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Js ! ? j was the TIMES' circa- ImIiam 4nw tt uiaaL C7 XCLUSITE all-day service of the (iTV. United Press, New Eutfluod A- Moclui-d Press, Sont litrn Ahv clcted Pie, Now York State Auocl ated I'reHM, supplemented by the ex clusive right to publish lu "Wushtnic ton the New York Ueruld copyright Cublu Service. fvuwjauuii tui iaoi wgca. The STAR'S circulation IQJ OCC for last week was . . . 101,0U0 1 TOL. 1. -NO. 2550. WASHINGTON, D. C, TUESDAY EVENING. APRIL 28. ISDfi EIGrllT PAGES. ONE CENT. fPWfip5 - -v (times Qme Queuing YELLOW JUTS VICTIMS AnnualScourgeinCuba Promises to Be Very Malignant. ITALIAN CRUISER'S GREW Oat of 258 Persons AH Told on Board AH WoreAttiicked Except Flve.and 115 Died, Including the Ctiiitiiln. Ileports to Marine Hpltnl From Agents In Cubu and Brazil. Reports to the United Suites Marine Hospital service, rrom Its agents In Cuba, Indicate that the annual yellow fever scourge, which is relied upon lonid the war of Independence! promises to be except'on ully malignant this jinr among the uiijc climatcd Spanish soldiers. Dr. Caminero, the United Slates tanl tary inspector, announces forty deaths ut Santiago de Cuba, for the neck ending April 11. lie says the reports are not very encour aging In other eitics. In Santa Clara, for example, several native Cubans have died from l, and the eases of two negroes, who took the fever and died, have aroused the attention of all the physicians, as it has hitherto been maintained that the colored race in Cuba enjoyed a complete Immunity from tills disease. MANY CASES IX THE TOWN. Smallpox continues to increase, and there are twenty-five cases confined in the small pox hospital, while there are many cases in the town of which the physicians henmoth lng about, as they are treated by quacks and spiritualists, of whom there are quite a large number in the city. Vaccination Is still spasmodically prac ticed, lint there are no means of procuring vaccine, except from Havana once or twite a week. Sure. Gen. Wyman of the Marine nospital Service has received a report from Dr. deary. United Slates military Inspector at Rio de Janeiro, dated March 17, regarding the disastrous effects of jellow fever on the Italian cruiser Lomhardla, lying at that port. "When the vessel was attacked,"' Dr. Weary writes, "little or mistaken ireans of disinfection were applied. Isolation was forgotten, and the disease rapidly extended among the crew aud officers, so that she was removed to Ilha Grande for sanitary reasons, where she iufectel the govoirnuent employes on shore. "Out of 238 persons, all told, aboard nil were attacked except 5, and 115 died including the captain. THE CRUISER'S PICK. "The government sent a steamer and a special commission to the assistance of lhc Lomhardla. but it is difficult to ascer tain what was done, as there appers to bo tome recrimination l-etween the parties; but now it Is announced th.it the disease Is conquered, as Indeed it makes no more victims, as the pabulum is exhausted. "It Is difficult to Imagine how such a case could occur nowadays, with our knowledge and means of opposing the extension of the disease. When the United States steamer Newark, in 1804, was at tacked in the person of one man here he was at once landed, and the ship put to sea, and though two other cases oc curred aboard. It extended no further. "It is disheartening to realize the great difficulty in educating the people, even those who ought to know. In sanitary scicuce and its paramount necessity." SIMILAR. ACCIDENTS. An accident almost Identical in details with that of the Wyanokc and the Colum bia occurtcd this month at Seattle, Wash. The const defense vessel Monterey, lying at anchor, was struck by a Swccdlsh merchantman, proceeding under half sliced, and the merchantman was sunk. The results of this affair and that of last nlghtare attributed by naval officers to Le the thick armor in the sides of the war ships, and itlsllkclv that the circumstances will lead to a discussion among marine ex perts as to the value of the ram in naval wn rfare. It is believed at the Nary Department that It will not lie necessary to put the Colum bia In dry dock for reinirs. All the In juries are abore the water line and can be remedied while the vessel lies in the water. Fort Monroe, Va., April 28. The steamer Mverlck, which arrived here last night, while about twenty-two miles off Ilodus Island on Sunday struck a sunken wreck, carrying away her propeller and Injuring