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hotel tU.it. they might draw ou him fur
suoh fundi) as were necessary to provide
them with proper clothing, aud this
evening they are feeliug more comfort
The fire waa first noticed in the lavatory
by J. C. Marshall, of l'niladtli hia
The clerk was quickly informed of the
fact. He called np a number of ser
vants, wbo, thinking they could check
the fire without muih trouble and fear
iog that a panic might be caused by a
■no den alarm, went to work to extin
guish the tiro without rousing the
quests. There was no building iv the
world better provided with m am of
extinguishing fires than was the Hotel
del Monte. A hose was plaoed in every
3orndor, fire extinguishers were in every
railway, and a magnificent system ot
waterworks had been built by tbe com
pany at a cost of nearly half a million
iollnrs, which was capable of thiowing
t stream at a height of one hundred
'eet. Besides this, over twenty thou
laud dollars had been expended
>n water appliances within tho limbi
ng, until, as was believed,
iothing had been left undone to secure
lutii the building and the guests from
oss or accident by fire. In order to su
ture an ample supply of water, Charles
Jrockei three years ago purchased the
ranch which includes the Carmelo river
tnd erected an immense reservoir and
nains at a cost of $400,000. Tue force
if water was so great that if a full head
van turned on it would have torn down
toy ordinary sized bu lding. When the
slerk and his assistants turned on tbe
water they were horrified to find that
ihe force was so weak as to barely give
orth a Bprinkle. They rushed to turn
>n additional streams with a similar re
mit, showing clearly, as was after,
wards mote fully realized, that
he water works had been tim
bered with. The hallways began to
ill with smoke and the employes of the
louse found that the fire was spreading,
.hough they coald not locate it. Soon
t utc.inii! evident that they could not
lontrcl the flames, and an alarm was
jiven by tho servauts rushing through
he halls and calling on the guests to get
ip and fly for their lives, for the house
vat burning down. Soon the hotel be
:ame the sceue of tbe wildtst contusion.
Servants were running down the corri
lors to awaken the guests and found
bat tbe smuko was I), coining denser
md deuser. They were almost frantic
v their appeals to the guests to come
mt. Then men, women and children
lushed from tbe rooms, clad only iv
heir night clothes and such wraps as
hey could sn itch from the,beda. A few
tailed to secure their jewels and
noney, but the black smoke wbich
came rolling along the halls warned them
0 waste no Una iv getting out of the
unhung. Down the broad s airways
ushed the frightened guests, only to be
confronted with a heavy volume of
moke and bursts of flames in the lower
lour. Tliey had to dash through the
moke and fl unos to hud a place of safe
y. Many ladies could not summon up
courage enough to face the ordeal, and
led shrieking to the windows ot tho floor
ibove, where their cries for help almost
Irove their friends frantic In the
neantimu the houk and ladder company
connected with the hotel was at
york, and ladders were run up to
iccond and third stories, down
vhich the servants carried the
vomen and children, wbo were
tiratd to face the smoke and the flame
m the lower floor. The clerk, wbo was
irst notified of the lira, m .de the most
1 reuuous efforts with li s brigade to put
>ut the Bams*, but tbe «at r could not
ie got. Mao. get-Schoeuwald,|wbo only
resumed charge yesterday, teeing thai
he hotel could not be savod, gave orders
chat all hands devote themselves to see
ug that all guests were taken out and to
laving as much of the furniture and
dothiug as possible. Soon the servants
icgau to throw from the windows beds
md bedding and sucb articles as would
lot be smashed by a fall
The fire was discovered fifteen
nitiutes before the alarm was given and
ive minutes later the last guest was out
jf the house. The horror of the night
a a> mudu worse by tbe t.i.oby darkness,
'or after the tire broke out, the gas
nain burst and the hotel wes pluugetl
iv gloom. The frightened guests hnd
aled together on the lawn and beneath
the shelter of the trees. The bowling
illey and saloon, which are about one
hundred yards from the hotel, were giv
en up to tbe use ot ladies and children,
and ull mattresses and betiding that were
laved were placed there for their use.
Most of the luggage of guests was in
an annex that was the last i art of the
building to calch on fire, aud nearly all
that was saved, but most of tbe
luggage in the main [was
lost. Nearly nil things in the safe wore
sau ii, All kinds of bric-a-brac and
valuables Were scattered about ou the
lawn. The male guestd vt orked hard to
save what they coul I, but tho heat soon
became so intense that they were driven
away from the building. There was no
win I blowing, or the bowling ulley and
stables would have caught too. In less
than half an hour the huge building
was enveloped iv flames, aud witbiu
throe hours was totally consumed, the
only vestige now remaining being the
brick chimneys. The total loss,
including losses of guests, will
probably reach $1,500,000. The
only guest who was at all injured
was Captain Scott, a Boston oapit .list,
who burned his hands in a too rapid
deshent on a rope from tho window of
the room he occupied. From the fact
that the water iv the pipes bad been
tampered with, and that immediately
after the first outbreak of the fire the
flames were noticed in another part of
the building, it is firmly believed that it
was tbe work of an incendiary. The
matter will be atriotly investigated. Col.
