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In the Attempt to Conceal
a Murder
The Hideous Chunks Make One Man's
Body, and That Man Was
Surely Murdered
NEW YORK, June lower part
of the trunk of a man was found in the
weeds at One Hundred and Seventy
sixth street and Undercut! avenue, this
city, today. It was terribly mutilated
and shows plainly that a murder has
been committed. It was wrapped ln oil
cloth and manila paper, exactly as was
the upper part ot a trunk found ln the
East river off Eleventh street on Satur
day. The two are parts of the same body.
The two pieces were found more than
eight miles apart, one ln the water and
the other on land. The part found today
comprised the lower part of the trunk
from the fifth rib to the hips, the legs hav
ing been severed from the body at the hip
Joints. It waa wrapped ln three folds of
oilcloth. The oilcloth was evidently cut
from the same piece as that whloh en-'
closed the upper part of the trunk. It
was new and of a cheap pattern, bright
red. It is like that commonly used for
tablecloths ln tenement houses. The
find of today was ln a bulky bundle
lying against a wall next to Undercllff
avenue, where the shrubbery is very
thick. It has not been dissected, which
does away with the belief that the body
had boen handled by medical students.
Besides, It had been terribly hacked when
separated tram 1 the upper portion. It
was sent to the morgue, where It «ex
actly fits the part found Saturday. Dep
uty Coroner O'Hanlon performed an
autopsy on the upper part of the trunk
today before the other had been found.
He discovered two stab wounds, one be-
tween the fifth and sixth ribs and one
between the sixth and seventh, In the
region of the heart. There was also a
•tab wound back of the left collar bone
that extended down to the apex of the
left lung. Dr. O'Hanlon found, too, a
bruise on the left forearm, and 1 under the
right forearm was a contusion, showing
the imprint of a heel, with hob nails, like
those ln heavy l boots. He found an in
cised wound ln the palm of the right
hand, which he said was probably
caused by the victim seizing the weapon
■with which he was attacked. There was
no water or serum ln the lungs, which
were well flllled with air. There was a
knife wound two Inohes long In the apex
of the heart, corresponding to the wound
between the ribs. Numerous contusions
were also found on the body, which
wound*. Dr. CVHanlon thinks, could not
have been Inflicted after death.
1 Th? dootor_stated thaj.lha.ro/vr 'vurid
twentjr-four. He calculates the man'i
age at about 85 years and his height at
,f> feet 10 Inches. He was a laborer, and
the nails were down to the quick, as if
from a habit of biting them. The condi
tion of the body indicates a well nour
ished, healthy man.
The detectives of two precincts and
the best central office men are working
on the case.
The second portion of the butchered
corpse was found north of the Harlem
river, seven miles from where the other
part was discovered. Two boys found
the first part of the body and two other
boys came across the portion of the
trunk in the woods. The boys were
hunting for berries when they noticed
the bundle lying against a wall. The
boys were prompted by curiosity to open
the bundle. They left it lying exactly
as they found. Their father stood guard
over it while the two boys went and
called two policemen, who opened the
The work of cutting oft the lower limbs
had been done very cleanly, without
hacking. In the wound behind the left
collar bone there was an escape of
blood beneath the fascia and right
pleural cavity and as blood does not
flow after death) the deputy coroner ex
presses the belief that the wound must
have been made before death and not
after. There is also blood under the
thumb nail of the left hand and there
are numerous contusions on the body
that could not possibly have been in
flicted after death. According to the
deputy coroner's statement it Is to be
presumed that the man. was stabbed to
death and the police are trying to form
a theory as to where the dreadful work
of murder and butchery was committed.
