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PRESIDENT AND CABINET Officially Have No Opinion—lndividually Repudiate the Torpedo Theory • WASHINGTON, Feb. 18.—(Special to The Herald.) Attorney General Griggs, • • in response to the request of a correspondent, authorized the following state- • • ment regarding the attitude of President McKinley and his cabinet towards the • • Ma J n | o ca i t < a t st t l h °[J k ''[ he men who compose the cabinet are in the habit of form- • • in official opinions upon offtctal matters wtthout havtng any evidence upon • • which to base them. Before forming those opinions they will wait to ascertain • • the result of the Inquiry which has been instituted. • • "That is what they will do officially. But personally, neither McKinley nor • • any member of his cabinet believes that the accident to the Maine was the re- • • suit ot maliciousness or carelessness of any person whatsoever. With the in- • • formation we have at hand, 1 do not see how any sensible man can think other- • • ' "While these are the personal opinions of the president and cabinet, their* • minds are open to any impression that the results ot the Inquiry may warrant, • • throwing around it the presumption of innocence which every man under indict- • • ment is entitled to." J • authorities ln preparing for the safety of the Vizcaya during her stay in this port. He was asked for his opinion as to the cause of the explosion on the Maine. His reply was: "1 know the cause of the ex plosion, but I cannot divulge it." He was pressed for further information on thts point and he replied: "It was the result of an explosion Inside the ship which took place in one of the forward magazines. The fact of the matter is that the discipline and watch observed on the ship were very lax. This, as an English newspaper today declared, is the case on American warships generally. This sort ot thing has occurred on previous occasions on American war vessels." When Lieutenant Sobria was spoken to as to the possibility of serious trouble over the Maine affair, he said: "I rlon't think there will be war between the United States and Spain, but should such an un fortunate condition arise I shall, of course, he in a condition to be of much aid to my government as a result of such information as has come to my knowledge as naval at tache at the Spanish legation. In the case of hostilities I might, perhaps, command a ship." HONORS TO THE DEAD Governor Budd Orders California Flags Half-Masted SACRAMENTO, Feb. 18.—In view ,1 of the recent disaster to the battleship j Maine, Governor Budd today issued > the following request and order: ii Executive Department, State of ;i California: S Citizens are requested, and officers > in charge of slate buildings and arm- 1 ories are directed, to place the flags at ;i half-mast on Monday, Feb. 21,1898, out ; of respect to the memory of those offi- i cers and men of the warship Maine i who lost their lives through the late ) lamentable disaster to that vessel In the port of Havana, Cuba. g is H » m a tinu it h k k :: s a K^it^Si THE KALI YUGA CELEBRATED BY BELIEVERS IN ASIATIC PHILOSOPHY Theosophists in Annual Session at Chicago Take a Step Toward Universal Brotherhood CHICAGO. Feb. IS. —The Theosophical Society of America, which met in annual convention in this city, celebrated the close of the Kali Yuga, which, according to the Asiatic philosophy, followed by the Theosophlsts, was the fourth cycle of 5000 years each of human progress, followed by a complete change of government. Autonomy was overthrown and autocracy was established, with Mrs. Katherine A. Tingley as the spiritual head. Theosophy as a name was given a subordinate place, and the International Brotherhood league was the new title with which the move ment was christened. An active crusade will be inaugurated for the purpose of in teresting the common people in thi* cult. The Theosophical society will be continued, but only a llteary auxiliary of the brother hood league. The esoteric school, or Inner circle, of which Mrs. Tingley has been the head, will practically direct the destinies of the whole movement. Spiritual power, abso lute and unconditional, Is now vested in Mrs. Tingley, and, as ln the case of Mme. Blavatsky and William Q. Judge, she will select her successor, thus perpetuating the autocracy. The convention organized with Dr. Je rome Anderson as permanent chairman. A proclamation was read from Mrs. Tlng ley in which she referred to the plans of Mme. Blavatsky and W. Q. Judge re garding the future of Ihe society. She quoted them to show that they considered theosophy in a broader sense than com monly held. They were devoted, she said, to the universality of the brotherhood of man—a brotherhood that would be helpful and protective In Its operation.. The proc lamation declared that the organization established two years aso under the name of the International Brbtherhood was the plan of Judge, anil that the time had now arrived to make public the new form of government and endowing Mrs. Tingley with absolute authority over the organiza tion. The resolutions when presented to the convention were adopted by a prac tically unanimous vote. Some opposition came from E. T. Hargrove, former presi dent of the society, and H. S. Spencer ot New York, who led the faction opposed to Mrs. Tlngley's rule. Provisions were • made in tlie resolutions for the Issuing of new charters to all branches of the so ciety. Mrs. Tlngley named E. A. Neresheimcr as president of the society for the com ing year. Her candidate was elected by an overwhelming majority. The fraternal delegates to the conven tion. Dr. Eric Bogren of Sweden, D. N. Dunlap of Dublin, Prof. Basllcrump and Mrs. Alice Cleather of London, have as sured Mrs. Tlngley that Theosophical so cieties which they represent will accept the universal brotherhood idea and her ab solute leadership. MURDERER PARKER Hopes to Escape Execution by Feign ing Insanity PRESCOTT, Ariz., Feb. IS.