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VOL. 29 BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1902 NO. 70 TOM L. JOHNSON WINS A DECISIVE VICTORY His Forces Win Oct on Nearly All Proposilioos io Early Meetings PLATFORM AS AGREED ON ENDORSES BRYAN Mayor of Columbus Seems to Have Everything Going His Way and It Is Believed the Presi dential Boom Is On. Sandusky, Ohio, September 2,-Mayor Tom L. Johnson o' Cleveland wor. a de cisive victory today in the preliminary meetings of the democratic state con vention which meets hero tomorrow. Ever since he was selected as chairman of the convention by the state central committee it has been the general opin ion that ihls occasion would be made the Initial public opening of his candidacy for the next democratic nomination for President of the United States. In that respect his success has been phenomenal. Committees of the convention, the com mittee or. credentials, permanent organ isation and rules and order of business are almost unanimously with him for an> thing he wants. One of them gave him the double honor of at once agree ing on a report to make permanent the temporary organisation of the conven tion. The Johnson men were opposed only In the selection of the committee on res olutions end members of the new state central committee, and in some districts these contests were closer and more bitter then expected. The Johnson men secured fourteen of the twerty-one state com mitteemen, with three contested nomin ations pending, and a greater proportion of the committee on resolutions. Made No Concessions. The Johnson men during the day made no concessions and in some cases "gave no quarter” to their opponents. This caused the minorities of the two com mittees named at first to fight, but the fighting was soon over. When the roll of the committee on resolutions was called the members from th$ 4 first, thlr<j and. eleventh districts opp6sed the Indorse ment of Bryan and the Kansas City platform and other Johnson planks, but the Johnson platform finally carried without changes and will be so reported to the convention tomorrow and adopted without a minority report or other ob structions, as had been threatened earlier in the evening. It has been customary al ways first to appoint a sub-committee of three or five to draft a platrorm and re port the same to the full committee, but that was found not necessary tonight, as Mayor Johnson handed the full commit tee his "draft” and that committee soon completed its work. The tactics of the Johnson men In giv ing no quarter was shown most clearly In the organization tonight of the new Btate central committee. Contests were made on three members, but all appeals for conciliation in the interests of har mony failed and the new committee spent the night in hearing these con tests, both sides fighting with unusual persistence and bitterness. Platform Agreed On. The platform ns It came from Mayor Johnson was agreed on tonight by the resolutions committee. It will not be given out for publication until It Is Bdopted by the convention. . The resolutions are fully In accord with the views of Mayor Johnson on both na tional and state Issues. They favor a new municipal code for Ohio cities, with home rule as the cardinal principle anl the federal plan as secondary. In nationals affairs the last national platform and standard bearer are strong ly endorsed and what Is considered as ft special thrust at John R. McLean Is Incorporated In a resolution for the elec tion of United states senators by direct vote of the people and until a constitu tional amendment for the election of senators can be secured, it shall be the policy oP the democratic party In Ohio to endorse at state conventions the can didates of the party to be voted for at the next legislative election of a sen ator. It Is claimed that there will be a minor ity report on resolutions signed by about one-third of the twenty-one members of that committee unless Johnson's men make concessions. Meantime there Is a dispute' as to the factional complexion of the state central committee, while some of those called "Insurgents” succeeded In getting on to these committees. Disorderly Meeting. The most notable meetings were those of the first and second districts which Include Cincinnati, and which were the most disorderly known in the state for years. This was partly ascribed to the fact that there were no Beats In the halls where these delegations met and the del egates could more easily surround the chairman and secretaries In the disputes over the counts kept by the secretaries. The roll was caleld on everything In these districts and the delegates all kept tallies. The resut in both districts was very