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Established 1650. - Incorporated 18SS
J. H. ESTILL, President.
charged with wrongful con
version OF $45,800.
V. as Called on to Give Ball for $50,-
009— Information Lending to Ar
rest Furnished by Ilnrton AVlio Ex
amined 111* Accounts— Hi* Alleged
]*eculntSons for Four Months—Far
ther Effort* Made Toward Securing
His Extradition.
New York, May 22.—Charles F. W.
Neely, former chief financial agent of the
postoffice department at Havana, was re
arrested to-day by a United States mar
The arrest was made on a warrant Is
sued by United States Circuit Judge La
combe in a civil suit against Neely by the
United States. He is charged with the
wrongful conversion of 145,300.26. His
bail was fixed at $50,000.
The arrest was made on information fur
nished by George H. Burton, and the or
der of arrest was indorsed by Edward K.
Jones, special attorney general, and Fred
erick P. Smith.
In his affidavits, Col. Qurton states that
on April 24, 1900, he was ordered by MaJ.
Gen. Wood to examine accounts and
vouchers in the department of posts in
Cuba, passed upon and uudited by the
assistant auditor from the inception of his
office to April 24, 1300.
Coi. Burton, according to his affidavit,
examined the accounts and found irregu
larities that made it necessary for him to
visit Neely's office to. examine his ac
counts. He saw a Mr. Reynolds in
Neely’s office and this man, he asserts,
held frequent whispered talks with his
superior. After Neely learned his accounts
were to be examined he left Havana on
the steamship Mexico.
Mr. Burton further alleges that he
learned from E. G. Rathbone, director of
posts in Cuba, that Neely had gone to the
Waldorf-Astoria, in New York. A cable
dispatch was sent to Neely to return, but
he paid no attention to it.
What Neely’s Duties Were.
Continuing, Col. Burton says:
"The duties of the chief of the bureau
of finance, Charles F. W. Neely, were to
collect all the revenues derived from the
postal department of the island, including
the sale of stamped paper, box rent3 and
the fees from the postal money order bus
iness, and to deposit the same to the
credit of the director of posts, with the
treasurer of the Island of Cuba in Ha
vana. In order to ascertain the amount
of said revenues I demanded the cash
book, ledger, and the entire records of the
office from Jan. 1. 1900, to April 30, 1800.
Mr. Rich, in the presence of the director
of posts, handed roe a book which he
slated was Neely’s ledger, and also stated
that said ledger was all the record that
said Neely had left pertaining to postal
earnings, which statement Ralhbone cor
“Said iedger contained a statement of
the receipts for stamped paper, box rents
and some receipts from the fees of the
money order business, from Jan. 1, 1900.
to April 30, 1900, with the exception of
the receipts of the Havana Postoffice
from March 15, 1900, to April 30, 1900, of
Which there was no record. I asked Rich
If he had in the office any postal earn
ings not yet deposited and he answered
in the negative, but stated that he had
receipts of Stay 1 and 2, 1900, that he
(Rich) had collected since Neely's depar
ture, which money he produced, and I
counted h and found the same to amount
to a fraction over $5,000. Said Rich also
stated that all the moneys received by
said Neely had been deposited with the
treasurer of the Island of Cuba on or be
fore April 30, 1900.
hedger Shows a Shortage.
"The ledger left by the said Neely shows
that the cash receipts were from fifty
nine important postotfices in the island
of Cuba for the months of January, Feb
ruary. March, April, 1900, as follows:
"For January, 1900, Neely received from
the sale of stamped paper and from box
rents the sum of $28,902.22; of this amount
he deposited with the said treasurer the
sum of $17,530.
“For February, 1900, he received from
the sale of stamped paper and from box
rents the sum of $25,005.55, to which he
added the sum of $7,362.03 received by him
from fees of the money order business
for the months of July, August and Sep
tember, 1899. He took up in cash also
in the month of February, 1900. the sum
of $4,855.47, received from fees of the
money order bu: inesa for the months of
October, November and December, 1899.
He did not, however, deposit this latter
amount with the said treasurer. This
list amount added to the first two items
makes the total receipts for February.
W| o. amount to the sum of $87.223 06, .of
which he deposited the sum of $24,365.05.
"In March he collected from the sale oT
stamped paper and box rents the sum cf
*-7.602.80, of which he deposited the sum of
"Ju April, 1900. he collected the sum of
$28,928.51, of which he deposited the sum of
"M.v investigation demonstra ei} that
Charles F. \V. Neely, as chief of the bu
fevj of finhnee, has received the sum . f
$122,656.62, cf which he has deposited
with the treasurer of Cuba the sum cf
177.281.37, and that ihe balance, amounting
•o the sum of $45,373.25 or any part there
of, cannot be found and that (he said Bum
remains entirely unaccounted for.’’
