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NEW HAVEN CONN., MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1897. THE CARRTNGTON PUBLISHING CO. STEAHERJDIIO SIHKS Nineteen of Crew Drowned Including Captain Gilies and Mate Gibson. WAS STRUCK BY A FURIOUS GALE Second Mate La Force and Will iam Gill, a Deck Hand, Saved. Rescued From the Rigging by the Big Steel Steuraer Mariposa Captain ltoot of That Vessel Say. the Gale Wa One of the Worst He Ever Experienced HIb Mate First Sited the Two Sailors on a Spar Their Arms Were Paralyzed and They Had to be Forced Off Thrilling Story Told by Surviving Seamen. Buffalo, N. Y., Nov. 7. The Western Transit company steamer Idaho, which left Buffalo Friday afternoon for Chi cago laden with package freight, foun dered off Long Point, on Lake Ontario, during a furious gale at 4 oclock Sat urday morning. The second mate and one sailor, who succeeded in reaching the rigging, were rescued by the steam er Mariposa and brought here. The bal ance of the crew, numbering nineteen, were drowned. Following are the names of sixteen of the nlnteen men who lost their lives: Alexander Gillies, captain Buffalo. George Gibson, first mate, Buffalo. William Clancy, chief engineer, Buf falo. John D.. Taylor, steward, Buffalo. Nelson Skinner, first assistant engi neer. Louis Gilmore, watchman. Richard McLean, wheelsman. Robert Williams, wheelsman. A. J. Richards, lookout. Henry Thompson, lookout. Conrad Blanker, fireman. William Gregory, fireman. John Healy, assistant steward. Frederick Miffort, oiler. Edward Smith, deckhand, Rochester, N. Y. M. Bell, deckhand. The names of three of the men drowned are unknown to the steamship company. One was a fireman, another a deckhand and a third a porter. The names of the two men saved are: Louis LaForce, jr., second mate. William Gill, deckhand, Rochester. It is known at the office of the West ern Transit company where the great er portion of the dead men hail from. The Idaho went out of commission three or four years ago, but this sum mer she was thoroughly overhauled, af ter which she was placed at the disposal of the Naval Veterans' association and by that organization used as the flag ship during the G. A. R. encampment in August. At the close of the encamp ment she was put into commission again as a freighter. The captain of the ill-fated steamer, Alexander Gillies, was one of the most widely known of the lake seamen. He was forty-one years old and knew the lake waters like a book. His brother, Donald Gillies, is captain of the steam er Harlem. Wher the big steel steamer Mariposa arriraJ in port ctose on to midnight last night with the news of the disaster to the Idaho, and having on board the two surviving members of the crew Captain Root had this to Bay regarding the storm on the lake and the rescue of the two men: "It was one of the worst gales I ever experienced in all my years on the lakes. We started from Chicago with a load of oats. All the way down the lakes we had to fight with the storm and I thought once or twice of putting in somewhere until it blew over. I am glad I did not, for I fear if I had these two men would have joined their mates. It was about 11:30 yesterday afternoon when I first learned of the wreck. I was on deck when my first mate, Chamberiain, came to me and told me that he had sighted a spar off to the north and he thought there were a couple of men clinging to it. When I got my glasses on it it could be distinguished plainly. We were run ning under a good head of steam and I put on more and headed for the spar. When I got near I was puzzled how to help the men off, for I could not lower 1 a boat in such a storm. Finally I circled about the spar until I ran alongside and my men picked the poor fellows off. They had to drag them away from the spar by force, for they had been there so long that their arms had become almost paralyzed and were twisted about the mast and almost frozen to it. When we got them on hoard we put them in bunks and gave them some warm foods and soups and had them feeling pretty good physically when we reached the harbor." William Gill, the rescued deck hand, has sailed on the lakes for many years. His story of the disaster is a thrilling one. He said: "We left here Friday night bound for Chicago with a cargo of general mer chandise. Everything seemed to be all right until we got outside the break water and then we were struck by the worst storm that I ever saw. When the first big wave struck us we were tossed into the air like a top and a eecond later a big roller came over the port bow and rolled down amid ships a foot deep. The wind shrieked and howled, but we did not pay much attention to the storm. We had felt the wind before. The captain consult ed with the mate an decided that we could weather it and he kept on his