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VOL. 1. NO. 213.
Cuba, Porto Rico and the Philip
pines to Fall in Our Hands
Sagasta Says There Will Be No
Fight at Santiago Unless Cer
vera Desires It.
Oregon at Key West and Her Dog
Shows That She Was Cleared
for Action Many Times
During the Trlp—Blanco's
Coal Captured—Spnin
on the Verge
* of Revolt. I
Gigantic Plan oi Attack.
Bixjcittl Dispatch to The Si n.
Washington, May 20.— In Congres
sional circles the greatest interest is
taken in tlie proposition to invade Porto
Rico and to make three simultaneous
The action of tlie Administration in
calling for additional troops and the de
termination that tha occupation of the
Philippines and Porto Rico shall be
.simultaneous with, if it does not pre
cede, the capture of Cuba meets, with
very general approval.
A Targe number of men from each
house of Congress visited the Depart
ments toilav, and there was great activ
ity, especially at tlie War Department.
"The visits of statesmen related v*ry
largely to the military appointments
which will result from the call for 75,
000 additional troops, but some of the
visitors came for no other purpose than
to express their satisfaction at tlie deter
mination to press the war, vigorously at
the three points, and nearly everybody
pressed approval.
jg is quite definitely understood now
that no opportunity is to be given .Spain
to withdraw from tlie war witli no other
loss than that of Cuba.
Very few men in public life question
the advisability of holding tlie Philljp
pines and of forever putting an end to
Spanish possession and influence in tlie
Vest Indies also.
AU eves appear to be tjirned towards
the Philippines as a point oi vital im
portance, affecting the | future of tlie
United States as a nation. The libera
tion of Cuba is looked llpon as affecting
little else than tlie well being of that is
land, its future, and in no broad and
general way affecting tlie future of this
Tlie capture of Porto Rico is looked
upon as a necessity to put an end to tlie
baneful Spanish influence in tlie West
Indies and to enable this Government to
maintain the,'Integrity of the Monroe
doctrine!and to exercise its influence to
maintain government on tlie independ
ent 'Island and to promote and secure
/ commerce.
But the possession of the Philippines
may affect our own future. Thete seems
to be a sentiment in all influental
? [uarters, without regard to party, in
avor of the policy ot expanding the in
fluence of tins Government and cultivat
ing tlie closest relations with Great
The invasion'of Porto Rico, as stated
in these dispatches yesterday, is to be
made as speedily as possible, and the
American flag is expected to wave over
that island before tlie evacuation of
Cuba by the Spanish.
It is well understood that Spain,
realizing that her sovereignty over Cuba
cannot be maintained, would hail witli
satisfaction any excuse of evacuating
that island before any of her other
possessions were lost.
Reliable informal ion is, possessed that
tlie Spanish representatives at tlie courts
of some of the foreign Powers are tenta
tively broaching the subject of tlie inliu
rs being exerted to con
fine the operations of the United States if
Cuba is evacuated.
It is believed that if a large invading
army were landed in Cuba and our mili
tary and naval .operations directed solely
against that is'and it would speedily be
surrendered, if by the surrender Spain
could retain possession of Porto Rico
nnfl the Philippines. It is not the in
tention of Ibis Government, however,
to proceed in that manner.
Havana falls Porto Rico and the Philip
pines are expected to be in the posses
sion of the United States.
ence of tlie 1'.
Council of War.
SiKH'LU Dispatch to The Sun.
Washington, May 20.—Every execu
tive branch of the Government was
represented in tlie council of war at the
White House todav.
Tlie purpose of the conference was to
reach some definite conclusion and settle
upon tlie positive program for the con
■ quest not only of Cuba,but of the l'hilip
pines and l'liitu Rico.
| The President hud with him Secretar/
Alger ami Secretary Long und tlie entire
War Board, including General Miles, Ad
! jutant-General Corbin, Admiral Sicard,
Captain Mahan, and Captain Crownin
shield, Chief oi the Bureau of Naviga
I tion.
J Sccretarv Long, after he left (lie White
1 House, spoke very freely in regard to the
j conference, saving that this was the first
time that all branches of the Government.
has been represented in the conference.
He said that up to this hour no conclu
sion had been reached and no final plan
of campaign bad been determined upon.
