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Helena weekly herald. [volume] (Helena, Mont.) 1867-1900, November 19, 1885, Image 3

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particulars of Riel's
cution.
Exe
Tiireatening Attitude of the
French Catholics.
Flaps
Draped and
masted.
Half
WiNMi'm, November 11.—Kiel spends
his time praying and writing late intc the
nicht, scribbling prophecies. He received
;}-.*■ notice of his reprieve joyfully, ex
; lairuing, "I thank the Almighty God for
His great mercy and the clemency He has
jut it: the hearts of His people. Iam
thankful for this eight days more to live."
Ottawa, November 12. — Coursol, a
w;ul * r of Parliament for Montreal, east,
was here and had interviews with all the
Ministers in town to urge the ommutation
. Kiel'-' senten«". The Ministers were
very reticent. Mr. Coursol said he is
tiiuier the imprest i>»n that, there is very
little hope loi the condemned man. À
unrulier ol other Quebec conservative
lueniliers have visited Ottawa during the
st few days to urge the commutation of
the death sentence.
o I I : l. ! :* *, November 12.—The briefness
I f tin* respite accorded to Kiel has been
accepted here as meaning that his doom is
■f-aleil. The two princi]>al French papers
,! ti s ifv, which voice the feelings and
t.[unions of the Frcnch-Cauadian jtojiula
linn <•; both parties, a-e agreed that Kiel
will I*** hanged on Monday next.
Nt'.xv York, Novemlier 12.—A Montreal
'•< ial to the 1'oet says: It is known that
,i sjM cial messenger is on his way to Kegiua
i official documents from the Governor
t. encra! ordering Sheriff Chaplean to pro*
cec<! w ith the execution of Kiel. Kiel
. i* is the greater portion of his time iu
prayer cud meditation. He has written
fareweil epistles to his wife and children
uni to his sister, who .esides m this city.
Within the last few days extra precautions
ha\ • ! «en taken to prevent any surprise.
He l" an early riser and is invariably up
and dressed liefore (! o'clock. He scarcely
comp! tes his toilet xvhi n he sinks down
ujiou his knees beside his lied and remains
transfixed like a statue, in prayer lor
hours at a time.
KiiiiNA, November 13.— Preparations
for the hauging of the leader of the half
reed in their two relallious are complete,
• it in the absence ol the official order of
tin government to carry ont the sentence
of death ou Kiel, it seems probable to
night that he will i»e again respited. The
order directing that the execution take
place next Monday has not yet arrived,
.uni the statement in made to-night that
rile-» the sjiecific order arrives by to
morrow morning the judges will issue an
order for a limber respite. It has been
customary heretofore, in ordinary cases, for
the sheriff to carry out the mandate of the
iiirv on the simple authority of a telegram
iront Ottawa, but Kiel's case has already
orovoked such a tierce controversy through
out the Dominion that the sheritf declares
that he will not assume the responsibility
of acting u|>on what might prove a forged
u-legram. Meanwhile, Kiel is kept under
the closest surveillance. He is closely
confined in jail within the barracks of the
mounted police, two miles from this vil
lage, and u mounted guard of 60 men are
constantly maintained. Some sentries ate
occupying a post of observation one half
mile distant trout camp. No strangers are
admitted, even to the corridors of the jail,
and the only view obtainable of the con
demned retn-1 is when he is facing the jail
yard lor au hour each morning, acompauied
l.y his medical adviser. The military are
weary of the work of guarding their pris
oner, as the w ildcst rumors continually
emanate of efforts making to rescue him.
A liody of mounted men approaching the
post early this morning occasioned a tem
;>trary llutter on the intimation that Du
mont and party had crossed the Itoundary
line from the south to rescue their former |
leader. It proved to be a detachment of the
mounted police from Woody Mountain.
The fate of the relisl and the action of the
iHnuinion authorities has takeu complete
;« »session of all classes of people in Mani
toba and the Northwest Territory, and is a
paramount theme. Kvery pulpit address
in Winnipeg yesterday, the Dominion
Thanksgiving Day, tinged of Kiel, anti
nearly every protestant orator spoke openly
ia tavor of his execution, which possibly
echoes the sentiment of a large proportion
of the resident jmpul.it ion.
Qikiiei', November 11.—The excitement
here over Kiel is unabated, and the general
feeling among the French Canadians is
that it is a light between the Orangemen
and Catholicity, and they implore the j
French Ministers iu the Cabinet not to
lend themselves to the whims of fanatics,
hut to take a decided stand and resign if Kiel
should l>e hanged.
Wi.vnI puu, November 13.—Kiel received !
letters from his mother and wife yesterday
expected OMMn.
' (Other believes in the divine mission of
her son and sends her blessing.
MonthsA l., November 15.—A fight over
the Kiel question t«s>k plaire here last night
between several French Canadians and
some men of other nationalities. During
the tight one of the men engaged (an Eng
lishman) drew a revolver, hut it was
-natebed from him before any harm could
he done. T he feeling among the French
Canadians heie to-day over the probable
execution of Kiel was strained, but as yet
no serious trouble is expected.
li k.inA, November 15.—A special mes
senger bringing a warrant signed by Lie
tiovernor General of Canada, directing that
the execution of Ia>ui* Kiel, leader of the
Canadian half-breeds in their recent reltel
hon. shestd take place in accordance with
the verd'ct of the jury that tried him, ar
nvk'il het- on a sjiecial train at 8 oclock
to-nijjht There is now no longer any
donl»t that Kiel will me-t his fate on the
v, a!ïi>iil at some hour to-morrow. The ar
t:\ai oi I In- warrant was a surprise to even
many of tile officials, who, owing to the
late hour and previous delays, hail argued
that another respite would follow.
Kiel received tin* formal intelligence at 9
•u ln - 1 • !i in the guard room of the moun
h'd police barracks, three miles west of this
' by. The intelligent was conveyed to
li*in in person by High Sheritl Chapleau.
