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That Anti-Schley Inteview
Not Authentic, He Says.
That Body to Deal With the Ques
tion of Howison's. Competency. ?-?
Will Secure Court-Martial of Any
Officer Accusing Santiago's
Hero of Cowardice.
' Washington, Aug. SO.—Acting Secre
tary Hackett has made public a letter re
ceived from Admiral Howison, dated
Yonkers, N. V., Aug. 24, . denying the
authenticity of the interview attributed
to him in which he is made to comment
adversely on Admiral Schley.
The acting secretary has, therefore,
continued Admiral Howison as a member
of the Schley court of Inquiry, leaving the
court itself to determine any further
question as to his competency.
Nothing has been heard by Acting Sec
retary Hackett from Captain Forsyth in
answer to the department's interrogatory
touching his reputed utterance in rela
tion to the Schley case. Mr. Hackett's
attention has not yet been directed for
mally to the publication ascribing cer
tain expressions bearing on the Schley
case to Rear Admiral Watson, but when
the matter was referred to informally,
Mr. Hackett intimated that it was not
one of sufficient importance to warrant
letter writing by. the department. 7.7
A copy of Rear Admiral Howison's let
ter has been sent to Rear Admiral Schley.
The letter which Admiral Howison con
sented to have made public reads:
Yonkers. N. V., Aug. 24, 1901.—Dear Sir:
I have Just returned to my . home after a
short visit to Saratoga and Lake George.
Owing to my detail as a member of the court
of Inquiry, it being stated that I publicly ex-
I find that many newspapers* are giving ms
credit for having served my country in - the
United States navy for nearly half a cen
tury with honor. I see also that lam thought
to be objectionable as a member of this court
of inquiry, it being stated that I publcly ex
pressed opinions on the conduct of the battle
of Santiago while serving as'commandant at
the Boston navy yard, shortly after the re
sult of that engagement was known.
I believe the service knows, as-1 do, that -
I do not attempt to make public speeches,
write for magazines or papers, or make pub
lic utterances on naval or other subjects. It
has been Impossible for me to avoid the vis
its and questions of representatives of news
papers while serving at Important stations
and at times when the navy, has been so
busily employed. During my two years* serv
ice at the. Boston station, seldom a day passed
without receiving. visits from the • representa- I
tives of the several Boston papers, and dur
ing the Spanish-American-war the navy yard
there was seldom without newspaper re
Compliments Reporters.
I found them to be polite and gentlemanly
at all times, and whatever Information or
news I could reasonably impart I gave them.
I nave often interpreted to a number of them
the laws and regulations for the navy by
attempting to answer their numerous ques
tions relating to the duties and responsibili
ties of the several grades of officers through
out a fleet of vessels, from the commander
in-chief to. the lowest rate among the crew.
When the news of our navy's success at
. Manila, and again at Santiago, reached Bos
ton, the people there were not behind the
rest of the United States in giving honor and
praise to the navy and to the commanders
in-chief of the fleets. The enthusiasm of
the population in praise and honor for the
officers and men engaged at Santiago lasted
for some time, until, later, when the troubles
commenced as to where the credit and honors
should go for the success of this engage- j
ment. It is no news to the navy to say that, j
where all do their duties, the first honors 1
for success go to the officer in chief com
mand. Censure for failure also belongs to
This newspaper cutting in question con- '
tains a statement in which it is said that I
made a comparison between Schley and
Sampson unfavorable to Schley. The word
"respected," as used by the reporter, is sel
dom or never employed by navy men in com
paring qualities possessed by officers, and
1 am sure I could never have said this as
he reports, nor said that Schley had th*»
reputation of being nervous and hot-headed
in the naval academy. One may say an of
ficer stands higher In his class, if true; an
other may stand, higher in scientific attain
ments, while another be distinguished for
eminent diplomatic and social qualities,
while all under discussion are of good stand
ing and ■ proficiency in their necessary pro
fessional calling.
I have no recollection of the gentleman
representing the Boston Record, and I do
not approve of his public statement as mine.
I cannot say that I have not discussed with
acquaintances matters published in the news
papers relating to our navy's success as well
as the unfortunate disputes so widely com
mented on. There are few. or no persons ln
the navy or in our country who have not
daily discussed these newspaper articles.
Ait_ions to Help.