He said, moreover, that none could he
finally fixed until it was positively
known whether or not Ceryora was in
the harbor of Santiago de Cuba,
opinion was that the Spanish fleet was
penned in this port, but until it was a
certainty the carrying out of the pro
gram of the war must necessarily be
held in abeyance.
General Miles, General Alger, and the'
President, with Captain Crowninshield,
remained in conference after Secretary
Long left, discussing the advisability- of
invading Porto Rico before Cuba. Gen
eral Miles favors this plan, while Secre
tary Alger, it is understood, adheres to
the original program of reducing the
island of Cuba by force of arms before
landing troops elsewhere. It can bo
stated on very good authority that the
majority of the President's advisers are
inclined to favor the invasion of Porto
Rico before the occupation of Cuba.
The Administration has already
started its secret agents for the insur
gent camp for the purpose of obtaining
From the latter definite inhumation re
garding the fleet at Santiago
The insurgents are said to lie in com
munication with both Cienfuegos and
Santiago de Cuba, and it would be
through them that this Government will
learn definitely the location of the fleets.
S|ieclal Lispatoh to The Sun.
New York, May 20.—A special from
Madrid says that Premier Sagasta has
outlined Spain's policy in an interview,
in which he says there will be no fight
at Santiago unlefs Admiral Cervera de
sires it. The Americans will find the
Santiago forts and the ships in the liar
bor very different from those destroyed
by Dewey at Manila. If the Americans
are waiting for a naval battle before they
attempt to invade Cuba, they will need
considerable patience.
spf-c-ini Dispatch to Thesux.
New York, May 2(5.—The Journal snvs^
,Sampson's fleet lias captured Blanco s
coal deposits at Cayo, France, three bun-;
dred miles east of Havana.
de Cuba.
Long; Wait, Sajs Sagasta.
New York, May 215.—A Madrid dis
patch says some of our ships shelled San
Hilano, "while others made soundings in
Cardenas Bay.
Blanco's Coal Captured.
Oregon Was Always Ready.
Special Dispatch to The Sun.
Key West, May 2(1.—The battleship
Oregon arrived here this morning from
Jupiter Inlet.
It is understood that tlie big battle
ship will take on coal today and then
join Admiral Sampson's squadron.
The Oregon came in at 5 o'"'"'
morning and dropped anchor seven
miles outside the fort.
Capt. Clark lias not vet reported to
Commodore Kemev, so he will not talk
about hia trip. * |
One officer speaks of the long trip as
reallv uneventful. At no time were thev !
alarmed about the Spanisli fleet. Theyl'
came far to the northward in order to 1
attacked us we would not' have' been j
afraid to handle them, and, though they
might have licked us, the country would ;
1 1 ' '
clock this
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The news that. tneie .s to be no more
Fhflf 11 /he * "snanh kIh'* ni i i h 1 ^ n o \v h it
1 H 1 i r 1 ' b
with out boats lias caused a decided
t ,ll 'do^he t la^d , flffh^hi J^ LI T1lPv , oro
to du tlie land fighting. They are now
full ot eager anticipation.
escape any danger.
"If, however," he said,
"the fleet had
have no reason to be ashamed of our
showing. We cleared for action, I sup
pose. a dozen times.
"We cleared whenever we sighted
smoke on the horizon, and were really
ready for anything that came along. We
had to occasion to burn any powder. We
are all in good condition and hope we
are in time to help out. Can't talk about
orders yet."
The Oregon is in splendid shape and
ready to go to sea. Her trip lasted sixty
six flays, five days of which she was
waiting for the Marietta, which was fi
nally dropped.
Captain Clark and a number of officers
came ashore on a launch at 10 o'clock.
Tlie Captain received orders from Wash
ington. Tlie orders were not made pub
Tlie Supply Chased.
Special Dispatch to The Sun.
New York, May 2(1.—A Key West
special says: The steamer Supply, for
merly the Illinois, Lieutenant Roberts,
reports being chased by a Spanish gun
boat, yesterday. The Supply, which has
no guns, ran away from the gunboat.
Lieutenant Roberts is positive it was not
one of our boats, ns she was rigged in
Spanish fashion. The gunboat did not
lire any shots, but kept up tlie chase for
a whole hour.
