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■lfled columns of Thi Hmald, 3d Page; advertise ments there only cost Five Cent* a line. VOL. 36.—N0. 28. THE ITALIAN AFFAIR. Recent Developments in the Case. The Committee of Fifty Sub , mits a Report. Remedies For Cheeking Crime ml the Crescent City. Premier Rudlnl Says There Is Noth ing at Stake Except a Legal Question. Associated Press Dispatches. New Orleans, May 14.—The commit tee of fifty made its report to the mayor tonight. It aaya, in part: "The first work of the committee was to obtain from the chief of police a report of ninety-four assassinations by Italians and Siciliana, where the accuaed ea caped for want of evidence. Then fol lowed the assassination of Chief of Police Henneaay. The reault of the trial demonatrated to the people that no one was safe from the mysterious band that waa operating regardless of law. It was only when thia fear grew into absolute conviction, that the people rose in their might, took the law in their band, and then followed the event of March 14th." CONSUL CORTES QUEER CONDUCT. The report then at length goes on to ahow the existence of the Mafia, and tells of a visit made to the Italian consul to secure intormation. He stated that he was ready to co-operate with the commit tee, and would prepare a report containing the information in his pos session. He waa convinced of the exist ence of the Mafia in the city, and had a atrong suspicion as to who were the leaders. He furnished the committee with the names. He stated that prior to the Hennessy asaassination he had in some way incurred the displeasure of a coterie, composed principally of the men who met their death in the parish prison. They invited him to a supper, and although he partook only of oyster soup, he was taken desperately ill that night with symptoms of poisoning, and was aatisued hia life had been attempted. The written information he promised, however, never came. After some delay be notified the committee that it being an extra judicial body, he did not feel warranted in riving information. During an interview with him, the committee called his attention to a statement in a New York paper, to the effect that the mayor had appointed an extra judicial body, bat its object was frustrated owing to bia (Cone's) earnest Sroteata and the intervention of Mr. lame. "We reminded him," aaya the report, "that he and a prominent Ital ian citizen had called on the committee before the maaa meeting laat fall, and approved its pacific couree, and asked f him how he reconciled hia published statement with this. He replied that the statements he made in the New York Tribune were made as an indi vidual, not aa conaul, and that the re port greatly exaggerated hia state ments." the committee's remedies. The committee, in pointing out reme dies in the existing trouble, suggest the regulation of immigration; reform in the criminal laws, and the adminis tration of criminal justice ; a law recog nizing the existence of the bar associa tion, and endowing it with full power to try and disbar any attorney whose evil practices render him unworthy of being an officer of the court. •'The only radical remedy," saya the report, "which suggests itaelf to us, ia the entire prohibition of immigration from Sicily and lower Italy. It waa found necessary to prohibit Chinese im migration, and congress passed the necessary law. The danger to California waa no greater than it ia to thia state from Siciliana and lower Italians. They are undesirable citizens, and there ia no reason why they should be allowed to participate in the blessings of freedom and civilization, which they are not only unable to appreciate, but which they refuse to understand and accept. CORTE BEFORE THE GRAND JURY. The grand jury was called together to day to act on the published statements of Italian Consul Corte that he frus trated a plot of Italians for vengeance on the mayor and others. Corte was called before the grand jury, but said he had been misinterpreted by the news papers. There was strong feeling against the Italians here, and he had simply used hia best efforts in the inter eat of peace and quiet. « SIMPLY A LEGAL QUESTION. Rudlnl Says That Is all There is In the New Orleans Affair. Rome, May 14.—Rudini, in the cham ber of deputies to-day, discussing the New Orleans affair, aaid it waa simply a legal question. European sympathy was with Italy, and he hoped for a friendly solution of questions involved. Signor Quintieri asked whether in view of the verdict of the New Orleans grand jury, it would not be more digni fied to renounce the matter and leave the reaponaibility for lynchinga on those tolerating them. Signor Cavelletto expressed /egret at the rupture in the relations between the United Statea and Italy. He thought little should be said about the affair, as it waa a very delicate matter. Premier Rudini said exaggerated im portance ought not to be given to the New Orleans affair, nor a question es sentially judicial converted into one of national dignity. Replying to a question relating to the New Orleans grand jury and Sigflor Corte, the Italian consul at New Or leans, Premier Rudini said he had learned through the newspapers of the incident regarding the consul. If the news were true, the matter would in itself suffice to prove the necessity of the recall of Consul Corte. No Suggestion of Arbitration. li Washington, May 14.—1t is said at .'