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Thy nidation of THB TIMES Yesterday
For tl'fc District of Columbia, Maryland
and Virginia, fair; continued high, teni
pemtur: variable -winds.
SEPTEMBK 10, 1897 EIGHT PAGES.
LAUREL'S GREAT MYSTERY
Doctors Disagree as to Whether
Corpse Is Man or Woman.
Spanish Battalion Routed and I
a Town Captured.
THE ONLY LINE
IS IT SUICIDE OR MURDER?
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SUNDAY, September 12.
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SPLENDID FULL GOODS
Great Double Store and Annex
VAST CROWDS YISIT DAILY
Tills Great Exhibition of the few
est of Tall Furniture Is Very
Attrnctive to the Public The
Great Providers Talk About the
Fall Trade Prospect.
After being Ehown through the great
doable store and annex a lady and gentle
man expressed themselves greatly pleased
with their visit, andlert a handsome order
"Your store Is so neat and well ar
range.V said the lady to Mr. Majer, who
bad attended them, "that one feels com
pelled to purchase, and your clerkb &bow
tuch uumoial civility."
"1'es," baSd the gentlemen, "we "were
Drought here by reading your announce
ments, although I must admit that ive
did not believe one-half of them. Nov
ire do. and elull du mj In the future, for
-we, have seen with our own eyes'
The merchant wab pleased with the
good Impression the Etore had made upon
nls customers, and told them that the praise
of the public stimulated them to greater ef
forts lu the future.
CONTRACT "WITH BRAZIL.
Foreign Syndicate to Obtain Control
of Her Hullroudfe.
Paris, Sept. S- Le Paris., a newspaper,
cportu that a provisional contract has been
cnteied into by the Brazilian govern nfent
the Discount Rank of Berlin and the Comp
toir u'Escoiupte of Paris on the other with
reference to farming out the Brazilian
A conmanv to lake over the administra
tion ol the railways will be constituted '
with a capital of 200,000,000 franca, of
which sum one-half will he reserved for an
English financial group, and one-quarter
each for the French and German members.
According to the couditions or the loan
which the company will make In return
for the handing over of cue railways, the
Brazilian government will leave In Europe
the cum required i V th service of the debt
for t wo years. Numerous sinecures will be
suppressed and existing abuses in the rail
Tray administration will be reformed.
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LUETGEHT SCORES A POINT.
Expert Witness Disconcerted
by the Defense.
Chicago, Sept. .The Luetgert wife
murder trial drags slowly along, yet in
terest in it keeps up to a remarkable de
gree. When Luetgertcame into the court
room thlH morning he was regarded
with unusual curiosity by the crowd, on
account of a story that he had frequently
been released from his cell and given the
freedom of the Jail corrldort after mid
night. The allegation that a man confined
on a charge of murder should be permitted
such unusual privilege has caubed great
consternation among the officials. As a
result of the story, there will be an Investi
gation made, and some of the jail attend
ants may lose their positions.
There was a tremendous pressure for ad
rnlttpuce to Judge TuthUTs courtroom in
anticipation of Inspector Schaak's testi
mony in the Luetgert trial. Inspector
Schaaek Is the main witness for the State
13 .Li. Kruger, the druggist to whobc store
Watchman Frank Elalk was sent byLuet
gert the night of May 1, was called to
corroborate Blalk's testimony, and Luet
gert'R counsel then took up the cross
examination of Chemist Charles I. Gib
son, who testified yesterday in reference
to an analysis of a sample of the liquid
taken from the Luetgert vat.
Gibson said that he found in a solution
Indisputable traces of flesh, In minute
shieds. Attorney Vincent was assisted in
the work of cross-examination by Prof.
J. H. Long, of the Northwestern Univer
sity; Drs. B. L. Reisee, Wesener and
Palnes, all three expert chemists. The
experts wrote out the questions pro
pounded by the lawjer, and the result
was ttat they considerably "rattled" the
prosecution's witness. "Processor,' said
Mr. Vincent, "can you .--ay positively that
the shr.'ds of flesh were from a human
"In my opinion they were," replied the
"Car ymi differentiate by a chpmlcal
analysis hetween the flesh of a human
being ind that of any other warm-blooded
T don't think I could "
"That Is all," said Mr. Vincent, and
the "professor" retired; the force of his
testimony having been badly Impaired.
