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Minister Willis' Demand
of the Hawaiian
Justice Requested In the
Case of an Imprisoned
Varied Conjectures as to the Prob
able Outcome of the Decisive
Action Taken.
VANCOUVER, B. C, Aug. 10.— The fol
lowing Hawaiian advices have been re
.ceivetf from Honolulu by the steamer
Warrimoo under date of August 1:
• On the 21st ult. United States Minister
- sent to the Hawaiian Government a
reqxiest for reparation to be made to one
James Dureel, an American citizen, on ac
" count of causeless arrest and imprison
ment during the prevalence of martial law
lasr. January. To Mr. Willis' letter was
appended a copy of Mr. Dureel's affidavit,
sworn to before Consul Mills on the 7th of
April last. In addition to the allegations
set forth in the Minister's letter Dureel
claims damages for $25,000 on account of
injury done his business, his feelings and
his reputation.
Mr.. Hatch read the letter of Mr. Willis
in the Senate on the 26th and stated that
the Government would investigate the
matter and send a reply to the communi
cation. Marshal Hitchcock is compiling
the evidence on record in his office against
Dureel, but declined to state the nature of
it. He stated, however, that the affidavit
contained many false statements about
diet and treatment in prison.
Dureel was born in Louisiana in 1853,
and resided in the United States until
September, 1894. He then went to Hono
lulu, obtained temporary employment as
coak at the Arlington Hotel, and at the
time of his arrest was running a cigar,
soda-water and fruit store. He is three
fourths American Indian and one-fourth
negro, and, like the majority of the
colored men, became a royalist sympa
thizer from the time of his arrival. The
Hawaiian Star ooserves:
The Government is viewing this action of
Mr. Willis with serious apprehension. They
fear that it indicates active hostility toward
i them on the part of the American administra
tion. They fear that it is designed to encour
sge ami le*- 3 . the to a series of similar
demands from Great Britain, and perhaps
other powers, which would be distressing and
perhaps ruinous to comply with. They also
feel that it indicates in the administration a
disposition to take up and urge against them
any sore of a claim, however unworthy. The
-demand may be altogether without special sig
nificance, and the alarm created needless.
It is, however, looked upon as quite sig
nificant to the royalist paper, the Inde
pendent. That paper interprets the de
mand as intended to dispel the illusion of
American protection, and says it is "The
ihin edge of the wedge which is to rend
this republic." The general belief, how
ever, among friends of the Government is
that in every case for which demand for
damages may possibly be presented the
Goverenment will be able to present a clear
case, so that the claim will not be per
sisted in.
• Hon. William R. Castle, Hawaiian Minis-
ter to Washington, and Major James Hay
Wodehouse, late British Minister to Ha
waii, were among the Warrimoo's passen
gers. Previous to Mr. Wodehouse's de
parture from Honolulu he requested a
parting interview with ex-Queen Liluoka
lani. but the request received a positive re
fusal. The reason assigned was that Mr.
AVodehouse still held an official character
of which he could not divest himself, so as
to render his visit to the former Queen one
. merely of friendship.
Minister Wodehouse represented the
British Governmental the Hawaiian court
for over twenty-five years with great credit.
He was strongly opposed to the revolu-
tion, and made himself obnoxious to the
Provisional Government, who came to re
gard the British legation as the chief center
of royalist intrigue.
Minister Hatch in an interview stated
that the leading reason for the refusal of
Mr. Wodehouse's request was the one given
in reply. He is still in an official position.
He is a retiring Minister, and as such still
entitled to the courtesies and immunities
or that position. He has been commis-
to the former Queen. It would be
impossible for him now to pay her a fare
well visit without its being the subject of
public interpretation as an official recog
nition of her continued royalty.
Mr. Hatch further said that so far from
this Government being lacking in courtesy
to Mr. Wodehouse it is he who has violated
all courtesy in refusing to recognize this
Government by paying to it his official
farewell. He evidently is taking this
course to express his contempt for the
rightful authority of this Government. In
stead of taking his Jeave of President Dole
he proposes to pay his farewell to the ex-
Queen, thus emphasizing the recognition
of her as the rightful sovereign of Hawaii.
That cannot be permitted.
Mr. Hatch also stated that so far as this
Government had any official knowledge
Mr. Wodehouse was still the British Min
ister. He has never made known to it his
retirement from oflice. It is true that
Major Hawes has been recognized as Com
missioner and Consul-General, but that
does not necessarily terminate Mr. Wode
house's tenure of the quite different office
of Minister. Btill holding that office he is
not a private person, who might be per
mitted to visit Mrs. Dominis as a friena.
