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The HamlsouieXewBuilding jlcuac
cd at A'iglii by Flames.
Its MnrXile-Walleil Ceirritlor Smeared
nml IllneUeneel Inrly DIieoer
I'revent the islircni! of the Destruc
tive lenient Attributeel 1o inon-fnnenui-
Coiuliustiou tif Oil nntl
The new city postofflce, that handsome
.fire-proof structure which stands as-a
monument to the science and skill of
architects and builders, was damaged by
fire last night. At one timo It threatened
to leave the building a mass of blackened
masonry and twisted Iron.
That the structure was not entirely de
stroyed is due to the prompt and effective
work of the fire department. The building
is not fireproof. According to the state
ment of Assistant Fire Chief Belt, who
directed the movements of the firemen,
the postofflce would have been destroyed
had the flames not been discoered In
lime. The positive statement of the chief
-nas that had the flames had ten more min
utes' headway it would hate been almost
impossible to check them before great
damage had been done.
As the result of the fire the main suite
of rooms on the second or mezzanine Door I
in the front part of the building was dam
aged to the extent of about $3,000. These
rooms arc to be occupied by Postmaster
Charles Emory Smith when the depart-
ment moves into the building. For several I
days carpenters and painters had been at ,
worn mere getting tne rooms in snape tor
occupancy. File cases in many tiers had
been erected and the painting of them wa3
in progress. The first coat of paint had
been applied, and yesterday was spent in
rubbing down the surfaces preparatory to
putting on a hard finish. Paints and oils
of various descriptions were used in the
work and these were left in the main room
when the workmen quit for the day.
Fire Originated Anions? 1-eifuts.
It is supposed that the fire originated
among these paints, as no other reasonable
theory of the origin could be advanced.
Fire Chief Belt and W. H. Olllver, an In
spector of construction on the building,
gave spontaneous combustion as the cause
of the fire. Several other persons connect
ed with the building were of the same
opinion. It was at first thought that the
fire might have been caused by electric
light wires, but this was shown to be im
possible, as it was positively stated that
there was no current in tie wires In that
portion of the building. The current was
not turned on until the firemen arrived,
and then it was done so that tljey could
see what they were doing.
The fire was discovered at 9 45 o'clock.
The discovery was made by several per
sons who were passing the building at the
time. They all rushed to the main en
trance and then, scattering, ran in different
Policemen Kilmartln and Samson were
among those who noticed the fire, rnd
they despatched a messenger to No 1
engine house, in D Street, near Twelfth,
to call out the chemical engine. The
policemen then entered the building.
There they met George Jilsh Smith, a
clerk in the appointment division of the
l'ostotnce Department. lie had seen
flames in the second slorv of Ihe hiiildin-r i
from n. street car and had proceeded to guard over him while the other burglar
that point to ascertain the nature of it. i ransacked the room, going through Kip
He told the policemen the extent of the per's clothes. In which he found a watch
fire and then warned the employes tn the and chain and some money. The negio
building. In the mean time chemical en- I went into the rear room occupied by Mr.
glne No. 1 had arrived and, seeing that and Mrs. Brown when home, and went
little could be done toward fighting the through the drawers there,
fire with chemicals, the firemen sent la ! When the thieves had completed their
an alarm. To that alarm engine compa- i investigation they threw their captive into
nies .no. 1, z, 6, ana it, and Trucks A and
C responded and went to work under the
direction of Chief Belt.
Uui-iln-. c Flit-lit the Flnnies.
While waiting for the firemen the em
plovcs of the postofflce had not been Idle.
William Houchen, a letter carrier, E. A.
Vaughn, and J. Wallace, who are em
plovcd Sn the moiling division, uncoiled a
hose on the second floor and played a
stream of water into the burning room.
The stream was not sufficient to cope with
the rapidly spreading flames. The men
could not get close enough to the fire to
do effective work, as the smoke was so
dense as to be stifling. After repeated ef
forts to get through the smoke-fllled cor
ridor the men were finally forced, for fear
of being overcome, to abandon their work,
and leaving the hose turned on they
dropped it on the floor and made their way
downstairs. I
When the firemen got to work at the I
firo they encountered many difficulties. .
They could not get water in the building !
and it was necessary to drag lines of hose I
in through the main entrance and up the
stairs to the second floor. The smoke was i
constantly becoming more dense and there .
was no outlet for It until the windows in
the front of the burning rooms w ere broken
by the forco of the water thrown against
them. After some difficulty several streams
of water were finally plavlng on the fire
and the matter of extinguishing It was
practically accomplished. The windows
wero then all thrown open, as were the
doors of the rooms, and the smoke allowed
to pour into the corridors and fill the im
mense light shaft around which eight sto
ries of the building are built
It was not until after the smoke had .
cleared away that the full extent of the ' the bars of the county jail, having been
damage could be seen. With the assist- j brought here at an early hour this morn
ance of the meagre electric light and Ian- After ten 5ears 0r freedom a man
terns the firemen made a tour of the
entire second floor to learn that the fire
had been confined to the central portion
of the building. The suite of rooms in
which tho fire originated extends over the
main entrance and Includes one large room
and several smaller ones. It was in the
large loom that the fire did the mo3t
damage. There it was that the paints and
oils were left. From the paints the fire
spread to the freshly-painted file rases,
which made splendid fuel. They were en
veloped almost instantly and burned
through in many places. The files are
located in the eastern end of the main
room and are arranged in eight long tiers,
each about twenty feet long.
From the file cases the flames spread to
the wells and ceilings, finding fuel In the
woodwork about the windows and doors
and in desks and other furniture stored In
the room. Some of the desks were still
packed In excelsior and cloth. Fortunate
ly these did not take fire or the flames
would have gained greater headway and
been more herious. The detks and other
furniture burned bad been unpacked and
left standing near where the fire originat
ed. Tlainngc From Smoke and Water.
