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V r :' The Weather Today. ) mt 099 OCR was ilia TIMES' circii luu.uuO laiion for last weak. Generally fair. Slightly colder at night. " ortuwesterly winds. The STAR'S ctelaiioi 18 for fast weak was . . -J) . vol. m. isro. 1,007. Washington, d. c, Saturday .December 19. is96 eight pages. OjSTE cent. Inwfi DEFINED BnElCfllllS Bryan and Other Leaders Ex plain the Party's Creed. MAJORITY VERSUS MINORITY Democratic Nominee Says It Wan Defined in the Chicago Platform. Gov. Stone, Zlr. IJIand and Many Others Give Opinions Senator Morgan Broad Bevicw. Special to the Times. Richmond, Va., Dec. 18. The State tills afternoon publishes a number of letters from Democrats of national reputation, defining Democracy In a political sense unl explaining why tliey are Democrats. The communications are in reply to re quests from tlic State: lion. William J. Eryan Kays: "I liave not time to answer your ques tions at length. In a broad sense a Democracy is a government in which the people rule, and a Democrat is one who believes in such a government. In a -, party sense, Democracy is defined by the Chleago platfonn, and Hie person who supports Hie paity and its platform can call himself a Democrat. The platform was entirely satisfactory to me. In my judgment it applied Democratic princi ple to present condition. -IP A MINORITY HAS A BIGHT TO GIVE A PAKTV DEFINITION OF DEMOCRACY. THEN THERE MAY BE AS MANY DIFFERENT DEFINITIONS OF DEMOCRACY AS THERE ARE PER SONS WHO DESIRE TO WEAR THE NAME." Hon.RlchnrdP . Bland of Missouri answers as follows' ADemocratisonewho supports the plat form and vole.-, for the nominees of ttie Democratic party- 1 am a Democrat be cause that party in its platform of principle.-., as announced from time to time, ami especially at tiie last national con vention at Chicago, comcsjiearett my idea of a government 'of the people, by the people, and for the people' than any other political organization now exist ing." GOV. STONE'S DEFINITION. Gov. Stone of Missouri says: 1. I am a Democrat because I believe in the principle and policies enunciated in the platform adopted by the Democratic national convention held at Chicago in JhIv .last. 2. Democracy, in the tense here used, means a political party; and that raity htands for the enforcement in practical government of the principles and policies formulated and expressed in the platform above referred to. 'I regard all those a Democrats whosiuV cribe to that platfirni and who desired the election or the candidates nominated upon it. I do not legard any others as Iwg entitled to recognition as Demo crats".'' Hon. George Fred "William, cx-Congrcss-innii. from Massachusetts, writes: "4 have tills week returned from a vaca tion of three weeks following the cam paign, and my absence will explain my failure to answer your favor of the 17th ult. asking mc to give you au answer to the questions What constitutes Democ racy, and why I am a Democrat? "Of course it is too late now for me to answer these questions, but I could do it very easily by saying that; the iiolicy laid down in the Chicago platform or lG constitutes Democracy; and I am a Democrat because I approve every article of that platform, and am firm In the faith that it contains the seeds of the political contests of the next decade. Even when -Jlic Tree coinage of silver lias been realized, we must fight for the rest of that platform to protect our liberties and suppress the -carruitting tendencies of our civilization." PROM SENATOR MORGAN. Senator Muigau replies at length to the questions, his letter being as follows: -In reply to the question of the State, "Vliy you area Democrat.1 1 will first state that I was not brought up as a Demo crat; all of my family of every degree of relationship having been 'Old Line "Whigs.' In my preparation for Hie bar I studied the Constitution of the United States and ome of the Suites, in connec tion with the English system of govern ment, aud 1 concluded that the American plan was the only one that secured to the people a perfect guaranty of their per c sonal rights and liberties; because it was the only one that lelt those blessings under their immediate and direct con trol. That the people, the source of all political power, the authors of all fun damental codes, are the supreme judges, under God, of all that relates to Justice and general welfare. "J found that the power of the people to amend the organic law had been most wisely exercised In the adoption of ten amendments to the Constitution, within a very brief period atter the original Instrument had been ratified In conventions held under the authority of the States. Those amendments were the fruit of the labors chiefly of Thomas Jefferson, and lliey became the consti tutional nucleus of the political party since known as the Democratic party; that is, the party whose effort is con stantly directed to the preservation, for the Suites, of the powers reserved, to them, and for the secure enjoyment by the people of all the rights and liberties not specifically enumerated in the original instrument, or in the first ten amend ments. CREED OF