To the Inquiry whether the recent atti
tude of Mr and Mrs. Wodehouse in
warmly seeking the restoration of the
Queen and in encouraging her to expect it
did not contribute to affect the decision
made, Minister Hatcn admitted that it did
to some extent. During the whole period
after her dethronement Mr. Wodehouse
a was in constant intercourse with her, ad-
vising her.
Here President Dole, who was present,
remarked: "You remember that her
diary, which came into our possession, dis
The San Francisco Call.
closed the fact that he advised her as to
choice of a Cabinet upon her restoration."
Mr. Hatch also spoke in high terms of the
course taken by Major Hawes, the present
British Commissioner, who has never
visited the ex-Queen nor sought any inter
course with her, and whos« dealings with
the Government have been entirely courte
ous and reasonable.
In reply to a question, Mr. Hatch ad
mitted that an open letter of Mrs.
Wodehouse to the ex-Queen had been re
turned to the writer because it was ad
dressed to "Her Majesty." The denial of
intercourse in the case of the British Min
ister is an exception to a very considerable
degree of the freedom usually allowed to
Mrs. Dominia in seeing her friends.
Cliicago Residents Suffer From a Severe
Torrid Wave.
CHICAGO, 111., Aug. 10.-Six persons
in this city were prostrated by the heat
yesterday, and one died a few minutes after
being sunstruck. Though the tempera
ture ivaa not excessive for August, the
humidity in the atmosphere made the day
almost unbearable. The mercury did not
reach higher than 91 deg., while on the
previous day the thermometer had regis
tered 87 deg.
"William Monroe, roofer, who was pros
trated while at work, is the man who was
The injured are: John H. Gass, horse
dealer; George Highney, 17 years old;
Michael Kane, William Nulty and August
Schumakor. The injured will probably
all recover.
Bob Fitzsimmons Assailed by
Jim Corbett and His
For Several Minutes There Was a
Lively Rumpus, but the Police
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Ang. 10.— Bob
Fitzsimmons and James Corbett came to
blows in this city to-night at Green's
Hotel. Fitzsimmons had just come down
from the Winter Circus, where he had
been giving a bag-punching exhibition.
He was going over to the eating- bar to get
a luncheon with his boxing partner,
Thomas Forrest.
Corbett, his brother Joseph, W. A.
Brady and John McVey, a member of
Corbett's company, were standing near the
clerk's desk at the end of the bar as Fitz
simmons and Forrest passed in. The
Corbett party had been drinking, and in a
spirit of bravado Corbett attempted to
pull Fitzsimmons' nose. The latter
backed away, but Corbett followed him up,
and finally Fitzsimmons resisted. In a
moment there was a general melee.
Brady picked up a chair and attempted to
brain Fitzsimmons, and the latter threw
him to one side.
Corbett's brother then took a hand in the
game. He struck Fitzsimmor.s in the
mouth, cutting his lip. Forrest came to
Fitzsimmons' assistance and he and Joseph
Corbett were tusseling about the place,
knocking chair 9 and tables to the right and
left. Meanwhile Corbett was trying to get
at Fitzsimmons and then McVey got into
the struggling crowd. Seeing the odds
against him, Fitzsimmons picked up a
heavy water decanter and hurled it at
Brady and Joe Corbett. The flying bottle
went wide of its mark and striking a heavy
iron column was smashed to fragments. As
soon as they could recover from their aston
ishment the attaches of the place rushed
at the struggling crowd of excited pugilists
and attempted to separate them. But it
was a hard job, and a reserve force of
police were called in, and in a few minutes
the men were separated.
Corbett and his party left the place.
Fitzsimmons sat down to have his lunch
eon, but. he was too excited to enjoy it,
and after partaking of a small portion of
it he gave up the attempt and went out
for a walk. His clothes were somewhat
disarranged and his shirt torn. One of
his hands was bleeding, and it looked as it
had been cut with a penknife or some
other small weapon, although the wound
might have been made by a piece of glass
from the broken decanter. No arrests
were made.
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Murderer Holmes Used
the Material From
It Was Modeled From the
Writer's Description in
Plans for Substituting Corpses for
the Living Not a New Thing
by Any Means.
