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VOLUME LXXIII NO. 12.
AWFUL IF TRUE. Reported Plot to Poison Non-Union Hen. A COOK DRUGS THEIR FOOD. The Strike at Homestead Furnishes Another Sensation— Particulars of an Alleged Conspiracy. Special to Tdk Mornino Calx. r.TTSF>r<-0. Dec. 11.— A Sunday paper publishes a story to-day of a conspiracy to poison dv wholesale tho non-union work men at the Carnegie steel plant. The de velopments thus far made, it says, impli cate the members of the advisory commit tee, members of the Amalgamated Asso ciation and the officials of some labor rations sympathizing with the I ted out men. As a result of lit? conspiracy it is alleged that several persons have lost their lives, while scores of others are still suffering at their homes and in the hospitals from the effects of the poisonous drugs ad ministered them with criminal intent. To-day nine or more persons more or less Identified with the strike are under arrest, ostensibly on less serious charges, but really for l lie i urposes of averting suspicion until all those who are claimed to be in the conspiracy are secured. The only name giveu of those charged with administering poison is that of Robert Beatty, who was arrested at Louisville last night. Several others, however, are under heavy bail en other charges, and new charges will prob ably be made to-morrow. The details of the fcul plot aro sufficient to cause a shudder, especially when it is known that at least two deaths and perhaps a number of others have already been traced to the work of the willing tool se lected to carry the murderous plan intoex cution. rrr i lt will be remembered that shortly after the arrival of the State militia at Home stead and when the non-union men com menced to work in the miii* c. any cases of sickness were reported, but attributed to the impurity of ti.e water. A supply from other sources was secured and notices were posted conspicuously about the mill warning the employes. Despite these pre cautionary measures the sickness continued and the report soon became current at Homestead that an epidemic was prevailing among the men iv the inclcsure. The first intimation that the men were victims of a conspiracy was obtained more than two months since, but in such a man ner that it was impossible to make any ar rests immediately, and not until yesterday was the evidence deemed sufficiently stroug to warrant the apprehension of at least one of those implicated. The price to be paid the perpetrators of this outrage when the mills closed down was $5000. The manner in whi the con spiracy was to be carried out, according to Information obtained by a rer.oit<r from men who were let into the plot, was sub stantially as follows: One of the chief cooks at Homestead met these men one day and asked them if they wanted a Job at Homestead. He said big money could be made if they would help him. lie said he was Bet only employed by the Carnegie company, but was also in the pay of the labor associations and of mem bers of the strikers' committees, and was Just coining money. As he grew more confidential, and prompted by questions about the pay from the associations, be told of the plan to poi son the food of the men employed in tbe mill, so as to make them sick and render them unable to work. He detailed the plan be hal been pursuing, and asserted that nearly, if cot all, the sickness among the men had been caused by poisons be had placed in their food. He said he was to get $6000 if he succeeded in closing the mil). He ur_red them to accept the places he spoke of, told them it would be an utter im possibility fur them to be detected, and finally left with an understanding that be would meet them in the city next day, give them some advance money end take them to Homestead witb him. Realizing the helnousness of the proposi tion the men called upon Chairman Frick and laid the matter before him. Upon the advice of the company's attorneys, they met the cook and proceeded to Homestead with him, where they were duly installed by the cook. Tbey day after their arrival a num ber of men were reported sick and the cook told how he had placed poison in the food and told them to watch for an opportunity to do likewise. Fearing the men could cot be trusted. two Pinkertons were engaged to keep close surveillance on the informants as well as on the cooks. The latter became auspicious and at once discontinued the use of the poisonous powder they were employing. Orders were then given that the workmen should take tbeir meals at a restaurant cut side tbe enclosure. Later the men reported that the cook was becoming very uneasy, and they feared he might conclude to leave tbe city in a hurry. They said the deaths among the men, espe cially that of Charles Glosser, had unnerved him, and they believed be would make a clean breast of Ibe whole plot if placed under arrest. V V-- This was done, and when confronted with tbe fart*, as stated above, tbe cock broke down and made a full confession, in which be gave the name* of those who employed him, the amount of money he bad received acd the manner in which he carried out bis part In the terrible crime. He stated also tbat be frequently visited the camps of the militia and dosed the food prepared in the cookhouse. His visits were always fol lowed by increased sickness among the members of ihe National Guard. Tbe confession was taken down by a stenographer in the presence of several wit nesses. The cook also exhibited vouchers for the money due him. After the testimony had been ri produced upon the typewriter it was read to him, and be signed the state ment in the presence of witnesses. After making the confession the cook begged that be sbould not he placed in jail, sod bis wishes were complied with. He, however, as well as the original informants, were kept under surveillance night and day, all of tbem continuing in the employ of the firm until further arrests could be made. The Charles Glosser referred to died two weeks after going to Homestead. It is said that since the confession made by the cook his body has been exhumed and the stomach submitted to a chemist for analysis. The result is not known, but the chemist's re port will be submitted in evidence hen the case comes up for trial. A reporter called upon Mr. Frick to learn, If possible, the Carnegie's account of the crime alleged against Beatty, but the gentle man positively refused to be interviewed. E. Y. Bieck, counsel for the Carnegie Steel Company, was seen to-night and con firmed the story of the poisoning. He says tbat bis information Is that at least six deaths resulted from the poisoning. A Homestead druggist and a physician are Implicated. Some of the powder used was given to a dog and the animal expired in a abort time. A number of arrests will prob ably be made in a few days. Coroner McDowell has not yet been noti fied. He will go to Homestead tc-morrow, however, to investigate the cause of the death of Isaac Juries, who died suddenly about two weeks ago. Juries was a wit ness in the Critchlow case. The Coroner is of tbe opinion that death was due to alco holism. *** . -.