The gunboat was first discovered at
4.30 o'clock yesterday morning, about
150 miles east of Key West. Day was
just breaking, and tlie gunboat, which
was standing off, suddenly veered and
made for tlie Supply. Everybody was on
deck and watched the race, j he gun
boat was made nut to be of medium size.
The Supply easily distanced tlie Span
Spain on Verge of Revolt
Sjncial Despatch to Thk Sun.
Pawn, May 2(5.—A special from Mad
rid says:
Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria is
said to have strongly advised the Queen
Regent to prepare to fly, •and her mother,
who is now in Madrid, is reported to
have given her the same advice; but,
is added, the Queen Regent is dete:
mined to remain. Continuing, the dis
patch says.
"The defeat of the Spanish fleet, which
tlie best-informed people regard as only
a tjuestion of a few days, is bound to pre
cipitate an outbreak."
The Trap at Santiago.
Special Dispatch to The Sun.
Washington, May 20.—That Admiral
Corvera went to Santiago and is still
there continues to be the view taken by
the Navy Department,
At the same time it can now be stated
that not a word lias been received from
either Admiral Sampson or Commodore
Schley in official confirmation of the
existence of this trap. It rests now, as
it did two days ago, on a semi-official
report coming to tlie Navy Department
from a source believed to be reliable.
It was not a naval source, nor one
connected with tlie State Department,
neither did it come from press advices.
It was from parties having relations with
the Navy Department and in a position
to be accurately advised.
Tlie naval authorities were exceedingly
anxious to secure an official confirmation
from one of the American commanders,
an( j h a( j this been received it would
|, ave )j oen made public at once.
g llt lacking this tlie Department gave to
the public all it felt warranted in giving
j ,- rom t fie facts at hand—namely, an ex
pression of belief that tlie Spanish fleet
wa8 inJSantiago harbor.
This has been reinforced by the nega
tive fact that the fleet has been seen at
no other point and also by cumulative
evidence from London and elsewhere.
still, the word from Sampson and Schley
is being most anxiously awaited. The
naval authorities have advanced another
stage in their calculations on the status
of Admiral Cervera's fleet ai Santiago de,
Cuba. They not only have good reason
to believe that he is bottled up, but. as
an officer expressed it today, "tlie cork
is in the bottle," and it is practically im-;
possible for the fleet to make an exit
from the harbor, day or night. It is felt;
that this condition of tlie Spanish fleet is
not on lv important from tlie. present
strategic standpoint, but of momentous
concern to the entire future of the war,
as tlie crippling of this most effective:
naval force that. Spain possesses will
leave her such scant naval resources as
to make a prolongation of the war im-i
j ? n, I
hchlev could maintain the blockade of
t tlle there. a'>d annihilate the
| Spanish licet it it is found outside. Tlie
fact that Commodore Sell ley is nmv
! thought to be outside of Santiago de Juba
188 & lven f ^e rein to Rear-Admiral
1 Sampson, who is known to be in the
Bahama Channel.
His kitown purpose was to intercept
j the Spanisli fleet if it attempted a move
went along the northern coast in an at
; tempt to reach Havana. W lth Commo-!
dore Schley at Santiago de Cuba, Rear-1
Admiral Sampson would be in the posi
tion to proceed eastward and effect a
junction of two powerful squadrons or
return to Havana to resume operations
in that vicinity.
It is now accepted as a fact that Com
modore Schley is to be permitted to
work out the problem off Santiago de
Schley Has a Free Hand.
Special Dispatch to The Sun.
Key West, Fla., May 2(1. —Concerning
the statement that Admiral Cervends
1 ships are bottled up at Santiago de Cuba,
ias been accepted that Commodore
Bpccittl Dispatch to The sun.
Washington, May 26.—The impression
is very general among Senators and He
presetatives that the adjournment of
Congress mav be brought about in two
weeks. '
Senator White, who is Chairman of
the Democratic Congressional Committee
expressed tlie opinion last night that a
vote would be had on the Revenue bill
bv the Senate at the close of this week,
and that Congress would adjourn in two I
I week 8.
1 Senator White is one of# the strongest
opponents to the annexation of Hawaii, j
and this opinion is based on tlie idea of j
the Hawaiian question being laid aside
miliI next session. -Senator Aldrich said
that he hoped for a vote at
the cud of this week, and thought an ad
oct-iir in two weeks, j
Senator HavC-lev, in view of the objection!
