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the wAsirm&TtMsr ttmjes., stxndax, .aprec, 14, isss;
SUNDAY, April 14-, 4895.
Specially fcow Prices
Will Be Quoted
All tins week oni
ERS, and on other
Rockers in our
bir Rocker Room. J
The Reed Rock-'
ers are the last of
a recent shipment
of 500, which have -been meet
ing with a very rapid sale.
In sheHac ' and oak finish.
Mirny patterns. And prices
about Half what they should
Saddle Seat
Another instance of
markable -value.
Dak or rarihogany finish. Comfortable as
can Ojo mid strong. OProtiuy ipolisned.
fflood BtKmga to 'bo "SAoron 'in theso
bargain times.
Rockers for 79 Cents.
limitation mahogany. 2Cic8b- made .and
tUniauud. Double woven cauo seats.
T and 11th Streets.
Storage Warehouses, 22d St, noarSL
Carpanters must have
room to work Shelves
must be cleared.
Remainder of Stanford
Brothers' Stock to be sold
ata. tremendous sacrifice.
2poo pairs of "Men's. La
dies1, Misses', and Children's
high and low ian shoes in
too ,'soon for improvements
wiicfh-will be sold at very low
price for 3 days only,
Stanford Bros',
00 pairs Lsrfies' IltEi-sewed Shoes, 1'fl to QQn
4fs AA teB, wore H, now . OSo
HS -pairs iliteves' line Dongola Shoes, 3 Qjn
105 pairs Cnilaren's$l.&OSkoes at . OlG
300 pairs L&dlefi' Tan and Black Low Q i QC
t&ksvs, extrc value at... ........ t$ltLQ
6! ialrs Ladiw' and JUns High Tan 1 Q6
Shoes, frost bargain .... $IiijQ
228 pairs Ty' and Youths' Blaek and OC
Tan Shoes )U'LO
109 pairs Children's and Hisses' Tan fifin
and Blaofc Sfeees. uuu
Hen's Pigskin Shoes, worth $4, now.. $Zi 30 1
708 7tii Street H. W.
Eeatrttfnl Double Ttaintiow..
Jest at sunset last night Washington
enjoyed the magnificent spectacle of a
double raiabow. An April shower had
passed, over the city In the "hour between
half-paste asdhalf-nast G, accompanied "by
much lightning. The air was delight
fully clear A dark storm cloud hung
from the zenith down the eastern half of
the tky, covering it from pole to pole.
Against this as a curtain was thrown the
bow of promise In unbroken term-circle
from horizon ts horizon and lifting its
arch nearHxty degrees up the vault of the
heavens This was of wonderfully clear,
betuti&tL, prismatic colors. Above about
five decrees away was the second lxw,
not nearly so bright and not continuous,
but plainly visible.
o fr
TVattiara 8. Stuart and Borscy Stuart,
niwttJais. feel tbe same fraternal love for
eaefa otber tfeat animated the hearts of
Jaqoes aitd Orlando, for nterday after
noon "tt'JUians had Dorsey arrested on the
chaise of grand larcany. Both young
men arc cons of ilr. Stuart, the fish
deider, ana "William alleges that he is a
mrHiteer f the firm. Ou Friday Father
Btu gave his son Dorsey a considerablo
Sana -at money, probntly 510Q, with which
to pay a iwiabrr of DBhermen. Dor&ey,
instead of obering instruotions, got full and
failed to account for the cash. Hence the
arrest at tbe instance of Brother Vfil
lam. John "W Bowers, who was with
Doraey cm tbe troublesome tear, was also
arrested ou a charg of grand larceny.
3tr. Warner and Sir. TVlIlsird Spoke.
A musical and literary entertainment
for the benefit of the Ladies' Aid Society to
the 5arfteld Memorial Hospital, was
given to a largo and appreciative audience
at the Churoh of Our rather last evening.
Musieal numbers wore rendered by Miss
Jessie Tivian Kerr, Mrs. Jennie "Wilson
Cooper, and Mr H. L. Murdock. Mr B.
H Warnor introduced Mr. BL K. "Willard,
who delivered a short butruterestinglecture
on Bermuda, the Windward Islands, and
Jamaica, which was illustrated by stere
optican views arranged by Mr. B. P. Murray.
Sir. Warner also spoko of his impressions
of the West Indies.
riKt Flchtura In Limbo.
John Henry and John Mack were taken
Into custody last night by Officers Passeno
and Birkget, of the Seventh precinct, for
indulging in a fist fight on 21 street.
Good Samaritan Salvo "will cure all Skin
tions for a New Trial and a 'Lunacy
Commission Overruled.
"Ho Is to 'Suffer tho Tenuity for "Killing "His '
JStopdaughter Execution Is to
lake Place July 26.
Big, red-bearded, -fair-skinned Joseph
A. Beam, wno so cruelly Blew IiIb step
daughter, Annie L. Xcnhy, at Jier 'home '
on Maryland avenue, "near Third street
northeast, at dusk on 'December 22 last, '
is to butter lealh by hanging ou July 26.
