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SHERMAN ABSOLVED W GORE'S WES Senator Curtis Also E\onerated o f improper Relation with Indian Contracts. STATEMENT BY COMMITTEE Onjr Mention of Their Names Made by Hamon, Says Okla homa Senator, Who Re peated Conversation Reluctantly. D-<£?: *'* •- Sulphur. n- |a . Aue. «i — The eommit tef nrr 00 ' 111 * 5^ '^ *' If> House ofßoprPscn tatjves tA investigate Indian land Elfafra £T »d the so-called McMurray contracts $r.d which has also ■ . ... investigating flifCkM* bribery chaises, issued the t«»l }o-?i!'.e Ftat«n«it to-night absolving yj^ -President 51 man sad Senator Curti? from improper nets: ■ The committee has heard and carefully ■aaidervd all of the testimony submitted end is unanimous in the opinion t'n3t w' f r- is and was no warrant for any par ser -- use Hie names of Vic?- Preside 4 Bhermati and Senator Charles S. Curtis }n connection with zny m>proper rela tion with any Indian contract whatever. This Is the opinion of the couimittee after hearing scores of witnesses who a-i-eared following: the testimony of ■;.■-. ttcr T. P. Gore. Senator 4 Sore said he j, e 0 j-^>on approacM«?«l by "■Jak* > " I. HaTnor!. nd thai Hamcn. ting In the interest of .T F. McMurray. had offered v.- iSenator G^roj $25,00© «ir $' ' ."I'" 1 as a tsHhe To promote in regress the con .-. -c by which McMurray was to re tfive l rt per cent attorney's fee oil the ti \ of J20.000,<»0fl worth of Indian lands. The Senator testified H rmon hnd nen tinned Senator Curtis ami Vice- President «.■-.■ — J* being "interested" in the | (■v,.;. Hr- Sherman bHng named as the mn "higher up." Hamon. on the stand, i g?m<M3 he 'm<J ever said anything aboaj i th« contracts to Gore. j The tKnmittee's report .is signed by ij ■.■■=■■ ■ ■ lives <"harles H. Burke. South ' Dakota: CB. Miller, fttinneapolte; K. W 6£uniifrs. Virginia: J. H. Stevens. Texas. md Phillip P. Campbell. Kansas. ■ giving its decision to-day, the com nl'tte announced that it had received from senator Gore a statement relative jo Vice-Pre?:dent Sherman and Senator Ctirtis. and that the committee "com mended" Senator Gore's statement. Senator Gore's Statement. This statement from Senator Gore. tfhich •R-as r<=-ad and inserted in the offi cial record of th? investigation, follows: To the Investigating: Committee: 1 Ifd in duty and in honor bound to make the Tollo.vinj statement. It is also dic isttd by cons-id* rations of common jus tice toward rhf parties concerned. Neither ifa name of Vice-President Ehtrman n^r Senator Curtis was men tioned by me <>n I:,--- floor of the United States Senate: That the name of either of *hes* iiarties «vas ulludsd to by Mr. Eamon was steadfastly withheld from ihe'public until this investigation began. No public mention <-f their names was mm mad»-. ■ dir*^-tly or indirectly. by m* unrii I Has re [litred and obliged to do 80, i^stifyirir at a witness under and detailing the conversation •»hicJi occurred i»etwe*-n Mr. Efamon and asystif. I t?Kn mad^ formal protest apain«t bitroducms their names, but the ff-ininittf-*- in the proper pursuit of its duties required me to make a full BSEv«r without res •■■' . km. Th^ir names «vere disclosed no! with isy view of inculnating them nor with any viev.- of su^sresfn^ _■ i!t but merely ir. ord*r that the truth and the whole trail cirht tjr- -• 'hi.- ( ] with reference to Ui*- ioa oi the conversation on the JT-'fSEoa The public must r-alize that the lame <,i any man could J>e used or r.ird<*d in t!h> same connection, either ££ an BrgTanent or otherwise, and.no labile offici.-.l <an hav 5 immunity and r^ot^ction asr^inFt such an injury and injustice. &J my last remarks in the Senate I K?d that "Th< integrity of no man can he Impeached upon the testimony of an Interested <.r untrustworthy witness." That was my conviction then. That is ~>' oonriction now. I am sure thai in th* court nf public opinion no judgment or r«r'Jif-t has been Tf-x urn»-d *>ith^r *^inst tfa e VscV-President or Senator Curtis on account of the misuse of their ■?