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VOL.l. TO. 167.
Knights of the Lily Finish Their Drill
for Prizes.
Seven Divisions "Were Competitors Every
thing "Went Without a Hitch Announce
ments and Awards to Bo Made To-Day
Supreme Lodge Action on the BitunL
An ideal day was given the Pythians yes
terday when the competitive drills were con
cluded. The delightful -weather was fully ap
preciated by tho competing divisions, adding
vim and f orce to their work. Soveral hundred
epectators were -very liberal in their mood
cf applause as difficult maneuvers wero us
ee mplished.
In conversations among the Sir Knights
seated in the grand stand the expression re
ceive 1 was that the Hastings, Mich., Division
"nlu-h drilled Tuesday had a "cinch" on the
prize, but there were many who, as they said,
"would take a lew dollars' worth of that,"
an J who looked forward to the drill of the
rrkrsburg, W. Vu., Knights as the ones
who w ?uld carry oil the prize
Yesterday morning everything started
with ut a hitch, Lieuts. "Woodward. Trench,
an 1 Kennan, of the Army, being present bo
i re 9 o'clock, with Col. Thomas Boutall. of
C levcJand, who had been detailed for that
du'v. At 9 o'clook sharp Oak Division No.
2 f Cleveland, Ohio, Capt. Leighton, were
m Jine in front of the grand stand and quickly
rcarchd for inspection. Thoir inspection
w-s good and it seemed that they would
r ake a good showing, but Capt. Leighton
committed an error when he came to the llrst
ha,t after inspection, and continued it
throughout the drill.
This was in constantly calling his men by
Siame in "dressing." In the "change step"
order one man got mixed tip, and it took
some time for him to recover. Their wheel
ing was good, but the movements under the
new taftics were very poorly executed. The
sword drill was excellent, but the lieutonants
"n ere placed wrong.
As Oak Dlvibiou moved off the field Pough
keepsie Division. No. 24, of Now 1'orn, Capt.
Eeneway, presented itself lor inspection,
whih went on very slowly and with several
z. istai.es. One man was brushing off his coat
as the officers came along and the "present"
was poi-rly done. Thoir marching was very
3-ttle better than the inspection. The platoon
n.vements were slow, the second platoon
t reakJng badly several times. The left guide
was tardy, and a very bad mistake was made
cu -"right turn," when it was made in march
ing step mtead of double quick. The sword
unil lacked precision. As the company
marched off the field Capt. Benoway was
I resented with a bunch of roses from the
corr pnny s admirers.
Aitoona Division, No. 36, Capt. Samuel
Toberts, followed next and passed a fair in-epe-tion.
In several instances two men
raised th"ir swords at the same time. Their
narhing was fair, but they made a ragged
Cigrnvnt and their halts also were irregular.
TL" sw -rd drill was remarkably good.
Division No. S5, of Toledo. Ohio, Captain ,T.
1. ,T iggins, followed with a good- inspection,
nX jgh the judges found several things
wL. h caused them to stop and examine.
TLere was a bad break by the first lieutenant
getting into the wrong place, and the nlign
rr. nt was, at times, a raggod curve, and, at
ctLrs. badly broken. But after awhile the
cor pany settled down and did some really
ne wcrk, which gained them applause time
rxi again. The difficult "right turn" was
d no perfectly and their guides were excel
lent. The sword drill, however, will go
ngnst them, many mistakes being made, tho
mist prjn.inent being that two helmets were
iDst during the movements. Their marching
was very strong, and had it not been for their
rr t sword drill the Toledo boys would, have
been "in it"
"Hero they come! Here they come!" was
the cry as division No. 3, of Parkersburg, W.
Ya., Hied in front of the stand. They wore
nearly ail young men and are very popular,
tavlng distinguished themselves in
cany ways during the last few days.
There i always some joke or prank on tho
way with them and they have been the life of
tho c:.n p. Capt. S. B. Baker was in com
mand, and started off in a manner that
iz.arL.ed him as a man who knew what ho was
i;b "i'Jt. He kept his men all close to tho stand
and reciod tho thanks of tho spectators for
his consideration. The inspection was re
markably good and the marching was begun
f n a masterly way. The platoons moved in
perfect unison and but two slight mistakes
were made during this maneuver.
The sword drill was nearly perfect, but
one mistake occurring, when one man lost
I.s hr Imet Tho drill, taken all in all. was
I v far the best of the day and was heartily
cierred as the division marched off tho field.
T!in came Anson Division, No. 1C, of
Rochester, N. 1'.. Captain "William Stoifel.
Tho inspection was good, with but one
e.jgnt mistake, but the marching was exe
crable. The alignment was poor, breaks very
frequent, and platoon movements without
The last division on the programme was
Trevost Division. No. 1, of Kansas City, Mo.,
an I '-I which much was expected. The divi
si :n was commanded by Capt. James A. Heed,
an 1 ho has won several prizes during the last
few years. Their inspection was good, but
very slow, the men holding their sabers at
"j resent" too long.
In the maneuvers many breaks wore made,
the changes not being well timed, and one of
the men got entirely out of position.
Their jlatoon movements were the poorest
of tbi day and it was evidently a bad case of
Luck fever." Tho sword drill was good but
given without spirit.
This was the last drill, and the great an
nual contest ended. The decisions are now
beng considered by the judges in conjunction
with Gen. Carnahan and his staff and will be
announced to-dav. Tho prizes will bo awarded
at 5 p. m. at the "White Lot, and it will bring
the encampment to a close.
magnificent Drill of the Tort Mycr Cav
alry in Honor of Pythians.
A squadron drill of the entire encampmont
of cavalrymen at Fort Myerwas given through
tho courtesy of the post officers in honor of
tho Knights of Pythias yesterday morning.
It was expected that Gen. Oarnahan and his
hides-de-camp would be present, but at tho
last moment the goneral found ho would be
unable to attend on account of a pressure of
official business.
