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VOL. 1. tfO. 55.
WASHINGTON, D. C. MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1895.
ACCIDEHT OR FOUL PLAT?
Suspicious Facts Regarding the
Death of John Ellis.
CHAEAOTER OF HIS WOUNDS
They Were Such as Could Hardly IlAe
Been Made by an Engine What llie
Hv lilenco Before the Coroner's Jury
Discloses! Belle! Aroused That He
May Have Ileen Murdered.
TVas John Ellis, the man whose body
was foi.ml on the railroad I rack' near the
Long Bridge Thursday night, struck ai,d
killed by a train or was he niurdcrid and
his body placed near the track to give to
his depth He appearance of having been
The coroner's Jurj that Investigated the
case at the Slth precinct station last Sat
urday brought in a verd'et of attidintal
death, but there Is coiisidtrable sptcula
tloii in police circles as to whtthtr the Jury
was not a little hasty In arriving at such
Tne evidence adduced at the lntuest
scarcely warranted such a verdict, as it
was In some instances vague and of a cou
Hit ting nature.
i here are some circumstances conmcted
with the man's death which give It the
appearance, not of nccidtnt, but of mur
der. It will be remembertd that Ellis was
discovered lying near the track by a col
ored man Irom Jackson City, who was on
his way home, and who at first supposed
It was a un.iH.en man and so notified the
CHARACTER OF THE WOUND.
Closer Imestigation, however, developed
the fact that the man had hern struck on
the head and was In a djing condition. The
two men rcmoed Ellis to the switch house,
where he died shortly afterward. This
same man testified to the fact that he
walked leisurely all the way down ilarylind
aenue Irom Seventh street to the bridge
that evening, and was positive thi 1 no
train passed him going Into the city.
1.HK' condition certainly warranted the
btlief tliatJie had been riccntly struck, as
lit. was noftlcad when found, and according
to the medical testimony produced at the
Inquest he could rot have survived such
a bliiw as he received but a few minutes.
It is puii ted out that if Ellis Lad been
struik by the train that passed up J'arj
laiHl avenue he would In all probabil
lty Lav e been dead before the man reached
Still aimtl.tr fr.vt which leaves the man
Ei r of the man's death lngmvedoubt was
tl:eappearance ifthel)od asltlav at the
morgue. The autopsy heltl the daj pre
vious to the inquest developed the fact
that tltath was caused by a concussion of
the brain, produced by a Llow reciivtd on
the htatl. There was onlv a slight frac
ture on the man's head, howeer, which
could have ljeen caused by a stone or other
deadly we.ipun, and, in Tact, it would np
ptarthat if he had lieen struck by an engine
the fracture would have been very much
largtr than the would he received.
POSITION OF THE BODY.
Jht re were cry few bruises on tlte botly,
and witnesses testified that the skin was
slightly torn from one hand, which might
liao been produced in a struggle with a
possible assailant. bevcnl witnesses un
dtr oath testified at the inquest that the
botly was found in the caii'tnaj about
two feet from the track. Would it lie pos
tlblo for a train going at quite a rapid
rate of speed to strike an object the size
of a human btingnnd noth'irl it a greater
distance than two feet from the railroad
track? It seems highly probable that the
ltotly would have tieen carried to the fence
ten feet distant by the force of the blow.
Bolh the fireman and engineer of the
train which is supposed io hae struck
Ellis, and whose duty It Is to keep a sharp
lookout, testified that they did not see an
object on or near the track that night, near
the place w here Ellis was found, although
lwth stated in positive terms that It was
possible for theni to hae seen at least
two hundred feel ahead of the engine, and
had a man been on or near the track they
'would undoubtedly have noticed him
Both also testified that they felt no shock
on or after leaving the bridge, such as is
usually produced by au object coming in
contact with the engine. and that they had
no know ledge of ll e accident until rending
of it in the papers the next nin ruing.
NO BLOOD ON" THE ENGINE
James 11. May. the engineer, also stated
that hcniadea ix-r-onaloxaminilionof his
engine the next morning, but found no traces
of blood or other foreign matter on it, as is
usually discovered under similar clictin
stances One witness test!!! that he
raw Ellis drinking at Jackson City the af
ternoon of the da he was killed with sev
eral otliern,eii. Ellisis known (o havebeeii
eniploed as a polity runner by one of the
firms in Jackson City, and to liae occa
tioually carried sums of money. No money
was found on his iierson when killed. All
of these facts are millers of evidence, and
can be corroborated. aud while Ihey do not
positively establish the fact that a murder
has liecn committed, tliey at least leave
the tamp of Hie man's death a matter of
JUG BATTLE OX.
