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WASHINGTON, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12,
SPURNED WITH CONTEMPT
Bribe-Giver From Cuba Re
pulsed in New York.
GALLED ON THE JUNTA
Told Tlint All Piopositions for l'enee
aiust He Submit icd to the Cuban
Government Which Besides u
itlie Islnnd Churaeterlstic Over
turesSatis for Havana.
Now York, Feb. 11. One of the pas
hungers on board tbe steamship Mexico,
which left this port for Havana yester
day, was Jose Acosta, a man who came
to New York a few days ago as an
emissary of the Cuban colonial govern
ment with the purpose of offering
places in the inland's administration to
those of the Cuban political refugees
here who would agree to betray the
cause of independence and support that
of autonomy under Spain's sovereignty.
It appears that Acosta was not success
ful in his errand. Upon his arrival
here he called upon Senor Raimundo
Cabrera, Gabriel Campo, Diego Ta
mayo, aianuel A. R. De .Morales and
other leading Cubans, who meet every
day at the editorial rooms of "Cuba y
America" and he exhibited to them
documents signed by Senor Govin, the
colonial minister of the interior, which
accredited him as an envoy to nego
He read to these men the draft of an
amendment to the constitution recently
enacted in Cuba, containing concessions
which Acosta declared would be made
by Spain provided that the Cubans in
the United States would discontinue
their aid to the men In the field and
return to their homes in the island,
where suitable places would be given
toiill who misht desire to have them.
By the proposed amendment, the
draft of which was written by the
hand of Minister Govin, the Spanish
army is to be -withdrawn from Cuba
as soon as the war is over; the Spanish
volunteers are to be disarmed and an
insular militia is to be created upon
such basis as the colonial government
and parliament may deem best.
The tariff clause of the autonomic
constitution is to be modified so as to
remove all doubt that Spain may in any
way impose her goods upon the Cuban
market to the disadvantage of the
The almost unlimited powers which
the present constitution bestows upon
the governor general are to be consid
erably restricted. His right to veto the
decisions of the insular parliament are
to be regulated ro as to make impos
sible all extra limitations by which the
"The Great Providers."
Our clothing depart
ment befoie the advent
of spring. Not a suit,
overrent or Judy's Jack
et shall be laid away,
however heavily It costs
us. We will keep up
our reputation for han
dling only the newest
styles of goods at all
linzaids. Prices have
been eut clean In two
and ci edit at that.
Men's S10 Suits, in
cnsslmeres and wor
steds, checks, pin
snipes, Scotch plaids.
Men's S15 Suits, fine
Dress Suits, splendidly
made and lined.
Men's s.10 Overcoats,
Kei seys. Meltons, etc..
perfect in eut nud finish
Men's S15 Oveienats,
u collection of the verj"
finest garments. cheap
Men's S5 Pants, in
nil-wool tweeds, wor
steds nud cnsMmeies.
Ladies S10 Jackets,
kei sey heaver anil
rough effects, splendid
ly made and fashlonubly
Ladles' .fi5 Jackets
fine kersey or rough
cloths, astrakhan, bou
ele, etc., mng;uifleently
"Gash or Credit."
MAYER & PETTIT,
415-417 Seventh St.
IVY BUSINESS COI T.EGB-8th and K.
None better. $25 a 3 eat; day or night.
Frank Libbcy & Coinpntiy, Sixth
treet and New York avenue.
island's interests might suffer. Not a
word concerning the ?500,000,000 war
debt is said in Covin's amendment.
"When Acosta had finished reading
his extraordinary documents he said
that peace would soon be forthcoming
if the Cuban residents of the United
States -would give their approval to the
proposed amendments and prevail upon
their friends in the field to accept
Spain's liberal terms. Much to his sur
prise, however, the men he talked to
answered that they all had .sworn tJuir
allegiance to the cause of independence,
and none of them would take any step
calculated to damage it. The confer
ence was brought to a close by these
words from Senor Cabrera:
"Go and tell Govin that the Cuban
government resides in Cuba, and it is
to that government, not to us. hat all
propositions for peace should be sub
mitted." TO -VAMI2 IT AFTEK HKV.VX.
