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Soaring Skyward
| | Both in the city and in the
|j | j country the circulation of
Ijj Ij j The Herald is rapidly in-
JJ\ \ \ creasing, day hy day.
Wherever the Silver Can
didate Appears
OH THE WE 10 i ns
Crowds Gather to Shake His
But It !■ Improved to ; the Very Best
A Portnal Address to Be Given at Kingston
The nesting With Senator Hill la Expected
to Aisure tha Candidate the Solid
Support ol New Vork'a
Associated Press Special Wire
KINGSTON, N. V., Aug. 24.—Mr. and
Mrs. Bryan were brought over the Hud
son from Rhinecllft to Kingston Point
this afternoon on a tug. Three or four
hundred persons were at the landing
where the train was In waiting to re
ceive the passengers from the up-boat
en route to the Catskills. This was the
train for which Mr. and Mrs. Bryt.n
purchased tickets for Big Indian, on
their way to Wlnnesook Lodge, where
they are to spend the night at guests of
Major Hinkley, chairman of the state
Democratic committee. A rush was
made for them by the curious and ex
cited crowd, and lt seemed for a time
that the two policemen were quite un
able to control the crowd, but Mr. and
Mrs. Bryan were finally pushed Into the
parlor coach Bavaria.
Mr. Bryan addressed the citizens
from the rear platform, speaking about
Aye minutes. He began by saying that
he did not care to make a speech, but
he always wanted to when he saw peo
ple gathered like that. He said:
"Wo have a platform. I believe In a
platform, not only to get In on, but to
stand on after I get In. I believe I rep
resent the best interests of the Ameri
can people on this money question. I
want you to study this question, and af
ter you have done that I believe you
will be ready to Join us In opposing Ihe
gold standard. When you find a man
who tells you the gold standard ls a
good thing you tell him that there nev
er was a party that ever declared in Its
favor. The men who advocate a gold
standard In this country are the men
without a party. Some people will try
to make you believe that this Is a small
matter, but you have Just as good a
right to be heard and receive protection
In a small matter as in the large busi
ness Interests, and I want to say to you
that this ls a very Important thing. This
election ls a very Important one, and I
want you to consider lt so, that you may
all come out right.." (Applause.)
The train then moved on up toward
the Kingston union depot, four miles
away. At this point the West Shore
train had Just brought a crowd of pas
sengers, who were waiting to be trans
ferred to this train. In addition several
hundred people had assembled to greet
the Bryan party.
During the transfer of cars the crowd
again rushed forward to shake Mr. Bry
an's hand, who stood on the rear plat
form, while Mrs. Bryan was on that at
the front, also receiving greetings. No
speech was made, as lt was announced
there that Mr. Bryan would make a for
mal address to the people of this city
In front of the city hall on his return
from the Catskills tomorrow afternoon.
After Mr. Bryan had shaken hands
with hundreds, the train sped on for
the hills. No stop ..was made below
Phoenicia, lt being an express train, and
there was no special Incident until that
point was reached. The Democratic
candidate alighted and shook hands
with several hundred more. At King
ston a colored man stepped up to him
and said:
"Now, three cheers for McKinley,"
although there were numerous McKin-
ley badges about, no one responded to
the colored man's call. At Phoenicia
cheers were given for Mr. Bryan. The
next stop was Allabea; though brief,
Mr. Bryan again took the people by the
hand until the train began moving away.
At Shandaken a large crowd had gath
eied and a man was blowing a cornet
strenuously. Again the silver candi
date and his wife made their appear
ance and greeted the crowd cordially.
On reaching the railroad destination at
Big Indian a large crowd was found
awaiting the arrival of the party and it
was with difficulty that Mr. Bryan and
his wife were escorted to the carriage
which was awaiting to convey them up
the Big Indian valley. He was forced
to speak a few words from the piazza
of a boarding house near by, saying
that he was much surprised though
much gratified that so many had been
attracted by curiosity and interest.