Ihe scene was in many respects remark
ifflc. The famous relief's cell is immedi
ately adjacent to the guard room of the
troop- of the night patrol duty, fully fifty
' < whom occupied the room. Through an
»«n gate in a Iront cell was an armed
ratine! on duty and outside of the build
-^•cordon of armed men were pacing
their beats Tlie iron gate was thrown
°P»n on the approach of the high sheriff,
"nil Col. Irvine.,oiuumn.litDtof Ih®BMUlit
«I Mw. A representative oi' the A«*«
a teil Press waa allowed bv courtesy to he
Ml - ; r ro.T f ^^ TkTn eonversiug 1
kresent. Kiel, who hail t»een conversing
'•'ith the surgeon of the poet, arose aud
"ekiiiat-d the sheriff in a hearty and
litiroughly unconstrained way. Ilia voice ,
' y i' s modulated and lie displayed no sign ol
excitement. His initial greeting was:
^ *11, aad so yoa have come with the
î^eat announcement. 1 am glad."
-henfl' Chaph-an replied that the death
Warrant had come.
Ri* 1 continuing in the same cheery way
-a»!: "1 am glad that I am at last to be
;*ared lrom my sufferings." He then
' r( *ke off into French and thanked the
sberdl would say
VS cl, you hai"' « „ , ,
nouncement : 1 am ^
hut very distinctly, fool ,n
with a resolute eye at d : with **
braggadocio. He rallied the abend when
tb * I will spTk
'• K ' a V* 1 ®', ... . '
too loot; th.i 1 «rtIHe
no. at the hist moment • *
There was a trace of French » h,s acceub
which did not lessen the charm of his
sheritl for his personal consideration. He
proceeded again in English : "I desire
that my Imdy shall be given to my friends
j to lie laid in St. Hociface." This is the
f [ ent 'h cemetery across Bed river from
I " mnipeg. The sheriff asked him if he
had any wishes to convey as to the ilispo
! onion of his personal estate or effects,
j "Monsieur," replied he, 'T have only
this (touching his breast above the region
I ol his heart. I "Thfa, . ga\e to my country
til teen years ago, and it is all" I have to
I give now."
He was usked as to his peace of mind,
and replied :
I long ago made my peace with my
trod, and I am as well prepared now as I
can be at any time. You will lind I had
a mission to perform. I want you to thank
my triends in Quebec for all they have
done for me."
He csintinued, in reply to another ques
tion : "1 am willing to go. 1 shall he per
mitted to say something on the scatfold?"
he said in a tone of inquiry. When told
that he would I« allowed to speak, he
said smilingly :
"You think I may speak too long; that
it will unnerve me. Oh, no, ! shall not be
weak. I shall leel that when the moment
comes I shall have wings which shall
carry me upward." Then reverting again
to the French tongue and in the inimit
able way for which be is famed,
to all those who have known him closely
sjwke again of kind remembrance, that be
would retain of those who espoused his
jiersonal cause. He closed by saying to
Sheritl Chapleau, as he held out his hand
to hint in partiug, "adieu mon ami." His
eye was clear and untlinching, and his
Iwaring throughout was such as to evoke a
sense of admiration by the altsence of any
terror or excitement, if he ever showed
the white feather uuder fire ou any occa
sion he succeeded in keeping himself ad
mirably under coimuaud in the presence
of his own approaching fate, Fere Audre.
his spiritual adviser, then arrived aud be
was left to him to celebrate mass.
Kkgina. N. W. T., November 16.—I/mis
Da\ id Kiel was executed on the scaffold at
the barracks of the mounted police three
near this city for high treason against the
Queen of Great Britain, at 8:23 this morn
ing, mountain time.
Kkgina, November 16. —Kiel has Iteen
confined in the guard room of the Cauadiau
mounted police barracks whose headquart
ers I tost is located on an opeu prairie, three
miles west ol this city, ever since the con
clusion of his trial here iu the month of
July. His trial and sentence occurred at
this city, which is the capital of the vast
territory stretching north as far as Alaska,
and west to British Columbia and iskaown
as the Northwest Territory. The Terri
torial council meets here aud it is likewise
the othcial residence of the Lieut. Govern
or aud other high apjmintive Dominion
officials. The leader of the metis, or half
breeds, in their two revolts against the
authority of the Cauadiau government has
lieen kept uuder the closest surveillance
by a force of mounted police stationed here.
The latter are a very showy body ot
mounted troujH. wearing scarlet jackets,
blue trousers and fur caps of the British ,
dragoons. Ever since the denial of the
Imperial Council of Great Britain to grant
an appeal on liehalf of Kiel to overturn the
verdict rendered against him, espionage
has lieen more strict than ever, tioth to
guard against an escajie of their Slate pris
oner and to prevent any uttempt at rescue,
which might Ite made by bis countrymen
iu Cauada or over tbe American border.
Ninety nten were told off for tbis duty
Saturday night and last night even tins
number was increased by valettes occupy
ing the commanding points a mile from
tbe barracks and a double cordon al»out
the camp proper. Tbe prisou of Kiel is a
long wooden structure, one story iu height
w ith a long slanting roof aud small win
dows under tbe eaves that are grated with
iron. Two reliefs ot guard occupied a room
in the front portion of the building while
six sentinels juiced up and down continu
ously outside the structure anil another
set of sentinels paced in front of the cell of
the condemned half-breed, and :he precau
tions ex tende 1 so far that the officer of the
guard was compelled to visit and certify
that he had visited his prisoner each quarter
of an hour.
Never was a captive more jealously
guarded, and possibly never was a captive
during the full jteriod of his imprisonment
ltss in need of watchmen. In his outward
deportment, whatever his cbaractei may
have lieen in the field as a martial leader
of bis countrymen, in prison he has fallen
little short of a religi ose. His time has
lieen devoted assiduously to prayer. Even
when given his constitutional freedom on
open ground adjoining the guard room for
one hour each morning, he has paced back
ai l forth w.th bis hands clasped together
in front, bis head bowed, with prayers is- j
suing from his lips, versed in either Lrench
or the Iudian (free tongue. Soon after his ;
capture by the Canadian troops he pro
fessed to throw off his allegiance to the
Komun Catholic Church aud took the guise
of a prophet, claiming to see visions and
forfeiting events. Latterly, as his late
seemed more suiely sealed, he has sought
comfort again of his original faith, aud his
constant anil almost only companion for
the past two weeks has been Fere Andre,
from Fort Albert, close to the scene ol the
recent rebellion. The churchman's visits
have l»een twice daily, and iu his absence
Kiel was frequently kneeling at his couch
in prayer. The remainder of bis time has
been sjtent in writing out predictions
of the future and defense of his conduct in
leading the half-breeds twice to war. The
papers have all been entrusted to Fere
Andre and will doubtless l»e produced at
some time in the future, although tbe pre- •
late refuses to summier them now.
