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England's Name Is Stained
With the Foulest
Proof That Thieves Fell Out Over
the Division of Plunder in
the Transvaal.
Instead of Facing the Disgraceful Dis
closures Chamberlain Shields
the Plotters.
[Copyright, 1896, by the New York Times.]
LONDON, Ekg., May 9.— Almost every
commentator on yesterday's debate in the
House of Commons brings mention of
"Warren Hastings into his remarks. It is
a natural enough allusion, for there is nu
other passage in the big story of the
British empire that has been made which
bo tits with his modern instance.
Apparently the similarity has to extend
still further, for the famous impeachment
proceedings against the Governor-General
of India lasted, in one form or another, for
seven years, and, judging by the glimpses
vouchsafed us into the Ministerial mind,
the Cecil Khodes affair is planned to string
itself out over a scarcely shorter period.
From the point of view of oratory, which
is all any one thinks of now with reference
to the Hastings trial, 1 fear the nineteenth
century will come out hadly in comparison
with its predecessor. There is no Burke,
Fox or even Sheridan now to snatch im
mortality for himself out of this morass of
stock- jobbing treason.
Old tsir William Harcourt made the best
speech of his life last night, and now that
Gladstone is gone there is no other man in
the House who could have risen anywhere
so near to the plane of parliamentary
usages of a hundred years ago; but when
he look his seat the debate was brought
down with a jerk to the most up-to-date of
modern levels. There it will remain.
Chamberlain's glib defense of himself
rather puzzled the House that listened to
it. .Now, upon reflection, it is seen to be
also the deform: ot Rhodes and L;.« lelicr.T
conspir^tors, and it is not liked. By Mon
day, I imagine, it will come to be .haled
'by the men who to-day are still wavering
in judgment on it. it will not be surpris
ing if, before the end of next week, it
should be practically repudiated by the
acts of the Government and explained
away by Chamberlain himself.
He began last January by resolute action
against Rhodes and the chartered com
pany. When it could not be proved that
they had done anything literally culpable,
even while he accepted thei- assurances of
.personal innocence, he insisted that they
had forfeited public confidence and he
pledged himself by speech and deed alike
to see justice done.
Now wa are in May, and these men are
admittedly proven to have a guilty Knowl
edge of the plot against the Transvaal, to
have organized and paid for Jameson's
raid, to have lied to her Majesty's Gov
ernment and to have been false to every
obligation as subjects and as men. Cham
berlain, however, has quite outgrown his
stern midwinter mood.
Although the Commons contains now
no orator like Burke or Fox, it contains
500 or more men who do not sit for rotten
boroughs, and who have constituents who
read the papers every day.
These constitunents have read during
the last week with astonishment Kruger's
first batch of revelations as to the base
ness, venality and disloyalty of the
chartered company leaders who were rep
resenting Great Britain in South Africa.
To-day comes another installment of
these extraordinary proofs and next week
we are promised more, showing conclu
sively how the thieves fell out about the
division of their expected plunder and
how this alone prevented the comsum
mation of the crime which they all had in
m-ind. These things are being read, dis
cussed and digested by millions of Eng
lishmen. They are rejognized everywhere
as staining the English name with the
foulest kind of dishonor and consciousness
of this cannot be allayed by subsidized
press pleadings or obscured by ministerial
Cecil Rhodes should have been stricken
from the Queen's Privy Council eight
days ago, the charter of the South African
Company and its assets should have been
impounded and every one of its agents
and officials should have been suspended
from official place. Tiiat would have been
the very least that the Government could
do in the face of these disgraceful dis
closures; yet we see instead Chamberlain
urging people to remember how good a
man Rhodes used to be, naminp remote
dates for a possible inauiry into the scan
dal, which will make the whole thing a
farce, and meanwhile moving not a finger
to remove thi3 blot from the national
escntcheon. If I know anything about the
English people, they will not submit in
patience to this. lam told that Rhodes
and Beit, the latter a Hamburg Jewish-
German subject, whose prominence in the
conspiracy gives it a quaint turn, are to
plead tbat it was all done for the expan
sion of the British empire, and they are
also said to have offered the Transvaal
authorities $12,500,000 to quash the trial at
f.retoria and let all go free.
