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VOLUME LXXXII.-InO. Bfi.
STUBBORNLY FIGHT THE TRIBESMEN British Forces Are Battling Against Overwhelming Odds in India* TWO FORTS REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN ABANDONED. Three Hundred of the Troops in the Garrison of Ali Musjid Killed During a Sortie. Fort Maude in Flames. BOMBAY, India, Aug. 24. — Up to a late hour to-night reliable news from the frontier had not been received. Reports from Peshawur indicate there has been severe fighting in Khyber Pass and the garri son of Fort Ali Musjid, a few miles west of Jamrood, is stubbornly resisting overwhelming odds. An unconfirmed report says the garrison made a sortie, in which they lost 300 killed, after which they aban doned the fort and started for Lowrag. The troops at Quetta have been warned to hold themselves .in readiness for hostilities at the shortest notice. SIMLA, India, Aug. 24. — Advices from the scene of the native re volt report that Fort Sadda, in the Kurram Valley, was attacked by rebels yesterday. After preliminary skirmishes the rebels were repulsed by the garrison. Tne subjugation of the Swati tribesmen is now com plete. A dispatch from Quetta, Beloochistan, says : " Sedition has now reached the southernmost point of the frontier. Three of the principal chiefs of Beloochistan arrived in this city and were found attempting to pervert the natives. They were arrested." A dispatch from Peshawur says : " Relief column under General Westmacott arrived at the mouth of Khyber Pass and shelled the enemy at a distance of 3200 yards. The enemy retired. Fort Maude was seen to be in flames. The garrison of the fort withdrew under the cover of artillery." AFRIDIS PROPOSE TERMS They Are Willing: to Cease F'srhtlng Under Terms the British Will Not Accept. SIMLA, India, Aug. 24— After the fight ing which occurred yesterday the Afridi tribesmen retired to the hills about Khvber Pas?, where they are virtually Bufe from pursuit by the British. To-day everything was quiet and the Afridis sent a delegation to General Wes-macott to suggest conditions, which, being accepted, they would return to tli9:r homes. These conditions provided the with drawal of the British from Swat Valley and Samana Mountains, the surrender of all of the Afridi women on the Indian side of the frontier and a revision of the salt re. ulations. The fr.ct of the Aindis proposing terms is regarded as showing a most sublimeaudacity and is evidence that they do not appreciate the gravity of their offense in the eyes of the Indian Government. The Government will un doubtedly pursue operations until the power of the Afridisas the leading clan of the Peshawur irontier is completely broken. The fate of Fort Ali Musjid has not been definitely learned. It was reported to-day that the whole garrison of 330 Bepoys had bean ma-sacred and all arms and ammunition seized. OH A TOUR OF CUBA. Fishback and Consul-General Lee to Gather Information for the Administration. HAVANA, Cuba, Aug. 24.— The report Ol Fish back's arrival in Havana, intrusted Trith a special miesion from the adminis- j tration, is confirmed. Fishback will ac- | company Consul-General Lee upon a toui of in-pection throughout the island. They will visit all the consulates and consular agencies of the United States in Cuba. By thii means Fishfoack will be able to study the real situation on the island in all the six provinces and report to the American Government the state of war in Santa Ciara, Puerto Principe, Santiago de Cuba, as well as Havana and Pinar del Itio. Up to the present the American ad ministration has had only the scaUered reports of consular agencies sent to Lee. The most official information concerning Cuba in Washington is chiefly derived from Spanish sources. Fishback's mission will result in placing an important official report in the hands of McKinley and will undoubtedly be of great service to Wood ford in carrying out his instructions En Spain. The Spanish Government cannot make the least ob jection to Lee and Fishback's visit 10 the interior and eastern part of the island. Furthermore, it is the undeniable right of the American Consul-General to inspect consulates. Thero is a worthy precedent for this in the visit to British consulates in Cuba