" f Senate/ Daniel to Saturday's being I
(ixwt for a vote on UwRevenne |
bill, saitf today that he supposed the vote!
would go over until next week, but he I
timm/hi it mVht ho tnkmi on Air ndiv nr I
Tuesday, amf that it was quie possible j
Congress would adjourn in two weeks.
ij |111 7 f . MM ,t„t.j V i» Doekprv pyiuvwH tin.
W"""" todav that' Cong^ would ad
j' nn , ,i ia tearlv. ■
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Congress May Adjourn.
Canary Islands Fear Us.
Special lilr-i at.-li to Tint s, s.
New York, May 20.—A London Special
says a letter from Las l'almas, the chief
port of the Canary Islands, to the Mail,
reports as follows:
"Great numbers of the civilian popu
lation are leaving every day for the
interior, as all kinds of rumors are going
abo it that an American squadron may
arrive at any time. Since last Thursday
all Ihe lights of the town and Ihe port
have been extinguished at night, and
the place has been in litter darkness.
Even the ships at anchor in the port
are not allowed to have riding lights up.
All night work on hoard ship has been
suspended. The on'y light visible on
entering ihe port is the lighthouse on
Isleta. The other light on the break
water opposite the (own has been ex
tinguished. The military authorities
are most actively engaged in preparing
i he defence of the island.
Mrs. Elizabeth A. Willis Fatally
Burned by an Explosion While
Polishing Furniture.
Suffered Excruiating Agony Until
Death Released Her.
Mrs. Elizabeth A. Willis, wife of Devin
T. Willis, general foreman of the Balti
more & Ohio Railroad at this point was
fatally burned by naphtha yesterday at
noon at her home No. 1711 Rodney street
Wilmington and died at 4.30 o'clock yes
terday afternoon in tlie Delaware Hoepi
tab as a result of her Injuries.
About 11.55 o'clock yesterday morning
■ the driver of Bailey & Manley, of this
city left a five gallon can of naphtha
at the residence of Mr. Wiliis as per
Mrs. Willis at the time was cleaning
house and went into tlie parlor for the
purpose of cleaning tlie furniture with
the oil, leaving her dbughter Blanche,
aged 11 years in the dining room.
In a very short time Mrs. Willis
opened the glass door of the parlor lead
ing to the yard and had just stooped to
get more naphtha on a rag, with which
she was polishing tlie furniture, when
the damp air struckNthe mouth of the
| can and an instant later there was a
I terrible explosion which shook the ;
| entire building. i
In a second tiie unfortunate woman's ;
clothes were one mass of seething flames I
as was also tlie room in which the ac-j
1 cident occurred.
Mrs. Willis with one piteous appeal
j for help ran out of the burning room
j with her clothes still ablaze and fell in
the alley, leading to tlie house, in a
I semi-conscious condition, whilst her
daughter Blanche stood by screaming
for someone to save her mother from the
j awful Ate of burning to death before her;
Full Details ns to How tlie Terrible
Accident [Occurred—Flames AlsoJI
' Destroy the House and Furni
ture til Which They
__ ..... —
fieen almost burned to a crisp, while not
a vestige, of her hair remained on her
I "One of the first persons to reach tlie
scene of tlie disaster was Gustave Ripka,
who had been doing some upho.stering
in tlie vicinity for M. Megarv & Son.
Taking in tlie situation at a glance lie
tore the burning slothing from the body
of Mrs. Wiliis, and in so doing badly
scorched his hands.
In the meantime l'oliee Sergeant Black j
bail arrived and lie summoned the
I'hoeilix ambulance, which conveyed
Mrs. Willis to the Delaware Hospital,
after Dr. McCullough had partially al
layed the excruciating agony she was
When she was taken to the hospital
Dr. Palmer made an examination and
found that her face, hands and body had
. ... , .
head. Site had also inhaled the tumes ;
and death relieved her from her suffer- j
ingB at the time stated above.
Five.imnutes alter the explosion the |
house in which the W illis family re- 1
sided was one mass of flames, tlie front j
being frame.