Our understanding here is that the ag
gregate of tines ultimately imposed will
not reach anything like tl is sum, but
Kruger properly declined to n>ake money
in this way or to deal with anybody ex
cept the British imperial authority.
Rumors of Lord Salisbury's ill-health
are about again, and I have even heard a
circumstantial Btory that the Duke of
Devonshire is going to take ovtr the For
eign Office, but I am quite unable to say
what likelihood there is that the report is
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true. For the moment the new situation
in Persia is occupying the attention of
Downing street, and of Asiatic aspects
generally to the exclusion of other aspects
of the international outlook. The new
Shah is known to be in Russian hands,
and it is assumed that Persia, under him,
will become a sort of Russian Afghanis
t in. wliile England's practical supremacy
in the Persian Gull will be called in ques
tion by France.
It is whispered about that very disquiet
ing reports have come from the British
political resident at Bushire, on this gulf,
not only as-to the general situation, but as
to the actual safety of himself and his
suite, for they are again menaced with per
sonal violence. There is no way of verify
ing these reports, but all the old Indians I
know say the position there is critical.
Unhappily, British relations abroad are
critical at so many points that one added
cause for alarm hardly counts.
The preDarations at Moscow for the
grand ceremonial now so near at hand, be
gun perforce solonga^o, have been so com
prehensively described beforehand that
little is left to the correspondents, who are
leaving to chronicle the event itself.
Considering the difficult relations ex
isting between England and Russia, or
rather between the foreign offices of the
two countries, people both here and else
where are much mystified by the state
ment that the Czar has accepted an invi
tation from the British Ambassador to a
banquet during the coronation festivities.
It i« contrary to Russian etiquette for the
Czar to dine out when" in the empire, and
the late Czar would never have dreamed
of such a thing. It is the knowledge of
this presumably inflexible rule which pre
vented the French Embassador from sug
gesting the idea on behalf of his own
country, but this does not prevent the
French now from regarding with amazed
disgust the fact that this extraordinary
exception is to be made in favor of the
The Parisian journals cling still to the
hope that the report will be denied, al
though it seems to be authentic enough.
What it means is most probably that the
young Czarina has succeeded in getting
her husband to accept the invitation of Sir
Nicholas O'Connor as an offset to Prince
Lobanoffs vigorous anti-British foreign
polioy. Her own sympathies are fervently
on the side of an Anglo-German combina
tion, and it is safe to suspect in this epi
sode the assertion of her personal influ
French republicans of the old school
must be learning with mixed emotions
the fact that the two magnificent carriages
to be used by the representatives of France
in the state procession at Moscow are bor
rowed by the republic from the ex-Empress
They were built for the christening of
the Prince Imperial forty years a»o, and
were never publicly used thereafter. When
the. Emperor fell they happened to be at a
coachmaker's for renovation, and there
thpy have remained ever since, till the
emergency of the Czar's coronation re
called attention to them. Eugenic refused
to sell or let them for hire, but said she
would be pleased to lend them gratis,
which the republic* accepted with the
added remark that though it would be
necessary. to paint out the imperial em
blems on the carriages, they should after
ward'be restored to their original state.
To this Eugenic replied that 1 she begged
no such renovation would be thought
essential, as after their return from Mos
cow it was her intention to have them
broken up.
This incident of the carriages attracts
the more notice as there are vague stories
that Prince Louis Jerome, who is now 32
years old and a Russian officer, is to be at
Moscow during the ceremonies and is to
have such marked notice paid him under
bis new style as "General Bonaparte" that
tne French people will be led to imagine
that he is very high in Russia's favor.
Incidentally it may be mentioned that
apparently as a result of public comment
three orthodox Jewish rabbis have at the
last moment been invited to witness the
Cardinal Galimberti's death was so un
expected and withal involves such im
portant consequences in European politics
that it is only natural the Italians should
leap to the conclusion that he was
poisoned. This report is openly discussed
in the Italian press, but there is no reason
to suppose that it has any foundation in
fact. A> oftpn said before in these dis
patches, Galimberti was a most powerful
restraining influence in Vatican politics.