Government Keeking to Strengthen
Case for Extradition.
Washington, May 22.—The war depart
m nt to-day received from O n. Wood at
Havana by cable the substance of two
c mlnal charges to bo preferred against
' 1 ly in o nnectlon with the Cuban pos
fal frauds.
The department in turn telegraphed the
euoigej tj District Attorney Burnett at
w York, and declined to make any
sbuement as to thfir character. The
c urges are two counts specifying the 11-
• : al conversion of i ulcllo mcneys to tho
use of Neely. In that care the charges
miuht bo prosecuted in Ihe United Slates
and it might be that it was the'lntention
oi tip gjvcinment officers to provide that
manner against n possible failure of the
'liort to secure the extradition of Neely
to Cuba.
Ibe ehnrge upon which Neely Is now
hud in New York is of the very slightest
‘liaractrr. so slight as to be subject to
grate doub'S as to Its sufficiency against
u writ of habeas corpus, being nothing
itlnrnina ffctogi
more, according to report, than an al
legation that Neely brought misappro
priated money into the United States.
Hence there is necessity tor immediately
strengthening the esse, not only with a
view to extradition, but also because it is
desired to make sure there shall be no
miscarriage cf Justice.
Bill to Be Reported in Spite of Hie
Counsel’s Protest.
Washington, May 22.—John D. Lindsay,
attorney for Charles P. Neely, appeared
before the House Judiciary Committee to
day and submitted an argument against
the proposed extradition bill. He also pre
sented a voluminous brief.
The proposition to subject an American
citizen to trial in a country where a Span
ish system of laws Is in vogue, he con
tended, was utterly opposed to American
traditions. He said:
“The proposed legislation is without pre
cedent in the history of the country. It
i3 violative of the principles which forbid
unusual and extraordinary measures. It
Is a device to enable the government to do
something which otherwise would be un
lawful. It seeks to subject a citizen to
pains and liabilities to which without such
legislation he could not be subjected. It
is the expression of the sort of power that
absolute monarchs exercise, but which is
a menace to them and intolerable in a re
After a two hours' executive session the
committee voted to report the Ray ex
tradition bill with some changes. The
main controversy was to making the bill
general instead of limited to Cuba, and
it was finally made general.
Cubans Watching the Progress of
tlie Investigation.
Havana, May 22.—N0 new developments
are looked for in connection with the pos
tal frauds for some days, unless some
thing unexpected should happen, and it
Is felt that practically everything is now
known with the exception, possibly, of
how far evidence can be obtained to con
vict the men known to be implicated.
La Discussion, discussing the situation,
"Tlie eyes of Cuba are fixed upon the
investigators and upon their work, and
Cubans as well as Americans are bound
to be Influenced by the way that work is
carried on. As it Is now clear that* fraud
does exist, the Americans are interested
in its discovery and punishment.
"The Americans hove proceeded with
great severity where Cuban custom house
employes have been concerned in alleged
frauds; and the Cubans have not pro
tested because they realize that this has
been done with the idea of perfecting the
■Cuban public service.”
Wants to Increase Powers of Inves
tigating Committee.
Washington, May 22.—Senator Bacon to
day gave notice of his intention to offer
an amendment to his resolution for the
investigation of Cuban postal affairs, au
thorizing the committee on Cuban Rela
tions “to send for persons and papers to
sit during the recess of Cbngress and at
such places as the committee may de
termine to be necessary or important
either in the United States or Cuba.”
Director of rn( Riitlibonc's Re
ports Called for.
Washington. May 22.—The House Com
mittee on Insular Affairs to-day favorably
reported to the House the Hay resolution
calling for information relative to Director
of reporls. This action
followed a conference Chairman Cooper of
the committee had with the Postmaster
General, who favored all efforts to probe
the situation.
Twenty-foilr Filipinos Killed In a
Flglit on May tS.
Manila, May 22.—Two companies of in
surgents surrendered to Col. Emerson H.
Liscum at Tarlac to-day. They included
a major, a captain, four lieutenants, 163
men and 168 rifles and ammunition.
The enemy Intimated their intention to
surrender by a letter sent to the presi
dent of Tar ac, who communicated it to
Col. Eiscum.