From the papers it appears that Admiral
Schley has strong doubts as to my ability!
to fairly Judge this case with Admirals Dewey
and Benham. As It is a case of grave im
portance to those concerned and to the coun
try, I am desirous of giving my little help
to clear away the troubles. The duties of
members of courts martial and courts of In
quiry are not sought or. desired by officers.
While I feel highly honored by the depart
ment's selection of myself for this duty it is
anything but a pleasant task to sit in judg
ment on brother officers." However, the honor
Biggest of Bets Ever
New York, Aug. 30.—What is said to be
the greatest wager in the history of the
sporting world was arranged to-day, upon
the result of the international yacht races.
Twenty English and American capitalists
are interested in a venture which in
volves nearly half a million dollars. ,
W. F. Mustin, president of the Pittsburg
stock exchange representing ten wealthy
residents of that city, gave assurance to
Walter -J. Kingsley that the $150,000
Salisbury Really to Retire
London, Aug. 30.— Pall Mall Gazette, under the heading, "The Prime Min
ister's Impending Resignation," fixes-. Lord * Salisbury's; retirement - as probably after
the;, coronation 'of ; King: Edward, though some persons place it \' in : the autumn :or
early winter. : Supporting the \ news;: editorially, the i Pall Mall Gazette says: - "The
facts square with out own knowledge -to the extent that' the unionist ; party should
prepare for. a new premiership." ./_ -»v-r \ " ;> 7 v ' * 7 . * ',
of the selection nor the unpleasantness of
court duties does not enter into the.reasons
for my. now-writing* to say 10 you, person
ally, three things, viz:
First—To reassure you that I am not re
sponsible for and did not give out such an
Interview as Is alleged i-n the dispatches from
Boston and as stated in the newspapers to
have been mentioned by Admiral Schley. in a
recent letter to the department. '."
Second— however, the department feels
that the cause of the navy and of Justice will
be better served by relieving me from duty
on the court, 1 am entirely ready to with
draw voluntarily, or to have the .epartment
relieve me on its own initiative.
Third—lf, on the other hand, the depart
ment, knowing. all the circumstances, desire
that I should perform the duty, I am entirely
ready to perform it, and can, upon my con
science and oath, do my duty as a member of
the court without partiality, as the law re
quires. Yours sincerely and respectfully, -
• —H. L. Howison, Rear Admiral, U. S. X. *
Hon. Frank W. Hackett, Washington, D. C.
Following is-Mr.Hackett's reply:
1 Effusive Response.
Washington, Aug. 26, 1901.—Dear Admiral:
Your personal letter of 24th deserves an im
mediate reply. You say substantially that
there is no foundation for the statements at
tributed to you as having been set forth In
an interview afterward published in the Bos
ton Record,' and j lately made the subject of
a communication. from Rear Admiral Schley
to the department. You evidently have read
the. correspondence between the. admit al. and
the department as published last week in the
The department, let me assure you, bas no
purpose of relieving you of this duty. It has
implicit confidence in your sense of justice
and fair-mindedness. Should the counsel for
Rear Admiral Schley proceed to offer to the
court objection" to you, it will be for the
court Itself to decide the question of your
competency to sit as a mtmber. Were your
letter I official, * Instead 'of being merely per
sonal, I should refer It to the judge advocate
of the court, to be laid before the court. I
would like to know, if you have any objec
tion to my giving to the public your frank
and manly letter, in the event that it shall
seem desirable to do so. What you have said
only confirms me in the belief that the de
partment has been wise in selecting you as
the third member of the court. Kindly ac
cept the' assurance of my personal esteem
and believe me, yours truly,
* 7;; v —Frank W. Hackett.
Rear Admiral H. L. Howiaon, U. S. N.,
Yonkeis, N. Y.
Admiral Watson Will Prosecute
"Whoever Calls Him a Coward.
New York, Aug. 30.—Admiral John C.
Watson is quoted in the World as having
said, in private conversation in Washing
If any naval officer asserts that Admiral
Schley is a coward and the fact comes to my
knowledge, -I will see that the delinquent Is
given a chance to vindicate his opinion before
_ court-martial. I will prefer charges against
such an offender myself. "
%The remark, according to the World's
correspondent, was brought out as a result
of the retailing of some of the charges
brought against Rear Admiral Schley.
Postponement of the Inquiry May Be
a Result.