„ At Homestead the story is pronounced ridiculous. . '" ■- __ J : DENIES Vilß CHARGE. Beatty Says It Is a Scheme of the Pinkertons. ; 'LovisviiAttz. Kv.. r Dec. 11. - Robert Beatty is in JHll.a this city as ceo of the The Morning Call. members of the poisoning conspiracy at Homestead. lie denies the charge of being implicated in the poisoning of non-union workmen, and says he was arrested at the Instance of the Plnkertons to keep him from bringinc forward witnesses to prove that the Pinkertons on the steamer Little Bill fired first. THE TELEGRAPHERS' STRIKE. The Rock Island's Business in Kansas Not Affected. Topeka. Kans.. Dec. 11.— The strike of the R.ck Island telegraph operators, sis far as ii concerns the road in Kansas, has not been very effective. At all the large sta tions, the railway people state, either the old men have gone back or new men have been engaged to take the strikers' places. At many small stations in Kansas; how ever, the road has been unable to fill the vacancies caused by the strike. The effect of the strike upon the business of the road does not seem to be very great. Most of the trains arriving to-day were on time. The effect upon the telegraph business was more apparent. The Western Union receives messages to many points op the Rock Island, subject to indefinite delay, and it is impossible to get commercial or news dis patches from those points. CHICAGO, Dec. 11.— The situation in the Rock Island strike remains unchanged. The report that the company had acceded to the strikers' demands Is pronounced bogus. General Manager St. John to-night ssid: "There is no strike on our road. A few va cancies were caused by the voluntarily with drawal of some of our employes, but they have been filled and trains are moving on time. We have suffered no inconvenience.' Omaha, Neb., Dec. 11. — The striking Rock Island operators here were more con fident than ever to-day. Most encouraging reports of sympathy from other railroad organizations come from the union meeting at Stuart, lowa, yesterday, r. .- * AMERICA'S ATTITUDE. Cannon Replies to Tirard at Brussels. The United States Delegation Sur prised at the Attitude of the Latin Union Toward Silver. Special to hi: Mourtsre Call Brussels, Dec. 11.— At the meeting of monetary conference yesterday Hans For sell of the Sweden and Norway delegation asked the Americans if they would agree to a ratio of 20 to 1, which would be a nearer approach to the present silver value. Senator Allison replied that ihe Ameri cans would prefer a ratio of 16 to 1, but if agreeable to tho European States, the Americans mi^ht accept a different ratio. For himself, he thought a « v .using State would most logically adopt a ratio of loK to 1. America would accept no ratio unless a sufficient number of Governments entered into an cgr* en er.t to make it effectual, United States Delegate Henry H. Can non, replying to Tirard of the French delegation, said ho was surprised at the attitude of the Latin Union, as It was sup posed in America that the Latin Union, being the largest silver holder, would be very friendly to its use as money. But it appeared that they are not inclined to yin America In ; an agreement for .*• extended us<-, while Great Britain, with cut an impor tant quantity of silver, suggested its purchase for use as money. He denied that the United States was unduly inllueuced in Its silver legislation by the "liver producers. He thought the proposed purchase cf 80.000.900 ounces of silver annually by Europe, provided it was la addition to the amount of silver now naturally used might be a. bridge to Join the money metals, America, up to the present time, had no difficulty in maintaining a parity between gold and silver and intended to maintain it. If, however, silver was to be further dishonored and used the same r.s paper money, without regard to its price, America would still be in an excellent position to profit by the state of affairs as shown in the conference. A Denver di« patch in the London Times Saturday said that since silver has fallen below 90 cents an ounce mining operations have ceased to be profitable. Miners in the silver fields have been discharged and hun dreds of mines havo been closed. 7J.¥f Senator Jones to-day said: "There .3 not a word of truth in it. The price of silver bas nothing to do with it. If the mines close they do so on account of the lack of silver. The dispatch was scut to create a sentiment unfavorable to its use." BIG PUBLISHING COfIBINE. Formation of the largest Printing Concern in the World. Chicago. Dec. 11. — The originators ol the combination of publishers of subscrip tion books, which was announced in a morning paper, declare the movement, nol a tru»t, but simply a combination for the purpose of forming the largest ar.d most complete printing and publish, 1 house in the world. The company, which made ap plication yesterday for license to incorpor ate, wiil be called the Werner Company, embracing IL S. Peale & Co. of Chicago, who absorbed the business of Belford, Clarke & Co., the Werner Printing and Lithographic Company of Akron, Ob and the Webster Dictionary Publishing Com pany. M-Nally denies the rumor that Rand, McNally & Co. are ta.join the com bine. The capital of the combine will be $5,500,000. The officers and directors will be chosen In a few days and tte company expects to begin business January 1. GOULD AS A HORSEHAN. Jay's Son to Become a Patron of the Turf. New Yokk, Dec. 11.— "It would cot sur prise me at all," said one of the most prom inent breeders in tbo United States to a World reporter, "if George Gould should soon be on the lurf with a big stable. George Gould always had a fondness for running horses, and at Saratoga a few years ago he told me it was only his father's op position which prevented his becoming the owner of a big stable. A friend if young Gould's said three years ago that his father had positively prohibited him from going on the turf. Jay Gould cared nothing at all for horses, and feared George would neg lect his enormous business interests for what he himself regarded as pernicious folly." A ROUNDHOUSE BURNED. Destruction of Seventeen Engines by Fire in Colorado. Samba, Colo.. Dec. 11 —At 6 o'clock this morning the Denver and Rio Grande rail road roundhouse was discovered to be on Cre and despite the efforts of the firemen the flames, after almost totally burning the building and Its cedent?, spread to the ma chine-shop, which, together with a valuable plant, was also destroyed. Seventeen en gines were burned in the roundhouse. The loss on the engines, machinery, roundhouse and shops is estimated by the railroad offi cials at $400,000, but just how much insur ance Is carried is cot known at present. Thousands Sign the Pledge. New. Daves, Dec. 11— Two thousand persons attached their names to temperance pledges in this city to-day, under the plead ings of Thomas E. Murphy, son of tbe noted Francis Murphy. . — ♦ Iron Works Shut Down. Sci-Anton, Pa., Dec. 11.— The upper mill of the Lackawanna Iron and Steel Com pany was shut down yesterday on account of lack of orders. 