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MR. EGAN'S TROUBLE. More Rattling Among the Dry Bones, The Situation at Santiago Still a Mystery. Kuuiors That the White Squadron. Will Proceed to Chile. Kgnu Instructed to Demand the Release of imaginary American Citizens Under Arrest—No Real Danger. associated Press Dispatches. Wasihnoton, Sept. 29.—Acting Secre tary Wharton this morning conferred with the president until the cabinet met, when he returned to the state de partment. A cablegram was received there from Minister Egan in response to one sent him yesterday, asking for fur ther instructions as to the situation in Santiago. Its contents, however, were not made public, but it is known that the acute phase of the situation has passed, and no serious trouble is antici pated. Minister Eagan has maintained the dignity of his legation, and the refugees remain under his protection. So far as the protection of refugees is concerned, tho practice of nations in cludes cases widely variant in principle. Oar own history, however, shows that where the refugees seeking an asylum in the legation were not Americans, the United States government has uniformly discouraged their mission and protec tion. But the real issue in the present appears to be interference with free communication between the legation in Santiago and the outside world, and in such cases the provisions of international law are most explicit. It is broadly stated that the country to which a minister is accredited, guaran tees that in time of peace, this cornrnui cation shall not be interrupted, and that the servants and attaches of a legation are not to be molested, or any act done that may tend to impede the business of the legation. The United States, in particular, has shown itself intolerant of any such interference, and even in the Franco-Prussian war protested most effectively against the assumption by Germany, during the siege of Paris, of the right to interrupt or detain Minis ter YVasbburne's mail messengers. Wild rumors were in circulation this afternoon to the effect that the white squadron and other vessels would be sent to Chile, but these stories were inconsistent with SecretaryTracy's state ment that no more vessels were to be ordered thither. In the cabinet meeting, today, the subject of Egan's troubles with the junta were not touched upon, and it may be positively stated that while American interests in Chile will be fully protected, tho acute phase and crisis of the situation has been passed, and the existing difficulty is now likely to be come eitnply one of ordinary diplomatic correspondence. Although dispatches from Chile were received at the headquarters of the Chilean Congressional envoys in Wash ington up to i» o'clock last night, they contained, no reference to the reported arreet of American citizens in Santiago and the stationing of police around the United States legation building there. Chicago, Sept. 20. — A Washington special says instructious have been cabled Egan, minister to Chile, to de mand the release of the American citi zens who have been arrested on suspic ion of being spies or sympathizers with the enemy of the junta. According to the special he is also instructed to take every precaution to preserve the lives and liberties of American citizens and those seeking protection within the American consulate. New Yokk, Sept. 29.—The Herald's Valparaiso cable says: It is not gener ally believed that the evidence of ill feeling towards Americans will be kept up, except on the part of pot-valiant blowers, aided by a few newspapers and urged on by the British element who are absolutely inimical to the people of the United States. The firm attitude of the United States will stop any non sence, especially if the firmness is backed by the presence of a few of the white squadron. MAN OR WOMAN? A Sensational Development In the Chris tie Warden Case. Hanover, N. H., Sept. 29.—Late last night a woman with a veil over her face and wearing a long circular cloak went to the house of A. H. Warden, father of Christie Warden, murdered by Frank Almy, and without any preliminary, said: "I came up here to stay tonight. I want to see Christie's room and sleep in her bed. lam a friend." The family were startled, but allowed the woman to come into the house. She said she would explain all in the morn ing. Oscar Warden, brother of A. H. War den, noticed that the visitor had a mas culine appearance, and suddenly he seized her hands. After a sharp struggle the circular was removed, disclosing a person in full male evening attire. The intruder then declared that she was Dr. Mary Walker. She became ex cited and said she had come to save An drew Warden's life, and would make further explanrtion in the morning. The family were