Washington. Aug. The attorneys for
Admiral _ Schley-have been privately in
formed by the friends of Admiral Samp
son that his health is such that he will
not be able to appear as a witness be
fore the court of inquiry. A news dis
patch from Admiral Sampson's home last
night guardedly intimated the real sit
uation. It said: "He is gaining in phys
ical strength, but his health continues to -
steadily fall." In 1 other words, it is sug
gested that his mental state is such that
he is not competent to give testimony.
For more than a year rumors have been
coming from Boston concerning Samp
son's mental indisposition. Recent re
ports seem to give this substantial cor
roboration. For instance, friends are now
saying that he cannot remember in the
afternoon what he said 'or did in the
morning. 7". s'VcY 77-]
Schley's attorneys, in discussing this
development, say that they will insist
upon the certificates of naval surgeons to
the effect that he is unable to come to
Washington. Here they will at once be
confronted with a nice point. If he is
not able to come to Washington, they
will insist that a commission be sent
to take his deposition. When this propo
sition is made, the department surgeons
will be compelled to decide whether he is
mentally competent to give testimony at
the time. 77,~77
The Schley attorneys understand that
Sampson's friends consider that his nerv
ous condition is such that he cannot give
a connected account of the Santiago cam
paign. ;'.i-[r-s'ri:;\: .'"^vV^.- :
If the naval surgeons should go so far
as to say that his mental health is so
bad, the Schley attorneys will attempt
to show that his malady has been pro
gressive, and that he has been kept on
duty when the department had reports of
his ill health and made no investigation
until the time came to appear before this
court. "''.';'i-y'^.-^ 7
The Schley attorneys are now expecting
that the court of inquiry will be adjourned.
It is their present intention to per
emptorily challenge Admiral Howison.
Canadian Pacific Trackmen
to Go to Work on
Special to The Journal.
Winnipeg, Man., Aug. 30.The Canadian
Pacific railroad trackmen's strike was set
tled at Montreal to-day. The wages will
be readjusted, the men taken back with
out prejudice, and the Brotherhood of
Trackmen recognized. The men will re
turn to work on Monday.
The Catholic school board has agreed
to accept the public school board's terms,
and the long-vexed school question has
been practically settled. The three Cath
olic schools will become public and , the
Catholic teachers at these schools will
be engaged by the public board.
which he . brought on the Deutschland
yesterday, from an English syndicate of
prominent * men-' to be placed upon the
Shamrock would be covered at odds of
five to three. . This . afternoon the prin
cipals met to discuss the details and Mr.
Kingsley will wire to England the exact
state cf affairs. The Pittsburg syndicate
is said to be made up of John K. Bryden,
DA N. Clemson, .J. N. Chambers, A. M.
McFarland, Thomas Morrison and Thomas
Tyndall. ft " ... v
St. P. License Inspector Going After
Minneapolis Cash "Deliveries"
Decision iv the Case Will Not Be
Handed Down tor a
Week. ,
St. Paul seems to have made up Its mind
to make war on Minneapolis business, or
at least some of St. Paul's officials seems
to have.... made up their minds to that
course with regard to those concerns
which send cash delivery wagons to the
capital city. This became apparent in a
remark dropped by St. Paul's license in
spector this and in connection with the
case of B. J. Briggs, St. Paul salesman for
J. H. Martin & Co. of this city. The
remark was this, or to this effect: " ? v ;
"If we win this case against Briggs we
propose going after ail Minneapolis
wagons of like sort."
As there are a good many wagons of the
kind "mentioned which do a' large busi
ness both in the business and suburban
parts of St. Paul, the war means some
thing. ',*\7i' ,
Mr. Briggs was arrested on the charge
that he was running a peddler's wagon
without having a license., The case was
tried and taken under advisement by the
Wsp^ 1
judge of. the municipal court and a de
cision was to have been given this morn
ing, but the court was evidently not sat
isfied with its investigations, for it will
take another week in which to decide the
matter. • .- „,,•'*■--.-/, ,
Reported Plan of the North-
Western *to Extend
Its Lines. nv
Special to The Journal.
Chicago, Aug. 30.—1t is reported that the
North-Western railroad has opened ne
gotiations for the Kansas City end of the
Omaha, Kansas City & Eastern railroad,
known as the northern connection. Gen
eral Manager Brimson ' will - neither' af
firm nor deny the report. The reported
plan of the North-Western is to extend
its Buxton branch through Corrydon,
crossing the Missouri and lowa state line
at Linevflle, running near. Carnesville,
Mo., and using the old survey of the Dcs
Moines & Kansas City from that point to
a connection with the Northern '- at
Pattonsburg. Another report is that the
Rock Island will take the Northern con
nection and still another that the Burling
ton is to take both that and the Omaha,
Kansas City & Eastern, together with its
leased line, the Quincy, . Omaha & Kansas
City. No credence is placed in the latter
Third Attempt to Wreck M.