DEMOCRACY. The rights and liberties thus reserved to the people comprise a vast number-that are not named, many of which have not yet been developed. "In giving effect to these rights and liber ties in all the vicissitudes of our national experience, the Democratic party has adopted a creed, corresponding to the spirit of the Constitution as it Is Indicated in those ten amendments, and hi the teach ings of Thomas Jefferson, George Wash ington and their great associates. I believe in that creed and in those piin . ' ciples of government and methods of ad ministration, and-thatis why I am aDemo cnit. "That being '"What constitutes Democ racy' a Democrat Is one who faithfully applies those principles to every question of governmental power and duty as it arises. There Is constant jvarfare in the world, which this government was in tended at least to mitigate, between con centrated power, which tends always ' towards monsrehism, and power distribut ed into the hands of.the people. Democ racy favors such, distributions, and I'.b sense of the value of this principle causes It to be conservative in its exercise. So, for the benefit of all clase, Democracy insists upon. a scrupulous regard for writ ten constitutions and for their strict con structions. "As a theory of government, this is our most important doctrine, "it Is not the sup port of a particular measure that defines a true Democrat, but the principle that he ap plies in giving that support. I could name many questions which have presented, In very clear form, the letts of Democracy, yet I can name only a few in which the merits of the particular measure presents a conclusive test; eo that I do not think that any man's light to be classed as, a Democrat is to be determined always by his acting with or against the majority of his party on a particular measure. What ever assails the rights of a State, under the Constitution, or any right guaranteed to or reserved to the people is opposed to Democracy. "Selfish interests and political ambition to usurp power are unceasing hostility to true Democracy, and call for that 'eternal vigilance' which Is the -price or liberty.' -In this warfare I look to the Constitution for a guide to my acU'on as a citizen, and I do not look for a way by which Its re quirements may be avoided. "If there is doubt about a man's Democ racy, this is almost an infallible test." O'FERRAL WILL FIGHT IT Is Opposed to the Retrocession of Alexandria Countv. Die Declares -Washington Furnishes the Men Who Multc the Sec- tiou Lawless. Richmond, Va., Deo. 18. On the question of the relroecssiou of Alexandria county to the general government, Governor O'Fer rall is quoted this evening as saying: As Governor of Virginia, I would, of course, be opposed, to giving up any ter ritory of the Mate. This question would be brought before the State legislature before any movement could be made, and I do not believe the legislature would fuvor this Indeed, I believe they would op pose it. "The object of this movement, I take H, is to have Alexandria county supplied with police from the other side.nndtheruby break up the crime, gambling, and other viola lions of the law which have made that part of the Suite notorious for years. "The people in the District should re member, however, that nearly all the crooks and criminals in Alexandria county who carry oil their nefarious business there, came from the Washington side. There it, equally ;is much defilement uohig on on the Maryland side. If they want to stop the Violations of law going on there, they should stop Fending their lawless peo ple over to tho Virginia" side. "I have given a great deal of my time and labor to the breaking up of the law lessness in Alexandria county, and I think the condition of things up theie Is greatly impioved, though, of couise, there is tome little lawlessness being carried on in a clandestine way. I am opposed to any territory from Virginia being given away." INSANE FROM JOY. Pardoning; of a Convict Believed to DTave I'nbalanced nis Mind. Bait-more, Dec IS. Cov. Lowndestoday pardoned S. R O. Sreed, a j oung man who was serving a sentence in the .Maryland penitentiary for forgerj. When his coun sel, bearing his release arrived at the prison, the man was found to he insane- He was removed to the .Maryland General Hospital and tonight Is in a dclir.ors rendition. Mrs. Balllngton Tooth, of the Salvation Army, who was instrumental in securing Speed's pardon, accompanied the lawyer to the prison, and intended to ctcort Speed to her home at Mont Clair, N J. She is at the bedside or the released convict to night. Speed has suffered considerably fiom Bnght's disease and it is a c.lc tllcn in the minds of the physicians whether his illness or the sudden news of his paidon unbal anced his mind. Utile hope of his re covery is entertained at the hospital. DIVORCED BY DEATH. "Wife Twills Her Dusbnud "When Un able to Obtain Decree. Lawrence, Kan., Pi c 1 8. At Lake View last night August Bierman wasshotthrough the heart by his young wife, who then sent a bullet through her own breast, just missing the heart. Bierman was sUnding in front of his house watching a passing