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Splendid Showing Made
by the Powerful
runs like a yacht.!
Its Builders Satisfied With
the Evidence of Its
excels the magnificent.
Comparison of the Latest War
Vessels of America and
BOSTON, Mas?., Oct. 16.— The battleship
Indiana was given a preliminary run over
the official trial course to-day, and so
successful was the trial that when the
boat reached the upper end of the course
Edwin S. Cramp decided that it was un
necessary to speed her back again.
The Indiana gut under way at 8:30
a. m. from Boston light and started down
the bay to Cane Ann. At 8:50 the ship
was going ahead at full speed, and when
about seven miles from the starting-line
the forced draught was turned o*n. The
course was from Cape Ann to Boone
Island, a distance of thirty-one knots, and
was marked by six can buoys at an equal
distance apart of 6.2 knots. The average
speed for the run up was 15.31.
Although the Cramps expected to do 15
knots easily with the boat, they were more
than pleased with the showing she made
on the run. The tide was running against
her rather fast, and cut off probably three
quarters of a knot. The engines ran as
smoothly as if they had been working for
months, and not the slightest heating of
any of the crossheads or journals was ob
The run of the Indiana from Philadel
phia to Boston in the nasty head seas she
met, unu the run under high pressure, vin
dicated the title of American naval con
strnctora and American shipwrights as the
best in the world. Foreign have de
clared that the Indiana would be top
heavy, and that she would roll herself to
death in any sort of sea. Never was proph
ecy more absolutely refuted. The Indiana.
with the heaviest weight of armor and
guns above water of any shiji in the world,
rides the seas like a yacht.
Comparison vf the Indiana With Eng
land's Jiest Battleship.
Since December 10, when the new first
class barbette battleship Magnificent of
the British navy was launched at Chatham
dockyard, the experts on ship-building of
all countries have devoted a good deal of
time in commenting upon and criticizing
the new vessel.
They have almost without exception
used the French ship Sardegna and the
battleship Indiana as their
standards of comparison, thougn some
have used the battleships Re Umberto of
Italy and the Royal Sovereign of Great
Even the English contractors who have
spoken of the Magnificent have agreed that
the enthusiastic English constructor who
stated that the Magnificent was the most
powerful vessel afloat was wrong, and
almost without exception they point to the
Indiana as one superior to the Magnificent.
The Indiana will be worthy of the title that
the Englishmen bestowed on the Magnifi
cent—that i*, "the most powerful vessel
As a matter of fact, a comparison of the I '
ive merits of the Magnificent and 1
the Indiana appears unjust to the latter, j !
for the Indiana was designed and con- i -
tracted for in President Harrison's ad- (
ministration, and the appropriation for !
the Magnificent was not made by Parlia- > 1
ment until 1893, and so the latter has every ! ■
reason to be, and is, more modern than her ! '
American rival.
Leaving aside, however, the improve
ments of the las-t few years for comfort of i
officers and men and the little details of
mechanism, ana viewing the Indiana and
Magnificent purely as engines of war, the
Indiana is, in the opinion of ship-buiiders,
the better vessel of the two.
The principal dimensions of the Mag
nificent are: Length between perpendicu
lars, 390 feet; length over a 11 ,420 feet. Her
extreme breadth is 7;~> feet; the vessel's
mean draught is 27) i feet. The displace
ment is 14,!X>0 tons. In the matter of en
gines, the British ship has triple ex
pansion engines, which, with their twin
screws, are supposed to develop a speed
under natural draught of sixteen and a
half knots and under a forced draught
from seventeen and a quarter to seven
teen and a half knots. Her coal-carry
ing capacity is 18,000 tons.
Armor and batteiy are the things upon
which the claim of superiority are based,
and they are certainly better than any ship
ever before built in foreign shipyards. It
is in the matter of the armor and battery,
however, that the designers oi the Indiana
have been most particular, and they say
that the Indiana is far superior to her
English rival.
The Macnificent mounts four 22-inch
breech-loading rifles, twelve 6-inch rapid
fire, sixteen 12-pounder rapid tire and
twelve 3-pound rapid-tire guns, or forty
four guns in all. Out of this battery the
Magnificent can fire eight guns either
ahead or astern, and with these eight guns
she can throw 165U pounds of metal.
