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Washington, d. c, Saturday .December 19. is96 eight pages.
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
Hon.RlchnrdP . Bland of Missouri answers
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
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
"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
"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
Die Declares -Washington Furnishes
the Men Who Multc the Sec-
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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RESCUE IN SIGHT.
an accompaniment of numerous exciting
Seuntor Proctor said that the resolution
of the committee would pass the Senate
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
None of the passengers was injured be
youd brui&es that are not serious-
ATTACKED BY THUGS.
Benjamin JohnSou Seriously Cut
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
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
At midnight the patient's condition was
said to be improving.
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
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
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. '
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
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
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
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
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.
Two Driven to Sea in the Recent
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
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
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
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.
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