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VOL. Kb.—NO. 165. TOOK HIS OWN LIFE. General Boulanger's Tragic Death. Snieided at the Grave of His Mistress. Grief for His Lost Love the dense of the Rash Act. His Hopeless Financial and Political Prospects Contributed to His Melancholia —All Europe Excited. Associated Press Dispatches. Brussels, Sept. 30.—General Boulan ger committed suicide at tlie totnb of Madame Botineraaine, his mistress, who died here recently, at noon today. He stood alone by the grave of his mistress lor some time, when an attendant who stood by suddenly heard a sharp report in that direction. Rushing to the spot She attendant found General Boulanger lying dead upon the ground, with a re volver clenched in his right hand. An examination showed that the dead man placed the weapon to his right ear and fired the shot. Tho nfTair caused great excitement here, and some commotion among the general's followers in Paris. The police and the dead man's friends here have Jaken possession of his lodgings. NO UOPBS FOR THE FUTURE. Tho general's position, financially and politically, had been getting blacker recently. He had no hopes for the future, and his remaining friends were few and becoming colder, aa the once fanitius general dropped more and more ont oi public notice. There is no doubt that the general was conscious of these facta, and they preyed upon his mind. Conpled to this was the morbid love or infatuation which he had for his dead mistress, to whom he was undoubtedly greatly attached. The hody of the dead man was taken to his late'residence in this city. LONG PREMEDITATED SUICIDE. This evening his friends admit that .itsy he frequently openly avowed a ■ ■■ire for death, and it is even added that the general eeveral times of late made attempts to take his own life. Ttio consequence has been that he waa watched as closely as possible by the friends who remained loyal. Even they, howevur, appear to have grown tired of their task, and warned the general's niece and the latter's husband. The v cc and husband arrived a few days ago, and the first thing they did was "to cause, ail his weapons taken away and hidden. General Boulanger muat have not'ced the precautions, and managed to secure and hide the pistol with which he shot himself. IHS GRIEF FOB HIS MISTRESS. Boulanger, according to stories told this evening, made no secret of his Weariness of life since the collapse of his party, and par6icular.y so since the fa-th iof Mme. de Bonnemain. His lends now recall the fact that when i coffin lid finally closed over the re ins of his mistress he kept on repeat ', ,in heart-broken tones, "Au revoir tiientot." Every day, at about 4 :oek in the afternoon, since her ith, Boulanger has gone to the ceme y and deposited a handsome floral nblem on her grave. He would stay y the grave sometimes an hour either ngaged in prayer or in deep thought. The family were surprised when this norning they heard him order a andau much earlier than usual. No-.' •ody, however, seems to have had the slightest idea that he intended to com mit suicide. Stopping in Brussels at the present time is one of Poulanger's most attached ulherents. His name is Alfred Dutins, md he came from Paris upon receipt of a letter from Boulanger, about a week ago, announcing that he intended to r ommit suicide at an early date. Dutins flame to Brussels for the express pur pose of endeavoring to persuade the j aneral to alter his mind. Dutins and .is old leader had several long inter- Niews, during which the former did his utmost to persuade the general that he should abandon such morbid ideas. HE EVADES HIS GUARDIANS. The general's niece becoming alarmed :Iter his departure this morning, sent fti Dutina and together they started for the cemetery. In the meantime General Buutatiger had left the landan at the jate of the cemetery and walked slowly and calmly to the tomb of Mme. Bonne main. He remained there some time in ieep thought, and was afterwards seen siowly walking around the cemetery, still thinking deeply. TUB BASH ACT PERFORMED. Contrary to the first report* of the af fair, the general must have walked about ,he cemetery nearly an hour and a half >efore he returned to Mme. Bonnemain'e orub. All reports agree in the state aont that as soon as the general reached he tomb the second time he immedi itely placed a pistol to his head and hot himself. The reportof the revolver vas_ heard by the coachman who was iriving the general's landan and by his alet, who accompanied the suicide to lie cemetery. They both rushed to line. Bonnemain'a tomb and there mod the general quite dead, lying ■cross the grave. Death must have been stanlaneous. THE DEAD MAN'S BODY. As tbe police were bearing the gen ral's body away from the tomb of hia idstress, with the intention of placing t in the landau for conveyance to Brus elft, the dead man's niece, accompanied •y M. _ Dutins. reached the cemetery, lis niece fainted upon hearing the evvs.and Dutins' grief at being too late j save the life of his friend was ex sesive., , The corpse has been prepared for urial, bat is only being viewed by itimate friends of the family. The itter unanimously desire that the fun- Klvbould be of the most simple order. Some of the general's political friends are in favor of a public