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Odd lines of UJnderwear, fall weight, 75c per suit. 20 doz.~ Light Colored Sateen and Madras Shirts, with ties to match, 75c each. Crash Hats and Linen Helmets at Half Price. AMen's Leather Bicycle Shoes, $1.50 per pair. Men's Canvas Shoes at $1.00 per pair. We take special care of your mail orders. ' JOHN D. LOSEKAMP, THE FAMOUS CLOTHIER AND OUTFITTER. WHAT ADMIRAL t EVANS KNEW t> it ABOUT THE SPANISH WAR it ti TOLD TO THE COURT. n; h fc SIGNALS BY INSURGENTS w fl He Had Code and Supposed All the Other Captains Had the Same. Ih Washington, Sept. 30.-Rear Ad- A miral Evans, who as captain com manded the battleship Iowa during i the Santiago campaign, was a witness before the Schley court of inquiry today. His testimony covered the en- e tire period from the time the Iowa n left the port of Key West, on the 20th g day of May, 1898, until the 5th of July, when Admiral Evans testified he had a conversation with Admiral Schley concerning the battle of the 3rd. He described in detail the prin- t cipal battle off Santiago, and also gave particulars concerning the bom bardment of the Colon on the 31st of I May. Other witnesses of the day weret Capt. Theo. F. Jewell, who was com mander of the cruiser Minneapolis during the Spanish war, and Com mander James M. Miller, who was in command of the collier Merrimac un til that vessel was turned over to Lieutenant Hobson to be sunk in the mouth of the harbor at Santiago. Adimaral Evans had not concluded his testimony when the court adjourn ed for the day. On his cross-examination by Ray ner, Admiral Evans said he had left Key West with the Iowa for Cien fuegos on May 20, and that he knew before leaving that port that a secret code had been arranged for communi cation with the insurgents on the shore at Cienfuegos, as Captain Chad wick had given him this information. "He came aboard the Iowa, said the 1 witness, " to deliver dispatches to 1 me before we got under way. To my best knowledge and belief he gave me ' a written memorandum containing the 1 secret code, but notwithstanding I have made diligent search among my papers for this document, I have fail de to find it." Mr. Rayner: "Can you refresh your memory about this memoran dum? There is no doubt of one thing, and that is that the Iowa carried dis patches?' "None whatever." "When were these dispatches de livered to Commodore Sohley?" "They were delivered between half past twelve and one o'clock on the afternoon of the 22nd." "Did you read the memorandum about the signals given to you by Captain Chadwick?' "Certainly I did, but not the dis patch to Commodore Schley." Mr. Rayner then exhibited to wit ness two memorandums from the of ficial reports, but Admiral Evans said that neither of these was the docu ment to which he had reference. That, he said, was a code of signals with the insurgents. "What became of that memo randa?" "As I told you, I lost it. I searched everywhere and tried to find it. In fact, I am not sure it was a memo randa." "When did you search for this mem oranda?" "I searched within the last month for, it, ever since the question has beep raised in the newspapers about my not having given Commodore Schley this information." "Then, did you inform Commodore Schley that this system had been ar ranged?" "I did not. It never entered my mind that he did not know it." "The Marblehead being the vessel that established this code and Com modore Schley's squadron having ar rived at Key West before the Marble head got there how did it get into your mind that Commodore Schley must have known of the signal code?" "You make the mistake of suppos ing that I knew this was done by the Marblehead. I had no knowledge that the Marblehead had arranged these signals. They were simply given to me by the chief of staff as a system of, signals." "Upon what ground did you sup 'ose that Commodore Schley knew t?" "He was the commanding officer of he squadron." "From what sources did you sup )ose he got this information?" "I did not suppose anything about t. \ It never entered my head. If t had I should have said, of course, S hat the commanding officer of a laval force would not expect one of lis junior captains to give him in 'ormation about his signals. It was riven to me as a piece of information which I thought every captain in the leet had. I never thought of Com nodore Schley in connection with it. [f I had supposed for a minute that C Commodore Schley did not have it I would have given it to him first thing )n my arrival there. I did not in Lend to say that Commodore Schley had this code." At this point Mr. Rayner produced Admiral Evans' book, " A Sailor's Log," and began to quote a passage V trom it on the subject of the code, I when the judge advocate interr'ipted d with an objection, which was sustain ed by the court, Admiral Dewey re- 3 marking. "I would rather you would d get statement from the witness here." I Mr. Rayner then, while reading c from the book, put the question: d "Have you ever stated, (quoting from s Admiral Evans' book,) 'I, of course, T took it for granted that the commo- f dore understood those signals as well as I did. Otherwise, I should haved