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C ' ' '" ; FIRST PART. . " J ' . -re JHp&! 4.:"-? ;v-":r PAGES l TO 8; "f 1 " - - ' i, w -7 V L A T J - JiLO RUMBUIGS OF WAR Startling Rumer About a Naval Conflict in Samoan Waters in Which An AMERICAN VESSEL IS SUNK. A Pittsburg Man's Graphic and Au thentic Narrative ot the TRUE INWARDNESS OF THE TEOUBLES Germans Jealous of Americans They Are Trying to Freeze Out the Yankees The German Consul Held Responsible Be Is Supposed to Bare Disobeyed Bismarck's Orders Unfortunate Natives Captured and EnslnTed far German Treachery Lured Into Ships by Feasts and Carried Off The Americans Above bach Oat races. It may be true There is nothing, so far, to disprove yesterday's rumor of warfare at Samoa. Berlin hardly whispers about it Washington's officials, from Blaine -down, discredit it Dan F. A. Mclntyre, now in Pittsburg, tells The Dispatch a story of absorbing interest in this connection. He has lived in Samoa. Many of his ex periences and observations will be revela tions here. Whether there's war or not, his etorv is verv instructive and seasonable. London, March 8. IheSchlessische Zei tung, of Berlin, says a sensational private dispatch has been received, stating that the German warship Olga bombarded Mataafa's camp, whereupon the commander of the American war vessel protested. The pro test being unheeded, the Americans fired on the German vessel, doing considerable dam age. The Olga then blew up the American vessel, with all hands, by means of a tor pedo. In explanation of the above sensational, The Rightful King, Malictoa. yet startling statement by cable, news comes from San Francisco as follows: 'The steamship Alameda, of the Oceanic line, whichleft here for Australia February 9, touched at Tutuila, the Southern island of the Samoan group, February 25 and ar rived at Auckland March 3. Had any engagement occurred at Apia she would probably have learned of the fact at Tutuila and carried the news to Auckland, where the fact would have been cabled. It is con ceded that the information might not have reached Tutuila, as Apia is 70 miles distant, in time for the Alameda to carry the news to Auckland. The steamship Zealandia is due at this port March 16, with news from Samoa down to March 2." "Washington telegrams discredit the whole affair in the following language: The story of the engagement between the German man-of-war Olga and an American man-of-war in the harbor of Apia, resulting in the sinking of tne American vessel, is generally discredited at the Navy Depart ment No information upon the subject has been received at the Department of State. Mar be the Kipslc There, as in the Naw Department, it is said that news of an event of such iapor- Tamasese, the Rebel. tance would surely reach the United States at least as soon as a German sea coast city. The Nipsic was the only United States man-of-war at Samoa prior to the lit instant, but it is believed that the, Trenton an- the Van d.tlia, which sailed from Honolulu early in February, reached Samoa about March 1. "There wa quite a rush of correspondents and others at the State Department to-day to learn if there we? any truth in the alarm ing story Irom Samoa of the blowing up of one of the war vessels of the United States. Mr. Blaine stated positively that the de partment had no information of any such disturbance, and, in his opinion, it was merely an old rumor, worked over into more sensational shape. No- hint of any such occurrence had reached the department from any reliable source. Mule. Hope In That Cnse. "The Nipsic, which is supposed to be the American vessel referred to in the German publication, is rated as a wooden vessel of the third c1bs, with six,, guns. The Van- 3T0RTY-F0 UJTJ fiMl 1 M yS i'fir "VfsiPW, sssssU'!hwl7-fasssssstl " - tV. ,f T: dalia and Trenton, which have doubtless reached Samoa by this time, are also wooden vessels, carrying eight and ten guns respec tively in their batteries. Most of the gnns are smooth bore, but naval officers say that, at short range and against armored vessels, such as the German gunboats now in Samoan waters, these cannon are just as efficient as rifled ordnance. Unless the German gunboats have also been reinforced, the American fleet now at Apia is regarded as suptrioi in offense power, as its vessels are fresh from the repairers' hands, and the crews are strong in number. Thinks Mock Jobbers Did It. "Secretary Blaine this evening, in answer to an inquiry, said that the report of a con flict between German and United States war vessels at Samoa was, in his opinion, un worthy of the least credence. He regarded it as a mere stock-jobbing rumor, having no foundation whatever. "Commodore Walker, of the Navy De partment, held similar views." A late telegram from San Francisco says: "The arrival here of the next steamer from Samoa which is dne the 16th inst, is awaited with marked interest The steamer Mariposa will leave here to-morrow at noon for Auckland, via Samoan Islands, carry ing passengers and mails. It will be a full month before another steamer leaves for the islands." The only advices from Berlin, since those given above, are to the effect that several Apia Harbor From American Consulate. papers announce that the Samoan confer ence will open about the ISth inst Mr. D. F. A. Mclntyre, an old Pitts burger who has just returned from follow ing the sea for a number of years, furnishes The Dispatch with an interesting ac count of his experiences in Samoa during a three years residence there. In the course of his recital Mr. Mclntyre said: "When I was still quite young I left San Francisco on a sperm whaling expedi tion to the South Pacific Islands. We were wrecked in a storm on reef, and out of seven men toatlwas the only one saved, was steered by a long paddle. a coral in my The boat In some manner it caught in a coral fissure, and was broken off. We were capsized almost in stantly, and washed upon the rocky beach of the French island Otabote. My com panions were all killed, and I was knocked insensible by the force of