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No. 14,751. WASNINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 1900-SIXTEEN PAGES. TWO CENTS. THE EVENING STAR. MULISED DAILY. EXCEPT SUNDAY Tieary Buines Office. W Penasylvania Aveuse. 'be Eveniag Star Newspaper Company. S. I KAFFMANN. Pres'*. New York Offce: 126 TrIme Bolilg. Chkage Office: Boyce Boding. tedlo Office: Trafalgar Bei"ig, Trafalgar Suae. The Evening Star is served to aUtSCher in the city hy carrieri, cn their own account. at 10 cents per week, or 44 cents per month. COpies at the counter. 2 e-nts each. By ianit-anywhere in the United States or Canada-postage prepaid-50 cents per month. Saturday Quinturie Sheet Star. $1 per year; with fo re ig n s ta g e t bl id , $ 3 .0 8 . gntered at the Post ofice at Washington. D. a. as Wecnd-class mail matter.) g7All mail tssripti,ns must be paid In advance. Rat-es of ad-ertisin madIe known on application. 500 BOXERS KILLED Heavy Engagement Between Chinese Troops and Insurgents. THE FIGHTING STILL GOING ON Minister Conger Wires for In structions as to His Course. SITUATION STILL CRITICAL TIENTSIN, June S.-It is reported from Chinese official sources that 4.00 Boxers surrounded 1,01, Chinese troops between Loafa and Yong Tsun yesterday, and ac cording .o the latest news, fighting is still going on this morning. Officials say that rAKP Boxers were killed, but give no ac count of the Chinese casualties. Thirty of General Nieh's troops encoun tered a body of Boxers three miles from here on the Taku road and killed twenty one of them. No news has been received from Pao Ting Fu for three days, and the situation there is believed to be critical. It is re ported that the Chinese troops have been defeated near there. The French cruisers d'Entrecasteaux and Jean Bart and the Russian cruiser Russia have arrived at Taku. London'a Newn From China. LONDON. June 8.-Dispatches from the far east show apparently no cessation in the activity .f the Boxers, but the powers are gradually feeling their way to common action for the suppression of the disorders. It is believed that when the dowager em press realizes the firm intentton to check her cernivance in the -anti-foreign movement there will be a speedy end to the rioting, as if the Chinese acted in good faith they cot;ld easily quell the rabble, which is armed chiefly with spears, agricultural imple ments. a few swords, and some old rifles. A dispatch from Tien Trin, dated Thurs day. June 7, 4 p.m., shows the British rein forcements had not then started for Pekin as expected, owing to the refusal of the authorities to allow them to entrain, al though the British offered to repair the line as they went. Additional Russian and Austrian troops have arrived at Tien TsIn, and the German cruisers Hansa and Gefion have started from Kita Chou for Taku. with marines in tended for the same destination. The fact that much needed rain has fallen is txpected at Tien Tsin to have a good effect in accelerating the suppression of the rising, as the farmers in the movement will return to their ordin.ary pursuits. France to Co-Operate With Powern. PARIS. June S-At a cainet council to dy, pesided over by President Loubet, the n-nister of foreign affair., M. 1elcasse, vimunitnicatv1 isp,atches concerning the situation in China. Th:- French minister a: Ptkin. he .said. wa.; acting in unison with the other diplonats. and Admiral ourre-j. lls. who was at Taku with his squadron, th:,l been ins:ructed to co-oper a,,e with the ot her :lm:rals and take such measurs for the proiection of foreigners as the situation demands. REBELLION IN SOTHERN CHINA. An American 6aid to Be One of the Leaders. VICTORIA. B. C., June R.-According to news from the orient br,ught by the steam er I,dzuma Maru, a rebellion has broken out in four southern provinces of China Kwang Tung, Kwang Si. Kale Chow and Hit Nan. The rebellion is reported by the Shanghai papers to be under one leader. anti an American is rumored to be one of the leading spirits. The Canton corre spondent of the Shanghai paper says the relels are busily smuggling in arms, In cluding large numbers of quick-firing guris. They are said to number '-.15,10, and more are -.aiy joining them. Li Hung Chang, the viceroy at Canton, Is sa!d to be alive to the danger. and he 1 importing rnidern munitions of war to arm th- Ch!a-se troops. FIve thousand Mau sers h.ve arrived at Canton out of a con s.gnment ef 1-,t>") ordered by him. Cablegram From Kempff. The following cablegram was received at the Navy DeLpartment this morning from AAmiral Kempff, on board the Newark, off the Taku forts: "TONGKU, June 8, 1900. "S,,r,tary of the Navy, Washington: 'Battle yesterday between Chinese and Poxers near Tien Tsin. Large number of Boxers expected reach Tien Tsn tomorrow. "KEMPFF." Minister Conger at Pekin has also been heard from today. His message to the Slate Dlepartment was a simple request fo,r instructions. It was not deemed proper by the offticials to indicate upon just what point Mr. Conger needs advice, but there Is an intimation that he wishes to know to what extent he Is to co-operate with the diplomatic representatives of toe Euro pean l..wers at Pekin. Secretary Hay took the message to the cabinet meeting, where the answer will be framed. The Slate Department is steadfastly pur suing the line of policy laid down at the beginning of this Boxer trouble of avoid ing any Interference with Chinese internal affairs beyond such measures as may be absolutely necessary for the protection of American life and property there. Es peccially Is it dete'rmined to avoid commit ment to the policies of any of the Euro pean powers, which might Involve the United States in trouble. Therefore, not withstanding the *.minous news conveyed In Admiral Kempff's cablegram. it seems entirely probable that Minister