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VOL. XXII.—NO. 225.
Former President Casimir-Pcrier
Asks That He Be Confronted by
Mercier, in Order That He May
Refute His Testimony—Dreyfus
Also Challenged the "War Minis-
ter Who Secured His Conviction.
RENNES, Fiance, Aug. 12.— Dreyfus
is guilty he must possess superhuman
nerve, for he listened to Gen. Mercier'**
pitiless arraignment this morning until
he approached the end of his deposi
tion with sphinx-like rigidity of features,
but watching Mercier like a cat watch
ing a mouse. No one could have sus
pected the volcano within Dreyfus,
which burst forth when human flesh
and blood could stand it no longer. Tha
only sign of the fire within was his
heaving bosom and the parching of his
lips and palate, which he occasionally
moistened with his tongue. A casual
observer might have missed these indi
cations and have Imagined he was an
image cut in stone, with the eyes fixed
on Mercier. But when, at last, his feel
ing obtained the mastery, and he sprang
to his feet and faced his accuser, man
to man, one appreciated the depth of his
previously suppressed emotions, and
Mercier, who, startled, had. jumped to
his feet at the ringing sound of Drey
fus' voice, from the chair In which he
was seated while giving his evidence, re
coiled before the terrible look Dreyfus
threw at him, and stood aghast, won
dering whether the prisoner was going
to spring upon him.
Col. Jouaust and the other members
tl the court, In the meantime, had risen
and seized the two men, while the court
rang with the cheers of the spectators.
Gen. Mercier, when he had finished his
testimony, according to general opinion,
had said really nothing, and had proved
nothing. The overwhelming proofs he
was to have thrown down before the
members of the court-martial like a
bombshell failed to appear, and he left
the court discredited. _,
Though the general was cheered by
the crowd outside of the court, none of
them had witnessed the scene in the
court, or listened to Mercier's weak tes
timony. Moreover, the crowds have al
ways been anti-Dreyfusards. Counter
shouts of "Vive republique" and "Vive
la justice" were raised by those leaving
the court room, but the gendarmes
quickly cleared the streets on both
sides and dispersed the crowd quietly.
The curtain rose today on the same
theater-like scene as Monday. The
Judges, in uniform, were seated on the
stage, behind the dark, cloth-covered ta
ble, nil which. In a row, were their kepis',
with gay colored plumes and heavy gold
lace bands. Every inch of the court was
occupied, in expectation of a sensational
scene. There were mere ladies present
than on Monday. The personage known
as Mme. Blanche (the white lady), who
has attended every move in the Dreyfus
affair, was again present today, wearing
a superb set of pearls. But owing to th •
expressed objections of Col. Jouaust she
changed her conspicuous place on th.
right behind him for a more modest, but
still noticeable, position In the body of
the hall. There was a large sprinkling
of uniforms among the audience, and a
row of soldiers, with fixed bayonets, was
again arranged at the bottom of-the hall,
and rendered honors in the customary
manner to the judges as the latter enter
ed or left the court.
The proceedings opened tamely, and the
hopes of a sensational sitting began to
flag as the morning wore on and matters
began to get tedious as M. Casimir-Per
ier and Gen. Mercier reiterated what ls
already known. But this was only the
calm before the storm, and when the
storm broke it carried every one in court
with it into a whirlpool of the wildest
Dreyfus, on entering the court today
saluted the president with the same
studied mien as last Monday, and the
president, Col. Jouaust, returned the sa
lute and said:
"Sit down Dreyfus."
The chair for the prisoner was placed
further to the right of the platform to
day. Instead of facing the judges, Drey
fus sat with his back to the table of his
counsel, thus looking across the platform
straight at the rail at which the wit
nesses stood. Col. Jouaust, immediately
after the court had settled down, opened
the proceedings by asking Dreyfus the
following question:
"In January, 1895, the director of the
penitentiary of the He de Rue, In the
course of duty, searched the clothes you
brought from the prison. He found this
document in an inside pocket of your
The president here handed Dreyfus a
paper, and said:
"Do you recognize it as having be
longed to you?"
