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tme Number 1953. WASHINGTON, SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 1S99 -SIXTEEN PAGES. Price Three Cents. flC ffAH IP HDGHH WAITS H Mr. Chamberlain Defines England's " Policy in a Speech. The Boer President's Itenlic to Bi-HInIi IK-iiiuimIh Likened to "Water Drihlilins; From u Squeezed Sponge If Enirlf xh IimidH Are Forced Then the IVmiKiaal May Expect to Yield Far More Than Han Already Been AMted The Qncen's Colonies Expected to Stand "Side oy Side In Maintaining' the Honor of the Empire Should It En cage in South African Conflict. (Special Cablegram Copyrighted.) LONDON, Aug. 26. Mr. Joseph Cham berlain, Secretary of State for the Colonies, made an Important speech at Highbury this evening on the subject of the Transvaal situation. Mr. Chamberlain said: "I am loath to say much lest I do harm. I wish I could say that the differences be tween the Government and the oligarchy at Pretoria had been settled. "We have made, perhaps, a little progress, but I cannot say that the crisis Is past. President Kruger procrastinates and replies in dribbles, each reply being like water from a squeezed sponge- He accompanies his offer with conditions which he knows are impossible, or else he declines to allow us to make sat isfactory investigation as to the nature of the reforms he pretends to concede. I don't think it will be denied by anyone that we have been very moderate and con ciliatory in all that we have said, and that we have exhibited patience unparalleled, peeing that in our relations we are para mount and they a subordinate State. "What we have asked is admitted by the whole world to be just, reasonable, and moderate. Indeed, the proposals made at Bloemfontein appear to many to be on the verge of weakness. We cannot ask less and cannot take less. Applause. "The Issues of peace and war are in the hands of President Kruger and his ad visers. Even at the eleventh hour Kruger has it In his hands, by the acceptance of .lheTeforms, to relieve the difficulties, to iecure-and confirm the Independence of his State-nnd pave the way for a. better under- j standing. Will he speak the necessary words? The sands are running down and the situation is fraught with danger and is too strained for Indefinite postpone ment. .Applause. -'The knot must be loosened or we will havejto find other ways of untying. If we are forced to that then I will repeat the "warning given by Lord Salisbury in the House of Lords, and would say that if we are forced to further preparations and the delay continues we will not hold ourselves limited by what we have already offered, butihav!ng taken the matter in hand, we wil not let go until we have secured the conditions which establish this paramount power in South Africa and secure to our fellow subjects the equal rights and priv ileges promised by Kruger when his inde pendence was granted. "If a rupture, which we have done every thing'to avoid, Is forced upon us, I am con fident of the support of a vast majority of the people of the British Empire." Mr. Chamberlain then dwelt upon the unity which would be displayed by British subjects In the resulting situation, and said he knew that the colonies and de pendencies would stand side by side and shoulder to shoulder In maintaining the honor and Interests of the Empire. Mr Ghamberlaln's speech was received with long and loud applause. THE PEELING IN ENGLAND. KruKcr'H Demand That England Ab rogate Suzerainty XuIllfleN All. (Special Cablegram Copyrighted.) LONDON, Aug. 26. The Transvaal ques tion still moaoplizes great space in the press every day, but public Interest Is no keener than It was weeks ago. The people are waiting some more definite information than has yet been forthcoming. Warlike preparations on both sides proceed more actively than ever. A thousand troops from Gibraltar and a thousand from South ampton sailed for Cape Town this week. The British Government has caused Por tugal to hold up the Boer munitions at Dolagoa Bay while the strongest pressure Is being brought to bear to prevent a simi lar Importation via the Orange Free State, Vhich Premier Schreiner says is impossible to prevent in time of peace. These and other measures undoubtedly have a most bellicose air. but nothing has yet happened to show that they are more than precau tionary measures, not indicating an im mediate rupture. Both Cabinets are counting on leaving the matter entirely in Secretary Chamber lain's hands, and he maintains the policv which he has consistently followed since he abandoned the provocative line in 3887, namely, a patient pressure with force as an ultimate but only as a very ultimate resort. The fact that Chamberlain, who has often violated the traditions of Gov ernment offices in more freely taking the public into his confidence, does not now allow the slightest information to proceed from the Colonial Ofllce, keeping the terms of the Boers to his proposal for a joint enquiry an absolute secret. Is partly re sponsible for the undoubtedly gloomier view taken of the chances of war during the lapt few days. The unofficial forecast of the Boers' reply 'has been accepted as true. Even the strongest anti-Boers admit that the Boers grant as much and even more than Sir Alfred MHner's demands, but the condition that Great Britain abrogate suzerainty nul lifies everything. It would be Impossible for any Government to consent to this, and its Insertion is regarded here as a bad omen. It Is the one question on which Norfolk and "WaMhington Steamboat Company, Delightful summer trips dsily to Old Point Comfort, Newport New, Norfolk, Virginia Ucach, end Ocfsn View. Tor schedule tee advertisement pige 10. Mflfit Excellent Meal at La Fetra's. Coffee, bread, and 5csM-rt, unexcelled. Alcals, 25c. Electric Faux In R. & O. Cars. For the