When "Beam's case was called before
Judge Cole yesterday. Ins attorneys "were
rtady wltn .affidavits and argument for
a now trial. There were present for him
Messrs. Truitt. GrawBliaw and Duffy. Dis-'
ttrict Attorney Btruey represented the Gov
ornmont Mr Truitt urged that Judge Cole's
charge to the Jury Imfl "been directed to
4ho question or partial homicidal insnn
it, -while the defense had been trying to
make out a nasa of general insanity Also,
he eaid. Dr Ghapin, the Government in
sanity expert, had acknowledged that his
examination of leaui. lusting only twenty
minutes, was necessarily imperfect, and a
fuller lest .might have "brought a different
This, argued "Mr. Truitt, crented a "rea
sonable doubt of the defendant's -canity,
oven upon the Government's evidence.
But Judge Cole promptly overruled the
The defense then asked for a lunacy in
quisition, and presented affidavits ol
Drs. Irving-C. Rosso and T. B. Ubod statlt'g
tliat alley had examined Beam at th. jail
yesterday, aud found Jilm of tinsaund
mind. His usual mental condition Is fcuch
tliut upon slight provocation he entin-ly
loses control of himself, and obeys the
lmnulse of the moment.
Dr. Rosso is a leading neurologist, being
editor of the Intest authority on medical
Jurisprudence. He was in two expeditions
in search ottbe Jeanuette, and Is a Fellow
of the Royal Geogruphical Society, as
well as a mmnbsr of-the recut International
Congress of Criminal Anthropology at
Judge Cole again refused the prayer ot the.
defense, saying that he would have ap
pointed an expert Jor them during tho trial,
but would not authorize a commission
now. He had observed Beam during the
trial, and believed htm responsible.
Beam was Apparently utile ancctea
when called up for sentence. He had
nothing to say, and waited calmly while
sentence was being pronounced. The
time set was Fnday, July 20, between the
hours of 10 a. m. and 1 p. m.; tho place
is the District Jail.
Counsel .for the defense noted an appeal
aud a copy of the record, without expense
to tho defendant, was allowed. Beam
was sent back to jail to await proceedings.
The Washington Livery Wagon and Har
ness Campany has been granted a
charter of incorporation by Judge J. H.
Norton, or the Alexandria Corporation
Court. The-objectnf Iho new company as
set forth in tho charter is to do a general
livery liuslness" 1n Washington, to buy and
ell.-wionjs,, liarpe. otc. The capital
stock is Kxed at "$f0,000, with shares ot
thc-paT valne .of EO aca. Mr. John J3.
Beach is named as tha local attorney of
the company, and "its principal office is to
be located in tho city of Alexandria. The
officers named in the charter aro all resi-dentsofWashlBgtoncity.asfollows-
H. "Underwood, presidsnt; William W.
Bullin, vice presidtnt; WiUIam F. Geyer,
j r. , secretary; and William F. G oyer , treas
urer. These orficcrs with T7. "W. Dnh.
enhower, 8. 8. MofTatt, and Edwin C.
Manning, constitute the board of directors.
The Fryer steamer, Howard Cassard,
which .has beeu on tko ways at the thlp
yard receiving a isw wheel and a special
design of engino valvo geanng, ot her
designer, llr. Robert W. Fryer, will be
launched from the way on Monday even
ing nsxt. Mr, Fryerays that tho trial trip
of the boat, which will (alee place witkin
a few -days, will Show that ihe "will bo (he
fastest ship anoaa Jttnd. he expects her to
make thirty -miles an hour.
Alexandria city won the first round In
the fight over the legality or the thirty-third
section ef the city charter, which allows
the city council to collect one-third of the
cost of all street improvement work from
the property benefited by the work. Same
days ago the question was argued before
Judge Norton in the mil of the city council
of Alexandria against Amand Tiolett and
others to recover a bill for street improve
ment work, and yestorday he rendered his
decision, sustaining the city at every point
m the controversy. The case will now oe
taken to the Court: or Appeals.
The Republicans of the Mount Tcrnon
district, Tairfax county, arc going to make
a hard fight for the district offices, and at
a meeting held in the store of P.. H. Haven
ner yesterday the following ticket was
arranged; For supervisor, John W. Rob
erts, of the Cameron Mills; for commis
sioners of roads, Joseph W. Glbbs, A. W.
Harrison, and Azarlah Dcsike; for jus
tices of the peace, Richard Triplett, Paul
Pullman, and George Root; overseer of the
poor, George R. Fairfax, and constaDle,
George Stride r. The election to fill
thwe offices will not take place until the
latter part of May.
In consequence of a death in the family
of Mr. S. Frank Field, tenor of tho St.
Paul's Cnurch choir. Dr. HerbcrtMcKamce,
of Washington, will sing the tenor parts
in tho Easter music to-day.
Lloat L. H. Holliriberger, inspector of
the Washington detective bureau, has
notified the Alexandria police to look out
for a llghtbay mare attached to a side-bar
buggy, winch was hired from T. D. Tcale in
the city of Washington.
The seven pieces ot Alexandria property
which were advertised for sale in the suit
against the Fidelity Building aad "Loan
Association of Wasbiustfc-n, and were to
have ueen sold at public aoction yesterday,
were withdrawn by Mr. Halley Ashton,
the receiver of the Fidelity company.