No one. no matter what his credential«,
were permitted to j»ass through the guard
room to see the prisoner iu his cell, and the
immediate friends of the condemned even
did not see him, though no restriction was
placed upon them. He received a few days
ago a letter from his aged mother whit h
affected him visibly, hut at no other time
dimug his confinement did he show any
signs of the weakness which was imputed
to him after his capture by trie Canadian
scouts.
The strict privacy of the prisoner was
broken down yesterd'ay lor the first time,
w hen representatives of the pres« w ere jter
mitted to visit the prisoner in company of
the high sheriff aud commandant of the
mounted jtoliee. This was on the occasion
of tbe formal announcement that his death
warrant bad arrived. The colloquy that
ensued was embraced in last night's ilis
jiatches. The charm of the reltel's manner
was undeniable. He anticipated what the
in bis own greeting:
Well, you have come with the great an
speech. His la-aril was dark brown, neatly
trimmed, aud his hair was brushed hack
from his high forehead, with a tendency to
curl, iu contrast to the straight hair of his
Indian progenitors. His nose was slightly
roman, and his skin dark hut not swarthy.
Ixwkiug at him and witnessing his manner
it was easy to discern the influence he hail
with his people. His address was that of a
skilled courtier, and his college training
rexcr deserted him in the perfection and
grace of bis speech, all the more remark
,
able in contrast to that of his followers.
V. hile it had Iteen charged that he showed
lack of spirit on the battle field or in the
presence of danger, no one wimld urge it
against him in witnessing the nonchalence
in his ltearing and suavity of speech in
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ncknowledgiug the fiat of his doom. The
stoicism, lent by the savage strain in his
by
blood. it would Ite conceded Mood him in
well as he made his final plea that he was
urged ou in his career by the motive of a
patriot. "I have only this, he said, strik
ing his breast, "to leave, and this I tendered
to my country for fifteen years, and am
willing to give it now."
Beyond the prelate who visited him. it
was the fate of Kiel that there w ere none of
his former conijtanions from political, jter
sonalfear, I that found their way to his
cell, and beyond the announcement of tbe
result ol tin stages ol in- trial, lie
had no know-ledge of passing events or
criticisms passes! upon his career. His
concluding hours were jsit'sed in the stile
company of his spiritual ail viser, who per
formed masses for biiu during the early
portion of the night. Keil then laid down
anil apjtearesl to sleep soundly, waking at
an early hour again aud resuming his de
votions.
The same extraordinary precautions
against the possible escajte of Kiel or the
intrusion into the barracks by unauthor
ized persons was observed again this morn
ing aud at a mile from the barrai-ks
the mounted jtatrols were charging all
persons ami com jelling them to disclose
w ritten jiasses. Two other lines of guards
were stationed at points nearer the post,
where the same precautions were again ob
served. No oue was jiermitted toeuter the
guard rooma until *;p2 o'clock, aud the
scene th»-n presented was that of Kiel ou
the sc:* fold with Fere Andre and Father
McWilliams with him celebrating mass.
Kiel was ou his bended knees, wea-ing a
li tose winded surtout, great trousers and a
woolen shirt. On his feet were moccasins,
the only feature of his dress that partook
of the Indian that was in him. He re
ceived the notice to jtroceed to the scaffold
in tbe same composed manner shown the
jtrecediug night on receiving warning of
his late. His face w as full of color ami he
appeared to have complete self-possession,
resjtonding to tbe service in a clear toue.
The prisoner decided only a moment be
fore starting for the scaffold not to make a
speech. This was owing to the earnest soli
citation of lioth the jinests attending him.
He disjtlayeil an inclination at the last mo
ment to milk»* an address, but Fere Andre
reminded him of bis jtromise aud he then
arose and walked toward the executioner,
repeating his jtrayers to the last moment,
the tiual words escaping him lteing, ''Merci,
Jesu." He died without a struggle. Not
to exceed twenty jtersous were permitted
within the confines of the barracks to wit
ness the execution, and it was certainly
ta-rformed with decorum and disjiatch.
His tstdy was taken iu charge by the
coroner, and the verdict was as usual to all
state executions rendered
REOIXA, Novemlter 16.—Tlie scallbld
had lieen erected within the contracted
field, the enclosure being immediately in
the rear of the the guard house, and the
only view ot which was through a window
immediately under the rafter. Tbe last
sacrament taken by the condemned was
w itbin the guard house projier. anil near
the ojH-nmg of whieh led to the scaffold.
He responded to the I^tin jirayers with a
full, clear voice, while on bended knee.
When the momeut came to lise aud have
his hands arm-, p'ntoned he kept looking
up, slow ly rejieatiug jiraye w. He then
walked through the contracted ojiening
aud down the narrow stairway with his
!
face turned away from the few civilians
and soldiers who stood aliout the ojiening.
When he was about to take bis jilace on
the trap, the »beriff asked if he had any
thing to say. He turned to his confessor,
Fere Andre, and inquired :
"Shall 1 not say a few words ?"
"No," quickly resjxmded the priest
"make this last sacrifice and you w ill lie
rewarded."
Kiel turned and remarked :
"I have nothing more to say."
There was some delay in adjusting the
noose, lint Kiel did not remark ujion it.
and as the white cap dosed oxer him he
was to be heard distinctly praying.
During the night Pete Andre urged upon
him not to attempt an address ujam the
scaffold, and suggested that a reprieve
might still lie on the w'ay, hut this idea
Kiel repeUsd. He said he knew that his
time had come, and that be was not ouly
prepared hut that he wonid not have it any
other way, as nothing hut au alternative
of prison for life awaited him and death
was preferable.