her rudder. Small Hoy's Fntnl Drink. Lambertvilte, X. J., April 28. Thomas Beading, the two-year-old son of Alfred Bending, living on Franklin street, is lying at the point of death from the effects of swallowing a large quantity of ammonia. The little tot. in hlsinothcr'sabscnce. while creeping around the room, round the bottle and drank almost a half pint of the liquid before he was discovered. The little fel low is suffering terrible agony and may die. RACING TODAY, Benning Race Course. SPRING HEETING OF THE WASHINGTON JOCKEY CLUB, Daily Until May 2. Five races on the flat today. Congressional Stakes at half a mile for two-year-olds. Admission to all parts Ladies, 50 Trains leave Sixth Street Station at 2:00 and 2:30 P. M., returning immediately attcr lasta-aco... .. , BEN H ELLEN, S. Secretary. SWEDENHOnOIASS MULL MEET. Kelnted Meeting; Held for tlieSelectlon of Topics of Addresses. The Swcdcnborgian conference will con veiu inthlsclty next week. Itls preceded by a number of n eetitigs called "related sessions." These are gatherings of the min isters In council, und the first meeting of the classes of the ministers' council was held this arternoon at 2 o'clock In the National Church at Sixteenth and Corco ran streets. The council meeting was preceded by a meeting of the chairmen of the classes, at which arrangement was made for the various subjects to be discussed at the council meetings. At the meeting this morning there were .present Iter. James Reed of Host on, Bev. Samuel Sexall of New York. Rev. Illram Vrooman of Baltimore. Rev. Frank Scwall or Washington and Rer. II. Clinton Hay of Providence. STEAMER MOM SUNK Old Dominion Liner Collides Wit the Cruiser Columbia. ALL ON BOARD WERE SAVED Accident Occurred While the Wyu noko 'VVhn Leaving Her Dock ut Newport News Flout edfora While und then went to the Bottom Dam age to CrulMer Not Couwlderublo. Fort Monroe, Va., April 28. The Old Do minion line steamer Wyanokc, while leav ing her dock at Newport News last night, foaled the cruiser Columbia, which was lying out In Uie stream taking on coal, and suuk under her forefoot. The crew and passengers wcreallsavejaodtaken ashore. The Columbia sustained some damage above the water line and will repair at Norfolk. New York, April 28. Word was received early this morning at the general offices of the Old Dominion Steamship Comiany, 1'ler 2G, North River, this city, df the kinking or the steamship Wjanokc, which coll'tl with the United States cruiser Columtia near Newport News. The news of the ac cident was contained In the following tele gram from the company's agent at Newport News: SUNK IN COLLISION. "Wyauike sunk In collision with the Uuited Stales cruiser, Columbia, lying af anchor off Newport News, l'assengers and crew all saved as far na known. Are taking care of passengers at Warwick. Will wire particulars later. "M. B. CROWELL, Agent." The company's officials said the steamer carried but few passengers, and they be lieved they were all Isavcd. She had a crew of about forty men, and was com manded by one of the line's best nun, Capt. N. H. Jeuney. The Wyanoke carried only a small as sorted cargo. She left Tllchmond last night bound for this port. She was scheduled to stopat Norfolk, Va., whercshc wasto tune taken on her principal cargo. She went to the bottom before reaching that iort. She was to have sailed from Norfolk for New Ytfrkat" o'clock this morning. The Wyanokc sailed from New York for Norfolk, Newport News and Richmond on Saturday. April 25. Bhe arrived at her last port of destination on April 27, and sailed en route for New York on the night of the same day. The Wyanokc was built at Wilmington. Del., in 1870. She was a side-wheeler of 1,060 tons register. 238 feet In length. 40 feel beam and 23 feet depth. She was the oldest of the Old Dominion steamship fleet, and had been running between this cily and the southern ports since the day she went Into commission. Her owners looked upen her as a. fine coaster. The steamship Old Dominion will be put into commission in place of the Wja nokc, and will suit next Saturday from this port In place of the sunken vessel. DAMAGE TO THE COLUMBIA. The following official report of the disas ter was received by telegraph at the Navy Department at 10 a. in.: "Fort Monroe, April 28. Capt. Sands reports Old Dominion steamer Wj-anoke last night fouled the Columbia, anchored at Newport News, and sunk under her fore foot, l'assengers all saved. Several of the crew were injured, being attended bj- the