comfort of pafimigen, electric fans are started t 10 p. m. in sleeper of train leaving Waahtagtea lor New Veric, at 11:50 p. m. the Boers arc really united. On the other hand Englishmen are equally united. While they admit that argument is possible as regards the franchise and other questions, they refuse to argue about this. If. then. j it is true, as everyone here believes, that '""6" luauc WHS bUlJUiUUUU, 1L Will uu a plain issue on which the question of war or no war will be settled. If he in sists, the jingoes will have their desire. If he recedes it is fair to conclude that the wearisome course of bargaining will again be resumed with a good chance of a peaceable, outcome. The latter still seems to be the likelier development, having, with a natural tendency to a slight seesaw, the support of the financial houses. KRTJGER'S NEW PLAN. A Special Peace Coniiiiisioii to Eiik - Initcl Jonliert llelliKcrent. JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 26. It is said that President Kruger and Vice President Joubert favor the sending of a tp.cial peace commission to England, composed of members of the Volksraad and headed by Secretary of State Reitz. Addressing the burghers this evening. Vice President Jou bert said that the Transvaal would fight to the death for its independence. EXPECTING A BOER RAID. Arrests of Suspected Trausvanl AsrentH at Lonrenzo, Martinez. LOURENZO, Marquez, Aug. 26. Several arrests have been made here of persons suspected of being emissaries of the Trans vaal malcontents. The arrests have caused considerable excitement, as it Is thought that the authorities anticipate a Boer raid for the purpose of obtaining the arms and ammunition recently stopped here in tran sit to the Transvaal. The troops are held in readiness for any emergency. PRETORIA, Aug. 26. The agent of the Transvaal Government at Lourenzo, Mar quez, has not reported any arrests of Boers there, as has been stated, and the rumor of the arrest is discredited here. The rumor that a Boer raid was contemplated to se cur the arms and ammunition held up at Delagoa Bay is also denied and offset by the assertion that the action of the Trans vaal Government in the matter will be confined to diplomatic representations. SECESSION IN LABOR RANKS. Ivecn Public Interest In the Trades Union Crisis in England. (Special Cablegram Copyrighted.) LONDON, Aug. 26. The trades union crisis has been sudden in climax, but long maturing, and It is the sober truth to say that It Is death knell of the stump orating political nondescripts who have invaded the high offices of the younger unions. Ten years ago, when the London dock strike evoked sympathy for unskilled labor and was followed by the formations of unions among all branches of unskilled labor, the spellbinders and shady organizers whom the dock strike trouble brought to the sur face, spread themselves over the offices of these new unions. It was evident that eventually the old conservative unions, such as those of the engineers and the cotton spinners, would not consent to be counted unit for unit against the mush room growths which were without the strength of funds or organization. The first grave signs of the present crisis came In the engineers' strike early In the ship building boom two years ago. The young unions then scantily and tar dily assisted the strikers because the en gineers were "aristocrats of labor." The defeat of the engineers' union brought its individual membars to their senses and they decided henceforth to sell their skill for what It would fetch. The Ex ecutive Trades Union Congress tried every shift to keep the engineers with in the Federation, but they insist ed on the right to decide for themselves the merits of labor struggles affecting them. The congress meets at Plymouth on Sep tember 4, and its executive officers, headed by Commoner "Woods, are doing their ut most to compromise, with a view to pre serve the appearance of solidarity of labor associations. The engineers refuse to com promise and feel strong enough to follow their own Judgment. Moreover, they are tired of having their membership and ac cumulated funds and prestige paraded by the self-elected labor leaders who boss the more ignorant unions as a part of the power they can wield. The country is watching developments with keen interest, and Is seems likely that the operators In skilled trades will secede bodily from the boss rule in the congress. AMBUSHED NEAB CEBTJ. Three American Sconts Killed ny Rebclx One Escaped. MANILA, Aug. 2G. Four members of a scouting party of the Twenty-third Regi ment were ambushed by natives in the hill near Cebu this morning. Three of the Americans were killed. The fourth man escaped. Several companies were at once ordered out, and others will follow to the place where the men were ambushed. THE SOTJDAN MTJEDEES. Voulct'H Family Clnlms Tlint QunrcBb Committed Tlicm. PARIS, Aug. 2fL The "Gaulols." Royal ist, publishes a letter written by Captain Voulet, the leader of the French Soudan expedition, who is alleged to have mur dered Lieutenant Colonel Klobb and Lieu tenant Meunler. The letter Is dated Feb ruary ?. and is addressed to Captain "Vou let's" brother. It says that the situation is good and the progress of the expedition is satisfactory. The family of Captain Voulet maintain that Klobb had no time to reach Voulet's expedition, and believe that he was massacred by the Quareg tribe while passing- through their territory to overtake Voulet The family do not be lieve In the authenticity of the alleged let ter from Voulet to Klobb. CONTENDING AGAINST ENGLAND 31 r. Soles- Continue tils Argument In Favor of Venezuela. PARIS, Aug. 2G. Mr. Soley continued bis argument for Venezuela before the Ven ezuela Tribunal today, discussing the Schomburgk line and the agreement of 1S50. He contended that