Conger will bo- directed to stick to the same line of policy whieh has served so well up to this time. Wili Not Evade Renspoasibiita It Is not to be understood from the above statement that the United States govern ment is desirous of evading any proper measure oif responsibility, and the State Department officials are careful to point out that, while retaining our independence of ac-tio,n, our government Is really acting concurrently with the European govern me-ts re-specting the Boxer agitation. Thus, at Taku Admiral Kempff Is acting in a similar manner to the commanding offi (ors of the foreign navy there assembled. altho.ugh his orders are subject to the ap proval of no one of their number. At Tien Tsln. forty miles up the river, which the admiral says may be attacked tomor row, the foreign naval commands are act ing together. It is said that in ease an cmergency involving jeopardy to the lives of foreign,ers. the U'nited States forces at Tien-Tsin might even be directed In their general movement by the senior naval officer ashore, even though that officer should happen to be a tierman, a Russian, a Frenchman or an Englishman. This temporary subordination of auther Ity might be brought abotut. and, in fact. would exist sol-ly through a rnilitary exi gency. Need of a Chief. If Tlen-Tsin Is to be attacked by a vast horde of Boxers, it is entirely conceivable, according to military practice, that a suc (essful defense of the foreign iivea and property in the city can be maintained only through the assumption of the command of the foreign naval forces bty one com petent officer: too many captaitns may mean d01faL in viw atn thia pslbthe the a sumption of the command of the American forces ashore by Capt. McCalla may be significant. It is an unusual course for a captain of a ship to take personal com mand of a landing party. as Capt. MeCalla has done in this case. His rank corresponds with that of a colonel of marines, and it may be that he would himself be the senior officer at Tien-Tsin and thus be obliged to assume command of the defense and direct in a general way the operations of the European naval parties landed there. The naval officers here are confidentihat Tien-Tsin proper is not in particular danger. The gunboat Helena will soon have the town under her guns, and there are believed to be three foreign warships in position to co-operate, so that it would seem impossible for the Boxers to enter the town if the naval commanders decide to oppose them. Miister Commes Iintrietions me newed. When Secretary Hay returned from the cabinet meeting this afternoon he was in a position to advise Minister Conger as to the President's wish, and this was embodied in another instruction. The text of this was not made public, but it appeared that it was a practical renewal of the instruc tion upon which the minister is now work ing, and that Its keynote is independence of aotion, limitation of that action to the protection of American interests and the American legation and consulates, and con current, but not joint action, when neces sary to secure these objects. It is understood here that telegraphic communication is interrupted between Pe kin and Taku. a fact which will prove em barrassing to Minister Conger should he find it necessary to call upon Admiral Kempff for reinforcements. PROFESS SATISFACTION DEMOCRATS ON THE MARYLAND AND NEW YORK PLATFORMS. Willing to Have Support of These Who Do Not Indorse the Platform of 1896. In the excitement and bustle of the clos ing of Congress there has been a subsi dence for the time being in the discussion of presidential candidates. The only poli tics that has occupied Congress during the past two days has been that which forms a part of campaign speeches and maneuvers in the two houses. The platforms adopted by the democratic convention in New York and in Maryland, although they had been extensively dis cussed in antiipation, have passed almost without comment among democrats in Con gress. Until today most of those whose opinion was sought said that they had not had time to more than glance at the plat forms as reported in the press. The Bryan people, who have looked into the matter. say now that they are satisfied or the whole with the outcome, though in the case of Maryland there was neither in struetion for Bryan nor in(irsenent of the Chicago platform. and in New York their victory was contined to the Instruction of the delegation for liryan. It is commented that in some feotures the two platforms are in ident'.a,y the am language, and this suggestz that the origi nal intention of some of the leaders like Mr. Gorman and Mr. Hilil was to make them identical throughout. on the plan of the one adoptied in Maryland, and that the plan miscarried in New York. However this may be, it is said that the New York plat form gives great satisfaction, and that there is no complaint against Mhryland, in asmuch as that platform, being an expres sion of the position of democrats not agree ing with the Bryaniter. pronounces other issues of enough consequencc to lead them to support the democratic party, notwith standing silver and other things. The Bryan people will not complain if those democrats who do not accept their theories are yet willing to loyally support the ticket. Some politicians are inclined to the opinion that it may prove an advantage to the democratic bieket in Maryland that the platform- tenders support without an avowed surrender of principles on the part of the anti-silver element, which Is counted the majority In that state. A SUMMER INVESTIGATION. InQuiries to Be Made by the Indus trial Commission' ' The industrial commission has decided to make an investigation through a subcom mittee of the industrial conditions existing on the northern Atlantic coast during the present summer. The subcommittee will consist