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Forecast for Saturday and Sunday:
Virginia?Fair Saturday, warmer lu
northern portion; Sunday fair, variable
winds, mostly fresh southerly.
North Carolina?Fair an<i warmer Sat
Urda?; Sunday fair; iresh southerly
VOL..15. NO. 79.
Verdict Expected Before
Adjournment To-Day.
Sensational Evidence Given bv Wife
of the Prisoner.
Some Rebuttal Testimony May Ito In?
troduced by tho Commonweal!h
This Morning and Arguments
Will Probubly be Made
by Noon?Details of
tho Trial.
Tho bulk of tho evidence in the Rhodes
murder case is all in. Much bettor time
ivas made in the progress of the case than
?ivas a-. ?irst expected, and counsel is of
?the opinion that the famous ease will
have been linished by this evening'.
Argument* will probably begin before
neon, and the verdict of the jury* will,
doubtless, be rendered early In the after?
The evidence that was given yesterday
?.overed the ground quite fully, and the
straightforward statement made by the
prisoner Impressed the Jury to a large
The case is being conducted in the most
skillful manner, the counsel for defence
contesting every point, and the Common?
wealth's Attorney as unyielding in every
instane? ?s ho can ha in justice to the pris?
oner and the Commonwealth-/
When the court convened yesterday
morning at io o'clock the following jurymen
were selected from the panel of sixteen:
Messr.;. Puekcu. bottler, Bargamin,
Know]es, Hannon, P?rycar. Krack??, Won
denborg. Jennings, Dong, Falmoro and
At 10:20 o'clock the jury was sworn and
the ioli called, and ?he celebrated case
begun. The Indictment was read by
Clerk Christian, while the accused stood
firmly and respectfully jn his pi?ce.
The idictment was a long one, and it
was trying on the pan of the prisoner
to Ftnnd al! during the readies, but he
app-irontly stood it well.
Tiie witnesses f'>r the prosecution wore
called and sworn.
Coroner VST. H. Tnylor was the first
witness to testify. He related the circum?
stances of the holding of fhe inquest at
1:30 o'clock at the Virginia Hospital.
Thursday. February 1st. il- found thai,
death Via?! come suddenlj about fiftfii :i
minut' s before lie reached the scene,
from the offe?.?*s o? dressing a pistol
shot wound. The wound w-.is being
dressed by Dr. W. H. Parker, when ?,e
was interrupted by a severo hemorrhage.
H? found that one of ;ho large arteries
in the neck had been perforated, by the
bullet, a small portion of which had ad?
hered to the spot, causing an ulc?ration.
which occasioned the opening (,f the ar?
tery, which brought on the hemorragc
und caused death.
Witness stated, in reply to a question
from Mr. Richardson; that death was dun
to the effects of the bullet wpc.nd.
? Ho found on examination that the lungs
of the deceased were affected with tuber?
culosis, but thai that had nothing to do
with th? death.
Dr. W. j; Parker was next called. Ho
attended the deceased upon the occasion
of the shooting, and testified that he was
the famiiy physician. Ho was called to see
deceased a short while after the shooting,
after he had boon carried to the Virginia
Hospital, and he was his constant attend?
ent up to tho death, which occurred about
]:.';0 o'clock on February 1st. The wound
was over tho right cheek-bone, and the
bullet lodged just beyond the car. The
cause of death was a hemorrhage from the
The aperture in tiie arieryi had been
packed by Dr. Hugh Taylor and witness
with gauze, and when he attempted to
renew the packing the hemorrnage set
j Witness had known deceased all his life,
and had been his physician over since he
begun the practice of medicine. Deceased
had been employed by Hasker & Marcuse.
but had not, for several weeks previous to
the shooting, been wnrklnK there. He had
been away for several weeks.
Defence objected to the o,uestion as to the
cause of the going away of the deceased,
and Mr. Richardson withdrew the question
for the time, lie also withdrew the <iues
::on as to the physicial condition of l::c
He left his place of employment and went
to tho country, by advice of witness, for
the benefit of his lungs.
On cross examination by Mr. Smith, wit?
ness stated that he did not know how often
deceased returned to the city.
Mr. J. A. Hall was called. He lives in
Hanover county, and came to the city with
deceased on the morning of the shooting
and left him at the corner of Seventh and
Broad Streets.
The deceased had been staying at the
hc-me of Mr. Hall in Hanover, having gone
there on January 12th.
Mr. Smith, for defence, asked that the
testimony of witness be stricken out as be?
ing in no way connected with the ease.
The motion was overruled by Judge Witt,
and ^sn exception noted.