"I hope that those who have come
to scoff will remain to pray. When I
call a person a gold bug, 1 don't mean to
criticise, but I use .the term with the
same feeling that he uses the word luna
tic when he speaks of me."
Mr. Bryan spoke for three minutes,
during which time several cameras were
leveled at him and was then hurried
away for the lodge, after meeting Sam
uel J. Cornell of the new Grand hotel
and promising to drive over there for
dinner tomorrow.
A special train will then be taken for
Kingston, where he will speak at length
at loclock.
The drive up the valley was greatly en
joyed by both Mr. and Mrs. Bryan. On
their arrival at the lodge they were
greeted by their host. Major Hinkley,
and al3o by Public Printer Benedict of
Mr. Bryan has gained flesh and Is In
high Spirits, Inspired particularly by
the approaching meeting with Senator
Hill, Chairman Hinckley aud other
Democratic leaders which, he expects,
will result in assurances politically of
the solid support of the state organiza
Much of the time the past three or
four days has been spent by Bryan
working on his letter of acceptance. It
will-not be so long as his Madison square
speech. Id will not 1 % ~lven to the pub
lic until McKlnley's acceptance is pub
BIG INDIAN, N. V., Aug. 24.—Mr. and
Mrs. Bryan are guests tonight at the
Wlnnesook club at Wlnncsonk Lodge,
a delightful summer camp overlooking
a little lake In a nook of Slide mountain,
4000 feet above the sea level, back in the
Catskills, several miles from the Hud
son. The hosts tonight are Chairmnn
Hinckley of the Democratic state com
mittee, Public rrlnter Benedict of
Washington and Mrs. Charles Schultz".
Wlnnesook club is not a political or
ganization, but happens to have a few
politicians In Its membership. Mr.
Hinckley said the Invitation extended
to Mr. Bryan was purely a personal one,
and that no political significance could
be attached to the visit. Mr. and Mrs.
Bryan were entertained by Mr. Bene
dict and his daughter, Mrs. George K.
French of Washington, tn their cottage.
They will leave at 11 oclock tomorrow
for Albany, stopping for a speech at
Through Chicago Mail Train Wrecked
Near Pittsburg
A Dozen Persons so Badly Injured That Death
Is Expecte I and flany others
Lets Seriously
PITTSBURG, Aug. 24.—The through
Chicago mall on the Pittsburg & West
ern railroad was wrecked at Valencia
station, twenty-two miles from this city,
about noon. Fiften or twenty persons
were badly Injured. At Valencia a work
train ran Into the freight. The grade
being heavy, several cars of the work
train ran back, colliding with the pas
senger train. The collision threw the
cars over a steep embankment. _ Many
passengers were caught in the wreck.
Among the number was Mrs. Howe of
Evans City, who will die.
The relief train with the most ser
iously injured reached here this after
noon and the victims were removed to
Alleghany hospital. Their names are:
Mrs. William Marsh, Talmage, Ohio,
head and body badly cut and bruised,
will probably die.
Mrs. C. F. Hyde. Evans City, Pa., bad
ly cut and bruised; condition very ser
George Houston, train dlspatcher.New
Castle Junction, Pa.,rer»' Very is doubtful.
John Curry, Pleasantvllle, Pa., dan
gerously hurt.
Mrs. William Morse, Lima, Ohio, will
probably die.
D. B. Charles, Harmony, Pa., very
seriously injured.
Mrs. Jennie Ledanen, Internally hurt,
recovery doubtful.
Garrett Culbert, Allegheny, slight
chances of recovery.
About fiften others were more or less
seriously injured, but they refused to
give their names.
The Indian Revolutionists Released and the
Matter Ended
NOGALES. Ariz., Aug. 21.—The cn=e of
Manuel Mesa and Andreas Gonzales, chnrjr
ed with having taken up arms to assl "t
a revolution ngalnst a friendly nation hy
assisting in the attack on the Mexler ■
torn house on the morning of August i-. \< '.s
taken up before the United States court
commissioner this morning. Tho only
witness for the proseeuth n was Captain
Dodge of company C, First infantry.
