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j$f- - avz Xfou Smi Ct 5as Coupon?- TOL. 2. jSTO. 424. WASHiisraTOiSr, d. a, Wednesday mobni3st&, may i5s is95 eight pages. one ce:xt. SEE OUR WHOLESALE PRICES BELOW THEY'LL GET FREE RIDES. Buy Your PT Only Six Hill Hands Were Alive After the Explosion. Flour, Fee!,- .:fyy jT, Improved frnffi tsJmL- w MKJfaL-- wM If SKri MW55- V iPlXJTJJLIJLlJJI And Coal The Washington Oram Elevator and Eokingfon Ills, . - The above cut represents the Washington Grain Elevator, at Delaware and Florida ave nues northeast. This is the largest grain plant in the District of Columbia, and through this elevator is handled more grain, hay, and feed than any other plant in the city. SPECIAL ELEVATOR PRICES Clipped White Oats, 39 cents per bushel; Fancy White Oats, 38 cents per bushel. Mized Oats, 34 cents per bushel; Corn, 59 cents per bushel; Ear Corn. $3 per barrel; Meal, 53 cents per Bushel; Bran, SI 6.40 per ton; Long hay, S 1 4 per ton; Cut Hay, S 1 5 per ton. Best Patent Flour, S3.75; Best Family Flour, $3.40; Best Spring Flour, $3.50; Best Blended Flour, $4.uu. 'Phone 328- e failed io m m Jeweler Cole Suspected That W. L Kidwell Was a Crook. ALMOST LOST A BIG DIAMOND After tho Customer Left the Store keeper Opened the Duplicate Box and Pound It Empty Be Started in Pursuit and Policeman Byer Arrested Their Man. A clever flini-flam game was practiced upon Mr. Fred H. Cole, the jeweler at No. 409 Seventh street northwest, about 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, by a styhsh ly dressed young man, who gave his name as Walter L. Kidwell. The consideration Involved was a beautiful gold ring with a rose diamond setting, which Mr. Cole of fered tosell the young ni an for $1GG. Kidwell, who is a fluent talker, with large, magnetic, dark-brown eyes.entered the Seventh street jewelry store aboutnoon and was shown several valuable rings. He said it was his inteDtion to purchase one as an engagement ring for his affi anced, Miss Emma Martin, who, he added, resided at No. 110 West Firty-third street, New YoTk city. He was struck with the beaut or the rose-bet diamond ring. Mr. Cole told him it iwis really worth 5300, but as business was dull be would sell it for $1G0 cash. Kidwell then left the store saying he would return at a later hour and purchase the ring. About 2 o'clock he came back aud said he was prepared to take the sparkler. Ho produced a small wooden box about five inches square on which was btamped. "ft. M. & L. Friedlander, wholesale and retail jewelers, 30 Maiden Lane, New York." Turning to Mr. Cole the young sharper said. "Just pack the ring snugly in that lox bo it will not be injured while being trans ported by expreSb to mj intended wile in New York." BOX HAD A SLIDE TOP. Mr Cole did as directed, wrapping the ring carefully in tissue paper, and then placed it in the hox, which hus a slide top After closing the receptacle Kidwell produced a sheet of white paper for a wrapper, on which he had marked Miss Emma Martin's name and address in New York. This be showed to the jeweler as an evidence of good faith. Kidwell then announced that he would have to pay for the ring with a check on tho bank of the Washington Loan and Trust Company. Mr. Cole, however, de clined to accept a check from Kidwell, &b he was a stranger. During Uiis conversation Kidwell had managed to slip the box containing the ring Into his coat pocket, and produced another box exactlj like the first one in every particular, even to the stamp of ft. M. & L. Friedlander. Placing the empty box on the counter, tiie nini-nammer said. "Very well. If you will not cash the check, Just hold the box and ring until I go around the corner and get a irieua or mine to cash it for me." With this Kidwell started out of the door. As quick as a flash a suspicion crossed Jeweler Cole's mmd Uiatsomething was wrong. He broke open the box. It was empty, save a few Bheetb of crumpled tissue paper. HatleBS and excited he ran out of the front door and spied Kidwell, who was walking briskly down Seventh street. CAUGHT BY THE POLICEMAN. Btandlng on the corner was Policeman Byer, of the First precinct. Mr. Colo quickly told him of the occurrence, and in a jiffy the Eix-foot tall patrolman had the foxy Kidwell In his clutches. He was hustled around to the Twelfth street po lice station, where he gave his name as Walter L. Kidwell, of No. 226 South Wash ington street, Alexandria, Va,, his ago.aB twenty-five years and