During the night he addressed a letter to
his mother and sister which touched ujton
his ail'ection for them. He addressed a co
dicil of will specifying that he desired his
liody to lie laid lieside bis father's in St.
Boniface at Winnipeg with the request that
it lie carried out. Fere Andre is going
there with his remains within a few days.
His body was interred underneath the
scaffold to-day. He prayed almost contin
uously during the nigût and employed
written prayers of the church and be
again prayed exteuijiore in lioth French
and English. He directed his prayer to
his friends in the United Htates where he
declared that most of them were and again
for bis friends in (Quebec. He prayed for
bis lawyers, sjicaking of tlieir efforts iu go
ing to England in bis behalf.
The attending father said it was his
duty to jiray for his enemies. He replied,
"That is so," and at ouce In-pan praying in
English for the Frentier of Canada, hut j
asked that the government might soon lie
relieved from his rule.
He partook of a light repast at 11 o'clock
anil ate no breakfast, which caused hint to
show at one time some signs of famines.,,
but he afterward completely recovered
from this and disjiLved no effort iu mount
ing the ladder which led to the attic of
the guard house on his xvay to the M-alfold.
There was hardy a quiver as the drop fell, ;
and his death was pronounced an easy |
one.
During the early hours of the morning
ho gathered up all the papers which cov
ered his desk, embodying the supposed :
visions he had seen and bis prophesies, and
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asked the j.rivilege of the officer of the
guard to destroy them. This was allowed,
and he carried them to an oj»en stove and
threw them in, watching uutil the dames
devoured them. He then returned to his
cell and devotions.
It would lie difficult at this time to
guaue public feeling clearly in the North
west as to Kiel. Expressed views are al
most all unfavorable to him, and the hall
breeds are usnally silent on the subject.
A majority of the rtsident population lie
lieved he deserved death, aud this is un
doubtedly the case in Manitoba. Here,
xx here he xvas tried, there were some ex
pressions of sympathy for him. and at
tunes the declaration that he xvas right in
his demands, as they have nearly all since
been granted.
This w 11 close the book of criminal pro
ceedings growing out of the Northwest re
bellion, as the other persons convicted
were lor prison sentences, all iff which are
noxv being served out.
Tbe executioner of Kiel xvas a man
named Jack Henderson, xvho was a captive
of Kiel in the rebellion of 1*70.
Ottawa, November 16.—The news of
Kiel's late xvas first received quietly here.
The FroteAant Conservatives were con
siderably elated, however, over what they
term their triumph. A large nnra..er of
them waited on the Fremierand Hon. Mac -
kenzie Dowell, congratulating them on
carrying out the sentence ol the court.
Among tlie French t'anadians. who ate in I
the minority here, there is a deep feeiiog
of displeasure. Their excitement is almost
beyoud restraint. I" mg* were hoisted ut
half must ujtou the Canadian office, and
some English speaking citizens wl.ifol:
aggrieved st this came near being roughly
handled. The flags were decked with
letters and rtud as follows:
mourning emblems. Many men have cr.ijs >
on their hats aud around their coat »ieeves.
It would lie hard to tell what the result
will l»e. To-night 200 or 3 >mi irut- with
their friends, h ive bien t.i.iieb.iv. u 'tie
streets shouting "Glory to Uu-t," and cuis
ing the Oraugei...... Crowd* are g mi here J
near Sir Hector Laugcvin s house aud u is
feared they intend mischief. The police,
however, are patrolling in large numlters.
Hand hills have Iteen distributed to all
passers by, calling on them to meet to
night. These hills are headed in large

"KIEL HANGED.
"L'ia/intie Cunmmmt. The tiiumjih of
Orangemen over Catholics aud French
Canadians. There xxill lie this evening, at ,
Jacques Cartier Market Flaoc, a meeting |
of all French Canadians of the City of (/we
int- to jnotest against tlie terrible murder
committed this morning by Sir John Mc
Donald, Sir Hector Langevin, Sir A. F.
Caron and Hon. Mr. Chapleau. Let every
one of you l»e at your post to-night."
This bill ajijtearing as it did, when the
people were almost lieside themselves,
nothing hut roaring and imjtn-cations
against the Oraugemcn could lie heard in
auy quarter of the city, and it is stated
that a ou miter of Orangemen have Iteen
"spotted" and are likely to feel the result
of to-night's demonstration. The uneasi
ness felt has lieen somewhat intensified by
the fact that Mayor Laugelier left the city
this morning on jirofessional business and
that it will lie imjaissilile for him to re
turn to-night except by special train.
Three scaffolds liaxe lieen erected and
effigies are to lie hoisted und burned, and
each mock execution w ill lie accoiiijianied
by a stirring national niieech, which will
undoubtedly stir the excited enthusiasm
of the jKtjiulace and cause a riot.
i t M Mihr, November 16—A meeting of the
St. Jean Baptisteorderjwas held this alter*
noon and a resolution jtassed ordering the
president to have tlieir national flag draped
in mourning and hoisted at half mast for
eight days. It is stated that Mr. Maru
sette, who was to have lieen married this
morning, postjamed his marriage on ac
count of the execution of Kiel. Lor this
he is loudly applauded by some ol the
Lrench Canadian pajiers
The French citizeus residing iu St. John
have decided to close their houses aud
business establishments ami attend church
m mk»«« to sing a solemn service for the
repose of Kiel's soul. The L Kleetmr a
Liberal organ, apjiears to-night drujted i.
mourning, aud all its articles are most
stirring. All its columns are devoted to
Kiel, and it calls upon the French Cana*
dians to not to forget "the martyr xxho was
murdered for the French cause.
Montueai^ Novemlter 16.—The City
Council this alteruoou adojtted a resolution
to adjourn "as a protest against the odious
violation of the laws of justice and hu
manity ia the execution of Kiel. Fortran s
of Kiel, Hon. Chu|»leau and Hon. Col. Oul
mit were exjmsed in a window iu Kt.
•lames street, and an excited crowd kejit
the sidewalk blocked all day. Kiel's jnt
ture was framed with crape and hud the
French Hag for a background. Tbe other
txvo jKirtraits were prostrate and each had
a drop of sealing waxen the forehead ts
represent drojis of Kiel's blood. L nder
Death this jiicture were French inscriji
tioua signifying "traitor, hangman, etc."
