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French Reserve Squadron
to Be Prepared for
Rumors That a Conference on
the Egyptian Question Will
Be Called.
Advance of Macdonald's Column To
ward Akasheh— A Reported
Defeat Denied.
PARIS, France, March 20.— 1t is ru
mored this evening that the reserve squad
ron at Toulon, Brest, I'Orient and Cher
bourg have been ordered to hold them
selves in readiness to be placed on a war
footine. It is also rumored that France,
under the coaching of Russia, will con
vene an international conference to settle
the question of the powers of the Egyptian
debt commission and the evacuation of
Egypt. It has been founa impossible to
confirm either rumor, but it was semi-otii
cially announced this evening that the
active squadron at Toulon had received
orders for one of the cruisers to keep
steam up.
There liss been no change in the politi
cal situation here since yesterday. The
Temps, commenting upon the resignation
of the Foreign Office portfolio by M.
Berthelot, says that if the recent foreign
policy was not a success, the change has
been insisted by Prime Minister Bourgeois,
who is an able parliamentarian but an in
experienced diplomat. Therefore, M.
Bourgeois in the Foreign Office will possi
bly be more dangerous than was M.
Berthelot. France must know who leads
ami wlit re she is led.
En the Chamber of Deputies M. Bruent
and Da Lafosse, and in the Senate M.
Bardeaux, have notified Prime Minister
Bourgeois that they will to-morrow inter
pellate the Government on the situation in
M. Poinraire, ex-Minister of Finance,
will also to-morrow question the Govern
ment in the Chamber of Deputies on the
resignation of M. Berthelot and on the for
eign and general policy of the Govern
ment. The debates will be important and
the defeat of the Government is possible.
The Figaro publishes an interview with
M. Berthelot, in which the ex-Foreign
Minister defends his actions while in tne
Cabinet, especially in respect of Siam and
Madagascar. M. Berthciot claims he held
the French flag as it should be held.
Jiourgeois Charged With the Authorship
of the Egyptian Xote.
LONDON, EMS., March 29.— The Graphic
will to-morrow say it regrets the resigna
tion of M. Berthelot. It adds that he sin
cerely sought the friendship of Great
Britain, and that the French tactics re
garding Egypt probably originated with
his colleagues in the Cabinet.
The Standard's Paris correspondent tele
graphs that M. Berthelot was made a
scapegoat, though it is believed that 1L
Bourgeois was the a athor of the Egyptian
note, which had its origin in his diplo
matic defeat. The Standard will to-mor
row publish a dispatch from Vienna say
ing that Russia's disapproval •of the
French Cabinet's handiingof the Egyptian
matter was the principal cause of M.
Berthelot's resignation.
The Times to-morrow, commenting on
the situation in France, will say there is
no difficulty in seeing that misconceptions
of Egyptian affairs are being extensively
used in Paris as weapons in purely domes
tic struggles.
Jteconnoilering Party Put to Flight By
Jtritiah Artillery.
CAIRO, Egypt, March 29.— General
Kitchener, of the Egyptian army, and his
staff, arrived at Wady-Halfa to-day. The
second column of the expedition, under
Major Macdonald, is approaching A kasheh.
Sixty Dervishes reconnoitered the column,
but were fired upon by the artillery,
whereupon they rapidly retreated.
The report of the defeat of the Egyptian
advance guard by Dervishes near Aka
gheh turns out to be untrue.
Remarkable Demonstration Over the Release
of a Spanish Prisoner Under the
Amnesty Decree.
PALERMO, Italy, March 29. — Si?.nor
Giuseppe de Felic (jeiffrirta, who in May,
vas sentenced to eighteen years' im
prisonment for connection wnu the social
ist riuts in Palermo and elsewhere, and
who was recently released under the de
cree of amnesty issued by King Humbert,
Catania to-day. He was a member
of the Chamber of Deputies when- he was
senienced. During his imprisonmentelec
t ons were held for members of the nine
teenth (the present) Legislature, and he
was returned for the Second District of
Ais entry into the city to-day was a tri
uiij bal Doe. Special trains were run from
M>- ma and the city was full of visitors.