Mr. Milton E. Marcuse was the next
witness examined. He is vice-president
and general manager of the Hasker
Marcuse establishment. He knew both
the accused and the deceased. They had
worked for his company a number of
He saw the accused on the morning
of the ^booting in tho factory. Dater,
about 12 o'clock, be saw him on Church
Hill Avenue, near Twenty-second street.
He was on the north side of the street
when he met him. and a conversation
ensued. He asked accused why he was
not at work.
"1 can't stand it any longer, Mr.
Marease." he said. "If I had my pistol
with mo this morning when Barnett was
In the factory. 1 would have made short ?
W3rk of him then."
Witness stopped: and reasoned with
him. and he promised to call to see wit?
ness that afternoon for further advice,
and both men then proceeded on their
ray. x
In his reasoning with Rhodes witness
stated that he advised him to do nothing !
rash; that nothing good would come of
it; that if INrnctt had wronged him,
he was already being punished, for he
was half dead with tiie consumption.
The tenor of the conversation was to
the effect that his wife had been wronged
by the deceased, and that he had
attempted to use his home for immoral
purposes. The accused was very much
excited, and stated that no jury in the
world would convict him for killing
Barnett under the circumstances. BUS
reasoning, he felt, had some effect upon
Rhodes, and he promised to call to see
him that afternoon.
Shortly after he left accused, and before
he had proceeded a square, he heard two
pistol reports, and, looking around, he
saw two men engaged in a difficulty.
On cross-examination, Mr. Smith en?
deavored to confuse the witness as to
the testimony he gave at the Coroner's
inquest, and its dissimilarity with his
present testimony. Witness kept cool
in the face of the examination, and'staled
that upon both occasions he had given
the conversations between Rhodes and
himself as closely as he could recall.
The witness said further that the ac?
cused had told him that he stated to
Barnett upon ? .previous occasion that
if he ever crossed his path lie would kill
him. He reasoned with him calmly and
tried to sooth hint in his excitement,
and advised him to do nothing rash.
He did not remember whether he had
testified at the Coroner's inquest that
Rhodes had said anything about getting*
revenge. He had in his examination in
chief sain that Rhodes had made such a
Witness was allowed ti read the
written testimony that he gave at the in?
quest in order to refresh his memory
upon any point that he might deem nec?
H<? then recalled the fact that he said
nothing at the inquest about the "re?
On cross examination by Captain Wise
witness said that Rhodes stated he was
too excited and worried to work. Witness
would have reasoned mor<-? with accused,
hut fell that Rhodes had grown cool
and collected and would call to see him
in the afternoon. Rhodes had stated to
witness that his wife had made a confes?
sion in certain matters, and that he had
1 not known his wife very long before
they were married/ The confession had
?worried tho accused.
Defence objected to a question concern
ing the eon fission, as to whether Rhodes
had stated r.nat his wife had been -un?
faithful, and the impression it made upon
the mind of "witness. The latter portion
of the question was omitted, and witness
said that the accused did not so state
Some discussion aros?? between the coun?
sel for defence and the Commonwealth,
concerning the admissibility of the ques?
tion, and the Judge instructed the matter
to b? placed on record.
It was shown that the testimony as to
"revenge" was Riven before the grand
jury, and Captain Wise objected, on the
ground that what had taken place in the
grand jury-room could not come out in the
trial. The Judge held that a witness had
Voluntarily made the statement, and that
it ha<i. gone by unchallenged at the time,
and could be brought out again.
Mariori E. Burnett, brother of the de~
ceased, was next sworn. He said that de?
ceased, at th? time of the homicide, lived
at 2212 Pleasant Street. He was then ex?
Mrs. Ella Stubos followed. She lived at
??'? Twenty-third Street on the day of tho
shooting, being at the corner of Twenty
third and N. the continuation of ? Street
being Pleasant. Deceased lived about half
a block from her residence. Was not .per?
sonally acquainted with Rhodes, but she
s;>w him standing on ' the corner of Jes?
samine and Pleasant Streets the morning
of the shooting, leaning against a telegraph
post. He was within half a square of
Bairnett's house. The hour was. about 11:20
o'clock. Did not know how leng he was
standing there.
On cross examination by Mr. Smith, who
attempted to show that Rhodes-was stand?
ing as near his mother's house as to that
of Harriett's, witness stated that he was
nearer Barnett's. She did not know wheth?
er Barnett was at home or not.
Miss Grace Stubbs. a young girl,
daughter of the previous witness, fol?
lowed up tho testimony of her mother
(Continued on Third Page.)
Mr. Lodge Not Prejudiced Against
Government Plant, But Vessels
Should Not be Delayed.
AYUSHINGTON, May 11.?No disposi?
tion has been ma*de as yet of 'the navel
appropriation bill by the Senate, but af?
ter an all-day discussion an agreement
was reached to? vote on the armor-plate
section at 3 o'clock to-morrow afternoon.