Trench and Hovas in Front, of the
London, Oct. 7. A dispatch to the Pall
Vail Gazette from Antananarivo sas that
on September 2D a native mob made a raid
upon the British cemetery at the Hova
capital and broke open a number of coffins,
mutilating the bodies contained therein.
The mob also made an attack upon the
French observatory, which they destroyed,
and for a time menaced the house of the
The two armies are now in sight of the
capital, and the firing incident, to their
klrmishes can bo plainly beard. Native
soldiers are flocking into the town and
rcinforecments are being rapidly sent to
A number of prominent Hovas have left
the city upon what Is supposed to be a
diplomatic mission, and it Is the general
supposition that their object is to treat
with thcFrcn;h representatives with a view
of arranging a cessation of hostilities.
ROLOFF A GEltMAN".
tTnlikely Story Told by Veterans of
mi Ohio Regiment.
Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 7. At a meeting
f the veterans of the Ninth Regiment,
Ohio Volunteer Infantry, It was announced
lhat Carl Itoloif, the present minister of
war of Cuba, was a. former member of
the regiment, whose name Is Carl Hook.
He came here from Germany, enlisted
with the Ninth Reglmentin 18G1. deserted
October 10, 18G2, and went to Cuba.
He was conspicuous in the revolution
Mr. WIUt at II Is Desk.
Assistant Secretary 8cott Wike, of the
Treasury, has resumed his duties after a
month's absence In Illinois.
HEATHS OF A DAT.
London. Oct. 7. Miss Ada Cavendish, the
actress, died here to-day.
Dayton. Ohio, Oct. 7. Rev. Dr. Longs
troth dropped dead in the pulpit of the
Vayne Avenue Church yesterday while
COMES TO LIFE.
Supposed Dead Man Now TJnder Ar
rest for Murder.
Crown Tolnt, Ind., Oct. 7 Residents of
this city have bcllced that on April 20
the body of Harney Ellwanger, the al
Icged murderer of his wife, Pauline, at
Cedar Lake, April 8, who was lound dead
floating In Lemon Lake, was placed In
the cemetery, but many people have reason
to bchctc it was cot Ellwanger who was
Seven dajs ago Sheriff Benjamin Hajes
rcceiied a letter irom Jam-s Cougblin, a
Denier dcUcthr, stating that he had, Lo
yond all douhts, Otto Ellwanger, charged
with murder. In custody at Tiller, Col.
Yesterday morning another letter was
received Irom Cougblin. in which he claims
his man: has confessed the whole affair
and has almost said he committed the
Sheriff nayes says he has forwarded a
picture and everything that would help to
Identify the man.
BATTLE AMONG BOATMEN
Men Combine to Prevent
Shipment of Lumber.
Ciipt. IMillllps and Son llt-Kln to Load
at the Low Prices and Are
North Tonawanda, N Y., Oct. 7. A dou
ble murder was committed on P. W. Scnb
ner"s lumber docks at an early hour this
morning, and up to the pretcnt time four
teen men have bien placed under arrest,
and starch is being made for others.
Shortly after midnight Captain Phillips,
of the canal boat Jennie Graft, and his son,
of the boat Jray, Legaii loading up with
lumber. Other bcaimcn, who had refused
to take loads at the price Scribncr offered,
marched down in a body to tLe doc!: and
Phillips, who was armed, drew a revolver
and find over the heads of the crowd,
probably seeking to intimidate them Some
one, exactly whom has not been harned.
pullid a gun and fired tint e shots at Phil
lips, who fell on the deck of his boat a dead
The younger Phillips, whb hod taken a
hand In the melee, was struck down with
a club and horribly beaten. He managed Io
crawl into the cabin, where he died at
H 15 this morning.
The authorities were notified and the
police this morning arrested the following
boatmen, who are known to haie partici
pated In the fatal melee:
Mck Wendell, Eddie Done, James Ulley,
E. Morgan, G. Hjde, J. Dixon, J. Steiens,
M. Cotin.A.'U heeler, J. D. Dixon, A. Lane,
B. Warren anJ E. Lawrence.
Other arrests will be made during the
The greatest excitement prevails alon;
the docks this morning, and hundreds liae
i isited the scene of the double crime.
Capt. Phillips was about flftj jeors of
age and his son about nineteen. Their
lionici were in Burton's Bay.