still suspicious, and concluded to sit up with the woman until morning. Oscar Warden felt so confident that the person was a man, and had confederates about, that he and a negro stood guard all night before the house, armed with shot guns. About 2 a. in. steps were heard by the outside watchers, but the barking of a dog frightened away whoever made them. The al'eged Dr. Walker made some attempt to identify herself by showing two receipts for registered letters bear ing tbe name of Dr. Mary Walker; some baggage checks from a Boston hotel; also $75 in cash. Persons asserting that they knew Dr. Mary Walker, srate that this person is not she. The intruder LOS ANGELES HERALD. later volunteered tho information that Almy, they have arrested, is not the man who killed Christie Warden. Woodsville, N. H., Sept. 29.—Frank C. Almy was arraigned and pleaded not guilty of the murder ot Christie Warden this afternoon. THE SCR.iMI'.IE FOB LOTS, Awful Scenes' *t tbe Opening of Chand ler Towsiits, QkUhoma. Gl'thrik, 0. T., Sept. arriving this afternoon give the details of the opening of the government town site of Chandler, in the Sac and Fox reservation. The site was opened to settlement at 12 m. yesterday, and the Bcene which followed the volley of musketry which announced the opening was awful. A mass of 3000 excited men and women, each intent upon eecuring a lot, had gathered about the boundary of the town. At 12 o'clock sharp, the signal was given, aud with a mighty yell from 3000 throats, and amid the cracking of whips and volleys of oaths, shcuts and curses, the conglomerate mass of mass of men and women, on horse and on foot, rushed like maniacs for town lots. As the an gles of the advancing lines met, many riders were unhorsed and hurled pell rnell into the road. Many persons are reported killed and others as having received se vere injuries. Miss Daisy, a represen tative of the Guthrie News, was thrown from her horse at the beginning of the race, and striking her head on a rock, was killed. The excited and merciless crowd had not time to attend to the dying, and they rode over tne body of the unfortunate woman, until it was recognized by friends who took it out of tho surging mass of humanity. As there were three or four times as many people as lots, the result could easily be foretold. There are from three to six claimants for a great many of the lots, and it -will take considerable time to adjust the differ ences. An Indian killed a white man during a quarrel over liquor. WHOLESALE SLAUGHTER THIRTY-FOUR CHINESE MINERS MURDERED FOR GOLD. ' Their Bodies ThroWn Into Snake River. A Band of Cowboys tho Perpetrators of the Crime—Th9 Identity of the Mur derers Just Disclosed. San Fbancisco, Sept. 29. —The mys tery surrounding the finding of the bodies of twenty Chinese in the Snake river, Idaho, in 18S9, has been solved. The bodies all bore gunshot wounds, showing that they had been murdered. The Chi nese consul instituted an investigation, but was then unable to find who com mitted the crims. Consul Bee now makes public the following statement: "I, Hugh McMillan, now of AValla Walla, Washington, but formerly of Ini naha, Wallowa county, Oregon, make the following statement to the end that justice may be done to interested paities: I make this statement from a statement made to me by my son Robert, aged 16 years, just prior to his " death, and by me then reduced to writing. lathe latter part of April, 1887, my son and Bruce Evans, J. T. Cantield, May Larue, Frank Vaughn, Hiram Mayuard and Carl Hughes were stopping in a cattle camp four miles from the Snake river. My son and Evans, Canfield, Larue and Vaughn went to a Chinese camp on the Snake river. Ganfield and Larue went above the camp, and Kyansand Vaughn remained below. The whole party waa armed with repeating rifles and revolvers. There were thirteen Chinese in the camp, and they were fired on by the party above the camp. The unarmed Chinese retreated, when they were fired upon by those below the camp. Twelve Chi nese were instantly killed, and one other caught afterwards and his brains beaten out. Tbe party got that evening $5500 in gold dust. Next day eight more Chinese came to the camp in a boat. They were fired on and all killed and their bodies, with the others, thrown into the river. The party then took the boat and went to another Chinese camp four miles dis tant, where thirteen Chinese were work ing oh the river bar. They were- all shot and killed and their bodies thrown into the river. The camp was robbed and $50,000 in gold secured. My son was present only the first day, but knew the facts, as they were talked over by the parties in his presence. Circum- Btanceß detailed occurred on the Oregon side of the Snake river, in Wallowa connty, near the northeastcorner of the state Dated, Walla Walla, August 31. 