He was the tireless advocate of the policy
of not butting the Papacy's head against a
etone wall, and of recognizing the exist
ence of obvious facts. His strength and
value lay not only in his clear perception
of the importance of leaning on the triple
alliance and coming to an intelligent,
permanent understanding with the Italian
monarchy, but also in the fact that he had
a great deal of personal influence with the
Pope and was thus often able to block the
plans of Cardinal Eampolla and his ultra
montane following.
With him gone, however, the liberal ele
ment in the sacred college is left without
a natural leader, and may very likely go
to pieces as an organized force, and cer
tainly the chances that it will elect the
next Pope are greatly lessened.
It is not believed in German commercial
circles that the Federal Council will
give its consent to the Reichstag's
prohibiting dealing in grain futures. I
understand tbat the Hamburg bourse
leaders have taken the initiative in warn
ing the Government that if such a pro
hibition should be enforced they will sim
ply transfer their whole business to New
York and Chicago, and buy and sell there
as before. To meet this the Agrarian pro
moters of the bill say that it will be suffi
cient to add a clause declaring such trans
actions not valid in Germany, but this will
involve an infraction of existing commer
cial treaties and thus afford the Govern
ment a legitimate pretext for putting its
foot on the measure as a whole.
Probably most Americans will be sur
prised to learn tbat by order of the Home
Secretary the principle of separating
juvenile 3in prisons from adults is for the
lirst time officially affirmed in England.
To some extent it has already been
adopted in practice, but hereafter it is to
be the universal rule. Unfortunately as
the laws stand 16 is the age limit, beyond
which offenders become adults, so this ad
ministrative reform misses altogether a
large class of youths of 17 and 18 who per
haps need it even more than their juniors,
but it would need a statute to alter this,'
and Parliament is already so clogged with
work that it is impossible to expect that
this will be done during the present year.
Sir John Millais, I am told, is in such a
precarious state of health that his death
may be expected any day. He still works
a little and still gets about some, but he is
under a medical warning that his tenure
of life is merely from week to week.
James Tissot's great plan of illustrating
the Bible is now on the point of comple
tion and it is understood that when the
work is definitely finished, perhaps next
year, he will leave the world and pass the
rest of his days as a Trappist monk.
Morse's "Biography of Oliver Wendell
Holmes," published here to-day, gets long
reviews in most of the morning papers,
made from advanced copies. They are all
tenderly appreciative of their subject and
are pretty unanimous in praise of the
book as well. Paget's memoirs are also
enjoying an immense critical success.
Harold Frederick.
It Will Control All Traffic Between the
Rocky Mountains and the
Atlantic Coast
CHICAGO, 111.. May O.— A morning
paper says: It was reported yesterday
that the near future would see the birth in
Chicago of a new and gigantic traffic asso
ciation, tbat would have for its object the
general control of all traffic affairs between
the Rocky Mountains and the Atlantic
I Coast, and contain within its limits all the
roads now members of the Western Freight
and Passenger Association, the Joint
j Traffic Association and the Southern
I States Association.
The new organization is to be nothing
more nor less than a blanket association
that will dominate the other bodies, which
will be subject to its jurisdiction.
As yet it is impossible to learn the plan
to be -worfced out, Out it is definitely
known that the headquarters of the new
and all-powerful octopus will be in this
city. The object of the association is the
simplifying of opposition work, ths reduc
ing of the tremendous expense incurred in
maintaining such organizations, and the
retiring of some of the expensive army of
commissioners, chairmen, boards of man
agers ai\d secretaries who now dominate
and rule without any great benefit to the
stockholders of the railroad companies.
An official conversant with the matter
said that the task of putting into active
operation such a vast traffic association
was so great, and involved so many deli
cate questions, that it would probably be
months before anything definite or tangi
ble could be said about it. About the only
subject so far decided was tbat the boards
of directors of all the roads would have a
representative, who in some manner would
act directly for it, and that all earnings
would go into a common pool.