course. "As we headed up the lake, dead against the gale, it appeared to be get ting worse every minute. The waves were running high and the wind threw 4he tops from the breakers like dust. "We moved slowly against the heavy wind and sea, and when we were well up the lake we found that the boat was making water. It kept coming faster and faster, and the big pumps were put to work, but the water gained and every minute the ship kept getting less buoyant and the big waves kept break ing over her. Woj started to put in at Longport with the intention of beaching her, but the water gained so rapidly that it was too late. She was already laboring and the two men at the wheel could do nothing with her. A couple more men went to -worn with them and finally they brought her around and headed her towards; land. "Captain Gillies started the pumps,, ordered the men to the fire buckets and' we formed a line and began to ball, but it wa3 no use. The water gained on the pumps and the buckets and soon the water forced us out. "When it was found that the power had gone and that she could not move we knew we could not live in the trough of the fearful sea and the only hope left us was to run out the anchor and bring her head up to the sea and let her ride out the gale. "Every seaman realized the danger of attempting to do that in the face of a hurricane, and when Captain Gillies, decided to do it he ordered the lashings of the boat cut and 'told the men that they were forced to take one last chance for their lives. "At the word the anchor dropped from the bow and the chain began to pay out, but the sea was too heavy and instead of the anchor catching with a firm grip and bringing the ship's head up to the storm with a jerk, it went too slow and she simply itumbled into the trough of the sea, which broke over her in torrents. "In an instant she was as helpless as a log and she was tossed here and there and taking every wave aboard. From port to starboard the great mountains of foaming water poured, rolling into the hold and was added to the quantity already weighing her down. The load was too much and after a moment, when we all felt that we were lost, the ship keeled over to starboard and went down stern first. "What became of my mates I do not know. I remember that the boats had been loosened and that some of the men were ready to take to them if the vessel went down, but no boat could have liv ed for a minute in that terrible sea, and if any of them did get in the boats it was simply to be swamped as soon as the first wave struck them. "May be they did not leave the ship at all. I was near the spar when the stern of the vessel began to go under, and I went for the rigging and went up as fast as I could. Another man went with me the second mate and I thank the Lord that he was with me, or I would have gone made during all the long hours that I was up there hanging on and trying to keep off the frightful cold that was killing us both. "There was a rolling to and fro as the vessel struck the bottom and slow ly righted to an even keel and then a second later she rolled over to one side. I thought she was going all the way over, but she did not. She settled en bottom and though' the waves rolled her from port to starboard the spar re mained out of the water with my mate and myself clinging to it. "All this time the hail and sleet was coming down in a cutting sheet and we were covered with ice in a few minutes, for though the top of the spar on which we were hanging was twenty-five feet above water, the big waves struck us and broke over us and the hail cut us like shot. "I knew that it was about 3 o'clock when we went down and it seemed to me that daylight would never come, For what seemed to be an age, we hung on to the rigging, and we twisted our arms about the spar and lot them freeze In position, for we would have fallen Into the fearful sea. "When daylight came we could not see a sail anywhere near us and the sea was as bad as ever. There did not seem to be any chance of it going down. Hour after hour we waited there and then we saw the Mariposa coming. For a long time we did not know whether she would sight us and we watched her from the time she was a little smoky haze up the lake until we could see that she was a big ves sel. "When she finally sighted us and we saw her head for us I tried to tell my mate, cut I could not, and he looked at me with a happy look in his face. It was a terrible time to us before she came up to us, and then I knew that we were not yet safe, for the sea was running mountains high and the big steel boat was rolling like a skiff. Every wave sent her up in the air until we could see her white bottom under her water line. We knew at once that her captain would not attempt to low er a boat, for it would have been chew ed up. When the Mariposa