-Jim Parker, in jail here under sentence of death for the murder of Assistant District Attorney Lee Norris, has been quite sullen und mo rose for some time and is now feigning In sanity. He goes around the corridor of the jail to which he has access, and in his cell, pretending to pick up pins and other arti cles. Last night he kept the other prison ers awake by yelling at tlie top of his voice and asking for a doctor. His case on appeal was submitted to the supreme court nearly a month ago, and a decision is expected next Wednesday. Parker's present actions are thought to be to secure further delay of execution in case the decision of the supreme court is adverse. The Uber Lynching GENOA, Nev., Feb. IS.-Sheriff John Brockllss of Douglas county, who had been Indicted by the grand jury for wilful ne glect of duty in permitting a mob, without resistance, to take from his custody Adam Über, lynching the latter, was arraigned in the district court today. The sheriff's counsel moved to dismiss the indictment, alleging that the charges set forth did not constitute the crime specified. Judge Mack took the matter under advisement, and it is now said that the grand jury wiii be recalled and Brockllss' indictment •*haused to that of murder. DISPATCHES FROM AFRICA MAKE A STIR IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS French Advance in the Lagos Hinter land Unmolested—The Queen's Speech Receives a Reply .! LONDON, Feb. IS.—ln the house of com mons this evening the Right Hon. Jos. > j Chamberlain, secretary of state for the •'colonies, replying to a question by Sir : Charles Dilke with reference to the grave ' . news from West Africa, said he would ' i read the telegrams received, leaving the ; house to judge of their importance. He said: "I received tonight this telegram from the governor of Borra, a place in the Lagos Hinterland, occupied by the Boussa guard on February 6th: 'On February sth thirty Senegalese, probably from Niki, ar rived at Borra under orders to occupy it. They ordered the non-commissioned offi cers to haul down the British flag. The de mand was refused as made by a foreign power, whereupon the Senegalese retired and pitched their camp about three miles from the town.' "I havo also received this evening, | through the acting governor of the Gold i Coast, a telegram from Major Northcote. I who is in the Gold Coast Hinterland. It | runs thus: " 'I regret to inform you that the French have established a post at Wae, consist ing of subaltern officers and about thirty I other soldiers. M. Codrenler, whom I be- J Ueve to be a lieutenant, though I have as j yet not ascertained his rank, accmpanled by Captain B. Mlnot, two lieutenants and | sixty-four native soldiers, arrived at i Vassa on February Ist and tried to estab lish a post. I dispatched Major Fortescue to protest against his passage by this point and suggested a conference at Wae. De spite my protest he advanced. After pro tests ln the usual form by both parties, M. j Codrenler left for Leo today, leaving be : bind the above mentioned post, unmo lested.' " Dr. Tanner, anti-Parnelllte member for Middlecock, exclaimed "Vive la France." Speaker Gully called him to order. The address in reply to the speech from the throne was then agreed to and the house adqourned amid considerable ex citement. FOREIGN FLASHES Up to the present time 110 bodies have been taken from the ruins of the mine ln the disaster at Berchoum. The British battleship Victorious, which went ashore outside the bar at Port Said on February 14. has been floated. The latest phase of the Zola trial has caused the greatest excitement in Ger many. The papers believe the newly re vealed document a forgery, but they say that in any case, even if genuine, it cannot affect Germany. The Paris Temps last evening, comment ing on the loss of the Maine, says: "It will ever be regrettable if the relations be tween Spain and the United States are ruptured at a moment they can and ought to come to an understanding on the basis of autonomy." A fierce duel was fought yesterday be tween Prince Philip of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, husband of the Princess Louise Marie of Belgium, and Lieut. Mattachich at Vienna. They fought first with pistols and then with swords. The prince was wounded severely in the right arm. Hongkong papers report the mobilization of 7000 troops, to co-operate with the French squadron on the arrival of reinforcements. The troops have been mobilized at Hong Kai, a maritime town of Tonquin. Serious French action is apprehended, with th» possibility of further encroachments upon 81am, Three hundred villagers made a demon stration yesterday in the village of Stro ina, Sicily, demanding succor. Several were armed. They