'Ibis movement throws GOO men out of employment. ■:, Orm:b Eclipse Champagne for the holidays. • SAN FRANCISCO, -MONDAY" MORNING,* DECEMBER 12, 1892-EIGHT PAGES. A SNUB TO CRISP. The Banquet Incident So Regarded. THE SPEAKER'S FRIENDS HOT. Cleveland Said to Be Opposed to the Georgian and in Favor of Wilson for Presiding Officer. Special to The Mousing Call. Washington*, D. C. Dec. 11.— The poli ticians are all agog to-night over the tariff reform banquet episode at New York. Speaker Crisp's friend** are red hot, and de clare that if it is proved that tbe slight to their chief was intentional, those concerned in it will _uffer. It is pretty generally be lieved that Mr. Cleveland will use the power of his administration to defeat Crisp, but the latter seems to have increased his strength since tie last election. Among those who voted for Mills before and who are inclined to support Crisp next Congress, is Representative Geary of Cali fornia, although Geary was one of the first to assure Mr. Mills of his support. He was well taken care of by Speaker Crisp, who appointed him on two of the most important committees, those of Foreign Affairs and Interstate and Foreign Commerce, ani therefore Geary Is grateful to Mr. Crisp and will probably vote for him. It is conceded on all sides that the Speaker makes an admirable presiding officer, but radical tariff reformers do not like the way he organized his committees. William it. Wilson of West Virginia will, in all proba bility, be elected Speaker should Mr. Cleve land cast his strength ..gainst Crisp, and many believe that last night's incident is an indication that he will do so. lf Mr. Cleve land does not interfere Crisp will undoubt edly be re-elected. Mr. Wilson of West Virginia would or ganize the House for radical tariff reform. He is as rampant for free trade as Mr. Mils. Representative Wilson has not the physiclal qualifications requisite for a good presiding Beer, lie lacks nervous force and has a very weak voice. As chairman of the nail. IJ "*__!! ''Crate convention he was genera ly considered » great failure. Speaker Crisp is back in VT.ia.i.Dgton. He is not inclined to freely discuss for pub lication some of the incidents connected with the banquet. In reply to questions he said: "To begin with, the press of the coun try is resting under a misapprehension so far as regards the fact that 1 was invited to speak lit the banquet. I was not invited to speak, but armed myself in advance in ca*. 1 should be called upon. It is true I gave out to the press associations in advance the remarks I intended to makeshould I be called upon to say a few words. It is not true that I left the barque*, hall in a disgruntled condition and did not return, as published. I left my seat temporarily to look after my clothes in the cloakroom. This task com pleted I returned to tho banquet hal and was one of the last to leave it. As regards the implied snub to me 1 do not care to dis cuss the subject for publication, nor do I care at this time to discuss the statements by some persons that Cleveland in his re marks fired the opening gun In a war that Is to lie waged against my re-election to the Speaker's chair should 1 be a candidate be fore the Fifty-third Congress." O.i Ilia attention being called to the fact that bis friends had expressed indignation at what they conceived to be an intended slight, he said the matter was of too delicate a nature to discuss in public print. COMMENT AT NEW YORK. The Politicians Huch Stirred Ip Over the Incident. New York, Dec. 11.— Nothing in a long time bus created so much gossip anient; New York politicians as the speech that Speaker Ciisp did not deliver at the Re form Club banquet last night. B. filer? Anderson, president of the Re form Club, said: "I am extremely sorry that Speaker Crisp feels offended. I would like to find out bow he got the impression that he was to be one of the speakers. 1 have talked with members of the committee and they also are Ignorant Certainly no discourtesy was intenned. Crisp's name was net on the list of speakers and there was no reason why he should have been asked to speak at the Referm dinner." It is not strange that Crisp should not have been asked for an address. The Re form - lab stands fer a certain thing iv the party policy which Crisp does not represent. Sp-aker Crisp's friend* who remained in the city are furious at the Incident in wheh he figured and at what they call the "cold blooded" way in which tive members of the Refers. Club talked about it. Just before Speaker Crisp left the Hoff man House for the lean-senate Assem bly rooms Saturday night he was asked if a copy of bis soeecn could be procured. The Speaker replied that he was not certain he would be called upon, but if he was he said the press associations would furnish a copy. Mr. Barrett, the Speaker's secretary, was huuting for some one connected with the dinner committee earlier In the evening, anxious to learn whether the Sticker would be asked to make an address. He found no one who could tell him, and the Speaker had to go the dinner ignorant as to whether he would be a speaker or simply a listener. The whole subject of the dinner ha greatly stirred up the Reform Club, and there are rumors that tbe dim el Hoe in the club will make itself manifest at the approaching club 1 lection. A quiet move ment is on foot to prevent the re-election of Anderson a** president. Most of the Democratic Representatives think the Crisp incident at the Reform din ner will precipitate a Speakership contest and that hostilities between the two wings of the part., will immediately commence. BLAINE MUCH BETTER. He nay Not Come to California After All. Washington*. Dec. 11.— Hon. James G. Blame is much better this evening. Four days ago, while driving, he caught a slight cold, which was swiftly followed by a re turn of the stomach trouble. By the advice of his physician and family he remained In bed during the intervening period. This evening he spent in the library In a cheer ful manner. By reason of the recent set back Blame's departure for a more con genial climate is delayed. To-night it was given out by a member of the family that it is not absolutely certain California would be the poiut of destination, but be would go somewhere for a brief period as soon a. he could travel without serious Inconvenience. BLAINE'S RELIGIOUS VIEWS. A Rumor That He Is to Become a Catholic. New York. Dec. 11 —A Times special from Washington says: Rev. Father Ducey of New York came to Washington to-day and his presence revived the rumors con cerning Mr. Blame's religious views. To night it is the talk of the hotels that the ex- Secretary of Stale is to become a member of the Catholic church through the offices of Father Ducey In a day or two. Father Ducey would not discuss the rumor this evening. . NOT ENOUGH SEAMEN. The Navy ' Department Bothered for Lack of Sailors. Washington, Dec. 11.