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ST. LOUIS, MO., SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1900.
PKICE FIVE CENTS.
GOVERNOR CHARGES HE
WAS OFFERED BRIBE.
Mississippi's Chief Executive Causes the
Arrest of Contractor J. E. Gibson
Search Has Begun for Sender
of Murderous Package
Riled With Dynamite.
-3 SLco m '
MR. COFER'S STATEMENT.
Declares He Has No Suspicions
as to Whom It Was
Planned to Kill Him.
Charleston. III.. Nov. 21. The Plot to as
basslnate T. X. Cofer, Jr., with an Infernal
machine, the details of which were made
public yesterday, is stilt a mystery and a
sensation. As the public cornea to know
more fully the magnitude of the slot, and
the narrowness of the escape of fifty or
100 lives of business and professional men,
who were In close proximity to Mr. Cofer's
law apartments, a feeling of thankfulness
for the miraculous escape Is evident on all
Robert S. Hodgen, a prominent broker,
whose ofllco was only separated from
Cofer's by a brick wall, says he considers
every man's life in the city imperiled when
such miscreants as the sender of that dead
ly package are at liberty.
No effort or expense will be spared to
locate and capture hlra and mete out the
punishment such a 'crime deserves. There is
a. slight clew. The address card on the box
was typewritten. The only handwriting was:
"Handle with" care. Breakable." This was
printed with pen and Ink, in a neat hand,
rather bold. The express company had writ
ten with heavy pencil on three sides,
RECEIPT OF THE
The record of the day's business at Aurora
on. Saturday, No ember 17. when the pack
age was billed out, does not show who the
Mr. Cofer tells the following story of its
"The express company's messenger, Scott
Case, brought tho package to my office
about 9:3) Monday morning. I was not ex
pecting any express matter, but Case said
it was prepaid and I'd better take it. He
also ventured the jocular remark that it
looked about the right size to hold s. bottle.
T. N. COFER. JR.,
Charleston, III., attorney, who narrowly
escaped being killed by an Infernal ma
chine. and said he'd like to have a pull.'
"I then cut the cord that bound the outer
covering. Next a newspaper, the Iowa State
Re.qister. November 13, was taken off. Then
appeared the box. It was tecurely wrapped
pasted with sheets of typewriter paper and
bore an inscription, as .follows;
" 'Sample Puzzle Box. To upon, pull string
by thort, quick jerks, until the whole of
the string is removed. The result will be
surprising. This box is sent free. In the
hoj e you will recommend it to your friends.
Keats & Co., St. Louis' signed with rubber
"On each fide of the box was written: 'To
open box. Jerk the string. I had by this
time conceived the idea, that some friend
was 'working me, and fully expected to see
the box fly open and. a 'Jack in the Pulpit'
Jump out. But the string broke, and my life
and that of the messenger, and perhaps a
hundred other?, v.as miraculously saved.
' FAILURE TO EXPLODE
saved almr lives.
"Withoujye.t'knowlng the contents of the
box. I prjAWpen one end. when the smoke
of some JPBie matches that had been is
nltcd came forth and ends of two big black
sticks were "visible.
" 'My God!' said Case, the messenger.
"We stood aghast, but I was determined
to know the secret of the infernal machine,
una I drew out iirj-t the matches, then tho
sticks of dj nainite. These were loaded with
cups, and fuses attached, and were wrapped
In gun cotton.
"How the matches, which started to ig
nite, failed to set on fire the deadly con
tents is still a mystery. 1 suppose that the
Jerk which 1 gave the string, and which
broke it, smothered the flame."
Cofer kept the matter a secret until Fri
day, hoping to get some clew to the plot:
but, after consulting with a prominent
criminal lawjer, he was advised to make
the affair public, as this was thought to be
the better way to locale the sender of the
I1UT NO CLEW TO WORK O.V
That the black sticks were dynamite was
made certain by taking one of thorn to an
open field outside the town yesterday and
touching it off. The explosion tore a hole
In the ground four or fie feet deep and
sent fragments of earth flying In alt direc
tions. The three sticks in the box weighed
about one pound each, and would have
made a wreck of the entire east side of the
public square, where Cofer's office is lo
cated. Mr. Cofer says he has not the slightest
clew to the person tending the package;
that, so far us he Is aware, he has not an
enemy In the world, and does not remem
ber. In his legal practice or political
rpeeches, tu have engendered the ill will of
anj-! man or w oman.