refused to disperse, and the soldiers who intervened were greeted with a shower of stones and pistol shots. The troops returned the fire, killing two peasants and wounding four. A lieuten ant and a police officer were injured. The Portuguese newspapers are making a great fuss over the proceedings of the American consul in the Azores,_now visit ing Lisbon, who, after going to various cafes, entered into an altercation with Ills cab driver about 3 oclock in the morning. The police had to intervene. The consul, who received a wound in the head, was taken to the police headquarters, from which he was released, at the request of the United States consul. The newspapers ask if the Incident will lead to an exchange of explanations "between the cabinets at Lisbon and Washington." STATE NOTES Tom Pike, a laborer, while Intoxicated, stepped in front of a train at Benicia yes terday and was run over and almost ln stuntly killed. After examining 171 citizens during the past week, a jury was finally secured yes terday to try George T. Owens of Modesto, charged with wife murder. Governor Budd has appointed Fletcher A. Cutler of Eureka, Humboldt county, su perior judge of Del Norte county, vice James E. Murphy, deceased. William F. Austin, convicted of murder for the killing of James Fannon at San Francisco, was sentenced by Judge Wal lace to life Imprisonment at Folsom. The Indiana Hill mine near Gold Bun, Placer county, was raided yesterday by a deputy United States marshal and three Chinese were arrested for alleged Illegal hydraulic mining. Four others engaged in the same work escaped. Mrs. Minnie M. Plyler of Santa Cruz, charged with mayhem in being accessory to the maiming of Charles Harris, for which her husband, Veterinary Surgeon Schoedde and ex-Constable Herveson are ail under heavy prison sentences, was ar raigned yesterday, but secured a ten days' continuance. John Llvernash, a deputy wharfinger of San Francisco, committed suicide tonight in a saloon in Mission street by shooting himself through the body. Llvernash was the founder of the Healdsburg Enterprise and sold his Interest in the paper but three weeks ago. Deceased was 35 years of age. Despondency is assigned as the reason for the suicide. A New Cruiser WASHINGTON, Feb. bill appro priating $4,000,000 to provide for a battle ship to replace the Maine was Introduced in the house today by Mr. Foote of New York. There are now five missions of tho high, est class in the diplomatic service of the United States—the embassies to London, Paris, Rome, Berlin and St. Petersburg. LOS 'AN(!JEI__> 'HEftALDi SATOROAY MORNING. FEBRUARY V l^|^* ESTERHAZY'S INNINGS ■ IN THE GAME THE FRENCH ARE PLAYING THE JUDGE GROWS FATIGUED The Mob Attempts to Lynch Defend ant Zola but the Police Are Too Strong Associated Press Special Wire PARIS, Feb. 18.—There was no demon stration when M. Zola, Colonel Pic quart, Major Esterhazy and Mme. De Boulancey reached the court. On the other hand, there was a popular demon stration when Generals Boisdeffre, Pellieux, Gonz and others arrived at noon. General Boisdeffre was the first wit ness. He confirmed the statements made yesterday by General Pellieux. The presiding Judge read the short hand report of General Pellieux's state ments and asked what he had to say. General Boisdeffre replied: "I confirm fully the authenticity of General Pellieux's statement. I do not wish to add a word to it; but, gentlemen of the Jury, you are the nation here, for you represent it. If the nation has not confidence in the chiefs of the army, let them say so, and we are ready to leave to others the burden of our responsi bllty. Gentlemen of the jury, you, who represent the nation, are to express an opinion." M.. Laborie said: "I should like to ques tion General Boisdeffre." "You cannot," replied the presiding Judge. M. Laborie vainly protested, but an usher called Major Esterhazy, who took the stand. "What questions have you to put?" asked the Judge, addressing M. Laborie. "I am drawing up a formal applica tion to cross-examine General Boisdef fre," was the reply. "Very well," said the Judge, "then I will put my own questions." Turning to Major Esterhazy, the Judge said: "It Is said that you are the author of the Bordereau. What have you to answer?" "Firstly," replied the witness, "I have a statement to make. On n sbri.dow of proof this miserable Dreyfus has ac cused me of being guilty of his brother's crime. I have been judged by my peo ple, who have acquitted me, but today I am summoned as a witness, so he may accuse me, when I have no adviser to defend me. I will answer any question you put to me, but as to those people," turning to M. Zola and his counsel, "I won't reply to them." (Sensation.) The Judge turned to M. Laborie, in quiring, "Have you any questions to ask M. Esterhazy?" "I am still drawing up my applica tion," answered M. Laborie, "and I shall not ask any questions until the court has given a decision upon it." "Put your questions immediately," ex claimed the Judge, "or you will not put any." (Murmurs.) "I can say nothing for the moment," replied M. Laborie, "but I protest against this attitude." Here the presiding Judge interrupted the counsel, exclaiming: "What do you say? Major Esterhazy, resume your seat." There was prolonged cheering as Ma jor Esterhazy left the witness stand. "Call another witness," said the Judge, but the