Here the Indiana's superiority is demon
strated. Her battery consists of four Li
inch breech-loading rilles, eight 8-inch
breech-loading rifles, four 6-inch, twenty
6-pounder rapid-fire guns, making in all
thirty-six guns, or eight less than the
Magnificent. With these, however, she
can throw 4%4 pounds of metal either
ahead or astern, which is 3325 pounds more
than the English battleship can throw.
In the matter of firing abeam the In
diana's superiority is demonstrated by
the fact that with twenty-four guns the
Munificent throws bat 3575 pounds; the
American snip, with four guns less,
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throws 56f>0 pounds, or 2005 pounds more
than the Englishman's pride.
It requires three minutes under battle
conditions to fire one round from a twelve
or thirteen inch gun and the ships would
be just equal on this point, but in three
minutes the American could throw 5376
pounds either ahead or astern and the
English ship could only throw 4494
Firing abeam as fast as possible with all
available guns, the Indiana could throw
12.558 pounds, while the Magnificent's
score would be but 8140 pounds.
As regards armor, the thickest portion
of the Magnificent's is fourteen inches and
the Indiana has eighteen inches of Har
veyized steel at her thickest part. The
steel used in both navies is practically the
same, and, if there is any preference, it
must rest with the American product, for
the Harvey nickeling process is an Ameri
can invention and has been longer in use
on this side of the water.
"With all of the Magnificent' a forty-four
guns trained seaward and tired simulta
neously she would throw a weight of metal
the total of which would be 4295 pounds,
while the Indiana under like conditions
would throw 6020 pounds, or 2625 pounds
more than the English ship.
Some constructors regard it as very re
markable that the Indiana, which has
4679 tons less displacement than the Mag
nificent, should have an equal coal-carry
ing capacity and a heavier battery and yet
make the same speed, but this is due to
the lightness of the machinery.
Depositors of an lowa Bank Find That Their
Money Has Been R < . / essly
DES MOINES, lowa, Oct. 16.— A special
from Sigourney says:
There is great excitement over the bank
failure at Richland, this county. A. C.
Charleton and Allen Stocker have con
ducted a private banking business at that
place for years. Last Thursday Charleton
disappeared, leaving a note in which he
told his partner that he had gone for more
money, and asking Stocker to run the
bank until his (Charleton's) return. The
safe was locked at the time and is still
locked, as Mr. Stocker does not know the
combination. On Saturday Stocker an
nounced that he believed his partner left
for parts unKnown. On Monday various
creditors became anxious, and attach
ments aggregating $40,000 were secured for
real estate formerly owned by Stocker, but
which was deeded to his son on September
5. It is hoped to have the deeds set aside
on the ground of fraud.
There are 320 acres of land worth $.">0 an
acre. The deposits are estimated to
amount to between $50,000 and $60,000.
The firm always paid 8 per cent interest on
deposits and hence attracted a large cus
tom. Charleton, it is said, bad been deal
ing on the Chicago Board of Trade, and it
is thought he lost heavily. The county
has $2000 on deposit in the bank, but it is
secured. An attempt is being made to
have a receiver appointed.
The two proprietors of the bank have
always been considered honest men, al
though Charleton was of a speculative
turn of mind. It is estimated that they
cannot pay over 30 cents on the dollar
even if the deed of StocKer's property is
larrnisoxEJ* by isihaxb.
Habeas Corpus Proceedings Tfrought in
Jiehalf of fTinnrbaj/o Settlers.
LINCOLN, Nebr., Oct. 16.— Habeas cor
pus proceedings were commenced to-day
by the attorneys for William H. Garrett
and John P. Meyer, the settlers on the
Winnebago reservation, to secure their re
lease from the custody of the Indian police
at Pender, where they are held for inter
fering with the evictions.
The petition alleges that Indian Agent
Beck had no jurisdiction over the strip of
land on which the arrests were made, and
it is on that part of the so-called reserva
tion lying within Thurston County. It is
stated that in 1888 the tribe of Winnebago
Indians was dissolved, the members be
coming citizens of the United States, and
since that time there has not been any
tribe of Indians occupying the territory.
