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VOLUME LXXXI.-NO. 70.
NICHOLAS II
IS FAILING
Epileptic Seizures Becoming
Frequent and Alarm
Relatives.
t
GUARDED AS A FAMILY
SECRET.
Now the Czar Is Urged to Turn
Over the Duties o the New
Council of State.
COMPELLED TO CEASE SMOKING
. AND LIMIT DRII.KING.
Cmsump Tendency in th Russian
Imperial Hcuse Has a Parallel
in Austria.
BERLIN, Germany, Feb. 7.— The pecu-
Crar Nicholas II of Russia, Whose Weakened Condition Is Causing
His Royal Relatives Great Alarm. It Has Been Suggested
That He Turn Over Most of the Duties of His Office to the
Projected Near Council of State.
liar ailment of the Czar has been no secret I
at the German court for some years, \
Since he was a lad emerging from boy- i
'■ hood it has been known that he was sub- !
. • jeet to occasional fits. Tbey were rare, j
however, and were supposed, aftet the j
closest medical diagnosis, to be likely to
disappear as his physique strengthened.
The seizures, which in his early life took j
place about every four months, be- |
came more frequent and more distinctly I
epileptic, but they were never particularly j
•trying to his constitution until alter he j
became burdened with the work and j
troubles inseparable from the throne. !
During the last year he has had pro- I
nounced epileptic seizures about once a
month. These are not mere matters of
• press reports or diplomatic correspond- j
ence. The private correspondence which I
Continually proceeds between the Dan
ish, German, Eneliah and Russian royal
ties—their family correspondence, which
is quite distinct from the diplomatic—con
tains much that never leaks out. But
■ each, high royal person, male or female,
has a confidant, and through this source
the alarm as to the Czar's condition has
' "^become known.
_ Not that any serious fears are enter
. ! tamed as to his being obliged to create a
regency nor any as to immediate danger
A YARD OF KITTIES- A COMPANION PIECE TO THE -YARD OF PUPS."
Suwestion for an " Examiner " Chromd to Be Given Away With aJ 5c Ad. ' — " -
The San Francisco Call
to bis life. His royal relatives are dis
tressed, however, by the possibility of body
J and mind being weakened if these attacks
do not lessen in frequency, and are under
stood to concur in ur:'in_ the Czar to give
up most of his imperial duties to the pro
jected new Council of State. His medical
j attendants have prescribed a strict regime
j designed to strengthen especially the
j nervous system. He has abandoned
j smoking and only takes a very limited
I quantity of ,wine. Apart from his epilep
( tic condition bis health is good.
There is better news about the condi
tion of the Cz >rowitch, the Czar's younger
j brother, the Grand Duke Michael, who
j though always in delicate health, is
I Decerning stronger. . .
J The consumptive tendency in the Rus
j sian imperial house has its parallel in the
Austrian. The political consequences
arising from the suicide of Crown Prince
Rudolph and the illness of tbe present
heir presumptive, the Archduke Franz
j Ferdinand, have been long under consid
; eration by Emperor Franz Jos ..
It is whispered in court and hi_:h
political quarters that the Emperor has
■ counseled his Ministers and political
■ leaders, botn Hungarian and Austrian, to
ascertain what suppoit they would give
to his grauitdauehter, the Archduchess
Elizabeth, and that he has found ready
support from Hungary, bit little or none
jin Austria. The Emperor, who has
readied his sixty-seventh year, has by nc
means abandoned his design to set aside
j the. Salic law in Austria. Meanwhile the
j health of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand
i is, according to newspaper reports, greatly
improve!, but the story which the Arch
i duke's supporters in Vienna have caused
■ to be circulate i that his diseased lungs
• are healing and that he was able to go
. mountaineering recently in Persia is con
! s'. tiered doubtful. He looked doomed
about six months ago, emaciated and sub-
jeet to severe coughing, and only bis re
turn to active duty in the army and his
reappearance in Vienna society will con
vince the court and public of his restored
health.
There is the very best authority for the
statement that the draft of the reform
protocol as completed by the Embassa
dors at their conferences in Constantino
ple is drawn up on the assumption that
tbe Sultan will accept the proposals, but
there is no reference therein either di
rectly or indirectly to any possibility of a
resort to coercion on the part of the pow
ers to enforce them. Copies of the docu
ment reached the Foreign Offices in Vi
enna and Berlin on Saturday, and it is un
derstood ihat the text of the proposals
coincides with the desires expressed by
the Emperor and Count Goluchowsky, the
Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs, at
their recent conference at Kiel. The op
position of the Kaiser to any further con
sideration of the question of coercion to
enforce the Turkish economics may have
the effect to neutralize the effects of the
Ernbassadorial conferences, though it is
said that in deference to the wishes of the
other powers Baron de Calice, the Aus
trian Embassador and president of the
I Continued on Second Page.