of Major Farquhar, Mr. Clarke and Mr. Kennedy, and It will begin Its opera tions at Philadelphia on the 22d instant. From Philadelphia the committee will pro ceed to New Jersey, New York and the New England states. The commission also is considering the advisability of appoint ing a subcommittee to visit the Pacific coast during the coming fall. The commission continued its hearings in regard to agricultural conditions yester day, the witnesses being W. W. Miller, secretary of the Ohio state board of agri culture, and A. J. Wedderburn of Alexan dria, master of the State Grange of Vir ginia. GOOD JUDGMENT OF A PRIVATE. Exceptional Services of a Member of the Hospital Corps. Surgeon General Sternberg has received a report from Captain Bratton of the medi cal department at Sogod, Cebu, in regard to exceptional services recently performed by Private Samuel Jones of the hospital corps, assisted by Private Henry Becker of the same corps. A native woman was as saulted by her husband with a bolo and severely injured. Her right forearm was cut in several places, producing compound fractures; there was a deep horizontal gash on the right cheek, which forced out the eyeball, in addition to which there were several long deep cuts in her back. In the absence of the regimental surgeon, Pri vate Jones undertook the case. With the assistance of Private Becker, who admin istered chloroform, he. at night, by candle light, replaced the eyeball, which luckily was uninjured, and sewed up the incision. He also sewed up the incisions on the back. The woman would not consent at that time to have her arm cut off, and it was dressed antiseptically, but in a day or so the arm began to turn black, and Private Jones, be lieving that gangrene was setting in, ama putated the limb above the elbow by the circular method. Private Becker assisted at the operation. Captain Bratton says that when he returned a few days later he found the patient doing very well, and that her arm had entirely healed. He says that the good judgmaent, fortitude and skill shown by Private Jones in this case war rant him in reporting the facts, and in recommending him for future considera tion. Hawaii Uader Iaterior Departmsent. The Secretary of State has notified Gov. Dole of Hawaii that on and after June 14, the date on which the act making Hawaii a territory of the United States goes into effect, all official business of the territory of Hawaii with the government of the United States shall be conducted through and with the Secretary of the Interior. Barred From MalIs. An order has been issued by the Post Imaster General barring from the United " States mails all correspondence conducted Iwith L. Levesque of Montreal. Canada. I This order is based upon a charge that the HELD BY THE BOERS About 1,000 British Prisoners Still in Their Hands. ABOUT 3,590 ERBE RECPTURED Anxiety in London Over Those Still in Captivity. VISIT TO MRS. KRUGER LONDON, June 8.-The driblets of news filtering from the Transvaal fail to throw much light on the situation in and around Pretoria. Public interest centers largely in the fate of the British prisoners, but It seems probable that about 3,500 have been recovered, including 129 officers. The fed erals, therefore, have removed about a thousand as hostages. The Lourenzo Marquez dispatch to the effect that United States Consul Hollis has been conferring with President Kruger is creating some comment, but in view of the Washington dispatch which asserts that Mr. Holis has no official errand to the Transvaal there is little disposition to re gard his movements as at all significant. A special dispatch from Pretoria says that the only shell which took effect in the town the day prior to the occupation of Pretoria hit the United States consulate. A dispatch from Cape Town announces t'hat the work of organizing the govern ment of the Transvaal is proceeding. A portion of Sir Alfred Milner's staff has gone to Pretoria to start the machinery, so the proclamation of the annexation of the Transvaal may be speedily expected. VisitX Mrs. Kruger. A special dispatch from Pretoria describes the visit made by officers of Lord Roberts' staff to the presidency Tuesday, June 5. It says: "We were received by a Dutch pastor and shortly were joined by Mrs. Kruger. The latter wore a black silk dress and white cap. She composedly exchanged greetings with her visitors, who notified her of their intention to replace the burgher guards by a guard of-British troops. The burghers thereupon laid down their arms on the as phalted porch of the building near the lions 'guarding the entrance." BOERS WILL FIGHT ON. President Kruger Explain, the Atti.. tude of His Government. LONDON, June 8.--The executive offices of the Transvaal government are in a rail way car, which is shunted on a switch at Mach,adorp station. President Kruger caused the interior of the coach to be re constructed some time ago, with a view to ccntingencies that 'have now arrived. A correspondent of the Daily Express, who went from Lourenco Marquez to see Presi dent Kruger, was received yesterday. The l>resident sat smoking a long pipe. He locked worried, but his bearing was quiet and determined. He did not make the least objection to being interviewed. The correspondent was equippcd for The Iittrview by Iables from London. "Yes," said President Kruger. "it is quite true that the British have occupied Pre teria. This, however, does not end the war. The burghers are fully determined to fight to the last. They will never surren der so long as 500 armed men remain in the country. I feel deeply encouraged by the fine work Steyn and Dewet are doing -in the Free State." The correspondent suggested. that the war was over, inasmuch as the capital had been taken. "The capital!" exclaimed- Mr. Kruger, with energy. ."What is a capital? It does not