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DISCOVERY OP A HLOT AGAUJST SHAH'S LIFE Two of Hia Brothers and His Son-in- Law I/ead the Conspir acy. LONDON. Oct. 25.— "News has been re ceived here from Teheran," says a dis patch from St. Petersburg to the Daily Mail, "of the discovery of a serious plot agztinst the life of the Shah. The leaders of the conspiracy were . the Shah's two brothers, the Grand Vizier, Sadr Aasam, and the Shah's son-in-law. The two brothers have been banished for life to Ardebil. The son-in-law was sentenced to death, but on the scaffold his sentence tra:! mitigated by the Shah's firman to flofging until he had revealed all the rtaraes of the conspirators. "The Shah's favorite, Gavame, who was also concerned, was pardoned on the scaffold, but died subsequently in prison. The whole revolutionary ' party, together with the higher priests, were in the plot and all will be beheaded or imprisoned for life. There is a ' veritable panic among the people of Teheran." Harriman and Tweed Elected. PORTLAND, Or.. Oct. 24.— At the ad journed stockholders' meeting of the Ore gon and California Railroad Company held here to-day E. H. Harriman and Charles H. Tweed were elected directors In place of C. P. Huntington, deceased, and T. H. Hubbard. The other nine direc tors were re-elected. commander in chief of the fly ing squadron during • the Santiago cam paign. He was summoned a few minutes after the court convened at 2 o'clock for the afternoon session, and when the courc i adjourned at 4 o'clock he apparently haii; only got well under way In his testimony.: Captain Charles E. Clark of the Oregon^ had just concluded his statement when Raynor, rising from his seat, said: "I should like to. have Rear Admiral; Schley called." The admiral accordingly • was asked to take the stand. It "was a turn in the proceedings, for which apparently neither the members of the court, its officers nor the spectators were prepared, and a mur mur of surprise was heard on all sides. It had been expected. that the witness' name would be reached toward the close of the afternoon session. There were still two witnesses , on his list who had not been heard, and it was understood to bo his purpose not , to take the stand until the entire list ! had been exhausted. He,' however, responded immediately to ; the call, and before the audience was well aware of the fact he had begun his. na> rative of the campaign which terminated In the destruction of Cervera's fleet. Ray nor introduced the testimony :bf- his dis tinguished witness by 1 "saying: "Will you give the court your name and rank?" \u25a0• 1 WASHINGTON, Oct. 24.—Ad miral Schley took the stan-1 to-day in his own behalf in the court of inquiry which _ is investigating his conduct as ; " On May , 12 or. 13 he : received orders from the <: Secretary 'of; the ' Navy to proceed ; to The admiral then \u25a0 detailed the! target practice . the ; squadron ; indulged ;in daily,' saying that no day /was .bad enough to prevent It.'. .Sub-caliber was, used. entirely.' This'* practiced said -the admiral/ resulted in accuracy of- fire: which was fully dem onstrated in the action six weeks or two monthsV" later. ; . -' He also ' said ;that ; the squadron;: was kept in readiness, 'so far as" coal,, water, and supplies were concerned.: \u25a0 Result of ; Target Practice. "During this -time I explained to all the commanding. officers that, as. it .would v be impossible . to contrive a plan of battle that would meet unforeseen contingencies, the: general plan of the -squadron \u25a0 -would be to cruise in line of battle and its gen eral principle would-be to attack the heail and leading. .vessels; concentrating upon them the flre," in order, first, to obtain the moral-. effect, ..and .'.second,-. to throw < them into confusion, making- 1 a \u25a0• victory over them probably much more successful and complete. Fdid that • for the reasoh'that the older plans of battle had all j been"; to attack center . and rear, j resulting, in ', the escape usually of- a part of each squad ron. I felt : that, the attack of : the head of the. sauadron, which was to : some ex tent new, 'would involve the destruction of the* whole,- and v that was the .-genera! plan of action: as. explained to \u25a0 them en that 1 occasion." ' • ' V^.- \u25a0 ( Admiral > Schley ; plunged '.immediately into the campaign j by, outlining the ,plan which, he. had indicated to his command ing . officers before leaving Hampton Roads, saying:; .. , ' -\ ». ',• '» !'The ' plan of campaign -was .threshed over. * The disposition to be made of the He.had.taken command of the squadron at Hampton Roads,'. Val, hoisting his flag on the cruiser 'Brooklynl After relating the origin of the squadron at the Virginia port he said that he had called the com manding officers of the vessels constitut-' ing- that squadron together, and then- he added: ; - .-•'.\u25a0 : : ?V.->.;' . \ - .: :,. .