Dreyfus—Yes, my colonel.
Jouaust—"Whose was it?
Jouaust—Will you tell me how and un
der what circumstances this document
came into your possession?
Dreyfus—lt is a document I used dur
ing my trial. In order to discuss the
value of the bordereau, I wished to keep
Jouaust—The military code gives you
the right to have a copy of the docu
ments in your case. This document
therefore, was legitimately in your pos
session. Why do you wish to keep it?
Dreyfus—As a souvenir of the text of
the bordereau. .
Jouaust—That was not proper, and
therefore,lt was taken from you. I mere
ly wished to elucidate this point. That
will do.
Col. Jouaust then asked Maj. Carriere
if he had any observations to make in
behalf of the government. The major
replied by asking to have Dr. Ransom's
report on Dreyfus read, which the clerk
of the court did. The report deals with
the measures of surveillance over Drey
fus adopted during the voyage of the
prisoner to Cayenne, and said among
other things that he was seen on board
seated on a stool and weeping.
M. de la Roche-Vernet.a secretary at
tached to the French embassy at Ber-
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lin, was the next, witness called. Al
though he was scared, there was no hesi
tation in his replies. He said he acted
as the transmitting agent of the ministry
of war, and ministry of foreign affairs,
which was a very minute and compli
cated matter. Several drafts, he ex
plained, were flrst made, and finally an
official translation was drawn up which
was the same as since published. Ques
tioned respectively regarding the drafts
and the translations, he said they were
purely hypothetical, the first part only
having two words "Capt. Dreyfus," of
which the translators were really sure,
the sense being to the effect that Drey
fus had been arrested and that he had
no relations with Germany.
M. Paleologue, of the French foreign
office, was then called and disagreed to
some of this witness' statements. But
the net result.of the two witnesses' re
plies to MM. Labori and Demange was
that never In translation was there any
question of relations with Germany. M.
Labori, on eliciting the foregoing, showed
evident satisfaction. . .. - .. ;.*,._
The witness' rail was empty for a few
moments, and then Col. Jouaust said sol
"Bring in the next witness."
An infantry sergeant seated beneath
Maj. Carriere's desk then walked to the
middle of the court, where, in a crimson
armchair, placed there for distinguished
witnesses, sat Casimir-Perier, formerly
president of France. The latter rose,
conducted by the soldier, and ascended
the platform. He was dressed in a black
frock coat, with the rosette of the Legion
of Honor at his buttonhole, and light
check trousers, and carried a silk hat in
his hand. In response to the usual ques
tions he said:
"I am 52 years old. No profession. I
was formerly president of the republic."
Col. Jouaust then asked:
"Did you know the accused prior to
the acts of which he is charged?"
M. Casimir-Perier—No, M. le President.
Jouaust—You were president of the re
public at the time of the arrest of Capt.
Dreyfus. In this position you were able
to have many particulars upon the cir
cumstances and causes of his arrest. I
beg you to kindly communicate them to
the court.
Casimir-Perier (in loud voice)— le
President, you ask me to speak the truth
and all the truth. 1 have sworn to do it.
I will speak without reticence, without re
serve, in its entirety. Whatever I may
have said in the pastwhatever people
may believe and say, which unfortunate
ly is not the same thing, that I alone am
aware of incidents and facts which might
throw light and that I have not hitherto
said justice ought to know that it is
false. I will not leave this place with
out saying all. I Intend to do this, not
because I can add anything useful to
what I have already said, but out of re
quest to my conscience and the judges
and to take the opinion of men of good
faith. I will not leave this place until I
have left an unalterable conviction that
I know- nothing Which might throw light
on the case, and that I have said all I
The former president then, in a loud
and distinct voice, repeated the evidence
he had given before the court of cassa
tion. He leaned, while speaking, against
the witness rail and referred to a scrap
of paper which he held in his hand. The
witness read the text of the dispatch re
ceived by Count yon Munster-Leyden
burg, the German ambassador at Paris,
from Prince Hohenlohe, the German im
perial chancellor, which the former com
municated to M. Casimir-Perier.during a
visit to the Elysee palace. It ran:
"His majesty, the emperor, having ev
ery confidence in the loyalty of the pres
ident of the republic, and the government
of the republic, begs your excellency to
tell M. Casimir-Perier that it is proved
the German embassy was never implicat
ed in the Dreyfus affair. His majesty
hopes the government of the republic
will not hesitate to declare.so. Without
a formal declaration the legend which
here continues to spread regarding the
German embassy would compromise the
position of the representative of . Ger
many. —"Hohenlohe."
