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THE MORNINQ TIMES Rives all
the news. It Is supplied by the
United Press and the Bennett Cable
Service, supplemented by the Asso
ciated Press Service. The Morning
Times leads In News.
VOL. 1. NO. 37.
WASHrSGrTOy. P. C. MONDAY JSVtENDTGr, SEPTEMBER 16, 1895.
ONE CENT.
AND THE POLES CAME DOWN.
WORKED TJEfflYERTII
iron Builders afthe.'Printing Of
fice Addition Quit Work.
THEIR PAYWAS HELD BA OK
IN THE PUBLIC EYE. ' .
Mbb Claim They Received Less Than
the Regular Wages Had to Sign an
Agreement Waiving All Recognition
of the Eight-Hour Luvr What the
Contractor Says.,
Illustrating what a Newspaper can do when it has no Affiliations
with Corporations.
CUBAN ASSEMBLY MEETS
MAY YET PULL OFF A MCE
9en. Masso Eesigns the Presidency
That Gomez May Be Elected.
Disagreement In Regard to Form of
Government Lends to Heated Dis
cussion Another Meeting.
New York, Sept. 1G. TUe Herald's cor
respondent In Puerto rrlDClpe, under date
of September 12, says:
It Is reported tUatGeu. Barlolomc Masso
has resigned and that the presidency
now Is Intliehandsof the Cuban Assembly,
at Najasa. Masso was proclaimed pro
Tlslonal president of the rebel movement by
the Insurgent armies of llaceo, Gomez, and
EollXf.
The Marquis ot Santa Lucia was chosen
chairman of the rebel congress.
Delegates from the provinces of Santiago
and Las Villas are urging Masso to with
draw his regignation. Masso thinks, how
ever, that Gomez should be president
and that the election of the latter Is now
believed probable.
The appointment of Masso to take charge
of the insurgent army at Camaguay Is also
talked ot In the event that Gomez should
accept the executive orfice.
It Is stated that a heated discussion
occurred In the assembly and that an ad
journment was taken previous to the pas
sage of the constitution, owing to the
many opposite views of the form of govern
ment required.
The assembly will meet again this month
near Guayamora to continue the debate
and elect an executive.
Yachtsmen Making an Effort to
Get the Two Boats Together.
BRITON SAID TO BE WILLING
neportThutDunravonnnsTelegrapb
ed Ills Captain to Stop Work of Pre
paring Valkyrie for the Sea, and
thnt He Will, Under Conditions, Con
test the Defender at Newport.
DOES SOT XAMB CLEVELAND.
Ex-Speaker Crisp Denies He Has De
clared for Whitney.
Athens, Ga., Sept. 10. Ex-Speaker Crisp
denies that he has declared for ex-Secretory
Whitney as the Democratic nominee
for Uie Presidency. Judge Crisp is here to
put two of his children In college. When
asked about the report heeald:
"The published report that I had de
clared myself as favoring the nomination
of Mr. Whitney by the Democratic party
next year for the Presidency was made
without any authority from me. I ex
pressly declined to make such a statement.
"Mr. Whitney is my friend, but I have
never declared In his favor for the Demo
cratic Presidential nomination. Nor have
I expressed any preference for any one.
"I should like to sec a good niau nominat
ed, on a sound Democratic platform con
sistent with my views of Democracy. With
such a candidate and such a platform, I
believe our party can win next year.
"I believe that the Democracy of the
Union should endeavor to have embodied
to the national platform a plank calling
for the free and unlimited coinage of
silver at the ratio of 16 to 1."
NEW SWINDLING THICK.
Yellow Claims to Be Government De-tectite-From
Washington.
Toledo, Ohio, Sept. 1G. A special from
Marlon, Ohio, says:
A clever swindler giving his name as
Floyd W. Collins, ot Washington, D. C,
and representing himself as a government
detective, has lieeu operat I ng a very success
ful game In this vicinity.
He calls at private houses, telling the
efo ream ware from the factoryWith, floral
woman of the bouse that there Is much
counterfeit In circulation. He then asks
the lady to let, him see some of the coins
the has. By the use ot acid he turns the
coins "block.
Then he seizes them, telling a storyabout
me penalty attached to holding counter
felt money and saying that another govern
ment detective will call and replace the
coins. Qo far no one of his victims have
secret suxvlce detective No. 2.