occupation clerk. The charge of grand larceny was placed opposite his name. The fac simile or "double" hox containing the ring was found on him. Lieut. Ami6S interviewed the prisoner, and 6ays be is strongly of the opinion that he is a professional flim-flammer. He is believed to be the same sharper who secured three gold watches from William Ramsay, the jeweler, of No. 1221 F .street northwest, last August by work ing the Mwua double box same. Tha f '.sfaAi- fwLj e . ITHaHwk ja S. S. Daish & Son, Wholesale and Retail, FLOUR, FEED, AND COAL, Delaware and Florida avenues northeast: watches were recovered by Detective George Boyd in Philadelphia. When seen In his cell by a TinieBTe porter last night Kidwell said his wire lives at the above given number in Alex andria, where he claims to be well con nected. He admitted that he had no money in the Washington Loan and Trust Com pany's bunk, and, although there is a "dead open and shut" case against him, tried to make a rambling explanation, and denied that he Inteuded to do any crooked work.' He finally admitted that there was no "Miss Emma Martin" at the address given In New Yoik, iiut baid she was to be there in a few days. When asked If his wife knew of his intended mar riage with Miss Martin he paled and said, tremblingly: "Oh, that is another matter." Kidwell also said that he had been a clerk in the Richmond and Danville rail road offices at Atlanta and Danville for five yearB, also that he was the proprietor of the Maryland cigar store on G street. "Have you been playing the races?" asked the reporter. "There! That's it exactly," he mur mured, "if it hadnot been forthe Alexander Island races and the monej' I lost there, I would not now be behind these iron bars." A dispatch from Alexandria states that Kidwell was born in that city, is connected with a highly respectable Tamlly, and is married, hiB wife having formerly been Miss Nettie Crook. His reputation there has been excellentheretororeaud hisfnends think he must be demented todosuch an act as that charged against him. BOLL-HEADED JOHN BULL England Refuses to Prohibit Carry ing of Firearms by Sealing Vessels. Only ltestrlctlon on "Unlimited Slaugh ter of Herds "United State. May Abrogate the Paris Treaty. An ugly crisis has been reached in the negotiations between the United States and Great Britain looking to the adoption ot uniform regulations for the government of the seal fisheries this year. Tho Britibh government positively re fuses to re-enact the regulation ot last year, which prohibits the carrying of fire arms by sailing vessels through the zone north of tho thirty-rifth parallel during the clo&ed season. The United Stales officials look upon this as disastrous to the seal fisheries, holding that the result will be to relieve the pelagic sealers ot the only restriction which has operated to prevent an unlimited slaughter of the herds. "While killing by fireaVras remains ille-' gal, it is realized that it will be impossi ble to enforce this prohibition if arms can be freely carried, for the sealers would kill freely unless they should happen to he under the very eye of the revenue cutter. Meanwhile the United Statea cutters have xoiie out under the old instructions to seize all vessels carrying arms not under seal These must be modified hpccdtly by orders sent through the Alaskan Com mercial Company's steamer, which leaves San Tranclsco in a day or two, or else there may be another big claim for dam ages on account of illegal seizures filed by the British government. The attitude of the latter is viewed with much dissatisfaction at the State Depart ment, where it is regarded as an evidence of unwarrantable concession to the Cana dian pelagic sealers. It is also held that the effect of the British action is to practically nullify all measure of pro tection for the seals that was conferred by the Paris arbitration, aud it would not be surprising, if this course is persisted in, it it resulted in a declaration by the United States of the abrogation of the treaty. Mrs. Morris' Hard Fight. Argument in the suit ot Mrs. Mary C. Morris for an injunction against the "Wash ington and Georgetown Railroad Company and Contractor Carver, to prevent the use ot explosives in excavating for the new union passenger station, near her home at Thirty-sixth street and Prospect avenue, was continued beroro Judge Cox yesterday. Attorney Bands spoke nearly the entire day in advocacy ot Mrs. Morris prayer. Stole Money and