M. Casimir-Perier then recounted how
he had expressed to the then premier and
minister of war his astonishment and in
dignation at the interview which Capt.
le Brun-Renaud gave the Figaro on the
subject of Dreyfus. The witness then
told Of Col. Piquart's visit to the Elysee
at the time of the trial, in 1894, to inform
him that M. Bertillon's demonstrations
had little effect on the judges. He added:
"All that was done and said among the
ministers was done without my knowl
The witness then related the facts in
connection with the futile efforts of M.
Waldeck-Rousseau to prevent the first
court-martial in sitting behind closed
doors, and, said he, the witness had never
received any member of the Dreyfus fam
ily. M. Casimir-Perier concluded this
part of his statement by raising his voice
and speaking very excitably, saying:
"For the honor of the chief magistracy,
which I occupied—for the honor of the
republic— will not allow it to be said
that I had exchanged a word with a cap
tain in the French army accused of trea
This statement caused applause in court,
which Col. Jouaust speedily suppressed,
threatening to clear the hall if there was
any repetition of it. Many people in the
court room thought M. Casimir-Perier
was somewhat theatrical in this utter
ance, as he had turned and delivered it as
much to the audience as to the court.
The former president ended his statement
by stating:
. "I affirm before this tribunal of soldiers
that my resignation was not connected
with the diplomatic incident concerning
Germany. It pains me not to be able to
second the court In the work of justice
confided to it, for from this place must
emerge at last,, for the sake of the coun
try, reconciliation and peace. I can do no
more than tell the truth, the whole truth
and nothing but the truth. As chief of
state or when a citizen I have always, in
my respect for France, regarded her as
free to make a decision as she is herself
revered. (Applause, which was quickly
Various questions were then asked M.
Casimir-Perier by the assistant judge
and M. Demange on the subject of Capt.
Le Brun-Renaud's statement that Drey
fus had confessed to him, and the witness
mid emphatically that, he never had from
Capt. Le Brun-Renaud any communica
tion such as a confession during the
captain's visit to him. He added that he
was not prepared to deny that Gen. Mer
cier had told Capt. Le Brun-Renaud to
communicate the alleged confession, but
he affirmed that the captain did not
speak of it to him.
M. Demange then introduced the ques
tion of the letter which the anti-Drey
fusards assert Dreyfus wrote to M. Casi
mii-Perier, and in which it was claimed
he spoke of engagements entered into by
M. Casimir-Perier respecting him. The
witness emphatically replied that he had
never entered Into any such engagement
as alleged, and he asked that the letter
which was published by the Eclaire, of
Paris, should bt produced in court, and
that the whole matter be cleared- up, M.
Casimir-Perier ended this statement with
a slap of his hand on the rail 'of.the' desk.
. Col. Jouaust then asked Dreyfus if he
had anything to say. Thereupon the pris
oner arose and, accompanying his utter
ances with gestures of his right hand,
said- >v ....
"My words have certainly been distort
ed, for I-have no .recollection of such a
letter. The words .of . the former
president of the republic has " just
uttered are exact. I have never, even
Continued on Sixth Page.
Unfortunates Crazed With Thirst
Appeal to Gov. Gen. Davis for
Relief—Four Important Towns
Destroyed by the Hurricane—
Telegraph Lines Down and Roads
Rendered. Impassable.
SAN JUAN, Porto Rico, Aug. - 12.—
Five hundred bodies lie in improvised
morgues at Ponce awaiting identification.
The deaths in the vicinity of Ponce will
aggregate 1,000.
Couriers from the south who have
brought the governor news of the state
of affairs say that the city of Ponce
Is a scene of awful destruction.