Mrs. Iren Leonard Yet Held for
the Murder of Her
Evidence That She Conspired With
a Divorced Spouse to Commit
the Crime.
WICHITA. Kans., May 9.— Mrs. Ireriel
Leonard is beyig tried the second time for 1
the murder of her husband, H. L. Leonard.
The murder occurred in this city on the
night of November 17, and Mrs. Leonard,
her divorced husband, F. M. Williamson,
and their son Norville Williamson, were
arrested for the crime. Williamson was
tried and acquitted. The jury in Mrs.
Leonard's first trial disagreed, and the
son's case has not yet come to trial. The
murder was one of the most brutal ever
committed in this part of the State.
Leonard is presumed to have been killed
while in bed in bis own home. His body
was then dressed and carried into the
alley back of the barn.
He carried a $5000 insurance policy in
favor of his wife, and it was brought out
in the evidence at the former trials tha'.
Mrs. Leonard and her divorced husband
were seen out riding the day previous to
the killing, and that Williamson was read
ing Leonard's insurance policy. The theory
of the State is that the insurance policy
furnished the motive for the crime. A
jury was secured with the greatest diffi
The evidence of ex-Coroner McColiier
waa given this afternoon. He identified
the bloody relics of the tragedy, detailed
the finding of the body and described the
sickening scene at the Leonard home so
graphically tnat the defendant broke Into
a flood of tears. There is intense interest
in the trial.
He Oro the Champion.
PITTSBURG, Pa., May 9.— Alfred de
Oro of Cuba won back the world's cham
pionship in pool-playing from William H.
Clearwater of Pittsburg to-night, the score
of to-night's game being: De Oro 189,
Clearwater 161, and the total for the three
nights, De Oro 600, Cle.arwater 544.
Treasury Gold Reserve.
WASHINGTON, ' D, C, May 9.— The
Treasury gold reserve at the close of busi
ness to-day stood at $117,775,499. The
day's withdrawals were $18,600.
Uncle Sam Takes a Hand
in the Competitor
War Not Improbable Should
the Hasty Sentences Be
Carried Out.
An Article Requiring Counsel for the
Defense and the Attendance
of Witnesses.
WASHINGTON. D. C, May 9.-It is
stated here that the enforcement of the
do:»th sentence on the men caught on the
filibuster schooner Competitor is liable to
bring about a crisis in the relations be
tween Spain and tne United States. It is
understood that this Government will not i
allow the execution to take place without
a vigorous protest.
Secretary Olney several days ago sent in
structions of no uncertain tone to Consul-
General Williams. These formed the
basis for the representations made by Wil
liams to the court-martial yesterday.
Every effort is being made to prevent the
execution of the sentence until this Gov
ernment can make a thorough investiga
tion on which to base its appeals or de
it is understood the friendly offices
which the State Department is exerting in
behalf of Owen Milton of Kansas, sen
tenced by court-martial to be shot in Cuba,
are limited to the complaint that the
verdict was reached in a summary man- I
ncr, without giving any opportunity for j
defense, and too hastily to examine into
all the circumstances of the cases. The
effort now being made at Madrid and
Havana is, therefore, to be in the line of
securing a delay of execution for a suffi
cient time to permit such an investigation
of the Competitor incident as is demanded
ill the interests of humanity.
It is not thought that any attempt will
be made to secure a civil trial for Milton
or any of his associates who may be found
to be bona-fide Americans.the treaty under
which such transfer of jurisdiction has
been hitherto made appearing to have no
bearing in the present instance. The first
article of the protocol between the United
States and Spain, signed January 12, 1877,
concerning judicial procedure, provides
as follows :
No citizen of the United States residing in
Spain, her adjacent islands or her ultra-marine
possessions, charged with acts of sedition,
treason or conspiracy against the institutions,
the public security, the Integrity of the terri
tory or against the supreme Government, or
any other crime whatsoever, shall be subject
to trial by any exceptional tribunal, but ex
clusively by the ordinary jurisdiction, except
in the case of being captured with arms in
Under this article many Americans resi
dent in Cuba the past year had their cases
i transferred to civil courts through the in
tervention of Consul-General Williams,
but there does not appear to be the slight
est ground for claiming Milton to be a
I "resident" of Cnba and the article cannot,
therefore, be made to apply to him.