Santa Fe train, when his wire slipped up behind him and discharged the revolver. Her husband died instantly. The wife may recover. Mrs. Bierman said to those who came to the house: "1 have shot my husband. I am a murderess, but my only regret is that I did not kill myself. I tried to get a divorce and lie would not let mc. We could not agree and I killed him." Bierman was a prosperous farmer. KILLED BY CONSTABLES. Desperado in South Carolina Meets Death "While Resisting; Arrest. Columbia, S. C, Dec. 18. A special to the State from Greenville, S. C, says: This afternoon Dispensary Constables Craw ford, Ma j- and Buice made a raid into the Dark Corner, seven and one-half miles above Greers, aud attempted to search the house of John Sims. Sims attacked the constables with a rifle and in the fight received Tour wounds and was killed. Sims is said to have been an escaped convict from Columbus, Polk county, N. C, charged with killing two men in that State. JUItY WAS DTCNIENT. ' Found Private Allen Guilty bf Man slaughter Instead of Murder. Chicago, Dec. IS. The jury In the case of Private Allen, of the Fifteenth Infantry, U. S. A., who shot and killed Private Call, of the same regiment, at Fort Sheridan, last March, returned a verdict of guilty oC manslaughter in the United States court this evening. The maximum punibhhient fortius crime, :nder the Federal law, is three years' im prisonment and a fine of $1,000. A mo tion for a new trial will be argued next Tuesday and if refused sentence will be pronounced by Judge Gros'-cup. The light verdict was due to a belief in the defendant's mental weakness, which is said to be hereditary. Once Wealthy Builder a Convict. Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 18. Allen C. Ady was today sentenced to serve eighteen months in the State priion for obtaining money fraudulently. Notice of appeal was made, but Judge Duncan refused to admit him to bail. Ady was a large real estate owner and builder'but failed a year a0 tor over $200,000. Reflect a Moment Before you .buy thq. common 6hop mado clothing or ere you order your clothes of the tailor. The Misfit's the institution to patronize. Merchant jtailors' uncalled-for and misfit suits, overcoats and trousers at less than cost of material alone. We offer today suits and overcoats originally made to measure for $25, at $10, with a guar antee to keep every garment in repair one year free of charge. Merchant' Tailors' Misfit Clothing Parlors, 407 7th st. iiw. i . jr- tsi$r -jgayt'v.; Honse Looks With Disfavor on the Cameron Resolution. LEADERS ARE OPPOSED TO IT General Jlelief Is That the Popular Branch Will Not Support the Foreign Relations Committee Republicans Fear to Saddle a War on MeKJnley. By the action or the Senate Foreign Re lations Committee yesterday Congress has practically been brought face to face with the Cuban question. Whatever may be the fate of the Cameron resolution in the Senate, it is not believed that the' House will sustain the action of the committee. Mr. Hltt, of Illinois, the chairman of the House committee, is out of the city, and is not expected to return until after the holidays recess. Several other members of the committee have presumably left town. Or thoe who remain and of this num ber a Times reporter talked with five the entire quintet strongly opposed any action at this time. The Republicans ob jected to any step which would, In their opinion, bring about a war with Spain en the ground that the McKinley administra tion ought not to tie met at the very moment of coming into power by so serious an international problem, it was thought better that Mr. McKinley should formulate his own Cuban policy and in this con clusion the Democrats fully concurred. Other members felc that it would be injudicious on the parr of the United States to recognize cither the independence or the belligerency of the Cubans until the real situation in the island was known. SENTIMENT AGAINST IT. Another member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said the time for action had passed; that the island was bankrupt; that American interests in Cuba are de stroyed; that our commerce with the island has practically disappeared, and that recog nition now would be a mere sentiment without a practical consideration belundit. "if,'.' said he, "we want a war with Spain for a sentiment, we are at liberty to have it but not with my consent. If we had intervened a year ago the war would have been ended in thirty days, American property right on the island would have been saved and oar trade with Cuba would have suffered only a partial interference. Today, as I say, thelsland isjunnkruplatid their trade will be worth nothing to the United States for twenty 'years." Another member of the committee, ex pressed the belief that the United Slates liad better attend to Its own business and not go dancing through the congiess or nations with a chip on it's shoulder spoil ing for a fight. GENERAL CHANGE OF FRONT. A Republican of the House a man of great influence among his fellows ex pressed the belief that all the Republican leaders as well as the Influential Demo crats in the House would set