Though the damage was In reality not
great, that resulting from smoke and water
was considerable. Not only were the walls
and ceilings of the rooms mentioned black
ened, but the plastering was soaked and
fell In many places, leaving ugly bare
patches. The walls and ceilings of the
Indlunupoll nml llefcru -via II. &. u.,
Account Fp-eorth League Convention. Tickets
sold Julr 18-Ifc. good lo return until ttih, and
ma be extended until .vusutt 10.
Flynu'w lleisluesv Colics.?, hth nntl IC,
$5 Sumn.tr Couree; Day or Msht S5.
Fmnk Libber Co. Keep lumber for
-rrerjuga l tin e iu . . am.
corridor Into which the rooms opened were
also blackened and smeared, and even the
wall of the mezzanine overlooking the sky
light over the mailing division was soiled
by smoke in places. This showed that
the flames had stretched across the cor
ridor and were about to burst into the im
mense light shaft.
Fortunate! the flames were checked be
fore they got a hold in the shaft. In many
places on the lower floor steady streams of
water were running down from the floor
above. The marble columns and marble
faced walls were soiled and smeared, and
it will require considerable labor to clean
In order to prevent the water from con
tinuing to soak through the floor, the fire
mon were forced to sweep it down the
stairs in streams and throw it from .the
windows in bucketsful. Standing at the
foot of the eastern stairway one was re
minded of a miniature Niagara as the water
came rolling down the steps In a steady
The greatest damage resulting from the
water was possibly to the mailing division.
This division occupies the entire floor
space within the light shaft on the ground
floor. It Is covered with a skylight which
was supposed to be waterproof. The water
poured through It In many places and
threatened to destroy the mall being
handled by the force of clerks and carriers.
Superintendent H. P. Springer, of the mail
ing dhlslon, realizing that great damage
would result unless some precaution was
taken, ordered the letter cases covered
with canvas mail bags. This was done,
and thereby a quantity of first class mail
matter was saved.
Tbo cstimato of damage done was made
by the firemen, as no one else, particularly
those connected with the office, would sa
anything concerning lL First Assistant
Postmaster General Perry Heath, who was
present for a short time during the fire, re
marked laughingly, "This speaks well for
the nntntrtlnn nf thp hnildlnir. Tines it
notj- jir. ueath had been entertaining
...,.. . hu hnm when h was Infnr-m-
of the flre- iIe came at once to the
n,, accompanied by Mrs. Heath. Com-
missloner of Pensions II. Clay Evans, and
several other friends.
Richard Forshy, Superintendent of Con
struction of the Postofflce, was alo pres
ent during the fire. He was passing the
building en route to the Pennsylvania Rail
road station to take a train for New Or
leans when his attention was called to the
flames in the second floor. He got oil the
car and remained In the building until the
fire was extinguished. He attributed the
fire to spontaneous combustion, as did the
others. He stated that the building would
be repaired at once.
Lively Ilxpcrleiiee of n Vonnsc Mnn
With ThleveH in "Vevv York,
New York, July 14. Two burglars gave
voung Herman Brunswick Kipper a very
lively half-hour early this morning in the
Louse 9 West Fifteenth Street, which he
was supposed to be looking after in the
absence of his grandfather, Levi L. Brown,
President of the Windsor Paper Manufac
turing Company at North Adams, Mass.,
who owns the house. Kipper, who is sev
enteen years old, sleeps in the second
floor front room. AboJt 3:30 o'clock he
was awakened by a noise on the stairs,
and sat up In bed to listen better. Con
fused as he was by the sudden rousing
from a sound sleep, he had no chance to
defend hlmEcIf when wo men, one appar
ently white and one a negio. entered the
room. Tne next moment they had thrown
him upon his back and were holding re-
volvers at his head. The negro stood
a clcsct, piled the bedclothes in aiier aim.
and shut and locked the door. As soon
as he heard their departlngfootsteps Kip
per counted fifty to give them time to get
out of the house, then, setting his shoulder
to the door and his feet to the wall he
quickly burst the lock. In three steps he
was at the open window and put his head
out. "Thieves!" "Police!" he shouted.
"There they are!" The two men were e
low him walking east at a good pace. On
hearing his cry they broke Into a run and
turned up Fifth Avenue. Near the corner
of Fifth Avenue was Policeman Cassldy
and he set out In pursuit. He captured
the negro, the other escaping. The watch
was not found on him. but In the tunnel,
near where he was captured, a brooch and
necklace belonging to Mrs. Brown were
found. In the Yorkv ille court today, w here
the negro was arraigned, after having been
taken to police headquarters for entry In
the rouges' gallery, he gave his name as
Robert Bent. When Bent was searched at
the station Acting Captain Lantry found
In his pocket a card, on which was the
name John Williams and the address 321
West Forty-second Street. Lantry learned
that John Williams was a light colored
mulatto who might be mistaken for a
white man, and acting on this clew Wll-
Hams was arrested. When he was search
ed the police found $9 In money, four
pawntickets, a gold whisUe. and an ivory
and geld snuffbox in h!spocket. Kipper
Identified the whistle.
Sunt Aelnms, n MurtteroiiH Mountain
eer, Behind the HarN.
Louisville, July 14. Sam Adams, the
desperate moonshiner murderer. Is behind
whom the authorities claim Is Adams Is
in the clutches of the law to answer for
! the murder of United States Marshal Rus
sell Wireman. His companions in the
crime have long since been apprehended
and punished, but he has eluded justice.