He is 25 eurs old and is unmarried. He
is prominent in social, church and political
circles. Mr. Cofer and his friends are at
work trying to ferret out the would-be as
icassin, but he declined to make known his
plans. The American Express Company,
through Superintendent Stewart of the Au
rora district, is ateo engaged in the work of
investigation. No positive clew has yet been found, but
suspicion polnfs strongly to one of two
men, both now residing In the north part of
the State. Cofer was instrumental in de
feating these parties in suits at law.
They arc known to be desperate charac
terg, and one of 'them, in particular swore
vengeance, against Cofer. Detectives are
mv shadowing them, and before another
BBHBF"'' -''"? daVBVM
THE "PUZZLE BOX."
An infernal machine which contained dyna
mite, matches and sandpaper.
week elapses It is expected that arrests will
Cofer's mother, who hap been critically ill
for several w eeks, is not expected to survive
the shock of the dastardly attempt to take
her son's life. The indignation is so strong
that should the would-be assassin be cap
tured and brought here a lynching would
BRYAN PROMISES A STATEMENT.
Says He Will Soon Express His
Views on Party Reorganization.
Chicago, Nov. 24. William J. Bryan ar
rived in Chicago this morning from Lin
coln. He drove to the Auditorium Annex,
where he did not register, but was at once
shown to the room occupied by Charles A.
Towna of MlnnesMa. There he remained
in consultation with Mr. Towne and former
Senator Dubolse of Idaho unlll to-night,
when ho returned to Lincoln.
Mr. Bryan refused to say what was dis
cussed during tho meeting, but did not deny
that tho future policy of the Democratic
partv was one of the topics discussed.
"I expect to remain In politics as long as
I live," said Mr. Bryan. "I shall continue
to advocate and work with both tongue
and pen for the principles for which I have
fought so long. I shall continue to reside
in Lincoln. Neb."
To tho question of what he thought of
the proposed reorganization of the Demo
cratic partv, he said:
"I have nothing to sv on that subject at
this time. When the opportune time comes
for me to express myself I shall be heard.
I shall write, my views out carefully in or
der that my position may not be misunder
stood. I have neither the inclination nor
time to do so now.
Mr. Bryan appeared in the best of spirits
and had none of the marks of a man
crushed politically. As compared to his ap
pearance on the eve of the election, when
he plainly bore the signs cf the strain un
der which he was laboring, he looked like
a new man.
Fur .Ulnnnnrl Ilnln Or pibow lit mat
cm, fair In western portion Sunday;
colder In nontheaatern portion. Man-,
dy, tnir; northerly yilnda.'---
I Foe IlllnoU Rain or snow , Sunday j
Monday,' fair; .northerly winds, Thigh
over nortlieiut portion.
For Artanmm Generally fnlr San
day and Monday; colder In enntern
1. Governor of Mississippi Charges Bribery.
St. Lauls Republicans Bitter Over De
feat. Priest Left Parish Without Notice.
Turkey Must Recede.
2. Conrad Kratz Disappears.
Corn King Phillips Saved His Crown.
J. Arthur Nelson Arrested.
Old Man Dies of Exposure.
3. Levee Mission to Change Quarters.
4. Kaiser's Chinese Policy Unpopular.
C. The Railroads.
7. Warm Greeting to Kruger.
Mansfield's Kiss Offended Actros.
Steamer Wrecked and Crew Losi.
Bradford Will Case Settled.
Vote for Missouri Congressmen.
5. Chicago Markets.
9. President Says There Is No Danger of
Four-Story Building for Levee Mission.
Landslide WreckB Coal Mines.
10. Proud Crimson Humbled the Blue.
11. St. Louis V. Smothered Barnes.
12. City News in Brief.
Police Plan Raid on Wall Street.
1. Author Major's Shock.
How to Carve the Turkey.
2. Eskimo Children Adopted by Americans.
Twenty Years In Prison Under a False
3. Plays Past and Plays to Come.
4. Ministerial Captain Defends Football.
Foothall Argument Started by a Bluff.
St. Louis Has Many Clever Trap Shoot
ers. 3. Speedy Youngsters Bred in Missouri.
Two Cities After Boxing Bouts.
New Links Will Give Bctfr Golf.