the waves. The nativs cared for me tenderly, and for four years and a half I was the only European on the island. I was then picked up by a French man-of-war, and after that I wan dered into the Samoan Islands. On the Samoan Islands. "This was 10 years ago, and I stayed there three years, employed as an overseer of a coffee plantation, owned by Godeferoy & Co., a German firm. Apia is the only town of any acconnt on the islands, consisting of 500 inhabitants, principally Germans, with some Americans and patives. Cotton, cof fee and kara are the chief products raised. Kara is the interior of the cocoanut The fruit is cut in halves, dried in the sun, and then cut into small nieces. An American Residence, Apia In this form it is shipped by the Germans with the cotton and coffee to England and Germany. Some of these products, how ever, reach America, though the bulk of the commerce of the islands goes to the former countries. "I might say right here that the Germans practically own the plantations. There are not many Americans on the islands, and they own very little of the land. The Samoans belong to the Malay class, and closely resemble the American Indians. Their features are red and their hair straight and black. They are finely de veloped, strong physically, and capable of great endurance. Intelligent Bnt Inzy Samoans. They are bright and quick, and when educated make intelligent people. They do scarcely any work, and live on fish, the flesh of wild hogs that roam in the forests and the fruits of the islands, tara, yams, bread fruit and bananas, which grow in abundance. The natives delight in hunt ing and fishing, and this is their chief occu pation. The yam is a large root, either red or white in color, that reaches as much as four feet in length and a foot in diameter. In shape it closely resembles an elongated po tato, and tastes very much like the Ameri can article. The tara is also a root similar to the yam, but differs in shape and taste. They do not grow to such enormous sires. The bread-fruit is delicious, and grows on trees that range in height from 15 to 25 feet The fruit is oval and oblong, and weighs from 8 to 9 pounds. All three of these foods they pre pare by roasting in little ovens on volcanic stones, A hole is scooped out of the ground and the stones first heated. They are then covered with cocoannt leaves, and the fruits placed on them and covered with leaves. Cook Once a Week. The natives usually cook enough to last them for a few days at a time. The ground is fall of these little ovens, which they fix up when they are ready to use them. "The Samoans live in small villages in the valleys. The houses are built without any reference to a plan, each native putting up his habitation wherever his fancy strikes him. They are an exceedingly clean people, and once a week the old women in the vil lage pick up the fallen cocoanut leaves, and remove the small tufts of grass to be found, all with their hands. Everything is cleaned nicely by these ancient -women. "The houses are one-story, and made out of cocoanut leaves fastened together with bark strings. A rope is tied to the roof and sides, and during the day when it becomes warm the people raise up the sides; in fact the house is practically suspended in the air, and it gives the air a chance to circulate. "Wild hogs are the only animals found in the forests. There are ho 'wild beasts, no snakes, but a fewharmlesslizards that catch flies for a living.. Under Another Kins:. "When I was in Samoa Malictoa was King. Tamasis, the present usurper, was there also. He was one of the brightest of the natives, but a very turbulent man. He had a good number of followers, but was S llWdiTlasssaiCM -aSalllP iEHiiff A Street in Apia. not strong enough at any time to overcome the King. He went to Washington in the United States war ship Adams, and offered the Islands to the Government The United States declined to purchase, but agreed to protect the Samoans until they were annexed, and a trea'y to maintain the neutrality of the islands was entered into by England, Ger many and America. "When Tamases returned, the Germans captured Malietoa and sent him into Africa, but he escaped and is now living in one of the neighboring islands. The trouble between the Germans and Americans began ten years ago, and I remember the occurrence quite well. For that matter the Germans were always jeal ous of the Americans in the Islands, and have been making a constant effort to freeze them out They Had to Dolt. "The Americans took possession of the Bay Pago Pago in the Tutu Wela Island, one of the Samoan group. A coaling sta tion was established here for American vessels. The German war ship came along and tore down the Ameri can flag. The Lackawanna was nearby, and compelled the German ship to hoist the flag and retire. This event only served to engender bitterness between the two nationalities, and ever since it has been nip-and-tuck between them for suprem acy. My opinion is that the German Consnl located there is responsible for the present difficulties. I feel sure from what I know of the situation that he acted without orders from Bismarck. Whenever a German ship stopped at the station the Consul was always careful to misrepresent the affairs and put the Americans in a false position. This Consul did all he could to excite his countrymen to acts of violence. "While in Samoa I was overseer of a coffee plantation for Godeferoy & Co., Germans. They employed from 700 to 800 men. They used largely, and I might say exclusively, slaves that they captured from tne jtff 'rtecriaes, tsoipmon and iiine islands!' Americans Free of That Sin. "I never knew an American to engage in this business. The above islands were from five to six davs' sail from Samoa. Godefe roy & Co. were in the habit of sending their vessels to" these places. They made a a large feast in the hold of the ship, and in this manner induced the simple natives to enter. The hatches were prepared, and as soon as they had coaxed in a sufficient number they shut down the hatches, and the