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Sacramento Men Describe
the Airship.
Claim They Saw Its Occupants and
Heard Them in Convex
SACRAMENTO, Cal., Nov. 18.— The one
topic of conversation in this city to-day has
been tlie reported appenrance of an airship
over the eastern portion of Sacramento
last night. While there are hundreds
of peopie who, failing to catch a glimpse
of this mysterious visitant, are extremely
skeptical, there are hundreds of others
who are positive in their declaration that
they did see its brilliant searchlight trav
eling over the city, and who will also
swear that they heard the voices of its
occupants and distinguished their merry
song and laughter. Tnen t'.iere are others
who declare that these aerial travelers
used the Englisn tongue, and that they
plainly distinguished the words used and
commands uttered for the guidance and
care of the air vessel.
In investigating this mysterious visita
tion the local representative of The Call
obtained personal interviews with scores
of reputable citizens who reside along the
route passed over by the air craft. Many
of them lived fully a mile or two distant
from each other, but their accounts ali
. As far as can be learned from eye
witnesses, the body of the craft was ob-
Jong and eeg-shapud, with fan-like wheels
on either side, whose rapid revolutions,
beating the air, served to propel the vessel
directly against the wind, and in so doing
caused the vessel to sway from side to
pide with a wavering motion, similar to
that of a boat being forced against the
rapid current of a stream.
Midway of the vessel and suspended
directly beneath it was a brilliant search
light about twice the size of an arc light,
evidently so placed that the occupants
could ascertain when the vessel ap
proached too near tne earth and was in
danger of collision with lofty objects.
Above the ecg-shapad body towered a tail,
indistinguishable mass, whose shape it
was impossible to ascertain, owiup to the
fact that the onlooker's eyes were blurred
by the brilliancy of the searchlight.
Such is the description of the vessel
given by R. L. Lowry, who also claims to
have been able to distinguish four men,
who were seemingly engaged in propelling
the vessel by its fanlike wheel?, much
after the fashion of a bicyclist driving his
wheel over a boulevard. It is also claimed
that a bys:ander in the vicinity of Mr.
Lowry shouted to the men in the aerial
vessel and inquired their destination, and
that they replied they were bound for San
Francisco and intended arriving by 12
o'clock— midnight. This, however, could
not be verified, as no one appeared to
know the name of the reputed inter
J. H. Vogel, who claimed to have been
in the same locality, also states that the
vessel was egg-shaped, and that he dis
tinctly heard the voices of its occupants,
but says that as the vessel was rapidly
rising he was unable to distinguish any
word*, and that after a brief slimp3e of
the body of the airship it faded from view
and all that was visible was the brilliant
searchlight, winch moved siowly away in
. a southwesterly direction, going toward
San Francisco, and being visible for up
ward of thirty minutes, growing more and
more dim, until it disappeared in the dis
E. Wenzel, who is employed at Scheld's
Brewery, verifies the stories of Vogel and
Lowry as to the shape of the vessel, but
claims that when it passed over him the
occupants were trolling a merry choru ,
which, though distant, sounded sweet and
clear in the evening air.
The first person who, as far as can be
learned, caught a glimpse of the reputed
airship was David Carl, a horse-trainer at
Agricultural Park. When he first caught
Bight of the craft it was within a short
distance of the ground, and he states that
he heard a voice saying:
"We are too low down here; send her
up higher."
Then a discussion followed as to the ad
visability of attaining too great a Height,
as the occupants were evidently anxious
to reach San Francisco before midnight.
He stated that the vessel then started to
rise, doing so on an incline and not
roing directly up as would be the case had
ballast been cast from a balloon. He had
no, idea, however, that it was anything
but a balloon and had never even thought
of the possibility of an airship. Hs was
positive in his declaration that it con
tained at least two occupants, as he could
clearly distinguish two voices discuss, iv
the strata of air best adapted for rapid
T. P. de Long when interviewed said:
"I could not distinguish the shape of tfce
vessel. All I could see was a brilliant
light moving seemingly against the wind,
but I could plainly bear the voices of its
occupants, who were singing, and it
sounded to me like the noise produced by
a phonograph. At this time I should
judge the vessel was several hundred feet
Frank Ross, assistant superintendent of
, the electric streetcar system, when mter-
I viewed said: "I did not see the form of
the vessel nor did I hear the voices of its
occupants, as I was not informed until it
had passed my residence. All that I saw
was a brilliant electric searchlight, ap
parently twice the size and power of an
ordinary arc lieht, which was being pro
pelled through the air by some mysterious
The San Francisco Call
fore c. From what I have learned from
my employes— men of undoubted veracity
—I am certain that this can by no possi
bility have been a 'fake,' but that a gen
uine airship passed over the city last
evening. I watched the light until it
passed oat of sicht thirty minutes later.