While the fight was in progress the lines
of the two crafts were cut and they floated
down the ner, but wire intircipted lit
Little Island b a tug and brought hack.
GEIt.MANY NOT AGGItEShlVK.
Minister Continues Afrrcculilo Toward
tin Colombian Government.
New York, Oct 7. A si ccial cable to the
Times from Panama eas. Bogota advices
say that the rote or Lulirsen, the German
minister, has not yet been prtpartd The
Bogota newspapers infer that it villi not
be aggressive, because the minister con
tinues to lold cordial diplomatic relations
with the government.
The compromise w Inch runchard made to
build a railroad with his own resources
or to raise a lean of 1, 00,000 appears
to be deceitful, vitleiice showing that
Punchard's capital Is not rtgistertd com
mercially in London, it being lets than
The disturbance at Casana Plains, De
partment of Boyaca, has Lecifnciried,and
the national troops are returning.
l'ltOHAIILY FATAL HEATING.
What a nxtmlly Good Man Did 1"
Scbrce. Ky., Oct. 7. lcslerdiv nfler
usou Dr. Joel Parker In a drunken frtnzy
bcat his wife unmercifully, and dragged
her through the house by her hair.
Neighbors were attracted to the house by
Hie screams of the unfortunate young wife
and her three sniallchildrcti Mrs. Parker
was unconscious when her friends came
to the rescue and a doctor was summoned.
The extent of her injuries cannot lie
stated at present, but It is thought tliey
will prove fatal The husband was dis
armed and taken to Jail.
The house on the inside presents a seere
of vvretk. wipdows, costly mirrors and
furniture being smashed and broken.
Great cxulenjcnt and Indignation pre
vails, aud threats of lynching are heard.
OLD AND ENFOKTUNATE.
Two Hiiisoiw Which Led Goodnovv to
Take. Ills Life.
Chicago, Oct. 7. Two letters, a hat and
a cane, found on the North pier early yes
terday morning by Officer Hammond, are
mutcevidences of the suicide of E. E. Good-
One of the letters was addressed to Luther
Laflln Mills. Mr. Mills says Goodnow was
sixty years of age. He bad helped him at
odd times covering a year, and described
him as an "intelligent, kindly old gentle
man, who was very unfortunate "
Mr. Mills knew nothing more of him than
that he came from New York. Goodnow had
been an Inmate of the county hospital for
several months, -where he was treated for
the morphine habit. He Is said to have a
brother In Detroit.
BE CA It DINAL.
RonieCorrespoiidont Predicts. Tills Ac
tion by the Consistory.
Paris, Oct. 7. The Figaro publishes a
dispatch from Hb correspondent, in Itome
which asserts that Archbishop Satolll.
papal delegate to thcUullcdStates, together
with Mgr. Agtiardl.. papal nuncio at Vi
enna, and Mgr. Ferrala, papal nuncio at
Paris, will be elevated to the Cardinalate
at the next consistory.
JONES' BAD DKUNK.
He Slashes Eleven Men and Two Will
Greensburg, Ind . Oct. 7. "Tanglefoot"
Jones got drunk last night and pulled his
razor in a crowd and commenced slash
ing right and left.
Eleven persons were wounded, two fa
tally. They are Cash Myers and John
Jones had Just been released from the
Prison South, where he served a long
term for stabbing a man to death some
years algo, -
One Peace Proposal.
New Yorf, Oct. 7. A. special cable from
Buenos Ay res says: A report, which appar
ently is well rounded. Is current in govern
ment circles to the effect that a proposal
has been made In influential official coun
cils in Chili to stop the purchase of further
armaments if Argentina will agree to follow
the same course.
The report excites great interest-
CHINESE PROMISES SHAM
Not Worth More Than the Papsr
on Which They Are Written.
MISSIONARY'S FRANK STORY
llo-tilo Talk Still Continue-, Military
Magistrates Are Wholly Indifferent
. in Hcjnird to Protection of Teachers
and Their Foreo Is Not Sufficient
Even if They Were In Earnest.
Boston, Oct. 7 The American board of
commissioners for foreign missfons has
received from Lin Ching, North China, an
account of an attack upon its missionaries
Lin Ching Is a city in M anuii g, neurthc
Junction of the Grand Canal with the Wei
Kiver. It has a initiation estimated at
On theevening of August 27, says the cor
responding missionary , we had our first
exiierieuce of mob violence in Lin Ching.
