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MAINE BLOWN UP.' American Battleship in the Harbar of Havana To tally Destroyed. ONE HUNDRED LIVES LOST. Greater Part of Those on Board Asleep When the Crash Came. CITY SHAKEN BY EXPLOSION. DAZED RESCI ED SAILORS INAHI.E TO GIVE AW INFORMATION. Cable From Capt. Sigsbee Says That All of the Officer* Are Safe and That Public JmlKiiieiit Should He Suspended Until Later Report., as to the Cause. HAVANA, Feb. 15.— At a quarter of 10 o'clock this morning, a terrible ex plosion took place on board the United States cruiser Maine in Havana har bor. Many were killed or wounded. All the boats of the Spanish cruiser Alfonso XII. are assisting. The explosion shook the whole city. CHAfILES D. SIGSBEE, COMMANDER OF THE MAINE. The windows were broken in all the houses. The correspondent of the Associated Press has conversed with several of the wounded sailors and understands from them that the explosion took place while they were asleep, so that they can give no particulars as to the cause. The wounded sailors of the Maine are unable to explain it. It is believed that the cruiser is totally destroyed. Consternation Prevail*. The wildest consternation prevails in Havana. The wharves are crowded with thousands of people. It is be ll, ved tbe explosion occurred in a small powder magazine. At a quarter of 11 c"clock what remains of the Maine is el ill burning. Capt. Sigsbee and the other officers have been saved. It is estimated that over 100 of the crew were killed, but it is impossible as yet to give exact details. Admiral Manterola has ordered that THE ST. PAUL GLOBE boats of all kinds should go to the as sistance. Terrible Si«ht. of the Maine and her wounded. The Havana firemen are giving aid, tending carefully to the wounded as they are brought on shore, t is a terrible sight. Gen. Solano and the other generals have been ordered by Capt. Gen. Blan co to take steps to help the Maine's crew in every way possible. The correspondent of the Associated Press has been near the Maine in one of the boats of the cruiser Alfonsa XII. and seen others of the w r ounded, who corroborate the statement of those first interviewed that they were already asleep when the e^-niosion occurred. WASHINGTON, Feb. 15.— The Maine Is a battleship of the second-class and was regarded as one of the best ships ln the new navy. She was built at Brooklyn navy yard and was 318 feet long, 75 feet broad, 21.6 mean draught and 6,682 tons displacement. She carried four ten-inch and six six inch breech-loading guns in her main battery and seven six-pound and eight one-pounder rapid fire guns and four gatlings in her secondary battery, and four Whitehead torpedoes. The officers of the Maine, besides Commander Sigsbee, are Lieutenant Commander Richard Wainwright, Lieutenant George F. Holman, John T. Blandinfi Friend W. Jenkins. Naval Cadets Jonas H. Holden, Watt T. Cluverius, Amon Bronson, David F. Boyd Jr., Surgeon Lucien G. Heneber ger, Paymaster Charles W. Littlefield, Chief Engineer Charles P. Howell, Passed Assistant Engineer Frederick C. Bowers, Assistant Engineer. John R. Morris and Darwin R. Merritt. Naval Caelets (engineer division) Pope Washington, Arthur Grenshaw, Capt. John P. Chidwlck and First Lieutenant of Marines Albertus W. Chaplin. The commander of the Maine, Capt. Sigsbee, is a favorite in the navy de partment. For four years he was chief of the hydrographic office and by his energy brought the office up to a high standard. He was lucky to get so Im portant a shin as the Maine, consid ering his actual rank, which ls that of a commander, but immediately he justified the department's judgment in the selection by running his ship straight into a dock in New oYrk har bor to avoid running down a packed excursion boat. This was a display of quick judgment, nerve and pluck that pleased the department so highly that the captain was sent a compli mentary letter. Paymaster Charles W. Littlefield, who is given in the list of officers on the Maine, has recently been replaced by Paymaster Ryan. Littlefield is now in Washington. WASHINGTON, Feb. 15.— The secre tary of the navy has received the fol lowing telegram from Capt. Sigsbee: Maine blown up in Havana harbor and de stroyed. Many wounded and doubtless more killed and drowned. Wounded and others on beard Spanish man-of-war and Ward line steamer. Send lighthouse tenders from Key West for crew and few pieces of equipment still above water. No one had other clothes than those upon him. Public opinion should be suspended till further report. All officers believed to be saved. Jenkins and Merritt not yet ac counted for. Many Spanish officials, in- Contlnued on Third Page. THE BATTLE SHIP MAINE. WEDNESDAY MORNING FEBRUARY 16. 