Judge Shiras issued a writ re*urnable next
Thursday in the Federal Court.
A Wagon Train Falls Into the
Hands of Nicaraguan
All But One of the Accompanying
Party Slain and Their Bodies
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Oct. 16.—Ban
dits are daily becoming bolder in spite of
the combined efforts of the Nicaraguan and
Honduras troops, who lately have been
scouring the whole frontier.
On Monday forenoon a train composed
of five wagons, accompanied by horsemen,
merchants and the owners of goods in
wagons left Ocotal for the south. During
the night while all were sleeping, heedless
of danger, bandits fell upon the camp. At
the first volley from the bandits' rifles two
horsemen and two wagoneers were killed.
The rest recovering from the surprise im
mediately prepared for a defense, and re
sisted heroically for over an hour, but
were finally overpowered by the banaits,
who made their way into camp, killing all
the survivors except JoseOcana, one of the
Ocana made his way to the bushes and
though mortally wounded succeeded in
crawling a mile and was brought by a
ranchero to Ocotal, where v. r ith difficulty
he told the story of the assault. The
bandits went through the wagons, taking
everything valuable, which they loaded
onto horses. The rest they piled in a heap
with the broKen waeons and ignited the
pile, throwing the dead bodies of their vic
tims on the top of the heap. Then they
drove with their booty northward toward
the frontier.
Honduras troops have already left Ocotal,
pursuing the bandits, who are reported to
be under the command of the noted Chief
Mena and it is expected they will soon fall
into the hands of their pursuers.
The Valley Road to Se
cure the Famous
Block 21,
no hostility shown.
Messrs. Simpson and Gray
Only Wanted Credit for
Their Donation,
While It May Be Considered a
Compromise the Result Has
Long Been Wished.
STOCKTON, Cal., Oct. 16.— 1t may be
authoritatively stated that the Valley road
will within twenty-four hour 3be in pos
session of block 21 of the city of Stockton.
This is the block made famous of late by
many comments on the position assumed
by Messrs. Simpson and Gray, the owners,
toward the Commercial Association. It
appears, when the matter is sifted down,
that these gentlemen have not been so hos
tile to the association as some reports
would indicate.
A private conference was held this even
ing by representatives of both sides, and at
its close Attorney S. D. Woods was all
smiles. The association is to have the
block for $4000, the original price, upon the
assumption that the balance of $3000 shall
be considered as Messrs. Simpson and
Gray's contribution to the Valley road
fund of the Commercial Association.
They announced their willingness to
make the deed provided the Commercial
Association and the people of Stockton
shall concede that the deed executed for
$4000 includes this latter proviso.
This may be regarded as a compromise
measure, but time is as valuable as money
now in the acquisition of block 21, for it
means the raising of the virtual blockade
at that end of the line. The agreement
will beyond doubt be ratified by both
sides to-morrow. While the association
would like to have the latter provision
out of the aereement it is regarded as a
means of getting out of the present rather
ernbarra&sinir situation.
mrs. snowy s nusr if at.
A Wife, a Miss and a JSride All Within
Twenty-four Hours.
NEW YORK, N. V., Oct. 16.— A Cleve
land, Ohio, special says:
Mrs. James A. Brown was a wife, a
miss and a bride all in one day. Monday
morning she was Mrs. Henry C. Itettger,
at noon she was Miss Stena V. Roof, and
[Reproduced fiom a photograph.]
before the day was over, by the aid of the
Rev. Francis M. Hall, she became Mrs.
Many years ago Stena Roof and James
Brown were neighbors and schoolmates
and lovers as well. They drifted apart,
Brown marrying in the far West and Miss
Roof becoming the wife of Rettger. Brown
became a resident of California, and in
course of tinie was divorced. Rettger, who
was in the wall paper business on Loraine
street, three years ago, became insane and
was removed to the asylum in Xewburg,
where he has been ever since. The cause
lor which Mrs. Rettger sued occurring
before the defendant's insanity, the Judge
felt justified in granting the divorce and
restoring Mrs. Rettger her maiden name
of Miss Roof.
