 • A.«.«<viatwi I'"- ' '
Paris. March 10.— Only the witnesses and the
ui'i i assiji attendants were spectators of the
meeting of M. de Roday* and the Count de
Castellane to-day. M. de Rodays and his sec
onds were the first to reach the Pare <:.-¦• Princ' 1 ?.
at .'! o'clock, though they were almost Immedi
ately followed by the Castellane carriages,
which were two in number. On« contained
Count Bom de Castellane and the Count de
Dion, and in the other were th» Marquis of
Caftellane. the Count's father. 2nd M. Jollivet.
The meeting occurred In the Pare dcs Princes,
where- many cycling races were held last sum
mer. The men met In a grassy plot i-: the
centre of the track.
Count de Dion, as director of the duel, carried
the plat"!*, which wore carefully examined. On
each side the other preliminaries were soon
Count de Pioo haying jneasure'3 .off twenty
f\\-.- "paces." requested M. do Rcdays and Count
Bonl to take their ailotied places, which wer»
marked by cane« stuck in the ground. Both
principals were dressed in black frock coats.
The usual words of warning and explanation
were given, the Count de Dion walked sway
twenty steps, counted three and then said,
"Fire:" Scarcely had the word been uttered
than M. de Rodays was jen to totter, and he
"I am wounded in the thigh!"
The witnesses hastened to his side, and were
obliged to carry him to one of the dressing
rooms, where the doctor gave him Immediate
care. fount Boni, after inquiring into the char
acter of the wound, left the spot, accompany I
by his witnesses. Shortly afterward M. de
Rodays was taken to his borne In a carriage.
The" doctor said thai M. d< Rodaya*s wound
was not of a disquieting nature. l. v. a an
nounced that, though the bullet had not yet
been extracted, M. de Rodays will be well In
ten days.
Count Bonl was not touched. M de Rodays.
fired first. Count Bonl seemed perfectly calm.
He waited until his opponent had been removed
from th-- field, then met his father, whom he
Th- duel was carried out with the utmost
correctness, and every step of the proceedings
was marked by absolute calmness and courtesy
on both sides, which, if anything, enhanced it
dramatic effect. The secret regarding the place
and hour of the encounter was so well kept that
only the principals, their seconds, the Marquis
de Castellan^ and Counts Jean and Stanislaus
de Castellane were apparently within the Pare
ii<-<- Princes, though a few strangers witness
the meeting from outside the palisade.
No time was lost in preliminaries; greetings
were briefly and speedily exchanged, and then
Count de Dion was seen by the spectators to
separate from the group, fix a stick In the cen
tre of the grass, take twenty-five regular paces,
and plant another stick.
Count Boni and If. de Rodays then divested
themselves of their overcoats and took their
positions at either extremity of the space marked
off. Both turn.'! up the collars of their frock
coats In order to conceal their white linen, which
offered a mark.
Count de Dion then returned to the group and.
kneeling down, broke the seals of the case in
which the pistols had been brought to the
grounds. The weapons were taken out and ex
amined by the seconds on both sides.
Count de Dion now in a clear, resonant voice
stated the rules of the duel, and then went to
the principals and banded them. the pistols,
afterward withdrawing twenty paces and sta
tioning himself midway between them to Hi.
right. He asked them to cock their weapons,
and both did BO with the utmost care.
A few mom*. of deep silence followed.
Then. "Are you ready?" asked Count de Dion.
"Y"*s." came the reply from both. Another
brief silence, and then the word "Fire!" rang
out, sharply, followed by the words "One,"
"Two." "Three," at regular Intervals.
Between the words "One" and "Two" a re
port was heard, and smoke Issued from th»»
muzzle of M. de Rodays's weapon. "Two" had
just sounded when Count Boni'a pistol spoke,
and immediately If. de Rodaya clapped his hand
to his right thigh and exclaimed, "I am
wounded:" At the same moment the specta
tors cried. "He is hit:"' and hurried to the side of
M. de Rodaya, who tottered and then leaned
heavily on his left l°g. He was carried to the
Fide, of the track, where the surgeons probed and
dressed his wound.
M. de Rodaya was carried from the ground
and laid u;»on th« lower bench of the grand
stand while he was undressed. Dr. Blum, a sur
geon from the St. Antotne Hospital, dressed his
wound. « "ount Bonl approached the wounded
man and asked, "M. d" Rodays. are you in
"Not too much." was the reply.