light, hut what is known as the Lewis G. Bern ard faction representing McLean, won out over the followers of the Rev. Her bert 8. Bigelow, representing Johnson. When the first and second districts met Jointly, Daniel J. Dalton, the Bernard candidate, was elected as chairman of the Hamilton county delegation over Frank M. Gorman, the Bigelow candi date, by 39 to 87, there being eight ab sentees. In the First district which had 39 dele gates the Bernard candidates were elected over the Btgelow candidates by IS to 17 with the exception of state com mitteeman. for which place Lewis G. Bernard had 18 and Prescott Smith 18 votes. Hon. Charles W. Baker, a Bernard delegate, who Is a candidate for gover nor next year was not present. The an nouncement of the result was followed bv most disorderly demonstrations. The vote was at first announced as 18 for Bernard and IT for Smith. Th .- count was disputed at once by the Bigelow men who moved upon Chairman Isaac Jor dan with a vengeance, claiming that the vote was 18 for 8mith and 17 for Ber nard. When order was temporarily re stored and Bernard was again officially declared elected, some of the Bigelow ROOSEVELT RETURNS TO ANSWER CRITICISMS Instead of Meeting Cold Reception When the Subject of Ac" quisition of Territory Was Mentioned Demonstrations of Approval Greeted the President’s Remarks DALTON, Mass., September 2.—Pres ident Roosevelt today took notice of his return visit to Massachu setts b\gAeliverlng at Fitchiburg another speech 9K the trust question in order that he might fully answer his critics and to more clearly define his attitude on that subject. He also launched into a defence of the army in the Philippines during his speech at Springfield. The impression had gone forth that any views he might express regarding the acquisition of ter ritory by the United States would be sure to be coldly received, but the demonstra tions of approval which greeted his ut terances dispelled this idea. Fitchburg’s reception was notable by the size of the crowd and enthusiasm which the people displayed. A canopy of bunting had been erected in the street and from the center was suspended a huge bell. As the President’s carriage passed under it an unseen hand loosened the covering of the bell and an avalanche of roses fell over him. There was an other Interesting feature. In the midst of the silence which reigned while the President was giving his views on the trust question “vive la presidente” rang out a sharp voice and a Cuban patriarch wrho gave expression to this sentence was loudly applauded. While discussing the Philippine question at Springfield he said: “Ladies and gentlemen: The men who went to Cuba were your kindred and neighbors. The men who served In the Philippines In the uniform of the Ameri can army have been again your kindred and neighbors. Last night I spent at Northfleld. Two centuries and over ago Northfleld was the frontier and we have Massachusetts now becauso we were not afraid to expand then and we are not afraid to expand now. (Loud applause). "Our destiny unexpectedly took us to the Philippines. I don’t suppose any of us. you and I, my comrades who went to Cuba, thought much of the Philippines and did not know much about them. I did not. When we got there we found that we had a Job to do and we did It. (A voice, ’that's right, an did It well'.) Yes. We have no apologies to make for It. "Our soldiers In the Philippines have been attacked because occasional!' one of them did something wrong. Wherever It has been possible to find them out the offenders have been punished. But on the whole the men who for three years In those Islands have followed the flag had added a new page to the honor roll of the nation. In the steaming heat of the tropical jungles, starving, footsore, so weak that they dropped to sleep In the mud whenever they happened to fall down; at every step fearing ambush from a foe who was felt before he was seen and among a population that greeted with friendliness the oncoming troops and seized the stragglers and put them to death by treachery, those men had In deed a heavy burden to bear and I think that the men who sat at home could have afforded to be more lenient In bear ing Judgment against them.” men left the hall, but they soon re turned and took part In the rest of the selection. The Rev. H. S. Bigelow was in personal charge of his forces and Ber nard of his. Would Watch the Counting. As there was not seats each side could easily get around its leader on one side of the hall and then charge to the lit tle rostrum when it came to counting votes or seeking recognition of the chairman. As all were standing the dele gates sought to attract the attention of the presiding officer