The funeral of Brakemajn Charles Camp
1oli, who was killed In Washington on
WedneadR-- last, took place yesterday after
noon from the residence of liia sister, on
Wilkes street near Pitt. Rev. Dr. Benson,
of the Methodist Protestant Church, con
ducted the fuueraL services, which were
attended by a host of the friends of the
Jeccased, and the interment was at Bethel
Fourteenth Street in Dnrltness.
8hortlv after 8 o'clock last night, Officer
Rickles, or the Second precinct, discovered
great masses of smoke coming from an
electric light conduit on Fourteenth street
between K and I. streets northwest. He
at once telephoned to the headquarters of
the Electric Light Company to tend some
one to investigate. On arriving at the con
duit, one of the company's men found sev
eral cables on fire. The insulation of one ot
the cables had become defective, aud the
circuit coming in contact with the ground
had caused a spark, f tarting the fire. The
men worked hard before they succeeded in
gt-tting out the burnt parts of tho cable, and
Fourteenth stiect Ircm F street to Tlorida
avenue was kept in total darkness for
over two hours.
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Run Into hy a Hotel lins.
Rufus Deering, sixty-three years old,
was brought into No. G police station house
last night with a "beautiful Jag" and a
bloody noBe. Policeman Sullivan did the
bringing, a he explained that Deering
had been run into by the Tarnum Hotel bus
on the corner of Third andC Btreetsnorthwest
and knocked down. As he did not get up
the driver thought he was seriously injured
andplacing him iu the busstartedto takehim
to tho Emergency Hospital. Deerlng's
condition soon began to demonstrate itself
however, and the driver turned him over to
Policeman Sullivan.
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If you hare Eczema use the Good Samar-
1 itan Salve.
His Widow's Share Suffers a Loss
of 10,000 in Bonds.
Hifl Tstato in Anacostia Was Forty 2?eet
Across the Otbor Bi2o of tho Maryland
Lino IBrB. -praguo!s Answor Alloge3
TnatXewis Douglass Is Wot a Tit Person
to Administer tho Estate of His Father.
Allftho lielrs of the late Frederick Doug
lass, except his widow, were in court yes
terday, and ttliere .were oiumerous inteiest
lug devulopmunts. The will was admit
ti'd to probate, and Mrs. Helen 'Douglass,
the widow, and the oldest son, Jicwis H.
SDouglass, were granted letters of admin
istration underit. Their bond was fixed
at S70.000.
It was found in the course ot the ,,dis
cussiou that "Mr. JJouglass jprobably did
not live In the District at ull, but" forty -feet
the other side of the Maryland Jlne. It
this proves to bo true, tho State of Mary
land will come in for a slice of the estate,
under the new law placing a tax on in
heritances. It was aibo discovered tliat while the
will gives the widow $10,000 in United
States Tegisterecd bonds, there are no
suuch '.bonds among Ills effects, so .tliat
she in left with $"10,000 cash, to be made
out of the property, and lier dowor Interest
iu tlm real estate.
Tin contest was between "Mrs. Hosetta D.
Sprague, wife of Nathan Bjirague, -who
lives -at Tfikorua Park, and the other heirs,
Mrs. Douglass, LewisH. and Charles Doug
lacs, and the Eon at Frederick Douglass,
jr. Mra. fiprague was represented by E.
II. Thomasuud AV.P. Williamson, the others
by John Ridout.
The first step in yesterday's proceed
ings was the filing of papers. These were
Mrs. Sprague's answer to the petition of
Mrs. Douglass -and Lewis Douglass for
letters of administration and the assent
of Charles Douglass to their petition.
The answer sets forth that Lewis Douglass
is an unfit porson to have the care of tho
edtate. rurtiier on in the statement ho
has finally furnished, thoro aro many
Hems to be criticised.
there is no security, nor as far as known,
iethere any endenceot the debtor its amount
except his own statement. Alexander
Davisis debited with $160 when the records
of tho District show that he borrowed ?i00
on Dec. 5, 1894, for three years at 8 per
cent. The recordc also show lans to Mary
Booker, 5150, Elizabeth Baldwin, $700,
Adeline Marshall, $306 and $1,700, all not
mentioned at all in tke list furnished by him.
Accompanvin gthe answor is an affidavit
by O. B. Hollam, the attorney ot No. GO!
C street southoast. Mr. Hollam says that a
Mr. Linger owed tho estate 312,000 and
LewisDouglas came to htm as Mr."Linger's
agent to collect it.
some authority to collect for the estate.
Douglass was offended andsaid thathchad
accommodated Linger so often in waiting
for tae interest that he thought It singular
there should lw any kick made over his
authority to collect tae money. Mr. Hollam,
however, still declined To-pay although Mr.
Linger had the money aud was desirlous to
get nd ot paying interest.
On these facts Mrs. Sprague asked that
her ntepmotheraxd brother be not appointed.
Mr. Taomas, jfter the papers were filed,
made an argument for Mrs. Sprague. 'Mr.