got within a cable length of us a man with a strong voice yelled to us to hang on. Then the boat circled around us, com ing as near as she could, but then she went off to starboard, rolling heavily when she got in the trough of the sea. Then she came back again and again, but missed us each time. On the third time around she ran right alongside our spar, and as she went past a dozen men reached for us. I do not know who got the mate, but Mr. Smith, the engineer, got hold of me and dragged me from the spar arfd over the rail of the Mari posa. An instant later we had passed the little stick on which I and the mate had been for almost a day, although it seemed a week." The second mate, LaForce, told a harrowing story. He said that in the rush of the men from the hold one of them, a watchman, was trampled to death. The crew was frantic to get out of the place. Six or eight, he said, must have been drowned like rats in the hold. They were not warned of the sinking of the boat. The first long dip of the stern was the first intimation they had that the final danger was at hand, and they made a grand rush to get on deck. The hatchway was too small to let them through together and the result was that one of them was trampled to death and several were left to drown. x AN UNKNOWN MAN KILLED AT UK Ay FORD EARLY SUNDAY MORNIXO 11 Y A Tit A IX, Body Brought to This City From Gnllford by Aduing Express Train Evidently a Swede About 35 Years of Age His Name Thought to be Carlton Papers and Ar ticles round on the Body. An unknown man who had been struck by a train at the Montowese crossing in Branford was brought to this city about 3:30 o'clock yesterday morning. Word had been sent to have the hospital ami .d.nce at Union depot when the injured man arrived, but he died before the train on which he was being conveyed reached New Haven. Dr. White, the medical examiner, was notified and has since been Investigat ing the case. The conductor of the Adams express train No. 5 coming from the east had received orders to stop at Guilford and bring to New Haven a man who had been killed. The conductor ana bag gage master of No. 5 said yesterday that on reaching Guilford they found there a man badly injured lying on a stretcher in the depot. They did not stop to ask questions, but according to their orders placed the man aboard their train and brought him to this city. It was ascertained last night that the man had been struck at the Montowese crossing in Branford by train No. 93, which left New Haven eastward bound about 2 o'clock Sunday morning, and that the train stopped, picked him up and took him to Guilford. The body after reaching New Haven was taken to Lewis & Maycock's un dertaking rooms, where it was exam ined by Dr. White. It was found that the skull had been broken at the back of the head, the right arm broken above the elbow.and that the left arm broken above the elbow was hanging by a few shreds of flesh. There were also several bruises on the body. The re mains had not been positively identified last night. The man was fairly well dressed and wore a black suit, a good overcoat and gaiter, shoes. In a pocket was found an old silver watch, which had stopped at 11:58. In another pocket were found two bills. One was a grocery bill from F. F. French, a grocer of Lynn, Mass., for goods bought at three different times to the amount of $10, and dated May, 1896. The other bill was from an upholsterer and dealer in second hand furniture of Lynn, and was also for $10. It was dated May, 1896, and was re ceipted. One bill was made out to A. Carlton and the other to I. C. Carlton, and from this it is inferred that the last name of the unforunate man was Carlton. He did not appear to be an American, but was evidently a for eigner, evidently a Swede. There was also found In a pocket an unused railroad ticket on the Boston and Maine railroad from Rockport to Gloucester. In another pocket was found a good memorandum book, con taining several entries, mostly in fig ures and in two places on different pages the address, Leete's Island, Conn. $1.06 in small change was found in an other pocket and in one of the overcoat pockets were the fragments ot a broken whiskey bottle, which had evi dently contained some liquor, as the coat was drenched with whiskey. The man was about thirty-five years of age, 6 feet 7 inches in height, and weighed about 150. He had brown hair, blue eyes and a sandy mustache. Dr. White, thinking from the address, Leete's Island, Conn., found in the note book, that the dead man might be known in that town, last night tele honed to the hotel at Leete's Island asking information. The hotel propri etor stated that he knew nothing of the man, But that' if he was able to secure any facts that might lead to his identification, he would communi acte with