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IN THE HERALD WILL FILL THE WANT VOL. XLIII. NO. 164 NOW IT IS PHOEBE COUSINS Latest Development in Regard to Millionaire Fair WERE ENGAGED TO MARRY The Famous Woman's Rights Advocate Tells Her Story Freely Flrat flet the Bonanza King; When He Waa a Senator—The Couple Corresponded Regularly—net In Chicago BAN FRANCISCO, March 23,-The Cal l will publish tomorrow a long story telling of the affection that existed between tho late James (J. Fair and Miss Phoebe Cousins, the well-known lecturer and wo man's rights advocate. According to tho Call they wore engaged to be married und only the death of the millionaire pre vented their marriage. Miss Cousins is at present in San Jose talcing care of hor brother, who is ill. To a Call represen tative she told of her affection for Kair. Mho told her story froely, candidly and without hesitancy. Before bpeaking about herself she said: "I will begin by stating that, there were many Conferences between Mr. Fair and myself whicli I cannot touch upon at all. "He told me all about his life- -his suc cesses, his failures, his joys and his sor rows, from these cuiilidcnccs I con cluded that he had been more sinned against than sinning. I refer particularly , to his married life and the urn leasant ending of it. Cruel enemies and miser able meddlers had done their villainous work. "I lirst met Mr. Fair In the Riggs House, Washington, D. C, in 1883, while he was a United States Senator from Nevada. I took a liking to him at once. He seemed to mo to be the vory ideal of a strong, vigorous and energetic man, who was created to succeed in life—to he a prince und a leader among men. The evident defects in his education and manners were completely overwhelmed , by the natural greatness of the man, as f saw him. I soon admired him very tUUOh, and I could see that he also liked to be in ray company and seemed to take interest in my work and my views of social and political conditions. "But this, our first friendship, did not grow at once to anything more or warmer than mutual admiration In the course of a few months we parted, as true friends part and went on our separate ways. lie returned to Nevada and Cali foria and 1 resumed my work .in different parts of the world. Thus time went on. Several years passed and we did not meet until some time after my mother's death." Miss Cousins then related her troublo with the World's Fair Board of Lady Man agers and her efforts to have a bill"passed by Congress to secure payment for her services as secretary. She applied to Fair for political assistance, and although lie said he had no such influence, he wrote very kindly and asked her to corre spond with him. She responded. "And this," Miss Cousins resumed, after a pensive pause," opened the cor respondence between us which eventually led to our betrothal. "For some time after that letters passed between us at regular intervals, and the spirit of the correspondence grew warmer and more confidential with each letter. Shortly after returning to Chicago I received a letter from Mr. Fair, in which he stated that he would soon see tne; that he wanted our friendship to culminated In a relationship closer and dearer than mere friendship, and that he was ooming with serious intentions to ask my hand and heart in marriage. ■ "Mr. Fair, accompanied by his secreta ries, Breesee and Angus, and I think Mr. Crothera, arrived in Chicago, May 7th, 1893, and took apartments at the Grand Pacific, Mr. Fair immediately sent me his card. I met him in one of the parlors and he expressed great happiness at sce i ing me again He told mo then und there that he had come all the way from Cali fornia for the purpose of asking me to be come hia wife. I told him I would give him a definite answer in a few days and delicately intimated that he need have no ■ fear of my final decision. He seemed very much pleased at this and we spent iho evening very pleasantly talking of the present, the future and old times." Then Miss Cousins told how Mr. Fair was taken ill a lew days after this and aent for her to nurse him; how she min istered to his wants in spite of the ob jections of his secretaries, who endeav ored to keep her from him. "When Mr. Fair had recovered suffi ciently to enable him to be up and walk around, he called me aside one day. He aaid that he had decided to shake him self free from certain influences that con ettantly interfered with his wishes and his peace of