* in the manner above referred to. The investigation \t- now practically concluded. Many witnesses have been ttamtoed. a volume of evidence ha? j£ea'adduoed and there is no testimony to establish any Improper con- TOfaa on thr r ,; irt f either official with »c afprov^] of the so-called McMurray wctra^ts. '"■ • Complete Exoneration. th« public has had no reason to tispK-t hity s'jr-ii improper connection; ps i v<.i,!r] venture to suggest, and if J may i,*. pardoii^d. would roou.-:"i that ?*iwnnHittre -• the . .--'i. st praoti jz«e moment inak*; *». authoritative gNUflsand statement to the efiv<-t that t^rr: li:<v '^•" Printed tending ,l Fl * i >'isn any improper conduct on pan of fjth-r Viee-Prerldent Sher *™> or senator Curtis respecting the "aßjert of ihix investigation. S^ator Gore, who has attended all of !r f " m ' nin '" s seasi ? n^ '• •• But| hen to- Paxton. HI., •■ SII a ■■ ■ ton en- Representative B. W. Saun ri - *A \"irpinj a ;( nioinher of the eom *&**. departc-d for His horn.-. ■■ pt ''(iiiinitt«<- announced, however. ** tth< " inyefc-tjgation had not be«:n con 5 "^ McMurray will continue hi* on Monday; Much of iicMur- w s st; ttt * rtn " tir! y to-day related to Rtcti ~^S- Adams, ;m attorney of Washing tll Aflr pr " sldent Taft dad permitted /' * ?na(3 " public a letter d ■rblcs he jg****l a »«eli«*f that th« Indian en *"ai^ ilt should not i.. roop*>n»*d and }. > , th * now on the noils should rjl ri " jW 'd to partVipate in the division thf 13 * land> - McMurray had many of ttmri nn ' Jl^' lX tejeKranis to Adams i^ 1 '^ 11 '^ tli«- President's •!■•:,.'.. and ijf nt;j!| v recommending t! : . McMar '^i' contracts. ii^ 8 * telegram* afterward were turned i,J to , "" Attorney OenenU by ex-Sen- L. ThurKt.ui, of N«braaka M--- P' s «'ouns» I. as Ij^in^ the "unso *Hn^ Hrnlin '" nt <.i Di. Indians. The jy**** f*M KU th .-t.ii. probably was ■^kt-ji whfjn h^ ■id lhe MeaaaßM ■oaoiieited. jj^'".' Urray aIKO stated it to be his be t» y wtt Pr*-sid*-rH Taft and the Attor *tc^ ferifcral *' en not aware that Adams ■ : Muiray*a mu<aj, |T** ex-Senator Chester I. Long, of JJ * fc and ex-Senator Thurston were t«»liuued on fifth pa«». '■ — : .. — '^•^^ » . . , ... .-.-- .. - ■', ' }■ .vi-.. . ' ". ." --■ , --'-'■ ' ' *-' '.* ! ___— — : ~ ~ i ! 700 ON. STEAMER AGROUND : Newark ParVQ^TDuriiig Sam Sloan's Three-Hour Rest. , T hf h Stea " IPr ' Sam Sloan, with about seven .hundred members of the J. Wi-s ! Association, of Xewark, N J aboard " fTlt aground last night just after leav- ! ing the dock at North Beach. Queens < Borough It was three hours before the vessel was again able to proceed toward 7 ;:rk - NT ? ne <-"' the passensers was taken off as they had been assured by Captain Van Bracken and the crew that the y e was in no danger The excursionists were just ccttin settled for the return trip when. scarcely i more than two hundred fret from the dock, the steamer went aground. Cap- ; tan, an Bracken signalled for full speed ahead, but w as unable to m off and .then he tried to back off. bat the : vessel stuck fast After half an hour 1 of this kind of work it was decided to trait until the tide rose In the mean time there u as great ' |U.Mcty on board, but -the crew of th. boat -em amon th.. passengers and quieted their f.ars. several tugs stood ' by ■""' v " rd was sent to Manhattan | that assistance might be needed li-,r- * '■•- Soaad E. with the j atroi boat ' .)n. )n j alongside, ready to give aid. The ires- I sel was floated a few minutes before 0 i o'clock. j WALLACE IN FLAIHES | Idaho Town Doomed by Forest ; Fires — Refugees on Train?. Missoula. Mont.. Aug. 20 — \Y:uk-ce Idaho. is doomed, and at 10:30 o'clock | th. whole town was on fir.-. The flames j were first communicated to the south j end of the town from the forest tir^s. ! The last words of th- telephone oper ator wore that th- fire ras within fifteen feet of him and that he had . run for i his life. Women -; -hiMr- n wt<re rushed <>ut on a special train of lh ,. C>re-on Rail way and Navigation Company, and it is ! thought no lives have been os Wallace. Idaho Aug. ln>.- At a late hour to-night the city ..f Wallace seems [doomed to destruction by fir.'