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VOLT ME LXXXIV.-NO. 167.
Based on Mysterious
PARISIANS BELIEVE REPORT
GENERAL IDEA THAT THE PRIS
ONER IS DEAD.
All Bequests of Mme. Dreyfus to Send
Clothing to Her Husband or
Communicate With Him,
Have Been Denied.
SpeclaJ Dispatch to The Call,
PARIS, Nov. 13. — It is reported here
this evening that Dreyfus is dead.
The rumor is understood to be based
upon a mysterious telegram received
from Colmar, capital of Upper Alsace,
signed by an unknown correspondent.
So far as can be ascertained there
is no official confirmation of the report.
The father-in-law of Dreyfus discredits
it. He says he has received excellent
accounts from the Colonial Office quite
recently as to the prisoner's health.
Despite these assurances there are
dark rumors afloat. In view of the cu
rious manner in which the letter from
Dreyfus, declaring that he had aban
doned all hope, was conveyed to Mme.
Dreyfus on Friday, many people be
lieve he is dead.
A dispatch from Paris on Friday
said that Mme. Dreyfus had applied
that day at the office of the Minister
of the Colonies for permission to send
her husband some warm clothing for
his return home. The request was re
fused on the ground that the Govern
ment would do whatever was neces
At the same time, according to the
dispatch, the authorities read her a let
ter from her husband to the effect that
having for five months addressed ap
peals for revision to General De Bois
deffre (recently chief of staff of the
French army) without getting ™"V re
ply and being weary and exhausted by
his useless appeals, he would write no
more to his family or to any one else.
He described himself as ill and dying
and bequeathed to the "generosity of
my country the care of rehabilitating
It appears that Mme. Dreyfus then
asked permission to telegraph her hus
band the decision of the Court of Cas
sation. This request was also refused.
Then, through a friend, she appealed
to President Faure with no better re
The dispatch said her counsel would
bring the whole matter before the
Court of Cassation.
Careful inquiries made at Colmar this
evening show that nothing is known
there as to the death of Dreyfus. It
is now believed that the telegram was
TOO MUCH REALISM IN
PLAYING GRAND OPERA
Tenor Stabs the Prima Donna— The
Actress Faints and the Curtain
Is Rung Down.
ST. LOUIS. Nov. 13.— At the Century
Theater, in the course of the presenta
tion of "I PaKliaoci," Tenor Francesco
Collenz carried out a finale in one of the
acts by a bit of realism that was not on
the programme With unwonted ardor
Air Collenz wounded Miss Nedda Morri
son, the prim;: donna, In the arm with a
(laßßer. Blood spurted forth from the
wound the actress fainted and the cur
tain was rung- down. Manager Levering
culled for a physician from the audience.
I)r Thompson 'responded and speedily re
vived Miss Morrison, who v.;<s fumed to
retire to her hotel. The wound is not
Will Make a Tour of the World.
DENVER. Nov. 13.— After the expira
tion of his term as Governor in January
next Governor Adams will start on a tour
around the world. He will visit first Thr
Hawaiian and Philippine Islands, and will
return through India, Egypt and the
TERRIBLE DEATH OF MRS.
MARIE PREAY, WHOSE BODY
WAS BURNED TO CRISP
Neighbors Attracted by b[er Heartrending Screams
Flushed to H er Rescue, but Could Do
Nottyng for Her.
OAKT AND Nov 13 -Mrs. Marie Preay, the pretty young wife of Antonio Preay, was burned to death
this aYternoon at her home on Thirty-second street, near Fourteenth avenue. Her body was burned to a
crisn and her agonizing screams were heartrending to the few neighbors who rushed to her rescue, but \wio
coufd "o *notnln* Tor her ln the throes of death Mrs. Preay related the circumstances that led to her un-
ZetLking off It appears that her husband, together with one of the two little girls, was visiting
friends at San Leandro, the other child remaining with the mother. .
At about 120 o'clock this afternoon Mrs. Preay decided to prepare dinner for her returning loved ones.