CLEVELAND. Ohio, Aug. 10.— A Cleve
land man has discovered what he considers
proof positive that Holmes, the wholesale
murderer, conceived his ideas of his meth
ods of committing crime from reading
Wilkie Collins' novels.
It will be remembered that in the closet
in the room of the second floor of Holmes'
castle was found a gas pipe running over
the floor. This pipe ran to the windowless
room where Mrs. Connors is supposed to
have been murdered. This pipe's exist
ence was a secret. There were no gas jets
in the room, only the oDen ends of the
pipe sticking out of the wall. The cut-off
is believed to be one of Holmes' instru
ments of death. Sitting in his room he
could turn on the current with ease that
would till the dark sleeping apartment be
yond the hall and bathroom with deadly
gas, asphyxiating the occupants.
Readers of Wilkie Collins' "Armadale"
will remember the room "No. 4" in the
sanitarium of the doctor who figures in
the story. The room is described in the
story as being without a fireplace and
having a door capable of manipulation
from the outside by the pressing of a but
ton. The doctor, in describing what might
be done in the room, is made to say in the
story :
"Collect gas and convey it into a closed
chamber and let Samson himself be in
that closed chamber and our stout friend
(meaning a liquid for making gas) will
kill him in half an hour; will kill him
slowly without him seeing anything; with
out his smelling anything; without his
feeling anything but sleepiness; will kill
him and telJ the whole college of surgeons
nothing, if they examine him after death,
but that he died of apoplexy and conges
tion of the lung 3." *
On another point readers of Collins will
remember that in two of his novels the
substitution of a corpse for a living person
figured after the manner of the Pietzel-
Perry affair. In "Blind Love," Oxbye,
the Dane, is buried as Lord Harry Nor
land in order that Lord Harry and Dr.
Vimpany, his friend, may secure $15,000 in
surance money.
In "The Woman in White" Anne Cath
enck is buried as Lady Percivel Glyde,
while Lady Glyde is incarcerated in an in
sane asyium in order that her husband
may inherit her fortune.
The Clevelander who hit upon Collins'
parallel is a retired merchant.
They Capsize Their Boat in Trying %to
Save a Dog.
■ CHICAGO, 111., Aug. 10.— A big New
foundland dog belonging to W. A. Alex
ander of Highland Park capsized a boat
on the lake off that summer resort last
night, drowning two men, one of them a
prominent business man of Chicago.
The men who were drowned were Mosher
T. Greene, president of the Chicago Lum
bei Company, and Sorn Sornson, a coach
man employed by W. A. Alexander of
Highland Park. W]?i
After they had rowed out 400 feet from
shore the dog jumped into the water. The
two men leaned over to help the animal
into the boat, when it turned over and the
two men were drowned.
An Unfortunate Woman Killed While
Tryina to Save Her Child.
TOLEDO, Ohio, Aug. 10. — At a crossing
of the Cincinnati, Jackson and Mackinaw
Railroad in the northern part of the city
Jate this afternoon an incoming passenger
train going at a high rate of speed ran
down a young woman and her three
children. The mother was instantly killed
and her 3-year-old daughter so badly in
jured that she lived but a short time after
the accident. The dead: Mrs. Mary
Pauley, aged 25, wife of the watchman 01
the Buckeye brewery; Irene Pauley, aged 3
Just as the train was upon them the
little child stepped over between the rails,
and the mother, seeing its danger, went
after it, but was too late. The train struck
them both just as the mother was leaning
over to pick up the baby. Mrs. Pauley
was horribly mangled. The little child
suffered a fracture of the skull and of the
bones of one of its legs.
He Stole Seven Thousand Hollars from
a liretcing Company.
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 10.— Since
the arrest of Herman L. Mueller on July
17 upon a warrant charging him with the
embezzlement of $10,000 from the Joseph
Schlitz Brewing Company, while acting as
their agent in Kansas City, tne books of
the company's offices have been under
going examination by L. H. Maumain, an
expert accountant. The books were found
in a hopeless muddle. It i 3 doubtful if any
accurate inform: 1 tion as to the total
amount of the embezzlement could be
learned had not Mueller left other evi
dence of his embezzlement in the shape of
old checks, stub-books and his private
bank-book in his desk when he disap
peared to evade arrest. With the assist
ance of the latter evidence Auditor Mau
scnot has been üble to place the shortage
at about $7000. It is likely that the total
amount appropriated by Mueller will ex
ceed that figure.