There is a movement on loot to have a
re quern mass celebrated in all the Catholic
churches throughout the province» on next
Monday for the rejx>se of Kiel's soul.
N I v. You, ItfMbK 17. - The Iri-h
Ameriean union meeting to-night paoaed
resolutions, denouncing the execution of
Kiel as a judicial murder, and urging tbe
French Canadians to bring their jirovince
into the union und enter the roll of Atuer
Lan citizanship.
Sheridan on the Indian Question.
Washington, Novemlter 17.— (.encrai
Sheridan in 1ns annual report says of the
Indian question: "Owing to the rapid
grow th of our Western settlements the
army is obliged in some places to protect
the white people from the Indians, xvhile
in other places it is protecting the Indians
in their jiersons and projierty from the
w hites. The Indians are the richest peo
pie iu tbe country as i-ommnnitie*. Their
reservations include some of the liest
lands, aud if divided among ihe heads of
families, each family would have a thou
saxfll acres, i would recommend that each
family lie given and located on 320 acres,
now provided for them by iaw in case of
actuiil settlement. The government should
then condemn all the balance of each
reservation, buy it in at $1.25 per acre and
with the proceeds purchase the government
lands to lie held in trust by the Interior
Deportment, on'f giving tlie Indians, each
year, interest on tbe bonds lor their snp
;•••!•
N. F. I..tnil Case.
Washington, November 17.—The Secre
tary of the Interior and Assistant Secretary
Jenks to day heard argument in the case
of the Northern Faciiic Railroad Co. vs.
Milford & Miller on an appeal from the
decision of the Commissioner of the Land
Office. The matter at issue is of great
i merest to railroad munagers as it involves
»1 ri Tl V V. ^ ' , rT .1
therghtotxxi hdrawalon the part of the
government ot lands tor indemnity nur
rp,
Commissioner decided that
such withdrawals were illegal and revoked
the order w ithdraw ing lands incloded in
the indemnity grant to the Northern Fa
cilic. From that decision the Railroad
company ajijiealed to the Secretary.
Arrest of an Embezzler.
Chicago, No vein lier 17.—N. Weitster, a
young man, is under arrest charged with
embezzlement by the Fullman Falace Car
<-'o. Webster has he in the employ of that
corjioratioa lor several years, and lately he
has lieen assistant to the agent of the com
pany at the town of Pullman. The amount
of his defalcation is known to lie at least
$26,000. Weitster is very well connected,
and to avoid scandal he x\ as not arrested
w hen his shortage was first discovered, hut
simply watched by detectives. Saturday,
however, he was arrested on comjilaint of
the Fullman Co.
Burned Out.
St. Loris, Novemlier 17.—The Catholic
l'rotcctorate at Glencove burned lnstnight.
Nine Christian brothers anil 65 boys
were in the building, all of whom escaped.
Two boys aud one brother jumped from
the third story. The brother was badly
hurt. Loss, $60,000 : insurance, £ö,<KJ0.
No Cbiaanen or Property Hurt.
Tacoma, W. T., Novemlter 17. —Tbe
public committee appointed to investigate
the expulsion of the Chinese from this city
oa Novemlier .id submitted their report
last night. It demonstrates the fact that
not a single Chinaman suffered bodily in
jury, nor was any of their property destroyed.
The correctness of the report is attested by
twenty-one of the leading citizens repre
senting the banking, commercial, legal and
other interests of the city and county.
1 KIGUTI I L CONI'LAGK ITIOS.
I
<.«lvc-G»u. Texas, Mvcpt by n f trey
t }i'l«Be-«-|.i»»*, $1,000,000.
Gai.Vivmn. November 13.—About mid
u jght a tire started in a small foundry
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on
the north ride of Strand street, near the
corner of l*th. It has already consumed
over eight blocks in the neighborhood of
16'h to Fnh. and from Bay to Beach, all
• to i .cipally residences; The loss is esti
mated at oxer $4 <*00,UUO.
12:26 h. n> —The fire reached the beach,
aliout u mile und a half from the starting
place aud six or seven block» wide and
consumed over seven hundred residences.
About l o'clock the tire liegau to spread to
the east aud to the west of 16tb and 17th
streets. The wind rose to a gale and pan
demouium reigned. For u time it seemed
as though the entire eastern half of the
city was doomed. The lire spread rapidly
to the southward, licking up blocks of ele
, . . , , , . , „ .. •
| b' a,,t «^deuces, hastily abandoned by tbe.r
inmates. By 5 o'clock it had reached j
Broadway, which threads the center of the
inland, running cast and west. At 7 o'clock
the wind gave signs of dying way and
shortly it liegan to shift, ami to decrease
until by 8 o'clock ouly a fair breeze was
blow ing. But by this time the fire had
eaten its way to avenue O, where at 9:30
it seemed to exhaust itself aad the firetuen
coming up checked its further ravages at
this jiinnt, or within two block« of ihe
Gulf.
The burned district covers lilty-txvo
blocks, seven of which are: not swept en
tirely clean. It is sixteen blocks in depth
and average- a width of three blocks. 1 rom
the hou>e top the smoking burned district
icteiubles a huge, black hall ojtfcucd Ian
dying across the island, from ihe Bay
nearly to the Gulf. The island ut that
jioim is nineteen blocks, or one mile anil a
quarter wide. The fire started ou the noitb
side of avenue A, better known as the
Strand, which is one block from the Bay,
und it stojiped within two blocks of the
Gulf. Sixteenth street is nine blocks xvest
of the extreme inhabitable end of the is
land. the first resident street being Sixth.
From avenue A to axeiiue D the fire was
confined to tbe streets bounded ou the east
by 16th street anil on the xxest by 17tfi
street. The business jiart of the city begins
at 30th street and runs west ten blocks.
This outline locates the lire which liegan
to sjiread rapidly after it had passed avenue
D. By the time it had reached avenue J or
Broadway it was sweeping nearly three
blocks iu width, from the west side ot 17th
street to the east side of 1 Ith street.