mind. He spoke of the many notes and cards which he had sent to my room after he became convalescent anil which never reached their destination. They had been intercepted by some one who had an interest in keeping us apart. "I wanvto end up my aftairs." he said, "in such a manner as that I shall do justice to all my family connections. I love my family and I want to make fair provision for them. I love you and I want to provide for you at all hazards so that financial trouble can never come to you. I want you to be my wife. Will you marry me?' r "I answered yes. He then said 'thank you dearest. God bless you. We must ne married soon, very soon. I shall ar range my business and property affairs at once.' "But he was still more or less ill and this prevented our early marriage. One evening when he was feeling much better we sat together and talked about the World's Fair and he said we must see all of it together, and that as his own dear and gifted little wife I should explain all the items of interest with whicb he was not acquainted, from a historical point of view. "And that was the last evening that we were together," said Miss Cousins, with a deep drawn sigh. "On the following day Mr. Fair was whisked out of Chicago as if he had been a prisoner or a fugitive from justice. I was permitted to see him only a few minutes before he went away. Angus, Breesee and Crothers were con stantly near him. "While I was speaking to him just be fore his departure, a man who I think was a hireling, Mr. Breesee, came and inter rupted our conversation. Mr. Fair man aged to tell him that he was called uwny by very important business matters, but that he would speedily return and make me his wife. And so he left. I never saw bim again. I received one letter from liim after he arrived in San Francisco, in that he stated that he was well, and begged me to write to him often. I did write, but I never got un answer after that. I am positively certain that he wrote to me also, bin, the letters were un questionably intercepted. His secretaries were constantly on the watch. When I used to call on Mr. Fair in his sick room at the Grand Pacific his valet or one of the other attaches used to secrete them THE HERALD LOS ANGELES, SUNDAY MORNING* MARCH 24, 1895. —TWENTY-FOUR PAGES selves in the closet in order to listen to our conversation. I oalled Mr. Fair's at tention to these things, but he only smiled and said it did not matter, as he was ac customed to it." Miss Cousins says that she asks for nothing now except to be left in peace with her sorrow. SLID DOWN FORTY FEET Escape ot a 12-Year-old Boy From the Youths' Directory SAN FRANCISCO, March 23.—Peter Kell, a boy of 12 years, climbed out of a window in the top story of the Youths' Directory and slid down a column in the wall forty foet to the ground. He,was tired of being locked up and wanted to see his father. The father and mother of the boy do not agree very well as to the care of the boy, who refuses to go to school and the mother, against the wishes of tho father, got an officer to take him to the directory. Kelly, when he heard of it, went after the youth, but the officials refused to givo him up. The boy, how ever, solved the problem. While the au thorities were not looking he scaled the high wall and ran home. Ho was recaptured und taken back while tho father was away. Yesterday afternoon Kelly again went after the youth, but he was refused admittance. While he besought the officials he heard a voice calling: "Pupa, take me along with you." He looked up and there waa the hoy looking down the dizzy height from a window in the fourth story. It was at least forty feet, high, so Kelly de clared, and he motioned him in fear, thinking he might full, us he was leaning far out. Getting 110 satisfaction, Kelly at length went away. About un hour after wards the breathless, bareheaded youth. In his stocking fret, with mud up to the knees, arrived at the Kelly home. He had scaled the wall of the lofty building, reached the ground and got away again. The father stiys he will keep the boy at home. Perished In the Flames CHAPLEAU. Ont., March 33.— The house occupied by P. Dollard was burned by the upsetting of a lamp. Five children were in the upper purt of the house, and Mr. Dollard made a rush through the flames to save them. He seized the baby, a year old, kicked out a window and shouted to the other four - children to jump out. Three children were burned -Bertie Dollard, aged 13; Michael, 5, and Alexander, 3. Johnny, aged 11, jumped from a window, but is so badly burned his recovery is doubtul. SEARCHING FOR A GOLD BAR Vessels Arriving in San Francisco Are Being Carefully Searched A Robbery at Ensenada Amounting to $36,000 la Being Investigated by Detectives SAN FRANCISCO, March 33.