Prof. Delafoutalue Is one of the State's
bE gimp. He swore that he had found
traces of flesh and blood in the mixture
-winch he analyzed and pieces of hones
reeenibllng those from an arm or a leg
of a human being. IIib testimony was
decidedly technical, aud the direct ex
amination was not completed when court
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If the Remain, Prove to Be ThohO
of u Woman, Murder Was Com
muted, but If, ns Is Said, the Hones
Are ThobO of a Sinn, It lis Sul
cido Will Be Known Today.
Tho Liurel mystery grew more denso
libt night than it has been since Tues
day, hut it is the duiknchs that precedes
the dav n.
It li extremely probable that within a
few hours the question will be dispobed
of as to whose body it was that was
found In the woods and how It came to
The cube has changed color during the
last twenty-four hours. Mark A. G.
C'itt, a Noifolk drug clerk, is involved,
or was involved in the mystery, and just
whit purfc he played will probably soon bJ
The skeleton was found last Sunday.
There were no clothes and no clews.
Prof. Knowltun bald that on Sunday, Au
gust 8, he saw a nuked man sitting in
the woods directly where the naked skel
eton was found one month later. The
natural inference was that the man had
taken his life- The skeleton was exposed
to view and every physician In Laurel de
clared that the skeleton was not that of
a man but of a woman. On top of this
Fred Duvall testified that on Saturday,
August 7, he taw a man and woman In
the woousneur where the body was found.
He described the pair. Merchants Shaffer
and Green and Farrell testified that they
saw thlb couple at Laurel on Friday, Au
They were Feen to walk along the rail
road track Iti the direction of the fatal
woods. All the -witnesseb described the
man as being laige and the woman a be
ing small. The skeleton Is that of a
t-mall person This required that the
suicide tbeoiy be abandoned, ami that
the murder theory should be worked out
Baker Thles testified to having seen this
man and talked in Gprman with him on
Mundiy August 9, and Mrs. Harrison, at
Beltsille, testified that she viw the
man de-cribed as he vat, walking to
Washington on Monday evening, August 9.
The womun wab not seen with the man,
so far as the most diligent work by re
pollers could discover, after Sunday, Au
gust S, at which time Prof. Knowltonsaw
the nukedmanseated in the brushand wild
oats, apparently washing himself No
riew to the identity or tne woman nas Deen
ir the Laurel doctors are right in their
emphatic statements, that it is theskeleton
of a woman, then it may be that that
woman was Mrs. Mark A. G. ("lift. But
the wvihtof testimony when the reporters
ceased work last night was that the Laurel
doctors are wrong and that the skeleton is
that of Mark A. G. Clift, a Norfolk drug
clerk, and that Clift took his life on the
spot were the skeleton was found.
That a big man and a little woman
were in that piece of woodland on the
day brore Clift killed him&elf there and
that the woman was not seen after Is a
strange complication. Clif tw as a married
man and could not have been a woman
masquerading In man's clothing, and IT
Clift vps a man it lb strongly probable
despite the opinion of the doctors at Laurel
that Cllft's skeleton Is the skeleton of a
The reporters who have been assigned
to this case by their papers divided into
two parties yesterday to facilitate the
solution of the mjstery. Two of them
assumed to cover the road from Laurel
to the Relay Route, ab It was oerthls
road that the strange man and woman
seen on Saturday, August 7, in Kellogg's
woods had come into Laurel.
Two other reporters undertook to search
the fields and woods adjacent to the spot
where the skeleton was found The work
of thPFe reporters produced sensational re
feults. The theory was that the clothes
worn in life by the body lacking identifica
tion must be not far from the deatn spot
in the woods. It vas behoved that the
murderer would not carry a bundle of
bloody clothing very far from the place
where the erinie was committed.
A dozen boys were employed to aid in
the search. -As the party left Mllstead's
Hotel, tramped along the main street and
down the railroad track other bojs and
youths Joined in the procession till the
nu'-iber of the searching party wasMvelled
to twenty or twenty-five.