. Planting embers from the burning forests at the very entrance to the city started tires in several places at once. At 7 o'clock the fires were within a mile of the city and the Mayor ordered : the Chief of Police to impress every able brwlip<l man int.. fur corps of fire- ! fighters. Borne, who refused, were either thrown into jail or run out of town. Under direction of forestry officials, soldiers and laborers began back-firing between Wallace and the fire this after noon, but without avail. The forest fire situation became ! critical throughout the Coeur d'Alene to day. The Placer Creek fire got away from the soldiers and new fir>'s started. Conditions at Murray, Jdaho. are .simi lar to those here. The town seems doomed. - ; PLANS AIRSHIP SERVICE Baltimore -Washington Company with 000. 000 Capita]. IBs -•: •„-.-.' to Tt,.- -,>, unc. I PfttsbaxK. .Ant:, 20.— Eight dirigible airships were contracted for here to-day when th' United Airships Company, of Baltimore, through its manager, Jean Belgianb, signed a contract with Captain Robert C. Miilman. The deal involves about $200,000. It is planned to oper ate the dirigibles between Baltimore and Washington. Belgianb has organized a $1,000,000 corporation to operate his lino. Millmari was associated with Santos-Duniont and Jean GSoudet. of Prance, and has been working on air navigation projects for twenty-two rears. Th? dirigibles are to cost £25,000, and a bonus of £L\."i<!O is to !»«• paid for each mile above thirty miles an hour and .*!. ."i00 for each mile above thirty-live miles that they may develop in speed. The airships v.ill each carry (sixteen passengers and will be --<) feet lons- ON. OFF AND UNDER WATER Centreport Mariner of 85 Saved from Tumbling Sailboat. f aptain "Charley'" Runrr-, chipper and hearty at eighty-live, is a Baptist H< proved that fact to th<- population -if nentreport. Long Island, on Friday af ternoon. Th»- ol<j skipper, who has been .•Most of his life before the mast and on the bridge, w.-ni o.jt in his small boat to **"■ ■ motor boat elimination ry<- off BTuntington. A puff of wind forced the sails over until they lay on the waves. Not the least Important tis i;r<- in the setting was Captain Bunce, who awnaged to lati.i on !<>p of the mainsail. The .aptain Started to work his \\;<y j^a.k to the ove-turned craft, whtn an other puff of wind lifted the .i-:.il. i -:.il and dropped the boat over un the oth.»- sjd..-. That tor. .-d Captain Huns* into th" w.'t.r. imderneath instead of on top >i th>- salt. Aft.-i' a minute of under water swim ming Captain Bunce managed to get from under the sail, and he began yell ing for belp. His cries were heard by the i:< .. Joseph W. .Miller, of Centre port, and Boy Walker, a negro stu>lent ai Boynton Institute, Virginia. The two set out in Mr. .Mill.r's launch, saved liunce and towed his boat to shore. "I always thought you were a Meth odist, captain," said Mr. Miller, "but now I know you're a Baptist.*' The cap tain smiled his affirmation. CANT FLIRT WITH CONVICTS Police Warn Young Woman Living Opposite Trenton Penitentiary. Trenton, N. .1. Aug. 2'). — A young woman iflio lives opposite tlip state prison at tills place has been notified by tlie police thut Hhe must stop flirting with convicts in the prison. This state j;rison author i lieu de clare the young Woman lias greatly demor alized tbe discipline of the prison by stand* ing in a wiu.iww and flirting with prisoners who are employed in the shop. The 2d Precinct police were rio'.ineil to serve notice on the young woman, and their request wax coinplledwltii to-day. SAVANNAH LINE. i -,rp(- new ships-. Comfortable stateroom**, iuth r'rivatfc batli*. Cuisine the best. Broad oromenado deck*. Standard service to ti» South Oflioe. 317 liroadway.-Advi. Tf , .. T«»-«»».v.T «»-«»».v. fair. FIVE FLYERS BOW TOGETHER IN THE AIR Dip Their Aeroplanes in Gay Salute to Cheering Thou sands on the Earth. COULDN'T TELL THEM APART Curtiss and Mars, Willard, Ely and McCurdy All Look Alike at Sheepshead Bay as They Soar on High. Aviators were cheap ;u Sheepshead Bay yesterday. They were in the '*ten tv. < nt'-thirf " matinee class. I"i.