— The Navy De partment is confronted with anew dilemma. There are not enough available men to equip the six new vessels to be placed In commission some time before the naval re view next Spring. Thirteen hundred men are required lor this purpose, and of that number only about 500 have been secured. The Bureau of Navigation Is exerting every effort to secure additional men, and more recently thero efforts havo met with some success. The last naval appropriation bill author ized the temporary enlistment of additional seamen for service during the naval review, and this authorization will, as soon ns it becomes effective, tend to remove the pres ent embarrassment of the department. It Is probable that Secretary Tracy will ask Congress to again increase the enlisted force, temporarily at least.";' Of course the department can at any time put some old wooden ships out of commis sion and place the men attached to those vessels on board the modern ships, and thi*-. step will doubtless be taken if other meas ures to secure the required force bills. A rumor to the effect that the Lancaster, flagship of the Asiatic station, will be or dered home and put out of commission is current, and it this rumor has any founda tion it is quite possible that the department has in view the -ransfer ol the members oi her crew, who have some time to serve, to the new ships. Unfortunately for this purpose the pres ence of the wooden ships where they now are is also Important. The whole difficulty can readily be settled by legislation increas ing the enlisted strength of the navy to the number actually required by the new con ditions of the service. WORK OF CONGRESS. Little Likely to Be Done This Week. The Navy Department Seriously Both ered for the Want of Men to ;j* Man the New Ships. Special to The Morning Call. Washington* (D. C), Dec. 12.— RareJjr any legislation of practical important can be achieved in Congress before the new year, and this session Is not likely to prove exceptional. In both houses work is progressing in a manner that indi cates a lack of real earnestness. The promi nent features of this week's proceedings are likely to be the ami-option bill in the Sen ate and the appropriations bill in the House. During the morning hour in the Senate to-morrow Senator Mitchell will dis cuss the joint resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution providing for the election of Senators by the vttcs of the qualified "electors el the States. In the House the debate wi.l le;;.':- on the army appropriation bill. The bill in t.le aggre gate shows a reduction from the total amount of the current year, but there are several Increases in appropriations under the head or "Department of Ordnance." The Appropriations Committee expect to report the fortification bill in time for It to be taken upas soon as the army bill Is passed. It is believed that the District of Colon bill will be reported to the House iv lite latter part of the week. Tbe estimates for the deficiencies havo been received, arid these will be embodied In the orgeat de ficiency bill to be reported to the 11. use and taken up almost immediately for ac tion, other bills under discussion to tempo rarily give way. It is the purpose of the managers of the House to get ell these bills over to the Sen ate before the holiday recess. The accom plishment of tils purpose largely depends oil the temper of tbe Hr.use. which, if it Is in the mood, can rrolract the consideration if the bills over several weeks. Cliairiiurjn Outhwaite of the House Military Commu tee baa prepared a repor;._4r.j*t"l'i_^«t_mip the House with the army appropriation bill agreed upon by the committee. Tho report states clearly the reasons for the changes made by the committee in the number of paragraphs as compared with the bill for the current fiscal year. Substantially the only Increased appropriations carried in the bill are In the Bureau ol Ordnance, and the reasons therefor are stated quite fully bv the quotations from the testimony of Gen eral Flagler before the committee. MC'.irraghan. the celebrated California claimant, is attain haunting the corridors of the Capitol md the hotel lobbies in the In terest of his bill, which is now pending for a vote of the necessary two-thirds over the Ptesident's veto. Mc'.arragrtan seems very confident that he will ultimately succeed in passing his bill. The bill comes up for consideration in the Senate next Tuesday. SATOLLI'S RECALL. Pope Leo Displeased With His Action on the School Question. New* Fobs, Dec. 11.— The World says: It is tuiuored that M^r. S •'■ IU has been "re railed by the Pope because of his recent address on the school question. The text of the document or the i üblishinc of It one or the other, or both— it is said, dis pleased Pope Leo. "If the report be true it somewhat com plicates matters. What Monsignor Satolii said on the school question was in accord ance with tho powers imparled to him and which he exercised at the Archbishop's council. In regard to ire schocl question it is quite possible, however, that in making a long address on the subject, which would lind Its way iuto print, Mgr. Satolii really offended the Pope and was therefore recalled. It must be remembered that Pope Leo is a diplomat and would keenly feel any jeopardizing or undiplomatic move in a matter *>o ticklish as the school question In America." NOT FASTING FOR FAfiE. Extraordinary Case of Enforced Ab- stinence in New Jersey. New You, Dec. 11.— James Still, a col ored inmate of the New Jersey Reform School at Jamesbtire, has finished the sixty third day of his fast and continues to show remarkable vitality. His digestive organs will cot retain nourishment of any sort. It is positively asserted by the officials of the institution that his fast is genuine. The daily externa] applications of sweet oil are coniinued and probably lnrulsh some nour ishment. FELL FIFTEEN STORIES. Frightful Death of a Botanist at Chi- cago. Chicago, Dec. 11.— Cbarlcs Chanter, a botanist, employed by the World's Fair management, fell to-d-iy from the fifteenth floor of the Masonic Temple to the base ment. Ills body was smashed Into a jelly. Chanter attempted to get Into an elevator as it started and was caught between the grating and the car. The grating bulged and allowed him to fall. Chanter leaves a widow and daughter at Kilbourne On*, Wis. The Ohio Whisky Boom. Cincinnati, Dec. 11.— Burner* are rife hete about the probable fresh impulse to the whisky boom that Is likely to become msntfest to-morrow. It is whispered here t< -night that whisky will take another up ward jump of 5 cents to-mortow. flutiny in a Southern Prison. Knoxvii ii, Ten., Dec. .— Twenty-five inmates of the Knox County workhouse overpowered the guard yesterday and es caped. They ware mostly colored. A num ber of citizens have been held up acd robbed In the suburbs by the outlaws. Chinese to Be Deported. PLATTsnuno, N. V., Dec. 11.— Twelve Chinamen, smuggled at this port into the United States from Canada some time ago, have been ordered back to China by United States Commissioner Wheeler. Burial of Burke. Chicago, Dec. 11.— The funeral of Mar tin Burke took place this afternoon. There was not a large attendance. The Interment was at Mount O.ivet. UNCLE SAM'S NAVY Four Years of Striking Progress. SECRETARY TRACY'S VIEWS. He Outlines the Plans for the Future Development of the .Nation's ."Maritime Defenses. Special to The Mousing Cali. Washington, Dec. 11.