Tlie fact that a fire was in progress I
had been telephoned from the residence
of G. G. Cameron, to tlie Baltimore & I
Ohio railrond station and an alarm was |
turned in from box No. 27.
in a very few minutes the Phoenix,
Water Witch and Friendship fire eompa-!
nies and the Delaware truck were on tlie |
scene of the conflagration, and although j
I thev did all that was possible to save I
the burning building the task was hope
less, and it with all of tlie furniture and j
personal effects of the Willis family was ]
eaten up by the flames.
j The fire also communicated with tdie |
residence of John Maxwell, No. 1701);
I Rodney street, but was extinguished be-,
fore it could do much damage. • |
The Inuse tenanted by the Willis i
j family is owned by the Mutual Loan j
j Association. The loss is $1500 and • is j
fully covered by insurance in the |
New Castle County Insurance Com-1
pany. . .*
The furniture, etc., of Mr. W ill is was j
j valued at $500, upon which there was no
ins,mince. i
I While tlie lire was at its height Mr.
| Willis was telegraphed for and he ar-1
rived a few minutes after his daughter,
I Miss Beulah Willis, who had, just re-,
I turned from work The vouns? lndv whs '
j overcome with grief and she "and'Miss
Blanche were taken rare of by kindly
iiaiiri.h w uhde the almost frantic bus- 1
band and' father was driven to the Dela- 1
ware Hospital, where he hastened to the I
bedside of his dying wife. j
lie tlien returned home to inform ids i
daughters that their mother was still j
ml again went back to the hospi
le ke remained until his wife I
' I
Dejnitv Coroner Clmmller w ill hold an
inquest in the case today. j
A singular coincidence in reference to j
the tire is the fact that when the alarm
was sounded one of the members of die
firm who laid Hold die Naphtha to Mrs. I
Willis asked where the fire was and on !
:...i .,.. w <iininst nroHtrntedi
being lniormoil was almost prosnareu
from tlie effect of the blow, especially J
„.i„,,, i,„ I,,.,, W5Mis' terrihle* '
cr 1 . , ttmbk ,
A pocket book was found in the rear j '
yard of the burned dwelling by Fireman :
Murphv and was turned over to Sergeant !
Black. He.returned it to Mr. Willie who 1
stated that it was the property of Ins
wife It is supposed that the purse was
blown in tlie yard bv the force of the ex
The sad accident has thrown the
t.ll wl
breathed her lust.
neighborhood in which Mrs. Willis re
sided in gloom and tlie deepest sorrow is
expressed for the stricken family. Mrs.
Willis was 43 veais of age and is survived
by her husband and three daughters.
The Pay of the Police Sergeants In
creased $40 Per Year—Ot her
('ify Council met last evening at N.30
o'clock, and after the reading
minutes of the previous meeting by Clerk
Morrison the reports of various commit
tes were read and adopted.
The recommended increase of 'the
salary of police sergeants of $10 per year
was acted unon by the council and re
ported favorably.
It was decided that each assessor of
the northern and southern districts em
ploy a clerk during the months of June
and July at the usual pay.
The pay role of the police amounting
to $5,009..'VI, and the council $275.20 for
the month of May were allowed.
The third reading of the'fiscal ap
propriation bill beginning July- 1, "1)8,"
took place and was accepted.
. The resignation of first assistant engi
neer James Wilson of the City Surveyors
office was accented and by a unanimous
vote of council, Francis A. Price was
appointed to fill the vacancy.
J. W. Sasse was granted leave of ab
sence by the fire companies.
The council accepted the invitation of
the G. A. K. to participate in decoration
day services,and adjourned at!) p. in.
f the
Tlie case of George Loney, which has
been on trial before a sheriff's jury in
trie Levy Court for the past seven flays,
concluded yesterday morning at 1L55
o'clock, when the jury delivered the ful
lowing verdict:
"We flecifle, after due i mini ry and con
sideration, that the said George Loney is
; a sane person."
i The jury met at t) o'clock, and iimned
; iaily began taking testimony,
I Henry Connor anfl William Allen tes
tiffed that they believed Lonev to be
sane, after which Robert G. Harman, at
torney for Loney, restefl.
i J. H. Hoffecker and Lilburne Chand
j ler called Miss Annie Lonev, Miss Maria
I Loney, Drs. Ogle and Springer and
| police officer Sewell Scott in rebuttal,
i The case was submitted to tlie jun
| without argument, and the verdict ren
dered after 25 minutes' deliberation.
j Sheriff Flinn promptly ordered Loney's
release, and during tlie next two days
will forward the jury's finding to Chan
cellor Nicholson.