Ten o'clock was the hour set for the drill,
and long before that time vohicles of every
concoivable description could be seen climb
ing the long hlllthnt leads to the beautiful
fort There were many ladies in the number
less conveyances and several thousand
Knights. It was roughly estimated thai very
pearly 4,000 people saw the inspiring specta
cle. Promptly at 10 o'clock with military
bunctuality the troopers, over 200 strong and
superbly mounted, rode into the drill ground
Which is a great plateau a short distance from
the fort proper.
Major "Whiteside, Seventh Cavalry, was In
command, and the superior officers were
Lieut M.F. Seele, Troop H, Eighth Regi
ment; Lieut A. H. Mercer, same trooD and
udment; Lieut A. M. Perry, Troop K, Ninth
Cavalry; Lieut Robert Sowall. Troop F,
Seventh Regiment, and Lieut Landis, Post
Troops A, F, H, and K took part ;in tho
drill. Onco inside tho paradeground, tho or
dinary maneuvers wern rapidly gono through
with. It would bo difficult, indeed, to imag
ine a more brilliant spectacle. Tho sabers
and whlto helmets of tho bronzed troopers
glistened in the morning sunshine, and move
ment after movement, each ostensibly more
intricate than tho other, was executed with a
Erecision that very nearly always character
's tho work of tho most adopt cavalry in tho
The resonant bray of tho bugles, the neigh
ing of the prancing, fiery troop horses and
the perfect riding of tho troopers naturally
roused tho enthusiasm or tho spectators and
made tho heart of many a pretty girl in tho
crowd beat with quickened throbs.
Handkerchiefs waved and moro than onco
tho enthusiastic Pythians broke out into
AH this, however, was onlv n preliminary
drill. Presently tho troops formed in twos
and with supurb grace and evenness tho en
tire body was taken over a three-foot hurdle.
Then then formed in fours and plntoons and
over the hurdles again they went in beauti
ful symmetry.
The crowd yelled with delight Tho tanned
face of Major 'Whiteside took on a pleasant
expression and ho ordered a movement that
is one of the most striking in tho cavalry
category. It is tormed tho employment of
troops to escort and protect a convoy. Our
troons formed as skirmishers "right front
into line." Another "loft front in Hue," also
as skirmishers, while tho other two troops
formed in tho rear to cover. A spaco was
left in tho center for tho supposed wagon
A moment later tho troopers went throuch
the form of attack as foragers. Their pistols
cracked as they galloped across tho plateau,
and they looked dangerous indeed.
Tho drill lasted nn hour and tho crowd dis
persed delighted with Uncle Sam's troopers.
English Ritual to Bo Used and Saloon-
Kccpcrs Not to Be Admitted to the Order.
The Supremo Lodge, at its session yester
day, considered business of vital importance
to the order. From 10 o'clock in tho morn
ing until i in tho afternoon it was in exec
utive session, discussing tho new ritual for
tho Uniform Bank and the now constitution
for tho lodges. No conclusion was reached
on either subject, and tho discussion will
probably continue sovernl days.
After disposing of routine business tho
Supremo Lodga proceeded to the considera
tion of tho ritual. This has been prepared by
a committee, appointed Jor the purpose at
Kansas City, in 1892, with Major-Gen. Car
nahan as chairman. The entire morning
and part of tho afternoon was occupied with
discussion of tho ritual, and it was Anally de
cided to make it a special order for "next
Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. Tho com
mittee who are preparing tho chief features
of the new ritual havo not yet submitted their
ro ports.
It was 2 o'clock when tho supreme lodgo
reassombled, after lunch, and proceeded to
take up tho new constitution, which has been
prepared by a committee, of which tho late
Past Supremo Chancellor Shaw was chair
man. The new constitution involves a num
ber of changes, which wero suggested and
championed by Mr. Shaw. The "other mem
bers of tho committee nro Messrs. George E.
Sheav, W. A. Radcliffe, J. H. Alexander, and
M. L. fatcvens.
The committee on the state of the order
yesterday decided to recommend that no
lodge should be allowed to use any but tho
English ritual. The decision accords with
Supremo Chancellor Blackwcu'a report
Lively discussion is expected in the Supremo
Lodgo when the report is presented for adop
tion, but it is generally believed that the com
mittee will bo sustained.
The committee has also decided to recom
mend, it is stated, that saloon-keepers and
bartenders shall hereafter bo ineligible to
membership, and that tho present members
of tho order who aro liquor dealers shall be
expollod. The committee at presentstand
three to two for temperance, and expect to
make a four to one report to tho Supremo
It was stated yesterday that the committeo's
recommendation is In accord with Supremo
Chancellor Blackwcll's annual report.
Both Bodies Name Their Officers for the
Term of Two Years.
The Pythian Sisters met In Elks' Hall yes
terday morning and elected the following of
ficers; Supremo chief, Mrs. Ida M. "Weaver, of Des
Moines, Iowa; supremo senior, Mrs. Sarah J.
Golf, of Rhode Island; supremo junior. Miss
Jeanetto Ncubert, of Kansas; supreme mana
ger. Mrs. Alice Cutler, of Michigan; supremo
M, B. and C, Mrs. M. D. "Wood, of Kansas
City. Mo., supreme M. of F., Miss Mae Friar,
of Richmond. Ind.; supremo protector, Miss
Flora Wetherbse, of Minnesota, and supreme
outer guardt Miss Holena Cornwell, of
Qulncv, I1L
At a meeting of the supreme assembly of
tho Pythian Sistorhood yesterday, the follow
ing officers wero elected for tho ensuing
term of two years: Mrs. Georgo Bemis. of
Worcester. Mass., supreme chancellor; Mrs.
G. L. Van "Wort, of Jersey City, N. J., su
premo vice-chancellor; Mrs. W.A. Dilworth,
of Nebraska, supreme prelate; Mrs. L. A.
Small, of New Hampshire, supremo mistress;
Miss A. M. Mueller, of Rhode Island, supreme
mistress-nt-arms; Mrs. G. Loring, of New
York, supremo inner guard; Mrs. E. G. Colo,
of Maine, supremo outer guard; and Mrs. J.