SAX FRANCISCO, MONDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 8, IS.)T.
CAPTURED
BY CUBANS
Daring Raid on a Stone
Fort Just Outside of
Guanabacoa.
SPANIARDS TAKEN BY
SURPRISE.
Slaughtered by Insurgents as
- They Run Down Into
the Streets.
FULLY HALF OF THE GARRISON
ARE KILLED.
By Their Darin? Tactics the Patriots
Cause the Minions cf Weyler
Great Const atio% )
NEW YORK, Feb. B.— A World special
I from Key West says: All Havana is gasp
( ing over the audacity of the insurgents,
I who destroyed a stone fort right under
I Major Fondeviela's nose, just outside of
j Guanabacoa, Saturday night.
The building, a big three-story mansion,
strong and well made, was the advanced
picket post and had a garrison of 100 men.
There also were kept supplies lor the out
lying detachments, ammunition, etc.
At midnight a force of 200 Cubans came
up secretly aad captured and bound the
outside sentinels before any alarm could
be tiven. Admission wis obtained by
giving the name of the officer of the
guard, but a sentinel, as the Cubans
poured in, fired his rifle, killing Lieuten
ant de Rosna.
As the garrison filed into the street the
j fire of the Cubans was terribly effective,
while in th. confusion the Spaniards'
shots did little execution. Fully half of
the garrison were killed, the others es
caping :ro:n the windows
The Cubans looted the building. The
| wooden portion was set on fire and a
! dynamite cartridge tore down the stone l
1 walls.
A cavalry detachment came from Guan
abacoa and .or half an hour the two forces
engage 1 , at short range, the Cubans being
protected from th« rjiarfe*^ the t-o.po_^
:>.c>'......cd wire ■4i.ln-_._M_ across the street. ■
The Cuba an then rift-tea sortie, driving
back the Spaniards, and then retreated,
firing as they left It is supposed that
Hernandez was in command.
Thirty wounded soldiers were brought
to Havana, and it is reported that twenty
four were buried at Guanabacoa. • The
• Cuban loss is not known, as they took
tbeir dead and wounded with them. .
DE LOME rust* ■I, E FOB MA.
Mother Spain Would Welcome He- Babel
j Children With Vpr-n Ar>,i's.
WASHINGTON, jj). C, *I*_D. 7.-The
Spanish Legation has received with the
full abstract of the new reforms for the
islands of Cuba and Porto Rico, the pre
amble of Senor Canovas announcing tho
terms of the new decree. This preamble
expresses tho kindliest feelings toward
the Cuban people and declares that their
mother Spain is disposed, as she always
has been, to open her arms to them and
to extend amnesty for past offenses and
that the application of the reforms only
depends upon the insurgents. Minister
Dupuy de Lome discussed the scope of the
reforms .c-day with a representative of
the United Associated Presses, and said,
among other things: ■%.-___
"The electoral reforms were not referred
to at length in the decree of the Ministry
for the reasons stated in the preamble of
Senor Canovas — that they will require the
action of the Cortes. lam informed, how
ever, that tbe Government contemplates
extending greatly the basis of the suffrage,
but they desire to do it in such a way as
to prevent undue influence being acquired
by the illiterate portion of the population.
Any educational qualification which may
be suggested by the Cubans and which
seem reasonable and proper will undoubt
edly be adopted by the Cortes.
"It is the purpose of the Government,"
said Senor Dupuy de Lome, "to show the
greatest generosity toward the insurgents
who lay down their arms. The reforms
cannot well be put into full effect until the
sovereignly of Spain is acknowledged in
all parts the island. The Government
will not remove its military activity in
any degree if the insurgents show any dis
position to continue the contest and fail
to appreciate the great concessions made
by the home Government.
"The tariff features of the new decree,"
Senor de Lome said, "mean a great deal
for the United States as well as for Cuba.
The first column of the new tariff sched
ules providing for revenue will contain
the greatest number of items, leaving the
list on which discriminations are made
in favor of Spain not exceeding 20 per
cent of the value of the imports, a com
paratively short one.. The duties levied
will be against all countries except Spain ;
and American manufactures and export
er . in view of their familiarity with the
Cuban trade and their nearness to the
island, are likely to appreciate the im
portance of these concessions. Tbe situa
tion wili be much more favorable to
American trade than under the reciproc
ity treaty of 1890."
