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SPAIN MAKES PROTEST
AGAINST THE BOMBA3
07 PORTO RICO
WILL TELL THE POWERS OF IT
If America Again Makes an Attack
Without Warning—lntrigue and
Riots Grow Worse
Associated Press Special Wire
MADRID, May 13.-The chief event of the
cortes today was the questioning of Senor
Bores, who held a high post ln ths Philip
pines for two years, about the new risings
at Panas, Cebu and Manila, as to which he
gave evidence drawn from the statements
at passengers recently arrived and from pri
vate letters received at Madrid.
Lieut. Gen. Correa, minister of war, con
tended, ln reply, that the risings rose from
American incitements. I
Senor Bores pointed, ln answer, to that
he referred to those which began early ln
April, before there was any Idea ot war
with the United States.
The main point in Senor Bores' state
ment, however, was the terrible condition
of the Spanish troops at Manila, between
the double fire of the Americans and na
tives. This made a great sensation.
Senor Mollnas, deputy for Porto Rico,
protested against the bombardment of San
Juan without notice as an Infringement of
International usages.
. To this Gen. Correa replied that the con
duct of the Americans was vandalism and
that the government "will bring their out
rageous action under the notice of the pow
ers."
The Cabinet Crisis
MADRID, May 13, 2:30 p.m.—The Spanish
ministerial crisis continues. Premier Sa
gasta has had frequent conferences with
prominent politicians, but there does not
appear to be any solution In sight of the
difficult problems he has ln hand.
A dispatch received from Fort de France,
Island of Martinique, says enthusiasm Is
great among the crews of the Spanish
ships there. Government officials refuse
to say anything about Instructions cabled
to Admiral Cervera.
There Is much uneasiness here on ac
count of a rumor that by tonight the bread
supply In all the bakeries here will be ex
hausted.
News of the Pleet
MADRID, May 13, 10:30 a. m.-There ts
great excltment among public officials on
the news ot the arrival of the Spanish
fleet at Martinique. It la now said the
•hips went there on purpose to coal and
that two Transatlantic steamers loaded
with coal were awaiting them at Fort de
France. Another important object of the
fleet was to communicate with the Span
ish government and ascertain the where
abouts ot the American fleet. Admiral
Carvelo now knows everything which has
transpired since his departure from the
Cape Verde Islands and he has full In
structions as to his future movements.
The fleet will leave Martinique immediate
ly for an unknown destination, and it Is
added some days may elapse before the
Spanish ships are again heard from.
Great anxiety has been felt ln official
circles here since the receipt of the news
of the bombardment of Ban Juan de Porto
Rico by Rear-Admiral Sampson's fleet.
Midnight.—A dispatch from Martinique
says that only one of the destroyers with
the Cape Verde squadron entered the port
to send dispatches, but that the squadron
did. not enter.
A dispatch from Porto Rico to La Corre
epondencla de Espana says the loss during
the bombardment was one officer and three
soldiers killed, 13 soldiers wounded, one
civilian killed and 30 wounded. According
to the same dispatch, the steamer Roaks,
with a cargo of coal for Admiral Cervera,
succeeded ln evading Admiral Sampson and
entered San Juan.
A dispatch received tonight says that the
American ships reassembled before Car
denas yesterday, but that her garrison,
which had been reinforced, repulsed the
enemy.
Another dispatch from Havana reports
that various encounters have taken place
during the past few days between the
Spanish troops and the Insurgents, ln
Which the latter have been defeated.
Report of Victory
MADRID, May 13, noon—An official dis
patch from San Juan de Porto Rico says
the American squadron was repulsed off
Porto Rico. Although the eleven war
ships bombarded the place, the attacks
were gloriously beaten back. The Spanish
batteries armed with six-Inch guns wore
especially effective.
This alleged victory of the Spaniards has
aroused great enthusiasm here.
Desperate Conditions
NEW YORK, May 13.-A dispatch to tha
World from Madrid says:
Spain's condition at home is desperate.
Rioting everywhere aggravates the po
litical crisis. Martial law has been pro
claimed throughout the Kingdom.