Attorney General Crow Interprets the
The Day the Two Carters Dined Under
7. Death Notices.
Headquarters for Fair.
Tombstone Tells a Romance.
Launching of the Nevada.
5. Fraternal Orders Prepare for Elections.
Bazaar at St. Ann'f.
1. They May Be Made Cardinals.
Second Presbyterian Church Dedication.
Horre Almost Burled in Street.
Wind Averts Sewer Overflow.
2 Republican Contests for City Offices.
Railroads to Help Panama Company,
Financial Side of Irrigation Question.
To Reward Her for Shooting Burglar.
3 News From Foreign Capitals.
E. Two Girls Want Ducray.
Interest .Decaying In Professional Ball.
(Pages 6-7-8-9-10-1L Republic Want and
Real .Estate Advertisements.)
U. Commercial' ard Financial News.
12. .Week's Record .in Real Estate.
Indians Ordered Arrested.
TURKEY MIST RECEDE OR BE
CONSIDERED HOSTILE POWER,
United States Will Insist on Placing a Con
sul at Harpoot to Protect Ameri
Naples, Nov. M. The United Stales bat
tleship Kentucky has sailed for Smyrna.
PORTE FIRM IX ITS REFUSAL."
Constantinople, Friday, .Nov. 23. United
States Charge d'Affaires Griscom called Up
on Tewflk Pasha, Minister for Foreign Af
fairs, yesterday to urge a" settlement of the
difficulty in" relation to the granting: of tin
exequatur .to Doctor Thoma, H Norton,
who some Ume ago was appointed by Prei-
ldcnfMcKinlcy to establish a consulate atJ
TT.rnKXt -vjijj, ' '--SA' --T- 't"
The Porte, however,' is firm m its refusal
to grant the request for an exequatur..
' GOVERNMENT WILL NOT YIELD.
Washington, Nov. 24. Mr. Lloyd Griscom,
Charge d'Affalres at Constantinople, has
been Instructed to insist that Turkey accept
Doctor T. H. Norton as United States Con
sul at Harpoot.
If Turkey does not recede from her posi
tion, diplomatic lelatlons between the
United States and Turkey will undoubted
ly be broken off.
State Department officials said to-day that
Turkey had not yet replied to the demand
that Doctor Norton be received. The Turk
lsli contention now i that they permitted a
United States Consulate to be established
at Erzeroum, under an implied understand
ing that the United States would abandon
Its claim to a Consulate at Harpoot.
Still, it is the Intention of the United
States to establish this Consulate.
The reason is that the British Government
has been permitted to locate a Consul at
Harpoot, and, under the "favored-nation"
clause of our treaty with Turkey, thu
HOPES FOR A REVIVAL
OF CHRISTIAN FAITH,
Pope Leo Issues an Encyclical En
titled "On Jesus Christ.
Rome, Nov. 24. An encyclical entitled "On
Jesus Christ, Our Redeemer," addressed to
Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops and
Bishops having place and communion with
the Apostolic See, was Issued November 1.
After stating that the outlook for the
future is not free from anxiety on account
of tho numerous long-standing causes of
ovll. It finds consolation and hope, at the
close ot the century, in indications of a re
vival of the Christian faith, cltlnc as an
example the crowds that flocked to Rome In
response to the Invitation of his Holiness to
visit "tho threshold of the Apostles," and
the manifestation of zeal worthy of the
test days of Christianity.
The document does not refer to any re
ligious or political questions, but is entire
ly devoted to the duty of the church to de
fend and propagate Christ's kingdom
throughout the world, dwelling at crcat
length upon how this may best be done. It
concludes by conjuring all Christians to
strive to know tho Redeemer as he really is.
"The world." it says, "has heard enough
of the so-called 'rights of man.' Let It hear
something of the 'rights of God.' That the
time is suitable is especially proved by de
votion towaid the Savior, which we shall
hand on to the new century as a pledge of
the happier Ume to come."
TWELVE JURORS ACCEPTED.
Evidence May Open Tuesday Miss
Wichita, Kas.. Nov. 24. Twelve men, ac
ceptable to both defense and prosecution,
have been secured In the Morrison. murder
trial at El Dorado, and It is probable that
not more than four of these will.. be. dis
charged by second examination. All are
farmers, living outside of 1 Dorado.
Many of .he men examined 'stated that
they were againBt Miss Morrison.