Aliout 300 houses were burned xxh ich 1
were occupied by fully 50Ufamilies. From
avenue A to avenue L, for tour squares,
the burned dwellings xx ere occupied almost
entirely by the jKiorcr class, anil stxeral
families were crowded in a single house in
strip. From avenue E, however, the
durnetl district includes tue wealthiest
and most fashionable portion ol the city.
One hundred elegantly furnished man
sions are in ruins. Many of these resi
deoces had lieautilul gardens attached, and
the loomed class does not represent over
half their vaine. The City Assessor says
tbe taxable value of tbe dwellings burned
is $650,000. Tbis makes the actual xalue
of the projierty $1,5UU,UUU, which jierhaps
represents the loss in money. Tlie iusui
ance is estimated by insurance men ut
$*00,000. So far as tan be learned not a
single accident occurred. The scene dur
ing the progress of the lire was simply
frightful. The wind rose to a screaming
gale and swept through the burning belt
iu terrific whirls, carrying millions of live
cinders high up in the air aud ruining
them dow n a mile distant, over tbexvooden
l»art of the Jcity aud its panic stricken in
habitants. The entire east end of the city
scarcely contains a dozen brick dwellings,
all lieing built ot Texas pine, which burns
with indescribable lury. Five minutes
after a house had caught it would be
wrajijicd in one mighty dome. The streets
and alleys for ten squares on either side of
the burning lielt were filled with helpless
men, women and children, w ho could do
nothing in such a gale hut crouch dow n lor
shelter and watch the Harnes lick up the
fruits of tlieir life time.
The majority of those burned out lose
the better jiortions of their fortunes or
their little all. The loss in personal anil
household jiroperty can never be estimated
aud is notincluded in previous estimates.
The hotels are filled with homeless peo
people, and a citizens committee is now at
work ajijiortioning families to rooms anil
premises vacated for their use. Every
vehicle in the city is at work carrying
strewn furniture, lietlding and pictures to
secure jdaces. Thousands of people haunt
the burned district looking ainoug the
smoking ruins tor valuable keejisakes or
jewelry, hojiiog to lind something left.
Business is entirely suspended. The i
calamity is so great that men choke with
tears when they speak of it. Some scores
of sick iieople xxere hurriedly removed !
during the con Hag rat ion. and many jieop-c j
are protracted by the terrible excitement
A meeting of citizens is now in progress at
the Uottou Exchange to jirovide immediate
relief for the poorer victims.
Following close ou the heels of the great
strike, which inflicted a monied loss on the j
business men of Galveston of fully £4.060,
000, his calamity is a climax to the
woes and sorrows of the citizens of this
city. With the exception of half a dozen
grocery stores and the car repairing foun
dry, where the fire started, no places of !
business were destroyed. The insurance
agents are now going over their policies.
an«l >t is hoped that by nightfall thev will
hl4Ve j*^, the tarant» list. Tele
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grants of symjiathy and oilers ot nul are
3
already pouring in from «ister ciliés iu
Texas.
Galveston, Noxember 13.—When the
fire started a gale was blowing at the rate
of thirty miles an hour. At 2 o'clock the
signal service olwerver estimates the ve
locity of the wind in the vicinity of tbe fire
at 50 miles an hour, and tbis velocity was
maintained uutil near 6 o'clock, w hen the
tire gave signs of exhaustion aud the
cyclonic vacuum seemed broken. The
fire sw uled through its jiath as though it
were a gigantic funuel, and l'or two squares
on either side, the heat was suffocating.
At Avenue 1 the fire fiend revelled in the
stateliest mansions of the city. One of the
first of these splendid houses to succumb
was that of Mrs. Magale, valued at $40,090.
Then in rajiiil fuccession went the resi
dence of Julius Knuge, Leon Bluff - , Moritz I
Lasker, H. F. Ellman, George Seeiey, Green
Dudield's new mansion, K. F. George's $60,- '
000 resilience, Thomas Goggaus, aud 300 of
lesser value. Those named rejireseut a loss I
of from : 10,000 to $70,000 each, but all are
insured. The business portion of the city
was not touched. As tha fire swejit past |
the county jail, rejecting its fearful glare
aud intense heat through the grated win
dows, the inmates became marly lrantic
xx ith fear. They set up a yell w hich was
beard for squares above the awful roar of
the terrible lire. On top of the jail build
ing and court bouse were a corps of strong
men, determined to save the buildings, and
with the aid of brick walls succeeded. The \
only public building consumed was the
.Second District School building, a frame
structure that was recently built at a cost I
0 f $ 20 , 000 . Th e t ota j area D f t h e bumt
district is 100 acres, and 401 blocks were
swept clean of everything. Something
over 400 houses were horned, and it is esti
mated by the relief committee that about
1,000 families were rendered homeless. A
great majority of them, especially the
jjoorer ones, lost everything, as the ûtc
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1
started in the f*oor district, and they had
little or no time in which to move their
furniture, while tbe wealthier victims
moved valuable pictures and effects. Several
of tbe finest houses, however, were burned
xxithont a single article being saved, so
confident were the occujiants that the fire
would pass by them.
Galyeson, Novemlier 13.—The follow
ing will serve to make a diagram of the
fire: The city lies at the east end of an
oval eliajied island pointing nearly east
and xvest. The streets running lengthwise i
of the island are all avenues lettered '
aljihatiet'i-ally, beginning on the north or
bay side w illi avenue A and jiaralli-ling
across the island to aveuue Q, w ith streets
additional, to-wit : M and a half and O
and a half. This makes nineteen streets
cutting the island lengthwise. The cross
streets are all nmnliered, lieginning with
6th street at the end of the island runniug
xvest to 53d street. The tire district be
gins in the middle blocks bounded by 16th
and 17th streets at avenue B, crossed diago
rolly o the corner of avenue D and 19th
leet, them-e south along 19th street to
avenue J or Broadway), where it j unified
west o:ie square to 21st street, thence south
to avenue M, thence back to 20th street,
thence straight along 20th street to aveuue
(>, starting again at a\ enue B. The dis
trict runs south seven squares aloug 16th
street to aveuue I, thence west to the cor
ner of avenue I and 17th street, thence
three squares to avenue M, theme xvest
halt a block to the middle of M. thence
south to N. tlit-uce west to the corner of N
and 19th, tlieuce along 19th to (>.