A 1; r<re crowd gathered about the railway
staton and when De Felice appeared he
wan greeted with enthusiasm. He was
carried to the carriage that was waiting
for urn, and after he had entered it the
cro^N vii harnessed the horses and dragged
it ;tn< its occupant to the hotel.
iirrrk ( ,( , t< i inlor* i" Active Training for
tile Oh/in ninn (itlttlfH.
ATllixs. CiBSaCE, March 29.— There was
a great influx of visitors to witness the
preliminary bicycling and shooting con
tests today, for the purpose of selecting
The San Francisco Call.
Greek champions to take part in the Olym
pian games, which begin on April 5 and
last until April 15. An immense audito
rium and the stadium or race track on
which most of the games will take place
are now nearly completed. Arrangements
have been made for the illumination of the
streets, the Part henon, and other ancient
monuments on the occasion of the Olym
Colonel Molina Reports a Battle in Which
Fifty-five Cubans Lost Their
HAVANA, Cuba, March 29.— At a meet
ing of the leaders of the Autonomist party,
held here to-day, it was decided to take no
part in the approaching election of mem
bers of the Chamber of Deputies, but to
vote only for two Senators. The decision
is causing much comment.
Colonel Molina reports the capture of a
rebel camp at Guasinial, near Corral Falso,
Province of Mat&nzas. The troops at
tacked the camp with machetes. The
rebels fled, leaving behind them forty-tive
dead. Many of their wounded were car
ried away.
People in the vicinity say that many
other bodies are strewn around the camp.
The Government denies the rumors of
an attack upon and capture of the city of
Pinar del Rio by the rebels under Maceo.
J. Frank Clark.
Two Immense Meetings of the Followers
of Ballington Booth Held in
New York City.
NEW YORK, N. V., March 29.— Major
Pattie Watkins, who had been ill for some
days and who said she was threatened
with pneumonia, presided at a meeting of
the American Volunteers, over whom Bal
lington Booth has assumed command, at
the Cooper Union Institute this evening.
Miss Watkins was clad in her new uni
form, which is of cadet blue material.
The gathering was very large.
A meeting of the followers of Ballington
Booth was also held to-night at the West
Fifteenth-street Tabernacle. The hall was
crowded with the followers of Ballington
Booth, and the greatest enthusiasm was
displayed when his name was mentioned.
J. W. Merrill, who was formerly staff
captain of the Salvation Army, presided at
the meeting. Evangelist P. M. Meinsin<:er
of Brooklyn made an address, saying that
Ballington Booth had a divine work to
perform and that he should be supported.
The name of Ballington Booth's new pa
per has not yet been determined upon.
Major J. M. Allen, who came over on the
steamer St. Louis with Mrs. Booth-Tucker,
presided over the meeting at the Salvation
Army headquarters in Fourteenth street.
Mrs. Tucker was said to be quite ill. It
was reported that if she is able she will ac
cept the invitation of Ballington Booth to
meet him at his home in Mountclair, N.
J., on next Tuesday. A meeting of the
staff officers will beheld at Philadelphia
soon, at which either Mrs. Bootu-Tucker
or her si3ter, Commissioner Eva Booth,
will be present.
The Perpetrator of a Terrible Crime Is
Strongly Guarded.
CROWN POINT, Ixd., March 29.— 1t is
very probable that the Crown Point jail
yard will be the scene of a lynching party
before morning. Albert Knauss, a farm
hand working for Nicholas Haan, a pros
perous and wealthy farmer living live
miles south of this place, attacked Mrs.
Haan while her husband was away from
home. He then kicked the woman into an
insensible condition, and it is extremely
doubtful that she will recover. Knauss
was apprehended and jailed yesterday.
Sheriff Hays has placed the jail under a
heavy guard.
Prominent St. Louis Couple Separated
Through the Wife's Desertion.