A 1HI1 to lteclii-isten Carlisle Coun
ty in Kentucky.
Frankfort, Ky., Feb. 11. Representa
tive Mount, of Oldham county, has in
troduced a bill in the legislature to
change the name of Carlisle county to
"William Jennings Bryan county.
The Senate Commitieeon Foreign
MUCH SECRECY ABOUT IT
The Menibois llo Not Gntlier in
Their Own ltooni They Fear They
Have Not. Votes Enough to InsK
the Tieaty and Devise a Plan to
Test Their Strength.
The Senate Committee on Fore.'gn Re
lations yesterday afternoon held a spe
cial meeting, which was enshrouded in
as much secrecy as was possible.
Instead of meeting In the committee
room, the membeis gathered tecretiy in
the loom of the Committee on" Insur
ance. The subject under discussion was
the Hawaiian treaty and the chances
for its tatincation. The friends of the
tiesly. took a gloomy view or the situ
ation, and exploded their disinclination
to take a vote on its ratification.
It was, after tome discussion, agreed
that the treaty should be pressed next
week, and, aftor a debate of a couple
of days, a test vote should be taken. Just
what this test is to be does net appear,
but it will piobably come in a contest
btween ih? treaty and some other pro
posed matter of legislation. The friends
of the treaty seem to be afraid to lake
the vote on the main question.
If the test vote shows a want of votes
for the treaty the program then is to
abandon it as a treaty and leport the
Morgan joint resolution, which ptovides
Tor annexation by legislative enforce
ment. The end of next week will prob
ably settle the fate of the treaty of an
nexation. DID A SPANIARD SK1.I. IT?
A 1'ostoffiee Iusi.ectoi's Theory Ite
gaiding the De I.oiiu: "Letter.
Chattanooga, Tenn., Feb. 11. Paul R.
Williams, chief postofiice inspector of
this division, returned to-day from an
official business trip to "Washington.
Discussing how the De Lome letter got
out, Mr. "Williams said:
"Since the beginning of this war in
Cuba the mail service has been greatly
interfered with. The service is not
completely demoralized, but theie has
been much trouble. Letters, registered
letters, and packages which bore the
appearance of containing money or had
a suspicious look about them have been
broken open by the score by parties
who jeem to be working steadily at this
business. Letters for Cuba are safe as
long as they are in the United States,
but when they reach Cuba they must
take great risks. It is probable that
the insurgents may have agents in the
postal service who captuied the De
Lome letter, and it is possible some
Sanish postofiice employe, realizing its
value, secured the letter and sold it to
DE LOME PACKING 1J1
The Spanish Legation Presented a
Busy Scene Yoteidny.
Enrique Dupuy de Lome is not going
to spend any more time in "Washington
than is absolutely necessary. He had
a large force of men at work yesterday
packing up his belongings, and in con
sequence the Spanish legation presented
a very busy scene. Big and little
boxes were carried from the house.
Some went to the freight depot and
others went to auction houses.
Mr. De Lome will have the greater
part of his household goods sold. He
will take home only articles that are
prized by himself or his wife.
The disgraced diplomat was so busy
moving that he refused to see anv but
personal friends. He will finish pack
ing up today.
The flag of the legation floated over
the house alj day.
SIXTY HOUND FOR KLONDIKE.
Well-Equipped Expedition Ready to
Leave for Yukon.
New York, Feb. 11. One of the most
elaborately-equipped expeditions to set
out for the Klondike thus Tar will start
from Jersey City on Monday morning
Tor Tacoma. It numbers sixty men,
who came chiefly from this city, Brook
lyn and Philadelphia. The cost of the
paity's outfit has been 560,000.
Suspected Highwaymen in Custody.
New York-, Feb. 11. Four prisoners,
who called themselves W. E. Harris,
Joseph Foster, Edward Tyne and An
drew Graves, were arraigned in court to
day and remanded to police headquar
ters until tomorrow. They are believed
to be the men who. on the night of De
cember 20, killed the conductor and rob
bed the passengers of a trollev car on
the Schuylkill Valley Trolley Road at
Swedeland, near Philadelphia.