The crime for which Adams is to answer
was one of the most heinous In mountain
history. Ills brother Randall and Sam
and Ike Sloan were members of the gang
who killed Russell Wireman in cold blood
In Knott county in 1SS9. Ike Sloan and
Randall Adams were soon captured and
given life terms in the Federal prison In
Mlchlngan. Deputy Marshal HollifieJd was
with Wireman when he was killed and he
can Identify Adams. The Government
spent 13,040 to capture Adams, the Secret
Set vice officers having chased him for ten
A ValueleHH Fiscal IEeform Ilillet.
Pekln, July 11. A now fiscal reform
edict has been issued but it is valueless,
as It is based on the prc3 nt corrupt sys
tem continuing. It Is Important only as
showing that the Empress recognizes the
need of reform. She has recently been
studying tho writings of the reformer,
Kung Yu-Wel She approves many of his
ideas, end has allowed bis book to be
openly sold.
fftJZZ to llaltlmoee mid Iteturn -via II.
C O. Siitur!n nntl Sunda,
Jjlj 12 acd 10, good tor return until (olloaln;
Uondi. Good on all trams except Itojal J.im
Itrd. One Tare IiitllnnnnollH nml Iteturn
l la Peiinn) I aula Ilallroiul.
IVr Intrrvtioul Convention, Fptorth League,
et Indianapolis, tickets will be eold July 16 and
1'J at late of ene fare for the rojnd trip. For
details, see ticket agents.
I Our rnricoes of liourilit at $1.25 ier
juu ----t- aiwiB rr.miog itmu.
General Wilson and Scnor Bcfan
court Express Their Views.
Governor General IlrooUe's Policy
.Mildly Criticised Cnlnin rarmcr-.
Should Have Horses, -Vn-roiis, nntl
Implement Ilefore the Good Itn.lds
Proposition Ik Cnrrletl Into CITect.
Havana, July H. "La Lucha" will to
morrow publish Interviews with General
Wilson, commander of the Department of
Matanzas and Santa Clara, and Senor Bc
toncourt, Civil Governor of Matanzas, on
tho conditions in the province of Matan
zas. Both have optimistic views, but Gen
eral Wilson is somewhat critical of Gen
eral Brooke's policy toward the farming
clement, Intimating that his present de
termination to build highways before giv
ing financial assistance to the farmers is
getting the cart before the horse. He is
quoted as insisting that the insular treas
ury should supply money to the farmers
for the purchase of animals, wagons, and
implements. Once this question is solved
all others will be settled without trouble.
He says that the spending of money for
public buildings and other purposes, such
as the building of roads, is all right In Its
way, but that there Is no use for railroads,
highways, and steamers until the products
are to be carried.
Part of the money being expended la
this way should be given to the munici
palities for the assistance of farmers.
General Brooke has refused to allow this,
believing that it Is Impracticable, but the
authorities of Santa Clara and Peurto
Principe are still urging it. Committees
are now en route to Washington to lay the
matter before President McKinley. General
Brooke believes that private capital should
be emplojed for the purpose. There is
ample opportunity for the Investment of
funds in such a vvay, but foreigners arc in
clined to be wary because of the unset
tled conditions here. There Is plenty of
money Idle in the island, but capital Is so
extremely conservative here that it hesi
tates to embark in unaccustomed ventures.
Governor Betancourt Is quoted as saying
that the province of Matanzas is in ex
cellent condition In many respects. There
are no bandits there and the people are
working contentedly. He adds that pub
lic instruction is bad, but is being Im
proved and he urges that more attention
be paid to the subject. Concerning the
relations of the Cubans and Spaniards, ho
says they are agreeing generally, except In
a few cases where uncompromising men of
both races come together.
A committee of the Havana aldermen
will present to General Brooke tomorrow
a petition drafted by the municipal council
requesting, in view that order and peace
will prevail in the island, that all majors
and aldermen of the various municipalities
be elected by popular vote. The commit
tee will also request that the autonomy
offered by General Brooke to the munici
palities three months ago be granted.
The committee of lawyers appointed by
General Ludlow to report reforms In the
penal code touching gambling, has report
ed that no reforms are necessary, as the
Spanish penal code provides more severe
punishment for gambling than the code of
any other country. The report adds that
the police should be instructed to do their
duty regarding gambling. By order of
Major Lacoste the Havana secret police
will hereafter'be under the direction of the
municipality instead of the chief of police.
Secretaries Capote and Desvernines are
drafting a decree which they will submit
to General Brooke shortly organizing a
high council of administration, which will
be consulted by the Governor General on
important matters of government.
Colonel Gravle, a Cuban officer, has been
appointed chief of police of Pinar del Rio.
Glowing DcHcriiitlonH of the "Wealth
of the Cape .Nome Iletrlon.
Seattle, Wash., July 14. The steel steam
ship Alliance, Captain Hardwlck, arrived
from St. Michaels early this. morning, the
first vessel to arrive from that ice-bound
port. The Alliance brought but $15,000 in
gold. Her passengers bad drafts for a
much larger amount but the big gold ship
ments will follow on regular express
steamers. She was followed Into port by
the steamer Otizaba, from Skaguay, with
$100,000 In dust in possession of twenty
miners. The Alliance had the first news
that has been received from the newly dis
covered gold region around Cape Nome
since last February. There were bcvcral
Cape Nome miners on the Alliance. All
brought out more or less gold.
The story they tell Is wonderful. J. W.
Price brought $10,000 worth of Capo Nome
gold to St. Michaels. It represented eight
days' work two feet below the surface on
claim 8 "on Glacier Creek. L Loenberg, a
German soldier, has a claim on Dexter
Creek, that Is producing an ounce per hour.
If .he had sluice boxes he could clean up
$1,000 per day without difficulty. Gold
seems to pay from the grass roots down.
Three men on Snow Gulch, a new discov
ery, cleaned up $4,000 In four days Dr.