usher informed the court there was no other witness in the room reserved for them. The Judge then suspended the sitting in order to permit M. Laborie to complete his application. MM. Zola and Laborie, during the interval, conversed eagerly together. Their conversation was accompanied by lively gesticulations, raising of their hands, as though appealing to heaven, and evidently they discussed the course to be pursued in the face of the evident determination of the Judge to curtail the proceedings. The noise in the court room was deafen ing and almost indescribable, the prevail ing opinion being that the case was being settled in military fashion. When the session was resumed M. Laborie presented his exceptions, pointing out that the court had refused to allow him to question Gen eral Boisdeffre without hearing his ques tion. Counsel protested against this "de nial of justice," and concluded with de manding the recall of Generals Boisdeffre and Pellieux and Major Esterhazy. The advocate-general reminded the court of his ruling that the Dreyfus affairshould not be mentioned; otherwise, he added, he would leave the matter ln the hands of the court. Counsel for M. Zola retorted: "The gen erals came into court in full uniform and wearing their decorations in order to make speeches for the prosecution-" (Uproar.) "The defense," M. Laborie added, " is re proached with attempting to secure a re vision of the Dreyfus case, hut the gen erals have hanangued against a revision of the trial of Major Esterhazy, who was acquitted. Let his judges bear the re sponsibility." Proceeding, Mr. Laborie alluded to the "man suffering on Devil's Island," adding, "though his sufferings, doubtless do not interest the men who are howling at the back of the court room." "Gentlemen of the jury," M. Larborie said, "1 entreat you most earnestly to rise above the emotions of the misled public, and to consider that we are perhaps at a turning point ln our history, and that your decision will have consequences which no one today can measure." Tho presiding judge announced that M. Laborie's demands for the recall of Gen erals Boisdeffre and Pellieux were over ruled, but that Major Esterhazy might be recalled if counsel wished. The major was recalled, took the stand, turned his back on M. Zola and M. Laborie and refused to answer their questions. Colonel Picquart was then recalled and said that the moment the Esterhazy in quiry began the suspected document, cal culated to whitewash Esterhazy, arrived at the ministry of war. This, he added, was the document to which General Pel lieux referred to, and Colonel Plcquari said: "It can be considered a forgery." General Gonze was then recalled and af firmed that the document was authentic, but he refused to give any further particu lars. Major Esterhazy, when he was again re called, refused to reply to M. Laborie's questions, and M. Clemenceau, counsel for Aurore, questioned him regarding his cor respondence with Mme. de Boulancey. The witness turned his back upon counsel and faced the jury, with his face lived and evi dently laboring under intense excitement. M. Clemenceau asked him if he had re lations with the German attache, but the presiding Judge overruled the queslion on the ground that it concerned foreign af fairs. Major Esterhazy left the stand without opening his mouth. The court then adjourned. There are yet five or six witnesses to be called. ATTEMPTED LYNCHING PARIS, Feb. 18.—There were riotous pro ceedings today after the adjournment of court, and M. Zola narrowly escaped being lynched by the mob outside. On leaving the Palace of Justice all the officers were acclaimed by the crowd out side the building and General Pellieux, who descended the steps bareheaded, was given a great reception. Major Esterhazy was greeted with shouts of "Vive le armee!" The police were powerless to control the immense crowd and several Jews were the objects of insults nd menaces. There was a general fight. The mob threw Itself on the Jews, yelling "Death to the Jews!" "Throw the Jews Into the Seine!" Finally the Republican guards charged the rioters and cleared the square. The crowd fell back after the charge of the Republican guards and shouted "Spit on Zola!" M. Zola left the Palace of Justice at t>:3o p. m., and Immediately after he had emerged he was greeted with a storm of hisses and derisive cries. The authorities were obliged to protect his carriage with a cordon of police. On reaching the St. Michael bridge the mob made a murderous rush for the car riage, but the police threw themselves be tween the vehicle and the mob and a se ries of miniature battles resulted. Ultimately the police drove the mob back and M. Zola was enabled to proceed with out further molestation. A number of ar rests were made, but all those who were taken Into custody were released later. CHINA NEEDS MONEY Trouble Is Certain if She Fails to Raise It NEW YORK, Feb. 18.