1898. NO TRACE OF CRUELTY STATE PRISON OFFICERS EXONERATED FROM ALL CHARGES The Investigation Commission Files Its Report With Gov. Clough Not a Suspicion of Improper Treatment Was Discovered by the Gentlemen Who Took Testimony. The commission appointed some months ago to investigate the charges that some of the convicts of the state prison at Stillwater had been subject ed to cruelty by Deputy Warden Lem on filed its report with Gov Clough yesterday. The commission exonerates the pris -1 on officials from all suspicion of im proper treatment. It finds the prison fare all right. It finds the clothing furnished ex j cellent and comfortable. The labor of prisoners ls not exces ; sive. The prison Is excellent in every de tail. The warden's administration ls found | just, fair and honorable The commission finds that the great majority of infrictions of discipline which called for seemingly hard treat ment came from convicts more or less of unsound mind. In conclusion the commission finds none of the charges of cruelty sustain ed And The commission congratulates the ; state upon its possessing such an cx i ceptional penal intitution. | . Following is the report in full: To the lion. David M. Clough, Governor j of tho State of Minnesota— Sir: The com | mission appointed by you on the 28th dav of October, 18S7, for the purpose of full, and thoroughly investigating certain charges of inhuman treatment of convicts at the Minnesota state prison, at Stillwater, and other charges of mismanagement of that In stitution by its officers and their subordi nates, which were made in the public press of this state, and also to investigate all other matters pertaining to the general management of the state prison and the treatment of the convicts therein confined, hereby makes this, its report, in pursuance of such appointment. Your commission, thoroughly appreciating the importance of the matters entrusted to It, entered upon its duties with a determina tion to thoroughly investigate the same and to arrive at a just conclusion without re gard to any consideration except the discov ery of the truth. We met at your rooms In the state capitol on the 4th day of No vember, 1897, and settled such preliminary matters as were necessary to enter upon our duties. We published in six of the princi pal papers of the state, the following no tice: ''The commission, appointed by the gov ernor to investigate certain charges made against the officers and management of the state prison, will hold its first session at the prison. In tlie city of Stillwater, on Monday, the l.th day of November, 1897, at 3 o'clock p. m. All persons wishing to present any evidence in support of such charges, are re quested to appear then and there, and they will be heard. — '"Chas. E. Flandrau, Chairman." This notice apeared in such papers on three alternate days, in pursuance of 6Ueh notice, your commission attended at the of fice of the prison, in Stillwater, en the 15th day of November, and commenced the in vestigation. We made a thorough personal Inspection of the entire prison in all its departments, from which we learned the character of the work performed by the convicts, the nature of the food upon which they subsisted, the clothes with which they were supplied, their general living accommodations, and also the general sanitary condition and management of the prison. Nothing Escaped Them. We examined every official connected with the prison in any capacity, and feel assured that there was nothing worthy of observa tion connected with the prison, that escaped us. The commission during this investiga tion, held thirteen sessions which were distributed between Stillwater, Minneapolis and St. Paul, and were regulated so as to accommodate the witnesses who appeared before us. We examined at these various sessions, about one hundred and fifty wit nesses, and preserved all their testimony in a typewritten record, except such as was given by prisoners ln secret ses-l;n. We also received a very large amount of documentary evidence consisting of the various forms used by the officers and managers of the prison ln conducting its affairs, and al-:o numerous records of pris oners that were germane to the Investiga tion as we proceeded with it. The gen. ral method of taking the testimony of wit nesses adopted by us. was to allow those