H. Brown, of Rhode Island, supremo or
Associated Press Did Not Imputo Plagiar
ism to President Cleveland.
Chicaoo, Aug. 31. Tho Herald will to
morrow morning print tho following editorial:
"In its comment on tho charco that Presi
dent Cleveland In his latest letter relative to
the tariff question had been guilty of plagiar"
ism,tho Herald erroneously statedjthattho im
putation proceeded from tho Associated
Press. This mistake might havo been per
mitted to pass unnoticed if certain Eastern
newspapers, quick to magnify small things,
had not seized upon tho publication and dis
torted it to the injury of tho Associated Press
news service. The Herald has investigated
tho matter and it ilnds that tho accusation
against tho Presidciit did not originate with
the Associated Press and was not handled in
its report"
The War and Peace Spectacle.
The grand musical festival production of
"War and Peace," to be given on such a
gigantic scalo by Inues and his famous band,
of New York, at b:isoball park Labor Day,
afternoon and evening, September 3, 1894.
cannot fail to be tho musical oventof tho
season. There aro so many features that will
interest everybody, and each is of tho very
highest order.
It is a rare treat to listen to a band of fifty
of tho finest musicinus, especially when con
ducted bysuch a master as Innes. and noth
ing on any stage creates such enthusiasm as
these concerts. Then there will bo four emi
nent vocal artists, whose solos and concerted
numbers will create a sensation. The addi
tion of chorus, military companies, flfo and
drum corps, tho liberty boll, booming cannon,
eta, will arouse such an enthusiasm as will
be worth while witnessing.
Altogether it seems to bo tho grandest mus
ical combination ever sent out in America,
and tho day of the event here Is sure to be a
memorable oao. Gen. Ordway has given
permission for the National Guards who take
part to carry their guns, and Capt C. S.
uomer will nave command oi tne troops on
the field.
Southern Development Preliminary
Work Brought to an End.
The Delegates Declare that tho Offscourings
of Europe Aro Not Wanted Winchesters
and tho Hangman's Rope Roady for An
archistsNo Place for Coxeyism.
The Southern development convention
closed last night It was tho opinion of tho
lenders of tho movoment that moro had been
accomplished than they at tho tlmo of tho con
ception of tho idea had anticipated. Thoy ex
pect that tho establishment of a permanent
exhibit in this city of tho industries of Dixio
Innd will in time produce tho results so earn
estly desired.
The concluding session last evening was
attended by an audience of generous propor
tions. Chairman Blackwell presided.
Hon. Richard H. Clarke, ropresontntivo
from Alabama, gavo a scholarly and interest
ing address on tho "Navigablo rivers of Ala
bama." In presenting him Mr. Blackwell
said ho brought before tho audience a Con
gressman whose interest in Southern devel
opment was so great that it kopt him in
Washington although his convention was to
meet vorysoon. Mr. Clarke, In part, said:
"Wo nro not begging for capitnl to como to
us. Wo wnnt it, not for our good alono; wo
want and expect it because it can got back
more than a dollar for every dollar that it In
vests. "Wowant labor, but we do not want tho off
scourings of Europe. Wo wnnt tho great tide
of immigration sifted by going to tho West
Wearying there of the long winters tho
sturdier and better elements, wo hope, may
como to us. For tho anarchist with his dag
ger and bomb to aro ready with tho Win
chester of tho Stato troops and tho hangman's
halter. (Applause.)
"But I nave to present to you tho advan
tages of Alabama and particularly of my own
"Tho river system of Alabama Is better than
that of any other State, becauso its navigable
streams aro so distributed that almost every
section of tho Stato is within reach of
them. The timo is soon coming, too, when
on all theso rivers freight will bo carried by
tugs and barges as coal is carried on tho
Ohio, and a largo reduction in ireight rates
will result
"We aro ready to compete with England for
tho coal trade of Brazil, whero coal sells at $8
per ton. Also, wo aro nearer tban any other
coal Held to tho Nicaragua Canal, and I speak
of tho canal as a fact, for its building is as
sure as anything elso under tho sun." Ap
plause. He said that Alabama is tho fourth cotton
Stato and produces nearly one-olghth of the
cotton crop of America and one-thirteenth of
tho crop of tho world. She was tho sixteenth
Stato in the production of iron in 1870, tho
second in 18S9, passing Pennsylvania and
ranking next to Michigan.
In twenty years tho lumber trado of Ala
bama has grown, ho declared, to mighty
proportions. To tho trado supplied by Ala
bama, Mobile adds an oxtensivo trado in
fruit Tho growth of this has been most re
markable. When tho applause had coasod and oppor
tunity had been given to others to discuss tho
facts presented, Chairman Blackwell called to
the chair W. E. Rogers. Ho then announced
tho death of John 31. McElroy, of Anniston,
Ala., an earnest, efllcient helper in tho con
vention's work. Resolutions of sympathy
were formulated and adopted.
Leo M. Lipscomb then spoko glowingly of
Texas. Ho said that tho gentlemen present
had been saying, "Wo havo tho largest State
except Texas; wo raise more cotton than any
other Stato except Texas; wo havo tho pretti
est girls of any Stato excopt Texaj; but no
man from Texas has had a word to say of her
immensities. Her population was 2,500,000
yesterday and probably soveral hundred moro
to-day. The area of her coal lands is 6,000,
000 of square miles; her timber lands 30,000,
000 acres; in cattle and in cotton she is tho
first in tho United States, and thoy aro not
long-horn cattle either."
Chairman Blackwell then announced tho
following committee on permanent organiza
tion: Alabama, T. G. Garrett; Arkansas, J. C.
LIttlepago; Florida, D. II. Yancey; Georgia.
Claude Bennett; Mississippi, L. Q. C. Lamar;
Missouri, C. H. Mansur; Kentucky. C. M.
Foree: Maryland, G. C. Magruder, jr.; Louisi
ana, B. C. White; West Virginia. T. F. Bar
rett; District of Columbia. Robert W. Hunter;
Virginia. W. Seymour White; North Caro
lina, W. F. Beasley; South Carolina, T. Stobs
Farrow; Texas, Leo M. Lipscomb.