Count Bonl then stretched (> ut his band, which
M. de Rodava accented.
Count Bonl and his party then drove home,
and M. de Rodays was removed to his residence.
Paris. .March 16.— The "Pjailw" this morning >"•
calls that M. Deroulede, when arrested, had In his
possession bbVbM francs, which he said had been
advanced by a Deputy, and the paper asks:
Is It not plain from this declaration and the ex
change of letters between him and the Deputy that
the person lit question i* Count Boni do Casteflane?
an up-to-date train In every respect between New
York and Chicago every day at 5:30 p. m. via New
"york Central. Pullman sleeping cars to Chicago
via Lake Shore Route, and to St. Louis via Rig
Four Route, making close connection for Kansas
City, No excess fare to St. Louis.— Advu
foryTiirrn ; lf^1 : By Th<» New-Tort. TrtM«ne.>
Ir ,V cmm.f t-> Tiir. TimuwiM
London. March 17, 1 a. m.-Th» Ophir sailed
for Gibraltar yesterday under escort of •**'
cruisers from Splthead. If was a murky day.
vit a nipping wind, but the royal functions
were conducted? without regard to thrcnt^n
ins w.i". :. .Tho. o>ucj-«ck'-f «*>•» iok thA
place of the unmanageable horses «t Windsor
were decorated for ih»ir special service to roy
alty, and medals were distributed among offi
cers, seamen and marines of " th« Ophir and
others - ntitled to t hem. Guards of honor were
inspected by the King and the Duke of Corn
wall. Bands played th<* national anthem, and
salutes were fired. The King's family had
luncheon on the Ophlr. Mr. Chamberlain and
Lord Belborne being among the guests. At I
o'clock the Ophir weighed anchor and steamed
down Portsmouth Harbor, preceded by the royal
yacht and followed by a flotilla of torpedo boat
destroyers. The men-of-war and shipping In
the harbor were as gay as rainbow hunting
could make them, and royal salutes boomed
from the fortifications and fleet. It was a pict
uresque scene, and was witnessed by thousands
of spectators on shore. The Duke of Cornwall's
flag was hoisted when the royal yacht turned
about, and handkerchiefs were waved from
decks and bridges of the two vessels. Th- Duke
was a prominent figure on the hurricane deck
or the Ophir as she stood out to sea with her
consorts, the Diadem and the Niobe. and the
royal yacht, headed by the torpedo flotilla, re
turned to its anchorage In Portsmouth, the fleet
being manned and salutes fired as she passed.
It was a stately leave taking;, and a brilliant
Imperial function.
The Foreign Office is silent respecting the oc
cupation of the railway si.litm- al Tlen-Tsln by
Russian troops after Indian sentries had been
protecting th'» workmen. Borne excited Jour
nals deal with i: as anothei Penjdeh, with an
Imminent i isk of collision between the Russian
and British troops, but it is probable thai the
affair will be settled by diplomatic means after
protects have been exchanged between the mili
tary commanders. The Hiding is claimed aa
territory within the Russian concession, and has
been occupied, although the North China Kail
way contends that I' ha? clear proprietary
rights. X General Barrow doea not act rashly
the two governments "Ul succeed in settling
the dispute, although the situation j s fraught
with danger. The Anglo-German agreement
may not Include Manchuria, but It probably has
sufficient potentiality to cover the disputed rail
way aiding at Tien-Tsln. Th<> stock markets
were depressed yesterday by the unfortunate
Ther* is no official account of the terms of
fered by General Kitchener to General Botha.
Various versions have been printed, one of
which involves large and unexpected political
concessions to the Boers. I am informed on
high authority that the British Government has
BOi sanction-d any arrangement by which the
Boers will regain political righta at th<> outset
or receive financial grants. The wai news re
mains meagre, th<-- most Important fact being
the capture of Erasmus, one of (he most Irrecon
cilable of the Boer leaders, near Lydenberg
Mr. yerkea was more communicative yester
day, and gave an unequivocal denial to the ab
surd story that he had purchased the District
and Metropolitan railways, lie talks in an ex
pansive way, bat It is clear that th<» Hamp
stead and Charing Cross Railway is the only
on" whi'h be BOW controla In London.
