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VOL. 29 BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1002 NO. 68 " --—■— ■ ---— V-- - _ . UP ANCHORS AND UNDERWAY Hear Admiral Higgirrson Males First More in War Game FLEET CONTAINS 15 SHIPS Battleship Alabama Plays Prominent Part in Mimic War—5000 Artillery man Sleep Beside Their Arms In the Fortifications. Newport, R. I„ August 31.—Under cover of fog the blackness of night, the North Atlantic fleet, commanded by Rear Ad Menemsha Bight, Vineyard Sound, short ly before 10 o’clock tonight and put to sea making the first move In the war game between the army and navy In the Imaginary war along the New England coast. On land from Fort Rodman at New Bedford to Fort Wright at Fishers Island every fortification is manned by the artillerymen and every headland Is patrolled by signal men just as carefully as If a really hostile fleet were about to descend upon this part of the seaboard. The actual was period began at the ex piration of this 48 hours of preparation and while the fleet appeared to take things easily during that Interval, the land forces under supreme command of Major General MacArthur were drilled at the guns and at t signal station with all the vigor that forecasts real conflict. Never In the history of this country has such a grim aspect been given to the defenses which guard New Bedford, the cities on Narragansett Bay, the Con necticut shore and, more Important even, the city of New York from attack under cover of Marthas Vineyard and adjacent Islands and through the great waterway— Long Island Sound. Tonight when taps sounded at all the forts nearly 6000 artillerymen went to sleep beside their guns ready to spring up for action when the alarm should be sounded. On the walls of fortifications paced guards and along the beaches sharp eyed signalmen swept the sea wl#h their night glasses feverishly anxious, lest the light of a hostile war vessel be taken for that of a friendly merchant craft. In sea the fleet had been swallowed up In darkness and It will be heard from next when It makes a descent on the coast within the zone of hostilities. There are nearly 6000 men afloat and It may be that Admiral Hlgglnson will en deavor to land his marines at some ex posed point of the shore defenses and at tempt to capture it by making his at tack In an effort to force an enterance to Buzzards Bay, Narragansett Bay or Long Island Sound, or even to silence some one of the big forts. The army says it Is ready for anything which may develop, but anticipating an early land ing party from the fleet at Gayhear, the signal station there was moved to high grounds to avoid being rushed by ma rines. To cripple the army’s line of com munication may be Admiral Hlgglnson's first thought, In order to use his marines. The first point of attack Is looked for at Fort Rodman, manned by volunteer ar tillerymen. but there may occur only a reconnalsance by the gunboats while |he great battleships swing In to action at the westward and be skillful maneuver ing theoretically hammer the fortifica tions to a mass of ruins with their pon derous turret rifles. Like chess masters It Is Admiral Hig glnson’s turn. Men Sleep on Arms. Fort Rodman, New Bedford, Mass., Au gust 31.—So far as appearances went at Fort Rodman today no one would Imag ine that war, or even a mock war was impending possibly within half a day. Nor would an obeserver Imagine that a hostile fleet was anchored In battle ar ray within ten miles of the post. It was a day of great activity and practical work, but so far as appearances of hos tility were evident In camp, peace reigned. Any one whose Ideas of a state militia camp had been gained by the days of skylarking and general ’’racketing” which once prevailed would never have recognized Fort Rodman either during Saturday night or Sunday. It was quiet as a Sunday school and the only sounds which broke the stillness were eherups of the crickets and dull distant tread of the Bentrles. The camp Itself was liter ally wrapped In slumber, officers and men alike appearently recognizing the need for piling up sleep In view of nights of future waking and momentary call. Sunday was not In the least a day of worship nor of Idleness. The customary throng of visitors was absent, the war orders compelling a rigid curtailment of passes and limiting the outsiders In camp to a few chosen war correspondents and one or two choice officials In favor at headquarters. Outside the guard line there was a crowd all day long, especial ly during the parade and the band con cert of the afternoon. Ornamental Features