During the inundation that accompanied
the storm the ■ flood reached its
highest level at six feet, and now the
bodies of the drowned men, women and
children .and animals lie baking and de
composing in the mud.
One cannot get away from tire horrible
stench that arises, the couriers report,
without getting away from the city alto
gether, and the survivors are in mortal
dread of a plague breaking out before
the city can be cleaned and the bodies
The flood of salt water has polluted
every cistern ln the city, and mobs crazed
with thirst besiege Gen. Davis, com
manding the American force In the
Island, at every hour of the day, de
manding water, food, clothes and shel
At Humaeao, which ls forty-seven
miles from San Juan, over 100 of the 6,700
Inhabitants perished. * The news of the
disaster at Humaeao reached this place
by a courier who came to ask for as
sistance. He said that besides the ter
rible loss of life the city was practically
almost destroyed. All the churches are
reported in ruins
At Guayma, a village of 4,500 people,
forty-nine] miles from San Juan, on the
south coast, seven were killed. Twenty
were killed at Ca'yey, which is a little
village fourteen smiles from Guayam,
and the wagon road connecting the two
cities is flooded with water and blocked
with the debris of the destroyed build
The dead at Arroyo, in the southeast
part of the island, and five miles from
Guayma, number sixteen.
The couriers bring word that four im
portant towns have been destroyed en
tirely by the hurricane—Guayanilla, a
town having 600 inhabitants, fourteen
miles from Ponce; Guanica, a village of
1,000 inhabitants on the southern coast
six miles from Yauco, which lies be
tween Guayanilla and Ponce.
The inhabitants of these towns sought
safety in the fields, and are so terror
stricken that they are unable to give
the couriers any definite information re
garding the dead. It is known that a
great many people were killed and that
the suffering is intense. Couriers have
been dispatched to the scenes of de
struction. All the telegraph lines are
down and the roads are almost Impas
sable by reason of the floods.
Mrs. Guy V. Henry Appeals for the
Strleken^Porto Ricans.
PLATTSBURGH, N. X,' Aug. -12.-Since
.the recent tornado in Porto Rico, Gen.
and Mrs. Guy V. Henry, .who are' stop
ping at the Hotel Champlain. have been
deluged with telegrams as to the advisa
bility of sending assistance to these peo
ple. In reply Mrs. Henry asks the Asso
ciated Press to publish the following:
, r "4P peal for Porto Rico, by Mrs. Guy
V. Henry, president of the Colonial Aid
"In the midst of our work for the poor
women and children of Porto Rico, aided
by the Merchants' association of New
York city, comes the sad news of the
great distress brought upon that island
by a recent tornado. This suffering, add
ed to former poverty, appeals strongly to
all for immediate- - aid. for that poor,
patient, suffering people. The govern
ment, except by act of congress, can do
but little, and what they can do ls far
from all that Is required. Porto Rico,
with its lovable, loyal people, devoted
to the flag, Is in great distress. Let our
thoughtful care for them, in this dark
hour be the means of attaching them to
us by Irrevocable, bonds of-brotherhood. ;
May there be no standing back from a
hearty and generous response.
_. —"Mrs. Guy V. Henry." _„
The Merchant;? association of New York
city, at Broadway a_i<_ Leonard streets,
nave been asked, to receive and forward
all donations. .The secretary, William R.
Corwine; will give all the information and
take necessary a'ctibn.
Weather Forecaster Predicts Tron-
hie for. Florida.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12.—After re
ceiving tonight's report from the South
ern states, Prof. Garret, chief forecaster
for the weather bureau, said he did not
consider that the West Indian hurricane
had yet reached the j Florida coast, re
garding the high winds of today at Ju
piter and ether points in the southern
part of the state as a mere forerunner
of the storm which is yet to come. He
said it was evident that the center" of
the hurricane would enter the coast
scmewhere south of Jupiter. He fur
ther expressed the opinion that the
storm would curve on, hitting the coast,
turning northward -from the striking
point. He expected the hurricane to be
felt as far north .as Jacksonville and
Savannah tonight, and said that in all
probability Cape Hatteras would be
reached, at least by the advance gales,
within the next twenty-four hours.