A SOLID __f.i-._VX) OF CUBA.
Senator- Eh Ma. on of Jllinoi. Emphat
ically Declares Himself.
CHICAGO. 111., Feb. 7.— Senator-elect
William E. Mason was' given a reception
last night by the Menoken Club, of which
he is a member. In the course of a
speech he said :
"I have disagreed with people some
times, but what I am going to say now is
a question of patriotism, not politics. I
was in the Supreme Court on Monday
when the Attorney-General sought to ad
vance the interests of the Cubans who
wanted to get out of their own country.
And if I get into any trouble it will be on
on this score.
"Have you read how the Spaniards are
killing women and children? Do you
know bow boys are shot every day? Tbefe
is no precedent for it in international law.
The strongest nation makes it. I tell you
I am sick and tired ot men and women
and children being murdered at our door
step and turning back and saying, 'We
are not our brothers' keepers." I say we
are our brothers' keepers. And whether
I am blamed or praised I shall never be
silent until the belligerency of Cuba is
recognized."
CAB /MET CHANGES LIKELY.
Great Dissatisfaction at Madrid Over
the JV-«0 tie farm Scheme.
MADRID, SrAiN. Feb. 7.— There is much
dissatisfaction expressed here over what
are alleged to be the excessive concessions
to the Cubans in the scheme of reforms
and it is thought that Cabinet changes
are likely to result. It is reported to-day
that Marquis Pidal or General Martinez
Campos will shortly replace Senor del
Castillo, tbe Prime Minister. The latter,
should he resign, would place himself at
tbe disposal of the crown, which would
probably advise him to support Marquis
Pidal.
In an interview to-day Prime Minister
Canovas del Castillo declared that the
Government would legally execute the re
forms in Cuba and would not wait for tbe
complete pacification of the '.land. It
• - . .1 »•'_■_ :
confined to the eastern provinces. .
_► —
Vubti.hed ntllartina. ' '"
HAVANA, Cuba,; Feb. 7.— The authori
ties here have at last given their consent
to the publication of the scheme of Cuban
reforms issued last week by" the Cabinet at
Madrid. The Lucha and the Diario de la
Marina to-day i-i-ued extras containing the
reforms, but neither of these papers made
any editorial comment*. It can be stated,
however, that loyal Spaniards are pleased |
with the scheme. •
CARNAGE CONTINUES IN CRETE.
Moslems Still „ massacring Christians
and Looting Their .Homes Sailors
Landed to Subdue Fires.
ATHENS, Greece, Feb. 7.— A dispatch
from Canea sates mat incessant rifle and
cannon firing, was heard outside Canea
yesterday and to-day and that tho Turk
ish troops took part in the firing, using
artillery. Many Christians were killed.
. It is reported that the Christians have
captured the arsenal at Suda. The corre
spondent adds that *he , saw Moslems
pillaging the Christian quarters and kill
ing and wounding Epirot bakers.
LONDON, Eno., Feb. 7.— The Standard's
Athens correspondent telegraphs that
sailors were landed from the foreign ves
sels in the harbor of Canea to prevent the
entire destruction of machinery by the in
cendiary fires that were started on Friday.
The flames were not subdued until they
had burned for thirty-six hours.
The dispatch says that a number of
Turks, aided by the troops, nave' marched
to Halpa;" which place is defended by
Christians. With the exception of Canea,
Retbmo and Hecklion, nearly the whole
island is report- d to be in tbe possession
of armed Christians, who are only await
ing a signal from Greece to proclaim the
union of Crete with Greece.
Mrs. Jteeeher'e Condition.
BTAMFORD, Conn.,' Feb. 7.— There is
no material change in the condition of
Mrs. Henry Ward Beeeher to-night.
MAY COST
A CAPITOL
Infamous Sling of Certain
Journals at Honest
Legislators.
LESSON OF THE PAST
FORGOTTEN.
An Editorial Says the Entire
Bcdy of Lawmakers Should
Be Indicted.
SCURRILOUS COMMENT THAT
RESULT SERIOUSLY.
Already a Bli Is Being Drafted for
the Removal of the Capital
to Oakland.
SACRAMENTO, Cal., Feb. 7.—Mem
bers of the Senate and Assembly are in
dignant over the following editorial, which
appeared this morning in the Sunday
Leader of this city :
The Sacramento Grand Jury very wisely re
fused to have anything to do with the Legis
lative scandal. If they should investigate
that body they would have to indict the entire
outfit. Our County Prison is not big enough,
and then 120 members and 200 attaches
would eat us out of house and home. Let the
Legislature wash its own dirty linen.