Fred Crocker confirms the statement
made in the morning of the company's
intention to rebuild the hotel.
A new building to be similar in style
to the one destr. yed, but very muoh
larger and one story higher, will be
built. The architects are already at
work on the plans.aud every eft" irt will
be made to have it finished within six
months. The destruction of the hotd
ia looked upon as a calumiiy to the en
tire State.
Totally Burned in a Mid
night Fire.
Throe Hundred anil Fifty People
Going Wild in their En
deavors to Escape.
Associated Press Dispatches to the Herald.
Montbiiky, Cal , April 2 —The Hotel
Del Monte was discovered to be on lire
shortly before midnight last night.
Everything was dona to save it, bnt
without success. The magnificent hotel
is a total wreck. No lives were lost.
There were nearly 350 guests in the ho
tel, mostly Eastern people. The fire
was discovered quick enough to give all
an opportunity to escape. Most of the
people lost all their trunks and olothing.
Those who were not overcome by fright
save •'. their jewels and money. They all
' .ddled together in the grounds, where
they had to shiver all night, many hav
ing on nothing more than their night
clothes. The heat from the flames kept
them warm for a time, but as the flames
died out many ladies suffered severely
from cold. All who could sought refuge
iv other hotels, and arrangements have
been made by the railroad company to
take the m to San Francisco as early as
possible this morning.
The tire was discovered about 11 p. M.,
under the basement iv the battery room.
The alarm was given at once, aud the
gas cut off at the main tanks. The
building had water pipes all through it,
arranged in such a manner th it in case
of tire the building could be flooded
from top to bottom. No sooner was ths
fire discovered thau the water was
turned on, but all efforts to save th"
building were in vain. The alarm was
given in tbe town as soon as the tire whs
discovered, aud ten minutes afterwards
the Monte ey fire department was on
the premises and had two streams on the
building. The water pressure wae poor
and at times could not throw the stream
higher thau ten feet. The firemen
worked hurd. Several times they were
driven back by the flames und had to
retreat. Tbe Hotel Dei Monte tire de
partment also did good work. Being a
wooden building, it was not half an
hour before tbe main part was com
pletely iv flames. Meanwhile the men
worked hard, ramoving what furniture
they oould. There were about three
bun- red and fifty guests iv the hotel,
and such a scene as was witnessed when
the alarm was given will never be for
People went wild in trying to esoape.
Men and women could be seen rnnning
out from all directions in their niuht
clothes oalling for some one to save them.
They wore taken to ths club house and
provided with blankets. Wagons were
procured and they were'brought into
town where willing hands were ready to
receive them. They are all stopping
around town in hotels and private
hiratsi, and, as far as heard from, no
lives were lo>t. It was reported that an
old gentleman and one of ihe chamber
maids had perished, but later investiga
tion has found it to be untrue. Consid
erable of ths furniture, carpets and
other articles were raved, but every
thing is damaged to a greatextent. They
had no time even to dress themselves,
and thousands of dollars worth of dia
monds and jewelry were consumed.
The hotel belonged to the Southern
Pacific Railroad Company, and was con
sidered the handsomest watering place
hotel in America. It cost $350,000 and
was not insured. It had just passed
into the management of Got). Schoue
wald, late of the Palace Hotel. Three
hours aftf r the alarm was given the en
tire buildii.g had burned to the ground
and all that could bo seen was the brick
chimneys standing erect. To-day the
Hotel Del Moute is a mass of ruins.
Water pipes through the house were
bursted and it wus impossible lo get
a stream of water on any part of
the building, Had it not been for the
-water pipes through the hotel bursting
tha firemen could havo saved a
part of the building us they would
have had a giod presiure from
the hydtant It is estimated that oue
million and a half of dollars will not
cover the loss, as the insurance was very
small. A special iraiu o*me down from
San Francisoo to couvey the guests to
that city. The SHfe has not been open
ed. It contains considerable money.
As to the origin of the tire several ru
mors are afloat. Some claim that the
hotel was set on fire by some one em
ployed in the building, and others claim
it was an accident.
Charles F Crocker, Vice-President of
the Southern Pacitio Company, was
seen early this morning and said the
hotel would be re-built, as it had
proved a very profitable investment.
San Francisco, April 2—lmmediate,
ly ou receipt of the news of the burn
ing of the Hotel Del Monte at Monterey
this morning, the Southern Pacific Com
pnny made prompt arrangements to
bring tho unfortunate guest-i to this city.
The first train load arrived at 11:30 a m.
and numbered about ono huudred a d
fifty. The scene presented in richly
furnished coaches, of ladies with
disheveled hair, frightened looks and
clad scantily, was a peculiar oue. An
other train load arrived an hour later,
bringing the remainder of the
guests who desired to come.
Many interested friends and relatives
were at the depot to witness
their arrival. Some carried bundles
containing the necessary articles of wear
ing apparel with whioh to envelop the
forms of those unfortunates who bad been
compelled to leave the hotel without
ceremony, while others were present to
assure themselves tbat their relatives
and friends had escaped unharmed.
