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VOL. 36.—N0. 20.
The Steamer Itata Puts Out
to Sea.
Uncle Sam's Authority Set at
,A. Deputy Marshal Captive on the
Insurgent Craft.
A Fruitless Chase After the Robert and
Minnie—The .United States Mar
shal Discomfited.
Assoolated Press Dispatches.
San Dieoo, May tl.—The Chilean
steamer Itata this evening put to sea,
carrying with her the deputy United
States marshal who was on board. Her
departure was not unexpected, though
it was not thought she would go so soon.
Marshal Gard was not aware that the
captain of the Itata had any intention oi
defying his authority, for the marshal
had gone an hour before the Itata sailed,
in search of the schooner Robert aud
Marshal Gard'a errand on his second
trip ont of the harbor was to take the
schooner Robert and Minnie anywhere
she might be found in tho open seas out
side of Mexican jurisdiction, as a pirati
cal craft. The marshal's launch left the
wharf at 4 o'clock. Besides Major Gard
there were aboard A. 0. Spauiding, of
San Francisco, A. M.Conoughy, Captain
Crawford and four soldiers from the
barracks, armed with rifles and ammu
nition belts, who had been detailed to
go on the expedition, at the
request of Marshal Gard. It
is known that the marshal re
ceived instructions from Washington
that he had authority to take the Rob
ert and Minnie on the high seas under
the neutrality and piracy laws, but who
these orders were issued by could not
be ascertained. Marshal Gard was very
close-mouthed when questioned on this
point, simply saving he meant business
and he intended to bring the schooner
back if he came up to her.
At midnight tonight Marshal Gard
and party returned from outside and re
ported that the Robert and Minnie had
completely disappeared. • A deputy
marshal who had been placed in a small
boat at the entrance to the harbor
to watch for developments, reported
that when the Itata steamed out
Pilot Dill was sandwiched between
two armed Chileans, while four cannon
guarded both the bow and stern. He
reports that at least eighty armed
Chileans were drawn in line on the
decks, showing that while the vessel
was in port she was plentifully supplied
with men, ariua .and ammunition.
While here she displayed only a small
cannon and a crew of about sixty men.
The deputy reports that when the vessel
left the harbor, she turned north and
steamed toward San Clemente.
Circumstances Under Which They Were
Ordered Seized.
Washington, May 6. —Thursday, as
the result of an inquiry by telegraph,
the collector of customs at Wilmington,
California, was instructced by the treas
ury department that there appeared no
reason for his interference in the pros
pective transfer of a lot of arms and am
munition from the American schooner
Robert and Minnie, then at Catalina
island, to a transport for shipment to
South America. Pending thiß removal,
it appears the Chilean minister here re
ceived some advicee from California re
garding these munitions of war, with
which he called on Secretary Foster,
Sunday. On the strength of the minis
ter's representations, the secretary sent
another telegram to the collector, the
substance of which, it is said at.the de
partment, was to detain the boat. Sec
retary Foster today refused to glye out
for publication the telegrams that have
passed between the department and the
collector with reference to the matter,
or to say anything on the subject, fur
ther than that it has been referred to
the attorney general for an opinion.
The opinion asked for, it is said, is
whether it would be a violation ot the
neutrality laws to allow the transfer of
arms, etc., aa proposed.
San Diego, Cal., May 0. —Early this
morning the vessel Robert and Minnie
was sighted lying off San Diego harbor
in Mexican waters. The seizing party
who went out last night, returned with
out making an attempt to seize her, and
are now awaiting orders from the attor
ney-general at Washington. The Itata
still lies in the stream ready for sailing.
It is supposed that the Chilean war ship
seen yesterday, now turns out to have
been the Panama steamer New York,
which for some cause steamed to the en
trance of the harbor.
Tacoma, Wash., May 6. —The action
of the United States marshal at San
Diego, California, in seizing the Chilean
steamer Itata, is the result of tele
graphic correspondence between the
president, Secretary Blame and Attor
ney-General Miller. The latter has
been authorized by the president to take
whatever steps he deems necessary to
enforce strict compliance with the laws
of neutrality, in the case of Chile, and
to seize all vessels found offending in
that respect within the jurisdiction of
the United States.