The military governors of some prov
inces have summoned the editors of the
newspapers and warned them to have a
care about what they publish or soldiers
Will be sent to smash everything ln their
offices.
Editors of obnoxious papers will be sent
/without trial to Fernando Po, a penal sta
tion on the coast of Equatorial West
Africa.
In view of a probable revolution on the
next news of disaster, the Liberals and
Conservatives have promised the Queen to
support a dictatorial military cabinet un
der Marshal Campos should events demand
It
The political plan agreed upon, with the
Queen's assent, between Premier Sagasta,
Marshal Campos, Senor Stlvela, the Con
servative leader, and Senor Montero y
Rlos. the President of the Chamber of
Deputies, is this: Aa soon as the Cortes
passes the bills providing extraordinary
revenues for the war, Premier Sagasta
will notify the Presidents of the two
houses—Senor Montero y Rlos, of the
Chamber of Deputies, and Marquis Araljo
at the Senate, and ask them to suspend the
Sittings Indefinitely or until a new Cabinet
has been organised.
Then for form's sake, the Queen Regent
will consult the leading statesmen and
Oeneral Rlos and the Presidents of the
Cortes. They have agreed to advise her to
retain Senor Sagasta as Premier, but if
he should fall to organize a ministry to in
struct Senor Montero to arrange a tem
porary administration to prosecute the
war.
If both Sagasta and Montero should fall
to find Liberal statesmen patriotic enough
to take office, the Queen will turn to Senor
BJllvela and ask him to organise a ministry
to include Marshal Campos and other gen
erals as a military reserve to keep the
rxtreme parties at bay. Should any re
rerse In the war or a revolutionary move
ment put the dynasty In danger, then the
military dictatorship is to be resorted to.
Bread Riots
NEW YORK, May II.—A dispatch to the
World from London says: A Madrid dis
patch reports bread riots at Colamar, ln
which women stormed the Octroi sta
tions. The riots continue ln Logronl. Rich
people In Madrid and elsewhere are trying
to allay the popular discontent by giving
alms and subscribing to relief funds.
HANK GRIFFIN WON
He Knocked Out Lige Bobinson in
Two Bounds
Hank Griffin disposed of Llge Robinson
In short order last night at the Manhattan
club, knocking him out in the second round.
Tbe men, although heavy weights, put up
as rapid a fight as has been witnessed in
the city tar many a day and up to within a
tew seconds before Orlffln put ln the final
blows, Roßmaon looked as though he stootJ
a good chance.
Tbe attendance was rather light but the
program was fast from start to finish.
Orlffln was a two to one favorite. In thf
first round Robinson set about to rattle his
lanky opponent and In addition to fending
several body blows made a number of clever
ducks from right swings that would have
laid him out cold had they but connected.
The pace set was so hot that nobody Be
lieved that the men would be able to last
the fifteen rounds and a knockout was
looked for early In the game. The men
started off with the same furious fighting
ln the second round but Griffin had appar
ently got onto his opponent's dodging tac
tics and managed to land a number of
swings on Robinson's body. Griffin proved
much the stronger ln this round and
rushed Robinson to the ropes. He then got
in a couple of uppercuts and after a straight
right on the body rushed Robinson to his
corner. Instead of trying to get aWay or
protect himself, Robinson put his head
down on his arms and left his body exposed
as he leaned against the ropes, apparently
waiting for Griffin to deliver the knockout
btow and It came soon enough. Griffin
landed a straight right over the heart and
as Robinson reeled along the ropes put his
right on the jugular and sent the other
colored man out
Harry Brown and Thomas Banks, a
oouple of clever oolored bantams, boxed
four two-minute rounds and gave as pretty
an exhibition as could be wished to be seen.'
Hayes of Duarte and Facen ot Los An
geles, another colored pair, also fought six
two-minute rounds. Neither had any
science and It was on amusing bout, Hayes
beting given the decision. Harry Early ref
erred the principal event of the evening and
Jim Rush was timer while Jim Bishop was
the master of ceremonies. Griffin chal
lenged Bob Jones, another colored heavy
weight, to fight for the championship of
Southern California and the challenge was
accepted by Jones with the understanding
that they fight for at least $200. "Swlfty" of
Arizona challenged Griffin and was refer
red to that fighter's backer.