Columbia's surgeons. "The damages sustained-by the Colum bia couslst-of one hole1 two feet in diam eter on the port side, ten feet above the water Hue; a heavy Indentation two feet aboro.thcr-watcr, line on the same. side, and an Indentation of one plate on the starboard side opposite the hole, opening a seam for about- six feet; the temporary loss of one anchor and fortj--fire fathoms of chain. Shall taKencr to Norfolk navy j-ardis. soon as the requirements of para graph 400oftheNavy Regulationsarecora plled with."" f of the grounds, $1. Cents -. S. HOWLAND, President. DISTIICTJIC8IGBESS Senator McMillan's Letter About the Highway Act. - EXPLAINS HIS POSITION No Intention of Nullifying It, Hut People Iiitcreslrd Aro Expected to Donuto I.iilld for tile Street The Hull of Patriotism Married Wom cu'h Ulghts Other Local Menures. The position of Congress In regard to the highway net and street extension lu general is Indicated by a letter Just written by Chairman McMillan, of the Senate District Committee. It is In reply to a letter from Assistant District Attorney C. II. Amies, who is counsel for a number of prorcrty-owners directly interested In the extension of streets. It takes almost precisely the ground which The Times has outlined us what Congress Is disposed to do. It gives no hope lo siicculators of carry ing out.lhe gigantic scheme by which they had planned to have bonds Issued by which the people would bo obliged to paj for streets in the country and enrich the land speculators. Mr. Amies says that since the decision of the court of appeals In the condemnation proceedings In the Denlson A Lelghton sub division a large number of property'own ers have been asking whether Cougress Is going to carry out the plan of the highway act or not. MR. AHMES' SUGGESTION. The plan In itself, he sajs, is not neces sarily harmful, hut the doubt whether It will be executed has already resulted In serious loss and distress. For Congress to refuse to provide the necessary money to carry out the plan would be to repudiate It. If that is to be the ultimate result the sooner it Is dene the belter. The expense, delay, and un certainty Incident to litigation are of no avail to the parties Interested, lr, after all, Cougress is to repudiate the entire pro swdlngs when confronted with the ques tion of the cot of streets and improvements. Mr. Amies then adds a final proposition, which may be the last hope or Immediate execution of the highway act. He s.iys as the actual extension will occupy many years, there is no neeJ of Immediate heavy expense. There need be only authority to Issue $500,000 ImiihIs annually to pay for the "SS",b"condemnod. Such a provision, he says, would Impede no Immediate burden, and it would at the same time avoid all semblance of connivance at speculative sclicmss. If this is deemed sufficient, it would leave the plans for extensions open to such alteration, modification, or limitation as experience may suggest In closing he says If Congress Is going to repudiate the law it should do so prompt ly by specific enactment. SENATOR MCMILLAN'S RELIT. Mr. McMillan's answer Is as rollows: "Dear Sir: Replying to your letter of April 27,1 would say that the approprlai Hon to carry out the provisions of the highway act came from the Committee on Appropriations anil not from the Commit :ee on the District of Columbia, except In 60 far at amendments proposing new legls-' lalion may be referred to this committee. "There Is no Intention, In so far as I know, ot nullifying in any way the high way act. However, it was not the expec tation or those who prepare I the bill, or of Congress when the act was passed, that there would beany very large expenditure needed except to straighten out and ex tend streets through a comparatively small belt of land lying just beyond the bounda ries of the city. "The lands occupied for agricultural pur poses and these held for speculative pur poses are to lie subdivided, and the streets are to be laid out in accordance with plans prepared under the provisions of the art. It is not expected that Congress will make appropriations to pay for the streets thus created; hut those people who arc particu larly interested in having the streetsopened lnordcr that they may sell their property are expected to be willing to donate the land necessary for "streets and alleys. "Of course, when the opening of a street or avenue would take all or a greater part of the laud held by any individual, so that the damages would lie out of