poor fellows were caught They soon learned it was useless to resist, and the Germans carried them off to the Samoa Islands to plant cotton and cultivate coffee. "Sometimes the firm hired the men when they couldn't steal them. They kept them usually for three years and then returned them to capture another lot Whenever they hired the men they paid them at the end of the time with a lot of refuse stuff from their stores that the average American would turn up his nose at as a lot ot rub bish. The slaves thought they were getting something valuable. Icnorant and Defenseless. "These slaves belonged to the negro race, and were more like animals than men. It seemed to me they never knew any more when they were sent home than when they first came to the islands. The slave trade used to be carried on in the Fiji Islands, where I lived for tea years, but it is stopped now. "The work which these people did was of the simplest kind. It requires little skill to plant cotton as they did it They carried the seed in a bag, and making small holes in the ground dropped it in. ' Occasionally they sulked when they were locked up, but they hardly eyer had sense enough to show fight The Samoans, of course, are a different class of people from these slaves. They are capable of great mental development. A number of Catholic priests came to the islands while I was there, and they have done some good work. The climate is agree able, and it is a most pleasant place to lbe. This is true of all the Pacific islands." WILSON TALKS FOE HIS SEAT. Be Will Argue in His Own Behalf Before the Supremo Couru Chableston, "W. Va., March 8 Argu ments in the Gubernatorial cases began this morning in the Supreme Court and the court limited each side to five hours' time. The position taken by counsel for Governor Wilson is that the declaration of tlje result is absolutely necessary to give General Goff a title, and without such declaration no court has the rig"ht todeolare him Governor, and that the whole matter is in the hands of the Legislature. The Bepublican side insists that there is no wrong without a Temedy, that the people have elected Gpff and the certificates sent up show it, and if the Legislature did not do its duty the court must see that justice is done. Arguments were completed by all but Governor Wilson, who will close the case for the Democrats to-morrow. His time is limited to three hours. It is believed that the court will hand down a decision early next week. A large crowd was present to day to hear the arguments in fact the courtroom was crowded almost to suffoca tion. A Successful Temperance Worker. trBOX A 6TAFP COKUESFONDENT.: Habbisbubo, March 8. Ex-Master Workman Bankin, of Pittsburg, has been conducting temperance meetings at Steel ton this week, and has been so successful that his services have been engaged for thecom ing week. Three hundred people had signed the pledge up to last night. . BLAKELY HALL E?29rr!5BD patch what a slow lime young men of wealth anil tcirurchave in New York, and attacks the fait of Angfomaniaet. PITTSBURG, SATU&DAY, - MABOH 9, 1889. HARRISON IS TIRED Of the Pumping Process, and Will Kot Shake Sands Promiscuously. HIS NOD MOST PLEASE THE MOB. A New Plan Proposed by Dim to Get Bid of Office-Seekins Bores. CALL FOB ANYTHING YOU D0N!T SElL Secretary Blaine Intents an Ingenious Way of. Eradine Snch People. President Harrison has quit the pumping business. .He doesn't allow the common herd to shake hands withhim any more. His grasp is reserved for Senators, State Chairmen and others of more political in fluence. When the front of the White Bouse yard now fills up with the curious, the President goes out and allows the crowd to file'past and boV to him as he inclines his head toward them. Secretary Blaine has had to resort to strategy to get rid of the hungry office seekers around the State De partment rsrECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCH. Washington, March 8. There js some reduction in the size of the crowds around the White House, but the diminution is small, considering that the limited tickets expired yesterday, and the President is alarmed at the thought that the thousands of strangers still in the city are not sight seers, but office seekers, who have come to stay till they get something. After this week he is going to devote his time for awhile to the assistant dispensers of patronage, and notice has been given that he will exhibit himself to the crowds ad libitum this week, but that after Sunday he will shut the doors and be at home only to Senators and Representatives and chairmen of State Central committees, and members of the National Committee and other states men of like rank. He would save himself a good deal of work if he would apportion the depart mental and diplomatic positions among the States in the. ratio of their Bepublican voters, and then tell the State delegations to pick out the men for the place assigned to their States. He established a precedent for this when he told the New York men that they could have the Navy Department and might pick out a man to put in it. CALL FOE WHAT YOU DON'T SEE. To-day the President suggested to the Illi nois Senators who called on him that they had better make out a list of what they wanted and leave it with him, and one of them retorted that he thought it would be better for the President to tell them what places they could have, and then they would find the jnen for them. The usual jealousies are becoming apparent in the dis tribution of the offices. Some of the Illinois Congressmen think the Senators are crowd inghem out ot their share of the patron age, and in some of the other State delega tions this is even more marked. TrAi(ont f.ldirfrlnnr? invontArl fh tifta noon reception in the East room for the con venience of .people who wanted to look at tlif. vei(3fnt find fftlrf hnlri nf lita tiatid Ln4 !... l.H.ninflt !X .f D 41t. X"TtT TT' uuii luctuTWiuTa uiiuu vi iniinuk Eif-4 rison has devised something that goes way beyond that At sundry hours during the day he goes out on the porch