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treWWSVSWl TO-DAY'S REPUBLIC: Tft Special Mall EJKtoa la Printed la Tire Part. The Saadar Maiatlna Is PART I. 12 PAGES. COPYRIGHT, 1500. BT PUBLISHERS. GEORGE KNAPP & COMPANY. I Printed la Oae Part $,. . WAVAWWWVWAVAW ST. LOUIS, MO., SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1900. PKICE FIVE CENTS. NESTETYTHIKD YEAR. "PUZZLE-BOX" MYSTERY EXCITES CHARLESTON. GOVERNOR CHARGES HE WAS OFFERED BRIBE. Mississippi's Chief Executive Causes the Arrest of Contractor J. E. Gibson of Indiana. Search Has Begun for Sender of Murderous Package Riled With Dynamite. -3 SLco m ' aaaaaKaaaaaaaaajaaJZ?L, m MMatttttttMaMtzi-i''rT'rn ''''JBJBJBJBJBJBJ'ftjBJBJBJBJBJBJBj'kk.. 1M lkz'$'XiafitiflHlHflH if K Y MR. COFER'S STATEMENT. Declares He Has No Suspicions as to Whom It Was Planned to Kill Him. REPUBLIC SPECIAL. 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 sides. 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, "Glass." RECEIPT OF THE MYSTERIOUS JJOX. 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 sender was. Mr. Cofer tells the following story of its receipt: "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 stamp. "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. That's dynamite'.' "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 deadly package. INVESTIGATION IICUUX, 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 .IlllllHHfiPSSS JBBWaKga2Lfgt BBHBF"'' -''"? daVBVM HjjjBW3feMHHHHKg THE "PUZZLE BOX." An infernal machine which contained dyna mite, matches and sandpaper. week elapses It is expected that arrests will be made. 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 unquestionably follow. 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. LEADING TOPICS IX TO-DAY'S REPUBLIC 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 frcoVa-erin 'tee'8o-Stt'eWtio7' Monday,' fair; .northerly winds, Thigh over nortlieiut portion. For Artanmm Generally fnlr San day and Monday; colder In enntern portion. PART I. Page. 1. Governor of Mississippi Charges Bribery. St. Lauls Republicans Bitter Over De feat. Priest Left Parish Without Notice. "Puzzle-Box" Mystery. 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 Empire. Four-Story Building for Levee Mission. Landslide WreckB Coal Mines. 10. Proud Crimson Humbled the Blue. 11. St. Louis V. Smothered Barnes. Race-Track Results. 6portIng News. 12. City News in Brief. Police Plan Raid on Wall Street. PART II. 1. Author Major's Shock. How to Carve the Turkey. 2. Eskimo Children Adopted by Americans. Twenty Years In Prison Under a False Charge. 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. 6. Editorial. Attorney General Crow Interprets the Third Amendment. The Day the Two Carters Dined Under Unusual Circumstances. 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. PART III. 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. Society News. 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. PART IV. Magazine Section. ir . TURKEY MIST RECEDE OR BE CONSIDERED HOSTILE POWER, United States Will Insist on Placing a Con sul at Harpoot to Protect Ameri can Interests. 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. REPUBLIC SPECIAL. 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. Our Redeemer." 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 Morrison Calm. REPUBLIC SPECIAL. 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 challenges. Court adjourned to-night until Monday afternoon. It is expected that the evidence will begin Tvesday. Miss Morrison read a. newspaper during the greater, part of to-day's hearing. " .Young Castle is taking a deep. interest Mn the proceedings. 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 American citizens. 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 difficulty. 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 ELECTED PRESIDENT. General Brooke's Secretary of State Will Preside Over Cuban Convention. 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 prosperity." 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' REPUDLICANS BITTER OVER THEIR DEFEAT. Committeemen Ask to Have 'All Democratic Employes of the City Bemoved. 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 moved forthwith. 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 Twenty-fifth Ward. 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 enthusiasm. 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 drinking heavily. 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. TlEPUl.UC SPFCiAL. 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 be bought." 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 t WITHOUT ANY NOTICE.. -. - Unexplained Absence of Assistant Pastor of St. Mark's Church, Causes Gossip Has Been in Chicago. 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 Parish. 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 north. 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 office. 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. p.EPUnrjc special. 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 stantial citizen. 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 said: "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 opened. "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." r.-n,. . Ct4.-:r;r.; 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 reached. 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 night: "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. TtnPl'BMC SPECIAL. 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 Serious. 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 Bif- Army. P.EI'UBLIC SPECIAL. 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. - . " 5 - r ;.f,r-kfe;.-A.,. v- , -Vr rWj; .' i'-'' 'gg'ffJfoS't