When the train pulled into the statiou
there was a rush for the platforms of lbs
ears, and as the half-clad passengers
stepped off they found themselves in
the arms of anxious watchers. Some
of whom were hysterical in their con
gratulations. For minute!
thero was a general handshaking and
embracing, and ths lired tourists were
then hurried to waiting hacks aud
busses to be taken to hotels. A nurnhe
sought refuge at the Palaoe Hotel, bu
as that building is already crowded to
its utmost caps -ity, uhe unfortunates
found it ImffOssibM in many oases to
arrange for rsosss, and were obligsd to
seek quarters ia other hotels and
boarding plsoss ia ths sity
The mojority of ths ladiss war
-wrapped in blankets, with veils o
sssrfs aboat their heads and slippers oa
their teet. These guests who had lot
all their saeaey by the fire were nonfie
se iay by ths auaeger of the Palat
"Harry Wilkes" Beats His
Dr. James Hodges Sentenced for
Two Years—Goldenson's Sen
tence Postponed.
Associated Press Dispatches to the Herald.
San Francisco, April 2. — Harry
Wilkes, the noted trotter who is to trot
against his record of 2:1 ti to-day, has
become the sole property of the Sine
Brothers, they having purchased the
half interest of Frank Van Ness for
$12,000. Van Ness is, however, to train
aud drive Wilkes during tbe coming sea
son. Harry Wilkes trotted a mile tbis
afternoon at the Bay District track in
2:13J, beating his record by 1| seconds.
An immense crowd witnessed Harry
Wilkes attempt to beat his record of
for a purse of $2000 at the Bay
District track this alternoon. The
track was fast, the weather perfect and
the horse in first rata mettle. All con
ditions were favorable to the horse, but
still the bettiug was in favor of time at
the rate of five lo three aud four to one.
These odds were due to Wilkes ap
pearing bigu in flesh. Van Ness
only gave live minutes warning at
a slow jog before scoring. Ho
passed the wire twice before nodding
for the word, when he went away at a
moderate pace. Wilkes'wonderful strides
deceived everybody, aud tew expected
him to bo successful. RoundiDg the
turn nt the first quarter in 34 :| he
straightened his back and commenced to
move like a piece of machinery. He
made the second quarter iv 33:4, and
tho lower turn iv 34. The crowd com
menced to cheer aud then almost
groaned ns the gallant little bursa
made a slight bobble movement,
so slight tbat only txperts deteoted it
Iv h flash Wilkes was himself again and
moving at a two nine gait. He weak
ened, but Vanness' cheering straighten
ed bim out instantly, and lie completed
the last quarter in tbirty-two and a
quarter, or two, thirteen and a half for
tne mile. As he flashed under the wire
wild cheers went up for several minutes;
the audience was carried away with de
light, even heavy losers in the b .tting
joining in tne general rej icing.
An enthusiastic lady attempted to deco
rate the equine hero with a handsome
floral collar. Harry Wilkes displayed
his fondness for a floral diet by eating
most of this tribute. The official time
is undisputed, as hundreds of watches
were held. This is the fastest mile ever
trotted on the Bay District track, and
the general opinion is that Wilkes could
pull two ceoouds off it if pushed, He
made it very easily and is pronounced
the best horse in America to day.
Tracklaylna- ou the Rlversida
and l.os Augcles R. R.
Special Dispatch to the Hkkald. I
Oranoe, April 2 —Prominent A, T. &
S. F. officials asserted here to-day that
track-laying would be commenced next
Monday on the Riverside and Los An
geles branch of the A.cbisou system
Two hundred cars ot construction mate
rial are awaiting orders. The officials
report that trams will be running into
Orange iv thirty days.
The Sentence of v CrasH.
San Francisco, April 2.—Dr, James
Hodges, who exploded the bomb in the
Grand Opera House during the Patti
ooncert, and who was convicted of us
s ult with a deadly weapon, was tbis
morning sentenced to two years' im
prisonment in Sau Quentin.
Sentence Postponed.
San Francisco, April 2.—The sen
tence of Alexander Goldenson, convict
ed of the murder of the schoolgirl Ma
inio Kelly, was this morning postponed
until uext Saturday in order to give the
defendant's ouuscl time to prepare a
motion for a new trial.
Hugh Fowler UIU Millie Adams
and i lie v Himself.
Harford, Cal., April 2.—About 3
o'clock tbis afternoon two womeu came
running to the Justice of the Peace
here, inquiring for officers. They said
Hugh Fowler had shot Millie Adams.
Constable Camp proceeded at once to
the house where tho deed was said to
have been clone. Upon forcing open the
door of the room where the Adams wo
man was, a sickening sight met hii
gaze. Iv one comer ot tho room
the woman lay sweltering in her own
blood, and by the door in the other cor
ner Fowler lay iv the middle of his own
blood. Fowler was a siugle man of
some means, about forty years of age.