Absent. For the most part the usual ornamental features of camp were absent; the tent ed portions of the field being too far removed from the street to make It vis ible to the civilians and nothing which the untrained would appreciate being In order but the few ceremonies of the day, such as gaurd mounts and evening pa rade. For the militiamen, however, there was not a single minute of idleness. Col onel Frye was rushing preparations, knowing that in two days he must pull comparatively green militia artillerymen into a condition to man effectively a post whose ordnance ranged from the big eight-inch disappearing mounted rifles to the popping Gattllngs. It was a task of no small moment and officers and men bent themselveB to it with a zeal. "D" battery put In a hard morn ing at the big guns In the western em placement, while "B” battery was sim ilarly occupied In the east emplacement. In each emplacement the state officers were assisted and supplemented by the din of some of the regular artillery men of the permanent post at the fort. "K” battery and "A” battery worked at the fifteen pound rapid tire guns In the west ern and eastern emplacements respec tively. “C” battery manned the six pounders on selge carriages and “I” bat tery ran about the shore with the gat tllng guns and the one-pounders, plac ing them effectively to repel landing par ties. throwing up temporary works for screens and locating range finders. yesterday the signal corps was divided, Lieutenant Spencely with nine state sig nal corpsmen and Private Baker of the regular* taking up their post on Mlshaum Point. The balance of the regimental sig nal coma, nine men, with Private Cline TENNESSEE CO, SELLS SHEFFIELD FURNACES William Edenbern and Associates of New York Pay Good Price for the Property, and it May 6e Opening Wedge for U. S. Steel Corporation in Alabama. EW YORK, August 31—(Special.)— The Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad company has sold and delivers tomorrow morning to William Edenbern and associates of New York, Its three furnace stacks at Sheffield and all Its ore properties at Russellville. Mr. Edenbern Is one of the directors of the United States Steel corporation. The of ficial announcement of the sale was made by President Don H. Bacon today, but he declined to give the terms. Mr. Edenbern was not In the city to day, but the deeds will be put on 'record at Sheffield within the week. It Is known that the Tennessee company sold the Sheffield furnaces at a handsome profit Just what disposition will be made of the money Is not announced, but It Is be lieved that It will be Invested In adding to the great plants at Ensley. Tho Shef field furnaces make no basic Iron, there fore It Is a matter of ' speculation here tonight why the United States Steel com pany should be buying foundry furnaces in Alabama. It may be an entering wedge to further Alabama purchases. Rise in Sloss-Sheffield. The rise of more than 10 points In Sloss Sheffield stock ^ln two days looks like outsiders have gotten this property or are rapidly securing It, The president is here and is enthusiastically happy to all outward appearances. There Is something materially doing; the reader In Birming ham may guess, as well as the observer here. E. W. BARRETT. NEGRO LYNCHED BY GEORGIA MOB JOHN BROWN WHO ATTEMPTS TO ASSAULT 12-YEAR-OLD WHITE GIRL .PAYS .USUAL .PENALTY FOR SUCH CRIMES. Montlcello, Ga., August 81.—John Brown, a negro who attempted to crim inally assault Miss Johnnie Chaffin, a 12-year-old white girl, near Montlcello yesterday, was lynched early this morn ing by a small posse of men seven miles north of Inis place. Brown was captured six hours after his crime and given a preliminary hearing before a distriot Justice of the peace, who ordered him sent here for safe keeping. When seven miles from town the deputy having Ei'own In custody was surr#und ed by a posse who demanded the prison er. The deputy was powerless to resist, and the men carried the negro into the woods, hanged him to a tree and riddled his body with bullets. of the regulars, w'lll be on duty at Fort Rodman. Over at Gayhead ts Private Mayberry of the regulars, acting as transmitter of the messages from the Vineyard, whose operators have their eyes on the hostile fleet In Mermftsha bight. It Is pretty certain that any move ment of the fleet will be known immedi ately at Fort Rodman. On Battleship Alabama. United States 8teamship Alabama, Mermeshabight, Martha’s Vineyard, Maes., August 81—Since the arrival of the Massachusetts naval reserves on the battleship Alabama yesterday to take part m the war game, there