All signs point to Lower Prices
in all kiudb of lumber this year.
ZOLA GAINING FINOS
Important Testimony in Court
fiiven by Col. Picquart
REFLECTIONS ON ESTERIIAZY
Significant Changes of Sentiment
Among the Crowds in mid About,
the Courtroom Troops CiUod
From the Unrruekb to Suppress
Paris,- Feb. 11. The Important pro
ceedings in the Zola trial to-day were
concentrated in the appearance of Col.
Picquart on the witness stand.
The courtroom was crowded, every
body awaiting with ill-suppressed ex
citement the ex'pected revelations. M.
Labor! asked Col. Picquart to give the
full narrative of his connection with
the Esterhazy case, and the judges of
fered no objections. Witness then ex
plained that a telegram addressed to
Count Esterhazy fell into his hands in
May, 1S96. This telegram was of a
gravely compromising character, and
led him and other officers to investigate
further. Comparison of the handwrit
ing of Esterhazy with the original boi
dereau which convicted Dreyfus, he
said, convinced him that the bordereau
was by the hand of Esterhazy. In
vestigation of Esterhazy's habits and
correspondence confirmed this conclu
sion. Gen. Gonse, witness said, instructed
him to ascertain if it had been possi
ble for Esterhazy to obtain copies of
the documents mentioned in the bor
dereau. "Witness secured positive evi
dence that this had been done.and then,
while malting further inquiries, he was
astonished by the publication of the
bordereau in the Eclair.
Soon after this it was public suggest
ed that he (Col. Picquart) had pro
cured the publication. He protested
energetically, but it became evident
that a secret influence was thwarting
his investigation and efforts to uncov
er the truth.
At this point the excitement of the
spectatois was unable to longer contain
itself, and broke out in shouts of anger
and approval, sentiment being equally
The corridors were packed with hun
dreds of persons, who took up the
shouts for and against Picquart. The
session was suspended, and the author
ities called for three hundred Paris
At 4 o'clock the crowd outside the
Palace of Justice blocked all the neigh
boring streets extending to the Pont
Neuf, which was closed by the police.
It became evident that a serious dem
onstration would occur at the close of
the session, and a large force of troops
was summoned from the barracks. Af
ter the interruption of the sitting Col.
Picquart resumed his testimony.
"The interest of my chiefs," he said,
"suddenly slackened and I was sent
away on a seoet official mission. This
was after I had persisted in pursuing
the investigation despite the discour
agements and the changed attitude of
Then there followed several genuinely
French incidents. "When Col. Picquart
was confronted with several previous
witnesses whose testimony did not
agree with his in certain points, each
lealllrmed his version, the audience
giving loud expression to its sympa
thies on botli sides.
Gen. Pellieux returned to the stand
to declare that he had acted within
his full legal rights in seat ching Col.
Picquart's house in the colonel's ab
sence. M. Labori, however, succeeded in
making it clear that the army authori
ties did everything possible to discred
it Picquart after the latter had gained
the knowledge that Esterhazy was
probably guilty of the crime for which
Dreyfus was condemned, and had per
sisted in his inquiiies in this regard.
A great force of military pushed back
the crowd from the Palace of Justice
after the adjournment of court at C
It was significant, however, that
there were many ciies of "Vive Pic
quart" and "Viva Zola," although the
jimjuiiiy sun ciuug 10 uieir tavonte ep
ithet "Conspuez Zola."
GEHMAXY NOT CONCERNED.
Official Statements of No Connection
With the Dreyfus Affair.
Berlin, Feb. 11. The foreign office es
timates were discussed in the Reichstag
today. When the item providing for the
maintenance of the German embassy at
Paris was reached Piince Von Aren
burg, Centrist, read the recent repudia
tion by Herr Yon Buiow, minister of
foreign affairs, of Germany's connection
Herr Richter, Radical, declared that
Herr Von Bulow's utterance was an an
swer to an improvised question of his,
and that there was no longer any doubt
that Germany had nothing to do "with
CLOSING DAYS OF THE L. A. XV.