about eight months ago by the British Vice-Consul, who availed himself of the opportunity to make a report on the war )f to the Foreign Office in London. The most important matter for investigation is the situation in eastern provinces, as the state of the war in Matanzas has al ready been personally studied by Lee. Up to this time all American consular re ports have confirmed the news previously •ent to the American pre«s. The San Francisco Call There is little doubt that this inquiry will also officially confirm the information already published, that the situation in the east, where the revolution is, is stronger than in the west, as confessed by the Spanisn Government itsel '. The report of the cruel orders \V»yler directed against the town of La Esper anza, whose SOOO inhabitant? were doomed to s arvation by the capuun-^eneral, has had a disagreeable result for the Mayor of that town, D. Pedro Goicoechea. Weyler has fined him $1000 for having made pub lic the communication. Goicoechea sent to the Governor of Santa Clara asking for the withdrawal of the captain-general's decree forbidding the sale of food to in habitants of La E>peranza. The Mayor of Hanta Isabel de las Lajas, Santa Clara province, has also been fined $1000 by the captain-general because he couiil noi prevent a raid on the town by the insurgents. A report comes from Cienfuegos of the aroirary arrest in the town of Arriete of the station-master, Aguatin Villecas, and ihe well-known citizen, Emilio Alvarez without any known charge acainst them. They were sent manacled to Cienfuecos, and have been lie! i incommunicado since Aueiiot 16. General Weyler has prom ised to pay $1 in Spanish paper money for every head of cattle seized by the troops in the country. The average price in the market v $2 in gold. Lro to Urne Cletnincy, ROME, Italy, Aug. 24— It is under stood the Pope will recommend to the Queen .Recent of Spain (hat special clem ency be exercised toward Senorita Even gelina Cossio Cißneroa, the Cuban girl in prison at Havana. He has taken a very deep interest in the fate of tne fair young Cuban girl, and the Vatican will io<e no time in making a Papal recommendation of mercy to the Queen Regent of Spain. DBYKIiITX OF JTKKSCH JUSTICE. bentenee* fnr Tho** Xeiponiibte for the tharilu Baz'tar tire. PARIS, France, Aug. 24.— The trial of Baron Mackau, one of the principal pro moters of the charity bazaar, which burned on May 4, when upward of 100 lives were lost, together with M. Bailac and M. Bagrachof, operators in the cinematograph department, in which the fire star-.ed, was concluded to-day. Defendants were charged with homicide througn neglecting to take proper precaution*. Baron Mackau, whose wife was one of the victims of ttie disaster, was found cuilty of im prudence and sentenced to pay a fine of 500 francs. Bailac and BaKrachof, it was decided, were responsible for the tire, and iliey were sentenced respectively to one year in prison r.nd 300 francs fine and eight months imprisonment and 200 francs line. w . ADOFIH TUli UVLU BTAM)A.RIt Vxvmg to the tlttmp in Silver Salvador Chang** I* Currency. PANAMA, Colombia, Aug. 24.,-Salva dor has been forced by a slump in silver to adopt a gold standard. Owing to the financial straits of Salvador President Kaiael Gutierrez convoked an extraor dinary session of Congress to consider the monetary crisis. He sent to Congress a massage urgine tbe necessity of a speedy change in tho currency, and yesterday tbe bill passed. Tlie President < was also authorized to neKoliatu a foreign loan'for $2,500,000. The new loan will go into effect wiihin iwo months. After it becomes operative ail customs will be payable in gold. SAN FRANCISCO, WEDNESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 25, 1897. WHAT THE "EXAMINER" CALLS "AN ORDINARY BUSINESS TRANSACTION." VERITABLY A THOR N IN THE FLESH The Pass Episode Daily Adds Tribulation to Bryan's Friends. MEMORY VERSUS FORGETFIMESS. Between Foote's Lack and Law lor's Surplus of Recollection a Story Gets Out. MILLS USES HAUGHTY LANGUAGE. The Land Agent Peels That Silence Is Now His Only Hope in the future. Friends of William Jennings Bryan, and even that distinguished gentleman himself, seem to have a glimmer of real ization that open conlession is good for the