BENJAMIN EVANS CONVICTED
It Took the Jury but Ten Minutes to
Decide
Benjamin Evans, the aged and sancti
monious shoplifter, was convicted of petty
laroeny last night and will be sentenced
next Tuesday at 11 a. m.
Evans was tried on a oharge of stealing
a couple of trays from a crockery store.
The case occupied several days in Justice
Morrison's court. An attempt was made by
the defense to try to prove the good char
acter of the prisoner, as was done In the
previous trial, but apparently the testlmony
did not have a great deal of weight with
the Jury. Detective Auble succeeded in dig
ging up some witnesses ln Pasadena who
knew Evans' record in La Grande, lowa,
twenty years ago. A. Mr. Benedict, James
Pierson and M. D. Painter, the proprietor
of tho Painter hotel, were the new wit
nesses. Benedict conducted a store and the
other men worked for him. Evans repre
sented that he desired to purchase tho
store, and by this means succeeded In get
ting access to the place, which would not
otherwise have been given him. He was
accused by the witnesses of getting away
with some goods, Just as he Is now charged,
and their suspicions were also aroused by
a $20 bill suddenly disappearing from the
cash drawer and then as suddenly reap
pearing, crumpled as if taken hastily out
of somebody's pocket, after Evans had been
suspected by them.
The arguments were concluded last night
Shortly after 9 oclock, and at 9:35 the jurors
retired. After three ballots, they returned
ln ten minutes and announced that thoy
had found Evans guilty.
Continent-Wide Enthusiasm
California is so far away from what have
been the centers of war events and news
that her Interest ln the past has been some
what academic. She furnished her quota
of troops promptly, but without much en
thusiasm.
There was a maglc-ltke change when the
scene shifted and Dewey's need for rein
forcement brought California into the field
of activity. Governor Budd of that state
Is now assailing Washington with tele
graphic demands to be allowed to supply
all the troops for Manila. He has 6000
troops ready to sail, he says, and they are
eager for the fray.
This makes the high pressure of patriot-
Ism co-extensive with the boundaries ot the
nation.—New York World.
Was Accidentally Killed
Coroner Campbell held an Inquest at Ar
tesia yesterday on the remains of Daniel
L. Ashby, a rancher who was found dead
under his wagon Thursday morning, near
that place. It appears that Ashby had
driven In a high farm wagon to Los Ala
mitos after a load of potatoes and In some
manner had fallen between the whlffle
trees and fractured his skull on the right
Side above the ear. His foot had caught in
the whiffle-tree and his body had beyj
dragged for a quarter of a mile. It was
thought that he had been murdered but hlB
purse, containing $11 was found by the
side of the road, and his heel was shown
to have been caught. A verdict of accident
al death was found. The deceased was from
Missouri; was 65 years of age and had sev
eral sons living with him near Artesia.
Hurt by a Car
About 6 oclock yesterday evening H. Nel
son, a boy of 11 years of age, residing at
1336 Wright street, Jumped from a north
bound Pico-street car on Broadway, in
front of the St. Vincent hotel, near Sixth
street, and stepped onto the other track
directly in front of another car, which was
approaching rapidly from the north. Tho
boy was knocked down and rolled for some
distance. His right arm was broken above
the wrist and he received a wound four
Inches In length on his forehead. He was
taken to the Llndley sanitarium on West
Sixth street tnd his injuries were attended
to.
E. W. O'Gara Found Dead
E. W. O'Garra was found dead ln his
room In the Gollmer block, at 233% Eaßt
First street, yesterday morning. The re
mains were removed to tho undertaking
rooms of Dexter Sampson, where Coroner
Campbell will hold an inquest today.
O'Gara was at one time associated with
Dodd as a contractor in the city and did
a big business, but he became addicted to
the use of morphine, and his death is
thought to havo been due to the excessive
use of that drug, i
LOS ANGELES HERALD i SATURDAY MORNING, MAY 14,18 ft
WAS IT SUICIDE?