Capt. Tlrio, a nephew of Gen. Tinio.and
twenty-three ether rebels were killed
May 18, by scouts In an engagement near
Mallfcicong, province of Ilocos. There was
no loss on the American side. With the
men were captured twenty-three rifles,
horsfs ard saddies. The reb'-l, Col. Alme
da, who was paroled April 23. arrived h>re
last evtnlng. and has been making incen
diary speeches.
A Hundred Cases of Leprosy Were
Found In Three Months.
Washington. May 22.—Ma1l reports from
the Philippines show that there has been
a steady increaso in tho number of cases
of bubonic plague. There were thirty
cases in Manila during January, forty
eight during February and flfty-slx dur
ing March.
During the three months approximately
ICO cases of leprosy were aDo discovered.
Excellent work Is being done by the
Manila Board of Health under the direc
tion of Maj. Ira Brown In improving the
sanitary condition of the city and cheek
ing the progress of the plague. The work
of disinfecting the houses wan conducted
so quietly nnd systematically that com
paratively little opposition was made by
the residents.
Gen. MnoArtlinr Cobles of the Inci
dent nt Tnrluc.
Washington, May 22.—The following ca
blegram has been received from Gen. Mac-
“Wheaton reports two companies Insurg
ent.*, comprising the eommandantce, one
captain, two first lieutenants, four second
lieutenants, 163 men with 168 guns, in good
condition; small quantity ammunition sur
rendered at Tarlac, at 2 a. m., May 22.
This is first Instance in Islands of surren
der of organizations complete nnd is re
garded as significant and Important.”
Received Them Informally and Con
curred in Secretary Hay’s Action.
Why Their Credentials AA’ere Not
Presented As Private Citizens
They Will Be Less Liable to Inter
ruption In the- Propaganda They
Are Alltout to Conduct Here.
Washington, May 22.—Messrs. Fischer,
Wessels and Wolmarans, the Boer envoys
who are now in this country, visited the
White House at 10 o'clock this morning,
according to previous arrangement, to
pay their respects to the President. No
official statue was given ‘the visitors and
they presented no credentials.
The envoys wore received in the Blue
Parlor, no one being present but them
selves, the President and Secretary Cor
telyou. At first the conversation touch
ed upon a variety of subjects. The Boers
talked about Washington; told how they
admired the city and the President es
corted them to the porch, at the rear of
the execution mansion, where a splendid
view is obtainabie of the Washington
monument and the Po-tomac river.
President Kruger's name finally was
mentioned and the visitors then stated
their purpose in coming to this country.
They said they understood what the Sec
retary of State told them yesterday was
final and the position of the United States
was that this country could not interfere
in the present struggle in South Africa.
The President confirmed this vletv. He
said that the action he took some time
ago, when, at the request of the gov
ernment of the Transvaal that this gov
ernment should intervene, he offered his
good ofgces to England to bring about
peace, he did with great pleasure In the
hope that it might possibly bring the
conflict to an end. This offer had been
declined by Great Britain, and, he aaid,
there w'as nothing further that the Unit
ed States could do in the premises.
The envoys intimated that they were
glad to feel they had friends in this coun
try and then bade the President good
Credentials Not Presented.
The state department does not expect
to have any further communication with
the Boer delegation. Such interchange as
occurred was purely unofficial, it is stat
ed. If the Boer delegates had any creden
tials giving them an offic al status they
failed to present them, or even to mention
Having had reason to anticipate the
declination Of The United States govern
ment to Intervene in bihalf of their re
publics, and having thus failed in the
primary object of their mission to the
United States, it is surmised that the del
egates refrain from endeavoring to estab
lish a dip omatic character in order to
reduce the liability of Interruption In the
propaganda they are aboiJt to conduct In
the country at large.
Although the United States government
has, beyend doubt, the power to stop this
propaganda :.t any point, and dismiss the
delegates from the United States, yet it
can be stated there is no llliel h:od of any
such action being taken so long as the ag
itatlcn is conducted by private individ
uals. But it Is said at the state depart
ment the precedent established in the
case of Gene:, the agent sent to this
country by French revolutionists, would
require The government to preemptorfiy
to stop the prosecution by fully accredited
diplomatic agents of a belligerent nation
of efforts to aid the'r cause wdthln the
United States through public demonstra
Made a Deep Impression.