During the ten years that this section
lias been opined we have lelt that we had
galnul the good will of the people suffl
ticnily so that we need not ft ar trouble
from ilitm, but our iecent experience has
shown us that we need to be more on uv
TALK TET HOSTILE.
There Is loisidtrablc hostile talk in the
streets, and w e cannot tell w hat the future
has in store Sonic of our men heard the
Sz Omen riots discussed among the crowd
waiting to attack us on the morning of the
One lesson we havclianied is that our
remaining here peace mliy ucpends more
on the good w ill of the jiooplc than on any
official protection we can expect at
Iho military magistrate, A Hsith.T'Al,
made no attempt, and the civil magis
trate no serious attempt, to help us.
From all we can learn there Is grave
reason to doubt the civil magistrate's
ability, even if he were so inclined, to
If we are correctly informed, the force
of armed men to do his bidding can be
counted on the fingers of one hand.
Does this not show, as far as Lin
Ching Cho is concerned at least, that the
Imperial promise of protection to for
eigners in the interior is worth no more
than the paper on which It is written?
HOW LONG, OH LOUD?
Eycn if it be taken for granted that
it is made in good faith, which is optv
to serious doubt, no adequate preparation
Is made for the fulfilling of tliis promise.
How long are the civilized nations of
the world going to treat this sham gov
ernment as a reality?
The missionaries located In Xin Ching
are Rev. Franklin M. Chapin and wire,
of Kecne, N. H.; Rev. Henry P- Perkins
and wife, of Ware, Mass ; Dr. Edward R.
Wagncrand wlfc.of Ann Ar'jor.MIch. The
niedlcal department of the work is of
great and growing importance.
lie Makes It Useless to Proceed With
London, Oct. 7. A dispatch from Shi ng
hal to a news agency says that the viceroy
of Foo Chow is preventing the enforcement
at Kucheng of orders promulgated from
The foreign consul's report that in con
sequence of the action of this official it
is perfectly useless to proceed with the
Inquiry into the recent outrages.
British Vice-Consul Allen has left Ku
cheng in disgust.
NOT YET OBSOLETE.
Good Old-Fnshionted Dance Near Hel
ena, In Montana.
Helena, Moot., Oct. 7. Last night
while the neighbors at Avon, a wood camp
thirty miles west of here, were having a
dance, a man named Jack Caddlck ojiened
fire on the room full of people with a re
volver. He instantly kldcd Jason Luncerord.
a peaceful and respected citizen, and
shot Tom Thomas through the shoulder.
He fired several more shots that flew wild.
Preparations were making tb lynch
him when he was landed in Jail at Deer
I Lodge, being "rescued by some of the
PHYSICAL CULTURE MOVEMENTS.
In Progress at the Royal Court
Berlin, Oct. 7 M.DewlUe, Russian min
ister of foreign affairs, who has been vis
ing Germany for some time past, started
for St. Petersburg tcrdjy.
Loudon, Oct. 7. The Pall Mall Gazette,
It is authorized io slate, that Dr. Nln. the
Cruguayau minister here, has btard noth
ing from his government in regard to the
rc'iort that his recall has been demandd by
II r. Ha ring. British minister to Uruguay,
or the BritMi consul "at tontcvlde-o; nor
has he been Instructed by lilsgovernmeWe
as alleged, to protest agaiusUM r. Baring's
rcort upon the condlllon'of Uruguayan
New- York. Oit. 7 A special cable dis
patch rroni Venice says: Stucky's mills
aud grain store, on the Island of Gludccca,
have been burned to theground. Hundreds
of ions of grain have been destroyed.
Murder Over a Child.
Grrcnslwrg, Ind.. Oct. 7. James God
dard and Ills son, laylor.assaulled David
Seawrlght in tils house yesterday, and
Seawrlght shot the elder Goddard dead.
Taylor's w ife, who was Seawrlght' daugh
ter, dletl recentlv, leav log a little child, aid
the Godilanl's had gone to ceawrlght's
house to lako it away.
OUR SMOKELESS POWDER
Experiments Prove It Superior to
Any Other in the World.
i-vv port Factory Will Be Duplicated
and Powder Made for All the
Heavy Guns of tlieNuvy.
Newport, R. I., Oct. ".Great results
were obtained on Friday and Saturday at
the torpedo station in a starching trial of
the smokeless iwwder manufactured there.