• ■_'.- — f .- . * ; ■ . -
Secretary Root's Appeal for Porto
- Kicans Effective. -y" . .
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12.-Responses to
the appeal of Secretary Root for aid for
the suffering and destitute in Porto Rico
.are coming in from the mayors of the dif
ferent cities in the most gratifying man
ner. Promises of money, feed and cloth
ing are made, and it;.is said that the work
of relief which commenced at once will
be pushed with all vigor.
The war departrnent'is already assured
of having a full shipload for. the McPher
son, which sails next -Monday. The sec
retary* has designated .the Bank of North
America, New York, a* the repository for
funds, and Col. B. F. Jones, chief quar
termaster, to receive supplies and pro
visions. His office In the Army build
ing, on Whitehall street, New York. 7
•"' " ■ » —i — X"''- -,"-**
Rut for War_iii__, Great Damage
Might Have Been Done.'
PENSACOLA,** Fla., ; Aug. 12.-A ter
rific storm. swept*'over Pensacola and
vicinity this, afternoon. Warned by the
weather bureau of the appreach of the
west India hurricane, the people were
very uneasy, and there was much ex
citement. Rain fell In torrents, and the
velocity of the wind reached forty-two
miles an hour. All shipping had been
warned and was-snugly tied up. Sev
eral vessels • dragged anchors, but th<#e
was no serious dainasre. In two hours
the storm passed. The weather tonight
is clear and hot. ;: .
JIPITER escapes.
Storm Did Little Damage In That
JUPITER* Fla.. Aug. 12.-The day has
passed with no-further "touch of the
V. est India hurriciuie than a steady gale
which has not exceeded forty miresTper
hour. Tonight the 'speed of the wind Is
thirty-eight miles. The barometer reg
istered ..29.57. The seas are very heavy.
No shipping was visible at dark tonight.
It ls believed, owing to the direction of
the wind, that the storm is south by
southeast of this place, in the vicinity of
Nassau, N. P. .O-v^s
Former Clerk In -Cleveland Water
Works?/ AUtrea ted. .'.£.■ \_
CLEVELAND;" 0., i Atig. 12.—Alfred :E.
Davis, former clerk t» the water works
department under,, th? McKisson ad
ministration, was -irtpested today,- charg
ed with defrauding the city out of $1,900.
A council committee is -Investigating
the various department*; of the city
government, and it is stated that some
startling discrepancies have been dis
covered i
Is Ready to Rise in Favor of Gen.
Jiminez—Gen. Tore., bo Garcia Is
Expected From Cuba to Assume
Command of the. Revolutionary
Movement Against the Present
Government of Santo Domingo.
CAPE HAYTIEN, Aug. 12.-Twelve
hundred insurgents today ' crossed the
Yaque river, under fire of mitrailleuse.
In the engagement the government forces
lost eighteen men killed, but there were
no fatalities among the Insurgents.
A dispatch from Banaca announces that
the entire province of Noba is ready to
rise in favor of Gen.' Jiminez. Gen To
reybo Garcia is expected from Cuba to
assume command of the revolutionary
Doubts the Loyalty of a Former
Heureaux Minister.
HAVANA, Aug. 12.-Gen. Juan Isidio
Jiminez, the aspirant to the throne of
the Dominican republic, denies all
knowledge of an expedition of his being
captured off Jamaica. He asserts there
are no Santo Dominicans there. As for
Pedro Lleubras, at one time minister of
interior and police under the late M
Heureaux, he says that despite his claims
of friendship he doubts his loyalty
Lleubras, he says, has a bad record. He
belongs to the Heureaux clique, and he
believes he has gone to Santo Domingo
to _. to save the present government
which Jiminez is still sure cannot out
last the present month.
New York Bank Statement Should
:- * Restore Confidence.
NEW YORK, Aug. 12,-The Financier
says: .........
The statement of the clearing house
banks of New York city for the week
ending Aug. 12 was unexpectedly favor
able, the chief feature having been the
heavy increase of $6,383,800 in specie.