—A special to the Herald from Yokohama says: The Japan Times, the organ of the Japa nese government, today takes a gloomy view of the Eastern situation. The fol lowing is an extract from its leading editorial: "It is true that Japan has refused China's request for more time in which to pay the war indemnity, due on May 8 next," and continues: "If our neighbor succeeds in raising the required money before that date it will be all right, but should her efforts be unsuccessful, the result would be the Inaugural of an epoch In the Eastern crisis. Under the conceivable devel opments of events things may easily come very nearly to the point of explo sion. China's failure to find money will open a new scene in the drama, a scnene which will be of more lively interest than any thus far enacted." THE SAILORS' FUNERAL TAKEN IN CHARGE BY SPANISH OFFICIALS The Obsequies at Havana Conducted With Civic, Ecclesiastical, Naval and Military Ceremonies Associated Press Special Wire WASHINGTON, Feb. IS.—The first news Lo reach the Navy Department to day from the scene of the great naval disaster at Havana was a belated tele gram of last night's date, from Captain Sigsbee, reading as follows: "Nineteen of Maine's dead were buried this afternoon with great civic, ecclesi astical, naval and military ceremonies, and with all of the resources of Havana brought into requisition. The Spanish government, under express directions of General Blanco, the Bishop of Havana, General Parrado, General Manterola and the Mayor of Havana, took complete charge of all arrangements. The bodies were first laid in state in the building of the city government of Havana, where they were covered with floral and other emblems suitable to the occasion, which were presented by officials and other persons of Havana, of all shades of political opinion. They were escorted to the cemetery by representatives of all the military, naval and civil organiz ations and by the consular officials, and through a vast concourse of people spreading over the route. General Lee, myself and officers and men of the marine now here, together with Lieut.- Commander Cowles and members of the Fern's crew, were given special car riages and conveyances. "Ground for the burial of all the Maine's dead has been presented by General Blanco and the Bishop of Ha vana, ln the beautiful cemetery of Ha vana. Utmost sympathy and respect has been shown. I am informed by the authorities that this is the second in stance only of such a demonstration shown to foreigners in the history of Havana. It is inconceivable that a greater demonstration could have been made. "To me, personally, a great number of people have expressed sympathy for the Maine and for the United States govern ment and people. The remainder of the dead must, perforce, be buried with brief ceremony, which will be conducted by ourselves, but the care and prepara tion of the remains will be with the Ppajiish authorities. About forty, in addition to those buried, have come ashore today. Very few are now recog nizable. Even ln the case of some of the most who are hurt, but alive, re cognition Was difficult. I have not for a moment lost sight of the grief of the families and friends of the members of my crew, but I beg the department to explain to them that it is impracticable, in fact, impossible, to send the bodies home. Facilities are lacking and em balmment is necessary to secure ship ment under even the most favorable cir- cumstances. Embalmment is only im perfectly done here. I maintain organ ization among my small force here, but it can be well understood that the ex ecution of the work with which we are charged is one of much detail and diffi cult of execution. It is believed that all of the Department telegrams have reached me. I am deeply grateful for the helpful sentiments and directions telegraphed by the President and the Department. I have the earnest help of all the officers of the Maine now here, which was to be expected under all clr- cumstances. A previous telegram sent today, gives the names of those burled by the Spanish authorities. The flags of all vessels, naval and merchant, ln Havana, have been at half mast yester day and today. Shall send Mangrove back to Key West tomorrow with eight wounded. Will wire names later. Dr. Clendenning of the Army will remain with the wounded. Assistant Surgeon Spear also came with the Mangrove but will be detained here on board the Fern to accompany others of the wounded when they are ready to be removed. Will put some divers at work tomorrow. Divers required of Admiral Slcard will be here Saturday morning by the Oli vette. Recovery of Maine's battery Im practicable except by regular wrecking outfit. (Signed) SIGSBEE." GRATEFUL CONCENTRADOS HAVANA, Feb. 17.—(Delayed in trans mission.) Previous to the funeral of the victims of the Maine disaster, a dele gation from the concentrados expressed the wish to carry the bodies on their shoulders to the graveyard as proof of their gratitude to the Americans, but General Lee thanked them and said the bodies would be carried in the manner selected by the authorities. In front of the Albisu Theater, on Relna and Belascoain avenues, about four hundred concentrados joined in the procession, which had by that time been increased by some 6000 persons of all classes. The procession did not reach the cemetery until after 6 p.m. There the religious ceremonies were presided over by Bishop Manuel Sander and Father Chadwlck, Chaplain of the Maine. In the seventeenth century the average duration of life was only 13 years; ln this century it is 3t>. What will It be in the twentieth? THUGGERY AT SKAGUAY MAKES THE NEED 07 TROOPS APPARENT AUTHORITIES ARE HELPLESS Against the Horde of Lawless Men and Women Banded Together to Bun Things Associated Press Special Wire WASHINGTON, Feb. 18.