The reunited lovers will live in Cali
Trainmen Lose Their Lives by the Crashing
Together of a Freight and a Pas
senger Train.
ALTOONA, Pa., Oct. 16.— A collision
took placa between a passenger and a
freight train on the Hollidays branch of
the Pennsylvania railroad, near the south
end of the city, early this morning. The
shock was a terrific one. All the passen
gers were thrown in a violent manner, but
none sustained fatal injuries.
The trainmen did not escape so fortu
nately. J. L. Woodring, a brakeman, was
caught between two water tanks and
crushed to death, and Fireman Good of the
passenger train was caught in the engine
and suffered the same fate. Engineer
David Arthur of the passenger train re
ceived fatal injuries.
Others seriously injured among the train
men are: H. M. Blackburn, fireman;
George Tate, brakeman ; H. S. Barnett,
conductor, and B. S. Hoover, baggage
A number of passengers on the passen
ger train were seriously and several, it is
thought, fatally injured. The trains came
together in a deep cut, and the fog was so
dense that it was impossible to see over
twenty -live or thirty feet ahead of the en
gine. The cause will not be definitely
known until the railroad officials investi
gate the matter. It is apparent that the
accident was due to conflicting orders.
Fngineer Arthur was found pinioned be
tween the boiler and the tank of the en
gine. The water and steam were pouring
over him and he was crying for help.
Fnally he was rescued, but his injuries
were terrible. He was speedily removed
to the hospital, where he is dying.
Complete Outfit for the California JSaval
■ NEWPORT, R. 1., Oct. 16.— An outfit
of star torpedoes was this noon shipped
from the torpedo station to San Francisco
for the use of the California naval re
serves. The order was not received till
this morning, and in four hours the outfit
was on the way.
This is the quickest work yet done at the
station. No effort was made to make time
and the record clearly shows the efficiency
of the place. The outfit is a complete one
of gun-cotton and torpedoes, and the Cali
fornia Reserves are the first branch of
naval militia to receive any torpedoes
, whatever for " _-,_
San Francisco's Rival
Offers Cash for the
funds freely given.
Over Sixty Thousand Dollars
Already Raised by the
Going Ahead With Preparations
as Though Certain of Being
PITTSBURG, Pa., Oct. 10.— This city is
putting out strenuous efforts to secure the
next National Republican Convention. It
has gone at the undertaking with great
method and is backing its claims with a
fund big enough to do the thing- up right.
To-day the fund amounts to $60,000,000.
Pennsylvania's United States Senators have
put in their checks for $1000 each and the
iron firms and business men generally are
showing liberality. Senator M. S. Quay,
as State chairman, is using every energy to
bring the convention here. Senator Cam
eron, just previous to going to the hot
springs in Virginia, wrote a note promis
ing his aid and influence.
A committee of 100 from the Chamber of
Commerce is already working up senti
ment for the big political gathering, and
Superintendent Pitcairn of the Pennsyl
vania Railroad, who is chairman of the
transportation committee, has promised in
the name of his road a fare that will be
lower than anything yet seen. That road
has switches right into the Exposition
building, where it is propose! to hold the
convention. With the prospect of success
the committee is already hunting up the
names of the survivors of the convention
held in Lafayette Hall in 1856, when the
Republican party was formed, and these
survivors will be the guests of the city.
Lafayette Hall was torn down this sum
mer to make way for a ten-story bank
Senator Quay will certainly use his in
fluence to the utmost to bring the gather
ing here, and, since his triumph over the
Pittsburg and Philadelphia rings, which
this summer tried to defeat his State
chairmanship aspirations, he has become
undoubtedly the most powerful man in
Pennsylvania. Besides, he was Republi
can National chairman in 1888. The city
claims another ex-National chairman in
Hon. B. F. Jones, who was at the political
helm in 1884. Mr. Jones is bead of the
great iron firm of Jones & Laughlin, which
has the biggest plant in the city after the
Carnegie. His firm is credited with a
check of $1000 to the guarantee fund, in
addition to a liberal check from Mr. Jones
as a private citizen.
Proceeding* of the Jiepublirnn League
Executive Committee.
