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THE KANSAS CITY JOURNAL, TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 1898.
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Particularly was this- the case In the lat ter, where Secretary Long and Assistant Sccietary Roosevelt were on hand early, holding conferences with bureau chiefs and a number of visitors who had business of importance Among the public men who saw Secretary Long was Senator Frye, of Maine At 10 o'clock the secretary left the department for the "White House, In tending not to return until 2 o'clock. There was no additional information at tho department regarding the location of tho Spanish torpedo boat flotilla now on Its way to Puerto Rico from the Canaries, excepting that it was advancing steadily. The highest naval authorities continue to fay that this movement Is the most for midable menace to the ships of our navy that has yet occurred. It was disclosed for the first time by one of tho naval orders issued to-day that tho department had determined upon tho formation of an additional new fleet, to be known as "the mosquito fleet," to be com posed of tugs, steam yachts and other small vessels which may be obtainable and which are to be used as a sort of mobile defense of sea coast cities. It was further developed in this connection that the naval militia of the several states is to be called upon to man this auxiliary flecL The fact that Admiral "Walker cabled from Nicaragua to tho state department announcing his departure for home revives tho speculation as to the likelihood of one of the brightest officers of the navy, active or retired, being placed In charge of the entire naval operations, including the fleet under Captain Sampson, Commodore Schley's flying squadron and any auxiliary lines of defense that may be established. It was stated, however, at the navy de partment that Admiral "Walker's home coming is because of the conclusion of the work of the Nicaragua canal commission, of which he is president, and that it was not hastened because of the present naval activity. Moreover, the name of Admiral Bunce, who Is still on tho active list, is the most frequently mentioned among the highest naval oflicers as the one most like ly to be chosen for this supreme command If it should be determined upon. In view of the great desire for ex perienced men In the naval service just at this time. It Is more than probable that the navy department will exercise con siderable leniency in dealing with the cases of men who are charged with having de serted from the naval service and who re main absent fronj fear of punishment. In cases where the records of the men were good previous to their desertion, they will in all probability, upon surrendering them selves at a receiving ship, be officially re garded as simple stragglers and not as de serters. According to the regulations a "straggler" Is an enlisted man who has overstayed his leave and Is subject to minor punishment. Deserters, however, are dis charged from the service and are Ineligible for relnllstmcnt. It is .recognized that many good men have left the service with out permission during the past few years of peace who would willingly re-enter the navy and render good service In the event of an outbreak of hostilities. The probable policy of the department looking to a more liberal treatment of technical deserters Is due In a great measure to the difficulty the recruiting officers are having in securing men up to the naval requirements. Commander Horace Elmers has been de tached from Cramps' navy yard and or dered to command "The Mosquito fleet" to be formed of all small craft that can carry a gun. The Cincinnati and Castlne have arirved at Key West. FLYING SQUADRON A FACT. Commodore Schley Taken Command and llolats Ills Finn on the Brooklyn. Fort Monroe. Va., March 28. (With the American flying squadron. Hampton Roads. March 2S.) More than usual enthusiasm was displayed to-day by the oflicers and ia of that portion of the American flying squadron already assembled here of which Commodore Schley took command. There is always a perfunctory duty to be done In such cases, but the duty to-day was performed with an Ill-concealed enthusiasm that bordered upon a breach of discipline. Officers smiled, however. The newly-detall-ed commander could not. In his pleasure at such a greeting, find fault, and the men were allowed to glvo full vent to their feelings. The significance of the greeting was In the general feeling that the first step toward the completion of what will be the free fighting squadron had been taken, and the men apparently were grati fied both with the step and with the choice of commanders, for Commodore Schley is known as a conservative yet absolutely fearless and determined fighter. Commodore Schley left Washington last night, and arrived at Fort Monroe early this morning. He was met by an ensign and a boat crew of saHors who relieved him of his baggage and received informa tion that he would go aboard the Brooklyn, which ho has designated as flagship. At 9'30 o'clock, after breakfast at the Chamberlain, the commander of the Brook lyn, with some petty oflicers, took Commo dore Schley aboard a launch and conveyed him to the fleet which lies near Newport News. The commodore was in civilian dress, but was saluted with the usual form alities as he passed up the Brooklyn's com panlonway, to begin actWe service He was hown to quarters which are moro elaborate than upon any other warship afloat, having been prepared for exhibit when the Brooklyn visited England dur ing the queen's jubilee. AVithln a half hour after boarding ship, Commodore Schley, in full uniform, was ready to take command, and the men of the fleet were drummed to quarters with the yards manned, the marines on deck and oflicers and gunners at posL Commodore Schley stepped to the bridgo of the Brooklyn, and, reading his com mand as commander, took possession. At the same instant, his flag was broken from the Brooklyn's masthead and one of tho big guns belched forth a salute which was answered from the Massachusetts, lying near. Then enthusiasm broke loose, and there was a roar of applause from the deck and yards. Shortly after, the officers of the battleship Massachusetts came aboard, and, together with the officers of the Brooklyn, paid their respects. The second step in the formation of the cquadron will take place this week, when the assignment of vessels Is complete. For speed and strength this squadron will be unexcelled- At present the battleship Massachusetts, of 10.2SS tons and capable ot eighteen knots an hour, and the protected first class cruiser Brooklyn, ol 9.217 tons and capable of twenty-two knots an hour, form the nucleus of the squadron. During the week it is expected that the-Minneapolis, of 7,375 tons, with a speed ot twenty- three knots, and the Columbia, 6,733 tons, with a speed of twenty-three knots, will be added. 