and lets the people look at him. He" doesn't shake hands "outdoors, as he did during the cam paign, but the crowd solemnly files past him in the carriage way, and looks him over, and he ovg to each individual. ON TAP TOE THE OTJTDOOB MOBS. When the accumulation of sightseers is thus disposed of the President goes back into the house and talks offices with Sena tors, 'and when the front yard has again filled up with strangers, the President of the United States again emerges and stands nodding his head while several hundred people go by. When anybody in the crowd is so unusually civil as to take off his hat to the President, the latter reciprocates the courtesy. The attendants at the White House esti mate that since the inauguration 30,000 people have tramped through the White House, and the President has shaken hands with 23,000 of them. The estimate of 45,000 ptople that have been in .the White House grounds is utterly inadequate, and no esti mate of the crowds in the grounds can be made. The crowd of sightseers and office seekers that pursues Secretary Blaine is almost equal to that at the White House. All the forenoon it completely packs the main corri dor of the State Department This morning the office seekers filled tip Secretary Blaine's office and bothered him till he could stand it.no lonper. Then he cleverly had the sightseers admitted. Tbey crowded the office seekers out, and when the persons of more or less influence had been ejected in this gentle manner, the Secretary cleared his room of sightseers without much trouble, and then had a tolerably quiet day for the consideration of business. PALMES IS PLACATED. Ex-Senator Palmer, of Michigan, took luncheon with President Harrison to-day, and talked with him for an hour and a half about the weather, the fight amoug Michi gan Republicans, makeup of the Cabinet, and various other important and more or less congenial topics. The President and Mr. Palmer are old friends, and Uncle Jerry Busk probably doesn't know how near the Agricultural "Department came to Seing filled by a man from Michigan in stead of one from Wisconsin. On Thurs day Mr. Palmer's name was on the slate, and had it not been for the opposition of his colleague, Mr. Stockbridge, and the left 'handed compliments of General Alger and his friends, it would have remained there. That opposition defeated Palmer and caused a split in the Bepublican party of the Wolverine State that will be healed with difficulty. The ins and outs of this family quarrel were no doubt discussed at the luncheon to-day. It was Palmer's inning, and he is in a much happier frame of mind than he was a dpy or two ago. THE EX-SENATOB MAY GO ABROAD. It will not be strange if among the early nominations to important diplomatic mis sions the name of Mr. Palmer will be found, although many of his friends are urging him to accept nothin from the administra tion, but to camp on the trail of the enemies who blocked his appointment to a place in the Cabinet. Palmer and his friends were almost dum founded by the report printed this morning that Colonel H. M. Duffield, of Detroit, had been selected for the responsible and lucra tive office of Solicitor General. Duffield is General Alger's political manager, and had personal charge of his canvass for the Presi dental nomination at Chicago last summer. He is Palmer's lifelong political enemy and offensive to all his friends. To give him snch a conspicuous plare as Solicitor Gen eral would be to make enemies for the ad ministration of all the Palmer men in Michigan. The appointment of Duffield, however, will not be consummated. It has been nipped in the bud, and the successor ofolicitor General Jenks will be some man who is per sonally known to the President and At torney General Miller, SOMEBODY IN A. HTJEEY. Senators Stockbridge and McMillan in dorsed Duffield yesterday, and did so with the understanding that the appointment had oe'en placed at General Alger's disposal by the President. It turns out that there was a misunderstanding on the part of General Alger. The Michigan Senators have just learned that the office wasn't offered to him, for his triend, Colonel Duffield, or anybody else,. and the President, it is now known, has determined that it must be filled by some personal friend of the Attorney General. General Harrison will need considerable patience and skill to create peace among the Michigan Republicans who are fighting over the "Palmer and Duffield episodes. ??he Alger faction will probably be the next o, rebel. Senator Palmer has no grievance, for after his talk with the President to-day he repeated all the flattering remarks that he made about him immediately after elec 'ilon. If Palmer doesn't return to Michi gan to re-enter politics as a candidate for Governor, or to oppose the plans of Senator -Stockbridge and the other men who helped to keep him out of tho Cabinet, he will probably accept an appointment as Minister to Prance,-Spain or Italy. THE cabinet officials' work. U -Secretary Noble went to the pension office to-day and was introduced to the 1,800 em ployes. He has had but little time to at tend to department business, owing to the ,large number of callers. Postmaster General Wanamaker received a large number of visitors to-day, but found time to attend to the work of the depart ment. There areover 50 Presidental post offices which will become vacant during March and April. The vacancies in the Postoffice Department are Chief Inspector, Appointment Clerk and Chief Clerk of the First Assistant's office. Ex-Secretary and Mrs. Palrchild left Washington this afternoon" for New York. Secretary Windom had a long interview with Mr. Fairchild at his residence last night in relation to the business of the Treasury Department Ex-Secretary Endicott left Washington lor Boston to-day. He will return next week. MONTEECOLI IS MAD. He Wanted Mrs. Knox to Far Blm Money to Consent to a Divorce He Will Kctara to Enrope In Dissnst. ' If FECIAL TXLXGRA1I TO THE DISFATCH.I New Yobk, March 8. Count Montercoli has returned from Philadelphia, and