At tho afternoon session Prof. W. C. Dav,
of tho Geological Survey, gave an interesting
address upon the mineral resources of tho
United States. He argued that tho natural
advantages of the South consisted of its great
source of wealth. Its minernl resources aro
so vast that, if utilized, they would be tho sure
loundauon ot its future prosperity. Ho spoko
of the royalty paid by the consumers ot tho
South to havo "their raw materials manufac
tured by the North and shipped back to them,
and urged that there bo soino means adopted
to have tho raw materials worked up at
A resolution of thanks was tendered to tho
committee that has had tho preliminary ar
rangements for the convention in charge, for
their untiring efforts in behalf of tho objects
to do subserved. A committee previously ap
pointed to express tho thanks of tho con
vention to Col. E. G. Staples for his kindness
in placing Willard's Hall at the disposal of
tho movement appeared, escorting Col.
Staples. The gratitude of tho members was
expressed by a rising vote.
resources or vinoixrA.
Charles Catlett. of Staunton, Yn., then read
a paper descriptive of tho resources of tho
State of Virginia. Mr. Catlett said Virginia
needs capital, population, and sympathetic
co-operation. "A young generation," he
said, "loving tho past for what it has suf
fered, yet living in tho present, is ready to
furnish tho enthusiastic sympathy to carry
overy movement to its abundant success.
"There is no doubt of tho South. No stu
dent of tho signs of the times can doubt tho
future. Forces are in operation which will
meet all requirements for development. Wo
cannot mnko or control them; wo may possi
bly direct and assist.
"In her position," said Mr. Catlett. speak
ing of Virginia, "with reference to tho pres
ent markets, she is pre-eminent Do not
hesitate! Do not doubt! But como and see."
Claudo N. Bennett, private secretary to
Hon. Hpko Smith. Secretary of tho Interior,
spoke for Georgia.
Mr. Bennett showed that tho Stato ranks
high in gcnornl agricultural products; spoko
of her marble deposits, her mountain of
granite and her vast cotton yield. From tho
array of facts presented Mr. Bennett drew tho
practical conclusion that whether tho seekers
for homes or investments has a liking for
mining, manufacturing, railroad building or
agriculture, ho can find in Georgia exactly
what ho wants.
W. Seymour Whyto, of Frederlcksburg.Va.,
was next introduced to discuss tho mineral
resources, but spoko generally upon money
topics. Ho referred to tho healthful and sa
lubrious climate and a soil that "literally
ripples into riches;" to tho rivers that bear to
tho eciw tho products of tho oarth; to tho
mountain ranges crowned with mighty trees,
which nod like tossing plumes on naturo'a
trlnmphnl car. nnd then passed to tho ques
tion of "Southern labor."
so nuns; no ladou riots.
"Tho South has produced no Debs nnd or
ganized no labor riots. Neither anarchy nor
Coxoyism has found a placo to root in her
soil, and when tho llrst army of industrial
vagabonds crossed tho Potomac into ono of
tho great Southern States it was simply taken
by tho scuff of tho neck nnd kicked out by
tho: mechanics, artisnns, and laborers who
compose tho Virginia militia."
Mississippi was represented by L. Q. 0.
Lainnr, who spoko of tho Stato's groat deltn,
which forma "tho banks of the Yazoo and
Mississippi, moro fertile than the rich valleys
of tho famous Nile, which, if wholly in culti
vation, would alono many times exceed her
present annual yield nnd possibly equal that
of all tho Southern States combined. From
an agricultural standpoint Mississippi is to
day, with her snow Holds of fleecy cotton, tho
pride of her nation and tho wonder of tho
Col. B. F. Clayton spoko gonerally of tho
fruits of Florida, no alluded in glowing
torms to, tho vastness of her ylold ot all tho
desirable tropical fruits, and said "it will bo
easy to seo that tho possible wealth of Florida
from theso sources whon developed by
proper skill and capital is almost beyond
W. E. Rodgers, of the Intorstnto Land Bu
reau, spoko particularly of tho gold deposits
in tho South. "Men doubt tho profitahlo
prosenco of gold." said ho, "but while I speak
to you to-day within ten miles of this spot
men nro working away with common sluice
boxes, washing out tho precious nuggets
from tho,sacred soil of Virginia at tho aver
age rato of S5 per day per man."
Tho West Virginia coal llelds and her agri
cultural products, were tho theme of Mr. T.
F. Barrett's remarks. Ho spoko also of her
oil refineries, her gas fields, her nail mills,
nnd other industries, not forgetting tho coko
production. Ho said tho great advantages af
forded by tho Stato for the investment of cap
ital aro unsurpassed by thoso of any section
of tho Union.
Tho resolutions, providing for tho plan and
fccopo of tho movement, express as tho senso
of tho committee that a permanent organiza
tion bo effected, and a permanent bureau es
tablished in Washington for tho exhibition of
tho resources, material, climatic, and other
wise, of tho States or tho South, tho expense
to bo borno equally by tho States in
terested; that thero shall be a bureau
for each Stato in tho South, and that
tho convention reassemblo in Washington at
a future date, the Governors of tho various
Southern States and the Commissioners of
tho District of Columbia to appoint ten dele
gates for each Stato and tho District, and that
tho Governors of tho States bo urged to attend
the convention.
A resolution indorsing tho proposed erec
tion by tho government of a pormanont ex
hibition building in Washington was also in
cluded in tho report.
Levi P. iMorton Declares llimsclf Ready
to Accept the Republican Nomination
for the New York Governorship.
Rhinecliffe, N. Y., Aug. 31. The follow
ing letter explains itself:
"Eleeuslie, Rhinocliffe-on-Hudson,
"Aug. 31, 1894.