'While these fighting ships are rated as cruisers only, they are of a type equal to the best battleships of Spain. The Brooklyn, particularly. Is the highest type of a fighting machine and its equipment of rapid fire guns exceeds both In number and caliber any first class battleship of Spain. In speed, the squadron will be unexcelled, Its average speed being twenty-one and five-tenths knots. The four best boats in the Spanish fleet average but eighteen and five-tenths knots. Commodore Schley said this morning to the' Associated Press rep resentative: "I have no orders to move, nor do I know when any will come. We are ready to move at the shortest kind of notice upon the completion of the fleet." NIGHT WORK ORDERED. "War Preparations to De Conducted Under High Pressure at Brook lyn N'avy Yard. New York, March 2S. The work at the navy yard hereafter will be under high pressure. Orders have been Issued to all the chiefs of the yard departments that work will be continued, night as well as day. In addition to the large amount of work for the yard in changes on the re cent purchases of yachts and tugs for the auxiliary navy, the ammunition hoists of the battleship Texas may be altered. These alterations will probably require :i week. A story that the Texas had a hole In her hull Is denied by the oflicers. There are now five yachts and seven tugs In the navy yard that have been purchased for use as an auxiliary fleet. The yachts arc the May flower. Hermoine, Columbia, Almy and Alicia. The tugs are the Ivlns, Wise. E. T. Luckenbach, W. A. Luchenbach, El Toro, Wlnthrop and Atlas. The two latter arrived at the yard to-day. The report of the board of survey to prepare specifications and es timates for the alteration and armament of these vessels is under consideration at Washington. Naval Constructor Bowles, of the yard department of construction and re pair, has been authorized to proceed with the work. About ISO mechanics and black smiths were hired by the construction de partment last week, and to-day thirty more men were put to work. The yard tug Nina C. carried a big ship ment of ammunition from Fort Lafayette to Perth Amboy to-day. The Pennsylvania railroad will transport it South to the fleets. Additional orders for shipment ot stores to the various vessels In commis sion along tho coast were received at the storekeeper's department to-day. The tug Traffic carried a big miscellaneous cargo of stores for shipment at Jersey City to day. The work of enlistment continues, and there are at present 131 men on the receiv ing ship Vermont. NO ST. LOUIS INDORSEMENT. Merchants' Exchange Will Not De clare Itself, on the Span ish Crisis. St. Louis, March 2S. It Is announced this afternoon that the St. Louis Merchants' exchange will not follow the lead of the boards of trade of Boston and Philadel phia In officially Indorsing the course of President McKinley In the present crisis or officially assuring the executive that Its members would stand by him, whatever his ultimate action might be. President Christopher Sharp refuses to put either of these questions to a vote, though he has been requested to do so. To-day he received a communication from the president of the Philadelphia board of trade, stating that that body had pledged itself to stand by the president of the United States, and asking him to obtain a similar pledge from the local exchange. Preceding this message came one from the executive of the Boston board of trade asking for an Indorsement ot President McICinley'8 policy. Mr. Sharp replied to both that the St. Louis Merchants' exchange would defer action. "The exchange does not refuse to in dorse the president," said President Sharp. "I do not believe In Indorsing a policy be fore I know what that policy Is. As to pledging ourselves to stand by the decision of the president, that would be useless. Every American will do that, once the de cision Is arrived at. It is not time for a body like ours to Indorse a policy. That Is a matter that congress should deal with." NAMES OF VESSELS CHANGED. Yachts Named After Stinging Insects nnd Tiirii After Indians or Indian Tribes. Washington. March 2S. Secretary Long has issued an order changing the names of vessels recently purchased by the navy de partment as follows: Yachts Alicia, to be called Hornet: Almy, to bo called Eagle; Hermione, to be called Wasp. Tugs Edgar F. Luckenback. to be called Tecumseh: Walter A. Luckenback. to be called Uncas: Wlnthrop. to be called Osce ola: P. H. Wise, to be called Sioux; El Toro, to be called Algonquin. The torpedo boat built for the German navy and recently purchased for the United States navy has been named the Somers, after the famous brig of thnt name which rendered such valiant service In the early days of the republic. In choosing designations for the tugs. In dian names were given, while for the yachts which are to be transformed into torpedo boats the names of stinging In sects were assigned. The tug Atlas, of the Standard Oil Com pany, was purcnasea to-aay oy ine gov ernment on approval of the naval auxiliary lward. This makes eight tugs and five yachts that have been purchased by the government. Engineer Dickson and Naval Constructor Tawresev examined the steamer Horatio Hall, of the Marine Steamship Company at Chester, Pa., to-day. It Is also said that the steamer Miami was scheduled for ex amination at that point to-day. The board's examiners will. It is said, look over a vacht which has been proffered and which is now at Wilmington, Del. TO MAN THEM0NTAUK. Ninety-live of the New Jersey Navnl Militia Ordered to Re Rendy for Service. Trenton. N. J., March 28. Adjutant Gen eral Stryker received word from Assistant Secretary of the Navy Roosevelt to-day to hold ninety-live of the New Jersey naval reserve In readiness to take the monitor Montauk from League Island navy yard to Portland, Me. Governor .Voorhees said to day that the order from Washington for the transporting of the monitor Is expected within two or three days. The ninety-live men have already been selected from the battalion ot the East, comprising Jersey City and Newark. The members ot the bat talion art) considered good sailor:-, l.asi summer they had considerable praciire on the Portsmouth and one day they had full charge of the battleship Maine off t lie roast ot New London. They were compli mented by the chief officers of the Maine. GERMANY'S POSITION. Tlie Fatherland Knows Better Than to Make Any Attempt nt Interference. Berlin. March 2S. A high official of the German foreign office said