informed him of their significanse,' " "That is absolutely a fact," replied I the witness. c "Therefore you did take .it for f granted that the commodore under stood the signals?" "I did." 1 "He could not have understood c signal unless he knew something about it, could he?" 1 "I took it .for granted he under- t stood it." "Well, you found out that he did not understand, did you not?" "No." Mr. Rayner questioned Admiral Evans at some length concerning the signals displayed on the coast near Cienfuegos, which the admiral said the officer of the deck had told him had teen seen on May 22 and 23, but! the witness said that he had no con versation with Admiral Schley about these lights and had made no report to him of their appearance or signi ficance. Mr. Rayner then changed the base of his examination from Cienfuegos to Santiago and began by asking Ad mirtl Evans if he had seen the official chart showing the positions of the Brooklyn and other battleships on the day of the battle off Santiago, July 3, 1898. The admiral replied that he had seen the chart but that it was wrong. Mr. Rayner: "When did you first know about the turn of the Brooklyn, as you say, a short distance from the Texas?" "When I saw her cross the bow of the Texas." "Do you recollect the conversation you had with Commodore Schley July 5, the second day after the battle re garding the loop of the Brooklyn?" "No sir, I do not. I don't remem ber mentioning the subject at all." "You do not recollect that Commo dore Schley first told you on July 5 that it was the Brooklyn and not the Texas that made the turn?" "I never imagined anything of the sort." "Give briefly the purport of your conversation on that date with Com modore Schley." "Briefly, as I recollect the conversa tion, he was talking to a person nam ed Graham. He was sitting at his desk writing. I walked into his cabin to report. He put his hand on my shoulder and said: "'Bobby, I am just writing my re port of the battle of July 3.' "I said: 'I have said of you that you handled your ship with consu mate skill.' Then he introduced me to Mr. Graham. Then Captain Cook came in and asked me if I would tell him whether the position of certain ships was correct, which came out first, etc.; that be had been confused in his mind. We talked a few min utes and then I went into Captain Cook's cabin." "You don't recollect the conversa tion, going over the particulars of the turn that the Brooklyn made and the remarks that Commodore Schley made at that time about Captain Phillip when you said you thought it was Captain Phillip of the Texas, who made the turn?" "I iever said that. Absolutely, I never said such a thing, because she Continued on Page 8. REGARDED AS GHOST STORY SENTINEL'S LONELY POSITION AIDED IMAGINATION. M'KINLEY TOMB INCIDENT Captain of the Guard Believes Private Deprend Deceived Him self in the Matter. Canton, Ohio, Sept. 30.-The of ficers and men of company C of the Fourth United States infantry, on duty at Westlawn cemetery, guard ing the resting place of Pro .dent McKinley, were woiking dili,ently to day investigating the strange story in which Private Deprend, who was on duty at thle top of the vault Sun day night figured so prominently. The same reticence imposed by military regulations, which prevented the of ficers and men from making detailed statements concerning the incidents last night was o:)erative today. The representative of the Associated Press saw all of the commissioned officers, several non- commissioned of ficers and a number of privates and gleaned the following: All of the commissioned officers, and the mem bers of the company in general, ac cepted fully the story related by Pri vate Deprend last night, and really believe that the prowlers were about the vault with no good purpose. To day only one of the commissioned cfilcers adhered -to the belief that an attempt had been made upon the sen tinel for ghoulish purposes. He said: "It was the real thing. It was prompt ed by the pure cussedness of some people who thought to bring reproach upon the nation by doing damage to the resting place of the dead presi dent." All the men who were seen express the belief that Private Deprend act ed in good faith and that he related only what he believed to be the cir cumstances. With the captain and others he went over the details of the whole affair at least a dozen times and it is said never varied in a mat ter of importance. Particular inquiry was made as to his soberiety at the time, and it is said that it is established beyond all reasonable doubt that he had not been drinking and that he was in his normal condition. The most common belief is that the sentinel was over wrought by the loneliness of his position, that his nerves were over taxed and that imagination contributed some of the deatls related in good faith. The post was regarded by all as particu larly isolated, and depressing to the men guarding it at night, and it is understood that more sentinels will be stationed at the point in the fu ture. Captain Riddle was fully convinced last night of the truth of the story, as related, but after investigation, en tertained doubts, not as to the sin cerity of the soldier, but as to