New York, Sept. 1G. A Times special
from Newport, It. I., says:
Late last night it was rumored at the
Casino that it had been arranged that the
Defender and Valkyrie should race over the
Newport course, and that Lord Dunravcn
lad telegraphed Capt. Cranfield to slop the
the work of preparing the Valkyrie for sea.
This rumor Is given considerable cre
dence, although there have been various
reports all day about racc3 betweeu the two
Tachts that could not be substantiated.
WILL HAVE A MEETING.
The cup committee of the New York Yacht
Club is waiting a call of the chairman.
Messrs. Busk and Canflcld arrived here Sat
urday niglil and Mr. Knrtriglit came up yes
terday morning.
They expect to go to New York to-day
or have the rest of the committee and Mr.
I sell n meet them here.
Lord Dunravcn had a very peaceful Sun
day here. Nearly all day he spent about F.
IF. Vanderbllt's bouse and grounds. The
Goelel cup race course, where Dunraven is
willing to race, Is Just south ot Rough Point,
where he Is a guest.
Mr. W. K. Vanderblltlcft for New York
last night. He wants badly to see the De
fender and Valkyrie matched and has
urged it, but be is so deeply disappointed
over the result of the races that he is said
to be almost disgusted with yachting.
FOR COP OR MONEY.
The Sun's Newport special says: It is
rumored that Dunraven is willing to race
Defender off Newport for a cup or money,
and that since his arrival here he has been
approached to this end by clubs that are
looking fora race. It istaid that Dunraven
will go half way if Icelin will meet him.
Before leaving for Newport last night,
William K. Vanderbilt, one of the owners
of the Defender, stated that he had beard
nothing of the rumor. It Is raid, however,
that some prominent yachtsmen had al
ready communicated with Ieelin advising
him to try and get on a match with Dun
raven. William K. Vanderbilt stated last night
that the report that he was to race the
Defender abroad was pure fiction.
WILD RIOT IN A THEATER
Ministers' Alliance and Police Force
Break Up a Performance. -
Fonr Thousand .Spectators Attack the
Reformers n nd Fierce Flgbtlngand
Many Broken Heads Itesulted.
St. Joseph, Mo Sept. 1G. Wild scenes
of rioting occurred last night when the
Ministers' Alliance and the police force
ot the city broke up a performance ot
Pain's "China and Japan."
About 4,000 nvrsuiw paid to sec the
show, and when the preachers and police
men made their appearance they were
booted, cursed, and threatened by the
i crowd.
Mayor Shepherd appealed to the commis
sioners to relent and let the performance
go on, but to no purpose.
The margement announced that checks
would be glcn, good for to-nlgbt's per
formance, but hundreds of laboring people
who could not attend to-night made a rush
on the box -office and demanded the return
t their niiiney. When a refusal came, the
police had to ute their clubs in beating
back the mob.
There were several broken heads; the
women and children suffering most in the
Jam. Several were trampled upon and
badly hurt.
One of thu gates was forced open and
hundreds rushed out to escape personal
Injury, not waiting fur another admission
ticket.
Manager Burkbolder was arrested on
the charge of violating a State law.
The Iron workers employed on the new
addition to the Government Printing Office
have a grievance against the contractor,
Frank M. McVaugh, and many of litem quit
work this morning.
The contract for thelruetural Iron work
was originally awarded to the Phoenix
Company, who in turn sub-let it to Mc
Vaugh & Co., of Philadelphia. Frank M.
McVnugh is a member of the firm, and is
superintending the work now being done
at the Printing Office.
The men claim that they hove been paid
insufficient wages for the character of the
work they are doing, McVnugh only agree
ing to pay them seventeen cents per hour
as against twenty-five cents, the regular
price paid by all other companies for simi
lar work.
In addition they are compelled to work
from four to five hours over the regular
time with no additional wages over the
regular prices. A great many of the work
men also state that they have not been
paid for two weeks, and find it impossible
to get the contractor to "adjust their ac
counts. When a Times reporter visited the build
ing to-day there were fifteen or twenty men
standing around, refusing to go to work.
They bitterly denounced Mr. McVaugh and
bis treatment of them.
M'VAUGH WAS- SHARP.