to-day to the correspondent here of the Associated Press: "Germany will joyfully greet any step to Improve Spanish-American relations, but this Interest does not go so far as to Induce Germany to participate In offering mediation. Moreover, there Is no Indica tion that America Is Inclined to suffer such mediation, nor on what basis." The Vossische Zeitung says: "The most dangerous Is the second de mand, namely, under the cloak of human ltarlanlsm, to aim at direct Interference In Cuba. The Washington government in that goes beyond the limits. Spain can make concessions without humiliation and loss of dignity, but If America insists upon these demands, swords will come out of their scabbards." The Tagtblatt remarks: "The American jingoes underrate the In- Juries which a war will bring upon Amer ica." Tho Boersen Courier says: "With .an earnest desire that an under standing may be reached, even without mediation, diplomatic circles still count this as being the best solution, so long as neither one nor the other has taken the Irredeemable step." Tho Berliner Post, In its comments, says: "President McKinley will doubtless do eerythlng to avert war, but popular senti ment may decide to the contrary." ANTON LEIDL DEAD. The Celebrated Musical Director a Victim of Poisoning From Eating Fish. 'New York, March 2S. Anton L. Seldl, the celebrated musical director, died suddenly In this city to-night of poisoning, probably resulting from eating fish. Mr. Seidl left his home shortly after din ner this evening and went to the home ot his business agent, F. Bernstein. He had no sooner arrived there than he was taken violently ill. The family physician of Mr. Bernstein was called. He Immediately diagnosed the patient's trouble as ptmalne poisoning. Mr. Seidl ate fish for his din ner and the physician was of the opinion, that the poison came from the fish. About 10 o'clock Mr. Seidl became worse and two other physicians were summoned. In spite of their efforts the patient con tinued to grow worse until 10:15 o'clock, when he died. At the bedside of Mr. Seidl at the time of his death were Mrs. Seidl, his wife, Mr. Bernstein and the attending physicians. The bodv will be immediately moved to Mr. Seidl's residence, where the funeral services probably will be held. Anton Seidl was born in Pesth, Hungary, about 1S50. When a young man he was secretary to Richard Wagner. After leav ing the office of Wagner he began the study of music under Hans Richter, of Leipsic. Mr. Seidl came to America about twelve years ago and at once became prominent in musical work. He was recognized as the ablest director of Wagnerian music. At the time of his death he was conduct ing the concerts given at the Woldorf-As-torla and was recently selected as the director of the permanent orchestra of New York city, which has been recently organiz ed and for which S100.O0O is being raised by subscription for maintenance. He was also leader ot the Philharmonic Society of this city and was to have been one of tho musical directors of the Maurice grand opera company next season. A short time ago he refused a call to the Royal opera at Berlin. The offer was made to him for a term of years, but he de cided to remain in this country. LOPER UNDER ARREST. Man Whose Borrowing's Wrecked a Philadelphia Bank to Be Prosecuted. Philadelphia, March 2S. Richard F. Le per, vice president and general manager of the Guarantors' Finance Company, was placed under arrest this afternoon charged with conspiracy to defraud the People's bank. The warrant, which was sworn out by Albert Tabor, receiving teller at the People's bank, charges that when tha bank closed its doors on March 23, Loper was Indebted to that institution to the ex tent of $600,000, for which he had given securities that were actually worthless. Cashier John S. Hopkins, of the People's bank, committed suicide Thursday morn ing, March 24, after he had learned that application had been made for a receiver for the Grantors' company. Mr. Loper subsequently entered bail be fore Magistrate Jermon In the sum of J23.000. His bondsmen are Henry C. Ellis, treasurer of the Guarantors' company, and Gilbert Reter. President McManes. of the People's bank, to-night Issued a sworn statement In which he personally agrees to make good all losses of the bank's proceeds. He says an examination reveals that the bank is insolvent, due to unauthorized and Unlaw ful transactions between the dead cashier, John S. Hopkins and Richard F. Loper. The amount ot tnese transactions win reach about J70O.O00. It Is understood that the capital stock of the bank, which is $150,000, shall be paid in by the stockhold ers. In addition. President McManes con sents to the appointment of Thomas W. Barlow as temporary receiver for th bank. SHOT BYHIS SON. Insane From Drink a Cedar Rapids Man Attempts to Kill His Family. Cedar Rapids, la., March 2S. While in sane from drink about S o'clock this morn ing Marlon Sadler, a man about 50 years old, attempted to kill his wife and son, Ar thur. After firlns four shots without effect the son shot his father, the bullet striking him In the stomach. The Infuriated man dropped his revolver and ran for a rifle, which stood by a sofa. The son Intercepted him and reached the weapon first and jumped on it with both feet. Mrs. Sadler then grabbed the revolver from the floor, and to save her son fired the weapon, the bullet passing en tirely throush the body near where the other one had struck. The crazed man soon fell exhausted. Both Mrs. Sadler and her son, who is 20 years old, made statements to-night and both agree in every particular. The dying man refused to-night to make an ante mortem statement. He cannot live until morning. SEATTLE FATHER'S REVENGE Slays the Man Whom He Says Ruined Three of Ills Daugh- ters. Seattle, Wash.. March 2S. M. F. Scheld erup. a well known insurance solicitor, was shot and killed by E. M. Bradley, a prom inent contractor, on the corner of Third and Cherry streets in the presence of a large crowd of theatergoers. Schelderup was standing on the corner waiting for Miss Bessie Bradley, with whom he was going to the concert at the theater. In stead of being met by the- young lady, he was met by her lather, who. without a word, drew an old-fashioned Colt's revolver and shot Schelderup through tho body. Schelderup fell to the ground and ex pired in a few minutes. Bradley turned and started toward the police station. He was overtaken by an officer and arrested before reaching the station. At the station he would make no state ment beyond saying that he shot Schelder up because he had ruined three ot his daughters. DUEL 0NA TRAIN. Two Young Men Shoot Each Other In a Crowded Conch Near Sum mit, n. Millen. Ga.. March 2S. The night train of