Substitution of Italians for
Americans on Grading at
Sons of the Sunny South Stoned
and Otherwise Injured on the
Banks of the Kaw.
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 10.— The
substitution of Italian labor for that of
American on the job of grading in Ar
mourdale was the incentive for a Bmall
sized riot to-day. Shortly after the dinner
hour twenty- four sons of Sunny Italy were
basking in the sunshine pa the banks of
the Kaw, near the Fifth-street bridge, close
to where the work is in progress, when
they were surprised by a dozen or more of
the Americans whom they had displaced at
cheaper wages.
The foreigners were upbraided for work
ing for lower wages, and while words were
being exchanged some one threw a stone
into their ranks. Other missiles came fast
and furious, and the Italians scenting dan
ger took to their heels. Several were over
taken by the pursuing party and were
more or less roughly handled.
Marcho Lorenzo was cut over the eye,
John Leverdino was bruised about his
head and Frank Gravatino had his right
hand disabled.
News of the assault was sent to the Cen
tral police station in this city and the
James-street station in Kansas City,
Kans., and No. 3 station in Armourdale.
Details of police were sent out. William
Edwards, G. W. Walker and A. H. Godde,
living along the banks of the Kaw, and
who were known to be among the dis
charged employes, were found and locked
up to wait a hearing to-morrow.
The Italians were badly frightened, and
after the attack refused to go to work.
Further trouble is expected Monday.
Patriots and Arms Sent
to Cuba on the
By Burning Hard Coal and
Hiding Lights the Vessel
Made the Trip.
After Landing Forces to Fight the
Spanish the Vessel Sped to
BALTIMORE, Md., Aug. 10.— An Amer
ican seaman is responsible for the state
ment that the American steamer James
Woodall, which sailed from this port on
July 10, ostensibly for Progreso, Mexico,
successfully ran the blockade of the rev
enue cutters and warships and landed men
and ammunition on Cuban shores in the
interest of the Cuban insurgents. Five
seamen of the Woodall were discharged in
New Orleans a few days ago and arrived
in Baltimore to-day. One of the number,
who does not wish his name mentioned
for obvious reasons, stated to-day that the
Woodall landed 153 men and a large
quantity of dynamite, rifles, revolvers and
ammunition near Havana, Cuba, which
were taken aboard off Florida. His state
ment is a3 follows:
"The steamer burned hard coal on her
run down the American coast, making it
impossible for a Spanish man-of-war to see
her smoke at a distance. At night she
burned no lights, the side, head and
engine-room lights being extinguished and
a shade put over the compass light. The
crew were informed that the steamer was
to take a lot of plantation laborers from
Florida to Mexico, but we did not believe
this, as she had taken $14,000 worth of pro
visions and 125 tons of hard coal aboard at
"It soon developed that two of the crew
shipped in Baltimore as common seamen
were Generals Roloff and Sinchez of the
Cuban revolutionists. We heard that at a
meeting of Cubans in New York $25,000
had been raised to purchase and equip the
steamer and that Captain Hudson would
receive the vessel as a gift, after the expe
dition was over, for his services. While
near Cuban waters and steaming ahead
with no lights risible a Spanish man-of
war crossed our bows, going toward an
oilier Teasel, whose lights we saw in the
distance. Had we been five minutes
earlier or had our lights been showing the
Spaniard would have caught us.
"Instead of going to Progreso the
steamer anchored, during the night at
Panquery, which is not far from Key
West, off the southern extremity of
Florida. There was nothing at Panquery
but one solitary house. We took aboard
from the house in the ship's boats and
from a schooner which had sailed from
Key West and came alongside the Wood
all, 153 men. The ammunition brought
aboard amounted to 600 pounds of dyna
mite, 600 Remington rifles, 200 sii-cham
bered revolveis, 200 cutlasses and 253,000
rounds of ammunition. The men came
from New York, having left that city for
Florida about the time the Woodall left
"The arms and ammunition were rusty,
evidently having been thrown overboard
by filibusters to escape capture. They
were packed in unmarked tins, bags and
boxes. The 153 men did not seem to be
ordinary soldiers, but Cuban officers and
gentlemen of refinement and education.