— The Secretary of the Navy in his annual report sets forth the fact that when the present Administra tion came In, on March 4, 1889, besides old and obsolete wooden ships, only three modern war vessels were in commission. Duiing tbis Administration nineteen new vessels, with an aggregate tonnage of 54.832 tons, mounting two 12-inch, six KMnch, sixteen 8-inch and eighty-two S-laeb guns all of which, with the exception of five of the earliest, have been manufactured In this country— have been completed. Three new steel tugs hive al>o been constructed and I'iit in service. There ate in cess of construction eighteen new vessels, certain to be completed, should the armor be deliv ered, within the next year, of an aggregate tonnage of 93,407- tons and mounting alto gether twelve 13-inch, six 12-inch, sixteen 10-inch, thirty 8-inch, thirty-two 6-inch, thirty-eight 5-inch and thirty-four 4-inch guns, nil of which have been or are to be manufactured In this country. The development of the navy during the past four years has not been confined to ships alone. At the beginning of "this administration, says the secretary, the naval establishment was entirely destitute of cer tain elements of efficienc}*. each one of which was indispensible to its practical employment as a fighting force, aud the absence of which, II it had been possessed of a hundred ships, would still have left it in a condition of paralysis. These were: Armor, torpedoes, heavy rapid-fire guns, armor-piercing shells, smokeless powder and high explosives. The Secretary details at length the noteworthy progress in the production of these things, and says the progress noted, by which the United States has emerged from Its condition of helpless ness at 6ea and by the employment ol st* 1 own resources has distanced its most experi enced competitors, marks an epoch in naval development not only ol this country but of the world. Delays in the delivery of armor have caused the dates of the final completion of the armored --yessels under construction to be srniewhat later than at first contem plated. Tho only compensation for this de lay i- the superior quality of il__*M that has been recently developed. In connection with the development of nickel-steel fof armor, tbe department has undertaken a series of experiments in the application el this rc&terial to other end?, which promise no less Important results than these already attained. If the expectations formed are realized, it will not be long before nickel steel wiil be extensively used in ship and marine engines, with marked improvement, both in the strength of parts and reduction of weight, while its non-corrodlble quali ties, already partly demonstrated, point to the probability that it may ultimately pre sent a solution for the harrassinc problem of preserving the submerged plating of ships. Coming down to a detailed statement as jo armor tests the Secretary tells el the ucmeh-ous tests~to*"W"_rtcb the Uarveyed nlcKel-steel armor-plate was subjected in November, 1691,' a** a result if which Im proved methods have been introduced in the manufacture of armor by the Harvey process. A final test was made in July last. The plate was of nickel-steel— Uarveyed— of 10^4 inches In thickness. An 8 inch gun was used in the test. Five Hollzer forged steel --hells, weighing 250 pounds each, with a striking velocity 1700 feet per second, and each with an energy of 5000 tons to the square foot, were fired at the plate at a distance of thirty yards. Never before these trials had any armor plate ie the world been -übpctru* to such a test as ** as represented by these five blows of a total energy of 25.000-foot tons. All five of the proj.ctlles were smashed upon the surface of the plate, which showed BO sign of injury beyoud the opening of .1 slight temper crack, four inches in length from one edge, and a wale less than one inch in thickness on the back of the plate opposite each point of impact. This result has never been approached by any armor-plate, American cr foreign. It has been demonstrated that the United States, in the construction of its new navy, which ten years ago had no existence, even on paper, is enabled to place upon each and all of its armored I -els a material the like Of which the world has not np to this time seen, aud while vast .urns have been spent in plating the sides of foreign men --.-.:. with inferior material this country will employ for the purpose an armor which Is cot only far more effi cient, but which represents unquestionably, having reference to the dimensions of the plates thus far tested, the highest develop ment of modern science, and a development too which has been reached by its own In dependent efforts. Following our example, the English Gov ernment few weeks ago held a trial el the new American armor, and it is clear from the highly successful results that the United States, Instead of being the last In the race in the construction of vessels of war, or of borrowing the best Ideas from abroad, has set an example in this res reet which other maritime nations will speedily follow. ■ ;-_ "; With regard to the armor contracts, the Secretary says that neither the Bethlehem nor the Carnegie company, is making such progress at the present time as the depart ment could desire, but both are increasing their output from month to mouth, and the department is now preparing to advertise for proposals for the remsin-ier of the armor required to complete the vessels now authorized. When these i lants are able to turn out, as will shortly be the case, the lull quantity of armor required by contract, the aggregate supply will still amount to only 9600 tons per annum, or not more than enough for the construction of three battle-ships. To provide armor for eight such ships, In addi tion to those authorized, would require three years after the fulfillment of the present contract, with the works runuing st their full capacity. It Is the belief of the Department, in com mon with the Naval Committee of the pres ent House, that this cumber of additional battle-ships is essential to the protection of the United Slates. It is upon such vessels that this country, as well as others having a seaboard, relies, and must cocticuelto rely, for the purposes of defense. As long as naval warfare remains what it Is to-day, withe tbem we are helpless at sea. Witn the plants in existence we can cot only armor the ships now authorised, but we have the means at hand for armoring others if we make our preparations in time. The value to the United States of the possession ol two such establishments cannot be ex pressed in words or figures. In reference to the ordnance of the navy the Secretary makes extended reference to developments promising greatly improved results, and which points have heretofore been covered in these dispatches in the re port of the chief of the Bureau of Ord nance. Comment Is also made at length un the ordnance report as to powder manufac ture, high explosives aud projectiles, all showing progress of the most satisfactory natoj****' , r With regard to torpedoes, while the Howell torpedo has not gone much beyond