by yelling. There was much confusion from pushing and other demonstrations. The vote was finally verified as 18 for Bernard and 16 for Smith. it appeared that Delegate Koehl, who was elected as a Bigelow delegate had been recorded for Smith when he said he did not Vote for either on account of Yr u'tfY'n*F+'1 p f°r Bernard. Al though most of the delegates considered the Koehl and Baker votes as practical ly paired, the Bigelow men Insisted that they would contest the election of Ber nard to the last. In the second district the Bernard tick et went through by 19 to 18, with the ex ception of state committeeman, for which place John G. Roth was elected over Michael Delvaney by 19 to 18. Thera were animated contests In other districts, notably in the third, where Frank S. Breene of Dayton was not given a second term as state committeeman, and was defeated by William F. Mason of Hamilton. Lively scenes also attended the contest In this district. In the tenth district fhe first chairman was ejected from his posi tion and another chairman elected ana installed amid much excitement. In the twelfth district C. C. Philbrick, director of public safety at Columbus, was defeated by Fred J. Herr for state ccmmitteeman. The contest was Utterly fought. Previous to the meeting of these delegates Mayor Tom L. Johnson visited them and addressed them, making the strongest possible plea for the election of Philbrick. The most harmonious meetings of the evening were those of the twenty and twenty-first districts, which include Cuy ahoga county, the home of Mayor John son. of Cleveland. The delegates of these districts complet ed their work in a few moments without dissenting, while other district meeting* continued in session, over an hour and dis senters were louu.y in evidence. FIGHT ON THE PLATFORM. That Will Be the Main Question Be fore the Iowa Convention. Des Moines, September 2.—The one contest In the democratic state conven tion to be held tomorrow will be over the platform. The opponents of the re affirmation of the Kansas City platform are here in force. Today the silver men, under the leadership of C. A. Walsh, sec retary of the national democratic com mittee, who have heretofore stood stead fastly for a re-affirmation of the Kansas City platform, proposed a compromisa and had printed and circulated among the delegates the following proposed plank “The democracy of Iowa, in convention assembled, endorses and reaffirms the principles of the last national platform with, the further declaration that in tervening events have so changed condi tions that the silver question ts not now an Issue.” LOAN COMPANY IN TROUBLE. Bill Filed Against Equitable Company In Atlanta—Injunction Follows. Atlanta, September 2.—As the result of a bill filed In the office of clerk of Fulton county superior court today, an order has been Issued by that court against the Equitable Loan and Security com pany, an investment company doing a large business throughout the south, en joining the further payment of dues by certificate holders and restraining the company from enforcing any fines or for feitures pending the litigation and until further order of the court. The hill alleges that the liabilities of the company to Its certificate holders amoivit to about $700,000, and that the assets of the company as shown by their sworn tax returns amount to less than $150,000. The bill also charges that the company can not carry out Its conti acts with Its busi ness In such shape. Lipton Will Issue Challenge. Belfast, September 2.—Mr. Carmichael, private secretary to Sir Thomas Lipton, is authority for the statement that Sir Thomas will Immediately issue a chal lenge for the Americas cup. The chal lenge will be made through the royal Ulster yacht club.. NEW YORKERS WIN SEA GIRT PRIZE BEAT LAST YEAR’S RECORD FOR THE HILTON TROPHY 39 POINTS. NEW JERSEY MEN COME SEC OND. Rifle Range, Seagrit, N. J„ September 2.—The record in the Hilton trophy match, a total of 1098 out of a possible 1260 established a year ago by the Dis trict of Columbia, was surpassed 39 points today, the New York state team rolling up a total of 1137. New Jersey finished in second place with 1124 and the District of Columbia was third with 1100. When it became known that New York had cap tured the famous and much coveted trophy, a mighty cheer was given. The New Yorkers were photographed in a group before proceeding to their tents. Both Hal H. Lelsar, of Pennsylvania and Dr. Hudson of New Jersey broke the record for individual score. Each at tained 101 out of a possible 106. Lelsar is entitled to the highest honor, he having the l>est score at the longest ranges. General Heywood, commanding the United States marine corps was promin ent among the onlookers while the march was in progress. The Hilton trophy was won by New York in the years 1878. 