Thomas said his client would not object
to the appointment of Mrs. Douglass,
but objected to Lewis.
Mr. Thomas said no charge of wrong
intent was made, but bad business meth
ods. The court bad discretion and ought"
to appoint Mrs. Douglass or some out
sider. "The court certainly has discretion In
the matter," said Judge BTagner. "The
law directs that preference shall be given
to certain persons but it does not "require
the court to appoint a howling lunatic
oi any other manifestly imprcper person.
I should not do it at all events, if law docs
so require. But I th'nk you have not
made out your case. Bo you wish an
order for plenary authority to take testi
mony in the case? It will spend some
body's money."
Mr. Itldout said his clients denied the
charges of bad management.
At this poin t B. E. Messer andD.L.Pitchcr,
both ot Anacostia, witnesses to tho will,
came in and were sworn to prove itsgenuine
ness. Both recognized their signatures,
but at first paid they remembered uothing
atall of slgningthe instrument.
They finally recalled that they had been
sent for to come to Mr. Douglass' house,
and wrote their names to a rTcr. They
did not remember certainly that ho told
them it was his will, nor that he said tho
signature near thoir own was his signa
ture. It was in lfeSG, this paper said, but
they could not be sure of the time within
several yoars.
Judge Hagner interposed that ho "had
known many similar instances ol forgct
fulness. One instanco was of two Wash
ington lawyers "who were summoned to
Leesburg as witnesses to a will. One was
sure he had been a witness, the o ther did
not remembor a thing about it. When they
arrived, they round tho first had never bo
fore heard of tho will, while the man wno
Temembered uotaifcg of tho instrument liad
been thb attorney to draw itup,
After consultation with Mr. and Mrs.
Sprague their attorneys said they would
not ask the taking of testimony.
Judge Hagner at onco appointed Mrs.
Douglass and Lewis to administer. In
doing so he remarked that it was an inter
esting case, presenting tho problems ot
th6 color line and a step-mother.
Mrs. Sprague's counsel neked that bond
bo fixed at $80,000, as the personalty
ameuted, by tho admission of all, to
$40,000, but Judge Hagner said $70,000
would be enough.
After tho parties had passed into the
corridor there was a very animated dis
cussion that appeared to some of the
spectators likely to end in a fisticuff.
It was between Lewis Douglass and Mr.
Sprague. Douglass was heard to say
afterward, "Sprague was going to Jump
into me about it." Mrs. Sprague and
Chartc3 Douglass afterward joined the
trio and they had a long talk.
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Dentn of Frank Baxter.
Prof. Frank Baxter, one of Washington's
leading musicians and a prominent mem
ber of the Apollo Club, ot this city, died at
1:10 o'clock yesterday morning. He had
been out rering for the past year. His death
was sudden ,.nd up to tho hour of his demise
no one had any thought of his dangerous
condition. Mr. Baxter was born in La
Crosse, Wis., in 1S02, and was thirty-two
years of age. He has been a resident ot
Washington for twenty-two years, and
has been a teacher of vocal and instrumental
music for the pasteight years. He remained
single, his nearest relatives being a mother,
two sisters, and a brother. The funeral
services will bo conducted at his 1 ato resi
dence. No. 824 Seventh Btreet northeast,
Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, tho inter
ment to be at Rock Hill Cemetery,
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The annual clearing sale of carriages,
traps, buggies, Surreys, etc., etc, at S. J.
Meeks' carriage repository will commence
Tuesday, April 16, at 11 a. m. Goods
on exhibition Monday. Thomas Bowl
ing, auctioneer.
Wonderful cures are being made every
day with the Good Samaritan Salve. Prof.
L. D'Aqulno, specialist on Skin Diseases,
can be found daily at 410 6th street
northwest. Consultation free.
Her Mother Wants to Tahe 'Her from
.St. Annls Asylum.
The Fathor TutHn Iffiaavits to EhowTnat
Sis 'Wifq-Is otTit-to Have
Custody of the Enby.
Goldio (Mario Frost, a jpretty (four-year- ,
old child, was brought lito JudgeHagiier's
court yesterday on a writofuiabeas corpus.
It was a contest for 'her possession bo-1
tween Jienxother, airs. Ularguret A. Trost,
and St. Ami's Infant Asylum at Twunty
fciurth and "K .streets, near Washington '
Circle, aB represented 'by Sister Agnes IRel- j
lllmn, mother superior.
Sister Agues, in hex answer, says4hnti
.Mrs. Frost nut the child in her possession j
on "March J) uuder an ngreemenfthat she j
should continue to .have custody, but'that
she willingly .produces slier in response to
tho writ. She does not, however, feel
disposed to Juturn the little one to her ,
Judge Hagner postponed -the -hearing
until next "Wednesday, but directed Sister
Agnes to leave the child with her mother.
He said ho would .relieve 'the sister of all J
nsspoiislbility in the n.atter, till Wednes-!
day, at least.
"Mr. H. M. Locke, who nppearedin.tbecasQ
for W. Z. Frost, the baby's father, filed
three affidavits to show that Mrs. Frost
is uot u proper person to h&ve the cure of i
children. j
Lillie Garrisons wears shehasknownMrs. '
Frost several years and has known of her '
giving Goldie whisky and beer to drink.