<' Curtiss cut-upa were all ap at once. Fifteen thousand spectators s.tw tin in. .-it a cost of only 10 or "_'<» cents for each aviator, depending upon whether thr- spectator sat in the grand or grand est stand. When a'l the wayward sky thing 3 came back to the racetrack in time for the aviation congress to close at the ad vertised hour the fifteen thousand were I rr-liev.e] from doubt and neck strain. It is not easy to guess the identity of five simultaneously fading, floating spectres in the sky. They are not al ways fading, but it us not easy. All Curtiss machines look alike, anyway. ev«=n when they are on the ground. Leave tb" spectator <>n the ground and ask him to keep tally on the names of the drivers of five such similar con trivances while dervishing about at the >-ate of sixty miles an hour, and the or dinary spectator would prefer the game of finding the little pea it hi had pledged anything of value on the result. If novelty and a delightful sense of uncertainty as to who Is where while looking aloft are enjoyed — and the t.~. • mih acted that way yesterday— then th- i-.- will b<-. it is promised, another and a final opportunity this afternoon, with possibly a thrill or two added and none of t!ie charm of mystery lost. Cut Daisies and Didoes. It happened toward the close of a busy day. It would be hard to find five men In New York any busier than were <'ur- Ues. Willard. Mars. McCurdy and little •< let-Then-" Ely in their spry machines yesterday. Five aeroplanes were niade to wheel i»..- mark at the northern end of the Inner tield a 1 <::4."» o'clock. One after another the aviators cut rirst daisies and then didoes- the latter in the air. Five- you could count them— hut where was UcCurdy? And was yon shadow an Ely or a Mars'.' It was said to belong to Willard, but when all was ov^r it was Curtiss. more likely. Willard il<w out to sea, passing above the oriental Hotel at Sheepshead Bay. Ely was over there to the left, climbing <••<! higher. Mars was twisting about in the wind, MeCurdy's engine was snorting to the south, and CurtissV— Curtiss was everywhere. 11 was the final "flower pot" of 'h* j aerial display, and was all over by 7 o'clock. Xi < » machines will start together this afternoon, which is a difficult thing, be cause the swash of another's propeller la d«-test«-d by an aviator. When tl.< ma chines all start at one from a line the .-v ash is very prominent while it lasts. The Curtiss aviators worked Indus triousl) for three hours yesterday, and pleased the big crowd even when th. l!-.. is did not circle the cour.-e, deterred therefrom by the wind. Ther. were no Idle moments to speak of, as. with or without passengers, one ! nior> aviators \\ •re conscientiously engaged in flight. \vi!ia:.i carried two passengers, a man and a chorus girl, whose name was used one. to designate a racehorse that has sin> c stopped running. Curtiss made the first turn of the af ternoon and continued it into twice around the course, arousing much enthu siasm. Curtiss ? Pretty Sight. Curtiss later went out to th>- north east, over a clump of trees. Hying with the wind to get there and against it on i),,- v .I . lioni. without watering, mak ing a picture of great beauty, as it Is difficult not t.. do when you are in a living machine with the li^ht .sort of s , ),, ry about Mars, Wiiluid and Curtlsa followed this course in single file a few tninutSß afterward and after the others had alighted, lirst bowing their machines to the applause of th. multitude. Willard stayed up tin re arid hummed around for eight and a half minutes. That was the endurance record yesterday. The highest flown was approximately 700 Tent, by Curtiss. Lieutenant J. E. ticket, of the 29th Regiment, .shot a rifle at a target on the ground while he flew as a passenger with Curtis.--, and it was said he. missed it by only sJx inches, though no one reined to know why six Inches had been decided on as Ul«i missing margin. The target was measured and found to be 2 by 4 feet. m:\y-york. Sv ndav, aku st 21 vjk>.-i im: farts- 11 nv-si.