—A war rant was issued here today to permit the gasoline schooner Anita to be searched upon her arrival here from Mexican ports. Robbers who visited the little Mexican town of Ensenada last Friday night got awuy with nearly $3(3.000 worth of plun der. A gold bar valued at $12,500 belong ing to the Ynarra Cold Mining Company, and several smaller bars of bullion were taken from the safe of Riveroll & Co.'s commission house. From the safe of the Godbe bank $12,000 in Mexican silver was also taken. The robbers opened both safes by working the combinations. The gold bullion was taken into Ensenada on the gasoline schooner Anita. The Anita sailed from the port on the afternoon of the day following the robbery. The Mex ican authoritie- were searching every where for the robbers anil the plunder, but to search the Anita did not occur tc them until after she had sailed. SAN DIEGO. March 23.—The investi gation of the robbery of the big gold bar and gold coin at Ensenada took a sensa tional turn today when Allen Pratt and James E. Garratt were arrested there charged with the crime. They are being held on suspicion, hut the arrest of Gar ratt, who was not known to have been suspected, indicates that the authorities have a clue which may result in the con viction of the guilty parties. Allen Pratt has for six years served Manuel Riveroll as cashier and confiden tial clerk,and was in full possession of the secrets of the linn, knowing also the com bination to the safe. He is a young Eng lishman and has a wife and child. During his residence in Ensenada he acquird a little property, and his reputation has been the very best. James E.Garratt has had an interesting history during the past five years. He is a youiig Canadian and for some time was clerk for the International Com pany at Ensenada. Both men are natural ized Mexicans ami cannot therefore ask protection from England. The Trouble In Madagascar PORT LOUIS ISLAND. Mauritius. March 28. John L. Waller, formerly United States consul at Tamatave, island of Madagascar, has been foil'id guilty of corresponding with Hovas, after a trial by the French courtmartial. ami sentenced to twenty years' imprisonment. HIGGINS WILIIiOLD FAST Markham's Appointee Does Not Propose to Give Up The F.x-Qovernor's Confidential Man Heans to Hold on Until Ordered Out by the Court SAN FRANCISCO, March 33.-Senator Henry C. Gesford of Napa, appointed by Governor Budd to succeed J. N. E. Wil son as insurance commissioner, and inci dentally to oust M. B. Higgins from the same place, which he holds as successor to Wilson, by virtue of Markham's ap pointment, has made a formal demand for the office. Higgins refused to yield the place und a contest will follow. Ges ford was appointed on the last day of the session of the Legislature and the appoint ment was confirmed by a Republican Sen ate by an almost unanimous vote. "I called on Mr. Higgins," said Mr. Gesford, "and made a formal demand for the office. It was refused. Quo warranto proceedings will be begun in the Superior Court of this city to test the case." misplaced Confidence SAN FRANCISCO. March 23. -Mrs. Alice Taylor is a victim of misplaced con fidence. A few days ago Mrs. May Me- Gath called on her for assistance. Sue said she was destitute and was willing to work for her board. Mrs. Taylor pited her and gave her a home. At the lirst opportu nity Mrs. McGrath gathered in all the valuables sne could rind and left. She was arrested today and part of tbe stolen property recovered. BIG HOTEL FIRE IN DENVER The Famous St. James Totally Destroyed by Fire FOUR LIVES WERE LOST Bodies of Three Firemen Taken From the Ruins A Blaze In the Baggage Storeroom Started a Pierce Fire—The Walls Collapsed and Burled the Pipemen DENVER, March 24.