For some time he has been keeping tho
company of Millie Adams. Appear
ances indicate that Fowler shot the
woman and then killed himself. A
pistol witu four chambers empty was
found on the floor by Fowler. The
womin whs shot in the left nostril and
Fowler iv the right ear. Jealousy is
supposed to be the oause.
Arab Wins Hi Three Heats Out
of Four.
San Francisco, April 2.—Only Arab,
Charlie Hilton and J. Q. started in the
2.18 class at Bay District to-day, and
everything was in the former's bands
from the start to the finish, lv the pools
he commanded 50 to 18 for the other
two combined Hilton won the first
heat iv a jog in 2.2 i, Arab, 2 22, and J.
Q. nearly di-tanced through a series of
breaks. Arab win the next three straight
heats and the race in 2 20$, 2.20J and
2.23*. Arab wft * " ot f usntd ,v either
heat, both Charlie Hibou and J. Q. de
stroying whatever chances their speed
gave tbem by breaking badly whenever
they came anywhore near Arab. The
slightest effort on his part was sufficient
to carry them off their fset beiween
beats. Problem aud Alert wers sold at
auction; the form-r was knocked down
to Burnetts, of Chicago, for 13400, and
Alert to Jno. Armstrong, ef Detroit.
Mich., for $;tSOO.
Snlsun Gets a Board of Trade.
Suistrw, Cal., April 2.—The agitation
which has been going on for two weeks
past among our citizens to formulate
a plan to bring befere the publio
the advantages of this section of the
State, culmiuated to-day by the organi
sation of a Board of Trade for Kuntnn
and the surrounding valleys. A consti
tudon and by laws were adopted and thu
following were shoted officers for the
tt.suing ysar: A. F. Hatch, ('resident;
Oeo. A. Oillsspie, Yiee-President; Wat.
Wolf, Secretary, aad R. D. Robbins,
■acbambsvo, April s.—The Governor
te-day appointed W. P. Gardiner, of
Los Angeles, Superior Judge, vies Hea.
A. Branson, resigned.
The Chinese Place a Prize Upon
Hie Royal Head.
San Francisco, April 2 —Captain
McCullougb, who arrived a few daya
ago in command of tie brig William G.
Irwin, from the Sandwich Islands, re
lates a remarkable story of the Chinese
enmity against King Kalakaua. He
states tbat certain Chinese firms paid a
bribe of $70,000 to a native officer hold
ing a high position to secure his influ
ence in obtaining the exclusive right to
sell opium in tbe Hawaiian Kingdom,
and that the Chinese firm in question
failed to secure the prize. They then
demanded the return of tho br be, which
was refused McCullougb further states
that the Chinese have decided not to
submit to what they consider n'i outrage
and, when he left, the walls ot Honolulu
were covered witu handbills in Chinese,
offering a reward of $SCOO for tbe head
!of King Kalakaua. It is said that tbe
guards have been doubled about the
Considering; Itleane to Increase
Auburn, April 2.—The second mon
ster meeting to consider ways and
means lo frnlarge the supply of irrigating
water was held to-day. The reports of
committees were received, and the
committees were continued with en
larged powers. Steps will be taken
to enlarge the supply this season.
These systems are being considered for
tbe continuation of the South Yuba
canal from Gold run; another for tne
California Water Company to pipe over
the American river near Auburn; an
other, via the Giant Gap ditch, headi g
in the American river near Alta. All
are feasible. One or two of these
ditches are expected to be built inside of
two years.
Inclined to Bond the City.
San Luis Obispo, April 2.—A mass
meeting was held at tbeßjard of Trace
rooms to consider the question of bond
ing the city, liesolutions were unan
imously adoptod that all neessary funds
for the needed improvements should be
raised aud that if it whs found necessary
to borrow them the city trustees should
be requested to submit the question to
the people by an election at'an early
Sentenced for Lite.
Napa, April 2.—The jury in the case
of the people vs. Williams, oharged
with the murder of Sidney Clark, after
two hours deliberation, found a verdict
of murder in the first degree, with im
prisonment for life. The trial has oo
oupiod the court for tbe past fourteen
days. On the first trial the jury disa
greed, eleven being for conviction and
one for acquittal.
Wanted to Bemovc Him.
Loxdon, April 2.—The Times pub
lishes a dispatch from Sofia which says
that the attempt made at Rustchuck
yesterday by three Bulgarian refugees to
assassinate the Prefect of Rustchuck was
part of a cowardly intrigus. The Pre
fect, whose name was Marttiff, had been
intrusted with certain reports of a con
spiracy and they, fearing betrayal
decided to remove him.
Three Conspirators Hanged.
Berlin, April 2.—Three persona, who
were concerned in the attempt to assas
sinate the Gzar by means of bombs in
St. Petersburg on March 13th, were
banged Thursday morning. Twenty
more officers in various branches of the
servioe have been arrested in connection
with the attempt made against the Czsr
in the park of the Gatschina palace on
Tuesday last.
An Unclninied Corpse.
St. Thomas, Ont., April 2 —An un
claimed corpse lies at the American
Express Company's office here addressed
to P. D. M Keller. It arrived by ex
rress from Cincinnati yesterday. No
such person as P. D. McKeller is
known in tbis city. The authorities
are beooming suspicious of foul play.
manning Mot Seriously Affected.