She ™ a kSSllnf tn S£ when her light calico gown was ignited by a .park. This sh e di « not »ott~ un
til her little daughter cried out "Mamma, mamma, you are burning." Overcome with the seriousness of
her conditlon-for she w« about to become a mother again-she rushed through the kitchen and hall and
out on the front porch and screamed for help; all the while the flames were consuming her raiment Soon
her beautiful hair was ablaze and her dark skin was burning A light breeze fanned the fla ™ 3 °"
deadly mission. Unable to call for help any longer she fell to the floor when Louis Fernandez, farmed by
her cries, rushed to her assistance. Quickly a blanket was procured and the flames were smothered but
the flesh was still sizzling when he carried her into the house, and between groans she endeavored to
tell him how it happened. The neighborhood is sparsely settled, but the few neighbors soon thronged to the
dying woman's bedside. Dr. Sill and another physician were summoned, but only the woman s pains could
be alleviated by them. Shortly after 4 o'clock— after a delicate operation had been performed— the woman
died with the corpse of a little one by her side.
Antonio was half crazed with grief when he learned of his wife s horrible death. Kind and condoling
words of his neighbors could not soothe him, and temporarily, at least, he is a mental wreck.
Mrs. Preay was a native of Portugal, aged 25 years. She and her husband were industrious folk, and
owned their little home on Thirty-second street, where they have resided the past four months, coming from
The San Francisco Call
Must Yield on Every
FIRMNESS OF THE AMERICANS
DETERMINED TO RETAIN THE
Their Last Memorandum Regarded
as a Virtual Ultimatum — Cred
itors Watching the Ne
Special Dispatch to Th» Call.
PARIS, Nov. 13. — Among onlookers
here the impression exists — though it is
not the result of any official statement
—that the Spanish Peace Commission
ers will not consent to a treaty which
the American Commissioners could
sign. It seems almost possible, also.
that in the pitiable pressure to which
the Spanish Commissioners are sub
jected between their large creditors,
who are on the spot watching them,
and the stern attitude of the United
States, the Spaniards may abandon
their struggles and leave the two forces
to confront each other.
It will not be decided until to-morrow
morning whether the next joint session
is to occur to-morrow or on Tuesday.
The Spaniards, it has been arranged,
will inform the Americans to-morrow
morning whether they need the day to
prepare their next memorandum. If
they want Monday the meeting will
take place on Tuesday. Under the
rules of procedure adopted at the con
ference, it is understood that the de
liberations may not be unexpectedly
concluded by either side.
The statement is printed here this
evening that the last memorandum
from the Americans is regarded by the
Spaniards as a virtual ultimatum, but
as a matter of fact the Americans have
not presented an ultimatum, save as
their treatment of the subject in hand
may be unswervable. It is only since
Wednesday last that the Spaniards
have begun to feel that the Americans
purpose taking over the Philippines
and that, too, without any assumption
of Spanish indebtedness. As they are
now convinced of this, it may be that
Spain's next presentment In the con
ference will be the supreme rally of her
diplomats' argumentative and tactical
forces. It may even mark the con
clusion of all she has to say. but if the
rules of procedure are followed the
Americans would still have another
presentation to submit.
Ever since October 1 it has been
within the range of possibility that at
any meeting an open rupture might oc
cur, and on one or two occasions it
might have been easily a fact even be
fore the taking up of the Philippine
question. The boundaries of the field
in which that question is being worked
out are becoming more apparent and
the angle of final settlement cannot be
far off. If a treaty is to result here it
may fairly be expected within three
weeks, although it is not true— as re
ported from the United States to-day—
that the Americans have instructions
embodying a time limit for the conclu
sion of the conference.
Judge Day has completely recovered.
The Gaulois this morning says: "The
acquisition of the Philippines for
twenty-five years by an international
syndicate, from which every power may
eventually acquire them, is a rumor
based on facts of which the Gaulois will
to-morrow (Monday) give dtails."
Following this lead, the Gaulois and
other papers will to-morrow announce
the scheme somewhat on these lines:
A syndicate representing $400,000,000
capital proposes to take over the com
mercial resources and advantages r>f
the Philippines for a term of twenty
five years, paying to the dominant
r therein $125,000,000 for the privi
Under the alleged terms of this
F'h'me, the dominant power would ad
minister the political and military gov
ernment of the islands at its own ex
SAX FRANCISCO, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1898
GREAT REPUBLICAN LANDSLIDE.