their faces strongly against the adoption of any Cuban resolution which might propeily be re garded by Spain as an unfriendly act. Members of the Foreign Arfairs Commit tee expressed their surprise at the change of sentiment among their colleageu.s It was stated that members of that conrnlt tce who, at the last session, were radical in their opi osIUou to Spain and bubbling over with enthusiasm for the Cuban patri ots, lme changed rront since their re turn to Washington, and arc now among the most conservative men on the com mittee. The prediction was rrcely made that, notwithstanding the unanimity with which the resolution was reported by the Sen ate committee, It was doubtful if thu Sen ate would adopt it, or at least, not with out a very considerable delay. NO CHANCE IN THE HOUSE. Not a single member of the House, out of a score or more of Hie leaders, could be found who believed that the Senate reso lution could pass the House, even though it be favorably reported by the House committee. One of themembcrsof theForeigiiAffairs Committee who did not hesitate to ex press his views publicly was Mr. Quigg, a New York Republican. He said: "I don't think the Senate resolution can pass the House at this session of Congress. I do not know a member of thcHou.seCornm.it tee on Foreign Affairswuoisinfavor of it nor do I think it possible to obtain from the House committee any resolution of any sort at this session. The disposition of the House committtec is to leave the matter to the incoming administration." WAR VERSUS PROSPERITY. Mr. Pearson of North Carolina, another Republican member of the cemmittee, ex pressed his position in this wise: "Berore taking so grave a step, leading to unknown and momentous consequences, it seems to me that the Information should not only be accurate but official. 'The Republican party has promised the country prosperity and the question presents itself will war or rumois of war or apprehen sions of war lead to the promised result.' " Mr. Shafroth, the silver member from Colorado, expressed surprise at the action of the Senate committee. "Wall street,1' he said, "will not permit the passage of the resolution through the House. It may pass the Senate but that will end the matter." Whether or not the passage of such a resolution meant war, was the question uppermost last night, but the concensus of opinion is that It does not, unless Spain sees fit to force it. The ground was taken in committee that this government pos sessed the Inherent right to recognize any new State, andthatif the power previously exercising dominion over such territory protested, upon such power rested the burden of commencing hostilities. MEANS FIGHT, SAYS FRYE. Senator Frye is of the opinion that if the masses of the people of Spain control the executive offices of that government, war will certainly follow the passage of the resolution. Senator Mills hopes that speedy action will be taken, and Senator Morgan Is of Wte same mind. Senator Hale deprecates the action of the committee and says those in the Senate opposed to the jingo spirit manifested in the resolution will contest the passage of the resolution to the end and prevent Its adoption by every means possible. No effort will be made to call the resolu tion up in the Senate until arter the holi days, but it is very evident that imme diately uponthe assembling of "the Senate in January, the iiody will be plunged Into a debate that gives promise of possessing -tp "&?, -- K fc? rT.,-T?s; j- A 'tShtJ RESCUE IN SIGHT. an accompaniment of numerous exciting episodes. Seuntor Proctor said that the resolution of the committee would pass the Senate easily. Senator Chandler Is also or that opinion, and would not much mind if the result or its passage was a war. VIEWS OF OTHERS. Congressman Hutchinson of Texas thinks that such a resolution would pass through the House like a house afire. Congressman Berry of Kentucky believed that if the resolution got to the House, and was repoited by the committee, it would be carried by a largo majority. He, how ever, does not think It will be favored by the House committee. One or those interviewed said that he understood that a poll of the Committee of the House on Foreign Affairs had ac tually been taken yesterday after the re porting of the reEolution, and that it was learned that no such icsolutioii would be reported by the committee. Mr. Curtis or Iowa favors granting bel ligerent rights but not acknowledging the independence of the island. Senator Hale said h would fight the resolution to the bitter end. From all these expressions, Trom the op positfcn of Burrows and Hale and 'others known to be'oppoged, aud from the num ber of Senators who are ominously client, it Is not. unlikely that.the rcsulutloti may be talked to death unless tic Idea of Cuban liberty stampedes c$u the traditionally unemotional Sepatc. SHOT HIMSELF IN THE HEAD John Niernsee, of This City, At tempts Suicide in Baltimore. No Cause Assgped for the Hash Aet Lying Unconscious at n Hospital. Baltimore, Dec. 18. John R. Niernsee, twenty-rive years old, of No. 1813 Ninth street northwest, Washington, D. C, shot himt-elf tonight, and Is