Lord Palmer stone's notice to Venezuela In 1840 In re gard to the British claim conceded all of the territory to the west and estopped Great Britain afterward from extending her claim. This contention Is Important If main tained, as It cuts off 50 per cent of the Interior of the extreme claim and dim inishes the assumed disputed territory one third. The Situation at Oporto. OPORTO, Aug. 2C The Governor of Oporto has withdrawn his resignation, the Government having acceded to his demand that the sanitary cordon permit communi cation between the city and surrounding districts. There have been fifty cases of the plague in the city up to August 25. $5 To the Seafchorc antt itc $5 turn via Pennsylvania Railroad. Atlantic City. Cape May, Sea Isle City, and Ocean City. Ticket on talc for nil trains Fri days and Saturdaj t, good to return until follow inff Tuesday. Atlantic City tickets good ia Delaware Bridge, avoiding transfer through Phil adelphia. 1.25 To Ilaltiinore and Re- $1.25 turn via Pcuimylvanla Railroad. Tickets on sale Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 27, Rood to return until Monday, August IS. All trains except Congressional Limited. DRBYFDS' ENEMIES DAZBD Captain Freystatter Before Rennes Court-Hartial. the Hit, Hearers Confounded hy His Fear less and Convincing "Words Hold That Illegitimate Methods and Fictitious Testimony Convicted the Prisoner Forces Colonel Maurel to Admit That lie "Was Guilty of Prevarication General Mcrcier Also Compelled to Retract Previous Statements M. Be Freyeinet to Confront General Ropvet Tomorrow. (Special Cablegram Copyrighted.) RENNES, Aug. 2G. The day which was expected to be the dullest has proved to bo the most important of the Dreyfus trial. No reason apparently existed for interpo lating the greatest scene yet witnessed be tween the testimony of two dreary experts unless it was the French horror of monot ony and love of dramatic effect. Everyone realized the moment that Captain Frey statter, that gallant soldier sitting on the court-martial of 1S94, whose conscience compelled him two years ago to, disclose the fact that Dreyfus was condemned by secret and illegitimate evidence, that the crucial moment of the case was at hand. It was not expected that he would be able to do more than pit his word against that . of Colonel Maurel, the president of the 1S04 court-martial, and contradict one or two points of General Mercier's evidence. His splendid physique and calm, dignified, and soldierly bearing made additionally impressive his plain, direct, and convinc ing words. It was the incarnate truth of the man which, almost without an effort on the part of the defendant's lawyers, overwhelmed and confounded the two men who were compelled to confront him. Colonel Maurel is one of the bitterest and most malicious of the Mercier clique. He has repeatedly declared that he would reconvict Dreyfus in the same circum stances and that he regretted only that he was unable to fill him with bullets; yet this gallant French officer admitted face to face with Freystatter that he was guilty of the lowest form of prevarication in his testimony two days ago. Moreover, when direct perjury was forced home to him he weakly pleaded loss of memory, refused to answer any further questions, and left the stand disgraced and despised in the eyes of all honest men. Playing: With "YVordH. General Mercier himself narrowly es caped similar humiliation. He is a much more clever man than Maurel, and began to reply to questions by characterizing cer tain of Captain Freysatter's statements as lies. Here is an important distinction in the French estimation, between this ex planation and calling a man a liar; other wise, Sunday's monotony might have had the welcome relief of a duel. But even General Mercier was obliged to make an Important correction in his previous testi mony, and took refuge against a denial In the dead man Sandherr, instead of the liv ing but absent Du Paty de Clam. It was a strange situation that confronted one at the end of the third week of the opera tion of the machinery of French military Justice. I am fully aware that my des patches from day to day have been of the same general tenor. I have been com pelled almost without exception to criti cise and discredit witnesses who bore testi mony, or, rather, declaimed against the prisoner. I am oppressed by the Idea that it must seem to the general reader that my reports are biased, and my comments prejudiced on this account; but what could one do? There has been nothing in mod ern times with which to compare a ju dicial function like this at Rennes, unless it be some of the earlier incidents in the history of the same case. Instead of suppressing or belittling the genuine facts bearing against the prisoner, I have given, If anything, undue promi nence to such little evidence of this na ture as has transpired. Honest, Rut Prejudiced. I have maintained and still maintain that the present judges are honest, accord ing to their lights. Their ignorance, out side of the narrow limits of their profession, is great; their prejudice, unconscious though it be, is intense, and their concep tion of the true principles of justice, as understood by a really free people, is a farce. Moreover, they are constantly sub ject to the illegitimate influence of a pres sure against a man whoso fate is in their hands, a pressure which only the highest moral heroism is capable of successfully resisting. Hence, in spite of today's mem orable scenes, which, In the ordinary sense, would put the issue of the trial beyond doubt, I am by no means confident that justice will be done at Rennes. M. Demange makes an Interesting com ment on today's developments. Ho consid ers that the refutation of Colonel Maurel and General Mercier will have little effect with the judges, who are