McVangb when seen made the following
statement:
"I pay the men Just as much as I intend
to pay them, and If they don't like the
wages they are getting they are at liberty
to find something else to Co. A great many
of the men have refused to go to work this
morning, and I will supply their places
with other men."
"Is it true," asked the reporter, "that
you owe some ot themen for back work?"
"Yes, I owe some ot the. men who have
(topped work, but as they did s of tbclr
own accord they will hove, to wait until
Saturday week, the regular pay day, to
get their money. When I discharge a man
I pay him up in full, butwhen a man leaves
me I have a rule not to pay him until our
August Belmont. f . rierpont Morgan. John A. Stewart.
The Three Controlling Spirits In the Gold Syndicate which Helps Uncle Sam at so Much
Per Help.
TROLLEY POLES UID LOW
Overhead Wires No Longer Men
ace the Public Safety.
FRUITS OF TIMES' ORUSADE
Gangs of Men Busily at Work Itemov
lngtlielllegal Wires and Their Sup
port Eleven Horse Cars Tut on the
Line By Midnight the Poles Will
No Longer Deface the Streets.
AN OPEN SWITCH.
Engineers Killed, Bat Not a Single
Passenger Hurt.
St. Louls.-Mo., Sept. 16. A west-bound
passenger train on the Vandalla line was
wrecked at Collinsvlile, III., twenty miles
from here, yesterday by a misplaced switch.
The train had run down to the south
end of the switch' yards, and was going
rapidly when the wreck occurred. The
engine fell across the track at a right
angle. Fireman Bandlfer was crushed be
neath it and Instantly killed.
Engineer H. A. Bauers, who was work
ing with the levers as the engine turned
over, received fatal injuries. Porter Can
fleld was passing between two cars at
the time and bad a foot crushed.
Not a single passenger was Injured.
The opening of the switch was undoubtedly
.the work of some miscreant bent on plun
der or revenge.
DESPERADO KILLED.
WILL TEST THE LAW.
New Grand Army Chief Will Bring
Action In the Courts.
Indiana polls.Ind., Sept. 16. Commander-in-Chief
Walker, of the Grand Army of the
Republic, has announced that be will
begin as soon as possible an action in the
United States court here to determine
the question as to whether or not a pension
Is a vested right.
.He will call a meeting of the council ot
administration to take up the subject,
and with Its assistance will agree upon
the case that will be presented. It will
be carried to the Supreme Court of the
United States as soon as possible.
It is expected that President Harrison
will be asked to present 'the case for the
organization.
Be has on several occasions declared
thatrhe Is in sympathy with the principle
that a pension once granted becomes a
Tested right and cannot be cut off at the
whim of an officer of the Pension Depart-
. - - - j
Bat Not Before He Had Shot Down an
Officer.
San Diego, Cal., Sept. 1G. A posse ot
officers have been in pursuit of Isadora
Rcnterlas, the murderer of Ramon Aralse,
since the night of the 6th, and terminated
the chase yesterday at Mesagrande.
Rentarias was game, and killed one of
ficer, Juan Castro, berore he in turn was
shot down by Constable Ben Hubbert, of
Oceanslde.
Rentarias was a bard character, and
bad served terms in this State and Lower
California for violent crimes.
His shooting o.f Aralse was uncalled for,
Araise having ruu to Rentarias' lent while
the latter was beating and choking his wife
and dragging her along the ground by the
hair. A rake is ttill Hying, but with slight
chance of recovery.
regular payday.
"The men have no grievances whatever
that I can kce, os thoy all signed an
agreement waiving their rights."
Mr. McVaugh produced the agreement,
which reads as follows:
TEXT OF THE AGREEMENT.
"We, the undersigned, employes otFrank
M. McVaugh, agree to work twrive tmurs
per day, or more, in the erection ot the
structural ironwork fur the new building
for the Government Printing Office of
Washington, D. C, and hold the said Frank
M. McVaugh entirely harmless against the
provisions of the law which specifies eight
hours as a day's work; we waiving all
right to. claim under said law that eight
hours are to coastltute a day's work; It
being agreed that we are to "be paid for the
said work at the rate agreed upon for
the numlKT of hours worked each day.!'
This agreement was signed by nearly
all of the men employed on the iron work
at the building. Mr. McVaugh has In this
way endeavored to evade the law which
names eight hours asa day's work.andthus
seeks to compel the men to work overtime.
WILL FIGHT IT- OUT.