-The St. James Hotel, at Cuttisand Sixteenth streets, one of the finest in the city, is burning. The fire broke ont in the basement shortly before midnight, and soon after the floor of the rotunda collapsed, letting the flames back into the office and corridors. The firemen seem to have the fire under control, although it is burning stubbornly. The loss has already reached $40,000, and unless soon extinguished will greatly ex ceed thut amount. The lire started in a room used to store old baggage, directly under the central rotunda of the house. While the fire was at its height the floor sank without warn ing, throwing .several men into the pit of dense smoke nelow—at least two of whom are dead. After the flames hud been ex tinguished there, the body of Captain Harold W. Hartwell of Hose Company No. 8, was found frightfully burned. One other body too badly burned to he identi fied, was "also found. Three men were dragged out unconscious and are at the hospital, where they may die. It is suspected that there are still other bodies in the debris. At 1:45 three bodies had been taken out. Names of the dead: Harold W. Hartwell, captain of Hose Company No. Bj Richard Danbridge, pipeman; Stephen Marshall, pipeman. There is one body in the ruins, proba bly another fireman. THAT MEMORIAL MUSEUM Several Thousand People Attend the Opening SAN FRANCISCO, March 23.-The memorial museum that haa been built in Golden Gate Park from the aurplus funds remaining from the Midwinter Fair was dedicated to the public tbis afternoon. Several thousand people attended the ceremony. The museum building, which came t~< be known during the Fair as tho Fine Arts building, and a magnificent collection of curios, bought at an expense of $147,000. were presented by the Board ot Directors of the Fair Association to the Board of Park Commissioners as the rep resentatives of the people. A golden key was presented with the greater gift. Catalogue pamphlets giving a list of all the museum articles, numbering over fiOOO, were distributed. It was stated that the total receipts of the MidwiiUer Fair were $1,200,112. and the totuT"'(Tls bursements $1,133,121. Director-General De Young, in making his. presentation speech, reviewed the history of the Midwinter Fair and alluded to the fact that at the close of the Fuir the Executive Committee offered various buildings to the Park Commission oi.t the latter declined to accept any but the Art building. The committee had a sur plus at its disposal and it determined to utilize v part of this in creating a nucleus of what some day would be v great museum. Mr. De Young spoke of the generous treatment the committee had received in the matter of contribu tions and he announced that a balance of the surplus still remained, which the committee proposed to expend in securing various collections from time to time to add to those which were presented today. In closing he expressed the hope that the buildings presented today would cover ten acres of ground and that the number of exhibits would increase from five or six thousand as at present to half a million. CHASING AN OUTLAW Officers Pursue a Wife and Child Murderer Near Reedley FRESNO, March 33.—Near the town of Reedley, about twenty-live miles ease of this city, officers attempted to capture Jim Lawaon, the Madera county outlaw, who killed his Child, attempted to mur der his wife and afterwards broke jail. Constable Street and four deputies went to a larm house where Lawaon had been working two weeks and approached the burn where the outlaw was unloading hay. He discovered them and ran into an'orchard hotly pursued. They fired several shots at him, hut without effect. He reached the hank of Kings river and Bwarn across to tiie south side and when last seen he was near the Tulare county line and apparently beading for the mountains. A posse was made dp in Reedley and sent in pursuit. They tracked his hare feet ill the sand till dark and then with lanterns went again on the trail. Lawson was unarmed and if over taken can be made a prisoner. The officers were once within hailing distance of him and he called to them to let him alone as he was no longer in Madera county. But when they continued to advance he again took to his heels. A RUNAWAY BOY Peculiar Story Told By a Boy Who Ran Away From Home ALAMEDA. March 23.-Walter Latham, the 17-yeur-old boy who ran away last week, tells a peculiar story that he was enticed away by tramps. He says he met three tramps on the creek boat and they got him to go away by telling about the pleasures of tramp life.. They told him that he would have lots of fruit and plen ty to eat, and that the watermelon season in the San Joaquin valley was near at hand, while in Southern California they would have all the oranges they could eat. Walter went with them, and before they reached Stockton they tried to steal his shoes. The shoes would not fit any of them so they tried to pawn them. The boy concluded that it was time to come home, so he left the tramp] and went to the police station at Stockton where he gave himself up. JUSTICE AND SHERIFF Row Among Officials in San Francisco About an Actor SAN FRANCISCO, Mnrch 23.