Important Rules Adopted Concerning
Races of the Wheelmen.
St Louis, Feb. 11. The L. A. W. at
its session to-day defeated an effort to
bring about Sunday l-acing.
President Potter announced that he
would reappoint Albert Mott chairman
of the racing board and E. Kostomlats
ky, of Iowa, chairman of the commit
tee on rules and regulations.
A resolution providing that all pro
fessional wheelmen be taxed $2 each
as a registration fee, the funds thus
obtained to be used for remunerating
members of the racing board, was
Another resolution was adopted pro
viding that college men may race at in
tercollegiate races under the intercol
Files a Notice of Contest.
Cleveland, Feb. 11. Mayor McKIsson,
of Cleveland, who will contest the seat
of Senator Hannas has sent to the clerk
of the United States court formal notice
of the contest. He bases his contest
on the ground that air. Hanna used, ille
gitimate influence to secure his elec
tion. The outlook for buildings every
where is bad. We are the rirbl to cut prices.
lilOIiE BODIES IN THE RUINS.
The IRSult of the Pittsburg Flro
Woise Than" AYuh Anticipated.
Pittsburg, Feb. 11. The work of
searching among the ruins of the
burned and wrecked building.'; of the
Chautauqua Ice Company plant, is
progressing mf)re rapidly today. The
air is clear arid work can be done
At noon noSmore bodies had been
found, but there is no doubt that many
are buried under the masses of bricks
and burned timber.
The record so far is eleven dead,
twenty-one hurt and twenty-seven
missing. The reason for believing that
wreckage in Mulberry alley is that just
many bodies will be found In the
before the' explosion many persons
broke through the Are lines and reach
ed the alley by going through a Penn
avenue saloon. It is believed that
many were In the saloon yard or the
alley when the walls fell.
VON DEIt AIIE STILL A CAPTIVE.
The Judge Itofus.cs' to Release Him
From UendleV, Custody.
Pittsburg. Feb. 11. United States Dis
trict Judge Bufiington remanded Chris.
Von der Abe to his captor. Detective
Bendle, today. 'Chris, spent the night in
the sheriff's office, 'as he begged hard not
to be sent to jail.
ATTEMPTED A SSASSIN ATI ON.
Witness In the ludlnun Lynching
Inquiry Fired Upon.
Indianapolis, Feb. 11. The State au
thorities were notified today that an at
tempt was made at Versailles last night
to assassinate Archibald Wiight, one
of the men who is believed to be able
to give important evidence in the lynch
ing investigation that Is now In progress
at that place by the county grand jury.
00 OVER TO THE CUBANS
Spanish Soldiers Desert Their
Colonel Near Havana.
He Narrowly Escapes Capture
The Armyof'Spntn in u Ter
Havana. Feb. 11. A remarkable in
cident in the war has just happened near
Guara, Havana- province, a few miles
from the capital. A Spanish detach
ment, under Col. Rodriguez, met an in
surgent force there, and, acoiding to the
Spanish report, published here, the pa
triots lost eight men, among them Major
Octavio Rodriguez, brother of Gen. Ale
jandro Rodriguez, and the Spanbh
troops had no loss at all.
What really happened is that the
Spanish soldiers, without filing a single
slibt, deserted and joined the patriots.
Their colonel was left almost alone, and
narrowly escaped to Havana, followed
by a few officers.
The physical condition of the Spanish
army, besides its financial distres, may
be judged from the fact that the steam
er Alfonf-o XII, which left this port yes
terday for Spain, caried 100 officers and
7CC soldiers, from the province of Ha
vana alone, in such a desperate state of
sickness that it was hardly believed that
half of them will reach the Spanish
The French warship Dubondieu left
Havana today for New Orleans.
NEW MEDICAL DISCOVER Y.
Claims of an Anti-Toxin That Will
Brooklyn, N. Y., Feb. 11. Dr. Charles
Lundbeck and Dr. Carl Elfstrom. of this
city, have discovered an anti-toxin
which, they claim, will cute pneumonia
in its worst stages.