1891. Hugh McMillan', W. M. Clarke, Witnesses. The Chinese consul-general, in this city, will at once communicate these facts to his own government, and it is probable that steps will be taken to pun ish the murderers. STOCKTON HAPPENINGS. The Tax Rate Fixed—lron Works De stroyed by Fire. Stockton, Cal., Sept. 29. —The super visors have fixed the tax rate for the year, including the state rate, at $1 on each $100 worth of property. The Stockton Iron works, an old es tablishment, formerly owned by Far rington, Hyatt & Co., was partially de stroyed by fire this evening. There was a blast in the foundry late this after noon and it is supposed sparks got into the upper story where the pattern room is located. The building was wood aud only a portion of the walls remain. The machinery was very much damaged, and the loss will be heavy. SAN QUKNTIN PLOTTERS. The Prison Directors Decide to Separate the Conspirators, San Quentin, Cal., Sept. 29.—The prison directors today decided to sep arate the conspirators who have been in solitary confinement here several weekß for conspiring to escape, and will trans fer convicts Charles C. Irwin, C. C. Sul livan and Charles Bachman to Folsom prison. J. N. Ewitson has been engaged as special counsel to prosecute S. W. Sullivan, now under arrest for smuggling arms into the prison and otherwise assisting the plotters. WEDNESDAY MORNING. SEPTEMBER 30, 1891.—TEN PAGES. THE CIVIL SERVICE. Many Abuses That Need Cor rection, The Reform League Holds Its Annual Meeting. George William Cu/tlB Arraigns tbe Administration. Secretary Tracy Receives a MiNßd of Praise—Superintendent Porter's Partisan Census Ripped Up the Hack. Associated Press Dispatches. Buffalo, Sept. 20.—The National Civil Service Reform league began its annual meeting here today. In the evening George William Curtis delivered the annual address, which was ap plauded, notably his commendation of Secretary Tracy's courageous reforms at the navy yard. In summing up his re marks about the reforms in the navy yards, Mr. Curtis said: "While General Tracy is secretary of the navy there is no doubt that the ulcer of the spoils will not thrive in the navy yards. But when he retires will he have extirpated its roots? His scheme is ad mirable and effective and it is based upon sound principles of reform. But it is only his official regulation. It is not yet law and with his successor the devils whom the secretary has expelled may return. If the rules of the civil service are to be applied, as they certainly should be, to the navy yards, is there any good reason why they should not be applied as in all other departments, and aa they are applied in the clerical branch of the navy department? It is a reform too important to be left to the changing sympathies of successive secretaries, and its inception and execution are so im portant as to entitle Secretary Tracy to the gratitude of the country while they write his name high ou the roll of prac tical reformers." With reference to the civil service records of Presidents Cleveland and Harrison he said: "President Cleveland, to whose per sonal interest while governor of New York the passage df the reform law in this state was chieliy due, had demon strated the sincerity of his purpose by the appointment of a state civil ser vice commission, whose personal char acter and ability and unswerving fidelity to the cause were not only the earnest of the honest observance of the law, but commended the reason and the essential value of reform to the sound judgment of the state. As presi dent, Mr. Cleveland enlarged the ranne of the tdae&U'ied service, revised and 3tiv::s;t honei 1 tin i u'. flj the com mission and sustained it in the firm enforcement of the law. President Harrison's selection of civil service com missioners, also, was in strict conform ity to the spirit of the platform upon which he was elected, and to his own professions and pledges as a candidate, and lie also has extended somewhat the classified service. ' "But the moral obligation of reform is not limited to the classified service. If its principles are sound they are as ap plicable to public offices employing for ty-nine clerks as to those employing fifty, and an administration which ob serves the letter of the law in appoint ing the fifty, but makes spoils of the forty-nine, is not a civil service reform administration, as a man who gets drunk occasionally, is not a temperate man. "It was doubtless in recognition of this truth, and to seem to conform to the highest standard that the platform of the party of administration declared that 'the spirit and purpose of reform should be observed in all executive appointments.' When, therefore, the assistant