THE PECULIAR AND SUDDEN
DEATH OP DR. ROSSON
HE WAS HEAVILY INSURED
And a Number of Physicians Found
No Trace of Disease —A Rigid
Investigation
An autopsy was bold yesterday over the
remains of Dr. R. L. Rosson, whose death
Is surrounded by rather mysterious circum
stances. The doctor came here from Ari
zona early in February and took up his
residence, with his family, at 612 South
Flower street. He was a man of fine physi
cal appearance, and upon receipt of hU
applications for Insurance the numerous
fraternal organizations were willing and
anxious to allow him the limit, ln the
short space of six weeks he had taken out
policies aggregating 239,000. Before coming
here he was insured ln the Knights of Pyth
ias for $3000 and in the A. O. U. W. for $2000.
Blnoe his arrival ln this city he became a
ell 698, National Union, 83000, on March 18th.
member of Banner tent 21, K. O. T. M., tak
ing the limit for 83000; of Los Angeles coun-
On February 22d he took out 83000 in Los
Angeles council 1, Fraternal Brotherhood,
and 86000 ln Court Angelina 8422, Independ
ent Order of Foresters, the certificate of
which was delivered the day of his death.
In addition to this, he lately took out a pol
icy for $10,000 ln the Travelers' and a like
amount ln another company.
Dr. Rosson was a member of Phoenix
court 2, K. of P., and, having been reported
as being sick, was being taken care of by
the members of Marathon lodge 182 of this
city. It was reported by them Tuesday
night that he was improving.
When the above facts were reported to
President Dandy of the Fraternal Brother
hood, a post-mortem examination was or
dered for the purpose of revealing whether
it was a case of suicide. All the other orders
Involved sanctioned this movement.
In the autopsy which was held yesterday
tt was shown that all the organs were in
an exceptionally healthy condition, nor
could any signs of poisoning be traced. The
various organs have been preserved and
will be subjected to a rigid analysis.
It also appears that previous to his death
Rosson had been attended by Dr. W. S.
Phillips for a complicated disease of the
stomach known as gastro-enterltls, but it
seems that no cause of death had been
mentioned In a death certificate, In fact,
no death certificate had as yet been Is
sued. These facts were made known last
night by the undertakers, Orr & Hlnes,
who have charge of the body. It was stated
that the certificate had been drawn up and
was awaiting the doctor's signature, but
that efforts to locate him yesterday were
of no avail.
Dr. Phillips in an Interview last night
stated:
"I had attended Dr. Rosson from the
21st of April until the 3d of May. He was
apparently suffering from an Inflamma
tion of the stomach and bowels. I ceased
attending htm on the latter date, and when
I left him he was convalescing very
rapidly and attending himself. On the
evening of the Uth ins*. I was hastily
called, and was notified that he had sud
denly had a relapse ot his former troubles.
,He died very suddenly Thursday morning,
: much to my astonishment."
In answer to the question, "Do you then
think, doctor, that his death was due to
the stomach trouble, as against the suicide
theory?" the doctor replied: "Yes, I dd;
though the end might possibly have been
hastened by a weak heart."
A declaration to the effect that the
organs were in an exceedingly healthy
condition and that there was no indication
of disease was signed by the following
physicians, who were present during the
examination: Dr. F. D. Bullard, professor
of chemistry ln the medical college; Dr.
W. W. Hitchcock, Dr. C. L. Sexton, Dr. W.
S. Phillips and Dr. F. K. Ainsworth.
It is evident from the above that Dr.
Phillips, by signing the above declaration,
refutes the theory that death was
the result of the stomach and bowel trou
ble.
A rigid examination will now be made
for the purpose of ascertaining whether
any trace of poison exists.