unconscious at the City Hospital. He engaged a room at a Pratt street lodging-house this evening and an hour later sent a bullet through his head. ; No cause for the suicide is known. When a Times rt-porter called atthe home ol Mr. Niernsee last night the family had received a telegram ficm Ealtimore stat ingJJiat young Niernfee had met with an accident but that was the extent of their inrormation. He went to the yonumental City tome days ago on a visit- with a cousin. So rar as his friends are aware there was no rea son for his attempt at self-destruction. The family is well known in Loth this city and Baltimore. TO BE TRIED FOR MURDER." Taylor. Alias Piatt, Shot Patient in an Insane Asylum. Louisville, Ky., Dec. 18. Taylor, alias Piatt, who was arraigned in London to day for the murder of Jesse Tyrce, was known InKentucky as Arthur W. Piatt. He killed Jesse Tyree, an Inmate of the Eastern Kentucky Lunatic Asylum in 1883. Attliat time Piatt was an attendaut at the asylum anil Tyree was In his ward. Tyree refused to go to dinner when I'latt ordered" him, and uie Englishman, becom ing angry, shot him through the heart. He made his escape and went to Eng land, where he was put in prison for theft at Oxford several months ago. Sheriff Glass, of Lexington has gone to England to bring Piatt back'tor trial. London, Dec. l8.-r-Taylor, or Piatt, ifid not say anything hi , ids defense when charged wlUi the- xrlma of murder, but rather admitted that the charge was true. He appciired perfectly cool. Mr. Hobsbn, representing the "United States embassy, was present as was alsp an officer from Lexington, Ky., who came to England to take the prisoner back to America when the order for his extradition is Issu-id. The prisoner would notjsay where he had been since 1895, batlt;is thought he has spent much of the tlma in English jails. John RauaolpbuXnclter 111. Special (ojjie- Times. Richmond, Va., Dec. lft John Randolph Tucker, dean or the Law School of Wash ington and Lee University, was reported djiug from heait failure at his home in Lexington tonight. He has been ill with pneumonia for three weeks. At this hour his condition is more favorable. Steamer on Fire. Savannah, Ga., Dec. 18. Fire broke out in the lore peuk compartment of the British steamship Ripoji City today. The entire contents, j.wcutiy-eight bales of cot ton, were damaged, by fire and water. The fire was extinguished in a short while after it was discovered. The compart ment had been loaded and scaled about five weeks ago. ' Carnegie Buys Iron Mines. New York, Dec. 18. It was" reported in financial circles today that the purchase of the Mountain and,Rathbun iron mines in the Mesaba range, Minnesota, by the Car negie Steel Company, from John D. Rockc--feller, has taken jilace. The amount in volved is unknown. Walch for a town. Congress Heights. c&(-? J GOVPERS AND SILVER IN Interesting Session of the Amer ican Federation of Lahor. FIST FIGHT WAS IMMINENT Delegates Indulged in Personalities During White Metal Debate. Gompers Elected by Acclamation. Secretary McCrnlth Refus:ed to Decouie a Candidate. Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec. 18. The American Federation of Labor, at its session today, adopted a resolution favoring the free and unlimited coinage of silver and re-elected President Gompers. The silver question came up early in the dry, when Delegate Welssman orfered a resolution that the rormcr action of the Federation ravoring free coinage or silver at 16 to 1 be reconsidered, and the resolu tions committee, through which it was presented to the convention, recommend thut as the subject was one on which workingmen had become divided, the test interests or the Federation would be served by refusing to give it any consideration. The matter caused a lively movement among the delegates to secure the flwir, and free silver oratory fillwl the hall. Del egates Weissman and Calahan indulged in personalities, that ror a few minutes seemed to presage a serious cnnNict. SILVER RESOLUTION ADOPTED. Delegate John B. Lcnnon or the Journey men Tailors offered as a substitute a reso lution reaffirming the stand taken by the American Federation of Labor at its three past conventions, favoring the free and unlimited coinage or silver atthe ratio of 16 to 1 by the United States, witho.it the consentorapproval of any other nation, and disavowing any intention that this ac t'on should be construed as indorsing any political party. The discussion of free silver and the piopriety of the convention making a declaration of any kiid with relation to free and unlimited coinage of the wii.te metal, continued with more or les forensic eloquence until within a few minutes of the tune set for adjournment, when debate was stopped by a motion for the urevious question,, which was promptly seconded. The Lcnnon substitute was adopted by a decisive majority. ELECTION OF OFFICERS. At the afternoon session the special order Tor the annual election was deferred to hear the report of the committee on presi dent's report. It indorsed all tiie recom mendations of President Gompers. The report was adopted by a unanimous vote of the convention. The