demonstration. The corpse reposes upon a table, draped with black cloth. The remains are clad in a black frock coat, upon the breast of which are several decorations, notably the cross of the Legion of Honor, conferred upon the general after he had been wounded in 1859 at Turbigo, in lAgeria, when a lieu tenant. The wounds in the temples, caused by the fatal shot, have been hid den by pieces of broad, white silk rib bon, so pasted as to almost completely conceal the cause of his death. HIS WRITTEN DECLARATIONS. The relatives persistently declined to furnish the public with any definite in formation as to the written declarations which he left behind him. Boulan ger left a will and a political testament in his desk. It is stated that the latter declares unshaken confidence in his party; enjoins his friends to prosecute the great aims he always had in view, and ascribes his cwn death solely to inconsolable grief over toe loss of Mine, de Bonnemain. The funeral will probably take place Sunday afternoon. The general's mother, aged 86, is still firm in the belief that her son went to a fete, and has not yet returned. MADAME BOULANGER'S OFFERING. Shortly after Mine. De Bonnemain's death, General Boulanger's wife wrote offering to forgive the general and share his exile, but her letter wjk unanswered. Toward the end of August, after a violent paroxyßin of grief, Boulanger laboriously carved on his mistress's tomb with a penknife: "A bientot, Marguerite." From that day he was a changed man. He became emaciated and haggard, al most beyond recognition. On learning of the suicide, Prince Victor Bonaparte called and remained at the residence for an hour. A large photograph of his mistress wan found under his clothing next to his heart. In addftion to the photograph of Mme. de Bonnemain, a lock of white hair, woven into the shape of a heart, was found next to Boulanger's heart. The general had written a long letter to his mother, announcing his departure on a long voyage, and bidding her not to be uneasy. His remark in the presence of his valet, "Though I am abandoned by everybod)',l still know what to do," ap pears to confirm the report that the real cause of his suicide was the Stop page a few-days ago of political subsidies from his supporters, indicating that his career was finished. It is rumored that tho archbishop of Malines has refused to authorize reli gious service on the occasion of the funeral of Boulanger. EFFECT OF THE NEWS IN PARIS. Paeis, Sept. 30.—The suicide of Bou langer caused a great sensation here, and nothing else"is talked of. The mem bers of the Patriotic leagues are talking of giving a public funeral, and they proposi to inter his remains in France. It is believed this will lead to seiious disturbances. All the evening papers contain obit uary articles, but none —with the ex ception of Le Jour —reflect upon the political aspect of the general's life. Le Jour pays he had not the courage to survive her who sacrificed herself for him. Le Jour's article concludes with a scathing comparison between the manner of his death and his imperial pretensions. M. Constans, minister of the interior, said he genuinely grieved the general's death, conscious that he was responsible for the upsetting of the popular idol by a packed, though legally constituted tribunal. In other political quarters it is remembered to the generate credit that he practically laid the foundation of the entente with Russia. The gen eral had shown signs of consumption, of which Mme. De Bonnemain died. This knowledge, added to the taint of heredi ty insanity, leaves no wonder that he .pmmitted the rash act. m Les Debatssays: "Perhaps Boulanger Shought to be a Caesar or Napoleon, ♦though he had none of their genius! Harsh words are needless. His miser able life, ended in a death which is also miserable, was dramatic. In all likeli hood his suicide was prompted by sin cere feeling." Le Soleil remarks: "It was a strange destiny, after living like Vitelline, to die like VVerther; yet. what a splendid career Boulanger might have had as a simple soldier I" Le Gaulois says: "Boulanger's death was his last blunder." La Liberie' says: "The life of the man who could have upset the republic, had he chosen to agitate France to an enormous degree, has ended like that of her romancer, far away from home." La Patrie says: ''The deed was like that of the hero of a novel, and not like a heroic soldier." # EXCITEMENT IN ITALY. Roue, Sept. 30. —The news of the sui cide of Boulanger caused considerable excitement in Italy, where he was re garded as a national enemy. When Cardinal Rarapolla, papal secretary of state, informed the pope of the general's suicide, the pope uttered an exclama tion of sadness, and prayed silently. The general's private life placed him on the black books of the Vatican, yet his career was watched with feverish vig ilance. GERMANY HAS LOST A FOE. London, Sept. 30.