If the murder was committed in the
neighborhood of High bridge and the
upper part of the trunk thrown Into the
Harlem river It would have first floated
Into the Bast river on account of the
conditions of tide. The police are won
dering in what spot the limbs of the
oorpse will be found. They think they
Will turn up some place before long, but
to not think it likely that the head will
tver be found. They think the murderer
haa either burled or burned It in a fur
nace in order to keep secret the identity
of his victim. This would hardly be
done, however, unless the Identity of
Ihe murdered man would easily lead to
the Identify of the murderer. No surgi
cal skill was employed ln dismembering
,jhe body. On the breast of the trunk a
large piece of flesh had been hacked
away. This may have been done to pre
vent Identification by means of tattoial
marks. >
More Troops Needed to Quell the In
CHICAGO June 27.—A special to the
Chronicle from Jacksonville, Fla., says:
Weyler, while at Clenfuegos, made a re
quest for 20,000 more colonial volunteers
with the intention of starting an active
campaign. He has also demanded from
Spain 40,000 additional troops, to reach
Cuba by September 1. The rainy sea
son will be drawing to a close at thin
time and this goes to prove the assertion
that he will make the effort of his life
Jo conquer the insurgents. The an-
Sounoement that Gomez would begin
active operations has been verified.
It la officially stated today that a
Spanish column has had an engagement
with rebels under Stolongo on the Sto
longo ranch near Jaguay Grande, prov
ince of Matansas. The Insurgents are
alleged to have dispersed with the lose
of fifteen killed and one wounded. Th*
Spanish had a corporal wounded. It is
known that the "engagement" was sim
ply an attack made by the troops upon
the defenseless paclficos on the ranch,
and that fifteen persons reported to have
been killed ln battle were brutally mas
Quit Work Whan the Lights Want
CLEVELAND, Ohio, June 27.—Burg
lars resorted to a novel scheme to open
a bank safe at Chagrin Falls, this coun
ty, last night. They entered the bank of
Rogers & Son some time ln the early
evening. They had prevloualy attached
a wire to a trolley line of the electric
railway. • This wire was run through an
alley, over a transom and to the safe.
Another wire attached to the rail of the
street car track was brought Into the
bank. At the end of these wires were
carbon point. With these carbons an
attempt was made with the arc light
thus formed to melt the knob of the
combination. The experiment worked
all right and' the know had been nearly
melted away when the current was shut
off shortly after midnight. The burg
lars then gave up the task. The Job was
planned scientifically. There is nO clue
to the burglars
John Sherman Gives His Views on
the Political Outlook—He Is
No Prophet
t i
NEW YORK, June 27.—Secretary of
State John Sherman, who arrived ln
New York last night Is quoted ln an In
terview In this morning's World as say
"The matter of trusts la altogether
the most Important question of the day.
"A combination of persons engaged in
a common business would seem oni its
face to be a fair enough matter, but ln
reality such combinations prevent
healthful competition and control the
output and prices.
"The present national trust law (the
Sherman law) is not strong enough. I
framed It myself and the senate commit
tee on Judiciary made changes ln it
which materially weakened its effect I
favor making unlawful ln the most di
rect manner ell combinations ln re-
straint of trade. They put all industries
in the hands of a few men. The people
have a right to open competition ln all
Industrie's and trades.
"Restraints of trusts oan> bo made ef
fective when we can get the proper kind
of law. The supreme court has upheld
the present trust law, but has pointed
out Its defects. I think that these de
fects oar. and will be remedied.
"The trust people say the effect of
their combinations is to_lower.jJclfifß of
the output aud put up prices must nat
urally come with the control of any im
portant Industry or trade. When a man
makes his money on a fair basis of trade
no man envies him, or has a right to.
When he makes a fortune with the
trusts which shut out competition or
restrain trade he Is denounced, and this
has been done by all peoples and at all
times. It Is unfair competition and un
fair combination that have roused up
this cry against trusts.
"The currency question cannot be de
cided at this session of congress. Nobody
is ready to decide it. The eastern states
are pretty thoroughly In favor of the
gold standard. The south seems to be
slowly coming around to the same view.