ST. LOUIS, Mo., March 29.— Henry
Houston Crittenden was yesterday granted
a divorce from Daisy Dozier Crittenden on
the ground of desertion. No defense was
offered. Both are members of prominent
and wealthy families. Mrs. Crittenden is
the daughter of a millionaire cracker
manufacturer and Mr. Crittenden is the
son of Hon. Thomas T. Crittenden, now
Consul-General to Mexico and once Gov
ernor of Missouri.
Four Patients in a Burning Paris
ian Hospital Are Scared
to Death.
Sappers Mistake Drugs for Schnapps.
Four Dead, Others Suffering
PARIS, France, March 29.— The Gothic
Church of St. Sauveur, on the boulevard
de Marechal Vaillant, at Lille, was de
stroyed bp tire this morning. The flames
spread to the hospital adjoining the
church, and there was great excitement
when it was seen that the hospital would
be burned. The scenes among the pa
tients were terrible. Those who were con
valescent were hurriedly directed to leave
the building, and the hospital attendants
and others devoted themselves to remov
ing tt.o.se who were nut able to help them
The cries of the sick were heartrend
ing. Four of the patients, who were
extremely weak, succumbed to fright and
died before they could be taken out. Many
of the sick were received in the convent of
the Little Sisters of the Poor, which is
situated but a short distance from the
scene of the lire.
Ten sappers, who had been ordered to
save the medicines in the hospital, came
across what they thought was a quantity
of schnapps, i'liey each took a drink, and
were almost instantly seized with symp
toms of poisoning.
Physicians at once attended them, but
despite all efforts four of the sappers died
and the others are still suffering agonizing
It was not until. 7 o'clock this evening
that the fire was mastered. It was caused
by the neglect of some plumbers who had
been employed in the lower part of the
church, and who had either left a burning
brazier or dropped a piece of ignited char
American Farmer — Why don't you trade with us the way you used to do,
Social Berlin Is Exercised
Over the Killing of
Triumph of a Lieutenant Who
Had Wrecked the Law
yer's Home.
The Surviving Principal Has Surren
dered and Will Be Placed
on Trial.
BERLIN, Germany, March 29.— The
story associated with the duel fought last
Thursday between Lieutenant yon Ketteis
hodt, an officer attached to the imt>erial
yacht Hohenzollern, and Herr Zenker, a
prominent Berlin lawyer and anti-Semite
leader, in which the latter was killed, is
of absorbing interest in social circles,
where the affair is being discussed in
detail. Lieutenant yon Kettelshodt ob
taiDed permission to remain in Germany
when the Hohenzollern started for Genoa,
and it was known among his friends that
his remaining behind was for the purpose
of fighting the duel. Herr Zenker was a
lawyer of large practice and very wealthy.
He married a charming woman, by whom
he had two children.
In the summer of 1894 Frau Zenker met
Lieutenant yon Kettelshodt at Laboe, a
seaside resort near Kiel, and their ensuing
unconcealed friendship aroused Herr Zen
ker's jealousy to so great an extent that
his wife left him is August last and went
to Detmold, taking her two children with
her. Herr Zenker then set to work to find
proofs of her undue intimacy with Lieu
tenant yon Kettelshodt. As Zenker was a
lieutenant in the Landwehr he was en
titled to demand a duel.
The challenge was accepted by yon Ket
telshodt, who, according to his right, chose
the weapons and the terms of their use.
The challenged officer named pistols, Doth
principals to fire until one should be dis
Several naval officers accompanied yon
Kettelstiodt from Kiel to Potsdam, near
which place the duel was fought. Herr
Zenker wore the uniform of a lieutenant
in the Landwehr, and his brother, a
physician, watched the fight. Shots were
exchanged four times, yon Kettelshodt's
fourth shot piercing Zenker's heart. Yon
Kettleshodt immediately surrendered him
self to a superior officer and will stand
The episode has greatly touched public
feeling, there being, even in army and
navy circles, a fceline of sorrow at Zenk
er's iate, and the affair will undoubtedly
lead to a widespread agitation against
dueling, too strong for the devotees of the
code to withstand.