Bicycle. A. sneak thief yesterday got away with $10 from the residence of J. A. Barrett, No. 513 Twelfth street northwest, and a boy's Psycho bicycle was stolen from Chris. W. Stephen, who resides at No. 215 FUur-and-a-half street northwest. Three Murderous Chinamen Rob Quong Sang Lung & Co. CARRIED DEADLY WEAPONS Quong's Partner Slipped Away to RaisetheAlarmniidThey Retreated Threatening to Cut Off Quong's Head and Send It Bnclc to China If He Squealed on Them. Chinese highbinders have been doing some desperate work in this city during the pasi forty -eight hours. Alreadv they have accomplished one successful highway robbery job and another of housebreaking, while several attempts in different sections of "Washington have been charged to their account by the police. Yesterday afternoon Quong Sang Lung,, of the firm of Quong Sang Lung & Co., wholesale importers of Chinese merchan dise, appealed in the clerk's office of the police court and told a thrilling story of how he had been held up and robbed by three armed highbinders in his place of business. No. 314 Pennsylvania avenue northwest. He wanted warrants for the arrest ot the Celestial desperadoes, but, as he did not know their names, they being strangers In town, the warrants could not be issued. Quong then proceeded, in company with several prominent "Washington Chinamen, to police headquarters, where he related bis experience to Inspector Holhnberger, chief of detectives. THREE AHMED CHINAMEN. He said that while another member of the firm aud himself were closing up the day's business at about 11:30 o'clock Mon day night, three unknown Chinamen en tered the store. They wore the typical Chinese broad-brimmed, flat-topped bats and flowing coats. Quickly approaching the cannier ri Iwx the first intruder covt ered Quocg with a cocked revolver, while another of the highbinders flourished a. long-bladed knife lie had drawn-from under the folds ot his coat. The third man had a bludgeon or sand-bag. Speaking in Chinese the fellow with th p noi diii'sitiutu Qui'ig 10,01111 the safe. After parleying for a while Quong banded the robber a $20 note. In the meantime his partnor slipped out of the back door to l.nu a policeman. Seeing this move, after it was too lato to stop hira, the desperate Mongolians retreated through thr nun (loi aiiifiuakiug one u reuis against Quong if he tried to have them ar rested. One of them promised that if Quong "squealed" about tho robbery he" would cut off his head and send it back to his relatives in China packed in a" tea chest. "When the partner returned the men had disappeared. He could not find a police man, as it was about time for thc-midnighb shift, a fact the thieves must have known, and the patrolmen were all proceeding to ward the station-house to meet the relief squad. ANSWER THE DESCRIPTION. Three strange Chinamen, who answer the description of those who "held up" Quong Sang Lung, were in the Chinese restaurant of Hang Fcr Low, on theisecond floor of No. 314 Pennsylvania avenue northwest, about an hour before the job was done in the importer's store. They ate a lunch of celestial viands and held an aniirated whispered conversation, which Hang Fer Low could not natch. About two hours after the robbery the laundry of Moy Ung, No. 822 East Capitol street, was entered through a side door, which was cleverly unlocked, and $05 in. money and a bunch of keysBtolen. Three tsiruiiRe L landmen, behecd to be the highbinders, called on Moy early in the evening, inspected his premises, and asked as a "blind" about a good location for4a new lauudry. Complaints of attempted robberies have been received from several ojJier la"uudry men. It is belleed the mafdudcrs belong to a Highbinders' Society, which flourishes in Baltimore, and they expected to make a big haul from the safe of Quong Sang Lung & Co.'s office, as the linn does, a big banking business for the local Chinamen. The police are looking for the thugs. Only Mx doys remain tit which to net a, "Times" gift "book -vitb. a monthly subscription. ' Better s,ub ecrlbo now. Our Commissioners Had Allow IVORED BYFOUBFIF Sentiment of Printing Office Em ployes Concerning Civil Service'. BENEDICT ASKED TO HELP Joint Meeting of Representatives ot tho Interested "Unions Appoint-., ment of a Committee to Enlist tho Co-opcrntlon of tho Public Printer. Bookbinders Are Silent. The several labor organizations that are now moving for an cxhyision of the crvil service law to the Government Prlutlug. Orfice