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their two sons and a Spanish valet,
left Washington at 4 o'clock this after
noon for New York, whence they sail
to-morrow for Liverpool. A large del
egation from the diplomatic corps, ac
companied by their wives, gave a
hearty au revlor at the station to their
iate associate. Mme. de Lome carried
a bouquet of red roses, and several
baskets of flowers were carried by the
attendants and placed in the car occu
pied by the De Lome party. The en
tire staff of the Spanish legation, head
ed by Senor Dubose, the Charge d'Af
faires, was present, and others at the
station were Count and Countess de
Lichtervelde of the Belgian Legation,
Viscount and Viscountess de Sauto-
Thyrso of the Pojtuguese Legation,
Mr. Piedoa, the Swiss Minister; Gen
eral Rengieof of the Colombian Lega
tion; Bamn Riedl of the Austrian Le
gation; Mr. de Weeherlin, the Minis
ter of the Netherlands; Count d'Ar
cos of Spain; Mr. Gana, the Chilean
Minister, and Mine. Gana, and Senor
Corea of the Central American Lega
tion. Mme. Gana brought a handsome
bouquet and handed it to Mme. de
Lome Just before the train passed out.
Senor de Lome passed among his for
mer associates, giving them a warm
farewell, and Mme. de Lome waved
her adieux to the men and embraced
the ladies. Quite a number of outsiders
were attracted by the gathering, but
further than that the Minister's de
parture was entirely quiet and unob
Senorita Isabel Rubio Wounded Dur-
ing a Skirmish and Taken
by the Spaniards.
HAVANA, Feb. 15.— 1t is announced
In Spanish circles that Senorlta Isabel
Rubio, who is described as an Amazon,
was captured after being wounded in
a skirmish between a detachment of
Spanish troops and some insurgents in
the province of Pinar del Rio. Senorita
Rubio, it appears, joined the insurgents
at the invitation of the late Antonio
Maceo. She is said to belong to a prom
inent family.
An Illinois Militia Regiment Is Hur-
riedly Placed on a War
CHICAGO, Feb. 15.— One of the signs
of the times was the hurried mustering
to-night of four new companies to
raise the Seventh Regiment, Illinois
National Guard, to its full strength.
The order was received from the Gov
ernor early in the afternoon, and
though only circulated by word of
mouth and mail by officers, more can
didates for enlistment presented them
selves at the armory to-night than
would have filled twice as many com
panies as were needed. Though noth
ing was paid that would give the official
color to the belief the order was given
in anticipation of a call by the Govern
ment for troops for service In a Cuban
campaign, yet it was noticeable that
every officer addressing the men re
verted to the possibility of being called
upon for Cuban duty, and was heartily
cheered by men.
Continued from First Page.
few vessels here available. There were
the torpedo boats Cushing and Erics
son and the supply boat Fern, which
arrived yesterday from the fleet at
Dry Tortugas. All the other naval
vessels had been scattered at different
points in the gulf.
Then came the report that the bat
tleship had been blown up. This news
was first received by the commandant
of the station, who In turn communi
cated the information to the several
officers in command. A telephone mes
sage was sent the commanding army
officer at the barracks.
Meanwhile the news rapidly spread
over the entire city, and the cable of
fice became the center of attraction.
The fact that the two torpedo boats
were getting up steam and would be
ready to sail added to the excitement.
A hurried conference was meanwhile
being had between several naval offi
cers present, and a line of action
. promptly decided upon.
The torpedo boat Ericsson was first
to get under way. She steamed out
with open throttles and headed for the
westward. While it is not positively
known where she has gone the im
pression is she has been dispatched to
the Dry Tortugas to notify Admiral
Sicard of the disaster to the Maine.
The Cushing is puffing at the wharf
ready to steam out and apparently only
waiting orders to proceed to Havana.
As I write this dispatch, at 3 a. m.,
the quartermaster of the supply boat
Fern is sitting in the cable office wait
ing to receive any message that may
come for the general.
Every Government vessel in the har
bor is getting ready to sail for Havana
as soon as orders are received.
Reports Made to the State Depart
ment and to the President on
the Disaster.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 16.—Com- \
mnader Dickins, after carrying out I
the Instructions of Secretary Long
with regard to relief measures for the ;
survivors of the Maine, went at once !
to the White House, where the Presi- j
dent was aroused and informed of the i
disaster. President McKinley received
the news calmly and expressed his
deep sorrow, but said nothing further,
except that he was thoroughly satis
fied with the measures adopted by the !