Kills Her Hush, i,,, in Settling the Right
to Run the House.
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio, March 29.—Ar
thur "Wilson, a negro, was shot and killed
this afternoon by his wife/ The only wit
ness to ! the deed was a woman named
Blair, over whom the trouble occurred.
The Blair woman was staying at Wilson's
house against his wishes as the guest of
his wife. Wilson insisted on her leaving
and his wife refused to let her go. Wilson
then took the woman's trunk and started
to leave with it, when his wife drew a re
volver and shot him twice. He died in a
few hour's.
♦ »
Three Persons Killed and Two Injured
by a Rolling Stone.
HINTON, W. Va., March 29.— Three
people were instantly kiiled and two others
seriously injured at Echo, a mining town
forty miles west of here, this morning. A
mass of stone, loosened by the spring
rains, let gu and a huge bowlder rolled
down the mountain side, tearing up coke
ovens and railroad tracks, and finally
crashing through a small frame dwelling
house, with the above result. The killed
are: Jim Tillman, Frank Tillman and
Lucy Law. The names of the injured
could not be learned. Henry Law, an oc
cupant of the house, rushed out and
flagged an eastbound express train, which
was just due, and would have probably
been derailed by the ruined condition of
the track.
Shoots His Wife Twice and Then Kills
Himself— The Woman Will Prob
ably Recover.
COLUMBUS, 1 Ohio, March 29. — Fred
Gorrell/aged 22, attempted to kill his wife
this afternoon, and supposing he had suc
ceeded, killed himself.
Gorrell came from Mount Vernon, Ohio,
last fall and married :: the daughter of his
employer, Sylvester, Eggleston, a contract
ing painter. iHe was insanely jealous of
her, and because of quarrels resulting from
this she left him Rome days ago. -■) %'- '
.Gorrell went' to the house of his father
in-law, where his xiiU ; was staying, this
afternoon and .aqked her ,if 'she would go
back and Jive w»*.i \\iva. ■>^ % \ .' '^ i|^§e ■.? 1(
-^«-Bh^ refused arttr Jre drew a revolver
shot her twice. One bullet entered ' her
hip and the other pierced her left breast
just below the shoulder. '' T :'. •_ ."'
Gorrell then snapped the revolver at his
own head repeatedly, but jit would not go
off. He then went to the kitchen . and,
seizing a butcher knife, tried to cut , bis
throat, but' the blade was too dull. " He
then ran to his father-in-law's room and,
securing his razor, cut his throat.. He
made such a desperate stroke at his throat
that the head was almost severed from
the body and he tell dead.
Mrs. Gorrell, notwithstanding the
wounds she received, seems to suffer little
pain and will probably recover.
Passing of a Prima Donna Who
Found Favor on This
Fatal Ending of an Illness Contracted
Soon After Her Return to
the East.
NEW YORK, N. V., March 29.— Louise
Manfred, a comic orera prinia donna,
known in private life as Mrs. Charles M.
Pyke, was buried this afternoon in the
Actors' Fund plot at the Cemetery of the
Mrs. Fyke made her first debut in the
"Two Cads," a comic opera, in 1875. In
1879 she joined the Haverly Comic Opera
foices and made her first appearance in
this city in "Patience."
After three years of traveling she and
her husband went to the Pacific coast,
where for years she was a popular prhna
donna. She returned from the West last
fall to apoear at a theater in this city.
But a few days after her arrival she
was taken ill with an affection of the liver,
which caused her death on Friday. Her
husband and her brother were at her bed
side at the time of her death.
Two Women Kille<l and Several Injured
at Cl*rrl«ud, Ohio.
CLbVP:LAND, Ohio, March 29.— A ter
rific windstorm, lasting only two minutes,
sprung up about 2 o'clock Sunday morn
ing and created considerable havoc during
its brief existence.