It is evident that the delegates made a
deep impression upon our officials, and it
is said that it was only the plain demands
of neutrality, as laid down in Secretary
Hay's response to the Beer representations
that prevented the return of an answer
that would have been much more satis
factory to them. The delegates were dis
appointed at the responses made by Sec
retary Hay, indicating that up to the last
moment they had cherished a hope that
the United States government would be
favorably moved. Now, however, that the
answer is returned, it Is expected that the
delegates will go at Once about the second
branch of their business and begin a se
ries of mass meetings and public demon
strations in the principal cities of Ihe
United States with a view to affecting
public sentiment and perhaps indirectly
influencing the terms of peace which will
conclude the present war.
It is gathered that the Boers are ready
at the last extremity to sacrifice every
thing for which they have heretofore con
tended; to let in the Ulilanders to equal
privileges with native Boers in the Trans
vaal and Free Stale; to abandon the much
talked of dynamite monopoly, and In fact
to make any concession. If the victorious
British will but allow them independence,
and they hope that the American people
will bring much moral pressure to bear
upon the English' that this object can be
May Have Some Effect.
Meanwhile, it Is the opinion in official
circles here that the prompt action of the
state department In dismissing the Hoars
application for Intervention has indirectly
gone far towards bringing about a speedy
termination of the South African wr. It
is assumed that the delegates will find
some means to communicate the unfavor
able reception of their appeal to Pretoria.
In tact, it Is intimated that the controlling
British censors would not stop any suen
message from passing over the cables to
Lorenzo Marques, whence it might easily
bo forwarded to Pretoria.
The state department has not yet been
addressed by any of the Powers signa
tory to The Hague convention, asking
our government to Join with the twenty
five Powers party to the Peace Confer
ence, in an effort to bring about peace
between the British and the Boers. It
Is doubted hero whether more than a
very few of the Powers nre in a position
to act thus, no matter how inclined. Be
cause so far ns the state depar.mcnt has
been informed, not more than haif a
dozen in all, including ths United Btates,
havo yet given In their formal adherence
to the Peace Convention.
According to Mr. deßruyn, the secretary
of the Boer envoy*, the latter*' prngramrro
for the future hao not bten definitely
agreed upon. They will remain In the city
for several days to come at lea t
No statement respecting the interview
with Secretary Ha.v. Mr. deßruyn ravs,
ho* been Issued, and he does rot know
whether any will bo forthcoming rr not.
The envoys have accepted an lrvltvion
to luncheon with Mr. Hay at the Llt:r's
residence to-mo. row afternoon.
Awful Disaster in Cumnock Mines In
North Carolina.
Richmond, Va„ May 22.—A report has
reached here from Greensboro that a dis
aster has occurred in the coal mines at
An explosion occurred some time after
the night shift went on duty, and it is
said that thirty miners have been killed.
The Cumnock mines are located near
the Sanford, Greensboro and Mount Airy
Railroad, which is a branch of the South
ern Railway. The Sanford and Mount
Airy Railroad runs from Sanford to
Mount Airy.
Cumnock is fifty miles from Greens
boro and the mines are located several
miles ofT the railroad on a road which Is
owned and operated by the company con
trolling the mines.
Ail the telegraph offices on the road
closed at 8 o’clock to-night and no fur
ther details are expected to-night. The
superintendent of tho mines Is Edward
Barnes, who went to Cumnock from At
lanta, about two years ago.
Asheville, N. C., May 22.—1 t Is reported
here at midnight that an explosion oc
curred in the Cumnock mines near Char
lotte to-night. The news comes that be
tween fifty and sixty miners were killed,
but this is not confirmed. It is hardly
probable that the report can be verified
before morning, as the telegraph offices
In that part of the country are closed.
Raleigh, N. C., May 23.—News has Just
reached here of a terrible disaster at
Cummock mines, in this stale. Fifty men
are reported killed.
Asa Rale the Day In St. Louis AVas
Unusually Quiet.
St. Louis, May 22.—This was the most
quiet day of the strike, there being no
disturbance throughout the day that ap
proached the dignity of a riot.
The Transit company is making steady
progress in opening ita lines. Twenty-four
were in operation to-da.y and on nine of
them the full complement of cara was run
The Vandeventer avenue line, which
usually does a rushing business during
the baseball and race track season was
running to-day, but it carried very few
Both sides to the strike claim to he
winning and say the other must yield In
a short time. Employes of the company
say it lacks men, notwithstanding its
claims to the contrary, but it is increas
ing its force every day, and if present
conditions continue, must have its entire
system working within a short time*.
