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TWENTY-SEVENTH YEAR. NO. 19. AMUSEMENTS ' SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT—OnIy ~7*T a. ~ O _* ft f Three More Performances Gh» Jtattan Orand Upera Company v S7\ . . AGOSTINI as TH.. II'KE Vonight (Verd/'s) Wigoietto <f. X / «✓ FRANCO as . MAGDALnNA , Tomorrow Afternoon, Wednesday matinee. Verdi 8 IL TttOVATORE Wednesday evening, grand double old, C.WALLERIA RUSTICANA and I PA3LIACCI. Grand chorus, grand orchestra, elaborate costumes. Seats now 011 sale. Prices 2>c, 50c, 75c, ♦1.00. $1.50. Telephone Main 70. Three Nights OnIy—NEXT ATTRACTION—October 21, 2', 2S-Matinoo Saturday. the original J myl „ ana > ft tea Comedy Company X^ h en s R ar ng 97?y friend from fndia By F. A DU SOUCHET. The One big laughing hit of the century. Seats now on saie. Price;—2sc, 50c. 75e, 51.00 and $1.50. Telephone Main ;o. 25 W' ss Sit™ fioach 2/ctW LAST CONCERT IN AMERICA BEFORE EUROPEAN TOUR, Supported by Mrs. T. Masac, Pianist; Mr. William H. Mead, Mr. W. C. MeCjutllen, Flutists; Mr. L. Opld, Cellolst; Miss Eva E. Ellsworth. Plantet and Accompanist. Under ausp.cjs Children's Home Soeletji, Seats on sale Thursday, Oct. 21. Prices 25c, 51c 763. $1.00 11.50. Telephone Main 70 —. Los Angeles' Society Vaudeville Theater Vll>««WI\V« Fir-<t American App-arance, 4 -SMITH F VMILY-4, fne Celebrated Bicvc c Experts; HARRY FOY & FLO CLARK, In their Laughable Corned<-, The Man Across the Street; CLAYTON. JENKIN-* .v. JASP. R. Two Men and a Mule; ELZOBBDl; AlliUEN' AXCION; IRENE FRANKLIN; PiTROT PRICES NF.VER CHANGING—Evening Re-ervcd Seats .50,; and 2c; Galiery luu. Matinees Wednesday, Saturday and S indav Telephone Main 144t f***± mj m The Homeoi Kefined Drama. The handsomest Li\lt Fhritl ff Auditorium in Los Angeles. WM B «&-•» iC r0NI(i!1T »nd remainder of week, MATINEE -W JF m i ■WhiillllHlßiiMn ThePopu'lsr Siroadway Ztheater Cc. IN DANIEL FROHMAN'3 in CXti GREAT LYCEUM THEATER SUCCE-S \J ft@ &VGJf fifClT'6 Regular Burbank prices—2> and fiO cents, O-rtc - t>- t- It- T -'cT,none Main 170 Park ..o£os jtngeles *Day at the Urack*. TUESDAY— —TUESDAY Sensational Sietween Soe Wheeler, jfnaeonda, Siotoniea And other Sidewheel Stars. 1 his should be the fastest race ever paced in California. The world's record for Gelding Pacers is very liable to be broken. Jour Other tSxciting Cvents Open About November Ist ...Vhe Wainard... 140 SPoom* Onfall bloc'kTouth Hotel Van Nuya, U?OS Jtngeles Tjransient and Jami'/y Jfcotee* Equipment and service first-class. E'e?t.<-lc. lights and Elevator. No Bar. 100 rooms with baths. Every room heated and supplied with hot and cold water. . ... ... . , American and Curopean IPtan THOMAS c. brainard, Prop. J-flazard's Pavilion TONIGHT, under the auspices of the Sou. Calllornla Athletic Assn. foe ytfcJtuiiffo us. fack Steizner 15.round boxing contest for the heavyweight championship of the coast. Phil Green vs. Will Whltestdes, 10 rounds George Baiter vs. entries Smith, 6 rounds. Friday evening, October 22. Joe King vs Jack Carter, 1 > rounds Bob Thompson vs. Kid Parker, 15 rounds. General Ad i lsslun, $1.00. Balcony, $2,00, Reserved, > i.OQ. Motel Capstola Capitota-by-the-Sea v ■ SANTA CRUZ CO. ...Jtn Sdeal Sea Side Resort... Safe Surf Bathing, a Smooth Sheltered Beach. Balmy Air, D;lightful Walks and Drives, A Fine New Hotel, Unexcelled Cuisine. COTTAGES FOR CAMPERS Jfepburn cf Zterry, Ttfanagers Hotel Bella Vista tool Pine Strs c - - Jirst-C/ass Jfotel - - The Bella Vista is the Pioneer First-Class Family Hotel of San Francisco. All the comforts of a modern residence. MRS. A. F. TRACY. Jf-flotel Bartholdi M " dt,,onBqu,re ' b S^w"yl rk? Twent '" Th " dBt " " European SPlan - •* Under new management. Rooms single or en suite. Restaurant unsurpassed. Ele gant in all appointments at moderate prices. REED & ROBLEE, Props. Motel Vendorne san jose v ■ This Beautiful Hotel ll situated ln the ft C_«V»- f it..' 3 <3__ ./■• /" , In the wonderful Santa Clara Valley Ctarden City ot Me J act fie Coast an a only fifty miles from San Francisco Its beautlsul grounds, elegant appointments, table and service of exceptional excellence, to gether with a full orchestra, make It an ideal abiding place. In a word the *?/«., ls first class ln ever V fespsct, t/enaOme and so are its patrons. GEO. P. SNELL, Manager. QstrJcfo Fariin—South Pasadena pearly /OO Sty antic S3irds of jftt Styes OPEN DAILY TO VISITORS. The cheapest and best place to buy tips, capes, boas and plumes Vienna Rirfffer 114 AND 118 court street lenmia duiici paul kekkow. Prop Free, Kefined Entertainment*. Classical Muno every Evening. Austrtan'Hungariao kt. «V , /-..<..,.. a All llu.- An Ancient Suicide pETALUMA, Cal., Oct. 18.