proportion to the lienefils he would receive, the ques tion or compensation would come In, but It Is expected that, as a rule, the law will beseir-acting, and that I he property-owners beyond the city of Washington will find It. for their advantage to donate the streets and avenues. Just as the original pro prietors of the laud within the city found It to their advantage to give, not only the streets and nvenues. but every olhcr lot to the 'national government. Yours truly, "JAMES McMILLAN" IN FAVOR OF WOMEN. Mr. Curtis of Iowa has introduced In the House a bill to amend the laws of the Dis trict as to married women, to make parents thenaturalguardlansorthelrmlnor children, and for other purposes. Mr. Richardson has Introduced In the House a bill lo provide for the construction In this city of a building to be known as the Hall of 1'atrlotism. The bill provides that "there be estab lished in the city of Washington a public Dolidlng, to be known as the Hall ot Patriotism. In which shall be placed from time to lime such contributions from indi viduals or articles relating to the past or present history or the country, or dona tions from States of battle flags, memo rials, relics, or statues of its distinguished citizens, or such articles or historical value as Congress may from time to time direct." Mr. Babcock has Introduced in the House a bill In relation lo taxes and tax sales in the District. Mr. McMillan Introduced In the Senate today, by request a bill.S. 29G5, to amend the lavv. to restrict the ownership of real estate in the Territories to American citi zens. It strikes 6ut the words "In the Dis trict of Columbia" wherever they occur, and relieves the District entirely of the operation of the law. The special subway committee of the House District Committee this afternoon at 2 o'clock gave a hearing on the pending subway and conduit hill. President Bryan of the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company and others Interested were present. Mr. Burrows In the Senate today Intro duced a bill,. S. 2972, "To authorize and direct the anditor for the Postofflce De partment to credit Commissioner Ross's ac count, ns postmaster here, with $223.61, paldbyhlm forvariouslncldentals." It was referred to the Committee on Postotflces and Poastroads. Congress Heights office U31 Pa. ave.nw. ACTION IX THE HOUSE. Vote on the Fukwiikh of the Pen sion Jtill: The-first business lu order In the House today was the vote on the passage of the pension bill, which was taken by ayes and nays, at the demand of Mr. Crowther. It resulted, jeas, 187; nays, 54. The Re publicans and PopuIWs supported the LIU and the Democrats opposed It. 8t Democrats, however, voted for the bill Cummlngs and Walsh or New "York, Lajttiii and Sorg of Ohio, 'Fitzgerald of Mass.iihU!-ctts and Jlownlug of Illinois. Mr. Mahauy offered a resolution call ing upon the President to direct the Sec retary or State to interpose In lehair ot John Hays Hammond, who is on trial In Bouth Africa for complicity In the recent troubles In that country, and asked unani mous consent for Immediate considera tion. Mr. McCrcary suggested. In view of the i imioitancc of the matter, that thc'n-solu- tluti should first be acted upon by the om miltecon rorcign Affaire. The case of John N. Quackenbush then earue under the order made last week for its consideration today. SPITZEH IS NOT GUILTY. Jury Acquitted Hlni of tlio Cliurire of Lmbczzlemi'iit. The Spitzcr case went lnlo the hands of the Jury at the close of the noon recess today and at 1:35 o'clock the Jurors re turned a rcrdict or no&guilty. Neither SpiUer's attorney nor the mem bers ot his family. wh,sat beside him all the morning were In the courtroom when the verdict was returned. He was released from custody and depart ed for home. ' IT IS WAR TO' THE KNIFE No Compromis3 Betwean Illinois Republican Factions. Bnttlo Hctut-en the Muclilne und the McKluIeyltes to lo Fought Out on the Floor ot the Conieutlon. Springfield, 111., April 28. When the reprcsentatves ot the warring factions re tired atlcr midnight it was with tiic im pression "that a compromise had been effect ed that would avert tne threatened strife In the State convention this morning. The compromise discussed provides that the McKlnleyitcs.would agree to the tempo rary and permanent cliajnuen favored by the State central committee, and aKo to the nomination fur governor as the first order of business, on the understanding that the convention would then proceed to the selection