But the western states, which are heav
ily ln debt, want a cheaper currency
and of course are advocating Bilver.
Whether it will be settled in time to take
it out of the way as an issue for the next
presidential campaign, I cannot tell—l
am no prophet."
Building Trades Troubles
NEW YORK, June 27.—The lockout
of 3000 plasterers will go Into effect to
morrow, and many sympathetic strikes,
involving a large number of men of
other building' trades, may result. The
firms in the Employing Plasterers' as
sociation appear to have decided to
fight against the demands of the men to
the bitter end. The bosses have already
advertised for men In out of town news
papers, but up to Saturday "no non
union men had been put to work on any
of the buildings now being erected in
this city. Wherever non-union plaster
ers are found at work tomorrow general
strikes will be ordered at once The
situation is considered' the most serious
in the building trades for some time.
A Mining Town Burned
DENVER, Col., June 27.—A special to
the Rocky Mountain News from Fresh
water, Col., says: The business por
tion of this town was wiped out by Are
at an early hour this morning. The
flames started in> the National hotel, a
two-story frame building, at 2 a. m.,
and spread rapidly to the adjoining
buildings, and was only checked when
all adljolning inflammable material was
destroyed l . The guests im the house
escaped without Injury, but the pro
prietor, Mr. Sproat, in jumping from
the second story, broke his leg. The total
loss will be $20,000. Freshwater Is a new
mining camp about thirty nrlles west of
Cripple Creek, in Park county.
Fresh Supplies of Vitality
To renew a waning stock may be gath
ered from a source accessible to all, and
never sought ln vain by any whose consti
tution and vigor are not so much dilapi
dated as to be wholly past repairing. Evi
dence direct, convincing and ample, Indi
cates Hostetter's Stomach Bitters as a
tonic of unexampled efficacy and perfect
purity, and possessed of properties that
constitute it an Invaluable remedy for
dyspepsia, constipation, liver complaint,
urinary and uterine weakness, rheumatic
complaints and malarial fever. Delicate
females nnd Infirm old persons are invig
orated and solaced by It, and the physical
prostration which usually follows a Severe
Illness is in a great degree remedied and
convalescence accelerated through its use.
It occupies a leading position among medi
cinal staples.
Wall paper, late styles, low prices ft
V. A. Eckstrom's f*t «r.mv, Bnring «tr'*t
Latest style of wan paper at A. A. Sck
.•trom's, 324 South Spring street.
An Insane Man's Desperate
Attempt at Suicide
Imaginary Enemies Wars Trying to
Kill Him and He Wanted to
Finish the Job
John Tarbis, an insane prisoner locked
up ln the Jail at San Pedro, made a des
perate attempt to commit suicide yes
terday afternoon, using the lid of a tin
lard can as the instrument for self de
struction. He was found at 4 oclock ln
an unconscious state, bleeding profusely
from a number of gashes in his forehead
by Deputy Constable T. M. Williams,
who had come Into his cell with his din
ner. The tin lid which had been used to
inflict the wounds lay upon the floor cov
ered with blood.
A physician was summoned hurried
ly. He made an examination of the
man's Injuries and found that hlscondi
tion was critical. A great deal of blood
had been lost and deoth would shortly
have resulted from this cause.
Tarbis is a plumber about 35 years old.
and has lived at San Pedro for some
time. Recently his mind became af
fected, and he imagined that enemies
were trying to kill him. During the past
few days he has become more or less vio
lent when laboring under thlshalluclna
tlon and Saturday afternoon Constable
Williams locked him up, expecting to
bring him to this city today and have
him committed to the Highland insane
Yesterday noon he had fed the man ln
Jail and he was perfectly quiet. There
were three large gashes ln each wrist,
besides the cuts about his forehead. All
the cuts had been made with the lid of
a tin can which had been left in the cell.