Navy Department.
Secretary Long retired at 4 a. m. and ■
orders that all further dispatches \
from Havana should be transmitted to
Captain Dickens.
It is learned that Secretary Long's ;
second dispatch from Key West, which |
was not given out, was merely from '
Captain Forsyth, confirming the mes
sage of Captain Sigsbee.
The Ex-Spanish Minister Is Badly !
Shocked, but Declares There
Will Not Be War.
NEW YORK, Feb. 16.— At 5:30 a. m.
Dupuy de Lome, the ex-Minister of *
Spain to the United States, was awak
ened by a reporter and informed of the
blowing up of the Maine. De Lome ap
peared extremely agitated.
"This is dreadful, awful," he said. "I
pray God this news is not true. I pray
God that it is a mistake. Why, I have
I many dear friends on board the Maine
— men that I know intimately in Wash
1 lngton. I should feel their loss more
j than would most Americans.
"It cannot be the result of any Span
ish agency at all. The Spanish min
istry and the Spanish people have been
1 greatly misunderstood in this country.
' They all desire peace; they all want
i peace with America and Americans, not
only from motives of policy, but be
cause they love America.
"I am forced to say now by this ter
i rible affair what I should have been
| precluded from saying before. Spain
cannot afford to have war with the
! United States. If only from motives
of policy they are determined not to
have any war. There can be no war
; between this country and Spain. Such
a thing is out of the question.
"If the Maine has been blown up In
Havana harbor it is the result of an
accident. That is absolutely certain.
There will be nojwar."
Nearly Everybody in Washington
Is of the Opinion That Spain
Has Proven Treacherous.
"WASHINGTON. Feb. 15.— News of
the disaster at Havana spread rapidly
over the city and the hotel lobbies -and
all public places were crowded with
people eager to hear and discuss every
particle of information as fast as it
wus received.
The wildest reports were in circula
tion, both in regard to the number of
fatalities and the cause of the explo
Nearly every one seemed to suspect
treachery on the part of Spain or its
over-enthusiastic friends in Havana.
Few would believe the explosion was
the result of an accident, but cooler
heads expressed a willingness to wait
for later news before forming any con
President McKinley was greatly agi
tated when he heard the news and he
expressed the hope that it was an acci
dent, making no reference to treachery
In his conversation.
It was stated by a person who came
from the White House that the Presi
dent received the news with perfect
coolness, but that he expressed deep
sorrow for the sailors who lost their
At the Army and Navy Club there
were groups of deeply interested offi
cers, some of them showing their deep
sorrow in every word and look for
their acquaintances aboard the Maine.
Meager information concerning the
cause of the explosion prevented any
intelligent discussion of the probable
outcome, and none could be found by
the correspondent of The Call willing
to venture an opinion.
There is much conjecture as to what
course is being or will be pursued by
the Government.
Among laymen abroad at this hour
a strong jingosplritismanifested.andit
is feared this feeling will be so intense
throughout the country that the con
; servatives will be swopt off their feet
i when the day dawns, unless it is made
; unmistakably plain that the disaster
was the result of an accident and not
of Spanish design.
Long after midnight the telegraph of
fices were besieged by friends of those
known to be on board the Maine. Many
[of the officers and men have friends,
' some families, L. this city, and some of
the latter were in a state of excitement
better imagined than described.
They were almost beside themselves
when they learned that 100 lives were
lost. But when news came later that
'■ over 200 had been killed they wrung
their hands and begged piteously for
j the names of the lost.
There were no crumbs of comfort for
i any one, every new report picturing
! the disaster as more terrible than the
i one preceding it.
Not in the Powder Magazines, Which
Captain Sigsbee Says Were in
Perfect Order.
NEW YORK, Feb. 16.— The Worlds
Havana correspondent says: The cx
i plosion was in the fore part of the ves
j sel, and not in the powder magazines,
! which Captain Sigsbee says were in
perfect order.
Captain Sigsbee although badly
j wounded in the face, was very cool in
giving orders to officers and : .?n.
The officers also showed great cool
1 noss and valor in giving orders to the
j men. They were in their shirt sleeves,
i having been hurled from their bunks.
! At this moment they are bringing in
j the wounded to the land. Some are
■ mortally wounded and will probably
• die.