1879, 1881 and 1891, its highest total until today being 1086 points. Ev ery man shooting in the match fires seven shots each at 200, 600 and 600 yards. The trophy Is held for one year by the state winning it, while a medal is pre sented to the team and members. ITINERARY FOR THE SOUTH. President Will Arrive In Chattanooga on the Morning of September 7. Worcester, Mass.. September 2.—The following Itinerary of President Roose velt on the trip to Tennessee and North Carolina was given out today: The President will leave Oyster Bay on the morning of September 5 for Wash ington, from which point his special train will leave over the Baltimore and Ohio railroad at 7:30 p. m. for Wheel ing, W. Vo., which will be reached on the mcrnlng of the 8th. A two-hours' stop will be made. The President will arrlvo at Chattanooga at 8:30 on the morning of the 7th, and will spend the day looking over the battlefield of Chlckamauga. On Monday, Ihe 9th, he will address the con vention of locomotive firemen at Chat tanooga, leaving at 1 p. m. for Knox ville, which point will be reached at 5 p. m.. where two hours will be spent, and at 7 p. m. he will leave for Asheville, N. C„ arriving there at 8 o'clock on tho morning of the 8th. MORE LIKE REAL WAR. Gun Explodes Prematurely and Blows Private to Pieces. Fort Wright, Fishers Island, N. Y., September 2.—While the guns of the fort were firing on the fleet today, Edward Roy was Instantly killed by the prema ture discharge of a 12-lnch gun, Harry A. Davis was fatally Injured and Samuel Clevenger was severely wound ed. Several others suffered slight In juries. All the men were privates of the Sec ond company, coast artillery of the regu lar army. Roy was number two man at the gun, and was handling the powder. He had put a thirty-pound charge Into the gun and had Just pushed the breech block Into place without locking it, when the explosion occurred. It Is supposed a piece of burning rag had been left In the gun. Roy was literally blown to pieces. Davis was hit In the chest by a piece of flying bone and sus tained fatal Injuries. Letter Carriers in Session. Denver, Col., September 2.—The thir teenth annual convention of the national association of letter carriers held Its first session today. Consideration of the "Chi cago contest” case occupied practically the entire session and was taken up again tonight without being concluded. President Duffy of the Chicago branch of the organfsatton Is charged with conniv ing at fraud In the selection of delegates. This he denies. HIGGINSON'S SQUADRON KEEPS ARMY GUESSING Defending Forces on Eastern Coast Kept Continually on Alert MANY BELIEVE SHIPS WILL ATTACK NEWPORT Big Vessel Can Be Seen Plainly From Fort Wright and Searchlights Are Continually Kept. Upon Them. New London, Conn., September 2.—The defending forces In the New London dis trict are tonight on the alert and await ing an attack by the navy. At midnight no decisive move had been made by the fleet under Admiral Hlgginson. At that hour General MacArthur left his head quarters and boarded his yacht Kana waha for the night, leaving Major Har rison In charge. The impression prevails here that New port Is the point which will be next at tacked, although the presence of three vessels, supposed to be battleships, at Gardiner's bay causes considerable un easiness. They car. be plainly seen from Fort Wright and the searchlights arc kept on them continually. The defending force Is all at sea In regard to the next move to be made by Admiral Hlgginson, and every possible precaution has been taken to guard agalrst a surprise. Early In the evening it was feared that an at tack would be made on headquarters. This Is hard'y to be expected, however, for the weather conditions are against the navy and it Is btlieved to be Impos sible for them to reach a point of safety at which they could land enough men to overpower the defenders without being observed. Mr. Sanger on Visit. New Bedford, Mass., September 2.—The event today at Fort Rodman was the visit of Assistant Secretary of War San ger who came over from Newport by train and trolleys accompanied by Col onel Dyer, of the Twelfth New York regiment and Lieut. Cornelius Vander bilt of the same regiment. During the day claim was made at Fort Adams that tv i of the large ves sels sighted this morning were destroy ed technically by the Mortar battery fire. This evening the observers at Prices Neck saw a government vessel head into Narragansett bay and at once gave the ranges to Fort Adams and sixteen shots were fired. The government boat brave ly sailed through an Imaginary storm of bombs and bullets and finally anchored under the shore of the forts. Fort Adams claims that It destroyed the vessel be fore It passed Brentons Reef light ship and it claims a victory In this respect under supposition th>* the craft was the naval tug Triden. The craft to be the revenue cutter Dexter which Is not tak- | ing part In the conflict. Army Men Claim Victory. New London, Conn., September 2.