The lid had been placed against the side
of the cell with the sharp side out and
then Tarbis had stood and bumped hia
head against It. The cuts ln his wrists
had been made by placing his arm
across the sharp edge and then pound
ing it with the other hand.
The injured man was bundled up as
quickly as possible and brought to thi9
city. He was first taken to the county
Jail but since the new insane laws were
passed no patients are now taken there,
so he was removed to the county hos
pital. He was very weak from loss of
blood and it is doubtful if he will re
Last night, when he regained con
sciousness, Tarbis was asked why he
had tried to kill himself. "Well," he re
plied, "I might" Just as well finish the
job myself, because If I don't somebody
else will." He will be brought up today
for commJtjn^n^Jc^Hj^^jd,
Raised by Fledging the Philippine
MADRID, June 27.—The government
has signed a contract for a 6 per cent
loan of £8,000,000 to meet the expenses
of the Philippine war. It will be guar
anteed by the Philippine customs.
Senor Sagasta's manifesto defining
the policy of the Liberal party with re
gard to Cuba has been coldly received.
KEY WEST, Fla., June 27.—Every
thing is quiet here. A squad of United
States soldiers were sent from the gar
rison to guard the Fort Taylor reserva
tion at the request of the contractor to
day, as there is a quantity of dynamite
for blasting purposes and other ammu
nition stored there.
An Idiotic Crime
OAKLAND, June 27.—The narrow
gauge train returning from Sunset paTk
with those who had been attending the
German Butchers' association outing
was cut In two at the Morton street
curve ln Alameda tonight by William
G. Noakes, a butcher, and James John
son, 15 years old, both of San Francisco.
They were arrested by Deputy Sheriffs
Racine and Marlln. The rear cars of tho
train were released from the other
coaches and all the connections were cut,
including the safety chains. The coaches
were filled with pa&sengers. When the
sections drifted apart there was a scram
ble. The head of the train was brought
to a standstill and the trainmen man-
aged to prevent a collision. The object
of the guilty persons is unknown.
Awful Temptations
NORTH FIELD, Map?., June 27.—The
students' conference ln session here had
a red letter day, large crowds coming
from the surrounding towns. Mr,
Moody commenced last night an ad
dress) on the "Ten Commandments" In
the course of his remarks he said: "The
love of the Lord Is perfect. The young
man of the day has great temptations.
Three great temptations are the trolley
car, bicycling and the Sunday papers."
At tonight's auditorium meeting Dr.
Shauffler of New York gave an address
on "City Missions," which was at th'j
close an appeal for Workers In the slums.
The Hoffman Case
SAN FRANCISCO, June 27.—The rel
atives of Isaac Hoffman will tomorrow
again consult with the attorneys who
have been representing them, as well as
his linn. A decision as to whether a
charge of murder shall be preferred
against Theodore A. Flgel may be
reached. There is no guarantee that a
conclusion will be arrived at, as tho
lawyers may wish to deliberate further
on the course that should 1 be followed
ln prosecuting the bookkeeper.
The Salmon Season
SAN FRANCISCO, June 27.—The bark
Nicholas Thayer arrived today from
Loring, Alaska, with 23,220 cases of
canned salmon. She Is the first of the
salmon fleet to arrive and has com-,
down sooner than was expected. The
Thayer brings news that the run of sal
mon has been very fine and that big
catches have been made.
Sudden and Serious
LITTLE ROCK, Ark., June 27.—The
woret storm of the season occurred at
4 oclock this afternoon. The wind
reached a very high velocity for a few
minutes, and the people who remem
bered the cyclone of three years ago
were terror-stricken, and hurriedly
sought places of safety. Shade trees,
awnings and fences were blown down
all over the city and plate glass windows
in the business portion demolished. Rain
fell ln torrents and was followed by a
violent hall storm. A few small build
ings were blown down and' roofs dam
aged. A number of persons were more
or less Injured by flying timbers. The
storm lasted but a few mlmutce.