COURAGE IN TIME OF BATTLE
An English war correspondent says that
as to the courage of the American soldier
there can be no doubt. Of course, there
were some cowards. Gen. Sherman said
somewhere that 25 per cent of men has
not the necessary nerve for battle. If this
25 per cent Is jammed Into line it will run—
unless (here are men behind It ready to
shoot the fugitives. For this reason the
rear of the armies was sometimes picketed
during the war. But this does not impugn
the valor of the Aemerican private. There
are cowards ln every army. One man was
drummed out of the ranks, though he was
of good family, and bitterly felt his dis-
grace. He contended—and It was true
that under fire he was seized with paralysis
and could not move forward. Therefore, he
used to lie down. Such things happened
In the Franco-Prussian war.
A Cincinnati bank president says that dur
ing the rebellion he was ln commnad ot a
picket squad at midnight when "there sud
denly came to us evidence that the enemy
was upon us and about to attack. Them
was a discharge of musketry. And I want
to say that the first thing that struck me
was the fact that my legs were trembling
very much, especially about tbe knees; in
truth, so violently that I began to be rather
leery about standing. Then the thought
struck me: 'Thank heaven! It is midnight,
and nobody can see my legs acting as they
arc." Through all the numerous engage
ments that my regiment was ln, It is n
strange thing, but I had the same trem
bling and my face would turn ashen pale.
I never lost control of my voice, however,
peculiar as It was, and could deliver oaths
as plainly as at any other time."
Gen. Andrew Hlckenlooper recently told
this story to an Interviewer: "On one occa-
sion, after we had chased the enemy for
some distance, we caught up to them. That
night, at the council of the officers, it wan
decided to move upon the enemy's camp at
daybreak. As chief of the artillery, I went
over to the headquarters of the branch to
notify them of the line of action. In my tent
I found the commander of my old forces,
who had always been a brave soldier and
hod ever shown himself ln front of his ar
tillery. He was very visibly affected and
his face was as pale as death. 'General.'
said he, 'I have a favor to ask of you. 1
know that you will consider it strange and
peculiar, but please let It pass and grant It.
I feel that tlmorrow I will be killed, as I
understand that we are to move upon the
enemy. You know my family and situation.
Don't think me a coward, but please hold
my command back to the third line.' I re
plied: 'I will do better. I will hold your
company ln reserve.' In the morning, when
daylight came, the soldiers advanced upon
the enemy'e position, only to find that they
had fled during the night. Never did I sco
a change come over a man such as struck
my visitor of the night before. Where he
had always greeted me enthusiastically, he
now passed me by and became morose and
despondent. In less than three months he
resigned. Now, as to what had affected
blm nobody will ever know, but that he
was afraid I have not the slightest doubt."
-New York World.
_ '
WHY HE HAD TO MOVE
Unfortunate Lived Next Door to a
Doctor With Night Calls
"Why, man," said the landlord to a ten
ant whom he had recently secured for a
house that had been unoccupied for severs I
months, "you're not going to vacate so
soon? You've only been there a month."
"I know it, and a month more would be
the end of me. lam going to get a house
way out ln the suburbs and In the center ot
a big lot. You'll never get me into a double
house again as long as I live. I'd rather
take the family and camp out."
"The place is all I told you It was, sir;
good house, good neighborhood and every
thing ln good repair. I'll look to you fur
the rent until the end f the term."
"That's all right, and I'll pay It. I'm not
mean enough to try to sublet It, either.
One thing you didn't tell me—that the
man ln the other end of the house is a doc
tor and that he seems to have trained his
patients to call on him at night. I haven't
had any sleep worth speaking of ln the
whole three weeks. Coming up on the
porch they reach my door first. They ring
the bell as though it were a fire alarm and
then begin pounding on the door. When
I'm forced to go to the door to prevent its
being broken in and to give the rest of the
folks a little show to sleep, It's 'Get into
your clothes, doc, and come right over to
the house,' or, 'Jlmmle has the croup,' or,
'Baby's having an awful time with his
teeth,' or, 'Why didn't you call this even
ing as you agreed to?' If I put my head}
out of the window and try to explain they
get hot, tell me I had beter take ln my sign,
better retire from business, or something
worse. I'll bring you the keys this even
ing."—Detroit Free Press.