.he state department that there has LOS ANGELES HERALD. been no suggestion of arbitration of the difficulties between Italy and the United States, growing out of the New Orleans tragedy, as reported in a dispatch from Rome. Arbitration ia the last resort after diplomatic relation has failed, and as Secretary Blame haa promised to consider claims for indemnity, it cannot be aaid that the diplomatic stage haa passed. KENTUCKY DEMOCRATS. A Tariff Reform and Silver Money Plat form Adopted. Louisville, Ky., May 14. —The Demo cratic state convention is still in ses sion. The platform adopted tonight insists that tariff reform in a paramount queation before the American people, and denounces the McKinley bill as "the most outrageous measure ever passed in an American congress." The platform contraata with it "the policy of Grover Cleveland and John G. Carlisle, which would discourage unnecessary expenditure, provide all the needed revenue; cheapen what we buy, and open the marketa of the world to the products of our farms and factories." On ailver, the platform saya: "Recog nizing the fact that the United Statea ia the greatest ailver producing country in the world, and that both gold and silver were equally money of the conetitution from the beginning of the republic until the hostile and fraudulent legislation, of the Republican party against ailver, which unduly contracted circulating medium of the country, and feeling that the great in terest of the people demanded more money for use in the channels of trade and commerce, we tender our gratitude to the Democrats in the last congress for their almost unanimous vote in both houses in favor of the free coinage of ailver, and demand the restoration to the position of equality before the law, given it by our fathers." CHINA'S ACCEPTANCE. • The Flowery Kingdom Applies for Space at the World's Fair. Washington, May 14. —The depart ment of state is officially informed of the acceptance by the government of China of the invitation to participate in the world's Columbian exposition. Den by, United States minister, writes un der date of April lat, to the secretary of state, saying the prince and ministers have requested that the secretary of state shall see that space ia reserved at Chicago for the exhibit of the Chinese government. A communication from the Chinese foreign office to Minister Denby, saya: "The emperor has not deputed official representativea to expo aitiona held in foreign countries of re cent years; but having now received kindly aentimenta from the United Statea government, the prince and min isters have the honor to atate that action will be taken in the premieea, aa for merly mentioned, and will lose no time in notifying the merchants." REVOLUTION IN PORTUGAL. * » " ■■■*" • • The King Reported to he Ready to Ab dicate . Madrid, May 14. —Sensational reporta in connection with the aituation in Por tugal are being circulated. Justicia, a Republican organ, saya the king of Por tugal ia disposed to abdicate the throne should the ministers come to the con clusion that aucb a step is necessary. London, May 14. —The Lisbon correa pondentof tiie Times, deniea the reporta of a revolutionary movement in Portu gal, and asserts that the country is in a tranquil condition. Tne Utopia Disaster Almost Duplicated. Gibraltar, May 14. —What might have been a repetition of the fearful Utopia disaster occurred last night off Europa Point, at the same point where, on March Kith last, the Utopia sank, carrying down with her a large number of her pasaengera and crew. The British steamer Buccaneer collided with the Italian steamer Stura, on board of which was a large number of Italian emigrants for the United States. A acene of wild con fusion followed, and it waa with diffi culty that some of emigrants were restrained from . throwing themselves into the water. An investigation allowed that the bows of the Stura were stove, and the aide of the Buccaneer badly damaged. Nobody on either ateamer waa seriously hurt. More Jews Muidered at Corfu. London, May 14.—From dispatches received here it ia learned that two more Jews have been murdered at Corfu, and that the bodies of several who died from starvation lie unburied. Vienna, May 14.—An attack waa made upon the Jew quarter of Corfu yesterday. Two Jews' houses were burned to the ground, and nine persons killed and many injured. A state of siege has been declared. ■ Blame Needs Rest. New York, May 14. —The doctor at tending Mr. Blame, tonight, said: "The report that Mr. Blame ia worse than has |already * been stated by the members ot hia ' family, ia entirely without foundation. He waa simply taken ill with an attack of indigestion, which, aa you know, will lay anybody up, especially a person ad vanced in years. The long and short of it is that Blame is overworked and needs reat." Senator Gorman Rewarded. Baltimore, May 14.—Fifteen thou sand people crowded into the Fifth regiment armory tonight and passed in review before Senator Gorman, the occasion being the preaentation by the people of Maryland of a silver service to the senator for hia successful efforts in the senate to defeat the so-called force bill. Brazil Will Do Her Part. Washington, May 14.—Wail advices from Rio Janiero bring newa of the pre sentation to the president of Brazil, of Captain Rodgers and Lieutenant Saw yer, two special world's fair commis sioners. The president assured the commissioners that Brazil would be ade quately represented. Secretary Blame's Condition. New York, May 14. —Dr. Dennis found Secretary Blame much better than he waa yesterday. Mrs. Blame stated that it was barely possible she and her husband would leave for Wash ington tomorrow. The Bank of England haa advanced its rate of discount from 4 to 5 per cent. FRIDAY MORNING, MAY 15, 1891.