consist, of any particular collection of bricks and mortar. The capital of the re public, the seat of government, is here in this car. There is no magic about any special site. Our country is invaded, it is true, but it is not conquered. The govern ment is still effective." Referring to the reasons why he left Pretoria, Mr. Kruger said: "I was not foolish enough to be taken prisoner. I provided this means of loco motion precisely for the same reason as our burghers supply themselves with horses when they take the field. "It is necessary that I should be able to move quickly from place to place. That is all. By. and by this car will take me back to Pretoria. For the present It enables me to keep away from Pretoria, where I could be of no service and where I should only play into the hands of the enemy." "They say, Mr. Kruger," remarked the correspondent, "that you have brought with you gold to the value of L2,00MXM." "It is not true," replied the president. "Whatever monetary resources I may have with me are simply those which we require for state purposes. At the same time I am not going to tell you where our treasure is. Let Lord Roberts find it if he can." Gives Lie to Rumors. "They also say in England, Mr. Kruger, that you contemplate taking refuge in. a Dutch man-of-war at Lourenco Marquez." "That again is a lie," retorted the presi dent, with vehemence. "I know of no Dutch war vessel. I am not contemplating taking refuge anywhere. I shall not leave my country. There will be no need for me to do anything of the kind." The correspondent--"Then, sir, there is much surprise at your having left Mrs. Kruger behind." President Kruger-"But why? Mrs. Kru ger Is quite safe in Pretoria. She would only be put to personal inconvenience here. All communication between us is stopped, of course; but she will await my return with calmness and courage. She is a brave woman. I am here awaiting further infor mation. We are surrounded by faithful burghers, and are quite safe." State Secretary Reitz remarked: "You may depend upon it that the war is not yet over. Guerrilla warfare will con tinue over an enormous area. We intend to fight to the bitter end, and shall probably retire upon Lydenburg, where we can hold out fer many montths."' "Yes," observed Mr. Kruger, "it is only now that the real struggle has begun. I fear that there wIll still 6e much blood shed, but the fault is that of the British govern ment." Then raising his voice to an almost pas sionate height. Mr. Kruger exclaimed: "The time has passed for us to talk. We have done plenty of that, but it has done us no good. There is nothing left for us to do but to keep on fighting, to keep on fighting." Outlanders Warned Away. The following dispatch has been received at the British colonial office from the Brit ish high commissioner in South Africa, Sir Alfred Milner: CAPE TOWN, June 7.-It is reported by telegram that large numbers of miners and others are about to start for the Transvaal from Southampton on Satturday. Cannot a public notification be issued warnirng the people against premature return here. They will be delayed at Cape ports, and will only increase the numbers supported by charity. It must be a couple of months at least be fore the bulk of those now in the colony and in Natal .can be allowed to return or work generally can be resunmed. A Pennsylvania Refuge for Ooan Paul. Henry Mailes, a relative of Kruger. who lives in Browniee, Tioga county, Pa., wrote Kruger, at the br'eaking out of the war, in ties made it necessarY for Idm to leave the Transvaal.- Malles rt'ently received a let ter from Oom Paul. acceptlng the Invita tio'n, and representatives of the Transvaal have made inquiets concerling the price of farms in the vie*ty of Brownlee. Consul Hollill t NAuthorised. Secretary Hay 4 in reference to the Lourenzo Marqueskispatch of today stat ing that United States Ooosul Hollis had been negotiating, WI Pis*ident Kruger to bring about pace by direction of the Washington goveTm t. that Mr. Hollis had no authority wever from the State Department to make a trip into the Trans vaal. and, furthermo, the State Depart ment did not know 0 any such intention on his part. The co ul had no right to go into foreign teri try without permis sion from the State partment, but, as it is-assumed that his visit was of a pure ly personal character, it Is not probalile that notice will be taken of his reported action. Rundle Makes a Demonstration. HAMMONIA, Orange River Colony, June 8.-Gen. Rundle made a strong demonstra tion against the Boer positions. employing 500 of Gen. Brabant's Queenstown Mounted Rifles, two guns ard the Cape Mounted In fantry, under Col. Dilgetty. 'The Boer out posts were driven back and their third laager was'located, lut the troops returned without a battle. Gen. Warren laGriguilnd West. CAPE TOWN, June 8.-n. Warren, with a strong force, including the Canadian Ar tillery, is reaching north through Griqua land West. He encamPol 'at Campbell yes terday, no oppositipn being offered. Num bers of the rebel are handing In their arms to the British coniander. Col. Plumer Oeeuples Zeerust. MAFEKING, June .-,-dol. Plumer oc cupied Zeerust ye4t"y without opposi tion. This district is *galning its normal conditions. Supplies aV arriving daily. Consul Holle Sees Kruger. LOURENZO MARQUES, June 8.-United States Consul Hollis, who' returned here yesterday from the Transvaal by special train, had a two hours'. Interview in close conference with President Kruger at Machadodorp. It is stated that Mr. Hollis was the bearer of friendly dispatches from the United States government urging Mr. Kruger to treat for Peaoe. CHICAGO AN.ULANE CORPS. Friends of the Bbeg Allies Anxious< About Thrm. CHICAGO, June .