A tew days ago lire broke out in the six
story Kirnball block, on Cedar avenue,
leaving the walls in a totteriny condition.
The storm blew the walla down upon the
dwelling of H. A. Vaughn, 745 Cedar ave
nue, and crushed in the roof, instantly
killing Mrs. Sarah Bradford and Miss
Emma Dietrich, who were in bed asleep.
Mrs. Bradford was asleep in an upstairs
room over the kitchen, on the side next to
the falling wall. The debris crushed upon
her and carried the woman a:id bed down
through the heavy timbers of the floor to
the kitchen below. Five other people
sleeping in the house were injured.
To-night at 8 o'clock the people in the
vicinity of the Kimball block ruins were
thrown into a panic by the fail of another
section of the fire-blackened walls. After
a hurried but complete investigation it
was ascertained that no other buildincrs
had been damaged nor further personal
injuries sustained. At this hour the front
wall, six stories high, is standing without
any support whatever, and a brisk and in
creasing wind is coming straight against
it from the lake. Should it fall outward
the damage to other buildings will be
great; but people have been warned, and
there should be no one hurt by its fall.
An Attack Upon the South
African Town Is
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Four 'Women Numbered Among
the Fierce Matabeles'
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Their Faces Covered With Grass,
Which Is Then Ignited— '
Sent to the Police.
CAPETOWN, South Africa, March 29.—
A late dispatch from Buluwayo, the prin
cipal town of Matabeleland, said that it
was feared an attack would be made on
that place to-nijrht by the native rebels. A
riisp atch received to-day from Buluwayo,
said that thus far twenty whites have
been killed by the natives.
Sir Hercules Robinson, Governor of
Cape Colony and High Commissioner in
South Africa, has cabled Colonial Secre
tary Chamberlain in London that Captain
Nicholson telegraphs from Buluwayo that
he has 350 rifles and plenty of ammuni
tion. Captain Nicholson believes tnat the
revolt will not spread.
Tne only detachments of the native
police who are known to have certainly
deserted are thirty, who shot Commis
sioner Bently. Another thirty were very
restless and were disarmed, after which
they deserted.
Several of the white settlers, who were
missing and who were supposed to have
been massacred by the natives, have ar
rived at Buluwayo.
Governor Robinson has furnished b
mounted escort to convey 500 rifles be
longing to the British South African Com
pany from Mafeking, on the Transvaal
border, to Buluwayo.
Among the victims of the Matabeles was
a family consisting of husband and wife,
three grown daughters and three sons.
Commissary Bently and other persons
massacred were horribly mutilated. After
death their faces were covered with dried
grass, which was then set on fire, render
ing the features of the victims unrecog
Jomeaon's Troopers to lie-enter the Char
tered Company* Employ.
NEW YORK, N. V., March 29.-A Her
ald cable from London says: Fifty of "Dr.
Jim's" troopers who returned from Soutn
Africa in the Harloch Castle left Waterloo
station Saturday morning for Southamp
ton to embark on the Lismore for fcouth
Africa, their ultimate destination being
The remainder, numbering 100 troopers,
under the charge of Lieutenant White and
Hcrgeant Steele, left by special train in the
afternoon from Waterloo to join the Mexi
can, the Union boat, which had been kept
back for that purpose.
According to the Evening News the offi
cers stated they are rejoining the service
of the Chartered Company; but are at the
order and disposal of the Government.
Excitement Reneterd at Berlin Became
of the irannvanl Situation.
BERLIN, Germany, March 29. — The
changed situation in the Transvaal has
reawakened the excitement against Eng
land. On all sides the preparations which
the Boers are making to resist England's
encroachments are approved. The con
sensus of opinion in the German press is
that the denial made by Mr. Cha,niberlain
that England had purchased Delagoa Bay
was too vague to suffice, and it is pointed
out In support of this view ihat Mr. Cham
berlain had denied that there had been
negotiations between Great Britain and
Portugal looking to sucn purchase. The
National Zeitung says:
''England cannot suppose that the friend- ,
liness of the German empire toward the
Dongola expedition implies a pledge that
she will remain passive in South Africa."