Richard Croker'a son had a serious accident
on phipboard on the voyage from New- York,
and will be laid UJ , r f , r aaTCral weeks at Moat
House. • i. x. K.
Mary Brown, twenty-seven yean old. and Mary
Kerrigan, fifty years old, both ward helpers in
Bellevue Hospital, died in that institution on Fri
day night within a few minutes of each other from
pneumonia. The women had been intimate friends
for F«veral months. . nariy last week both com
plained of being sick, and were removed to adjoin
ins fce<ls in one of Uie wards.". ... . . .• . r^ '
There was a conference at Senator Platf's
office downtown yesterday of those Interested In
formulating a police bill for enactment at Al
bany which will meet all constitutional require
ments ami at the same time legislate Devery
and Murphy out of office and place the Police
Department of New-York under State control.
'•ir"iirr l'litt has strenuously Insisted ret
,'irr* Tanrn any arrogantly retained Deveryin
'fTice under the new Police bill hi there would
tie supplemental legislation at Albany which
would make Devery*s continuance In power by
Tammany Impossible. Of late he has been bo
interested in the case of Colonel Sanger, the
Metropolitan Elections Commissioners and other
matter* that he has given the police situation
comparatively li'.tle attention. He declared
again yesterday that there would be police
legislation at Albany before the session ended
which would rectify the police abuses in this
city. Ex-Justice Cohen. A. B. Boardmnn. Frank
H.'piatt. Justice Goodrich and others conferred
with the Senator.
A week ago yesterday there was a conference
on police legislation, and when the meeting
ended there seemed scant possibility, in the
opinion of the politicians, that anything could
i,, done, owing to constitutional limitations.
Many wonder why Governor Odell and the in
fluential members of the State Senate do not
take part In these conferences. "The truth Is,"
said an organisation leader yesterday, In com
menting, is this, "'that it is now a question for
constitutional lawyers and not for legislators.*'
If a bill can be drafted which evades constitu
tional infractions. it will be submitted to Gov
ernor Odell and the lawmakers, for final con
sideration before being pushed to enactment."
There is great Interest, of course, to know the
position of the Governor. He is saying nothing
at present; but those who are working over the
proposed bill declare thai when It is drafted and
ready for presentation to the legislature, enough
votes will be mustered to pass it. and that the
Governor will sign it. The majority of the In
fluential members of the Senate— with the excep
tion of Senator John Raines, who la a State
constabulary advocate first, last and all th»;
time— have kept silent sis to the attitude they
will take toward supplemental police legislation.
As a result of the conference yesterday it seems
now a certainty that a new bill will be drafted—
but what support it will receive In the legis
lature, and what stand the Governor will take
toward it. remain to be seen.
The conference yesterday resulted in a decision
to draft and offer a bill drawn up on the lines of
the old Metropolitan Police bill of 1851. This
bill includes Tonkers. It was held to be consti
tutional by the courts, but when an effort was
made to bring Troy and its suburbs under a simi
lar bill the court which had declared the former
bill constitutional pronounced the new act un
constitutional. The proposed bill relates to New-
York solely. It is expected that it will be
drafted and ready for presentation to the legis
lators and other leaders some time this week.
There will be additional conferences of the law
yers, and then the bill will be sent to the State
"They will have to hurry up. wont they?"'
suggested one who heard of this decision net
"Why?" asked a politician.
, "The session Is soon to end. isn't It?" was the
"I don't think they will adjourn until orders
are given," chuckled the politician.
Th« general impression last night was that a.
lively struggle in the organisation is imminent.
Senator Platt and a certain faction in the or
ganization are determined to put this bill
through. It is believed that it will be just as
viciously opposed by certain leaders in the or
ganization. There were few last night who
thought that the proposed hill would become a
law, but there were few who did not say that a
hard fight was In sight. The general idea was
that Senator Platt would try to force the hill,
and the universal query was: "What will the
Governor say?"
Bo far the Governor has been silent, asserting
that there was nothing new in the police situ
ation; that when th^re was anything new and
anything to say ihe would talk. The indications
last evening were that "something new" had
developed, and politicians were speculating as
to the attitude of Mr. OdelL-
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Eugene S. Reynal and Miss Adelaide Fitz
gerald, who have been ill with scarleT fever
since last Sunday at Gedney Farm, the country
home of Howard Willeta, near "White Plains,
were married at noon yesterday. At 19 a m
Mr. Reynal's condition became so critical that
hope for his recovery was almost abandoned.