—The second attack on the island took place at 5 o'clock this morning and as far as they went the maneuvers were practically a repetition of last night’s engagement, though of course there were different tac tical movements. The army men claim a second vlctorv. The sMpr’ °ft pass through Plum gut but were ob structed by mints, th.ce i.* iiu t,._» being put out of action. After the en gagement, which lasted over an hour, the ships proceeded towards Block island. At noon General MncArthur, commanding the army of the defense, made his report to the adjutant general: “New London, Conn., Sept. 2, 1902. “Adjutant Geper*||, War Department, Washington: “At 9 o’clock last night information was sent the district commanders by these headquarters that the enemy's fleet would divide in squadron, attacking the west end line and attempt to force en trance, the other squadron attacking Newport. At 10:15 p. m. the enemy’s fleet was sighted simultaneously by Forts Wright, Mlchie, Terry and Gardiners Point. Concentrated and well-sustained fire was maintained on the ships by Mlchie and Terry for forty minutes, with result as reported by five commanders that the Brooklyn and Indiana were de stroyed. About 4 a. m. the enemy at tempted to pass through the mine fields in Plum gut. Major Murray, in charge of the mines, reports the destruction of the Alabama and Puritan by Judgment fir ing and Massachusetts by contact firing. Passage of ships through this mine field apparently not preceded by explorer or any attempt made to remove mines. Therefore reports accepted as conclusive. Soon thereafter the enemy retired. At midnight three ships of the enemy were sighted off Brenton’s reef. The mortar batteries at Fort Adams immediately opened and the ships retired. About 4 a. m. two small ships of the enemy attempt ed to open Sugar reef passage by removal of obstructions, during which they were under fire of the guns of Fort Mansfield and soon thereafter retired. (Signed) “MacARTHUR.’* FOUND DEAD IN CHURCH. Montgomery Woman Supposed to Have Gone In Out of the Rain. Montgomery, September 2.—The body of Mrs. Mollie Talley, a prominent resident of this city, was found this afternoon lying in the aisle of the First Christian church. A short time before she had been Been sitting on the steps of the church. It is thought she entered to escape the rain, which soon began falling. Heart disease is supposed to have caused her death. For thirty years Mrs. Talley had been Bn ardent member of the congregation in whose edifice she expired. ... ••• — — Monthly Circulation Statement. Washington, September 2.—The monthly circulation statement Issued by the comptroller of the currency Bhows that at the close of the business August 30, 1902, the total circulation of national bank notes was $361,282, 691, an increase for the year of $3, 863,536, and an increase for the month of $2,298,507. The amount of United States registered bonds on deposit to secure circulating notes was $322,941-, 580 and to secure public deposits, $12WK.3M. PLATT DENIES REPORTED ROOSEVELT INTERVIEW After Waiting Two Months the Wiley New York Senator Says He Didn’t Say That the Empire State Republicans Will Endorse President for Nomination. BY WATTERS ON STEALEY. WASHINGTON, September 2.—(Spe cial.)—After waiting two months Senator Platt, the republican boss of New York, haB seen fit to deny a wide-spread Interview to the effect that the New York republican convention, which will shortly meet, will Indorse President Roosevelt for renomination. Platt's first interview caused quite a surprise in political circles and was gen erally discredited, principally on the ground that good politics Torbids an nouncement of any given candidate two years in advance of a nomination. Now comes the second interview that New York will straddle the question and wait for further developments. Consider able comment has been caused by the fact that Platt’s second Interview, which is construed as anti-Roosevelt, comes at a time when the President is making | anti-trust speeches, and the inference is therefore drawn that the trusts are pre paring to return tit for tat and proceed against Mr. Roosevelt. Naturally the financial interests would prefer for the nomination some one more conservative than Mr. Roosevelt is known to be. The trusts, however, realize