A great many ot the men state they did
not know what they were signing, some
of them being unable to read, b.it being out
of work at the time thcyslgocd the paper,
not knowing, however, that they were
Ignlng away their rights.
The men are determined to fight it out
ind the war promises to be quite bitter.
The matter will be brought to the notice
of the labor unions and it is thought they
will take action on the matter at once.
HOW THE LAW READS.
The law which the men charge the con
tractor Willi violating reads as follows:
"That the service and employment of
all laborers and mechanics who are now
or may herearterbe employed by the Gov
ernment of the United States, by the Dls-
ir.tv ui unuiiiuia, or Dy any contractor or
subcontractor upon any of the public works
of the United Slates or of the said District
orColmnbla.lshereby limited ami restricted
to eight hours in any one calendar dav. and
It shall be unlawful for any officer of
the United Btaten Rnr.rnlilmt or ,r fhf
District of Columbia or any such contractor
or subcontractor whose duly it shall be
to employ, direct or control the services of
such laborers or mechanics to require or
permit any such laborer or mechanic to
work more than eight hours in any calendar
day, except in case of extraordinary emer
gency, p,
"That any officer or agent of the Gov
ernment of the United States or of the
District of Columbia, or -any contractor
or subcontractor whose "daty it shall be
to employ, direct or control any laborer or
mechanic employed upon ruty of the public
works of the United States or of the Dis
trict or Columbia, wbus)iall intentionally
violate any provision o this act shall be
deemed guilty of a roMfmcanor. and for
each and every suchioffesse shall, upon
conviction, be punished by a fine not to ex
ceed $1,000 or jby Imprisonment for not
more than six months; E by both such
fine and lmpriso.iment.itt' me discretion nt
the court having jurisdiction thereof."
MORE GOLD TO GO.
Five Thousand In Hospital.
Paris. Sept. 16. The Gaulois asserts that
while, anchored off Mojanga, Madagascar,
the French transport steamer Shamrock af
forded bospltal accommodations to 6,000
French soldiers. At. the present time, tho
paper says, half of the expedition are unfit
for action.
Old Testament Good .Enough.
Montreal, Bept. 16. The provincial sy
nod of the Church of England in Canada,
in session here, has rejected a motion to
authorize the use of the revised New Tes
tament in churches under its control.
Reported That Heavy Shipments Will
Be Made This Week.
New York, SepUlG, Up to ll:45o'clock
to-day no gold had been taken from the sub
treasury , for export,, and no- deposits ot
gold had been made by the syndicate orany
of the bankers. '
It was generally believed that Lazard
Frcres would ship more gold this week, and
ii was aiso reporteo. tnar.w. Jl. urossman
would ship $1,000,000.. There were indi
cations this morning that there would be an
increase in inc rate ror money to-day.
If this should prove to Jc correct and the
increased rate .be. maintained It Is believed
the change would have an Immediate effect
in reducing the rate of fpreign exchange.
.
Will Not Speak for Gorman.
Baltimore, Sept. 16. Secretary and
Mrs. Carlisle, who -were the guests of Mr.
Lawrasou Riggs at-his country place near
Towron, over Sunday, returned to Wash
ington to-day. Mr. Carlisle was asked to
speak in the Maryland campaign in support
of Mr. Hunt's candidacy Jo r governor, bu
he declined the invitation.
On a Mechanics' Lien.
Tbomaa'j. Kllligan'loaay brought suit
against William Carr fw the' enforcement
of a mechanics lien of 88.1g, with inter
est' from. November 1, 1892, against lot 6,
block 11. Barber'aisiitidivlBkiu. Iji Droll.
.Parte: "- "?-,
At noon to-day the five heavy iron trolley
poles which have for years disfigured New
York avenue, between Sixth and Seventh
streets, and been a constant menace to life
and limb, were lying useless and harmless
on the ground, the first fruits of the effective
work accomplished by The Times, when
every other means of compelling the Eck
lngton & Soldiers' Home Railroad Company
to obey the laws had proven unavailing.
Shortly before 0 o'clock the first pole was
removed. It stood near the corner of Sev
enth street, and had apparently been plant
ed In remain until the day of final Judgment.