the stage of hope with which the depart ment entered upon tbe contract for its man ufacture four years ago, yet tbe last trials gave great promise. The contract made over a year ago for the manufacture here of ICO 18-inch Whitehead torpedoes is being filled, and twenty have been completed, with certain characteristics superior to those manufactured abroad of the so-called "dirigible" torpedoes intended to be con trolled from a fixed station. Three Patrick torpedoes have undergone official trials, and two have been sent to the Pacific Coast. The Sims-Edison Company has also deliv ered one of its torpedoes, to be used In a series of projectile experimeuts. Witb regard to the increase of the navy the Secretary says that another year of ex perience, of discussion and of criticism, both at home and abroad, confirms the de partment in the views adopted in the annual report of 1889 as to the policy of construc tion the navy should pursue. lie depre cates the construction of any more vessels of the monitor type, elaborating arguments against their usefulness and quoting from the report of Chairman Herbert of tlio House Committee on Naval Affairs, saying: "Our true naval policy for the future Is to construct hereafter, principally If not en tirely, only first-class cruisers and first class battle-ships with their accessories." The Secretary speaks with much satisfac tion of the act "to encourage American ship building," under which the City of Paris and the City of New York have been ad mitted to American registry, and under the term*, of which several of the finest liners will be built lure, and earnestly recom mends that the same principle, which he now embodies in a bill to grant American registry to the steamship Chloa of the Pa cific Mail Company, may be carried out, not only in this but in all similar cases, by means of which American owners of foreign built steamships whose high qualities are such as to make them a desirable acquisi tion may he permitted to obtain American registry upon the condition that vessels of an equal size and tonnage shall be ordered to be built in the United States. With reference to unprotected cruisers of the second clss*. from four to fivo thou sand tons displacement, the department does not recommend any present increase In their number. These vessels, to attain the high speed required, must necessarily sacrifice coal endurance, and have, there fore, a very restricted sphere of usefulness for cruising purposes in times of war. They answer satisfactorily the limited demand for fl*» hi ps upon the regular stations in time of peace, but it is not upon these ves sels that the United States would place re liance in case of an attack from a maritime power. Nor Is it desirable to add to the number of heavily armed gunboats of the York town type. One well-defined fact is the usefulness of the torpedo cruiser of from 800 to POO tons, of small size, light draught, with a speed of twenty-two knots, sufficient coal capacity, rapid-fire puns and powerful torpedo arma ment. This is a type of vessel the depart ment would suggest building, and several etich vessels would be a valuable addition to our rava! force. The Secretary also renews the recom mendation previously made for the building of torpedo-boats, and submits a table show ing tha vast increase of such craft the service of other nations. We should have at least thirty sucb boats constructed in the immediate futtij*-. .___ The aggressive policT'Cf^o reign nations continue*', and this country, niiCii.?" It will or not. will soon be forced into a posilTc*s? where it cannot disregard measures which form a standing menace to its prosperity and security. Ou the isthmus our commerce is engaged in a desperate fight to maintain lis foothold. In the South Pacific re peated annexations ar.d protectorates ore extending the power and Influence of the maritime States of the Old World. Subsi dized lines of fast steamers are completing tbe circle of maritime communication on the eastern and tern coasts of the Dominion of Canada, and fortresses, daily increasing in strerct!-, are surrounding our coast upen the south and east. Under these cirenmstances It is Impera tive to tbe welfare of this couutry that the policy if naval construction, so success fully carried on in the past should suffer no interruption In the future; that the vast numbers of skilled artisan?, who have been trained in its workshops and in those of private manufacturers concerned in Its operations should net le thrown out of employment; that the work, whose chief difficulties lirvo now been overcome, should not be suffered to languish, when everyday shows improvement, both in economy and dispatch; and that with only two vessels remaining on the stocks, as will shortly be the eas**, some further additions should be made by Concress at the present session. Much space is devoted to interesting de tails as to the operations of the ships in coma sail during the past year in Bering See and elsewhere; on the work of the Marine Hospital Bureau in connection with the cholera quarantine, etc. Interesting statistics are given as to tho growth of the movement of establishing a naval mititia, the creation of which Is characterized as one of the most import-tut steps In our re cent naval progress. The department analn recommends the consolidation of the reve nue marine service with the navy, and calls attention to the recommendations of the commandant of the marine corps id refer ence to the increase in the number of pri vates and non-commissioned oflicers in the corps. JJJjJ In conclusion the Secretary say.*, in part: "The statement has been made from time to time that the present administration had proceeded substantially upon the lines of its predecessors. This is, in a large de gree, correct. Its cardinal policy has been to persevere continually in the direction of naval establishment, to make no changes merely for the sake of change, and none unless they would be justified by clear and conclusive* reasons. At the same time every effort has been made to advance where ad vance was possible. r:I- "The labors that have devolved upon the present administration of the Navy De partment, both in the management of the fleet and the work of construction, has not only been far in excess of those of any pre vious administration since the war, have require I to a much greater degree the solu tion of difficult aud intricate problems in the detailed supervision of the most ex pensive and varied branches of manu facture. '"The ships alone in the building of which this administration has been engaged ag cregalcd 170.000 tons. It has manufactured '.Ml heavy guns, added largely to the plant of the working yards and made the Wash ington gun factory one of the best equipped in the world; constructed wharves, dry docks and other Important public works awarded contracts under the head of 'in crease of the navy' alone to the amount of $34,905,941. and employed labor to the amount ol $5*,12G,571. "Its operations have placed the art of steel ship-building In the United States on a firm basis, while the manufactured prod uct has been so cheapened that there is now a prospect that steel ships of American build may successfully compete in cost, as well as structural qualities, with those made in Europe. And, finally. It has been Its endeavor to leave unsettled no question of serious Importance presented to-day by naval science. r'J&stSfsgi '..