that the President's methods of proceeding against them by means of constitutional amendments are impossible methods and that a republican congress, more particu larly the senate, can be depended upon to block hostile legislation. Before Mr. Roosevelt can array the trusts against him it is the opinion here that he will have to give utterance to more drastic remedies than he has yet announced. The trust managers are said to feel pretty well satisfied over the outlook, and Roosevelt or no Roosevelt, they will he found vigorously supporting the re publican ticket In 1904. as well as this I year, regardless of the mean things the | republican orators are saying about them. MESSENGER FIRED ON TRAIN ROBBERS NEW ARCHBISHOP OF PHILPPINES RECEIVES TELEGRAMS OF CON GRATULATION FROM ARCH BISHOP IRELAND. Rome. September 2.—J. A. Ferrlera de Costa, the Brazilian minister to the Holy See, who will act as Monslgnor Guldl's sponsor at the latter's forthcoming Episcopal consecration as titular arch bishop of Stavropoll, has sent the new apostolic delegate a magnificent present of a traveling case containing sacred vessels of gold set with precious stones, which formerly belonged to Pius IX, who used them both as bishop and pope. Monslgnor Guldl will use them for the first time at Manila. Several cardinals have sent their con gratulations to the Right Reverned John M. Farley, the auxiliary bishop of New York on the decision of the pro paganda yesterday to recommend the pope to appoint him Archbishop of New York In succession of the late Arch bishop Corrigan. There Is some possibility that there will be no consitory this year and that it may be postponed until after the pontifical jubilee in March. A great demonstration Is being organized for St. Peter’s cathe dral on the occasion of the jubilee; Church circles do not consider it de sirable at present to change the papal nuncios to Spain and France, In con sequence of the religious situation in those countries. The pope Is In excellent health. He spends several hours daily in the Vatican gardens. He invariably passes a portion of his time in prayer before the replica of the Lourdes Grotto, which he had constructed In the gardens. Monslgnor Guldl has received many congratulations from America and is highly gratified by the receipt of cordial telegrams from Archbishop Ireland of St. Paul. Minn., and Bishop O'Gorman of Sioux Falls. S. D. The apostolic delegate to the Philip pines has written to Governor Taft an nouncing his appointment and express ing an earnest desire to reach a solu tion of the friars question satisfactory to both parties concerned. GOOD ROADS CONVENTION. National Association Meets In St. Paul—Several Speeches. St. Paul, Minn., September z.—The na tional good ror.ds convention opened to day at the state fair grounds. The meeting was presided over hy Col. H. W. Richardson, government roade commissioner, and among the speakers were Martin Dodge and W. P. Moore, president of the National Good Roads association. Mr. Moore outlired the scope and alms of the national association and told of the gratifying progress the movement was making all over tho United States. , He emphasized the necessity for interest ing farmers In the case by showing them how much good roads meant to them. The election of officers for the conven tion resulted In the choice of tho follow ing: President. Martin Dodge, director of government bureau of public road In quiry. Vice president. R. W. Richardson, com mie sloner central division Secretary. William Rhnag: assistant secretary, Benjamin F. Beardsley. APPOINTMENT DELAYED. No Sheriff for Hale County Will Be Named for Several Days. Montgomery, September 2.—(Special.)— The statement Is made at the governor's office that the appointment of a sheriff In Hale county will not be made for sev eral days yet, possibly not Ihls week. There are four applicants, Knight, Sledge. Wedgeworth and Duggan. Mr. Sledge Is here In person today, but has not called at the governor’s office. Will Protect Emperor. Perlln, September 2—The papers here describe the cstraordlnary precautions which are being taken for the safety of the Emperor at Posen. The regular police there have been reinforced by hundreds from Berlin and Breslau, besides a largo number of detectives. Several days ago all the heating anei ventilating pipes In the provincial museum, where the state banquet Is to occur, we're thoroughly In spected, and a dally Inspection follows slr.ee then, although all parts of the building are heavily guarded night an t day by a military detail. Governor Can Yet Save Him. Montgomery, August 2.—(Special.)