are operating With method and upon strictly business lines; they aro a unit, and have mapped out their plan of action. They will first solicit the aid of Public Printer Benedict, -which- they have reason to believe will be readily giyen and lator the whole subject will be laid before the Civil Service Commission and tho President. A joint meeting of tho representatives of the interested unions was held last even- lug at Typographical Temple, when the alms aud objects of the association were fully discussed, and an exchange" of views had upon the questions Involved. Three representatives were present from International Printing Press Union No. lT'coiurrlbia 'Typographical Union No. 101, Electrotypera'Uuloil No. 17, ibc, "Women's Bookbinders' Union No. 42, and the Stereotypers' Union, respectively, rep resenting four-fifths of the entire force employed in the Government Printing Of fice and its numerous branches. MEETING OF UNIONS. Mr. J. J. Sullivan, ot the Typographical Union, served as chairman of the joint con ference, and Mr. F. S. Hayes, of the Press men's Union, was choBen as secretary. Tho result of the deliberations was the appointment of a committee representing each of the organizations, excepting the bookbinders, wjth instructions to confer with Public Printer Benedict, urge upon him the necessity of his Indorsement of the movement and solicit his co-operation. Tho committee consists of Messrs. J. J. Sullivan, representing the printers; Georgo E. Gorman, ot the electrotypers; F. S. Hayes, of the pressmen's organization, and "William J. Slater, of the stereotypers Tho omission of the ladies from the committee was due to tbeirlimitcd powej in the matter, it being npcessary to report back to their organizaUon before accept ing other duties. The representatives of that, body were MrsvB. T. Boland aud Misses Kale Smoot ami Nannie Daniels. - OUT OF POLITICS. It was the declared purpose ot the or ganization to keep the question entirely out of politics and to;have the appeal considered entirely upon its merit. . 'liit'inupusiuouiids iitK ot itiitiuui three thousand 'workers- wl qt hope to present it in such foim as-o cdmmund attention. The ouly organization represented in tho Government Printing Office that has not yet Iniloised the rjioreriient is the Book binders' Union, and it ns' taken no action either way. ' The only object in view, the unions claim, is to have the ntfr'cxtendeil and to have appointments maijef upon merit as ascertained by a pracjieal examination of the applicants, andtthls, they contend, is an actol justice abont which there should tin nl idfriiMllfV i J be no difficulty I SMALLVOX IK ytlKGXN'IA. Six Cases in One Fanilly of Colored People. Lexington "Va:, May 14 Ten days ago a colored woman came' here from Buena Vista who had' bteu oxposed to the Small pox infection of thattown. She was promptly quarantined with a lanuly ot ten. - The whole family has now .been, 6cnt to the pert camp With six cases or f wall pox developed among the children. Tho house and every vcJtngc of tho infected family's goods Lave gone up in truoko. Tho most rigid' sanitary regulations, pre vail and -vaccination fs compulsory. John Mooro'8 Terrible Plight. A. terrible picturo ot -the effects of liquor ,was shown at the Emergency Hospital last night when John C.Moore, a well known and Intelligent "Washingtonian, 40 yeartJoraget was brought there m tue ambulance in ttui throes or delirium, tremens and sttrrvrug from acute alcoholism. Mooro has held placeU)r responsibility and trustln-tho navy and in (tie business nouses of this city. Lately he has given himself up to stioug drink. He lies in a lerious condition lu one of th hospital wauti. He wus lucked up at Second street and 'Marylaud avenue southwest. Their Weather Eyes Open When They Decided to Merry-go-rounds in the District. FEW PASSENGERS ESCAPED One Killed and Twenty-two Injured in a Wrcclt. Southoouml Train Goes Oxer an Em bankment Near Inlet, Mo. Ono Instantly Killed. SIlcx, Mo., May 14. The south-bound Dtusscngcr train on the St. Louis and Hau nllial Railway was derailed by a broken rail two miles from here to-day and thrown down a twenty-foot embankment. The entire track for a distance of one hundred feet was torn up, some of the rails being thrown oft the right or way. Very few of the passengers and train crew escaped injury. C. Meyer, of St. Louis, was instantly killed, and the following injured: Eugene Sulhvau, engineer, Hannibal, Mo.; probably