Dr. White. political amsksty approved. Spanish Cabinet's Action Regarding Cuba and the Philippines. Madrid, Nov. 7. The cabinet council has approved the proposal of political amnesty for Cuba and the Philllplnes. The government denies that the action to be taken with regard to the remarks made by General Weyler to the deputa tions that waited upon him shortly be fore he left Havana is the result of any suggestion on the subject received from Washington. No communication has been received from the American government on that matter. El Liberal referring to "mysterious threats made in New York by people interested In Separatist affairs" and to the "revelation of gigantic immoral speculation," says: "No doubt anxiety has been greatly increased during the last twenty-four hours. It is known that the Cuban revolutionary committee is trying to place war bonds among flllbusterers, offering ridiculous and imaginary guarantees. The committee proposes also to stamp dollar pieces 'redeemable when the Spanish troops have evacuat ed Cuba. We have done everything to restore peace in Cuba and thereby have acquired the good will of Europe and international right. Therefore we should not tolerate offensive interfer ences; and we can meet tranquilly any complications arising out of such inter ference. We do not believe the United States government will associate itself with those adventurers; but even should this happen we must not devi ate from the line of conduct that honor and duty dictate." Another Ship Sinks. Halifax, N. S., Nov. 7. The ship John McLeod, Captain Stewart, from Uilio via Delaware Breakwater.with a cargo of sugar, bound to this port, struck on Black rock, one of the Sister shoals, near Sambro entrance to this harbor, this morning, during a thick fog. The crew all took to boats. The ship sank soon after the crew left and if a total loss. She was 1,519 tons and twelve years old and owned by Troop & Son, of St. John, N. B. She was worth about $40,000 and her cargo was valued at about $100,000 and was for the Acadia refinery and is insured in New York. The captain1 and crew lost all their effects. FUNE11AL OF GEO ROE STEI.ZLE. Hold Yesterday Afternoon Larifnly At tended Beautiful Florul Offerings. The funeral of Captain George Stelzlo, the hotel proprietor and bottler, who accidentally shot and killed himself last Thursday afternoon in the North Ha ven woods, was held yesterday after noon at 2 o'clock from the residence at 908 State street, and was attended by fully 2,000 persons, all friends and rela tives of the deceased, It being the larg est attended funeral held in New Ha ven in many years. All the lodges, of which Mr. Stelzle was a member, wore well represented, there being delega tions from Humboldt lodge, I. O. O. F.; Ezel lodge, K. of P.; Aurora Encamp ment, Seven Wise Men, Independent German Rifle company, Schwaben Ve rein.German Aid society.Arbeiter Kran ken Unterstitzung Verein, Arion Sing ing society, Harugari Leidertafel and the Turn Verein. The floral tributes were profuse and beautiful, including floral pieces of ap propriate design. Among the pieces were the following: A pillow bearing the Inscription, "Dear Husband;" a broken column inscribed, "Papa;" a wreath with the word "Brother" from Andrew Stelzle of Cincinnati, a brother of the deceased; a standinglyre bearing the word "Arion," from the Arion sink ing society, a pillow with the word "Uncle," a standing anchor inscribed with the word "Friend," a standing anchor with the inscription '"At Rest," and a large piece from a New York brewer. So numerous were the floral offerings that they completely filled a carriage. The services at the house were con ducted by Rev. John A. Timm, pastor of the Trinity German Lutheran church, who spoke in German. The burial was in Evergreen cemetery. The members of Aurora Encampment in full uniform and accompanied by the Second regiment xbank acted as escort of honor from the house to the ceme tery. The delegations from other lodges took carriages. The greater part of those present at the services at the house also went to the cemetery and the procession was fully one-half mile in length. The services at the cemetery were conducted under the ausp'ices of Hum bolt lodge. The honorary bearers were Captain Albert F. Laudensack and Ma jor Sucher, representing the German Independent Rifle 'company; F. W. Dawless, and O. S. Guild, Ezel lodge, K. of P.; Mr. Schlein of the Schwaben Verein, and David Miller of the Order of Seven Wise Men. Among the prominent German citi zens present were SherltT Spiegel. Town Clerk Brethauer, ex-Assessor Charles Spreyer, Town Agent Hugo, ex-Selectman Klenke, August Daum, Michael Hessler and Peter Basserman. The funeral was in charge of Theo dore Keiler & Son, the Orange street undertakers. SIXTY WOMEN 1'ASSHXOERS. City of Columbia