Kettleson, the Government reindeer agent,
has a claim on the same gulch that has
never jielded less than $15 to the ran, and
averages $30. Deer Creel: 13 fabuloutly
rich. As much as $20,000 is offered for
unproapected claims. Owners on Ophlr
Creek are holding for $150,000 for each
claim. David S. Lane, cf San Francisco,
is the only actual miner out from the new
gold fields. He says that the poor miner
has not much chance, as all the rich
claims are staked.
The commandant of Fort St. Michaels
Intends sending Federal troops to Nome
City shortly. There will be considerable
trouble over claims located by poner cf
attorney. There had been several shooting
affrays already and serious r!ot3 are an
ticipated when the big crowd that stam
peded from Dawson arrives. Scurvy and
frost created great havoc among the miners
who stampeded to Cape Nome In Dccem
bar last. Seven of a party Trom Iloljoke.
Mass., died of scurvy and several Call
fornlans wire frozen to death on the trail.
The scurvy camp of the Holyo'.te party
was a terrible sight when found by well
miners fiom Gulovln Bay. The following
from Holvoko wero dead. Dr Brlgham
K. Rodney, G. Groticau, Joe Fountain, and
three other French Canadians.
The Loekjavv llenth I,Ut Grow In?.
New York, July 14 Four more deaths
from lockjaw occurred today in this city,
another near by, and tonight the ca3es of
four ether victims of the disease seemeu
hopeless. In each Instance the disease was
ascribed to a Fourth of July injury. The
death list In this neighborhood reaches
nineteen and In this city nine.
Get our ellHli prleen on S'ntlilH, Oil-s,
and ffla's. P. S ttarrcn Co . 115 Ninth n-v.
II. . O. AVeek-Knd Country- ljxciir
nloiiM. Ticicts sold 5afurdl and Sundavs, good to
return urtil lomlaj following, at greatlj re
duced ratts from W afMiigton to Cliarletown,
Frederick, Annapolis Junction, and intermediate
1ff0,OO0 Hqnnre feet of $1.5 bourils
now afloat, ready to deliver soon.
lie In AhnIkiiciI to Act &h S,eerctnry of
AVnr in Alirer'i Atmence.
Gen. Nelson A. Miles was yesterday
directed to act as Secretary of War durln;
the absence of Mr. Alger, who left Wash
ington in the afternoon for d.ong Branch,
where he Is to be the guest of the Vice
President, Mr. Hobart".
The announcement that General Mile3
had been assigned to- take charge of the
War Department until the Secretary of
War, or the Assistant-Secretary, Mr. Mle
klejobn, should return to the Capital,
created a stir in official, and especially In
military, circles as soon, as the news was
made known, and many'' expressions of
opinion were heard in regard to ths inter
esting turn the situation had taken.
"I am very glad," said a retired general
officer of the Army, "that General Mllc3
has been appointed Acting Secretary of
War during Mr. Alger's absence. In for
mer times," he continued, "before the of
fice of Assistant Secretary of War had been
created, the chief clerk of the department,
in the absence of the Secretary, used to
take charge of the department. This rule,
however, was probably subject to varia
tion, for I recall one instance at least,
when General Grant, while commanding
tho Army, once acted for some time a.
Secretary of War. I anticipated vvhen I
heard of Mr. Alger's probable departure
from Washington that General Milc3
would be given direction of the depart
ment. The announcement that he has beea
assigned to act as Secretary of War will, I
am sure, bo gratefully received by all
Army officers."
KitTld MeilMtircx at Saittlasro to Over
eonie the Dlncnnel
Santiago de Cuba, July 14. Many per
sons claim that the present epidemic of
jellow fever was caused by the digging
up of streets for new water pipes, sewers,
and pavements. This work Is now nearly
completed. The quarantine regulations
are strictly enforced. Ships are compelled
to anchor two miles down the bay and
are allowed no communication with the
city until the vessels arc'tboroughly fumi
gated and other precautions are; taken.
No one Is allowed to enter the city or leave
It without five davs' quarantine in the de
tention camp. There was one death from
the disease and three new' coses reported
today, which Is encouraging to the author
ities. General WooJ is devoting all his en
ergy to exterminating the disease. To pre
vent exaggerated accounts from reaching
the United States he requires an inspection
of all reports relative to 'the feYer. Dr.
Childs, an American, his wife, and a nurse
have been arrested for concealing a case of
fever. The prisoners were all fumigated,
after which Mrs, Childs and the nurse
were allowed their liberty. Dr. Childs
was lodged In Jail.
Ilritinli SueireHtloiiN on the evv Doer
Franchise Hill Invltcil.
Pretoria, July 14. Sir. hamberlain,
the British Colonial Secretary, recently,
asked for a copy of the new- Boer fran
chise bill and fa explanation of certain of
its clauses. He. also suggested that the
debate on the measures In the Volksraad
be postponed until he had studied the bill.
President Krugcr has cabled him that the
debate Is already proceeding and could not
be stopped, but friendly suggestions would
be received. This is regarded as disprov
ing Mr. Chamberlain's alleged bellicose
attitude, but It Is impossible for him to
make suggestions pending the receipt of a
mailed copy of the bill, as he has admit
ted In the House of Commons that he did
not comprehend its provisions.
London, July 14. The Central News
says that the London office of the "Stand
ard and Diggers' News" has received a ca
ble despatch from Johannesburg, under to
day's date, saying that the British Govern
ment has cabled to the Government of the
Transvaal approving tho franchise pro
posals now before the "Raad, but suggest
ing some minor alterations In the measure.
Consequently tho consideration of tho bill
has been deferred-. This, the despatch
sajs, Is claimed as a triumph by the peacs
party, and Lord Salisbury is acclaimed as
the vindicator of the Moderates.
The Three-Cent Fare Scheme De
nounced nKn-j Steal.
Detroit, July 11 The promise of Gov
ernor Plngrce as headjgf the new commis
sion to give three-cent fares was carrleJ
into effect today, when all the cars bore
big signs, reading: TThrce-cent fare3."