There was a decrease of nearly the
same amount in loans, and as deposits
remained stationary the gold expan
sion went to swell surplus reserve
bringing that item to $14,395,375, the
highest point touched since June 24 last.
"There is no doubt that factors that
were present, but unaccounted in the
previous statement, * have been operative
in the present exhibit. The transfers
of gold from the West and a return
movement of specie recently shipped
to,. Canada may have aided in swelling
the total for the current week, but a de
tailed analysis goes. '« show that $4,500,
--000. of the entire specie.gain Is reported
by one bank. The. institution also ex
panded its deposits by the same amount,
so that the remaining clearing house
banks really curtailed their outstanding
deposits by that amount.
"It is not known .whether the lending
of money in this center by interior banks
has influenced the statement. If such
has been the case.the loan-column might
be expected to show it. Looked at in
any light, however, the statement will
go far toward restoring a better feeling.
There has never been cause for appre
hension, at best, but the moral effect of
a display of strength, such as chron
icled, will prove beneficial in every way.
"The main question at present is to
what extent New York will be called
upon to aid in the crop movement..Best
advices now are that Interior' cities''are
well prepared to handle the situation,
and . that there will be little, if any]
drain on New York. There is nothing
in domestic exchange quotations to indi
cate a westward movement, and the
season is close at • hand when cereals
and cotton will flow outward in increas
ing quantities. The July figures now at
hand show a decided gain In domestic
product exports, and August and Sep
tember are expected to lfiake new rec
ords in this particular, thus paving the
way for gold imports later on."
Fair; Northerly Winds.
NEW YORK—Arrived: St. Paul, South
ampton; Umbria, Liverpool. Sailed:
Campania, Liverpool; Spaarndam, Rot
terdam; La Champagne, Havre.
LIVERPOOL— Britannia. New-
HONG KONG—Arrived: City of Rio de
Janeiro, San Francisco; Coptic, Port
land, Or. ■'-.-_ •*. •■-•'
SOUTHAMPTON — Arrived:* Koenigen
Luise, New York for Bremen.
METROPOLITAN, Vitascope pictures of
_Jeffrles-Fitzsimmons fight at 8 p. m.
Base ball at Lexington park, St. Paul
and Kansas City, at 3 p. m.
Lake Shore pavilion, vaudeville enter
tainment, afternoon and evening.
Como park, Minnesota State band, at
.8 p. iri. .■
Document Has Been Received at
State Department.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12.—The report of
the Samoan commission was received at
the . state department today. It is a
voluminous document, and until there has
been opportunity for officials to go over
its details will not be made public. Its
essential features are well known, how
ever, and include the abolition of the
kingship and the substitution of an ad
ministrator or governor general, agreed
upon by the three powers, and the adop
tion of certain measures of local govern
ment among the natives.
The report was accompanied by a pri
vate letter. from United States Commis
sioner Bartlett Tripp to Assistant Secre
tary Crldler, summing up what had been
done and giving much light on personal
phases of the Inquiry. Mr. Tripp took oc
casion to dispose of a report that the
failure of Mr. Eliot, the British commis
sioner, to return with the party on the
Badger had any International signifi
cance. He stated that Mr. Eliot had gone
home by way of New Zealand because he
had a sister living there and desired to
visit her. No mention was made of the
circumstances leading up to the retire
ment of Chief Justice Chambers.
Mr. Tripp will not come to Washington
at once, but will first go to his home in
Yankton. After going over the report
Mr. Cridler will make a summary, to be
forwarded to Secretary Hay. . z-.y
Now that the report is at hand, it re
mains for the three governments to de
termine whether the recommendation of
the commission is to be accepted, and as
yet there has been no step in that direc
Secretary Root and Gen. Breckin-
ridge Confer Upon It.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12. — Inspector
General Breckinridge had a brief inter
view with Secretary Root today on the
subject of his bureau. An Important fea
ture of the interview was a statement
by Secretary Root on the order relating
to the inspector general's department,
which was signed by Gen. Alger on July
31. This order has not yet been promul
gated, and Secretary Root said that it
was being considered as In proof and had
not yet been issued from the department,
and would still be subject to careful con
sideration before it was issued.