\ i»a(;ks. CLIFFORD I!. MAKMnX \N!) HIIM.AXI- IX WINCH !!i: FLEW ACROSS THE SOUND i'T.IFKmUP B. HARMON. The leading amateur aViator of America. CIVIL SUil IN SUSoR CASEiFIRE THREATENS STATION Government Guarding Against Statute of Limitations, DRAWBACK FRAUD ALLEGED | Inquiry as to Criminal Responsi bility Now Can Go On at Convenience. ;\; \ ; ' ?r • \ To make the statute .6CUtmitatipn«Wi'f. no effet-t.-a 'stMtTrnorTs against Ameri can Sugar Refining Company was issued last week in the federal government's in vestigation relating to the charge* thai th company collected drawbacks on im portations to which it was not entitled. This summons was in a civil suit For the recovery of about $1,000,060 in duties. But the investigation may go ahead at its convenience as to the criminal re sponsibility, if any, for the alleged acts. Evidence that led to the beginning of the investigation was laid before the United States Attorney's office by Rich ard Parr in the autumn of U'<>7. soon after his raid on the Havomeyers & Elder docks, in Williamsburg. But the gov ernment took up the short weighing frauds" first, and after a year's work started the court machinery, which re sulted in the collection of duties evaded by the company amounting to about $:!JoC,OOU and the- conviction of several employes, including the secretary of the company. The Department of Justice at Wash ington called the attention of the local office last December to the drawback charges, ami Mr. Wise, thr United States attorney, was instructed to begin an ini mediate Inquiry. Experts nave been at work mi the company's, books ever since, and there have been numerous hearings before federal grand Juries, but the work assumed such magnitude that it threatened to extend beyond the period of th<- statute of limitations., and there fore it was dei ided to protect the gov ernment by the issue of the summons. The charges that brought about the in vestigation into the payment of draw backs to the company were, that collec tions had been made on exports of sugar that had not bees manufactured from the imported raw product. Of course, the drawback cannot be collected unles:; a concern exports a product made from the im| orted material upon which a duty has been paid. It was charged that the American Sugar Refining Company ex ported sugar made from domestic beets or cane and collected drawbacks us of goods made out of the Imported raw sugars. The com] any has freely submitted its hooks to the government for investiga tion, I>< ing used to that process in the prosecutions of the past and loVlowing a >et policy of putting no obstacle in the way of the law officers of the govern ment in th.-ir inquiries. The federal grand Jury has examined much of the evidence obtained so far, and there may be action before the opening of the tall term of court. The cases of Charles R. Heike, the former secretary of the company, and Ernest G< rbracht, former superintendent of the Williamsburg finery, convicted of conspiracy In connection with the short weighing frauds on the docks, will < mm' up for disposition next week. Th ■ two men have not been sentenced, but will be arraigned then, and it was said that although they might be sentenced there would 1., delay granted by the court to .liable them to take steps to have their conviction reviewed. Mr. Heike's counsel will fall back upon the immunity pita, due to testimony be fore the federal grand jury in the in vestigation of the company under the Sherman anti-truHt law. This was be fore the United states Supreme Court .ally in the year, soon after his Indict Hunt, but was referred back because >( tin liTtfciilarity in tlie proceeding* q L. I. Railroad Freight Shed and Many Cars Burned. DAMAGE HELD TO $50,000 Firemen, After Stiff Fight, Pre . vent Spread of Flames to Other Buildings. •j* ' ' ' " ' ' ' "-^A long freight shed.