the Millen Southwestern railroad at New Summit. Ga., last night was the scene of a duel to the death between Will iam Oglesby. of Summit, and J. D. Holly, of DurdenvIIIe, both young men of prom inence. They had a misunderstanding nbout some trivial matter and. rising in their teats in the crowded, lurching car, commer.ci'd tir ing at each other. Holly was killed out right and it is believed that Oglesuy will die of his wounds. ' The Hying bullets nar rowly missed some of the passengers and many of the women on board were thrown into hysterics. TERRIBLE FRENCH TRAGEDY. Robber Murders a Family of Six Per sons Was Arrested and Confessed. Paris, March 2S. At Ilernay. in the de partment of tho Eure, yesterday evening, a robber named Calllard murd?rtil a family of six persons. Through a window ot the house Inhabited by tho family, he shot and killed the husband, his wife and two chil dren, who were playing at a table. Calllard then entered the house and cut the throat of a little girl. Finally he blew out the brains of a bedridden woman 71 years of age. The murderer was arrested and confessed to committing these and a number of other crimes. Double Indiana Tragedy. Lafayette, Ind., March 28. At Otterbcln. twelve miles east of this city this evening, Frank Cunningham shot at Mrs. Emma Timmons with a Winchester rifle, but missed. He then turned the gun on Bertha Timmons. a 13-year-om girl, who had ran away from the house, shooting her through the head, killing her Instantly. Then, re entering the house, he shot and killed him self with a revolver. CHINA IS DOOMED. GREAT BRITAIN ABOUT TO JOIN THE GAME OF GRAB. COMPLETE CHANGE IN POLICY. ABANDONS DEMAND FOR EQUAL COMMERCIAL STATUS. Will Seise Upon a. Slice of Territory Soon LI Hung Chans Charged With Ilclug a Traitor to China Japan May Resist. London, March 2S. A statement has been obtained in a competent quarter respecting British Intentions In China, in view of the naval movements in the far East. It is ad mitted that the British policy of maintain ing the Integrity of China, but demanding equal commercial status of all nations, has been abandoned, owing to tho concessions mado to Russia and Germany. It is added: "The only course left Great Britain is to follow suit, obtain equal adv;uitages with the other powers, and secure adequate com pensation In her own Interests. This ex plains British naval activity at Hong Kong and elsewhere Therefore, a movement upon the part of Great Britain may be anticipat ed In tho near future. It Is deemed improb able that Japan, single-handed, or still less in conjunction with China, will combat the policy of the European powers. She will probably rest content with a compromise satisfactory to her pride and securing the position due her as the fruit of her vic tories over China." In the house of commons to-day, Mr. A. J. Balfour, acting minister for foreign af fairs, replying to Sir William Vernon Har court, the Liberal leader, promised a min isterial statement on the situation In the far East before Easter. The Globe (Conservative) says this after noon: "The disappointment of the government supporters at the progress of affairs in the far East Is becoming more acute. Unless It is found that the government has secured some tangible advantage, riot will set in among its supporters. It is reported, how ever, from the best quarters, that the ap parent diplomatic defeat of Great Britain masks a move of the greatest importance, which will give Great Britain a favorable position." The Dally Chronicle says this morning it has reason to believe that an area of 10,000 square miles in the province ot Shan Si has been conceded by China to a syndicate of English capitalists. "If this be true," says the Daily Chroni cle, " It Is obvious that Lord Salisbury has approved the scheme." The Daily Mail's correspondent at Pekln, telegraphing by way of Tien Tsin, says: "It is believed that LI Hung Chang is about to return to power and that another mission to Europe is possible Prince Kung has refused to sign, the Russo-Chinese con vention and has resigned the presidency of the Tsung Li Yamen." The British squadron, according to a dis patch from Hong Kong to the Daily Mall, has been ordered to Cho Foo, on the north coast of the Shang Tung promontory. There Is reason to believe, according to a special dispatch from Shanghai, that tho American squadron at Hong Kong, Instead of waiting, as was at first supposed, in proximity to Manilla, preparatory to a Hls-pano-American war; is really intended as a practical display of American sympathy with Great Britain's Chinese policy. The American and British admirals, the dis patch says, have had frequent interviews. Prince Henry, of Prussia, will leave Hong Kong forthwith. In consequence ot the accentuation of the crisis. Pekln, March 23. There is a feeling of In tense dejection among the Chinese, who tegard the concessions to Russia as the be ginning of the end. There are many com plaints of the attitude of Li Hung Chang. It is asserted by those knowing inner Chi nese affairs that, since his visit to St. Petersburg, Li Hung Chang has received regular Russian pay. A high Chinese official, whose patriotism Is unquestioned, described, LI Hung Chang as a traitor. As yet, Japan has made no protest. Yokohama, March 2S. The unofficial sec tion of thejiress Is actively urging the gov ernment to resist Russia's action in China, but the official press Is silent. The diet will meet May 20. Pekln, March 2S. Tho Chinese garrisons were withdrawn to-day from Port Ar thur and Ta-LIen-Wan, tho Russians land ing, and the Russian flag was hoisted at both places. FANNY DAVENPORT BETTER. Rallied Gradually Yesterday and There Is Some Hope for Her Recovery. Chicago, March 2S. The condition of Miss Fanny Davenport, the nctress, which was reported as extremely critical last night, was at first said to be Improved to-day, her physicians stating that Miss Davenport had passed a comparatively comfortable night. That her condition was still regarded as serious, however, was evidenced by the fact that a consultation of physicians was held to-day. Miss Davenport's relatives have been telegraphed for. Later In the day It was stated by those In attendence upon the celebrated actress that the patient was at death's door and slender hopes of her recovery were enter tained. To-night the condition of Miss Davenport was slightly Improved. A gradual' rally was noticed by her physicians during the day and by night the patient's chances for recovery were considered better than for some days previous. JOINS CATHOLIC FAITH. Miss Emma Arnold, Formerly an Episcopalian, Changes Creed. New York, March 2S. Following closely In the footsteps of her friend. Miss Eliza beth M. Gourney. Miss Emma Arnold, a