& St. L. Trains With- :
in a Year.
Special to The Journal.
New Ulm, Minn., Aug. —For the third
time within a : year an attempt , was made
last night. to wreck trains on the Minne
apolis & St., Louis road,*-, south of ; New
uim.r^-A-v^'^i'..^:- -■.-.., 'V '
Each time ties have been placed along
the track In the night.
,: Early this 7; morning „ the north-bound
passenger 7 ran \ into.., a 'pile.* between;: this
city; and •** Searles, the first - station south.
Within a mile, ;, the X fireman, who walked
ahead of the train,: found four other/piles
of ties.
His Candidacy for G. A. R.
Headship in Favor.
Sickles the Only Strong Candidate
Against the Minneapolitan. "
Indications That the Radical-Wing
Will Not Be ;in the Saddle v^^r*
at Cleveland.
From ■ The Journal Bureau. Room MS, .Post
Building, Washington. \
. Washington, Aug. 30.—The candidacy of
Judge Ell Torrance 7of Minneapolis ■ for
commander-in-chief of the C. A. R.- is
receiving a great deal of attention in the
eastern press, and it is everywhere ad
mitted that the chances are in favor of
his boom assuming formidable propor
tions. The only strong candidate against
him is General Sickles. At Cleveland
the lines are likely to be sharply drawn
between radicals and conservatives. Gen
eral Sickles represents the former, and
his election would probably be taken as a
direct slap at President , McKinley and
Henry Clay Evans, commissioner of pen
sions. Judge Torrance, it- is probable,
will be placed in the attitude of repre
senting the conservatives, and on such, a
division of Grand Army forces he would
receive the vote of every delegate who is
opposed to the' extreme radical . position
taken by the Sickles people. As an illus
tration of the way in which the eastern
press is talking about Torrance's candi
dacy, I quote the following from to-day's
New York Times: . „ , '--," -r'
It is asserted by western men that chances
begin to favor j the selection , of Torrance of
Minnesota for : grand 7 commander, and that
his cause has been 7 greatly helped by the
savage attacks of General Daniel Sickles upon
Evans. General . Sickles' election would he
the result, they say,, of his hostility to Mr.
Evans, should it take place at all. . His fail
ure to secure election will naturally be re
garded by the friends of Commissioner Evans
as a failure to sanction his attacks. :
7 The fact that President McKinley is ar
ranging to .be in Cleveland during the
encampment seems to render less likely
the probability that the Sickles people will
control it. The recent : publication^ of
Commissioner Evans' : report for ; the year
showing that he issued j a larger | number
of pension certificates than ; ever were
issued before in j one year, ; and | his ] show
ing of prompt : attention ;to original cases
to the delay only of, applications : for in
crease of pensions already granted, ■; has
made a profound impression upon 7 vet
erans, and | has rendered less effectual
many of „the. hostile -reports about him.
There is a growing impression here that
the encampment will pass no vote of cen
sure against him. --Should it fail to'cen*
sure ;* him, it cannot: consistently elect
Sickles commander-in-chief. So, it will be
seen that the * Torrance candidacy j is be
ginning to assume very respectable : pro-,
TO ORNAMENT The Minnesota state capi
tol commission '■•■. has re-
STATE quested the 7 navy depart
ment to lend* to the state
CAPITOL, of Minnesota figure
' head of the frigate Minne
sota, recently 7 sold vand i now being :'.idis
mantled .at the Boston "navy yards. The
request has been passed around to various
officers having: such <things in charge;; and
a report has been received at tha depart-;
ment that the wooden eagle which formed
the : figurehead at the prow .of the old
vessel -was - removed before the sale, and
is now stored at. the yard in Boston. Law
■ officers. of ": the department have „• been in
vestigating the question whether the sec
retary of the ',\ navy has the power _. to
lend - this piece of government property,
and :it has. been discovered that there ; is
no authority for such action. A congres
sional enactment is necessary before the
state can obtain this historical relic. 7 It
has , been suggested at.'- the department
that, pending the enactment of a law, a
request be made by one of the senators
or representatives that the figurehead be
preserved:by the department until some
disposition is made of It ,by congress.