Five minutes after the explosion the
Spanish warship Alfnnso Doce had
lowered her boats, and was picking up
those who were swimming.
United States Consul-General Lee is
at the Governor-General's palace con
ferr.ng with Captain-General Blanco.
Was Built in 1890 at New York, and
Had a Complement of
874 Men.
The second-class battleship Mairie
! was built at the United States navy
j yard at New York in 1890. Her dimen
i sions are as follows: Length, 310 feet;
> breadth, 57 feet; draught, 21Vfe feet. The
i Maine was of 6648 tons displacement.
I She was provided with engines of 9000
' horse-power, and could maintain a
speed of seventeen knots an hour. She
carried twin screw engines, vertical and
with triple expansion. Her armor was
eleven inches in thickness. The fight
i ing machinery of the battleship con
; slated of four 10-inch and six 6-lnch
breech-loading rifles. As a secondary
battery she carried fourteen rapid-fire,
four revolving cannon and four Gat
: lings. The cost of the battleship was
! $2,588,000. She had a steel hull and a
complement of 874 men.
And in the Event of War New York
City Would Be at the Mercy
of Her Guns.
NEW YORK, Feb. 15.— The Spanish
armored cruiser Vizcaya, with a crew
of 484 men, Is expected to arrive In
New Fork harbor some time to-mor
row. To-night the United States war
ship nearest to this port was the ar
mored cruiser Brooklyn, which was in
Hampton Roads, 350 miles away. It
would take eighteen hours of record
steaming for the Brooklyn to reach
here from the Virginia 6hores.
Naval men say the Vizcaya could de
molish the greater part of Greater New
York in less than two hours. There are
no warships in the Brooklyn navy
yard which could be made ready for
service in less than two months. The
cruisers Atlanta and Chicago are there,
but they are at present nothing more
than useless hulks. Their engines, fun
nels and boilers are stripped of arma
ment, and in a fight theshlps would not
be as serviceable as a ferry boat. The
dispatch boat Dolphin, the Presidential
yacht, is also in the navy yard, in the
stone dry dock, being refitted with new
boilers. She could not be made ready
for a sea trip inside of two months.
In an engagement with the Vizcaya's
type she would be as impotent as a
baby against Sandow. The Vizcaya
comes here ostensibly on a visit of
Captain Gilmour, chief aid to Com
mandant Bunce at the Brooklyn Navy
yard, was asked to-day what protec
tion the people of New York would
have against the guns of the Vizcaya if
war with Spain were begun while she
was anchored in the harbor, and all
the American warships at distant
"This country would not declare war
under such conditions," said the cap
"But suppose Spain should take ad
vantage of the opportunity and declare
"Why, the Vizcaya would be invited
to leave the harbor," replied the cap
tain. "At t any rate it would be a sui
cidal proceeding for her to bombard the
city. She could never leave the har
bor. The forts would see to that. But
there is little doubt that when the
Spanish warship arrives there will be
an American man-of-war close at hand
to take care of her. It is not likely
she will be long in the harbor unat
Excitement in New York and In
quiries From Many of the
European Capitals.
NEW YORK, Feb. 16.— News of the
Maine disaster created wild speculation
and great excitement in the navy yard.
The extraordinary nature of the inter
est manifested in the news of the dis
aster may be gained from the fact that
long after midnight the officials of the
State Department were aroused by
messengers bearing dispatches froni
European capitals asking for verifica
tion. From such distant points even
as Glasgow and Paris these inquiries
were wired to Washington.
Comparative Strength of Spain and
the United States Duly Set
At this time a comparison of our
: navy with that of Spain will prove
iof interest. The revolution in the
, methods of naval warfare makes
it impossible to estimate the strength
\of a navy by the number of
i ships or the weight of its guns. It may
, be that in the next great naval con
' filet some one small vessel will show
I that it can destroy the combined navies
| of the world; and it is almost certain
: that some of the battleships or armored
' cruisers will prove as destructive to
j the unarmored or protected cruis rs as
j the Virginia would have been to our
■ wooden fleet had the Monitor not
i stopped her career so suddenly t in
[ Hampton Roads.
While there will doubtless be desul-
I tory fighting among cruisers, it will be
! mere "out-post skirmishing," amount
: ing to little. The real fighting will be
j between battleships and their supports
I — protected cruisers and coast-defense
vessels fitted for seagoing.