—Sheriff Whalen lias fallen foul of tt.e Justice's Court, ami on Monday next will have to explain to Justice of the Peace Groezinget why he tailed by deputy to arrest Leonard Grover, the actor and theatrical manager, when instructed to do so by order of the court. Grover failed to appear in the jus tice court to testify in a suit brought against himself ami J. Rial by J. Sachem to recover $21, money loaned, aud was sentenced to twenty-four hours in the county jail, and to "pay $50 into the city treasury" for contempt. A deputy sheriff was instructed with the order and found Grover at Stockwell's Theater, wehre he ia manager. The genial actor convinced the representative of the law that the jus tice was mistaken, and that he had al ready settled the matter and been purged of contempt. The deputy thereupon took it upon himself to allow Grover to remain at liberty, and returned the order to the sheriff. The attorney for Sachem, how ever, was not to be so easily satisfied, and so stirred up the justice to such a sense of his injured dignity that he issued an order requiring the sheriff to show cause why she should not be punished for con tempt. DONOHUE RESIGNS The British Consul at San Francieco Relin quishes His Office SAN FRANCISCO, March 23.—Dennis Donohue, who for seven years past has been British Consul ut this port, an nounced today that he had tendered his resignation to his home government. He intends, however, to spend his remaining years in California. Consul Donohue will attain his eight ieth year within a few months. Under the British custom he would be entitled to a pension after his eightieth year had he chosen to remain in the service until his next birthday. During itis thirty-seven years of consu lar serivce, Mr. Donohue has represented the British government at Purto Cabello, Venezuela; Huffalo, N. V.; New Orleans, Baltimore and San Francisco. THE FARMER'S SACK Bunco Men Work an Ancient Oame on a Lodl Rancher STOCKTON, March 28.—Two bunco men last week played the old game on a Lodi farmer anil worked him out of $1500. The farmer is said to have drawn the money from the Lodi Bank to play with the gentlemen who wanted to buy his ranch, but on discovering his loss he succeeded in quieting the matter. His desire to prevent v disclosure of his greenness is said to have led hint to make no com plaint to the officers, and his name is not known .to them. 'I he bunco men started front this city and returned with the team they hired. One of the horses of the livery team died the next day from the result of hard driving,the owners say. SAN FRANCISCO'S CENSUS The Half Million Club Is Working Very, Very Hard A Trip to Southern California Arranged for the Purpose of Swelling the Bay City Population SAN FRANCISCO, March 23.—At a meeting here today of the Half Million and other improvement clubs and asso ciations a discussion was had in relation to the proposed Southern California trip to be taken by a delegation from the club with the purpose ot arranging for an ex cursion from Los Angeles to this city and intermediate and neighboring points. Mr. Ourmaii and others who had been looking into the matter announced that the Southern Pacific had arranged for a southern excursion which would enable those making it to spend three days at Santa Barbara during the (lower festival there, and then go on to f.os Angeles in time for the great Fiesta in that city and to remain there for six days if they so de sired. The excursionists may return to this city on such date as they may decide on among themselves or if they do not care to wait, they Will he free to come back on any northbound passenger train. Tho round trip fare will be $22 for each individual and the excursion train was to start south on the 26th of April. The principal object in sending Half Million Club delegates on the excursion, as has been planned, is to afford them an Opportunity to work up another from Los Angeles northward to this city, taking in also the towns of BakersfJeld, Tulare, Fres no, Merced, Stockton, Sacramento, Au burn, Penryn. Napa, Santa Rosa, Peta luma, Oakland, San .lose, Monterey and Santa Cruz. The excursion party" is to break up in this city und it was reported that the fare for the trip as outlined would he about $17. In Mid Air OAKLAND, March 23.