—The fact that the pardoning board has turned down the application of Taylor Charles ton, the condemned Birmingham negro, for a commutation, does not deprive the governor of the power to Intervene with another respite. After the board has acted the governor hue then full power over the case. CRITICS SURPRISE NAYY DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS SEE NO REASON WHY ADMIRAL HIGGINSON SHOULD NOT HAVE INVITED PARTY ON THE KEARSARGE. Washington, September 2.—The officials of the navy department are surprised at the amount of criticism which has been aroused by the visit of Duchess of Marl borough. Assistant Secretary of War San ger and a party to Rear Admiral Hlg glnson aboard his flagship, the Kear sarge. It is not the understanding among the officials here that Admiral Higgin son invited the party to come aboard, al though they see no reason why he should not have extended an invitation, as the visit was made during the "period of preparation" and not during the time when the attacking movement of the fleet had begun. Moreover they point to the precedents, cases where hospitalities and courtesies were extended to persons outside the service during actual war. When the Oregon was at uuantanamo, a large party of red cross nurses, among them Miss Chandler, a daughter of Wil liam Astor Chandler, was taken aboard and entertained, and given a respite from the cramped quarters and the monotony of a hospital ship. There has not been and It Is not apt to be any lnqury from the navy department of Admiral Hig glnson concerning the matter. MONSIGNORGUIDI IS HIGHLY PLEASED AMERICAN BANDITS MADE DAR ING ATTEMPT TO HOLD UP EX PRESS TRAIN IN MEXICO—THEY WERE FORCED TO RETREAT. Tucson, Arts., September 2.—Reports reached here of a daring attempt by three American bandits to hold up the Inter national express on the Sonora railroad, three miles from Hermostlla, Mexico, on Sunday. The explosion of a torpedo on the track caused the engineer to stop. Three Americans stepped out of the shel ter of a grove of trees and covered tho engine crew. Two of the robbers then went to the express car and demanded admittance. The messenger replied with a volley of shots through the doors, tho bandits returning his Are. Several passengers armed themselves and were going to the aid of the plucky messenger, when the highwaymen be came frightened and gave up their at tempt, disappearing into tho orange groves, where it was supposed they had hotses in waiting. As soon as the train reached Hermoesllla the alarm was given and a posse and a troop of rurales start ed In pursuit of the bandits. No confirmation cf the reported hold up lia3 been giver, out by the railroad officials here. ROSE LEADS THE RACE. Mayor of Wilwaukee Looks Like the Nominee for Governor. Milwaukee. WIs., September 2.—David S. Rose, mayor of Milwaukee, tonight seems to have a big lead In the contest In the gubernatorial nomination In the democratic state convention which meets tomorrow. However, Rose's opponents hope to form a combination to defeat him. George W. Peck, former governor, seems to be the man upon whom the op position will unite If a break Is made. John Wattawa of Keuwanoe has the field to himself In the contest for the nomination for the Lieutenant governor arid Louis Lange of Fond du Lac for secretary of state. Proposition Accepted. Pittsburg. September 2.—The final vote on the glass chimney wage conference proposition was received at the head quarters of the American Flint Workers’ union today. The proposition has been accepted and President C. F. White has sent out the result to all local unions. A number of factories will be put In full operation tomorrow and before the close of the week It Is expected all of the plants will be working. Alabama Appointments. Montgomery, September 2.—(Special.)— The governor today appointed T. J. Bat son notary public and Justice of the peace at Dolomite, beat seven, Jefferson county. H. F. Henderson Is appointed Justice of the peace In beat eight at Kymulga, Talladega county. Much Rain In Texas. Houston, Tex., September 2.—The rain reports cover the entire cotton belt of Texas and much good has been done to the cotton crop of the state, TROOPS AT WAR WITRSTRIKERS Several Miners Injured in Skir mish in flat Tap Fields THEIR FRIENDS ENRAGED Governor White Receives Letter From Union Men Asking That the Troop® Be Kept at Thurmond, as They Are Friendly to Miner®. Bramwell, W. Va., September 2.