Chicago, May (5.—A special to the
Inter-Ocean from Washington says:
Richard Trumbull, a Chilean of Ameri
can descent, and a member of the insur
gent congressional party, has been in
. San Francisco within a week. It is sup
posed he bought arms through the house
of W. R. Grace & Co., who have been
lending aid to the insurgents, and who
Bhipped them to San Francisco, and
transferred them to the Robert and Min
nie. In the meantime Flint & Co., who
support the Balmaceda government,
communicated with the Chilean min
ister, in Washington, with the result as
stated in the dispatches from San Diego,
about efforts to capture the mysterious
Particulars of Marshal Oard's Seizure of
the Ship.
The following account of the seizure of
the Itata and subsequent developments
is from the San Diego Union of Wednes
day morning:
Developments came thick and fastlast
night in regard to the mysterious
can transport and her 'doubtful mission
in this harbor. Captain Mauzeum slept
on board his ship as the prisoner of
United States Marshal George E. Gard,
under a charge of violating the neutral
ity laws, and the steamer lay quietly at
her anchorage in the stream with Dep
uty Marshal Spencer as captain pro tern.
Marshal Gard arrived in San Diego
yesterday afternoon for the purpose of
investigating more fully the Itata and
her mission, under instructions from
Washington. Much telegraphing had
been done between his office and the
United States attorney general before he
left Los Angeles, and he had not been in
the city many hours before he was
handed the following dispatch from
United States District Attorney W.
Lor Angei.es, May 5,1891.
Marihal Clccrge K. Gard:
Detain the steamer Itata Information from
Washington is to the effect that she is in viola
tion of the neutrality laws.
(Signed) W.Cole,
U. S. District Attorney.
This dispatch was sent on instruc
tions issued by the United States attor
ney-general, who in turn was ordered to
take such action by Secretary of fctate
Marshal Gard hired a launch at about
0 o'clock last evening, went out to the
Itata and asked for Captain Manzeum.
He was directed to the captain's cabin,
and lound him surrounded by a few
friends, talking over the situation. In
troducing himself, the marshal said:
"Captain, I am the United States mar
shal for the southern district of Califor
nia, and lam under orders to detain
your ship for violation of neutrality
laws," at the same time drawing from
his pocket his commission and hand
ing it to the captain to prove his author
Mauzeum apparently was expecting
some such visit, and took his arrest very
cooliy. "I do not want to come in con
flict with the United States govern
ment," said he, "and am therefore at
your service."
Marshal Gard, Deputy Collector of
Customs Spalding, of San Francisco,who
had accompanied the marshal aboard
the Itata, and Captain Manzeum, soon
after the latter's arrest, left the ship in
charge of Deputy Marshal Spencer and
came ashore.
Marshal Gard did not consider his busi
ness in San Diego as finished when he
had placed the captain of the Itata under
arrest, however, but began immediately
to gather all the information he could as
to the whereabouts of the mysterious
Robert and Minnie, the schooner which
is supposed to have arms on board for
the Chilean insurgents, and which was
repotted to be heading for this port. Be
fore leaving Los Angeles the marshal
sent a deputy to Catalina island in a
tug, with instructions to detain the
schooner if she was there, but the bird
had flown. The report sent back by the
deputy marshal was that she was head
ing southeast, and a fishing boat
brought the information to this city
last night that the schooner had been
seen shortly before noon, about ten
miles north of the Coronado islands and
twenty miles from shore. This infor
mation was conveyed to Marshal Gard
by a Union reporter, and the marshal
immediately began to make preparations
to go after her. The tug Tia Juana was
chartered, and at midnight last night
was lying with steam up at'the ferry
wharf to proceed to sea as soon as the
marshal could come aboard.
The same boat that brought the in
formation about the Robert and Minnie
also reported having passed within a
mile of a big steamer with a long, low
black hull. The name could not be
made out, but the steamer was described
as being half again as large as the Itata,
and as having the appearance of a man
of-war. This ship was also sighted from
different points in town by various per
sons yesterday. She steamed off and on
by the mouth of the harbor several
times a few miles out at sea, and ap
peared to be waiting for some craft to
come out. Strange to -say, however,
when the Pacific Coast steamship Po
mona came into port at 6 o'clock last
evening neither the schooner nor the
steamer were to be* seen.