Will Take Them to Klondike. Now York, Nov. 7. The steamship City of Columbia, which will leave this city for the Klondike gold region via Cape Horn on December 1, was visited to-day at her dock, foot of East Ninth street, by over 5,000 people, half of whom were women and children. Nearly all of the three hundred men and women already bonked for the passage visited the steamer during the hours it was open for inspection, be sides a large number of Invited guests. Among the latter were H. H. Herbert, former secretary of the navy; General Boynton, C. P. Huntington and D. O. Mills, and a delegation of seventy-five business men and bankers of Fhiladel phla, who are interested in the project of sending out the Columbia. Sixty of the passengers already booked are fe males, the major portion of whom are married women. There are a few wid ows among them. Thirty-five of the women are chaperoned by Mrs. S. II. Gould. The youngest passenger will be a boy of seven years, who accompanies his mother. Three hospital nurses go with the party. The men in the party Include five doctors, six lawyers, one banker and twelve Yale students, who have abandoned their studies for the perils of the Klondike. The passengers came from all over the country and Canada. The City of Columbia will be in charge of Captain Baker. It will reach Seattle in April. M'LWAN LEAVES FOR WASHINGTON. Indication That He Concedes Legislature to Kepublicnns. Cincinnati, Nov. 7. John R. McLean and party left to-night for Washington. Mr. McLean has been considered the democratic candidate for senator, and his departure is regarded as an indica tion that he concedes the legislature to the republicans. Before his departure Mr. McLean held a conference with Chairman McConnville and other dem ocratic leaders. There is nothing known as to the probably policy of the demo crats as a minority in the legislature but it is believed they will join the anti- Hanna republicans in bringing out a new man for senator. The question has been raised as to whether seventy-three votes are neces sary to elect a senator, that number being a majority of all. If a majority of a quorum only is necessary some might be sick or absent, as that would be less embarrassing than to be present and vote against the caucus nominee. The point has also been raised as to the succession to the governorship. If Governor Bushnell should be elected senator by a fusion Lieutenant Gover nor A. W. Jones would become the chief executive. As the state senate is dem ocratic by 19 to 17 it is held that a dem ocratic senator would succeed Jones and be in line for the governorship. Among the nineteen members conceded to the democrats in the senate is Sena tor Voight of Cincinnati, a fusion re publican, who holds the balance of power in that body, and he is non-committal. PLAN OF JOHN C. BULLITT deals wmi tue problems be FORE MONETARY COMMISSION, Is nighly K dorsed and Provides for Cancellation of the 8800,000,000 Out standing Currency Obligations Only One Kind of Currency and That National Bunk Notes Redeemable in Gold. Washington, Nov. 7. 'The monetary commission is receiving in answer to its Invitation many interesting proposi tions for reform of the banking and currency system of the country, and among them is one from John C. Bul litt, which coming highly endorsed as it does by financial authorities, has commanded great attention and study. Mr. Bullitt's plan touches every branch of the problem before the com mission and its provisions in outline are as follows: 'That all of the outstanding curren cy obligations amounting to about $S0O,- 000,000, shall be taken up and cancelled, being replaced according to business exigencies (under the direction of a currency board composed of the presi dent, secretary of the treasury and eomptroler of the currency) by 3 per cen. bonds. There is to be but one kind of currency, namely, National bank notes redeemable in gold at the bank of issue and a selected bank of reserve and these notes are to be is sued gradually to replace obligations as the latter are retired. These notes are to be secured by a deposit of 15 per cent, of gold in the treasury by 15 per cent, gold in the bank vaults and by a first lien upon all of the bank's assets as well as by a special provision giving them the right to assess all na tional banks when needed to make good notes of defaulting bank.the notes of which would then be redeemed by the government. A tax is to 'oe laid upon the banks to cover the expenses of the currency board and the balance held to secure redemption of notes in gold, but if this exceeds $10,000,000 the surplus may be covered into the treas ury to pay Interest on United States bonds and for general purposes. This tax should be one-half of 1 per cent, or 1 per cent, per annum as the com missionmay select. "Power