She saw Mrs. 'Frost sitting on the lap of an
old man at Wo. 1210 Third street south;
west, and heard her tell him he must come
to see her, .at No. 1205 H streetnortheast,
when they would have a good-time.
Tellle Durfce ays she saw Mrs. Frost
and Joseph E. Barnes at her own home,
No. 1210 Third street smith west, on'March
7 last. They were very affectionate
with each oilier aud finally went to an
other room. She ordered them out of her
Charles E. Anderson stated tliat he waq
also at the Durfee residence and looked
through tlia transom, with the same result
obtained by Nellie Durfee. He afterward
.heard Mr. Barues ordered out of the house.
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Japan's Ultimatum to LI Uung Chang
Clears Up Misapprehension.
Shanghai, April 13. A private tele
gram has been receivedherefrom a Chinese
official now atHirmoshinareportisg that
the terms of peace between China and
Japan were definitely fixed yesterday.
The Shanghai cable stating that Japan
had given LI Hung Chang an ultimatum
to accept or reject the final peace terms
by to-day is considered by diplomats as
presenting the latest phase of the ques
tion and as clearing up misapprehensions
on the subject.
The cable was shown to Mr, Matsu, sec
retary of 'the Japanese legation, who said
while the legation liad.nothiag further than
the advices ot Friday, yot the Shanghai
report appeared to bo consistent with tho
atutus of affairs aaj understood at the
legation. J
The armistice rau rfor seven days more,
he said, aud yet Japjin doubtless did not
want the final airreeineut postponed until
tho last hour. The army would bo held in
slvjftiice until then, but It would be qulto
desirable that tbe agreement should be
definitely made before then, in order that
there should bo no embarrassments- fii
holding the army depenileat on a sudden de
termination seven days hence.
The negotiations had at first br&uglit
what Japan expected and what China
waa willing to give. In order to adjust
the differences between these positions
Japan had finally made some concession.
Tlise represented tbe largest concessions
possible, and. were in the nature of an ul
timatum. It waB intended to brine the
question to a definite conclusion before
the final hour of armistice.
At the Chinese legation it was said last
night that no news had. lieeen received
regarding the reported cable from Shang
hai that Japan had given Gliina one day
iu which to accept or refuse the terms of
Policeman Giles Rescued in Time from a
Mob of Drunken Negroes.
A hurry call for the police reserve about
10 o'clock last night brought No. 8 patrol
wagon, containing Sergt. Harbison and
Officers Evans and INanken, to Glick's
alley, where a riot among tho colored resi
dents of that byway was in progress.
It turned out that Policeman Giles
had attempted to place George Banks under
arrest on a warrant charging him with an
assault upon Martha Washington, when
several of the man's friends proceeded
to mob the officer.
Banks ran into a house, and the police
man, pursued hy a crowd of half-drunken
men, niBhed after him.
When the reserves appeared a fierce bat
tle was in progress between the officer
and mob in a darkened room on tho second
floor of the house. During the fight it is
said that weapons were flourished, and
had it not been for the prompt arrival of
the wagonful of officers Policeman Giles
would have been killed.
At the appearance of re-enforcements
the mob dispersed and ran, none being cap
tured except Banks, who was landed In
No. 8 station.
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Tho Local Team Will Do Battle m itli the
Tigers in Tw o Games.
Tho next opportunity tho Georgetown
University baseball team willhavo to provo
ifs claim to the Intcr-collego baseball cham
pionship will bo Tuesday and Wednesday
afternoons noxt at tho College Field with
tho Princeton ''Tigers."
Much hlngesupon the result of thesogames
in tho estimation dt, local aud out-of-town
college m,en and ponqjdeiable interest is
being taken iu the event all overthe country.
Ir Georgetown dejea$ the Visitors it will
strengthen Its claim totho Championship,
inasmuch, as it Is generally conceded that
Harvard, Cornell add VPeunsy" can hope
hope to do but little t against the "Blue
and Gray." t' '
On the other hand should Princeton win
from the locals after Iho latter have so
decisively proven .f beg superiority over
Yale, it would very clearly demonstrate
without going deeply into mathematics,
Just how tho series between the sons ot
"Old Eli" and too Princeton "Tigers"
will result. ,
"H o &
Sir Julian Pauncefote I norant of Her
Answer to England's Ultimatum.
Advices received here state that Gen.
Barrios, the special envoy of Nicaragua, who
visited London and Washihgton, reached
the capital of Nicaragua on April 11, and
has Bluce been In conference with the gov
ernment on the British ultimatum to Nica
ragua. It is stated positively by those in a posi
to know, that Nicaragua's answer has not
yot boon given. It is intimated, however,
tliat a settlement is very near at hand.
Sir Julian Pauncefote, the British am
bassador, said last night that ho word on
tho subject bad been received by him.
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Dug a Hole in tho Prison wall.
Bradford, Pa., April 13. Five persons
broke Jail at Smcthport about 8 o'clock
to-night. They effected their escape
by removing a stone wall. They had been
at worfc. digging their way out for the past
weekRHtour prisoners were implicated
in the rS Childs robbery and tortures.