It was traveling unevenly toward the
southwest, dropping now nearer to the
earth and now suddenly rising into the
air again as it the force that was whirling
it through space was sensible of the
danger of collision with objects upon the
earth. I, of course, have no idea as to its
destination or purpose. I can only say
that 1 am fully convinced by what I have
heard that it was something out of the
G. C. Snyder. foreman of the streetcar
barn, states: "I am fully convinced that
an aerial vessel of some description passed
over this building last night about 6:30
o'clock. At the time my attention was
called to it the craft was at too great an
elevation for me to distinguish its form,
but I distinctly saw the searchlight,
which was goins directly into the wind,
and from its movement judged that it was
attached to a vessel of some description,
which was laboring as a seagoing vessel
will in a he:ivy spa and head wind. 1
also find that hundreds of the residents
in this portion of the city saw the light,
and there are hundreds whe claim that
they heard the voices of the occupants of
the visitor."
CharlesLv.sk, secretary of the company,
also states thai he saw the light traveling
over the city.
Mayor Hubbard says that personally he
failed to catch a gfimpse Kil this aerial
visitant, as he was engaged in his office
downtown when it passed over, buc he
stated to The Call representative that
upon arriving at his residence in the up
per portion of the city his daughter told
him that she hai seen a brilliant white
light, seemingly at a great elevation,
which had come toward me city from the
east and paired directly over it. moving
in a southwesterly direction. She sȣd if
certainly was not a meteor, as it was a
different shade of Hunt and moved too
siowly and unevenly, and she was at a
loss to account for it.
F. E. Eriggs, a laotorraan on one of the
streetcars running to Oak Park, saw the
light of the traveling airship, and at the
request of the occupants of his crowded
vehicle he stopped his car for a moment.
He says that while they could not discern
the form of the airship, yet the voices of
the occupants were plainly heard. He
had been informed by a man who resided
in the vicinity of Ea.-t Park, where the air
vessel had Deen first teen, that it was a
genuine airship, cigar or egg shaped, and
that it had at least four occupants. When
the vessel passed over his car he judged
that the occupants were singing, but they
were at such a height that neither he nor
his passengers were enabled to distinguish
the words or the tune, as they came in
broken snatches, as though borne on gusts
of the night wind.
When H. W. Marsh saw the traveling
light it was at least five miles away. He
thought that it was attached to some
aerial vessel, owing to its wavering mo
tion through the atmosphere.
E. Caverly saw the light, but refused to
be interviewed on the subject, evidently
deeming it to be uncanny.
M. T. Shelly, a gentleman of undoubted
veracity, saw the airship's i-ipht. and at
one time, when the craft careened some
what so as to partially sbscure the light,
he caught sight of the vessel itself, which
he declared to be a cigar-shaped recep
ticle, with what seemed to be a dark wall
above it.
Hundred* of similar interviews could be
obtained. In this connection the Evening
Bee publishes the following account:
Startled citizens last night living at
points of the city along a rough diagonal
line, yet far distant from each other, de
clare that they not only saw the phenome
non but they also heard voices issuing
from it in midair — not the whispering of
angels, not the sepulchral mutterings of
evil spirits, but the intelligible words and
the merry laughter of humans. At those
intervals where the glittering object, as if
careless of its obligation to maintain a
straightforward course, descended dan
gerously near the housetops voices were
heard in the sky saying:
" ; Lift her up, quick; you are making
directly for that steeple.'
"Then the light in the Bky would be
seen obeying some mystic touch and as
cending to a considerable height, from
which it would take up again its south
westerly course. The light sailed along
the line of X street, so it appeared from
those in the eastern part of the city,
although it appears that after it had
pa.«sad Fourteenth street it was wafted far
south of K. Laughter and words sound
ing strance in the distance, though fairly
intelligible, fell upon the ears of pedes
trians along the course or the light who
had paused to look up at the novelty.