making the charges to put in their evi dence first, which consisted of a large num ber of citizens, roovt of whom h.d in ..me way been previously cannected with tlie prison as employes, and also a '.arge num ber who had been inmates of the prison as convicts and had been discharged there from. We also gave an op>o'tunity to an - one confined within the prison, to appear before us, and under promise of absolute secrecy, to lay before us any matter or grievance that they desired. We also took an alphabetical list of the prisoners then in confinement, which numbered over five hundred. From these, we selected at ran dom a large number, not knowing who they were or what they were imprisoned for and had them immediately brought be fore us, and in secret session, under prem ise of perfect immunity, we examined them generally as to their treatment and their knowledge of the treatment cf ohers. The convicts so examined, were taken f ora all the different departments of the pris >n, and thoroughly questioned as to their knowledge of the subjects upon which we desired to be informed. All witne.ses ex amined before us were under oa'.h. After having exhausted the evidence of an accusing character, we called upon the officers of the prison to introduce any evi dence they desired in explanatie.n and ex oneration of any of the charges that had been attempted to be estatl shed before u-\ and they very fully responded to our call in that respoct, and the testimony then closed. All of the testimony, both of the witnesses taken ora'ly, except that of ccn- I victs as above stated, and the documents presented to us, are herewith returned to you as part or this, our report. The Former Exoneration. As there has been a similar investigation made by a committee of the board of cor rections and charities about the year 1891, which committee fully exonerated the of ficers of the prison from any of the charges that were then made against them, and having full confidence in the members of that committee as capable and impartial men, we deemed It inexpedient to investi gate any of the matters which had fallen under their observation, and confined our examination to what had taken place since the making of their report. We found that a large amount of the tes timony that was produced in support of the charges was from persons occupying po sitions which naturally prejudiced them against the accused, and we are satisfied that much of the testimony given by such witnesses was unreliable and much exag gerated by reason of the influences under w-hich it was given. To the testimony of the convicts and ex-convicts, we give all the weight that testimony from such sources is entitled to, and we found that on the whole, such testimony was favorable to the accused, instead of condemnatory The convicts generally Informed us that their treatment was free from any cruelty or un just punishment, and man." of them frank ly admitted that it was quite as good if not better, than they deserved. The con sensus of opinion among the convi-ts that we examined was that the regulations of the prison were just and fair, and that _ny convict living up to them had no cause to complain of either the rules or the disci pline of the prison, and that it was only those prisoners who willfully violated the rule* of the prison that were involved in any difficulties with the officers. Nature of the <l'ei»tin_ony. We found, as ___.. investigation progressed that all the evidence of harsh treatment to convicts converged towards three or four occurrences whleb^ had happened within the period of our investigation, and, in each of these cases, all of which Involved gross ly, serious and dangerous violations of the discipline of the prison, the force used wa« in our judgment, entirely justifiable and necessary for the preservation offered and the safe conduct of the institution. The force exerted in these cases, when stand ing alone and unexplained, could readily be regarded as excessive, but, when fully pos sessed of the causes which made It nec-5".. --_£.___° i_ tt 2 knowl P d Sf that instantaneous action Is demanded in such cases th-it repression must come first, and investlea ion after, by those in authority, grea. lat ,tUlT T,l 8t YeV c allowe d to officers e,cc_yplng such difficult positions, and we did 77,1 find that It had been abused In the in dances to which our attention was called s A prison of the character and n__enltii,i_, of the Minesota state prison at Sttuwa er containing as it does on an average about 500 convicts, many of whom are of the most desperate character, requires the en forcement of very strict discipline to en able k to be successfully managed and the officers occupying the positions which t r r , _li re „ thPn, f ,° enf ?'"