?During the day's discussion a notable
Speech was delivered by Mr. Lodge, of
Massachusetts, upon the necessity ol
building up the Unittd Suites navy with?
out delay.
The ?lending amendment, when conside?
ration of the naval bill was resumed, was
that of Air. Tillman, for a straight price
of -?S(K) per ton for armor, and a govern?
ment armor factory costing? not over
Mr. Lodge, of Massachusetts, speaking
in opposition to the amendment, said that
for the past three years the senators from
Stttith Carolina and New Hampshire (Mr.
Tillman. and Mr. Chandler), had been en?
deavoring to get armor at ? low price. The
net result of their work had been to put a
stop to the construction of a navy. He
had no prejudice against a government ar?
mor plant, but to stop the building of all
ships until the armor plant could be erected
would, he thought, be a fatal mistake.
"My reasons for desiring more ships,"
said he, "and desiring them quickly, is
my belief that the safety of the United
States depends upon the strength of -our
navy. We do not need the navy for ihe
protection of our insular possessions. The
danger lies in our great coast line and in
the defence of the Monroe doctrine in the
Western continent; for the defence of this
great coast line and the cities situated on
it we have no adequate fleet. We are
about to outer upon the construction of an
Isthmian canal, to defend, construct and
operate which we must be the naval mas?
ters of the Carribean Sea. We must have
a far more powerful fleet than we have
to-day. The safely of the canal dCDonds
upon our fleet.
"A great tleet is the greatest insurance
of peace. We should hot close our eyes
to the possibilities of the situation. We
could never allow the Danish Islands to
pass into any other hands than ours.
The European nation which should un?
dertake to take possession of those is?
lands right on the road to the canal, and
to make of 'them great naval stations,
would by that very act become an enemy
of ours. We could submit to no such
thing as that. The Monroe doctrine is
a great protection to the united States.
Men of all parties?Democrats, Republi?
cans and' Populists?without distinction,
adhere to that.
"I am by no means sure that some
European nation, perhaps one whose
navy is now receiving such rapid, in
(Contlnued on Sixth Page.)
Corbett Knocked Out by a
Terrine Blow on Jaw.
The Knock-Out Came as a Sarprise
in the Twentv-Third Round,
His Foot-AVork AVns Excel Sent and'
His Remarkable Quickness AVas a
Surprise to His Friends?His
Defence Was Absolutely
Perfect and Ho Marked
Jeffries Severely,
11.?Jim Jeffries is still the heavy-weight
champion pugilist o? the world. He de?
feated .Jim Corbett in the twenty-third
round of their tight with a decisive knock?
out. The finishing blow came as a sud?
den and startling surprise. Corbett had
been making a wonderful battle. His de?
fence was absolutely perfect, and while
he was lacking in strength, he had more
than held his own, and stood an excellent
chance of winning tho fight had it gone
the limit. He had not been badly punished
and had managed to mark his man se?
The winning punch was a short left joit
to the jaw. Corbett dropped like a weight,
and was clear out. Jeffries showed ability
to take a punching, go any distance, and
punch hard. He was clearly outboxed, and
ai times made to look like a novice. The
crowd, which numbered fully eight thou?
sand, was with Corbett, and lus defeat
fell upon a silent crowd.
There were cheers for him when he re-.
vived and left the ring, and he was gen?
erally shown more consideration than the
Corbett is still a factor in the pugilistic
game. He has regained much of his old
form. The battle was clean, and it is
doubtful if there was a single infraction |
of the rules. The crowd was most or?
The Fight by Hounds.
First Round?Jeff, forces Jim, jwith. Cor?
bett breaking ground and sprinting, llv
forced Corbett to ropes, landing right to
the body. Corbett sent hard "left to face,
and Jeffries ?lands light left. Corbett still
?shifty and breaking ground hooked left
to nose. He kept up his sprinting and j
sent another left to Jeffries' head. Jef?
fries tried left nnd right, but Corbett !
blocked cleverly, and hooked another left I
to face. Corbett. backed away and tan- |
talized his Opponent by his clever move?
ments. Corbett hooks left to face. Jef?
fries then sent right to body, and Cor?
bett countered with left on head. This j
was Corbett's round on points.
Second Round?Corbett was the quicker
on his feet and landed .left on jaw. while
Jeffries sent Corbett's-head back with left
on head, but Corbett straightened up
quickly and backed away. Jeffries got
back with hard right on the body. Cor?
bett's foot-woi;k was a puzzle to the
champion, but Jeffries kept crowding in
and landed left'to the body, which made j
Corbett more cautious. Corbett's foot:. |
work was ?wonderful. Jeffries led left to
?head, but Corbett crossed with a right,
which sent the champion's head back.