"Captain Hudson seemed afraid to land
on Cuban soil and ran his vessel back and
forth along the island for ten days, until
the water in fifteen barrels gave out. For
a fresh supply he touched at a small island
off the Mexican coast, and during the day
we lay there we were photographed for the
information of the Spaniards. Shoitly
after we left the island a Spanish warship
put in there to search for us. After this
Captain Hudson steamed direct for Cuba,
and dropped anchor about 11 o'clock at
ni^ht off a village forty-five miles from
Havana. Disembarking began immedi
ately. Every man was armed with a ride,
a cutlass and many rounds of ammuni
tion. The eteamer'3 three boats, one of
which held forty men. carried the 153 men
and the ammunition from the steamer to
the shore. All had oeen landed by 4A. M.,
when the Woodall steamed away in the
darkness for Progreso.
"It was learned aboard the steamer later
that the 153 men who had been landed
blew up a railroad and captured the village
and 400 Spaniards. We had not gone far
toward Progreso when the Woodall struck
on a coral reef. We were aground
about an hour when a Spanish gunboat
and a steam launch were seen coming
toward us. We crowded on all steam and
broke through the reef, damaging our ves
sel, but escaped by the aid of darkness and
our superior speed.
"When we arrived at Progreso we were
twice searched by the Mexican authorities,
but they found nothing. They also tried
Captain Hudson by court-martial for al
leged irregularities in entering and leaving
the island where the water was obtained.
The man who photographed the stoamer
there was summoned as a witness, but he
could not identify the captain and the lat
ter was dismissed.
"After the trial the crew wanted to get
ashore and leave, not likine their experi
ences, and were on the point of mutiny.
Captain Hudson uncovered his gray head,
and begged them to stand by him and
they consented. The vessel left Progreso
for New Orleans to have the damages re
paired which she sustained on the coral
reef, arriving August 1. Coming from a
fever port, she lay in quarantine for three
days. The crew was discharged at that
port and left for Baltimore. At that time
Captain Hudson waa ill."
Details of the Formation of a Republic
by Insurgents.
NEW YORK, N. V., Aug. 10.— General
Quesada to-day received letters via the
steamer Niagara by special messenger
dated August 1, at Santiago, Cuba, stating
that a republic had been formed by elec
tion at Carnaguri, a few days before that
date. The delegates at the National Re
publican Convention at Camaguri which
has been proclaimed the temporary capital,
were Dr. J. Castolo, R. Portuano, N.
Sanchez, A. Aquilero and R. Mandonly.
General G. Masso was elected President,
and his Cabinet will consist of three men, a
Minister of the Interior, a Minister of War
and a Minister of Foreign Relations.
The general is also in possession of let
ters describing the battle of Bayamo.
They contain the information that the
Spaniards lost in that engagement one
general, three chiefs, fourteen officers and
334 privates. The rebels lost in all seventy
four men, among them General Alphonse
Gonle. The letter is dated July 31, at
It has been learned that General Maceo's
field staff consisted of the following men,
some of whom constituted the delegates to
the convention which elected General
Masho President of the republic : Colonel
Adolph Parra, chief surgeon ; Dr. J. Cas
to!o, confidential secretary; R. Portuano,
chief engineer; N. Sanchez and First and
Second Adjutant Engineers P. Aquilero
and A. Aquilero.
The letters also state that the chances of
ultimate success are improving daily.
They are from the camp of General Maceo
direct, and are said to be brought by D. B.
Dodge, a special messenger of the revolu
tionary leaders in this city.
Fire Destroys Many Buildings
in the Thriving Illinois
Among the Structures Laid tn Ashes
Was the City Hall and
LOCKPORT, 111., Aug. 10.— This town
of 300 people on the drainage canal, five
miles from Joliet, had a narrow escape
from destruction by flames to-day. The
loss is probably $250,000. Two engines and
two hose carts, which were sent by the
Chicago fire department at noon in re
sponse to the urgent appeal for help, a
chemical engine from Joliet and the only
engine which Lemont could send to the
scene of the conflagration, saved the town
from being in ashes to-night. The Lock
port fire-fighting apparatus and the water
facilities were totally inadequate to sub
due the flames when they had gained con
siderable headway.
Half of the business buildings were con
sumed. The City Hall and records, the
postofflce and contents, the Chicago and
Alton Railroad depoc and freighthouse
and Telephone Exchange were among the
structures burned.
The fire started at 10:30 o'clock In the
Phoenix newspaper and printing building
owned by Mayor McDonald, who is the
editor of the paper. A tinner on the roof
dropped a fire-box. At 3:15 the fighting
forces had the blaze under control. With
the exception of one store a whole block of
the best business places on Ninth, Tenth,
State and Hamilton streets were burned to
the ground— twenty-two buildings in all.