Battleships are divided into three
! classes. The first (A) includes those of
j 8000 tons or more, built since 1890; or, if
before that, of 9500 tons. They are gen
erally considered as equal in strength,
I but in any close calculation this would
not be fair. Some are much more heav
ily armed than others, while some are
faster and stronger armored. Of ves
sels of this class Spain has but one, the
Pelayo, and the United States has nine
— four in service and five under con
! struction.
The Pelayo is a prand fight. ng ma
chine of 9900 tons with 17.7 inches of
steel armor, carrying two 12.5-inch
guns, two 11-inch, one 6-inch, twelve
4.7-inch, and smaller guns. She has
seven torpedo tubes. To match her the
United States h..s fie Indiana, Massa
chusetts and Oregon, each of 10,231 tons,
l :th 18-inch steel armor, carrying four
13-inch guns, arranged as the Pelayo's
four he-vy guns are — fore and aft and
broadside — and eight 8-inch guns in
barbette, six 4-inch quick-firing guns,
and seven torpedo tubes.
Either of these three would be mope
than a match for the Pelayo, being
larger, more heavily armed, and sailing
fifteen knots to her twelve. The lowa
would be a fairer mateh — of 11,296 tons,
with fourteen inches of steel armor
carrying four 12-inch, eight 8-inch,
and six 4-inch guns, with six torpedo
The battle-ship of the second class
(B) Is one of 7000 tons or upward,
launched since 1871, not included in the
first class; and neither Spain nor the
United States has one.
All other battle-ships are put In the
third (C) class. They are those under
7000 tons. The United States has one —
the Texas — and Spain has two — the Nu
mancia and Vitoria — but the latter are
of the old-fashioned broadside type
built in 1865 carrying muzzle-loading,
10-inch Armstrong guns, while the Tex
as is of the '95 model, carrying two 12
inch breech-loaders and able to outsail,
outmaneuver and . outfight the two
To the battle-ship the sea-going coast
defense ironclad may be expc»cted to
give great assistance. Spain has none
— the two little ones of 500 and 700 tons
used as school ships being out of the
count. The United States has elx —
three double turreted monitors and
three with double-headed barbettes of
4000 to 6000 tons each, and each carry
ing four 10-inch breech-loaders.
Armored cruisers are for fighting
mainly. They are brevet battle ships.
Spain has four— Emperado Carlos V,
Almirante, Oquendo, Vizcaya and In
fanta Maria Teresa — afloat, and four
building, ranging from 6890 tons to 9090
tOtti, each carrying two 11-inch "breech
loaders in turrets. The United States
has three — Brooklyn, New York, Maine
— of equal tonnage, armed with lighter
guns, but more of them en barbette.
A fight between the Brooklyn and
Carlos V would settle the disputed
question of armament, as to whether
the two 11-inch guns in turret were
a match for eight 8-inch guns in bar
bette. The Spanish vessels have been
built, like ours, since 1890; but they
represent an entirely different prin
ciple in construction and armament,
and which is the better has yet to be
proved. Here is a brief table for com
Tonnage, 9090. Tonnage. 9153.
2 turrets. 4 barbettes.
2 11-lnnh B. 8 8-Inch B.
10 S'/i-lnoh Q. 12 5-inch Q.
4 4-lnch Q. 12 8-pdr. Q.
2 10-prlr. Q. 4 i-pdr. Q.
4 6-prtr. Q. 4 maeh.
4 1-pdr. Q. 5 torpedo tubes.
2 maoh.
6 torpedo tubes.
The armament is light— one 8-inch
breech-loader, two 6-inch quick-firing,
eight 4-inch twelve pounders and six
torpedo tubes, but they can outßteam
anything in the Spanish navy, and de
stroy any vessel lighter armed—gun
boats and protected cruisers — with
practical impunity.
The armor of the American is much
heavier, the barbette being protected by
fifteen inches, and the turrets by only
ten inches. In addition, the American
quick-firing guns are protected by 4
inch shields.
The last in the battle line are the
"protected" cruisers. Of these there are
three classes— over and under 6000 tons
and under 3000 tons— G, H and J. Spain
has one of the first class (G) and the
United States has two, the Minneapo
11b and the Columbia.