took his old room at the Brunswick this morning. When a reporter called to-day he at once sent his card to the Count, who happened to be then going out for a morning walk. As soon as the card was presented the Italian became furious, and, postponing his morning walk, rushed to his room on the top floor and refused to be dislodged. It may be interesting for the Count to know that he is being shadowed by a de tective from Pittsburg, who guards him tenderly on behalf of Mrs. Knox. To a reporter this minion of the law said: "This fellow is a fraud, and no "more of a Count than I am. He was a gardener to the real Count, whose name he assumes, and the Knox family have washed their hands of him. As .soon as his wife reached Italy in fact, before'she was aware that all is not gold, that glitters, investiga tion was set on foot, and the truth is too sad to be told. "His wife left him in Berlin, and is now in Paris with her aunt. She has applied for a divorce, which will be granted. The object of the "Count's" visit to this country was to get money out of Mrs, Knox for not interposing any defense to the action for divorce. The Connt, finding his mission a failure, will make bis escaDe to London. jailing from here ou Monday next CLEYELAND CANNOT W0EK. The Ex-President. Not Allowed by Bis Friends to Settle Down. ' fSFECJ AL TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCH. 1 New Yobk, March 8. Lawyer Cleve land went to his office to-day with the idea of doing a day's work, but his friends didn't let him work. The day was a sort of a pro longed reception. The clients of the law firm came around in force, and were intro duced to the new partner. The whole day was spent in chatting. He and Partner John L. Stetson and John D. Crimminsand Joseph J. O'Donohue walked to the Third avenue and Twenty-eighth street elevated railroad 'station, followed by a curious crowd. On the train he met William B. Grace. Among the callers at the office were: Ex-Senator Joseph E. McDonald, ex-Governor Hoadly, W. E. Dodge, James C. Car ter, Wheeler H. Peckbam, George C. Genet, of Albany; D. Willis James, Charles Da vis, William L. Scott, James J. Hill, and ex-Governor Hauser, of Montana. More than 200 callers sent cards to Mrs. Cleveland, at the Victoria Hotel,, during the day, but she saw only Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Ireland, and two other intimate friends. She and Mrs. Polsom drove to the Century office in the afternoon, to see Mr. Gilder. They walked back to the hotel. At 4 o'clock Mrs, Cleveland and Mrs. Polsom went for a drive in Central Park. The Dickinsons will leave for .Washing ton to-morrow at 10 o'clock. They will go from there directly to Detroit In'the even mg, in the Cleveland parlors were the Dickinsons, the Lamonts, Mr. and Mrs. Boswell P. Plower, the Bev, Mr. Batter shall, of Albany; William L. Scott, and C. C. Baldwin. ONE STEDGGLE SOON TO END. The Nomination of a Public Printer May be Made Monday. SPECIAL TELEOHAJI TO THE DISPATCH.l Washington, March 8. Mr, Parquhar, of New York, call on the President this morning in the interest of August Donatb, of Pennsylvania, for Public Printer. Mr. Harrison gave no intimation of the identity of the appointee, but said he would proba bly send in the nomination on Monday. He said further that his main purpose was to select an officer of good executive ability, one who could handle the large number of employes of the office, as any one of the several candidates had all the neces sary technical knowledge. A CONGRESSMAN DYING. Representative Townshend, of Illinois, Rapidly Hearing tbo End. Washington. March 8. At 9 o'clock this evening the condition of Representative Townshend, of Illinois, was regarded by his friends as well nigh hopeless, and fears are entertainedi that he cannot survive the nicht. At tho hour named his pulse was 135, and his respiration 70. His fight lung is com pletely bepatised, and his left lung partly so, Four physicians are now at his bed side. A Flttsbnrg; nnd New Orleans Pnilure. New Obleans, March 8. The firm of L. O. Desfarges & Co. (L. 0 Desfarges, of this cify, and Joseph B. Williams, ot Pitts bnrp)i coal dealers, to-day surrendered their property to creditors. Assets, 569, 000; liabilities, 5144,000. Bis Services Required far Awhile. Washington, March 8. Assistant At torney General Howard has tendered his resignation to Attorney General Miller, but it is understood that he will bo requested to continue in office untij -the adjournment of the Court of Claims in June. HARPFNTPR tnto-morrovt Dispatch Ufinrcn l,Cn, describes the inner life of the better classes in China, and (he customs of the lower castes. A E0Y.THE MURDERER Of the Young German Drug Clerk Chopped and Chipped to Pieces, AWFDL CHARGE AGAINST A LAD. Ee is Arrested and Contradicts Himself Badly, Time and Again. ONLITHEEE CENTS FOUND UPON HIM. Bat Be is Identified as tne Tonth Who Bought the Batchet Used. The New York detectives plume them selves on their sagacity once more. Tbey feel reasonably certain they have caught the murderer of the German drug clerk who was so horribly butchered on Thursday. True, the prisoner an errand boy of 17 years strenuously denies his guilt, but the circumstantial evidence against him is strong. He is identified as the youth who bought the hatchet with which the awful deed was done., ISFZCIAL TELEQ1IAM TO THE DlSrATCR.I New Yobk, March 8. "A woman, a Chinaman or a boy" was the suggestion made in to-dav's papers about the murderer who chopped and chipped the life out of Drug Clerk Guenther Wehsung, in the drugstore at 637 Third avenue, on Thurs day morning. Most people who read the story concluded that suspicion bore strong est against the boy who figured in it. He is a prisoner to-day, and there is a good deal more than suspicion against him now. This boy, William Krnliscb, when closely questioned, contradicted himself again and again, and lied repeatedly, but whether that was because he was concealing knowl edge of the crime, or because it came easier to him to tell lies than not, could not be