They say that it is bad enough for legis
lators to be obliged to drink the muddy
waters of the Sacramento River impreg
nated with the bacilli of burglary and
bigamy from the State prison at Folsom,
without being called felons by one ot the
two rosettes (one daily, the other weekly)
which ornament the coat lapel of Sacra
mento journalism. If the Leader had a
representative on the floor of the Senate
and Assembly be would be ignominiously
expelled.
Senator Morehouse said to-day that he
was not aware that he and his fellow Sen
ators bad dons anything to merit the
■-«*>^.s^.3" fcis 1 -. , '♦ _».*..*js*:t# rt,_m_ : _*« A*»{j__*v., _f__
on them for having braved tne dangers
of malaria and typhoid to come here and
live during the two most disagreeable
months in the year.
_ Indignation was ,so high that certain
legislators are now at work drafting a bill
to remove the State capital to Oakland.
They consider that they have been scurri
lously treated here by the existence of a
public sentiment which tolerates such un
founded editorials.
Several Senators delare that it is time to
make a law punishing such malicious and
unfounded libels and felonies. They say
that the publication was inspired by the
fact that the manager of the paper. Major
John N. Lsrain, held an eight dollar a
day job during the last session; that he
applied for a similar job at the beginning
of the present session and failed to get it.
The major is now persona non grata and
will not be allowed upon the floor of the
Senate hereafter.
SECRETARY SEARLES AT CANTON.
Mystery of the Visit of the Missing Sugar
Witness to the Home of
McKinley,
CHICAGO, 1n,., Feb. B.— A special to
the Tribune from Canton, Ohio, says:
John E. Searles, secretary of the sugar
trust, not only paid a visit to President
elect McKinley last Friday, and tried
to keep bis visit a secret, but he met
Chairman Hanna at the Valley Railway
station here and took him away to some
unKnown place for an hour's conference.
Mr. Searles' visit is causing more com
ment here the mo. _ its mystery becomes
known.
Tbe fact that he was under contempt at
Albany, N. V., for not appearing at the
Lexow Committee investigation of the
sugar trust on tbat day has caused all
sorts of speculation here over the subject
of his visit. - ■{- rJ7 : .^i-_?iH-i .:'
Searles reached here from the East on a
Pennsylvania train and was driven di
rectly to the McKinley home. When he
was asked by a newspaper correspondent
what his me was he replied, "Jones."
The President-elect unwittingly gave it
all away, however. He was standing in
the hall when Mr. Searles came up the
steps, and the front door was open.
Nearly all arrivals are shown into the
library first, where they register and give
their cards to Secretary Cooper. Major
McKinley, however, recognized his visitor
by sight and did not wait for an introduc
tion. Whether be knew he was coming
cannot be ascertained.
Wnat Mr. Searles came to Canton for is
much of a mystery. The President-elect
has said that he does not know Mr. Searles 1
initials, and Mr. Searles' only explanation
of his visit, in reply to the usual question
put to callers at the McKinley house, was
that he came on a social call.
It is generally believed that the Presi
dent-elect knew he was entertaining the
secretary of the sugar trust, but that he
did not know he was in contempt of court
at the time. The most plausible explana
tion of the visit is that he was looking up
the question of tariff legislation, and
that Friday was considered most conven
ient for him, although it was embarrass
ing. to Mr. Lexow.
It is regarded here as doubtful whether
the matter is brought up to Albany on ac
count of the unjust criticiom to which it
might subject the President-elect.
PLEADS FOR HAWAII
Colonel Palmer Says the Natives Will
Never Consent to the Scheme of
Annexation.
WASHINGTON. D. CL; Feb. 7.—Colo
nel Julius Palmer, private secretary of
ex-Queen Lihuokalani, has sent a com
munication to the Washington Times in
otate Senator Voorheis of Amador County,, Who Is an Active
Champion of Both Mine and Farmer.
which he extols in the highest manner '
the deposed ruler, and refers in the
course of his article to the question of the
annexation of Hawaii to tbis country.
Colonel Palmer says annexation is now
dead forever.
"For there is no escape," he writes,
"from one. of two positions. First, the
10,000 native voters now disfranchised by
a minority, that by official statistics in
1893 numbered 637. wili be allowed to re
sume suffrage. In this case they might
vote for one of their own chiefs of their
nation, but they will certainly vote
against annexing their country to any
other land.