There was but one casualty during the
day due to the strike. B. Kilgore, an em
ploye of the Tiansit Company, was shot
in the back by an unknown man on Am
sterdam avenue. The e was absolutely no
reas n for the shoo ing as Kllg re did not
know the men and had no conversation
with th-m. The company has offered a
reward of $l,OOO for the arrest of his as all
It was said during the day that Police
Officer Winkle had been shot in the foot
by a striker, but upon investigation, it
was found that the accidental discharge
cf another po.lceman’s revolver did tho
Several arrests of young men and boys
were made for the placing of bombs on
the street car tracks. Meetingu of tho
strikers’ Executive and Grievance Com
mittees were held to-day, but no action
of any kind was taken. It was Announc
ed that no proposals had been made to
ihe company and none had been received
from it.
A mass meeting of the strikers was held
to-night in Concordia Hall. President
Mahon of the Street Railway Association
and others made speeches.
About 4 p. m., at the corner of Jeffer
son and St. Louis avenue, a man fired
four shots at the conductor of a passing
car. Policeman Winkler of the mounted
district was struck in the onkle by one
of the bullets, Michael Lahey was ar
rested, charged with the shooting.
Fan Francisco Plague Reports Attri
buted to Polities.
San Francisco, May 22.—Taking the de
claration of the State Board of Health
that bubonic plague does not exist In
San FrancWco or any other part of Cal
ifornia as a text, the Call and Chroni
cle to-day editorially denounce the San
Francisco Board of Health. They charge
that last March the City Board of Health
for political reasons attempted to create
a plague scare and Is now attempting to
vindicate Its former course by tho al
leged discovery of fresh plague cases.
The board reported to-day that there
was no news to give out regarding the
plague. No new cases have been found
and the board has taken no action as to
the inoculation of Chinese.
Prince Ludwig Oomplnln*.
Berlin, May 22.—The Bavarian heir,
Prince Ludwig, has delivered a sensational
address before the Navigation Society of
Straubig. in the course of which he com
plained that the empire had done nothing
for Pavarlnn Danube navigation, and in
sisted that the Bavarian was entitled to
the same subvention as the North German
The Eclipse In Spain,
Madrid, May 22.—Many scientists nra ar
riving to observe the eclipse. A party of
English astronomers has selected Santa
Pola, province of Allcant*, as an observn.
lion point. Sir Arthur Matthew Downing,
A British nautical observer, end h!
assistants, have gone to Placsnzlo, pro
vince of Caceres.
Many Arret* in Berlin.
Berlin, May 22.—There wore 687 arrests
during the recent street car strikes. Fif
teen policemen were severely wounded apd
several are dying. Traffic is now entirely
Ails a nee la Ejpcrleil to Be Rapid.
Prisoners at Pretoria Get tlie Ness*
as Soon as ilie Government—Boer
Lenders Say They Will Fight l a
Finish—Kruger Is Again Reported
to Ilns'e Tlnde Proposal*.
London, May 23, 4:30 a. m.—The British
who are in the hands of the Boers at Pre
toria, by some extraordinary means learn
of the British victories as soon as the
Transvaal authorities, and they build bon
fires and sing “God Save the Queen.”
The Pretoria people are apprehensive of
a rising of the prisoners, and
agitate for a transference of
the whole number to a point Inside
the British lines, saying that 4,000 more or
less make no difference.
The morning papers continue to discuss
at length President McKinley's refusal to
intervene, pointing out the collapse of
Boer hopes. The Times says:-
“The Boer delegates in the United
States have had an interview with Presi
dent McKinley and the answer is exactly
what we had a right to expect from tho
chief magistral of a great friendly na
tion. It Ib Just as well, as things have
turned out, that Mr. McKinley made a
tender of good offices to Lord Salisbury,
which we did not appreciate w’hen we
first heard of it, for the answer which
the President's suggestion necessarily
colled forth has served a double purpose,
as it made the position of this govern
ment and nation unmistakable to the
■world and armed Ml. McKinley with in
disputable reasons for refusing to listen
to the Boer emissaries.”
Will Fight to a Finish.
The Transvaal government has informed
the correspondents at Pretoria that it has
not considered and does not intend to con
sider unconditional surrender but will
light to a finish.
The foreign consuls have been informed
that Johannesburg will be defended and
the government announces that it wi I not
hold Itself responsible for Injury to per
son or property resulting from the defense
Pretoria dispatches affirm that President
Kruger, President Steyn and all the most
prominent leaders of both republics, after
a prolonged Interchange of views, are de
termined to continue the resistance, but
that a minority of the leaders advocate
surrender without terms.
Mrs. Reitz, wife of the Transvaal state
secretary, and her family, with the fam
ilies of other officials, have gone to Loren
zo Marquez.