—While out shooting three quail-hunters discovered tbe withered remains of a man hanging by a piece of baling rope from the limb of an oak tree In Chlleno valley. The re mains were Identified as those of Victor Fajloll, a mason, who disappeared a year ago. He had been drinking, and probably ln a flt of despondency hanged himself. On the trunk of the tree he had carved hla initials and a rude cross and the date, 1896. The borfy had evidently remained h?.ng!ng tor twelve months. English Gold Coming SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 18.—The steam ship Alameda, W-hleh is due here Cctober 21st. has 400.000 English, sovereigns, equal to, $2,000,000 ln her strong box, consigned to the Anglo-Callfornian and London, Paris and American banks of this city. This Is the third, shipment of gold from that source on as many consecutive steam ships, aggregating nearly $8,000,000, within the last three months. Forest Fires Raging BRADFORD, Pa„ Oct. ls.-The forest Urea' on all aides of this city are raging with Increased vigor. It is estimated that •000 acres have been burned over fti the ] vicinity of Rice brook. At Chipmunk Aye [oil well rigs have been destroyed. They were the property of the Seneca Oil com pany, and the number included that com pany's big well struck here last week. Men are being sent from Bradford to all parts of the oil field to protect oil property. It Is impossible to estimate the loss at this time. Will Not Resign LONDON, Oct. 18.—The Dally Telegraph this morning gives an unqualified denial, on authority, to the rumor put in circula tion by the Daily Chronicle that Lord Salis bury contemplated retirement from the premiership and the foreign office. It says: "Lord Salisbury Is stronger and feeling better than for many years, while Lady Salisbury has almost completely recov ered." A Bank Broken HOUSTON. Texas, Oct. 18.—The City bank of Sherman (ailed lo open lt» doors this morning, and after a meeting the di rectors decided to make an assignment. Cashier Hall says the bank has assets of three to one ot liabilities. He says the bank's Indebtedness is $60,000, and assets •MA JUM TTHE HERALD SECRETARY ALGER'S NEWEST DODGE More Delay in the Harbor Matter WAS NO APPROPRIATION —.— At Least That Is What the Secretary Claims HE IS WRONG, AS USUAL THE HERALD UAH CALLS AT THE WAR DEPARTMENT An Interview With Senator White Explaining the Law and the Facts in the Matter Special to The Herald. WASHINGTON, D. C.Oct. 18.—Secre tary Alger now takes the position that congress has appropriated no money for the San Pedro harbor, and that there fore It Is useless for him to advertise for bids. "When congress appropriates money tor this work I shall execute the law," he said today. Your corr.-spon.dent learned ot the sec retary's new wrinkle this morning, and made haste to call upon the head of the war department. Mr. Alger was in, and was willing to talk about the harbor. Coming down to business at oce: "Mr. Secretary, is it true you hold that con gress has actually appropriated no money for the construction, of a harbor at San Pedro?" "Yes, that is the position I take. I hold, further, that the provisions of the act cannot be carried out until the money is appropriated. Have you read the law?" The correspondent had read the law, but his memory had failed, him as to its 'exact provisions. "Weil, I will show you what the law pays," and the secretary called in Chief of Engineers Wilson, who read the fol lowing extract from the act of congress: Whenever said board shall have set tled the location and made report to the secretary of war of the same, with said plans, specifications and estimates, then the secretary of war may make con tracts for the completion of the im provements of the harbor so selected by the board, according to the project reported by them, at a coat not to ex ceed in the aggregate $2,900,000. and $50, --000 Is hereby appropriated, so much thereof as may be necessary to be used for the expenses of said board and pay ment of the civil engineers for their ser vices, the amount to be determined by the secretary of war. "There," said the secretary, "you can see that the act makes no provision tor the construction of the harbor. It simp ly provides for a harbor to cost not to exceed $2,900,000, but it only appropriates $50,000, which is to be used for the ex penses of the harbor board ard the payment of the civil engineers for their services. "I can. authorize the work, but there Is not a dollar to pay for it. I can ad vertise for bids, but the contractor who does the work cannot get his money un til an appropriation is macie "So far as the blcis are concerned, It Is probable that the department will have the plans and specifications