-orts are being made by Chicagoans Vrted in the wel fare of the members 6flithe anbulance corps that left Chiedg" to nierve in South Africa to locate the' corps. Col. John F. Finerty, one of the enm who helped form the corps, last night dispateled a cablegram to Pretoria asking fer- information in re gard to the whereabouts ef the Chicago Irishmen. There have been aU sorts of disquieting rumors in regard to tieorps. One is that several members of the corps have been killed or wounded. While tpia rumor has not been confirmed. rthe ratives of the men are exceedingly anxious about them. and to answer the'frequent appeals for in formation Col. Flner'fy dispatched the ca blegram. He expects to peeelve an answer within a short tlme& Col. Finerty says' arrangements were made before the meemtiers of the corps started for South,,Africa that in case any of the members were injured or killed their friends would be lipmediately notified. No news has been received:from the corps for some time. It is believed It is with the Boer army in the vicinity of Pretoria. BIDS FOR ARMiOR PLAT9. The Navy Department Will Advertise for Proposals. The Navy Department is about to issue advertisements calling for proposals for supplying face-hardesed armor of the best type for the battle ships already building: for the protected cruisers already author ized and for the thres bittle ships provided for In the new -naVal- appropriation bill. Having been assured that much better terms could be extended -by the armor con panies If the contracts were for large amounts of armor the Navy Department will test this by providing in the advertise ments for the submss$on of bids of three classes, namely, for supLlying 10,000 tons of armor, then for 20,000 tons and finally for supplying 30,(KNO ton1. There Is reason to believe that under the last provision, at least,; the companies will offer to provide arnior. for less than $5I per ton. It will be for Secretary Long to determine whether thei. terms are reason able; if not, he must build an armor plant. The weight of opinion, -however. is to the effect that any rate"b ow $500 will be re garded as "reasonable. Army Orders. Capt. William N. Hughes, 13th Infantry, has been ordered to appear before the army retiring board, of which Brig. Gen. Alfred E. Bates, paymaster general, is president, for examination for retirement. Extension of leave of absence for two montns has been grant-ed Maj. John B. Rodman. 20th U. S.'Infantry, on account of disability. First Lieut. Ira I., Reeves, 4th U. S. In fantry. now in New York city, has been ordered to Columbus, barracks, Ohio, to ac company a detachmeng.of recruits to the Presidio of San Francisco. British Reinforeements in Egypt. LONDON, June 8-A special from Cairo says that it is repoe'ted on, apparently good authority that the jmfnediate addition of 7,000 troops to the BritIsh forces in Egypt has been demanded Taxes, ts- Build German Navy. BERLIN. June &-I* the reichstag to day, after a debate on the amendments to the stamp law, necessit4ted by the increase in the navy, it was tagreed to raise the stamp duty on home-sharesto 2 marks and on foreign shares to 2% masks per hundred. Steamship Arrhrals. At Hamburg-Phoemicia, from New York, via Cherbourg. At Havre--La Tonumine, from New York. Death of the Duke .1stWellington. LONDON, June 8..--enryWVellesley, third Duke of Wellington, died akStrathfieldsaye House, Mortimer, BeakshirA, today, in the fifty-fifth year of hisinge. Neill a 2 t.C1FaurrIte. SAN F'RANCISCO, .June+8.-Al Neill of this city a~nd Jack E3attof Chicago are both in condition to sgbt a. 1M4 pounds at Woodward's pavilion-'tonight. The betting Is 2 to 1 on Neill, t~ :there is no lack of Moffatt money. The tnutuals make Neal almost a 3 to 1 favorite. La Roche Wins Manehester Cup. LONDON. June 8.-At the Manchester Whitsuntide meeting today the Manchester cup of 2,000 sovereigns was won by the Duke of Portland's bay filly Ls Roche. J. C. Dyer's Joe Chamberlain, ridden by Tod Sloan, was secoud and Mr. Oliver's Charina, ridden by I, Reiff, was third. Siek Leave for, Capt. Coghlan. SEATTLE, Wash., Junle 8.--Capt. J. B. Ceghlan, who has been commander of the Puget Sound naval~ station for over a year, has been granted a six months' leave of absence, on account of Ill-health. He has been in a hospital in Seattle for over two weeks. He will he succeeded by Capt. FINDS REBEL PAPERS Gen. Fungton Makes an Important Capture Near Bongabon. STATE ARCHIVES FROM NALOLOS Filipinos Had Hidden Them in a Dense Forest. AGUINALDO'S LETTER 'BOOK VANCOUVER, B. C., June 8.-A copy of the Manila Times received by the Idzuma Maru tells of an important discovery of in surgent documents and other articles wh1ch had been hidden by the Filipinos. It say,s: "On May 2, Gen. Funston was making a personal reconnoissance with eighteen troopers in the direction of Bongabon and Pontabagan, up the Rio Grande de Papa pamnga, when he discovered a perpendicu lar ladder leading up a cliff crowned with a dense forest. Beside the ladder hung a rope, which, when pulled, rang an alarm bell In the woods back of the precipice. The general and his men ascended the ladder and found thirty or forty large wooden cases crammed full of state docu ments, comprising most of the ,archives of. the government. There were other things saved from the wreck of Malolos, about 1,000 Hotchkiss shells, a quantity of dyna mite, a stock of bombs and much other ammunition, 200 pounds of black gunpow der, offlice furniture from the Malolos Au diencia, carpets, chairs, tables and a lot of miscellaneous goods of no special impor tance. Documents the Main Prize. The documents were the principal prize. After as good an inspection as circum stances permitted, Gen. Funston set aside several tons of useless rubbish and burned it on the spot, saving the state papers. These comprise all the correspondence of Aguinaldo and his chief officials from the time of the earliest