Johannsburg and Pretoria are being
cleared of non-combatants. The Beer
chiefs, who now recognize the possibility
that they will have to defend these cities,
are preparing with their utmost haste!
The Boer spirit has been rising ffom a low
ebb, and Is now ready for a steadfast re
Kruger Sending Messages.
Nevertheless, according to the Dally
Chronicle, long messages In Dutch have
been received by the British government
by way of Amsterdam, in which President
Kruger asks peace.
According to one account. President
Kruger surrenders unconditionally; ac
cording to another he asks for terms.
There seems to be good reason for be
lieving that he is earnestly endeavoring
to secure terms, but cable Inquiries fail
to confirm the assertion that correspond
ence has recently passed between Great
Britain and the Transvaal respecting
Lord Robert* is Moving.
Lord Robert* ! again moving. The Brit
ish Infantry left Krocnstad Monday and
hcodquarters were expected to leave yes
terday. The railway has been restored and
the first train la due to arrive to-day.
The Boers are busy blasting for gun
emplacements along the Rhonoster river.
G- n. DeWet commands, as Gen. Botha
is Hi.
The advance of Lord Roberts will prob
ably be swift. It is the expectations of
well-informed observer* here that the
Vaal river, 85 miles beyond Kroonstad,
will be crossed by the end of ihe week.
Capture of Eloff nml Hla Men In Ilie
Fight nt Mitfeklng.
London, May 22.—A dispatch from Pie
termaritzburg, dated May 21, says the
Boers are reported to have entirely left
Natal, leaving Laing's nek free. This
leaves Gen. Btiller free to advance Into
Ihe Transvaal when the railroads are re
Lord Roberts is still at Kroonstad, re
organizing his forces.
Gen. Rundlcs forces ore encamped at
Trommel, recuperating. A patrol, four
miles from T'rommel, was attacked by
the Boers. One man was wounded and
some hortes were killed.
Further details of the fighting at Ma
feklng ray that Commandant garni El
offs followers deserted him, whereupon
Eloff fired on them himself and then sur
rendered with eighty fol’owors. The dis
patch also ssys thru one party of Boers
was driven out of the stoat and allowed
to escape, as “we had sufficient pris
The capture of Eloff and his followers
cost Rnden-Powell three men killed and
seven wounded.
The war office has received the follow
ing dispatch from Qen. Buller:
"Newcastle, May 22.—1 have received the
following from Bcthune:
“ ’May 21. while marching in ihe direc
tion of Newcastle, one of my squadrons
of Bethune’s mounted Infantry was am
bushed by Boer* elx mile* west of Vry
heid, and very few escaped. Lteuts. Lnu
sum and Capell axe among the missing.
Capt. the Earl de la Wurr is slightly
wounded In the leg. The total casualties
are about slxty-slx. I havo returned to
Nqutu for supplies. Will march to-mor
row for.Newcaetle via Dundee.’ ”
Gen. Buller then proceeds:
“I detached Col. Bethune and about 600
men from Dundee, May 17, with Instruc
tions to march by Vaut's drift and show
hi* force at Nqutu, which was reported
to have been evacuated by the enemy,
preparatory to the return of the magis
trates and the’civil establishment to the
district. He was tb rejoin me at New
castle afterward."
Botha Stopped the Blowing Up of .1 o
hnnoeshnrg Mines.
London, Slay 23.—The Durban correrpn
dent of the Times, telegraphing Tuesday,
"Rev. Adrian Hofmeyer tells me he was
informed by a high Boer official when
President Kruger notified the Raad of the
government arrangements to blow up the
mines and to destroy Johannesburg. Gen.
Louis Botha hurried to Pretoria and hnd a
stormy interview with President Krugar,
to whom he said that, If the plan were
not cancelled he would himself defend
Johannesburg, adding that tho Boers were
not barbarians. At this, according to Mr.
Hofmeyer, the plan was abandoned.”
Ivruger Wants to Prevent Its Confis
cation by British.
London, May 23.—The Lorenzo Marquez
correspondent of the Times says he ha*
it on unquestionable authority that with
in the last , six weeks President Kruger
has transferred the bulk of his property
in the Transvaal to personal friends In
order to avoid its confiscation by Great
Crossed the Vaal River anil Captnred
Twenty-seven Engines.
Cape Town, May 21.—British troops have
arrived at Veereenlglng (in the Transvaal
north of the Vaal river). The bridge
across the Vaal was found to be intact.
Twenty-seven Free State and Transvaal
locomotives were captured.