A Graveyard War
—Augustus A. Garrison and. Frank
Jones were killed and Tom Jones mor
tally wounded In a bloody battle which
took place ln the Methodist church yard
this morning. Garrison killed Frank
Jones and was then shot by Tom, a
brother of Frank. Before dying he
mortally wounded Tom Jones. A young
lady had been wounded by Frank Jones
and Garrison determined to avenge the
His Nerve Failed
SACRAMENTO, June 27.—Today two
men, one of whom Is Charles Bohm, a
deputy dog-catcher, wer found trying
to open a trunk belonging to the
"Bloomer Girls," who are playing at Oak
Park. Bohm was followed'to his home,
where he seized a shotgun and stood 1 off
the constables, who sent for the police,
and when the patrol wagon came up
Bohm concluded 1 It wise to surrender.
One by One the Men Die of Java Pever
and the Vessel Strikes a
PHILADELPHIA, June 27.—The de
tails of the recent total loss of the Phil-
adelphia-bound British sugar bark
Traveler, Captain Christie, at Port
Mathurin, Rodriguez island, and the
death from Java fever of ten members
of her crew, Including Captain Christie,
have just been received at thisport from
Mauritius and bring to light one of the
most thrilling cases of shipwreck and
suffering in the annals of shipping. Two
of the sailors, driven to desperation by
witnessing the sufferings of their ship
mates, committed suicide by leaping
overboard, preferring death in this way
rather than from the ravages of the
fever, which they felt sure to overtake
them. One by one the men died off,
until the mate and the second mate wer»
the only officers spared, and the former
finally succumbed to the diread disease.
Captain Christie, the commander, and
seven men had died and their bodies had
been cast over the ship's side.
For nearly two weeks she drifted to the
northward and eastward of. Rodriguez
island and ran into Port Mathurin. An
effort was made to get medical aid from
the shore. That night the wind rose and
the following sunrise the vessel drove on
the reefs and became a total loss. She
i>Sto r Wk%lillt r of iron
Scotland, and was laden with about CSOO
bags of sugar, valued at $6000. She left
Java for Philadelphia Christmas week,
and although she came to grief February
SrrJ at Rodriguez, a remote island in the
Indian ocean, nothing was known of it
until last month. Captain Christie of the
unfortunate vessel was well known here,
having sailed out of Philadelphia a num
ber of times on deep water voyages.
She was owned by J. W. Hawes & Co.
of Liverpool. Her cargo was insured by-
American companies.
Wild Figuring
LONDON, June 27.—A correspondent
of the Times at Tokio, in a letter pub
lished this morning, dwells upon the
enormous damage which the new Amer
ican tariff will work to Japanse trade.
He gives figures showing that the new
duty on Japanese tea amounts to more
than the whole of the exports of thai
commodity, and says that there is a
great rush of exporters to forestall the
Imposition of the duty.
Pettigrew's Condition
WASHINGTON, June 27.-«enator
Pettigrew has recovered rapidly from
his illness of Saturday. He had so far
recovered his voice tonight as to be able
to articulate quite distinctly and he ex
pressed great confidence In his 3peedy
restoration to health. Hi& physician
concurs in this'view, but insists upon his
patient remaining very quiet for the
Down in Dixie
ATLANTA, Ga., June 27.—A1l heat
records in Georgia have been broken to
day and a number of fatalities through
out the state have resulted from the
hundreds of prostrations reported. The
deaths have cccurred In this city and
more are expected. The thermometer
registered 104 this afternoon and people
were compelled to stay indoors.
Debs Denounced
DETROIT, Mich., June 27 —About 200
Detroit socialists met this afternoon and
denounced Eugene V. Debs' movement
for an. independent community In Wash
ington. The scheme was characterized
by all the speakers as the old commun
istic theory and impossible of achieve
Italian Politics
ROME, June 27.—After three days'
debate the senate has adopted, in. Eecret
ballot, by a vote of 68 to 27, General Pel
loux's army reorganization bill increas
ing the peace effective footing of the
Italian land forces.