"Last night's Bee contained a. (eiegram
from New York announcing that a mnn
h;>d perfected nn airship and would on
Friday of this weeK, accompanied by one
or two friends, ascend from a vacant lot in
the metropolis and po directly to Calilor-
Dia, which he promised to reach In two
days. The description furnished in the
telegram included an apparatus which was
electrical, to supply light and power for
the astonishing contrivance.
"It is not regarded a3 lifcely, in view of
the announcement contained in the dis
patch, that last night Sacramento was
overswept by this aerial ship.
"But here is the incident— here the
chronicle of words heard, of v strange
The Airship That Passed Over Sacramento Tuesday Evening, as Described by Scores of Eye-Witnesses.
spectacle witnessed. Whence the light,
which was not a meteor all agree, came,
whither it went, where it now is — these
things it is not within the capacity of this
article to deal with."
Then follow interviews similar to those
obtained by The Call representative.
Among the eye-witnesses of last night's
singular spectacle the wildest speculations
are rife. As to the destination and object
to be obtained by this night voyage of a
reputed airship, one of these onlookers in
formed The Call representative that in
his opinion it w.is the same invention
which it is rumored Edison claimed to
have perfected and offered to the Govern
ment at the time when the Venezuelan
boundary question came up, and that now
that relations were strained with Spain
the Government has sent a party of engi
neers out in the airship to test its practi
cability, and that they were keeping away
from populous localities, except during
the night trips.
The opinion of the masses is, however,
that some Jucky inventor, having solved
the mystery of aerial navigation, is, with
his companions, testing his invention in
secret, with no intent of allowing a ctirious
public to view it until his rights are fully
protected by letters patent. Tbey pre
sume tnat he is traveling by night and
laying by in desert spots during the day.
Be that as it may, there can be no possible
doubt thai an aerial vessel of some kind
passed over Sacramento last night, and
hundreds of the residents of this city will
so testify.
The residents of Oak Park claim to have
a little mystery of their own which may
possible bearing of this subject. They
state that yesterday afternoon an object
was se6n in the sky at such a great eleva
tion a« to be almost indistinguishable. It
moved slowly in a circle, leaving a volume
of smoke behind it. This phenomenon
was seen by many, who are unable to ac
count for it.
A rumor is afloat in the city to-night
that the airship was constructed near this
city and that a trial trip was attempted
last evening, a cable being used to confine
the machine to a certain elevation.
It is stated that the cable parted and the
vessel then drifted over the city and be
came the observed of all observers. Tliis
rumor cannot be confirmed at this late
hour, but it is claimed that T. Allen, who
formerly conducted an employment olfice
in this city, s-tates that s'ich is the
case and that one of the men who
had made tho ascension had informed him
that the trial was a success and the vessel
worked well, exesptthat it was impossible
to fully control its movements. In conse
quence the inventors had, after going
toward San Francisco aways, returned
and landed in a vacant field some distance
from Arcade and about six miles from
the city limits. This tale is not generally
Story Told by a Hunt-r l.irino on Bo-
Unas Miidgr.
On Sunday, the first day of this month,
a representative of The Call met on Bo
linas Ridge, just to the west of Mount
Tamnlpais, an old hunter living there,
named Brown. The old man was very
nervous and started a conversation im
mediately by asking:
"Do I look like a crazy man?"
"Why certainly not, Mr. Brown. Why
do you ask?"
"Well," he replied," "I don't expect
anybody to believe me. To tell t!>e
truth I can hardly believe myself. 15m
it's an honest fact that yesterday morn
ing, when the fog began to lift, I saw an
airship right up there a couple of hundred
feet over them pines.
"No, I can't tell you much what she
looked like. She didn't show very plainly
through the mist, but I saw a large, dark
shape with something moving on it. Don't
know whether I saw any people or not.
It came on me so sudden I was almost
stunned, and by the time I collected my
senses she was out of sight.
"I have been kind of dazed ever since,
and to have you ten me that I don't iook
crazy is a great relief. But I kuow that
what I saw was an airship."
As the "superior" type of mirage is not
uncommon to people living on the Marin
hills it was thought that this was what
the old man had seen, so no attention was
paid to nis story. The mirage effect of a
large ocean vessel passing through the sky
might appear to him like some new
fangled machine for navieating the air.