determined to judge everything "de nouvau." He be lieves that they were deeply Impressed by the testimony of Bertlllon and are now still more impressed by the refutation of Ber tillon's system by the present witness Ba ral Javal. It is expected that M. de Frey einet and General Roget will confront each other on Monday, when the famous 33,000, 000 francs foreign syndicate for Dreyfus' rescue will be exploited. COUBT-HASTIAIi PEOCEEDINGS. Captain Freystatter Says" That False TentIniony Convicted DrcyfiiH. RENNES, Aug. 2C M. Bertlllon contin ued for three hours more today to exploit bis wonderful theory that Dreyfus, and he alone, manufactured the bordereau by means of word tracings, imitations of his brother's handwriting, etc The coart room was not half filled and the fudges were evidently making strenuous efforts to comprehend the little man. Colonel Maurel had sworn that ho and the other Judges In the court-martial of 1S04 under stood Bertlllon and that his evidence largely influenced their verdict, and Colo nel Jouaust and his associates cannot therefore confess the possession of less mental acumen than their predecessors. M.. Demange remarked to the corres pondents while Bertlllon was talking: "If the case had not been too serious a Georfje M. llnrUer, 049 N. Y. Ave. Box window frames; cheaper than any firm In the city for cash. Flynn'H IliiNliienN Cclewre. Sth nnil IC. Business, shorthand, typewriting ?25 a year. joke we should have covered Colonel Mau rel with confusicn by asking him to give us evtn a slight explanation of the sys tem which he declares on oath he under stands." M. Bertillon finished with grandiloquent declarations that he had demonstrate! that "the culprit sitting there" (indicating Dreyfus) wrote the treasonable documents before the court. M. Demange asked Bertlllon If he bad submitted Esterhazy's handwriting to the fame elaborate experiments and tests as that of Dreyfus. The wltuess admitted r'that he had not, but ho had nevertheless examined Ester hazy's handwriting '-carefully. He haJ found in Esterhazy's handwriting sojae resemblances to the bordereau, but greater differences. He was cute that Esterhazy began to alter his handwriting after thi bordereau was discovered? but the d.sguiss was awkwara. Cross-Examined by Ioliori. M. Labori cross-exitinincd the witness on the radical points of difference between his evidence in lSd4and that of today, Colonel Jouaust several times intervening. M. Labori wanted to know about Bcrtll lon's weird theory wlich he advanced in 1SU4 but had not mentioned today, that the first few words of the bordereau, ' Je vous adresse," constituted a cryptic sig nature of Dreyfus. f Bertillon replied that he did not attach much importance now to" that idea. Dreyfus, replying to Bertillon, protested that the witness had continually turned to ward him with tho word;- "culprit." He again denied that he wrote the bordereau or had any knowledge thereof. He declar ed that the letter found in his blotting pad after his arrest wasjust what it pur- j ported to be, letter from his brother Matthias, and not an imitation of his brother's handwriting as Bertillon had sug gested in his absurd theory that Dreyfus had endeavored to make 'the bordereau appear to be in Matthias' writing so that if detected and both brothers accused, the case would be tried in the civil instead of the military courts. - s The usual recess was then taken. Another Chirographic Expert. After recess M. Valerio; a military hand writing expert, repeated his testimony be fore the Court of Cassation, maintaining that the bordereau was a forged document, a theory quite different-from that of Ber tlllon. , A friend of Bertillon, by the way, says that Bertillon is so wrought up over his wonderful theory andthe attacks thereon, that if the court should 'discredit him by its verdict he is quite confident that the expert would commit srjiefde. Valerio declared thatEsterhazy might say as long as he liked that'he wrote the Doruereau, hut he was only lying. Drey fus was the real writer and-he traced and forged the whole document. Captain Freystatter, who was a member of the court-martial of lS94, testified that Deryfus was condemned, by that tribunal on the bordereau and on Jour secret pieces sent to the court by General Mercier. The witness named the : famous piece and then came the first Sensational result of the day. Colonel Maurel, the president of the 1S94 court-martial, who tes ified the other day that he dnly'looked at one of General Mercier's Secret documents, was called to confront Captain Freystat ter. Colonel Maurel repeated that ho had only looked at one document,' but he add ed: "I did not say that' only one piece was read. I admit after- what Captain Freystatter says thnt other documents may have been produced. I cannot say If I heard any others." Captain Freystatter replied clearly and emphatically: "Not only did Colonel Mau rel have each piece in his hands, hut he read a commentary therconovhich accom panied tho documents." Colonel Maurel haltingly replied that he did not remember and refused to say more. Maurel Taifes Refuse in Silence. Freystatter added that? ho hod written Maurel a letter recallingthe scene at the secret session of the court-martial of 1S94 and announcing his intention of telling the truth, as he was now doing. Colonel Maurel acknowledged this with a nod, but refused to sayrany more. This startling denoument, which was the first great coup for tho defence during the irial, made the greatest sensation in the courtroom, and this was increased when Captain Freystatter proceeded to describe as well as he was able from memory the comments made on the- false documents which General Mercier has testified that I Du Paty de Clam prepared at his direction. The witness laid emphasis on the pre tended translation of