"Second, the 10,000 native voters would
be still denied the right of expression of
their rights at the ballot-box. Tbev will
be held down by manacle and musket as
they are to-day. 1 have seen noble speci
mens of Hawaiian manhood laboring on
the roads carrying a ball and chain for no
other reason than their own loyalty to
Liliuokalani. If this course is pursued the
American people, under whatever party,
will never admit them to this great and
glorious Union, simply on the vote of
their oppressors, because these latter wish
to be relieved of the consequences of their
own rebellion and folly.''
Death of a Gas Magnate,
CHICAGO, 111., Feb. 7.— Albert Bel
lings, founder of the People's Gaslight
and Coke Company in this city, died to
night at his old homestead on West Lake
s'.reet, leaving an estate of about $10,000,
--000. Mr. Billings was more than 82 years
of age and died of heart failure.
TRICE FIVE CENTS.
FOR MINER
AND FARMER
Legislation That Will Cause
Them Both to Work
in Harmony.
LEFT FOR REPUBLICANS
TO ACT.
Senator Vcorheis the Active
Champion of All Classes
of Miners.
EXPLAINS IMPORTANT BILLS
PENDING.
Provision to Be Made for Restraining
Dams and the Dredging of
Navigable Streams.
SACRAMENTO, Cal., Feb. 7.— One of
the most pleasing features of the present
session of the Legislature, and one of its
unprecedented features as well, is the fact
that in matter* of legislation the farmers
and the miners are working together in
harmony. For years the Democratic party
has been promising with one face that it
would create such legislation as would en
able hydraulic miners to proceed with
their work, and with the other face it has
been promising the farmers that hydraulic
mining should not be resumed unless the
miners would go to the enormous expense
of buildine solid dams to keep the detritus
from being washed down into the rivers.
lt remained tor ihe brain and the genius
of ihe Republican party to evolve from
amidst the confusion of those two jarring
interests a plan which has now united the
interests of th* miner end the farmer.
That plan has been perfected and has as
sumed tangible shape in bills now before
the Legislature. -j..*.
Senator Voorheis of Sutter Creek, Ama
dor county, has taken much interest in
NEW TO-DAT.
cine man cures by
\&jo^iCA¥ charms and incan-
\sß^§|3®' tations. He fright-
_^3JJ£j|j|r_M ens away the "evil
aJ/J^_§ShSi spirit" who causes
\2Ss<ssffi tne sickness. He
■*i^^^^___l_!X* does all sorts of
jSß__f___Jß_?___&'% things that civilized
cine man cures by
charms and incan-
tations. He fright-
ens away the "evil
spirit who causes
the sickness. He
does all sorts of
things that civilized
____«_!>_3_«lif people would call
idiotic and barbaric,
___y^ff^__ but the civilized
•"■W VHfjs folks are not so very
MplM jf-y much ahead after
Jf ll_^_tt____ a^' Th-ay do just
jtffl I'fegaiisjr as foolish things as
r^^l^^S^ does the medicine
mxJr i^C^ man. They go along
*s_s^V carelessly, and al-
low the little sickness to grow into the
big sickness. They allow constipation to
grow into indigestion, heartburn, dizzi-
ness, headache, insomnia, and a aundred
other distressing conditions. They do
this frequently because they do not know
the cause of their trouble. It is a pretty
safe rule to look for the source of 9-ioths
of human sickness in this one simple and
appallingly . prevalent trouble. Another
foolish thing that smart people do is to
take some alleged remedy for constipa-
tion and keep on taking it, day after day, '
month after month and year after year.
Perhaps it is better to take the medicine
than not to take it at all, but of course if
they stop taking it, their trouble will
come back. This last statement is true
of __<cry other medicine prepared for this
purpose except Dr. Pierces Pleasant Pel-
lets. One " Pellet "is a gentle laxative,
and two a mild catharic. They are gentle
and efficient in their action, -permanent
in their results. You don't become a
slave to their use,' as with other pills. *•
*k^*s""*'-% >^ / The People's Common Sense
r^^_fc*J^___l Medical Adviser, in plain En-
tK_^o?v33 glish, or Medicine Simplified by
JpiwiM^j R.V. Pierce, M. D.. Chief Consult-
g -„» l-__<*n ing Physician to the Invalids' Ho-
|tA\l _ȣ**] tt . and Surgical Institute. Buffalo,
Vr__» __«-& _j'N. V., iocs . pages, illustrated.
r'^^^l J 6*50.000 copies sold at $1.50. :. Now
I . i ser.t. paper-bound," absolutely -
_»__ I tSVt FREE on receipt of -at one-cent
Vimi stamps to pay for mailing only,
"**•*■■ sm\w address Urn Author. __s above.

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