—TEN PAEGS. WHERE IS THE ITATA Persistent Rumors That She Has Been Sunk. The Story Considered Highly Improbable. No Definite News Yet Heard About the Vessels. The Esmeralda Reported to Have Sailed North from Acapulco — Chilean Cables Doctored. Associated Press Dispatches. St. Louis May 14.—A special dispatch from the City of Mexico says persistent rumors were in circulation there today that the United States cruiaer Charles ton overtook the Chilean vessel Itata on the high seas, and that a naval engage ment waa fought, in which the latter waa worsted aud blown out of the water. THE RUMOR REPEATED. City of Mexico, May 14. —The Anglo- American prints a special from San Bias, repeating the rumor about the sinking of the Itata. Whether she ex ploded her magazine, or waa sunk by the Charleston, is not stated. A special from Acapulco atatea that neither the Itata nor the Charleston have been sighted. Great excitement prevails in San Blaß. The government denies that any Chil ean ship had touched at a Mexican port up to a late hour tonight, or that any conflict took place at San Bias, as re ported. The government has given strict or ders that the port authorities of the Pacific coast report tho appearance of Chilean or other war ships. The gun boat Democrata at Acapulco haa been ordered to look out for boats. A private telegram haa been received announcing that a fishing vessel yester day saw two vessels at sea, off the coast, going at full speed. They were about four hours apart, but they were so dis tant that the fishermen were not able to distinguish them. THE REPORT IS ABSURD. San Francisco, May 14.—The rumors coming from the City of Mexico to the effect that the cruiaer Charleston had overtaken the steamer Itata and had fired upon that vessel, are regarded here as having no foundation. The Charles ton passed San Diego at noon, Monday. The run to Acapulco, the nearest tele graph point below the gulf of California, ia 1300 miles. The Charleston was steaming at the rate of about fifteen knots, and was seen to have feeen-'MJOY ing out her course to inspect passing vessels, and even though pushed to her highest point of speed, could not reach Acapulco before tomorrow, and any newa of her operations could not be received through Mexican sources before her ar rival there tomorrow. NO NEWS RECEIVED AT WASHINGTON. Washington, May I'4.—There waa no news of the Itata or Charleston at the navy department, this mcrning. sio credence is given to the report that the Charleston had eunk the Itata. In the first place, it ia aaid the newa of such an event could only be received through the arrival of the Charleston at some port connected with telegraph linea, which haa not ao far occurred. In the second place nobody supposes that the Itata would resist the Charleston, for she isjto tally unprepared to do so, and even if she attempted it, the Charleston could readily subdue her force without resorting to the extreme measure of blowing her out ot the water, as it ia re ported she has done. THE ESMERALDA'S MOVEMENTS. A delayed telegram from Acapulco states that the Esmeralda left that port after having sought several favors, which were refused. She received a telegram from the United States, and then went to meet the Itata. A Manzanilla telegram says the cap tain of a fishing boat there claims that hia vessel waa nearly run down before daylight by a large" steamer, without lighta, bound north. DOCTORED CABLES. Insurgent Successes In Chile Denied by One Who Was There. New York, May 14.—The Herald says a railroad engineer and contractor, just arrived from Chile, says nearly all the cabled accounts of the battles in Chile, between government forces and insurgente, are "doctored" by the English. The insurgents have not gained a single battle of any conse quence, he said, since the rebellion be gan. The only territory controlled by the insurgents, ia that of Iquequi, An tofagasta, and two other places. The people there are in sympathy with the ineurgenta. The insurgente have no foothold in Chile, proper. "Tne insur gents," he added, "can get no volun teers. They are fighting disciplined soldiers with a discouraged mob; they, are mainly supported by Millionaire Edward English, in Valparaiso, and Col. North, the nitrate king. The in surgents get coal and cattle from tramp coasting steamers. Ido not believe the rebellion will last Bixty days longer. The government has 40,000 "soldiers in the field, all equipped and with abun dant supplies. The insurgents have about 8000; these are not well drilled or organized, and are poorly equipped and suffering from lack of the necessaries of life." Henry T. Gage's Preferment. Washington, May 14. —Attorney Gen eral Miller has appointed Henry T. Gage, of California, special assistant United States district attorney for the southern district of California, to asaißt in the prosecution of the owners, of the officers and crew of the schooner Robert and Minnie. SUcott Again Arrested. London. May 14.—A man haa been ar reated in Leslie county, suspected of be ing Silcott, the defaulting door-keeper of the Fiftieth congress. He deniea his identity with that much wanted gentle man. AS DEAD AS A DODO. Parnell Defunct as Concerns His Polltl- cal Influence. Liverpool, May 14.—Michael Davitt and family sailed today for Quebec, en route for San Francisco. In an inter view previous to his departure Davitt ■aid: "After the next general election Parnell will have only four followers. Except as a private member of parlia ment Parnell is as dead as a dodo." Dublin, May 14.