of delegates at large and to the debate and vote upon instructions or no instructions. This was mutually agreeable to both sides in the conference. Bright and early i tit morning, however, there were Indications of rebellion rn the part of the various McKlnley leaders who had not been parties to the conference, and when their position was sustalued by associates who arrived on the early mtrn In;r t.iilos from Chicago, the agreement was speedily torn to atoms and the war was on again. Thereupon the "machine" clement gave It out flat-footed that no future overtures would bo made or en tertained, I nit that the Issue must be dis posed of on thefhorof (he convention. Senator Cullom was at his headquarters this morning before half of the visitors were out of bed, and committees were at the trains to steer the arriving country delegates In his direction. The senior Senator long since gave up the hope of being able to secure Instructions In his own behalf, but he is working Industri ously with the delegates that are on the fence, to convince them that an unp'cdged delegatlon-at-largc should be sent to St. Louis. Jfevv Spitnlhli Conxulnr OfflcprM. The President has recognised a number of new Spanish consular officers. For some time past Spain ha-, been strengthening her consular service In this country, until now every place likely to be the headquar ters for insurgent bands is filled. Those rceognlzedarc Juan Vasquez y Lopez Amor, vice consul at Tampaf Jum Pulg. vice con sul at Philadelphia; Raracl Lopez Lac consul at Savannah; Rafael Scco. vice c sul at Key West, and Narciso Perez I'i Unto, consul at New Orleans. Saloon Kfeper Fined $50. In the police court this afternoon Thomas J. Tyrrell, who keeps a saloon on K street, near Thirty-second street, Georgetown, was fined $30 for keeping his bar open on Sun day. He paid $20. and was given one month's tlmein which to pay the rcmainlnng $30. Murderer Placed on Trial. Samuel Patterson and William Hooks, both colored, were placed on trial for the murder of William Dade, January 3, last, in Judge Cole's court this after noon. The prisoners are defended by Samuel D. Truitt, .Thomas L. Joues and John M. Langston. Clondburm In Invvn. Dubuque, la., April 28. A cloudburst at Raymond, east of Waterloo, at 2 o'clock this morning, washed out the track and de railed the Illinois Central fast limited train for Chicago. Two coaches were overturned and several passengers Injured, none, how ever, dangerously.- Another Policy Icunnec Convicted. James Watson, an ,old colored policy runner, was convicted by a police court Jury, and sentenced by Judge Miller to three months In JatU-wUnoot fine, today. Times' 7 o'clock edition. Buy it this evening. Late sporting events. Special Telegraphic News. It's fa big success. ?- Tryjit; pay one cent only. HAL Bill UP &GIIN Senators Resume Their Brisk Discussion of It. RETIRED OFFICERS SCORED Mr.THImun I)cxcrlboH tho Character ot TIioho AYlio Take Milch Pluce-H Under Corporation SciuitorH tJor mun, Gray, Call and .Sevvell Speak on tlioIJefi-ustve. In the Senate today a bill was passed extending the time within which the Union Hallway Company may construct a bridge across the Monongahel.a River. Consideration of the naval appropriation bill was then resumed, the pending amend ment being one offered by Mr. Chandler, prohibiting the empio inent of officers on the retired or uctlve list of the navy by- corporations or iersons rurnlshing ma terials to the government. A further amendment was offered, pro viding that In case the Secretary of the Navy shall make separate contracts for armor and armor plate, tlicy shall'be at a price not exceeding $350 icr ton of 2,210 pounds, and if unable to make contracts within that limit, action is to be- delayed aud the offers are to the next session of Cougrcsn. DEBATE AGAIN TAKEN UP. The discussion upon the amendment pro hibiting retired naval officers from taking employment with persons or corporations having contracts with the government was continued. Tht ouly opposition to it yes terday was made by Mr. Gray, but today that side of the question was also taken by Senators Gorman, Call, Sewell and Uavvley. The amendment was advocated by Mr. Chandler, who denounced the sj stem alined at In the amendment as a vicious one. Mr. Chandler said that he and the'other members of the Nnva Committee had re frained from setting out the evil they were contending against. But It was a great evil. The naval service was being honeycomli ed, he said, by the desire