President Thomas' Opinion .of the
Board of Trade tetter.
His "Way of .Answering "tho Inquiry of tho
Special Committee Appointed to Investi
gate tho Question of Gas and Electsic
Lighting in ithe Uiatriot Stockholders m
His Company Are Hcmbera of the Board. ,
IPesldent A. A. Thomas, of the United
States Xlectric Lilght .Company, ohac
acturUed, yesterday, au "jni pertinent,
intact, damned impertinent," theletterrtp
his company from a special -committee ot
the Board of Trade, vwhlch nought un
quialtQrial information" as.td the business
affairs of the company.
The inquiry of the 'Board of Trade -was as
to ithe original and present capitalization,
ot stocks, dividends, surplus, etc., with a
view of determining a proper price for gas
aud clecrrlelight iu Una city, and the com
mittee also asked the opinion whether the
lighting businesses could be better run by
municipal ownership.
President Thomas, In commenting on his
reply, which Is now in the hands of 'the
Board ot ajrade, said that he not only re
garded it as dmpertlneut, but there were
members aud directors ot the Board ot
Trade who agreed with hlniin'that -regard.
Mr. Thomas Is a member of the Bard ot
Trade, and many of the stockholders nnd
directors of the "United States Electric Com
pany arualsamemkars otthe BoardotTradc.
It will be rememaered that at the time
when replies as to'these-qucstions were .re
ceived by the commltttee from the Wash
ington Gaslight Company aud the George
town Gas Company, the United States
Electric Light Company made no reply.
Tbe news that they had changed their
mind yesterday was interesting, because
it looked as if the company intended to
snub the board. As it is, tho reply of
the company is in part a Parthian shot,
oa itliey retreat from their position of si
In describing bis reply yesterday, ilr.
Thomas said:
"I simply took up tho question of the re
quest of tho committee to me, in which
they referred to a former communication
to imo -which was unanswered. I iiave
stated to the committee that I seriously
doubted whether a fcelf-constlUjted organ
ization like the Board of Trade, however
reputable they might be, had a right
to demand or even to request this informa
tion. I have given them to understand
that the Information now furnished is
given as a courtesy from a corporation
and not in response to their right to de
mand or receivo it."
41say thatlanwered tits communication
only so far as the answer shall not be in
detrimeatto the stockholders of ourcomp3ny.
The position of our company is recognized as
aomewHatanoraoloui In tae rasptctthatitis
considered a foreign corporation while
ninety-nine per cent, of the stockholders are
from'taia city; that the stoclthalders and a
number ot the directors ara members or the
Board of Trade aad for thatTeason Isay I
win anower ao far as I can.
"I tell them that the company was organ
iced about twelve years ago with a capital
ot $100,080.
"From time to time it has increased its
capitalization iu fully paid-up stock,
until at present wo are capitalized at $1,
50,000, all ot whteh has been fully paid
up; Tears ago we commenced and con
tinued the use of the underground coaduit
system, and even at a time when electric
engineers criticised and even condemned
that svstem. I say that even at the
present time it In not catisfactory, that
the losses arc lnrge in proportion to the
profit, and that while an overhead sys
tem of electric lighting can be erected for
about $220 a mile the underground costs
nearly $13,000. To maintain v. mile ot
overhead line costs about $44 per year, to
maintain a mile of underground costs be
twean $825 and SS50. Therefore no com
parison can be made botween costs by
the overhead and underground railways.
"In Chicago under the municipal cystem,
in which they pay no taxes and are relieved
of other chargeB the cost is a little lessthan
it is in Washington.
"In Now York the city pays mere to the
underground system than 13 paid to our
underground system by thegovernmenthere.
They gyt 47 cents, we get 46 cents. During
the last year we sent out circulars to a large
number of cities and towns using electric
lights. Wo have received responses from
201 uiquine3, which show that the avorage
with them, on the same lighting schedule
4 000 hours as we Jiave, is 43.7 cents,
while withusitis 40 ccntB.
"As to tbe incandescent lighting, which
corresponds to residential gas lighting,
we think that we can prove that onrchargc
is Ie:8 thnn that ot any other town of tho
same population aB Washington."
"As to what dividends we pay, I Eay
that for some years there were no dividends
paid at all; but since the payment of div
idends, they havo ranged from 6 to 8 per
cent, which has been possible through, im
proved methods and machinery."
President Thomas does rot favor munic
ipal ownership of the elcctno plant. Ho
does uot deny that tho lighting may be done
at a less cost to the individual, but Govern
ment control of corporations means also tho
retirement of capital. He also is opposed to
the idea of centralization of power involved
in the Idea of governmental ownership and
The matters referred to by Mr. Thomas
cannot bo discussed by the special com
mittee. Some days ago, wheu the special
committee received replies from the Wash
ington gaslight company and the George
town gas company, The Times published
full abstracts ot theso communications ex
clusively. Tho board of directors there
upon notified the committee, so the secre
tary of the board stated yesterday, tliat
such tilings should not be given out until
the communications bad been officially
acted upon. Hence, when a request for
Mr. Thomas' letter was made to the secre
tary yesterday, the answor was tliat such
giving out would be contrary to the injunc
tion of the board of directors, although
President Thomas had no objection to the
board making his letter public. The sec
retary of the board did, however, concede
that the Board ot Trade would havo no ob
jection if Mr. Thomas gave outhis reply.