The party made Its way to the spot
where the body was found. As has been
already told In The Times the body was
found about ten feet south of an old fence
that runs nearly east and west through
the woods. North of this fence Is a swamp.
The dark, slimy mud is nearly knee deep
and the tangle of wild grapevines, ferns
as high as the shoulder of a man, to
gether with fallen logs and bushes, pre
heated a discouraging aspect. The search
ing party lined up long this fence, each
man keeping about six feet from his
Thp party vent into that swamp and
through it, coming out at the north side.
No elPTv vas found. The next point of
attack vas tne board-valk, which runs
through the weed grown subdivision of
South Laurel, close along the southwest
edge of ICellogg's woods. It vah thought
that it might occur to the muderer to hide
the bloody clothing under the decaying
planks. The exploration vas vithout val
About a quarter of a mile still farther
tovard the southwest is an old grave
yard. Between Kellogg's woods and this
old burying ground is a cleared field, vaist
high in blackberry -vines, golden rod and
weed.". The graveyard vras abandoned
half a century ago, and is known as
Clark'H burying ground. It lu grown up
Into a jungle. Toting locust trees- studded
with thorns, brambles and briars make 1c
difficult to enter. Ab the searchers beat
tuch vay into this place, one of the
bove shouted, "Here they are."
On the ground, directly over an old
grave, and roofed in liy brush and briars
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UTOPSY REHOfES DOUBTS
No Question of Yellow Fever's
Presence at Ocean Springs.
ONE DEATH, FOUR NEW CASES
Similarity of Deofjae to tho Dread
ed Malady Doctors Puzzled Over
the Sick, but Certain as to the
Dead A Numher of Suspicious
Cuses at New Orleans.
New Orleans, Sept 9, Dr. Gulterab, the
Government expert, today declared the
fever at Ocean Springs, MIsj., to be yellow
fever. The local physicians in Ocean
Springs declared it was not yellow fever
aud a public mass meeting- denounced the
diagnosis. In R.Io'xi thciMisJ-lssippl health
authorities were denouneeU for calling it
yellow fever In Scraiitoa there were
similar denials fiom the local physicians,
who pronounced the malady bilious malar
ial fever. Some of tits xisltioif physician
were also in doubt
Dr. Gulteras himself was non-committal
on the lirst day of hibistay, -His declara
tion today betb nt refet the fact that
yellow fever prevails on the Mississippi
coast, but dengue aud malarial fevers ex
ist to bitch an extent as to confuse the
Crandall Seymour, who was oue of the
sick at Ocean Springs, died early this
morning. An autopsy was at once held, at
which Dr.Guiieras, representing the United
States Marine Hospital Service; Dr. R.H.
Carter, of the Chicago Marine Hospital: Dr.
WanHn, of the same bervlce, and three
other physicians, were preseiit. They
aprced unanimously that Seymour had
atea or yenov rever.;
It I s one of the marked f eaturesjof the
Ocean Springs fever that vhile te pa
tient is alive It is difficult to determine
abbolutelj rvhat the malady is, while an
autopsy reveals the '. presence of yellov
fever bejond question. Tho doctors have
bceii piuzled over the sick but certain
as to the dead
Di. Guiteras visited tventy-elghti per
sons jesterday in Ocean? Springs. He de
clared twenty-five to be sick of the
dengue, and he vas doubtful as to the
thrpp, but convinced as to the cause of
the death of young Seymour the moment
he viewed the body.
Today Dr. Gulterag pronounced tb3
case cf Ernest Beaugez, sick at Ocean
SpringF, undoubtedly yellq'w fever. This
ib the second rase reported bo by him.
Tour new eaFCb offever have been re
ported at Ocean Springs, making thirty
fourluall nndone death!"
The report bWfws '728 cases sick in
Ocean Springs since the1 beginning of the
fever there, most of which vere un
doubtedly dengii2. !
The detention camp -will be in oreiatlon
in a few dajs. There are fifty people
prepared to 0 in and remain the necessary
lime which will enable them to pass the
quarantine lines. The quarantine guard
is thorough and cohiplete, there being
tven tv-f I ve posts ai ound the town.
One case of fever is reported from BHoxi.