The polo itself was imbedded in six feet of
mortar, broken granite and bricks, con
stituting a receptacle a foot thick. This was
topped off with a layer of heavy cobble
stones. In preparing to remove the pole the stones
were first loosened and thrown in a heap
on ono side. Then a pick anil shovel were
brought into use and a dole dug on one
side of the pole to the depth of a man's
head, the earth being thrown out, leaving
the concreted mass practically intact.
WERE PLANTED DEEP.
A crowbar was taken and the granite,
bricks and mortar dislodged piecemeal.
Later a gang of. men with a heavy scantr
ling as a lever, came and pried up the pole
until it yielded and could be pulled out of
its casement. It was then laid horizontally
between the tracks and will subsequently
be hauled away for storage.
A gang of twenty men, employed by M.
F. Talty, as contractor, under the immedi
ate supervision of Foreman Autley, this
morning assembled at the corner of Seventh
street and New York avenue, and when the
whistles blew Tor 7 o'clock, the first pick
fell and loosened a cobblestone In the litiV
conical earthwork that protected the first
trolley pole that stood face to face with
metaphorical destruction.
Six other workmen with picks were as
signed to the next Euccecding half dozen
poles, which carries the line of operations
to within ore pole of Fiftli street. The
instructions were to peg away until the
pole was ready for the finishing touches of
removal, and then the digger would go
to the head of the line ar.d begin another
pole.
In this way comparatively rapid work
is performed, although the tenacity with
which the poles cling to thelrenvironiiieiils
is something remarkable. Foreman Aut
ley Joined with ids men in the work of
final removal, and expressed the belief
that material progress would lie made
before the hour for ccatlng labor this
evening.
MAKING RAPID PROGRESS.
In fact it is evident that the thirteen
poles between Seventh street and Kirby
street will be easily removed by nightfall.
Tho work of removing the wires from the
poles, which was begun at 1:30 this morn
ing under instructions of Chief Lineman
White, after the cars had stopped run
ning, was completed only to Kirby street.
The wire for this distance, from Seventh
to Kirby streets, has all been taken down
and nearly all of it removed t.i the store
house. Between Fourth and Fifth streets
there had seemingly not been sufficient
time in which to perform the work, and
the heavy copper wire had been laid along
the curbing, out of the way of passing
vehicles, and will be taken away to-night.
It is intended to remove forty-two poles,
,sevcn of these being between Seventh and
Fifth streets, and the remaining thirty
five cover the distance from Fifth street
to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad tracks,
where the overhead wires will be cut and
anchored. A force of men are on band at
the latter point, but it Is doubtful if any
thing of consequence can be accomplished
until the cars are through running for the
day.
None of the officials of the railway com
pany were present while the work of re
moval was being prosecuted, but a sub
ordinate bad chargeof the'gang at the Bal
timore & Ohio tracks, and said he would
begin operations at the earliest moment
possible. "
MORE HORSE CARS ON.
Eleven hon,e care, in addition to those
of the Fifth street line, which run from the
Baltimore & Ohio Depot to the corner of
Fifth street and New York avenue, carry
passengers to theJunctionatFloridaavenue,
where connection Is made witli the trolley
-cars for the Catholic University.
The workmen engaged in removing the
poles were constantly surrounded by throngs
of citizens, who did nut hesitate to com
mend The Times for the good fight it has
fought and won. They Tvatched with
critical interest the digging and prying
which was necessary to bring the heavy
poles, planted in six feet.of cement, to the
surface.
The work of rilling in the holes ondrepalr
lng the street sd'tbat It will be In the same
condition as It was before being used by
the street railway company, will be begun
by another gang of men as soon as those
engaged in the removal shall have made
sufficient headway to keep them busy.
It is expected that by to-morrow morn
Ing the last vestige ot wire will have
been taken from the poles and hauled to
the storage house. With no unforeseen
hindrance the line of forty-two poles be
tween Seventh street and Florida avenue
can easily be removed within three days.
The poles will be taken to the power
house and can be utilized by the com
pany at some future day in suburban con
struction. WAS DONE BY THE TIMES.
The company- has closed a contract for
the equipment of Its Hoes In the city with
electric motive power.
This contract has been awarded to E.
Saxton, the street car railway contractor,
and the work of equipping the line will
be begun as soon as the F street line Is
finished. The work on the F street line
will take about twelve months to be
carried to completion, and then the Ee
klngton and Soldiers' Home line will bo
Tcgun.