—George W. Deitz, a lineman in the employ of the Oakland and Alameda Electric Railway Company, nearly killed himself while at work o ! the top of a pole this morning. He was swinging an axe toward himself, trimming off the top of the pole, seventy feet in the air. when the sharp blade glanced from the wood and struck him on the right side of the face. An artery was cut. and the axe struck close to the "jugu lar vein. Dietz climbed down the pole with the blood pouring from his neck in a stream. He was taken to a hospital, where it was found he had missed the jugular vein by just a quarter of an inch. He will recover. WILL SOON BE IN THE TOILS C. P. Huntington Indicted by a Federal Grand Jury The United States Marshal at San Francisco Will Await the magnate's Arrival in the Bay City SAN FRANCISCO, March 23.—The United States Grand Jury has indicted President Collis P. Huntington of the Southern Pacific Company for issuing an interstate railroad pass,in violation of the act of Congress passed in 188(1. Mr. Huntington is expected here on April Ist to attend a meeting of the Cen tral Pacific directors, and as soon as he arrives the warrant will he served on him. Run Down at Sea SAN FRANCISOO, March 23.—The schooner Laura May came into port today in a crippled condition. She sailed for Cray's Harbor March 6th, and ten days later, when off St. George's reef, was run down at night by an unknown vessel, which scudded away in the darkness. The Laura Muy had her mizzen mast taken out, her,galley smashed and was gener ally broken up. She ran for San Fran cisco for repairs, instead of proceeding on her voyage. Man Hunt Nearly Ended SEATTLE, Wn., March 23.—The man Hunt is drawing to a close and with the capture of R. H. Ford, alias Manning, every one of the notorious members of the gang that walked out of the county jail last Sunday night save the bunco man, Frank J. Hurt, has been captured. Ford was captured in this cily this afternoon by Chief of Police Rodgers aud Detective Cudihee. PERISHED DURING A GALE The Tug Velos Driven Ashore and Wrecked FIVE LIVES WERE LOST Bad Disaster on the Coast of Van Couver (Bland During a .storm the Little Vessel Became Un „, manageable and Was Dashed on the Rocks VICTORA, B. C, March 23.—The tug Velos, bound for the stone quarries at Nelson and Hadington islands, was driven ashore on Trial island during a gale last night and is a total wreck. Five men were drowned. They are: Frederick Adams, a well known contractor, who is building the capitol here, aged 58 and married; Ar thur Bowers, chief engineer, aged 80. single; Robert Smith, cook, aged 50. single; frank Duncan, deck hand, aged 80, single; William Law, lireman, aged 30, married. The lirst four were drowned and the last named died from exposure in the rig ging. Captain Anderson swam to a reef at midnight and was rescued this morn ing. The Velos was towing a barge on which were twenty-five laborers, and the barge was fortunately driven ashore on a sandy beuch. The men on the barge tried to launch it, but it was smashed. They could hear calls for help for hours. The Velos was unmanageable or she would not have gone ashore. She had passed Trial island, and in the southwest gale her heavy tow becoming unmanagea le Captain Anderson decided to put back to Victoria. Shortly after he came about tbe rudder chains parted and she could not he handled at all. She drove ahead a mile before the gale to the reef where she struck. First Mate Andrew Christiansen aud Captain Anderson are the only ones of the crew who escaped. The former managed to jump aboard the barge when the latter ran against the tug. Bowers and Smith attempted to swim ashore, but were lashed to death on the rocks. No one saw Adams and Duncan drown, but it is believed they were washed from tbe decks. The wreck occurred within a stone's throw of Oak Bay, a suburb of Victoria, but it was some time before it was known hero that the wreck had oc curred, when the twenty-seven survivors on the barge were rescued. The tug was valued at $10,000 and was insured. THE CITY OF WHEELS Oakland Coming to the Front Irrespective of Location OAKLAND, March 23.