- six mail ears, six day-, coaches, a hospital and a pay car were destroyed in the. Long Island City yards of the. Long. Island Railroad last night by a tire which followed an ex plosion. The blaze, which did about $50,000 damage, also scorched about thirty passenger coaches and threatened the private coach of Ralph C Peters, president of the road. The damage may he greater, for many trunks were burned, and it was feared that another pay car. with some money aboard, had been destroyed. A • gang of workmen was busy with freight and baggage in the shed, which wag about one hundred feet north of the passenger station, when a gas tank ex ploded, and in a moment the east end of the shed was ablaze. Word was spread around the yard and a fire cre\v got to work. An alarm was sent in for the city department, and in a few min utes engines were available. The flames by the time the fir.- en gines reached the scene had eaten their way through most of the boxes and crates at the east end and caught on to the shed floor and roof. Battalion Chief Smith, of Long Island City, sent in a second alarm. i A third alarm was sent in and brought practically all the engines in Long Isl and City and some from Brooklyn. The firemen devoted their efforts to keeping the fire from spreading to the passenger station. When U'c flames reached the cars alongside the burning shed a train crew ran an .*ngine up to several of them and. despite the heat from the flames, cou pled the engine to them. They wer** drawn out of danger. The fire was watched by hundreds waiting for trains and by a large crowd gathered outside of the yard walls. The Long Island City police formed tire lines and had considerable trouble keeping the spectators back. On the way to the fire Engine 161, from 1 the Dutch Kills section of Long Island City, was overturned. Tbe driver was trying to get hip machine irom a trolley track when one of the wheels caught In a rail. The engine swerved to one side and then went over. Xone of the (ir. men was hurt. The engine returned to its quarters The- fire was near the site .»r the old passenger terminal, which was destroyed .ight years ago. <>mrMls <>f the road were worried la^i night for fear that the blaze would spread to the present sta tion, which was saved only by the quick work of the railroad men. SURROUNDED BY WHALES Seventy-five Splashed Deck and Dived Under Keel, Says Captain. Philadelphia, Aug. 20s The schooner Ella L. Davenport, Captain Denten, which arrived here to-day with a cargo Of lumber fimn Jacksonville, reports meeting a large school <>f whales off the Maryland coast OH Thursday. The whales, abeat seventy-live in number, b-d by a giant bull, sported about the vessel for four hours, diving under the k» el, splashing water over the decks and drenching the crew, according to the captain. When off the Delaware capes the ani mals deserted the Davenport and heuded in a southerly direction. THE BRIGHT SIDE OF THE WORLD It -..ii ii^!in iii> Hudson Kl\er Lmy Line. AU\ ' MADRIZ RESIGNS; MANAGUA DOOMED Jose Estrada. Brother of the General. Now President of Nicaragua. INSURGENTS SACK TOWNS Americans Preparing to Leave for the Coast, Fearing the Worst Era in Republic" History. |p. Tf-l»;rra;>li to The Tribune. I New Orleans, Aug. -<>.— Nicaragua is practically in the hands of the insur gents. T>r. Jose TV Maciriz to-day quit the Presidency and named Jose Dolores Estrada, a full brother of General J. J. Estrada. Me revolutionary leader, as his successor. Thp family of Madriz i- lit ring to Cerinto. Greu ia has been captured and looted tor c insurgents, who are moving on > ua. the capital of the republic. G* l I-uis Bfena If-ads an army of insur -nts that appears to be be.it on complete extermination <<f the Bfadrni followers. Genera] Estrada is willing to accept his brother as the provisional President until an election can be railed How ever, his two military advisers. General Luis Mena and General Emiliane Cham arr-. object to Jose Dolores Kstrada as suming the reins of government. When Ocneral Kstrada made his first move toward an Insurrection ten months ago. his two brothers. Aurelie arid Jose Dolores, sent him a message branding him as a criminal and declaring that Nicaragua as one man condemned his scheme to oust Zelaya from oftii <■. That Is why Generals Mena and Cha marre are nou oupuing Jose Estrada. For the same reason Madrfs chose the brother of General Kstrada. hanging his hopes t-» the last chance, and