This,, it Is said, will insure its safety. The
capitol commission also asked the loan
of condemned ordnance to be placed In
Capitol square, and Admiral O'Neill, chief
of ordnance, * has recommended i that *'« one
iron eight-inch muzzle-loading • cannon
and the twenty-five millimeter Norden
feldt rapid-fire gun be lent 'to : the state.
It is probable that the secretary will ap
prove this recommendation, and that the
two J pieces of Spanish ordnance; will soon
decorate Capitol square.
RESERVATION The petition for opening
the Pond dv Lac Indian
OPENING -".. reservation to settlement
J7' ;-;7: and entry, reported in the
LIKELY press dispatches from Du
luth to-day, has not been
received in Washington. Indian Commis
sioner Jones said that in all probability
when the petition is received, an Indian
inspector will- be sent to the reservation
to negotiate a treaty for the sale of sur
plus " lands. Such treaty, however, must
receive the sanction of congress. Thei
commissioner said he would sanction ef- j
forts to open this reservation to settle
ment as a step toward the solution of what
is known as "the Indian problem.'-'
—W. W. Jermane.
-Washington Small Talk,
Gilbert Gutterson of Lake Crystal, Minn.,
accompanied by his wife, left Washington
to-day for home. They have been visiting
the exposition at Buffalo. Mr. Gutterson will
next week begin. Inspecting rural free deliv
ery routes In Congressman Tawney's district.
I Postmasters * appointed to-day: lowa—Dil
don, Marshall county, D. W. Adams, vice
"D. D. Adams,* resigned. South Dakota—
City, Potter county, T. D. Reed, vice M. A.
Harlrngton, resigned. <
Business Section of Scranton,
lowa, Taken by Mid
night Fire.
Dcs Moines, lowa, Aug. 30.— busi
ness section of the town .of Scranton,
Greene county, forty miles north of here,
was destroyed by fire at - midnight last
The fire started in Mosflerr & Gibson's
livery stables. Aid was : secured by a
special train 7 from -Jefferson ; and , after
an hour's work the fire was placed under
control. The loss is estimated at $80,000
with little insurance. *
The principal losers are:
. William Black, dwelling, A. Arkwright,
•bakery; Mostlerr & Gibson, livery stable"
Thomas Larson, shoes; Samuel Hall, bar
ber; John , Allen, harness; - Lower Bros.,
hardware; J. McCracken, harness; W. S."
Hall, hardware; J. S. Starks, blacksmith;
W. R. Black, * poultry and eggs; Lower
Bros., implements; Benjamin Gibson
Willard Frye,: restaurants.
: Started by an Incendiary!
Special to The Journal/ <&■*-
' Fort Dodge, „ lowa, Aug." Fire, sup
posedly of incendiary origin, destroyed al
most the entiref business 1 portion of the
town of Scranton, Green county, last night.
The . fire started in the * rear of a livery
barn and' spread with astonishing rapidity
over two blocks of buildings. The total
loss %on buildings %is | estimated at $9,000 i
and on stocks and goods at $30,000 to $40,
--000.> Sixteen buildings in all were burned:
Companies from Grand Junction and Jef
ferson assisting In getting the fire under
control.; .-.7: _I_:* r ..7/7... ,*'.... /..*..-,'*./"/'./.'"";-
7 Berlin—The report is confirmed that the ob
stacle to | Prince | Chun's I coming to . Berlin |is
Emperor William's : insistence t that | the, hum
ble, expiatory character ,', of the prince and
mission £be n emphasised. The members.- of
the mission I consider that the jectness asked
for Jby 'i the' emperor f dots j not fit »their dig-"
nity. '?•" — . „ ' '." ''-..:. ■- " t
t ■" 'L
! ' ..; ■. ■*- . *
Mr. Gompers Intimates That the Would-be
Peacemaker Is Presenting Propositions
Entirely Without Authority.
The Window Glass Workers' President Refuses
to Say Die and Will Not Relax in His
Efforts to End the Strike.
From The Journal Bureau. Boom, _*, Bos*
Building, Washington. .