—Oakland is known as a city of wheels. Because of its level and well paved streets it has proba bly more bicycles in it than any other city of ita sise in the country. It has been stated that at least $250,000 are in vested ia the silent steed in Oakland, and now, in order to keep the streets in re pair, it is said the council proposes put ting a tax on wheels. This tax would cover buggies, carts, hacks, wagons and all sorts of wheeled vehicles and bicycles, but because of the number of the latter the bulk of the tax would come from that source. It is thought that by levying a tax of $1 to $2 a year at least ¥10,000 could he raised, and this amount would go far toward settling the question of good roads. In Chicago bicycles are taxed $2 per year, and Paris, it is said, raised an annual revenue from this source. Bicycle owners are much ag itated over the matter, and, it is thought, they will enter a vigorous protest if any attempt is made to impose such a tax. ROW IN A NEWSPAPER OFFICE The McCarthys Regain Possession of the San Dlego Vldette SAN DIEGO, March 23.—D. O. and J. H. McCarthy today resumed poisossion of the Vidette office on account of the non performance of the terms of the lease, going in early in the morning when only the pressman was about and no violence necessary to effect their purpose. The paper has been in financial straits and recently Harry Wagner, the lessee, went to San Francisco leaving the boys in the office to run things. The Republican nominees for city offi ces, headed by Judge W. A. Sloane, can didate for mayor, hud offered to back the paper, but no money was forthcoming. After losing possession the Sloane ele ment besieged the doors, but was stood off with drawn revolvers. During the melee two men got in the back way and succeeded in breaking cog-wheels in tiie press and otherwise injuring the ma chinery, desisting when compelled with revolvers at iheir heads. Eight arrests were made and a riot narrowly averted. The McCarthys are now in full control. DEATH THE MOTORMAN An Electric Car Severely Injures Lwo Ladies In Alameda ALAMEDA, March 23.—While riding on Santa Clara avenue this morning, Mrs. J. P. Norman and Mrs. J. N. Barstow were struck by an electric car and both severely injured. Mrs. Norman's hip was fractured and her nose was broken. Mrs. Barstow had her arm broken near the elbow. The ladies turned into the middle of the road way to pass a wagon and did not observe an electric car coming immediately be hind them. When they learned of tho close proximity of the car they became frightened, and losing control of their bicycles, came together with a crash. A PETRIFIED WOMAN The Arrest of Two Alleged Swindlers at Fresno FRESNO, March 23.-G. H. Wood and H. P. Lemon were held to answer today at Selma on a charge of obtaining money under false pretenses. The defendants had sold a stone woman, manufactured in Selma, to N. P. Daggett, a farmer, under the claim that it wai a human petrifaction, taken from the earth in the ("oast Range Mountains in this county, where a number of other alleged petri factions had been secured and put on the market. The work was done by a party named Bozeman, who used • his own daughter to make a cast for the stone fraud sold to Daggett. AN INSANE WOMAN A Telegraph Operator Has i Lively Experience SAN FRANCISCO, March 23.—Charles Bell,a telegraph operator employed by the Western Union Telegraph Company in its branch office on Golden Gate avenue, was compelled to stand off an insane woman armed with a hatchet early this morning. HERCHANTS OF EXPERIENCE PATRONIZE THE HERALD PRICE FIVE CE NTS 5 Bell, who i-i a jr< ungster, wa«i alone n the office when the door opened, lie turned around in bia ohair unit saw .1 aro man standing before him clad only in a night robe. She uttered several peculiar cries and at the same time wildly Hour* idied a small hatchet which she carried in her hand. Instead of replying to his queries she continued her strange mv'« terings for a moment and then ma le a lunge at Bell with ihe hatchet. The first blow missed its mark and the woman was preparing to deliver a second when a messenger buy hurried into the office. Grsaping the woman's uplifted arm he made an effort to wrench the hatchet from her. A struggle ensued and there was every probability that the woman would prove the victor, when Bell, recovering from his fright, went to the aid of the messenger. The two finally succeeded in disarming the woman, but nut before they received several had bruises. The woman wis then made prisoner and held until a policeman could be called. A NERVY CASHIER He Does Terrible Ba lie With end Baffles Two Poatpeda BALTIMORE, March 23.