--.The Berlin corres pondent of the News telegraphs: "Ger many has lost one of her greatest foe 9, for he knew that the possibility of re covering power, lay in war with Ger many.." BOULANGER'S CAREER, [Georges-Ernest-Jean-Marie Boulan ger was born at Rennes, April 29, 1837. In 1856 he issued from the military school, at St. Cyr, as second lieutenant, lieutenant in 1860, captain ia 1862, ma jor in July, 1870, lieutenant-colonel in November, 1870. .colonel in 1874, briga dier-general in 1880, general of division in 1884 and minister of war on January 7,1886. Ha was wounded at Turbigo in tbe Italian campaign of 1859; at the battle of Trai Dran, in Cochin China, in 1862, and at the sortie of Chain pigny in 1870. He was a minister of war in two cabinets, and bis administration as such led to apprehension of renewed trouble with Germany. With tbe advent of the Bouvier ministry to power Boulanger was sent to a command at Clermont- Ferrand. Dissatisfied with the humbler THURSDAY MORNING. OCTOBER I, 1891.—TEN PAGES. pei x u7^ role thus assigned to him, tho general began to conspire for his own advancn ment in a suneptitious manner. His attempts at secrecy, if genuine, were not successful, and he was placed under arrest for breachesof discipline. He per sisted in his attitude of insubordination and his name was stricken off the active list of the French army. Boulanger at once availed himself of his freedom to get access to the chamber. Addressing the legislature without delay he cut a very sorry figure and resigned his seat; and, later on, after provoking M. Floquet. the president of the council, Into fighting a duel, he was placed hors de combat for several weeks. The duel took place July 13, 1888, and on August 19th he was elected to the chambers by eeveral electorates but decided to sit for the department dv No r d. His legislative career, however, waa brief, as he was pronounced dis qualified by the chamber, and subse quently banished from Fiance. He found an asylum, first in London, then in the Channel islands, and later in Brussels, where he lived in the arisf.i cratic quarter with his mistress until hpr death, followed soon by bis own un happy end] Civil Service Reformers, Buffalo, N. Vi, Sept. 30 — The Na tional Civil Service Reform league to day re-elected George William Curtis president. William D. Foulke, of In dianapolis, editor of the Civil Service Chronicle, in a speech took strong ground against the secret executive ses sion of the United States senate. DISREGARD OF ORDERS THE CAUSE OF A HORRIBLE RAIL WAY DISASTER. ( A Family Excursion Train Run Into by a Freight—Three Persons Killed Instant ly and a Soore Frightfully Injured. Terrible Scenes Enacted. Akron, Ohio, Sept. 30.—Early this morning a collision occurred a mile east of Kent, on the New York, Pennsyh vania and Ohio, between freight and passenger trains. Three persons were killed and twenty injured, several fa tally. The passenger was the Michigan section of the Olin family excursion, the members of which, and many friends, ware going to the national reunion of their kindred at Bennington, Vermont. It was a foggy night, and tbe collision occurred on a long till, thirty feet high, in the middle of which there was a bridge sixty feet high over the Pittsburg aod Western tracks. 'Part of the pas senger train was on the bridge when the crash came. The engines ploughed into each other, reared high in the air, and the cars on each side crashed together, like cardboard. INBTANTLV KILLED. The passenger erighiiier, William D. Maxwell, Fireman Glass and one pas senger, an old lady, Mrs. Dewey, of Richland, Mich., were instantly killed. Tho other engine's crew escaped serious injury by jumping. The baggage car and the first and sec ond coaches telescoped, the interior of the cars being only a mass of wreckage, in which the unfortunate passengers were entangled. The stove in the sec ond coach was overturned aud the tim ber took tire. HEROIC SUFFERERS. Mrs. Alice Sedgwick, with both legs broken, lay close to the red hot stove, pushing against it with.all her might to to. keep it from crushing and burn ing her little daughter, who lay just by her. The mother's clothing was burned off and one side of her body roasted. Close to her lay Laura Van Ankeu,a frail girl of llyears, who was doing li«e seivice for her mother, laying almost under the store, her arms pinioned and broken. The res cuers, however, soon succeeded in break ing into the car and extinguished the flames with water from the tanks. For half a.i hour the men worked, lift ing out women and children, many of them with legs and arms dangling help lessly. As fast as taken out ihe injured were transferred to the sleepingcarsand taken back to Kent, where they received medical aud surgical attention. NAMES OF THE INJURED.. Miss A. Al. Johnsou, of Muskegon, Mich.; Mrs. Alice M. Sedgwick, of Parma, Mich., and Mrs. G C. Thomp son, of Montague, Mich., will die. Others injured are: Mrs. G. A. B.uell and daughter, Mrs. Caroline Heed, urs. Thomas Reckon, Mr. j .JL. H. Van Anken and daughter, Nellie Stanford, G C. Thompson. Mary Richards. J. D. Hart, PJd. M. Moody, Frank M. Caldwell, Charles E. McKinsley, Miss Edith Somers, Miss Hulda Westcottand Mits Rebecca Clark. None of these will die, although sev eral are very painfully injured. CAUSE OF THE DISASTER. Conductor F. Beigert, of the freight, which should have stood at Ravenna, asserts that there was no light on the fifth section of tho excur sion train to show that there was one following. Whether this bo true, or they confused train 8 with the section, cannot be known until the inquest. TERRIBLE SCENES. All day there have been terrible scenes enacted at the Revere house in this city, where all the wounded were taken soon after the wreck. Every phy sician and surgeon available in the sur rounding country was called on at once, and has been very busy attending to the injured-, whose condition is pitiable. DISREGARD OF ORDERS. Cleveland, Sept. 80.