Perhaps the mirage is what he really
saw, but in the face of the stories circu
lated in regard to the airship there is a
probability that in what Mr. Brown really
Raw. Certainly he would have no object
in telling snch a story.
The New Champagne Vintage.
A remarkable vintage, eliciting universal
admiration, now being shipped to thiß coun
try, i« G. U. Mujam'B Extra I»ry, Try il •
British Steamer Memphis
Guided to Destruction
During a Fog.
Ten of the Passengers and Crew
Losa Their Lives in a
Heavy Sea*
Drenched by Hi?h Waves, Some Fali
From Their Stations in the
LONDON, Ejcg., Nov. 18.— The British
steamer Memphis, Captain Williams,
which sailed from Montreal on November
4 for Bristol, was wrecked in Dunlough
Bay. near Mizzenhead, on the south coast
of Ireland, last night and ten of those on
board of her lost their lives. The Mem
phis struck at lOo'clock, during the preva
lence of a dense fog. At the time of the
accident the steamer was proceeding cau
tiously, blowing her whistle continuously
and keeping a sharp lookout for the Miz
zenhead and lsrowh?ad lights, which the
thiCKness of the weather prevented her
from making out.
As soon as she struck the rocks the ves
sel began to fill and rockets were immedi
ately fired for the purpose of summoning
assistance from the shore. Three of the
ship' 3 boats were quickly launched, tut
i one of them was shattered by being dashed
: against the side of the steamer and two of
. the occupants were drowned.
The others succeeded in reaching the
' rocks along the shore, but tive were
: washed away and drowned, iheir compan
| ions being unable to render them the
i slightest assistance.
Those of the crew who had taken to the
I rigging soon after the steamer struck ex
! perienced an awful night. They were
I constantly drenched by the heavy seas
I which washed over them, and some of
j them, after hard fighting for their lives,
{dropped from their places and were car
i ried away.
The rockets sent up by the steamer's
crew were seen by the coast guard, but the
latter were unable to communicate with
the shipwrecked men until after daybreak,
when all who remained in the rigging
were taken off by means of a line con
veyed to the steamer by the rocket appa
ratus of the life-savers. The rescued per
sons immediately upon reaching the shore
were taken to various farmhouses in the
vicinity, where they were kindly cared for
by the inmates.
Many of them were almost naked, but
wee supplied with sufficient clothing to
enable them to proceed to Crookhaven, at
which p ace most of them now are.
The sceamer is a total wrsck and much
of her cargo is Deing washed ashore. The
coast guard are engaged in the work of
saivage. AH the survivors pay a high
tribute to Captain Williams for his efforts
to secure the safety of those on board the
The Memphis was 3191 tons register, 345
feet long, 41 feet beam and 26 feet depth
of hold. She was built at Beliast, Ireland,
in 1890. and was owned by the African
Steamship Company of London.
A Prominent Citizen of low* Succumbs io
Injuries Received in an Elk
Lodge Ceremony.
DES MOINE3, lowa, Nov. 18.— E. W.
Curry, chairman of the Democratic tftate
Central Committee, died to-day in bis
room at the Hotel Savoy. The death was
a direct result of injuries received while
being initiated into Dcs Moines Lod^e of
Elks about two months ago. As part of
the ceremony he was blindfolded and
placed on a chair with an iron seat. Then
a lighted lamp was placed under the seat,
with the expectation that when it got too
hoi he would jump. But he sat still until
he was badly burned. His trousers were
burned away and the flesh fearfully
He was put in new clothes, and did not
realize at the time that the injuries were
berious. In a lew days blood-poisoning
set in and he grew worse steadily. It was
his desire that the real cause of his injuries
should not be made public, and another
cause was assigned for the illness, the
truth only becoming public to-day.
An evening paper published a highly
sensational story that the injuries were
caused by placing him, in tne process in
tbe initiation ceremony, in an electrical
chair and turning on a current which
burned him badly, out this is denied by
the Elks.
Mr. Curry lived at Leon and was a lead
ing attorney. The body will be taken
there to-morrow by a large escort of Elks
and Masons, and the funeral will be held
tomorrow afternoon.
A Young Girl Induced to Sign Important
Papers and Then Elopes With
Her Svengali.