It is not yet known whether Loney
will take any action against his daugh
ters or not for having him incarcerated
in the State Insane Hospital.
That George Loney is Sane ant) Sheriff
Flinn Immediately Ordered
His Release.
State Council Convention.
The fifty-first annual convention of the
State Council of the O. U. A. M., opened
yesterday at Milton, Del. C. H. Combs,
E. H. Bane, J. F. Adair, A. J. Newkirk,
D. B. Markley; S. T. Reeves, R. Heri
tage and J. C. Conner, past officers, are
representing Wilmington at the conven
tion. The sessions will continue today,
when it will adjourn until May 2(1, 181)9.
Tlie regular routine of busines was
transacted and tlie presiding officer, see
; re tary anfl treasurer made their reports,
j which showed that the order was in a
flemishing condition. .lie present
| g rand officers are T. A. West, S. C.; W.
W. Vincent, S. X. C.; George II. Woods,
j \; (;_
. , , ,
. This afternoon the memorial day exer
c * ,sea school No. 9 will be held in the
Assembly room at 2.lo o'clock.
!,, r * ot Grace Al. L. Church. 15.
Morrow, ehairman of the committee, and
11 rc ' will he Die speakers
°* D ,e afternoon.
fhe singing will be imder the leader
styP of fhomas Denson. The room
" e decorated with flags and flowers,
The program consists of marches, flag
(drills and a tableau ot America and
Deputy Coroner Chandler accom
panifd by Physician McCabe went to
Fort Delaware vest *rday afternoon and
held an inquest on the body of the man
found floating in the river in that vicinity.
It proved to be the body of George
Aiken, the sailor who|fell,or was knocked
overboard from the schooner ''Eden"
. .laving .iff New Castle.
The remains were buried on the Fort,
without anv religious ceremonies, ves
terdav at 4.30 p. m. "
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Sc-lioonci- Floated
The large four-masted schooner that
was fast on the nmd in tne Christiana
river on WedneHiav, near the 15. & 0.
bridge was floated the same night at high
tide. She proceeded to the Liebig Ohem
ical Works and unloaded her cargo of
phosphate rock.
Barge Imnncbod.
The first large barge of Ihe Delaware!
Const i-iic. ion Companv was sliccessfullv j
hunched from Morrison's Point yester-1 !
d „v afternoon. Three other barges are !
under course of construction by the same i
com panv. " 1
1 ' — - - . I
Slight Kimaway.
\ ll0m , belmmino to Barlow A Wicr i
. i " r ,
, V wav vesterduv moiTniig on I.roome; f
V oudiful driver stuck to his i,
' l . v -V , , , . . i
post until he had succeeded in stopping!
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... ~ Awflrd „ (1
Conl.aU Awarded.
Yesterday morning C. S. Pyle was
awarded the contract for furnishing and
delivering stone,crushed stone at Twelfth
street between Market and Jefferson
streets, bv the Street and Sewer Depart
ment. "
Memorial Exercises.
Sailor Uiu-ied.
William Fisher, Colored, Ad
judged Guilty of Felo
nious Intent.
This: Will Have No Effect in the
Sentencing of (he Prisoner.
Alfred Trusty, Charged "With Causing
the Death of Fanny Hill, Now
on Trial for Manslaughter.
The Testimony of the
William Fisher, colored, was yester
day afternoon found guilty of entering
the home of William Hunt, this city,
with felonious intent. The sentence
for tliis crime is death. Upon tlie open
ing of the Court of Oyer and Terminer
yesterday morning the case of William
Fisher was resumed, and Mr. Nields, his
attorney concluded a very able argu
ment in behalf of his client.
Deputy Attorney Cooper closed for
the State and tlie charge to tlie jury
was delivered by Judge Grubb. Loth
the state and tlie defense expressed their
gratification at the impartial manner
in which the judge rendered the charge.
The jury retired at 12.12 p. m., and
court reconvened at 2.30.