"In response to tho very large number
of suggestions mado to mo that I should
declare my attltudo with roferenco to tho Re
publican State convention, I address myself
to tho Republicans of tho Stato of Now York,
and beg to say that whilo tho suggestions aro
in themselves unusual, I venturo to express
tho hope that tho urgency in the public jour
nals for tho announcement of my decision
was not occasioned by any unduo hesitation
on my part.
"lam certainly not seeking any nomina
tion from tho convention. I havo boon ab
sent from tho country so long and so far that
no ono can refor to the slightest movement on
my part to cause a discussion in which my
name has been used with tho names of other
Republicans who are deservedly houorod
throughout tho Stato for their services and
character. I havo put myself In nobody's
way, nor havo I suflored any ono to do that
for mo which I disclaim for myself.
"And now, having been five days on Ameri
can soil, after twelvo months' nbsenco, and
having examined tho situation as well as pos
sible In that period. I beg to say that in tho
approaching councils of the party in conven
tion assembled I desiro to bo regarded as a
soldier in tho Republican army, ready to re
ceive the commands of my fellow-citizens of
like persuasion in public policy with myself,
whether thoso commands involve leadership
or service in the ranks.
"When I loft the Vico President's chair and
since, 1 havo had no thought, much less do
sire, to ro-enter public life. Manifold con
siderations regarding my fnmily, which I
havo no right to obtrudo upon tho public, led
mo to desiro to spend tho remainder of my
days in retirement.
"By tho kindness of my countrymen, hav
ing held high official positions at homo and
abroad, I was profoundly content to let tho
record stand. But do not understand mo to
imply that I look lightly upon tho office of
Governor of tho Stato of Now York. I know
something of tho resouices, tho capacities and
tho needs of the Empire State, nnd I appreci
ate tho importance, tho usefulness and tho
honor of tho great offico of tho chief execu
tive Should I be called to fill it I shall strivo
earnestly to servo tho people with steadfast
ness of purpose and to faithfully administer
a public trust.
"Finally. I aver in tho sincerest torms that
if tho convention shall prefer to seo any other
name than mino uponthoRopublican bannor,
I shall accept tho result without regret or
senso of injury, and will give to tho success
ful candidate my hearty and unwavuring
"Trusting that tho action of the convention
will bo harmonious nnd rebound to tho best
interest of the party and stnto, I remain with
great respect, your obedient servant,
"Levi P. Morton."
Cunard Liner Lucanin Lowers the West
Bound Record by Forty 3Hnutcs.
New York, Aug. 31. Tho Cunard liner
Lucania, Captain MacKay which sailed from
Queenstown at 12:45 p. in., August 20, passed
in at Sandy Hook at 5:18 this afternoon. Sho
has thoreforo lowered tho record of tho steamer
Campania, of tho same lino, as in order to
equal the Campania's timo of five days, nino
hours and twenty-nino minutes mado this
month, tho Lucania should havo reached tho
Sandy nook lightship nt 5:39 p. m. Allowing
twoaty minutes for tbo run from tho lightship
to Sandy Hook, she ha3 beaten tho Campania,
who holds tho fastest ocean record, by forty
Tho best previous western record of tho
Lucania was 5 days, 12 hours, and 47 minutes,
which was held as tho record until August 17
last, when tho Campania mado tho run in 5
days. 9 hours, and 29 minutes.
Serious Cutting Affray.
JamC3 Green, colored, was cut in tho chest
and seriously hurt with a lcnifo by Thomas
Plummcr, also colored, shortly before 1
o'clock this morning.
Green was carried to tho Fifth precinct
station houso whero a doctor was summoned
and ho received proper attention.
Tho men wero employed in the street-cleaning
gang, which was at work at tho corner of
Tenth street and Pennsylvania avenuo south
east. Plummer was charged by Green with
shirking his work by not putting enough dirt
on his shovel. Plummer told Green to mind his
own bnslness, to which Green replied calling
Plummer an offensive name, whereupon
Plummer whipped out a knife and cut Green
several time3 in tho chest, injuring him in a
severe but not necessarily dangerous manner.
-"Immediately after tho cutting Plnmmer ran
away, and at 3 o'clock this morning had not
been arrested.
Colorado's Governor Not Guilty of
Violating Postal Laws.
His Throo Co-Defendants Held for the Action
of tho Grand Jnry for Having Opened a
Lottor Addressed to Ex-Matron Linkins
Used Its Contonts to Injure Her Character.
Denver, Colo., Aug. 31. Gov. Waito was
tho first witness to-day, in tho hearing before
Unitod States Commissioner Hinsdale, of tho
charge against himself and other officials of
conspiring to withhold from ox-Matron Lln
kens n letter addressed to her. Tho Governor
declared ho had never had anything to do in
the matterwhatever.and was greatly surprised
when ho learned ho had been charged with
an unlawful act. Ho never had any conver
sation with any person for tho purposool
entering into a conspiracy for any purpose.
"Tho letter in question was handed to mo
to read," he said, "and I had to tako it in my
hands to do so. I immediately returned it
to tho person who hnnded it to mo and this is
my entire and only connection with it It
might havo been a forgery for all I know,
nnd it did not attract my attention to any ox
tent, as I considered it of little importance.
Chief of Police Armstrong is most certainly
mistaken in his statement that ho got tho
letter from mo."
Gov. Waito 6poko briefly in his own bo
half. Ho denied the imputation thnt ho had
said that Mrs. Linkens was a disroputable
"It I havo been guilty of ombczzlement or
conspiracy or any crime, I do not ask any
favors," said tho Governor.
"In my judgment thero is no evidence to
show any guilt. If tho court finds from the
testimony thero is guilt, I oxpect it to do its
duty and I know it will."
Tho Governor while speaking, walked up
and down in an excited manner and delivered
his words with dramatic effect.
At tho conclusion of the arguments Com
missioner Hinsdnlo rendered his decision as
"These four defendants aro charged with
an offense against two sections of tho law re
lating to conspiracy and tho taking nnd re
taining of n letter belonging to another. It
is shown by tho evidenco that a letter did
como to tho city hall, tho envelope of which
was addressed to tho -Polico matron,' but the
letter itself was addressed to 'Mrs. Linkens.'