soul. They hnve given up attempts to conceal that Mr. Bryan rode on a pass, but they have not yet reached the point of admitting that as a statesman of re nown and a hater of railroads he mado a mistake when he did so. At first they were reticent. W. W, Foote declared with due legal solemnity that he did not know anything about the matter. Concerning passes for Mr. Bryan his mind was a comfortaDle blank. Yet Mr. Foote, at the request of Mr. Bryan, had himself secured i!.e pass which has incited inquiry, and a published letter to him from Bryan is evidence of the fact. Mr. Foote perhaps might refresh his mem ory by reading the letter, which possibly was turned over by him for publication while he was in a trance. . Still, the ait of forgetting is not unknown. The letter requested that tne pass be issued on World-Herald advertising ac count, and added that a telegram from that paper had led to the issue of a ticket from Ogden to San Francisco. A pass across Utah, Nevada and Cali fornia. Where, oh, where was that stern determination to clutch the railroad tyrant by the throat? Forone cannot well eat bread and stick the breadknife into his host. And where was that venerated statute — the interstate commerce law — before which even Mr. Huntington bows when he feels like it, a statute barring railroads from issuing passes from one State into another? As to the pass issued from Sacramento to Portland ior Wiiliam Jennings Bryan, it was cheerfully j;iven by Mr. Mills, wbo is stated by Mr. Hearst's paper to have rs gardeu the episode as an ordinary busi ness transaction. Mr. Mills is less cheery now, since a prattling conductor babbled the snap, if po vulgara term is permissible, into a listening ear. In fact, the repre sentative of an Eastern paper, visiting Mr. Mills yesterday in quest of inlormation on the subject, received some to the effect that the land agent didn't have a darn thing to say, and that he didn't give a whoop in hades what the visitor wired to any Eastern paper, The visitor had not been looking for this information par ticularly, and realized that Mr. Mills wa-i doing his whooping right here, albeit, perhaps, with a feeling of l>e;n_- in hades. And Mr. Mills did not use the word "darn." What he really did say has been modified, bo as not to imperil public morals, nor shock the sensitive. To make a bad matter worse W. P. Lawlor of the State Silver Committee, anxious to save his friend Bryan from the effects of a bad break, had to open a mouib, and with an immediate kerplunk he put his foot in it. He said, did Mr. Lawlor, that Bryan had told him that the only way to get what they (the Southern Pacific) owed us (the World-Herald) was to take it out in transportation. There were reporters present when Mr. Lawlor made this statement, and it speaks well for their breeding that not one of them winked nor was heard to say "Rats!" The statement was calmly taken down, and Mr. Hearst's paper published it, and says inferentially that it is so, and there you are. The ability of Mr. Lawlor to re member, coupled with the Foote ability to forget, constitute a combination fitted for an emergency. Interest just now centers upon the right of Mr. Bryan to employ in speaking of the paper on which he formerly worked that broad and comprehensive "us," and being as one ol "'us" entitled to ride with out putting up a cent nor a line of adver tising. ________________ tiryan 1' -•«" "' *•'". DALLAS, Tex., Aug. 24.— W. J. Bryan has written that it will be impossible for him to visit the State fair here. He has decided to abandon his proposed trip to Mexico this fall, where he hart decided to Etndy the financial and economical conditions of that country. Banged in the Pretence of Hit, Vint int. FAYETTEVILLE, W. Va., Aug. 24.— Jerry Brown, a uegro who assaulted Mis. Isaac Radford on February 19, was hanged this aiternoon in the presence of his victim. COLUSANS CLAMORING FOR A LIFE Pretty Florine Poirier Shot by a Vagrant Choreman. PEDRO VINELLI'S AWFUL CRIME. Mortally Wounds the Girl, Then Turns His Pistol Upon Himsalf. TRIVIAL GRIEVANCE LEADS TO THE TRAGEDY. The Capitalist's Only Daughter Had Taken an Alrjjun From Vlnelli's Son. COLUSA, Cal., Aug. 24.