ready by the middile of next month; but I don't see how any contractor is going to begin work before he has assurances that he will be paldi" After Chief of Engineers Wilson had left the room the secretary re-reaci the clause quoted l in the foregoing and then delivered himself of the sentence already quoted. "When, congress appropriates •money for the work I shall execute the law." NEEDS NO GUARANTEE THE FALLACY OF SECRETARY ALGER'S POSITION Under the Continuing Contract Sys tem the Money Will Always Be Available Senator White, upon being shown the foregoing dispatch, said: "While Secretary Alger is undoubtedly opposed to the construction ot the har bor at San Pedro, he is a man of more' than common ability, and I do not be lieve he is the author of the folly attrib uted to him in the dispatch. No one haa ever said that $2,900,000 was appropriated LOS ANGELES, TUESDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 19, 1897 for the construction of a harbor at San Pedro. It has never required any grade of intellectual development to ascertain this fact. The river and harbor bill, however, authorized Mr. Alger to enter into a contract, not exceeding in the ag gregate $2,900,000, for the purpose of com pleting the project outlined by the board. It is none of Mr. Alger'e business whether congress does* or does not ful fill the contract into which it has au thorized him to enter. Contractors will trust congress in this case, as they do every year with reference to improve ments from Maine to California. While I have, several times, explained the two systems under which congress acts ln river and harbor work, I will, at the risk of repetition, go over the matter again. "When a river and harbor bill is framed those who seek appropriation: are compelled to ask for a specific sum for two fiscal years, in which eve-nt there is no contractural obligation on the part of the government, to incur any further expense, and the work may be aban doned when the appropriation is ex hausted. In the second case ie found the continuing contract system. In in stances/of this sort the government au thorizes the making of contracts for the expenditure of a limited sum under con tracts made after the reception of bids. Here It le usual, but not essential to make a email direct appropriation, which Is customarily expended for preliminary work. "In the San Pedro cafe $50,000 was ap propriated to cover the expenses of the locating board. Some, instances from the current river and harbor bill may be Interesting. There was-appropriated for the harbor of Portland, Me.. $20,000, and Mr. Alger was authorized to enter into a contract, not exceeding $810,000, for which latter sum no appropriation was made. I will mention a few contracts into which the secretary was authorized to enter, In excess of appropriations made: Boeton, over $1,100,000; Buffalo, over $2,000,000; Dunkirk, N. V., about $400,000; Gowanus canal, N. T., over $600,000; Delaware bay, over $4,650,000; Savannah, $1,000,000; Cumberland Sound, Ga., $2,345,000; Sabine Pass, Texas, $1, --000,000; Cleveland, 0., over $1,300,000; Du luth, over $3,000,000; our own Oakland. $666,000; Taquina bay, Ore., $1,000,000; Gray's Harbor, Wash,, over $900,000; Providence river, R. 1., over $700,000; Monongahela river, W. Va., $1,200,000; Cumberland river, Term., over $600,000; Falls of Ohio river, nearly $600,000, and other contracts w£re authorized with reference to the Ohio river requiring the expenditure of nearly $3,000,000 addition al, for which no appropriation was made; Chicago river, over $600,000; im proving Mississippi river from the Mis souri to the Ohio, over $5,000,000. "These figures are sufficient without runnhijg. through the enire bill, to show that congress does not Irs advance ap propriate money to complete river oi harbor improvements where a contract is authorized. The continuing contract system is that upon which every repre sentative who knows his bus iness relies. The last river and har bor bill only appropriated about $12, --000,000, but it authorized continuing con tracts amounting to over $60,000,000 more. The government never defaults upon these contracts. When the secre tary of war acts the matter is taken for ever from the river and harbor bill and goes into the sundry civil bill. In com mon with other governmental expendi tures. A congress lasts' but two years; an important river or harbor contract frequently extends over many years, and appropriations are made from time to time to meet exigencies. I think that all of the continuing contracts author ized by the river and harbor bill have been advertised. "When Secretary Alger, in response to the resolution which I Introduced In the senate, afked for