_ e ""* discipline to be successful, must be men of absolute fearlessness and unyielding determination or else the prison would be in a state of that would utterly destroy l S K.. 6 , ef " lness a penal or reformatory es tablishment. The violation of a rule un der certain circumstance.. might be con sidered trivial in its consequences, but ln a . pr 0.?,. wlth a Papulation such as is found at Stillwater, the same misdemeanor if not immediately and thoroughly suppressed and punished, might, and necessarily would produce the most disastrous effects Our legislature, in regulating the con duct of the state prison, seems to have been thoroughly impressed with the neces sity of the absolute maintenance of disci pline of the. prison. Section 7479 of the General Statutes of 1894, provides as fol lows: Matter nit Discipline. "When any convict offers violence to any officer or guard of the prison, or to any person or convict, or attempts to do any injury to the buildings, or any workshop, or to any appurtenances thereof, or dis obeys or resists any reasonable commands or any officer or guard, such officers and guards shall use all reasonable means to defend themselves and to enforce the ob servance of discipline." Under that provision. Ie enforcement of the discipline at the state prison at Still water ls largely entrusted to the deputy warden, the guards and keepers under him also possessing the authority to suppress insubordination when it occurs in their presence. The deputy warden acts judici ally in tne hearing of complaints against convicts and the inflktion of punishment for infractions of the rules. He holds a court in his office every day, and each con vict complained of has ah opportunity to be heard in explanation of his conduct: and as far as we could determine, and the rec ords are very full and the testimony abundant, we believe that the deputy war den has exercised his authority in that re spect judiciously and mercifully, and has never been guilty of any conduct that waa not justifiable within necessary bounds and restrictions. Two occasions "where harsh conduct was complained of were presented to us, one of which was where a convict ln one of the workshops had procured an ax and was terrorizing the guards and his fellow convicts: and the other was a case where a convict had fortified himself in a shoeshop, with an armful erf cutting imple ments, and was throwing them promis cuously at the guards ln the shop. In both these instances, the deputy warden exhibit ed a degree or courage- and determination that was highly commendable, and, almost .Ingle-handed, disarmed the convicts and restored order. The general aim of the prison govern ment is to impress upon the convicts the benefit to them of good behavior on their part. The prisoners are divided into three grades— flrst, second and third. When a convict arrives at the prison, he is put into the second grade and instructed that by good conduct, he can work up into the first grade, which extends his privileges and shortens his term of Imprisonment: and he is also informed and instructed that any violation of the prison rules on his part will subject him to degradation to the third grade, which lessens his privileges and prevents shortening of the dura tion of his imprisonment. These various grades are distinguishable by the dress worn by the convicts in each grade, and we were much pleased to discover that a very large majority of the convicts were in the flrst grade: a much lesser number in the second, and very few In the third, most or the latter being incorrigibles. It is ap parent, therefore, that it largely rests with Continued on Third Page. DUPUY TAKES HIS LEAVE SPANISH MINISTER SAYS GOOD-BYE TO WASHINGTON - Friend* at the Station to See Him Off, hut No Formalities of Any Kind Marked His Departure Routine Work at the Legation Re sumed hy Senor dv Bosc. WASHINGTON, Feb. 15.