fatally injured. T Perry "Wood, attorney for road, New tondon, Mo.; dangerously injured, " J. A. Jordan, general manager, Hanni bal; Mo.; shoulder injured. .Charles Yahcy Clayton, Hannibal; head slightly cut. S. "W. Smiley, Hannibal; slightly injured. Mrs. Lizio Grafford, Cyme, Mo.; head cut and internally injured. Charles Van Hester, Keokuk, Iowa, head Injured. Andy Dick, baggagemaster; head se verely cut. C. P. Garwood, St. Louis; spine injured. C. H. Peters, St. Louis; slightly hurt. J. R. Smith, Salem, Mo.; injured ribs and side. Ben II. Johnson, St. Louis; bruised. E. V. Dickhaust, St, Clements, Mo.; slightly injured about the head. Caioline Dickhaust, St. Clements, Mo , arms bruised. Joseph Dickhaust, St. Clements, Mo., badly bruised. Alf. Oglesby, Clarksville, Mo., Chest injured. Jack. Marand, brakemau, back and arm injured. C. A. Lewton, fireman, hip injured. J. P. Wright, Vauu.ilia, 111., .slightly Injured. William Boyd, Vaadalia, 111., face cut. Jesse Jones, Frankford, Mo., Collar bone broken. W. G. Ilurd, Custom House, St, Louis, slightly injured. The train was going at a moderate speed, but the engineer did not see the con dition ot the track uutil it was too late to check the movement of Use train. The brakes were applied, but the engine was already off the track, aud it, with the coaches, went down the embankment. Those who escaped, at once begau the work of rescuing those who were caught under the debris of the wreck, and Uiuy were made as comfortable as possible. V ord was sent to tills city immediately, and physicians hurried to the scene. C. -Meyer, of .arrentou, Mo., was a travel ing salesman for C. L. Bushman, of Stt Louis. OUR FEROCIOUS PRESS. It Has Slain Sixty-eight Thousand Spanish Soldiers. Tampa, Fla., May 14. The Spanish warship, Infanta Isabella, weighed an chor this morning, and sailed direct for Havo.ua. It was expected that she would proceed to Key "West, where she would remain several days before going to Cuba, but late last night official dis patches directed her to proceed imme diately to Havana. The Spanibh consul here asserts that the revolution la abating. He says he has kept a reenrd, and thus far the American press has killed sixty-eight thousand Span iards, which he claims to be absurd, as there are not so many troops in Cuba. Arrested by Liveryman Geary. Aboutdaylightyesterday morning Livery man Th6mas Geary played policeman, and a,rrested Frank Burley, a boy, who was Xound sleeping in one ot Mr. Gcary'a car riages In Jackson Hall alley. Tho boy said he had beeu to the theater the night before and was too lato to get into his home. Mr Geary slated rhat of late numerous articles have been stolen tiom ,his stables. The case was continued, and the boy's mother will be heard in the matter. Good Times Slsn. ""Cincinnati, May 14. Over 400 nren"at the blast furnaces of the Bellaire Nail Works have accepted an advance ot 15 percent, m wages and will resume work. Oriental Raji- at Auction. - To-day at 11 o'clock a. m. MtFsrs. Lati mer. "Moigim & Co., lv:ss G stimt north west, will of fer for sole at public auction, for the well-known firm of The D. K. "Variuttjcuic.. i.g Co., ei.e ot tte lii.est and rartot uiUeaioiw ot Oilenlai oods over displayed here. ITTIHG 61 TIE POLISH Fenciliies and Morton Cadets Drill Twice a Day. THEIR RIVALS ARE STRONG. ThurMon Guards AreSaid toBePusli liv the Cadets A'eryHard for the $1 ,000 Prisso Our lioyt AreRecelv Injr Flattering Social Attentions from the Hospitable Memphians. (Special to The Times ) Camp Scorield, Memphis, Tenn.,May 1,4, Bright and early this morning, both the Fencibtes and Mortons were up and after breakfast went out for a practice drill. The boys are keeping In good shape and drill twice a day, in the morning and after dress parade. Several have been ill, but Dr. "Weaver's good services have brought them about all right. After tho usual guard mount this morn ing the United States troops put up a drill in extended order. At 3 o'clock the Thurston Guards, or Omaha, Neb., came on the field to drdl in Class C, the same in which the Mortom drilled yesterday. The inspection was almost perfect, much better than the Mor tons' and clearly showed the results of training under an army officer. STEP A LITTLE SLOW. The foot movements were very good, al though the step was a little slow, as was also the captain's interpretation ot the programme. The buglo call was sounded during the completion of a movement and it is thought that the captain