At Mots Point, near Scranton, the large
part of the population became frightened
today over the report from Scranton, and
left town and moved farther up in Jackson
Abour 300 are camping out in the woods.
At Ocean Sprlngp, sonic lumbermen who
carried physicians to the town have been
caught between the two towns of Ocean
Springs and Biloxi, and can neither enter
not go to any other place, and are en
camped on an Idand,
The Disease Appears to Have Talton
Root in New Orleans.
N6W Orleans, Sept. 9--The Loui-dana
State board of hpalth announced tonight
tint twelve suspicious casos of fever
exist on St. Cloud 3treett In the lower dis
trict of New Orleans. The cases were re
ported to the board yesterday and were
examined by two experts, who thoughtthat
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the cases presented &o many characteris
tics resembling yellow fever as to ren
der it idviMble for the board of health, to
take charge of them.
Today the coroner and five yellow fever
experts examined these cases more fully
and pronounced them suspicious and urged
the toard to take charge of them.
The suspected cases are nearly all chil
dren. They vere not at Ocean Springn,
but a man who was at that town and
was taken sick there lived in the same
block with them.
Tho board of experts has examined
between forty and firty cases, called to
Its attention, all of which, ccept these
twelve, have been pronounced not yellow
k BURGLAR'S BLOODY DEED
James C. Pitts Kil'ol an ' His House
keeper Fatally Injured.
The AssuHsln Trlghtened Off Be
fore He Could Add Robbery
to His Crime.
Summit, N. J., Sept. 9. James C. Pitts,
an aged and life-long resident of this vil
lage, was brutally murdered at his hou&o
at 8:30 o'clock tonight. His colored
housekeeper, Mary Davis, was almost
killed by the same ai&assin, and now Ilea
at the point of death, with her ekuli frac
tured iu several places.
About 9 o'clock tonight the family of
Allen G. Woodruff, who live a short dis
tance from Pitts' hoube, were startled by
the appearance of the old negress, who
burst into their kitchen with blood btream
ing over her fuce aud clothes. She was
able only to groan, "Mr. Pitts, Mr. Pitts,"
and then sank uncoiibdous to the floor.
Mr. Woodruff , with William II. Delaney
and ChailCb Ballentiue, neighbors, who
veie making a call, carried the boubt
keeper to a.couch and then started for
PlUAs house. There was a light burning lu
the kitchen, io they went to the Latkdooi.
The found Pitt lying in the center of the
kitchen floor in a cool of blood.
H's face was turned toward the ceil
ing, and a jagged wound, from which
the blood was still flowing, stretched
across hh- forehead from the right eye
brow. The men lifted the old man and
laid him on a sofa in the kitchen. His
body vas warm, but life vas apparently
While Woodruff rode to the village
Delaney and Ballentlne made an examina
tion of the premises. They found every
thing in order and concluded that the
assassin had been frightened off before
he could add. robbery to his crime, as vas
evidently hlb intention. When Woodruff
returned with a physician the latter
pronounced Pitts dead.
Mary Davis, vho, despite her eighty
years, Is btlll a vigorous woman, vas able
to tell the police the facts vhen they ar
rived. She vas sleeping on the sofa in the
kitchen vhile Pitts vas reading a news
paper near the door. She was awakenpd
by the noise of the old man falling to the
floor when he was struck by the murderer.
She rose to her feet and bcreamed, and
as she did so the man, who wore a black
mask, rushed upon her and struck her
two stunning blows on the head. Shu
succeeded in getting Into the next room
aud Icculng the doot behind her before she
could be followed. It took all her re
maining strength to carry her to Wood
ruff's Louse, about 300 yards away.
Oa the murdered man -vyasfound$24and a
rold watch. A trail of blood leading from
the kitchen to the front door showed how
Mari Davis had made herecape.
The search was continued thiough the
garden and the barns, but no further evi
dence of the asassin was seen.
Soon after tne news of themurder spread
through the village scores of men afoot
and on wheels and horses hurried to the
Pitts residence Many of them earned
weaponf., ttnd if the murderer is caught
before daylight It will go 111 with hlm
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ft MAJORITY MUST IT
Miners' Convention Will Prol-a-I)ly
Not Ratify Compromise.