The Hamburg Correspondenz officially
declares that Germany will adhere to the
declarations made in the Reichstag by
Freiherr Marschall yon Bieberstein.Minis
ter of Foreign Affairs, that Germany will
not permit German interests to be en
croached upon.
The Taegliche Rundschau asks: "Has
Germany built up an empire through
blood and iron only to look on while a for
eign nation is setting the German nation
at naught?"
The Weltpolitik says: "The people are
standing before the choice whether to be
the hammer or the anvil. They cry out
that they must be the hammer."
The Vossische Zeitung urges the Gov
ernment to propose that the powers neu
tralize Delagoa Bay and keep the Trans
vaal independent.
An Anti-Boer Propaganda,
LONDON, Exg., March 29.— 1n its issue
to-morrow the Chronicle will denounce
the demand that is growing in certain
English newspapers in favor of sending a
powerful expedition to South Africa. The
Chronicle ascribes the demand to an anti-
Boer propaganda that is being pushed by a
ring of capitalists.
Needle Extracted From the Breast of a
Convict Who Swallowed It Forty-
Two Years Ago.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 29.— A simple
operation performed in the hospital of the
State Prison this afternoon ends a most
interesting surgical and pathological his
tory. Prison Hospital Surgeon Tharp re
moved from the body of James Morris, a
Federal prisoner, serving a term for coun
terfeiting, a needle which was swallowed
by the patient when he was a boy 11 years
old. As he is now 53 years of age the
needle has been in the body forty-two
In that time it has traveled undoubtedly
through nearly every part of the body be
low the waist. He has made several ap
plications to have the needle removed
since he has been in the prison, but it
could not be located with sufficient ac
uracy. Not long ago it was in his right
knee and he claimed he could feel the
point of it. He suffered great pain from
it all the time. To-day he felt the point of
the needle projecting from his breast just
below the heart. It was an easy matter to
remove it. It was the intention of the
prison physicians to use the cathode ray
in searching for the needle if it had not
been found so soon.
Phenomenal Work in a Match on Lino
■ ■< r -V''' «' ' ' • type Machines.
ST. LOUIS, Mo., March 29.— Advanced
figures were set here to-day for rapid com
position on linotype machines. Barney
Mensing of the Post-Dispatch and Robert
\V. Francis of the Globe-Democrat ■ com
peted for seven hours for the champion
ship and $200 a side. ' Mensing's total was
74,100 ems and that of Francis 65,800 ems.
These totals, are net, as all corrections
were deducted. /> Mensing's total would
have been larger but for an error by the
timer, who called him off ten minutes be
fore the seven- hours were completed.
Their proofs were good, those of Mensing
especially so. The betting was slightly in
favor of Francis and about $1000 changed
hands; -. . r.-.V!"
freas Attack Upon Sherman.
NEW YORK, N. V., March 29.— A spe
cial cable to the Herald from Madrid says:
A violent attack upon Senator Sherman is
published in the Imparcial, which calls
him a former slave-trader, and asserts that
he wants the Cuban rebellion to succeed in
order to re-establish slavery in Cuba.
negotiating an Extradition Treaty.
NEW YORK, N. V., March 29.-A
special cable to the Herald from Rio
Janeiro says; United States Minister
Thompson 1a engaged in negotiating an
an extradition treaty between Brazil and
the United States.
The United States Evangelical
Alliance Recites the Woes
of the People.
Intervention Not Asked For, But ihe
Exsrcise of Moral Pow^r by
the Nations.
NEW YORK, N. V., March 29. — The
Evangelical Alliance for the United States
has issued an appeal to the people of this
country in behalf of the sufferers by the
recent Turkish massacres in Armenia.