—Secretary Bliss Is In receipt ot a letter from Governor John G. Brady of Alaska descriptive of the lawless condition of affairs at Dyea and Skaguay. It was referred to at the cabinet meeting- today when Alaskan affairs were under discussion and was considered suf ficient notification by the members for the dispatch of the additional military force already authorized to be sent to Alaskan territory. The following is a copy of the letter: "News from Skaguay by the steamboats in port is serious. The United States deputy marshal has been shot dead ln the discharge of his duty. Another man was shot dead at the same time and place. Re cently the steamers have been carrying great lists of passengers. Many of these are gamblers, thugs and lewd women from the worst quarters of the cities of the coast. They have taken ln the situation at Skaguay and Dyea and appear to have combined to carry things with a high hand. The best people at these places arc power less, as i hey have no municipal form of government. The United States marshal Is powerless, because he can appoint «snly a few deputies, and when they undertake to net they are singled out as targets by this lawless element. "One of this class was tried in the United States district court last December for the killing of United States Deputy Mar shal Watt in January, 1597, and was ac quitted by the Jury ln the face of positive testimony. In fact, these Influences seem to be Joined hand-ln-hand, and will surely go unpunished unless the government takes Immediate action and provides the necessary force at Skaguay. Dyea and other points. "Congress should grant Immediate re lief, for both naval and military officers can act when requested by the civil au thorities. The United States marshal should have a patrol vessel at his command with necessary accommodations for depu ties and a proper attendant. I do not sec how he can perform his uuiy as executive officer of the court unless he has such means of locomotion at his command. "At the present time large and Important mining property Is held by a number of miners at Berner's bay. This property>aas recently placed In the hands of a receiver by the court, but up to the present time it is still occupied. There is much to be said in favor of the self-control of the bet ter element there. The marshal has no means of reaching that pofnt and no suf ficient force to carry out the instructions of the court. Judge Johnson leaves by this boat to settle the affatr amfcably if pos sible. "Two weeks ago. or a little more, a gang of men commanded Captain Patterson of the steamer Al-Ki to discharge the na tives who were handling freight on the wharf. They attacked these natfves and beat them cruefly in the presence of the deputy marshal. The captain was obliged to compromise with them by paying them 50 cents per hour for work on the wharf, but he insisted that the natives should work on the vessel. "I am sorry to report that the court house at Juneau has been burned to the ground. "So far the winter has been remarkable for mildness and this tends to bring the crowds sooner than they were expected." The letter was dated February 3d. RELIEF STILL STUCK SEATTLE, Wash.. Feb. 18.-The govern ment pack train, which left here on the ship Lucille ft) Join tho main body of the Alaska relief expedition in Dyea, Is Rav ing all kinds of trouble. The Lucille is now at Departure bay, B. C, and can get no farther for lack of a tug. The tug Mon arch towed the Lucille from this city to Departure bay but she would go no far ther as the pilot was not familiar with the northern waters. It was the expectation when the Lucille left here that the tug Lion was to tow her from Departure bay to Dyea. The Sea Lion, it is claimed, Is out of repair and cannot carry out the original plan. The matter has been placed In the hands of the United States attorney with the view of compelling the owners of the Lucille to carry out their contract with the government. The long confinement which the animals would be forced to undergo by an ordinary voyage is lengthened by this unexpected delay, and meanwhile the season Is advancing and the possibility of taking relief into Dawson Is growing less. The steam schooner Navarro arrived this afternoon from Alaska. When she left Juneau no survivors of the Clara Nevada had been found. The Navarro envountered very stormy weather. G. W. Reeves, Wal ter Kerrln, J. E. Dyer and L. E. Munson, from Dawson, were passengers on the Na varro. They brought no important news. THE PORTLAND SAILS TACOMA, Wesh., Feb. 18.—The steamer Portland arrived this morning from San Francisco to take on a supply of coal for consumption on her voyage to Unalaska with a cargo of stores and supplies con signed to the Alasga Commercial company, and a shipment of lumber. The vessel left for Alaska this evening. ON THE TURF Oakland Racing Only Fair but Betting Heavy SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. IS.