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VOL. XXI.— NO. 47.
American Battleship in the
Harbar of Havana To
tally Destroyed.
Greater Part of Those on
Board Asleep When the
Crash Came.
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.
The windows were broken in all the
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
Admiral Manterola has ordered that
boats of all kinds should go to the as
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 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
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
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
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
''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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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."
Blown Out Into Lake Erie and It Is
Feared That None Will He
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
Authentic Information Regarding
the Probable Disaster Is Still
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
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.
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.
ZZll I FIVE c.:\ts.
The Globe's Bulletin
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.
Yon Der Ahe to Be Free Today.
Sixteen Bills Passed by the House.
Page 4.
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.
Metropolitan— "Miss PMlidelphli," 2:30, 8:15.
Grand— "A Naval Cadet," 2:.., 8:15.
NEW YORK- Arrived: Berlin, Antwerp.
Sailed: Bovic, Live_ix>3l.
LEGHORN— Arrive.: Alsatia, New York.
ANTWERP — Arrived: Fri.dar.d, New
.MARSEILLES — Sailed: Massa'.la, New
GIBRALTAR— Arrived: Al'.er, New York I
for Naples; Kaiser Wilhelm 11., New York
for Naples.
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
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
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 ;
PertOL'h is now on trial for the crime, but '
his wife's confession cannot be used against j
him under the state laws.
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
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
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.

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