- - "In the course of its operations, great as have been their magnitude, there has been co suggestions of scandal or suspicion of jobbery.- ■ ..". r-T "Such a result could only be accom plished by a service which, .like that of the navy, admits within its ranks only men of the highest honor and integrity, and I can not more fitly close this report than by con gratulating the country on the possession of such a* school^ for officers as the Naval 'Academy at Annapolis, and upon the char acter, ability and loyal devotion of the men whom tbat institution supplies for its serv ice." The estimates In the report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1894, for the navy and marine corps,, including those for public works and the urease of the navy, are $24,471.4118, being $2,713,141 less than those for the last fiscal year. Alter a night with the boys. - * Tours, for a clear head-Brcmo-Seltzer OUT OF POLITICS. Bismarck Will Not Sit in the Reichstag. FAREWELL TO GREATNESS. The Veteran Says He Has Ruled Hen Long Enough —He Denounces the Attack on De Lesseps. Fr'clal to The Morning Cali. . Paris, Dec. 11.— Le Matin this morn ing publishes an interview from Henri dat Hnux with Bismarck, hi which the Prince says: "I have said farewell definitely to the government of men. I have no interest in politics. I have paid my debt to my country and I wish to die in peace." The Prince says he will not take his seat in the Reichstag. rr. ;Jr7. "If I did take a seat," continued the Prince, "my words would be commented on. attacked and contrasted. I have no longer the unquestionable authority which rower gives. I would be only a private soldier In the melee, perhaps an incumbrance. No, certainly I will not go to the Reichstag." On the question of the alteration in the fa mous Ens dispatch. Prince Bismarck, after protesting that it never entered his head to elect a German Prince to the throne of Spain, said : •".;.; "It was a long and somewhat obscure document. It was submitted to me before it was sent to the Governments for whose information it was intended. I changed the wording of this dispatch, as I had a right to, and as a Minister of Foreign Affairs changes a shortened dispatch without alter ing its meaning and without adding a single word, lt is not true that I altered the meaning. 1 do not now remember the wording of the dispatch, but it was p. proved by the King, with whom I did not disagree at the time. All 1 did was to mam tain the dignity of my sovereign and my country." "1 the event of a Franco-German con flict we will have no interest in bothering ourselves with what the Russians may do in the Balkans. They will be given carte blanche." Tha ex-chancellor concluded that an un derstanding between France and Germany was possible, especially on the subject of socialism, which is a danger now equally threatening both countries. "European countries to-day," he said, "have something more important than mak ing war on each other to attend to. They should unite for the reppresslon of such crimes as socialism." Commenting finally on the subject of a suit asainst Da L'sseps the ex-Chancellor says: "It is the .-worst kind of socialism when one of the most glorious men in the world, the man who pierced the Isthmus of Suez, is brought before a court created to try aod punish thieves." Every one knows the man's honor and probity. His glory cannot be tarnished by a suit, but it is "le grande patron" who in person i 5 given up to the hatred of anar chists. __. ._v_r.'-- CAPRIVI REBUFFED. He Will Withdraw* the Military Bill or Resign. Beeux, Dec. 11 —A >. r -"*e crisis may occur at" any moment. Rerii;. v'alks of nothing but the rebuff suffered by Can celler yon Caprivi over the army bill owing" to the attitude of the Center party. The .Chancellor's reply, hinting at a disso lution of the Reichstag, comes under the 1 category of cood news to his opponents, who would be returned with a sweeping majority. Caprivi's retirement is loudly talked of. It is regarded as necessary, as the Chancellor is entirely out of touch with the people. Tho town is full of ' rumors. One is that the imperial message dissolving the Reichstag will be read to-morrow. An other is that the army bill will be put into effect without consultation with the Reich stag. Caprivi is unwell to-day, but nevertheless b»ld a consultation with the Conservative leader**. He attributes much of the opposi tion to the army bill to the Ahlwardt scandal. This evening he was summoued to the im perial palace to confer with the Kaiser. At a late hour to-night it is reported that be will withdraw the military bill or tender his resignation. This, however, is not official. Count yon Eulcnbure, Herr Mlquel, Gen. eral Baron yon Leo, Gener .1 yon Hahnke and Count yon Waldersee are names on the tip of every tongue as those who ill likely be Caprivi's successor, but Waldersee does not desire the post. He would accept it only under pressure. STEAMSHIP LOST. The Dilsbery Goes Down With All Her Crew. London*, Dec. 11.— The British steamship Dilsbery was wrecked off Long. End, near Harwich, last night. The life-savers were unable to board her until daybreak, when they found some of the sailers drowned below the deck. Others of the crew are missing, and it is supposed they perished. It is reported that a schooner was wrecked on the sands in the vicinity acd that the crew are missing. Later— Fourteen men belonging to the crew of the wrecked steamer Dilsbery wore saved by a fishing-smack and landed nt Ramsgate last night. The dead body of the captain was .lis.** landed. The Dilsbery's mate, who was among the saved, says a fearful night was spent aboard the steamer after she went ashore. To the vessel's sig nals of distress no response seemed to be be made. A particularly heavy wave suddenly broke over the vessel at midnight, flooding the forecastle and washing seven of the crew overboard. One of the men was after ward washed back and was rescued unin jured. The six others were drowned. The remainder of the crew were them compelled to take to the rigging, the boats having beeu destroyed with the exception of tha lifeboat, which had a hole in Its bottom. In the rigging the survivors spent a fear ful night, the captain becoming paralyzed and insane from the exposure. The tide receded at daybreak, and the men then took to the lifeboat, having patched the hole In the bottom with a piece of tin. They reached the Kentish Knock lighthouse at 4 o'clock in tbe afternoon. The captain died on the journey. Mrs. Maybrick Not in Danger. London*, Dec. 11.— It is said the physi cians appointed to examine Mrs. Maybrick with reference to her chances of living and the advisability of releasing her from prison have decided that there is co need of liber ating her. 'J7y Abbe Smith Dead. Rome, Dec. 11.