Parjzzardl's telegram, of which a false version, -Dreyfus arrested, Minister warned," was sent to the court martial. General Mercier denied the other day that this telegram was included in the pa pers sent to the secretary of the court martial. $ Mcreler Aalu Cornered. M. Labori arose and- pointed out the vital conflict of testimony and General Mer cier for the first time somewhat disturbed came to the stand. He first said that Frey statter was mistaken about the Robin shell and then warmly declared that that witness had lied in regard to the. Panizzardi de spatch. Freystatter clearly and forcibly reaffirmed, facing General Mercier rvs he did so, his statement In regard to the pieces submitted to the court-martial In secret session, including the false version of the Panizzardi telegram, He' added that he could not forget the exact words of that despatch. M. Labori addressed Die court, renewing bis application for a committee of medical experts to be sent to examine Du Paty de Clam. The evidence of that witness, he said, was of the utmost importance, as he had prepared the secret evidence submitted to the court-martial In 3894 by General Mercier's order and he knew precisely what was contained therein. ( General Mercier interrupting, said: "I did not say that Du Paty de Clam prepar ed it, or rather I now find 'after consulting with General de Bolsdeffre that it was Col onel Sandherr who prepared it." M. Labori, with stinglngiemphasis in his Insinuation, before which peneral Mercier visibly quailed and was silent, said: "He is dead, Henry Is dead, and Du Paty do Clam comes not." ' It was a dramatic moment as tho great figure of the advocate stood towering over the disgraced and silent general, pointing at him the finger of scorn. Colonel Jouaust came to the rescue of the former head of the armies of France by rebuking the lawyer for malting a com ment on the si tnation. "Very well, Mr. President," replied La bori, returning to his place, "I leave the situation to speak for itself." The Sensational. Scene Ends. The scene ended and at last everyone, even the judges of this caurt-raartial knew beyond the possibility of a doubt that Drey fus was condemned in IS94 not only on sec ret, but on false evidence. It was just as well that the next witness was a hand writing expert,, for same, relief was neces sary to the intense excitement under which all labored after what It seams, must prove to be the turning point of the trial. M. Baral Javal came to the stand to con trovert M,' Bertillon's theory, saying that It was simply invented to fit the case in point and that it was easp to base a similar scheme on anybody's handwriting. Colonel Jouaust interrupted the witness when his attacks upon Bertillon became toe personal, - J The court adjourned "Wood's Commercial CollcErc. 0er 1,000 sludeuts in two years. IIDEPE1EIE FOE GOBI Politicians at Havana Assured That Jt la Loon to B:j Granted. Census Supervisors tReturn and Tell of Talks With the President and Secretary of "War Root Scramble for Judicial Appointments Guard ing Agrulu.st the Yellow Fever. HAVANA, Aug. 26. The Cuban supervis ors of census arrived today from Wash ington via Tampa and gave out long Inter views to the Havana newspapers about j their treatment In Washington and what they learned regarding the plans of the Americans for the betterment of Cuba. Their views are most optimistic and have delighted the independence element In Cu ban politics. They declare that in their interviews with President McKinley and Secretary Root they were treated with the utmost respect, Mr. Root asauring them that the census must be as exact as pos sible, because it would form the basis of Cuban independence. He further author ized them to say publicly that President McKinley was about to issue a proclama tion fulfilling entirely the promises of the United States as to Cuba's independence. The" inspectors called on General Brooke, to whom they said that they expected to immediately begin their work, so that it shall bo finished by November 30. Now that the members of the audencias have been appointed, the scramble for ap pointments to places in ths courts of first instance Is appalling In all of the provinces. Committees from many towns are impor tuning General Brooke to appoint their fa vorites. The lists of appointees prepared by Secretary of Justice Lanuza yesterday are said to be most unsatisfactory for the reason that too much attention has been paid to family connection and political pull and too little to qualification. Two of Men- dez Capote's relatives in Havana were sub mitted by tho audencia members. General Brooke 13 disgusted with the proceedings and if some of the audencia magistrates are not careful they will be looking for new places. Owing to, several cases of yellow fever which have occurred among the soldiers in the Cabanas fortress, It is probable that the batteries of the Second Artillery sta tioned there, numbering 300 men, will be removed on Monday to Camp Columbia. There have "been five cases of fever in Cabanas within the last three weeks, but none originated from infection in the bar racks, which have been thoroughly disin fected by Major Davts several times. In no case has the disease been communicated from one soldier to another, but each case has been traced to a house of ill-repute at Casa Blanco, a village across the bay. This building has been destroyed. The reason the soldiers have not been removed hith erto is because the authorities were con vinced that there was no Infection in the barracks. If they are moved next week It will be merely because the men can be controlled better away from the city. Al most every case of yellow fever so far among Americans in Havana since January 1 has been traced to houses to Ill-repute. The "TenderloinSsprofHavana is now prac tically quarantined" against