following officers were then eh-cted, the secretary being instructed in every case to cast the unanimous vote of the conven tion for the nominee: President, Samuel Gompers of New York; rirst vice president. P. J. McGuire or Philadelphia; second vice president, James Duncan of Baltimore; Md.; third vice president, James O'Connell or Chi cago; fourth vice president, M. M. Gar land of Pittsburg; secretary, Frank Mor rison of .Bloomington, ill.; treasurer, John D. Lcnnon of New York. NASHVILLE SELECTED. The only change in the list of officers from those chosen at the last convention was in the secretaryship. It was the in tention of Secretary McCraith to stand for re-election up to the time of the rinding of the executive session in the allegations against President Gompers yesterday. The outcome of that affair satisfied Mr. McCraith that he hail no show of re-election, and he prevented his name coming before the convention. Martin Fox and George E. McNeil were elected fraternal delegates to the British Trades Union Congress, which is to as semble at Birmingham, Eng., in September, 1807. John B. Lcnnon and Horace M. Eaton were chosen alternates. Nashville, Tenn., was selected as the place for holding the next annual conven tion. Tiie committee on the eight-hour move ment handed in its report, which Instructed the executive council to do everything in its power to attain the endaimed'at; that the entire constituency of the American Federation of Labor strive for the accom plishment of a universal eight-hour work day, and that aid be rurnished in sus taining the contest in this respect now on in the State of Utah. The report was ordered printed and will come up Tor action later. FOUND NO SIGNS OF POISON. Charge of Wife Murder Agniust Postel Will Be Dropped. Chester, Pa., Dec. 18. The Postel case, Involving the supposed suspicious deaths or the four wives of Albert n. Hostel, of Wayne, near here, has simmered out and there will be no further attempt to unravel the alleged mystery. District Attorney William I. Shaffer decided today to drop the proceedings against Postel, after receiving the report of Dr. John Marshall, of the Univursity oC Pennsylvania, who was employed to make a chemical analysis of the contents of the stomach of Mrs. Postel, the fourth, which was brought from Providence, R.l... arter two weeks or legal sparring between the authorities df Delaware county and the attorney general of Rhode Island. District Attorney Shaffer would not give the complete details of the report for publication, but said there are no evi dences off poisoning. Flooring, 1.50 for 100 Feet. Kiln-dried heart, one width, one length. Libbej & Co., Gib. st. and New York ave. MINERS' FATAL PLUNGE. Cage in Which They "Were Working Fell 1,000 Feet. Ouray, Colo., Dec. 18. A frightful ac cident occurred in the VIrginlus mine, near here, this morning, by which five men were almost instantly killed. The dead are: Gabriel Russ, John Antras, Charles Swan sen, Charles Anderson, and Louis Jackson. The accident occurred In the ehait or the ' Virginlus Mine, where the unfortunate men were at work repairing the timbering of the sliart They were working from the cage suspended In the shaft, having It raised and lowered as they progressed with their work. Just what caused the accident is not known. The men were several hundred feet below the shart house at the time their last signal was given. The engineer, in answering the signal, was horrified to find that the cable con necting the hoist with the cage had become slack. Tnere was nothing to obstruct the de scent of the cage and it fcjl with lightning rapidity to the bottom or the shaft,' which is 1,400 feet deep, where it was broken into thousands or pieces, the men being crushed Into shapeless masses, in the wrecked cage. GOf OPENED THE SWITCH Peculiar Accident on the Baltimore and Ohio Southwestern. Postal Cleric King Smothered to Death by Shelled Corn Others May Die. ChUlicothe, O., Dec. IS. A fatal wreck from a very peculiar eause occurred on the Baltimore and Ohio Southwestern Rail way, at tiie east edge or Hamden, near here, this afternoon. The fast westbound express, In charge of Engineer Cutler and Conductor Thomas Brown, was entering Hamden, going forty-five miles an hour. Just as Cutler whistled for the station the engine struck a cow. She was thrown against a switch with force enough to open it. The engine took the switch track, while the coaches kept on the main track. The engine Jumped the track, ran into the bank and overturned the tender. The coaches struck the tender which lay partially across the main track, and jumped to another siding where they en countered a car of shelled corn. The baggage and postal cars also left the track. Michael King, postal clerk, of Cincin nati, was burled in the shelled corn and smothered to death. O. H. Smith, postal clerk. alo or Cin cinnati, sustained a rractured rib and was injured internally, so badly that he may die Postal Clerk Shannon or Cincinnati was seriously injured. Conductor Brown was badly bruised in the abdomen and narruwly escaped death, a roil piercing the car rioor at his feet and tearing his trousers as it shot past him to the roof. None of the passengers was injured be youd brui&es that are not serious- ATTACKED BY THUGS. Benjamin JohnSou Seriously Cut and Beaten. Benjamin Johnon ot 118 L street north west, au ex-member of the police force and recently a gunner on the U. S. S. Marblehead, was assaulted last night by an unknown white man ori D street near Ninth, and was taken to the Emergency Hospital in the ambulance, suffering from a scalp wound three inches in length and IJossible fracture of the .skull juat above the left eye. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson and his sister and brother-in-law, Mrs. and Mr. Fred. H. Gehrmann, were walking in company through D street to the Ninth street cars, on their way home. TheGehrmanns were leading, and noticed three rough looking men standing close up to one or the buildings. They passed them without remark, but a moment later heard the sound or break ing glass, and the noise ot the men as they ran down the street. Turning, they saw Mr. Johnson lying in the street nearly unconscious, with the blood streaming down his race. The injured man was assisted to a drug store at Ninth and the Avenue, where the flow of blood was temporarily checked. KNIFE USED ON WARREN. Wyoming's Senator Operated on for Appendicitis Condition Serious. Chicago, Dec. IS. Senator Francis E. Warreu of Wyoming underwent an opera tion for appendicitis at the Auditorium An nex this afternoon, where he has been lying ill for several days and his condition is believed to be serious. . Dr. Hammond, however, who attended the Senator during his illness, said to night that he was doing fairly well and he thinks that the operation will prove successful. At midnight the patient's condition was said to be improving. EX-CONGRESSMAN DEAD. Roswell G. HorrPasses Away After Two Weeks Illness. Plainfield, N. J., Dec. 18. Ex-Congressman Roswell G. Horr died tonight at 11 o'clock- after an illness of two weeks with bronchitis and Bright's dis ease. He was first stricken after rinishing his speech-making in the late Presi dential campaign. Bryan Going to Atlanta. Lincoln, Neb., Dec. 1S.-W. J. Bryan ex pects to leave Lincoln so as to be in At lanta, Ga., Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. His stay there will be short and he intends to return almost immedi ately to Lincoln. Mr. Bryan had not lully determined this evening the route he would take on his Southern visit. He will probably leave some time Sunday. Secured But Little Money. Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 18. Southern Express officials say that the tworobbbers who held up the Southern Railway train near Bankston last night got little or no money. Only the Iccal safe was opened, the through saTe escaping, the messenger having no key to it and the robbers being unable to break it pcn. Officers with dogs are endeavoring to run down the robbers, but without success so far. Blizzard in Newfoundland. St. John's, N. F., Dec. IS. A blizzard which has been raginsr here for the past two days has caused much devastation. Telegraph lines are broken, the railways blocked and all traffic impeded. There are immense snow drifts near Holyroad, and where the railroad runs close to the seashore an extensive washout renders the running of trains Impossible. Striking Miners Evicted. Terre Haute, led., Dec. IS. The Parke County Coal Company today began evict ing the strikingniincrsfrom the company's houses. It is expected that the ether companies whose men arc still out on a strike will resort to the same measure In a few days. No trouble attended today's evictions. Made Twenty-two Knots an DTour. Providence, R. I., Dec. 18. Torpedo boat No. G had. her firss trial trip out of Bristol harbor on Narragansett Bay today and is reported to have made twentytwo miles an hour. ' l B'KlllEi JTJ1ST0N He Spends a Quiet Day in the - 'Chicago Suhnrh. COLLEGE BOYS CALL ON HIM They Marched in a Body to HIa Host' Iloiue and Cheered Him. Major Declined to Make a Speech. Dad Few Callers Plans Are ttf Return to Canton on Monday. Chicago, Dec. 18.-Major McKinley was the central figure In a front porch episode tonight. The familiar scene was- changed from his own front porch to that of the residence of Charles G. Dawes in the suburb of Evanston. The obliging President-elect was drawn out Into tne chilly air by the combined lung power of hair a thousand enthusiastic students or the Northwestern University The distinguista-d visitor's presence was well known to all Evanstonians and the college boys quickly organised in parado order. They marched in an orderly, quiet body to the Dawes house, surrounded it and lustily cheered for the next President of their country. Major McKinley, accom panied by Mr. Dawes, satisfied the clamor by appearing in his campaign role, but thia time he declined to make a speech. DECLINED TO SPEAK. He merely bowed his appreciation or the compliment and returned to his cozv quar ters. Major McKinley had an excellent night's rest and said this morning that he already Telt some benefit Horn the change and rest. He and Mrs. McKinley went fc.r aa early drive in the bracing air. The rest of tne day