Gen. Breckinridge submitted to the sec
retary a statement which was in two
parts, one showing the custom in other
armies. and what had been the custom in
our army up to the present time. The
other was a statement showing the posi
tion of Gen. Breckinridge in the matter of
Inspections, pointing out the methods he
had adopted and making suggestions.
Gen. Breckinridge says he does not
think that it will be necessary for other
bureaus to forego the inspection of scien
tific and technical portions of their
work, but that a general Inspection
should also be made. These views he has
presented to the secretary, who will take
up the whole subject at a later date.
Mexican Troops Have Two Sharp
Encounters With Indians.
MEXICO CITY, Aug. 12.-Offlcial dis
patches received here today, under date
of Term, report two severe -battles be
tween the Mexican troops and Yaqui Indi
lans. One dated the 10th says:
"Today Gen. Torres "hay nad a new
encounter with the Indian rebels. The
federal troops came on the Indians near
the forest surrounding Vicain and a sharp
engagement followed in which thirty-sev
en Indians were killed, while the federal
loss was but ten. Today's Victory gives
much encouragement."
A dispatch dated the 11th says:
"At 5 o'clock this morning Gen. Torres
started out and with the Twelfth bat
talion and the National guard of the
state came on the abandoned camp of
the Indians, but fearing an ambuscade
sent out scouts to avoid a surprise. Soon
sharp firing from the Indians hidden in
the undergrowth was experienced, and
the fight became general. The enemy
fled, leaving seven dead on the field. Gen.
Torres received a slight wound, and there
were three killed and thirteen wounded."
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Big Consignment Made to China and
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Aug. 12.—The
British steamer Puritan cleared today for
New Chwang, China, and Vladivostock,
Siberia, with the largest cargo of rail
way material that has ever gone from
any port in the United States. She will
carry forty Baldwin locomotives and ten
ders and about eighteen steel bridges for
the Chinese Eastern railroads, besides
several thousand tons of miscellaneous
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Was Overcome by Heat While Mak
ing a Speech.
MAYFIELD, Ky., Aug. 12.-Wiliam
Goebel, Democratic nominee for governor,
opened his campaign here today at a
large meeting which was addresed by
him and ex-Senator Blackburn. When a
little over half through with his speech
Mr. Goebel was overcome by the heat
and fainted, but was quickly revived. He
was unable to proceed with his. speech,
however. At Bowling Green Congressman
Evan E. Settle was similarly overcome
while speaking for the Democratic ticket
Unfortunate Woman Who Feared
the Asylnm.
MUNCIE, Ind., Aug. 12.—Mrs. George
L. Bailey made an attempt at suicide to
day, this time with fire. A few days
ago the demented woman twice tried to
throw, her body In front of a train. To
day,^ after locking the door to the room,
she set fire to her bed and then covered
herself with the . blazing-*, covers, but
when the fire touched her . body she
screamed. "The .door.Was broken open
and the.fire extinguished, but not until
the flesh on her entire body was fairly
cooked. She cannot survive the injuries.
Fear of being taken to an asylum caused
the act. Her husband is a patentee of
articles used in foundries, and he was
connected with the Joseph Bell stove
works until recently.
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Its Utterance "Was In Direct Line
With That of Joseph Chamber
lain in His Latest Reference to
the Trouble With President Km.
Brer—Lady Randolph Churchill's
Engagement Opposed.
Copyrighted by the Associated Press.
LONDON, Aug. 12.-It ls but a short
step from the momentous reference to
the Transvaal in the queen's speech at
the prorogation of parliament, and the
final statement in the house of com
mons of the secretary of state for the
colonies, Joseph Chamberlain, the last
governmental- utterance of the session,
to a declaration of war, and it cannot'
be long now before the issue is known.
The queen's speech declares the position
of the queen's subjects in the South
African republic "is inconsistent with
the promise of equal treatment whereon
the grant of Internal independence to
that republic was founded, and In con
sequence, therefore, of constant danger
of disturbance in my possessions in
South Africa."