The same protocol, however, which was
negotiated by Caleb Cushing, further pro
vides that those taken with arms in hand,
as excepted in the article quoted, shall be
tried by ordinary council of war, shall
have counsel to defend them and the right
to compel the attendance of witnesses.
This clause also relates only to residents.
On Hit Way to Washington to Interview
Seeretarv Olney.
NEW YORK. N. V., May 9.-A Herald
special from Washington says: Dr. Jose
Manuel Delgado, upon whom Spanish
soldiers committed an outrage on March 4
in Cuba, has filed a claim through Consul-
General Williams for $200,000 damages.
The claim is now being considered by the
State Department authorities, and as soon
as the Spanish Government makes apology
for the occurrence the department will
probably present the claim to its attention.
The claim is in part for personal injuries
inflicted on Dr. Delgado. According to
the investigation made by the State De
partment officers in Cuba, Dr. Delgado
was badly maltreated, and had it not been
for the prompt interference of General
Weyler, as a result of the protest of Con
sul-General Williams, he would probably
have been killed. As it was, his head was
cut by several sword blows, and he received
a bullet in his tbigb.
In addition, some of the men employed
on his estate were killed, and his property
was ruined, fiis father, also an American
citizen, and who as well has a claim
against the Spanish Government, was on
the estate at the time, and it was he who
advised Consul-General Williams of his
son's peril.
Dr. Delgado, the State Department offi
cials have been informed, left Cuba for the
United States, and he is expected to ap
pear before Secretary Olney and person
ally acquaint that official with the out
rages committed upon him and his family.
Mrs. Ellen Spencer Massey, who is look
ine out for the legal interests of Mr. Del
pado Sr., is also interested in the son's
case. She declares there is no doubt as to
the citizenship of the Delgados, both hav
ing been naturalized in New Yorfc and
having resided there.
— ♦
Were Unarmed When Captured and Of
fered Jo Resistance.
MADRID, Spaix, May 9.— A cablegram
from Havana says that the filibusters cap
tured on the Competitor have been sen
tenced to death. They are: Alfredo La
borde of New Orleans, Owen Milton of
Kansas William Kinle, an Englishman,
and Elia.7 Bedia and Isador de la Maza,
The trial began at the Havana Arsenal
yesterday morning. The accused pleaded
uot guilty, and witnesses admitted tbat
when the men were captured they were
not armed, and offered no resistance. The
prosecuting officer demanded their con
viction and condemnation to death, and
United States Consul-General Williams
made a written protest against the trial.
Laborde sneaks fair English, is a nat
uralized American citizen and acted for
quite a time as Deputy Sheriff under Sher
iff Spencer of Tampa, Fla. He was in
command of the expedition.
The schooner Competitor was captured
by the Spanish gunboat Messagera near
Berracos, on the northern coast of the
province Pinar del Rio, the latter part of
The Kansai Lnd Sentenced to Death Xot
a filibuster.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 9.— ln ref
erence to Milton, the Kansas boy con
demned to death by the Spaniards, the
following dispatch was sent to Secretary
of State Olney to-day : —
JACKSONVILLE, FLA., May 9.— Hon. Richard
Olmy, Secretary of State, Washington: Milton,
who was captured by the Spanish authorities
on board the Competitor and condemned to
death, left Key West as a newspaper corre
spondent, hoping to consummate plans for
furnishing reliable news to the correspondents
of the Florida Times-Union at Key West, who
in turn were to. transmit such reports by cable
to the Southern Associated Press "and the
United Press through the medium of this-pa
per. ... . -
He must have had with him at the time of
his capture credentials showiuK his connection
with the Times-Tnion as its duly authorized
representative. Such a letter was furnished
him by me.