CHICAGO, 111., Nov. 18.— A peculiar
case was . presented to Judge Grosscup in
the United States court to-day in affida
vits and petitions. Six months ago Miss
Emma Cox, one of the heirs of the late
John Cox of Button County, Ohio, riled a
Mitt 'Or acco luting Dr. R. C.
Reed, formerly of Cincinnati and now
living in Los Angeles. The girl's mother,
Mrs. T. A. Cox, alleged in an affidavit
tiled to-day that her daughter had been
unduly influenced .to sign a petition for
dismissal of ' the suit by Charles C.'Bishop
of Elgin, 111., and c his ■ mother, a clairvoy
ant of this city, who had exerted hypnotic
rower over the gill, who is quite young.
The wife .of Charles C. Bishop also pre
sented, an affidavit reciting that he left
their home a month ago and had been in
the company of : Emma Cox since then,'
and that she believes the couple are now in
Buffalo, where j they went with money
furnished by Dr. Reed. ;
The petition signed by Miss Cox is
sworn to before Orrlsa Bishop, a notary,
who is father of the man whom the girl is
alleged to have eloped with to Buffalo.
Since coming of age Miss Cox has been
living at the Bishop home, and a few days
ago disappeared. Mrs. Cox resisted the
dismissal of her daughter's suit, and Judge
Grosscup said he would give the girl time
to recover her mind and make an expla
nation if she had signed the release in a
weak mental condition.
In a Row at a Country Dance One Man
Is Mortally Shot and Two Others
Badly Wounded.
NEW YORK, N. V., Nov. 18.— A Herald
special from Ocala, Fla., says: While a
dance was in progress Monday night at
the home of John Baggett, six miles north
of here, Noah Wilson and his son John
had a quarrel with the brother of a girl
whom they insulted.
The Wilsons finally drew their pistols
and opened fire, shooting down Joseph
Howel!, Nelson Howelland George Avery.
Nelson Howell, who was shot three times,
is mortal!} wounded. The other two men
are badly wounded, but have a chance to
After the Wilsons had emptied their
pistols they drew knives and threatened
to kill any one who molested them. They
then started to leave when John Wilson
was seized by Mamie Avery, sister of one
of the men who was shot. With a vicious
slesh of his knife Wilson gashed the face
of the girl in a horrible manner and she
fell fainting to the floor.
The Wilsons then fled and have not yet
been captured, though the whole country
is aroused and poshes of determined citi
zens are in pursuit. The fugitives are
desperate men and have been in many
rows in this county. They will not sur
render without a desperate fight, for they
know that if taken alive they will proba
bly be lynched.
Sone of the Demand* of the Vovserw Car-
ried Into JHxrcution.
LONDON, Eng., Nov. 18.— The Daily
News to-morrow will publish a Constan
tinople dispatch saying that Sir Philip W.
Currie, the British Embassador to Turkey,
has been instructed in regard to the re
quest of the Porte that negotiations for
commercial treaties be pushed to take no
action in the matter until the more im
portant matters have been disposed of.
This course, the dispatch adds, is typical
of the general atii'.ade of the foreign pow
ers toward the Turkish Government.
Advices received in Constantinople
from all parts of Asia Minor say that
business everywhere is stagnant and that
great distress prevail*. Nobody in Con
stantinople, according to the news ad
vices, is aware that the reforms adopted
by the powers and agreed to- by the Turk
ish authorities have been carried into
Utters a Threat Against This
Says Spain Will Brook No Interfer
ence on Behalf of the
PARIS, Fkaxce, Nov. 13.— The Journal
publishes a report of an interview with
Senor Canovas del Castillo, Prime Min
ister of Spain, in which he says the re
lations between Spain and the United
States are excellent. The United States
Government, the Premier says, alrvays
observed a correct attitude, and he does
not believe it will change its policy for
the sake of Cuban negroes and adven
If, however, the United States Govern
ment should do so Spain would cause her
rights to be respected. While in power,
Senor Castillo is reported as saying, he
will make no concession to the rebels, nor
will he show the weakness of drawinc
back belore anybody. Spain, the Premier
added, regards the Cuban question as one
of international politics.
Story of Barbarous "treatment Told by
Recnt Prisoners. ■
NEW YORK, N. V., Nov. 18.— The
thirteen shipwrecked seamen of the
steamer Coila, who were brought to this
port Monday by the steamship Yucatan
from Havana, continued to be very bitter
in their denunciation of Spanish officers
in Cuba, and, in fact, everything Spanish,
when they appeared before tne British
Consul in order to get their discbarge and
tickets to their respective homes.