This County Map of California Sh)ows tY)z Republican Gain of F if teeo
(Probably Counties, While Losing None.
pense, under the apportionment named,
while the syndicate would collect all
customs and other revenues for the
The scheme involves giving Spain
$175,000,000 to satisfy any real or imag
inary claims she may make as to the
territory. This feature is said to be
based on the assumption that the
United States will be the dominant
power. The remaining $100,000,000 of
this reputed syndicate would be pre
served as its working capital.
The sponsor of the project ia a Mr.
Young, said to be a son of Brigham
Young, and an attempt is apparently
made to create the impression that the
capital of $400,000,000 is already under
It is thought possible, however, if the
alleged syndicate has an existence, that
Americans may have an opportunity
given them to join with it in holdings
of large or small amounts. Whether
it proves veritable or otherwise,
friends of the United States here are
asking if the announcement of the
scheme is not intended to embarrass
the Americans by an offer, real or ap
parent, of $400,000,000 for a limited time,
for the use of which the Americans
may desire to acquire in perpetuity for
a pum relatively nil.
X.-fT-official Americans in Paris put
aside as unthinkable the assumption
that the United States would farm its
burdens or its advantages, if any, in
the Philippines, which, if acquired, will
be taken over as indemnity attending
the discharge of high responsibilitee.
In any event, the Amercan Commis
sioners will doubtless ask whether the
announcement is timed to serve the
ends of the syndicate or to hinder the
efforts of Judge Day and his associates
to affect an amicable adjustment of the
Filipinos Overrun Panay
MAY ATTACK THF CAPITAL
INHABITANTS IN A STATE OF
Spanish Governor Bios cf the Vis
cayas Group Desires to Trans
fer Control to the Amer
Special Dispatch to The Call.
MANILA, Nov. 13.— The following ad
vices have been received from Iloilo,
capital of Panay, one of the principal
islands of the Viscayas group:
The insurgents have occupied Linga
nis, Oton and Pavia, suburbs of Iloilo,
and are daily expected to attack the
town. The Spaniards have abandoned
the mote and destroyed the connecting
Business is paralyzed and the inhabi
tants are in a state of terror. The
mercantile houses of all nationalities
have signed a circular asking the com
mander of the United States cruiser
Charleston to remain, as the Spanish
authorities are incapable of affording
It is reported also that the insurgents
have taken the whole of the islands of
Negros and Zl-zu of the Viscayas group.
As the cable connections are cut, it is
impossible to confirm this rumor.
On November 6, General Rios, Span
ish Governor of the Viscayas. is said to
have declared a seven days' armistice
in order to communicate with Madrid
with a view of transferring control to
Major Bell has gone to Iloilo to as
certain the facts of the situation.
The United States transport Scandia
will leave to-morrow with sixty sick
and discharged men.
ALASKA GETS HER FIRST
WINTER MAIL SERVICE
Semi-Monthly Trips to All Main
Points — No Extension Likely
for the Present.
"WASHINGTON, Nov. 13.— 50 far as the
postal officials are advised there Is no
warrant for any extension of service inthe
region about the Allankakat River north
ward. The Postofflce Department has had
agents in the interior of Alaska reporting
on the needs as well as the conditions of
the service, and an inspector from the
Railway Mall Service is now en route
there to go over the whole field this
The Allankakat is practically unknown
to the postal authorities. The winter
plans for the postal service in the Yukon
region are completed, and will consist of
a twice a month service via Juneau, that
is, the regular route through Dawson to
Circle City to Weare, where the Tanana
River joins the Yukon, and thence down
the Yukon to St. Michael. This is the
first time the Yukon has had a winter
mail service (which is now already be
gun), and the department congratulates
itself on having these facilities, getting
mails as they do twice a month to the
main points in Alaska, instead of having
no service at all in winter as heretofore.
No extension of the service so far as to
provide mail service anywhere north of
the Yukon is contemplated.