readily decided. The detectives' at work on the case were Captain Warts, Detectives Caff and Shelly, of his station, Price, of Inspector Williams' staff, and Titus and McCarthy, detailed by Inspector Byrnes. the dbugoist cools off. Late on Thursday night the officers ordered Mr. Otto Doeffner, the proprietor of the drugstore, to sit down with them, and, taking his tim.e, to go calmly over the story of the crime, so far as he had knowl edge. Mr. Doeffner had been intensely excited and nervons during the day. He now told the story printed to-day, but he .added an important particular, before for gotten. He remembered that while he was bathing Wechsung's shattered head in the prescription room, and the boy 'Kruhsch had returned from (as Krulisch declared) his errana to get some rolls for breakfast, which he had failed to get Krulisch becan excitedly to tell what he knew about the affair. . Krulisch said that Wechsung, after open ing the store to let him in, had given him money to get the rolls, and had taken this money from the cash drawer. When Krulisch said this, Wechsung interrupted feebly: "No, no, William; I didn't give.yon any money," , theee cents all his money. "Yes, yon did," said the boy, and Wech sung muttered a feeble negative again. Krulisch thes'handed Mr. Doeffner 3 cent. He bad no other money aboutAim. Then the detectives called in. Krulisch and vigorously cross-examined him. He told a number of lies, which the police quickly caught him in. A description of tne batchet was sent out and a search for the man who sold it began. It was a little before 3 o'clock in the afternoon when Detectives Titus, Price and Cuff went into the hardware store of Isidore Freundlich, 1319 First avenue, in the same block as the boy's home. Mr. Freundlich has a little store, 20 feet long or so, and 6 feet wide, and. keeps hardward and bouse furnishing goods heaped upon the shelves and floor 'and sne little counter hanging from the roof. not the bight size. "Anv hatchets?" asked Titus. Mr. Preundlich said that he should think he had, and he put some hatchets on the little counter before the detectives. They were labeled "Strong & Co., axes" and tools, Cleveland, Ohio." The de tectives looked at the hatchets with affected calm, and one of them observed that the hatchets were of sizes 4 and 5. They would like a No. 2. Mr. Freundlich "was very sorry. He had sold tho last No. 2 hatchet he had on Wednesday to a boy." Detective Titus unrolled the bundle he had under his arm, and laid the hatchet which killed Wechsung on the counter. "Is this the hatchet?5' he asked. "It's the very one," said Preundlich. The hardware man fully identified Kru lisch as the boy who bought the hatcheTwith which the murder was committed, but the lad would not confess. He said he had nothing to confess. He continuously denied ever having seen the hatchet. Druggist Doeffner was sent for. and arrived at the po lice station in great distress. THE BOy BEPEAIS HIS DENIAL. "Oh, William, why did you do it?" he said, again and again. William said only: "I didn't do it." The detectives are satisfied of Krulisch's guilt. His mother is in doubt, but he is a boy of 17, and 511 in silver makes quite a heap of money. However, with a disinclination to abandon at once their original conjecture that the murderer's object was to rob Mr. Doeffner ot a considerable amount of money he was accustomed to keep about the house, they suspected that if Krulisch 'does not confess he will reveal that Ee had an ac complice, or rather was the accomplice of an older criminal. The man whom Mrs. Bella Kraft let into the tenement house hallway Thursday morn ing, just before the murner, is unaccounted for. He didn't go upstairs, and downstairs was to the prescription room door, which was found open," or to the door of Doeffner's bedroom or to the cellar. Again, Doeffner said yesterday that the last thihe he did be fore tie went to bed was to lock the prescrip tion room door and bolt it to the floor with a heavy bar. It could be opened only from the inside. The bolts might have been drawn to admit an accomplice. YET UNACCOUNTED FOE. Still unaccounted for, too, is the step lad der tumbled down the cellar stairs from its accustomed place on the wall of the little court yard, as if a man had given it a kick in climbing over the wall into the back yard of Wincken's grocery store next door. Wechsung distinctly said, in answer to Doeffner's' and Dr.McGuire's questions, that ho didn't know who hit him. He had known of Kruliseh's presence in the store. If some of the blows are a boy's blows, some, they think atBellevue, were given by a muscular arm. But the cash drawer was opened by somebody who knew the combin ation! Wechsung said that he had given Krulisch no money out ot the drawer that morning. Krulisch used to live with his parents in East Third street He went to the Fifth Street G rammer School until five years ago, when he was 13 'years old. After his parents died his brother Joseph moved up town to 1051 Second avenue. Krulisch had worked in Brunkhorst's grocery, on Second avenue, and for Druggist Marcus Fleischmann, in the same street He was discharged for impudence by Pleischmann, last fall, and went to work for Doeffner at 3 a week. COMMEBCIAL UNION. A Strong; Plea far Reciprocity Wade In tho Canadian Parliament The Move Would Pat as End to Smuggling-. Ottawa, Ont., March 8. The budget debate was continued in the House of Com mons to-day by Mr. Armstrong. He re minded the House of the fact that he had given notice of a resolution in favor of com mercial union. The great advantage of this system he held to be the possibility it offered of abolishing custom houses-along the in ternational boundary and leaving a large army of officers free to do something for the benefit of the country. The only objection was that the Americans would be able to control our tariff. This was a mere assertion and would be trueof unrestricted reciprocity or of our present system just tne same, even with our present tariff. Though it is lower than that of the United