•\u25a0\u25a0! ' Schley Takes Command. ' " Iwas : a commodore," the witness be gan, in response to Raynor's request for a connected- narrative of the campaign. "under j orders - to ) command the • flying squadron on the 28th of March, 1898, ami served .until: the 20th. day, of June of th» same year. In that, capacity." • \u25a0 There was no appearance of demohstra tion'of any kind during the admiral's.re cital. ! On, the contrary, the silence .was almost unbroken except for the sound oi the witness' own voice.' Only once was there, a stir in the room which indicated any feeling on the part of the listeners. That was^when the admiral, detailing his conversation with Admiral Sampson u\ the cabin of the New York at Key West, told how he/had assured the commander in chief of fealty to him. When the court adjourned for the day many of the spec tators pressed forward and shook the ad miral's hand. where the court sits. • All the reserved seats , were occupied, as were the seata set apart for the public at large. :In the rear of the room stood probably as many more, people as found seats, scores .of men and women standing upon tables, chairs and In the windows; in fact, everywhere from which they could see the court. over-water torpedoes was thoroughly dis cussed, and I am frank to say I found no one of the commanding officers who seem ed to agree with.the others as to. what use should be made of them.'. I; therefore, determined, as happens upon all such oc-; casions, to : take the helm myself ,' and de-| cided that, as they. were menaces' to the squadron, vwe .should ;simply. keep_."thetn charged, with. their warheads below the protected decks.' I put the squadron'im mediately .on, a war footing, . established pickets and patrols and also the." masking of lights.";- . : ( :\u25a0. \u25a0•; - The admiral then, in answer to a ques tion from his counsel, proceeded give a careful and detailed narrative of all the events of the campaign up to the batt'e of Santiago. He had not reached the stage of his- testimony where he will tell of ' the battle when the court adjourned for the day.- The audience which listened to his recital was by far the largest which has gathered' in the gunners' workshop, "Winfleld Scott Schley. rear' admiral. United States navy, retired, at present or. service in this court of inquiry." Events of the Campaign. REAR AjDMi^ "While the negro was burning the men •who were present stood speechless, with th.iir eyes averted from the scene. When th» flames had died down the crowd quietly dispersed. Before the torch was applied to the pile •"Morris wa« asked if he desired to make I a statement. He replied in the negative, j K.ying that he had already confessed his j cuilt and it was unnecessary to talk. "While lying bound to the stake he was 'CtoliCly indifferent, and even when the flames licked his body he refrained from uttering a word. The men who were ' present at the burning scarcely spoke to -one another while the preparations for : the burning were being made. The silence ;everywher» was oppressive and impres , el^e. Silent in His Agony. "While rifling in a vragon from his home to Ball Town, accompanied by his captors, iilorris confessed the details of his act. JArrf-ring in Ball Town, the captors took \treir prisoner to the scene of the crime \u2666and made ready to burn him at the stake, \u25a0Morris was bound to a sapling near the 'rcadslde and his body was plastered with .tar and pitch. Pine knots and pine straw ;Were piled about his feet and around his fbody. His frame from head to heels was ?then aararated with coal oIL When this was proven Morris confessed that he, and he alone, had done the deed. He pleaded In defense that he needed the money, and that, knowing Ball was ab - eent -In Columbia, he had entered the i*tM-e and attacked his victim. The investigation made this morning proved conclusively that the two negroes mentioned by Morris were absent from the scene when the assault was com mitted. An alibi in each case was estab lished. ".Then captured Morris implicated two ottjer negroes, neighbors of his',' ' in the crime. In order to learn the whole truth, the captors decided to hold Morris until to -day .and to examine the negroes who \u25a0w-<»re thought to be partners of Morris. Accuses Innocent Persons. The negro's victim, whom he had sup posed was dead, recovered consciousness and succeeded in reaching her father-in law's home. The alarm was promptly given and the neighbors gathered and began to search for the negro. He was traced to his home and while attempting to escape was wounded in the hip by a member of the posse. COLUMBIA, Miss., Oct. 24.— "Bill" Mor- Tlii, the negro who, -while her back was turned, clutched by the throat Mrs. John BaU of Ball Town, La., dragged her from her home, criminally assaulted her, knocked her on the head with a bludgeon fced left her for dead by the roadside last nlfht at S o'clock, was overtaken by a pesse at his home, four miles from Ball Town, later In the night, kept under £ruard until this morning, brought back to Ball Town to-day and, after freely and fully confessing that he committed the crime with which he had been charged, was taken to the scene of the assault, bound with chains to a sapling and burn ed at the stake. . '\u25a0-: '"• 7 Special Dispatch to The Call. JEilent Men Apply the Torch and Then Have to Turn Their Faces ; Prom the Frightful Spectacle. Body Is Plastered With Pitch to Make the Human Fuel. Assailant of a Woman Dies in Agony in