There is nothing in the possession of the
postal officials to point to a large migra
tion to the Allankakat region, though if
as many as perhaps 500 people settle to
gether in that section it is likely that
after location is positively shown, ar
rangements to ship the mail there would
be made. Otherwise any who may be up
there will have to get their mails from
the nearest point on the Yukon, along
which the regular carrier travels, the
point most probably being either Rampart
or Tanana. The points at which the
mails will be left on the Yukon route are
Eagle at the mouth of Mission Creek;
Star, at the mouth of Forty-Mile Creek;
Circle, on the Yukon, at the mouth of the
Porcupine lUver: Rampart, formerly
called Minook;- Tanana, opposite the
mouth of the Tanana River; Koyukuk, at
the mouth of the river of the same name;
Anvik, at the mouth of the Alvill, and St.
From Juneau to Tanana the mail serv
ice now in operation for the winter season
is semi-monthly. From 'lanana to St-
Michael it is monthly. The department
announces positively that no extensions
of the service in Alaska will be made dur
ing the winter, and no service whatever
so far is contemplated at either Fort
Hamlin or Arctic City, inquiry as to
which has been made, though sufficient
settlement may call for such action later
JERRY SIMPSON'S DEFEAT.
Sockless Statesman Says He Is Still
MEDICINE LODGE, Kans., Nov. 13.—
Congressman Jerry Simpson, who has Just
been defeated for re-election by Chester I.
Long, denies the statement that he has
quit politics. "I may not run for Con
gress again," said Congressman Simpson
in an interview, "but I nave not quit poli
tics by any means. lam still alive."
Of his ambitions after leaving the na
tional House, however, Mr. Simpson re
fused to talk.
Captain of the Cruiser Brooklyn Sub
mits Additional Names to the
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13.— A supple
mental report of Captain F. A. Cook of
the cruiser Brooklyn, relative to officers
deserving especial mention in the battle
of July 3, has been filed with the Navy
Department. It is as follows:
UNITED STATES FLAGSHIP BROOKLYN.
Sir: I request to supplement my report of
the battle of July 3, and that it be filed with
that report made on July 7.
The splendid and efficient work done in the
engine and fire rooms was largely due to the
zeal and intellltf.-nce of Paswd Assistant En
gineer darter, who went immediately to his
station in the englne-rn.ims and was unremit
ting throughout the action in his efforts to get
the best speed. He was ably assisted in the
flrerooms by Passed Assistant Engineer J. B.
I'atton and Assistant Engineer Fitzgerald.
Naval Cadets U. S. Macy and J. H. Wood
ward were stationed at the battery and were
cool and efficient in duty.
Naval Cadet J. A. Hand was at the central
station and conveyed all orders and instruc
tions deliberately and well.
Naval Cadets J. W. L. Clements. R. W. Vin
cent, J. T. Bowers and C. W. Forman were
stationed in the powder division and did ef
Pay Clerk O. H. Hancock volunteered for a
station and did excellent work in the powder
LOST THEIR LIVES
IN CONTROLLER BAY
Man and Woman Drowned Through
the Capsizing of a Small
SEATTLE, Nov. 13.— The steamer Wol
cott, from Copper River, Alaska, brings
news of the drowning- of a young woman
named Grossop and a man named Tanker
son in Controller Bay, October 5. They
were rowing from the mouth of the Chil
kat River to Kayak Island, and their boat
capsized. The body of the woman was
recovered. On it was found $11,000. She
formerly lived in Minneapolis. With her
sister she ran a dance hall on Controller
The steamer Dora arrived to-day from
Cooks Inlet, Alaska, with about twenty
passengers. Among them were Lieuten
ant Spurr, who, with a party of three, had
been surveying the territory between the
Kuskokwim and Sushitna Rivers. Lieu
tenant Spurr discovered a new range of
mountains of several hundred miles in
length, running from Lake Clark to the
headwaters of the Tanana. The average
altitude of the range is from 7000 to SOOO
TRENTON'S SPEEDY MAYOR.
At lieast $150,000 Ahead of the
TRENTON, N. J., Nov. 13.— Vice Chan
cellor Reed rendered a decision yesterday
in which he holds that Mayor Frank A.
Magown, as president of the Trenton Rub
ber Company, overdrew his accounts in
that concern to the extent of at least $150,
000. He also decides that Allen Magown,
the ex-Mayor's father, and a director or
the company, is civilly responsible for
$16 990 of the overdrafts, and that William
P 'Hayes another director, is responsible
to the extent of $3600.