London, April 2.—Hon. Daniel Man
ning, who ia now at Bournemouth, is not
seriously ill. He has been staying at
Meridale Hall, Bournemouth, since last
Sunday. He is suffering from heart com
plaint, but his malady is not serious
enough to prevent him from driving out
The Ameer's Fears Groundless.
St. Petersburg, April 2.—The
Journal deSt. Petersbourg says that the
Ameer of Afghanistan has no grounds
for the proclamation of a holy war
against Russia, and cites the resumption
of negotiations at St. Petersburg for the
delineation of the Rnsso Afghanistan
frontier, as n fact showing that the
Ameer's fears are groundless.
Outbreak of Bnlgnrian Troops.
BucHARiST, April 2.—lt is rumored
here that an outbreak has occurred at
Rustchuk and tbat tbe Bulgarian war
minister has been n'tacked and two reg
iments have revolted at Knstendje. The
officers of both have been placed under
arrest, but the men, after a tight with
local troops, fled to the mountains.
Kmnori that Go for Nothing;.
New York, April 2.—The Ma\l and
Express says: "There is a report on
the streets to-day that the transfer of
tha Baltimore and Ohio railroad, with
its attendant express and telegraph busi
ness, has been made, and thot arrange
ments are completed with the French
Telegraph Company. These rumors
had no effect on stocks. Kverythb g
connected with the Baltimore and Ohie
has been discredited for some time, and
little notice is taken of mere reports or
fflrs. Lefan'i Novel.
New York, April 2.—The Mail and
Express says: "It was stated to-day on
what is believed to bo true authority
that there will soon be published a novel
on Wnshingtoh society trom the pen of
Mrs. General Logan. So far as can be
learned, the publishers have not yet
been selected, but the manuscript is
complete and ready for the printer.
Mrs. L"gan is now in Washington, hav
ing reoovered her health, and she is re
ceiving a large income from ths General's
book every month."
Calling la InterstalePssus.
Baltimori, Md., April 3.—President
Garrett has issued a circular requesting
ths return of all intarstate passes on the
Baltimore and Ohio railway. In future
|no interstate passes will be issasd, sx
ieept to officers and employe* of ether
rsiloads en a written request ef an ex
ecutive efßcer ef the road employing
t the applisant and ne pastas will bs is-
I susd en a scats, t of traffic,
The '•Blexleo" Wreefce*.
Ssattlb, YT. T., April 2.— The steam
er Mexico was wreskrd four ssilsa seath
of Plumper* Pass, Vaneouvsr Island,
on Thursday night. All haaas were
HALAKAI A'K I'l 1111..
The Story of a Thief and
For the Insurance—His Detection
and Escape from Punishment
Told Graphically.
Associated Press Dispatches to the Herald.
San Francisco, April 2.—The Cali
fornia Dtmokrat (German) to-day says:
We are informed that the much-spoken
of and much-wanted William Kissane is
the rich land owner, William K. Rogers,
of Sonoma county, Cal.
Cleveland, 0., April 2.—The Leader
will say to-morrow that the discovery of
Kissane in California as a rich, prosper
ous and reputable citizen and his sup
posed identification with a noted forger
and criminal who was twice indicted iv
New York for a foigery committo i
upon the Chemical Bank and sent
to the penitentiary, has caused
a great publio excitement in
Cleveland, Tbis is tbe man who
is believed to have been one of tbe lead
ers in the great Martha Washington
steamboat conspiracy at Cb china i.
Tbe tragedy was consummated upon the
Mississippi river. The steamer was
burued with her cargo and several lives
were destroyed in 1851 At the
time tbe arrest and trial of tbe
criminals engaged in the plot pro
duced as much publio excitement in
Ohio as was ever known to arise from a
criminal prosecution. The defendant
Kissane uni others were eoguged as
wholesale b ot aud shoe dealers at Cin
cinnati, also buying and selling wool ad
dealing in leather and other commodi
ties. They purchased the steam
er Martha Washing'on, loaded her
apparently with a costly freight, had
the cargo insured for a large sum, and
sent her down the Mississippi regularly,
con-igned to their correspondents' at
New Orleans. The Captain was one of
the conspirators, and had charge of the
whole plot and its execution. The cargo,
supposed to be composed of boxes of
boots and shoes, leather, wool and other
valuable merchandise was made up of
refuse material of uo value an-4 th"
boxes so cirefully fastened and marked
to their owners, were filled with wood,
-tones and rubbish of every character.
At a certain time when the passengers
and crew were quietly sleeping and at the
moment when the action could be most
safely committed, the Captain was
to fire to the vessel in such a manner as
to insure her destructiou, and tbe con
spifat rs Were to collect the insurance
upon the vessel and ber valuable cargo
when totally lost. Apparently every
thing succeeded as planned. The cargo
was publuly and carefully placed on
board, and uo suspicion excited as to its
character and genuineness. The Cap
tain was well known and the
vessel sailed upon her voyage
with her cargo richly insured.