This news was taken to Miss Fitzgerald in her
sickroom, with the wish of Mr. Reynal that
their marriage be solemnised at once, as he
feared that his death was only a few hours off.
Miss Fitzgerald consented instantly.
Couriers were dispatched to the rectory of St.
John's Catholic Church, in White Plains, to
summon Father Keefe. Father Keefe was out
of town, and Father Francis J. Heeney. one of
the assistants, was taken in great haste te
Gedney Farm. Immediately after Father
Heeney's arrival Miss Fitzgerald, assisted by
two nurses, went to Mr. ReynaTa sick cham
ber, which is known as the Green Room. They
were . accompanied by Father Heeney. Mr.
Reynal after talking with Miss Fitzgerald In
an undertone for a moment told Father
Heeney they desired to be married at once.
The nuptial knot was then tied in the pres
ence of the rive nurses in attendance on the sick
young couple, no other witnesses being present.
Mrs. Paul G. Thebaud. who is a sister of Mr.
Reynal. did rot witness the ceremony, nor did
Howard Willets. Paul O. Thebaud was absent,
and did not know of the marriage until his re
turn In the evening.
When Mr. Reynal's condition became alarm
ing in the morning word was sent to his family,
and also to the family of Miss Fitzgerald. None
of them arrived at Gedney Farm until after the
marriage. Mrs. Louis Fitzgerald, the bride's
mother, and Mrs. Jules Reynal. mother of the
bridegroom, reached the Willets house late in
the afternoon. Nathaniel C. Reynal and his
fiancee, Mrs. E. C. Rutter. arrived a short time
later. Intimate friends who had been sum
moned and told that young Reynals life hung
in the balance arrived in the afternoon.
As soon as Mr. Reynal's condition grew worse
word was sent to Dr. Janeway and Dr. Alexan
der Smith to go at once to Gedney Farm. They
arrived it the afternoon, and at •"> o'clock held
a consultation with Dr. H. Ernest Pehmid and
Dr. Newton Curtis. Mr. Willets's family physi
cians, who have l^->en attending the young
couple. Late in the afternoon Mr Reynal's
condition slightly improved, and the doctors
agreed that, although he was exceedingly ill. his
chances of recovery were good. His wife is
rapidly recovering. Every few moments her
nurses Informed her of her young husband's
Mr Willets's two young sons were seal to
New-York last Sunday to remain with friends,
before It was known that Mr. Reynal and Miss
Fitzgerald had scarlet fever. The quarantine
is now strictly enforced, and no one not having;
direct relations with the family is permitted to
go on the premises. The new arrivals at Ged
ney Farm have voluntarily put themselves un
der quarantine, and they will remain there until
all danger is passed.
Genera] Louis Fitzgerald l? travelling through
the South in search of health. He has been in
formed of the wedding: and the condition of his
Word was sent from the house at $:?,n p. m.
that Mr. Reynal was resting comfortably.
Havana. March IS —It is stated that in a ma
jority of the Individual reports of the members
of the Constitutional Convention's Committee
on Foreign Relations, it will be recommended
that to the United state? be given the Isle of
Pines, and that the United States be allowed to
establish sanitary measures under the direction
and control of the Washington government, but
that the other provisions as outlined in the Platt
amendment will not be agreed to
The report of the committee will be an exten
sive- document, giving reasons in detail why the
amendment cannot be accepted. It is expected
that the report will be submitted to the conven
tion next Tuesday or Wednesday.
mi Tl.. »>K IN I"' >KTi > Rl< Tl
Sim Juan, March |f£ The (Tatted States spe
cial service vessel Mayflower, with Governor Al
ien on board, which was reported from Fajardo
to be aground on a sandbar, has returned hew,
having HeateA she sustained no damage.
Governor Allen Is elated over the bright rtajfj
oiitl"nk and the condition of the now roa.'s fan
the eastern section >t the is;;m.i
In Ponce there arc siill titty rasts of small
pox under treatment, but the disease is Banking
no headway and aa epidemic is not feared. The
malady is diagnosed as varioloid. A few cases
are reported in all the towns, but there are few
deaths Vaccination is general.