Suit was instituted by Receiver Burd
with the idea of holding Allen Magown
and William P. Hayes responsible for the
c-x-Mayors overdrafts, on the ground that
they had been negligent in thejr duties as
directors. , . ,
The Vice Chancellor expressed himself
crettv freely as to Magown's reckless
conduct in using the funds of the company
for his own personal benefit and says it
is clear that Alien Magown and Hayes
were negligent in their dealings, but they
can only be held responsible to the credi
tors from the time they knew the com
pany to be insolvent.
Nickle Suspected His
EVIDENCE AT THE INQUEST
CHILD DESCRIBES THE TBIPLE
Mrs. Dale Shot Through the Heart
After a Vain Attempt to
Save Her Daughter's
Special IMspatch to The Call.
PLACERVIL.LE, Nov. 13.— An in
quest was held to-day over the bodies
of murdered Mrs. John fickle and Mrs.
Amanda Dale, and "Jack" Nickle, who
committed suicide after he had taken
the lives of his wife and her mother and
wounded his own child. It was brought
out that jealousy was the cause of the
crime. There was but one eye wit
ness to the shooting— the eight-year-old
daughter of Mrs. Dale.
According to the child's story, "Jack"
Nickle and his wife, with their one
month-old child, were at the house of
Mrs. Dale. Nickle had a Winchester
rifle, with which he fired at his wife.
The bullet cut the neck of the child
and entered the breast of its mother.
Mrs. Dale assisted the wounded wo
man to flee from the house to a place
about 100 yards distant, where Mrs.
Nickle fell dead.
Mrs. Dale was continuing her flight
in the direction of a neighboring ranch,
where her husband was at work, whfjn
Nickle fired a bullet through her heart,
killing her instantly.
The murderer then coolly removed
one of his shoes, placed the muzzie of
his rifle to his heart' and pulled the
trigger with his toe. He fell dead at
the discharge of the gun.
Beyond a statement as to what oc
curred at the time of the tragedy noth
ing could be learned from the child.
; She could not give a coherent reason
for the murders and suicide, but enough
has been learned to make it certain
i that Nickle was JealOUS of his wife
and that he believed her stepfather
wa« a rival for her affections.
Ml of the principals to the tragedy
had a tinge of Indian blood in their
-veins, but were industrious and of good
WRECK AT STOCKTON.
Freight Train Crashes Into the Oak
dale Combination Local.
STOCKTON. Nov. 13.— A freight train
from the north struck the Oakdale train
as it was backing down the Weber
avenue track late this afternoon, and the
passenger and combination coaches com
posing the latter were demolished. The
freight was running at a high speed and
that a score of people were not killed was
due to the fact that the passenger was
merely backing into position. The freight
struck the passenger coach squarely,
knocking it several yards from the track.
With it went the combination express and
mail car. The freight locomotive was
badly damaged. The train hands all
ZOLA IS NOT COMING.
Cousin of the Famous Author Denies
KANSAS CITY, Nov 13.— Edward Zola,
a resident of this city, and a cousin of
Emile Zola, the champion of Dreyfus,
says that the report that the French au
thor is coming to this country shortly
is untrue. Edward Zola, who is an exile
from his country and who for four years
past has been manager of the Kansas
City Club, has received a letter from his
distinguished cousin, in which kmile Zola
states emphatically that he has no inten
tion of coming to the United States on a
lecture tour, as had been stated, or for
any other purpose, at least for a time.
Immune Captain Dies of Typhoid.
LEXINGTON, Ky., Nov. 13.— Captain
Pevton Randolph, one of the most promi
nent officers of the Seventh Volunteer
Infantry (immunes), died to-day at a local
hospital of typhoid fever. He was 25
years of age and commanded Company
He tame from the famous old Randolph
fa.mil v of Virginia and was a graduate of
the Virginia Military Institute.
GIVE A WARNING
Fearing a Repetition of Incendiary
fires, They Serve Notice or)
Thugs to Leave Camp.
RANDSBURG, Nov. 13.— The following notice has been posted in
public places throughout the camp: . -
All ex-convicts, macquereaus. disreputable loafers without visible means
* All c^ c and bad characters are hereby ordered to leave Randsburg forth
of support, and baa cnaraci CITIZENS OF RANDSBURG.
with, xiy order k>l
Dated November 10, IS9B.