Judge Shlnn to-day stated that he wanted
the trial tc proceed and overruled many
Court adjourned to-night until Monday
It is expected that the evidence will begin
Miss Morrison read a. newspaper during
the greater, part of to-day's hearing. "
.Young Castle is taking a deep. interest Mn
IN WORKING ORDER.
United Stairs Goiviniiieiil cljhna tli- same
commercial privileges as Great Britain.
Second, Russia Is allowed to have Consuls
at place1? in Asia Minor, In which there are
absolutely no Russian interests or popula
tion. Thera I, on the other hand, a pecul
iarly potent reason for the presence of a
United States representative at Harpoot, for
at tnat-point some of the, most flourishing
'American missionary and educational inter
ests In.Turkey' ar kjsated L . .... . .
""Morebverbe'mg-srlfiitjd.jUj th Armenian
district, where so many ' outrages upon
Christians have occurred, it is extremely
desirable, it Is maintained, that our Govern
ment should havo some impartial repre
sentative to watch over the interests of
Kentucky n Grim Warning.
In consideration of all this, the United
States charge that Turkey's objection Is
merely technical and a subterfuge. Mr. Gris
com has, therefore, been instructed to show
to Turkey that her objection Is political and
hostile, and will not hold In International
law, and that she must surrender or assign
some other reason than the one given.
It appears to this Government, It is said,
that Turkey is trying to provoke a serious
The battleship Kentucky Is expected to
arrive at Smyrna Monday or Tuesday next.
It Is, of course, not expected that the ship
Ii to make war single-handed on Turkey,
but It Is thought that the moral lntluenco
of this exhibition of American natal power
may bo beneficial in settling the ("m-stlon
of exequateur, as well as the long pending
mlsstorary claims against Turkey.
SENOR CAPOTE IS
General Brooke's Secretary of
State Will Preside Over
Havana, Nov. 24. At to-day's session ot
the Constitutional Convention Senor Mendez
Capote, who was Secretary of War under
the Cuban revolutionary government, and
Secretary of State under Governor General
Brooke, and who was elected a delegate to
the convention by the Republicans of 'he
Matanzas Province, was elected President,
receiving seventen votes to eleven cast for
Senor Tamayo. The other officers elected
were Senors Rivero and Llorente, vice pres
idents, and Senors Zayas and Villuendis,
secretaries. The remaining rules of the
Ynya assembly were adopted.
The following resolution, signed by Senors
Rivero, Clsneros and Viiluendas, was pre
sented and laid on the table until Monday:
"Inasmuch as General Lee has been the
loyal friend of the Cubans during the Span
ish occupation, and also during the active,
painful military occupation, and having
been military chief of that part of the army
most Inoffensive to the Cubans, and having
generously protected the Cubans during re
concentratlon from death and exile,
"Resolved, That this convention expresses
Its sorrow to see the noble General leave
these shores, and wishes htm long life and
Captain Cook, formerly of the Engineers
Department, in charge of the sewers and
waterworks, died from yellow vfever at Las
Animas Hospital to-day. Captain Cook re
turned to Havana November 13 and was
taken sick on Monday.
RUNAWAY GIRLS ARE LOCATED.
Two Placed in Convent and the
Other Will Follow.
Of three 14-year-old girls, who ran away
from their homes Thursday morning; two
are now at the House of the Good Shep
herd and the third will be' sent there this
morning. The girls are Lena Wclse of No.
1626 BIddle street, Caroline Miller of 1319
Biddle street and Anna Egan of No. 3731
Cook avenue. , Caroline returned at 4 o'clock
yesterday morning, Anna at 4 In the after
noon iind Lena at 7 o'clock in the evening.
Where they were while ubesent from home
is not explained. The only point, upon
which the stories of the girls agree Is that
tucre were ao men In Uia i-tm'
OVER THEIR DEFEAT.
Committeemen Ask to Have 'All
Democratic Employes of the
TRYING TO SHIFT THE BLAME.
Councilmau Kratz Makes Some
To'inted Remarks About Al
leged Apathy, but Investi
gation Is Not Favored.
Members of the Republican City Commit
tee met at the Merchants' League Club yes
terday to discuss their defsat in the recent
election. The net result ot their talk -was
a resolution asking the Mayor to see that
all Democratic employes of the city be re
Their efforts to shift the blame for their
overthrow roused much bitterness, though
Chairman Theodore 'Kalbfell mode strenu
ous efforts to repress an outbreak.
