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Meaning the Conger Message
Sent Through Mr- Wur
Consul General Goodnow at Shanghai
Doubts Its Authenticity.
It Ib Hinted tbe State Department Is
Endeavoring to Secure Further
Evidence Which Will Cleuv
Away Every VIstage of
Doubt About tho
Peking Situation.
Washington, July 23. The state de
partment was the center of Interest on
the Chinese situation.
Secretary Hay wtis at his desk by 9
a. m., and for an hour was busily en
gaged with a matter of such import
ance that he declined to be interrupted
by any one.
About 10:15 the Chinese minister ar
rived and was with the secretary for
some time. On the departure of the
minister the department gave out the
imperial edict of the Chinese govern
ment, the aubstance of which hod been
previously made known.
The state department has received a
deluge of dispatches from all quarters
of the globe relating to the Conger
These show the attitude of foreigu
governments. Without exception the
official view taken by all foreign of
ficers is that the dispatch is not genu
ine and docs not afford a basis for ac
tion. This incredullity is also shared
by United States Consul General Good
now at Shanghai, who has communi
cated to the state deparment his dis
belief In the authenticity of the mes
sage. The text of these several messages
is not made public as they are incon
clusive and do not add anything in the
way of definite news to the situation
at Peking, the entire tenor being one
of doubt and suspicion.
The official doubts are based on var
ious theories. One of them Is that tho
deception wa3 practiced by the Tsung
Li Yamen itself. Still another is that
It emanated from a high Chinese of
clal a man holding a position like
that of Sheng or Prince Tuan, the lat
ter being at the head of the anti-foreign
element and at last accounts con
nected with the Tsung Li Yamen.
Notwithstanding this flood of doubt
from official quarters, the state depart
ment holds to its position as to the au
thenlty of tho message, Secrotary
Hay's position fcelng now as It always
has been, that there is every possibil
ity of the genuineness of the message,
although always a possibility that a
fraud may have been perpetrated, but
aside from this remote possibility, Mr.
Hay feels there Is absolutely no mo
tive for the perpetuation of such a
monstrous deception.
The Washington government is un
shaken, therefore, in its positlan on
the message, while the rest of the
world has made it known to this gov
ernment that this message Jsjnot ac
cepted as coming from Conger on the
18th instant Concerning the propo
sition of meditation, made to the Unit
ed States by China, the state de
partment was not prepared to make
any statement It was surmised that
Mr. Hay was engaged in considering
the government's answer, which would
probably be delivered to Minister Wu
later, but no statement as to the course
of procedure could be obtained in any'
official quarter. As communication
will be required between Washington
and the president, it is hardly likely
that the answer will be forthcoming at
Both the state department and Chi
nese officials took occasion early
In the day to deny a report that plans
wero on foot to order the delivery of
Mr. Congor by the Chinese authorities
to Admiral Homey at Tien Tsin.
There is reason to believe that thp
government Is again using every ef
fort to secure communication with Mr.
Conger, and this time to get an an
wer from our minister, which will lie
to conclusive as to remove any shadow
of doubt.
In this connection it was reported
that Minister Wu sort another cahlc
dispatch to Minister Conger, but there
is a strong disinclination In official
quarters to discuss the various Btep
being token while they are still In an
Inconclusive form. .
Views of an American.
Chicago, July 23. John P. Roberts
of Shanghai, an American civil en
gineer who has Bpent 3 years in China,
and who left Shanghai last May, passed
through Chicago on his way to New
York to visit his old home. "Knowing
the Chinese as I do," said Mr. Roberts,
"I have little doubt but that all tho
foreigners in Peking were murdered
long ago. The government is weak and
the mob undoubtedly got the upper
hand. I know too much of what Chi
nese mobs have done in the past to
doubt that they murdered the foreign
ers. An army of 40,000 regular troops
is all that is necessary to take Peking,"
he continued. "The Btorles to the ef
fect that the Chinese have an army of
950,000 men are rtdlcu'nus. There are
not more than 20,000 drilled troops in
China. The Tost are poorly organized
and poorly armed. If they had modern
arms they would not know how to use
them, and they do not constitute an
effective fighting force."
An Inconsistency.
London, July 23. Though there are
some indications that hardened pessi
mism is beginning to melt under the
warm shower of Chinese assurances,
60 that It Is now admitted that per
.aps not all the foreign ministers at
Peking have been killed, still Incredul
ity remains the dominant note of
European comment. No one seems
able to reconcile the assurances of the
imperial edict with Minister Conger's
statement in 'his alleged message to
Secretary Hay that he was in hourly
expectation of death by massacre,
though both documents purport to
have been sent off from Peking on the
same date. It is confidently antici
pated, however, that the mystery will
soon be solved as all the governments
following; the lead of the United States
have taken steps to test the sincerity
of Chinese officialdom by insisting up
on free communication with the min
isters. To Send Troops to Taku.