Beef Tea for Invalids
In giving beef tea to the Invalid, remem
ber that the beef tea that is clear and
transparent is good and useful as a stim
ulant, but Is altogether worthless as a
nourishment, and people cannot live on It.
A most nutritious beef broth that may be
kept a week, if the cover Is left oft while
cooling, Is made ln this way: To three
pounds of solid beef from the shoulder or
shin, with all dried skin or any soft or
bloody portions removed, add three pounds
of bones from the same part ot the beef and
four quarts of cold water. Put in a Jar ai\d
cook from eight to twelve hours in a slow
oven. Strain through a colander and add
two tablespoonfuls of salt. If you are go
ing to keep It, leave the fat on, breaking off
just enough each day to allow of getting out
the stock underneath. Heat and give to
the patient with or without crackers as de
sired.
Blissful Unconsciousness
First Klondlker (turning his other side
to the fire)— Well, I wonder what's the
news down ln the states?
Second Klondlker (piling more logs on
the fire)— News? There ain't any. Every
body's watting to hear from us!— Chicago
Tribune.
The Bicycle Did It
Miss Countrycousin—What are all those
badges that woman wears?
Mr. Wheeler—Each one represents a cent
ury.
Miss Countrycousin—Gracious! She does
not look to be 40!— The Jewelers' Weekly.
Her Test
"And what did she say when you asked
her to put your love to the test?"
"She suggested that I might act as her
brother 'Bill's' substitute in case we havo
war with Spain."—Chicago News.
His Sympathy
"We ought to worry more over other peo
ple's troubles than our own."
"I do; I worry over my creditors' trou
bles."
"What aro they?"
"My debts."—Detroit Free Press.
No Man Knows
A pretty good guess can be made as to
what a sensible man will do, but nobody
ever knows what a fool will do.—Atchison
Globe.
Acquitted of Murder
WOODLAND, May 13.—Jesse Cave, Jr.,
was today acquitted of the charge of mur
dering Lewis Isham.
In Favor
"Any news?"
"Yes; the Goddess of Liberty was Queen
of the May this year."—Chicago Record.
ODD ITEMS FROM EVERYWHERE
About a league distant from the town of
Tandil, says the London Sketch, stands a
famous rocking stone, weighing 270 tons,
so nicely poised that It rocks ln the wind,
and may be made to crack a walnut.
The first gold coin called a sovereign was
coined In the reign of Henry VIII. The
present, as current at 20s, was first Issued
ln 1617.
Pious Russians do not eat pigeons be
cause of the sanctity conferred on tho
dove in the Scripture.
So small a creature as the beaver, ac
cording to H. B. Woodward of the Brit
ish museum, has changed the character
of a considerable portion of the British
Isles to a remarkable degree. The bor
ders of the fens were once covered with
forest, and the beaver was one of the
most plentiful animals of the region. Its
dams turned the streams from their natu
ral courße.
Solomon's temple was 107 feet long, 36
feet broad and 54 feet high, not being larg
er than many private houses of the present
time.
There are more wrecks In the Baltic sea
than In any other place ln the world. The
average Is one wreck a day throughout the
year.
Prof. Thompson thinks that perhaps all
insects communicate with each other by
means of some, to us, invisible radiation.
This would seem to account for the pecu
liar construction of the eyes of InsecU,
which do .not depend upon refraction.
M. Martel, the well-known French cave
hunter, hus explored a natural pit, in the
limestone of the Lozere, France, with re
markable results. After descending a ver
tical shaft for about 200 feet he found an
Immense ball, sloping dawnward, and at
the lower end a "forest" of stalagmites,
resembling pine and palm trees.