States, there is constant smug gling. "Let the Americans reduce their i tariff below that of Canada and what would be the result? The merest child in public affairs can see that it would take half the people of this country to keep tbs other halt from smuggling." As to the objection which might be raised that the Americans would not reduce their tariff, Mr. Armstrong reminded the House of the late great tariff redaction campaign carried on thre, and of the fact that a popular majority of 100,000 citizens voted for a reduction. Another favorable point was that commercial union was entirely practicable. In proof of this he read Sir Charles Tupper's statement of last year, that while in the United States he did not find a single leading -politician who would not hold up both hands' for commercial union. He dealt with the conservative plea that there was as good a market for Canada in Great Britain as in the United States, and pointedly asked, why then, the Canadians did not avail themselves of it. He con trasted the heavy tariff of the United States with the free trade of Great Britain, and quoted trade and navigation returns to show that even at present the Canadian trade with the United States is greater than with Great Britain, and that while the former is increasing the latter is decreasing. Canada' found in the United States a market for a great deal of what she could pot sell else where. He Instanced especially horses, quoting figures to show the vast importance to Canada of the trade in horses with the United States. WOKK OF THE FLAMES. Lonisvllle Visited by the Big-gest Fire in Olnny Yenrs A Half Million Goes Up in Smoke A Karro w Escape. Louisville, March 8. The most disas trous fire in loss of property that has oc curred here in years broke out at noon to day, in the basement of the Kleinhans and Simonson's clothing ho use,426 to 434 Market street. Alarms from two other points turned in at the same time drew th e attention of the fire department and there was some delay in getting to work. In 15 minutes after the alarm the blaze had spread through three large stores and was leaping from the fourth floor through the roof. Soon after the roof fell in and a -little latertwo large sections of th side walls. With one of tbese,the sideof Strauss' dry goods house gave away and the fire seemed 'beyond control. At the first outbreak scores of employes from the adjoining houses had rushed into the street. One saleswoman was shut in by the flames and with difficulty re ceived aid fromihejseconl floor.. The stores where the fire started were built compactly in one ot the most important.blocks in the center of the city. After a hard fieht the firemen gained control and confined the flames to the upper floors of Strauss' place. One fireman was painfully and another slightly hurt. One of the buildings was owned by Victor Newcomb, of New York, the other by the firm. Strauss' building was owned by the W. P. Churchill estate, The losses are: Klein hani and Simonson, stock 5285,000; Klein hans and Simonson, building, 567,000; Newcomb buildine, 525,000; Strauss', stock 540.000; Churchill building, 56,000. Insurance: Kleinhans and Simonson, stock and fixtures, 5172,749; Kleinhans and Simonson and Newcomb.buiidings, 525,000; Strauss, stock. 538.000: Churchill, buildine. 516,000. Aggregates losses includings mailer sufferers is 5435,400. Total insurance 5255, 277. The insurance is distributed in 55,000 and under, among companies represented here. MORE INDICTMENTS PROBABLE. The Dayton and Chicago Wnnts to Recover 81,250,000 Prom Ives & Stayner. ISPICIAL TELEGRAM TO TJIE DISPATCH. 1 New York, March 8. The President and several of the directors of the Dayton, Ft. Wayne and Chicago Bailroad are in town, it is understood .for the purpose of having other indictments found against Ives and Stayner. It is alleged that in May, 1887, Henry S.,Ives & Co. hypothe cated 51,250,000 of the bonds of the Dayton and Chicago Bailroad Company, which is a part of the Dayton, Pt Wayne and Chicago system. These mortgage bonds the directors had instructed Henry S. Ives & Co., their agents, to cancel and retire, and the bonds were de livered to them for that purpose. Ives & Co., however, it is alleged, pledged the bonds to Irving A. Adams & Co., of Bos ton; C. H. Potter, of Cleveland, and other bankers, to rover Ives & Co.'s debts. Cash, it is said, was also obtained on some of the bonds and Ives &,Co. have been accounted for the cash on the bonds to the directors. At the District Attorney's office to-day. Assistant District Attorney Lindsay said that Assistant District Attorney Parker, who has sole charge of the Ives &Stayne case, is taking a rest from his labors with Woodruff, the informer, but will probablv be in. the District Attorney's. office on Mon day. There are several complaints against Ives & Stayner yet to be considered by the grand jury, Mr. Lindsay added, and it is probable that the charge of hypothecating the 51,250,000 mortgage bonds of the Chica go and Dayton Bailroad Company, is in Mr. Parker's hands. HE'S GOING TO BE LAZI. Ex-Secrelnry Whitney Says He Has Earned n Holiday nnd Will Take Ir. SPECIAL TELEOnAU TO TITS BlSPATCH.1 New Yobk, March 8. Ex.Secretary of the Navy, William C. Whitney, reached this city at 5 p. ai. to-day, and went at once to his house at 2 West Fifty-seventh street where he remained -through the evening. He received a few callers in the evening. He smiled at the report that he was going to engage in a new and great financial scheme. "It is rumor and nothing else," said he. "I shall be connected with a number of in terests, bnt they will be precisely what I handled before I went to Washington. There is nothing new in the wind. I shall have an office in the Mills building I was there before, you know. It is being made ready forme, and I shall take possession as soon as possible and be in it as little as pos ble." Mr. Whitney laughingly said he was go ing to be lazy for awhile. "I shall not emulate the example of thrift and diligence that Mr, Cleveland has set," said he. "I think