Mrs. Dwycr, as ono of tho matrons, had a
perfect right to open nnd read this letter, but
should havo at onco delivered it to the per
son to whom it was aedressed instend of
taking it to tho chief of police. It has not
been clearly shown thnt thero was a con
spiracy between theso defendants to injure
Mrs. Linkins, but tho retnining and with
holding of tho letter from her was clearly a
violation of tho law.
"While Gov. Waito read the letter, he could
not help this, nnd tho evidence against him
is so doubtful as to showing that ho retained
tho letter or hnd anything to do with it being
Withheld from Mrs. Linkens that I cannot con
sider him guilty of any offense against the
law. Tho other defendants, however, re
tained tho letter for n period of timo and evi
dently used its contents to injuro Mrs.
Linkens' character. So far as tho defendants
Armstrong. Dwycr, nnd Mullins nro con-i
cerned I will hold them to tho United States
grand jury in tho sum of 00 each, and tho
defendant Waito Is hereby discharged."
He Hopes to Get Riches Ont of a Suit
Against tho Georgetown Gas Company.
Visions of wealth havo of lato filled the
mind of William E. Vansciver, of No. 1217 E
streot northwest Ho has been raking over
old papers, handed down in his family, and
going through tho records of tho courts.
With the aid of Attorneys William Cook and
Edwin Sutherland he has put this and that
together and has discovered what he thinks
is a clear title for himself to valuable prop
erty in Georgetow n, and also has found that
tho present occupants havo no valid claim
whatever. Mr. Vansciver is a clerk in Charles
Javin's fish stall at Center Market He
has a room at present over Barry's saloon, but
ho hopes soon to own an elegant mansion in
Geoigetownand to live in luxury far from
market smells and idlo questions, or angry
complaints of customers.
The present occupantB of tho property, ho
claims, is tho Georgetown Gas Light Com
pany, and their plant is situated upon tho
ground. The result of Mr. Vansciver's in
vestigation was put into a bill in
equity filed yesterday. It Is entitled Will
iam E. Vansciver vs. Thomas Knowles, and
the Georgetown Gas Light Company, and he
asks that tho deed bo set nsido by which, on
Juno 15, 1855, Wilhnm F. Dixon attempted to
convey lots Nos. 18G and 187 in Beall's addi
tion to Georgetown to James Wardwell. These
lots aro tho site of tho gas plant
The bill asks also to have set aside the
convoynnco of tho same property from Charles
M. Matthews to the Georgetown Gas Light
Company in October, 1876. Tho conveyances
aro nlleged to bo fraudulent and void.
Tho property has long been occupied by tho
gas company with a three-story building and
all tho materials and appliances of a com
plete gasmaking outfit It is very valuable.
Mr. Vansciver was seen at his room last
night. Ho is about twenty-three years old
aud a man of average intelligence. Ho said
ho knew very little of tho case, but upon
questioning stated that tho property camo to
him straight through his grand
father's will. While tho heirs were
minors tho estato had not been
properly managed and these lots had been
allowed to fall into other hands. Thero had
been no snlo nor protended salo, but an out
sider hnd taken possession nnd had pro
tended to make a deed to tho gas company.
This deed would not stand a moment in a
court of law.
Vansciver refused to go into details as to
tho grounds upon which tho fight for his in
heritance would be made, or tho evidence
which ho would bo ablo to produco in support
of his claim.
Japanese Fleet Believed to Have Been
Defeated by the Chinese.
Shanghai, Aug. 31. Advices from Chee
Foo stato that tho Japanese fleet has again
attacked Port Arthur. Chinese junks from
New Chwang report passing many corpses of
Japanese soldiers at tho mouth of the Tatung
river. This is taken as confirmation of tho
roportod Japancso defeat on that river.
London, Aug. 31. A dispatch to tho Times
from Shanghai says: A Tien Tsin dispntch
from Chinese couriers says that thirteen Ja
panese ships, with over 4,000 troops, aro at
tacking Port Arthur. Tho Chinese garrison,
numbering 5,000 men, and the Chinese fleet
havo been ordered to attack tho Japanese.
Pef fcr on Tariff Legislation.
Niagara Falls, N. Y., Aug. 31. Senator
Poffer, of Kansas, said to-day regarding the
effect of tariff legislation: "You hear of busi
ness being revived, of faotories starting up,
of increased orders being received and other
reassuring signs ot business revival, but I re
gard it as only temporary. This country is
in a crisis, and tho causes that have led to
tho deplorable condition of affairs have not
been remedied, and for this reason I rogaid
tho present improved condition of affairs as
onlv temnorary."
Preliminary Arrangements for tho Ninth
Annual Convention to Be Held October
11 to 14 in Mctzcrott Hall.
Tho preliminary arrangements for the ninth
annual convention of tho Brotherhood ot St
Andrew, to bo held October 11 to 14 In Met
zerott Hall, in this city, aro in tho hands of
eight local committees.
Theso committees, with tbo names of tho
respectivo chairmen, are designated below:
Executive, B. P. Piorce, of Epiphany Chapter;
reception, William D. Cabell, of Ascension
Chapter; hotels, A. K. Parris, of St. John's
Chapter; flnnnco. Dr. S. F. Nash, of Epiphany
Chapter; transportation, J. Holdsworth Gor
don, cf Christ's Church Chapter, Georgetown;
hall, G. W. Salter, of St. John's Chapter;
printing, Claronco E. Dawson, of St Andrew's
Chapter, nnd press, Henry C. Parkman, of St.
Mark's Chapter.
Thero was a meeting held at tho Ebbltt
House last night to further tho preparatory
work, in which Messrs. Tierce, Saltor, Bryan,
Parris, Dawson, and Nash of tho foregoing
list, nnd Messrs. J. A. Roeder. of tho music
committeo, J. H. Gibbons, and J. W. Cooksy
participated. All tho committees reported
satisfactory progress of the work in hand.