— The late Spanish minister, Senor Dupuy de Lome, accompanied by Mme. de Lome, their two sons and a Spanish valet, left Washington at 4 o'clock this af ternoon for New York, whence they sail tomorrow for Liverpool. A large delegation from the diplo matic corps, accompanied by their wives, gave a hearty au revoir at the station to their late associate. Mme. de Lome carried a bouquet of red roses, and several baskets of flowers were carried by the attendants and placed In the car occupied by the De Lome party. The entire staff of the Spanish le gation, headed by Senor dv Bosc, the charge d'affaires, were present, and others at the station were Count and Countess de Lichterve.de, of the Bel gian legation; Viscount and Viscount ess de Sauto-Thyrso, of the Portuguese legation; Mr. Pioda,. the Swiss minis ter; Gen. Rengifo, of the Colombian legation; Baron Riedl, of the Austrian legation; Mr. de Wecherlein, the min ister of The Netherlands; the Duke de Arcos, of Spain; Mr. Gana, the Chilean minister, and Mme. Gana, and Senor Corea, of the Central American lega tion. Mme. Gana brought a handsome bouquet and handed It to Mme. de Lome just before the train pulled out. Senor de Lome passed among his for mer associates, giving them a warm farewell, and Mme. de Lome waved her adieus to the men and embraced the ladies. Quite a number of out siders were attracted by the gather ing,- but further than that the min ister's departure was entirely quiet and unobtrusive. Senor dv Bosc, the Spanish charge d'affaires, was busy at the legation of fice today with extended communica tions just received from Madrid. These did not relate to the recent incident. The legation is now turning its atten tion to other subjects, mainly to the new commercial treaty between Spain and the United States. Mr. dv Bosc has not been officially advised from Madrid of the appointment of Senor Luis y Polo Bernabe as minister at Washington. He is well known among the offi cials here, coming from a family of diplomats and having had an extend ed diplomatic service himself. It is thought that the fact that he was chief of the commercial section of the for eign offlce accounts for his choice, as this position has given him a hand in the commercial negotiations now ap proaching the final stage. NEW YORK, Feb. 15.— T. Estrada Palma, head of the Cuban junta, -has received a letter from Gen. Maximo Gomez, commander-in-chief of th" Cu ban army, dated at Mayajagua, Feb. 3. It says in part: "Our forces have been very active since the promulgation of autonomy by the Spanish government. We see in it Spain's weakness and feel now more sanguine of our success than ever be fore. Autonomy has had the advan tage to rid us from some of the unde sirable elements In our ranks. \W trust It may serve to still purge our army of men of the ilk of Masso Parra. Cuervo and other Majases Coi. Ar mando Sanchez Agramonte, with 600 men. attacked a Spanish convey three days ago and captured thirty pack mules, with ammunition and a regi mental strong box with $10,000. The Spanish commandr-r and fifteen pri vates were killed in the first charge." LONDON, Feb. 15.— A special from Madrid says the populace of that city ls greatly enraged, owing to the belief that the Spanish cabinet has apologizi d to the United States. The populace, the dispatch adds, is bitterly opposed to such a course, and exceedingly hos tile to the government, and may make a demonstration. In conclusion the dispatch says: "The people prefer war to an apology, thinking that Spain will suffer the least thereby, as war would be ex ceedingly disastrous to the large com merce of the United States." FORTY FISHERMEN LOST. Blown Out Into Lake Erie and It Is Feared That None Will He Saved. BUFFALO, N. V.. Feb. 15.— A num ber of men, estimated at between twenty f.nd thirty, who were fishing through the ice on Lake Erie several miles up the lake, are believed to have lost their lives or are adrift on the ice on the lake. A heavy wind, blowing from the east, caused the ice to break away from the shore and nothing can now be seen or heard of the men. A large rescue party are on their way through a blinding snow storm up the lake shore, but will not return before morning. NO NEWS OF THE NEVADA. Authentic Information Regarding the Probable Disaster Is Still Wanting. SEATTLE. Wash., Feb. 15.— N0 fur ther news has been received concern ing the reported loss of the Clara Ne vada in Alaskan waters. Owing to the many conflicting rumors, hopes for her safety have not yet been aban doned. On. account of the remoteness of the scene of the reported disaster, it is impossible to get anything au thentic. Unless some unexpected steamer arrives no definite news is ex pected before next Thursday. The latest report was the one brought down by the steamer Excelsior, which j arrived today. Capt. Donnelson said that just before he left Juneau the steamer Coleman arrived and reported that wreckage and bedding marked "Hassler" had been washed ashore at Seward. He said: "The Clara Nevada was formerly a government vessel known as the Hass ler, and I have no doubt that she is at the bottom of the se-a, at least such of her and her effects as was not burned, for the Seward citizens report having seen a blazing vessel on the water." The Excelsior arrived at Juneau Aye hours after the steamer Rosalie, which reported passing the Clara Nevada. JUNEAU, Alaska. Feb. 8 (via Seat tle, Wash., Feb., 15.)