Captain Hall and the first mate of the
Pomona were interviewed by Union re
porters last night, but they both said
that they had seen nothing. Captain
Hall, when the steamer wasdescribed to
him, said that he had passed the Pacific
Mail steamer City of New York from
Panama to San Francisco, about thirty
miles south of "'an Pedro, find that she
answered the description of the missing
boat. But as the latter craft was seen
off Point Loma as late as 1 o'clock yes
terday afternoon, it could not have been
the New York.
The fact that the Itata has been tak
ing supplies aboard marked "Esmer
alda," has given rise to the supposition
that it is that steamer which is waiting
outside for the departure of the Chilean
transport. The Esmerala is one of the
finest and largest boats in the Chilean
navy, and is now in the hands of the in
Before the mishap which happened to
Captain Manzeum last evening, it was
evidently his intention to sail out of the
harbor before daylight. He was careful
to give during the day, however,
that he was not ready to start, and
would remain fn the harbor until today.
Captain Manzetim's statements up to
date, however, have been strangely at
variance with subsequent developments.
When first interviewed by a Union re
porter on his arrival, he was careful to
state that he was here merely on a com
mercial errand, and would proceed on
up the coast after leaving San Diego.
His crew " had not' b>en properly in
structed, however, and when questioned
all said that their next point of destina
tion was Panama. It is apparent that
Marshal Gard came just iv time.
All day yesterday coal was poured into
the Itata as fast as four barges could take
it to her. Every port on the ship was
thrown open, and all the men that could
be hired were put to work on the scows
loading the coal into huge buckets, which
were hauled up and dumped into the
hold. Seven hundred tons of coal had
been transferred from the bunkers to the
steamer before nightfall, and as the sun
went down the small line of smoke which
had been floating away from the Itata'a
smokestack all day became blacker and
blacker, giving a very strong pointer that
the ateamer's departure from the hos
pitable port of San Diego was not to be
long delayed.
The supposition is that the place of
meeting decided upon between the Itata
and Robert and Minnie was one of the
Coronado islands. It is known that
communications have passed between
Captain Ferrall, of the schooner, and
some one on board the Itata, and every
thing was working nicely until the in
terference of the United States authori
ties upset all of their well-laid plana.
collector berry not idle.
Collector of Port Berry was not idle
while all of these stirring events were
transpiring on the Itata, however. It
will be remembered that the customs
officers of the port of San Diego received
orders from the treasury department to
detain the Robert and Minnie about the
same time that Marshal Gard was sim
ilarly instructed. The collector and his
men went out first in a sloop, and the
marshal's deputy followed in a tug, but
the schooner eluded both and sailed for
the south. As in the case of the mar
shal, the scene of activity among the
customs men was transferred to San
Diego. Collector Berry received a dis
patch yesterday instructing him to atop
the Robert and Minnie if she showed up
here. The collector sent a lookout to
Point Loma yesterday afternoon to lo
cate the schooner, and at the same time
got the big tug General McPherson in
readiness to start. Resolving later, how
ever, to be ou the alert, he went out on
the tug McPherson last evening about 7
o'clock, and had not been heard of again
at the time of going to press.
the itata's IDENTITY,
Commenting on the dispatch from
New York, stating that the Itata was
the property of a South American com
pany, and had been seized by the in
surgents, the Union says:
It has not been known heretofore that
the steamer is a captive ship in the
hands of the insurgents and Captain
Manzeum haa been careful to conceal
this fact. The Itata is evidently a very
willing captive, for her captain and
crew are the same who sailed her when
Bhe was in the hands of her owners, the
Compagnie Sud Americano Vapor. In
fact she now flies that company's flag
at tier masthead and her men wear the
company's uniform.
The news of her aeizure by the in
surgents also accountß for her having
straight clearance papers. She undoubt
edly obtained them before her aeizure
and Captain Manzeum has forgotten to
explain to the customs officers what has
transpired since.