Louisiana. MOB BURNS NEGRO BRUTE AT A STAKE Hero of the Battle Off San iago Also Relates the Incidents of the Blockade of Oenfuegos and Tells Why It Appeared Gertairi to Him That Cervera's. Fleet Was in the Harbor There Ships Under the Commodore Engage in Effective Target Practice While on the Way to Key West, Where S) mpson; • Was Met and Loyal, Unreserved F^1^5^Rromised N ; to Him and the Cause: PRELIMINARY WORK IS DONE IN PLACING FLYING SQUADRON READY TO FIGHT THE ENEMY ADMIRAL SCHLEY BEGINS THE THRILLING STORY OF HIS SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN IN CUBAN WATERS COIN FAILS T0 INVEIGLE THE BANDITS Miss Stone's Captors Suspected of Politi cal Scheme. Evidences of a Purpose to Provoke a War With Turkey. Missionaries in Bulgaria Are Beport ed to Have Come in Touch With the Brigand Party in the Hills. Special Dispatch to The Ca.U. CALL BUREAU, 1406 G STREET, N.W.. WASHINGTON, Oct.. 24.— If political mo tives were behind the abduction of Miss Stone, the American missionary held pris oner by Bulgarian brigands, her liberation may be effected without the payment of the ransom originally demanded by her captors. Beyond the brief dispatch received by the State - Department yesterday from Consul General Dickinson at Sofia, an nouncing that the party holding Miss Stone . Is reported to be still In Turkish territory, the administration has no news concerning the woman or Mrs. Tsilka, her companion. " Apparently neither Dickinson nor Eddy, Secretary of the American Le gation in Constantinople, Is In communi cation with the brigands and the lack of Interest taken by the latter in the ransom which Eddy is prepared to pay tends to confirm the suspicion which has been en tertained for some weeks that political and not mercenary motives^are responsi ble for the abduction. Will' Deal With Brigands. Uncle Sam Is Determined. The authorities still believe it desirable, however,. to appeal to the cupidity of the \u25a0*rigkB$»,*rai»«l-iEddy .-wilt use^ a favorable opportunity to' acquaint them with the amount of money which Miss Stone's friends have raised and which he will be willing to hand over to them upon tho safe production of the captive. The authorities have satisfied them selves that Turkey is in no wise Involved in the seizure of the American woman and. all of the reports received by tho State Department have accentuated the original suspicion that Bulgaria, as -well as the Macedonian Committee, notwith standing explicit denials from the reign ing prince, was' in sympathy with tlte ac tion ' of the brigands and hoped that as & consequence of the crime Turkey would become involved in trouble with this coun try. Until Miss Stone has been liberated the United States will devote Its efforts to effecting her rescue. In the meantime it is getting all the information available establishing Bulgarian complicity and re sponsibility in connection with her abduc tion. At the proper time the United States will make vigorous representations for tho purpose of securing adequate reparation, which will Include an indemnity for Miss Stone or. in case of her death, for her heirs. As Bulgaria is situated in the In terior of Europe it will be Impossible for the United States to enforce its demands by a naval or military demonstration. Russia has been so courteous In endeav oring to secure the liberation of MI33 Stone that the authorities feel that they can rely upon her to support her. claim that Bulgaria shall repair the wrong her subjects have done an American citizen. CONSTANTINOPLE, Oct. 24.-The mis sionaries who are operating from Sama kov. Bulgaria, _ are at last In touch with, the brigands who abducted Miss Ellen M. Stone and her companion, Madame Tsilka, according to dispatches received here to day, though whether negotiations for the ransom have actually been opened is not disclosed. The missionaries on the spot are expected to conclude the business with the utmost dispatch. COLOMBIAN INSUEGENTS TAKE TOWN OF TXTMACO CALL BUREAU. 1406 G STREET N W., _ WASHINGTON. Oct. 24.-Advice3 were received to-day from Colombia to the effect that the revolutionists have ta ken thetown of. Tumaco, on the Pacific coast, near the Ecuadorian frontier, and are now marching toward Guapi. which is -near Buena Ventura. The cablegram also says that yellow fever 13 epidemic In Buena Ventura. . An island has been used by the Colom bian insurgents to blockade the Colom bian pert "of Tumaco. This novel method of enforcing the blockade wa3 officially brought to the notice of the Navy De partment to-day In a report dated Octo ber 14 from Captain Thomas Perry, com manding the battleship Iowa, which is at Panama. \u25a0 Captain Perry In^hls report tells of the firing upon the British steamship Quito by an insurgent battery and the subsequent apology by the revolutionary leader to the commander of the British warship Icarus. - If the blockade of Tumaco Is not raised by the time 'the battleship Iowa is re lieved at Panama she will probably be sent to Tumaco to show, that the block ade is not effective for several reasons, one is that .the belligerency of the insur gents has not been recognized and an other is that there has been given no pub lic notification of the blockade. Continuing his narrative, the admiral said:'- •' '\u25a0'•' \u25a0•-.'