all Americans, and absolutely so against soldiers, who are turned back by tho police when they Come within the limits of the bad zone. THE SANTO DOMINGO REVOLT. Insurgents Demand the Surrender of the City of Santiago. PUERTO PLATA, Santo Domingo, Aug. 26. A revolutionary commission has" de manded the surrender of the city of San tiago. Popular sentiment, which Is strong ly In favor of the Insurgents, will, it is thought, force the surrender, negotiations for which are now proceeding. ANOTHEB HURBICANE FEABED. A Rejort Readies San Juan That One Is Now Forminpr. SAN JUAN, Porto Rico, Aug. 27. A re port has been received here that another hurricane is forming. MERCIEE, FLEES FROM RENNES. A Rumor That lie Has Taken Refuse in the Island, of Jersey. PARIS, Aug. 26. A despatch has been received from Rennes saying that General Mercier, fornfer War Minister and one o the bitterest of the enemies in the fight to convict Dreyfus, has fled from Rennes to the Island of Jersey. Another report states that he has left for the German frontier. GTJERIN ELYS A BLACK FLAG. Death Believed to Have Entered the Anti-Semite Citadel. PARIS, Aug. 26. A black flag was hoist ed over the besieged house-in the Rue de Chabrol this morning, Indicating that a death had occurred within, and this gave rise to rumor that Guerin and his com panions had all committed suicide. It was Impossible to enter the house to obtain particulars and a priest of St. Vin cent do Paul, who went to the entrance, was only allowed to confirm the supposi tion that a death had occurred. The priest, Abbe Desert, did not enter the house. He rang several times, but got no answer. No one was visible within the house or on the roof. The abbo again rang at 6:30 a. m., but received no reply- Later he said: "I listened intently, but could not hear a sound. I do not believe there has been a general suicide, as that does not accord with M. Guerin's views." Louis Guerin was then pressed to go to the Grand Occident, as the besieged house is called, but he flatly refused. Abbe De sert made another vain attempt to get into the house at 8:50 o'clock. He said that the windows of Jules Guerin's office were open and therefore he must have been heard. It was learned later that the dead man in the besieged house was a compos itor on the "Anti-Juit" of the name of Chanteloup. Mme. Chanteloup. the man's mother, later obtained leave to enter the building and see her son's corpse. An official enquiry has been Instituted into the matter of Guerin firing a revolver from tho Grand Occident last evening. The bullets were found lodged in the house op posite. Thero was considerable excitement In tho Rue do Chabrol this evening. The crowds were not permitted to approach the house and many persons were arrested for refusing to pass on. The police au thorities deny that any death has occurred in the house, and Mme. Chanteloup also declares that her son Is not dead, but is suffering from anaemia. Tho black flag which Avas hoisted over the house this morning, it is asserted, was a token of the mourning of Guerin and his companions over tho moral downfall of France. M. Millevoye attempted to enter the Grand Occident this evening, but was not allowed to do so. .John A. Unwilling Post Siiecinl Train via Pennsylvania Railroad. John A. ltawlings Pott, G. A. R., will leavo Washington for Philadelphia by special train from Sixth Street station, ll;0rt a. in. 3Ipn iluj, September i. ilemlicrs and friends arcjn vded to join. SOME SENSATIONAL CHARGES. Consul Rcdlne's Case May Result in "Wholesale Invest Ixnt Ion. The investigation of the charges against Dr. Edward Bedlce, United States Consul at Canton, will be the foundation of a general Investigation of the United States consular service In China. Charges and counter-charges. Involving not only Dr. Bedloe, but other consular officers, are on file at the State Department, and the fulle&t enquiry will be made- Into them. If one-half the allegations made are true, there will unquestionably be Several dis missals of consular officers in China. Some of the charges are of a sensational char acter, involving the honesty of Consuls and their subordinates. Consul General Wildman, at Hongkong, has accused Con sul Bedloe of official acts which would compel the PresideTit to remove the lat ter If Wildman is sustained. Counter-charges against Wildman have been filed by Bedloe, and it Is said that allegations of irregular conduct have been made by the wholesale .by the3e two men and some of their colleagues. No infor mation as to the nature of the charges is obtainable at the State Department, but it was reiterated there yesterday that the action of the deparment In suspending Dr. Bedlce was not due to anything that af fected his integrity. The department of ficials will not say, however, that charges or that character have not been made, and, in fact, give the Impression that the honesty of several Consuls has been ques tioned. The suspension of Dr. Bedloe from his consular office was due to complaints made against him by the Chinese Government. These complaints, It was learned today, had nothing to do with the reported prac tice of Consuls of accepting unauthorized fee3 for approving certificates of Chinese subjects who desire to return to the United States. CATHOLICS IN POLITICS. Formation of a Party fo Hold the Balance of Power Opposed. NEW YORK, Aug. 26. For some time there has been considerable discussion in the United States and in EngJand a3 to the advisability of forming a Catholic po litical party which would hold the balance of power In both countries. The Catholic press here and abroad has given the ques tion some attention, and the proposition has been favorably received by a section of the clergy and laity. One of the leading Catholic journals of England, the "Week ly Register," of