The absence of Councilman Charles Car
roll tended to preserve the tranquillity of
the chairman, for It was understood that
Mr. Carroll had some pointed -remarks to
make. Councilman Kratz refused to be sup
pressed. He spoke bitterly of the Indif
ference certain members had displayed in
the recent campaign, and after that each
member sought to Justify his action with
some excuse or other. Mr. Wclnbrunner was
asked to tell how it happened that the Re
publican candidate for the Legislature
failed to receive any support from the
A resolution was Introduced asking the
appointment of a committee of Ave to in
vestigate certain charges against members
of the committee and at the same time
call upon the Mayor and Water Commis
sioner and ask that all Democratic em
ployes in the City Hall be discharged. This
resolution was fought by Chris Schawacker
of the Fifth Ward, who thought it would
attract the attention of the newspapers to
have such a delegation appear at the City
Hall. He Introduced a substitute. Instruct
ing Chairman Kalbfell to call upon Mayor
Zlegenheln and ask him to see that all
Democratic employes in the city institu
tions be removed.
The substitute was adopted without a dis
senting voice. One of the speakers declared
that there were certain, members of the
Fire Department, who took an active part
for the Democratic ticket in the recent cam
paign. Councilman Charles Kratz and ex-Speaker
Hiram Lloyd asked that certain members
of the Ward Organization Committee be re
moved, and others whose loyallty is unques
tioned bo placed in power. They declared
that It is better at this time to conciliate
the opposition within the ranks rather than
to keep up the flc;ht until the spring elec
tion. The departure seemed so radical that
several members of the committee did not
recm to enter into' Its spirit with any great
After the meeting was over Chairman
Kalbfell announced that the committee had
only considered routine matters, and It was
harmonious in the extreme.
TRIED TO CARRY OUT THREAT.
James E. Chase Swallowed Mor
phine With Suicidal Intent.
James E. Chase, a painter, 52 years o!J,
residing with his family at No. 2229 Pine
street, last night attempted suicide by swal
lowing a large dose of morphine. He was
rcmovtd to the City Hospital, where late last
night it was said that he would die. Chase
had often threatened to kill himself and
se'eral times members of his family had
taken morphine from him, fearing that he
would carry out his Intentions. "He left no
note to explain the deed, buLlt is supposed
that he was despondent as he had been out
of employment for some time, and had been
It is not known at what time Chase took
the poison. His wife entered his room about
10:30 o'clock last night and found him un
conscious and breathing heavily. She be
camoalarmed and summoned Officer Nolan
of the Central District. Chase was removed
to the City Hospital, where the contents of
his stomach were siphoned. Up to a late
hour this morning he had not recovered
consciousness and little hope was expressed
for his recovery.
Mrs. Chase, when seen last night, was
suffering from nervousness and a headache,
being too sick to leave her bed. She stated
that Chase drank heavily and at such times
became melancholy, and had often threat
ened to kill himself. 'Nothing. -was found in
his room to indicate how much of the poison
Million-Dollar Contract for Erection of New State House the
Stake St. Louisan's Name Mentioned
in the Affair.
Jackson. Miss.. Nov. 24. The sensation of
the hour In Jackson to-night is the arrest
of J. E. Gibson, a prominent contractor
from Logansport, Ind.. on the charge of
attempting to bribe Governor Longlno, and
secure his assistance in capturing the con
tract for the new million-dollar Capltoi
building. The arrest was made at the in
stance of Governor Longlno. Immediately
after the alleged attempt at bribery oc
curred, he emerged from his private office,
trembling with excitement, exclaiming:
"You have struck the wrong man; I can't
Ho ct once directed his private secretary
to send for the Chief of Police to take Gib
son Into custody. Gibson was arrested a
few minutes later at the Edwards House
and unceremoniously bundled off to Jail. An
hour later he was given a preliminary hear
I'i? before Judge Fitzgerald, and admitted
to bail in the sum of J5.000.
At the hearing of the testimony. Gov
ernor Longlno stated that he had received
two visits from Gibson. During the first
.lsit ho stated that a combination had been
formed among St. Louis and Chicago con
tractors to capture the State House con
tract and that he intended to fight their
scheme, but would not give away its de
tails. Gibson's Alleged Propoanl.