Tho question of procuring a suitable hall
for tho afternoon meeting of Sunday, October
14, was discussed, and tho prices asked, re
spectively, for the use of Albaugh's Theater
and Metzerott Hall were reported. Decision
was deferred until the next meeting. Tho
badges were reported to be in tho hands of tho
proper committee.
Tho transportation rates by rail have been
fixed at ono and one-third rate for the round
trip, nnd in addition it was stated that round
trip rates from Norfolk, for the benefit of
thoso in that city and vicinity, will be 3.50.
Members of tho Washington Chapters will
meet the incoming delegates at tho trains and
conduct them to hotels. It is understood that
delegates will provide for their own enter
tainment, rates varying from 31 a day up
ward having been secured.
Each delegato will be supplied on his arrival
with a small hymnal, containing the music to
be used during the sessions. Prof. Roeder
will look after tho music. Ho was author
ized last night to arrange a brotherhood
choir to officiate at all the services.
A largo number of the most distinguished
ot the Episcopal clergy In this country will
be included in the list of speakers for tho
convention and will lead tho discussions.
Among them will bo Right Rev. William
Parot. D. D., Bisop of Maryland; Rev. Mor
gan Dix, D. D., rector of Trinity Church in
New York; Right Rev. Henry C. Potter, D.
D., Bishop of New York; Right Rev. Leigh
ton Cole, S. T. D., Bishon of Delaware, and
Right Rov. Davis Sessums, D. D., BishoD of
The business meetings, as heretoforo an
nounced in The Times,, will bo held In Met
zerot hall; tho devotional and other exer
cises at tho Church of the Epiphany.
It i3 officially announced tnat every chap
ter organized and enrolled in accordance
with tho provisions of tho constitution is en
titled to a delegate at largo and one
delegate for every tea members.
A chapter having less than ten
member? may send one delegate; more than
ten members and less than twenty, entitles
tho chaptor to two delegates: more than
twenty nnd les3 than thirty, three delegates,
and in tho same proportion as the member
ship increases. All brotherhood members
not delegates will havo the right to speak, but
not to vote, and all members, clergymen, and
laymen are specially invitod.
Thero is a provision in the programme for
a "Quiet Day." which is to bo Wednesday,
October 10. It is not, however, a part of the
convention proper, but will servo as a means
of preparation for it It will bo attended by
tho local brotherhood, and all others who de
sire to participate, at Christ Church, George
town. Tho exercises will bo under tho direc
tion of Rov. Arthur C. A. Hall, D.D., bishop
of Vermont Thoso who want to attend the
"Quiet Day" services are requested to send
their names to E. Maury Posey. No. 1006 C
street southwest, not later than October 1.
A luncheon will be served by tho ladies of
St. John's and Christ Church parishes of
Georgetown, after tho morning services of
"Quiet Day." A suitable room 13 to bo ob
tained by tho local brotherhood, of tho loca
tion of which due notice will bo given.
It is confidently expected that thero will bo
a large crowd present at the afternoon serv
ices on Sunday, October 14. and thero is some
talk of procuring Convention HalL Somo of
the most eminent pulpit orators of the church
in tho United States will address the people.
Delegates representing Scottish and Canadian
brotherhoods, respectively, will attend tho
Ears of Rebels Cut Off and Some of Malie
ton's Scouts Decapitated.
London, Sept. 1. A dispatch to tho Daily
News from Berlin says the advices received
thero from Samoa state that in a fight be
tween the nativo forces in June tho ears of
one of tho rebels was cut off and taken to
Apia, whilo tho heads of two other rob els
wore severed, despito tho recent decree
against such mutilation. Tho rebels retali
ated by cutting off tho head of ono of Malie
toa's scouts.
Tho Frankfurt Gazette reports that tho
German warship Falko recently visited the
fort of the rebels nt Kunnnuu nnd tvas cordi
ally received. Tho rebel chief, Muulifl, re
turned the visit and brought a number of
young girls aboard. Festivities followed.
A petition for German annexation of the
islands, signed by sixty-two persons, includ
ing an American nnd two Britishers, was
sent to tho German Emperor.
London, Sept. 1. The Standard, referring
to the advices from Samoa, showing the Brit
ish and German warships had intenered to
put an end to the trouble between the natives,
points out that no mention is made in tho
dispatches of American participation in the
intervention, and says:
"Possibly the rooted repugnance of Wash
ington statesmen to interference may account
for the nbsenco of tho Stars and Stripes.
Hawaii furnished President Cleveland with
a most troublesome incident of foreign rela
tions, and he may well be indisposed to run
tho risk of another false step.'
Marshal Baldwin Under the Impression
that the Salvadorean Means to Escape.
San Francisco, Cal.. Aug. 31. United
States Marshal Barry Baldwin has mado up
his mind that Gen. Antonio Ezeta has
planned to escape. Ho has doubled tho
guards around, has himself cooped in a room
in his hotel, whero ho is denied to visitors,
and doors aro locked and tho windows barred.
No condemned felon was over more closely
Although Gen. Ezeta gave his word of
honor as a soldier and n gentleman that ho
would mako no ntttempt to escape. Marshal
Baldwin seems to havo gotten the idea that
the general contemplates escaping anyway.
Ho has, therefore, been deprived of tho privi
lege of taking short walks on tho streets, or
even of taking exerciso in tho corridors of
tho hotel, and has been closely confined to hi3
An extra guard has been placed Insido with
him, the door is locked on tho outside nnd an
other doputy placed thero to see to it that no
attempt is mado to sortie through that.
In the Field of Politics.
The Republicans of tho Eighth Tennessee
district have nominated John A. McCann for
The Populists of tho Eighth Virginia district
havo nominated J. S. Mason, of Fauquier
county for Congress.
J. J. Hart has been nominated for Congress
bv the Democrats of the Eighth Virginia dis
trict. President W. W. Tracy, of the Republican
National Leaguo, has Issued a call for a meet
ing of the executive committee of the leaguo
September 10, tho object being to arrange for
tho league's participation in the fall campaign.