Corbett made good work of his legs, and
danced away from his' opponent until the
end of the round.
Round Third?Corbett again th?
quicker on his feet. He hooked light
ieft to Jeffries' head. Jeffries is cool
and! deliberate in his movements. He
guarded his face cautiously and forced
Corbett to make four circles ?G the ring.
Corbett feinted with his left, but did
not land, and Jeffries sent right and
left to body. Corbett tries twice with
left for body, but missed, and then they
exchanged light lefts on the head. Cor?
bett feinted again, but Jeffries blocked
and sent hard left to body, driving por
bett to ropes. Corbett endeavored to
feint Jeffries out qf position, but got
a right in the body for his pains. With
a quick movement Corbett sprang into
his own corner, in which Jeffries caught |
him, sending a stiff left to the ribs just
as the gonjr rang.
Fourth Round?They rushed to a clinch,
after which Jeffries hokeod left to head.
Corbett tried a right to the body, but fell
short, but Jeffries sont his right over to I
the head. Thep sparred for a spell, with j
Corbett breaking ground, and then |
Jeffries forced Corbett to th'e rapes, ?
sending his left to the body. A moment
later he repeated this blow, and Corbett
looked worried. At close quarters Jeffries j
put his right to the head, and as they
broke he came back quickly with right
to body. Then a right and left from
Jeffries to the head jarred' Corbett.
Jeffries followed up with another terrine
left on the neck, and Corbett was very
tired when the bell rang.
Fifth Hound?Corbett resumed the con?
test with evident relish, but he was very
anxious nevertheless. Jeffries got to him
at close quarters with light left to body,
and Corbett failed to reply. Corbett
feinted with his right, but Jeffries c?ile?
.the bluff and hooked his left to the body.
Corbett sparred cleverly, sending his left
to body, and after a little shifty work
hooked left twice to the head. Jeffries
attempted a left hook for the jaw, but
Corbett ducked it and sent another left'to I
the jaw. Jeffries then crowded in and
rushed Jim to the ropes, putting left hard
to the body. Jeffries forced the lighting
and sent left to face and body with telling
effect just before the bell sounded.
Sixth Round?Corbett sprung to the cen?
tre of the ring, but Jeffries was ready for
him. "Don't let him get set." said George
Considine. "Watch him, Jim; he can't
hit you in a week." A second later Jeff?
ries led a straight left to the face Cor?
bett made an ineffectual try for the head
Three clinches followed, with the hono-s in
Jeffries' favor, and Corbett was compelled
to shift continually to avoid his leads
Corbett used bis legs for safety to the" end
of the round, without having scored a
semblance to a blow. , -
Round Seven?They rush to a clinch
again. Jeffries got little left on the wind.
(Continued *n Second Page,)
Sheriff Davis, of Henry
County, Calls Troops?
Piedmont Rifles Surround Jail and
Danger Averted.
Governor Instructs Sheriff to Uphold
the Law and Protect, the Prisoner
by livery Means at His Com?
mand?Negro Who Com?
mitted Criminal Assault
in Danser o?* 31 oh.
MARTINSVILLE, VA., May 11.?Special.
Prompt action by Sheriff Davis, of this
county, has prevented an attempt at
lynching of Charles Hairston, a young
negro who attempted a criminal assault
on a young white woman on the 9th in?
stant, and was arrested and confined in
Sheriff Davis heard of rumors of mob
violence and wired Governor Tyler for
military to guaird the jail and the prisoner.
Thirty members ,of the Piedmont Rifles,
Captain O. W. Stone commanding, were
stationed a"L the jail at 11 o'clock, and are
now on duty there. So far the mob has
not materialized, and it is not now believ?
ed that any attempt at violence, will be
made to-night.
The prompt and decisive action on the
part of Mayor Morgan and Sheriff Davis
has had the effect to quiet the situation.
Fearing that angry citizens would wreak
summary vengeance on a burly negro brute
?who is confined in the Henry county jail
at Marlinsvillc, Mr. R. E. Davis, sheriff of
Henry county, appealed to Governor J.
Hogc Tyler for aid. Troops were at once
ordered out, and instructions to protect the
prisoner given. Governor Tyler, Captain
Barrow, acting adjutant general, and Major
Heth Tyler were in conference until after
midnight. II is thought that no attempt
on 'the life of the prisoner was made, as
no word was received from Sheriff Davis
or Mayor Morgan :ificr 11 o'clock.
The first knowledge of the threatened
lynching that the Governor received was in
a telegram received at 10:110 o'clock. The
messnjre read:
- "Ground to fear mob violence to negro
in my charge. I ask immediate assistance,
The messalo 35 is signed "R. E. Davis,
sheriff Henry county."