— During the last four days a terrible blizzard has been raging along the coast from the head of Lynn canal to Fort Wrangel. Ac counts differ as to the number of bliz zard victims, varying from seventeen to twenty-seven. There are no means at present of getting at the facts. MINISTER ANGELL TO RESIGN. Will Resume His Duties at Michigan University Next Fall. GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 15— James B. Angell, Minister to Turkey, has writ ten Regent Roger W. Butterfield that he will resign his post and return in time to i resume his duties as president of the Alicbt- | I _i_.i. state university next fall. PRICE TWO CENTS-J 0 '' T «"'« ZZll I FIVE c.:\ts. The Globe's Bulletin WEDNESDAY. FEGI.C-VRY t'l, IS9B. Light Snow; Warmer— See Page 4, Col. 1. Page 1. U. S. Cruiser Maine Blown Up. Prison Officials Exonerated. Populist Conference in Minneapolis. De Lome Takes His Leave. All Eyes on the State of Oregon. Paae -. Louis Nash Named for Mayor. Country Merchants Are Coming. Indictments Wanted Against Officials. The Vallee-Michaud Wedding. Potatoes Are Going East. Page 3. Sporting. Yon Der Ahe to Be Free Today. Sixteen Bills Passed by the House. Page 4. Editorial. Pushing the Snelling Project. Senator Harris Inquisitive. I'age 5. News of the Northwest. Address of the Silver Leaders. Bank Cashier Under Arrest. Page G. Stocks Strong and Higher. Bar Silver, 55% c. Cash Wheat In Chicago, $1. I'age 7. The Twin Cities. The Trial of Emile Zola. An Accident Which May Prove Fatal. Marriages, Births and Deaths. rage 8. To Prevent Cruelty to Animals. Barbers Give a Reception. Fares on the Prairie Roads. No Street Car Lines in the Parks. TO-DAY. Metropolitan— "Miss PMlidelphli," 2:30, 8:15. Grand— "A Naval Cadet," 2:.., 8:15. ATI-ANTIC LINERS. NEW YORK- Arrived: Berlin, Antwerp. Sailed: Bovic, Live_ix>3l. LEGHORN— Arrive.: Alsatia, New York. ANTWERP — Arrived: Fri.dar.d, New Ycrk. .MARSEILLES — Sailed: Massa'.la, New York. GIBRALTAR— Arrived: Al'.er, New York I for Naples; Kaiser Wilhelm 11., New York for Naples. ALL EYES ON OREGON WESTERN STATE THE STORM CENTER OF POLITICS AT PRESENT Both Parties Will Strive fur Vletory Next Jane for the .Moral Effect on the Rest of the < ountry Mr. ' Towne Already Making Silver Speeches Through the state. Washington Bureau St. Paul Globe, ) Corcoran Building. \ Special to The St. Paul Globe. WASHINGTON, Feb. 15.— The atten- j I tion of politicians here is now turned ! , toward Oregon, where in June the first ' i members of the Fifty-sixth congress , will Le chosen. Although a small stare election results there will be of ex- ! traordinary interest, as indicating the trend of affairs political through) 'it the country and as presaging the No- j veraber results. Since the new alignment of parties ; | on the silver issue Oregon has been I remarkably close, and to an extent an accurate thermometer of Northwest ern sentiment. Two years ago, it will be recalled, the results came ln Just before the ! R< publican national convention as- j sembled in St. Louis, and. although th" Republicans carried the state, the mar- i gin was so narrow a.s to be somewhat disquieting. In the first district Thom as 11. Tongue, Republican, received 19, --355 votes against 19,296 for W. 8. Van- i derburg, his Populist competitor. In I the Second district, which Includes the ! city of Portland. William H. Ellis re ceived 17.617 votes, against 17,239 for Martin Quinn, Populist. There were also Independent and j Democratic candidates in each district, but these figures indicate the running j strength of the two great parties. In : the presidential election, the Novem- , ber following, after a prolonged and i bitter struggle, MeKinley received 48.- , 772 votes and Bryan 46.662, which cor roborated the impression that the state was still close. Ex-Representative Charles A. Towne, ! of Minnesota, the Silver Republican ! orator, has already gone to Oregon on a speaking tour and, from present indi cations, both parties are likely to put their heaviest .artillery Into that state between now and next June. Besides these two congressional dis tricts, the legislature to be chosen will ! elect a senator for the term expiring March 3, 1903, to fill the existing va cancy. ENGLISH LORD SENT TO JAIL Five-Year Sentence Imposed on j William Neville for Def rand lag a Money Lender. LONDON. Feb. 15.