The quality continues to show marked
Improvement, and the recent teals clearly
show it to be superior to that manufacturiil
antl ued by Itussia, France and even Eng
land. England's powder hisshown great power
and has given astonlsBlng results, but a
careful comparison orthovo results with
those obtained at the torpedo station last
week dimonstrate the superiority of the
American powder. Future improvements
we believ ed to be possible.
Two factories aro how- being put up on
the Atlantic coast and'fwo on the Pacific
coast, with the expectation that they will
produce the powder fo the Navy Depart
ment's largo caliber guns.
At the station here powder Is being made
for small arms and small caliber guns, and
later smokeless powder whTbe made here
for all guns up to the thirteen inch pieces.
Sincer and Seylltz-Fuerth Elected
Breslau, Oct. 7. All of'the leaders of
the Social Democratic party were present
at the opening of to-day's Bitting of the
Herren Singer and Seyliiz Fuerth were
elected presiding officers, pnd were wel
comed in a song by a selected cbolras they
took their teats. The hall "was decorated
with red and blue drapery, the red pre
dominating. Most of the forenoon -was occupied by
the delivery of speeches welcoming the
foreign delegates and in (be reading of
the party report.
MANAGERS ADVISED STRIKE.
Advice Which Led Gold Heaters to
Ask an Advance.
New York, Oct. 7: A general strike or
the gold beaters in NeW York and Brook
lyn for an increase injvagc is in progress.
It includes Philadelphia, but the em
ployers there have conceded the demands.
The manuacturers who were willing to
grant the Increase advised the men to order
a general strike-for the demands in the
three cities ThU was done and the
Philadelphia employers yielded in a few
BRUSH SETTLED VV.
He Made Restitution and .His Case
Edwin Brush, the, .bartender who at
tempted to run off with" $50 of Edward
L- Jordan's moj'fys jesterday, settled his
case this niorn&T&wKboftt going into court.
He offered ilS cash?ylo Mr. Jordan on
condition that, lie would not prosecute
and (be proposition was accepted.
Just before the case was to be called
this morning it wag nolle prosscd, counsel
tor both sides having come lo-an'under-standing.
Mr. Jordan cot his money back
and Brush went free-
VIRULENT KAFFIR FEVER
Near Prospect of Its Sudden
Outbreak in United States.
SEAT OF CONTAGION 0HI0AG0
Looks as Though London Were Ex
haunted by Speculation in Kaffir
Stocks and That the South Afrienu
AniiTlt'iin Investing; and Mining
Company Mu,t Seek Greener Fields.
Chicago, Oct. 7. Chicago is to have an
attack of "Kaffir fever," the disease that
Is now playing havoc with London finan
ciers and which closely resembles the fa
mous "South Sea Hubble."
J. F. Webner, a promoter. Is now In
Chicago on a prospecting lour, not looking
for new gold mines, but for money to de
velop those In South Africa.
WILL UNLOAD ON AAIEKICA.
Defore December 1 "Kaffir stocks," In
all probability, will be listed In Chicago,
antl llie.Soulh Alrlcan Amncau Investment
and Mining CorapaTy, with olflces in Jo
hannesburg, Loudon, Chicago and Nj;w
York, will be engaged in an effort to float
Its stock In America.
For two weeks It has been -whispered
among bankers and brokers that such an
attempt on the part of the South African
magnates was Inevitable, and that Chicago
would he down with the "Kalfir fevtr"
Just as London now is, before the winter
The establishment of the South African
American, Investment tand Mining Com
pany Is certain. Whether Its operations
will he begun simultaneously in New York
and ChlcagiT-'s a question which the net
two days will settle.
The gosip, which has been only gossfci.
for two weeks, began to take definite form
The story came from the offices of cer
tain bankers who, it is (aid, had decided
that "Kaffirs," are a good thing, and will
strike Chicago Just as Ihcy did iu London.
In two years "Kaffirs" isvuedat one pound
have risen in value to nine pounds, and the
investments of the different European na
UonsandEiiglandamount to nearly $2,100, -000,000.
MAY BE THE RAGE.
The rage for "Kaffirs" in London is Just
now particularly significant, owing to the
project of the South African magnates to
carry their operations iuto the TJnlteti
States, and make Chicago one of the points
at which the battle will be centered.
If Investors of Chicago and New York go
iu for "Kaffirs" with Hie same zest with
which they takeup otherpropositioiiswhlch
they conceive to be a good thing, it is not
improbable that the feverish conditions
now existing in London will be repeated
AGAINST MRS. FLEMING.