It was concluded to wait for au hour
in order to give the jury an opportunity
to render a verdict.
At. 3.07 p. m., they came in and asked
the court "if the prisoner was found
guilty as indicted, would the penalty be
death." Judge Grubb replied that it
would, no matter if tlie alleged attempt
was committed or not. The jury then
In the meantime the case of Alfred
Trusty, colored, charged with tlie killing
of Fanny Kelly, at No. 0 Lord strpet,
this city, on the night of April 12, by
throwing a lighted lamp at her head,
was taken up.
Tlie jury drawn was as follows: Rufus
Broadbent, foreman; Alexander
Stephens, Robert Andrews, Lewis Ball,
Leroy .Roberts, Charles Hunt, J. C.
Adams,. George R Ward, John Craig,
Harvey Cranston, David Smith and
George A. Hollis.
The panel was exhausted aqd tlie last
two jurors were obtained from the spec
tators in the, court room. Trusty was
represented bv Julian Walker, Esq., who
was appointed by the court. In opening
the case Deputy Attorney Cooper cited
its nature but stated that on account of
lack of evidence tlie State would aban
don the charges of murder in tlie first
and second degree and ask for a veidict
of manslaughter.
Martha Duekrey was tlie first witness
called by the State and raid she lived at
302 East Sixth street and that she had
known Fanny Kelley during her life
time. On the" night in question, the
Kelley woman, Lee Ruley and herself
had been "out" and were down on the
"coast." They returned to Miss Kelley's
about 1 a. m. and were invited in.
Trusty, who was Fanny Kelley's "man,"
was up stairs in bed and Fanny called to
him. Receiving no reply she went up
stairs and tlie witness then heard an
altercation between the two regarding
the manner in which lie, Trusty, had
spent money given him by tlie woman
to buy shoes with. She claimed lie had
bought a second-hand pair and appropri
ated the balance to buy beer with.
She heard the decea ed sav, "you can
sleep, this will be tlie last night you'll
sleep here.
Tlie baliff at. this juncture announced
that tlie Fisher Jury were ready to render
a verdict and at 4.40 they came in the
court room. The verdict rendered was
as follows. "We, the jury do find the
irisonerat the bar guilty, in manner and
brni as lie stands indicted but recom
mend him to tlie court's mercy."
Mr. Nields asked tor a poll of 'the
jurors which was called by clerk Foard
and all answered in the affirmative.
Under tlie circumstances of the case and
in view of the fact that, but one sentence
can be imposed tlie jury's verdict was a
But one similar recommendation has
been made and that was in the case of
a man bv the name of Willis some two
yt^i's ago.
Vil 1 '' s ( Cr " Ue 18 duaU }»
and the recommendation for mercy made
bv he jury can have no weight except ,
with the "Board of Pardons, itanap
peal for clemency is made to that body.
No move was made by Council Nields
fora new trial and the prisoner was
committed awaiting sentence, the jury
being discharged until this morning,
Throughout the entire trial the jury
stood seven to five tor conviction, and -
the recommendation tor mercy seems to
have been given through a misunder
standing ot tlm penally.
At 4.4., Martha Duekrey resumed the
3 t and . 1,1ct i 8 V, . ,
s ie . a , I " n ".' lal 1,1 ^ «' cond
! 7 t ."!> all(i ,lia ' sl,<)l " afrerw ards 1 annv
k . e k '>' dl, ' v 1 f"*"' 3 the body
j 1 "V 1 ,,. l ' •' '"<> , n, . bu ' nt t0
^f 1 '- tl,e a, ' d
tollowed and put out the flames by
means ot a rag. She took 1-annv into
th « ho, « 0 1 °' IIarni '' ! . , olm«o..,adjommg,
and seated her upon a sota. blie asked
f , , f . I , . i..- . her
f, g as , a /. " at " -K 1 'J a '
bv Daniel Green, who was there,
Mr , Co o P er then asked the witness
wliat the Kelley woman said about the
tt,rowing of tlie lamp, but was promptly
met with an objection by Mr W alker on
the ground of the length of time that
had wanned since the deed was coin
nutted. Numerous cases were cited by
both attorneys to sustain their point and
before the argument was decided the
court adjourned at 5.40 p. in.

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