London, however, fcaa just come out in opposition to the project. In its issue of August 12 it publishes an ar ticle on "Clericalism in Politics," which has attracted much attention abroad. In the course of the article the "Resister" says: In the first place titers Is no cornraon political ground on which Catholics can unite, and there is no reajotr at all why Catholics should agree on political questions. The Church has no poli tical principles; the has moral prjnciplees which have to be applied to polities, but the war in which they ought to be applied under any. given circunistanefcf is a matter of opinion. Jlore oer, if the Church is turned into a political party all other partieaire forced .into' an atti- iuue oi atuve Hostility to ner, anu the Church, suffers by the blunders of the politicians who c'aim to represent her. THE WAR ON THE YAQTJIS. Mexican Forces Preparing: to Drive Them From the Jungle. POTAM, Mexico, Aug. 26. There has been no fighting since VIcam, but the Mexi can forces are prepared to drive the In dians from the jungle along the south bank of Yaqul River and force them" to cross" toward the mountains. The jungle is six miles wide and extends from above Coco rlt to the Delta. The number of Indians in It Is not' known exactly, but there are prob ably about 700 warriors. The estimate of 2,000 Includes women and children. When the line' starts to beat the jungle the In dians will be forced to cross the river, and frequent skirmishes on this side may be expected. The artillery in the field consists of two Colt- guns and one Galling gun. One gun has been disabled by bad handling and the other Is little used. There-are no field pieces with which to shell the brush. A HONOLULU ROMANCE. Rumor Thnt Prince David Kawan. iimtloa Has Quietly 31arrled. HONOLULU, via San Francisco, Aug. 26. All tho Honolulu friends of Prince David Kawananaloa, who left Tuesday on the Doric for San Francisco, are much ex ercised over reports that ie was married here a few hours before he sailed. Even his own brother, Prince Cupid, did net know of his intentions, if he really was married. There is no regular bureau of marriage licenses, but special agents all over the islands have the authority to issue such licenses. Hence it Is impossible to say where the prince got the license if he took one out. Two women are mentioned In connection with the marriage. One Is Mrs. Paxton, a sister of General Warfield, of San Francisco, to whom he showed much attention here and who left on the same steamer with him. The other woman Is of his set here, a member of a well known family. Prince David when very young was betrothed to the Princess Kaiulani, but when she grew older she broke the en gagement, much to his sorrow. Afterward she tried to restore the engagement, but he refused. The prince Is a very handsome fellow, well educated and a great enter tainer. He took with him on the steamer a quantity of poi. fish, seaweed, and other Hawaiian delicacies, which he proposes to take to Washington and give society at the National Capital a chance to see a Ha waiian luau or feast given In the true Isl and style. He will also take the native dancers and musicians now at the Omaha exposition to Washington to a great feast which will be given on the former Queen's birthday, September 2. Lieut- Philip Andrew, U. S. N.. formerly flag lieutenant to Rear Admiral Miller, and Miss Clara M. Fuller were married yester day. The bride is a daughter of Andrew Fuller, harbor master of Honolulu. Tax Assessors After Hannn. CLEVELAND, Ohio. Aug. 2C The city board of equalization is after Senator Mark Hanna. Mr. Hanna has failed fo return his property for taxation, although the time for filing the returns has passed. A summons notifying him to appear before the board at once was maileJ to the Senator In Europe. Col. Myron T. Herrlck, one of Cleveland's wealthiest citizens, returned only $700 worth of personal property. He will be called before the board at once. vl.i:5 to Baltimore ami Return via B. & O. Saturday and Sunday, August 2G and 2", good for return until following Monday. Tickets good on all trains except Iloyal Limited. G. A. R.f Philadelphia, mul Return, via B. & O. Account National Encampment, tickets sold and good going on all Hoyal Blue Line Flyers, September 2 to 5, returning until September VI, inclusive, hut may be extended until September 30. 1.C0 for the round trip. DARIEN BBGROBS WEAXBN The Swamps Charged by Troops and Numerous Arrests Made. Henry Delesnl CnuKht and Lodged la Jail Rumor That Armed Black "Were to Attack the Train oa "Which the Prisoner Had Been. Placed Proves False. DARIEN, Ga., Aug. 26. The round-up of negroes in Mcintosh county today results! In the surrender of- Henry Delegal, tea murderer of Deputy Sheriff Townsend. The? arrest of Delegal'a brother and of the woman directly Implicated in the killing: are expected to be made soon. Delegal surrendered to the officers In charge of a detachment of thirty Savannah soldiers and says he surrendered to the troops for protection, as ho saw tho sheriffs posse was closing on him and his capture was only a matter of a few hours. The sheriff's posse of fifteen well armed men. left at 3 o'clock this morning on horseback, for the place where the Delegals and their friends were entrenched. At i o'clock a special train, with Lieut- Leonard Wood, Lieut. David Barrow, and twenty-five men, left Darlen and tho two forces combined at Eulonia on the railroad twelve miles from Darien. The posse went In advance and every negro was arrested as the posss proceeded and held for the approaching: miiltla. A courier between the two forces carried information continually of the pro ceedings of the hunt. Men, women, ana children were placed under guard to pre vent Information being carried arros country to the entrenched