believing that his successor will turn against his own brother. Advices received here by private cable to-night say that Americans in the in terior of Nicaragua are preparing to get to the coast. The insurgents are sack ing every point within reach, and foreign interests fear the worst era in the his tory of the republic has axrived. Representatives in New Orleans of the Madriz government admit that Ma driz has abdicated, but insist that he has named a successor favoraMe to him. <>n the other hand, the Estrada adherents declared that the new President will le;m toward his brother, and that the affairs of Nicaragua are now In undisputed con tiol of the original insurgent faction as organized by General Estrada Washington. A tig. 2ft.— Estrada's army j succeeded yesterday :* crossing the Ti- ' pitapa River, in Nicaragua, after four- | teen hours' fighting with the govern- , ment troops, and is now encamped be- • fore Granada, ready to advance on the ; capital, Managua, less than fifty mih-3 | away, according to cable advice, re ceived here to-night from Bluerlel »s :>y Seßor Castrillo. Estrada's representative ; in Washington. On the other hand, it was announced to-day by Madriz's "peace commission ers" .here. Dr. Barrios and Sebastian Salinas, that they had receivtd a dis patch from Madriz stating that the in surgents had been defeated jresterda) hi attempting to cross the Tipitapn Ht Pa naloya. The dispatch added that a band of insurgents had crossed the river be low I'analoya and appeared before Granada. The defeat ot another band of insurgents yesterday at Nandaime also occurred, with heavy losses to both sides, according to Madriz. Matiriz announced in his tlispalch that he intended to take the field himself to assist in repelling the insurgents' ad vance on Managua. Fourteen Hours' Fighting. Senor Castrllio said to-night that it was only a question of a few days before Estrada's army would be in possession of Managua, and then would be in a position to dictate terms of peace. He regarded the reported crossing of the Tipltapa as a mo3t important event, and ridiculed Madriz":; contention that the main insurgent army had be* n repulsed. He made public the following dispatch, which he received Jo-night from Hlue tKlds: Ail our arm] forced a passage tv i'a naloya. The ciiriiiy was runted after fourteen hours' fighting, leaving in «»ur hands one gun. more than one hundred thousand cartridges. tw-> hundred ritlcs. provisions «nd prisoners The report from .New Orleans to the effect that the Madri'. and Estrada fac tions had agreed upon terms of peace was pronounced absurd by S*nor Cas trlllo, who explained that Estrada would not treat with Madriz until he had capt ured Managua or unless overtures were f'outlnued on -<•< .-vii pose. ~ PAIN'S FIREWORKS CARNIVAL. Uaiihnltan Beach. Wednesday.- Advt- * PKICK riVK ( KNTS. HARMON IN FLIGHT ACROSS THE SOUND Goes Into Air at Garden City and Lands in Greenwich Half Hour Later. NEARLY MILE A MINUTE Wrecks Machine Landing Near Benedict Estate, but Gets Not a Scratch — Tells Hi 3 ! Own Story. Clifford B. Harmon took a little spla across the Sound in his aeroplane Just Is* the sun was sinking last evening. H»- did it on th* spur of the moment, for ! er.rlicr in the afternoon he had about ; snide up his mind that he would stay in Garden City. , perhaps It was th*» call of the -wild ; that prompted him. the rhythmic and in sistent purr of his motor, the red gold . of the declining day. the limpid hori : zon of the HejnpEtead Plains. At all events, the bis? crowd at the Garden City aviation ground got an airy wave 1 of his hand as his machine dragged its Wheels from the turf, and then watched the paled purple In the. northwest grad ually enfold his little craft iik» a bene ! d. tion. From harden City to Greenwich. Conn., is about twenty-eight mile?. Harmon did it in almost exactly half an hour, pursuing Ms solitary way into the night. The shadows were long and thin even on the flat expanse of Hemp stead Plains when, at ♦>:."w"» o'clock, he sent the spark to his motor. ■ ' " -•; "■ -'■' ". ■ early Dark at Descant. It was nearly