Arrest of an Important Witness in tho
New York, Oct. 7. The fact leaked out
at police headquarters to-day that an im
portant arrest has been made in connection
with tho death of Mrs. Evelyn M. Bliss,
who died on August 30, at her home, No.
397 St. Nicholas avenue.
Mrs. Alice E. Fleming, Uie daughter or
Mrs. Bliss, is in Uie Tombs, under In
dictment for murder in the first degree.
It is charged that she poisoned her mother.
Although tho officials at the Central
office declined to give any information this
morning, It was ascertained beyond ques
tion that Acting Inspector McCullagh
has made an arrest, and that the person
arrested will be an Important witness for
the prosecution in the trial or Mrs. Fleming
for murdering her mother.
It was learned that the person arrested is
named Ferdinand Wllckes.and that he was
arrested late on Saturday night. Every
effort was made for police reasons to
keep secret the fact that an arrest has been
The prisoner, Wilckes. it is said, Is the
man who figured in the case in some mys
terious manner. He was referred to dur
ing Uio investigation of Mrs. Bliss death as
a mysterious man known as "Ferdinand."
Movement of Silver
The issie of standard silver dollars from
the mints and Treasiry offices for the week
ending-October 5 was $1.574 ,0'J4. and for
tho corresponding period list year was $1,
098,07b. The shipment of fractional silver
coin for the month of September was $1,
717,000, and. for the corresponding pe
riod last year was $1,505,945. nnd from
October 1 to 5 aggregated $330,289.
MINE HS BLOWN CI.
Had Giant row dor in Cabins and It
New l"ork", Oct- 7. A Leadvllle, Col.,
special says: There was a giant-powder
explosion yesterday at the head or Stray
Two cabins there were owned by three
miners Fargbar, Lowney and Burt. It Is
feared Hurt was In one of the huts. If so
he was blown to pieces, as the cabins and
surroundings were blown Into hits.
There were twenty five pounds of giant
powder In the cabins. How it exploded is
Must Have Open Sewers.
Hammond, Ind., Oct. 7. The alarming
spread of diphtheria in this city has coo
pcllcd the authorities to take measures to
closo all the schools in order to check the
ravages of the diseise. From one to three
deaths have octrirrcd dally for several days.
Engine of a Freight Train Crashes
into Crowded Passenger Coaches.
Eighteen Killed, Many Fatally Wound
ed and Upwards of Ono Hundred
More or Less Injured.
Urussels, Oct. 7. Two heavily laden pas
senger trains came Into collision between
Wavre and Ottignles, about eighteen miles
from this city, last evening, and most of
the cars of both trains were wrecked. Ten
persons were killed outright and forty
were Injured, some or them ratally.
Among the passengers were M. lleer
naert, prtsident or the Chamber or Dtpu
ties: bis wife and her slsttr, ilrre. Moulon.
The latter was killed and Mme. Becrnaert
was injured, though not seriously. M.
Becrnaert was unhurt.
Later news from the scene of the rail
way accident shows that the disaster was
a great deal more serious than the first
It is now ascertained that eighteen per
sons were killed and at least a hundred
The list of fatally wounded Is also likely
to be Increased, as at least twenty five of
the Injured are dangerously hurt.
The collision was not between two pas
senger trains, as at first reported, but be
tween a passenger train and a freight
The engine or therreight train struck the
passengers cars, two or which were crowd
ed wilb men and women.
Thfe cars were telescoped and a third
was thrown on top or them. A rescuing
party worked throughout tLe night, tak
ing out the dead and injured from the de
bris. COLLAPSE OF A DIG STAND.
Frightful Disaster nt the Scene or a
Loralne, Ohio, Oct. 7. A frightful ac
cident alien led the laying of the corner
stone .for thenew,. SU, jitary'sCathplic,
Church In this city yesterday morning
which resulted in one person dead and a
dozen fatally and many others seriously
Fully 5, 000 people were gathered around
the foundation for the new structure ami
the prieets w. re about to begin the serv
ices when a platform constructed of boards
and running entirely acroES the area on
which were about 1,000 people gave way,
precipitating 300 of them into the excava
tion. The fourdatlon for the building extended
about ten feet above the basement bottom,
and on this was erected a platform, where
the ceremonies were being htld. Over
1,000 persons were stanjing on the floor
when a section of it. containing about 30O
people, sank beneath Its burden and pre
cipitated them into the pit.