instructions as to the wish of congress, he dies not express any doubt with regard to the financial ability of the government to meet any obliga tion into which he might enter. When he asked Attorney General McKerwia for his opinion, he did not allude to alleged difficulty, nor did he mention it when he wrote to me last week to the effect tha; the engineer corps representatives upon this 1 coast had been instructed to pre pare plans for the harbor. Nor do I think that Secretary Alger has been so unmindful of his duty as to question the good faith of the government which has authorized him to go on with this work Nor do I believe that his feelings are so antagonistic to the Interests of fhis community that he feels It necessary to discourage bidding upon this particular contract, which is provided for In the chronic phraseology of river and harbor bills. There is nothing unusual about this contract. There is nothing uncom mon in the absence of an appropriation clause. "I have, I think, shown that there i? no instance of the making of an appro priation ln a river and harbor bill covet - ing any such extensive work, nor is then any instance of the repudiation by tht government of such a contract when entered into. Let Mr. Alger advertis-, ; the bidders will be on hand; they will trust the government and will not ask him for a guarantee." A Soured Spinster Disinherits All Her Relatives SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 18.—The will of the late Josephine L. Sanford, spin ster, is to be contested. It was filed September 20 and proved to be a curious document, as the old lady left all her property to people ir» no way related to her and expressly disinherited the mem bers of her family. This morning a nephew of the deceased, Charles E. San ford, who arrived, from New York last week, will file the papers ln a suit to have the will set aside and the estat.' distributed to the heirs at law. The estate 19 valued at between $350, --000 and $400,000. Miss Stanford died Sep tember 12 of this year. Eight days later the will was filed by two of the executor* and devisee under it. Almost all the property consists of a ranch lh Contrt. Costa county known as the Los Megarns rancho. Under the will this was to be divided, as follows: One-fourth to An drew S. Moseley, one-fourth to Dr. El linw ood, one-eighth to Attorney Thomas- A WILL CONTEST I. Bergin, one-eighth to Prof. George Davidson and the remaining one-fourth to be held in trust by these four gentle men for the benefit of two relatives of the- deceased, who are not heirs. The complaint alleges that Miss San ford was not of sound and bequeathing mind, and that the disposition of her estate was due to undue influence. The heirs who w ill claim a share of the es tate are the plaintiff, John Edward San ford, Marion Elizabeth Robinson anu Asa M. Stanford, all nephews and nieces. Dead of Paralysis SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 18—John Krellng, a prominent citizen of this city, is dead as the result of a strok» of paralysis which he sustained on Friday evening, while apparently in the best of health. He was one of the founders-of the Tivoli Theater, with which he was connected until three years ago. At the time of his death he was a member of the furniture house of F. W. Kreling * Sons. Ho was born in Germany in 1552 and came to New York while a child. For years he kept a hotel in that city. POSTAL STATISTICS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR JUST CLOSED The Excess of Expenditures Over Re ceipts Steadily Growing Larger. Recommendations Made WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 —The annua! report of Third Assistant Postmaster- General Merritt for the fiscal year Jus. closed was made- public tonight. Fol lowing is an abstract. The postal reve nue for the year and the total actual ex penditures were as follows: Ordinary postal revenue, $81,698,281; receipts from ordinary money order busi ness, $967,181; revenue from, all sources $82,665,462. Expenditures: Actual amount of the expenditures for the pos tal service for tbe year ending June 30, 1897, which includes all payments made on account of the year up to three months after its close, $93,781,278; ex penditures onaccount of prevlousyears $295,954; total, $94,077,242; excess of ex penditures over receipts. $11,411,779. The outstanding liabilities at the close of the year's business and the cost of transporting the mails over the subsi dized Pacific railroads, the latter Item amounting to $1,575,806, are not Included in this financial statement. The total deficiency for 1896 was $8,127,088; total deficiency for 1897, $11,411,779. Through bad debts the postofflce department los. last year $17,799. The estlmate-s of ap proprlations for the service of the third assistant's office for the fiscal year end ing June 30, 1899, aggregated $1,288. --000, The total number of postal cards issued was 523,608,250. The weight of second class-matter sent in the mails during the year, not in cluding free matter within county of of publication, was 310,658,155 pounds; postage collected thereon, $3,104,581. Es timating that 15 per cent of all second class mail is sent free of postage- within counties of publication, the total weight of the second-class matter mailed Is es timated at over $182,740 tons. The arrangement made by Postmas ter-General Blssell in 1594 for the manu - facture of postage stamps by the bureau of engraving and printing will expire on June 30, 1898. Concerning this, General Merritt says he has concluded that the postofflce department ought to have complete control over the manu facture and issue of Its stamps. H< says the postofflce department should have its own engraving and printing es tablishment for making its stamps and its own vaults for their safe keeping, and that these stamps should be issued by its own agents direct to postmasters and through its exclusive machinery. Recommendation is made for the dis continuance of newspaper and. period ical stamps. A significant recommendation is one urging that prepayment in full of all mail matter be required hereafter. The report says that the department has for years past been suffering a heavy loss of revenues from the failure of postmas ters to rate up and collect portage on first-class matter not fully prepaid. A GROSS FRAUD Perpetrated by Removing Tags From Jute Bags SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 18.—The act ion of the state prlsor directors in evadi ing tho British anti-convict goods law by removing the identification marks of prison-made jute bags has aroused the Irs of the chamber of commerce, and steps, (Secided and forcible, it is said., will be taken to prever.t a continuation, of what by some is proclaimed to- be a gross frauds The bags manufactured at the prison had been markedbya blue-patch to show from where they had come. The pro hibitions of the bags by England be came a grave question to California aralr. shippers, but the difficulty that c(«7fronted them was easily overcome by tihe suggestion of Warden Hale, which was to omit the usual mark. Tfcit this practice had been adopted was the Information received by the chamber of commerce- and it was de termined to suppress it if possible. At a meeting of the chamber today a letter, prepared by Captain Merry, will be sent to the prison directors, protesting against the deception practiced andask .las that it be stopped. WORDEN'S DEATH j The Famous Commander of the First Ironclad WASHINGTON, Oct. 18—Admiral John L. Worden, retired-, djed- here to day. He commanded the Monitor dur ing the engagement with the Merrimac in Hampton Roads. He retired in 1886 with the full rank and pay of an Ad miral, the only instance of the kind. Pneumonia was the immediate cause of Word;n's death. He was eighty years of age andi up to last Saturday was in, very good health. Admiral Worcun was one of (he few remalnim? heroes of that old regime which made the United States navy so glorious in. Its achievements. For near INDEX TO THE TELEGRAPH NEWS The Luetgert trial concluded and the case given to the jury. Postal statistics for the fiscal year just closed; the regular deficit grows considerably larger. Pedlar Palmer defeats Dave Sulli van of Boston for the hantnm-weight championship of the world. Party lines almost lost sight of in the Greater New York campaign, and every faction expresses confidence of success. The State Miners' association is in session at San Francisco, and im portant results are expected to be ac complished. Texas hopes to escape yellow fever by insisting that persons exposed in Louisiana shall come straight through to California. Choctaw and Cherokee Indians pre paring to emigrate to Mexico in prefer ence to surrendering their tribal form of government. The destruction of Windsor, N. S., even more complete than first report ed, the whole population suffering from lack of food and clothing. The steamer Bertha down from St. Michaels with tales of the richness of Minook creek mines; hard luck stories of men who failed to get through. General Blanco expects to compass the pacification of Cuba by bribery of insurgent leaders; the business ele ment of the island considering the ad visability of asking annexation to the United States. Secretary Alger finds a new reason for delay in acting on the San Pedro harbor matter, claiming that no money has been apropriated by con gress. Senator White make* some