Governor Tyler immediately wired in
"Summon strongest posse possible and
protect prisoner until military can reach
you. Will order company at once."
As the sheriff had the authority to
order out the military. Sheriff Davis' ap?
peal to the Governor to send him troops
caused some fears as to the readiness of
the Piedmont Rides, stationed at Mar
tinsville. Governor Tyler at once put
himself in communication with Captain
Brizzie, of tihe Roanoke Eight Infantry,
instructing the command to be held in
readiness, and also made arrangements
for their movement over the Norfolk and
Western from Roanoke to the scene of
the trouble. Captain Barrow, however,
stated that the Martinsville company was
in good shape, and the following mes?
sage was soon received from Mayor Sam?
uel Morgan, of Martinsville:
"Negro in jail. Lynching ?feared. I
have ordered out Piodmost Rifles, com?
manded by Captain Stone, to guard the
prisoner." ?
The Governor ordered Captain. Stone
and fhis command of thirty men ?? re?
port at once to Sheriff Davis, and also
made arrangements for the calling out
of more troops if found necessary.
Ahmed Pasha Has lieft for This Coun?
try in Effort to Settle it.
Pasha has left Constantinople. He is go?
ing to '.he United States v.Mt/i proposals,
the object of which is the settlement of
the i&emfiity claims in an indirect man?
ner. In the event of the failure of Ahmed's
proposals the United States Government
will resume negotiations with the Porte,
The impression here is that Ahmed will
not succeed.
The Borte has presented a new note to
the embassies, announcing its intention to
introduce Octroi in Gallipolis. The object
of this movement, it is believed, is to es-,
tablish a precedent tor the subsequent im?
position of like duties in other towns.
It is said that the embassies will again
refuse to assent, as the measure is con?
trary to the treaty.
Ho Has Been Arrested for Bobbin?
t ho Massauutten Bank.
WINCH ESTER. VA., May 11.?Special.?
Pinkerton detectives, who have been
working on cities of the gang which loot?
ed Massanutten bank, at Strasburg, ner.r
'Winchester, two weeks ago, ynd obtained
"five thousand dollars in cash after blow?
ing up the safe, have arrested a notorious
'crook known as Slim Jim, in New York.
Chief 'Connor, of? the Pinkerton Agency,
took depositions in Strasburg to-day of
prominent citizens, who identified a pho?
tograph of Slim Jim as that ?at a man
pretending to be an umbrella mender, who
was in Strasburg on the day of the rob?
Slim Jim has attempted to prove an
alibi, claiming to have been in Tennessee
at the time, but the identification of his
photograph will likely lead to his extradi?
tion here for trial.
One of the National Committee of the
Populist Party.
SIOUX FALLS, S. D., May 11.?The Na?
tional Commit teemen named by the Pop?
ulist Convention before adjourning early
this morning include:
Virginia?J. W. McGavock, G. W. B.
Hale, James G. Field.
North Carolina?Marion Butler, "Cyrus
Thompson and.fi. A Lawrence.
His Body Riddled by Five
Hundred Shots.
Took Less Than Half an Hour to
Swing William Lee to a Tree
They Made Every Effort to Saro the
Neftro and an Early Trial Was As?
sured, But the Mob Overpower?
ed Thorn?-The Man Fully
Identitied ? Crime for
Which He Suffered,
HINTON, \V. VA., May 11.?Special.?One
of the most horrible calamities befell this
community to-night about H:30 o'clock
that has ever stained the name of the
county, which was the lynching of ???1
liam Lee by a mob of about seventy-five
or one hundred men.
Leo was from Reidsville, N. C, and for
some months past had been working on the
double tracking which the Chesapeake and
Ohio arc having laid near Sandstone,
about, ten miles west of thi.s place. On the
night r,f the !)th instant h<* attempted to
assault Mrs. H. H. Diefenback, the lady
operator for the Chesapeake, and Ohio Rail?
way at Sandstone, but was foiled in his
purpose by the timely arrival of a freight
train. Lee escaped to the mountains and
was securely hidden until this morning,
when his whereabouts were ascertained by
getting one of his comrades under the in?
fluence of whiskey, when ha told of the
hiding place of Lee. who was duly appre?
hended and brousht to this city.
There was some talk of lynching at the
time, but by the prompt response of the
Chesapeake and Ohio Company, transpor?
tation was furnished from the point where
he was arrested, and near where the crime
was committed, to Hinton, and it was
thought that no violence would be attempt?
The Circuit Court was ?n session and a
special grand jury had been.summoned und
all speed was being given to bring I^e to
a due punishment for his crime, and it
was confidently expected that he would be
tried and sentenced to-morrow.