The section which give way was In two
wings, anl as It sank It formed a death
trap lor the people from which there was
no chance to escape. The pit resembled an
inverted roof of very steep slant, the ends
being closed up by stone walls, and Into
this were crowJcd men. women and chil
dren In one struggling heap.
As the floor gave way a great cry
went up from the multitude, but in an
other second It had fallen and carried in
Its ruin the lives of several persons. Those
at the top of the mass escaped easily,
bat when the pit was partly emptied
those victims still entrapped could not
over each other like so many wild creatures,
the strong getting on top and the weak
being trashed beneath the great weight.
Although there a thousand people ready
to rash to the rescue, they ooild render very
little aid to the hclplc-s persons in the pit.
and several minuteselapsedlieforeropesand
ladders could.be procured. When assist
ance rinally reached the unfortunate victims
several had already bee-i tramp'cd to death
and others ratally injured.
The old Catholic church nearby was
turned into a hospital ard morgue. Into
this were carried those who were killed and
Injured. Notwithstanding the shock or the
accident, the priests succeeded In quieting
the crowd and continued the services.
The contractors are said to be respon
sible for the accident, poor timbtrs being
used for the support of the platform. The
mayor and other city officials lent a help
ing band in caring for the injured. The
town to night Is in deep mourning over the
MINISTER TERRELL DENOUNCED
Armenians of Chicago Say What Tliey
Tlilnk or the Texan.
Chicago, Oct. 7 Mlntter Terrell, who
represents the United States in the Turkkh
court, was denounced unscathingly at a
meeting of the Armenian National Union,
held at Odd Fellows' Hall yesterday. The
union passed resolutions demanding Ter
The Armenian residents of Chicago were
out In Torce, and they gave strong nnd em
phatic announcement of their disgust at
Minister Terrell for what they consider
his apathy and indifference.
There was no mincing or words, and the
speakers indulged in positive lieratlngs or
the Texan diplomat, who, they say, mis
represents this nation Instead of making a
firm aud dignified stand for the protection
of people who are being pcr-ecutcdaudmur-dcred
by the atrocious Turks.
BURGLAR IN LOVE.
Surrenders That Ho May Serve Sen
tence nnd Be F'rco.
Boston. Oct. 7. Andrew J. Freeman,
postofflce thief, gentleman burglar and
highwayman, who has escaped from three
prisons' who has time and again held
several officers at bay with his revolver;
who has terrorized villages and carried
off thousands of dollars' worth of booty
in the face or pursuers, quietly surrenJt red
when a Boston police inspector informed
him that he was wanted at headquarters.
Andy explained that hejs In love, wants
to get married and desires to expiate his
crimes as speedily as possible that he may
enjoy wedded blisi.
New York Consc'Tico..
The Secretary or the Treasi" to-day re
ceived In an envelope posti.TLed Sew
York from an unknown pcrsmiic sum of
$10, whit h has been deposited In the Treas
ury on acuount of conscience.
THEIR MfUIOKS VANISH
Potomac Flats Cases Decided
Against the Claimants.
WERE ALL THEOWN OUT
Justice Ifngner Read the Decision of
the Court In General Term It
Holds That the Claimants Have
No Hljjht or Title in the Terrlf orj
The famous Totomac flats cases hav
been decided against the claimants.
The decision was rendered this morn
ing. Justice Hagner reading it for the
court In general term
It repudiates the claims of a large num
ber or persons to any right or tltli'in the
lands affected, ami will probably decide
forever the much disputed point as to the
title or the made lands or the Potomac ad
joining this city.
Justice Hagner read the opinion, which
was comprised In about 200 type-written
pages, while Chler Justice Bingham and
Justice McComas, the other numbers or
the court, sat beside him on the bench.
The scene presented in the courtroom was
remarkable and probably unprecedented.
There are in all some two score and ten
claimants represented lu the large and
valuable territory under litigation, and
each claimant was represented by one or
more attorneys, until the room was filled
with an aggregation of the best legal
talent or the Washington bar.
MARSHALL CASE FIRST.
Counsel rilled every seat In the room. Mi.
Hugh Taggart, or tLe District attorney's
office, the sole proseculing"counsel of the
Government, entered the court-room just
before the court arrived and teated him
seir at a table.
Judge Hagner began reading the opinion
at 10.15 o'clock. The argument or the
caee cunsumed about seven weeks or the
terra last spring.
It was the suit of-the Government to de
termine and protect its Interest in the river
front, the river and the "made" land h
the Potomac from the G street wharf to
This suit was brought in accordance with
an act or Congress or August 5, 188C, di
recting the Attorney General to take such
necessary steps by instituting proceedings
in court to establish how much or the terri
tory beloDgs to the Government and how
much, U any, to the respective claimants.