I scud you this information to assist you in
your efforts in behalf ol young Milton.
T. T. Stockton,
. General Manager Florida Times-Union.
There Will Be a Lively Time
at the Convention at
Sentiment Appears to Favor Joshua
Levering lor the Presidential
PIITSBURG, Pa., May 9.— lnterest in
the National gathering of Prohibitionists
in Pittsburg during the week of May 26 is
becoming more marked as tne time for the
convention approaches. That there will
be a lively time over the adoption of the
platform is indicated by the almost even
division of sentiment amone the various
State delegations elected, over the "broad"
and "narrow gauge" issue. The Prohi
bitionists are divided into two factions,
the one which favors free silver, protection
and other disputed policies, being distin
guished as "broad gauge."
The other faction, equally strong, favors
a narrow-gauge platform, which^compre
bends bat one thing — the indorsement of
prohibition. While it is uncertain, owing
to the size of the field of candidates for
the Presidential nomination, who will be
successful, sentiment appears to be grad
ually veering toward Joshua Levering of
Baltimore, a narrow-gauge man and one
of the prominent prohibition leaders of
the country. '-^
Explains That Offlce- Holder* Hid Not
Control the Convention*
DETROIT, Mich., May 9.-Hon. Don M.
Dickinson to-day gave out for publication
a reply to the charges made in the United
States Senate Thursday by Senator Vest
in regard to the control of the Michigan
State Democratic convention by office
holders. Mr. Dickinson says that Senator
Vest is in error in all of his state
ments about the Michigan convention,
as are the other Southern Senators
who have been making threats of
Senatorial investigation of the campaign
culminating in that convention. He as
serts that neither Chairman Stevenson nor
anybody else issued any circular to office
holders in connection with that conven
Office-holders favorable to the adminis
tration were outnumoered in both county
and State conventions by office-holders
with free silver proclivities. Mr. Dickin
son declared that the Chicago convention
will not favor the policy of free coinage at
the ratio of 16 to 1.
They Will Carry the Fight Against Fil
ley to the Convention.
ST. LOUIS, Mo., May 9.— As a protest
against an arbitrary action of the Re
publican Central Committee at the city
convention two weeks ago, at which the
Keren s-Frank-Walbridge faction was ig
nored in the choice of delegates, a mass
meeting of "silk stocKing" Republicans
was beid at the courthouse at 1 o'clock
this afternoon. It was the intention of
the promoters to el*>ct delegates to the
State Convention at St. Joseph next Mon
day who would repudiate the dictation of
Btcfel Chairman Filley and contest the
seats of the recently elected delegates.
When the mass-meeting had assembled,
it was found that the Filleyites had
packed the meeting. There was a great
deal of disorder, but ex-Congressman
Frank finally read a list of eighteen dele
gates as named by the anti-Filleyites and
made a motion that they be declared the
"regular" delegates to the State Conven
tion. The motion was declared carried
pniid a howl of protests. Collector Zeigen
heim (Filleyite) then came to the front
with a speech, and the mob, in response to
his appeal, ratified the action of the city
convention two weeks ago. The con
test will be carried out on the floor of the
State convention.
SUrer Leads in lowa.
OTTUMWA, lowa, May 9.— Returns to
Secretary Walsh of the Democratic State
Central Committee to-day are to the effect
tbat thirteen out of fourteen county con
ventions instructed delegates for Boies and
free silver. At present a total of fifty-three
counties give silver 389 and sound money
105 delegates. The same counties last
year gave silver 248% and gold 315}<£ votes.
A Fire, Supposed to Have Been Started
by Strikers, Sweeps the Vil
lage of Lanse.
MARQUETTE, Mich., May 9.— The vil
lage of Lanse, on Keweenaw Bay, seventy
miles west of Marquette, narrowly escaped
destruction by flre, which started this
afternoon in the mill of the Lanse Lumber
Company. For several days the millhands
have been on strike, and it is believed
some hot-headed strikers applied the
torch to the mill. The mill was destroyed
and the high winds carried the flames into
the business center, where they were con
fined by hard work to six buildings. The
loss will approximate $600,000.