ot naval officers to learn enough of machinery matters to be able to obtain private employment at large compensation, when, either by leave of absence on the active list or by getting themselves put on the retired llt, thcy eave thepublic service an 1 go lutothc em ployment of large contractors. This, he aid. was doing Infinite mi-chief to the navy. Mr. Gray remarked that that did not '.ouch the' case of the two officers alluded vo employed in the Carnegie and Bethle hem concerns who had been coinjielled to go out of the public service. "That does not touch the principle." Mr. Chandler said, "that so long as naval officers are receiving pay from the govern ment they shall not go into the employment,-for high wages, of concerns thatarc doing business with the government to the amount or n llllons of dollars." TILLMAN PITCHED IN. Mr. Tillman denounced the immorality, bad taste, or dishonor of the system against which the Naval Committee was contend ing. Mr. Havvlcy said, from personal infor mation, that one of the officers In ques tion had been treated very cruelly and un justly. "I am ready." Mr. Tillman sa id, "to vote to restore that officer to the active list, but he should not serve the enemy of the gov ernment." Mr. George advocated the amendment and argued that it should go Into effect im mediately, instead ot after the 3oth of June. 1 808. KHUGEHTOCIIA3IIIEHL.VIN-. Confirm tin- Latter' Statement In tin Common. London, April 28. The rull lext of the reply of President Kruge-r of the Transvaal republic to the Invitation sent to him by Colonlal Secretary Chamberlain to visit London and discuss Transvaal matters is published today. The letter confirms the statements made by Mr. Chamberlain in the House of Com mons jesterday, as well as the statements of the Times. In regard to the character of the reply, though It denies the so calletl admitted grievances of Ultlanders. But, with a view of promoting friendly relations. It sajs President Kruger is willing to post pone the question of revisionof the London convention of 18S4. Another Explosion of GuHollne. A gasoline stove exploded at 12:30 o'clock this afternoon in the house occupied by Michael Median, No. 340 Tenth street southeast. The blazing fluid was scat tered about and set fire to the house. No. 8 engine responded to a local alarm and ex tinguished the flames after nbout $100 damage had resulted. ' Iluslncns Portion of a Town Burned. Denicon. Tex., April 28. The south side ot the business portion of Paris. Tex., was destroyed by fire this morning. The Western Union Telegraph and Telephone offices were burned. Estimated loss. $350 -000. Turk Iti'pnlHed by Crelnn. Athens, April 28. Advices received here from the Island ot Crete say that the Cretan reform committees have repulsed the Turk ish troops at Sella, killing twenty of them. . A Marrelon Value. $20 finely custom-made suits for only $6 Is the greatest value In clothing ever offcredln Washington. MisfitCIothingPar lors, 407 Seventh street. COMMODOHE FOLGEITS DEFENSE. Explanation of III Coifnectton With the lliirvey Company Made Public. The Senate Committee on Naval Affairs this morning made public the testimony recently taken by it in Eeeret session on the subject of armor plate, the prices paid therefor and the ownership of patented processes of manufacture, under the reso lution of Senator Chandlerof Deccrahcr31. last. The charges made against Commodore William M. Folger, chief of the Ordnance Bureau of the Nary Department, thatjie was interested In the Harvey Company were answered by that ofifclal, who, In a long statement, explained his position In the matter and denied that ererythlng was not Just as It should be. COCKING MB IS tER Confined in Baltimore Jail and Refusing to Talk. NO FEARS OF A LYNCHING State' Attorney Poe-y Soy Charles County Lockup I Unufo and Un sanitary IlloodSplutclii-H to Ho Sub mitted to Experts) ut Johns Hop kins HoMpltal. " Baltimore, Md., April 28. Joseph Cock ing, the alleged murderer ot his wife -aud sMer-!n-!aw, Miss Daisy Miller, sits in his cell In the city Jail here taciturn and sullen as from the moment he was taken into custody at Hill Top, In Charles county. He sas he will retain ex-Speaker Sidney E. Mudd as his attorney. Speaking of the possibility of Cocking being lynched had he remained In Charles county, State's A ttorney Posey said: "It Is a mistake to suppose that I brought Cocking to Baltimore because I feared he would be lynched. The people were and arc very augry, but the law