postmaster-general endeared himself to the administration by cutting off official heads as fast as possible, he violated the express pledge of his party to respect the spirit of reform as much as if, being a soldier of the union, he. had broken the orders of the march and disgraced his flag; and tho president, by tolerating such riot of contempt for liib own professions and for the promises of his party, made all such promises contemptible, and forfeited the claim of his administration to be considered a reform administration." PORTER'S PARTISAN CENSUS. The Civil Service League Severely Scores the Administration for It. Buffalo, N. V., Sept. 29. —The report of the special committee of the National Civil Service league appointed to in quire into the federal civil service, and which will be read before the league tomorrow a± its meeting here, is a very extensive one. and deals wholly with the last census. It quotes the civil ser vice refcrm plank of the last Republican platform, and declares that if any branch of the service should have been kept free from party controversy it was the census bureau. If the administra tion has free choice between non-politi cal and political agency for taking the enumeration, and chooses the latter, com posed of officials of its own politioal faith, the presumption is against the the fairness of the census so taken. The defective results in the census of 1870 were directly traceable to the patronage system. The improvement produced by the elimination of partisanship from the census is shown by the comparatively satisfactory results and general confi dence in the census of 1880. This was before the civil service law, but the es sential element of the civil service sys tem, the exclusion of political consider ations in appointments, was largely observed. Coming down to the present census, the report says: "If the promises of the Republican platform had any significance at all, it meant that a president would extend the competitive system to the clerks of the census bureau. Mr. Har rison in concurring with and adopting the platform, distinctly made this promise his own. The well known opinions of Mr. Porter, who was selected by the president as superintendent of the census, made it certain that ap pointments would become, in great r impure, matters of political patronage. Porter's"opposition to civil service re form methods clearly appeared in his testimony before the house committee, September 9. 1889, when he said civil service methods were creating a system of barnacleism. The act of March 1, 1889, directs that each super visor stall designate to the superinten dent suitable persons, and with his con sent, emp> a»vh persons as enumera tors who snail be aeleetrd with reference with fitness and without reference to political party affiliations. If this provision had been fully enforced, complaints of the partisan character of the census could not justly have been rttwle. but unfortunately the supervisors were themselves largely appointed upon political considerations, and the result was that the appointment of enumerators was, in many localities, a matter of political patronage. Careful inquiry by your committee shows that while in some places political consider ation had no weight, yet the supervisors were influenced in many other cases by partisan considerations. Men were often chosen without reference to their fitness, on account of their political services, and in such cases tbe work was often badly done; in many instances thoroughly discredited." The committee then goes on to give at great length reports from civil service officials in different sections of the country. The general tenor of the re port is that the work of men said to have been appointed as a reward for political purposes, was untrustworthy. Much space is devoted to New York, where, says the committee, the worst effects of the patronage system are ap parent. C. H. Murray, a Republican politician, was made supervisor of New York city, and a circular letter from him if> quoted as showing the manner in which enumerators were selected. This letter says: "You will please forward this office a list of applicants that the Republican organization of your district desires to have named as census enu merators." The men named in these lists were subsequently appointed, and, says the committee, it is evident that among them there must be a consider able number utterly unfit for the work, and it is not surprising that among them Police Inspector Byrnes should recog nize well-known criminals. The committee goes over the dispute between the New York city and federal authorities on the census, quotes many inaccuracies alleged to have been found in the government reports, instances in competent work of enumerators, etc. In