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Irishman and Chinaman in a Fight.
There was trouble in a Chinese laundry
on O street near Fifth northwest last night,
and it resulted in Joseph Costello getting
locked up at No. 2 police station house for
assault. Joseph entered tho laundry,
ostensibly for tho purpose of getting his
weekly wash, but ho and the Mongolian
proprietor had some trouble and Joseph
sailed into him with true Celuo vigor.
Policeman Hartley was called in and un
tangled tho pair, taking Costello with him.
InfftAt Bnrnt to Do nth ly Its Mother.
Ralelgh N. 0., April 13. News reached
here to-day of a horrible crime In Pamlico
county ten miles from Bayboro. A colored
mother burned her InfariE child to death.
She put it in the fireplace on the hot coala
and putthe Oven lid on It to hold it down.
Th6 woman is how In Jail.
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"Kept an Unlicensed Bar-.
Michael J. Whalen, who was arrested
by Sergt. Jordan for keeping an unlicensed
bar, plead guilty In the police court yes
terday, and a fine ot $250 of four months
in Jail in default was imposed.
Our Openin
Has "been made. It has not
the public, but also thpse pf
A) largeness of our stock, ithe
aLuxacr-ea tneir attention most strongly tp xne prices
placed on them. We are confident that it is but an
To the largest Shoe Business in the city.' 'Eact is,
we're going to make it sp.
Each -week widening the trend of our trade, and driven
hy fearless and hard-aimed blows.
New Prices.
New Goods.
"New Methods.
Owing to "the unfavorable
-woathor of Saturday ounspeciol
-Easter Bargains bold good for
tho ensning'wook.
You are one of the three,
they'll please you.
Stoll s Shoe Palace,
810 Seventh St. N. W,
Witness in a Divorce Suit in Which
His Child .Was Corespondent
She "Was Only Fourteen Years Old 'Wian
Sao Was Betrayed by a
SHarried Han. , ,
New York, April 13. Mrs. Ida M. G. "Wil
son has .an action in the superior court
for divorce from her husband, Edward C.
Wilson, who at one time is said to nave
been prombieat in Philadelphia. Among
the affidavits is ono from Henry JEllis.
ot Philadelphia, who3e fourteen-year-old
daughter is named as the corespondeat in
the suit, and the father is forced as a witness
by the plaintiff to "tell the story of bi3
daughter's downfall.
Mrs. Wilson says that she was married
to the defeadant in Kemolette, Pa, on Sep
tember 10, 18S7. Sbc. lived, withjier hus
band until his actions with Fannie Ellis came
to her notice.
Mr. Ellis In bis affidavit swears Unit "his
daughter disappeared In 1890, and that
knowing Wilson had been seen with her
he tased the latter with knowing the
girl's whereabouts.
Wilson denied having any knowledge ot
her. and Ell is keDt up the search for a year.
At the expiration ot this time h3 found her,
and she admitted having been with WBeon
all this time and that he bad betrayed her.
In April, 1892, Fanmc, who was then
sixteen years old, gave birth to a child.
She told her father that Wilson was the
father, and he had Wilson arrested. In
the Central station in Philadelphia Wilson
was held In S2.G00 bail by Magistrate
Tho case, however, was never brought to
trial, as Ellis says his daughtercompromised
the matter with Wflon. Fannie, he says,
is now the inmate of a reformatory near
this city, the name ot which he does not
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T. C Armstrong, of This City, lies Been
Appointed a Mcraber of It.
Appointments were made by the Presi
dent yesterday as follows:
Frank 0. Armstrong, of District of Co
lumbia; Alexander B. Montgomery, of
Kentucky; Thomas B. Cabaniss, ot Geor
gia, to be commissioners to negotiate with
tho Indians of the Cherokee, Choctaw,
Chickasaw, Muscogeo, or Creek, and Sem
inole nations. This is the Dawes com
mission. t o Xf
Jack Bolan, the popular light-weight pu
gllistof this city, has been working hard of
late getting in good trim for his oagagement
with Jack McAuIiffe, the champion light
weight pugilist of the world, at tho Bijou
Theater uext week. They will meet in a
four-round scientific glove contest at every
performance of "Tho Cross-Roads of Life,"
a scenic production, which will open
with a matinee performance on Easier
Dan Henry will pull off several glove
contests at his well known Eporting hocso
In Alexandria next Monday night.
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Lcoturo nj- W. Xicwis Fraser.
The progress made in the graphic art
was described in a well-illustrated lec
ture delivered by Mr. W. Lewis Fraser,
of the art department of the Century Mag
azine, before the Art Students' League
at Builders' Exchange Hall last evening.
Mr. Fraser gave a number of stercoptieon
views showing the great advancement
made in the art of the illustrator from the
time of Walton to the present day. There
was a large attendance.