CHICAGO. 111., Oct. 16.— The executive
Committee of the National Republican
League met here to-day, when representa
tives from twenty-seven States were pres
ent. A strong attempt was made to re
move the headquarters of the league from
Chicago to Washington, but it was deoided
by a vote of 11 to 5 to remain here. The
Illinois representatives promised a con
tribution of $1000 to the funds of the
league and to provide omcer-oom rent
The lowa plan of organization by dis
trict leagues was unanimously adopted,
and immediate steps were directed to be
taken for carrying out the plan.
Judge Aldridge of Texas Addresses the
Hankers' Association.
ATLANTA, Ga., Oct. 16. -The Ameri
can Bankers' Association discussed pro
posed amendments to its constitution to
day and listened to a single gold standard
speech by Judge Georee N. Aldridge of
Texas. Judge Aldridge is the humorist
financier of the Lone Star State. He en
tertained the bankers for two hours with
an address on "sound money" and a de
nunciation of silverites.
The session was opened with prayer by
Rev. Dr. Heindt. A report of the execu
tive council was submitted by Chairman
Pullen. It contained important amend
ments to the by-laws and constitution of
the association. The most important
amendment was that concerning the taxa
tion of State banks, and nearly every dele
gate made a speech on the question. Fi
nally the amendment was referred back to
the executive council, with instructions to
formulate an amendment that would be
acceptable to the convention.
A Brutal Negro in Tennessee Horribly Muti
lated, Hanged and Then Riddled
by Bullets.
MEMPHIS, Tram., Oct. 16.— Jeff Ellis, a
Fayette County negro, who attacked a
white woman near Branden last Monday,
was captured last night in Mississippi. He
was brought to the scene of the crime this
morning by officers, who were met there
by a crowd. The mob took possession of
the negro and after horribly mutilating
him, cutting off his nose and ringers,
hanged him to a telegraph pole. The
swaying body was then riddled by bullets
and the mob dispersed.
That feature of the lynching which
causes the most intense horror is the
ghoulish work of the mob upon the victim
in advance of death. With a penknife one
of the mob removed Ellis' right ear and
held it up before the horrified spectators.
There was but a momentary lull, succeeded
by shouted calls for "the other ear," "a
linger," and so on. Ears and fingers were
accordingly removed. Then the victim
was partially strung up, but at once low
ered and his head removed from his
shoulders with pocket-knives. This done,
he was pulled up to the telegraph-pole
cross-arm by the feet. When the lifeless
body was finally strung up a placard was
bearing the inscription, "Death
to the man who cuts this body down be
fore 6:30 o'clock this evening."
Two Prominent Stock-wen Whomever Read
the Xetcspapers.
ST. LOUIS, Mo., Oct. 16.— Meredith Ma
han, a prominent stockraiser of Shannon
County, was found dead in his room at the
Ridgway Hotel this morning, and his
room companion, Francis M. Chilton, also
a stockraiser from the same county, was
found unconscious and dying from the
same cause — asphyxiation. They came
here with cattle to sell, and, it is supposed,
blew out the gas in ignorance.
The British Embassador Likely
to Be Transferred to
Speculation Rife as to His Succes
sor at the American
WASHINGTON, D. C, Oct. 16.— 1t is
among the probabilities that the United
States may soon see the last of her Britan
nic Majesty's popular diplomatic represen
tative, Sir Julian Pauncefote. It is learned
Lo-day from private sources that Lord
Dufferin, the British Embassador at Paris,
will shortly retire. The date of his retire
ment is still a state secret, while the name
of his successor, which is a matter of fre
quent speculation in London, is yet un
known. The embassy at Paris is the most
important diplomatic post within the gift
of the British Foreign Office, and it lias
always been held by an Embassador of
high standing.
A precedent for the transfer of Sir Julian
Paunceforte from Washington to Paris was
created some years ago when Lord Lyons,
the British Minister at this point, was sent
as her Majesty's representative to the
French capital. While Sir Julian is ap
parently as ignorant of Lord Salisbury's
intentions as any of the other gentlemen
directly interested and declines for that
reason to discuss it, it is believed that he
would not object to the transfer, which
would be a marked recognition of his long
official service.