When the Governor asked for facts at the
second visit, which occurred thlB morning,
so Governor Longlno says, Gibson offered
him any sum of money he might ask for
his assistance In capturing the contract, in
siruated that the prices of materials could
be changed so that both would be able to
make a considerable amount out ot the deal
and proposed to the Governor that that con
tract could be easily captured If the Gov
ernor would open the bids In advance of the
meeting of the Capitol Commission on the
10th of December, and furnish him with all
the figures submitted, so that he could pre
pare a bid lower than the others.
Gibson also stated, according to the Gov
ernor's testimony, that a combination had
been formed in St. Louis, in which Mr.
Theodore Link, supervising architect of the'
new State House, was involved, and that
combinations had also been formed in Mem
phis, Tenn.. and Meridian. MUg.
General Stephen D. Lee, chairman of the
Vlcksburg National Military Park Commis
PRIEST LEFT PARISH
WITHOUT ANY NOTICE..
Unexplained Absence of
Assistant Pastor of St. Mark's Church,
Causes Gossip Has Been
The departuio of the Reverend William
Kotte, assistant pattor of St. M.irk's Cath
olic Church, Academy and Page avenues,
without notifying his superior, the Rever
end Peter J. O'Rourke, of his Intention,
caused much gossip among the parishion
ers ai.d much une.islness for Father
O'Rourke for several days.
The missing priest has been heard from.
He says, according to Father O'Rourke,
that he went to Chicago, but failed to give
any reason for his action. Father O'Rourke
does not expect hla assistant to return, but
the youns priest's mother asserts that he
will soon resume his duties in St. Mark'a
Father O'Rourke said yesterday: "I be
lieve that Father Kotte Just decided that
he would like another appointment and
concluded to petitlcn the Archbishop to give
him a new one."
Father O'Rourke admitted that it wan un
usual for an assistant priest to leave his
post for any length of time without first
applying to the pastor of the church for
leave of absence. Two weeks ago to-day
Father Kotte told Father O'Rourke that
ho was going to visit some of the priests
at S3. Peter and Paul's Church at Eighth
street and Allen avenue. He failed to re
turn when expected, and for several day3
following Father O'Rourke knew nothing of
the whereabouts of his assistant, and he
was compelled to secure another priest to
help him in the work of the church.
In the meantime the news of Father
HILL-TOP FORT SCALED AND TAKEN
UNDER FIRE BY 1,000 AMERICANS.
Manila, Nov. 24. The fortress of the In
surgent chief Geronlmo, at Plnauran,
which the Insurgents boasted was Impreg
nable, was taken and destroyed Thursday
afternoon by a picked force of the Forty
second and Twenty-M'venth Infantry and
Troop G of the Fourth Cavalry, under
Colonel Thompson. Geronlmo and most of
thp rebels escaped.
This leader had long haraswd the Twenty
seventh Infantry, operating In the vicinity
of San Mateo, Montalban and Novailches.
He was finally located at Plnauran, thirty-
five miles north of Manila. His position was
considered the strongest in Luzon. It was a
stone fortress, surmounting a steep hill, sur
rounded by canons. The Spanish forces
lost heavily In attempting to take It.
Colonel Thompson mobilized 1,000 men at
Montalban. The attack was made upon.four
sides the main body under Major Carey of
the Forty-second, advancing from the
south; Captain Atkinson of the Twenty
seventh, from the east; Captain Castool of
the Twenty-seventh, from the west, and
Captain Sloane of the Twenty-seventh, from
The ascents were steep and the men
climbed them by grasping the shrubbery.
It was Impossible for the eastern column to
reach the summit, but the others arrived
after three hours' climbing, under fire from
the fortress and the hillside entrenchments.
The enemy's force, numbering several
hundred, fled before the attackers reached
the top. The Americans destrojed 1.000 In
surgent uniforms, scores of buildings and
j large quantities of supplies, and (seized a
, barrel full of documents.
Private Hart of the Twenty-seventh and
Private Koppner of the Forty-second and
two native scout3 were killed, and twelve
of the "attacking force were wounded. Tho
Insurgent casualties could not be ascer
tained. Lieutenant Frederick W. Alstaetter of the
United State Engineering Corpx.'who was
recently released by the insurgents, arrived
la Manila this evening. He had been in
sion, overheard a part of the conversation
between Governor Longino and Gibson, and
makes affidavit corroborating the Gover
nor's testimony, and says that the Gov
ernor remarked that he should have killed
the man without allowing him to leave the
Gibson's bond was given by the First Na
tional Bank, the Institution being safely In
demnified by a cash depclt. The penalty
under the Mississippi statutes is ten years"
imprisonment in the penitentiary or a flna
of W.000. or both.