Two lepers ar< reported to have been discov
er.-.i in Aguadilla. • l n>- was a library keeper.
Fifteen persons suffering from leprosy arc con
fined on an island set aside for th.- vk-ttma of
the disease.
Governor Mien is said to have decided to ap
point two Americans, Messrs Srwln and Vlavagr,
judges in the district courts.
Montgomery, Ala . March I*.— A dispatch to "The
Advertiser^ says the village of Coiner, Harbour
Count was .-ilmost wiped out by lire earl* this
morning. Nine stores wen destroyed. Th» re was
little insurance.
Mobile, Ala.. M irch IS.— Careful investigation of
the report or' the burning of sixty negroes in ••
turpentine camp fire In Baldwin County shows that
there Is absolutely no foundation for the report.
and the story was Invented. No Mobile newspaper
printed .i line of it.
Corslcana Tea.. March It?.— A ¦choolhouas for
negroes at Corbet, eight miles west of Corsicana.
his been burned by incendiaries, 'rise negroes in
the neighborhood were warned to leave in forty
eight hour*. Sever il shots were tired into a haw
occupied by negroes, but no one was Injured. The
negroes fear ;< nice war as a sequel to the recent
burning of John Henderson.
Seattle. Wash.. March !«.— The ratted States*
Government engineers in this city will to-morrow
publish the t\r>t call tar nlds on the work of dredc
ing the Lake Washington Ship Canal This is the
tirsl step in the actual work of building a canal
which will pass up Salmon Bay Into Lake Union
and from Lake I'nlon into Lake Washington, thus
giving one of the tin "st fresh water harbors iii tha
Mobile. Ala. March IS.-Ora Holla and Deputy
Sheriff* Ashcraft and Seymour. three ,it the eleven
men on preliminary trial at Bcranton. Mis- for
the lynching of John Knox, who killeil his stepson,
were committed to-day to the Circuit Court, which
meets in April. Asacrafl and Seymour without
bond and Rolls on bond for t:",.»»«. which hi*
friends gave. The judge refused to approve- of
Rolls'a bond, and he was seal to the Wayaesbora
(Miss.) Jail. The others were dismissed.
Philadelphia. March lti— Messenger Dougherty, of
the United States Sub-Treasury, was robbed in the
corridor of the postottlce to-«lay of registered mail,
believed to contain over $1,000. Dougherty received
the mail from the registry clerk in the postofflce
and placed the package of letters in his overcoat
pocket. While he was removing general mail
from the box in the corridor a pickpocket ab-
Btrart#d the registered mail from his overcoat
The thief escaped.
Reached by the Southern Railway In a delightful
combination of lake and mountain . .-.._, ¦ -llmati
perfect. New-York Offices. 271 and 1.153 Broadway
— Advt
577-.7S TO BF TAK/:\ AT ONCE
City officials and citizens united yesterday in
praise of Andrew Carnegie on account of his
offer to give $3£00.000 for the erection of sixty
five branch libraries for the people of New-York.
His gift was declared to be the largest ever
bestowed for educational purposes in this coun- .
try by any man at one time. The magnlficenea
of it was spoken or' as in keeping with hi? char
acter as a public benefactor. It was said that
his gifts of libraries are rot to stop, but that ho
is to give libraries to. other cities until he has*
spent $00.000.000>. The condition made by Mr.,
Carnegie that the city shall provide the sites for'
th" sixty-five branch libraries and shall maka
suitable provision for the maintenance of tha*
libraries as they are built was said to b<» hottst
reasonable and proper.
There is little doubt that the city will accept^
Hi Carnegie's offer and that New-York will'
ha- as a result of his munificence, one of th»>H
grandest library systems in the world. Mayor;
Van Wyck. Controller Coler and other city Ool
rials announced yesterday that steps were to ba>
taken to comply as promptly as possible with
the terms of Mr. Carnegie's offer, and Governor
Odell has promised that he will aid in securinar
whatever legislation is needed to permit the city '
to provide the library sites and give the neces- '
sary pledges for maintenance. It is understood '»
that the city will have to spend .^.liO.OOrt a year*
for the maintenance of its library system after J
the branch libraries are completed. >
A count of the sums already spent by Mr.