negroes. Five miles from Eulonia, where the road forks to the Delegals" stronghold and form3 a triangle around a big negro settlement, me troops naitea ror conference. This resulted In the troap3 marching, down one road and the sheriff's posse spreading for a big distance to the thickest portion of the swamp where the battle wa expected. This drive flushed several par ties of negroes before the grand ru3h came. and wlun the Dele&iil Swamp settlement was approached the pos3e went at a tremendous pace across an open field. At the 3wamp heavy tangled woods and vines Impeded progress and the men dismounted and ad vanced In single file. When the open wa3 again reached the posse spread and across country made a r3n through rice fields ancF. mud. The Delegal settlement sits on x bluff, and as the posse dashed up to the. house the negroes scurried to their hole, Ilka frightened rats. Eight cabins were sur rounded, pickets strung out -and each man prepared for fight. The negroes sent-their women, and children out, and then the possa closed in, arreated all the men and searched, the premises. One ot the prisoners- told where Delegal was In hiding and the posae divlded, half going to the swampa. Tha swamp3 were being beaten, closely, -while.' the militia lined on the bluff prepared to. send a volley into the outpouring negroes. At the- critical juncture Delegal'a aged mother cams out ot the swamp with a. re quest that her son be allowed to surrender? to the egMwx:.-.Liautenant Wood toek the matter In hand and the posse, at the ne gro's request, withdrew. Lieutenant Wood, after locating Delegal, went to where the posse was encamped, and requested th&rrtla tlvs of the murdered man to surrender their arms, as Delegal was afraid of foul play. Finally W. P. Townsend yielded, handlng hls weapons to a friend. Alf Town3end did not want to- give his arms away, but his father requested him to yield, and he. gave in. Lieutenant Wood then re turned to his command and brought Dele gal back. While this was going on couriers brought, information that the Liberty In dependent trccps were en route from South Newport, and had found the rcada blocked with negro guard3, whom they were clear ing, away. A detachment from the posse, under Deputy Sheriff Bailey, headed for the scene, and. on arriving, found that the troopers had cleared the read and'wersr driving the negroes toward Crescent City, where they expected to arrive tonight and meet re-enforcements from the Mcintosh Light Dragoons. Messages were sent to Darlen at 5 o'clock that thirteen armed negroes were lying in wait for the Darlen and Western passen ger train, which arrived later, "with Lieu tenant Fox and ten dragoons on beard as guards. These were re-enfarced by re maining members of the sheriff's posse and Lieutenant Wood'3- men. with, the prisoner, Delegal. A quick run was made ta Darlen Junction, where, at 6 o'clock, the train from Savannah, with additional re enforcements of-161 men and 11 officers ot the First Georgia Regiment, was met. The run back to Darien was without Incident, and at S o'clock the prisoner was safely landed here, without bloodshed. Tonight there is a noticeable decrease of negro talk, the surrender of Delegal and the ar rival of additional troops having com pletely unnerved those In Darien. A LAKE STEAMER BTLRNING. Ahluze From Stem tti Stern "With 7io SIkuh of Life on Board. FAIRFORT, Ohio. Aug. 2C A freight steamer, whose name Is unknown, wa3 dis covered afire on Lake Erie, off Falrport Harbor, at about 5-30 o'clock tonight. The vessel was about five miles off shore, and the blaze lighted up the sky and water for miles around. The life-saving crew, with three tugs from Falrport. left at once for the scene. When they arrived the vessel was ablaze from stem, to stern wtth no sign of life on board. There was no sea and It is believed that the crew could have easily escaped In the life boats. The pas senger steamer Erie, running between Cleveland and Buffalo, arrived on the "scene shortly before the tugs and used her search lights in all directions without success. The burning vessel is of iron. At 1 o'clock the interior was afire. AVilHnm J. Latta ReIffns. PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 26. It was an nounced today that General Agent William J. Latta, ot the Pennsylvania Railroad, one of the most widely known officials o that corporation, had presented his resignation to Vice President Pugh and would retire from the employ of the company on Sep tember 15. Mr. Latta declined to discuss the subject, but other officers of the com pany gave the Impression that the story was true. It is said that Mr. Latta Is to become president of a company which la to be formed for the purpose of doing a general electric light business, and whioh. it 13 said, will amalgamate the Interests of the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Com pany and the National Electric Company. Mr. Latta has been with the Pennsylvania read since July, I860. 11. t O. Puvorlte C. A. It. Route. To thirty-third National Encampment, G. A. It., to be held in PliiUtlelpbra, September t tr 0.' The following post ot the Department -f Potomac, with their friend, will n.-? the Bal timore and Ohio ttoud, and tickets can few se cured through the committeemen: Linonin. Meade. Grant, nurnside, Potomac, Logan, Sliert dan, Morris, and Douglas, also a hirg eontinsent Ladies of the Loyal I-gion. While family's away board at Ea Fetra's. G. A. It. Ihia Oltleial Route U Philadel Penusylvnuln Railroad. Special train, with Headquarter, Department of the Potomac. Old Girud, Wcnnn's RerTef Corps, Ileniletsan Drum Corps .nil variwJ psts, will leave, fith ft- station Monday. September -I. at 10 a. m. All posl, comrades, and their frieruLs are imlted to avail themselves of luli accommodation. Rate, $1 for the round trip.