A Splendid Opportunity
To spend the 4th of July at Coronado
Beach and San Diego is offered by the
$3 excursion of the Santa Fe. Tickets
are sold Friday and Saturday, July 2nd
and 3rd, and are good for return for 30
days. There is no equal to Coronado
on the Pacific coast, and the hotel is
making cheap rates for the summer.
Fourth of July Excursion Rates
July 3, 4 and 5 the Santa Fe will sell
excursion tickets between all stations at
a rate of one and one-third fare, tickets
good returning until July 6.
San Francisco Round Trip $18
On Southern Pacific. Tickets sold' July sth
to 9th; going limit, July 10th; return limit,
July 26th. Stop-overs ln both directions
within limit.
Water at a Cent a Gallon—A Dry
Crushing Plant—The Pro
posed Bailroad
JOHANNESBURG, June 2*.'—There
haa been a decided dearth of news ln the
Rand mining district the past few weeks,
but It haa not been »o in mining activity,
for at no time in the history of the camp
haa there been so much actual develop
ment ln the mines, persistent and suc
cessful prospecting, and as many men
employed as at the present time. Rands
burg and Johannesburg do not have as
large and diverse a population as they
had during the winter and early spring,
but those that are here now are the kind
that build cltieß. They are of the enter
prising and energetic class, not look
ing for a "sure thing," and back
their Judgment with their money. As a
result of their work new prospects are
being opened daily and rich veins of ore
being disclosed. These are becoming so
commonplace they do not excite the talk
and interest they formerly did, and but
few reports of the discoveries And their
way into the daily papers. The old! time
mines—tha Rand group, Wedge, Kinyon,
Gold Coin and St. Elmo—are running
steadily, giving employment to quite a
large number of men in the aggregate,
and their ore Is being worked with signal
sucess by the Huntington, Garloek and
Henry mills at Garloek and the Val
Verde mill at Cuddyback lake. In the
Wedge the main shaft Is now down over
400 feet and the quality of ore is better
than ever. The Kinyon is also being sunk
at a rapid rate and continues to Improve.
The same can also be said of those of the
other mines in the district that are down
150 feet or more, this giving a decided and
absolute reputation to the prophesies
made by some of the drawlngroom ex
perts who visited the camp in its firs',
stages of development. Evidently their
"opinions" are not bearing frieW
The Alameda mine is looking? better
every day and efforts are being made by
three or four syndicates to purchase it,
but as yet none of them have succeeded
in getting it, although at the present
writing an expert is on the ground pre
paring a report to be submitted to a
Boston company who are anxious to get
hold of the property. Tour correspond
ent was permitted a day or two since to
descend into "Finch's hole," where the
recent rich strike was made, and took
samples fairly alive with gold from a
ten inch pay streak that runs not less
than $500 to the ton, and from that up
into the thousands. The company's
shaft is now down seventy feet, shows a
six foot ledge, and through it runs a pay
streak two feet wide carrying $100 ore.
Just outside the townsite of Johannes
burg Messrs. Crawford & Miles have a
promising claim sixty feet deep, from
which they are shipping $40 ore. An
offer of a new and complete $5000 stamp
mill has Just been refused for thi9 mm?.
In the wash just west of town some
placer miners have gone thirty feet to
bedrock and are making from $5 to $10
sfrict shall have run up
Into the five figures, is now settled, and
water in almost any desired quantity
can be secured at a cent a gallon rate.
Randsburg and Johannesburg are fur-
nished by Skilling's, Colson's and the
Johannesburg Milling and Water com
pany's wells and the life supporting
liquid is of the purest quality. The Jo
hannesburg company have four wells
down, varying in depth from 120 to 3SO
feet, and are obtaining ten Inches
(equivalent to 129,600 gallons) of water
dally. They have now a supply sufficient
to support a large domestic demand
and feed a ten stamp mill which they ex
pect soon to have in operation.