Eraploves of the street car companies anj
others spent the whole day distributing
the Governor's second proclamation, In
which he roasted the newspapers and de
clared the opposition was the old crowd
that had always opposc1 him.
The newspapers retorted by showing
that the new tickets Issued at 3 cents bore
on the back the significant Inscription,
reading: "This ticket is good for 3 cenw
for tho pavment of fare on any of the
street car lines," and itwas signed by the
treasurer ot tne compxey. iaier iuu mi
einor issued another prcclamation with a
mass of figures,, "which show edflfromljfais
standpoint that the 3-cent farecould he
made to nav. A big meeting In the Cham
ber of Commerce pes'eed resolutions de
nouncing the 'Governor, and the roiia
Commercial Club did thpfamc, calling the
whole proceeding a bigbteal. Mas3 meet
ings were held, in every ward where the
aldermen who voted for tho forty-eight
j ear security franchise Jived.
The excitement was nt such heat that
many of these aldermen had business
away from home and were not found. To
daj was the Jimo set for the passage of
the "working franchise" through the com
mon council and the anti-I'lngree crowd
von a victorv, as they prevented the at
tempt to put it through and had It re
ferred In the regular way- Those close lo
the Governor admitted that lie lacked ths
votes to force the thing through. J. f
Hutchlns, a member of tho commission and
tieasurer cf the car company, admitted
before the Chamber of Commerce meeting
that he did not "believe 3-cent fares could
be mado t,o pay. This admission caused
much comment.
Tom Johnson is In a rage and threatens
ih:i unlets thp opal irces through the roads
! will go back to a stratgh 5-cent fare under
the franchises; that unpreiuauie nuts win
be run enjy long enough to meethe terms
of the franchise: that transfers will be
abolished, and that every feature ot the
franchise) uncomfortable for the citizens
will be forced to the end The cutis seem
to have, the best cf, it tonight, and pro
claim that It means the end of Plngree as
a political factor. The Governor has had
big notices as e'dvertlseraents inserted in
the newspapers ao president of the com
mission. In which he sijs that 3-cent Tares
will prevail until the enemies of the peo
ple stop them.
Our enriro in of :JOO,000 feet KI.U5
boards; not jet all sold, have omc left for jou.
A Perth Amlioy Bank Loses $110,
000 anil Closes Its Doors.
X SivvIiikk Coneern Also Qulta IIchI
nexM JIN a Itisiilt or Ills I'ccnlntloni
The 3Ioney Taken Since January
1 anil Sunk In AVnll Street G. I..
Valentine, (lie Culprit, In Jail.
New York, July 14. Because of tho de
falcation of Its cashier, George L. Valen
tine, the Middlesex County Bank, of Perth
Amboy, closed Us dcors this morning, and
the institution is now In the hands of the
commissioner of banking and insurance for
the State of New Jersey. The Perth Am
boy Savings Institution, which Is in the
same building as the Middlesex Bank, and
of which Valentine was the treasurer, also
suspended business this morning pending
an examination Into Its affairs. The State
examiners worked on the books of both In
stitutions all day, and at 5 o'clock this
afternoon they stated that their examina
tion showed that Valentine had taken from
the Middlesex Bank $110,000, and they were
not prepared to say that the defalcation
would not exceed that amount. They were
very emphatic In the statement, however,
that the savings bank was all right.
The extent of the defalcation was not
known until today, but on Tuesday It wa3
suspected there was a shortage in Valen
tine's accounts. He left the bank en Sat
urday afternoon and It was supposed that
he had gone to Ocean Grove to spsnd Sun
day. He had not returned on Tuesday
morning. Then the president ot the bank,
U. Burge Watson, communicated with
Ocean Grove and was Informed that Valen
tine was not at his cottage and that Mrs.,
Valentine thought he was in New York on
business for the bank. Mr. Watson or
dered a hasty examination of the cashier'3
accounts, which were found to be short a
small amount. v
A meeting of the directors, among whom
was Itotcrt N. Valentine, cf Wcodbrldge,
the father of the missing cashier, was
hastily called. It Is said that the senior
Valentine assured his colleagues that
Whatevpr Rhrrtnti-o thnpn , o wa.,1.4 t.
mado gcod. It is said that the remarks of
me eiuer valentine ieu tne directors to
wait until Wednesday noon. When there
WAR thpn nn fvn rf tln Am.Vtfl-' ..
.- -uwu ,.u v,at w mw uuuici a 1CIUIU,
William Battle, State Commissioner of
Banking, "was Informed and he sent Deputy
Commissioner Johnson with two special
examiners to Perth Amboy on Thursday.
The first thing they did was to look for
iuo securities oi oom Danks. The books
showed that the securities were deposit
ed In thp enfa ilahsU nt.ltr. ., ,1 v
tlonal Park "Bank of this city. An cx-
aiumarron ci -tne-Tauiissnowea that the
securities were Intact. .Then the exam
iners Went at the rash. Th hrvl-o chnT-ul
that the Middlesex Bank had an apparent
cruuit at me Aationai park Bank ot $S0,
000. The New York bank reported that
not cnlv did the Mlddlev ni t,.,
credit, but thatjts acocunt had been over-
urunu since January l to the amount of
Wncn the deputy commissioner learned
thi3 ho informed the directors that the
only thing to do was to closj the bank.
This was dono this afternoon. After the
hank had been officially closed President
Watson swore out a warrant for Valen
tine, charging him with stealing $110,000
of the funds of the bank, and the war
rant was placed In tho hands of Chief of
Police Burke. WhJIe he was doing this
work he received a telephone message from
tho sheriff ot Middlesex county atNew
Brunswick stating that Valentine had sur--
rendered himself and was then la the'eoun
ty jail at New- Brunswick. Valentine was
brought to Perth Amboy In the afternoon.