well known worker In the Protestant Ep:scopal church In this city, has united with the Catholic communion. Miss Arnold communicated to none of th-j members of her family her Intention of changing her faith, and all of them were greatly surprised at her action when they learned of it. From her childhood Miss Arnold has al ways been identified witli church work and was very devout. She comes of a family long prominent In the social world of Phil adelphia, where they formerly resided. Died of Hydrophobia. Nrw York. March 2S. Mrs. Elizabeth Van Name, a widow 23 years of age, died of hydrophobia at her home in West New Brighton, Staten Island, to-day. Mrs. Van Name was bitten on February 7 by a dog which ran amuck through the town, biting four other persons. BRIEF BITS OF NEWS. Governor Lecdy, of Kansas, has appoint ed M. II. Hasklns coronor of Kingman county to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Coronor S. Laning. Governor Barnes has appointed Dr. Rob ert Wilson, of El Reno, member of tho Oklahoma board of dental examiners, to succeed Dr. D. A. Peoples, of Guthrie, re moved. Bernard Eveler. SS years of age. one of the oldest residents, of JefTerson City, died yesterday nfternoon of general debility. Mr. Eveler bad resided In Jefferson City for over fifty years. CITIZENS IFB0RN HERE. Supreme Court Hands Down an Im portant Decision on Cltlien shlp of Chinese. Washington. March 23. The case of tho United States against Wong Kim Ark was decided in the United States supreme court to-day. Justice Gray handing down the de cision of the court. The case was appealed by the United States from .the district court for the Northern district of California, and it involved the citizenship of a person born in this country of Chinese parents, which had never heretofore been decided by the supreme court. To-day's decision will have the effect of confirming the citizen ship of such persons. Wong Kim Ark was born in the United States In 1&73 of Chinese parents, who had resided here for several years. When ho grew up the young man returned to China for a visit, and upon his attempting to re turn without presenting the usual certifi cate, he was detained on shipboard by the collector nt San Francisco upon the ground that under the laws restricting Chinese im migration he has not entitled to land. Wong Kim Ark thereupon applied to Judge Morrow, of the United States district court, for a writ of habeas corpus, alleging that he -was an American citizen because of his birth In this country and regardless of the nationality of his parents. The nuestion was a new one hut after giving it due consideration Judge Morrow ! issued me writ, tnus deciding the question In the Chinaman's favor, giving him his liberty so far as the court could do so, and recognizing his citizenship. The United State attorney appealed the case to this court, but In the meantime Wong Kim Ark was admitted to bail in his own recognizance. The case has been pending since 1893. when Wong Kim Ark landed In San Francisco. There are said to be several thousand persons in the United States whose status as citizens will be af fected by the decision rendered to-day. SMOKING CIGARS ON A WAGER. Eighty-six Strong; Regalias Disposed of in Nine Hours on a Thames Steamer In 18UO, From Pearson's Weekly. A man well known In turf circles made a curious wager In the year 1SC0, in which he backed himself to smoke one pound weight of strong foreign regalias wjthln twelve hours. The conditions were "that tho cigars should be smoked one at a time to within an inch of the end, tho backer of time, as in the case of some pigeon match es, finding the weeds. The match was decided on a Thames steamer plying between London and Chel sea, the smoker taking up a position well forward In the bows, where he caught the force of the breeze that was blowing. The cigars ran a hundred to the pound, so that about eight an hour had to be consumed to win the wager. A start was made at 10 o'clock in the morning, and the affair was finished at 7 in the evening. In the course of nine hours and twenty minutes eighty-six cigars were fairly smoked, the greatest number consumed be ing in the second hour, when the smoker disposed of no fewer than sixteen. At the eighty-sixth cigar, when fourteen only re mained to be smoked, the backer of time gave In. finding that the smoker was bound to win. and the latter puffed the re mainder away at his leisure in the course of the same evening. The winner subsequently declared that he had not experienced the slightest dif ficulty or unpleasantness during tho whole time he was blowing off the weeds. The only refreshment taken during the prog ress of the match was a chop at 2 o'clock, the eating of which occupied twenty min utes, and a gill and a half of brandy In cold water at intervals throughout the day. CAPTAIN CURTIS DEAD. Father of the Kansas Congressman Passes Away at His Home In the Territory. Washington, March 2S. (Special.) Rep resentative Curtis, of Topeka, to-night re ceived tho news of the sudden death of his father. Topeka, Kas.. March 28. (Special.) Cap tain "Jack" Curtis, as he was known by all tho old settlers here, came to Kansas from Indiana, in 1S53. with his father and settled on a farm about twenty-tivo miles northeast of Topeka, on the old wagon trail to Leavenworth. Their house was the stopping place for the freighters in the early days. When the war broke out. Jack organized a company and served on the frontier during the entire strife. He was made a captain on account of his courage and ability. When the war closed. Captain Curtis came to Topeka and for years ran a ferryboat on the Kaw. He acquired a large tract of land in what Is now North Topeka. but disposed of It In the '60s. He married a Kansas girl and as a result of the union two children were born.Congress man Charles Curtis and a daughter, who is now private secretary to her brother. Mrs. Curtis died when the children were small and the captain married again. He was subsequently divorced from his second wife and then went to the territory to live. That was about fifteen years ago. He mar ried for the third time and has resided In the territory ever since. 1898 IS WORTH WATCHING. Not Since 1031 Has There Been So Pe culiar a Numerical Com bination. A German statistical scientist. In an arti cle In the Magdeburg Zeitung. calls atten tion to tho remarkable attributes of the year 1S9S. No man in the present genera tion has lived or will live under such pe culiar circumstances, a condition that has not appeared since 1651, and will not ap pear again until the-year 2119. People Im bued with a superstitious belief and mem bers of thirteen clubs ought to watch close ly the events of this remarkable year. As a starter, the numeral 1S9S can be di vided by 13. and the four figures added to gether gives 26, which can also be divided by 13. The numeral of the year 1S9S also belongs to the remarkable group of four sided numbers, of which only eight have" existed since the birth of Christ, 1S9S being the ninth. Take 1S9S. for example. Sub tract the first figure from the third and the value of the second and fourth are received. These peculiar year numbers have ben 1010. 