— Miss Florine Poirier, a beautiful girl of 16 years and the only daughter of Richard Poirier, a Colusa capitalist, lies ou a bed ol agony with a bullet in her breast and another in her hip. The girl is breathing and that ia all, for it is not likely that she will sur vive her wounds. In a cell at the town jail Pedro Vinelli, a choreman who has heretofore made a precarious living by doing odd jobs around the town, is tossing about in pain, wiih two bullets in his breast. He may recover to suffer the penalty for the wounding of the young girl, but the chances are against it. Miss Poirier was the victim of an awful tragedy, which occurred at 2 o'clock this afternoon near the Colusa House, where she lived with her parents. Because of a petty grievance she was set upon by Vinelli and mortally wounded. The crime was so unwarranted that the people of Coiusa are enraged beyond measure, and anjrry threats against the life of the wounded prisoner are heard on every side. Vinelli has a 10-year-old son. About three months ago this youngster shot at Miss Poirierwith an airgun, and theyounc lady took it from him. Ever since then the boy has annoyed her whenever he found the opportunity. Evidently he had tol i his father of his grievance and magnified it tenfold, although the inci dent was so trivial that Miss Poirier had almost forgot'en in what way she had incurred the lad's hatred. To-day the yonna;lady rode in the hotel omnibus out to the well at the bridge near :own. She had left the 'bus for a minute and was about to re-enter it when the elder Vinelli sprang from under the bridge and seized her. Heaping imprecations upon her head, he held her with oue hand while with the other he drew a re volver and fired at her. The bullet entered her breast, bhe tore from his grasp and, screaming, started to run away. He tired again and the bullet struck her on the hip. The girl ran to the Bridge House and there fell from exhaustion and loss of blood. Proprietor Graham of the Bridge House heard the shooting and came out to see what it was about. When he ap peared on tba scene Vinelli directed the pistol toward his own breast and fired t wife. The ballets entered the right side of the breast, a half-inch apart. The wounds will probably prove fatal. Vinelli was taken to the town jail, where his wounds were attended to. His only ex planation for his crime was that Miss I'oi rier had ill treated his son. Miss Poirier, who wai taken to the quarters of her parents at the Colusa House, is hovering between life and death, with the chances against her re covery. She is the only daughter of the capitalist, and is a beautiful girl, highly accomplished and popular in Colusa so cial circles. Tbe rage of the residents b intense, and should Vinelli recover suf ficiently to be removed he will be hastened to some neighboring town to prevent an attack upon him by lynchers. MAY FQBFtlf /TS CHARTER. The Southern Pacific Company Contin ues to Ignore the Kentucky Lfficials. FRANKFORT, Kt., Aug. 24.— General B. W. Duke, attorney for tbe Louisville and Nashville, and who \% also attorney for the Southern Pacific Railroad, called on Auditor Stone, secretary of the Board of Valuation and Assessment, ana held a long private vSnierence this afternoon. Both Sione and Duke refused to make public the nature of the conference. The Southern Pacific Company has not re established an office at Louisville, and the board is awaiting a reply from the home office of the company before proceeding further. Members of the board are clearly of the opinion that unless the office it re established it will work a forfeiture of the charter, and will probably authorize At torney-General Taylor to bring suit to in validate the charter if the company per sists in ignoring the board. PRICE FIVE CENTS. LUXURIOUS TRA VEL IN THE NORTH Electric Sleigh Service to Dawson City Is Projected. COMFORTS PROPOSED IN AN ARCTIC WINTER. Gold-Seekers May Travel in Upholstered Berths Heated by Steam. FLANS MADE FOR E XPLORAI ION OF COPPER RIVER. There Is Said to Ec Plenty of Gold on the American Side of the Boundary Line. SEATTLE, Wash., Aug. 24— In a letter received in Seattle to-day the information is contained of a project that if carried out successfully will maKe winter travel to the Klondike more of a pleasure than a hardship. Prominent business and rail* road men propose to inaugurate