Of the second class (H) Spain has two
—Alfonso XIII and Lepanto, carrying
four 7.8-inch B, and six 4.7-inch B. The
j United States has eleven— Olympia,
I Philadelphia, Chicago, Newark, San
Francisco, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Ra
leigh, Charleston, Atlanta and Boston.
Each one is better protected than the
Spanish type, but while some are more j
heavily armed, the majority of them '
are less heavily armed. The Olympia j
carries four 8-inch and ten 5-inch guns, j
j the Baltimore four 8-inch and six 6- |
J inch, but the Chicago carries only four- I
j teen 5-inch guns, the Newark twelve !
6-lnch and the Raleigh one 6-inch and
ten 5-inch guns.
Of the third class (J), under 3000 tons,
Spain has purchased one built for the
Japanese Government at Kiel. It has j
not yet been named or armed. The
| United States has the Marblehead, De- !
I troit and Montgomery, each carrying !
j nine 6-lnch quick-firing guns.
In addition to several light-draft j
gunhoats building, the United States
has thirteen torpedo boats in various I
stages of construction, but most of
! them will be ready before the close of
j the present year.
Spain has under construction In her |
! own yards at the present time, In ad- j
. dition to the vessels named, four ar- !
i mored cruisers, four protected cruisers, !
; four gunboats,, four torpedo-boats and ,
three battle-ships, to be equipped with
armament and motive power in France, j
From this brief review of the fighting I
1 strength of the two navies it will be
, seen that the United States has a great
i advantage over Spain in every respect.
Strange Case of a Swedish Servant
Girl Who Died in a new York
NEW YORK, Foli 15.— It appears from
the history of Ellen Callson, the 19-year
old Swedish girl who died In Roosevelt
Hospital, that a person may become in
fected with hydrophobia without being
bitten by a dog. An autopsy upon the
girl's body marie to-day revealed the
fact that her death was caused by hydro
phobia, although so far as can be learned
no dog over l)it her.
The girl was employed as a servant by
a family at Congers, N. Y. She was
brought to the hospital on Sunday after
noon, apparently suffering with a vio
lent attack of rabies. She seemed to
be suffocating and had the hallucinations
usual in such eases. Where she was
employed there were three large New
foundland dogs of which she was very
fond. One of the dogs died on November
20, a second on November SO, and the
third on Jaunary 20. A veterinary who
attended them found no trace of rabies
in any of them, yet to them is traced
the fatal malady of the girl. The
presumption is that the germs were com
municated to her by dogs licking her
hands which were badly chapped.
The Colored Heavy Weight Knocked
Out by Maher in Three
PHILADELPHIA. Feb. 15.— Peter Ma
her and "Thunderbolt" Smith, the colored.
Buffalo heavy weight, met at the Arena
in this city to-night In a six-round bout,
and Malier won in the third round. The
fighting was fast, and Maher had all the
better of It.
In the final round Smith landed a hard
left on Maher's ear. Maher countered
with his left on Smith's face and repeated
the blow twice. Smith ducked into an
uppercut and Maher sent left and right
on his opponent's head. He again landed
his left and right on Smith's face, knock
ing him down. As Smith rose to his feet
Maher banged him repeatedly on the face
and jaw and "Thunderbolt" went to the
floor again. Maher kept after him and
soon had him in a groggy condition, hang-
Ing onto the ropes. To save a knockout,
Smith threw up his hands and quit.
Brutality of a Husband.
SAN RAFAEL, Feb. 15.— A pitiful case
of cruelty and a woman's suffering came
to light to-day and claimed the atten
tion of District Attorney E. B. Marti
nelll. Mrs. Rossi, wife of Frank Rossi,
was reported to the District Attorney to
be starving. An investigation disclosed
the fact that Mrs. Rossi had been with
out food for days; that her husband had
forced her to work until from weakness
and exhaustion she dropped to the floor,
and lay In a semi-conscious condition.
Mrs. Rossi has five children. They were
placed in an orphan asylum and Mrs.
Rossi given a berth at the poor farm.
Lord Neville Sentenced.
LONDON, Feb. 13.— 1n the Central Crim
inal Court to-day Lord William Neville,
fourth son of the Marquis of Abergaven
ny. who was placed on trial charged with
fraud In connection with the suit of
"Sam" Lewis, the money lender, against
Spencer Clay to recover £11,113 due on
two promissory notes cashed by Lord Ne
ville, pleaded guilty of fraud, but claimed
he was not guilty of forgery. He was
sentenced to five years' penal servitude.