Carnegie for libraries and other educational In
stitutions in this country and in Scotland showed
that they have amounted to. over §25.000.000. '
and the gift to -York will bring the total;
up to ;S::i-|. tr^MMHt. His plan for bestowing Übi:a
ries on cities was said to be to give for • -•
erection of library buildings ten times the sum
to be provided each year for the maintenance of
the libraries. Mr. Carnegie's rule. It was said. '
was not to give money tor temporary charities.^
but to pr .vide institutions intended to benefit.
many people for all time.
Mr. Carnegie's offer to erect sixty-five branch:
libraries in this city was made in a letter to Dr«
John S. Billings, director of the New- York Pub-«
lie Library, as announced yesterday in Th<»>
Tribune, and in conversations which the two
men had before Mr. Carnegie went abroad It
was made plain that Mr Carnegie wished to
have the branch libraries parts of a grand*
library system of which the New-York Public;
Library should be the centre. Dr. Billings saliTß
yesterday that it was Mr. Carnegie's expressed)
wish that the library system shall extend]
through- the entire city and into every borougb-i
The branch libraries are to become the means)
of distributing books of the Public Library tsjaa
every part of the city. Each branch library will
be not only a circulating- library, but it will hava>
reading rooms and facilities for those who ate
sire to consult valuable books of reference.
The branches will be placed st> that they will
be within reach of everj-hody. The sites •will be
selected according to density cf population and
routes of travel. The plans of the New-Yorkt
Public Library have been drawn so as to naahs>
the building la be erected at Fiftb-ave. and,
Forty-second-st. a great station for the distri
bution of books that are intended for free circu
lation among the people, a.-» well as for thai
safekeeping of books Intended for reference.
"There is ii" doubt," said Dr. John S. Billings,
the director mi Ihe New- York Public. TJhrar-. „
yesterday in a talk with a Tribune reporter,
¦"that Mr Carnegie intended his gift of libraries
for the entire city. In a conversation which I
had with Mr. Carnegie me time before he
wrote the letter in which ha offers to glw
|3J3fttMMa9 for the erection of sixty-five library"
building!*, he ashed about the probable number
of sorb buildings That would be required to fit
the city with a library system second to none la
Uk world. I first had in mind a plan for ?v
library system for Manhattan and The Bronx,
and basin? my calculation on that plan 1 said,
that forty library buildings would be sufficient
for such a system. Then, when he understood,
what my plan was, he asked what would be re
quired for the greater city, and I said that for
Brooklyn. Queens and Richmond twenty-five>
more buildings would be required, or a total of
sixty-rive libraries for the entire city."
¦"Will the city be required to furnish sites fa:?
all the sixty-five branch libraries?" Dr. BilTlnsa
was asked.
"That is th* provision that Mr. Carnegto
makes in his letter." was the reply; "but Mr.
Carnegie probably would not object if other rich
men offered to furnish some of the sites. Of
course. If the city authorities decide to accept
Mr. Carnegie's offer some correspondence with,
him on that point may be necessary. I think It
Is probable that several sites will be given to th»>
city for th.- branch libraries by wealthy men if
the offer is accepted and there is no objection to
such rifts." '..i^l*
"Have you received any offers of sites?"*
"Not yet. but I think it will not he difficult ft
get th» sites for th- libraries if Mr. Carnegie's
offer is accepted."
"Have you formed any plan for the location
of the libraries in the city'"
"For more than five years I have been work
ins on a plan for a library system for the bor
oughs of Manhattan and The Bronx, and last
year I made a port on circulating libraries,
which was sent la the Controller. Of cnurse.
that plan did not take Into consideration such a
gift us Mr. Carnegie has offered to make. It
will 1..- necessary to increase the number of
branch libraries. I recommended two addi
tional libraries it,, the Borough of The Bronx,
but now l would recommend four or five."'
Will any of the school buildings be available
for branch libraries under a new plan?"
""President O'Brien of the Hoard of Educa
tion has offered th, use of as many of th«
school buildings as may be available, and we
might start with eight as distributing station*
but the public school buildings are not suit
able for branch libraries. We want »or th«
libraries more room than could be pet apart I
the school buildings. We want at each library
at least two large reading rooms, one for chil
dren and one for adults. We want a, room for
the library staff and we want a room In whtcfc
books can be stored and repaired. "We want, ie
. addition, a lareer number cr T travelling libraries

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