Washington, July 23. The war de
partment Is considering the advisabil
ity of sending the Hancock, which
sails from San Francisco July 28, with
four batteries at artillery and 500 ma
rines direct to Taku Instead of to Na
gasaki. The troops were to have gone
on the Meade which sails August I,
but it has been decided owing to the
urgent necessity of getting reinforce
ments to China to have the Hancock
make a special trip. She will carry
stores and provisions only for the
troops in China. The Meade on the
first proximo will take out one bat
talion of the 15th infantry, one squad
ron of the Third cacalry and one com
pany of engineers from West Point,
in all 1,171 men and CO officers.
Troops From Cuba.
New York, July 23. The United
States transport Crook, having on
board a detachment of the Eighth
United States infantry from Havana,
arrived here. The enlisted men of the
Eighth infantry on the Crooks number
642 and are under the command of
leutenant P. H. Mills. The troops com
prise six companies, band und hos
pital corps. The officers of the regi
ment with families and servants num
ber 36 persons. The Eighth infantry
contingent are expected to proceed lm-
mediately after release from quaran
tine to a post in the west,probably Fort
Snelling, where tho regiment is re
cruiting to full strength for service in
Thinks They Are Safe.
Detroit, July 23. Baron Paul Merl
ing, German consul general to Peking,
China, and an intimate friend of the
late German minister, Baron von Ket
teler, passed through Detroit en route
to New York, -whence he will sail
Wednesday for home. Just before
leaving Peking he had a long conver
sation with Minister Conger, who, he
said, was very sure that the uprising
would not amount to much. "I cannot
believe," said Baron Merling, "that all
the foreigners have been massacred.
Differs From Conger Message.
Washington, July 23. The state de
partment made public the following:
"The state department has received a
dispatch from Mr. Goodnow, the con
sul general at Shanghai, dated July 23,
saying that Prince Tuan wires that an
officer of the Tsung Li Yamen saw all
tho ministers on the 18th, that none
was injured and that no attack was at
that time being made. He does not
say to whom the dispatch of Prince
was addressed, and It Is to a certain
extent at variance with tho dispatch
of Mr. Conger of that date, describing
the legation as being under heavy firo
at that time."
Rciuoy Ooes to TIcn Tsln.
Washington, July 23. The bureau
of navigation received the following
cablegram from Admiral Remey: "Go
ing to Tien Tsln, leaving a senior
officer here. Newark gone Nagasaki
for docking."
General DeMftt Steals a Clever March
on lii itish Commander,
Communications Doth by Railway
and Telegraph Between Pre
toria and the Outside World
Cut by the Alert Uocm.
London, July 23. General Dewet
has again succeeded in cutting Lord
Roberts' communications, both by rail
way and telegraph and captured 100 of
the Highlanders. The story of the
federal commander's bold raid comes
In the form of a telegram from Gen
eral Forester-Walker, dated at Cape
Town, Sunday, July 22, forwarding a
dispatch from General Knox as fol
lows: "Kroonstadt, July 22. Following
from Broadwood sent by dispatch
rider to Honingspruit, wired thence to
Kroonstadt: 'Have followed com
mando since July 1G. Hard sharp
fighting at Palmietfontein July 10.
Prevented from pursuing laager by
darkness. Eight hundred Boers found.
Our casualties five killed and 76 wound
ed. Roach Voolkrantz today. Enemy
doubled Its way back through Paarde
kraal In darkness. Shall march to
morrow to Roodevaal station. Send sup
plies for 3,500 men and horses, also
any news of the enemy's movements.
I believe the commando consists of 2,
000 men and four guns and is accom
panied by President Steyn and both
the Dewet's' "
General Knox continued: "The wire
and main line of the railway north of
Hollngsprult have been cut and also
the telegraph to Pretoria via Potchef
stroom. According to my Information
Dewet has crossed the railway and go
ing north." t
General Kelly-Kenny telegraphs
from Bloemfonteln under date of Sun
day, July 22: "The railway has been
cut north of Honingspruit and a supply
train and 100 Highlanders captured by
the enemy. A report was received
that a large force of the enemy is mov
ing on Honingspruit. All communica
tions with Pretoria is cut off. The
second and Third cavalry brigades are
following the enemy."
Purchased Bonds.
Now York, July 23. The hearing in
the case of the Gaynors and Benjamin
D. Green, looking toward their removal
to Georgia, for trial for alleged con
spiracy with former Captain Carter iu
connection with the Savannah harbor
frauds, was continued before United
States Commissioner Shields. George
M. Gibson, of the firm of Watson &
Gibson, tho first witness, stated his
firm had transactions with Captain
Oberlin M. Carter In purchasing se
curities from him. Mr. Gibson identi
fied a check drawn by Captain Carter
to the order of Watson and Gibson for
the sum of $5,493.75 for payment of
certain securities purchased for him
A copy of the transaction of Carter
with the firm as shown by the books of
the latter was allowed in evidence. It
shows that in 1892 and 1893, Carter had
purchased over $19,000 worth of bonds.