The removal of the overhead trolley
from New York avenue is the direct result
of the fight Inaugurated by the Times.
For several years there has been a strong
sentiment in this city against the trolley
system of motive power, but the Eckington
& Soldiers' Home Railroad Company has
persistently refused to recognize this pop
ular sentiment.
That the company has had its own way
is a snfficicnt commentary on the power
or the press of Washington until the Times
entered the arena. The newspapers which
have recently trumpeted their claim to the)
victory over the trolley were twice aroused
Irom their inactivity at critical moments
in the fight. They woe cither wilfully or
lgnorantly blind to the false legal position
assumed in the courts by the company.
flie people need only be told that up to
the time that the Times extorted a written
guarantee from the attorney of the trolley
trust that tho poles would comedown, there
was not an iota of guarantee from any
source that the company would obey the
law.
STEAMSHIP IH FUMES
Terrible Catastrophe on lona's
Trip to Gravesend.
SEVEN
CHARRED VICTIMS
Fearful Panic Among Onellundred Sa
loon and Fifty Second-Class Passen
gers, Flames Spreading So Itapldly
That All Could Not Escape, Though
They Bushed to Safe Parts of Vessel,
GOLD OFFERS ACCEPTED
Many Institutions Tender Aid to
the Treasury.
AH ProiHJsaLs Wiyiln the Limit of Tol-
eranco Will Bo Accepted, But
Traps Are A old ed.
Many orfers to supply the Treasury with
gold IrTsmall quantities, from $5,000 to
$100,000, have been received, and all Ihe
offers considered favorable to the Govern
ment have lieen accepted.
Several offers have been declined. One
of these was from a Louisville. Kr.. bank,
which desired the gold they offered to be
accepted at Its face value Two other of
fers, where the banks wanted the Treasury
10 pay tne express charges on the gold and
currency both ways, were also rejected.
All offers of gold wilhln Ihe limit of lol-
cranccln exchange forcurrencyforwa triable
at government contract rates, have been
and will continue to be accepted by -the
Treasury as long as thU special con
cession is continued in force.
Several offers of "light weight" gold
have been declined. These lots of light
weight gold always make their appearance
on occasions such as Ihe present, but so
tar the Treasury has not been caught in
the trap.
GUNBOATS FOR KTT-CnENG.
Will Try to Enforce rayment of Pen
alties Imposed.
Foo Chow, Sept. 10. In consequence of
the attitude or obstruction assumed by
the Chinese officials toward the progress
of the inquiry into the recent outrages at
Ku-Cbeng. nnd their refusal to carry out
the sentences fnposed by the examining
court upo'j ttt ringleaders In the attacks
upon the Cbrtttlan missions at that place,
two gunboats have been ordered to ascend
the river to demand the enforcement of
the penalties imposed.
A rebellion lias begun in the province
of Fo-Kien, and the local officials, in
stead or attempting to suppress the rising,
have fled.
A force of Imperial troops are now on
their way to the scene to try to put down
the insurrection.
London, SeptvlG. The London and Edin
burgh SteamBbip Company's steamer Ions,
plying between Leitb and London, caught
fire on her trip to Gravesend this morning.
The fire started in her cabin ami five
women and one child, passengers, and the
stewardesses, were burned to death and a
number of others were badly burned and
otherwise injured. The fitc was extin
guished by the use of the ship's Tire appar
atus. Tl:r following particulars-of the dsaster
are furnished by the manager of the London
and Edinburgh Steamship Company:
"The steamer Iona left Leitb Saturday
evening at 7 o'clock with 100 saloon pas
sengers and fifty second-class passengers
The part of the boaUln which the second
class passengers slept was used as a saloon
during the day and at mgbt it was divided
into sleeping. compartments ror women and
men.
FLAMES SPREAD RAPIDLY.
"At 2 o'clock "this-(Monday) morning
fire waB discovered to the ladies' comparu
ment on the port side. Tile flames spread
so rapidly and the clouds of smoke were so
stifling that the crew were prevented from
rescuing all of the passengers, being several
tunes driven away from the burning part of
the ship.
The fire was gotten under control about
4 o'clock, when the charred bodies of sev
en persons were found In their berths, so
badly burned as to br unrecognizable.
The cabin on the starboard side ot the
ship was only slightly injured, the spread
of the flames to that side being checked)
by the protecting steel deck.