timely remarks concerning the matter. ly two-thirds of a century he was a naval officer, having been appointed a ■midshipman from Fishklll, Duchess county, N. V., January 20, 1834. Admiral Word.en rendered valuable services throughout the war, but the crowning achievement of his career was in Hampton Roads, March 9, 1862, when he commanded the famous Monitor ln her duel with the Confederate ram Merrimac. He tw ice received a vote of thanks from congress. MONROE DOCTRINE Not at All Pleasing to Brother Bismarck BERLIN, Oct. 18—The Neuste Nach richten of Leipsic-publishes a-report of a conversation which Prince Bismarck le said to have had with a recent visitor, during the course of which the ex-chan cellor Is quoted assaylrg that the Mon roe doctrine is "uncommon insolence to ward the rest of the world, and does vio lence to the other American, and Eu ropean states with American interests." It would be analogous, the prince Is said to have added. If Russtaand Francs combined to disallow frontier changes in Europe, or the prepondering powers ln Asia, Russia ard Great Britain arrogat ed the right not to change the present status without their consent. Continuing, Prince Bismarck Is report ed to have remarked: "Their great wealth, due to the soil of America, has led the American legislators to over-es timate their own rights and tinder-esti mate the rights of the other American and European states." Miners' Rights SAX FRANCISCO, Oct. 18.-The United States circuit court of appeals today de cided the case of the Carson City Gold and Silver Mining company, plaintiff in error, against the North Star Mning company, defendants in error, involving the ques tion- of whether an owner of mining prop erty formed by the consolidation of several mining locations had the right to follow the ledge or vein under the surface of another mining property, when none of the owners of the separate location would have such right. While not deciding this abstract question, the appellate court affirmed the decision of the trial court, which specifi cally gave the North Star Mining company the right to follow the ledge outcropping on Its property, under the surface of the mining property of the Carson City Gold and Silver Mining company. A Cheap Freight Movement SAN FRANCISCO. Oct. 18.—The move ment towards a local transportation com pany which shall carry San Francisco freight northward and southward at re duced rates is broadening. An erroneous report pot abroad that the movement was confined to hardware merchants. On the contrary, the exposition includes all classes of goods. The committee of merchants which has the formation of the eompanv in charge held an informal meeting today to complete the preliminary arrangements. The chief subjects considered were the chartering of vessels and the forming of plana for a thorough canvass of the city. No permanent officers have yet been chosen. John Olive Dead OAKLAND. Oct. 18.—John Olive, proprl- | etor of the famous fish ranch, nine miles from the city, who was kicked in the stom ach yesterday by a vicious horse, died this afternoon of his injuries. Olive was 52 years of ago and leaves a widow and two daughters, one of whom is Mrs. Rose Eaton of this city. In early days Olive was a fa mous stage driver, but later turned his attention to cattle and horse dealing and accumulated much property. A Wine House Burned SANTA ROSA. Oct. 18.—Fire at Occiden tal this morning destroyed the wine store house of A. C. Meeker, in which J. T. Orr had 10,000 gallons of wine stored, all of which was lost. No Insurance. Four car loads of charcoal which was plied up near by, belonging to an Italian, was also de stroyed. Strong suspicions of Incendiar ism prevail, but no arrests have been made. Had a north wind been blowing, nothing could have saved the town. Cholera in India LONDON, Oct. 19.—The Dally Mall this morning says It has Information from a reliable source that cholera has attacked a battalion of the Shropshire regiment, which is stationed at Sltapur, Northwest India, and that forty non-commissioned officers and privates have already auc ! cumbed. Tee Pages , PRICE FIVE CENTS BLANCO'S METHODS Not So Cruel as Those of Weyler A POLICY OF PLAIN BRIBERY BELIED OK FOB PACIFICATION OF CUBA The Business Element of the Larger Cuban Cities Beady to Ask for Annexation Associated Press Special Wire. NEW TORK, Oct. 18.