The fire destroyed the lumber docks and
three million feet of lumber belonging to
the Lanse Sawmill Company. Tho ore
docks were also burned Many residences
were also burned. So far as is known no
lives have been lost, but more than 250
persons are homeless.
.If en Perished During the Burning of
Milling Property.
ASHLAND, Wis., May 9.— Half a mil
lion dollars', worth of milling property
and lumber went up in smoke here to-day,
and four lives were lost. The Shores Lum
ber Company's mill, the largest on Che
quamegon Bay, is in ruins, and several
thousand feet of its lumber dock, which
contained about 19,000 feet of lumber, is
burned to the water's edge. The fire
started on W. R. Durfee's lumber docks.
It was not a very extensive loss of prop
erty, but it is reported at least four lives
were lost in heroic efforts to beat back the
flames. At 11:30, when the flames burst
from the lumber-piles into the sawmill, it
cut off retreat for several men who were at
the outer edge of the mili, fighting back
the flames. All the men succeeded in
reaching the tramways except one, John
Nolander, who was enveloped in a sheet
of flame, then, jumping from a spile into
the bay, was seen to drown by thousands
of people who lined the shore.
Three other men, whose names ar» un
known, also lost their lives. Three bodies
have been recovered.
J.os* Sixty Thousand.
CINCINNATI, Ohio, May 9.— The five
story brick building on Evans street, near
Eighth, occupied by the United .States
Bung Manufacturing Company, was gut
ted by fire this morning. Loss $00,000,
partially insured.
Maskers Capture the City
of Flowers and Fair
Eccentric Subjects March to the
Fanfare of Horns and
Old Sol Brightens the Eastern Skies
Before the Revelry Is Brought
to a Close.
SAN JOSE, Cal., May 9.— 01 d King
Cole, the jolly old soul, came into posses
sion to-night with a steam-beer smile and
stage strut, and much royal purple, and
fiddles three, and a dragon, and a long
and wonderful retinue, and a clatter and
crash of the populace, accomplished by
means of many bells, not one of which
jangled in tune, and tin -horns and a thou
sand strange devices for splitting into
jagged fragments all tho atmosphere of
San Jose. Truly Old King Cole made a
wild night of it, and if there be one of his
subjects to-morrow who may not boast of
a remarkable headache it will be because
he has overdone the thing and is dead.
Queen Lillian pave over peacefully, for
her mission was simply merry-making and
a display of the beauty of her realm. At
the approach of riot she fled.
All day tne minions of the King gath
ered and increased in the streets, hidden
behind masks and cloaks, and when the
sun went down and before the lights were
lit they came in crowds out of every
shadow in the street. San Jose has not
seen the like before. The city is crowded
to-night beyond any previous experience,
and it was only with the greatest diffi
culty that people made progress through
the streets in the early part of the even
ing, while awaiting the coming of the
merry monarch and his army. The riot
ous and noisy subjects held possession of
the middle of the road supposed to be re
served for him. With his approach they
fell back and with their frightful crash of
horns and bells made way for him.
The King was late. He gave his people
i notice that he would come among them at
7 in the evening, but it is understood that
he stopped outside the gates to take an
other bumper with a few friends and for
got his date. At any rate, it was running
on past 9 o'clock when his Majesty swag
j gered into First street.
Throughout the whole day there had
been plotting and counter plotting in and
out of the royal family. There was even a
scheme to kidnap his Majesty and hid©
him away from his people in the midst of
his brief reign. But the King heard of it
and the plotters were placated with posi
tions in the cabinet. The tardiness of
the King made his people very nervous, in
view of the rumors that everybody had
heard, and they blew their horns and
jangled their cow bells more discordantly
as the time passed.
However, he came in great glory with
his trolley on, supplying light to a bower
of incandescent lamps in which he sat.
On the moving throne with him were his
fiddlers three and those members of the
royal family who are always supposed to
"keep next" to kings.
The line of march began at the Hotel
Vendome, moved down First street to
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