have been two incidents calculated to remain In their memories. One was the service held today on the gun deck forward, when Chaplain Reinolds celebrated masses, and the other the concert last night on the port quarter deck by the naval reserves band. The naval reserves were distributed to the warshjp just before the dinner hour, the Alabama quota numbering 113 men. The band was assigned to the Alabama in spite of the fact that the Massachu setts has gone. An immense fleet had mobilized in Mermeshabight by noon. The Inst to come were the battleship Indiana, the auxiliary cruiser Supply, the cruiser Montgomery, the Alleen and the Scorpion. This makes a formidable squadron of sixteen ships. The marines who have been on the shore of Martha s Vineyard broke camp today, but their destination was not known. It seemed probable during the after noon that Admiral Hlgglnson's fleet would move before the hour set for tho beginning of hostilities. New London, Conn., August 31.—At In tervals all day the big guns and the mortars at the fortB In this vicinity belched forth Are and smoke and sent shot several miles at imaginary targets, illustrative of moving ships. The con cussion was so great that It was felt plainly In this city. Major General Mac Arthur and General Greely, chief signal of Acer, will be at Port Trumbull until after the enemy Is sighted and will then proceed to what ever point that may be considered the most admantageous for the direction of the movements of the army forces. Pasque Island, Mass., August 31.—Ad miral Hlgginson was not In a hurry to get his Aeet to sea, for the last cruiser to leave the Rnchorage In Menemsha Bight did not get away until shortly be fore midnight. The battleships put out about 9 o'clock, other craft following at Intervals. This fact was known on short* only through the disappearance of the anchor lights. The lighthouse keeper at Gayhead reported that the Aeet stood to the westward, and did not round tho point. At sunset a thick fog set in, and this continued until about the time the Aeet left, when it grew thinner, with the prospect of being dissipated by the southerly breeze. During the afternoon salutes were Ared from the ships in honor of Assistant Sec retary of War Sanger, who was taken on board the Keprsarge on a visit to Admir al Hlgginson. With Assistant Secretary Sanger were Senator Wetmore of Rhode Island. Mrs. Wetmore anu a party of Newporters. Sunday Was Quiet. Newport, R. I„ August 31—With Im aginary war almost at hand Sunday was far from a day of rest to the troops manning the defenses In this vicinity. Working parties were out nearly all day which the Massachusets troops at Forts Auams and Greble had a busy time among the big guns and mortars. Com pany by company they were taken up to the numerous batterteB where the' de tails were explained to them by the palns-taklng regulars, but as admissions to the forts were cut off the regulars were unmolested by the crowds of ex cursionists which surged Into the city. The men at the signal stations scattered along the shore were, however, not so fortunate. The searchlights at Prince's Neck, although somewhat off the beaten track of the ocean drive, had numerous visitors, while tho little telephone sta tions at Bateman's Point and Castle Rock were fairly besieged. The gunboat Gloucester arrived during the day In order to get the last mall. As she disappeared In the mist to the east ward on her return, those on shore caught the last glimpse that they will probably have of any of Admiral Hlg glnson’s fleet until they make their aD piarance threatening some point. GRAHAM SWIMS LOWER RAPIDS DARING SWIMMER AGAIN MAKES TRIP FROM WHIRLPOOL AT NI AGARA TO LEWISTON—NO BAD EFFECTS ARE FELT. Niagara Falls, N. T., August SI.—Car lisle D. Graham swam from the whirl pool below Niagara Falls through the lower rapids to Lewiston today. Graham made a better swim than he did Septem ber^ 1901. when Maude Willard attempt ed to navigate the upper rapids in Gra ham's barrel and was suffocated. Gra ham today wore a life preserver about his waist and a neck float. The swift running current whirled the swimmer to the center of the stream and for nearly half an hour Graham battled with the waves. As far as the Devil's Hole It appeared comparatively easy for Graham, and then he plunged Into rough water that many times hid him from sight. Only once, however, was he in danger. A current suddenly tossed him toward the shore, dangerously near a big boulder that showed threateningly above the surface. By desperate swim ming he Just avoided the rock and was carried on down stream. Below the Devil's Hole where the river narrows Graham had another hard bat tle. For a time he was completely hid den from view and the hundreds of spec tators on the bridge and along the banks were greatly affected. Graham soon ap peared in the smoother water where the river widens. He declined to enter a boat and swam to the shore Just below the new trolley bridge. After a rub down Graham said he felt no bad effects from his hazardous swim. MITCHELL DID NOT SEE THE SENATORS WILL BE CENTRAL FIGURE IN LA BOR DAY EXERCISES AT PHIL ADELPHIA TODAY —TO MAKE TWO SPEECHES. Philadelphia, August 31.