WILD EXCITEMENT.
During the progress of the flames the
wildest excitement prevailed among the
passengers.
The silo.iu passengers, men, womr-nand
children, rushed on deck, some ot them al
most naked, the women screamingand the
children crying, anil it was not until the
flames were subdued that they could be
pacified."
Tho Iona Is lying in a dock at Wapplng
and was inspected by a representative
of the United Tress to-day. The ladies'
cabin was completely demolished.
Some ot Hie killed appeared to have fallen
from their lierths in their efforts to escape
and their bodies were found lying almost In
ashes on the floor. The fire originated in
the lamp room which adjoined the cabin
FREIGHT TRAIN BLOWN.AWAY.
Probable End of Strike. '
Ishpemlng, Mich., Sept. 16. The Ish
peining strikers are drumming up a force
to attend the meeting at Union Park tills
morning for the purposo or outvoting those
who wish to postpone tho present labor
difficulties. On Saturday the Ishpcinlng
force was nor. ttiifflrlpnr m nnt-mtn ta
Negaunce end, but to-day there is a likeli
hood of a conclusion being reached that
will be favorable to an early return to
work.
DisuMrou Force ot a HurrlcnneNeaT
the Capital of Wisconsin.
Madison, Wis., Sept. 16. A terrific wind
storm passed near this city yesterday after
noon. A freight train was blown from
the track at Madison Junction and four
men were seriously injured.
They are Henry Starr, Baraboo, injured
about face and head; Joseph Felt, brake
man, Baraboo, injured internally and bad
ly bruised; Brant Foley, baggage master,
Evansvillc, leg broken and mangled.
A tramp who was stealing a ride in a
box car was badly bruised about the bead
and race. The injured were brought hero
and cared tor.
The wind did considerable damage to
farm bouses and barns in its path. It ex
tended over a strip about half a mil
wide.
Testing Machine Gnus.
Three machine guns intended to fire satis
factorily tho email bore smokeless powder
cartridges intended for the naval rifle, ore
being tcctcd to-day at the Washington Navy
Yard under the auspices of the Naval Ord
nance Bureau. The Navy Department is
at prcrentwltliout a weapon ot this sort, and
it is hoiied tins test will supply the defi
ciency.. Almshouse Fatal Qunrrcl.
Lancaster. Sept. 16. James Smith and
Hugh Armslroug. aged Inmates In the coun
ty almshouse, quarreled last evening and
Armstrong stabbed Smith six times, in
flicting wounds which are expected to prove
fatal. Armstrong, who is seventy-two years
old, was arrested.
Secretary Smith Back.
Secretary Hoke Smith to-day returned
to Washington, and- resuued Ills duties
in the Interior Denartment. r-fter several
weeks absence huGeorgla, where lie made l
several speeencs in zavor or. sound money.
SHOT HIS GIRL AND niMSELF.
An Arkansas OthVIio Makes Sure
Work With His PNtol.
Fort Smith, Ark., Sept. 16. A murder
and suicide occurred here at 10:30 o'clock
last night. Will Mitchell, a colored youth,
was in love with Luclnda Bruce, about 16
years of age.
Yesterday Luclnda went buggy riding
with Paul Mathews against tho wishes of
her lover. The girl, in company with seve
ral friends, was on her way home from
church last night, when Mitchell over
took them.
Addressing a few words to the girl, hs
drew a pistol and shot her twice and then
shot himself. They fell dead on the sld
walk side by side.
Giant Rnsslan Oil Well.
Sf. Petersburg, Sept. 1G. A naphtha
spring hns been opened at Grosni, in the
Terek province, in the Caucasus, which la
throwing Jets ton great height anddlscharg
Ing 30,000,000 pounds of the fluid dally.
Freezing in Massachusetts.
Greenfield. Mass., Sept. 16. It was ex
ceedingly cold last night ror this time of the
yearand a heavy frost formed. Farmers sur
fered quite badly, the rrnst ruining their
corn. Ice. formed at Shelburne and in tha
river near Mount ncrmon school.
Canadian Carlcutnrlst Dies.
Montreal, Sept. 1G. Hector Berthelot;
one of the oldest and N-st-known French
Canadian Journalists, is dead, aged S3
Tears. He was an excellent caricaturist
and one of the owners ot the Canard, a hu
morous weekly.
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