— Abbe Beuedictine Smith, who wa3 well known in America, has died of pneumonia. ; ■ AN ERRATIC GIRL. ... ■ After Disappearing for Several Days She Refuses to Explain. New Canaan*, Conn., Dec. 11— Julia Hall, a banker's daughter, who disappeared Friday afternoon, and for whom half the town has been searching the woods since, returned home at 11 o'clock to-clght. . She walked in as though nothing had happened. It was an hour before she would answer any question, and then said: "I was ex ceedingly miserable when I left home, and went because I wished to be alone; that's all." After this she chatted and talked rationally with friends upon any subject save that of her disappearance. It is be lieved she is insane. Garza Raiders Defeated. Laredo, Tex., Dec. 11.— A telegram has been received by Colonel Ceron, commander of the * Mexican troops at Nueve Laree, PRICE FIVE CENTS. from Guerrero, Mex., to the effect that a squad of Garza men who crossed the Rio Grande into Mexico yesterday at Sanig bairo, met the Mexican troops en the river bank, where a bloody fight took Diace. The Garz» men then returned to the United States. WAR AVERTED. Liberal Quietly Chosen as the County Seat of Seward. ": r ; Liberal, Ark., Dec. 11.— There will be no county scat war. Tbe party of Liberal men that went to Springfield yesterday to witness the canvass of tho vole returned last night with the news that Liberal had been chosen the county feat. There were no disturbances during the canva?*) and the Springfield people submitted quietly to the Inevitable. When the courier arrived at Arkalon and told the Liberal people that their town had been victorious In the elec tion they immediately took possession of the county records. loaded them into a wagon and "removed them. No trouble is anticipated. A HISSING CONTRACTOR. An Unpaid Board Bill and His Lug gage Waiting at New York. New Yokk, Dec. 11.— Albert Deleur,, a wealthy contractor of Milwaukee, Wis., has been missing since Sunday, December 4. He came to this city two weeks ago and stopped at the Fifth-avenue Hotel, where he left an unpaid board bill and his luggage. The missing man's wife came to this city on Saturday in quest of her husband. Sbe states that he took about S*-'« with him when he left home. She also admitted that ou a former occasion, when Deleur absented himself, she subsequently learned that he had been suddenly takea insane and con fined iv an asylum. A HISSING CASHIER. His Accounts Were AH Right and His y/' : Home Life Happy. Seattle, Wash., Dec. 11.— J. W. Bixbv, cashier of the North-end Bauk. left this city suddenly on the morning of December 2, saying he was going to a ranch at Fir, ou the Great Northern road, but he did not go there, and It is now supposed he has gone to some mines in which he is interested in the Olympic Mountains, above Lilliwaup Falls, and is either snowbound or has been lost in the woods. He was of eood habile. Hil domestic* relations are known to be happy. -His accounts are all right, and the only other theory to explain his con tinued absence is insanity. Drowned While Gathering Mussels. Santa Cr.uz, Dec. 11. — A Portuguese named Manuel Batnica was washed off the rocks and drowned to-day while engaged in gathering mussels on the beach about seven miles up the coast. B.ituica was a young man about 25 years cf age. and was employed at the bituminous rock mines. He was with three companions gather ing mussels, and wandered away from the others. After a short time he was missed, and when search was made his body and hat were discovered floating some distance from shore. r* ; Accident to a Hunter. Ai.viso. Dec. 11.— Louis Debar of San Francisco came here to hunt on the marsh. This morning while pulling his gun out of the boat by the muzzle end it was discharged aud his left arm was badly lacer ated. He was brought here and the wound was dressed by Dr. Wilson of Milpltas. New Railway in British Columbia. Vancouver, Dec. 11.— The by-law grant ing a bonus of $360,000 to the Burrard In let and Fraser Valley Railway, a local com pany formed to build a road connecting Vancouver with the Northern Pacific at Snmas,*waa "Cgfil-d yesterday by a majority m ::,■:,.' ~ : ?" ■-■--- * W ~""*" Editor Raymond Loses His Job. Sacramento, Dec. 11.— The State Board of Education has decided, in view of the exhaustion of the fund for editing and com piling textbooks, to dispense with the services of Editor-in-Chief Raymond after this month. THREE MEN WOUNDED. Drunken Hoodlums Settle Their Dif ferences With Knives. A cutting affray in which at least three men are known to be more cr less wounded occurred at Seventh avenue and D street, near the park, early yesterday morning. The injured men were William Reardon,* alias "Billy" Redmond, his brother, Joseph Reardon, and James Lindsay, alias "Nin son," who claims to be employed at Den's stable at the racetrack— all of whom had their various wounds dressed at the City Receiving Hospital. The real cause of the trouble could not be ascertained, as all of the participants in the row tell conflicting stories. The local ity in which the slabbing occurred is a lonely one and owing to tbe lack of police officers poorly guarded. In consequence a gang of young hoodlums, of which the Reardon brother?, who are well-known to the police as petty offenders, were mem bers, have terrorized respectable people living in the vicinity by their depredations. The Reardon Lrothers claim to have been walking up D street, when they met * crowd of seven men standing at tho comer of Seventh avenue, with whom they became engaged in an altercation. All had been drinking freely, and during the fight which followed the dispute some one drew a knife and slashed a. his vic tims. Joe Rearden managed to break away from the crowd, and when he returned found his brother lying on the sidewalk, ' groaning, in a pool of blood. His assail ants had in the meantime disappeared. Joseph Sullivan, a laborer, who was pass ing at the time and was attracted by the fracas, went to a saloon near by • to telephone for the patrol wagon, but was refused admittance, and it was was nearly two hours afterward before the bleeding men were finally taken to the Receiving Hospital. O.i the wav to tha hospital James Lindsay was found lying on the sidewalk on McAllister street, not far from the scene of the cutting, and was also taken to the hospital, where Dr. Samuels treated their wounds. William Reardon was found to be suffer ing from a number of ugly cuts about the lead and a gash in the wrist. Lindsay was ' also terribly gashed about the head, neck and hands, while the younger Reardon had ' a slight cut in he head. After their wounds had beeu dressed iheßeardods were booked at the new City Hall police station for drunkenness, while Lindsay, whom they identified as one of their assailants, was arrested on the same charge and will bo held pending an investigation by the police. A Lodging-House Fire. A drunken lodger set fire to a mattress in his room on thu third floor of the apartment house, 421 Fourth street, nt 11:40 p. m. yes terday. The damage amounted to $50. The house is owned by the Judge Ha-tiug3 estate. 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