—President John Mitchell of the United Mine Workers of America spent the day at Atlantic City, returning to this city late tonight. Mr. Mitchell denied that he went to the sea shore to see Senators Quay and Pen rose, and said he did not see either of them or sny other person on the question of settling the strike. While he will not admit It, there is a well founded belief that he saw several persons on the ques tion of giving funds for the relief of the strikers. President Mitchell will he the central figure In tho Labor Cay celebration here tomorrow. He will make two addresses at the labor picnic to be held at Wash ington park, on the New Jersey side of the Delaware river, a few miles below this city. The entire proceeds of the pic nic will be given to the miners' relief fund. EMANUEL STARTS HOME. European Monarchs Tell Each Other Goodbye in Most Cordial Manner. Potsdam, Prussia, August 31 —King Victor Emmanuel of Italy, who has been visiting Emperor William, started for home today. The King and the Emperor drove together to the Wild Park station. Here the leave-takings of the monarchs was most cordial, and they embraced each other repeatedly. Crown Prince Frederick William and Prince William Eitel-Frederlck and Count Von Buelow, the imperial chan cellor, were on the station platform to bid farewell to the King, and a large crowd of people cheered the departing guest. The King stood at a window of the railroad carriage waving his hand to the Emperor as lor.g as the train was In sight. JOINED REBEL ARMY. 550 Men of Government Forces Desert and Take Castillo Prisoner. Willemstad, Curacao, August 31.—News from an official source has reached Wil lemBtad confirming previous reports that last Friday 560 men of the Venezuelan army, who formed the vanguard of the government forces near Oeumare, desert ed to the revolutionists. They took their arms and equipment with them, and car ried their chief. General Castillo, a pris oner to the enemy. The 600 government soldiers who have been trying. to re-establish traffic on the German rauroad from Caracas to Valen cia were repeatedly interrupted by the Insurgents during Thursday and Friday of last week, and the latter day they were defeated by a detachment of Insurgents near Los Teques. The town of Los Teques is now in the hands of the insur gents. PRESIDENT COES Spent Last Night at Home ot W, S, Webb GIVEN HEARTY RECEPTION Chief Executive and Party Will Leave This Morning at 10 O'clock for Burlington and Continue on on Their Journey. Burlington. Vt„ August 31.—After hav ing spent the night at the country resi dence of Secretary Shaw on Lake Cham plain, President Roosevelt today was conveyed In the steam yacht Elfreda to Snelburn farms, the home of Dr. W. S. Webtn where he will remain over night. His arrival at Thompson's Point late last night was made the occasion for a great demonstration, fully 4000 people having gathered to extend him fitting welcome. There was an elaborate dis play of red light and fireworks, the latter including some beautiful set pieces, while numerous small craft on the lake, whieh had been gathered together especially for the event, tooted their whistles, fired sa lutes and in other ways shared in the tumultuous reception. Ascending the steps of the Shaw resi dence, the President in a brief address thanked the assemblage for having turned out in such numbers to greet him. At the conclusion 'of his remarks he was cheered vociferously and the crowd dis persed. Those of the party who did not accom pany the President to Thompson Point were entertained today by a committee of 100 representing the business men of Burlington. A special steamer had been chartered and they were taken for a fifty-mile sail on Lake Champlain. After a brief Btop at Valcours, to take on Congressman Joseph H. Sibfay. who wished to,Join in the entertainment of the visitors, the boat continued up the lake to Bluff Point, N. Y., landing at the dock of the Cham plain hotel where luncheon was served, following which a drive was taken around the grounds. On their return here about 6 o'clock the party was given a trolley ride about the city and out to Fort Ethan Allen, several miles dis tant. Tomorrow morning the President will return fa Burlington and at 10 o'clock' continue his Journey. CHICAGO MUCH RICHER BY FUTURITY RACE John W. Gates Says Windy City Men Won Nearly $500,000 on Savable. Chicago, August 31.