conclusion tbe committee considers the following propositions have been established as the resultof theirinquiry : That refusal to apply the civil service reform system of open non-partisan competitive examinations in appoint ments to the census bureau was a viola tion by the president of the promise contained in the Republican platform of 1888, aud endorsed in his letter of ac ceptance ; that by the appointment of enumerators on political grounds in open violation of section 5 of the cen sus act, great numbers of incom petent men were engaged in taking t1..: ceh'«ufe, and In many places attempts we.'c made to use official positions for tbe benefit of the party in power; that while in some places the results of the work appear free from partisan color, and to be accurately and well done, yet in many places the work has been care lessly and badly done, and open to sus picion that partisan considerations have not been absent; that, finally, there is a widespread distrust of the accuracy of the census, which greatly impairs its value to the country, and which is caused in a great measure by the fact that the census bureau has been con ducted on the spoils system. The committee expresses the belief that no census will hereafter receive the confidence of the people until it has been wholly removed from partisan in fluence. COLORADO DEMOCRATS. They Break the Record for Quick Work. A Startling Platform. Df.nveb, Sept. 29. —The Democratic state convention met today to nominate a candidate for chief justice of the su preme court and adopt a platform Judge L. M. Goddard of Leadville re ceived the nomination. The convention broke the record for quick work, meeting at 11 a. in. and ad journing sine die at Ip. m. There were no contests in the nominations or other points. The platform approves the Australian system of election laws enacted by the last general assembly, through the un tiring efforts of the Democratic mem bers ; favors free and unlimited coinage of silver; Bends greeting to Governor Campbell, Governor Boies and brother Democrats in Ohio and lowa, and con gratulates them for the brave stand they have taken in behalf of constitutional money; declares that the Democratic party is in sympathy with the labor or ganizations which are striving to uphold the dignity of labor and protect it against those monopolies which* it is the policy of the Republican party to create and ioster. BABTKRN FRUIT. There Is Plenty of It but Its Quality Is Inferior. San Francisco, Sept. 29. —Commis- sioner F. C. Niles, of the state board of horticulture, who has been traveling through the east, returned to this city today. He reports that the eastern crop of fruit is so heavy that the de mand for the California product is not so urgent as it was last year. "It is a fact, however," said Mr. Niles, "that notwithstanding the heavy eastern crop, California fruit is ahead, our peaches, pears and grapes commanding higher prices than the pro ducts of Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. Last year taught the east what California fruit is, and they want it this year." Commissioner Niles states that "yel lows" is ruinijg eastern peach orchards, and that the disease is spreading from place to place. Orchardists.are destroy ing affected trees and planting others in their places. A Nominee Declines. Lincoln, Neb., Sept. 29.— J. H. Broody, nominated bvthe Democrats for associate justice of trie supreme court, tonight sent a letter to the chairman of the state central committee positively declining to be a candidate. A Suit fits well and proves Fine Tail oring when selected from the large New Stock of H. A. 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Why, they are the same firm who changed their business name some eighteen months ago, after a most miserable business failure, paying their creditors only 60 cents on the dollar, and who, to deceive the public, loaded up their goods, carted them around the corner, and then dumped them on the sidewalk to make you believe they had new goods. Is that faking ? Are they honest merchants ? Do they deserve your patronage ? We leave it to a just public to decide. Just one word about the man who writes their advertisements. Ask him why he don't go back to St. Paul, and then come and get some of our great bargains, for we are selling out and price is no object. Golden Eagle Clothing Co. (ED. B. WEBSTER, Manager) CORNER MAIN AND REQUENA STS., # UNDER NEW U. S. HOTEL. SOME OF THE REASONS WHY Tlie Mutual Life Instance Conpy OF NEW YORK IS THE BEST LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY IN THE WORLD: Because it is the OLDEST active Life Insurance Company in the UNITED STATES and has done the most good. 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