About Jt o'clock the rnob began to as?
semble and at once went to the jail and
demanded entrance, which was promptly
refused by the schritt and the few men ne
had time to summon to his assistance.
They were ovprpowered and the outer
! door was opened, when a shot was fired by
j one in the mob which struck near the
I sheriff, who. preeeiving that all his resist?
ance was useless, prave them the keys to
I the ceil in which Lee was confined. It then
I was but a few moments until Lee was
being taken rapidly through a back street
and across a vacant lot to the nearest
point where the outskirts of the town
could be reached.
The mob pressed their work rapidly,
and within twenty minutes after the jail
was attacked, they had 'taken Lee about
three-fourths of a mille from town, in
one of the darkest and most gruesome
holes in this section, and had' him ready
to hand. They paused for a moment to
give him time to pray, which, if lie did.
could not be heard by th" bystanders,
who were some fifty or one hundred
yards down the ravine. After he had
been drawn up about five hundred shots
were fired, "a. large number of which
took effect. The mob seemed very much
excited, and were very boisterous after
they reached' the point where he was
executed, but as soon as their bloody
deed had been accomplished, they re?
turned in a body toward the town, some
? singing, but all bearing an air of de
! termination.
The body of Lee hung on a large oak
j tree, and when found by the parties that
1 followed the mob, and who were at the
scene within two minutes after the last
shot was fired, found his feet were aironi
j three feet from the round with the rope
tied with a hangman's knot, around his
neck, with the knot under the right ear.
There were bullet holes through aimost
every part of his body, and especially
about the face and head.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney T. X.
Read went among the mob while they
were attempting to gain admittance to
the jail and plead with the men to desist.
promising them that on the morrow the
man should be tried' and sentenced, and*if
they would but defer their action that
the negro should be punished to the full
extent of the law. Judge J. M. Mc
Whorter also endeavorrcl to dissuade the
men from the unlawful purpose,
promising all haste in the trial" of the
So far as can be learned', the negro
never positively confessed his crime, but
there seems to be no doubt whatever
that he is the proper party, as Mrs.
j Diefenbach identifier! him as the same
one who had attempted the assault.
No blame is attached to th? officers of
the law, for it is known that thsy did all
that was. in their power to protect the.
prisoner and Dreserve the fair name of
the county.
In Provinces of Barcelona and Vnlen
i eia in Spsiiii.
j MADRID May ?.-Martial law has been
; proclaimed in the provinces of Barcelona
1 and Valencia.
? At Seville, where all shops are closed
! excitement continues. There has been con
' tinual resistance to gendarmes at Valencia
J for two days.
| To a Place on Codifying Committee in
Piace of Culberson.
Washington Bureau. The Times,
515 Fourteenth Street.
WASHINGTON. D. C. May 11-Spe
? cial?Representatives Jones, Otey and
j Rbcey. of Virginia, saw the President
I to-day and urged him to appoint John
Goode, of Virginia, now practicing law
in Washington. \to the place on the Codi
tying Committee made vacant by the
death of ex-Representative David B.
Culberson, of Texas. The President
knows Mr. Goode well, and' said it would
give him pleasure to consider the matter.
Mr. Goode was at one time solicitor
general of the Department of Justice.
Recommendation for Appointment of
Four Additional.
CHICAGO, May 11.?The entire Board of
Bishops of the Methodist Church has been
declared effective to-day by the Committee
of Episcopacy, ana a recommendation to the
General Conference was adopted favoring
their retention and the election of four
additional bishops, two of whom are for the
missionary field.
Chairman Buckley will present this report
to the Conference to-morrow, and will ask.
that the election be postuoned from Mon?
day to Tuesday.
Meantime a sharp fight is expected on
the question concerning the colored
Tennessee Democrats Keaffirm the
Chicaso Platform.
NASHVILLE. ????.. May 11.?The
Democratic Stata Convention adjourned at
an early hour, this morning. A platform
containing an anti-expansion plank, de?
claring against trusts, reaffirming the
Chicago platform, and favoring William J.
Bryan for President was adopted.
Governor Benton McMillan was nomi?
nated for a second term, and Thomas I..
Williams, of Knoxville, was named for
Railroad Commissioner.
Stamps to the Value of $G>,??0 Have
Been Recovered.
'HAVANA. May 11.?Postage stamps to
rh?' value, of $5,000 have been recovered by
the Secret Service agents, fis th*? result
of information furnished by the man who
[had confessed to guilty knowledge of the
?postal_ frauds.
It is ~nov?* estimated that the shortage
will not amount to much more than
$100,000. The military authorities are not
giving out 'information, and will n?t do
so until iCull reports have? been obtained.
?Nevertheless, it is impossible to suppress
details' 'entirely.