—John W. Gates In discussing the victory of Savable in the futurity race on Saturday made the statement today that Chicago was richer by $600,000 than before the race. Mr. Gates would give no names but declared that he knew of one man who won $10,000 and another who won $70,000. "The $500,000," said Mr. Gates, "does not Include whatever may have been won by Chicago men who were at the race track. It covers simply what was won by men who were In this city Sat urday.” GEN. GOBEN DENOUNCED. Labor Union of Philadelphia Unani mously Condemn His Order. Philadelphia, August 31.—The Central Labor union of Philadelphia, at its regu lar meeting today, unanimously adopted a resolution denouncing Brig. Gen. J. P. Gobin, in command of the troops now on duty in the anthracite coal fields, for issuing an order calling on his men to shoot strikers if they resist the authority of the troops. The resolutions set forth that it Is illegal for the general to issue an order to "kill citizens of Pennsylva nia who are guaranteed a trial by Jury for any offense they may commit." The resolutions request Governor Stone to re voke the commission of General Gobin' and the civil authorities are asked to have the general Indicted and tried for "threatening the lives of citizens of the state of Pennsylvania.” The secretary of the union . was In structed by the union tq sen<V a letter of protest to Governor Stone for the alleged breaking of a promise that ho Is said to have made to the three anthracite district presidents to the effect that he would not permit the state troops to es cort non-union men to and from the mines. It is claimed that the governor made this promise to Presidents Nicholls, Duffy and Fahey on the occasion of their visit to Harrisburg in May. ONLY ONE DISTURBANCE. Non-Union Men Attacked by Foreign- | ers on Leaving Church. Tamaqua, Pa., August 31.—Only one disturbance was reported In Panther Creek valley today. While John and Albert Kutzek. non-union men. were leaving the St. Michael's Hungarian church at Landsford they were attacked by a number of foreigners and were compelled to return to the church for safety. After remaining there for some time they succeeded In making their es cape. This forenoon the officials of the Switchback railroad notified Major Gear hardt that strikers were Interfering with their passengers at Summit Hill. Com pany E of the Twelfth regiment was sent to the scene and succeeded In re storing order. Tomorrow morning a large force of soldiers will patrol the valley and pro tect non-union men while on their way to work. Agriculture Depressed. Manila, August 31.—As a result of the war, rinderpest among the cattle and the epidemic of cholera, agriculture Is at present seriously depressed throughout the Philippine Islands. Governor Taft estimates the area under cultivation this year at half that of an ordinary year. m - --w m 9 m ‘m~w w »' , ■ ■ ■ . ... —--V. MASSEY WILSON MAKES PROPOSITION TO GARBER / Montgomery, August 31.—(Special.'—Massey Wilson has mailed to Col. Alex M. Garber the following letter, which Is self-explanatory: ‘ Montgomery, Ala., September 1, 1802. “Col, Alex M. Garber, Talladega, Ala.: “Dear Sir—I nee from (he Montgomery Advertiser of yesterday that you claim to have received more votes than I received for attorney general tn the primary held on, the 26th ot August. "I think you are mistaken in your < laim. t believe I have received several thousand more votes than you In said primary. “I beg to submit you this proposition: If the official returns as ascer tained by the state executive committee on the 3rd Inst show you to have received a greater number of votes than I received in Bald primary, I will withdraw in your favor; if the olTlcial returns as thus ascertained show that I bave received a greater number of votes than you received in said primary, you to withdtaw !n my favor. “Very respectfully, "MASSEY WILSON." O'*-*-*-.-*-*-*-*-*-*..-*-*-.-. .. ...— ,_ NO TROUBLE WITH MAIL IN DENVER THERE WILL BE ONE THOUSAND LETTER CARRIERS IN THE COLORADO CITY BY NOON TODAY. Denver, Col., August 31.