It Is certain that ants Intentionally sanc
tion the residence of certain Insects ln
their nests. This is the case, for Instance,
with a curious blind beetle, which Is ab
solutely dependent upon ants, and Is habit
ually fed by them, the ants supplying It
with nourishment as they do one another.^
THE HEAVENS IN MAY
THE SUN SLACKENING SPEED
MOVES HOSTS
Phases of tha Moon and Changes of
the Planets During tha
Month
The beautiful slating sky of May, with
the sea sparkling as though It were fairly
smiling, should make us all feel like the
"children of the open air," who used to live
ln the valleye of the Orient, keeping aloof,
but loving the sun, the wind, the mild,
sweet reproof of occasional showers, and
all that goes to make the earth bright and
fair. Though so much has been written
about our debt to pure water, yet we owe
quite as much to pure air. How wonder
ful It is; it permeates all our body, It bathes
the skin ln a medium so delicate that we
are not conscious of Its presence, and yet
so strong tbat It wafts the odors of flow
ers and fruit into our rooms. It Is the
vehicle of sound and brings to us the
voices of those we love and all the sweet
music of nature. It covers us overhead
ln a glorious arch of blue and lights up the
morning and evening skies with Are. It is
so exquisitely soft and pure, so gentle and
yet so useful, that no wonder Ariel Is the
most delicate, lovable and fascinating of
all nature spirits.
A Genuine Moving Day
The earth, or, as the Latins called It,
Tellus, from which some wag suggests,
originated the expression, "Do tell us," is
the third planet ln the solar system, and
the one on which we subsist with a'l our
Important Joys and sorrows. Supposing
our planet to be suddenly arrested on its
axis, we all, with our goods and chattels,
would be showing to the surrounding
worlds what a Ist of May moving day re
ally means ln this big city of ours. Ev
erything would be projected into the air at
a speed of 173 miles a minute, which, while
somewhat exceeding the usual rate of pro
gress of a furniture van, would hardly mix
things up more hopelessly. Every moth
er's son and daughter of us would describe
the arc of a parabola, which Is probably
the only description we should bo able to
give of the affair. This catastrophe to the
tax gatherer or to any one sufficiently col
lected to enjoy It, would doubtless be ex
ceedingly amusing, but as there would
probably be no time for laughing, we pray
that It may not occur until after our de
mise, when, should it take place, our mon
ument will probably accompany the move
ment.
The Sun Slackening Speed
The sun perceptibly slackens bis speed
ln May, compared to the tremendous rate
at which he moved last month, and at
the close we find he has advanced six de
grees and one-half on his Journey toward
the furthest northern point that he reaches
for the year. Of course, though, ho warms
up the earth much more and gives us beau
tiful long twilights to be enjoyed In the
open before the days get too warm. There
are two planets in opposition this month
with the sun, Uranus and Saturn, and
with these two exceptions so much more
important to the planets than to the sun,
old Sol does not enter conspicuously Into
the monthly phenomena.
Phases of the Moon
Full moon occurs on the 6th, last quarter
on the 12th, new moon on the 2<kii. and
first quarter on the 28th. Some people as
sert that If the new moon's bright cres
cent appears to encircle the whole disk of
the moon, It is an unfailing sign of bad
weather. A statement so positive in its
character should have something to sup
port It, but, unfortunately for those who
make it, it is not at all Justified by the
known facts. For example, In many fa
vored parts of the world the condition
of the atmosphere Is mostly always pro
pitous to seeing the young moon In the
arms of the old, as It Is called, and, accord
ingly, ln such localities It possesses no par
ticular significance.
On the other hand, In countries given to a
chronic state of mist and hase, the phe
nomenon, from its rareness, attracts more
attention and indicates an unusual clear
ness in the air, which, according as it is
backed up by other signs, may or may not
herald the approach of rain or wind. That
which denotes one kind of weather in one
locality may signify something totally dif
ferent in another; much the same way that
in the northern hemisphere the barometer
rises for north winds and falls for tho
same winds ln the southern hemisphere.
Mercury a Morning Star
Mercury begins the monthly show by be
ing ln Inferior conjunction with the sun
today and passing from the realm of the
evening to that of the morning stars. On
the 18th this planet and the moon are In
conjunction, but at altogether too great a
distance, besides which the planet will not
be visible for another few days, as It does
not reach its greatest western elongation
from the sun until the 28th. For a day >r
two before and after this date we can find
Mercury shining In the eastern sky a short
while before Old Sol comes along and puts
out all the night lights.