was spent indoors at tlieMt-WiUiarn'R residence, cntd It was time tc drive to the Northwestern depot to take the 3 o'clock tegular tram ror Evanston. The Major was accompanied by Mr. DawL-s and Capt. II O Heistand. U. S. A., who was also a guest at Mr. Dawes' home to night Tney atrlted at &30 and scon after the three men, accempanied by Mrs. Dawes, went fora crive thiough the town. SPENT A SOCIAL EVENING. In the evening in en mfcimal, rociable manner, numert.us nelgnl o: and fru-nd.sof the Dawes family called co pay their re spects to the elder guest and help to make the evening pass rleasantly. Judge William R. Day, of Canton, wiR. arrive in Evanston tomorrow niomingand have Jt conference with Major McKinley at Mr. Dawes house- About noon the party will return to Chicago. Mrs. McKinley is in better health than she has been for two months, -and it is likely that she will go to New York city early in the year to do some shopping. Major McKinley will accompany her, and ir fiey go, u is suggested that they spend a fortnight at Atlantic City. The major now talks of returning to Canton Monday night. His chier poHrjcal caller today was tior. Cpliam.or Wiscon sin, who urged the appointment of Hmry C. Payne to the Cabinet. IS A MURDERER AT FIFTEEN. Galvesitcn I.ad Kills a House maid for Teasing Dim. Galveston, Texas, Dec. Is Mary Falkv rirteen years eld, a servant girl in the family c.f Edward Basil straenskj. was round dead :n the kitchen or the house at 10 15 o'clock this morning by Mr. Stra vensky. Thegirl when discovered was lyisg partly on her side and Lack. All the ft out part of her head, extending from just belaw the middle of the iorehead to herBcse,had been torn out, exposing her brain, and a great clot or blocu had Tonned around her head. Mr. Stravensky had lett hciae early in morning, while his wifear.d httle daHgh ter came to town to a dtntist ami after ward visited a relative. leaving at home with the girl Jcnaes Lotus Sheppard. an eIeven-year- Id .01 or Mrs. Straveasky by a former husband. Mr. Stravensjcy returned to thekoeseac the hour ncmed and was lorriried t find the girl dead and his step-si n afcsent Ho at ncc r otificdthe authorities. It was at first thought the deed was committed with a heavy Llunt instrument, but a snot gun wasfound m tnehousethatiiadreeentty bee-n discharged. A search was made for the boy Step pard. He was found at his grandmother "a a Tew blocks away, and at first c'cnled anj knowledge of the murder. He finally confessed, however, that he shot the girl because she was all the time teasing I-.uu- He says Mary threw him down, rubbed flour in his face, and teased him until he became so angry that In went into the house, got the slioc gun. and shot her. The girl was washing dishes at the time iii the kitchen and fell dead at the crack: of the gun. The boy slayer has a slight braise on his noe which, hie says, was caused by the gun kicking. He Is in the custody of the sherirf and talked Treely this evening about the arrair. seemingly without del ing or remorse. He is a lad or average intelligence. The girl had hen in. the Service of Mr. Stravensky since No ."ember last- ner mother and three brothers Svr in Laredo, Tex. ner fattier is dead. LIGHTSHIP MISSING. Two Driven to Sea in the Recent Heavy Gales. Chatham, Mass., Dec- IS. Asa result ot lasc Wednesday's storm, Pollock Rip lightship, which has withstood so many gales, was torn from its moorings and baa gone, no one knows where. s The lightship carries some sail and spare anchors, and it is thought the ship could navigate up by the Handkerchief Shoal and proceed far enough up the sound to a favorable anchorage. New York, Dec- IS. "Winter Quarter Shoal Light Vessel' reported as missing; by several steamers, coming from Southern ports during the last tew days, and which was moored In sixty Teet or water, two and a hair miles east coutheast by north of Assateague Island, and about eight and a half miles rront the coast ot Virginia, had twelve men on board, and while the worxs is not anticipated, there is considerablf alarm over their disappearance. Convicted of Counterfeitingv NewYork,Dev.l8. Tl.omasScottFagan, who has been on trial before Judge Brown, in the United Statescnminal court. charged with counterfeiting, wax convicted this aft erncon. The arrest of Fagan and his ac complice, Knapp, wasbr ought about in con nection with the arrest of Basford and Free man, convicted earlier in the week of ec unterfeiting. Supposed Murtlerer Arrested. Maynard, Mass., Dec 28. Lorenzo Barnes, a woedchopper. about thirty-three years ot age, was arrested this afternoon charged with the murder ot John Dean, the aged tarmer who was round lying dead on his kitchen rlcor last night with his skull crushed and head horribly mangled. F.ffendl Djemaledain 111. Constantinople, Dec. 18. The Shelk-UI-Islam, Mohammed Djemaleddin.Effeiidi, la suffering from a cancer, and it is stated, that his condition Is hopeless. He was ap pointed to hisofftce In 1891, and has not been ejected by the various changes that have since occurred in the Turkish min istry. Ivy Institute Business College, Pth andK. None better $25 a year, day or night.