All the delicate questions arising be
tween the United States and Grain Britain
of late years have been bandied by Sir
Julian in a spirit of great friendliness to
the United States, to which country he is
very partial, and also to the satisfaction of
the London Foreign Office. He would, it
is well known, leave with regret, owing to
the agreeable intercourse of himself and
family with the American people. Still, it
is said that the British mission to Paris is
like the Presidency of the United States
no one was ever known to decline it.
A Score of Officers Ars
Shot Down at
executed in public.
Arrests of Those Who Plotted
to Assassinate Reyes
Ecuador on the aggressive.
Colombian Troops Sent to Re
pel an Invading Force on
the Frontier.
BOGOTA, Colombia, Oct. 16.— Arrests of
suspected conspirators continue here and
in this department. The Government
claims the conspiracy in Cauca is at an
end; that it was in the interior and of
slight importance. But it is now known
that the arrests of twenty-one non-com
missioned officers, sixty-seven soldiers and
three officers were ordered, and the officers
were immediately shot under the pretext
that they attempted to escape. Sixteen
non-commissioned officers were shot pub
licly in the presence of 1200 soldiers yester
day morning. More executions were an
nounced for to-day.
General Reyes has received permanent
orders from President Caro to proceed
with the utmost vigor against the conspir
The troops in Cauca are being distrib*
uted along the frontier, as it is known that
a force of 100 men from Ecuador crossed
into Colombia territory yesterday after
noon and is now being closely followed by
national troops. Government officials aro .
being closely guarded against any attempt
at assassination.
The Government here emphatically de
nies that a conspiracy has been discovered
j among the troops garrisoned here. Th»
| discovery was made that the greater por
tion of the ammunition sent to the troops
in the department had been made use of
by the conspirators, and orders for more
ammunition will be gent to the United
Murderers of Korea's Ruler Are to />»
YOKOHAMA, Japan, Oct. 16.— A dis
patch from Seoul, the capital of Korea,
states that the body of the Queen, who ia
thought to have been killed during the re
cent attack on the palace by the King'g
father, has been found. The Japanese
Minister to Korea, M. Komoura. has been
ordered to punish the murderers if it shall
be proved that Japanese killed her.
An End to the Dispute Jielween Turkey
• and the Powers.
LONDON, Esq., Oct. 16.— The Chronicle
will to-morrow publish a dispatch from its
Constantinople correspondent who asserts
that he is in a position to announce that
all the questions between Turkey and the
powers relative to the Armenians have
been finally settled.
•A'o Ultimatum. Submitted to England by
the United States.
LONDON, E.\-g., Oct. 16.— 1n an inter
view to-day the Hon. Thomas P. Bayard,
the American Embassador, denied the
story that the United States had sent an
ultimatum to Great Britain in regard to
the latter arbitrating her difficulty witb>
Explosion on lionril of a Steamship
Loaded With Troop*.
LONDON, Eire., Oct. 10.— A dispatch to
a news agency from Shanghai says:
An explosion occurred 'yesterday on
board a steamship loaded with troops at
Kung Pai, near Kinchew. It is reported
that 600 of the troops were killed.
Rewarded for Bravery.
BERLIN, Germany, Oct. 10.— President
Cleveland has sent a valuable silver cup to
Embassador Rnnyon to be presented to
Captain Alfred Krech, commander of the
Hamburg-American line steamer Suevia,
in recognition of Captain Krech's act in
saving the lives of eight men of the
American schooner Mary E. Amsden,
February 26 last. The schooner was
bound from Lubeo, Me., for Barbadoes,
and when sighted by the Suevia was dis
masted and drifting helplessly. The crevr
of the schooner was taken to New York.
Sighted a Burning Schooner.
QUARANTINE, S. 1., Oct. Vi.— The
steamer Yucatan arrived this afternoon,
having on board Captain Johannson and
the entire crew of the barkentine Ma
raunger, which was wrecked off Cape
Saint Antonio. September 27. The Yuca
tan yesterday afternoon siphted a burning
three-masted schooner. She was afire
from stem to stern and one mast was
gore. It was supposed that the crew had
been taken off by another schooner which
was about five miles away.
For additional Pacific Coast newt see Pages 3 and f.
La Belle Creole
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Pacific Coast Agents,
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