Captain Dodge stftted that acting under
orders from his superior ofllecr he caused
the arrest of the men because they were
bearing arms at the time, and persons en
gaged in uprising were believed to have
escaped to the I'nited Slates.
Several witnesses for the defense all tes
tified that the prisoners were at lfarshaw,
thirty miles from Nogales, on the morning
the attack was made.
Judge E. B. Williams conducted the de
fense and asked for tho discharge of the
prisoners on the same grounds as in the
case of Salcedo and Llzo; first, that there
was absolutely no proof of any military
organization having been organized, set on
foot or prepared within the limits of the
United Slates against any foreign govern
ment; consequently there was no evidence
that the prisoners had been connected with
any such movement; second, abundance
of proof positive thnt tho prisoners were
at another place when the attack was
The motion to discharge was granted and
the prisoners released with an order to the
United States marshal to return to them
their arms.
This probably ends the trouble for the
present, so far as the United States Is con
Out ol Work
PITTSBURG, Aug. 24.—A1l depart
ments of the Sprang Steel and Iron com
pany's works at Sharpsburg have been
shut down indefinitely, throwing idle
700 men. This action on the part of the
company was a great surprise to the em
ployes. The announcement was made
today that Tibbey's Hint glass factory
at Sharpsburg will resume next Monday
with non-union workman ut a reduct
tion of 20 per cent over last year's wages.
His I roubles Ended
SAN FRANCISCO. Aug. 24.—Tho trou
bles of Oscar Bernhard and his wife, which
were aired in an application for a divorce
a few days ago have been brought to a sud
den end by the suicide of the husband. Ills
body was discovered in a rear room at tho
St. David house this afternoon.
A Case Dismissed
MADISON, Wis., Aug. 24.-A stipulation
was filed with the clerk of the supremo
court today dismissing the action brought
by Michael Kruzcka and others to test
the legality of the apportionment mado hv
tho last legislature without cost to either
Come to Canton to See Major
And Tells Thtm How They May Tax
Themselves Rich
With Incidental Reference to the rVcsiinct of
a Premium on Gold- fie Pleads
fur Votes
Associated Press Special Wire
CANTON, 0., Aug. 24.—A thousand
workmen from twenty-i ight potteries
in East Liverpool, 0., traveled seventy
miles to call on Major McKinley today.
This glazed ware industry has been es
tablished In America since McKinley
was sent to congress from this dis
trict twenty years ago. Chairman W. L.
Smith, Col. J. N. Taylor and W. B.
Blake headed the delegation.
When they reached McKlnley'i home
there were 2000 chering people In the
Mr. Blake said: "Under the Wilson- i
Gorman compromise, which opened up j
the flood gates of our ports to foreign
products, $9,000,000 worth of crockery
has been imported. Every dollar's
worth, or a large percentage of it, could
and would have been made In America '
under our protective policy. Instead
our factories have been limp and help- i
less. Under these unhappy conditions ,
artisans have been thrown out of em- J
ployment, had put up with an Inordinate
amount of discomfiture, scarcely capa
ble of keeping our heads above water.
The potters want to see prosperous
times again, and to this end will vote j
for sound money, a protective policy i
and William McKinley."
Major McKlnley's address In response
was as follows:
"My Fellow Citizens —I cannot con
ceal and would not conceal the pleas
ure which this visit on the part of the
citizens of East Liverpool and Colum
biana county gives me. I have been
deeply moved by the warm and gener
ous words spoken by Mr. Blake, and
nothing gives me greater pleasure nor
more satisfaction than to feel that I
have behind me supporting the great
principles for which I stand the work
ingmen of my old congressional district.
(Applause.) The message of goodwill
so eloquently expressed by your fellow
workman has profoundly touched me.