At a certain time she took tire. The tire
spread with inconceivable rapidity. The
crew and officers took to the boats and
most of the lives were saved. Nobody
doubted that the accident was oue of
those incidents inseparable from the
dangers of navigation and the Cap
tain aud owners were sympathized
with us sufferers who had met an un
merited misfortune. Iv due time the
schedules of losses were carefully pre
pared. The proof of merchandise hav
ing been destroyed was laid before tbe
underwriters and, so far as human fore
sight could ili-covtr, there was no ob
jection to the payment and the crime of
Kiisane aud bis associates was
about to be satisfactorily con
summated. At this time there
lived in Cleveland a well known citizen
named Sidney burton. He was of an
excellent character, well liked by his
neighbors, of considerable influence uud
a prominent business mau. He had had
quite intimate dealings with Kissane
and his partners a. Cincinnati, and was
on terms of fiieutlship with them.
The origin of his suspicion can't be
traced now, but on the trial he swore
that at one time he overheard one
ot tbe partners in tbe counting-room
cursing God Almighty because they
beard not ing of the fate of tbe Steamer.
In nny event these people owed Burton
money. It was not paid and Barton,
whose suspicions were keenly
aroused as to the character of
the-e persons, began to investigate tbe
history of the lost steamer. Ho gave
notice to the insurance companies ot his
belief in the fact that a great crime
had been ooinmitted aud with tbe pa
tience and uniting diligence of
a trained detective, he begin his
work. As he progressed in mak
ing proof after proof that satisfied
his own mind as to> the nature* a-d mag
nitude of tbe fraud, he became almost
monomaniucnl on the subject. He aban
denied his business at home and his fam
ily, spent his own money eagerly and
lavishly in tbe pursuit of his ends, and
at lust his efforts were crowned with
.-uccess. The insurance companies
all refused to pay, and suits were
instituted to compel them to do so.
Finally all the conspirators were ar
rested and taken to Columbus for a
hearing before the Uuited States Com
missioner, United States District At
torney Morton, of Toledo, was assisted
by Hun. Henry Btausberry in the prose
cution and defendant's counsel oovered
a large number of the mo t emint nt
lawj e'B iv Ohio, among them Noah U.
Swayne and Thomas Ewing. The de
fendants went to Columbun, accompan
ied by their wives and relatives. They
were a fine body of people, male and fe
male, some twenty or thirty in number,
they had plenty of money, considerable
social influence, and excited the greatest
interest among men of all classes. Bur
ton gave bis testimony, aud the whole
proof was carefully gone over. The rt suit
was the binding over of the prisoners to
the United States Court, and soon after
bills of indictment for conspiracy and
murder were found against them. From
tbe day the defendants were bound over,
upon the testimony discovered by Bur
ton, the la t:r never for a moment aban
doned his pursuit of the case. He spent
his money with absolute freedom, trav
eling miles by rail, steamer er horse
back and on fool, looking up
testimony necessary to convict, Th*
writer oi this was present at the trial of
ths men before Justice McLean. Ths
trial lasted for weeks. Many friends of
tbe defendants swarmsd about Colum
bus la and oat of the court. Ths testi
mony was overwhelming as to the
priso«ars' guilt. The BtW »l tfc
sharaotsr ef ths cargo, of ts worth
and ef th« fraudulent insurance
was amply famished aad few doubted
the cans would aieet with punishment.
Attar the examinaUsn oi Burton the
pressestisa rested their ease and, te ths
astonishment of all, tbe defen-e, after
cai ng a few witnesses, at one übmit
ted their case to the jury. This was
done as a clever trick. There was no real
defense, and both Kwing and Swayne
d ired not allow Btansberry to have the
clos'ng argument to the jury. United
States Attorney, Morton, was unprepar
ed to address tbe jury, but lie did tbe i
best be could upon tbe moment. The
defence again submitted the case to the
Court without argument. Judge Mc-
Lean charged the jury so strongly that
(tie* presented a verdiot of "not
guilty" and tbis gang of crimin
als, the worst Ohio had ever
known, escaped conviction. Kissane
was especially noted. He was somewhat
attractive in person, a very fluent speaker
with a bl tnd and innooent manner, very
well dressed and always appearing like
a gentleman and a refined person. He
managed to gain the sympathy of the
spectators. The verdiot broke the heart
of Mr. Burton. He seemed dazed by
the shock and bis occupation gone. He
returned to Cleveland a bankrupt in for
tune, having spent over $50,000 in the
pursuit of these rascals. His inter
est in lift ceased and not long
after be died. His fate caused great
sympa'hy at tbe time, and he was re
garded with special interest. Some ef
fort was made to reimburse him for th.
money he had expended, but tbe verdict
of "not guilty" was a conclusion with
the Government, and for his long and
wearisome trials and his unselfish labors
he received no reward. Soon after
the trial the gang of scoundrels
separate 1 and left Cincinnati, where
they were marked as guilty aud
being regarded as robbers and mur
derers, they slank at last out of sight.