dark when he descended at Greenwich in a" field adjoining the summer home of his father-in-law. Com modore E. C. Benedict, and he fouled a nest of telephone wires whose thin stmnds broke the propeller, skids and front control of his machine. On the. level reaches of Long Island it is possible to follow the flight si man until the abyss of heaven swallows him. as it did Bryant's waterfowl, and it is easily possible, also, to entertain the same emotions which prompted the poet t«i sins;: llMlia M a p"""> •*■ vfcOTI car* T»a«-h»'s th» wav alone 'ha' pathless coast— Th*> ri,B*T' and .illimitable air- Lone wanderlnfr, but not lost. But the awe which held the crowd silent as It gazed after the disappearing aeroplane, "darkly painted on the crim ' son sky." was rudely punctuated by the ! snorting of automobiles, which one after, t the other spurned the roadway behind the grandstand, and with a vomiting of ! blue smoke glided after the flyer. The road !«><? due north, almost under the whirring aviator, but only one ma ! chine was able to catch up with him. and ! that one accomplished it only as Har mon started across the Sound, i Th*> aviator reached the Sound at Ros lyn at ♦".:4«» o'clock. At *AC> he pass*>il over the steamboat pier at Sea Cliff, and at <»:."» he had crossed the Sound. The Larchmont Yacht Club was directly hi his path, and he passed over it flying two hundred feet in th*> air. He de scended In Greenwich at 7:06 o'clock. After he had rested and received tb« congratulations of his family and friends Mr. Harmon told of his experiences. He was at the home of his father-in-law. Commodore E. C. Benedict. Harmon's Account of Flight. •I left Urn aviation field at Garden City." said Mr. Harmon, "at •»:•!•"• o'clock this evening, having taken Hamilton up with me for a half-dozen flights around the field, so as to enable him to take some photos. Then the engine wad working so beautifully that I decided •■ go on across the Sound, leaving Hamil ton at Garden City. "My costume consisted of ■ leather coat, trousers, ■»'—■■. a life b**lt ami low shoes with strings untied so tJiat I could swim If need be. The wind was aft of me and blowing about fifteen miles an hoar, increasing during the Might to twenty-five miles. In the flight ol six miles to Roslyn I travelled over bad country, and -"when I reached the wa:tr I felt as if some one had just given me a quarter of a million dollars. "At a dinner sjhraa to the Englishmen at the Larchmont Yacht Club last even ing I had promised to fly to tlie club house if I came across the Sound, and offered a cup to the first ones who would reach me either on shore •« •■ water, and the club's fastest bouts were to be in readtacsm "Once en the water I felt safe, a.ii although my plant- went an <!■-! dowa like a boat, owing to the cross winds. I was able to keep it going in a straignt line, my altitude varying from four hun dred to one thousand feet. It was ■*■ struggle to keep right side up cru&skis Hempstead Bay. but I reached the Larchnnmt Club at K;j,~, o'clock, and turned over the rcsasj in the harbor there at the international meet. Too Fast for Pursuit. •1 guess I was too fast for them w even think of starting a motor boat aiier me. Coming up the Sound (ruin Larch mont 1 had the breeze with me. and I went the lea miles in ton minutes— shay ■ miles an hour. "it was »i;vrk wasa Ire t- bed ■ - ■ - just in front OfaJQ f.;the:-iu I and Re I went on w (•« :) aaadS b.-.uli iust acrov th. • .1 .1 came .lov^ 11 in tail -; . .1 n,' some telet-h..n> SIM t..r Iht « icck ■.: niinnii. "I landed on my feet all right, and hare not even a scratch to remind me of my twenty-eight mile trip. My s!:ii!s wYre turned upside down, am! the chassis vvd frame smashed, probably to th» extent of $500 damages. My mechanics will ho here to-night, and it will probably lake all day to-morrow to take the m..eh. s down for shipment back to Garden City, where it will be repaired. "I had planned to fly front here to , - Governor's Island to-morrow, bat of course that will now be impossible. I experienced no unpleasant feelings", oa *-»u|hi(i<rtl >a :i r i ptISJS.