After a preliminary rehearsal of the his
tory of the great case. Justice Harner
took up and parsed upon the merits of the
reeiccuve claimants, dividing them into
seven general classes for convenience.
The firpt was the claim or the Marshall
helrp. They claimed the river rront, the
u-ianus mat nave since been built up, and
even the ground itself over which the Po
tomac flowp. They traced ti.elr ownership
back to a grant made by a charier of Kina
Charles H in 1649.
.....wTrjr.T.OF, .THE .,T!UI.IG
After a long historical review of the in
tncate grants and conveyances resulting
In, the evolatlon of Maryland Into a
State and the disintegration of the tract
composing the District of Columbia, Judge
"Therefore we detide that the Marshal
heirs have no rights, title or interest in
any land bordering upon or lying under the
waters or the rotomae."
A maninir ran throagh theerowded room,
and an expression or 'egret, mingled with
relief, fell like a pall over the faces of a
quartet or more of the attorneys seated
Judge Hagner proceeded anil took up the
tlaimof the Kidwell heirs, who assert title
to that portion or the Potomac flats west
or Long Bridge by right of an alleged grant
made by the Government to John Kidwell
in 1SG9. The territory Is still known as
Kid well's Island, or better as the reclaimed
The Government ilaimed that the alleged
pate'it shou Itl be dtt tared mil 1 and void be
cause or rraud and deception used in secur
The King had a right over the water
ways, and the contention of the Govern
ment's attorney, the decision ran, that Con
gress, whit h governs the DNtritt of Co
lumbia, has nt right to grant patents to
the waterwavs. could not lit sustained by
the eoirt. The rights of the people are,
however, sujienor to those of individuals,
and when the improvements of the latter
cncro-ich upon the free circumlocution ol
the liotly or the people the patent may be
annulled, revoked or t ireum-scribcd.
At 1:20 o'clock the court resumed the
delivery or the opinion, passing on to the
third or the seven subdiv isloat. This dealt
with the claim made by the Chf sapcake &
Ohio Canal Company and Its lessee. Htnry
II. Dodge. t"fiparian rights irom Easby
Point to Seventeenth street.
CANAL COMPANY'S CLAIM.
Thee rights, the canal company claimed,
had fallen to them through various grants
rrom the States or Virginia and ilarytand,
beginning with a patent rrom the former
State in 1824. Certain accumulations of
soil nnd sed meat have forrmil tangible
bodies of land in the water over which
the company- claimed its early riparian
Whatever rights the Chesapeake & Ohio
Caul Company had acquired hi the riparian
property, read Judge Hagntr, it got with
the full knowledge that It lay in the power
of Congress at any time to revoke that
right, and the court therefore decided that
the canal company's claim was unfounded.
Since, said the court, the claim of Henry
II. Dodge as lessee, is wlolly depeudtnt
upon the right held by the company, it, too,
must expire upon Hie annihilation or tb
company's claim, aud the court so adju
dicated. WHERE THE GOVERNMENT ERRED.
At the tlmeor the grant in 1S69, the
court said, the Kidwell meadows wre
completely under water, and were nothing
more or less than a marsh with wild
rice growing on Hum. Not a particle or
soil came to the surface of the water.
Congress, of course, had a right to Issue
a patent, but it would have been a breach
of the trust imposed in that botly to hav
deeded away property that might be avail
able in the future growth of the republic's
'1 he Commissioner of the Land Of rice had
no right to deliver the patent to the ter
ritory for the reason that the land ceded
to the Government from MaryUind was
for the use of the Government
The decision was adverse to the Kid
well heirs and the pall that hatl pre
viously fallen spread to the faces of other
At 12.30 o'clock, on the conclusion ol
the ruling In the Kidwell case, anil aftet
Judge Hagner's voice had grown hoarse
with the unbroken reading of "two and a
quarter hours, a recess was taken until
The furlh claimo was taken up and
passed upon. This, as the three preceding
claims, was adjudged a victory for the
The contestants, ad verse to the republic's
rights, were the owners or lots in the
tquarcs along the river west or Seven
teenth street. These squares were as fol
lows: Nos. 22. 63, 89. 129 and 113 and
square suti or square 12. Riparian rights
were here in controversy also,
de'cendents of the late Robert Peter, an
The fifth body of claimants were toa
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