Kissane, the most brilliant of the party,
went south, was indicted in Kansas for
murder (the Martha Washington having
sunk opposite Helena), but escaped con
vie ion. On the death of Burton, the
publio interest in tbe matter ceased,
and the oase was forgotten. From
the writ r's knowledge of Kissane and
his remarkable ability it would not be
surprising to find be had changed his
name, turned "honest" and was doing
the honors of a respectable and exem
plary citizen at the head of a respeotable
household. His escape from justice is
tbe romance of a centnry.
A Detroit Broker Absconds, Heists;
WSO.OOO «hori.
New York, April 2.—Afthe office of
Geo. K. Sistare * Son, the Broad street
brokers, it is said that the firm has been
notified that their Datroit agent, Altx.
M. Stanton, has left for parts unknown
on Monday last. An accountant has
been sent to Detroit and is now examin
ing the books of Mr. Stanton. From nil
indication* it seems that tbere is a short
age of 850,000. The firm say that it is
singular tnut the loss is so small, consid
ering Stanton's opportunities. The de
falcation seems to be in such a shape)
that Robt. L. Stanton, the Detroit mil*
lionaire and brother* of the defaulter is
bound for nearly the entire amount.
Alex. Sututou and his family had a high
position in Detroit society and hia wifs
is said to be completely prostrated by
her husband's acts. The agent of Sistare
& Son has been unable to ob.ain an in-*
terview with her.
Great Loss of Life Reported,
Though Not Confirmed.
Boston, April 2.—The report was re
ceived at the Cuuard steamship office in
thii city at a late hour tbis evening that
lha steamer -cytbia, of the Cunard line,
had gone ashore iv the breakers at Scit
uaee, some six miles miles from Mm n's
light, just before dusk to-night
It waa also reported tbat at
lbs time of the disaster a blind
ing snow storm was prevailing, accom
panied by a terrific g tie, and tbat the
sea was simply wild with fury. The
Scyihia has over 800 persons onboard,
including the passengers and crew, and
from' rumors which cannot be verified,
because telegraphic communication with
that station is interrupted by storms,
it is feared that there has been great loss
of life. Wrecking compauies have en
deavored to send out tugs to the relief of
the stranded ship, but the sea is so ter
rific tbat they oould not live outside.
They are wailing for the sea to subside,
La or.—There seems to ba uo d >übt
from information received at this lime,
that the Scytbia disaster is a fact, but
how serious it is cannot be learned
until boats can go out. It will
be impossible to gist details
to-night, and the Associated Press
reporter will go te the wreck on the first
boat out. The report of the disaster
has been confirmed by the police boat
"Proctor." A tug, with a relief crew
and reporters on board, will leave for
the soeue of the wreck ,as soon
as it is safe to venture outside.
In (he Patent to the Kanch*
Lowu de Santiago.
Washington, April 2.—ld the nutter
of the Rancho Lomas de Santiago, in
Los Angeles county, Cal., Acting Secre
tary Muldrow to-day, in a letter to the
Attorney-General, declines to recom
mend any further legal proceedings to
set aside the patent to these lands, be
lieving that even the United States Su
preme Court, has not the power to re
view the decree of tbe United States
Circuit Court of California in matters of
property at issue and decided therein,
"unless for frauds intrinsic and collateral
to tbe matter tried by the first Court,
and not relating to the fraud in the mat
ter on whioh the decree was rendered."
And inasmuch as no such frauds are
alleged in this case, be Bees no possible
ground on which the former decree can
be attacked.
The Chicago Boodlers' Trial.
Chicaoo, April 2.—lt waa decided
late this afternoon to begin the trials of
the county boodlers on Weduesday,
Aoril 13th. Warden MoGarigle's will be
called first, and in order to finish them
as fast as possible, both branches of tbe
criminal court will be kept running.
Judge Taley will preside when McCJari
gle's case is called, and the other court
will be presided over by Judge Shep
That the Fourth of may Showed
Anarchism In its True l.iitht.
Cuicaqo, April 2. — A remarkable
spectacle the like of which was never
before witnessed in auy of the American
cities, was presented to-night at the
headquarters of tbe police department.
The officers of tbe Central detail were
quietly standing in ranks for the roll
call when their highest superior, Chief
of Police Frederick T. Ebersold,
unexpectedly entered the guard
room. He spoke a few words
iv an undertone to Lieutenant Fits*
patrick aud then in a voice of suppressed
teehug addre sed the ranks. He said:
"Men, next Tuesday I waut you to re
member tbe fourth of May. Think of
the men wo threw bombs and killed
your comrades. When you put in your
votea, vote every one of you and vote)
for law aud order. There is no politics in
this tight. It is for government against
anarchy; its for law and order." Tho
blue-coated auditors scarcely breathed.
Their eyes strained hard and their
teeth clenched, tbey stood motionless
and silent as stones when the chief
ceased. The order to break ranks was
unheeded for a moment, not a man stir
ring, regardless of the imperative rule
requiring them to at once go to their
beats. The stalwart men in blue crowd
ed around th« speaker, exclaiming: "We
will! We will!' "I'hut's right; it is
against anarchy and agitation!" and so
saying he gavo each of ihe men a warm
word or an encouraging look as they
hurriedly withdrew to their duty.