TJranus at Hia Best
Uranus shows how well disposed he Is
to play a prominent part In the heavenly
tableaux by taking on the 22d the most
favorable place he can to show off his line j
points. On that date he is in opposition
with the sun and rfses at about the hour of
sunset. At this period in his journeyings
Uranus Is at his largest and brightest, but
to see him to advantage one should ha'/e
artificial aid to vision. On the day follow- j
ing the full of the moon the planet and
moon are at their closest for the month, and |
fairly close proximity to the latter might
serve to enable us to find the former were
it not that the brilliant light of the full
U'oon quite puts Uranus out of view.
A Galaxy of Evening Stars
Saturn comes In opposition with the sun
about one week after Uranus, and we shall
then have his mellow light for many an
evening to come and at a season when we
can thoroughly enjoy watching his majestic
passage across the heavenly vault. On the
date of this event—the 30th—the planet be
comes one of the evening galaxy and will
find some extremely brilliant opponents to
fight for the mastery. We shall find Venus
in the west an hour and three-quarters
after the sun has set; then, some five and
three-quarters hours later, we find Jupiter,
while coming up ln the east is Saturn,
mounting higher and higher with exquisite
and commendable aspiration to be the most
conspicuous of all the gems, after having
with dignity ushered in the stately night.
Finally, the others having sought repose,
we shall find Saturn shining steadily, while
the stars about him are winking and blink
ing before the light of day that the sun is
already tlngelng.
Man a Morning Star
Mars keeps out of all these strivings tor
tbe mastery by remaining a morning star.
He Is at present quite outclassed by his
larger brethren, but bides his time, well
knowing that before so very long he will
once more be the observed of all observers
and that ha will give rise to more theories
and conjectures than all ot the rest ot the
planets put together. How great will be
our satisfaction when we are finally put ln
communication with our friends ln Mars!
Perhaps they can Inform us In what celes
tial dairy lunar cheese Is prepared, and
who "churns the milky whey." How much
more popular such Information will be
than any facts about the canals la Mars
and mountains In the moon!
Neptune and Venus come fairly close to
gether on the Uth, so that we can deter
mine the general locality of tbe less bril
liant planet by the position of his charm
ing neighbor. Two days after the new
moon, the 22d, there Is conjunction between
moon and planet, the latter eblng three
and a half degrees to the southward. At
present Neptune Is the constellation of
the bull.
Evening; Appearance of Venus
Venus has now fully established herself
In the western section of the sky, where we
can And her about as the birds are sing
ing their twilight anthem, and the sun
goes down to kiss the sea. She grows
larger and more brilliant each successive
night, and the year will be drawing to a
close before she ceases to be the great
attraction of the evening. The other plan
ets pubs her on their journey along the
Armament, but do not succeed in wresting
her laurels from her. She takes a con
spicuous part in numerous interesting phe
nomena, and plays a most attractive role.
On the 22d she Is occulted by the two days'
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mouth la which she eaters have llssetgf
been mentioned.
Jupiter now reaches our meiMsak'abaat :
»:» la the evening, getting thafw sariiar.'l
and earlier each successive night, aad gs> ■-,
giving us less and leas of his brightness.
Ha le on his way toward the sun, aad tat
tbe middle of August we shall be Inter sststl jj
in watching htm and tho fair
as near together as they will get, and than "
gradually separate, as they move SB that*
different paths, one approaching the esse
and the other drawing away from it—New :
York Times.
Not Ready to Go
new YORK, May 14.—Major Oeneral
Merrltt, United States governor general of
the Philippines, said today that ha would
remain ln the city for one weak before
starting for Manila. A first detachment of '
troops will be sent to the islands undo*
Oeneral Otis, who will be second ln com
mand to Oeneral Merrltt Oeneral Mer
rltt will follow later with a larger body ol
soldiers.
Watchmen Watch
NEW YORK, May 13.—The urgent orders
received from the war department within
the last twenty-four hours require tho
commanders of the signal towers on Long
Island' to keep their men constantly ea
watch tor signals from the patrol float.
A New Position
LONDON, May 14.—Prof. James Beth of
Cornell university has been elected pro
fessor ot philosophy of Edinburgh ant
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