the correctness of'the conclusions. Capt. Riddle authorized this statement: "I think the sentinel deceived himself in the occurrence. I do not think an actual attack as related by him oc curred. When daylight came there was no evidence found of a struggle." The matter has been reported in full to General Otis, at Chicago, command ling the department to which the guard is attached. Whether there - will be a formal inqu:ry into the mat ter remains fcr General Otis to de Stermine. The officers at the cemetery expressed the hope that, inasmuch as Sno actual harm had been done, no Sformal action would be taken. SSergeant Cook, who is also known Sas Sergeant Koch through the mis tspelling of his name on one of the I rools, and who was reported to have fmade remarks Sunday afternoon, Samong visitors, further explained as follows: "I was on duty at the guard tent Snear the vault Sunday afternoon, STher;e were three funeralsat the cem etery and many people were passing 1 all the time. Three men, respectable t looking men, such as come by the scores every day, spoke to me. "One of them asked how long the Ssentinels in front of the vault gatei were kept on duty,, and I told hin. - half an hour at a time. "He said he had read that them were kept there two hours and thought that was hard service. "I told him that at first they were kept there two hours, but that the time had been shortened. "He asked if there were other', guards. "I told him there were several on . the hill, over the vault, and at other places. "The second man said he did not see the use of all this fuss, that no 4 one would try to do any harm. "The third man said he was mis taken, that there were lots of people who would like to see the whole thing , blown up. "No, I had not then, nor have I now, any suspicion that any of these men would have eny interest in. or would sympathize with any geit of violence. I think they were spIeaking of the disposition of other classes who might be prompted to such acts." The usual guard and patrol was on duty today. Last night after the story of Private Deprend the guard was increased by the addition of ten men. Lieutenant Ware arrived from Fort Wayne today and relieved Lieutenant Avery who went back tC the fort. The Guard's Story. Private Deprend was on guard duty on top of the vault at a point com manding the entrance below and the approach of the rear. Shortly before 7:30 he saw what he took to be a face peering from t hind a tree about 40 feet from his post. He watched it for 20 minutes, he says, and at 7:45 saw a man hurry to a tree 10 feet nearer. He challenged the man to halt, but this was not heeded and the fellow approached nearer. Deprend leveled his gun and aimed to shoot for effect, but just at that in stant another man who came towards him from the opposite side caught the gun, threw it up and the bullet was spent in the air. This same man struck Deprend on the right side of the abdomen with a knife or other sharp weapon, cutting an L-shaped gash in his overcoat, an inch and a half long each way, and a smaller one in the blouse. The flesh was not broken, but was bruised under the clothes. Deprend in the struggle fell and rolled down the side of the vault. Thanked the Reporters. Canton, Ohio, Sept. 30.-Shortly af ter noon today, Captain Riddle, com manding the guard at Westlawn cem etery, thanked the reporters for the fair and correct manner in which they nad described the incidents of West, lawn cemetery last night. He said, after a careful investigation today: "I think the sentinel deceived him self in the occurrence. I do not think it probable that an attack such as he., described actually occurred. When. daylight came we could find no traces of a struggle." DENIES THE REPORT. Secretary Cooper Says Gov. Dole Has No Intention of Resigning. Washington, Sept. 30.-Henry E. Cooper, secretary of Hawaii, has ar lived here and today denied the re port that he was bearing the resigna tion of Governor Dole to the presi dent. He said that so far as he knew Governor Dole has not only not re signed but has no intention of resign ing. Jay Cook Critically III. Toledo, Sept. 30.-Hon. Jay Cook, the Philadelphia banker and war financier, is critically ill at his sum mer home on Gibraltar near Put In bay. .r. Cook went to Gibraltar a few days ago for bass fishing and was apparently in robust health de spite his 80 years. His servants who had been accustomed to call him early, this morning found him in an unconscious condition. A physician who was summoned says the trouble is congestion of the brain and there is hope of his recovery, he having regained consciousness this evening. He is a national character, having Sbecome famous for negotiating war loans in the sixties. Arbitration Abandoned. The Hague, Sept. 30.-It is stated the permanent court of arbitratioi has unanimously decided that the question of assuming the initittive i.n. mediation of any sort in the South African war by the court, must be definitely abandoned. S A British Victory. Ladysmith, Natal, Sept, 80.-?be 3British success at Fort lal is Io. 5 known to have been greater tbha I at first.. reported. Two Boers were killed and moirne s were wounded or captul* ':-':