\u25a0. I .; i- --'•". , : ' * \u25a0'-.' '\u25a0 \u25a0 "While" there the commodore showed me a telegraphic order from the Honorable Secretary.', of the. Navy, directing me to proceed .with ',' all dispatch 'to '.the .blockade off Havana.*:; He .also 'showed me a. num ber >of other dispatches; the pur»ort of which I remember; but the contents I do not."' During " the time : I • was \u25a0 on shore, after 'having , : had ; niy conference with him, there "were several of the. Cuban peo ple resident -there who " informed -me - that' the province in, which Cienfuegos, was sit uated arid from that to the' westward was all /most thoroughly occupied ; by/ Spanish troops 'and we » had 'better 'be' careful, in any " attempt '; at intercours.el- : Ij hastened off, and on my;way to the.shlp in the aft ernoon I thought I saw the New ap proaching. ' -' \u25a0; .. '. "At all 'events*,^ when I' got- on' board, de termining to; go at once off Santiago,- the flag-: 'ship had "arrived 'and J salutes : were exchanged. I went , on board to ( pay, my" respects ' and ' also to talk over the situation wlth'.Adnilral Samp son/ I found that 'the admiral. was- very- much " worn and , necessarily so,'- because j his " respon-' slbility had .been' very great. :."He had had great trouble in, keeping, his squadron together and \u25a0 he ' appeared "toT me'.' as if he^wais' in a Kood deal .of anxiety/ : which \u25a0' I could '• readily app're ' elate." . He"' showed ' me ; a ." number V of ' ; orders. ' Swarming With Spanish Troops! and he .r. ever saw her again until,. helmet her.off the / south side of Cuba. The fly ing 1 squadron arrived at Key West on the 17th, j the , admiral : thought, and on the next dayj he went ashore pay,' his re spects to Commodore Remey, after hav ing saluted his flag. * Amons them., was one which' stated that . a division i ol .. th-j j two ; squadrons ; had 6ecn . de cided' upon, -'one: for the north and the other for the 'south coast' of Cuba," In which he was given' the' preference" of- command. The order, if I 1 , remember correctly, stated • that under any ' circumstances I was to remain with' my command, and I asked him which of the two stations he would take 'and he said he pur posed to hold .the Havana, or north one. He also told me. which ever side I went on. to remember that- they' were very heavily forti fied and his confidential instructions, which he delivered : to me verbally,' were that we were not to risk our battleships against the forti fied places, of the coast until after the Span ish squadron had been disposed of. My recol \u25a0lectiqn- now 'is -that he told me it was at Cura cao. • The \u25a0 impression left upon me was that It was somewhere in the Venezuelan suit and that> it • was^ supplied with 'ammunition and stores destined for Havana and that that was undoubtedly the^ point it was. to. reach. He "said his ' information was that the orders of the ' Spanish fleet' to reach , Havana " or some point' in railroad communication with It were imperative - and \u25a0 that he believed . and thought , that Cienfuegos would- be the point, as that came under the acceptation of the order more directly.- -We looked over maps and I must say I -agreed^ with him.' I could not imagine that any' one who had studied the military situation of the island at all could have sup posed j that Santiago would have fulfilled any [of. the conditions of this Instruction. We had a talk together. I said that I had been ordered to : report for duty to . Admiral Remey and that -1^. imagined it necessarily meant himself, and that I- wanted to assure him at the outset that 1 1 ' should j be loyal, absolutely and unre servedly.:' to the 'cause we were both repre senting. . Captain Chadwick. who was present I- don't remember whether all the time or not said: , .'Or course, commodore, any one' who has .known your ( character would know that It would be I impossible for , you . to otherwise than loyal.', <j| I asked the admiral if there .had : been, established any means of communicating with the whether there were any pilots i or .' whether any ; locality was known .where .they., were _ to be found. ".,- He told me that he did not know,' that when be *ot the ; situation v better^ln' hand he* would communicate with me, bu<that he thought it. would be bet- Iter^for .me to" start- as early.' as* we could 'get away; and' blockade 'Cienfuegos. . I said very well. •'\u25a0'; that.: I \ was , prepared, of : course, to go Charleston.- The' squadron arrived on the 15th: and the commodore found * orders from the Secretary directing him to pro ceed to "Key West and report ' to' Commo dore Remey- for further instructions. .He went to the Florida port at a twelve-knot Speed, '.that being the highest all the ves sels of the squadron- could, make." Th-2 spuadron^ at the * time ' consisted . of the Brooklyn* Massachusetts, 'Texas, " Scor pion and Sterling, the v latter being a col lier. " ... .. : . . \u25a0, The admiral said the Sterling was. lost sight of the first night; out in a dense fog The San Francisco Call. VOLUME XC— NO. 147. PRICE FIVE CENTa SAN vF,RANOISCO, FRIDAY, OCTOBER [r.25J 1901.