Galveston, Texas, November 13.—The
Galveston AW* will to-morrow say touch
ing the great tire:
The jieojile of Galveston, in view of the
calamity that overtook them yesterday,
cannot be too highly commended. The
.-hock was severe and the test terrible, but
(•a!veston w ill come out of it undismayed.
The loss is great, but not any more than
Galveston can liear under pressure, for tbe
people of tbe citj are now on their mettle
and in this condition they are at their best.
Many families are homeless and some jieo
jile have l«»>t their all. It was a great ca
lamity, bat there will lie no unrelieved
suffering. Tbe driving wheel of Galveston's
existence is unimpairad, and the soul of
the citv is not disturbed, while many marts
of commerce go on as if nothing had bap
j>eued. The prompt manner in which the
citizeus assembled to provide tor the itu
jioverished shows the spirit that animates
thecity. Galveston is equal to the emergency
and w ould lie equal to an emergency much
greater than the one it is confronted with
at present. She will lie just as beautiful
as ever in a fexv months, and is now doing
business at the old staud.
Galveston, Novemlier 15.—Collections
for the benefit of the lire sufferers were
taken in all the churches to-day. The
general feeling is that the lire was more
disastrous iu its results than th»* jieojile at
first thought. Some thirty well known
citizens addressed the following to the
AWx to-night :
"In view of the apjwlliug calamity
which has fallen upon Galveston and its
people and the great destitution resulting
from this unprecedented disaster, we the
undersigned citizens, contributors and in no
manner jiarticiD&uta iu this great tmunty,
do hereby most deeply deplore the unfor
fortunate teleurams that have been sent
unintentionally underestimating the grav
ity of our situation and checking the great
current of charitable contributions prompt
ed by the generous hearts of Galveston's
friends."
The Mine Disaster«
Denver, Novemlier 15.—A Silver Cliff'
special to the A'om says : The removal of
the dead miners from Bull Domingo liegan
at 6 o'clock last night, the last lieing
brought to tbe surface aliout midnight,
Kotiert McGregor and Tom Armstrong
alternating in going down the 500 foot
shaft. A rope was attached to pulleys to
let the brave men down. A corpse was
liound to the roj>e and then the guide
stood with his foot in a loojiofthe rope,
both anus encircling the (lead liody, and
xvas brought to the surface by a steady pull
of the scores of men. The victims were
jirobably suffocated within an hour at the
most, lieing still and cold w hen found, w ith
hats aud coats pulled over their faces in
the vain st niggle for life. Westfall aud
Lautie left short letters, the former to his
sister, assigning his insurance in the A. Ü.
U. AY. to his sister aud two orjihan nieces.
The latter wrote to his parents auil wife.
Tbe caving in of the shaft necessitated the
removal of more than fifty feet of debris,
hence the delay of thirty hours iu the re
covery of the bodies. Determined threats
of lynching H. W. Foss, superintendent of
the mine, are indulged iu, and no doubt
wonid have lieen put in effect had not
prominent citizens goue to the mine and
induced the infuriated relatives aud friends
of the dead to stay their rash intentions
until the fact could lie settled that Foss
deserved such a fate. Coroner Burke
called an inquest to-day, swore the jury,
identified the Imdies and adjourned until
10 o'cloek to-morrow.
DENVER,Colorado, Novemlier 16.—Silver
Cliff' Special to the .Y< rr* ; The mayor to
day issued a proclamation requesting ail
business houses to close from twelve to
four this afternoon duriug the funeral serv
ices of the victims of tbe Bull Domiogo
disaster. The funeral of eight victims took
jilace to-day. Ileroslier was buried from
the Catholic church at eleven o'clock this
morning. Non vise, Heisler, Fatton, La
poiu*e, Laulie, Strong and Baptiste were
buried from Ball llomingo. One funeral
cortege contained upward of one hundred
vehicles and was a mile and a half long.
Some of the most heart-rending scenes
xx ere enacted at the funeral, wives of tbe
dead men fainting, children weeping,
brought tears to the eyes those of unused
to such exhibitions of emotion. To-morrow
Westfall will lie buried by the A. O. U. W.
and Geo. Smith's remains sent to Wiscon
sin. The inquest that liegan yesterday aud
adjourned uutil ten o'clock to-day was
necssarily postponed, owing to the desire
of every liody to attend the funeral. The
Coroner xviil call court at ten o'clock to
morrow when a thorough investigation
xviil lie had.
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Fatal Fxjitpsiou.
LorfisviLj.E, November 13,—A special
to the Courier-Journal says: An explosion
took place at F. J. Brownell's ffouring mill
at Hopkinsville, Ky., this morning, in
which three persons were killed. The
mill had only been started lor tbe day
when the boiler suddenly exploded, de
molishing the engine room. Six persons
were in the mill w hen the explosion oc
curred. The following are the k i 1 lev] :
Nelson Metcalf (colored) fireman, had the
top of his head entirely blown oil'; a lioy
named George Werling, anil J. F. Brining.
Frank Werling, the engineer, escaped with
jiainful braises.
Fatal Accident.
Montreal, Novemlier 11.—While five
men were painting the ceiling of a drill
shed to-day the scaffolding gave way. Two
of the men were killed instantly, the third
died shortly after, aud the other two are
not expected to live.
Peter Reappointed.
Washington, November 16—Indian
Agent Feter Konan. of Montana, has been
reappointed at Flathead agency, in Mon
tana.
\\ KM'KF.D TWAIN.
A Coiigre^man anil Man» Other*' Sc
riouslr Iniured.
FfTTRBt kg, November 12.—A frightful
wreck occurred at Bluestone Quarry, on
the Baltimore «V Ohio Kailway, ot 7 o'cloek
this moruiug. TraiD No. 12, through ex
press from Baltimore to Pittsburg, con
sisting of a sleeper, two coaches, two
baggage and one exjiress ear, ran into a
misplaced switch and was completely
wrecked. The sleejier rolled over an em
bankment into the Yougbiogher.y river.