abiding clement had the upper hand in Charles county and were determined that the law should take Its course, satisfied that Justice would be done. REASONS FOR HIS REMOVAL. "There were three reasons which impelled me to bring him here. In the first place, the Jail of Charles county Is unfit to keep a prisoner in. It Is unsafe and the sanitary conditions arc inadequate. Again, it would have lieen a heavy expense to the county to keep extra guards atthe Jail. "We know that he will be safe In the Jail until the time for his trial arrives, and all the county will have to do is to pay for his tmard here, which will amount to less than It would have cost us In Charles county." Mr. Posey brought along wTHTBThrtilOod splotches, which will he submitted to ex perts at the Johns Hopkins hospital for examination. Mr. Tosey left for his home In Charles "county shortly after the commit ment of Cocking. "A Iter my Interview with Cocking," said Marshal Frey,"during which I was closeted with hlni for some time, I feel sure that be Is the murderer of his wife and his sister-in-law. "He impresses meas being conscious, now that the story he told of the murder was not one that would 'hold water,' and to be regretting with all his heart the slip when it is too late. This is natural, as he must know that he is in a pretty tight box. WEAK AND NERVOUS. "Cocking killed these two women as sure as the sun is to rise tomorrow. He was weak and nervous when we were talking to him and came very near collapsing. I tried to make hlni tell what he really knew about the matter, but all the repfy we got wa. 'I want a lawyer.' "As for the motive for the crime, sev eral throrlcs have been suggested and some of them may be correct. State's Attorney Posey gave me a minute description of the po-itlons of the two bodies when they were found, and this convinces me that both ot the women were asleep when they were killed. "From what I can understand. State's Attorney Posey has positive Information from the physicians who made the post mortem examination of the Lodles. which would preveut any reflection being cast upon Miss Miller, Cocking's sister-in-law. This would do away with the theory that Mrs. Cocking's Jealousy of her sisler, and consequent trouble with her husband, had anything to do with the murders.'" GOT IT IN THE "ECK. "Wonld-lle Rohlier Hit There "With a Bullet nnd Fatally "Wounded. Johnson City. Tenn., April 28. John Crouch, an ex-conrlct, entered the railroad depot at Tine Flats last night wearing a mask and. pointing a pistol at J. B. Wolfe, the agent, told him to hold up his hands. Woife rose to his feet and as he did so Crouch fired at close range, tearing Wolfe's collar off and burning his face. Wolfe got his pistol and returned the fire, the bullet entering Crouch's neck, producing a fatal wound. Crouch Is a memler of one of the best ramllics In this city. Col. Ludlow Questioned. Col. William Ludlow, chairman or the board or engineers' officers, which last summer investigated the Nicaragua Canal project, detailed lo the House Commerce Committee tills morning the nature ot the observations made by them while In Central America, the circumstances sur rounding their work, and the conclus'ons reached as to the cost and practicability or a canal. WEDNESDAY'S BENNING ENTRIES Horse and Official "Weight In tlio Events Tomorrow. (Special to The Times.) Bennlng Race Track, D. C. April 28. Entries for Wednesday, April 29, 189G: First race Handicap. Six furlongs. Han well. 108; The Swain, 107; Tinge, 106; Allen L., 102; nurllngham, 09, and Silk, 97. Second race Four and one-half furlongs; selling. Russler, 110; Bmgalonc, 98; La Vivaudiere. Stanislaus, 95. Third race Capitol stakes; three years; mile. Shakespeare II. 127;Premler, 112; Seplour. Volley, Intermission, 107. Fourth race-Handicap, mile. Dutch Skater. tlG; Urlsk, 99; Emotional, 96: Lodl. 90. Fifth race Steeplechase, two and onc bair miles. Hiawasse. 