I cannot forget that you trusted me In
my young manhood, for which I am
deeply grateful, and that you have
ever since followed me with unfalter
ing confidence, of which I am also duly
appreciative. I remember the first time
that I ever looked Into the faces of an
East Liverpool audience, some twenty
years ago, and then as now I was speak
ing for sound money and a protective
tariff. (Great chers.)
Your spokesman has alluded most
graciously to me and to what I have
given to your great industry. If I have
done anything to bring work to you or
my fellow-man anywhere, and made the
conditions of the American working-,
man easier, that is my highest reward,
and greater reward no man could have.
"There is no industry, my fellow-cit
izens, In the United States which de
mands or deserves protection through
our tariff laws than yours. It ls a busi
ness requiring technical and artistic
knowledge and the most careful atten
tion to the many and delicate processes
through which the raw material muit
pass to the completed article.
"Down to 1R62 the potter industry of
the United States had achieved little
or no success, and had made slight ad-
vancement in a practical or commercial
way. At the close of the low-tariff pe
riod of 1860 there was but one white
ware pottery in the United States, with
two small kilns. Decoration kilns were
not known. In 1873, encouraged by the
tariff and the gold premium, which was
an added protection, we had increased
to twenty potteries, with sixty-eight
kiln:-., but still no decorating kilns.
(Applause.) The capital invested was
$1,020,000 and the value of the product
was $1,130,000. In ISS2 there were fifty
five potteries, 344 kilns, twenty-six
decorating kilns, with a capital invested
of $5,076,000 and an annual product of
"The wages paid In the potteries in
ISB2 were $2,537,5C0, and the number of
employes 7000. You have twenty-eight
potteries In the city of East Liverpool
today. The difference between the
wages of labor in this country and for
eign countries you know better than I
can tell you. When the law in 1883 was
enacted, I stated on the floor of congress
that If the duty of 55 per cent and 60
per cent were given, as recommended
by the bill then pending, in less than five
years the quality of American ware
would be Improved, the quantity in
creased and the price to the consumer
diminished. That prophecy has been
more than verified. (Cries of 'You are
right.') In 1882 an assorted crate of
ware sold for $57, and the same—oniy a
better ware—is now sold for less than
$40. In 1864 we paid for the same crate
of ware $210.
"On decorated ware the Immense ben
efit to the consumer is even more appa
rent. The selling price of all decorated
ware was from 50 to 100 per cent higher
in 1882 than in 1890. In 1882, with the
low revenue tariff duty of 24 per cent
and no domestic manufactures, an as
sorted crate of whiteware sold at $95;
in 1890, with the 55 per cent duty and do
mestic competition, with large potter
ies, which are the pride of the country,
employing labor and caplttal at home,
buying our own raw material, the same
assorted crate waa selling for $40. (Ap
What the state of business has been
in the past three years you know better
than I can tell you. Without any actual
knowledge about it I think I can safely
say that you have not been so prosper
ous as you were prior to 1893. Cries of
"You are right; we have not;") and that
the past three years have been years of
unsteady and irregular employment, re
duced wages, less work and less pay.
(Cries of "Yes.")
My fellow citizens, the people in 1592
were busy at work and gave little at
tention to politics. They will not be so
Indifferent again. (Applause and cries
of "You are right;they won't.") They
have more time this year (laughter)
than they had four years ago and are
giving earnest attention and active
work to the national contest which Is
engaging the country. We are growing
more and more to recognize the great
necessity of every citizen giving per
sonal and serious thought to his polit
ical duties. Business men, WOrkingmei
and the people generally are coming to
realize that business and politics are
closely related, nnd that had polities
means bad business and that politics
cannot be neglected without endanger
ing our occupations, our earnings and
our labor.