—There will be one thousand letter carriers in Denver by noon tomorrow to attend the thir teenth annual convention of their na tional association. The accredited dele gates to the convention number 600 and four or five hundred carriers are ex pected to visit the city during the con vention. About 500 have arrived al ready. Although the convention is scheduled to open tomorrow no business will be transacted until Tuesday. President James C. Keller, in his an nual report, which will be submitted , Tuesday, will recommend the establish ment of a retirement fund for the benefit of disabled or infirm carriers. It will recommend that the United States gov ernment be made the custodian and dis tributor of this fund. The president will explain an Impor tant change in the management of the association. This is the change from the board system to the centralized sys tem. Under this plan the association is managed very much like a business cor poration. The president is also, by vir tue of his office, head of the executive board which corresponds to the board of directors of a corporation. He is there fore not only president but general man ager of the association. The other of ficers, such as have executive power, are all under the direction of this central head. The president’s report will show that during the year the organization has es tablished brandies in Porto Hi jo and Hawaii, which are represented at the convention by proxy. He will refer to the extension of postal service to the rural districts, the growth of that service and the necessity of making provision for the rural mail carriers in the nation al body. He will recommend that they be taken into the association. The re port also covers the fraternal insurance feature, known as the mutual benefit as sociation. TRAINS RUN IN WASHOUT. Two Trainmen Are Instantly Killed. Were Going at High Rate of Speed. Fairchild, Wis., August 31.—The fast mail, eastbound on the Chicago and Northwestern road, ran into a washout here about midnight last night and ,two trainmen were killed. The dead: Engineer Ira W’allace, Altoona, Wis. Fireman Robinson, St. Paul. The train was running at a high rate of speed and the first mail car followed the locomotive into the ditch and was badly splintered. The -.nail clerks escaped with but slight injuries. The passenger conches and sleepers left the track, but did not turn over, and beyond a severe shaking up none of the occupants were hurt. The track was blocKea until late tonight. ballooTstarts ON A GREAT TRIP "BIG GLORY” IS SENT AFTER ALL PREVIOUS WORLD’S RECORDS THROUGH THE AIR — THREE MEN IN THE BASKET. Denver, Colo., August 31.—“Big Glory," one of the largest balloons ever con structed, was successfully started from this city today on a trip, the purpose of which Is to break the world’s long dis tance record as well as all previous rec ords for fast balloon salting. It also in tends ultimately to reach New York If possible. The balloon contains 140,000 cubic feet hydrogen gas and was built especially for this trip. The expedition was plan ned and equipped by the Denver Post. The occupants of the balloon are Cap tains T. 8. Baldwin and Percy Hudson, aeronauts, and C. 8. Herman a member of the art staff of the Denver Post. Bot tles contains messages will be dropped to earth by means of parachutes and these messages will indicate the course of travel and experience of the travelers. Matthews Makes*Good Score. Huntsville, August 31.—(Special.)—At the weekly shoot of the Huntsville Gun club yesterday afternoon J. W. Matthews won the weekly button as well as the high gun trophy, hitting twenty-four targets In the two events of twenty-five. The club will hold an all-day match shoot with the Hermitage Gun club of Nashville Monday. Policeman Robbed. Wilkesbarre, Pa., August 31.—Jacob Smith, a coal and iron policeman In the employ of the xvingston Coal company, was held up by two men today while he was on his way to one of the collieries of the company to relieve another olttcer. His assailants took his revolver away from him and then gave him a severe beating. / ; GOVERNOR TAFT GIVEN A BANQUET COMMISSIONER WRIGHT DURING SPEECH .SAYS .HE .IS .SORRY PHILIPPINE QUESTION IS FOOT BALL OF POLITICS. Manila, August 31.