According to what was made known
today, the anti-toxin in this case is ob
tained from the patient himself in some
peculiar way, and is hyperdermically in
jected. The medical world will soon be sup
plied with tiie facts of the discovery, and
it is confidently believed that they will
have a material effect upon the tieat
ment, not only of pneumonia, but kin
THE COMMAND TO KIKE.
Witnesses llciinl It, But Cannot
Sny Who Gave the Order.
Wilkesbarre, Pa., Feb. 11. There was
no startling testimony at the trial of
Sheriff Martin and his deputies today.
Andrew aiayce, who lost a leg at
Lattimer, was a witness. Another wit
ness testified to seeing a deputy kick
Mayce after he had been wounded.
A number4 of witnesses testified In
hearing someone, unknown to them,
give the order to Vive. They all agreed
that the men were wounded while nin
mrg. FOHTY RACE' HORSES DROWNKD.
A British Cruiser Sinks a Steamer
in Mil 11 Hoads.
London, Feb. I1. The British first
class cruiser Galatea, in commission as
the coast guatd ship at Hull, came into
collision last evening with the steamer
Marbella and sunk her. Forty race
horses vhich were' on board the Marbella
were drowned, but all the passengers
and crew were-saved.
The collision1 occurred in Hull Roads.
The Galatea js now stranded in the
Humber. Tugsjrare trying to float her,
but thus far have been unsuccessful.
Old aien Become Hostile.
Atlanta, Feb.' Ill Jonathan Norcross,
nonogeiihrian and ex-mayor of Atlanta,
and ils brother-in-law, D. P. Hill, who
is eighty years .old, became Involved in
a quarrel in qourt today over the settle
ment of the estaie of tbe deceased wife
of air. Norcross, who when she died
left her property, amounting to $2.1,000,
to her nephew, and bequeathed only her
wedding ring to-her husband. The veter
ans were only prevented from a personal
encounter by ouUsIde parties Interfering.
Both old men ate of passionate disposi
tion, and another clash is expected.
Handsomest 50e. Neekwea r
Shown in town. Auerbach's. 623 Pa. ave.
Light, rain, followed by fair; colder.
Ji TELEPHONE WAR RAGES
Many Subscribers Order the Re
moval of the Instruments.
HOTELS FORCE THE FIGHT
air., Warwick Compels the Company
to Take Its Wlies Off Two Build
ings Druggist Are Expected to
.loin in the Stilfe Col. Staplcs'sJ
Telephone subscribers have began
war on the Chesapeake and Ohio Tele
Several hotel proprietors have ordered
that the instruments be removed, and
it is understood that a number of drug
gists will do likewise.
Col. O. G. Staples, who controls the
Riggs House, Willards, and the Na
tional, has ordered the company to re
move the telephone from each one of
his hotels, and has posted the following
"The telephone company having re
fused our guests the use of the instru
ments, we have ordered the same re
moved from the premises. All are re
quested to use the messenger service
provided. Calls upon application at the
Mr. DeWitt, manager of "Willards,
said to a Times reporter last night that
Col. Staples had received a communica
tion In November from the telephone
company alleging that there was too
much use of the instrument by "out
siders." This the company claimed was
a violation of the contract. In the case
of one of the hotels, there was no con
tract, as claimed, and Col. Staples paid
no attention to the communication. It
was followed by another letter more
imperative in tone. Still Col. Staples
did not reply. Then the company sent
a representative, who explained that a
pay telephone would be provided for
the use of guests. The hotel proprietor
refused this offer and ordered the in
stremnts to be taken out.
The Hotel Oxford has also ordered
the removal of its telephone. The Eb
bitt House, the Arlington, and the
Shoreham have each a pay telephone.
The Hotel Johnson has a "special mes
sage" contract which allows guests to
use the wire. .
air. Johnson said last night: "I have
a contract with the company for one
year, and pay by the number of mes
air. R. T. Warwick has a telepinne in
his place of business on Thirteenth
street, which the company threatened
to remove. He forcibly prevented this.
Then they cut his wire. Sending for
a representative of the company, he
said: "How much will you charge me
for an unlimited service?" A sum
above two hundred dollars was named.