We have had some distressing expe
: rtence in another direction which has
i taught us if we do not keep our business
our business will not keep us. (Great
i cheering.) And if somebody else does
j our work we will have no work to do
at horn •. (Applause.) The people are
j settled In one purpose this year; they
! will not tolerate the surrender of any
; more of this business and will as quick
j ly as possible recover what they have
! already lost. They know how they have
| lost It; they know how to get it back
; and they mean to do it. (Tremendous
applause and cries of "Hurrah for Mc-
I Another growing sentiment among
: the people Is that much as they are at
tached to other party associations and
hard as it is to leave their old relations,
i they would rather break with their
party than to break up their business;
parties are not son strong as business
] ties and the good of the country is more
;to be desired than the success of any
; political party. Men will no longer fol
low party when it leads away from busl-
I ness success and prosperity; when its
l policies cripple our industries! and tho
i earning power of labor. They will not
follow a party whose policies imperil our
i financial integrity and the honor of the
j country. (Great applause.)
| We are learning another thing my fel
j low citizens; Indeed we know it already,
i thaa no matter what kind of money we
| have, we cannot get lt unless we have
work. (Cries of "You are right,
major.") Whether it is poor money or
| whether it is good money, whether it Is
; gold or whether* it ls silver we cannot
I get one dollar of it unless we have em
| ployment for our hands and our heads.
(Enthusiastic cheering and waving of
hats and handkerchiefs.) And we know
another thing, that when we have work
we have honest dollars with the most
purchasing power—dollars which will
not depreciate in our hands over night,
but which are good every day and every
year and everywhere. (Cries of "Hur
rah for McKinley.")
We will not help labor by reducing the
value of the money in which labor is
paid. The way to help labor ia to pro
vide lt with steady work and good wages
and then have those good wages always
paid in good money—money as sound as
the government and unsullied as this
flag. (Points to the American flag.)
(Tremendous cheers and applause.)
I thank you, my fellow citizens, for
this call and for the warm messages
brought to me by your spokesman; and
be assured It will afford me pleasure to
meet and greet any one of my old friends
for I can never forget, and I would not
forget the unwavering kindness and
support I have always had at your
hands. (Great cheering.)
And Are Promised a Dose ol tt-« Same
CANTON, 0., Aug. 24.—At 1 oclock
seven car loads of Knox county farmers
reached Canton by special Pennsylva
nia train. A local farmer headed the
parade with a load of new mown hay.
They were a sturdy looking set of men
and gave cheerafter cheer as their chair
man appeared on the stoop with Major
McKinley. H. D. Critchfleld of Mt. Ver
non, the son of a Knox county farmer,
made a neat presentation. McKlnley's
response was as follows:
"Mr. Critchlield and My Fellow Citi
zens—lt gives me great pleasure to meet
and greet the citizens of Knox county,
in the city of Canton and my home. I
am glad to welcome my old comrades
of the Grand Army, my fellow citizens
who are engaged in agricultural indus
tries and my fellow citizens of all oc
cupations who are here assembled this
morning. Yqur meeting demonstrates
that you ha\'e a keen interest In the
public questions which are now engag
ing the people of the United States
and that you want this year, as you have
always wanted in the past, to vote for
those principles and those policies which
will achieve the greatest good and the
highest welfare to the country. I am
glad especially to meet the farmers of
Knox county, for the farmers of the
United States form the most conserva-
tive force in our citizenship and In our
civilization. (Applause.) A force that
has always stood for good government,
for country ,for liberty and for hon
esty. (Great applause.) Whatever the
farmer is suffering today Is because
his competitors have increased in num
bers and because his best customers are
out of work. (Applause.) Ido not know
that we can decrease the number of your
competitors, but with a true American
protective policy we can set your best
customers to work. (Tremendous ap
plause.) We have suffered in our for
eign trade and we have suffered in our
domestic trade. The farmers have suf
fered in their export trade and they have
likewise suffered in their home market.
Mr. Buchanan, In his message to the
Thirty-fifth congress, speaking on the
same subject, said: "In the midst of
unsurpassed plenty in all the produc
tions and in all the elelments of national
wealth, we find our manufactures sus
pended, our public works retarded, our
private enterprises of different kinds
übaandoned, and thousands of useful
laborers thrown out of employment and
reduced to want. The revenue of the
Continued on Second Page.