—A dispatch to the World from Madrid says: Marsha! Blanco has starteß for Cuba to begin, ths work of pacification. No money will bo spared to buy oft the chiefs of the insur rection or to make their departure from the island easy, though all such pro ceedings will be denied officially. Ths new Governor-General has been glvea full power, subject to certain instruct ions, a part of which have been kept secret, even, from most of the member* of the Cabinet. The reserve instructions cover ail In ternational aspects of the Cuban ques tion, especially Spain's relations with the United States, the treatment o! American citizens in strict observance with the treaties of 1795 and. 1877 with the United States; respect for foreign owned property, and possible negotia tions with a view to leading to the sub mission of. the insurgents. Such nego tiations, according to the time-honored precedents of Spanish civil wars, even on the peninsula, will be conducted be hind the scenes If entered into. General Blanco is authorized to as* sure the Cubans that the instituting ol reforms more liberal than those con tributed by the Arrazura bill of MarcU 15. 1895. or the Canovas bill will depend upon the rapidity and the completeness of the pacification, which is indispensa ble for the sincere execution of economic and administrative home rule, which, however, is not intended in any event to go as far as Canadian self-govern ment. Spain does not deem an abso lutely independent colonial parliament and executive compatible with the Cu ban coldny and her own Interests and sovereignity, as the majority of the autonomists are said to be disposed to accept home rule in installments. AN ANNEXATION MOVEMENT MATANZAS, Cuba, (via Key West) Oct. 18.—The business element here, in Havarja ard elsewhere seems to have arrived at the conclusion that theMad ild government cannot end the war on a basis of autonomy to Cuba, and there are not enough loyalists among the autonomists to hold public office. At least, that is the claim conservative Spaniards snake. In addition, the latter express the belief that the autonomists, if placed in power, would not be able to preserve the peace and protect life and. property from the lawless ele ments. In view of this condition of af fairs, a number of Important merchants and sugar planter of Spanish origin, in conjunction with several Cubans of prominence, have been holding secret meetings and corresponding with peo ple in various parts of the Island, with the object of ascertaining the views of the commercial and planting community in Pinar del Rio, Havana, Matanzas and Santa Clara provinces as to the future of Cuba most likely to further their in terests and those of the island in gen eral. It is expected that the majority of people will be favorable to the an nexation of Cuba to the United States, as the Washington government alone is apparently able to guarantee peace in Cuba and protection to life and proper ty. As soon as it is ascertained thiat the sentiment of the persons appealed to is in favor of annexation, a committee will be sent to the United States, with in structions to lay the case clearly before the business men of prominence in the United States, and.ask the latter to unite with the business men of Cuba in a peti tion to the Washington government to ask the United States, in view of the fail ure of the Conservatives to suppress the resurrection by force of arms, and point ing out the impossibility of the Liberals ending tbe war by establishing an au tonomous form of government, to bring about annexation to the United States. AN EFFECTIVE PATROL NEW YORK. Oct. 18.—A special to the Herald from Washington says: Commander R. B. Bradford, Chief of the Bureau of Equipment, has suggested) Ito the Navy Department that torpedo boats be placed to prevent filibustering. ARMS FOR INSURGENTS ST. LOUIS, Mo.. Oct. 18 —Three Cuban patriots, direct from the terrible struggle on the island, have been in St. Louis for the past three days procuring and ship ping ammunition. Their work is at last completed, and they leave tomorrow for Cuba. One of them Is authority for the statement that during their stay they have purchased and forwarded to Texas ports $225,000 worth of cartridges, dyna mite, rifles, pistols and saddlery, In tended for the insurgent army. Two expeditions conveying these supplies will sail tomorrow night from a Texas port between the city of Bagdad and Port Galveston, and in the Caribbean sea will meet two other expeditions that last night set sail from New York. The Cuban agents are Colonel George John stone, of the staff of General Carlos Ro loff; Colonel Eduoard Betancourt and Captain A. H. Smith. Colonel John stone, who was interviewed by a re porter tonight, said: "I left Santiago de Cuba the latter part of September. Our mission has been to buy supplies for the department of the east. Owing to the quarantine we could do nothing at Key West, and came to St. Louis. Ws have accomplished, our mission here, bjr the purchase of $225,000 worth ot am munition and the like."