was obliged to leave out several movements for lack of time. Other wise the drill was very good and the equal, if not better, than that the Mor tons put up yesterday. Next came the Governor's Guards of Memphis, Tenn., in tha Class B drill. Their work was very gcod, but not equal to the Thurrtons, and the Mortons will have nothing to fear from this company in the B claS if they put up as good a drill as they did last Monday. To-morrow the Mortons drill in Class B and the Mc Carthy Light Guaids, of Little Rock, in the interstate. EXHIBITION BY FENCIBLES. After dress parade the Fencibles gave an exhibition drill, which lasted an hour. To-night the Fencibles attended a recep tion and dance at the Tennesseo Club, one of.thebest in the city and enjoyed themselves thoroughly. Latt n ght Col. Corcoran, or Pine Blurr. Ark., visited tho Fencibles' camp. The colonel is an ex-Washingtonian and a waim fncr.d of the Fencibles and also a ccmiade of Col. "fa'illiam G. Moore, of Washington. The weather is getting much warmerand nearly all the faces and noses of the boys are as red .as boiled lobsters. RAILWAY COMMISSIONERS. Important Subjects Considered Ty Them at Their Convention. At the afternoon session James Pea body, editor of the Railway Age, read a paper on "Protection or Public Interests During Railway Labor Contests." Much ot the time was consumed in dis cussion of a resolution offered by Com missioner Teisbcrg, of Minnesota, declar ing that a considerable number of citizens of the United States believed it to be for the best interests of the people that the Government own and operate railroads; that there was no reliable data accessible to the public ot the cost and value of railroads; that the question was one of great importance in the consideration of rate cases by commissions and courts, and that the convention should petition the next Congress to consider the advisability and feasibility of ascertaining the cost and present value of railroad property, and the probable cost of reproducing the roads. The resolution was finally laid on the table. After the session the commissioners went to the White House in a body and were received by the President. Tramp Recruits for Cuba. Walter Williams and John T. Doyle, a pair of sorry-looking "Wandering Willies." who crept into the side entrance of Pat nek Cannon's saloon, No. 305 Tenth street northwest, and were found sleeping there byPolIcemcnDodgedndRicketts, appeared as vagrants before Judge Kimball yester day. Williams, explained that they w-.-re trying to get as far South as Cuba to be come Cuban guerrillas, and their personal bonds were accepted to leave Washington at once. Onlv 'is ei-, ri uiHin in wb'cli to get a "Times" gift "hook with a monthly Hub.scrlptlon. iletter sVb Hcribo now. sS. CONDEMNED BOILER BURSTS Five Men "Were Sent Into '.Sternltj "Without "Wo, ruins ami Three .Mora IW'd In Terrible Agony Victims Recognized Only by Their Clothing:. Eight Sad Homes In Pennsylvania. West Bingham, Pa., May 14. Thister noon the bodies of eight men, horribly mangled, scalded anddisfigu red, weraplcked, oat from among the ruins ot the PecV, Haskeel & Cobb's saw mill here, the victims of the explosion ot a boiler in the milL Five wero dead and two or the three others nava since died. Those killed outright were; CLAUD ENGLISH, JAMES MOWERS, EUGENE MERRICK, LYMAN PERRY, CHARLES ROVER, Those fatally injured were: Caleb Converse, badly scalded about tn head and chest. He is dead. Albert Degroat was so fearfully mangled by boiler Iron that he soon died. Dell Gndiey -w as injured internally and sustained a broken leg, tut te will re cover. MANY HOMES SADDENED. - Six of tbeEe men were employes of Peck, Haskeel & Cobb's, of "Clyster, Pa., who operated tho saw mill, and all bad families. Two of them, English and Converse, were young men who baprened to be in tho mill at the time as spectators. The mill i.is. iuu bj fcteara, generated In an old f 0-hortc power boiler, which, it is reported, had been condemned by an in spector a few days before because th steam gauge faded to record accurately the amount of steam pressure. Thirteen men were employed in the mill. This moruing they were busy at work when a belt broke, necessitating shutting down operations while it was being repaired. Nobody paid any attention to the boiler, which was making steam meantime at a prodigious rate, for a hot lire had been kindled under it. LIKE A CANNON. It was nobody's business in particular to mind the