Representatives of the patentees of a
Los Angeles dry crusher and concen
trator were recently here inspecting the
mines particularly those producing low
grade ores. They took samples of thess
to your city and after testing pro
nounced their ability to successfully
and profitably work them, both to them
selves and the mine owners. Within
the last few- days they have written to
parties here that they are making a
plant which they will ship and have in
operation in Johannesburg during the
coming month.
Word was received here today from
authentic sources that ties for the pro
posed railroad are now en route and
grading for the roadbed will be com
menced at Kramer some time next
Prof, and Mrs. Louis Claverie of the
Froebel institute, Los Angeles, are here
spending their vacation. The professor
is interested in a number of promising
claims and is opening them up with good
prospects of success.
Malay Methods of Suicide Are Quite
It was a thick air that hung about the
spice stalls. The smell of cloves and san
dal-wood breathed over Batavla like a
sweetened cloud, and the searching,
pungent reek of bruised pepper that
hung round the inner shops was almost,
painful. Moreover, the Javanese is the
craftiest fisher round the rim of the flea.*,
and glorious are the hauls he brings
ashore from the bays and rivers that
slice Java to north ar.d south. But he
does not approve of fre&h fish, preferring
to smoke his prey in greenwood smoke-.
His crowning delight Is the fermenting
of a seething mass of fish-fry and
prawns in the sun, stewed by natural
heat to a noisome mass that gladdens
the heart of Malays.
Away beyond the low houses I cou'.d
see the long ridge of mountains that is
the ragged backbone of Java. Some of
them are volcanoes, extinct long aeons
since. Here ar.d there ln the swarming
crowds of the town I found a man from
the hills—stark, wiry and of more mus
cular limbs than the dreamy lollers that
love the plain. There was the gleam of
the higher air on his skin and his hair
was short and crisp. On his shoulders
he carried saleable leopard skins and hi
his eye an open scorn for the feebler men
around. This is the way of all mountain
men, even nearer home than Java.
By and by, in the hush of the glaring
noon, there' sounded in angry scream
up the street; three seconds later a yeil
of pain and the sobbing cry of a man cut
deep through his lungs. It touched off
the whole teeming populace like a
match ln a powder barrel; there was a
frenzied rush of swarthy loafers for
safety, and a shrieking chorus of
"Amok! Amok!" the street cry of the
far ea9t, which means many deaths ln a
short period. Out of a byway a lithe Ma
lay tore blindly down the road, driving
his knife Into the stomach of a water
carrier as he passed. The carrier fell on'
his face with a thick cough, and tha
frantic man spun forward, with start
ing, bloodshot eyeballs, foaming at the
mouth like a rabid dog, a narrow kris in
his right hand. He dashed furiously
among the deserted stalls and on
through the town, till a big Lascar
fresh from his ship and hungry for a
fight sank his knife under the madman's
ribs with the slipping upstroke which Is
the legacy of all Lascars throughout the
These ten-minute dramas occur twen
ty or thirty time a year ln Batavla and
in most cities of the remoter east Tha
pleasant Malay prefers this method" of
suicide to any other; and after losing hi:,
wealth at a gambling den in the east city
slums, or his betrothed through fever,
he decides on an amok. It Ist far less
cold-blooded than common self-murdfr,
and the red, rabid frenzy appeals to the
hot blood of the ruined Malay. He
buries his kris in the body of the nearest
man, and keeps the line of a maddened
Jackal through the town, killing to right
and left, till a readier knife ends him.
I have known eleven victims to suc
cumb to one amok, and at times a pow
erful hlllman will cut down a score of
bystanders before he meet 9 the point.
In all countries of the farthest east you
will find that ruin breeds this fever for
the Running Kill.—Answers.