-The six winners at Oakland today were Sea Spray, Atnetla Fonso, Semicolon, Peter 11., Chi huahua and Montalde. Although the card was not above the average, there was a big crowd present and considerable money changed hands. The weather was fine and the track fast. Results: Seven furlongs, selling—Sea Spray won, Chappie second, Koeningen thtrd; time 1:28%. Six and a half furlongs, selling-Amelia Fonso won, Peixotto second, Schnltze third; time, 1:22. Third race, four furlongs, selling—Semi colon won, San Atigustlne second; Clar ando third; time, :49%. Mile and a sixteenth,, selling—Peter IL won, Outgo second, Veragua third; time 1:49^4. Five and a half urlongs—Chihuahua won. Ping second, Moringa third; time, 1:08 ft. Seven furlongs—Montalde won, Mainstay second, Mamie Scott third; time. 1:21%. Oakland Race Entries The following are the entries and weights for the races to be run at Oakland track, Oakland, today. Commissions received and placed by the Los Angeles Turf club, Black & Co., at Agricultural park. Take Main street cars. Down town office in rear of No. 143 South Broadway. First quota tions received at 1:30 oclock p. m.: First race, three-quarter mile, selling- Fannle E. 92, Mary Merez 92. McFarlane 94, Metalre 94, Magnus 96, Aluminum 96 Rio Frio 96, Spry Lard 97, Don Gara 97 Morana 98, Estro 99, Alkoran 99, William O. B. 101, Alvin E. 108, Plumerialo4, Distinc tion 105, Monitor 105, Ricardo 106, Yule 114. Second race, half mile, selling—Dr. Ber nays 89, Prince Tyrant 92, Gotobed 92, High land Ball 92, Florlmel 95, ThelmalOO, Sut ton 100, Olive 100, Lost Girl 102, Earl Coch rane 102, Lincoln II 104, Paul Pry 105, Ace 106. Third race, the EVnwood stakes, half mile, 2-year-olds—Royal Fan 100, Magda lenes 100. The Miller 100. Ranlerlo3, Humid ity 105, Gold Scratch 110, Uhlers 108. Couple Humidity and Gold Scratch as B. & W en try. Fourth race, the Thornton stakes, four miles—Marplot 86; Jockey, J. Woods; Gar land Ban 112; Jockey, Conley; The Bache lor, 112; jockey, W. Martin; Wawona 113; jockey, Clawson; Judge Denny 115; Jockey, Thorpe. Judge Denny and Wawona ■ coupled as Hldreth & Hende entry. Fifth race, Free Handicap, three-quar ters of a mile—Formella 86. Brier Hill 98, The Ace 98. Hermosa 98, Imperious 100. Ed Gartland 11, 107. Fonssvannah 110. Sixth race, three-quarters of a mile, sell ing—Lucky Star 91, Sir Richard 97, I Don't Know 102, Melvin Burnham ICB, La Mas cots 104, Sascol 104. Tim Murphy 108, How ard 108, Sly 106. Dlggs 106. Robalr 106, Maj. Cook 106. Judge Stouffer 108. Caesarian 109. Robin Hood 11109. R. Q. Ban 116. A GREAT SCHEME Honduras Colonists Will All Grow Rich Quickly NEW YORK, Feb. 18.—One of the greatest colonisation schemes the world has ever seen was practically begun yesterday, when John Jacob Astor| started for Honduras. He left New; York in Dr. Seward Webb's private car; for Palm Beach, where his yacht Nour mahal Is in waiting. With him are his cousin, Richard Peters, his private sec retary, Mr. Hawkins. Henry L. Sprague and Washington S. Valentine, the head of the syndicate that bears his name. [ Among the other stockholders to whom Mr. Astor will tell his experiences and obseravttons are Chauncey M. Depew, Walter H. Webb, Gen. Benjamin F. Tra cey, F. B. Jennings, President McCol lough of the Erie Railroad, George B. Scott of the Pacific Mall Steamship Company and F. Covett and William Radcllffe of London. The syndicate has already started a national bank In Honduras, erected lighthouses, established a revenue cut ter service and begun the extension Of the Honduras Railroad to the Pacific ocean. It has taken control of the cus tom house under a guarantee to the gov ernment of $1,000,000 a year and has cut already $16,000 a month off old-time smuggling gains. Mr. Astor will go tn the capital, Tegu cigalpa, Terre Bonialla. The new railroad has reached the great coffee belt now and there will be a colony formed there ln which every man will have a chance for a fortune. Only men with families, with some little money, with practical experience and with the best of reputations will be taken. To them will be given concessions as to land, importation of implements, etc,' and beyond a certain point financial aid will be given. The details of the colonization plan are not perfected and will not be ar ranged and made public until after Mr. Astor's return ln March. FIGET'S DEFENSE Testimony Showing That Hoffman Committed Suicide SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 18.—Medical testimony as to the effect of gunshot wounds occupied the attention of Judge and jury today in the trial of Theodore Figel. The testimony was in the main technical and long drawn out. The greater part of the session was occupied with the examination of Dr. Edwin Bunnell. Dr. Bunnell, who is an assistant po lice surgeon, testified that he saw the body of Hoffman In the Receiving Hos pital on the night of the alleged murder. He examined the wounds at that time and concluded they had been self-inflict ed. Before the witness' cross-exam ination was concluded court adjourned and the case went over until Monday next. Will Make Explosives DENVER, Col., Feb. 18.—Representa tives of some of the largest dynamite and fuse manufacturing companies of the United States, who have been in conference here for several days, have completed the preliminary arrangements for establishing a large plant in Denver. A new company Is to be incorporated, all the stock having already been sub scribed. A committee was appointed to select a site near this city for the plant, which is to be erected as soon as possi ble. Among the gentlemen who have taken part in the meetings are J. A. Haskell of the Eastern Dynamite Com pany, Captain John Birmingham of the California Powder Works, Julian Sonn tag of the Giant Powder Company, con solidated, and Ed G. Lukins of the Jud son Dynamite and Powder Company. These gentlemen represent millions of capital. It Is proposed to erect a plant of sufficient capacity to supply the min ing territory tributary to Denver with powder and fuse. Care of Convicts SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 18.