"Draw up the contract," said arr. War
wick. This was done and the agree
ment signed. Then arr. Warwick re
marked, "It Is my turn now. Your
company has about half a dozen wires
strung over this building. I order you
to remove them at once."
"But, air. Warwick," remonstrated
the man from the company.
"I mean what I say," was the reply.
"I refuse to allow you to string your
wires on this building. You will take
them down at once, or I will cut them."
There was no alternative for the com
pany but to remove the wires, which
was done. Still, air. Warwick was not
satisfied. Not far from his place of
business there was a building for
lease, and over its roof nearly a dozen
wires were strung. He leased this
building and compelled the company to
remove these wires.
THE KEYSY1LLE SENSATION.
Detective Baldwin Still Watching
for the Alleged Forger.
Keysville, Va., Feb. 11. Ever since
Detective Baldwin, of Roanoke, came
here, almost a month ago, to arrest R.
P. Lewis, alias A. ai. Scale, on a charge
of forgery, this town has been in a fer
ment of excitement. Baldwin did not
get his man.
Lewis left here a few hours before
the detective put in an appearance, and
it has been asserted that he had re
ceived word that the detective was
Baldwin had a warrant charging
Scales with being a fugitive from jus
tice. It alleged that he had committed
forgery in Texas.
Lewis came here several years ago
and in a remarkably short space of
time uecame a prominent and popular
The whereabouts of Lewis is so far
unknown to those who want to see him
worse, and the report from Keysville
that he was under arrest in aiadison,
N. C, where he has relatives living, is
Detective Baldwin is still here watch
ing for Lewis.
THE FIHENDS OF SILVER.
Tile Various Party Addresses Will
He Considered Tonight.
The address of the People's party on
the subject of the next campaign has
been prepared and will be read to
those concerned tonight. Concurrently
addresses will be given out from the
Democratic party and the Silver Re
publicans. A joint caucus will be held tonight,
at which this address and others will
It is likely that the addiess of the
Democratic party will be given out for
publication on aionday.
aii Glndstoue' Ailment.
London, Feb. 11. The Saturday Re
view will tomorrow say that it hears
from good authority that the specific
complaint from which air. Gladstone is
suffering is what some specialists call
necrosis of the nose-bone. Others fear,
however, that his trouble is cancer.
No matter what Prices are given
you come right here. Our prices arc lower.
MHS. GAHFIELD',3 CONTRIBUTION.
She Gives aOO to the Tucker Me
Lexington, Va., Feb. 11. Prof. H. St.
George Tucker, of Washington and Lee
University, haB received a check for
$300 from airs. Lucretla Garfield, wife
of ex-President Garfield, as a contribu
tion from her and her family to the
Tucker memorial to be erected at the
SOCIETY aiAN COWHIDED.
Sensation in Savannah Caused by u
aiasked Hall Episode.
Savanah. Feb. II. This morning John
A. Bryan, cashier of the Oglethorpe
Savings and Trust Company, called
with his son, Stein Bryan, at the office
of Epping & Co.. cotton factors.
They asked for John F. Flournoy, jr.,
a prominent- society man. and when
that gentleman was pointed out, ad
vanced with cowhides and drawn re
volvers and gave him a terrible cow
hiding. The attack was caused by the report
thatIr. Flournoy had accompanied
the senior Bryan's daughter to a public
masked ball during December of last
year. The affair has created consider
able excitement among the very best
people of the city.
It is feared the end is not yet, as
young Flournoy and air. Epping, who
is his uncle, have sworn to be avenged
for what they consider a stinging in
sult. BIG FIRE IN NEW YORK
Ex -Vice President Morton's
Nassau Chambers Destroyed.
THE LOSS IS $1,000,000
Fully a Dozen Big Buildings on
Beekmuu, William, Aim and Nas
sau Streets Are Damaged Thril
ling Heseue of a Woman Another
Flie L'ptown Uurus a Theater.