—Governor Taft was given a banquet by the American cham ber of commerce of Manila last Satur day night. In an address replying to a toast the governor discussed the future of the Philippines. He said the United States would retain the islands Indefinite ly with the view of educating the Fili pinos to a state of self-government and other conditions which would enable them to decide whether they desired to be come independent or be made into a state like Canada or Australia under Great Britain. Governor Taft said he believed the relationship between the two peo ples would be continued and that the Americans were here for the benefit of the Filipinos. He said the Americans did not desire the islands for selfish pur poses and promised that American capi tal would get fair treatment here. Continuing the governor expressed the belief that commercial interests must ultimately rely upon Filipino labor, al though a temporary relaxation of the immigration restrictions was possible. He said the United States civil commis sion would again recommend congress to give the Philippine islands a gold stand ard of currency as the present fluctua ting silver standard was a disadvantage to everybody. Luke E. Wright, who acted as civil governor of the islands during the recent absence of Judge Taft, also spoke at the chamber of commerce dinner. He ex pressed the opinion that the true future of the islands depended upon the admis sion of their products to American mar kets. Commissioner Wright regretted t'hat the Philippine question had been made a football in American politics. LABOR DAY SHOOT AT SEAGIRT RANGE THREE EVENTS WILL MAKE DAY ONE OF INTEREST—TUESDAY TEAMS WILL SHOOT FOR HIL TON TROPHY. Seagirt, August 31.—Labor Day at the big interstate shooting tournament now in progress under the auspices of the Na tional Rifle Association of America, the New Jersey State Rifle association and the United States Revolver association, will be devoted to firing In the carbine team match, the revolver team match and the inter-ciub match. The Inter-club event Is new tills year. The competition is for the rifle club championships of the United States, and is open to teams of five men from any rifle club or association In th? country. Each man must Are ten shots at 200 yards on the standard American tar get. Any rifle and any ammunition may be used. It was originally arranged that the match should be shot simultaneously on home ranges of clubs located r.ot less than 100 miles from Seagirt, beginning at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon on targets supplied for the purpose by the National Rifle association. As no outside entries have been received, however, the shoot ing will be confined to the teams now on the range. Tuesday will be one of the biggest days of the meet as the competition for the famous Hilton trophy Is to take place then. The proposed match between teams of cadets from the United States military and naval academies scheduled for Tues day has been declared off, the war de partment ruling that It waa not feasible to send the required number of cadets here. The company and regimenlal team matches will be disposed of Wednesday. Finai arrangements have been com pleted for the organisation of an all American team and the visit of that team to Ottawa, Canada, to compete for the Palma trophy. A year ago at Seagirt a Canadian team wrested tue trophy from the United States and carried it off to the dominion. According to the latest plans the all-American team will be se lected from the riflemen now in attend t nee at this meeting, after a Anal com pel itlon for places, to be held Septem ber 8. The team wiil practive the follow ing day. It will start for Ottawa In A special car September lu. Must Furnish Code Copies. New York. August 31.—The Commercial Cable company has sent out the follow ing notice: The Portugurse government announces that telegrams in secret lan guage for Coanda and Benguela ere ac cepted subject to the conditions that copies of the codes used be deposited with the uuthcrltleB at those places." Cholera is Increasing. Manila, August 31.—The cholera Is in creasing. Cast Saturday 340 cases were reported in the provinces. The total num ber of cases reported up to date are J7 689 cases and 19.640 deaths from the dis ease. W. V. Tutt Dead. CIvingston, August 31.—(Special.)—W. V. Tutt died here today. He was a member of the firm of McMillan A Tutt, and was engaged in the livery business. He leaves a wife apd three little chll I dren, one only a month old. j HIT PELEE Severe Eruption is Reported to Have Occurred August 21 PEOPLE ARE PANIC STRICKEN Cloud of Fine Dust is Settling Over Guadilope and Semi-Darkness is Over the Sea—Ships Almost Invisible. New Ycrk, August SI.