Sugar Company Buys Lime Rock.
SANTA CRUZ, Feb. 15.—The Daniels
Transfer Company has a contract to haul
SCOO tons of lime rock from Thurber's
quarry, a mile and a half from town, to
the depot, where the rock is to be loaded
upon cars: anci taken to Salinas. There it
will be used by the Western Beet Sugar
Company for "foundations for its build
ing. The sugar company uses lime rock
from Santa Cruz for refining sugar.
Pugilist Slater Wounded.
ANGELS CAMP, Feb. 15.— A difficulty
arose between Charles Slater, the sailor
pugilist, and Joe Monteverdi of Altaville
here to-day, and Slater was shot In the
groin. Monteverdi is under arrest. Slater
is under the care of a doctor. Slater
fought Carkeek in the ring here two
weeks ago and was defeated. Slater may
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Attorney-General Griggs
and the Sale of the
Kansas Pacific.
Replies to the Questions in the
Senate Resolution of
Property Will Be Sold to the Highest
Bidder and Government
Claims Paid in Full.
Special Dispatch to The Call.
Call Office, Riggs House,
Washington, Feb. 15.
Attorney-General Grlggs replied to
day to the Harris resolution, which
passed the Senate. The Attorney-Gen
eral says that the Government has al
ready complied with the decree of the
court which entitled it to become a
bidder. If the sale was allowed to pro
ceed upon the adjourned day, with no
chance of a bid equal to the amount of
the principal of the Government's debt,
1/ would be incumbent upon him to bid
on the property for the Government.
This would have been attended with
difficulties, which would be mainly
that the Government was not author
ized to operate the railroad in its own
name or through its agencies, and seri
ous doubt existed as to whether the
court would, after the sale, appoint and
continue receivers for the mere purpose
of operating the road on behalf of the
Government. He then refers to what
took place in St. Louis when the reor
ganization committee offered to bid the
amount of the principal of the Govern
ment debt. In conslusion he says:
"Answering specifically the questions
contained in the resolution of the Sen
ate, I would say I have not authorized
any agreement by which the property
is to be sold for the face value of sub
sidy bonds, nor has the Government
agreed not to be a bidder at the sale.
The only agreement made was to dis
continue the motion for postponement,
a redemption and the appointment of
a receiver, upon the guarantee that the
minimum bid by the reorganization
should be the principal of the Govern
ment debt. The property will be sold
at public sale In open competition to
such party as may offer the highest
bid, subject only to the stipulation ob
tained in open court on Saturday last,
that the minimum bid will be $6,303,000
instead of J2.500.000, as formerly fixed
by the court."
To-Day Uncle Sam Will Foreclose
the Liens on the Kansas
Pacific Property.
TOPEKA, Kan., Feb. 15. — To-morrow
TV. D. Cornish of Omaha, sperlal mas-
ter, will sell the Government lien on the
Union Pacific Railroad in Kansas. The
upset price of the Government Hen is
$6, 303,000. A. W. Krech of New York
will make the purchase for the reor
ganization committee, which is the new
Union Pacific Company. Special Mas
ter Cornish will sell under a special
mortgage the eastern division of the
Union Pacific— l4o miles. The upset
price Is to be $4,500,000. Krech also will
buy this property for the new com
On Friday Cornish will sell under a
special mortgage, and Krech will buy
for the company, the middle divi
sion of the Union Pacific— 2s4 miles.
This sale will take place at Salina.
The upset price is to be $5,300,000.
On Saturday, the entire line, from
Kansas City to Denver, will be sold
under the consolidated mortgage. This
sale will be made in North Topeka.
The upset price is to be $8,000,000.
There was a talk for a while that
the Alton would make an effort to get
hold of the Union Pacific road in Kan
sas, but nothing has been heard about
it lately. The reorganization commit
tee will have a clear field.
In the advertisement for the sale of
the Union Pacific road in Kansas, the
property has been referred to as the
Kansas Pacific, that being the name of
the original company— the company
with which the Government first did
Passage of the Bill to Amend the
Navigation Laws.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15.— The House
put In a busy day. The time was devoted
to the consideration of bills and joint res
olutions under the call of committees, and
sixteen of more or less public importance
were passed. An order was entered for
the consideration of the Loud bill relat
ing to eecond-class mail matter on March
1, 2 and 3, and the order for the consider
ation of the bankruptcy bill, which begins
to-morrow, was modified so that the final
vote shall be taken on Saturday inßtead
of Monday as arranged last week.