Who Has Just Resigned as Secretary of the Interior in President Cleveland's Cabinet,
Owing tn Political Dllferences
Appointed to Suceed Secretary
Hoke Smith
But Lately Not Engaged in Active Poli
tical Work
A Substantial and Succcasful Business Man
of Middlo Age Becomes Secretary
of the Interior
Associated Press Special Wire
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass., Aug. 24.—
Announcement was made by President
Cleveland nt Gray Gables tonight of
the appointment of David R. Francis,
ex-governor of Missouri, as secretary
of the interior, vice Hoke Smith, who
recently resigned the secretaryship be
cause of bis financial views.
Mr. Francis will probably office on
September 1, ns that Is the date named
in Secretary Smith's resignation,
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 24.—Ex-Governor
David Rowland Francis Is nearly 46
years old, having been born at Rich
mond, Ky., October 15. IS3O. His educa
tion was received in Washington uni
versity, In this city, his family having
moved to StS. Louis. In IS7O he grad
uated, receiving the decree of B. A.
His first employment was with a grain
commission house, continuing until 1877,
when he began business for himself.
In 1884 the D. R. Francis & Bro. com
mission house was established, and as
a result of the growth of his firm, that
same year he became president of the
Merchants' exchange. His first political
position was that of delegate to the na
tional Democratic convention of ISS4.
In April, 1885, he was elected mayor of
St. Louis, having been nominated as a
dark horse on the 185 th ballot. In 18SS
Mr.Francls l was elected governor of Mis
souri. At the expiration of his term In
1802 he resumed the active management
of his old firm, which had been kept up
by the other members of the house,
with occasional supervision by the gov
ernor himself. His connection with pol
itics since 1892 has been that of a simple
citizen with an active interest In the
welfare of this city and county. He has
always been a consistent Democrat. Mrs.
Francis is a leader in St. Louis society.
They have four children.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 24.—The an
nouncement that the president has ap
pointed ex-Governor Francis of Mis
souri to succeed Mr. Smith as secretary
of the Interior rather surprised Washing
ton, more because of the suddenness
with which it followed on the heels of
Mr. Smith's retirement than because of
the selection. The reasons for Mr.
Smith's voluntary withdrawal from the
cabinet were understood as soon as the
announcement was made on Saturday
and it was naturally expected that as
he had retired because heh felt obliged
to support tthe nominee of his party at
Chicago, his successor would be In full
harmony with Mr. Cleveland on the
money question. There was a feeling
also that tthe president would probably
select Mr. Smith's successor from thte
middle west, as the south was already
well represented In his onaoinl family.
Speculation, therefore, went to Missouri,
Indiana and and Illinois, and the names
of ex-Governor Francis,ex-Congressman
Bynum ahd others naturally suggested
Governor Francis took a strong stc.nd
In favor of the gold standard in the pre
liminary battle for delegates to the Chi
cago convention, but he and his asso
ciates were disastrously beaten in his
state. During the convention he was
also active. Since the convention he
has, it is said by his friends here, given
no pu bltuolteranoes as tn his position
with regard to th» Chicago ticket, and so
far as known, has not at least actively
allied himself with the movement for
the Indianapolis convention.
Governor Francis, throughought his
political career, has been a strong sup
porter and a warm friend of Mr. Cleve
land and the administration. It t« re
called that whn Mr. Cleveland was at
Lakewood making up his cabinet prior
to entering upon his second term, ex-
Governor Francis was summoned there
and there was a strong impression for a
time that he would be given a port
folio. He had been mayor of St. Louis
and Governor of Missouri, and before
-Mr. Clevland'B nomination became a
certainty, was pressed for the presiden
tial nominatihn. At the time he was
talked of for a cabinet position it was
said that he had been bitterly opposed
by a faction In his state, and that a re-
monstrance a,gainst his selection was
forwarded to Mr. Cleveland.