The other cars were upset and the xvhole
train detached from the engine. Sixteen
jiersons were injured, hut none were killed
outright. The names ol the iniured per
sons are, C. E. Boyle, member of Congress
rom the Fayette District: John Dowling,
J. N. McJiltone, L. li. Bigler, and thirteen
other eastern jieojile. None of the wounded
are believed to be dangerously injured, un
less it is C'ongresKUiau Boyle, wfio-c con
dition is ls-tieved to be serious.
A report of the wreck reached this city
about V o'clock tbis moruing. Tbe express
was about 15 iniuute> late when tt reached
where the wreck occurred. At this point
the track makes a sharj» curve arouud the
river. There is a sw itch at the commence
ment of the curve, and w hether some oue
had left it jiartly open or not is not known.
The officials of the road say that it was
tain jiered w ith. Had the switch lieen ojieu
the train would have gone into it uli right
and could have lieen stopped liefore auy
damage was done. As it was the train
could go on neither truck. The result was
that the engine dashed along the ties, tear
ing ii j» the track anil can sing the coaches
to break loose aud dash on over the em
bank meut in the wildest confusion. Tbe
sleejier rolled over aud over, siojijnug with
its side lying iu the lied of the river. 90
feet below. The two passenger coaches
stopped at the water's edge. The tiaggugc
car went iuto the xvater. There were many
passengers on boatd the train. The scene
that followed lieggers description. The
cries of the injured and maimed was heard
from every ear. Frightened jiasseugers
sprang from tbe windows and struggled
with each other to escape from the rolling
cars. Those who escaped without injury
were ton startled fora time to render assist
ance. A messenger was sent to Counells
v il le l'or medical assistance, aud in a short
time a eor|ise of physicians was sent up on
a special train. Alter dressing the wounds
of the wounded they were removed to the
hotels in Onnellsville. The wreck caused
great excitement in C'onnellsville. and for
hours afterward jieople hurried to the scene.
Tbe track was blockaded and torn up so
badly that no train« got through until this
afternoon
PlTTKIJl'RO, Novemlier 12.—Congress
man Boyle, though very seriously hurt in
the wreck near ('onnellsville this morning,
will probably recover. He has lieen taken
to his home at Uniontown. O. YanMeter,
of this city, by heroic action saved the car
from takiug fire and jierhaps some jiasseu
gers from death. When the car jumped
tlie truck be grabbed the stove xvith a
death-like griji aud held on uutil the car
stojijieil at the foot of the embankment.
When he let go he found the tlesh burned
off of tioth hands and arms.
Extensive llnuk«l orgeries.
FoRTLAND, November 12. — Extensive
forgeries on Oregon hanks came to light
here to-day. Two forged checks, each for
twenty-five hundred dollars on the First
National Bank of l'eudleton, Oregon, pur
ported to lie signed by Lehman Blum, a
well known merchant, were cashed by the
Facific Bank of San Francisco. One was
endorsed by J. W. Smith and the other by
the Union Contract Co. and Calvin l'rati.
Another check for seventy-five hundred
dollars, on the Fortlaud Savings Bank,
with K. M. Steeles signature forged to it,
and the cashier's certification also forged,
was received to-day for collection from the
Facific Bank of San Fraueisco, who hail
cashed it. Calvin Fratt was formerly an
engineer employed by the O. K. & N. Co.
on construction. Nothing is known of the
Union Contract Co. and J. W. Smith. It
is lielieveil that some of this forged paper
has reached New York, as inquiries have
come from tlie Second National Bank of
that city which indicate that the name of
Frank Dekum. president of the Fort land
Savings Bank, is beiug used in connection
with forgeries.
The Senttle Trouble.
Seattle, Nov. 11. —Thirteen Knights of
Labor and eo-adjutators were indicted by
the grand jury, and of that number four
were arrested. The grand jury entered
the count room during the trial of Hughes
for the alleged murder of aChiuamauat
Squak. Among those immediately arrested
were A. Amttnds. Feter Urckstrom, John
Keane and Mrs. M. K. Kenworthy. The
eharge is under sections 5,519 auil 5,336 of
the United States Kexised Statutes and is
based ujion intimidation under the civil
rights law. Mrs. Ken worthy, a woman of
aliout 55 years of age. hapjicned to tie in
the court room at the time. She has lieen
a jiromineut speaker in all the meetings of
the Knights of Labor aud promineut in
jKilitio here. Sheriff' McG»aw informed
her in the court room of her arrest, when
she became somewhat hysterical and was
allowed to go to her home uutil to-morrow,
w hen l»a.il will lie required. The amount
of bail fixed in eac h case by Chief Justice
Green xvas $3,000.
hiueoe Action Condemned.
Olympia, W. T., November 12.—A
large meeting of citizens was held to-day in
accordance with the the jiroclamatiou is
sued by Mayor Fhilijis. Several sjieeches,
favoring law and order, were enthusiasti
cally received. The committee ajijiointed
ou resolutions reported that they condemn
ed the action of the "anti-Chinese" con
gress, called to meet iu this city the 24th
inst., and gave notice to outsiders from
Tacoma and Seattle that Olympia was
amply able to attend to her own business,
and "we look xvith suspicion and alarm
upon all attempts to inffuence our fellow
citizeus by any means whatsoever."
( hinese tt arned.
Fan Francisco, Novemlier 13.— A
special from Santa Cruz, Cal., says: The
Chinese engaged as laundry men, wood cut-
ters, etc., at Ixirenzo were last night given
twenty-four hours notice to leave, and
they are to-ilay jiackiug ujt prejiaratory to
quitting that part p! the country. No
violence was used, aud the Chinamen
agreed to go without further protest.
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Chinaman Senteured.
San Francisco, November 16.—Choi
Ah Jow, who was fourni guilty of imper
sonating another Chinaman in a certificate
issued under the Chinese restriction act.
was sentence to-day by Judge Hodman of
the United States District Court, to pay a
fine of $5,000 and to lie imprisoned at San
Quentin for five years. A stay of the execu
tion of the sentence was granted uutil
Monday next.
Chunge of Residence.
St. Pall, Novemlier 12.—A special to
the 1'tonttr-Prt»» from Fargo says that
Mahone, ol Yirginia, is to locate perma
nently in the Ked Kiver^ valley.

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