dealings with Dewey down to the hurried migration from Ma lolos. (Archives subsequent to that date were, it will be remembered, taken at Tar Iac in 'the middle of last year). There are letters to and from Wildman and Dewey, besides several business firms in Manila. Aguinaldo's own letter book, giving press copies of everything he wrote, is also there. It Is rumored that the cor respondence shows some firms in Manila, heretofore unsuspected, to have had rela tions with the rebels. "The -whole cache was Ing'niously hidden among the trees in the ravine and roofed over heavily with nipa. to an unusual thick ness. The.structure made quite a big warehouse, with not an inch of space vacant. It was found later that there we4e other approaches to the cache just like the one described, with alarm bells everywhere. THAT SEELY PACKAGE SEIZED. It Will Be Opened in Court at In 4i3ilpolis. INDIANAPOLIS, June 8.-Deputy United StAtbr larsllt -'Bbyd -has -rsrned from Muncie, where he went to attach the mys terious package that reached there on May 29, addressed to C. F. W. Neely. The package was mailed from San Jose, Costa Rica, May 18, and has been held by the postmaster, who was notified to retain pos session of It until directed to bring it to Indianapolis, where it will be opened in court. A letter which reached Muncie May 30 from San Jose has also been held by the postmaster, and It is expected either the letter or the package will throw some light on Neely's affairs. It is the opinion of the government that this package contains money or stamps. NANCY HANKS LINCOLN'S GRAVE. Park Surrounding the Site to Be Beautified. ROCKPORT, Ind., June 8.-The Spencer county council has voted an appropriation of $800 to buy the tract of land surround ing the grave of Nancy Hanks Lincoln at Lincoln City, in Spencer county. The prop erty to be, bought is a beautiful natural park of sixteen acres. The grave is near the summit of a large hill almost in the center of a wood, and at present is marked only by a neat stone of granite and railing of iron. The park will be under the direct care and management of Nancy Hanks Lincoln Memorial Association. A monument of fitting proportions is to be erected, the grounds are to be guarded and fenced and numerous other plans are projected for making the grave of Presi dent Lincoln's mother a Mecca for tourists. FIRE IN MR. CHOATE'S RESIDENCE. The Flames Were Soon Extinguished -Little Damage Done. LONDON, June 8.-Fire was discovered about midnight in the residence of United States Ambassador Choate, No. 1 Carlton House terrace, S. W. "The flames were confined to the roof and were easily ex tinguished. There was some excitement among the members of the ambassador's household, but the firemen soon reassured the inmates. The fire probably originated in an overheated chimney. Mrs. Choate held a large reception yes terday afternoon. DEWEY OFF TO DETROIT. He Will Start on Trip Home Next Mon day. COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 8.-Admiral Dewey and party left here at 9 a. m. in a special train over the Hocking Valley rail way for Detroit, where they are scheduled to arrive at 1:30 p.m. According to the itinerary, the admiral will leave Detroit Monday at 9 a.m., en route for Grand Rapids. stopping thirty minutes en route at Lansing. From 2:30 p.m. Monday to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday he wtll stop at Grand Rapids, goIng thence to Avilla, Ind. VA ednesday the party will see the following northern Ohio towns: De fiance. Deshler, North Baltimore. Fostoria, Tinin, Chicago Junction, Shelby. Mansfield and Mount Vernon. At each place a brief stop will be made. A night run to Wash ington will be made, reaching there Thurs day morning. SHOT HIS WIFE AND SON.. Eacharia Zunwall, a Californian, Then Stood Sheriff Of. PLACERVILLE, Cal.. June 8.-A report from Diamond Springs says Zacharia Zun wall shot and killed instantly his son George and fatally wounded his wife. Zun wali, who is armed with a rifle and pistol. refuses to surrender to the constable, who has telegraphed for a sheriff's posse. Do mestic troubles caused the tragedy. DEMOCRATIC LEADERS TO MEET. Senator Jones and, W. J. Bryan Ex pected in Chicago. CHICAGO. June 8.-The Chronicle says: Benator James K. Jones, chalrman of the national democratic committee, is expected to rech, here early nairt meek. Win. .T. Bryan. it is said, will meet him shortly after his arrival and plans will be discuss ed for the work of the Kansas City con vention. Keen interest Is being taken by officials at national headquarters in the reports of democratic state conventions. Up to date twenty-four states have held conventions. of these twenty-two, representing 458 dele gates, have instructed for Bryan; Mary land and New Jersey are unpledged, the former having sixteen and the latter twen ty delegates. Bryan now lacks only thirty Instructed votes of having a majority of the convention delegates. The convention will be composed of 930 delegates and as many alternates. Under the two-thirds rule, however-a rule which has been enforced in democratic national conventions for nearly forty years - the nominee for President or Vice President must receive two-thirds of the entire vote given. Bryan therefore lacks 184 votes of a nomination on the basis of instructed delegates. REDMOND DENIES A. RUMOR. Declares There In No Fresh Split In -Irish Party. DUBLIN, June 8.-"This suggestion of a fresh split in the Irish party is absurd," said Mr. John Redmond, chairman of the united Irish parties, to a representative of the Associated Press today. "The differ ence of opinion among the committee on one detail of the arrangements for the con vention," he added. 'will not Interfere with the great representative gathering of June 19, which I am doing all in my power to Promote." CLEMENCY FOR SNELL GEORGIA REPRESENTATIVES ASK -FOR COMMUTATION OF SENTENCE'.