It is now explained that the ministers
therein explicitly declared the Trans
vaal must submit to the demands made
in the queen's name or accept the con
sequences. It is impossible to accept
the suggestion of Michael Davitt and T.
P. O'Connor, Irish Nationalist members
of parliament, and others, that the min
isters are merely conducting a. great
game of bluff, and it" may be taken for
granted that failing the acquiescence of
President Kruger to the British demands
they mean to compel acquiescence at the
point of the sword.
An official of the colonial office, speak
ing today, said:
"Surely the Americans realize that
their sympathies and interests are with
Great Britain over the Boer question.
There are a number of American out-.,
landers, and it is to. their benefit- as well -
as to those of the Britishers that these
reforms should be carried out. The case
of John Hays Hammond (the American
engineer who was imprisoned in the
Transvaal) ought to have brought the
situation home to the Americans. ,We
fully understand the underlying sym
pathy of the United States for all repub
lics, but the question. of interests,
whether American or British, ought to
have, nothing to do with republican
An article in Blackwood's Magazine by
an expert authority on the fighting ca
pacity of the Boers is attracting the at
tention of those interested in the situation.
The idea prevails here that war with the
Transvaal means a terrible, bloody strug
gle, which will severely tax the British
military . resources, will not be ended
without a vast expenditure of money and
will demand consummate 'leadership suc
cessfully to conclude it. This idea the
writes controverts. He shows that the
exaggerated estimate of the fighting
strength of the Boers is due to recollec
tions of the disastrous war of 1881, but
that then the British reverses were due
chiefly to insufficient force and under
rating of the strength and military quali
ties of the Boers.
Again, British marksmanship has Im
proved, while that of the Boers has de
teriorated, and, finally, it Is Improbable
that the government will embark on the
struggle 'without placing an anul'e force
at the disposal of the general In com
The writer concludes from all these con
siderations that an alarmist view would
only be justified if the quarrel should ex
tend over Cape Colony, Orange Free
State, Natal and Rhodesia, which is un
likely, but that it would be a mistake to
suppose that the conquest of the Trans
vaal, the Boers being left to themselves,
would be a task which would severely
test the British army or involve an alarm
ing expenditure.
The board of trade returns for July
have been received with chastened satis
faction. • While the totals Indicate con
siderable progress, an analysis shows that
the totals have not been swollen by raw
materials of manufacturers, and a large
percentage of this decrease is in machin
ery that has gone to their rivals. In
fact, it is useless to blink at the check
to English manufacture. The home
market is flooded with foreign articles,
and the exports are about the same as
they were a year ago. The newspapers are
comparing this situation with the bound
ing progress of the United States, and
are using it as a text against "the in
anities • and fallacies of the free trade
system, beloved of Cobdenltes."
The report of the secretary of state of
the colonies on Barbadoes shows that the
trade of that island has decreased with
Great Britain during the past year £22,
--000, while it has increased with other
countries more than £74,000. The secre
tary attributes this state of affairs to
the Increasing tendency to get all sup
plies from the United States, while more
than half the exports of Barbadoes go
-to the United States.
The state department at Washington
has been making inquiries of the British
colonial office regarding the government
of British colonies in the East, with the
supposed idea of the probable adoption
of British methods in the Philippines.
Tne American policy, there is watched
with interest. by the British officials. An
official of the colonial office expressed the
view that the United States would have
to reform its civil service before it can
acquire any degree of success in the gov
ernment of the Philippines.
The engagement of Lady Randolph
Churchill to young Lieut. G. F. M. Corn
wallis-West, brother of the Princess of
Pless, is meeting with the most violent
opposition. The Marlborough family is
quite furious at her, while Lieut. Corn
wallis-West's family is denying the en
gagement everywhere, and has cut Lady
Randolph Churchill dead. All influence
is being brought to bear in the matter.
The Prince of Wales even went to see
the Cornwallis-Wests especially to talk
it over, and he also spoke to «Lady
Randolph Churchill on the subject. But
nevertheless the engagement has not
yet been broken off.

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