He said ho had stolen about $23,000 from
tho "Middlesex bank and about $7,000 from
tho Savings Bank, He said the sums he
had named wero approximate and that he
could not give the exact amount. He said
he had been taking money from the Mid
dlesex Bank for somo time and had used
it to speculate with In Wall Street. Jus
tice Martin held the prisoner without bail
on a charge of embezzlement. For his age
and tho length of time he was at it Val
entine succeeded In making a star reputa
tion for himself as-an embezzler. He was
only thlrtj -three years old on June 29 last,
and one of the bank examiners told a re
porter this afternoon that Valentine's de
falcations did not date back further than
January 1, and that most of the money
had been taken within the past two months
He said tho largest amount known to hav e
been taken at one time was $10,000.
A I'ornker-Dancherty Combine In
the rinckeje State.
Cleveland, Ohio, July 14. The plotting
of Senator Hanna's enemies In his absence
inEurope Is still active. The true signifi
cance of tho alliance between former Mayor
McKisson and James Holcomb, leaders of
two powerful factions in this county
against the Senator, Is now apparent.
Politicians say there Is a uniting of Fora
lier and Daugherty factions lu all parts
of tho State, and the Cleveland combina
tion is only a part of It. Holcomb will be
boomed for mayor by the combination. It
Is said, former Ma,or McKisson using all
his influence to elect him. This fall Hol
comb's friends will have the preference
for county offices' and McKIsson's frlend3
for the State Assembly. The plan of the
Daugherty-Foraker combination is the
wresting of the control of the State from
Senator Ilanna and the re-election of
Senator Foraker.
Mr. Lewis G. Bernard, of Cincinnati,
chief promoter of John R. McLean's guber
natorial candidacy, is spending a few days
In town trying to harmonize factions. He
denies that McLean Is in a deal to betray
Bryan and says Mr. McLean is for Bryan
In 1900. He may be a candidate for Presi
dent later, but not In 1900.
He Is I'oniul Iljlnir on the I. awn of
HIh Legatee.
Springfield; Mo , July 14 T. B. Shoe-,
mate, a rich and eccentric shoemaker of
miserly habits, was found dIng on the
lawn ot the residence of Mrs. Laura Cook,
a widow, He lived but fifteen minutes
after ho was discovered. Investigation
disclosed the fact that he made a will a
few dajs ago leaving all his property and
money to Mrs. Cook. He lived In a
squalid shanty quite a distance from the
scene of l.is death.
He owned considerable real estate and
Is supposed to have had large sums of
money secreted nbout his home. The
police are searching diligently in the hope
of unearthing this hidden wealth. Mrs.
Cook says she knows nothing as to the
cause of Shoemate's death.
:i.wO Speelal Graml l?xeurNlon. $:s.r0
! To Fort Monroe, Norfolk. V ircima Bc-acli. ami
tICCa n " lew, i uriui anu tiaaiuugivii ivum
er, hatunljy, i5 3U p m. Tickets to 1'oit Mon
roe, and NoifolS, good to return buiulj) night,
.-Jl.r. to Ilarner'k I'errj nml Itefurn.
Special tuin lcaus H & O. depot S 31 a. m
Sundav, Jull 10- Rclurrinj, leaves Harpsr'j Ferry
7 lu in. tame day.
taio to Cliatttnii(iia and Iteturn.
Ptnnfjlvama Ilailroitd, July 2S. 7.55 a. m
Our best hunrilK at ?l.r. per 100 feet
are below the price other dealers ask.
The Output of the South African
-Mines Crmlually Dcereai-lnr;.
New York, July 14. The English syndi
cate controlling the rich diamond mines of
South Africa, a few days ago, declared a
half year's dividend of 20 per cent, and to
morrow It will make another advance in
the price of diamonds of 5 per cent. This
will make an advance ot one fourth in the
past few months, and a diamond which
sold last fall for $100 will sell today for
$125. Tho young man savins; monay to
buy a solitaire ring had better make his
purchase right away, tor further advances
are coming. Diamonds have bscn golni
up ever since the syndicate got hold of the
Scuth African mines, and the syndicate is
going right on declaring big dividends and
advancing prices.
The American demand for diamonds and
precious stones has grown remarkably in
the last few jtars. It Is one sign of fat
pocketbooks- In the year just closed the
imports ot diamonds and precious stones
at the port of New York reached the enor
mous figure of $20,000,000. In the calendar
year 1S96 the imports were $7,53i000. In
1SD7 they were $7,670,000, while last year
the total was $13,031,000. Anticipating the
advance In the prices of diamonds, Ameri
can Importers have been making large
purchases. The Imports last month of dia
monds and precious stones were $2,100,000.
three times as large as In June, IMS, and
over twenty-five times as large as the Im
ports two years ago. Over $1,500,000 worth
of uncut stones were received at this port
last month, more than $1,000,000 over June
Stories come across from London that
the De Beers consolidated mines are not
producing as many diamonds as formerly,
apd that the output ot these South African
mines will steadily decrease. So far ex
perts have been unable to locate mines
in other parts of the world, and It now ap
pears that the growing demand must be
met by the decreasing South African out
put. The English syndicate controlling
the De Beers mines says that It mU3t pro
tect Itself against a future scarcity by
raising prices. It now places on the mar
ket a limited quantity $4,000,000 worth
a year. As this syndicate controls
tho diamond output It rules the
market. The syndicate's net profit In
the fiscal year Just closed was 2.134,000
out of which the forty per cent dividend
took only 1,579,582 pounds. The sjndi
cate may bo expected to make advances In
August and September, and tho diamond
merchants down town say that diamonds
are a better investment now than Govern
ment bonds.
The Full of the Rastlle Celebrated
Throughout the Country.