—A sever© erup tion of Mont Pelee was reported to have occurred at noon August 21. This report was brought, to Castries, Island of St Lucia, by officers of the French steam ship Dahome. This eruption was fol lowed by total darkness five miles away from the volcano. A dispatch received from St. Thomas, D. W. I., August 26 said that between 10 o’clock in the morning and 3 o’clock in the afternoon of August 25 clouds of dust were seen in the direction of Mont Pelee from the Island of Dominca. De tonations were heard, and there were light showers of volcanic dust on the island. I The following was received from Do mlr.ca Tuesday, August 26. “Since 2 p. m. today (Tuesday) pro longed rumbling noises in quick succes sion have been heard from the south ward. There is every indication that Mont Pelee is *n violent eruption.” A dispatch from Paris, dated August 28, said the latest dispatches received at the ministry of the colonies from Port de France, Island of Martinique, were dated Monday, August 25. They made no mention of the reported eruptions of Mont Pelee. The Paris dispatch eaid also that the cables to Martinique, both north and south, continued to be interrupted. Efforts to communicate by cable direct with the island of Martinique have prov ed unsuccessful. Telegraphic commun ication with that island from New York is still interrupted. People Are Panic Stricken. Point A Pitre, Guadeloupe, August 31.— This entire port*lt&s been covered with a cloud of flne dust since 5 o’clock this morning and the populace is panic stricken. Fine ashes are falling contin ually In a slight drizzle. Semi-darkness is over the sea and the ship in the harbor seem to be enveloped in a cloud of smoke. Advices from Basse Terre, Guadeloupe assert that since day break today the en tire island has been covered with a cloud of dust coming from the southeast, the direction of the Island of Martinique. The population of Basse Terre is greatly I alarmed. Dust Still Falling. Roseau Domonica, August 31.—The thick mist which enveloped Roseau yes terday was taken as it approached for a rainstorm. Th* dust 1b still tailing, al though lightly, out during the night cf the 30th the quantity of the dust v. hlch f^ll here will be greater than that upon any previous occasion since the iirst eruption of Mont Pelee. At night fall of the 30th a dark cone shaped cloud, emitting electric flashes, rose in the but it gr&ually was obscured by the mist caused by the falling ashes. Rumb ling noises and a few detonations were heard during the night of the 30th. The people here are quiet. No news has yet reached here from Martinique. ROOSEVELT WILL STOP. Secretary Cortelyou So Notifies the People of Knoxville. Knoxville, August 31.—Congressman Henry R. Gibson received a message from George B. Cortelyou. secretary to the President, today, stating that President Roosevelt would stop in Knoxville for two hours on the evening of September 8. His special train will arrive from Chat tanooga at B o'clock and will remain here until 7 o'clock. Secretary Cortelyou states that there will probably be twenty-five lit the party, and suggests that the pro gramme when arranged Include & drive to points of interest around—the city. Cham ber of commerce committees will meet tomorrow to arrange a programme tor the President's reception. This will l.« the only stop which the party will make In Tennessee In addition to nis visit to Chattanooga. Causes Great Enthuslr. trn Panama. August 31.—The d o* government reinforcements In i . irran qullla has caused great colhualaspi among the conservatives here. Judging from the news received the Agua Duloa district. General Bertl is believed to be holding his ground against the Insur gents. A few days ago It was reported that the Insurgent general Herrera had abandoned the slag" of Agua Dulce after an unsuccessful attack, and was retreat ing toward Santiago. This report, how ever, has not been confirmed. The troops which have reached here will be dis patched Immediately to Agua Dulce, and It Is believed that General Herrera wilt not be able to resist the attack of the army the government will send against him. Farmers Fight Pararle Fire. Guthrie, O. T., August 31.—A prairie Art in the vicinity of Marlow, near the Okla homa boundary, raged twelve hours to day. Farmers and stockmen, more than a hundred strong, fought the flames, which when night came were Anally stopped by counter fires. One hundred and fifty tons of hay and several fields of growing com were consumed. A strong r.orth wind gave the tire great headway. It originated from a cigarette stub. Stock Is Suffering. Bums, Ore., August 31.—There never haa been a time In the history of Har ney cotnty when stock haa suffered so much for feed and water as during tlia present summer. The hot weather during the/last six mouths has dried the grass in It he hills ar.d the springs and small creeks have been fenced up. In several peaces cattle are dying for want of foot gad water.