Washington, Aug. 30.—Officials of the
federation of labor say that Simon Burns,
who claims to represent the Knights 'of
Labor, : has no authority to mix up with
the steel strike with any proposals for
compromise or settlement. Commenting
on a dispatch from Indianapolis which was
sent out yesterday. President Gompers
said: ' V?>\H-'- •
"Who is Burns and who gave him any
right to meddle? He represents. no one
but himself. As for Knights of Labor,"
there is no such organization. They he
long to ancient history. Their headquar
ters are under the hat of Mr. Burns. That
gentleman is , assuming unnecessary re
sponsibility in think up compromise' prop
ositions to be presented alternately to Mr.
Schwab and Mr. Shaffer. There is no ma
terial change in the strike situation. The
federation will support the amalgamated
to the end." / .'■ . . - :.
—W. W. Jermane.
Expects to Get In Touch With Mr.
. ■■-..•.-,-''■ '"*'*• '■ - " - - •/ ■ .-">''.*'.'* J
Schwab This Afternoon.
Pittsburg, Aug. 30.—1t is reported here
that a conference by long-distance tele-.
phone has been arranged for this after
noon between Charles M. Schwab, - presi-'
dent of the United States: Steel corpora-1
tion, and Simon Burns, president of \ the
National Window Glass Workers' associa
tion. .'■'■■• .- p ■ ::..■;.-*:'•".•
% Mr. Burns is in this city and is trying to
arrange another meeting between ; the
Amalgamated officials and the officials of
the' steel corporation. lor the purpose of
settling the strike. ■ <■ '■
President Burns said he expected tohhearr r
from Mr. Schwab at any moment. If the
latter is still opposed to his. plan of ar
bitration he will j request him, he said,
to suggest whatever modifications he de
sired. Anything, he said, would be . ac
ceptable if the United States Steel corpo
ration can be induced to arbitrate and
get the mills started. •' '
The most Important feature pre
sented in the steel strike to-day
was the conference of a committee
of the Bay View Amalgamated lodge
of Milwaukee and the officials of the as
sociation at the headquarters. The meet
ing began early and was continued sev
eral hours. Those taking part were: J.
D. Hickey, a former official of the Bay
View lodge, and J. F. Cooper, both of
Milwaukee, and President Shaffer, Sec
retary Williams and Assistant Secretary
1 Tighe, who has just returned from the
west. ■-"•_ *■:'- V '. .:*. ■".:'""''-. ' '
It is said the Milwaukee committee was
sent here by direction of a secret meet
ing of the lodge to look into the situa
tion and report at, a meeting to be held
upon its return home. It is understood
that since coming here the committee has
made a careful canvass of the situation in
Pittsburg, which is regarded as the cen
ter of the strike. It has visited the va
rious' mills now in "operation and care
fully gone over the field. :
There is no certainty as to what its re
port will be, but its mission, It is said,
was-to arrange, if possible, to resume
work in the Bay View mills. At to-day's
conference, it is said, the committee criti
cally cross-examined the president of the
association on his attitude on the wage
agreement with the Federal steel com-
Plot to Kill a Bishop
Chicago, Aug. 30—Sensational testimony disclosing an alleged plot to kill Bishop
Anton Koslowski of the Independent Polish Catholic church was introduced: by 'the
prosecution in Justice Martin's court here to-day. Five of the bishop's parishion
are defendants on charges of conspiracy to defame the character of the bishop and at
tempting to cause his arrest. B. Lewindowski, who has been employed as watchman
of the hospital run in connection with the bishop's church, j testified that Dr. Lodis- j
law Slominski, the principal defendant, had plotted to get rid of Koslowski in order
to secure'control of the hospital. The conspiracy, it is charged, was entered Into' ft
year ago last winter. Lewindowski, in' testifying, said: 7 S '7^7 V^ :', ?7^i -^
"Dr. Slominski told' me I had better kill the bishop so that -he and
these other men could have the hospital. ? We were. in a < saloon at the
time and he put $50 on the bar 1 and told me to 'take that : now.' Then -, '.
he said ; I was '• to have $350 more when I decided to do what he wanted.':''."' •
He said also that he would give me a steady job d_iving the ambulance
* and that I would have a nice uniform with brass buttons and a horse."