In the past year Randsburg has been swept by two conflagrations,
and there have been numerous smaller blazes, all seemingly of in
cendiary origin. The camp is overrun by disreputable characters
who would stop' at no crime, and who have no honest means of sup
port The citizens have at last determined to purge the camp of this
element and the foregoing notice is simply preliminary to decisive
action that will be taken the Citizens Committee if the warn
ing be ignored. The people are in earnest; the thugs must move on
or there will be a few whipping posts in use, or a lynching or two,
should they be necessary as a last resort. . ;; . .
The people of Randsburg are dwelling in fear of another conflag
ration that shall lay in ruins those portions spared by previous incen
diary fires. It is the purpose of the thugs in starting these conflag-.
rations to loot stores and residences while the inhabitants are fight
ing the flames. 'The conclusion was reached that no one here would
be safe until the desperadoes were made to leave, and they will be,
even if some of them have to be carted out in long wooden boxes.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
A CRAFT OF
Second Tragedy on
NICK BERG FATALLY SHOT
HIS ASSAILANT THE KEEPEB OF
Shooter Surrenders to a Sausalito
Officer and Claims the Man
He Wounded Was a
Special Dispatch to The Call.
SAUSALITO, Nov. 13.— TWe yacht
Chispa has become a craft of tragedies
and mysteries. Less than two months
ago Captain Brooks was murdered on
the pretty little vessel, and his slayer
has never been apprehended. To-night
there was another shooting on the
Chispa, and this, too, is shrouded in
mystery. The victim, Nick Berg, a man
who was arrested within the past two
weeks on a charge of burglary, but es
caped because of lack of proof, is so
dangerously wounded that his physi
cians forbid him to even talk of the
affair, and his story of the tragedy can
not be obtained to-night.
People along the water front at about
9 o'clock to-night distinctly heard two
shots in the direction of the Chispa. A
Deputy Constable who was on the
wharf at the time at once procured a
boat and rowed out toward the yacht
to investigate. When about half way
out he met a boat rowed by Ike "Elg,
who has been in charge of the Chispa
since the murder of Brooks. In the
boat were Mrs. Elg and Nick Ben?, the
latter unconscious from a wound in the
breast. Elg at once surrendered to the
officer, saving that he shot Berg.
Elg declares that he and his wife
were in the hold of the yacht when
they heard a burglar attempting to en
ter through the roof of the cabin. He
got his revolver, and as soon as he scot
sight of the fellow fired two shots, one
taking effect in the breast, just above
the nipple. The wound is very serious,
and the chances for the recovery of
Berg are slight.
Mrs. Elg's story does not agree ex
actly with that of her husband. In
fact, she does not appear to have alto
gether a clear idea of the tragedy. It
is declared by men who were in a
saloon on the water front that they
heard the reports of the revolver very
distinctly, and they are positive in the
belief that if Elg fired from the hold of
the vessel, as he claims to have done,
they would not have heard the shots.
They say that .the reports sounded as
though the revolver had been fired in
the open air.
The officials have not yet reached a
conclusion as to the cause of the trag
edy, and whether the story told by El*
is to believed. They are waiting for
the victim to recover sufficiently to give
a lucid account of what transpired
aboard the tragedy craft. In the mean
time, Elg is being held in custody.
TO VISIT M'KINLEf
Coming to Lay Before the President
the Wishes of Their
HAVANA, Nov. 13.— The five members
of the special commission appointed by
the Cuban Assembly at Santa Cruz ael
Sur last Thursday night to go to Wash
ton to present to President McKinley the
■wishes of the Assembly arrived to-day.
They left Santa Cruz del Sur on Friday.
A large number of Cubans were at the
railroad station to receive them.
The commission, which consists of Gen
eral Calixto Garcia, its president; Manuel
Sanguilly, Joe Miguel Gomez, Antonio
Gonzales L,anuza and Jose Ramon \ illa
lon its secretary, will leave for the I nl
ted' States on Wednesday by a Plant line
There has been no exchange of notes be
tween the evacuation commissions to-
Ci The order of the city is maintained, and
the patrol by the Spanish regulars contin