Kentucky Adjntnnta General Ex
change Compliments.
Frankfort, Ky., May 22.—The Kentucky
authorities will not attempt to mandamus
Gov. Mount of Indiana to honor the re
quisition of Gov, BerJkham for the arrest
of Finley. The opinion prevails that the
matter Is wholly within, the provinca of
the Governor of the state, and that no le
gal action can be maintained to enforce
the requisition.
Gov. Beckham issued on order to-day
dismissing the Demodratic soldiers, and
they will leave for home to-morrow.
In transferring the militia from the Re
publican to the Democratic administra
tion ex-AdJt. Gen. Collier said to his suc
"In my opinion it Is due to you more
than anyone else In Kentucky that trou
ble has been averted."
Adjt. Gen. Castleman replied:
"I beg to say that the state owes far
more to you. The conditions have been
constantly menacing to the public peace,
to a degree beat known to you and to mo.
You have been forebeartng and fair-mind
ed always."
He Is C'hnrgetl With Complicity In
the Murder of Goebel.
Frankfort, Ky., 31 ay 22.—John Powers,
brother of Secretary of State Caleb Pow
ers, was arrested in the mountains of
Knox county, near Barbotirville, late last
night, on the charge of complicity In Ihe
murder of Gov. Goebel- He was taken to
Rarbourvllle, whore habeas corpus pro
ceedings were begun to-day.
Telegrams have been received from Unr
bourvllle saying trouble over the at rest It
likely to ocaur. The matter was laid isy
fore Gov. Beckham, with a recommenda
tion that troops be sent to preserve or
Power* Set Free Shortly After He
Hail Hern Arrested.
Barboursvllle, Ky., May 22.—John L.
Powers, who was arrested in the south
ern part of the county last night in con
nrc lon with (fie Goebel murder cage, was
released to-night. Powers’ attorneys In
stituted habeas corpus proceedings be
fore County Judge Wyatt 10-day.
Attorneys for Powers presented a par
don from Gov. Taylor to John L. Powers.
Judge Wyatt sustained the motion to re
lease Powers on the ground of the pardon
being valid. It was rumored during the
day that Brckham soldiers were coming
on the evening train to take Powers and
much excitement prevailed.
Effort Will Be Made to Get Him to
Grant Extradition.
Indianapolis, May 22.—Charles Finley
and W. S. TayloY of Kentucky spent the
day and evening at their now quarters tn
the Drnl on. Many local Rsrubllcans call
ed and congra'ulatfd them to-day.
Independent afternoon papers criticise
editorially Gov. Mount’s ijsltlon and
charge that he has vtolattd that clause
In the constitution of the United States
which makes the delivery of a person so
chorgrd mandatory. Sentiment here Is dl
v ded.
Attorney Campbell, who arilved here to
day said:
"I do have an abiding faith that when
the facto In this matter are fairly put
before Gov. Mount he will not Inaugurate
a system that will make Indiana a haven
of refuge for the criminals of Kentucky.
It Is unfair and un-Chrlstlan-Hke In the
Governor to assume that hi* fellow-citi
zens on the south side of the Ohio river
will commit perjury and other crimes to
convict a private citizen, as Mr. Finley
Is, of the murder of the late Mr, Goe
Ex-Gov. Taylor said to-day:
“It Is an awful thing to be exiled from
the place of my birth, from the state that
honored me with it* highest office, and
from my wife and children. Y’et I know,
os you know, that my return to Ken
tucky would mean that I would be Incar
cerated, with no chance of ball, or, for
that matter, exposed to assassins who
havo awaited an opportunity to wreak
vengeance on me. I do net know what of
tho future. .1 cannot say that I will or
will not be a candidate for Governor of
Kentucky this fall. The party has In
sisted that I be nominated, but I fail to
see how I could make a canvaae. or, In
ths event of election, what good could
come of it."
Grnrftlu Senators and Representa
tives Working; In gnvnnnab's lie.
half—-Arguments Will He Heard (
lint It I-milik a. If Tillman Han t lre
Adsantaue— Why the Cumberland
Sound Work Waa Given Back td
Cu.pt. Gillette.
Washington, May 22.—1n their effort* uf
secure a hearing upon the proposition tel
give the Secretary of the Navy the powa*
to select some other city than Charleston
for tho naval station, which is to b*
tiansferred from Port Royal, the visiting
Savannah delegation has had the activa
assistance of both Georgia senators, and
of tho members of tho House, especially
Col. Lester and Mr. Tate, who is a mem
ber of the House Committee on Naval
A hearing has been promised and at 7 hat
time the arguments in favor of extending
the field so that the Secretary may select
the best city on the South Atlantic
will be strongly presented.