Governor Francis i swell known in
Washington. He has been here fre
quently and is exceedingly popular. He
was here only a few days ago and it
was thought when he left that <V had
gone to Gray Gables. Despite the high
honors he has already achieved, he is
si ill a comparatively young man, strong
and vigorous, of sunny temperament
and genial disposition. Although taller
in stature, he somewhat resembles Sec
retary Morton In his personal appear
ance. Ex-Governor Francis is said to
be possessed of considerable means. He
was said to be a millionaire a few years
. Secretary Smith evinced the greatest
j satisfaction when he heard the name of
I his successor. He said in response to a
question: "I have the pleasure of an
intimate aequalntace with Governor
Francis, and esteem him most highly.
He is a man of marked ability. Of course
I feel a deep interest in the department
nnd don't know any one to whom I
would more willingly turn it over."
Secretary Smith immediately tele
graphed congratulations to Governor
Francis. He expects to relinquish his
office to his successor on the Ist of Sep
Arc Active in Behalf of Tbeir
A fleeting Will Be Held Soon to Formulate a
Pljn to Prevent the Preacher's
friends of ex-Pastor Brown are begin
ning a systematic effort to prevent his
expulsion from the ministry by the Bay
conference. Since the confessions of
Mattie Overman and Mrs. Tunnell have
been made public, the sentiment of the
ministers composing the Bay associa
tion has crystallized in a manner that
augurs 111 for the ex-pastor. Many of
them are outspoken in their desire that
he should at once be summarily dis
missed from the ministry, and if the con
ference was convened at once it is prob
able that such action would find few op
ponents. The conference, however,
cannot legally convene until December,
and in the meantime Dr. Brown's
friends hope to rally a sentiment in hi.-i
favor. The conference is composed of
the pastor and two lay delegates from
each of the Congregational churches
about the bay.
Deacon Isaac N. Morse flatters him
self that he has yet some influence with
many of the pastors by reason of his
still controlling the affairs of the First
church, and this is to be exerted to its
fullest ext?nt in favor of Brown's inter
est. Deacon Dexter will also probably
enter the lirts.
A meeting of Dr. Brown's former ad
herents will be called in a day or so,
when some plan to save him from sum
mary expulsion from the ministry will
probably be decided upon.
' A Hotel Failure
| SANTA CRI"Z. Aug. 21.—Hepburn and
Terry, ot the Hotel Capltola. tiled a pett
i tiotl of insolvency today with the largest
i list of liabilities ever filed in this county.
Their liabilities nre about 52 : ).C7.": no as
sets. Creditors are located in Santa Cruz,
Capltola. San Francisco, San Jose, Bos
Angeles and other places. The failure was
probaYUy precipitated by an attempt to
collect a judgment of StSS given when the
firm manajred the Larkspur inn.
A Orent Play
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 24.—The Social
Trust, the nsw drama written by Hillary
Bell nnd Ramsey Morris. New York play
wrights, Its initial production at
the Columbia theater in this city this even
ing. Dramatic critics express th" opinion
that the play Is the greatest work of the
kind that has been produced In the I'nited
States this .war. The Social Trust it, based
on the collapse of the great Cordage trust.
Strong climaxes are the rule, and as pro
duced by the Frawley company, it created
a decided sensation. The play will soon bo
produced In Now York,
Follow the Crowd
' p\\ \ And you will land in Tut
i j (1J Herald office. To that
| \ || | point the people flock with
{| [\\ \ \ their ads. and subscriptions.