—Walter B. Swindell, of the firm of Swindell Broth ers, who was on his way to the factory with $24h0 to pay the men, was halted on Russell street this afternoon by two high waymen who commanded him to hold up his hands. Instead of obeying them he threw ont his right arm and knocked their pistols up. A terrific struggle ensued, in which several shots were lired by the robbers, one bullet knocking Swindell's hat off. Swindell got out of his carriage and hurled rocks at his assailants. They finally jumped into a buggy and diove off. THOSE DIAMOND CUTTERS One of the Alleged Contract Laborers Says He Is Worth $100,000 NEW YORK, March 23.—Frank Van Reeth. one of the excluded diamond cut ters who came over on the Wester land, succeeded in getting a rehearing today at Ellis Island. It then developed that he was the most expert diamond cutter in the world. He claimed to be wortb $100, --OHO, and declared that he came over to visit Mr. Cistrman, one of a firm who are supposed to have contracted fjr the men. His examination will be continued Monday. THAT SMALL ROiy IN PERU The Provisional Government Recognized by Pedro Azola A Manifesto Issued by the New Government. Troops of Caceres Still Under Arms NEW YORK, Marcn 23.—A special dis patch to a morning paper from Lima, Peru, says: The Provisional Government has been recognized by Pedro Azola, who was the legal First Vice-President under President Bertuudcz. The troops of Caceres are still under arms and are marching to the positions assigned them underthe agreement for an armistice. The Caceres adherents in Callao have not yet submitted, but there disturbance there. The wife and daughter of Caceres took refuge in tl ie British legation. They will probably be escorted to Callao by a British guard and will then he placed on hoard a British man-of-war. The provisional government has issued this manifesto: "Called upon when patriotism forbids hesitation, we have accepted our mission, convinced that we have only to respect the rights of all with frankness and self denial. "We assume that the o je~t of the pro visional government is peace, conciliation and principally to re-establish the publio confidence in the authorities and maintain peace and order in the meantime. "The constitution and laws,in force are such as should govern a republic, but to realize the purpose of the provisional gov ernment we require the assistance of all. We implore all natives and foreigners to assist us. "The terrible events which have oc curred in Lima, und the solemnity of the moment, merit our best efforts to insure peace and order and justify us in the be lief tnat every citizen will uphold and help us in the work of reparation. "We commence our task trusting to merit support in realizing reforms which shortly wil| be offered the nation. (Signed) "Manuel Candamo, "Ricardo Espencza, "Luis Felipe Villaran, "Enrique Bustamente y Salar-, "Elias Malpartida." The signers of the manifesto are the provisional government and the junta representing both factions in Peru. A New Fire Commissioner SACRAMENTO. March 23.—Governor Budd today appointed Collin M. Boyd fire commissioner of San Francisco, vice H. A. Martin, "term expired." LOOKOUT FOR THE QUARTER A Splendid Counterfeit Has Been Put In Circulation Only the Most Adroit Experts Can Distinguish This Bogus Coin —Work ot a Syndicate BALTIMORE, March 23. -The finest counterfeit quarter dollar ever made was discovered today. It is of the series of 1893 and is composed laigely of silver. Only the most adroit expert can detect it from the genuine coin, and it is believed to have been circulated in large quanti ties. This is one of the rare instances in which nearly all silver has been used in counterfeiting. The metal is now so clie.ip that counterfeits of legal weight cm he made at a handsome prolit. FIRE IN A CELL Two Prisoners in a Country Prison Have a Narrow Escape SAN RAFAEL, March 23.—As Jailor O'Brien was making his usual rounds to night he discovered a cell occupied by Frank and Valentine Valencia to be on fire. An alarm was at once sounded and the two prisoners were rescued, but not before they were almost suffocated by fi'(, The Valcneias were arrested during v c afternoon by Constable Hughes, who placed them in this cell. When arrested one of them Had a package of mea,, and it is thought tbey intended to cook this in tho cell. They had set tiro to all the blankets that were near. After recovering from the effects of the smoke they wero pluced in the county jail, and a more serious charge will he placed against them.