I've earned the right to a holiday, and shall take it Next month I run over to Europe, just for the sake of the trip. I shall stay about two months." THREE CENTS lf-ul sV NELL'S MJGJiAM. s 1hlxJZ Irish Leader Makes aa Intftt Jeech at a Banpet. Ts " & COERCION 4& $) TO DEFEAT; Lord Randolph Churchill Sees Bom Squalls in the Future. THEFRENCH COPPER SYNDICATE'S FIX, Kins Milan's Abdication the Host Popular Act Erer Performed. Mr. Parnell was enthusiastically greeted at a banquet given in ho"nor of Lord Spencer last night. In response to a general call he -made a brief bnt telling speech. Balfour was-referred to with scorn. Financial help is guaranteed to tbS copper syndicate. Lord Bandolph Churchill acknowledge! that the T6ry Government will have a hard struggle. I London, March 8. A banquet wa given by the Eighty Club this evening ia honor of Lord Spencer. Mr. Lockwood presided. Lord Bosebery, Sir Williaa Vernon Harcourt, 3Ir. Parnell, 3Ir. Mor ley, Sir Charles Bussell and other promi nent gentlemen were present Mr. Parnell refieived an ovation. Lord Spencer, in responding to the toast to his health, congratulated Mr. Parnell upon the vindication of bis character against attacks which in vehemence and wickedness surpassed any that had ever been made against a living man. They ad mired Mr. Parnell's forbearance, dignity and patience, qualities so worthy in a great leader, and they wanted to see full repara tion done. THE GOVEBN2TENT ACCUSED. He thought the Government would have difficulty in clearing themselves of the charge of complicity with the Times. He dealt at length with Irish affairs, and ex pressed confidence thatMr. Gladstone would live to carry an improved home rule bill. In response to loud cries for a speech Mr. Parnell rose to his feet, and was greeted with enthusiastic cheers. He referred to Lord Spencer as the herald of Mr. Glad stone's policy of conciliation, and said that his opinion was wortn more tnan tne judg ment of a hundred mushrooms like Bal four, a man who was here to-day and would be gone to-morrow, who brought to the task of governing Ireland not a single charac teristic of statesmanship or genius, and -whose only object was to remain in office as long as possible. Lord Spencer, after all his experience, had acknowledged the truth of what he himself maintained, that the only way to govern Ireland within the Constitution is to allow her to govern herself in all matters that do not interfere with the well being- of the rest of the Empire with which Ireland is indissolnbly linked. ONE AI.TEBNATTVE. "I admit," Mr. Parnell continued, "that another way exists--a way which is untried as yetj and probably never will be tried in which some present success might be gained. Not by Balfour's bastard, semi Constitutional, semi-coercive method, but by a method of pure despotism. Yon might find among yourselves some great English man pr Scotchman who would go to Ire land (her Parliamentary representation having been taken from her) and do justice to her people, despite the complaint of Irish landlordism. "Such a method must, however, be out side of the Constitution altogether; and your Irish governor must have full power to impartially deal with lord and peasant alike. That, in my judgement, has always been the only alternative concession to our reasonable demands." Lord Bosebery. in proposing a vote of thanks, also congratulated Mr. Parnell. The Daily News says that Mr. Parnell's speech is a protest and demonstration of great importance. AGAINST-THE NEW NATT. A Decided Opposition Is Made to the Govern' raent Plan. London, March 8. In the House of Commons this afternoon Mr. Campbell gave'" notice that he would introduce a resolution opposing any increase in the strength of the navy until the Government submitted a plan for the defense of the country by the aid of the citizen force and coast defense. If the Parnell Commission does not report on the forged letters the front opposition ia the House of Commons will raise a discus sion on Monday on the Attorney General's action. The House of Common's by a vote of 112 to 79 rejected Mr, Bradlaugh's motion to ex-. Eunge from the records the particulars of is expulsion from the House in 1880. HE SEES TROUBLE AHEAD. Lord Randolph Cbnrehlll Looks for a Breess In the Honss. London, March 8. Lord Bandolph Churchill and Lord Charles Beresford have sent letters to the Times explaining their position in regard to the naval scheme. Neither desires to be considered as hostile to the Government programme, disagreeing with the Government only on its method. Lord Bandolph savs that the Government and public must ie prepared for a heavy fight in the House of Commons. Help for the Cooper Syndicate. Pabis, March 8. The Bank of Franc has advanced 100,000,000 francs to the Comptoir d'Escompte, which is sufficient to cover the amount of the deposits withdrawn, from the latter bank. The English mi r companies have adopted the proposal made uy tut: cupper ayimjcabe uj reuuee tneir out put during 1889 20 percent, and to postpone deliveries two months. The Best Thing; He Ever Did. Belgbade, March 8. The newspapers declare that abdication Milan becomes him more than anything he did during his reign.- It is asserted in Tadical circles that the Metropolitan TBedosius, who sanctioned the Milan-Natalie divorce, will resign ia order to allow the reinstatement of the Metropolitan Michael. Threats of Dynaniitf. London, March 9. A dispatch from v Bonmania says that the President of the Chamber of Deputies at Bucharest has re ceived a letter in which it is threatened to blow up the Chamber with dynamite. The police are reported as being vigilant- to' thwart any such attempt Students manufacturing Bombs. Zueich, March 8. While a party of sta ', dents were at work making bombs to-day an explosion occurred, killing one and wound ing several others. Many arrests were made. ' Floods In the West of England. London, March 9. A thaw and heavy rains have caused serious floods in the Mid lands 1b the West of England. Nnaerosa fatalities have occurred. I -:, Ua.