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rollco l'hzzled ly tho Case.
Attorney Charles Bondheim, counsel for
will go to Norfolk this afternoon aud argue
Desmond's caso before Judge Hughes
there Monday. So far as can be learned
there are no new developments in either
Desmond's or Williams' case. The police
are still puzzled as to the Identity of Des
mond, and have been unable to learn any
thing about him except from his own
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Ttecor-dOr Taylor Again Snedfor $35.
Recorder C. H. J. Taylor, of Kansas, and
tho District of Columbia, who may be
'fired" during tho nexadmlnlstratlon
but never, never will resign, and is as
happy as ho can bo as he Is now situated,
was sued again yesterday in a magistrates
court. This time it waa before Justice
Mills. O. B. Caulfield 'Company, limited,
I is the complainant, and the debt is $05.
only opened the eyes of
,o.ur competitors, to the
style of our goods, and has
CdgCS j
Owhm to tho unfavorable
Treataer of Saturday our special 1
tbe ensuing week.
Fit Men,
Suit Women,
RIease Children.
Come .and .see 'em-
Public and Private BiGumenls in
m &sli Heap.
Capt M. A. Canningnam Mada tbe Discov
tery Official Eecords of Several Govern
ment "Bepartnents Appear to Have 2eaa
lfutilated and Stolen 3o Clew to tie Per
son Who Placed Teen in tie WireioiisB.
Bundles of government documents of ap
parent importance, aad stacks of private
papers, of certain value, aH of Hnqaes
tioned interest, are strewn over the dreary
dumping grounds that mark tbe southern
terminus of Eighteenth, Nlrteenth, and
Twentieth streets. They are associated
with ash neaps, broken crockery, tin cans,
and every variety of domestic re&ise, awl
lie scattered to all tbe wiads that blow.
These packages of charred paper were
deposited there wiUt other debris from tha
wreck ot the g reat Knox fire.
The question is, bow came these papers
to be stored in the Knox warehouse, sad
who placed them tfeere? The blackened,
cmekc-and-water stained masses make no
answer. Boblnd this mystery may larlc tho
story of some great crime. Those papers,
thought to have been lost in the fatal fire
of last fail , may bear testimony to some
monster theft of public documents.
Among tbe papers lying there are tha
records of Amos Kendall , Postmaster
General under Jaeksoa; records of tha Gen
eral Land'Of flee and official receipts; stabs
belonging to the check book of tbe Assistant
Treasurer of the TJnuted States at New York
city; the personal papers of Samuel Morse,
of Inventive fame; and private papers of
Commodore Patterson, Capt. Theodora
Gushing Otis, of Company C, Sixth Massa
chusetts Cavalry; Dr. William J. Morton,
of New York; Mra. Elizabeth C. Otis, ot
B3ton; F. W. Townshesd, ot Washfngian;
William SHekney, Capt. John Arthur
Lynch, and scores of others.
In the ruin heaps are the pay accounts
ot Paymaster William T. Thompson, TJ.
S. N., and the private papers of Caleb
Leach dating back to 1739.
There arc several sheets seemingly eat
from a book, dated Register's Of flee,
Treasury Department, February 11, IS00,
signed by Secretary Walcott and Regis
ter Joseph Nouye, granting laads appro
priated for military services to Jonathan
Dayton. Records ot the same character
abound at the dump. The number at
military land warrants is surprisingly
Among other things tbere te the conKnta
sion of Hiram J. Penrod to be nesgtf&l
steward, signed by TJ. S. Grant, and dated
Washington, D. 0., February 14, 1367.
There are many papers in the name ot
Caleb Leach, and among them are svral
affectionate ones written to bis children
and beginafag "Honored son aad daughter."
In the same batch arc several casccled
check3 drawn on the Bank of Penaajl
vania in 1802, and water rent receipts
given by the "Proprietors ot the Plymouth
There are also several shares in tha
Hudson River Ore and Iron Company ot
New York standing in the name of Fred
W. Rankin and dated 186G.
There are personal letters addressed to
Hon. J. Eutterfield, Comml3touer of the
General Land Office, and to several other
officials whose terms of office were many
years apart.
There arc the private papers ot many
families, in which matters are discussed
which could never have been intended for
the eye of any one excepting the person
addressed. The peculiar discovery was
mado by Capt. M. A. Cunningham, ot the
Department of Agriculture.
A reporter for the Times called on Judge
Lamoreaux, Commlgsioncr of the General
Land Office, last night. He looked over
some of the papers, and coutd think of no
way in which to accouut for their having
been stored at Knox's warehouse by a pri
vate citizen. There were some papers that
unquestionably belonged to the Government,
and it seemed very queer that the private
letters of the various officials should havo
been in the possesion of one person. Ho
will investigate the matter,
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Given Away To-doy.
A Fourteen quart dish pan aud one of out
beautiful Easter panels entitled "Loot,
Mamma," with eVerypound of Thea-Nectar
Tea at 60 cents a pound. The Great At
lantic and Pacific Tea Co., Mala Store,
501-303 Seventh street northwest, come?
E street. Nawtoa H. Bowman, Manager.

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