1C1; Gold Dolljr, -Emperor Otto. 162; Lafayette, lot; May Ulossom, 149; Helios, 144; Flushing, 142. M TO DllfOfi TREASOh Guiliy of Conspiring Against the Transvaal Republic. JOHN HAYS HAMMOND ON Cecil Rhodes Brother Anions tho Number Chamberlain States Tliut lie 11a Cabled Prrldent Kruger .ExpresMlng- Confidence That 1S "Will Commute Seute-nce. J Pretoria, April 28. Five of the leaders ot the National Reform Committee, who pleaded guilty of h'gli treason yesterday, in cluding John Hays Hammond, the Ameri can mining engineer, were condemned to deatli at this forenoon's sitting of the court. Col. Francis Rhodes, brother of Cecil Rhodes, ex-premier of the Cape-Colony; Lionet Phillips, George Farrar and Cliark-s Leonard, are the four leaders who, with Hammond, were sentenced todeat'i. Phillips, Rhodes and Farrar pleaded guilty or high treason on Friday last, and Ham mond, who was ill, and not in court that day, made a similar plea. Tills e-ourse. it was thought, would have the elfect to mltlsate the severity of their sentence, but it turns out that it did not. DEPLORED JAMESON'S MISTAKE. Counsel for the defense yesterday read a statement to the court signed by Ham mond, Phillips, Farrar and Col. Rhodes, admitting that they had u'ked Dr. Jameson to go to Johannesburg, but deploring his mistake in entering the Transvaal and marching on Johannesburg, when there was no urgent need for his presence. They maintained that their action throughout was not hostile to the government. The statement also enumerated the grievances of the Ultlanders. and elabo rated reasons to prove that the actions of the committee werenot hostile to the re public. Regarding Dr. Jameson's raid, the state ment declared that when the committee learned certain facts, it sent, on December 27, two messengers, MaJ. Heany by rail, ud Capt. Hoiden across-country, to for bid Dr. Jameson to move. London. April 28. In the House or Com mons today Mr. Joseph Chamberlain, sec retary of state for the colonies, said: "I have received a private telegram, of theaccuracyof which I have no doubt, say ing that five of the leaders of the so-called national reform committee at Johannesburg had been condemned to death. I thereupon cabled to Sir Hercules Robinson at Cane .Town Instructions to communicate the fol lowing to President Kruge-r: FEEL CERTAIN OF COMMUTATION. "The government has Just learned that the sentence of death has been imposed tipon tie chief lender of Re reform com mittee. The government has no doubt that your honor will commute the sen tences. Indeed the government has as sured Parliament that this Is jour honor's intcntion."- Mr. W. J. Galloway asked whether the law governing such casesdid provide simply for the confiscation of the property or persons found guilty nnd not for the Im position of death sentences upon the-m. Mr. Chamberlain replied that he couid not answer that que-lion. as he was doubt ful whether the condemned men had Ix-en tried under the statute law ot the Trans vaal or the Roman and Dutch law. Right Hon. James Dryce asked the names of the prisoners under death sentence, and Mr. Chamberlain said they were Col.Francui Rhodes, brother to Cecil Rhodes; George Farrar. LlonelPhillips.and JohnllaysHani niond. Thcnameofthenniicondeienedinan he had forgotten for the moment. Four ot them are British subjects and one Ham. mond Is an American. Homo School Incorporated. The Industrial Home School of the Dis trict of Columbia was incorporated today. The object of the institution is to provide a home for friendless and neglected chil dren of both sexes and rurnish them with Instruction in the various. Industries. The Incorporators are: John D. Mcrherson, T. B. Hood, Huldah V. Blackrord. James B. Noursc. J. B. T. Tupper. Lewis Abra ham, Charles E. Foster, J. Ormond Wilson, B. T. Janney, Nellson Falls, M. D. Tecfc, and William B. Gurley. Bout "With Eleven Perxon Cap.Ued. Fairfield, Me., April 2S A boit de taining eleven persons capsized last night while crossing from the Ecnton oho.-e to Fairfield. Wilbur Chase, a young busi ness man ot Fairfield, was drowned, but all the others were rescuesl. Verdict of Not Gnllty. The Jury in Judge Miller's police court Ihls afternoon returned a verdict of not "guilty in the case or Edward Smallwood, who was accused of assaulting Ids wife. 520 fm- f?li. , Tor a few itavs we will sell regular $20 custotr-Tiadc suits, finely tailored in mest fashionable stvlc.far only $. Misfit Cloth ing Parlors, 407 Seventh street. When a paper, driven by competitors, is forced to ex aggerate its statements, it invariably follows the course which it has pursued in the past. It soon matters little whether it is killed for a wolf or a sheep. Hence it makes no appreciable differ ence whether that paper claims to reach 42. 82K 965 or 196 of all the occu pied houses in Washington. The public may, with the rare good nature with which this communit' is credited, close its eyes to the vagaries of this clever manipulator of figures. But, believe them, not in this day and genera tion. 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