boiler, for, as in most saw mills, everybody took a hand occasionally In firing, and except to stop or stars the en gine, nobody paid much attention to tha steam. Suddenly there came a boom as from a cannon, Tollowed by a cloud or steam, dst and smoke, which rose high in the air. Four of the victims were torn limb from, limb aud their remains scattered about the mill and the Immediate vicinity. The mill was almost entirely demohilHl. Parts of the boiler were blown hundreds ot feet. The victims were horribly mangled, having their heads crushed to a jelly, and being recognizable only by their clothing. JIKADE WIIL. NOT AN SAVER. "His Reply to a LetterSenthy Secretary Herbert. Secretary Herbert yesterday in iespo'nso to inquiries dictated the following oMicial statement concerning Admiral Meade: "At the Navy Department to-day it was teamed that the department has ad dressed a letter to Admiral Meade, stating that it drsircd to know it he was willing; to answer whether he tad or tad roc authorized whai purported to te an in terview with him published in tte New York. Tribune, acd that he bad replied acknowledging the receipt or the letter and declining to answer the questions. "The facts in relation to the failure of( the department lo grant Admiral Meude'3 request to have the Cincinnati oiderd to the New York yhid mMead of to the Nor folk yards are that this vessel wae ordered by the department to go to tte Norfolk: navy yard lor some necessary repairs. "Tins was dun r upon the recommendation of tlie chief constructor, who desired that work, which is now scarce at both yards, migh be equalized belweenthe Norfolk, and Brooklyn yards "Admiral Meade, who has selected the Ciucinuau for his flagship during the ab sence of the New York, was thereupon ordered to hoist Ins flag upon that vis&el upon her arrival at Norfolk, In the interim hoisting his flag ou the Minneapolis. Ho afterwards forwarded a. second request to tin Department to have the Cincinnati ordered to Ssvr York, instead of to Nor folk. "On the day when this latter request was received, Secretary Uerbert was uut ia the department at any time Aj-sistaut Secretary McAdoo, being In charge, did not act upon the request, as lie did not think it pnper to take any action in tho matter until the Secretary's return. SjU the next motuliis.wlienSecreuiryHer liert came to the office, this matter having been brought to his attention, he at ones summoned before him the chief constructor aud, after conferring with him and As sistant Secretary McAdoo jointly, decided to order the Cincinnati to New York, and at once ordered Admiral Ramsay, who was present, to make out orders to intercept the ship at Hampton Roads and order her to New York. "He also directed orders to be made out to Admiral Meade notifying him of this change, and orders both to the admiral and to the ship were written and readv to be signed when a. letter came in the noon mail from Admiral Meade asking to be de tached trom the squadron, which request the Secretary granted." This statement constitutes all the in-( formation that could be obtained, and. leaves the inference that the action, ir any, to be taken against Admiral Aleude is no a yet determined. Exhibit ot Ramie Fiber. What the ramie plant ia , where it grows, how it is to be cultivated, the value of Its fiber, for what textile fabrics it can be utilized, and many more interesting thlugd about it will be told to anyone that cares to hear them by Mr. S. H. Sluught, who has quite an exhibit at the Washington Light Inrantry Hall. Mr. Slaught's ex hibit will iutcrest old ani young alike, and be Is anxious to have school children come aud see It. He claims that there is great profit both in the cultivation of the ramio plant and tin.- maniiiac-iuri of its fiber, but that the Tanners cannot afrord to grow It uutil they are sure of a mart. He wants a factory to be started in Waauitartoii.as tiie ploueor in what he beiietra win L a great ludustry. Folk Lore Suhjcat Iisenved Our remote ancestors were plrusautly discut-d at a wtil attended meeting of, the Anthropological Society in the rooms of the Cosmos Club last eeuii!g. There were three papers read, "Bells, asid their Lesjends." by Mrs. Gen. Lander; "Charms J and Superbtttioiw of the Chinese," .Mercy Stephens Sensabaugh, aud "Popular Sa peraUtious," Dy 'ror. waiter J. Holl man, of the Smithsqnian Institute. . . , f THE WEATHER TO-DAY. Increasing cioudiuas and threatening wealtier; wanner, westerly winds.