Jacob Moore, colored, who shipped on
board the Coila as an apprentice, told the
story of the cruel way he had been treated
during his stay in Cuba.
He said that after the Coila had almost
reached Havana and began to sink so rap
idly that it was thought best to abandon
her, which was done at 6 o'clock on the
night of November 4, the entire crew put
out in tbe ship's boats, and alter rowing
several hours reached the River Gani
quanice, Cuba. At a town at tne river's
mouth, they were fairly treated.
The following day they were taken to
Port Mariel under guard of a troop of
Spanish cava.ry and thrown into prison
there. They were all huddled into a small
cell and were compelled to sleep on the
concrete flooring, not being allowed to use
their ditty-bags as headrests, nor were
they allowed to eet the most necessary
toilet articles. Spanish soldiers were on
guard outside of the ceil door day and
nizbt and watched their every movement.
The day following their imprisonment
young Moore was sent for by the official
in command and asked whether he could
speak Spanish. He gave a room full of
officers to understand as best he could
tbat he did not comprehend their lan
guage, whereupon one of them felled him
to the ground b} T a blow on the ear with
the butt oi his revolver. John de Lorrey
here took up up the thread of the story.
"After they had knocked the senses out
of Moore," he said, "and while he was re
gaining consciousness, they sent for me.
The first question they put to me was:
'Are j'ou an Englis: man or an Ameri
can?' I told them I was an Englishman,
whereupon one of them said: 'You lie,
dog of an American,' and struck me over
the head with a cane. I was then given
to understand by motions that I was to
have my throat cut and then s-hot.
"I had almo?t persuaded them that I
was an Englishman, when they discov
ered an American flag which I had tat
tooed on my left hand. This acted on
them like a red flag to a bull, and they
sprang upon me and struck me repeat
ediy in the face.
"They then called in a squad of sol
diers, who were given some orders, upon
receiving which they all pointed their
guns at me. I told them that I was an
Englishman and desired them to fire.
This seemed to cool their ardor, and
Moore, who had by this time come to his
senses, was again brought before them.
"They pointed guns at him and pricked
his flesh with the ends of their swords
until he cried in agony.
"After about two hours of this treat
ment they allowed us to go back to our
"When I told our Consul in Havana of
the treatment we had been subjected to
he fold us that really it was not anything
out of the common and not worth bother
ing about. He told me, however, not to
say anything about the matter when I
reach- d the States, as those Americans
have so much to say."
Ten of the shipwrecked men will be sent
by the British Consul to their homes in
Canada. Moore will be returned to Ja
maica. David Burns went to his home in
Brooklyn and Joseph Yuhl will remain in
New York.
James Quinn. a Pinker lon Spy, leitifltit
Against Them.
NEW YORK, N. V.. Nov. 18. -The trial
of ; Colonel Emiiio Nunez and Captain
Charles B. Dickan upon a charge of having
engaged in a filibustering I expedition in
May last began j in •. earnest in the United
States Criminal Court this raornintr. Dis
trict Attorney.Macfariane opened for the
prosecution. He insisted upon' the neces
sity -of preventing ?- expeditions against
Spain being sent from this country if the
United States desired to remain, at; peace
with Spain; and emphasizing the fact that
the verdict ;of the ' jury would \be impor
tant. /
When he had concluded Assistant Dis
trict Astorney Hitman offered in evidence
President Cleveland's latest proclamation
regarding the Cuban rebellion.
This was objected to by Mr. Rubens and
was ruled out by the court on the ground
that the proclamation was issued after the
offense charged against the defendants
was committed. A previous Presidential
proclamation regarding Cuban rebellion
I was, however, admitted, and tbe examina
tion of witnesses was then begun.
James Quinn, one of the party who
sailed on the Laurada, was the chief wit
ness, and detailed every movement of the
party, which according to his testimony
was a full-fledged military expedition.
j Qtiinn acknowledged that after reaching
Cuba and going to President Cisneros'
camp with the party, he obtained permis
sion to return Home, being allowed to
reach Havana by permission of the Span
ish general. The witness came to New
York, Consul Fitzhugh Lee paying his
passage. On cross-examination by Gen
eral Tracy, witness admitted that he had
solicited a letter from Cubans in Boston
to enable him to sail on the Laurada.