—The National Press, the McCarthyite organ, announces that E. Dwyer Gray, who on the death of his brother, the late editor of the Freeman's Journal, became pos sessor of the latter's interest in that paper, has seceded from Parnell. The Freeman's Journal asserts that Gray has not changed his political opinion, but haß tried to reunite the warring factions of the Irish party. London, May 14.—Parnell, in an in terview this evening, said he had re ceived a telegram from Gray denying the reoort that he had seceded. Dublin, May 14.—At a meeting last night of electors in North Wexford, it was resolved to stop the payment of the salary of John E. Redmond, who repre sents' North Wexford in parliament, and devote the money thus saved to the re lief of evicted tenants. Redmond is one of Parnell's envoys now in the United States to collect funds for the Parnellite cause. ENGL! SI I ESTATES. Plenty of Suckers Taken In by the Old Swindle. London, May 14. —In spite of the re peated warnings sent from time to time by the United States legation here, and by the press of America, concerning the fraudulent character of so-called Eng lish estate agents, in America, recent developments show that the warnings have been unheeded, and the number of dupes is increasing, instead of diminish ing. During the past few days more letters than ever have been received from America, iuquiring after imaginary estates of fabulous sums awaiting the writers in banks of England This cor ! respondence, as far back as Mr. Lo well's time, grew to such enormous proportions that all letters of this de scription had to be answered by printed circulars. During Lincoln's term of office, nearly all the letters have come from small country towns, show ing that the agents find them the most profitable field. Texas, Kansas, lowa and the farmers seem to be especially productive, al though letters are received from all points of the United States. All the claims investigated have been found to be of no validity whatever. Claimants should also bear in mind that the statute of limitations fixes the period within which unclaimed estates revert to the crown, and this period is twenty years. There are no large sums of money awaiting claimants iv the bank of England, LEO'S ENCYCLICAL. The Solution of the Social Problem Pound In the Gospel. Rome, May 14.—The Latin text of the papal encyclical refutes the socialists' theories tending to abolish private prop erty, and upholds the principles.of the church as the first and main element in the solution of social Questions. The true solution, the pope says, is to be found in the gospel, which, rightly stud ied, would teach employers and em ployed to become united while fulfilling their respective duties. The state should intervene to regulate private property, in order to insure public peace and the moral and material wel fare of the working people. The pope comments on the necessity of Sunday rest, and deals at length with the strikes of wages and hours of labor. He dilates on workingmen's associations, including societies for mutual aid and accident in surance ; treats of sick benefit funds; technical education and mixed syndi cates of employers and employees. The state ought, he declares, to countenance all such institutions as calculated to im prove existing social conditions. He speaks of the good work such institu tions have already achieved, and calls upon Catholics to assist in their founda tion, urging that all should be animated by a Christian spirit. BATTERED HEIt HEAD. A Young American Commits a Heinous Crime Abroad. London, May 14.— R. C. Duncan, of Washington, D. C, arrived three weeKs ago at the Benar View hotel, in Wales, accompanied by a young foreign lady, whom he introduced as his wife. They left the hotel, Tuesday, ostensibly to go to Liverpool. That evening a "farmer saw Duncan in a secluded spot in tbe fields, leaning over the woman,who was on the ground. Duncan said she had fallen and hit her head on a rock. The doctors who were summoned found that her injuries could not have been so inflicted, and that site had been the victim of violence. Duncan, after being arrested, confessed that he had battered the woman's head with a stone. He did not explain his motive. She is said to be a native of Finland. Duncan is said to be of good family in Washington. THE WOO-HOO OUTRAGE. The British Consulate Among the Build ings Burned and Looted. Shanghai, May 14. —Further particu lars from Woo-Hoo, a treaty port in the province of Agan-Holi, show that the Chinese who took part in the burning of the Catholic mission and other European buildings, are liable to bring down upon themselves the wrath of the British government. The mob, it is now stated, also burned and looted the custom house and the British consulate. The wife of the British consul, disguised as a Chi nese woman, managed, with difficulty, to escape from the consulate, and made her way to the Yang-tse-kiang river, where, in company with other Europe ans, she took refuge on a vessel moored in the stream, rhe British consul was wounded. Rioting in Warsaw. St. Petersburg, May 14. —Dispatches received here from Warsaw state that a serious strike of spinning operatives has taken place there. The operatives are mostly German socialists. Rioting oc curred, and several collisions between the military and strikers have taken place. 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