—General Man ager Tucker, in a dispatch to an official of the New York, Lake Erie and West ern railway, says: "Special instructions were issued superintendents September 25th regarding this excursion, directing them to take extra care, block all trains in both directions to insure absolute safety, and to have inspectors at junc tion points to examine ihe equipment. The train dispatcher instructed the crew of the freight train not to leave Ravenna until they received orders, but notwith standing this, and in violation of said instructions, they pulled out against tbe last section of No. 4." JUDGE WADE UPHELD A Victory for the Electric Road. The Pacific Railway Company Knocked Out. Electric Cars Hay Ban Over the Cable Tracks. i ———— T|io "npreran Court Dismisses the Writ of Prohibition— An KxHaustlve ; Opinion Rendered by Jus tice Patterson. Associated Press Dispatches. * San Francisco, Sept. 30.—An elab orate decision was filed today in the supreme court in the case of the Pacific Railway company et al. vs. Judge Wade. Tba question disposed of by Justice Patterson, in an opinion which has the concurrence of Chief Justice Beatty and Justices De Haven, Sharpstein, Harri son and Garcuttc, was whether a supe rior court judge could appoint a receiver Of the cable railway company, and on that receiver's motion grant a right of way over the lines of the company whose affairs were in the hands of such Ireceiver, to a third party, and assess the compensation to be paid, without consulting the directors of the corpora tion in liquidation, and without pro ceedings under the law of eminent do main, as provided in the code of civil procedure, subsequent to an attempt being made between the two corpora tions to arbitrate upon the matters they had in difference. fhe decision holds that there were none of the elements of ordinary con demnation proceedings involved in the litigation, as there was no private prop erty to be taken for public use, and no occasion to exercise the right of emi nent domain, because the petitioners did not acquire, by grant of its fran chise, any proprietary interest in the Btreet. The decision says: "There can be no private property in a street, except the fee of the owner, which is held subject to easement as long as the public con tinue to use the street as a highway. The mrdntenancb of horse railways end the running of cars upon the public streets of the city of San Francisco, de signed for the carriage of passengers, is a mere special mode of using the high way, nothing more. The right to main tain such railroad does not exclude the public from the use of such street." The opinion, therefore, sustains the action of Judge Wade, and holds that the property of the petitioners is in cus todia legis, and therefore the court can grant a right of way to any person or corporation, and assess the damages and compensation to be paid therefor, without citing or consulting the corpor ation, but simply upon the application of the receiver in possession of its prop erty. The writ of prohibition against Judge Wade was therefore dismissed. Tliis decision ecoreß a victory for the Los Angeles electric road. DESPERATE CONVICTS. The San Qnentln Conspirators Try to Kill the Informer. San Qt'ENTiN, Sept. 30. —This morning, while Charles Blackmail, C. C. Sullivan and Charles Irwin, three convicts who had plotted to escape from the prison, were waiting inside the main gate to be transferred to Folsom, they al talked George Welles, the young convict who brought arms into the prison for them and afterward confessed to the warden. Blackmail and Sullivan sprang upon Welles, tearing at his throat, and grasping his head, tried to wrench it from his shoulders. The guards were summoned and with difficulty succeed ed in getting Welles away from his at tackers. Welles was badly bruised and would undoubtedly have been killed if the convicts had possessed any thing in the way of a weapon. BUCKLE V-i KKTKUAT. He Will Return to Sau Francisco When He Gets Heady. Montreal. Sept. 30. — Christopher Buckley, the well-known San Francisco politician, arrived here today, and is stopping at the St. Lawrence hotel. He declined to discuss politics, but said he intended to visit Quebec, Toronto and New York, then return to San Francisco. He denied that he received any sum mons to appear before the grand jury in San Francisco, but said he was perfectly willing to do so. Jeffrey's Appointment. Chicago, Sept. 30 —It is stated to night that E. T. Jeffrey, formerly gen eral manager of the Illinois Central, has been appointed president of the Denver and Rio Grande. This report waa denied a few hours ago, but is said to be confirmed now. Jeffrey is not in the city. The Junta Mot Responsible. New York, Sept. 30.—The Herald's Valparaiso cablegram says it is now be lieved that the actions of which Minis ter Eagau complained were instigated by irresponsible officials, and not sanc tioned by the majority of the junta. 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