Parl3, July 14. Today Is the national
holiday in celebration of the fall of tho
Bastlle, and Paris is enjoying ltseir
rationally. The sun shone brightly,
and everybody appeared happy dcsp.te. the
efforts of the Nationalist press to ca3t u
gloom upon the occasion by Its jeremiads
against the Government for permitting
"the French flag to be dishonored at Ber
gen," such being the Nationalists' stupid
view ot an act of international courtesy.
Judging France by Paris, which is never
the most level-headed part ot tho cojntry.
it appears that the result of a strcn; and
determined government Is already felt, '
The military review at Longchamcs today I
was an unquaiined suciesa. There was not
the slightest disorder, the threatened anti-
uovernmcni maniiestationsteing conspic
uously absent. The wfcoleT&orld was rep
resented at the review, topfull" dlp'omatl;
corps being present, exceprttha represen
tatives of Hussla. who diafjSbt attend ow
ing to the official mojrnincfdrJthe Czar
ovltch. France, repcssesseffjfotjjfcomir.oa
sense, celebrated her natlonal,'festival in a
spirit of fraternity, and gqodfbrder pre
vailed everywhere. -fEF"
While displaying her military strength
by the review of. a large' bo3y"of trcopj ad
mirably armed and dlcipllncd, this
strength was subservient to the civ 1 au
thorities, for today the Derouledcs, Dru
monts, Beaurcpaires, and Rocheforts were
forgotten or Ignored. President Loubet
conveved his Impression to General Galli
fet. Minister of War, in the following let
ter: "The review which I witnessed today
demonstrated once again that the bearing
and discipline ot the troops left nothing
to be desired. We have seen defile beside
the metropolitan troops their gallant com
rades from Africa and the Soudan, who In
a three-year's campaign trom the Atlantic
to the Red Sea, boldly upbore the tricolor.
ine acclamations wmen saiuteu tne pupils
of the military schools, the troops of all
arms and Major Marchand and his brave
companions bear witness to France's con
fidence In ths national army. We have
been nble for the first time to show the
country the new artillery which much pre
occupied the present ministry and its pre
decessors. Thanks to parliamentary as
sistance Involving the necessary credits,
and the zeal ot all concerned, we are
proud of the results that were promptly
M. Loubet ends by requesting General
Galllfct to convey to the army his and the
Government's felicitations. Late tonight
a few Insignificant arrests of disorderly
persons were reported. There were illum
ination and fireworks tonight, and the
boulevards were crowded with merry
makers, the national theatres gave free
performances, and thero were dances
cvery where. Reports from the provinces
show- that no serious Incidents occurred.
At Itennes there wero a few cries of "Vive
Saxce,' referring to the military com
mander there who was removed a few days
MM. Martin and Menet. French Consuls
at Havana and Santiago, have been created
officer and chevalier, respectively, of the
Legion of Honor.
Senor Yela nt Zvevv Vorlc lleeelv es a
lleaKsurlnir Desjinteh.
New York, July 14. Senor T. Yela, jr..
Charge d'Affaircs ad Interim for Guate
mala in this city, received nn official des
patch from that country loday saylne
"Peace and perfect tranquillity prevail all
over the country."
"Wedded In London.
Louden, July 14. The marriage ot Mr.
John Gricrson, merchant, of 45 Cotton Ex
change Building, New York, to Miss Edith
Cairns, of Kirkcudbright, Scotland, took
place in All Souls' Church, Langham
Place, this afternoon Among the guests
present besides the relatives of the bride
and groom were Mr. Anson Carroll, of
Staten Island; Mr. II. N. Townsend. of
New York; Mr. George Paton. of Hbjston,
Tex.; Mr. Cecil Melngay, of New- Or!ean,
and Mr. Charles W. Bowcrlng. of London.
Kissing; Iltlg: Victims 111 Hospitals.
Boston, Mass., July 14. Three more
kissing bug cases were treated yesterday
at the hospitals. All the victims showeJ
the usual svmptoms The first case Is re
ported from Burlington, Vt. Napoleon
Ritchie, nine vears old, was kissed yes
terday. Ills face has swollen to an extra
ordinary degree and the flesh Is of a pe
culiar bright color.
Go to Cltiiiitaufiiia
u rcrnttharia Hailroad excursion, 7.53 a. m
train, Julj IS; 10 round tiip.
1:. To Ilaltimore arttl He- S!."5
turn i la PeniiNj Iv auln Itallroud.
Tickets on a!c Saturday and Sunday, Jill 15
and 18, Rood to return unt.l Vlrndai, July 17 AP
train evtept Congrtaional Limit' d.
Carpenter who lirlnn us their Hats
alwavs receive careful and low b,di.
Frightful Sanitary Conditions in
Tcxai Flood Districts.
Fcnm nt IlccnylnK Ilcnil Anlmnls anil
Vegetation Ilreedlne an nuhlrmlc
Ilnrrilile Odor IJrlv Inir Families of
l'laiitero From Their Horuex
Abrmlnc Statement or Doctors,
Austin, Tex., July 14. It Is the opinion
cf rellible physicians and sanitary experts
who have.Jtccn investigating the condition
of affairs: in the lately Inundated region
cf Texas that an epidemic of sickness is
certain to follow the recent disaster. It Is
r.aw alao3t Impossible for a hnraaa betas,
to live in the blighted district owing- to
the horrible stench that rises from decay
ing dead animals and vegetation. A num
ber of white families who moved their
families tack to their former homes in
the valley a few days ago have been forced
to seek higher ground, where the air is
free from poisonous gases. In many lo
calities the carcasses of animals, which
literally cover the ground, are being
burned. Physicians of the State cite the
fact that the past great overflows ot the
Brazes were followed with cholera epi
demics and that another plague of this
kind Is imminent unless prompt steps are
taken tn nlnrn the whnlo ,aiinn It. iSa
best possible sanitary condition.