New York, Feb. 11. Fire in the
downtown business district to-night
caused a loss of about half a million
dollars and for a time threatened one
of the largest office buildings in the
city. The fire was first discovered
shortly before 1 o'clock In the base
ment of the building known as the
Nassau Chambers, and the flames
spread so rapidly that within an hour
five big buildings were ablaze, and it
looked as if the entire block bounded
by Nassau, Beekman, William and Ann
streets would be destroyed. Owing to
the peculiar construction of many of
the buildings, the firemen had a hard
fight on their hands. The buildings are
high and a strong wind carried away
big chunks of burning timber and
strewed flaming torches on the neigh
The police assisted the firemen to
rescue several scrub women on the
third floor of the building, which first
caught fire. On the fourth floor they
found a woman on the fire escape yell
ing for help. It looked for a moment
as if she intended to jump to the side
walk. The police and firemen shouted
to her not to jump. She screamed:
"I am being suffocated."
A minute later two policemen and
three firemen climbed the fire escape
and assisted her down.
Temple Court building was soon
ablaze, and before the firemen could
reach this new fire the flames crept
down from the tower to the roof, eat
ing a big hole there.
The burning embers blew along Ann
street, setting fire to awnings and giv
ing the firemen additional work. Again
the wind carried big chunks of burning
timber across Nassau street, dropping
them on the roof of the Bennett build
ing. The front cornice of the Bennett
building soon began to blaze. To add
to the excitement and difficulties which
the firemen had to put up with, the
embers burned the hose at various
points, making holes in them, so that
at several places the water burst from
In the meantime the flames spread
south from the Nassau Chambers
building setting fire to the five-story
building adjoining and to the seven
story building farther down, aiore
buildings caught fire, and by the time
the conflagration had reached the old
Vanderbilt building a dozen structures
By 9 o'clock the Nassau Chambers
building had been completely gutted.
The firemen soon had the flames under
control, but several hours passed be
fore all danger was over.
Spalding & Co., dealers in sporting
goods, occupied a portion of the ground
floor of the old Vanderbilt building.
The damage which they sustained was
principally due to water.
Only one fireman was Injured, and ne
not badly enc ugh to give up the fight.
Ex-Gov. aiorton. the owner of Nas
sau Chambers, was found at his home
by a reporter, who brought him the
first news of the Are. Mr. Morton was
preparing to go to the charity ball. He
said he thought that the property
might be worth 500,000.
The total damage is variously esti
mated at from $750,000 to Sl.000.0v0.
Just fifteen minutes after the big fire
started down town the Atalanta Ca
sino, at One Hundred and Fifty-fifth
street and Eighth avenue, was discov
ered to be in flames. It was destroyed,
together with Bradhurst's Casino, just
back of it.
The loss at the Harlem fire is esti
mated at $73,000.
Wants It aiade Permanent.
One of the visrtors at the State Depart
ment yesterday was ai. Gallia, of Paris,
who, as the representative of ten French
papers, is here In the interest of French
manufacturers and of the American ex
hibit at the Paris exposition. He con
versed with air. Kasson during the call
about the exposition, and suggested that
the American exhibit there should ba
made a permanent one. air. Kasson was
favorably impressed by the suggestion.
Quay aian for Governor.
Philadelphia, Feb. 11. Thomas V.
Cooper, former State senator and col
lector of the port, has announced his
candidacy for governor of Pennsylvania
on the Republican ticket. He is an ar
dent Quay supporter.
See the E. & XV. Cuff Window.
New styles. 25c. Auprbach's. f2.'i I'a. avc.
If you can puj- cash you'll find
everything far lower than laM. year.
NO APOLOGY FROM SPAIN
Judge Day Awaits in Vain for
THE SITUATION VERY GRAVE
Some Persons Believe and All Pa
triots Hope That Gen. Woodford.
Will Be tteealled Today If the
Madrid Government Does "Not
Promptly Express Hegret for
De Lome's Vulgnr Communication
Incident Discus.s-ed nt u Cahinot
The relations' between this Govern
ment and Spain become more and more
strained every day. Spain has made
no disavowal of the insulting letter of
her discredited minister, although Se
nor Juan du Bosc presented his cre
dentials at the State Department yes
terday as charge d'affaires until a new
minister is appointed and found to be
acceptable to the Administration. It is
said that if Spain has had time enojgli
to cable instructions and credentials
to the charge d'affairs she has had am
ple time to denounce tthe premeditated
insult offered by Dupuy de Lome, while
he, as the representative of the Spanish
government, was receiving the hospi
tality of the President and the nation.