Marshal Gard did not leave the harbor
till 3:30 o'clock this morning, when, ac
companied by Deputy Collector of Cus
toms Spalding, of San Francisco, and
other assistants, he boarded the tug Tia
Juana and started for the outside.
A Destructive Conflagration at Long
Island City—Other Fires,
Long Island City, May 6.—At a late
hour tonight fire broke out in Doncas
ter's iron foundry, on Town creek, and
soon spread to the lufnber yards of H.
F. Burroughs, the Whiting lumber yards
and those beyond. Before long five
square blocks of lumber yards and other
buildings were ablaze. The fire burned
to the water's edge, and several vessels
had to be towed out. The freight depot
of the Long Island railroad has been
destroyed, and at 1 o'clock this morning
the passenger depot is threatened.
An unknown man was drowned in
Newton creek while looking at the fire.
Fireman McDermott was probably fa
tally burned. At 1:30 a. m. Clark &
Simpson's feed mills, Whitney's retail
lumber yards, Simon's lumber yards aud
smaller concerns are a mass of ruinß.
All of the Standard oil company's fire
tugs, and the entire Long Island City
fire department are working.
At 2 o'clock the fire had covered nearly
seven acres of lumber piles and build
ings, and was believed to be under con
trol. The loss will be fully $1,000,000.
WHEEL shops destroyed.
Sidney, Ohio, May 6. —Early this
morning the Bhops of the American
Wheel company were completely de
stroyed by fire. Loss, $100,000; insur
ance, less than $00,000.
an infirmary burned.
Muncie, Ind., May 6. —The county in
firmary, five miles east of this city, was
totally burned today. No lives were
lost. The loss is onlj $8,000.
Pittsburg, May 6. — The Seventh
street fire burned till a late hour this
morning. Over half a million dollars'
worth of property was destroyed.
The Rio Grande at Flood Height—A
Broken Mississippi Levee.
El Paso, Tex., May 6. —The Rio
Grande continues to rise. The low part
of the city fronting on the river is
already under water. About fifty Mexi
can families have been compelled to
leave their homes, which are under
water. It is believed the flood will do
great damage to orchards, vineyards
and farms in the valley below El Paso.
Natchez, Miss., May 6.—The Lake
Concordia levee,at Farriday'e, gave way
this morning, and the water is rushing
through with the greatest velocity. The
whole Farriday plantation is submerged.
Part of Panola, just above, is under
water, and the railroad tracks half a
mile in the rear of the crevasse are cov
ered with four feet of water, causing the
suspension of trains.
The Death Roll.
Mrs. Catherine Ater, aged 70, a sister
of the late General Crook, died at Day
ton, 0., Wednesday evening.
Llewellyn Williams, well known as
one of the proprietors of the Pioneer
mills, at Sacramento, and a pioneer,
died suddenly of heart failure laßt night.
General J: F. R. Marshal died at Ken
dall, Mass., Wednesday. He had been
manager of the Hampton institute for
Indiana. He waa a "forty-niner" and a
big sugar plantation holder in the Sand
wich Islands'.
A Crank Deputed to Take
His Life,
Unless Jay Comes Down With
the Cash.
A Few Million Dollars Demanded for
Charitable Purposes.
The Lunatic Taken in Custody by In
spector Byrnes—Other Eastern
Associated Press Dispatches.
New York, May 6.—lnspector Byrnes
has arrested a lunatic who expressed his
intention of killing Jay Gould unless
bought off. His name ia Charles A.
Dixon, and he comes from Pueblo, Col.
Inspector Byrnes was sent for yesterday
and informed by Dr. Munn, Gould's
physician, that Dixon had come to him
with a letter of introduction from a
Pueblo firm. He told Munn he was a
of an organization known as
"Christ's Followers," and had been
made a deputy by the arch council to
kill Gould. The purpose of the organ
ization, he said, is the equalization
of money and property distribution.
He was ordered to demand from Gould
$1,000,000 down and $5,000,000 in ten
years, at the rate of half a million a
year, and still another $5,000,000 in the
next decade, unless Gould died in the
meantime,against which emergency he
should provide for setting apart of his
entire fortune for education and charita
ble purposes, except one million dollars
for each member of his family. If
Gould did not consent he was to be
killed. If neither happened, Dixon
himself would catch it.