What t'ooil Judges Have to Say
ol 'I'llfin•
The following letter will explain itself
and ia a pretty good recommendation oi
the excellence of Anaheim winesi
Los Angeles, March 25, ISB7.
W. 11. Matthews, Esq.:
My Dear Sir—ln reply to your in
quiries I am pleased to say that the case
of Auabeim sherry which you co kindly
got Mr. Theodore Reiser, of Anaheim,
to put up fur shipment to Boston, safely
arrived, after some delay in passage,
and seems to have given marked satis
faction to some gentlemen quite familiar
with good foreignjwines. One of them,
writing Match 10 h, briefly says: "I
thiuk it a very pleasant wine—certainly
remarkable for its prioe."
Another gentleman, who has a fine
aud delicate taste, wrote to me, Febru
ary 28th, as follows: "I have tried the
sherry twice, and like it very much. It
has the strong bouquet and fruity flavor
of all the California wines I have ever
tried, and is so entirely different
from tha sherries usually served
that I can make no comparison.
The first time 1 had some was
at dinner, with three other people, after
we had drank some 'Veterans' pale
sherry,' which is pretty good and not
fiery, nor dry. The oontrast was \ cry
noticeable, and we all thought the Cab
fornian wine reminded us of Catawba."
"The next day I had some at lunob,
without any other wine; aud it seemed
to me much less pronourteed in flavor
aud not so sweet. I prefer it very much
to a dry wine, but 1 don't think most
people would, as I find mjself quite
singular in liking sweet brown sherry,
sweet ohampagne, &c. It seems to me
very pure and without alcohol."
March 14 —This last gentleman,
writing spontaneously to me about the
wine, in a pnstcript says:
"I like the Anaheim sherry better
than any wine I know of tbe kind. It
is delicious to me."
You can easily understand why a
taste, formed on dry snd often altered
sherries, should be at first surprised by so
rich s wine, with so muoh aroma.
You observe tbat also Mr. Reiser's
Sherry wines seems less marked by the
flavor peculiar to the Californiau wines,
and grow iv favor, so as to seeai "de
licious" tea refined and temperate taste,
uncorrected by the ase of spirits in any
form. 1 think lbs strictest friends ol
health and temperance might welcome
the general substitution of such wines
for tbe fiery stimulants and vile mixtures
with foreign labels that are destroying
the morals and the stomachs of the
Asoerieen people.
Yours very truly,
■on. Bihnst oatsoski.
Retains (no Csat'i Confidence.
St. PaTSßsat-Rn, April 2.—The Czar
has assured M. DeGiers, Russian Min
ister oi Foreign Affairs, that he
(DeGiers) retains ths Czar's fullest coo
fideucs. M. DeGiers will remain in the
Foreign Otiioe. TheCsir has sensnred
M. Kathoff, editor of the Moscow
An Amnltneater Collapse. •
Tiihna April 2.—The fine Roman
arnpitheatsr at Pole, la Austria, on tho
Adrlatia, saddenly collapsed to-day nasi
fell into an immense chasm wbiea
opened on the site. from this thasm
vapsrs are emitted.
NO. 163.
People in Texas in &
Starving Condition.
. .■
No Ground Found for Interfering
With the fatent of a Califor
nia hunch.
Associated Press Dispatches to the Hbsaxb
Galveston, Tex., April 2. A special
to tbe Alien from Austin says (hat Stats
Senator Woodward, of Calhoun oounty,
bas reosived a statement from Atascosa
county, sworn to by four responsible
' itizens and endorsed by the County
Judge,tbe Sheriff and the County Clerk,
giving the names of nineteen families ia
that county, whom the officials declare
are in a condition of starvation, occa
sioned by drought. The number of per
sons in each county, as stated, shots' a
total of 106 persons. The paper stats*
that these families are unable to procure
sufficient food, and are now resorting,
in some cases, to eating the carcasses of
cattle that have died of starvation. Tne
signers of the statement appeal for aid
from the Legislature, but as nothing
more can be expected from tbat source,
it is left for the generous to render soeh
aid as they can. The statement, after
representing the deplorable state of af
fairs, concludes by saying that wbatet ar
will be done should be done at once.
N\< 1111.1t.101 « BUHIiLARi
Stealst Historical Pleceof ( burcfe
Plate at ntwbsnpsrt.
Newbcryport, April 2. — Burglars
entered St. Panl's Episcopal Church last
night and stole the communion service
and other articles of silver, valued at
several hundred dollara. One of the
pieces is of great historical value and
was given to the X v. Samuel Miles by
King William and Queen Mary for the
use of their majesties' chapel in New
England in 1694. This was originally
given to the Queens Chapel of Boston,
but later came into ths possession of St.
Paul* Church. An attempt wns made
to break the safe in the Catholic Church,
but after breaking the lock the burglars
depiirted, leaving the place in great

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