THE OBSTACLES IN THE WAY
Indiana, Illinois und "West Vlrsjinia
Insist That the Rate for Those
States Htit Be Fixed Uuless Thi-.
Is -Done Rejection of the Propo
sition Is Almost Certain.
Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 9. The National
Miners' convention has bpent another day
without reaching a vote pn the proposi
tion which it vas called to corlder, the
ratification or rejection of the compro
mise agreement arrived at by the miners
executive board and a committee repre
senting the operators of Onto and Penn
slvania. The opposition to a ratification
of the agreement is increasing, and the
indications tonight are that the compro
mise will De rejected. This is certain to
be the result unlebs the miners' represen
tatives here receive word from .the oper
ators of Illinois and Indiana that they
wil! pay the ratf of C6 cents proposed for
The convention decided on Wednesday
that the delegates from the various States
sho'dd be entitled to one vote for each
one hundred miners represented. Indiana,
Illinois and West Viigiuia are opioid lo
any settlement which does not fix the
rate foi these States, and one-half the
Ohio vote will tic cat against an accept
ance of the agreement and at least one
fonrth of the ote of 1'ennsjlvaula will bu
thrown in the same direction.
The Illinois delegates will be entitled to
4.00 -vote3, all of which will be cast against
theproposltioa, and 40 of the 71 votes from
Indiana will be thrown In the same di
rection, unle&s favorable word is received
from the operators of these two Stated
It Is said that Ohio will cast 140, and
Pennsylvania 40 .votes against the propo
sition, unless the vhole competitive field
is taken into consideration, with posMbly
the exception of West Virginia. The
eighty votes of this latter State will also
be cast against the proposition. This
makes 630 nays to an affirmative ote
Of the yea votes Onlo will cast 144,
Indiana, 34 , and Pennsylvania, 170. The
more prominent members of the organiza
tion, however, Including President Ratcu
ford, Secretary Pearce andPreIdent Dolan,
of the Pittsburg district, are working like
heave ra to bring about an acceptance of
the proposition, and still assert with confi
dence that the agreement will be ratified.
It lb expected that a vote"will be reached
tomorrow. The committee on resolutions
will tomorrow morning submit two re
ports. The majority report will favor an
acceptance of the proposition and the mi
nority report will recommend its rejection
unless it is made to include Indiana and
Illinois at least. The opinion prevails that
the rate for West Virginia can be adjust
ed by the miners and operators of that
Handed a Cargo for tho Cnbans.
Philadelphia, Sept. 9. Information has
been received here that the schooner Donna
T. Brlggs, which sailed three weeks ago
with ammunition for the filibustering
colony near Tampa Bay, arrived at Clara
belle, Fla., today and reported having
landed its cargo of ammunition safely In
the keys. The report says that the expe
dition near Tampa Is prepared to start for
Cuba, but thut the tug Dauntless is tracked
constantly by the revenue cutter Boutwell.
Mustapha Bey on His Way DTome.
New York, Sept. 9. On board the Hamburg-American
which sailed today, was his excellency
Mustapha Taksia Bey, the retiring Turkish
minister to this country, who was on hH
way to Turkey
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Spanish Soldiers Retrented In Dis
order, Throwing Their Aeconter,
merits Away News Causes a Sen
siitioo in Havunu Landing or Car
denas' Expedition Confirmed.
na'.ana, via Key West, Sept. 9. There
is no qucbtion now about the fact that the
whole province of Santiago de Cuba is
cor-trolied by the insurgents under Gen.
Callxto Garcia and Gen. Jesus Rabi, the
Spanish troops being hemmed In in the
capital and Manzanilla.
At Platano, near the town of Victoria
de la Tunas, in that province, the Span
ish battalion under Cordoba has bfceu ut
terly routed by the Cubans under Gen.