should be given to the banks under permission from the currency board to increase the note issue when demand caused by the unusual finan cial emergencies, such increase to be subject to a tax, (to be determined from time to time by the currency board) upon the notes while in circula tion; the tax upon the note to be at a rate which would put pressure upon the banks to take up the notes when the emergency has passed. "Silver and subsidiary coins should be redeemed in gold by the United States government, when demanded. This amount to be about $100,000,000. "No note should be issued for less than five dollars. "National banks should be constrain ed to exchange notes now out for new issue by surrendering notes as they re ceive them. "Custom dues and taxes of all kinds due the government should be payable one-third in gold and two-thirds In bank notes. This is necessary to sup ply the government with the gold re quired by it to pay interest upon its bonds, redeem silver and for other pur poses. The legal tender quality of gold and silver should remain as now pro vided by law and they should be the only legal tender except to the extent of two-thirds of customs dues and taxes due the government which should be payable in bank notes, as above tated. "Confer upon currency board power to regulate the issue of bank notes from time to time in lieu of the govern ment currency retired tnd to authorize new banks and branch banks to be established when and where and with such amounts of capital as the board may deem it proper and expedient, with power also to increase the amount of note issue by the banks required for the normal conditions of business as the country shall grow in population and in business expansion. "As banking capital may be increased by creation of new banks, the currency board should have power to adjust the note issue, whether normal or extraor dinary, between new and old banks, no distinction being drawn between them. The 15 per cent, gold upon the note is sue deposited in government treasury and the la per cent, kept in bank vaults should be counted as part of 25 per cent, reserve on deposit in na tional banks. The system of clearing house certificates adopted by the bank should in large cities in times of panic be increased." SAX MARCO GUTTED. One of the Finest Hotels In Jacksonville Toss S25.000. Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 7. A special from St. Augustine says: The Hotel San Marco, one of the fin est and most commodious hotel prop erties in this city, was burned to the ground this morning, entailing a loss of about $250,000, with less than $50,000 insurance. The fire was of Incendiary origin. The flames spread from the woodshed, where they originated, to the boiler room, then to the kitchen, the dining room and then to the theater. These structures were three stories high and to the westof but connecting with the main building, which was six stories high. Hundreds of men assist ed in removing the furniture from the main floorand a large quantitywas tak en out. The owner of the San Marco was William Bcale. a real estate dealer in Boston, and was leased to McDowell & Palmer and would have been opened next month. Fearing further incendiarism the own ers of the Pondce de Leon hotel have ordered steam up constantly to increase the water pressure at a moment's notice in case of necessity. Green Mountains Snow-Cupped. Newport, Vt., Nov. 7. The Green mountains this morning were snow capped for the first time this season. The first fall of snow last year was three weeks earlier. SPAXISH government CAREFUL. No Demonstrations Within a Year Against United States. New York, Nov. 7. Captain William Wyndham, who has been transferred as Erltish consul at Chicago after three years' service in a similar capacity in Barcelona, Spain, was a passenger on the French liner La Bretagne, which arrived here from Havre to-day. After spending a week with relatives in Phil adelphia he will leave for his new post at Chicago. He said: "The feeling in Spain against ths United States is one of great bitterness. There have been no demonstrations in Barcelona or thereabouts within the last year against the United States and the Spanish government is taking care that there shall be none. "The bitterness, however, is very marked, particularly so in Barcelona. Before the Cuban war Barcelona, one of the great manufacturing centers of Spain, prospered chiefly on its trade with Cuba and Manila. The war in Cuba and in the Philippine Islands has cut off this trxde. Barcelona has lost the best and i.iost lucrative market she enjoyed. Only one-third of the men hitherto employed in her factories are now working, and they are on reduced time. All over the manufacturing cen ters of Spain there is similar commer cial prostration. "The Spanish cannot understand