1121. 1232. 1343. 1454. 15C5. 1676. 17S7. and now 1S9S. The last time the peculiar cond tlon of 13 existed was in 1631. This could evenly be divided by 13. and the figures 1, 6, a and 1 added together give 13. HER ST0MACHTAKEN AWAY. Mrs. Magglnl, a Cnllfornlan Who Has Parted With That Organ, Doing Well. San Francisco, Cal., March 2S. Mrs. Mag gin!, whose stomach was eviscerated a month ago. does not seem to miss what has always been considered a very necessary and useful organ. She has been gaining weight steadily since she parted company with her stomach and is on the road to recovery from one of the most wonderful and daring surgical operations ever per formed. Mrs. Magglnl will not be out of danger, however, until she gets rid of the little sil ver button which was used to fasten tho intestines to the oesophagus when the stom ach was removed, and until that sloughs away she will be in some danger. Mrs. Ogden Mills' Bedroom. From a New York Letter. The sleeping apartment of Mrs. Ogden Mills, of New York, is the envy of all her friends. Her bed Is a thronelike affair that was built in America. After examining beds In the Parisian shops. Mrs. Mills de cided they were all lacking in the con veniences and comforts the modern Amer ican woman demands for her sleeping hours. So she came home, and of very plain oak her bed was built, the lofty can opy frame put up. the embroideries, ordered from an American needlewoman, hung, and then the great curtains and coverlid were edged with forty pounds of bullion fringe. These requisites for n perfect Mnri An toinette bed brought the price of it up far into the thousands, but the end was not yet. A wonderful foundation of spiral steel springs first lined the inside of the couch, on the top of this a thin felt mattress was placed, and then on top a hair bed, slipped In a big silken cover, before sheets or blankets could lie laid on. Finally the headboard, decorated by the brush of an American artl-t. was put into place, and lastly the electrician was called In to give the finishing touches. The good offices of the electrician were not an original idea on the part of Mrs. Mills, for all the new beds, built for comfort as well as beauty, have first of all a tiny button that anyone lying on the pillow can easily reach, touch and turn on the light in a group ot bulbs artistically arranged in the headboard. In Mrs. Mills' bed a couple of gilded Cupids in this board hold each a spray of lights that shed their radiance down softly over the pillow at the exact angle needed for comfortable reading. To make the light perfectly agreeable and easy for the eyes the globes of glass are first ground and then treated with a. varnish that subdues the hard electric glare PUT THE SAILpRS TO SHAME. Cattlemen on the Philadelphlan Did Earnest Work Saving Lives, of Mariners. From the Boston Erenlnf Record. A cattleman'! a creature Wot I fa best to leave atone If 'es a-wearing Sunday clothes, Es picked a fellow's bone. 'Es full of sleppy weather Yet sometimes It may be E teaches British sailors 'Ow to face the raging sea. When tho Leyland liner Philadelphia pulled up to her dock at Liverpool with tha lamp-trimmer acting as quartermaster and half her crew below on the sick list, on her last outward trip, the marine reporters looked for a sea story. All they heard was that the ship had lost two men at sea while trying to reach a craft In distress. When last Tuesday the Philadelphlan pulled up at East Boston. Commercial street heard the rest of the story. Yesterday from "Hell's Kitchen." at the upper end to "The Sailor's Home." near the market, in all the dark, dingy little ofilces, where men sign for 13 per month to man pumps to Bombay and back again, they were telling It over: how Tom Reed, refrigerator man. and Mathew Duffy, cattleman, put the foremast hands to shame. The Philadelphlan left Boston, outward. January 20. She carried her full crew and somo twenty cattlemen. It was holiday sailing for the first part of the trip, a tea without a wrinkle, not enough wind to clap the signal lines against the mast. February 3, when they were 800 miles off Fastnet, came a change. The morning opened as black as the Inside of a silk hat, and the sea began to leave the forefoot of the steamer. About 4 p. m. the man on the watch reported a ship down on the line, showing three balls, a signal of distress. It was the tramp Tabasco, out from Sun derland, bound to the West Coast. She had lost her propeller and wanted a tow. The Phlladelphian brought up within a mile of her and down went a boat with six men and a heavy line. They made that fast, but tha very starting of tho engines broke it. Three lines, one after the other, were passed over. The boat crew had been al most three hours on the water, and It had grown so dark that it was useless to go over the side. So all night long the two lay side by side. The wind was strong from the south west next morning. It was blowing down half a mountain gale, and the seas were piling up. When the boat was ordered away at 6:3) o'clock, the ships were bowing up and down at one another like a pair of slack wire performers. Cullen. King. Taylor. Sheffield. Quarter master Dumbell nnd another seaman took their places In the boat. It all happened In a minute. The stern fall on the davits parted and five of the six boat's crew were thrown into the water. Cullen alone, held to his seat, while tha boat splashed below. A wild cry went up from the men in the water. They grabbed at the oars and floating stuff in the boat. Tne steamer was Just under way. and In two minutes she had left the men astern, black spots In the white faced winter sea. Full speed ahead she was put to bring her around to weather of the men. Then in that position orders were given to lower a boat to pick the men up. There was a hullabaloo on deck as the sailormen were ordered Into the boat. Not a man moved. The officers yelled and shouted; they drove the redhot words of shamo Into the sailormen words that were reinforced from the water below, where the faint cries of the drowning men were neara. To the credit of the oflicers. they came forward. The second mate and bos'un led into the rescue boat, and a quartermaster, fireman and one sailor followed. Still one was needed. Then Matthew Duffy, the cattleman, sprang