AT GinSOVM IIOIIB.
Logansport, Ind., Nov. 24. J. E. Gibson 1
a partner of J. E. Redman here. They are
contractors. The first work of a big char
acter that Gihfon did was on the Northern
Indiana Insane Hospital, at Logansport.
Then he secured the contract to build the
Courthouse at Winneamac, Ind.. and also
one at Rochester. The work on all the
buildings was understood to be perfectly
satisfactory. Gibson Is a single man, 45
years' old. He makes his home with Mr
Redman. He Is considered a reliable, sub
Mil. I.IXK DENIES.
Theodore C. Link was seen at his home.
No. 53T0 Cabanne avenue, last night by a
Republic representative. After reading the
telegram. In which J. E. Gibson is quoted as
having said that Mr. Link, with other St.
Loula architects, was Interested In the
scheme to secure the contract for building;
the new Btatehouse, Mr. Link laughed an
"This is too amusing to merit any atten
tion on my part. I do not know J. E. Gio
son. and. as far as I know, never saw him
in my life. I positively never had any dealing-?
with the man. nor do I know of anjr
men interested in securing' the contract
for the building of the new Statehouse, ex
cept those who have bid In the regular way.
The bids, however, have not yet beua
"I am only interested in the building as
an architect and have not bid for-the con
tract of erecting it. Any statement to the
effect that I am interested in the schema
to secure the contract is untrue."
Father William iCotte,
Kotte's absence became noised about in th
congregation. .The assistant priest's ab
sence appeared mysterious, and a3 Jt was
discussed all sorts of 'conclusions were
Father Kotte was appointed assistant to
Father O'Rourke June IT, 1S33.
"Up to two weeks ago he was a zealous
worker." said Father O'Rourke. "and laat
summer when I was compelled to leave the
affairs of the parish in his charge on ac
count of tho death of my brother ie at
tended to the dutle.i In a most praiseworthy
manner. He was only 25 years old, but &
remarkably brilliant young man. I have no
doubt that he will secure another' assign
ment from the Archbishop if he does not de
cide to come back here. Our relations were '
always pleasant, and no disagreement be
tween us influenced him to seek another
sphere of usefulness. Father Kotte hag not
had a-vacation since he came here as) ray
assistant, and I suppose he decided to tike
one. He made up his mind suddenly, it
seeme. but then I do not know what may,
have influenced him."
Father Kotte is the son of Mr. and Mrst
Henry Kotte of No. 1829 South Ninth street.
Mrs. Kotte said to a Republic reporter last
"Father Kotte has written to uj," she
said, "telling us that he was taking a short
vacation. At that time he was in Chicago
When he returns he will resume his duties
at St. Mark's Churcn. He has reconsidered
his determination to apply for another as- "
slgument, he says." .;
captivity at Hubaito since August 1. Gen
eral Funston surr:ndored the rebel. Majou
Van Tuz, on the release of Lieutenant Als
taetter. The latter Is well, and says that
he received fair treatment. He escaped onj
Septrnibcr 21, but was recaptured.
MAY COME TO UNITED STATES.
President Kruger Thinking of Vis
iting the !Xev AVorld.
New York, Nov. 21. A Paris- cable to a
morning paper quotes President Kruger aa
uaylng he may come to the United States.
He has not. however, definitely decided to
take the trip.
DOWAGER EMPRESS ILL.
Dispatch Says Her Condition 13
London. Nov. 25. A special dispatch froj
Shanghai says an official telegram front
Sian-Fu confirms the report of the illness
of the Dowager Empress, and says her con
dition has become considerably worse.
GENERAL MILES GIVES IN. .
.Accepts Administration Plan ton
Washington, Nov. 21. General Miles has
abandoned his fight for an army. of 76,000
men and has accepted the views of the ad
mlstratlon leaders that the army should
consist of at least 100,000 men, the maximum
in h nhnllt 135 flftnmn
"General Miles has Just completed the draft. -'A
01 a. urn lor army reorganization along tlua) .
new line. - . "
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