why the United States, a friendly nation. should allow so many filibustering ex peditions to get off safely to Cuba. That fact makes them-additionally bit ter. When I left Spain there were no symptoms of anger against Hannls Taylor, the late minister of the United States to that country. The Spanish were' too much absorbed in what Gen eral Woodford, the new minister, might say or do. I heard no talk there of war with the United States. Spain has not the money to wage war. As for the re ported prospective uprising of the Carl ists, I don't think there is much danger of that now." ' G ERMA X ST ISA MS1T1P S UBSIDIES. Over Twenty-Eight Million Marks Are Granted Annually. Washington, Nov. 7. Consul Monag han, at Chemnitz, Germany, has made a report to the state department upon subsidies granted by the German gov ernment. The government pay3 27,000, 000 marks annually for sending a steamer to India and Australia, and the government has Increased the subsidy by 1,500,000 marks to run fifteen years, but the company must put on four more steamers. The consul says that Russia with her trans-Siberian railroad will be a great competitor for transportion to the Orient. To meet this competition more and faster ships are to be put on by Europe. " . .. CASHIER STICKNEY'S MURDERER. Trial to Commence and Many Sensational Features Expected. , . Dover, N. H., Nov. 7. All prelimina ries have been completed for the trial of Joseph E. Kelley, the murderer of Joseph A. Stickney, cashier of the Great Falls National bank at Somersworth on April 16 last. The trial will begin in the court house in this city to-morrow and promises to be one of the most in teresting cases in the history of Straf ford county, or in the Granite state. It is expected the trial will last from ten days to two weeks. A vast amount of sensational testimony is looked for. There will be a large number of wit nesses, the state having already sum money fully eighty and it is expected the defence will call upward, of fifty. Chief Justice Carpenter will be assist ed by Judge Clark in trying the case. Mr. and Mrs. Kelley, the father and mother of the prisoner, Frank W. Kel ley, a brother and his two sisters, An nie and Lizzie Kelley, will be the' only relatives from Amesbury. while there will be at least eleven more witnesses, including Drs. Murphy and Fitzhugh, wr.o attended young Kelley during sick ness, while he was under the parental roof. The father of the prisoner arriv ed here yesterday and has been busi ly engaged in assisting the attorneys, ' who are to represent his son. The latest medical examination was made a few days since when he related his troubles to the physicians. He maintains that he is sane and is con siderably troubled over the likelihood that his counsel will make an effort to prove that his mind is unbalanced. When the jury Is made up to-morrow, there are eighty-eight men from which to obtain a panel. And no extra men have been drawn from Somersworth, where the murder was committed. The prisoner is entitled to twenty challenges and the state to ten. Thf father visited his son at the jail to-day and found the prisoner nervous and somewhat excited. Information has reached here from Amesbury to the effect that the defence have been unable to secure one impor tant witness whose testimony was ex pected to be of great value to the pris oner in' the person of Dr. Norton, who attended Kelley when he is Baid to have fallen from the roof of a building and Injured his head several years ago. Dr. Norton when last heard from was in Washington, but a most diligent search during the past few weeks has failed to locate him. Since Kelley's arrest he has frequent ly told how he took the life of Cashier Stickney and accomplished the theft of the money belonging to the bank after the deed was committed and the trial will be of unusual interest from the fact that his counsel will endeavor to show that their client was not re sponsible for the murder on account of insanity. Supposed Bobber Shot. Holbrook, Mass., Nov. 7. James Boyle of Randolph, twenty-three years old, while attempting, it is supposed, to rob the store of George Wild about midnight last night was shot but not fatally by Officer WeDster of this town. The officer used his revolver only after a long tussle with Boyle, who fought savagely in resisting arrest A CHURCH CHORUS STRIKES FORTY SIKGERSUNDERPROV.AGRA' MONTE AT PEOPLE'S CHURCH, Rev. Thomas Dixon, Jr., Advocated! the Election of low-Agrainonte Did Not Like This Because lilt Son Was Im prisoned in Cuba and Mayorality Candi date Favored Non-Intervention. New York, Nov. 7. About forty sing ers, constituting the chorus choir of the People's church, o which the Rev. Thomas Dixon, jr., is pastor, to-day re fused to sing out of sympathy with Prof. Agramonte, their-leader, becausa the pastor