?Many persons are inferested in the In?
vestigation, indeed, every American In
?Havana is endeavoring to obtain data.
and as a result many isolated facts are
looming to light. No on" believes that
Mr. iRathbone, director of posts. Is per?
sonally implicated, but the feeling is that
he has reposed too much trust in subordi?
"The special agents, who were popular!}
supposed to have investigated Mr. Neeljr"
accounts, assert that they never did so,
simply because vouchers were not ob?
tainable, and that they could never fell
how affairs stood because of the varying
suma declared to be in transit. They are
indignant that the statement should have
'been made that they had investigated tht
accounts and endorsed them.
Officers Fleetetl by the National Com?
mittee at Sioux Falls.
SIOl'N FALLS. S. D?. May II.?Follow?
ing are the officers elected by the Popu?
list National Committee.:
Chairman?Senator Marion Butler. North
Vice-Chairman?J. It. Edmiston, Ne?
braska .
Treasurer?W. D. Washburn, of Massa?
Seer t.iry?J. E. Edgerton, of Colorado.
Executive Committee?General J. B.
Weaver, Iowa; Senator W. V. Allen,"*N*e
braska: J. W. Breidenthal, Kansas; Eu?
gene Smith. Chicago: K. v. Way. Ari?
zona: T. Tracy, Texas; Robert Schilling,
Wisconsin: Major Bowler. Minnesota; Dr.
C. T. Taylor. Pennsylvania.
^British Column is Hurrying Hither
With All Speed Possible-Has
Passed Vryburff.
LONDON, May 12?1;:? A. M.?A
British column, 3,000 strong, has arrived
at Vryburg, one hundred miles from
Muff-king. It reached there Thursday,
and though harassed by the Boers, is
pushing swiftly forward. Fifty miles
south of Vryburg. at Taungs, Is General
Hunter's main body, moving slowly and
contending with considerable forces.
The pick of his mounted men are the
S.tiOO who are going without wheeled
transport, and at a rate that may possi?
bly bring them to Mafeking on Monday
or Tuesday next.
Lord Roberts' narrative closes with
Thursday evening, but he continued (?ia
march yesterday toward Koonstaut.
twenty miles distant, and by this time
ho must know whether the Boera intend
to right there.
Mr. Winston Churchill says there were
only 2,<XH> Boers who opposed the British
at Zand River Another estimate is that
6,000 Boers, with six guns made a rear?
guard action, while many other thousands
with convoys retired without firing a shot.
President Steyn and a council of the
leaders of several thousand Free Staters
in the Landybrand and Ficksbnrsr district.
submitted to the men tho question or
continuing the war or not at a great open
air meeting. The Ficksburg men decided
to tight on.
.President Steyn. who appears to be In
command, began to advance toward nil?.?
British on Thursday, and came In contact
with Campbell's Brigade and Brabant's
Horse twenty miles northeast of Thaba
N'C'nu. A sharp engagement ensued, with
no positive advantage on either side.
General Bundle has disposed of 20,000
men along a long line In such a way as
to bar any Boer advance on Lord Roberts*
The cavalry are all with Lord Roberts'
According to a Pretoria telegram. Gen?
eral Buller is moving from Etandslaagte
in the direction of Helpmaker, and the
B?itish vanguard engaged a Boer pafrol
of^Italians on Thursday. Twelve Italians
are described as routing fifty British.
The dispatch also says that BrUL^a re
connoiteri.ng partios have invaded the
Transvaal near Fourteen Streams, and
that the scouts on both sides meet fre?
quently with varying results.
?British Advance.
MASERU. Friday. May 11.?British forces
from Thaba N'C'au. under General Bundle
and General Brabant, are reported to have
advanced toward Clocoloin and P?a?tsburg.
A large commando of Boers has returned
from the Korranaberg hills, and is in
(.Continued on, Sixth. Page.) .
In the Lee Mines of Tom's
Creek Coal Field.
Which Was Being Used to Blast Rock
and Ignited the Dust.
? Number Entered to Remove the
Dead and Were Overcome by the
After-Damp, Two of Them
Losing; Their Lives?Accident
Seems to ilavo Been an
Unavoidable One.
NORTON". VA., May U.?Special.?Six ol
more lives were lost in the explosion in
I,ee Mines of Tom's Creek eo;il field, which
occurred yesterday about t> o'clock. It fa
tho opinion that the disaster w ?s caused
by dynamite, which w is being ?: ; In
blasting some rock, and Ignited the dual
in tha mines.
At the Urn?? tiie explosion took place, as
far as known, only four men were in the
mines, but soon afterwards a number of
men endeavoring to Investigate and remove
the d^ad, were overcome by the ai'tsrdamp,
and two of these tost th^lr lives.
THt: i>i-;.\t).