^ Mr. Fleming Says That There In Good Reason for Believing That the Murderer Was Insane. - Representative Fleming of Georgia this morning presented to President McKinley a petition for commutation to life imprison ment of the death sentence of Benjamin H. Snell, the murderer of little Lizzie Weisen berg The petition Is signed by all the Georgia members of Congress, and execu tive clemency is asked on the ground that Sneir is of unsound mind. Representative Fleming made a statement to the President about the case, saying that the crime was undoubtedly an atrocious one, but there was good ground for believ ing Snell insane then and in a worse mental condition now. "Snell's family live in my district," and Representative Fleming, "and I took, the trouble to investigate their history. They are splendid people, but I know of my own investigation that there were nine insane people In the family within a few genera tions. These were on both sides of the fam ily which Snell is from. I realize that there is a good deal of feeling in the District against Snell, but I do not believe any one wants to see the life of an insane man taken. Noticed Peculiar Behavior. "More than a year before Snell cornui? ted this crime he got an idea that he might lose his place in the Interior De partment. He came to see me one day about the matter. It was the first time I had see tim, but his behavior was so peculiar that I spoke of it to my clefk. I am told that if Snell was not actually insane at the time the crime was committed he is fast getting that way now." Mr. Fleming said that he understood oth sr petitions for commutation would be sub rnitted. At the same time Snell's counsel will not abandon their legal efforts. Mr. Fleming says they have not given up hope. President McKinley will forward the pe tition and others that may be sent to the White House to the Department of Justice. Attorney General Griggs will refer the mat ter to District Attorney Anderson for re port back to the Department of Justice. Ihe President will act later. Not Likely to Be Hanged June 15. Apart from the probability of the exten ion of clemency there is little or no prob ability that Snell will hang on June 15. the Jlay recently set for his execution, The mandate from the Court of Appeals will probably not be sent down until the 20th instant, the law allowing the tribunal fif teen days In which to take such action. There was an understanding that the mat ter might be taken up by Justice Clabaugh today, but owing to pressing business ;t was decided no action should be taken until Monday. The new date for the execution, it is understood, will be Friday, June 29. Other Local Murder Cases. The President will soon have to pass upon two other District murder cases. In each ,ase the condemned desires commutation of sentence to life imprisonment. These are Arthur Landon and Nelson Vail, both sen tenced to be hanged July 6. The chances ire favorable in Landon's case, mention of which has already been made. Vail shot and killed Alexander Jackson near Tenley town as a result of jealousy. Vall's case sas been 'sent to the district attorney's )ffice. He is an old man, seventy-five years, and there is some sympathy for him. None of the cases wi1 be acted upon for some time, as Attorney General Griggs is :ut of the city and has given them no at tention. GIVEN THEIR COMMISSIONS. 3enerals Miles and Corbin Promoted by the President. In accordance with the provisions of -the Millitary Academy appropriation bill, the President today issued commissions to L,ieutenant General Nelson A. Miles, com nanding the army, and Major General H. 7. Corbin, adjutant general of the army. r"hese are recess appointments, and will be 1ominated to the Senate at its next session n December. General Miles said today that he would nake no change In his staff in consequence f the new legislation, the principal effect >f which will be to give Major Michier, 5th Davalry; Major Bailey and Major Whitney. seneral Miles' present aids, the rank, pay tad allowances of colonels of cavalry. General Corbin received a beautiful floral ribute today in honor of his elevation to he rank of major general from the offi ers of the adjutant general's department ;tationed in this city. It is a large-sized ac sImile of the insignia worn by a major eneral, made entirely of immnortelles. The ~round work is in blue flowers, with two atrge stars of white, the whole being bor lered by yellow immortelles. The design sas tastefully mounted on a tripod draped rvith the American colors, and formed a ;triking ornament in the general's office to lay. To Repair County Roads. The President yesterday afternioon signed lenate joint resolution 130, making an umergency appropriation of S10,000O for the -epair of certain roads and bridges in the )istrtct which were damaged by the storni sf last Saturday. ---. . Reappointed Notary Publie. Mr. J. Louis Willige of the Smithsonian anstitution was today reappointed by the President a- notary. public for the District at Conunhia. SIE ROAD TO FORTUN. The Road to Fortune is through Printer's Ink.