— 1n the central i criminal court today, Lord William Neville, forth son of the Marquis of Abergavenny, who was placed on trial, charged with fraud in connection with the suit of "Ram" Lewis, the money- j lender, against Lieut. Spencer Clay, to recover £11 113, due on two promissory I notes cashed by Lord Neville, pleaded | guilty of fraud, but claimed he was net guilty of forgery. He was sentenc ed to five years penal servitude. No celebrated case has ever bef< re brought such a fashionable crowd to the Old Bailey. Broughams blocked the approaches and ladies ln tru ir smartest frocks overflowed the Jury j box and barristers' seats. Lady N< - ville was present. The prisoner was ; evidently ill at ease, but he answered j to the indictment in clear tones. The prisoner was hurried off to New gate prison, where he was allowed an j interview with his wife, and another j lady. After the interviews, Lord Ne ville was removed to Wormwood Scrubbs prison. The prisoner's face I did not evince much surprise at the se- | verity of the sentence, but his unsteady gait upon leaving the prisoner's dock showed that he had been hard hit. The sentence caused a great sensa tion among those present in court, and many of the ladies there broke out into sobs. MRS. BERTOCH CONFESSES. She Waa a Party to the Murder of Ber First Husband. CLINTON, 10., Feb. 15.— Mrs. Ertiw t:ne Bertoeh, who is under arrest charged wi;h complicity in the murder of her fir;t hus- ' band, Charles Selheusen, today confessed the details of the crime. She says Theo3cre [ Bertoeh, whom she afterwards marri-d, put poison in preserves in the presence of her- ' self aud her son. William Selheusen. Hf. husband ate heartily of the preserves and ; died. PertOL'h is now on trial for the crime, but ' his wife's confession cannot be used against j him under the state laws. MAY RESULT IX A DRAW TODAY'S MINNEAPOLIS FIGHT BETWEEN POPULIST FACTIONS It Mr. Donnelly Is Admitted the I>„ p . ulist State Committee Mh> He Composed of Ten Fusion!**. „„,i Ten Mld-Roader« Senator* I.„t_ ler and Dubois in Town. The fight, which is to come today, be tween the fusion element and the mid. readers at the meeting of the state central committee of the Populists, ia Minneapolis, is growing warm, and it now promises to b e almost a draw \ great deal depends upon what action the committee takes upon a proxy that is said to be in the possession of Igna tius Donnelly, who i . not himself a member of the committee. If Mr Don nelly is admitted the committee may stand even up on the proposition of an early convention. But as Mr. Donnelly has no my as to his own standing upon the committee, it Is probable that ha may be turned down. Lr.st night the fuslonists were all In a flutter. They had heard that Chair man Gibbs was coquetting with th. mid-readers, and they also heard that he was t<> have a conference with Don nelly and his cohorts. i n order to head ofl this meeting .Mr. Gibbs was senl out to dine last evening with Senator ion. ler, with the understanding that he waa t" return in time to confer with M ssrs. Bowler, Lynch and others at the West hotel at 8:30 o'clock. .Messrs. Gibba and Butler returned at the appointed time but the former gentleman slipp 6 away and kept his appointment with tie mid readers. When this was known as a fact no time was lost in .tending a committee after the recreant chairman to bring him back to tbe Wesl hotel. The committee wer.t direct to the Windsor and found their worst suspic ions verified. Gibbs was there and so was Donnelly. What happened tier no one knows save those present, but the committee soon returned to" tiie W. Bt hotel with Mr. Gibbs in Hie r c >m pa ny. This feeling of suspicion toward Chairman Gibbs is very pronounced among the adherents of fusion. and they make no bones of classifying tlie chairman among tlie mid-roaders, al though they hope he may be brought tc see the error of his ways and act v ith them. The state central committee is com posed of twenty-one members, or three from each congressional district, and of that number the fuslonists admit that tin- following nine gentlemen are mid roaders: t. J. Melghen. A. P. Rudolph, H. A. Swain, H. V. Poore, E. W Bon ham, J. W. Lydiard, David Cochran, Lewis Hanson and Dr. Chris Johnson. Inasmuch as tin- strength of mid