He got the letter of introduction to
Munn on the pretext that he was going
to New York for medical advice. Since
he had been here it had occurred to him
that he might fix things for $00,000
down and $200,000 for charity. Munn
arranged to have him call again, last
night, and Inspector Byrnes and two of
his men, after listening to the interview,
arrested him. He has been committed
to await examination as to his sanity.
Much Damage Done to Frnit by Frost
and Snow.
Columbus, Ohio, May 6. —A dispatch
from Lima says early fruits have been
greatly damaged, if not killed, by frosts.
In the vicinity of Washington court
house great damage has been done, and
one or two more frosts like last night
will settle tbe fruit crop in that vicinity
of tbe state. So far as can be learned,
no damage was done in the vicinity of
T<4dr« F.rie-
Pittsburg, May 6. —Reports from the
outlying country districts show that lit
tle, if any, damage waa done by last
night's frost. At Johnstown the ground
was covered with snow today, and .the
thermometer was below freezing, with
some damage to fruit. Snow fell along
the Blue mountain peach belt, but not
much damage was done. Up the Alle
gheny river heavy frosts are reported,
and fruit is certainly injured.
Raleigh, N. C, May 6. —There was
considerable frost last night in this sec
tion of the state. Tobacco plants and
cotton were injured.
Louisville, May 6. —Frost last night
did considerable damage in Central
Kentucky. Commissioner of Agricul
ture Wilson says in a bulletin that
peachea and grapes were damaged, and
there was some damage to wheat and
Wilmington, Del., May 6. —There was
a heavy fall of snow in this city and
throughout the northern part of the
state early this morning, but it at once
melted. Fruit, it is feared, has been
Machinists Will Strike for Shorter Hours
May 1, 1893.
Pittsburg,May o.—At the machinists'
convention today the southern element
was in power, and by a vote of 89 to 29
it was decided to exclude negroes from
the association. A resolution waa also
introduced making May T, 1892, the date
for a strike for shorter hours. The asso
ciation was made international, Canada
having asked admission.
Columbus, 0., May 6. —A. S. Scott,
president of the lowa miners, and Or
ganizer Beatty had a conference today
with the officers of the United Mine
Workers, reaulting in the decision that
the strike for eight hours in lowa will
be continued, and a demand made for
the reinstatement of discharged miners.
Scottdale, Pa., May 0. —The funeral
of Mahan, the striker shot at Leisenring
No. 2, Sunday night, took place this af
ternoon, with no disorder. The opera
tors report a steady gain in the working
St. Louis, May 6. —The number of
carpenters on the strike list haa been
still further reduced by four more bosses
conceding the demands of the men.
This leaves but 168 men out.
An Easy Victory for Schaefer.
Chicago, May 6. —The billiard game
between Jacob' Schaefer, the world's
champion, and Eugene Carter, at Cen
tral Music hall tonight, was easily won
by Schaefer. The score stood Schaefer,
800, Carter, 481. Though beaten, Carter
had the best run, 111, Schaefer's high
est being 104. About 2500 people wit
nessed the contest.
The Delamaters Again Arrested.
Meadville, Pa., May 6.— G. 8., G.W.,
T. A. and Victor Delamater, members of
the defunct banking firm, were today
brought into court on a warrant sworn
to by James McHugh, a depositor. They
waived hearing, and were admitted to
bail in $300 each.
A Heavy Failure.
London, May 6.—lt is reported that a
leading house in the China trade has
failed with liabilities of £200,000.
A suit with an artistic cut and fit,
first-class workmanship and linings,can
be had at H. A. Getz, 125 W. Third at.
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That is what we are doing every day, making people
happy. Here you see a man hurrying home to show his
loving spouse his handsome new suit. It pleases him, and
it surely will please her. For every woman likes to see
her husband neatly dressed.
In spite of the very large stock placed on sale by us
during February, March and April, the month of May still
finds us receiving large invoices.
Yesterday we received 350 pairs of pants and a large
invoice of Boys' and Children's Suits. As the season is
advanced now with the wholesalers, our New York buyer
was enabled to buy these goods 20 per cent under price.
They will be . c :c accordingly.
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