The other defendants on trial are B. Wadzinski, S. Sajowlcz, H. A. Podgorski and
Joseph Ciszowski. : . ' ■/- :-i 7- '..*■"' '
Lion at Large in South Dakota
Special to The Journal. • - • i«* * : -*/
Aberdeen, S. D., Aug. 30.Late reports from the south indicate that the circus
which will; show here : to-morrow will be minus a . Hon. -It is j alleged that when th©
show was being • loaded at Parkston the Hon cage toppled over and one . of. the' lions
gained its liberty. The word was soon passed along and there was a scampering
for home on the part of the women and children and a few of the men also. The
animal went through the town but did not attempt to molest man or" beast. As
soon as the circus people collected themselves together, they made up a gang of their
men, who were armed with ropes and clubs, * and started * out to capture the ' animal.
It 1 was tracked ' five - miles from . Parkston where all -traces -■ were lost. It is : said
there Is much excitement among the farmers in that neighborhood, ;as ; they fear.
the lion will attack cattle and horses, even If he does not attack the people.
Scandinavian Solidarity
Maw York Sun Soeulal Service '•";**/ ■■"-.;:-.- J ■ "
'*;-_ Stockholm, 7 Aug. ; 30.—Scandinavian ', democratic - solidarity :- was; demonstrated , bjrj
the workingmen's / congress which has just been concluded. The 4 leaders of 'the
Swedish "socialists '• announced there would *be a general strike iof worklngmen next
year { If parliament did not extend the franchise. The/ Danes and Norwegians, ami*
much : enthusiasm*, decided tol^^support * their Swedish brethren.
! pany. The committee probably will start
home this evening. ,>;,> .'7.. r
President Shaffer denied at noon that
there had been any conference with the
Bay View committee. Certain statement*
attributed to them and reflecting on the
national officers had been printed and the
purpose of their visit, he said, was to per
sonally deny these stories.
Trustee Pierce of the Amalgamated as
sociation said the report was untrue that
Secretary " Nutt of the Republican Iron
company had called at the headquarters to
have the annual scale signed for the rea- "
son that he feared President Shaffer. would
call out the Republic employes, as was
'(lope in the case of the American Tin
Plate company. Mr. Pierce said that !if
the report was true that the United States
Steel corporation had secured control of
the Republic plant the , men : would be
called out and would be expected to obey
the order, as the tin plate and, other con
stituent companies of the corporation did.
The strikers in McKeesport are said to
be dissatisfied,with the way the strike
progressing. They have about- given up
hope of inducing the men at Duquesne
and : Homestead to join them, but will
make another effort to get the men at
Duquesne out this . afternoon. . Strikers to
the number of 'several thousand/ headed
with brass bands, have arranged to march
to Duquesne, where • a meeting will be
held and addresses made by Stewart G.
Sharp, organizer of the Federation of La
bor, and others. The procession, it lis
said, will then line up In front of 1 the
mills and await the shift of turns at 5:30
o'clock. The strike leaders admit, how
ever, that it is doubtful it the men can be
coaxed out. " "'V^'
: The MceKesport >saloonkeeprs have
decided that no more credit will be ex-
customers while the strike lasts.
Most" of the saloons have been In the habit
of granting credit to good customers until ■
pay 'day,' but' hereafter it will take ready m
cash to procure drinks. '• The decision has .;
made the strikers indignant. . ; j .^<-.,...,,
- True bills have been found ',against the •
Monessen strikers accused of selling liquor '
illegally and they are on trial at Greens
burg. The defense has prepared for a "
stiff fight and their attorneys will main
tain that liquor was not sold at the strik- •
ers camp.
Combine Will Consider No Proposi
tion From Shaffer.
New York, Aug. 30.—The report that
President Shaffer' of * the Amalgamated
Association has presented to President C.
M. Schwab of the United States Steel Cor
poration a statement of modified' terms
could not be confirmed at . the offices ,of
the corporation. It was intimated that no '
communication of any kind had been re
ceived from Mr. Shaffer, that none was
expected and that if one were sent in it
would not receive official consideration.
The attitude of the steel corporation re
mains unchanged. The officers of the
company say there is nothing to arbitrate
and that they will not treat with repre
sentatives of the strikers until they are
convinced that they are negotiating with
responsible persons. 7 .7
It was rumored that J. P. Morgan and
some of his assistants had expressed their
willingness to leave the settlement of the
strike to Seth Low. As Mr. Morgan and
Dr. Low are close friends the report wai
received with some credence, but one of
Mr. Morgan's partners promptly defiled it.
Ralph M. Easly, secretary of the Nat
ional Civic Federation said that no peace
overtures had been made. He repeated
that the trouble had passed the point
where arbitration was practicable, yet he
still hoped that there would be some way
of bringing the contending forces together.

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