Payne (Rep.) of New York, chairman of
the Committee on Merchant Marine,
called up the bill to amend the naviga
tion laws of the United States. Payne ex-
Slained that the bill had been prepared
y the Treasury Department and was de
signed to protect our sea coast trade
along the Pacific Coast with Alaska.
After some argument the bill was
Loud (R.) of California, from the Com
mittee on Postofflces and Post Roads,
called up the bill to make it lawful to
transmit through the mails private pos
tal cards with a one-cent stamp affixed.
The bill was passed. Loud stated that
it was very important that the House
should act on the bill relating to a di
vision of the law relating to second-class
mail matter, as the postofflce appropria
tion bill was being held up, pending the
decision of the House on that measure.
He asked that March 1 and 2 be devoted
to its consideration.
Loud then called up a bill reported by
his committee requiring prepayment of
postage on all first-class mall matter,
but after a brief debate it was recom
A bill was passed empowering registers
and receivers of general land offices to
Issue subperaa and compel attendance.
A bill was r issed repealing the statute
requiring affirmative proof of loyalty by
the holders of bounty or land warrants.
At 5 o'clock the House adjourned.
Sought to Incinerate His Employer.
WALNUT CREEK, Feb. 15.— John Eaw
ler, who for the past ten years has been
employed on the ranch of A. P. Penlman,
has confessed that he set fire to his em
ployer's barn, which, with its contents
of hay, grain and farm implements, was
burned on Sunday. He says that he ex
pected his employer would perish in the
flames. Lawler is said to be addicted to
morphine, and his friends allege that he
committed arson while temporarily in
sane. The damage to the barn was" $5000.
Lawler has been arrested, and will be
tried for arson.
Equal Suffragists Heard.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15.— The Senate
Committee on Equal Suffrage to-day
granted a hearing in the Senate marble
room to a large delegation of ladies from
the National Woman Suffrage Associa
tion, now in convention in this city.
Selma's Alleged Firebug
Placed in a Bad
Officers Discover Accused At
torney Robinson's Law-
Removed From His Office Before the
Fire and Buried Near His
Special Dispatch to The Call.
FRESNO, Feb. 15.— The' officers of
Selma worked all last night and un
til 11 o'clock to-day searching for evi
dence against Edward J. Robinson, the
young attorney who was arrested on a
charge of arson, and who is now in the
County Jail here awaiting trial. The
lawyer was arrested for an attempt
to burn the building in which his office
was located in order to get $500 insur
ance on about $100 worth of law books,
and it was ascertained that nearly all
the volumes had been removed from
the office before the fire was started.
The officers made a diligent search to
find the books, believing that Robinson
had secreted them. This forenoon they
made the discovery, and obtained very
damaging evidence against the young
attorney. Deputy Constable Y. A.
Burns searched Robinson's home and
found several of the books, but most
of them were found burled deep in the
ground near his house. The find was
made by Constable E. Vandergrift, who
noticed some loose earth and leaves.
He made an excavation and 149 vol
umes were found buried in a hole
three feet deep, two feet wide and four
or five feet long. The hole was care
fully lined with papers, and the books
were covered with sacks. All the books
had the attorney's name on them, so
there can be no mistake as to the
An effort was made to attach them
by the insurance companies to equal
ize the loss on the building, but they
were found to be exempt from execu
tion. Robinson will not make any
statement, but merely exclaims that "it
is all like a dream." He affects mel
ancholia in Jail, and is evidently feign
ing insanity. He is a step-brother of
the Ruggles boys, who were lynched
at Redding Borne time ago.
Meeting of Two Governors at
the International Boundary
Reception and Banquet to McCord of
Arizona and Ramon Corral
of Sonora.
Special Dispatch to The Call.
NOGALES, Ariz., Feb. 15.— For weflp
past extensive preparations have bee\
under way for the reception by citizens
of Nogales, Sonora, and Nogales, Ariz.,
to Governor Ramon Corral of Sonora,
Mexico, and Governor M. H. McCord of
Arizona, who now are guests of the twin
cities on the border. The Mexican exec
utive, accompanied by the State officials
and members of the Sonora Legislature,
arrived from Hermosillo last evening. The
hospitality ot Nogales was tendered the
visitors, who stood on Mexican soil to
receive the welcome extended them by
the Anglo-Saxons standing on American
territory, and escorted by Company G,
First Infantry, National Guard ot Ari
zona, and fully half the population of both
The southbound train to-day brought
Governor McCord, his family and staff
from Phoenix. The two Governors to
day exchanged calls, and many toasts
were proposed in honor of Mexico and the
United States.