Ilavlll Released.
St Louis, July 23. Ora Havlll, a
former Transit company detective who
was arrested with dynamite In his pos
session at the time, recently, when
Transit cars were being blown from
the track nightly, was released in the
criminal court. Havlll pleaded guilty
to the charge of being in unlawful pot
session of dynamite and carrying con
cealed weapons. Two other charges
of carrying concealed weapons were
dismissed on the understanding that
the prisoner should leave the city. The
court costs, Including the fines assessed
against Havill amounted to $251. .
About Campaign Speakers.
New York, July 23. Senator Martin
V. Scott of West Virginia, came up
from Washington and went at onco to
the rqoms of the Republican national
committee. Senator Scott will hav
charge of the Republican speech mak
lng. He said: "Wo hope to have a
great many prominent men speak In
various parts of the country. Wo ex
pect such men as Senator Burrows,
Senator Lodge, Postmaster General
Smith and Secretary Smith to deliver
campaign speeches. Ex-President Har
rison may make a few addresses.'
Ca!umbU3, O., July 23. Goorgo u.
Murphy Pottery company, East Liver
pool, $75,000; Marietta Athletic Club,
Marietta; Johns & company, Cleve
land, inorcaso from ?G,000 to $100,000;
Brass Manufacturing company, Cleve
land, amendment changing name to
Lyons BraBS Manufacturing company;
Pennsylvania Coal company, Tlfflu,
$10,000; Logan Brick Manufacturing
companj, Toledo. 850.000.
Sheriff at Huutsvlllc Prevents an At
tempt to Lynch a Negro.
Huntbvllle, Ala., July 23. Elijah
Clark, a negro charged with commit
ting criminal assault upon Suss'.e
Priest, a 13-year-old white girl, was
lodged in Jail.
The doors of the Jail were broken
down by a mob and a rush made to
pass Sheriff Fulgham and his deputies,
when the deputies opened fire. Will
Vlnlng was shot In the shoulder and
another man received serious wounds.
The mob has placed dynamite under
the jail and threaten to blow It up if
the prisoner is not delivered to them.
Governor Johnson has telegraphed
Judge E. S. Peake, to Impanel a jury
and try Clark at once. Judge Peako
agreed to try Clark at 3 p. m.. The
mob is quiet and its members say they
will remain until they are assured the
negro is getting quick Justice. A stick
of dynamite was thrown Into the Jail
and great damage was done by the ex
plosion. The mob now threatens to
touch off more dynamite.
Havn Illsh Signs.
Chicago, July 23. The inhabitants
of Chinatown in this city have evident
ly adopted a signal, in case they
should be attacked by a mob. Over
100 responded to a call for help from
Moy Yen, proprietor of a restaurant
and nearly overpowered Sergeant
Mooney and two detectives of the Har
rison street station bofore the aston
ished policemen could announce their
Identity and convince the excited Mon
golians that they were making an ar
rest and not seeking to aven atroci
ties committed In China. As the three
officers approached Yens place a cry of
alarm was raised. Every doorway
then swarmed with Chinamen.
Attempt to Wreck a Train.
Three Lakes, Wis., July 23. Eight
een ties were piled on the railroad
tracks five miles south of this station.
Alex. Swan, a laborer, coming to town
early removed the the obstruction just
in time to prevent a passenger train
from striking it Swan also removed
a number of large rocks from a bridge
a short distance north, his action prob
ably saving the lives of 30 members of
the Three Lakes Rod and Gun club,
who were on Murrain.
Caucd Great Alarm.
Paris, July 23. About noon the first
accident occurred on the underground
railway, causing great alarm among
the passengers involved. It was due lo
inattention of an engineer who had
just past the Hotel de Vllle station.
Stopping too sharply a short circuit en
sued, the lamps were extinguished and
the train remained In darkness for
for some time. Tho engineer's fac3
was severeJy burned by sparks.
A .Viirder .Mystery.
St. Joseph, Mo., July 23. Two un
known young men were found beside
the Chicago Great Western railway
tracks at Savannah, Mo., 12 miles
north of here dead, with bullet holes
in the back of their heads. Both were
well dressed. The theory is that
they were murdered on a train and
thrown off. A coroner's Jury 1b inves
tigating. Shot by a Robber.
Chicago, July 23. John A. Barsan
tl, a saloonkeeper in Van Buren street,
was shot and fatally wounded by a
holdup man at his place of business.
Barsanti had refused to send over his
money on the demand of the robber
and the shooting was done during a
rough and tumble fight between the
men. The robber escaped.