.mi oi me rauroaas nave resumed their
thrnllf'ft tmln C0rvli Cuvapil .I,.....,...
men are emnlovprl In the. renal,- vnFi r
the different Unci. Now that the waters
have receded it Is apparent that the dam
age to railroad property was much greater
than at first estimated. Many miles of
roadbed and track will have to be rebuilt.
ine aggregate loss to the railroads is not
less than J3.CC0.CCO, exclusive of the loss
cf earnings during the inundated period.
uoitrncr cavers was icaay notinetl ot
the shipment cf many additional cars of
food supplies and clothing to relief sta-
tiRrJ fmm vnrlm.a nnlnta tn ,hi. C,.
Judging from the messages that reached
the Governor today the area cf the- flooded
and destitute rcglca is greater than was
supposed. It had been the Impression here
that suffprlnp tn rnnflnoil f qhmir - y-ir
dozen counties along the lower course of
me urazes raver, DUt telegraphic appeals
reached thr Cldvemnr tmtw fvnpn trails
and Milan counties, which have up to this
time oeen considered as having escaped
serious, disaster from the Hoods. The Got.
erncc stated that the appeals from these
two counties came at such a-late day, after
an or tne plans of conducting the relief
work had been arranged and are being
carried nil fhnf n la or n In... t-A- .
furnish the reHef that Is requested.
More Plaunini; to Select n Suceeuor
to Jcitlee Cot.
The- boom which the proposition to call
a meeting of the members of the District
bar to agree upon a man for Justice Cox's
successor received on Thursday fell flat
esterday. Early in the day tho promoters
ot the scheme decided to abandon the un
dertaVing"cJrcasonror this wo3 given
further than to say that the object to bo
accomplished could be better attained 'n
some other way. It was -explained that
the promoters of the meeting after confer
ence decided that they could better ad
vance the Interests of the candidates whom
they favored by having them endorsed by
petition. Working along this line. It Is
said that a petition recommendlngOlenry
E. Davis. Talmadge A. Lambert, Job Bar
nard, and Benjamin F. Leighton has been
signed by about seventy-five members ot
the bar. It is further stated that the pe
titions will be kept in circulation until at
least 200 signatures have been attached,
when they will be submitted to President
McKinley asking that he make a choice
from the names submitted to fill the va
cancy. Although the friends of Mr. Davis took
no active part In the arrangements for the
proposed meeting. It is stated that they
would have been glad had oae been called,
for they are confident that under such cir
cumstances ho would prove to be as they
believe him, the most popular of those
being named for the vacancy.
The friends of Mr. Duvall. many of
whom were seen yesterday, are not In the
least alarmed by the alleged combination
made against their candidate. In fact,
they say It caused many members of tha
bar who have been considered lukewarm
to announce themselves strongly In his fa
vor. They claim that the organization of
a combination to defeat him clearly dem
onstrates his strength, and they feel sat
isfied that all efforts to defeat him will
prove futile.
An Illluoi-, SherllT Arrested. Churned
With Allovrln.? an Useane.
Chicago, July 11. Sheriff Matthew Coul
scn, of La Salle county, was arrested early
this morning- by a deputy United States
marshal charged with "allowing William
Rodman Hcnnig. a prisoner, to escape."
Hennig has been a Federal prisoner la the
county Jail at Ottawa, serving a term for
fraudulent use ot the mail3. He kept a
notorious "bucket-shop" in Chicago, and
grew rich. His money and the generous
way ho had of spending it made his jail
life very pleasant. Sheriff Coulson gave
him entire liberty to go about the city ot
Ottawa and ha attended the best shows
that visited the town, went to all the base
ball gams, had a fast horse to drive, and
even came to Chicago attended by a deputy
The sheriff Is liable to a penalty of fine,
or imprisonment, or both, for his alleged
laxity tn carrying out the sentence of tha
Tederal court.
An Uiiusanl Cause of Death.
Webster, Mass., July 14. M. N. NIpland,
tcss printer for H. N. Slater, at East
Webster, died last night at the home of
Samuel Maguire, in East Main Street. Ths
death has Interested the medical frater
nity hero and they say that such a casa
is seUom heard of. NIpland was taken
sick three days ago The disease began
to show itself in his mouth, the gums
bleeding slowly at first and then faster.
The following day he complained ot se
vere pain3, coupled with a slight numb
ness in the stomach. The examination
showed tho doctors that his vital organs
were bleeding and that he was dying. Sev
eral physicians were called In, but med
ical skill was powerless to cope with the
IIa HtdKe VttraettoiiH.
Corcv Wand steeple cba.se. lerri whet I. crav
itv railroad, continuous perfonnanve at B.jou
Theatre. Cerraan roof gjrden, &.11 boat. bathing.
nhm-. and crjbblnj, and many other aura -tions
for amu-ement and enlertairinent Alusicr
!y Naval Academy Hand. Sia fotsl dinner
cent'. Trains from II .t O Depot. 9.30 a. m.
and 4'3J p. m. week dura. 9.33 a. in.. 1.30, ami
3:15 p m. Sumlavs. ltate, 50c for aJullif, 25c
foe children.
liny Itlelice Cool anil Pleasant.
The season at Ihw deli-flitful roort. embnt cs
salt water l-athin-f and nrany roret attractions foe
amix-rment ai il entertaionitnt. on the (Thesipeaka
U, ii now at it- height Train, frcru It t O.
ie-ot wcik d-'JJJ-?- a "- and 111 p m.
-nirua . !L5tfaait-l SO, ami 2.15 p. m. Hate,
5-1 cents. yr
i Doors. SI. (1(1. lifluiN. SI.UO. M.lliic,
j $1, nindww fran.tJ, SI, common bcarib, L

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