What Spain proposes to do is a mys
tery. The Spanish government has not
given this country the slightest inti
mation of her intentions, either through
the Spanish legation or Gen. Wood
ford, the American minister to aia
drid, although this Government cabled
Spain on Wednesday demanding the re
call of Dupuy de Lome. The President
and the State Department- are much
perplexed and worried over the situa
tion. Each fully expected to receive
the full report from Gen. Woodford
last night, but it did not come, or if it
did. It was at a very late hour, and was
not translated from cipher into read
This delay on. the part of the Spanish
government has a strong semblance to
an indorsement of the abusive letter.
oi, if not an indorsement of the insult
ing sentiments expressed in the let
ter, a hesitation to disavow them that
amounts to practically the same thing
in ordinary life, stripped of so-called
There has been no concealment of the
fact on the part of the Administration
that it was fully expected that the
Spanish government would as rapidly
as the electric current could convey the
words from aiadrid emphatically vol
unteer a disapproval of the obnoxious
acts of the Spanish minister, and as a
friendly nation would be expected to
do, exprefcs profound regret that such
an unpleasant and unwarranted inci
dent had happened.
That was what the Administration
expected up to last night, and it is that
which it hopes will happen to-dav. for
the period of expectation has passed,
and nothing but hope now lingers in
the bosom of the Administration.
It is thoroughly realized at the White
House that the President has made the
greatest error of the many that have
marked his administration in not sav
ing the country from its humiliated
condition by having sent Dupuy d
Lome his- passports the instant that h
declined to deny that he wrote the of
fensive letter, instead of first appeal
ing to Spain to recall the offender.
A nation would have applauded thiH
summary punishment of the insulter o
its President: now a nation hangs its
head in embarrassment and waits.
The unsatisfactory information that
the country was receiving from the
State Department relative to this
shameful incident resulted yesterday in
a united raid on the department by the
representatives of the leading journals
of the land, which resulted in the fol
lowing announcement being reluctantly
The Incident Not Closed.
"As the matter now stands the inci
dent is not closed. Gen. Woodford has
not been requested to ask for or to de
mand of Spain a disavowal of tb sent
iments expressed in the letter written
by Dupuy de Lome. Nothing will be
done by this Government lespecting
this letter until the report of Gen.
Woodford is received, and it is expect
ed that the report Avill be cabled and
"Nothing has been done by the Gov
ernment beyond sending instructions
to aiinister Woodford to represent to
the Spanish government that the im
mediate recall of the Spanish minister
was deemed necessary. The depart
ment will not send a passport to Du
puy de Lome because the acceptance
by the Spanish government of his res
ignation precludes the sending of a
passport unless it should be asked for.
"Until Gen. Woodford's full report Is
received the Government will not de
cide definitely upon the course to je
An official was asked if the depart
ment entertained the impression zpn
the message from the State Pw t
ment to Gen. Woodford, asking ' ie
recall of the Spanish minister. a-
layed by the Spanish autlioriti" ;il
Dupuy de Lome's resignation had been
accepted. He answered that the "de
livery might have been late; Gen.
Woodford says so in his cablegram,
and there is no reason for doubtincr his
word. Whether or not anything more
will be done by this Government re
specting the Incident will depend on
the full report expected by cable from
The report was not received. Judge
Day said, at 10 o'clock last night, add
ing that if it should come to him later
in the night its contents would r.ot be
made known until today. It was plainly
evident that Judge Day was greatly
disappointed when he gave out this In
formation. When the Cabinet met yestqrday
Secretary Gage and Secretary Wilson
were absent, but Secretary Alger, Who
had been ill for eight weeks, was pres
ent looking much better and stronger
We keep Hnrdwnre, aiill work,
lumber, und the prices ou all are falling.
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