Dead Bodies Found.
St. Joseph, Mo., July 23. The dead
bodies of two men were found on the
Maple Leaf right of way, 30 miles
north of here. Wounds on the head In
the same spot on each man indicate
murder. The local police are firm in
this belief and the railroad detectives
are at work on the case, but give out
Warehouse Burned.
St. Paul, Juuy 23. The St Paul Cold
Storage and ( Warehouse company's
large warehouse was destroyed by fire.
The total loss is estimated at $750000,
with an insurance of $550,000. The
warehouse was filled with butter, fruit,
tobacco, eggs, tea, whisky and other
Death of Goodall.
Youngstown, O., July 23. William
Goodall, at one time the champion
heavyweifht pugilist of England, died
here after a brief illness, aged 64
yoars. During his career as a fighter,
Goodall met Jem Mace, Joe Goss and
many other pugilists.
Both Drowned.
San Francisco, July 23. Ernest
Gueldner and his eight-year-old son
were drowned by the capsizing of their
boat off Lime Point, Just inside the
Oolden Oate. Dave McWlrtor and E.
Malcowskl were rescued.
Mutually 01j ct and Except to State
ments ol Each Other.
Judge Cautrlll Denies That the Law
Gives Crowds of Aimed Bleu
the Itlght to t.atlier In the
State of Kcutucky.
Georgetown, Ky., July 23. The
court room was only about half filled
with spectators when te case was
called. The prosecution gave notice
that they would excuse a half dozen
persons summoned as witnesses for
that side. Among those excused was
Ike Golden, brother, of Sergeant F.
Wharton Golden.
Lieutenant John Rlcketts, an officer
In the Barbourvllle military company
of which John Powers was captain,
was the first witness. He arrived In
Frankfort January 25 wLu the train
load of mountaineers.
Before the train reached Frankfort,
witness said tho men were told to re
port to W. H. Culton for rations. Tho
men were armed with guns and pistols.
Arriving at Frankfort they took pos
session of the agricultural building
and stacked their guns there.
Witness said each morning a crowd
of from 300 to 600 mountain men oc
cupied the yard in front of the legisla
tive building. Witness saw Youtsey
frequently and talked with him. He
had a conversation with Youtsey the
day before the assassination. Youtsey
said Goebel had to be put out of the
way and he (Youtsey) had $100 which
he would give for that purpose and
knew of 10 or 12 others who would also
contribute toward such a fund.
Youtsey also said Goebel could be
killed from the executive building,
that the assassin could escape through
the basement and never be detected.
Fifteen minutes before the assassina
tion witness saw Youtsey and the lat
ter told him he wanted 25 or 30 men to
accompany him to the executive build
ing. Continuing witness said: "Youtsey
put us Inside the executive building
near the stairs. He told us something
was going to happen and we must re
main there. When he started through
the hall, I left and went Into a private
residence across the btreet from the
building. I had been there a few min
utes when I heard the shots. I did not
know any of the men, whom I left at
the foot of the stairs in the executive
Witness explained that the men
whom Youtsey placed were just out
side the office of secretary of state. He
said he left because he did not want to
be present In case of killing.
R. E. Combs, private secretary to ap
pellate Judge Hobson, next witness,
told of a conversation between two
mountaineers In tho house lobby a day
or two before the assassination In
which they spoke of "picking them
out," meaning the Democrats.
During the cross examination of
Coombs, ex-Governor Brown objected
to testimony that the mountaineers
went to Frankfort armed, as the right
to carry arms was a constitutional
privilege. The court took issue on this
point and said that the law did not
permit crowds of men not In the mil
itary service and called out In the reg
ular way to gather for any purpose.
Brown filed an exception to remarks
of court regarding the unlawfulness of
crowds arming themselves and repeat
ed a previous statement as to what the
defense expected to prove as to the
ijjarpose of the organization of the
mountaineer excursions.
"Yes," interrupted Judge Oantrlll,
"and the court objects and excepts to
the continued reiteration by counsel of
things which the court thinks 1b meant
for the spectators In the court room
and 'not for tho court."
"We object to that statement of the
court," came from several .attorneys for
the defense. Both the court and Brown
showed irritation.
Jones at Chicago.
Chicago, July 23. James K. Jones,
chairman of the national Democratic
committeo arrived at the "auditorium
annex from Lake Minnetonlka, whero
ho has been resting a few days with
his family. Ho was closeted with hla
secretary at Democratic headquart
ers all tho morning and denied him
self to everybody. He stated that he
had not yet selected the sub-committees
from tho general committeo, but
probably would do so within a few
days. Ho thought further consultation
with hla colloagues necessary beforo
taking that Important step. Senator
Jones will remain here until the cam
paign machines gots fairly into work
ing order.
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