-P. T. Barnum. AT THE WHITE HOUSE The Chinese Situation Discussed by the Cabinet. THIS COUNTRY'S POSITION UNCH GED Instructions That Have Been Sent to Minister Conger. A PLACE FOR BYNUM The complicated Chinese situation was the topic at today's cabinet session. Secretary Hay read a dispatch from Minis ter Conger, saying that the condition of affairs had not improved and was still seri ous. There was likewise a telegram from the American admiral on the Chinese sta tion describing the fighting and disturb ances. The President and cabinet gave the mat ter earnest consideration, Secretary Hay doing most of the talking. The decision reached was not to change the position heretofore taken by this country. This position is to protect American citizens and interests at whatever expense, but not to engage in political or other alliances look ing to certain action in China. Minister Conger has received instructions to this ef 'feet before, but it is stated that additional instructions, more emphatic than the first, will be sent him as soon as they can be prepared by Secretgry Hay and approved by the President. Mr. Conger will be left free to take suitable action in dangerous emergencies. He will not exactly co-oper ate with the European nations. He will probably move along the same lines and in the same direction, but will be independent of the other ministers. Danger to American Interests. Minister Conger will be instructed to call upon the Dowager Empress of China and present to her the unsatisfactory condition of the nation and the great dangers to American citizens and interests. He will suggest that stern measures be taken to suppress the insurrection and restote peace. This same action is contemplated other nations. Mr. Conger may be in concert with them, but in this, as in other matters, the United States will act independently of others. The cabinet did not go so far as to dis cuss the possibility of European Interven tion with a view of the dismemberment of the Chinese empire. If Europe reaches that point and begins to act this country will then decide upon its policy. Even un der those circumstances it would probably simply demand the open door for commer clal purposes and 4t Europe do as she pleased with China. Bynum to Have a Place. Senator Fairbanks called on the President this morning and is thought to have brought up the case of W. D. Bynum, who failed of confirmation as appraiser of mer chandise at New York. There is no doubt that President McKinley intends to find a place for Mr. Bynum and will do so soon. The codifying commission, as mentioned in The Star yesterday, is now the most avail able opening. Senator FairIanks and the President desire to show the gold demo crats that their work of four years ago 13 not forgotten, and that one of their lead ers cannot be turned down as easily as might be supposed. Today was Mrs. McKinley's birthday. A number of beautiful floral reminders were received. and a number of friends called to extend congratulations and best wishes. President McKinley this morning received a party of fifty ladies of the Woman's Re lief Corps of Baltimore. Says Dolliver Will Win. Representative Grosvenor was one of a number of congressmen who called on the President today, most of them to bid good bye. General Grosvenor is enthusiastic in his support of Represontativo Dolliver for Vice President on the republican ticket. "Dolliver will be nominated at Philadel phia." said General Grosvenor, in the most emphatic manner. Other callers were roady to talk politics, but were not so emphatic in thdr 'asser tions. Senator All!son. who is favorable to Dolliver, was another caller, but, as usual. was too discreet to commit himself to an opinion as to probable results at Phil adelphia. Political Organisations Coming. President McKinley will remain at the White House, as already stated In The Star, until some time after the Philadel phia convention before going away. Word has been received at the White House that a number of political organizations are coming by Washington on their way to the republican convention at Philadelphia. They want to call on the President and pay their respects. Many politicians will call at the White House en their way through the city and on their return. They will want to talk with the mnan they have again decided upon for their leader. The President will probably have a busy week under these circumstances. The President has decided that he will not go to California this summer, as he would not like to be subject to the charge of going on a stumping tour. -At the Capitol Again. The President was c.t the Capitol for about an hour and a half yesterday after noon, taking his departure immediately af ter the final adjournment at 5 o'clock. He was again accompanied by his cabinet, but there were comparatively fow bills requiring attention, and neither the President nor his advisers found their time wholly occupied. The naval appropriation bill was the only measure of general importance signed dur ing the day. RELIEVING THE VOLUNTEERS. Change in the Arrangement for Dis patching the Sixth Cavalry. A change has been made in the plan of sending the entire 6th Regiment of Cav alry to the Philippines as the relief of the' first of the volunteer troops to be brought home for discharge on the 30th of June next. As now arranged but two battalions of the regiment will be sent to the Philip pines, the other battalion being retained in this country in accordance with the military policy of keeping one battalion of a regiment at home as a reserve force. The two battalions selected for service in the Philippines ares stationed at various points on the Pacific coast. They will be takee to Manila in two detachments, the first leaving about the 15th instant and the sec ond about the 1st.of July. Going to West Point. Secretary Root and a party including Representative and Mrs. Grosvenor and Paymaster General and Mrs. Bates will leave here early tomorrow morning for West Point to- attend the closing exercises of the Military Academy. The trip to Ned York will be made in a special car of the Pennsylvania railroad, and from New York to West Point in the quartermaster's steamer, General Meigs. At New York the party will be loined by Mrs. Root. Miss Root and Master Root. It is expected that the party will remain at West Point until Wednesday. Many prominent officers of the army, including Lieutenant General liles and Adjutant General Corbia. have also arranged to attend the graduating es amcisnsanext Tuesday.