—United States Marshal Baldwin has received instructions* from the United States At torney-General to transfer Abraham Jones, a Federal prisoner, from San Quentin prison to the penitentiary at Fort Yuma, Ariz. Several years ago Jones was convicted of stage robbery and was sentenced to San Quentin for twenty years. He has since become a consumptive, and it is with the hope that his life may be prolonged that he is to be taken to Fort Yuma. Hinz Not Convicted NEW YORK, Feb. 18.—The jury In the Hlnz case, after a lengthy consideration, disagreed and were discharged. Hiram G. Hlnz of Texas has been on trial before Judge Hurd ln the County Court charged with manslaughter ln the first degree.' On January 18 last he shot and killed his brother-in-law, Otta Diehl, in Brooklyn. His plea was that Dlehl had cruelly treated his wife, Hinz's sister. The Coroner's Jury found that he was not to be condemned for the shooting. Coal Dealers Indicted SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 18. — The Chronicle says: The members of the Coal Dealers' Association are to be sub jected to a criminal (frosecution. The United States Grand Jury has voted to Indict them for having violated the pro visions of the trust act, and an effort will be made by Assistant United States At torney Schlesinger and Special Prose cutor Black to secure their conviction. Jgl I Cure Men | *5 ° F THF ' V ' TAL DRAIN i • Sml 1 Rest ° re the Fuu I *! I Etv>B B My book "Three Classes of Q t Htm Men" tells all about the sim. W. 3 - Electric Bettrbr a few hours # | "" every night, and it gives * hundreds of letters from men who were once weak, but are now CS n big, strong men. Ask for the book. It gives prices and g A IT IS FREE TO YOU £ The Belt pours vitalizing Electricity into the nerves. Vigor springs R » into your veins. Try it. Happiness can be yours then. 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All colors and all sizes. 1 000 o O M B 117 to 125 North Spring St. 9 r Harris and Frank, Props. 2 FELL TO PIECES The Greater Republic Is Now Only a Memory CHICAGO, Feb. 18.—A special to the Times-Herald from New Orleans says: Positive information has reached this port from San Salvador, Central Amer ica, that the Greater Republic of Cen tral America has ceased to exist, the principal State, Salvador, having with drawn from the union. This action of Salvador was precipitated by the step of Guiterrez, President of Salvador, who Is at present assisting indirectly tho revolution of Nicaragua and who has declared officially that the Liberal party of Honduras is unworthy longer to hold power. A Lucky Criminal LINCOLN, Neb., Feb. 18.—The Su preme Court has handed down an opin ion reversing the decision of the trial court in the case of Ex-Andltor Eugene Moore and dismissed the case. Moore was convicted of embezzlement and sentenced to eight years In the peni tentiary. The Supreme Court declares the statute under which he was con victed unconstitutional. An Unlucky Magnate PITTSBURG, Pa., Feb. 18.—Another effort was made today tn the United States Court to secure the release of Chris. Yon der Ahe, on a writ of habeas corpus. Judge Buffington granted an order on Sheriff Lowry and Jailor Mc- Keeser to produce Yon der Ahe ln court next Wednesday and show cause why he should not be released from custody. Meanwhile Yon der Ahe must remain ln jail. Arctic Relief Work SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 18.—The work of preparing the revenue cutter Corwln for her arctic trip Is almost complete, and in a few days she will be ready to start for Alaska, where she goes to sup plement the work of the Bear ln rescu ing the ice-bound whalers. The hull of the Corwin Is being heavily sheathed, as a protection against the ice. Tired of Teaching CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 18.—Charles Eliot Norton, the distinguished critic and professor ln Harvard University, has announced that with the end of the present academic year he will retire from the active duties of his position. Profes sor Norton is the oldest member of the faculty. A Placer Minig Deal DENVER, Feb. IS—Col. George R. Davis, Director General of the World's Fair, has closed a deal by which he and a syndicate he represents become the owners of 3500 acres of placer ground ln the South Pass district. The sale was made' to Mr. Davis by Joseph B. Adams of this city. Burglar Proof Shutters A new German safety shutter, which Is Invulnerable to burglars. Is made on the principle of the roller shutter, the strips of hardened steel three-quarters of an Inch ln diameter, placed over rods or on pivots. The sides, the only vulnerable points, are hidden In grooves, and, as the tubes revolve freely the burglar's tools can obtain no purchase upon them, thus ren dering strong rooms, etc., absolutely Inac cessible. Theater curtains constructed on the same plan would also prove Invaluable for the preservation of life ln case of Are. The greatest land owner in the United Kingdom Is the Duke of Sutherland, who owns 1,385,000 acres.