Hon. Amos Cummings, who is the ranks
lng member on the Democratic side ot
the House Committee, Is strongly in favog
of the selection of some other plSce than
Charleston, and prefers either Ilrunswiog
or Savannah.
Tillman Its. a Pull.
The Indications are, however, that Seie.
ator Tillman s prominence on, the Senate
Committee gives him such an advantage
as will make It easy for him to controj
the final disposition of the matter. By rea
son of this position he was able to commit
the Senate Committee to Charleston b
foie anybody on the outsij*
knew that the station waa
w'as to be changed. He Is one of the S rv
ate conferees on the Bill and he claima that
Senator Hale and Senator Perkins, !h*
other conferees, are as much for Charleston
as he Is.
Of the House conferees, Mr. Cummings I*
against Charleston, Mr. Foss, tho acting
chairman is non-commital, and .Mr. Day
ton of West Virginia, Is for Charleston. It
looks very much, therefore, as if Charle*.
ton has the inside of the situation,
The Georgia men and the representative*
of North Carolina who are acting with
them, especially Mr. Bellamy and Mr.
Hulchln, believe that If they are given a
hearing as they desire, they will be able
to show that either Savannah, Brunswick
or Wilmington la better than Charleston.
Secretary Long is understood to favor
Savannah above all the cities mentioned
but If the bill goes through as It stand*,
he will have to select Charleston.
The Cumberland Sound Work.
At the office of the c*hlef of engineer of
the war department It Is stated that tho
reason Cumberland sound was put bacle
under Captain Gillette’s supervision, is
that the officer who has had charge of that
work has been ill for some time and It is
very necessary that the work should t*
pushed forward as rapidly as possible.
Among the presidential posioffice a;>-
point men Is made to-dny were James IV.
Huggins to be postmaster at FltzgerakL
Ga. i
Miss Wright, daughter of Senator Eg
Wright, and Miss Hobbs, daughter of Ho re.
Richard Hobbs, of Albany, are the guest#
of Mrs. Griggs, wife of the Congressman!
from the Second district.
Ways and Means Committee to Sli
During the Recess..
Washington, May 22.—The House lend*
ers have decided to reduce the war taxeg
at the next session of Congress, end owing
to the limited time of the short session m
resolution will be prepared to givo th
Committee on Ways and Means leave ttg
sit during the recess of Congress. Th
committee, however, will not meet until
fall when, after careful examination oC
the then existing situation, a measure will
be prepared which will be presentedMo th
House immediately after it convenes la
It Is not impossible that this resolution
will be reported to the regular meeting
of the Ways ar.d Moans Committee to-mor,
row. The committee also will probably*
report favorably Mr. Payne's resolution
for a sine die adjournment June 6.
Was Celebrated by Government Ky.■—
l>othlsers at Colon.
Kingston, May 2S.—Advices from Colomn
Ida received to-day say Colon is en fettl
over the news of a big government vice
tory at Icbrlja, department of Santander^
Notwithstanding this, it is added, that
rebels in other departments are making
every effort to overthrow the government,
Cartagena and Baranqullla are practical,
ly In the hands of the rebels. As many
of the lending officials of these towns
sympathize with the rebel cause their fall
cannot long be- delayed.
Panama Is also reported to be in a criot
leal condition.
Li ring llnnjg Has Again Been Aps
pointed to Ollier.
Berlin. May 22.—The German govern,
ment Intends to make strong repreeentu,
tlons at Pekin because the notorious El
Plhg Hang, former Governor of Shan
Tung, who is strongly hostile to Euro
peans, anti whom the Chinese govern
ment in 1597 dismissed from the govern
orship on the demand of Germany, will*
an express promise that he should never
again hold office, has been appointed Gov,
'ernor of the Shan SI district, one of tha
mo3t Important posts in China.
neporl* Aw Not Credited.
Berlin, May 22.—Tho disquieting news
from Samoa through English channels la
discredited here. The Berlinger Tage,
blott. commenting upon it, ay:
"This is merely additional evidence that
the English continue Intrigue in Samoa.’*
The Eokal Anzleger prints correspond,
rr.ee from Samoa describing the zituao
tion there as “satisfactory.*
Vlngue nt Rto Janeiro.
Rio Janeiro, May 22.—1 t Is officially an*
rounced that several cases of the plague
have occurred here.

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