The insurance is about two-thirds. Two
men were hurt by falling walls. Harry
Dosse broke his arm and was badly bruised
and Lowell Sillman was struck on the head
by bricks. Both of them were firemen.
The largest individual loss is in the
burning of the schoolhouse, which coat
$25,000. The flames spread so fast that the
nostoftice employes had to flee for their
lives without saving anything. Opposite
the fire and separated only by a narrow
canal was Norton's fiourmill, employing
700 persons, and one of the main supports
of the town. It was not touched.
The Taylors to Be Hanged.
CARROLLTON, Mo., Aug. 10.-At 12
o'clock to-night Judge Rucker overruled a
motion for a new trial in the Taylor case
for the murder of the Meeks family and
sentenced them to be hanged on Friday,
October 4 next. Both condemned men
protested their innocence of the crime.
For Pacific Coast Telegrams see
Pases 3 and 4.
Interesting ; Review of
Politics of the
World. .
Speculation as to What Will
Be the Outcome of Recent
Bulgaria and Macedonia May Yet
Cause Much Strife Among the
[Copyrighted, 1895, by the New York Times.]
LONDON, Esq., Aug. 10.— In ordinary
times the popular English interest in mis
sionary endeavor is largely confined to
amused observation of the way some
twenty rival organizations hate and fight
with one another here at home. When
something like this Chinese horror occurs
it is seen that England is at heart very
keen about the whole missionary idea.
Even scoffers, who in private say plenty of
rnde things about the Zenana mission and
kindred devices for expending upon re
mote thankless strangers energies and
money which might be much better em
ployed among England's own heathen at
home venture no dissenting note. In the
papers now many columns daily are de
voted to telegrams, old letters, new inter
views, extracts from books, to everything,
in fact, at all bearing on the subject, and
it is obvious the entire nation is much
moved by the tragedy.
It is read here with some surprise that
the Hongkong and Shanghai colonies are
bitterly denouncing the action of the Brit
ish Government, and it is taken for
granted by all that those excited colonists
do not know what they are talking about
and that the English admirals and the
officials on the Chinese station have re
ceived satisfactory instructions long be
fore this. Not much is being said as to
what England will do, but it has not es
caped attention that very likely her action
will involve a permanent increase of Brit
ish responsibilities in the far East.
Although the English are full of the
mission spirit, they have, like the mission
aries they 3«nd out, a practical side to
their sentimental ardor. England has
played a rather curious part during the
past eventful year in China. People here
generally jupposed it was right and
achieved what was aimed at, but all the
same it is apparent that other non-coin
batauts got a lot or spoils out of the thing
and England brought away nothing. This»
has produced an uneasy sense of unnatur
alness and one can note everywhere a
latent undefined notion that the massacre
at Kucheng, if it had to come, could not
have come at a more opportune time for
England to intervene and assume an active
role at Peking.
Both from St. Petersburg and Paris
come indications that Germany has backed
out of her partnership with Russia and
France in the China-Japanese business,
and along with these appears the state
ment that the Pope has asked the German
Emperor to tak« over the duty of protect
ing the Catholic missions throughout
China. If this latter be true, it will be
strange indeed, for France always had to
herself the monopoly of this function, and
the Vatican, of late in particular, appeared
very glad to concede it.
So little is known yet of the British in
tentions, or of what new aspects the disor
der in China may assume, that nobody can
have the least idea of what course events
may take, but the possibility of interna
tional politics getting mixed up with them
is worth keeping an eye on. Here in
Europe things drift, and though no special
peril is visible people continue to be ner
vous and apprehensive. The universal
tension is exemplified by the flurry of ex
citement in the Continental press over the
expected appearance of the united British
and Spanish squadron at Tangier. Hero
the matter receives slight attention, but
across the channel it is treated as some
thing very disquieting. It is announced in
Madrid that this demonstration will be a
protest against the recent favoritism shown
by the Sultan of Morocco to the French, in
allowing them to have a Consul at Fez,
which no other nation has been able to se
cnre. Apparently some such purpose does
underlie the action, but these displays of
coercive force are continually recurring off
Tangier, and as a rule no one minds them
in the least. Now the European atmos
phere is so charged witn electricity that
people suspect a lightning bolt in every
passing shower.
It is now said that Prince Ferdinand
will return to Bulgaria Monday, and it
is naturally supposed that we will then
get a more definite idea of what is going to

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