The document also contains an appeal
from the missionaries. It states:
"An appeal of the most solemn and
impressive character has just been re
ceived, signed by the entire force of the
American missionaries at Harpoot, in the
Turkish empire, imploring sympathy and
moral influence in behalf of the persecuted
Armenian Christians in that empire. The
Aliianee would b2 untrue to its constitu
tion and its history if it did not give earn
est heed to this memorial. It has taken
immediate measures to secure favorable
action from the Sultan of Turkey by the
Government of the United States and by
the various branches of the Alliance
throughout the world.
"In addition to these efforts, the Alliance
herewith spreads before the people of this
country the document received from the
Christian missionaries at Harpoot.
"Does the Christian world know that
this has been and is a clearly defined re
ligious crusade? It is part of the Moslem
creed that men of all other creeds are in
ferior, and the Christian races in this
country have always been treated as such;
and now that the Armenians have sought
for some equality of rights, for greater free
dom from oppression and injustice and for
the protection of person and property, the
Turks have sought to crush them.
"We do not ask for intervention but for
the exercise of such a moral power by the
nations as shall free the poor Christians
from this intolerable yoke. We are con
fident, that if thn representatives of the
Christian governments in Constantinople
were to unite against any further attempt
to renounce the faith which their fathers
have held in the midst of persecution and
oppression from the days of the apostles
to the present time with a persistence al
most as marvelous as that of the Jews,
such a protest would be effectual."
Deadly Powders Placed in
the Smith Family's
Repeated Attempts to End the
Lives of Four Adopted
Threatening Notes Left by the Un
known Enemy — Dwelling in
Fear of Death.
PORTLAND, Or., March 29. — Mrg.
Hiram Smith and family of Coburg are
the innocent victims of an unknown per
son's hatred and live in daily fear of
death. Repeated attempts have been
made to poison the woman and her chil
dren, and of late the would-be poisoner
has grown bold in his attempts. It is be
lieved he is crazy or has a mania for mur
This person visited the Smith home last
Thursday and left some kind of powder on
the top of the jars of milk. Mrs. Smith
does not know what the powder was, but
believes it was the kind of poison used to
destroy rats and squirrels. On this visit
the poisoner left two notes of threatening
character. On the afternoon of the next
day he again visited the premises and put
another kind of powder on the cream in
the pantry. This substance was of a whit
ish color, looked like soda and tasted like
concentrated lye. On this yisit another
notice was left, as follows:
The ones we want to kill is Hiram Smith,
L. Smith, Mary Smith, Clara Smith. I am
coming again. This is done by one you will
never know. God is building the lire for you
now, d you.
On the days that this note and the poison
were left, Mrs. Smith and her two little
girls were alone at the farm, the young
men — Leet and Hiragi— being absent on
business. Judging from the tone of the
note it appears that the unknown desired,
to take ttie lives of the four orphan chil
dren who live with Mrs. Smith.
Yesterday (he family persecutor again
gained admittance to the premises unseen
by any one and scattered poison ab.mt the
well and in waterins-troughs and in the
grain bin. Thwarted thus far in his efforts
to take the lives of the family, the myste
rious individual now seems determined to
poison the stock on the ranch.
The family lives in constant terror, not
knowing what minute its property may
be destroyed or the lives of its members
taken by. the unseen enemy. The case
has been placed in the hands of officers.
Mrs. Smith is the widow of the late
Hiram Smith, a man who was quite
wealthy and prominent in social and
political life. He owned large tracts of
land below Coburg and at one time was a
candidate for Congress. He has been
dead for a number of years. Mrs. Smith
ia now 78 years old, and lives on a farm
about four miles below Coburg. She has
no children of her own, but adopted four
children who were orphaned by the death
of another adopted son. The first attempt
to poison Mrs. Smith was made about tea
years ago. _______^^_____
Lost Ilia Money and Took f'oiton.
DETROIT, Mich.. March 29.— W. E.
Streibinger of Cleveland, Ohio, committed
suicide at the Randolph House here some
time to-day by taking poison. He left a
note which said that he had lost all of his
money in speculation. He was about 34
old and well dressed.
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