Pergnlto Perez, acting under instructions
from Gen. Garcia . The tattle was fought
in a heavy rain In spite of which It Listed
Tiu victory of the Cubans vas so com
plete that they captured the flag of the
battalion, a large train convoyed by the
Spaniard" and nearly all the arms aud am
munition or the battalion. The Spanish,
boldicrs fled lu disorder, throving on the
field their guns, hats, blankets and am
munition. The news of Ibis Lattleand of
the general failure to hold the province of
Santiago de CuLa hab caused a great 6tn
sation In Havana. Gen. Wejler cabled at
length this morning to Madrid aLout the
bituatlon. The last news from the Orient,
as well a- whar. is happening Ic Cuba around
tne capital itself, has increased the captaln
The news bent to The Times last wees:
of the landing In the province of Havana
of Gen. Rafael de Cardenas big expedi
tion from the United States Is now fully
confirmed and i" not denied ac the palace
of the captain general. The expedition
earned an unusually large supply of dyna
mite. The Spaniards, vho, until a few
days age, bupportrd Weyler's policy moac
enthus'a&tlcally.nov say thacheis ruining
Spain and losing Cuba, and that in spite
of all his boasted reports the Insurgents
are stronger than the Spaniards in the
provinces bald by him to be pacified.
In the city of Uavaua there has been
no meat for two days. The population
threatened with starvation protest against
the conduct of Weyler and his agents,
who ha.e seized In the last few weeks
all the catUe in the neighborhood to
prtA-Mon the troops.
The Ehots of the Insurgents around
Havana are heard every night exactly
as before Weyler took the field two weeks
The body of Eriza, the young man as
sassinated at the pnou of El Cerro, In
Havana, by orders of Weyler, was foun'd
yesterday with eleven revolver wounds iu
the back It is said timt Eriza'd father
is an American citizen, and that he will
file a claim against the Spanwh govern
ment. The report is being circulated also
that another mau, murdered vitn Eriza,
I a near relative of the Italian eonsul In
From Santa Clara province reports come
of daily engagements, An insurgeut, camp
at Judas, in that province, wiu. attacked by
the Spanlbh battalion of Borbon. After
a tierce fight the insurgents had to retreat;
vith heavy losses, giving up the place.
But two hours afterwaid tbey re
turned with heavy re-enforcements and
a desperate battle was fought, in which
they . re-took their former position, and
drove away the Spaniards Avith a lo&s of
150 men. One hundred insurgents perished
in the two engagements. When at last
the Spaniards retreated, they left on the
field their dead and wounded. The lat
ter were cared for by the Oubana and the
AN OFFICIAL CONFIRMATION.
Capture of Victoria de las Tunas
Admitted at Madrid.
Madrid, Sept. 9.-Officlal dispatches
from Havana confirm the report that
Calixto Garcia and Jesus Rabi, two of
the insurgent generals, have captured the
town of Victoria de las Tuuas. The Span
ish garrison, consisting of 300 troops,
were all taken prisoners- Subsequently
eighty-seven of the Spaniards Were ex
changed for an equal number of Cuban
New York, Sept. 9.-The town of Vic
toria de las Tunas has been famous since
the war of 1SG3 to 1S7S. In 1S76 16
was taken by the insurgents under Gen.
Vicente Garcia. At the beglunlng of the
present revolution it was strongly forti
fied by the Spaniards, Itb garrison num-
bering at least 2,000 men.
SOBRAL THE SPANISH SP5T.
He Is, a Naval Attache at the Le
Charleston, S. C, Sept. 9. From private
information obtained today by Captain
Abbott, who is in charge of the Govern
ment works in Charleston, It is learned .
that Lieut. Sobral, a naval attache ot f '
the Spanish legation in Washington, was
the agent who made the receut tecrec
Investigation ot the coast defenses.
Captain Abbott forwarded Sobrat'3name
to the War Department tonight, and un- f
lees Sobral can prove that the Inestlga- ,
tion was conducted openly and not In a '
Ei-creb manner, a demand will be made
for his recall from this country. The of-
ffeialB here say they have sufficient evi
dence agaiust the attache. He Is said to
have" taken a boat over to Sullivan's
Island, where he peeped in on the forti-
It is said that Sobral will now have
to prove that he did not sneak in on the
rorts and that he did not go to Tort
Sumter and register la the visitors' book v
under au assumed name.
Soldiers Host Keep Out of Politics.
Madrid, Sept. 9. The government has
issued an order forbidding all toldlers to
make political speeches.
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