Tha list of the dead ire West Stamper;
Glen Vaughn, Tress South. Bartley. Ster?B '
dirh and John Hilton.
Work to ventilate th? mines In? be-?n go?
ing on constantly, knd will be complete by
to-ni.i;hr. ir appears t? be one of those in?
cidents that are common to the best r->su
lated mir,'-?-; and igainst the best endeavo?
of good management.
The financial toss to th? company cannot
.,: present be estimated.
The? Insurgents Barn and Sack tho
Town ofXrocIn.
MANILA. May 11.-9.10 ?. M.? A fore?
of 300 Insurgents attacked twenty-five
scouts of the Forty-eighth Regiment nea*
San Jacquinto, province oE Pangasinan. on
Monday, but were routed bs the scouts,
ten o? ih ir numb? c tx tug tolteci,
Th.- Americans tost two killed.
On April 26Qi the Insurgents hurned and
sacked the town o? Trocla, near. Kulm,
murdering nativos who were friendly to tha
Americans and two Spaniards. The Ameri?
cans killed thirty-seven of t.ie Insurgent*
On the same date Major Andrews?; with
two companies of troops, attacked < l-'n-ral
Mojica's stronghold near Qrmue, Leytn
Island. Mo.jic.is had brass cannon ind
plenty of ammunition, hut after thre*
hours of fighting tii nis (led. ???
loss is not known. Tho Americans lost
two killed and eleven wounded. Th< >' cfe?
stroyed the en aay's rifles and powder and
Stormed Palanoc.
mantla si ., >r Mas
?i- ??? re ?? ived Colonel" TIai ? a
dlffeientlj from those of M-irh.?!?.?.?;?-?.
where he left one company of the 1 ??
ninth Regiment. On approaching the prin?
cipal town. Palanoc, the tnsurg p
.?;.;'" ired to be 01 ? ?api-??!, ind ? en ? ? >~
TIflen;i bombarded ( iem \ porous tfter
which three companies w*>r?.? ! m?Ted and
? i.-.'rt the trenches ivi:ii little c?
One Filipino was killed. Tv- ? <:? three
hundred Insurgents l?. >!.! the neighboring
towns, and the natives tpp< ir unfriendiy.
As previously cabled, :>ut few armed in?
surgents were found a; Marindurpoe.
Action ????? l?e Besan Against ih?
states in the Sapremo Coarr.
Washington;. May U?Solicitor-? ?en*.
ral Richards, on the opening of the Sa
preme Court next Wednesday, will tafeo
Initiatory steps ni actions against cha
State? of Xorth Carolina, FTorfda. Louis?
iana and South Carolina, :-? recovef froxa
these States, respe ?';-. siw.rt??. :?:?;?.<:?>:?'>.
$54,220 and .?-)->.30, commonly known as
the "Indian Trust Fund."
'lhey Secure I he Aid of Other Tribe?
Against rh?? British.
rious reports are current that the Astiati?
ti.-* are determined to throw off the Britisi
yok>?. that they have secured the co-ope?
ration of eight other tribes, and that t<iiej
are now able t,> rais?- 50.000 warriors.
?The trial of Rhodes for killing Bar?
nett will probably be concluded to-day.
?The Richmond Grays were mus?
ter,?. 1 in.
-?Thousands of people hi ar the reporta
from the srreat prize n^ht.
??lover fy Tyler called upon for a mili?
tary company to protect ;c prisoner.
?Special police for Carnival are ap?
?Field Day events at Richmond Col?
?J. H. Kelium, of Wytherille, probably
fatally hr'rt by a train,
?Washington and Lee University .-;--cj
a handsome legacy:
?The President and Cabinet coming tot
Frederieksburg on the 2?fh.
?Benjamin Goldsmith Is lock-?)! :;.'? ba
the police sta Hon in Alexandria, charged
With assault on -Mrs. .Mary. Rollins, a
?Hotel Lee. burned at Roanoke, ta being
?West Norfolk Lumber Company'*
plant hurned; $.^>.'*-" loss.
?Sheriff Davis, of Henry county, calla
on Governor for troops to prevent lynch?
ing of Charles Balrston ?.colored? by a
mob. . . ?
?Six kilted to mine exnJosiOQ in Toma
Creek coal rich!.
?Corbett received a clean knockout ia
the twenty-third round.
?A negro lynched al Hi e. ton. W. Va.,
and his body literally riddled with bullets.
?Mr. Lodge made a notable speech ba
Senate favoring: a larger navy.
?Armor plant still under discussion.
?British flying column hurrying to re?
lief of Mafeking.
?Kobert-V cavalry in twenty-two milt*3
of Kroonstadt, and main army only eleven,
miles behtnd.
I ?Several engagements in Philippines?

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