roaders is admiti. d by their opponents, it is more than possible that there are others who may be added to the list. One of the committee is out of tie state, and that leaves the committee but twenty-one members. Tims it can be seen, if Ignatius Donnelly is admit ted upon a proxy, it would give the mid-road element ten votes, or half. This plain statement of the standing of the committee sh ays tint, if Mr Donnelly is admitted today, it will only be after the hottest kind of a Qght. Senators Marion Butler and Frederic Dubois arrived i n Minneapolis yester day morning over the Wisconsin i tral, instead of the St. Louis road as had been arranged by the local i tion committee, and in consequent c there was a repetition of the fiasco which attended the arrival of Mr Bry an last month, though the local people were not at all to blame in the mat ter, there being a misunderstanding which could not be corrected in time Consequently, the two gentlemen wend ed their way to the West hotel unat tended, and were seated at the break last table when ti,,. committee discov ered their v, herea bouts. The coming of William Jem l ryan, which had been announced by an Associated Press dispatch, was free ly discussed, but was not believed by the party leaders, Inasmuch as Mr Bryan had not been Invited to partici .' at . At a late hour no word bad been received from Bryan, ai d coming was r.ot considered a possibil ity. A story was current that the lo cal silver Republicans had taken it upon themselves to ask- Mr. Bryan to !••■ present, but it. oould nol be verified Th ■ Populists were chary of touching upon the subject, as it was considered by them to 1,.. Bon .thing which it would be good politics for ihem to avoid, because, as th y stat ed, of the appearance it would give of turning the demons! ration j,- Democratic gathering. They would n .: wire to Lincoln to discover the truth of the report, saying that, if Mr. Bryan did come, it would b.- so much to the . • od and a dispensation of Provid. Hut, if he did not come, they would bave nothing with which to reproach th< mselves. Senator Butler declared that he knew nothing of any attempt to Becure Bryan's presence, and Mr Dub', is expressed equal ignorance Therefore, if the young Nebraska.. does arrive this morning, it will be not bi cause of any invitation reoeivi d from those having charge of th.- meeting. A telegram was received from ./din Lind late in the evening saying that he could not be present, but it had a postscript Baying that lie would wire again this morning and might I th" city ln time for the evening ings. Accordingly the committee will bave his name upon the programme. Mr. Dul. .is also received a telegram from Congressman Hartman, dated Washington, in which he stated that bis physician had promised to get him to Chicago Wednesday morning, and that hf- would wire from there today. It is thought he will be present. After Messrs. Butler, Weave and Dubois had breakfasted, they taken in charge by School Insp W. K. Hi'-ks, and in company with Messrs. Dobbyn and Lynch were taken in carriages to the South Side school, where each of the three ad • .1 the scholars briefly. The arrangements for today's meet ings are unchanged from yesterday's announcements. The meeting ol general committees will be called to order at _ o'clock at Labor temple by Chairman Gibbs. This m ;i be o] n to all and will be addressed by Senator Butler. The senator will read an address sent out from V. ington yesterday by the national • mittee, which apepars in another col umn. At 2 o'clock the state central mittee ls scheduled to meet at the Windsor hotel, and it .is fxp. this meeting will be executive, it it here that the real fight will come and, if possible, the fuslonists make it open to all, that their op ponents may be placed upon record. At least, that is what they say. At 10:46 Senator Butler and ex-S'-n --ator Dubois are expe.-t'-d t,, .-obi: - students at th- state university. The exposition me- ting will open at 7 o'clock, th-- doors being thrown at 6. Th.- speakers will be Chairman Putler, Senator Butler, Gen. W< John Lind and Senator Ringdahl if Congri ssman Hartman is present, he will also be called upon. Chairman Gib. c last evening that the prospects for harmontout lion today w re very bright In opinion. He expected that the would d cide to call th* convention at a reasonably early though he hardly thought the question of fusion shonH cut much figure in that connection. Fusion was which should properly be •ntrusted to the state convention for action.