cirv sinil,7CT»v. » c^nts
A Murder and Suicide at
San Pedro
Kills His Former Wife and Then
Rasmuss C. Johnson tbe M urdcrer and)
Shoetl His Divorced Wile In Cold Bleed
Wilhout Warning
Desperate Struggle o< a Brave Boatman to
Prevent the Tragedy-Details of tba
Circumstances Leading Up ta
the Killing—The lnqueat
The ordinarily quiet and peaceful
seaport town of San Pedro was the>
scene yesterday morning of a most hor
rible double tragedy, murder and sui
cide, the murderer first killing his di
vorced wife with a revolver bullet, then
turning the smoking weapon upon him
self and sending two ball crashing into
hi 3 brain before he fell helpless and dy
ing. Rasmuss C. Johnson, a Norweg
ian, 3S years of age, was the murderer
and suicide, his victim being Mrs. Leta
Lane, 27 years of age and a woman of
more than ordinary beauty. Johnson
shot her, not in a moment of passion or
despair, but the deed was carefully
planned before hand and carried out in
spite of the desperate efforts of a boat
man named Ed Duffy to prevent it 3
consummation even at great personal
risk to himself. The tragedy was the
result of a long series of quarrels be
tween the mlsmated couple which finally
resulted in their legal separation, since
which time Johnson has brooded over
the matter until he nerved himself for
his desperate deed.
The story of the facts leading up to the
crime Is as follows:
Some eighteen months ago Johnson
and his wife Le:a came to San
Pedro from San Francisco and together
they started the Lindskow restaurant.
Business was dull and the venture did
not pay, so after a three months' trial
lt was abandoned and the couple moved
over to Terminal island, Johnson secur
ing a position as cook on board the
Southern California Fishing company's
boat Alpha, while his wife went to work
in the cannery. Johnson held his posi
tion for about a year and during this
time is alleged to have abused his wife
shamefully, often beating and striking
Then he went to sea as steward on the
schooner Meteor, but on his return lived
with the woman for only a short time
before she began divorce proceedings
on the grounds of cruelty, the decree
being finally granted during the absence
on one of his trips on the vessel. Mrs
Johnson had been divorced but a short
time until she married Henry Stanton
Lane, a well-known resident of East
San Pedro, who is employed as foreman
of the Southern Culifonip Lumber com
pany's yard on Terminal island. They
had been marreld only about a month,
but seemed to bo devoted to each other
and to have been very happy.
About three weeks ago Johnson ac
costed Lane whom he met out w-alking
with his wife at San Pedro and seemed
disposed to make trouble. Lane told
Johnson that he did not want any diffi
culty with him and to go away about his
business; to leave both him and his wife
alone as they had nothing in common
with him. This appeared to cut Johnson
to the quick and he has been morbid and
brooded over it ever since, having mado
remarks to several people that thero
would be trouble before long.
When Mrs. Johnson secured her di
vorce it appears that the couple owned
some little community property, which
the decree provided should be divided.
Johnson never received his share,
amounting to some $200, and he Several
times asked the woman to pay him, a»
he desired to go away, never to come
back, because he could not beer to see
her the wife of another man. Johnson
also sought the advice of Attorney Steig
litz on the matter, and was told that if
Mrs. Lane refused or failed to give him
his share of the property awarded him
by the courts his only remedy was a
civil suit to recover it. When Johnson
was told this he undoubtedly made up
his mind as to what course to pursua
and acted accordingly.
Sunday morning he entered the stora
of J. A. Weldt and asked to look at soma
revolver cartridges, saying he wished to
buy some for his gun. He was shown
some, and, taking one out of a box, ha
departed, saying that he would take It
home and see If It fitted his gun—if so,
ha would come back and purchase the
box. He did not return, and upon open
ing the box after lie had heard of tho
tragedy, Mr. We'.dt found that thero
were five cartridges missing, having un
doubtedly been abstracted by Johnson
with which to accomplish his deadly
Yesterday morning at about 8:30 Mrs.
Lane came over to San Pedro from her
home on Terminal Island to do some
shopping, carrying her market basket
on her arm. She was rowed across the
channel in a skiff belonging to a man
named Duffy, who, with the assistance
of his three sons, run a ferry to accom
modate persons wishing to cross to or
from San Pedro and th* island. The
boatman, Donald Cormack, landed his
passenger at the lloating barge or dock

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