an elec tric sleigh service capable of traveling sixty miles an hour on a smooth surface. The Pullman Palace Car Company has by this time completed a model of the sled that is to make travel to Dawson practica ble and easy in the middle of an Arctic win ter. Tbe details of the proposition reached Seattle this morning in a letter from Wil liam Forbush of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway Company to a prominent business man. The company backing the proposition is the Great Northern Mining and Transportation Company, which will shortly open offices in the Great Northern Hotel Annex in Chicago. Prominent railroad and com mercial men are interested in the com pany, as is the Pullman Palace Car Com pany. The letter states that the sleiehs will be built by the Palace Car Company, fur nished with upholstered berths and heated and lighted with electricity, so that the coldest weather will not trouble the trav eler. They will nave a speed ot from ten to sixty miles an hour, according to tbe condition of the river. On tbe first trip through it is proposed to take a number of mes who will smooth over the rough places, and after the pilot becomes ac quaiatud with the road a fast trip will be possible. Passengers, baggage and freight will be carried at a reasonable rate. All the plans of the company are patented. The transportation scheme is not the only one patented by the company. They will build smaller sleighs which will be disposed of to the individual prospectors. These sleighs will also be propelled with motor, and with them it is expected that a prospector cau go anywhere he may de sire on the ice. The sled will be fitted with a diamond drill which can be driven by the motor fifty feet through the ice, and in this way bars and placer ground only accessible in the summer and at low water can be prospected in midwinter. If the diamond drill indicates gold in quantities the prospector can stake off his claim. The company will send out men thoroughly competent to run the sleighs and all or as many as possible of the small streams will be prospected. Mr. Forbush states in his letter that there is nothing about the scheme that has not been tried, and that they know it will work successfully. The company ex pects to put the sleighs in operation Uur in? the coming winter. An expedition of far-reaching import ance is being organized to explore the Alaskan gold field tributary to the Copner River. At the head of it is A. Joseph Kin of Port Townsend, ex- Superior Court Judge, and William H. White of Seattle, ex-United States District Attorney and at present Democratic National Committee man from Washington State. The inten tion is to organize fifty men, each to put $1000 in a common fund, purchase outfits and supplies for two years and to charter a steamer to sail from Seattle to Prince William Sound about the middle of Oc tober. The gentlemen referred to will accompany the expedition, and they want forty-eight other equally courageous and able-bo lied men to join them. A dozen or more have already been secured— five of them to-day. Prince William Sound is about 400 miles north vie -t of Sitka and parties nave fre quently entered Copper ltiver from the Sound, although not without some diffi culty. Boats can ascend the river during high tide, but they cannot go farther than a point some forty-tive miles from the Sound. Here the glaciers are found. When once the glaciera are passed tiie river becomes navigable for a distance into the interior for all classes of light river boats, the stream beinc wide and aha. low and not very swift as a rule. The soil is of tbe nature of a black muck on the sur face, soft and yielding. Arctic as well as other moss ia found everywhere, which make* travel somewhat difficult, owimr to Better Every Way Was Troubled With Dis'r*ss About the Hoart-Haw Cured. "My b'ood v. as out of order and I wai troubled with distress nbout the heart. 1 read about Hood's Sarsaparilla and de- cided to give it a trial. It has relieved the aistress about the heart and oinde me fuel better in every way." Mrs. Maggik Richardson, Madera, California. Hood's Sarsaparilla Is sold by drußKlsts. $1 : six for ifo. Prepared only by C. I. Hood & Co.. Lowe 1, Mass. 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