Texas Town Overwhelmed by a Raging
Flood and Many Drowned.
In tho Midst of the Catastrophe Earthqnaii
Shocks Were Felt and the Earth. Was Sam.
Asunder No 8uch Destruction Ever Ba
fore Known Great Damage to Eailroadi.
Uvalde. Tex., Aug. 3L A terrible catas
trophe befell this thriving town last night, and
to-day there Is mourning In many households.
The calamity wa3 entirely unexpected. Th
treacherous Leona River, swollen to a raging
torrent by recent rains, rushed without a mo
ment's warning down upon tho town, sub
merging and wrecking many houses and
drowning a number of people. In this arid
section such destructlvenes3 by tho elements
ha3 never before been chronicled. In the ex
citement of the day it Is not definitely known
how many havo been drowned. Among tha
bodies that havo been identified are: Mrs. Joo
Hatch, Mi3S Mattlo Edwards, a child of Mr,
Maley. and two Mexicans.
It was about 2 o'clock in tho morning whea
the flood came. The weather had been
threatening and thero were ominous clouds
to the north and ea3t of the town. The at
mosphere had been closo during the evening
and predictions of a storm were freely made.
The citizens went to their beds not with
happy mind3.
As the hours wore on and the people con
tinued their slumbers the dark clouds rosa
higher and higher. Just as the storm broko
over the city a torrent of water rushed down
the Leona River, overflowing the banks of
thnt stream and Hooding tho lowlands en
either side to a depth of soveral feet
Tho east side of the city Is built on low
land and wa3 directly in tho path of this
water. All the houses in this part of the town,
were submerged, and in tho darkness and
throughout the downpour of rain could bo
heard tho cries of distress from the iti-ratea
inhabitants in their wild efforts to save them
selves and those of their families and loved
ones. There were a number of miraculous
escapes and the rescuers and the rescued per
formed many heroic acts.
As soon as those in the higher part of the
town were made awaro of the terrible flood
and dire consequences, tho work of rescuing
began and wa3 carried out as rapidly as pos
sible In the darkness of the night Great
apprehension i3 felt for the families living on
the ditch south of here, whero from 75 to 160
families live and the land lying fifteen feet
lower than here, it is feared they have been
destroyed. Ono Mexican family,, living on
tho ranch of Schwartz, five miles belowtown.
aro supposed to havo been lost, no vestfge of
tho ranch being left It is feared that Indl
anolas history is repeated.
An earthquake shock of some seconds dura
tion was distinctly felt during tho night. At
ono place near the city about a quarter of a
milo of heavy cracks appeared on each side
of tho Leona River, having apparently no
bottom. A track walker of the Southern
Pacific, after wading through water np to
his neck, with his lantern elevated above his
head, succeeded in feeling his way far enough
East to intercept a westbound train and pre
vent its plunging into tho raging river where
tho railroad bridgo had been destroyed.
News lato this evening reaches here that
three families living below town were
drowned. The names have not yet been
lenrned. According to reports received- at
the Southern Pacific office this evening, the
terrible flood was augmented by a most re
markable phenomena, which was caused by
the earthquake.
The los3 to tho Southern Pacifle company
is enormous, forty miles of tracks and many
bridges having been washed away. Over 100
carloads of material and 300 laborers left San
Antonio for the scene of the wreckage this
evening. The damage to the Southern Pa
cifle extends eastward about seventy-live
miles from, this city. A rough estimate of the
los3 to property in general and the railroad
company, will, as far as known, reach n mil
lion and a half dollars.
Dr. Papi, His Secretary. Declares the Able
gate lias Not Heard Anything of It.
New ;Yobk, Aug. 31. A special dispatch
from Washington says: A reporter called at
the residence of Mgr. Satolli to-day to Inquire
concerning the report from Rome that at the
end of this year Mgr. Satolli would return to
the Vatican at the request of the Pope.
After a short consultation with Mgr. Sa
tolli, Dr. Papi. his secretary, made the state
ment that the delegates had not yet been ad
vised by the Popo as to the matter, and in
view of that fact did not believe the report
was true.
Dr. Papi said further: "Whether Mgr.
Satolli be recalled or not, some one will be
maintained here in the office he occupies.
This is now a permanent legation,
which represents Pope Leo in church affairs,
the same as the embassy of Italy here repre
sents the political government in diplomatic
After making thi3 important declaration
Dr. Papi refused to discuss the matter fur
Colored Democrats of New York: Mako
War on C. H.J. Taylor.
Tho colored Democrats of New York h&v
called tho Stato league of clubs together In
special session for the two-fold purpose, It la
said, ot denouncing the Negro National
Democratic League ot Washington and of
demanding of President Cleveland the official
scalp of C. H. J. Taylor, the recorder of
The local organization, Including the re
corder, is said to be considerably disturbed
over tho situation. It is not known, of course,
what action the President will take on tha
charges preferred against Mr. Taylor by
the Civil Service Commission, and
the aggressive war about to bo waged against
him and his ieaguo associates by the oldest
Democratic organization of, color in tho Union
is quite sufficient, it would seem, to cause
perturbation of mind and vexation ot spirit.
Sncccssf ully Examined.
West Point. N. Y., Aug. 31. Tho exami
nation of candidates who reported at the
Military Academy on tho 23th ot Augustas
conditionally appointed cadct3 wa3 com
pleted to-day. Seven reported and wero ex
amined and'the following passed succeisf ully:
Herbert E. Bradley, ot Minnesota; Harold
Hammond, of Hllnois; A. A. Lyon, of Louisi
ana; Victor M. Seiter, of Illinois, and Ira
Clinton Wolborn, of Mississippi
Hon. C. G. Conn Positively Declines.
Elkhabt, Ind., Aug. 31. C. G. Conn has
formally declined the nomination recently
tendered him to Congress by the Democrats
of the Thirteenth district
To See the Wheels Go Round." ; ' .
Every wheelman wants to see tha wheels go
round and know how far he has traTPlad.
Next Sunday's Tnna will tell jon all about tt.

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