advocated the election o Seth Low for mayor last Sunday. : Prof. Agramonte is a Cuban and a member of the Nevtf York Junta. His son has been in a Spanish prison for the last year. The Cubans say that Seth Low opposed any intervention o this country in Cuban affairs and stood against the cause of Cuban liberty; since the outbreak of the last war. In the course of his sermon to-day the Rev. Thomas Dixon said: "I told you a few Sundays ago of a friend ofi Mr. Low's who had been contributing largely to this church who refused to give any more money to us because I did not like the Citizens' Union candi- date and preached against him. "I was surprised to learn to-day that we have made some others dissatisfied; by declaring Mr. Low's election to be desirable. Prof. Agramonte has refus ed, on account of what I said, to lead our choir and the choir has out of sympathy for him refused to sing. So we haven't any choir to-day. V have not been told why Prof. Agramonte takes umbrage at m speeoh of last Sunday. I am not surprised anddo not criticise him for thinking as he does. He is a Cuban. "I am told that a soni.ofihisjhas fou two years been languishing' in a Span ish prison. " I do not know whether it is true or not, but the Cubans of the Junta here, of which Prof. Agramonte is a member, say that Seth Low was done all he could against the Cuban; cause. So I am not surprised that the professor, with his Impulsive blood, has refused to sing in a church where Mr. Low's election was advocated. I can only say that I did not advocate my congregation's voting.for Low with any enthusiasm, I considered it my duty to do so because I saw that he was the strongest candidate against Tam many, and even he was preferable to Tammany; I cast my own vote for Low, but I cast it early in the morning and took a train and got away from the city as fast as I- could and went shooting. I did not care to be at the funeral. I cast my vote for Low but I had felt for some days a premonition of the inevitable. "I hope that Prof. Agramonte will think better of what he has. done. He has been of great service to this church and I am thankful to him for that even if he does not come back to us. He vol unteered to -make us a choir and ha did it well, i "This shows what a thorny path a preacher has who insists on saying what he thinks. I hope that he will come back to us with his cheer. I do not say a word against him for feeling as he did about Mr. Low, In fact I rath er sympathise with him. But if all our supporters leave us, if there are only three, two or.one of our friends left we will still be found doing business in the best way we know how in the old stand." JilTTENCOUltT'S FUNEttAZ. Killed While Protecting Presiden Morae from Assassination. . " Washington, Nov. 7. The Brazilian legation to-day received a cablegram from the minister of foreign relations at Rio Jonelro announcing the funeral of Marshal Bittencourt, who was fatal ly wounded on Friday while protecting President Moraes from assassination. The dispatch read: "The funeral of Marshal Bittencourt, minister of war, took place yesterday. The president of the republic followed the remains to the cemetery and was enthusiastically acclaimed by the peo ple of all 'classes on the passage of the funeral which congregated more than 20,000 persons." AMERICAN VESSEL FIRED ON, Captain Gnnjl of the Island of Sklmushlrl the Offender. San Francisco, Nov. 7. Advices re ceived from Japan by the steamer Cop tic tell of an encounter between tha crew of the American sealing schooner St. Lawrence and Captain Gunji off tha Island of Sklmushiri in the Kuriles. Part of the schooner's crew went ashorel presumably to get a supply of water, but instead of doing so went on a hunt ing expedition. They were ordered to return to their vessel. They refused, and finally Captain Gunji fired a shot from an artillery piece over the vessel. This had the desired effect upon tha men, who returned to the schooner. WANTED IN PENNSYLVANIA. W. A. Thompson, the Law Student Ar rested for Embezzlement. The following telegram was received at police headquarters last night con cerning William Archibald Thompson, the Yale law student arrested Sat urday aternoon for embezzlement: Chief of Police, New Haven, Conn.: William A. Thompson is a consum mate swindler and forger. Evidence in my possession. Is wanted elsewhere. -Hold him. Letter with particulars fol low. J. D. ABRAHAMS. Detective McGrath, who arrested Thompson, has since ascertained that he has a wife and child living at No, 23 Second Place, Brooklyn. Thompson registered as a student at Yale Law school about a week agot and took a suite of rooms in Warner, hall, furnishing them luxuriously by securing furnishings on-credit. He was, arrested for embezzling a ring which was entrusted to him by another stu dent to sell.