"And so," said General Tracy, "you got
this letter at your own request. You went
to Cuba and you are now here testifying
against the Cubans?"
In the direct examination the witness
referred to the letter he had received from
Cisneros and it was offered in evidence:
James Quinn: I hope yon will never forget
that (.'uba needs the help of every man that
loves liberty. Your nfl'ectionate
San Bias, August 1, 189 G.
Under redirect examination the witness
said he had gone to Cuba with every inten
tion of acting right by the Cubans. "But
they did not act right by me, and that is
the reason I came horr.e," he said. Ha
also testified that he had never seen Dis
trict Attorney McFarlane before to-day
and had not gone to Cuba as a spy.
The witness admitted under cross-ex
amination that he expected to get money
from the Pinkertons and that he had al
ready received about $50 from them. He
also acknowledged tbat he had a erudge
against the owners of the Laurada and
wanted to get even with them.
At the conclusion of the cross-examina
tiou court was adjourned.
Reports That 'lie 'Wilt Shortly Return to
KEY WEST, Fla., Nov. 18.— Advices re
ceived in Havana from Arlemisia state tbat
Weyler was expected to arrive at Cayaja
bar to-day. A parlor-car plated with iron
is waiting for him at Arleraisia. Tbe in
surgents are reported in force near
Cienaga, the leading military authorities
being in command.
General Arolas believes the time has not
yet arrived for large operations and that
it is nee. s«ary to wait for cooler weather
to improve the sanitary conditions. It is
believed Wevler has the game opinion
and has announced his intention to return
to Havana.
The insurgent leaders Perico Diaz and
Perico Delgado are reported hard pressed
by the Spaniards. They have asked Maceo
for re-enforcements, but they were tohl it
was impossible to do anything for them
and they must do tne best they could. It
is thought that Maceo will attack tho
It is reported Weyler will return to
Havana inside of three or four days.
Engagements in Which but Fete Art
Killed or Wounded.
HAVANA, Cuba, Nov. 18. — Colonel
Moncado hag had an engagement with
the combined parties of rebels who were
found strongly intrenched in tho Grillo
hills in the province of Havana. The
»nemy were dislodged and dispersed, the
Spanish column advancing and capturing
the position of the rebels under a heavy
fire. The Spanish troops had six privates
Rilled and a corporal, two lieutenants and
thirty-eight privates wounded. The rebels
left seven dead on the field and carried off
many others. General Gonzales has bad
two engagements with the rebel parties
between Silo Hondo and San Christobal
inPinardel Rio province. The Spanish
had a private and one corporal killed and
twenty-seven privates wounded. The in
surgents had twelve men killed.
A. Considerable Sum to lie Expended in
liepnirina . itarthijm. ■
MADRID, Spain, Nov. 18.— The Cabinet
has accepted the bonds of 400,000,000 pese
tas, representing the total amount of the
new Spanish loan authorized by the Queen
Regent, and the bonds already subscribed
for 250,000,000 pesetas will be allotted pro
rata. The sum of 7,250,000 pesetas derived
from the loan will be allotted for the pur
pose of repairing warships. The Cabinet,
at its meeting yesterday, passed a resolu
tion of thank* to the couniry for the
generous and patriotic manner in which
the people subscribed to the new ioan.
Humor* That Heyler Hag Resigned.
NEW YORK, N. V., Nov. 18.— Rumors
are current here to-night that General
Weyler has resigned as captain-general of
the Spanish army in Cuba. A private dis
patch leceived to-ni£rht says:
General Weyler has resigned. General
Prando has been named by the Government
as his successor.
Count Vorontz'.ff- l>nnHoff Tendered the
Office by the Czar.
LONDON, Eva., Nov. 18.— The Daily
Chronicle will publish to-morrow a dis-
putcii from St. Petersburg announcing
definitely that the Czar had invited Gen
eral Count Vorontzoff-Dashkoff, Minister
of the Imperial House and Imperial Do
; mains, to succsed the late Prince Lobanoff-
Rostovsky in the office oi Minister of
Foreign Affairs. The dispatch adds that
it is undersiood that Count Vorontzoff-
Daskoff will accept the position.

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