And the Accident at the Dentist's
Gave Them Suggestions
"I seen a mighty queer piece o' busi
ness when I was in town," said Jay
Green, who had Just returned from a
day's sojourn at the county seat. "I
was standln' ln front o' Simpson's store
when I heard a sharp report—suthin'
like a shotgun—in the dentist's office up
stairß in the bulldin' across the way, an'
down the stairs bulged a feller with a
big cloth around his neck an' his mouth
full o' cement, a-sputtcrin' an' a-goblin'
like all gee whiz. Right after him came
the dentist, with his hair and whiskers
singed off. The smoke poured out of
the windows an' I guess the whole place
would have burnt up If the hook an'
ladder company hadn't come an' put It
"What was the matter, anyhow?"
asked Eben Appledry, to whom Jay was
relating his adventures.
"That was what everybody that ran
up wanted to know. The dentist ex
plained that after he had filled the pa
tient full o' plaster he had started to
put in the time while it was settin' in
experimentin' with a set o' false teeth
made of a new composition that had
been sent him for examination. He
went on to say that he had hit 'em with
a hammer to test their strength an' they
had exploded like dynamite.
"When the dentist had got this far
along in his explanation the patient
managed to spit out enough of the ce
ment to enable him to ask if teeth made
of that material wouldn't be liable to
explode an' blow their wearer's head off
if they were bitten down hard on a
bone. The dentist replied that such
would probably be the case, and four
men ln the crowd who overheard him
say it hollered out th'dt they'd' each take
i a set o' them explosive teeth as soon as
he could furnish them. And the man
" 'Me, too. I've got a mother-in-law
myself."—St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
All His Solicitude for His Wheel
Walter Burtell, 14 years old, while rid
ing his wheel one night last week, turned
into a side street to avoid approaching
Are engines. Harry Tag, driving a heavy
truck, also tried to get out of the way
of the engines, and in his hurry ran over
The lad was knocked from his ma
chine and his leg was broken. His wheel
was wrecked He was taken to a hospi
tal and Tag was locked up in a police
Although suffering Intense pain, Bur
tel! insisted that he was not hurt. He
Inquired repeatedly for the bicycle.
"I think a whole lot of my wheel, be
cause I had to save up to buy it," he ex
claimed. The bystanders told him his
wheel was 11 right. He appeared greatly
relieved and was very brave on his way
to the hospital.—New York Herald. I
A Miner's Suicide
JAMESTOWN, Cal., June 27.— H. W.
Coffin, .superintendent of the Jumper
mine and formerly a successful mine
manager in Nevada, shot himself ln the
temple early this morning while in. the
Jumper office and died in a few min
utes. He is believed to have been tem
porarily insane, having sustained aevm-e
injuries on his head during a recent ac
cident in the mine.
Professor Wood Dead
NEW YORK, June 27.—©evolson
Wood,professor of mechanical engineer
ing and technology at Stevens' institute,
Hoboken, N. J., died in thai city last
night, aged 65 years. He wasnn author
ity on mechanical engineering and the
authority of a number of ouoks on that
science. Paralysis of the heart caused
his death.
Fire at San Jose
• SAN JOSE, June 27.—A Are at 2:30
oclock this morning destroyed the City
Hall livery stable and gave the firemen
some hard work. Six horses were burn
ed to death and about a dozen rigs a lot
of harness and hay were consumed. Th«
loss is estimated at from $4000 to JGOOO.
A Santa Cruz Pioneer
SANTA CRUZ, June 27.—L. S. Har
mon, a pioneer resident and ex-superin
tendent of streets, dropped dead on
Riverside avenue this evening of apo
A Great Discovery
LIMA, Peru, June 27.—Prof. Arrpor
. ath of the Cordova university observa
tory asserts that the moon. Is not a
satellite of the earth, but a planet.
Sailed for Africa
LONDON, June 27.—Dr. Jameson
sailed yesterday for Cape Town, en
route for Buluwayo.
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