forward. Leaping to the rail he turned to look back at the men. "Will you leave your pals drown?" ho yelled. "Shame on y.ou for sailirraen!" and he leaped Into the vacant seat. Down went the boat with a crash. Tha sea was tumbling around and the boat tossed to a turning point. Down went the oars, but the craft slipped to leeward. Even while they were making for the men. Taylor, one of the sailormen. threw up his hands. "Good-by, boys," he cried, and down he went. A minute later Shef field, to whom the quartermaster had giv en an oar. threw It toward him. "I'm done. Tom." he said, "take this and try and keep up." The men in the rescue boat grew white and cold as thev saw the sailor en down. On deck the holdbacks looked on without a sound. Tom Reed, the refrigerator man. rushed on deck. Dumbell was right over the side His eyes had closed and the two oars wero slipping from his grasp. He with the rest had been over an hour in the water. Somebody fixed a bowline on Reed and over he went. He came up aside of Dumbell, and treading the water he transferred the line and the quartermaster was pulled on board. Half an hour later. Reed was pulled back. King and Johnson, the two remaining men. were at last picked up. They were more dead than alive. At S o'clock the steamer was under way. The Tabasco had refused to send a boat, and so they left her. As for the officers, there was-loud talking when the rescue men got back. The sailormen who refused are walking the water front in Liverpool, and the next cattlemen who meets them and knows the story will throw straws at them. A POET'S PRETTY WIFE. First Visit of Mrs. Richard Le Gal- llenne to the United States. Julie Noorcgard Lc Galllenne, the wifa of the well known English writer, Richard Le Galllenne, to whom she has been mar ried just a year. Is a charming looking woman, a little over medium height, slight, with hair of nondescript shade, neither brown nor golden, large gray eyes and a figure petite and well formed. She Is Dan ish by birth, having resided In England only six years, the first two of which were spent in acquiring the language, which she speaks with the slightest possible ac cent, just enough to lend piquancy and quite in keeping with her distinctive per sonality. Her English home is at Hazle mere, a suburb of London, where there is a small literary colony, including Conan Doyle and Grant White, the author ot the famous novel. "The Woman Who Did." Mrs. Le Galllenne was engaged In lit erary work before her marriage and Is at present furnishing a series ot articles on "Beauty Embroidered" for the Woman, a London publication. She has also written on Danish nrt for the I-onilon Studio and has been on the staff of the London Star nnd Morning Leader, corresponded for the Danish Polltike. published in Copenhagen, and Is at present under contract from a number of American papers and maga zines. Unless the Police Interfered. "I chanced to overhear a conversation a few weeks ago In Havana that was both Interesting and amusing." remarked a gentleman who was until recently con nected officially with the United States con sulate at Havnna. to a Washington Star reporter. ' while dining in a cafe one even ing my attention was attracteu by a Span ish officer and an Englishman seated at an adjoining table. The Spaniard, who was a well known officer, was somewhat flushed with wine, and he spoke in loud tones, his remarks being fraught with braggadocio. The Englishman was also a well known resident of Havana, havin- large business Interests there. "I cite this Incident continued the ex officlal. "merely to show that the Span lards feel thoroughly confident that they could make a strong, if not overpowering, showing in case of war with this country. The subject was discussed by the Span lard and the Englishman for several mo ments, until finally the former sneeringly aid: 'Why. 1 could land in Florida with 23O0O men and walk right through the whole United States.' "The reply of the Englishman was the amusing part of the Incident. " "Yes. you could.' he said In the most sarcastic manner; 'yes. you could If the police didn't stop you.' " She Was n Belle. From the Grand Rapids (Mich.) TreM. They are employed in offices In the Mich igan Trust building. Just across the hall from each other, he and she. Her employer has a Citizens' telephone; his has a Itell instrument. There is little need of a mutu al understanding between the two ofilces that the 'phones are for the common usage of both, because neither office often has oc casion to use any other kind of 'phone be sides Its own. , . .. An exceptional occasion presented Itself the other day, however, and he stepped across to her office. "Have you a Citizens' 'phone?" he asked, and she replied In the afilrmatlve. "Well." he ventured. "I'm a citizen. Can I use it?" Whv. of course, he could use It. But In wardllv she was inclined to envy his abili ty to stand u and assert his citizenship in this way. for some of her womanly pro pensities were of the "newish" sort. An hour later she lialanced accounts with him. "Have you a Bell telephone?" she asked, on stepping Into his office. He did not try to deny It. "Well, I'm a belle, can I use It?" She "But I have never given you any en couragement." He "You have frequently alluded to your rich relatives." A' DEM- GOES OUT. J THOCSANDS OF ACRES CNDER. WAT ER AT SULLIVAN. IND. MANY FAMILIES IN DANGER. OHIO RISING RAPIDLY AND MAY BREAK ITS LEVEES. Has Reached a Stage of Over Sixty one Feet at Cincinnati River Plratea Are Reaping a Rich Harvest In the Flood ed District. Sullivan. Ind., March 2S. The leveo on the Wabash river went out to-night with a break of 100 feet, entailing a, loss of JIOO.OCO. Twenty thousand acres of land ara over flowed, and hundreds of families are ren dered homeless and destitute Citizens are responding for miles around, in their efforts to remove families and stock. Hun dreds of cattle and horses are hemmed in. Such a rush of water was never known in this section of the country before. A calamity, second only to the great Johnstown flood, is upon us. Tho levee is eleven miles long and was built at a cost ot tw,ox. A grand effort Is being made to rescue tha families from, their submerged homes. The Indiana & lllnois railroad suffers a serious loss. The road officials axe direct ing and rendering every assistance In tho work of relief. The waters at this hour, 3 o'clock, are making a mad rush through the bottom lands, uprooting trees and tak ing everything in its path. It is feared that many people who wera slow to take warn ing, will meet death In the flood. A dis patch from Emelrson, says that 12,000 bush els of corn and sixty-five hogs were swept away by the floods to-day. An Osgood special says: Tho B. & O. S. W. railroad cannot run trains over this part of the road. Tho track east of here between Lawrenceburg and Aurora for three and one-half miles Is four feet under water. Trains go to Cin cinnati by North Vernon via tho Big- Four route. The Ohio Is rising at the rata ot fiva Inches an hour with no immediate pros pects of stopping. The conditions ara alarming and fears that the levee will break at Lawrenceburg are entertained. The Wabash reached 22.7 feet to-day, this being the highest ever known and is still rising. The levees below the city which, have stood the pressure gave way this aft ernoon and the lowlands of Lawrence county, already Inundated by the overflow, will soon be a sea of water. The sufferlnff and loss of property will be great. Cincinnati. March 2S. Until the weather becomes settled there can be no reliable Sredictlon In regard to the flood in the ihlo. But for the rain which began about 2 o'clock this morning In the Ohio valley the river here would not hava reached sixty feet. The precipitation here up to 7 o'clock this morning was one-half inch. To night rain Is reported from the. same storm from Portsmouth to Parkersburg. Never theless the Ohio is falling at all points above here. The swell that brought the Ohio to sixty-one feet one inch here this morning came from the Big Miami, be low, the Little Miami above and from tho hill side torrents on both banks ot tha river further up. stream. From 5 to 8 o'clock this afternoon tho river was stationary. Since then It has risen one-tenth of a foot hourly and at 10 o'clock is sixty-one and three-tenths. What it shall be to-morrow-depends wholly on whether or not there will be additional rainfall in tha Ohio val ley. All railways are running trains on their regular lines to-night. The condition of people exiled from homes by water is the same as yesterday. The only difference In the flooded dis tricts from that reported last night Is that the water is nearly two feet deeper. It has reached the foot, of the hill nearly everywhere, so that to extend its Invasion It will have to rise relatively much higher. Steamboat navigation down the river con tinues without interruption. If there Is no more rainfall the river will begin to decline about midnight at about 6X5 feet and after that will run out rapidly. River pirates are reaping- a harvest. These are fresh water tramps of unknown antecedents and mysterious means of sub sistence who infest the whole length ot the river, living In shanty boats. They are all astir in skiffs now picking up whatever they can lay hands on, and compelling owners ashore to place a double guard on property. The Banker and the Farmer. From Harper's Weealr. The Hon. J. H. Churchill Illustrates tha staying qualities of alfalfa by saying: "The alfalfa farm Is a dividend paying investment through all kinds of seasons, an Insurance against hall, as well as a guarantee from drouth. I have seen a field In bloom cut to the ground by a June hall, and in less than thirty days blooming again for the harvest. What other crop will do that? .... I believe this is the best paying business in the West to-day." There are many men in the West to-day who have recognized tha truth ot what Mr. Churchill says. The crop failures ot recent years showed that It paid to raise alfalfa. One of the best known newspaper writers In Nebraska. J. W. Johnson, told in the Nebraska State Journal, on Novem ber 21 last, a story that illustrated this fact graphically. He had been driving near Culbertson. in the western part of Ne braska. and his companion stopped sudden ly and pointed out a brick bank building In town and a white farmhouse not far from town. Those buildings concerned tho careers ot two men. One was a banker who had come out into Nebraska about fif teen years before. He had been county treasurer of one of the best known coun ties of Iowa, and had brought with him to Nebraska nearly J3O.00O. with which he started a bank. He did very well, until hard times came along, and then he got in to difilculltes. The other man was a Rus sian peasant, who came to the same place a year or two later. It took about all of his savings to get to his destination, so that It is said of him that when he reached Culberson he was as "poor as a rat." That man got hold of a bushel of alfalfa seed and he raised as much of the hay as ha could from It. increasing his crop year by year. He raised cattle and hogs as welL tie always had crops when corn and wheat and other cereals failed, and he always had live stock to sell. He soon so prospered that he gave to each of his sons at mar riage a farm, and to his daughter, who was married not long ago. he gave J1.000 in cash an unheard of wedding gift for a farmer to make out In that territory. This alfalfa grower had considerable business to do with the bank. According to Mr. Johnson, when he found that the bank was In trou ble, he demanded his money. The bank went down, but the farmer remained lu control, and the banker had to quit. Al falfa for that man had not only withstood all the storms of nature, but had helped him to survive the financial storms that had swept over that region. Those farmers In the West who have rnlsed alfalfa with, care and Intelligence are not among the people who are distressingly poor. They Pass Unnoticed. "It Is a common experience with tha Initiated." said a popular actor recently, "that theatrical audiences provincial onei especially from time to time hear most ridiculous blunders on the stage without noticing them. "An actor, who was moro remarkable for a quick than accurate 'study,' onca expressed himself as follows: . " 'The hansom cab was picked up off the Esplanade with a handkerchief tight ly tied about Its mouth: when removed, it was found to be perfectly dead." "Not the least ripple on the part of tha audience followed to show that their ris ible faculties had been touched. A few nights later, confused by the unmerciful chaffing of the company, he said: " 'The Esplanade was picked up off tha man." etc.. with precisely similar results. "During the production of a recent Lon don success in a large provincial town, the 'heavy man.' who had just caused tha hero to be locked up on a charge of mur der, addressed the heroine in these words: " 'But. believe me, you have my fullest sympathy. If I. like yourself, have given evidence against the prisoner. I only spoke of what I saw and heard, although I knew the man to be my lover and your rival.' "The people on the stage were con vulsed with suppressed laughter, but, strange to say. the audience remained per fectly passive." Bones "Williams Is bound to get on In life. He has a will of his own." Morgan "Yes. but he wouldn't mind being men tioned in somebody else's." Tit-Bits.