Much good is expected to follow the
meeting of the two executives. This
evening a magnificent banquet and ball
were given. To-morow they go to Her
moßillo, the capital of Sonora, where
elaborate preparations have been made
for their entertainment.
Dismissed From the Service for Tell-
ing an Untruth to Secretary
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15.— Luther &.
Billings, pay director in the United States
navy, has .been found guilty by a court
martial which has been in session at the
Washington navy-yard for the past few
days of falsehood and scandalous con
duct, and has been sentenced to dismissal
from the navy. The result of the trial
caused the greatest surprise in naval
The accused held the highest rank in
the naval pay corps, has a host of friends
and has never before been suspected of
misconduct. The offense charged against
him was in connection with the supply
to the navy of an emergency ration. It
was shown that he, as patentee of such
ration, had turned it over to a stock
company, in which he retained an In
terest, although he had officially denied
the Interest, and that he had been instru
mental in selling the ration to the Gov
ernment. The amount of profit at stake
was so small as to make his conduct in
explicable to the department, but Secre
tary Long, after a thorough Investigation
himself, decided that a court-martial was
necessary, as it was desirable to have it
understood in the most formal fashion
that under no conditions should naval
officers enter into connections that mischt
place their integrity under the faintest
suspicion. It is felt that this result has
now been attained as the reSult of the
conviction of the accused pay inspector.
Stewards of the Grand Trotting Cir
cuit Fix the Schedule.
DETROIT, Feb. 15.-The stewards of
the Grand Trotting Circuit, at their an
nual meeting to-day, admitted Buffalo
and Portland, Me., to membership.
The dates for races and total purses
fixed are as follows: Detroit, July IS,
Has Disappeared
rroubled with Catarrh, But Hood's Sar-
saparllla Cured It. /
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"Since : taking , Hood's SarsaparlUa I
have .; not ; been ' troubled with catarrh,
and it keeps my blood pure. I have rec-
ommended it to ; others, ' and advise all
troubled with impure blood to £lye it a
trial." T. B. PULLJNS, Chula \lsta,
Is the best— in faot the One True Flood Pnrlflor. ;
: HOOD'S PILLS ouro siclt hc»dncha' " J6c
$50,000:YCleveland. July, 25. «^ <*> lum
bus. August 2, 530,000;, Fort Wayne. Au_
gusf ; 9. $25,000;' Buffalo^Aurust 16 >*®,OW. :
Glen : Falls; August. 23, $30.000, R^^igf
August 30, $40,000; Hartford, SePtgPXST.
5. $40,000; Portland; September U, $30.0 W.
Total purses,; s32o,ooo.' ■ _ .- .r, T
A resolution offered by P^f^"*^-,;?;
Campau of. Detroit was adopted, - P ro v) a
ing- that hereafter purses in the- circuit
must be at least ♦.000, except in colt races
for two and three year olds These lat
ter must be worth at least $1000. JSext
year, however, all colt racefc ,. m s ,L.?n
worth at least $15J. After a discussion
as to the stakes and classes for the com
ing season the meeting adjourned. -
San Rafael Lads in Jail.
SAX RAFAEL, Feb. 15.— Juan ana Jo
seph Garcia, the elder being only 14, are
in the County Jail charged with malic
ious mischief. They were arrested by
Marshal Healy and an effort will be made
to have them placed In some State insti
tution, for they are old offenders, al
though young in years. The lads took
the window glass out of the home of
William Dickson and sold It. Their par
ents were, at one time, among the ricn
est property owners in the county, but
misfortune overtook them.
Mill Valley's Big Engine.
MILL VALLEY. Feb. 15.— Ernest
Thomas, chief engineer of the Mill Val
ley and Mount Tamnpais Scenic Rail
road, will leave on Wednesday for Erie
to make the necessary arrangements for
the transportation of the new compound
mountain-climbing engine recently pur
chased by the Scenic Railway Company.
The engine is of peculiar construction,
built by the Holster Works and capable
of hauling six cars up the mountain.
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