—The situation in the Flat Top coal field Is extremely critical and the skirmish be tween the strikers and the guards at the Pocahontas Collieries company’s mines this morning, after the firing of the mine by the strikers, has greatly en raged the miners from the fact that a number of their side were severely In jured. Adjutant General Baker who has been In this section for a few days look ing over the territory, left last night at midnight for other fields, informing the operators before he left, however, that he thought the presence of the military unnecessary at that time. The outbreak of this morning, however, will probably cause a change in his mind and It Is thought here that before tomor row noon troops will either be in the Flat Top region or enroute. Tonight the Pocahontas Collieries company has the fire In their mine practically extinguish ed but the company has doubled its force of guards as another attack is feared any hour. Many shots have been fired from ambush in the direction of non-union miners going to and from work In the Flat Top field. Miners Welcome Troops. Charleston, W. Va„ September 2.—Gov ernor White tonight received the follow ing: "Troops are now located at Thurmond to preserve order. They were sent at the Instance of our sheriff and while It appears that the call for troops was un necessary and utter folly, yet we, as miners, are glad to have them. They are principally union men and In sympathy with our cause and look upon the men working with the Bame contempt as we do. Heretofore the guards around the mines have been committing all sorts of outrages on our people. Since the troops liave'come this has stopped and wo will not suffer while they are here. We, therefore, ask that you do not withdraw them until the strike ends." The resolutions bears the names ot the officers and the seal of the miners organization. It Is supplemented by the following: "At a meeting of the local union, United Mine Workers, 300 members petition you to send troops to Winona on Keeney's creek to preserve order until the strike Is settled.” Judge Keller Adjourns Court. Charleston. W. Va., September 2.— Judge Keller today opened his court, heard the preliminary motions In the contempt case against the strikers ar rested at Rend and adjourned the hear ing of the main issue to first day of the regular term here. December 8. The de fendants are charged with violating the Injunction Issued by Judge Keller at the suit of the Chesapeake and Ohio Agency company and a question has been raised in that It was not decided In one former ly tried here. It Is that the coal com panies on New river were named as parties defendant for the purpose of giv ing the court Jurisdiction that the In terested coal companies lies on the over side: that a court of equity will put them on the plaintiffs side where their Interest lies and that then the Jurisdic tion of the court will be destroyed and the case will have to be dismissed. PUBLIC DEBT STATEMENT. The Debt, Less Cash In Treasury On August 30, Was $968,091,321. Washington. September 2 —The monthly statement of the public debt lasued today show that at the close of business Au gust 30. 1902, the debt, less cash In th« treasury, amounted to 3908,091,321. a de crease for the month of 35,818.610. This decrease Is principally accounted for by a corresponding lncrerase In the cash on hand. The debt Is recapitulated as follows: Interest bearing debts. 3931,077,310. Debt on which Interest has ceased since maturity, 31.257,190. Debt bearing no Interest. 3395,234,991. Total. 31.327,582,821. This amount, however, does not Include certificates and treasury notes outstand ing. amounting to 3845.876,089 which are offset by an equal amount of cash on hand held for their redemption. The cash in the treasury as classified, follows: Gold reserve fund, 3150.000,000. Trust fund 3845.870.089; general fund, 3168,785.421; In national bank depositories, 3126.382.159; total. 31.290.043.680. against which there arc demand liabilities out standing amounting to 3930.552.179. leaving a cash balance on hand 3359,491.000. SEVERAL PARDONS ISSUED. Men Convicted of Crime Shown Mercy By the Governor. Montgomery, September 2.—(Special.)— The governor today, on recommendation of the pardoning board, pardoned Douglai Phillips of Mobile, a boy of weak mind, under a one-year sentence for grand lar ceny. He also pardoned Amos Higgs of Barbour county. In for gaming, being In bad health; Dan McGuire of Pike, In for manslaughter, the Jury doubting his guilt: Henry Daniel of Tallapoosa, In for lar ceny, which seems to have been a case growing out of a game at cards; Devi Judson of Wilcox, In for removing mort gaged property. He Is old and fceblo and the Judge recommends bis pardon. Judge Stewart of Marlon and B. M. Allen of Birmingham argued before the board today, the application of Green Sanders of Perry for a commutation. He la under sentence of death. The governor this afternoon said ha had concluded to approve the action of the board of pardons and Taylor Charles ton wll be hung at Birmingham on Fri day.